Guide to Beijing Travel and Tips

If you have a Beijing tour, what should you know?



1. How to get from the Beijing Capital International Airport to the town Beijing?


When you arrive at the Beijing Capital Airport, you may take a rest and have some coffee at Starbucks or KFC that have new outlets outside the international arrivals.


Most of the international incoming flights land on the terminal two while terminal one is for a few domestic flights. The first floor for terminal two is for arriving flights and the second floor is for outgoing flights. So when you arriving at Beijing capital airport, you are on the first floor of the terminal two. Right now, you have two ways to reach the city from the airport. One is to take the airport shuttle bus. You go out of the hall and will find some coaches waiting outside. There are several lines. Please be sure where you are going and choose the right line. It costs about RMB 16( USD 2.5 ). Or you may take taxi. Lots of taxis are waiting outside.


For taking taxi, please pass through the "black cab drivers" who are following at your heels. These black taxi whose rates are far above the going fare.

So just head straight for the taxi line outside the arrival doors. Make sure they use the meter, and if you notice irregularities, just point it out. Even local residents are sometimes the victims of meters that ominously read RMB100 (until, with the push of a button, the original fare is restored). You will have to pay an extra RMB10 (roughly US$1.2) for the Airport Expressway toll. Once it is learned that a foreign tourist is overcharged RMB 400 from the airport to the downtown area! Normally the ride costs around RMB 120. Most taxi driver speaks little English, maybe , just a few words. So please show your hotel in Chinese. Airport taxis come in RMB2. Taxis can be rented for the whole day for 8 hours, and the best way to do this is to bargain directly with the driver. Expect to pay at least RMB350 for the day.



2. Beijing City Layout


Beijing is very big and quite extending. The present city still find its the basic outline of the Imperial City 500 years ago in Yuan Dynasty with a clear north-south axis and a lot of narrow lanes. The round line of the subway and the second-ring road almost liken the none-existant old city wall. The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square are located in the middle of the city. The place cycling the Forbidden City once housed the court officials and noble families. Many of these old residential housees can still be found in the hutongs or alleys. These hutongs now become the popular sites for a visit to the city. It's a shame in some other parts of the city, the old alleys are being fast destroyed for new buildings.
Not far from the south of the Forbidden City is Wangfujing Street, a busy walking commercial street and the layout of some famous hotels. Wangfujing is just a walking distance to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.


To the Northeast of the Forbidden City is Chaoyang District, which holds a lot of the city's expat community and also the layout of lots of hotels which are for foreign clients. Far to the North is the Badaling Great Wall and Juyongguan Great Wall. The Beijing Capital International Airport is located to the northeast of the city with about 40 minutes by drive.


Northwest to the Forbidden City is Weigongcun which hold lots of higher learning institutes, like Beijing university, Tsinghua University and more. The Summer Palace is also situated to the northeast of the city center.



3. Beijing business hotels, tourist hotels and hostels
There was certainly lots of hotels in Beijing. The local govenment classifies the hotels into five classes: 5 star, 4 star, 3 star, 2 star, 1 star. Each stared hotel has a plaque with the star on it. While each Beijing hotel listed here will provide rooms, dining, health and fitness facilitiesand necessary business service. Beijing business hotels, of course, are on par with the best anywhere in the world. Each deluxe hotels has a 15 percent service charge. Beijing hostels are the best way to go for budget lodging in Beijing. Ask to see a hostel room before you pay and choose a dorm (several bunks in one room) for the cheapest Beijing lodging. Expect to pay US$ 8 - 15 for a Beijing hostel bunk.



3. How many sections of the Great Wall around Beijing?


There are many sections of the Great Wall and the section closest to Beijing (and thus the most crowded and touristy) is Juyongguan and Badaling. The next further section is Mutianyu. Beyond that (about 2 hours away from Beijing) lies Simatai and Jinshanling. The further sections are more rugged and you get to see more the real Great Wall but their distance tends to discourage folks from visiting them. To visit the Great Wall, you have three main choices: taxi, Public bus or organized tours.



4. Will we have language barrier in Beijing for your China travel?
Many of the large and popular restaurants tend to have an English menu these days so it shouldn't be difficult. As for hotels, they will give you a card with the address of the hotel. NEVER lose this card, and just give it to your taxi driver when your done sightseeing, and he'll take you back. The major signboards on the streets are both in Chinese and English.



5. Would appreciate any indication of tipping practices in Beijing?
Usually tipping is generally not practiced in China, but for some hotels you book, or organized tours you take, you should pay a little.



6. Is it advisable to purchase Travel Insurance for a trip to China?
No matter you travel independently or buy an organized tour, you should purchase Travel Insurance for a trip to China on your own at your home country. You never know when you are out of luck and what situation you might encounter. When you visit a public hosptial in China, very often, the first thing they ask, other than your name, is money. In addition, the local tour operators in China usually don't buy a travel insurance for you, they only buy the travel agency insurance for themselves.



7. We are going to book an overnight sleeper train to Xi'an, when should we buy the ticket?


You have three ways for train ticket booking. First, you can get them in the hotel directly. Many hotel tour desks have ticket booking service from the front desk, but you need pay about RMB 20 -30 yuan for handling charge.


The second way is that you can buy the tickets directly from the train station. For this it is quite hard for you, lining up and having some language barrier. Last way is for you to turn to a local travel agency or ticket booking agency. When you use this method, you should book early. Many local travel agencies only offer package tours including ticket booking and tours. And don't offer ticket booking only service. By the way, you are advised not to take trains during Chinese big holidays like Spring Festival, May Day, and National Day. There will be a huge nunber of travelling people. It is very much difficult to buy the train tickets.



8. I am a single traveller in Beijing for one week, any safety in Beijing?


If friendly young Chinese people approach you on the street for tea or art, just say "no". This is a common problem in Beijing: the old teahouse and art student scams designed to extract money from unsuspecting tourists. Never accept rides from taxis that don't have a working meter. Just get out and find another one. Don't go hiking far alone on remote sections of the Great Wall. There are no dangerous areas of downtown Beijing that you need to be concerned with as a foreigner. Petty theft is always a problem in the vicinity of China's train and bus stations.


Please be careful of the following:


-Stay away from local quarreling


-Keep away from drunk locals.


-Put your belongings close and under your eyes.


-Question what people will tell you.


-Keep every taxi reciept or goods'reciept. Never follow any "black taxi driver" who approaches you (especially at airports).


-Always make sure the taxi driver turns on the meter.


-Never agree to a fixed price before you get in a taxi and start to go.


-Never give money to beggars, who are very often controlled by some kind of organzation


-Never pay for bus tickets till the bus is driving on the road and you are in it.


All these are just warnings. Each country has its problems. China is comparatively safer than many places in the world. just be confident about these things.


By the way, if you bring your mobile phone to China and you are from Aus, or the UK, or most of Europe, then you have the same cell phone system with China. Once you are in Beijing, buy a chinese sim card for around 50-100RMB. The phones use a pre-paid system and you will find it helpful.



9. Must see places in beijing?


- Forbidden City


- Tiananmen Square

- Great Wall (Badaling, Juyonguan, Mutianyu,Jinshanling, or Simatai)


- Summer Palace


- Hutong tour


- Qianhai/Houhai area


- Temple of Heaven


- Yonghegong Lamasery


- Panjiayuan market (early weekend morning)


- Wangfujing street


- Wangfujing night food market


- Peking duck meal


- Chinese acrobat performance


- Chinese opera performance


More about Top 10 Must See Places in Beijing



10. Is it better for us to travel independantly or go with an organized tour in China?


If you want to be adventurous, you don't need a tour for help, as you know tons of travellers visit indepedently a great number of places in China every year without any knowledge of Chinese. If you have no time for searching for the travel information and don't want to be intrepid for your trip, taking a group tour is a good way!



11. Is it easy to find a taxi on the tourist sites in Beijing?


It is very easy to find taxis next to touristic attractions in Beijing. The taxi fleet has recently been upgraded, and taxi drivers have to learn some english (though it might still be a bit difficult to communicate with some of them). When you take a taxi, don't forget to ask for the receipt (Fapiao in chinese): it could be usefull if you forget something in the cab ( a telephone number is written on the taxi driver's license in the taxi). Make sure they are metered. Last, but not least important is to make sure the taxi's plaque starts with "B", otherwise, it is a black taxi!



