Tourist Visa for China

On November 2, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

You may everything is wonderful in China, since it has the most beautiful and grateful heritages, such as the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, etc. Before you book a China Flight for your China Tours, please check on the travel visa of People’s Republic of China clearly. Visa Application Chinese visa is a permit issued by visa […]

You may everything is wonderful in China, since it has the most beautiful and grateful heritages, such as the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, etc. Before you book a China Flight for your China Tours, please check on the travel visa of People’s Republic of China clearly.

Visa Application

Chinese visa is a permit issued by visa authorities of China in accordance with the laws and regulations of China to a foreign citizen for entry into, exit from or transit through the territory of China. The Chinese Visa Authorities issue Diplomatic Visa, Courtesy Visa, Service Visa or Ordinary Visa to a foreign citizen according to his or her status, purpose of visit and type of passport.

Chinese embassies and consulates general do not extend the period of validity of an issued visa. Holder of an issued visa should apply for a new visa if he or she intends to visit China after the expiry of the issued visa. Foreigners holding an expired visa shall be refused entry into China. Make sure the visa is valid before you set off for China. Duration of stay of a visa refers to the longest period the visa holder is allowed to stay in China from the date of entry into China on each visit.

After entry into China, a foreign citizen who needs to stay in China longer than the duration of stay on the visa must apply for an extension of stay at a local public security bureau before the expiry of the duration of stay on the visa. This does not necessarily mean your application for the extension of stay will for certain be approved. The applicant shall bear any consequences arising there from.

Travel Information

For foreign people who visit China and its cities after 2008 Beijing Olympiad, most of the famous places printed several foreign languages tour information guide, so that you can be relax and get one for free at the entrance. Cell phone and Chinese civil passenger train are very important to people who come to China for visit at very first time. After September 1st, 2010, you can but cell phone SIM card at any mobile stores or vending stores on the street by your ID card or passport. Three major mobile companies are holding the services for cell phones, they are China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. All these three companies have different packages for varieties of customers. 2G and 3G network are all can be used in mainland China now.

China is currently redeveloping its entire railway network to produce a modern high-speed network. By the end of 2009 China expects to have a railway network length covering 89,000 km, which includes both freight and passenger railway lines.

There are seven types of tickets that may be purchased, First Class Seat used for CRH series EMU trains. There are 4 seats per row, just similar as soft seat; Second Class Seat used for CRH series EMU trains. Similar as hard seat, there are 5 seats per row, the sitting area is relatively small; Hard seat is the basic fare, somewhat similar to the economy class on an airplane. On busier routes, passengers who cannot arrange for better seats because of overcrowding must also purchase this type of ticket. In some cases, tickets are sold with no seat assigned, which allows the railway to sell more tickets than there are seats in the car. Still, even the number of “no seat” tickets offered for sale is limited, to keep overcrowding within limits; Soft seat is one level above the Hard Seat. There are 4 seats per row, so it has comfortable seating similar to business class on airplanes; Hard sleeper is the basic accommodation for an overnight train. Despite the name, the bunks comfortably accommodate anyone below six feet. Bunks are arranged three on a side in a compartment – indicated by top, middle and bottom on the ticket. But there are no doors for the compartments; Soft sleeper contains a wider bunk bed in an enclosed cabin, two bunks to a side, and an entertainment system where movie channels are available for viewing through headphones and an LCD display for each bunk. These tickets are usually reserved more than a week prior to departure. Now some CRH series EMU trains also have soft sleepers, such as CRH1E and CRH2E. Luxury soft sleeper is the top level sleeper that is only owned by a few trains. The ticket is also much more expensive than that of soft sleeper. It only contains two beds in a cabin, and there is an independent toilet in every cabin. Some of them has a shower cubicle in the car.

You can just visit chinatraveldepot.com for more information, and we sincerely welcome you to China for your China Tours.

