The Olympic Park, Beijing

On November 15, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

It is a must to use China Travel and organise a China Tour when coming to Beijing to look at all the attractions in China. The ‘Bird’s Nest’ in Beijing was the main stadium for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. This was host to the world’s most honourable world record attempts such as Usain Bolt’s lightning […]

Olympic Park

It is a must to use China Travel and organise a China Tour when coming to Beijing to look at all the attractions in China. The ‘Bird’s Nest’ in Beijing was the main stadium for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. This was host to the world’s most honourable world record attempts such as Usain Bolt’s lightning speed 100m sprint. It was also home to the birth of something new in China, a growing modern and western influence.

The Cube

It is also home to the Water Cube which is now a water park attraction for the people of Beijing. It is really nice to go at night and see the bright lights on the building around, it has easy access and huge pathways for there’s more than enough space to go and explore. I would recommend you come here with the intention of going into the stadium also so maybe try booking tickets for an event or going to the water park will be more beneficial. If you need a flight, then use China Flights to get over to Beijing and organise your way around.

Find Your Hotels in Beijing

On November 15, 2010, in Accomodation, Beijing, Tours, Transportation, Travel Info, by Jack Li

If you want to Travel to Beijing, china, one of the most important thing is to find a hotel there. But how will you find the hotel which fits all your requirements? Asking a travel department for help is the best choice perhaps. For example, the china travel department offers a large range of hotel […]

If you want to Travel to Beijing, china, one of the most important thing is to find a hotel there. But how will you find the hotel which fits all your requirements? Asking a travel department for help is the best choice perhaps. For example, the china travel department offers a large range of hotel in different prices for your China Tours.

First, you should find their webside on the internet. It is the http://www.chinatraveldepot.com/CH1C5-5-stars-Beijing-Hotels. You need to find the column in the left side where you can fill in your information. Fill in the name of the city (your destination in China), the check in date, the check out date, the number of rooms and the class of your room. Then if you have some particular requirements about the brand of the hotel, such as 7 days Inn, Super 8, Orange etc, just choose it in the “hotel group” list. Then press the “search button”. For example, I click all my requirements as shown in the right picture and start to search.

Secondly, all the results it found is shown in a brief map of Beijing( the picture on the left side). The advantage of this search is it shows the results in a map first with blue signs. You can click the blue button to get a view of the hotel. In this way, you can find the hotel in the exaectly district that you want to live in. The map is basic on the Google map, so you can get a closer look on the hotel you choose by magnifying the picture.

Thirdly, you have decided which district and hotel to live in and click the button of the hotel to have a detail view. Generally, the detail view of a hotel includes the hotel policy, hotel features, price of standard rooms, other room types and hotel facilities. What is more, it offers pictures of the hotels for you to have a closer view. If you can not make the decision at once, you may check the “travelers review” and see how others feel about it.

The last step is “book it”. By the way, you need to be a registered user of the china travel department. It only requires you to fill in some basic member information.

In addition, you can also find your hotels in Beijing by using the”hotels by theme”. You can find a various kinds of hotels in Beijing, such as the business hotels, budget hotels, romantic hotels, exhibit hotels, hot spring hotels, one night for free hotels, landscape hotels, china airport hotels etc.

Hope you have a nice journey in China, check more information on china travel.

The Cheap Flights to China

On November 15, 2010, in Accomodation, Cultural Experience, Tips & Ideas, Tours, Transportation, Travel Info, by Jack Li

If you are planning to have your china travel, one of the most important thing is to book the air tickets. However, tickets are usually quite expensive, especially the international ones. So what should we do to get the cheaper ones? Here I have some tips for getting the cheap tickets for China Flights. 1. […]

If you are planning to have your china travel, one of the most important thing is to book the air tickets. However, tickets are usually quite expensive, especially the international ones. So what should we do to get the cheaper ones? Here I have some tips for getting the cheap tickets for China Flights.

