Introduction of HangZhou

On December 24, 2014, in Hangzhou, by Kate Liu

Capital of Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou is a tourist city well known at home and abroad. It lieson the lower reaches of the Qiantang River and is the southern end of the l,794-kllometre-long Grand Canal (Beijing- Hangzhou Canal). With an area of 16,596 square kilometers inhabited by a population of 6.08 million, it embraces six urban […]

Capital of Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou is a tourist city well known at home and abroad. It lieson the lower reaches of the Qiantang River and is the southern end of the l,794-kllometre-long Grand Canal (Beijing- Hangzhou Canal). With an area of 16,596 square kilometers inhabited by a population of 6.08 million, it embraces six urban districts and seven suburban counties, namely, Yuhang, Xiaoshan, Fuyang, Tonglu, Lin’an, Jiande and Chun’an. 

West Lake
Lying on the west edge of Hangzhou city, West Lake is the symbol of Hangzhou as well as one of the most beautiful sights in China. Early in the Song dynasty, the famous poet Su Shi compared the lake to Xizi, a Chinese Cleopatra: “Ripping water shimmering on sunny day; Misty mountains wonder in the rain; Plain or gaily decked out like Xizi; the West Lake is always alluring”. So the Lake is also known as Xizi Lake. With an area of 6 sq. km. and a circumference of 15km (9 miles), West Lake, surround in three sides by rolling wooded hills, has captivated countless visitors for centuries. The beauty of the West Lake lies in a lingering charm that survives the change of seasons in a year, of hours in a day, and of different weathers.

Lingyin Temple

Located at the foot of the Lingyin Hill northwest of the city, Temple of Inspired Seclusion (Lingyin Temple) was built in the Eastern Jin dynasty (317-420). The 33.6-metre-high main hall (Sakyamuni Hall) is a masterpiece of ancient buildings with one story and doubled eaves. The two nine-storied octagonal pagodas in front of the main hall and the two stone towers containing the Buddhist sutras in front of the Lokapala Hall were all built in the Five dynasties (907-960). In the caves on the Feilai Hill, there are some 300 Buddhist stone carvings dating back to the Five dynasties, the Song dynasty (960-1279) and the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368). The elegant stone carvings are of high artistic value.

 

 

West Lake: Charming as before

On December 24, 2014, in Hangzhou, by Kate Liu

If you are tired of the hustle and bustle city of Shanghai, it’s a good choice to come to Hangzhou, especially the West Lake (Xi Hu) where lies the inspiration of many Chinese Painting and Poems. The cool breeze, the withering willows and the little pavilions standing far away in the mountains, makes it a […]

If you are tired of the hustle and bustle city of Shanghai, it’s a good choice to come to Hangzhou, especially the West Lake (Xi Hu) where lies the inspiration of many Chinese Painting and Poems. The cool breeze, the withering willows and the little pavilions standing far away in the mountains, makes it a harmonious scene. No wonder ancient Chinese Poets compare the West Lake with Xishi, one of the four famous beauties in Chinese history.

If you walk around the lake in the morning, you admire Spring Dawn at Su Causeway and get a glimpse of the thoughts of the litterateur and poet Su Dongpo of the Song Dynasty. Then you can relax yourself at the Flower Harbor and enjoy yourself while watching the colorful goldfish swimming playfully between flowers in the water. Late in the afternoon there is the Sunset Glow at Leifeng Pagoda waiting for you. The Leifeng Pagoda is closely related to an ancient Chinese love story. During the night at Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, you can see 33 moons. Amazing huh, see it for yourself!

Marco Polo once said “Hangzhou is the most beautiful and elegant city in the world.” That was the 15th century comment…..and Hangzhou still beholds its charm. It’s now more beautiful than ever before!

 

Seat types

On December 11, 2014, in China Travel Gossip, by Kate Liu

CTD now is available for booking train ticket online! No longer need to queue at ticket window, just few clicks, everything goes so smooth without any difficulties. Hesitate to choose tickets? What the differece between First Class Seat and Business  Class Seat? Click to choose your satisfied seat!  VIP Seat VIP seat is only available on High-Speed EMU. The seats are usually arranged on the first two carriages of the train. Regarded as first-class cabin on an airplane, which comfortable and undisturbed. The fare is higher than the First Class Seat and about twice of the Second Class Seat.    […]

CTD now is available for booking train ticket online! No longer need to queue at ticket window, just few clicks, everything goes so smooth without any difficulties.

Hesitate to choose tickets? What the differece between First Class Seat and Business  Class Seat? Click to choose your satisfied seat!

 VIP Seat

VIP seat is only available on High-Speed EMU. The seats are usually arranged on the first two carriages of the train. Regarded as first-class cabin on an airplane, which comfortable and undisturbed. The fare is higher than the First Class Seat and about twice of the Second Class Seat. 

 

 Business Class Seat

As comfortable as the VIP Seat and only available on High-Speed EMU, but this type seat can recline like a bed. The fare of business class is about twice of that of the First Class Seat. Generally, VIP seat and Business Class Seat will not be issued on the same train.

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First Class Seat

The seats are roomy and comfortable and are set four in a row. With an adjustable cushioned backrest, a small pillow and a foldable pedal which stored in armrest, a socket for charging. 

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Second Class Seat

Seats are arranged with three aisle seats and two on the other side, and marked with A~F, which is  imitate  the arrangement of economy class . Second Class Seat is narrower compared with First Class Seat, and cheaper.

