Adventure Travel

Lushan- the combination of history and nature

On April 29, 2011, in Featured China Stories, Mountain Areas, Tours, by Jack Li

Having been such a long time in big city always filled with people and traffic, do you feel tired for the noisy city life and dirty air and want to enjoy staying alone and breath fresh air? Having been working hard for such a long time ,do you feel tired for the high-pressure work and […]

Having been such a long time in big city always filled with people and traffic, do you feel tired for the noisy city life and dirty air and want to enjoy staying alone and breath fresh air? Having been working hard for such a long time ,do you feel tired for the high-pressure work and want to relax yourself and be ready for the coming challenge ? It is just really lucky to having such a nice place in China tours.Unlike the Beijing tours and Guangzhou tours ,Lushan tour make people felt indeed fresh .

Lushan locates in the north of Chinese Jiangxi Province, the area is 302 square kilometers, the area of the outer circle protection district is 500 square kilometers. It is close to Yangtze River of a long distance in the north,is close to the Fanyang Lake, the river, lake and mountain are successful combination. The unusual and magnificent landscape views of Lushan have the very high science value and tour appreciation value. Lushan faces the river and the lake, the mountain is high and the valley is deep, having the clear characteristic of mountainous country climate.

There are mankind’s activities in the area of Lushan as early as 6,000 years ago. For long time, the people create Lushan culture here, its content is abundant and affects is profound.

In A.D 817, a great poet named Bai Juyi was confirmed of the natural  beauty and worth of Lushan .He considered that Lushan should rank the first place in the famous mountain list in China. He said that”  Jia Tianxi Kuanglujixiu”.And for these thousand years,this sentence have been the most suitable opinion for Lushan.

A lot of famous cultural people of East Jin, such as Tao Yuanming, Xie Lingyun, Zong Bing etc., arrived at Lushan continuously, carried on the outstanding cultural art creations, making Lushan become the origin place of Chinese landscape poem, the plan source ground of Chinese idyll and the birthplace of Chinese landscape paintings.

From ancient to modern time, there have been three stages that Lushan indicated the historical trend in China .The famous academician , Hushi pointed that three relics in Lushan represented three trends ,Donglin representing Buddhism’s population; Bailu Hole representing the culture in Song Dynasty which had been the trend of the culture for over 700 years; Guling ,representing the western culture invading Chinese culture.

The one who conceive nourished the abundant of history and culture of Lushan, these handed over mutually glorious and reflected, benefited by association together, express fully special magic power of Lushan which is as the famous mountain of the world.

In December 1996, teaches the Inheritance of World Committee of Education, Science and Cultural Organization in United Nations approved Lushan to be listed in The Inheritance of World Record with cultural view of world, gave full evaluation to the world value of Lushan: The history historic relic of Lushan takes its special way to melt in the natural beauties which have the outstanding worth, becomes the cultural view which has the very high esthetics value and are close to the Chinese nation spirit and cultures life mutually!

If you have heard of the academicians mentioned just now and want to have the wonderful feeling just as the poet had while writing the great poem ,you should come and have a visit.Now ,it is time to go and book a China Flight .

One year on foot – 4646km through China

On April 20, 2011, in Adventure Trip, China Travel Gossip, Featured China Stories, by Jack Li

A German young man named Christoph Rehage traveled accross China on foot, from November 9th 2007 – November 13th 2008, this video clip showcase his amazing travel experiences in China! One year on foot – 4646km through China Watch it on YouTube! http://youtu.be/5ky6vgQfU24

A German young man named Christoph Rehage traveled accross China on foot, from November 9th 2007 – November 13th 2008, this video clip showcase his amazing travel experiences in China!

