As a must-see attraction when cruising on Yangtze River, Shibaozhai is regarded as one of the eight unusual architectural wonders of the world.
Shibaozhai (Precious Stone Hamlet) is situated on a cliff on the Yuyin (Jade Seal) Mountain along the northern banks of the Yangtze River. Enjoying the name of "Pearl over the Yangtze River," it has listed a cultural unit under national-level protection. It is said that the legendary Chinese goddess Nuwa dropped a five-color monster suppressing stone on the riverbank, when she was patching up the sky, and the stone transformed into a mountain. In the late Ming Dynasty, Tan Hong, leader of a righteous army that had quelled a rebellion, stationed his troops there and built a hamlet, which became Shibaozhai. The Yuyin is called "Jade Seal," as it resembles an emperor's jade chop.
Shibaozhai was first built in the Wanli reign period of the Ming Dynasty, and expanded during the reign of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty. In 1956 three more stories were added to Shibaozhai, making it a 56-meter-tall tower with 12 stories. This red wooden tower is host to many famous figure's portraits and statues, as well as poems and stone inscriptions. Now it is still a hot attraction which tourist list on their plan of China vacation packages.
On top of the Yuyin Mountain is a stone dam, covering 1,200 sq. m. On the dam is the Palace of the Heavenly Son, built in the sixth year of the Longqing reign period of the Ming Dynasty (1572). The front hall in the palace enshrines the statues of Lord Guan Yu and the four heavenly kings; while the central and rear halls enshrine the statues of the Jade Emperor, Queen Mother of the Western Heavens, and the Supreme Lord, among others.
At the base of the hill alongside the river bank is a row of merchant stalls which follows the path from the dock to the entrance of the pavilion.
Many river cruise boats dock at Shibaozhai for a few hours to allow passengers to tour the pavilion and temple.
With the construction of the Three Gorges Dam the base of the red pavilion would have been beneath the reservoir's water level. A coffer dam was built around the base to protect it from the rising water level.
It is also an attraction right for student tour to China to learn the ancient Chinese architecture.
If you want to choose a place for trekking in China, the area of Three Parallel Rivers may be your good choice for your China tours.
In the high mountains of southwest China's Yunnan Province, three rivers – the Jinsha, Nujiang and Lancang – all originated from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, run roughly parallel, north to south for some 170 km. As the crow flies, the distance between the Jinsha and Lancang rivers is 66 km while that between the Lancang and Nujiang rivers is less than 19 km.
Sanjiang is a veritable museum displaying the geological history of the last 40-50 million years associated with the collision of the Indian and Eurasian Plate and the lifting of the Himalaya Range and Tibetan Plateau.
The Three Parallel Rivers site covers land of some 1.7 million hectares. With it come nine nature reserves and 10 scenic spots variously belonging to Lijiang City (always contained in the popular China tour package), Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and the Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. Located where the three geological regions of East Asia, South Asia and Qinghai-Tibet Plateau meet, it is representative of rare alpine landforms and their evolution, and one of the richest biodiversity areas in the world.
Every kind of landscape to be found in the northern Hemisphere other than desert and ocean can be found here including magnificent snow-capped mountains and glaciers, precipitous Danxia cliffs and wonderful Karst formations.
The region has 118 snow-capped mountains over 5,000 meters above sea level, varying widely in form. With them come many hectares of untouched forest and several hundred glacial lakes.
Highest among them at 6,740 meters is the snow-capped Meili Mountain with its 10,000-year-old glaciers. Crystal-clear and sparkling, the ice makes its way very slowly from high on the peak down to the Mingyongcun Forest at 2,700 meters. It is considered to be the world's finest monsoon glacier and remarkable for its descent to such a low altitude. For thousands of years, Tibetan people have regarded the Meili as a holy mountain. To this day they respect the need to obtain permission before going on the mountain.
The Danxia landforms in the Laojun Mountains in the Lijiang Area, picturesque in their forest setting, are both the biggest and the best-formed examples of this geomorphology in China. In places, the red cliffs have weathered away to leave formations said to look like tortoises. On the aptly named thousand tortoise mountain, one can imagine at first a single large tortoise and then on closer inspection see it to be made up of the regular ranks of thousands of small tortoises.
The view of Three Parallel Rivers are so splendid which attracts numerious tourists every year. But it is not the place for your China business travel.
With rapid development of China tourism, Shanghai is a very hot destination for many foreign tourists. Taking photos is one of important things during your journey. The following give you clues of how to take original Shanghai photos.
We’re not saying you should dodge all those touristy Shanghai spots -- leaving here without one photo on the Bund might just look odd -- but roaming downtown and getting lost with your camera in the real Shanghai may be the best thing to happen to you and your Flickr album. That is, if you’re well prepared.
1. The Bike Photo
Xujiahui, Puxi’s bustling southern hub, caters to a constant wave of fashionistas, foodies and tekkies, leaving no lack of stories in their wake.
Although ultra-modern in every sense of the word, a juxtaposition of old and new can still be found among a rare pocket of calm, quietly housing hints of an endless commercial buzz, as here via the reflection of a 1920 vintage bicycle.
Keep it simple, use a hand-held (never use a tripod as it greatly reduces the freedom of your composition and slows down the creative answer to your visual feelings), keep your ISO low and most importantly, learn how to lock your body to shoot.
2. 1,001 Shanghai Nights
An everyday pedestrian bridge is rendered sci-fi funky thanks to the dazzling blue rays of the towering Yan'an Lu freeway.
One of the city’s, if not Asia’s brightest thoroughfares, this flashy freeway has been made even brighter.
Surely no fun to its next-door neighbors, but inspiration and lighting galore for the city’s nocturnal shutterbugs.
A nighttime photo-enthusiast, Péret encourages photographers to hit the evening streets where -- thanks to Shanghai’s many illuminated landmarks -- that perfect night lighting is never too far away. Shanghai nights view is a must for popular China travel package.
Whether day or night, taking a picture is like making orange juice. If you only squeeze a bit, you’re wasting precious juice, but if you are truly inspired, you squeeze and squeeze until not a drop is left and your fingers are raw.
3. The Shanghai Metro
There’s never a dull moment to be found with the non-stop hum of cars and credit card machines in one of Shanghai’s main shopping locales -- Huaihai Zhong Lu.
Just steps away, many note the temporary walls while hardly breaking stride. Only a few will brave the dust, concrete and debris for a better look. A pity.
Like cities inside the city, they’re a great way to witness Shanghai’s many microcosms and are constantly changing and evolving -- a lot like Shanghai itself.
Nighttime is always more discreet allowing you to enter the intimacy of the 24/7 construction microcosm.
If you want to know more info about Shanghai, you can contact with China travel agents.
