What to See in Zhoucun Old Town

Zhoucun Old Town, under the administration of Zibo City of Shandong Province, holds the reputation as the "birthplace of Shandong commerce."



Known as the "dry port" for its strategic location along many overland trading routes, trade in Zhoucun flourished in the early 20th century, and it became an important center for bankers and well as silk and tobacco merchants. Zhoucun Old Town can compare with the commercial ruins along Silk Road adventure.



The Zhoucun Old Town became a national AAAA tourist site in 2008, featuring museums, shops, restaurants, and cultural performances. As a commercial town with a thousand-year history, it has hosted various kinds of excellent scenic spots.


Let's take a look at the top tourist attractions in Zhoucun Old Town.



1. Zibo Art Museum


The Zibo Art Museum is one of the largest private museums in Shandong province. It consists of seven exhibition rooms, featuring porcelain, jade, stone inscriptions, painting and calligraphy, bronze, and Buddhist statues.



2. Thousand Buddha Temple


Thousand Buddha Temple, also known as Qianfo Temple, is the most well-preserved ancient temple in Zhoucun. First built in the Tang Dynasty, it expanded in subsequent dynasties. It has six main halls, including the Thousand Buddha Pavilion, Temple of Guan Yu, Sanyi Dian, Luo Han Tang, Maitreya Hall and Guanyin Temple.



3. Rui Fu Xiang


Rui Fu Xiang, one of the most famous silk clothes brands, started its business in Zhoucun. The first five-star national flag used during of the People's Republic of China, the dragon robe that Yuan Shikai wore and the long-lived robe that Empress Dowager Cixi wore are all produced by Ruifuxiang. Key offices of Ruifuxiang exist in Beijing, Jinan, Qingdao and Shanghai.



4. Zhoucun Sesame Cake Museum



Located in the Main Street of Zhoucun, the Zhoucun sesame cake making technology is protected by the state council as part of the country's "National Intangible Cultural Heritage". The cakes are crisp, thin and fragrant. Tourists can learn the history of sesame cake-making and experience the process of making cakes themselves.



If you have had Shangri-La adventure in Zhongdian, Yunnan, you can compare the difference between these two.

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Top Attractions in Ningxia, China

Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, located in the northwest of China, is a loess plateau with the Yellow River running through the region. As a province that was granted autonomous status since 1958, Ningxia is well known for its Muslim Hui ethnicity, the dominant minority among the 35 Chinese ethnic groups found in the region. Most of the regional attractions either feature the land's theme of sand and water or showcase an outstanding Islamic cultural flavor. The following brings you the region's top most popular tourist attractions for your China tours.



1. Western Xia Mausoleum


The Western Xia Mausoleum is located on the eastern slope of the Helan Mountain, 30 kilometers west of Yinchuan City. Covering an area of 53 square kilometers, the mausoleum is one of the largest and best preserved imperial mausoleums in China.



Dubbed the "Eastern Pyramids," the Western Xia Mausoleum includes nine imperial mausoleums and 250 tombs of imperial relatives and officials.



Each main tomb has four corner towers and an array of watchtowers, pavilions housing stone tablets, a sacrificial hall and a coffin platform – most of which are now unrecognizable. Archaeologists believe that octagonal glazed-tile pagodas once stood by each tomb.



The tombs were originally created by the founder of the Western Xia Kingdom (1038-1237), Li Yuanhao, who built over 70 tombs – one for himself, some for his relatives and more to be left empty, presumably a decoy against theft.



In contrast to the wooden and stone structures of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasty imperial tombs, the Western Xia Tombs are made of earth and brick, reflecting the culture of the ancient western kingdom.



In recent years, scientific research and exploration have been conducted at the site in hopes of decoding the sudden disappearance of the Western Xia civilization. Western Xia Mausoleum is a must-see attractions if you have a Silk Road tour.



Tips:


Admission: 60 yuan

Working Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (April – October)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (January – March, November – December)


How to get there: Take buses from South Gate Bus Station or North Gate Bus Station to get there for 8 Yuan; or take bus No. 1, 2, 4, 18 at downtown Yinchuan and get off at Yinchuan Railway Station, then hire a car to get there for 35 yuan.



2. Sand Lake



The Sand Lake, 56 kilometers northwest of Yinchuan, is one of the top resort lakes in China amidst elegant and unique natural landscapes. Tourists are offered a fabulous view of the tranquil desert and lake merging together.



Home to hundreds of species of birds, the lake has become a midway stop for migrating birds from Siberia, making it an ideal place for bird watching.



In 2007, the attraction was listed as one of the national 5A-level attractions by the National Tourism Administration, with nearly 790 thousand visitors annually.



Tips:

Admission: 120 yuan

Working Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

How to get there: Take shuttle buses to Sand Lake at the South Gate station to get there for 10 yuan.


If you have had Guilin tour, you may know the differences between Guilin and Ningxia.


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Top Attractions in Sichuan, China


Looking at a tourist map of Sichuan, you may find a lot of places to your liking. Don't know which one to choose? Then the following give you top Sichuan attractions for your China tour.



1. Jiuzhaigou Valley


Jiuzhaigou Valley is a nature reserve and national park located in the northern part of Sichuan Province. It is part of the Minshan Mountain range on the edge of the Tibetan Himalayan Plateau, extending over 72,000 hectares.



A branch of the Baihe River, the upper stream of Baishuigou Valley, Jiuzhaigou Valley was named after the nine Tibetan villages located along its length. With an elevation ranging from 2,000 m to 4,500 m, the valley is covered by primary forests and 108 lakes. It is known for its crystal lakes, multi-level waterfalls, colorful forests, snow-capped peaks and Tibetan culture. Over 140 types of birds can be found in the valley, together with many other kinds of endangered animals and plants, including pandas and Sichuan Takins.



Thanks to its beautiful landscape, Jiuzhaigou Valley has been branded a "fairytale world" and a "fairyland on earth." In 1992, UNESCO put the area on its World Heritage Site List and in 1997 named it a World Biosphere Reserve. Sichuan is not far way from Yangtze River. If you are stuck for the idea where to go after visiting Jiuzhaigou Valley, you can choose to have a Yangtze River tour.



Admission: 220 yuan (US$34.77)/person (summer);
80 yuan (US$12.64)/person (winter)



2. Mount Emei


Sitting on the western rim of the Sichuan Basin, Mount Emei is a scenic area in Emei City, stretching over 15,400 hectares. Its highest peak is Wanfo Peak, with an elevation of 3,099 meters.



Mt. Emei has a steep terrain and boasts some great natural scenery. It is covered by more than 3,000 kinds of plants, including a number of rare trees. Groups of monkeys are often seen by the mountain roads, looking to get some food from the travelers.



As one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China, Mt. Emei features some 26 temples, including 8 major ones, which frequently hold Buddhist ceremonies. Mt. Emei was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.



Admission: 150 yuan (US$23.7)/person (summer);
90 yuan (US$14.22)/person (winter)



Sichuan is always contained China tour packages which will make you have a different travel experience.

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Top Charming Tourist Attractions in China


If you want to learn something about the ancient Chinese culture and past, you should visit the following attractions which are different the view of Yangtze River tour.



1. Yinxu Ruins



Yinxu Ruins, located in Anyang, north of Henan Province, is the ruins of Yin, the last capital of China's Shang Dynasty (1600BC-1046BC). The capital served 12 kings in eight generations for 255 years. The ruins of Yin, discovered in 1899, is one of the oldest and largest archeological sites in China and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Excavations at the Yinxu Ruins have revealed tombs, foundations of palaces temples, jade carvings, lacquer, white carved ceramics, and high-fired, green-glazed ware. One of the major discoveries of Yinxu is the inscribed animal bones and tortoise shells, which were used for divination by Shang kings carrying the earliest known examples of Chinese characters. Yinxu Ruins is always prepared for China travel deals for these who are interested in China's past.



Admission: 61 yuan (US$9.57)



2. Songshan Geopark



Songshan Mountain stands at Dengfeng City in western Henan. It is one of the five most famous mountains in China, and also a bastion of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Songshan Geopark, covering an area of 464 square kilometers, is called the "textbook of geological history" since its rock formations consist of consecutive stratigraphic sequences of the Archean, Proterozoic, Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras. The combination of steep peaks, dramatic valleys and abundant vegetation forms the park's spectacular vistas. On February 13th, 2004, Songshan Mountain was approved as a first-rate global geopark by UNESCO.



Admission: 50 yuan (US$7.85)



3. The Birth Place of Huangdi


Huangdi, or the Yellow Emperor, is one of the legendary five emperors and a cultural hero who is considered in Chinese mythology to be the ancestor of all Han Chinese. It is believed that he reigned from 2697 BC to 2597 BC, and his personal name is thought to have been Gongsun Xuanyuan. The birth place of Huangdi is a holy place for overseas and domestic Chinese descendants to worship their ancestors. On the third day of the third month of the Chinese lunar Calendar each year, hundreds of thousands of Chinese people go there to attend the annual ancestor-worshipping ceremony.



