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Beijing Gubei Water Town

On October 26, 2015, in Beijing, Great Wall, by Kate Liu

Beijing,Beijing!there are one hundred reason to go. The forbidden City, The Temple of heaven, the Summer Palace.In addition to all of the above,there are another remnant of China’s imperial past—Beijing Gubei Water Town. Beijing Gubei Water Town is a modernized resort and a combination of Sightseeing services、vacation、commerce exhibition and creative culture at present.It is located […]

Beijing,Beijing!there are one hundred reason to go. The forbidden City, The Temple of heaven, the Summer Palace.In addition to all of the above,there are another remnant of China’s imperial past—Beijing Gubei Water Town.

Beijing Gubei Water Town is a modernized resort and a combination of Sightseeing services、vacation、commerce exhibition and creative culture at present.It is located in Miyun County of Beijing near the Simatai Great Wall.The town is also known as its steepness and sublime scenery. Qianlong Emperor pay tribute to its steepness and importance more than once.Unlike the others travel destination in Beijing, Gubei Water Town is lightly populated,where you can enjoy the calmness.also,there are a variety of hot spring where you can relax yourself.

Besides, Gubei Water Town also offered a range of festival activity,especially at night,take visit great wall at night for example,imagine you’re climbing the Great wall,holding a lamp in your hand ,and cast a glance behind yourself at that time,what a intoxicating scenery it will be! Should you prefer to get even closer, and take the time to really immerse yourself in the China experience, then a hiking tour is for you.

 

Qingdao: A Dream Unwilling to Wake up

On August 26, 2015, in Qingdao, by Kate Liu

On August 4th, by Catherine Liu Qingdao is the city full of literary and artistic atmosphere. With peaceful sea and sunshine road, you could see historic architecture among lush trees.   As soon as you arrive in Qingdao, you could smell the flavor of sea in the air. If you get here by train, then […]

On August 4th, by Catherine Liu

Qingdao is the city full of literary and artistic atmosphere. With peaceful sea and sunshine road, you could see historic architecture among lush trees.

 

As soon as you arrive in Qingdao, you could smell the flavor of sea in the air. If you get here by train, then you may be deeply impressed by the railway station. Something like German? Definitely Yes! This railway station was designed by German, and it has witnessed vicissitudes of this city for more than a century. What’s more interesting is that it still keeps to the old way to check tickets.Certainly, you won’t miss it if you have a ticket.

 

Not far from the railway station are University Road and Fish Mountain Road, where the hilly landscape makes every villa a perfect sea view building. The charming road is quite and exquisite. When walking on this path, you could see many beautiful villas with yard full of flowers. From time to time, you could find some former residences.

 

Walking is the best way for tourism in this city. If you walk slowly, you could unintentionally meet an exquisite yard or a tree with sakura, and just enjoy this peaceful journey full of subtle surprise.

 

What else? Never forget eating! If you want to taste local food, I recommend two places for you. One is Pichaiyuan, the origin of urban culture of Qingdao, now becomes snack street. Another is the famous Taitung night market, which is almost every foreign tourist must go. There is a variety of food stalls, and you could even buy fresh seafood in market and let the food stalls cook for you. That is the most authentic way to eat for Qingdao natives.

 

In a word, Qingdao is a city suitable for wandering. If time permits, why not stay here for a weak or two, slowly wander in this city and feel its charm?

 

Cruise, Firefly & Snacks: a Different Hubei Trip

On August 20, 2015, in Yangtze River, by Kate Liu

The Yangtze Gorges Cruise The best way to visit the Yangtze Gorges may be to take cruise. By cruise your Yangtze Gorges trip becomes much easier and relaxing, especially when traveling with the senior or children who need taking care. On a cruise, you can enjoy the poetic scenery on both sides and imagine what […]

The Yangtze Gorges Cruise

The best way to visit the Yangtze Gorges may be to take cruise. By cruise your Yangtze Gorges trip becomes much easier and relaxing, especially when traveling with the senior or children who need taking care. On a cruise, you can enjoy the poetic scenery on both sides and imagine what it looked like a thousand years ago,as Many famous ancient Chinese poets had admired in their poems.

Living on cruise ship is much more than comfortable. There are various guest rooms, including skylight star room. What’s your reaction? Sounds cool? Certainly, you could look starry sky with the sound of river flow.