1. A round trip ticket or two separate tickets: Sometimes, we think that round trip tickets are cheaper than two separate tickets. However, it may not be always true. Normally, a round trip ticket is cheaper than two tickets, but sometimes, it may be much more expensive. It depends on the country you are traveling to and the time of the tour. Therefore, you need to compare them carefully before you made your choice.

2. The time to travel: If you want to travel to China, you need to take the time of tour into consideration. The fare of the air ticket is quite different during the peak season and the off season. Generally, when Chinese celebrate their traditional festivals such as the Chinese New Year, Labor Day, national day etc, the price of an airline ticket goes higher. These are the main festivals they choose to travel domestic or aboard. Usually, The New Year occurs in January / February. The Labor Day and National Day dates vary, but are around May 1 and October 1. And Hong Kong’s high season is October through December.

3. Book early: If you want to start a journey to china, you need to search online for tickets to China as far in advance as possible to lock in the lowest fares. If you want to travel during the holidays, it is easier for you to beat the sky-high prices to fly internationally.

4. Get tickets from a travel agency: Because the agencies are always corporate with lots of airline companies, they can get airline tickets at lower prices. The agencies purchase tickets for a large scale of groups so the price is much lower. However, your time to travel may not be the same with the groups, so you need to pay the fee to the travel agency to get a cheap ticket for the groups.

5. Using neighboring airports: Sometimes it may save a lot of money if you can choose an airport which nears your destination. In other words, you fly to another airport instead of flying directly to the airport in your destination. For example, it takes you 1400 RMB to fly from Beijing to Fuzhou, but it only costs 420 RMB to fly to Nanchang( a city which nears fuzhou). So you can enjoy the “discount” in this way. Therefore, do some research about the destination and make a list of the prices for each airport, it helps a lot.

6. If you are a student: Most international and domestic airlines offer cheap Student Airline Tickets. Sometimes, some airlines even offer a separate airfare classification for students that can save them up to 65 percent off the regular ticket price. If you are a student, you can get cheap Student Airline easily once you show your student ID and any other identification documents that the airline may ask for. Once they are assured that you are a bona fide student, you will be eligible to obtain student airfares. So just make full use of your student ID.

Hope you have a nice journey in China. You can find more information on China Tours.

Nails and much more

On November 15, 2010, in Featured China Stories, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Depending on how much you want to spend there are a variety of places in Beijing to go and have a spa day, or just nip in for a quick polish.  If you want a cheap and quick job you can go to the experts in any of the markets, this will cost around 20RMB […]

Depending on how much you want to spend there are a variety of places in Beijing to go and have a spa day, or just nip in for a quick polish.  If you want a cheap and quick job you can go to the experts in any of the markets, this will cost around 20RMB for a pedicure and 30RMB. However this may not be the most relaxing experience ,because although its out of the way of the main market it still is quite noisy and hot.

Relaxing massage

They also do all sorts of massages i.e back,foot, hand, head etc but it can get quite cramped and it’s not very private. But for the price it s great value for money. If you want a more relaxing experience and are prepared to pay that little bit extra there are many different nail and massage salon’s all over, Beijing that offer deluxe treatments in a chilled  and lavish atmosphere. One that I can recommend is Lollipop which is located in the Salitun area about a five minute walk from the village. Getting treatments done at lollipop is a very nice experience, as soon as you arrive you are welcomed in by the friendly staff, many of whom speak great English. Then you are treated to a coffee or  cocktail from there vast drinks menu, they have big plush reclining arm chair  which are so soft and comfortable. When I went I was given the best foot massage it lasted 30mins and cost 60RMB it was great exactly what I needed! Sometimes the massages can seem a bit violent but this a technique used to get any tension or knots out they really put effort into.

full body massage

If you do decide to get your nails done you wont be disappointed, the Chinese girls at the majority of the places are really skilled they can paint any design you want depending on the length of your nails. You can have jewels and glitter or anything you want I saw some pretty amazing art designs whilst I was there! You don’t need and appointment they usually just do walk In’s.

