The tale of the Zhang Fei Temple

Large scale wars that happened in the Three Gorges occurred in the Three Kingdoms period. The Zhang Fei Temple China tour deals was a relic left from that time.

Here's a tale of the temple.

Zhang Fei was noted for his loyalty to friends and for his bravery. He met Liu Bei and Guan Yu and became sworn brothers at the Peach Garden and vowed to combine their strengths and efforts to restore peace and order to the country.

In 221, Guan Yu, Zhang Fei's sworn brother, died in the battle with the Wu State. Zhang Fei, who was called the Tiger General, swore revenge and prepared to attack the state of Wu with his army. He ordered Commanders Zhang Da and Fan Jiang to lead the attack and avenge his brother, under pain of death. The two treacherous officers cut off Zhang Fei's head, intending to surrender to the Wu State. However, they heard of a peace settlement between the states of Wu and Shu, and threw Zhang Fei's head into the river Yangtze River tour.

Legend has it that Zhang Fei appeared in a fisherman's dream and made a request to rescue his head and bury it in the Shu. The fisherman obeyed, and accidentally found a jar of gold when he rescued the head. Then he buried the head on Flying Phoenix Hill and built a temple using the gold he had found to commemorate the bold general.

The story is moving, but after Zhang Fei's death, Shu got weaker. In AD 223, Liu Bei was defeated by Wu and dead in Baidi town. Liu Chan, Liu Bei's son, occupied the Three Gorges for 40 years and had no ambitions to invade the Wu. Because of the special terrain, the Wu also couldn't break it. Until 263, the Wei Kingdom China Photography Tours broke the Shu, then defeated the Wu, and unified China. -- What surprised us was the route Wei took was almost the same as the Qin, when it defeated the Ba and Shu 400 years before.

Nowadays, when the national water project conflicted with the Zhangfei Temple, people decided to relocate the temple. The original Zhang Fei Temple would be below the water line after the Three Gorges project, so it had to be relocated.

The new location is more than 30 kilometers upriver from the old one. It was prudently selected -- the mountain, water and other surroundings are very similar to the old one and near to the town. The relocation steps were also very complicated -- all the wood ware, brick, tiles, poles and stone ware were numbered, moved to the new location and restored.

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An optional destination for Guilin travel - Fuli Ancient Town

Fuli Ancient Town is 8 kilometers east of Yangshuo County. It takes 20 minutes to drive from Yangshuo China travel deals, Fuli has a history of 800 years. Here you can find nice small factories making painted paper fans. The barber shop, a small local Chinese pharmacy all have some special stories to tell. You can also get there by a bike.


Fuli is a town with two faces. On one side is the new town which is next to the main road that leads to Guangdong province. On the other side is the old town which is on the bank of the Li River. The old town still has all of its old houses which you can peek into and see the simple lives of the local people. Wandering around the town you will see all the traditional new years decorations which remain in place for the entire year. A walk around this old town is a very memorable experience. Fuli also has markets on any day of the month that ends in 1,4 or 7. Warning - Fuli market attracts a number of pick pockets. Just take your essentials there with you.


Local minivans operate as buses and leave from the bus station in Yangshuo in every few minutes. The best way China Photo Tour to get to Fuli however is by bicycle. There is a little used village road that goes along the Li river bank and through very scenic areas and small villages. Eventually the road leads to the Li river which you need to cross on a small wooden boat. The boats go across and back every few minutes and drop you off right next to the 3 sisters cafe. Here you can leave your bikes free of charge while you wander around the old town or visit the market. This restaurant also produces great food and has great views.


Three huge rocks in the bank of the river known as Rocks of Three Girls (Three Sisters). this named after three gfirld who are belived to become immortal. After you walk up the steps, you will come to Kuixing Tower China travel video, which is another gate to Fuli Village. The Tower offers you a bird's-eye view of the river and mountains.


Fuli is also great for purchasing scroll paintings and Chinese fans. The fans are made here and you can observe how they are made.


three huge rocks in north of the Pavilion are believed to be the place where three village girls became immortals. Therefore, the rocks are known as Rocks of Three Girls. Walking up the steps from the river, you will come to Kuixing Tower, which is another gate to Fuli Village. The Tower offers you a bird's-eye view of the river and mountains.


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The Paradise on Earth - Penglai Pavilion

Built in 1061, the sixth year of Emperor Jiayou's reign in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), the Penglai Pavilion China vacation deals is a famous coastal tourist site in eastern China's Shandong Province. It is seated on the cliff of Danya Mountain close to the sea in the north of Penglai City. The famous legend of "Eight immortals crossing the sea" finds its origin here. It is said that the eight immortals (Lu Dongbin, Tie Guaili, Zhang Guolao, Han Zhongli, Cao Guojiu, He Xiangu, Lan Caihe, Han Xiangzi) got drunk at Penglai Pavilion and crossed the sea by different tricks of their own without ships or boats. Their performance hovering over the waves against wind left a popular saying that "like the Eight Immortals crossing the sea, each one showing his or her special feats; each tries to outwit the other."

Penglai Pavilion Scenic Area is perched on top of Danya Mountain at the northernmost part of Jiaodong peninsula, Yantai. The scenic area includes Penglai Pavilion, Penglai Water City, Penglai Pavilion Xiyuan, and so on.

Penglai Pavilion has been regarded as a 'Fairyland' since ancient times. It is a complex that includes Sanqing Palace, Lvzu Palace, Tianhou Palace, Longwang (Dragon King) Palace and Mituo Si (Amitabha Temple). In the pavilion, numerous calligraphic works by famous writers, couplets hung on the columns of the hall, and stone inscriptions can be seen everywhere, as it was once the gathering place for many renowned scholars and poets.

The Penglai Pavilion is listed as one of the four famous pavilions in China, together with the Yellow Crane Tower, Yueyang Tower and Prince Teng Pavilion. Constructed with double-deck wood, it is seated on the north, facing the south, with symmetrically built side rooms and wing rooms in front of both east and west sides. Wing rooms perform the role of halls, with hallways linking side rooms and stone stairs running up the Pavilion. Its ground floor measures 14.8 meters in length, and 9.65 meters in width, with winding corridors and 16 columns surrounding all sides. Hung on the front door is a huge horizontal tablet inscribed with three Chinese characters: Peng Lai Ge (Peng Lai Pavilion), written by famous calligrapher Tie Bao of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Three huge stone tablets are embedded in the outside of the north wall of the Pavilion's ground floor. One reads Bi Hai Qing Feng (Blue Sea, Cool Breeze), written by Lu Qiguang, a renowned Qing calligrapher. Another reads Hai Bu Yang Bo (Placid Seawater), of which the word Bu was struck by a cannonball during the 1894 to 1895 Sino-Japanese war, leaving a visible scar. The third one reads Huan Qing (The Whole Qing China Photographing Tours).

