Reviews Information about Shanghai Travel Agency

On November 26, 2010, in Travel Info, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

The internet has influenced present lives a lot. Now you can book your hotels, tour packages and air tickets online, even the international tours, like China Tours. Besides of these benefits, you could also read the reviews from previous customers, such that, these reviews help you to make the best decisions. The most familiar such […]

The internet has influenced present lives a lot. Now you can book your hotels, tour packages and air tickets online, even the international tours, like China Tours. Besides of these benefits, you could also read the reviews from previous customers, such that, these reviews help you to make the best decisions. The most familiar such website would be the tripadvisor.com and expedia.com where you can read the reviews, when you are trying to decide which China Hotels you would stay. But unfortunately, there is no such information about travel agencies in Shanghai. So that is why I collect the reviews from the popular Chinese websites for reviews.

Ctrip online travel agency. This travel agency is the most popular one in Shanghai. Although it is actually an online travel agency, you could visit the offices personally. The address is No.99 Fuquan Road, Changning District, and their phone is 021-34064880. The total rate is 4 stars (5-star is the highest) and the average cost is RMB 1151 yuan. One of the comments is “The short-term DIY tour package is great. It included the round bus trip and hotels. The bus will take you to some assigned places and leave you there for your own arrangements. Later on, all of the members will get together at the required time and location. Then the bus will take you back to the hotels. Moreover, all the transactions are made online and by credit card which is quite convenient for busy white-collars.” The most recommendation reason is that the services in ctrip are quite good and considerable. Also because it is one of the well-know online travel agencies in China, customers do not need to worry about being cheated.

Shanghai Airlines Holiday Travel Agency (Ningxia Road Branch). This is not a online travel agency, however you can make your reservation by phones as well. The address is Building 3-4, No. 235, Ningxia Road, Putuo District. If you need the information, please call 021-65556037 or 65446081. The overall rank is 4-star and there are 83 reviews in total. The average cost of reviewers is RMB 2712 yuan. The attitude of customer services is above the average a lot and quite patient. The DIY tour packages and short term tour services are also recommended by reviewers. However, the facilities, especially the hotels arranged to customers are not as good as ctrip. Also, there is private information from a employee in this travel agency. You can contact with her by the phone 13636551371 and receive some discounts.

Legend Holiday travel agency. This is also an online travel agency which is based in Shanghai. The address is Building 22, Hengda Plaza, No.285 Changshou Road, Putuo District. And the phone is 400-888-1314. The operating time is 9am to 6pm in week days, and 9am to 4pm during weekends and holidays. The average cost for this travel agency is RMB 1345 yuan. The reason why many people recommend is that the tour packages are different from other travel agencies. These packages are more like a pure entertainment tours, excluding arranged shopping events. And the hotels are quite good as well. Sometimes, you will be set in 4-star or higher rank of hotels. Some reviewers were the lucky ones: They joined this travel agency because of some rewarding or promotion events in July. Although they joined the tour packages for free, the quality of the travel was really satisfactory.

Apart from these travel agencies, there are also other good ones for your travel in China. For example China Youth Tour Service (CYTS) is well known for its high reputation in China. Recently, they also set up a specific group for serving foreign customers who want to travel in China. They provide various customized tour packages on their website, even the Tibet Tours. Want more information? Please check other blogs in this section!

Tips on Travel Insurance One Way

On November 26, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

  Traveling to China can be a long journey with sorts of possible incidents. Thus, a travel insurance is definitely necessary to every visitor who is planning a china travel so that you can secure the safety and mirth of your China Tours.  Here are the basics of travel insurance which you should know before […]

  Traveling to China can be a long journey with sorts of possible incidents. Thus, a travel insurance is definitely necessary to every visitor who is planning a china travel so that you can secure the safety and mirth of your China Tours.

 Here are the basics of travel insurance which you should know before you buy!

 What Are the Major Types of Travel Insurance?

There are two main types of travel insurance. The first type, commonly called trip cancellation insurance, protects against the loss of non-refundable travel costs – like airfare, hotel or tour expenses. So if you’re making a deposit on a cruise or have non-refundable airline tickets, this would be the type of coverage you’d consider.

The other type of travel insurance offers protection against loss due to medical emergencies, damage to personal property or death that occurs while you are traveling.

Trip Cancellation/Delay/Interruption Insurance

Travel insurance generally covers a very specific list of reasons for cancellation, delay or interruption. Before you buy a policy make sure you’ve reviewed these situations carefully.

