Entertainment In China

Now I’m not a big singer, in fact it’s safe to say that I have no musical talent at all, even though I love listening to it. But when you are next on your China Tours a visiting karaoke bar should be on your list of things to do. They are amazing and so much […]

Now I’m not a big singer, in fact it’s safe to say that I have no musical talent at all, even though I love listening to it. But when you are next on your China Tours a visiting karaoke bar should be on your list of things to do. They are amazing and so much fun. Going to a karaoke bar (known as KTV) has been one of my most entertaining experiences since being on my Beijing Tours.  

                Now these bars are nothing like the ones you get back in the UK. They are elegant, sophisticated, and if your shy, they are totally private. There is no daunting feeling of getting up on stage and blasting out a rendition of “I don’t Wanna Close My Eyes” by AeroSmith, “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi or other such classics in front of complete strangers, this is because all the booths are private. So the only people who will listen to you sing are your friends, who let’s face it, can’t sing any better than you even though they think they can.

                If you need a little Dutch courage before you get up on stage this is no problem, the alcohol I cheap, a Heineken costing around 11 Yuan (£1.10) so you can get yourself tipsy very easily to loosen up those vocal cords. Most KTV’s will offer a buffet with your entertainment experience.

This is something I would definitely recommend, especially with a big group of friends as this is a lot less strain on your voice. I had so much fun at one of these that people had to drag the microphone out of my hand so that they could have a turn at singing. The rooms are extremely comfortable each with their own private lavatory so that you do not have to miss a moment more of the action than is necessary. Like all Karaoke’s though the highlighted words do appear on the screen slightly slower than the song itself. No worries though, you are there to have fun, not to make sure that you are in perfect time with the songs. The only disappointing part of the evening was that they didn’t have “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” by Céline Dion, but, if this is the song you desperately  want to sing then I’m sure you can find it at one of the places.

KTV bars can be found all over China, keep an eye out for them as they can be deceiving from the outside. Some of them can look like hotels and this may put you off, but don’t let that fool you. The service is outstanding; if you decide to buy an alcoholic beverage whilst you are here they will insist on carrying it into the room for you, they will show you how to operate the Karaoke machine, as naturally it is in Chinese, and they are not strict on making sure you leave when your time is up.

So when you are next on your Beijing tours stop by your local KTV and enjoy an evening with good friends who delight in singing and having a good time.

Relaxing In Beijing

On December 15, 2010, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, by Jack Li

Whilst on your China Tours you might feel the need to sit down, relax and get pampered for a while. On Beijing Tours this is the perfect place to do this; with its variety of Spa’s and hot springs Beijing is the perfect place to have a little you time. A good soak in one […]

Whilst on your China Tours you might feel the need to sit down, relax and get pampered for a while. On Beijing Tours this is the perfect place to do this; with its variety of Spa’s and hot springs Beijing is the perfect place to have a little you time. A good soak in one of Beijing’s hot springs will help melt away that wintery chill from your bones. The average price of a hot spring is about 100Yuan (£10) per person per day; this includes bathing, a sauna, the use of the hot spring and a buffet meal. Or if you are with someone a standard two bed resort room is 220Yuan (£220). Body and foot massages are also available to release any tension or unknot sore muscles. Most of the hot springs are north of the city within a 60km of the city centre and are easily reached by taxi or car. Unlike in some countries, these spas do not allow nudity in public areas. Most establishments provide private services, sometimes in separate villas. Each villa has a small hot spring to be used by friends and family. Here a just a few of the resorts around Beijing to choose from.

Jiuhua Spa and Resort

One of the most famous resorts, Jiuhua has a long history. Built in 1271 it was used exclusively by the imperial family and is known throughout Beijing for the quality of its hot spring. The water keeps at around 400C. This spa is very relaxing and with a yoga class and some meditation you come out of this resort you feel in balance with your body and rejuvenated.  Costing 68 Yuan per person, you shouldn’t pass this up when you are here.

How to get there: Use the Badaling Expressway, exiting to the Sixth Ring Road at the No 12 exit; exit the Sixth Ring Road at the No 61 exit and go toward Xiaotangshan before arriving at the Daliushu roundabout; ten go eastward for 500 metres.

