Napa Sea

On August 30, 2011, in Lakes, Nature Scenery, Popular Provinces, Yunnan, by Jack Li

Napa Sea’s meaning is a lake in the rear of forest in Tibetan.  Because of the wet climate, the grassland is more flourishing than other places.  The grasses are so verdant that they resemble a boundless carpet covering on the ground.  Sheep, horses and cattle graze in the field, gathering in crowds and groups.  Mingling [...]

Napa Sea’s meaning is a lake in the rear of forest in Tibetan.  Because of the wet climate, the grassland is more flourishing than other places.  The grasses are so verdant that they resemble a boundless carpet covering on the ground.  Sheep, horses and cattle graze in the field, gathering in crowds and groups.  Mingling with the grassland, they formed a picturesque picture of nature.  Though named as Napa Sea, it is a representative seasonal lake.  The scenery in different season has its own characteristic.  When spring is changing into summer, the field looks like a carpet which is ornamented with gorgeous flowers, verdant grasses and fertile highland barleys.  In winter, it changes into vast waters as flat as a mirror.  As the most distinctive attraction of plateau and the most ideal habitat of rare black—necked crane, Napa Sea has the largest grassland in the county.  And the best time to visit Napa Sea is June.  In this month, you can find wild flowers in blossom contending in beauty; horses, sheep and cattle strolling all over the grassland.

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Gedan Songzanlin Temple

On August 30, 2011, in Historical Relics, More Cities, Temples, Yunnan, by Jack Li

The Chinese name of Gedan Songzanlin Temple is Guihua Temple. It is 5 kilometers far from the Shangri-La County. It is a provincial-level key cultural relic’s protection unit. The temple is the largest famous temple of Yunnan Tibetan Buddhism. The total area of the temple is 500 hectares. The wall of the temple is strong [...]

The Chinese name of Gedan Songzanlin Temple is Guihua Temple. It is 5 kilometers far from the Shangri-La County. It is a provincial-level key cultural relic’s protection unit. The temple is the largest famous temple of Yunnan Tibetan Buddhism. The total area of the temple is 500 hectares. The wall of the temple is strong and thick. The temple has five gates and each gate has a name, they are Zhaya, Duke, Dongwang, Longba, Luba. The two main temples, Zacang and Jikang, are built in the highest, located in the center of Gedan Songzanlin Temple. The temple, sitting in the south and facing northward, is a five-floor Tibetan carved building which can accommodate 1,600 people chanting. Each side of the wall in the temple was used to store the Buddhist Scriptures. In the front of the main hall enshrines the fifth Dalai statue. Behind the statue stand the pagodas which store the remains of famous monks. The pagodas contained an array of gold, silver and famous paintings. There is a tall bell tower located in the south. When the bell rings to tell the time at dawn, at noon and at dusk, you could hear it from 10 meters. The roof of the temple was paved with golden tiles. The tiles are shining and dazzling, resembling Buddha’s Halo.

You could take No. 3 bus at the Traffic Hotel in the Shangri-La County to get to the Gedan Songzanlin Temple. Or you can take the tourists bus, it only costs 2 Yuan. And you will spend 10 Yuan by taxi.

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Bita Sea

On August 30, 2011, in Lakes, Nature Scenery, Popular Provinces, Yunnan, by Jack Li

Bita Sea Nature Reserve is situated in the east of Shangri-La County, 35 kilometers far from the county. The center of the nature reserve is Bita Sea. The eastern, southern, and northern sides are next to the Luoji Township; the western side borders on Jianjian Town. It is 60 kilometers long, 14kilometers wide. Its total [...]

Bita Sea Nature Reserve is situated in the east of Shangri-La County, 35 kilometers far from the county. The center of the nature reserve is Bita Sea. The eastern, southern, and northern sides are next to the Luoji Township; the western side borders on Jianjian Town. It is 60 kilometers long, 14kilometers wide. Its total area is 1418 hectares. In Tibetan, ‘Bita Sea’ means the place where is full of robur.

