Lhasa the Tibetan Capital

On June 14, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Cultural Experience, Lhasa, Tibet, by Jack Li

The land of Tibet represents one of the most mystic and religious region, to discover in China. It is easily accessible thanks to Travel to Tibet which gives the opportunity to book flight to Gonggar airport, situated very close to the Tibetan capital Lhasa. Lhasa “The Land of Gods”, is the core of Tibet, The […]

The land of Tibet represents one of the most mystic and religious region, to discover in China. It is easily accessible thanks to Travel to Tibet which gives the opportunity to book flight to Gonggar airport, situated very close to the Tibetan capital Lhasa.

Lhasa “The Land of Gods”, is the core of Tibet, The capital is more than 1300 years old, and is located just in a valley close to the Lhasa River. Tourists can easily accommodate booking through Hotel China, as the city provides all the necessary facilities and various types of accomodations. Tourists within the city can perceive a Chinese influence in the architecture, but the Tibetan capital  has still maintained old  traditions especially in the Eastern end district around the Jokhang and the Barkhor. Along this same area it is possible to admire local Tibetans wearing the traditional dress engaging on the Kora which is a prey journey around the major Buddhist shrine. Meanwhile On the other side of the city (Western end) the city is modern and developed surprising tourists in many aspects.

Jonkhang also better known for its Jokhang Temple, located on Barkhor Square,  for most of the locals represents the most sacred temple in the region. The temple was constructed on the 7th century and it is a blend of different architectural styles such as Indian, Chinese and Nepalese design. It is also known as the house of Buddha, indeed the temple is home of the original statue of Jowo Sakyamuni Buddha that princess Wen Cheng brought from Chang’an over 1300 years ago making the place the most sacred in Tibet. Just surrounding the temple is positioned a circular street called Barkhor Street market where tourist can enjoy on bargain with the Tibetan vendors, the street it’s also place of Buddisth pilgrims at night time.

Another important site that tourist can miss out when they travel to Lasha is the Potala Palace. The latter has been rebuilt several times, by Songtsen Gampo during the 7th century, by the Fifth Dalai Lama and the Thirteenth Dalai Lama who enlarges and repaired it what is today actual structure. Since that time the palace has always hosted the Dalai Lama with more than a thousand rooms. The palace contains many relicts such as the gold hand written-Buddhist scriptures, valuable gifts from the Chinese emperors and a lot of priceless antiques. Furthermore in 1994 the palace became part of the UNESCO World Heritage List Around the area almost one mile south from the Potala Palace is located the Summer Palace built by the Seventeenth Dalai, which includes a zoo, botanic gardens and a mansion

However to get into the region of Tibet requires a special visit permit for those non-Chinese tourist, in order to avoid negative issues it is always better to contact a Tibet Tour. From Lasha is also possible to visit different destinations as several Tibet tours depart from the Capitol. It is strongly advise to visit the Yamdrok lake (labelled as sacred lake) which is almost 80 miles away from Lasha and represents one of the third largest lakes in Tibets.

The Chinese chopsticks

On March 10, 2011, in Beijing, Featured China Stories, by Jack Li

During your china travel, you may be interested in Great Wall, The Summer Palace, and The Forbidden City or the delicious food. But I guess you must be confused the chopsticks. Today we will talk about the chopsticks. When the Chinese began to use chopsticks as an eating instrument is anybody’s guess. They were first […]

During your china travel, you may be interested in Great Wall, The Summer Palace, and The Forbidden City or the delicious food. But I guess you must be confused the chopsticks. Today we will talk about the chopsticks. When the Chinese began to use chopsticks as an eating instrument is anybody’s guess. They were first mentioned in writing in Liji (The Book of rites), a work compiled some 2,000 years ago, but certainly they had their initial form in the twigs which the primitive Chinese must have used to pick up a roast after they began to use fire. The twigs then evolved into the wooden, tapering sticks as we know them today.

