KTV, A Great experience

While travelling through China you should not miss to try out a cultural activity called “KTV” better known as “Karaoke”. It is fun to try and it makes you addicted! When my Chinese friends invited me to the KTV for the first time, I felt horrible. Karaoke is also known in my country but it […]

While travelling through China you should not miss to try out a cultural activity called “KTV” better known as “Karaoke”. It is fun to try and it makes you addicted!

When my Chinese friends invited me to the KTV for the first time, I felt horrible. Karaoke is also known in my country but it is quite different. A huge place like a restaurant or a bar where you have to sing in front of completely strangers whether on stage or on your place. I thought I do not want to be exposed like this, showing to everybody my inability of singing is not my deal pretty much. I took courage and followed my friends to the KTV. Under no circumstances I wanted to sing, I thought but then I was absolutely astonished and relieved both, when I realized that KTV in China is completely different and I started to understand why it is such a famous activity especially among young Chinese people. In China you are not in a big hall, bar or restaurant with other people you do not know. No, you get a room just for you and your friends. You can order food, snacks and drinks as well, which will be served by the waiter. There is a big comfortable couch in the room where you just sit in front of a big TV screen. You can choose songs in various languages as Chinese, English and sometimes even in other languages. You can choose a song you want to sing by yourself or in a group. At the beginning I felt strange to sing but you just have to try it once and I am sure you would like it.

Another day I went to KTV in China with my western friends and they all felt a bit shy at the beginning but as soon as someone started to sing, they warmed up. From then on they were very keen on KTV. A very cheap place for trying out KTV is in “Hothot” where you can spend 3 hours for only around 20 dollars and you even get served fruits and snacks.

Why is KTV that popular? I don’t know. We all sometimes like to sing under the shower or start to sing a popular song among 2 or 3 friends. So the KTV here gives you the perfect environment to sing with your friends. You can be three people, eight or even more.

Besides being cheap I think KTV is a good way to spend your leisure time. And no matter how terrible you sing, your friends will give you applause. And it’s not just about singing it is like socializing. You chat with your friends, discuss things and beside you also get the feeling of being a superstar.

KTV places can be found everywhere in China so don’t miss to try that out. It will make your travel in China a lot more entertaining.

The four symbols of the Chinese constellations.

On July 10, 2012, in China Travel Gossip, Cultural Experience, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

During your China travel you’ll probably see lots of mythological representations, either in the traditional places or in more informal places like restaurants or even in your room in your Chinese hotel. They can be statues, pictures or even wood relieves but there is always some kind of animal representation anytime you look at a traditional […]

During your China travel you’ll probably see lots of mythological representations, either in the traditional places or in more informal places like restaurants or even in your room in your Chinese hotel.

They can be statues, pictures or even wood relieves but there is always some kind of animal representation anytime you look at a traditional place, from which you can deduce that they are a very important part of the Chinese mythology.

I was very intrigued when I saw that so I decided to do a little research on what are the most important animals in Chinese mythology and what do they stand for.

I found out that Chinese mythology is very complicated and the thing that interested me more was that there are four animals representing the four parts of the world (North, South, East and West) and they are also the representations of the four seasons (Summer, Winter, Spring and Autumn)

The North is represented by a Black Turtle called Xuánwŭ, this turtle also represents Water and the Winter. Sometimes it’s also represented by a snake or both, a turtle and a snake, as an ancient Chinese legend portrays them as an only god by circling the turtle with the snake, representing both the male and the female. This is the reason why there are turtle shaped tombs in some northern regions of China, they want the protection of this powerful god.

The South is represented by a Vermillion bird called Zūquè. It stands also for fire and summer and it’s the counterpart of the Black Turtle of the North. Despite many similarities it’s not a phoenix, for it is called Fenghuang and it represent the empress.

 

The West is represented by a White Tiger called Báihŭ, it is also the symbol for metal and the autumn. In Chinese mythology the tail of the tiger turns white when it reaches 500 years so the white tiger is a venerated figure and its presence often meant that the emperor ruled with virtue.

The Azure Dragon represents the East and its name is Qīnglóng, it’s also a symbol for spring and wood and normally it is represented in great general’s tombs like the one of Wan Hui, it’s also the most important animal in the four constellations because it is also the bravest animal of the four. It must not be confused with the yellow dragon Huáng​lóng ​that stands for the emperors.

