Clothes Shopping Suggestions to China Travelers

On November 24, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Cultural Experience, Shopping, by Jack Li

There are many things that you have to think about before you Travel to Beijing, one of them is packing your baggage. However, it is difficult to know what kind of clothes and how many we should take? If you do not know what to bring with you, do not worry, you can find almost […]

There are many things that you have to think about before you Travel to Beijing, one of them is packing your baggage. However, it is difficult to know what kind of clothes and how many we should take? If you do not know what to bring with you, do not worry, you can find almost all the clothes you want in Beijing. What is more, you can find some beautiful items in ethnic style. So here are my clothes shopping suggestions for China Tours.

 1.       Xidan

This area has many different shopping options and it is regarded as the most popular shopping district in Beijing. Xidan Market is the place where local Beijingers go shopping for bargains and it has recently been modernized. A wide range of merchandise is available along with a friendly and helpful staff which makes shopping here extremely interesting: jewelry stores, clothing shops, shoe stores, electronics, books, tiny ma and pa shops, large department stores, etc. As the “heart” of the shopping district, the must-visit place in Xidan is the “Xidan Shopping Center” building. It is said that the price of products in this place are the real prices that locals pay rather than the inflated prices for tourists.

 2. Wangfujing Street

This is Beijing’s busiest commercial area and is normally full of shoppers. It is a fairly long street and it takes you over 30 minutes to walk from one end to the other. However, most of the time, prices of products here are a little higher than in other shopping streets in Beijing and no bargaining is allowed here. Usually, the weekend is the most crowded time.

 3. Qianmen Shopping Street

The Qianmen shopping street is an ancient shopping street outside Qianmen Gate. It has old brand shops and restaurants, such as Tongrentang Pharmacy, Neiliansheng Shoe Shop, Ruifuxiang Silk and Cotton Fabrics Shop, Quanyechang, Zhang Yiyuan Tea Store and Majuyuan Hat Store. Ruifuxiang silk has been a famous old brand of silk products since it was founded. The store is elegantly designed and once you enter through the door of Ruifuxiang, you will feel as if you are entering a palace of silk products. There are various types of silk here.

 4. Sanlitun Market

Located on Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, near the northeast embassy area, the Sanlitun Street is a very popular destination amongst foreign visitors for its bars, clubs and restaurants. However, Sanlitun Street is also famous for its clothes market because all kinds of clothes can be found there. But it is not cheap and goods there have higher prices.

 5. Zoo Market

Compared to all the rest of the markets, the zoo market is the cheapest clothing market in Beijing. It is located beside the Beijing zoo. This market sells almost everything from clothes to shoes, bags, hair accessories, sporting equipment, jewelry and more at a reasonable price. What is more, it is a paradise for bargainers, so if you are really good at bargaining, you can get what you want at a very low price. A key rule is to bargain with a smile to improve your chances of getting the price you want. Another tip is to buy more than one item to get a better price.

The market is open from 4am to 5pm daily.

 I hope you have a great time in China. For more information, please check china travel.

Beijing—the Lowest Crime Rate and the Best Security

On November 23, 2010, in Featured China Stories, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

In October, a survey showed that Beijing is China’s safest city to visit because of its good public security. Tourists are keen to go on Beijing Tours and to stay in Beijing for a holiday if they know that it is a safe city. As we all know, apart from Beijing Hotels and flights, security […]

In October, a survey showed that Beijing is China’s safest city to visit because of its good public security. Tourists are keen to go on Beijing Tours and to stay in Beijing for a holiday if they know that it is a safe city. As we all know, apart from Beijing Hotels and flights, security is another key factor taken into account by tourists when choosing their destination.

In fact, the result of the survey surprised most people. It sounds strange for the title—China’s most safe city. Recently, Beijing has been famous for its high living pressure, poor environment and heavy traffic jams. However, from the result we can see that 31.8% people choose Beijing as the safest city because of its excellent security including living safety. It is also popular for its lifestyle of living rich and stable.

