Travel Tips for China: Subways in mainland, China

On November 29, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, by Jack Li

Take the underground for visit many places in metropolitans is a better way for the youth. When you have your China Tours, you can just take subways in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenzhen and other cities. It is very convince for your China Tours. Even your China Flights is landed, you can take subway from airport […]

Take the underground for visit many places in metropolitans is a better way for the youth. When you have your China Tours, you can just take subways in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenzhen and other cities. It is very convince for your China Tours. Even your China Flights is landed, you can take subway from airport to the downtown area as well.

The Beijing Subway is a rapid transit rail network that serves the urban and suburban districts of Beijingmunicipality. The subway’s first line opened in 1971, and the network now has 9 lines, 147 stations and 228 km of tracks in operation. It is the oldest and busiest subway in mainland China, and the second longest after theShanghai Metro. On April 30, 2010, the subway delivered a record 6.4 million rides. The existing network still cannot adequately meet the city’s mass transit needs and is undergoing rapid expansion. Overall, plans call for 19 lines and 561 km of tracks in operation by 2015. The Chinese government’s ¥4 trillion economic stimulus package has accelerated subway construction. In addition to ten lines already under construction, work is set to begin on two more lines in 2010, and the entire network will reach 420 km by 2012.

The subway is generally closed after midnight, unless some special occasion prompts extended operating hours.[9] The first trains depart terminals at around 5 am and the last leave at around 11 pm. For precise hours and frequency of service, check the official schedule.

The Shanghai Metro is the urban rapid transit system of China’s largest city, Shanghai. The system incorporates both subway and light railwaylines. It opened in 1995, making Shanghai the third city in Mainland China, after Beijing and Tianjin, to have a rapid transit system. Since then, the Shanghai Metro has become one of the fastest-growing rapid transit systems in the world and as of 2010, there are twelve metro lines (excluding the Shanghai Maglev Train), 268 stations and over 420 km of tracks in operation, making it the longest network in the world. Daily ridership averaged 3.56 million in 2009 and set a record of 7.548 million on October 22, 2010.

In the six months leading up to the opening of Expo 2010 on May 1, 2010, the Shanghai Metro has undergone major expansion with several new lines and extensions opening. The system is still growing, more new lines and extensions are under construction, and plans through 2020 project a system comprising 22 lines and 877 km of length.

There are two types of interchange stations: physical interchange and virtual interchange stations. In a physical interchange station, passengers can transfer between subway lines without exiting a fare zone. In a virtual interchange station, however, passengers have to exit and re-enter fare zones as they transfer from one subway line to another. In order to receive a discounted fare, passengers must use a Shanghai Public Transportation Card (SPTC) instead of Single-Ride tickets.

The Shenzhen Metro (SZM) is the subway system for the city of Shenzhen in Guangdong province, China. The system opened on December 28, 2004, making Shenzhen the fifth city in mainland China to have a subway after Beijing,Tianjin, Shanghai and Guangzhou. The Shenzhen Metro currently has 2 lines, 22 stations, and 25.2 km of total trackage in operation. Both existing lines are undergoing expansion and three new lines are under construction. The network will reach a total length of 177 km by 2011.

he current system has only two lines and provides a relatively fast and economical way of traveling in east-central part of Shenzhen, compared to buses and taxis. It also runs to the border crossings between theShenzhen Special Economic Zone and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at Luohu/Lo Wu Station and Futian Checkpoint/Lok Ma Chau Station, where riders can transfer to Hong Kong’s MTR East Rail Line for travel to Hong Kong. The metro currently lacks access to the east side, particularly Yantian, a high tech foreign business park and busy port.

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Travel Tips for China: Spring Roll and Char Siu

On November 29, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

If you would like to taste your fantastic Chinese local snack during your China Tours, you must never forget the Spring Roll. Spring Roll is the must-eat snack in your Travel in China. Spring rolls are an appetizer, eaten either fresh or fried depending on the country of origin. Spring rolls can be found in several […]

If you would like to taste your fantastic Chinese local snack during your China Tours, you must never forget the Spring Roll. Spring Roll is the must-eat snack in your Travel in China.