  • Trip Cancellation – Reimburses pre-paid travel expenses if you aren’t able to take your trip because you become ill or die.
  • Travel Delay – Reimburses pre-paid expenses if you aren’t able to take your trip because of a travel delay, such as a flight delay or cancellation.
  • Trip Interruption – Reimburses pre-paid expenses if your trip is cut short because you become ill or die, or because of any other misfortune listed in policy. Covered reasons might include bad weather, airline strikes, terrorism, bankruptcy, jury duty, or fire or flood damage to your home.

 Medical/Accidental Death Insurance

When considering a medical or accidental death travel policy, ask about pre-existing conditions and age limits. How companies deal with pre-existing conditions can vary widely. Read the terms of coverage carefully if you have a pre-existing condition and be prepared to pay a higher premium to cover them. Some insurers also charge more for older travelers. American health insurance is generally not accepted outside of the United States. To find out more about the extent of your coverage, speak with your insurance agent or company before you leave home.

  • Medical/Health – Reimburses medical and emergency dental expenses that you incur because of an illness or injury while you’re traveling.
  • Medical Evacuation – Provides emergency transportation to either a hospital in the geographic region where you are and/or transportation back to a hospital near your home.
  • Accidental Death – This coverage is usually split into three parts:
  • Air Flight Accident – Covers death or dismemberment during flight only.
  • Common Carrier – Covers death or dismemberment while traveling on public transportation such as a plane, ferry, train, bus or taxi.
  • Accidental Death – Covers death or dismemberment at any time during a trip.

 Baggage/Rental Car Damage Insurance

Homeowners or renter’s insurance may cover baggage or personal property damage when you’re traveling and your auto insurance may extend to a rental car, but you should always check the terms of your current policy or ask your insurance agent or company.

  • Baggage Loss – Reimburses for lost, stolen or damaged personal items. This usually doesn’t cover personal items lost or damaged by an airline. If you buy baggage insurance, be sure to review the policy for the list of property that is not covered and the value limits associated with the property.
  • Rental Car Damage – Reimburses for damage or loss to a rental vehicle. If you purchase this coverage you can decline the rental car company’s “collision damage waiver.” This coverage doesn’t provide liability protection.

 What Should I Check Before I Buy?

  • Are the company and the person I am buying the policy from licensed by the state where I live to sell insurance?
  • What is the refund policy on prepaid expenses? How long in advance do I have to cancel to get a refund?
  • Other than a full refund, what benefits will the insurance company offer? Will they rebook a flight or help me find a new hotel room?
  • Read the policy to see if the coverage applies only to the traveler, or if an illness or emergency with a family member will also trigger the coverage.
  • If you’re working with a travel agent you trust, ask about his or her experiences with any recommended travel insurance companies. Have their customers filed claims? Were those claims paid?
  • If you’re planning an adventurous vacation (i.e. skydiving, scuba diving), ask if the insurance will cover those activities.
  • You don’t have to buy travel insurance from the travel agent booking your trip. You may get a better deal if you work directly with the travel insurance company. Just make sure the quotes you’re comparing are for the same coverages.
  • If you buy from your travel agent, ask to speak with the licensed insurance agent in their office, and check with your state insurance department to make sure that person’s license is up to date.

 With these simple tips, your insurance purchase could go smoothly. Enjoy your china travel, good luck!

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China Nightlife World

On November 26, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Nightlife, by Jack Li

Chinese people may seem a little rigid and overcautious in many westerners’ opinion. They would rather go home early than buy a liguor staying late in nightclubs. They could never become party-animals. However, if you have made a china travel, particularly Travel to Shanghai or Beijing, your stereotype could be completely changed.  Nowadays more and […]

Chinese people may seem a little rigid and overcautious in many westerners’ opinion. They would rather go home early than buy a liguor staying late in nightclubs. They could never become party-animals. However, if you have made a china travel, particularly Travel to Shanghai or Beijing, your stereotype could be completely changed.

 Nowadays more and more bars, discos or nightclubs are coming up in China–this ancient and traditional land. In fact, in some big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an, Hangzhou, Changsha and so forth, nightlife has already become an essential part of local people’s lives. In today’s blog, I will take you to some most popular bars to see some most talented DJs as well as the latest party-events in Beijing.

 No.1 HouseRabbits

Time: 2010-11-26 10:00PM

Venue: Showboat

Address: 中国.北京 朝阳区亮马河南路8号(京城大厦南侧,停泊在亮马河上)

No. 8 Liangmahe Nan Lu (West of Sanlitun Beixiaojie), Chaoyang district Beijing

Leslie Jaycee – 2004 “Year Best DJ” voted by “That’s Beijing” readers.

Leslie Jaycee is one of the most outstanding djs of Beijing club scene.