Longmai Hot Spring Resort

Longmai Resort is a unique hot spring as it has a tropical rain forest style décor, with bamboo forests and vegetation all around you this resort takes you away both physically and mentally from the hustle and bustle of Beijing. It is the first imperial villa village in China and the biggest entertainment palace offering indoor hot springs in Asia.  The temperature of the pools ranges from 28oC to 300C. There is a 50 metre pool that can be used, as well as having a mud bath you can have your dead skin nibbled by fish, a very strange but unique experience. 100 Yuan per person, this facility is a bargain.

How to get there: Using the Badaling Expressway, exit at the No 11 exit; turn right heading east for 25 minutes, then head towards Xiantangshan Town.

So if you are looking for a place to relax on your Beijing Tours after a week of sight-seeing and travelling visit the hot springs. This rare experience you should not miss when you are in Beijing.

Food and Place to Eat

On December 15, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

When on your China Tours there will be a variation of food, but if you Travel to Beijing there is a variety of places to satisfy your palate here.  The range of food is astonishing from Peking duck to chicken chow mien; from fried rice to dumplings the food that Beijing has to offer is […]

When on your China Tours there will be a variation of food, but if you Travel to Beijing there is a variety of places to satisfy your palate here.  The range of food is astonishing from Peking duck to chicken chow mien; from fried rice to dumplings the food that Beijing has to offer is exquisite. Completely different from the Chinese food that you get at home. Myself I’m not much of a rice or noodle eater having grown up on potatoes for most of my life, but the way they cook their food here in Beijing, it is something else. I look forward to trying a new dish each time I have a meal.

With the variety of food here you will never get bored as there is food here for every type of person, whether you’re a big meat eater or a vegetarian, you will not be disappointed.  And even better it is inexpensive, having gone to a few local restaurants the average price of my meal has been around 20rmb-30mrb (£2-£3), where can you get that in the UK except at McDonalds. It really is a bargain. Obviously though, the more formal restaurants with uniformed staff will be more expensive, but to make up for this they do provide a more varied menu. International cuisine here will always be the most expensive.   

 Here are a couple of places that I recommend to eat when you are next in Beijing.

Drum and Gong

One of the most popular restaurants in Beijing, and rightly so, the food at the Drum and Gong is a fusion of Asian food with an emphasis on Sichuan flavours, and it is delicious. The atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable, so this is a perfect place to bring the family or just to relax with good friends. The staff can understand English and the menu is bilingual, therefore not making your dining experience a guessing game if you don’t know any Mandarin. For those who do not like spicy food the menu has a rating system to allow you to identify the spicy dishes so you can avoid them.

Address: 102 Nanluogo Xiang, Gulou

The Red Rose

Located opposite the North Gate of the Workers stadium the Red Rose specializes in depanji (chicken with handmade noodles and vegetables), roast goat and the always popular lamb kebabs. It is a great place if you are looking for a lively evening as the restaurant has shisha on demand, entertains its guests with a variety of song and dance routines as well as belly dancers. If however, you are looking for a quiet meal, the Red Rose is most likely not the place for you as it can get very noisy here.

Address: 7 Xiang Yican, Sanlitum, Gongti

Noodle Loft

If you are looking for a more upmarket restaurant to visit in Beijing then Noodle Loft is the place to go. Its refined, has delicious food and theatrics to entertain you when you are dining. It truly is a wonder; the chefs here are miracle workers turning dough into delicious Shangxi-style noodles. If you decide to visit this restaurant I would also recommend trying the hot pear cider with fresh pear cubes and tremella, a very refreshing and tasty beverage.

Address: 20 Xi Dawang Lu CBD, Chaoyang District, Beijing

The next time you are on your Beijing Tours even if you are not a very adventurous person with your food, try some of the local cuisine, you will be surprised by how good it is, and it will make you want to be more open to different foods in the future.

Things One Must See and Do when Visiting Beijing

On December 14, 2010, in Cultural Experience, Must-sees, Shopping, by Jack Li

Being such a vibrant city there are many things that one can do whilst visiting whilst visiting Beijing on your Beijing Tours and many places to stay with China Hotels. There are plenty of sights to see, many different foods to experience and lots of shopping to do where one is able to obtain anything […]

Being such a vibrant city there are many things that one can do whilst visiting whilst visiting Beijing on your Beijing Tours and many places to stay with China Hotels. There are plenty of sights to see, many different foods to experience and lots of shopping to do where one is able to obtain anything they desire.

