Rock The Boat

On September 7, 2010, in Nightlife, Tips & Ideas, by Stephen Farrell

Are you looking for somewhere different to party in Beijing this weekend? If so, why not try The Boat, a floating party venue on Liangma River in North Sanlitun.  The Boat is a cleverly converted passenger ferry which has quickly established itself as an exclusive party venue for Beijing’s bright young things with listings in esteemed guides such [...]

The Boat Beijing

Are you looking for somewhere different to party in Beijing this weekend? If so, why not try The Boat, a floating party venue on Liangma River in North Sanlitun.  The Boat is a cleverly converted passenger ferry which has quickly established itself as an exclusive party venue for Beijing’s bright young things with listings in esteemed guides such as Lonely Planet.

Enjoy a drink on the top two levels before descending into the bowels of the vessel for some hard core dance anthems from some internationally acclaimed DJ’S.  Lounge on plush white leather sofa’s and bar stools while enjoying the reasonably priced drinks menu in this decadent dance venue.

Vital Statistics

The Boat Beijing @ West of Sanlitun N. St. & Liangmahe S. Rd.

Nearest Tube  Station: Liangmaqiao Station (Line 10)

Open: 6pm until 3am

Let us know if you find some more party haunts in this city or for help planning your trip to Beijing contact China Travel Depot or check out China Travel Depot’s online guide.

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Activate Your Taste Bud in Beijing City

On September 7, 2010, in Restaurants & Food, Tips & Ideas, by Guo Nai

Food is one of the essential parts for your China Tour. As the old saying in China, Food is what matters to the people (民以食为天, mín yǐ shí wéi tiān). China food has a long kind history, and its culture and flavor now is spreading to the whole planet. If you come to Sichuan, a [...]

Food is one of the essential parts for your China Tour. As the old saying in China, Food is what matters to the people (民以食为天, mín yǐ shí wéi tiān). China food has a long kind history, and its culture and flavor now is spreading to the whole planet. If you come to Sichuan, a southwestern province in China, you will enjoy the hottest and spicy food with all kind of spices. If you come to Shanghai, the biggest city laid on the east coast of China, you will experience the dark-sauce but sweet flavor. What if you want to try the famous Roast Duck, and millions of snack, just plan a Beijing Tour, come to China’s capital!

There will be totally two different routes to experience Beijing food, Cuisine and snacks.

Peking Cuisine

Roast Duck and Beijing Hot Pot is the must-eat thing. A restaurant call Quan Ju De (全聚德in Chinese ) is famous for itsRoastDuck and duck dishes. Peking Roast Duck is a famous duck dish from Beijing that has been prepared since the imperial era, and is now considered one of China’s national foods. The dish is prized for the thin, crispy skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and little meat, sliced in front of the diners by the cook. Ducks bred specially for the dish are slaughtered after 65 days and seasoned before being roasted in a closed or hung oven. The meat is often eaten with a leavened, oven-baked flatbread, spring onions, and hoisin sauce or sweet bean sauce.

Zha jiang mian is anorthern Chinese dish consisting of thick wheat noodles topped with a mixture of ground pork stir-fried with Zha jiang, which is salty fermented soybean paste. In Beijing cuisine, yellow soybean paste with soy sauce is used, while in Tianjin and other parts of China sweet bean sauce. In the cuisines of Beijing, Tianjin, and northeastern China, the soybean paste is stir fried and oil is not used.

Some Chinese restaurants may refer to zha jiang mian as “brown meat sauce noodles,” “noodles with fried bean and meat sauce,” or the pinyin transliteration zha jiang mian. It is sometimes referred to by the nickname “Chinesespaghetti” in the West, which is symmetrical to Chinese calling spaghetti bolognese “Western zha jiang mian.”

