Package trip: a convenient way to travel

On September 13, 2010, in Accomodation, Cruises, Tips & Ideas, Tours, Transportation, Travel Info, by Tom

Among with the improvement of people’s living standard, more and more people like to travel to have relaxed. The purpose of tourism is to enjoy the good time with family; see more different culture in different countries; have a break after the busy work, and so on. In these countries, China travel has become the […]

Among with the improvement of people’s living standard, more and more people like to travel to have relaxed. The purpose of tourism is to enjoy the good time with family; see more different culture in different countries; have a break after the busy work, and so on. In these countries, China travel has become the most popular because of the long history and rich culture. But as we know, we didn’t know more about the China. What about the Chinese people? Where is the best choice to visit? How about the China Flights, or hotels? These are all the factors that will hamper our trip.

So why don’t we choose a more convenient way, such as the package trip. Package trip, it means a tour arranged by a travel agent; transportation and food and lodging are all provided at an inclusive price. You needn’t a detailed understanding of the China attractions, you don’t need to worry about the Flight, transportation, and hotels, the travel agency will do everything to you. The only things you should do is to have fun with your families. That’s sounds great, yet? Usually it takes less money than you plan a travel by yourself.

Here is a package trip I found for my friends. It’s a five days trip in Beijing. The first day is arriving, It has enough time to let you adapt this city.

In the second day, after breakfast, the Beijing city highlight trip starts from Tian’anmen Square, the world’s largest public square, serves as symbol of Beijing and China. After this, you will reach the Forbidden City, the largest royal palace in the world. From 1420 to 1911, 24 Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties handled state affairs in this giant and mysterious palace. The Forbidden City must be the most famous attractions in the world. Later you’ll visit the Temple of Heaven, where the Emperors prayed for good harvests and worshipped the God of Heaven with solemn ceremonies. In the evening you will taste Beijing Roast Duck at the famous Quanjude Restaurant.

In the third day, the main destination is the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Stretching for over 6000km, the wall was originally constructed to protect China from nomadic troops two thousand years ago. The scenery of this section is marvelous. You can enjoy the time walking and climbing at your own pace. In the afternoon visit the 2008 Beijing Olympic Park and Olympic village. You can take a walk in the world’s biggest Olympic Park and have a glimpse of the Olympic stadiums, such as Bird’s Nest – National Stadium, and Water Cube – National Aquatics Center.

In the third day, you will first go to visit the Summer Palace, the most beautiful imperial garden in China. After lunch, you will have a close look of the old part of Beijing by taking the Hutong tour, where you may see the traditional houses and experience the real China.

And the last day, you should prepare to leave Beijing.

In my opinion, this trip is a comprehensive and colorful tour that can take you to the major attractions (the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Summer Palace) of Beijing. And at the same time, you can taste the traditional food of Beijing.

If you want to travel to Beijing, you can search www.chinatraveldepot.com, in this web, many package trip can give you a good advices about your trip.

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Team Spirit: Football in Beijing

On September 13, 2010, in Cultural Experience, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Stephen Farrell

When we go on holiday we like to experience the best that destination has to offer from iconic attractions to fine local cuisine. For many of us however following the tourist trail just isn’t enough and we want to live like a local. Football unites the world as demonstrated this summer in South Africa but with teams the world […]

When we go on holiday we like to experience the best that destination has to offer from iconic attractions to fine local cuisine. For many of us however following the tourist trail just isn’t enough and we want to live like a local. Football unites the world as demonstrated this summer in South Africa but with teams the world over, attending a football match is sometimes a great way to socialize with the local community.  Such an experience rings true in Beijing anyway as I discovered last weekend.

The Workers Stadium

Saturday 11th September 2010, there is a definite buzz around the Worker’s Stadium, ticket touts are competing for custom at the gates and the streets are emblazoned with green Guoan merchandise. Walking by you want to be part of this, join the locals and get behind the home team. Present a group of international interns with a great atmosphere, great football and a potentially great night out and you get over 20 Beijing kit clad westerners descending onto the city streets. Kits are available from Sanlitun Yashow Clothing Market, don’t forget to barter to get the best deal.

