Why Sichuan is a Vital Ingredient for any China Tour

On December 30, 2011, in Must-sees, Restaurants & Food, Sichuan, by Jack Li

Chengdu the capital of Sichuan is easily accessible form a wide array of domestic and international destinations; there are numerous Chengdu Flights which arrive daily to its impressively large airport visit China Flights for more details. Moreover if you have the time and the desire for an authentic ride amongst locals and other domestic travellers, […]

Chengdu the capital of Sichuan is easily accessible form a wide array of domestic and international destinations; there are numerous Chengdu Flights which arrive daily to its impressively large airport visit China Flights for more details. Moreover if you have the time and the desire for an authentic ride amongst locals and other domestic travellers, then China’s extensive rail network and bus tours are easily manageable. China’s train and bus schedules are fairly regular which connect this bustling city to the rest of the country.  Sichuan cuisine is famous for its delicious bold flavors’ and aromas which will have you yearning for assortment of spicy food including the well-known local Hotpot dishes (火锅; Huoguo) or Kung Pao Chicken (宮保雞丁).

 

With a mild climate year round, there is always much to see and do whether it be exploring Chengdu’s 2000 year old history, leisurely taking in the local sights and shops, or traveling further out to visit the Panda sanctuary, the biggest Buddha in the world or Jiuzhaigou Nature Park.  Since the disastrous earthquake on May 12, 2008 in Wenchuan County, a large number of Pandas living in Wolong National Natural Reserve became homeless and had to be relocated. The new Panda reserve Bifeng Gorge is located in Ya’an City which is one hour’s traveling from Chengdu. The Panda reserve offers a wide assortment of information on the specialized breeding programs within the picturesque park. It is an enjoyable day trip for those wishing to learn more about the gentle giants, the breeding programs or simply relax and enjoy the sightseeing.

 

Continuing north is the scenic town of Leshan, home of the world’s largest stone Buddha.  The Buddha casts a striking pose carved into the side of a mountain at the convergence of three rivers, known as the Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River. Those visiting Leshan will be mesmerized by the sheer size and history of this famous landmark.  The best time of year to explore the northern parts of Sichuan and the incredible Min mountain range and Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve is in autumn. Arriving before the cold frozen winter weather allows you to experience the wide assortment crystalline lakes and rivers which are surrounded by an abundance of bright colors and astonishing beauty.  The history of Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve has been greatly influenced by local minorities and is entwined with legends and myths which cast a mystical atmosphere over the picturesque park.

 

When you begin your China Travel trip to Sichuan be prepared for a laid back leisurely atmosphere and amazing culinary experiences. Moreover be prepared to become trigger happy with your camera, the astonishing abundance of sights available ranging from Chengdu’s Panda Reserve, to the great Buddah and Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve will make a happy snapper out of you.

Survival Mandarin Lesson

On August 19, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Cultural Experience, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

So you have just arrived in China and perhaps you’ve forgotten your phrasebook. Fear not, here are a few tips on how to get by in China, in terms of the language barrier. Everyone in China is so friendly and welcoming to tourists, but learning a few useful phrases, especially when you ride a taxi, […]

So you have just arrived in China and perhaps you’ve forgotten your phrasebook. Fear not, here are a few tips on how to get by in China, in terms of the language barrier. Everyone in China is so friendly and welcoming to tourists, but learning a few useful phrases, especially when you ride a taxi, go to a restaurant or ask for directions can enhance this. Nonetheless, your holiday will be one to remember, whether you travel to Beijing, travel to Shanghai, X’ian or beyond, this country is simply spectacular.

 

Introductions:

As I’m sure many people know, ‘hello’ is ‘ni hao.’ It is worth remembering the phrase, ‘Wo shi,’ because it means ‘I am.’ So when you are introducing yourself to someone simply say ‘Wo shi…’ It is pronounced like ‘wo she.’ If you want to be even more polite to someone and ask them how they are simply say, ‘ni zen me yang?’ If someone asks you this, reply with ‘wo hen hao’, which means ‘I am fine.’ If you wish to politely let the person know that you don’t understand much Chinese, the most applicable phrase would be, ‘buming bai.’

