How much do you know about Pandas?

On May 11, 2012, in Must-sees, Sichuan, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Many people want to see one of the cute looking white and black panda bears on their China travel experience. But what makes them so special? Sure, with the distinctive color of their fur with the black spots around the eyes, the black ears and nose they are very friendly looking and the way they […]

Many people want to see one of the cute looking white and black panda bears on their China travel experience. But what makes them so special? Sure, with the distinctive color of their fur with the black spots around the eyes, the black ears and nose they are very friendly looking and the way they hold their bamboo in their front paws in adorable. But apart from what they look like some people might not know many other facts about them. In southern China there is the well-known Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan province where visitors can learn a lot about this interesting mammal. You can check out the Chengdu flights so see how you can include this in your trip to China.

 


Although the giant panda is classified as a carnivore 99 percent of their diet consists of bamboo shoots and leaves, the most nutritious part of bamboo plants; occasionally they eat other vegetation, fish and other small animals. Bamboo is in general not very nutritious and for that reason pandas eat up to 15 percent of their body weight spending about 12 hours a day chewing on bamboo. For a body weight of 160 lb (about 73 kilogramms) that would make over 24 lb (nearly 11 kilogramms) of food!

 


Pandas live in the mountains in high altitudes and they avoid areas where people live. As a result their habitat is shrinking with people using more and more areas in higher altitudes for farming. They sometimes starve to death because they are unable to move through valleys to find new areas in the mountains offering enough food. Pandas are solitary animals and only meet for a short time to mate. Female pandas don’t give birth to cubs until the age of around six. They give birth to one or two babies at a time which stay with their mother for about one and a half years. When the little babies are born they weigh as little as 3 to 5 ounces (85 to 113 grams) which is only 1/900th of their mother’s weight. It is the largest proportion difference between a mother and a child’s weight in all animals.

 


Research and breeding centers as well as programs are making big efforts to protect this rare mammal but reproduction is a long and complicated process. An estimated 1,600 giant pandas remain in the wild in the southwestern areas of China and just over 100 are living in captivity. With a panda in its logo WWF (the World Wide Fund for Nature) is still one of the primary organizations protecting these special animals in the world. WWF even offers the opportunity to symbolically adopt pandas among many other endangered species. Do you really want to see pandas now? Start planning your China Tours, there are enough opportunities to do that.

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Pandas a Must See

On November 2, 2011, in China Travel Gossip, Must-sees, by Jack Li

You must not leave China without seeing a Giant Panda. The Giant Pandas are only found in three provinces in China Shaanxi, Sichuan, and Gansu. The best place to see them is in Sichuan in a city called Chengdu. Therefore make sure you schedule Chengdu Panda Breeding/ Research Center in your China Tour. Chengdu Panda […]

You must not leave China without seeing a Giant Panda. The Giant Pandas are only found in three provinces in China Shaanxi, Sichuan, and Gansu. The best place to see them is in Sichuan in a city called Chengdu. Therefore make sure you schedule Chengdu Panda Breeding/ Research Center in your China Tour. Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center is located six miles from town. As a result it will only be a bus ride away from your China hotel to the Research Center.

People adventure to China to see the Giant Pandas. Sadly only 1000 are left. Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center wants to educate the public on how to protect the wild creatures and their environment. The Research Center opened its door in 1993. The Research Center created a natural habit so that they can breed the pandas. They did this by creating a natural scenery and landscapes. They wanted to create a wonderful and humane living environment so that the panda could grow. The main objective of the Giant Panda research is to help prepare the pandas for their release in the wild.

The Research Center also cares for other rare and endangered wild life such as the red pandas, black necked cranes, white storks  plus much more. The center covers 92 acres. You will be able to see bright flowers, verdant bamboo, and breathe flesh air. You can visit the different facilities for the giant pandas-fodder room, sleeping quarters, and medical station.

Plus you can also visit the Panda Museum. Here you can interactive and have a learning experience. The Researchers created the interactive learning experience for the fact that they wanted the visitors to understand the depth of research they are doing and help them understand that they can also help with endangered species survival.

