Lijiang River Travel Tips

On September 6, 2011, in Guilin, Rivers & Gorges, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Lijiang River, originating in the Yuecheng Mountain, is a main tributary of the Pearl River flowing through the eastern part of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The head water is Liudong River and the confluence of the Huangbo River and Chuangjiang River is called Rongjiang River. The Lijiang River stretches from Guilin to Yangshuo with a […]

Lijiang River, originating in the Yuecheng Mountain, is a main tributary of the Pearl River flowing through the eastern part of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The head water is Liudong River and the confluence of the Huangbo River and Chuangjiang River is called Rongjiang River. The Lijiang River stretches from Guilin to Yangshuo with a length of 437 km.

Best Time to visit Lijiang River

Ferries are available only at 9:30 and 10:00 a.m.

The prime time to visit Lijiang River is from April to October. However, avoid the May Day Holiday (1st-3rd May) and National Day Holiday (1st – 7th October) for these are peak tourist seasons for domestic visitors. The River could be crowded and the price slightly raised.

Lijiang River Best Routes

A two-day or longer visit is recommended.

Day 1: (Guilin)

Longchuanping Dock—-Mulong Cave by raft—-aquatic tour to Elephant Trunk Hill, Piled Silk Hill, Cockfight Mountain, Seven-Star Mountain etc. —-Prince City attraction

Day 2: (Yangshuo)

Xingping fishing village (Clinton delivered an environmental protection speech here in 1997)—-tour on Lijiang River—-Butterfly Spring—-Silver Cave.

Lijiang River Tickets

Peak season: 210 Yuan

Off season: 190 Yuan

Additional sightseeing section of Lijiang River: 70 Yuan

How to get to Lijiang River

To take a ferry:

Domestic visitors: Mopanshan Dock

Foreign visitors: Zhujiang Dock

Domestic and foreign visitors (during dry season): Yangdi Dock

Tourist Bus:

Bus 51-58

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Thousand-island Lake

On September 6, 2011, in Hangzhou, Islands, Lakes, More Cities, Mountain Areas, Tours, by Jack Li

Thousand-island Lake is situated in the Chunan County of Zhengjiang Province. The lake is called Thousand-island Lake, because there are 1078 islands in total in the lake. It is 129 kilometers far from Hangzhou and 140 kilometers far from Huang Mountain. It is a pearl on the golden tour line, which includes Hangzhou, Thousand-island Lake […]

Thousand-island Lake is situated in the Chunan County of Zhengjiang Province. The lake is called Thousand-island Lake, because there are 1078 islands in total in the lake. It is 129 kilometers far from Hangzhou and 140 kilometers far from Huang Mountain. It is a pearl on the golden tour line, which includes Hangzhou, Thousand-island Lake and Huang Mountain. Thousand-island Lake with West Lake, Huang Mountain, Tai Lake, Two-dragon Cave in Jinhua and Wuyi Mountain forms a natural tourism web. Thousand-island Lake is in the center of the tourism district. It is very convenient to get there from Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi and Fujian.

Thousand-island Lake’s total water area is 10,442 square kilometers. The water quality is very good which reaches national water quality standards. The islands are different from each other, while they are well ordered. In area where many islands situated, the lake looks like a labyrinth. Some small islands form beautiful view spots, for example, the Hundred-lake Island, the Hundred-island Lake, and the Pearl Island. The Thousand-island Lake is so large that it looks like a sea. Forests cover 95% land of the islands in theLake’.

The 20 view spots in the Thousand-island Lake are divided into four categories,  lake. So the Thousand-island Lake is also known as ‘Green Thousand-island which have natural scenery, human landscape, animal show, recreation. The Thousand-island Lake has special tour lines, including the spring journey, the autumn journey, the golden autumn journey, sightseeing tour, recreation tour, water sports tour, historical culture tour, and orchard tour. And there are many fun activities you could take part in, for example, fishing with a giant web, competitions on water, customs show and so on. The local dishes in Thousand-island Lake are very delicious. The main dishes are seafood-based. The Thousand-island Lake is rich in freshwater fish and special products in forest. The fish restaurant in Thousand-island Lake is one of the best in freshwater fish restaurants in China. You could not find the incredible delicious taste of fish dishes anywhere else. The delicious dishes attract many tourists from home and abroad.

