The Beijing Zoo

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

The Beijing Zoo is a fun and family orientated animal park in the heart of Beijing’s capital city. You can take a China Depot Tour there to help get the best out of your trip to the zoo and for easy access to the site. It is one place you should definitely put on your […]

The Beijing Zoo is a fun and family orientated animal park in the heart of Beijing’s capital city. You can take a China Depot Tour there to help get the best out of your trip to the zoo and for easy access to the site. It is one place you should definitely put on your on travel to do list because you wouldn’t want to come all the way to China and not be able to see a panda! Taking a flight to China is

Panda's in Beijing Zoo

The zoo enclosure is very big and holds a huge selection of animals to go see. There are exotic birds to eagles, giraffes to elephants, monkeys to wolves, and even lions to bears! So it’s definitely worth a trip to the zoo if you like animals or not, just make sure you take a camera so you can take a lot of pictures.

The pandas are the most popular animal in the Zoo and have a great sanctuary for them here. Usually they are full of energy and excitement so going at the right times would be more beneficial for your trip to go during the afternoon or late afternoon, otherwise you’ll see a lot of sleeping animals. My favourite part of the day was seeing the lions, a few of the were inside and some were outside in a natural habitat. Other animals such as rhino’s, hippo’s and hyena’s are on show as part of the zoo.

Bear

As part your China voyage, make sure you at least check out the Beijing Zoo as part of your China Travel.

A Tour through Hutongs in Shichahai Area

On November 12, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Beijing is well known for its hutongs which symbolize the old history and culture of Beijing. People who take a trip to Beijing shouldn’t miss a hutong tour because walking through the hutongs is like putting yourself back into the old times and thus gives a good way of experiencing the history and culture of […]

Beijing is well known for its hutongs which symbolize the old history and culture of Beijing. People who take a trip to Beijing shouldn’t miss a hutong tour because walking through the hutongs is like putting yourself back into the old times and thus gives a good way of experiencing the history and culture of Beijing. The best areas for hutong tours are the Shichahai area which is said to be the most beautiful and where you can find ancient palaces, temples and historical figures homes. This article will look at hutongs in Shichahai area and hopefully it will be helpful for travelers on Beijing Tours.

Xizhuan Hutong

Our first stop is Xizhuan Hutong and Fayuan Monastery. You can take Bus 102 to Jiaozi Hutong, in which Xizhuan Hutong is just to the east of it. Xizhuan Hutong was called Zhuan’er Hutong in the Ming dynasty and got its current name in the Qing dynasty. Starting from Guanganmen Neidajie in the north and ending at Qijing Hutong in the south, it is 585 meters long and 4.1 meters wide. It is famous for Tazhuan (a material for building towers). Fayuan Monastery is just nearby. Built in Tang dynasty, it is the most ancient monastery in Beijing. It is an important center for studying Buddhism. If you go there in spring, we will view the beautiful scenery of blooming cloves.

The second stop will be Chengxianjie. It is an east-west hutong located in Andingmen, Dongcheng District. Here we can see the precious Pailou (decorated archway), old locust trees lining on the two sides of the hutong and the old buildings among a sea of green trees. Walking through this hutong, we will encounter the famous Guozijian, Confucian Temple and Yonghe Lama Temple. Guozijian is the ancient imperial college. Built in Yuan dynasty, it was the highest college in Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Currently it is where the Capital Library stands. The nearby Confucian Temple is the second largest one in China. The Yonghe Lama Temple is the largest temple in Beijing which integrates the architectures of Han, Man and Zang nations.

The next stop is Xilou Hutong and Bailin Temple. Walk out from the east exit of Chengxianjie and you will see Xilou Hutong on the opposite side of the street. Xilou Hutong is surrounded by common people’s residences.

Bailin Temple

Walking in this hutong, you can have a view of the daily life of common people in Beijing. Then we come to Bailin Temple which is also called the “Monastery of the Cypress Grove” as there are a lot of old cypress trees growing there. This is also a Buddha temple and one of the eight temples in Beijing and there is a carving wall with very exquisite and beautiful carvings on it.