Blogs in China Travel Depot—Useful Info about Your China Tours

On November 2, 2010, in Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

With the development of Internet, blogs become the impartial part of our life. Most of us have our own blog websites which we’d like to share our stories with online friends. And it comes into being different types from different lines such as teaching blogs by teachers from all over the country. Identically, travel blogs […]

With the development of Internet, blogs become the impartial part of our life. Most of us have our own blog websites which we’d like to share our stories with online friends. And it comes into being different types from different lines such as teaching blogs by teachers from all over the country. Identically, travel blogs mainly are about travelers’ own experience or tips for fresh travelers. Maybe you know travelblog.com, almost the largest blogs about travel website all around world. But as to China Tours, info there may be very dispersive. However, blogs in chinatraveldepot.com all refer to china travel, divided into several parts: China Travel Gossip, Cool Places and Travel Smart. I think this could be very worth of watching. As I am one of the users of this blog website, I want to introduce details for you.

You can open this page by entering its address— blog.chinatraveldepot.com. Then you can see the homepage of this blog website. It shows up the latest blogs. And the three main parts shows in the title bar. You can click it directly if you know which part you need. If you don’t, just enter your keywords into the search box on the right side of title bar then search it. You will find all blogs from the site about your tags.

If you scan carefully, you will find information there can be detailed. Bloggers there are very responsible. Just as its words in introduction, we love to travel, and we love to talk about it. China Travel Blog is another way we can share our expertise, advice and the occasional random thought. And I know that destinations information or tips bloggers offer come from their real experience. For example, most info about Beijing is written by bloggers who are Beijing locals. They know Beijing well. They share their own experience or what they see and heard often. I think this kind of details can be reliable and useful for most people.

On the right side column, you can see more detail categories. And you can just click tags interest you. It will show you the relevant blogs. Also you may find that most tags are focus on Beijing, Shanghai, Lhasa, Guangzhou, Guilin, China Flights, and China Hotels and so on. This is mainly because these keywords are the hot ones searched by net citizens. Surely blogs there have other attractions information. Besides, the Book China column provides direct search for your travel to China. It refers to flights, hotels, vacations and you can build up your own trip. That is the point I think wonderful.

Since this blog website belongs to china travel depot. You can also check the company’s homepage for detail plan to China. Once you enter the homepage of the company. Its title bar can satisfy you well. Because the company China Youth Travel Service is the top China travel agency and tour operator since 1980. It provides relevant lower price in China Flights, Hotels and tour packages. I think you can first scan experience showed in the blogs then build your personal trip from the official website. There should be a comparison considering the expense and other factors.

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Build Your China Trip in Jingdezhen

On November 2, 2010, in Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

If you have finished your Travel to Guilin and Guangzhou in China south areas, I think it is time to go to Jingdezhen as your next stop in China Tours. As China and china are definitely the same word, china can be one of the representative things in China (chinae is china). Jingdezhen is the […]

If you have finished your Travel to Guilin and Guangzhou in China south areas, I think it is time to go to Jingdezhen as your next stop in China Tours. As China and china are definitely the same word, china can be one of the representative things in China (chinae is china). Jingdezhen is the best destination for you to know more history about Chinese ceramics.

A little background

Jingdezhen, known as the capital of Chinese porcelain, is located in the northeast of Jiangxi Province. It has a history of 1700 years about porcelain. Jingdezhen porcelain is known to be “as white as jade, as thin as paper and as melodious as chime sound”. And Jingdezhen is the center of Five Mounts and Two Lakes scenic spot. This spot consists of Yellow Mountain, Mount Lu, Dragon and Tiger Mountain, Sanqing Mountain, Jiuhua Mountain, Qiandao Lake and Poyang Lake.

Transportation: Luojia Airport, 8km away from Jingdezhen. It is also called Jingdezhen Airport. And it has air routes opened up to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen and Wuhan. Jingdezhen Railway Station, located in the downtown, has trains to Beijing, Nanjing, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Qingdao, Kunming, Guangzhou and Nanchang.

Porcelain Attractions

Gaoling Mountain—40km away from Jingdezhen. It is the origin place of porcelain raw materials in ancient ceramics. And KAOLIN, the international mineralogy noun, stems from this mountain. Now you can see amounts of relics and human heritage there. People name the stacks of piled up white tailings as scenery of floating snow covered the mountain.

Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Ruins Museum: it is the relic of imperial ceramics in Ming and Qing dynasty. This imperial kiln once was the aggregation of kiln wares from all over the world in ancient time. And most of porcelain auctioned with highest price overseas came from the kiln. Jingdezhen Government made the best of it and protects it well. Now you can see lively production process.

Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute: the only professional institution of high learning in ceramic. There are china on display made by teachers and students. You can take some class here to learn a little professional knowledge about.

