One Day Private Tour in Wuzhen—-the Poetic Water Village

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

One of Chinese well-known ancient poets, Ma Zhiyuan, once wrote a poem which was read with admiration by Chinese people. That is the “Autumn Thoughts”: Withered vine and an old tree with a crow at dusk. Tiny bridge and a family stand aside a flowing river. Ancient path and a poor horse in the west […]

One of Chinese well-known ancient poets, Ma Zhiyuan, once wrote a poem which was read with admiration by Chinese people. That is the “Autumn Thoughts”: Withered vine and an old tree with a crow at dusk. Tiny bridge and a family stand aside a flowing river. Ancient path and a poor horse in the west wind. A heartbroken man is walking towards the westering sun to the skyline. Time goes by and we can still to that place of his heart by reading his poem. In fact, the place he describes is the water village in china, a typical southern town with beautiful scenery. If you want to take a closer look at the ancient town of south china and make your china travel more memorable, Wuzhen may be your best choice during your China Tours.

Located in Zhejiang Province, in north end of Tongxiang, Wuzhen is a water town with more than 1300 years history. It was awarded to be the Provincial Ancient Town of History and Culture in 1991, raking first among the six ancient towns (Zhou Village, Tongli, Jiaozhi town, Nanxun and Xitang) south of the Yangtze River for it is the best preserved ancient town up to now. Though time flies by, the name, address, river system, wooden structures, stone bridge and people’s way of living in this town remain the same. Here are some must seen spots in Wuzhen:

1. The bridge

As a typical water town of south of the Yangtze River, Wuzhen can not go without bridges. It is said that Wuzhen once possessed more than 120 bridges. But only 30 of them remain now. Most of the bridges are made of stone with elegant designs. What is more, there is a sight called “Bridge within a Bridge”. Sounds quite special, right?

2. Yuanhongtai Dye house

In ancient time, people in china used special juice of plant to dye their clothes. By using different kinds of natural plant, they can dye clothes into various kinds of colors. In the Yuanhongtai Dye house in Wuzhen, you can see the whole process of dying clothes into different colors and patterns. It must be a precious souvenir if you can dye a piece of cloth of your own.

 

3. Exhibition hall of Beds of Southern China

As the first exhibition to show beds, the exhibition of beds located in No.210, east street of Wuzhen. It shows the bed of a girl, the bed of wealthy, the bed of the poor, and the bed for wedding in Qing Dynasty. Because one third of people’s time is spent in a bed, people in China cares very much about their bed. One of the most precious beds was made by box wood, it took three years to make such an excellent carved workmanship.

4. Gaogongsheng Wine Shop

You are embraced with a nice smell when you walk into this wine shop. The Gaogongsheng wine shop becomes famous of its “Three white wine”, that is wine made of sticky rice, wheat flour and water (these three ingredients have a character” white” in their Chinese name). The wine shop sells wine in different packages. What is more, there is a big jar of wine for tourists to have a taste.

All the spots I mentioned can be seen within one day. But if you have enough time, I recommend you to book China Hotels in advance in Wuzhen and spend a night time there. With the red lanterns turning on, it looks much more beautiful than in the day time. Hope you enjoy your China vacation in this beautiful water village—-Wuzhen.

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Advices for Xi an Travel Low

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

Xi’an, as one of the Top 4 ancient city in the world (the others are Athens, Cairo and Rome), surely has the most places of interest. No matter the Qin Dynasty or Tang Dynasty, they have their historic remaining sites in Xi’an. So it is the must-to-go place for foreigners when having china travel. Here […]

Xi’an, as one of the Top 4 ancient city in the world (the others are Athens, Cairo and Rome), surely has the most places of interest. No matter the Qin Dynasty or Tang Dynasty, they have their historic remaining sites in Xi’an. So it is the must-to-go place for foreigners when having china travel. Here I will give you some advices about the DIY Xi’an Tours.

I just plan a 6 or 7 days trip for Xi’an. And the following are the arrangement for each day.

The first day—travel inner the city

As you have just arrived there, it is a good choice for you to have this easier line. And the regular places include Bell Tower, Shaanxi history museum, Forest of steles, etc. Here I suggest the museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and its North Plaza, Hui streets and Xi’an Circumvallation as the must-to-go places.

