China Eyewitness Travel Guide II: Gu Lang Yu Island

On October 26, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, by Jack Li

When you just come to China for a wonderful China Tours, you must go to the South-east Coast of China. It is very worthy for people to relax and enjoy. Book a China Flight to visit Xiamen, Fujian Province, and spend your vocation in Gu Lang Yu. Gulangyu “Drum Wave Islet” is a car free island off the coast […]

When you just come to China for a wonderful China Tours, you must go to the South-east Coast of China. It is very worthy for people to relax and enjoy. Book a China Flight to visit Xiamen, Fujian Province, and spend your vocation in Gu Lang Yu.

Gulangyu “Drum Wave Islet” is a car free island off the coast of Xiamen, Fujian province in southern China, about 2km2 in area. It is home to about 20,000 people and is a very popular tourist destination.

Visitors can reach it by ferry from Xiamen Island in about 5 minutes. Gulangyu Island is renowned for its beaches and winding lanes and its varied architecture. The island is on China’s list of National Scenic Spots and also ranks at the top of the list of the ten most-scenic areas in Fujian Province.

Xiamen (formerly known as Amoy) became a treat port resulting from China’s loss in the First Opium War and the Treaty of Nanking in 1842, hence the predominantly Victorian-era style architecture throughout Gulangyu Island, where 13 countries including Great Britain, France and Japan established consulates, churches, and hospitals. Gulangyu was officially designated an International Settlement in 1903. In 1942, Japan occupied the island until the end of the War of Resistance against Japan. The Amoy dialect of Hokkien is spoken on the island.

As a place of residence for Westerners during Xiamen’s colonial past, Gulangyu is famous for its architecture and for hosting China’s only piano museum, giving it the nickname of “Piano Island” or “The Town of Pianos” or “The Island of Music”. There are over 200 pianos on this island. The Chinese name also has musical roots, as gu lang means drum waves so-called because of the sound generated by the ocean waves hitting the reefs. Yu means “islet”.

In addition, there is a museum dedicated to Koxinga, Haidi Shijie Marine World, a subtropical garden containing plants introduced by overseas Chinese, as well as Xiamen Museum, formerly the Eight Diagrams Tower. The island of Gulangyu is a pedestrian only destination, where the only vehicles on the islands are several fire trucks and electric tourist buggies. The narrow streets on the island, together with the architecture of various styles around the world, give the island a unique appearance.

Gulangyu is unique in China as a “Traffic Free Island”. It is connected to the main Xiamen island only by ferry. Neither cars nor bicycles are allowed, and the peaceful island provides an alternative to the hectic life in Xiamen City across the river, although the recent introduction of electric tourist buggies is felt to be damaging the island’s charm. Freight is pulled on wheeled buggies up the often steep lanes by strong teams of men.

It is really wonderful to visit Xiamen in August, September and October. Visit chinatraveldepot.com for more information for your China Tours.

China Eyewitness Travel Guide I: Fuzhou City

On October 26, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, by Jack Li

When you just come to China for a wonderful China Tours, you must go to the South-east Coast of China. It is very worthy for people to relax and enjoy. Book a China Flight to visit Fuzhou, Fujian Province, and spend your vocation in Gu Lang Yu. Fuzhou is the capital and the largest municipality of […]

When you just come to China for a wonderful China Tours, you must go to the South-east Coast of China. It is very worthy for people to relax and enjoy. Book a China Flight to visit Fuzhou, Fujian Province, and spend your vocation in Gu Lang Yu.

Fuzhou is the capital and the largest municipality of Fujian (福建) province, People’s Republic of China.The city is also referred to as Rongcheng which means “city of banyan trees”. Along with the many counties of Ningde, those of Fuzhou are considered to constitute the Mindong linguistic and cultural area. Fuzhou’s core counties lie on the north (or left) bank of the estuary of Fujian’s largest river, the Min River. All along its northern border lies Ningde, and Ningde’s Gutian County lies upriver.

