Travel Guide - Liuyuan (Lingering Garden)

Covering an area of 2.3 hectares, the Lingering Garden is the best preserved among all the Suzhou gardens China vacation deals. It is also one of the four most famous gardens in China, (the other three being the Summer Palace in Beijing, the Mountain Summer Resort in Chengde, and the Humble Administrator's Garden in Suzhou).

Covering an area of 2.3 hectares, the Lingering Garden is the best preserved among all the Suzhou gardens. It is also one of the four most famous gardens in China, (the other three being the Summer Palace in Beijing, the Mountain Summer Resort in Chengde, and the Humble Administrator's Garden in Suzhou).

Situated outside the Cang Gate of Suzhou city, the garden was built in 1583 of by Xu Taishi, a bureaucrat of the Ming court, as his private residence. Named East Garden top China tours, it is recorded to have "magnificent multi-storey houses in the front and halls in the rear, and a range of awe-inspiring stone mountains built by the well-known master Zhou Bingzhong, resembling a long scroll of landscape painting."

Later, in 1794, the garden became a property of the Liu family. After being expanded and renovated, it was renamed "Hanbi Villa", which was popularly known as "Liu Garden". In 1873, it was purchased by the Shengs, and again renamed as "Lingering Garden," since "lingering" in Chinese sounds the same as "Liu", the surname of the former owner.

Today the garden is separated into the eastern, central, northern and western parts. The central part features a man-made mountain and lakeside scenes, resembling a long scroll of traditional Chinese painting. The eastern part is noted for its joyous groupings of gardens and elegant buildings; the western part is for the enchantment of woody hills; and the northern part, cottages with bamboo fences and idyllic scenes popular China tour package.

An artificial hill made of rocks from Taihu lake is always a major component of Suzhou gardens. The 6.5-meter-high Cloud-Capped Peak in this garden, which is the highest of its kind found in Suzhou's classic gardens, is believed to have been a collection from Northern Song Dynasty. Weighing about five tons, the limestone is supposed to have been carried here from the Taihu Lake, 40 km away.

The number of steles in the Lingering Garden has never been surpassed by any other garden in Suzhou. Masterfully inscribed with the works of over 100 calligraphers in the Jin, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, they illustrate the evolution of Chinese calligraphy during the past 1,000 years.

In 1961, the garden was listed as a key national cultural relic under state protection.

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Famous Food Streets in Suzhou

Suzhou Cuisine, enjoying great popularity in China, is known for its fine selection of ingredients, slightly sweet flavor and pleasant color. Suzhou-style cuisine features seasonal raw materials and unique cooking methods that help to retain the freshness of the raw materials. The Suzhou people choose dishes in accordance with the seasons; therefore, only when you are in Suzhou, could you taste authentic Su-style cuisine. Now, let’s go to the famous food streets in Suzhou, where you can not only find the Su-style cuisine, but also the Guangdong China tour deals, Sichuan Zhejiang cuisines and western style food.


In Guanqian Street, the most bustling street in Suzhou, there is Taijian Lane, with a length of more than 200 meters. Historical records reveal that two eunuchs of the Ming Dynasty once lived here, hence the name. Now the lane has become a famous food street in Suzhou with more than 10 renowned restaurants, such as Songhe Lou Restaurant, Deyue Restaurant, Wangsi Restaurant, Wufangzhai Restaurant and Zhuhongxing Restaurant. A local saying goes: “Suzhou is a paradise on earth, and Taijian Lane provides the best food”.

Taijian Lane (Eunuch Lane), Suzhou

The eastern end of Taijian Lane is adjacent to Bifengfang, a new food street with a large number of restaurants, such as Zhuhongxing Restaurant, Luyang Wonton Shop, Haoren Folk Snacks, Chuanfulou Restaurant, Origus, Tongrun Hunan Restaurant, Hansong Garden China best tours, and Ichibanya, and so on.

Phoenix Street

Phoenix Street borders Ganjiang Road that runs from the east to the west of Suzhou in the north, and Shiquan Street which features hotels, teahouses and arts and crafts. Less than 1,000 meters long, Phoenix Street has several dozens of restaurants, which serve mainly Su-style cuisine, as well as Sichuan and Zhejiang cuisines. The restaurants are small in size, with several to more than 10 tables. All the restaurants pay particular attention to preparing home-style dishes and keep promoting meticulously prepared seasonal dishes with small containers, making customers feel at home while tasting delicious food.

At the western end of the street is the Phoenix Square popular China travel package for urban people. At night the brightly lit restaurants form a sharp contrast with the spacious and quiet square. It will be great to take a walk in the square, or just sit on a bench enjoying people-watching.

Zhenshanmei Food Garden

The “Xintiandi” of Shanghai has become an up-to-date fashionable center, integrating catering service, commerce, recreation and culture and featuring a good environment and a graceful atmosphere. Suzhou also has a “Xintiandi”, with a beautiful name of Zhenshanmei (Truth, Kindness and Beauty) Food Garden.

Reputed as the “Xintiandi” of Suzhou, the Zhenshanmei Food Garden stands in the east part of the Humble Administrator’s Garden, in the garden-like Yuanwaiyuan Tourist Commodities Market. At the Din Tai Fung Dumpling House, you can taste typical Taipei small steamed buns with meat stuffing. The Red Kitchen is a high-class Western restaurant, which serves perfect Italian food and features lively indoor decorations and the open layout of the kitchen. The Emerald Restaurant provides typical Guangdong Cuisine prepared by famous chefs from Guangdong. There are also Fumantang Teahouse, Jingfang Café, and European Bar. Hence Zhenshanmei Food Garden is a good place for you to taste different kinds of Chinese and Western food, snacks, tea, coffee and beverage.

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What is Chinese Gong Chimes?

Chinese gong chimes are a set of instruments hit by a mallet found only in Chinese musical instruments, normally used in folk music China tour deals, local opera and temple music performances and popular in Inner Mongolia, Yunnan, Tibet and many areas of the Han people. A traditional set of Chinese gong chimes is made up of ten small bronze gongs, with each gong having a special plane edge with holes for hanging in the wooden grids of the gong racks. The gongs are arranged according to their musical scales. As the small gong at the top is rarely used, the gong chimes are also commonly called "nine-note gongs".

