East and West, Guilin is the Best

On February 26, 2013, in China Attractions, Must-sees, Nature Scenery, by Sandy Li

Have you ever been to Guilin? If not, please find your China flights to experience its charm. Guilin’s unique topography had left a deep impression on many people who had visited Guilin, so how about you? I am sure that once visiting this charming city, you would find that there is so many surprises waiting for you […]

Have you ever been to Guilin? If not, please find your China flights to experience its charm. Guilin’s unique topography had left a deep impression on many people who had visited Guilin, so how about you? I am sure that once visiting this charming city, you would find that there is so many surprises waiting for you to discover on your Chian tour.

Guilin is regarded as the most picturesque city in China. Two crystal-clear rivers, Lijiang River and Peach Blossom River, meander through the city, which are encircled by hills. The two rivers are likened to be green silk ribbons, while the dramatic hills seem like emerald hair-pins.

So the rich nature resources have long been taken as the inspiration for artists and painters. And innumerous inscriptions and poems eulogized its beauty in the history of China. No wonder that it is widely spreaded that “east and west, Guilin landscape is best”.

Then, what to say in Guilin? Well, the classical attractions include the “Three Hills, Two Caves and One River”, which refers to Diecai Hill, Fubo Hill and Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave and Seven-Star Cave, and the world-renowned Li River. Whether you would like to take a relaxing vacation or plan to have a wonderful sightseeing, you will be exceptionally surprised by what Guilin has to offer.

 

For those who love delicious foods, it is also a paradise! The most popular local snacks include the rice noodles (mifen), nun noodles, chestnut glutinous rice dumplings (banli zong), stewed duck with gingko, lotus-leaf duck and stewed duck with ginger. Especially, Guilin rice noodles have long enjoyed fame. The rice noodles are round, thin and flexible, the soup fresh and fragrant and the meat very tasty.

 

As for its weather, it is really pleasant to go in sping! Guilin sits in a subtropical monsoon zone with a warm and moist climate, which is moderate all year round. The average temperature all year round is 19°C(66F) and the best time to travel here is between April and October.

You could hardly wait to have a visit? Don’t worry about the trouble to get there. Actually, Guilin is a well-developed tourist city with convenient transportation facilities. You can enter the city by air, train, long-distance bus or ship and get around the city by bus, taxi or bicycle.

As a tourism city, Guilin has many hotels, including more than 30 five-star hotels, 100 four-star hotels, and 200 three-star hotels, which can satisfy your varified needs. For those who have a limited budget, hostels are good choices. They are quite economical and convenient, which are especially suitable for backpackers. Hostels provide simple but basic facilities at a budget price. Besides, Holiday Villages & Houses are widely available here. Most of these are well-equipped and located near tourist attractions in Guilin’s surrounding areas. Therefore they are the perfect place for leisure and sightseeing.

Travelers can take advantage of affordable deals by making good plans before you go. You can find comprehensive informations with China Travel Depot. Enjoy it and surely you’ll never regret every single moment.

Beijing starts a 72-hour visa-free stay policy for citizens of 45 countries

According to Beijing municipal authorities, Beijing will start a 72-hour visa-free stay policy for citizens of 45 countries from January 1, 2013. International travelers enjoy 72 hours transit visa policy based on the requirements of the Ministry of Public Security, in arriving at the Beijing Capital Airport, shall comply with the following conditions: 1) in line […]

According to Beijing municipal authorities, Beijing will start a 72-hour visa-free stay policy for citizens of 45 countries from January 1, 2013.

International travelers enjoy 72 hours transit visa policy based on the requirements of the Ministry of Public Security, in arriving at the Beijing Capital Airport, shall comply with the following conditions:

1) in line with the scope of the citizens of the country, including:

— European Schengen visa agreement countries (24), Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia , Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

Other European countries (7) Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine

— American States (6) United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile

Oceania countries (2), Australia, New Zealand

Asian countries (6) South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar;

2)  holding valid international travel documents to prove their nationality;

3)  in line with the conditions of entry to the country or region;

4)  held by the exit from the Beijing Capital International Airport way ticket to a third country or region, or prove within 72 hours to determine the date and seat;

5) equipped with the entry and exit of airlines reporting to the border authorities.