There are a lot of variations of each animal because it’s a 6000 years old cult that is extended throughout all Asia (they have different names in Korea, Japan and Vietnam) but the essential parts are the same.

The representations of these four animals are usually portrayed in the same place where each animal assumes the position that it stands for.

So now if you are traveling to China and you are curious about why there are so many animal representations you’ll know at least part of it.

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The Year of the Dragon

On April 12, 2012, in Cultural Experience, Festivals, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

What people have in mind when they hear about the Chinese New Year are probably dragon dances and fireworks. Those are very traditional elements of the festivities and when you travel to Beijing or another big city you should certainly see this part of the culture if you get the chance. If you book one […]

What people have in mind when they hear about the Chinese New Year are probably dragon dances and fireworks. Those are very traditional elements of the festivities and when you travel to Beijing or another big city you should certainly see this part of the culture if you get the chance. If you book one of the China hotels in a good location you might even have a good view from the hotel room. But for safety reasons this practice has been banned in some major cities and also keep in mind that there is no general public celebration apart from the fireworks.

This holiday belongs to the family and combines in a way Christmas and the Western New Year’s Eve and is a holiday period that lasts 15 days. It’s the time of the year when families get together, exchange presents and enjoy meals together. One of the most important parts is the feast on the evening of the New Year. There are different kinds of traditional food, depending on the region. In the north for example jiao zi (Chinese dumplings which are shaped like a crescent moon) are very typical.

From New Year’s Day on every day has a certain meaning, a typical meal, activities that should be avoided or that are usually done. The eighth day is the end of the official holiday and people go back to work. The Chinese New Year festivities end with the Lantern Festival which is always on the day of the first full moon. On this day families get together and especially for kids it’s a very enjoyable night. They make paper lanterns to illuminate and march under the full moon.

The origin of this holiday goes back to the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907). During this economically prosperous and politically stable time celebrations during New Year blossomed with the purpose of spending time with the family.

Every year in the Chinese calendar stands under the sign of one of the twelve zodiac signs, which are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. In China 2012 is the year of the dragon, which is the fifth sign or to be more precise the New Year of the Chinese calendar began on January 23, 2012 and will end on February 9, 2013. These dates change every year according to the Gregorian calendar and range between late January and mid February.

In China the dragon is the mightiest of all signs and a symbol of power and wealth, full of vitality and strength. For that reason many Chinese people see the dragon year as a good opportunity to get things started and succeed at something major. It is said that the Dragon year brings luck to those who dare to speak out, to take charge and even to take over.

If you want to plan your stay in China during that time of the year take into consideration that China flights might be slightly more expensive because so many people travel out of town to meet their families and apart from that most tourist attractions are closed on the day of the New Year.

The Legend of the Qingming Festival

On June 13, 2011, in Cultural Experience, Featured China Stories, Festivals, by Jack Li

Qingming Festival is one of the popular festivals held in China. On your China Tour, you may get the privilege of seeing the Qingming Festival. You can plan your trip through China Travel today. Qingming is also known as the Tomb Sweeping Day or Pure Brightness and falls on April 5 of the Chinese calendar. […]

Qingming Festival is one of the popular festivals held in China. On your China Tour, you may get the privilege of seeing the Qingming Festival. You can plan your trip through China Travel today. Qingming is also known as the Tomb Sweeping Day or Pure Brightness and falls on April 5 of the Chinese calendar. When it all began, the festival served as a representation of the 24 solar terms in the Chinese calendar, marking the exact day the sun is at the celestial longitude of fifteen degrees. The tomb-sweeping day is a very popular day in the Chinese culture. It is a way of both offering sacrifice as well as showing respect to ancestors.

Qingming Festival originated from the fight over royalty succession in the Jin states during the time of the spring and autumn period. Prince Chong’er, the survivor, faced a nineteen-year exile with his followers. One of the followers named Jie Zhitui, cut a piece of his flesh and cooked it to save the prince from starvation. When the prince realized what Jie had done for him, he promised to reward him.

After nineteen years had passed, Prince Chong’er and his followers returned back to kingdom, there he became the Duke Wen of the Jin State. Although he rewarded his followers, he forgot the extraordinary sacrifice Jie had done to save his life.  When he finally remembered, the Prince felt really bad and made many attempts to find Jie in order to reward him as promised. Being a noble man, Jie tie refused to see the Prince because he did not like the idea of being rewarded for his good deeds. Jie fled to the mountain to stay with his mother in order to escape the visit of the prince.