The correct way to use chopsticks is to hold the pair in the hollow between the thumb and forefinger of your fork hand. The one closest to your body should rest on the first joint of the ring finger and stay relatively immobile. Hold the other one with the forefinger and middle finger, which manipulate it like pincers to pick up the food. The strength applied by the fingers should vary with the things to be taken hold of. The skill to pick up, with speed and dexterity, small things like beans and peanuts and slippery things like slices of preserved eggs can only come from practice and coordinated action of the fingers.

Chopsticks may be made of any of several materials: bamboo, wood, gold, siler, ivory, pewter, and plastics. In cross-section, they may be either round or square. Some of them are engraved with coloured pictures or calligraphy for decoration. Ordinary chopsticks used in Chinese homes are of wood or bamboo; those for banquets are often ivory, whereas gold ones belonged only to the royalty and aristocracy.

Westerners are often impressed with the cleverness of the Chinese hand that makes embroideries and clay sculptures with such consummate skill.

And now for an interesting bit of culture trivia: a set of chopsticks is a common gift for newlyweds, because the Mandarin for chopsticks (筷子 “kuaizi”) is a homophone for “have a son soon” (快子).

So when you are using the chopsticks, you will appreciate the Chinese creation. I believe you will enjoy your China Tours.

Wonderful Resorts for Chinese Lunar New Year

On December 7, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Beaches, Cultural Experience, Tours, by Jack Li

The Chinese Spring Festival is coming in one month and a half. And now it is the busy time for many people to arrange their New Year trips. For foreign people, there are several different types of destinations to visit. Beijing Tours—this could be the top choice. Because it has most top attractions in China. […]

The Chinese Spring Festival is coming in one month and a half. And now it is the busy time for many people to arrange their New Year trips. For foreign people, there are several different types of destinations to visit.

Beijing Tours—this could be the top choice. Because it has most top attractions in China. The must-go attractions are: Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall- Badaling Section, and Ming Tombs. Visiting old Hutong is an essential tour part as well. Obviously, Travel to Beijing is to experience Chinese history & cultures then understand it better. Other ancient cities like Beijing are Xi’an in Shaanxi province, Pingyao in Shanxi province and Luoyang in Henan province.

Sanya Tours—if you do not want to stay at cold cities, Sanya is your first choice. Since China government and Hainan province planned to build it as an international tourism city, facilities and services there have improved so much. Located in the most south side in Hainan, Sanya is the only tropical seashore tourist city in China, rolled up sun, sea, sand, climate, forest, animal, hot springs, caves, pastoral, and customs into one. Must-experience activities are Yalong Bay diving, surfing or just swimming, Coral Reefs Nature Reserve (best place to see amazing coral reefs) and Coconut Dream Corridor (Seashore Scenic Avenue). Trips there can be exiting, relaxing and cozy.

Harbin Tours—another extreme weather province (cold with ice and snow). People in different countries or with different hobbies make different choice. It is the best place for your China winter tours. And must-see or join activities are Harbin Ice Lantern, churches, skiing in Yabuli resort and experience Russia custom in Harbin. You can also go to China Snow Town located in Mudanjiang City, Heilongjiang province as well.

While, before your Lunar New Year travels in China, you’d better know a little about the following two festivals:

Spring Festival– the first traditional holiday of the year for Chinese people. In the past, when the Chinese people used the lunar calendar, the Spring Festival was known as the “New Year.” It falls on the first day of the first lunar month, the beginning of a new year. After the Revolution of 1911, China adopted the Gregorian calendar. In order to distinguish the lunar New Year from the New Year by the Gregorian calendar, the lunar New Year was called the Spring Festival (which generally falls between the last 10 days of January and mid-February). The Eve of Spring Festival, or the lunar New Year’s Eve), is an important time for family reunions. The whole family gets together for a sumptuous dinner. Some families stay up all night, “seeing the old year out.” The next morning, people pay New Year calls on relatives and friends, wishing each other good luck. During Spring Festival, various traditional activities are enjoyed in many parts of China, notably lion dances, dragon lantern dances, land-boat rowing and stilt-walking.