Pandas Facts

The Panda has a bear like body, the panda as black fur on its shoulders, eyes, ears and muzzle the rest of the body fur is snowy white. The fur provides camouflage in the snowy and rocky habitats. Pandas have a short tail, round shape ears, heavy physique and a big head. In China the panda is called Da Xiong Mon- meaning ‘giant bear cat’ because the panda eyes have cat like vertical slits as pupils. When the panda eat it sits upright so that its paws are free to eat their food. The Panda height is only 2-3 feet. The male weighs 250 pounds and the female weighs 220 pounds. The panda diet is entirely of two types of bamboo the umbrella and arrow bamboo. They also eat grass and small rodents. A neat fact about pandas is that they do not hibernate since they can get their food all year long. Females only gives birth to two offspring generally one will survive. Baby cubs remain with their mother for 1 ½ to 3 years.

To visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center will cost you 58RMBs. The Research center is open from 8am to 6pm daily. If you want to see the panda being active then you need to plan on going in the morning. The pandas are more active at breakfast then at any other time. If you want to travel to Chengdu the best way to get there is by a China Flight.

Winter Olympics in China – get ready!

On July 8, 2011, in Beijing, Cool Places, by Jack Li

Congratulations to South Korea! Just a few days ago Pyeongchang won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. This will be the second such event taking place in this country after 1988 summer Games in Seoul.  This news made me think – could China repeat the success of Beijing 2008 and organise Winter Olympics, […]

Congratulations to South Korea! Just a few days ago Pyeongchang won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. This will be the second such event taking place in this country after 1988 summer Games in Seoul.  This news made me think – could China repeat the success of Beijing 2008 and organise Winter Olympics, maybe even in twice as short time as Korea had to wait? While China Tours
and China Flights take care of the logistics, let me introduce you to the world of winter sports in China!

With many mountain ranges, China is no short of decent ski resorts. Many serve as a training base for both Chinese and international athletes. China has improved significantly in the Winter Games, winning 11 medals in Vancouver, which gave it the 7th place at the medal tally. Sending a total of 90 sportsmen, it beat the world record in women’s short track speed skating. With the commitment of
all the Chinese, as shown during the 2008 Games, chances are China will stand as a candidate for successive Winter Olympics!

The question remains which city would be the most suitable one to organise the event. The biggest and best ski resort in China is Yabuli Ski Resort. It was already the host of 1996 Asian Winter Games. With plenty of snowfall, it was designed primarily for the experienced skiers. For the Olympics, it could set up a partnership with the capital of Heilongjiang province, Harbin, located ca 180km from the resort. In fact, such project was already thought of! Harbin bid for the 2010 Olympics and organised 2009 Winter Universiade, which indicates that the facilities are there. Harbin is also a hometown to 2010 Vancouver Olympics figure skating gold medallists, Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo.

One of the natural candidates is of course Beijing. Its experience of recently hosting the biggest sporting event in the world is an unbeatable advantage of the capital. Infrastructure and transportation system are of a high standard. What’s more, two big ski resorts are located just around an hour drive from the city.

Beijing Huabei International Ski Resort, northeast from Beijing, offers a breath-taking scenery – it is surrounded by the Great Wall. With a complete set of hotels and restaurants, it has both skiing and snowboarding facilities. It is the largest such complex in the vicinity of Beijing. Another resort, the Beijing Nanshan Ski Village, is located just around 20km away. It specialises in snowboard (it is actually the place that introduced snowboarding to China!). It boasts the first international standard halp-pipe, snow park and mogul trail in China. With these two resorts at hand, Beijing seems like a perfect candidate for the host!

Another place which has to be considered is Xiling Ski Resort, nicknamed China’s best alpine ski resort. It’s located a bit over 100km from Sichuan province capital, Chengdu, in Southwest China. It has very favourable weather conditions, as, given the high elevation (ca 2,400m above the sea level), the snow is deep and lasting and the temperatures stay low. Nevertheless, it is equipped with an advanced snowmaking system. If the authorities invested in other winter sport facilities, Chengdu could turn out to be a strong candidate as well.

All these resorts have a chance to organise the Winter Olympics in the future. Meanwhile, why not try them out by yourself? Check China Travel for tours.

 

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Mountain Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha

On March 29, 2011, in Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

When planning your China Tours, you may want to Travel to Tibet to know about China Buddhist culture, or Travel to Guilin to enjoy the picturesque natural scenery. But if you are eager to cover both at one place, please come to Sichuan to see Mountain Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha. Mountain Emei area includes […]

When planning your China Tours, you may want to Travel to Tibet to know about China Buddhist culture, or Travel to Guilin to enjoy the picturesque natural scenery. But if you are eager to cover both at one place, please come to Sichuan to see Mountain Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha.