 

Mulan Great Lake Firefly Night

Do you remember the time playing with fireflies in summer night? Would you regret that time has passed and you are no longer a child? Luckily, you could meet fireflies again in Mulan Great Lake. Until late September, you could see fireflies there every Friday and Saturday night, just like in fairy land.

Since it is in mountain area, remember to bring clothes because it may be a little cold at night. The scene of fireflies flying around is not only romantic but also fantastic. You will cherish and keep in mind the person you spent night with there.

 

Tips for Wuhan Snacks

Wuhan snacks are so well known that it cannot be said one has been to Wuhan without tasting Wuhan snacks.

There are many snack streets in Wuhan, among which Hubuxiang is most not forget to taste hot-and-dry noodles, which is a must for local people in one day. Usually they eat it as breakfast. What’s more, it’s worth tasting three delicacies wrapped in tofu skin, made of tofu skin, with shrimp, mushroon and pork in it.

Another famous road is Jingwu Road, the birthplace of Jingwu duck neck. It tastes spicy but delicious. Apart from that, you could also have a taste of duck web and duck wing.

 

Harbin Laodaowai: Seek old city complex

On August 19, 2015, in China Travel Gossip, by Kate Liu

Besides central street, there is a more attractive block which consists of hundreds of buildings in “Chinese Baroque” style. It is called Laodaowai, means “old road outside” in Chinese.Laodaowai is in Harbin. This old city area has witnessed decay and glory of Harbin in almost a hundred years. Walk through it, you could feel the […]

Besides central street, there is a more attractive block which consists of hundreds of buildings in “Chinese Baroque” style. It is called Laodaowai, means “old road outside” in Chinese.Laodaowai is in Harbin. This old city area has witnessed decay and glory of Harbin in almost a hundred years. Walk through it, you could feel the history and humanistic custom.

 

Delicious food in Laodaowai

There is various traditional local food, typical taste of northern part of China. South Second Street has hundred years old store, such as Zhang Bao shop and fan Jiyong dumplings. North Second Street is famous for grilled meat, there are Li Jia grilled meat store and Zhang Fei grilled meat restaurant- named after a hero in ancient China. If you want to have a try and do not want to wait too long, remember to go early in noon, because it is so popular.

   Today, in , in addition to finding the food here, people go here more to feel the deep feeling of the neighborhood. During Summer night after dinner time, neighbors usually gather at the entrance to the courtyard and chat with each other. That is the feeling of familiarity.

 

Explore the history of this old city

Laodaowai is the original place of Harbin. A hundred year ago, there were only two areas. The eastern part are Daoli and Nangang, where the foreigners live. While the west is Daowai, where Chinese residents lived.

According to historical record, at the beginning of 20th century, a group of shrewd, capable and courageous national industrial elite took the lead in the South Second Street to run business shop, and to purchase house. When building new houses, Chinese craftsmen followed the western house in Daoli, but built the way in China, finally the buildings had western appearance and Chinese courtyard, with the combination of Chinese and Baroque style.

 

Slow down to feel the real scene

As the most intact area with historical character in Harbin, Laodaoli has attracted film crew to shoot the drama in the background of the Republic of China. Therefore, when walking through it, slow down to feel the real scene once occurred in films.

 

Heilongjiang, Best Summer Resort

On August 18, 2015, in China Travel Gossip, by Kate Liu

Heilongjiang, Best Summer Resort Heilongjiang, located in the northeast, is the northernmost province of China. And it is known as the perfect summer resort because it is cool for the 20℃ average temperature in summer and it is rich in water resource. Besides, with 43.6% forest coverage, Heilongjiang has fresh and clean air which is […]

Heilongjiang, Best Summer Resort

Heilongjiang, located in the northeast, is the northernmost province of China. And it is known as the perfect summer resort because it is cool for the 20℃ average temperature in summer and it is rich in water resource. Besides, with 43.6% forest coverage, Heilongjiang has fresh and clean air which is good for health.

 

Must-see Places

St Sofia Cathedral

St Sofia Cathedral, called “Oriental Moscow”, is a typical Byzantine church. Built in 1907, it stands at 53.35 meters and covers 721 square meters and the striking part is the onion -shaped dome. Inside the church is a museum which shows the history, present and future of Harbin. There are places to provide people with leisure and entertainment in the square, such as pottery bar and dry skating arena.

