The Most Beautiful Resorts in China

On November 10, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cool Places, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

If you have time to travel around China, which kind of places would you like to visit? There are many beautiful places in China and the scenery is unforgettable. If you want to make your China Flights more memorable, here are the most beautiful resorts that you should not miss during your China Tours. 1.    […]

If you have time to travel around China, which kind of places would you like to visit? There are many beautiful places in China and the scenery is unforgettable. If you want to make your China Flights more memorable, here are the most beautiful resorts that you should not miss during your China Tours.

1.    Xishuangbanna

Xishuangbanna is a beautiful and fertile paradise which is located in the Yunnan Province in the southwestern part of China. It is famous for its mysterious tropical rainforests, wild animals and minority customs. As a result, it is often called “The Kingdom of Animals,” “The Kingdom of Plants,” and “the Gene Depository.”

The view that you must see is from the Aerial Garden and the One Tree Forest. The aerial garden has one aerial corridor which is as long as 500 hundred meters in the tropical forest. You can enjoy the amazing scenery of this paradise whilst walking “up in the air”.

The One Tree Forest consists of a big-leaf banyan tree with the height of 28 meters, making up the history of 900 years. It covers an area of 120 square meters and acts as both a fence and a green protective screen. The branches of the tree hang down into the earth, and it covers more area as it grows old. And so the scenery of this forest is something not to be missed by tourists coming to Xishuangbanna in the Yunnan Province.

2.    Stone Forest in Guilin

There is another famous spot in the Yunnan province with the name: Stone Forest. It covers an area of 400 square kilometers (96,000 acres) and it is divided into several scenic areas with names like Greater Stone Forest, Lesser Stone forest, Outer Stone Forest, Underground Stone Forest, Stone Forest Lake and Da Dieshui Fall.

There is a local saying in Guilin: ‘If you have visited Kunming without seeing the Stone Forest, you have wasted your time”. It is true that this magnificent and strange landscape makes it one of the most important attractions in the Yunnan Province.

3. Jiuzhai Vally

Located in the north of the Sichuan Province, Jiuzhai Vally is a famous spot which is dotted with more than 100 gorgeous lakes. In 1992, it became an UNESCO world heritage site.

The most beautiful of all the lakes is The Five-Flower Lake. As a shallow multi-coloured lake whose bottom is littered with fallen tree trunks, the lake becomes the signature of the Jiuzhai Valley. The water is so clear that you can see the trunks clearly. The water appears in different colors from yellowish to green, to blue. And it is amazing to come here and see the sun shining on the lake.

4.    Beihai Silver Beach

Beihai Silver Beach is located at the southeast side of Beihai City, about 10 kilometers from the urban area. It got its name from its fine, soft and silvery quartz sand which shines like silver under the sun. It is honored as the ‘Oriental Hawaii’ with a total area of 38 square kilometers. Overall, Beihai Silver Beach stretches 24 kilometers and varies in width from 30 to 300 meters.

Besides the blue sea, the silver beach and the sunshine, there is a Beihai Silver Beach Park with comes complete with all the tourist facilities. There are many activities that you can do here,such as playing beach volleyball, driving a beach kart, taking a boat out and diving under the sea. If you are looking for something more extreme, you can also try parachute jumping.

Of course, there are many other famous Chinese Resorts. If you want to know more about China, why not go to china travel for more information.

Beijing Subways, Take You an Underground World

On November 8, 2010, in Beijing, Getting Around, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

When you just come to Beijing for your China Tours, do not worry about the traffic and every strange street. When your China Flight arrivals, you can take airport express to the downtown Beijing. The Beijing Subway is a rapid transit rail network that serves the urban and suburban districts of Beijing municipality. It is the oldest and busiest […]

When you just come to Beijing for your China Tours, do not worry about the traffic and every strange street. When your China Flight arrivals, you can take airport express to the downtown Beijing.

The Beijing Subway is a rapid transit rail network that serves the urban and suburban districts of Beijing municipality. It is the oldest and busiest subway in mainland China, and the second longest after the Shanghai 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.