All of these places are free except Fayuan Monastery which requires a 5-yuan entrance ticket. So it will be a cheap tour. However, it is also a rich tour in that it provides a good chance for you to learn about the history and culture of Beijing through hutongs and the temples nearby them. So, don’t forget to go to these places during your china travel.

8 Day Tour in China

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

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

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

Beijing

Beijing

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

These attractions are some of the most famous.

Xi’an

Terra Cotta Army, Xi'an

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

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

Shanghai

Shanghai

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

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

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

Sanlitun, Beijing

On November 12, 2010, in Beijing, Nightlife, Shopping, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

This is the place where it all happens for chinese tourists, westerner’s and anyone else looking to find the odd Apple shop in Beijing. The city itself is still developing at the moment and you can really feel the mix between cultural and contemporary China. With more and more tourists visiting China and as businesses […]

This is the place where it all happens for chinese tourists, westerner’s and anyone else looking to find the odd Apple shop in Beijing. The city itself is still developing at the moment and you can really feel the mix between cultural and contemporary China. With more and more tourists visiting China and as businesses boom, it is no wonder that a western feel to Beijing is developing more rapidly. Sanlitun is an area at the heart of the city that congregates a mixture of people looking for anything from hotels to bars, top end restaurants to street food, or fashion to cheap bargains. You can find all it here! Be sure to book your trip through China Travel Depot so you can receive the best deal and for a hassle free trip, book a guided tour.

The Village, Sanlitun

So far, my experience at Sanlitun has been very busy. I haven’t had a lot of time to slow down and explore every corner what Sanlitun offers, but it has been more than enough to say the least. I have seen many well known businesses that operate in the west which is great because it helps to see something familiar such as the Apple store or McDonald’s. At the same time, I have seen so many new stores that offer so many different types of cloths and foods. When I do get a chance, I’ll pop into a shop and have a look around at what things they sell. If I was a billionaire, I don’t think it would be enough money to cover the costs of some of the cloths I’d like to buy out here, they’re ridiculously cool! I’ve noticed puffer jackets are very popular here and I am eager to get one from somewhere, so at the moment I’m waiting for the best bargain. There are so many shops and more places to visit yet so be patient when you buy from a big western retailer. I say this because I had made the mistake of walking into a store in Raffles City, it was full of vintage type cloths and a jacket caught my eye from a store window. I walked in a tried it on (with the intention of buying) and I had thought it was going to be fairly cheap but to my surprise it was 2453rmb! I made a quick exit. Learning from this devious experience, nothing in Beijing is what it seems at first glance, you have to look closely and explore the options. There are plenty of markets to also have a browse around too around Beijing such as the Yashow Market and Silk Market, so taking the time to visit these places is very worth it, unless 2453rmb is in your price range of course!

Bar Street, Sanlitun

There are a number of other shopping malls in Beijing which I will talk about in my upcoming entries. If you found this somewhat useful and has given a brief insight to life in Sanlitun, then book a hotel there through China Hotels. You’ll be right in the centre of the action and won’t be too far off from a familiar face, food or shop. But be rest assured that seeking an alternative path in Beijing will make your trip here more adventurous, so don’t just stick the Sanlitun, it should be the platform in which you can explore the other possibilities that Beijing offers.

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Low-cost China Airway for Domestic and Asian Flights

On November 11, 2010, in Beijing, Shanghai, Transportation, Travel Info, by Jack Li

For international flights to China, there are a few airlines for you to choose. The usual Chinese airlines for these routes are Air China, China Eastern Airlines (North America), and China Southern Airlines (Asia, Middle East and Australia). But if you are travelling within China, there are a lot of low-cost airlines for your option. […]

For international flights to China, there are a few airlines for you to choose. The usual Chinese airlines for these routes are Air China, China Eastern Airlines (North America), and China Southern Airlines (Asia, Middle East and Australia). But if you are travelling within China, there are a lot of low-cost airlines for your option. Depends on where you are going, you would better select different airlines. For example, cheap Xi’an Flights are often provided Hainan Airlines. Below is the introduction for several low-cost airlines providing cheap domestic flights in China.