12. How to recognize a legal taxi in Beijing? Any advice on illegal tour bus?


1) The taxi plaque number starts with the number "B"


2) The taxi should be equippped with the light on the top and meter measuring.


3) It's better to take a taxi on the road instead of a taxi waiting somewhere. The empty taxi must show a red light in the front window. Watch out! Don't come aboard the black "illegal tour bus": In Beijing, there are also some black illegal tour buses sending tourists to the Great Wall. You will have a terrible trip once you get on it. To promote their illegal tours, these sales people always deliver a small card to passing-by travelers wanting to go to Great Wall tour by standing on the some public places like the street, Tian'anmen Square, or the entrance of Forbidden City. Very often they use their "unbelievable low price" to attract those "blind" tourists. But once you come aboard their buses for the Great Wall, they have to make you pay additional fees again and again. Sometimes even the Great Wall is not real Badaling section!! We remind you not to take their card if you happen to meet them. Actually it's very easy to recognize an illegal tour bus in Beijing. A legal tour bus plaque starts with "B", if not, you possiblely get on a "black tour bus".



13. How to recognize a licensed and legal tour guide?
A licensed and legal tour guide should have two things - IC card and formal reception plan from the travel agency for which she or he works.
A formal reception plan is actually a travel plan or tour confirmation between a travel agency and the tourists.



14. How to recognize a freelance tour guide?


A freelance tour guide is a tour guide who doesn't only work for her or his registered travel agency. They jump from one travel agency to another. They are not tied to only one travel agency, something like a guerrilla! A freelance tour guide is a licensed and legal tour guide. So they also have two things: tour guide IC card and travel plan from a travel agency.



15. How to recognize a self-employed tour guide ( illegal tour guides )?


If a licensed tour guide directly organize a tour and also conduct the tour, she or he is a self-employed tour guide. A self-employed guide is also a licensed and registered tour guide. But they don't work for their registered tour operators or tour guide management companies. They work for themselves covertly and contact the potential clients by using some low-cost sales channels like web forums, phone calls, direct encounter at some scenic areas. Some self-employed tour guides even make a simple travel website and contact the internet travellers directly! We kindly suggest you avoid using a self-employed tour guide. It is not safe to put yourself in the hand of a single self-employed tour and travel guide. Booking a tour through a self-employed tour guide is illegal!



16. How to recognize an illegal tour guide?


It is quite easy to tell an illegal tour guide. An illegal tour guide has neither IC card nor travel plan from a travel agency. They, just like self-employed tour guides, touch the tourists directly by using some low-cost sales channels like web forums, phone calls, direct encounter at some scenic areas. Some trendy illegal tour guides also make a simple travel website and contact the internet travellers directly! You are kindly advised not to use their services even though their service charges are much lower maybe. To put yourself in the hand of an illegal tour guide is dangerours!



17. Money Exchange in Beijing


How and where to exchange your money when you travel to Beijing China ?


Unlike many foreign countries, there are no money exchange houses on the streets. Usually you may do money exchange at the banks or ATM machine at the Beijing Capital Airport when you arrive, or at your hotel in Beijing. They make the same deal either you do it at the airport banks or at ATM machine, or at your hotel in Beijing. When you do the money exchange, don't forget to take your passport. Please keep your receipt. It is valid for three months! you can use the receipt to exchange your RMB ( Chinese money ) back to your currency when you leave China. When you run out of money, you can also exchange your money at the counter of your hotel in Beijing. Each hotel has the capacity to do the money exchange for you since Bank of China or other banks in China will have their counters at the foreign-related hotels.



18. Beijing: Toilets


Of course,this is a sensitive subject. There are two kinds of restrooms: sitting and squatting, but most are the latter. Please keep in mind that there is seldom toilet paper in the most toilets, so bring your paper always on hand, and even take some anti-bacterial wipes. Hotels here have very good toilets. Some in the tourist sites are all right. But you will find some toilets are terrible! Sometimes the smell is beyond belief. Usually our tour guide advise you to use toilet before going to some remote area like great wall. But things are changing to the better now at least in Beijing.



19. Beijing Emergencies:


When you are traveling in Beijing or other parts of China and find yourself in emergency, the urgent telephone number is 110 for police, 119 for fire and 120 for ambulance. But while you are in Hong Kong or Macau, please use the number of 999 for emergency services. Foreign Tourists are every often the victims or the targets for thieves, so visitors should keep passports and money from pickpockets. It is also a good idea to keep from wearing impressive jewelry or disclose money in public.



If you decide to join China tour packages, you still should know some information on Beijing.


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The place where three Asia great rivers meet

Far away from the smog and crowds of China’s east coast cities is Yunnan Province, destination of popular China tours. Though it has a few cities of its own, the southwestern province is geographically diverse, with the Tibetan plateau rising in the north and west, and subtropical lowlands steaming to the south.



Edging towards the northwest of the province is Three Parallel Rivers National Park. Here, southern Asia, eastern Asia and the Tibetan Plateau smash together in a dramatic riot of deep, near-sunless gorges, mighty rivers and craggy snow-capped peaks. The spectacular terrain has historically meant tough travel, and the subsequent isolation experienced by its inhabitants has preserved its cultural diversity. The park is home to the Naxi people, as well as the Li, Nisu and a handful of others.



The park encompasses the near-meeting points of three of Asia’s – and the world’s — great rivers: the Jinsha, Lancang and Nu, which eventually become the Yangtze, Mekong and Salween respectively. Although the mouths and headwaters of these rivers are all quite distant, for a brief period they gravitate towards each other and then run parallel for roughly 100 miles before diverging into different seas. Their relatively short run alongside each other happens to be in one of the most biologically diverse and geographically varied temperate zones in the world, which earned it a Unesco World Heritage Site status in 2003.


Trekking



The most well-known area of the park is Tiger Leaping Gorge, arguably the deepest gorge in the world and the site of one of China’s most popular treks. The trail snakes along vertical cliffs and through small villages, while the Jinsha rushes far below. Visitors usually take two days to hike the upper path, stopping to sleep in one of the villages along the way and using Lijiang or Shangri-la as a base.



When trekking through this region, you often feel as though time is standing still. A group of small goats clang by, herded by a man carrying a walking stick. Women carry woven baskets on their backs, peddling food to travellers or carrying goods home. As the sun rises, the light filters through the jagged teeth of the mountaintops, while pure streams rush down from glaciers.



It is easy to organize your own trek through Tiger Leaping Gorge, as it is a well-travelled trail. Tour operators in Lijiang and Shangri-la can help organise more remote treks. Consider WildChina for upscale, customized trips or Yunnan Adventure for a more basic approach.


Getting there



To visit Three Parallel Rivers National Park, start in Kunming, Yunnan’s capital city. From there you can fly, take a train or bus to Lijiang, another Unseco protected site. Buses and planes also run to Shangri-la, further west. From these two cities, buses and minivans depart regularly for Qiaotou, at one end of Tiger Leaping Gorge.



If you want to see charming landscape of Yangtze River, you can have a Yangtze River tour.

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Popular game to play with local Chinese


Card games have long been good friends to the traveller whether on long train trips or waiting for transport connections. In hostels across the world people are playing chess right now or, more realistically, a nice game of shithead.



Mahjong, China



Head to any major beauty spot in China and you’ll find a tea house if you join China tour packages. Inside, there will be dozens of people clustered around small tables slurping cups of green tea, probably chain-smoking, and slapping down ivory-coloured tiles. You want in? Should you be expecting a simple game of dominoes, let’s clarify: three suits of nine tiles, four wind and three dragon honour pieces, four seasonal or flower tiles, three dice. Take your place according to the prevailing wind, and pick up and discard cards to collect a meld. Mah-jong is complex, addictive and incredibly competitive.



Mahjong is very popular throughout China, even when you have Guilin tours, you can also see people play it.


