Passenger Notice

On May 8, 2015, in Tips & Ideas, Transportation, Travel Info, by Kate Liu

Regulations of Civil Aviation Administration of China  I. Listing of prohibited items both in carry-on luggage and checked luggage: Guns, mechanical appliances for military or police use (both main parts and components) and their imitations. Explosive objects such as munitions, fireworks, blasting equipment and their imitations. Controlled knives set by official. Flammable items, such as […]

Regulations of Civil Aviation Administration of China

 I. Listing of prohibited items both in carry-on luggage and checked luggage:

  1. Guns, mechanical appliances for military or police use (both main parts and components) and their imitations.
  2. Explosive objects such as munitions, fireworks, blasting equipment and their imitations.
  3. Controlled knives set by official.
  4. Flammable items, such as matches, gas lighters, alcohol, paint, gasoline, kerosene, benzene, rosin oil, tobacco cake, etc.
  5. Corrosive substances, such as hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, nitric acid, liquid storage battery, etc.
  6. Toxic or harmful products, such as cyanide, pesticides, etc.
  7. Radioactive substances, such as radioactive isotopes, etc.
  8. Other objects harmful to aviation safety, such as ferromagnetic objects which may disturb the aircraft instrumentation and objects with strong pungent smell.

II. Listing of prohibited items in carry-on luggage, though permitted in checked luggage:

  1. Listing of prohibited items in carry-on luggage, though permitted in checked luggageKitchen knives, clippers, big fruit knives, razors and other knives for daily use.
  2. Professional knives, including surgical knives, sticking knives and gravers, etc.
  3. Knives, spears, swords, etc., which are used for performances.
  4. Sports goods harmful to aviation safety and personal security, such as aggravated canes, canes with sharp nails, alpenstocks, baseball bats, etc.
  5. Axes, chisels, hammers, awls, spanners and other objects harmful to aviation safety or personal security.
  6. Liquid items which exceed type or amount limitations for carry-on luggage.

III. Listing of liquid items of Civil Aviation Administration of China:

a) International & Regional Flights

  1. For hand luggage liquid items must be stored in small containers, whose volume shall not exceed 100ml.Otherwise the items must be checked.
    Containers of liquid items must be packed in a transparent plastic bag that can be re-sealed. This will be taken out and checked separately at the security check. The volume of the bag shall not exceed 1L. Each passenger can carry only one bag . Bags exceeding the limitations must be checked.
    For the transparent plastic bags with liquid items, security check should be taken separately.
  2. Goods purchased on board on flights or in Duty-free shops at the airport must be packed in sealed transparent plastic bags. Theseshould not be opened by the passengers. Shopping receipts need to be kept for inspection.
  3. A certain amount of liquid dairy product for passengers with babies and essential liquid medicine for diabetic patients or other patients can be carried along after the security check.
  4. Passengers violating the above regulations shall deal with the consequences.

b) Domestic Flights

  1. Passengers on domestic flights are not allowed to carry on liquids, which can be carried in their checked luggage, in accordance with relevant packaging provisions.
  2. Passengers may carry a small amount of cosmetics for personal use on the journey. Only one container of each category can be carried and the volume shall not exceed 100ml. The containers should be packed separately and go through open-bottle inspection.
  3. Passengers transferring from international flights are allowed to carry duty-free liquid items with receipts that are packed in sealed transparent plastic bags to go through security checks.
  4. Passengers with babies can apply for free liquid dairy products provided by airline companies when buying the tickets. Essential liquid medicines for diabetic patients or other patients can be kept by aircrew after security check.
  5. Passengers violating the above provisions shall deal with the consequences.

IV. Relevant regulations on lighters and matches:

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) establishes that:

Passengers are not allowed to carry any lighter or match, either placed in the carry-on or in the check-in baggage. This includes both international flights/regional flights and domestic flights.

