Beijing—the Lowest Crime Rate and the Best Security

On November 23, 2010, in Featured China Stories, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

In October, a survey showed that Beijing is China’s safest city to visit because of its good public security. Tourists are keen to go on Beijing Tours and to stay in Beijing for a holiday if they know that it is a safe city. As we all know, apart from Beijing Hotels and flights, security […]

In October, a survey showed that Beijing is China’s safest city to visit because of its good public security. Tourists are keen to go on Beijing Tours and to stay in Beijing for a holiday if they know that it is a safe city. As we all know, apart from Beijing Hotels and flights, security is another key factor taken into account by tourists when choosing their destination.

In fact, the result of the survey surprised most people. It sounds strange for the title—China’s most safe city. Recently, Beijing has been famous for its high living pressure, poor environment and heavy traffic jams. However, from the result we can see that 31.8% people choose Beijing as the safest city because of its excellent security including living safety. It is also popular for its lifestyle of living rich and stable.

Furthermore, the best security comes hand in hand with a low crime rate. Beijing has the highest density of police and armed police. Since it is the capital of China, it should be equipped with a large amount of police. However please do not imagine Beijing as a city where uniformed police are standing everywhere. It actually has the largest number of plain-clothed police in the country and certain departments of security are using different methods to strengthen security in the capital. They often take control to maintain order in Beijing railway station. Those actions are aimed to combat crime immediately and they tend to work very effectively. And since the 29th Olympic Games were held in Beijing, the subway’s security is regularly monitored to maintain its safety for the public. As for public places of amusement, Beijing Public Security Bureau has ordered some popular places to be monitored closely and they have strengthened the regular maintenance work to improve daily safety.

Most people who live in Beijing are willing to obey the rules and support public safety. For example, during the morning and evening peak periods, someone’s bags could be stolen amongst the crowds in the subway and the owner would not even notice. But the owner can now call the subway staff at another station for help and they can contact the rest of the staff who are on duty to help find the bag. And if you can understand some Chinese, you can hear the radio playing on the buses, announcing the lost property which has been found.

As I have been studying in Beijing for 4 years and have visited some other large cities in China such as Shanghai and Shenzhen, I can say that Beijing has the best security system and is the safest city in China. Now I can understand why people, especially young professionals, want to live and work here despite the traffic jams and the pollution. And so if you have not visited Beijing yet, I think you should definitely consider having a look on Travel to Beijing.

Internal Airlines in Canada

On November 23, 2010, in Transportation, Travel Info, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

People who go on china travel and travel to Canada a lot may find that flight tickets to Canada are more expensive than China Flights and American Flights. This is because there is a monopolistic operation run by several big domestic companies in Canada. Here is a brief introduction of the main airlines in Canada […]

People who go on china travel and travel to Canada a lot may find that flight tickets to Canada are more expensive than China Flights and American Flights. This is because there is a monopolistic operation run by several big domestic companies in Canada. Here is a brief introduction of the main airlines in Canada for those who are planning to go:

Air Canada

Overview and basic information

Air Canada is Canada’s largest full-service airline and the largest provider of scheduled passenger services in the Canadian market, the Canada-U.S. trans-border market and in the international market to and from Canada. Together with their regional partner Jazz, Air Canada serves over 32 million customers annually and provides direct passenger service to over 170 destinations on five continents. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance™, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network.

Air Canada, as Canada’s national airline, is based in Monterey, Quebec. Its first hub is:

  • Canada Toronto International Airport;
  • Vancouver International Airport;
  • Montreal International Airport;

The second hub is:

  • Calgary International Airport;
  • Harryfass International Airport

It has 319 aircrafts and 160 flight cities. Airline code: AC, radio call sign is Air Canada. Air Canada provides services like passenger and cargo airlines regular and charter services, maintenance for other airlines, ground handling and training services.

Baggage information

Air Canada passengers are allowed to carry two pieces of baggage and one piece of hand baggage all free of charge.

