Tourism Packages for Beijing Tours

On November 5, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Beijing, Cool Places, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

When we talk about china travel, the first travel destination comes to our minds is Beijing. Yes, Beijing, as the capital of China, the political and cultural center, has been well-known by tourists who are from all over the world; however, for most travelers, they know less detail about China, about Beijing, so, in the […]

When we talk about china travel, the first travel destination comes to our minds is Beijing. Yes, Beijing, as the capital of China, the political and cultural center, has been well-known by tourists who are from all over the world; however, for most travelers, they know less detail about China, about Beijing, so, in the following passage, I will share my experience with you about how to Travel to Beijing.

For newcomers, before you traveling to Beijing, you’d better look for some information about china travel agencies, and choose the one with good reputation and sense of responsibility, for example, CYTS-China Youth Travel Service, the website is www.chinatraveldepot.com. Generally speaking, the tour packages include booking the air tickets, the hotels, the agenda of your tours, so you do not need to pay attention to these stuff on your own, just enjoy yourselves during the travel. Well, how do the travel agencies work? Don’t worry, let’s find out the answer together.

The first stop: Tiananmen Square

When traveling to Beijing, one thing you cannot miss is the flag-raising ceremony. Usually, the China’s national flag will rise with the same step of the Sunrise. Being there–the Tiananmen Square, which is the largest square being located in the center of Beijing, you will be shocked by the majestic ceremony. Beijing has a well-functioned traffic system, usually the subways and buses begin to work at 6 a.m., so it is unnecessary to worry about late for this ceremony, let’s start our Beijing tour as soon as possible and with this great beginning, surely we will have a wonderful trip.

The second stop: Silk Street

Silk Street is located in Chaoyang District, the CBD of Beijing. Generally speaking, foreign friends  hang out there, because there are many famous world brands and ancient China handicrafts, such as china arts, embroidery, paintings, Chinese jades, jewelry, silk, Chinese tea, and more. After going shopping here,there are many places to eat for you to enjoy.. There is a famous saying goes, there are three major cuisines, Chinese, French and Turkish cuisine. The most famous food is the Beijing Roast Duck, which has a good reputation here and abroad. Beijing Roast Duck is characteristic by its cooking method, the raw material, and the proper duration of heating, cooking and smelting. It would be a pity if you had not given it a try.

The Third Stop: China’s National Grand Theater

It is also known as the National Center for the Performing Arts. It will be a good choice to appreciate formal Beijing Opera performs, no matter that you are Beijing Opera fans or Ballet performs fans. It is located on the Chang’an Street, in Xicheng District. Almost famous arts performs are showed there, such as the perform which named Spring Flowers and Autumn Harvest. The programme is about the importance of dancing in our lives, it can present the true feeling of life, eternal brilliance and endless life rhythms; the Chinese ancient story whose name is Legend of the White Snake. This story described the beautiful love story between human beings and other creatures. It is maybe very difficult for a foreign audience to appreciate this ancient Chinese legend; however it is something you will appreciate anyway.

The last stop: Bar Street

After the whole day Beijing tour, we are going to have a relax fun in bars, the wildly known bar street: Sanlitun(三里屯). In the covering of colorful lights, you can take your drinks, listen to the live music, or just chat with your friends, you’ll be excited about it.

So, this is our fantastic Beijing Tours, what do you think about it? Want to give it a try? Act now!

University Tours in Beijing

On November 5, 2010, in Beijing, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Beijing, as the political, economical and cultural center of China, accumulates a number of famous universities such as Tsinghua University and Beijing University. These universities have produced numerous leaders for all fields since their establishment. Thus, they are called “cradles for excellent young people” in China. For their worldwide reputation, they have become hot spots […]

Beijing, as the political, economical and cultural center of China, accumulates a number of famous universities such as Tsinghua University and Beijing University. These universities have produced numerous leaders for all fields since their establishment. Thus, they are called “cradles for excellent young people” in China. For their worldwide reputation, they have become hot spots for travelers in recent years. Personally, I also think such university tours are necessary for us to learn about the educational and cultural states of modern China. So, this article will recommend the two most famous universities in China for those who Travel to Beijing on a china travel.

1. Tsinghua University

 

Tsinghua Garden

Tsinghua University is located in the north-west suburb of Beijing, on the site of a former royal garden. It was established in 1911 when it was called Tsinghua Xuetang. It was first a preparatory school for students who would be sent to study in the United States. In 1925 it started to enroll students for a four-year university study. Later, it started to open research centers for graduates and PhD students. As the best university in China, Tsinghua University is a leader in many areas such as Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences and Medicine and Economics and Management. These advances are inseparable from its comfortable campus environment which rank high both at home and abroad. In fact, it has been ranked as one of the most beautiful universities in the world mainly because of its buildings which are characterized by a combination of Chinese and Western styles.