At The Match

The match we attended was fast paced with goals in both the first and second half.  Shandong Luneng got the better of Beijing Guoan by 3 goals to 2 but that didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the event. Football anthems were sang, beers were drank at half time and dumplings were ordered after the game to accompany an analysis  on passes, free kicks and tackles which was carried out between mouthfuls. Just like home.

To experience football in Beijing like we did visit  for match dates and venues. Tickets for events may be purchased from the Workers Stadium box office situated at the front entrance next to the sport’s store.

Alternatively if sport is not your thing contact China Travel Depot for a personalized itinerary or take inspiration from China Travel Depot’s online guide to experience the best of Beijing.

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Top 10 Classic Resorts of China Travel Part1

On September 10, 2010, in Accomodation, Beaches, Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Travel Info, by Ren Shaowei

If you want to go to China for a trip, which you have never been there before then, you really should check this out. Here are the top 10 classic resorts of china travel. Of course, you also should choose the proper China Airlines according to your schedule. No.1 The Great Wall. I think this […]

If you want to go to China for a trip, which you have never been there before then, you really should check this out. Here are the top 10 classic resorts of china travel. Of course, you also should choose the proper China Airlines according to your schedule.

No.1 The Great Wall. I think this is the most famous traveling resort in the world. As the saying goes, someone who fails to reach the Great Wall is not a hero. Exactly. If you made it here, you can make it anywhere. You can enjoy the sceneries, and do some physical exercise at the same time. After all, it’s really a big work. The Great Wall is extremely long. By the way, the satellites which land on the moon sent back the images of earth surface. The only thing you can find out easily on the earth is the Great Wall. It sounds the wall is really great, isn’t it?

No.2 The Palace Museum (Forbidden City). It is located at the heart of Beijing, because they used to live the imperial family. All the buildings are resplendent and magnificent. Visitors will admire the “tricks” used in building them. Trust me. This is the last resort you want to miss. In spite of the tourists are continuous everyday, but the Palace Museum never let them down. I think just because of the glamour of imperial structure. They also hold some treasures that make you broaden your horizon. It stands for the oriental art.

No.3 Mount Huangshan (Huangshan Mountain/Yellow Mountain). I think it is the most beautiful of all mountains in China, is also crowned as the “No. 1 Fantastic Mountain under Heaven”. You can see lots of rare animals. Most importantly, four things make Mount Huangshan unique: strangely-shaped pines, monster rock peaks, sea of clouds, and my favorite springs. Those pines in the mountain are really amazing. They look just like welcome pose, as if they are the hosts of the mountain. And so are the rocks. Sea of clouds really can bring the visitors into the picture. Springs make you feel totally relaxed, and also cure some diseases. If you are interested in it, why not go there by yourself?

No.4 The Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples. In Hebei Province, which is also a historical city, near to Beijing. Today it is more like a Mountain Summer Resort, the world’s largest classical imperial garden resort. You are going to enjoy the holiday as comfortable as the empire. There is no hot day all the year. If you love summer but afraid of the high temperature, that place is the best choice. I strongly recommend that you should find a tour guide. Because there are millions of historical stories. You will know lots of knowledge and benefit a lot.

No.5 West Lake. It is famous about a love story. The white snake spirit loves each other with a scholar and living one son. This is the exact bridge they met each other at the very first time. According to legend, if the lovers go through the bridge hand in hand, they will go through all kinds of hardship, and happy ever after. Besides, West Lake is also beautiful. There are at least 10 beautiful spots. A great many people will abandon themselves on that place. You will feel quiet and peaceful. The troubles and worries that haunt you all the time also will be forgotten. It’s really a subtle feeling unless you’ve been there.

You can come to Beijing at first and choose Beijing Flights, and then go other places. You will have a real good time and remarkable trip.

Spend a Cool Summer on Beaches in Shenzhen

On September 10, 2010, in Beaches, Cool Places, by Zhu Liuliu

Where do you like to go most in hot summer days? The sea, the beaches! That’s the answer most travelers would like to give. For them, coastal cities are really a good choice. China has many famous coastal cities such as Qingdao, Dalian and Shenzhen. This summer I had the opportunity to go to Shenzhen […]

Where do you like to go most in hot summer days? The sea, the beaches! That’s the answer most travelers would like to give. For them, coastal cities are really a good choice. China has many famous coastal cities such as Qingdao, Dalian and Shenzhen. This summer I had the opportunity to go to Shenzhen where the beaches are really impressive. Here I’d like to share these beautiful beaches with anyone who is interested in China travel and especially in beaches. Hopefully it’ll be helpful for your China tours.