Checked baggage: length + width + height = 158 cm (each specification); weight 23kg (per piece)

Hand baggage: length + width + height = 112 cm (each specification); weight 8 kg per piece

Excess baggage:

If your baggage is over and above this amount, you have to pay the following for each piece of extra luggage:

  • Canada Vancouver CNY860/each
  • Other cities in Canada CNY1020/each
  • United States West Coast USD89 per piece
  • United States East Coast USD96 per piece

 

Hand baggage, excess baggage regulations ibid.

Canada’s major international airport information

  • Toronto Airport, Toronto International Airport (YYZ)
  • Vancouver and the Vancouver International Airport Guide (YVR)
  • Monterey and the Montreal International Airport Guide (YUL)

West Jet

Air Canada is a famous international airline in Canada, and West Jet is a famous domestic airline in Canada. West-Jet was founded in 1996 by Clive Beddoe and a team of like-minded partners, who believed that just because you pay less for your flight, doesn’t mean you should get less.

Armed with that philosophy, three planes, five destinations and 220 friendly WestJetters, they began their journey; a journey that would take them to the 7,800 WestJetters flying 88 Boeing Next-Generation aircrafts to 71 destinations in Canada, the U.S., the Caribbean and Mexico that they have today.

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Cheap Airline Ticket to China Never Sleeps—Hainan Airlines

On November 23, 2010, in Transportation, Travel Info, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

The international tickets to China have risen up to a high level this year, partly because of the Shanghai Expo. But the root for this expensive air tickets is the rare competition among airlines to operate international flights. For example, the flights between Canada and China are mainly operated byAir China, China Eastern Airlines and […]

The international tickets to China have risen up to a high level this year, partly because of the Shanghai Expo. But the root for this expensive air tickets is the rare competition among airlines to operate international flights. For example, the flights between Canada and China are mainly operated byAir China, China Eastern Airlines and Air Canada. Especially, for some direct flights from some Canadian cities to major cities in China, there are only Air Canada flights. But all of these will be changed in this month. Hainan Airlines, which is the only 4-star airlines in China, will open several direct lines for international flights this month. The first direct flight from Toronto to Beijing will be setting off this Saturday. And the price for round trip is only about $700, while the cheapest price of Air Canada in history was $900.

Hainan Airlines was established in Hainan, 1993. It has more than 500 lines for international and domestic flights. It operated flights between Beijing and Berlin, Sydney, Toronto, Seattle, etc. And in 2009, it received the award of the first 4-star airline in China by SKYTRAX. This year, 2010, Hainan Airlines opened the first frequent direct flights between Beijing and Phuket. The accumulation card for Hainan Airlines is the Fortune Wings Club. The members of this club also include Grand China Air, Lucky Air, Tianjin Airlines, China West Air, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express, Air Berlin, China Airlines, and Malev.

The domestic flights of Hainan Airlines are quite cheap and with high quality of service. From Beijing to Hangzhou, for example, just costs RMB 360 yuan. Moreover, they have prepared cheap tickets for Christmas and New Yearvacations. For European round trips, like between Beijing or Shanghai and Brussels, Berlin, travelers can have special offers if you book tickets 14 days in advance. The price is from RMB 3380 between December 1st, 2010 and January 20th, 2011,  RMB 3500 yuan between January 21st and February 28th ,2011, RMB 4000 yuan from March 1st to March 31st, 2011, RMB 2600 yuan Between Beijing and Moscow from November 1st to December 31st , RMB 3500 yuan Between Beijing and Moscow, St. Petersburg from January 1st to March 31st.

There are also cheap flights offers in North America. During the period of November 1st,2010 ad March 31st, 2011, the international flights from Beijing, transferring in Seattle, to Vancouver, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Calgary, Denver, the round trip price is as low as RMB 3500 yuan. And the first direct flight between Toronto and Beijing this Saturday (November 27th) can be only RMB 4800 yuan for round trip. This line is taken by Air Bus A340, the flights number is HU7975 and HU7976. It operates every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. It leaves at 3:40pm in Toronto or 1pm in Beijing, and arrives in 6:55pm in Beijing or 1:40pm in Toronto. The flight duration is around 13 hours.