One year on foot – 4646km through China

Watch it on YouTube!

http://youtu.be/5ky6vgQfU24

Tour Around along the Silk Road

On March 16, 2011, in China Travel Gossip, Shanghai, by Jack Li

The Silk Road was a famous trade route in ancient times connecting the Asia to Europe. It started at Xi’an in the east and ran for 7,000 km through China, Central Asia and Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Syria before it reached the east coast of Mediterranean. The section in China is over 4,000 km long, […]

The Silk Road was a famous trade route in ancient times connecting the Asia to Europe. It started at Xi’an in the east and ran for 7,000 km through China, Central Asia and Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Syria before it reached the east coast of Mediterranean. The section in China is over 4,000 km long, more than half of the total length.

The 2,000-year-old silk road has offerd a lasting charm through the centuries. Today it still attracts thousands of tourists who Travel to China from across the world with its rich historic sites, cultural relics, beautiful scenery and colorful folklore. In the past the camel was a major means of transportation. Today tourists can travel along the route in more efficient and comfortable ways by air, rail and land. Now let’s embank on this mysterious and adventurous trip of the distinctive western China Tours.

The Starting Point—Xi’an

The Terra Cotta Soldiers of Xi’an are one of the most important archaeological finds in the world, and it takes an entire day to explore the site and surrounding area. After lunch with a noodle maker, you can take a cable car ride over Huaqing Hot Springs Park and visit Banpo, an old Neolithic (and possibly matriarchal) village.

Dunhuang

Dunhuang – City of the Sands, a former terminal of the ancient Silk Road perched on the edge of the Taklamakan Desert. Dunhuang is home to some of the finest Buddhist art. Artifacts discovered at Dunhuang span from the Northern and Western Wei to Northern Zhou and Tang dynasties, and include what is believed to be the oldest printed script in the world, dating back to 868 AD. After lunch, we head out to the Mogao Caves, which consist of 492 grottoes honeycombing a giant cliff face, each of them housing murals, Buddhist paintings and statues.

And then we can continue to explore the Mogao grottoes, followed by Crescent Moon Lake, where the oasis meets the desert. The spring-fed lake is set amidst towering sand dunes from where you can take in a spectacular view of the green oasis surrounded by an endless desert landscape. 

Turpan

Lying 154 meters below sea level, the Turpan Basin not only sits in the second largest depression in the world, but it is one of the hottest places China. Despite its desert location, Turpan boasts fertile land producing cotton and grapes, thanks to the karez, an ancient irrigation system. In Turpan, we can visit the Bezelik Caves, a set of Buddhist cave temples that was an important Buddhist center in the 6th to 13th centuries which today house rare examples of Buddhist mural art. We can also tour the ancient city of Gaochang and its necropolis, Astana, and wander the city bazaar in the evening.

Urumqi

Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, is a growing metropolis inhabited mainly by Han Chinese and serves as a transport hub for those crossing to Tibet, Pakistan and Central Asia. Here you can visit the lively market at Erdaoqiao, where anything from Uygur handicrafts, silk carpets to fruits and kebabs are sold.

Kashgar

Situated at the foot of the impressive Pamir mountains, Kashgar was once the key trading post bridging the East and the West on the Silk Road. Largely inhabited by the Uygurs, this ancient city is dotted with Muslim architecture and still retains the exotic feel of the Silk Road era. Kashgar’s lively markets attract thousands of people from the far corners of the region. They come here to sell, bargain, and trade everything ranging from camels to raisins. Our sightseeing tour will also include the the famous Eidgah Mosque and the tomb of Abbak Hoja. Our tour also includes visit to the most unique old town with typical Uyghur styled homes. Tourists can visit the various shopping alleys full of noodle shops, bakeries, teashops, blacksmiths and carpenters. Time has stood still – try a local taxi, which is a donkey cart. At last, we can take Xi’an Flights back to Xi’an.

