China Vacation Packages: Shaanxi Province

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

It is better for visitors to explore and enjoy the most welcomed native people in their travel destination. In the northern China, people are open and very pure. Consider Shaanxi Province as your China Tours’ destination, and book China Flights right now. Shaanxi is a province in the central part of Mainland China, and it includes portions […]

It is better for visitors to explore and enjoy the most welcomed native people in their travel destination. In the northern China, people are open and very pure. Consider Shaanxi Province as your China Tours’ destination, and book China Flights right now.

Shaanxi is a province in the central part of Mainland China, and it includes portions of the Loess Plateau on the middle reaches of the Yellow River in addition to the Qinling Mountains across the southern part of this province. Shaanxi is the historical home, along with Gansu of the dialect of the Dungans, Hui people who emigrated out of China to Central Asia.

By regular Hanyu Pinyin rules, if tone marks are not written, both Shaanxi and the neighbouring province of Shanxi should be spelled “Shanxi”; the difference is in tone: Shānxī and Shǎnxī. To make the difference clear without tonal marks, the spelling “Shaanxi” was contrived (following theromanization system of Yuen Ren Chao) for the province of Shǎnxī, while “Shanxi” is used for the province of Shānxī. Shaanxi is the official spelling on Chinese Government’s official web portal. This makes “Shaanxi” the only name of Chinese provinces that has not been romanized according to pinyin rules.

The geography of the area is described as desert in the north along the border with Inner Mongolia, the Loess Plateau in the central part of the province, the Qinling mountains running east to west in the south central part, and subtropical climate south of the Qinling mountains.

The northern part of Shaanxi is cold in the winters and very hot in the summers, with dry winter and spring seasons. Its southern portion generally receives more rain. Annual mean temperature is roughly between 9 °C and 16 °C, with January temperatures ranging from −11 °C to 3.5 °C and July temperatures ranging from 21 °C to 28 °C.

Nearly all the people in Shaanxi are ethnic Han Chinese, with pockets of Hui population in the northwestern region (adjacent to Ningxia). The southern part of Shaanxi, known as Guanzhong, where the provincial capital Xi’an is located, is more populated compared to the northern part.

The culture of Xi’an descends from one of the world’s earliest civilizations. The Guanzhong Ren culture is considered the cultural antecedent of Xi’anese; their features are satirized as the “Ten Strangenesses of Guanzhong Ren”. Xi’an is also known for the “Eight Great Sights of Chang’an”, a collection of scenic areas in the region.

Seven styles of architecture dominate urban Xi’an, the first three include the architecture of Qin and Han dynasties, the architecture of Tang Dynasty and the architecture of Ming and Qing dynasties. These three styles are all Chinese traditional, but they may be differentiated by the colors of the roof and certain details. For Qin and Han Style, the roof is black, and no decorations are used under the roof. For Tang style, red roofs may be seen but a majority retain the use of the black or dark green roof; buildings were designed to be large and monumental. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, roofs were usually yellow and highly detailed drawings and prints were placed under the roof.

The Republic of China style is perhaps best exemplified by the People’s Showplace. The Sino-Soviet style, popular from the 1950s to 70s, is often used in the west of the city in factories built with the help of the U.S.S.R.. Modern architectural forms — can be found in the High-Tech Zone and the Economic-Development zone.

A new Chinese architectural form called New Tang Style can be mainly found in Qujiang, which inherits the soul of tradition and develops itself on the base of modern architecture; the Shaanxi History Museum and the Xi’an Museum are examples of this style.

Consider Shaanxi Province as your China Tours’ destination, and book China Flights right now. For more information, click on chinatraveldepot.com freely at any time

China Vacation Packages: Guangxi Province

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

It is getting colder and colder since most part of China steps into winter season, thus there is a better way for choosing Southern China for your China Tours. Book China Flights for Guangxi Province is a proper destination. Its location in southern China, along its border with Vietnam, and mountainous terrain, has made it one […]

It is getting colder and colder since most part of China steps into winter season, thus there is a better way for choosing Southern China for your China Tours. Book China Flights for Guangxi Province is a proper destination.