V. Regulations on carrying lithium battery:

CAAC establishes that:

  1. Lithium battery can only be taken onto the plane into the carry-on luggage, not the thechecked one.
  2. Passengers can carry electronic products that incorporate lithium/lithium ion battery cell or batteries.Such devices must be intended only for private use (like watches, calculators, mobile phones, laptops, portable cameras).
  3. Lithium battery must be protected from short circuit and can only be taken as carry-on baggage. Each passenger can carry maximum two standby batteries.
 

Qingdao badaguan

On May 8, 2015, in Parks & Gardens, Qingdao, by Kate Liu

Badaguan, is a scenery consisting of 8 street that were named after the eight great military fortifications of ancient times. With various architecture styles from more than 20 countries, such as Russia, the great Briton, France and so on, badaguan is known as the “Architecture Expo”. Inside the region, the princess mansion and the marble […]

Badaguan, is a scenery consisting of 8 street that were named after the eight great military fortifications of ancient times. With various architecture styles from more than 20 countries, such as Russia, the great Briton, France and so on, badaguan is known as the “Architecture Expo”. Inside the region, the princess mansion and the marble mansion are the most famous ones.

Except for the exotic style architectures, badaguan combines the park with traditional Chinese landscape gardens creating romance on each road. Trees and flowers are alone the sidewalks, so the streets are also called “the street of flowers”. Shaoguan road is filled with pink peach flowers in spring; zhengyangguan road is crape myrtle in summer. Different seasons are painted by different colors, attracting lots of couples dating here.

The romantic place now was one of the hottest spot for new couples and photographers. If you would like to enjoy a quiet and romantic day in Qingdao, badaguan is the best option.

Besides badaguan, St Michael’s Cathedra is also a nice place to visit. Based on the roman style and gothic style, the cathedra was designed by a Germany designer. As a masterpiece of Christianity, the cathedra is located at the end of a road. You can also enjoy your afternoon time in the coffee bar near to the cathedra.

 

 

Online Check-in

On May 8, 2015, in China Travel Gossip, Tips & Ideas, Transportation, Travel Info, by Kate Liu

Online Check-in Tips:   Not all Chinese airlines provide an online check-in service (for example China Express Airlines does NOT offer this service) Moreover, some of those who offer it, actually do not have an English-version of their website. We intend to offer you some general advice to help you cope up with the procedure of […]

Online Check-in Tips:

 

Not all Chinese airlines provide an online check-in service (for example China Express Airlines does NOT offer this service) Moreover, some of those who offer it, actually do not have an English-version of their website. We intend to offer you some general advice to help you cope up with the procedure of online check-in on Chinese airlines’ websites.

 

You can print your ticket either by yourself or at the airport. If you have luggage to check in, you should check it and deliver it at airport counter.

 

In order to avoid inconveniences, we usually suggest our foreign guests not to check-in online. Below you find some links of major Chinese airlines offering online check-in service.  This generally starts either at 9:00 or  after 14:00 on the day before the departure date.

 

If you encounter any problem by the online check-in procedure, we suggest you to just check in at the airport.

 

Air China:

http://www.airchina.com.cn/en/index.shtml (top-left area)

Required information: e-tickets number or passport ID, mobile number(possibly from China Mobile).

 

Hainan Airlines:

http://global.hnair.com/CN/GB/Home#tab-status (middle-left area)

 

Eastern Airline:

http://en.ceair.com/server/index.html

Required information: passenger’s name, as well as ID or passport or ticket number

 

Southern Airlines:

http://airport.csair.com/cki?locale=en

Please note: the name sequence could be a problem. If it doesn’t work , try reversing the order of given name and surname .

 

Shenzhen Airlines:

http://global.shenzhenair.com/zh/webcki/precheckin.jsp (top-left area)

 

Xiamen Airlines:

http://www.xiamenair.com/cn/en/ (top-left area)

 

Discover a city full of nuances: visit Shanghai

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cool Again: The Rebirth of Shanghai’s Cool Docks

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

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

 

 

 

A cultural and historical explore in Shandong

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

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

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

 

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

 

The major historical sites in the Shandong province are:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Chinese spring: check it in Beijing!