Besides, if you go with kids, you can take them to Jingdezhen Ceramic School. This school is the training basement for middle and primary students.

Chinese Ceramic City: it is comprehensive porcelain market. There you can go sightseeing, shopping, and arts exchange.

Porcelain attractions mentioned above refers to academic exchange and shopping etc.

Except these ones, you can also go to other scenic spot such as the Five Mounts and Two Lakes.

Since tea culture has developed well in Jiangxi, you can also go to see the origin place of famous tea called “Yayu”. It is Wanghu Village in Yaoli.

I think that Jingdezhen could be one of the destinations for your Jiangxi tours. Because there are many other wonderful places. For example, Wuyuan, as the most beautiful countryside in China, is worth of your visiting. So your Jiangxi tours could consist of both natural beauties and historic sites. And you can book your fly tickets in China Eastern Airlines.

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Information about China Tickets for Public Transit

On November 2, 2010, in Must-sees, by Jack Li

Besides the air tickets, what else should you know about various tickets about china travel? Such as train tickets, subway tickets, bus tickets or tickets for scenes. For example, once you have arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport, you may buy the tickets for shuttle bus to Beijing Hotels. And once you are in town, […]

Besides the air tickets, what else should you know about various tickets about china travel? Such as train tickets, subway tickets, bus tickets or tickets for scenes. For example, once you have arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport, you may buy the tickets for shuttle bus to Beijing Hotels. And once you are in town, you want to visit different scenes by yourself. But the terrible traffic on road makes you have to take subways. Then you need to get tickets for subways. When you get to the place you are interested, perhaps you need to buy tickets to get in. So this article will explain those tickets you may come across in Beijing.

There are ten routes for shuttle bus from the Beijing Capital International Airport to every corner in Beijing, like Xi Dan, Beijing Railway Station, and Zhong Guan Cun. The price is RMB 16 for each route and you can get your tickets at the Stop 7 (first floor, Terminal 1), or Stop 9 to 11 (first floor, Terminal 2) or Stop 5,7,11 (first floor, Terminal 3). There are also shuttle

buses to nearby provinces outside of Beijing. The price to Tianjin is RMB 80 yuan/person, to Tanggu is RMB 80 yuan/person, to Qing Huang Dao is RMB 125 yuan/person, to Lang Fang is RMB 40 yuan/person, to Baoding is RMB 85 yuan/person. Or you can take the express subway for 20 minutes and arrive at the center of Beijing (Dong Zhi Men). The ticket is RMB 25 yuan and the place to take the subway is parking lot B2 at Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. Moreover, because the Beijing Capital Airport is too large, there are free buses or trains for you travelling between the three terminals.

When are travelling around the city, you can either take taxis, buses or subways which is more convenient and fast. For buses and subways, the most convenient and cheap way is to pay RMB 20 yuan for deposit and get a Public Transit card. This card is similar to the Metro Card in New York. You can deposit some money in the card and use it to buy bus tickets, subway tickets, telephone, or even taxis. The benefits for this Public Transit Card are not only convenient, but also cheap. If you pay the bus tickets by this card, it will give you 60% off the original price. And it will save you a lot of time by exchanging coins to buy subway tickets. There are many places that you can get this transit cards easily at some large subway stations, like Xi Zhi Men.

For the tickets to visiting spots in Beijing, some are free and some are not. Free scenes are Tian’an Men Square, Chairman Mao’s memorial hall, 798 Arts Factory, Hou Hai (Lake), San Li Tun pub street, traditional Beijing architectures-Hu Tong, Silk market, Pan Jia Yuan (flea market for Chinese antiques). Other places that need tickets include Fragrant Hill (香山) to view beautiful red leaves (not maple trees) for RMB 10 yuan. The prices for Forbidden City for RMB 60 yuan during hot season ( April to October) and RMB 40 yuan for flat season (November to March). In addition, the precious jewelry house and the clocks’ house need RMB 10 yuan respectively. The tickets for Summer Palace are RMB 20 yuan for entrance ticket and RMB 40 yuan for coupon ticket during the flat season (November to March) and RMB 30 yuan for entrance ticket and RMB 50 for coupon tickets during the busy season ( April to October). The coupon tickets include entrance ticket, Garden of Virtue and Harmony (Dehe Yuan) ticket (RMB 5 yuan), Pavilion of the Fragrance of Buddha ( Foxiang Ge) ticket (RMB 10 yuan) and Suzhou Street (RMB 10 yuan).