Snack and Street-side food

Málàtàng seems to be more of a magnet than most other highly addictive street food. Most likely it’s because of the number ofchoices you get. Shrimp, fish balls, tofu, bean curd, lotus root, mushrooms, chicken, beef tendon, noodles, and much more get cooked in a pot of steaming broth laced with Sichuan peppers and sesame oil. You get a plate or take-out container and make your selection either blindly or informed, by asking nicely and trying to remember if there’s a chapter on animal parts in your phrasebook. No matter, because everything is cooked through and more often than not, delicious. At 1 RMB or 50 jiao per skewer, you can have a light snack for 3 RMB or stuff yourself for 10 RMB.

Beijing is really a city which full of energy. People are passing by for fight for their future with all kind of dreams. When you come to Beijing, just stop to try everything delicious, and full of Beijing smell. You will enjoy your Beijing Tour, and remarkable experience.

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Iconic Beijing

On September 7, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, by Stephen Farrell

Iconic Beijing   Rising 234 metres the CCTV building is one of China’s and arguably the world’s most iconic buildings. Designed by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren its outlandish design has prompted some Beijingers to dub the structure “Big Underpants”. The CCTV building (or Big Underpants) is home to China’s national television broadcaster and acts as [...]

Iconic Beijing

 

Rising 234 metres the CCTV building is one of China’s and arguably the world’s most iconic buildings. Designed by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren its outlandish design has prompted some Beijingers to dub the structure “Big Underpants”.

The CCTV Building

The CCTV building (or Big Underpants) is home to China’s national television broadcaster and acts as a nerve centre for television and media based production. Constructed on the site of a former motorcycle factory, work commenced on the CCTV building in September 2004 while completion of the façade was announced in June 2008.

Also occupying the 20 hectare site is the Beijing Television Cultural Centre but prior to completion on February 9th 2009 disaster struck. During celebrations for the Lunar New Year some stray fireworks ignited the building causing a large inferno. Within 20 minutes flames spread from the lower floors of the building to its crown. The fire’s timing at the end of the New Year celebrations was widely interpreted as a poor omen for the coming year by superstitious Beijingers. The CCTV building was not damaged in the fire but is currently unoccupied as construction work continues on the fire ravaged Cultural Centre. It is still possible to marvel at the contemporary architecture of the CCTV building from nearby pedestrian walkways while visiting Beijing.

Travel west across the city from Chaoyang and the CCTV Building towards Xicheng and one encounters another example of unusual architectural design in Beijing. The National Grand Theatre, which critics have compared to an egg, was the vision of French based Paul Andreu. The National Grand Theatre, home to the National Centre for Performing Arts, symbolises China’s global aspirations in its circular design. Visitors to Beijing can explore the National Grand Theatre Tuesday through to Sunday from 1.30 until 5pm on weekdays and 9:30am until 5pm at weekends. Construction on the National Grand Theatre commenced in December 2001 while an inaugural concert marked the official opening of the venue in December 2007. Admission to the National Grand Theatre costs approximately 30 Yuan.

China World Trade Centre Tower III is an imposing addition to the Beijing skyline at 330 metres tall. The building, home to office, retail and hotel space is listed as the 23rd tallest building in the world and offers fantastic views of the fore mentioned CCTV building from its summit. The skyscraper designed by American based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill was completed in 2009 following just 4 years of construction. Similarities have been made between the tower’s exterior and that of the original World Trade Centre in New York. To enjoy this building at its best drop in for a nightcap at The Park Hyatt Hotel and watch Beijing glitter below from the bar’s floor to ceiling windows.

To experience the best Beijing has to offer contact China Travel Depot for your personalised itinerary.

 

Reservation or “No Spots” in China Hotels ?

On September 6, 2010, in Accomodation, Travel Info, by Zhang Sijin

Recently, several of my friends complained about the same phenomenon: it is impossible to get just one room in decent hotels in Shanghai, unless you have made your reservation several weeks before your arrival. It appears ridiculous to me at first. According to an official report, the numbers of hotels in Shanghai have been the [...]

