My memory of Yamdrok Lake - The Holy Lake in Tibe

For people who have been to Yamdrok Lake China vacation deals, the breathtaking scenery and the impressive amazed feeling may be a memory which could not be forgot even many years past.

Some people say, Namtso Lake is better, it is vast, crystal, shining, and gorgeous. While some others says, Yamdrok Lake is better, although they could not find too many words to describe it, the words from them are “Yamdrok Lake is different from one site to another side”. For me, the image of Yamdrok Lake is more like a well-kept camera film which can be developed in any time.

Yamdrok Lake, one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, is located in Shannan Area. With a altitude of 4,441 meter, Yandrok is a large kake with an area of 623 sq km. It is the largest inland lake of the northern range of Mt, Everest. The crystal lake is a fantastic place cause me have a delusion in the fairy land. A jade-green lake top China tours suddenly appears in front of my eyes, it causes me excited immediately. If really want to distinguish the Namtso and Yamdrok, I will say:
Namtso is more like a mother which may let me calm down
Yamdrok is more like a fairy maiden which may let me have a joyful mood

This is the Yamdrok I have seen - the grassland still kept a little green, and the thick clouds ran slowly in the sky. Totally different like the bright image printed on the pst card. For me in this moment, Yamdrok is a sad lady who like to hide words inside her heart.

Yes, when get to the next turn, the bright lake appears. And in this moment, Yamdrok popular China tour package is more like a optimistic lady who always smiling to every one in every day.

Just rains in the far away from my sight.I use my camera to focus on the rainy clouds. Fantastic, just rain in one area while the other areas are still fine.

The Mani Piles along the road. Mani Pile is common in Tibet’s caves, roads, lake banks. These piles are regarded as an altar. Each stone is carved symbols of the God. The piles here add a holy ring of Yamdrok Lake.

The cycling traveller along the road. I always respect this kind of travellers. They are brave to make their dreamy road come ture. Just want to go to Tibet, and then, they go there.

The physical and the spirit to finish this route are the most admired things for me. But I may not plan to do that. Just like, some people may cause your admiration, but you never dream to be one of them.

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Visit Zhangjiajie to see the winter scene

Zhangjiajie Scenic Area China tour deals , located in Hunan Province China, is famous for its peaks. And one of the sentence to summary Zhangjiajie scenery as “The hundreds of amazing peaks, the miles of stunning rivers, the original layout of China’s landscapes, the unique version of world’s scenery/”

Cool enough in summer and warm enough in winter, the average temperature of Zhangjiajie is around 18℃. The highest temperature in summer days is about 32℃, and the lowest temperature in winter days is around 0℃. This weather ensures the different but beautiful scenery here.

My recommendation for you to see in Zhangjiajie is the snow scenery which only can be appreciated in winter. Because the scenic area is surrounded by higher mountains so that the temperature inside is comparatively warmer with most sunny days in winter.

While to take the Zhangjiajie China best tours snow scenery also depends on your luck. If you are lucky enough to visit there after a snow day, you will catch an extraordinary picture of Zhangjiajie. But also if you visit there is a serious snowy day, the area may be close in order to ensure the safety issue.

Because of the snow, many sites inside are closed. We only can reach to the Ten Miles of Gallery site. Aiming to catch the extraordinary scenes, we decide to climb the mountain by foot.

The white Zhangjiajie is not as cold as the weather. She would like to present her charms even in this cold day. Walking from the Ten Miles of Gallery, the scenery becomes more and more beautiful.

Fog glazes are not only can be seem in Jilin, you can also have a glance of that in Zhangjiajie popular China travel package. When climbing on the peak of Tianzi Mountain and have a bird’s view of the peaks. Each of them has been covered by thick snow, snow is still flying down in the sky, more like a fairy land than a real world.

The sites in Zhangjiajie can be divided into three kinds: one is the peaks or mountains that looked like figures, the second one is the scenes used in most TV series, the last one is suitable for tourists to take photos. For me, the first kind is not in my taste. The shape of the peaks may be more or less looked like some figures while not very similar.

Tips: If you like to discover more charms in China, Zhangjiajie is one of the top choices. But it is better to ensure the safety when visiting this area, especially in winter days. Better to follow the staff there or your guide because it is hard to find lost people in winter days there.

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Go to Zhangye Danxia for the Amazing Landform

In my Silk Road tour this year, Danxia in Zhangye in the Gansu Province is one of the must-go places. This place is famous for its colorful land.