Shaanxi History Museum, known as “Huaxia Treasury” and “magnificent temple of Chinese civilization”, surely could be the most representative one compared with other museums in Shaanxi Province. So if you have visited this museum, there is no necessary to visit the others. And Shaanxi history museum is now free with daily 3000 complimentary tickets which begin to give out at eight o’clock in the morning. You will see unearthed precious artifacts thousands of years ago in Shaanxi Province. By the way, it is necessary to follow a guide to illustrate the history of treasures so that you can understand things there more exact. But as there are so many touring parties, it is wise and easy to follow them with no formal join.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda, A masterpiece of architectural art of Chinese Tang Dynasty Buddhist, used to store the Buddhist Scriptures from India brought by Xuanzang. It has been famous since Tang Dynasty. It is also a well-known landmarks and monuments in the ancient city of Xi’an. And in its North Plaza, there is the largest music Fountain in Asia. It is the most important square of Tang Culture in China. You’d better go there at night for its largest lamplight fountain.

p.s.   Musical Fountain Show Time:

Monday to Friday: 12:00, 20:00.

Saturday and Sunday: 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 21:00

Winter (November to next January) generally does not show, except the New Year.

Hui Streets is famous for both its delicious local food and profound cultural connotation. Xi’an north courtyard, one of the Hui Streets, is an important paving for Muslim areas. Food or other objects there are all operated by Muslim. It has strong Islamic features, which is deeply loved by foreign tourists.

Xi’an Ancient Circumvallation includes a moat, drawbridge, gate building, watchtower and a series of Embrasure military facilities; constituted a tightly integrated military defense system. To visit the ancient city wall of Xi’an, you can get a specific image of ancient wars and know more about urban construction and architectural arts. Well, wall at nightfall is very beautiful, especially where few people, you can wander in the very broad sense of the ancient city walls, because there is no shade above facilities.

Forest of steles is known as Chinese calligraphy meets land. It has collected thousands of pieces of calligraphy of famous ancient inscriptions and also known as the Museum of Chinese calligraphy inscriptions. And people who knows Calligraphy well can be crazy here while who doesn’t can be crazy opposite.

The second day—eastern line

Spots in eastern are dense and transportation there is very convenient, so there is no need for you to join a touring party. And Bus NO.306 (Tour 5) which is in the China Post Office opposite the railway station can get through all most eastern spots. And the price is 5 yuan one-way and 8 yuan round trip fare (you can get on and off at random among the attractions and no taking times limits). Besides its operating hours is 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. You can get chartered car for 80-150 yuan..

Well, the famous Terra Cotta Warriors, Qin tomb, Huaqing hot spring and Ban Po Village Remains are in the eastern line. Obviously, you must visit Terra Cotta Warriors.

p.s. Tickets: 65 yuan off-season price, 90 yuan the peak season price and students with IDs can get half-fare tickets. Disabled card holders with disabilities pay half price. 16 years of age and 65 years old ones with ID card get free of charge.

As to Huaqing hot spring, if you do not have enough, just overlook it. If you are interested in matriarchy, you should visit the Ban Po Village Remains.

The third day—western line

As attractions there are scattered and the traffic is not convenient, it is better for you to hire a car or participate in some touring parties. Taxi for round trip charges 400 yuan and private car for you is 200 yuan. And tour buses are available at the railway station, the price will be paid according to the entrance ticket that you bought. And it would be wise to get some food in advance as there is few places for meals and the place arranged by guides could be expensive.

Famen Temple and Qian Tomb are recommended to visit on the western line. Remember Famen Temple prohibits taking photos. And Qian Town which is 3km away from Qian Tomb has the three cut-off food—Guokui, Guamian and tofu jelly. You may have a taste.

In addition, Hua Mountain could take a day trip and Hukou waterfall, Mausoleum of Yellow Emperor and Yan’an can consist of your northern line which may take you 2days trip.

As referred above, your integrated Travel to Xi’an could take almost a week. And the info above is for your reference only.

Vacation Access to Chinese Hawaii: Sanya

On October 11, 2010, in Beaches, Cool Places, by Jack Li

The most attracting point of china travel is the wide territory which allows you to experience various climates, cultures and natural scenes. China covers 5 time zones and the distance between northernmost and southernmost points of China is about 5,500km. And Sanya is the nearest tourism city in Hainan province from the southern border of […]

The most attracting point of china travel is the wide territory which allows you to experience various climates, cultures and natural scenes. China covers 5 time zones and the distance between northernmost and southernmost points of China is about 5,500km. And Sanya is the nearest tourism city in Hainan province from the southern border of China. The climate there is like what in Hawaii: Tropical marine monsoon climate. The easiest and cheapest way to travel to Sanya is by airplane which takes 4 hours. It can be as low-priced as $150 for direct flights by China Southern Airlines. Or you can take the train T201 for 35 hours and the price is $110 to $200 for different levels of sleeper compartments; I believe you would not want to try sit on the seats for 35 hours. The attractions of travelling by train are that you can see the quite different views from north to south of China and the train will pass under the Qiong Sea.