The practice of combining small gongs according to their pitches for music playing began way back in ancient China. For instance, Chinese gong chimes images were featured in the painting "The Knick-Knack Peddler" by the Song Dynasty painter Su Hanchen. In the Yuan Dynasty, Chinese gong chimes were not only popular among ordinary people, but also used in banquet music in the imperial court and religious music China best tours. There appeared 10, 13 and 14-note gong chimes.

Chinese gong chimes are widely popular across China, mainly used in age-old trumpet music, wind and percussion music as well as in Buddhist and Taoist music etc. Shifan drum music (string and wind instruments plus a drum, clapper and gong chime) and Shanxi drum music are two typical examples featuring the gong chimes. Well-known Chinese gong chime pieces include the Rising Sun in the East (Xuri Dongsheng) and Triumphal Return of Fishing Boats (Yuzhou Kaige) etc.

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Add some spice to your life with Sichuan cuisine

Chinese cuisine is really dynamic, full of flavours affordable China tours, colours and contrasting cooking methods. A seemingly popular cuisine is the Sichuan cuisine. It was derived in the Sichuan Province of south-western China which is known for bold flavours, particularly the pungency and spiciness.

This particular cuisine came about during the Jin Dynasty. They preferred to eat pungent food; however, pungent food at that time referred to food made with chives, ginger, onions or mustard. Originally, the flavourings were very mild; unlike what the reputation of the dishes are today, such as pockmarked lady’s bean curd and other hot dishes. It was only about 200 years ago, that spices were introduced, before then, they were quite mild. Even today, some Sichuan dishes, like velvet shark’s fin, braised bear’s paw, crisp duck roasted with camphor and tea, sea cucumber with pungent flavour and boiled Chinese cabbage have kept their traditional flavours.

According to Chinese culinary writers the Sichuan cuisine top China tours is made up of seven basic flavours: Sour, pungent, hot, sweet, bitter, aromatic, and salty. Sichuan cuisine often contains food preserved through pickling, salting, and drying and is generally spicy due to heavy amounts of chilly oil.

Not only this but the Sichuan peppercorn is commonly used as well, it has a strong fragrant, citrus-like flavour and produces a “tingly-numbing” sensation in the mouth. The hot pepper was introduced into China from South America around the end of the 17th century. Once it came to Sichuan, it became really popular and the preferred flavouring. Due to Sichuan’s high humidity and many rainy or overcast days, the hot pepper helps to reduce internal dampness, therefore hot pepper was used frequently in dishes, and hot dishes became the norm in Sichuan cuisine. As rice was and still is the staple food in the region, Sichuan food was eaten a lot more as it complemented the rice well. It is said that Beijing food was commonly eaten by rich people whereas typical Sichuan food could be eaten by every family popular China tour package. Other common ingredients used are garlic, chilly, ginger, star anise and other spicy herbs, plants and spices. Broad bean chilly paste is also a staple seasoning in Sichuan cuisine.

There are different ways of preparing Sichuan cuisine which includes stir frying, steaming and braising and 20 others. Sichuan does not have seafood but it produces numerous domestic animals, poultry, and freshwater fish and crayfish. It is plentiful in beef and so a lot of dishes include beef, which is not found as much elsewhere in China. All parts of animals are used such as intestine, arteries, the head, tongue, skin, and liver in addition to other commonly utilized portions of the meat. Sichuan cuisine is also well known for cooking fish.

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Learn something about The Art of Chinese Cooking

In China, cooking is an art. Quite different from Western cooking where recipes are followed strictly like laboratory instructions, Chinese cooking always allows for a creative and stylistic touch to it. While in the Western cooking the recipe is the key to success in any culinary attempt, in Chinese cooking the experienced and well-seasoned chef is the guarantee. That is why restaurants, big or small, would always boast of their chefs as well as advertise their dishes.

"Colorful," "varied," "delicious," and "complex" are often used to describe Chinese food. Great attention is paid to aesthetic appreciation of the food because the food should be good not only in flavor and smell, but also in color and appearance China tour deals.

The following are the principal aspects of Chinese culinary art:

1. SELECTION OF RAW MATERIAL

Chinese cuisine uses a rich variety of raw materials, which may include chicken, duck, fish, pork, seafood, game, eggs, vegetables, soybean products, and fruits and nuts. Chefs are very particular about the selection and preparation of the ingredients used. For example, the Beijing Roast Duck can be considered the best only if the chefs have available the force-fed ducks raised on a particular duck farm near Beijing China best tours.

2. COMBINATION OF INGREDIENTS

Besides selection, Chinese chefs also pay attention to the combination of main ingredients and auxiliary materials. They see to it that the combination appeals to the eye as well as to the palate. Shrimps, for example, are often stir-fried with cucumber so that the color combinations are pleasing to the eye. Similarly, bean curd and greens, fish fillet and tomato sauce, chicken and mushroom all make good combinations. In Chinese cooking, meat and vegetables are often cooked together so that they not only look good and taste delicious but are nutritious as well.

3. CUTTING

Cutting has always been a distinctive feature of Chinese culinary art. The ingredients of a given dish can be cut into slices, strips, shreds, cubes, segments, dices, grains, or minces. Some materials like turnip, radish, and potato can be carved into the shapes of flowers and animals. Chinese characters of an auspicious nature can also be carved into food or vegetables.

4. SEASONING

Seasoning is very important in Chinese cooking. The number of spices and herbs used is estimated at more than one hundred. Those used in various geographical regions have helped to shape the different styles of Chinese cooking, and all kinds of salty, sweet, sour, and pungent flavors can be found in those cuisines. Chinese chefs see to it that seasonings are added at the right time in the right amount to ensure the right flavor popular China travel package.

5. TEMPERATURE

In Chinese cooking, time and temperature are decisive factors. Different ingredients require different cooking times and temperatures so that they can be hard, soft, crisp, or tender. They can be cooked over high, moderate, or low temperatures. Dongpo Braised Pork, a famous Hangzhou dish named after a distinguished Song Dynasty poet and painter Su Shi, better known in the West as Su Tungpo, is a good example. According to Su's recipe, the pork is simmered slowly over low heat in a covered pot. When done, the meat is tender and delicious but not greasy at all. On the other hand, the Fried Sliced Chicken and the Chicken Liver is stir-fried at a high temperature for only a few seconds. The cooked meat turns out to be tender and tasty. But low temperature would make the meat tough and hard.

