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

Full Service Agency Specializing in Group Tours

On December 15, 2010, in Cool Places, Must-sees, Travel Info, by Jack Li

It is widely accepted that China Tours are more and more popular among tourists all over the world. However, for the newcomers, it is necessary for them to go to a reliable Chinese travel agency for help. Generally speaking, travel agencies provide information about China Flights, itineraries, and so on. In the following article, I […]

It is widely accepted that China Tours are more and more popular among tourists all over the world. However, for the newcomers, it is necessary for them to go to a reliable Chinese travel agency for help. Generally speaking, travel agencies provide information about China Flights, itineraries, and so on.

In the following article, I will recommend you a famous Chinese travel agency which is named China Youth Travel Service (CYTS), and you can click on www.chinatraveldepot.com to find more information. It is one of the largest Chinese travel agencies in China, specializing in providing travel information, such as: the hot deals on flights ticket, the tips in certain travel cities, etc. You may find that it will do you a favor when you planning your china travel.

On chinatraveldepot.com, you can find all kinds of itineraries, such as the Multi-City Tours, Single-City Tours, or different themes of the itineraries, like the historical tour, the landscape tour, the beach view tour, etc.

Here is an example, let’s go to the Sunshine over China tour. The itinerary will start in Beijing, and then we will go to Sanya, and the last stop is Hong Kong. Along this itinerary, you will have the opportunity to visit places of interests in Beijing and enjoy the free and easy travel at the best seashore city in Hainan, and have a free time in Hong Kong.

In Beijing, not only will we visit the famous attractions, such as Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, Tian’anmen Square, but also we have the chance to hang out in the bars, to the Hutongs. What’s more, you can taste all kinds of delicious food in the famous snacks street, the Hot Pot, Beijing Roast Duck, and etc.

In Sanya, the beautiful sea city, we can lie ourselves on the beach and enjoy the sunshine, listen to the sea, look at the blue sky, what a beautiful picture. The most famous attraction in Sanya is The End of Earth and The Corner of the Ocean. It is located 23 kilometers west of Sanya city, this spectacular place face the endless sea with Maling Mountain at the back, coconut trees and numerous rocks scatter on the sand, the Chinese characters on the rock means “the end of earth and the corner of the ocean” which witness a moving eastern love story of Romeo and Juliet. In the tourism zone, you can stroll on the beach, watch the wave, listen to the sea sound as well as collect shells.

In Hong Kong, the Oriental Pearl is simply amazing! It would be hard to find a more exciting city than Hong Kong. Set among beautiful natural surroundings it has all the benefits of a thriving and vibrant commercial center. Here you can find the delights of modern living alongside an abundance of reminders of its historic past. Whether you visit the better known highlights like the stunning Ocean Park, the fantastic viewpoint of Victoria Peak or the beautiful Repulse Bay, Hong Kong is certain to exceed your expectations. And a popular market town on the sunny south side of Hong Kong Island, Stanley’s relaxed ambience, crisp sea environs and bargain buys have made it world famous. Seven days a week the open market around Stanley New Street and Stanley Market Road throbs with the passing parade of life as bargain-hunters from all over the world join in the fun of haggling with shopkeepers and stallholders. Choose from brand-name clothing and accessories, or simply irresistible souvenirs, ornaments and other Oriental knick-knacks. The market is open from 10:30am to 6:30pm. Stanley also has beautiful beaches that are popular with windsurfers. And when you’re feeling peckish, you’ll find a wide variety of funky bars and great restaurants to enjoy.

On chinatraveldepot, you can find other travel information like Travel to Tibet, travel to Shanghai, etc, so, why not explore yourself…?

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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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China Vacation Packages: Hunan Province

When people are going to Hunan Province for a short vocation, you must be a crazy traveler. Hunan Province is a really good choice for experience your extraordinary China Tours. Book a China Flight for your China Vocation this winter! Hunan is a province of China, located to the south of the middle reaches of the Yangtze River and south […]

When people are going to Hunan Province for a short vocation, you must be a crazy traveler. Hunan Province is a really good choice for experience your extraordinary China Tours. Book a China Flight for your China Vocation this winter!

Hunan is a province of China, located to the south of the middle reaches of the Yangtze River and south of Lake Dongting (hence the name Hunan, meaning “south of the lake”). Hunan is sometimes called and officially abbreviated as “湘” (pinyin: Xiāng) for short, after the Xiang River which runs through the province.

Hunan borders Hubei in the north, Jiangxi to the east, Guangdong to the south, Guangxi to the southwest, Guizhou to the west, and Chongqing to the northwest. The capital is Changsha.

Hunan Province is located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, about half way along its length. Shanghai lies 1000 km away, Beijing1200 km away, and Guangzhou 500 km away.

Hunan is situated between 109°-114° east longitude and 20°-30° north latitude. The east, south and west sides of the province are surrounded by mountains and hills, such as the Wuling Mountains to the northwest, the Xuefeng Mountains to the west, the Nanling Mountains to the south, and theLuoxiao Mountains to the east. The mountains and hills occupy more than 80% of the area and the plain comprises less than 20% of the whole province.