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.

Amazing artwork!

The Beijing Zoo

On November 15, 2010, in Beijing, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

The Beijing Zoo is a fun and family orientated animal park in the heart of Beijing’s capital city. You can take a China Depot Tour there to help get the best out of your trip to the zoo and for easy access to the site. It is one place you should definitely put on your […]

The Beijing Zoo is a fun and family orientated animal park in the heart of Beijing’s capital city. You can take a China Depot Tour there to help get the best out of your trip to the zoo and for easy access to the site. It is one place you should definitely put on your on travel to do list because you wouldn’t want to come all the way to China and not be able to see a panda! Taking a flight to China is

Panda's in Beijing Zoo

The zoo enclosure is very big and holds a huge selection of animals to go see. There are exotic birds to eagles, giraffes to elephants, monkeys to wolves, and even lions to bears! So it’s definitely worth a trip to the zoo if you like animals or not, just make sure you take a camera so you can take a lot of pictures.

The pandas are the most popular animal in the Zoo and have a great sanctuary for them here. Usually they are full of energy and excitement so going at the right times would be more beneficial for your trip to go during the afternoon or late afternoon, otherwise you’ll see a lot of sleeping animals. My favourite part of the day was seeing the lions, a few of the were inside and some were outside in a natural habitat. Other animals such as rhino’s, hippo’s and hyena’s are on show as part of the zoo.

Bear

As part your China voyage, make sure you at least check out the Beijing Zoo as part of your China Travel.

Zeta Bar

On November 15, 2010, in Beijing, Nightlife, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

The Zeta Bar is located on the 2nd floor of The Hilton Beijing, which is in the Chaoyang district. If you want some laid back drinks in a sophisticated and  a trendy environment this is the place for you. The newly opened Zeta bar is a smooth, classy lounge that screams elegance a lot like the […]

The Zeta Bar is located on the 2nd floor of The Hilton Beijing, which is in the Chaoyang district. If you want some laid back drinks in a sophisticated and  a trendy environment this is the place for you. The newly opened Zeta bar is a smooth, classy lounge that screams elegance a lot like the people who hang out there, the bar is illuminated and very modern with a wacky twist.

The Hilton

One of the most unique things you will find here believe it or not is in the bathroom with a perspex cage like theme and lush decor, I could have spent the whole night in there! There is an aviary inspired theme throughout the lounge with many bizarre birds and hanging cages and many feathers. Drinks are very expensive but well worth it at around 45RMB for a cocktail and 30 for beer and if your looking for something a little more special champagne starts at 600RMB.

Zeta

This place is fast becoming a after work hangout hot-spot with many business men and women relaxing every night. Ladies night is on a Thursday which means that all girls get free drinks form 9.00pm to 12.0,0 this is from a special ladies night cocktail list with about 10 different cocktails to choose from. I would recommend the Zeta Long island tea very tasty and will set you up for a very good evening.

Ladies night at Zeta

The music varies from day to day but they mostly play chiiled out tunes such as jazz once however once the night gets going they usually dabble in a bit of electro or house, nothing too intense though. There is a very small but stylish dance-floor in the centre which is illuminated and raised a must for all you party animals!!

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.

Fly to Shanghai and Enjoy Yourselves

On November 12, 2010, in Shanghai, Tips & Ideas, Transportation, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Book Shanghai Flights and explore Shanghai, surely you will have wonderful experience here. Shanghai, nowadays, has been well-known by tourists all over the world; during their china travel one  city which can not be missed is Shanghai. Shanghai is located in the east of China and faces the China East Sea. With the marine transport […]

Book Shanghai Flights and explore Shanghai, surely you will have wonderful experience here. Shanghai, nowadays, has been well-known by tourists all over the world; during their china travel one  city which can not be missed is Shanghai.