The Lantern Festival– falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month, the night of the first full moon following Spring Festival. Traditionally, people eat sweet dumplings and admire lanterns during this festival. Sweet dumplings, round balls of glutinous rice flour with a sweet filling, symbolize reunion. The tradition of admiring the lanterns emerged in the 1st century and is still popular across the country.

Design your trip? You can take this China Tours for reference.

Back-Packers Information from Real Travelers in Chengdu

On November 19, 2010, in Cool Places, Restaurants & Food, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Chengdu, which is the provincial capital of Sichuan province, is said to be the most comfortable city to live in China. Although this city is in the western part of China, it combines both the fashion modern city and the relaxing living style. For travelers, the biggest attraction of Chengdu must be their typical and […]

Chengdu, which is the provincial capital of Sichuan province, is said to be the most comfortable city to live in China. Although this city is in the western part of China, it combines both the fashion modern city and the relaxing living style. For travelers, the biggest attraction of Chengdu must be their typical and genuine Sichuan food. It is still a hot spot for china travel, though the catastrophic earthquake in 2008. Below is the information for those travelers who are tired of Shanghai or Beijing Tours.

Cultural background of Chengdu. Travelling in different cities in China, the first thing you may need to know is their histories. Chengdu area used to be called as “Shu”(蜀), and now this short name is still used as the abbreviation of Sichuan province. There is an old saying that the elders are not suitable to read “Three Kingdoms” (the classical novel in Four Volumes), while the youngsters would better not enter “Shu”—Chengdu. The reason isthat the climates, plenteous resources, and living styles in Chengdu have been quite relaxing in a long history and it is similar to the “Eastern Italy”. Chengdu is also the center of Buddhism and Taoism, especially the Taoism. Chengdu is the source of Taoism. It was formed since Han Dynasty (126 A.D.) and it became nation-wide rapidly during the Tang Dynasty. In Chengdu, a lot of holy men or Taoist priests are gathering in many mountains these days. So if you have chance to visit Chengdu, these temples and holy mountains (Qing Cheng mountain and Snow Mountain) are the must-see attractions.

Transportations in Chengdu. I do recommend travelling by vehicles in Chengdu, as this city, even the downtown area, is full of mountain paths. If you are a fan of mountain cycling, then Chengdu is the best place for practice. The bus tickets is RMB 1 yuan and RMB 2 yuan for buses with air conditioners. If you are not sure about the bus directions, just take a bus to “Tian Fu Square” at first. Here you can take any buses to wherever you want. The starting price for taxi is RMB 5 yuan and RMB 1.4 yuan for each additional 1 km. And the motor three-wheeled vehicle, the local name “Pa Er Duo” (耙耳朵) starts at RMB 2 yuan. Chengdu is the largest transportation center of railway in Southwestern China. The direct trains can reach to Beijing, Xi’an, Kunming, Guangzhou, and Shanghai, etc. Within Sichuan province, there are many tourism express trains to Guangyuan, Yibin, and Pan Zhi Hua. The railway tickets are sold in many agencies in downtown, as well as the railway stations.

Foods in Chengdu. This is the most important part of Chengdu travel must be the foods there. And that is always my favorite item during trip. First, the Sichuan Dan Dan noodles (担担面) and stewed chicken soup. The direction is to take bus route 4 and get off at Babao street. Besides the Hong Guang cinema, there is an old fame restaurant where provides the most genuine these foods with only RMB 8 yuan. But you need to arrive there early, because they will close by noon. Ms Chen Mapo tofu is served in the historical restaurant opposite “Qing yang palace”. You can take bus route 27 and 5. Tan Tofu desserts are another must-try food in Chengdu. Take the route 4 and get off at “Bei Xiangzi”. Then ask anybody there, you will find this small but famous shop. And the price is RMB 5 yuan.

When you travel in China, Chengdu is the place you can never miss. The Sichuan food is quite well-known in China Towns all over the world. But in Chengdu, you will find the true various Sichuan foods. And the information about Chengdu Flights can be found in the flights section of chinatraveldepot.