Duke Wen heard of his where about and ordered the mountain to be burned in order to force Jie to come out. Upon burning the mountain, the Duke found to dead bodies, which were Jie’s and his mothers.  In honor of Jie, the Duke buried him and his mother with utmost respect and ordered his followers not to use fire for the entire day. This is how the mountain derived the name “Mianshan”.

The following year, Duke Wen went up the mountain where Jie Zhitui and his mother were buried to pay his respect. On getting there, he realized that the willow tree that got burned down revived reminding him of the humble character of Jie. The Duke decided to name the Festival Qingming Jie.

To show respect to the humility of Jie, people who live close to the mountain stopped using fire and swept the tomb regularly.  Food, tea, wine, chopsticks and other monuments are offered to ancestors in remembrance of Jie Zhitui. Willow branches are also placed on gates in order to prevent evil spirits.

Getting the opportunity to visit this solemn place and participate in the ritual of the Qinming Festival is an opportunity I would not have missed for the world. I urge anyone interested in China’s historical activities, to take a trip during the Qingming Festival and get a full experience on Chinese cultural activities. Make your reservation an easy step through China Travel.

A wonderful place –Qinghai

On May 19, 2011, in Adventure Trip, China Travel Gossip, Other Regions, by Jack Li

Qinghai is a place that is filled with tourism resources including plenty of natural landscapes and sceneries of humanities .Compared other traveling places,such as Beijing tour, Guangzhou tour, Qinghai has it own speciality, Qinghai Province is located in the northwest China, the northeast corner of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, which is part of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. […]

Qinghai is a place that is filled with tourism resources including plenty of natural landscapes and sceneries of humanities .Compared other traveling places,such as Beijing tour, Guangzhou tour, Qinghai has it own speciality,

Qinghai Province is located in the northwest China, the northeast corner of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, which is part of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Qinghai Province is a diverse and unique part of China.  This magnificent Chinese province is part of what is often referred to as the “Roof of the World.”  Its natural beauty and imposing vistas, as well as its diverse cultures and customs, all come together to extend an invitation for visitors from near and far to see for themselves what is available here.

The Kunlun Mountains, known to the Chinese as the “Father of all Mountain Ranges,” extend from  east to west across the province. Other smaller ranges, including the mountains of Tangula, Bayankala and Qilian, add their own enticing summons to travelers as they call out from Qinghai’s northernmost border to its border in the south.  These mountains extend 5,000 meters above sea level and have permanent snow fields and glaciers nestling on their sides.  These year-around water sources feed three of China’s most famous rivers, the Yangzi River, the Yellow River and the Mekong River (Lancang River).  As a result, this area is known in China as the “Water Towers of China.”  These flowing rivers have nurtured Chinese as well as Southeast Asian civilizations for thousands of years.  Is it any wonder the Mekong River is known to those civilizations as the “Mother River?”

The Kekexili National Nature Reserve is home to the Tibetan Antelope, which has been chosen as one of five mascots for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.  This mascot is named YingYing, which combined with the names of the other four mascots, combine to form a sentence of welcome to the people from around the world to not only attend the Olympics, but to also visit the mountains that YingYing calls home.

Bird island at Qinghai Lake is named after he tens of thousands of migration birds on the island. The island consists of east and west islands. HaiXishan(mountain on the west of the sea) is also called XiaoXishan(small west mountain)  where in April each year, albatross, seagulls and numerous other birds arrive here to lay hatch and eggs. In the birds’ laying season there are thousands of birds’ eggs on the ground. One kilometer from HaiXiShan is the HaiXiPi island, cormorant is the main type of birds on the island so it is called “cormorant island”. Two island combine together called bird island. The amount of the birds enabled it ranks as the world’s densest “kingdom of birds”. When the birds are flying, the sky is covered to darkness, which is the awesome picture on Qinghai Lake.

Qinghai’s history is long and rich in different ethnicities and cultures.  Its history can be traced back to the Stone Age.  The Liuwan painted pottery relics (representing the Majiayao, Qijia and Xindian Cultures) and the ancient Tibetan burial stones in Dulan County, which is southeast of Qinghai Lake, give proof to the long-term intermingling of different minorities and ancient cultures.