The best season for Sanya tour is between September to the coming April, as the autumns and winters here are so nice and warm. The average temperature of the whole year is 25.4℃. The hottest and coldest month is July and January respectively. The average temperature is 28.4℃ in July, while the average temperature for January is 21℃. So even in so-called winter, you can still be the beachgoers. Here you can enjoy the natural sunbathing. Interesting things on Sanya beaches are that you will see rents sold everywhere on each beach. These rents are for people who are worried about getting sunburns but still want to spend some times on the beach.

Although there are Sanya bay, Eastern Seas in Sanya for beachgoers, the most popular beach, from opinions of Chinese netizens, is Asian Dragon Bay. It is the southernmost bay of Sanya and the length is 7.5km which is three times of beaches in Hawaii. The sea temperature is around 22-25.1℃ which is available for swimming through the whole year. The sea water is very clean and the visibility is up to 10 meters below the surface. Asian Dragon Bay is the field of well-preserved corals and the home of various colorful tropical fishes. It also includes the rare rain forests where you may try an adventure trip. A large amount of hotels are around this bay. These hotels also have the special rooms for sea views and are only a little bit more expensive. But I would rather spend more 30 bucks so that I can enjoy the beautiful sea views just by standing in my own room. The most fantastic thing about Asian Dragon Bay is that this is the “Noah’s ark” for tourists when the strongest rains continues battling Hainan province for a week. This flood seems to cause nothing effects on this Bay, so that tourists in Sanya is so lucky compared with other travelers in Hainan who are trapped in the hotels. As the tourism is the major industry in Sanyam, you can easily take the special tourist bus line or route 102 for RMB 5-10 yuan, or you can take the taxi. But remember to bargain the prices with the taxi drivers!

When you are in Sanya, the tasteful but cheap sea foods should not be missed. It is much cheaper than Europe, even occasionally with some tricks for additional prices. So what I am going to introduce is how to have cheap sea food dinners. These are the restaurants and tips from Chinese tourists, who shared their experiences online. The best way to avoid scam prices is to buy the sea foods on your own from the market and ask some restaurants to cook for you. This is called the DIY sea food menus. The top choice of sea food market is the First Market (第一市场) where you do not need to worry too much about being gauged. Goolge it or ask your guides for the directions at first. Once you have picked up your favorite sea foods, you can go to local restaurants that provide the processing service. The best one voted by Chinese netizens is 168 sea food processing store. It is about RMB 6 yuan for processing a pound of seafood and it is cheaper for the hot pot style.

A lot more interesting points of Hainan tourist will be posted later on. Last thing want to point out is that if you want to experience the under-sea train but are scared by the long journey, you could Travel to Guangzhou at first and take trains there directly.

Tours and Cheap Air Ticket to Shenzhen

On September 29, 2010, in Accomodation, Transportation, Travel Info, by Jack Li

What are usual thoughts of destinations about china travel? The answer might be the Beijing, Hong Kong or Shanghai Tours. The first one is the capital and an ancient city, while the second and third cities are the typical modern and shopping city in China. Today, what I am going to recommend is the Special […]

What are usual thoughts of destinations about china travel? The answer might be the Beijing, Hong Kong or Shanghai Tours. The first one is the capital and an ancient city, while the second and third cities are the typical modern and shopping city in China. Today, what I am going to recommend is the Special Economic Zone—Shenzhen. This city has just celebrated their 30-year anniversary for establishing the Special Economic Zone. 30 years ago, Shenzhen was a small village in Guangdong province and people there was living on fishing. Now, it becomes the top 1 city which has the largest number of harbors, transportation centers, and airports in China. It is one of the major financial centers in the world and is the second important financial city following Shanghai in China. What attracts me more? It is just 1 hour away to Hong Kong!

Since it is the newest modern city in China, I would suggest that you spend vacations or do shopping here if you just need to relax after busy daily work. The first entertainment site I recommend is the Window of the World. Here, you can travel around the world just in one day. This theme park is surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes and far from the noisy downtown area. This 480,000 square meter land is divided into five themes which represent five continents in the world. You can visit the Pyramids and the Sphinx, climb the Eiffel Tower with the size ratio of 1:3 to the original tower. You will also see Taj Mahal of India, the Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon at the same day. If you want some adventure trips, there are several programs for you to have a try, such as navigating on the Grand Canyon, and hunting in the jungles. Moreover, the night programs are fantastic as there are dancing shows from all over the world each night, the parade and fireworks. The price is 140 RMB (about $20) per day and it opens from 9am to 10pm. You can either take a direct bus from airport to the Window of the World or ask your hotels to provide shuttle bus.