Must Visit Sights

Tiananmen Square

Home to the Parliament building of the People’s Republic of China, Tiananmen Square is a must visit tourist stop. Walking between the Gate of Heavenly Peace is daunting, as you walk through over 3000 years of Chinese culture by passing through this gate. With the Imperial Palace in the background it is a mesmerizing experience. Tiananmen Square can be reached by the subway and getting off at Tiananmen East or Tiananmen West Station on line 1, or by getting off at Qianmen Station and walking North on line 2. But be sure to give yourself plenty of time to visit this tourist attraction as you will need all day to be able to get all that Tiananmen Square has to offer.

Great Wall

Located North of Beijing the Great Wall is another must visit site for tourists. Three sections of the wall can be visited from Beijing, the Badaling section which is the most visited section being only 50km North of Beijing, the Mutianyu section about 70km northeast of Beijing this section boasts a cable car and a wheeled toboggan ride, and finally the Jinshanling and Simatai section which is the most isolated section of the wall and due to this has the most breathtaking views. One can take a bus or a taxi to the wall but going with China Tours is recommended as you get an English speaking travel guide and lunch.

Shopping

Beijing has a variety of areas to shop where you can find anything from cheap goods to designer products. Due to the amazing variety of shopping areas Beijing has to offer I will describe the extremes, the modern shopping centers and the traditional markets.

Silk Street

Easily accessible by subway Silk Street is one of the more modern shopping areas in Beijing this is a gold mine compared to the shopping areas back home. Not only are the shops the same quality as you would find back home but the products that they are selling are cheaper. For instance a Ralph Lauren Polo shirt which would cost around £65 back in the UK but at Silk Street one can buy a Polo Shirt for 50rmb (£5). This market is most popular amongst foreign tourists as the sales people are able to speak reasonable English. Silk Street can be visited by taking line 1 and getting off at Yong’anli.

Daliushu Guanxin Market

Only open at weekends this market is one of Beijing’s best kept secrets, for it makes Silk Streets cheap products seem expensive in comparison to what you will spend here. A little tricky to find this market is worth it, haggling is not required as everything is so cheap. As well as being able to find designer clothes and shoes this market has an outdoor flea market style area where one can purchase antiques and other vintage goods. The earlier you arrive here the better as naturally the better stuff gets taken first. To get there take bus no. 30, 34, 348,475,637,677, 687, 735 or 745 to Daliushu stop.

So when on your Beijing Tours be sure to visit these sites and do a little shopping. You will not regret it.

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An Adventure Trip to China Jiankou Great Wall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beijing Winter Travel Package

On December 1, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Beijing is quite cold in this season. What activities are suitable for travelers who are planning their China Tours this winter? Go skiing is absolutely a fantastic idea to those who Travel to Beijing. In todday’s blog, I will recommend you some wonderful skiing parks near Beijing. Don’t hesitate to enjoy this exciting, adventurous sport, […]

Beijing is quite cold in this season. What activities are suitable for travelers who are planning their China Tours this winter? Go skiing is absolutely a fantastic idea to those who Travel to Beijing. In todday’s blog, I will recommend you some wonderful skiing parks near Beijing. Don’t hesitate to enjoy this exciting, adventurous sport, which is a good way to relieve pressures.

Beijing Nanshan Ski Village

Nanshan Ski Village is located near Miyun County, only 62 km from WangHe Bridge in Beijing directly by JingCheng Expressway. With more than 5000 sets of skiing equipment and 2000 parking area, we are sure to have the right stuff to make your day safe and comfortable.

Since 2001, with 9 years development, there are 21 runs ranging from beginner to expert, also with the famous snowpark in the country – THE MELLOW PARK, the off piste tree run, the Moguls and Waves, whether you’re young or old, expert or beginner, you will find Nanshan is your only choice for skiing, snowboarding and outdoor enjoyment.

