China Baseball League

On August 25, 2011, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Shanghai, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

If you’re a huge baseball fan and you Travel to Beijing or Travel to Shanghai any time soon, I would strongly recommend you take the time to head down to a China Baseball League match. As a fan, you will appreciate the cultural differences within the sport. The CBL is the main professional baseball league […]

If you’re a huge baseball fan and you Travel to Beijing or Travel to Shanghai any time soon, I would strongly recommend you take the time to head down to a China Baseball League match. As a fan, you will appreciate the cultural differences within the sport. The CBL is the main professional baseball league in the country, under the administration of the Chinese Baseball Association, founded in 2002. Despite only having seven teams registered, it is still a truly an exhilarating sporting feast.

 

The seven teams are: the Beijing Tigers, Sichuan Dragons, Tianjin Lions, Guangdong Leopards, Jiangsu Hopestars, Shanghai Golden Eagles and the Henan Elephants. The Tianjin Lions won the inaugural championship and the most recent champions are the Guangdong Leopards, however it is the Beijing Tigers who have a stronghold on the record books, winning the trophy four times.

The Tigers play their games at the Lucheng Field, based in a rural area to the south of Beijing. Nine of the Tigers were part of the Chinese National Team in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Their biggest rivals are the Tianjin Lions. They are the other dominant force in Chinese Baseball. They play at the Tian Ti Dodger Stadium. Notable players include Wang Jingchao, Yang Guogand and Wang Zhenwang, who in fact signed for the world-famous baseball team, New York Yankees in June 2007.

The Chinese National Baseball Team continues to improve as well. They reached 3rd in the 2005 Asian Baseball Championship. They came in 15th in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, but then in 2009 they excelled to 11th Place. Their former coach, Terry Collins, had a 10-year playing career in the United States and then coached a few teams as well. He is now the current manager of the New York Mets.

Sure, baseball is not the most popular sport in China, especially with Basketball and Soccer as their main competition. However, it is still fun to watch, if you’re a fan of the sport. Ask your Beijing Hotels if they would be able to assist you with booking tickets for a match.

 

Gansu and its many Wonders!!

On June 20, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Cool Places, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, Tours, Transportation, by Jack Li

Gansu Province is positioned between Qinghai, Tibet and Inner Mongolia it is about 4,900 feet above sea level. Being a part of northwestern China, Gansu covers all of 175,289 square mile with a population of 24 million. The capital is Lanzhou. On the west of Lanzhou and the Yellow River the well-known “Hexi Corridor,” this […]

Gansu Province is positioned between Qinghai, Tibet and Inner Mongolia it is about 4,900 feet above sea level. Being a part of northwestern China, Gansu covers all of 175,289 square mile with a population of 24 million. The capital is Lanzhou. On the west of Lanzhou and the Yellow River the well-known “Hexi Corridor,” this is an essential passage on the ancient Silk Road stretching to the west. Visiting this lovely place is only a click away while checking out China Travel; you can find it easy to go to Gansu as part of their offered China Tours.

Gansu is rich with history, cultural heritage, grottoes, ancient buildings and other cultural relics. Ethnic groups around the world congregate in Gansu, which makes it a unique tourist destination with a range of traditional costumes to gaze at. While at Gansu you can take in the grasslands, the Gobi desert, and snow-covered mountains which add beauty to this mystifying land.

Places to be while visiting this area would be Lanzhou, Labrang Lamasery, the Suspended Great Wall, and the Maijishan Grottoes.

Lanzhou – was once called Jincheng and is now the capital of Gansu Province. Through Lanzhou is where the Yellow River flows, and is also the center of transportation in northwest. The ideal environment allows for melons, honeydew melons, and peaches to grow. You can catch the view of the Yellow River from the green corridor.

Labrang Lamasery- is located in the western Xiahe County in Gansu Province. Labrang Lamasery is about a 5 to 6 hour drive south from Lanzhou. The lamasery was built in 1709 which was the 48th year of the reign of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty. It is one of the six largest religious temples of the Gelug Sect of China’s Lamaism, second only to Potala Palace in Lhasa at Tibet. The lamasery covers 202 acres and has more than 10,000 halls and accommodates over 3,000 lamas.

