Places to visit in China

On June 17, 2011, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, Shanghai, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Are wondering where to go or what you can do on your trip to China? China has a vast boundary that features a beautiful landscape and cultural sites. China being the largest country in population has ninety-nine historical and cultural cities, seven hundred and fifty cultural relics and places of historical interest under governmental protection. […]

Are wondering where to go or what you can do on your trip to China? China has a vast boundary that features a beautiful landscape and cultural sites. China being the largest country in population has ninety-nine historical and cultural cities, seven hundred and fifty cultural relics and places of historical interest under governmental protection. Nineteen of the scenic spots are listed as world Natural and cultural Heritages. Get a cheap China flight through one of the available flights on air China. There are different places to visit, from Shanghai to Beijing to Xi’an, see all the historical sites.

Shanghai is known as the most popular city in China. Located in the eastern region of China, it sits at the edge of the Yangtze River. Places to visit in Shanghai include The bund City, God Temple, The Museum, Yuyuan Garden and many more. The bund is a location with a lot of historical buildings. It is ranked as one of the most famous tourist spots in Shanghai. Buildings in this location include the Romanesque, Gothic Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical, Beaux-arts and Art Deco. In shanghai, you will also have the opportunity to see the City god Temple, which is a landmark of the old Shanghai city.

For those of you who like historical artifacts, shanghai has the best collection. The museum is a large natural history museum, holding a collection of two hundred and forty pieces of animal specimen. There you will get the chance to see the skeleton of a dinosaur that is as tall as a four-story building.  Shanghai’s unique sense of fashion is a mixture of traditional and western design, making the city the best in the fashion world of china. In shanghai, you will find the best bars, pubs and nightclubs.

Beijing, the capital of China is a popular city ranked after shanghai. This city has the most memorable historical location. The Forbidden City, The Great Wall, Temple of Heaven and The Summer Palace are all in Beijing.  The Forbidden City is the largest palace in the world; it was built between the periods of 1406 to 1420. Located around the Forbidden City is the famous Tiananmen Square. Tiananmen square is also the largest square in the world. Several cultural events took place in the Square.

The Great Wall is the longest wall in the world. It was initially built to prevent the invasion of the Xiongnu tribe. The Great Wall has become a symbol of China’s ancient civilization. It starts from Bohai Sea and extends to Jiayuguan in the west. Beijing is the most representative part of the wall.  The summer palace on the other hand is the manmade lake that was developed. It is pleasant place for walking; ten thousand amazing paintings are displayed all around the palace. The Temple of Heaven was built in the fourteen hundreds for the purpose of honoring both heaven and earth.  The emperor reigning at the time was in charge if carrying out matters on earth on behalf of the powers above.

Xi’an houses the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. The terracotta army are life sized clay warriors and horses molded to guard the dead emperor’s tomb in other to provide protection for him in the afterlife. Each warrior has its individual feature. The buried warriors and horses were found in 1974.

Take a chance! Do not miss your chance at seeing all the historical locations in China. I did it! So you can do it too. Make your your China travel reservations today.

Dunhuang, “the city of the tousand Buddhas”

On June 17, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Other Regions, Valleys and Scenic Spots, by Jack Li

The city, located in the Gansu province in northwest China,  is accessible thanks to the Dunhuang city Airport located 9 miles east of the city centre. It is possible to fly there from Beijing Lanzhou, Urumqi and Xian, flights available on China Flights. Duhuang was firstly established by emperor Wudi during the Han Dynasty in 111BC […]

The city, located in the Gansu province in northwest China,  is accessible thanks to the Dunhuang city Airport located 9 miles east of the city centre. It is possible to fly there from Beijing Lanzhou, Urumqi and Xian, flights available on China Flights.

Duhuang was firstly established by emperor Wudi during the Han Dynasty in 111BC at one of the cross of two main roads of the ancient Silk Road. The name Dunhuang from Chinese “to flourish and prosper” helps to understand that the city origins are rooted in ancient China. The city being one of the main stops of the Silk Road was the place where products from Far East where introduced to Europe and middle Asia. Furthermore among the area, is still perceptible the Buddhist culture, throughout carved images and traditional architectures, a perfect example of well preserved relics are the Magao caves. Indeed the latter are the main reason to visit the city, Caves are located 20 miles away from the city centre, they are also known as the 1,000 Buddha Caves. Indeed they are filled with spectacular Buddhist manuscripts and art. The construction of the cave was mainly due to a monk, who during his trip on the desert, in the 4th century, had a vision of a thousand Buddhas, explaining the reason why caves have been excavated, filled with treasures and called with the actual name.

