Inner Mongolia: on the trail of adventure

On March 19, 2015, in China Travel Gossip, by Jack Li

Starting point for a trip in the uttermost impressive region of Inner Mongolia surely is its capital city, Hohhot. From there on you can find a wide range of tours through its breathtaking steppe and desert, that will let you experience new adventures a bit far from the most beaten tracks. Hohhot is a glowing […]

Starting point for a trip in the uttermost impressive region of Inner Mongolia surely is its capital city, Hohhot. From there on you can find a wide range of tours through its breathtaking steppe and desert, that will let you experience new adventures a bit far from the most beaten tracks.

Hohhot is a glowing city, as much colorful and lively by day as by night. The streets resounds from the sound of music and market places, you will be able to find delicious snacks and typical food at every corner. If you are searching for some more relaxing spots, the city parks and small alleys may be the place for you. Qingcheng Park is a nice location for walking, paddling, go for a ride on the carousel or try its main attraction, the giant wheel. The view from up there is simply astonishing: check the city landmarks from above and pick where to go next.

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It is not a long way to reach the temple of Five Pagodas, the most renowned one in town. Its relaxing atmosphere and colorful courtyard will let you loosely wander and catch some gorgeous snapshots of Mongolian traditions.

To the city highlights undoubtedly counts the Da Zhao Temple too. It is the largest one in Hohhot and displays a wonderful collection of both dragon sculptures and musical instruments.

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You should also not be missing the Great Mosque of Hohhot. It is located closer to the Muslim quarter, northern from Da Zhao Temple, and can be reached from there in 10 minutes walking. Its structure is magnificent and stands out against the surroundings. You can surely check it from high on the giant wheel as well! Around the Great Mosque, the entire place is crowded with plenty of small bazaars and restaurants and filled from the smell of typical food stalls.

Hohhot offers some really amazing scenic spots and interesting historic and cultural sites. If you would like to explore the unspoilt landscapes surrounding the city, take part at a daily tour to the desert or a horse ride in the step. These are experiences that truly remain!

 

A pilgrimage to Qufu Shandong

On March 11, 2015, in Shandong, by Kate Liu

You can’t be strange to Confucius, a renowned philosopher, politician and educator in ancient China whose system of belief involving philosophy, politics and ethics (subsequently known as Confucianism) has exerted profound influence on Chinese culture, was revered as the Sacred Model Teacher for Ten Thousand Generations by Chinese emperors. He built up a system of […]

You can’t be strange to Confucius, a renowned philosopher, politician and educator in ancient China whose system of belief involving philosophy, politics and ethics (subsequently known as Confucianism) has exerted profound influence on Chinese culture, was revered as the Sacred Model Teacher for Ten Thousand Generations by Chinese emperors. He built up a system of philosophical thoughts with Ren——“love other people” as its basic virtue, which he considered as the first and highest criterion of man’s behavior and the core of morality. “Treat others the way you want to be treated”, a famous saying you must have heard of, which tells you the wisdom of getting along with others. Do you want to have a deeper understanding of the great man’s thoughts and his legendary life? Then Qufu is your destination!

 Qufu

Located in southwest of Shandong province, Qufu is the birthplace of Confucius, and it served as the capital of the State of Lu during the Spring and Autumn Period. It is famous for the “Three Cons”— the Mansion, Temple and Cemetery of Confucius, which enjoys a worldwide fame as a traditional Chinese cultural site. In 1994, they were listed as world cultural heritage sites.

As the heritage sites embodying the core value of traditional Chinese culture—Confucianism, the property areas cover all the necessary elements for demonstrating its historical values and setting. The Temple reflects the paramount position of Confucianism in traditional Chinese culture. The Cemetery, as a graveyard for Confucius and his descendants, provides integral and most important material evidence for the development of the Kong Clan. The Kong Family Mansion, as the office and residence for the direct descendants of Confucius, testifies to the eminent status enjoyed by the Kong family in traditional Chinese society because of Confucianism.

 

Come and have a pilgrimage in Qufu! By watching these historical pavilions, towers, halls and archways, by listening the legends of the great men, by experiencing the grand “Confucius Ceremony” if lucky, you can gain a unique trip full of pleasure and wisdom.