The Suspended Great Wall- was called the West Great Wall in the past. Located 5 miles north of Jiayuguan Pass, it was built on the east side of Heishan Mountain in 1539, which was the 18th year of Jiajing’s reign of the Ming Dynasty. The walls were made of compressed earth. In some places the wall is almost ve rtical so that it has been called the Cliff Wall.

Mogao Grottoes- also known as “1000 Buddha Cave” they are located 15.5 miles southeast of Dunhuang City. With the length of 1 mile, the Grottoes weave their way through the broken cliff at the eastern foot of Mingsba Hill. There are five layers of caves that are built into the mountain. Historical records states that the Mogao Grottoes were constructed in 366 BC. There are said to be around 492 caves in which murals and sculptures representing different dynasties have been well preserved to this day. The Mogao Grottoes are listed in the World Cultural Heritage and are rated as key relics under state protection.

To witness these sites for yourself check out what is offered and where you or your family would like to visit in China. China Travels offers a lot of diverse places, and includes and guarantees nothing but fun fun fun .

Spring Festival

On June 14, 2011, in Cultural Experience, Featured China Stories, Festivals, by Jack Li

Spring festival is the most popular festival in the Chinese culture. It is a time when family members come together to celebrate. In other countries, spring festival is known as New Year. The difference is the time the festivals are celebrated. In the Chinese community, the spring festival is falls on the first day of […]

Spring festival is the most popular festival in the Chinese culture. It is a time when family members come together to celebrate. In other countries, spring festival is known as New Year. The difference is the time the festivals are celebrated. In the Chinese community, the spring festival is falls on the first day of the first lunar month, ranging from ending of January to mid February. For other countries, the New Year always falls on January first. In my China flight, I participated in the celebration of the Chinese New year. Try Air china, and the get best deal I received on my trip to China.

Chinese New Year, originated during the Shang dynasty in sixteen hundred. In the beginning, people started by making sacrifices to both the gods and the ancestors.  Many practices were carried out during the festival. Some are still practiced while others have been abandoned.

On the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month, family members usually make laba porridge, which is made out of glutinous rice, millet, seeds of Job’s tears, jujube berries, lotus seeds, beans, longan and gingko. On the 23rd day of the twelfth lunar month, people offer sacrifice to the kitchen god, although some families make food for themselves and their family members. The twenty-third day is known as preliminary Eve. The day after the eve is referred to as seeing the New Year.

During the period of the spring festival is when transportation system is the busiest in China, This is because people travel from all parts of China and the world to visit their family members.  Shopping centers are also busy with people buying materials needed for the celebration of the festival. Cooking materials range from chicken, flour, duck, fish, meat, to cooking oil and fruits. Decorations as well as new clothes and shoes are purchased as a gift for children and family members.  The practice of sharing gift during holiday season in the Chinese culture is similar to Christmas period in other countries.

Prior to New Year day, people clean out their homes, clothes and household utensils in preparation for the upcoming year. This behavior is a way of starting the New Year clean. Door panels usually have spring festival couplets posted on them, highlighting the Chinese characters. Pictures of Chinese gods are also posted to defer evil spirit.

Spring festival is a time for happiness in the Chinese community. Family members make it important to have family dinner together. The meal is usually richer than any other day. Delicacies such as chicken, fish and bean curd are always included. By custom, each member of the family is supposed to stay awake to see the New Year.

On the day of spring festival, people get dressed and extend greetings to their family and loved ones. Dumpling is a popular meal for breakfast in the north. In Chinese, it means farewell to old year and welcome to the New Year. The dumpling is shaped in the form of gold ingot from ancient China. People eat the dumpling and wish for money.

The Chinese spring festival is an amazing celebration to attend. For those of you who have not been to china, plan your trip by booking one of the China Flights available, and join the Chinese people in celebrating their most important festival.