Mountain Emei area includes Leshan Giant Buddha, and it is located in Emeishan City of Sichuan Province with the Giant Buddha sitting at the confluence of Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers.

Mountain Emei rises in the southern part of the Chengdu Plain in Emeishan City, with its highest peak being 3099 meters above sea level. The craggy southern part of the mountain is crisscrossed by ravines and covered with a dense growth of plants, while the northern part features sheer precipices, and waterfalls cascading down the slope.

Mountain Emei is called the “Mountain of brightness” in Buddhism. The legend goes that the Guangxiang Temple on the mountain top was where the goddess of benevolence performed Buddhist rituals, thus making it one of the four famous sacred mountains of Buddhism in China. There used to be over 100 temples and halls on the mountain, but only some 20 still stand. The Baoguo Temple situated at the foot of the mountain is the largest temple on Mountain Emei, built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The red copper Huayan Pagoda inside the temple is an important relic for studying Chinese Buddhism. The 14-storyed pagoda is seven meters high and its walls are engraved with more than 4700 images of Buddha and the full text of the Buddhist Sutra of the Huayan Sect.

Mountain Emei is known as one of the four primary shrine mountains of Buddhism in China and the famous national park. The mountain stretches out for 23km from south to north, occupying an area of about 115 km2. Viewed from afar, its catchy Da’e and Er’e hills stand side by side in quite a symmetry, long and thin like the delicate eyebrow of a beautiful maid in Chinese.

Mountain Emei is a world famous site of tourism, with a miraculous view for each of its hills and a surprise every few steps. There are the recognized top ten scenes of Sunny Clouds over Luofeng Peak, Evening Bells at Shenji Monastery, Clear Sound under Twin Bridges, Morning Rain at Hongchun Terrace, Autumn Breeze over Baishui Monastery, Nine Sages’ Residence, Elephant Pond in Moonlight, Overhanging Greenery at Linyan Rock, Snow World at Daping Monastery, and Buddha’s Halo at Golden Summit. There are the four natural wonders of Buddaha’s Halo, Cloud Sea, Sunrise and Holy Lamps.

The Giant Buddha of Leshan is carved on Lingyun Hill, east of Leshan City, which is not far away of Mountain Emei. The solemn Buddha is 71 meters high and its head itself is 14.7 meters high. Its ear is 6.2 meters long, eye 3.3 meters wide, and shoulder 34 meters wide. Its head is covered with 1021 chignons. Its middle finger is 8.3 meters long, and each of the feet is 11 meters long and 8.5 meters wide, large enough to accommodate more than 100 people sitting on it. The huge figure sits with his hands resting on his knees, his head reaching the hilltop and his feet the river, occupying the entire hillside.

Surrounded by the charm of both the mountains and rivers, Leshan Giant Buddha integrates both the beauty of a natural heritage and the gems of human culture. In the area of 2.5 square kilometers there are 2 sites under Class I state protection and 4 sites under Class II state protection.

The Giant Buddha faces the historic and cultural Leshan City on the other side of the river. The Giant Buddha is the center of the scenic area, and around it, there are a number of sites of interest, such as the Detached Mound from the irrigation system of Dujiang Weir by Li Bing in Qin Dynasty, the cliff-tomb clusters of Han Dynasty, Buddhist figure carvings, pagodas and temple of Tang and Song Dynasties, as well as architectural groups of Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Mountain Emei and the Giant Buddha have now been unified into one scenic area and were put on the world cultural and natural heritage list in 1996.

If you are interested in such cultural heritage and natural beauty, please book your China Flights and come to Emei.

Travel Tips for China: Chengdu

On November 24, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

When you book a China Flight for your China Tours, here are the tips and travel information you may need. Chengdu is your choice. Chengdu, located in southwest People’s Republic of China, is the capital of Sichuan provinceand a sub-provincial city. Chengdu is also one of the most important economic centers, transportation and communication hubs in Western China. According […]

When you book a China Flight for your China Tours, here are the tips and travel information you may need. Chengdu is your choice.

Chengdu, located in southwest People’s Republic of China, is the capital of Sichuan provinceand a sub-provincial city. Chengdu is also one of the most important economic centers, transportation and communication hubs in Western China. According to the 2007 Public Appraisal for Best Chinese Cities for Investment, Chengdu was chosen as one of the top ten cities to invest in out of a total of 280 urban centers in China.