  1. Xiao Meisha Scenic Area

Xiao Meisha Scenic Area which has a notable name ‘Oriental Hawaii’ is located at Dapeng Bay in Yantian District of Shenzhen City. It is surrounded by green mountains on three sides, with one side facing the sea. At the edge of the sea the sandy beach is like a crescent set between the blue sky and the vast ocean. This beach stretches for 1,000 meters (about 0.6 miles) and is noted for its clean sea. Far way from the hustle and bustle of the downtown, here is all about the sunshine, the beach and the sea.

Here you can entertain yourself well by swimming, surfing in the motorboat, fishing, playing games on the beach. Laughter fills the air and when night falls, the barbecue field attracts crowds lured by fragrance of the food being prepared. The blue sky, blue water, white crested waves and golden sands attract thousands upon thousands of people who come here each year.

2. Da Meisha Scenic Area

Da Meisha Scenic Area boasts Shenzhen City’s longest beach which is 1.8 kilometers in length (about 1.1 miles). The beach is wide and the sand here is fine and soft while the clear seawater is shining in the sunlight. ‘Wave Surfing on the Da Meisha Beach’ is one of the ‘Top Eight Scenic Spots’ in Shenzhen.

Several groups of themed sculptures stand on the beach, depicting the aspirations for a better life of the ‘Drifting Generation’ (the young people who had unstable jobs and insecure living conditions during 1940s-1980s). However, now the sculptures have become a symbol of happiness in Da Meisha Scenic Area. On the beach also stands a wish tower. Travelers often climb onto the top of it to make a wish.

Xiao Meisha and Da Meisha Scenic Areas are really good places for spending summer vacations. Besides the beautiful natural scenery, they also offers all the necessary service facilities such as parking lot, showering room, locker room, supermarket, restaurant, etc. I bet you will feel joyful and comfortable on these beaches and have unforgettable memories here during your China travel.

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Wonderful hilights of Trips in Beijing

On September 10, 2010, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Tours, by Vivianxu

When talking about china travel, the first destination comes to our minds is Beijing—the modern cosmopolis; and to Beijing tours, a fantastic place you won’t miss is Beijing 798 Art Zone. In 1950s, the Art Zone was gathered with a few factories, and till to 2001, this area drew many attentions from art organizations and […]

When talking about china travel, the first destination comes to our minds is Beijing—the modern cosmopolis; and to Beijing tours, a fantastic place you won’t miss is Beijing 798 Art Zone.

In 1950s, the Art Zone was gathered with a few factories, and till to 2001, this area drew many attentions from art organizations and artists with its convenient transportation and unique style, from now on, the art zone was gradually formed a district which gathered many art studios, cultural companies, fashion shops and so on. For those organizations and artists was first set foot on 798 factory, the art zone now was called 798 Art Zone. Beijing 798 Art Zone gathers a number of celebrities of art and culture, art institutions and enterprises in fashion. Many important international art exhibitions, art activities and fashion shows are often hold there, which attract many worldwide political importance , movie stars and social celebrities, and also thousands of tourists all over the world.

798 Art Zone is located in the northern east of Beijing, and far away from the center of the town. However, it’s very convenient for you to get there; both self-driving and by bus are ok. For driving yourselves, you can go to the forth Ring road and then to the Jiuxian Road; for public transportation, you can take bus No.401, 402, 418, 420 and many others, and get off at the Dashanzi station.

A few days ago, I went here with my friends, and took a look of this unique art zone. Mottled red-brick wall,Scattered orderly industrial plants, crisscross pipelines, slogans of different ages on the wall, these were the first impression that 798 Art Zone showed us. The most attractive part of our trip is the Creativity Fair. The fair was full of handcrafts, these little things are made by hand, and the materials are environmental-friendly, if you are environmentalists, you won’t miss the opportunity to feast your eyes.         Most of the crafts are from Chinese minorities, like Dongbazu, in Yunnan Province, they have their own characters which look like all kinds of pictures, usually the local people wrote these characters on the bones, stocks, and woods. Now, they engrave the characters on the crafts to show their unique culture and spread it worldly. I bought a wooden crafts, it’s in the shape of a fish, with fours irony bells, and there are strange pictures on the body of the fish, the seller told me that the picture means everything with you will be ok and good luck for you. The craft is made by hand, not machine.