The two “sides” of Shanghai

On June 14, 2011, in Cool Places, Must-sees, Shanghai, Shopping, by Jack Li

Shanghai represents the most populous city in China with a population that reach more than 23 million people; it constitutes the most developed city in China, as it can be seen from the landscape on the picture. The city in the past 20 years has gained more famous attracting different kind of tourist as the […]

Shanghai represents the most populous city in China with a population that reach more than 23 million people; it constitutes the most developed city in China, as it can be seen from the landscape on the picture. The city in the past 20 years has gained more famous attracting different kind of tourist as the financial capital is a mix between East and West culture. In 2010 the city hosted the 2010 world Export, verifying the biggest number of visitors ever for an event. It is possible to fly to Shanghai thanks to one of the China Flights.

Shanghai as many of the most developed cities in western countries, is divided in two districts by the Huangpu River. The west area is named Puxi (older part of the city) while the east Pudong, (new part of the city) is characterized by innovative developments and a modern landscape. Different types of tourist can choose where to better accommodate having the opportunity to choose between “Modern” or “Old” side of Shanghai, booking at one of the Shanghai hotel. From a tourist point of view Puxi, being the older part of the city has more historical background; this is especially visible in the walled Old City district. The latter indeed remained the same without any western influences, and tourists can still experience the authentic China. The Old City district includes many must-see attractions, such as: the Xiaotayuan Mosque Dajing Tower, Old City wall, Yuyuan Garden, Chenxiang Temple and the Temple of Gods. The latter constitutes the core of the Old city, indeed during the past each walled city had a temple devoted to an immortal God on purpose of protection. The City God Temple was mainly known as the Jinshan (Gold Mountain, an island not far from Shanghai) and further transformed into City God Temple in 1403 with the embracement of the Yongle era of the Ming Dynasty. Nowadays the City God Temple not only refers the temple itself, but it also includes the traditional commerce market around the temple, which is characterized by more than a hundred typical Chinese shops, date back almost a century. Furthermore the Temple of Gods is situated nearby the Yuyuan Garden which is considered one of the finest Chinese gardens in the province.

As previously said a tourist never get bored in Shanghai, indeed after having visited the historical district of Puxi, tourist can enjoy the eastern part of the city (Pudong) mainly characterized by western influences and developments. Indeed even if this district represents the newer part of the city, it includes many must-see attractions. For instance the Pudong district includes the Oriental TV tower which is the third tallest building in the world, representing one of the most recognised symbols of the new Shanghai. The tower gives the opportunity to its visitors “to step on the sky” thanks to the outdoor viewing platform set at 259 meters. Beside the Oriental TV tower is located the Jinmao Tower, which is the 3rd highest Chinese tower, at the 55th floor of the tower is possible to enjoy an Italian meal with a breath-less view of the city landscape for no more than 150 RMB (almost 20 dollars per person). Also Pudong welcomes families thank to its entertaining and educational content such Shanghai Science and Technology Museum and the century park which offers bike rental. However the attraction that families cannot miss out is the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium. It is a high standards exhibition over two floors, including a system of glass tunnels that gives the opportunity to stay closer with sharks turtles and other sea creatures. The area is also famous for its shopping experience which is one of the most unforgivable in the world, offering the best brand quality and choice around the world. Shanghai tours offers lots of services and tour around the area helping tourist to find their way around also providing Multi-language tourist guide.

Qin Shi Huang and his Terracotta warriors

On June 13, 2011, in Must-sees, Terracotta Warriors, Travel Info, Xi'an, by Jack Li

Beijing is a city filled with lots of fascinating sites, many being traditional and historical. Visitors do their Beijing Travel and book their China Flights without knowing the history of China’s second largest city. It was during the QinDynasty (221 BC) Beijing established Qin Shi Huang, as their first emperor of the Qin Dynasty. Formerly […]

Beijing is a city filled with lots of fascinating sites, many being traditional and historical. Visitors do their Beijing Travel and book their China Flights without knowing the history of China’s second largest city. It was during the QinDynasty (221 BC) Beijing established Qin Shi Huang, as their first emperor of the Qin Dynasty. Formerly named Ying Zheng then later on Qin Shi Huang, went on to rule for 35years. Qin Shi was known for his magnificent and intelligent projects.