Admission: free



The above-mentioned attractions is right for educational China tours for students.

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Top Attractions in Hunan, China

Hunan is a fantastic part of China that counts many famous scenic spots.



Among these, the best-known include: Dongting Lake, the Yueyang Padoga, Fenhuang Ancient Town and the Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area where the gorgeous Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is located. The following are the top attractions that Hunan Province has on offer. Let's take a closer look for your China tour.



1. Mount Heng


Located some 45 kilometers (27.96 miles) north from Hengyang City, Mount Heng is one of the five famous Chinese mountains in China. Thanks to its favorable climate, it enjoys a reputation of being "the most outstanding amongst all five." The mountain stretches out over 150 kilometers (93.21 miles), with a total of 72 peaks.



Mount Heng features dense forests, flowers, bamboo and serene gullies, all surrounded by the clouds and fog. The place looks like it comes straight out of a fairytale. It has good scenery throughout all four seasons, with a flower market in spring, a summery sea of clouds, a sensational autumn sunrise l and a white winter wonderland.



Admission:100 yuan (US$15.84)/person



2. Fenghuang Ancient Town



Located on the western edge of Hunan Province next to Guizhou, Fenghuang Ancient Town, also known as Phoenix Ancient Town, is one of the most beautiful towns in China and will give you different travel experience by comparison with the view along Yangtze River cruises.



With a l history of 1,300 years, the town features distinct residential buildings, elegant bridges plus several mysterious towers and pagodas. Upon entering the town, the visitor will immediately get a sense of the area's mystery, elegance and primitive simplicity. When an early morning mist sets in around the bridges over the water and stilted houses, the area simply becomes a mirror of traditional Chinese paintings.



Visiting a Miao village is a must when traveling in Fenghuang. Visitors will find a large array of silver ornaments, homemade tie-dyes, and unique local snacks there.



Admission:186 yuan (US$29.47)/person



3. Mount Lang



Located in Xingning County, Shaoyang City, Hunan Province, Mount Lang is a scenic area close to Guilin of Guangxi in the south and Zhangjiajie of Hunan in the north. It features a galaxy of Danxia landforms. Huge deep red rocks in various bizarre shapes present tourists with a marvelous view.



Including Mount Lang, a total of six Chinese areas were named UNESCO Natural World Heritage in 2010 because of their Danxia landforms. The other five are: Mount Danxia in Guangdong Province, Taining in Fujian Province, Mount Longhu in Jiangxi Province, Chishui in Guizhou Province and Mount Jianglang in Zhejiang Province.



The mountain is covered by dense vegetation, with clear streams flowing through, which have attracted a great number of animals. The whole area is divided into five partscalled Purple Glow Land, Fuyi River, Camel Peak, Ox Nose Castle and Octagonal Castle, respectively.



Admission:130 yuan (US$20.6)/person



The above-mentioned natural attractions will give you the different view which is very different that of China Tibet travel.


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The most beautiful southern ancient towns in China

When it comes to China's ancient towns, Fenghuang, Zhouzhuang and Lijiang are the most famous. However, having attracted millions of visitors, their ancient charms have dissolved somewhat with the streams of people. Fortunately, there are still many unexplored towns where you can experience the original living styles of southern China for your China tours .



Huangyao, Guangxi Province



Located in Zhaoping County of Guangxi Province, Huangyao is a tranquil town where you can hear even your own breath. Wandering down the flagstone pavement from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, surrounded by the ancient shops, faded carvings and colored doors, you can easily imagine the prosperity and bustle of the old days.



The town has 11 ancestral temples and an ancient well used for drinking, washing vegetables and washing clothes. Every third day of March according to the lunar calendar, people celebrate the festival by performing operas on an ancient stage.



Tips:



1. Huangyao is 200 kilometers from Guilin. To visit Huangyao, you can get a transfer from Guilin or Hezhou, the two other cities in Guangxi Province.

2. The coach leaves Huangyao at 8:10 a.m. and returns from Guilin at 13:10 p.m.


3. To visit Huangyao from Hezhou, you can go to Zhongshan and then take a 50-kilometer ride to Gongqiao, which has a six-kilometer distance between Huangyao.


4. Huangyao is famous for its Solomon's seal, sour plums and fermented beans, which were served as the tribute to emperors of the Qing Dynasty and even to Southeast Asia. Huangyao's Fermented Bean Feast is a must-try.



Qiandeng, Jiangsu Province



Qiandeng literally means "a thousand lamps," and was previously called Qiandun (a thousand mounds), because of the saying that there were once 1,000 mounds there. In the Jiangsu accent, "Deng" and "Dun" sound alike, so the name was changed to Qiandeng.



In ancient times, Qiandeng had the largest pawnshop of the regions south of the Yangtze River. As a rich town, it brought it flagstones from other towns and paved a 1.5-kilometer street, which attracted many photographers. The Qiandeng Museum has thousands of lamps on exhibition, providing a history of lights from the Neolithic period.



Tips:


1. Qiandeng is 15 kilometers from the southeastern Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, 30 kilometers from the Suzhou city center and 35 kilometers away from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. Take bus No. 107 or No. 2 from the Kunshan Train Station to the bus station, and then get the transfer bus to Qiandeng.

2. The through ticket of Qiandeng costs 60 yuan, including entrance to the Qiandeng Museum and the former residence of Gu Yanwu, a famous ideologist of China.



You will have a different view by comparison with that of Hong Kong tours.

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Top Natural Sightseeing in Qinghai, China

If you once have had a Yangtze River tour to experience the view of Yangtze River, you can compare the difference between Yangtze River and view of Qinghai.



1. Mengda Nature Reserve



Located about 110 kilometers (68.35 miles) southeast of Xining in the Xunhua Salar Autonomous County, the Mengda Nature Reserve is a flourishing area of natural beauty. It boasts for its amazing scenery and a wet and mild climate, which may explain how it has won itself a nick name “highland Xishuangbanna.” (Xishuangbanna is a fairyland inis the tropical southern region in China’s Yunnan Province).



Established in 1980, the reserve is the first reserve focusing on plant protection in Qinghai. Covering a total area of 9,544 hectares, it feature primeval forest, a large variety of exotic flowers, waterfalls and many wild animals. Looking from a distance at the Mengda Heavenly Lake in the reserve, the lake is like a pearl on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It is a perfect place for hiking and boating.



Admission:70 yuan (US$10.99)/person



2. Qarhan Salt Lake


Located in southern Qaidam Basin in the northeastern part of Qinghai Province, Qarhan Salt Lake is the largest natural salt lake in China, as well as one of the most well-known inland salt lakes in the world, covering about 5,800 square kilometers (580,000 hectares).



As a natural resource for a number of important minerals, the lake is famous for its deposits of more than 50 billion tons of sodium chloride, or table salt, which canenough to supply 6 billion people for 1,000 years. The briny water of the lake crystallizes into salt under the searing heat, forming a hardened salt bed around the lake.



The most amazing feature of the lake is the 32-kilometer-long salt bridge built across the lake. The bridge, 15-18 meters thick, is made with salt. “Floating” on the lake, the bridge is straight and smooth on the surface, which divides the lake into two parts. Driving on the bridge is an interesting experience which will give you different view by comparison with the view in modern cities tour like Shanghai tours.




Admission:100 yuan (US$15.69)/person



3. Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve


Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve, or the Three Rivers Nature Reserve, contains the headwaters of the Yellow River, the Yangtze River and the Mekong River. The reserve, established in 2000, is to protect the headwaters of the three rivers.



Located in the hinterlands of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau in southern Qinghai with at an altitude of over 4,000 meters, the reserve covers an area of about 150,000 square kilometers (15 million hectares), larger than the total area of England and Wales of the UK. It is the largest and highest natural wetland in China.



The reserve boasts for its beautiful scenery and rich resources including grasslands, mountains, rivers, snow mountains, wetlands and wild life. It is home to many precious animals such as Tibetan antelopes, Tibetan gazelles, wild yaks and wild asses. It has been described as "Asia's water tower," providing the lower reaches of the three rivers with 60 billion cubic meters of water annually.


Admission:80 yuan (US$12.56)/person



If you want AFFORDABLE china tours in Qinghai, the above-mentioned attractions should not be missed.

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Avoid Expensive Attractions in China

How to pick up AFFORDABLE china packages? If you want a cheap China tour package, you should avoid the following expensive attractions.



1. Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon


The Yarlung Zangbo River cleaves a straight niche from west to east before reaching the juncture of Mainling and Medog counties, where it swerves around towering Namjagbarwa (7,782 meters), the highest peak in the eastern section of the Himalayas, creating the largest, U-shaped canyon in the world. In 1994, some Chinese scientists made an expedition trip along the canyon. Data published by the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping following the expedition shows that the canyon starts from the Daduka Village, Mainling County in the north to Parcoka Village, Medog in the south. Stretching 504.6 km, the canyon is 2,268 meters deep on average, with the deepest point being 6,009 meters. In September 1998, the State Council officially approved the name of the canyon as "Yarlung Zangbo Daxiagu" (Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon).



Admission: 240 yuan (US$38.2) (including 90 yuan for tourist bus fee)



2. Wudang Mountain


Located in Danjiangkou City, in the northwestern part of Hubei Province, Wudang Mountain, also known as Taihe Mountain, is both a famous scenic spot as well asa holy site in Taoism, China's indigenous religion.



Ever since the Tand Dynasty (618-907), the area is considered to be the birthplace of Taoism and therefore features a large number of well-preserved Taoist buildings. Besides, it has the well-known Golden Hall, which is the first batch of immovable cultural relics under state protection. Located on the top of the Tianzhu Peak, the main peak of Wudang Mountain, Hubei Province, the Golden Hall was built in the 14th year of Yongle reign (1416) of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The view of Wudang Mountain is very different from that of Beijing tour.



Admission: 240 yuan (US$38.2) (including tourist bus fee)


20 yuan (US$3.2) (Zixiao Palace)


15 yuan (US$2.4) (Golden Hall)



3. Jinggang Mountain


Located in the Luoxiao Mountains, Jinggang Mountain is called the "cradle of the the Chinese Revolution" and has become a hot attraction for nature tours as well as patriotic education. Covering an area of 213.5 square kilometers, Jinggang Mountain accounts for 32.4 percent of Jinggangshan City. It features dozens of residences and revolutionary sites, 10 of which are under the protection of the State Council. It also boasts more than 60 attractions, including hot springs, caves, waterfalls, mountains, and showcases a wide diversity in animals and plants. When the area's azaleas blossom in April and May, the mountain becomes a sea of flowers.



Admission: 260 yuan (US$41.4) (including 70 yuan for tourist bus fee)



But if you are a student to China, these attractions may be your good choice.

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Beijing Famous Hutongs


The Hutong, an old-style city alley or lane, is one of the most distinctive features and must-see attractions in Beijing. There are thousands of hutongs in the city, many of which were built during the Yuan (1206-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. The following lists the top most famous hutongs all travelers to the capital city shouldn't miss in order to get a better experience of the unique culture of ancient Beijing. The following Hutongs are must-sees for your Beijing tours.



1. Nanluoguxiang


Between Di'anmendong Avenue and Gulou Avenue, this north-south street is located in the northern part of the Dongcheng District. Next to the Forbidden City and Houhai, Nanluoguxiang is the most famous and popular hutong in Beijing.



The hutong, first built in the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368), has a history of more than 700 years. It extends over 1000 meters and boasts different kinds of courtyard houses (Si he yuan) and shops, selling unique and elaborate knickknacks. There are also many restaurants, cafes and bars around the hutong, attracting thousands of visitors and locals everyday.



Travel tips:

Surrounding attractions: Houhai Lake, Shichahai Lake, Gongwangfu Garden

Getting there: Bus 5, 60, 82, 107, 124 to Gulou, or bus 13, 118, 612, 823 to Luoguxiang.


2.Yandaixie Street


Yandaixie Street, literally meaning "Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street", is located in the north of Xicheng District. About 300 meters long, the street starts from Di'anmen Avenue in the east and ends at Shichahai Lake in the west.



The street originally got its name due to its shape, which resembles a huge tobacco pouch. During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), many tobacco stores opened there. Today, visitors wandering along the street still can find many stores selling tobacco pouches, antiques and all kinds of souvenirs.



Travel tips:

Surrounding attractions: Drum Tower, former residence of Guo Moruo

Getting there: Bus 5, 60, 82, 107, 124 to Gulou.


3. Mao'er Hutong


Running west to east from Di'anmenwai Avenue to Nanluoguxiang, Mao'er Hutong is situated in the Dongcheng District. First built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the hutong contains many traditional private gardens and famous former residences.



Mao'er Hutong Nos. 7, 9 and 11 are the former house of Wen Yu, a civilian officer of the Qing Dynasty; the No.13 courtyard house is the former residence of Feng Guozhang, one of the major Chinese warlords in the early 20th century, and No. 35 and 37 are the former residence of Wan Rong, the empress of the last Qing Emperor, Pu Yi.



Travel tips:

Surrounding attractions: Nanluoguxiang, former residence of Mao Dun

Getting there: Bus 13, 42, 118, 612, 623, 701 to Di’anmendong.


If you want to know more information about Hutongs, you can contact with China travel agents.

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Favorite Tourist Cities - Beijing and Guilin


If you are planning a China tour, you can consider the following tourist cities.



1. Beijing-北京



Beijing is the capital and also the political, religious, cultural and educational center of China. As a modern city with a long history, Beijing is an ideal city for people who want to know about the country's history, learn about traditional culture and discover the modern side of China.



The best time to travel to Beijing is between May and October as the weather is best.



In addition to the world-famous Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square, Beijing hosts many more scenic spots that are worth seeing during your visit. The Forbidden City, called the Palace Museum, is a must-see for any tourist and is one of the most comprehensive Chinese museums, offering a visual feast of 5,000 years of traditional Chinese art, specializing in Ming and Qing Dynasties. The Summer Palace provides a variety of palaces, gardens, and other classical-style architectural structures. Fragrant Hills Park comprises of a natural pine-cypress forest, hills with maple trees, smoke trees and persimmon trees, offering spectacular natural beauty.



For people who want to experience the rapid growth of modern China, Beijing's Central Business District (CBD), and Beijing's Financial Street will give you a full experience. The Beijing CBD has attracted 117 Fortune 500 businesses in the financial, media, information technology, consulting and service industries, which has become the landmark of Beijing's economic prowess.



If you want to experience the traditional culture of Beijing, it is suggested that you visit an old alley (Hutong) in downtown Beijing, which is one of the most distinctive features of Beijing.



Beijing is also world-famous for its food. The capital's cuisine plays host to a long list of local favorites including filled sausage, fried liver, mungbean milk, rolling donkey, pancake and quickly-boiled tripe. Of all the dishes found in Beijing, Peking roast duck is the most well-known. Now considered to be one of China's National Foods, Peking roast duck is prized for its eloquent taste and presentation. Renowned restaurants to taste Peking Roast duck are Quanjude, Bianyifang, Changan Yihao, Beijing Xiaowangfu and Dadong Tuanjiehu Kaoyadian.



Beijing's Sanlitun Bar Street is a great place to enjoy a dynamic nightlife in the city, which is an extremely popular hangout site for the city expatriates and white collars of all ages. All these attractions are must-sees for your Beijing tour.



2. Guilin


Guilin is a beautiful city. The town center is surrounded by two rivers and four lakes and studded with sheer sided karst mountains. Outside the city center, the buildings are less well kept. The main industry in the city is tourism so the city is much cleaner than other Chinese cities.



Guilin itself is like most other medium size Chinese cities, other than that it has a large number of western-style hotels, tourists and is relatively free of air pollution. Many Chinese domestic tourists also flock to this area. What makes it special is its proximity to many picturesque limestone mountains and formations.



Separated from the center of China and the Yangtze River basin by the Nan Mountains, Guangxi has always been distinct from the rest of China. The Han Chinese empire first expanded into Guangxi in the 3rd century BC. The Ling Canal was cut around the time, allowing small boats to transit from the Yangtze to the south flowing Xi River via the Xiang River.



Trade grew along the canal and river routes. Guilin was founded as a trading post in the 1st century BC on the West bank of the Kuei River. During the Ming dynasty, a garrison was set up in Guilin and the surrounding area gradually civilised with the development of farmland. The city had a population of over two million at the time of the Second World War, but was utterly destroyed during the war. The population slowly recovered with post-war construction of several factories for the production of paper, chemicals and agricultural equipment. However, market forces have caused several of these industries to relocate out of Guilin. Guilin tour is an indispensable destination for many travel-lovers.

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Worthwhile Ancient Towns in China



China's vast territory is dotted with many picturesque towns and villages, which boast cultural relics, distinctive architectures and rustic pleasures. If are interested in the following top towns and villages, China travel service will help.



1. Wuyuan, Jiangxi


Wuyuan County, Jiangxi Province, lies in the center of the "golden travel triangle," formed by Huangshan Mountain (Anhui Province), Lushan Mountain and Jingdezhen (Jiangxi Province). Having a long history of over 1,200 years, Wuyuan County is one of the most important cradles of China's centuries-old Huizhou culture. It has at least 50 old villages that have remained almost unchanged over the past few centuries, including many former residences of some of China's top scholars, such as Zhu Xi, a Confucian master in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) and Zhan Tianyou, China's first railway engineer. Besides antique buildings, the most popular scenery in Wuyuan is rapeseed flowers. When the flowers blossom in March, the county becomes a sea of golden flowers.