The Bita Sea Nature Reserve has a wide range of national high-level protected animals and plants. Among these there is a fish which is a legacy of the quaternary glacial period. Biologists called it ‘heavy lips fish’. It has tender meat and is very delicious. On the shores of the Bita Sea, a plenty of azaleas bloom. When the petals of azaleas fall into the sea, the ‘heavy lips fish’ would eat them. As the petals of azaleas contain traces of neurotoxins, the ‘heavy lips fish’ will be poisoned, floating on the water. This is the famous scenery – ‘azaleas drunken fish’.

The elevation of the sea is 3539 meters. The sea is about 3000 meters long, 700 meters wide. Its broadest point is 1500 meters and the narrowest point is about 300 meters. The average depth of it is 20 meters; the maximum depth is 40 meters. You could take bus from Zhongdian County to get there. The ticket price is 20 Yuan. Ride horse is another choice, but the best choice is on foot, as you could have an experience of crossing forest.

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Benzilan

On August 30, 2011, in Chinese Towns & Villages, Popular Provinces, Yunnan, by Jack Li

Situated on the northwest of Yunnan Plateau, Diqing is known as its coldness.  However, Benzilan, located on the way to Meili Mountain, is famous for its hotness.  When Diqing snows heavily in winter, the weather in Benzilan is blazing as a summer.  In Tibetan, Benzilan means beautiful sandbank.  Lying on the west bank of Jinsha [...]

Situated on the northwest of Yunnan Plateau, Diqing is known as its coldness.  However, Benzilan, located on the way to Meili Mountain, is famous for its hotness.  When Diqing snows heavily in winter, the weather in Benzilan is blazing as a summer.  In Tibetan, Benzilan means beautiful sandbank.  Lying on the west bank of Jinsha River, the special location decides its important position in transportation.  As a famous ferry of Chama Old Way, it is a throat point of northwest Yunnan, Tibet and Sichuan.  Tibet is just in the northeast of it.  Going up to the north against Jinsha River, you can arrive in Sichuan province.  Moreover, Shangri—la county and Lijiang are in its southeast side.  Government of Qing dynasty once dispatched troops to garrison the ferry.  It was a testimony of Benzilan’s important position.  At present, a Fulong Bridge has been constructed in Benzilan to make it more convenient for going out.  Up to now, Benzilan is still making a great contribution to the transportation.

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Shangri-La

On August 30, 2011, in Mountain Areas, Tibet, Yunnan, by Jack Li

Shangri-La’ is from Tibetan Language. It means ‘the moon and the sun of heart’. In the novel The Lost Horizon, written by American novelist James·Hilton, it described that ‘the first place, the sun shining on, is Jiantang in the Orient; the fairyland in the world is Shangri-La, near the Naizi River’. Countless people’s hearts are [...]

Shangri-La’ is from Tibetan Language. It means ‘the moon and the sun of heart’. In the novel The Lost Horizon, written by American novelist James·Hilton, it described that ‘the first place, the sun shining on, is Jiantang in the Orient; the fairyland in the world is Shangri-La, near the Naizi River’. Countless people’s hearts are yearning for the wonderful land. It is the synonym of Utopia and fairyland.

Shangri-La is honored with the title of ‘the Garden of High Mountain’, ‘Kingdom of Plants and Animals’ and ‘Non-ferrous Metal Kingdom’. Start from Dali and drive northwards 315 kilometers along the Yunnan-Tibet highway, and then reach the center town in Shangri-La County (Zhongdian), the capital of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. It is 659 kilometers far from Kunming and takes 50 minutes by plane. The total number of the attractions in Shangri-La is 24. It is rich in natural sceneries and cultural sceneries. It is one of the eight national tourism hotlines.

Shangri-La is situated in the southeast of the Tibet Plateau and the northern end of the southern part of Hengduan Mountains which is the central region of Three Parallel Rivers. Shangri-La is a unique multi-function scenic spot which combined snow mountains, canyon, grasslands, mountain lakes, primitive forest and ethnic customs as a whole. There are many snow mountains in Shangri-La scenic spot, the highest hill—Kawakarpo is in it. Just in the Shangri-La County, the number of snow mountains over 4,000 meters is 470. Gorges in the area are deep and dangerous. The famous ones are Tiger Leaping Gorge of Jinsha River and the Gorge of Lantsang River. The vast mountain grasslands, luxuriant primitive forest and mountain lakes make the natural sceneries of Diqing appear more magical and beautiful. In Shangri-La lives Tibetan, Lisu, Han, Naxi, Yi, Bai, Hui and so on, about 13 ethnic groups. They have a united and harmonious relationship. They keep their ethnic customs and have formed their own special culture.