Historical China Tour

On January 20, 2011, in Cool Places, Shanghai, by Sandy Li

China has a long history which attracts tourists from all over the world starting their travel and exploring its real charming. In general, people will choose Beijing Tours and Xian Tours  for their exploring.  These two are representative cities showing the long history of China. So, if you want to start your historical China tour, you’d […]

China has a long history which attracts tourists from all over the world starting their travel and exploring its real charming. In general, people will choose Beijing Tours and Xian Tours  for their exploring.  These two are representative cities showing the long history of China. So, if you want to start your historical China tour, you’d better visit these two cities first.

There are many tour attractions in these two cities. The Great Wall in Beijing, one of the greatest wonders of the world, was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 8,851.8 kilometers (5,500 miles) from east to west of China.

The Great Wall was originally built in the periods of Spring and Autumn, and Warring States  as a defensive fortification by the three states: Yan, Zhao and Qin. It went through constant extensions and repairs in later dynasties. It began as independent walls when it was first built, and did not become the “Great” wall until the Qin Dynasty. Emperor Qin Shihuang succeeded in his effort to have the walls joined together to fend off the invasions from the Huns in the north. From then on, the Great Wall has served as a monument of the Chinese nation throughout history. Some of the sections of China are now in ruins or have disappeared during a history of more than 2000years. However, it is still one of the most attractive attractions all around the world due to its architectural greatness and historical significance.

Another attraction in Beijing is the Forbidden City, which was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, behind the Tiananmen Temple. The Forbidden City is divided into two parts. The southern section, also called the Outer Court, was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. The northern section, also called the Inner Court, was where he lived with his royal family. For almost five hundred years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.

In Xian, the most appealing attraction is Terracotta Warriors and Horses. It were discovered in the year of 1974 by some local farmers in Lintong District, Xian, Shaanxi Province, dating from 210BC. This  recent discovery inspired archaeologists to investigate. The Terracotta Warriors and Horses is a form of funerary art buried with the First Emperor of Qin in 210-209 BC. Its purpose was to help rule another empire with Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife. Besides these warriors, an entire man-made necropolis for the emperor has been excavated. During the procedure of digging, archaeologists found several graves from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, whose diggers had obviously struck terracotta fragments.

In addition to the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, there are other historical attractions in Beijing and Xian, such as Temple of Heaven, Summer Place, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Bell Tower and so on. If you are interested in this historical China tour, please book your China Flight and start your adventure.

Have a Nice Weekend by China Internal Flight–I

On December 8, 2010, in Cool Places, Shanghai, Tibet, Tours, by Jack Li

Maybe it is a little boring to stay in the same city celebrating every weekend. Why don’t you take China Flights to another city in China and discover an authentic, unforgettable china travel. In today’s blog, I will recommend you some nice places which are considered as must-see cities in China. No.1 Shanghai Tours Shanghai […]

Maybe it is a little boring to stay in the same city celebrating every weekend. Why don’t you take China Flights to another city in China and discover an authentic, unforgettable china travel. In today’s blog, I will recommend you some nice places which are considered as must-see cities in China.

No.1 Shanghai Tours

Shanghai is among the first group of Chinese cities which were open to the Western world. It used to be a melting-pot of different cultures and now is the world-class financial and economic centre. No other cities can compare it in terms of openness and vitality.

No one would ever deny that Shanghai is a perfect combination of modern history and metropolis with hundreds of skyscrapers and the first-leading infrastructure. Normally, people divide shanghai into two part-Pudong and Puxi.

Puxi area possesses many old western architectures, most of them can date back to the second world war.

The night-view of  Wai Tan

Waibaidu Bridge

A common picture of Shanghai alley,reflecting the authentic life of local people

One skyscraper in Puxi financial centre

No.2 Tibet Tours

Tibet lies on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau of the southwest border of China. The average height of the whole region is more than 4,000 meters above sea level, for which Tibet is known as “Roof of the World”. The highest peak of Tibet, also the highest in Himalayas and in the whole world, is Everest Peak, which is as high as 8,846.27 meters above sea level.

