Travel Tips for China: Spring Roll and Char Siu

On November 29, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

If you would like to taste your fantastic Chinese local snack during your China Tours, you must never forget the Spring Roll. Spring Roll is the must-eat snack in your Travel in China. Spring rolls are an appetizer, eaten either fresh or fried depending on the country of origin. Spring rolls can be found in several […]

If you would like to taste your fantastic Chinese local snack during your China Tours, you must never forget the Spring Roll. Spring Roll is the must-eat snack in your Travel in China.

Spring rolls are an appetizer, eaten either fresh or fried depending on the country of origin. Spring rolls can be found in several Asian countries, most notably China, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia.

In Chinese cuisine, egg rolls differ from the spring roll. There are sweet spring rolls with red bean pasteinside from areas in eastern China, such as Zhejiang and northern China. Spring rolls are usually eaten during the Spring Festival in China, hence the name.

In Taiwan, spring rolls also come in a number of varieties. They can generally be divided into fried and non-fried varieties.

Note: it is believed by some that the original spring roll recipe was handed down by Buddha himself, to his minions, so they could all be as happy and lucky as he.

Fried spring rolls are generally smaller and crisper. They can be sweet or savory; the latter are typically prepared with vegetables. This version is fully wrapped before being pan fried or deep fried.

Non-fried spring rolls are typically bigger and more savory. In contrast, non-fried spring rolls typically fill the wrapping with pre-cooked ingredients. The most commonly eaten style of non-fried Taiwanese spring rolls is called runbing in Mandarin. Traditionally, non-fried spring rolls are a festive food eaten during the Cold Food Day festival and the Tomb Sweeping Day festival in spring to remember and pay respect to ancestors. The Hakka population sometimes also eat spring rolls on the 3rd of March in the lunar calendar every year. The wrappings can be a flour-based mix or batter.

In northern Taiwan, the ingredients are generally flavored with herbs, stir-fried and sometimes topped with a finely ground peanut powder before being wrapped. The northern-Taiwanese style spring roll is usually lightly topped with or accompanied by a soy sauce.

In southern Taiwan, the ingredients are generally boiled or blanched in plain water. Sometimes caster or superfine sugar is added along with the peanut powder before all the ingredients are wrapped.

“Char siu” literally means “fork burn/roast”(Char being fork(both noun and verb) and siu being burn/roast) after the traditional cooking method for the dish: long strips of seasoned boneless pork are skewered with long forks and placed in a covered oven or over a fire.

The meat, typically a shoulder cut of domestic pork (although in ancient times it was also used to cook wild boar or other available meats), is seasoned with a mixture of honey, five-spice powder, fermented tofu (red), dark soy sauce,hoisin sauce, red food colouring (not a traditional ingredient but very common in today’s preparations) and sherry or rice wine (optional). These seasonings turn the exterior layer of the meat dark red, similar to the “smoke ring” of American barbecues. Maltose may be used to give char siu its characteristic shiny glaze.

Char siu is typically consumed with starch, whether inside a bun, with noodles (cha siu mein), or with rice (cha siu fan) in fast food establishments, or served alone as a centerpiece or main dish in traditional family dining establishments. If it is purchased outside of a restaurant, it is usually taken home and used as one ingredient in various complex entrees consumed at family meals.

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The Acrobatics Show China tours

On November 29, 2010, in Beijing, Entertainment, Featured China Stories, by Jack Li

If you are stuck for ideas on what to do for a nights entertainment while you are on your china travel and not exactly sure what to do, why not go and see the Acrobatics show from your China Hotels.  It took a while to apprehend at first and wondered what an Acrobatic show was.  […]

If you are stuck for ideas on what to do for a nights entertainment while you are on your china travel and not exactly sure what to do, why not go and see the Acrobatics show from your China Hotels.  It took a while to apprehend at first and wondered what an Acrobatic show was.  In the west you would go and see the ballet or go and watch a theatre production.  But in Beijing “out of many stage performances” Beijing are open to go and see the Acrobatics show.  Such an overwhelming culture shock.  Some of these moves are no circus acts.

