Eight Tips to Travel to China

On March 31, 2011, in Cultural Experience, Tips & Ideas, Tours, by Jack Li

There are so many amazing things you can discover when you are in china travel. China is a great tourist destination. It is the best place to visit if you are a traveler who wants a ride through history such as Travel to Xi’an, Travel to Beijing. It is a country that has everything you […]

There are so many amazing things you can discover when you are in china travel. China is a great tourist destination. It is the best place to visit if you are a traveler who wants a ride through history such as Travel to Xi’an, Travel to Beijing. It is a country that has everything you expect in terms of sceneries and festivals. With her rich cultural and historical resources, traveling to China can definitely give you an unforgettable experience.

When you travel to China, make sure that you are equipped with the right travel tips.

The primary tip to consider is knowing China’s background details. This includes its culture, language and people. The best way to enjoy China is to know its history.

Second, you have to know more about its many festivals so that you can decide when it is best to go there. China has so many different seasonal attractions for you to choose from. One of which is the kites festival during springtime from March to May.

Third, lay down your budget plan. This usually begins with your air fare. Be practical by availing discounts or promotions from travel agencies or airline companies.Once you have planned your trip to China, you are now ready to make it a reality.

When you have finally arrived in China, the fourth tip for you to remember is to be confident. When you are in another country, it is always advisable not to appear scared because other people might take advantage of your position.

Fifth tip would be getting a car hire or joining a group tour while you start exploring its sites. A car rental can be an economical way to drive around China while going to its wonderful sceneries. By joining group tours, you can also save time and money. If it is your first time to visit China and you might get lost by exploring it alone! You will only not lose yourself. You might probably lose your money from unnecessary taxi rides.

Enjoying China’s delicacies is the sixth practical tip, and it doesn’t have to be difficult. Food is a vital need for everyone. When you travel to China, food is something you won’t have a problem with because it is everywhere. The Chinese are aficionados for exotic and amazing cuisines. In China, noodles are the easiest delicacies you can find. By having some of their wonderful dishes, you can definitely have an amazing China experience.. The seventh helpful tip to consider would be saving on transportation. You can do this by joining tour groups. With a tour group, you can avail of packages that can help you save money form unnecessary taxi rides. If you are already familiar of the countries roads and attraction, you can also choose to avail of car rental services.

The last and most important tip to remember when going to China is respecting its people. Respect is always the key to a memorable experience. You have to give the Chinese the esteem they deserve form welcoming you in their country. Be modest and well disciplined when you are in their territory.

When equipped with these tips, you can enjoy the historical China. You will have a deeply impression and  lovely China Tours. We expect your coming.

Chinese Paper Cutting Art

On March 30, 2011, in China Travel Gossip, Cultural Experience, Featured China Stories, by Jack Li

Come to china travel, you must see some special skills. Today we will maily talk about the Chianese paper cutting art. During your China Tours you can visit the Dingxi city, in Gansu Province where it is the home of the Chinese Paper Cutting.Chinese Paper Cutting or Jianzhi (Chinese: 剪纸, jiǎn zhǐ) is the first […]

Come to china travel, you must see some special skills. Today we will maily talk about the Chianese paper cutting art. During your China Tours you can visit the Dingxi city, in Gansu Province where it is the home of the Chinese Paper Cutting.Chinese Paper Cutting or Jianzhi (Chinese: 剪纸, jiǎn zhǐ) is the first type of papercutting design, since paper was invented by Cai Lun in the Eastern Han Dynasty in China. Because the cut outs are also used to decorate doors and windows, they are sometimes referred to “chuāng huā” (窗花), meaning Window Flower.

From the 7th to 13th century, paper cutting became popular especially during Chinese holiday festivals. The art spread to the rest of the world in the 14th century. Throughout the Qing Dynasty many papercutting skills were developed including drafting and the use of smoked papers. By the end of the Qing ruling however, new art forms were being introduced. The Republic of China later tried to revive the art in the 1980s.

In the rural countryside in mainland China, papercutting is a traditionally female activity. In the past, every girl was expected to master it and brides were often judged by their skill. Professional papercutting artists are, on the other hand, usually male and have guaranteed incomes and work together in workshops.

