Pingliang Kongtongshan (Kongtong Mountain) National Geopark last minute China travel deals
, one of the third batch of the national geoparks approved by the Ministry of Land and Resources of P.R.C., is located 15 km west to Pingliang City. With the good reputation of "Xizhen's Wonder", and "the most beautiful mountain scenery emerges in Kongtong", the Kongtong Mountain belongs to Liupan Mountain Range. The mountain rises 2,123 m above sea level, and covers a total area of 30 sq km.
Kongtong Mountain has typical Danxia geomorphy. The mountain is as gorgeous as if created by the spirits. It is verdant, elegant, and grand. The tree tops make a continuous succession like the huge waves on the ocean. It gives a perfect tour for unusual peaks, caves, stones, and floating clouds.
What to See (the Main Attractions)
Kongtong Mountain top China tours
has more than 10 peaks. Little streams of Jingshui meander in the front gorge and swift current of Carmine River rushes in the rear gorge. The two waters converge at the foot of Wangjia Mountain, like a tiger crouching, a dragon curling. Many temples of the Tang, Song, Ming, and Qing Dynasties were located here. Among them, the temples in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) had the largest scale with more than 40 historic sites. The most famous one is Kongtong Pagoda.
Kongtong Mountain has more than 1,000 types of plants known so far. Among them, there are up to 100 types of old valuable trees. It is regarded as a natural plant kingdom. Meanwhile, there are more than 100 types of animals, and more than 1,000 types of insects. The musk deer, crane, leopard and golden eagle are the national Class A protected animals China tour guide
Take train from Lanzhou, Yinchuan, Xi'an Xian tours
to Pingliang City.
It takes four to five hours from Lanzhou (the Eastern Bus Station) to Pingliang by air-conditioned long-distance bus.
Tourists can have board and lodging in Pingliang City, and hire car, or take taxi to Kongtong Mountain.
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Longmen Water Cave was a recently opened sights, in Longmen vilige China travel deals, 3km from Moon Hill. It is the largest and one of the most exciting natural caves to explore in Yangshuo. The whole cave is about 3km long and runs through 3 mountains. The water in the cave is 0.5m deep and has a gentle flow which is clean and safe.
Used as refuge by the local villagers from the invading Japanese army during WW II , the cave draws its name from a tiny stalagmite resembling the Maitreya, located a short distance inside the cave. It's easy to see why the locals thought the cave secure from the Japanese and why portions are still off-limits to visitors. The cave is full of narrow, maze-like, and sometimes dangerous passages. Be warned, even in the areas open to the public there have been injuries during the cave's 10 years as a tourist attraction. A guide and a flashlight are necessary top 10 China tour packages, and it is necessary to crawl through muddy holes, climb up and down stalagmites, and sidle in between stalactiteswith the aid of ropes and ladders. The cave is the most extensive, unaltered subterranean micro cosmos in the area. Complete with stalactite “drums” and an underground waterfall pool , you can bathe and swim. Bring your swimsuit and towel.
There are two tours to choose from to visit Buddha Water Cave.
a. One and a half hour tour where you will see various stalactites, stalagmites, fossils and fish and bats. Take a boat or swim and enjoy a shower under the waterfall.
b. 2-3 hours tour, visit the whole cave China guide. The trip uses flashlight. It's an excellent place for river walking. Be prepared for a wet and MUDDY experience. A great experience for the more adventurous traveler.
1.The best time to visit Longmen Water Cave is from April to Novembe.
2.The attractions of Longmen Water Cave are mud baths and cave exploration.
3.Bring your helmets and emergency lamps and never explore by yourself
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The China Art Palace affordable China travel packages
is one of China’s largest and most ambitious art museums. It has 64,000 sq. m of exhibition space divided into 27 halls. The curators plan to collect and exhibit classic works that show the origins and development of Chinese modern art, acquired from the collections of government-owned art companies and museums.
Its opening exhibition has five parts, which do not yet have official English translations. The 600 pieces in “Shanghai Brightness” trace the origins of China’s modern art. “Congratulations from the World” features 100 pieces from seven countries. “Splendid China” features 250 works of 21st-century Chinese art, while “Historical Shanghai Contexts” includes 64 pieces.
The “Masters’ Hall” features 460 works from artists including Lin Fengmian, Guan Liang and Wu Guanzhong. The multimedia recreation of the classic scroll “Ascending the River at Qingming Festival” that was the China Pavilion’s star attraction during the Expo will be on permanent display. “Miller, Courbet and Naturalism in France”, featuring loans from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, is due to open in November.