He had djed at gigs such as “Ministry Of Sound” “Cream 10 years anniversary” “Mutek – new sound & technology festival” “in bed with Space/ibiza”…

2006,he was invited by “Love Parade” as the first Chinese dj to play in the front of 1.2 millions in Berlin.

2008,Leslie Jaycee toured Europe again.including “Love Parade” Dortmund,”Panama” Amsterdam…

Leslie Jaycee had upgraded his succes by founding “HouseRabbits”in the year 2004,his own label & party organisation.

and now the “HouseRabbits” is coming back.

 

LESLIE JAYCEE (BEIJING)

Truly one of the pioneers of China’s young club scene, Leslie’s been leading Beijing’s club sound from the start.

 In 2004 he started the HouseRabbits label, after That’s Beijing magazine voted him the number 1 DJ.

HouseRabbits continues to host successful events city-wide. But most significantly,

Leslie Jaycee became the first Chinese DJ to play at Berlin’s world famous Love Parade,

holding down the China float DJ set not once but TWICE, playing for an audience of close to 1.2 million! From there,

Leslie’s gone on to gigs around Europe.

His ability to manipulate all genres of house into an adventure ride of music makes him a dance-floor favorite everywhere he plays.

No.2 Pioneer DJ presents COSMO 2 IN 1

Time: 2010-11-27 09:00PM

Venue:798

Address:北京大山子798 工厂 Beijing

Organizer:林寶

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 The November edition of the Cosmo event series aims to bring you the very best in House and Techno sounds from Beijing and beyond! This 2 in 1 event, held in 798 Space provides two distinct areas for your partying pleasure. Color coded House and Techno rooms will allow you to hear from someof Beijing’s finest DJs, along with a special international guest.

 In the Blue Room, Avex China presents Taku Takahashi aka M-Flo from Japan along with Beijing house music specialists Patrick Yu and Eddie Lv. Whether you like your house music jacking, bumping or pumping, you’ll be taken care of in the Blue Room, where in addition, D Lounge will provide their signature touch in the lounge.

 The Purple Room, hosted by the 33/45 crew from the legendary White Rabbit club, will see White Rabbit head honchos Yang Bing and Donald Summer aka Thomas take you into techno territory, ably aided by White Rabbit veterans Zhi Qi and Max. With a chill out area put on by The Beijinger Magazine, you can rest up for your next foray onto the ‘floor..

 A classic warehouse rave with all the elements, along with good value and service from Lush at the bar, great sound and a great vibe. Get your friends and get over to Cosmo on Nov 27th at 798 Space. 

Date日期:2010.11.27 SAT
Open时间: 9PM – 5AM
Venue地点:798 art district Beijing 北京798艺术区
Ticket门票:
ADV Ticket预售票: 70RMB
Door 即场票:100RMB
Info咨询:13683334144(CHN中文), 13671304233(ENG英文)
Official Web活动官方网址:www.o2culture.com
Online Ticket网上购票:www.clubzone.cn
Bar system: LUSH

No.3 Coco Banana

Address

北京市朝阳区工体西路8号(工体南门进去一直走) Gong Ti Xi lu, Chaoyang District

TypeNight clubs

Mobile010-85999999

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Opened by the people behind one of Beijing’s best-loved nightclubs (Banana), Coco Banana drew on years of experience to make their opening night on April 2006 one of the most memorable events of the year. In terms of design and interior, Coco Banana has followed in the footsteps of its sister venue Banana and that of its neighbours on Gongti Xilu. The club has that cookie cutter feeling to it; big square bar strategically placed near the entrance, tables and chairs on the periphery of the dancefloor with booths taking up the back wall of the club. Where it does differ from other venues is in its size and its own sense of style. We like the go-go dancers-particularly the she/male who drips with funky attitude. We also like the podiums that make the dancers look like they’re strutting their stuff inside a water tank. Most of all we like the fact that after months of delays and speculation over their origianl opening date, Coco Banana kicked off with none other than dutch DJ Tiesto, one of the few DJs that chinese club-goers are familiar with making opening night the hottest ticket in town. Much like sister venue Banana, Coco Banana has the ability to draw people in seven nights a week and was even favoured by recent visitors the Black Eyed Peas.

 Next time you are on your China Tours, come to these clubs and experience how   nightlife in China really is!

This Page Highlights Peking Duck!

On November 26, 2010, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

Book your ticket in China Flights and hotel in Beijing Hotels, and then you are free from those troubles and just countdown to your visit to Beijing. But no visit to Beijing is complete without tasting Peking Duck! For your information, this page highlights Peking Duck. Why is this dish special? First it is the […]

Book your ticket in China Flights and hotel in Beijing Hotels, and then you are free from those troubles and just countdown to your visit to Beijing. But no visit to Beijing is complete without tasting Peking Duck! For your information, this page highlights Peking Duck.