Today, papercuttings are chiefly decorative. They ornament walls, windows, doors, columns, mirrors, lamps and lanterns in homes and are also used on presents or are given as gifts themselves. Entrances are decorated with paper cut outs are supposed to bring good luck. Papercuttings used to be used as patterns, especially for embroidery and lacquer work.

In Chinese culture it can reflect many aspects of life such as prosperity, health, or harvest. Some cuttings represent stories about the happiness gained from the accomplishment of common goals.

There are two methods of manufacture: one use scissors, the other use knives. In the scissor method, several pieces of paper — up to eight — are fastened together. The motif is then cut with sharp, pointed scissors.Knife cuttings are fashioned by putting several layers of paper on a relatively soft foundation consisting of a mixture of tallow and ashes. Following a pattern, the artist cuts the motif into the paper with a sharp knife which is usually held vertically. Skilled crafters can even cut out different drawings freely without stopping.

It is easy to learn about cutting a piece of paper but very difficult to master it with perfection. One must grasp the knife in an upright fashion and press evenly on the paper with some strength. Flexibility is required but any hesitation or wiggling will lead to imprecision or damage the whole image. Engravers stress the cutting lines in several styles. They attempt to carve a circle like the moon, a straight line like a stem of wheat, a square like a brick, and jaggedly like the beard.

People find hope and comfort in expressing wishes with paper cuttings. For example: for a wedding ceremony, red paper cuttings are a traditional and required decoration on the tea set, the dressing table glass, and on other furniture. A big red paper character ‘Xi’ (happiness) is a traditional must on the newlywed’s door. Upon the birthday party of a senior, the character ‘Shou’ represents longevity and will add delight to the whole celebration; while a pattern of plump children cuddling fish signifies that every year they will be abundant in wealth. You can enjoy the beautiful mankind miracle, so quickly come to china by Air China or China Airlines.

Mountain Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha

On March 29, 2011, in Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

When planning your China Tours, you may want to Travel to Tibet to know about China Buddhist culture, or Travel to Guilin to enjoy the picturesque natural scenery. But if you are eager to cover both at one place, please come to Sichuan to see Mountain Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha. Mountain Emei area includes […]

When planning your China Tours, you may want to Travel to Tibet to know about China Buddhist culture, or Travel to Guilin to enjoy the picturesque natural scenery. But if you are eager to cover both at one place, please come to Sichuan to see Mountain Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha.

Mountain Emei area includes Leshan Giant Buddha, and it is located in Emeishan City of Sichuan Province with the Giant Buddha sitting at the confluence of Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers.

Mountain Emei rises in the southern part of the Chengdu Plain in Emeishan City, with its highest peak being 3099 meters above sea level. The craggy southern part of the mountain is crisscrossed by ravines and covered with a dense growth of plants, while the northern part features sheer precipices, and waterfalls cascading down the slope.

Mountain Emei is called the “Mountain of brightness” in Buddhism. The legend goes that the Guangxiang Temple on the mountain top was where the goddess of benevolence performed Buddhist rituals, thus making it one of the four famous sacred mountains of Buddhism in China. There used to be over 100 temples and halls on the mountain, but only some 20 still stand. The Baoguo Temple situated at the foot of the mountain is the largest temple on Mountain Emei, built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The red copper Huayan Pagoda inside the temple is an important relic for studying Chinese Buddhism. The 14-storyed pagoda is seven meters high and its walls are engraved with more than 4700 images of Buddha and the full text of the Buddhist Sutra of the Huayan Sect.

Mountain Emei is known as one of the four primary shrine mountains of Buddhism in China and the famous national park. The mountain stretches out for 23km from south to north, occupying an area of about 115 km2. Viewed from afar, its catchy Da’e and Er’e hills stand side by side in quite a symmetry, long and thin like the delicate eyebrow of a beautiful maid in Chinese.

Mountain Emei is a world famous site of tourism, with a miraculous view for each of its hills and a surprise every few steps. There are the recognized top ten scenes of Sunny Clouds over Luofeng Peak, Evening Bells at Shenji Monastery, Clear Sound under Twin Bridges, Morning Rain at Hongchun Terrace, Autumn Breeze over Baishui Monastery, Nine Sages’ Residence, Elephant Pond in Moonlight, Overhanging Greenery at Linyan Rock, Snow World at Daping Monastery, and Buddha’s Halo at Golden Summit. There are the four natural wonders of Buddaha’s Halo, Cloud Sea, Sunrise and Holy Lamps.