Although a part of China, Tibet has a unique culture of all there own. It is mainly inhabited by Tibetans, a minority nationality of old and mysterious people. Tourist attractions include the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Jokhang Temple, and a number of Buddhist sacred places.

Tibet (Xi Zang in Chinese) is to the south of Xin Jiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Qing Hai Province, to the west of Sichuan, to the northwest of Yunnan and to the north of India and Nepal. Its population of 2.3 million people come from a variety of ethnic groups including Tibetan, Han, Monba and Lhota. Its capital city is Lhasa.

Northwest Tibet, mainly Qing Hai plateau, is home to a variety of unusual and unique animals. Across the northern expanse of Tibet, you can see vast grasslands where horses, yak and sheep roam freely. The world’s lowest valley, the Grand Yarlun-tzanpo River Valley lies in east Tibet.

Nearly all Tibetans follow Tibetan Buddhism, known as Lamaism, with the exception of approximately 2,000 followers of Islam and 600 of Catholicism. Tibetan Buddhism was greatly influenced by Indian Buddhism in its early time, but after years of evolution, Tibetan Buddhism has developed its own distinctive qualities and practices. A well-known example is the belief that there is a Living Buddha, who is the reincarnation of the first, a belief alien to Chinese Buddhism.

It is freezing cold in most time of the year. Most tourists come to visit Tibet only in the warmest seasons, June, July, August and early September.

An Adventure Trip to China Jiankou Great Wall

On December 8, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, by Jack Li

Have you ever try to climb the steepest Great Wall in winter? For most adventure tourists, having this trip to China Jiankou Great Wall is a tempting one in China Tours especially Beijing Tours. Since I am studying in Beijing, travel to rural area is my essential entertainment for certain time. I took this adventure […]

Have you ever try to climb the steepest Great Wall in winter? For most adventure tourists, having this trip to China Jiankou Great Wall is a tempting one in China Tours especially Beijing Tours. Since I am studying in Beijing, travel to rural area is my essential entertainment for certain time. I took this adventure tour just a few days ago. And here I will share my own experience to you.

Before I went there, I had collected some information about it. The most important one was the weather there at that day. The weather forecast said it would be a high windy day in Beijing. However, considered the long distance from city center, I imaged a low even no wind in the rural area. But the high speed wind on the Great Wall showed me wrong. So you’d better get clear about the exact location’s weather condition. Because high wind, rain and so on bad weather can be huge obstacles to this trip. And certainly, I took this trip with some friends. One of them has very wide experiences in climbing and worked as our team leader. He also offered walkie- talkies to us. And one of them was responsible for food especially cooked meat as supplement for our body energy. Other preparation could be basic clothing and footwear which are suitable for climbing. By the way, you’d better wear bright colored coat or hat for safety.

After simple preparation, we started from school in North 4th Ring Road. And it took us about 2 and a half hours to the destination, west side of Mutianyu Great Wall in Huairou area. We parked the car at the foot of the mountain. There are so many farm houses providing kinds of rainbow trout dinner. And we planned to have a nice dinner there as a celebration for climbing. Before starting climbing, our team leader told us his scheduled time table—about 2 hours to climb up the Jiankou Great Wall (we started at 10a.m.), about 1 hour to walk along the Great Wall and enjoy the beauty of scenery and 2 hours to come back to the parking square. And facts showed that the timetable was almost right.

We started along the mountain road with local houses by the side. And we encountered a zealous old man. He suggested us that there was no tickets charged in Jiankou but another local man would charge about 5yuan per one at the wooden ladder. It is on the most dangerous rock point, after climbing over that is the Great Wall. Besides, he gave us two large ripe persimmons for taste. Oh, it was so delicious that I never ever tasted one like that before. By the way, Huairou teems with persimmons and chestnuts. (About 2 hours later we saw the charging man on the other end of wooden ladder, and we finally gave him 10yuan for us 4 people together.) During the climbing up time, we crawled on all fours at precipitous place and used alpenstocks for saving energy. Unlike mounts I climbed before, this mountain has many rocks needed climbing over. It was exciting for me. We moved fast at the beginning then slowed down little by little. And we girls needed minutes rest times at the latter hour. We also eat some meat and drink hot water when resting. You feel warm even hot when climbing but cold and so windy when resting. It was a little troublesome to me. But swearing a lot for a time in winter is very good for health. And that feeling made me good will.