China is a very hot tourist destination. When to have China tours.
The best times to visit China are the spring (March-May) and the autumn (September to early November). During these times, there’s less rain and clearer skies.
But with the exception of the north during the winter, you can still see China comfortably year-round. Summers see the heaviest rain and can be uncomfortably hot, especially in the south near Hong Kong, which has notoriously hot and humid summers.
Most first-time travelers to China will travel up and down the eastern provinces (the most developed and richest provinces containing most tourist highlights). For example, from the north in Beijing all the way south to Hong Kong. So plan accordingly: if you’re arriving during the spring, start in the south (before the hot & sticky summers start up) and finish in Beijing. Or if you’re arriving in the autumn, start in Beijing — before the brunt of winter moves in — and make your way south.
While the national holidays also should be avoided such as May Day, National Day and Chinese New Year, which are "golden weeks" in China, the streets and famous site will be very crowded.
If you have plan to take part in a China vacation packages, you tour guide will give you the information about which time should be avoided and others.
Two adjectives that aren’t normally used together to describe a Chinese city: Huge and laid-back. With over 10 million people in the greater metro area, Chengdu is the fifth biggest city in China (and that’s saying a lot). But somehow this capital of Sichuan province has maintained a reputation among the Chinese as one of the country’s most cheerful and livable cities. Chengdu is also a famous tourist destination of China tours for giant pandas.
Always quick to generalize about a population based on geography, the Chinese like to stereotype the people of Chengdu as being “lazy.” Personally, I prefer a lazy population when I travel. In fact, even when I’m not traveling. Maybe because I myself am a slacker.
To illustrate this point, the favorite pastime of the jovial people of Chengdu is relaxing outside one of the city’s many teahouses, where locals pass the time with games and caffeine-fueled conversation. Many teahouses and snack bars also offer free Sichuan opera or other music performances to entertain customers. The most attractive element of Sichuan opera is change face whihch become a must-see performance for foreign tourists joining
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Adding to the leisurely atmosphere of Chengdu are the city’s many outstanding gardens and parks, where locals and tourists wander down windy paths peppered with willow and ginkgo trees. Built on flat ground, the compact city (4miles/6km) and its colorful old streets are easy to explore on foot or bike.
Like any large city in modern China, Chengdu does have the usual downsides too: uninspired high-rises, traffic, and pollution. But despite the fact that life continues to speed up here, somehow the slackers of Chengdu have managed to preserve a mellow vibe that evokes a sense of history.
Chengdu is also main transportation hub of southwest China and the gateway to Tibet tours, where you should apply for your permit and stock up on travel supplies.
The Yangtze River (Changjiang), over 6,300 kilometers long, is the largest and longest river in China, and the third-longest in the world, next only to the Nile in northeast Africa and the Amazon in South America. The source of the Yangtze River lies to the west of Geladandong Mountain, the principal peak of the Tanggula Mountain chain in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, southwest of China. The river flows from west to east through provinces of Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Sichuan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui and Jiangsu as well as the city of Shanghai, finally emptying into the East China Sea. With plenty of rainfall all year round, the Yangtze River is named the golden watercourse.
The most impressive section of the river is the three Yangtze River gorges: Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xiling Gorge, collectively known as Sanxia, or the Three Gorges.
Qutang Gorge runs eight kilometers from Baidicheng in Fengjie County in the west to Daxizhen in Wushan County, Chongqng City. The shortest among the Three Gorges, it is the most spectacular. As soon as the roaring Yangtze River rushes into the gorge, it meets head-on with the imposing Kuimen Gate. Rocky mountains rise perpendicularly like walls on both sides of the river squeezing the broad river into a narrow ribbon threading its way in the gorge. Here the width of the river is reduced to 100-200 meters and the narrowest places are no more than a few dozen meters while the principal peaks on the banks are as high as 1,000-1,500 meters. The turbulent waters flowing in the deep gorge along a continuous line of peaks make a most magnificent picture.
There are many historical sites in Qutang Gorge. On a hilltop on the north bank are the town of Baidicheng, boasting many rare historical relics. On the south bank are the Whitewashed Wall covered with carved inscriptions, the legendary Meng Liang’s Ladder, the Upside Down Monk, Armour Cave and the sweet-tasting Phoenix-Drinking Fountain in a deep cave. Also on the south bank, not far downstream, is a very strange-looking peak standing by the river; it is called the Rhinoceros Watching the Moon because it looks like a rhinoceros. Qutang Gorge will give you a very different experience of China tours.
When the river flows out of Qutang Gorge and passes the broad valley of the Daning River, it enters the scenic Wuxia Gorge. Wuxia Gorge is 45 kilometers long, extending west to east from the mouth of the Danning River in Wushan County to Guandukou in Badong County, Hubei Province.
The Daning River at the western entrance to Wuxia Gorge is flanked by continuous strange peaks, including Longmen, Bawu and Dicui, some of them rising into the clouds and presenting an unusual spectacle. The section of the river becomes known as the Minor Three Gorges.
The longest among the Yangtze Gorges, Xiling Gorge stretches west to east for 76 kilometers from the mouth of the Xiangxi River at Zigui in Hubei Province to Nanjing Pass near the city of Yichang in Hubei. It is divided into two sections — the west section consists of the Military Book and Sword Gorge, the Bull’s Liver and Horse’s Lung Gorge and Kongling Play Gorge, while the east section features the Shadow Play Gorge and the Yellow Cat Gorge, otherwise known as Yichang Gorge. Along this gorge sit many archeological sites, including the Huangling Temple, first built during the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280). In addition, the Three Visitors’ Cave and the Luyou Fountain all have their unique features.
If you want to know more info about Yangtze River, you can contact with China tour agents.
If you want a different China tours, you can try a train tour. The following give you the information about four types of seats in Chinese train.
Instead of having “first” or “second” class tickets, the Chinese has four classes: Hard Seat, Soft Seat, Hard Sleeper, and Soft Sleeper.
Note that “hard” and “soft” doesn’t literally describe the softness since these days all seats and bunks have padding. Also, not every class is available for every train (for instance, short distance trains won’t have sleeper classes while many super-long distance ones will have only sleeper classes).
HARD SEAT (硬座 = “ing zwoh”): Unless you’re (1) dirt poor, (2) going a very short distance, or (3) want to “keep it real” and experiencing life with the masses, I’d recommend avoiding Hard Seat class. As you can imagine in a country with a large, poor population, the cheapest classes are typically crowded and uncomfortable. With no assigned seating, you’ll start by being out-elbowed by hundreds of Chinese locals as everyone squeezes shoulder to shoulder on benches. On longer trips, the floor fills up with trash, watermelon rinds, cigarette butts, seeds, etc. Similarly, the toilets get gross quickly since there are a lot more people using them (Tip: you can also sneak over and use the cleaner soft sleeper toilets, which include western-style toilets).