For Africa, Hainan Airlines have opened the direct flights between Beijing and Cairo in November 17th. The single trip is from RMB 3200 yuan, while the round trip only costs RMB 3800 yuan. Also there are connecting flights from other cities in China, transferring to Beijing, to Cairo. And the domestic flights of this connecting lines are free.

The choices of cheap flights for international travelers are more and more. Many Chinese airlines are preparing for coming into this market and making this competition tense like domestic flights. In a short period, there will be more airlines which used to focus on the domestic flights, will be initiating the direct international flights. So you travelers will enjoy even cheaper China Flights than current deals!

China Vacation Packages: Hunan Province

When people are going to Hunan Province for a short vocation, you must be a crazy traveler. Hunan Province is a really good choice for experience your extraordinary China Tours. Book a China Flight for your China Vocation this winter! Hunan is a province of China, located to the south of the middle reaches of the Yangtze River and south […]

When people are going to Hunan Province for a short vocation, you must be a crazy traveler. Hunan Province is a really good choice for experience your extraordinary China Tours. Book a China Flight for your China Vocation this winter!

Hunan is a province of China, located to the south of the middle reaches of the Yangtze River and south of Lake Dongting (hence the name Hunan, meaning “south of the lake”). Hunan is sometimes called and officially abbreviated as “湘” (pinyin: Xiāng) for short, after the Xiang River which runs through the province.

Hunan borders Hubei in the north, Jiangxi to the east, Guangdong to the south, Guangxi to the southwest, Guizhou to the west, and Chongqing to the northwest. The capital is Changsha.

Hunan Province is located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, about half way along its length. Shanghai lies 1000 km away, Beijing1200 km away, and Guangzhou 500 km away.

Hunan is situated between 109°-114° east longitude and 20°-30° north latitude. The east, south and west sides of the province are surrounded by mountains and hills, such as the Wuling Mountains to the northwest, the Xuefeng Mountains to the west, the Nanling Mountains to the south, and theLuoxiao Mountains to the east. The mountains and hills occupy more than 80% of the area and the plain comprises less than 20% of the whole province.

The Xiangjiang, the Zijiang, the Yuanjiang and the Lishui Rivers converge on the Yangtze River at Lake Dongting in the north of Hunan. The center and northern parts are somewhat low and a U-shaped basin, open in the north and with Lake Dongting as its center. Most of Hunan Province lies in the basins of four major tributaries of the Yangtze River.

Lake Dongting is the largest lake in the province and the second largest freshwater lake of China. Due to the reclamation of land for agriculture, Lake Dongting has been subdivided into many smaller lakes, though there is now a trend to reverse some of the reclamation, which had damaged wetland habitats surrounding the lake.

Hunan’s climate is subtropical, with mild winters and plenty of precipitation. January temperatures average 3 to 8 °C while July temperatures average around 27 to 30 °C. Average annual precipitation is 1200 to 1700 mm.

Xiang is a subdivision of spoken Chinese that originates from Hunan. Hunan cuisine is noted for its use of chili peppers. Nü shu is a writing system that was used exclusively among women in Jiangyong County. Hunan’s culture industry generated 87 billion yuan (US$11.76 billion) in economic value in 2007, a major contributor to the province’s economic growth. The industry accounts for 7.5 percent of the region’s GDP – 0.9 percentage points higher than the previous year.

In recent years, Hunan’s cultural exports to the rest of China have been making a big impact. For instance, theSuper Girl contest – a Chinese version of Pop Idol – was a significant and ground-breaking achievement for Chinese television. It included live broadcast, voting by mobile phones, and featured quirky and atypical characters. Another television export has been the television cartoon series Blue Cat.