Spring rolls are an appetizer, eaten either fresh or fried depending on the country of origin. Spring rolls can be found in several Asian countries, most notably China, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia.

In Chinese cuisine, egg rolls differ from the spring roll. There are sweet spring rolls with red bean pasteinside from areas in eastern China, such as Zhejiang and northern China. Spring rolls are usually eaten during the Spring Festival in China, hence the name.

In Taiwan, spring rolls also come in a number of varieties. They can generally be divided into fried and non-fried varieties.

Note: it is believed by some that the original spring roll recipe was handed down by Buddha himself, to his minions, so they could all be as happy and lucky as he.

Fried spring rolls are generally smaller and crisper. They can be sweet or savory; the latter are typically prepared with vegetables. This version is fully wrapped before being pan fried or deep fried.

Non-fried spring rolls are typically bigger and more savory. In contrast, non-fried spring rolls typically fill the wrapping with pre-cooked ingredients. The most commonly eaten style of non-fried Taiwanese spring rolls is called runbing in Mandarin. Traditionally, non-fried spring rolls are a festive food eaten during the Cold Food Day festival and the Tomb Sweeping Day festival in spring to remember and pay respect to ancestors. The Hakka population sometimes also eat spring rolls on the 3rd of March in the lunar calendar every year. The wrappings can be a flour-based mix or batter.

In northern Taiwan, the ingredients are generally flavored with herbs, stir-fried and sometimes topped with a finely ground peanut powder before being wrapped. The northern-Taiwanese style spring roll is usually lightly topped with or accompanied by a soy sauce.

In southern Taiwan, the ingredients are generally boiled or blanched in plain water. Sometimes caster or superfine sugar is added along with the peanut powder before all the ingredients are wrapped.

“Char siu” literally means “fork burn/roast”(Char being fork(both noun and verb) and siu being burn/roast) after the traditional cooking method for the dish: long strips of seasoned boneless pork are skewered with long forks and placed in a covered oven or over a fire.

The meat, typically a shoulder cut of domestic pork (although in ancient times it was also used to cook wild boar or other available meats), is seasoned with a mixture of honey, five-spice powder, fermented tofu (red), dark soy sauce,hoisin sauce, red food colouring (not a traditional ingredient but very common in today’s preparations) and sherry or rice wine (optional). These seasonings turn the exterior layer of the meat dark red, similar to the “smoke ring” of American barbecues. Maltose may be used to give char siu its characteristic shiny glaze.

Char siu is typically consumed with starch, whether inside a bun, with noodles (cha siu mein), or with rice (cha siu fan) in fast food establishments, or served alone as a centerpiece or main dish in traditional family dining establishments. If it is purchased outside of a restaurant, it is usually taken home and used as one ingredient in various complex entrees consumed at family meals.

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Tour Packages to China Natural Scenes

On November 24, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

The tourism spots in China have been divided into 4 ranks: A,AA,AAA, AAAA. But recently, there are AAAAA trial visiting spots are established by the Travel Bureau in China. These ranks are according to the traffic, safety, health, communication, travelling and shopping, quality resources, and travelling facilities like China Hotels. These new AAAAA tourism spots […]

The tourism spots in China have been divided into 4 ranks: A,AA,AAA, AAAA. But recently, there are AAAAA trial visiting spots are established by the Travel Bureau in China. These ranks are according to the traffic, safety, health, communication, travelling and shopping, quality resources, and travelling facilities like China Hotels. These new AAAAA tourism spots include Guilin, Jiuzhaigou Valley in Sichuan, and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan. If you are interested in natural beauty spots of china travel, then this article is the perfect choice.