The Giant Buddha of Leshan is carved on Lingyun Hill, east of Leshan City, which is not far away of Mountain Emei. The solemn Buddha is 71 meters high and its head itself is 14.7 meters high. Its ear is 6.2 meters long, eye 3.3 meters wide, and shoulder 34 meters wide. Its head is covered with 1021 chignons. Its middle finger is 8.3 meters long, and each of the feet is 11 meters long and 8.5 meters wide, large enough to accommodate more than 100 people sitting on it. The huge figure sits with his hands resting on his knees, his head reaching the hilltop and his feet the river, occupying the entire hillside.

Surrounded by the charm of both the mountains and rivers, Leshan Giant Buddha integrates both the beauty of a natural heritage and the gems of human culture. In the area of 2.5 square kilometers there are 2 sites under Class I state protection and 4 sites under Class II state protection.

The Giant Buddha faces the historic and cultural Leshan City on the other side of the river. The Giant Buddha is the center of the scenic area, and around it, there are a number of sites of interest, such as the Detached Mound from the irrigation system of Dujiang Weir by Li Bing in Qin Dynasty, the cliff-tomb clusters of Han Dynasty, Buddhist figure carvings, pagodas and temple of Tang and Song Dynasties, as well as architectural groups of Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Mountain Emei and the Giant Buddha have now been unified into one scenic area and were put on the world cultural and natural heritage list in 1996.

If you are interested in such cultural heritage and natural beauty, please book your China Flights and come to Emei.

Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion

On March 28, 2011, in Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion When talking of China, one of the words that firstly come into your mind maybe Confucius (551~479BC). Confucianism embodies the Chinese spirit and is one of the world’s classic and most widespread philosophies, and Confucius is definitely one of China’s greatest persons. Thus during your […]

Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion
When talking of China, one of the words that firstly come into your mind maybe Confucius (551~479BC). Confucianism embodies the Chinese spirit and is one of the world’s classic and most widespread philosophies, and Confucius is definitely one of China’s greatest persons. Thus during your China Travel, besides obligatory Beijing Tours, Qufu — Hometown of Confucius is also a fantastic destination.

Qufu in Shandong is the hometown of Confucius (551~479BC) who is a great thinker, states man and educator in China’s history, and founder of the Confucian school of philosophy, which is the ideological root of all varieties of Chinese culture. Its position in the making of Chinese nationality and culture is never surpassed for 2000 years. Qufu, admired by all rulers and intellectuals in history, has numerous cultural sites, among which the most famed are Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Masion.

The Confucian Temple is in the center of Qufu City. It was built in 478 BC. There are still 466 halls, pavilions and other rooms intact, covering a total area of 21.8 hectares. Repeated improvement and expansion has turned the temple into a palatial complex with nine rows of courtyards.

The Great Accomplishment Hall, the major structure of the temple, is 33 meters tall. It is roofed with yellow glazed tiles and has octagonal eaves. The front 10 columns are carved with dragons. In addition to a statue of Confucius, the hall has also houses stone inscription of the Ming Dynasty, which tells the life story of Confucius in 120 pictures, as well as a great deal of stone tablets.

The Confucian Family Mansion, right next to the Confucian Temple, was the residence of Confucius’ descendants and also the residence just next to the imperial palace in scale. It covers 16 hectares with 463 rooms. The family mansion now houses a large number of documents, files and cultural relics.

The color of the roof tiles of the mansion is elegant gray. The front part of the mansion is the Office Quarter, while the rear quarter is the family residence and garden. The mansion is famous for not only the numerable cultural treasures but also the Kong Family’s Mansion Banquet, which it is said, follows a menu with quite a few imperial dishes for emperor.

The Confucian Cemetery, occupying more than 200 hectares, has served as the family graveyard of Confucius and his descendants for more than 2300 years.

Cemetery of Confucius is situated in the suburb north of Kong Family Mansion. It is the largest artificial cemetery in China, with a perimeter of over a dozen kilometers. It is also the most intact and the oldest survivor of family graveyards.

Together, the Confucian Temple, Confucian Family Mansion and Cemetery were inscribed in World Heritage List in 1994.

