Grand Canal

Travel to Beijing via Air China and experience a once in a lifetime opportunity that is guaranteed to take your breath away. There is so much to visit in and around China and especially in the capital city of Beijing. The Grand Canal in China is also known as the Beijing-Hangzhou. The Grand Canal is […]

Travel to Beijing via Air China and experience a once in a lifetime opportunity that is guaranteed to take your breath away. There is so much to visit in and around China and especially in the capital city of Beijing.

The Grand Canal in China is also known as the Beijing-Hangzhou. The Grand Canal is the longest canal or artificial river in the world. Starting in Beijing, it passes through Tianjin and the provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the city of Hangzhou. The oldest parts of the canal date back to the 5th century BC, although the various sections were finally combined during the Sui Dynasty (581–618 CE).

The total length of the Grand Canal is 1,776 km (1,103 miles). Its highest height is reached in the mountains of Shandong, at a summit of 42 m (138 ft). Ships in Chinese canals did not have trouble reaching this higher elevation after the pound lock was invented in the 10th century during the Song Dynasty (960–1279). Created by the government official and engineer Qiao Weiyo the pound lock allowed the water in the canal to be stationary in certain area, making it easy to maneuver. The canal’s size and grandeur won it the admiration of many throughout history, and is still a favorite tourist attraction. A trip on the canal allows you to see parts of China from a different prospective.

In the past, periodic flooding of the adjacent Yellow River threatened the safety and functioning of the canal. During wartime the high dikes of the Yellow River were sometimes deliberately broken in order to flood advancing enemy troops. This caused disaster and prolonged economic hardships, as the canal was becoming an important transport mechanism. Despite temporary periods of desolation and disuse, the Grand Canal furthered an indigenous and growing economic market in China’s urban centers through all the ages since the Sui period.

From the Tang to Qing dynasties, the Grand Canal served as the main route between northern and southern China and was fundamental for the transport of grain to Beijing. Although it was mainly used for shipping grain, it also transported other commodities and the corridor along the canal developed into an important economic belt. Records show that, at its peak, every year more than 8,000 boats transported 240,000–360,000 metric tons of grain. The convenience of transport also enabled former rulers to lead inspection tours to southern China. The Grand Canal also enabled cultural exchange and political integration to mature between the north and south of China. The canal even made a distinct impression on some of China’s early European visitors.

Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the canal has been used primarily to transport vast amounts of bulk goods such as bricks, gravel, sand, diesel and coal. The Jianbi ship locks on the Yangtze are currently handling some 75,000,000 tons each year, and the Li Canal is forecast to reach 100,000,000 tons in the next few years.

The great canal offers views and an opportunity to unwind along the most historic and influential river in China. So book your China Tour now and relish a relaxing cruise.

 

Xian Great Mosque

On August 16, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Cultural Experience, Transportation, Xi'an, by Jack Li

When embarking on China Travels you not only come across a culinary adventure there are also many cultural experiences that are a world apart from what one presumes as being ‘normal’. Hence, it is advised that you book your China Tour and begin exploring new heights. Located near the Drum Tower on Huajue Lane of […]

When embarking on China Travels you not only come across a culinary adventure there are also many cultural experiences that are a world apart from what one presumes as being ‘normal’. Hence, it is advised that you book your China Tour and begin exploring new heights.

Located near the Drum Tower on Huajue Lane of Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China, is the oldest and one of the most renowned mosques in the country founded in the year 742 (according to historical records engraved on a stone tablet inside). The Great Mosque in Xian is one of the largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China.

It was built and renovated in later periods, especially during the reign of Emperor Hongwu of the Ming Dynasty. Even today it remains a popular tourist site of Xi’an, and is still used by Chinese Muslims as a place of worship. Unlike most mosques in Middle Eastern or Arab countries, the Great Mosque of Xi’an is completely Chinese in its construction and architectural style, except for some Arabic lettering and decorations. The mosque does not incorporate the traditional domes or styles of the many other world wide mosques.

The mosque was built as a result of Islam being introduced into Northwest China by Arab merchants and travelers from Persia and Afghanistan during the mid-7th century when some of them settled down in China and married women of Han Nationality. Their descendants are now the Muslim’s of today in that area. The Muslims played an important role in the unifications of China during the Yuan and Ming Dynasties. Hence, other mosques were also built to honor them.