There are more than 1,400 art works. If you see 4 pieces in 1 minute, you will need at least 5 hours for a visit top 10 China tour packages.
The route through the building is from the top floor to the lower floors. Exhibition halls 1–6 are located on the 46-meter-high floor, halls 7–10 are on the 41-meter floor, 11–13, exhibiting art works from other 7 countries, are on the 33-meter floor, the 5-meter (halls 14–24) mainly exhibits are works of famous contemporary artists, and the 0-meter ground floor (halls 25–27), records the developments of Chinese art during modern and contemporary times.
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The most recommended exhibition is the electronic edition of the Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival (清明上河图) in Exhibition Hall 5. This art work used to be very popular in the China Pavilion during the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Entry to this hall is 20 yuan (it is the only hall of China Art Palace with entrance fee China tour guide).
The art works related to birthday congratulations exhibited in Hall 4 are another highlight. Visitors can appreciate these art works standing on conveyor belt.
Following Hall 4 is a hall exhibiting the works of Shanghai Art Film Studio (a studio that has made numerous excellent Chinese cartoons and films). Visitors can watch cartoons and films there.
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The Temple of Azure Clouds, or Biyun Si, lies at the foot of the Western Hills. Its landmark the Diamond Throne Pagoda China vacation deals
can be seen towering amidst green trees from a far distance.
This temple was initially built during .the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and was taken reconstruction during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The interior buildings almost retain the style of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) completely.
Just outside the north gate of Xiangshan Park which is 20 kilometers from Beijing City, is the Temple of Azure Clouds. This temple was initially built during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and was taken reconstruction during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The interior buildings almost retain the style of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) completely.
The gate of Azure Clouds which is faced by the stone lions is called the Mountain Gate top 10 China tours. Close to it is a very deep pool where visitors can view a river that never dries up. On both sides of this temple are two Buddhist guardians which were carved during the Ming Dynasty and each being five meters in height. Upon entering this temple, tourists first visit the Front Palace where the stout Maitreya is displayed and then they encounter the Sakyamuni's Palace where there are statues of Sakyamuni and his disciples as well as the Arhats.
The most famous buildings inside the temple, however, are the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, which is in the center of the temple, the Five Hundred Arhats Hall and the Vajra Throne Tower.
There is a red wooden plaque hanging above the front gate of the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, the words on the plaque which is engraved in gold was written by his wife, Song Qingling. Inside this hall lies an empty crystal coffin presented by the USSR government in 1925 in memory of Sun Yat-sen, because his body had already been buried elsewhere, the coffin was left here till now. Photos of Sun Yat-sen, his handwriting, his books and his statue are also on display inside this hall.
The Five Hundred Arhats Hall located on the west side of the China travel guide Temple of Azure Clouds, includes nine rooms, four small wells and a pavilion. The inner side of the front gate has figures of four heavenly kings, and three powerful Buddhas, Burning Lamp Buddha, Sakyamuni and Maitreya, are placed in the middle of this hall. Another Buddha called Ji Gong, squats on the beam of the house.
There is a legend about Ji Gong that goes like this: A long time ago when a meeting of selecting Arhats was to be held in this hall, Ji Gong had arrived very early and found that the door was locked, so he went out to take a walk and met a girl who was in danger. After rescuing her, he returned to the hall and found that all the seats were occupied. Therefore, Ji Gong had to sit on the beam.
Altogether there are 512 statues, of which include 500 wooden Arhats, 11 Bodhisattvas and one statue of Ji Gong. All the Arhats are vivid, life-size statues with different poses and expressions. It has been said that two of these Arhats were the statues of Emperor Kangxi and Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911).
The magnificent Vajra Throne Tower is the highest building in the Temple of Azure Clouds. This 35 meter-high tower with elegant decorations is well-known within the area of Beijing City for its high elevation. The tower is located on Xishan (West Hill) and when you climb to the top, it is a perfect observational position to view all the scenery in the suburbs of Beijing City.
It is suggested that tourists visit the Temple of Recumbent Buddha (Wofo Si) first, then Xiangshan (Fragrant Hill), and lastly the Temple of Azure Clouds. These three tourist spots are all on one tour itinerary and can be reached by public bus, Nos. 318, 333, 360 or 904
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Hibiscus Valley also named "Spring Valley", lies in the north gate cableway of Mt.Huangshan affordable China tours, 10 kilometers away from the downtown. The valley connects the North Sea, West Sea area of Huangshan and Huangbi Pond, with a total length of 10 kilometers.