I have noticed this place because of a movie directed by Zhang Yimou. Although the movie was not in a good comment, Danxia as the movie taking spot became famous.Danxia in Zhangye can be appreciated during the sunny day. The bright sunshine make the ground in an amazing scenery. The ground becomes alive like a charming lady who has just finished an elaborate make-up.

In the competition “the most beautiful danxia landform in China” held by China Discovery Magazine, Danxia in Zhangjie affordable China tours ranked as the top one. Thus it will really be the most magnificent one in the world. It is hard to image that there is a gorgeous and colorful land in this dull yellow ground.

During my night on that place, it was raining outside. I anticipated a good weather in the next day.

When I woke up, there was still thick clouds. But the sunshine sticked to penetrate the cloud. I was happy to see because it was a sign to show the good weather.

It was so great! The sunshine just came, to sprinkle on the land. From the sentence of the staff in the Danxia scenic area top 10 China tours, it was the most beautiful moment that seeing Danxia after the rainy days.

Aimed to see the extremely scenery, I walked on the muddy ground. How about the picture? Do you have a feeling to fall in love?

On the fixed plank road in the scenic sport, people could find a good high-point according to the angles and lights you want to create your own Danxia pictures.

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Prowling China's Jurassic Park

In the art world or in the natural world, green usually serves as a supporting color for red, which blossoms and catches all the attention.

But in a river range in northwestern Guizhou province, red gives birth to green. They compliment each other and form the most vibrant, almost dizzying, dichotomy.

Green here is the primeval forest and lush vegetation, while red is the land and rocks.

At the place just before Chishui River flows from Guizhou to Sichuan affordable China tours stands a vast expanse of rocky mountains and plunging waterfalls. To date, 72,178 hectares of this has been designated as danxia landforms and is currently inspected by UNESCO experts for a potential natural heritage listing. Literally meaning "red rocks", danxia refers to red-colored sandstones and conglomerates of the Cretaceous age, which often look like stacked pancakes.

"Some 230 million years ago, this was the bottom of the ocean," says Tu Yuling, geologist with Guizhou Normal University.

"During the Jurassic age, this was an inland lake. Later it was elevated but managed to retain the red sandstones of that age."

Red is the result of oxidization of iron that permeates rocks and soil. Locals extract color dyes out of the material.

Not only are mountain rocks crimson but also the soil exudes a rich vermilion.

When it rains, the river changes to a muddy reddish color with almost tragic overtones.

But vegetation in this area is so verdant it takes time and effort to locate bare rocks with no shrubbery.

Near the Five-Pillar Peak, there is a gorge that resembles a cistern and the top edge is a striking circumference of danxia stones. Zhang Yimou, the filmmaker famed for using - or overusing - bright colors, would love it.

To prove that dinosaurs once roamed here, there are 40,000 alsophila trees in Jinshagou, one of the scenic parks best tours of China in the area. Alsophila is a kind of fern.

But unlike the other two-dozen fern species found here, it is much taller, about 5 to 6 m - the highest reaching 9 m - and 20 to 25 cm in diameter. Some are pairs that grow together.

This oldest and rarest fern variety dates back some 200 million years.

"Dinosaurs used to eat the little things on these trees," explains Zeng Qiang, a local official. Some 100 km from here, in Zigong of Sichuan province, fossils of every dinosaur species have been discovered and displayed in a museum.

But human beings are not dinosaurs and have found little practical use for this fern tree. Some ferns are made into appetizers, but alsophila is not edible. In addition, the tree trunk has a lot of starch-like substance, which rules out the possibility of being turned into material for furniture.

Stranger still, alsophila cannot survive if you move it elsewhere.

"We sent some to the Kunming Botanical Expo, and they just died," Zeng says.

Kunming, capital of Yunning province, has a similar environment.

That means poaching is useless. In a sense, this fern has outlasted other things of its age by being irrelevant other than appearing in movies like Jurassic Park.

Scientists did not pay attention to it until 1983.

They were not looking for alsophila in Hainan but for another breed of rare flora in Chishui. While taking a break, one member noticed alsophila and wondered whether it was the one on the endangered list.

The next year, a protection zone was mapped out. In 2000, the local government opened its "Jurassic Park". The few dinosaur sculptures notwithstanding, only adventure seekers come here.

"It's not a place for leisure tourists," says Zeng Qiang, the local official.

However, pleasure seekers have an abundance to revel in. As long as you love the sight of water pouring down slopes, Chishui is gushing with delight. It isn't called the "city of waterfalls" for nothing.