Guilin Lijiang River Scenic Area. Lijiang River is the branch of Pearl River (mainly in Guangzhou) and it is the largest scenery of Karst landscape area in the world. For Tour packages for this area, you can either choose 2-5 day private tour or seat-in-coach ones. The latter option allows to book hotels through the travel agency or not. For example, the 3-day private tour packages include Lijiang River Cruise, Elephant Trunk Hill, and Reed Flute Cave. And the price can be as low as $210. The 4-day seat-in-coach tour package will assign you a local guide and you will join a local group once you have arrived in Guilin. You will visit Reed Flute Cave and a Tea Plantation on the first day. Later on, a day trip to Longsheng Terrace Rice Fields and Zhuang Minority village is applied. On the third day, the Lijiang River Cruise for 4.5 hours takes you at Yangshuo, a small but quite famous town for international travelers. The last day is for your free visit and the guide will take you to the airport. The price for such typical tour package starts from $284 per person.

Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park. This national park was awarded one of the World Bio-sphere Reserve in 1992. A classical tour package for this spot is the 4-day tour packages. The first day is to transfer you to Chengdu airport and take flights to Jiuzhaigou National Park. Then you will be free to visit around the town. On the next day, the local guide will lead you to the National Park which is 47 km long, covering an area of 720 square kilometers. The third day, you will travel to other two valleys in Jiuzhaigou after breakfast: Rize Valley and Zechawa Valley. Also you will visit the Nuorilang lake with 18 sparate lakes. The last day is for travelling back to Chengdu. The price is generally $1012 per person, including two lunches and air tickets.

Zhangjajie National Forest Park. The amazing natural scenes in the popular 3D movie Avatar was actually inspired by the mountains and views in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. For example, the 4-day tour packages to explore Zhangjiajie usually cost $700, not including flights. The real tour starts from the second day, then you will visit the national forest park, Huangshizhai Cable car, Jinbian Brook, Huangshi Fort, Mt.Tianzishan (similar to the movie Avatar). And the last day, as usual, is the free day for you to travel and go shopping around. The more people you book the tour packages, the more discounts will offer.

These three 5A scenery spots are the most recommended places for international travelers. You could also choose the seat-in kind of tour packages, in which you could pick your own Guilin Hotels, or Chengdu Hotels and just enjoy the guides and convenient traffic provided by travel agencies. You could also customize your own arrangements for specific tour packages. Moreover, you can do all of these online through chinatraveldepot.com the website. Not only these tourism spots, but also other city tours are available for customization and seat-in tours. If you are interested, please check the proper sections of our website.

Travel Tips for China: Tianjin

On November 24, 2010, in Cool Places, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

When you book a China Flight for your China Tours, here are the tips and travel information you may need. Tianjin is your choice. Tianjin is a metropolis in North China and one of the five national central cities. It is governed as a direct-controlled municipality, one of four such designations, and is thus under direct administration of the central government, and […]

When you book a China Flight for your China Tours, here are the tips and travel information you may need. Tianjin is your choice.

Tianjin is a metropolis in North China and one of the five national central cities. It is governed as a direct-controlled municipality, one of four such designations, and is thus under direct administration of the central government, and borders Hebei Province and Beijing Municipality, bounded to the east by the Bohai Gulf portion of the Yellow Sea. In terms of urban population, it is the sixth largest city of the People’s Republic of China, and its urban land area ranks 5th in the nation, only after Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.

Tianjin’s urban area is located along the Hai He River, which connects to the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers via the Grand Canal in Tianjin. Its ports, some distance away, are located on the Bohai Gulf in the Pacific Ocean. Tianjin was once home to foreign concessions in the late Qing Dynasty and early Kuomintang (KMT) era. The municipality incorporates the coastal region of Tanggu, home to the Binhai New Area and the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA).

People from urban Tianjin speak Tianjin dialect, which comes under the Mandarin subdivision of spoken Chinese. Despite its proximity to Beijing, Tianjin dialect sounds quite different from Beijing dialect, which provides the basis for Putonghua, official spoken language of the People’s Republic of China.

Tianjin cuisine places a heavy focus on seafood, due to Tianjin’s proximity to the sea. Prominent menus include theEight Great Bowls, a combination of eight mainly meat dishes. It can be further classified into several varieties, including the rough, smooth, and high. The Four Great Stews refers actually to a very large number of stews, including chicken, duck, seafood, beef, and mutton.