The gross profit for the Supergirl contest in 2005, for example, was 17.79 million yuan (US$ 2.48 million). As a result of programs like Supergirl, Golden Eagle Broadcasting System’s Hunan satellite television channel has become the most-watched regionally-produced channel in China, with over 5.6 million viewers. According to Golden Eagle, its programming also airs in the US, Japan, and Europe.

The local government started developing its cultural industry earlier than other cities, which is the main reason why they are ahead. There is a mature entertainment chain and standardized management in Hunan`s cultural industry. A prime example of this is Golden Eagle Broadcasting System.

Book a China Flight for your China Vocation this winter, visit chinatraveldepot.com for more information you may need.

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China Vacation Packages: Gansu Province

On November 23, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

When people are going to Gansu Province for a short vocation, you must be a crazy traveler. Gansu Province is a really good choice for experience your extraordinary China Tours. Book a China Flight for your China Vocation this winter! Gansu Province is a province located in the northwest of the People’s Republic of China. It lies […]

When people are going to Gansu Province for a short vocation, you must be a crazy traveler. Gansu Province is a really good choice for experience your extraordinary China Tours. Book a China Flight for your China Vocation this winter!

Gansu Province is a province located in the northwest of the People’s Republic of China. It lies between the Tibetan and Huangtu plateaus, and borders Mongolia, Inner Mongolia, andNingxia to the north, Xinjiang and Qinghai to the west, Sichuan to the south, and Shaanxi to the east. The Yellow River passes through the southern part of the province.

The landscape in Gansu is very mountainous in the south and flat in the north. The mountains in the south are part of the Qilian mountain range. At 5,547 meters high, Qilian Shan Mountain is Gansu’s highest elevation. It is located at latitude 39°N and longitude 99°E.

A natural land passage known as Hexi Corridor, stretching some 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) from Lanzhou to the Jade Gate, is situated within Gansu province. It is bound from north by the Gobi Desert and Qilian Mountains from the south.

Gansu has a generally semi-arid to arid, continental climate, with warm summers and very cold winters. Most of the precipitation is concentrated in the summer months.

Most of the inhabitants of Gansu speak dialects of Northern Mandarin Chinese. On the border areas of Gansu one might encounter Tu, Amdo Tibetan, Mongolian, and the Kazakh language. Most of the minorities also speak Chinese.

The cuisine of Gansu is based on the staple crops grown there: wheat, barley, millet, beans, and sweet potatoes. Within China, Gansu is known for its lamian (pulled noodles), and Muslim restaurants which feature authentic Gansu cuisine. Muslim restaurants are known as “qingzhen restaurants” (“pure truths (Islamic) restaurants”), and feature typical Chinese dishes, but without any pork products, and instead an emphasis on lamb and mutton.

The historic Silk Road starts in Chang’an and goes to Constantinople. On the way merchants would go to Dunhuang in Gansu. In Dunhuang they would get fresh camels, food and guards for the journey around the dangerous Taklamakan Desert. Before departing Dunhuang they would pray to the Mogao Grottoes for a safe journey, if they came back alive they would thank the gods at the grottoes. Across the desert they would form a train of camels to protect themselves from thieving bandits. The next stop, Kashi (Kashgar), was a welcome sight to the merchants. At Kashi most would trade and go back and the ones who stayed would eat fruit and trade their Bactrian camels for single humped ones. After Kashi they would keep going until they reached their next destination.

Located about 5 km southwest of the city, the Crescent Lake or Yueyaquan is a oasis and popular spot for tourists seeking respite from the heat of the desert. Activities includes camel and 4×4 rides.

Bingling Temple, or Bingling Grottoes, is a Buddhist cave complex in a canyon along the Yellow River. Begun in 420 AD during the Western Jin Dynasty, the site contains dozens of caves and caverns filled with outstanding examples of carvings, sculpture, and frescoes. The great Maitreya Buddha is more than 27 meters tall and is similar in style to the great Buddhas that once lined the cliffs of Bamiyan, Afghanistan. Access to the site is by boat from Yongjing in the summer or fall. There is no other access point.