Travel by Ourselves to Destination—Wuxi

On November 17, 2010, in Cool Places, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

When people are on their business china travel, their real travel time almost is cut-down. So do I. But I still feel well about what I experienced in Wuxi’s attractions. And I want to share my experience right now. Firstly, booking China Hotels online. I recommend this because the hotel we checked in offered us […]

When people are on their business china travel, their real travel time almost is cut-down. So do I. But I still feel well about what I experienced in Wuxi’s attractions. And I want to share my experience right now.

Firstly, booking China Hotels online. I recommend this because the hotel we checked in offered us effective cost which was better than my imagination. The name is Pod inns, economic hotel offering about RMB 100yuan per Standard Room. It is a new brand in China economic hotels, founded in this year. Decorations inside is very fashionable. Orange-colored furniture, cute drawings along the corridor and artistic wall clips make a cozy condition for guests. Though some rooms there is a little small, it does not influence comfort. Oh, Pod Inns is nearby the railway station. It just takes 10 minutes walk.

Second, attractions in Wuxi. Within limited time, we just went to Yuantouzhu Park and Chongansi Temple. Because Yuantouzhu Park is the most attractive place on the bank of Taihu Lake and Taihu is the must-go place for tourists in Wuxi. And Chongansi Temple is the business center of Wuxi. It is a good place to feel about city’s economy conditions.

Yuantouzhu Park consists of several small islands and a main island. Considering our research activities, we took Taihu ferry, taking close to Taihu water and enjoying its wide views from water surface. Then we stayed on Taihu Immortal Island for a long time to do our reserch on tourists.

Without no more information collected, we firstly regarded Chongansi Temple as a real temple. And we planned to finish our research in this temple scenic spot. But until we arrived there did we find that Chongansi Temple is not a real temple but business center of Wuxi. That made us gives up original plan and just takes a short time walk around it. There are so many locals taking relax in the park especially the olds and kids. And young people went shopping happily. It was Sunday. That made me feels their lives of ease. Located in the east of China, Jiangsu is a rich province compared with other areas in China. That night I found that Chongansi Temple is regarded as Little Shanghai by most people and the living standard in Wuxi is higher than other places in south Jiangsu Province.

Third, Wuxi flavors. We checked a lot before starting off and finally tasted neosalanx taihuensis and steamed crabmeat & pork dumplings. We tasted taihuensis in Hengyun Restaurant, Yuantouzhu Park. It tasted fresh and fragrant, very delicious. And we chose the most famous shop—Wangxingji, which has the most wonderful and authentic steamed dumpling flavor. It is located in Zhongshan Road, facing Wuxi Babaiban and Christian Church. We ordered Chinese dumplings and steamed crabmeat & pork dumplings there. Dumpling wrappers there are different from North China area. It is full of soup juice. And you can not see it through the surface. The juice is very warm and humid. The meat is very tender and delicious. And the wrapper tasted very chewy. Just imagine it!

Though it is a business travel, our Wuxi travel is very unforgettable. And I hope there is another chance for China Tours.

Top 10 Attractive Destinations in China for American

On November 10, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cool Places, Guilin, Shanghai, Tips & Ideas, Xi'an, by Jack Li

Recently, Asia has been the most popular destination for American’ outbound tourism. China is one of the top 10 countries’ in the world that has attracted the American market. There are several reasons such as: business tourists on china travel are increasing rapidly with the rise of economic exchanges; frequent exchanges of U.S. immigrant families; […]

Recently, Asia has been the most popular destination for American’ outbound tourism. China is one of the top 10 countries’ in the world that has attracted the American market. There are several reasons such as: business tourists on china travel are increasing rapidly with the rise of economic exchanges; frequent exchanges of U.S. immigrant families; and Americans are interested in China having a long history and strong eastern culture connotation. Considering this situation, these are the top 10 attractions in China Tours for American tourists.

Forbidden City

Also known as the Imperial Palace, located in the centre of Beijing, north of Tiananmen Square. In the center of Tiananmen Square there is an ancient wall that hangs the portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong. It was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It served as the home of the Emperor and his household, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.