The second must-see place is Xiangmi Lake Resort. Because the climate in Shenzhen is subtropical, the temperature is quite steady. The seasons are neither harsh winters nor hot summers and the humidity is moderate. Thus, there is no good or bad season to visit this resort. Although this resort was built in 1981, the constructions and facilities are quite new and renovated each year. It includes adventure islands, top hotels, sports center and collections of all kinds of food. The best part of this resort, I would say, is the tasted food. You do not need to go every corner of China, and you can enjoy the local flavor food from all over China, such as the seafood dishes in Southern China, Mongolian food in Northeastern China, Sichuan spicy food, Chinese BBQ, and even Korean and Japanese food.

As I have mentioned that the transportation in Shenzhen is quite convenient, no matter what kind of vehicle you are taking. And because of this convenience, the competition between airlines to Shenzhen is very tense. This means the chance of booking cheap air tickets to Shenzhen is not so difficult. The full-price air ticket from Shanghai to Shenzhen is around 1200 RMB ($200), but the sale price, if you are lucky and fast, you can get even 70% off. Another trick to save money on air tickets is to choose some “cheap” airlines, like Singapore Tiger Airways and Shanghai Spring International Travel Service. Because the flight routes in Shenzhen Baoan International Airport are various, you can easily pick the cheaper routes or cheaper airlines both for international or domestic flights. Moreover, the domestic airlines in China are prompting the domestic connecting flights recent years. The special part is that it is similar to the operation of train. The airplane has two or three stops before it arrives at the final destination. At one stop, some passengers will get off and their seats on the airplane are “disposable” so that the new passengers getting on from this stop can continue to seat on the same spot. The flying time does not make much difference, but the tickets are cheaper. So what I am suggesting is to pay attention on choosing the routes as there are plenty of options in Shenzhen airport.

The last question is where to stay in Shenzhen. Well, you do not need to worry about it at all. Shenzhen is a very young but highly modernized city, so the facilities and buildings are at a relatively high level. All you need to is book and pay for Shenzhen Hotels online before you leave. Hope you will enjoy your trip to Shenzhen!

My Third Tourism in Summer Palace, Part 2

On September 20, 2010, in Beijing, Featured China Stories, Summer Palace, by Jack Li

Have you started your Travel to Beijing? Have you learned something from your China Tours? With the introduction of my classmate, I get more knowledge of the Summer Palace.     Moreover, there are still some other interesting things that I want to tell you. 4.  The 17-Arch Bridge The 17-Arch Bridge is the longest bridge in […]

Have you started your Travel to Beijing? Have you learned something from your China Tours? With the introduction of my classmate, I get more knowledge of the Summer Palace.     Moreover, there are still some other interesting things that I want to tell you.

4.  The 17-Arch Bridge

The 17-Arch Bridge is the longest bridge in the palace (150 meters in all).It was built during 1736-1795 during Qing dynasty. The bridge looks like one of Chinese famous bridge, the Lu Gou Bridge.

However, do you want to know why it is called the 17-Arch Bridge? In traditional Chinese culture, nine stands for lucky, so emperor loves number pretty much. When they wanted to build a bridge in the palace, they chose the number 17 because no matter which side do you start, you will count to 9 when you stop in the middle of the bridge. What is more, there are 544 lions on the pillars of the bridge with different vivid looks.

5. The Suzhou Street

In fact, the Suzhou Street is a folk-style market street. The street is 300 meters in length and was  built as a river street since it was built more than 200 years ago. It is located in the center of the back lake. Alone the shore, there are as much as 64 different shops such as teahouses, workshops, restaurants, banks and so on. Nevertheless, why there is such a street inside an imperial Garden? It was said that emperor and empress led a luxurious life in the palace. However, they can not go shopping or hunt around in the market as ordinary people. So they wish they could enjoy a normal life just as ordinary people. As a result, Emperor Qianlong ordered to build a imitation of the Suzhou Street in the palace after he traveled to the south of China. Therefore, the street was built in a southern water village style.

Nowadays, what attracts me most is the shopping ways in the Suzhou Street. When we transact in this street, we can change our money into the copper coins of the Qing Dynasty to have a better taste of the business culture in the late 18th century.