Beijing border audited in line with the transit visa-free conditions, will be handled in accordance with the provisions of the transit procedures.

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China – a Paradise for Nature Lovers

On April 13, 2012, in Festivals, Nature Scenery, Temples, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Given the size of the country it’s only natural that China offers a wide variety of landscapes and climate zones (18 different ones in total), reaching from deserts in the northwest of the country to tropical climate zones in the southeastern parts. In general, from the western to the northeastern areas the seasons are quite […]

Given the size of the country it’s only natural that China offers a wide variety of landscapes and climate zones (18 different ones in total), reaching from deserts in the northwest of the country to tropical climate zones in the southeastern parts. In general, from the western to the northeastern areas the seasons are quite distinctive with cold winters and warm, humid summers whereas the southwest has subtropical to tropical weather with shorter and slightly warmer winters than the north and often typhoons in summer with plentiful rainfall and high temperatures. To see more than just one region China tours are a great option because you’ll be able to get to actually see the regional differences and get a more complete picture of this interesting and diverse country. And with affordable China flights you can easily plan your own trip and go on an exciting adventure tour.

 

For anyone who loves nature or is interested in gardening China offers many wonderful areas and places to visit and has an incredibly diverse fauna. In the northern cities like Beijing spring is a wonderful time of the year to plan a trip. It’s mostly nice and sunny during that time with not much rain and who wants to miss the period when trees and other plants start to blossom? There are several blossom-related festivals like the Beijing Plum Blossom Festival which is held every year between April and Mai.

 

Gardening fans coming to Beijing should certainly see the Beijing Botanical Garden which is about 18 km northwest of the city. There are several bus lines going to the garden and for visitors arriving by car there is no parking fee. It is stretched out over an area of 400 hectares with different theme gardens, like the Tree Peony Garden, the Rose Garden, the Magnolia Garden, the Cherry Valley or the Bamboo Garden. The botanical garden also has some historical attractions to offer, including a Memorial to Cao Xueqin, the Qing Dynasty author of ‘A Dream of Red Mansion’. Other historical sites worth visiting are the Tomb of Liang Qichao, a famous Chinese scholar, journalist, philosopher and reformist of the late Qing Dynasty and the Temple of the Sleeping Buddha, which was constructed early in the Tang Dynasty.

 

There are many bigger and smaller parks in Beijing that give plenty of opportunity to go for a walk, relax on a meadow, enjoy nature and to learn about Chinese gardens and plants in general. The Beihai Park for example is located right in the center of Beijing and is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved imperial gardens in China. Half of it is covered by lake and the garden combines northern and southern garden styles. With a history of over 1000 years the famous park integrates imperial palaces and religious constructions. Other great places to see there are the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven Park or many many other parks in and around Beijing. People more interested in natural beauty and landscape than man-made gardens should travel to Guilin. The scenery along the Li River is just amazing!

Snow Much Fun!!

On January 17, 2012, in Activities, Adventure Trip, Cool Places, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

If you want to escape the busy sounds and bright lights of Beijing and want to enjoy the outdoors for a long weekend or just for the day one should definitely head to the ski slopes. Especially if you are visiting in the winter, experiencing the snow is a must on your China Tour. The […]

If you want to escape the busy sounds and bright lights of Beijing and want to enjoy the outdoors for a long weekend or just for the day one should definitely head to the ski slopes. Especially if you are visiting in the winter, experiencing the snow is a must on your China Tour. The recommended places which you should check out are Nanshan Ski Village, Duolemeidi Resort and Wanlong Resort. These places are advisable if you just want to add these activities to your Beijing Tour.