Its location in southern China, along its border with Vietnam, and mountainous terrain, has made it one of the border frontiers of Chinese civilization. Even into the 20th century it was considered an open, wild territory. The current name “Guang” itself means “expanse”, and has been associated with the region since the creation of Guang Prefecture in 226 AD. It was given provincial level status during the Yuan Dynasty and in 1949 was reformed as one of China’s five minority autonomous regions.

The abbreviation of the province is 桂 (Gui), which comes from the city of Guilin, the former capital, center of much of Guangxi’s culture, politics, and history, and currently a major city in the autonomous region.

Located in the southern part of the country, Guangxi is bordered by Yunnan to the west, Guizhou to the north, Hunan to the northeast, and Guangdong to the southeast. It is also bounded by Vietnam in the southwest and the Gulf of Tonkin in the south. In 2008, the central government has approved China’s first international and regional economic cooperation zone in Guangxi in late February. The construction of the Beibu Gulf Economic Zone began in 2006. With the approval, the Beibu Gulf Economic Zone will be formally incorporated into national development strategies.

The Beibu Gulf Economic Zone covers six coastal cities along the Beibu Gulf. It integrates the cities of Nanning, the region’s capital, Beihai, Qinzhou,Fangchenggang, Chongzuo and Yulin. The state will adopt policies and measures to support mechanism innovation, rational industry layout and infrastructure construction in the Beibu Gulf Economic Zone.

“Guangxi” and neighbouring Guangdong literally mean “Guang West” and “Guang East”. Together, Guangdong and Guangxi are called the “Two Guangs”. Its culture and language are reflected in this. Though now associated with the Zhuang ethnic minority, Guangxi’s culture traditionally has had a close connection with the Cantonese. Cantonese culture and language followed the Xi River valley from Guangdong and is still predominate in the eastern half of Guangxi today. Outside of this area there is a huge variety of ethnicities and language groups represented.

Guangxi is known for its ethno-linguistic diversity. In the capital of Nanning, for example, four dialect-languages are spoken locally: Southwestern Mandarin, Cantonese, Pinghua, and Zhuang.

The major tourist attraction of Guangxi is Guilin, a town famed across China and the world for its spectacular setting by the Lijiang River (Li River) amongst severe karst peaks. It also used to be the capital of Guangxi, andJingjiang Princes City, the old princes residence, is open to the public. South of Guilin down the river is the town of Yangshuo, which has become a favourite destination for foreign tourists, particularly backpackers.

Ethnic minority’s native to Guangxi, such as the Zhuang and Dong, are also interesting for tourists. The northern part of the province, bordering with Guizhou, is home to the Longsheng Rice Terraces, said to be some of the steepest in the world. Nearby is Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County.

Book China Flights for Guangxi Province is a proper destination. Click www.chinatraveldepot.com for more information you need.

Back-Packers Information from Real Travelers in Chengdu

On November 19, 2010, in Cool Places, Restaurants & Food, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Chengdu, which is the provincial capital of Sichuan province, is said to be the most comfortable city to live in China. Although this city is in the western part of China, it combines both the fashion modern city and the relaxing living style. For travelers, the biggest attraction of Chengdu must be their typical and […]

Chengdu, which is the provincial capital of Sichuan province, is said to be the most comfortable city to live in China. Although this city is in the western part of China, it combines both the fashion modern city and the relaxing living style. For travelers, the biggest attraction of Chengdu must be their typical and genuine Sichuan food. It is still a hot spot for china travel, though the catastrophic earthquake in 2008. Below is the information for those travelers who are tired of Shanghai or Beijing Tours.

Cultural background of Chengdu. Travelling in different cities in China, the first thing you may need to know is their histories. Chengdu area used to be called as “Shu”(蜀), and now this short name is still used as the abbreviation of Sichuan province. There is an old saying that the elders are not suitable to read “Three Kingdoms” (the classical novel in Four Volumes), while the youngsters would better not enter “Shu”—Chengdu. The reason isthat the climates, plenteous resources, and living styles in Chengdu have been quite relaxing in a long history and it is similar to the “Eastern Italy”. Chengdu is also the center of Buddhism and Taoism, especially the Taoism. Chengdu is the source of Taoism. It was formed since Han Dynasty (126 A.D.) and it became nation-wide rapidly during the Tang Dynasty. In Chengdu, a lot of holy men or Taoist priests are gathering in many mountains these days. So if you have chance to visit Chengdu, these temples and holy mountains (Qing Cheng mountain and Snow Mountain) are the must-see attractions.