Shanghai is located in the east of China and faces the China East Sea. With the marine transport and air transport, Shanghai has received millions of travelers. What’s more, being the largest city in China, Shanghai is the economic, financial, trading, and shipping center of China mainland. Owing to the fact that Shanghai has a profound modern urban culture and many historical monuments, it is now reputed as an international metropolis. In the next few years, Shanghai is committed to becoming an international financial center and shipping center.  Shanghai has international airports, such as Pudong International Airport. Many international airlines have flights to Shanghai, such as Air Canada, Air France, British Airways, Continental Airlines, and so on. Therefore, it is very convenient to travel to Shanghai by air.

Top attractions

The Bund is the classic image of Shanghai and the city’s main attraction. Sweeping along the western side of the Huangpu River, the majestic buildings date back to Shanghai’s grandest days. Many banks and financial companies built impressive offices here in the early 20th century when Shanghai was the financial capital of Asia. The city side of The Bund is packed with classic architecture. Buildings to look out for include the old Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, the Customs House and its landmark clock, the Bank of China and the Peace Hotel.

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower located in Pudong, stands a staggering 468 meters making it the tallest tower in Asia. Tourists can go to several observatory decks and in clear weather can get a superb view of The Bund and Shanghai, as well as Sheshan, Chongming Island and the Huangpu River in the distance. The tower also has a hotel, revolving restaurant, karaoke parlors and bars.

 

Yuyuan Garden is a traditional Chinese park complete with beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges and rock formations. This small park is located in the heart of Shanghai’s old Chinese quarter and links to Yuyuan Market. Built in 1559, in the Suzhou style by a high official in honor of his father, the garden has maintained its classic beauty over the centuries. The Pavilion of Spring in the northeast section of the park is famous for being the headquarters of the anti-imperialist “Little Sword Society”, who in 1853 led an uprising against Qing rule and occupied Shanghai for 17 months. Weapons, coins and other objects used by the society are now housed in an exhibition hall.

Actually, there are many other attractions in Shanghai, and also famous restaurants. Shanghai is China’s biggest port city, since ancient time, it was thronged by traders from all over the world and was densely populated with both Chinese and foreigners. Different cultures can find their positions or even blend with each other here. Generally speaking, restaurants in Shanghai feature the various kinds of dishes, like Beijing food, Yangzhou food, Wuxi food, Catonese food, Hangzhou food, and Shanghai’s local dishes. Moreover, you can find famous dishes from many countries, such as western cafes, American food, Japanese food, Indian food, Korean food, and more.One of the famous Shanghai snacks is Crab-brown Flaky Pastry. It is crispy, delicious, aromatic and as brown as the color of a cooked crab. The fillings include green onions, pork, crab meat, shrimp, sugar, mashed beans, and jujube paste. All these snacks are delicious and you can have a try.

So, Travel to Shanghai and explore here yourselves.

Air Fare to China Travel

On November 12, 2010, in Shanghai, Tips & Ideas, Transportation, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Book China Flights and explore your china travel, it sounds amazing! Yes, China now has been well-known by the tourists all over the world. However, for the newcomers, there are some tips about china travel you need to know before you are going to China, and flight  are  of importance. In the following article, I […]

Book China Flights and explore your china travel, it sounds amazing! Yes, China now has been well-known by the tourists all over the world. However, for the newcomers, there are some tips about china travel you need to know before you are going to China, and flight  are  of importance. In the following article, I will share with you some experience about the air fares in China.

Generally speaking, when try to find out the flights information, you had better go for help to travel agencies, because a reliable travel agency not only can book flights for you, but also can give you a hand on making your itinerary. One of the most famous Chinese online travel agencies is China Travel Depot, whose website is www.chinatraveldepot.com. This travel agency is reputed by its high standard services and competitive prices for flights, hotels, travel packages and more. You can easily search the air fares, hotels information and make a comparison between different prices which are offered by different travel agencies, finally book your air fares online, and by this method, you can save your energy, time and money. For example, if you want to depart on 20th November from New York, you will need to type in the date, time, destination and departure airport, and then you will get all the information about this flight. What’s more, if you are looking for discounted air tickets, travel agencies are your best choice.