The most worthy mentioned part is the process on the Great Wall. We crawled on all fours again and again and finally got on the road in Great Wall. Wind speed there was so high that it could almost wind me up. We kept down when wind up or leaned to one side facing wind. Once wind stopping, we took grand views of the ir-rebuilt walls, endless skies, tall mountains, peaceful villages at the mount foot. What a splendid painting and what tiny human! We took many photos for memory, though we were almost frozen under the huge wind.

We returned by the way we came up. It was a little faster on the mountain road but slower when down the Great Wall. And when we arrived at mountain foot, I whipped round for the far away Great Wall, felt immensely gratifying. And roast rainbow trout, braised pork with brown sauce and Chinese chestnut were pretty tasteful in Yushifu Restaurant.

If you have enough time to Travel to Beijing, and if you are adventure tourists, I strongly recommend this trip to you.

Best Chinese New Year Tour—5 Days Harbin Winter Package

On December 7, 2010, in Adventure Trip, China Travel Gossip, Cool Places, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Chinese New Year is on its way and it is the best time for foreigners to order New Year tours in China. So here are some ideas to get you going. How about a wonderful tour package in Chinese winter– 5 days Harbin tour? Unlike Guilin Tours (for beautiful landscapes) or Xi’an Tours (ancient China […]

Chinese New Year is on its way and it is the best time for foreigners to order New Year tours in China. So here are some ideas to get you going. How about a wonderful tour package in Chinese winter– 5 days Harbin tour? Unlike Guilin Tours (for beautiful landscapes) or Xi’an Tours (ancient China travel), this one is a winter and festival discovery trip.

Here is the itinerary:

Day 2—for Harbin city trip. You will visit St.Sofia Orthodox Church firstly, which is the largest Orthodox Church in the Far East. Then you will visit The Central Street. Originally built in 1898, Center Street is the most prosperous street in Harbin. It is also an architecture art gallery including the most influential four architecture schools in western-style architectural history, such as Baroque, Eclecticism and so on. In the afternoon, you will visit the Northeast Tiger Park. It is the largest wild natural park for the northeast tiger in the world.

Moreover, you can not miss the famous Harbin Ice Lantern in winter (holding from January 1st to the late February every year). Located at the Sun Island Park, fanciful sculptures are made in the shapes of animals, plants, buildings etc. Some of the larger ones have included a crystalline ice bridge. At night the sculptures are illuminated from the inside with colored lights, turn the place into a temporary fantasy land.

Day 3—for Skiing amusement. You will go to Yabuli Ski Resort, the biggest and best ski resort in China. The resort provides great skiing with high mountains and good snow. Local skiers enjoy the high elevation and the fact that the snow is neither too hard nor too powdery. Yabuli Ski Resort is the biggest training centre for alpine skiers and the mountain hosts of many professional skiing competitions. In 1996 the 3rd Winter Asian Games was held here along with numerous the National Winter Games and other national and provincial competitions.

Day 4– Free at leisure in Yabuli. More information about Yabuli: the best suitable time to skiing there are from the middle November to next late March. The whole resort is surrounded by mountains with dense forest and thick snow, which is very spectacular. Facilities in Yabuli ski resort are very perfect, with a total of 11 root primary, middle-rank and high-rank ski runs. And alpine skiing road there is the longest one in Asia. There is also a up to 5 km loop cross-country ski road and snowmobiling, sled lane, equipped with three hanging chair lift, 3 pulling cableway and 1 handled ropeway.