Transportations in Chengdu. I do recommend travelling by vehicles in Chengdu, as this city, even the downtown area, is full of mountain paths. If you are a fan of mountain cycling, then Chengdu is the best place for practice. The bus tickets is RMB 1 yuan and RMB 2 yuan for buses with air conditioners. If you are not sure about the bus directions, just take a bus to “Tian Fu Square” at first. Here you can take any buses to wherever you want. The starting price for taxi is RMB 5 yuan and RMB 1.4 yuan for each additional 1 km. And the motor three-wheeled vehicle, the local name “Pa Er Duo” (耙耳朵) starts at RMB 2 yuan. Chengdu is the largest transportation center of railway in Southwestern China. The direct trains can reach to Beijing, Xi’an, Kunming, Guangzhou, and Shanghai, etc. Within Sichuan province, there are many tourism express trains to Guangyuan, Yibin, and Pan Zhi Hua. The railway tickets are sold in many agencies in downtown, as well as the railway stations.

Foods in Chengdu. This is the most important part of Chengdu travel must be the foods there. And that is always my favorite item during trip. First, the Sichuan Dan Dan noodles (担担面) and stewed chicken soup. The direction is to take bus route 4 and get off at Babao street. Besides the Hong Guang cinema, there is an old fame restaurant where provides the most genuine these foods with only RMB 8 yuan. But you need to arrive there early, because they will close by noon. Ms Chen Mapo tofu is served in the historical restaurant opposite “Qing yang palace”. You can take bus route 27 and 5. Tan Tofu desserts are another must-try food in Chengdu. Take the route 4 and get off at “Bei Xiangzi”. Then ask anybody there, you will find this small but famous shop. And the price is RMB 5 yuan.

When you travel in China, Chengdu is the place you can never miss. The Sichuan food is quite well-known in China Towns all over the world. But in Chengdu, you will find the true various Sichuan foods. And the information about Chengdu Flights can be found in the flights section of chinatraveldepot.

Cow Street Mosque

On November 19, 2010, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Featured China Stories, by Jack Li

Cow street mosque is Beijing’s oldest and largest mosques dating all the way back to the 10th century. It is located just outside of central Beijing in the Hui distrct the nearest subway stop is Niu Jie which is situated only 5 minuets from the mosque. If you would like to take an organised tour […]

Cow street mosque is Beijing’s oldest and largest mosques dating all the way back to the 10th century. It is located just outside of central Beijing in the Hui distrct the nearest subway stop is Niu Jie which is situated only 5 minuets from the mosque. If you would like to take an organised tour of this area I would sugest logging onto China Tours where they have some great Beijing Tours idea’s.

Cow street Mosque

The majority of people who worship here are a small minority group called the Hui, there a population of only about 200,000 people who originate from Ningxia province and are predominately Muslims. As soon as you step into the mosque it is evidently muslim, with many islamic motifs and arabic verses  decorating the halls. The most unquie sight I saw was the amaing 300 year old Koran that sits up om the alter in all it’s glory each page has been beautifully hand written.

Ornate Decor

This is one of the most relaxing places to sit and reflex, its’s a nice getaway I could have stayed for hours in the lush green courtyard chilling amongst the ornate objects and beautiful scripts on the walls! If you want to visit I would suggest dressing conservatively out of respect for the religion anyone is welcome however non Muslims are not allowed to enter the prayer hall.  If this account has inspired you to want to travel Beijing but don’t know where to start for some great low cost travel idea’s go to China Tours. Or if you need advice on hotels go to China Hotels.