   After the Creativity Fair, we went to other fashion shops, and galleries, in 798 Art Zone, there are nearly 400 organizations including galleries, artists’ private studios, cultural companies like animated cartoon, television media, publishing, design and consultation, which comes from France, Italy, Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Australia, South Korea, China, China Taiwan, Hong Kong and other countries and regions.798 Art Zone has become an exhibition center of Chinese culture and art, an influential cultural creative concentration area home and abroad. In most galleries, taking photos is forbidden, and you can appreciate the artworks with your eyes.

798 Art Festival will be held on 18th September till to 17th October this year, the main activities include the opening ceremony and the live dancing music party, the artworks exhibition and many other live performance. During this period, you can enjoy the Chinese art treasures and feel the exciting music and hot dancing; you will have a new impression of Beijing.

 Travel to Beijing, besides the Temple of Heave, the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, now you have another new choice—Beijing 798 Art Zone.

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How to buy cheap air tickets

On September 10, 2010, in Tips & Ideas, Transportation, Travel Info, by Vivianxu

For most foreign visitors who come to china travel, China Flights is the most available and convenient way. The discount air tickets therefore draw many attentions, but how to buy cheap air tickets, here I will tell you some suggestions about it, in order to make your trip more convenient and save your money. Generally speaking, […]

For most foreign visitors who come to china travel, China Flights is the most available and convenient way. The discount air tickets therefore draw many attentions, but how to buy cheap air tickets, here I will tell you some suggestions about it, in order to make your trip more convenient and save your money. Generally speaking, booking air tickets online will cost less than the other ways.

Pay attention to the information about the discount air tickets from main airlines in China previously. If you like buying air tickets from the tickets outlets, you’d better read more information about the tickets of the main five airlines on their official websites, they are: Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Shanghai Airlines and Hainan Airlines. For these great airlines with many flights and air routes, generally, it’s easier to buy discounts air tickets here. However, your good luck maybe an important factor.

According to experience, these airlines usually open column for the discount air tickets information on their websites, you need to pick up the necessary information on your own, choose your destinations, and date you will set out, and the exact time you’ll get on board, then you’ll find out if there are the proper discount air tickets for you. Sometimes, you pay for your air tickets with Visa card, you can take less money and may be you can get a free insurance for your travel, of course it depends if you are lucky enough.

In China, there is a new airline, which named Spring Airlines. The prices of the air tickets are really reasonable, usually from hundreds to thousands RMB. The airline is committed to provide services with safety, low price, convenience and warmed-heart. On board, the airlines don’t provide free food, because the cost finally is the passengers’ burden. The main targets of Spring Airlines are passengers who have frequent air travel. It’s the one with low-cost. Spring airlines are the only domestic airlines which don’t take part in China’s civil aviation network marketing system (CRS) of airlines. Shanghai Hongqiao airport is the main landing airport for Spring airlines, now the whole route carrier is for domestic routes; Airbus A320 aircraft is the only model to use in Spring Airlines.

 

 For Spring airlines air tickets, you can book your air tickets on the websites, and print your boarding check on your own, what’s more, you can choose your seats according to your own preferences. All these services will give you much more free time and you needn’t get a long queue to print your boarding card.

 

Another useful way to buy discount air tickets is that you go to the websites which you can find other people who have the same needs with you; your guys can buy the air tickets together with low prices; however it’s very difficult to find many guys who have the same destinations and the same time to set out.

However, there are many details you need to pay attention when you buy a discount air ticket. For most of the discount air tickets, generally, a lot of limitations are bound with these air tickets. For example, you have bought a discount air ticket with five discounts, but your ticket cannot be refund, cannot be sign changed and cannot be changed for other tickets. You need to read the relating rules very carefully to avoid unnecessary troubles.

Air China has a well-worked airlines system, with many airlines and flights and routes,choose China flights and pay more attention to the discount air tickets, you’ll never be disappointed.