"We have 4,000 waterfalls, and I'm counting only those at least 3 m tall," Zeng says.

Chishui is located at the edge of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau popular China tour package where it descends sharply to the Sichuan Basin.

Hence the ubiquitous gorges and canyons where water cascades its way into softer rocks and dances downslope, forming nature's most rapturous crescendo and mesmerizing landscapes.

The biggest, Shizhangdong, sits on the upper reaches of Fengxi River, about 30 km from downtown Chishui.

It is 76 m tall and 80 m wide - 8 m taller than Huangguoshu, China's largest waterfall, but 1 m narrower.

There are several points from where you can take photos or get wet. About 2 km downstream is Zhongdong, or the Middle Fall, which is 75.6 m by 18.5 m.

Unlike the unruly Shizhangdong, this one is like a curtain with one half incorporating a break.

Closer to downtown, only 15 km, is Sidonggou Scenic Area, with its succession of cataracts. The four big ones offer different ways of splashing, some passionate, some haunting. It looks like a fantasyland out of The Lord of the Rings.

If you love the land, you'll also love the people who inhabit it.

There are several old towns in Chishui. On your way to the Sidonggou waterfalls is Datong, a narrow street with pebble stones and old women sitting by the door, reading old books or playing mahjong. The only telltale sign of modernity is the TV behind every open door, which is always on.

Bing'an almost hangs onto the southern bank of the Chishui River Yangtze River tour.
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Summer Palace: Let’s enjoy the leisure walking in sunset

This winter, during Jan. 3 to 11, TopChinaTravel traveled to north China: Xian-Datong-Beijing. During the travel to China, I have the chance to see many quite famous attractions that I haven’t been in my whole life. In this blog, I want to tell you how beauty the Summer Palace under the sunshine after noon in winter.

It was snow half month ago in Beijing, but the snow is not melt so soon in the cold winter in Beijing, so we were very lucky to see the snow scene in sunshine in Beijing, even our guide thought we are lucky team to enjoy the best weather in Beijing during the hard winter.

Summer Palace is the temporary imperial palace last minute China travel deals and garden of the emperor of Qing Dynasty. It used to be Qing Yi Yuan. There are tree famous hills and 5 gardens in the Palace. Original built in 1750, and finished in 1764, it covers an area of 290 square km.

The front door of Summer Palace is very beautiful with ancient architecture style.

The big lake in the palace is Kunming Lake, it occupies three fourth of the whole area of the Palace, which is about 22,000 square km. The lake has been frozen for half a month. The surface of the lake is still so frozen that people could walk and jumping on the lake. Our guide said that at the last day of 2012, there was a stage on the lake best tours of China just above the big ice.

Our guide Simon told us the long gallery of the palace is one of the highlights. It starts from Yaoyue Gate, extending to Shi Zhan Pavilion. The gallery is 728m long, which is the longest gallery of all the gardens in China. Each beam of the gallery was painted with sceneries, birds, people, etc.

So wonderful afternoon in Summer Palace popular China tour package, was not it? Actually it was my first time to the summer place. Walking leisurely in the Summer Palace, I finally understand how deluxe the life of Emperors and loyal families.
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The mystery of Anhui’s Huashan Caves


Located in the eastern suburbs of Tunxi district in the Anhui province city of Huangshan last minute China travel deals, a visitor will find Huashan Caves steeped in ancient, mysterious legends.

We drove to the foot of Huashan Mountain in the intense heat of summer. On the verdant, wild grounds, Xin’an River Yangtze River tour curled around the mountain. It was a year with less rainfall, and the river level was low. Horses feeding on grass would regularly stop to drink water from the riverbank.

On one side of the river stands Huashan Mountain, crowded with bamboo, pines and wildflowers. On a huge rock are carved four Chinese characters that read: Huashan Mountain Mystery Caves. This was our destination.

We climbed onto a hanging cable bridge about three stories high and then climbed a dozen stairs to the entrance of one of three caves open to the public. The entrance to Huashanhu Cave was sealed by mud and stones. It was accidentally discovered by a local medicinal herb collector.. The chilled air inside the cave posed a great contrast with the hot summer air outside. Inside, bats were hanging from the ceiling.

All the Huashan Caves, each ranging from 10 meters to 20 meters in height, were manually chiseled more than 1,700 years ago. Stone chambers in the cave were sometimes connected by way of corridors. Stone columns in various shapes – such as an elephant or a boot – supported the ceiling. Altogether, 36 chambers have been found among the Huashan hills. Some chambers are filled with water, and some are two-story chambers.