Thousand-island Lake Attractions

Santan Island

Jiupaojie

The Survival Guide to the Beijing Subway

On September 6, 2011, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Getting Around, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

  The Beijing subway is the one of the most surreal experiences I have ever come across on my Beijing Tour. It is the 5th busiest in the world and currently consists of 14lines and some 209 miles of operating lines which intends to keep growing until 2015. The busiest line, Line 1, cuts through the entire […]

 

The Beijing subway is the one of the most surreal experiences I have ever come across on my Beijing Tour. It is the 5th busiest in the world and currently consists of 14lines and some 209 miles of operating lines which intends to keep growing until 2015. The busiest line, Line 1, cuts through the entire city centre, including stations at Tianenmen Square and Guomao (where the notorious Silk Market is based). On 4th March 2011, a record breaking 6.82million people rode the subway. Getting to a subway station is very easy as most Beijing Hotels and landmarks are close to one. There are 172 subway stations across the city and 2 further lines are to open in 2012

 

 

Tickets & Security

You can either pay for each ticket individually or invest in a Beijing subway card (similar to a London Oyster Card) which can also be used on buses. A return on the subway is 2RMB no matter how far you are going. Before paying for your ticket, you place your bags on the conveyor belt, similar to that of airports to scan your bags for suspicious items. The subway is one of the very few places in Beijing where you are not allowed to smoke.

 

 

 

Rush Hour

Rush hour in Beijing is what the Beijing subway is most known for. There are mass amounts of people crammed into trains, to the extent that there are specialised security officers to push people into the train, making everyone packed like sardines, similar to that seen on the Tokyo subway. There are ways in which you can avoid these busy times (by avoiding major lines such as line 1 or avoiding traveling at that time completely) but it something to experience by those who want a grasp of everyday life in Beijing.

 

 

 

Tips to Enjoy your Subway Ride

Be safe – As for any subway, use your common sense. Keep all bags zipped and valuables hidden and just keep your subway card in your pocket to avoid rummaging in your bag at the station.

Push – In Western culture, we are prone to queuing – this is not the case in Beijing. Pushing will get you places teamed with shouting ‘ràng yī xià’ which means ‘Please move’.

Get a good spot – The quietest spots on the subway are normally the middle carriages, if you are stuck in a busy carriage, getas far away from the doors as possible to stop being pushed from every possible angle by the large amount of people getting on and off the tube.

Be prepared – When the doors open for the station before you are due to get off, get as close to the door as possible to avoid the struggle at your actual stop and missing your station.

Occupy yourself – On longer subway trips, kill some time by reading a newspaper or talking to a friend to make the journey a little faster.

 

China travel is something to be experienced by all everyone so hop on a subway and visit all the sights of Beijing in a fast, cool and cost-effective way!

 

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Seven-Star Cave

On September 6, 2011, in Caves & Canyons, Guilin, More Cities, Parks & Gardens, by Jack Li

Seven-Star Cave is a vast limestone cave complex in Seven-Star Park. The cave derives its name from the fact the main karst limestone peaks roughly resemble the stars of the Big Dipper constellation. The earliest exploration of the Seven-Star Cave dates back to the Tang Dynasty about 1,300 years ago. The cave has a year-round […]

Seven-Star Cave is a vast limestone cave complex in Seven-Star Park. The cave derives its name from the fact the main karst limestone peaks roughly resemble the stars of the Big Dipper constellation. The earliest exploration of the Seven-Star Cave dates back to the Tang Dynasty about 1,300 years ago. The cave has a year-round temperature of about 20o C. The maximum ceiling height is 27 meters, and the maximum width is 49 meters. A concrete and stone tour path of approximately 1,000 meters runs through the cave between its entrance and exit points. Artificial lighting for walkways and displays has been installed throughout the cave with intermittent colored lighting accents. Various rocky formations have descriptive names, such as “A Natural Fresco” and “The Chessboard”. During the Japanese invasion of China in World War II, Guilin residents took refuge in the cave.

