Seat types

On December 11, 2014, in China Travel Gossip, by Kate Liu

CTD now is available for booking train ticket online! No longer need to queue at ticket window, just few clicks, everything goes so smooth without any difficulties. Hesitate to choose tickets? What the differece between First Class Seat and Business  Class Seat? Click to choose your satisfied seat!  VIP Seat VIP seat is only available on High-Speed EMU. The seats are usually arranged on the first two carriages of the train. Regarded as first-class cabin on an airplane, which comfortable and undisturbed. The fare is higher than the First Class Seat and about twice of the Second Class Seat.    […]

CTD now is available for booking train ticket online! No longer need to queue at ticket window, just few clicks, everything goes so smooth without any difficulties.

Hesitate to choose tickets? What the differece between First Class Seat and Business  Class Seat? Click to choose your satisfied seat!

 VIP Seat

VIP seat is only available on High-Speed EMU. The seats are usually arranged on the first two carriages of the train. Regarded as first-class cabin on an airplane, which comfortable and undisturbed. The fare is higher than the First Class Seat and about twice of the Second Class Seat. 

 

 Business Class Seat

As comfortable as the VIP Seat and only available on High-Speed EMU, but this type seat can recline like a bed. The fare of business class is about twice of that of the First Class Seat. Generally, VIP seat and Business Class Seat will not be issued on the same train.

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First Class Seat

The seats are roomy and comfortable and are set four in a row. With an adjustable cushioned backrest, a small pillow and a foldable pedal which stored in armrest, a socket for charging. 

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Second Class Seat

Seats are arranged with three aisle seats and two on the other side, and marked with A~F, which is  imitate  the arrangement of economy class . Second Class Seat is narrower compared with First Class Seat, and cheaper.

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Soft Seat

Soft seats are available on a few Fast, Express, and Accommodation trains. The carriages are roomy and the fare is about 1.5 times of the Hard Seat, also more comfortable than Hard Seat. The back is adjustable with a small tray table attached to it. 

 

Hard Seat

The cheapest ticket among all kinds of tickets, and the most uncomfortable as well, has less room and hence. On the top of each carriage is provided with a rack to put luggage. Hard Seat is recommanded only when you are plan to have a short trip or shoestring trip.

 

Standing-Room-Only

Standing-Room-Only are issued only after all the seats tickets are sold out. Passengers holding this type ticket is only allowed in Hard Seat carriages of Express or in some carriages of High-Speed EMU. It’s recommended for a very short trip and the fare is the same as that of the Hard Seat.

 

 

Soft Sleeper

These are private compartments fitted out to a high standard. Each compartment has two upper and two lower bunks that wider than the bunks of Hard Sleeper, comfortable and private. The fare is higher than that of the Hard Sleeper.

 

Hard Sleeper

 

Hard Sleeper carriages are provided with berths on one side, and the rack on the other side. In general, berths are divided into three floors with different fare which decided by the berth. Compared with Soft Sleeper, the advantage is cheaper fare.

 

 

 

Train Types

On December 11, 2014, in China Travel Gossip, by Kate Liu

CTD now is available for booking train ticket online! No longer need to queue at ticket  window, just few clicks, everything goes so smooth without any difficulties.   Wanna travel all aroung China by train but don’t know which kind of train is most convenient and cost least, there are some recommends.   G Train- High-Speed Electric Multiple Units High-Speed Electric Multiple Units refers to the train which running fast than 250 km/h, the top speed of which could reach […]

CTD now is available for booking train ticket online! No longer need to queue at ticket 

window, just few clicks, everything goes so smooth without any difficulties.

 

Wanna travel all aroung China by train but don’t know which kind of train is most convenient and cost least, there are some recommends.

 

G Train- High-Speed Electric Multiple Units

High-Speed Electric Multiple Units refers to the train which running fast than 250 km/h, the top speed of which could reach 350km/h . High-Speed EMU (Electric Multiple Units) is the fastest running for long distance in China . The G-train, D-train and C-train represent High-Speed EMU, EMU and Intercity EMU, they all belong to High-Speed Electric Multiple Units. High-Speed EMU is the first choice for passengers because of high capacity, fast speed and good safety, besides high punctuality rate, comfort and convenience.

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D-train – Electric Multiple Units

The Same as High-Speed EMU in all respects , the train which running fast than 250 km/h is called Electric Multiple Units (D-train). The price of EMU is cheaper than High-Speed EMU. When Travel time is equal , passengers will generally choose EMU.

 

C-train – Intercity EMUElectric Multiple Units 

This is also one kind of High-Speed EMU, but usually runs for short travel distance between two nearby cities, such as the Shenzhen-Guangzhou Intercity Railway and Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway. EMU technology is inspired by subway, Intercity EMU may not as fast as High-Speed EMU.