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6. COOKING TECHNIQUES

There are over thirty techniques in Chinese cuisine, including deep-frying, quick-frying, stir-frying, roasting, sauteing, simmering, braising, smoking, steaming, and stewing in soy sauce and syrup. Different materials require different flavorings.
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How to Avoid and Treat Acute Mountain Sichness


About Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), it normally a slight reaction will take place for sure especially for the travelers who come to Tibet China tour deals for the first time. AMS represents the body's intolerance of the hypoxic (low oxygen) environment at one's current elevation. the typical symptoms would appear on the facets like headache, dizzy, feels of to be disgusted, vomit and etc. but if only do you follow the necessary instructions from our tour guide and everything should be okay. And the major cause of AMS is going too high too fast. Given time, your body can adapt to the decrease in Oxygen molecules at a specific altitude. This process is known as acclimatization and generally takes 1-3 days at that altitude. And when acclimatization lags significantly behind ascent, various symptoms occur. To prevent of the Altitude Illness, the most important thing is you can't over-exert yourself or move higher for the first 24 hours and you'd better not to take any activities for the first day in Tibet. Normally you will regain normal sense on the second day upon your arrival.

Tips to Avoid and Treat AMS:

1) Do exercises to keep you fit before taking a Tibet tour.

2) Avoid catching a cold before you entry to Tibet.

3) Make sure you have a good sleep the night before you flying to Lhasa China best tours;

4) After getting off your airplane in the airport, walk slowly, take some deep breath. Do not do anything severely.

5) Buy a small oxygen cylinder when arrive in Tibet. (If you think it is necessary, but don't bring from your county because you will be forbidden before boarding the plane.).

6) Ascend to higher altitude gradually. DO NOT ASCEND ANY HIGHER if you feel bad.

7) Prepare some AMS pills according to your doctor's suggestion.

8) Avoid drinking coffee or alcohol, don't take cigarettes, and taking sleeping pills in the high altitude areas.

9) Drink plenty of water.

10) Eat high-carbohydrate foods (rice, pasta, cereal) while avoiding fatty stuff.

11) Take the prescribed medication before reaching Tibet and continue to take the medication upon arrival there.

12) Diamox? 125 mg. tablets taken twice a day is F.D.A. approved for prevention and treatment of A.M.S. Although it originally was released as a diuretic (water pill popular China travel package), it also helps you breath deeper and faster. This allows you to get more oxygen. Diamox is especially helpful with the sleeping problems and other symptoms of A.M.S. Avoid sleeping pills because they may cause shallow breathing at night and make it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.

13) Use Oxygen to relieve symptoms.

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14) If nothing else works, return to the areas with the lower elevation.
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one of the China Danxia Landforms in Zhejiang Province

Evaluation of History and Culture

With the temples traceable to Tang Dynasty, Mount Jianglang last minute China travel deals was firstly exploited in Jin Dynasty, emperors of all dynasties ever conferred inscriptions, tablets and titles upon this place. Famous for delicate and majestic appearance and the wonderful scene in wind and snow, this mount attracted numerous celebrities, including the notable prime ministers Yao Chong and Zhang Jiuling who ever wrote poetries to praise the mount; and the great poet Bai Juyi wrote a poem to express his feeling about the mount that “I wish to have wings to fly in the mist and clouds forever”. Zhu Dongshan, a learned and lofty scholar from Jiangshan lived in the mount for a long time and established a school there to teach students.

Mount Jianglang was authorized as a National Key Scenic and Historic Interest Spot in 2002. The people’s government of Jiangshan City established “Interim Management Procedures on Scenic and Historic Interest Areas of Jiangshan City” in April, 2006 and implemented it. In addition, relevant department started to draft protection ordinance for Mount Jianglang landscape of Zhejiang province best tours of China in March, 2007 to meet the demand of heritage conservation and application conditions of World Natural Heritage, which made protection procedures for Mount Jianglang more legalized and standardized.

Landscape and Natural Beauty

Jianglangshan scenic spot is famous for its grand stones with the shape of “爿”, so our local people called “the Sanpan Stone” directly. “The Sanpan Stone” stand forcefully on the middle of the mountain, which can be seen even out of several kilometers. The three stones line to the southeast with the shape of “川”,which comprising of Peak Lang (an altitude of 824m, a relatively height of 369.1m popular China tours), Peak Ya (an altitude of 737.4m, a relatively height of 287.4m) and Peak Ling (An altitude of 765m, a relatively height of 298m). The isolated peak is the highest among different peaks, which at the same time seems to reach the sky and cloud, features different views at different places and grand views, known as “The Most Unique Peak Danxia”

The latest city from Jianglangshan is called Jiangshan city. there is about 450 km away from Shanghai city. No direct train from Shanghai or Hangzhou, but you can find the closest train to Jiangshan city, then you need one hour’s drive to the Jianglangshan. there are several overnight trains from Shanghai and Hangzhou.

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Gansu and its many Wonders!!

Gansu Province Silk Road tour is positioned between Qinghai, Tibet and Inner Mongolia it is about 4,900 feet above sea level. Being a part of northwestern China, Gansu covers all of 175,289 square mile with a population of 24 million. The capital is Lanzhou. On the west of Lanzhou and the Yellow River the well-known “Hexi Corridor,” this is an essential passage on the ancient Silk Road stretching to the west. Visiting this lovely place is only a click away while checking out China Travel; you can find it easy to go to Gansu as part of their offered China Tours.

Gansu is rich with history, cultural heritage, grottoes, ancient buildings and other cultural relics. Ethnic groups around the world congregate in Gansu, which makes it a unique tourist destination with a range of traditional costumes to gaze at. While at Gansu you can take in the grasslands, the Gobi desert, and snow-covered mountains which add beauty to this mystifying land.

Places to be while visiting this area would be Lanzhou, Labrang Lamasery, the Suspended Great Wall, and the Maijishan Grottoes.