Book a China Flight for your China Vocation this winter, visit chinatraveldepot.com for more information you may need.

Frequently Asked Questions about China Visa

If you want to Travel to Beijing in China, you will definitely need to get a Chinese visa. But what is a Chinese visa and how can you get it? Here are some frequently asked questions about visas and China Tours. 1. What is a Chinese visa? A china visa is a stamp on a […]

If you want to Travel to Beijing in China, you will definitely need to get a Chinese visa. But what is a Chinese visa and how can you get it? Here are some frequently asked questions about visas and China Tours.

  1. 1. What is a Chinese visa?

A china visa is a stamp on a passport which allows you to visit China. If you need to enter a country, such as for business, as a tourist or in transitory, you need to get a visa before you enter. Your type of visit and length of visit will influence the type of visa you get.

2. Are there different kinds of visas?

Yes, there are. In all, there are six types of China visas: tourist visa, business visa, student visa, work visa, transit visa, crew visa, resident visa and journalist visa.

 Tourist Visas (L) are issued to foreigners who are going to China for tourism, visiting family or other private affairs.  Business Visas (F) are for people who are invited to China for a business visit, such as an investigation, a lecture, scientific-technological & cultural exchanges, short-term furthering studies or intern practice for less than six months. Student Visas (X)  are for foreigners who are going to China to study for a period of more than six months. Work Visas (Z) are for foreigners who are going to China for a post or employment, and to their accompanying family members.  Transit Visas (G) are issued to foreigners who are going to a third country in transit of China. Crew Visas (C) are for crewmembers travelling on international-based transportation, such as trains, airplanes and ships and family members accompanying them.

3. When shall I apply for my Chinese visa?

The best time to apply for a Chinese visa is about one month before your travel date. But if you need a visa immediately, you can get the rush service by paying an extra fee.

4. How can I get a China visa?

The tourist (L) and transit (G) visas are the only ones that you can apply for without assistance from a business, government or academic institution. For the rest, you have to ask others for help, such as a travel agency in China or in your own country.

Please note that no visa is required if you go to Hainan Province for travel with an organized group or travel to Hong Kong under 30 days.

5. What does it requires?

(1) One Visa Application Form of the People’s Republic of China.

(2)Applicant’s passport with at least 6 months remaining validity and available blank pages for the visa.

3) A recent passport-size color photo with white background stuck onto the visa application form.

(4)In some cases, the original and a copy of the Chinese Hotel Booking and Return Air Ticket are required.

6. How long is a China visa valid?

There are of two types:

A Single and Double entry China visa is valid for 90 days from issuance. Within 90 days (please pay attention to the time difference between China and your own country) you can enter China. And from the date of your entrance, you can stay in China for 30 days (the duration period is written on the visa label).

A Multiple entry China visa (Business Only) is valid for 6 months from issuance.  Within 180 days (please pay attention to the time difference between China and your own country) you can enter China. And from the date of your entrance, you can stay in China for 30 days.

I hope you have a great time with china travel.

China Travel

On November 23, 2010, in Accomodation, Adventure Trip, China Travel Gossip, Transportation, Travel Info, by Jack Li

If you are thinking about Traveling to Beijing, China, there are many things that you need to take into consideration, such as buying plane tickets, booking hotels, researching your destination etc. Some people prefer to ask a travel agency for help whilst others prefer to do it themselves. But now you have a third choice: […]

If you are thinking about Traveling to Beijing, China, there are many things that you need to take into consideration, such as buying plane tickets, booking hotels, researching your destination etc. Some people prefer to ask a travel agency for help whilst others prefer to do it themselves. But now you have a third choice: DIY with the china travel department. It is a special service that they provide for people who have their own ideas about traveling and planning a trip.