Food:

There are a wide variety of cuisines in China. For example, dumplings and roast duck are very common in the Peking Region. So if you’re in Beijing for instance, it is well worth giving these local delights a try. The word for dumpling is ‘jiaozi’ and roast duck is ‘kaoya.’ Other useful dining phrases are ones that you would need to use at the end of the meal. Maybe the waiter wouldn’t know the word for ‘bill.’ If you wish to pay simply say, ‘wo yao maidan’ pronounced, wo yao mydan.’

Drink:

If you are at a bar and you would like to order a beer the best way of asking is ‘wo yao pijou.’ Pronounce it as you would in Enlgish and your bartender will undersand. The word for ‘bar’ in Mandarin is ‘jiu ba.’

Shopping:

The most common phrase you will need to learn when you are in China, as you would in many countries you visit is, ‘How much?’ the most useful way to ask this is, ‘duo shao qian,’ a little more difficult to pronounce but give it a try and hopefully the person selling you something will understand.

Taxi:

When you are taking a taxi in Beijing, the best thing to do is ask for your hotel concierge to write the address on a piece of paper and hand it to the taxi driver when you get in the car.

Another thing to learn is the word for goodbye which is ‘zaijian.’ A lot of these phrases will come in handy on your China Tours. Good Luck!

 

 

 

 

 

China’s ‘Four Beauties’

There is much more to Chinese history than the Revolution of the 20th Century. Ancient Chinese history is indeed fascinating and at the centre of the dynastic eras lies the ‘Four Beauties of China.’ These women were renouned for their beauty, but unfortunately there are few historical records that dictate their lives. However much of […]

There is much more to Chinese history than the Revolution of the 20th Century. Ancient Chinese history is indeed fascinating and at the centre of the dynastic eras lies the ‘Four Beauties of China.’ These women were renouned for their beauty, but unfortunately there are few historical records that dictate their lives. However much of what is known of them today has been mostly told through narrative legend, a more vocal expression of the tale.  Their significance stems from ancient times. It is said that they exercised great influence over kings and emperors. Consequently, their actions, to an extent, impacted Chinese history, as we know it. Travel to Beijing or Travel to Xi’an to learn more about this country’s fascinating country.

All four women lived in four separate dynastic eras. The first one, Xishi was said to be so beautiful that fish would forget how to swim and sink away from the surface when she walked near them. Wang Zhaojun, the 2nd beauty, was so stunning that the mere sight of her would make birds fall from the sky, mid-flight. Diaochan (left), the 3rd woman, had such a luminous figure that the moon would shy away in humiliation in comparison to her face. Yang Guifei was said to have such a pretty face that puts all flowers to shame.

The tale of Wang Zhaojun is a very interesting one. This lovely woman came from a poor and humble background. During the Han Dynasty, the emperor employed a painter who would paint the ‘selected’ women, the women who were apparently the most beautiful in China. He would subsequently show these paintings to the Emperor who would then approve of whether these ladies would become one of his wives. Due to her low income and social status, she could not afford to pay the painter enough to paint her as a beautiful woman. So, the painter portrayed her as a very unattractive woman. Years later, China was in the midst of a crisis with their neighbouring country (modern day Mongolia). Wang Zhaojun volunteered to marry the ruler of this nation, to bring peace to both sides. As a result of this marriage, an alliance was made between the two nations. This shows the political significance of the tale of the Four Beauties of China. The Legend tells us that Wang Zhaojun should be respected for

the sacrifices she made, just to create stability in her country.

 

The fable portrays Wang in heroic terms. To this day, she is loved and respected by Chinesepeople. The People’s Republic of China uses her as a symbol of integration of Han Chinese and other ethnicities in China. Her tomb (right) still exists, in Inner Mongolia, by the Da Hi River. It has become a popular tourist destination, similarly the other sites that commemorate these women. For example, there is a Xi Shi temple located on the banks of the Huansha River. Also, the Statue of Yang Guifei (Below) has been standing tall for years in the Huaqing Pool near Xi’an.