Deep in the cave, there was a crystal-clear pool. It was as cool as well water. A China tour guide told us there were no living fish in the water because of the high mineral content.

The history and purposes of Huashan Caves are now untraceable due to the lack of any words in books or on cave walls describing their use.

Why was this magnificent project built? Were they built for troops, or is one an abandoned imperial tomb? Why does each cave have different marks chiseled into the stone? These unanswered questions proved mysterious and added to the fun of our adventure in the Huashan Caves best tours of China.
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Travel Guide - Huangshan Mountain

Situated at the confluence of Shexian, Yixian and Xiuning counties, Huangshan Mountain last minute China travel deals covers an area of about 1,200 square km, the highlights of which occupy 154 square km. It is a landform typical of Mesozoic granite. Its highest peak, the Lotus Peak, rises 1,864 km above sea level.

Officially designated as one of China's top 10 scenic spots, it has charmed countless number of tourists from home and abroad. Huangshan Mountain can be regarded as an amalgamation of all the merits of other mountains: grand, steep, picturesque, and with a rich cultural heritage. Xu Xiake, a well-known geographer of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), once said, "When I have visited Huangshan Mountain, I don't even wish to visit others."

Blessed with a mild climate, Huangshan Mountain presents different scenery in four seasons. Its "four major marvels" are the uniquely shaped pines, oddly-shaped rocks, seas of clouds and hot springs, all of which are well known both inside and outside China. The abundant remains of glaciers and water resources, a geological structure unique to Huangshan Mountain, have produced such natural wonders as the Kuzhu Brook, Xiaoyao Brook best tours of China, Renzi Waterfall, Baizhang Spring, and Jiulong Waterfall.

In addition, thanks to a complicated natural environment, Huangshan Mountain has a well-balanced ecosystem, thus becoming renowned as "a natural zoo and a botanical garden extremely rich in plant varieties".

The reason why this mountain is so well-known throughout the world is not only because of its natural beauty but also due to its time-honored culture popular China tour package. According to Huangshan Mountain Historical Records, Buddhism was introduced to Huangshan Mountain as early as in the Southern Dynasty (AD 420-589); and some 100 Buddhist temples were subsequently built in the mountain, including the Xiangfu Temple, Ciguang Temple, Cuiwei Temple and Zhibo Temple, which are so famous that they are known as the "four major temples in Huangshan Mountain".

In 1990, Huangshan Mountain was placed on the World Heritage List by the UNESCO. The year 2004 saw it rated as one of the world's geo-parks, and in 2007 it was included in China's first batch of AAAAA class tourism zones. Furthermore, it has been granted some other honors, such as a national key scenic area, a national forest park, and a national geological park. In fact, the natural and cultural China tourism resources, all extremely abundant and colorful, have made this mountain a famous tourist attraction not just for Anhui but for the whole country at large.
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Some Dances of the Zhuang People

The Zhuang have a number of dances. Originating from different periods of their history, it is thought that the older ones have a ritual origin, imitating the movements of their shamans during their religious ceremonies China vacation deals.

In general their dances can be divided into four main types:

1. Religious dances
2. Labor dances
3. Animal dances
4. Love dances


1. Religious dances

1) Dance of the Bronze Drum

Possibly the most popular dance among the Zhuang, in most of their traditional festivals Zhuang villages hold competitions of drums, dancing at the same time the Dance of the Bronze Drum. For this dance they hang two drums from the two ends of a pole that two girls beat. They also hang a bigger drum in the middle of the pole, which is beaten by an old teacher. The old man marks the rhythm to which people will dance. At first some girls start to dance, but soon people cheer up and eventually all those participating in the festival join the dancing party around the bronze drum.

The bronze drum has a magical significance for some ethnic groups of southern China. During recent years large drums have been unearthed that were manufactured more than 2,000 years ago. The Kingdom of Dian, established near the present city of Kunming Kunming tour more than 2,000 years ago, was already famous for its bronze drums. They are appreciated for their sound that, according to local people, can expel bad spirits. Sometimes they were used as a kitchen bowl during important ceremonies. Every village considers its drums as their treasure.

Among the Zhuang and other peoples of the region there are a number of myths about these bronze drums. The long poem sung by some peoples of Yunnan "The kings of the bonze drum" portrays a community that arrives from distant lands, throughout whose long history the bronze drum becomes its main protector. Alleviating their material and spiritual sufferings, it communicates to them the will of the gods.