After logging onto their website, there are only three steps to complete to build your own trip. The first step is “search”. Click the “Build my trip” button on the left hand side and you will see their slogan of “Tour packages are no longer defined as ”you go with our schedule” now, we go with your schedule.” Here you can choose “narrow your search by the following options” and customize your package tour by filling in some basic information about your trip. For example the type of your tour (China sightseeing tours, china tibet vacation, china expats holidays, yangtze cruise tours, china luxury travel, china beach holidays, china culture vacations , china train travel, china silk road travel etc.) And also the length of your package (5 to 8 days, 9 to 12 days, 12 to 15 days, or more than 15days) and the budget of your trip. Then choose the cities you want to visit and the attractions that you are interested in seeing (such as The Great Wall of China, the Terracotta warriors, West lake, Forbidden City, Summer Palace etc). After filling in all the basic information about your trip, click the “search” button at the bottom of the website and go to step 2.

Step 2 is “select” . As you can see in the picture above, I chose a China sightseeing tour of 5 to 8 days with a price of less than 800 dollars. Then it shows me all the package tours which best fit my requirements and I chose the “8 days Shanghai and Beijing a tale of two cities”. Now what I need to do is to select the date, the number of travelers and the number of rooms I need. Then you will see an itinerary for your trip from day 1 to day 8. As you can see in the picture, you can change the places that you plan to visit and the hotel that you are going to stay in, (if you are not sure about the hotel, you can click the name of the hotel and take a closer look of it.) what is more, you can decide to travel from one city to another by plane or by bus and you can even add or delete a city.

Then it comes to the next step. You can choose to book it right now or just save the trip..

If you want to know more information about China Tours, please visit their website: http://www.chinatraveldepot.com/.  You can also contact a travel consultant by email: tourpackages@chinatraveldepot.com or by phone: 1-888-598-2008 (USA & Canada) or + 86 10 5815 8830 (China & Other Countries) or leave a voice message. I hope you have a great trip in China.

Directions and Low fare Travel to Xi‘an

On November 22, 2010, in Cool Places, Tips & Ideas, Tours, Travel Info, Xi'an, by Jack Li

Knowing more about transportation in your travel destination could be very helpful. Before taking your Xi’an Flights and starting your Xi’an Tours, you’d better get all the aspects of transportation in Xi’an. Air Traffic in Xi’an Xi’an Xianyang Airport is the fourth largest airport in China. The flights can reach 60 large and medium – […]

Knowing more about transportation in your travel destination could be very helpful. Before taking your Xi’an Flights and starting your Xi’an Tours, you’d better get all the aspects of transportation in Xi’an.

Air Traffic in Xi’an

Xi’an Xianyang Airport is the fourth largest airport in China. The flights can reach 60 large and medium – sized cities at home and abroad such as Hong Kong, Macao, and Japan’s Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Niigata, Nagoya and other places. Xianyang International Airport is located in the northwest of Xi’an, about 50 kilometers from Xi’an City centre, Airport Expressway connecting, up to 1 hour. Buses starting point is in the airport civil aviation ticket office at Xishao gate of Xi’an. Bus departure time starts from 5:00am to 6:00pm every day and the fare is 25 Yuan per head. It takes 80-100 Yuan by taxi from Xi’and Xianyang International Airport and the bus terminal from airport to Xi’an is also in Xishao gate. Buses depart after the flight arrives 20 minutes later.

Railroad in Xi’an

“Eurasian Continental Bridge ” Longhai railway runs across Xi’an; Xi-Yan railway connects Xi’an and Yan’an—the Holy Land of Chinese revolution; Xi-Kang railway crosses Qinling Mountains and gets through Chongqing; Xi-He railway (connecting Xi’an, Hefei and Nanjing) is under construction and Xi-Zhong, another under construction railway, get through Xi’an – Pingliang – Zhongwei. These two will build a linkage “Longhai railway arteries “. In the near future, Xi’an City could build up a railway network just like the shape of Chinese character “米”.

Besides, Xi’an Railway Station is located in the northern part, which generally takes 30 minutes to there from the city and the fare costs about 10 Yuan.

