2011 June

Park activities in Beijing

On June 30, 2011, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Parks & Gardens, by Jack Li

Nowadays Beijing has become one of the most developed cities of the East, characterized by a busy environment and lifestyle. For this reason local during their free-time especially weekends prefer to enjoy the “green” relaxing and walking around Parks. The latter offer the opportunity to catch a slice of Chinese culture, indeed is possible admire […]

Nowadays Beijing has become one of the most developed cities of the East, characterized by a busy environment and lifestyle. For this reason local during their free-time especially weekends prefer to enjoy the “green” relaxing and walking around Parks. The latter offer the opportunity to catch a slice of Chinese culture, indeed is possible admire elderly people practicing the traditional water calligraphy on the ground stones or people practising Gymnastic. Beijing’s parks are the perfect spot where is possible to observe Chinese residences at their most relaxed and cheerful, making the surrounding atmosphere even more magic ad entertaining. It is reccomended to check the following link to book a Beijing flight.
Liuyin Park
The park is one of the less visited by tourists, in fact it is possible to pass by the park without even realising that is there. It is situated on the south of the third ring road and it’s enjoyed by residents of the Anzhen and Andingmen areas. Thanks to its secluded and peaceful location make it popular for young Chinese couples. Even if the park is relatively small, it is possible to get lost within its paths; it is advised to spend 45 minutes just to spot a good sight of the lakes.
Beijing Olympic Forest Park
It took 5 years to build The Beijing Olympic Forest Park constitutes one of the most amazing park experiences around the Beijing Province covering an area of 680 hectares. Within its northern area is possible to see the ecological corridor known also as the Green Bridge (a stretch of the 5th ring road). The park is so big that is almost impossible to don’t find your own private spot to organize picnics away from the busy day life.

Xiang Shan Park (Fragrant Hill)
It is situated 10km west of the west of the city in the West Hill quite close to the Summer Palace. Fragrant Hills Park is recognized as one of the major tourist attractions in Beijing especially during autumn, where the natural scenery in the park suddenly turns spectacular, with fiery red smoke tree leaves covering the mountain side creating the opportunity to take amazing pictures. Every year, thousands of tourists ride the cable cars through the park in order see the hills colored with autumn colors. The grand opening of the annual as Red Leaf Festival of Beijing takes place there. In Season, thousands of people climb up the steps leading to the breathless Xiang Lu peak.
Purple bamboo Park
The enchanted atmosphere of the Purple Bamboo Park is located closely to the busy section of the third Ring Road, exactly like the Beijing Zoo. It lies in the middle of a super modern busy area almost like an “Oasis” where people can refresh and rest themselves away from the stressful daily life. The park is mainly famous for its thick growth of Bamboo that reproduces one of the most traditional Chinese views. It is recommended to visit the park during the early morning or afternoon, avoiding office crowds. However the scenery of the lakes is spectacular at anytime of the day especially in the area close to the north gate where the multitude of paths leads to numerous gazebos, also enjoying the rabbit warren along the area. The whole ambiance becomes more magic and peaceful listening Chinese elderly play the traditional instruments.
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The ancient commercial experience in Beijing

On June 30, 2011, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Featured China Stories, by Jack Li

Dazhalan, better known as Dashilan’er West Street, represents one of the Beijing’s oldest commercial districts. It has recently re-opened after an intensive reconstruction that lasted for over one year that 93 million RMB to the city council. Dashilan’er is located in the Qianmen area, south of Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing. The “new” […]


Dazhalan, better known as Dashilan’er West Street, represents one of the Beijing’s oldest commercial districts. It has recently re-opened after an intensive reconstruction that lasted for over one year that 93 million RMB to the city council. Dashilan’er is located in the Qianmen area, south of Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing. The “new” historic street has conserved the traditional appearance of ancient Chinese buildings. The main Market Street is concentrated with small vendors and traditional ancient shop fronts, giving visitors the opportunity to experience the antique history of the place, when the area served as the main core of commerce dated back over 600 years ago. The best way to visit this destination is to travel to Beijing thanks to China Flights.