Furthermore, the best security comes hand in hand with a low crime rate. Beijing has the highest density of police and armed police. Since it is the capital of China, it should be equipped with a large amount of police. However please do not imagine Beijing as a city where uniformed police are standing everywhere. It actually has the largest number of plain-clothed police in the country and certain departments of security are using different methods to strengthen security in the capital. They often take control to maintain order in Beijing railway station. Those actions are aimed to combat crime immediately and they tend to work very effectively. And since the 29th Olympic Games were held in Beijing, the subway’s security is regularly monitored to maintain its safety for the public. As for public places of amusement, Beijing Public Security Bureau has ordered some popular places to be monitored closely and they have strengthened the regular maintenance work to improve daily safety.

Most people who live in Beijing are willing to obey the rules and support public safety. For example, during the morning and evening peak periods, someone’s bags could be stolen amongst the crowds in the subway and the owner would not even notice. But the owner can now call the subway staff at another station for help and they can contact the rest of the staff who are on duty to help find the bag. And if you can understand some Chinese, you can hear the radio playing on the buses, announcing the lost property which has been found.

As I have been studying in Beijing for 4 years and have visited some other large cities in China such as Shanghai and Shenzhen, I can say that Beijing has the best security system and is the safest city in China. Now I can understand why people, especially young professionals, want to live and work here despite the traffic jams and the pollution. And so if you have not visited Beijing yet, I think you should definitely consider having a look on Travel to Beijing.

China Travel

On November 23, 2010, in Accomodation, Adventure Trip, China Travel Gossip, Transportation, Travel Info, by Jack Li

If you are thinking about Traveling to Beijing, China, there are many things that you need to take into consideration, such as buying plane tickets, booking hotels, researching your destination etc. Some people prefer to ask a travel agency for help whilst others prefer to do it themselves. But now you have a third choice: […]

If you are thinking about Traveling to Beijing, China, there are many things that you need to take into consideration, such as buying plane tickets, booking hotels, researching your destination etc. Some people prefer to ask a travel agency for help whilst others prefer to do it themselves. But now you have a third choice: DIY with the china travel department. It is a special service that they provide for people who have their own ideas about traveling and planning a trip.

After logging onto their website, there are only three steps to complete to build your own trip. The first step is “search”. Click the “Build my trip” button on the left hand side and you will see their slogan of “Tour packages are no longer defined as ”you go with our schedule” now, we go with your schedule.” Here you can choose “narrow your search by the following options” and customize your package tour by filling in some basic information about your trip. For example the type of your tour (China sightseeing tours, china tibet vacation, china expats holidays, yangtze cruise tours, china luxury travel, china beach holidays, china culture vacations , china train travel, china silk road travel etc.) And also the length of your package (5 to 8 days, 9 to 12 days, 12 to 15 days, or more than 15days) and the budget of your trip. Then choose the cities you want to visit and the attractions that you are interested in seeing (such as The Great Wall of China, the Terracotta warriors, West lake, Forbidden City, Summer Palace etc). After filling in all the basic information about your trip, click the “search” button at the bottom of the website and go to step 2.

Step 2 is “select” . As you can see in the picture above, I chose a China sightseeing tour of 5 to 8 days with a price of less than 800 dollars. Then it shows me all the package tours which best fit my requirements and I chose the “8 days Shanghai and Beijing a tale of two cities”. Now what I need to do is to select the date, the number of travelers and the number of rooms I need. Then you will see an itinerary for your trip from day 1 to day 8. As you can see in the picture, you can change the places that you plan to visit and the hotel that you are going to stay in, (if you are not sure about the hotel, you can click the name of the hotel and take a closer look of it.) what is more, you can decide to travel from one city to another by plane or by bus and you can even add or delete a city.

Then it comes to the next step. You can choose to book it right now or just save the trip..

If you want to know more information about China Tours, please visit their website: http://www.chinatraveldepot.com/.  You can also contact a travel consultant by email: tourpackages@chinatraveldepot.com or by phone: 1-888-598-2008 (USA & Canada) or + 86 10 5815 8830 (China & Other Countries) or leave a voice message. I hope you have a great trip in China.

