Yu Yuan Garden

On August 23, 2012, in Parks & Gardens, Places of Interest, Shanghai, by Jack Li

During your Trip to Shanghai you will find that the city has a lot to offer, big buildings, museums, a lot of places to go shopping and a very distinctive gastronomy, but if you want to relax the best thing you can do is go to the Yu Yuan Garden, that is a stop you […]

During your Trip to Shanghai you will find that the city has a lot to offer, big buildings, museums, a lot of places to go shopping and a very distinctive gastronomy, but if you want to relax the best thing you can do is go to the Yu Yuan Garden, that is a stop you have to do in your Shanghai Tour.

The Yu Yuan Garden is one of the most famous gardens in China. It is located in the north part of the city, near the Wall, and its situation made it perfect for the plants that live in it.

It was built during the Ming dynasty, between the 1559 and 1577, but it was not built by emperors or kings, it was built by an official, albeit it was made in similarity to the Imperial gardens and it was built for a very altruist reason.

The official’s parents were too old to travel to the capital, but they really wanted to see an Imperial Garden and that is also the reason why the gardens are called Yu Yuan (Yu means health and calm).

After the official’s death the family fell in bankrupt and the garden was forgotten, it was kept in a terrible state since 1760 when a group of buyers bought it and partially restored it, at the beginning of the XX century a part of the garden was transformed in a bazar.

It wasn’t until 1957 that the garden was completely restored (that also included a part of the neighborhood who was also built in the Ming dynasty) in 1982 the garden and the neighborhood were considered “national monument” and now is one of the most touristic places of the city.

The garden is two and a half hectares and has the principal elements of the Chinese garden building.

They search the perfect combination between buildings and nature, and they do that by combining very precisely shaped halls, artificial ponds and rivers and a very varied vegetation, placing the threes and the different kinds of flowers in the perfect position to have a very astonishing visual effect.

The Yu Yuan gardens are a must see in your Shanghai Tour and it’s very convenient to go there and spend the day because in this area there are also lots of places to go shopping and lots of restaurants where you will be able to taste the typical food of Shanghai.

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The Summer Palace

On August 22, 2012, in Beijing, Summer Palace, by Jack Li

When we are talking about what are the main attractions for a Beijing Tour one of the Top 3 is, without a doubt, the Summer Palace. This palace is one of the most visited places of the city and it’s an obligatory stop in your Beijing Tour. The Summer Palace is 3 kilometers square and […]

When we are talking about what are the main attractions for a Beijing Tour one of the Top 3 is, without a doubt, the Summer Palace. This palace is one of the most visited places of the city and it’s an obligatory stop in your Beijing Tour.

The Summer Palace is 3 kilometers square and more than three quarters of it are formed by a lake called the Kunming Lake.

A very important part of its land area is formed by a 60 meters tall hill called the Longevity Hill and there are a lot of buildings that are positioned in sequence.

The main number of buildings are in the side of the hill that is not in front of the lake. The part that is directly next to the lake was left without buildings for having a more “natural” environment.

The sequence of buildings in the other side of the hill is as follows; The Cloud-Dispelling Hall, the Temple of Buddhist Virtue, and the Sea of Wisdom Temple, these are the main buildings, but there are some more that surround them. In the top of the Temple of Buddhist Virtue temple there is a tower that is 41 meters high and it’s supported by 8 iron pillars.

 

The Kunming Lake is an artificial lake created in 1291, it has three large islands and it represents the traditional Chinese garden element of “the fairy hill within the sea”.

The three islands are named after three fairytale islands, Yingzhou, Penglai and Fangzhang where it’s believed that the eight immortals lived.

The majority of the other features in the lake are inspired by buildings who are in such distant places as the Yangtze river, for example the West Dike is a recreation of the Su Di Dike in Hangzhou, and like it’s original it is crossed by six bridges, each one in a different style.

The largest bridge in the lake is the 17 arch bridge. It connects the eastern shore with the Nanhu Island (the representation of Penglai) this island is supposed to be the place where the eight immortals had their meetings, in the Summer palace there is a temple dedicated to the King Dragon and you can go to the top of the artificial hill that is on the island and see a very clear view of the place.