Originally known as “Guanyinsi Street thanks the proximity of the Guanyin Temple on the east side, Dashilan’er attracts many famous political and literary figures especially during its glory days of the Qing Dinasty (1644-1911). The name itself, Dazhalan is pronounced “Dashalan’er” in the local dialect. It is said that the name originated from the fact that 600 years ago the emperor ordered fences to be built in order to prevent thieves from entering the area. Apart from a few famous department stores during that era, the area was also bustling with opium dens, brothels, theatres and teahouses. However, its legacy as a thriving centre for commerce and entertainment became a distant, foggy memory in recent decades and in 2005 a report published by the Beijing Academy of Social Sciences even declared the area as “a typical slum”. Moreover, problems such as safety hazards, poor hygiene, lack of electricity and water have all been cited as contributors to the street’s deterioration. Therefore it is little wonder that with the world’s eyes focused on Beijing in the run up to the Olympics in 2008, government authorities decided to completely re-haul the face of this historic, albeit run-down old district.

Dashilan’er is not only intended to showcase China’s traditional culture and rich history to foreigners, but most of the visitors are actually Chinese people who see this re-development as an opportunity to reconnect with China’s rich historical past. Apart from adding a new attraction to Beijing’s tourist map, Dashilan’er’s new face lift is also closely linked with efforts to develop one of Beijing’s least visited districts, Xuanwu. It is hoped that the new street will bring new business to the area, hence spurring the area’s economy and contributing to its development.One of the main attractions of the street is its assortment of local snacks. 20 meters long queues outside the street’s snack shops is not an uncommon sight. Local restaurants include Goubuli where visitors can feast on its famous stuffed buns and have their photo taken beside a sculpture of Empress Dowager Cixi at the entrance. Traditional Chinese brands are also sold in the street, such as Mujuyuan hats, Ruifuxiang clothes and Neilansheng shoes.
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Lantern Festival

On June 29, 2011, in China Travel Gossip, Cultural Experience, Festivals, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Have you ever attended any festival? Book through China travel today and experience one of China’s famous festivals. Are you already in China? Try one of the China tours and be at the right place to get the full experience of the festival. The lantern festival occurs on the fifteenth day of the first lunar […]

Have you ever attended any festival? Book through China travel today and experience one of China’s famous festivals. Are you already in China? Try one of the China tours and be at the right place to get the full experience of the festival. The lantern festival occurs on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month, usually in February or March. Since the Western Han dynasty, the lantern festival has gained great significance.

One of the most important activities in this festival is watching lanterns. The practice of Buddhism increased on China during the Han dynasty. An emperor during this time noticed that Buddhist monks practiced a ceremonial activity of lighting lanterns to worship Buddha on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. As a sign of respect, he ordered the lighting of lanterns in the imperial palace and temples to show respect to Buddha on this day. As time went on, the Buddhist rites developed in to a bigger festival in the community and it expanded from the central plains to the rest of the country.

Lantern festival till this day is of great importance in the Chinese culture. Festivals are still carried out each year around the country. The lanterns all come in different shapes and sizes and are hung in the streets, as an attraction for visitors around. Children and young adults, also take part in cultural activities by carrying the lanterns while walking in the streets.

Part of the exciting activities during the lantern festival is the “guessing lantern riddles”. Riddles are written down and posted on each lantern by the owners. If anyone has the solution to the riddle, they are given the opportunity to present their answer to the lantern owner to see if it is right. If correct, the person is given a gift for his or her hard work.

On the Lantern festival, Yuanxiao known as rice dumpling is the main course eaten on that day. As a result, the festival has adopted the name Yuanxiao festival. Rice dumpling is in the form of a ball. It is made up of glutinous rice flour, sesame, bean paste, jujube paste, walnut meat, dried fruit, sugar and cooking oil. It can be boiled, steamed or fried.  Another name for Rice dumpling is “tangyuan” which is similar to the word “tuanyuan” meaning reunion. For this reason, eating rice dumpling represents unity, happiness and harmony among family members. Getting the chance to participate in the ritual of the lantern festival is a beautiful experience. It is amazing to have the opportunity to learn about a different culture and understand the reason behind the activities.

Other exciting movements carried out on this special festival include a dragon lantern dance, a lion dance, a land boat dance, and a yangge dance, walking on stilts and beating drums while performing a stage dance. At nighttime, the use of fire brings out the beautiful scenery.