More information and tips for Travel to Beijing can be found in our blog sections. Wish you could enjoy yourself in Beijing and in China!

Famous Karaoke Tvs– KTVs in Beijing

On November 1, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Nightlife, by Jack Li

I have studying in Beijing for 4 years and during my Beijing Tours I often go to KTV with my dear friends for relaxing, just as most we 80’s do. So this time I want to summarize several most famous karaoke tvs for your Travel to Beijing. No.1 Cash Box Cash box is surely the […]

I have studying in Beijing for 4 years and during my Beijing Tours I often go to KTV with my dear friends for relaxing, just as most we 80’s do. So this time I want to summarize several most famous karaoke tvs for your Travel to Beijing.

No.1 Cash Box

Cash box is surely the first one to be recommended no matter in Beijing or other large cities in China, I think. It is said that many Chinese stars like to have parties in Cash Box. Given this point, I think you can trust in its quality. I always passed by in the past 4 years as it is close to my university. And gatemen there are always busy with parking service. I went there before graduation. The splendid large hall dazzled us. Attendants there were very nice and friendly. Certainly it has wonderful sound effect, latest songs and high class facilities. The most satisfactory point is that it provides relevant cheap buffet which has various kinds of food and refreshments. I checked its offering times—0:00—2:00 am 29yuan, 10:00 to 14:00 29yuan and 17:00—20:30 35yuan. Food there tasted very delicious. As it is a discount- style KTV, you can take 80% less in certain times (almost 10:00—16:59 from Mon to Fri and 8:00—13:59 on weekends). Well, its original price is 240yuan for small boxes, 320yuan for middle ones and 480yuan for large ones. If you want to go, you’d better make a reservation in advance.

Address: Cash Box Flagship Store in No.4th in Huixin East Rd. Chaoyang District, Beijing.

Booking line: (010) 8857-6566— this number is the special booking lines in Beijing.

No.2 Melody

Melody is the first discount- style KTV in Beijing. Compared with Cash Box, it looks more fashionable. Because decorations in Cash Box seem to be grand while is vogue in Melody for young ones. I went to Melody Chaowai Branch, the flagship store, 2 years ago. Lights and music in the reception hall and corridors made me forget boring things in my life and just lost in it, very relaxing. It has high class software and hardware facilities as well. Moreover, food in Melody is very cultured. Though the price is surely higher, you may have a try for Melody’s special delicious meals. Likewise a lot of stars carry out their will sings in Melody. And it has different kinds of preferential activities cooperating with banks such as credit cards sales.

Address for flagship store: B.No.77th Chaowai Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Booking Line: 400-770-8899

No.3 Tango

As its motto says, Tango is a way of life. In my mind, Tango is an excellent night club for young people to get pleasure especial for Beijing locals. A short time before, I went to its Yonghegong Branch. The store building there has hive-like surface, which is inconspicuous in daytime while becomes very glaring at night with lights lightening from the whole “hive”. I like its design. Late at night, Tango is very busy. You can see lots of cars are seizing parking space. Crowded people gather outside the store and clusters of people in and out since it has a disco on basement level one. I am not the guy who could give full vent through dancing in a disco. I just sing some relaxing songs or stay alone on the corner. Identically, it has buffet, KTVs, clubs and some other ones. And rooms for 6 people can be charged about 100yuan more or less per hour (differ from times). For more details, you can search it on the Internet since I forget about the other room styles.

Address: No.79th, Hepingli West Street, Docheng District, Beijing—(010) 64282288

                  Flagship store in No.6th, Gongti West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing—(010) 65519988 (it is a little cheap than Yonghegong Branch)

Planning to go to Beijing? Take Beijing Flights and just go one of the KTVs for your one night in Beijing.