Animaqin snow mountain is a famous god mountain in the snowland plateau which plays an important role in the Tibetan traditional culture. Large number of worshipper coming from far away to kotou and bring sacrifice to the mountain god unceasingly.

Maqingangri is the main peak of the Animaqin mountain consists of three ridges of over 6,100 meters above sea level. Since its opening in 1980, it has received numerous mountain climbers, horse-riders, hikers, science researchers and other tourists from Japan, American, England, Germany, France, Italy, Australia and other countries.

There are so many beautiful spots in Qinghai t

Lushan- the combination of history and nature

On April 29, 2011, in Featured China Stories, Mountain Areas, Tours, by Jack Li

Having been such a long time in big city always filled with people and traffic, do you feel tired for the noisy city life and dirty air and want to enjoy staying alone and breath fresh air? Having been working hard for such a long time ,do you feel tired for the high-pressure work and […]

Having been such a long time in big city always filled with people and traffic, do you feel tired for the noisy city life and dirty air and want to enjoy staying alone and breath fresh air? Having been working hard for such a long time ,do you feel tired for the high-pressure work and want to relax yourself and be ready for the coming challenge ? It is just really lucky to having such a nice place in China tours.Unlike the Beijing tours and Guangzhou tours ,Lushan tour make people felt indeed fresh .

Lushan locates in the north of Chinese Jiangxi Province, the area is 302 square kilometers, the area of the outer circle protection district is 500 square kilometers. It is close to Yangtze River of a long distance in the north,is close to the Fanyang Lake, the river, lake and mountain are successful combination. The unusual and magnificent landscape views of Lushan have the very high science value and tour appreciation value. Lushan faces the river and the lake, the mountain is high and the valley is deep, having the clear characteristic of mountainous country climate.

There are mankind’s activities in the area of Lushan as early as 6,000 years ago. For long time, the people create Lushan culture here, its content is abundant and affects is profound.

In A.D 817, a great poet named Bai Juyi was confirmed of the natural  beauty and worth of Lushan .He considered that Lushan should rank the first place in the famous mountain list in China. He said that”  Jia Tianxi Kuanglujixiu”.And for these thousand years,this sentence have been the most suitable opinion for Lushan.

A lot of famous cultural people of East Jin, such as Tao Yuanming, Xie Lingyun, Zong Bing etc., arrived at Lushan continuously, carried on the outstanding cultural art creations, making Lushan become the origin place of Chinese landscape poem, the plan source ground of Chinese idyll and the birthplace of Chinese landscape paintings.

From ancient to modern time, there have been three stages that Lushan indicated the historical trend in China .The famous academician , Hushi pointed that three relics in Lushan represented three trends ,Donglin representing Buddhism’s population; Bailu Hole representing the culture in Song Dynasty which had been the trend of the culture for over 700 years; Guling ,representing the western culture invading Chinese culture.

The one who conceive nourished the abundant of history and culture of Lushan, these handed over mutually glorious and reflected, benefited by association together, express fully special magic power of Lushan which is as the famous mountain of the world.

In December 1996, teaches the Inheritance of World Committee of Education, Science and Cultural Organization in United Nations approved Lushan to be listed in The Inheritance of World Record with cultural view of world, gave full evaluation to the world value of Lushan: The history historic relic of Lushan takes its special way to melt in the natural beauties which have the outstanding worth, becomes the cultural view which has the very high esthetics value and are close to the Chinese nation spirit and cultures life mutually!

If you have heard of the academicians mentioned just now and want to have the wonderful feeling just as the poet had while writing the great poem ,you should come and have a visit.Now ,it is time to go and book a China Flight .

Danba-the most beautiful ethnic villages in China

On April 21, 2011, in Ethnic Group Flavors, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Anciet towns are always my favors,among whicn Danba ranks the first place.Like other China tours,such as Zhouzhuang tour, Wuzhen tour, Danba has its own fantastic , amazing and attractive features. Though compared to other travel industry sites, Danba’s traffic is a little inconvenient ,but if you book a Chengdu Flight ,it will cost less time […]

Anciet towns are always my favors,among whicn Danba ranks the first place.Like other China tours,such as Zhouzhuang tour, Wuzhen tour, Danba has its own fantastic , amazing and attractive features. Though compared to other travel industry sites, Danba’s traffic is a little inconvenient ,but if you book a Chengdu Flight ,it will cost less time to get there.