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The Best Way to Get Discounted Airfares to China

On November 19, 2010, in Adventure Trip, China Travel Gossip, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Are you going to china travel to get an amazing experience? China is one of the destinations where most travel fans want to go; the reason for China Tours is not only the historical buildings, but also the peaceful landscape and the Chinese minorities’ lifestyles and culture. However, one of the most important things they […]

Are you going to china travel to get an amazing experience? China is one of the destinations where most travel fans want to go; the reason for China Tours is not only the historical buildings, but also the peaceful landscape and the Chinese minorities’ lifestyles and culture. However, one of the most important things they need to consider is the airfares. Of course we all want to travel as cheaply as possible, and so the question is how can we find discounted air tickets. In the following article, I will give you some suggestions about how to search for the hot deals.

Famous airlines

In general, the famous airlines in China, such as Air China, will put up some information about discounts on their official website. For example, on the website of Air China, you can find the Special Offers section. This section includes Flight promotions, Mileage promotions and Joint promotions. The Flight promotion usually includes One-way and Round-trip tickets; you can search your departure city and destinations and will almost certainly get a more competitive price. The deal could be as much as one hundred dollars, but keep in mind that the deals have deadlines, so you need to keep looking out for discounted information if you are planning on traveling abroad. In addition, the Mileage promotion means that there are additional miles awarded when passengers purchase tickets through the Air China Hotline. However, there are some conditions to follow for this promotion. Firstly, this promotion cannot be combined with any further discounts, gifts or other promotional activities. Secondly, if there is a refund after the additional mileage has been credited to the Phoenix Miles member’s account, the additional mileage awarded will be deducted from the Phoenix Miles member’s account before the 5th of the following month. Thirdly, the additional mileage awarded is for passengers only. The name shown on the Phoenix Miles member’s account provided at the time of purchase should correspond with the passenger’s name. For more information, you can go to the official website of Air China.

Reliable travel agency

China Youth Travel Service, which I recommend to you, is one of the most renowned and reliable travel agencies in China. It is committed to providing a high standard of service by offering competitive prices for different airlines and allowing you to compare all the prices to get the best deal. By doing this you can save on time and money. Why not have a try? In addition, you can find other discount offers on the website, such as hotel deals and tour package deals. In short, you will not be disappointed after visiting the website on www.chinatraveldepot.com. There are also some travel itineraries which are very popular amongst china foreign travelers. One of the most popular itineraries is the China Sightseeing Tour, which is from Beijing to Suzhou to Sanya. This route is from the north to the south of China. Along this route, you can visit the legendary Great Wall of China, the classical gardens in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, and the sea view in Sanya, the remote city in the south of China. What’s more, there are many other different themed itineraries, such as the historical buildings tour, the landscape of China, the Holy Tibet, the Yangtze River Cruise etc. You can try them one by one only if you think you have enough time and energy

So, why not book China Flights and explore for yourself.

China Sightseeing Tour from Shanghai to Beijing

On November 19, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Shanghai, Tours, by Jack Li

It is a well-known fact that Shanghai and Beijing are the most popular travel destinations amongst china travel fans. Today, I will tell you about the China Sightseeing Tour itinerary which is from Shanghai to Beijing. So, book your China Flights and come join us! We will discover the treasures in these amazing two cities; […]

It is a well-known fact that Shanghai and Beijing are the most popular travel destinations amongst china travel fans. Today, I will tell you about the China Sightseeing Tour itinerary which is from Shanghai to Beijing. So, book your China Flights and come join us!

We will discover the treasures in these amazing two cities; feel the atmosphere of Shanghai and the changes of history and ride in the ancient alley ways in Beijing.

First Day in Shanghai

Shanghai is located where the Yangtze River enters the East China Sea and is one of the ancient cultural cities of China. It is a large, flourishing, international metropolis, known worldwide for its highly developed industry and business, convenient transport links, rich tourist resources, great variety of food and recreational facilities. The main attractions in Shanghai are as follows: Zhujiajiao Water Town, Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower etc. Shanghai is China’s biggest port city and since the Qing dynasty it has been overrun with traders from all over the world and is densely populated with both Chinese and foreigners. It is an all-embracing city. Different cultures can find their places or even blend with each other in Shanghai. A must-try in Shanghai is the food. Restaurants feature various kinds of dishes, for example Beijing food, Yangzhou food, Sichuan food, Cantonese food, Suzhou food, Hangzhou food, Wuxi food, Ningbo food as well as Shanghai’s local dishes which have emerged recently.