 

Sun Island

The Sun Island is situated on the north bank of the Songhua River, Harbin. There are some other scenic spots, such as the Sun Gate, the Squirrel Island, the Russian-style town and the Swan Lake. Visitors can see the squirrels in the Squirrel Island and various swans in the Swan Lake.

 

Jingpo Lake

Jingpo Lake which lies in the southeast of Heilongjiang is a famous summer and health resort. The tourist destination is composed of three parts: the lake, the primitive forests and the valley. Visitors can enjoy geological wonders including underground forests and lava channels. There are rare volcanic landforms formed by volcanic eruption and rich water resources which is natural beauty. Besides, there are also grand waterfalls and abundant animal and plant resources.

 

Wudalianchi Geological Park

Located in the north of Heilongjiang province, the total area of Wudalianchi is 1060 square kilometer including farmland, woodland, grassland and wetland. The volcanic cluster is formed by the paroxysmal eruption and it’s well-preserved. Wudalianchi is one of the world’s top three places to produce cold mineral water which has the function of healing. Because of the location and the climate, there are many rare animals and plants.

 

Best time for travelling

The best time for travelling in Heilongjiang is from July to September. The summer in Heilongjiang has a pleasant climate, the temperature of which is about 20℃. It also has rich water resources and fresh air.

 

Recommended stay:5 days

 

Outdoor Nature in Harbin

On July 16, 2015, in China Travel Gossip, by Kate Liu

Siberian Tiger Park The Siberian Tiger Park is located to the north bank of Songhua River, next to the Sun Island Park, boosting more than 1000 Siberian tigers of different range of ages, it is the real park of thousands tiger. The park, on the basis of good ecological travel, is attractive to visitors especially […]

Siberian Tiger Park

The Siberian Tiger Park is located to the north bank of Songhua River, next to the Sun Island Park, boosting more than 1000 Siberian tigers of different range of ages, it is the real park of thousands tiger. The park, on the basis of good ecological travel, is attractive to visitors especially in summer and winter. In summer, the park is dynamic, you can find Siberian tigers everywhere in the park. Nowadays, the park consists of pilot area of outdoor reproduction, domestication area, adult tiger area, breeding of adult tiger area, liger area and other 11 scenic spot. Authentic Siberian tigers for enjoy are more than 300, visitors can also enjoy white tiger, snow tiger, white lions ligers and cheetah. Besides the walk district and the platform for watching, visitors should take the bus for sightseeing. All the scenic spots are connected and form a line of sightseeing, which makes sightseeing more relaxing and convenient.

The Five Connective Lakes Scenic Spot

The Five Connective Lakes Scenic Spot is located the north part of Heilong jiang Province and it is in the transitional region between Xiaoxinganling and Songnen plain. The 14 volcanoes inside varies in length and form. There are rare geological wonders, also there is a icy river hiding under the volcanic ranges. The natural mineral spring here gains reputation of “the saint water”. Together with Vichy in France, North Caucasus in Georgia, they are called the three cold mineral springs in the world whose water is good for human’s long life. The mountains here are splendid, stones are strange, the springs are wonderful, holes are distinctive, lakes are beautiful and the forests are fantastic. Scientist call it as the open textbook of volcanoes and the natural geological museum.

There are so many healthcare institutions in the Five Connective Lakes, such as Hei Longjiang healthcare institution for workers, Suihua healthcare institution and Xinganyuan healthcare institution and so on. The healthcare institution for workers began to receive foreign visitors from 1990 and remained a high level service. The unique natural environment provides distinctive features for the healthcare institutions, with comprehensive facilities, all-round service and careful medical care personnel, visitors can enjoy beautiful natural sceneries when they have medical treatment.

 

The Exotic Saint Sophia Cathedral in Harbin

On July 16, 2015, in China Travel Gossip, by Kate Liu

The Central Avenue is the first walk street in China, which is the major place for fashionable shopping, enjoying music and entertainment in Harbin. It is once called architectural museum with reputation of “mixture of century architectural styles and the essence of art of the world.” These buildings on the Central Avenue imitate the Renaissance […]

The Central Avenue is the first walk street in China, which is the major place for fashionable shopping, enjoying music and entertainment in Harbin. It is once called architectural museum with reputation of “mixture of century architectural styles and the essence of art of the world.” These buildings on the Central Avenue imitate the Renaissance style of 15th and 16th century, Baroque style of 17th century and eclecticism of 18th century and art nouveau style of 19th century. In addition, the Central Avenue is made by square granites, each of which is exquisite and looks like a piece of Russian bread.