Just next to the thousand Buddha caves is situated the “White horse Pagoda” built by a monk from India to thank his horse which helped him to get to China. However sightseers are not allowed to visit the cave on their own, for this reason the site provide a tour guide each 10-15 people for the price of 160 RMB.

For those landscape lovers, visitors cannot miss out the opportunity to visit the Sand Dunes riding a camel reviving the authentic Silk Road experience (for no more than 11 dollars per person). Within this visit, it is possible to experiment the surprising Ringing Sand hill, the hill has the particularity to produce a whistling sound due to friction. Another impressive and unique landscape is offered by the only one of its kind dry coloured flora of the Huyang forest. It is mainly characterized by a small forest constituted by rare poplars (Populus Divesifolia), some of them are more than 600 years old.

Another site to see is the Moon Crescent Lake, located only 6 km south of the Dunhuang city centre, at the Singing Sand Mountains, where the oasis meets the desert. Spring water trickles up into a depression between the high sand dunes creating a small crescent-shaped pond.

In conclusion find the way around may be complicated especially for first visit travellers as most of the attractions are outside the city centre. In this case is always advised to consult China Tours website which will provide you will all the necessary information about the area and an available English-speaker tour guide. For those more expert tourists looking for an accommodation around the Dunhuang city is advised to consult China hotels.

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Turpan, “the western aspect of China”

The city is situated on the north-central Uygur of Xinjiang, northwest China. It is located almost 112 miles southeast of the city Urumqi (3 hours by train), on the northern border of the deep depression between the Bogda Mountains. It is very difficult to get to this remote place; the best suggestion is to book […]

The city is situated on the north-central Uygur of Xinjiang, northwest China. It is located almost 112 miles southeast of the city Urumqi (3 hours by train), on the northern border of the deep depression between the Bogda Mountains. It is very difficult to get to this remote place; the best suggestion is to book a tour through China Tours.

The city of Turpan differs from other Chinese cities for its desert landscape due to the dry climate where temperatures that can easily reach the 40-45 degree C. Moreover the city is the second lowest level under the sea (154 meters) increasing the level of dryness and drought of the area. For this reason locals have developed the “karez”, an irrigation method made of well linked undergrounds channels that leads the water along the place. The destination is home of the hottest place in China such The Flaming Mountain, also famous for the classic Chinese Mythological novel, Journey to the West. The location with its dry climate is perfect to cultivate grapes in order to produce principally raising and wine. Tourists who would like to accommodate in Turpan, can book at the Tuha Petroleum Hotel, a five stars hotel with all the facilities including internet connection, for accommodations also check China hotels.

Travelling to Turpan, holidaymakers shouldn’t miss the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves. Briefly the 57 caves remaining (out of the 83 original caves) standing on a precipice just beside the Flaming mountain make the landscape absolutely unique. The Caves contain 1,200 meter murals date back the 13th century helping visitors to understand the past glory of the Buddha, indeed the caves were center of Buddhist Gaochang. Another important historical background sits 15 miles away from Turpan visiting the Jiaohe Ancient city. The latter was built during the western dynasty, but still today is possible to revive that part of history thanks Jiaohe’s ruins, one of the town of the past existing Silk Road. Within the city of Turpan is also possible to visit the Highest minaret in China which has been dedicated to the Emin Khoja one of the Turpan general in 1777.

However tourists being located in the middle of an arid area such Turpan, can be surprised by the green landscape offered by the Grape valley that it can be found at the western foot of the flaming Mountains. The grape valley represents an Oasis in the middle of the Turpan Depression (locally called “the oven”). The grape cultivation in this area it is made possible by a more humid climate covering an area of more than 200 acres. The cultivation of grape has become a tradition among the area that has been handed down for more than 2,000 years. The area also encourages the cultivations of other fruits such as, apricots, peaches, watermelons, apple and pears. However the grape valley is not only about cultivations, but it has become a must-see attraction as tourists are welcomed by traditional dressed locals (Uygurs) and able to purchase wine and fresh fruits just picked from fields. For further information it is recommended to visit the China Travel webpage.