Oozing with energy this entertainment is not to be missed.  It is believed that the performers are trained at a very young age and eventually grow into being an Acrobatics stage performer.  This is why the performers know how to put the audience on edge.  In Beijing and Shanghai one can see breath – holding acrobatics and in a few words the best way to describe it and so forth, this show can be so demanding in the timing and balancing skill it is a verge to the almost impossible.

Beijing Acrobatics lift

After the show I couldn’t help but hear someone say “I couldn’t believe it when I was in the theatre watching all the flashing light effects and loud music watching five girls performing bridge balancing one by one on each other’s shoulders right in the centre of the stage.  The girl at the bottom must have been very strong to bare all that weight.”

If you’re an acrobatics enthusiast there are many Acrobatic shows to go and see in Beijing (and in Shanghai).  This is not to be missed by the young or the old.  There is a cycling show in the centre of the stage with a big wheel going round, manned by two men running inside the wheel doing many back flips and dangerous moves.

The group show is also a favourite with the ten cycling girls finally all ending up on a bicycle with their fans spread out like a peacock.  There are also girl performers who seem so spineless that they can bend and fold their bodies to a position where the feet clasp the face and the head and hands are still able to balance glasses.

Beijing Acrobats, Spinning Balancing Discs

Other performances include martial arts, balancing of bowls, tight rope walking, pole climbing, roller skating and plate swirling.  It is great entertainment in such a short space of time.  Chinese acrobatics have thought to go back way into (475 – 221 BC) nearly two thousand years old.  Back then fire eating was largely infiltrated, knife swallowing and tight rope walking were regular features.  Shows were performed for the Imperial court.  However, with new technologies Acrobatics have taken to the indoor stage.

Success of acrobatics these days depend on good stage arts like images, music, choreography and costumes backed up by props and lighting.  The frequent local competitions in China for acrobatic excellence have made China a nation unique in an oriental form of acrobatics that is second to none in the world.

If this has inspired you to go to the Acrobatics show then don’t forget to go to China Tours.  You too can experience this exciting opportunity.  Tickets can be obtained for the Chaoyong Juchang and the Tiandi Juchang.

Asia Independent Travel Packages

On November 18, 2010, in Cool Places, Tips & Ideas, Transportation, by Jack Li

Mysterious, Marvellous, Splendid, Exciting….. Travelling in Asia can bring you a whole range of different experiences. In today’s blog, I will give you some great recommendations about Asia Independent Travel Packages. And if you are on your china travel , you cannot miss out on these wonderful places. Maldives–The Lost Landscape in the Indian Ocean Overview of the Islands The Maldives is a long and narrow country formed of 22 natural atolls as well as a number of islands, which could be described as smaller atoll formations. All the land above sea level in the Maldives is of coralline origin. There are broad and deep channels in between some atolls. Great Transport Travellers will be picked up at the airport and taken to the different islands by dhonis, motorboats or hydroplanes. In fact, your Maldives Tour starts once you get off the flight. Furthermore you can reach anywhere on the island within half an hour by bicycle or motorcycle. Unique Luxury Accommodations Living above the water is beyond our wildest imagination. However, it can become a reality in the Maldives. On many of the islands, there are bungalows standing on stilts in the sea. These bungalows are often made out of wood and glass, as is the furniture and the decor in the room. Guests are able to see various tropical fish and blue water under their feet through the glass floor, an amazing experience! Delicious Food For religious reasons and due to the natural conditions, native Maldivians do not eat pork and beef very often. However, apart from chicken and lamb, seafood plays a dominant role in their normal diet. Gula, Kuli Boakiba, Foni Boakiba, Kiru Sarbat, Dhufaa Echetai and Toddy are some of their regular snacks. You can choose whatever you want to eat from the hundreds of different fish on offer, but remember that catching fish by yourself is illegal in the Maldives. Jerusalem–God be with you Impressions of The Holy City Many people think that Israel is a dangerous place but in fact Jerusalem, known as the Holy City, is the most sacred place to visit in the world, since there are three major religions existing here. Walking around the old city, you can really feel the power of these different religions. Particularly for the palmers, the Holy Spirit penetrates everywhere and anywhere. The Best Travel Season The average temperature in Israel is about 15 degrees, and it is very warm for most of the year since Israel is located near the Mediterranean. Wailing wall of the Jews The Wailing wall is a very famous symbol of Judaism. Devoted believers can be seen kneeling before the wall, confessing their sins.