Besides Mandarin Chinese, local residents of Fuzhou (Fuzhou people) also speak Fuzhou dialect, a language that is considered to be the standard form of the Min Dong dialect. Min opera, also known as Fuzhou drama, is one of the major operas in Fujian Province. It enjoys popularity in Fuzhou area, and neighboring parts of Fujian such as the northeast and northwest areas where the Fuzhou dialect is spoken, as well as in Taiwan and the Malay Archipelago. It became a fixed opera in the early 20th century. There are more than 1000 plays of Min opera, most of which originate from folk tales, historical novels, or ancient legends, including such traditional plays as “Making Seal”, “The Purple Jade Hairpin” and “Switching Fairy Peach with Litchi”.

Fuzhou cuisine is one of the four traditional cooking styles of Fujian cuisine, which in turn is of the eight Chinese regional cuisines. Dishes are light but flavorful, with particular emphasis on umami taste, known in Chinese cooking as “xiānwèi”, as well as retaining the original flavor of the main ingredients instead of masking them. In Fuzhou cuisine, the taste is light compared to that of some other Chinese cooking styles, and often has a mixed sweet and sour taste. Soup, served as a indispensable dish in meals, is cooked in various ways with local seasonal fresh vegetables and seafood. Cultural snack food is also an important part of Fuzhou culture. Production of raw materials according to classification can be divided into many classes: Powder, starch, dry fruit, meat and seafood, etc., especially rice, beans, sugar, most

famous as the main raw material. The red, white rice cakes during the Chinese New Year, fifteenth of the Lantern Festival, Dragon Boat Festival of the dumplings, the winter solstice of the twist, are the traditional foods enjoyed by the masses of Fuzhou. In recent years, poly-Spring Garden Hotel in Fuzhou, “Tai Chi taro” Aetna building, Hot Deals Forum’s “Ding edge paste”, “meatball,” “Fish Balls”, “meat Yan bian” and received the “Chinese Famous Snacks “title.

Fuzhou is located in the northeast coast of Fujian province, in the opposite of North Taiwan, connects jointly northwards with Ningde and Nanping, southwards with Quanzhou and Putian, westwards with Sanming respectively. Fuzhou has a humid subtropical climate influenced by the East Asian Monsoon; the summers are long, very hot and humid, the winters are short, mild and dry. In most years torrential rain occurs during the monsoon in the second half of May. Fuzhou is also liable to typhoons in late summer and early autumn.

It is really wonderful to visit Fuzhou city in August, September and October. Visit chinatraveldepot.com for more information for your China Tours.

Break from Work–Have Enough Time Tour in China

On October 25, 2010, in Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Last Thursday, Scott, my oral English teacher, shared a passage about Career Break with us. That meant a lot to me, as I am always the one who dreams about having China Tours even world tours as long time as I want. Just as Susan, the author of this passage, said, it is a dream […]

Last Thursday, Scott, my oral English teacher, shared a passage about Career Break with us. That meant a lot to me, as I am always the one who dreams about having China Tours even world tours as long time as I want. Just as Susan, the author of this passage, said, it is a dream anyone with a passport fantasizes about once in a while: ditching everything to travel the world for a year, or at least long enough to forget about office life. But also as she suggested, acting out that fantasy tends to be reserved for retirees and recent college graduates. I am a graduate student who will graduate in 2013. Though there are so many obstacles as well, I want to plan about my long time trip. Maybe peers like you could join me or just take it a reference.

I would like to name this long journey as My Gap Month Tour in Southwest China, which includes destinations of Chengdu, Yunnan, Tibet and Guilin. Since these four destinations make up a round, I design this route in turn: Chengdu—Guilin—Yunnan—Tibet. Given the culture issue, I choose Chengdu, whose local people also like hot food, as my first destination. As the passage suggests, easing into your trip in a more familiar country is a way to reduce anxiety about leaving home. I think it applies to domestic trip well. Besides, Chengdu Flights are available easily.

First Stop—Chengdu—4 days or so to stay

As we all know, the most famous things in Chengdu covers the teahouse, panda and Sichuan opera and the most important is its various local flavors. I plan 2 days for its famous scenic spots and 2 days just for sitting in the teahouse and enjoying its delicious and its drama.