Wulingyuan, “the perfect heaven”

On June 16, 2011, in Adventure Trip, China Travel Gossip, Parks & Gardens, by Jack Li

The park also known as Zhangjiajie, covers an area of almost 243 square miles, the park is characterized by stunning karts pillars of sandstone, covered with sub-tropical rainforest, but the element that adds more mystery to the area is the constant fog which obscure the view. The latter is mainly due to its very humid […]

The park also known as Zhangjiajie, covers an area of almost 243 square miles, the park is characterized by stunning karts pillars of sandstone, covered with sub-tropical rainforest, but the element that adds more mystery to the area is the constant fog which obscure the view. The latter is mainly due to its very humid and hot climate which can easily reach the temperature of 30Celsius degree by afternoon. The area is easily accessible as China Flights provides flights to Zhangjiajie City thanks to its domestic airport. Once tourists reach the city, public transport such train and mini buses, run to the one hour distant Village of Zhangjiajie Cun which is also the entrance to the park that charges a 248 Yuan entrance fee. For any problem or queries don’t wait to contact China Tours.

The Park offers a transport service, two cable cars, one located near Zhangjiajie Cun that runs for half a mile up to the top of Huang Shi Zhai, while the second one is located few miles to the east of the park and goes near Souxiyu Cun.There are many things to do within the park; one of the main activities is hiking the sandstones to spot amazing views that really worth the effort. However for those still inexpert hikers the above mentioned cable cars give the opportunity to reach a point high enough to admire the breath-less landscape. However the park covering such an enormous area makes it really hard to visit in only few days time. For this reason travellers are strongly advised to plan and organise their trip in advance according to what they want to see. Moreover the purchase of a map will be really helpful as in some locations of the park there is an inadequacy of signage. For this reason I will list the main point to visit in the park. Huang Shi Zhai represents the highest area of the park at 3,450 feet, it can be climbed thank to 3,878 step stairway. The KongZhong Tianyuan, this garden sits on a outcropping surrounded by slender peaks. Xianren Qiao from Chinese Bridge of the Immortals, this spectacular landscape is characterized the narrow rock bridge over a deep gorge with no railings. For this reason is absolutely prohibited the access to the blocked bridge, even if some “daredevil” choose to cross it anyway. Around this point there are amazing views together with “the great Viewing Platform”, “Emperor’s Throne” and “Cock-Pecking”.

Another site that tourists should include on their route, is the Golden Whip Stream. The latter rive runs through the park for several miles and a path next to it offers the opportunity to walk along and reach one of the most beautiful spot of the park which includes The First Bridge in the World. Tourists are able to accommodate near this area, thanks to Zhongtian International Yoth Hostel available on China Hotels. Tian Xia Di Yi Qiao as previously said is the First Bridge in the world, a natural rock bridge with guard rails that make tourists feels safer. More adventure tourist should experience the Yaozizai are which is the less crowded, sometimes is really hard to encounter someone along the way, but the scenery is just breathless.

Briefly the Wulingyuan Park is increasing its awareness among tourists, representing a spot that gives the opportunity to experience in first person the authentic Chinese nature.

Exciting activities in Beijing!!!

On June 15, 2011, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Travel to Beijing and do not miss the chance of seeing the capital of China. Beijing tours will take you to other popular cities like Shanghai and Xi’an. Located in northern China, Beijing is governed as a municipality under the central government administration. All around Beijing are major transportation hubs, railways, roads and motorways as […]

Travel to Beijing and do not miss the chance of seeing the capital of China. Beijing tours will take you to other popular cities like Shanghai and Xi’an. Located in northern China, Beijing is governed as a municipality under the central government administration. All around Beijing are major transportation hubs, railways, roads and motorways as well as a destination for international flights arriving in China. Next to Hong Kong and Shanghai, Beijing is recognized as a political, educational and cultural center in China.  The Great wall, Forbidden City, Temple of heaven and other historical buildings are in the heart of Beijing.