In front of the wing rooms' north gable wall are three monuments, built during the reigns of Emperor Jiaqing, Daoguang and Guangxu respectively after each renovation or construction of attached buildings. To the west of west-wing room, a 2.3-meter-tall tablet is erected facing the east. Engraved on the tablet is Daoguang's Notes on Repairing Penglai Pavilion in Dengxhou, written with full power and grandeur. Inside the west-wing room, ten tablets are embedded into the west wall, with four Chinese characters on each, describing the Ten Scenes of Penglai: Sunrise on the Sea, Evening Tide under the New Moon, Countless Jade Fragments, Ten Thousand Miles of Clear Water, Pavilion in the Air, Snow Covered Peak, Mist and Clouds, Fishing and Singing on the Yuliang, Shining Waves in Well and Rain Drops from Heaven. Another ten tablets of past dynasties are in the west side room, all of which have great historiography and calligraphy values.

The second floor of the Penglai Pavilion China travel video is 13.5 meters in length and 8.55 meters in width, surrounded by winding corridors, wooden fencing guardrails and 16 columns. With wooden folding screen in the north, east and west, windows are opened in the north wall for visitors to look over the sea. On this floor, the door opens to the south. Hung above the outer side of the door is a board carved with Bi Hai Chun Rong (Blue Sea, Warm Spring), and the inner side is a board carved with Shen Zhou Sheng Jing (Scenic Spot on the Divine Land). Tie Bao's powerful handwriting Penglai Ge (Penglai Pavilion) is just hung on the center of north wall, along with Dong Biwu's inscription and Ye Jianying's couplets. The wooden roof beams are painted with colored drawings like Penglai Ten Scenes, Eight Immortals and Bamboos. With sculptures of eight drunken immortals placed in the center and an old-fashioned square table and chairs placed around, the arrangement of the room is just as what was described in the famous legend of "Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea". It is said that the eight immortals (Lu Dongbin, Tie Guaili, Zhang Guolao, Han Zhongli, Cao Guojiu, He Xiangu, Lan Caihe, and Han Xiangzi) got drunk at the Penglai Pavilion and crossed the sea by different tricks of their own without ships or boats.

The Penglai Pavilion is the best place to view two of the Ten Scenes of Penglai -- Pavilion in the Air and Fishing and Singing on Yuliang. The Pavilion high up in the air casts its invert reflection in the blue sea, with mist wrapping up the mountainside ring upon ring. It is just like a fantastic mirage written in water. Standing in the Pavilion with mist and clouds floating beneath, visitors will feel like immortals hovering over the waves against wind. Under the Pavilion, reefs rising above the sea surface are called Yuliang. Sometimes you can find old men, in groups of three or five, fishing on the reefs, happy and pleased with themselves.

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Travel Experience to Basha Miao Ethnic Minority Village

Basha Miao Village is 7 kilometers from Congjiang County China vacation deals, and the most ancient Miao village keeping the vast majority of its original character.

The custom of drinking a bowl of mandatory rice wine has been remained among Miao villages. One of the distinguishing features of Miao’s culture is that they pass down their history by embroidery for there is no available written language. The Miao woman, known for her fine embroidery skill, begins to make her ceremonial clothing since she has fully learnt the art. Lusheng, a kind of Chinese wind instrument, is highly developed by Miao. The other unique feature of Basha people is that they are allowed to carry guns. It is the only such kind of tribe in China

Linked by the beautiful Duliu River to the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the county of Congjiang is situated in southernmost Guizhou Province. There, alongside a high road a few kilometers west of the county seat, the Basha Miao Village is one of several sites called home by Miao people residing in Guizhou's mountainous areas. And there is perhaps no better place on Earth for one to observe well-preserved traditional Miao. In the county of Congjiang visitors sometimes encounter villagers in unique Miao clothes. From the nearby Basha Village, they are easy to recognize, particularly due to their headwear. From about seven or eight years of age, girls from the Miao ethnic group in Kaili City's Lushan, Huangping, Shibing and Zhenyuan Student tours to China wear pleated caps with flat tops, while their hair remains wrapped with purple handkerchiefs until they are married. Married or unmarried, all women in Basha have in their hair arranged in a chignon, as sculpted by a wooden comb. The day after we arrived in Congjiang, we traveled by bus to Basha Village, a place hidden deep in rolling mountains. Viewing the village from the distance, we could see crisscrossing footpaths in fields framing stilted wooden towers orderly distributed along the mountainside.

Old customs and traditions
Welcome Ceremony with Guns: Visitors to Basha frequently are greeted outside the village in the traditional manner by a group of the Basha men carrying weapons of long rifles. Please don't be frightened!! They are the locals practicing a traditional welcoming ceremony.

Adult Ceremony: Like men of the Imperial Dynasties, most Basha men-folk still wear their hair long. As little children, Basha boys, like girls, have to keep their hair until they are 16 years old. The Adult Ceremony Public China Holidays is when the boy becoming a man is held and he is allowed to decide whether to keep his long hair. The Adult ceremony is held to have a young man's head shaved or to keep his hair which is twisted and coiled atop the head.

Worshipping Trees: Around the Basha Village, there are many large tall trees. Like many other tribes, who take an animal or material as their totem, Basha people worship trees. On important occasions or some traditional festivals, villagers usually burn incense under big ancient tress to pray for heath and happiness.

A tree is planted on the birth of a baby. Often it will be cut down to make a coffin for burial purposes when that person eventually dies.

Unique Dress Code: People in Basha maintain their unique code of dress dating back to the Qin Dynasty. Basha men usually wear a collarless coat with buttons on the left side or down the front with baggy short trousers. Basha men don't usually wear shoes, even in the cold winter. However women's clothes are more colorful. A coat buttoned down the front, a kilt and more colorful wrappings are the usual make-up for women.

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Get to know the Chinese legend - Legend of the White Snake

The story is set in the Southern Song Dynasty.

A female white snake demon, Bai SuZhen, dreams of transforming into a goddess by doing good deeds, so she takes on human form and goes to the human realm. There she meets a green snake demon, Xiao Qing, who causes disasters in the area she lived (China tour deals). Bai Shuzhen holds her captive at the bottom of a lake, though she promises the green snake that she'll come back in three hundred years to free her.

After three hundred years she keeps her promise and frees her. They bond as sisters. They meet a sorcerer called FaHai who believes that every demon should be destroyed. But Bai was too powerful and he can't eliminate her immediately so he vows that he will if he sees them again.

Fearing that they would meet more human sorcerers, Bai and Qing retreat into the world between demon and human world called Ban Bu Duo where they try to do good things by bringing rain to places that hasn't had any water for three years. But Qing was careless and almost flooded the whole town. because of this, Bai sadly loses her chance of becoming a goddess.

However Guan Yin informs her that she may have yet another opportunity.

In the meantime Bai and Qing accidentally brought a scholar Xu Xian and his friend to the demon world. Bai protected them from demons and in the process fell in love with Xu Xian. After the battle with the Leader of the underworld, Xu Xian (Student tours to China) confesses his feelings for Bai, claiming that it was love at first sight. But in order for a human to go back to the human world they have to become unconscious and in the process also forget their time in the demon world. Xu Xian knows and avoids being knocked out. However, FaHai somehow found a way into the demon world and seeing Xu Xian, tricks him into being knocked out.