There is a popular saying in China that “South China raise talents while North China creates Saints”. It is absolutely true indeed. The  saints from north include Confucius, Mencius, Kong Ji, Zeng Shen, and Duke of Zhou, who were all came from Qufu, Shandong Province.

If you are interested in such  Chinese cultural attraction, please book your China Flights and come to Qufu.

Houhai Bar Street

On March 21, 2011, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Cool Places, Nightlife, by Jack Li

Thinking of China Travel, Beijing Tours may be the first choice, while talking about nightlife in Beijing, Houhai Bar Street and Sanlitun Bar Street might be the top two attractions. Full of small bars and pubs, Houhai is Beijing’s newly developed bar street. Unlike Sanlitun Bar Street, people can relax in the open air both […]

Thinking of China Travel, Beijing Tours may be the first choice, while talking about nightlife in Beijing, Houhai Bar Street and Sanlitun Bar Street might be the top two attractions.

Full of small bars and pubs, Houhai is Beijing’s newly developed bar street. Unlike Sanlitun Bar Street, people can relax in the open air both in the day and at night. Here nature beauty is just by your side.

With the glow of lights over the lake, Hohai takes on an unreal feeling. Most cafes and restaurants are individually owned and have their own unique style and service. They don’t copy each other’s good ideas. Around there are characteristic restaurants, drugstores and chophouses as well as old courtyards and houses. Glancing the passers, you may find it’s more like the bar of the Beijingers, full of atmosphere of traditional culture.

Houhai, at one time, was one of Beijing’s most famous summer resorts. Historical books records the grand spectacle in the summer when officials, scholars and common people alike flocked there to appreciate tea, lotus roots, operas and other types of entertainment.

As urban modernization relentlessly moves on, many people are becoming more nostalgic. Houhai is one of the last places for them to enjoy the natural beauty, appreciate the traditional culture and trace the history of old Beijing.

Lakes, hutongs, courtyards, the strong flavor of tradition plus the small shops beside the lakes attract multitudes of Beijing’s rising petty bourgeois. To those nouveau riches, bar life is more than just a fashion, it is a matter of attitude towards life. To them, life at night is intolerable without visiting bars. Nowadays, however, many of them have abandoned Sanlitun, because they regard Sanlitun as low-quality, just a good place for visitors.

When the sun goes down, lights are shining and people are shoulder by shoulder on the bank. Various kinds of bars are open, the lights reflected on the lake twinkling like stars. Relying on the profound traditional culture, every bar in Houhai is full of people.

Houhai is in the Shichahai district. Nearby there are many scenic spots such as Prince Gong’s Mansion, Beihai Park, Nanluoguxiang, and the Drum Tower, etc. On weekends, Houhai is more animated: you can find people everywhere, in the bar or beside the banisters. Handreds of cars park and thousands of people are around there. As the bars are built beside the beautiful scene, so the bar, the scene, the culture and regional character become the whole.

In the evening, if you have been tired of staying in the Beijing Hotels, just go to the Houhai Bar Street for relaxation and entertainment.

Overview:Yangtze Three Gorges

On March 18, 2011, in Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

The Three Gorges are nestled in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. You won’t miss it when planning the Yangtze Cruise of your China Tours. The Three Gorges have showed the magic workings of nature with their marvelous and beautiful mountains and waters. The grotesque peaks and rocks on the two sides of the […]

The Three Gorges are nestled in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. You won’t miss it when planning the Yangtze Cruise of your China Tours.

The Three Gorges have showed the magic workings of nature with their marvelous and beautiful mountains and waters. The grotesque peaks and rocks on the two sides of the Three Gorges are accounting the great changes taking place in the region in the past billion years, and the variegated wracks of lives during the past hundreds of millions of years. There have been so many visitors attracted here by the charming thousand-year-long history of the region, the great ancient relics of human civilization, and the mysterious folk tales.

Sandwiched between the mountains on the mid part of the Yangtze River, the Three Gorges runs across Fengjie and Wushan Mountain in Sichuan Province and Badong, Zigui and Yichang in Hubei Province, extending 193 kilometers long to include Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xilingxia Gorge. City of White Emperor in Feng Jie is the vital passage of the west part of the Three Gorges. Nanjinguan in Yichang is the important gate way of the east part. Along the banks of the Yangtze River, the high peaks rise in emerald verdure, overhanging rocks tower into the clouds, dangerous cliffs seem to reach the sky, rocks are jagged and grotesque, waterfalls are spraying and sparkling, clouds and mists are curling, rapids and torrents are seething, and fierce waves are deep, serene and exquisite.