The Summer Palace is one of the most beautiful places in Beijing and one of its main attractions so make sure you won’t miss it in your Beijing Tour or you will surely regret it!

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10 things to see in Shanghai.

On August 21, 2012, in Cool Places, Places of Interest, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Shanghai is one of the most visited cities of China and it has a lot of things to see, so if Shanghai is a stop in your China tour here there are 10 things you can’t miss in your Shanghai trip. 1)      People’s square; situated in the center of the city it is nearly 150,000 […]

Shanghai is one of the most visited cities of China and it has a lot of things to see, so if Shanghai is a stop in your China tour here there are 10 things you can’t miss in your Shanghai trip.

1)      People’s square; situated in the center of the city it is nearly 150,000 square meters and it’s surrounded by buildings, there is a “smart musical fountain” in the middle so make sure you don’t miss that.

2)      Shanghai museum; This museum has the shape of a bronze caudron and it covers more than 5,000 years in the Chinese history, there are a lot of different pieces, from calligraphy to ceramics or statues, it’s a bit difficult to cover it in one trip.

3)      Eat Din Tai Fung; as popular as Beijing Duck, the Din Tai Fung is a kind of soup that is served with dumplings (normally pork) and broth, it’s a very popular taste in the city so make sure that, at least, you try it once.

4)      Dongtai Road; if you want to buy souvenirs and you don’t know where to go its easy, Dongtai Road. This road is the best place to buy things to bring home, from teapots to statues, everything can be found there.

5)      The Bund; situated near the river is one of the places where you can see the contrast of China, as there are a lot different buildings
in a lot of different styles, you can find high skyscrapers and renaissance buildings, traditional Chinese…

6)      Huangpu river; this is the center of the city, it’s hearth, this river holds 30% of the water exportation of China, it has also a lot of buildings in the Shanghai area so you can visit it by boat.

7)      Longtangs; like the Hútòngs in Beijing the Longtang are the ancient streets of the city, you can see how the ancient inhabitants of Shanghai lived in the City and it’s a place worth visiting.

8)      Yu Yuan Garden; this garden was created in the Ming dynasty and it took more than 20 years to be built, it’s a nice place and not very crowded so if you want to relax for a while it’s the best place.

9)      Old City;  called Nanshi for the locals is a very good place to go and see temples, traditional shops and gardens, don’t miss the City Wall or the Bridge of Nine Turnings, they are a Must-see in the city.

10)   French concession; it’s a very nice place to relax, it still has the buildings from 1900 and it’s like you’ve suddenly traveled to Europe and have a hint of the life of the city one hundred years ago.

Shanghai is a very nice city to visit in your Chinese Tour, and it is worth spending some days there! Don’t miss it!

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Beijing Zoo

On August 20, 2012, in Beijing, Entertainment, More Places of Interest, Must-sees, by Jack Li

One of the animals that have been linked with China, probably the most important one, is the panda. If you go on your China Tour and you don’t have time to see them in their natural environment you should go to a Zoo. And if you go to Beijing, the Beijing Zoo is an obligatory […]

One of the animals that have been linked with China, probably the most important one, is the panda. If you go on your China Tour and you don’t have time to see them in their natural environment you should go to a Zoo. And if you go to Beijing, the Beijing Zoo is an obligatory stop in your Beijing tour. The Zoo is especially a very recommended place if you go with children.

The Beijing Zoo is not entirely like a Zoo in Europe, a part from the animals it is also a park where you can walk on the shore of a Lake, a river or a pond and it is actually a very nice place to spend a day (although is a bit full of people).

The main attraction, of course, are the pandas, they are set separately of the other animals in a big complex called “Panda house” where there are a dozen pandas that live there, it’s the nicest part of the Zoo and also the most crowded.

There are also a lot of other animals that live in the 89 hectares of the Zoo, they are divided by their species and normally they have a little complex for them, like the “Feline” complex where you can see panthers, cheetahs, bobcats or even a stranger Asian species that are not widely known like the Maruls.