Shanghai Spring International Travel Service (春秋航空). This must be the most well-known low cost airline in China. It led the revolution in Chinese airlines. When it was established in 2004, this airline prompted the idea of letting the ticket be affordable for average people in China. Since then, this airline always provides the lowest price compared with other airlines, as long as it is operating the same route. For example, from Shanghai to Hong Kong, the usual discounted price for other airlines is around RMB 1500 yuan, but the Spring Airline sells the ticket for just RMB 600 yuan. Moreover, the two direct flights leave at 10am or 4pm in Shanghai, and arrive at Hong Kong Airport within 2.5 hours. Even for some flat days, the price can be as low as RMB 300 yuan. Also if you travel to Tokyo from Shanghai, then this airline also provide cheapest ticket for around RMB 1000 yuan. But the service on the flight is far worse than other airlines and any food cost money. If you care about the service and environment on board, then this may not be a good choice for you.

Dragonair (Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited,港龙航空). This airline was established in 1985 and now is the second largest airline in Hong Kong. The flights mainly focus on the Asian countries and mainland of China. The luxury VIP waiting rooms of this airline locate in Hong Kong International Airport, Kaohsiung International Airport and Shanghai Pudong Airport. This is a ideal option if you want to travel to nearby countries in Asia. For example, Dragonair offers at least ten flights to Singapore from Shanghai each day and the price is always the cheapest. The price is usually around RMB 2200 yuan while the normal price of Singapore Airlines is three times of Dragonair Airlines. Another example would the flights from Shanghai to Hanoi. There are at least 12 direct flights of Dragonair each day and the price is around RMB 2000 yuan.

Juneyao Airlines (吉祥航空). This is another new low-cost airline which was established in Shanghai, 2006. The main service is within China, such as from Shanghai to Hu He Hao Te, the capital of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region. This direct flight cost only RMB 400 yuan. The flight from Shanghai to Nanning, this airline provides the second cheapest ticket which is just a little bit more expensive than Spring Airlines. Why choose this airline rather than Spring Airlines? One reason is that for this low-cost airline, there are no flight attendants selling or advertising products on the flight and the snacks and drinks are free. Therefore, if you are considering both the price and the service, you will be satisfied with this airline.

Thanks to the competition among airlines and more new airlines, travelling by air has been the first choice for average Chinese. It is possible that you can get a ticket by several hundreds to a long distance away. But the most important thing is to choose proper and cheap online agency to compare and book your air tickets. If you need more information about low-cost flights within China, please check the China Flights section of Chinatraveldepot website.

Know More about Roast Duck— the Most Famous Chinese food

On November 10, 2010, in Beijing, Featured China Stories, Restaurants, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

Everybody knows Beijing Roast Duck. People who Travel to Beijing could never miss this delicious Chinese food. Now, before you go on Beijing Tours, I’d like to tell some information about how to roast and how to eat this dish. Different ways to roast a duck Hanging furnace and stewed furnace are two main ways […]

Everybody knows Beijing Roast Duck. People who Travel to Beijing could never miss this delicious Chinese food. Now, before you go on Beijing Tours, I’d like to tell some information about how to roast and how to eat this dish.

Different ways to roast a duck

Hanging furnace and stewed furnace are two main ways to make a roast duck.

Quanjude Roasted Duck Restaurant is one of the well-known restaurants that using hanging furnace in Beijing. And its founder is called Yang Quanren, started from running live chickens and ducks business. After enough accumulation of money, he opened up Quanjude Roasted Duck Restaurant and hired a roast-duck cook from Qing Dynasty empirical palace. Then the cook used professional roast methods from the palace to make this famous roasted duck.