Forbidden city is an important site in Beijing. Located on the south of the palace is Tiananmen Square, the ceremonial centre of the people’s republic of China. Tiananmen Square is also the largest square in the world.  Several cultural events were held in this Square, this makes it known for its great cultural significance.  Tiananmen gate leading to the Forbidden City was also built in 1415 during the Ming dynasty era.

The Chinese community refers to Temple of heaven as the Altar of heaven. It is a complex Taoist building located in the southeastern part of central Beijing.  Emperors of both the Ming and Qing dynasty regularly visited the temple for prayers. The temple was built between the periods of 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle emperor. In 1998, the temple was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site and was described as a masterpiece that denotes the evolution of civilization.

The Great Wall is the longest wall in the world. It consists of series of stones in northern China built initially to prevent the intrusions of other groups from the northern borders. The wall is divided into section, Mutianyu is fully restored and known as an overlapping mountain range by many. For those of you considering hiking the wall, Mutianyu is the perfect spot. Badaling is the best-preserved section of the wall. It is the most favored location on the wall for tourists. The Simitai section is the un-restored original wall, properly preserved and steep enough for hiking. Shanhaiguan is the part of the wall that meets the sea. Jiayuguan served as a gateway of the Silk Road, much of this section of the wall has been buried by sandstorm.

The Summer Palace is the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in China. Yihe Yuan the Chinese name for the palace means Health and harmony. It is a museum of tradition al Chinese garden arts. The palace is divided in to sections known as Hall of Jade Billows, The Garden of Virtue and Harmony, The Hall of Joyful longevity. The scenery area is made up of Kunming Lake and longevity Hill.

Other tourist attractions in Beijing include the national Olympic stadium, Beijing zoo, lama temple and many more. Sanlitun is an area for nightlife and relaxation. There you will have shopping centers, markets, movie theatres, lounges and bars. Many Beijing Hotels are located in the heart of Beijing making all the historical locations easily accessible. Visit Beijing today, you will not regret it.

The Forbidden City

On my trip to Beijing, I visited the best and largest ancient imperial palace in the world. Beijing Tours include a trip to the Forbidden City, imperial palace located in the center of Beijing.  For five hundred years, emperors and their family members have lived in this palace. It has provided a place called home […]

On my trip to Beijing, I visited the best and largest ancient imperial palace in the world. Beijing Tours include a trip to the Forbidden City, imperial palace located in the center of Beijing.  For five hundred years, emperors and their family members have lived in this palace. It has provided a place called home from the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. The Forbidden City is one of the most popular tourist spots to visit in Beijing next to the Great Wall. Try China travel today, and do not miss the chance at seeing the biggest palace in the world.

The palace was constructed from 1406 to 1420. It consists of nine hundred and eighty buildings with eight thousand seven hundred and seven bays of rooms. It serves as a representation of traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has been an influence of cultural and architectural development in Asia. In 1987, it was pronounced the World Heritage Site, and classified as the largest collection of ancient wooden structure in the world.

The name Forbidden City, originated from the Chinese translation Zijin Cheng. Zi, means North Star and Jin means Forbidden. Cheng means a walled city. It was the residence for terrestrial emperors. The term “Forbidden” explained why no one was allowed to either enter or leave the palace without the emperor’s consent.

Forbidden city is an important site in Beijing. Located on the south of the palace is Tiananmen Square, the ceremonial centre of the people’s republic of China. Tiananmen Square is also the largest square in the world.  Several cultural events were held in this Square, this makes it known for its great cultural significance.  Tiananmen gate leading to the Forbidden City was also built in 1415 during the Ming dynasty era.

Forbidden City is divided in two sections known as the Inner Court and the Outer Court. The Outer Court is the front section of the palace, which was used for ceremonial purposes. The Inner Court is the back section, used for daily activities of the state.  The Outer consists of the Meridian Gate, Gate of Divine Might, West Glorious Gate, East Glorious Gate, Corner Towers, gate of supreme Harmony and Hall of Supreme Harmony. The Inner Court on the other hand includes the Hall of Military Eminence, The Hall of Literary Glory, Southern Three Places, Palace of Heavenly Purity, Imperial Garden, Hall of Mental Cultivation and Palace of Tranquil Longevity.