But there are other animals that have their own status, either for their size (like the elephants or the giraffes) or for their importance (like the lions or the tigers), they are widely announced through the entire park.

Another important part of the zoo is the Aquarium, it’s the bigger aquarium in China and it offers also a very large range of aquatic animals, there are also a lot of shows that can be seen in the aquarium so if you are tired of walking why don’t you go inside and enjoy a dolphin show?

The Beijing Zoo, opened in 1903, has also other attractive places besides from the animals and the park, there are no less than four buildings that are considered monuments and can be visited from the outside.

So if you want to spend a day in a very nice environment, walk in a very nice park and, besides all that, see a lot of animals that you will not see  in any other place, especially Asian fauna, don’t doubt it and make a visit to the Beijing Zoo during your Chinese Tour, it’ll be an experience that you won’t regret!

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Chinese breakfast

On August 16, 2012, in Adventure Trip, Restaurants & Food, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

There are a lot of differences between China and the rest of the world, but we all agree that the most important meal of the day is Breakfast. During your China tour you will see that the things a Chinese person eats in the morning are different to what occidental people eat, so why not […]

There are a lot of differences between China and the rest of the world, but we all agree that the most important meal of the day is Breakfast. During your China tour you will see that the things a Chinese person eats in the morning are different to what occidental people eat, so why not try to have a Chinese Breakfast on your China Tour?

The traditional and popular Chinese breakfast starts with a bowl of Congee, the Congee is a watery rice that can be seasoned just to give it more flavor, it can be sweet or salty or even (if you dare) it can be spicy and, sometimes, they even add vegetables, meat or mushrooms if they feel like it.

Another typical food that the Chinese people eat for breakfast is Crullers, they call them also the “deep-fried-devils” and they are basically twisted strips of dough that have been fried in oil, they are very popular in the street stands although each time less due to the difficulty to make them compared to the simple fried bread.

The Crullers are eaten with the Congee, but depending on the part of China you are traveling to (normally in the north) you will see that they are served with soy milk and you can choose if you want it salty or sweet depending on your tastes.

But for breakfast there is a lot of variety too, for example Dumplings is a very good breakfast for Chinese people who are in a hurry (yes, even the meat ones) because they are easy to buy and easy to eat.

Salted pancakes with vegetables or meat are also a handy solution for the busy Chinese people, if you go by subway in the morning you’ll probably see a lot of people with a coffee in their hands and a plastic bag with something quick to eat.

Breakfast is a very good way to experience Chinese culture and their way of leaving, there is lots of places where you can have some typical Chinese breakfast and they are not expensive, normally they are fitted to please the average Chinese worker’s budget so don’t worry about the prize.

Even if you are in a hurry Chinese breakfast is the perfect way to start the day with energy and ready to face all the sightseeing or travel of your Chinese Tour, don’t hesitate and try it!

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Turabian Style Paper Writing Service

On August 15, 2012, in Temples, by Jack Li

Turabian essay writing style and Chicago are almost the same simply because they are used in the same academic disciple although one is older and has some trivial differences as compared to the other. Turabian writing style is somehow complicated than Chicago essay writing and that is the main reason as to why students in […]

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Shangri-la

On August 15, 2012, in China Attractions, Nature Scenery, Temples, by Jack Li

The word “Shangri-la” comes from James Hilton’s 1933 novel “Lost Horizon” and describes a utopian lamasery in the middle of the Himalaya. But did you know that you can include Shangri-la in your Chinese Tour? Yes, since 2001 the Zhongdian County is called “Shangri-la” and it’s the closest place you can find in your China […]

The word “Shangri-la” comes from James Hilton’s 1933 novel “Lost Horizon” and describes a utopian lamasery in the middle of the Himalaya. But did you know that you can include Shangri-la in your Chinese Tour? Yes, since 2001 the Zhongdian County is called “Shangri-la” and it’s the closest place you can find in your China trip for the description of Hilton’s Shangri-la.

Shangri-la (or the Zhongdian County) is situated in the Tibet, and the Tibetans still refer at this place as Gyalthang (Royal Plans), the climate is chilly but not severe (although at some winter nights it can reach -15ºC), most of its territory is occupied by a National park.