In general, the Summer Palace is not only famous for its historical site, but also the leisurely and comfortable ways people live with it nowadays:

a. “Morning Exercise”

If you get to the palace early in the morning (before 8 o’ clock perhaps), you may see an old man doing morning exercise with a quite big writing brush. Most of the time, we buy writing brush in a stationery store, and the length of a writing brush is between 10 to 30 centimeters. However, the writing brush he uses is longer than 1 meter (there is no doubt that it is made by himself) and he writes on the ground instead of a paper, using water instead of Chinese ink. He usually writes traditional Chinese poems and idioms. It is surely a environmental friendly way because the characters disappear when the ground gets dry.

b. Pecking Opera Shows

If you are as lucky as I am, you can enjoy a Pecking Opera Show while watching the beautiful sceneries in the palace. The people who appear on the show are usually retired ones. They perform in turns and enjoy themselves pretty much.

c. Flying kites

The palace is big enough to fly a kite. When spring comes, there are many people flying kites in the open air in the palace. The bridge is people’s best choice and you can find some lovely kites made by people who fly the kite.

Okay, if you start your Beijing Tours one day, do not forget this wonderful place, the Summer Palace.

The Most Famous Places in China

On September 17, 2010, in Cool Places, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

China Tours is getting more and more popular for tourists all around the world. Recently, Shanghai Tours is hot due to the Expo. However, the large scope of the land, across wide latitude, gives us different picturesque sceneries. Not only with some of the best World Heritage sites, but also bring about the unparalleled nature […]

China Tours is getting more and more popular for tourists all around the world. Recently, Shanghai Tours is hot due to the Expo. However, the large scope of the land, across wide latitude, gives us different picturesque sceneries. Not only with some of the best World Heritage sites, but also bring about the unparalleled nature beauty. Besides, with the development of transport facilities, one can travel in China more convenient, economically and ecologically—not to mention the maturing survey systems. Well, let’s cut to the chase now. Today we’re going to talk about the most famous places in China, and let me bring you into it.

There are many must-visit placed nowadays for any tourist in China. Here, we shall take a look at some of these popular sites here.

The first part should be the historic sites. Among all those great prodigious workmanship, the Great Wall of China continues to attract millions of visitors from all around the world. The Great Wall was mainly built to prevent attacks from the Xiongnu dynasty. It was continuously rebuilt and underwent maintenance particularly during the 6th century B.C. to the 16th century. This wall extends to a length of over 6,400 km as an undeniably miracle, was established by the ancient Chinese who are brilliant and it is full of interesting story. You will enjoy a fantastic yet amazing looking in the early morning or late afternoon. Also, climbing the Wall conjures up your sense of thrill and adventure.

The Forbidden City is yet another famous place in China. This imperial place was built during the period of 1406 to 1420. The Palace Museum which holds on the Forbidden City is used to display the souvenirs today. Precious collections here are highly prized and valuable, which over 340,000 pieces of ceramics as well as porcelain. Exquisite artworks and bronze work which dates back to the Shang Dynasty are also exhibiting. The most engrossing elements in this place can not be the remarkably attractive legends which you can enjoy in every single part of the great garden and mystery stories any more. Even one single will or an old tree can take you to the ancient society and dig out the secret at that time.

Beijing is the capital city, politically and culturally. The tourists can find the hint of history almost everywhere in the city, such as the Summer Palace, the Beihai Park, both of whom are horned as the top imperial garden in China, attract large amount of tourists.

Related to the religious faith, there are also other well-known places in China. Listed as one of the  UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dazu rock carvings are a series of some exquisite works of religious significance. These amazing carved sculptures were carved in the 7th century A.D. Dazu rock carvings are located in the Dazu County on a steep, tranquil hillside, which includes 75 sites and contains over 50,000 beautiful statues. All those statues are having a deep meaning and influenced by various cultural beliefs. FYI, Dazu rock carvings are in Sichuan Province.

Mogao Grottoes which related to the Buddhism is also subtle. Mogao Grottoes lies in the northwest of China, in Dunhuang, Gansu province. You can not imagine the magnificent sight there, in the great desert, stretching far across the plain, a 9-floor building with tens of thousands of Buddha statues and fading yet elegant fresco in it—and that is the only one of the Mogao Grottoes. Hence, not only can you enjoy the unbelievable scenery in the caves, but also the beauty of the desert—a surprising place named Mingsha Mountain is just next to it, with the fine view of the Crescent moon Spring. Mingsha Mountain is famous for its weird sound from the sand—if you step on it, the sand will made a still small sound.