Peaks rolling over one another, luxuriant forests, oddly-shaped rocks, fresh flower fragrance, it is like spring all year around here. Especially over 100 lakes as green as jade, reflecting the blue sky, white cloud, green trees and red flowers, it presents a magic world in the sunshine. Cotten Rose valley derives its name for it runs through the foot of Cotton Rose Peak top 10 China tours. It is also known as Valley of Youth, because Huang Emperor Xuanyuan Succeeded to regain the youth and immortalize himself here.
There is a virgin, rough and brave Wildman tribe, who are good at singing and dancing, living in the virgin forest. They eat raw meat, drink horde blood, and dare to walk on swords and through fire. Hunting and living on trees show their primitive and simple life style. We can experience exciting entertainment programs, such as patent protector in high sky and CS field operations.
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Mt. Alimaqin ( A'yemaqen )
The lofty A'nyemaqen Mountains affordable China tours
is composed of 13 peaks, averaging 5,900 meters above sea level. Legend has it that there are many mountain gods, wise, kind-hearted, who protect the local people from evil spirits. Mt. A'nyemaqen is holding holy especially by the Tibetan people. A'nyemaqen is also attractive for its unique land formation, changeable climate, spectacular waterfalls, and various species of wild animals.
Also known as Guoluo, Nianbaoyuze Mountains top 10 China tours is held holy by the locals on Guoluo Grassland. It is located 40 kilometers southwest of Jigzhi County, and is the main peak on the southeastern section of Mt. Bayan Har. It is said that the mountain is the birthplace of the local Tibetans. Nianbaoyuze is composed of many peaks 4,000 meters above sea level. The main peak is located in the southwestern monsoon zone, with an annual rainfall of 700mm, a place with the most rainfall in Qinghai. There are 360 lakes, which are famous for alepidotes. In the southeast, there are virgin forests of pines and firs. The ravines are home to snow leopards, brown dears, and lynxes. The weather here is changeable.
Temple of Princess Wencheng
Located 20 kilometers from Jiegu Town of Yushu Prefecture China tour guide, the Temple of Princess Wencheng is hemmed in by mountains and streams. It is equisitely designed. On top of the rock over the front gate of the main hall there are nine statues of Buddha, displaying the excellent technique of carving and painting of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). It is said that when she passed through here on her way to marry the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo, Princess Wencheng was deeply moved by the hospitable local Tibetans. She thus ordered her artisans and craftsmen to build Buddhist pagodas and make statues of Buddha. In 710 when she passed through the same place on her way to marry the Tibetan king Chide Zugdan, Princess Jincheng saw the statues of Buddha and asked her craftsmen to rebuild the temple, granting the name of the Temple
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The Mt Siguniangshan affordable China tours is a national grade natural reserve well-known throughout China. The scenic zone is not far from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. If you go northwest from the provincial capital, pass Dujiangyan, and Wolong Panda Protection Zone and cross the verdant Balang Mountain, you will get to the scenic zone.
The scenic zone covers an area of 450 square kilometers and consists of the Siguniang Mountains, Shuangqiao Gully, Long Flats Gully and Lake Gully near them. The Siguniang Mountain has four peaks which stand side by side like four girls at the end of the Qionglai Mountain Ranges on the Aba Plateau. They rise 5355,5454, 5664 and 6250 meters above sea level. Enjoying the equal fame as 7556m-high Mount Gongga not far away which is know as “king of Sichuan’s mountains”, the Siguniang Mountains is honored as “queen of Sichuan’s mountains”..
The Siguniang Mountains are extremely beautiful. Their tops are covered with snow; their feet are zigzagged with murmuring streams all the year round. In spring and summer, birds sing and flowers give forth fragrance, snow water gurgles in deep valleys and golden pheasants dance in quiet forests. In deep autumn, red leaves dye the mountains red, silvery waterfalls hang on steep cliffs, wisps of smoke spiral from village top China tours chimneys and songs of herdsmen are heard. The scenes are so attractive that the mountains is compared to “the Alps in the East”.
The 30-kilometer-long Shuangqiao Gully is as alluring as a painted corridor. The gully is flat and broad. Brooks flow through it. Virgin forest clothes the ridges and dozens of peak China tour guide such as the Five-Colour Mountain and the Hunter Peak are in different shapes and tower into the sky.
The Long Flats Gully is carpeted with age-old pines and cypresses. Waterfalls and springs babble and gurgle. An ancient horse trail zigzags through the forests.