Shangri-La Attractions

Bita Sea

Napa Sea

Benzilan

Gedan Songzanlin Temple

Shangri-La Story

1.   the culture of Shangri-La

About 1,000 years ago, there is a record about the word ‘Shangri-La’ in relevant Tibetan materials. While since the publication of the novel The Lost Horizon, the word became a symbol of eternal, peace and quiet. The most authoritative dictionary, Dictionary of British Writer, created the word ‘Xanadu’, according to the novel. Afterwards Hollywood studios bought the copyright and made a movie of The Lost Horizon. Therefore Shangri-La quickly swept the world and everyone knows it. The song of ‘This is the beautiful Shangri-La’ is sung all around the world. And then the Hong Kong entrepreneur, Guo Family, bought the word Shangri-La and used it as the name of hotel. Since then Shangri-La became a symbol of the best hotel brand in the world. That also proved the significant humanities meaning of The Lost Horizon. From then on the word Shangri-La became the symbol of ‘the Garden of Eden’, ‘Xanadu’, and ‘Utopia’.

2.   The legend of Shangri-La

The story is that about 60 years ago, some British came to a strange place by accident. It belonged to Tibetan area and was surrounded by snow mountains. And under the bottom of gorge has gold. In this isolated place, the local people had a warm welcome for them. In there, time seems meaningless. They felt that they were at the core of the mysterious oriental culture. With deeper understanding, they known time really stopped running there. People in there were amazing longevity. They met with the spirit leader of the area in a Lama Temple. The leader was a living Buddha. Under the influence of the living Buddha, they were impressed by the oriental culture. They felt they touched the all new side of the world which is surprising and formidable. People lived happily in the gorge, and quietly enjoyed the gift of the sun and snow mountains. They were dismissive of gold. The Lama Temple leaded the gorge, forming Shangri-La society. The main residents of Shangri-La were Tibetan. Although their beliefs and customs were different, they got along with each other and loved each other. They were united and happy.

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The Ocean Park of Hongkong Travel Tips

On August 30, 2011, in Activities, Hong Kong, Parks & Gardens, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Best Time to Visit the Ocean Park You can go to the Ocean Park at any time of the year. There are theme parties according to different holidays.During the Chinese New Year, there are several special programs. Flower Market in the Victoria Park: The flower market in the Victoria Park opening is the hottest place [...]

Best Time to Visit the Ocean Park

You can go to the Ocean Park at any time of the year. There are theme parties according to different holidays.During the Chinese New Year, there are several special programs.

Flower Market in the Victoria Park: The flower market in the Victoria Park opening is the hottest place in Hongkong during the spring festival. The market opens a few days before the Chinese New Year and attracts numerous people every year. In the market, people can buy fresh flowers including peach flowers, chrysanthemums, daffodils and other things for the New Year.

Rose Parade: The Rose Parade is held on the first day of the lunar year. Every year, the floats participating in the parade are from places all over the world. They stand for various cultures and customs. The performers on the floats give excellent dances to wish a prosperous new year.

Firework Show: The Firework Show is held on the second day of the lunar year. The fireworks display on the sea surface of the Victoria Harbor. The ideal positions to watch the firework are the two banks of the Victoria Harbor and high-rise buildings besides the sea.

Christmas (25th, December): The Christmas is the hottest holiday in Hongkong. High-rise buildings besides the Victoria Harbor start to decorate their appearances at about a month before the Christmas Season. Shops all change into Christmas decorations which are fully praised by many visitors. The Christmas Hongkong shows the most prosperous and magnificent look to the world. If you are interested in a flourishing Hongkong, the best time to go to Hongkong is during the Christmas.