Saint Sophia Cathedral in Harbin is the most complete and the most Byzantine architecture in China, which is the biggest the Orthodox Eastern Church undergone hundreds of years but still remained standing. It was first built in 1907, 53.35 meter tall, takes up nearly 721 square meter. The most attractive part of the building is the huge dome in the center. It makes the European Harbin a leisure plaza and a unique snow spring, also it represents the best achievement of churches in Harbin. Together with other architectures in European style on the Central Avenue, they constitutes distinctive civil landscape and humanity custom of Harbin.

Volga Manor

The Volga Manor is located Xiangfang District of Harbin, 16 kilometers away Hachenglu, which is next to Arsh lake, Gaozizhen. It is a forest park in Russian style whose floor space is more than 600 thousand square meter. Taking a whole look of the manor, you will find the original landscape of Harbin’s building are everywhere. Among those buildings, Xiaobaihua restaurant is the design product of a famous Russian designer. It takes on the front face when you look them from every direction and it is really distinctive. The Saint Nicola Church was once the landmark of Harbin which sees changes and development in the past 100 years. Bell of the clocks in the manor can recall memories to the Eastern Moscow and it brings with a special feeling toward it.

 

Tips for climbing Mount Tai

On June 23, 2015, in Shandong, by Kate Liu

  Mount Tai, regarded as the best mountain out of the five famous mountains in China. It has its own uniqueness, the sunrise, the mysterious sea of clouds, the exotic and exquisite words engraved on the stones, all of these make Mount Tai very attractive to tourists, and becomes the hottest travel destination in Shangdong […]

 

Mount Tai, regarded as the best mountain out of the five famous mountains in China. It has its own uniqueness, the sunrise, the mysterious sea of clouds, the exotic and exquisite words engraved on the stones, all of these make Mount Tai very attractive to tourists, and becomes the hottest travel destination in Shangdong province. Here provides you some useful tips for climbing Mount Tai in order to make your travelling easier, safer and more enjoyable.

 

Best season to climb Mount Tai: Autumn & Spring

If you intend to climb Mount Tai during winter time, you should be prepared for the freezing cold on the top of the mountain, even two down jacket can’t keep your warm against the extreme chillness. Let alone when confronting with snowy days, normally the mountain pass of Mount Tai will be sealed. The summer is too hot to climb mountains. The tempreture of Mount Tai is cheerfully pleasant in Autumn and Spring. Besides, with enough rainfall in Autumn, there’s more chance for you to see the fabulous sea of clouds. You may also see fireflies by luck.

 Mount Tai

Best time to set off

It’s better to set off in the evening if you want to see the splendid view of the sunrise on Mount Tai. You can reach at the foot of the mountain around 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., and get ready to climb. Normally, 6 hours or so are needed to get to the top. And by then, it’s the perfect timing to enjoy the sight of sunrise on Mount Tai.

 

Prepared thick clothes

The height of Mount Tai is more than 1,500 meters, accordingly, the wind is strong and the temperature is low on the top of it. Nomatter in which season, thick clothes is necessary. If you choose to climb Mount Tai during early spring, late autumn or winter, the chillness is beyond your imagination. Even if in summer, you should bring a thick clothes as well.

 

Must have: water & food

You’ll sweat a lot while climbing, water is needed to avoid you from dehydration. Besides, climbing mountain causes physical exertion, you should prepare some food to eat for replenishing your energy. Bring fruits is the best choice!

 

Make sure you have a flashlight

There’s no lamps or lights in the mountain except places near the temples. Due to the rough roads on the mountain, the flashlight can protect your own safe.

Avoiding holidays

Every holiday, Mount Tai is crowded with millions of tourists, you barely see any view on the mountain. Also, it’s cost you more to buy tickets.