 

Firstly if you just want to spend a day or overnight in the snow, Nanshan Ski Village is the best way to go. From Beijing it is located roughly 62 kilometres away which will just take little over an hour to get to Nanshan, you can either hire a car or get a shuttle bus to take you to the Village. Based in the Miyun County, Nanshan provides different activities for all four seasons. Of course skiing is in the winter, hiking in the spring, and swimming in the summer and fruit-picking in autumn, these are just the few recommended activities which can be done throughout the year.  This place always attracts visitors all year round due to its exquisite sight-seeing. In regards to the snow, Nanshan has 12 trails up for offer ranging from advanced to beginners and even the people who do not want to ski can still enjoy their time in the snow. There are also restaurants, coffee places and bars which are located in this area.

 

If you want to spend a weekend or a little bit longer in the snow you can head to the Chongli Village where both Duolemeidi Resort and Wanlong Resort is located. However from Beijing, travel time will be close to 4 hours and there are quite a few options to get to Chongli Village. First option is that you can catch a train which leaves from Beijing and arrives at Zhangjiakou and then for the extra 50km you can catch a taxi. The taxi is quite reasonable considering the distance, then once you have arrived at Chongli there are shuttle buses which takes you to the resort. Alternatively you can hire a van and drive along the highway to the Chongli but it just depends how confident you feel about driving through Beijing traffic.

 

Chongli Village is located in the Heibi province and there are not many foreigners here so you will be able to see more of the traditional China compared to Beijing. Duolemeidi Resort is quite modern and has great long slopes which should be tried out via the five chair lifts provided. It has great elevation and always has excellent snow making conditions and they provide a rental service which is reasonably priced. Also if you want a change of scenery there is a shuttle bus which can take you to Wanlong Resort.

 

Wanlong Resort is the recommended ski resort if you want to stay for quite a few nights. It has a three star hotel which provides all necessary facilities and dining requirements of either Chinese or Western food. Wanlong has the largest ski mountain in China which has a huge variety of slopes. There are six different chair lifts which takes you to different parts of the mountain. From the top of the mountain there are 7 distinct trails which then branches off to 11 more trails and recently 6 more trails have been added. So there are definitely a lot of slopes for you to discover.

 

So get away from Beijing and experience a Winter Wonderland. Depending on the length of your trip in Beijing there are different areas which are available and whether you are an advanced skier or someone like me who hardly ever sees snow and wants to make a snow angel, these recommendations is a must before you board that China flight home.

 

Hike White Cloud Mountain in Guangzhou

On November 11, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Nature Scenery, Temples, by Jack Li

Guangzhou has many natural beauties for you to discover on your Guangzhou tour. White Cloud Mountain is one of the prettiest places you can visit. White Cloud will help you feel better if you are feeling a little stress. Just remember when you travel to Guangzhou that White Cloud Mountain will help you feel at peace. […]

Guangzhou has many natural beauties for you to discover on your Guangzhou tour. White Cloud Mountain is one of the prettiest places you can visit. White Cloud will help you feel better if you are feeling a little stress. Just remember when you travel to Guangzhou that White Cloud Mountain will help you feel at peace.

White Cloud Mountain

White Cloud is 10 miles from Guangzhou, and is 10 miles big. You will be able to see how erosion affected the rocks over time. In addition you can hike up Star Scraping Ridge (Moxing Ridge) one of the 30 peaks to see the city of Guangzhou and the famous PealRiver.  Or if you just want to relax and be outside then White Cloud is perfect for you.

The reason why the mountain is called White Cloud is because of the airy clouds that circle the mountain throughout the spring. There are six attractions to see in all and all of them are amazing, Bright Pearl Building Park, San Tailing Summit Park, Bird Spring Valley Park, Santailing Park, Lulu Park and Fei’eling Park.