The whole campus can be divided into east section and west section along the north-south axis. The west section is the old campus which features American layout and Western structures. The Great Hall, the central architecture in this section, together with the Science Hall, west part of Gymnasium and the old Library were called “Four Main Buildings” in early times. The Great Hall is in ancient Roman style. It is regarded by Tsinghua people as a symbol of their resolute, simple and unyielding personality.

While these buildings are in western style, the former royal gardens such as Gongziting, Guyuetang and Shuimuqinghua show traditional Chinese architecture. The east section has the Main Building with a Russian style surrounded by School of Architecture, Law School, School of Economics and Management and School of Sciences.

2. Peking University

 

Gate of Peking University

Peking University is another most famous university. Established in 1898, it is the first university in China. It is the birthplace for “New Culture Movement” and “May Fourth Movement”. Like Tsinghua University, Peking University is also regarded as the strongest university in China. It ranks No.1 also in a lot of areas such as Sciences, Arts and Medicine. Actually it is parallel with Tsinghua University in many aspects. However, they have one difference, that is, the campus atmosphere of Peking University is romantic while that of Tsinghua University is somewhat realistic.

Peking University’s romance may originate from its concentration on arts. In fact, Peking University has contributed a lot to modern Chinese

Weiming Lake and Boya Tower

literature, poetry and art.Besides the academic aspect, its romance also lies in its beautiful campus environment. As it is located in the former site of royal gardens, it maintains the traditional houses, gardens, pagodas and historical buildings and structures. The most famous resorts in Peking University are its library, Weiming Lake and Boya Tower. Its library is the largest in Asia covering an area of 51,000 square meters. It has witnessed and preserved the long history of Peking University. Weiming Lake symbolizes the beauty and virtue of this university and the straight tower indicates the spirit of ceaseless self-improvement of its people.

Tsinghua University and Peking University are the dreamed university for a lot of Chinese students, not only because of their leading place in a range of areas but also because of their beautiful environments. Travelers on Beijing Tours are strongly suggested to pay a visit to them.

Forbidden City

On November 4, 2010, in Beijing, Forbidden City, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

The Forbidden City is located in the centre of Beijing it’s very easy to get to by public transport as many bus routes pass by the Forbidden City, behind there is also Tianaman Square subway station. However if you would like to travel in luxury I would recommend going with China Tours here you will […]

The Forbidden City is located in the centre of Beijing it’s very easy to get to by public transport as many bus routes pass by the Forbidden City, behind there is also Tianaman Square subway station. However if you would like to travel in luxury I would recommend going with China Tours here you will be able to custom make your trip to suit your needs!

Forbidden city

The Forbidden City houses the ancient imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties, it is the world’s largest surviving palace complex and covers 178 acres. Once inside it is a maze of buildings and status there are actually 980 buildings in total which took over 500 years to construct. Each room Is ornately decorated with red walls and jewels, it is a spectacular sight to see the roofs are all a golden which is beautiful when the sun shines down on to them. Everywhere you look there is something to see it is such a big complex that you could be there for hours and still not see everything it has to offer. The Forbidden City was made with great care every minuet detail was considered it such a beautiful place to visit.

The Forbidden City is divided into town parts the outer court and the inner court. The outer court covers the southern sections and was traditionally used for ceremonial purposes. The inner court which is the northern sections was where the emperor and his family actually lived this is where they spent the majority of there time.The Forbidden City is surrounded by a 7.9 metres high bright red wall this was  built to protect the Emperor and his family it runs all the way round teh outside. The Forbidden city now also is the home or the palace Museum which has some really exciting things to see.

Every corner is steeped in history this is why I would recommend taking an organized tour as it is very difficult to navigate your way round and its very interesting to hear what each building was used for and why it was built.

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.

Train Travel with China Maps

On November 4, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cultural Experience, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Today, I am going to describe China’s train travel across China. Trains are hugely popular and are spread across the whole of China and connects the different provinces with one another. I would recommend using China Tours to organise your trips in China and China Hotels for your accommodation. There are four types of train class […]

Today, I am going to describe China’s train travel across China. Trains are hugely popular and are spread across the whole of China and connects the different provinces with one another. I would recommend using China Tours to organise your trips in China and China Hotels for your accommodation. There are four types of train class and style for the comfort of passengers and price. These include soft sleeper, hard sleeper, soft or hard seat, 1st and 2nd class, 2-berth soft sleep, and deluxe soft sleeper. Most westerners use the soft sleeper trains as it more similar to their customs and comfortability but as with everything, varies in price which I will talk about later in this article.