Online Booking Air Tickets Service at China Travel Depot

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

As top China Travel Agency and Tour Operator since 1980, China Youth Travel Service developed its online service well and here is a brief introduction about online booking service at China travel Depot. I think that an online service from an inbound travel agency  in a domestic country could have a lot of advantages especially […]

As top China Travel Agency and Tour Operator since 1980, China Youth Travel Service developed its online service well and here is a brief introduction about online booking service at China travel Depot. I think that an online service from an inbound travel agency  in a domestic country could have a lot of advantages especially in aspect of resources. Flights from domestic airlines can offer a low price for domestic travel services and surely there are more China Flights that cooperate with a domestic travel service.

Chinatraveldepot.com issues over 800,000 e-tickets per year. It is one of the biggest China Flights ticket providers in China. As it shows its advantages, it offers real-time flight schedule and information links with GDS seamlessly. It provides cheap and discounted air fare without hidden fees, save up to 60%. In addition, it has secure online booking and payment powered by Veri Sign 128-bit SSL encryption.  The booking process in this website is:

Step 1– search and select flights that meet your demands. You are always welcome to write your specific queries to our professional travel consultants if the listed China Flights do not suit you well.

Step 2– read carefully the detailed description about the selected flights including flight number, time and date, airport name, restrictions on cancellation or change. This information will help you to decide what you will book compared to what you actually need.

Step 3– reserve the selected China Flights by filling out your personal information such as names as shown in the passport, passport numbers, date of birth, phone number, credit card information etc. Please note that you must sign up to become a Member of China Travel Depot before making any reservation orders. We strongly recommend that you should reserve China Flights at least 3 days prior to your flight departure date to make sure your reservation is handled properly and your China Flights are arranged smoothly.

Step 4– Review your reservation order with information of what you have reserved, total amount for the products and services, payment information, terms and conditions etc.

Step 5– Submit your completed reservation order to China Travel Depot under the situation that you are fully aware of the terms and conditions.

Step 6– Receive real-time confirmation and Pay Now/Pay Later to settle the full payment.

Step 7– Tickets issued with regards to full payment you will receive an e-mail of your receipt of the e-ticket and since pay online is popular now, chinatraveldepot.com supplies this service as well. It provides two methods of on-line payment, Pay with PayPal & Pay directly by Credit Card. Both methods are safe and secure. The security of your private information is guaranteed to remain secure on the website.

In fact, chinatraveldepot.com provides not only fly tickets booking service but also China Hotels, cars and even DIY tour service. It is a comprehensive online service for China travel. If you plan to travel to C, it is a good choice to book on chinatraveldepot.com.

Roast Duck Restaurants in Beijing

On November 17, 2010, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Restaurants, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

There is something that you cannot miss out on while you travel to Beijing – the Beijing Roast Duck. Most visitors who try it believe it to be one of the most delicious dishes in the world. But where should you go to enjoy a nice meal of roasted duck in China Tours? In fact, […]

There is something that you cannot miss out on while you travel to Beijing - the Beijing Roast Duck. Most visitors who try it believe it to be one of the most delicious dishes in the world. But where should you go to enjoy a nice meal of roasted duck in China Tours? In fact, there are four famous restaurants in Beijing and you can choose the one that you like:

1. Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant

Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant has a history of over one hundred years. Since it was established in 1864, it has been regarded as one of the oldest duck restaurants in China. Throughout its long history, Quanjude has made a name for itself. After using a special dressing to spread all over the duck, the cook will hook the duck up in the oven over a flame coming directly from the burning of the fruit-tree wood and it will be cooked for forty minutes. It is said that when roasted and dried, the duck will look a brilliant dark red, shining with oil and have crisp skin and tender meat. Because of its appearance, few people will be able to resist the temptation of it.

Houhai Branch

Address: 57 Di’anmen Xidajie, Xicheng District

Business hours: 11:00am-2:00pm; 4:30pm-8:30pm

Average Cost: RMB 300 per person

Wangjing Branch

Tel: 010-64736466

Address: No.33, Guangshun Street, Chaoyang District

Business hours: 11:00am-2:00pm; 5:00pm-9:00pm

Average Cost: 138 RMB

Qianmen Branch

Tel: 010-65112418 67011379

Address: No.32 Qianmen Street, Chongwen District

Business hours: 11:00am-13:30pm; 4:30pm-8:30pm

Average Cost: RMB 120-150 per person

Wangfujing Branch

Tel: 010-65253310 65228423

Address: No.9, Shuaifuyuan Hutong, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District