More than four thousand years ago, the prehistorical Bronze Age culture of Jinsha established itself in this region. The fertile Chengdu Plain, on which Chengdu is located, is calledTianfuzhi guo  in Chinese, which literally means “the country of heaven”, or more often seen translated as “the Land of Abundance”. It was recently named China’s 4th-most livable city by China Daily.

Chengdu has a humid subtropical climate (Koppen Cwa) and is largely mild and humid. Chengdu is situated at the western edge of the Sichuan Basinand is therefore sheltered from northwest winds from Siberia in winter by the Qinling Mountains to the north; the short winter is milder than in the Lower Yangtze because of the sheltering effect of the Qinling. Snow is rare but there are a few periods of frost each winter. The summer is hot and humid, but not to the extent of the “Three Furnaces” cities of Wuhan, Nanjing, and Chongqing in the Yangtze basin. July and August average around 25 °C (77 °F), with afternoon highs sometimes reaching 33 °C (91 °F). January averages 5.6 °C (42.1 °F). Rainfall is common year-round but peaks in July and August. Chengdu also has one of the lowest sunshine totals in China (less sunshine annually than London), and most days are cloudy and overcast even if without rain. This is especially so in the winter months, when it is typically interminably grey and dreary, compounding the poor air quality. Spring (March-April) tends to be sunnier and warmer than autumn (October-November).

Mapo doufu, or mapo tofu, is a popular Chinese dish from the Sichuan (Szechuan) province. It is a combination of tofu (bean curd) set in a spicy chili- and bean-based sauce, typically a thin, oily, and bright red suspension, and often topped with minced meat, usually pork or beef. Variations exist with other ingredients such as water chestnuts, onions, other vegetables, or wood ear fungus, but these are rarely considered authentic Sichuanese.

One of the most famous variations is the Sichuan or Szechuan hot pot, to which a special spice known as huā jiāo is added. It creates a sensation on the tongue that is both spicy and burns and numbs slightly, almost like carbonated beverages. It was usual to use a variety of different meats as well as sliced mutton fillet. A Sichuan hotpot is markedly different from the types eaten in other parts of China. Quite often the differences lie in the meats used, the type of soup base, and the sauces and condiments used to flavor the meat. The cities of Chengdu and Chongqing are also famous for their different kinds of huǒ guō. “Sì Chuān huǒ guō” could be used to distinguish from simply “huǒ guō” in cases when people refer to the “Northern Style Hot Pot” in China. “Shuàn yáng ròu”, could be viewed as representative of this kind of food, which does not focus on the soup base.

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Back-Packers Information from Real Travelers in Chengdu

On November 19, 2010, in Cool Places, Restaurants & Food, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Chengdu, which is the provincial capital of Sichuan province, is said to be the most comfortable city to live in China. Although this city is in the western part of China, it combines both the fashion modern city and the relaxing living style. For travelers, the biggest attraction of Chengdu must be their typical and […]

Chengdu, which is the provincial capital of Sichuan province, is said to be the most comfortable city to live in China. Although this city is in the western part of China, it combines both the fashion modern city and the relaxing living style. For travelers, the biggest attraction of Chengdu must be their typical and genuine Sichuan food. It is still a hot spot for china travel, though the catastrophic earthquake in 2008. Below is the information for those travelers who are tired of Shanghai or Beijing Tours.

Cultural background of Chengdu. Travelling in different cities in China, the first thing you may need to know is their histories. Chengdu area used to be called as “Shu”(蜀), and now this short name is still used as the abbreviation of Sichuan province. There is an old saying that the elders are not suitable to read “Three Kingdoms” (the classical novel in Four Volumes), while the youngsters would better not enter “Shu”—Chengdu. The reason isthat the climates, plenteous resources, and living styles in Chengdu have been quite relaxing in a long history and it is similar to the “Eastern Italy”. Chengdu is also the center of Buddhism and Taoism, especially the Taoism. Chengdu is the source of Taoism. It was formed since Han Dynasty (126 A.D.) and it became nation-wide rapidly during the Tang Dynasty. In Chengdu, a lot of holy men or Taoist priests are gathering in many mountains these days. So if you have chance to visit Chengdu, these temples and holy mountains (Qing Cheng mountain and Snow Mountain) are the must-see attractions.