When visiting Xian, it is definitely well worth a trip to see the Great Mosque, not only for its centuries-old history but also for its particular design of mixed architecture, traditional Muslim and Chinese styles. 

Occupying an area of over 12,000 square meters, the Great Mosque is divided into four courtyards, 250 meters long and 47 meters wide. Landscaped gardens give the mosque a scenic setting and ads tranquility into the surroundings.

The first courtyard contains an decorative wooden arch nine meters high covered with glazed tiles which dates back to the 17th century. In the center of the second courtyard, a stone arch stands with two steels on both sides. One steel is the encrypted with the calligraphy of Mi Fu of the Song Dynasty; whilst the second one is scripted with the words from Dong Qichang, a calligrapher of the Ming Dynasty. Their elegant yet powerful selections of Chinese characters are considered to be a great treasure to the locals.

In the entrance to the third courtyard is a corridor that contains many steles from ancient times. As this courtyard is one of the main entrances, visitors will see the Xingxin Tower, a place where Muslims come to attend prayer services. A ‘Phoenix’ placed in the fourth courtyard, the principal pavilion of this great mosque complex, contains the Prayer Hall, the surrounding walls of which are covered with colored designs. The Prayer Hall can easily hold up to 1,000 people at a time and according to traditional custom, prayer services are held five times everyday respectively at dawn, noon, afternoon, dusk and night.

This Great Mosque is the only one open to visitors from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Non-Muslims, however, are not allowed to be admitted to the main prayer hall or allowed in during times of prayer.

To gain further cultural knowledge and see the diverse range of cultures in china today, book your China Flights and be amazed.

 

The Beautiful City of Guilin

On August 16, 2011, in Cultural Experience, Guilin, Must-sees, by Jack Li

It can be hard deciding where to go in china. There are many beautiful scenic sights to visit. By booking your Guilin Flights today you can visit the valleys of Guilin which host an array of intriguing, interesting and intricate views to admire. So why wait, when you can book your Guilin Hotel today and […]

It can be hard deciding where to go in china. There are many beautiful scenic sights to visit. By booking your Guilin Flights today you can visit the valleys of Guilin which host an array of intriguing, interesting and intricate views to admire. So why wait, when you can book your Guilin Hotel today and have an experience of a lifetime.

Guilin is a beautiful city situated in the northeast of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of far southern China, sitting on the west bank of the Li River. The Li River runs right through this lovely city creating an area of outstanding attraction. The city has long been renowned for its unique scenery. Guilin is on the top list of 10 must see destinations. Located in the northeastern part of Guangxi, Guilin has long been considered by many as the most beautiful area in China and is one of the must-see places for most foreign travellers.  Separated from the center of China and the Yangtze River basin by the Nan Mountains, Guangxi has always been distinct from the rest of China.

Guilin has a total area of 27,809 square kilometers. Due to being located in a valley and surrounded by mountains, hills, and a river the climate in Guilin is very monsoon like. The monsoon season generally lasts from March to August. The rest of the year is moderately dry and humid. Temperatures in the area range from 8.5oC in January to 29oC in July. It is a pleasant place to visit at any time of the year with its mild subtropical climate. In autumn, when the sweet osmanthus is in bloom, the fragrance of the blossoms infuses the air. The shrub grows everywhere in and around the city. The name Guilin, in fact, means “forest of sweet osmanthus”.

The city is thought to be formed in 111BCE but it was not until 507CE that the town was fully distinguished. It now has a population of 1.3million people and is listed amongst the four cities in china that has special protection of its historical and cultural heritage sites (the other three are Beijing, Hangzhou, and Suzhou). In 1921, Guilin became one of the headquarters of the Northern Expeditionary Army led by Dr. Sun Yat-sen.

When visiting Guilin a must do activity is taking a boat ride on the peaceful Li River. By taking a cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo you will experience the winding and twisiting Li River whilst also getting a chance to witness intimately the bizarre mountains whose shapes are unique to this particular area of China.

Besides Li River and Yangshuo, Guilin has further attracons in the form of its city, the Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, Seven Star Park, Folded Brocade Hill, Fubo Hill and Solitary Beauty Hill in Guilin as well as Longsheng Longji Terraced Field and Lipu. To visit all the attractions listed above it will take 4-5 full days.

Why wait to experience wonderful beauty that will blow you away. Book your tours via Air China and indulge in witnessing spectacular views and cultural traditions.