Mysterious, Marvellous, Splendid, Exciting…..

Travelling in Asia can bring you a whole range of different experiences.

In today’s blog, I will give you some great recommendations about Asia

Independent Travel Packages. And if you are on your china travel ,

you cannot miss out on these wonderful places.

Maldives–The Lost Landscape in the Indian Ocean

Overview of the Islands

The Maldives is a long and narrow country formed of 22 natural atolls as well as

a number of islands, which could be described as smaller atoll formations. All the

land above sea level in the Maldives is of coralline origin. There are broad and deep

channels in between some atolls.

Great Transport

Travellers will be picked up at the airport and taken to the different islands by dhonis,

motorboats or hydroplanes. In fact, your Maldives Tour starts once you get off the flight.

Furthermore you can reach anywhere on the island within half an hour by bicycle or

motorcycle.

Unique Luxury Accommodations

Living above the water is beyond our wildest imagination. However, it can become

a reality in the Maldives. On many of the islands, there are bungalows standing on

stilts in the sea. These bungalows are often made out of wood and glass, as is the

furniture and the decor in the room. Guests are able to see various tropical fish

and blue water under their feet through the glass floor, an amazing experience!

Delicious Food

For religious reasons and due to the natural conditions, native Maldivians do

not eat pork and beef very often. However, apart from chicken and lamb, seafood

plays a dominant role in their normal diet. Gula, Kuli Boakiba, Foni Boakiba, Kiru

Sarbat, Dhufaa Echetai and Toddy are some of their regular snacks. You can choose

whatever you want to eat from the hundreds of different fish on offer, but remember

that catching fish by yourself is illegal in the Maldives.

Jerusalem–God be with you

Impressions of The Holy City

Many people think that Israel is a dangerous place but in fact Jerusalem, known as

the Holy City, is the most sacred place to visit in the world, since there are three

major religions existing here. Walking around the old city, you can really feel the

power of these different religions. Particularly for the palmers, the Holy Spirit

penetrates everywhere and anywhere.

The Best Travel Season

The average temperature in Israel is about 15 degrees, and it is very warm for most

of the year since Israel is located near the Mediterranean.

Wailing wall of the Jews

The Wailing wall is a very famous symbol of Judaism. Devoted believers can be seen

kneeling before the wall, confessing their sins.

Info on The Great Wall of China

On November 17, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

The Great Wall of China is one of the main attractions for tourists who Travel to Beijing for the first time. Even for people who have been there before they still find many new and surprising places to explore. Today I will give you some information on this wonderful location that should definitely be a […]

The Great Wall of China is one of the main attractions for tourists who Travel to Beijing for the first time. Even for people who have been there before they still find many new and surprising places to explore. Today I will give you some information on this wonderful location that should definitely be a part of you itinerary during your China Tours.

Overview of the Great Wall

The Great Wall of China has thousands of famous passes. One of the most famous is Badalin which is located in the outer town of Juyong Pass. This is has been named as one of the top nine passes in the world. This is because it boasts a strategically important position which has gained it long history and rich culture. It also has spectacular architecture and inspiring Views for these reasons, Badaling Great Wall is an outstanding representative of the Great Wall of China. It is the best part of Ming Dynasty Great Wall.