Lanzhou – was once called Jincheng and is now the capital of Gansu Province. Through Lanzhou is where the Yellow River Yangtze River tour flows, and is also the center of transportation in northwest. The ideal environment allows for melons, honeydew melons, and peaches to grow. You can catch the view of the Yellow River from the green corridor.

Labrang Lamasery- is located in the western Xiahe County in Gansu Province. Labrang Lamasery is about a 5 to 6 hour drive south from Lanzhou. The lamasery was built in 1709 which was the 48th year of the reign of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty. It is one of the six largest religious temples of the Gelug Sect of China’s Lamaism, second only to Potala Palace in Lhasa at Tibet. The lamasery covers 202 acres and has more than 10,000 halls and accommodates over 3,000 lamas.

The Suspended Great Wall- was called the West Great Wall last minute China travel deals in the past. Located 5 miles north of Jiayuguan Pass, it was built on the east side of Heishan Mountain in 1539, which was the 18th year of Jiajing’s reign of the Ming Dynasty. The walls were made of compressed earth. In some places the wall is almost ve rtical so that it has been called the Cliff Wall.

Mogao Grottoes- also known as “1000 Buddha Cave” they are located 15.5 miles southeast of Dunhuang City. With the length of 1 mile, the Grottoes weave their way through the broken cliff at the eastern foot of Mingsba Hill. There are five layers of caves that are built into the mountain. Historical records states that the Mogao Grottoes were constructed in 366 BC. There are said to be around 492 caves in which murals and sculptures representing different dynasties have been well preserved to this day. The Mogao Grottoes are listed in the World Cultural Heritage and are rated as key relics under state protection.

To witness these sites for yourself check out what is offered and where you or your family would like to visit in China.

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Shopping in Beijing – Wangfujing Street and Xiushui Street

There are several shopping districts offering variety of goods in Beijing. The traditional shopping districts have been always Wangfujing Street last minute China travel deals, Qianmen Street, Xiushui Street, Dongdan and Xidan Commercial Street, but now it seems that Jianguomen Outer Street and Chaowai Street have risen to the top for the latest and most luxurious shopping districts. Shopping at outdoor markets remains a great experience for foreign travelers, such as the Panjiayuan Collection Street, Xinjiekou Street and Old Pipe Street.

Two Popular Places of Shopping for Tourists

Wangfujing Street

Wangfujing, a seven hundred-year-old commercial street, starts with East Chang’an Avenue in the south and ends with China Art Gallery China best tours in the north. It has a wide variety of shops and boutiques where you can find all kinds of commodities, some of which are of world-famous brands. Nowadays Wangfujing Street is a modern commercial street which is said to be the sister street of the Champs-Elysees in Paris. You will also find jewelry, make up, wines, tea shops, cafés and a whole bunch of Chinese and Western fast food restaurants.

Besides modern department stores, the Foreign Language Bookstore is also in this area. The street has many outdoor places to sit under an umbrella with a cold beer, coffee or ice-cream during the summer. The most popular sculptures on both street sides reflects the life of old Beijing. For many years, the shopping street of Wangfujing has been the pride of Beijing.

Xiushui Street

Xiushui Street is a good place to buy cheaper goods and the resident foreigners in Beijing popular China travel package come here frequently. Whatever you want to buy, like bags, shoes, handicrafts or sweaters, you can bargain with the owners. The opening hours are 9am to 9pm. In the basement floor you’ll find shoes, belts, handbags and suitcases etc. On the first and second floors there are mainly designer clothes. Silk products are sold on the third floor. Floors four and five have jewelry, pearls, Chinese crafts and art, watches, electronics etc.

In fact, the fun of the place may not come in searching for the best bag or shirt, it comes in the bargaining. After spending some time bargaining, never hesitate to walk away, as this is often the quickest way to hear the sellers lower their prices to a reasonable level.The more you bargain, the better price you may get. It may yield a feeling of accomplishment when you purchase one thing at maybe 30-40 percent of the original price, even more. Besides, Xiushui Street is one of places in Beijing where foreigners can purchase clothes and shoes in large sizes.

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Travel Tips for China: Subways in mainland, China

The Beijing Subway is a rapid transit rail network that serves the urban and suburban districts of Beijingmunicipality. The subway’s first line opened in 1971, and the network now has 9 lines, 147 stations and 228 km of tracks in operation. It is the oldest and busiest subway in mainland China China tour deals, and the second longest after theShanghai Metro. On April 30, 2010, the subway delivered a record 6.4 million rides. The existing network still cannot adequately meet the city’s mass transit needs and is undergoing rapid expansion. Overall, plans call for 19 lines and 561 km of tracks in operation by 2015. The Chinese government’s ¥4 trillion economic stimulus package has accelerated subway construction. In addition to ten lines already under construction, work is set to begin on two more lines in 2010, and the entire network will reach 420 km by 2012.

The subway is generally closed after midnight, unless some special occasion prompts extended operating hours. The first trains depart terminals at around 5 am and the last leave at around 11 pm. For precise hours and frequency of service, check the official schedule.

The Shanghai Metro is the urban rapid transit system of China’s largest city, Shanghai China best tours. The system incorporates both subway and light railwaylines. It opened in 1995, making Shanghai the third city in Mainland China, after Beijing and Tianjin, to have a rapid transit system. Since then, the Shanghai Metro has become one of the fastest-growing rapid transit systems in the world and as of 2010, there are twelve metro lines (excluding the Shanghai Maglev Train), 268 stations and over 420 km of tracks in operation, making it the longest network in the world. Daily ridership averaged 3.56 million in 2009 and set a record of 7.548 million on October 22, 2010.

In the six months leading up to the opening of Expo 2010 on May 1, 2010, the Shanghai Metro has undergone major expansion with several new lines and extensions opening. The system is still growing, more new lines and extensions are under construction, and plans through 2020 project a system comprising 22 lines and 877 km of length.

There are two types of interchange stations: physical interchange and virtual interchange stations. In a physical interchange station, passengers can transfer between subway lines without exiting a fare zone. In a virtual interchange station, however, passengers have to exit and re-enter fare zones as they transfer from one subway line to another. In order to receive a discounted fare, passengers must use a Shanghai Public Transportation Card (SPTC) instead of Single-Ride tickets.