SOFT SEAT (软座 = “rwon zuo”): A considerable improvement in comfort and elbow room, but only available on a limited number of trains (mostly shorter trains between major cities). In addition to having an actual assigned seat, you’ll usually find cleaner toilets (and a choice of Western or squat).
HARD SLEEPER (硬卧 = “ing woh”): The best value for what you get in China, Hard Sleeper is about 2/3 the price of the more expensive Soft Sleeper class. Each carriage is divided into open compartments with 6 sleeping berths (lower, middle, and upper bunk). Pricing is based on bunk position: For some reason, the bottom bunk is the most expensive (I suppose because you have under-bed storage and don’t need to climb up).
SOFT SLEEPER (软卧 = “rwon woh”): Is available as either a 2 or 4 bunk private compartment with a locking door (good for a small group traveling together). Considerably more comfortable and roomier than Hard Sleeper, newer trains even have individual TV screens and outlets for your laptop. Toilets are also cleaner with choice of Western or squat.
If you want last minute China travel deals and different travel experience, you can try to consider train travel in China.
For those who join China tour packages, is it necessary to tip in China?
Tipping is not an established practice in China. You’re not expected to tip anyone, including taxi drivers, waiters/waitresses, or hair stylists. In higher end restaurants in Hong Kong (and increasingly in Shanghai and Beijing), you might see a 10% service charge added to your bill.
Having said that, the practice has been catching on (enthusiastically I might add) — the expectation of getting a tip has increased in tourist services that cater to foreigners. For example, it’s a good idea to leave a tip (or group tip) to your tour leader (depending, of course, on the number of days and quality of service). But don’t feel as if you’re obligated to do so (especially if the service was sub-par or mediocre) — domestic Chinese (and most Asian) tourists typically don’t tip anyone while in China.
Also, bell hops in upscale hotels that see a lot of foreigners are more than happy to get a small tip (again, don’t feel at all obligated to do so).
[ Side rant: Personally, the practice tipping in hotels has always seemed unfair to me. Why is it that the maids, reception, and kitchen staff rarely get tipped....but the bellhop expects a nice tip for wheeling my luggage (which has wheels) into an elevator? Or worse, the doorman who expects a tip after spending all of 10 seconds whistling a taxi over and moving my bag 5 feet into the trunk? ]
If you want to know more information about tip, you can contact with a China travel agency.
If you want a China custom tour and shopping freely in China, you should know when you can and cannot bargain. The following give you some clues.
As a rule of thumb, DON’T expect to bargain at any large stores, corporate chains, or department stores — the employees have neither the authority nor incentive to haggle with you. Also, don’t bother trying in a restaurant (though you might have some luck if you’re with a large group of people in an empty restaurant).
DO bargain when shopping for any goods (clothes, gifts, art, jade, etc) if it looks like an independently owned business. Sometimes these shops will have a sign proclaiming, “All prices are final”…but it’s not always true (unless business is booming, they’d rather make some money than none). But sometimes they really do stick to their guns and won’t budge on price (typically very low-priced goods).
Hotels: Always worth trying to get a lower rate. Depending on their occupancy rate, you can sometimes get discounts even at large, corporate hotel chains (by simply asking or committing to several nights).
Bargaining is very necessary when you buy some typical and traditional souvenir. Even in some some places of ethnic places such as Xinjiang which are one of destinations of Silk Road tours.
If you take part in the China vacation packages and are arranged to visit the local families and have dinner with them, you should know the following drinking tips.
Like in Western cultures, alcohol is a big part of the dining experience. I personally think that China — like many Asian cultures — go a bit overboard. There’s an almost college mentality at work: The more your guests drink, the better (and if they don’t want to, we’ll gang peer pressure them!). I think a big reason is that Asian cultures tend to be less expressive and more formal–getting wasted with your new friend is not only a bonding experience, but is the only way that some feel comfortable enough to let their hair down and just relax.
Wait for host to make the first toast before drinking. But pace yourself, because afterwards, everyone takes turns making toasts (a seemingly never-ending round of toasts). You’ll notice that every time your glass is getting close to being empty, someone will have already filled it up.
It’s also considered rude to not raise your glass and join in a toast. The result is that you can find yourself completely bombed quickly. If you’re not a big drinker or not in the mood, you can claim that you’re allergic to alcohol (if anyone can empathize, it’s the red-faced Asians). But join in the toasts by raising your tea or water cup.
Be forewarned that if you’re talked into a first alcoholic drink (“C’mon, just one!”), you can be sure it’ll be followed by more peer pressure than a fraternity pledge week (and also complete with drinking games). There was a case that made headlines some years back about a low-level government official who attended too many of these drunken banquets and literally drank himself to death.
To avoid getting totally plastered, use an old Chinese trick: Just take tiny sips or pretend to drink by raising your glass to your closed lips (I don’t think that trick would’ve worked in college with beer bongs though).
But in some places where ethnic groups lives, these tips may not be right. If you have a Shangri-La tour in Zhongdian, they may have other drinking tips you should obey.
Spring means nature's rebirth. Plants turn green and flowers begin to blossom again. Here, The following introduces the top flowers to see in Beijing for your enjoyment if you have China tours in Beijing.
1. Apricot blossom
Fenghuangling, also known as the "Phoenix Mountain", is located at the north of Haidian District. It is called the "green lungs of Beijing", referring to its fresh air, and labeled as the "small Yellow Mountain" because of its dense vegetation, unique rocks, grand hills and gurgling springs. Located over 30 kilometers from downtown, the scenic area is a wonderful place to escape from the crowded city and relax your body. One of Fenghuangling's major attractions is Buddhist Longquan Temple, which was originally built in 951. Every year, from March to May, over 600 acres apricot plants blossom, attracting visitors all over the country to enjoy the blossom spectacle.
Admission: 25 yuan
Getting there: Take subway Line 4 to Beigongmen and then transfer No. 346 bus to Fenghuangling.
2. Peach blossom
Beijing Botanical Garden is situated in the western outskirts of the city between Xiangshan Park and Yuquan Mountain. With intriguing rockeries, clear ponds and elegant bridges, the garden is a wonderful place to explore natural beauty. Beijing Botanical Garden is the largest in North China, with a great variety of greenhouses, rare trees and stunning flowers, as well as a number of historical attractions, such as Cao Xueqin Memorial and Liang Qichao Tomb. Since 1981, the Peach Blossom Festival has been held every spring, with more than 6,000 peach plants in 70 varieties, and is labeled as the largest peach forest in the world.