The Shanghai landers always say, “Satisfying food is in Shanghai.” You can also find famous dishes from many countries, such as western cafes, American food, Japanese food, Italian food, Indian food, Korean food, Vietnamese food, Thai food etc. Famous chefs from around the world come to Shanghai to start their own business and also bring with them different cooking techniques. Whatever you want, you can find in Shanghai…

Second Day in Beijing

As the capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing is the nation’s political, economic, cultural and educational center. It has been the heart and soul of politics and society throughout its long history. Because of its role in the life and growth of China, there is an unequalled wealth available for travelers to discover as you explore Beijing’s ancient past and enjoy its exciting modern world. In 2008 Beijing successfully held the Olympic Games. The city showed the world something so special that everyone was amazed by Beijing’s latest accomplishments combined with its ancient history. Since Beijing has been the capital of China for a long time, there are many Must-See attractions, such as the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City and the unique Hutong Culture. A Hutong is a type of alley between buildings. It is said that there are thousands of Hutongs in Beijing. Each of them has their own unique name, some are named by the local officials in the past, and some are named by the local people who lived here. The most famous Hutong in Beijing is around the Sanlitun area, which is full of bars. Almost every tourist who comes to Beijing for the first time will hang out there and enjoy the beer and live music. Around here, you also have the opportunity to try the local snacks, for example the famous and delicious Beijing Roast Duck, which has a long history. The local Beijingers are very kind-hearted people, so you do not need to worry about making friends here. So, are you ready to take your China Tours? Join us now…

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Shanghai

On November 19, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Places of Interest, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Shanghai is one of the most hippest coolest places in China, its very different to all of the other cities even the capital. After forty years of being an unknown and isolated the city recently it has had a new lease of life. It is now dubbed the Paris of the Eastern world with so many […]

Shanghai is one of the most hippest coolest places in China, its very different to all of the other cities even the capital. After forty years of being an unknown and isolated the city recently it has had a new lease of life. It is now dubbed the Paris of the Eastern world with so many interesting buildings and mesmerizing architecture.  It has undergone the fastest economic expansion the world had ever seen it has really become a hot spot for business men and women round the world.

River promenade

The city itself is lying on the banks of the Hunangpu River at the mouth of the great Yangtze river, it is in fact the largest city in China and has a population of 17 million people.There is so much to see and do in Shanghai I would recommend going for at least 5 days, this will ensure you get a real taste of what the city has to offer. Shaghai has three main area’s the Old city, the French concession and the Huangpu’s east bank.

Old City

The Old city is split into three further sections south ,west and the north. The south  is very traditional chinese with many little alleyways,markets and temples it does seem more western than most other chinese towns but compared to the rest of Shanghai it has more of a chinese feel. The old city is also home to the Yu Gardens which is the first of it’s kind in Shanghai. The West however is known as the British and American Concessions this district is known as the business area with many large skyscrapers and offices. The north is where The Bund is situated which is the most popular area because there is so much to see it houses Armani’s flagship stores in China, has many ver exclusives restaurants, and spa and art gallery and  of course the very famous Fairmount Peace Hotel.  To fully explore the Bund I was suggest spending a full day there as its so big but if you are on a tight schedule here are four must see’s

  • Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank
  • Customs House
  • Views of Pudong
  • River promenade

The Bund

Another must see is the old racecourse which is reaped in history, in the early 20th century this is where the rich and this famous elite would come and spend there time it use to be one of China’s most famous corporations. It even has it’s own swimming pool and cricket path.

If this account has inspired you to want to travel Beijing but don’t know where to start for some great low cost travel idea’s go to China Tours. Or if you need advice on hotels go to China Hotels.