Transportations in Chengdu. I do recommend travelling by vehicles in Chengdu, as this city, even the downtown area, is full of mountain paths. If you are a fan of mountain cycling, then Chengdu is the best place for practice. The bus tickets is RMB 1 yuan and RMB 2 yuan for buses with air conditioners. If you are not sure about the bus directions, just take a bus to “Tian Fu Square” at first. Here you can take any buses to wherever you want. The starting price for taxi is RMB 5 yuan and RMB 1.4 yuan for each additional 1 km. And the motor three-wheeled vehicle, the local name “Pa Er Duo” (耙耳朵) starts at RMB 2 yuan. Chengdu is the largest transportation center of railway in Southwestern China. The direct trains can reach to Beijing, Xi’an, Kunming, Guangzhou, and Shanghai, etc. Within Sichuan province, there are many tourism express trains to Guangyuan, Yibin, and Pan Zhi Hua. The railway tickets are sold in many agencies in downtown, as well as the railway stations.

Foods in Chengdu. This is the most important part of Chengdu travel must be the foods there. And that is always my favorite item during trip. First, the Sichuan Dan Dan noodles (担担面) and stewed chicken soup. The direction is to take bus route 4 and get off at Babao street. Besides the Hong Guang cinema, there is an old fame restaurant where provides the most genuine these foods with only RMB 8 yuan. But you need to arrive there early, because they will close by noon. Ms Chen Mapo tofu is served in the historical restaurant opposite “Qing yang palace”. You can take bus route 27 and 5. Tan Tofu desserts are another must-try food in Chengdu. Take the route 4 and get off at “Bei Xiangzi”. Then ask anybody there, you will find this small but famous shop. And the price is RMB 5 yuan.

When you travel in China, Chengdu is the place you can never miss. The Sichuan food is quite well-known in China Towns all over the world. But in Chengdu, you will find the true various Sichuan foods. And the information about Chengdu Flights can be found in the flights section of chinatraveldepot.

Customize Your China Independent Travel

On November 10, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Tibet, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Travelling independently with china travel seems like an attractive idea to most adventurous westerners. It is best to buy your airline ticket, apply for your visa, book a room on China Hotels, or even get information about the weather before you go. Then what you need next is a customized travel plan. Here are some examples of choices for you. 1.Landscape for avid mountaineers– Mount Taishan and Mount Huangshan There is a great saying to describe the two famous mountains in China,“It is difficult to be mountains for one who has seen the Mount Taishan, and difficult to enjoy Taishan for one who has seen the Mount Huang.” Taishan, which is located in the central part of Shandong Province, is famous for its splendid sunrise and thrilling height over thousands of years. Huangshan, which lies in the southern part of Anhui Province, has a reputation for its sea of clouds, wondrous pines ,unique rocks and hot spring. 2.Purify your exhausted soul–Qinghai-Tibet plateau It is said that Qinghai-Tibet plateau is a place which is closest to heaven. You will be greatly shocked by the endless spectacular sights like snow mountains, monks and priests, yak, migrant birds in Qinghai Lake, Potala Palace, Brahmaputra…… West lake fish in sweet sour source (Xi Hu Cu Yu) 3.Enjoy the native life –Chengdu,Hangzhou,Suzhou and Xi’an Play mah-jong in Chengdu, drink Longjing tea at West Lake, watch Kunqu opera in a sculling boat in Suzhou , taste snacks by the city moat of Xi’an. You can discover Chinese culture and traditions in the different cities and act as the local people do. 4.Go back to the old days of China–Pingyao ancient city in Shanxi Pingyao became famous because of a classic movie《Raise The Red Lantern》 directed by Zhang Yimou. Pingyao used to be the financial centre of China during the Ming and Qing dynasty and there a lot of mysterious tales which are waiting for you to explore. There are also many antiques for sale, if you are interested in collecting, Pingyao will absolutely give you a big surprise. I wish you a pleasant china travel and good luck!

Travelling independently with china travel seems like an attractive idea to most adventurous westerners.

It is best to buy your airline ticket, apply for your visa, book a room on China Hotels, or even get

information about the weather before you go. Then what you need next is a customized travel plan.

Here are some examples of choices for you.

1.Landscape for avid mountaineers– Mount Taishan and Mount Huangshan

There is a great saying to describe the two famous mountains in China,“It is difficult to be mountains

for one who has seen the Mount Taishan, and difficult to enjoy Taishan for one who has seen the Mount Huang.”

Taishan, which is located in the central part of Shandong Province, is famous for its splendid sunrise and thrilling

height over thousands of years. Huangshan, which lies in the southern part of Anhui Province, has a reputation

for its sea of clouds, wondrous pines ,unique rocks and hot spring.