Currently the Three Gorges region is most famous for the Three Gorges Dam. The Three Gorges Dam is located at a place called Sandouping in the middle of the Xiling Gorge. The dam cuts off the flow of the river, and therefore the water level in the Qutang, Wuxia and the western portion of the Xiling gorges has risen. Although the dam changes the scenery of the Three Gorges (the gorges is less narrow and the mountains appear lower), as the mountains reach several thousand feet above the river, the gorges still offer spectacular views of the surrounding cliffs. Besides, the increase in width of the Gorges allows larger ships through the gorges and river traffic of all kinds will also increase.

 

Qutang Gorge

From east to west, Qutang Gorge measures 8 kilometers, starting from Baidicheng and ending at Daixi township. With vertical cliffs of some thousand meters high as its two flanks, the Qutang Gorge is only a few dozens of meters wide just like a narrow gate way. With swash and rumble, the surging Yangtze River pours into the gateway with great momentum. Looking up towards the tops of towering precipitous mountains along the gorge, one sees from a boat only a narrow strip of clouds and sky, but under foot the River tears on violently. Qutang Gorge is outstanding for its grandeur and magnificence.

 Wuxia Gorge

Wuxia Gorge extends 40 kilometers from the mouth of Daning River of Wushan Mountain in the west to Guandukou of Badong in the east. The Wuxia Gorge is gifted with exquisite peaks and lush mountains and ranges. It’s deep and serene with changeable weather. The rolling river twists and turn and boats zigzag their way along, as if cruising in a fantastic gallery. The twelve peaks of Wushan Mountain all rise to the blue sky. They are endowed with various fascinating shapes. Among them, the most fabulous is the Peak of Goddess. It pierces through the heaven, and towers over the Yangtze River. A protruding rock of the Peak has the shape of slim girl shrouded in clouds and mist faintly visible as if clad in fine gauze dress, looking attractive and exding tenderness and love. 

Xilingxia Gorge

Xilingxia Gorge measures 75 kilometers from Xiangxikou to Nanjinguan. The whole Gorge area is covered with high mountains, gullies, dangerous shoals and hidden reefs of various sizes. The best-known perilous shoal is Qing Shoal. It’s formed by collapsed craggy cliffs. Surging waves and rapid currents chum over the shoal embedded with rocks and stones here and there, and then drop two meters in elevation. Ships go downstream over the shoal at an arrow speed, but up the shoal is as difficult as climbing a steep hill.

 

Now viewing the Gorges properly can only be done on a river cruise. If you are interested in such Nature’s Gift and wonderful Chinese landscape, please book your China Flights and come to the Three Gorges.

Suzhou Classical Gardens

On March 18, 2011, in Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

“Suzhou gardens are the best of those in southern China that are the best of the world.” Other than travelling to modern China cities like Beijing Tours, Shanghai Tours and Guangzhou Tours, do remember to go to Suzhou to stir your imagination.  Generally little and delicate, Suzhou gardens produce a sense of a beautiful painting. […]

“Suzhou gardens are the best of those in southern China that are the best of the world.” Other than travelling to modern China cities like Beijing Tours, Shanghai Tours and Guangzhou Tours, do remember to go to Suzhou to stir your imagination. 

Generally little and delicate, Suzhou gardens produce a sense of a beautiful painting. The stress is put on meandering through a labyrinth of complexity and continuous surprises of vista at each step forward. The miniature mountains and rocks, the bridges and the waters – they are small yet grand; the flowers and trees, the towers and pavilions – they are exquisite with seclusion and serene. Within limits the garden spaces are so ingeniously handled that the effect of infinitude is produced, hence they are reputed as “vast landscape condensed in a little garden”.

Suzhou is located beside Taihu Lake, and it is a fertile land with a subtropical monsoon climate, moderate with distinctive four seasons. Suzhou is a city of rivers and canals and also a city of gardens. Hence it is called the “Venice of the Orient”. 