Train Map of China

The trains are mainly distributed in the eastern areas of China, having more train lines connecting more provinces together there. The reason for this is because of the amount of people being distributed around China more recently and also due to economic prosperity within these areas.

Outside Train

Most trains are equipped with toilets, sometimes restaurant foods, and smoking facilities. A lot of long haul trains are equipped with beds to sleep on for overnight journeys which are very convenient and cheap to travel with.

Train restaurant

In Beijing, the trains are very busy at peak times and so busy that you will not be able to move due to the excessive amount of people trying to get on board. Get to train stations  in good time and be early to avoid being unable to find your train and the masses of people trying to get in front of you. There is plenty of space on the trains to put your luggage and items for your travels but it is advised you choose a soft sleeper ticket for room space. If in doubt then purchase your tickets through China Travel who will sort everything out for you. Enjoy your journeys across China.

City Parks and Theme Parks in Beijing for Your Tour Packages

On November 3, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Beijing, Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

There are a variety of parks in Beijing. Historical and culture parks, theme parks and city parks can be main styles. And I think that you may have finished your trip in historical and culture parks such as Beihai Park, Summer Palace or Old Summer Palace. Because they are must-go spots for most China Tours. […]

There are a variety of parks in Beijing. Historical and culture parks, theme parks and city parks can be main styles. And I think that you may have finished your trip in historical and culture parks such as Beihai Park, Summer Palace or Old Summer Palace. Because they are must-go spots for most China Tours. So this time I just want to summarize some modern kinds of parks. And you can make a better choice when arranging your Beijing Tours.

City parks

Olympic Forest Park

City parks are good places for foreigners to get better understanding about Beijing locals’ lives. And I think the Olympic Forest Park could be the top representative city park in Beijing. It has been regarded as the back garden of 29th Olympic Games. And it is 10 times larger than Beihai Park. It is surrounded by bamboos, reeds, lotus, and maple with rational layout and fresh air. There you can see Pinnacle range upon range of hills and the beauty of lakes and mountains. The park is suitable for both tourists visiting and citizens taking a walk.

Chaoyang Park

It is the largest city park within the 4th ring in Beijing. And it is designed as a multifunctional culture and entertainment city park. It is worth mentioning that Chaoyang Park is the second refuge in Beijing (Yuandadu City Wall Ruins is the first one). I think you should have a visit to it .

Besides, the North 2nd Ring City Park is very close to Yonghe Lama Temple.

Theme parks in Beijing

Happy valley

This could be the must-go theme park especially for those who have children. May be you can consider it as China’s Disney land before any Disneyland built up in the mainland. And Beijing Amusement Park had closed up for several months. Full ticket in Happy Valley is 120yuan per person. Discount prices are 100yuan for university students and 60yuan for middle and primary students with valid student ID.

Happy Valley is made up of six main theme areas: Wild Fjord, Atlantis, Aegean Harbor, Lost Maya, Shangri-La and Ant Kingdom. Except those famous breathtaking items, the olds can follow the trace along Aegean Harbor and Maya Town, land in Atlantis gathered energy airship, seek the historical remains, and feel the unimaginable humanity charm. And kids can go to Ant Kingdom, get know about society, nature and ecosystem, feel the fun of arts and kinds of experience activities. It is the theme park that can satisfy all people.

Bird Nest theme park

It is located by the bird nest. And it is one of the reuses of Olympic heritages. Themes there can be changed. The latest theme is Explore Science Dinosaur Island. And it aimed to popularize science and environmental protection knowledge. And at the beginning of this year, there was dream theme park– World chocolate dream park. I suggest this changeable theme park place because it is always held by the side of Bird Nest. Once you visit Bird Nest, you may find surprising theme activity holding there.

Besides, Beijing World Park, familiar with the Window of World in Shenzhen and Changsha, is also theme park in China. But I wonder whether it is suitable for you.

In fact, since the Bird Nest and Water Cube are located by there. I think you can collect the stadiums, theme parks and the Olympic Forest Park together and take a full day trip in that scenic area. Night scene is very nice as well.

Hope it is helpful for your Travel to Beijing to a certain degree.