Teahouse: things in teahouse could be a mirror reflected local people’s leisurely life, which is famous in China. Especially after the Wenchuan Earthquake, Chengdu people realized that it is important to enjoy life for our vulnerable and short life. In addition, teahouse is an important social activity place. So it is a good place for me to meet some new friends.

Panda: Chengdu is the hometown of our country’s treasure—panda. I definitely will not miss the opportunity for watching these lovely and lively babies.

Sichuan Opera: Chengdu is also the home of opera. I want to watch the simon-pure Sichuan opera, especially suddenly turn hostile.

Food: my friends who live in Chengdu say that special snacks there are cheap and delicious. As I come from Hunan, where people love hot food, I wanna try its spicy and hot food very much.

Second Stop—Guilin—3days or more to stay

There come some words– Guilin’s scenery is the best in the world. As it has the most representative karst land feature, it is famous for fantastic hills, crystal-clear water, spectacular caves and picturesque rocks.

Li River: it has the largest scale and most wonderful of caves. I expect to quant on the water, just take it easy to get close to the nature.

Food: Guilin rice noodles are known for world light repasts, with its special taste but be known for. It is said that there are hundreds of shops selling Guilin Rice noodle with hundreds of kinds of taste. It is very highly expected for me.

Third Stop—Yunnan—a week or more days to stay

Yunnan is a mysterious province for me. I just know that Kunming is the city of Spring and Li-Jiang ancient town is very attractive for most people. Only visit there can I feel its fantasy culture and custom. Here my initial planning refers to Kunming, Dali and Li-Jiang.

Kunming: known as Spring City, it is a good chance for me to see various fresh flowers and taste various vegetables of different season. It should be a nice place for people to live in since it has the nicest climate.

Dali: it is a city with Bai Ethic Group live together. I want to see for myself its wind, flower, snow and moonshine and take enough time to experience the Bai people’s custom and culture.

Li-Jiang: Lijiang is inhabited by the Naxi minority people. It is popular with Lovely people, nice town and special music. What I expect most is wander in the Old Town of Li-Jiang, drunk to its scenery. Life could be quiet and romantic there that I can stay away from the real world.

Maybe I suddenly decide to stay for more days.

Fourth and last stop—Tibet—a week or more to stay

As most Chinese people dream about, Tibet is the must-to-go place for me in my whole life. It is a holy place for us ordinary ones. It is the mysterious virgin land. I want to take more time to stay there. I want to see local religious people who are going on a pilgrimage. I want to feel their reverent heart which could teach me a lot. I want to purify my mind and get peaceful thoroughly. Oh, there are so many things I want to do in Tibet. Perhaps it is better for me to take no specific arrangements there. Just follow my mind.

Plans above are rough. But it is outline of my gap month tour. Anyone who gets any ideas or suggestions can leave me a message below. Or we can both inquire China Southern Airlines right now.

River! Cool! Bring You the Yangtze River Tours

On October 25, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Cool Places, Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

China is a beautiful country, with a lot of attractions and natural scenery. China Tours will give you many surprises, the Royal Gardens, the ancient local customs and so on. For China Travel, one of the great scenery you cannot miss is Yangtze River. Yangtze (Changjiang River) is the longest river in Asia— 6397 km. It […]

China is a beautiful country, with a lot of attractions and natural scenery. China Tours will give you many surprises, the Royal Gardens, the ancient local customs and so on. For China Travel, one of the great scenery you cannot miss is Yangtze River.

Yangtze (Changjiang River) is the longest river in Asia— 6397 km. It originates from the mountain Tanggula in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and finally goes into East China Sea. The whole river passes 11provinces in south of China, include Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Chongqing, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Jiangsu, and Shanghai.

Yangtze River tributary, include many tributaries. E.g. Xiangjiang River: also known as Xiang River, the main tributary of the Yangtze River, it is one of the largest rivers in Hunan Province, drainage area of 94,600 square km, length 856 km.

Yuanjiang:Yuanjiang also known as Yuan River, the second largest river in Hunan province, it has two sources, the leading source in Southern River—from Guizhou Province, North source is also from Guizhou Province on Majiang Ping.