Santailing Park has a garden called Yuntai Garden, if you love walking though flowers and trees this garden is for you. It has many eye-catching flowers and flourishing trees. Sculpture Park coves 113 acres. While walking in the park look for a big birdcage, it will be the biggest one in China. When you do see it, see how many kinds of birds there are and how different they look from another.

Bird Spring Park will give you a change to hike by a river and the mountains. While you are hiking you will want to sing with the birds. Make sure you have a camera with you so when you arrive that the Jinye Lake you can take a picture. The lake is so clear you will be able to see the lovely scenery in the water reflection.

During the different dynasties famous poets would visit White Cloud and write poems about its beauty. These poets where known as Sushi, Yang Wanli, and Wang Shizhen. The Mountain age is about 4,000 million years, which makes it one of the oldest mountains in Guangdong province. Since the mountain has many natural gardens it is known by many tourists. There is a famous poem written that describes its beauty “clouds can be seen in every famous mountain, only the white clouds cover a whole spring like year”.

The best part about White Cloud Mountain is that it is not very far from your Guangzhou hotel. Just take the subway. Make sure you get on line 3 and get off at Meihuayan station. The second best part is that it will only cost you 10RMBs to get in, unless you want to go the rope way then it will cost you 30RMBs. It opens from 6am to 5pm. If you love hiking then White Cloud Mountain is where you need to go.

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Guangzhou- Bright Filial Piety Temple

On November 8, 2011, in China Attractions, Historical Relics, Temples, by Jack Li

Make sure you stop by Guangzhou during your China travels.  Guangzhou has many attractions to see, one is the Bright Filial Piety Temple. The Temple existed before the city of Guangzhou. The history of the temple dates back 1,700 years. The temple location is  not far from your Guangzhou hotel, all you need to do is […]

Make sure you stop by Guangzhou during your China travels.  Guangzhou has many attractions to see, one is the Bright Filial Piety Temple. The Temple existed before the city of Guangzhou. The history of the temple dates back 1,700 years. The temple location is  not far from your Guangzhou hotel, all you need to do is get on the subway and go to line 1. Get off at Ximenkou station and take exit C, be prepared for a seven minute walk.  

Bright filial Piety Temple was built during the Han Dynasty (207BC-24AD). It was first used as a lecture hall in the Han Dynasty. Then in the Song Dynasty it was dedicated into a Zen Buddhist Temple (1127-1279).  The architectural style used in the Temple grounds gives the viewer an insight to Chinese Buddhism cultural history.

There are several main halls you can view while visiting the Bright Filial Piety Temple. The first is the Mahavira Hall. This hall is the oldest and was built in the Jin Dynasty in the year of 401. The Mahavira Hall is to be said to be the best architectural creation in the southern part of China. Since the architectual style of the hall is said to be the best it has influenced other temple designs. The hall is 116 feet long and 81.6 feet wide and 44.62 feet high. The Hall sits on a high platform. Inside the hall you will find three Buddha statues. Protecting the hall is a bell tower and drum tower.

The Sixth Ancestor is another hall you can observe. This hall holds a statue of Master Hui Neng. There is a bodhi tree that is behind the Sixth Ancestor Hall the legend says the abbot of the temple buried Hui Neng’s cut hair under the tree. Hui Neng was the most famous monk who ever stayed in the temple. He was the sixth master of Zen Buddhist Sect.  In the Buddhist cultural Bodhi trees symbolizes wisdom. In ancient China a Pagoda was built in memory of Hui Neng. The Sixth Ancestor Hall was constructed in Song Dynasty (960-1127).   

Heavenly King Hall is the third hall you can examine. Heavenly King Hall is 380 years old it was created in the Ming Dynasty. When you are examining the hall you should notice a Spring Washing Bowl. It was brought in to provide clear water. The Spring Washing Bowl was used by Bodhidhamma so that he could wash is bowl in clean water.