2.Purify your exhausted soul–Qinghai-Tibet plateau

It is said that Qinghai-Tibet plateau is a place which is closest to heaven. You will be greatly shocked

by the endless spectacular sights like snow mountains, monks and priests, yak, migrant birds in Qinghai Lake,

Potala Palace, Brahmaputra……

West lake fish in sweet sour source (Xi Hu Cu Yu)

3.Enjoy the native life –Chengdu,Hangzhou,Suzhou and Xi’an

Play mah-jong in Chengdu, drink Longjing tea at West Lake, watch Kunqu opera in a sculling boat in Suzhou ,

taste snacks by the city moat of Xi’an. You can discover Chinese culture and traditions in the different cities

and act as the local people do.

4.Go back to the old days of China–Pingyao ancient city in Shanxi

Pingyao became famous because of a classic movie《Raise The Red Lantern》

directed by Zhang Yimou. Pingyao used to be the financial centre of China during the Ming and Qing dynasty and there a lot of mysterious tales which are waiting for you to explore.

There are also many antiques for sale, if you are interested in collecting, Pingyao will absolutely give you a big surprise.

I wish you a pleasant china travel and good luck!

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Break from Work–Have Enough Time Tour in China

On October 25, 2010, in Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Last Thursday, Scott, my oral English teacher, shared a passage about Career Break with us. That meant a lot to me, as I am always the one who dreams about having China Tours even world tours as long time as I want. Just as Susan, the author of this passage, said, it is a dream […]

Last Thursday, Scott, my oral English teacher, shared a passage about Career Break with us. That meant a lot to me, as I am always the one who dreams about having China Tours even world tours as long time as I want. Just as Susan, the author of this passage, said, it is a dream anyone with a passport fantasizes about once in a while: ditching everything to travel the world for a year, or at least long enough to forget about office life. But also as she suggested, acting out that fantasy tends to be reserved for retirees and recent college graduates. I am a graduate student who will graduate in 2013. Though there are so many obstacles as well, I want to plan about my long time trip. Maybe peers like you could join me or just take it a reference.

I would like to name this long journey as My Gap Month Tour in Southwest China, which includes destinations of Chengdu, Yunnan, Tibet and Guilin. Since these four destinations make up a round, I design this route in turn: Chengdu—Guilin—Yunnan—Tibet. Given the culture issue, I choose Chengdu, whose local people also like hot food, as my first destination. As the passage suggests, easing into your trip in a more familiar country is a way to reduce anxiety about leaving home. I think it applies to domestic trip well. Besides, Chengdu Flights are available easily.

First Stop—Chengdu—4 days or so to stay

As we all know, the most famous things in Chengdu covers the teahouse, panda and Sichuan opera and the most important is its various local flavors. I plan 2 days for its famous scenic spots and 2 days just for sitting in the teahouse and enjoying its delicious and its drama.

Teahouse: things in teahouse could be a mirror reflected local people’s leisurely life, which is famous in China. Especially after the Wenchuan Earthquake, Chengdu people realized that it is important to enjoy life for our vulnerable and short life. In addition, teahouse is an important social activity place. So it is a good place for me to meet some new friends.

Panda: Chengdu is the hometown of our country’s treasure—panda. I definitely will not miss the opportunity for watching these lovely and lively babies.

Sichuan Opera: Chengdu is also the home of opera. I want to watch the simon-pure Sichuan opera, especially suddenly turn hostile.

Food: my friends who live in Chengdu say that special snacks there are cheap and delicious. As I come from Hunan, where people love hot food, I wanna try its spicy and hot food very much.

Second Stop—Guilin—3days or more to stay

There come some words– Guilin’s scenery is the best in the world. As it has the most representative karst land feature, it is famous for fantastic hills, crystal-clear water, spectacular caves and picturesque rocks.

Li River: it has the largest scale and most wonderful of caves. I expect to quant on the water, just take it easy to get close to the nature.

Food: Guilin rice noodles are known for world light repasts, with its special taste but be known for. It is said that there are hundreds of shops selling Guilin Rice noodle with hundreds of kinds of taste. It is very highly expected for me.

Third Stop—Yunnan—a week or more days to stay

Yunnan is a mysterious province for me. I just know that Kunming is the city of Spring and Li-Jiang ancient town is very attractive for most people. Only visit there can I feel its fantasy culture and custom. Here my initial planning refers to Kunming, Dali and Li-Jiang.