There are still much more place with great nature beauty, not just the nature, also with the glamour of the minority nationalities civilization. You can enjoy the weird but interesting food in Yunnan province, experience their wedding ceremony and stay in a street bar which with soft cushions, puppies, different kinds of magazines and beverages in shinning sunlight late afternoon in Lijiang. Experiencing the nomadism culture in Qinghai province or the dreamscape in Jiuzhai mountain valley, Sichuan province, are also the best choices.

These are some of the most famous places in China that attract visitors from all over. Tourism in China is thus flourishing to new heights! By the way, Xi’an Tours is also smashing!

Top 10 Classic Resorts of China Travel Part2

On September 15, 2010, in Accomodation, Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

Last time I introduced the first five resorts of china travel. I can’t wait to share the other part of classic resorts with you. Now let’s go. No.6 Guilin Scenery. If you are a big fan of natural scenery, I bet you want to Travel to Guilin. There is a folk adage In China, ‘East […]

Last time I introduced the first five resorts of china travel. I can’t wait to share the other part of classic resorts with you. Now let’s go.

No.6 Guilin Scenery. If you are a big fan of natural scenery, I bet you want to Travel to Guilin. There is a folk adage In China, ‘East or West, Guilin Scenery is best.’ I heard that when I was in elementary school. It’s an article which makes me a deep impression. I’m looking forward to there all the time. A great many tourists are attracted to come here, and most of them are difficult to erase the impression. Besides, it has a long history. Because a thousand years ago, Chinese poets and literary men loved to come here and left innumerable great work: the poets, the article, the carved stone and the wall book. All the heritages are classic and still amazing.

No.7 Suzhou Gardens. Exquisite! Exquisite! Exquisite! You can’t believe that how exquisite a garden could be. It seems like you are traveling in a pictorial world. The workmanship is unforgettable and undeniable. It can stand for the Chinese traditional garden architecture. All the original design is meaningful. Symmetry and dissymmetry. The layout and style of Suzhou Gardens even affects many cities. Tourists who are the first time been there always enjoy themselves so much as to forget to leave. Because people who living the concrete jungle really want to escape the real world. I’m not saying this garden is unreal, but it is just as a wonderland.

No.8 Three Gorges(on the Yangtze River). Three Gorges ranks No.1 at the top 40 list of Chinese Landscape. A remarkable place produces outstanding people. It’s one of the cradles of Chinese ancient culture. The rolling range and rushing water make the fascinating scenery. When you are in a boat, almost every minute brings a new scene. There are some minorities living there. They have a number of unique customs and habits which you must be interested in. For example, the dragon boat race, crying for marriage, pack basket’s world and so on. Maybe you are so lucky that you have a chance to experience that by yourself.

No.9 Terracotta Army(the figurines of soldiers and horses from the Qin Mausoleum). It is called “the eighth wonder of the world”, which really shook the world when we found it. Today, people from all over the world come to see the legendary tomb of the first emperor of China. I may admit that it has no parallel in history because it is the biggest underground military museum in the world. It took the 38 years to build. The scale is incomparable. If you are a great person, you should visit the great place.

No.10 Riyuetan Pool ( in Taiwan Province ). It is the biggest lake in Taiwan. Its eminence is landscape of lakes and hills. The Pool is surrounded by high mountains. It’s pretty rare. There is a legend about Riyuetan Pool about 300 years ago. One day, 40 families was hunting collectively. They found a monster white deer rushing out and disappearing at the northwest. They decided to chase that deer. They were chasing three days long. Unfortunately they were losing it in the mountain. But they didn’t give up. They hunt for the dear another three days in the mountain. On the exact fourth day, when they crossed the mountain forest, they suddenly saw a whole new world. A clear blue water sparkling royal blue ray looks like an innocent baby falls asleep in her mother’s arms happily and soundly. They also found a little island separating the lake. The left looks like the sun because of the red water; the right looks like the moon because of the blue water. They named its Riyuetan, which means sun and moon. The land was rich and source was abundant, so they moved here and started a brand new life.

That’s it. Top 10 Classic Resorts of China. If you are interested in one of them or even all of them, you can check out the Air China. I hope that you will have a remarkable trip in China.