Recently, several of my friends complained about the same phenomenon: it is impossible to get just one room in decent hotels in Shanghai, unless you have made your reservation several weeks before your arrival. It appears ridiculous to me at first. According to an official report, the numbers of hotels in Shanghai have been the top one among the Pacific Asian Countries. However, because of 2010 Expo, the Travel to Shanghai becomes an uneasy journey. You may not be worried about this new scene if your China Tours are arranged by the travel agencies. But for the backpackers, like me, it means that we need other solutions or wipe Shanghai off our travel plans during this period.

Referring to an article about 2010 Expo, the number of busiest days of Shanghai visit is at least 65. During these days, there will be 60,000 (even 80,000) visitors coming to this city. Now the average price of 5-star, 3-star and 2-star hotels in Shanghai are RMB1500 (about $250), RMB370 (about $60), and RMB 250 (about $40) per night respectively. These prices are at least 20% higher than the days when I visited Shanghai 6 months ago. The price seems to be increasing day by day.

The most convenient way to “occupy” a comfortable spot in Shanghai is to follow a travel agency. They usually have the travel package sale especially for the 2010 Expo. However, if you prefer a more flexible schedule for your tours, it will not be a wise choice. Then here are a few other options for you:

1.Stay in the homes of your friends or relatives. The obvious benefit is saving money, though you’d better spend some money on gifts as Chinese traditions. Also you can receive the help and guides from them so that you will not waste time on planning the route or other stuff. The disadvantage is that you may feel uneasy or disturbance to their daily work.

2.Choose official Expo home-stays. More and more communities in Shanghai have launched the “Expo home-stay” program in which tourists are able to live in the local residents’ homes. The difference between Expo and traditional self-service home-stay is that some stuff, like the brush, sheets, and pillows, will be provided by the official department rather than the hosts. Although this is a good opportunity to experience a Shanghainese lifestyle, these home-stays are limited to foreigners and need to be registered in certain travel agencies. 

3.Try short-term accommodation. This permits more private and comfortable feelings just like your own home, but the prices are not much less than hotels of high quality. If you have decent incomes, then this would be your best choice among these options. Moreover, there is a bunch of online information on clean and fashion short-term accommodations. Nonetheless, if you are a non-income or low-income student, this may not be a perfect choice. Another way to solve this economical problem is that a group of students share one apartment.

4.Search for couchsurfing in Shanghai. This idea is developing rapidly among Chinese youngsters recent years. And this hospitality exchange network is increasing dramatically with the help of development of Internet in China. From my own opinion, this is not suggested to individual females for the reason of safety, though some of my friends received very friendly accommodation through this network.

The above are a few alternatives for you, when unfortunately you haven’t made your reservation successfully. These suggestions are not limited in Shanghai, but also useful for all your china travel. Hope you will get a cozy spot in Shanghai or anywhere in China finally.

That is Your Right Choice: China Travel

On September 6, 2010, in Tips & Ideas, Tours, Travel Info, by Chen Shasha

With the development of the tourism, more and more foreigners come into China and like China travel. I think it is a right choice to have a trip in China because we have colorful China tours, good service and convenient transportation. Travel in China, you can enjoy beautiful scenery as well as learn china history. [...]

With the development of the tourism, more and more foreigners come into China and like China travel. I think it is a right choice to have a trip in China because we have colorful China tours, good service and convenient transportation. Travel in China, you can enjoy beautiful scenery as well as learn china history.

China Tours

China has a history of five thousand years and a lot of interesting places are stayed during the development. Historical culture has great potentialities and broad prospects to develop tourism.

The Palace Museum which was historically and artistically one of the most comprehensive Chinese museums was established on the foundation of the palace that was the ritual center of two dynasties, the Ming and the Qing. Designated by the State Councils one of China’s foremost protected monuments in 1961, the Palace Museum was also made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.