On March 31, 2015, in China Travel Gossip, by Jack Li

Spring has come to Beijing too! Don’t miss the chance to discover the city in this unique look, which becomes even more valuable as it will last quite briefly. Chinese spring in Beijing city is known to be utmost short. Therefore, these weeks seem to be the very moment to enjoy the authentic smell and […]

Spring has come to Beijing too! Don’t miss the chance to discover the city in this unique look, which becomes even more valuable as it will last quite briefly.

Chinese spring in Beijing city is known to be utmost short. Therefore, these weeks seem to be the very moment to enjoy the authentic smell and nice view of flowers (people leaving in the big city know how rare it may be to catch such glimpses).

Tulips, roses, Chinese flowering crabapples, peonies and cherry blossoms are the real stars of the season. Our tip: combine your visit to some of the Beijing main attractions with a stroll in a park or in a blooming garden, to take some rest in between and to catch some good pictures. Here some suggestions for where to go and how to see many things at once.

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Zhongshan Park is located at the southwest border of the Forbidden City. It used to be an imperial garden and was then turned to a public park. From there on, not only you are at the door of the Imperial Palace, but you can also easily get your way to Beihai Park, on the northwest side of the Forbidden City. Here, by walking through the park, you will quickly reach Jade Flower Island, which in this season doesn’t really betray its name.

Next to the Television Tower, one can also find Yuyuan Park and its well-known cherry garden. Don’t miss the Cherry Blossom Festival, taking place twice during the blooming time, at the end of March and second half of April.

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A further location we suggest you to add your visit list is the Beijing Botanical Garden. You will find different varieties of plants and many flowers species: especially, check the very treasure of this place, the Peony Garden. Your path will also cross several Buddhist temples, a renowned hothouse and a collection of ornamental plants.

During your trip in Beijing you are surely going to discover many more locations matching the beauty of spring time with attractive features of the city.

Check also other interesting China destinations to spend spring time this year!

 

Discover China Giant Pandas and their way of living

On March 26, 2015, in China Travel Gossip, by Jack Li

China main representative animal is surely the Giant Panda. Its survival has been threatened by pollution and environmental changes so far, though lately there seems to be a change for the population to grow bigger again. Apart from their presence in Chinese zoos, panda bears are also hosted and reared in natural reserves, such the […]

China main representative animal is surely the Giant Panda. Its survival has been threatened by pollution and environmental changes so far, though lately there seems to be a change for the population to grow bigger again.

Apart from their presence in Chinese zoos, panda bears are also hosted and reared in natural reserves, such the one in Chengdu. The panda has become the symbol of this city: all possible gadgets with panda ears, shape or color belong to the traditional catalogue of every single shop in the city.

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The Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is located in Chengdu, the only one in the world being situated in suburban surroundings. It presently hosts over 50 adult pandas and acquires new panda cubs almost every year. Besides the well-known giant pandas, the center is home to some dozens of red pandas as well, to which visitors can get a closer insight thanks to their more lively habits.

The center is committed both to preserve these endangered species and give visitors information on how they are breed and conduct their life. The environment within the park mostly resemble a natural one: pandas are able to wander around in their dedicated sections and feed themselves with bamboo that naturally grows inside.

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The giant pandas are considered to be most lazy animals: you had better go in the morning to catch a better glimpse to them and take some good picture. In fact, from noon on they use to retire themselves to sleep in their air-conditioned cages. Pandas’ activity during the day are basically eating and sleeping: they may result as being extremely lazy animals, but it mostly depends on their metabolism in digesting enormous quantities of bamboo. Too say it plainly: they need to eat it lot to gain energy to move around, but, partly as a consequence, also require a great deal of sleeping.

Chengdu Research Base is one of the best location to see pandas from near on and in an habitat mostly resembling their natural one. Definitely not to miss!

 

Cheer up in Qingdao!