The Lake Gully is dotted with lades. Of them, the biggest and the most beautiful are the Five-flower Lake and the Great Lake. The baby Lake is so clear that the local residents like to wash their newly-born babies in it. The lakes are surrounded by towering mountain peaks. It is quite strange that the scenes of four seasons can be found on the same mountains and waterfalls come from nowhere and disappear into nowhere.
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It is no exaggeration that Xian Xian tours
is the first choice if you are willing to find the longest history of China. This region is one of the vital birthplaces of the profound Chinese civilization. Benefiting from the fertile land and comfortable climate in ancient time, the rulers of 13 dynasties have set up their capitals in Xian successively. Thus, Xian is one of the cities which preserve a wealth of historical heritages in China.
The Lantian Man, which was found in Lantian County of Xian, has inhabited in this land about 800,000 years ago. The founded skulls fossils is said to be the earliest and best preserved ones in China until now. Coming to 300,000-400,000 years ago, the primitive people around Xian have turned into the stage of primitive clan communes gradually. The base of this region's agricultural production should be started when the Banpo Man made living here about 6,000 years ago. They have settled down in the eastern suburban of Xian City Xian trip
, setting up the Matriarchal clan villages
In the Slave Society
The slave society of China mainly refers to the periods of the Xia (21st-16th century BC), Shang (16th-11th century BC), Western Zhou (11th century BC-771BC) as well as Spring and Autumn Peroid (770 BC-476). During this long history, more and more nations have immigrated to the Guanzhong Plain the center of which is just current Xian. Therefore, both of this region's economy and political system has gained rapid development. Until to the Western Zhou Dynasty, the Wenwang have moved the capital-Fengjing to the west bank of the Fenghe River nearby Xian. It played as the dynasty's religious and cultural center. Later, his heir Wuwang built the political center on the east bank of the Fenghe River, namely, Haojing. This should be the first recorded dynasty founded the capital in Xian City.
In the Warring State Period (476BC-221BC) and the Qin Dynasty (221 BC-206 BC)
Coming to the end of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty, namely, the Warring States Period, there mainly distributed seven powerful states in China. Qin, one of the seven states, was located in the center of Shaanxi Province and east Gansu Province. Later, Ying Zheng, Emperor Qin Shi Huang, set up the first feudal dynasty in Xianyang (consists of current Xian and Xianyang cites China tour deals
) after unifying the other six states. Although this dynasty fallen soon, a great number of historical relics were left, for example, the so famous Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Until now, some traditions and cuisines from the Qin Dynasty are still kept by the Xian locals.
In the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220)
The Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-24AD), which is the third dynasty setting up its capital in Xian, constructed its capital -Chang'an on the relics of the Qin's Xianyang. Once, Chang'an City was the largest one in the world, covering an area of about 36 square kilometers (13.9 square miles). Now, the site of the Weiyang Palace is preserved well in Xian. The famous 'Silk Road' which starts from the Chang'an City appeared during the period of Wudi, opening the communication between China and overseas countries. On the other hand, the emperors carried out a series of policies to help the rehabilitation of the people. The Chang'an became a thriving city both in economy and polity in the world wide
In the Sui (581-618) and Tang (618-907) Dynasties
At the found of the Sui Dynasty, the Han's Chang'an City has been destroyed seriously owing to long years of wars from 220 to 589. Therefore, the emperor built a new city just to southeast of the old Chang'an City, called Daxing City. After the Tang Dynasty overthrew the Sui and captured the Daxing City, the first emperor of Tang renamed the city as Chang'an City again. Later, some subsequent construct and renovation projects were taken. In the early period of Emperor Taizong, the Daming Palace was constructed, which was the political center of the whole dynasty later. There is no doubt that Tang should be the most prosperous dynasty in Chinese history. Thus, as the center, Chang'an was one of the largest economical, political and cultural centers in the world at that time. Most overseas travelers and businessmen came to Chang'an, enjoying the city's gloss.
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Capital of the Shaanxi Province, Xian Xian tours
offers a great number of tourist attractions like mausoleums, temples, palaces, towers and tombs. The Western Zhou Chariot Burial Pit, Xian is one of the popular tourist sites in Xian.