Tianjin also has several famous snack items. Goubuli is a traditional brand of baozi (steamed buns with filling) that is famous throughout China. Guifaxiang is a traditional brand of mahua (twisted dough sticks). Erduoyan is a traditional brand of fried rice cakes. Tianjin is a respected home base of Beijing opera, one of the most prestigious forms of Chinese opera.

Tianjin is famous for its stand up and comedians including Guo Degang and Ma Sanli. Ma Sanli (1914–2003), an ethnic Hui and longtime resident of Tianjin, is paramountly respected in China for his xiangsheng, a hugely popular form of Chinese entertainment similar to stand-up comedy. Ma Sanli delivered some of his xiangsheng in the Tianjin dialect.

Yangliuqing (Green Willows), a town about 15 km west of Tianjin’s urban area and the seat of Tianjin’s Xiqing District, is famous for its popular Chinese New Year-themed, traditional-style, colourful wash paintings . Tianjin is also famous for Zhang’s clay figurines which are a type of colourful figurine depicting a variety of vivid characters, and Tianjin’s Wei’s kites , which can be folded to a fraction of their full sizes, are noted for portability.

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China Vacation Packages: Shaanxi Province

On November 22, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Travel Info, by Jack Li

It is better for visitors to explore and enjoy the most welcomed native people in their travel destination. In the northern China, people are open and very pure. Consider Shaanxi Province as your China Tours’ destination, and book China Flights right now. Shaanxi is a province in the central part of Mainland China, and it includes portions […]

It is better for visitors to explore and enjoy the most welcomed native people in their travel destination. In the northern China, people are open and very pure. Consider Shaanxi Province as your China Tours’ destination, and book China Flights right now.

Shaanxi is a province in the central part of Mainland China, and it includes portions of the Loess Plateau on the middle reaches of the Yellow River in addition to the Qinling Mountains across the southern part of this province. Shaanxi is the historical home, along with Gansu of the dialect of the Dungans, Hui people who emigrated out of China to Central Asia.

By regular Hanyu Pinyin rules, if tone marks are not written, both Shaanxi and the neighbouring province of Shanxi should be spelled “Shanxi”; the difference is in tone: Shānxī and Shǎnxī. To make the difference clear without tonal marks, the spelling “Shaanxi” was contrived (following theromanization system of Yuen Ren Chao) for the province of Shǎnxī, while “Shanxi” is used for the province of Shānxī. Shaanxi is the official spelling on Chinese Government’s official web portal. This makes “Shaanxi” the only name of Chinese provinces that has not been romanized according to pinyin rules.

The geography of the area is described as desert in the north along the border with Inner Mongolia, the Loess Plateau in the central part of the province, the Qinling mountains running east to west in the south central part, and subtropical climate south of the Qinling mountains.

The northern part of Shaanxi is cold in the winters and very hot in the summers, with dry winter and spring seasons. Its southern portion generally receives more rain. Annual mean temperature is roughly between 9 °C and 16 °C, with January temperatures ranging from −11 °C to 3.5 °C and July temperatures ranging from 21 °C to 28 °C.

Nearly all the people in Shaanxi are ethnic Han Chinese, with pockets of Hui population in the northwestern region (adjacent to Ningxia). The southern part of Shaanxi, known as Guanzhong, where the provincial capital Xi’an is located, is more populated compared to the northern part.

The culture of Xi’an descends from one of the world’s earliest civilizations. The Guanzhong Ren culture is considered the cultural antecedent of Xi’anese; their features are satirized as the “Ten Strangenesses of Guanzhong Ren”. Xi’an is also known for the “Eight Great Sights of Chang’an”, a collection of scenic areas in the region.

Seven styles of architecture dominate urban Xi’an, the first three include the architecture of Qin and Han dynasties, the architecture of Tang Dynasty and the architecture of Ming and Qing dynasties. These three styles are all Chinese traditional, but they may be differentiated by the colors of the roof and certain details. For Qin and Han Style, the roof is black, and no decorations are used under the roof. For Tang style, red roofs may be seen but a majority retain the use of the black or dark green roof; buildings were designed to be large and monumental. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, roofs were usually yellow and highly detailed drawings and prints were placed under the roof.