The Xiangjiang, the Zijiang, the Yuanjiang and the Lishui Rivers converge on the Yangtze River at Lake Dongting in the north of Hunan. The center and northern parts are somewhat low and a U-shaped basin, open in the north and with Lake Dongting as its center. Most of Hunan Province lies in the basins of four major tributaries of the Yangtze River.

Lake Dongting is the largest lake in the province and the second largest freshwater lake of China. Due to the reclamation of land for agriculture, Lake Dongting has been subdivided into many smaller lakes, though there is now a trend to reverse some of the reclamation, which had damaged wetland habitats surrounding the lake.

Hunan’s climate is subtropical, with mild winters and plenty of precipitation. January temperatures average 3 to 8 °C while July temperatures average around 27 to 30 °C. Average annual precipitation is 1200 to 1700 mm.

Xiang is a subdivision of spoken Chinese that originates from Hunan. Hunan cuisine is noted for its use of chili peppers. Nü shu is a writing system that was used exclusively among women in Jiangyong County. Hunan’s culture industry generated 87 billion yuan (US$11.76 billion) in economic value in 2007, a major contributor to the province’s economic growth. The industry accounts for 7.5 percent of the region’s GDP – 0.9 percentage points higher than the previous year.

In recent years, Hunan’s cultural exports to the rest of China have been making a big impact. For instance, theSuper Girl contest – a Chinese version of Pop Idol – was a significant and ground-breaking achievement for Chinese television. It included live broadcast, voting by mobile phones, and featured quirky and atypical characters. Another television export has been the television cartoon series Blue Cat.

The gross profit for the Supergirl contest in 2005, for example, was 17.79 million yuan (US$ 2.48 million). As a result of programs like Supergirl, Golden Eagle Broadcasting System’s Hunan satellite television channel has become the most-watched regionally-produced channel in China, with over 5.6 million viewers. According to Golden Eagle, its programming also airs in the US, Japan, and Europe.

The local government started developing its cultural industry earlier than other cities, which is the main reason why they are ahead. There is a mature entertainment chain and standardized management in Hunan`s cultural industry. A prime example of this is Golden Eagle Broadcasting System.

Book a China Flight for your China Vocation this winter, visit chinatraveldepot.com for more information you may need.

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Historical Travel Tours

On November 8, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

As long as I can remember I have been a complete History geek, I love to learn about what happened in the past and spend alot of my free time reading books about the history. So when I started to read about China and realised its amazing history and culture, I knew I had to […]

As long as I can remember I have been a complete History geek, I love to learn about what happened in the past and spend alot of my free time reading books about the history. So when I started to read about China and realised its amazing history and culture, I knew I had to visit its the perfect place for me! I decided that the best and cheapest way to tour the history of China, was to take an organised tour the one. so after shopping around on the internet for a bit I decided to go on a China Tour .They had so many different ones to choose from  I was spoilt for choice. In the end I decided to take the 6 day essence which covered Xian,  the tour consists of 3 major sites: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and The Bell Tower . I was so excited to see all of them especially the Terracotta Warriors, which i’ve been wanting to see my whole life! China travel depot also organised all of my China Flights which saved me alot of time,effort and expense!

The first stop and in my eyes the best piece of history I have ever seen was the Terracotta Warriors . Although I was pretty tired from the long coach journey, I had a leap in my step! As we got closer it got busier , as one of Xi’an’s most popular places to visit the Terracotta Warriors are always full of excited tourist. As I walked in to the vast open viewing space where the Terracotta warriors, are I felt little goose bumps on my arm. -Im not sure whether this was because of the slight drop in temperature, or he fact that as I stood looking at the warrior it was very eire and ore inspiring at the same time. This was the most exciting sight of my life to date it was phenomenal!

In total there are an army of 7000 life size pottery soildeirs, horses ,even chariots and weapons. They are all set out in battle formation guarding the very prescious tomb of Emporor Qin Shi Hauang. The figures are believed to date all the way back to 210 BC, and amazingly were only discovered in 1974 by some local agricultural men who lived near by. Each warrior is totally unique and different from then next, they all have different facial expressions and clothing and are also all different heights.  it is thought that it took over 700,000 workers to construct this magnificent display. This was by far the best day and our tour guide was very knowledgeable, he  took us round and gave us little snippets of history which was much appreciated.

Terracotta Warriors

Th next day the tour took us to one of the most famous central landmarks of the city: The Bell tower this is the point which leads to the four most lucrative streets in Xian which go east,west north and south. Truly remarkable to see. The bell Tower is so special that soon sfter it was built it became a symbol for Xi’an, this is mainly because in ancient times the bell ringing once every hour was the only form of telling the time, so the people if the time relied on it for every day life. There is much mystery surrounding the tower with many thinking it has magical power many legands are based on this. The tower base is a square and stretches across 1,377 meters, the main structure which is made out of green bricks is 8.6 meters high and 35.5 meters wide it is a great sight to see I feel privilege to have been able to experience it!