Xian was earlier known as Chang'an and was the capital of several dynasties of which Qin, Han, Sui, Tang and Western Zhou were the major and notable ones. All of these dynasties added extra charm and beauty to this site. Some noteworthy structures built then are, the three Han palaces of Weiyang, Jianzhang and Changle. The Terracotta Warriors and the Tomb of Emeperor Qin Shihuang are other prominent places for travel to Xian
The excavation of the Western Zhou Chariot Burial Pit, Xian took place at Zhangjiapo in the Chang'an County in the year 1955. The remains of the slaves of the Western Zhou Dynasty after they were buried as sacrificial offerings, were collected and stored in Chariot and horse pits. Each pit is rectangular-shaped with a depth of about 2 meters and a length of about 5.6 meters. Every pit contains two chariots, one slave and six horses. One wooden chariot decorated with bronze and comprising of a single shaft is drawn by four horses and was used in the battlefield. The other chariot adorned with seashells is drawn by two horses and was used for transport or amusement purposes.
Western Zhou Chariot Burial Pit Xian attractions
, Xian indicates that the ruins of such decorated chariots along with their horses reveal the art and crafts of several thousand years back. This included wood works, metals, especially bronze works and leather works. The emergence of such smaller industries led to the development of many other industries like agriculture and iron. In the markets, garments and animals were exchanged. However, gold items are found very rare in a burial of the Zhou Dynasty. At times some marvelous and interesting musical instruments that were played during the battle of the Zhou Dynasty were also found while excavating the burial.
One chariot decorated in bronze was used in battle and hauled by four horses. The other chariot hauled by two horses and adorned in seashells was used mainly for transport. Six dead horses crouch directly opposite the chariots. They were obviously killed prior to the burial and arranged in this position. Heads of the horses are covered with silver beast-face ornaments. Under the chariot lies a skeleton, supposedly the wheeler of the tomb owner.
This burial pit was unearthed in 1955. Research work undertaken in the area has provided valuable information regarding the study of economic life in the Western Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC - 771 BC). Excavated chariots and horses confirm that the metal industry, woodworking and leather production were highly developed during this period.
From the Western Zhou Chariot Burial Pit, Xian , silver gilded horse gears and a jade 'bi'(an jade article used for sacrifice) disc were also found by the archaeologists.
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There are five major religions in China, including Buddhism, Taoism (or Daoism), Islamism, Catholicism and Christianity. Among these, Buddhism and Taoism have the longest history and have exerted the greatest influence on Chinese culture. In addition, countless folk beliefs China tour deals
also exist in China.
Buddhism, introduced to China from India in the 1st century AD, is the most popular religion among the Chinese. Currently, China has more than 13,000 Buddhist temples with some 200,000 monks and nuns. Since there is no strict ceremony when one becomes a religious believer, it is difficult to get the exact number of Buddhists. According to the statistics issued by the national organization of Buddhism in China, the Buddhist Association of China, the country has about 100 million Buddhists.
Buddhism has a wide influence among China’s ethnic minorities. By the 8th century, Indian monks came to Tibet to spread Esoterism. Under the influence of the Han people’s Mahayana Buddhism and the original religion of Tibet, known as Bon, a new faith known as Tibetan Buddhism (also called Lamaism) was developed. The followers of Tibetan Buddhism live mostly in areas inhabited by the Tibetans, Mongolians, Tus, Qiangs, and Uygurs.
During the Cultural Revolution, massive Buddhist temples and monasteries have been destroyed. But today, restored Buddhist temples and monasteries are busy with the activity of incense-burning and kowtowing constituents in prayer China best tours
Taoism is China’s only truly indigenous religion that was formed during the Eastern Han Dynasty (24-220) based on the ancient philosophy of Tao in China. The Tao, meaning “the way”, has been described as the way of nature. In Taoism, all things have balance, a yin and yang, which can be achieved though a mystical sense of inaction and letting things develop as they may. In feudal China, Taoism, together with Buddhism, exerted great influence on the country’s economy, culture and political thinking. There are more than 1,500 Taoist temples nationwide with 25,000 Taoist priests. It’s also difficult to know the actual number of its followers since Taoism, like Buddhism, doesn’t have strict admittance rites.
Islamism reached China in 651 during the Tang Dynasty popular China travel package
. Muslims are mainly distributed in 10 ethnic minorities, such as the Hui, Uygur, Kazak, Tatar, Taijk, Uzbek, Kirgiz, Dongxiang, Salar and Bonan. They live mostly in Northwest China. In cities along the ancient Silk Road, the Muslim Uygur and Hui minority populations have faithfully preserved their Islamic way of life, worshipping Allah and following the teachings of the prophet Muhammad.
China’s regulations provide for one official Catholic organization – the Catholic Patriotic Association, and one official Protestant organization – the Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM).