The Great Wall

In ancient China, the Great Wall was built 2000 years ago and was completed in 1368 during Ming Dynasty. Generally, it used to be for the military defense. The most famous Great Wall areas in Beijing are the Badaling Great Wall (the most representative one), Mutianyu Great Wall (unique building style and military defense facilities) and the Slot (Jiankou, famous wild Great Wall).

Terracotta Warriors

Located in Xi’an ancient city, Shanxi Province. The thousands of terra cottas were used for burial with the first ruler in the Qin Dynasty. What’s most amazing is that terra cottas have different facial expression and clothes at the different levels of the army.

Landscape in Guilin

Located in Guilin city, Guangxi Province, China’s southern area. It is famous for excellent Karst landform in the world, so much that its beautiful scenery has been printed on RMB 20yuan. The best view point is in Yangshuo, suburbs of Guilin.

The Potala Palace

Situated on the Hongshan Hill in Lhasa, Tibet. It means “the Sacred Palace of Buddhism” in Sanskrit and the palace once was the bedchamber of Dali Lama in Tibetan Buddhism and now is a museum. It is also famous for solemn white wall and palace of red within.

The Bund

Located in Shanghai. It is the best place to witness historical buildings of Shanghai’s richest because it was home to Shanghai’s most influential business people during 1700s to 1800s. The HSBC Building once was called as the most luxury building between Suez Canal and Bering Strait.

Jiuzhaigou Village

It is a nature preserve in Sichuan Province. Jiuzhaigou is known for its sublime scenery and represents the beauty of Chinese rich landforms.

Wolong Nature Reserve

Located in surburbs of Chendu, Sichuan Province. It is the largest panda nature reserve in China and is devoted to prevent extinction of pandas. Tourists can watch panda’s natural habit, help researchers feed them and play with these lovely pandas.

Three Gorges Dam

Built on Yangtze River. It could be considered as a new eighth wonder of the world due to size alone. It is the largest dam in the world and has the largest hydro-power station. The best way to enjoy it is by ship along Yangtze River in which you can watch other scenic spot during the sailing.

Hongkong

Except those wonderful nature and history attractions, Hong Kong could be the representative of modern China even Asia and it is the shopping paradise as most people regarded. Maybe you just want to Travel to Guangzhou.

Except those wonderful nature and history attractions, Hong Kong could be the representative of modern China even Asia and it is the shopping paradise as most people regarded. Maybe you just want to Travel to Guangzhou.

Different Routes for Travel 24 in Guilin

On November 9, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cool Places, Guilin, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

There goes the saying that, “East or west, Guilin landscape is best.” Better yet, “Yangshuo landscape is the best in Guilin.” Scenery in Guilin is famous for its karst topography in the world. How can you miss the Guilin Tours in your china travel? This time I want to provide several routes for your 24hour […]

There goes the saying that, “East or west, Guilin landscape is best.” Better yet, “Yangshuo landscape is the best in Guilin.” Scenery in Guilin is famous for its karst topography in the world. How can you miss the Guilin Tours in your china travel? This time I want to provide several routes for your 24hour travel in Guilin.

One day tour in Guilin City

09:00: Elephant Trunk – It is the badge of Guilin City, towered in Lijiang River: there is a water moon cave, a round open space between the elephant trunk and its body. These two consist of Xiangshanshuiyue, one of the top 8 ancient scenic spots in Guilin.

10:00: Fubo Hill Park – Famous for wonderful eddy scenery: this park integrates hills, water, caves, stones, kiosk, garden and cultural relics together.

11:00: Folded Brocade Hill – The nice place to overlook Guilin panorama: there rocks layer transverse, colors and green cross, just like various colors layering.

Lunchtime: You can order a bowl of Guilin Rice Noodles, one of the most famous flavors.