The Great Wall perhaps is China’s most famous and most mythologized site. The longest wall in the world, it is an awe-inspiring feat of ancient defensive architecture. Its winding path over rugged country and steep mountains takes in some great scenery. It is also a wonderful interesting place which is the status of china people’s wisdom and culture. It witnessed the history of china. And every year a lot of people come to visit it. In addition, it was also made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.

In addition, there are many other travel sites in other cities and every sites has different characterizes.

Good Service

We not only have many cultural tours but also have good travel service such as good hotels and good guides.

There are many start grade hotels in China which environment and service are wonderful. For example, In Beijing there are Beijing Xinhua hotel, Crowne plaza Beijing.

Guides are essential in your trip. We have a lot of guides who are influent in many foreign langues. What’s more, they all know history of China and much other knowledge. Last time when I went to the Great Wall, I learned much more knowledge and myths and Legends about the Great Wall which I can not get from the book. In a word, you can not only relax yourself but also know China very well during your trip.

Convenient transportation 

Convenient transportation is an advantage for you travel to China. There are many China airlines, such as Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, and Shanghai Airlines and so on. You can choose anyone which you like. Generally speaking, some airlines company always discount on tickets in certain time. So, when you book the tickets, you had better to check them out for discounts .If you are already in China, you can choose light rail, railway and roadway to your destination.

In my opinion, it is your right choice to have a vacation in China considering all aspects. If you want to get more information, you can contact China Flights.

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YOUNG! Here comes Beijing City for the YOUTH

On September 6, 2010, in Beijing, Nightlife, Tips & Ideas, by Tom

Here comes for the energy and exciting to delight the whole Beijing city. Coming for discover your China Tour, do not remember the music and colorful Beijing in modern age. Just make all modern elements to refresh your Beijing Tour. Beijing is becoming more and more international since the new century. Balinghou, the generation who [...]

Here comes for the energy and exciting to delight the whole Beijing city. Coming for discover your China Tour, do not remember the music and colorful Beijing in modern age. Just make all modern elements to refresh your Beijing Tour.

Beijing is becoming more and more international since the new century. Balinghou, the generation who born after 1980s, is creating their brand new life. Hit FM is a brand and programme under China Radio International, which is playing all international hits 24 hours on air. Music is becoming one of the elements for young people’s daily life. They know Bon Jovi, James Blunte, Sting, and Lady Gaga.

Midi Modern Music Festival is China’s largest rock musicfestival. Since its inauguration in 1997 it has been held each year in Beijing during the May holiday (May 1-3). The festival is hosted by the Beijing Midi School of Music.

The 2006 festival, held in Beijing’s Haidian Park, hosted 40-80 thousand visitors, and featured performances by more than 50 bands (including 18 foreign bands, such as Alev, Monokino, Yokohama Music Association, The Wombats, and The Mayflies) performing on four stages (Main Stage, Guitarchina Stage, Mini Midi Stage, and Disco Stage). The artists represented the genres of rock, electro, and DJ. The 2007 festival included UK acts the Crimea, Kava Kava (band), Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, and Soundtrack Of Our Lives.

Over the past two weekends, Beijing played host to three major music festivals, showing the breadth of the Chinese music scene. Local independent music label Modern Sky put on the Strawberry Music Festival, which has an indie-rock bent featuring Chinese acts and a smattering of international bands. The Midi Festival, organized by Beijing’s Midi School of Music, has a more rock ‘n’ roll vibe, a punk- and metal-heavy lineup, and an eleven-year history. And the smaller Ditan Park Folk Festival was launched just last year by an independent promoter who also owns a guitar shop in Beijing.

The day broke gloriously on Saturday, May 1, the first real day of spring and the first day of the Strawberry Music Festival. Over the three-day festival in Tongzhou (an eastern suburb of Beijing), Chinese hipsters broke out their best outfits, sporting flowing skirts, floppy hats, and checkered shirts. Across six stages, bands ranged from student acts to the best of Chinese independent bands to heavy metal to former Super Girl contestants. (Modern Sky founder Shen Lihui was also a judge on the TV singing competition Super Girl.