I would thoroughly recommend visiting these sites. Furthermore, when you are on your China Tours, take the time and ask someone about the tale of the Four Beauties of China, a truly fascinating tale. Not only is it a story, it is also an expression of Chinese culture, literature and history.

 

 

 

Beijing main airports

On August 10, 2011, in Accomodation, Beijing, Transportation, by Jack Li

Beijing Capital International Airport Is the main international airport serving Beijing Flights inChina. It is located 32 km (20 mi) northeast ofBeijing’s city center. The airport is owned and operated by the Beijing Capital International Airport Company Limited, a state controlled company. And it mainly operates with Air China. Beijing Capital International Airport is currently the […]

Beijing Capital International Airport

Is the main international airport serving Beijing Flights inChina. It is located 32 km (20 mi) northeast ofBeijing’s city center. The airport is owned and operated by the Beijing Capital International Airport Company Limited, a state controlled company. And it mainly operates with Air China.

Beijing Capital
International Airport is currently the 2nd busiest airport in the world in
terms of passenger throughput behind Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Airport.

Beijing Capital International Airport is the main hub for Air China, the flag carrier of the People’s Republic of China, which flies to around 120 destinations  from Beijing.
The Condé Nast Traveler magazine named the Beijing Capital International as the World’s Best Airport in 2009  including factors such as cleanliness, speed
of security/immigration clearance, clarity of signs, luggage handling, etc. It
was the first time that Beijing Capital made to the top contenders list. To accommodate the growing traffic volume, Beijing Capital added the enormous Terminal 3 in 2008, the second largest airport terminal in the world after Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3, and the third largest building in the world by area.
The airport has three terminals. Terminal 1 is currently housing the domestic routes of Hainan Airlines and its subsidiaries. Terminal 2 serves China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, SkyTeam members and other
domestic and international flights.
Terminal 3, the newest terminal at Beijing Airport, serves Air China, Star Alliance and Oneworld members. Beijing Capital International Airport is served by the Airport Express Line of the Beijing Subway. The 28.1 km line runs from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2 and then to the city with stops at Sanyuanqiao and Dongzhimen. It was opened on July 19, 2008, in time for the 2008 Olympics. A one-way trip takes approximately 16–20 minutes. The airport offers six different shuttle bus routes to and from various points in Beijing, including Xidan, Fangzhuang, the Beijing Railway Station, Zhongguancun and the Nanyuan Airport. In addition, the airport also offers bus service to and from Tianjin and Qinhuangdao. Taxi service from the airport to Beijing is available.
Beijing Nanyuan Airport
Beijing Nanyuan is an airport in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. Located in the southern portion of the city, in Fengtai District, and 3 kilometres south
of the Fourth Ring Road and 13 kilometres from Tiananmen Square,
Nanyuan Airport was first opened in 1910, making it the oldest airport in China.
It is primarily a military airfield but also equipped with a terminal capable
of handling 1.2 million passengers per year and presently serves as the base of China United Airlines. Nanyuan Airport plans to close once the new Beijing Airport, currently being constructed in Daxing District, which is expected to be completed by October 2017. In 2008, Nanyuan Airport witnessed high growth rate.
The total number of passengers served increased by 80.1%, reaching 1,357,038, it was a 65.6% increase from the previous year. Traffic movements also had a very strong growth rate of 72.2%, registering 12,245. This two airports are the best choices if you want to Travel to Beijing.
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China Travel Inside, Lan Zhou

On December 7, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, Travel Info, by Jack Li

When you want to have a China Tour in mainland China, you may think go for a Travel to Beijing, Travel to Shanghai orTravel to Xi’an. However, some of the other cities in mainland China are also pleased to you  for a visit. Lanzhou is a prefecture-level city and capital of Gansu Province in northwestern China. Main industries include textile mills, rubber, fertilizer plants, oil refinery, petrochemical, machinery, […]

When you want to have a China Tour in mainland China, you may think go for a Travel to BeijingTravel to Shanghai orTravel to Xi’an. However, some of the other cities in mainland China are also pleased to you  for a visit.