Business hours: 11:00am-13:30pm; 4:30pm-8:30pm

Average Cost: RMB 120-150 per person

Guomen Branch

Address: 1st floor, Jingxin Mansion, No.2 Jia, East 3rd Ring Road (North), Chaoyang District

Business hours: 10:00 – 22:00

Average Cost: RMB 120-150 per person

2.       Bianyifang Roast Duck Restaurant

Besides the Quanjude Roast Duck restaurant, there are many other good restaurants which offer crisp, fragrant and delicious duck at a more reasonable price. For example, a whole duck can cost only 168RMB. And there are some other specialties in this restaurant, such as Braised duck, salty duck liver, duck feet with mustard sauce, sea cucumber roasted with scallions, duck hearts cooked in wine, Gongmenxianyu fish etc.

Hademen Branch

Address: 2 Chongwenmenwai Dajie Jia

Business hours: 11am-10pm

By bus: Take lines 39, 39 Special, 43, 803, 807, exit at Luhuashi

Tel: 6712 0505

Average Cost: RMB 80-120 per person

Xingfu Dajie Branch

Address: 36 Xingfu Dajie, Chongwen District

Business hours: 10.30am-2pm, 4pm-10pm

By bus: Take lines 8, exit at Xingfu Dajie Tel: 6711 6545

Average Cost: RMB 80-100 per person

New World Center Branch
Address: 3F, 2nd II, Beijing New World Center, No.5 Chongwai Dajie, Chongwen District

Tel: 86-10-67088069/67120505

Business hours: 11:00am-9:30pm

Average Cost: RMB100 per persn

Anhua Branch

Address: 6 Beisanhuan Zhonglu, Xicheng District

Business hours: 10.30am-2pm, 4.30pm-9pm

Tel: 8208 1019

Yutingqiao Branch

Address: 73 Tiantan Donglu, Chongwen District

Business hours: 11am-9.30pm

Tel: 6702 0904

Average Cost: RMB 85-120 per person

3. Li Qun Peking Roast Duck Restaurant

Compared to other roast duck restaurants, this one is quite special. It is located in a small Hutong in Qianmen, Dongcheng District. It is set in a little courtyard house deep in the Hutong and this is the only branch. It may be a little difficult to find but it is definitely a real Hutong experience in Beijing. However, the “duck” may help you to find it: there are pictures of ducks and arrows on the wall, so all you need to do is “follow the ducks” to get there. The décor inside this restaurant is also special. It is decorated with traditional red lanterns to mark the old Beijing.

Address: 11 Beixiangfeng, Zhengyi Lu, Northeast of Qianmen, Dongcheng District.

Business hours: 10:00 – 22:00

Average Cost: RMB 130 to 150 RMB per person

I hope you enjoy your trip in Beijing. Please check china travel for more information.

The Tube Station —- Tasty Pizza in Beijing

On November 17, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Cool Places, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

Are you planning your China Tours in Beijing? Do you miss the taste of pizza when you are surrounded by Chinese food? Do not worry; you have lots of choice for food in this modern city. I will tell you about a restaurant in Beijing which is famous for its pizza… I hope you have […]

Are you planning your China Tours in Beijing? Do you miss the taste of pizza when you are surrounded by Chinese food? Do not worry; you have lots of choice for food in this modern city. I will tell you about a restaurant in Beijing which is famous for its pizza… I hope you have an enjoyable china travel.

The Tube station has two floors decorated with wooden paneling. You can find this building easily with its sign outside saying “The Tube Station”. It is located in Fu Yuan Men, Summer Palace road, Haidian District (just beside the No.101 middle school in Beijing.) The tube station used to be called “The Crow’s Nest” because its mascot was a happy crow. The restaurant’s well-known symbol was an image of a crow holding a piece of pizza in its “hand” with a happy smile. In order to make it more popular, it has pictures painted and pasted all over the walls.