East and West Irons Towers are the oldest irons towers in China. The West Iron  Tower is the oldest out of the two by four years. West upper floors did not survive the collapse of the house. The East tower is still intact it has seven stories. East Iron Towers holds 1,000 shrines and each shrine is housing a statue of a Buddha.

If you want to see ancient China architectural on your Guangzhou tour then visit Bright Filial Piety Temple. The temple dates back 1,700 years. It will only cost you 5RMBs to see the Bright Filial Temple. It is opens at 6:30am and closes at 5:00 daily.

Hot Springs in Xian

On November 4, 2011, in Historical Relics, Nature Scenery, Xi'an, by Jack Li

As soon as your Xian flight lands make sure you put Huaqing Hot Springs on your itinerary. This place will add to your Xian tour. Emperors from all dynasties used this place for the natural hot spring each one would add something to it to make it theirs. Over the centuries a palace was formed […]

As soon as your Xian flight lands make sure you put Huaqing Hot Springs on your itinerary. This place will add to your Xian tour. Emperors from all dynasties used this place for the natural hot spring each one would add something to it to make it theirs. Over the centuries a palace was formed around the hot springs.

Huaqing Hot Spring has a famous loved story. In the Tang Dynasty Emperor Xuanzong fell in love with one of his concubines, her name was Yang Guifei. To show her that he loved her, Emperor Xuanzong would spoil Yang. He had a luxurious place built around the Hot Spring so he had a place to take her. When he was with her he neglected state business. Time went by and he still neglected state business. When he finally realized what was happening it was too late. The Lushan started a rebellion. Emperor Xuanzong had no time to take action as a result his place was destroyed and the he lost some control of his regime.

The history of the palace is 3,000 years old and the Hot Springs date backs to 6,000 years. Huaqing Hot Spring is rank as one of the hundred Famous Gardens in China. The Hot Spring coves 18.6 miles of beautiful scenery and wonderful landscapes.  

Once you enter the Huaqing hot Spring you will be greeted by two Cedars trees. As you walk along the path you will come to the Nine-Dragon Lake. The lake has lotus floating on the water and the smell is very sweet. By the lake is a statue of Yang Guifei the concubine who fell in love with the emperor. As you look in the lake you will be able to see building, trees and rocks reflection.

If you keep walking through the Dragon Boat and several pavilions you come to the site of Imperial Pool. There are five remaining pool they are Lotus Pool, Haitang Pool, Shangshi Pool, Star Pool and Prince Pool. The Emperor would wash himself in the Lotus Pool. The Concubines would use the Haitang Pool, and the Shangshi Pool was for the officials.

Huaqing Palace has amazing garden. In the garden you will be able to see Lotus Pavilion, Viewing Lake Tower, Flying Rainbow Bridge, Five Room Hall, and Flying Glows Hall. The legend says that Yang Guifei would stand and overlook the scenery while her long hair dried.  The Five room hall was built so that Empress Dowager Cixi had a place to hide from the Eight-Power Allied forces after the they captured Peking in 1900’s.

The garden also holds a mural that is composed of 90 white marbles and 30 feet long and 11 feet high. It holds the inscription “Yang Guifei Was Summoned to Serve the Emperor in huaqing Hot Spring”.  Below it is a scene that shows Emperor Xuanzong summoning Yang Guifei at a feast.

 Travel to Xian to see Huaqing Hot Springs. It will cost you 110RMBs from March to November and 80RMBS from December to February. If you want to see a performance while you are there it will cost 218-988RMBs. The Hot Spring Open at 9am and closes at 5pm. Visiting the Huaqing Hot Spring will let you feel like you are back in the Tang Dynasty.

The Ancient Warriors -Terra Cotta Warriors and Horse

On October 27, 2011, in Must-sees, Terracotta Warriors, Xi'an, by Jack Li

The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horse is one of the three attractions you should see on your China tour. The other two attractions you should see are Pandas and the Great Wall of China. When you travel to Xian make sure that you plan on visiting the Terra Cotta Warriors for four hours, since there […]

The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horse is one of the three attractions you should see on your China tour. The other two attractions you should see are Pandas and the Great Wall of China. When you travel to Xian make sure that you plan on visiting the Terra Cotta Warriors for four hours, since there is a lot to see. There are three pits, a Museum and a shopping street.