Despite of rock, pop music, Beijing is entirely new for all new comers, especially for the youth. As the sun rises Beijing is already a bustling metropolis, but in the dim glow of the moon the city is transformed. After a day of taking in the sights, many visitors find that a night on the town lends a whole new experience of China culture. Beijing has an extremely active nightlife scene and there are numerous choices of places to unwind. Sanlitun barstreet is popular among tourists and expats and is guaranteed to be busy, providing swanky clubs and numerous western restaurants. If you want to relax in the new trendy hotspot then try the Houhai bar street. This lakeside area is filled with terraces perfect for a drink while reflecting on the day. If you are looking to rub elbows with the locals thenLuoguxiang barstreet is where you want to be. Here you can enjoy a beer in a Siheyuan (customary dwellings in Beijing) and bask in the traditional atmosphere. If your feet are not up for an evening out in Beijing, consider relaxing at the spa. Massages are a specialty of Chinese culture and a great way to recover from a day of traveling. Check out the endless options in our Beijing Nightlife section!

Sanlitun is an area of theChaoyang District, Beijing containing many popular bar streets and international stores. The area has been under almost constant regeneration since the late 20th century as part of a city-wide project of economic regrowth. It currently houses many bars and clubs popular with both expatriates and locals as well as international brand-name stores such as American Apparel, Apple and Adidas. It is notable for housing the largest Adidas store in the world. The Ya Show market is also in the area, a popular destination for tourists wishing to buy counterfeit clothes.

Sanlitun’s bar street is extremely popular for expatriates and young foreign teenagers to blow off steam, party and drink. They have many bars which have a variety of cheap liquor and fun dance areas. The clubs street of Beijing is a 15min taxi ride away. The main source of underage drinking is from the expat teens from all over the world who indulge in the ability to drink underage without anyone asking for id or checking their age. The nightlife for underage teens is frequently quite unrestricted compared that in the home countries of the foreign teens living as expats in Beijing.

For most visitors, Beijing tour may be ended when night comes, but if you want a deep travel to Beijing, you should be aware that Beijing is actually more vigorous and real at night. So when you are traveling in Beijing, do try to experience the beauty of night Beijing.

Arts and Modern: Bring you the fantastic and Cool-slide

On September 6, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Shanghai, Shopping, Tips & Ideas, by Tom

Beijing is the must-go place on your China Tours. As the capital and the international metropolitan, Beijing brings you the most attractiveness and the delight for everyone who steps into the area. Beijing Tour is absolutely becoming the unforgettable period in your life. After the Olympiad in 2008 summer, Beijing remains varieties of facilities and [...]

Beijing is the must-go place on your China Tours. As the capital and the international metropolitan, Beijing brings you the most attractiveness and the delight for everyone who steps into the area. Beijing Tour is absolutely becoming the unforgettable period in your life.

After the Olympiad in 2008 summer, Beijing remains varieties of facilities and advantages on city living. People are thinking how to use the value of the post-Olympic heritage and make Beijing more and more fascinating no matter inside or outside. A lots of gallery and arts exhibitions are on there show.

Designed by famous architect Wang Hui, the building lies in Pingod Garden, Baiziwan road, Chaoyang district, Beijing, covering 1400㎡. As a steel-structured architecture with 5 floors, about 2500㎡ for exhibition, it’s convenient for TAM to hold exhibitions as well as events involving about 1000 persons. With 40m in length, 32m in width and 30m in height, the building consists of three exhibition floors. The 2nd floor with 12.5m in height is the main exhibition area covering 1000㎡, while the 3rd floor designed flexibly to get rid of grip from traditional concepts. Apart from displaying paintings, it is also an ideal space for exhibiting large-scale contemporary installations, sculptures and other forms of arts such as video arts, new music and so on.