A flat fare of RMB 2.00 with unlimited transfers applies to all lines except the Airport Express, which costs ¥25. Children below 1.2m in height ride for free when accompanied by a paying adult. All lines now collect fares through automatic fare collection (AFC) machines that accept single-ride tickets and the One Card Through Card or Yikatong, an integrated circuit card (ICC card) that can store credit for multiple rides. Riders can purchase tickets and add credit to Yikatong at ticket counters and vending machines in every station. Yikatong is also accepted on many city buses, and can be used as e-money for other purchases.

The use of tickets hand checked by clerks was phased out on June 9, 2008. Before the flat fare was introduced on October 7, 2007, fares ranged from ¥3 to ¥7, depending on the line and number of transfers.

With new lines drawing more riders to the network and the fare reduction making rides more affordable, the subway has experienced severe overcrowding, especially during the rush hour. In response, the subway upgraded signal equipment to increase the frequency of trains and added to the capacity of subway trains. The minimum wait-time has been reduced to 2 min. on Line 2; 2 min. 15 sec. on Line 1; 3 min. on Lines 4, 5, 13 & Batong; 3.5 min. on Line 10; and 15 min. on the Airport Express. Lines 13 and Batong have converted 4-car to 6-car trains. Despite these efforts, during the morning rush hour, conductors at line terminals and other busy stations must routinely restrict the number of passengers who can board each train to prevent the train from becoming too crowded for passengers waiting at other stations down the line. Lines 6, 7 and 14 now under construction will reportedly have longer platforms that can accommodate 8-car trains.

Mobile phones can currently be used throughout the system, except for in the tunnels between stations on Lines 1 and 2. There are plans for all lines and stations to have cellular coverage.

To ensure public safety during the 2008 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, the subway initiated a three-month heightened security program from June 29 to September 20, 2008. Riders were subject to searches of their persons and belongings at all stations by security inspectors using metal detectors, X-Ray machines and sniffer dogs. Items banned from public transportation such as “guns, ammunition, knives, explosives, flammable and radioactive materials, and toxic chemicals” were subject to confiscation.

You can just visit chinatraveldepot.com for more information about your Travel to Beijing.

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Tips for the Odyssey Tour in Xinjiang

On October 26, 2010, in Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

As the west most province in China with a cover of 1.6 million square kilometers, Xinjiang province takes up as much as one sixth of China’s territory. A great deal of Xinjiang province is desert and mountain. And it is a region where several Chinese ethnic groups exist. So when you plan your China Tours […]

As the west most province in China with a cover of 1.6 million square kilometers, Xinjiang province takes up as much as one sixth of China’s territory. A great deal of Xinjiang province is desert and mountain. And it is a region where several Chinese ethnic groups exist. So when you plan your China Tours in Xinjiang, here are the things that you must pay attention to during your china travel.

There is a popular saying in Xinjiang province:” Wear a fur coat in the morning, wear cotton shirts at noon and eat water melon around the stove.” It shows how the temperature varies between day and night. Xinjiang enjoys a cool, semi-arid, continental climate. Temperature here is quite different in different regions, different seasons and different sea levels. So it becomes quite important to choose the right time to go. In general, summer and autumn are the best time in Xinjiang. Bring yourself some coats in case of bad weather. A woolen sweater is still needed even it is summer time.

 Some regions in Xinjiang are at a high altitude, so the sunlight are quite strong. For example, the temperature in Turpan can reach as much as 40 degree Celsius, so it is a must to bring something (sun screen lotion, medicines to battle the heat, etc)to protect you from the sun.

Xinjiang is very windy with a dry climate, so drink more water than usual to keep your body fit. It is better to take a lipstick at the same time.

Xinjiang is called “The home of fruits” for it is rich in various kinds of fruits. But there are something that you can not have at the same time (In order to avoid a diarrhea, do not drink hot tea or drink large amount of water after eating fruits. ) And do not have too much Hami melon at one time.