The Terra Cotta Warriors where found by peasants who were digging a well in 1973. When they were digging they started to find pieces of pottery. These pieces looked like body parts. So they call in the Archeologists to come see what they found. Many archeologists came, but they didn’t imagine on finding thousands of Terra Cotta Warriors.

The archeologists dated the Terra Cotta Warriors back to the Qin Dynasty. Emperor Qin built himself a mausoleum so his body had a place to rest when he died. It is also said that Emperor Qin had each one of this warriors go to an artist to get a clay life size model made after them. So if you look closely each one is different. He also had treasures and sacrificial objects buried so that he could have them in the after life.

There are three sections of the Terra Cotta Warriors. No. 1 is the largest it has columns of soldiers in front and war chariots at the back. No 2 was founded in 1976, there are thousands of warriors and 90 Chariots of wood. No 3 is the command center of the armed forces it has 68 warriors, a war chariot and four horses. Seven thousand pottery soldiers, horses, chariots, weapons have been unearthed. Most of them have been restored to look like they did in the Qin dynasty.

In the museum you will find two Bronze Chariots and Horses. They were unearthed in December 1980. Both needed extensive restorations that took two and half years. They are half the size scale-model of the real chariots and horses, but they still have so much detail. No 1 Chariot is a two wheel vehicle and is drawn by a team of four horses. A driver is sitting in the driver seat. He is looking ahead, he is lucky to be able to have an umbrella. No 2 Chariot is the lead chariot and larger then no. 1. The horses have gold and silver gears. The chariot has three windows one in front and two on each side and door opens from the back. The purpose of the Bronze Chariots and Horses was to serve as a vehicle for the emperors inspections tours in his after life.

The Terra Cotta Warriors will not be close to your Xian hotel. To travel there you first need to go to the Xian Railway Station and take tourism bus no. 5 from the east square. Or you can take the public bus. If you take the public bus, make sure you go to the south gate of Tang Paradise and get off at Bing Ma Young (Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses) station. Make sure you plan for an hour drive both ways. Seeing the Terra Cotta Warriors is worth your time.

The Beautiful Scenery of Yangshuo

On October 24, 2011, in Must-sees, Nature Scenery, Shopping, by Jack Li

If you like fresh air and beautiful scenery then make sure on your next China travels you visit Yangshuo. In Yangshuo you can get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Yangshuo is located in southern part of China in the Guangxi province. The nice part of Yangshuo is that most of the sightseeing […]

If you like fresh air and beautiful scenery then make sure on your next China travels you visit Yangshuo. In Yangshuo you can get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Yangshuo is located in southern part of China in the Guangxi province. The nice part of Yangshuo is that most of the sightseeing attractions will be in walking or biking distance from your China hotel.

On of the best ways to send your day in Yangshuo is by biking and climbing through one of the many Mud Caves. In these caves you will be able to climb through the mountain to where the mud is and then if you so choose you can take a mud bath. A fun fact about mud is that you can float. When you are finished playing in the mud you can hike a little more to a stream that is also in the  mountain and wash off. If you are worried that you will get lost in the mountain, then don’t since there will be a tour guild with you the whole way.

If you go to the Moon Water Cave, you can play in a swimming pool after you hike out of the mountain. This is a great idea since you will probably have mud on you. The best time to go is in the summer months, where the weather is nice and hot so you will want to  get wet and dirty.                                                                              

Another fun way to send your day is going on a boat ride on the Li River. The boat ride will cost you 80RMBs. On the boat ride you will be able to see locals fishing for food. You will also see water oxen playing in the water. And the best part is the unbelievable scenery. The scenery is breath taking. On the Li River you will also see thousand of hills that surround Yangshuo and Li River. These hills have their own poses and expressions. Some of these hills look like people or things. One is named School Hill or Shutong Hill if you get close enough you will be able to make out a boy. 