The Zhuang have a festival called the Festival of the Bronze Drums. It takes place on the 1st, 15th and 30th days of the first lunar month. The fundamental activity is the competition of bronze drums among the villages. It is considered an auspicious activity to begin the year with, as according to their tradition, the sound of the drums drives away the demons.

2) Dance of the Traverse Drum

It is a dance that is only carried out by the shigong or shaman in their ceremonies of homage to the gods. It receives its name because they dance with a small chest drum made of pottery or wood, with skin of goat or snake, hanging of their chest.

The dances carried out by the shigong imitate the activities of the gods, ascending to the sky or going down to the earth. For that reason they were divided in seven fundamental steps: ascent to the horse, walking the horse, small jump, great jump, stop, half turn and double turn.

3) Dance of the Shigong

It is another of the ritual dances that the shigong or shamans carry out during Zhuang religious ceremonies. It is specially used in the ritual of thanking to the gods, in those aimed to expel the bad spirits, and when asking for rain top China tours.

The shigong takes in the hand its sword, its stick and other ritual objects and he covers his face with a mask. The way they dance has for the Zhuang a premonitory sense. He usually takes with him some musical instrument, a small drum, a plane drum, or some cymbals. The masks vary according to the deity to which is intended that ceremony.

2. Labor dances

In their origin they possibly also had a religious component: Imitating the rituals asking the protection of the gods to their different activities. The most popular are:

1) Dance of Milling the Rice

The dancers, with a stick, imitate the typical movements of this activity.

2) Dance from the Pole to the Shoulder

In which the movements of the Zhuang transporting things with their characteristic poles are imitated.

3) Dance of Catching the Tea

Making the usual movements when picking tea leaves

4) Dance of Catching Shrimps

With the movements of fishing shrimps

3. Animal dances

Imitating the movements of different animals - They think that the person can take some of the qualities of the animal whose movements are imitated during the dance.

1) Turtledove's Dance

Turtledove’s dance is very common in the south of Yongning popular China tour package. Three men make of doves, dancing and singing. They imitate the doves moving the wings and picking the grain, they gurgle then happy for their luck. It is thought that this dance is also a form of propitiating a good crop, in which people can feed as the doves.

2) Lion's Dance

A dance transmitted by the Chinese, it was accepted with ardor by the Zhuang. Before 1949 each village had its teams of lion's dance. Every year took place competitions that involved thousands of people in Guangxi Province. The winners were called "Guangxi Lion Kings"

4. Love dances

Generally with sweet movements, they take place during the most important festivals, when the young meet. The habitual form of seduce the loved one.
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Unsophisticated love of the Axi people of the Yi ethnic group


In of Southwest China's Yunnan Province China tour deals is mainly inhabited by the Axi people, who are a subgroup of the Yi ethnic group. With a population of 170,000, Axi people, different from some other Yi branches, enjoy a simple marriage procedure. A young man and a woman who fall in love with each can marry without a matchmaker and betrothal gifts. So long as they both want to get married and are approved by their parents, their marriage is permissible.

Based on where the man and woman live, there are two kinds of marriage customs of Axi people.

Gong Fang: Young People's Paradise

Gong Fang (a public building that is also called Girl Room) is a place of amusement for youth living in the same village. Before marriage, young people often come here to look for their mate. As night falls, they sit around the need-fire (the beginnings of a bonfire) to sing and dance. If a youth who has reached the age of courtship (about 16 years old) does not go to the Gong Fang to look for a lover, he or she will be blamed by the public, and regarded as an incompetent.

After much observation and comparison, when a young man decides that a certain young woman is the one for him, he will use a blanket or sheet to wrap around himself and his lover, which shows their destinies are linked together tightly. Then under the watchful eyes of the people, the happy pair will go out of the Gong Fang to find a secret place to reveal their feelings for each other or discuss their plans for the future China best tours.

It goes without saying that getting married is a great event in one's life. In the morning of the marriage, the woman comes back from Gong Fang early and changes into elaborate attire suitable for the occasion, then waits for the arrival of her spouse at the gate.

Not long after that, the young man, wearing brand-new clothes, arrives carrying a container of clear cold water. He then waits for the woman's parents' approval. If the father of the woman let the daughter open the door and welcome the man to pour water into the jar in the yard, this indicates they agree to let the girl marry him.