For Xinjiang covers a land of 1.6 million square kilometers, so the tourist attractions are scattered around. Usually, it takes you at least an hour to travel from one interest to another. Therefore, bring yourself with some snacks and water. What is more, you may need to walk or ride a horse or a camel to learn more about Xinjiang from real life. So choose a pair of comfortable shoes and enjoy your trip.

Pay attention to the time zone used in Xinjiang. Instead of using the Beijing time, people in Xinjiang have their own system. Make sure that which time zone or system is being used so that you would not miss your trip.

There are several Chinese ethnic groups live in Xinjiang. Most of the ethnic groups there are Islam, so they do not eat pork. Some of them do not eat dog’s, mule’s or donkey’s meat, either. So when you are visiting Xinniang, respect their way of living and do not talk about pork or things related in Muslin restaurants. When you are shopping at streets in Xinjiang, do not gaze at Uigur or their stall in their markets without buying anything. In a word, it is always right to do as the Romans do.

Before you go to Xinjiang, ask a professional agency for advise, there are many factors that we can not control. With the help of a professional agency, you can have a assured journey in this special island.

There are 16 airports in Xinjiang province in all. Therefore it is quite convenient for you to travel there in China Flights. Enjoy yourself in this beautiful land.

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Sichuan Snacks and Chinese Culture of Eating

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

Are you curious about China? What is the main reason that you choose china as your next tour destination? Most of the time, we are attracted by china’s various kinds of beautifully cooked snacks. And it is true that china’s culture of eating makes itself much popular. So if you want to take China Flights […]

Are you curious about China? What is the main reason that you choose china as your next tour destination? Most of the time, we are attracted by china’s various kinds of beautifully cooked snacks. And it is true that china’s culture of eating makes itself much popular. So if you want to take China Flights and start a journey of china travel, Beijing must be your first choice. But if you want to find more snacks which stands for china’s eating culture, you have to go to Sichuan province.

Sichuan is a province in Southwestern china with its capital in Chengdu. In China, most people are familiar with the old saying: playing in Beijing, shopping in Shanghai and eating in Chengdu. It is true that Chengdu makes a name for itself by its special snacks.

 1.       Pork lungs in chili sauce

pork lungs in chili sauce never fails to facinate chinese. As long as eighty years ago, it became well known to chinese for its soft and tender, aromatic and spicy. Even though it looks like a simple dish, it contains ingredients of more than ten kinds. In fact, it is a dish made of pork lung with ingredients of seseam seed, peanut, peper oil, ground sichuan peppercorn, soysauce marinated sauce and some other spices. Because of the lung, it tastes crispy.

There is an anecdote about its name. Once upon a time, there is a man ran a restaurant with his wife. At that time, pork lungs were thrown away because people did not know how to eat them. This clever couple came up with a good idea about the lungs and quickly practise it. They served a dish in beautiful color and then it was well received by customers. In chinese, we call this dish”Fuqifeipian” which means “couple lung slices”. This strange name become quite popular just because its oddity.

 2.       Shuangliu rabbit head

You may ask why people in Sichuan province eat such strange things? Pork lungs, rabbit heans and so on. Perhaps that is because they are good at making use of all the sources at hand.

Shuangliu rabbit head is the name of the restaurant which is famous for its dish: anties’s rabbit head. The rabbit heads cost 8 yuan each. They have different flavors, you can choose the one in a spicy sauce or the one in a fivefragrant (non-spicy) concoction. Placstic gloves are prepared but you are not prepared for it perhaps. If it is the first time you have a taste of a rabbit head, you need some guide from the waiter: pull the mouth apart and bite the back tender part, after eating the meat, use a special tool to have the egg yolk like rabbit brain.

If you still can not bring yourself to such a dish, it does not matter, you have many other choices.

 3.       Dongpo Pork

Dongpo pork is named after a well reserved poet in China in Song Dynasty whose name was Su Dongpo. It was said that this dish was created by him for the first time. Generally, it is a piece around 2 inches square with half fat and half lean meat. Even though it looks greasy but the fact is Dongpo Pork is quite good in color, smell and taste and is favored greatly by people. To make such a dish, you have to cut the pork into the right pieces, put ginger, wine, sugar ,soy sauce and water at the right time and stew in on a slow fire. In all, it takes 4 hours at least to make such a delicious dish.