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Famous Snacks in Guangzhou Tour Package

On November 1, 2010, in Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

As the Asia Games is coming, do you make a clear plan in Guangzhou? You may say “Yes” since you have arranged your Guangzhou Flights and Guangzhou Hotels. But how about Guangzhou flavors? Do you know much about it? If not, please take the following as reference. Want to try most famous delicacies of Guangzhou? […]

As the Asia Games is coming, do you make a clear plan in Guangzhou? You may say “Yes” since you have arranged your Guangzhou Flights and Guangzhou Hotels. But how about Guangzhou flavors? Do you know much about it? If not, please take the following as reference. Want to try most famous delicacies of Guangzhou? You can go to the shopping pedestrians Shangxiajiu. Shangxiajiu shopping pedestrian is the most ancient and rich customs place in Guangzhou. Surely it has the most authentic Guangzhou flavors.

Silver in mind (Yin-Ji)—Chang Fen

You may know Chang Fen since it’s the most common flavors in Guangzhou. It can be local people’s breakfast and lunch. And Silver in mind is the most well-known shop for Chang Fen. You can order a bowl of Chang Fen without any ingredients or with pork or shrimp. You can taste slithery Chang Fen with fresh meat and sweat soy sauce. Remember that you may line up for it any time.

Linlin Niuza Shop– Radish Niuza (assorted parts of cattle)

It is another one of Guangzhou snacks, enjoyed by both ordinary people and White-collar. The cook will stew up the radishes and assorted parts of cattle in the early morning until night falls. This comes the best time for tasting it. Because it makes the most aromatic Niuza and strong flavored radishes.

Guangdong Cool Tea

I think you may drink the cool tea often if you care a lot about the Asia Games results. Locals like to have some cool tea concocted from different kinds of herbs to get over its sticky weather. If you are not accustomed to this drink taste, you can just taste fresh sugarcane juice to fall your fire.

Ginger Bump Milk (Jiang Zhuang Nai)

Just as the name implies, this drink has incorporated sweet from milk and pungency from ginger perfectly. And it can warm the stomach and body well. You’d better have a cup of drink to prevent influenza.

Shunde Smooth Fishskin of Chen Tian in mind (Chentian-Ji Shunde Shuang Yupi)

Fish skin has rich gelatine and nutrition. It belongs to Shunde snacks in Guangdong. And Chentian- Ji is the most famous one. Because cook there are insisting on family recipe: peel the fish skin by hand, scald and mix up with their own soy sauce. It tastes fresh and smooth without any fishy smell. It is so famous that you can just ask the neighborhood then you can find it.

Taotao Ju Restaurant—Marry- daughter Cake (Jia- Nv Bing)

As one of the top 4 manufacturer for Cantonese moon cakes in Guangdong, Taotao Ju keeps some ancient tradition such as the Jia-Nv cakes for 1yuan per one. It is a traditional pastry printed the Double Happiness character on the surface. You can buy one to just have a taste since it conveys blessing to you. Besides, if you want to have a dinner, you can go upstairs for a rich meal since Taotao Ju is also the most famous restaurant with wonderful food.

Baohua Noodle Shop– Happiness Trotter Noodles (Zhu Shou Mian)

This shop has a long history and has authentic flavor. There has a sentence called that Happiness is a bowl of trotter noodles. If you catch up with A Po who enjoys the noodles, you may understand those words. And you can order a small bowl of noodles with detail request about the fat or skinny noodles. Trotter there is teared by hand and it tastes refreshing as well.

I hope it useful for your Travel to Guangzhou.

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Comfortable Economy Hotels in Lhasa

On November 1, 2010, in Accomodation, Adventure Trip, Lhasa, Tibet, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Since Tibet opened itself to the outside world, more and more people come to visit this sacred land all year around. The most famous city of Tibet is Lhasa which accumulates a lot of attractions such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Gandan, Sera and Trupeng monasteries, and Namco Lake. It usually takes several […]

Since Tibet opened itself to the outside world, more and more people come to visit this sacred land all year around. The most famous city of Tibet is Lhasa which accumulates a lot of attractions such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Gandan, Sera and Trupeng monasteries, and Namco Lake. It usually takes several days to get a little knowing about Lhasa. So, economy hotels are needed for saving money during your Tibet Tours. In the following I will provide some information of the comfortable economy hotels in Lhasa for those who Travel to Tibet.

1.     Tibet Linyuan Hotel, Lhasa

Tibet Linyuan Hotel is a 3-star business hotel which provides services including accommodation, food and entertainment. Located in the center of Lhasa, at the back of Potala Palace, this hotel can surely satisfy people who like to view the night scenery of Potala while lying in bed. Besides, this hotel is faced with Longwangtan Park which is the first park in Lhasa to combine classical and modern designs together. What’s more, as an economy hotel, the offer of the hotel is less than 200 RMB.