Legend has it that Qin Shi was not birthed from a prince but was already conceived by a merchant and his wife. It was then said that a merchant named Lu Buwei arranged for his already pregnant wife Zhao Ji to meet the then prince of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770-256 B.C.). The prince met Zhao Ji and made her his concubine, she then gave birth to Lu Buwei’s child in 259 B.C.  The price believed the child was his, thirteen years later the prince died which made his supposed child the King of the Qin state. The young king ruled at the tender age of thirteen with the prime minister at his side who was said to be his actual father “Lu Buwei”. Lu Buwei also acted as the regent for the first eight years of Qin Shi Huang ruling.

Lu Buwei tried to seize power by planning a coup while Qin Shi Huang was out of the area. A failed attempt ended up with Lu Buwei being banished and his associate and associate’s family being executed. Lu Buwei then committed suicide in 235 B.C. by drinking poison. After the death of Lu Buwei, Qin Shi Huang was taken over by a case of paranoia with that he banished all foreign scholars from his court.  After numerous attempts for his death Qin Shi Huang made it through.

The next on coming years Qin Shi Huang dealt with battling through the neighboring states, unifying China and starting the Great Wall and Ling Canal. As Qin Shi Huang began to hit his middle ages, he grew more and more afraid of death. Qin Shi became obsessed with finding a way to preserve his life. Qin Shi thought he could some how create something that would make him live forever. Many doctors and alchemists invented a number of potions, many of the potions contained mercury which probably quicken his death rather then lengthen his life. The Emperor requested that the construction of a gargantuan tomb would be made.

Qin Shi Huang wanted to have soldiers in the afterworld to protect him, and maybe allow him to conquer heaven as he had in China. Qin Shi also asked that a Terracotta army of at least 8,000 clay soldiers be placed in the tomb. The army must also included terracotta horses, along with real chariots and weapons. The warriors were created; each soldier had an individual and unique facial feature. The bodies and limbs were mass-produced from molds. If you would like to visit the Terracotta warriors you can by just visiting China Travel and taking a look trough the offered tours.

Duānwǔjié =The Dragon Boat Festival & Zòngzi

On June 10, 2011, in Cultural Experience, Festivals, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

When you think of a festival do the words dragon or boat come to mind? Well book any one of China Tours and come experience the many festivals that China has to offer. This past weekend the Dragon Boat Festival which is also called (Duānwǔjié Festival) took place at most lakes and waterways. The origin […]

When you think of a festival do the words dragon or boat come to mind? Well book any one of China Tours and come experience the many festivals that China has to offer. This past weekend the Dragon Boat Festival which is also called (Duānwǔjié Festival) took place at most lakes and waterways. The origin of the Dragon Boat Festival originated during (475-221BC). Officially the Dragon Boat Festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, which is why the Festival is also known as the double fifth day. People all over the world book their Beijing Fights around this festival and here is why. This fascinating festival derives from the death of Qu Yuan, who was a minister he was said to have committed suicide by drowning himself in a river.

Qu Yuan, during the Warring States Period was the minister of the State of Chu. Qu was described as loyal, upright, and looked up upon for his wise ways in council that eventually brought peace and prosperity to the state. Qu was belittled by a Prince in the State of Chu, it made him shamed he then dismissed himself from his title. It is said when Qu Yuan realized that his country was not longer in a pure state he grabbed a stone and jumped into the Miluo River on the fifth day of the fifth month. Not to long after the State of  Chu was then conquered by the State of Qin. Qu Yuan was greatly loved by many the people who mourned his death. Every year on the fifth day of the fifth month they proceeded to throw rice into the river to feed his ghost. One year it was said that the spirit of Qu Yuan appeared and told his mourners that a huge dragon had taken the rice. The spirit of Qu Yuan then advised his mourners to wrap the rice in silk and bind it with five different colored threads before tossing it into the river.