Other than these, Sichuan noodles, Sichuan Hot Pot, Mapo Tofu, Sichuan Wonton won quite a reputation too.

What is more, snacks in Sichuan are quite cheap because they are most local people’s faverate thins. So if you want to enjoy your China Tours better, do not miss Sichuan snacks!

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A Self-service Travel to Xiamen–part 2

On October 19, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Gulangyu island is to the southwest of Xiamen island. In chinese, Gulang means the roar of the waves breaks on the rocks and Yu means island. In other words, Gulangyu is the ideal place to “kill” your time during China Tours. If you want to make your china travel more interesting, a self-service travel in […]

Gulangyu island is to the southwest of Xiamen island. In chinese, Gulang means the roar of the waves breaks on the rocks and Yu means island. In other words, Gulangyu is the ideal place to “kill” your time during China Tours. If you want to make your china travel more interesting, a self-service travel in Gulangyu, Xiamen may be your best choice.

Gulangyu covers an area of 1.78 square kilometers, but it is a small island with a lot of unforgettble sceneries.

1. The sunlight rock

The sunlight rock is the island’s highest point with an altitude of 92.7 meters (304 feet). So you can get a bird’s eye view of the whole of Xiamen City. It gets its name for the reason that when sun rises in the morning, the granite in the sunlight temple are illuminated and the rocks are bathed with sunlight. When spring comes, the rock will be filled with hundred kins of flowers. During the time of summer, it is a cool place with gentle sea breeze.

2. A piano island

Gulangyu has many nicknames related to music, such is “Piano Island” and “Music Island”. It is because more than 50% families in Gulangyu won a piano. When the shade of evening began to closed round, sweet music comes out from families in streets and lanes.

Considering people’s enthusiasm for music and piano, there is no doubt that Gulangyu owns the nation’s lagest piano museum. The piano museum is inside a beautiful garden named “Shuzhuang Garden”. It has two exhibition halls. One for the history of the instrument for display, and the other shows different kinds of pianos: miniature pianos, automatic pianos, accordion pianos and round-shaped pianos etc. Pianos in this museum show us the unique music culture which combines both modern and classic connotations.

3. The world architecture museum

In 1902, Gulangyu island became a concession, so many countries set up consulates and built villas on this island. Most of the architectures are carefully preserved. As a result, it has a new name ”the word architecture museum”.

When you walk on the island ring road, you wil come across many impressive architectures.

Ship Villa. The ship villa a simple building shaped like a cabin on an ocean vessel.It is located at No.48, Guxin Road. If you viewed from its upper floor, it looks like an ocean vessel which is ready to set for a voyage.

Octagonal Villa. This villa is located at No.15, luojiao Road in Gulangyu. It is inside the Shuzhuang Garden with French style.

Golden Melon Villa. It is at No.99, Quanzhou Road, it combines western style with chinese elements, such as flower, bird and plant embossment.

Besides these, there are many other special buildings in this island (Eight Diagrams House, Golden melon villa, foreign lady villa, Lin house and so on.)They will surely give you a sepecial experience.

Tips:

  1. The price for sceneries: you are encourage to buy 80 yuan package for: Sunglight Rock,Shuzhuang Garden,Bright Moon Garden,Organ Museum,International Lettering Art Gallery.
  2. Most of the museums on Gulangyu close at 5 o’clock pm, so pay attention to your time skedule.
  3. Gifts or souvenirs: the Gulangyu pie is your best choice. Some snacks like Sea-fried oyster, sea and deep-fried oyster and paste noodles also worth a try.
  4. There are no cars in Gulangyu island, you can travel on foot or by battery car.
  5. There is a tourist information center near the ferry terminal, you can get some free information about each scenic spots on the island.