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China Travel Agents Directory

On November 19, 2010, in What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

A good travel agent will be able to save you a lot of time and energy when planning a trip  and will make your whole experience very enjoyable. However many tourists coming to  China do not know how to choose the right travel agent, since there are so many tour  operators in the travel market with mixed reputations and success. In today’s blog, I will  show you some of the best travel agents in China who are responsible, trustworthy and offer  clients a comprehensive service during your china travel. No.1 CYTS (China Travel Depot.com) Locally based in China, China Travel Depot’s office is located in downtown Beijing,  although it also serves over 60 chain stores and outlets located all over China.  At China travel, they also provide International travel services to customers, by  teaming up with Expedia, a leading online tour operator in the world. China travel has its own unique value and strengths, which makes it stand out amongst  its competitors: – Place: Locally operated in Beijing, the Capital of China – Prices: Guaranteed discounts and real-time price offers – Product: Extensive travel sites with a customization option. – Promotion: Great Deals ensured for China travel, as a local tour operator – Service: Outstanding with 4P (Professional, Private, Personalized and Prompt) standard Tel: + 86 10 5815 8830    For more information, please visit http://www.chinatraveldepot.com   No.2 China Comfort Travel They offer over 100 existing China tour packages which showcase the best that China  has to offer. Please browse the tour type below or use the search engine to find a China  tour that suits you. They can easily customize an existing china tour to meet you needs. Tel 86-10-58690948  Tel: 86-10-58690948 No.3 China Connection Tours China Connection Tours is a leading China tour operator which has over twenty years of  experience in booking tours. The goal of their online services is to deliver great quality with  competitive prices for  and pre-arranged tour packages throughout China and other Asian countries. With an annual revenue  of over twenty million US dollars and a workforce of 150 travel professionals and staff, CCT  provides you with the best in China travel solutions available in the industry today. CCT  belongs to international travel associations such as IATA, PATA and ASTA, ensuring that  their tour services offer you a safe and reliable trip in China. Tel: 86-29-87650440

A good travel agent will be able to save you a lot of time and energy when planning a trip 

and will make your whole experience very enjoyable. However many tourists coming to 

China do not know how to choose the right travel agent, since there are so many tour

 operators in the travel market with mixed reputations and success. In today’s blog, I will

 show you some of the best travel agents in China who are responsible, trustworthy and offer 

clients a comprehensive service during your china travel.

No.1 CYTS (China Travel Depot.com)

Locally based in China, China Travel Depot’s office is located in downtown Beijing, 

although it also serves over 60 chain stores and outlets located all over China. 

At China travel, they also provide International travel services to customers, by 

teaming up with Expedia, a leading online tour operator in the world.

China travel has its own unique value and strengths, which makes it stand out amongst

 its competitors:
– Place: Locally operated in Beijing, the Capital of China
– Prices: Guaranteed discounts and real-time price offers
– Product: Extensive travel sites with a customization option.
– Promotion: Great Deals ensured for China travel, as a local tour operator
– Service: Outstanding with 4P (Professional, Private, Personalized and Prompt) standard

Tel: + 86 10 5815 8830   

For more information, please visit http://www.chinatraveldepot.com

 

No.2 China Comfort Travel

They offer over 100 existing China tour packages which showcase the best that China 

has to offer. Please browse the tour type below or use the search engine to find a China

 tour that suits you. They can easily customize an existing china tour to meet you needs.

Tel 86-10-58690948 

Tel: 86-10-58690948

No.3 China Connection Tours

China Connection Tours is a leading China tour operator which has over twenty years of 

experience in booking tours. The goal of their online services is to deliver great quality with 

competitive prices for  and pre-arranged tour packages throughout China and other Asian countries. With an annual revenue

 of over twenty million US dollars and a workforce of 150 travel professionals and staff, CCT 

provides you with the best in China travel solutions available in the industry today. CCT 

belongs to international travel associations such as IATA, PATA and ASTA, ensuring that 

their tour services offer you a safe and reliable trip in China.