Travel tips:

Admission: 180 yuan (including 12 scenic spots)

Getting there: You can take travel bus from Jingdezhen City or Huangshan City.

Related reading: China's Classic Rural Retreats


You will have a different travel experience by comparison with Shanghai tours.



2. Wuzhen, Zhejiang


About one hour's drive from Hangzhou, Wuzhen is situated in Tongxiang City, north of Zhejiang Province. With more than 1,200 years in its history, the town has a residential area, traditional workshop area, culture area, dining area, shopping area, and even a scenic area, featuring local traditions and customs. It is well-known for the ancient town layout, antique houses, quiet waterways, stone bridges, peaceful lifestyle and traditional culture, presenting a picture of primitive simplicity, brightness, orderliness, peace and seclusion.



Travel tips:



Admission: 150 yuan for whole town; 120 yuan for only east part; 100 yuan for only west part; 80 yuan for boat ticket



Getting there: You can take coach bus from Shanghai or Hangzhou to Tongxiang, and then transfer minibus to Wuzhen, which leaves every 15 minutes from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.



If you want to visit these two places, you can China travel deals at affordable price.

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What to See in Xian

If you are planning a Xian tour package, the following attractions should not be missed.



1. Terracotta Army


The Terracotta Army, also called the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huangdi (the first emperor of China).



The museum consists of three huge pits, as well as the hall of the two bronze chariots and horses. Covering an area of 22,780 square meters, over 8,000 terra cotta soldiers and horses, and over 10,000 bronze weapons, were discovered across the three different pits. The museum is a treasure trove of the Qing Dynasty's military, science and technology, art and culture. It has been listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Admission: 150 yuan (high season)
120 yuan (low season)



Best time to visit: all year round



2. Mount Hua


Located in Huayin City, about 120 kilometres east of the city of Xi'an, Mount Hua, one of China's Five Great Mountains, is holy ground for Taoism. It features over 20 Taoist temples, of which the Jade Spring and Zhenyue Palaces are the most famous. It has five peaks, east, west, south, north and central, of which the highest is the South Peak at 2154.9m. Aside from these elements, it is also one of the nine best places to see the sun rise in China. Chaoyang Peak is the best place to watch the sunrise.



Admission: 180 yuan (high season)
100 yuan (low season)



Best time to visit: Spring and autumn



3. Big Wild Goose Pagoda


The pagoda is located in the southern part of present day Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, in what used to be Chang'an City during the Tang Dynasty. The formal name of the pagoda is Ci'en Temple Pagoda, but since the temple disappeared long ago, the pagoda is known by its other name.



The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was first built in 652 in the Tang Dynasty by Xuanzang, a prominent Buddhist scholar of that time. The pagoda collapsed not long after it was built. It was rebuilt between 701 and 704 on the orders of Empress Wu Zetian.



The pagoda tapers sharply from the first storey up, giving the entire structure the shape of a pyramid and ensuring it stands firm. The wooden steps and flooring inside allow people to go up all the way to the top and enjoy the splendid views Xi'an has to offer.



Admission: Ci'en Temple 25 yuan; climbing the pagoda 20 yuan;


Best time to visit: Spring and autumn



If you are stuck for idea where to go after visiting Xian, you can consider Yangtze River tours.

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Hot Tourist Destinations in China

1. Beijing


Beijing, the capital of China, is a great city with a history of more than 3,000 years. It's the center of politics, economy, culture and art of the country. As one of the ancient capitals in China, Beijing is home to a great number of cultural and historical sites, which make it a huge magnet for numerous tourists all over the world. The top attraction must be the solemn Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest city square and an icon of China. On the north side of the Square is the 600-year-old magnificent Forbidden City, the largest and the best-preserved imperial palace on the planet.



Also, do not miss the Summer Palace, the largest, the most marvelous and the best-preserved royal garden in China. Top attractions also include the breathtaking Great Wall of China, Temple of Heaven, Temple of Earth, National Stadium and Beijing 798 Art Zone, etc. You can also tour the various traditional hutongs and courtyards to experience the glamour of local life. All these attractions are contained in Beijing tour package.



Travel Tips:

Best time to visit: Spring and autumn

Local snacks: Roast Duck, Noodles with Fried Soybean Paste (Zha Jiang Mian), Douzhir(fermented bean drink), Fried Chop Rice Cake (Lvdagunr)


2. Dalian


The port of Dalian is famous for its agreeable climate, clean air, exquisite beaches, sea breezes and fresh seafood. A coastline stretching 1,906 kilometers offers a huge choice of beaches and beautiful scenic spots. It's neither too cold in winter nor too hot in summer, making it an ideal destination.



Not to be missed are Bangchui Island, Dalian National Coast Geopark, Bingyu Valley Scenic Area, Tiger Beach Ocean Park and the Natural History Museum. The city is also well known for the numerous varieties of Sophora trees that can be seen all round the city. In late May, Sophora blooms fill the air with an enchanting fragrance.



Travel Tips:

Best time to visit: May to September

Local snacks: fresh sea food


If you want to know more information about these two places, you can contact with China tour operator.

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The Top Luxury Tourist Cities in China

1. Hong Kong



Located on the southeast coast of China, Hong Kong is also known as the Oriental Pearl or Shopping Paradise. It consists of the Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and 262 outlying islands. Being a famous center for international finance and trade, this vibrant metropolitan city aesthetically combines different cultures with Chinese traditions.



The top attraction of Hong Kong is Victoria Harbor, a world-famous natural harbor situated between the Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula. The Victoria Peak, Hong Kong Island's highest peak, offers a magnificent view of the harbor and the mega skyscrapers along its shores, especially in the night when all buildings are lit up. The other not-to-be-missed attractions include the Wong Tai Sin Temple, Repulse Bay, Ladies' Street (Ladies' Market), the Ocean Park and Disneyland. Join in Hong Kong tour package. You will have a comfortable and happy journey.



Travel Tips:


Best time to visit: October to March


Local snacks: Spicy fish ball, egg tart, steamed rice rolls, steamed pudding cake, chicken cookie



2. Tibet


Lying on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Tibet is dubbed the "Roof of the World" with an average elevation of more than 4,000 meters. This wonderland is a world-famous and dreamed-about destination for its spectacular ever-changing landscapes and mysterious historical and cultural relics.



Tibet's capital city Lhasa is surely the top attraction for tourists' Tibet tours. As an ancient city dating back 1,300 years, Lhasa is home to the magnificent Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple Monastery and Norbulingka (Garden of Treasures), all listed as world heritage sites. Tibet boasts 11 mountain peaks towering over 8,000 meters, of which, the 8,848-meter Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world, offers the most breathtaking views. Other must-see attractions include the Heavenly Lake Namtso, Yarlong Tsangpo River and Tashilhunpo Monastery.



Travel Tips:


Best time to visit: June to September


Transportation: Fly to Lhasa from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu or Kunming. Travelers can also take the train from Beijing to Lhasa.


Local snacks: tsampa (roasted barley flour), Tibetan butter tea, yak meat and yoghurt



3. Hangzhou



Hangzhou is the capital city of southeast China's Zhejiang province. Dubbed the "Paradise under the Heaven", the city is well-known in the world for its splendid natural scenery and numerous historical relics. The West Lake is undoubtedly the most renowned attraction in Hangzhou. Surrounded by rolling mountains on three sides, the lake is like a glittering pearl under the blue sky, enthralling tourists with its stunning natural beauty and cultural heritage.



Near the lake is a scenic area which comprises many notable spots, including the Solitary Hill (Gushan); Mausoleum of General Yue Fei, a hero in the Song Dynasty (960-1279); and the Ling Yin Temple, one of China's largest Buddhist temples. Tourists can also pay a visit to the Hefang Old Street for various kinds of souvenirs, silk, and renowned Longjing Tea.



Travel Tips:


Best time to visit: Spring and autumn


Local snacks: Beggar's Chicken (chicken stuffed and wrapped with layers of lotus leaf, and roasted in clay), West Lake Fish in Vinegar Gravy, Dongpo Pork (braised pork created 900 years ago by a famous Chinese poet Su Dongpo), and West Lake Water Shield Soup.



All these luxury destinations off you a very different travel experience by comparison with Silk Road adventure.

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Guide of Hengdian World Studios


If you have a China travel in Zhejiang Province, Hengdian World Studios should not be missed.



Hengdian World Studios (横店影视城), the largest film studio in Asia, is located in Hengdian village, Dongyang County in Zhejiang Province. It is 380 kilometers from Shanghai. It is also called as "Chinese Hollywood" by Hollywood magazine of the United States.