Bell Tower by Night

The next stop was the Big wild Goose Pagoda, which is a stunning building that has been preserved beyond belief this is a ancient holy building for Buddhist. Agreat tip is to go out night, when it’s all lit it in my opinion it looks even more beautiful. The pagoda has been suject to a lot of change over the years, it was originally built during the reigin of emperor Gaong of tang. Originally the structure was built at 54m howveer due to constructional problems this fell down. About 5 decades later the empress Wu Zetian called for it to be reconstructed and for it to be bigger and better than the previous thus adding 5 new stories. However the massive earthquake of 1556 majorly damaged the amzing structure, so it was built againg but 3 stories less it is currently at 7 stories with a height of 64m  with a slight westernly lean. This building was great to see and offered great panoramic view over the beautiful city.

Sadly I had come to the end of my tour, and it was time to get on the coach again for the one day schlepp home. I wish I had more time to explore as Xian was literally crammed with history everywhere you turn there’s something to see! I had such a great time at all of these places there is so much more to see I will have to come back! If this account has inspired you to book a similar trip I would suggest logging onto china travel for some great tips and cheap solutions to travelling China.

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Hangzhou, the City You Will Never Forget

On October 19, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

When most people are visiting Beijing or Shanghai for their China Tour, I would like to suggest you guys can visit Hang Zhou, the most beautiful city in mainland China. Hangzhou is a high-developing city near Shanghai and Nanjing. It takes only 1 hour by Express Train from Hangzhou to Shanghai. When you book a […]

When most people are visiting Beijing or Shanghai for their China Tour, I would like to suggest you guys can visit Hang Zhou, the most beautiful city in mainland China. Hangzhou is a high-developing city near Shanghai and Nanjing. It takes only 1 hour by Express Train from Hangzhou to Shanghai. When you book a China Flight to visit China, think about Hangzhou as a stop.

Hangzhou, In addition to its economically potent position on the Hangzhou Bay 180 kilometers (112 mi) southwest of Shanghai, Hangzhou also has been one of the most renowned and prosperous cities of China for much of the last 1,000 years, due in part to its beautiful natural scenery, with the West Lake as the most well-known location.

Hangzhou is renowned for its historic relics and natural beauty. It is often known as one of the most beautiful cities in China. It has been ranked as one of the ten most scenic cities in China. Although Hangzhou has been through many recent urban developments, it still retains its historical and cultural heritage. Today, tourism remains an important factor for Hangzhou’s economy. One of Hangzhou’s most popular sights is West Lake. The lake itself covers an area of 6 km2 (600 hectares) and includes some of Hangzhou’s most notable historic and scenic places. Adjacent to the lake is a scenic area covering over 50 square kilometers. The area includes historical pagodas, cultural sites, as well as the natural beauty of the lake and hills. There are two causeways across the lake.

he native residents of Hangzhou, like those of Zhejiang and southern Jiangsu, speak a Wu dialect. However, the Wu dialect varies throughout the area where it is spoken, hence, Hangzhou’s dialect differs from regions in southern Zhejiang and southern Jiangsu. In addition, Mandarin is also spoken. Tea is an important part of Hangzhou’s economy and culture. Hangzhou is best known for originating Longjing, a notable variety of green tea, the most notable type being Xi Hu Long Jing. Known as the best type of Long Jing tea, Xi Hu Long Jing is grown near Xi Hu in Hangzhou, hence its name.

Further, Hangzhou is known for its artistic creations, such as silk, umbrellas, and Chinese hand-held folding fans. Hangzhou cuisine is the representative of Zhejiang Cuisine, one of China’s eight cuisines. And it wins reputation for freshness, tenderness, softness, smoothness of its dishes with mellow fragrance. A great poet of Song Dynasty once praised it as follows: there’s no food that can compare with the Hangzhou cuisine. Dishes like West Lake Sour Fish, Dongpo Pork, Longjing Shrimp Meat, Jiaohua Young Chickens, Steam Rice Flower and Pork Wrapped by Lotus Leaves, Braised Bamboo Shoots and Lotus Root Powder are widely known and popular among both local people and tourists.

Hangzhou is serviced by the Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, which has direct flights to Amsterdam (as of May 2010), Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore regional routes to Hong Kong and Macau, as well as numerous domestic routes. Located just outside of the city in the Xiaoshan District, it is one of the major secondary international airports in China. Hangzhou Railway Station serves the city center with direct trains departing for Shanghai, and most other major cities in China. The Hangzhou East Railway Station is closed for renovation until 2011. Services have been moved to Hangzhou South Station. Taxis are also very common. With its line of the newest Hyundai Elantras and Volkswagen Passats, and tight regulations, the city’s taxi service is rated amongst the top in the country.

When you enjoy your upcoming China Travel, just visit Hangzhou. Click on our website and blog chinatraveldepot.com for more information!

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