On March 25, 2015, in Shandong, by Kate Liu

Imagine this, after a happy swim, you are lying down on the soft beach with a cup of cold beer, enjoying the most pleased summer vacation in your life. Well, all these can be realized in Qingdao!   Lying on the south coast of the Shandong Peninsula, Qingdao is a city of picturesque red-tiled roofs […]

Imagine this, after a happy swim, you are lying down on the soft beach with a cup of cold beer, enjoying the most pleased summer vacation in your life. Well, all these can be realized in Qingdao!

 Qingdao

Lying on the south coast of the Shandong Peninsula, Qingdao is a city of picturesque red-tiled roofs nestled between green hills and blue sea. The mild climate, the bathing beach, and Mount Laoshan make Qingdao a popular health and holiday resort, particularly in summer when visitors come here for sightseeing and escaping the heat. Qingdao is also an industrial city and a major foreign trade port. Its mineral water, wine, and excellent Tsingtao Beer are world-famous. The concrete pier is the symbol of the city. It was originally a wooden structure built in 1890 during the reign of the Emperor Guang Xu of the Qing Dynasty. Ten meters wide and stretching four hundred meters into the sea, the pier ends in a colorful two-story octagonal building, the Wave Stopping Pavilion (Huilange). With its carved beams and painted eaves, this romantic pavilion is an enchanting sight by moonlight.

 

Qingdao is rich in seafood, including fish, prawns,shell fish and sea weed as well as local foods from other areas. Yunxiaolu is a major restaurant area. Qingdao explodes with regional and international deliciousness. By virtue of its seafront location, seafood rightfully dominates the menus. Well-known dishes include “sea cucumbers stewed with shallots”, “stewed salted fish” and “celery with creamy soup”. However, the most famous thing is the Tsingtao Beer. Tsingtao Beer has a pleasant aroma and a well-balanced taste. It has high-malty flavor and well-hopped character. Tsingtao is produced with spring water from Laoshan, a mountain area famous throughout China for the purity of its water.

 

Come to Qingdao with your family or friends. Hanging, shopping, eating, drinking or swimming, either can entertain you and give you an unforgettable experience!

 

Guangzhou: a precious spot at Pearl river delta

On March 24, 2015, in China Travel Gossip, by Jack Li

There is an interesting legend about the origin of Canton city, from Chinese people mostly known as Guangzhou. It tells about a group of four goats, lead by a ram of divine origins, which reached this pleasant place by the delta of the Pearl River and brought here rice seeds in their mouths. Thanks to […]

There is an interesting legend about the origin of Canton city, from Chinese people mostly known as Guangzhou. It tells about a group of four goats, lead by a ram of divine origins, which reached this pleasant place by the delta of the Pearl River and brought here rice seeds in their mouths. Thanks to this, they ensured the sustenance of the population in this area and blessed its future growth.

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Guangzhou people are really much interested in good food, and possibly strange one. Guangdong region is one of the few places in China where you can still find dog meat, together with other weird specialties. But don’t be afraid to try the local food: there is a huge variety of typical dishes, which are really worth tasting. You will notice that people in Guangzhou actually spend long time sitting down at the table, just to enjoy food, tea and the pleasure of chatting.

The city is really welcoming both for elderly people and for young students. If you take a stroll along the Pearl riverside you pass by gardens and residential houses with seniors practicing Taichi, but also catch a sight of the magnificent gate of the Sun Yat-sen university. The campus and its park are pretty much enjoyable for taking a walk as well.

The river is the very center of the town life. A river bus service is available to pass from one side to the other or reach other city spots. One can also take a river cruise in order to see the most of the buildings on the riversides from a privileged perspective: such a view at night is quite breath-taking.

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Guangzhou is also home to one of the greatest Chinese festivals of flowers, the Spring Festival Flower Fair. Traditional habit in Guangzhou is to give fresh flowers and potted plants as gift for Chinese New Year. So on the days preceding it, the city alleys get completely full with flowers markets and decorations. The city itself really changes its look to host this special event. A must-buy for this celebration is the kumquat plant: its fruits resemble small tangerines, its orange color is really appreciate and the name “kum” means gold in Cantonese. This really much reflects the saying “No flower fairs, no Spring Festival”.

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