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The Kanbula National Forest Park with Danxia Landform

There are many splendid and fantastic tourist attractions in China. But many tourists are just familiar most famous and the attraction in east of China. The following will introduce another tourist attraction for your China vacation deals.



The Kanbula National Forest Park is more than 200 kilometers away from Xining. It’s located in Kanbula Town, Jianzha County, and the Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (huáng nán zàng zú zì zhì zhōu 黄南藏族自治州). It’s 2,100 to 400 meters above sea level, covering an area of about 4,774 hectares. It borders on the Yellow River in the north, abutting against the famous Lijiaxia Hydroelectric Power Station. It’s the red conglomerate landscape. The surface of the rock mass is as red as the red glow. The mountains take on various shapes. They look like columns, towers, walls, forts, human beings or animals. They are very lifelike, such as, the Scissors Rock, the Waiting-For-Husband Cliff, the Stone Bamboo Shoot, the Fairies Get-Together, etc. There are eighteen perilous peaks in the Kanbula Region. Two of them, the A’qiongnanzong (ā qióng nán zōng 阿琼南宗) and the Neibaozong, are the most famous. In addition, the religious culture in Kanbula has a long history. Kanbula is the regeneration place of the Tibetan Buddhist. There are four temples in it. It is the only Buddhist resort where monks and nuns coexist.




History


The religious cultures have a long history in the area of Kanbula, which is the birthplace of Tibetan Buddhism in its later period. Here is the home of A’qiongnanzong Temple, Nanzong Buddhist Nunnery (nán zōng ní gū sì 南宗尼姑寺), Nanzongzha Temple (nán zōng zhā sì 南宗扎寺) and Gabu Temple (gǎ bù sì 尕布寺), all of which have a history more than 1,100 years. Nanzong Temple and Nanzong Buddhist Nunnery are the only religious Buddhist places with monks and nuns coexist with each other in Qinghai Province China.




Geography



With a total area of 4,774 hectares, Kanbula National Forest Park is located in Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in rural Kanbula Jianzha County, 200 km from Xining in Qinghai Province. With an altitude of 2,100 to 4,000 meters above sea level, it borders on the Yellow River in the north, abutting against the famous Lijiaxia Hydroelectric Power Station. Lofty mountains extend far away with trees covered resembling a forest sea. The weather amid the mountains can change very frequently.



There are deflated hills formed in the northwest of Qaidam Basin for the long-term erosion of wind and sand, which are called red-cloud landforms. The unique Kanbula red-cloud landforms are mainly featured by wonderful peaks, high mountains, caves, precipitous cliffs and many rock peaks, stone columns and stone walls in shapes. The large mountains look like grand and vertical column, tower or castle; the small hills look like giant and strange animal of odd shapes. Meeting of Fairies (xiān nǚ jù huì 仙女聚会), “Qiangqi Hill” and “Nanzong Valley” are the most representatives of the landforms in various appreciable shapes.



Kanbula National Forest ParkThere are eighteen perilous peaks in the Kanbula Region. Two of them, the A’qiongnanzong and the Neibaozong, are the most famous. The A’qiongnanzong is surrounded by steep cliffs. There is only one path with stone steps, through which people can get to the top of the peak. The major portion of the path is cut out of the cliffs. At the top of the peak stand an ancient Buddhist temple and several small caves. Many Buddha statues are displayed in the caves. A great number of people come to here all the year around. The Neibaozong is a square separated peak. There are a lot rare plants on the peak. At the top of it, there are the Sky Pond and spring. Birds sing and flowers bloom on tree-covered slope. Gurgling streams flow along the valley accompanying the tranquil hollow. In a word, it's an enchanting landscape.




Attractions



A’qiongnanzong Temple


The A’qiongnanzong Peak is surrounded by steep cliffs. There is only one path with stone steps, through which people can get to the top of the peak. The major portion of the path is cut out of the cliffs. At the top of the peak stand A’qiongnanzong Temple and several small caves. Many Buddha statues are displayed in the caves. A great number of people come to here all the year around. A’qiongnanzong Temple is the largest nunnery of Ningma sect of Tibetan Buddhism with more than 1,100 years of history. It is a historic site where three eminent monks from Tibet coming here to practice Buddhism and do missionary work have inhabited. In the period of Zangpulangdamamie Buddha, Tubo, the middle period of the 9th century, the three eminent monks come here. It is more than 1100 years up to now. Here, the sticking up peaks, the peculiar terrain of mountains, verdant woods, and the prattling spring water form magnificent scenery.



Tel: 0973-8728181


Opening Hours: 8:00-17:00


Admission Fee: CNY35



Danxia Landform



Danxia LandformKanbula is well-known around the world for its Danxia karsts or hills. These land formations feature extraordinarily steep cliffs, elevated caves and archways and special ‘mesa’ or table tops. The mountains come in diverse shapes and sizes, likened to giants, castles, pillars and so on. The land formations are a record of the forces of gravity that have shaped this area, marking the transition from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to the Loess Plateau.



Compare with attractions of Shanghai tour, you will have a totally different travel experience.

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Iconic Food of China - Peking Duck

Cultures and countries are defined by food and many rightly take pride in their culinary heritage. Some dishes are so iconic that they carry the name of birthplace and, of course. they taste so much better in situ. The following give you Beijing Duck. If you have China travel packages, please have a taste of Peking Duck.




The first Peking Duck restaurant, Bianyifang, was opened in 1416 and still offers amazing duck. The incredible crispiness of the duck’s skin is created in a process lasting days and nowadays involves a bicycle pump. Beijing’s largest duck restaurant is Quanjude, which can serve over 5000 dishes a day. At seven stories high, it has to be seen to be believed.


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China on Screen

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A New Tourist Attraction - atomic bomb tourist site

China is spending about six million yuan (about $960,000) to open an unusual tourist attraction for China tours. Travelers will be able to visit the site where its first atomic bomb was detonated at the remote Malan base in the Xinjiang region.



The country tested its first atomic bomb on October 16, 1964. Since then, over 40 nuclear tests have been done in Xinjiang on the route of Silk Road tours over the decades before a moratorium was called in the 1990s.



According to BBC News, tourists will now be able to view the laboratories and dormitories scientists used, as well as a 985-foot anti-strike tunnel. It will be a "red tourism site," a location chosen by the Communist Party to commemorate what it considers a historic event.



While Beijing's Tsinghua University and the local government are hoping to attract many tourists, it's unclear how successful they will be as the location of the site is in one of China's most remote areas.

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Useful Information of Sichuan Cuisine


Having a taste of local food is greatly enjoyable when you have a China vacation package. The following will introduce you Sichuan Cuisine which can be eaten in most parts of China. When you aren't fond of spicy food, don't taste it.



Of the eight major schools of China's culinary art, Sichuan cuisine is perhaps the most popular. Originating in Sichuan Province of westernChina, Sichuan cuisine, known as Chuan Cai in Chinese, enjoys an international reputation for beingspicy and flavorful. Yet the highly distinctive pungency is not its only characteristic. In fact, Sichuan cuisine boasts a variety of flavors and different methods of cooking, featuring the taste of hot, sweet, sour, salty, or tongue-numbing.



The origin of Sichuan cuisine can be traced back to the Qin and Han Dynasties (221BC-220AD), its recognition as a distinct regional system took place in the Han Dynasties (206BC-220AD). As a unique style of food, Sichuan cuisine was famous more than 800 years ago during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) when Sichuan restaurants were opened in Lin'an, now called Hangzhou, the capital. The hot pepper was introduced into China from South America around the end of the 17th century. Once it came to Sichuan, it became a favored food flavoring. In the late Qing Dynasty around 19th century, Sichuan cuisine became a unique local flavor, enjoying the same reputation with Shandong, Guangdong (Canton) and Huaiyang cuisines.



Sichuan has high humidity and many rainy or overcast days. Hot pepper helps reduce internal dampness, so it was used frequently in dishes, and hot dishes became the norm in Sichuan cuisine. The region's warm, humid climate also necessitates sophisticated food-preservation techniques which include picking, salting, drying and smoking.