It consists of 13 shooting bases with building areas of 495,995 square meters. The studio also has several records which include: the largest indoor Buddha figure in China, the largest indoor studio and the largest tourism spots.



Since the filming of the movie Opium War in 1996, Hengdian World Studios has hosted more than 300 shooting groups and filmed more than 10,000 episodes of movies and TV-series until 2005. There are two high-technical shooting studios in the Hengdian World Studios, one of which is the largest one in China with the area of 1,944 square meters.



Besides, it has the most complete and excellent supporting facilities, including over 10 hotels, gym centers, nightclubs, Internet bars, tea houses and restaurants. All of these will help you have a happy and comfortable China vacation packages.



Travel Tips:


1. The Wansheng Food Street in Hengdian World Studios provides various kinds of delicious food, such as authentic Beijing instant-boiled mutton, big plate of chicken which are popular among stars.


2. Children below 1.2 meter can visit the resort for free.


Admission: 420 yuan (through ticket)
360 yuan (through ticket in winter)


Tel: +86-579-86565361;


How to get there:


1. By Bus: Take bus from Hangzhou Bus Station to Hengdian World Studios resort or take bus from Dongyang West Bus Station to Hengdian World Studios resort;


2. By Car: drive your car via Shanghai-Hangzhou Expressway, Hangzhou - Ningbo Expressway or Hangzhou - Jinhua - Quzhou Expressway;

3. There are many buses or tricycles in the resort. Bus is 1 yuan and tricycle is 3 yuan to 5 yuan.



By comparison the views in Tibet travel, the view of Hengdian World Studios is very different and can be seen in the film and TV.

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The Top Universities with beautiful scenery in China

If you have plan to have China vacation deals, the following universities should not be missed due to its most beautiful scenery.



1. Nanjing Normal University


Formerly Jinling women's college, Nanjing Normal University is a comprehensive normal university with a long history of postgraduate education. It was one the first higher education institutions in China to resume graduate programs after the Cultural Revolution.



The campus of Nanjing Normal University features woods, lawns and traditional Chinese-style buildings built in the early twentieth century. The university was also one of the sites of the international protection zone set up by foreign residents of Nanjing in an attempt to shield civilians from Japanese attacks during the infamous Nanjing Massacre.



2. Tsinghua University


Founded in 1911, Tsinghua University is considered by many to be the best university in China. Covering 356 hectares, it is also one of the largest universities in China. Many celebrities have graduated from or worked at Tsinghua, including Nobel Laureates Tsung-Dao Lee and Yang Zhenning, China's current president Hu Jintao and writer Wen Yiduo.



Located on the site of a Qing Dynasty royal garden, the campus retains Chinese-style landscaping and buildings, as well as Western-style buildings that reflect the American influence in its history. The campus was named one of the most beautiful in the world by Forbes in 2010.



Tsinghua University should not be missed to visit for your Beijing tours.



3. Ocean University of China



Established in 1924, Ocean University of China is located in the coastal city of Qingdao. It is famous for the study of marine sciences and fisheries.



Ocean University has one of the most beautiful campuses in China, entirely composed of Western-style buildings. In summer, the buildings are surrounded by the trees and flowers of the university gardens. In winter, a dusting of snow adds a feeling of mystery and solemnity to the scene. The campus sits on a hill overlooking the sea and the old European-style town of Qingdao. Students can often been seen sitting outdoors reading in the sea breeze.



If you want to know more info about these universities and visit them, you can contact with a China travel agency.

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Top ancient tombs in China

Here list you top 10 royal mausoleums in China for your China travel.



1. Ming Tombs

The Ming Tombs are located on the southern hill of Tianshou Mountain (about 50 km northwest of Beijing). The place was chosen by the third Ming Dynasty emperor, Yongle (1402–1424), who moved the national capital from Nanjing to Beijing, the current capital of China. After the construction of the Imperial Palace (the Forbidden City) in 1420, the Yongle Emperor selected his own burial site and created his own mausoleum.
Ming Tombs are located on the southern slope of Tianshou Mountain.



Buried in this place are 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. The entire mausoleum covers over 40 square kilometers, with the Chaozong River winding around it. In August 2003, The Ming Tombs were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Travel Tips:



Admission:


Dingling Tombs: 60 yuan for busy season (March - November), 40 yuan for dull season


Changling Tombs: 45 yuan for busy season, 30 yuan for dull season

Zhaoling Tombs: 30 yuan for busy season, 20 yuan for dull season

Shendao Road: 30 yuan for busy season, 20 yuan for dull season

Tel: +86-029-83912542

Getting There: You can take No. 5 tourism bus from Xi'an railway station.


2.Mausoleum of First Emperor of Qin Dynasty



The Mausoleum of the First Emperor of Qin Dynasty (221-206BC), a must-see for Xian tour is located about 5km east of Lintong County, Shaanxi Province. According to the Records of the Great Historian, Qin Shihuang began building his mausoleum just after he became the king of the Qin State in 246BC. In 221BC, the Qin State unified other six states of northeast China and established the Qin Dynasty. Then he drove over 70,000 criminal slaves from all over the place to continue the construction. It took 36 years to complete the project.



The mausoleum is famous for the Terra-cotta Warriors. It is about 1.8m high. The Terra-cotta Warriors and the Mausoleum of First Emperor of Qin Dynasty are called the Eighth Miracle in the World, and have been listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Travel Tips:



Admission: 40 yuan for busy season (March - November), 20 yuan for dull season

Tel: +86-029-83912542

Getting There: You can take No. 5 tourism bus from Xi'an railway station.


3. Genghis Khan Mausoleum


The Genghis Khan Mausoleum is located in Erdos City of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. It was built by Chinese government from 1954 to 1956. Featuring the traditional Mongolian style, the mausoleum is not the real burial place of the Khan because his burial site remains a mystery. It is just a cenotaph, where the coffin contains no body, but there are only headdresses and accessories as decorations.



Travel Tips:

Admission: 110 yuan

Tel: +86-0477-8961222

Getting There: You can take a bus from Ordos bus station.


The above-mentioned mausoleums are your best choice to learn something about buried rules and customs in ancient China for your educational China tour.

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What are must-see attractions in Tibet

The attraction and culture of Xian tour is very different from that of Tibet. The following attractions should not be missed in Tibet.


1. Midui Glacier



Midui Glacier, located in Yupu Township, is the lowest altitude above sea level in the world. It was ranked by China National Geography Magazine as one of the top six most beautiful glaciers in China and opened to tourists in 2007.

The glacier is passes through four distinct regions: snow-capped mountains, forests, lakes and villages and temples coexist in harmony. It looks as if Nature's hand itself had taken up a brush to paint a splashed-ink landscape.



Admission: 50 yuan



Travel tips: It is about an hour's walk from the entrance to the glacier.



2. Tashilhunpo Monastery



Tashilhunpo Monastery, founded in 1447 by the First Dalai Lama, is one of the Big Six Monasteries of the Gelug sect of Buddhism in Tibet. Also called the Heap of Glory, the monastery covers nearly 300,000 square meters in Shigatse, Tibet's second-largest city, after expansions by the Fourth Panchen Lama and his successors. The monastery is comprised of grand palaces that house gigantic statues and wall paintings showcasing of Buddhist art.



Admission: 55 yuan



Opening hours: 9:00 to 17:00(closed for lunch from 12:00 to 14:00)



Travel tips: During some important Tibetan festivals, visitors could enter the monastery for free. The recommended time for a visit is three hours.



Tashilhunpo Monastery should not be missed for your China travel.



3. Barkhor



Barkhor is a small neighborhood of ancient streets and a public square surrounding Jokhang Temple in the old area of Lhasa. The oldest street appeared about 1,300 years ago after Jokhang Temple was built in 647, attracting thousands of Buddhist pilgrims. The streets are full of religious atmosphere and show the original Lhasa. Shops offer prayer wheels, chubas (traditional Tibetan clothing), Tibetan knives and religious articles for sale.



Travel tips: Walking in a clockwise direction along the street is recommended. Because of many lanes there, it is better not stay too late in the street.



If you want to know more information of the above-mentioned attractions, you can contact with China tour agents.

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What ancient towns should see in Yunnan

If you want a China vacation deals to visit ancient towns, the following ancient towns should be added your travel list.




1.Baoshan Stone City, Yunnan


In addition to Dayan Ancient City, there is another old city in Yunnan Province, Baoshan Stone City, located by Jinsha River Canyon, about 120 kilometers north of Lijiang. Because it was built on a huge mushroom-shaped rock, the city is called “stone city.”



Baoshan Stone City is the original habitat of the Naxi Ethnic Group. Naxi people migrated here during the Northern and Southern dynasties (420AD-589AD) and built the city during 1277-1294 in Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Their own language, houses and architecture have been well preserved in the city, reflecting the true life of the Naxi people.