Since the first and last day will not be filled with travel activities by travel agency, you can have a certain time to customize your own trip. And I also want to recommend something for you.

As you know, Harbin is located in the northeast side of China. And in modern China, it’s an important city for Chinese revolution. There are many different types of churches and you may choose one type you like most. In addition, since it is close to Russia, you even can have a taste of Russia customs. Gogol Street, which is called as Eastern Moscow, can be your best choice. For Harbin food, locals are very good at making all kinds of smoked food and braised meat such as Harbin sausage, very delicious food. Surely Russian cuisine is another one you may not miss.

It seems that your Chinese New Year tour in Harbin will fill with Ice and Snow custom, skiing excitement and exotic atmosphere. How attractive it is! Just book it now on Chinatraveldepot.com, named 5 Days Harbin Winter Package. It must be a worthwhile trip in china travel.

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China Travel Inside, Lan Zhou

On December 7, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, Travel Info, by Jack Li

When you want to have a China Tour in mainland China, you may think go for a Travel to Beijing, Travel to Shanghai orTravel to Xi’an. However, some of the other cities in mainland China are also pleased to you  for a visit. Lanzhou is a prefecture-level city and capital of Gansu Province in northwestern China. Main industries include textile mills, rubber, fertilizer plants, oil refinery, petrochemical, machinery, […]

When you want to have a China Tour in mainland China, you may think go for a Travel to BeijingTravel to Shanghai orTravel to Xi’an. However, some of the other cities in mainland China are also pleased to you  for a visit.

Lanzhou is a prefecture-level city and capital of Gansu Province in northwestern China. Main industries include textile mills, rubber, fertilizer plants, oil refinery, petrochemical, machinery, and metallurgical industry. Gansu has one of the largest oil refineries in the country and Lanzhou itself is the center of the province’s petrochemical industry. Lanzhou has a largerefinery linked to the fields at Yumen by pipeline. It also manufactures equipment for the oil industry.

Lanzhou has a large textile industry, particularly noted for the production of woolens and leather goods. In addition, Lanzhou produces locomotives androlling stock for the northwestern railways, as well as machine tools and mining equipment. Aluminum products, industrial chemicals, and fertilizers are produced on a large scale, and there is a large rubber industry. Copper is mined in nearby Gaolan. Ganzhou has been one of the centers of China’s national nuclear power industry since the 1960s.

After the fall of the Han Dynasty, Lanzhou became the capital of a succession of tribal states. In the 4th century it was briefly the capital of the independent state of Earlier Liang. The Northern Wei dynasty(386–534) reestablished Jincheng commandery, renaming the county Zicheng. Mixed with different cultural heritages, the area at present-day Gansu province, from the 5th to the 11th century, became a center forBuddhist study. Under the Sui Dynasty (581–618) the city became the seat of Lanzhou prefecture for the first time, retaining this name under the Tang Dynasty (618–907). In 763 the area was overrun by theTibetan Empire and in 843 was conquered by the Tang. Later it fell into the hands of the Western Xia Dynasty (which flourished in Qinghai from the 11th to 13th century) and was subsequently absorbed by theSong Dynasty (960–1126) in 1041. The name Lanzhou was reestablished, and the county renamed Lanzhuan.

After 1127 it fell into the hands of the Jin Dynasty, and after 1235 it came into the possession of theMongol Empire.

Under the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) the prefecture was demoted to a county and placed under the administration of Lintao superior prefecture, but in 1477 Lanzhou was reestablished as a political unit. The city acquired its current name in 1656, during the Qing Dynasty. When Gansu was made a separate province in 1666, Lanzhou became its capital.