Sichuan has been known as the land of plenty since ancient times. It produces abundant domestic animals, poultry, and freshwater fish and crayfish. Sichuan cuisine is well known for cooking fish. The raw materials are delicacies from land and river, edible wild herbs, and the meat of domestic animals and birds. Beef is more common in Sichuan cuisine than it is in other Chinese cuisines, perhaps due to the widespread use of oxen in the region. Stir-fried beef is often cooked until chewy, while steamed beef is sometimes coated with rice flour to produce rich gravy.



Sichuan dishes consist of Chengdu, Chongqing and vegetarian dishes. Masterly used cooking techniques are sauteing, stir-frying without stewing, dry-braising, Pao (soaking in water) and Hui (frying then braising with corn flour sauce). Sichuan cuisine is famous for its distinct and various flavors, the most outstanding ones are fish flavors, pepper powder boiled in oil, strange flavor and sticky-hot.



If you want to know more about Sichuan cuisine and its attraction, you can write to China travel agents.


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How much do you know Chinese table manners

We all interested in the things and customs with which we are not familiar. When you have China tours, you may be invited to visit the local families and have dinner with them. So, you have to know something about the table manners in China. Maybe you think that you will be forgiven for you are a foreign, but if you have dinner with Chinese table manner, you will be praised and more respected.


Talking about eating habit, unlike the West, where everyone has their own plate of food, inChinathe dishes are placed on the table and everybody shares. If you are being treated by a Chinese host, be prepared for a ton of food. Chinese are very proud of their culture of cuisine and will do their best to show their hospitality.



And sometimes the host will serve some dishes with his or her own chopsticks to guests to show his or her hospitality. This is a sign of politeness. The appropriate thing to do would be to eat the whatever-it-is and say how yummy it is. If you feel uncomfortable with this, you can just say a polite "thank you" and leave the food there. There are some other rules that are suggested you follow to make your stay inChinahappier, though you will be forgiven if you have no idea of what they are.


1. Never stick your chopsticks upright in the rice bowl, lay them on your dish instead. Otherwise, it is deemed extremely impolite to the host and seniors present. The reason for this is that when somebody dies, the shrine to them contains a bowl of sand or rice with two sticks of incense stuck upright in it. So if you stick your chopsticks in the rice bowl, it looks like the shrine and is equivalent to wishing death upon a person at the table.


2. Make sure the spout of the teapot is not facing anyone. It is impolite to set the teapot down where the spout is facing towards somebody. The spout should always be directed to where nobody is sitting, usually just outward from the table.


3. Don't tap on your bowl with your chopsticks, since that will be deemed insult to the host or the chef. Beggars tap on their bowls, and also, when the food is coming too slow in a restaurant, people will tap their bowls. If you are in someone's home, it is like insulting the host or the cook.


4. Never try to turn a fish over and debone it yourself, since the separation of the fish skeleton from the lower half of the flesh will usually be performed by the host or a waiter. Superstitious people deem bad luck will ensue and a fishing boat will capsize if you do so. This is especially true to southerners inChina(to be specific, such asGuangdong, Guangxi andFujianprovinces, etc.), since, traditionally, southerners are the fishing population.


When you join a China vacation package, your tour guide will tell you something about Chinese table manners.

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Tasty Local Food in Luoyang - Luoyang Water Banquet

Having a taste of local delicacies is very enjoyable. Chinese cuisines are very famous in the world. When you have a China travel to Luoyang, Luoyang Water Banquet should not be missed.



Luoyang Water Banquet (LuoyangShuixi), also called soup banquet, is not simply a drinking test, but one of the most traditional Chinese cuisines. The history of this local custom can be traced back over a thousand years. Luoyang is a city surrounded by mountains, and the weather here is cold and dry. In ancient time, people hardly got any fruit to enjoy, thus they invented various soup to make up the need of water.



There are two reasons why the banquet has this name. The main reason is that, unlike most meal customs in China, the dishes served in this banquet are brought one after another, like flowing water, hence the name "Water Banquet". The second reason is that around one third of the dishes served are soup or semi-soup ones.



Although dishes in these banquets vary from one restaurant to another in both amount and consistency, you may be assured that carp is included nine times out of ten. The food is noted for its various soups with sour and spicy flavors. There are 24 courses in the banquet. The first course named "Luoyang swallow dish" is made of turnip shreds, chicken shreds, minced pork and other vegetables simmered in soup.



Luoyang Water Banquet is special in Luoyang. If you have a Beijing travel and want to eat Luoyang Water Banquet, it is very difficult for you to find the right restaurants.


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All attractions in Yangzhou

When you have a Suzhou travel, you can visit Yangzhou by the way.



Daming Temple (大明寺; Dà​míng​sì; Lit. Temple of Abundant Light​). 8AM-4:45PM. Rebuilt after being destroyed in the Taiping Rebellion, this temple originally dated from the 5th century AD. There is a spring next to the tea house.



Hanlinyuan Museum. 8:30AM-5PM. A magnificent tomb for Liu Xu, ruler of the Guangling Kingdom. It is five stories deep, with different levels housing things like a warehouse, living quarters, and a coffin on wheels.



Slender West Lake 瘦西湖 (Shouxihu). Very slim lake winding through the city center. Several pavilions dot the park around the lake that make the park like



Yangzhou Museum (扬州博物馆; Yáng​zhōu​ Bó​wù​guǎn​). 8:30AM-11AM, 1PM-5PM. Yangzhou museum is situated inside the 1500-year-old Tianning Temple, the only imposing historical architectural complex remaining in Yangzhou city proper. Covering an area of 12,000 square meters, Tianning Temple comprises an arch over a gateway, three magnificent main halls, and a dozen wing-rooms. This museum has splendid displays of things like a boat salvaged from the Grand Canal that crosses through eastern China. The museum used to be housed in She Kefa temple downtown, but now it is on the west side, in a new purpose-built building, known as the "Double Museum" (Shuang Bowuguan). It is "double" because the other tenant in the building is a museum of traditional Chinese book printing.



Shi Kefa Memorial (Shi Kefa Jinianguan), and his temple nearby: honor a Ming general who refused to surrender the city to Qing rulers in 1645.



Ge Yuan 个园 A lovely garden with sections representing the four seasons and with pavilions, open 7:30am-5pm daily, discount with student ID



He Yuan 何园 This true scholar's garden is cleverly arranged garden with several tea houses, open grottoes, and pleasant view. One of the best gardens in Jiangsu Province. open daily 7:30am-6pm, discount with student ID



Lu Shi Yan-shang Zhu-zhai (卢氏 盐商 住宅) A lavishly furnished home with 100 rooms that belonged to a local salt merchant, open daily 8am-5pm



Garden Tomb of Puhaddin Said to be a descendant of Mohammed, Puhaddin's grave is in an inscription-covered building on the grounds of the local mosque. Open daily 8am-5pm



Wenchang Ge文昌阁 (Promoting Literature Pavilion) Once part of the Confucian Academy, this pavilion is all that's left.



Although it is not included in the itineraries of top 10 China tours, it is very worthwhile to visit.

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Enjoy the beauty of Changli Emerald Island

Many tourists like Beijing travel for they have visit the historical places and have a taste of local food. But the spots around Beijing is also very attractive and charming. The Changli Emerald Island is one of them.



In Changli County, the southern end of the Gold Coast tourist area, Qinhuangdao to Beijing, Tang Hong Kong coastal highway east, away from the famous scenic tourist area of Hebei Beidaihe beach 40 kilometers there is a beautiful and mysterious island, where rolling sand hills, steep slopes staggered, if by chance Deng on the sand hills, far from jumping, mountain green patches of huailin dripping, as set in the golden sand hills as charming Tsui sad. As early as 80 years, Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Geography of the experts put the piece of scenery great treasure named "Emerald Island", near the beach is called "The Golden Sands." Emerald Island, the locals called "Otani," the north-east and the west on three sides by the Bohai Sea Qilihai surrounded,It is a golden yellow sand by the composition of the peninsula. Where fine sand, Wei slow, clear water, tidal flat, the tourism sector in the region under the protection of the reasonable development and has not been any pollution, is the best place for eco-tourism.



If you are stuck for ideas of your last minute China travel deals, you can advise your tour guide to take you there.