Climate Features

The Badaling section of the Great Wall has pleasant climates all year, featuring four distinctive seasons. Located at the arched area in the southern end of the Yanshan Mountain subsidence zone, Badaling Great Wall rolls over green mountains adjacent to ravines and gullies. More than 96 % of this area is covered with trees and greenery. The wall is built upon mountain ridges, which range from 600M to a whopping 1,000m above the sea level. Thus giving this section of the wall unique geographical and climate conditions, Badaling Great Wall is  always on average  6~8℃ lower than downtown Beijing.

Tourist service centre.

The Staff are very keen to not harm the land too much and to let it develop naturally, However they want to keep it save assessable for tourists who visit. They make a whole heartedly effort in looking after and promoting the spirits and cultures of the Great Wall.

Located 200 meters to the north of the Pass, the center has an information desk that supplies panoramic guide maps, tourism route maps and electronic tour guide services in to the scenic spot. It also supplies electrically powered wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, baby strollers and walking sticks. The staff will provide accurate information and warm services to tourists on the scenic spot. Such as which parts are most the best to visit, which parts are most spectacular, and which parts are fit for a rest. They will also answer and questions or queries.

 Some useful Numbers:

Hotline service: (010)69121383
Service telephone
Tourism consultation: (010)69122222
Tourism complaints: (010)69121235
Medical service: (010)69121209
Broadcasting service: (010)69121617
Police service: (010)69121477

 For more information,Please check our websiteBeijing Tours.

Wish you a pleasant Journey, good luck!

China Maps

On November 11, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Book your China Flights and explore China.  Be the one to experience China Tours.  Visit Hong Kong when you have time and the surrounding areas of Hong Kong, Macau, GuangDong and Hainan.  But before you do here is a few maps of China so that you know exactly where China is on the global map. Hong Kong […]

Book your China Flights and explore China.  Be the one to experience China Tours.  Visit Hong Kong when you have time and the surrounding areas of Hong Kong, Macau, GuangDong and Hainan.  But before you do here is a few maps of China so that you know exactly where China is on the global map.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is situated on China’s South Coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta.

Map of China: Asia

Here is a map of China located in the Far East right next to surrounding countries, Mongolia, South Korea and Nepals.  This map has listed all the names of the Cities in China.  For a clear birds eye view of this map Google Map search engine is a definit recommendation as you can zoom in on the image.  Type in Google Maps and then China.  For cities type in China and then Beijing (Nations Capital), Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tianjin, Wuhan, Guagzhou, Shenzen, Shenyang, Chonqing, Xinbei, Nanjing, Harbin, Taipei, Xi’an, Chengdu, Changchun, Hangzhou, Jinan, Dalian, Taiyuan, Zhengzhou, Qingdao etc.

Map of China

Lastly but not least here is a map of China;The geographical map has emphasis on surrounding countries in Asia.  These include India, Pakistan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan, Russia, Afganistan, Malaysia, Philippines, Iran and Sri Lanka.  These make up the general surrounding of China.

If you do your research you can find a map for every province and every city in China.  You can also find maps for Beijing attractions for example Summer Palace, The Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven.  These can either be purchased at the tourist attractions or if you are a real book worm you can find them in your local bookstore.

China has 13 International airports.  For International flights please don’t forget to check into one of Chinas finest hotels at China Hotels for bargain prices.

The Pearl River Delta

On November 10, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Must-sees, Other Regions, by Jack Li

The Pearl River Delta is adjacent to the Yangtze River Delta in the East and the Pearl River Delta to the South.  The Pearl River Delta is also known as the Zhusanjiao in Guangdong Province, The Peoples public of China is the low lying area surrounding the Pearl River Estuary.  This river flows into South China Sea.  To […]

The Pearl River Delta is adjacent to the Yangtze River Delta in the East and the Pearl River Delta to the South.  The Pearl River Delta is also known as the Zhusanjiao in Guangdong Province, The Peoples public of China is the low lying area surrounding the Pearl River Estuary.  This river flows into South China Sea.  To see this beautiful land form I suggest booking your travels with China travel and perhaps enjoy this beautiful scenery arranged with China Tours.  You may not be able to see the whole of Pearl River but at least you can say that you have seen the Pearl River Delta.