Walk into the Greatest Southern Chinese Garden: the Humble Administrator’s Garden

On September 14, 2010, in Cool Places, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Suzhou classical gardens are renowned for their exquisite design and ethereal beauty. Among them the Humble Administrator’s Garden is largest and most beautiful. It has been listed as a World Cultural Heritage site and also designated as one of the Cultural Relics of National Importance. It covers an area of 52,000 square meters with numerous […]

Suzhou classical gardens are renowned for their exquisite design and ethereal beauty. Among them the Humble Administrator’s Garden is largest and most beautiful. It has been listed as a World Cultural Heritage site and also designated as one of the Cultural Relics of National Importance. It covers an area of 52,000 square meters with numerous gardens of various styles. If you take a china travel to this site, you will be probably at a loss as to how to enjoy such a variety of architecture. So in the following I will introduce some convenient routes and important gardens for you and I hope they will be useful for your visit on this site during your China Tours.

As the whole garden is divided into three sections: the eastern section, the central section and the western section, we can follow this kind of division during our visit.

The eastern section has three famous structures: the Heavenly Spring Pavilion (an octagonal pavilion, the largest one in Suzhou’s gardens), the Millet Fragrance Hall and the Lotus Pavilion.

 Millet refers to rice in the area south of the Yangtze River. When rice ripens, its fragrance can spread far, hence the name “the Millet Fragrance Hall” It served as a tea house first and then changes into a souvenir shop. And it is attracting that the Lotus Pavilion was built partially on water and partially on land.

 The central section is the major part of the garden with five main attractions.

 

Secluded Pavilion of Phoenix Tree and Bamboo, a unique pavilion with four moon gates on all four sides, providing frames for exquisite sceneries

 

 Snow  Fragrance  Abundant  Clouds  Pavilion, a rectangular pavilion, which is built on the top of the highest hillock

 

 Distant Fragrance Hall, where the owner used to give banquets and meet visitors, has windows on all four sides without wall

 

 Little Flying Rainbow, the only covered bridge in the gardens of Suzhou, slightly arched, looks like a rainbow

 

 Fragrant Islet, a unique classical building, which looks like a boat anchoring on shore

 Then we come to the western section where four major structures stand.

 

Good for Both Families Pavilion

It’s said that once this place was shared by three families. The owner of the west garden loves the scenery of the middle garden. So he built up this pavilion to get a better view of the sceneries. And consequently this pavilion was also shared by them. 

 

 Inverted Reflection Building, also named as the Memorial Hall for Wen and Shen, two artists at that time.

 

 “With whom shall I sit? From an ancient Chinese poet Sushi who gave the answer “With the bright moon, gentle breeze and myself”. This shows the poetic and pictorial splendor of Suzhou gardens.

 The above mentioned buildings are just a glimpse of the Humble Administrator’s Garden. However they are really full of creative ideas. Here we can not only see so many wonderful creations but also taste the profound cultures in them and at the same time feel its long history. If you are motivated, just come to China, go to Suzhou and you will enjoy a feast for your eyes. This beautiful autumn is just the time for your China Tours!

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My Third visit at the Summer Palace,China

On September 14, 2010, in Beijing, Featured China Stories, Summer Palace, by Jack Li

The name of my school is : University of International Relations and it is located in Haidian District, Beijing. It takes me only five minutes to walk to the Summer Palace. Therefore, when one of my good friends started her Beijing Tours and asked me to go to Summer Palace with her during the winter […]

The name of my school is : University of International Relations and it is located in Haidian District, Beijing. It takes me only five minutes to walk to the Summer Palace. Therefore, when one of my good friends started her Beijing Tours and asked me to go to Summer Palace with her during the winter vacation, I agreed to go without hesitation.

I had visit Summer Palace once before she Travel to Beijing, but I do not have enough knowledge about the palace in fact. So during her visit in Summer Palace, I just accompanied her and did not talk much. After our visitation , she told me that she was quite disappointed and the palace in her hometown , Suzhou , looks better than it .From then on , I feel obliged to learn more about the palace .With the help of one of my classmate ,one of the tour guides in Summer Palace, I am attracted by this wonderful place:

1.9 Dragons Gold  Plague

When we stand in front of the east palace gate, we can see the main entrance of the Summer Palace. Under the roof, there is the 9Dragons Gold plague, with three Chinese characters: YiHe Yuan. I have explained the meaning of these three Chinese characters in my first blog. So I want to focus on the dragons this time. Dragon is one of the most legendary creatures in Chinese myths. It looks like a powerful water snake with claws. Even though it seems quite strange by the first sight, it is surly the symbol of the Chinese emperors.

What is more, there are as much as nine dragons in the plague .Thereafter , it stands for the highest grade of all the plagues in the Qing Dynasty.