Now Xu Xian is back into the human world and has forgotten everything. Since he and his friend went through the portal separately they land in separate places. There Xu Xian meets many new people.

Soon after Bai takes the final step to becoming a goddess which is to collect human tears. Bai sees Xu Xian with another girl and assumes that they are a couple. The former green snake, Xiao Qing, realizes that when Xu Xian and Bai meet, Xu Xian will again fall in love with Bai and so arranges a meeting. They then got married, opened a medicine shop and lived happily.

But as demons and humans are not supposed to join, the town was struck by a plague and it was soon on the verge of total destruction. Bai, Qing and FaHai finally agreed to a truce and obtained the magical herb needed to help the population.

Later Bai gets pregnant, but Fahai continues to try to eliminate her and Qing.

On the fifth day of the fifth month, the Dragon Boat Festival is held. On that day demons revert to their true selves Holidays in China. Bai thus decides to take Qing and Xu Xian back to Ban Bu Duo, but Xu Xian falls for FaHai's tricks yet again and Bai shows her true self, scaring Xian literally to death. Bai retrieves the herbal medicine which brings Xian back to life.

But after giving birth to a son Bai can't control herself anymore and is forced to tell her husband the truth about her origins. Xian kindly accepts her, but Fahai then attacks the weakened Bai and holds her to eternal captivity in the Leifeng Pagoda.

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Travel Guide - Wudangshan Mountain

Located in the northwest of Hubei province China vacation deals, Wudangshan stretches 400 kilometers and covers an area of more than 30 square kilometers.

This mountainous area is best known as a Taoist sanctuary. As early as the East Han Dynasty (25-220AD), the mountain attracted the Emperor"s attention.

During the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the first site of worship - the Five Dragon Temple - was constructed. During the fifteenth century, the mountain reached its religious climax. Ming Dynasty emperors sent 300,000 soldiers and craftsmen to build as many as 160 temples, pavilions and other structures.

As a national park, Wudangshan boasts an impressive landscape Student tours to China and flourishing plant life. Li Shizhen, a Ming Dynasty pharmacologist, recorded more than 400 local species of plants with medical value in his Materia Medica.

The sacred mountain attracts visitors not only for its beautiful scenery, but also for the mysterious Wudangshan style of martial arts (wushu). The technique was developed by Zhang Sanfeng, a famous Ming Taoist. Several Wushu schools can be found in the town at the foot of the mountain.

The highest Wudang summit is the 1612m Tianzhu Peak, a name that translates as "Pillar Propping Up the Sky", or "Heavenly Pillar Peak". Noted temples include the Golden Hall, Nanyan Temple and the Purple Cloud Temple Holidays in China.

As the largest existing Taoist complex, these temples serve as fine examples of ancient Chinese architecture, and many of them house Taoist relics of high cultural and artistic value.

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Travel Guide - Ancient Rural Complex of Southern Anhui Province

A. Brief Introduction

Praised as a world outside the world due to its unpolluted harmony of Nature and Man-made Culture.

Among all the rural complexes of South Anhui Province, Xidi and Hongcun are the most typical and renowned.

Xidi Village proper is composed of more than 300 civil residences, most of which were built in the Ming and Qing dynasties China tour deals. Backed by picturesque hills and towering ancient woods, this village is noted for the harmony of its architecture and its colorful fields. The residential buildings are mostly black and white. The decorations all display a strong flavor of the Ming and Qing dynasties. In the houses, there are collections of precious calligraphy and handicrafts. Potted plants, fishing pools and flowerbeds give the whole village a sense of harmony with Nature and Man made Culture.

Hongcun Village is most noted for its overall design that resembles the shape of an ox. Principal Street connects the South Lake and the Moon Pond to the north and south, respectively. The ancient Academy of the South Lake (Nanhu Shuyuan) casts its shadow in the lake and makes a tranquil scene together with ancient trees and graceful buildings around it.

B. Cultural Heritage

Yi County, to the southwest of Mt. Huangshan Huangshan tour, dates from the Qin Dynasty. Throughout more than two millennia, it has enjoyed peace, and kept its original flavor of natural beauty and cultural creativity. It was once called the source of the plum-blossoms (Taohuayuan), a much-quoted term for a secluded paradise in Chinese literature. The great Tang Dynasty poet Li Po (Li Bai) also wrote a poem in praise of it.

The inhabitants, originally people of the State of Yue, are renowned for their sense of independence and respect for culture and tradition.

Thanks to such traits and centuries of earnest efforts, about 3,000 buildings survive intact from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Even the smallest details of the domestic decorations are now incarnations of the time-honored civilization of China.

C. Architecture

A typical traditional residence of southern Anhui Province is usually divided into three parts. With ingenious arrangement, the whole space always looks unified and neat, as well as flexible and lively. Rooms are usually built symmetrically, with the main halls in the middle, flanked by side halls. Stairs are installed in the main hall, and an indoor skylight is made near the entrance for lighting and ventilation.

The roofs of the rural buildings Huangshan travel are basically shaped like upturned half-opened books, with raised beams or gable roofs. The outside wall is covered with black tiles in rippling or curling shapes, dotted with only small yet well-decorated windows. The main gate, framed in local blocks, usually has richly-decorated door casing made of stones or bricks.

D. Landscape Gardens

Most of the family gardens are built in the front of the courtyard, while some are beside or behind the building. Small as these gardens are, they are always designed with great originality and embody a profound poetic quality. The space is often divided, transformed and re-organized by hollowed windows, doors, screens, flowers or plants, giving an intricate sense of refreshment Huangshan Sightseeing.
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Travel to Turpan to See the Following Attractions

Ancient Karez System

The Ancient Karez China tour deals system is comprised of a series of wells and linking underground channels that uses gravity to bring ground water to the surface, usually far from the source. In Turpan city there are more than 470 systems, totaling over 1,600 kilometers of tunnels. It is considered as one of the three great projects in China with the other two being the Great Wall and the Grand Canal. The history of Karez can be traced back to the Han dynasty. Most of karezes existing today in the Turpan were built in the Qing dynasty.

Grape Valley

Lying at the base of the western end of Flaming Mountains China shopping is a world of unique with vineyards and fruit trees - Grape Valley. The Grape Valley of the Flaming Mountains, fifteen kilometers from the city center, is a world of unique beauty, presenting a striking contrast with the hot, dry and barren outside. Cushioned by green grass and graced with green trees, the valley is a world of green wit brooks, canals and sparkling springs; there is a poetic flavor to the idyllic beauty of the valley. Scattered everywhere in the valley are trees: mulberry, peach, apricot, apple, pomegranate, pear, fig, walnut, elm, poplar and willow; also watermelons and muskmelons, making the valley into a "garden of one hundred flowers" in spring and an "orchard of one hundred kinds of fruits" in summer. In the valley there is a reception center where dense grapevines interweave with each other and winding paths lead to secluded places with clusters of grapes within easy reach.

Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

56 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of the Turpan, Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves Holidays in China contain 67 caves dating from the Northern and Southern dynasties (317 - 589) to the Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368). In the Uigur language Bezeklik means "place where there are paintings" It used to be an important center for Buddhist worship under the Xizhou Huigu government of Gaochang Kingdom, which built the royal temple of the King of Huigu at this site. The caves are well hidden and rest on a long ridge overlooking a valley where the monastery was located. Originally it is accessible via a winding pathway to the cliff top, and a steep stairway led down to the monastery 30 feet below. Among 83 numbered grottoes, about 40 of them have rich remains of murals. Some murals present clearly the figurines of the Huigu people; some showed Indian monks and portraits of Buddhas at different periods throughout history. They are briefly divided into four periods chronologically.

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What to see in Hongcun Ancient Village?

Exquisite Three Carvings – Wood Carving, Stone Carving, Tile Caving


Wood carvings in Hongcun are carved out of good materials that are apt to be carved and have clear textures, e.g. pine, China fir and maidenhair tree; rosewood and nanmu are usually used to carve to be the decoration of top-grade furniture.



Stone carvings in Hongcun last minute China travel deals have been generally used in architectural decoration since Ming Dynasty. Most of them are used to decorate doors, windows, pillars, dolmens, bridge railings and steles. Among all of stone carvings in Hongcun, the Memorial Archway of Governor Hu Wenguang, the tracery at the West Garden and the stone-carving decoration inside the Chengz

Lexu Hall
It's also called the Zhongjia Hall. It's the ancestral temples of Wang family. It lies in the center of the north bank of the Moon Pond. The Lexu Hall and the Moon Pond were all built in the Yongle period of the Ming Dynasty. It has always been the place where Wang family offer sacrifice to their ancestors, celebrate and meet. The Lexu Hall is composed of three parts- gate tower, hall and ancestral temples. There used to be a tower at the back of the main hall. The brick carvings on the gate, wall and torii are very exquisite.

The Southern Lake
The Southern Lake is located in the due south of Hongcun. It was built in the Wanli period of the Ming Dynasty (AD.1607).It's a man-made lake, covering an area of 20,000 hectares. The whole surface of the lake assumes the shape of a huge bow. The bank of the lake located in the back of the bow can be divided into two layers. The upper is about several Zhangs (unit of length) wide, which is floored with slates and cobblestones. The lower is planted with poplar and willows. The Southern Lake Academy, the Yuwei Study of the Qing Dynasty and long lines of folk houses are located in the bowstring part.

Moon Lake
The Moon Lake has a history of 500-600 years. Originally, it's an active fountain. Spring Student tours to China issues forth continuously all year around. Until now, people still can see ducks play in the pond, breeze sweeps and wisps of smoke curl in the air.

Chengzhi Hall
It's the provincial level key unit for cultural relics protection, located in the middle section of the canal. It was built in the 5th year of the Xianfeng period of the Qing dynasty. It's the house of Wandinggui, who was a great salt businessman in the later Qing dynasty of China. The Chengzhi Hall is vast and majestic. The structure design is perfect. It's well built and equipped. There are 7 floors, 9 dooryards, more than 60 rooms and 132 wooden pillars. The hall is mainly built with brick and wood, decorated with three kinds of exquisitely engraved things (stone, brick and wood). It's the classical work of old folk house of South Anhui.

Lexian Hall
It's provincial level unit for cultural relics protection, located in the main street of Hongcun. It was built in the 38th year of the Kangxi period of the Qing dynasty (AD.1699).It covers an area of 411 square meters and structural area is 958 square meters. It's one of three halls which were built by descendants of Wang family in Hongcun in the beginning of Qing dynasty (the rest two halls are the Sanli Hall and the Baoyi Hall).

Deyi Hall
It was built in the 20th year of the Jiaqing period of the Qing dynasty. It only covers an area of 220 square meters and structural area is 144 square meters. In this small space, it was built with the arrangement of garden-like structure, such as small pot gardening and big fruit tree. All these can be thought as a wonder.

Biyuan
The Biyuan waterside pavilion is near the canals of Hongcun China Photo Tour. It was built in the end of the Ming dynasty, but then destroyed. It was rebuilt in the 15th year of the Daoguang period of the Qing dynasty (AD1825). It covers an area of 278 square meters and structural area is 256 square meters. It's one representative of structure with waterside pavilion of the Qing dynasty in Hongcun.

Qishu Lake
It's located in the southeast of Hongcun. Walk upwards along the earth road at the east entrance of Hongcun. People will see green water is wandering on the right, and plants exhibit all kinds of colors. After walk for about half an hour, the surface of water becomes wide suddenly. This is the Qishu Lake. Now, it's a part of the East Red Reservoir.

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China Travel: Discover Mount Emei in Sichuan

We traveled to Sichuan China Sichuan Tours with one main goal in mind: to find more exciting, adventurous routes accessible for you to Experience China Differently! For today, our destination included a little-known hiking trail along Sichuan’s Emei Mountain, one of China’s four sacred Buddhist Mountains. The name “Emei” literally translates to “delicate eyebrows,” deriving from two of the mountain’s peaks—Ten Thousand Buddha Summit and Golden Summit—resembling the curvature of one’s brow. On this hike, we planned to follow along Emei’s brow into mountainous terrain, bamboo groves, and an isolated temple.

I spent the night at the luxurious Anantara Emei Resort & Spa, a recently opened 5-star hotel nestled along the foothills of the Tibetan Plateau. After packing our daypacks, we left the comforts of our spacious double room and scooted along by private cart, passing the resort’s outdoor hot spring and colorful flower gardens to the main lobby.

We met our friendly Sichuan guides at the dining hall for a continental breakfast, boasting a wide array of Western and Chinese breakfast foods. After filling our stomachs, we hopped into an SUV to begin our 2-hour ride through remote villages China vacation deals and twisting mountain roads into the heart of Emei’s mountain range. Our first plan of action was to meet our local guide, who would lead the hike.

As the morning mist hovered over the country road, our driver drove slowly to avoid residents walking along the road’s edge. Through the window, I saw men carrying plows with dirt still hanging of the metal grips from yesterday’s farm work. The women carried empty woven baskets, preparing for a day of vegetable picking…a glimpse of an ordinary morning in rural Sichuan.

After two hours, we ascended one last bend along a cliff face before meeting our guide at a local home. His own home is situated far above in the mountains and inaccessible by road. So, he met us in the middle. He looked into the SUV, with a sweet-smelling pipe in hand, and grinned, “You ge laowai day” “There’s a foreigner!”

He put his pipe away and jumped in, while guiding the driver through dirt roads along towering cliffs and tiny hillside villages to our hike’s starting point, a slow moving river. The car slid to a muddy stop and we stepped out into a valley with a river trailing between the surrounding alpine mountains. After a night of light rainfall, the refreshing scent of wet pine was all around.