Lantern festival is one of the many cultural activities I will recommend to anyone traveling to China. Coming from a country without a traditional cultural background, lantern festival is one of the many activities in China that I would love to experience again. Booking with China travel, made my experience in the country a very pleasant one.

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The beautiful city called Qingdao

On June 29, 2011, in Adventure Trip, China Travel Gossip, Qingdao, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Qingdao is known by some of the Chinese community as one of the most beautiful and cleanest city in China. The population is about three million in total making it the one of the biggest cities in the Shandong Province. Qingdao city is full of historical, informational, and educational museum as well as many famous […]

Qingdao is known by some of the Chinese community as one of the most beautiful and cleanest city in China. The population is about three million in total making it the one of the biggest cities in the Shandong Province. Qingdao city is full of historical, informational, and educational museum as well as many famous historical sites such as Wusi GuangChang, TianHouu Palace, and Qingdao Guest house. Plan your trip to China through China travel today and join in the international beer celebration. Book your Flight through air China and get the best deal for your money.


German settlers in Qingdao, China founded Tsingtao brewery Museum in 1903. Since its introduction, Tsingtao beer has being greatly enjoyed by members of the Chinese community. It is the number one beer in China. The brewery first applied for permission for a Qingdao international beer festival. Since the first beer festival in 1993, a yearly celebration has been carried out every year since then. The brewery has some interesting exhibits.  Inside the brewery you will see the history of the brewery and how the brewery was made.

The international beer festival is usually held at the end of august. For those looking to travel around this period, you do not want to miss this exciting festival.  The ceremony is a celebration of Qingdao’s heritage as well as carnival type rides, food and games. In the evening, the events are entertaining attracting pedestrians around. One can also watch or participate in various performances such as karaoke, concerts, auctions or comedy.

Qingdao underwater world is China’s first public aquarium, opened in 1932. The underwater world is made up of for main sections connected to the street via underground tunnels. One highlight is the moving platform that takes visitors in a tunnel through the aquarium; one can look around and see fishes from every corner.

 

Qingdao has some of the most beautiful beaches around.  The oceans combine beautiful scenery of harmonious coexistence between mankind and nature. Qingdao is a history of growth and development witnessed by the tide and wind of the sea. Beach number one is packed with equipment rentals and amusements of all kinds. Close by are restaurants, hotels and Zhongshan Park.

Qingdao restaurants are known for their hot and spicy dishes, with many of the city’s best dining venues choosing to specialize in traditional Sichuan cuisine. Freshly caught seafood is extremely popular in Qingdao and is featured in many of the menus in the Qingdao restaurants. Chopsticks play an important role in Chinese restaurants in Qingdao, tourists visiting the city and looking for more western style dishes will find many options to choose from. Italian restaurants and fast food location are very accessible.

In my trip to Qingdao, I had the opportunity of attending the internal beer festival as well as visiting the underwater world. These two locations I must say, were my favorite spots in Qingdao. Given a second chance, I will revisit the underwater world and attend the international beer festival. If you can attend it, you will love the experience as much as I do. Never too late to book a China flight.

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What wouldnt you Eat –Catonese Cuisine

On June 21, 2011, in Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

Cantonese cuisine originated from the region around Canton (Guangzhou) in southern China’s  To find out more interesting facts about this wonderland or any other places in China check out what’s available at China Travels. You can Travel to Guangzhou and make this a trip of a lifetime. An Interesting Cantonese saying I came across states […]


Cantonese cuisine originated from the region around Canton (Guangzhou) in southern China’s  To find out more interesting facts about this wonderland or any other places in China check out what’s available at China Travels. You can Travel to Guangzhou and make this a trip of a lifetime.

An Interesting Cantonese saying I came across states “anything that walks, swims, crawls, or flies is edible. There is also another that says “the only four-legged things that Cantonese people won’t eat are tables and chairs.” Cantonese cuisine includes what they consider edible such as staples of pork, beef, chicken, snakes, snails, insects, worms, chicken feet, duck tongues, and entrails. As a trading post, Canton (Guangzhou) had access to a large range of imported food, which resulted in the huge variety of Cantonese dish we can enjoy today.

