Discover a city full of nuances: visit Shanghai

On April 23, 2015, in China Travel Gossip, by Jack Li

Shanghai is the city where Chinese tradition meets Western trends. Its most beloved sightseeings and culinary delicaces make it a privileged destination both for mainland and international travelers. But what is really worth checking in Shanghai? Due to the the variety of attractions and traditional food, before you go you had better take a look […]

Shanghai is the city where Chinese tradition meets Western trends. Its most beloved sightseeings and culinary delicaces make it a privileged destination both for mainland and international travelers.

But what is really worth checking in Shanghai? Due to the the variety of attractions and traditional food, before you go you had better take a look at what this city displays to its most welcomed visitors. Be curios and take your time to enjoy different aspects of its marvellous centre.

People’s Square is situated in its very core and is a must-see you will have to pass through. The municipal government headquartiers building, the Shanghai Grand Theater and the Shanghai Art Museum are just a few of the buildings gathered in this location. Not to name the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, one of the most impressive building you will ever see in the city. People’s square is but a huge, relaxing garden, where people walking in can also enjoy the sound of classical music, regardless of the surrounding traffic hustle.

From here on is not a long way to get to the Bund and reach the most well-known sightseeing platform to the Skyline. Though, to get there to take the longer path: indulge in the shopping corners of Nanjing Road and Fuzhou Road, try some Shanghainese food and have great shopping. This area of the city centre is really much accessible to walk through: once reached the Bund in sight of the Skyline, you can keep on walking along the riverside and take a look at the magnificent buildings of its trading past.

Further on the way south, an original complex awaits to disclose itself to the eyes of wandering visitors: the Cool Docks of Shanghai South Bund are a group of restored buildings serving as restaurants, bars, clubs and hosting several handicraft shops as well. They are located around a courtyard next to Shanghai’s docks area.

Cool Again: The Rebirth of Shanghai’s Cool Docks

What else? For fine art lovers and shopaholics, Tianzifang and Xintiandi are precious, tiny quarters of Shanghai downtown with plenty of art stores, boutiques, restaurants and bars. Perfect for an afternoon stroll.

To conclude, you shall not leave without taking a look at Yu Garden. This is a very beloved place from Shanghainese elderly people for their daily physical training. Whether you search for a Qipao (traditional female dress), a silk scarf, snacks or an odd souvernir, its gorgeous restaurants and gift shops will let you find what you are looking for.

 

 

 

A cultural and historical explore in Shandong

On April 22, 2015, in Shandong, by Kate Liu

If you’re interested in Chinese grand culture and history, Shandong is certainly a good choice.   Shandong , with a history of more than 5000 years, is considered one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization. Shandong has also been the home of a large number of historical figures, whose influence are still evident in contemporary […]

If you’re interested in Chinese grand culture and history, Shandong is certainly a good choice.

 

Shandong , with a history of more than 5000 years, is considered one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization. Shandong has also been the home of a large number of historical figures, whose influence are still evident in contemporary China.

 

The major historical sites in the Shandong province are:

The inscription on clay pots unearthed at Dawenkou and Dinggongcun in Shandong are believed to bear the earliest Chinese written language; The ruins of ancient Longshan City which is considered the earliest city in China; Potions of the Great Wall built during the Qi State period which is believed the most ancient great wall in the county. Most importantly, famous for the title as “ A mountain, A spring , A saint” , the Mount Tai ,the Baotu Spring, and the “Three Cons” is undoubtly on your trip list. Climbing the Mount Tai, appreciating the spectacular ruins of the sacrificing sites of Chinese emperors; drinking a bottle of the Baotu spring , taste the sweet and clear water the same as the Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty; visiting the the Mansion, Temple and Cemetery of Confucius, to respect and memorize the great Chinese saint, to worship his profound wisdom and learn the essence of Chinese philosophy…

 

Shandong is also considered the birthplace of China’s pottery, porcelain and silk. Throughout the province the tourist can find traditional items like the clocks and watches of Yantai, the porcelain of Zibo, the kites of Weifang and the shell-carving of Qingdao.

 

Come to Shandong and have a different trip full of culture and history meanings!

 

Have a romantic encounter with Yantai——- “the most charming city of

On April 16, 2015, in Shandong, by Kate Liu

Yantai, lying at the northeast tip of Shandong peninsula, is a beautiful coastal city. Surrounded by mountains and seas, Yantai is endowed with splendid natural landscapes, a variety of resources and hospitable climate. It has long been renowned all over the world as “Gold Coast”,”Fairyland on the Earth” ,and most importantly, “the most charming city […]

Yantai, lying at the northeast tip of Shandong peninsula, is a beautiful coastal city. Surrounded by mountains and seas, Yantai is endowed with splendid natural landscapes, a variety of resources and hospitable climate. It has long been renowned all over the world as “Gold Coast”,”Fairyland on the Earth” ,and most importantly, “the most charming city of China”.

 

Do you want to have a mysterious trip in a “magical world”, both romantic and excited? Known as the “Fairyland on the earth”, penglai is worth you having an adventure! The first destination of your “romantic trip” is “Three fairy islands”. Many ancient books recorded that there were supernatural mountains in the sea to the east of China. These three mountains were called as Penglai, Fangzhang and Yingzhou. They were all inhabited by immortals. So many noted figures came here to seek immortality and visited the extreme wonderful scenery. Emperor Wudi of Han Dynasty ,especially, came here several times wildly. Of course, he found nothing in the end but it gave the island a historical sense. Another legendary place is the Penglai Pavilion. It is said that the eight immortals got drunk at Penglai Pavilion and crossed the sea with different tricks without ship or boats. The legend is so popular in China that it becomes a common saying “like the Eight Immortals crossing the sea, each one shows his special feats”.

 

If you are fortunate enough, you’ll have the great chance to appreciate the peculiar mirage. Seeming like in a fairyland, beautiful landscape appears in the sky above sea.

 

How can a romantic trip lacks the good wine? Yantai is also the cradle of wine production in China, housing the largest wine production base in Asia. With its high quality and more than 100-year of history, Zhangyu Red Wine from Yantai is a widely known brand in the world. In 1987, the International Grape and Wine Bureau dubbed Yantai the “International Grape Wine City”. Tasting the special aroma of the famous grape wine yourself, with visiting the beautiful and historical winery buildings, you’re certainly enjoy a romantic encounter here!

 
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