The Republic of China style is perhaps best exemplified by the People’s Showplace. The Sino-Soviet style, popular from the 1950s to 70s, is often used in the west of the city in factories built with the help of the U.S.S.R.. Modern architectural forms — can be found in the High-Tech Zone and the Economic-Development zone.

A new Chinese architectural form called New Tang Style can be mainly found in Qujiang, which inherits the soul of tradition and develops itself on the base of modern architecture; the Shaanxi History Museum and the Xi’an Museum are examples of this style.

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China Vacation Packages: Guangxi Province

On November 22, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Travel Info, by Jack Li

It is getting colder and colder since most part of China steps into winter season, thus there is a better way for choosing Southern China for your China Tours. Book China Flights for Guangxi Province is a proper destination. Its location in southern China, along its border with Vietnam, and mountainous terrain, has made it one […]

It is getting colder and colder since most part of China steps into winter season, thus there is a better way for choosing Southern China for your China Tours. Book China Flights for Guangxi Province is a proper destination.

Its location in southern China, along its border with Vietnam, and mountainous terrain, has made it one of the border frontiers of Chinese civilization. Even into the 20th century it was considered an open, wild territory. The current name “Guang” itself means “expanse”, and has been associated with the region since the creation of Guang Prefecture in 226 AD. It was given provincial level status during the Yuan Dynasty and in 1949 was reformed as one of China’s five minority autonomous regions.

The abbreviation of the province is 桂 (Gui), which comes from the city of Guilin, the former capital, center of much of Guangxi’s culture, politics, and history, and currently a major city in the autonomous region.

Located in the southern part of the country, Guangxi is bordered by Yunnan to the west, Guizhou to the north, Hunan to the northeast, and Guangdong to the southeast. It is also bounded by Vietnam in the southwest and the Gulf of Tonkin in the south. In 2008, the central government has approved China’s first international and regional economic cooperation zone in Guangxi in late February. The construction of the Beibu Gulf Economic Zone began in 2006. With the approval, the Beibu Gulf Economic Zone will be formally incorporated into national development strategies.

The Beibu Gulf Economic Zone covers six coastal cities along the Beibu Gulf. It integrates the cities of Nanning, the region’s capital, Beihai, Qinzhou,Fangchenggang, Chongzuo and Yulin. The state will adopt policies and measures to support mechanism innovation, rational industry layout and infrastructure construction in the Beibu Gulf Economic Zone.

“Guangxi” and neighbouring Guangdong literally mean “Guang West” and “Guang East”. Together, Guangdong and Guangxi are called the “Two Guangs”. Its culture and language are reflected in this. Though now associated with the Zhuang ethnic minority, Guangxi’s culture traditionally has had a close connection with the Cantonese. Cantonese culture and language followed the Xi River valley from Guangdong and is still predominate in the eastern half of Guangxi today. Outside of this area there is a huge variety of ethnicities and language groups represented.

Guangxi is known for its ethno-linguistic diversity. In the capital of Nanning, for example, four dialect-languages are spoken locally: Southwestern Mandarin, Cantonese, Pinghua, and Zhuang.

The major tourist attraction of Guangxi is Guilin, a town famed across China and the world for its spectacular setting by the Lijiang River (Li River) amongst severe karst peaks. It also used to be the capital of Guangxi, andJingjiang Princes City, the old princes residence, is open to the public. South of Guilin down the river is the town of Yangshuo, which has become a favourite destination for foreign tourists, particularly backpackers.

Ethnic minority’s native to Guangxi, such as the Zhuang and Dong, are also interesting for tourists. The northern part of the province, bordering with Guizhou, is home to the Longsheng Rice Terraces, said to be some of the steepest in the world. Nearby is Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County.

Book China Flights for Guangxi Province is a proper destination. Click www.chinatraveldepot.com for more information you need.