Why is this dish special?

First it is the history. The Peking Duck enjoys a history of about 600 years, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, when cooks from all over China travelled to the capital Beijing to cook for the Emperor. It was a prestigious occupation as only the best chefs could enter the palace kitchens. A top cook was even able to reach the rank of a minister!

It was in these kitchens where dishes of exceptional quality such as the Peking Duck was first created and crafted to perfection by palace chefs. However, many of the recipes for such “foods of the Emperor” were later smuggled out of the kitchen and onto the streets of Beijing. With the eventual fall of the Ching dynasty in 1911, court chefs who left the Forbidden City set up restaurants around Beijing and brought the Peking Duck and other delicious dishes to the masses. When you eat the Peking Duck, you are experiencing a long history too!

Secondly it is its unique way of cooking.

The ducks are raised for the sole purpose of making the food. Force-fed, they are kept in cages which restrain them from moving about, so as to fatten them up and make the meat comparably tender.

After rubbing it with spices, salt and sugar follows a rather interesting step, where air is pumped into the duck so as to separate the skin from the fat.  It is then hung up to dry in the open air before being roasted in an oven until it is crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside.

Has the dish make your mother water?Can’t wait to taste it? Here are some tips for you to enjoy authentic Peking Duck.

Where to go

 The most prestigious is Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant (32 Qianmen Dajie, Chongwen), a seven-story palace, which has been roasting for the public since 1864 and now has several other locations around Beijing. Da Dong (Building 3, Tuanjiehu Beikou, Chaoyang) in the embassy district is a white tablecloth spot popular with the embassy set.

If your restaurant preferences skew toward the tiny and hard to find, Liqun Roast Duck Restaurant (11 Beixiangfeng Hutong, Chongwen) is a good bet. Reaching it requires meandering through narrow hutong alleyways, which can be an exhilarating pre-dinner adventure. The reward is a feast in a courtyard garden for a fraction of the price of larger restaurants.

To avoid a lengthy wait at hot spots like Quanjude and Da Dong, call at least a day before to reserve a table. At less popular restaurants, you can often simply show up.

How to eat

When the duck is ready (an average-sized duck will feed up to 8 or 10 people. Single diners and couples are advised to order half ducks, Local beers such as Yanjing Beer and Beijing Beer go great with it), a chef will arrive with your duck and carve it. Carving is an art form; a skilled chef can carve up to 120 slices in four or five minutes, with at least a sliver of deep red skin on each piece to strike a balance between succulence and crunchiness. Watch closely and compliment his carving skills. Don’t be afraid to applaud when he finishes.

The basic ingredients for wrapping the duck include crepe-like pancakes, scallions, cucumbers and a hoisin (plum) sauce. Spread a thin layer of plum sauce over a pancake. Add a few slivers of scallion and cucumber, then one or two slices of duck. Fold the bottom and side flaps of the pancake. The ingredients should poke out the open top, and you should be able to munch on the finished wrap with one hand, as you would a burrito. Don’t stick to just the leaner parts of the duck. Savor the skin.

Popular side dishes include boiled duck liver, shredded duck wings, seasoned duck feet, even fried duck hearts. Eat these without pancake, and try other condiments such as pickled vegetables, crushed garlic and white sugar. If you’re squeamish, opt for vegetable or seafood sides, or duck in spring rolls and steamed buns. Soup prepared with the leftover bones of the duck is also common.

  More information is available on Beijing Tours.

The Place: Sightseeing in Beijing

On November 26, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Featured China Stories, Must-sees, Shopping, by Jack Li

When you are on your China Tours and have spare time to shop around I definitely recommend “The Place”.  The place is somewhere to visit from your China Hotels.  The Place is situated in the central business district of Beijing.  Here you can find many shops and places to dine. “The Place” is certainly a […]

When you are on your China Tours and have spare time to shop around I definitely recommend “The Place”.  The place is somewhere to visit from your China Hotels.  The Place is situated in the central business district of Beijing.  Here you can find many shops and places to dine.

Entrance to The Place

“The Place” is certainly a weird name to try and get used to, but it aptly fits the scene as it is quite hard to describe in a few words.  The place is interesting to walk around and it is of a modern design.  You could describe it as walking in to a space ship because of the huge silver roof that covers “The Place”.

But by far, the showpiece of “The Place” is the giant LCD screen at night.  It cycles through a few scenes; I was particularly captured by the music video advertisement clips.