Danba lies on the eastern border of the Ganzi Tibet Autonomous Region, within western Sichuan.Danba covers 5,649 square kilometers living almost 57,000 people from 15 different nations,but most of them belong Zang nationality.  Danba is said to have the”most beautiful ethnic villages in China” by the Chinese National Geographic in 2005 and is very popular with tourists. Zhonglu , Jiaju and Sopo village are famous for their watchtowers and their beautiful traditional Tibetan fortress-like houses.

Danba is famous for three things—watchtowers and belles.To most people’s surprise, it is its belles. A country,with only 70,000 people ,has almost 3,000 females work as actors ,dancers and so on in other places.For recent years, scholars have carried on many researches to find out whether Jiarong , Danba is a place rich in beauties,and the conclusion is yes. The fiction Journey to the West mentions that the ancient China has a place called Daughter Country in which every female has a good looking.Maybe Jiarong is just that place.So,if you outline a very magical picture for the Daughter Country,there is a need for you to go there and then your dream maybe come true.

Once in Danba, people visit the watchtowers that are scattered about the county. With unique architectural features, the watchtowers in Danba are more outstanding than the ones in other areas of northwestern Sichuan Province, where the Tibetan and Qiang ethnic groups live in compact communities. The watchtowers in Danba vary in height from 16 to 35 meters. They stand in knots on hillsides or alone on the tops of undulating hills.
The people of Danba built watchtowers with stone materials. They used stone slabs for the walls and stone blocks for the foundations. The watchtowers were designed in polygonal shapes. The shapes include the square, pentagon, hexagon, and octagon. It is said that there was once a watchtower with 13 sides. Built by closely laying stone slabs together, the walls of these watchtowers are perfectly even and straight. According to archaeologists, the people of Danba began to build walls using stone slabs in 1700 BC.


All of the watchtowers in Danba have a door fitted about five meters above their foundation; and people must climb a wooden ladder to get into them. When the villages were invaded, people hid in the watchtowers. They drew back the ladder and closed the door so that the invaders could do nothing against them. The watchtowers also have apertures from which archers could shoot at invaders.
In addition to watchtowers, visitors can enjoy the Tibetan life-style and customs of the Danba people, including their distinctive costumes and ornaments and their songs and dances. The people of Danba are hospitable and will entertain you with their homegrown seasonal fruits and nuts when you enter their homes.

Danba is so fantastic that you should not hesitate and book a Chengdu fights to have an exciting tour.

The Legend of the Qingming Festival

On April 7, 2011, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Festivals, by Jack Li

When you are in china travel, you may confuse the Qingming Festival. During you China Tours, you may be just at the festival.Qingming Festival also called Tomb Sweeping Day or Pure Brightness in English, usually falls around April 5 in traditional Chinese calendar. In the beginning, this festival served as one of the 24 solar […]

When you are in china travel, you may confuse the Qingming Festival. During you China Tours, you may be just at the festival.Qingming Festival also called Tomb Sweeping Day or Pure Brightness in English, usually falls around April 5 in traditional Chinese calendar. In the beginning, this festival served as one of the 24 solar terms in traditional Chinese calendar to indicate that the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 15°, and is a time for people to go outside and enjoy the greenery of spring. On this day, tomb sweeping, in Chinese, is the most important and popular activity for offering sacrifice and showing respect to ancestors.

Today we will talk about the legend of the Qingming festival. It is about a severe fight ensued for royalty succession in the Jin States during the era of the spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States. A prince named Chong’er survived and escaped the fight, and began his 19-year exile with his followers. One day, when Prince Chong’er was almost starving to death, a follower named Jie Zhitui secretly cut a piece of flesh from his thigh and cooked it into a meat soup, which saved the prince. Chong’er wondered where Jie had obtained the soup. When he found out what Jie had done, the prince was so moved that he promised to reward him one day. Nineteen years later, Prince Chong’er returned to his kingdom and took power as Duke Wen of the Jin State, one of the five hegemons of the spring and Autumn Period.