Take China Flitgts and start a life of elegant ease in Gulangyu.

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A Self-service Travel to Xiamen With Low Cost

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

Some people think that plans of tour group are inflexible and quite boring. Therefore, some of them plan to travel to china by themselves but they worry about the ticket. Are you one of them? If you are planning your China Tours and know little about china travel, here I have some tips for you […]

Some people think that plans of tour group are inflexible and quite boring. Therefore, some of them plan to travel to china by themselves but they worry about the ticket. Are you one of them? If you are planning your China Tours and know little about china travel, here I have some tips for you about how to travel by yourself in Xiamen, China.

Xiamen is a tourist city of Fujian Province famous for its attractive seascape. Located at the southeast coast of China, it is a beautiful place with good urban afforesting and greening. (In the picture left side, you can see one part of the island ring road is bent, because people want to protect the banyan tree beside it.)

 1.       How to buy air tickets at low price

Let us talk about a self-service travel from how to buy air tickets at low prices. In all, there are two effect ways to book air tickets.

The first one is to check the information on websides of China Air Lines. Most Air Lines in china have international lines. Such as Air China, China Airlines, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines. They always update information on their webside promptly. Type in where are you flying from, your destination and the departing date, and then you can make the most suitable choice from all the results.

The other way is to ask for a a travel agency for help (book the air ticket). Travel agencies usually have services like these and you choose from different airlines much more easily. It is much cheaper because almost all the travel agencies can get discount tickets.

 2.       Book Youth Hotels in advance

Of course, you can get a lot of information about Xiamen Hotels on the internet. Usually, a standerd room of a five star hotel in Xiamen (per night) costs around five hundred yuan. Is it a little bit expensive? So what I want to recommond to you is the Youth Hotel in Xiamen, an elegant European-style pavilion which provides humanized services. (the drawing in the picrure is a lovely guide post in the hotel.)

Xiamen Gulangyu International Youth Hotel located in No.18 Luqiao Road, Gulangyu Island, Xiamen, China. It is just sixty meters away from the Gulangyu Ferry Terminal. Its webside is asfollows: http://www.yhagly.com/. It is written in both chinese and english. So you can see the room type (single room, twin room, double room, family suite, deluxe suite etc), normal price, room facilities (air-conditioning,round-the-clock hot water,free wireless internet access,boot tickets, Valuables Storage,Drinking fountains,coffee bars etc) and ways to get to this hotel. (On one hand, Xiamen is a famous tourist city, on the other hand, youth hotels become more and more popular among tourists from both at home and aborad, so you have to book your room about one month beforehand.)
You can also connect them by making a phone call them or sending an E-mail.
Tel: 0592-20660
Email: yha@yhagly.com

3.       Travel in Xiamen

Ferry boat:

Gulangyu is an island in Xiamen which contains many famous interests(Sunlight Rock, Undersea world, construction of mounuments etc), so if you want to get there, the only way is to get there by boat. It is free to go from Xiamen to Gulangyu and it takes 8 yuan to come back. One more yuan is charged if you want to sit on the upper deck.

There are many owners of privates boats near the ferry, they usually ask for higher prices but offer services lacking of security. Therefore, do not take their boat for your safety.

Taxi: minimum fare for three miles(8 yuan)+2yuan per mile*miles

Bus: 1 yuan each time. (prepare some small charge for it.)

It takes you at least two days to visit this beautiful city. If you want to take a closer look of it, book your China Hotels in advance and prepare a special self-service tour to Xiamen of your own!

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Different Types of Hotels in China

On October 12, 2010, in Accomodation, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Nowadays almost everybody has had the experience of staying in a hotel. They have to deal with hotels when they are on a tour or business meeting or for whatever other reasons. With the development of economy China has witnessed an increase in the number and variety of hotels. So it is necessary for us […]

Nowadays almost everybody has had the experience of staying in a hotel. They have to deal with hotels when they are on a tour or business meeting or for whatever other reasons. With the development of economy China has witnessed an increase in the number and variety of hotels. So it is necessary for us to have a clear understanding of hotel types in order to choose the right one for our own purposes. In the following I will briefly introduce the main types of China Hotels. Hopefully this will be helpful for those on China Tours.  