One side of the city is a stone slope going straight to the Jinsha River, and its other sides are steep cliffs. With only two stone gates in the north and south for access, the whole city forms a natural strategic pass. Houses were built according to the terrain of the rock, and all the cultivable hillsides around the city have been turned into terraced fields.



Now over 100 Naxi families are still living in the city. They are very friendly to tourists and always greet the visitors with genuine smiles.



If you are stuck for idea where to go agter Banshan Stone City, you can choose Shangri-La tours.



2. Sideng Street, Yunnan



Located in Shaxi town of Yunnan Province, Sideng Street is the only bazaar along the tea and horse route that survived the wars and chaos throughout the centuries.



From the neolithic age to Ming and Qing dynasties, the tough geography and environment around the town made it an important communication center on the route. People had to pass the town before heading north to Tibet and south to the Central Plains. As time went by, Shaxi became a distribution center where businessmen from Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia exchanged goods. Fur and feathers and Tibetan herbs were transported on horseback from Tibet to the town and exchanged for much-needed goods like salt and tea.



Sideng Street was one of the busy bazaars in Shaxi Town and the only well-preserved trading center along the historic route. It was included in the 2002 World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites on October 11, 2001 by the World Monuments Fund.



In today's Sideng Street complex, the Bai ethnic-style buildings, with the structure of shops in the front and yard in the back, are standing alongside the stone-slab roads. In the east of the complex, there is an intact ancient theater built during the Qing Dynasty, a stage and a pavilion with three layers of eaves. In the west of the complex, there is a Buddhist Temple from the Bai ethnic group called Xingjiao Temple. Built in 1415 during the Ming Dynasty, the temple has more than 20 murals painted by Zhang Bao, a famous Bai painter. It is a miracle that the architecture of the temple is still in good condition after 600 years.



There used to be three gates of Sideng Street complex, but now only the east gate remains. The imprints of horses' hoofs can still be seen there.



Yunnan is always contained in popular China travel package. If you have a chance to visit Yunnan, these towns should not be missed.

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Top Treasures in Shanghai Museum

If you have had a Xian tour and visited Shaanxi Historical Museum, you can find many ancient Chinese articles which help you learn more history of North China. But in Shanghai Museum, you can learn some history of ancient south China. The following will list you top treasures in Shanghai Museum.



1 Chun Hua Ge Tie


Chun Hua Ge Tie is the oldest imperial anthology of calligraphy rubbings made in 992 during the Emperor Tai Zong's reign of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). In ancient China, before the existence of modern printing technology, the technique of taking rubbings from stone and metal inscriptions was invented and used for the appreciation and practice of calligraphy. This kind of rubbing albums was called as "Fatie", or simply "Tie". Chun Hua Ge Tie, which contains works of Wang Xizhi, Wang Xianzhi, and other famous calligraphers, is a representative work of them and has great influence on later generations.



2. Ku Sun Tie


Ku Sun Tie is one of the few extant authentic works written by Huai Su, a famous cursive calligrapher in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The piece, talking about bamboo shoots and tea, has only fourteen characters. But the writer's wonderful calligraphic skill and inner spirit can be shown vividly on the paper through the smooth and vigorous strokes.



3. Ya Tou Wan Tie



Ya Tou Wan Tie is one of the representative works of Wang Xianzhi, an outstanding calligrapher in Eastern Jin Dynasty (316-420). Wang Xianzhi, the seventh son of Wang Xizhi, was well versed in calligraphy like his father. This piece is a short letter to his friend with only fifteen characters. Although the piece is a Tang Dynasty-era facsimile, the work still shows smooth strokes, gracious and delicate style of the original writer.



4. Zi Zhong Jiang Pan



This Pan, made during China's Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.), is a broad and shallow bronze vessel used to wash the face and hands. On the outside wall of the Pan, two dragons with curved horns scramble over the mouth rim, stretching their heads downward, seemingly for a better look at the inside scene. Inside the Pan, fish, frogs and tortoises are carved in low relief. What interesting is that each animal circles around 360-degree axis fixed to the bottom. All the animals seem to come to life when the vessel is filled with water. There is also an inscription of 32 characters in 6 lines on the Pan, telling that the vessel was made by an official for his wife Zhong Jiang.



As a popular China tour destination, Shanghai should not be missed and Shanghai Museum is a must-see attraction.

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Famous Hiking Places in China


If you want a hiking for your China tour, you should not miss the following places.


1. Siguniang Mountain, Sichuan Province


Siguniang Mountain (Four Girls Mountain) stands between Xiaojin County and Wenchuan County in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. It covers about 2,000 square kilometers and consists of four continuous peaks, with the main peak reaching 6,250 meters. The mountains are covered by snow and ice all year round and are known as the Alps of the East.



Every year, travelers come from all over the world to hike on Siguniang Mountain. A popular route is from Rilong County, via Changping Village and Yakou County to Bipenggou scenic spot. It takes you three days and is a wonderful opportunity to experience Sichuan.



Travel tips:

Best time to visit: May and June, or September and October

Admission: 70 yuan for busy season (April - November), 50 yuan for dull season

Getting there: You can take No. 4, 75, 82 or 86 buses from the Chadianzi stop in Chengdu.


2. Motuo County, Tibetan Autonomous Region


Motuo, which means "hidden lotus" in Tibetan, is located in the southeast of the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Until this year it was the only county in China with no highway, and is a paradise for travelers and adventurers. Covering an area of 34,000 square kilometers, the mysterious Motuo County is mainly inhabited by the Menba and Luoba ethnic groups who have a population of about 9,700.



Starting from Paixiang, and passing through Lage, Aniqiao, Badengze and Damu, you can walk around the county in about nine days. Travelers should prepare well for the altitude, climate and tough walking conditions. Motuo County is the good place for your hiking of Tibet travel.



Travel tips:

Best time to visit: July to October

Admission: free


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Food Cities in China

Food is one part of Chinese culture. Many tourists to China should not miss the delicious food in China. If you have China vacation deals in the following cities, you should have a taste of local food and snacks.



1.Hangzhou


When people think of Hangzhou, the first thing that comes to mind is the picturesque West Lake. Typical of southern Chinese cuisine, many of Hangzhou's dishes have their names inspired by scenic spots around the West Lake, such as the West Lake Assorted Feast or any number of dishes named after the ten world famous spots around the lake.



Hangzhou's cuisine mainly uses freshwater fish as its main ingredient and implements a host of cooking methods including frying and stewing which render fish to be tender and refreshingly crispy. About half the dishes on Hangzhou's menus contain bamboo shoots which add a tender element to the food. One famous dish from this city is Dongpo Pork, which is very popular in China and is aromatically wonderful with oil. If you visit Hangzhou, a hot destination included in popular China travel package, you should taste these food.



2. Foshan


Foshan is a "Delicious Food Hometown" in the Pearl River Delta. Featuring a wide range of ingredients, Foshan cuisine lays its emphasis on deep frying, stewing, and baking.



Foshan has a large number of restaurants, that cater to both Chinese and Western palates. Since the people of Foshan enjoy drinking tea in the morning and the afternoon, visitors will see many people drinking tea in restaurants. The regularity with which people of Foshan drink tea has become a unique aspect in the food culture of Foshan.



According to different regions and tastes, Foshan cuisine has many delicious foods and tends to be very popular with tourists. Some famous dishes include Yingji Yuntun Noodle, Crystal Ravioli, Number One Scholar's Porridge and Foshan Nine-layer Cake.



3. Tianjin


Tianjin's dining culture, which dates back over 300 years ago, is renowned throughout China and even the world. While famous for its traditional snacks, cuisines from regions all over China can also be found in Tianjin. Tianjin offers a host of over 1,000 dishes, most of which lean towards being slightly more salty than other cuisines.



Tianjin has several food streets where one can sample varieties of food from all over China. The traditional and famous snacks on food streets are not to be missed if one finds themselves in this charming municipality. Famous food streets in Tianjin include Nanshi Food Street, Heping District Food Street and Shiyue Food Street.



Tianjin's deliciously unique dishes include; Goubuli Steamed Stuffed Bun, Ear-Hole Fried Cake, Fried Dough Twist, Chatang, Guobacai and Tangdui. Customers can find many traditional of Tianjin's traditional dishes in the city's older restaurants including, Guishun Zhai, Xiangde Zhai, Zhengxing De Tea House, Yipin Xiang Cake Store, Siyuan Xiang Cake Store, Du Chengqi Steamed Store and En Defa Mutton Steamed Bun Restaurant.



If you want to know more information about food in these cities, you can contact with China travel agents.


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Top but Strange Food in Hong Kong

If you once have had a Hong Kong and Beijing tour, you should taste the local foods there. And you may difference of the foods between these two places.