Address: Linkuo North Road No. 25, Lhasa, Tibet

2.    Lhasa Guangchang Hotel

Lhasa Guangchang Hotel is a comprehensive hotel integrating food, accommodation, meeting and entertainment. It is known for its safety, convenience, economy and health. It is also located at the foot of Potala, near to Jokhang Temple to the east, Norbulingka to the west, and also Barkhor Street. The perfect location will save you a lot of time and money. Besides, it has a variety of facilities such as business center, multi-functional meeting rooms, hair and beauty salon and health care center. It also offers very low prices, less than 200 RMB.

Address: Kang’an East Road No. 4, Lhasa, Tibet

3.    Lhasa Mintai Hotel

Lhasa Mintai Hotel is also in the center of Lhasa, 50 meters west of Jokhang Temple and 300 meters east of Potala Palace. It provides many kinds of rooms such as presidential suites, suites, Tibetan suites, business room, landscape room and single rooms. Other facilities are like restaurants, tea house, parking lot and meeting room. Except presidential rooms, the prices they offer are between 100 and 200 RMB.

Address: Yutuo Road No.17, Lhasa, Tibet

4.   Lhasa Shengya Hotel

Located in the center of Lhasa, Lhasa Shengya Hotel is aother comfortable economy hotel. It is only 150 meters to Potala Palace and 5 minutes’ walk to Drepung Monastery. It provides comfortable rooms for singles, lovers, and business people at a low price. Tea house, restaurant, meeting room and business center are all available.

Address: Beijing Middle Road No.45, Lhasa, Tibet

5.  Lhasa Shengdu Hotel

Lhasa Shengdu hotel is a 3-star economy hotel situating at the middle section of Zangre Road. It offers altogether 86 rooms including 1 single room, 2 suites, 6 deluxe rooms and 77 standard rooms. Each room has an air conditioner and international telephone and 24 hours water (cold and warm). The prices can be lower than 150 RMB.

Address: Middle Zangre Road, Lhasa, Tibet

The above hotels are all very economical and comfortable. Usually, they offer prices no more than 200 RMB. However, their good location makes them very popular. So, don’t forget to book in advance. For more hotels, you can click China Hotels.

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A Close-to-Nature Trip at Baiwang Mountain Forest Park in Beijing

On November 1, 2010, in Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

These days the temperature in Beijing has gone up and autumn has returned to us again. My friend and I had been very excited in the past few weeks, dreaming of viewing red leaves which are said to be a must-see attraction for Beijingers every year. Finally we realized our dream at Baiwang Mountain Forest […]

These days the temperature in Beijing has gone up and autumn has returned to us again. My friend and I had been very excited in the past few weeks, dreaming of viewing red leaves which are said to be a must-see attraction for Beijingers every year. Finally we realized our dream at Baiwang Mountain Forest Park yesterday. That was a comfortable experience. I’d like to share it with people who love Beijing Tours, especially eco-Travel to Beijing.

To tell you the truth, we had planned to view red leaves in the Fragrance Hills which are said to be the best place for autumn sceneries and we did try to go there yesterday. However, we took the wrong route and happened to go past Baiwang Mountain Forest Park which we hadn’t heard of. To save time, we just changed our destination and went back into Baiwang Mountain Forest Park which also attracted a lot of people.

From the introduction of the Mountain inside the park, we know that Baiwang Mountain is an offshoot of TaiHang Mountain and is called “the Outpost of TaiHang”. Its peak is 210 meters high. Obviously it wouldn’t be very demanding for climbers. So we decided to climb to the top of the mountain. We climbed along the main road winding around the mountain, some sections of which are steep and some are relatively flat. It was very interesting to hike in this mountain with so many people. Climbers were from all ages. Some were as young as little babies who were carried by their mums or dads; some were seniors who need a stick during climbing; other climbers were energetic people like us who enjoyed our light walking all the way. 

Although it was at the end of October, we still couldn’t see large areas of red leaves. Instead, most of the leaves were dark yellow. Despite the fact, we could still view picturesque sceneries along the road: on the hills along the road there are thickly-dotted smoke trees which extend their twining branches around their neighbors, forming an arch connecting the sky above the two sides of the road.