We said goodbye to our driver and followed our guide as he hopped as light as a feather over the stones placed in the river, beginning our trek into Emei Mountain. The hike started with a gradual incline to a wooden hut, surrounded by tilled land. Our guide explained that this little farm cultivated a type of root used for traditional Chinese medicine. As we took off our warm layers, the traditional medicine farmer came out of the hut to meet us, striking up a conversation with our guide China Photographing Tours, who was his close friend and neighbor.

We said our farewells and continued our way into a sea of bamboo groves. Being the end of March, late winter’s yellowish green tint took up most of the scenery’s color, except for the refreshing and vibrant green bamboo leaves that encircled the trail. Towering pines, shedding birch trees, and tangles of other tree types added to the mountainous flora.

While exploring this unbeaten trail, I felt a sense of adventure and excitement for what would come next. Possibly another a unique bird, animal prints, or a mountainside vista? Thinking about the possibilities led to pondering over the other, more developed side of the mountain. How would it compare? I had heard it is equally beautiful, but also touristy with thousands of tourists visiting each day, hiking up a plethora of stone steps. The back trail, on the other hand, was the opposite, with hillside villages, dirt paths, and an intimate feeling of you with nature.

After six hours of hiking, we finally reached the Ten Thousand Buddha summit, the highest point of Emei at 3,099 meters (10,167 feet). On the peak resides an isolated temple surrounded by clouds and sky, situated in a quiet, hard to access portion of the national park. It was the perfect place to rest and eat lunch. I gazed into the distance, peaking through pockets of mist and seeing the bluest of blue skies hiding beneath. I felt as if I was high in the air, one with the sky. The nearby Golden Pagoda, a larger than life golden statue of Samantabhadra, shimmered in the distance, waiting for us to visit.

After lunch, we set off to finish the rest of the trek, which was primarily flat as we followed an old train line that once led tourists to the temple. The line is now closed after an earthquake years back. We finally made it to the Golden Pagoda, ending our fun-filled day of adventure.

This trek is for hiking-lovers, or for those who want to bring out the adventurer within, and witness a very real side of Sichuan’s countryside and will be at the tip of your fingertips by September 2014 after roads are fully accessible.

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Next Destination in Yunnan: Gaoligong Mountain Range

There are hiking trails all over the mountain range. My favorite activity is traversing the mountain along the ancient Southern Silk Road China travel deals. The hike begins near a small ranger station called Baihualing, 2 hours north of Baoshan airport. When we arrived, we enjoyed a delicious local lunch with fantastic fresh produce–wild mushrooms, fresh berries and other treasures from the mountain. After finishing this relaxing meal, we headed off on a short 5k hike through the rare tropical forest. The highlight of this hike is the stop at a remote wild hot spring for a dip in the water. For ornithologists out there, Baihualing is usually a terrific spot.

The next morning, we eat breakfast and then head off. The trail is both winding and timeless with much the feel of a Japanese garden. Everywhere there are Big rocks, ferns, rhododendrons, bamboo, and even bird’s nests. I feel this is one of the most beautiful trails to hike in China.

When we reach the highest pass – Nan Zhaigongfang- around 1pm I rangers prepared a simple meal of rice and vegetable soup. After some hot tea and coffee, the Tengchong side is downhill all the way Shopping in China. On the western side of the mountain, there are historical sites of bunkers and trenches from WWII to visit.

At the trailhead, operations department arranged for a prompt pickup and we spent the night relaxing in a nice hotel in Tengchong.The whole hike is 8-10 hours for a fit hiker. A long day, but absolutely lovely.

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Discover Mount Emei in Sichuan

We traveled to Sichuan China Sichuan Tours with one main goal in mind: to find more exciting, adventurous routes accessible for you to Experience China Differently! For today, our destination included a little-known hiking trail along Sichuan’s Emei Mountain, one of China’s four sacred Buddhist Mountains. The name “Emei” literally translates to “delicate eyebrows,” deriving from two of the mountain’s peaks—Ten Thousand Buddha Summit and Golden Summit—resembling the curvature of one’s brow. On this hike, we planned to follow along Emei’s brow into mountainous terrain, bamboo groves, and an isolated temple.


The night before, Rebecca, and I spent the night at the luxurious Anantara Emei Resort & Spa, a recently opened 5-star hotel nestled along the foothills of the Tibetan Plateau. After packing our daypacks, we left the comforts of our spacious double room and scooted along by private cart, passing the resort’s outdoor hot spring and colorful flower gardens to the main lobby.


We met our friendly Sichuan guides at the dining hall for a continental breakfast, boasting a wide array of Western and Chinese breakfast foods. After filling our stomachs, we hopped into an SUV to begin our 2-hour ride through remote villages and twisting mountain roads into the heart of Emei’s mountain range. Our first plan of action was to meet our local guide, who would lead the hike.


As the morning mist hovered over the country road, our driver drove slowly to avoid residents walking along the road’s edge. Through the window, I saw men carrying plows with dirt still hanging of the metal grips from yesterday’s farm work. The women carried empty woven baskets, preparing for a day of vegetable picking…a glimpse of an ordinary morning in rural Sichuan.


After two hours, we ascended one last bend along a cliff face before meeting our guide at a local home. His own home is situated far above in the mountainsaffordable China travel packages and inaccessible by road. So, he met us in the middle. He looked into the SUV, with a sweet-smelling pipe in hand, and grinned, “You ge laowai day” “There’s a foreigner!”


He put his pipe away and jumped in, while guiding the driver through dirt roads along towering cliffs and tiny hillside villages to our hike’s starting point, a slow moving river. The car slid to a muddy stop and we stepped out into a valley with a river trailing between the surrounding alpine mountains. After a night of light rainfall, the refreshing scent of wet pine was all around.


We said goodbye to our driver and followed our guide as he hopped as light as a feather over the stones placed in the river Yangtze River tour, beginning our trek into Emei Mountain. The hike started with a gradual incline to a wooden hut, surrounded by tilled land. Our guide explained that this little farm cultivated a type of root used for traditional Chinese medicine. As we took off our warm layers, the traditional medicine farmer came out of the hut to meet us, striking up a conversation with our guide, who was his close friend and neighbor.


We said our farewells and continued our way into a sea of bamboo groves. Being the end of March, late winter’s yellowish green tint took up most of the scenery’s color, except for the refreshing and vibrant green bamboo leaves that encircled the trail. Towering pines, shedding birch trees, and tangles of other tree types added to the mountainous flora.


While exploring this unbeaten trail, I felt a sense of adventure and excitement for what would come next. Possibly another a unique bird, animal prints, or a mountainside vista? Thinking about the possibilities led to pondering over the other, more developed side of the mountain. How would it compare? I had heard it is equally beautiful, but also touristy with thousands of tourists visiting each day, hiking up a plethora of stone steps. The back trail, on the other hand, was the opposite, with hillside villages, dirt paths, and an intimate feeling of you with nature.