Ocean Park Best Routes

You can settle your routes this way:

  1. Enter the Ocean Park at the entrance Dashuwan and go to Quedao Island andAdventure Land. You can take the escalator to go up to the mountain. The Ocean Park Escalator is 225 m long, and is the second longest outdoor escalator in the world.
  2. On the mountain there is the Marin Land. You can visit Jellyfish House, Atoll Reef, Marine Theatre, Shark Aquarium, play amusement rides and have dinner there. There are both Chinese traditional food and American fast food like Mc.Donald’s.
  3. 3.    In the afternoon, you can take the Cable Car to go back to the garden near the main entrance. There are Panda House, Children Amusement Park and Sea Lion Show. The places you must go are Atoll Reef, Dolphin Show, Bird’s Theatre and Panda House.

Ocean Park Tickets

The admission ticket for an adult: 250 HKD; for a kid between 3 to 11: 123 HKD.

The joint ticket including the park admission and transportation for an adult: 209 HKD; for a kid between 3 to 11: 105 HKD. The joint ticket can be bought at the Jinzhong Ticket Office.

The annual ticket for the Ocean Park is convenient for visitors who often go to the park. The gold card for an adult: 550 HKD, for a kid between 3 to 11:275 HKD. The silver card for an adult: 415HKD, for a kid between 3 to 11:210 HKD. The admission ticket with a student ID: 380HKD.

How to Get to the Ocean Park

1、 Take the subway at the Jinzhong Subway station and get to the Ocean Park directly. The ticket is 20 HKD.

2、 Buy the joint ticket of the city bus at the stop Jinzhong or Tianxing Dock of Zhonghuan and take the bus 629 to get to the Ocean Park. A joint ticket includes the admission ticket of the Ocean Park and the bus ticket return.

3、 You can also take the following buses and get off at the Hongkong tunnel. Then walk a little bit and you will see the Ocean Park.

Take  the Chengba Bus 72, 72A,92,96 or 592 of Chengba at the stop Tongluowan.

Take the Chengba Bus 6A, 6X, 70, 75, 90, 97 ,260 or the Xinba Bus 262 at the stop Zhonghuan.

Take the Chengba Bus 41A, the Xinba Bus 38 or 42 at the stop Beijiao.

Take the Chengba Bus 77 or 99 at the stop Shaojiwan.

Take the Chengba or Xinba Bus 171 at the stop Changshangwan.

Take the Chengba or Xinba Bus 671 at the stop Zuanshishan.

Take the Chengba or Xinba Bus 107 at the stop Shatian.

Bus 162 is only available from Monday to Saturday.

Take the bus Line Ocean Park in front of Tianxing Dock of Zhonghuan or go to Tianzhong Subway station for the bus 629 or the Chengba bus 630 to Ocran Park. You can also reach the Ocean Park by bus 72,72A,92,96,592,6A,6X,70,75,90,97,260,262,41A,38,42,77,99,315,171,671,107,973 or 170 to get to the Ocean Park. The bus time at the Jinzhong stop is in every ten minutes between 9:00 and 16:00. The bus at the Tianxing Dock stop is in every twenty minutes between 9:35 and 10:55.

Speed Journey—Jumping Machine

On August 30, 2011, in Activities, Hong Kong, Parks & Gardens, by Jack Li

The famous Jumping Machine also called Speed Journey. Along the elevator you will arrive at the maneuvering games area in the middle of the mountain. TheJumping Machine is in the place which filled many people and many people screaming. The Jumping Machine has four rows. We recommended you choose the row that you can see [...]

The famous Jumping Machine also called Speed Journey. Along the elevator you will arrive at the maneuvering games area in the middle of the mountain. TheJumping Machine is in the place which filled many people and many people screaming.

The Jumping Machine has four rows. We recommended you choose the row that you can see the ocean. The Jumping Machine rises and rises, then suddenly rises into the 20th floors. The speed is times of common elevators. The machine will suddenly drop into the ground when you just open your eyes to appreciate the beautiful seascape and other sceneries. You may feel unexpected, lose your feeling, and you must be screaming. So screaming to your heart’s content. The speed of the game is 40km/hour and takes 40 seconds and you will remember it forever.