The Lijiang River (in Guangxi)

Cattle Gorge

On September 6, 2011, in Guilin, More Cities, Nature Scenery, Rivers & Gorges, by Jack Li

Cattle Gorge is located downstream of Mopan Dock. The Gorge draws its name from the multitude of rocks that take the shape of oxen and horses. At this location, Lijiang River splits into two minor rivers running in opposite directions, cutting the river islet into three smaller islets. Drawing inference from the vivid travel notes […]

Cattle Gorge is located downstream of Mopan Dock. The Gorge draws its name from the multitude of rocks that take the shape of oxen and horses. At this location, Lijiang River splits into two minor rivers running in opposite directions, cutting the river islet into three smaller islets. Drawing inference from the vivid travel notes of famous Chinese geographer Xu Xiake, in ancient times, the waters of the river roared and tumbled against the cliffs. Today, the river only quietly murmurs. Later, the main stream was developed to accommodate sailing crafts and opened up as a channel for passenger ships. The surface of the river spreads wide and smooth with the three islets appearing to float on the river. It has become very attractive to tourists because the water here is extremely clear and calm and is a natural mirror making perfect images of the peaks. It is escorted by seven peaks at both sides of the Lijiang River resembling seven fairy ladies. A legend tells that the seven peaks are fairy girls from the heaven who took baths in the river. Enthralled by the charming scene, they stayed here and become the peaks .Green bamboo, lofty peaks and the blue sky reflected on the quiet waters create a spectacular scene. Right at the east end is the Hill of the Faithful Wife. At the hillside is a rock in the shape of woman with a baby on her back gazing far into the distance.

The Lijiang River (in Guangxi)

Solitary Beauty Peak(Duxiu Peak)

On September 6, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Guilin, Mountain Areas, Nature Scenery, by Jack Li

Solitary Beauty Peak is located in Guilin Prince City and is an integral part of the Prince City scenic area. People always describe it as the South Tianyi Column. The name derives from the renowned quote from Southern Dynasty (420-589) literature, ‘none can surpass this solitary peak in beauty’. The peak is also known as […]

Solitary Beauty Peak is located in Guilin Prince City and is an integral part of the Prince City scenic area. People always describe it as the South Tianyi Column. The name derives from the renowned quote from Southern Dynasty (420-589) literature, ‘none can surpass this solitary peak in beauty’. The peak is also known as ‘Purple Golden Hill’, a reference to the purple color of the rocks in bright sunshine. The Peak has also been called ‘the pillar of the Southern sky.’ There are 306 stone steps leading up to the top, where visitors can see a great view of the city. The pavilion here is a famous viewing point. Rosy clouds of dawn and a sunset glow turn the peak into a giant with a purple gown draped over his shoulder and a golden sash tied around his waist, giving the peak its second name: Purple Mountain. Visitors have to climb 306 stone steps to reach the top of the mountain, where they can gain a bird view of the shimmering waters and marvelous mountains of Guilin. That is the reason why the first thing tourists visiting Guilin do is climb the Solitary Beauty Peak. On the mountain side there is Reading Rock, a location that served as a reading spot for Yanzhi Yan (a famous writer in the Northern and Southern Dynasties), and Crescent Lake. Solitary Beauty Peak is a must-see attraction for visitors to Guilin Prince City – don’t miss it!

The Lijiang River (in Guangxi)

The Lijiang River (in Guangxi)

On September 6, 2011, in Caves & Canyons, Guilin, Mountain Areas, Rivers & Gorges, by Jack Li

Situated in the east of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in Southern China, the Lijiang River Scenic Area is the world’s largest and most beautiful karst landscape, inducing innumerable literati to revel in its beauty throughout the ages. Part of the scenery along the Lijiang River is printed on the back of the newly issued 20 […]

Situated in the east of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in Southern China, the Lijiang River Scenic Area is the world’s largest and most beautiful karst landscape, inducing innumerable literati to revel in its beauty throughout the ages. Part of the scenery along the Lijiang River is printed on the back of the newly issued 20 yuan note. The river originates at one of the most famous mountains in Southern China, Maoershan Mountain, nourishing the many flora and fauna that live along its banks.