Kunming: known as Spring City, it is a good chance for me to see various fresh flowers and taste various vegetables of different season. It should be a nice place for people to live in since it has the nicest climate.

Dali: it is a city with Bai Ethic Group live together. I want to see for myself its wind, flower, snow and moonshine and take enough time to experience the Bai people’s custom and culture.

Li-Jiang: Lijiang is inhabited by the Naxi minority people. It is popular with Lovely people, nice town and special music. What I expect most is wander in the Old Town of Li-Jiang, drunk to its scenery. Life could be quiet and romantic there that I can stay away from the real world.

Maybe I suddenly decide to stay for more days.

Fourth and last stop—Tibet—a week or more to stay

As most Chinese people dream about, Tibet is the must-to-go place for me in my whole life. It is a holy place for us ordinary ones. It is the mysterious virgin land. I want to take more time to stay there. I want to see local religious people who are going on a pilgrimage. I want to feel their reverent heart which could teach me a lot. I want to purify my mind and get peaceful thoroughly. Oh, there are so many things I want to do in Tibet. Perhaps it is better for me to take no specific arrangements there. Just follow my mind.

Plans above are rough. But it is outline of my gap month tour. Anyone who gets any ideas or suggestions can leave me a message below. Or we can both inquire China Southern Airlines right now.

3-Day Tours in China to Explore Sacred Buddhist Spot

On October 22, 2010, in Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

The tour packages of china travel are various; you can either travel to Beijing or Shanghai for a week, or you can choose the Chengdu Flights to stay 7 days to enjoy a rather relaxing vacation. Where is Chengdu? You may be quite familiar with Sichuan food in your country’s Chinese restaurants. Well, Chengdu is […]

The tour packages of china travel are various; you can either travel to Beijing or Shanghai for a week, or you can choose the Chengdu Flights to stay 7 days to enjoy a rather relaxing vacation. Where is Chengdu? You may be quite familiar with Sichuan food in your country’s Chinese restaurants. Well, Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province which is famous for tasted food and remarkable natural and historical scenes. Moreover, Mount Emei locates in Chengdu and this mountain is the highest one among Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China. Please follow me to have a glance of this 3-day vacation from Beijing to Chengdu.

First Day (August 6th, 2009): We booked the early flight tickets for 40% off. So we got up at 5 am and took the express subway to airport in Dong Zhi Men. Thanks to this 20-minute express subway, we successfully caught the 8am flight to Chengdu. We arrived in Chengdu at 10:45am and went to the Xin Nan Men Bus Station by shuttle bus for RMB 10 yuan. Then we were heading to Mountain Emei by transferring to the Mountain Emei Bus station by RMB 33 yuan. When we arrived at the base of Mountain Emei, it was 2pm already. Our journey of climbing Mount Emei set off. It is very useful to buy a crutch before climbing and it is as cheap as RMB 4 yuan (remember to bargain!). At around 6 pm, we lodged in the Hong Chung Ping Temple overnight. The price is RMB 40 yuan for each person per night.

Second Day (August 7th): Companied by the morning bell from the temple, we woke up at 5 am and had special vegetarian breakfast provided by the temple. When came out of the temple, there were several large monkeys lying on the floor. We, two girls, were scared by them because they would suddenly jump up to you. Then we had to choose another path to avoid them. However, there were still some smaller monkeys trying to scare us and jumped onto our shoulders. Whatever method we used, they still refused to move. Fortunately, there came several other people who caught these monkeys’ attentions. Therefore, we were “let” go by them. There are several points I wanna make: 1. If you want to give monkeys foods, you would better give all you have out and never remain some on yourself. Otherwise, you will be in trouble. 2. Do not wear or have something in red, because monkeys love this color and they will chase after you along. Finally, we arrived at Xian Feng Temple which is larger and more splendid than Hong Chun Ping Temple. We refilled our water bottle with spring water in this temple. There is no need to carry a lot of water for climbing, as many temples on Mount Emei will provide fresh spring water for free. At 5:30pm, we arrived at Jie Ying Palace (another famous temple) and had vegetarian dinner there. Here we received nice help and service and I really recommended the vegetarian dinner there. We stayed in this temple for RMB 40 yuan per night.