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Hot Skating Rinks in Beijing

On November 2, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

When it comes to winter, would you choose to stay at home or do some exercise out doors? If you are in your China Tours, I strongly advise you to go outside and enjoy the winter scenery in when you Travel to Beijing. As I have write something about ski resorts in Beijing, now I […]

When it comes to winter, would you choose to stay at home or do some exercise out doors? If you are in your China Tours, I strongly advise you to go outside and enjoy the winter scenery in when you Travel to Beijing. As I have write something about ski resorts in Beijing, now I want to tell you something about hot skating rinks in Beijing.

Outdoors

1. Weiming Lake skating rink

Weiming Lake is an artificial lake inside the Peking University. When winter comes, the water turn into ice and people can skate on the ice. There is no ticket for entering the Peking University and it only takes you some money to rent a pair of skates. It is such a popular skating rink that you can see people of all ages skate on the ice in a happy mood.

It feels good to skate in a row (by putting your hand on the shoulders of the one before you) and form a “long dragon”. What is more, you may find cute boys skating skillfully while enjoying his sugar coated haws!

Opening time: Late winter (depending on the time when water frozen)

Tickets: 4 RMB an hour for students and teachers in Peking University, 8 RMB per hour for others. And 16 RMB with no time limitation.

2.     Shichahai skating rink

Shichahai skating rink located in Houhai, Xicheng District. It is a skating rink in the open air too. The rink is divided into three sections: one for playing ice hockey, one for skating and the last one is for playing sleigh. It may be a little bit cold to skate outside. Warm your body up before playing outside and keep moving!

Opening time: Late winter (depending on the time when water frozen)

Tickets: 5 RMB on weekdays, 10 RMB for weekends, 30 RMB to rent a sleigh and no time limitation.

Indoors

3. LECOOL skating rink

This skating rink is inside the International Trade Building in Jianguomen, Chaoyang District. It is an artificial ice stadium on underground 1 with light background music. The ice there is good and you can ask a coach for help if you are a totally green hand.

Opening time: 10:00 to 22:00

Tickets: 30 for one and half an hour before 18:00, 40 for one and half an hour before 18:00, 50 for the weekends.

Tel: 010-65055776

4.     New world skating rink

The new would skating rink is inside the new world department store in Chongwenmen 5 Street in Chongwen District. It is inside a big shopping mall so parents would like to take their children there. Children can skating while mums shopping, What a good idea to kill two birds with one stone!

Opening time: 9:00 – 21:30 on weekdays and 9:30 – 22:00 for the weekends.

Tickets: 45 RMB for one and half an hour

5. The capital Gymnasium Skating rink

This skating rink is located in No.56, southern street in Zhongguancun, Haidian District. The environment there is pretty good for professional athletes usually get trained there. As a result, the ticket there is a little bit expensive than in other places.

Opening time: -7:00 pm

Tickets: 40 for the weekdays, 50 for the weekends with no time limitation.

Of course, they are only the skating rinks I know. However, there are plenty interesting skating rinks that I have not mentioned. Perhaps you can tell me some more information about them.

Hope you have a good time during your china travel.

Tourist Visa for China

On November 2, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, 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 by visa […]

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.

Information about China Tickets for Public Transit

On November 2, 2010, in Must-sees, by Jack Li

Besides the air tickets, what else should you know about various tickets about china travel? Such as train tickets, subway tickets, bus tickets or tickets for scenes. For example, once you have arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport, you may buy the tickets for shuttle bus to Beijing Hotels. And once you are in town, […]

Besides the air tickets, what else should you know about various tickets about china travel? Such as train tickets, subway tickets, bus tickets or tickets for scenes. For example, once you have arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport, you may buy the tickets for shuttle bus to Beijing Hotels. And once you are in town, you want to visit different scenes by yourself. But the terrible traffic on road makes you have to take subways. Then you need to get tickets for subways. When you get to the place you are interested, perhaps you need to buy tickets to get in. So this article will explain those tickets you may come across in Beijing.

There are ten routes for shuttle bus from the Beijing Capital International Airport to every corner in Beijing, like Xi Dan, Beijing Railway Station, and Zhong Guan Cun. The price is RMB 16 for each route and you can get your tickets at the Stop 7 (first floor, Terminal 1), or Stop 9 to 11 (first floor, Terminal 2) or Stop 5,7,11 (first floor, Terminal 3). There are also shuttle

buses to nearby provinces outside of Beijing. The price to Tianjin is RMB 80 yuan/person, to Tanggu is RMB 80 yuan/person, to Qing Huang Dao is RMB 125 yuan/person, to Lang Fang is RMB 40 yuan/person, to Baoding is RMB 85 yuan/person. Or you can take the express subway for 20 minutes and arrive at the center of Beijing (Dong Zhi Men). The ticket is RMB 25 yuan and the place to take the subway is parking lot B2 at Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. Moreover, because the Beijing Capital Airport is too large, there are free buses or trains for you travelling between the three terminals.