In 1739 the seat of Lintao was transferred to Lanzhou, which was later made a superior prefecture called Lanzhou. Lanzhou was badly damaged during the Dungan revolt in 1864–1875. In the 1920s and 1930s it became a center of Soviet influence in northwestern China. During the Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945) Lanzhou, linked with Xi’an by highway in 1935, became the terminus of the 3,200 km (2,000 mile) Chinese-Soviet highway, used as a route for Soviet supplies destined for the Xi’an area. This highway remained the primary traffic route of northwestern China until the completion of the railway from Lanzhou to Urumqi, Xinjiang. During the war Lanzhou was heavily bombed by the Japanese.

Lanzhou is situated on the upper course of the Yellow River, where the river emerges from the mountains. It has been a center since early times, being at the southern end of the route leading via the Hexi Corridor across Central Asia. It also commands the approaches to the ancient capital area of Chang’an (modern Xi’an) in Shaanxi province from both the west and the northwest, as well as from the area of Qinghai Lakevia the upper waters of the Yellow River and its tributaries.

Just come to Lan Zhou city, which is the capital of Henan Province in mainland China. Click onwww.chinatraveldepot.com for more information you may need.

Respect the Local Customs on Your Travel to Tibet City

On December 6, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Cultural Experience, Tibet, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Travel to Tibet is a lot of travelers’ dreams. It is a holy and mysterious city. Tibetans there have a very different culture style and customs. So you’d better know the intricacies in advance before going on your Tibet Tours. No.1 no killing The greatest taboo for people living in Tibet plateau is killing. Buddhist monks and nuns are very strict with this point. They […]

Travel to Tibet is a lot of travelers’ dreams. It is a holy and mysterious city. Tibetans there have a very different culture style and customs. So you’d better know the intricacies in advance before going on your Tibet Tours.

No.1 no killing

The greatest taboo for people living in Tibet plateau is killing. Buddhist monks and nuns are very strict with this point. They think that life never hurts, ranging from insects to people. Even when children are hurting insects, they would not hesitate to stop them.

No.2 no shouting when climbing over high mounts

Don’t shout when you are climbing on mounts, because Tibetans suggest the shouting would infuriate the God of mounts and bring snow and lightning.

No.3 no touching of sutras in the temple

When you enter a temple, please don’t touch sutras, Buddhist statues, paintings and musical instruments and never leap from the tops, or you will defile the God in Tibetans opinion.

No.4 no feet facing the Buddha shrine when you sleep

It is also regarded as a defile behavior letting your feet face shrine. In addition, you cannot put the mattress turned over when making the bed. Because only some one passed away can do it.

No.5 no directly handing the broom to other people

Tibetans think that it will bring evil to a person who accepts the broom if you hand it directly. You’d better leave it on the floor, letting him or her pick it up by himself or herself.

No.6 no strangers for visiting when some one is ill at home

At that time, locals in east Tibet will put some tree branches at the door as imply.

No.7 no pouring wine or tea by yourself

When you are visiting some Tibetans’ home, don’t pour wine or tea for yourself, the host will do it for you and you should drink at least 3 cups of wine or tea to show your respect to the family. Please don’t make any noise when drinking.

No.8 no lighting up a cigarette by the Buddhas butter lamp

When entering a Tibetans’ home, please sit down following the rule: The—men sit left and women sit right and remember don’t point your feet towards the direction where the old Buddha is and never let the butter lamp consecrate the Buddha.

No.9 no eating livestock with a single hoof and animal meat with sharp claws.

No matter how poor Tibetans would be, they never eat single hoof livestock such as horses and donkeys, dogs or cats with sharp claws etc. Besides, Tibetans suggest that meat slaughtered that day suggest that animals cannot eat at that very day.

No.10 no holding event when encountered fierce stars

You’d better ask them clearly if you want to invite some locals to do something. Tibetans have a lot of taboos according to stars and five elements theory. For instance, unlike most of us, Tibetans consider their zodiac years as disaster years and when some locals plan to go far away from home, they not only have taboos on fierce stars but also certain star time—Sundays. Especially in the date of 2nd, 8th, 14th and 24th, they never go far away from home.