14:00: Seven-star Park – The largest comprehensive park in Guilin: it has relief groups which concentrate Chinese 5000 years history and culture, called Huaxiazhiguang and the oldest arched stone bridge. Huaqiaohongying (flowered bridge and red shadow) and Hushanchixia (Hu Mount with rays of the sun) are another two of the top 8 ancient scenic spots in Guilin. Besides, you can visit Camel Mountain and the place where Bill Clinton, once the U.S. president, gave his speech. Seven-star Cave and Reed Flute Cave are the two famous caves in China and they were famous tour caves in ancient China. If you have great interest in caves, both of them can not be missed or you can visit Seven-star Cave when you travel to the Seven-star Park or go to Reed Flute Cave without visiting Seven-star Cave.

15:30: Reed Flute Cave – The nature of art palace: the cave are filled with dainty and exquisite stalactites. And the most famous TV series—Journey to the West had gotten some views in the crystal palace in the cave.

Dinnertime: Find a high class restaurant or try some other Guilin snacks. If the weather is good you can wander along Lijiang River by bike, enjoying its amazing and cozy night beauty!

One day Tour with Li River Scenery

You can join a touring party owning this one day package. Generally the tour bus will bring you to Mopan Mount Dock and there you can get on board.

09:30: You will start up for your 4 hours long trip along Li River: pay attention to the notice from guide on the ship. There will be a guide who will tell you the exact point to watch amazing scenery along the river.

Nine horses pictured on the mount by nature, ships sails on the top of green hills, fisherman leisure fishing, farmers cultivating and even shepherd singing etc. All these things will unfold in front of you during your river trip. Translated from Chinese ancient poets, it can be described as “Boat floats on the river while people tour in the picture.”

14:00: Arrive at Yangshuo and depart the ship: Yangshuo West Street is filled with western culture. Restaruants and arts & crafts shops have decorations Chinese and Western styles combined. Locals sell fruit along the street and most can speak fluent English. There you may get less language barriers.

After visiting Yangshuo West Street the tour comes to an end and you can go back to your Guilin Hotels with the tour bus or spend the rest of the evening at a nearby bar.

If you have enough time, these two routes can be arranged in two days. Even you can spend more days in Yangshuo, which has an untouched paradise and those western style shops and bars.

Hiking in China—-Huangshan

On November 3, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cool Places, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

When you choose to start a journey of China Flights, where would you like to go in China? If you do like to hike and do not have any ideas about china travel. I think Huangshan (mount Huang) may be one of your good choices. Wu yue is the collective name given to China’s most […]

When you choose to start a journey of China Flights, where would you like to go in China? If you do like to hike and do not have any ideas about china travel. I think Huangshan (mount Huang) may be one of your good choices.

Wu yue is the collective name given to China’s most important mountains, namely Mt. Taishan in Shandong Province, Mt. Huashan in Shaanxi Province, Mt. Hengshan in Shanxi Province, Mt. Songshan in Henan Province and Mt. Hengshan in Hunan Province. It is said that you would not like to pay a visit to other mountains if you have seen Wu yue. However, there is also a popular saying that you would not wish to see Wu yue if you have seen Mount Huang.

Mount Huang is located in Huangshan City in Anhui province in south China. As a beauty spot in China, Mount Huang is well known of its five wonders, namely the strange pines,absurd stones, sea of clouds , white snows and hot springs. Let me introduce it in details:

1. Strange pines

Why do say pines in Mount Huang are strange? The seeds of pine were blow into the cracks of rocks, so they grow in the hard grey stones. The pines in Mount Huang appear in different postures, such as guest greeting pine, dragon’s claw pine, harp pine, etc.

2. Absurd stones

The stones in Mount Huang are different if they are seen in different directions and different weathers. As a result, 120 of them have got their own name. One of them is the shark sucker’s back. The shark sucker’s back is on the top of the Tiandu Mountain. After climbing the “ladder leads to the heaven”, you can get this place. When the wind rose and the clouds began to gather, it seems the rock moves in the response to the clouds and wind.

3. Sea of clouds

In some special weather conditions, you can see the sea of clouds in Mount Huang. In general, the time of November is the best chance to see the sight of the clouds, especially after a shower of rain. Just imagine the beautiful scenery of clouds like sea underfoot, and then you will have the will to reach the top of the mountain.