Then the man will go to work with the woman in the field or go up a hill to cut firewood until noon. After supper, the man takes the woman to his home, which means they have married. As the Axi people saying goes, "one cup of water fixes one life."

Generally speaking, in the Axi culture, parents respect their children's choice of spouse. When a girl and a young man fall in love with each other, their parents will usually agree on their choice.

Those who don't live in the same village are unable to look for a spouse in the Gong Fang. In this case, the most common way to meet other young people is by taking part in some singing and dancing parties.

While the boys play the three-stringed plucked instruments, the girls clap their hands and dance enthusiastically to the drumbeats in the strong-rhythm traditional dance " Axi tiaoyue" (Axi Dance in the Moon popular China travel package). During the dancing, the young people choose their lovers. When their love matures, they will agree on the date of getting married.

In the morning of their marriage, the woman and man tell their parents respectively about their marriage. Then the man takes the woman to his home and invites another woman to accompany her. The next morning, the new couple does the farm work together.

There are two purposes in this day's work. For one thing, it is a way to see the woman's attitude towards working. If the man is not satisfied with the woman, their relationship will end after the day.

Second it is to sound out the attitude of the woman's parents. If the parents object to the marriage, they will come to find their daughter, and politely advise the boy to keep away from her. If both sides are satisfied, in the morning of the third day the man will go to the woman's home for the woman to see the man's attitude towards working.

After the two young people leave to work, the woman's parents discuss at home. At lunchtime, they go to the farmland to observe whether the young man has a proper work ethic. If they find the man doesn't work well and is frivolous, they will have their daughter part company with him. On the contrary, if the man works well and is honest, the parents will come back home to cook and tell the young couple to have a meal early.

Traditionally, after supper, the father of the woman will tell the young man something like this: "My daughter is not very beautiful, and cannot do needlework well. But you two already want to marry, so we cannot say anything more. We only hope you two love and respect each other in the future. My family is poor, without a dowry. According to the Axi custom travel China guide, our daughter will take her tools go with you. Though it is not worthy, it can help you to have ample food and clothing."

After listening to the parents' exhortation and blessing, the new couple then goes back to the man's home joyfully, indicating the start of their new life from then on.
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Travel Guide - Yangtze River Culture

Originating from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, traversing from west to east through 11 provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities in central China, the Yangtze River, the largest River in China, gives rise to splendid Yangtze culture. The Yangtze River tour Yangtze River Basin totals 1,800,000 square kilometers (694,894 square miles), which takes up 1/5 of the gross area of Chinese land and 1/83 of land in the world. The population of Yangtze River Basin reaches 400,000,000, taking up 1/3 of the Chinese and 1/15 of the world’s people. The average population density of Yangtze River Basin now exceeds 220 per square kilometer (569 per square mile). Shanghai, the famous international city, becomes China's most crowded area with a population density of 4,600 per square kilometer (11,913 per square mile).

As is the Yellow River, the Yangtze River is also the cradle of Chinese civilization. Over 2 million years ago, the ancestors of the Chinese people lived along the Yangtze River and created a unique Yangtze River culture. They cultivated the earliest rice in the world, and invented the worlds’ oldest boat. Their excellent technique of salt mining was known to the world. People also created exquisite jade crafts and built up cities along the Yangtze River.

Cultural Relics: Countless precious historical sites and cultural relics have been discovered along the Yangtze River. In the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, more than 10 ancient human sites were unearthed. The most famous one is the Mt. Wushan Daxi cultural site China tour deals, where relics from middle to later periods of Neolithic Period have been uncovered. In the middle reaches of the river, sites of the Neolithic Period are spread all over the Hanjiang River area and the world’s earliest rice has been found in Jiangxi Province. In the lower reaches, famous Hemudu Cultural Site, Majiabang Cultural Site, and Liangzhu Cultural Site are the representatives of Neolithic culture.

Celebrities: Since ancient times, celebrities always had certain connections with the famous mountains or rivers China best tours. Stories of famous Chinese people such as Qu Yuan, Wang Zhaojun, and Zhang Fei are also an integral part of Yangtze River culture. The Yangtze River, also, often appeared in the art works of many Chinese artists, including Li Bai, Su Shi, and Bai juyi.

Culture Evolution: Due to distinct natural environment of the upper, middle and lower reaches of Yangtze River, so different forms of culture came into shape in these areas: Ba & Shu Culture in the upper reaches, Jing & Xiang Culture in the middle reaches, and Wu & Yue Culture in the lower reaches.