Shanghai Disneyland to Open in 2016

Shanghai has too much to offer, but in May of this year, the construction commenced for Shanghai to build Asia’s third Disney Resort. This resort will be located in Pudong, and is scheduled to open in 5 years. Your china travel will be revolutionized. Travel to Shanghai to witness how quickly Shanghai is developing into […]

Shanghai has too much to offer, but in May of this year, the construction commenced for Shanghai to build Asia’s third Disney Resort. This resort will be located in Pudong, and is scheduled to open in 5 years. Your china travel will be revolutionized. Travel to Shanghai to witness how quickly Shanghai is developing into one of the most exciting cities in Asia.

The actual Disney Resort will consist of a ‘Magic Kingdom’ style park, which will be as similar to the world-famous Disneyland Resort in Florida, USA. Also, the Resort will house 2 themed hotels, an entertainments district, the Shanghai Disneyland Park and a beautiful lake surrounding it. This is only the beginning. What has just been listed is part of just the first phase of construction. After this has all been built, there are plans to build a further two theme parks in the resort. The site will cover 963 acres, 3 times the size of the Disney Resort in Hong Kong.

When you enter the theme park, you welcomed by Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and friends. The park will be reminiscent of other western Disney Resorts but there will be facilities and other attractions, which will be uniquely Chinese, therefore, tourists and locals alike can enjoy a specific cultural experience, as well as an authenticated western one. Some have argued that it should be kept in the traditional manner, but I feel that it’s great to have a mix of an experience. Not every tourist comes to China to encounter similar things that they would back home. Thus I feel the combination of originality and conventional aspects makes the park even more appealing.

The park will consist of several themed ‘lands’ each distinctive of their own attractions and entertainments. The center of the park will house the ‘Storybook Castle,’ which will be used mainly for performance purposes, as well as shopping, dining and other entertainment activities.

As noted earlier, the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, which has been open for 6 years, now, has proved to be a success. It too, also has two themed hotels and has been a popular destination for tourists as well as locals. Since it’s opening in 2005, the park has attracted roughly 25million visitors. If you’re a young family planning on travelling to East Asia this year, you must visit the resort.

Even though we accept it will take a long time to build the resort in Shanghai, we wait anxiously. But Shanghai is still a fascinating city to visit. As noted earlier, this city has a lot to offer for any holidaymaker. Culture, nightlife and relaxation combined, makes an incredible vacation. For some purely seeking culture, Shanghai has plenty of museums such as The Shanghai Museum and the Shanghai Natural History Museum.  For art lovers, the Shanghai Art Museum is a must-see. As for other sites and attractions, the first few places, which come to mind, are, the City of God Temple, People’s Square and Pudong, where the resort is situated.

The Disney Resort is an addition to this spectacular set of attractions in Shanghai. You will escape into a life of fantasy, imagination and adventure. Shanghai is progressing into a wonderful city and it is thoroughly recommended, so book your tickets via Shanghai Flights for a perfect vacation.

 

 

 

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The Yangtze River and the Three Gorges Dam, Central China

On August 15, 2011, in Adventure Trip, China Travel Gossip, Shanghai, Tours, Yangtze River, by Jack Li

China holds many of the wonders of the world and is definitely a place to visit. By booking China Flights you will be able to explore the endless beauty that this amazing country has to offer. China Tours has an amazing range of activities and places to venture out to. A must see attraction is […]

China holds many of the wonders of the world and is definitely a place to visit. By booking China Flights you will be able to explore the endless beauty that this amazing country has to offer. China Tours has an amazing range of activities and places to venture out to.

A must see attraction is the Yangtze River and the Three Gorges Dam. Rising in the Tanggula Mountains in west-central China, the Yangtze River flows southeast before turning northeast and then crossing east across south central and east-central China to the East China Sea near Shanghai. The river itself is the world’s third longest.

The Yangtze River along with the Three Gorges is a splendid scenic spot of unparalleled natural wonder, but this area has more than just natural beauty. It has amazing and ancient folk traditions that are practiced the same way as they were over 100years ago. Best seen by tour boat down the Yangtze River, the Three Gorges Dam is evidence of how modern construction has rapidly developed across the world. This magnificent feat of construction forms a beautiful scenic spot for tourists to gather and view the world’s largest dam. What makes this dam in particular special and more magnificent is that it is also the world’s biggest hydroelectric power station.