 

T-train – Express

The Express is divided into Ordinary Express and Direct Express. Express can reach 160km/h, and has limited stops on the routes, mainly in these major cities. Almost every Express is equipped with soft-sleeper, soft-seat, hard-sleeper and hard-seat.

 

Z-train – Direct Express

 

Direct Express belongs to Express, but there are no stops between departure station and terminal station or with some stops on the way. This type with a standard speed of 160km/h is also an efficient transport for long-distance travel. There is one dining car can be used during the travel.

 

K-train – Fast

 This series with a speed between 90km/h and 120km/h, slower than Express. Most of Fast equiped with airconditioner.

 

Accommodation

 

There are few trains like Accommodation in China now, which numbered with four digits and start with 6, 7, 8 or 9. Most of them are green trains and stop at small stations. The slowest train among those trains.

 

 

Being in Fairyland Penglai

On December 9, 2014, in China Travel Gossip, by Kate Liu

Having long been known as a fairyland, Penglai in Shandong Province which close to Yantai is one of the three supernatural mountains. Penglai Pavilion is a famous tower in Penglai, Shandong. It is noted as one of the Four Great Towers of China, also the landing place of the Eight Immortals and famous for its occasional mirages which frequently […]

Having long been known as a fairyland, Penglai in Shandong Province which close to Yantai is one of the three supernatural mountains. Penglai Pavilion is a famous tower in Penglai, Shandong. It is noted as one of the Four Great Towers of China, also the landing place of the Eight Immortals and famous for its occasional mirages which frequently occurring in Summer. The dividing line between theYellow Sea and Bohai Sea is also marked and clearly visible from the area. 

 

The Eight Immortals are said to live on a group of five islands in the Bohai Sea, which includes Penglai Mountain-Island. Because of this connection with the immortals, the Emperors Qin Shi Huang and Han Wu Di both came to Penglai looking for an elixir of immortality. Therefore, you can tell what a attractive place Penglai is.

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What’s more, The Pavilion is a very good place to witness a magical mirage because it often occurs here, and it is also a good place to appreciate the magnificent scene of the sun rising in the morning. When you enjoy the intoxicating scene at the beach, it’s recommended to taste some fresh local seafoods.

 

If you wanna see the gorgerous scenery which impress the Eight Immortals with your own eyes, just take a trip to Penglai, for new experiences, Penglai will never disappoint you!

 

Starting a new day with Longjing Tea

On November 28, 2014, in Hangzhou, by Kate Liu

When it comes to the tea of China, I’m sure Longjing tea will cross your mind. Longjing tea is one of the most famous tea in China, its unique flat leaf shape and a brew that is unlike any other green tea make it famous all aroung the world .also known as Dragon Well tea. It […]

When it comes to the tea of China, I’m sure Longjing tea will cross your mind. Longjing tea is one of the most famous tea in China, its unique flat leaf shape and a brew that is unlike any other green tea make it famous all aroung the world .also known as Dragon Well tea. It is produced mostly by hand and renowned for its high quality, earning it the China Famous Tea title.

 

There are various definitions of Longjing; however a common definition is that authentic Longjing at least has to come from the Zhejiang province in China,with the most conservative definition restrict the type to the various villages and plantations in the West Lake area in Hangzhou. If you are planning a trip to Hangzhou, you can’t miss the chance to taste the authentic Longjing.

 

It’s also easy to brew the tea when you at home, for best infusion results, just need water at around 75-80 °C or 167-176 °F for brewing, you can use a glasses cup to enjoy the beauty of stretching tea. The smell will greet your nose in the morning of a new day.Nothing is as refreshing as a cup of hot Longjing tea on a new day.

 

Come to Hangzhou and visit the local Longjing tea plantation, Here you can pick tea leaves under the instruction of locals, watch the roasting process, also enjoy the fabulous Chinese tea!

 

 

 

Delicious Hangzhou Dishes

On November 18, 2014, in Hangzhou, by Kate Liu

Hangzhou is a culinary hotspot in China. In fact, the cuisine of Zhejiang Province is praised as one of China’s eight greatest culinary traditions, leaving plenty of incentive for restaurants to perfect age-old recipes.   Hangzhou dishes are best representative of Zhejiang cuisine, which is one of the eight representative local cuisines of China. Hangzhou […]

Hangzhou is a culinary hotspot in China. In fact, the cuisine of Zhejiang Province is praised as one of China’s eight greatest culinary traditions, leaving plenty of incentive for restaurants to perfect age-old recipes.

 

Hangzhou dishes are best representative of Zhejiang cuisine, which is one of the eight representative local cuisines of China. Hangzhou dishes are noted for its elaborate preparations, sophisticated way of cooking and its most refreshing taste. It is not only delicious, but extremely elegant in appearance also so beautiful as to equal the Hangzhou landscape. 