Admission: 10 yuan
Getting there: Bus No. 318, 331, 360, 714, 733, 737, 833, 904 to Beijing Botanical Garden.
Time: April to late-May
Place: Yunmengshan Forest Park
Standing at the border of Miyun County and Huairou County, Yunmengshan Forest Park is about 85 kilometers north of the city center. Covering an area of more than 2,208 hectares, the park boasts a dense forest offering more than 100 varieties of trees and contains a wild botanical garden that overlooks the western shore of Miyun Reservoir. Spring is amazing with at least 5,000 acres of red azalea, green leaves and other colorful flowers all over the mountain. Besides, steep cliff, lofty peaks, unique rocks, roaring waterfalls, gurgling springs and streams will also delight your body and heart.
Admission: 35 yuan for adults, 17 yuan for kids
Getting there: Bus No. 936 branch line (Yujiayuan to Tanghekou) to Yuanmengshan.
Constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of Ming Dynasty Emperor Yongle, Tiantan, better known as the Temple of Heaven, was a place for emperors to pray to Heaven. In the 16th Century, the temple was extended and renamed during the reign of the Emperor Jiajing, who also built three other prominent temples in Beijing: the Temple of the Sun in the east, the Temple of the Earth in the north and the Temple of the Moon in the west. Now, the temple has become a park attracting numerous visitors each year. In the park, there is a large lilac grove; when the flowers blossom, the beauty and perfume are enchanting.
Admission: 35 yuan in busy season (April-October), 30 yuan off-season.
Getting there: Bus No. 6, 34, 36, 106, 110, 687 to the north gate; No. 53, 120, 122, 958 to the south gate; No. 626 to the west gate; or take subway Line 5 to East Gate of Tiantan Station.
If you plan to have China custom tour in spring, the above-mentioned flowers and parks are your choice.
If you want to have China travel deals in Hainan, the following attractions should be considered.
Located southwest of Sanya, Tianyahaijiao is the most famous scenic spot in Hainan. Its name means "the end of sky and the rim of the sea" in Chinese. It covers 10.4 square kilometers of land and 6 square kilometers of sea, and is marked by several grotesque stones as high as two men, which features spectacular views of white waves, azure sky and the blue sea.
Admission: 65 yuan
Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Get there: Bus 2, 4, transfer to Taihe travel bus
2. Wuzhizhou Island Tourism Zone
Located in Haitang Bay north of Sanya, Wuzhizhou Island is the "No. 1 bay under the sun." It is one of the rare islands that has freshwater in Hainan. It has more than 2,000 types of plants, including the precious dracaena. Wuzhizhou Island boasts pleasant temperature year-round, clean water and various kinds of tropical fish and seafood, such as sea cucumber, lobster, mackerel and sea urchin,. The sea visibility down to 27 meters makes it the best place for diving in China.
Admission: 168 yuan
Get there: Boat from Wuzhizhou Port to Wuzhizhou Island.
3. Bo'ao Tourism Area
Bo'ao is also a superb place for golf and sailing.
Get there: Long-distance bus from Haikou to Qionghai, then transfer bus to Bo'ao.
You will have a special and different experience from that of Silk Road adventure.
Spring is a hot sea for China tourism. The following two is the hot destinations for tourists in spring.
1. Zhangjiajie, Hunan (湖南张家界)
Zhangjiajie, located in the northwestern part of Hunan Province, is about 265 kilometers to Changsha, the provincial capital. Most scenic spots in the area are situated in the northern part of the city, including Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Wulingyuan, Tianmen Mountain, Huanglong Cave, Baofeng Lake, and Suoxi Valley. They are known for their beautiful forests, odd-shaped rocks, exquisite canyons, limestone caves, and jaw-dropping panoramic views. The hills present different views to visitors with the changing of the seasons. In October, colorful leaves, sheer cliffs and secluded valleys wow visitors.
Best time to visit: April to October
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park: 245 yuan
Wulingyuan: 245 yuan
Tianmen Mountain: 260 yuan
Getting there: travel bus from Zhangjiajie to all the scenic spots.
Nyingchi, or Linzhi in Chinese, lies in the southeast part of Tibet Autonomous Region and is a must for Tibet tours. Located near the lower reaches of Yarlung Zangbo River, it is blessed with a semi-humid climate and fascinating scenery. With a large number of river valleys and alpine gorges, Nyingchi is also called the "Switzerland of Tibet". When travelling there, you will be amazed by the lofty snow-capped mountain peaks, well-preserved original forests, cypresses that can grow up to thirty meters, and numerous colorful grasses. Travelers can also take part in various activities, such as mountain hiking, rock climbing and white water rafting, and experience the unique local customs of the Menba and Luoba people.
Best time to visit: May and October
Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon: 150 yuan for adults; 70 yuan for kids
Giant Cypress Forest: 10 yuan
Gangxiang Nature Reserve: free
Basongcuo Lake: 100 yuan
Getting there: You can take a plane to Linzhi Airport, or take coach or train to Linzhi from Lhasa or Chengdu.
But these two places are not right for China business travel.
Museums in Xi'an are striving to offer a more visitor-friendly environment with interactive activities so domestic and foreign tourists alike can better absorb ancient Chinese culture for those who have educational China tours.
With China's economic boom, more people are willing to pay to get educated or be entertained. This includes visits to museums, which have spiked in recent years especially in Xi'an in northwestern China's Shaanxi Province, which had been the capital of 13 dynasties and is home to hundreds of thousands of ancient relics.
The city now has some 94 museums ranging from comprehensive, state-owned museums to specialized, privately owned ones. The first museum in Xi'an opened in 1909 and featured a collection of western industrial products brought in by westerners in the hope of educating the nation about the coming modern age.
About 5 million people visited the city's best-known museum the Terracotta Warriors Museum last year. Curators there are now developing a service package for visitors, including interactive activities and more comfortable facilities.
"We want everyone to understand the museum and find his own excitement during his visit," said Tian Jing, Deputy Director of the Terracotta Warriors Museum, also known as Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum which is always contained in famous private tour of China.
Tian said the museum provides mobile phone charging stations, resting benches and photography tips for visitors. Disabled visitors can book appointments with guides before visiting the museum.
Nong Qian who works for the museum's public relations department, added that on rainy days visitors could wrap their umbrellas in small plastic bags at the building's entrance.
When asked about the museum's future plans for public service, Tian cited the museum's goal to diversify its functions.
"We want our museum to be a place not only for exhibiting, but also for learning and for entertaining," he said.
The Shaanxi History Museum has undertaken similar measures to attract more visitors.
The Shaanxi History Museum also has created its own visitors' club called the "Friends of the Shaanxi History Museum." Club members can engage in annual exchange activities with museums in Taiwan as well as other leisure activities.