Plan for Shanghai Tours

On September 10, 2010, in Shanghai, Tours, Travel Info, by Chen Shasha

Recently, expo is the popular topic amongst the travel attraction. More and more people Travel to Shanghai for travel. But there are so many people everyday, so you should make a perfect plan in order to make sure your Shanghai Tours well-being.  1.   Ready for Expo Due to many people coming to visit expo, you […]

Recently, expo is the popular topic amongst the travel attraction. More and more people Travel to Shanghai for travel. But there are so many people everyday, so you should make a perfect plan in order to make sure your Shanghai Tours well-being.

 1.   Ready for Expo

Due to many people coming to visit expo, you should make plan for everything and manage your time well. Above of all, I think you should take enough food and water which can offer you enough energy. In addition, sunglass and sunscreen are necessary for solar ultraviolet is so strong.Moreover, a small stool should be taken because you may stay in queue for several hours.

 When you came into expo, you had batter ask volunteer which venues have less people. Then, you can take your map and visit these venues instead of the hot one fist. The essence of the trip is relaxing you. What is your mood if you visit the hot one after several hours in queue in hot summary day? So, I suggest you visit the one have less people. After that, you can visit the hot one.

 2. Visit Oriental Pearl Tower

It spent you at least two days in traveling expo.So, in the second day night you can visit Oriental Pearl Tower. The Oriental Pearl Tower is a TV tower in Shanghai, China. The Oriental Pearl Tower is located at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district, by the side of Huangpu River, opposite of The Bund. The tower is 468 meters high. It is the highest TV Tower in Asia and is the third highest one in the world. And it is the symbol of Shanghai. Visitors who want to get on the Tower can travel up in double-decker elevators that can hold up to fifty people at the rate of seven meters per second. During the time, you can enjoy the whole scenery of Shanghai.Especially, in night the scenery is more beautiful.

 3. Visit the Old Town around Shanghai

In the third day, you can go to the old town around Shanghai, such as Hangzhou and Wuzhen.As the old things goes, as there is paradise in the e haven, there are Suzhou and Hangzhou on the earth. In Hangzhou there is a lake called West Lake which is famous for its beautiful scenery. West Lake is an elliptical landscape with a water surface of 5.66 square kilometers, and a circumference of 15 km. The lake is embraced by emerald hills covered with lush forests, grotesque rocks, gullies and intriguing streams. They are so colorful and picturesque!

 In summer day, you can take a boat on the west lake. The lake and its environment have all the elements of a traditional Chinese garden .The natural setting of strangely shaped peaks, serene forests and springs, dense foliage and a myriad of blossoms especially in springtime are enhanced by a treasury of sculpture and architectural features.

 Wuzhen is a classic and historic scenic town, part of Tongxiang, in northern of Zhejiang Province. It lies within the triangle formed by Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai. Wuzhen’s area is 46.5 square kilometers. Wuzhen was located in the center of the six ancient towns, 17 kilometers north of the city of Tongxiang.It displays thousands of year’s history in ancient stone bridges floating on mild water. In addtion, different from other towns, it gives a unique experience through its profound stone bridges cultural background.

 In this trip, you not only experience different countries culture but also enjoy the beautiful natural scene. I guess you must like this China Travel.

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China Trip for Prince Gong’s Mansion

On September 10, 2010, in Cultural Experience, by Chen Shasha

Palace culture is the important part of China traditional culture. It is the bridge connecting court culture and civilian culture. Prince Gong’s Mansion sited in is located at Qianhai Xijie to the north of Shichahai, which is the best preserved palace of the Qing Dynasty among China’s exists. It is the national cultural heritage site […]

Palace culture is the important part of China traditional culture. It is the bridge connecting court culture and civilian culture. Prince Gong’s Mansion sited in is located at Qianhai Xijie to the north of Shichahai, which is the best preserved palace of the Qing Dynasty among China’s exists. It is the national cultural heritage site and it represents the culture of China’s palace. Do you like china travel? Do you like Travel to Beijing? Now, I will share you how to visit it.

 1. General Overview

The mansion was constructed around the year 1777 and was originally the private residence of Heshen who is a favorite minister of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). As soon as Emperor Qianlong died, He Shen was put into prison and sentenced to death for his corruption by Emperor Jiaqing who is the successor of Emperor Qianlong. Then, his residence was confiscated. Afterwards, Emperor Xianfeng gifted it to his sixth young brother Yixin, Prince Gong in 1851. Therefore, the residence got its name – Prince Gong’s Mansion.