After taking power, Duke Wen greatly awarded and honored all of his followers, but he forgot Jie Zhitui, the man who once saved his life. When others spoke of Jie Zhitui, Duke Wen remembered him and was ashamed. He immediately sent his servants to invite Jie Zhitui and conferred him with a title. However, Jie Zhitui refused resolutely because he was not the type of person who sought rewards. Instead, he just wanted to help the prince return to Jin to become a duke. Then, the duke decided to come personally but before he arrived, Jie Zhitui heard the news and hid on a nearby mountain with his aged mother. Jie Zhitui refused to see the prince and no one could find him on the mountain.

Duke Wen ordered to set the mountain on fire to force out Jie Zhitui. Three days and nights later, the duke and his people found just two dead bodies, that of Jie Zhitui and his mother, in a cave under a willow tree on the mountain.In honor of Jie Zhitui, a man who never sought fame and profit, Duke Wen buried him and his mother respectfully, held a memorial ceremony for the tomb, and ordered his subjects to use no fire and eat cold food on that day. The mountain is now called “Mianshan Mountain”

The next year, Duke Wen climbed the mountain to commemorate Jie Zhitui. When arriving at the tomb, he saw the burnt willow tree revived with lush leaves and branches and remembered Jie Zhitui’s noble character. He was so moved that he swept the tomb and declared the festival as Qingming Jie.

Because of his great contribution to Jin State, people there stopped using fire, swept the tombs of their ancestors, and offered food, tea, wine, chopsticks, joss paper accessories, or libations to their ancestors to remember and honor Jie Zhitui. In addition, willow branches are placed on gates or front doors of houses to beckon Jie Zhitui’s soul and to ward off evil spirits that wander on Qingming. Today, residents in the north usually eat cold prepared food such as date cake and wheat cake, while people in the south prefer lotus roots stuffed with glutinous rice and green cake.

Welcome to china to travel, there you will find a more unforgettable experience.

White Cloud Temple – Bai Yun Guan

On January 24, 2011, in Beijing, Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Featured China Stories, by Jack Li

During your china travel, there will be lots of temples to visit and there is no doubt that you wouldn’t come across any temples during your sightseeing trip. So why not take your time from other sightseeing places and take a visit to the White Cloud Temple in Beijing. You could arrange a tour from […]

During your china travel, there will be lots of temples to visit and there is no doubt that you wouldn’t come across any temples during your sightseeing trip. So why not take your time from other sightseeing places and take a visit to the White Cloud Temple in Beijing. You could arrange a tour from any of the Beijing Tours company to check out this place as this Temple has full of historical story about Beijing and the architecture of the place is just beautiful.

Entrance of White Cloud Temple

The White Cloud Temple is a Daoist temple that is located in Beijing, China. It is one of the “Three Great Ancestral Courts” of the Complete Perfection School of Taoism, and it is titled “The First Temple under Heaven”.

There are lots to see during your visit to the White Cloud Temple and the layout of the place is very spectacular and well thought of. The Temple itself is very beautiful as well so it is no surprise that there are always a lot of visitors visiting this Temple. Like most other Chinese temples, the While Cloud Temple is laid out on a north-south axis, with the entrance at the south end. There are four main halls built upon the main axis and from the beginning with the main gate lies the Yuhuang Hall, Laolu Hall, Qiuzu Hall and finally the Sanqing Hall. On either side of the main axis are two smaller axes, each containing halls dedicated to a variety of deities. Also, in the rear of the complex is a garden which hosts the abbeys ordination platform.

Images of the Temple

The White Cloud Temple was first founded in the mid-8th century during the Tang Dynasty, and it was initially called Tianchang Abbey (Abbey of Celestial Perpetuity). During this period, the abbey was state sponsored and staffed by an elite clergy. From 1125-1215 when what is now in Beijing was controlled by the Jin Dynasty, the abbey served as the Daoist administrative headquarters and played an important role in state religious cults. It was then in 1148 that the abbey was taken over by the Quanzhen patriarch Qiu Chuji. But then during the 20th century, the abbey was without an abbot for the 1940’s, and was closed when the communists came to power in 1949. Unlike many other historical sites which were damaged during the Cultural Revolution, Baiyun Abbey was well-protected and remained safe. Today, the White Cloud Temple is again a fully-functioning temple and is the seat of the Chinese Taoist Association.