Waking through such an arched corridor, you would feel like you were in a picture. Breathe deeply and you can feel the fragrant smell of trees and leaves. In fact, this mountain is also called “Oxygen Source” because of its primitive vegetation. So, don’t forget to take deep breaths when you come here.

When we climbed to the top of the mountain, we could have a bird view of the whole mountain. It is a colorful mountain dressed in a charming costume made by various trees with interlacing colors. Besides the mountain, you could also have a glimpse of the modern buildings of Beijing which are densely but neatly dotted.  

 

Besides the beautiful sceneries of mountains and trees, this park is also known for its steles including stele pavilions, corridors and walls. On these steles are paintings, calligraphy and poems from national leaders, celebrities and artists. They are aimed at raising people’s awareness of environment protection and building a green culture. Seeing these steles, I also had the desire to create something artful, writing or painting.  

Although we didn’t get to the Fragrant Hills as we had planned, we had a great time in Baiwang Mountain Forest Park. This is something like adventure. The fresh air and the enchanting views of colorful leaves are worth your china travel.

Ski Resorts in Beijing

On November 1, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

With the coming of winter, more and more people choose to spend their time at home and perfer to have some indoor activities. However, the natural scenery of Beijing’s winter is beautiful, especially with the decoration of snow. What about get out of the house and take a breath of fresh air during china travel? […]

With the coming of winter, more and more people choose to spend their time at home and perfer to have some indoor activities. However, the natural scenery of Beijing’s winter is beautiful, especially with the decoration of snow. What about get out of the house and take a breath of fresh air during china travel? As a typical outdoor sport, skiing is regarded as a good way to improve your cardiovascular system and your overall coordination. What is more, it is said that a typical day’s skiing can burn up to 3,000 calories – far more than a session at the gym. So do not hesitate any more, check more information on the skiing resorts and start a happy China Tours.

Even though the skiing resorts are always situated outside the town, you can still find one that fits you best.

 1.       Nan Shan Ski Village

Overall rating: 4.5 stars

Nanshan Ski Village is located near Miyun County, only 62 km from WangHe Bridge in Beijing. As the biggest ski resort in Beijing, Nan Shan Ski Resort has 12 ski trails representing a variety of challenges; Nanshan Ski Village offers enjoyable trails for not only the beginners, but also the intermediate and advanced skiers.

In order to have more fun, Nan Shan Ski Resort offers a 1318 meters of Toboggan Runs, crossing 9 highs, one bridge, and 5 jumping segment. What if you are a green hand about skiing? It does not matter; there are a number of professional and experienced coaches who know how to guide a green hand. If you want to improve your ski skills, they can also give some practical advises.

Besides the winter ski sports, it offers year-round activities such as hiking in spring, swimming in summer and fruit picking in autumn. So it can be a good place to enjoy a vacation with your friends or family.

Opening time: 9:00 to17:30 for the daytime, 17:30 to 22:00 for the night.

Ticket Price: 130 RMB for a full day in weekday, 210 RMB for a full day in weekend, 110 RMB for half a day in weekday, 170 RMB for half a day in weekend.

Tel: 010-63002807  

 2.      Wanlongbayi Ski Resort

Overall rating: 4.0stars

Wanlongbayi Ski Resort is located in China Changxindian Shooting Range Road, Fengtai District. It is the nearest ski resort from down town. In all, it has six trails for skiers of all levels. RMB 130 lets you ski from 5:30 to 10:30p.m. And even includes a buffet dinner. The feature of this resort is that it takes good care of children. It offers comfortable ski suits for children and offers a special playing area for small children to play with snow safely.

Opening time: 8:00 to17:00for the daytime, 17:00 to 22:00 for the night.

Ticket Price: 130 RMB for a full day in weekday, 205 RMB for a full day in weekend.

Tel: 010-63002807 

 3.       Yu Yang International Ski Resort

Overall rating: 4.0 stars

As a large and new ski resort that was opened in 2006, Yuyang Ski Resort is located in Pinggu, about 60kms from Siyuan Bridge. In all, the ski resort boasts of 11 trails for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers, where the longest one is 3, 2000 meters long. What is more, it offers a quadruple chair lift, 12 double chair lifts and for amusement is equipped with snowmobiles and sledges. It is said that The resort is more like a ski park than a ski mountain. You may hear the upbeat music of DJ music drifting up the slopes from the open-air DJ booth at the foot of the hill.