The restaurant serves 16 flavors of pizza in total. For example, there is the Kro’s special, smoked salmon, BBQ chicken, Plain Jane, Vegetarian, Mighty meat, Spinach Mushroom, Garbage Pail etc. I bet you want to know what a garbage pail is… Despite its strange name it is actually very tasty! It got this name because it includes almost all the ingredients that the other pizzas have (except the salmon fish!) So it has a very rich flavor and is usually bigger and much more expensive than the other pizzas. If you want to make your own pizza, you can choose the DO IT YOURSELF option. As you can see on the menu, the pizzas come in three sizes, (S, M, L stands for small, medium and large) and so you can choose the size you want. Please note that the pizzas in The Tube Station are usually much larger than in other restaurants. The prices of the food are clearly listed on the menu and I can guarantee that you are getting great quality pizzas at an affordable price.

Apart from the pizza, the restaurant also serves roast chicken wings, French fries, salads, mango juice, lemonade etc.

In general, it is a great place to hang out with friends or to go on a date. It has an outdoor seating area, a take-out service and you can pay by credit card

OPENING TIMES: 10:00 to 22:00, Monday to Thursday,10:00 to 23:00, Monday to Sunday.

Tel: 010-62528057

Travel Information: You can take buses 320, 319、331、333、718、801、808、690、332、375 etc.

Average price for a meal: 58 RMB.

I hope you have a nice time when you Travel to Beijing.

 

Hot Spring Spa in Beijing

On November 16, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Beijing, Cool Places, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Beijing is a place with a lot of wonderful things to see and do. Not many people know but Beijing is a place with a rich geothermal resource. This means that Beijing is abundant with hot springs. If you want to Travel to Beijing and have a hot spring spa break here are some tips […]

Beijing is a place with a lot of wonderful things to see and do. Not many people know but Beijing is a place with a rich geothermal resource. This means that Beijing is abundant with hot springs. If you want to Travel to Beijing and have a hot spring spa break here are some tips and information about it.

 

1. Shunjing Hot Spring Hotel

This is a hotel with nice hot spring and delicious buffet. After relaxing yourself in the pleasant hot spring, you can enjoy a buffet in the same hotel. What is more, you can have free fruit and fruit juice whilst you relax. Also if you buy the tickets in large numbers at one time, it will be cheaper than 200 RMB a ticket!

 

Features: buffet & hot spring

Location: the first floor of Marriott hotel in Dongcheng District., Beijing.

Opening time: 6:00-24:00

Tel: 010-58118200

Average spend:200 RMB

2.       Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort

Chunhuiyuan Warm Spring Resorts is one of the best hot spring resorts in Beijing offering the largest water and cleanest water. Also you can enjoy 20 types of spa services for no additional cost. There is hot spring with open-air garden view, lake-view hot spring pool, private open-air hot spring bath etc.

Features: 20 types of spa services

Location: Shunyi District., Beijing.

Opening time: 24 hours

Tel: 010-69454433

Average spend: 300 RMB

3.       Jiuhua Spa & Resort

Jiuhua spa & resort is a classical resort, which is famous for its medical pools. Although it’s not been proven whether or not the pools have magic functions, people still love to go to the medicine pools. In addition, there are many different types of these pools in Jiuhua. It is said that you can even find the more than 2000 varieties of the medical dishes which have been listed by the cooks  records of Qing Dynasty emperor dishes. You can completely relax here and you can also bring your own food.

Features: medical pools

 Location: Changping District in the north of Beijing, next to the Six Ring Road, one hour’ drive from the downtown Beijing

Opening time: 8:30am-2:00am

Tel: 010-61782288

Average spend: RMB 200/person.

4.       Fengshan Hot Spring Resort 

Fengshan Hot Spring Resort is a four-star resort hotel which has become well known to the public for its hot-stone steaming bath. Under a specially-made marble board, it is installed with pipes heating circular geothermal water so that the marble board is heated. When you lie down on the board, you will feel a warm and comfortable temperature spreading over your body. It is that good that many find it even comfortable enough to sleep on the hot stone. In addition, women can have rose bath and milk bath here.

5. Beijing Longmai hot spring

Xiaotangshan has been famous for its hot springs for more than 300 years. It ranks the first among the ten famous hot springs in China. It is said that the emperor Qianlong went there to relax and unwind.