Tel: 86-29-87650440

How To Get A Visa For China

On November 19, 2010, in Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

If you are planning a trip to China and you are an international traveller,  you will need to get a Visa before you go. I would recommend a trip to  China as the local people, the culture, the food and the sights are definitely  worth seeing at least once in your life. Suggestions & Introductions: Step1. Start applying for a Visa plenty of time in advance so that your travel to China  will go more smoothly. Firstly, make sure that your Passport is valid for atleast  six months. In addition to a Visa for China, you will need a valid Passport for any  other international travel. Step2. You will need to know which type of Chinese Visa you need. There are numerous  types of Visas available to non-Chinese residents (foreigners) when visiting China,  depending on the purpose of your travel. Here are the most common Visas for China: C Visa – for international crew members, who must perform onboard duties on trains,  airplanes and other vessels. D Visa – for foreigners who will reside in China permanently F Visa -for foreigners who are invited to China for less than six months for an  investigation, a visit, a lecture, scientific or technological and cultural exchanges,  business, short-term advanced studies or an internship G Visa – for foreigners who travel through China J-1 Visa – for foreign resident correspondents in China J-2 Visa – for foreign journalists who make short trips to China for a reporting job L Visa – for foreigners who visit China to sightsee, visit family or for other private  reasons X Visa – for foreigners who travel to China for study, advanced study, or internships  longer  than six months Z Visa – for foreigners who travel to China for a post or for employment, and their  family members Step3. Most visitors to China apply for a Tourist Visa (L Visa) .If you need a different kind of Visa,  refer to the Resources section below for more specific advice. Make sure you have the following documents to apply: – Passport which is still valid for at least six months and with at least one blank Visa page – completed Visa Application Form – one 2×2 inch (either black and white or color) photo stapled or glued to the application  form Step4. You must then hand deliver the completed application to your state’s Visa Office of the  Embassy or Consulate. If this is not possible, use the Application Mail Back Service. The following are specific requirements for the return envelope for the Application Mail  Back Service:  – include a self-addressed prepaid return envelope with the correct return postage using  a tracking number or bar code  via the U.S. Postal Service Express Mail, FedEx, or another delivery service – do not use a metered or stamped envelope – do not use a certified or registered mail service – as the applicant, fill in your name and address as the sender on the return envelope Allow seven business days for processing. Rush service is not available to get a Visa  for China. Step5. Include the application fee of $130 and a $5 handling fee per envelope per person.  Pay […]

If you are planning a trip to China and you are an international traveller, 

you will need to get a Visa before you go. I would recommend a trip to 

China as the local people, the culture, the food and the sights are definitely 

worth seeing at least once in your life.

Suggestions & Introductions:
Step1.

Start applying for a Visa plenty of time in advance so that your travel to China

 will go more smoothly. Firstly, make sure that your Passport is valid for atleast 

six months. In addition to a Visa for China, you will need a valid Passport for any 

other international travel.

Step2.

You will need to know which type of Chinese Visa you need. There are numerous 

types of Visas available to non-Chinese residents (foreigners) when visiting China, 

depending on the purpose of your travel.

Here are the most common Visas for China:

C Visa – for international crew members, who must perform onboard duties on trains, 

airplanes and other vessels.

D Visa – for foreigners who will reside in China permanently
F Visa -for foreigners who are invited to China for less than six months for an

 investigation, a visit, a lecture, scientific or technological and cultural exchanges, 

business, short-term advanced studies or an internship
G Visa – for foreigners who travel through China
J-1 Visa – for foreign resident correspondents in China
J-2 Visa – for foreign journalists who make short trips to China for a reporting job
L Visa – for foreigners who visit China to sightsee, visit family or for other private 

reasons
X Visa – for foreigners who travel to China for study, advanced study, or internships

 longer

 than six months
Z Visa – for foreigners who travel to China for a post or for employment, and their

 family members

Step3.

Most visitors to China apply for a Tourist Visa (L Visa) .If you need a different kind of Visa, 

refer to the Resources section below for more specific advice.

Make sure you have the following documents to apply:

– Passport which is still valid for at least six months and with at least one blank Visa page
– completed Visa Application Form
– one 2×2 inch (either black and white or color) photo stapled or glued to the application 

form

Step4.

You must then hand deliver the completed application to your state’s Visa Office of the

 Embassy or Consulate. If this is not possible, use the Application Mail Back Service.
The following are specific requirements for the return envelope for the Application Mail 

Back Service: 
– include a self-addressed prepaid return envelope with the correct return postage using 

a tracking number or bar code

 via the U.S. Postal Service Express Mail, FedEx, or another delivery service
– do not use a metered or stamped envelope
– do not use a certified or registered mail service
– as the applicant, fill in your name and address as the sender on the return envelope

Allow seven business days for processing. Rush service is not available to get a Visa 

for China.