It is known that famous Pop stars of China visit The Place for shopping as it is a richer area and very upper market.  “The Place” is surrounded by multi coloured flashing lights and really sets the scene in a movie type fashion.  Because it’s so upper market and some of what looks like a movie set you really could spend a long day in “The Place” shopping around.

The Place at night time

“The Place” is a walk through shopping district.  Walking through there at night kind of reminded me of a dainty English town area in the back streets of London.  It kind of had an aura which sets the scene of Jack the Ripper times.  With the sandy looking roads and the secret garden which separates the entrance to the end of “The Place”.  Because “The Place” seems like such an outlandish place you really can let your imagination run wild with this one.

The end of The Place has a huge monument with just “The Place” written on a paving slab.  “Such a cool place to hang out”.  There are restaurants at “That Place” but when I visited it was late at night you will find that the shops and restaurants close quite early.

Surrounding areas of The Place include Spa & Massaging parlours.  Many office buildings and residential designated areas.  When you’re on your Travel to Beijing don’t forget to visit “The Place”.  Pop stars are most welcome!

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Get a Perfect Room through a Hotel Booking Agent

On November 25, 2010, in Accomodation, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Choosing the right hotel is as important as choosing the destination. With a good room you can have good rest and make your vocation there more enjoyable while a bad room spoils everything. What even worse is driving all day through syrupy traffic only to arrive at the hotel and discover your reservation is expired […]

Choosing the right hotel is as important as choosing the destination. With a good room you can have good rest and make your vocation there more enjoyable while a bad room spoils everything. What even worse is driving all day through syrupy traffic only to arrive at the hotel and discover your reservation is expired and there are no more rooms available. While to contact the hotel directly is an option, it’s still advisable to book through a travel agent. China Hotels is mostly recommended if your plan is to go to China. You can go to its website chinatraveldepot to get more information and help.

Booking a hotel room yourself is the hard way, for your information about the hotels might be limited or you can not simply afford the time, but hotel booking agents have expert knowledge of the hotel sector. They know better about hotels both the big ones and small, individual ones that may offer better value or more personal service. They know the best deals on hotel rooms in the city you’ll be traveling to.  They also get feedback from previous customers, so they are familiar with the trial-and-error process of finding good hotel rooms. Finally, if the travel agent sends a lot of customers to a hotel, that agent might get bargains on hotel rooms. Even charging you a fee, the travel agent might get you a cheaper hotel room than you can book yourself.

The travel agent offers a personal touch if you want a professional to book rooms for you, assuming you go through a smaller travel agency. At the same time, the travel agent isn’t likely to arrange the cheapest hotel rooms for you. That is likely to go to the big hotel booking agency specialist corporation.

How do you get a perfect room through a hotel booking agent?

It is very easy! You just pick up your phone. You tell them about your trip. The more detailed the better. What tourist spots are you planning to visit? —They can book the most convenient hotels, saving your money and time in traffic; what is your travel budget? —They can make the room fit it; are you bringing kids with you? —there may be extra cost to having kids share a room; what type of room is needed? …

After you let the booking agency know exactly what kind of hotel room you want and how much you are willing to pay for the room, and they take care of the rest. You are free of those troubles and just count down the days, waiting for your perfect vocation.

Many people may wonder how they pay the agent. The fact is that agents offering a ‘free’ service are actually paid commission by the hotels and venues they book. This may have financial advantages for you, but it also means the agent is less likely to be neutral about where they book. Also, if you’ve already negotiated net rates with a hotel or hotel group, you don’t want an HBA trying to claim commission on your net rates. Some HBAs are flexible and you may get to choose between fee or commission.

The cold December is coming, are you planning a vocation? Don’t know where to go?  Please log onto ChinaTours. It will give your professional advices. While most of the cities in mainland China are cold in winter, Guangzhou has a warm weather. Going there for the winter is a good choice. Book the tickets from Guangzhou Flights. Many blogs are written by the tourists themselves. Maybe you think their personal experience is more convincing and useful for your trip planning. China Flights can also do the air ticket booking for you. You do not need to bother.

Ways to Get Low Cost Plane Tickets for China Domestic Flights

On November 25, 2010, in Tips & Ideas, Transportation, Travel Info, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

Are you still struggling to book cheap air tickets for domestic trips within China? Well, because of the safety control of the government, it is rare that you could book cheap domestic flights in China through the local agencies in your country. Another factor for not getting cheap tickets is that you are not familiar […]

Are you still struggling to book cheap air tickets for domestic trips within China? Well, because of the safety control of the government, it is rare that you could book cheap domestic flights in China through the local agencies in your country. Another factor for not getting cheap tickets is that you are not familiar with the “black-out” period of flights. In addition, it is tricky that the price sometimes depends on where you are leaving. For example, if you Travel to Guilin, or Chengdu, it is cheaper if you take flights from Shanghai rather than Beijing. As Shanghai is the center of the competitions of all airlines, such as China Southern Airlines, Spring Airlines, and China Eastern Airlines.