If you have friends who have come to Beijing already, you must hear about the “798 Arts Zone” from his words. As to improve the arts and design industry, many artists, painter, and even students established their studios in that area.

In 2006,Beijing 798 Art Zone was listed respectively as one of the first concentrations of cultural creative industry by Beijing Civic and Chaoyang District Government, also named as “Beijing 798 Art Zone Cultural Creative Industrial Base of Zhong Guan Cun Electronic City” by Zhong Guan Cun management committee. The atmosphere as a“creative zone ,cultural park” is forming, In order to boost the prosperity and development of 798 Art Zone, Chaoyang District Government and Seven Star group co-founded the Beijing 798 Art Zone Development and Administration office, with the principle of “coordination , service, introduction ,management”, to boost the development of contemporary art and culture creative industry in art zone.

Beijing is developing very rapidly, many mansions and skyscrapers are growing every single day. There is leak of what are the traditional ones in downtown to express “Old Beijing”. A hidden treasure of downtown is an allure for the new who is coming to Beijing.

Many foreigners have come to know Nanluoguxiang in the capital’s Dongcheng District after patronizing the Pass By and Here bars. One of the best persevered areas in Downtown Beijing, Nanluoguxiang is famous for its hutong and courtyards (siheyuan) but it is also now famed for the cafes and bars and clothing and handcraft shops that line its hutong laneways. Dubbed “another bar area besides Houhai, Workers’ Stadium and Sanlitun,” Nanluoguxiang is a perfect blend of past and present.

Nanluoguxiang has a 768-metre-long south-north central lane, with 16 hutong meandering east and west of off the central lane, giving each side eight hutong. This was the typical hutong layout of the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368). With a history of more than 700 years, Nanluoguxiang is one of the capital’s oldest hutong areas and has been one of Beijing’s 25 cultural and historical protection areas since 1990. The southern end of Nanluoguxiang can be found at Di’anmen on Ping’an Dajie, with its northern end at Gulou Dongdajie (Drum Tower East Street).

Walk north of the Pass By Bar and you will encounter The Central Academy of Drama, the alma mater of countless Chinese TV and film stars such as Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Pedicabs are often found waiting outside its gates that serve visitors to the area. Posters of the First Beijing International University Students Drama Festival are still displayed around the academy. Some believe the tranquil hutong and the artistic drama academy determine the basic tone of the bars and shops there.

For most visitors, National Arts Museum of China is one options for who wants to see the perfect display and valuable sense. The National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) is a national museum dedicated to the collection, research and exhibitions of modern and contemporary artistic works in China. In June 1963, Chairman Mao Zedong inscribed the Chinese-language title board of the museum, which demonstrated its position as a national art museum and the nature of its establishment. The main building features the styles of ancient Chinese attics and ethnic architecture, which is roofed with yellow glazed tiles and surrounded by corridors and pavilions.

In order to become a national modern museum with international standards, the museum began reconstruction of the main building in May 2002. A variety of facilities have achieved the national leading level after it was completed in May 2003, including exhibition halls, illumination, self-control, constant temperature and humidity, fire control and alarm, and security control system. The new museum has adopted new technology of modern construction, expanded the traditional pattern and enriched new connotations of the ethnic construction tradition. At its 40th anniversary on July 23, 2003, the museum reopened to the public and attracted great attention from artistic circles from home and abroad.

Incredible! Beijing allures people who come from every corner of the world. Beijing Tour gives your another kind of enjoyable. Just keep an eye on the modern arts and brings you here.

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What is the Best Gift for Your Family When You Travel to China

On September 6, 2010, in Shopping, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Tom

Travel, is a good way to relieves stress and raises energy, was widely admitted by the people today. With the sustainable and fast development of Chinese economy, China has become more attractive to the foreign people. China tours are more popular than before. Many of us prefer to buy some gifts to our family so [...]