 1.      Business Hotels

Business hotels are mainly set up for business people and their business activities. They are usually located in the downtown or the commercial hub of a city as a result of the high requirements of business people. Business hotels have a relatively steady customer flow volume and they offer all the necessary facilities and services.

 2.      Conference Hotels

Conference hotels are established for people who come to hold a conference. Besides food and accommodation and entertainment, they also offer a series of services related to conference such as printing the materials to be used, videotaping and traveling. These hotels also provide conference facilities such as conference room, translation facility and projectors.

 

3.  Vacation Hotels

Vacation hotels are designed for people on vacation. They are usually very close to resorts such as the beach, the hot spring and scenic spots. Obviously these hotels have a clear division between the off-season and the busy season. They are required to be well equipped with entertainment facilities.

4.      Sightseeing Hotels

Sightseeing hotels mainly serve people who are on a tour. Most of them are built inside resorts. They provide customers with not only food and accommodation but also public facilities in order to satisfy the travelers in rest, entertainment and shopping and let them enjoy their tours mentally and physically.

5.      Economy Hotels

Generally speaking, economy hotels are designed for people on a short-term travel. They offer relatively low prices and efficient services. The fast exchange between the hotels and customers is profitable for both sides.

 

6.      Chain Hotels

Chain hotels are typical ones of economy hotels. Their low price and considerate services win a good reputation and they usually become the first choice for many travelers.

7.      Service apartments

Services apartments came from Europe in 1994. They have services of hotels and management of apartments. They have the features of hotels and apartments. These apartments offer considerate services like any other hotels and also the atmosphere of being at home. Customers can have their independent bedroom, living room, bath room and so on. And they can even cook for themselves in the room. These service apartments usually stand in the top-class residential area in the hub of a city. Therefore, their prices are relatively high.

So, these are the main types of hotels in China. They are designed for different customers with different purposes. The prices they offer are also very different according to their services and facilities. After learning these types of hotels, I believe, you can have a general idea of which kind of hotels is appropriate for you. If you like to learn more about China hotels, you can visit china travel depot.

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US Embassy China

On September 26, 2010, in Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

For many foreign visitors who want to go abroad for a travel, the first thing they should do is that applying for a Visa. So, friends who want to china travel need to read this passage carefully, it will introduce you more detail information about how to apply for Visa to China Tours. Travelers usually […]

For many foreign visitors who want to go abroad for a travel, the first thing they should do is that applying for a Visa. So, friends who want to china travel need to read this passage carefully, it will introduce you more detail information about how to apply for Visa to China Tours. Travelers usually need to apply Tourist Visa. It is issued to an alien who comes to China for sightseeing, visiting relatives or friends, other personal affairs, etc.

What documentations required for Tourist visa application?

1. A valid passport and a copy of its information page. Your valid passport must have at least six months of remaining validity and at least one blank visa page in it.

2. Application form: One neatly completed Visa Application Form with genuine information and signature.

3. Photo: one recently-taken color photo of 2×2 square inch glued or stapled on the application form.

4. First time applicant whose former nationality was Chinese, shall write down his Chinese name in the application form and submit his original Chinese passport and the photocopy of the information page of the passport; if the name in the new passport is different from the one in the old passport, official document for name change should be provided; applicant who was formerly Chinese and has acquired a new US passport, if there is a Chinese visa in the old passport, shall submit his old US passport or the photocopy of the Chinese visa.

5. A child with Chinese descent born in US applying for Chinese a visa please read Documentations required for Children with Chinese descent born in the US.

6. Foreign spouse and children of a Chinese citizen who wants to apply for a Multiple Entry “L” Visa valid for 24 months are required to provide original and photocopy of relevant Marriage Certificate, Birth Certificate, Kinship Certificate or other necessary documents.

7. Non-US citizens who want to apply visa need provide the original and a photocopy of certificates for permit for residence, work, study or valid US visa.