When are travelling around the city, you can either take taxis, buses or subways which is more convenient and fast. For buses and subways, the most convenient and cheap way is to pay RMB 20 yuan for deposit and get a Public Transit card. This card is similar to the Metro Card in New York. You can deposit some money in the card and use it to buy bus tickets, subway tickets, telephone, or even taxis. The benefits for this Public Transit Card are not only convenient, but also cheap. If you pay the bus tickets by this card, it will give you 60% off the original price. And it will save you a lot of time by exchanging coins to buy subway tickets. There are many places that you can get this transit cards easily at some large subway stations, like Xi Zhi Men.

For the tickets to visiting spots in Beijing, some are free and some are not. Free scenes are Tian’an Men Square, Chairman Mao’s memorial hall, 798 Arts Factory, Hou Hai (Lake), San Li Tun pub street, traditional Beijing architectures-Hu Tong, Silk market, Pan Jia Yuan (flea market for Chinese antiques). Other places that need tickets include Fragrant Hill (香山) to view beautiful red leaves (not maple trees) for RMB 10 yuan. The prices for Forbidden City for RMB 60 yuan during hot season ( April to October) and RMB 40 yuan for flat season (November to March). In addition, the precious jewelry house and the clocks’ house need RMB 10 yuan respectively. The tickets for Summer Palace are RMB 20 yuan for entrance ticket and RMB 40 yuan for coupon ticket during the flat season (November to March) and RMB 30 yuan for entrance ticket and RMB 50 for coupon tickets during the busy season ( April to October). The coupon tickets include entrance ticket, Garden of Virtue and Harmony (Dehe Yuan) ticket (RMB 5 yuan), Pavilion of the Fragrance of Buddha ( Foxiang Ge) ticket (RMB 10 yuan) and Suzhou Street (RMB 10 yuan).

More information and tips for Travel to Beijing can be found in our blog sections. Wish you could enjoy yourself in Beijing and in China!

Famous Karaoke Tvs– KTVs in Beijing

On November 1, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Nightlife, by Jack Li

I have studying in Beijing for 4 years and during my Beijing Tours I often go to KTV with my dear friends for relaxing, just as most we 80’s do. So this time I want to summarize several most famous karaoke tvs for your Travel to Beijing. No.1 Cash Box Cash box is surely the […]

I have studying in Beijing for 4 years and during my Beijing Tours I often go to KTV with my dear friends for relaxing, just as most we 80’s do. So this time I want to summarize several most famous karaoke tvs for your Travel to Beijing.

No.1 Cash Box

Cash box is surely the first one to be recommended no matter in Beijing or other large cities in China, I think. It is said that many Chinese stars like to have parties in Cash Box. Given this point, I think you can trust in its quality. I always passed by in the past 4 years as it is close to my university. And gatemen there are always busy with parking service. I went there before graduation. The splendid large hall dazzled us. Attendants there were very nice and friendly. Certainly it has wonderful sound effect, latest songs and high class facilities. The most satisfactory point is that it provides relevant cheap buffet which has various kinds of food and refreshments. I checked its offering times—0:00—2:00 am 29yuan, 10:00 to 14:00 29yuan and 17:00—20:30 35yuan. Food there tasted very delicious. As it is a discount- style KTV, you can take 80% less in certain times (almost 10:00—16:59 from Mon to Fri and 8:00—13:59 on weekends). Well, its original price is 240yuan for small boxes, 320yuan for middle ones and 480yuan for large ones. If you want to go, you’d better make a reservation in advance.

Address: Cash Box Flagship Store in No.4th in Huixin East Rd. Chaoyang District, Beijing.

Booking line: (010) 8857-6566— this number is the special booking lines in Beijing.

No.2 Melody

Melody is the first discount- style KTV in Beijing. Compared with Cash Box, it looks more fashionable. Because decorations in Cash Box seem to be grand while is vogue in Melody for young ones. I went to Melody Chaowai Branch, the flagship store, 2 years ago. Lights and music in the reception hall and corridors made me forget boring things in my life and just lost in it, very relaxing. It has high class software and hardware facilities as well. Moreover, food in Melody is very cultured. Though the price is surely higher, you may have a try for Melody’s special delicious meals. Likewise a lot of stars carry out their will sings in Melody. And it has different kinds of preferential activities cooperating with banks such as credit cards sales.