Lanzhou is a prefecture-level city and capital of Gansu Province in northwestern China. Main industries include textile mills, rubber, fertilizer plants, oil refinery, petrochemical, machinery, and metallurgical industry. Gansu has one of the largest oil refineries in the country and Lanzhou itself is the center of the province’s petrochemical industry. Lanzhou has a largerefinery linked to the fields at Yumen by pipeline. It also manufactures equipment for the oil industry.

Lanzhou has a large textile industry, particularly noted for the production of woolens and leather goods. In addition, Lanzhou produces locomotives androlling stock for the northwestern railways, as well as machine tools and mining equipment. Aluminum products, industrial chemicals, and fertilizers are produced on a large scale, and there is a large rubber industry. Copper is mined in nearby Gaolan. Ganzhou has been one of the centers of China’s national nuclear power industry since the 1960s.

After the fall of the Han Dynasty, Lanzhou became the capital of a succession of tribal states. In the 4th century it was briefly the capital of the independent state of Earlier Liang. The Northern Wei dynasty(386–534) reestablished Jincheng commandery, renaming the county Zicheng. Mixed with different cultural heritages, the area at present-day Gansu province, from the 5th to the 11th century, became a center forBuddhist study. Under the Sui Dynasty (581–618) the city became the seat of Lanzhou prefecture for the first time, retaining this name under the Tang Dynasty (618–907). In 763 the area was overrun by theTibetan Empire and in 843 was conquered by the Tang. Later it fell into the hands of the Western Xia Dynasty (which flourished in Qinghai from the 11th to 13th century) and was subsequently absorbed by theSong Dynasty (960–1126) in 1041. The name Lanzhou was reestablished, and the county renamed Lanzhuan.

After 1127 it fell into the hands of the Jin Dynasty, and after 1235 it came into the possession of theMongol Empire.

Under the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) the prefecture was demoted to a county and placed under the administration of Lintao superior prefecture, but in 1477 Lanzhou was reestablished as a political unit. The city acquired its current name in 1656, during the Qing Dynasty. When Gansu was made a separate province in 1666, Lanzhou became its capital.

In 1739 the seat of Lintao was transferred to Lanzhou, which was later made a superior prefecture called Lanzhou. Lanzhou was badly damaged during the Dungan revolt in 1864–1875. In the 1920s and 1930s it became a center of Soviet influence in northwestern China. During the Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945) Lanzhou, linked with Xi’an by highway in 1935, became the terminus of the 3,200 km (2,000 mile) Chinese-Soviet highway, used as a route for Soviet supplies destined for the Xi’an area. This highway remained the primary traffic route of northwestern China until the completion of the railway from Lanzhou to Urumqi, Xinjiang. During the war Lanzhou was heavily bombed by the Japanese.

Lanzhou is situated on the upper course of the Yellow River, where the river emerges from the mountains. It has been a center since early times, being at the southern end of the route leading via the Hexi Corridor across Central Asia. It also commands the approaches to the ancient capital area of Chang’an (modern Xi’an) in Shaanxi province from both the west and the northwest, as well as from the area of Qinghai Lakevia the upper waters of the Yellow River and its tributaries.

Just come to Lan Zhou city, which is the capital of Henan Province in mainland China. Click onwww.chinatraveldepot.com for more information you may need.

Travelling Guide on Eating in Yunnan

On December 3, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

Located in southwest of the country, Yunnan Province boasts some of the top destinations for china travel or China Tours. Yunnan is not only endowed with charming natural landscape, gigantic forest of stones, but also delicious food, which has attracted visitors from all over the world. Yunnan cuisine is also called Dian cuisine. Although not […]

Located in southwest of the country, Yunnan Province boasts some of the top destinations for china travel or China Tours. Yunnan is not only endowed with charming natural landscape, gigantic forest of stones, but also delicious food, which has attracted visitors from all over the world.

Yunnan cuisine is also called Dian cuisine. Although not officially listed in the “Eight Schools of Chinese Cuisine”, it is considered No.9 by many Chinese people because of the colorful dining customs in Yunnan.