Third Day, August 8t: Accompanied by chanting scriptures from Monks, we woke up at 5am as well. And the breakfast is the buffet for RMB 6 yuan each person. We had stuffed buns, prridge, peanuts and other salad. We planned to climb to the summit, however, it was raining heavily and so cold. We rented a coat till knees in this summer time!!! We decided to take Cable Cars to the summit. The price was RMB 30 yuan for each person. There is another temple at the summit and many people came here to seek luck. After this, we climbed down to the base of Mountain Emei at 12pm, and took the return bus to Chengdu downtown.

If you are interested in more information of tour packages to Chengdu, please visit China Tours!

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Sichuan Snacks and Chinese Culture of Eating–Part 2

On October 20, 2010, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Cool Places, by Jack Li

I have talked a lot about Sichuan snacks last time, but what if you are now in Beijing? Do not worry. Many China Hotels offer traditional Sichuan cuisine. So are some famous Chinese restaurants. If you want to have some more interesting experience during your China Tours, follow me. Let me show you some restaurants […]

I have talked a lot about Sichuan snacks last time, but what if you are now in Beijing? Do not worry. Many China Hotels offer traditional Sichuan cuisine. So are some famous Chinese restaurants. If you want to have some more interesting experience during your China Tours, follow me. Let me show you some restaurants serve Sichuan cuisine with good reputation in China.

1.    Wu Shan Grilled Fish

Wu Shan Grilled Fish is a well-known restaurant in Beijing, China. It is famous for its tasty grilled fish. Usually, we would like to fry, bake fish rather than grill it. But have you ever think about how delicious it will be if it is cooked in this way?

Let us start from the steps to grill a fish: Firstly, choose the type of the fish you want to eat depending on your favor (you can choose from carp, grass carp etc). And  choose the flavor of the fish at the same time. (hot and spicy, fragrant, chilly etc) Then the fish Will be cleaned and cut in half. Secondly, fired the fish on the grill until it turns golden on both sides. At last, add some vegetables you like such as potato, cucumber, lettuce etc. When every thing is ready, the fish will be put in a stainless steel tray with fire  underneath to keep it hot. Just enjoy yourself with the delicious fish!

The grilled fish is impressive, so is one of Wu Shan Grilled Fish’s slogan: Was always copy, but have never be surmount!

Average consumption: 56 Yuan/ per person

Address: No.35, Xiao Yun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.

Business Hours: 11:00 am to 23:00 pm

Tel:  4006665353 64670658 

2.    Meizhou Dongpo Restaurant

Comparing to Wu Shan Grilled Fish, Meizhou Dongpo Restaurant serves more kinds of Sichuan cuisine. Such as Pork lungs in chili sauce, Dongpo Pork that I have mentioned, and sticky glutinous rice ball wrapped in reed , dandan noodles and glutinous rice balls served in rice wine soup. Besides the snacks, it also serves main courses: smoked duck , a traditional classic. Dry pot baby cabbage is a tasty way to sample this vegetable. As a Sichuan restaurant, Meizhou Dongpo offers plenty of spicy dishes, such as pork lungs in chili sauce, poached sliced pork in hot chili oil, and spicy and tongue-numbing bean curd with minced pork.

In all, Meizhou Dongpo Restaurant is a restaurant offers traditional Sichuan cuisine for all ages. In 2000, the restaurant was awarded an award an a “Sichuan Famous Restaurant” by the Sichuan Provincial Government.

Average consumption: 62 Yuan/ per person

Address: The third floor of Shangjie Shopping Mall, Qingnian Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.

Business Hours: 10:00 am to 24:00 pm

Tel:   010-85592118 85591010 

3.    Shuangliu Rabbit Head

I have introduce something about the Shuangliu rabbit head for you last time. It is said that the textures weren’t so different from eating meat off a rib.

Have a try if you are interested in it.

Average consumption: 50 Yuan/ per person

Address: No.48, East third ring south road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.

Business Hours: 10:00 am to 24:00 pm

Tel:    010-65405858  

4.    Spicy Spirit

Spicy Spirit is also a restaurant serves spicy Sichuan cuisine. Even though there are long queues at dinner time, there are still many customers come back for the for the punishing spiciness at the heart of this restaurant’s fame.

The must order dish in this restaurant is Shuizhu Yu (fish cooked in an oily, peppercorn-laden soup).

Average consumption: 65 Yuan/ per person

Address: No.28, Wudaokou Shopping mall, Chengfu Road, Haidian District, Beijing.

Business Hours: 11:00 am to 22:00 pm

Tel:  010-62666788 

Enjoy your china travel with Sichuan Cuisine.

 

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