Address for flagship store: B.No.77th Chaowai Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Booking Line: 400-770-8899

No.3 Tango

As its motto says, Tango is a way of life. In my mind, Tango is an excellent night club for young people to get pleasure especial for Beijing locals. A short time before, I went to its Yonghegong Branch. The store building there has hive-like surface, which is inconspicuous in daytime while becomes very glaring at night with lights lightening from the whole “hive”. I like its design. Late at night, Tango is very busy. You can see lots of cars are seizing parking space. Crowded people gather outside the store and clusters of people in and out since it has a disco on basement level one. I am not the guy who could give full vent through dancing in a disco. I just sing some relaxing songs or stay alone on the corner. Identically, it has buffet, KTVs, clubs and some other ones. And rooms for 6 people can be charged about 100yuan more or less per hour (differ from times). For more details, you can search it on the Internet since I forget about the other room styles.

Address: No.79th, Hepingli West Street, Docheng District, Beijing—(010) 64282288

                  Flagship store in No.6th, Gongti West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing—(010) 65519988 (it is a little cheap than Yonghegong Branch)

Planning to go to Beijing? Take Beijing Flights and just go one of the KTVs for your one night in Beijing.

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A Close-to-Nature Trip at Baiwang Mountain Forest Park in Beijing

On November 1, 2010, in Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

These days the temperature in Beijing has gone up and autumn has returned to us again. My friend and I had been very excited in the past few weeks, dreaming of viewing red leaves which are said to be a must-see attraction for Beijingers every year. Finally we realized our dream at Baiwang Mountain Forest […]

These days the temperature in Beijing has gone up and autumn has returned to us again. My friend and I had been very excited in the past few weeks, dreaming of viewing red leaves which are said to be a must-see attraction for Beijingers every year. Finally we realized our dream at Baiwang Mountain Forest Park yesterday. That was a comfortable experience. I’d like to share it with people who love Beijing Tours, especially eco-Travel to Beijing.

To tell you the truth, we had planned to view red leaves in the Fragrance Hills which are said to be the best place for autumn sceneries and we did try to go there yesterday. However, we took the wrong route and happened to go past Baiwang Mountain Forest Park which we hadn’t heard of. To save time, we just changed our destination and went back into Baiwang Mountain Forest Park which also attracted a lot of people.

From the introduction of the Mountain inside the park, we know that Baiwang Mountain is an offshoot of TaiHang Mountain and is called “the Outpost of TaiHang”. Its peak is 210 meters high. Obviously it wouldn’t be very demanding for climbers. So we decided to climb to the top of the mountain. We climbed along the main road winding around the mountain, some sections of which are steep and some are relatively flat. It was very interesting to hike in this mountain with so many people. Climbers were from all ages. Some were as young as little babies who were carried by their mums or dads; some were seniors who need a stick during climbing; other climbers were energetic people like us who enjoyed our light walking all the way. 

Although it was at the end of October, we still couldn’t see large areas of red leaves. Instead, most of the leaves were dark yellow. Despite the fact, we could still view picturesque sceneries along the road: on the hills along the road there are thickly-dotted smoke trees which extend their twining branches around their neighbors, forming an arch connecting the sky above the two sides of the road.

Waking through such an arched corridor, you would feel like you were in a picture. Breathe deeply and you can feel the fragrant smell of trees and leaves. In fact, this mountain is also called “Oxygen Source” because of its primitive vegetation. So, don’t forget to take deep breaths when you come here.

When we climbed to the top of the mountain, we could have a bird view of the whole mountain. It is a colorful mountain dressed in a charming costume made by various trees with interlacing colors. Besides the mountain, you could also have a glimpse of the modern buildings of Beijing which are densely but neatly dotted.  

 

Besides the beautiful sceneries of mountains and trees, this park is also known for its steles including stele pavilions, corridors and walls. On these steles are paintings, calligraphy and poems from national leaders, celebrities and artists. They are aimed at raising people’s awareness of environment protection and building a green culture. Seeing these steles, I also had the desire to create something artful, writing or painting.  

Although we didn’t get to the Fragrant Hills as we had planned, we had a great time in Baiwang Mountain Forest Park. This is something like adventure. The fresh air and the enchanting views of colorful leaves are worth your china travel.

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