 

Chengdu: “pandas’ city” with all the makings of a good life

On March 10, 2015, in China Travel Gossip, by Jack Li

At first sight Chengdu may look like the typical newly developed, industrial Chinese city. But do not let yourself be deceived by its appearance, cause behind its skyscrapers and modern houses lies a city of warm-hearted people and friendly traditions. In Chengdu, life seems to flow with a slower rhythm: people tend to take their […]

At first sight Chengdu may look like the typical newly developed, industrial Chinese city. But do not let yourself be deceived by its appearance, cause behind its skyscrapers and modern houses lies a city of warm-hearted people and friendly traditions.

In Chengdu, life seems to flow with a slower rhythm: people tend to take their time and enjoy little things, like walking down the river, sitting in parks or just amusing themselves with chatting, eating, drinking tea and playing Mahjong. In a way, everything here makes you more appreciate the small pleasures of life.

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The strong point of the city is made up by the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, situated at the edge of town. Visitors willing to see these lazy, though so much cute animals in a location almost resembling their natural habitat, may find the right place here. The park is hosting more than 50 adult giant pandas and panda cubs, together with several red pandas.

Beside the Panda Base, the city centre is also really much worth visiting. Some particular areas of town, like the ancient street of Jinli, let shine through how the city may have once looked like. Plenty of traditional temples, parks and picturesque streets let the visitor finally take a break from everyday life’s busyness and indulge in some rest for the soul.

A visit to Jinli ancient street actually combines the chance to delve into this atmosphere, not least by tasting some great local food from the snack stalls along the way, and to visit Wuhou Shrine, a temple of historical significance, which inside hosts a museum with the relics of the Three Kingdoms of China.

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If one would like to take a look at Chengdu inner-city parks too, the Wangjiang Park is well worth seeing. Though it apparently does not belong to the typical touristic hotspots, this park definitely deserves a visit. By taking a stroll inside the park, one can gain an insight into Chinese traditional, leisure-time habits: lots of elderly people juggling, practicing Taiji or playing instruments use to gather and spend some time together here. Middle of the park is the Wangjiang pavillon: from up there one can catch a great view of the river and the surroundings, which is particularly amazing in the sunset light.

Take a chance to visit Chengdu and its surroundings!

 

Yunnan: exotic landscapes, adventurous trips and much more

On March 10, 2015, in China Travel Gossip, by Jack Li

It is not obvious that one knows about cities and local customs of a certain destination, before he travels there. Hitting the road and experiencing it on the spot is surely the best way to learn it truly. Yet South China may sound like an exotic place. You will discover in fact it is, though […]

It is not obvious that one knows about cities and local customs of a certain destination, before he travels there. Hitting the road and experiencing it on the spot is surely the best way to learn it truly. Yet South China may sound like an exotic place. You will discover in fact it is, though in a unexpected, far more interesting way as you may think it to be.

Kunming, the county seat of Yunnan region, is a nice starting point to get ready for the more adventurous moments that such a trip can offer. It is a most beloved city from Chinese tourists: next to its pretty gardens and parks one can also enjoy taking a stroll in its huge shopping alleys.

From there on you can head to the rice terraces located in the southern county of Yuanyang. Usual transport means in Yunnan are long-distance buses: they are cheap and you may be most flexible by planning when and where to leave for another destination. Bus travelling makes you really experience the amazing beauty of southern China landscapes. On the way to Yuanyang, southern from Kunming, and even more by travelling to Xishuangbanna, you will be surrounded by green mountains, rice fields and banana plantations. If you stay at least two days in Yuanyang, you may enjoy watching sunrise and sunset on the rice terraces.

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Not to tell about the starry sky at night, absolutely the clearest and brightest one ever.

Proceeding on your way south, you will reach the most exotic region of Xishuangbanna. Its capital city Jinghong is the best spot to take cruises on the river Mekong and start for amazing jungle tours, visits to ethnic minorities villages and tea plantations.

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Apart from its natural treasures, Yunnan also has some of the most beautiful cities, like the ancient town of Lijiang. The old city centre has been declared UNESCO cultural heritage: along its alleys and squares one can find plenty of traditional small shops selling typical food and handmade souvenirs. Lijiang is also well-known for its famous scenic spot on the Black Dragon Pool (Heilongtan), one of the most picturesque landscapes you will ever see in China.