 

Freshwater fish including eels and crustaceans are featured prominently in local dishes. Infusions of Longing tea, ginger and soybean milk are also common. Beggar’s chicken, baked in an earthen oven, is a land-based specialty featured on menus across the city. West Lake vinegar fish and fried shrimp are also popular. 
The modern commercial district has plenty of national chains and more than a few Western fast-food restaurants. That aside, most tourists focus on the lakeside where there are atmospheric, historic restaurants abound. 

 

 

 

Welcome To Friendly Shandong

On November 5, 2014, in Shandong, by Kate Liu

Shandong province, with a history of more than 5,000 years, it is an important coastal province in East China. This province is blessed with ancient history, breathtaking attractions, and wonderful culture. Qingdao, located in the east part of Shandong Peninsula. It is a famous coastal tourist city, which is also known as Switzerland of Orient, […]

Shandong province, with a history of more than 5,000 years, it is an important coastal province in East China. This province is blessed with ancient history, breathtaking attractions, and wonderful culture.

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Qingdao, located in the east part of Shandong Peninsula. It is a famous coastal tourist city, which is also known as Switzerland of Orient, has the largest bathing beach in Asia. Red roofs, green trees, blue sea, and azure sky are a typical local view that amazes everyone who comes here. it is surrounded by mountains and seas, which endow Qingdao with a picturesque natural landscape and pleasant climate.

Qufu, considered one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization and the hometown of Confucius, attracts all by its “Three Confucian Sites”. The most famous attractions are the Temple of Confucius (Kong Miao), The Tomb of Confucius (Kong Ling) and Kong Family Mansion (Kong Fu), which are now called the Three Kongs. The Three Kongs were listed in the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1994. 

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Shandong province 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 and beer of Qingdao.

 Just to explore the Shandong for yourself! Welcome to friendly Shandong!

 

Heaven is for the sky and Hangzhou for the earth

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

Hangzhou is in Zhejiang Province, China. It is one of the most important tourist cities in China, famous for its natural beauty and historical and cultural heritages. It is the political, economic and cultural center of Zhejiang province as well. The city of Hangzhou is famous for its natural scenery, and most of all, it is famous […]

Hangzhou is in Zhejiang Province, China. It is one of the most important tourist cities in China, famous for its natural beauty and historical and cultural heritages. It is the political, economic and cultural center of Zhejiang province as well. The city of Hangzhou is famous for its natural scenery, and most of all, it is famous for the West Lake. Hangzhou and its West Lake have been immortalized by countless poets and artists.

 

The West Lake is a poem, a painting, a beautiful story. It has overwhelmed both those who live by it and the travelers. The West Lake is one of the most renowned tourist attractions in China. There is also a famous saying in China that “Heaven is for the sky and Hangzhou for the earth”. From the ancient times, there have been numerous poems that praise the lake’s scenery, and people compare the lake with Xishi, reputedly the most beautiful woman in ancient China. Marco Polo visited the city during his travel and exclaimed that it was “the most beautiful and richest city in the world”. The West Lake is a must-visit if you come to China. The scenery of the West Lake is absolutely amazing.

 

The calmness and serenity of the scene is just like a Chinese wash painting brought alive. In spring, the peach trees along the lake are all in pink blossom and the willows have sprouted; the distant mountains are verdant. The lake is as calm as a mirror and is dotted here and there with boats. If you walk along the dam, you will marvel at the intoxicating scene before your eyes. The West Lake is just as breathtaking in other seasons. In summer red, yellow and white lotuses thickly decorate the lake’s surface and make it colourful and vivid; and a cool moonlit autumn night are extremely tranquil and soothing; in snow bring vitality to the snowy lake area. The West Lake is beautiful in many ways, and you can enjoy different scenery at different times. There are ten most famous sights on and around the West Lake.

 

They date back to the Southern Song Dynasty and represent the essence of the lake’s beauty. If you go there, make sure you do not miss them. Besides the ten scenic spots, around the lake there are more than 90 parks of distinct features. Apart from the elegant natural scenery, the West Lake is also a place of cultural heritage. It is also a place that has inspired many enchanting legends and tales. On the whole, the West Lake is a place of natural, cultural, historical and artistic values.

 

Hangzhou botanical garden

On October 15, 2014, in Hangzhou, by Kate Liu

In this busy world, people are stuck in the routine activities and they often forget how beautiful the world is. Hangzhou Botanical Garden is one of the places with natural beauty where you can refresh your mind from the overloaded work and just relax and feel the breeze of fresh air blowing while enjoying the […]

In this busy world, people are stuck in the routine activities and they often forget how beautiful the world is. Hangzhou Botanical Garden is one of the places with natural beauty where you can refresh your mind from the overloaded work and just relax and feel the breeze of fresh air blowing while enjoying the perching birds chirping.