Most travelers have the same problem, which is they do not know how to spend their time during a flight, especially people who are frequent flyers. If you are travelling to China, you do not need to worry about this as you can spend the flight watching recent movies, listening to songs; relaxing in your chair and enjoying your meals on board. There are more than ten kinds of food, including Chinese cuisine, international food and more.

After getting off the planes, usually you will go to your hotels directly. The same as air fares, hotels deals can be found on the website of travel agencies. Taking Beijing for example, various of hotels can be book online, including luxurious hotels, family hotels, convenient hotels, and so on. However, the most popular hotels in Beijing are no longer the luxurious hotels, now tourists want to live in a more peaceful and comfortable places, such as the courtyard hotels. Courtyard is a typical culture of Beijing. The Beijing Courtyard Hotel has been built on a base of 400 Years of historic construction in Si He Yuan. The spacious guest rooms are shared by the beautiful inner and outer courtyard and patio, and decorated by the antique furniture. There are also plenty of facilities at these hotels, such as air conditioning, desk and chair, hairdryer, mini bar, tea or coffee facilities, television, etc. If you are looking for a relaxing and peaceful place to stay, these hotels will be your best choice. Moreover, some of these hotels provide free fresh fruit, flowers, instant coffee and Chinese tea everyday. They are known for their personalized service and they offer free breakfast in the dining room. Apart from Chinese dishes, guests can also enjoy many western favorites. For your convenience, the hotels also provide free internet access in the guest rooms.  It will be perfect enjoy moment when you surf the internet, you can also appreciate the ancient, unique buildings.

Apart from Beijing, there are many more travel cities in China, such as Travel to Shanghai, the biggest port city in China, and experience the amazing travel here.

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Transportation in Xi’an

On November 12, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cool Places, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, Xi'an, by Jack Li

As the beginning point of the Silk Road, Xi’an was once one of the transport junctions in China. Today, it has an extensive transportation system which not only connects Xi’an with other cities of China but also plays a key role in the transportation within Xi’an. It is necessary for travelers to have a general […]

As the beginning point of the Silk Road, Xi’an was once one of the transport junctions in China. Today, it has an extensive transportation system which not only connects Xi’an with other cities of China but also plays a key role in the transportation within Xi’an. It is necessary for travelers to have a general idea of the transportation in Xi’an if they want to make their Xi’an Tours more convenient and comfortable. This article will provide some information of Xi’an Flights, railways, buses and taxi.

1. Flights

Xi’an has the fourth largest airport in China, that is, Xi’an Xianyang International Airport. It is located 50 kilometers to the downtown of Xi’an, about one hour’s highway to the downtown. This airport has both domestic and international routes with airlines such as Air China, East Star Airlines, Lucky Air and Grand China Express. If you want to go to the downtown of Xi’an after arriving at the airport, you can take a shuttle bus which only costs 15 RMB per person. If you want to save more time, you can take a taxi. However, it will cost you about 150-180RMB. If you want to save both time and money, carpooling may be a good choice. By the way, there is a ticket office of Northwest Airline located at No.296, North Laodongnanlu.

2. Railways

Xi’an Railway Station is located north of the downtown of Xi’an. It usually takes 10 RMB to get to the railway station from the downtown. Travelers can buy their tickets at the station or ticket offices. If they want to buy from the station, they can get the tickets 3 days in advance. If they don’t want to go so far, they can buy tickets in ticket offices scattered throughout Xi’an. They can buy tickets 3-10 days in advance with 5 RMB service fee per ticket.

3. Buses

Xi’an has straight streets like Beijing. So, it’s not easy for you to get lost on your way. However, traffic jam is also a severe problem in Xi’an. If you are not in a hurry, you can take the buses for your travel. Usually, bus price is 1 RMB and 2 RMB if it has an air conditioner. There is no ticket seller on the buses. So, you should prepare some small changes. Here are some recommended bus routes.

