The Mystical Laoxiangfeng

On April 25, 2012, in Adventure Trip, More Places of Interest, Nature Scenery, by Jack Li

This article refers to just one of countless scenic spots which can be viewed at leisure along your China travel experience. Roughly 80 kilometres from Beijing, Laoxiangfeng is a prime location for travellers to take a break from the busy city-life. Encompassing 4,000 hectares, Laoxiangfeng is certainly a playground for the outdoor-types. To get to this […]

This article refers to just one of countless scenic spots which can be viewed at leisure along your China travel experience. Roughly 80 kilometres from Beijing, Laoxiangfeng is a prime location for travellers to take a break from the busy city-life. Encompassing 4,000 hectares, Laoxiangfeng is certainly a playground for the outdoor-types. To get to this beautiful location, you can either consider  China tours or alternatively take bus number 5 to Laoxiangfeng (before taking the 918 bus from Dongzhimenwai-Guanzhuang Daokou). From the mountain gate, walkers will also need to pay an admission fee  (approx.20rmb)  and the mountain park stays open from 8am to 6:30pm.

According to Chinese legend, Laoxiangfeng Shan (‘Shan’ which means mountain) is where the goddess Bixia Yuanjun played an important role in local folklore. The story goes that the two gods, Bixia Yuanjun and Panshan Laozu were vying to ride the holy elephant. A dice was eventually thrown leaving Bixia Yuanjun as the winner. Thereafter, she would care for the elephant around the area which was given the name ‘Laoxiangfeng’ (‘Elder Elephant Peak’). Needless to say, by using your imaginative powers, you will be able to discern the peak into the shape of an elephant! Interestingly, the locality also incorporates the themes of friendship and loyalty. For example, Bixia Yuanjun, one day, protected the elephant by breaking the claw off the tiger which attacked it and that peak would later become ‘Tiger Claw Peak’ (also a good spot to view). Another tale mentions of a couple who wanted to learn from Bixia Yuanjun; yet because the goddess thought they were unready she gave them a test. The couple failed the test and they were tragically turned into stone.

On a practical level, walking up the mountain is made enjoyable for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the path is wide and flat for the majority of the distance so it is not especially strenuous on the knees. However, the path does get steeper when heading towards the peak and note that the path also acts as a road, although cars are relatively infrequent. Secondly, there are ample picnic areas and toilet facilities along the route (which in itself indicates the popularity of the area). Nearer the bottom of the route, there are gaping valleys which provide excellent opportunities to take pictures of the surroundings and have lunch under the canopied sitting areas.

As a little extra, the walk is made rather interesting by reading the many descriptions along the way. In particular, some of the indigenous flora takes precedence in the local legends of the mountain. One tale mentions, for example, how the fairy of the chrysanthemums left her garland in the ground with later transformed in the radiant flowers which can be seen today. Without doubt, the vegetation of Laoxiangfeng is special for locals and visitors alike. Locals, for one, can be seen collecting mushrooms on the wooded slopes of the mountain (which in turn can be bought in the store at the bottom of the peak). The nearest place to Laoxiangfeng is Xiaoyuzi Village; but if you are seeking China hotels, Dahuashan Town, in general, may have more choice.

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One year on foot – 4646km through China

On April 20, 2011, in Adventure Trip, China Travel Gossip, Featured China Stories, by Jack Li

A German young man named Christoph Rehage traveled accross China on foot, from November 9th 2007 – November 13th 2008, this video clip showcase his amazing travel experiences in China! One year on foot – 4646km through China Watch it on YouTube! http://youtu.be/5ky6vgQfU24

A German young man named Christoph Rehage traveled accross China on foot, from November 9th 2007 – November 13th 2008, this video clip showcase his amazing travel experiences in China!

One year on foot – 4646km through China

Watch it on YouTube!

http://youtu.be/5ky6vgQfU24

The Depths of the Great Wall of China

The Depths of The Great Wall of China The Great Wall of China is roughly an hour journey away from Beijing. In a group of five, we set off to the Bus Station by taxi from our China Hotels using China Travel. From there we boarded the bus to ‘Mutianyu’ which is a small village […]

The Depths of The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is roughly an hour journey away from Beijing. In a group of five, we set off to the Bus Station by taxi from our China Hotels using China Travel. From there we boarded the bus to ‘Mutianyu’ which is a small village near the Great Wall. It was interesting as we gazed out of our windows most of the time and looked at the scenery of Beijing’s landscape, culture and beauty.