This National park, called Pudacuo, was the first one in China to achieve international standards and to be declared world heritage, it also incorporates another area of the region called “The three parallel rivers of Yunan” and its fauna is mostly Himalayan, with monkeys, leopards, deer…

The Shangri-la County includes a handful of cities and townships, being the most important and capital Jiantang, but there is also Hutiaxoia that is famous because it’s in the end of the famous “Tiger Leaping Gorge” and it’s a stop for most buses going to Jiantang.

Another important city in the County is the Luoji Township, and it’s a very important place for Chinese energy because there will be a hydroelectric power plant that supplies with energy all the Yunnan region, this improvement will reduce a lot the contamination of the region and will be a huge improvement on the quality of the nearby Park.

Apart from all these attractive one of the most important advantages on visiting Shangri-la is that is not crowded, you just have to take a plane to the Diqing airport from Lhasa or Kunming (or a bus) and you will be able to have the Tibetan experience without all the fuss and stress that are implied in more popular places.

The gastronomy is also remarkable, and you can’t leave without a bit of incense or Tibetan medicinal Herbs, the region most famous souvenir, although they are also known for jewelry, pottery and yak tails.

Shangri-la (or the Zhongdian County for most of the population there) is a nice place to go on your China Trip if you want to go to a place off the beaten track and have a pleasant stay where you will be able to visit lots of different places, either natural or man-made.

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Nice photos of “the hidden” China.

During your China trip you will probably find lots of nice places, but there are places barely visited by tourists that are worth just for it’s pure beauty, as they are from quite isolated places it may be a bit difficult to include them in your Chinese Tour but nothing is impossible! This first photo […]

During your China trip you will probably find lots of nice places, but there are places barely visited by tourists that are worth just for it’s pure beauty, as they are from quite isolated places it may be a bit difficult to include them in your Chinese Tour but nothing is impossible!

This first photo is from Zhenyuan, in the province of Guizhou, this city is the most beautiful in the province and it has more than 160 spots that you can visit; caves, palaces, temples, rivers… all with its own architecture. A place worth visit that also has the added bonus of the landscape pictured in the photo, every evening the lamps from the houses are lit, creating this nice view.

This photo is a very nice photo of a Ming dynasty bridge covered with grass but still strong like the first day. These bridges are found in some places where the dynasty was present, like the Guyue Bridge in Yiwu, some of them are more than 700 years old. Their amazing structure and the fact that they are still standing so many years later makes them very interesting.  They are worth a visit!

These are the Yellow Mountains (Huangshan) in the south-east of Anhui province, they have more than 100 million years old and it has many peaks, most of them surpassing 1000 meters and depending on the high there are one or another kind of vegetation, from small bushes to very tall trees. If you go to the Anhui province a visit to the Yellow Mountains it’s considered mandatory. Some of the mountains are also great for growing tea and in some of them you can observe a curious light phenomenon when the sun rises, so that is the best time to visit them.

The last photo is from the Karst phenomena. It can be seen in the south of China, this forest made of rocks is found in the Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi provinces and its UNESCO protected, this phenomenon is unique in the world, but if you want to find the most beautiful and diverse Karst you have to go to the Shilin part, instead, if you want to see caves and natural bridges the best part is in Wulong.

So, if you want to see things as beautiful as the photos above why don’t you find time of your China Tour to go to places off the beaten track that are free from tourists and full of wonders?

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Tianjin

On August 13, 2012, in Cool Places, Other Regions, by Jack Li

If you travel to Beijing and you do a Beijing Tour you’ll probably see that most of the buildings and places are either very Chinese or very modern. But just 30 min by fast train from the city you’ll find a completely different world. Tianjin. Tianjin is one of the five national center cities of […]

If you travel to Beijing and you do a Beijing Tour you’ll probably see that most of the buildings and places are either very Chinese or very modern. But just 30 min by fast train from the city you’ll find a completely different world.

Tianjin.

Tianjin is one of the five national center cities of China and it is interesting especially for his variety, in their municipality there are three distinctive areas that make Tianjin one of the most curious cities in China.