Features: The imperial hot spring in Qing Dysnaty

Location: The town of Xiaotangshan, Changping District (which is situated in the Palace axial line, 20 kilometers from the city center and very close to the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs, Mangshan Mountain Forest Park).

Opening time: 24 hours

Tel: 010-58459002

Average spend: 140RMB

Hope you have a nice journey in Beijing. For more information, please check China Tours.

Great Buffets in Beijing

On November 16, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Beijing, Restaurants, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

If you want to Travel to Beijing and have a nice meal there, the buffets in Beijing may be a very good choice as there are lots of different foods to try. But which kind of buffets would you like to have? Here are some examples of different kinds of buffets for you to choose […]

If you want to Travel to Beijing and have a nice meal there, the buffets in Beijing may be a very good choice as there are lots of different foods to try. But which kind of buffets would you like to have? Here are some examples of different kinds of buffets for you to choose from during your time doing China Tours.

1.       Soilder Barbecue

In fact, this restaurant serves very good Japanese cuisine. The food here is well known because of its great variety of delicious dishes. Such as baked potato, mashed potatoes, puddings, pastries, pickled vegetables, kamahi, crab meat, prawn, conch, escargots, braised beef, bacon, poached egg, scramble eggs, boiled egg, stone fire pot, sushi, sake, roast meat and sashimi etc.

Features: Japanese cuisine

Location: The second floor of the Multinational Company Building in No.15 Xidawang Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.

Opening time: 11:00 to 21:30

Tel: 010-57171999

Average consumption: 108 RMB

2.       City Wall Bistro

Phoenix tail prawns, grilled lobster, sea slugs with chicken cream, fried rice with shrimps, mixed sea slugs, sea slugs with brown sauce, sea slugs with chicken cream, sea slugs with crisp rice, mixed sea slugs, shrimp eggs & sea slugs, fried prawns with brown sauce, boiled Prawns with chili sauce, prawns with spiced salt etc. The list could go on as there are more than hundreds of dishes for you to enjoy!

 

Features: Seafood

Location: Marriott hotel in Dongcheng District.

Opening time: 6:00-24:00

Tel: 010-58118255  

Average consumption: 125 RMB

Ps: If you book your seat in advance of time, you can enjoy the discount of 50 percent. The prime cost is 268 RMB for one person.

 3.       Golden Jaguar

It is said that the Golden Jaguar serves the buffet experience on an enormous scale! For only 198RMB at lunch and 238RMB at dinner. You get a choice of over 400 separate dishes including Thai, Indian, Korean, Taiwanese, Cantonese, Chinese, Western and Japanese. A lot of the food is prepared to order and is renowned for being very good quality.

Location: 4/F The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu,CBD/Guomao

Tel: 6553-8888

Opening time:  Mon-Fri 11am-10:30pm, Weekends 10:30am-10:30pm

Average consumption: 300-399 RMB

4.       Peral

People in Guangdong are very particular about the food they eat. So the Guangdong cuisine is famous for its expensive ingredients and excellent cooking skills. Here are some famous ones: Fried Muscle with Fruit Juice, Dragon-King Appetizer Plate, Sweet & Sour Pork, Stewed Pig Tripe with Chamomile, Fried Crab Meat with Shredded Ginger, Steamed Live Garoupa, Fish-Flavored Scallops, Vegetables with White Fungus, Swimming Bladder Stuffed with Minced Shrimp, “Snow Flake” Shark’s Fins, Beef Fillet with Black Pepper, Boiled Fish Balls, Fried Crab with Egg-White.

Features: Guangdong food

Location: Oppose of the IKEA in Chaoyang District., Beijing.

Opening time: 24 Hours

Tel: 010-58271888 58653888 

Average consumption:102 RMB

5.       Shunjing Hot Spring Hotel

This is a hotel with hot spring and buffet. After relaxing yourself in the pleasant hot spring, you can enjoy a buffet in the same hotel. What’s more they will give you free fruit and fruit juice. A quick tip: If you buy the tickets in large numbers at one time, it will be cheaper than 200 RMB per person.

Features: buffet & hot spring

Location: the first floor of Marriott hotel in Dongcheng District., Beijing.