It consists of local dishes from Kunming, Northeast Yunnan, Western Yunnan and Southern Yunnan. The characteristics lie in moderate balance of sour and hot tastes mellow in deep oil, fresh and tender with sweetness, striving for their original tastes. Most of the ingredients are green, fresh and natural, including vegetables, fruit, bamboo and flowers. The dishes are not too spicy but have excellent flavor.

Want to know what those famous dishes are? Check them out!

Guoqiao rice noodles 

The word “Yunnan cuisine” makes many people immediately think of Guoqiao(Across the Bridge) rice noodle. Indeed, this is the most famous, whose restaurants can be seen all over the country.

It has a beautiful story behind it. In southern Yunnan, A scholar, preparing for the imperial examinations, isolated himself on an island in a lake to concentrate on his study. His devoted wife was dismayed that the meals she took to him always arrived cold after crossing a long, wooden bridge. But by chance, she discovered the way to keep soup boiling hot — to top it with a thin layer of vegetable oil. Of course, her husband passed the exams. Soon it got quite popular and was name Guoqiao rice noodles. The dish is made of soup, sliced meat, rice noodle and seasonings. A big china bowl will be served with boiling soup and a cover of oil. The soup is made of boiled chicken and pork bone and the clearer, the better. Chicken, pork, liver, kidney, fish and pickled pork are cut into slices. Seasonings are made of boiled vegetables. The raw sliced meat should be the first to put into the soup. After a few minutes, noodles and seasonings follow. The smell and the taste never fail the gourmands. No visit to Yunnan is complete without trying this unique and delicious dish.

 

Steamed-pot chicken   

Steamed chicken is a famous Dian flavored dish. The chicken is sealed in a pot and steamed for several hours. Sometimes, special medicinal herbs are added, making this tasty dish even more nutritious. It is a high-quality dish of Yunnan Province, featuring tender chicken and delicious and nutritious soup.

 

Earthen pot fish  

With breath-taking scenery, Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan is known as Oriental Hawaii. Dali earthen pot fish, delicious, refreshing and nutritious, is a traditional dish peculiar to places where the Bai ethnic group live in a compact community.

 

Xuanwei ham    

Xuanwei ham, produced in Xuanwei City in Qujing Prefecture, Yunnan Province, enjoys a high reputation both at home and abroad. In 1915 Xuanwei ham won a gold medal at the Panama International Fair. In the shape ofpipa(a plucked string instrument with a fretted fingerboard), Xuanwei ham has thin skin, thick meat, bright color and strong aroma. Thanks to the high quality, it is also known as “Yunnan ham”.

 

 

Yiliang roast duck 

Crispy skin roast duck, similar to Peking roast duck but uses honey on to crisp and color the skin and roasted with pine branches and needles, which imparts a unique flavor on the duck.

 

Sandao (Three-taste) Tea

Sandao Tea originally was a tea drinking courtesy of King Nanzhao, a local regime in Yunnan Province in the 8th-10th century. This courtesy was later introduced to common folks. Now Sandao Tea is a custom of the Bai people in Dali to entertain guests and friends. Sandao Tea firstly tastes bitter, then sweet and finally has aftertaste. When drinking tea, tourists can also appreciate folk songs and dances of the Bai people.

Other typical dishes include Yiliang Stewed Duck, spiced squab, and chicken wing with goat stomach and local fungus.

Look for the latest discounted China Flights, start your journey to Yunnan, and indulge yourself to the beautiful scenery, colorful cultures of ethnic minorities, and delicious food in Yunnan!

Travel Tips for China: Subways in mainland, China

On November 29, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, by Jack Li

Take the underground for visit many places in metropolitans is a better way for the youth. When you have your China Tours, you can just take subways in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenzhen and other cities. It is very convince for your China Tours. Even your China Flights is landed, you can take subway from airport […]

Take the underground for visit many places in metropolitans is a better way for the youth. When you have your China Tours, you can just take subways in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenzhen and other cities. It is very convince for your China Tours. Even your China Flights is landed, you can take subway from airport to the downtown area as well.