Opening time: 8:00 to18:00for the daytime, 17:00 to 22:00 for the night.

Ticket Price: 90 RMB for a full day in weekday, 140 RMB for a full day in weekend.

Tel: 010-63002807 

 4.       Jundushan Ski Resort

Overall rating: 4.0 stars

Jundushan ski resort, which is located in the famous Xiaotangshan Spa in Changping, offers all-around service facilities with a total area of more than 6,000 square meters. This resort features seven ski runs, a slalom run, double seat cableway and cross-country path (for snowmobiles).

Opening time: 8:00 to18:00for the daytime, 17:00 to 22:00 for the night.

Ticket Price: 120 RMB for a full day in weekday, 200 RMB for a full day in weekend, 100 RMB for half a day in weekday, 160 RMB for half a day in weekend and 100 RMB for the night skiing.

Tel: 010-63002807  

Hope you enjoy your time in Beijing Tours.

 

One Day Private Tour in Wuzhen—-the Poetic Water Village

On November 1, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

One of Chinese well-known ancient poets, Ma Zhiyuan, once wrote a poem which was read with admiration by Chinese people. That is the “Autumn Thoughts”: Withered vine and an old tree with a crow at dusk. Tiny bridge and a family stand aside a flowing river. Ancient path and a poor horse in the west […]

One of Chinese well-known ancient poets, Ma Zhiyuan, once wrote a poem which was read with admiration by Chinese people. That is the “Autumn Thoughts”: Withered vine and an old tree with a crow at dusk. Tiny bridge and a family stand aside a flowing river. Ancient path and a poor horse in the west wind. A heartbroken man is walking towards the westering sun to the skyline. Time goes by and we can still to that place of his heart by reading his poem. In fact, the place he describes is the water village in china, a typical southern town with beautiful scenery. If you want to take a closer look at the ancient town of south china and make your china travel more memorable, Wuzhen may be your best choice during your China Tours.

Located in Zhejiang Province, in north end of Tongxiang, Wuzhen is a water town with more than 1300 years history. It was awarded to be the Provincial Ancient Town of History and Culture in 1991, raking first among the six ancient towns (Zhou Village, Tongli, Jiaozhi town, Nanxun and Xitang) south of the Yangtze River for it is the best preserved ancient town up to now. Though time flies by, the name, address, river system, wooden structures, stone bridge and people’s way of living in this town remain the same. Here are some must seen spots in Wuzhen:

1. The bridge

As a typical water town of south of the Yangtze River, Wuzhen can not go without bridges. It is said that Wuzhen once possessed more than 120 bridges. But only 30 of them remain now. Most of the bridges are made of stone with elegant designs. What is more, there is a sight called “Bridge within a Bridge”. Sounds quite special, right?

2. Yuanhongtai Dye house

In ancient time, people in china used special juice of plant to dye their clothes. By using different kinds of natural plant, they can dye clothes into various kinds of colors. In the Yuanhongtai Dye house in Wuzhen, you can see the whole process of dying clothes into different colors and patterns. It must be a precious souvenir if you can dye a piece of cloth of your own.

 

3. Exhibition hall of Beds of Southern China

As the first exhibition to show beds, the exhibition of beds located in No.210, east street of Wuzhen. It shows the bed of a girl, the bed of wealthy, the bed of the poor, and the bed for wedding in Qing Dynasty. Because one third of people’s time is spent in a bed, people in China cares very much about their bed. One of the most precious beds was made by box wood, it took three years to make such an excellent carved workmanship.

4. Gaogongsheng Wine Shop

You are embraced with a nice smell when you walk into this wine shop. The Gaogongsheng wine shop becomes famous of its “Three white wine”, that is wine made of sticky rice, wheat flour and water (these three ingredients have a character” white” in their Chinese name). The wine shop sells wine in different packages. What is more, there is a big jar of wine for tourists to have a taste.

All the spots I mentioned can be seen within one day. But if you have enough time, I recommend you to book China Hotels in advance in Wuzhen and spend a night time there. With the red lanterns turning on, it looks much more beautiful than in the day time. Hope you enjoy your China vacation in this beautiful water village—-Wuzhen.

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