As well as producing electricity, the dam increases the Yangtze River’s shipping capacity, and reduces the potential for floods downstream by providing flood storage space. The Chinese government regards the project as a historic engineering, social and economic success, with the design of state-of-the-art large turbines, and a move toward limiting greenhouse gas emissions. However, the dam flooded archaeological and cultural sites and displaced some 1.3 million people, and is causing significant ecological changes, including an increased risk of landslides. The dam has been a controversial topic both in China and abroad.

The dam is made out of concrete. It is 2,335m long and 185m above sea level. The project as a whole used 27,200,000 cubic metres of concrete and a massive 463,000 tonnes of steel and moved a grand total of 102,600,000 cubic meters of earth. This colossal structural achievement not only provides an integral function for the river but it also gives tourists a uniquely jaw dropping view that is guaranteed to leave you amazed.  The pure scale of the Yangtze River is a spectacle in itself.

So don’t hesitate to book your flights via Air China and experience something that will truly take your breath away. The Yangtze River and the Three Gorges Dam is definitely a sight to see when visiting China, it will leave a lifelong memory to any that visit this magical attraction.

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Chinese Traditional Medicine

On August 15, 2011, in Cultural Experience, Tours, Transportation, by Jack Li

Traditional Chinese Medicine  is based on Yinyangism ( the combination of Five Phases theorywith Yin-yang theory)  which was later absorbed by Daoism. To enrich your China Travel culture, you should know about this interesting things and it is advisable also to get your China Tours. Yin and yang are ancient Chinese concepts from the Shang dynasty […]

Traditional Chinese Medicine  is based on Yinyangism ( the combination of Five Phases theorywith Yin-yang theory)  which was later absorbed by Daoism. To enrich your China Travel culture, you should know about this interesting things and it is advisable also to get your China Tours.

Yin and yang are ancient Chinese concepts from the Shang dynasty (1600-1100 BC). They represent two abstract and complementary aspects every phenomenon in the universe can be divided into. Primordial analogies for these aspects are the sun-facing (yang) and the shady (yin) side of a hill. Two other commonly used representational allegories of yin and yang are water and fire. In yin-yang theory, detailed attributions are made regarding the yin or yang character of things:

Phenomenon             Yin                        Yang

Celestial bodies            Moon                       Sun

Gender                           Female                    Male

Location                         Inside                     Outside

Temperature                 Cold                         Hot

Direction                         Downward             Upward

Degree of Humidity      Damp                      Dry

Five Phases theory

Five Phases  theory presumes that all phenomena of the universe and of nature can be broken down into five elemental qualities  represented by wood , fire, earth, metal and water.

Correspondences between the body and the universe have historically not only been seen in terms of the Five Elements, but also of the “Great Numbers”.  For example, the number of acupoints has at times been seen to be 365, in correspondence with the number of days in a year; and the number of main meridians  12  has been seen in correspondence with the number of rivers flowing through the ancient Chinese empire. These theories maybe do not appear to be relevant medicine issues, but, these ideas are indeed the main and most important part of the Chinese medicine origin.

Qi

TCM distinguishes not only one but several different kinds of qi:

  1. Actuation of all physical processes in the body, especially the circulation of all body fluids such as blood in their vessels. This includes actuation of the functions of the zang-fu organs and meridians.
  2. Warming the body, especially the limbs.
  3. Defense  against Exogenous Pathogenic Factors
  4. Containment of body fluids,  keeping blood, sweat, urine, semen etc. from leakage or excessive emission.
  5. Transformation of food, drink, and breath into qi, xue, and and/or transformation of all of the latter into each other.

The zang-fu

The zàng-fǔ constitute the center piece of Traditional Chinese Medicine systematization of bodily
functions. The term zàng refers to the five entities considered to be yin in nature: Heart, Liver, Spleen, Lung, Kidney , while fǔ  refers to the six yang organs – Small Intestine, Large Intestine, Gallbladder, Urinary Bladder, Stomach and Sānjiaō. The zàng’s essential functions consist in production and storage of qì and blood; in a wider sense they are stipulated to regulate digestion, breathing, water metabolism, the musculoskeletal system, the skin, the sense organs,
aging, emotional processes, mental activity etc. The fǔ organs’ main purpose is merely to transmit and digest  substances like waste, food, etc.