The Shenzhen Metro (SZM) is the subway system for the city of Shenzhen in Guangdong province popular China travel package, China. The system opened on December 28, 2004, making Shenzhen the fifth city in mainland China to have a subway after Beijing,Tianjin, Shanghai and Guangzhou. The Shenzhen Metro currently has 2 lines, 22 stations, and 25.2 km of total trackage in operation. Both existing lines are undergoing expansion and three new lines are under construction. The network will reach a total length of 177 km by 2011.

The current system has only two lines and provides a relatively fast and economical way of traveling in east-central part of Shenzhen, compared to buses and taxis. It also runs to the border crossings between theShenzhen Special Economic Zone and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at Luohu/Lo Wu Station and Futian Checkpoint/Lok Ma Chau Station, where riders can transfer to Hong Kong’s MTR East Rail Line for travel to Hong Kong. The metro currently lacks access to the east side, particularly Yantian, a high tech foreign business park and busy port.

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Wonderful Travel Experience to Beidaihe

Beidaihe is a district of Qinhuangdao city of Hebei province last minute China travel deals and it is in the west of Qinhuangdao city. It is famous for its beautiful scenery, wonderful beach and high-quality climate. In summer, it will not be too hot while in winter it will not be too cold. So, it is a summer resort since Qing Dynasty. Recently, more and more people have a vacation there in summer.

1. Pigeon Nest

In Beidaihe, there is a park called Pigeon Nest which faces to Bohai. In addition, it is the symbol of Beidaihe. There is also a beautiful beach. You can walk on the beach or collect shells with the breeze blowing your face. That is wonderful! On the beach, there is a cliff which is formed by the ground fault. It is the best palace for seeing the sunrise. So, in the morning, people crowed there prepare to see the sunrise. As the old things goes, a lot of pigeon gathered in the cliff and lived there, so called it Pigeon Nest best tours of China. Once upon of time, our chairman Mao wrote a poet when he enjoyed the beautiful scenery from the cliff.

Last year, I went to there for a trip with my classmate. We spent a whole day playing in the park. In the Moring, we got there early in order to see the sunrise. You can see the sun rose out of the sea little by little. And then, it rise out quickly in the air. That is a wonderful feeling! After that, we came to the beach. This is the best palace we want to get because we can play game, collect shells and play water with friend. By the way, you can catch the mussel in the sea. I had remembered that I have caught some mussels. Though our clothes are all wet, we had a good time on the beach. Final, I took them home and distributed them to my sisters. In the afternoon, we had a picnic in the park. Though we took a lot of food, it was not enough for we were all very tired and angry after playing. So, I suggest you take enough food and water.

2. Laolongtou

Laolongtou is located on coastal high ground which is 5 km south of Shanhaiguan and itself forms a peninsula stretching into the Bohai. Great Wall popular China tours into sea from here and it is the end of the Great Wall. Once you reached the Laolongtou, facing the rough wave and big sea without seeing the other side, you can enjoy this unique majestic Great Wall at sea.

This was the second station of our trip. In the second day, we arrived at the Laolongtou. Fist of all, we visited the old buildings along the Great Wall which is similar to the one in Beijing. And then, we climbed the Great Wall and enjoyed the big sea and breeze over sea. And we felt the magnificence of the sea. I think that is the best thing you should experience in Laolongtou. There also is a beach which is larger than the one we have been to the former day. You can take assault boat surfing on the sea.

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Himalayas- Such a Holy place

China has beautiful scenery, with mountains and ranges, highlands, plains, basins, and hills. The highlands and hillregions account for 65 percent of the countrys total land mass. If you have time, you can come to travel to China. There are so many choices that you can make. Once you make your China Tours , many kinds of adventures that are waiting for you. Dont lose the good chance!

There I want to introduce the Himalayas, which were located in Tibet (A Chinese autonomous region since 1951). If you are an adventurer like adventure, you can come to the Himalayas. There are excellent scenes that you can image.

The colossal Himalayan Mountains China vacation deals form a border between the Indian subcontinent and the rest of Asia. The Himalayas are the worlds tallest mountains, towering more than five miles above sea level. Himalaya means home of snow because the tallest peaks of the Himalayas are always capped with snow.

The Himalayas include Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. Everest rises 29,028 feet above sea level on the border between India and Nepal. No plant life grows near the mountains peak due to powerful winds, extremely cold temperatures, and a lack of oxygen. Many adventurous people attempt to climb Everest every year. Often their venture ends in sickness or death. Most people are unable to breathe 20,000 feet above sea level because there is not enough oxygen in the atmosphere. A person will suffer brain damage when they are unable to breathe. Strong winds and frigid temperatures make the climate even more rigorous. Clearly the peak of Mount Everest top China tours is a place for only the heartiest of people.

The highest mountain peak is Qomolangma (Everest), the highest in the world, 8,848 meters above sea level; the lowest point is the Turban Basin, 154 meters below sea level. There are many people that from allover the world that has been conquers the mountain. Do you want to have a try?
China abounds in natural resources. It leads the world in many proven mineral deposits; No country in the world boasts more wildlife than China. Tibet is bordered on the south by Myanmar, India, Bhutan and Nepal, on the west by India, on the north by Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Qinghai province, and on the east by Sichuan and Yunnan provinces popular China tour package. The capital is Lhasa.
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China tour ideas and travel tips

There is a wide and complex choice of places to visit when you’re on your china travel so when you’re in China or planning to travel to China, I definitely recommend the prearranged China Tours being the best choice for the traveller’s first visit to the experience the exotic and depths of China. A prearranged tour means that you will have some professional tour operators to help with your travel arrangements for example booking hotels and customizing the tours in China. Travelling this kind of way means the tour operators and tour guides not only give knowledgeable information about the tourist attractions where you will visit, but also you can be acquainted with the locals very well whilst on your trip.

When you’re on your China tour, it would probably be best if you choose a tour package that includes as much as possible. Finding hotels, looking for the right restaurant and arranging the transportation are all tedious work that is best left for your tour agent to work out. A China Tour package covers all hotel facilities, city transportation, and most of your meals would make the China trip easier and it would be great also if the tour package is included with the best airfare deal from your home country to China so you have the freedom and all the leisure on this China trip.