 

About Qingdao

On June 23, 2015, in Shandong, by Kate Liu

Impression of Qingdao Qingdao is a beautiful coastal city with fresh air and gentle pace of life. You could enjoy the scenery of clear water and its coastline. The seafood in Qingdao is quite affordable. It’s cozy to eat delicious seafood in the sea breeze. Stepping in Qingdao Located on the southern end of Shandong […]

Impression of Qingdao

Qingdao is a beautiful coastal city with fresh air and gentle pace of life. You could enjoy the scenery of clear water and its coastline. The seafood in Qingdao is quite affordable. It’s cozy to eat delicious seafood in the sea breeze.

qingdao

Stepping in Qingdao

Located on the southern end of Shandong Peninsula and with the sea on three sides, Qingdao is a city boasting unique characteristics of beautiful sceneries and pleasant climate. As a historic city and tourist destination, Qingdao is well-known as a significant coastal city, economic center and port city. Qingdao borders on Huanghai, surrounded by Kiaochow Bay, has soft sand , flat beach and twisting coastline. Laoshan Mountain is famous for its elegance and artistic conception.Badachu Park is known for its European style architecture. There are many religious buildings in Qingdao, such as Catholic Cathedrals in city center, Taoist temples in Laoshan Mountain, Buddhist temples and Buddhist convents in Zhushan Mountain. There are also intensive former residences of celebrities in Qingdao, all of which have profound cultures and histories.

Best time for travelling

The best time for travelling in Qingdao is from April to October. The spring and summer in Qingdao has a pleasant climate, the temperature of which maintains 20-28℃. August is the golden season for costal tourism, when the seawater is warm and gentle. Winter is not the proper season to travel to Qingdao, for the temperature is relatively low.

Recommended stay2-5days

 

Shandong, Heaven of Wheaten Food

On May 27, 2015, in Chinese Towns & Villages, Restaurants & Food, Shandong, by Kate Liu

Shandong, Heaven of Wheaten Food Since Shandong is a province in north China, the wheaten food is regarded as staple food there. In the restaurant of both cities and towns in Shandong, after appreciating the dishes for a while, the waiter will come to the table and ask “what do you need for staple food? […]

Shandong, Heaven of Wheaten Food

Since Shandong is a province in north China, the wheaten food is regarded as staple food there. In the restaurant of both cities and towns in Shandong, after appreciating the dishes for a while, the waiter will come to the table and ask “what do you need for staple food? Rice? Noodles? Or silver thread roll (a kind of food made by pulling the flour into thin thread, making the thread into rolls, streaming and then frying)? Among the three kinds of food, two are made of wheat.

In fact, the wheaten food in Shandong has far more than two kinds. Around the province, there are wheaten foods with characteristic flavors in every area, such as Shandong pancake, Shandong steamed big pun, Gangzitou baked wheaten cake and so on.

 

Love for Shandong Pancake

In Shandong, cake is a kind of staple food that can never be ignored. Usually, people put vegetable or meat on the cake and wrap it up. The taste is also exceptionally delicious. For example, in Jinan, where the restaurants usually serve tender mutton, people like to wrap mutton into the cake and eat them together. In Weifang, people like to eat cake with the vegetable, meat, and tripe in the hot pot. And anywhere you go in Shandong, you will always find popular food that is suitable to eat with cake. In Zibo, there is a kind of vegetable pancake with a unique local characteristic. So as you can see, cake is extremely important in Shandong cuisine. The most famous food among the various cakes should be Taishan Pancake that is sold in the regular market on the top of Mount Tai.

There, you can see young ladies in red clothes using a small stick shaped like “T”, smearing the corn flour on the pan. Very quickly, a pancake is made thinly and perfectly with appetizing burnt yellow. The mouth-feel is also perfect, satisfying the tourists coming only for high quality. What’s more, the pancake provides balanced diet, making it a really healthy and popular food.

Besides Taishan pancake at the mountain top, Taian pancake at the foot of Mount Tai is also tasty. In the past, the first thing a man care about a woman when choosing their wife was whether she can cook thin pancake. This is also the most important thing for women to marry a good guy. Taian People eat pancake for their breakfast, smearing some sauce, wrapping inside some Chinese onion, adding some tofu, vegetable and so on, really delicious.

 

Have a Taste of Weifang Gangzitou Baked Wheaten Cake

In Weifang, you can try a kind of baked cake named “Gangzitou.” The cake is shaped round, a little bigger than your palm with an average weight of 250 grams. The middle bulges while the rim is carved like track. The outside of the baked wheaten cake is hard and brittle and the inside soft and tender. The more you chew, the more you feel it fragrant. As a result, people that are fond of the original flavor of baked wheaten cake can go to Weifang and have a taste of this simple but memorable relish.

 
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