After six hours of hiking, we finally reached the Ten Thousand Buddha summit, the highest point of Emei at 3,099 meters (10,167 feet). On the peak resides an isolated temple surrounded by clouds and sky, situated in a quiet, hard to access portion of the national park. It was the perfect place to rest and eat lunch. I gazed into the distance, peaking through pockets of mist and seeing the bluest of blue skies hiding beneath. I felt as if I was high in the air, one with the sky. The nearby Golden Pagoda, a larger than life golden statue of Samantabhadra, shimmered in the distance, waiting for us to visit.


After lunch, we set off to finish the rest of the trek, which was primarily flat as we followed an old train line that once led tourists to the temple. The line is now closed after an earthquake years back. We finally made it to the Golden Pagoda China Holidays, ending our fun-filled day of adventure.


This trek is for hiking-lovers, or for those who want to bring out the adventurer within, and witness a very real side of Sichuan’s countryside and will be at the tip of your fingertips by September 2014 after roads are fully accessible.

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Learn the history of Chengdu

In the early fourth century BC, Emperor Kaiming IX of Shu Kingdom, shifted his capital from Guangdu Fanxiang to Chengdu last minute China travel deals and built the city. The name Chengdu literally means (Cheng) to become and (du) a capital, obviously a vision he wanted to accomplish for the Sichuanese.

Like other major Chinese cities China Holidays, it has its share of turmoil. In 316 BC, the state of Shu was conquered by the state of Qin. During the Qin Empire, Governor Li Bing and his son employed a new method of irrigation and of controlling flood by channeling and dividing the water to connect it to the Min River. For over two thousand years, the system functioned perfectly. It greatly contributed to the richness of Chengdu Plain and was known agriculturally as “The Land of Abundance”. Chengdu then became a capital.

Chengdu’s influence gradually expanded from the Sichuan to neighboring provinces. Since the Qin dynasty, Chengdu had been a well-known business center. And during the Song dynasty (960 - 1127), Chengdu began to issue China’s first paper money. It was the earliest paper money ever used. It played a significant role in promoting trade, financial transaction for economic development.

Today, Chengdu is still the capital of Sichuan province Holidays in China and is one of the most important economic, transportation and communication centers in Southwest China. It holds one of the eight communication and exchange bureaus. It was named as one of the best three tourist cities to visit in China by the National Tourism Administration and the United Nations World Tourism Organization quoted by China Daily in 2007.

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Travel Experience to Chengshantou

Chengshantou is on the eastern tip of the Jiaodong Peninsula and also is the easternmost point of China's coastline. It is surrounded on three sides by sea are reefs and the current rushes and circles around. Even if it there is no wind the sea waves can be dangerous. A local proverb says that nine out of ten sailors worry about passing Chengshantou, According to historical records, in 219 B.C. and 210 B.C. Qinshihuang visited Chengshan twice China vacation deals. To its south there are four huge strangely shaped rocks, that are splashed by the ebb and flow of the tide. People called it Qinrenqiao. It was built to honor Qinshihuang's search for the God of the Sea. After the 14th century, Chengshantou became a strategic area and the Yellow-Sea Battle during the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895 took place in nearby waters.


Praised by Shihuang Emperor of Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) as "the end of the world", Chengshantou is situated at the Eastern end of Chengshan Range. Since "tou" in Chinese means "the end", the place got its name Chengshantou, which means " the end of Chengshan Range". Encircled by sea on three sides and connecting with the land on only one side, Chengshantou is separated by sea from South Korea for only 94 sea miles. Since it is located at the east-most tip of China's mainland, Chengshantou has been regarded as "the place where the sun rises" since ancient time. Here, you can see undulating peaks and green ranges, immense seawater, sharp crags as well as huge waves, which makes Chengshantou an ideal place for summer resort and sightseeing. Major scenic spots in Chengshantou Student tours to China include Hailv Island, Shihuang Temple (temple for the first emperor of Qin Dynasty), tablets erected in Qin Dynasty, Bairitai Platform (Sun Worshiping Platform), relics of bridges built in Qin Dynasty, Wanghaiting Pavilion (Sea-viewing Pavilion), Guantaoge Pavilion (Wave-enjoying Pavilion), Zhenlong Stone (Dragon-subduing Stone) and a safari park etc. In 219 BC and 210 BC, Shihuang Emperor of Qin Dynasty paid two visits to this place to seek for elixir of life and ordered to build long bridges. His visits have also left us with such scenic spots as relics of Qingling Ridge, Shejiao Platform ( flood-dragon shooting platform) and Shihuang Temple which is unique in the entire nation. Based on these two visits by Shihuang emperor, the then premier described Chengshantou as "the end of the world and the eastern entrance of Qin Empire".Later, in 94 AD when Wudi of Han Dynasty made his inspection tour to the Eastern Sea, he visited Rizhu Temple to make obeisance and to enjoy the splendid view of the sun-rise there. Later, he ordered to build a Chengshan Taoist Temple and wrote a well-known poem there.


Major scenic spots include: Hailv Island, Shihuang Temple, Ancient Bell Tower China Photographing Tours, Relics of Bridges Built in Qin Dynasty and Xixiakou Wild-life Reserve;


Chengshantou, now a famous national scenic are, is also called the "end of the world." It is known as China's Cape of Good Hope, with its green hills,blue sea,


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Travel Experience to Zhanqiao and Huilan Pavilion

The Zhanqiao (Zhanqiao Pier, Zhanqiao Bridge) and huilan pavilion is located at seashore, the south tip of Zhongshan road, Qingdao City China travel deals.


With a great reputation "Long Rainbow Stretch Far", it is in a line with the most noisy road - Zhongshan Road and stretches from the seashore to the vast sea.


The 440-memter-long and 10-meter-wide Zhanqiao was built in 1891, the 17th year in the reign of Emperor Guangxu in Qing Dynasty. It was renovated in 1931 and it is a sign building of Qingdao City.


The northern part of Zhanqiao Student tours to China was made of stone and the southern steel and cement. With lamp pillar standing on both sides, the bridge is surrounded by half-hanged iron guard railings. The south tip stretches to sea. An antique octagonal two-storyed pavilion called Huilan Pavilion (Huilan Ge) was built there.


In order to protect it, they built a hemisphere breakwater beside the pavilion. When the sea wave rush to the bank, the breakwater hampers it to where it come naturally. This is why the Huilan Pavilion (Huilan Ge) get its name.


After you go up along the aspirial staircases in the pavilion, you can ascend the top of the pavilion and have a far view into the blue sea in Jiaozhou Bay China Photo Tour, the shadow of tower and the green Qingdao City. The islets are dotted here and there.


Sea and sky unify into a whole. The sailing fish boat is driving to the deep of the sea and the trees and flower is verdant. All these present a beautiful picture. It is the first Scenery among the ten famous Sceneries in Qingdao.


With a white lamp tower, the scenery of the islet is very beautiful. At the north tip of Zhanqiao along the seashore, you will find Zhanqiao Park. The grass is green. Flower corridor and pavilion is rather beautiful. All these combine into a "Zhanqiao and Huilan Pavilion Scenery Zone".