Step5.

Include the application fee of $130 and a $5 handling fee per envelope per person. 

Pay using one single money order, cashier’s check, or company check only. Make it 

payable to 

“Chinese Embassy” for both fees.
Note: Do not use two money orders or checks

Tips & Warnings

Check the Chinese embassy’s website for Visa guidelines for non-U.S. citizens.

Don’t rush this process. Make sure you allow enough time to get a Visa for China.

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Low Fare Airline in China Saves a Lot

On November 18, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Tips & Ideas, Transportation, by Jack Li

Since the global economy has become so bad, not only the government, but also every family has to consider how to save money. As family trip is always a part of regular cost, you have to think of how to lower the budget. Then travel to Asian countries might be a good choice because of […]

Since the global economy has become so bad, not only the government, but also every family has to consider how to save money. As family trip is always a part of regular cost, you have to think of how to lower the budget. Then travel to Asian countries might be a good choice because of the currency rate. And China would be your first station, since it is convenient to other Asian countries and it has both traditional eastern culture and modern style fashions. You can Travel to Xi’an to explore the Ancient Silk Road, while you could also Travel to Shanghai to be merged in the environment—When East Meets West. After some analyst, I have concluded the top cheapest airlines from Shanghai to different popular tourism cities in China. The reason I picked Shanghai to be the starting point is that the competition among airlines focus in Shanghai.

From Shanghai to Xi’an. Currently, the Spring Airlines provide thecheapest flights to Xi’an. The lowest price can be as low as RMB 200 yuan, compared with RMB 700 yuan in China Eastern Airlines. The flight departs at 2:05pm from Shanghai Pudong Airport and arrives in Xian Yang Airport at 5pm. The second cheapest airline is China Southern Airlines which costs about RMB 380yuan. It is an early flight and it leaves at 7:25am and arrives in Xi’an at 9:55am. The Spring Airlines is the first and most famous low-cost airline in China and its typical promotion is the RMB 199 yuan tickets.

From Shanghai to Hong Kong and Macao. Again, the Spring Airlines is the cheapest one for your travel to Hong Kong. You can merely spend RMB 500 yuan from Shanghai to Hong Kong which takes 2.5 hours. You may have known about the relatively lousy service on the flights of Spring Airlines. However, since it becomes sometimes even cheaper than the train, the company has to reduce some cost during the operation. If you really care about the quality of service on board, then the second cheapest flights come from Hong Kong Airlines. And it charges for around RMB 1300 yuan. For Macao, the selections are less. You can either choose Shanghai Airlines or Air Macao. Both airlines sell the tickets at the price as RMB 1600 yuan. The flight time is around 3 hours.

From Shanghai to Tokyo and Seoul. As I have said that it was quite convenient to go to other Asian countries. From Shanghai to Tokyo, the cheapest direct flight is from Air China, Delta Airlines, and China Eastern Airlines which cost around RMB 1900 yuan. Or if you do not mind connecting flights, you can still take the Spring Airlines, then Asiana Cargo. And this combination cost RMB 50 yuan less than the previous airlines. The direct flights take almost 3hours, while the connecting flights need to stay overnight. To Seoul, the air tickets are much less than the flights to Tokyo. The cheapest price is from China Southern Airlines which charges for approximately RMB 700. You can either leave at 8am in the morning or 3pm in the afternoon. The prices are the same.

Thanks to the tense competition among airlines, the price for travelling within or outside of China is getting lower and lower. Although the fuel surcharges and airport construction fees have been increased to RMB 120 yuan, the air tickets are still low. Besides the Spring Airlines, other specific low fare airlines are Dragonair, Korean Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airlines, and June Yao Airlines. Especially the June Yao Airlines which was established in 2005, one year after the Spring Airlines was on operation, is said to have both good service and low fare at the same time. If you need more information on China Tours, please check the main page of chinatraveldepot.

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