 2. Special Roats

That day my friend and I arrive at the destination at 8:00 am. We take some Photos in the front of the Prince Gong’s Mansion. Then, we saw a large stone when we went into the count. It is said that it has Reiki and a lot of people take photo in the front of the stone. The mansion has three roads for travel. We choose the center road for there are two important buildings along the road which is Yinan Palace and Jialetang.As soon as I saw the Yinan Palace together with the old and large trees; I felt the awesome style of the count. What most impressed me is the complete four courtyards and painting on the on the columns and beams. There are so many same counts and I do not know how many I have gone to.

 Generally, you can divide the mansion into two parts. One part is the living room and the other part is the garden. The garden covers 28,000 square meters, and is surrounded by man-made hills on four sides.  

 Next to the living room, there is a small hill consisting of a lot of Taihu rocks. My friend and I have a rest on the hill, enjoying the scenery around it. From the garden, we can experience the luxury living of the corrupt.

After the hill, there is a pond and an arbor. In the pond several ducks are swimming. That really is a painting.

 After that, my friend and I saw many people crowed a hill, and then we also went to. In fact, there is a character written by Kangxi in the hill. It is said that you will get good luck when you touch it, so all of people want to touch it. By the way, you must be stare it quickly because so many people crowed in the hill, you will can not see the word if you not be concentrate. I touched the word two times last time when I travel to Prince Gong’s Mansion.

Behind the hill there are masterpieces of garden architecture, with more than 20 scenic spots. In addition to its artificial hill, trees, flowers, countyyards. There is a unique center in the garden .It is said that the whole theater did not use a nail in spite of its half-timbered architecture. Owing to its fine acoustics, it is possible to hear the opera very clearly in every corner of the hall.

 Due to I don’t know the opera, we did not came into the theater. But I suggest you had better experience it if you like China Tours for opera is the important part in Chinese culture.

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Higher, Higher, Lower, Lower: The Best of Beijing Markets

On September 10, 2010, in Cool Places, Shopping, by Stephen Farrell

Beijing’s markets are globally acknowledged as premier shopping destinations selling a diverse range of products often at exceptional value. To get the best price possible on your goods however you must be prepared to barter like your life depends on it. It can often take up to an hour of constant bartering to successfully strike […]

Beijing’s markets are globally acknowledged as premier shopping destinations selling a diverse range of products often at exceptional value. To get the best price possible on your goods however you must be prepared to barter like your life depends on it. It can often take up to an hour of constant bartering to successfully strike a deal with the seller. The key is to be realistic with your offer but don’t be afraid to walk away if you think the price is too high. Most traders will be reluctant to let you take your custom elsewhere, use this to your advantage, price around. Listed below are some Beijing haunts well worth a visit. Good luck.

1. Xiushui Silk Market

The Xiushui silk market, as the name suggests, is famous for silk but sells everything else under the sun as well. Bargaining is essential here as you may end up paying ten times more than the item is worth. Take exit A at Yongani underground station for this iconic shoppers paradise.

2. Hongqiao Pearl Market

They say diamonds are a girls best friend but in my experience pearls rank pretty highly as well, for elegant pieces at realistic prices visit Hongqiao Pearl Market. In addition to pearls there is a huge range of handbags, watches and fake brand clothing available on several floors. Drop into the Temple of Heaven located nearby to make a day of it. Nearest underground station: Tiantan Dongmen Station.

3. Sanlitun Yashou Market

Five floors brimming with cheap garments Sanlitun Yashou Market is popular with international visitors however locals are thought to dislike this particular outlet claiming that goods are overpriced compared to other markets around the city. Regardless of the clothing prices no one can argue with the great value food offered on the top floor. Located next to Sanlitun Village disembark at Tuanjiehu undergound station.

4. Guanyuan Fish and Animal Market

From birds to snakes and snails to tortoises this market has every living creature you could ever imagine for sale, definitly one of the more unique markets in Beijing. Take exit B at Fuchengmen station to soak up the atmosphere.

5. Donghuamen Night Market

A culinary adventure on the streets of Beijing, negotiate the stalls sampling everything from scorpion to chicken legs, take a trip down Donghuamen street, just off Wangfujing to experiance a real taste of China.