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Soft Seat

Soft seats are available on a few Fast, Express, and Accommodation trains. The carriages are roomy and the fare is about 1.5 times of the Hard Seat, also more comfortable than Hard Seat. The back is adjustable with a small tray table attached to it. 

 

Hard Seat

The cheapest ticket among all kinds of tickets, and the most uncomfortable as well, has less room and hence. On the top of each carriage is provided with a rack to put luggage. Hard Seat is recommanded only when you are plan to have a short trip or shoestring trip.

 

Standing-Room-Only

Standing-Room-Only are issued only after all the seats tickets are sold out. Passengers holding this type ticket is only allowed in Hard Seat carriages of Express or in some carriages of High-Speed EMU. It’s recommended for a very short trip and the fare is the same as that of the Hard Seat.

 

 

Soft Sleeper

These are private compartments fitted out to a high standard. Each compartment has two upper and two lower bunks that wider than the bunks of Hard Sleeper, comfortable and private. The fare is higher than that of the Hard Sleeper.

 

Hard Sleeper

 

Hard Sleeper carriages are provided with berths on one side, and the rack on the other side. In general, berths are divided into three floors with different fare which decided by the berth. Compared with Soft Sleeper, the advantage is cheaper fare.

 

 

 

Train Types

On December 11, 2014, in China Travel Gossip, by Kate Liu

CTD now is available for booking train ticket online! No longer need to queue at ticket  window, just few clicks, everything goes so smooth without any difficulties.   Wanna travel all aroung China by train but don’t know which kind of train is most convenient and cost least, there are some recommends.   G Train- High-Speed Electric Multiple Units High-Speed Electric Multiple Units refers to the train which running fast than 250 km/h, the top speed of which could reach […]

CTD now is available for booking train ticket online! No longer need to queue at ticket 

window, just few clicks, everything goes so smooth without any difficulties.

 

Wanna travel all aroung China by train but don’t know which kind of train is most convenient and cost least, there are some recommends.

 

G Train- High-Speed Electric Multiple Units

High-Speed Electric Multiple Units refers to the train which running fast than 250 km/h, the top speed of which could reach 350km/h . High-Speed EMU (Electric Multiple Units) is the fastest running for long distance in China . The G-train, D-train and C-train represent High-Speed EMU, EMU and Intercity EMU, they all belong to High-Speed Electric Multiple Units. High-Speed EMU is the first choice for passengers because of high capacity, fast speed and good safety, besides high punctuality rate, comfort and convenience.

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D-train – Electric Multiple Units

The Same as High-Speed EMU in all respects , the train which running fast than 250 km/h is called Electric Multiple Units (D-train). The price of EMU is cheaper than High-Speed EMU. When Travel time is equal , passengers will generally choose EMU.

 

C-train – Intercity EMUElectric Multiple Units 

This is also one kind of High-Speed EMU, but usually runs for short travel distance between two nearby cities, such as the Shenzhen-Guangzhou Intercity Railway and Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway. EMU technology is inspired by subway, Intercity EMU may not as fast as High-Speed EMU.

 

T-train – Express

The Express is divided into Ordinary Express and Direct Express. Express can reach 160km/h, and has limited stops on the routes, mainly in these major cities. Almost every Express is equipped with soft-sleeper, soft-seat, hard-sleeper and hard-seat.

 

Z-train – Direct Express

 

Direct Express belongs to Express, but there are no stops between departure station and terminal station or with some stops on the way. This type with a standard speed of 160km/h is also an efficient transport for long-distance travel. There is one dining car can be used during the travel.

 

K-train – Fast

 This series with a speed between 90km/h and 120km/h, slower than Express. Most of Fast equiped with airconditioner.

 

Accommodation

 

There are few trains like Accommodation in China now, which numbered with four digits and start with 6, 7, 8 or 9. Most of them are green trains and stop at small stations. The slowest train among those trains.

 

 

Being in Fairyland Penglai

On December 9, 2014, in China Travel Gossip, by Kate Liu

Having long been known as a fairyland, Penglai in Shandong Province which close to Yantai is one of the three supernatural mountains. Penglai Pavilion is a famous tower in Penglai, Shandong. It is noted as one of the Four Great Towers of China, also the landing place of the Eight Immortals and famous for its occasional mirages which frequently […]

Having long been known as a fairyland, Penglai in Shandong Province which close to Yantai is one of the three supernatural mountains. Penglai Pavilion is a famous tower in Penglai, Shandong. It is noted as one of the Four Great Towers of China, also the landing place of the Eight Immortals and famous for its occasional mirages which frequently occurring in Summer. The dividing line between theYellow Sea and Bohai Sea is also marked and clearly visible from the area. 

 

The Eight Immortals are said to live on a group of five islands in the Bohai Sea, which includes Penglai Mountain-Island. Because of this connection with the immortals, the Emperors Qin Shi Huang and Han Wu Di both came to Penglai looking for an elixir of immortality. Therefore, you can tell what a attractive place Penglai is.

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What’s more, The Pavilion is a very good place to witness a magical mirage because it often occurs here, and it is also a good place to appreciate the magnificent scene of the sun rising in the morning. When you enjoy the intoxicating scene at the beach, it’s recommended to taste some fresh local seafoods.

 

If you wanna see the gorgerous scenery which impress the Eight Immortals with your own eyes, just take a trip to Penglai, for new experiences, Penglai will never disappoint you!

 
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