From Lijiang on it is not a long way to come to Dali. Train connections between the two cities are really efficient, you can travel fast and be there in a couple of hours. Dali town has a much more relaxed atmosphere. The inner city resembles a precious stone in its beauty and it is still surrounded by the ancient town wall.  Dali is also a nice place to go souvenirs shopping, but one can also stroll about and find a good coffee-place or a bakery to sit in. The three pagodas from the Tang Dynasty make up the most interesting monument outside the old town. The central one is over thousend years old. They are though all really good preserved and show the best of Dali’s ancient Buddhist tradition.

Once you start your trip in Yunnan you will be surely eager to see more!

 

Challenge yourself: Climb Mount Tai

On February 12, 2015, in Shandong, by Kate Liu

Without challenges one’s life would be boring. If  you want to experience the excellent feeling described in a famous saying by the poet Sushi of the Song Dynasty – “Reach the top and hold other mountains in a single glimpse” – then Mount Tai is your first choice.    Mount Tai is a mountain of […]

Without challenges one’s life would be boring. If  you want to experience the excellent feeling described in a famous saying by the poet Sushi of the Song Dynasty – “Reach the top and hold other mountains in a single glimpse” – then Mount Tai is your first choice. 
 
Mount Tai is a mountain of historical and cultural significance located north of Tai’an, Shandong. It’s honored as the foremost of China’s five famous mountains. In 1987, Mount Tai was included in the “World Cultural and Natural Heritage” list by UNESCO. 
 
Mount Tai is renowned for its grandeur and magnificence. The prominent peak, Yuhuang Peak, is 1,545 meters high and the steepest. Standing on top of it , everything is within your sight and the most exciting thing is to watch the sun rise. Every year thousands of people climb Mount Tai to realize their dream of going the highest, and what’s more, challenging themselves. They often start their journey at midnight and keep climbing step by step,  drinking in the spectacular historical and natural spots around them. Along the way, many people tire or  become fearful and they quit  halfway up. But more people choose to  continue after  a short rest. They  and encourage  themselves to complete their “hope journey”. When they reach the top, they deserve to appreciate  the splendid sunrise.
 
In Chinese history Mount Tai is associated with sunrise, birth and renewal. In 219 BC, Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, held a ceremony on the summit and proclaimed the unity of his empire in a famous inscription. Over time, many emperors reach the top  to pay homage to heaven and earth in the Fengshan Sacrifices, to strengthen their reign. In modern times, people often regard it as a holy place to ponder, challenge and develop.
 
If you want to climb Mount Tai successfully, a strong will is a must. But you also need  a healthy body and must be fully prepared.  A climbing stick, a  flashlight, and some simple energy bars and water are needed.  Also, check the weather in advance.
 
 

The love of the Spring City—–Baotu Spring in Jinan

On February 6, 2015, in China Travel Gossip, by Kate Liu

Jinan, the capital of Shandong province, is a prosperous and long-history city which is known as “the city of springs”. There are 72 famous springs in Jinan, among which the most immortalized is Baotu Spring.   Hanging around the Baotu Spring Park, a natural rock and spring garden, breathing the fresh air and enjoying the […]

Jinan, the capital of Shandong province, is a prosperous and long-history city which is known as “the city of springs”. There are 72 famous springs in Jinan, among which the most immortalized is Baotu Spring.

 

Hanging around the Baotu Spring Park, a natural rock and spring garden, breathing the fresh air and enjoying the beautiful scenery, you’re definitely in the most relaxing time of your life. Here Baotu Spring awaits you. Baotu Spring is regarded as “ the first spring under heaven”. The spring water spurts out in three prongs, just like three piles of snow. Furthermore, there are a great number of small springs hiding at the bottom of the pond. So you can see a string of bubbles like a string of pearls rising, and shining. The spring water is so pure and sweet that it is optimum for drinking and making tea. Every year, there are thousands of tourists visiting here and scrambling for the delicious water, so you’d better not miss the unforgotten experience——sitting under the “Watching Crane Pavilion” in the east side of the spring with a cup of tea in hand, one’s mind will fly faraway and hates to leave.