Taking a trip to visit the popular Forbidden City is one of the most exciting things I have ever done. I am happy to know that I have visited the oldest, largest Palace still in existence in the world today. My favorite part was being at the top of the palace and seeing the beautiful view of the entire Palace. Next to visiting the Great wall, I will highly recommend any one taking a trip to China to visit the Forbidden City, as well as other historical locations like the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. If you are considering traveling to China, try Beijing Tours and get the best experience you deserve on your trip.

The Legend of the Qingming Festival

On June 13, 2011, in Cultural Experience, Featured China Stories, Festivals, by Jack Li

Qingming Festival is one of the popular festivals held in China. On your China Tour, you may get the privilege of seeing the Qingming Festival. You can plan your trip through China Travel today. Qingming is also known as the Tomb Sweeping Day or Pure Brightness and falls on April 5 of the Chinese calendar. […]

Qingming Festival is one of the popular festivals held in China. On your China Tour, you may get the privilege of seeing the Qingming Festival. You can plan your trip through China Travel today. Qingming is also known as the Tomb Sweeping Day or Pure Brightness and falls on April 5 of the Chinese calendar. When it all began, the festival served as a representation of the 24 solar terms in the Chinese calendar, marking the exact day the sun is at the celestial longitude of fifteen degrees. The tomb-sweeping day is a very popular day in the Chinese culture. It is a way of both offering sacrifice as well as showing respect to ancestors.

Qingming Festival originated from the fight over royalty succession in the Jin states during the time of the spring and autumn period. Prince Chong’er, the survivor, faced a nineteen-year exile with his followers. One of the followers named Jie Zhitui, cut a piece of his flesh and cooked it to save the prince from starvation. When the prince realized what Jie had done for him, he promised to reward him.

After nineteen years had passed, Prince Chong’er and his followers returned back to kingdom, there he became the Duke Wen of the Jin State. Although he rewarded his followers, he forgot the extraordinary sacrifice Jie had done to save his life.  When he finally remembered, the Prince felt really bad and made many attempts to find Jie in order to reward him as promised. Being a noble man, Jie tie refused to see the Prince because he did not like the idea of being rewarded for his good deeds. Jie fled to the mountain to stay with his mother in order to escape the visit of the prince.

Duke Wen heard of his where about and ordered the mountain to be burned in order to force Jie to come out. Upon burning the mountain, the Duke found to dead bodies, which were Jie’s and his mothers.  In honor of Jie, the Duke buried him and his mother with utmost respect and ordered his followers not to use fire for the entire day. This is how the mountain derived the name “Mianshan”.

The following year, Duke Wen went up the mountain where Jie Zhitui and his mother were buried to pay his respect. On getting there, he realized that the willow tree that got burned down revived reminding him of the humble character of Jie. The Duke decided to name the Festival Qingming Jie.

To show respect to the humility of Jie, people who live close to the mountain stopped using fire and swept the tomb regularly.  Food, tea, wine, chopsticks and other monuments are offered to ancestors in remembrance of Jie Zhitui. Willow branches are also placed on gates in order to prevent evil spirits.

Getting the opportunity to visit this solemn place and participate in the ritual of the Qinming Festival is an opportunity I would not have missed for the world. I urge anyone interested in China’s historical activities, to take a trip during the Qingming Festival and get a full experience on Chinese cultural activities. Make your reservation an easy step through China Travel.

Fragrant Hills Park

On June 13, 2011, in Beijing, Cool Places, Festivals, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

A Beijing travel not only gives the chance to experience one of the most beautiful shopping and modern society surrounding, but it also gives opportunity to get away from the daily routine and busy city life, mainly thanks to the several parks around the area of Beijing. Fragrant Hills Park is considered a public park, it sits just next to the Western mountains in the […]

A Beijing travel not only gives the chance to experience one of the most beautiful shopping and modern society surrounding, but it also gives opportunity to get away from the daily routine and busy city life, mainly thanks to the several parks around the area of Beijing. Fragrant Hills Park is considered a public park, it sits just next to the Western mountains in the Haidian district, situated in the northwestern part of Beijing. It covers 1.6 km² (395 acres) and it is constituted of a natural pine-cypress forest, hills with maple tree, and persimmon trees, as well as landscaped areas with traditional architecture and cultural relics. The name derives from Chinese Incense Burner the park’s highest peak, Xianglu Feng, (1827 ft) is a hill with two large stones resembling incense burners at the top. Xian Shan Park represents one of those fantastic getaways, it also offers a fantastic experience from an historic point of view as the area was home of leisure for past emperors and even chairman Mao himself. Xiang Shan is commonly known for its vivid reds of the deciduous trees in the autumn, some of its hidden corners are kept secrets in all of Beijing.