Ding Yuhong, a graduate of Zhejiang Ocean University who was visiting the Shaanxi History Museum, said the exhibit summary card was not informative enough for her to understand the stories behind the exhibits.
Pei Jianping said he was well aware of the problem and that the museum had set up interactive touchpads and produced videos and books about the museum for visitors.
As Xi'an has always been a top destination for foreign visitors, museums there have stepped up their efforts to present more information in English and other languages.
One visitor from the United States said he found the English spoken by tour guides and written on information displays in Xi'an museums was generally good and easy to understand compared to other places.
If you want to know more information about museums in Xian, you can contact with China tour agents.
The Year of the Snake is arrivomg! Want to start the Year of the Snake by witnessing the amazing changing of the season with both winter sceneries and the coming of the spring? The following show you top February destinations in China for your China tours.
1. Emei Mountain, Sichuan (峨眉山)
Emei Mountain, standing in Emeishan City in the southwest part of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, is renowned for its sacred Buddhist culture and amazing natural beauty. Different from other snowy mountains, Mount Emei has two distinct sceneries in the winter. Around foothills, flourishing leaves and gurgling creeks make it as green and beautiful as in the summer. While above the altitude of 2,000 meters, it is a world of snow and ice. The whole mountain is covered with white carpet, and the trees are decorated in rime. The area is in fine weather In February, making Mount Emei an ideal place to enjoy a quiet end of the winter.
Admission: 90 yuan from February to November; 150 yuan from December to January.
Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. in winter and spring (Oct. 8 to Apr. 30); 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in summer and autumn (May 1 to Oct. 7)
Directions: Take the tourist bus from Chengdu Shuangliu Airport (2 hours ride) or the long-distance bus from Xinnanmen Bus Station (about 3.5 hours ride) from downtown Chengdu.
You will have a different travel experience by comparison with that of Yangtze River cruises.
2. Hulunbuir Grassland, Inner Mongolia
Hulunbuir Grassland, located in the northeast of Inner Mongolia, is known as the "most unsullied grassland" in China. Named after the Hulun and Buir lakes, the grassland features the beautiful scenery of vast grassland, forests, rivers and lakes, as well as the unique custom of the Mongolian ethnic group. In the summer, the green grassland is dotted with colorful flowers, with cattle and sheep scattered among the fields. The winter provides a totally different view. White vast land, clean blue sky, breathtaking scenery and various interesting activities – all of these make the place a world of beauty and fun.
Opening hours: all day
Directions: Take train to Hailar District of Hulun Buir City, and then transfer to travel bus to Hunlunbuir Grassland.
If you have plan to visit China in Feb., you should consider these two attractions where have a different view from Shangri-La tours.
If you have a China tour, the following local cuisine should not missed.
1. Cantonese-style congee
Cantonese-style congee: Congee, or rice porridge, is found all over China. However, it is unlikely that anyone puts more effort into congee than the people of Guangdong Province and Hong Kong. Raw ingredients are put in continuously boiling rice porridge until they become soft and their flavours are infused in the entire mixture.
2. Chiu Chow-style congee
From Chaozhou in Guangdong Province, Chiu Chow people have brought their distinct dialect and cuisine to Hong Kong. The difference can be seen in their fresh-seafood renditions of congee, such as the baby oyster congee.
Chiu Chow congee is made tender and fragrant by covering it and letting it stand for about half an hour after it is cooked. According to folklore, this method was discovered accidently by a Chiu Chow fishing family, who usually kept a pot of congee on their boat when at sea. The family in question was robbed by pirates but the fisherman’s wife had the presence of mind to hide their freshly-made pot of congee under some blankets so that they would have food to sustain them for the voyage home. The pirates missed the congee and, when they had left, the family discovered the pleasant effect that covering the pot had on the rice grains.
3. Rice noodles in soup
Rice noodles are often served in soup with beef balls or fish balls. Cantonese meat balls differ from their Western counterparts in texture. Instead of mincing, the meat is pounded until it is pulverised, giving the meatballs a smooth texture.
4. Wonton noodles
Traditionally, bite-sized wontons (a kind of Chinese dumpling) are served in an aromatic stock with noodles that are springy to the bite. Ideally, the wontons will be filled 70 per cent with shrimp and 30 per cent with pork.
Hong Kong is a visa free city in China. The tourists can get Visa Free Tours in Beijing and Shanghai.
If you want to have educational China tours in Jilin, the following two attractions are the best choice to learn about geology in China.
1. Xianghai National Nature Reserve
Xianghai National Nature Reserve is a major habitat for migratory birds in northeast China's Jilin Province. Located in the Horqin Grassland, the reserve covers an area of 106,700 hectares, and 39 percent of its area is covered with marshland, water, reeds, or a secondary forest growth.
It features more than 20 types of trees and 200 types of plants, with three major rivers flowing through. As a paradise for birds, it is the home of 293 species of rare birds, including six breeds of cranes. It earned the reputation of "the hometown of cranes", due to the large groups of cranes and the number of crane species. There are also some other wild animals living in the area including roes, Mongolian rabbits, wolves, and fishes.
The reserve was listed as an A-class wetland by the World Wildlife Fund International (World Wide Fund for Nature) in 1992 and was included in the People and Bio-sphere Protection Network in 1993. If you want to customize China tours in Jilin, the reserve should not be missed.
Admission:Birds Park: 30 yuan (US$4.72)/person; Crane Island: 40 yuan (US$6.29)/person
2. Chagan Lake
Chagan Lake is located in Songyuan City, northwest of Jilin Province. The name "Chagan" comes from Mongolian, which means sacred, pure or white, so the lake is often referred to as Sacred Lake or Holy Water Lake by the locals.
Covering a total area of 420 square kilometers (42,000 hectares), the lake is one of the 10 largest fresh water lakes in China, the biggest in Jilin.
The lake is well-known for its traditional Mongolian-style winter fishing that dates back to prehistoric times. The annual Winter Fishing Festival is held to remember the old winter fishing tradition. It has been listed as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage of China. The lake set a Guinness World Record of a single net that yielded 104,500 kg fish in 2005, and broke its own record by 168,000 kg of fish in 2008.
The lake is also a paradise for more than 20 kinds of wild animals and 80 kinds of birds.
But these attractions are not right for the tour agency which provide China business travel service.
Guizhou is also a very popular destination which included in China vacation packages for many foreign tourists.
Known as the biggest and oldest Dong village in China, Zhaoxing Dong Village is located in Liping County of the Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, southeastern Guizhou. In 2005, it was ranked one of China's six most beautiful villages and towns by Chinese National Geography. It holds over 1,000 households and nearly 6,000 inhabitants. A small river runs through the village, which lies in a basin amidst the green mountains with terraced fields creeping upwards along the slopes. The Dong people have their timber-made houses built row upon row on the hillside.