Visitors Praying outside Temple

This temple also hosts festivals every year. On the 19th day of the first lunar month of every year, a festival is held at the abbey in celebration of Qiu Chuji’s Birthday. It was thought that Qiu would return on earth as an immortal on this day. The festival was first held during the Yuan Dynasty, but was then suspended after the People’s Republic was established in 1949. The temple was revived in the 1990’s, and continues to be held to this day.

Brief description of the 4 halls in the White Temple:

Yuhuang Hall which was first built in 1661 and it was then rebuilt in 1788. It has three bays long with a gabled roof. And is flanked by drum and bell towers.

Laolu Hall which has the same design as the Yuhuang Hall and was first built in 1456. The monastic community holds a twice-daily office in Laolu Hall and it is where ordination certificates are issued.

Quizu Hall was originally built to enshrine Qiu Chuji and this hall was first built in 1228. It is three bays long with a front gallery.

Sanqing Hall was built in 1428. It is a two-story, five bay structure with a gabled roof as well that contains statues of the Three Pure Ones on the top floor and the Four Celestial Aides on the bottom floor.

So book your Beijing Flights now and come and visit this amazing Temple!

China Travel Agents

On January 12, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Featured China Stories, by Jack Li

During your china travel, it is always best to book your China Flights and trips by using any China Travelling Agents as they have all the good deals and promotions from everywhere around China. By booking through a travel agent too could make your whole trip more fun and worthwhile as there won’t be much […]

During your china travel, it is always best to book your China Flights and trips by using any China Travelling Agents as they have all the good deals and promotions from everywhere around China. By booking through a travel agent too could make your whole trip more fun and worthwhile as there won’t be much hassle of buying tickets and finding out ways to get there. Here are some of the lists of the best travel agents in China that are fully responsible, trustworthy and they take good care of their customers.

ChinaTravelDepot.com

China Travel Depot is a professional Destination Service Provider specializing in China Travel. It is a wholly-owned company of China CYTS Tours Holding Co Ltd, a leading tour operator in China since 1980. There are locally based in China and their office is located in downtown Beijing and they also serve over 60 chain stores and outlets located all over China. This travel website provides a full range of travel services and products such as China Tours, city breaks, air tickets, accommodations and etc to travellers visiting China. They also provide international travel services to their customers by teaming up with Expedia, which is a leading online tour operator in the world.

Address: 19th floor, CYTS Plaza, No.5 Dongzhimen South Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China 100007.

Telephone: + 86 10 5815 8830

Website: http://www.chinatraveldepot.com/

Huangshan China International Travel Service (CITS)

This travel agency is the most prestigious travel agency with the longest history of tourism operation in Huangshan City and their head office is in Tunxi. The main scope of their business is to sell and receive overseas tourist groups or individual tourists who are interested in travelling, visiting and doing some sightseeing in China. They also provide package tour services, hotel reservation, flight and train ticket booking. Huangshan (CITS) also provides guides that are fluent in English, Japanese, French, German and Korean and Indonesian.

Address: No.1, West Binjiang Road, Tunxi District, Huangshan City, Anhui Province, PRC.

Telephone: 0086-559-2542110

WarriorTours.com

This website is one of the leading online China tour operators and they provide visitors all over the world with full-scale travel information on China. They also provide various package tours, mountain and river tours, hotel accommodation and flights. This website has also brought e-commerce into tourism operations since 1998 and The New York Times Travel Supplement has named Warriortours.com, as being in their opinion a large and reliable Chinese travel agency.

Address: Suite 1102, Building C, Chengming Mansion, No. 2, Xizhimen South Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, 100035.

Telephone: 86 29 8526 9897

China Connection Tours

This travel website is one of the leading China tour operators as well which has over twenty-years of experience in tour booking. Their goal is to deliver great quality with competitive process for custom China tours and pre-arranged tour packages throughout China and other Asian countries. CCT has also experiences great success in the past decades expanding from a tour organizer and operator to a fully-functional online tour booking service. They offer fully-customized tour solutions along with a thorough customer care concept.

Address: Suite 1002, Guangfeng INT’L Building, 79# South 2nd Ring Rd, Xi’an, 710068, China.

Telephone: +86 (29) 6865 0391 (9:00am to 7:00pm)

China has so many things to offer to everyone, so why not just check out any of the travel agency and book your China Tours today!

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