Opening time: 6:00-24:00

Tel: 010-58118200

Average cost : 200 RMB

Hope that these buffet restaurants wet your appetite and made you want to visit. Wish you have a nice time in China and for more information, please check china travel.

 

Handbook for International Travel Tours to China

On November 16, 2010, in Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

International travel is always complicated, especially if your destination is China. First, you need to apply for an entry VISA for mainland tour and another special entry permit to Travel to Tibet. Secondly, you may be refused by some low-cost China Hotels if you just show up at the counter, because several hotels are not […]

International travel is always complicated, especially if your destination is China. First, you need to apply for an entry VISA for mainland tour and another special entry permit to Travel to Tibet. Secondly, you may be refused by some low-cost China Hotels if you just show up at the counter, because several hotels are not available for foreigners. Thirdly, most of the time you need to join a travel agency that provides services for international travelers, as people are speaking Chinese rather than English. So this article is going to introduce some information about these concerns.

Apply for the VISA. The exceptions are Hong Kong and Macao, otherwise you need to apply for the entry VISA before entering China. You can apply for the VISA in local Chinese consulates and your passport should be valid for at least 6 months. The type of VISA is usually L, the travel VISA, which is valid for 3 months. The process duration is usually a week. Moreover, you need to get Tibet Travel Permit, or Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) for entering Tibet area. You will need an additional transit permit to go to certain cities in Tibet, such as Mt. Everest Base camp. These two permits can only be applied through travel agencies, excluding the government officers, diplomats and journalists. It generally takes 1-10 business days. If you travel to Tibet by air, you need to show these document when check in.

Hotels. Some of the hotels are not available for foreigners. One of the reasons is that they do not have the system to check your passport information. There are many motels or express hotels popular among

Chinese and their prices are relatively low. However, some branches in sensitive areas cannot accept foreigners. Such as Shanghai Home Inn in Railway station is not available for foreigners, while other branches in Shanghai can accept foreigners. This is because the railway station is sensitive and restricted by the government. My suggestion is to book your reservation through the online agencies. For example, you can go to tripadviser.com and search the hotel information, reviews, and the online providers. Chinatraveldepot.com is run by China Youth Travel Service company, and this website provides service mainly for foreigners. Therefore, they have already screened those improper hotels and information for you.

Travel Agencies. If you are not a backpacker type of traveler, then the quality of your vacation in China largely depends on the travel agency you have chosen. The professional level of guide, the arrangement of tour

packages, the vehicles and restaurants provided are all essential part of choosing a travel agency. On chinatraveldepot.com, you can get these things customized. You can just pick the general 7-day or 2-week tour package, then replace some of the items with your own interests. You can also rent cars on this website like you do in your own place. The difference is that renting a car through this website, you will get a driver and translator as well. So it is more like a private tour. If you decide to follow a travel agency, you do not need to worry about the domestic flights, the hotels, places, schedules. But you still need to get your VISA to enter China at first.

International travel needs much more preparation than domestic travels, especially the china travel where you speak completely different language, and you need VISA to get in. Despite some sensitive issues, it is still worthy once you start your journey in this ancient cultural land. If you are interested, please go to the travel section for more details.

The Olympic Park, Beijing

On November 15, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

It is a must to use China Travel and organise a China Tour when coming to Beijing to look at all the attractions in China. The ‘Bird’s Nest’ in Beijing was the main stadium for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. This was host to the world’s most honourable world record attempts such as Usain Bolt’s lightning […]

Olympic Park

It is a must to use China Travel and organise a China Tour when coming to Beijing to look at all the attractions in China. The ‘Bird’s Nest’ in Beijing was the main stadium for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. This was host to the world’s most honourable world record attempts such as Usain Bolt’s lightning speed 100m sprint. It was also home to the birth of something new in China, a growing modern and western influence.

The Cube

It is also home to the Water Cube which is now a water park attraction for the people of Beijing. It is really nice to go at night and see the bright lights on the building around, it has easy access and huge pathways for there’s more than enough space to go and explore. I would recommend you come here with the intention of going into the stadium also so maybe try booking tickets for an event or going to the water park will be more beneficial. If you need a flight, then use China Flights to get over to Beijing and organise your way around.