The Lijiang River Scenic Area contains many breathtaking tourist destinations such as Caoping, Yangdi, Xingping, Cattle Gorge, Seven Star Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, and so on. Being the major scenic spot and the essence and soul of Guilin in Guangxi Province, this river flows through the city like a pearl necklace on a fair lady. So far the approved open area of the Liliang River can be divided into three spheres. Specifically, downtown on-water entertainment; Lijiang River sightseeing; and tourism of the Yangshuo, Guilin section of the river. The distance between the city center of Guilin and Yangshuo County is 83 kilometers, also known as the One-hundred Li Gallery. Considered one of the most scenic landscapes in China, the Lijiang River was one of the first scenic areas approved by the State Council in 1982. On May 5th, 2007, it obtained formal approval from National Tourism Administration of China to be crowned as a 5-A class tourist attraction.

The Lijiang River Main Attractions:

Elephant Trunk Hill

The Solitary Beauty Peak

Seven Star Cave

Reed Flute Cave

Cattle Gorge

The Lijiang River Story:

1.   Aniu Sister-in-law Rice-flour Noodles

Third Sister Liu (Sanjie Liu), a folklore character of the Zhuang nationality of China, was not only a gorgeous singer but also an excellent cook of rice-flour noodles. It is said that as many as 26 kinds of spices were added to her rice-flour noodle soup broth – no wonder it was so delicious! After she married Brother Aniu, she opened a rice-flour noodle store called Aniu Sister-in-Law Rice-flour Noodle Shop at the entrance to the village. The special flavor of the noodles and her beautiful voice soon attracted a huge number of customers. Huairen Mo, a rich man from the neighborhood, tried several times to take her as one of his concubines, but failed each time. Outraged, he conspired with local officials to burn down Third Sister Liu’s shop, infuriating the people of the village. The villagers decided unanimously to rescue Third Sister Liu, fighting with only their shovels, hoes and sticks. Many of them were badly injured. Seeing this, Third Sister Liu uttered a cry and jumped into the Lijiang River to save her fellow villagers from being further maimed. Suddenly, two carps leaped out of the water. One took Third Sister Liu on its back and flew up into the sky, heading to heaven as Third Sister Liu transformed into a goddess; the other jumped onto Huairen Mo and his men, pushing them down deep into the water. The tail of the carp surfaced high above the water, changing into the current Mt. Fish Tail.

2.   The Hill of the Faithful Wife

37 kilometers away from the city of Guilin, the Hill of the Faithful Wife is along the west coast of the Lijiang River and just in front of Doumi Beach. On top of the hill there is a stone resembling a man who, facing north, wears traditional Chinese clothes. Halfway up the hill there is a stone in the shape of a woman holding a baby on her back, looking into the direction of said man. Thus, the name of the hill came to be the Hill of the Faithful Wife or the Stone of the Faithful Wife. In the Song dynasty, it was rumored that a mendicant Buddhist monk turned into stone, giving the rock its man-like appearance. However, in the Qing dynasty, the story was that a family of three only had one dou (a measure of grain) of rice left when they came ashore. Unable to find food anywhere on the mountain, the husband was so lost in desperation that he turned into a stone-man. After waiting and waiting and still seeing no sign of her husband, the wife with the child on her back went up the mountain searching for him, only to find that her husband had already turned to stone. The wife was heartbroken and instantly became a stone-woman. Visitors to the Hill of the Faithful Wife will be fascinated by each of the many variations in legend about this scenic spot.

Shunan Bamboo Sea Travel Tips

On September 6, 2011, in Lakes, Popular Provinces, Sichuan, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Shunan Bamboo Sea is 600 to 1,000 metres above sea level and its annual temperature is between 0 to 30 degrees. The winter is not too cold and the summer is not too hot. You can come at any time of the year. Best season to visit Shunan Bamboo Sea: The climate of the Bamboo […]

Shunan Bamboo Sea is 600 to 1,000 metres above sea level and its annual temperature is between 0 to 30 degrees. The winter is not too cold and the summer is not too hot. You can come at any time of the year.

Best season to visit Shunan Bamboo Sea:

The climate of the Bamboo Sea is mild and humid with four distinct seasons. In August, the hottest month, the temperature only averages 27.4 degrees Celsius, and in January, the coldest month, the temperature is not lower than 8 degrees Celsius. Air humidity is above 83% most of the year. So come any time you want.