Dongting Lake: it is the second largest freshwater lake in China, located in the northern part of Hunan Province. It has an area of 3968 square km. The lake mainly consists of East Dongting Lake, Wanzi Lake, Muping Lake, and so on. Dongting Lake is most famous for the poetries about it, in ancient China, many great poets wrote Chinese poetries here, to show their experience, or express their feeling of life.
Han River: also known as Hanshui—the longest tributaries of the Yangtze River. It originates in the southwestern Qinling Mountains in Shanxi Province.

Jialing River: its drainage area is the largest one in the Yangtze River’s largest tributary.

The Three Gorges Dam is in the middle section of the Xiling Gorge at Sandouping, 44km upstream from the city of Yichang. It is the world’s largest hydro-electric power station that traverses the Yangtze River aimed both at harnessing the power of the Yangtze to create hydroelectric power and controlling the river to prevent flash flooding that historically caused a great deal of damage. The huge project took 17 years starting from 1994 to 2009 with total investment of 180 billion Yuan RMB and rural-urban migration of one million people.

Just visit chinatraveldepot.com for more information, and follow this travel route, you will have a deep view of the Three Gorges, and go sightseeing along Yangtze River, finally Travel to Shanghai, the largest flourishing international metropolis.

Attention, Visa and Chinese Police Entry Advice

On October 25, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, by Jack Li

You may everything is wonderful in China, since it has the most beautiful and grateful heritages, such as the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, etc. Before you book a China Flight for your China Tours, please check on the travel visa of People’s Republic of China clearly. Visa Application Chinese visa is a permit issued […]

You may everything is wonderful in China, since it has the most beautiful and grateful heritages, such as the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, etc. Before you book a China Flight for your China Tours, please check on the travel visa of People’s Republic of China clearly.

Visa Application

Chinese visa is a permit issued by visa authorities of China in accordance with the laws and regulations of China to a foreign citizen for entry into, exit from or transit through the territory of China. The Chinese Visa Authorities issue Diplomatic Visa, Courtesy Visa, Service Visa or Ordinary Visa to a foreign citizen according to his or her status, purpose of visit and type of passport.

Chinese embassies and consulates general do not extend the period of validity of an issued visa. Holder of an issued visa should apply for a new visa if he or she intends to visit China after the expiry of the issued visa. Foreigners holding an expired visa shall be refused entry into China. Make sure the visa is valid before you set off for China. Duration of stay of a visa refers to the longest period the visa holder is allowed to stay in China from the date of entry into China on each visit.

After entry into China, a foreign citizen who needs to stay in China longer than the duration of stay on the visa must apply for an extension of stay at a local public security bureau before the expiry of the duration of stay on the visa. This does not necessarily mean your application for the extension of stay will for certain be approved. The applicant shall bear any consequences arising there from.

Travel Information

For foreign people who visit China and its cities after 2008 Beijing Olympiad, most of the famous places printed several foreign languages tour information guide, so that you can be relax and get one for free at the entrance. Cell phone and Chinese civil passenger train are very important to people who come to China for visit at very first time. After September 1st, 2010, you can but cell phone SIM card at any mobile stores or vending stores on the street by your ID card or passport. Three major mobile companies are holding the services for cell phones, they are China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. All these three companies have different packages for varieties of customers. 2G and 3G network are all can be used in mainland China now.

China is currently redeveloping its entire railway network to produce a modern high-speed network. By the end of 2009 China expects to have a railway network length covering 89,000 km, which includes both freight and passenger railway lines.

There are seven types of tickets that may be purchased, First Class Seat used for CRH series EMU trains. There are 4 seats per row, just similar as soft seat; Second Class Seat used for CRH series EMU trains. Similar as hard seat, there are 5 seats per row, the sitting area is relatively small; Hard seat is the basic fare, somewhat similar to the economy class on an airplane. On busier routes, passengers who cannot arrange for better seats because of overcrowding must also purchase this type of ticket. In some cases, tickets are sold with no seat assigned, which allows the railway to sell more tickets than there are seats in the car. Still, even the number of “no seat” tickets offered for sale is limited, to keep overcrowding within limits; Soft seat is one level above the Hard Seat. There are 4 seats per row, so it has comfortable seating similar to business class on airplanes; Hard sleeper is the basic accommodation for an overnight train. Despite the name, the bunks comfortably accommodate anyone below six feet. Bunks are arranged three on a side in a compartment – indicated by top, middle and bottom on the ticket. But there are no doors for the compartments; Soft sleeper contains a wider bunk bed in an enclosed cabin, two bunks to a side, and an entertainment system where movie channels are available for viewing through headphones and an LCD display for each bunk. These tickets are usually reserved more than a week prior to departure. Now some CRH series EMU trains also have soft sleepers, such as CRH1E and CRH2E. Luxury soft sleeper is the top level sleeper that is only owned by a few trains. The ticket is also much more expensive than that of soft sleeper. It only contains two beds in a cabin, and there is an independent toilet in every cabin. Some of them has a shower cubicle in the car.