1. 1000- Year Old Eggs


If you can brave a thousand-year old egg, you can consider yourself an honorary Hong Konger – these things are potent. Made from duck or quail eggs, the eggs are buried in a clay, sand and salt mixture for a couple of months, melting their insides to jelly. The shell of the egg turns a browny, black, but it's the inside where the real surprise awaits. The yolk turns a dark green and boasts a powerful smell of, well, eggs that have sat around for a couple of months. The eggs can be picked up whole from street vendors around the city, or found sliced up in noodle dishes.



2. Snake Soup


A favourite winter warmer in Hong Kong, snake soup is considered somewhat of a gourmet dish. Most of the city's snake meat is now delivered chilled or frozen from China, but to try the meat and the soup at its best you need to have it fresh, which means braving the handful of live snake restaurants that still exist in Kowloon. Here, you pluck your favourite python or cobra from behind a cage and watch him slither to the chopping block, with more unusual snakes attracting heavier price tags. The soup comes with the snake shredded inside, although, if you're braver, you can try sliced snake in a host of other dishes. As it seems with almost all exotic meats, many say it tastes like chicken. If you are a student to China tour and interested in snake, you can try this dish.



3. Chicken Feet


Your biggest obstacle here is the appearance, these wrinkled, claw like chicken feet look like something from a witches cauldron. Luckily, they taste better than anything else the wicked witch could cook up, if a little crunchy.



4. Birds Nest Soup


One of Hong Kong's most prized delicacies, Bird's Nest Soup is a gelatinous mix of chicken broth and swiftlet's (a type of bird) saliva. That's right, you're eating swiftlet's spit. Swiftlets make their nests from saliva and each year, after the bird has left the nest, it's harvested and added to the soup, which, like many things in the city, is famed for its health benefits.



If you want to know more information about Hong Kong food, you can contact with China tour operator.

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Which cities are worthwhile to visit for foreign tourists


Lijiang-丽江




The Old Town of Lijiang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, nestled in northern Yunnan Province.



Lijiang lies 2,400 meters above sea level and is surrounded by jagged snow-tipped peaks. The wooden houses, tea houses and stone walkways of the old town looks as if they hadn't changed since the town was the capital of the ancient Naxi Kingdom. Ethnic Naxis still make up 70 percent of the population and the Naxi language is widely spoken. The ancient Naxi system of picture writing still puzzles and fascinates scholars. In ancient times the city flourished as a tea-trading center and merchants came from far and wide with horse and mule-trains loaded with teas.



Among the charms of the old town are mini-canals that feed from the Jade Dragon River, which flows from the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Traditionally the water in the upper part of the river was used for drinking, the middle part of the river for washing vegetables and the downstream for washing clothes.



Beijing-北京



Beijing is the capital and also the political, religious, cultural and educational center of China. As a modern city with a long history, Beijing is an ideal city for people who want to know about the country's history, learn about traditional culture and discover the modern side of China. Beijing tour package is also very hot and best choice for many tourists.



The best time to travel to Beijing is between May and October as the weather is best.



In addition to the world-famous Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square, Beijing hosts many more scenic spots that are worth seeing during your visit. The Forbidden City, called the Palace Museum, is a must-see for any tourist and is one of the most comprehensive Chinese museums, offering a visual feast of 5,000 years of traditional Chinese art, specializing in Ming and Qing Dynasties. The Summer Palace provides a variety of palaces, gardens, and other classical-style architectural structures. Fragrant Hills Park comprises of a natural pine-cypress forest, hills with maple trees, smoke trees and persimmon trees, offering spectacular natural beauty.



For people who want to experience the rapid growth of modern China, Beijing's Central Business District (CBD), and Beijing's Financial Street will give you a full experience. The Beijing CBD has attracted 117 Fortune 500 businesses in the financial, media, information technology, consulting and service industries, which has become the landmark of Beijing's economic prowess.



If you want to experience the traditional culture of Beijing, it is suggested that you visit an old alley (Hutong) in downtown Beijing, which is one of the most distinctive features of Beijing.



Beijing is also world-famous for its food. The capital's cuisine plays host to a long list of local favorites including filled sausage, fried liver, mungbean milk, rolling donkey, pancake and quickly-boiled tripe. Of all the dishes found in Beijing, Peking roast duck is the most well-known. Now considered to be one of China's National Foods, Peking roast duck is prized for its eloquent taste and presentation. Renowned restaurants to taste Peking Roast duck are Quanjude, Bianyifang, Changan Yihao, Beijing Xiaowangfu and Dadong Tuanjiehu Kaoyadian.



Beijing's Sanlitun Bar Street is a great place to enjoy a dynamic nightlife in the city, which is an extremely popular hangout site for the city expatriates and white collars of all ages.



If you have plan to join China travel packages, you should list these two cities in your itineraries


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Great Historical Street in North China


If you are planning to have a tailor-made China tours, the following two places should be contained in your itineraries.



1.Central Street in Harbin


Known as the "Eastern Moscow", northeast China's Harbin has always been regarded as a unique and exotic city. Central Street in downtown Harbin is the ultimate symbol of the city.



Harbin's hundred-year history can be traced in this story-rich street. Originally constructed in 1898 for the transportation of railway supplies and called "Chinese Street," Central Street was later floored with square stones based on the design of a Russian engineer in 1924. Since then, it has become home to numerous foreign shops, hotels, and bars. Russian leather, British woolen cloth, French perfume, German medicine and many more exotic commodities can be found here.



With a total length of 1,450 meters, Central Street is now the longest pedestrian street in Asia. The European architectural art is the most obvious feature of this long corridor, and the four most influential schools of Western architecture in different eras, including Baroque, Renaissance, eclecticism and Art Nouveau, are all presented in this street. As Harbin's most cultural rich area and busiest commercial street, Central Street is an enthralling destination, attracting tourists from both home and abroad. In the Harbin, Ice Sculpture Festival will great feast your eyes if you join China vacation packages to Harbin.



2. Badaguan (Eight Passes) in Qingdao



Badaguan, or Eight Passes, is a historical street district in the southeast of Qingdao, Shandong Province. The street is famous for combining the architectural styles of different countries.



The name Eight Passes comes from eight roads named after the eight strategic passes of China's famous passes, which are Jiayuguan, Juyongguan, Wushengguan, Ningwuguan, Shanhaiguan, Shaoguan, Zhengyangguan, and Zijingguan. There are now 10 roads in the district which crisscross to form a scenic area.



The area is home to some unique flora and fauna, including many varieties of trees, including peach trees, pine trees and gingko trees. In addition, there are more than 200 villas in the exotic architectural style of more than 20 countries, including Russia, UK, US, France, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Switzerland and Japan. Before the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the area was home to many foreign consulates, and, because of the unique and varied architectural styles in the area, Badaguan is known as the "World Architecture Museum." It is also called "little Switzerland."



Badaguan remains special to this day for its unique blend of Eastern and Western influences. As a symbol of Qingdao, Badaguan has proved attractive for many film producers and directors, as well as visitors from all over the world.



If want to know more info, you can contact with China tour operator.

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Top Things to do for Shanghai travel

What are indispensable things for your Shanghai tours, the following list you some must things in Shanghai.



1. Shanghai Museum - Considered by many to be the best museum in China, the Shanghai Museum has 11 galleries and over 120,000 historic artifacts. The Stone Sculpture Gallery and the Bronze gallery are the most popular with collections dating back to the 18th century B.C. There are also special exhibitions on occasion that can be quite fascinating.



2. See the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe - This world-famous acrobatic troupe performs nightly at the Shanghai Center Theatre showcasing their incredible talents. Balancing acts, contortionists, plate-spinning and complicated juggling are just a few of the many amazing acts in the two hour show. Be sure to bring your camera!



3. Nanjing Lu - Nanjing Road is by far the most popular shopping street in Shanghai. Crowds jam the pedestrian walkway for shopping and sightseeing every day of the week. At night the neon lights shine like the Las Vegas strip. With hundreds of shops and restaurants there is something for everyone. It runs west to east from People's Park all the way to the Bund. Nanjing Lu is also shopping paradise compared with shopping for Hong Kong tours



4. Shanghai World Financial Center - For a good overview of the city, there is no better spot than the top of Shanghai World Financial Center in Pudong. With 101 floors above ground level and soaring to a height of 492m, it is currently the world's tallest completed building by roof. Park Hyatt Shanghai is the hotel component, becoming the highest in the world, surpassing the Grand Hyatt Shanghai on the 53rd to 87th floors of the neighboring Jin Mao Tower.



By comparison with the view of Yangtze River cruise, you will have a different travel experience in Shanghai.

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December Destinations in China

Want to escape from the freezing weather? Here list you top five most suitable destinations to warm up this winter for your China travel.