It has the modern part, with tall buildings and modern malls and business center. High buildings and modern bridges that cross the river in a very modern and spectacular way,

It has the old part with a bell tower and lots of streets where you can buy calligraphy material and see how the people lived in ancient times.

But it also has a “European part” because it was in Tianjin where the foreigners were established after the second Opium war, this part is full of European-looking villas and churches, a singular thing in China that has given Tianjin the right of being one of the most touristic cities within the Chinese people.

This touristic rush have had a lot of benefit in the city, for example, a lot of buildings that were nearly in ruins have been restored and the works continue all along the city, especially near the river where there is even a bridge that is European-style.

The tourism has also made Tianjin one of the most beautiful cities of China, the riverside path is very nice and full of flowers and there are modern sculptures and places to rest everywhere.

But probably the most impressive thing of Tianjin is the Tianjin Eye, a big wheel that is almost as big as the London Eye but it has one big difference from the Londoner.

The Tianjin Eye is directly built on the river, like a bridge with the Ferris wheel on top, which is a very remarkable work, it was opened in 2008 and it’s the forth bigger wheel in the world so it’s already an attraction for itself.

Tianjin is one of the most interesting cities you can find near Beijing and is only half an hour away! So if you want to have a lovely day in a place which will remind you of home and eat in a proper European restaurant (yes, you are in Asia and you should enjoy it but a little bit of nostalgia is good) why not include Tianjin to your China Tour? You won’t regret it.

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Vertigo at Huashan Mount

Advice to enthusiasts intent on taking on Mont Huashan on calf-power: don’t take the ascent lightly, you’ll need a good dose of humility and courage if you want to come out unscathed. The Huashan Mount is one of the 5 sacred mountains of China, this is definitely a place to go for your China travel […]

Advice to enthusiasts intent on taking on Mont Huashan on calf-power: don’t take the ascent lightly, you’ll need a good dose of humility and courage if you want to come out unscathed. The Huashan Mount is one of the 5 sacred mountains of China, this is definitely a place to go for your China travel if you want to experience extreme trail.

Mount Hua or Hua is located in Shaanxi Province, about 120 kilometres east of the city of Xi’an, near the city Huayin in China. Also known as the  Western Great Mountain, it is one of China’s Five Great Mountains, and has a long history of religious significance. Originally classified as having three peaks, in modern times the mountain is classified as five main peaks, of which the highest is the South Peak at 2154.9m. Numerous Chinese pilgrims are going to the adventure because according to Taoist tradition, it is said that one could find immortality if you reach the peak of the mountain. The tradition says that only the people who take the way less travelled and the most tortuous path could find immortality at the 2.200m peak. In former days, when Emperors still existed, this “master summit” was a place of celebration and to honor the Gods. A lot of leaders at the time decided to do the trail to get the respect they needed.

Only few foreign tourists want to go and do the extreme trail because it’s quite dangerous.  Only adventurers and extreme trail lovers of “Camino del Rey” in Spain dare to experience that. Meanwhile, Chinese people go there for family days, and visitors from all the country are challenging this mount. They are not professionals or well trained, but, they are not that afraid and seem that their heels are free of pressure.

In total, the route is composed of 1.000 meters to climb and 12km of ballad, it begins from the foothill of Hua Mount and ends at the sacred Jade Fountain Temple. The authorities had to make the route shorter and ban the access to some parts of the mountain for safety reasons. Indeed, they want to avoid fatal falls, especially when crossing the Green Dragon Ridge.

As it is said « there is only one way to get to the top », and this path is composed of steep slopes and vertical cliffs. Sometimes you have to walk on wooden boards, climb rock incorporated stairs and cross cables bridges that seem floating in the air. Don’t be afraid and save some courage to challenge all the hindrances you will face even if you don’t have any attaches or the only thing you can grab is an iron chain.

After have living this adventure, and having faced all the challenges, some people changed radically their way of life, or started to think about the real meaning of their lives for a brand new start. Personally I’ve never did it again, and I think that I would never be enough courageous to do it. What about our readers? Have you ever tried it or plan to climb the Huashan Mountain?

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