Besides the documentations mentioned above, other documentations might be required by visa officers in order to decide whether to issue the visa case by case.

The steps of applying for a Tourist Visa are as followed:

Submit your application 

1. You may submit the application to the Visa Office of the Embassy or Consulate-General which holds consular jurisdiction over the state where you reside;

2. If you cannot come in person, you may entrust someone else or a travel/visa agent to drop off your application at the visa office of the Embassy or Consulate-General which holds consular jurisdiction over the state where you reside.

3. No appointment is required.

4. Mailed applications are not acceptable and will be returned.

 

Processing Time

1. The regular processing time is 4 working days (e.g. submission on Monday, pick up on Thursday).

2. Express service: 2-3 working days processing, $20 will be charged per visa.

3. Same day rush service: additional fee of $30 for 1 working day processing (applications presented before 12:00am may be picked up between 2:30pm-3:00pm on the same day).

Visa fees

1. Please pay by Visa, MasterCard, Money Order, Cashier’s Check or Company Check. Cash or Personal checks are not acceptable.

2. Please make the company check, cashier’s check or money order payable to Chinese Embassy.

3. Visa fees for some countries may differ from that listed above due to reciprocity, and will be charged accordingly by Chinese Embassy.

Visa Pick-up

On or after the pick-up date specified in the receipt, applicants can pay and pick up their visas themselves or by entrusted persons, travel agencies with the receipt.

After getting your visa for China, you can surf the website of China Flights to book your air tickets and have a wonderful travel in China.

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A Trip to Turtle Head Islet Park in Wuxi

On September 21, 2010, in Cool Places, Must-sees, Shanghai, by Jack Li

I spent my undergraduate years in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province of China. It’s a medium-sized city to the south of the Yangtze River. When we were in the first year of university, my class and our teacher went to the Turtle Head Islet Park which is the most famous resort in Wuxi and had a great […]

I spent my undergraduate years in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province of China. It’s a medium-sized city to the south of the Yangtze River. When we were in the first year of university, my class and our teacher went to the Turtle Head Islet Park which is the most famous resort in Wuxi and had a great time there. It was so attractive that I went there with my friend for the second time when I was to graduate from university. So I have a lot of memories of that beautiful place. When I close my eyes, a series of fantastic pictures come to my mind. I couldn’t help presenting them here for friends who are on a china travel to refer to when they are planning their China Tours.

 As the park is located near to our university, it only took us 20 minutes to go there. On arriving at the park, we were amazed by a great stretch of water and mountains of trees, also the long wooden bridge across the water. We took out cameras, hoping to capture the beautiful sceneries.

We walked together deep into the mountains. Because it was in April, we could see flowers everywhere such as red-and-white tulips, yellow daffodils, golden jasmines, white peonies and magnolias. The trees were dressed in new green. And birds kept singing all the way.    

 It was the right time for blooming cheery blossoms. So we walked straight to the cheery blossoms forest. The cheery trees were first sent by Japanese friends. After 20 years’ construction the forest has tens of thousands cheery trees, covering an area of 100 mu. The falling cheery flowers were like raining.

 The Turtlehead Isle Park boasts not only natural mountains and trees, but also the Turtlehead Isle on the Taihu Lake. That’s the greatest attraction in this resort. To get on the isle, we should take a ship. After having lunch, we gathered at the dock where many people were waiting for the ship.

After a little waiting we boarded on the greatest ship there and set off to the Turtlehead Isle. Turtlehead Isle is a peninsula on the bank of Taihu Lake, where a huge rock protrudes itself into the lake, which appears as if a turtle is floating in water, raising its head. It has long been the first scenic spot on Taihu Lake. It was a great experience to view the surrounding sceneries on the Taihu Lake. Wind blew with the fragrance of flowers. And in the water you could see big fishes swimming.

 Then we got in the isle which was also full of green trees and colorful flowers. There is a very good place for lovers. That is the Match-maker’s Hall. Lovers can buy a lock there and carve their names on it, then lock it and throw its key into Taihu Lake. By doing so, they will love each other forever and never be separated. I believe that is the dream for every girl.