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A museum displays Beijing arts and crafts

There are many tourists attractions in Beijing, many of which present the ancient Chinese history. Beijing Arts & Crafts Mueum is also one of them. When you have a Beijing travel, you should not miss this museum.



Beijing Arts & Crafts Museum (BACM) is located 4th floor of Gongmei Emporium, which is the first professional arts & crafts museum in Beijing.



The Museum founds in 1987, is a cultural institute to be originated by Beijing Gongmei Group Company. It is a creation of sponsor a museum by an enterprise.



BACM collects more than 3,000 pieces fine arts & crafts wares, including prestigious china traditional arts and crafts of "Jade Carving , Ivory Carving, Cloisonne and Carved Lacquer", also collects some handicrafts "gold filigree inlaid ware, antique porcelain, ancient bronze ware, valued embroidery works, gold lacquer and personality Chinese paintings and calligraphy works. If you visit Palace Museum, you may appreciate ancient artists` masterpieces. In Beijing Arts & Crafts Museum you will look and enjoy the exquisite handicrafts works.



Visiting Beijing Arts & Crafts Museum, seems marching into the artistic palace. The masterpieces make you full of passion, they are entirely marvelous artistic works. Master Pan Bing-heng`s jadeite carving "Elephant Lei"is with a supernatural story. You may feel that it`s a perfect integration from the bronze shape and jade carving. The white jade Jigong Monk is designed and carved by Master Wang Shu-sen, it`s praiseworthy by every visitor. Master Liu De-ying is good at carving flower & birds. He created coral "All the Birds Worshipped the Phoenix", attracts the everyone . The agate Dragon Plate,is well known at home and abroad. Generally each exhibit shows us that Chinese people`s wisdom and talent. The large size pair ivory carving New Look of Beijing; Beijing`s Old Scenery are accomplished in 1960`, the subject mattes is derived from Beijing 60` famous 10 constructions, and street scenery in old Beijing. You may enjoy old Beijing`s local condition & social costumes , more than 300 figurines are lifelike. Which is to used display in Great Hall of the Peoples and the Hall of Tian An Men Rostrum many years. The sparkling gold filigree inlaid ware Thousand Hands & Eyes Guanyin,is designed by Master Wang Shu-wen. Guanyin solemnly & serenely put in the hall of BACM. The president Zhao Pu-chu, of China Buddhism Association in person of wrote epigraph "Hong Xiu Pu Yin" for this Guanyin. Master Gao Cong-li,who takes part in wood carving many years,he engraved wood ware is quite superb. He created wood carving Liang Shanbo & Zhu YingTai very successfully, is to be called Chinese edition of Romeo & Juliet. The carved lacquer "Flower-Basket Plate" is enjoyed highly prestige in the world. This is the first three-dimensional lacquer carving works, which is created by Master Du Bingchen. In 1984,this carved lacquer "Flower Basket Plate" is to be awarded golden medal at Leipzig World Expo in German.



Beijing Arts & Crafts Museum is an important site for visitors. Every year, receives a great deal of visitors from domestic & abroad. Some VIP have visited BACM early or late. When Jia Qinglin, the chairman of CPPCC, and Wu Yi, Vice-Primer of State Council visited Beijing Arts & Crafts Museum, the exquisite arts & crafts exhibits won high recognition from them. IOC executive commissioner Mr. Heiburg is invited to visit BACM, he is very interested in these wonderful workmanship of Chinese traditional handicrafts. One visitor, after looking around carefully BACM, her leaves word: "Chinese Priceless Treasures, Marvelous Spectacle in World".



Beijing Arts & Crafts Museum effective display area is 550 square meters. Each day per square meter charge RMB 12.00 for leased. BACM has already held many domestic or foreign exhibitions successfully. We sincerely welcome all circles persons to negotiate !



Beijing is always included in the classic China tour packages. When visiting Beijing, you will learn more knowledge about Chinese history.

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Amazing Night Cruises in Hangzhou

Have you ever had Yangtze River Cruise and experienced the views along the river. The following will introduce you different experience cruise in Hanghzou.



Hangzhou is a city of water, and it is on the water is where you can really experience the charm of Hangzhou. The Grand Canal, West Lake, and the Qiantang River all offer nightly cruises. From paddle boats and canal boats to cruise ships, each ship can bring you a different experience. Set sail at dusk and dim the lights, and get ready to enjoy the true beauty of Hangzhou scenery.



West Lake Night Cruise


Hangzhou’s West Lake night cruise is an important source of entertainment, from mid-April each year to mid-October; a boat trip up the West Lake will fill you with excitement. The West Lake night cruise route starts from the five parks and ends back at the terminal, one round-trip around the lake takes about 50 minutes.



Three boat options are available. The largest are Fang Song (Song dynasty style) boats, which seat 70 to 80 people. On board you can enjoy the charming lake side night, while listening to the zither and other performances while leisurely sipping on a cup of tea. Boarding generally begins at about 18:30 and from 19:00 onward a ship departs every hour. Smaller, recreational boats, seating about 40 to 50 people, leave about every 20 minutes. Finally, the third boat option are the rowing boats, seating about six people, which are great for those that like to be active and hands on.



Canal Night Cruise


Experience a thousand years of recorded history on the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. Every summer, you can enjoy the large cluster of ancient buildings on both shores and experience the millennial heritage of the Grand Canal. The canal night cruise has large, medium and small vessels available, starting from Wulin Gate to Gongchen Qiao; the whole trip takes about one hour. Cruises start from 19:30 every day at Wulin Gate pier, launching about every hour.



Along the way you can see Emperor Qianlong's Imperial Dock, the imperial granary, Qianlong Fang, the new Xiang Ji Temple, and the famous Jiangnan Bridge "Gong Chenqiao." The Xiang Ji Temple is open from 17:00 to 21:00 daily, where not only can you burn incense and pray, but also view the beautiful classic Buddhist features of the temple. Xiang Ji Temple is about 5 minutes walk to Shengli He Food Street, where you can sample some classic Hangzhou cuisine, definitely not to be missed. Also, Xizhi street and Dadou Lu pedestrian street are a short walk from the temple, and make for a great stroll at night.



Qiantang River Cruise


The Qiantang River cruise is also a great night cruise to take. Starting from the Wulin pier heading south to the Grand Canal, there are a multitude of sights to see and the ship passes through three locks. The whole trip takes about three hours. The best view is where the Qiantang meets the Grand Canal; the two sides are ablaze with lights under the night sky. The juxtaposition of the graceful canal and the majestic Qiantang River view is breathtaking and definitely not to be missed.



Hangzhou is very closed to Suzhou. After Hangzhou cruise, you can have a Suzhou travel.


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No.1 Bay in China - Yalong Bay

By comparison with Shanghai travel, Hainan Province has totally different views surrounded by sea. And Yalong Bay is one of must-see attractions for tourists.



Yalong Bay (yà lóng wān 亚龙湾) is located 28 kilometers away from Sanya City (sān yà shì 三亚市) of Hainan Province (hǎi nán shěng 海南省). It is a half-moon bay in the south end of Hainan. With the total length of about 7500 kilometers, it is a famous tourist site in Hainan. The beach in the bay is smooth and wide. The sands there are white and soft and the sea water is clean and blue. It is regarded as the No. 1 Bay in China (tiān xià dì yī wān 天下第一湾).



The climate in Yalong Bay is temperate, with the blue sky, warm sunshine, fresh air, the rolling mountains, various rocks, the mangrove, and the tranquil sea, makes the bay picturesque. The coconut trees on the beach, exotic flowers and rare herbs and the vegetations makes the bay much more charming, like a bright pearl shinning in Hainan.



The crystal blue sea, whose visibility is 7 to 9 meters, makes Yalong Bay an ideal place for diving. You can enjoy the undersea world with its multi-colored coral reefs, tropical fish, seabed Fish and Coralstreasures and wild shells.