With the Beijing areas dry cold climate, Nanshan is able to bring you some of the best man-made snow in the world. With hi-tech snowmaking equipment and groomers the runs are always in perfect condition. The two high speed Quad, one 2-man chair lift and 13 rope tows and platter lifts, ushered in the international forerunner to drag along to the magic power of the full experience skiing, give the resort a lift capacity is 11050 skiers and snowboarders per hour.
Nanshan is not only skiing and snowboarding! Try sledding from Canada or try out the Seasons Toboggan run, a 1,318 meter-long way sledding imported from Germany. 

Nanshan has a world-class snow school for both adults and kids. Customize your needs with our 120 certified instructors, the perfect way to acquire the skills to ride the mountain like a pro. Whether you have never skied before or need to brush up your skills, we have the perfect program for you.
At the mountainside the Terrace Restaurant & Pub supplies delicious western food, The Nanshan Restaurant, Dahuatang Chinese Restaurant and Hot Snack Bar all offer an assortment of Chinese food favorites. And on the top of mountain, the Lavender Tea House supplies tea and coffee served up with the best view around. Beside of individual ski rental shop,A 400-sq-metre Alps Cafe Corner supply the coffee and cakes, sit on the sundeck and take in the view, while enjoying some of the best coffee in the city.

Thinking of staying the night? Shirton Villas are both romantic and convenient. Looking over the Rimbaud Pond, there are totaled 24 double rooms equipped with fireplaces, TV clean bathrooms and a view of the resort.

Nanshan VIP Skiing Club – is the first VIP club for skiers. The special members only area gives VIPs the best view of the resort and skiing terrain. From the cafeteria with French windows made of glass, one can look far into the snow-capped mountains.

 

Duolemeidi Mountain Resort

Location:

Duolemeidi Ski Resort is located in Chongli County, Zhangjiakou City of Hebei Province, 226 kilometers from Beijing. The Resort covers a land area of 57 hectares, with sea levels ranging from 1500m to 2174m. Surrounding the area there are 9 peaks in elevation higher than 2000m. Snow coverage lasts for more than 150 days, making it one of the “National Level Skiing Base”. Overlooking the surroundings and the beautiful mountains, everything displays a unique Italian feature.

 Investors:    

Duolemeidi Mountain Resort is co-invested and constructed by LEITNER, one of the world’s biggest skiing equipment manufacturer from Italy, and the DOLOMITI SUPERSKI Group (Italy), the world biggest modern skiing field developer. The foundation was laid and the construction officially began in June, 2006, with a total investment of 100 million Euros.

Ropeways:

The 6-person high-speed wind prevention detachable chairlift with kid-stop is the first of its kind in China. The 5m/second speed and the towing capacity of 3400 persons/hour will reduce the time for waiting and ensure the skier more time on the slopes.

The two surface lifts are 600m and 800m long respectively and have a towing capacity of 1800 people per hour.They are the perfect addition to the chairlift for children and beginners.

Slopes:

In the winter season of 2009/2010, the resort provides 9 slopes ranging from low, mid and high grades, covering an area of nearly 600.000 m2. In order to guarantee the quality of the slopes, 90% of the snow is artificially made. All slopes are named after famous Italian cities: Milano,  Bologna,  Firenze, Pisa, Roma, Napoli ,Torino, Parma and Sicilia snow park. 

Service building: Ski rental

The service building built according to european energy saving methods with floor heating holds the fully equipped Ski Rental: The ski rental offers internationally well-known brands NORDICA double boards and NITRO single boards, as well as skiing clothes, helmets, lockers and slides.

If your bring your own board, our professional skiing gear storage and maintenance equipment from Switzerland will provide you with the most perfect skiing services, complete the integrated storage, daily sterilization and drying operations.     

Ski School:

Our skiing school has now more than 30 instructors and all of them are advanced national level senior skiing coaches. Our ski school will provide you with customized private skiing curriculum to ensure the steady improvement of your skills. We further also provide skiing courses in English, German, Italian and French.  

Restaurants:

Our exquisite “Edelweiss Restaurant” with its noble atmosphere and clear view on the slopes serves authentic Italian pizza, Italian wine and Italian coffee, as well as many local chinese specialities . For the quick hunger, the resort offers a self-serviced Fast Food restaurant, offering simple Chinese rice and noodle dishes.