You can just visit chinatraveldepot.com for more information, and we sincerely welcome you to China for your China Tours.

CHA, the Chinese Traditional Tea

On October 19, 2010, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, by Jack Li

Everybody knows that Chine is the home of tea. Drinking tea has becoming one part of Chinese people’s life. You will see a lot of tea shop and tea house during your way on China tour, especially the travel to Beijing, travel to Xi’an. Chinese tea may be classified into five categories according to the […]

Everybody knows that Chine is the home of tea. Drinking tea has becoming one part of Chinese people’s life. You will see a lot of tea shop and tea house during your way on China tour, especially the travel to Beijing, travel to Xi’an.

Chinese tea may be classified into five categories according to the different methods by which it is processed.

1) Green tea: Green tea is the variety which keeps the original color of the tea leaves without fermentation during processing. This category consists mainly of Longjing tea of Zhejiang Province, Maofeng of Huangshan Mountain in Anhui Province and Biluochun produced in Jiangsu.

2) Black tea: Black tea, known as “red tea” (hong cha) in China, is the category which is fermented before baking; it is a later variety developed on the basis of the green tea. The best brands of black tea are Qihong of Anhui, Dianhong of Yunnan, Suhong of Jiangsu, Chuanhong of Sichuan and Huhong of Hunan.

3) Wulong tea: This represents a variety half way between the green and the black teas, being made after partial fermentation. It is a specialty from the provinces on China’s southeast coast: Fujian, Guangdong and Taiwan.

4) Compressed tea: This is the kind of tea which is compressed and hardened into a certain shape. It is good for transport and storage and is mainly supplied to the ethnic minorities living in the border areas of the country. As compressed tea is black in color in its commercial form, so it is also known in China as “black tea”. Most of the compressed tea is in the form of bricks; it is, therefore, generally called “brick tea”, though it is sometimes also in the form of cakes and bowls. It is mainly produced in Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces.

5) Scented tea: This kind of tea is made by mixing fragrant flowers in the tea leaves in the course of processing. The flowers commonly used for this purpose are jasmine and magnolia among others. Jasmine tea is a well-known favorite with the northerners of China and with a growing number of foreigners.

In summer or warm climate, tea seems to dispel the heat and bring on instant cool together with a feeling of relaxation. For this reason, tea-houses abound in towns and market villages in South China and provide elderly retirees with the locales to meet and chat over a cup of tea.

Medically, the tea leaf contains a number of chemicals, of which 20-30% is tannic acid, known for its anti-inflammatory and germicidal properties. It also contains an alkaloid (5%, mainly caffeine), a stimulant for the nerve centre and the process of metabolism. Tea with the aromatics in it may help resolve meat and fat and thus promote digestion. It is, therefore, of special importance to people who live mainly on meat, like many of the ethnic minorities in China. A popular proverb among them says, “Rather go without salt for three days than without tea for a single day.”

Tea is also rich in various vitamins and, for smokers, it helps to discharge nicotine out of the system. After wining, strong tea may prove to be a sobering pick-me-up.

Go and visit blog.chinatraveldepot.com for more information you need, and we are looking forward your China Tours.

How Will You Get Valuable Air Fare to China

On October 13, 2010, in Transportation, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Are you planning for an international trip which the destination is China? Just let you know how to check on the low fare air tickets to save your money for further China Tour. Go to discover the cheapest tickets would be so much excited to everyone who wants a China Tour. Since China has been to the […]

Are you planning for an international trip which the destination is China? Just let you know how to check on the low fare air tickets to save your money for further China Tour. Go to discover the cheapest tickets would be so much excited to everyone who wants a China Tour.