Cantonese usually serves soup before a meal, unlike most Chinese meals. Typically the soup is a clear broth prepared with meat and other ingredients, and then it is cooked on a mild fire for hours. It is said that some people put Chinese herbal medicines into their clay pots, to make the soup nutritious and healthy. Cantonese normally only consume the liquid in the pot, the solids are usually thrown away unless they are expensive such as abalones or shark fins. There’s also a Cantonese saying that to “secure” a husband, a Cantonese woman needs to first cook good soups.

Guangdong is close to the South China Sea, so cooking live seafood is a specialty in Cantonese cuisine. Prawns, shrimps, scallops, lobster and crab are in ample supply. Many Chinese restaurants maintain live seafood tanks. The freshest seafood is odorless, and is best cooked by steaming. Less fresh ones will be fried or even deep fried. When cooking a fresh fish, only a small amount of soy sauce, ginger, and spring onion is added to a steamed fish, while loads of garlic and spices will be added to cook an un-fresh fish.

Dim Sum (Dian Xin) – Dim sum translates to “touch the heart”. Dim sum is usually served as breakfast or brunch, enjoyed with family or friends. There is a wide variety of food available; Gow (Dumpling), Siu Mai, Phoenix talons (Chicken feet), Steamed spare ribs, and Spring rolls are good examples. In some restaurants, they are served on trolleys. Instead of placing an order after reading a menu, you order whatever you like after physically seeing the yummy dim sums on the trolley. Dim sum is part of the Cantonese culture. It is common to see good Cantonese restaurants crowded with people having dim sums on Sunday mornings, enjoying dim sum while reading newspapers. So why not witness this today by staying in a Beijing Hotel or by making the leap to visit China’s many wonders.

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The Lama Temple

On June 21, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Beijing, Cool Places, Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

Travel to Beijing to day and visit one of the many historical sites in the city. Lama temple also known as the palace of peace and harmony is both a temple and a school of Tibetan Buddhism located in the northeast of Beijing. This temple is one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist […]

Travel to Beijing to day and visit one of the many historical sites in the city. Lama temple also known as the palace of peace and harmony is both a temple and a school of Tibetan Buddhism located in the northeast of Beijing. This temple is one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist temples in the world.  Fly with air China and see the beautiful work of artistry in the Lama temple.

Lama temple is also referred to as the YongHeGong temple. The construction of the temple originally started in the Qing Dynasty in 1694. Initially, it was used as an official residence for court eunuchs, and then the emperor’s son converted it into the court of Prince YongZheng. After the death of the YongZheng, half of the temple was changed into a lamasery while the other half remained an imperial palace. YongZheng’s casket was placed in the temple for those who wanted to mourn his death. Emperor QianLong, successor to YongZheng, transformed the yellow tiles in the temple into blue, giving the building and imperial look. The temple has now become a national centre of Lama administration.

There are five main halls separated by courtyards in the lama temple: the Hall of Heavenly Kings (Tian Wang Dian Hall), the Hall of Harmony and Peace (YongHeGong), the Hall of Everlasting protection (YongYouDian), the Hall of Wheel of the Law (FalunDian) and the Pavilion of Ten Thousand Happiness (WanFuGe). The first courtyard in YongHeGong is tilted Gate of Peace Declaration. Following this gate is another titled Gate of Peace. Manchu, Mongolian and Tibetan are inscribed in Chinese on the pavilion stand in the temple to mark the history of the temple.

The Hall of the Heavenly Kings was previously the main entrance of the building. There are two pagoda’s located on each side of the statue of the Maitreya Buddha. Small Buddhist images are placed next to each pagoda symbolizing longevity. The Hall of Harmony and Peace represents the main building of YongHeGong. Three bronze statues of Buddha’s are located inside the hall. A statue of the Gautama Buddha is at the center with the statue of Kasyapa on the right and the statue of Maltreya on the left.

The Hall of Everlasting protection was emperor YongZheng’s living quarter; his coffin is currently buried in this location. The Hall of wheel of the Law consists of five pagodas that serve as a place for reading scriptures and conducting religious ceremonies. It also has the statue of Tsong Khapa founder of the Geluk school of Buddhism, on a lotus. The hall has statues of arhats made out of gold, silver, copper, iron and tin.

The pavilion of ten thousand happiness contains the statue of the Maitreya Buddha carved from a single piece of white sandalwood. The statue is one of three artworks in the temple that were included in the Guinness book of record.