4. White snows

Unlike snow in north China, the snow in Huangshan is not that thick. But with the decoration of white snows, the natural scenery in Mount Huang becomes much more impressive.

5. Hot springs

The hot spring in Mount Huang has a history of more than 1300 years. It comes from Ziyun Mountain with a sea level of 850 meters. The water quality is so good that you can drink right from them. The temperature of the hot spring remains 42 degree Celsius all the year round. It has the function to promote metabolism and helps to strengthen immunity.

The best time for travel: summer and fall.

Tickets: 120 RMB from October 1st to February 28th, 200 RMB from March 1st to November 30th.

Hope you enjoy your trip in Huangshan. For more information, please check China Tours.

Build Your China Trip in Jingdezhen

On November 2, 2010, in Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

If you have finished your Travel to Guilin and Guangzhou in China south areas, I think it is time to go to Jingdezhen as your next stop in China Tours. As China and china are definitely the same word, china can be one of the representative things in China (chinae is china). Jingdezhen is the […]

If you have finished your Travel to Guilin and Guangzhou in China south areas, I think it is time to go to Jingdezhen as your next stop in China Tours. As China and china are definitely the same word, china can be one of the representative things in China (chinae is china). Jingdezhen is the best destination for you to know more history about Chinese ceramics.

A little background

Jingdezhen, known as the capital of Chinese porcelain, is located in the northeast of Jiangxi Province. It has a history of 1700 years about porcelain. Jingdezhen porcelain is known to be “as white as jade, as thin as paper and as melodious as chime sound”. And Jingdezhen is the center of Five Mounts and Two Lakes scenic spot. This spot consists of Yellow Mountain, Mount Lu, Dragon and Tiger Mountain, Sanqing Mountain, Jiuhua Mountain, Qiandao Lake and Poyang Lake.

Transportation: Luojia Airport, 8km away from Jingdezhen. It is also called Jingdezhen Airport. And it has air routes opened up to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen and Wuhan. Jingdezhen Railway Station, located in the downtown, has trains to Beijing, Nanjing, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Qingdao, Kunming, Guangzhou and Nanchang.

Porcelain Attractions

Gaoling Mountain—40km away from Jingdezhen. It is the origin place of porcelain raw materials in ancient ceramics. And KAOLIN, the international mineralogy noun, stems from this mountain. Now you can see amounts of relics and human heritage there. People name the stacks of piled up white tailings as scenery of floating snow covered the mountain.

Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Ruins Museum: it is the relic of imperial ceramics in Ming and Qing dynasty. This imperial kiln once was the aggregation of kiln wares from all over the world in ancient time. And most of porcelain auctioned with highest price overseas came from the kiln. Jingdezhen Government made the best of it and protects it well. Now you can see lively production process.

Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute: the only professional institution of high learning in ceramic. There are china on display made by teachers and students. You can take some class here to learn a little professional knowledge about.

Besides, if you go with kids, you can take them to Jingdezhen Ceramic School. This school is the training basement for middle and primary students.

Chinese Ceramic City: it is comprehensive porcelain market. There you can go sightseeing, shopping, and arts exchange.

Porcelain attractions mentioned above refers to academic exchange and shopping etc.

Except these ones, you can also go to other scenic spot such as the Five Mounts and Two Lakes.

Since tea culture has developed well in Jiangxi, you can also go to see the origin place of famous tea called “Yayu”. It is Wanghu Village in Yaoli.

I think that Jingdezhen could be one of the destinations for your Jiangxi tours. Because there are many other wonderful places. For example, Wuyuan, as the most beautiful countryside in China, is worth of your visiting. So your Jiangxi tours could consist of both natural beauties and historic sites. And you can book your fly tickets in China Eastern Airlines.