The village is a wonderland for Dong festivals, songs and dancing. The most famous one is the Grand Song, a unique polyphonic folk music style that has been passed down from generation to generation for over 2,500 years. Visitors can also have the opportunity to enjoy the hospitability of the Dong people. You will have a very different experience from that of Silk Road adventure.
The village is also well-known for its five beautiful drum towers, five wind-and-rain (flower) bridges and five theater stages, all scattered across the five naturally formed villages. A drum tower is a multi-storied pagoda-like wooden structure built without the use of any nails. The symbol of a Dong village, it is usually the tallest building, used as a venue to host special events and ceremonies.
Best time to go: All year round
Admission: 70 yuan/person
How to get there: Take a bus from Liping County to Zhaoxing.
If you want to know more info about Zhaoxing Dong Village, you can contact with China travel agents.
The following introduce you the two attractions in Heilongjiang which are different from that of Tibet travel.
1. North Pole Village
North Pole Village can be found at the utmost northern part of China in Mohe County, Heilongjiang Province. Neighboring Russia with only a river between the two, North Pole Village is the only place to enjoy aurora borealis and polar day phenomenon in the country.
Covering an area of 100.06 hectares, the village is the first village in China styled after Northern Europe. The place is also called the "Home of Santa Claus", the "World of Children's Stories" and the "World Above Snow."
The Summer Solstice is the busiest time each year, with fascinating fire parties beside the river all night long.
Admission: 60 yuan (US$9.47)/person
2. Khanka Lake
Khanka Lake, or Xingkai Lake, located on the border of Russia and China's Heilongjiang Province, is the largest water body of northeast China. Covering an area of 4,380 square kilometers (438,000 hectares), the lake empties into China's eastern-most river, the Wusuli. The view of this lake is very splendid which can be matched with that of West Lake in Hangzhou for China tour.
The area around the lake is an important wetland habitat for animal and plant species and forms nature reserves of both countries. A paradise of migrant birds, the lake attracts hundreds of thousands of birds every spring, and is known internationally as an excellent place to go bird watching. Its wonderful scenery in all seasons also makes it an ideal place for photography and filming.
The lake has been included in the list of "World Biosphere Reserve" by UNESCO.
Admission: 40 yuan (US$6.32)/person
If you want to know more info about these two attractions, you can contact with China travel agents.
In Yunnan, you will have a great travel experience which is different from that of China Tibet tours. The following attractions should be contained in you travel plan.
1. Lugu Lake
Located in the mountainous ranges between Yunnan and Sichuan provinces about 200 kilometers from Lijiang, Lugu Lake is like a shimmering pearl inlaid in the hills of the northwest plateau in Yunnan. Many ethnic communities, such as the Yi, Tibetan and the matriarchal Mosuo, live around the lake. The path around the lake is popular among backpacking hikers.
Admission: 78 yuan
2. Stone Forest
The Stone Forest is one of the most dramatic attractions in Yunnan. It is a set of karst formations located on the outskirts of Kunming, and was once a vast expanse of sea. Limestone rose from the sea from movements in the lithosphere. They are more than 270 million years old. The scenic area is divided into several areas: Major Stone Forest, Minor Stone Forest, Naigu Stone Forest and Zhiyun Cave. Legend has it that the forest was the birthplace of a beautiful girl, Ashima, and her faithful but forbidden love.
Admission: 175 yuan
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you want to know more info about these two attractions, please contact with China travel agents.
If you want to customize China tours in Macao, the following two are considered as the top attractions which should not be missed.
1. Fortaleza do Monte
As a historical military center in Macao, Fortaleza do Monte is part of the "Historic Centre of Macao", inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
Located immediately to the east of the Ruins of St Paul's, the fort was initially built in the 16th century for protecting the church from the pirates. Later it became solely a military fort. The fort blends well with the surrounding landscape. From the fortress, visitors get a excellent panoramic view of Macao.
2. Macao Jockey Club
Macao is well-known for gambling. For betting on horses, head to the Macao Jockey Club on Taipa Island, where Horse-racing meetings mainly takes place most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the race-course.
Providing horse racing and gambling entertainment, Macao Jockey Club attracts numerous gamblers from nearby areas. The club began in 1979. Its stables are home to about 1,000 horses. With a race-course area of 450,000 square meters, 18,000 seats are available for gamblers, and the club is open only for people over 18 years of age.
If you need more info about attractions in Macao, you can contact with China tour agents.
Inner Mongolia is the located in the south China. The view of grassland and horses and sheeps is very impressive. The scenery here give you a different travel experience from that of Yangtze River tours.
1. The Rock Paintings of Yinshan Mountains
The Rock Paintings of Yinshan Mountains is the largest rock painting and carving treasury in China, scattered over the central and west part of Inner Mongolia. The themes of the carvings mainly are daily life and hunting activities of prehistoric nomads. Among the rock paintings, the most numerous drawn ones are pictures of animals, including goats, sheep, argali, rabbits and foxes. The vivid engravings exude the rich flavor of the lives of ancient peoples.
Best time to visit: May to October
2. Hexigten Global Geopark
Located in Hexigten Banner, 400 km north of Beijing, the park covers an area of 5,000 square kilometers, featuring 10 types of geological and morphological landscapes, including glacier landforms, granite landforms, volcanic landforms, grasslands, lakes, rivers, and wetlands. Besides, among the various kinds of grasslands in Inner Mongolia, it is the nearest grassland to Beijing. When the spring comes, the blooming flowers make for charming views which are similiar with that of Shangri-La travel.
Admission: 100 yuan (Arshihaty granite forest park), 120 yuan (Qingshan granite mortars), 25 yuan (Dali Nur volcanic landscape, including 15 yuan for the museum)
Best time to visit: May to October
3. Dazhao Temple
Located in Yuquan District of Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia, Dazhao Temple, also known as Hongci Temple and Wuliang Temple, was built in the 7th year of Wanli Reign of the Ming Dynasty (1579). It features a rare silver statue of Sakyamuni that measures 2.5 meters high. It is now a well-known attraction for its impressive buildings, splendid statues, delicate frescoes and fine collection of Buddhist scriptures, providing precious information for studying the society, economy and culture of ancient Inner Mongolia.
Admission: 30 yuan
Best time to visit: June to September
If you want tailor-made China tours, you can consider to list these attractions in your travel resolution.
Jiangsu Province, with its abundant water resources, has long been considered a fertile land "plentiful in fish and rice" since ancient times. With a history of more than 2,000 years, cities in Jiangsu feature heritages filled with native cultures preserved in gardens, temples and mountains. They offer a trove of history, art and scenic beauty. And all these special attractions are different from that of Silk Road tour.