  Experience your skiing pleasure during your China Tours! Good luck!

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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.

Click www.chinatraveldepot.com for more information you may need.

Low Fare Air Travel in China

On November 29, 2010, in Accomodation, Tips & Ideas, Transportation, Travel Info, by Jack Li

China is one of the hottest tourist destinations in the world. To have a travel to Beijing or a travel to Shanghai is always a good choice to spend your vacationTrain travel does have its merits. However, it takes more time. High speed is the strongest advantage of air travel, but the cost can be […]

China is one of the hottest tourist destinations in the world. To have a travel to Beijing or a travel to Shanghai is always a good choice to spend your vacationTrain travel does have its merits. However, it takes more time. High speed is the strongest advantage of air travel, but the cost can be relatively high, too.

Is low fare air travel in China possible? Of course! It is no big deal and does not involve any magic or luck. It is just a matter of planning and flexibility.

No .1 Buy Early VS Buy Late

Early buying is recommended especially during peak travel periods, making reservations late in the game can cost you a lot of money. Airline ticket prices typically go up 21 days, 14 days, 7 days and 3 days before flying, so if you’re planning ahead, try to make the call before these deadlines. And if you’re traveling internationally, you’ll want to book even earlier — from three to six months in advance for the best deals.

However, everything is relative and nothing is absolute. Sometimes if you stand the suspense and just wait, you can buy tickets at the very last minute for a great price, if the airlines have failed to fill their planes. Many airlines offer weekly newsletters that feature their best last-minute deals.

No. 2 Standby Fares

Getting cheap standby tickets is possible. But nowadays only a few air lines offer the service. Inquire about it if you’re flying off-season. High season is a bad time to fly standby because most airlines overbook flights, making it difficult to find a spare seat.

No 3 Frequent Flier Miles

If possible, stay with the same airline during your entire trip, so you can receive round-trip or other connecting fare discounts, such as frequent flier miles .Why pay a fare at all when you can use your frequent flier miles? Although redeeming miles has become more difficult in recent years, it’s still a good option to consider, particularly if you’re booking early; airlines designate a very limited number of seats on each flight as eligible for award travel, and these seats go quickly.

No 4 Travel Packages

Ask the airline if it offers travel packages to save money in other areas. For instance, is a rental car or hotel room available at a discount along with the airline ticket?

No.5 Be Flexible

Be flexible in scheduling your flight. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are typically the cheapest days to fly; late-night flights, very early morning flights and flights with at least one stop tend to be discounted as well.

No 6 Shop Around

No matter how good it sounds, you should never book the first fare you see. Because only after comparing with others can you find out whether the stated fare is the cheapest. Always inquire about other options when speaking to the airline reservations clerk and if the internet is available, check more than one web site. If you don’t see anything in your preferred price range, don’t be afraid to bide your time and watch the fares for a bit. Most major booking sites have alert features that will e-mail you when your fare drops to a price you’re willing to pay.

No 7 Buy through Consolidators

Buy tickets through consolidators, who buy blocks of tickets and sell them at a discount to help an airline fill up all available seats.

By following those tips of course you can enjoy low fare air travel in China, but sometimes you are simply in such a hurry, or busy with other parts of your trip or want more time to enjoy yourself that you can not afford or do not want to waste the time in those planning and comparing, you can just pick up a China travel agent that you can trust and let it do everything for you.

This Page Highlights Peking Duck!

On November 26, 2010, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

Book your ticket in China Flights and hotel in Beijing Hotels, and then you are free from those troubles and just countdown to your visit to Beijing. But no visit to Beijing is complete without tasting Peking Duck! For your information, this page highlights Peking Duck. Why is this dish special? First it is the […]

Book your ticket in China Flights and hotel in Beijing Hotels, and then you are free from those troubles and just countdown to your visit to Beijing. But no visit to Beijing is complete without tasting Peking Duck! For your information, this page highlights Peking Duck.

Why is this dish special?

First it is the history. The Peking Duck enjoys a history of about 600 years, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, when cooks from all over China travelled to the capital Beijing to cook for the Emperor. It was a prestigious occupation as only the best chefs could enter the palace kitchens. A top cook was even able to reach the rank of a minister!