Since China has been to the most popular travel destination around 2008, airline companies in China are contesting the seats and markets share. All theChina flights are show their deepest sincere to attracting people around the world. But remember, if you want the cheapest airline tickets, book nearly 30-45 days before you leave.

If you go to Beijing, Shanghai which are the biggest cities in China, you can choose airlines in private sector, such as Spring Airlines, Shoudu Airlines, or the branch airways. Here is the tip, if your destination is Beijing, you can buy a ticket that arrivals in Tianjin, the city close to Beijing. You can take the city train from Tianjin to Beijing (65.00RMB per person, 29 minutes for entire trip).

Air China is the People’s Republic of China’s state-owned and second-largest commercial airline after China Southern Airlines. Its logo consists of a phoenix in the form of the acronym VIP, and “Air China” in both English and Chinese, which was autographed by Deng Xiaoping. It operates 5,090 flights each week worldwide and is the 18th largest airline in the world by fleet size. Air China is also the world’s largest carrier by market capitalization.

Air China’s main hubs are Beijing Capital International Airport, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport, with other focus cities at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport,Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, Tianjin Binhai International Airport and Hohhot Baita International Airport. Air China currently flies to approximately 120 destinations; the most destinations from its own Beijing hub. Air China officially joined Star Alliance on December 12, 2007. This move greatly expanded the Alliance’s presence in China.

China Southern Airline is another excellent choice to make. China Southern has planned to start a Guangzhou-Brisbane-Auckland service commencing from November 3, 2010. Including the planned start to Brisbane, China Southern is also increasing the Guangzhou-Sydney service to twice daily and increasing the Guangzhou-Melbourne flight to daily. Furthermore, China Southern is slated to start a new Guangzhou-Dubai-Lagos flight three times weekly commencing on October 10.

Beijing , Shanghai , Guangzhou are most popular places for entry and leave of China , which have frequent flights connecting with all parts of the world. HongKong which enjoys the reputation of Shopping Paradise is also a very ideal place for entry or exit of China. There are train and shuttle bus running between Hong Kong and Guangzhou or Shenzhen every day. So after spending several days in Hong Kong for Shopping and sightseeing, you can take train or shuttle bus to Guangzhou or Shenzhen and begin your rest tour in mainland China. You can also take flights from Hong Kong to Guilin which is available every day or other major cities like Beijing and Shanghai of your China tour. Of course there are some other cities for entry or exit of china. These cities have flights to and from certain nations.

Adventure Travel in China

On October 13, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Beijing, Cool Places, by Jack Li

Do you feel the life you have is always routine life? Do you do the same thing everyday? Do you want a change in your everyday life? Adventure traveling to China will bring you some fun and make your life different. The following are some places that you should go to if you are going […]

Do you feel the life you have is always routine life? Do you do the same thing everyday? Do you want a change in your everyday life? Adventure traveling to China will bring you some fun and make your life different. The following are some places that you should go to if you are going to have China Tours. Stay behind the scenes and you will have a very unforgettable china travel.

The Grand Brahmaputra Canyon in Tibet. This canyon has the highest height above the sea level and also it is the deepest and longest canyon. It is named “the last mysterious place in the world”. If you are traveling to this canyon, you should take enough courage, facing the dangers. You need to be physically and emotionally strong and also to have very good preparations. Traveling to this canyon will bring you new understanding of this world and of yourself.

 

Kanasi virgin land in Xinjiang province. This land is original and really beautiful. You can go there and ride a horse for thousands of miles. There are beautiful rivers, forests, lakes and grassland, with almost none habitants. It is like a mysterious young lady, attracting a lot of people to go and visit her.  

Xinjiang Lop Nur. This place became more famous after so many legends about this area. Many adventurers have gone to this place and never came back. No one knows what happened to them. The ancient Loulan country was also located here.

Nujiang in Yunnan province. This place is in the southwest of China. The ground level is very complicated. Many different peoples live here and some of them are still very mysterious to people from the world. Everybody wants to find something new here.