Chinese people have the right to believe in or not believe in religion. Non-believers are free to become believers and vice versa. Many Han people are religious believers, but the numbers only account for less than 10 percent of the total population of religious believers in China. Chinese ethnic minorities have a large proportion of religious believers with deep faith. According to data, Religious believers account for over 50 percent of the total population in 55 ethnic minorities. In over 20 ethnic minorities, every one used to be a religious believer in history, and currently religious believers sill take a majority in these ethnic groups.
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Development of the Temple
Labrang Temple is one of the highest Buddhism institutions in Gelug Tibetan Buddhism. It was built in 1709 of Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) by Living Buddha Jia Muyang in first generation, and meanwhile Wensi Academy and Xubuxia Academy China tour deals
were created. The Buddhist hall in Xubuxia Academy is the only and the most ancient Buddhist hall built by Living Buddha Jia Muyang in first generation.
With the development of 280 years, Labrang Temple is a comprehensive temple that has six academies, 108 attached temples, eight parishes, 48 Buddhist halls, 500 Buddhist monasteries. Six academies include one academy for Esoteric Buddhism and Exoteric Buddhism, and other five for Esoteric Buddhism.
Great Scripture Hall
Architecture style of Labrang Temple is mainly Tibetan style. Six academies have scripture halls each. As the center of Labrang Temple, scripture hall in Wensi Academy (also called as Great Scripture Hall best tours of China
) is the largest one. Great Scripture Hall can hold 4,000 to chant sutras at the same time in its peak time.
Front and Main Hall
There are hundred of large and small buildings distributed in front hall, main hall and back hall. Front hall shrines the statue of Sontzen Gampo (a famous king of Tibet in ancient times), and the front courtyard with 32 rooms surrounded is a place for students of Wensi Academy to exchange sutras and to take the exam. There is a stele hanging on the main hall bestowed by the Emperor Qianlong (1735-1795) of Qing Dynasty, and here shrines statures of Sakyamuni and Tsongkhapa (the founder of Gulug Tibetan Buddhism) etc.
Back Hall of Great Scripture Hall is also called as Maitreya Hall
. It was first built in 1788 and has six layers. In the center of the hall shrines gold plating bronze stature of Maitreya, which is about ten meters high, and in the left are 14 stupas.
Labrang Temple has Buddhist festivals China travel guide
and ceremonies nearly in every month. For example, the most important one is Praying ceremony in the first month of the lunar year. It lasts 15 days from Jan.3 to 17, and in this period, all monks chant sutras in Great Scripture Hall six times a day to pray a peaceful world, or other beautiful wishes. Besides, there are activities like “Free Captive Animals”.
During Parinirvana (death) days of the five generations of Living Buddha Jia Muyang, Labrang Temple has commemorative activities.
Rich Cultural Relics
Labrang Temple is one of the Tibetan Buddhist temples kept plenty Buddha statues. There are ten thousand cultural relics including famous murals and Tangka, and many Buddha statues, classical sutras and books of 60 thousand involving history, biography, and medicine and so on, which has a great influence in Tibetan Buddhism.
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Silk Road in Han Dynasty (202BC-220AD)
When western Han Dynasty was in a powerful and prosperous period, in order to defeat the Hun (a powerful nomad in ancient China), the Emperor Wu Di (157-87 B.C.) sent Zhang Qian to go Darouzhi (a nomad migrated to Central Asia) to persuade them to join with Han to extirpate the Hun. Zhang Qian set off in 139 B.C. but he was arrested by the Hun and was in prison for ten years. After escaping from the Hun, he went on his journey to West Region, and at last he arrived in Balkh (Afghan now). He went back to Han in 126 B.C. This was the first time in history to send an official mission to West Region. Since then, the Emperor Wu Di began to encourage merchants to do business with merchants from West Region. On the one hand, this measure strengthened the material and cultural exchange between Han and West Region, on the hand, Han Dynasty got a big benefit from customs duty. Han even built government office to protect trades between Han and West Regions. But the Silk Road Silk Road travel
was interrupted in 16 B.C because of the invasion of the Hun. The Silk Road was reopened after 58 years later. According to historical book, there was Roma diplomatic envoy that met the Emperor of Han Dynasty through Silk Road in 166 A.D. and established embassy.
Silk Road in Tang Dynasty (617-907)
With China entering into flourishing Tang Dynasty, the Silk Road attracted the attention of the emperor of Tang Dynasty. The east lines of Silk Road were open again and many new routes were opened up China travel deals
. Besides, Eastern Rome Empire and Persia (Iran) were relatively stable at this time, the Silk Road once again moved toward peak period.