When on the China tour, the accommodations will be the most important to you after a full day sightseeing, as you may become very tired. The tour packages offer 4 star or 5 star hotels for your choice and with this luxury would be fully relaxed and able to enjoy your trip more in the knowledge and comfort of your hotel.

The China cities and tourists attractions you find and the local Chinese people you meet during your trip will lead you to good memories to take with you in your life. The capital city of China is Beijing. Beijing has plenty to offer and is a great place to start your China tours. Beijing has plenty of cultural and historical remains throughout the world, Great Wall last minute China travel deals, Beijing Zoo, Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, are just some of the places you’re not to miss.

Xian, once was one of the greatest cities in the World, the signs of human habitation date back to 6000 years and is known for the Terra-cotta Warriors. Also, Xian Xian tours is regarded as one of the birthplaces of ancient civilization in the Yellow River Basin area of China. This booming city attracts more and more visits travelling to China.

Another place of recommendation is Guilin. No trip is perfect without touring the wonderful scenery of Guilin, where rivers and karst peaks are covered in lush greenery. If asked which of china’s natural scenery is the best to see, most Chinese would certainly point out the beautiful scenery of the Guilin area, as the ancient Chinese saying goes: Guilin’s attractions top off China.
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Travel Guide - The Mystical Laoxiangfeng

This article refers to just one of countless scenic spots which can be viewed at leisure along your China trip experience. Roughly 80 kilometres from Beijing, Laoxiangfeng is a prime location for travellers to take a break from the busy city-life. Encompassing 4,000 hectares, Laoxiangfeng is certainly a playground for the outdoor-types. To get to this beautiful location, you can either consider China tours or alternatively take bus number 5 to Laoxiangfeng (before taking the 918 bus from Dongzhimenwai-Guanzhuang Daokou). From the mountain gate, walkers will also need to pay an admission fee (approx.20rmb) and the mountain park stays open from 8am to 6:30pm.

According to Chinese legend, Laoxiangfeng Shan (‘Shan’ which means mountain) is where the goddess Bixia Yuanjun played an important role in local folklore. The story goes that the two gods, Bixia Yuanjun and Panshan Laozu were vying to ride the holy elephant. A dice was eventually thrown leaving Bixia Yuanjun as the winner. Thereafter, she would care for the elephant around the area which was given the name ‘Laoxiangfeng’ (‘Elder Elephant Peak’China tour deals). Needless to say, by using your imaginative powers, you will be able to discern the peak into the shape of an elephant! Interestingly, the locality also incorporates the themes of friendship and loyalty. For example, Bixia Yuanjun, one day, protected the elephant by breaking the claw off the tiger which attacked it and that peak would later become ‘Tiger Claw Peak’ (also a good spot to view). Another tale mentions of a couple who wanted to learn from Bixia Yuanjun; yet because the goddess thought they were unready she gave them a test. The couple failed the test and they were tragically turned into stone.

On a practical level, walking up the mountain is made enjoyable for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the path is wide and flat for the majority of the distance so it is not especially strenuous on the knees. However, the path does get steeper when heading towards the peak China best tours and note that the path also acts as a road, although cars are relatively infrequent. Secondly, there are ample picnic areas and toilet facilities along the route (which in itself indicates the popularity of the area). Nearer the bottom of the route, there are gaping valleys which provide excellent opportunities to take pictures of the surroundings and have lunch under the canopied sitting areas.

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Travel Guide - Secrets of the Silk Road

As the limitless desert landscape of the Tarim Basin Silk Road tour in Western China stretches, a wide array of geographical boundaries and differing terrains come together to form a crossroad between the East and the West. The crossroad was soon renamed The Silk Road by German geographer and explorer, Ferdinand Freiherr von Richthofen. The Silk Road was renowned for its lavish trade and human interaction and migration, between China, India, Rome, Persia, Arabia and Greek subjects, as the flux of nomads, missionaries, merchants and missionaries began to influence China’s development. Recent excavations of the area have found a number of well-preserved Caucasian looking mummies, which are substantially taller than the average population of the time.

It is estimated that these mummies date back 3,800 years, suggesting human interaction and migration on the route between East and West was well traveled. The mystery and enigmatic atmosphere which surrounds the origins of the ancient explorers, has captured the imagination of travelers from around the world, and has incited many to trip to China to trek the ancient road.

Several of these ancient people of unknown descent were laid to rest adorned with western influenced customs, textiles and articles. This suggests that a diverse exchange and amalgamation of technology, religion, races, language, arts and customs was flourishing for some time. China travel offers a number of travel opportunities to explore the mysteries of Central Asia and the Silk Road, which include the differing journeys made by ancient travelers along the various routes such as the Southern Silk Road, the Northern Silk Road and the Silk Road tour from the Sea. China Tours explore the historical trade route from Xian Xian travel guide in Central China, up to Urumqi in North Western China. The tour’s spectacular scenery will astonish you, while the surrounding mystery will engage your imagination.

Along the ancient Silk Road travelers’ will come across a large percentage of Chinese Minority Ethnic Groups, such as the Uigur, Tibetan and Mongolian minorities who have their own languages and cultural traditions.

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Yangtze River:Combining historical and Modern China

The Yangtze River Yangtze River tour has long been the lifeblood of China. Just as with any river, the Yangtze has been part of hundreds of historical and cultural events. The Yangtze River is the third largest river in the world and is nearly four thousand miles long. Throughout the history of China, this river has played a crucial role in the lives of the people who call the shores of the Yangtze home. Not only has this river given life sustaining water and a means of irrigation to the people who call it home, but it has also been used as a means of shipping goods and people from west to east. The Yangtze has more than just a historical significance; it’s an important part of modern China as well.

Whether you are a person who is interested in the history of China or you want to see the more modern wonders such as the Three Gorges Dam last minute China travel deals, there is more than enough to keep you occupied when visiting the Yangtze River. When it comes to history, in many ways the history of the Yangtze River is the history of China. While many people look to the Great Wall of China as a source for understanding the history of China, the fact is the Yangtze River has played a much more vital role in the past of the Chinese people. When you journey along this river, you will have the chance to visit ancient battlefields, inspiring monasteries and more. If you enjoy learning a nation’s history, you will not be disappointed with what a trip along the Yangtze will yield.

