Falling in love with Pandas

On July 25, 2012, in China Travel Gossip, Getting Around, Sichuan, Travel Info, by Jack Li

I’m sure that if you wanted to travel to China or if you want to a part of the reason is because you want to see real pandas! Everyone knows that China’s most popular animal is the giant panda bear. Dragons are their favorite animal from the mythology but pandas are the Chinese national’s emblem. […]

I’m sure that if you wanted to travel to China or if you want to a part of the reason is because you want to see real pandas! Everyone knows that China’s most popular animal is the giant panda bear. Dragons are their favorite animal from the mythology but pandas are the Chinese national’s emblem. When Chinese government wants to create deeper relations with a country they offer a panda to their friend. This tradition has begun in 608 during the Tang Dynasty. From now on, China prefers to lend their pandas to protect them instead of giving them. That’s how the United States of America received Ling a Giant Panda in 1972 and Japan has been entrusted some in 2008.

And I must say that over these last past years, pandas became kind of trendy. I mean, the World Wild Fund for Nature’s (WWF) logo is a Panda, one of the official mascot of the Olympic Games of 2008 representing Africa was a honoring Pandas, even Hollywood made a 3D motion movie called “Kung Fu Panda”, and thanks to the internet millions of people felt in love with those black and white bears watching funny videos or pictures. I must confess, I am one of them, I felt in love with pandas. Believe me or not but you can’t escape them, they are everywhere; in the zoos, on t-shirts, caps, shoes, clothes, notebooks, pens, fans, candies… And even in the Beijing’s 798 art district you can find a gallery dedicated to the giant bear. Making your own collection of panda-items wouldn’t be difficult after your China tours.

More seriously, if you want to see real pandas, it would be better to take a flight with China Southern Airlines and go on Panda research bases than going to parks and zoos in my opinion. Except from zoos or animal parks, there are two great places to see pandas in China: Sichuan province and Guangxi province.

- Sichuan province

Bifengxia Panda Base (Ya’an City)
After the earthquake in 2008, the pandas of Wolong National Nature Reserve were transferred to Bifengxia Panda Base, which was established at the end of 2003. It became the largest giant pandas base in China, there are 155 giant pandas in there.

the Giant Panda breeding and research base (north of Chengdu)
There are all the range of equipment of giant panda breeding, the panda house, feed room, health stations, giant panda museum and laboratory building in the base. Thousands of bundles of bamboo and bushes are planted there in order to approximate their natural environment.

- Guangxi province

Seven Star Park
This park is a zoo, but if you want to see panda super stars there, here you are. Indeed, Meimei the panda who lived the longest time used to live here until her death at 36. And you could see the 2 olympic pandas there too: Fenyi and Meixin.

Giant Pandas are an endangered species , associations like WWF are taking care of it, but if no one does anything they could disappear in the few decades. I know that the Bifengxia Giant Panda Base and the Giant Panda breeding and research base offers volunteer programs so, you can be closer to the black and white bears and do something for the environment stability. Bu the way if you are interested or concerned about this problem, help us to save panda by checking our Facebook page!

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Chengyang Wind-Rain Bridge

On August 11, 2011, in Historical Relics, Rivers & Gorges, Valleys and Scenic Spots, by Jack Li

20 km north of Guyi Town in Sanjiang County, Liuzhou in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Chengyang Wind-Rain Bridge (also known as Yongji Bridge or Panlong Bridge) is an important heritage site under state protection. The unique design and seamless combination of bridge, balustrade and pavilion account for its lasting appeal in architectural history. As […]

20 km north of Guyi Town in Sanjiang County, Liuzhou in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Chengyang Wind-Rain Bridge (also known as Yongji Bridge or Panlong Bridge) is an important heritage site under state protection. The unique design and seamless combination of bridge, balustrade and pavilion account for its lasting appeal in architectural history. As representative of wind-rain bridgework constructed by the Dong ethnic group, Chengyang Wind-Rain Bridge was built in 1916 and so far is the largest and best-preserved wind-rain bridge. People regard it as the crystallization of Dong People’s wisdom and the treasure of Chinese all-wood construction. Standing above the river flowing through Dong Village for almost a century, the bridge not only serves as a vital communication line but also touches upon local religion. Legend has it that the bridge symbolizes a flying dragon, powerful as a god, wrapping around the village to bestow a bountiful yearly harvest on the villagers. The magnificent wooden bridge is a pavilion-style building with five piers upon which five tower-like bridge pavilions with multiple corners and 19 sections of corridor are built. History holds that Chengyang Wind-Rain Bridge is one of the four most famous ancient bridges in the world, the other three being the Zhaozhou Stone Arch Bridge and Luding Iron Chain Bridge in China and the Kuznetsova WO steel girder bridge in Romania. China fir, a kind of wood, was used to make the 64.4-m long, 3.4-m wide and 10.6-m high bridge with gorgeous and exquisite carving patterns. The most amazing part is that not a single nail of rivet was used in the construction of this tremendous building, all the work being done with wood tenons. Visitors can sit on benches along both sides of the bridge to rest and enjoy the pleasant view.