It was in these kitchens where dishes of exceptional quality such as the Peking Duck was first created and crafted to perfection by palace chefs. However, many of the recipes for such “foods of the Emperor” were later smuggled out of the kitchen and onto the streets of Beijing. With the eventual fall of the Ching dynasty in 1911, court chefs who left the Forbidden City set up restaurants around Beijing and brought the Peking Duck and other delicious dishes to the masses. When you eat the Peking Duck, you are experiencing a long history too!

Secondly it is its unique way of cooking.

The ducks are raised for the sole purpose of making the food. Force-fed, they are kept in cages which restrain them from moving about, so as to fatten them up and make the meat comparably tender.

After rubbing it with spices, salt and sugar follows a rather interesting step, where air is pumped into the duck so as to separate the skin from the fat.  It is then hung up to dry in the open air before being roasted in an oven until it is crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside.

Has the dish make your mother water?Can’t wait to taste it? Here are some tips for you to enjoy authentic Peking Duck.

Where to go

 The most prestigious is Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant (32 Qianmen Dajie, Chongwen), a seven-story palace, which has been roasting for the public since 1864 and now has several other locations around Beijing. Da Dong (Building 3, Tuanjiehu Beikou, Chaoyang) in the embassy district is a white tablecloth spot popular with the embassy set.

If your restaurant preferences skew toward the tiny and hard to find, Liqun Roast Duck Restaurant (11 Beixiangfeng Hutong, Chongwen) is a good bet. Reaching it requires meandering through narrow hutong alleyways, which can be an exhilarating pre-dinner adventure. The reward is a feast in a courtyard garden for a fraction of the price of larger restaurants.

To avoid a lengthy wait at hot spots like Quanjude and Da Dong, call at least a day before to reserve a table. At less popular restaurants, you can often simply show up.

How to eat

When the duck is ready (an average-sized duck will feed up to 8 or 10 people. Single diners and couples are advised to order half ducks, Local beers such as Yanjing Beer and Beijing Beer go great with it), a chef will arrive with your duck and carve it. Carving is an art form; a skilled chef can carve up to 120 slices in four or five minutes, with at least a sliver of deep red skin on each piece to strike a balance between succulence and crunchiness. Watch closely and compliment his carving skills. Don’t be afraid to applaud when he finishes.

The basic ingredients for wrapping the duck include crepe-like pancakes, scallions, cucumbers and a hoisin (plum) sauce. Spread a thin layer of plum sauce over a pancake. Add a few slivers of scallion and cucumber, then one or two slices of duck. Fold the bottom and side flaps of the pancake. The ingredients should poke out the open top, and you should be able to munch on the finished wrap with one hand, as you would a burrito. Don’t stick to just the leaner parts of the duck. Savor the skin.

Popular side dishes include boiled duck liver, shredded duck wings, seasoned duck feet, even fried duck hearts. Eat these without pancake, and try other condiments such as pickled vegetables, crushed garlic and white sugar. If you’re squeamish, opt for vegetable or seafood sides, or duck in spring rolls and steamed buns. Soup prepared with the leftover bones of the duck is also common.

  More information is available on Beijing Tours.

Beijing Travel Agent

On November 25, 2010, in What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

Beijing, a great combination of ancient history and modern luxuries, is always considered as a popular tourist attraction to foreigners who are planning their China Tours. Where to live? What to eat? How to get a customized china travel package? These are problems which sound a little head-scratching and travelers can not handle all by […]

Beijing, a great combination of ancient history and modern luxuries, is always considered as a popular tourist attraction to foreigners who are planning their China Tours. Where to live? What to eat? How to get a customized china travel package? These are problems which sound a little head-scratching and travelers can not handle all by themselves. Under such circumstances, you are supposed to find a reliable and experienced travel operator to help you out.