The bus dropped us off in a small village 20km away from Mutianyu and we then flagged a taxi down to take us to our desired destination. We negotiated and bargained with the taxi man to give us a good price for the ride there and eventually after a long discussion we managed to get a good price and arrived in a small minibus. The roads there were not fully developed although most are concrete payment, but huge holes in the ground made us jump around a lot in the taxi, it was fun so using China Tours would definitely be the best option for a more comfortable ride.

So we finally got to the Great Wall, ahead of time we stopped off for some food at a nearby restaurant and we dined into some Chinese cuisine. It was traditional style Chinese food with a variety of foods to choose from and gave us a boost of energy for the upcoming trek. We then walked up a large hill and came across the ticket box to purchase our entrance, sky lift, and toboggan lift tickets. It was surrounded with heaps of cultural stalls and attractions to interest tourists and people in with souvenirs and gifts to purchase. This felt intense as you were bombarded with hundreds of people trying to sell you something. But eventually to our glee and to some extent- exhaustion, we made it to the sky lift and made our way up to the Great Wall of China.

At last! Standing and seeing an ancient and most preserved wonder of the world! It felt great and good to be witnessing something extraordinary. I took lots of pictures and videos, and for some reason started thinking about life. It really does amaze you once you are up there in the mountains and seeing something powerful, its beauty at its best. We walked the wall until the very end of its capable and safety limit which took us around two hours to do. The Wall itself is actually thousands of miles long so we couldn’t see all of it as it would probably take us a year to do. So getting here with a good pair of shoes is better for long distance walking especially on the Great Wall of China.

After an eventful and enjoyable day, we turned around and began our journey back. This involved taking a toboggan ride down the last hills of the Great Wall. It was great and so much fun when you slide down, it’s like one big roller coaster! Once down the mountains, we got a minibus back to Beijing city and ended our day. This is was fun also as it gives you a chance to relax on your way home from a long and tiring but exhilarating day out. This is one trip that should be experienced by everyone and is truly something different and special. For more information, I would recommend China Flights to create a package.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

A Low-Carbon Journey Starting from China Airlines

On September 14, 2010, in Cool Places, Transportation, by Jack Li

When we step into the door of china air lines, we have already begun a journey of a china travel. What’s the most fashionable China Tours at this time? Of course, the answer is “Low-Carbon Tour”. During a low-carbon tour, we would consume the minimum of the nature resource. At the same time, we would […]

When we step into the door of china air lines, we have already begun a journey of a china travel. What’s the most fashionable China Tours at this time? Of course, the answer is “Low-Carbon Tour”. During a low-carbon tour, we would consume the minimum of the nature resource. At the same time, we would be very close to the nature. So enjoy ourselves and contribute to the nature, why not?

1.      An Appreciation of the Red Leaves

As the season of fall is coming, it is the best time in a year to see the red leaves. You may need to drive half an hour to see the red leaves around where you live. But in Beijing, you have to clime a high mountain to do it. Here, we don’t do it by car in order to reduce the input of pollution to the air. As we all know, the greatest joy comes from what takes us a lot effort. So buckle your sneakers and get closer to the nature. The red leaves may appear much different to you!

 

 

 

 

 

2.      Fruit-picking in the Outskirts

Fall is the right time to go fruit-picking. In the outskirts of Beijing such as Huairou, Fangshan or Miyun, the big peaches, grapes or even corns, are alluring our eyes. This is for sure a great choice of green living! As we all know, the white pollution is very bad now. You can bring a big sack with you from home. So you don’t have to buy any plastic bag at the farm. The fruits are very fresh and you can also pick some and give them to your friends.

3.      Looking around Beijing Hutong by Bike

If you want to see the traditional part of Beijing, the best place would be those Hutong. The word Hutong comes from the language by a minority in northern China. It has a close relation to the wells in the street. Almost every Hutong has a well. So don’t forget to observe the well in a Hutong. Compare with the bustling city of Beijing, you may find peace and quietness in these narrow streets. There are many traditional courtyard houses in a hutong. You can go into the courtyard house and see what Beijingers are doing. Sometimes you may even see a reticent girl step out of a door and suddenly disappear in the corner of the street. Riding a bike around is very interesting and romantic experience!