Asia Independent Travel Packages

On November 18, 2010, in Cool Places, Tips & Ideas, Transportation, by Jack Li

Mysterious, Marvellous, Splendid, Exciting….. Travelling in Asia can bring you a whole range of different experiences. In today’s blog, I will give you some great recommendations about Asia Independent Travel Packages. And if you are on your china travel , you cannot miss out on these wonderful places. Maldives–The Lost Landscape in the Indian Ocean Overview of the Islands The Maldives is a long and narrow country formed of 22 natural atolls as well as a number of islands, which could be described as smaller atoll formations. All the land above sea level in the Maldives is of coralline origin. There are broad and deep channels in between some atolls. Great Transport Travellers will be picked up at the airport and taken to the different islands by dhonis, motorboats or hydroplanes. In fact, your Maldives Tour starts once you get off the flight. Furthermore you can reach anywhere on the island within half an hour by bicycle or motorcycle. Unique Luxury Accommodations Living above the water is beyond our wildest imagination. However, it can become a reality in the Maldives. On many of the islands, there are bungalows standing on stilts in the sea. These bungalows are often made out of wood and glass, as is the furniture and the decor in the room. Guests are able to see various tropical fish and blue water under their feet through the glass floor, an amazing experience! Delicious Food For religious reasons and due to the natural conditions, native Maldivians do not eat pork and beef very often. However, apart from chicken and lamb, seafood plays a dominant role in their normal diet. Gula, Kuli Boakiba, Foni Boakiba, Kiru Sarbat, Dhufaa Echetai and Toddy are some of their regular snacks. You can choose whatever you want to eat from the hundreds of different fish on offer, but remember that catching fish by yourself is illegal in the Maldives. Jerusalem–God be with you Impressions of The Holy City Many people think that Israel is a dangerous place but in fact Jerusalem, known as the Holy City, is the most sacred place to visit in the world, since there are three major religions existing here. Walking around the old city, you can really feel the power of these different religions. Particularly for the palmers, the Holy Spirit penetrates everywhere and anywhere. The Best Travel Season The average temperature in Israel is about 15 degrees, and it is very warm for most of the year since Israel is located near the Mediterranean. Wailing wall of the Jews The Wailing wall is a very famous symbol of Judaism. Devoted believers can be seen kneeling before the wall, confessing their sins.

Mysterious, Marvellous, Splendid, Exciting…..

Travelling in Asia can bring you a whole range of different experiences.

In today’s blog, I will give you some great recommendations about Asia

Independent Travel Packages. And if you are on your china travel ,

you cannot miss out on these wonderful places.

Maldives–The Lost Landscape in the Indian Ocean

Overview of the Islands

The Maldives is a long and narrow country formed of 22 natural atolls as well as

a number of islands, which could be described as smaller atoll formations. All the

land above sea level in the Maldives is of coralline origin. There are broad and deep

channels in between some atolls.

Great Transport

Travellers will be picked up at the airport and taken to the different islands by dhonis,

motorboats or hydroplanes. In fact, your Maldives Tour starts once you get off the flight.

Furthermore you can reach anywhere on the island within half an hour by bicycle or

motorcycle.

Unique Luxury Accommodations

Living above the water is beyond our wildest imagination. However, it can become

a reality in the Maldives. On many of the islands, there are bungalows standing on

stilts in the sea. These bungalows are often made out of wood and glass, as is the

furniture and the decor in the room. Guests are able to see various tropical fish

and blue water under their feet through the glass floor, an amazing experience!

Delicious Food

For religious reasons and due to the natural conditions, native Maldivians do

not eat pork and beef very often. However, apart from chicken and lamb, seafood

plays a dominant role in their normal diet. Gula, Kuli Boakiba, Foni Boakiba, Kiru

Sarbat, Dhufaa Echetai and Toddy are some of their regular snacks. You can choose

whatever you want to eat from the hundreds of different fish on offer, but remember

that catching fish by yourself is illegal in the Maldives.

Jerusalem–God be with you

Impressions of The Holy City

Many people think that Israel is a dangerous place but in fact Jerusalem, known as

the Holy City, is the most sacred place to visit in the world, since there are three

major religions existing here. Walking around the old city, you can really feel the

power of these different religions. Particularly for the palmers, the Holy Spirit

penetrates everywhere and anywhere.

The Best Travel Season

The average temperature in Israel is about 15 degrees, and it is very warm for most

of the year since Israel is located near the Mediterranean.