Low-cost airlines for domestic flights and adjacent Asian countries. As I have mentioned above, you can always get cheap tickets, if you are leaving from Shanghai. Especially, the two most famous low-cost airlines was established in Shanghai: Spring Airlines and Juneyao Airlines. These two airlines always offer the cheapest prices for flights from Shanghai to other cities, Hong Kong, and adjacent Asian countries. For example, the latest price for traveling from Shanghai to Xi’an by Spring Airlines is only RMB 400 yuan and RMB 500 yuan by Juneyao Airlines, while the prices from other airlines are at least RMB 650 yuan. If you are in Beijing, then you may need to do more research on the cheap tickets. To reduce some work, I would like to recommend several airlines besides the Spring Airlines and Juneyao Airlines: Xia’men Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, and Hainan Airlines, which also has opened several international cheap lines recently.

Avoid “Black-out” periods for cheap air tickets. There several national holidays that you may want to avoid. It is not only because of the full-priced air tickets, but also the horribly crowded situation all over China. The golden week for National Day lasts from Oct 1st to Oct 7th is quite busy, and several days before or after this week. The summer vacation period is also the hot season for the air tickets. However, the exact months of summer vacation in China are different from most western countries. Normally, the students will have their summer vacation from July to the end of the August. But for most western countries, as far as I know, the summer vacation lasts from May to September. Thus, you can arrange your trip to China at the first section of summer vacation when the scenery spots are not getting crowd and the air tickets are always on sale. In the end, the worst period I suggest you to avoid is the Spring Festival period. This vacation is even the nightmare for Chinese, as everyone wants to go back to their hometown for this biggest traditional Spring Festival. Moreover, people need to come back to those big cities for work after this vacation. You can try to imagine what the condition would be, considering that there is 1.3 billion population in China. In order to avoid the chaos on trains and in railway stations, many people with decent incomes will choose airplanes. Therefore, it is not the matter of buying cheap tickets but the fact that probably you are not able to get one full-priced ticket.

Travel to another country always needs a large amount of preparation time and money. The most economical method for travelling in China might be taking the advantage of e-commerce. You can book the discounted air tickets, full-range of China Hotels, customized tour packages through some official websites, like ctrip, and chinatraveldepot.com. By ordering your travel services through internet, you will enjoy a worry-free and cheap trip in China!

Beijing Travel Agent

On November 25, 2010, in What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

Beijing, a great combination of ancient history and modern luxuries, is always considered as a popular tourist attraction to foreigners who are planning their China Tours. Where to live? What to eat? How to get a customized china travel package? These are problems which sound a little head-scratching and travelers can not handle all by […]

Beijing, a great combination of ancient history and modern luxuries, is always considered as a popular tourist attraction to foreigners who are planning their China Tours. Where to live? What to eat? How to get a customized china travel package? These are problems which sound a little head-scratching and travelers can not handle all by themselves. Under such circumstances, you are supposed to find a reliable and experienced travel operator to help you out.

Here is a short list of Beijing travel agents:

 No.1 CTS Sport Travel Service Co.Ltd

Tel:010-65802343/2344/1193

 No.2 Beijing Youth Travel Service Co,Ltd

Tel:010-87792215/800-810-0026

 No.3 Beijing CAISSA Lufthansa City Center

Tel: + 86 135 227 153 44

No.4 BTG International Travel& Tours

Tel:010-82250387/82250389

 No.5 Hua Cheng Travel Agency

Tel: 010-51284288/400-6181-909

 No.6 China Comfort Travel

Tel: 86-10-58690948

 No.7 China Connection Tours

Tel: 86-29-87650440

 In the rest part of this blog, I’d like to introduce some special restaurants in Beijing to you guys who are seeking special experiences all the time.

In a city with 40,000 restaurants fighting for customers, it’s no wonder these Beijing eateries are acting a little odd.

1. House of Poo Poo

A kindergarten “poo-scape” of smiley-faced turds, this bathroom-tiled restaurant is a daft tribute to the sit-down legacy of Thomas Crapper. Guests perch on toilets topped with Winnie the Pooh warmers (coincidence?), tucking into squidgy dishes like “poo funny mud” (mashed potato, pictured) and beef curries that float in table-top commodes. If it all gets too much, excuse yourself and go to the bathroom — it’s quite ordinary.