Travel, is a good way to relieves stress and raises energy, was widely admitted by the people today. With the sustainable and fast development of Chinese economy, China has become more attractive to the foreign people. China tours are more popular than before.

Many of us prefer to buy some gifts to our family so that they can get some idea of the different culture of the different country. As we all know, China is a historical country, there are many amazing scene of natural, and disparate custom that we have never seen in Western countries. So for example, if we travel to Beijing, what gift is the best for our Family?

1.Chinese Painting Mask

Beijing Opera is the quintessence of Chinese culture. And people come to Beijing often have a try to the Beijing Opera. Many of them like the Chinese painting mask because it’s very special if you have never seen it. Every painting mask represents a person in the history. Chinese people always say that you can see the characteristic of the role from painting mask. In my opinion, it’s full of the rich Chinese culture. a set of painting masks is also have the collection value.

2. Calligraphy or Chinese Painting

In the ancient China, people use brush and China ink to write and paint. The roots of Chinese painting can be traced back to paintings on Neolithic pottery six or seven thousand years ago. Since similar tools and lines were used for the earliest painting and writing, painting is said to have the same origin as calligraphy. Thus, Chinese paintings usually integrate poetry or calligraphy with themes that include figures, landscapes, flowers, birds and other animals. Traditional Chinese painting remains a highly valued genre, often on exhibit in China as well as other countries. One of my friends said that: “It’s not colorful but you can get the meaning from the painting only with white and black. It has a magical power to take you to another world.”

3. Paper-cuts

This is my favorite. Paper-cuts is a kind of Chinese traditional arts. Chinese Paper Cuts also called Scissor-cut, it is a kind of folk artwork with rich local flavor popularizing in numerous people. Chinese-Paper-cuts were come out during the period of North and South Dynasty. Colorful paper cut by scissors is often used as decoration and forms various artistic styles because of different purposes, such as for window decoration, basket decoration, present decoration and designs. I often wondered that how the paper-cuts were made, it looks very difficult to make the paper to that shape.

4. Embroidery

According to my friends’ opinion, Chinese embroidery took the fancy of the visitors. Embroidery is the art or handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn.The embroidery is very beautiful, animated. It’s a good suggestion to decorate the wall by embroideries. In China, Su Embroidery, Xiang Embroidery, Yue Embroidery, Shu Embroidery is the most famous. Each kind of embroidery has it’s own style.

So, that’s it. Have you know more about the Chinese gift? Certainly there are many other interesting things in China. These four is the gifts that I think lots of people will be interested in. Hoping that can give you some help in your China tour. And by the way, Have a nice trip in China!

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‘When in Rome…’

On September 6, 2010, in Cultural Experience, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Sammy Wahab Shubbar

When visiting somewhere new, adaptation is vital; China is no different. Holding one of the most complex and oldest culture’s in the world it is imperative upon your visit to China you make a good first impression. The concept of ‘face’ is arguably the most interesting and important attribute to adapting to the Chinese culture. [...]

When visiting somewhere new, adaptation is vital; China is no different. Holding one of the most complex and oldest culture’s in the world it is imperative upon your visit to China you make a good first impression. The concept of ‘face’ is arguably the most interesting and important attribute to adapting to the Chinese culture. In a nutshell ‘face’ is a person’s well being and respect, affected by how one presents himself to others.

Modesty is the Best Policy.
Showing modesty in China is an important way of gaining face. On many occasions a Chinese individual may test you on certain situations to gain an insight into how much ‘face’ you have. For example, if someone says ‘The traffic in Beijing is very bad’, rather than saying ‘Yes I agree’, one could say ‘It is a very big city though’. Or when in the hotel lift, rather than pushing past someone offer to let them go first. By using techniques such as these you are not showing ungratefulness, instead you are showing good ‘face’, gaining yourself a good name with the people of China.