Besides the attraction of the sea and the beach, there is the Yalong Bay Central Square (yà lóng wān zhōng xīn guǎng chǎng 亚龙湾中心广场), on which there is the totem pillar of 27 meters. Around the pillar, there are the carvings about the Chinese ancient myths and culture. Four white tilts with pinnacle makes the square much more modern. On the square, there is a Museum of Sea Shell (bèi ké guǎn 贝壳馆), covering an area of 3000 square meters. It is the first sea shell museum in China. In the museum you can see more than 300 species of sea shells all over the world. You will be amazed by the divine workmanship by nature. On the north part of the Yalong Bay, there is the Butterfly Valley (hú dié gǔ 蝴蝶谷), where you can appreciate all kinds of the butterflies. All of these will make Yalong Bay more attractive to the tourists.



When you have last minute China travel deals in Hainan, please don't miss Yalong Bay.

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Soak hot springs in Hailuogou

Hailuogou has very different views by comparison with scenery in big cities. If you once have a Hong Kong travel and Sichuan travel, you will know difference between them. The following will introduce you not Hailuogou but the hot spring in Hailuogou.



Another special attraction of the Conch Gully is its hot springs hidden either in virgin forests or under the cover of snow and ice. The most noted ones are at No.1 and No. 2 campsites.



In No.2 Campsite, hot springs gush out from rock cracks year round, with a daily flow of 8,900 tons. Water temperature at the mouth can reach as high as 90 °C. The hot springs gush into a small pond, from where they drop down along a cliff to form a waterfall of eight meters wide and 10 meters high. The spring water is believed to be effective in curing diabetes, neuralgia, arthritis and gastroenteritis. Nearby, a swimming pool has been built in the open air for tourists’ convenience.



There are also a big swimming pool and small-scale bathrooms in No.1 Campsite. The famous Gonggar Miraculous Fount is located at 1,600 meters above sea level, where travelers don’t need to worry about altitude sickness. Still, most of the visitors favor hot springs in No.2 Campsite because they are rustic, with more natural taste.



If you want know more information on hot springs in Hailuogou, you can a local China travel agency.

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A world of bamboos - Purple Bamboo Garden

Nearly every foreign tourist will choose Beijing travel if they decide to visit China. All people, including me, just know some world-famous attractive and are not familiar with some unknow but attractive attractions in Beijing. Purple Bamboo Garden is one of them.



Located at the south end of Bai Shi Qiao (bái shí qiáo 白石桥) Road and near the west of the Capital Gymnasium in Hai Dian District, the Purple Bamboo Garden is a mountain-water landscaped garden. As the name suggests, the garden has a large variety of bamboos, more than 50 species, with the most prominent being the black bamboo. It covers an area of 14 hectares (gōng qǐng 公顷), including three lakes and two small islands on the lakes. Five arched bridges connect the lakes, isles and main garden area and there are scattered corridors and pavilions throughout.



Purple Bamboo GardenFor visitors who are fond of bamboo and wide waters, Zizhuyuan Park is hard to beat. West of the Capital Gymnasium in Haidian District, this park is renowned for its bamboo scenery. Three lakes, filled with lotus blossoms, occupy one third of the area. They are connected with two islets (xiǎo dǎo 小岛) by five arch bridges. Pavilions, corridors and bridges hide in the tall bamboo all across the park.



Beijing is usually contained in the intineraries of classic China tour package, you can advise your tour guide to take you there.


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An ancient town in Chongqing - Zhuoshui

Though I visited some places including some famous ancient towns in China such as Pingyao Ancient Town, but I never heard of the name of Zhuoshui Ancient Town in Chongqing. Zhuoshui Ancient Town, not listing on the top China tours, is worthwhile to visit if you are planing to visit Chongqing.



It was once called Baihe Ba in ancient China. As one of important commercial port, the town witness the ups and downs of Ba people. Many of historical sites can be found in the town. With the history of more than 4,000 years, the town contains deep culture connotation. The ancient town is well-preserved during the development. Here you can see many traditional and local producing things such as embroidery and tea.



If you have a Yangtze River tour and embark the ship in Chongqing, you can visit this ancient town if you have free time.





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Generally, tourists like to buy some traditional and artistic souvenirs when they have a China travel.



Ash-dusting New Year print, as one kind of folk new year prints in China, came out in the Chenghua Period (1467-1487) during the Ming Dynasty and became popular in the Qing Dynasty. According to the existing material, it is only in Gaomi area that this kind of new year print exists, and it mainly goes around the 30 villages such as Jiangzhuang Village and Xiazhuang Village in the north part of Gaomi area. Ash dusting means that the makers firstly burn the sallow to ash, and then draw lines with the ash to make the back plates, and they copy couples of sheets one time. Then the makers powder the face and hands on the printed picture, and then they apply color, decorate with liquid gold, and draw the lines, and in the end they coat oil on the key parts. The ash new year print is finally finished.



At first the folk painters copied from the wall paintings in temples to sell, because the copy needed a lot of manuscripts, so on the basis of the traditional folk rubbing method of manuscript of wall painting, the "ash dusting" rubbing method was developed. The biggest difference between "ash dusting" and "powder dusting" lies not in the use of material, but in the fact that "powder dusting" method uses the ready-made Fenben (powder plate, i.e., sample) while the "ash dusting" method needs to copy from the original work first. "Powder dusting" means direct printing, it uses the ash one time to print one time; "ash dusting" means copying one time to use for several times. Owing to this procedure, ash-dusting New Year prints did a good hand at absorbing all kinds of painting factors and molding styles so as to satisfy the people's aesthetic taste.

Ash-dusting New Year print is local folk art in Shangdong Province so that you may not buy the print if you have a Beijing travel.
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Leisure Garden of Hong Kong - Sai Kung


In the eyes of most tourists, Hong Kong is a paradise for shopping. In Hong Kong, you can find world-renowned brands goods. Many tourists to Hong Kong is just to buy some inexpensive but well-qualitied commodities. If you decide your last minute China travel deals in Hong Kong, you can ask your tour guide to take you to Sai Kung.



Often referred to as the “leisure garden of Hong Kong” the picturesque Sai Kung Peninsula in the north-east New Territories is a complete contrast to urban Hong Kong and represents the best of rural Hong Kong being a natural recreational area with stunning scenery, tiny hamlets, abandoned villages, country parks, hiking trails, lofty peaks, rugged coastline, a national geopark featuring unique spectacular hexagonal rock columns, idyllic beaches, reservoir and a colourful fishing town in a sheltered bay populated by dozens of tiny pristine islands. The administrative district also includes much of the Clearwater Bay Peninsula including Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and of the district population of 410,000 about 88% live around the new town of Tseung Kwan O.



The name "Sai Kung" came into being around the early days of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) when the Emperor Chengzu (also known as "Yongle Emperor", 1402-1424), ordered an official named Zheng He to make seven voyages to the "Western Oceans". After one of those epic voyages, many countries in regions of today's South-East Asia, the Middle East and East Africa started paying tributes to or trading with China. Sai Kung was just a port of call at that time, while its name means "tributes from the West" in Chinese.



SAI KUNG TOWN



Sai Kung town was a small undeveloped fishing village until the fishing industry declined in the 1970’s and many fishermen moved into other businesses such as fish farming, eco tourism and seafood restaurants. A major reclamation project between 1978 and 1993 led to subsequent development of new buildings, shops, promenade, piers, public swimming pool and other facilities. Improvements to roads and public transport have seen the town grow to become a commuter town popular with ex-pats but the town still retains much of its old charm and fishing village atmosphere. Sai Kung Town has a population of about 13,000 and in addition to being a tourist destination in its own right is also a convenient starting point for hiking trips and beach excursions in the country park and for exploring the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region of the Hong Kong Geopark. Throughout the year Sai Kung sees a number of colourful events and festivals including the mass greeting on the fourth day of each Lunar New Year, celebration of Tin Hau (Goddess of the Sea) in High Island on the 23rd day of the third lunar month, ritual performance of Cantonese opera as well as the ceremonious float procession of Tin Hau.



So if you have a Hong Kong travel, you can visit Sai Kung for relaxing.






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Yuejiang Tower in Nanjing

With comparison your Suzhou travel, you will have different experience in Nanjing. The following introduce you Yuejiang Tower.