The festive wraps in modern days are filled with a glutinous rice pudding which is called Zòngzi. To create Zòngzi you will need Lotus seeds, Chestnuts, Pork fat, Yolk of an egg and of course rice. To finalize the wrap you would then mix together and proceed to wrap with bamboo leaves, and tie it with the thick thread followed by then boiling in salt water for hours.

The Dragon Boat races were created to symbolize the numerous attempts to find Qu Yuan’s body. A typical Dragon Boat race would range from 50-100 feet in length. The “boat” also called a beam would be measured at approximately 6 feet which includes two paddles that are placed side by side. To decorate the bow of the beam a wooden dragon head is attached follow by a dragon tail at the stern. Some boats carry a colorful banner that is hoisted onto a pole which is then strapped to the stern. The centers of more traditional boats canopies  are places where the gongs are placed.

This beautiful festival is held amongst different villages, organizations and clans in China. The winners are awarded medals, jugs of wine, meals and banners. By just reading this blog, this mystical and traditional festival can not be understood until you are apart of it yourself. You can be apart of China’s many festivals not much planning needed, you can start your China Travel now. China welcomes you with open arms.

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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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!

Travel Tips for China: Tianjin

On November 24, 2010, in Cool Places, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

When you book a China Flight for your China Tours, here are the tips and travel information you may need. Tianjin is your choice. Tianjin is a metropolis in North China and one of the five national central cities. It is governed as a direct-controlled municipality, one of four such designations, and is thus under direct administration of the central government, and […]

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

Tianjin is a metropolis in North China and one of the five national central cities. It is governed as a direct-controlled municipality, one of four such designations, and is thus under direct administration of the central government, and borders Hebei Province and Beijing Municipality, bounded to the east by the Bohai Gulf portion of the Yellow Sea. In terms of urban population, it is the sixth largest city of the People’s Republic of China, and its urban land area ranks 5th in the nation, only after Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.

Tianjin’s urban area is located along the Hai He River, which connects to the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers via the Grand Canal in Tianjin. Its ports, some distance away, are located on the Bohai Gulf in the Pacific Ocean. Tianjin was once home to foreign concessions in the late Qing Dynasty and early Kuomintang (KMT) era. The municipality incorporates the coastal region of Tanggu, home to the Binhai New Area and the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA).

People from urban Tianjin speak Tianjin dialect, which comes under the Mandarin subdivision of spoken Chinese. Despite its proximity to Beijing, Tianjin dialect sounds quite different from Beijing dialect, which provides the basis for Putonghua, official spoken language of the People’s Republic of China.

Tianjin cuisine places a heavy focus on seafood, due to Tianjin’s proximity to the sea. Prominent menus include theEight Great Bowls, a combination of eight mainly meat dishes. It can be further classified into several varieties, including the rough, smooth, and high. The Four Great Stews refers actually to a very large number of stews, including chicken, duck, seafood, beef, and mutton.

Tianjin also has several famous snack items. Goubuli is a traditional brand of baozi (steamed buns with filling) that is famous throughout China. Guifaxiang is a traditional brand of mahua (twisted dough sticks). Erduoyan is a traditional brand of fried rice cakes. Tianjin is a respected home base of Beijing opera, one of the most prestigious forms of Chinese opera.

Tianjin is famous for its stand up and comedians including Guo Degang and Ma Sanli. Ma Sanli (1914–2003), an ethnic Hui and longtime resident of Tianjin, is paramountly respected in China for his xiangsheng, a hugely popular form of Chinese entertainment similar to stand-up comedy. Ma Sanli delivered some of his xiangsheng in the Tianjin dialect.

Yangliuqing (Green Willows), a town about 15 km west of Tianjin’s urban area and the seat of Tianjin’s Xiqing District, is famous for its popular Chinese New Year-themed, traditional-style, colourful wash paintings . Tianjin is also famous for Zhang’s clay figurines which are a type of colourful figurine depicting a variety of vivid characters, and Tianjin’s Wei’s kites , which can be folded to a fraction of their full sizes, are noted for portability.

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