Road Traffic in Xi’an

Xi’an is the second National Highway Transport hub, only next to Beijing. It has a total of 9 national highways on the radial to the country.

City Traffic for attractions in Xi’an

Xi’an buses, with the number 1, 2 and 6 of the lead car are ordinary buses, train 1 Yuan; 5 and 7 in the lead are medium buses, costs 5 dime in the first three stops and 5 dimes per four stops after that. In addition, No.610 bus is tour bus line. It starts from the railway station and covers attractions like Beixin Street, the revolutionary park, Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Guangji Street, Suzaku Door,  Small Wild Pagoda, Nanshao Gate, Daxinshan Temple, Shaanxi History Museum, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Qin Imperial Palace. It charges 1- 2 Yuan and stops at the very main entrance of most attractions, which benefits tourist a lot.

If you want to go to eastern tour line– Terra Cotta Warriors and Huaqing Hot Spring etc., you can take bus No.306 or 307 at the railway station. They offer cheaper prices, more train numbers and faster speed. You’d better not on the package tour because they will pick you to some man – made scenic spots and shopping points. This makes limited time and slaughter behaviors. If you plan to go Hua Mount, you can take medium bus on East Bus Station, one-way costs 20 Yuan (Iveco) and takes 1.5 hours.

Taxi in Xi’an charges low—starting price is 6 Yuan for Santana after 3km the cost is 1.6 Yuan per km while other models starting fee costs 5yuan and 1.4yuan per km after 3 kilometers.

I hope that  the information above can help your Travel to Xi’an.

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Online Booking Air Tickets Service at China Travel Depot

On November 22, 2010, in Cultural Experience, Transportation, Travel Info, by Jack Li

As top China Travel Agency and Tour Operator since 1980, China Youth Travel Service developed its online service well and here is a brief introduction about online booking service at China travel Depot. I think that an online service from an inbound travel agency  in a domestic country could have a lot of advantages especially […]

As top China Travel Agency and Tour Operator since 1980, China Youth Travel Service developed its online service well and here is a brief introduction about online booking service at China travel Depot. I think that an online service from an inbound travel agency  in a domestic country could have a lot of advantages especially in aspect of resources. Flights from domestic airlines can offer a low price for domestic travel services and surely there are more China Flights that cooperate with a domestic travel service.

Chinatraveldepot.com issues over 800,000 e-tickets per year. It is one of the biggest China Flights ticket providers in China. As it shows its advantages, it offers real-time flight schedule and information links with GDS seamlessly. It provides cheap and discounted air fare without hidden fees, save up to 60%. In addition, it has secure online booking and payment powered by Veri Sign 128-bit SSL encryption.  The booking process in this website is:

Step 1– search and select flights that meet your demands. You are always welcome to write your specific queries to our professional travel consultants if the listed China Flights do not suit you well.

Step 2– read carefully the detailed description about the selected flights including flight number, time and date, airport name, restrictions on cancellation or change. This information will help you to decide what you will book compared to what you actually need.

Step 3– reserve the selected China Flights by filling out your personal information such as names as shown in the passport, passport numbers, date of birth, phone number, credit card information etc. Please note that you must sign up to become a Member of China Travel Depot before making any reservation orders. We strongly recommend that you should reserve China Flights at least 3 days prior to your flight departure date to make sure your reservation is handled properly and your China Flights are arranged smoothly.

Step 4– Review your reservation order with information of what you have reserved, total amount for the products and services, payment information, terms and conditions etc.

Step 5– Submit your completed reservation order to China Travel Depot under the situation that you are fully aware of the terms and conditions.

Step 6– Receive real-time confirmation and Pay Now/Pay Later to settle the full payment.

Step 7– Tickets issued with regards to full payment you will receive an e-mail of your receipt of the e-ticket and since pay online is popular now, chinatraveldepot.com supplies this service as well. It provides two methods of on-line payment, Pay with PayPal & Pay directly by Credit Card. Both methods are safe and secure. The security of your private information is guaranteed to remain secure on the website.