Wailing wall of the Jews

The Wailing wall is a very famous symbol of Judaism. Devoted believers can be seen

kneeling before the wall, confessing their sins.

Purple Mountain

On November 17, 2010, in Accomodation, Adventure Trip, Cultural Experience, Tours, by Jack Li

Purple Mountain is not the easiest of places to get to however, there is an hourly bus service from Nanjing train station. I would suggest maybe taking an organised tour, one website that I can really recommend which has great travel Idea’s is China Tours. Purple Mountain overlooks the city Zijin Shan, it gets its […]

Purple Mountain is not the easiest of places to get to however, there is an hourly bus service from Nanjing train station. I would suggest maybe taking an organised tour, one website that I can really recommend which has great travel Idea’s is China Tours. Purple Mountain overlooks the city Zijin Shan, it gets its name from the distinctive colour of the rocks that are all over the mountain.

The mountain is a magnificent  area with many small hills covered in lush greenery such as bamboo groves. It also holds many  famous historical monuments i.e. The Mausoleum of Dr Yat-sen  and the Linggu temples.  I would suggest spending a whole day here as it is a massive area to cover with many hills and inclines, its definitely a trip for the more energetic traveller! However on the eastern side there is a cable car right up to the top although you will miss a lot of the interesting history, its still worth it just to see the picturesque views.

Amazing views

One of my favourite parts of the day was seeing the Mausoleum of Dr.Sun Yat-sen although the tiles are not the original yellow the building is still grand  and a sight to see. The building actually was redone in 1929 hence the white wall and blue roof as they represent the Nationalist party.

Another monument that shouldn’t be missed is the Linggu Pagoda which was also built on 1929, it stands a massive 61M and was designed in memory of the soldiers who were killed in the 1911 revolution.  During my time at the mountain I also visited Ming Xiao Ling, this is the tomb of the first Ming emperor Hongwu and his wife. It was completed in 1405 but has had to undergo a massive reconstruction after much of it was destroyed in the Taiping Rebellion.

Linggu Pagoda

Once at the top there is a small observatory tower which houses a display of bronze instruments which date all the way back to the 15th century, these were everyday items like a comb and a cup. Its such a Pleasant day out I would recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in Chinese history.If this account has inspired you to want to travel Beijing but don’t know where to start for some great low cost travel idea’s go to China Tours. Or if you need advice on hotels go to China Hotels.

Mausoleum of Dr.Sun Yat-sen

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8 Day Tour in China

On November 12, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Beijing, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, Shanghai, Tips & Ideas, Xi'an, by Jack Li

China Travel offers an eight day tour to the some of most famous and exciting destinations in China. There are three locations that are included: Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai. In this specific tour, you get to travel to the main hot spot tourist attractions and see them in a short space of time. This will […]

China Travel offers an eight day tour to the some of most famous and exciting destinations in China. There are three locations that are included: Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai. In this specific tour, you get to travel to the main hot spot tourist attractions and see them in a short space of time. This will take all the organising away, provide the best information about each destination with a tour guide, and help you get the most out of China. If this is something that interests you more than a normal holiday, then book with China Tours who are the best in China for travel.

Beijing

Beijing

Attractions:Great Wall of ChinaForbidden City ▶ Temple of Heaven▶ Summer Palace ▶ Tian’anmen Square ▶ Olympic Games Sites

These attractions are some of the most famous.

Xi’an

Terra Cotta Army, Xi'an

Attractions:Terracotta Warriors and Horses ▶ Big Wild Goose PagodaBell Tower ▶ Shaanxi Historical Museum

Home of Terra Cotta Army and Horses, this is a big tourist attraction that millions travel to every year. It is a definite must!

Shanghai

Shanghai

Attractions:The Bund ▶ Shanghai Museum ▶ Oriental Pearl TV Tower▶ Yuyuan Garden ▶ Jade Buddha Temple

Huge towers, beautiful museums and temples, and a modern haven. Shanghai offers a lot for the western tourist as well as for a fun filled holiday in Asia!