Yuejiang Tower (Yuejiang Lou 阅江楼), located at the northwest of Nanjing, is close to Yangtze River. Inside the scenic spot are more than 30 historical sites such as Yuejiang Tower, Wanxian Pavilion, Ancient Fort, Sun Yat-sen Yuejiang Site, Five Army Tunnel and Ancient City Wall, turning out to be a tourist resort integrating human landscape and natural landscape.



Lion Mountain, with original name as Lulong Mountain, is 2 kilometers long, once appraised as “Shiling Grandeur” and being one of 48 Jinling sceneries. Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of Ming Dynasty, defeated Chen Youliang in Lulong Mountain which laid a solid foundation for the establishment of Ming Dynasty in its later capital Nanjing. Upon Zhu Yuanzhang became the emperor, he renamed the Lulong Mountain as Lion Mountain and ordered to build up Yuejiang Tower at the top of the Mountain, wrote the “Yuejang Tower” and asked every subjects to write a passage on Yueyang Tower. The passage written by the great scholar, Song Lian, finally selected among the Gems from Chinese Culture.



Yuejiang Tower is built up and opened to the public in 2001, which put an end to the history of “Passage but No Tower”. The Yuejiang Tower is 52 meters high, seven floors in total (four floors outside but three floors inside). With green glazed tile, red columns, and beautiful pattern, it is of striking style of Ming Dynasty as well as the classical royal manner and thus becomes one symbol of Nanjing.



At the just center of Yuejiang Tower is decorated with huge-size encaustic of “The Adventures of Zheng He” made in Jingde Town. The picture is 12.8 meters high and 8 meters wide. Composed of 12 parts with rich colors and splendid vigor, it offers a panoramic description of the grand history from 1405 to 1433 when Zheng He sailed to the Atlantic. It includes the great pomp such as ship building, scientific sailing, conquering ocean, peaceful diplomacy, good-neighborly relationship, transmission of civilization, equal trading and culture exchanges as well as local customs and practices in western countries. In addition, the huge encaustic picture also demonstrated the situations that Emperor Yongle built up “Jinghai Temple”, “Tianfeigong Palace” and erected “Tianfei Palace Tablet” to pray for the safety for Zheng He during his sailing. Meanwhile, inside the hall, there is one copy of Zheng He’s Boat and a huge rusty anchor which vividly proved that Nanjing was originally the major ship-building location for the adventures of Zheng He and the largest ship building base in the world at that time.



Mounting the Yunjiang Tower, looking far away, the broad river scenery all comes to you and makes you feel completely relaxed and happy. Looking forward against the River, the panorama of scenery in Nanjing is in full view. Nanjang Yuejiang Tower, together with Huanghe Tower in Wuhan, Yueyang Tower in Yueyang and Tengwang Tower in Nanchang, is named as Four Great Towers of China.



In Nanjing, you can not only see the historical spots but also experience modern atmosphere different the scenery of your Shangri-la travel.

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Altai Mountains - Must-see attraction in Xinjiang Province

If you have a plan to visit the west China for your private China tours, Altai Mountains shouldn't be missed.

Altai Mountains are a mountain range which extends from the west of Inner Mongolia and the north of Xinjiang to the northwest of Russia and which also the sources of the rivers Irtysh and Ob. Rising about 1,000 meters above the sea level, the whole mountain range is more than 2,000 kilometers long and the middle section with about 500 kilometers is in the China. Altai Mountains are rich in the forest and mineral resources. The name “Altai” comes from Mongolain “Altan” which means “golden”. In fact, the gold in Altai Mountains were been mined in Han Dynasty (202BC – 220AD).


The Highest peak on boundary of China and Mongolia is Youyi Peak with the elevation of 4,374 meters. The area of Altai Mountains was neritic sea in before Himalayan orogeny. The neritic sea immensely was lifted by the power of Himalayan orogeny and fault at the same time. The mountain fault formed terrace landform. In the north of the region is the Sailufhem Mountains which stretch northwest from 49° N and 86° E towards the western extremity of the Sayan Mountains in 51° 60' N and 89° E. Their mean elevation is 1,500 to 1,750 meters. The snow-line runs at 2,000 meters in the northern side and at 2,400 meters on the southern. And this region is studded with many lakes.


In 1998, the Altai Mountains were inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Want to know more information of Altai Mountains? You can contact China tour agents.

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Another Shangri-la in China - Yading

As for many foreign tourists, they generally visit some classic scenic spots of China tours. The following will introduce you a unusual attraction, Yading.


Yading, the "Shangri-La" discovered by Joseph Rock in 1928, is renowned for the 3 holy peaks, which were blessed in the 8th century by Buddha Padmasambhava of projecting his divine light onto the range and naming the 3 elevations after 3 bodhisattvas.


The south peak Jambeyang (or Jampelyang, Yangmaiyong) of 5,958m is the avatar of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom. The east peak Chanadorje (or Xianuoduoji) of the same height represents Vajrapani , the Bodhisattva of Wrath. The north peak, Chenresig (or Chenrezig, Xiannairi ) of 6,032m, the highest of the trio, symbolizes Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Mercy.


The 3 peaks are the patron saint of the Tibetan. It's said that if a Tibetan pilgrimage to the shrine 3 times in life, he can be blessed with all he desires. Therefore, pilgrimage to this holy range is a long-cherished wish of each Tibetan.


Yading is one of China's most awe-inspiring nature reserves, Tibetan's holy land. Every stunning vista here is celebrated with a gompa, prayer flags or Mani Stones. On this adventurous trip you will take in relatively remote areas of Tibetan culture - small towns reminiscent of the wild west, rolling landscapes characterized by wheat and barley fields and Tibetan houses.


Many people like some scenic places and some others have enthusiastic passion for some modern places. Hong Kong is very modern city in China. It is also a shopping paradise for many tourists of Hong Kong tours.

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Unknown but Significant Jingxi Ancient Road

Generally, foreign tourists just know some famous attractions including in the itinerary of classic China tours. But don't know some small but significant attractions. The following will introduce you Jingxi Ancient Road.


The hills which located at western side of Beijing are generally known as Xishan (West Hill). Ever since Yuan and Ming Dynasty, over millions of residents in Beijing sustained their life through the coal mines. Moreover, West Hills of Beijing is also famous for producing stone as well as exquisite glass works. Thus, many business groups had been traveling to and forth from here throughout the history. From days to days and years to years, the road which connecting Beijing to western hills as well as further to Neimenggu (Inner Mongolia) and Shanxi was formed.


Xishan Dalu (Western Hill Road) which connecting many sub roads in north-south axis is the main road of Ancient Jingxi Road. The road had witness the development of a nation, the integration of races, religious activities as well as the construction of city walls. It is not just a road that connecting Beijing to the world outside, it is also a great evidence of the advanced economy and cultural development as well as path that leads us to the history of that magnificent period.


According to the historical records, there were evidences to show human’s activities were found at Xishan of Beijing. Besides that, Mentougou is blessed with very good location which enables this area to play a very important role in military purpose. Ever since Emperor Huangdi set the capital here, many roads at Xishan Dalu had been rebuilt and reconstructed into larger scale of royal paths. Moreover, most of the constructions were carried out by the residents around this area as well. The Ancient Jingxi Road with great history has long been lying at Mentougou Area and it has become one of the unique cultural scenes here. From the aspects of trading, religious activities, military, cultural integration as well as development, the Ancient Jingxi Road is the only way to connect all these into a wonderful network.

If you have a Beijing tour, you can ask your tour guide to lead you there.

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Picturesque Landscape of Lashi Lake

Yunnan is hot destination for China tours. But for most foreign tourist, they just know Lijiang, Dali and some ordinary tourists attraction. Do you heard of Lashi Lake. Here I will give you some information about it.


With an elevation of 2,500 meters, Lashi Lake, also named the National Wetland Park, is 10 km, namely about 30-minute drive from Lijiang Old Town. Horse riding and boating and winter bird watching are the major activities here.