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Travel Experience to The Tourist Center of the Dazu Stone Sculptures

The masterpiece of Chinese exquisite grotto art, Dazu Rock Carvings China tour deals is a shining star in the speleological art treasure. It enjoys equal popularity with Dunhuang frescos and forms the trilogy with Yungang and Longmen Grottoes. Haring epitomized the art of grotto carvings in China, Dazu Rock Carvings has not only elevated grotto art of a certain time but also become an everlasting art monunment in the rock carving field of China. Dazu Rock Carvings are a great masterpiece of art, important contribution to the creation of new ides in the development of Chinese speleology, an example of lifelike creation of speleology, a new page in China's history of Tantric buddhism, and vivid reflection of major developments and changes in the religious beliefs among Chinese. As a result on December 1st 1999 Dazu Rock Carvings was inscribed on the World Heritage list by the UNESCO.


The general term of "Dazu Rock Carvings" refers to all the cliffside carvings in Dazu County, Chongqing municipality. Put under conservation and protection are 75 spots of cliffside carvings composed of more than 50000 statues and over 100000 Chinese characters of inscriptions and epigraphs.


Dazu County, located in the Southeast of the basin-like Sichuan province, 271 kilometers away from Chengdu to her west and 163 kilometers away from Chongqing to her east, has the population of over 900000 and the area of about 1400 square kilometers. Founded in the first year of Qianyuan in Tang dynasty (758 A.D). Dazu County whose name suggests that of " harvest and abundance (Dafeng, Dazu)" has thus far engoyed her history of more than 1240 years.


The work of Dazu Rock Carvings began in the first year of Yonghui in Tang dynasty (A.D.650), and had continued until Ming and Qing dynasties. Through the Five Dynasties the work entered its prime time and distinguished itself during Northern and Southern Song dynasties. Of these (In Dazu Rock Carvings), key site protected at the national level for its cultural and historic value, have five places including Beishan (including Beita), Baodingshan, Nanshan, Shizhuanshan and Shimeushan Rock Carvings--in which most figures are concentrated, and which contain statues and figures of the highest artistic value and most exquisite technique(The part of World Heritage Place). Site protected by Chongqing municipality for its cultural and historic value, has four places Jianshanzi, Shuchenyan , Miaogaoshan and Qianfoyan Rock Carvings China Educational tours. Site protected by Dazu County for its cultural and historic value have 67 places.


Chiefly statues of the "Buddhist World",Dazu Rock Carvings is unique in that Taoist and confucianist statuary figures are also included


Beishan Rock Carvingsniche 136,the cave of Prayer wheel, which is known to artists as the elite and the very representative of carvings in song dynasty .Not merely are the figures in it, which remain intact very nicely constructed the carvings exquisite the rock carvings is also reputed as "collection of oriental Beauties" for the various personified gods and goddesses. In particular statue of Samantabhadra has characteristics of the oriental woman, and its expressions are gentle soft refined natural and poised .The statue is praised for "The Oriental Venas". In addition the stele of book of Filia Piety with 22 chapters has been said by historians to be the "only engraving on the world".


Baodingshan Rock Carvings is grand and maguificent, and the statues along with inscriptions which extend 500 meters long exhibt nothing but anunfolded and coherent picture scroll. These statuary figures, no one identical to the other have long been a marvellous creation even excelling nature by showing originality and ingenuity. The works at Baodingshan are marked for the buddhism of her humans exoteric and endemic chacracteristics. Which is regarded "Chinese pure and simple".


Nanshan Rock Carvings China Photographing Tours is the representative of Taoist statuary .Of these, niche 5,the cave of Taoist Trinity,which is the material data ever produced in the Song Dynasly to demonstrate the system of Taoist gods in a most complete and most systematic way is of extremely great religious historic and artistic value.


Shizhuanshan Rock Carvings are representatives of spots of tripartite arrangement of Buddhist Taoist and confucianist statures rarely seen in grottoes as the niche of confucius and the niche of Lao Zi.


Shimenshan Rock Carvingsare integrations of Buddhist and Taoist statues with the caller revealing most typical characteristics. The statues of the God of Farsighting standing on the left side of the entrance to Niche 2 housing the Jade Emperor for instance has eyes as big as a pair of bronze hells as it they could see as far as a thousand li, while the statue of the God of Farhearing standing on the right side of the entrance has an ugly look and two open ears as if he were listening carefully. Both of the statues have strong muscles and exposed arteries and veins carved in an exaggerated way.


During the long history of its development, Chinese speleology has acquired unique models and connotations during different periods of time. The speleology of the early period (during the 4th and 5th century or Wei and Jin dynasties in Chinese history),as represented by Yungang Grottoes, has been distinctly influenced by the Gandhara and other ancient art of India, with most of the statues wearing exotic looks. The speleology of the middle period (during the 6th and 9th century or the Sui and Tang dynasties in Chinese history),as represented by Longmen Grottoes, tells of the characteristics of the integration of Indian and Chinese cultures. As the representative works of the Chinese speleology of the late period (form the late 9th century to the middle 13th century or from the late Tang Dynasty to the Southern Song Dynasty in Chinese history), Dazu Rock Carvings have made many breakthroughs from their predecessors in terms of choice of subject matters, artistic form, modelling technique, and aesthetic taste after taking in and absorbing the best of their predecessors with their vivid display of nationality and life, these carvings have become a typical example of spelaology with Chinese style to form ,together with Yungang, Longmen and other grottoes a complete history of Chinese speleology.



"Go up to mount Omei, and go down to baodingshan". The spots of rock carvings at Baodingshan, Beishan, Nanshan, Shizhuanshan and Shimenshan have been tourist resorts since ancient times. Beishan and Baodingshan, In particular, have grown to be centers for Chinese and foreign tourists to appreciate tae beauty of nature, for Buddhist believers and devotes to worship, and for monks to expound dharma and give lectures on sutras. Baodingshan. Which has come to be known as the "Mountain of Efficacy under Heaven", world receive tens of thousands of visitors and tourists on the 19th of the second month of each Chinese lunar year, the date said to be the birthday of Thousand -Armed Awalokitesvara. Since its opening to the public in 1980,the number of tourists has kept increasing with each passing day to reach 350000) a year a on the average, with the biggest number hitting 600000 in a year and over 10000 in a day.

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Travel Guide - Zhongyue Temple

Embraced by mountains of nice view, the Zhongyue Temple lies at the southeast foot of the Huanggai Peak of the Taishi Mountain China tour deals, 4 km away from Dengfeng County seat.
The Zhongyue Temple, originally named the "Taishi Temple", was first built in the Qin Dynasty (221 B.C. -----207 B.C.). It has been extended in each dynasty since Hanwudi, an Emperor of the Western Han Dynasty, visited here, reaching its climax in the Tang and Song Dynasties. From the end of the Song Dynasty to the beginning of the Qing Dynasty, the temple witnessed rise and fall and a major remedy was made during the ages of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty.

The Zhongyue Temple, the grandest ancient architectural complex best maintained in the Songshan Mountain Student tours to China, are basically unchanged in scale since the remedy of the Qing Dynasty, covering more than 100,000 square meters with 11 establishments lying one behind another along the axis with a total distance as long as 6.5 km from the first to the last.