Suzhou was first established in 514 BC and it was once the capital city of Kingdom of Wu. King of Wu became the most powerful of the time because of the support of the mighty economy of the area. In Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, Suzhou boasted as the most abundant “land of grain and meat” of the nation and thus began from Song Dynasty the famous sayings that “Suzhou on earth matches paradise in Heaven” and “bumper harvests in Suzhou alone are enough for the whole nation”.

 Suzhou is the site of the prosperous Wu Culture, and it has bred up a great many of scholars and high officials in all dynasties. When these scholars and high officials returned to their birthplace because of either retirement after ambition fulfillment or for hermitage due to disappointment, they would spend a great amount of money on gardens for literary cultivation in their senior years. Besides, the beautiful topography, gentle customs, and peaceful life of Suzhou’s also helped to promote the construction and advance of so many landscape gardens in Suzhou.

 

The Ming and Qing dynasties between the 14th and 20th century were its prime periods of garden building, when at one time there were more than 200 private family gardens. A dozen of them are still in good condition today, including the top four classic gardens – the Fisherman’s Net Garden, Lion Grove, Humble Administrator’s Garden and Lingering Garden.

The Small Flying Rainbow Bridge in the Humble Administrator’s Garden

The Humble Administrator’s Garden, the largest, occupies four hectares. It has built in 1522 during the Ming Dynasty. Water accounts for three-fifths of its total area. All the major buildings face the water. Centering on the pool, bridges and corridors harmoniously ink up isles, rockeries, pavilions and towers. The garden shows a natural and flowing artistic style.

Xiangzhou in the Humble Administrator’s Garden

The Tianquan Pavilion in the Humble Administrator’s Garden

The Lingering Garden, on the other hand, demonstrates a compact layout and a delicate decorative art. Built in the Ming Dynasty, it was renovated and expanded in the early 19th century during the Qing Dynasty to cover an area of 3.3 hectares as we see it today. The garden is divided into four sections: artificial hills in the west, pastoral scenery in the north, hall and pavilion structures in the east and hills and waters at the center. A winding corridor of over 1000 meters links them. 

The Lingering Garden

The Lingering Garden

Suzhou Classical Gardens represent the national characteristics and artistic attainments of ancient Chinese gardening, a creation of human beings and reflect people’s love of nature and their desire for beauty in their lives. Just enjoy your China Tours in the combination of nature gifts and human talent!

Top things to do in Xi’an

On March 17, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Cultural Experience, Terracotta Warriors, Travel Info, by Jack Li

When you will have a china travel, you must have a Travel to Xi’an city. No visit to China will be complete without a few days’ stay in Xi’an. As one of China’s seven ancient national capitals, it served as the capital for 12 dynasties over 1,000 years. Thus Xi’an is blessed with a great […]

When you will have a china travel, you must have a Travel to Xi’an city. No visit to China will be complete without a few days’ stay in Xi’an. As one of China’s seven ancient national capitals, it served as the capital for 12 dynasties over 1,000 years. Thus Xi’an is blessed with a great number of precious relics and historical sites.

Terra Cotta Warriors Museum

About 35 kilometers east to the Xian City in Lin Tong County is the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, which was included in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage in 1987. Being a part of the Mausoleum, the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum was also included in the list, which stands about 1.5 kilometers east to the Mausoleum.

So far there are over 8, 000 full-sized warriors and horses and more than 100 chariots been excavated. All of the terra cotta warriors were lively made, and from their hair styles, clothes and gestures, it is easy to tell their identities and duties, generals, officers, cavalry or infantry. There were also over 100, 000 bronze weapons unearthed, which after more than 2,000 years are still sharp and shining, which showed that people had known the metallurgical technology well in the ancient time. In the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, there are two sets of bronze chariots and horses on exhibition, which were excavated to the west of the Mausoleum and are so far the biggest ones unearthed in China. Because of the limited technology today, most of the excavated warriors and horses have been buried under earth again for better protection and at present there are only 1,000 warriors and horses on exhibition.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the most famous Chinese pagodas and was built inside the Ci En Temple in the south of Chang’an city (today’s Xian) in 652 BC in Tang Dynasty (618-907). It is said that the pagoda was designed and built to consecrate and store the Sankrit Classics and Buddhist statues and relics by the eminent monk, Xuan Zang, who brought them from the ancient Indian. At the southern square of the Ci En Temple, there stands a bronze statue of Xuan Zang to commemorate the great achievement he has made in developing the Buddhism.