Here is a short list of Beijing travel agents:

 No.1 CTS Sport Travel Service Co.Ltd

Tel:010-65802343/2344/1193

 No.2 Beijing Youth Travel Service Co,Ltd

Tel:010-87792215/800-810-0026

 No.3 Beijing CAISSA Lufthansa City Center

Tel: + 86 135 227 153 44

No.4 BTG International Travel& Tours

Tel:010-82250387/82250389

 No.5 Hua Cheng Travel Agency

Tel: 010-51284288/400-6181-909

 No.6 China Comfort Travel

Tel: 86-10-58690948

 No.7 China Connection Tours

Tel: 86-29-87650440

 In the rest part of this blog, I’d like to introduce some special restaurants in Beijing to you guys who are seeking special experiences all the time.

In a city with 40,000 restaurants fighting for customers, it’s no wonder these Beijing eateries are acting a little odd.

1. House of Poo Poo

A kindergarten “poo-scape” of smiley-faced turds, this bathroom-tiled restaurant is a daft tribute to the sit-down legacy of Thomas Crapper. Guests perch on toilets topped with Winnie the Pooh warmers (coincidence?), tucking into squidgy dishes like “poo funny mud” (mashed potato, pictured) and beef curries that float in table-top commodes. If it all gets too much, excuse yourself and go to the bathroom — it’s quite ordinary.

House of Poo Poo (便便满屋饭堂)
Average price: RMB 25-50
Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Address: 91 Dianmen Outer Street, Xicheng District (西城区地安门外大街91号), Tel. +86 (010) 8403 5296

2.Friends Café

Always stuck in second gear? Seek out this eerily precise replica of TV show “Friends’” Central Perk for big cups of Joe, chocolate muffins, hot dogs and endless re-runs. A giddy student crowd fights over the famous couch, and takes turns strumming “Smelly Cat” on guitar. Fanatical owner Du Xin confesses to studying “millions of pictures online to get it right.” Yes, he dresses like Gunther.

Friends Café (老友记主题店)
Average Price: RMB 20 – 50
Opening hours: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Address: Suite 0616, Building A, Chaowai SOHO, 6 Chaoyangmen Outer Street, Chaoyang District (朝外大街乙6号朝外SOHOA座0616室), Tel. +86 186 0119 1315

3.Red Classics Restaurant

Revel in a bygone slice of PRC history at this theater restaurant decked out with Mao portraits, revolutionary slogans and a life-sized red tractor smashing through the wall. Waitresses in green overalls and pig-tails dish up the Helmsman’s beloved pork belly in portions that would make a Red Guard blush, as actors belt out “The East is Red” to drunken groups of flag-waving petty bourgeoisie.

Red Classics Restaurant (红色经典主题餐厅)
Average price: 40-70 RMB
Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 9.30 p.m. (show begins at 7:20pm nightly)
Address: 66 Beishang Po, Qinglong Bridge, Xiangshan Road, Haidian District (海淀区香山路青龙桥北上坡66号), Tel. +86 (010) 6287 2185

 4.Heroic Mountain

This eatery, themed on “wuxia,” or martial arts fiction, stands out from the hot pot joints that line Ghost Street. Bamboo walls hung with swords and bows provide the ambiance as waiters in black robes serve fanciful fare to the assembled acolytes of Jin Yong, the novelist who popularized the genre. White belts needn’t tap out: the delicious “Beggar’s Duck” and steamed “Hero Fish” require no prior training.

Heroic Mountain (英雄山庄)
Average price: RMB 30-50
Opening hours: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Address: 181-1 Dongzhimenwai Avenue, Dongcheng District ( 东城区 东直门内大街181-1号), Tel. +86 (010) 8403 5851

5.Kiev Restaurant

The mustachioed stars of Ukrainian opera sing out their careers at this grand eating hall much loved by moneyed Chinese. If you manage to get a table, Georgian wine, smoked trout and questionable baked lobster should get you in the mood for music; diners can pick from a songbook (Russian and Chinese only) and pay 80 RMB to have the full troupe come to the table for an ear-splitting aria.

Kiev Restaurant (基辅餐厅)
Average price: RMB 70-100
Opening hours: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (performances from 12.30-1 p.m. and from 7 p.m.)
Address: 13 Puhui Nanli, Yuyuantan South Street (west of the Millennium Monument), Haidian District (海淀区玉渊潭南路普惠南里13号), Tel. +86 (010) 6828 3482

With these information above, you can enjoy a good time during your Beijing Tours. Good Luck!

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