Department of Quanjude says, hanging furnace has a hole but no door. And fuel materials are all woods of fruit trees. Because woods like that burn long and have no smoke. The cook needs to change ducks position regularly when roasting ducks. This can make roasted ducks roasted thoroughly. Certain time later, ducks look jujube red, crisp cortex, outside coke while inside tender and smells fruit fragrant.

While, Cheap Square is another famous roasted duck restaurant but using stewed furnace. Compared to the fame of Quanjude, it has a longer history of 600 years. This method stems from China Southern Area, featured as Ducks unseen naked flame. Initially, ducks were roasted by charcoal fire and hot furnace wall. It requires professional skill to keep the temperature well. Ducks from stewed furnace look and taste tender and fresh. Now, most of are roasted by electric stew furnace.

In fact, most of roasted duck restaurant use the hanging furnace method nowadays. Ducks from stewed furnace taste fresher and have more juices while ducks from hanging furnace taste faint scent.

Different ways to eat

The wonderful taste from Beijing Roasted Ducks originates from two main reasons: one is the roasting methods; the other refers to special ways to eat.

Have you ever tasted roasted duck directly? Wow, you must feel very oily if you have tried. It is not the right way to have this delicious food. Right ways are:

General one: Use chopstick to pick a little sweetened soybean paste and wipe it on a lotus cake, then put several slices of duck on it, place several green onions, cucumber and turnip, finally rolled up lotus – leaf – like pancake. Please make sure you have rolled the pancake from the bottom, left and right side so that juices will not float out. This is the most common eating.

Another one with different: Garlic puree adds soy sauce, which can be equipped with radish and so on. Garlic puree can decrease grease. Roasted duck with these tastes fresh fragrant even add a bit more spicy flavor. It is very unique.

Third one (most suitable for women and children): If you don’t like to eat onion and garlic, you may like to eat the crispy duck skin dipped in thin white sugar.

Some professionals suggest, ways above can keep acid-base balance in body, lower cholesterol levels and help our digestion progress.

By the way, there are so many roasted duck restaurants in Beijing that have different levels. If you eat at first time or love roasted duck very much, you’d better choose the famous roasted duck restaurants such as Quanjude and Cheap Square.

I think you can get an unforgettable experience in China Tours from roasted duck.

Xi River in China

On November 9, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cool Places, Other Regions, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Take advantage of China through China Tours and booking your flight through China Flights The Xi River in located in the South west region of China. The river is known for its deposits of tungsten, lead, zinc, and gold and has five tributaries within it that are the Yu, Qian, Gui, and Lijiang Rivers. It […]

Map of the Xi River

Take advantage of China through China Tours and booking your flight through China Flights

The Xi River in located in the South west region of China. The river is known for its deposits of tungsten, lead, zinc, and gold and has five tributaries within it that are the Yu, Qian, Gui, and Lijiang Rivers. It is the longest river in China and stretches for a distance of 2,000km across the mainland.

Xi River in Guangxi

The Xi begins towards the Guandong province and flows through to the Pearl River before entering the south China sea near to Hong Kong. The river expands very widely and reflects the mountains with the rays of sunlight perfectly. For the best times to see the Xi River, by booking a China Tour will help in a long distance journey to certain parts of the river with the best views and at the best picture taking times.

Xijiang Zhaoqing

This river is smaller than the two great rivers – the Yellow River in the north and the Yangtze in the south of China. This is a great time to visit China’s natural rivers and reservoirs, be sure to use China Travel to organise your trip and make it an experience of a lifetime.

Temple of Heaven

On November 9, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Over the weekend, I visited the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. It was an early start as me and friends initially planned to visit many other attractions on Sunday but with limited time and energy we decided only to see the Temple of Heaven this day. Using the subway as a means of transport, we […]

Over the weekend, I visited the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. It was an early start as me and friends initially planned to visit many other attractions on Sunday but with limited time and energy we decided only to see the Temple of Heaven this day. Using the subway as a means of transport, we got our destination in no time and surprisingly it was a lot easier to find than other places in Beijing. The entrance was huge and I could just about see the Temple in the far distance, it was going to be a long walk. When visiting the Temple of Heaven, I would recommend you use China Tours to help you get there and give you a guided tour around the Temple. There is so much history here and would be more beneficial for you to have a tour guide informing you as you go along. I would also recommend China Hotels to book a room nearer to the main hot spots in Beijing so your days are well spent and not travelling far distances to and from attractions.