The following selects the most famous and worth-seeing attractions in Jiangsu for your reference.
1. Humble Administrator's Garden
If the palaces in north China can be described as royal beauties, then the gardens in south China are like pretty girls. The Humble Administrator's Garden, or Zhuozheng Garden, is the largest garden in Suzhou and is generally considered to be the finest garden in all of southern China.
The construction of the luxurious garden started during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Although its owners changed numerous times, it still maintains its late Qing appearance today, with numerous pavilions and bridges set among a maze of connected pools and islands. Covering a total area of 52,000 square meters (5.2 hectares), the garden is divided into three major parts: eastern part, central part and western part.
In 1997, the Humble Administrator's Garden, along with three other classical gardens in Suzhou, including the Lion Grove Garden, the Blue Wave Pavilion (Canglang Ting) and the Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan), were recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also one of the four most famous gardens in China which should not be missed for your China vacation packages.
Admission: 70 yuan (US$11.07)/person (summer)
50 yuan (US$7.91)/person (winter)
2. Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum
Located at the southern foot of Mount Zijin (Purple Mountain) in the eastern suburb of Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum is the tomb of the first Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) emperor Zhu Yuanzhang and his empress. It is the largest imperial tomb in Nanjing City and one of the largest ancient imperial tombs in China. After he was installed as emperor, Zhu Yuanzhang spent over 30 years on the construction of the tomb.
The mausoleum covers an area of several square kilometers and its wall runs up to 45 kilometers (27.96 miles) in length. The 600 years old mausoleum has been severely damaged and many wooden buildings have vanished. The stone animals in front of the imperial tomb are delicately sculptured, which demonstrates the remarkable stone carving skills of the Ming Dynasty. Furthermore, the overall environment and especially its natural scenery are well-preserved and quite amazing.
Along with the Ming Dynasty Tombs in Beijing, the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum was inscribed by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage Sites "Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing dynasties" in 2003.
Admission: 70 yuan (US$11.07)/person
You can experience the traditional culture of China which different from that of Hong Kong tour.
There are many theories about the caves bored out in the cliffs of Zhangshanying, reports Erik Nilsson, but they are certainly worth a visit for your China tour.
While a hole in a wall is undesirable real estate today, it was ideal accommodation for a mysterious people who settled north of Beijing about 1,000 years ago. No written record mentions the population who bored the caverns of the country's largest cliff-dwelling settlement in today's Zhangshanying town, Yanqing county, about 90 km northwest from the downtown capital.
But they carved in stone a lasting legacy that reveals little except they existed and were erudite at digging and defense, before vanishing into thin air. One point archeologists agree on is that "China's biggest maze" - as the site is colloquially known - would have been virtually impenetrable.
The 350 chambers whittled inside 117 caves were hacked into the cliff sides in a valley fewer than 10 meters across. They pock a 5-km span. These perforations in the crag are labyrinthine in arrangement.Some are connected vertically, while others are linked horizontally and a few are adjoined both ways. Some are single rooms, while others are clusters. A plexus of stone steps and ladders enable access to the 3-20-square-meter stone chambers.
They still house beds, ovens, tables and feed troughs sculpted into the rock. These ancient engineers also designed ventilation and drainage systems for their hive. Generally speaking, the bottom cavities housed livestock, while the "middle class" dwelled in the center tier of burrows. But the function of the "King's Palace" - the spacious top-floor penthouse, if you will - remains an enigma. Most experts believe the name is a misnomer and are skeptical this was the chieftain's abode.
The two-story structure with six side chambers and decorative pillars (none of the structures required beams to support their ceilings) was likely used for community meetings, sacrifices and religious ceremonies. A massive stone table in the center suggests it might have been a banquet hall. But the "palace's" function is as cryptic as that of Guyaju itself. Some believe the compound is a bunker beneath a lost beacon tower of the Han Great Wall. Others contend it was a bandit lair or a military outpost during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907).
The most popular theory is that Guyaju was a haven for the ethnic Xi, a tribe that fled bondage or war under the Liao Dynasty (AD 916-1125). Be they outlaws, war refugees, soldiers, or someone else altogether, it's almost certain they had little inkling they would literally shape curiosity about their lives a millennia later.But that's exactly what these ancient people did when they chiseled the cliff-side dwellings that would become a heritage site for modern visitors to wonder at - and about. The mystery of the cave is something like Bo people's suspending coffin along Yangtze River cruise.
If you want to enjoy the natural view which is different from that of Hong Kong tours, Guilin attractions should be your best choice.
1. Longji Terrace
Located on Longji Mountain of Pingan Village, Longji Terrace, also known as Longsheng Terrace Field, is a fascinating scenic spot. First constructed in Yuan Dynasty and completed in Qing Dynasty, it has over 650 years of history. It gets the name for resembling a dragon with the mountain top as its backbone. Covering an area of 66 square kilometers, it is scatted from the altitude of 300 to 1,100 meters. June is considered as the best time to visit. It is amazing when you stand on the top of the mountain and see the terraces in a fine weather.
Hours: all day long
Admission: 80 yuan
How to get there: take the minibus from Guilin Bus Station to Longsheng, transfer the local bus to Heping town, and change the minibus to Shuanghekou.
2. West Street of Yangshuo
West Street of Yangshuo, the most ancient street in Yangshuo with more than 1,400 years of history, features buildings in both traditional folk as well as foreign styles. The locals call it "foreigners' street" because of the many foreigner tourists shopping on this street. Most of the shopkeepers are very enthusiastic and can speak English, and the stores boast various kinds of specialty and cultural goods, including craftworks, paintings and calligraphy and backpacks. For tired feet, the street offers many places of refreshment, such as bars, cafes and restaurants. It is very featured but is not more prosperous than Nanjing Road if you have Shanghai tour.
Hours: all day long
How to get there: take the direct bus from Yangshuo
3. Elephant-Trunk Hill
Elephant-Trunk Hill is a symbol of Guilin and became famous for looking like a giant elephant drinking water with its trunk. It is a masterpiece of karst landscape, usually composed of pure limestone deposited on the seabed 360 million years ago. A cave called Moon-over-Water Cave is located between the "nose" and the "leg" of the hill, which looks extremely gorgeous when the moonlight gleams. The Puxian Pagpda, built in Ming Dynasty, stands on the top of the hill.
Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (low season)
6 a.m. – 18:30 p.m. (high season)
Admission: 40 yuan
How to get there: take bus No.57 and 58 or take free bus No.2, 16, 23 and 88
If you want to know more info about attractions in Guilin, you can contact with China tour operator.
If you want a student tour to China, the following attractions should be considered.