Unlike Han Dynasty, Tang Dynasty controlled the areas of West Regions and Central Asia, and established stable and effective ruling order. Apart from Arabian traders, Indian became an important part of the east section of Silk Road. Relatively speaking, the financial performance of Tang was better than other dynasties in the past, so many kinds of products flowed into China through Silk Road. Commercial trade on Silk Road stimulated greatly Tang people’s desire to consume goods. The Silk Road was not only for products trade, but had cultural exchange gradually, and there were many advanced technology spread to other countries by different way, meanwhile, various religions entered into China. In Tang Dynasty, there were lots of diplomatic envoys and overseas students to study the culture and advanced technology, Japan in particular. In the eighth century, Japan dispatched diplomatic envoy to Tang Dynasty, at the same time, they took back lots of treasures from Tang. Besides, the largest religion Buddhism in Japan also came from Tang spread by Silk Road. A saying goes that Japan was the ending point of Silk Road.
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November in Haiyang County, Guilin last minute China travel deals
is a golden season colored by the ginkgo leaves. It is hard to describe the various gold colors as an oil painting drew by the nature.
We just started in the morning on 27th November. It was a cloudy day with drizzle rain. Along the road, there were lots of people choosing cycling as the method to Haiyang best tours of China
. Those photographers also came to this fantastic place to take snaps with their passion and inspiration. Another interesting thing was the weekend market. People could purchase various fresh vegetables and local fruits and specialties at a cheaper price.
When we arrived in the ginkgo town in Haiyang, we just could not help to shouting cheerfully for this picturesque scene. The straight main branches decorated with those golden leaves made our moods become bright and joyful. The leaves on the ground just looked like a golden carpet stretched to everywhere. The ancient houses in this town stood quietly as the textbook to tell the aged stories to people. And the locals shouted for their home-made goods added many interests for visitors popular China travel package
There was one thing making us feel bother when we took photos. The popularity of Haiyang County made this place welcome a large amount of people during this golden season. So it was hard to take a photo only included what you want in any time. Here are some photos of this trip in ginkgo town.
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- 2014/06/05(木) 15:28:48|
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for some fun and relaxation. Prior to this, called in at my local Public Security Bureau (PSB for short,) to apply for a new 12 month visa. Did not need one I was assured, as I had an extended visa valid for three more months. I pointed out that the twelve month visa would expire in three days. The kindly young lady said "as I had been out of the country 3 months prior to visa expiry, this automatically generated a 180 days extension. She assured me that this was correct. Have to say that this did not seem to be correct to me, but, who am I to argue with Chinese authority.
After enjoying a thoroughly terrific time on the island, returned to the Shenzhen main land border on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon. After going through the Hong Kong border controls with my dearly beloved girl, gaily presented my passport to Chinese border controls. Quite naturally we all get a little nervous when presented by officialdom in the guise of a burly Chinese Border policeman, he opened my passport scrutinized it carefully, looked over his glasses then glaringly told me "your visa has expired there-fore you cannot enter China". Bright red cheeks showed how embarrassed I was as two surly looking policemen walked me to an adjacent office where I was politely told to get back to Hong Kong.
Wow! There was I, with a lovely young lady who had already gone through Chinese controls and could not return. I argued and argued to no avail. Chinese inscrutability ruled the day. The police officer concerned was very friendly, keeping hold of my passport and under strict surveillance, he allowed me to go over the border and say good bye to my dearly beloved, who by this time was in floods of tears. She decided to wait for me, staying with friends in the city of Shenzen until my return, hopefully that is, with a new China visa
The border police realized that it was an honest mistake on my part and I trust, had some sympathy for the Guilin PSB. Offered a cup of tea whilst informing me that the Chinese Embassy in Hong Kong would issue a new visa. On a Sunday? Oh yeah! I said that that was impossible. With a shrug of his shoulders they told me to walk back through the crossing to Hong Kong.
On the surface that sounded okay, until I tried it. An elderly, not smiling Chinese policeman stopped me and said "you cannot come this way, you have to go back" to which I replied in my very bad Chinese "that is all I wanted to do, but they wont let me" After a lot of argy-bargy three Chinese Border police arrived, explained the situation to the guard who then, under escort, handed me over to the Hong Kong border control. Where I was informed that I would have to join the mile long queue, just as if it were my first entry into the region.
What hassle! What a day!
After what seemed a day and a half, was processed into Hong Kong Kunming tours
, caught a bus and rather 'hot under the collar' arrived back at the hotel that we had just left, only to be told that there were no rooms available.
Gosh! If I wasn't so tired I could have exploded. After much pleading and much to my relief a room materialized. Phew!