Temple of Heaven

When walking towards the Temple, we could hear some sort of music playing further ahead of us. To our surprise there were hundreds of people dancing to music like a party. It was quite a shock at first to see so many people boogieing in the middle of a park, but as the music took over, we all decided to join in and break some moves as well! This was a lot of fun and woke me up as it was still early morning. I was not expecting to bust a move at the Temple of Heaven.

Dancing at the Temple of Heaven

Moving along down the pathways towards the Temple, we entered through a gateway and had made it to the heavenly temple. A huge structure stood in front of us that took you back at first. We climbed the staircases up to the top of the temple where a huge shrine rested and I took pictures of it. It is impressive to see the detail involved in constructing the Temple as every inch is either sculpted or coloured on with patterns.

With the endless amount of pictures we had taken we decided to see the rest of the park. There were more smaller temples, sacred shrines, and scenery, it took a lot of out of us during this long walk and we decided to find a place to eat. We found what looked like a small Chinese shop that sold hot food, we could tell because there was a man in a chef’s outfit standing outside making some form of small wraps, so we went in. The reality of it was, we had no idea what we ordered to eat, it was simply a case of pointing at something and hopefully some form of language barrier was broken, luckily for us, it did. The food came out and it was very good, so we ordered more. After our snack, we took off to find a train station and by this time we were too far away from our original station so we had to look for another one near us. As we walked around, we stopped as my friend Petr found a chestnut stall in the street. There was a young Chinese youngster who was running around it and wanted to play with us. As we waited for the chestnuts to be warmed up, the little kid loved my other friend TJ, probably due to his blonde head. The kid gave him a stall to sit on, gave him a biscuit, and was doing high fives. It seemed like they were having a full conversation in English and Mandarin, it was very amusing for us as we couldn’t believe this would have happened at a chestnut stall in the middle of Beijing. It really is full of surprises sometimes and you never really know what’s around the corner and most of the time, it’s something pretty impressive. As we ventured off along the busy streets of Beijing, we finally found a train station and made our way home. What an eventful and interesting day it was.

It’s not hard for you to have the same experience here in Beijing, you simply just have to come and see for yourself. You’ll find yourself emerged in a place of mystery, cultural elegance, and spontaneity. To make the most out of your trip, booking with China Travel can help give you an experience of a lifetime, so don’t hesitate to make one of the best decisions of your life.

The Most Useful China Travel Guides

On November 8, 2010, in Cultural Experience, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

A good guide book can make a great influence on people’s travel experience. It offers detailed attraction introductions, useful information about transportation, and even board and lodging and so on. Here are some excellent guide books for your China Tours or Beijing Tours. Travel Around China This book was co-published by Harper Collins, U.S. publisher […]

A good guide book can make a great influence on people’s travel experience. It offers detailed attraction introductions, useful information about transportation, and even board and lodging and so on. Here are some excellent guide books for your China Tours or Beijing Tours.

Travel Around China

This book was co-published by Harper Collins, U.S. publisher and Blue Sky, the domestic publisher in August, 2008.

Introduction

Travelers from all over the world have grown to appreciate China’s history and scenery. Officially sanctioned by the Chinese government, Travel Around China is an overview of tourism in this intriguing country, from Beijing to the Great Wall and beyond.

Considering a trip to China? This beautiful, four-color guide gives you a full account of everything to expect. Each province is broken down into regional sections—perfect for planning tours. Also included are local cuisine, popular festivals, recommended travel routes for long and shorter tours, and transportation and accommodation tips.

Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of color pictures of China’s highlights, this book is a must-have for anyone planning a trip to this unique country.

Similar one to this book—Travel in China (published by China Tourism Press in March, 2010)

Atlas of China

This book was published by China Cartographic Publishing House in November, 2007. This could be suitable for those who want to travel in China for a very long time so that they can know more about China, this unique country.

Introduction

Detailed and up-dated, the Atlas of China are organized by maps of administrative divisions and topography, supplemented with an index to place names. IN the first category, two regions of strategic importance and great economic value are mapped, in addition to all the provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government, which are the first level of administrative divisions under the state. The two geographical rather than administrative regions are Shanghai-Nanjing-Hangzhou Region and Chengdu-Chongqing Region. The topographic maps produce a clear picture of China’s landform. A comprehensive atlas of China, this volume will be of great value to universities, libraries, research institutes, and individuals who are interested in this country.

Michelin Guide Beijing

This book was published by Michelin and Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press in July, 2008.

It presents an original perspective of the ancient yet modern city. Eight walking tours are tailored for the city’s massive scale and dazzling variety. The Guide ensures that travelers enjoy a comprehensive and efficient trip to Beijing because it has:

★Michelin’s century-old travel guide know-how

★Updated and resourceful information

★Practical and efficient walking-tour design

★Clear and considerate layout for convenient reference and easy carry-about

★Essential Chinese expressions with Pinyin to get by and make friends with locals.

The Last Days of Old Beijing– Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed

This book was written by Michael Meyer, who had lived in Beijing for 10 years and had supporting education for 13 years. You can consider it as culture class books rather than functional tourism books. And in the New York Times, it regards this book as a must-read for those armchair travelers.

Surely we can collect kinds of info from internet nowadays, but feelings about having a book in hand and reading it when you want to can never be replaced by the internet. I think you can compare them together then get most suitable one. Hope you can have a wonderful trip in china travel.

Summer Palace

On November 8, 2010, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Summer Palace, by Jack Li

Summer Palace is known as ‘The Gardens of Nurtured Harmony’. It contains a huge lake and surrounding hills that attracts thousands of tourists every day. Its beautiful scenery and elegant architectural structures show a lot of history and will give you a great day of sight seeing and cultural knowledge. You should book through China Flights to […]

Summer Palace is known as ‘The Gardens of Nurtured Harmony’. It contains a huge lake and surrounding hills that attracts thousands of tourists every day. Its beautiful scenery and elegant architectural structures show a lot of history and will give you a great day of sight seeing and cultural knowledge. You should book through China Flights to get over to Beijing and then let your trip be organised by China Tours to save yourself organising it yourself, they can do everything for you!

The Summer Palace, Beijing

After arriving to Summer Palace after a long and confusing walk from the train station, we finally found where the entrance was. For some reason, you will find yourself outside a train station a lot without much information of directions to the main attractions there. Sometimes you will need to be prepared enough to find your way to an exact location so take this in mind when using the train. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, it was almost good as a summers day. Once inside, you can’t help but notice the statues and cultural sculptures which will keep you dazed and intrigued about the reasoning behind it all, so getting a guided tour is very useful. You’ll soon find yourself down a path that leads to the great Kunming Lake. Wow! What a sight for sore eyes, you can see the imperial gardens and pavilions in the far distance, a bridge that leads to a smaller island on the other side, and kites in the sky.

Bridge at Summer Palace

Walking around we made our way up to the ‘Temple of Buddhist Incense’ and ‘Sea of Wisdom Temple’, these were both great to look at. It doesn’t seem as high as it looks from the ground but when you climb the tall steps up to the top of the temple, you realise that it was a lot further up than you first thought. We then walked over the bridge on the other side of the lake to the small island where some people were flying kites in the air, this was pretty kool as it was hardly windy at all so I was impressed by there ability to control such a thing so high up.

Summer Palace is a sight seeing must and you won’t be disappointed by the volume of calmness and peace in this place. A brilliant day out indeed. I would recommend you choose China Travel to get there!