The Six Excesses

The Six Excesses or “Six Pernicious Influences” are allegorical terms used to describe disharmony patterns displaying certain typical symptoms, these symptoms resemble the effects of six climatic factors.The Six Excesses and their characteristic clinical signs are:

  1. Wind: rapid onset of symptoms, wandering location of symptoms, itching,
    nasal congestion, paralysis, convulsion.
  2. Cold: cold sensations, aversion to cold, relief of symptoms by warmth, severe pain, abdominal pain, or slow pulse.
  3. Fire/Heat: aversion to heat, high fever, thirst, concentrated urine, red face, red tongue, yellow tongue fur, rapid pulse.
  4. Dampness: sensation of heaviness, sensation of fullness.
  5. Dryness: dry cough, dry mouth, dry throat, dry lips, nosebleeds, dry skin, dry stools.
  6. Summerheat: either heat or mixed damp-heat symptoms.

You should get your China Flight as soon as possible and learn lot of more interesting things about the eastern culture!

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‘Panda-mania’ at Beijing Zoo

On August 12, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Cultural Experience, Tours, by Jack Li

Are you an animal lover? Have you ever seen a Giant Panda before? There’s only one place to look, Beijing Zoo. Travel to Beijing this Summer to  get a chance to see this popular tourist attraction. It makes a great day out for a family who are in China on vacation, in particular. It is […]

Are you an animal lover? Have you ever seen a Giant Panda before? There’s only one place to look, Beijing Zoo. Travel to Beijing this Summer to  get a chance to see this popular tourist attraction. It makes a great day out for a family who are in China on vacation, in particular. It is a unique zoo in its own way as it is not only a place to go and admire all kinds of animals, but also a Chinese cultural expression. A lot of the animals at this zoo cannot be seen anywhere else, but China. Book your day out with Beijing Tours as soon as you land in China.

Located in the Xicheng District, the zoo covers about 219 acres of land and is one of the oldest zoos in China. It was founded in 1906 towards the end of the Qing Dynasty. Many parts of the zoo represent traditional Chinese gardens, which are prominent in parks across the nation. The scenery is truly beautiful, meadows, flowerbeds, streams, rivers and lotus beds spread across the park. The zoo houses 7,000 animals of 600 different species, including many animals unique to China such as the Giant Panda (below), the Red-Crowned Crane and the Pere David’s deer. Obviously all the animals are Chinese or Chinese-based. You can see a gibbon or elephant from India, a giraffe of chimpanzee from Africa or a European Wild Ox, encompassing the interests of all animal lovers.

The zoo has rapidly developed since the 1950s in particular with the arrival of the more worldwide sets of animals, especially, giraffes, rhinoceroses, bears, elephants, tigers, songbirds and hippopotamuses. It has developed so much to the extent that it now houses an Aquarium, which opened in 1999 and is now the biggest aquarium in China. As well as seeing fish species in the building, it is also a venue for special water shows performed by Dolphins and Sea Lions, a recommended display when visiting the zoo.

As noted earlier, the zoo is famous for being the home of the Giant Panda. Sure, you can see Giant Pandas in zoos across the world, such as Berlin, San Diego or Adelaide, but it here in Beijing where you see them at their most elegant. These regal creatures are classified as an endangered species, thus, in China they are thought to be rare and noble beings, which adds to how spectacular this animal is. There are only 1,000 left in the world and we laud the government’s attempts to save the declining population, through the setting up of various wildlife conservation organizations. They are also known to be loveable creatures, adored by children and adults alike. Families who visit the zoo talk highly of their encounter with the Giant Panda.

The Beijing Zoo has an admission fee of 15RMB and there is an additional 5RMB fee for entrance to the Giant Panda site. The zoo is open from 7:30am and closes at 6:00pm. Many Beijing Hotels organise cheap deals and transport to the site, however, if you wish to take the subway, the nearest station is Beijing Zoo station and it is on Line 4. So next time your in Beijing, witness one of the great site this great nation has to offer, the Beijing Zoo.

 

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Crossing the Bridge to China

Inevitably on your China Tours you will come across many beautiful areas that will excite and bewilder you.  The country of china is steeped in many years of interesting history. Remains of ancient history are scattered across the land waiting to be discoverd by foreign travellers. So don’t miss the opportunity to witness some of […]

Inevitably on your China Tours you will come across many beautiful areas that will excite and bewilder you.  The country of china is steeped in many years of interesting history. Remains of ancient history are scattered across the land waiting to be discoverd by foreign travellers. So don’t miss the opportunity to witness some of the worlds most beautiful and majestic sites and book your China Flights.