1. Kunming, Yunnan (云南昆明)



Kunming, capital city of southwest Yunnan Province, is known as the "city of perpetual spring" for its pleasant year-round spring climate. As one of the most popular tourist destinations in China, Kunming has many must-see attractions, such as Dianchi Lake, Heilong Pond, Shilin (Stone Forest), Guandu Ancient Town, Cuihu Lake, Xishan Mountain, Ethnic Culture Village and the Horticultural Expo Garden. With a history of more than 2,400 years, the city is home to many ethnic groups, including Yi, Hui, Bai, Miao, Zhuang, Dulong and De'ang, which give the area a colorful and unique culture. Kuming is a warm respite from the country's wintery regions.



Kunming is not far way from Zhong Dian which are considered as Shangri-la. You can also have a Shangri-La tour during your journey to Yunnan.



2. Lushan Mountain, Jiangxi


Located on the southern bank of the Yangtze River south of Jiujiang City in northern Jiangxi Province, the Lushan Mountain whole scenic area covers an area of 302 square kilometers, with the 1,474-meter Hanyang Peak as its highest summit. Featuring magnificent peaks, strange stone formations, unique waterfalls, flourishing trees, and many historical sites, the mountain is labeled as one of the most famous sites in the country and was included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1996. When winter comes, especially after snow falls, the mountain will be wrapped with a white carpet, making it an ideal place to capture the winter beauty this season.



3. Xishuangbanna, Yunnan


Xishuangbanna is an autonomous prefecture located in southwest Yunnan Province. With its mysterious rainforests, rare plants, wild animals and tropical fruits, it is unquestionably one of the most beloved destinations for travelers all year round. Besides amazing natural beauty, the place is also a home to 13 different minorities, including the Dai, Hani, Bulang, Layu and Jinuo, which make it an ideal place to discover unique culture and experience interesting customs. In December, the weather there becomes dry and warm; it's the best time to escape winter and enjoy the scenery.



If you are students to China tour in December, you should contain these places in your list.



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Most Selected Attractions in China

Here list the top attractions for your China travel.



1. Wudang Mountain




Located in Danjiangkou City, in the northwestern part of Hubei Province, Wudang Mountain, also known as Taihe Mountain, is both a famous scenic spot as well asa holy site in Taoism, China's indigenous religion.



Ever since the Tand Dynasty (618-907), the area is considered to be the birthplace of Taoism and therefore features a large number of well-preserved Taoist buildings. Besides, it has the well-known Golden Hall, which is the first batch of immovable cultural relics under state protection. Located on the top of the Tianzhu Peak, the main peak of Wudang Mountain, Hubei Province, the Golden Hall was built in the 14th year of Yongle reign (1416) of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).



Admission: 240 yuan (US$38.2) (including tourist bus fee)
20 yuan (US$3.2) (Zixiao Palace)
15 yuan (US$2.4) (Golden Hall)





2. Xixiakou




Xixiakou is a scenic resort area located in Weihai, the eastern part of Shandong Province. It mainly consists of six scenic spots, including Chengshantou Scenic Area, Shendiao Mountain Wildlife Nature Preserve, Motian Peak Scenic Area, Hailv Island Scenic Area, Furudonghai Scenic Area and Futongtianhe Park. Covering a buiding area of 300,000 square meters, it offers superb entertainment, including folk culture, restaurants located above the water and so-called water movie screenings. ned on the water.



Admission: 230 yuan (US$36.6) (including Chengshantou Scenic Area, Shendiao Mountain Wildlife Nature Preserve and Motian Peak Scenic Area)



3.Huangshan Mountain




Located in southern Anhui Province, Huangshan Mountain covers an area of 1,200 square kilometers, 154 square kilometers of which are scenic attractions. Its landscape features the so-called scenic four wonders of imposing peaks, spectacular rocks, odd-shaped pines and oceans of clouds. Huangshan Mountain boasts 72 peaks, and its three main peaks rise up over 1,000 meters above sea level. It has more than 400 famous scenic attractions, 140 of which have been developed and opened up to tourists. In 1990, Huangshan Mountain was included in both the world cultural and natural heritage listings.



Admission: 230 yuan (US$36.6) (Mar 1 - Nov 30);
150 yuan (US$23.9) (Dec 1 - Feb 28);


If you want to know more info above-mentioned attractions, you can contact with China tour operator.


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Drinking Games in China

Chinese food culture is very various and also has some games during dining time. If you have a China tour and eat with Chinese, you should know the following.



Drinking games, popularly known as Jiuling in Chinese, are a popular pastime with a long tradition in China. The games may include contest games like archery, arrow pitching, chess playing, dicing, finger guessing and animal betting, and the more elegant literal games for beaux-esprit and cultured ladies where players do their best to produce fine literal pieces, such as asking riddles, connecting idioms, composing couplets or verses, telling stories or jokes, and so on. The following are some examples of jiuling.



1. Finger Guessing




Two people sit at the same table. Using one hand, they simultaneously stretch out fingers (several fingers stick out, while the others are close to the palm) and shout out a number between one and 10. If a player guesses right, and says the total number of fingers extended by both players, he/she wins. The loser then has to take a drink. If both players guess right or if both guess wrong, the game continues. If a person accidentally shouts a number that is less than the number of fingers he/she has stretched, he/she has to take a drink.



2. “A Little Bee” Game



Chinese have their own version of the “rock, paper, scissors” game. It is a game for two. First, the players sing a little verse: "Liangzhi xiao mifeng ya, fei dao huacong zhong ya, fei ya" (two little bees fly to the flowers, and fly). After singing, each player imitates either a rock, paper or scissors with his/her hand. The winner (the one who shows a sign that beats the other player's sign’) must pretend to slap the other player, while saying "Pya Pya." The loser must pretend to be slapped while saying "Ah Ah.” If both people show the same sign, they pretend to kiss, while saying “Mua Mua.” Of course, this has to be done as quickly as possible. The first to say the wrong sentence or does the wrong action must take a drink.



3. Seven



The principle is to avoid saying the “bad” number, which is seven. People sitting around the table, in succession, say numbers. The first player says "one,” the second says “two,” and so on. The person who is supposed to say “seven” must move directly to “eight.” The players go on counting, avoiding the number “seven,” all of its multiples (14, 21 etc.) and all the numbers including “seven,” such as 17, 27, 37 etc. Of course, this gets harder and harder. The person who accidentally says a forbidden number has to be punished by taking a drink.



4. Dicing



Dice are rolled and contestants have to guess the number of spots. Those who make an incorrect guess pay a forfeit by drinking a cup.



5. Gong Show



With one person beating a drum or gong, the others sitting around the table will quickly pass a flower from one to another. When the drummer stops, whoever has the flower will drink and even give a simple performance.



Chinese drinking tables won’t bore people. These games do not require a great deal of acumen and are thus easy to learn and play.



But in ethnic group, they may haven't these games. If you have a Shangri-La tour and eat with locals, you may obey other rules.

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The palatable Shanghai snacks

Having a taste of local snacks are very great thing for foodies. If you have Shanghai tours, you should taste the below-mentioned snacks:


Pork ribs with fried New Year cake 排骨年糕


The pork ribs with fried New Year cake is a specialty snack from Shanghai and has a history of over 50 years. Pork ribs are coated with flour, five-spicy powders and eggs, soaked with soy sauce, sugar, cooking wine, chopped spring onion and ginger, then wrapped with New Year cake strips. Lastly, it is deep fried until the surface becoming golden brown. The New Year cake is made of glutinous Songjiang rice flour after pounding and kneading. It tastes tender, sticky and has high nutritional value. The two famous snack restaurants in Shanghai serving this specialty are called Xiaochangzhou and Xiandelai.


Leisha dumpling 擂沙圆



Leisha dumpling is one of the signature snacks of Shanghai’s Qiaojiashan Restaurant with a history of over 70 years. It was said that in the late Qing Dynasty, an old lady surnamed Lei sold sweet dumplings with soup for a living. In order to sell more dumplings, she tried to find ways to keep the dumplings fresh longer and make them easier to carry. She tried to coat the dumplings with dry glutinous rice flour, and she discovered that red bean flour was the best choice. Therefore, the dumplings are called Leisha dumpling after her.



The round-shaped dumpling, filled with sweetened bean paste, pork or sesame, is boiled, then drained of water, and finally rolled in dry red bean flour. The dumplings have a color of purplish red and have the refreshing flavor of red beans.



Crab shell cake 蟹壳黄


Crab shell cake is a kind of shortbread baked from ferment flour with oil, sesame seeds and salty or sweet fillings. The name comes from its color of brown yellow, which looks like a cooked crab shell. There are many options for the cake’s fillings: spring onion, pork, crab meat, shrimp, sugar, rose pedals, bean paste and jujube paste. The cake is crispy with a sesame flavor. The crab shell cakes, along with the pan-fried buns stuffed with pork, was the most popular snacks in many most Shanghai tea houses over the years.



If you have a China business tour in Shanghai, you will have great chance to taste the Shanghai Local snacks.

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