In fact, chinatraveldepot.com provides not only fly tickets booking service but also China Hotels, cars and even DIY tour service. It is a comprehensive online service for China travel. If you plan to travel to C, it is a good choice to book on chinatraveldepot.com.

Tallest Buildings in Beijing

On November 22, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Must-sees, Shopping, by Jack Li

When you’re in Beijing don’t forget to check out the tallest buildings from your China Hotels.  You might even see them at a view from your hotel but if you get the opportunity to do a bit of sight see -ing don’t forget to visit The Fortune Plaza office building 1.  This visit can be […]

When you’re in Beijing don’t forget to check out the tallest buildings from your China Hotels.  You might even see them at a view from your hotel but if you get the opportunity to do a bit of sight see -ing don’t forget to visit The Fortune Plaza office building 1.  This visit can be combined with your list of things to do while on your china travel. Amongst many buildings in Beijing, The Fortune Plaza Office Building 1 is the tallest completed building in Beijing.

This building stands 260 metres from the ground (853 ft) tall with 63 stories.  This building is based in the Chaoyang district area.   The 2nd Tallest completed building in the city is the Park Tower, which stands at 250 m (820 ft) and containing 63 stories.  The park Tower is the tallest building out of the 3 building – Beijing Yintai Centre, which includes two adjoining 186 m (610 ft), 42 – story skyscrapers.

When you visit one these buildings you will find that most of them are very modern office buildings structured as high rised buildings.  The Architectural Styles are modern materials and glass.  Inside these buildings there are restaurants, bars and places for cavorting.

Beijing Yintai centre is a three towered structure with the central tower rising 250m high and the two flanking towers are about 186m high. These buildings are based in the Beijing central business district area surrounded by upmarket shops For example Emporio Armarni, Valentino, Bottege Vaneta etc.    The Beijing Yintai Centre named blocks A, B and C.

These buildings inside contain private residence, Penthouses and offices.   Block C has a popular night venue on the 6th floor called Xiu.  This is great for females on a Thursday night for clubbing as it’s free admission and drinks are served free until 1 am.  Unfortunately the males have to pay 100 Yuan for entrance and pay for their drinks.

Another building that maybe of interest is the Central Radio & TV Tower this is 1,268 metres high (387 ft) and the World Trade Centre buildings, Towers 1, 2 and 3.  I recently visited the City Centre Tower which is formally the Tallest building in Beijing but is under construction and known as proposed.  This building is 1, 887 metres high which is (575 ft) and 140 floors.  As you walk into the building you will find the main reception area.  This area occupies a model of the building and the walls are of artistic design.  With many of these buildings you will find that the lift splits the floors in to various sections for example the first set of floors range from floor 1 to floor 64 and then floor 64 to 100th floor etc.

City Centre Tower

When visiting this building we went to the 84th floor.  As you exit the lift you walk in to a large lounge area.  In this lounge area there is a grand piano, two dance floors and a bar.  This bar contains a huge walk in drinks cabinet with bottles of scotch, whiskies etc.  I’m gathering this part of the building is for people on business as there were alot of men and women of significant importance there.  In the lounge there is a private lift placed in the centre of two sides of the lounge and while we visited there was a women singing with a band covering the night time entertainment on one of the dance floors.

There isn’t much chance of doing much sightseeing over looking outside from this building as the windows distorts the view from inside at night time.  To get a decent view to see outside, during the day is probably the best time.  However, the lounge we visited is very upmarket and can imagine that people who visit this place on a Friday or Saturday night spend a lot of Yuan here.

I’m sure to dine you have to make seating arrangements before you go as the place can get very busy.  I’m sure the menu only offers canape foods.  Once leaving the lounge we went back downstairs via lift.  The lift speeds to what felt like 15mph going down so watch out you could feel slightly light headed as you leave.

The City Centre Building is again right in the centre of the central Business District area so when you’re on your Travel to Beijing you might find that at some you point will end up in this area.

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