If you would like to see this historical temple, travel to Beijing today. You can also see other historical locations in China like the Forbidden City, the Temple of heaven, Tiananmen Square and many more.

 

 

Urumqi, “in the Hearth of the Silk Road”

On June 21, 2011, in Adventure Trip, More Cities, Xinjiang, by Jack Li

The city of Urumqi is the capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, under the administration of People’s Republic of China, counting 2.5 million habitants. Urumqi has the characteristic to be the most inland city in the world, being the furthest location on earth from any ocean. The population is a mix of two major […]

The city of Urumqi is the capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, under the administration of People’s Republic of China, counting 2.5 million habitants.

Urumqi has the characteristic to be the most inland city in the world, being the furthest location on earth from any ocean. The population is a mix of two major ethnic groups, such as the Uyghur and Han. In top of that other groups are present, for instance the city includes Kyrgyz, Kazakhs, Mongols and Hui Muslims. Moreover even if Urumqi represents a Chinese destination the main language is not mandarin, but Uyghur, a Turkic language.  Furthermore only a narrow number of people speak English, even in the major hotel Chain, so it is considered helpful to have the name of the hotel or destination written in Chinese, for this reason is always better to book a tour with China Tour especially if you are travelling for the first time to China.

Urumqi is easily accessible from almost all the main and medium size airports present in China, for more information is advised to consult the main travel toolChina Flights.

Urmuqi offers several attractions that give the opportunity to revive the past history, for a better understanding of the Xinjang culture origins. The main site that tourist cannot miss out when travelling to Urmuqi is The Xiajiang Regional Museum. The latter was firstly built in 1953; its assortment covers an area of 7,800 square meters, including a entirety collection of 50’000 items representing every single aspect of the ethnic and social life of the 12 minorities that lived in Xinjiang. The museum surprises tourists as it displays a wide collection of very well preserved corpses, dated back almost 4,000 years ago. Those bodies differ from the Egyptian mummies, (conserved by embalming procedures) as Urumqi bodies were dried by a particular natural environment. The outstanding collection in includes all type of citizens, but the most impressive is the “Loulan beauty” which has preserved his red hair, large eyes, and long hair for more than 4,000 years. Another must-see attraction in Urumqi is the Hongshan “Red Mountain”, it includes an breath-less view of the city, but also includes the Light Temple entrance which represents a Buddhist temple. The mountain also offers a cable service or a path of 14km for those more adventurous tourists, leading to the Celestial Capital Peak, that offers a unique experience “up in the clouds” and a celestial lake (see pictures).

During the past Urumqi has represented one of the main destinations of the ancient Silk Road, indeed still today the Xinjiang capital offers the traditional Islamic Market, Da Bazar also known as Erdaoqiao market situated in the downtown offering a unique market and culinary experience. The Silk Road history can also be discovered Thanks to the “Xinjiang Silk Road Museum”, which it can be found just next to the Grand Bazaar, the museum makes great use of the English language giving the opportunity to everyone to enjoy the ancient path that stretches along China.

For more information about the city capital of Urumqi, it is advised to visit China Travel, a website that provides all the necessary information.

Beyond the Yangtze River

On June 20, 2011, in Cruises, Tips & Ideas, Yangtze River, by Jack Li

A wide country as China never stops to surprise its visitors, offering much more than a monotonous tourist experience, indeed thanks to the Yangtze river and Yangtze Cruise it is possible book a cruise travelling along various remote and modern destinations at the same time, reviving the historical traditions and developments of this unique route. […]

A wide country as China never stops to surprise its visitors, offering much more than a monotonous tourist experience, indeed thanks to the Yangtze river and Yangtze Cruise it is possible book a cruise travelling along various remote and modern destinations at the same time, reviving the historical traditions and developments of this unique route. It is recommended to start the cruise from Shanghai, Shanghai flights. The Yangtze from Chinese “Long River” represents not only the China ‘greatest river, but also a main transport route of the past. The river extends itself for more than 4’000 miles, reaching the same size of the Mississippi. In fact it is the fifth largest river in the world (by volume) measuring ten times the Nile.