What Not to Wear.
Although skimpy clothing is fine in China, wearing scruffy clothing is not advisable. This identifies a disrespect, not only towards others based on the principle that foreigners are assumed to be comparatively rich but also on oneself, why someone would want to dress contrastingly with their class status is beyond the Chinese.

Top Tip
Gratuity tips are not expected in China. Unlike the west where a tip is shown as gracious for the service provided, in China it is warranted as an unwelcomed precedent. Even if you do start a new trend, it is unlikely the service staff will see any of the tips.

There’s No Place like Home
If on your trip you visit a Chinese house, make sure you bring some kind of gift for the host. Do not be alarmed if the gift is not opened in front of you as this is deemed impolite. Imported whiskey would be perfectly accepted although avoid anything too practical as this may be interpreted as a charity gift.

Be sure to follow these helpful hints when visiting China to get the most out of the Chinese etiquette. Visit China with the China Travel Depot.

 

Which china airline to choose? cheapest vs. best performance?

On September 3, 2010, in Cultural Experience, Transportation, by Zhang Yu

Which china airline to choose? cheapest vs best performance? To enjoy china travel, a good flight is necessary. But which China Flights you shall  take?  To survive the fierce competition, every china airline has its competitive edge to satisfy various demands of different groups. Consider aspects you particularly pay attention to, the best performance? The [...]

Which china airline to choose? cheapest vs best performance?

To enjoy china travel, a good flight is necessary. But which China Flights you shall  take?  To survive the fierce competition, every china airline has its competitive edge to satisfy various demands of different groups. Consider aspects you particularly pay attention to, the best performance? The lowest fare? The punctuality? The safety? Then choose carefully to see which best caters to your expectations. In one word, it’s all subject to you to make the unique choice.

 

If you are particular about the overall performance……

Then choose china southern airline or Hainan airline!

Those two airways are among the top two china airline companies in terms of overall performance.

china southern airline –china airway with the most awards in international rankings. As one of the three major china airways, china southern airline boasts its good ranking in international evaluation. With reliable security, first-class service quality, wide air network, and good reputation, it’s granted Best Airline China 2009 by Skytrax, the world renowned airline service institution which provides a internationally recognized professional, unified quality classification system. Previous to this, world famous magazines like TTG and Global Traveller have already awarded it “China best business class airline”.

Hainan airline–the competent rival

Taking overall performance into account, Hainan airline is neck and neck with China southern airline. President of Skytrax Edward Plaisted once commented that Hainan airline’s cordial welcome toward every traveller has left tourists across the world a deep impression. Naturally, it outstanding performance deserves the two big awards by Skytrax in 2010 “china best airline 2010″ and ” china outstanding service”.

If you are primarily concerned with fares……

Then Spring Airline is second to none ! Located in Shanghai, this airway is the china’s first low-cost domestic airline. In the past few years, sticking to unique low-cost pattern, Spring airline has accelerated its expansion, operating more than 30 city routes, the average load factor reaching 94%. Nevertheless, cheap fare can ill afford high-quality service. Cutting down on expenditure is at the expense of reduced service. Frequent delay or cancel, narrow seat, ordinary-looking stewardess, self-service , better to lower your expectations before getting too disappointed.

If you pay much attention to punctuality……

Then xiamen airline airline and shandong airline will always be good options. Statistics in the past decades have shown that these two airways perform much better than the others in punctuality.

Small suggestion……

Many airlines have special favors for different routes. So if you travel to particular places, always give preference to special airlines. Generally speaking, if you plan to take Guangzhou tours , China southern airline is cheaper. If it’s Chongqing, then northwestern airline is cheaper. If you travel to Shanghai, then eastern airline is better.

Apart from the airlines we mention above, there are many china airlines with distinctive features catering to different demands, air china, china eastern airline, for example. Which to choose ultimately depends on your personal inclination. But regardless of which flight you take, Beijing Flights or Shanghai Flights, do bear one principle in mind: book tickers via large and reliable websites, such as  http://www.chinatraveldepot.com/