 

In Chinese history, water has been regarded as the symbol of wisdom in a sense, with its flexibility and persistence. Through a visit for Baotu Spring, you can not only gain a happy experience, but also the deep thoughts about your life. The love for “the Spring City” can be endless, it’s your turn to enjoy it!

 

Scenic spots of ShanDong

On January 22, 2015, in China Travel Gossip, by Kate Liu

QingDao: In Qingdao, you can find the “red roof and green trees; blue sea and clear sky” in your mind picture. Admire the exotic scenery in “buildings of world”, enjoy the time in the century-old church, get on the boat and get a glimpse of the White Tower of the little Qingdao. Let the breeze […]

QingDao:

In Qingdao, you can find the “red roof and green trees; blue sea and clear sky” in your mind picture. Admire the exotic scenery in “buildings of world”, enjoy the time in the century-old church, get on the boat and get a glimpse of the White Tower of the little Qingdao. Let the breeze whiz over your ears, go to the original place of Qingdao and listen to the stories, take a stroll along the Golden Sand Beach.

JiNan:

In jinan, famous mountains and ancient temples awaits you. Baotu Spring, one of the ten famous springs of China, springs you with clear water.Streets of the old times, quiet lakes and deep pools, they are the destinies of our trips.

QuFu:

In Qufu, visiting the “three Confucius” is a must. Respect Kongzi, along with culture which has been bestowed by the Confucius culture, here is the closest place to do so. The Yan Temple, very near, is easy to visit. However, the city of six arts is the place where you can get the most unforgettable experience of all kinds of folk costumes and end your pilgrimage.

TaiAn:

In Tai’an, the most valuable site is Mount Tai. Many times, Mount Tai has even became Tai’an’s synonym. Of course, if you have time, you go to Tiger Mountain Park as well as Tianping Lake Park.

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In Yantai, you can’t miss the following things: Playing with the waves of the sea, climb up to mountains and admire the view, taste the grape wine. Besides these, the Golden Sand Beach, Yantai Mountain Park, Zhangyu wine Museum can satisfy your needs. Time permitting, you can also go to the Moon Gulf which is the sacred place for lovers and go to Yangma Island to feel the breeze and go around.

WeiHai:

In Weihai, the Liugong Island, located in the mouth of Weihai Gulf, were named as “the protective screen in the east”, “Shangri-la on the sea” and “the Unsinkable battleship”. It is the the site of the Warring States Period which has undergone thousands of years and the place of Praefect Department of Beiyang navy, the School of Navy, theancient fort, and the site of Jiawu War in the Qing Dynasty. This is a beautiful city for coastal tour. The coast line and the silver beach has given the city a great treasure.

 

Shandong Cuisine

On January 6, 2015, in China Travel Gossip, by Kate Liu

Shandon Cuisine are lightly flavoured and rich but not greasy. special care is taken to make them fragrant. crisp and tender.The famedconsome with edible bird’s nest is usually the first main course served at a banquet. the famous sweet-sour Yellow river carp, crisp on the outside and tender inside, is well like for its special […]

Shandon Cuisine are lightly flavoured and rich but not greasy. special care is taken to make them fragrant. crisp and tender.The famedconsome with edible bird’s nest is usually the first main course served at a banquet. the famous sweet-sour Yellow river carp, crisp on the outside and tender inside, is well like for its special flavour.

 

Lu and the originator of Lu Qi in the Warring States (today Shandong Province), which was formed in the Qin and Han dynasties. Song, served on the “North” status of the representative. China is the most extensive coverage offered local flavor branches and Jingjintang and throughout the three provinces in Northeast China.

 

Very different geographical characteristics : Shandong Province, This forms the coast of Shandong dishes (seafood) dishes and the interior of the Jinan and the Confucian Temple systems vegetables. Condiment served about pure, delicious taste and merged with fresh, tender, fragrant crisp characteristics.Naitang stock and paid great attention to the modulation, color – broth, fresh white and color Naitang alcohol.