As previously mentioned the Yangtze has constituted a fundamental transportation path, promoting the development of several cities along its banks. Chinese civilization first developed along the Yellow river (Huang He) and shortly thereafter spread to two other major areas, the lower Yangtze basin and the rich agricultural lands of Sichuan covering an area of almost a thousand km. The Westernized name Yangtze come from the mix of the two rivers Yangzhou and Zhenjiang called Yangzi, as this has been the first name heard by British explorers and missionaries, that finally has stuck to it. The other reason of its name is that, the river’s name was in honour of the emperor Yang. However most of the locals are not familiar with the English version of the name, struggling to understand the word Yangtze, for this reason tourists should call the river with its proper mandarin terms “Chang Jiang”.

The river stretches along many cities starting from Shanghai, which represents the financial capital of the modern China, as it has started to develop only in the 19th century. Meanwhile destinations such Wuxi, Yangzhou, Zhenjiang, Nanjing important as rival of Beijing, Wuhan, Yichang also known as the getaway to the Gorges and finally Chongqing one of the china’s largest cities, all the above destinations give the opportunity to revive China’s old traditions experiencing a unique holiday. In top of this the river not only reaches Chongqing as its last destination but it stretches far beyond, indeed the river has the headwaters deep in the Tibetan mountains. Indeed more adventurous tourists, it is possible to follow the river much further than Chongqing. However visitors on the Yunman tourist trail are able to see some of the upper reaches of the close river Lijiang. Part of the Yangtze constitutes one of the three rivers at the “Three Parallel Rivers National Park”, a UNESCO World heritage located in Yunnan. Furthermore the Yangtze passing by several ancient cities gives the opportunity to visit other main destinations that do not sit on its banks, but easily accessible. One of those is certainly Hangzhou which is not only the capital of Zheijang near Shanghai but it is also connected by the “Grand Canal” to Wuxi and Suzhou. The latter represents a must-see attraction in China, indeed the city of Suzhou characterized by its gardens, and canals, is one of the most traditional city out there, offering spectacular flowers and plant collections including the typical Bonsai. Tourists should also visit Chengu, the capital of Sichuan as it represents one of the Yangtze’s tributaries.

The best way to visit those destinations is a cruise through the Yangtze River, but also the high speed rail thanks to improving quality gives the opportunity to visit several of the city mentioned above such as Nanjing-Wuxi-Suzhou-Shanghai-Hangzhou routes. For further information tourist should consult China Tours.

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Gansu and its many Wonders!!

On June 20, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Cool Places, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, Tours, Transportation, by Jack Li

Gansu Province is positioned between Qinghai, Tibet and Inner Mongolia it is about 4,900 feet above sea level. Being a part of northwestern China, Gansu covers all of 175,289 square mile with a population of 24 million. The capital is Lanzhou. On the west of Lanzhou and the Yellow River the well-known “Hexi Corridor,” this […]

Gansu Province is positioned between Qinghai, Tibet and Inner Mongolia it is about 4,900 feet above sea level. Being a part of northwestern China, Gansu covers all of 175,289 square mile with a population of 24 million. The capital is Lanzhou. On the west of Lanzhou and the Yellow River the well-known “Hexi Corridor,” this is an essential passage on the ancient Silk Road stretching to the west. Visiting this lovely place is only a click away while checking out China Travel; you can find it easy to go to Gansu as part of their offered China Tours.

Gansu is rich with history, cultural heritage, grottoes, ancient buildings and other cultural relics. Ethnic groups around the world congregate in Gansu, which makes it a unique tourist destination with a range of traditional costumes to gaze at. While at Gansu you can take in the grasslands, the Gobi desert, and snow-covered mountains which add beauty to this mystifying land.

Places to be while visiting this area would be Lanzhou, Labrang Lamasery, the Suspended Great Wall, and the Maijishan Grottoes.

Lanzhou – was once called Jincheng and is now the capital of Gansu Province. Through Lanzhou is where the Yellow River flows, and is also the center of transportation in northwest. The ideal environment allows for melons, honeydew melons, and peaches to grow. You can catch the view of the Yellow River from the green corridor.

Labrang Lamasery- is located in the western Xiahe County in Gansu Province. Labrang Lamasery is about a 5 to 6 hour drive south from Lanzhou. The lamasery was built in 1709 which was the 48th year of the reign of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty. It is one of the six largest religious temples of the Gelug Sect of China’s Lamaism, second only to Potala Palace in Lhasa at Tibet. The lamasery covers 202 acres and has more than 10,000 halls and accommodates over 3,000 lamas.