Bus 603 starts from Xi’an Railway Station, stops at the Bell Tower and Shanxi Normal University. Bus 5 starts from Xi’an Railway Station, can stop at Big Wild Goose Pagoda. If you want to go to the Terra Cotta Warriors and Huaching Pool, you can take Bus 306 and 307.

4. Taxis

Taking a taxi in Xi’an is relatively cheaper than in other big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. The starting fare of Santana is 6 RMB for the first 2 kilometers and 1.5 RMB for every additional kilometer. Other taxis such as Hongqi, Zhonghua, Oriental Son and Passat charge 8 RMB for the first 2 kilometers and 2.4 RMB for every additional kilometer. If your distance is very long, you should agree on a price with the driver before you get into the taxi. Don’t be shy of bargaining!

These transportation means are necessary for your Travel to Xi’an. Besides these means, Xi’an also has subways. However, the subway system is still in the process of improvement. So, this article doesn’t provide such information. Nevertheless, I hope the above gives you  information that can be useful for travelers!

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A Tour through Hutongs in Shichahai Area

On November 12, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Beijing is well known for its hutongs which symbolize the old history and culture of Beijing. People who take a trip to Beijing shouldn’t miss a hutong tour because walking through the hutongs is like putting yourself back into the old times and thus gives a good way of experiencing the history and culture of […]

Beijing is well known for its hutongs which symbolize the old history and culture of Beijing. People who take a trip to Beijing shouldn’t miss a hutong tour because walking through the hutongs is like putting yourself back into the old times and thus gives a good way of experiencing the history and culture of Beijing. The best areas for hutong tours are the Shichahai area which is said to be the most beautiful and where you can find ancient palaces, temples and historical figures homes. This article will look at hutongs in Shichahai area and hopefully it will be helpful for travelers on Beijing Tours.

Xizhuan Hutong

Our first stop is Xizhuan Hutong and Fayuan Monastery. You can take Bus 102 to Jiaozi Hutong, in which Xizhuan Hutong is just to the east of it. Xizhuan Hutong was called Zhuan’er Hutong in the Ming dynasty and got its current name in the Qing dynasty. Starting from Guanganmen Neidajie in the north and ending at Qijing Hutong in the south, it is 585 meters long and 4.1 meters wide. It is famous for Tazhuan (a material for building towers). Fayuan Monastery is just nearby. Built in Tang dynasty, it is the most ancient monastery in Beijing. It is an important center for studying Buddhism. If you go there in spring, we will view the beautiful scenery of blooming cloves.

The second stop will be Chengxianjie. It is an east-west hutong located in Andingmen, Dongcheng District. Here we can see the precious Pailou (decorated archway), old locust trees lining on the two sides of the hutong and the old buildings among a sea of green trees. Walking through this hutong, we will encounter the famous Guozijian, Confucian Temple and Yonghe Lama Temple. Guozijian is the ancient imperial college. Built in Yuan dynasty, it was the highest college in Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Currently it is where the Capital Library stands. The nearby Confucian Temple is the second largest one in China. The Yonghe Lama Temple is the largest temple in Beijing which integrates the architectures of Han, Man and Zang nations.

The next stop is Xilou Hutong and Bailin Temple. Walk out from the east exit of Chengxianjie and you will see Xilou Hutong on the opposite side of the street. Xilou Hutong is surrounded by common people’s residences.

Bailin Temple

Walking in this hutong, you can have a view of the daily life of common people in Beijing. Then we come to Bailin Temple which is also called the “Monastery of the Cypress Grove” as there are a lot of old cypress trees growing there. This is also a Buddha temple and one of the eight temples in Beijing and there is a carving wall with very exquisite and beautiful carvings on it.

All of these places are free except Fayuan Monastery which requires a 5-yuan entrance ticket. So it will be a cheap tour. However, it is also a rich tour in that it provides a good chance for you to learn about the history and culture of Beijing through hutongs and the temples nearby them. So, don’t forget to go to these places during your china travel.