Chengyang Wind-Rain Bridge Story:

  1. Huilong Bridge (later the Wind-Rain Bridge)

In the beautiful Dong village of Guangxi, there is a touching story about an affectionate couple and an iridescent dragon that takes place on the Chengyang Wind-Rain Bridge.

One day, a newly married couple was walking on the bridge when a gust of wind swirled up from the river underneath. All of a sudden, the wife was whisked away by the lecherous Crab demon in the river. Seeing what had happened, the husband was at a loss – what could he do to save his wife? He could only cry on the riverbank when faced with such dangerous situation. He only thought of throwing himself into the water and joining his beloved wife. The crying was so heartbroken and so helpless that it awakened an iridescent dragon living beneath the water. The dragon was moved by the man’s true love for his wife, so he flew out of the water and killed the Crab demon with magic. The wife was rescued and the couple was reunited. People then changed the simple wood bridge into a pavilion-style wind-rain bridge to honor the memory of the great merciful dragon. To this end, they even carved the image of the iridescent dragon on the pillars and named the bridge Huilong Bridge. The name changed afterwards into Wind-Rain Bridge mainly because it could provide people shelter on rainy days. Eventually, the bridge turned into a perfect place for young couples. It is has witnessed hundreds of romantic love stories, and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Hot Travel around China

On December 8, 2010, in Cool Places, Guilin, Must-sees, Tours, Xi'an, by Jack Li

It is widely accepted that china travel is one of the popular destinations amongst travel fans. In most travelers’ opinion, the most famous hot attractions are the historical sites, such as the great royal palaces; however, things are not like that anymore. Currently, the hot travel destinations are Xi’an, Guilin, Lijiang, and other peaceful and […]

It is widely accepted that china travel is one of the popular destinations amongst travel fans. In most travelers’ opinion, the most famous hot attractions are the historical sites, such as the great royal palaces; however, things are not like that anymore. Currently, the hot travel destinations are Xi’an, Guilin, Lijiang, and other peaceful and landscapes of those cities. In the following article, I will give you some recommendations for your China Tours.

Xi’an Tour

Xi’an, the capital of Shanxi Province, is located in the north of China. The hot attractions in Xi’an include Qin Shihuang’s Terracotta Army, the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, etc. The vaults or pits containing Qin Shihuang’s Terracotta Army are located about 40 km east of Xian. This army of more than 6,000 life size terracotta warriors, with horses and chariots lined up facing east and ready for battle, is one of the world’s most remarkable archaeological finds. The terracotta warriors were made for Qin Shihuang (259-210BC), also known as The First Emperor, and with his mausoleum lying only 1.5km; (0.9 miles) away it is assumed the army was made to accompany him on his journeys after death. Well, the 7 story Great Wild Goose Pagoda was built in 652AD. It is a striking elegant building and is the symbol of Xi’an. The famous Buddhist monk Xuan Zang returned from a 17 year pilgrimage and the square pagoda was built to house the 600 or so Buddhist texts that he had collected in India.

Guilin Tour

Guilin is a Must-See tourism city during your China travel. It is the capital of Guangxi Province, locating in the south of China. In most travelers’ opinion, the attractive site in Guilin is the Li River Cruise. Li River symbolizes the area, as this picturesque river is a major component of Guilin scenery. As it sparkles in the sunlight the river meanders through lush mountains like a liquid jade belt. A cruise along the Li River between Guilin and Yangshuo is an unforgettable experience. As you take in the stunning scenery there’s something interesting to see at almost every bend in the river. Between spectacular limestone peaks you’ll see graceful bamboo groves, farmers tending rice paddies, and lumbering water buffaloes pulling carts or cooling off in the river. You may see fishermen gliding along on their narrow bamboo rafts, and if you’re very lucky you might see one of the famous fishing cormorants. Boats depart from various wharves, according to the height of the river at different times of the year.

Lijiang Tour

Lijiang, which is pretty far away from Beijing, is located in the southwest of China. It is a city gathering minorities of China, such as Bai Nationality, and the life styles, the culture, and related things of the local people are different from any other nationalities. The ancient town of Lijiang, which has been classified as a “National Town of History and Culture”, is a beautiful shining jewel. Its architecture is noteworthy for the blending of elements from several cultures that have come together over many centuries. Lijiang also possesses an ancient water-supply system of great complexity and ingenuity that still functions effectively today.” At last, please don’t forget to save some time to walk in Lijiang. Along your way, you must visit some of the souvenir shops and taste some local dishes and snacks. At night, the famous bar street in the Old Town is really worth a visit.

China is an amazing country and will give you surprise beyond your imagination. So, why not book your China Flights and explore yourself?

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