The Beijing Subway is a rapid transit rail network that serves the urban and suburban districts of Beijingmunicipality. The subway’s first line opened in 1971, and the network now has 9 lines, 147 stations and 228 km of tracks in operation. It is the oldest and busiest subway in mainland China, and the second longest after theShanghai Metro. On April 30, 2010, the subway delivered a record 6.4 million rides. The existing network still cannot adequately meet the city’s mass transit needs and is undergoing rapid expansion. Overall, plans call for 19 lines and 561 km of tracks in operation by 2015. The Chinese government’s ¥4 trillion economic stimulus package has accelerated subway construction. In addition to ten lines already under construction, work is set to begin on two more lines in 2010, and the entire network will reach 420 km by 2012.

The subway is generally closed after midnight, unless some special occasion prompts extended operating hours.[9] The first trains depart terminals at around 5 am and the last leave at around 11 pm. For precise hours and frequency of service, check the official schedule.

The Shanghai Metro is the urban rapid transit system of China’s largest city, Shanghai. The system incorporates both subway and light railwaylines. It opened in 1995, making Shanghai the third city in Mainland China, after Beijing and Tianjin, to have a rapid transit system. Since then, the Shanghai Metro has become one of the fastest-growing rapid transit systems in the world and as of 2010, there are twelve metro lines (excluding the Shanghai Maglev Train), 268 stations and over 420 km of tracks in operation, making it the longest network in the world. Daily ridership averaged 3.56 million in 2009 and set a record of 7.548 million on October 22, 2010.

In the six months leading up to the opening of Expo 2010 on May 1, 2010, the Shanghai Metro has undergone major expansion with several new lines and extensions opening. The system is still growing, more new lines and extensions are under construction, and plans through 2020 project a system comprising 22 lines and 877 km of length.

There are two types of interchange stations: physical interchange and virtual interchange stations. In a physical interchange station, passengers can transfer between subway lines without exiting a fare zone. In a virtual interchange station, however, passengers have to exit and re-enter fare zones as they transfer from one subway line to another. In order to receive a discounted fare, passengers must use a Shanghai Public Transportation Card (SPTC) instead of Single-Ride tickets.

The Shenzhen Metro (SZM) is the subway system for the city of Shenzhen in Guangdong province, China. The system opened on December 28, 2004, making Shenzhen the fifth city in mainland China to have a subway after Beijing,Tianjin, Shanghai and Guangzhou. The Shenzhen Metro currently has 2 lines, 22 stations, and 25.2 km of total trackage in operation. Both existing lines are undergoing expansion and three new lines are under construction. The network will reach a total length of 177 km by 2011.

he current system has only two lines and provides a relatively fast and economical way of traveling in east-central part of Shenzhen, compared to buses and taxis. It also runs to the border crossings between theShenzhen Special Economic Zone and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at Luohu/Lo Wu Station and Futian Checkpoint/Lok Ma Chau Station, where riders can transfer to Hong Kong’s MTR East Rail Line for travel to Hong Kong. The metro currently lacks access to the east side, particularly Yantian, a high tech foreign business park and busy port.

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Tips on Tourist Visa to China

On November 26, 2010, in Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

For tourists who come to China Tours for the first time, there are many preparations they need to take into account, such as the flights, hotels, the travel agencies, the itineraries, etc. However, today I decided to come into the other topics. First comes to the passport, which is one of the needed travelers have […]

For tourists who come to China Tours for the first time, there are many preparations they need to take into account, such as the flights, hotels, the travel agencies, the itineraries, etc. However, today I decided to come into the other topics. First comes to the passport, which is one of the needed travelers have to own. In addition to a passport, you’ll need a need a visa for business trips or leisure travels to mainland China. If your company’s travel agency isn’t handling the process for you, this tutorial will walk you through the (occasionally confusing) steps and I hope it will be helpful for your china travel.

Firstly, you need to download the visa application from the Chinese Embassy website and complete the visa form, and keep in mind to attach one passport photo to the application. Then make a copy of your hotel and flight information. After have done those, you will obtain an invitation letter from an authorized Chinese business, and then you need to deliver all materials to the Chinese Consulate nearest you. No appointments are necessary. Provide a self-addressed, prepaid envelope to have documents returned to you via mail.