Numerous culture relics can be found here, from more than 400 ancient buildings of Qing Royal Palace Style including halls, palaces, towers, cabinets, lanes, pavilions, platforms, porches and yards, to 335 cypresses planted since the Han to the Song Dynasties. What's more, more than a hundred of ancient steles and iron sculptures such as stone tablets, inscriptions, iron guards, iron lions created during the ages since the Han Dynasty to the Ming Dynasty, a long period since 206 B.C. to 1368 A.D., are cherished here, in addition to over 100 ancient woodcarvings of Taoism classics and over 1,000 board carvings on the history of the Songshan Mountain, the Songyue Temple and so on. These ancient culture treasures have provided materials of great value in the historic study of Chinese architecture, art and Taoism.


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Travel Guide - The Fenglin Canyon Scenic Area

Situated in the Taihang Mountain, 20km to the north of the downtown area of Jiaozuo City, the Scenic Area occupies 50 square kilometers. It is the central tourist sight of the Yuntai Global Geological Park as well as the central zone of the National Southern Taihang Mountain Park of Jiaozuo, which is being designed for future construction. Bordering the Yuntai Mountain and Qinglong Canyon Scenic Area to the east, with the Qingtian River Yangtze River tour and Shennong Mountain resort to its west, it is easily accessible by the Jiaojin Expressway.

Being a combination of natural views of both South and North Chinese styles, the place is a mountainous area for natural sightseeing. Numerous splendid mountains, grand waterfalls, ever-flowing springs, rivers, high cliffs, deep valleys, fancy rocks and peaks are distributed here. Looking down at the lakes from the top of the Tianwang Mountain, you feel that the water looks as pure and clean as a big piece of jade. Walking near the lake, you can fully enjoy the beauty of the lakes and mountains on both sides. The water is so pure that you can drink it directly. Taking a boat on the river will bring you much more pleasure, when you seem to be in a picturesque world surrounded by green hills and lakes. It is so thrilling and wonderful to appreciate such beautiful views of the marvelous mountains and the fancy rocky hills on both sides of the riverbank. The lake winds as far as more than five kilometers like a dragon. Sometimes, you suddenly seems to be trapped in a place where there is no way out, but after a while there appears another open space ahead, where lines of mountains mirror beautifully into the lake with several clouds floating in the sky---- another beautiful picture before you, refreshing you all at once and making you totally immersed.

The Fenglin Canyon Scenic Area Luoyang travel guide is most famous for its peculiar and grand mountains, which stretch in chains rising up to the sky. In addition, it is also unique for one of the wonders of China--- a stone statue of Chairman Mao Zedong, which was discovered in 1993, when it was the 100th Anniversary of Chairman Mao’s birth. It is more than 10 meters in height and looks very clear and lifelike.

The Big Dam Sight
The Big Dam over the Jade Lake is narrowly set in the canyon. It divides the Sand River into two parts, with one of them forming a man-made lake. The dam is 100.5 meters high and 130 wide; the bottom is 52 meters wide while the top is 4.5 meters in width. It is considered as "No. 1 Dam in the world" because it is the highest arch dam made of stones. The arch shape design is not only pleasing to the eyes but also enhances its stability. Resting across the lake like a huge dragon, it ranks among the top few dams in the world. With an area of 165 square kilometers in total and reservoir volume of 20 million cubic meters, it is not only an unusual great construction in Chinese architecture but also a significant achievement made by Jiaozuo people.

In the middle of its top, there are seven curvy weirs, each being eight meters wide. Over the weirs, there is an arch truss bridge, the lower reaches of which lie eight huge Chinese characters, meaning to describe the magnificence of the great dam as well as the beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers. Each of them is three cubic meters in size, conspicuous and dazzling. Moreover, there is also the spectacular waterfall sight, formed by the overflowing flood during the rainy reasons. The waterfall dashes to the 100-meter-deep canyon like a silver flash of light, hitting the rocks violently and stirring thousands of water drops which shine brilliantly in the sun. The scenery looks like a colorful rainbow, marvelous and splendid.

The Sight of Rhesus Monkeys

The temperate climate and dense forests of the Fenglin Canyon provide a good natural site for rhesus monkeys, who mainly feed on yangtao, lily and other wild plants on the mountain. They often live on high and steep cliffs and mountains on both sides of the Jade Lake. Energetic and playful, they like to jump and climb up the trees. It is estimated that there are six large monkey groups here, amounting to over 800 in number altogether. They make up a large rhesus monkey tribe in northern China, forming an indispensable part of the Taihang Rhesus Monkey Natural Protection Zone. Taking a boat on the lake, if lucky enough, you may see them among the thick forests, sometimes climbing up the high cliffs, and sometimes getting down to drink water in the lake or even playing with each other; also, the sounds of their calls may bring you into some visionary, mysterious, remote, primitive and natural world.

Laojun Island

Two kilometers from the upper reaches of the big dam, there is an open wide space surrounded by mountains affordable China travel packages. On its west, there is a small piece of land called "Laojun Island”, where "Li Laojun (also Laozi) was said to have practiced Taoism. Over one of the hills on the island stands the old site of "Lao Jun Temple". On the northwest of the island just opposite to the temple, there is another small hill-shaped island called the Immortal's Island, on which dense shrubs and green cypresses flourish. On the east river bank near the small island, there is narrow canyon called Laojun Canyon. In the middle of a cliff on the south of the canyon, there is big cave just opposite to the Immortal's Island. It measures 7 meters in height and called the Eight Trigrams Cave. The sceneries here are especially attractive. The lake here winds like a curvy line surrounded by shades. Boating on the water, you can appreciate the beautiful mountain images mirroring in the lake, feeling mysterious and quiet; especially in spring when the flowers blossom, you feel like being in the Land of Peach Blossoms, so peaceful, quiet and relaxing.

The Hump Peak

The mountain gets its name for its shape, which looks like a hump of a sitting camel. Its peak is 300 meters higher than the Tianwang Peak, which is located only 750 meters away to its west. To the southwest of the Hump Peak it is spacious with small paths shaded by dense forests and cypresses; moreover, there are a few plots of farmland and grassland, making it a good place for entertainment. One can either overlook the whole Jade Lake, as pure as a jade necklace set among the mountains, or look far into the distance, marveling at the grand Taihang Mountain. At dusk, one can also enjoy the gorgeous sunset view on the Taihang Mountain.

Moonlight Scenery of the Three Pools

Located at different levels with a height difference of eight meters between each, the Three Pools are ladder-shaped like the number "7". The pools are especially celebrated for its charming moonlight scenery, which is formed by the graceful images of the pools mirrored by the moonlight at night. Between each of the two pools, there are many waterfalls which flow into together and look like long curtains or lines of thread. The water in the pools flows quietly throughout the year. In the surroundings, there are mountains, grasslands and dense forests, which make the place cool and quiet. It is also regarded as one of the special wonders in the area of Taihang Mountain.

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