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Ocean Park Hong Kong—Jellyfish House

On August 29, 2011, in Activities, Hong Kong, Parks & Gardens, by Jack Li

The Jellyfish House was open in 10th April, 2006. It covers an area of 4500 square kilometers and it is the first independent jellyfish house in the Southeast Asia. The jelly house collected more than 1000 jellyfishes. The jellyfishes are kept in a round container and looks like circle round flow water in ocean. It [...]

The Jellyfish House was open in 10th April, 2006. It covers an area of 4500 square kilometers and it is the first independent jellyfish house in the Southeast Asia. The jelly house collected more than 1000 jellyfishes. The jellyfishes are kept in a round container and looks like circle round flow water in ocean. It consists of colloidal body which looks like an umbrella. You will see many “umbrellas” float in the water from long distance. There are many kinds of jellyfishes. It is about 250 kinds of jellyfishes in the world. The diameter of the jellyfish is between 10cm to 100cm and some special jellyfish’s diameter reach to 200cm. They live in the ocean all over the world. We classify jellyfish according to the shapes. The shape like an umbrella and send out Silverlight are called silver jellyfish. Some looks like the hat of a monk are called monk’s hat jellyfish. And other look like white sail in the ship, so called sail jellyfish. Also some jellyfishes look like umbrella, people called them umbrella jellyfish. Still some look like send out colorful clouds and people called color clouds jellyfish. Jellyfishes are only can live couples weeks, some can live a year and some jellyfishes in the depth ocean will live longer.

Jellyfishes’ bodies are full of water make them look transparent and can float in the water. When jellyfishes swim, the tentacles stretch and float with the waters look beautiful.

There are many precious kinds of jellyfishes. The Yue jellyfish’s shape is look like a small fish. After they eat, we can see some orange Fengnian Shrimps in their stomach. The Chaotian Jellyfish stay in the water bottom instead of float in the water. The Eight Claws Jellyfishes like take a sunbath in sunny day and sleep in the water bottom in the evening. The colorful jellyfish have mini body and make people love them. The sharp jellyfish is the Kahaila Jellyfishes. There are some colorful lines in their backs and also have poison thorn. The light, airflow and background music are all cooperate with the ocean philosophy. The visitors will feel whisper with jellyfishes in the wave sounds and the changes of colorful lights.

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Ocean Park Hong kong

On August 29, 2011, in Activities, Hong Kong, Parks & Gardens, by Jack Li

Ocean Park Hong Kong (simplified Chinese: 香港海洋公园; traditional Chinese:香港海洋公園; pinyin:xiāng gǎng hǎi yang gōng yuán; literally “Ocean Park Hong Kong”) is a marine – based large theme park. It is located in the Huangzhu Kengof the southern Hong Kong. It is officially opening in October 1st 1997. In 2007, the numbers of visitors reached into [...]

Ocean Park Hong Kong (simplified Chinese: 香港海洋公园; traditional Chinese:香港海洋公園; pinyin:xiāng gǎng hǎi yang gōng yuán; literally “Ocean Park Hong Kong”) is a marine – based large theme park. It is located in the Huangzhu Kengof the southern Hong Kong. It is officially opening in October 1st 1997. In 2007, the numbers of visitors reached into 4.9 million, ranked the sixteen in the world and fifth in Asia-Pacific region. Ocean Park Hong Kong is divided into 3 parts. They are in the mountain garden in the north side, the south, also the south and the Dashu Wan of Nanlang Mountain. The park covers an area of 17 hectares and it has more than 40 entertainment facilities. The cable car in the mountain and the ocean train of the Nanlang Mountain are connected. There is the second longest elevator in the world between the Nanlang Mountain and Dashu Wan.

Ocean Park is also divided into lowlands and highlands and an elevator between them. There are 250 cable cars and it can take 5000 people per hour. The distance of the two places is 1.4km and it will take 6 minutes of you take the cable car. You can see the Shenshui Wan and the Xianggang Zai and other beautiful sceneries. Except take the cable car, you also can take the elevator from the entrance of the Dahu Wan. The elevator is 225 meters long and it can take 4000 people per hour and it is a 30°slope. It will be very excited when take it.