When you come to the visa issues, there are things you need to prepare in advanced. Firstly, passport with at least six months of remaining validity and one blank visa page; secondly, the completed Visa Application Form; thirdly, an invitation letter from an authorized Chinese business/organization; lastly, fees for the standard services. However, there are tips on the Visa issues. The same day and rush service are available for extra fees. There is an exception that you do not need a visa for trips to Hong Kong less than 30 days. If you are traveling to Hong Kong prior to China, it is possible to apply for your visa there. You can ask the hotel concierge for assistance.

When finished the visa, you can come to China directly. Before your departure, I have something to tell you about the travels in China. If you a green hand, I recommend that you should go to a China travel agency for help. China Youth Travel Service (CYTS), which has a long history of good reputation, will give your more suggestions on China Tours. In fact, you can find flights, hotels, tour packages information here and compare all the prices which is offered by different airlines or hotels, so that you can get the most competitive prices. By doing this, you can save big on your travel expense. In addition, the most attractive service of CYTS offered is the tour packages, such as the Multi-City Tours, the Single-City Tours, Join-in Groups Tours, and so on. I will give you an example to make it clearer. The Beijing Post-Olympic Memories, which is one of the Single-City Tours. For this itinerary, you can experience the most popular historical city and see both ancient civilization and modern progress. Moreover, you will have to opportunity to walk on the largest Square in the world Review 29th Olympic Games at Olympic Park. The highlights of this itinerary are the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, the Hutong Culture, the Bird’s Nest, the Water Cube, and many other attractions. It is sure that you will have a better view to Beijing.

There are all kinds of tours waiting for you, travel to Tibet—the holy palace; travel to Shanghai—the metropolis; travel to Guilin—the famous landscape, etc. China will never disappoint you. So, are you going to join us on China Tours? Come to book your China Flights and explore yourself.

Reviews Information about Shanghai Travel Agency

On November 26, 2010, in Travel Info, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

The internet has influenced present lives a lot. Now you can book your hotels, tour packages and air tickets online, even the international tours, like China Tours. Besides of these benefits, you could also read the reviews from previous customers, such that, these reviews help you to make the best decisions. The most familiar such […]

The internet has influenced present lives a lot. Now you can book your hotels, tour packages and air tickets online, even the international tours, like China Tours. Besides of these benefits, you could also read the reviews from previous customers, such that, these reviews help you to make the best decisions. The most familiar such website would be the tripadvisor.com and expedia.com where you can read the reviews, when you are trying to decide which China Hotels you would stay. But unfortunately, there is no such information about travel agencies in Shanghai. So that is why I collect the reviews from the popular Chinese websites for reviews.

Ctrip online travel agency. This travel agency is the most popular one in Shanghai. Although it is actually an online travel agency, you could visit the offices personally. The address is No.99 Fuquan Road, Changning District, and their phone is 021-34064880. The total rate is 4 stars (5-star is the highest) and the average cost is RMB 1151 yuan. One of the comments is “The short-term DIY tour package is great. It included the round bus trip and hotels. The bus will take you to some assigned places and leave you there for your own arrangements. Later on, all of the members will get together at the required time and location. Then the bus will take you back to the hotels. Moreover, all the transactions are made online and by credit card which is quite convenient for busy white-collars.” The most recommendation reason is that the services in ctrip are quite good and considerable. Also because it is one of the well-know online travel agencies in China, customers do not need to worry about being cheated.

Shanghai Airlines Holiday Travel Agency (Ningxia Road Branch). This is not a online travel agency, however you can make your reservation by phones as well. The address is Building 3-4, No. 235, Ningxia Road, Putuo District. If you need the information, please call 021-65556037 or 65446081. The overall rank is 4-star and there are 83 reviews in total. The average cost of reviewers is RMB 2712 yuan. The attitude of customer services is above the average a lot and quite patient. The DIY tour packages and short term tour services are also recommended by reviewers. However, the facilities, especially the hotels arranged to customers are not as good as ctrip. Also, there is private information from a employee in this travel agency. You can contact with her by the phone 13636551371 and receive some discounts.