Folklore: Folklore about the Yangtze River is central to Yangtze River culture. The Chinese people told thousands of stories about the river, from the form of the river to certain tributaries or even a hill near the river, all showing their respect and love for the river.

Life Style: Life styles along the Yangtze River are different from other parts of China, including customs, cuisines, and residential houses.

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Something about Manas Epic

The Manas Epic is Kyrgyzstan's most important cultural treasure and one of the world's greatest oral poems China vacation deals. With half a million lines of verse, it is 20 times longer than Homer's Odyssey and The Iliad combined. To the Kyrgyz, who regard it as their sacred ancient history, it goes to the heart of their spiritual identity and is a symbol of their nationalism and culture.

Dating back 1,000 years, it has been passed down through manaschi, story-tellers called to their profession in a dream. The epic, a collection of myths, folklore and legends about the warrior-hero Manas and his successors top China tours, reflects Kyrgyzstan's nomadic past, beset by enemies and constant battles. Its theme of the struggle for freedom still resonates powerfully with the Kyrgyz today.

The three-part epic begins with Manas, a leader of enormous bravery and power who unites the Kyrgyz people against foreign enemies, ushering in an era of justice, fraternity and unity. After he is mortally wounded in battle, the second part follows the adventures of his wife, the wise Kanykei, and son Semetei, while the third part tells of his courageous grandson Seitek.

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Ultimate guide to Suzhou, China's 'paradise on earth'

Suzhou is known for its Jiangnan-style gardens dating back to as far as the sixth century. (Jiangnan generally refers to the area south of the Yangtze River Yangtze River tour and north of Wuyi Mountain).

The canals are the forte of Suzhou and the reason for its being known as “The Venice of the East.”

Tiger Hill (虎丘)

Although only 36 meters high, this hill is said to resemble a crouching tiger and is marked by intricately woven pathways and pagodas. The landmark is a must for history buffs and anyone up for a stroll.

"Tiger Hill is the most popular attraction that we recommend [to travelers to Suzhou]," says Eileen Wang, who works for Travel China Guide and is responsible for trip-planning to major Chinese tourist destinations.

"It's Suzhou's top draw," adds Wang.

The hill is also the burial site of King Helv, who ruled the State of Wu from 514-496 B.C.

The most iconic feature of Tiger Hill is the Yunyan Temple Pagoda last minute China travel deals. Built in 961, the tower leans at roughly three degrees because of a faulty foundation and is often referred to as the “Leaning Tower of China.”

Admission fee is RMB 40 from October 31-April 5 and RMB 60 from April 6-October 30.

Humble Administrator’s Garden (拙政园)

The largest garden in Suzhou -- nearly 52,000 square meters -- the Humble Administrator’s Garden was built in the Ming Dynasty for a former government worker and poet, Wang Xianchen.

With water as the main theme, the lake in the center of the garden occupies about 20 percent of the space and is filled with giant lotus plants in summer.

Along with bridges, pavilions and islands, the architecture of the buildings retains Ming Dynasty characteristics. The garden gets its name after Wang’s desire to retire from politics and live a humble life.

"When walking in that garden, I couldn't help imagine the life that the humble administrator lived two or three centuries ago," says Chloe Liu, 20, a student of East China Normal University.

Coming to Suzhou for a day trip from Shanghai, Liu adds that "the garden strikes me with its delicate layout and mysterious atmosphere."

Admission is RMB 50 from October 31-April 5 and RMB 70 from April 6-October 30.

Lingering Garden (留园)

Located outside of the Changmen gate, which was the west gate of ancient Suzhou, Lingering Garden top 10 China tours is tagged one of the four best classical gardens in China, together with Humble Administrator’s Garden, the Summer Palace in Beijing and the Summer Resort in Chengde.

The garden was damaged several times, especially during the Sino-Japanese War, but has since been repaired.

“Lingering Garden” means lingering between Heaven and Earth. The Chinese name “Liu” also sounds similar to the surname of the former owner, Liu Shu.

The garden hosts occasional free outdoor opera performances that take place in the garden courtyard during admission hours.

Admission is RMB 30 from October 31-April 5 and RMB 40 from April 6-October 30.

Jinji Lake (金鸡湖)

Jinji Lake, or literally golden rooster lake, is the centerpiece of sino-Singapore jointly ventured Suzhou Industrial Park.

Roughly two square kilometers bigger than Hangzhou’s iconic West Lake, the lake makes for a good summertime wandering.