House of Poo Poo (便便满屋饭堂)
Average price: RMB 25-50
Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Address: 91 Dianmen Outer Street, Xicheng District (西城区地安门外大街91号), Tel. +86 (010) 8403 5296

2.Friends Café

Always stuck in second gear? Seek out this eerily precise replica of TV show “Friends’” Central Perk for big cups of Joe, chocolate muffins, hot dogs and endless re-runs. A giddy student crowd fights over the famous couch, and takes turns strumming “Smelly Cat” on guitar. Fanatical owner Du Xin confesses to studying “millions of pictures online to get it right.” Yes, he dresses like Gunther.

Friends Café (老友记主题店)
Average Price: RMB 20 – 50
Opening hours: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Address: Suite 0616, Building A, Chaowai SOHO, 6 Chaoyangmen Outer Street, Chaoyang District (朝外大街乙6号朝外SOHOA座0616室), Tel. +86 186 0119 1315

3.Red Classics Restaurant

Revel in a bygone slice of PRC history at this theater restaurant decked out with Mao portraits, revolutionary slogans and a life-sized red tractor smashing through the wall. Waitresses in green overalls and pig-tails dish up the Helmsman’s beloved pork belly in portions that would make a Red Guard blush, as actors belt out “The East is Red” to drunken groups of flag-waving petty bourgeoisie.

Red Classics Restaurant (红色经典主题餐厅)
Average price: 40-70 RMB
Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 9.30 p.m. (show begins at 7:20pm nightly)
Address: 66 Beishang Po, Qinglong Bridge, Xiangshan Road, Haidian District (海淀区香山路青龙桥北上坡66号), Tel. +86 (010) 6287 2185

 4.Heroic Mountain

This eatery, themed on “wuxia,” or martial arts fiction, stands out from the hot pot joints that line Ghost Street. Bamboo walls hung with swords and bows provide the ambiance as waiters in black robes serve fanciful fare to the assembled acolytes of Jin Yong, the novelist who popularized the genre. White belts needn’t tap out: the delicious “Beggar’s Duck” and steamed “Hero Fish” require no prior training.

Heroic Mountain (英雄山庄)
Average price: RMB 30-50
Opening hours: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Address: 181-1 Dongzhimenwai Avenue, Dongcheng District ( 东城区 东直门内大街181-1号), Tel. +86 (010) 8403 5851

5.Kiev Restaurant

The mustachioed stars of Ukrainian opera sing out their careers at this grand eating hall much loved by moneyed Chinese. If you manage to get a table, Georgian wine, smoked trout and questionable baked lobster should get you in the mood for music; diners can pick from a songbook (Russian and Chinese only) and pay 80 RMB to have the full troupe come to the table for an ear-splitting aria.

Kiev Restaurant (基辅餐厅)
Average price: RMB 70-100
Opening hours: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (performances from 12.30-1 p.m. and from 7 p.m.)
Address: 13 Puhui Nanli, Yuyuantan South Street (west of the Millennium Monument), Haidian District (海淀区玉渊潭南路普惠南里13号), Tel. +86 (010) 6828 3482

With these information above, you can enjoy a good time during your Beijing Tours. Good Luck!

Travel Tips for China: Local Cuisine II

On November 25, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

When you just go for China Tours in mainland China, some local cuisine you have to taste when you after visiting famous places. Here are some tips and information for you and your mouth. Book a China Flight to visit China, you will never forget the flavor. Peking Duck, or Peking Roast Duck is a famous duck dish from Beijing that […]

When you just go for China Tours in mainland China, some local cuisine you have to taste when you after visiting famous places. Here are some tips and information for you and your mouth. Book a China Flight to visit China, you will never forget the flavor.

Peking Duck, or Peking Roast Duck is a famous duck dish from Beijing that has been prepared since the imperial era, and is now considered one of China’s national foods.

The dish is prized for the thin, crispy skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and little meat, sliced in front of the diners by the cook. Ducks bred specially for the dish are slaughtered after 65 days and seasoned before being roasted in a closed or hung oven. The meat is eaten with pancakes, spring onions, and hoisin sauce or sweet bean sauce. The two most notable restaurants in Beijing which serve this delicacy are Quanjude and Bianyifang, two centuries-old establishments which have become household names. A variant of the dish known as crispy aromatic duck has been created by the Chinese community in the United Kingdom.