You see, there are not a few special culture and customs for travel to Tibet. Please keep it in mind clearly. I hope you can learn something from this passage before you go to Tibet. Book your trip? Click here to arrange your trip Air China.

Travel Packages inside China: Zhengzhou, Henan Province

When you want to have a China Tour in mainland China, you may think go for a Travel to Beijing, Travel to Shanghai or Travel to Xi’an. However, some of the other cities in mainland China are also pleased to you  for a visit. Henan is often referred to as Zhongyuan or Zhongzhou which literally means “central plains” or […]

When you want to have a China Tour in mainland China, you may think go for a Travel to Beijing, Travel to Shanghai or Travel to Xi’an. However, some of the other cities in mainland China are also pleased to you  for a visit.

Henan is often referred to as Zhongyuan or Zhongzhou which literally means “central plains” or “midland”, although the name is also broadly applied to the entirety of China proper. Henan is the birthplace of Chinese civilization with over 5,000 years of history, and remained China’s cultural, economical, and political center until 1,000 years ago. Numerous heritages have been left behind including the ruins of Shang Dynasty capital city Yinxuand the Shaolin Temple. Four of the Eight Great Ancient Capitals of China are located in Henan.

With an area of 167,000 km2 (64,479 sq mi), Henan covers a large part of the fertile and densely populated North China Plain. Its neighboring provinces from west to south is Shaanxi, Shanxi,Hebei, Shandong, Anhui, and Hubei. Henan is China’s second most populous province with a population of over 94 million. If it is a country by itself, Henan will be the 12th most populous country in the world, behind Mexico and ahead of Philippines.

Henan is the 5th largest provincial economy of China and the largest among inland provinces. However, per capita GDP is low compared to other eastern and central provinces, and Henan is considered to be one of the more backward areas in China. The economy continues to depend on its dwindling aluminum and coal reserves, as well as agriculture, heavy industry, tourism, and retail. High-tech industry and service sector is underdeveloped and is concentrated around Zhengzhou and Luoyang.

In 221 BC, the state of Qin from what is now Shaanxi completed the unification of China, establishing the first unified Chinese state, the Qin Dynasty. They were quickly overthrown and was followed by the Han Dynasty in 206 BC, which initially put its capital in Chang’an. The second half of this dynasty (the Eastern Han Dynasty) moved its capital to Luoyang.

The late Eastern Han Dynasty saw war and rivalry between regional warlords. Henan was the power base of Cao Cao, who was based in Xuchang and eventually succeeded in unifying all of northern China under the Kingdom of Wei. Wei then put its capital in Luoyang, which remained the capital after the unification of China by the Western Jin Dynasty. During these periods Luoyang became one of the largest cities in the world, despite suffering heavy damages from wars.

Most of Henan speaks dialects of the Mandarin group of dialects spoken in northern and southwestern China. Linguists put these dialects into the category of “Zhongyuan Mandarin”. The northwestern corner of Henan is an exception, where people speak Jin dialects instead. The dialects of Henan are collectively called “the Henan dialect” in popular usage, with easily identifiable stereotypical features.

Henan opera (Yuju) is the local form of Chinese opera; it is also famous and popular across the rest of China. Henan Quju and Henan Yuediao are also important local opera forms.

Henan cuisine is the local cuisine, with traditions such as the Luoyang Shuixi (Luoyang “Water Table”, consisting entirely of various soups, etc.);Xinyang Duncai (Xinyang brewed vegetables), and the traditional cuisine of Kaifeng.

Important traditional art and craft products include: Junci, a type of porcelain originating in Yuzhou noted for its unpredictable colour patterns; thejade carvings of Zhenping; and Luoyang’s Tangsancai (“Tang Three Colours”), which are earthenware figurines made in the traditional style of the Tang Dynasty.

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