This brick-build 7-story pagoda is over 64 meters high and used to be the highest building of the Chang’an City, so is regarded as a symbolic building of the city. According to the recent survey, the pagoda has leaned more than one meter so far.

Xian City Wall

Xian City Wall is the best-preserved ancient city wall in China and also the largest and most complete military facility in the world.

Xian City Wall was built in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) expanded from the city wall remains of the Shui and Tang Dynasty. The walls are still strong and solid nowadays. Its well-preserved walls, moat, gates, drawbridge, main towers, watchtowers, parapet walls and crenels etc display an ancient defense system in integrity for the tourists today.

In Xi’an, you also can enjoy the delicious food and snacks, such as yangroupaomo, xian liangpi, roujiamo and so on. So you just enjoy it. You will have good China Tours.

Beijing Famous Parks

On March 16, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Beijing, Parks & Gardens, by Jack Li

When you are tired in traveling in china, what do you want to do? In order to make your China Tours in china more interesting, I will give you some tips about the Beijing parks where you will enjoy the amazing things in spring and forget the worries. When you Travel to Beijing, you can enjoy […]

When you are tired in traveling in china, what do you want to do? In order to make your China Tours in china more interesting, I will give you some tips about the Beijing parks where you will enjoy the amazing things in spring and forget the worries. When you Travel to Beijing, you can enjoy the beautiful things in spring in the gardens except the wonders.

Beihai Park

Beihai Park is one of the most popular parks in the city of Beijing. It covers a total area of over 68 hectares, more than half of it is taken up by the lake. Located northwest of the Forbidden City, this park has an 800-year history as the royal garden — and playground — of the Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. It is used to be the former palace of the emperors in successive dynasties, called the Winter Palace by Westerners. Early in the 10th century, the Liao dynasty a secondary imperial palace and an island (Jade Islet) were built here. It was expanded by digging a lake, adding more palace halls when Jin Empire took over; during the Yuan dynasty was rebuilt three times. The Ming and the Qing saw more construction and renovation: The Five Dragon Pavilions and the Nine-dragon Screen and pavilions were added.

Taoranting Park

Taoranting Park located southwest of Tiananmen Square opened to the public in 1956.

Taoranting means “Joyous Pavilion” and refers to the Temple of Mercy which stood in the grounds of the present day park.

Taoran Ting (Taoran Pavilion) is known as one of China’s four most famous historical pavilions, together with Aiwan Pavilion in Changsha, Huxin Pavilion in Hangzhou and Zuiweng Pavilion in Chuzhou. Taoran Pavilion was built in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and was a meeting point for poets, scholars and activists.

Beijing Botanical Gardens

Beijing Botanical Gardens, lying at foot of the West Hill (Xi Shan) in the suburbs of Beijing, are a relaxing, inexpensive place to spend a day away from the hustle and bustle of big city life. The Gardens are particularly spectacular in spring, with their blossom-laden fruit trees, and in autumn, when the vivid reds, greens, browns and golds of the vegetation heralds the approach of winter. Try to avoid weekend visits in spring as the park can get quite crowded with Beijing residents checking out the blossom.

The Garden grounds are well-signposted – head for the newly-opened visitor centre if you want to buy a cheap English brochure and map. A map can also be downloaded at the Beijing Botanical Garden website. For specific information you can call the Garden information service, although the English of the staff can be extremely patchy at times.

Zhongshan

Zhongshan Park is a wonderful escape into a more natural environment after visiting museums, galleries and Tiananmen Square.

Spring is particularly stunning in Zhongshan Park. There are huge swathes of tulips planted throughout the park lining paths, or adding splashes of colour under avenues of trees. It really has to be seen if visiting Beijing during the spring.

If visiting the park during the May Day holiday don’t expect to be alone. The park is very popular with many Beijingers and visitors from other parts of China. At the same time you can still find a quiet area to sit and ‘watch the world go by’ or alternatively strike up a conversation with some of the friendly locals wanting to practice their English.

Jingshan Park

Immediately across the road from the north entrance to the Forbidden City lies Jingshan Park (景山公园). Jingshan Park is also known as Coal Hill. It owes its existence to the moat built around the Forbidden City in 1420. Not only did the park provide somewhere to store the soil dug out of the moat, but it was planned in line with fengshui practice to protect the palace from the northern winds.