The cooked Peking Duck is traditionally carved in front of the diners and served in three stages. First, the skin is served dipped in sugar and garlic sauce. The meat is then served with steamed pancakes, scallions and sweet bean sauce. Several vegetable dishes are provided to accompany the meat, typically cucumber and carrot sticks. The diners spread sauce, and optionally sugar, over the pancake. The pancake is wrapped around the meat with the vegetables and eaten by hand. The remaining fat, meat and bones may be made into a broth, served as is, or the meat chopped up and stir fried with sweet bean sauce. Otherwise, they are packed up to be taken home by the customers.

A number of restaurants in China specialises in Peking Duck. Examples include Quanjude, Bianyifang, Changan Yihao, Beijing Xiaowangfu and Dadong Tuanjiehu Kaoyadian. Some restaurants, in particular Quanjude and Bianyifang, have long histories of serving high quality duck that they are now household names, or laozihao, literally “old brand name”. In addition, Quanjude has received worldwide recognition, having been named a China Renowned Trademark in 1999.

Crispy aromatic duck is a similar dish to Peking duck. It is very popular in the United Kingdom and there are claims that it was invented there. Actually, it is a traditional Chinese dish, and was originally (and still is) served on, in, or around steamed buns. Serving it à la Peking Duck (with pancakes and scallions) is also a variation found in China, the only difference in the UK seems to be the shredding of the meat before serving.

The duck is first marinated with spices, then steamed until tender, and finally deep fried until crispy.  The meat has less fat and is drier and crispier compared to that of Peking Duck.

Book a China Flight to visit China, you will never forget the flavor. chinatraveldepot.com will offer you more information you may need.

Welcome To Take Eastern China Airlines

On November 25, 2010, in Transportation, Travel Info, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

Eastern China possesses numerous amazing tourist attractions that worth seeing at least one time in your lifetime. Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Wuxi…have you ever been to any of them? , enjoy the top services supplied by China Flights. No.1  China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd. China Southern Airlines operates the largest and most technologically advanced airline […]

Eastern China possesses numerous amazing tourist attractions that worth seeing at least one time in your lifetime. Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Wuxi…have you ever been to any of them? , enjoy the top services supplied by China Flights.

No.1  China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd.

China Southern Airlines operates the largest and most technologically advanced airline fleet, as well as the most extensive domestic air network in The People’s Republic of China.

Currently, China Southern Airlines operates 400 modern Boeing 777, 747, 757, 737 and Airbus A330, 321, 320, 319 and 300 jet aircrafts and is ranked NO.6 in the world serving destinations to 884 cities in 169 countries. Forming an extensive network with Guangzhou and Beijing as its hubs, covering all of China, radiating throughout Asia and linking Europe, America, Australia & Africa with convenient connections to all main cities in the world via close cooperation with all the SkyTeam member airlines.

No.2  China Eastern Airlines Co. Ltd.

China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited was founded in April 1995 and was listed at the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, New York Stock Exchange, Inc. and Shanghai Stock Exchange in 1997. It is one of the three largest civil aviation transportation backbone enterprises in China and `was established in 1988. Its Headquarters are based in Shanghai. In February 2010, the alliance and reorganization of China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited and Shanghai Airlines Co., Ltd. were completed and the latter became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the former.

No.3 China Spring Airlines

Established in 2005 by Spring Travel, China’s number one domestic travel agency, Spring Airlines is the country’s first low-fare airline. Based in Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport, the Spring fleet also flies out of Pudong International Airport and Sanya’s Fenghuang Airport. The airline’s 17 Airbus A320 jets fly passengers to over 55 routes within mainland China.
Spring Airlines is proud to boast a service that is economical, punctual, convenient and comfortable. It celebrates its motto of “make flying affordable for everyone” by operating efficiently, cutting out complimentary meals and selling tickets directly to flyers through the Spring Airlines and China Spring Tour websites. Spring Airlines’ new online English language site provides the same great service that our customers have come to expect from our company in recent years.
Aside from ensuring excellent access to our customers, Spring Airlines is focused on expanding our network throughout China, building bridges and providing transport solutions nationwide. With upcoming additions to our fleet, Spring plans to open up domestic transports routes to all corners of China and further into surrounding regions.
With the launch of the Departure Control System last year, Spring Airlines has become the most customer-friendly airline in China. Spring passengers can reduce the stress of traveling by booking tickets and checking in via the website of Spring Airlines.
Since its foundation in 2005, Spring Airlines has constantly sought to repay the people of the communities that support it.
Within Shanghai, Spring Airlines has been a great supporter of projects for children with special needs. Schemes such as Wings of Spring and Green Ribbon have contributed to improving the standard of living for thousands of children throughout the city.

For more information, visit our website Air China, http://www.chinatraveldepot.com/Air-China

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