The next morning being Monday, went to the Embassy where I was informed that I could not apply in person, I had to make an appointment which would take a few days. "A few 'flipping' days I yelled" I tell you I very nearly had a coronary, after all of the hassle this was just one step tooooo far. After a whole hoset of loud shouting, the throwing of Chinese arms, gesticulating, threats to call the Hong Kong Police and have me locked up, a smart and very petite young lady, (who turned out to be the office manager,) appeared. She sternly told the guards to "calm down" turning to me, quietly asked my name, then said that she had received a telephone call from the Chinese Border Control, asking the embassy to show every assistance in providing a new visa. Much to the chagrin of the security guards and to my immense relief, asked me to follow her into the deeper sanctums of the embassy. Walking passed a large office where a number of serious looking girls appeared to be under siege from large mounds of visa applications we came to a solid looking fire door. She showed me into a plain, all white waiting room, with three large mirrors on the walls. I thought that three mirrors was bit of an over-kill. My imagination was beginning to run riot; peering closer at the mirrors only made it worse. Were there eyes peering at me from behind the mirrors? Was that movement that I could see? I have to say that I really felt uncomfortable. I am no James Bond, so sat on one of the chairs, picked up a Chinese magazine that lay on the table, pretending, as it were that I could read Chinese. Sitting quietly in the hushed surroundings did absolutely nothing to settle the 'butterflies' in my tummy. Imagination sometimes is a terrible thing.
After a dragging half hour had passed, (seemed like a day or two) the door opened, standing there holding my passport, complete with new visa was the same smiling young lady.
I paid the bill, Grabbed my passport with the valued visa duly stamped and with my heartfelt thanks to her, jumped into the nearest taxi and scampered back to the hotel. Collected my luggage, hardly pausing for breath, hailed a taxi and beat it back to the border. where I thanked the Chinese police for all of their help.
Smiles around, I was escorted to the border visa check by two police officers. I was the subject of many stares as they marched me straight to the front of the queue and processed in double quick time. After hand shakes and much back slapping, they waved me goodbye, I had the impression that they thought all foreigners were idiots.
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- 2014/06/04(水) 12:18:01|
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Lizhuang Ancient Town, known as the first town along the China Yangtze River Yangtze River tour
, is located in Yibin City of Sichuan. Lizhuang town is famous for its high-valued architectures which carry hundreds of years’ civilization of the Yangtze River.
There is a sentence to describe Lizhuang Ancient Town as following: In the eastern China, There is a Zhouzhuang water town. In the western China, there is a Lizhuang ancient town.
How to Get to Lizhuang Ancient Town – for self-driving tour
When arriving in Yibin City in Sichuan last minute China travel deals
, driving on the Binjiang Road which is along the Jinsha River. Till seeing the junction of three rivers, the Jinsha river meets with Minjiang River and then combining as the Yangtze River, go on the road towards Shunan Bamboo Sea Scenic Area Changning – Yibin Road. The good road situation with four lanes and clear direction signs, following the Shunan Bamboo Sea Scenic Sign and then you will see the Lizhuang Ancient Town sign, driving according to its direction.
As the famous historical ancient town in China, there are 18 Ming and Qing dynastyies style streets which have been kept very well in Lizhuang Ancient Town. All of these streets are built by stones.
One of the famous streets in Lizhuang is called Yang Street, meaning goat street, because it was the goat and battle trading market in the ancient time.
Walking along the Yang Street, then Zhang’s Family ancestral temple is presented in from of us. This temple was once the house of Zhang’s family, the local rich family. Built in Qing Dynasty Daoguang period, it is turned into the cultural museum aiming to display the articles and masterpieces in the China warring period in last century.
And one of the four unique Lizhuang Ancient Town best tours of China
treasures “Carving Windows of White Crane” can be found in Zhang’s family temple. All of the 24 windows in this temple were carved white cranes patterns as a prosperous symbol of the Zhang Family at that time.
Continue to waling around the ancient town, the entrance of the Jade Buddha Temple can be seen from a long distance. This temple is named because of the jade Buddha states which have been kept in this temple for a long time.
When seeing Lizhuang Ancient Town from the high place, houses in Lizhuang are all built by gray roofs and deep blue walls. These houses are also called courtyards. The small one with an area of 150 – 200 square meters, while big ones may be in hundreds of square meters
You may lose interest on this town from the name of it. But this ancient town is a place worth to visiting with its unique 1450 years history.
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- 2014/06/03(火) 12:03:40|
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