The Ocean Park Hong Kong has the largest aquarium of the Southeast Asia and theme amusement park. The park is closes to ocean and depends on mountains and is the most popular place of Hong Kong. You can not only see the interesting open-air amusement park and dolphin show, but also all kinds of fishes and the ocean skyscraping tower. Also you will see perfect combination of the excited Yuekuang roller coaster and speed journey.

The new “the Pacific Ocean Coast” runs over with the culture charming and beautiful sceneries. In the quiet sandy beach, you can see lovely sea lions and sea dogs welcome visitors.

Ocean Park Hong Kong is the largest ocean park. It covers an area 170 acre. It is located in the Nanlang Mountain and the Huangzhu valley. There are the Aquarium, the Ocean Theater, the Sea Waves House and the maneuvering games. In the foot of the mountain there are water the Amusement Park, the Garden Theater, the Goldfish House and the ancient villages. The villages have pavilions, temples and the buildings and folk shows in the villages imitate China ancient architectures and reflect ancient China. The pandas Anan and Jiajia donated by central government are very popular. And the pandas Yingying and Lele donated by central government in tenth anniversary of Hong Kong returns are opened for visit. You can take the cable car or the elevator to visit the park.

Ocean Park Hong Kong attractions:

Speed Journey – Jumping Machine

Jellyfish House

The Silk Market

On August 29, 2011, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Shopping, Tours, by Tanvir Bansal

China is not only renowned for its ancient history and rich cultural heritage but also its extraordinary capacity for manufacturing. Most of the world’s electrical and clothing items are produced in China. Travel to Beijing and there are endless places where you can indulge yourself into buying what ever takes your fancy. The Silk Market [...]

China is not only renowned for its ancient history and rich cultural heritage but also its extraordinary capacity for manufacturing. Most of the world’s electrical and clothing items are produced in China. Travel to Beijing and there are endless places where you can indulge yourself into buying what ever takes your fancy.

The Silk Market attracts approximately 50,000 visitors daily and 60,000 on weekends as of 2006. This 35,000-square-meter complex houses 1,700 retail vendor and over 3,000 salespeople spread over seven floors with three levels of basements. Many of the stalls have, over the years, gained local and international reputation for selling counterfeit luxury designer brands at relatively low prices. Some have carried on this trademark despite growing pressures from the management, the Chinese government and famous brand-name companies.

Opened on March 19th 2005, and replacing the old alley-based Xiushui Market, the current Silk Street establishment has diversified their business scope. In addition to selling fashion apparels and accessories such as hats, handbags, shoes, belts, sportswear and silk fabrics like their predecessor, the new Silk Street has introduced traditional Chinese handicrafts, antiques, calligraphy, carpets, table cloths, bed coverings, paintings, hand-knit dresses, toys, electronic gadgets, trinkets, and fine jewelry. Reputable establishments such as the Tongrentang Pharmacy, Quanjude Peking Roast Duck restaurant, and multi-national coffee and restaurant chains such as Lavazza, SPR Coffee, Caffe L’affare, Subway and TCBY have also joined Silk Street’s bid to become the “ultimate one-stop tourist destination” in Beijing. Invested and constructed by Beijing Xinyashenhong Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. and managed by Beijing Silk Street Garment Market Co., Ltd., Silk Street is built along Line 1, Beijing Subway next to Guomao (China World Trade Centre) with a direct basement link to Yonganli subway station (Exit A). This makes it easy to access for any tourists wishing to get their hands on some bargains.

This famous market attracts many people. This provides the salespeople in the silk market to set their own prices and ask for as much as they think they could extract out of one particular individual. However, do no be fooled as this price is normally 4 or 5 fold the amount that you should actually pay. Haggling is a sport when you enter this building. You should always remember that it is a marathon and not a sprint. Have your maximum price (as low as possible) for the item and be stern. If they do not accept, simply walk away. More often then not they will accept the price when you walk away making you the winner of the haggling war.

So Book your Beijing Tours and Beijing Hotels now and practise your haggling skills at the highest stage.