The 1,400-meter dam Li Gong Di (李公堤) contains a waterside leisure area with trendy nightclubs, Western restaurants and spas.

Take a ride on the lakeside Ferris wheel for a bird’s-eye view of Jinji and Suzhou’s modern blocks. With a diameter of 120 meters, this is the biggest waterside wheel in China.

The lake also hosts a multi-media evening musical fountain show every weekend, with the tallest water columns reaching 108 meters. Free of charge, the show takes place at Jinji Lake’s West City Plaza from 8 p.m. on the evenings of weekend and public China holidays.
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Travel Guide - Jinci temple

What is called “The Jinci Temple” is a combination of buildings from different ages and a natural landscape China tour deals that frames the buildings in a perfect environment and has a relaxing atmosphere ideal for those who seek the tranquility of an ancient place .

It’s better to visit it in the early morning, it opens at seven o’clock, and it’s bigger than it seems so it’s better if you have lots of time to wander in the multiple attractions that the Jinci temple has to offer.

There are lots of buildings and statues and shrines and temples to see there but these are the must-sees and the things you cannot miss for you will not find them anywhere;

- The Saint Mother’s hall; the oldest building in the complex China best tours, it’s one of the most important places of the ancient China, so make sure not to miss it.

- The Flying Bridge across the Fish Pond: it was the first bridge built in that fashion in China and now is the only one that remains intact, its peculiarity is that it’s literally flying over the water; it has no columns in the middle.

- The Figures of Maidservants: in the Mother Hall there are some very ancient clay statues that are worth seeing.



- The Ancient Cypresses popular China travel package; these are three cypresses that represent a family, the “parents” are two trees of more than 3000 years old and the “son” is more than 1700 years old.- The tablets of The Writing of the Emperors; hundreds of stones tables that hold the words and laws of some of the Chinese Emperors.- The museums of paintings and Calligraphy that have taken some of the ancient residential buildings.- The Four Bronze statues that represent warriors famous in their time.

These are just some of the things you can see in the Jinci Temple, the attractions that are unique, but there are also other important things like the Boat Shaped Hall with the statue of a monk that is supposed to bring you luck in your studies, the well that has always bubbling water thanks to the underground currents, the pagoda shaped building and the temple of the Dragons, on a rock that you can go through trough a cave.

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Travel Guide - Shopping in Beijing

If you wish to purchase knock-off brands then either the Silk Silk Road tour, Pearl, or Yaxiu Market are the places to visit. Items here are relatively cheap, but haggling is a must. The silk market is one of the most popular markets for tourists in Beijing with every floor differing in what it offers. Due to this market being a popular tourist destination, the majority of the salespeople will speak a reasonable amount of English. This market also has vendors that will make custom-made suits or dresses for travelers, but as always, be careful to not get tricked into overpaying for these items. The Pearl Market, similar to the Silk Market, has floors that differ in what they offer. Near the temple of Heaven, the Pearl Market is also a popular tourist attraction and sells an assortment of inexpensive Chinese relics. It is also essential that you bargain here and it is advisable to cut the sellers price in half initially and then work from there. Lastly, Yaxiu Market is located in Sanlitun and like the aforementioned markets, the floors are categorized according to the type of products offered. The main way in which this market is different than the others is that is offers a number of small beauty salons that are squeezed in along one of the walls. In these salons, you can get your eyebrows trimmed, nails painted, and feet massaged at a reasonable price. As with the other markets, you must be prepared to bargain. These markets are fabulous places to buy yourself or loved ones inexpensive souvenirs.

If you find that you would prefer to not haggle for prices and would rather go to a calmer atmosphere, then Wangfujing last minute China travel deals is the place for you. This area is home to three large markets: Sun Dong An Plaza, Beijing Department Store and The Malls at Oriental Plaza. Here, they mainly sell designer clothes, but you can also find an assortment of makeup, jewelry, wines and spirits, as well as tea shops. Although the prices are higher than normal, this is not a place to make a bargain, but also keep in mind the items sold here are of a better quality. However, there is a side street next to Wangfujing, which is the snack street that comes alive after six in the evening. Here, you can haggle for prices because prices will immediately be shot up for foreign people. There is a plethora of foods to try here ranging from scorpions to fried dumplings.

There are many places to shop in Beijing for it is a vast city best tours of China. Depending on what you wish to purchase, there are many places you can go. For those who are wary of haggling, then a shopping mall or an area like Wangfujing may come as a breath of fresh air.

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