ZhaoZhou Bridge is an ancient artefact that has withstood the test of time. It is located in Zhaoxian County of Hebei Province. Spanning across the Jiao River the bridge was built in the Kaihuang period (595-605 AD) of the Sui Dynasty. Built by craftsman, Li Chun, it is China’s and the worlds oldest and best preserved stone arch bridge. When it was first built it set new precedent amongst bridge building at the time.

The bridge itself is made entirely from stone and spans an impressive 64.4m and has a span of 9m. The foot of the arch is 9.6 meters wide with a beam spanning 37.02 meters. This gives an arch rise of 7.23 meters. The overall structure is a single-hole arch stone bridge, with the central arch made of 28 thin, curved stone slabs arranged in a longitudinal direction. The central arch that is made out of curved limestone slabs that are joined with iron dovetails. This allows the arch to adjust to shifts in its supports, and prevents the bridge from collapsing even when a segment of the arch breaks. This spectacle is another example of the ancient proficiency of Chinese engineering.

Even more impressive is that since the erection of the bridge it has withstood at least eight wars, ten major floods and numerous earthquakes, the most recent being the 7.2-magnitude Xingtai Earthquake in 1966. Despite being subject to a number of onslaughts the structure of the bridge is completely intact and it is still in use today.

ZhaoZhou Bridge is not only a formidable piece of engineering, it also a beautiful ornament amongst its delicate surroundings. The bridge is covered in traditional Chinese artistic styles, which are mainly reflected by the iron dovetails, lotus-pattern decorations, patterns on the rails, and the carvings on the columns. The bridge builder integrated mythological elements into the design in which romantic approaches were used to enhance the beauty of the bridge whilst also incorporating structural stability. The bridge is a perfect combination of ancient Chinese architectural art and superb techniques, reflecting the wisdom of ancient craftsmen. The beauty and poise of the bridge have awarded it worldwide recognition. In 1991, the American Society of Civil Engineers dedicated the bridge as an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Furthermore, in 1996, the Chinese authorities nominated it for inclusion in the World Heritage List as having “a very important place in the world bridge building history”.

This wonderful bridge is truly spectacular and is a revolutionary piece of engineering. It is now regarded amongst the world’s elite in historic bridges. So don’t delay in booking your China Hotels and seeing this magnificent feat along with much much more!

Tsingtao beer, Qingdao International Beer Festival

On August 12, 2011, in Beaches, Festivals, Qingdao, Transportation, by Jack Li

If you are going to make your China Travel you will have to taste this traditional and wonderful Chinese beer. Tsingtao Brewery, is China’s largest brewery. It was founded in 1903 by German settlers and now claims about 15% of domestic market share] The beer is produced in Tsingtao/Qingdao in Shandong province (and more recently in other […]

If you are going to make your China Travel you will have to taste this traditional and wonderful Chinese beer. Tsingtao Brewery, is China’s largest brewery. It was founded in 1903 by German settlers and now claims about 15% of domestic market share] The beer is produced in Tsingtao/Qingdao in Shandong province (and more recently in other breweries owned by the company as well). The beer’s present-day logo displays an image of Zhan Qiao, a famous pier on Qingdao’s southern shore. Book your China Hotel and come as soon as possible to this fascinating country.

The Tsingtao Brewery was founded by The Anglo-German Brewery Co. Ltd., an English-German joint stock company based in Hong Kong who owned it until 1916. The brewery was founded on August 15, 1903 as the Germania-Brauerei (Germania Brewery) with a paid-in capital of 400,000 Mexican silver dollars divided into 4,000 shares priced at $100 each.

After Japan’s surrender to the Allies and its retreat from China, the Tsingtao Brewery was turned into a Chinese brewery under ownership of the Tsui family and supervision of the Nationalist government in Nanjing.

Tsingtao Beer, a well-hopped standard pilsner of 4.7% alcohol, is the flagship brew, accounting for most of the brewery’s production. An unpasteurised version is sold as Tsingtao Draft Beer. Tsingtao Beer was long advertised as being “brewed with mineral water from the Laoshan Spring,” which contributed to its characteristic flavor.