Dunhuang in Shanxi province. This was one stop at the Silk Road in ancient China. You can go to visit the temples, the stations, the living places, the camels and imagine what had happened on this road in ancient China. Traveling here, you would see the difference between different peoples in China and be exposed to the beauty of this road.

Qinling Mountains. This mountain is the division line between the south and north China. In ancient China, this mountain had stopped the communication between south and north. So people had built many roads here. Today, this is an area with few inhabitant. You can have adventure travel here and walk at the same road where maybe only some wolves or wild animals have walked on.

 

Lugu Lake in Yunnan province. At this place, you would see a matriarchal society where women dominate the society. There are no marriages here. Men and women live separately but get together at night. This is very different culture.

Shennongjia in Hubei province. This area is famous for its original forests and animals. Many adventurers like to go to this place It has been given the name “the deep area of the country”. There are also some legends about the original people. It is said there are still some original people living here.

Adventure travel in China would be very interesting and very different. For more information about travel to Tibet, you can go to Tibet Tours.

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Take a Passenger Train for China Domestic Travel

On October 13, 2010, in Cultural Experience, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

China is a giant population country, when you experience your China Tours, you will absolutely feel it clearly. Since the air-tickets are not very cheap in domestic, people in China will choose passenger train for their travel. If you want to a deep China Travel, you must get on a China civil passenger train for […]

China is a giant population country, when you experience your China Tours, you will absolutely feel it clearly. Since the air-tickets are not very cheap in domestic, people in China will choose passenger train for their travel. If you want to a deep China Travel, you must get on a China civil passenger train for your next destination in China.

Passenger rail transport is one of the principal means of transport in China, with 1.456 billion railway trips taken in 2008. It is operated by the Ministry of Railways of the PRC. The Spring Festival Travel Season is the peak railway travel season of the year. China is currently redeveloping its entire railway network to produce a modern high-speed network. By the end of 2009 China expects to have a railway network length covering 89,000 km, which includes both freight and passenger railway lines.

Every train route has an identification number of two to five characters arranged by the Ministry of Railways. The first character can be alphabetic or numeric, while the second to fifth characters are all numeric.

Trains are classified as up trains or down trains. Since Beijing is seen as the centre of the network, the train from Beijing is the down service, while the train towards Beijing is the up service. Trains that do not go to Beijing are designated up or down based on the railway they are traveling on. Railways that do not go to Beijing are up or down based on whether they are going in the direction that goes towards or away from Beijing. Train routes that change from up service to down service while traveling in a certain direction might use two different route numbers. For example a train from Qingdao to Xi’an begins as up service as it travels approaching Beijing and changes to down service when it reaches the point where its travel is away from Beijing all the while travelling westerly.

There are seven types of tickets that may be purchased,

  • First Class Seat, used for CRH series EMU trains. There are 4 seats per row (2+2), just similar as soft seat.
  • Second Class Seat, used for CRH series EMU trains. Similar as hard seat, there are 5 seats per row (3+2), the sitting area is relatively small.
  • Hard seat is the basic fare, somewhat similar to the economy class on an airplane. On busier routes, passengers who cannot arrange for better seats because of overcrowding must also purchase this type of ticket. In some cases, tickets are sold with no seat assigned, which allows the railway to sell more tickets than there are seats in the car. Still, even the number of “no seat” tickets offered for sale is limited, to keep overcrowding within limits.
  • Soft seat is one level above the Hard Seat. There are 4 seats per row (2+2), so it has comfortable seating similar to business class on airplanes.
  • Hard sleeper is the basic accommodation for an overnight train. Despite the name, the bunks comfortably accommodate anyone below six feet. Bunks are arranged three on a side in a compartment – indicated by top, middle and bottom on the ticket. But there are no doors for the compartments.
  • Soft sleeper contains a wider bunk bed in an enclosed cabin, two bunks to a side, and an entertainment system where movie channels are available for viewing through headphones and an LCD display for each bunk. These tickets are usually reserved more than a week prior to departure.
  • Luxury soft sleeper is the top level sleeper that is only owned by a few trains. The ticket is also much more expensive than that of soft sleeper. It only contains two beds in a cabin, and there is an independent toilet in every cabin. Some of them have a shower cubicle in the car.