1. 100 li Yellow River Scenic Area in Lanzhou
The Yellow River flows through Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu Province and a city with a history stretching back 2000 years. The Lanzhou government created a 40 km- long Yellow River scenic area in order to make it the "The Bund" of Lanzhou. Famous attractions include the Sculpture of Mother Yellow River, the Lanzhou Waterwheel Exhibition Park and the Zhongshan Bridge. It now has become one of the hottest scenic spots in Lanzhou.
Best time to visit: Spring and summer
2. Three Gorges of the Yellow River
Located in Yongjing County, the three gorges are Bingling Gorge, Liujia Gorge and Yanguo Gorge, respectively. The scenic area boasts a variety of natural sceneries as well as of cultural relics, including the Stone Forest of Bingling, the Liujia Gorge Reservoir, the Dinosaur National Geopark, the Bingling Temple Grottoes and Taiji Lake. Of the aforementioned, the Bingling Temple Grottoes are on the list of the first batch of immovable cultural relics under state protection. Three Gorges of Yangtze River is very magnificent. If you have had Yangtze River tour, Three Gorges of the Yellow River have a totally different view.
Best time to visit: June to September
3. Dafo Temple (Big Buddha Temple)
Located in the northeast of Zhangye City, Dafo Temple, also known as "Wofo Temple" (Sleeping Buddha Temple) is very famous because it contains the biggest indoor sleeping Buddha in all of China. The buddha is 34.5 meter long and its shoulder spans across a width of 7.5 meters. Established in 1098 (Western Xia Dynasty), it was rebuilt during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). Due to its extensive history, it is listed as an immovable cultural relic under state protection.
Admission: 41 yuan
Best time to visit: June to September
If you want customized China tours in Gansu, the above-mentioned attractions should be considered.
Guizhou, a mountainous region in southwestern China, features a kaleidoscopic range of natural beauty, from canyons to hot springs, karst caves and forests.
Guizhou enjoys an agreeable temperature all year round, and Guiyang, the province's capital, has earned itself a reputation as China's number one summer hotspot.
In this mystical wonderland that houses 17 different ethnic minority groups, including the Miao, Bouyi, Dong, Zhuang, Yao and Bai, visitors will be captivated by the area's authentic and fascinating cultures. You will have a different China tour among ethnic minority groups.
1. Huangguoshu Waterfall
Needless to say, the Huangguoshu Waterfall is Guizhou's most spectacular attraction. Located in Zhenning County, Anshun City, the scenic area can be found about 45 kilometers southwest of the city proper and 128 kilometers away from Guiyang, the provincial capital.
The waterfall, the largest waterfall in China and one of the most famous ones in the world, is the only waterfall that can be viewed from above, below, front, back, left and right on the planet. It is 77.8 meters high and 101 meters wide. The main waterfall is 67 meters high and 83.3 meters wide. The Water Curtain Cave, a 134-meter-long naturally formed corridor behind the waterfall, allows visitors to watch, hear and touch the thundering streams making their way down. A colorful rainbow arching across the waterfall from time to time turns the splendid waterscape into a real feast for the eyes. The view in Huangguoshu Waterfall area can be match with that in Zhongdian, a destination of Shangri-La travel
The waterfall, along with 18 minor but equally beautiful waterfalls, such as the Luositan Waterfall, Silver-Chain Waterfall and Dishuitan Waterfall, is also known as the Huangguoshu Waterfalls Cluster. It was included into the Guinness Book of World Records in 1999 as the world's largest waterfall cluster.
Best time to go: During the rainy season from July to October
Admission: 180 yuan/person in peak season (March 1-October 31), and 160 yuan/person in low-season (November 1-Febraruy 28) (The fee covers the waterfall, Tianxingqiao Bridge and Doupotang Scenic Areas)
Opening hours: 08:00-18:00
How to get there: You can take a bus to the waterfall at Anshun Railway Station, Anshun South Bus Station or Anshun West Bus Station.
2. The One-Thousand-Household Miao Village of Xijiang
Known as the biggest Miao village in the world, the One-Thousand-Household Miao Village of Xijiang is located 36 kilometers northeast of Leishan County in the Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, southeastern Guizhou. It consists of more than ten naturally formed villages that have been long inhabited by nearly 1,300 Miao households (hence the name).
The village cluster, known as an open-air museum, displays the authentic and well-preserved distinctive culture and customs of the Miao people. Visitors can take a peek at original Miao dances, customs, rites, costumes and silver ornaments.
The Miao people have their typical architectural characteristic: wooden houses built tier upon tier on the hillside, dotted with bamboo groves. Lying amidst green mountains, the village enjoys beautiful settings, with the terraced fields rising up along the slopes and the crystal-clear Baishui River flowing through. It offers a more spectacular view when it's lit up in the evening.
If you have China tours in Guizhou, these two destinations should not be missed.
Located in south China, Guangdong is the southern gate of the Chinese mainland, bordering Hong Kong which is always organised as Hong Kong tours, Macao and is geographically close to ASEAN countries. The province boasts abundant travel resources and is extremely popular with travelers.
The region has seven national famous historical cities, including Guangzhou, Foshan, Chaozhou, Meizhou, Zhaoqing, Leizhou and Zhongshan. Each of these cities has its own unique characteristics. Either the ancient architecture or modern scenery, natural beauty or folklore, these destinations will leave visitors surprised and amazed during their travel.
In addition to the famous Danxia Mountain, there are many other impressive scenic and historic attractions located throughout the area.
1. Danxia Mountain
Located in Renhua County of Shaoguan City, Danxia Mountain is called the "Red Stone Park of China". It has been listed as a world natural heritage as Danxia Mountain surpasses more than 1200 places in the world found to have the Danxia landform. It has developed many scenic areas, including Zhanglao Peak scenic area, Xianglong Lake scenic area, Yangyuan Mountain scenic area and Jingjiang River scenic area, providing numerous travel and entertainment options for tourists. Danxia Mountain always contained in China business tours.
Admission: 100 yuan
Best time to visit: April to October
2. Seven Star Crags 七星岩
Located in Zhaoqing City, Seven Star Crags consists of seven limestone hillocks, namely, Langfeng Rock, Jade Screen Rock, Stone Chamber Rock, Heavenly Pillar Rock, Toad Rock, Immortal Palm Rock and Apo Rock. Standing in a lake 600 hectares in area, their layout resembles the constellation Big Dipper.
In late 1997, local authorities installed 560 road lamps with 1,000-watt bulbs, 250 colored floodlights and 3,000 meters of neon tubing around the six islets and seven crags, and along the eight-kilometer-long embankment in the Seven Star Crags scenic area, making the night at the Seven Star Crags even more gorgeous.
Admission: 60 yuan
Best time to visit: July to September
The above-mentioned attractions is must-sees for your China vacation packages.
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