Legend Holiday travel agency. This is also an online travel agency which is based in Shanghai. The address is Building 22, Hengda Plaza, No.285 Changshou Road, Putuo District. And the phone is 400-888-1314. The operating time is 9am to 6pm in week days, and 9am to 4pm during weekends and holidays. The average cost for this travel agency is RMB 1345 yuan. The reason why many people recommend is that the tour packages are different from other travel agencies. These packages are more like a pure entertainment tours, excluding arranged shopping events. And the hotels are quite good as well. Sometimes, you will be set in 4-star or higher rank of hotels. Some reviewers were the lucky ones: They joined this travel agency because of some rewarding or promotion events in July. Although they joined the tour packages for free, the quality of the travel was really satisfactory.

Apart from these travel agencies, there are also other good ones for your travel in China. For example China Youth Tour Service (CYTS) is well known for its high reputation in China. Recently, they also set up a specific group for serving foreign customers who want to travel in China. They provide various customized tour packages on their website, even the Tibet Tours. Want more information? Please check other blogs in this section!

Get a Perfect Room through a Hotel Booking Agent

On November 25, 2010, in Accomodation, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Choosing the right hotel is as important as choosing the destination. With a good room you can have good rest and make your vocation there more enjoyable while a bad room spoils everything. What even worse is driving all day through syrupy traffic only to arrive at the hotel and discover your reservation is expired […]

Choosing the right hotel is as important as choosing the destination. With a good room you can have good rest and make your vocation there more enjoyable while a bad room spoils everything. What even worse is driving all day through syrupy traffic only to arrive at the hotel and discover your reservation is expired and there are no more rooms available. While to contact the hotel directly is an option, it’s still advisable to book through a travel agent. China Hotels is mostly recommended if your plan is to go to China. You can go to its website chinatraveldepot to get more information and help.

Booking a hotel room yourself is the hard way, for your information about the hotels might be limited or you can not simply afford the time, but hotel booking agents have expert knowledge of the hotel sector. They know better about hotels both the big ones and small, individual ones that may offer better value or more personal service. They know the best deals on hotel rooms in the city you’ll be traveling to.  They also get feedback from previous customers, so they are familiar with the trial-and-error process of finding good hotel rooms. Finally, if the travel agent sends a lot of customers to a hotel, that agent might get bargains on hotel rooms. Even charging you a fee, the travel agent might get you a cheaper hotel room than you can book yourself.

The travel agent offers a personal touch if you want a professional to book rooms for you, assuming you go through a smaller travel agency. At the same time, the travel agent isn’t likely to arrange the cheapest hotel rooms for you. That is likely to go to the big hotel booking agency specialist corporation.

How do you get a perfect room through a hotel booking agent?

It is very easy! You just pick up your phone. You tell them about your trip. The more detailed the better. What tourist spots are you planning to visit? —They can book the most convenient hotels, saving your money and time in traffic; what is your travel budget? —They can make the room fit it; are you bringing kids with you? —there may be extra cost to having kids share a room; what type of room is needed? …

After you let the booking agency know exactly what kind of hotel room you want and how much you are willing to pay for the room, and they take care of the rest. You are free of those troubles and just count down the days, waiting for your perfect vocation.

Many people may wonder how they pay the agent. The fact is that agents offering a ‘free’ service are actually paid commission by the hotels and venues they book. This may have financial advantages for you, but it also means the agent is less likely to be neutral about where they book. Also, if you’ve already negotiated net rates with a hotel or hotel group, you don’t want an HBA trying to claim commission on your net rates. Some HBAs are flexible and you may get to choose between fee or commission.

The cold December is coming, are you planning a vocation? Don’t know where to go?  Please log onto ChinaTours. It will give your professional advices. While most of the cities in mainland China are cold in winter, Guangzhou has a warm weather. Going there for the winter is a good choice. Book the tickets from Guangzhou Flights. Many blogs are written by the tourists themselves. Maybe you think their personal experience is more convincing and useful for your trip planning. China Flights can also do the air ticket booking for you. You do not need to bother.

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