If you want to go shopping or to get something to eat then you need to visit West Street aka Global Village. Foreigners come from all over the world to manage cafes and restaurants so there are plenty of food choices to choose from. The street is also good place to buy souvenirs. Some of the souvenirs you can buy are: Green Jade, a gain of rice with your name written on it plus your name in Chinese, pearls, purple Jade eternality balls, Chinese dresses, purses, wallets, silk and shirts plus much more. Just remember never buy anything without haggling for it.

Yangshuo is a beautiful place to visit. The best way to get here is by going on a China flight. When you visit you will see for your self that it is a gorgeous place. It is a great place to go if you want some flesh air. So when you plan your trip make sure you have time to visit Yangshuo.

A Garden in Shanghai

On October 18, 2011, in Nature Scenery, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Yuyuan Garden has been in existence for 400 years. It is one of Shanghai biggest gardens and it is only a subway ride away from your Shanghai hotel. If you love gardens then Shanghai is the place for you. The garden is only five acres, but in those five acres there is a great deal […]

Yuyuan Garden has been in existence for 400 years. It is one of Shanghai biggest gardens and it is only a subway ride away from your Shanghai hotel. If you love gardens then Shanghai is the place for you. The garden is only five acres, but in those five acres there is a great deal of attractions to enjoy. So when you travel to Shanghai make sure you plan on seeing the Yuyuan Gardens.

In the Yuyuan Garden you will find pavilions, halls, ponds, rockeries and cloisters each one of these have uniqueness about them. When you enter the garden you can climb the rockery it is about 50 feet. When you get to the top you will be able to enjoy a charming view of the garden. 

Pan Yunduan who was an officer in the Ming Dynasty built the garden for his parents. He wanted to give his parents a place where they could be happy and enjoy their old age. Even though the garden has been around for 400 years it has changed over time. When the Pan’s family declined it became desolate. Then a rich merchant brought it in 1760 so he could fix it up and make it look like a garden again. He spent twenty years reconstructing the garden. Sadly in the 19th century it was destroyed again by the Opium War. The garden that we see today took five years to restore. The restoration projected started in 1956 and opened it doors to the public in 1961.

In the garden there are six main scenic areas 1-Sansui Hall, 2-Wanhua Chamber, 3-Dianchun Hall, 4-Huijing Hall, 5-Yuhua Hall and 6-Inner Garden. Sansui Hall is the largest hall. Its height is 30 feet and it has five halls. The Wandering Chamber has many great beauties. While you are walking around the Wandering Chamber you will be able to see pavilions, streams, courtyards and natural features. The best part is the Spring Bamboos that grow there. The second best part is the old trees. One tree is 70 feet tall, and it is said that the tree was planted 400 years ago.

On the east side of Wanhua Chamber you will be able to see the Dianchun Hall. In 1644-1911 Dianchun hall was used by Xiaodao Hui group who fought against the Qing Dynasty.  Some of the coins made by the Xiaodao Hui are displayed in the hall.

Jade is a famous rock in China, so when Pan Yunduan was building the garden he had the Yuhua Hall built so that he could sit in the hall and admire the Exquisite Jade Rock. The rock is 10.8 feet high. The exquisite Jade Rock is really amazing. It has 72 holes in it so when someone would burn a joss stick at the bottom the smoke would magically float out from all the holes. If someone would pour water on top of the rock the water would come out of each of the holes.

Yuyuan Garden is a great place to visit if you want to feel peace and tranquility. It only cost 40RMBs. If you want to take the Subway there make sure you are on Subway line 10 and get off at the Yuyuan Station and leave from Exit 1.  So next time you go on a Shanghai tour make sure you see the Yuyuan Garden.

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