These places are the best attractions you’ll be able to find on the east coast of China, this is where the main area’s exist for tourists. These tours are great as they offer you everything in an eight day excursion without any hassle. I would book your flights through China Flights and organise this tour for the best time here.

Customize Your China Independent Travel

On November 10, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Tibet, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Travelling independently with china travel seems like an attractive idea to most adventurous westerners. It is best to buy your airline ticket, apply for your visa, book a room on China Hotels, or even get information about the weather before you go. Then what you need next is a customized travel plan. Here are some examples of choices for you. 1.Landscape for avid mountaineers– Mount Taishan and Mount Huangshan There is a great saying to describe the two famous mountains in China,“It is difficult to be mountains for one who has seen the Mount Taishan, and difficult to enjoy Taishan for one who has seen the Mount Huang.” Taishan, which is located in the central part of Shandong Province, is famous for its splendid sunrise and thrilling height over thousands of years. Huangshan, which lies in the southern part of Anhui Province, has a reputation for its sea of clouds, wondrous pines ,unique rocks and hot spring. 2.Purify your exhausted soul–Qinghai-Tibet plateau It is said that Qinghai-Tibet plateau is a place which is closest to heaven. You will be greatly shocked by the endless spectacular sights like snow mountains, monks and priests, yak, migrant birds in Qinghai Lake, Potala Palace, Brahmaputra…… West lake fish in sweet sour source (Xi Hu Cu Yu) 3.Enjoy the native life –Chengdu,Hangzhou,Suzhou and Xi’an Play mah-jong in Chengdu, drink Longjing tea at West Lake, watch Kunqu opera in a sculling boat in Suzhou , taste snacks by the city moat of Xi’an. You can discover Chinese culture and traditions in the different cities and act as the local people do. 4.Go back to the old days of China–Pingyao ancient city in Shanxi Pingyao became famous because of a classic movie《Raise The Red Lantern》 directed by Zhang Yimou. Pingyao used to be the financial centre of China during the Ming and Qing dynasty and there a lot of mysterious tales which are waiting for you to explore. There are also many antiques for sale, if you are interested in collecting, Pingyao will absolutely give you a big surprise. I wish you a pleasant china travel and good luck!

Travelling independently with china travel seems like an attractive idea to most adventurous westerners.

It is best to buy your airline ticket, apply for your visa, book a room on China Hotels, or even get

information about the weather before you go. Then what you need next is a customized travel plan.

Here are some examples of choices for you.

1.Landscape for avid mountaineers– Mount Taishan and Mount Huangshan

There is a great saying to describe the two famous mountains in China,“It is difficult to be mountains

for one who has seen the Mount Taishan, and difficult to enjoy Taishan for one who has seen the Mount Huang.”

Taishan, which is located in the central part of Shandong Province, is famous for its splendid sunrise and thrilling

height over thousands of years. Huangshan, which lies in the southern part of Anhui Province, has a reputation

for its sea of clouds, wondrous pines ,unique rocks and hot spring.

2.Purify your exhausted soul–Qinghai-Tibet plateau

It is said that Qinghai-Tibet plateau is a place which is closest to heaven. You will be greatly shocked

by the endless spectacular sights like snow mountains, monks and priests, yak, migrant birds in Qinghai Lake,

Potala Palace, Brahmaputra……

West lake fish in sweet sour source (Xi Hu Cu Yu)

3.Enjoy the native life –Chengdu,Hangzhou,Suzhou and Xi’an

Play mah-jong in Chengdu, drink Longjing tea at West Lake, watch Kunqu opera in a sculling boat in Suzhou ,

taste snacks by the city moat of Xi’an. You can discover Chinese culture and traditions in the different cities

and act as the local people do.

4.Go back to the old days of China–Pingyao ancient city in Shanxi

Pingyao became famous because of a classic movie《Raise The Red Lantern》

directed by Zhang Yimou. Pingyao used to be the financial centre of China during the Ming and Qing dynasty and there a lot of mysterious tales which are waiting for you to explore.

There are also many antiques for sale, if you are interested in collecting, Pingyao will absolutely give you a big surprise.

I wish you a pleasant china travel and good luck!

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