Most trains feature some kind of on-board catering service. Vendors with trolleys walk through the train selling snacks, drinks, fruit, newspapers etc. On shorter distance trains, there is a cafe-car selling light snacks, tea, coffee, beer etc. whilst long-haul trains have full service restaurant cars.

Smoking is generally not permitted in the accommodation or washroom areas of the trains but is allowed in the restaurant/cafe area and in the vestibules between the cars. On modern trains such as CRH or Beijing Suburban railway smoking is completely banned. On the Guangzhou-Kowloon cross-border train smoking is only permitted in the cafe car.

Just get one ticket for passenger train in China, and talk to local people on the train, you will definitely find a excellent time during your China Tours.

Tours in Nachu, Tibet

On October 11, 2010, in Cool Places, Tibet, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

When you are planning to Travel to Tibet in China Tours, I would like to suggest you not missing the Nachu area. Because there are Namtso Lake, Hoh Xil, the skeleton wall and Nachu Town and so on beautiful scenery. Namtso Lake Namtso Lake is the highest salt lake in the world and the second […]

When you are planning to Travel to Tibet in China Tours, I would like to suggest you not missing the Nachu area. Because there are Namtso Lake, Hoh Xil, the skeleton wall and Nachu Town and so on beautiful scenery.

Namtso Lake

Namtso Lake is the highest salt lake in the world and the second biggest one in China. It is located in the the southeast side of Nachu area, middle area of Tibet. The lake is famous for its nature beauty and Buddhism.

Namtso Lake was formed from the movement of Himalayas in the beginning of 4th century. It looks like a huge precious mirror lied in Northern Tibet Grassland. It is surrounded by Nyenchen tanglha’s peak with snow all the year in the southeast side, the rolling hills and plateau in the north side. When you are there, enjoying the nature painting with the very blue sky, blue lake, snow at far, local people’s herder-tents and colorful mountain flowers, you will be surely relaxed and happy. In addition, grassland around the lake is natural pasture. Around the lake are often bears, wild yak, wild donkey, blue sheep, fox, river deer, otter and other wild animals inhabit.

Besides, Namtso Lake is worshipped as a goddess by the Tibetans. It is said that every year of the Goat, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, expanding law of God, set up altar in Namtso, so people went to worship at this time. It is also said that Chanting around the lake once could be better than usually turn toward the lake chanting ceremony by thousands of times, and this would get immeasurable blessing. So when the time comes, monks and believers comes together no matter how long it does, and chants for a circle to get great happiness. This activity will get its peak in April 15th. You may be amazed to witness that. The five islands standing upright in the lake are also said as the incarnation of Five parties Buddha.

To Namtso travel, you must be in time for the rainy season from June to September each year. Since other months would be snowy that could stop you entering.

Hoh Xil

Hoh Xil is located between Tibet and Qinghai Province. It is one of the most perfect place that is saved from the original ecological environment in the world. Hoh Xil in”Mongolian language means for beautiful girls. Tibetan Antelope, the National level to protect animal long live in there. Hoh Xil climate is characterized by low temperature and less rainfall, high wind and large regional differences. Natural landscape there ranges from southeast to northwest showing alpine meadows- high-cold steppe and cold desert replaced, and the main type of alpine meadows.

Skeleton Wall

Skeleton wall lies in Chachu area, which is 370km away from Nachu. Architecture, painting, sculpture, Thangka along there are pretty unique. You must be very impressed by its natural beauty and pleasant weather. In addition, the Hot Pakistani dance called Dinka, which is bold and heroic, is the essence of Tibetan songs and dances. The techniques of making costumes and masks is amazing as well.

Nachu Town

Nachu Town, as a important city in nortern Tibet, is the highest town in China. It has steaming Nagqu geothermal in the south of this town and a display area about ancient exposed geothermal in the southwest side. You can visit Lee Teng Temple, the largest Gelugpa temple in Nagqu and Nagqu Folk Village.

For more info about Tibet, you can click Tibet Tours here.

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