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Ski Resorts in Beijing

On November 1, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

With the coming of winter, more and more people choose to spend their time at home and perfer to have some indoor activities. However, the natural scenery of Beijing’s winter is beautiful, especially with the decoration of snow. What about get out of the house and take a breath of fresh air during china travel? […]

With the coming of winter, more and more people choose to spend their time at home and perfer to have some indoor activities. However, the natural scenery of Beijing’s winter is beautiful, especially with the decoration of snow. What about get out of the house and take a breath of fresh air during china travel? As a typical outdoor sport, skiing is regarded as a good way to improve your cardiovascular system and your overall coordination. What is more, it is said that a typical day’s skiing can burn up to 3,000 calories – far more than a session at the gym. So do not hesitate any more, check more information on the skiing resorts and start a happy China Tours.

Even though the skiing resorts are always situated outside the town, you can still find one that fits you best.

 1.       Nan Shan Ski Village

Overall rating: 4.5 stars

Nanshan Ski Village is located near Miyun County, only 62 km from WangHe Bridge in Beijing. As the biggest ski resort in Beijing, Nan Shan Ski Resort has 12 ski trails representing a variety of challenges; Nanshan Ski Village offers enjoyable trails for not only the beginners, but also the intermediate and advanced skiers.

In order to have more fun, Nan Shan Ski Resort offers a 1318 meters of Toboggan Runs, crossing 9 highs, one bridge, and 5 jumping segment. What if you are a green hand about skiing? It does not matter; there are a number of professional and experienced coaches who know how to guide a green hand. If you want to improve your ski skills, they can also give some practical advises.

Besides the winter ski sports, it offers year-round activities such as hiking in spring, swimming in summer and fruit picking in autumn. So it can be a good place to enjoy a vacation with your friends or family.

Opening time: 9:00 to17:30 for the daytime, 17:30 to 22:00 for the night.

Ticket Price: 130 RMB for a full day in weekday, 210 RMB for a full day in weekend, 110 RMB for half a day in weekday, 170 RMB for half a day in weekend.

Tel: 010-63002807  

 2.      Wanlongbayi Ski Resort

Overall rating: 4.0stars

Wanlongbayi Ski Resort is located in China Changxindian Shooting Range Road, Fengtai District. It is the nearest ski resort from down town. In all, it has six trails for skiers of all levels. RMB 130 lets you ski from 5:30 to 10:30p.m. And even includes a buffet dinner. The feature of this resort is that it takes good care of children. It offers comfortable ski suits for children and offers a special playing area for small children to play with snow safely.

Opening time: 8:00 to17:00for the daytime, 17:00 to 22:00 for the night.

Ticket Price: 130 RMB for a full day in weekday, 205 RMB for a full day in weekend.

Tel: 010-63002807 

 3.       Yu Yang International Ski Resort

Overall rating: 4.0 stars

As a large and new ski resort that was opened in 2006, Yuyang Ski Resort is located in Pinggu, about 60kms from Siyuan Bridge. In all, the ski resort boasts of 11 trails for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers, where the longest one is 3, 2000 meters long. What is more, it offers a quadruple chair lift, 12 double chair lifts and for amusement is equipped with snowmobiles and sledges. It is said that The resort is more like a ski park than a ski mountain. You may hear the upbeat music of DJ music drifting up the slopes from the open-air DJ booth at the foot of the hill.

Opening time: 8:00 to18:00for the daytime, 17:00 to 22:00 for the night.

Ticket Price: 90 RMB for a full day in weekday, 140 RMB for a full day in weekend.

Tel: 010-63002807 

 4.       Jundushan Ski Resort

Overall rating: 4.0 stars

Jundushan ski resort, which is located in the famous Xiaotangshan Spa in Changping, offers all-around service facilities with a total area of more than 6,000 square meters. This resort features seven ski runs, a slalom run, double seat cableway and cross-country path (for snowmobiles).

Opening time: 8:00 to18:00for the daytime, 17:00 to 22:00 for the night.

Ticket Price: 120 RMB for a full day in weekday, 200 RMB for a full day in weekend, 100 RMB for half a day in weekday, 160 RMB for half a day in weekend and 100 RMB for the night skiing.

Tel: 010-63002807  

Hope you enjoy your time in Beijing Tours.

 

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