If you are not one for history, do not worry, there is plenty of the modern world to see along the Yangtze as well. One of the world’s largest hydroelectric dams spans the Yangtze River. This dam, called Three Gorges Dam, is a breathtaking example of the will and strength of the Chinese people. This massive structure dominates the surrounding region and is considered by many to be one of the modern wonders of the world. This dam is used to put out more electrical power than any other damn in the world and is truly beyond description. However, not only is the Three Gorges Dam part of the Yangtze River, but the modern city of Shanghai top 10 China tour packages is part of a Yangtze journey as well.

Along with historical and modern attractions, the Yangtze River offers stunning natural vistas for visitors to feast their eyes on. Because the Yangtze runs west to east, it literally cuts China in half, giving people a unique opportunity to view the geographic wonders of China. Places such as Qutang Gorge and Three Little Gorges offer visitors a chance to see the land of China at its most beautiful. The picturesque locations will inspire the soul and truly give people an understanding of so much of what the Chinese people hold dear.Your journey along the Yangtze will be an amazing one and perhaps be one of the most significant experiences in your life. This river is not only the lifeblood of China, but also a way to see this world in a way that will give you a true understanding of China and its people.

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Xian: A Wall with a Great View

Xian City Wall Xian tourist attractions is the best-preserved ancient city wall in China and also the largest and most complete military facility in the world.

After its enlargement in the Ming Dynasty, the City Wall now stands 12 meters (40 feet) high, 12-14 meters (40-46feet) wide at the top and 15-18 meters (50-60feet) thick at the bottom. It covers 13.7 kilometers (8.5 miles) in length with a deep moat surrounding it. Every 120 meters, there is a rampart extending out from the main wall. The distance between the ramparts is within the range of an arrow shot from either side. There are altogether 98 ramparts; each has a sentry building on top of it.

Cycling is the best way to explore the historic city walls of Xi’an Xian travel guide. The South Gate and North Gate are the two main entrances to the inner city. Enter the wall via the South Gate which is the most impressive one of the four main gates, the bike hire place is on top of the wall near the South Gate Tower. It’s amazing when biking atop the old City Wall and enjoying a great view of the city.

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Travel Guide - Shenyang Mukden Imperial Palace

The Mukden Palace or Shenyang Gugong, also known as the Shenyang Imperial Palace China tour deals, is the former imperial palace of the early Qing emperors before moving their capital to Beijing. It was built in 1625 and home to the first three emperors (who lived there from 1625 to 1644) of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) of China.

Early construction began in 1625 by Nurhaci. By 1631, additional structures were added under Emperor Huang Taiji. The Mukden Palace was built to resemble the Forbidden City in Beijing. However, the palace also exhibits hints of Manchurian and Tibetan styles. After the Qing Dynasty replaced the Ming Dynasty in 1644 in Beijing, the Mukden palace lost its status as the official residence of the Emperor. Instead, the Mukden Palace became a regional palace. In 1780, Emperor Qianlong further expanded the palace. Successive Qing dynasty emperors usually stayed at Mukden Palace for some time each year. Since the end of monarchy in China, the palace was converted to a museum that lies in the center of Shenyang city, Liaoning province. The museum has more than 300 Manchu-style buildings, covers an area of 60,000 square meters, and boasts more than 10,000 relics. In 2004, it was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List as an extension of the Imperial Palace site, or the Forbidden City, in Beijing China best tours.

Straight through the main gate at the far end of the courtyard is the main architecture on the east axis, the octagonal Dazhengdian (Hall of Great Affairs) with its coffered ceiling and an elaborate throne, built during the reign period of Nurharchi. It was here that Emperor Shunzhi was crowned before setting off to cross the Great Wall in 1644. On the central axis is the Chongzheng Hall, where Abahai attended to his political affairs; behind is the three towers Fenghuanglou (Phoenix Tower), and Qingninggong (Palace of Celestial Peace) in which Abahai and his concubines lived -- construction of these structures were completed during the reign period of Huangtaiji (the 8th son of Nurharchi).

In the courtyard in front of the hall are the Banner Pavilions popular China travel package, formerly administrative offices used by tribal chieftains. They now house displays of 17thand 18th-century military equipments, swords, and bows. The central courtyard west of Dazheng Hall contains a conference hall, some living quarters, and some shamanist structures. The courtyard to the western fringe is a residential area added on by Emperor Qianlong in the 18thcentury, and the Wenshu Gallery to the rear housed a copy of the Qianlong anthology. The front part of the Imperial Palace was built on the ground, while the rear part was on a 4-meter-tall support; showing a link to the customs of the Manchus who lived on mountain slopes.

Differing from the Palace Museum in Beijing, the Shenyang palace widely uses the five-color glazed tiles and its gables are made of bricks. Meanwhile it boasts of a double-heating system by using "kang (heatable brick beds)" and heatable floors. For example, there are "Wan Zi Kangs" in the west four rooms of the Qingninggong. The kangs are connected to each other in the south, west and north sides. This reflects the old living customs of the Manchus. Famous for its strong characteristics of the Man nationality and its abundant cultural relics, the Shenyang Palace Museum now functions as a museum and exhibits a huge collection of ivory and jade art crafts, musical instruments, furniture, and Ming and Qing paintings. For instance, "The Tiger-veined Double-Edged Sword" is the most famous among all artifacts used by Nurhachu, the first emperor of the Qing Dynasty. "The Nurhachu's imperial jade seal" is square in shape with a dragon-buttoned ribbon on it. The seal face is carved with Man and Han languages, which are intricately laid out with power and grandeur. There are also such valuable cultural relics as waist sword, bow and arrow, "imperial jade seal, "jade belt" and the chimes, bells, etc.