 

The size of the park itself is really huge (around 230 hectares) but you will not believe how far your legs have walked until the end because your eyes are so busy getting entertained and pleasured by the majestic scenery of the park. The park is the combination of a variety of different kinds of plants with various colors neatly arranged to feast your eyes. The scents of the fresh and lovely flowers are authentic. You can also find some enchanting piece of arts such as statues and artistic architectures decorating the entire garden. The lake is extremely clean which allows you to see until the very bottom of the lake. The water is so calm that even a slight ripple caused by the wind could be noticed.

 

Besides a tourist venue, Hangzhou Botanical Garden also serves as a research field where the cultivation and vegetation of plants are being studied. The garden appears wonderful in every season, but it is highly recommended to go during the spring as the flowers begin to bloom and the green leaves start to flourish.

 

Hangzhou Song Dynasty Town –A Travel through time and space

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

I have been to Hangzhou several times because of the needs of work. Last week I went to Hangzhou again.So this time I went to a place that some people will forget usually.This place is Song Dynasty  town. I get information about there was on a blog and I search some more after that.It is […]

I have been to Hangzhou several times because of the needs of work. Last week I went to Hangzhou again.So this time I went to a place that some people will forget usually.This place is Song Dynasty  town. I get information about there was on a blog and I search some more after that.It is a town that copy the Song dynasty town.          

 

The Song Dynasty Town is very far from my hotel,so I went there by the bus.I have heard that the show named ¡®the eternal love of Song Dynasty Town¡¯ is very popular and I bought the ticket in advance already.

 

I can feel the sense of lively even at the entrance of Song Dynasty Town.A lot of family came here happily.Go into the town,the scenery is very changeable,the brick ,the pavilion,all the things here are copy the Song dynasty town.In the street,I can see some people wear the Song clothes and take photo with tourists.They are very professional and friendly. It is time to watch the show and I went to the theater with o lot of people.The show is very fantastic and the audience all applause and cheer. 

The Song Dynasty town built a ancient wall along the zhijiang road and enter the scenic spot bypass the wall. A river flowing along the wall,the street along the river is very prosperous.But the shops are all closing,maybe because of no owner.It make people feel a little sad.There are some shops in the downtown,such as Iron shop,Wine room,Dyer and some snack shops.The shop assistants selling something to the tourists wearing the ancient costume.It make people feel came back to the ancient street.Some people are perform conjuring tricks and shadow play.I see a staff performing seizing Wusong wearing the ancient uniform.Another corner ,some staff are fixing up the scene for the itinerant entertainer.There are several unique small house under the wall,some are tilt,some are inversion.Some tourist came in to and see the house out of inquisitive.The build of Song Dynasty  town was affected by the painting Qingming scroll of the painter Zhang zheduan.The ancient in the spot is copy the town ib the painting,the bridge almost as like as two peats.The different is that the tower change to lounge bridge.

 

Night falls,I must come back to the hotel.If I have another time,I will be back again to visit the beautiful ancient Song Dynasty town.I hope you can come here and have a fun time.

 

Lotus flower in West Lake

On September 11, 2014, in Hangzhou, by Kate Liu

Yang Wanli, a poet in Song Dynasty, wrote a poem to admire the beauty of Lotus flower. He said: What is West Lake in June the day scenery, The scenery and the other seasons are different. Lotus leaf by God as a green, The sun is bright red lotus, which shows us how attractive the […]

Yang Wanli, a poet in Song Dynasty, wrote a poem to admire the beauty of Lotus flower. He said:

What is West Lake in June the day scenery,
The scenery and the other seasons are different.
Lotus leaf by God as a green,
The sun is bright red lotus,

which shows us how attractive the flowers in West Lake are.

One of the things you must do is taking a flight to visit Hangzhou out of admiration and watching the well-known and charming lotus flowers. The most famous scene to appreciate lotus flowers is Quyuan Fenghe which means the lotuses in Quyuan Yard. The lotus flowers there are diverse and different. A special bridge is built up across the lake where visitors can walk on.

On July 20, 2014, the grand opening ceremony of the ninth Hangzhou West Lake – Zhuji Lotus Flower Fair was held in its main venue – Zhuji city. The city is the hometown of Xi Shi, one of the famous Four Beauties of ancient China. The event lasts for 3 months through September. During the event, folk activities connected with louts flowers and Xi Shi are provided. I will recommend a proper routine for you:

The Broken Bridge – Pinghu Qiuyue – Gushan – Beishan Road – Quyuan Fenghe

Along this routine, you can see several most famous attractions of Hangzhou. On one side of Gushan, the lotus flowers stand there and bring beauty to their expression; on the other side, it keeps its original state, simple and natural. Two different but attractive scene are brought to our eyes which could make you feel you are back to the ancient China. When you are tried, the cafe under the tree is a good choice for you to rest. What’s more, I bet you will not get depressed if you appreciate the moon sitting there at night.