6. Panjiayuan Antiques Market

Bustling and filled with noise (and fake antiques) this is a great place to take something unusual away from your travels to China. Barter hard and soak up the atmosphere. Situated East of the Temple of Heaven it is best to hail a cab to this particular selling kingdom.

7. Beijing Curio City Market

Reportedly frequented by Hilary Clinton during her travels to Beijing this is the largest indoor antiques market in the world. Pick up some Mongolian crystal or Burmese emerald as you browse the many stalls. Take bus number 802 to Zuoan Lu to explore further.

8. Beijing Kite Market

Awash with colour and charm situated on the outskirts of the city centre near Capital Airport Beijing Kite Market is a unique day out for all the family. Refreshingly traders do not thrust their products in front of potential customers instead smile and pose for pictures with there colourful creations.

For more information on Beijing contact China Travel Depot or check out our online guide at China Travel Depot’s online guide.

 

Pros and Cons of Travel Agencies

On September 10, 2010, in Tips & Ideas, Tours, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Zhang Sijin

Although I am not a fan of travel agencies, I do not doubt that they have some benefits, especially when it is your first china travel. Why? A tour to China does not equal to visit those so-called international modern cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai. There is no doubt that you can have friendly […]

Although I am not a fan of travel agencies, I do not doubt that they have some benefits, especially when it is your first china travel. Why? A tour to China does not equal to visit those so-called international modern cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai. There is no doubt that you can have friendly and convenient Shanghai Tours by yourself, as local people and tourisms there are extremely “international”. But what if you are planning to visit the inland or western part of China, like Xi’an which used to be the capital for six dynasties, my suggestion would be joining a trip arranged by the travel agencies for the first couple of days.

Pros

1.Tour packages save you money. The 1-day or 3-days city tours in China are similar to the New York Day Pass or Bus Tour. This kind of tours usually combines tickets of several places with some appealing discounts. Also booking hotels and airplane tickets with the tour packages is economical as well. Since the family trips are concerned with the money, sometimes, the travel agencies have some promotions or good deals for family tours.

2. Relieve you from complicated and time-consuming trip planning. Many visitors are not “professional” backpackers, so the purpose of a trip is to relax and leave from the busy daily work. A well-organized and scheduled trip plan costs more than you think. You need to consider how to lower your expense, which hotel is more convenient for you to stay, and what routes you should pick. When you arrive at the tour destination, you still need to think of the trip plans and prepare for anything unexpected. If you are not an experienced trip planner or you are too busy to make trip plans, you can just do some research on choosing travel agencies instead.

Cons and Tips

1.Tight Schedules. This is a little bit controversial. The un-flexible schedule is the critical reason why I am not that into travel agencies. Though this can be loved by some “photo takers” whose goal for trip is to take photos everywhere as the trophy. So identify your goals for travelling at first: for vacation or collecting photos or experiencing various cultures? Then choose different tour packages to be consistent with your goals. For example, the shopping trip package to Hong Kong provides the convenient hotel to stay and the bus for shopping. So you can concentrate on shopping and looking for hot deals and cheap goods.

2. “Unfair” issues. Although I do not want to admit that you may find some unfair issues once you join the travel group. You may find other members paid less than you and you feel being cheated. The price is usually influenced by these factors: price varies with the time; numbers of people register together; and the last moment sale. This is hard to avoid and it is impossible for you to get the cheapest price all the time. The suggestions, rather than solutions, are to compare more travel agencies and gather more companions with you to join this tour.

3.Take you to some shopping malls on purpose. It makes me a littlebit embarrassing to say that when you are a member of the travel agency in China, you need to be careful about this. It seems like to happen in every travel agency, so people here feel nothing unusual. I can understand why this additional item is added in the travel schedules. As the competition among travel agencies is quite tense, they have to reduce the tour service as much as they can. But they are not charities and they need to earn some money from their efforts. One way is to receive some advertisement fees or commissions from those shopping centers. You cannot have a cake and eat it. There is no way to get rid of it. My advice is to accept their arrangements of shopping and enjoy your window shopping.

After presenting these pros and cons of travel agencies in China, my suggestion would be booking China Hotels and airlines through agencies only. And during the tour, you can “rent” a local guide or student with professional tour experience.


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