 

Dew Point : Do you learned to have served more than 30 common cooking techniques, especially explosives, and to seize the unique expertise of techniques.Detonated about emergency fire quickly stir-fry; Prepared to pre-empt the innovative techniques, materials pickled sticky powder-oil yellow coin Seal collected juice; gone to law finished neat shape, Black In his quality, concentrated juice up thick.

 

Sweet and sour carp Yellow River

Raw materials : carp, white sugar, vinegar

Features : Paste linked to absorb, slow fire

 

Introduction of HangZhou

On December 24, 2014, in Hangzhou, by Kate Liu

Capital of Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou is a tourist city well known at home and abroad. It lieson the lower reaches of the Qiantang River and is the southern end of the l,794-kllometre-long Grand Canal (Beijing- Hangzhou Canal). With an area of 16,596 square kilometers inhabited by a population of 6.08 million, it embraces six urban […]

Capital of Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou is a tourist city well known at home and abroad. It lieson the lower reaches of the Qiantang River and is the southern end of the l,794-kllometre-long Grand Canal (Beijing- Hangzhou Canal). With an area of 16,596 square kilometers inhabited by a population of 6.08 million, it embraces six urban districts and seven suburban counties, namely, Yuhang, Xiaoshan, Fuyang, Tonglu, Lin’an, Jiande and Chun’an. 

West Lake
Lying on the west edge of Hangzhou city, West Lake is the symbol of Hangzhou as well as one of the most beautiful sights in China. Early in the Song dynasty, the famous poet Su Shi compared the lake to Xizi, a Chinese Cleopatra: “Ripping water shimmering on sunny day; Misty mountains wonder in the rain; Plain or gaily decked out like Xizi; the West Lake is always alluring”. So the Lake is also known as Xizi Lake. With an area of 6 sq. km. and a circumference of 15km (9 miles), West Lake, surround in three sides by rolling wooded hills, has captivated countless visitors for centuries. The beauty of the West Lake lies in a lingering charm that survives the change of seasons in a year, of hours in a day, and of different weathers.

Lingyin Temple

Located at the foot of the Lingyin Hill northwest of the city, Temple of Inspired Seclusion (Lingyin Temple) was built in the Eastern Jin dynasty (317-420). The 33.6-metre-high main hall (Sakyamuni Hall) is a masterpiece of ancient buildings with one story and doubled eaves. The two nine-storied octagonal pagodas in front of the main hall and the two stone towers containing the Buddhist sutras in front of the Lokapala Hall were all built in the Five dynasties (907-960). In the caves on the Feilai Hill, there are some 300 Buddhist stone carvings dating back to the Five dynasties, the Song dynasty (960-1279) and the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368). The elegant stone carvings are of high artistic value.

 

 

West Lake: Charming as before

On December 24, 2014, in Hangzhou, by Kate Liu

If you are tired of the hustle and bustle city of Shanghai, it’s a good choice to come to Hangzhou, especially the West Lake (Xi Hu) where lies the inspiration of many Chinese Painting and Poems. The cool breeze, the withering willows and the little pavilions standing far away in the mountains, makes it a […]

If you are tired of the hustle and bustle city of Shanghai, it’s a good choice to come to Hangzhou, especially the West Lake (Xi Hu) where lies the inspiration of many Chinese Painting and Poems. The cool breeze, the withering willows and the little pavilions standing far away in the mountains, makes it a harmonious scene. No wonder ancient Chinese Poets compare the West Lake with Xishi, one of the four famous beauties in Chinese history.

If you walk around the lake in the morning, you admire Spring Dawn at Su Causeway and get a glimpse of the thoughts of the litterateur and poet Su Dongpo of the Song Dynasty. Then you can relax yourself at the Flower Harbor and enjoy yourself while watching the colorful goldfish swimming playfully between flowers in the water. Late in the afternoon there is the Sunset Glow at Leifeng Pagoda waiting for you. The Leifeng Pagoda is closely related to an ancient Chinese love story. During the night at Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, you can see 33 moons. Amazing huh, see it for yourself!

Marco Polo once said “Hangzhou is the most beautiful and elegant city in the world.” That was the 15th century comment…..and Hangzhou still beholds its charm. It’s now more beautiful than ever before!

 
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