 

2. Long Corridor

After 5 minutes walking, we come to the entrance of the long corridor. It was listed in the world of Genius in 1990 because it is the longest artificially painted corridor in the world. It is about 728 metres long with 4 pavilions standing in the way .They have beautiful names of their own and each name represents for a season in one year . What attracts me most is the smart way that the corridor was made .It was built on the junctions of rises and falls , twists and turns. It means when we walk on it ,we will not feel the rise and falls at all!

   Except for the carefully planed structure, the corridor is also well known of its paintings. Can you imagine that there are 14,8000 painting all together and they are all different?

 

 

3. Kunming Lake

Kunming Lake is right beside the long corridor. It takes up three quarters of the palace. I have told you that there is a lake shaped like a peach, right? That is it. In traditional Chinese culture peach stands for longevity. So when Empress Qianlong’s mother wanted to celebrate her birthday, the son ordered to shape this lake like a peach. This sight can be seen when you look down from the hill. From the introduction of my class mate , I know the secret of the lake: it is only as deep as 1.5metres on average, so if you fall into the lake accidentally , just stand up.

In fact, there are many stores in the Summer Palace.

For my part, I have learned a lot during my third tourism. Perhaps, you will find some more interesting stories when you start your China Tours and Travel to Beijing.

The palace does not talk, so do not forget to do some reseach before you come or turn to a local guide for help.

Wish you a good time~

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Top 10 Classic Resorts of China Travel Part1

On September 10, 2010, in Accomodation, Beaches, Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Travel Info, by Jack Li

If you want to go to China for a trip, which you have never been there before then, you really should check this out. Here are the top 10 classic resorts of china travel. Of course, you also should choose the proper China Airlines according to your schedule. No.1 The Great Wall. I think this […]

If you want to go to China for a trip, which you have never been there before then, you really should check this out. Here are the top 10 classic resorts of china travel. Of course, you also should choose the proper China Airlines according to your schedule.

No.1 The Great Wall. I think this is the most famous traveling resort in the world. As the saying goes, someone who fails to reach the Great Wall is not a hero. Exactly. If you made it here, you can make it anywhere. You can enjoy the sceneries, and do some physical exercise at the same time. After all, it’s really a big work. The Great Wall is extremely long. By the way, the satellites which land on the moon sent back the images of earth surface. The only thing you can find out easily on the earth is the Great Wall. It sounds the wall is really great, isn’t it?

No.2 The Palace Museum (Forbidden City). It is located at the heart of Beijing, because they used to live the imperial family. All the buildings are resplendent and magnificent. Visitors will admire the “tricks” used in building them. Trust me. This is the last resort you want to miss. In spite of the tourists are continuous everyday, but the Palace Museum never let them down. I think just because of the glamour of imperial structure. They also hold some treasures that make you broaden your horizon. It stands for the oriental art.

No.3 Mount Huangshan (Huangshan Mountain/Yellow Mountain). I think it is the most beautiful of all mountains in China, is also crowned as the “No. 1 Fantastic Mountain under Heaven”. You can see lots of rare animals. Most importantly, four things make Mount Huangshan unique: strangely-shaped pines, monster rock peaks, sea of clouds, and my favorite springs. Those pines in the mountain are really amazing. They look just like welcome pose, as if they are the hosts of the mountain. And so are the rocks. Sea of clouds really can bring the visitors into the picture. Springs make you feel totally relaxed, and also cure some diseases. If you are interested in it, why not go there by yourself?

No.4 The Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples. In Hebei Province, which is also a historical city, near to Beijing. Today it is more like a Mountain Summer Resort, the world’s largest classical imperial garden resort. You are going to enjoy the holiday as comfortable as the empire. There is no hot day all the year. If you love summer but afraid of the high temperature, that place is the best choice. I strongly recommend that you should find a tour guide. Because there are millions of historical stories. You will know lots of knowledge and benefit a lot.

No.5 West Lake. It is famous about a love story. The white snake spirit loves each other with a scholar and living one son. This is the exact bridge they met each other at the very first time. According to legend, if the lovers go through the bridge hand in hand, they will go through all kinds of hardship, and happy ever after. Besides, West Lake is also beautiful. There are at least 10 beautiful spots. A great many people will abandon themselves on that place. You will feel quiet and peaceful. The troubles and worries that haunt you all the time also will be forgotten. It’s really a subtle feeling unless you’ve been there.

You can come to Beijing at first and choose Beijing Flights, and then go other places. You will have a real good time and remarkable trip.

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