An interesting story about Jingshan Park is associated with the Ming Dynasty, because the last emperor hung himself as Manchu troops came to Beijing. There is a marker and notice board with the story on the eastern path in the park.

In Beijing you will not only enjoy the great wonders such as great wall, summer palace, but can appericiate the natrual things in the beijing gardens. You will have a unforgettable china travel.

Tour Around along the Silk Road

On March 16, 2011, in China Travel Gossip, Shanghai, by Jack Li

The Silk Road was a famous trade route in ancient times connecting the Asia to Europe. It started at Xi’an in the east and ran for 7,000 km through China, Central Asia and Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Syria before it reached the east coast of Mediterranean. The section in China is over 4,000 km long, […]

The Silk Road was a famous trade route in ancient times connecting the Asia to Europe. It started at Xi’an in the east and ran for 7,000 km through China, Central Asia and Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Syria before it reached the east coast of Mediterranean. The section in China is over 4,000 km long, more than half of the total length.

The 2,000-year-old silk road has offerd a lasting charm through the centuries. Today it still attracts thousands of tourists who Travel to China from across the world with its rich historic sites, cultural relics, beautiful scenery and colorful folklore. In the past the camel was a major means of transportation. Today tourists can travel along the route in more efficient and comfortable ways by air, rail and land. Now let’s embank on this mysterious and adventurous trip of the distinctive western China Tours.

The Starting Point—Xi’an

The Terra Cotta Soldiers of Xi’an are one of the most important archaeological finds in the world, and it takes an entire day to explore the site and surrounding area. After lunch with a noodle maker, you can take a cable car ride over Huaqing Hot Springs Park and visit Banpo, an old Neolithic (and possibly matriarchal) village.

Dunhuang

Dunhuang – City of the Sands, a former terminal of the ancient Silk Road perched on the edge of the Taklamakan Desert. Dunhuang is home to some of the finest Buddhist art. Artifacts discovered at Dunhuang span from the Northern and Western Wei to Northern Zhou and Tang dynasties, and include what is believed to be the oldest printed script in the world, dating back to 868 AD. After lunch, we head out to the Mogao Caves, which consist of 492 grottoes honeycombing a giant cliff face, each of them housing murals, Buddhist paintings and statues.

And then we can continue to explore the Mogao grottoes, followed by Crescent Moon Lake, where the oasis meets the desert. The spring-fed lake is set amidst towering sand dunes from where you can take in a spectacular view of the green oasis surrounded by an endless desert landscape. 

Turpan

Lying 154 meters below sea level, the Turpan Basin not only sits in the second largest depression in the world, but it is one of the hottest places China. Despite its desert location, Turpan boasts fertile land producing cotton and grapes, thanks to the karez, an ancient irrigation system. In Turpan, we can visit the Bezelik Caves, a set of Buddhist cave temples that was an important Buddhist center in the 6th to 13th centuries which today house rare examples of Buddhist mural art. We can also tour the ancient city of Gaochang and its necropolis, Astana, and wander the city bazaar in the evening.

Urumqi

Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, is a growing metropolis inhabited mainly by Han Chinese and serves as a transport hub for those crossing to Tibet, Pakistan and Central Asia. Here you can visit the lively market at Erdaoqiao, where anything from Uygur handicrafts, silk carpets to fruits and kebabs are sold.

Kashgar

Situated at the foot of the impressive Pamir mountains, Kashgar was once the key trading post bridging the East and the West on the Silk Road. Largely inhabited by the Uygurs, this ancient city is dotted with Muslim architecture and still retains the exotic feel of the Silk Road era. Kashgar’s lively markets attract thousands of people from the far corners of the region. They come here to sell, bargain, and trade everything ranging from camels to raisins. Our sightseeing tour will also include the the famous Eidgah Mosque and the tomb of Abbak Hoja. Our tour also includes visit to the most unique old town with typical Uyghur styled homes. Tourists can visit the various shopping alleys full of noodle shops, bakeries, teashops, blacksmiths and carpenters. Time has stood still – try a local taxi, which is a donkey cart. At last, we can take Xi’an Flights back to Xi’an.

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