What the hall is facing is just the Taihu Lake. Near the land, the water is not deep and you can jump on the rocks in the water and touch the water by your hand. Also you can climb on a tree along the lake. I don’t know why the trees are just shaped like a chair. Maybe they are just showing their hospitality.

That’s the main experience of our trip to the Turtlehead Isle Park. After writing so much, I just feel that the real sceneries and feelings are just out of words. It’s natural that a place with mountains and waters is bound to be beautiful. But the Turtlehead Isle Park is more than mountains and waters. I am totally in love with this place after my experience there. It makes me feel really good. I suggest travelers go there for a marvelous china travel.

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A Day Trip to Tianjin

On September 21, 2010, in Activities, More Cities, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Beijing, a city of historical and cultural relics and scenic spots, has always been an attraction to travelers both at home and abroad. Historical sites such as the Great Wall, the Summer Palace and the Forbidden City are all must-see attractions. I’m sure everyone who takes on a china travel hasn’t enough time to experience […]

Beijing, a city of historical and cultural relics and scenic spots, has always been an attraction to travelers both at home and abroad. Historical sites such as the Great Wall, the Summer Palace and the Forbidden City are all must-see attractions. I’m sure everyone who takes on a china travel hasn’t enough time to experience more than just visit some famous attractions in Beijing. However do you want to know more about China? Actually you might as well take one day from your travel plan for visiting Tianjin, a neighbor city of Beijing. You will learn more about China during your China Tours. Following is my plan for a day trip to Tianjin, which can be seen as a guide.

Since Tianjin is just located to the southeast of Beijing, you can go to Tianjin by train. You can start from Beijing at 7:30 in the morning and it will only take you one and a half hours to get in Tianjin.

First we will visit the Italian District which is very near to Tianjin Railway Station. You can go there either by walking or taking a bus. The Italian District is once a concession to Italy. It is the district between Beianqiao and Tianjin Railway Station. Here you will find various kinds of Italian architecture and the famous Marco Polo Square as well. These Italian architectures are said to be the only ones in Asia. So it’s lucky for you to appreciate them here in Tianjin without even going to Italy.

Then we will go to Wu Da Dao (the Five Main Venues) by taking Bus 901. It will take 10-20 minutes. The five main venues are named after five famous cities in southwest of China. They are Chengdu Dao, Chongqing Dao, Changde Dao, Dali Dao, Munan Dao. Machang Dao is also included in that district. Tianjin people like to call the whole district “Wu Da Dao District”. This district features 2000 villas of English, French, Italian, German and Spanish styles built up in 1920s-1930s, covering an area of over 1,000,000 square meters. Walking in this district you will feel like experiencing a world exposition for architectures.


It will be our lunch time when we leave the Wu Da Dao District. So, next stop will be Tianjin Food Street. Take Bus 606 for 20 minutes and we will arrive at the greatest food castle of China. This street accumulates specialties and snacks from all over the country. The most famous ones are Gou Buli, Erduoyan Fried Cake and Tianjin Serratula which are called “Tianjin San Jue” and Pitang Zhang, Bengdou Zhang and Guoren Zhang which are called Tianjian San Zhang”. These foods are not only delicious but also good for health.

After enjoying a good lunch, we come to our last stop, that is, Tianjin Old Culture Street. It is near the Food Street. So we can just walk there. Tianhou Palace is the main attraction in this street, which is also called the Mazu Temple. It is one of the three biggest Muzu temples in China. Tianhou Niangniang is seen as a goddess who protects its people who live on sea. Besides, Tianjin boasts its folk handicraft products such as Yangliuqing New Year Painting, Kites Wei, and painted sculpture.

So that’s a day’s arrangement. In such a day, you can taste the long history of Tianjin from its architecture, its traditional food and folk handicrafts. In each way you will experience a city different from Beijing. Travel to Tianjin is really worthy. It will make your china travel more colorful.

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