The brewery also produces a number of other beers, mostly for the local market. Those sometimes
found outside China include Tsingtao Dark Beer (5.2% alcohol), and more rarely Tsingtao Spirulina Green Beer, also sold as Tsingtao Green Beer, a 4.5% alcohol green-coloured pilsner containing spirulina as an additive, and claimed to promote good health.

TSINGTAO BEER FESTIVAL

Every summer, starting the second weekend of August, Qingdao hosts the largest beer festival in Asia with international breweries from all over the globe flocking to the sandy shores of China’s Shandong Province.

The event lasts for two weeks and begins with a grand opening ceremony, followed by beer tasting,
evening entertainment, drinking competitions, and concluded with a themed final ceremony. Besides beer there’s tons of food, both Chinese and Western, to gorge on when you get the munchies. And don’t forget beautiful Shilaoren beach is just a 10 minute walk away.

With music of all kinds featured at the numerous stage venues and beers from around the globe: Beck’s from Germany, Kirin & Asahi from Japan, Carlsberg from Denmark, Corona from Mexico, Heineken from Holland, Tiger from Singapore, Budweiser from the states, and of course China’s
Tsingtao.
Qingdao International Beer Festival Events:

2011 Theme: “Qingdao Cheers the World”

* Grand Opening Ceremony Concert @ TianTai Stadium: (8:00pm, 12th August 2011)

Admission: 2,380 (VIP), 1,980 Yuan, 1,580 Yuan, 1,680 Yuan, 1,380 Yuan, 1,080
Yuan, 880 Yuan,280 Yuan.

Telephone: +86 (532) 5557-9181; 5557-9085

* Daily Schedule of Events @ Qingdao International Beer City: (9:00am-10:00pm, 13th to 28th August 2011)

* Qingdao GanBei with the World! (27th August 2011)

* Closing Ceremony: (28th August 2011)

Beer City Hours: 09:00 – 22:00

* 10 RMB (09:00 – 15:00)

* 20 RMB (15:00 – 22:00)

Book your China Flights and don’t miss this marvelous and unforgetable event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting a Taxi in the Capital

On August 10, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Cultural Experience, Tours, by Jack Li

When you have booked your Beijing Flights and want to begin your Beijing Tours you will need to learn the art of cabbing in the country’s capital. Compared to all other major cities Beijing and China’s taxi fares are the cheapest around. Due to the amount of traffic in and around Beijing getting a taxi […]

When you have booked your Beijing Flights and want to begin your Beijing Tours you will need to learn the art of cabbing in the country’s capital. Compared to all other major cities Beijing and China’s taxi fares are the cheapest around.

Due to the amount of traffic in and around Beijing getting a taxi may not always be the most efficient way of travelling. Public transport is cheaper, but it does not provide the thrill and excitement of a taxi ride. Getting to the correct destination is always a fun and exciting challenge, however, your hotel companies are always more than willing to help by writing the address in Chinese so that you can simply just show it to the taxi driver. Doormen and locals that speak English are all willing helpers when it comes to translating your Once he has confirmed that he knows the destination the journey begins.

With the array of traffic in Beijing being varied from bus’s to rickshaws, horses to bicycles there is no common road law that the locals follow hence, chaos. The thrill of dodging all the hazards is reminiscent of theme park rides and never fails to amuse.

As Beijing is such a huge diverse city some attractions are not always conveniently located near a subway. This means that you are more than likely to experience the wonders of a Chinese taxi whilst in Beijing. There is always need to be careful once in a taxi. You should always make sure that once your journey begins the meter should be turned on otherwise the driver will charge any amount he wishes. There is a base rate of 10RMB (less than two dollars) for which normally takes you anywhere within a range of 3km. However, it should be noted that as taxis in Beijing correlate their prices to the price of fuel and it is obligatory to add 2RMB onto the overall price of the fare to cover these costs.

Travelling by taxi china also presents a chance to test out your Chinese skills. Very few drivers speak English; consequently, making conversation is always a fun activity. Getting around is easy, but be prepared. Keep a card with the address of your hotel in Chinese characters on it then you can just show it to the driver and more often than not he will know where to go.  All drivers are friendly, but this should not be a signal for you to drop your guard.

When arriving at your destination it is important to know that taxis in china cannot simply stop anywhere. If there is a solid white line and the place is busy they will normally drive a little further to stop in a designated space. A nearby side street or taxi stand will be more practical. To avoid unnecessary traffic it helps to catch a taxi on the correct side of the road (if you know where you are going).

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