The Suspended Great Wall- was called the West Great Wall in the past. Located 5 miles north of Jiayuguan Pass, it was built on the east side of Heishan Mountain in 1539, which was the 18th year of Jiajing’s reign of the Ming Dynasty. The walls were made of compressed earth. In some places the wall is almost ve rtical so that it has been called the Cliff Wall.

Mogao Grottoes- also known as “1000 Buddha Cave” they are located 15.5 miles southeast of Dunhuang City. With the length of 1 mile, the Grottoes weave their way through the broken cliff at the eastern foot of Mingsba Hill. There are five layers of caves that are built into the mountain. Historical records states that the Mogao Grottoes were constructed in 366 BC. There are said to be around 492 caves in which murals and sculptures representing different dynasties have been well preserved to this day. The Mogao Grottoes are listed in the World Cultural Heritage and are rated as key relics under state protection.

To witness these sites for yourself check out what is offered and where you or your family would like to visit in China. China Travels offers a lot of diverse places, and includes and guarantees nothing but fun fun fun .

One of the Seven Wonders of the world

On June 20, 2011, in Cool Places, Must-sees, Tours, by Jack Li

The great wall was developed in the Ming dynasty as a result of disturbances from the Dadan, Tufan and Nuzhen. The main line of the wall started from Jiuliancheng near the Yalu River in the east to the west of Juyongguan pass.  The complete wall now stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Nur […]

The great wall was developed in the Ming dynasty as a result of disturbances from the Dadan, Tufan and Nuzhen. The main line of the wall started from Jiuliancheng near the Yalu River in the east to the west of Juyongguan pass.  The complete wall now stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Nur in the west, around the southern edge of Mongolia.  The great wall is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You can visit this wonderful location by booking through travel to Beijing. Cheap China Flights are also available.

Before the great wall was built, the Chinese people had prior experience in wall building. The wall was made by rammed earth and gravel between board frames. During the Ming dynasty, the wall was constructed to along the northern border of China. The Ming construction of the great wall was much stronger than the previous dynasty due to the use of bricks and stones rather than rammed earth.  As the Mongolian raid in china intensified, the Ming devoted more time towards the repair and reinforcement of the wall. The section closer to Beijing was made the strongest.

Today, the different sections of the great wall include Gubeiko, JinshanLing, Simatai, Jiankou, Mutianyu, Huanghua, Juyongguan and Badaling. Juyongguan and Badaling are the closest sections to Beijing. Badaling is the most visited by tourists. It is a great section for viewing the full beauty of the wall. Mutianyu is a good section for those who would prefer hiking the wall; it is also much steeper than Badaling.

In the ancient times, Badaling section was used to protect the capital from the attack of foreign bodies. As a result, Badaling was given the name North Gate. Over one hundred million visitors have walked on the Badaling section of the great wall. Mutianyu section is in between Juyongguan, Badaling, Jiankou and Huanghua in the west, and Gubeiko, Simatai and JinshanLing to the east. This section is the largest and the best overall in quality. The unique feature in Mutianyu section of the wall is the presence of watchtowers. Compared to other sections, Mutianyu has twenty-two watchtowers, which makes it easier to view the scenery of the wall in every hundred meters.

If you prefer going to a less crowded section of the wall, Simatai is the best option. It is over hundred kilometers on the northeastern side of Beijing. Twenty well-preserved watchtowers are located on the west and thirteen rugged watchtowers are located on the east. Part of JinshanLing has been restored, and is located at the west of Simatai. During the summer, Huanghua section usually has yellow flowers, which explains the name Huanghua meaning yellow flower. Jiankou great wall is built along the mountains, making it a very good place for viewing the wall. Close to Juyongguan are other historical attractions like the life sized terracotta warriors and a temple. Gubeiko is connected to both JinshanLing and Simatai.

Having the opportunity to view all the sections of the wall was a very exciting experience. Each section had its own unique feature making it stand out in comparison to the other sections. If you are interested in seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the World, book your China Flights today and visit all or your favorite section of the Great Wall.

 

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