Fragrant Hills Park is recognized as one of the major tourist attractions in Beijing especially during autumn, where the natural scenery in the park suddenly turns spectacular, with fiery red smoke tree leaves covering the mountain side creating the opportunity to take amazing pictures. Every year, thousands of tourists ride the cable cars through the park in order see the hills in autumn colors. The grand opening of the annual as Red Leaf Festival of Beijing takes place there. In Season, thousands of people climb up the steps leading to the breathless Xiang Lu peak.

The park; built in 1186 during Jin Dynasty (1115 1234) has been further expanded during the Yuan and Ming Dynasty. Thanks to Emperor Qianlong, many halls, pavilions and garden were added to the park increasing the myth of the park changing its name in park of Tranquillity and Pleasure. However foreign troops especially during 1860, with the British arrivals, the park and its relics were completely destroyed. Other damages were afflicted to the park during the Eight-Nation Alliance in 1900, causing destruction of the park and the close Summer Palace. After all this negative events the Government since 1949 has been constantly restructuring and developing the park  making the location one of the must-see attraction in Beijing.

The park offers two main routes to follow. The first one pass by the north area, where is possible to admire the immense beauty of the Yanjing Lake, the bridge, Study of reading Heart and the Bright Temple. The latter is a large Tibetan style complex built in 1780. The structure represents the residence of the sixth Panchen Lama during his visit to Emperor Qianlong. The park context also includes the Fragrant Hill Hotel, designed by I. M. Pei, famous for its unique design, which represents one of the most esclusive locations for  a Beijing Hotels. The tour and complete view of the park is also available thanks to Beijing tours.

A wonderful place –Qinghai

On May 19, 2011, in Adventure Trip, China Travel Gossip, Other Regions, by Jack Li

Qinghai is a place that is filled with tourism resources including plenty of natural landscapes and sceneries of humanities .Compared other traveling places,such as Beijing tour, Guangzhou tour, Qinghai has it own speciality, Qinghai Province is located in the northwest China, the northeast corner of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, which is part of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. […]

Qinghai is a place that is filled with tourism resources including plenty of natural landscapes and sceneries of humanities .Compared other traveling places,such as Beijing tour, Guangzhou tour, Qinghai has it own speciality,

Qinghai Province is located in the northwest China, the northeast corner of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, which is part of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Qinghai Province is a diverse and unique part of China.  This magnificent Chinese province is part of what is often referred to as the “Roof of the World.”  Its natural beauty and imposing vistas, as well as its diverse cultures and customs, all come together to extend an invitation for visitors from near and far to see for themselves what is available here.

The Kunlun Mountains, known to the Chinese as the “Father of all Mountain Ranges,” extend from  east to west across the province. Other smaller ranges, including the mountains of Tangula, Bayankala and Qilian, add their own enticing summons to travelers as they call out from Qinghai’s northernmost border to its border in the south.  These mountains extend 5,000 meters above sea level and have permanent snow fields and glaciers nestling on their sides.  These year-around water sources feed three of China’s most famous rivers, the Yangzi River, the Yellow River and the Mekong River (Lancang River).  As a result, this area is known in China as the “Water Towers of China.”  These flowing rivers have nurtured Chinese as well as Southeast Asian civilizations for thousands of years.  Is it any wonder the Mekong River is known to those civilizations as the “Mother River?”

The Kekexili National Nature Reserve is home to the Tibetan Antelope, which has been chosen as one of five mascots for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.  This mascot is named YingYing, which combined with the names of the other four mascots, combine to form a sentence of welcome to the people from around the world to not only attend the Olympics, but to also visit the mountains that YingYing calls home.

Bird island at Qinghai Lake is named after he tens of thousands of migration birds on the island. The island consists of east and west islands. HaiXishan(mountain on the west of the sea) is also called XiaoXishan(small west mountain)  where in April each year, albatross, seagulls and numerous other birds arrive here to lay hatch and eggs. In the birds’ laying season there are thousands of birds’ eggs on the ground. One kilometer from HaiXiShan is the HaiXiPi island, cormorant is the main type of birds on the island so it is called “cormorant island”. Two island combine together called bird island. The amount of the birds enabled it ranks as the world’s densest “kingdom of birds”. When the birds are flying, the sky is covered to darkness, which is the awesome picture on Qinghai Lake.