 

 

 

 

4.      Hiking in Yeshanpo

Located in the suburb of Beijing, Yeshanpo is an ideal place for hiking. You can take a long walk in the big woods and listen to the songs by the birds. The trees there are almost of thousands of years old. There are also a lot of springs in the woods. When you are tired, take a rest near the river and maybe you could catch some fish too. You can also take a cruise on the river. At night, you can live in a local family where they would serve you the local food, all of which are organic food, planted in nature. You may even have the opportunity to get a whole sheep roasted, it is really very tasteful. Yeshanpo is for sure a good place close to the nature.

Beijing doesn’t only have its modern side. It also has a lot of interesting places for us to relax and to experience green living. Are you ready for your Beijing Tours?

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Odyssey Trip for discover Beijing’s Suburban

A travel to Beijing is not only for Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and Summer Palace, you can have a very great experience on discover the risky places for an odyssey trip in Beijing. Ye Chang Cheng, which is an originally part of the Great Wall, but it was abandoned after the war in ancient […]

A travel to Beijing is not only for Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and Summer Palace, you can have a very great experience on discover the risky places for an odyssey trip in Beijing.

Ye Chang Cheng, which is an originally part of the Great Wall, but it was abandoned after the war in ancient China. Simatai Great Wall is 5.4 km long with 35 beacon towers. This section of the Great Wall incorporated the different characteristics of each section of the Great Wall. A specialist on the Great Wall, Professor Luo Zhewen, has said “The Great Wall is the best of the Chinese buildings, and Simatai is the best of the Great Wall.” UNESCO has designated Simatai Great Wall as one of the World Cultural Heritage sites.

Hanging precariously onto the Yanshan Mountain, Simatai Great Wall is known for its steepness. Simatai Great Wall is separated by a valley into eastern and western parts. The western part appears gentle with 20 well-preserved watchtowers dotting along the wall. The eastern part is much steeper, following more rugged terrain that includes cliff edges and kilometre-high peaks. The 15 watchtowers are relatively closely spaced and provide spectacular views. Main attractions in the eastern part include Watching Beijing Tower, Fairy Tower, Heavenly Ladder and Sky Bridge, though they are currently closed to the public for safety reasons.

Long Qing Xia is a canyon outside of Beijing, about 50 miles north of the city. At the entrance to Long Qing is a village named Gu Cheng Cun. That was the empress’ garden during the Ming dynasty. At Long Qing Xia there is a dam built in 1973 that provides Beijing with water. South of the Long Qing Xia is the Great Wall (Badaling), to the north is a national park and to the west the mountains Haitou.

Long Qing Xia is fairly well positioned there in the middle. Long means dragon and Qing means honor or celebrate, Xia means gorge. The legend says that dragons go there to celebrate because of the natural beauty of Long Qing Xia. The water in the river is very clear, and it is perhaps one of the reasons why so many want to go there, given that the environment in Beijing is so bad. Long Qing Xia is a good place to go in the summer if you want to escape the heat in the city for a while. Long Qing Xia is on higher altitude so it is usually cooler, averaging 7 degrees lower than in the city. Even in the winter, it is nice there. They build a lot of ice sculptures that looks very nice with a lot of different colors. Another special thing with Long Qing Xia is that there is a long cave of the same style that is otherwise only found in southern China. 4 miles have opened to visitors now, but there’ll be more in the future.

Is it very excited for you guys? Just book a China flight and have your Beijing Tour for RISK.

One Day Beijing Great Wall Biking & Hiking Trip. From USD94

On August 11, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cool Places, Tips & Ideas, Tours, by Jack Li

Explore Beijing in a unique, and exhilarating way; from the seat of a bike! With Bicycle tours, you can get up close and personal with an ancient civilization and progressing society all at once. Traveling by bike offers a healthy, environmentally friendly, convenient, economical,  safe and fun means of travel, transportation and recreation. Whether it be […]

Explore Beijing in a unique, and exhilarating way; from the seat of a bike! With Bicycle tours, you can get up close and personal with an ancient civilization and progressing society all at once. Traveling by bike offers a healthy, environmentally friendly, convenient, economical,  safe and fun means of travel, transportation and recreation. Whether it be through Beijing’s famous hutongs, or through the majestic Great Wall , we offer a fun, safe, and quality bike touring experience. Furthermore, the bike is an independent way of transport. You can travel at your own pace.

Detailed Itinerary:
Pick up and transfer 30km to Rural area,villages to villages the lane leads to the great wall Huanghuacheng Section (Original) or Mutianyu Section (good facility),peaceful,beautiful,scenery,farms,canals,reservoir,streams, orchards,picking fruits, bike the last parts which is the best parts of the roads to the Wall, then hike on the wall, great life experience… We provide full supports to make it possible in one day…

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