Shunan Bamboo Sea Route: (none available)

Shunan Bamboo Sea Ticket:

1. RMB 85 per person (RMB 90 if you need insurance)

You can get a discount price of RMB 77 at travel agencies.

2. Free of charge for children under 1.1 metres

How to get to Shunan Bamboo Sea:

By air: There are direct flights from Yibin Airport to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Kunming.

By railroad: It takes six to seven hours from Chengdu to Yibin. It costs RMB 25. There are buses going straight from Yibin to Bamboo Sea and it costs RMB 20. From Chengdu, Kunming, Guiyang, Neijiang and Xunchang there are trains 2003, 2004, 5601, 5604, 5602, 5603, 505, 5606, 8635, 8636, N863, N866, N864, N865 directly to or passing by Yinbin.

By highway: It takes you three hours and RMB 80~90 to travel from Chongqing to Yibin by car. In the city of Yibin there is a convenient highway network. IT is only 50 km from Yibin Southshore Coach Station to Bamboo Sea via Changning, and the coach departs every 15 minutes. All the main roads in the Bamboo Sea scenic zone are concrete roads so it is very convenient.

The Fairy Lake

On September 6, 2011, in Activities, Caves & Canyons, Islands, Sichuan, by Jack Li

The Fairy Lake is one of the most famous attractions in the Shunan Bamboo Sea. It is located on the top of the hill where Xianyu Cave is. The Fairy Lake, the Xianyu Cave, and the Tianbao Village together make up a very good round tour route. The fairy lake occupies an area of more […]

The Fairy Lake is one of the most famous attractions in the Shunan Bamboo Sea. It is located on the top of the hill where Xianyu Cave is. The Fairy Lake, the Xianyu Cave, and the Tianbao Village together make up a very good round tour route.

The fairy lake occupies an area of more than 2 hectares. The water is very clear and limpid. When it comes to the dawn or the sunset, the whole lake is shrouded by the golden sunlight and looks like a golden basin. The reflections of the green hills and the verdant bamboos around the water make the surface of the water an exquisite watercolor painting. During the summer and the autumn, the frogs live beside the lake croak a lot. The croaking sounds like the music from a peptachord. This background music make the Fairy Lake appear to be much more elegant.

There are several pavilions and galleries made of bamboos beside the lake for tourists to enjoy the beautiful lake. If you want to see the lake much closer, you can rent a bamboo rafts and go boating on the lake. It is definitely a wonderful experience. Enjoying the limpid water, the emerald green bamboos, and the cool winds passing by every now and then on the lake is quite comfortable.

The Shunan Bamboo Sea

Tianbao Village

On September 6, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Chinese Towns & Villages, Mountain Areas, Sichuan, by Jack Li

It is said that Tianbao Village was built in 1862 by the Qing government as a fortress to prevent the armies of Shi Dakai, a rebel general, to march into Sichuan. It was built along the edge of cliffs. It may seem dangerous if you look down; but as the saying goes, “It is safer […]

It is said that Tianbao Village was built in 1862 by the Qing government as a fortress to prevent the armies of Shi Dakai, a rebel general, to march into Sichuan. It was built along the edge of cliffs. It may seem dangerous if you look down; but as the saying goes, “It is safer to be in the eye of the storm”, the formidable terrain makes it easy to defend and hard to attack. The village measures 1,500 m long, 20 m high and 10 m wide. Not only is the roof made of hard rocks, but also inside there are thirteen solid stone village gates that you have to get through one by one before you can enter the village. This makes it a much stronger fortress.

The scenery around is as impressive as the village itself. When it is sunny the red sand stones of the cave glitter. Green bamboos surround the cave and serve as a natural screen that blocks it from sight. If you walk around the village, you will see rare giant mushroom stones shaped like an umbrella more than 10 metres high. Legend has it that it used to be the umbrella of the head master of Xianyu Cave. He put it here and it became the yellow stone. So the local people call it “the yellow umbrella stone”.

During the early years of the Republic of China, theft was prevalent and the local lords moved to Tianbao Village seeking safety and peace. The place provided a save haven for them. Such a peculiar choice of site for a village really protects it from any disturbance.

The Shunan Bamboo Sea