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Yunnan Travel Guide: Nujiang Prefecture Natural Scenery

Nujiang Grand Canyon

Located at the upper reaches of the Nujiang River Yangtze River tour, west Yunnan, the canyon has a total length of 316 kilometers starting at the juncture of Yunnan and Tibet, and a depth of 2,000 to 3,000 meters. Along it are dangerous shoals, steep cliffs and towering snow-capped mountains. It is one of the famous canyons in the world.

Suspension Cable Across the Nujiang River

In the past people on both sides of the Nujiang River crossed the river by suspension cables, which were made of several pieces of entwined rattan and were tied up on the stakes or big trees on both banks. When people wanted to cross the river, they had to put the pulley made of hard wood on the cable and tightened the rope of the pulley between the waist and buttock and then slid to the other side of the river.

Bingzhongluo

Located on the north of Gongshan county town at the juncture of Yunnan and Tibet last minute China travel deals, it has the majestic “first bend of the Nujiang River” and is inhabited by more than 5,000 people of Nu, Tibetan, Lisu, Naxi, Bai and Derung ethnic groups. They believe in different religions, such Catholic, Christianity, Lamaism and primitive religion. Bingzhongluo is the best place for people to learn multi-culture of various ethnic groups.

The First Bend of the Nujiang River

The mighty water of the Nujiang River, with a total length of 1,540 kilometers, originates from Nagqu of Tibet. When it passes the area of Ridan Village of Bingzhongluo Township, Gongshan Derung and Nu Autonomous Prefecture, it is blocked by towering sheer precipices so it changes its direction, flowing from the east to the west. It is again obstructed by steep Danla Mountain after flowing 300 meters so it has to take a sudden turn flowing from the west to the east, forming a huge semicircle bend. Local people of Lisu Ethnic Group best tours of China call it “fire clamp” at first and then it is generally called the “First Bend of the Nujiang River”. The river here of a great momentum has an elevation of 1,700 meters and the scenery is majestic and charming

Stone Moon

There is a large marble hole formed by erosion on the top of 3,300-meter peak, the middle sector of Gaoligong Mountain. Walking northward about 50 kilometers along the Nujiang River you can see the hole, with a depth of 100 meters, width of 40 meters and height of 60 meters. When white clouds and blue sky passing through, it looks like a bright moon, hence the name of Stone Moon. This unique geologic formation and splendid natural scenery is formed because of the Nujiang Canyon located at the juncture of Eurasian plate and Indian plate, the strong geologic tension and rapid ascending of earth’s crust.

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Roam around Chinese Herb Market


The Chinese Herb Market was one of the 17 key professional medicinal markets ratified by the State Council in China and is located on Wanshou North Road in Xi’an Xian travel, neighboring the exit to Xi-Wei Highway and the Xi’an Railway Station. The market has attracted countless traveling merchants from all over the world for its fantastic geographical location, sincere service, flexible management, and low prices since its opening in December of 1991. It is one of the main functioning markets famous as a collecting and distributing centre for medicinal materials in China.

The area once known as Guanzhong (today the Xi’an area Xian tour packages) was an important site of the original Chinese nation and Chinese medicine. As such, Xi’an had been chosen as the country’s capital by 13 dynasties since the 11th century B.C., including the Western Zhou Dynasty (1046 B.C.-771 B.C.), Qin Dynasty (221 B.C.-206 B.C.), Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-25 A.D.), Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), Western Jin Dynasty (265-317), Western Wei Kingdom (535-556), North Zhou Kingdom (557-581), Sui Dynasty (581-618), and the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Then with rapid developments in the economy, politics, and culture, great progress was made in the medicine industry in Xi’an over time. Soon, Xi’an came to function as a crucial medicinal material collecting and distributing center before the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. Drug stores stood in great numbers on Wanshou Street, and they offered a great variety of medicine materials which sold well in Northwest China, Northeast China, North China, and even overseas. After China’s reform and opening-up policy in 1984, the medicine industry in Xi’an grew even more prosperous as many new merchants opened stores on the street. The prices of all the medicinal materials then became more open and more competitive.

These days, the Chinese Herb Market Xian sightseeing covers an area of 450,000 square meters with a construction area of 14,591 square meters, and it consists of over 500 fixed drugstores and 1,500 temporary stalls on the street. The market offers more than 600 kinds of Chinese medicinal materials, and the daily total revenue reaches as much as 500,000 CNY. The influence of the Herb Market is great, and its selling network radiates into the distant Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, Gansu Province, Qinghai Province, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, and some Central-Asian countries.

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Church of the Saviour, Beijing

The Church of the Saviour, commonly known as the North Church (Beitang) or the Xishiku Catholic Church (also called Xishiku Church), is a historic Catholic church and the largest Catholic Church in Beijing China tour deals. Of all the cathedrals and churches located in Beijing, the Xishiku Catholic Church is one of the most ornate and magnificent churches. The style of the building is in typical Gothic style and it is famous for its grand architecture.

The Xishiku Catholic Church, built by the Jesuits in 1703, was originally located at Canchiguo in Zhongnanhai (opposite the former Beijing Library), a land bestowed by Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty, who also hand-wrote the calligraphic plaque and couplets for the building. In 1887 the church was moved to the current place because Empress Dowager Cixi ordered to enlarge Zhongnanhai, which is now an area used as the headquarters of the Chinese Communist Party and formerly home to leading Communists like Chairman Mao, Deng Xiaoping and Zhou Enlai. After it added one more level in 1900 it became the current Xishiku Catholic Church China best tours.

The Xishiku Catholic Church was redesigned in a Gothic style with elaborate grey marble facade. It formerly occupied a quite large amount of land, with a library, garden, printing factory, orphanage, hospital, and women’s school, much bigger than what you see now. The building has a tall, wide nave with side aisles, octagonal transepts and a huge sanctuary. There are many chandeliers and large, painted Stations of the Cross popular China travel package, antique stained glass and the remains of old wall decorations. Two pavilions with green glazed tile roofs were built on each side in front of the church with stone columns and stone lions surrounding and guarding the place of worship, adding the architectural style of Chinese gardens.

In 1958, this church belonged to the government and in 1985 on Christmas Eve it resumed as a church. The Xishiku Catholic Church is now the largest Catholic Church in Beijing, standing in a spacious grounds surrounded by pine and oak tree. It is also the place where the Beijing Cardinal Bishop Office is located.

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