The classic horse riding route rolls along historic Horse Tea Trail. The steep, weathered path still is luring with the dense forest, lake and waterfalls, serene temple as well as the local Naxi farming life in the little village. The groups of horse riders, tinkle of horse bells and the wild singing of the horse man may give you an illusion of the ancient traders' horsing journey. The horse ride, preferred by the Chinese tourists, has become a bit commercialized like the photographer take and sell you your picture on some spots, the local villagers sell the horse snacks or the goods stores are scattered on the trail. If it is your first time to do the horse ride, better not to make it long since the bumpy ride on the horse back can easily make you feel sore and avoid the ride in the rainy time. A guide or a Chinese-speaking companion is advised to do the ride since most of the horse men don't speak English and to better bargain down the ripped-off offer. Sunray protection should also be prepared for this highland horse ride.


You then can relax the ride soreness by sitting back in the pole boat on the lake. Snow mountain reflection on the emerald ripple, the scattered standing willows, low azure sky, the fishing birds can gild the boating experience. You may also be surprised to find out your horse men exerting their making-money sense by turning into the boatmen or overpriced-grilled-fish sellers.

Lashi Lake has different view by comparison with the view in Xinjiang. If you once had Silk Road explore you can know the difference between the two.

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Do you know Nanxun Ancient Town in China

There are many ancient towns in China. Nanxun is one although it not listed as one of top China tours. But it is more quaint town comparing with Pingyao Ancient, Wuzhen, and so on.


Nanxun District (Chinese: 南浔区) is a district in the prefecture-level city of Huzhou, Zhejiang province, China. Nanxun Town, an old town, is located in the district. It is one of the most well-preserved old towns in this region and is known for its cultural heritage. Other towns in the district include Shuanglin, Lianshi, Linghu, Shanlian, Qianjin and Shicong.


History and Culture


With a history of 1400 years, Nanxun has a long story to tell about its splendid days of yore. Nanxun was a blooming town in the Southern Song Dynasty and by the reign of Emperor Jiajin of the Ming Dynasty, about a half century ago, it became one of Zhejiang Province's important commercial towns because of the development of the silk industry. Ancient poems refer to the town beautifully descriptive verse: "thousands of households gather here on this water town market, and fishing boats and merchant vessels call at it side by side." and "At the night market, you can buy water bamboo shoots and lotus roots, and in spring ships carry silks and brocades..."


It was called Xunxi in the 9th century; founded in the 13th century, the town turned into an important distributing center of farm and sideline products due to convenient transportation by water. During the 16th centuries, as the seeds of capitalism emerged firstly in the regions south of the Yangtze River, the silkworm raising and silk reeling industries were flourishing; the market was formed for raw silk trade; commodity economy was developed rapidly; and many merchants gathered in Nanxun, which became a powerful town in Jiangsu and Zhejiang.


Nanxun Ancient Town is not far from Suzhou. After visit Suzhou Gardens of your Suzhou tour, you can visit this ancient town by the way.

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The art of opera - Kunqu

As a tourist-lover, when I decide to visit some places, I will look up some information about this place such as hot attractions, food, customs, local taboos, cultures and so on. Here I will give a brier information of Kunqu Opera which can be enjoyed in Suzhou. If you are provided China travel service, you can ask your tour guide to take you see Kunqu Opera.
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Kunqu Opera is one of the oldest forms of opera still existing in China, with its origins dating back to the end of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). It has distinguished itself by the virtuosity of its rhythmic patterns and has exerted a dominant influence on all the more recent forms of opera in China, including the Sichuan and Beijing operas.
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In 2001, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization) proclaimed Kunqu Opera as a masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity (a UNESCO program that ensures the best of every country's traditions is preserved and developed as well as made known to the outside world).

If you are visiting Beijing, you can see Beijing Opera.
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Must-see Outlying Islands in Hong Kong

We all know that Hong Kong is a paradise for shopping. It seems that Hong Kong is only place for shopping, but there is some other places to visit such as Outlying Islands for you Hong Kong tours.

Hong Kong's Outlying Islands are a generic label for the other 234 islands, islets and rocks in the territory.


Hong Kong's islands have been and to some extent continue to be Hong Kong's hinterland, home to rustic fishing villages battered by the occasional typhoon, monasteries run by hardscrabble monks and little else. However, the last decade or so have seen some some changes. With the exception of Lantau, the islands are car-free, so expect plenty of bicycles and a chance to escape the noise, aggression and air pollution associated with the modern motor car.



Cheung Chau still has a traditional community based on an active fishing fleet and many thriving seafood restaurants. It has a number of reasonable hiking trails and some usable beaches. If you only have time to visit one island, then you might consider Cheung Chau.



Lantau Island is the largest island and has evolved to be an island of contrasting landscapes. On the north shore isolated villages overlook the airport, while the southern and western coastline have some of the most attractive beaches. Lantau is accessible by MTR but this link to the modern world has done little to spoil the island's reputation as one of the least developed places in Hong Kong. On the south side of Lantau is Discovery Bay a modern development that has all the sterile charm of a British New Town that caters to wealthy families living in a luxury, car-free, bubble. DB, as it is called, offers a good selection of western bars and restaurants in a high quality environment. Arguably, this place feels culturally detached from the rest of Hong Kong and offers very little to interest the intrepid

tourist seeking a more authentic Chinese experience.


Peng Chau offers an unpretentious and less hectic experience than other islands.



Peng Chau(平洲) has a reputation for being dull and lacking in tourist attractions. Yet, if you go there expecting to see very little, you maybe pleasantly surprised. Good seafood restaurants here are cheaper than the other islands and you get the feeling you are off the 'beaten-track' of mass tourism. Perhaps it is the place to go at the end of your holiday when you are weary of the fast-pace of the big city and just want to slow down, have a drink and chat with friends. From Peng Chau you can easily take the dilapidated ferry over to the Trappist monastery on Lantau island and walk, for a couple of hours, along the hilly footpath to Mui Wo. From Mui Wo you can take another ferry back to Hong Kong island. It is located 8 km to the west of Hong Kong Island. The size of the island is 1km square. Peng Chau, as the name suggests, is mostly flat land.

Hong Kong is one hot destination of China tourism. If you have a plan to visit Hong, you can choose to visit Outlying Islands.

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Gulangyu Island of Xiamen

Gulangyu is a small island, just 5 minutes away from the mainland by ferry. Gulangyu is renowned for its European architectures and is also a hot destination for China tour. I visit Gulangyu last mouth. I will give something about this island.



The island itself covers an area of 1.78 sq km and is home to around only 15,000 permanent residents. The streets are pedestrianised making it a nice place to get away from some of the hustle and bustle of everyday China and luckily it’s not been totally overdeveloped (yet). Once you’ve left the main ferry terminus its easy to find yourself alone and free to explore. If you’re lucky you might even hear the sound of piano playing as the island has more pianos per-capita than anywhere else in the world (there is even a piano and organ museum)!



Below Sunlight Rock can be found a small temple with picturesque views out over the adjacent rooftops leading to the sea which on a nice day is perfect for a quick paddle. Further down can be found Shuzhuang Garden which was originally conceived by a Taiwanese business man as a private villa but opened to the public in 1955. It contains many elements of traditional Chinese design which exhibit the art of hiding, combining, and borrowing from one’s surroundings.


I went there by taking part in a private private China tour package, so I suggest you join a tour package which will make the whole journey comfortable.


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Information on Li Minority in China

This blog post still introduce you a minority group in China. Do you hear of Li ethnic group in China. I heard of name of Li, but I know nothing about this minority, so I look up some information about this minority and share with you here, which can help you if you want a China travel.
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The Li ethnic group lives mainly in and around the Li-Miao Autonomous Prefecture, South China's Hainan Province.

The Lis are always born with generous characters and are gifted in dancing and singing, and their "bamboo dance" is probably the most attractive and representative dancing performance of Hainan.
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When children grow into their teens, they are expected to move from their parents' house to a long gui, transliteration of the local Li language, which means "a cottage without kitchen." Boys build their long guis by themselves and girls' long guis will be built by her parents. Usually these rooms are smaller than the ones they lived in before; they have very lower doors, without any partition wall. Children always live in the large "brothers' long gui" or "sisters' long gui" with one or two friends their own age of the same sex, but the smaller one could only admit one child living in. This is also the place where the youth find their lover.

Hainan is regarded as “Hawaii in China”. If you have plan to deal with China tour, you should have a taste of seafood here.
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