Qinghai’s history is long and rich in different ethnicities and cultures.  Its history can be traced back to the Stone Age.  The Liuwan painted pottery relics (representing the Majiayao, Qijia and Xindian Cultures) and the ancient Tibetan burial stones in Dulan County, which is southeast of Qinghai Lake, give proof to the long-term intermingling of different minorities and ancient cultures.

Animaqin snow mountain is a famous god mountain in the snowland plateau which plays an important role in the Tibetan traditional culture. Large number of worshipper coming from far away to kotou and bring sacrifice to the mountain god unceasingly.

Maqingangri is the main peak of the Animaqin mountain consists of three ridges of over 6,100 meters above sea level. Since its opening in 1980, it has received numerous mountain climbers, horse-riders, hikers, science researchers and other tourists from Japan, American, England, Germany, France, Italy, Australia and other countries.

There are so many beautiful spots in Qinghai t

A Chinese Utopia — Shangri-la

On May 12, 2011, in Tibet, Tips & Ideas, Tours, by Jack Li

Shangri-La is such a wonderful place that it can satisfy the need that you want to have a Tibet tour and enjoy the beauty of the grassland in Inner Mongolia.Shangri-La tour is one of the most famous China tours around the world. Beneath billowig clouds,in China’s far South western Yunnan province, there lies a place […]

Shangri-La is such a wonderful place that it can satisfy the need that you want to have a Tibet tour and enjoy the beauty of the grassland in Inner Mongolia.Shangri-La tour is one of the most famous China tours around the world.

Beneath billowig clouds,in China’s far South western Yunnan province, there lies a place of mystery and legend of mighty rivers and some of the oldest jungles in the world.


It was the British wirter James Hiton’s novel, The Lost Horizon, some 50 years ago, that brought fame to an unknown and uncontaminated place-Shangri-la –a household name. The novel described in great detail the stunnin scenery in the area : the azure sky ,jte breathtaking beauty and the hospitality of unsophisticated people who welcome weary travelers to their homeland.In Tibetan ,Shangri-La means a place of good fortune and luck.

Located in the midst of the three rivers; the torrential Jinsha ,Langcan and Nujiang, Shangri-La is a sacred scenic region with distinguishing features, Scores of years have withnessed of the failure of numberous efforts to seek  out and pinpoint the exact lacation of the dreamland.A few years ago , after years of persistent searching and researching ,the government of Yunnan Province finally declared the discovery of Shangri-la and the lost horizon was recovered in Diqing ,this stunning prefecture in Yunnan Province.

A popularly believed inspiration for Shangri-La is the Hunza Valley in northern Pakistan, close to the Tibetan border, which Hilton visited a few years before Lost Horizon was published. Being an isolated green valley surrounded by mountains, enclosed on the western end of the Himalayas, it closely matches the description in the novel. A Shangri-La resort in the nearby Skardu valley is a popular tourist attraction.

Shangri-La is inhabited by many different ethnic groups, with the Tibetans comprising the majority of the population. There you will have an opportunity to experience Tibetan life and learn about their lifestyle, religion and cuisine. The unique scenery, highlighted by plateaus, together with the fascinating ethnic culture makes Shangri-La very attractive and charming to visit.

Shangri-La is rich in natural resources from valuable herbs to rich mineral deposits (including gold, silver, copper, manganese and many other rare metals) to abundant animal resources (such as golden monkeys, leopards and musk deer). Shangri-La is a land full of natural wonders.

As a Chinese saying goes, “The earliest sunrise is seen in Shangri-La; and the most unique place is also there”. Once you visit, you will fully appreciate the meaning of this saying. In addition, the warm welcome of the residents of this land will make you feel at home.

Without a railway line and with only a small regional airport within its boundaries, Shangri-La mainly relies on its roads as the main means of transportation. The Yunnan – Tibet Road, Sichuan – Tibet Road and Xikang – Tibet Road all pass through there, which really brings more convenience to the local land traffic.

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