Pearl River Delta

The Pearl River Delta, also known as the Golden Delta of Guangdong, is formed by three major rivers, the Xi Jiang, Bei Jiang, and Dong Jiang.   The flat lands are criss – crossed by tributaries and distributaries of the Pearl River.  To experience these surrounding areas of the Delta would suggest going on a boat ride located on the Western side of the river.

The Pearl River Delta is actually two alluvial deltas, separated by the core branch of the Pearl River.  The Bei Jiang and the Xi Jiang converge flow into the South China Sea and Pearl River in the west,   while the Dong Jiang only flows into the Pearl River in to the east.  The river has many distributaries entering the Pearl River as far north as the Luogang and as far south as the Hu Men (Tiger Gate).

It is believed that The Pearl River Delta has become one of the leading economic regions and a major manufacturing centre of China and the world.  The Chinese government hopes that the manufacturing in Guangdong, combined with the financial and service economy and traditional capitalistic influence in Hong Kong, will create an economic gateway attracting foreign capital throughout mainland China.

The term Pearl River Delta refers to a network of cities that covers nine prefectures of the province Guangdong.  You may be able to find this out from your tour guide whilst on a boat ride.  However some of these places include Hong Kong, Dongguan and Macau.  The 2010/2011 State of the World Cities report, estimated the population of the delta region at 1200 million people.

The population and the Pearl River Delta area has been the most economically dynamic regions of the Peoples Republic of China since the launch of China’s reform programme in 1979.  The regions area has GDP of just over US$100 Billion making this area the wealthiest areas in China.  The abundance of employment opportunities created a pool of wealthy, middle class income.  Most of this wealth is geared from the exporting market in goods that specialize in the major manufacturing base for products such as electronic products, toys, garments, textiles, plastic products and a range of other goods.  The Delta Economic Zone accounts for approximately one third of China’s trade value.

Another interesting fact is that nearly five percent of the world’s goods were produced in the Greater Pearl River in 2001, with a total exporting value of US $289 Billion dollars.  Hong Kong estimated to have at least 70,000 companies which have plants there.

Since China’s reform program, the Pearl River Economic Zone has been the fastest growing portion of the fastest growing province in the fastest growing large economy in the world.  Wow!  So it’s not unusual that you will find the Pearl River Delta to be near the city of Hong Kong.  This maybe common knowledge but definitely a must see. You can probably access most of Pearl River from Hong Kong seeing as though this river covers most of its region.

However don’t delay Check out Guangzhou Tours and stay in Guangzhou Hotels for more beautiful sights and scenery of China.  Guangzhou is one of the Metropolitan areas of the the Pearl River Delta.

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Lihengtang Pearl Market

On November 10, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, Restaurants & Food, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

A visit to the Lihengtang Pearl Market can be part of your China Tours! Take advantage of this offer as you’ll find your China travel a much more exhilarating experience.  However, before you visit the pearl market you’ll be able to grab the opportunity to visit the Qiuyiyuan Chinese restaurant.  The Qiuyiyuan Chinese restaurant is […]

A visit to the Lihengtang Pearl Market can be part of your China Tours! Take advantage of this offer as you’ll find your China travel a much more exhilarating experience.  However, before you visit the pearl market you’ll be able to grab the opportunity to visit the Qiuyiyuan Chinese restaurant.  The Qiuyiyuan Chinese restaurant is a traditional Chinese restaurant with traditional Chinese food and is included in your tour package with China Tours.  Visitors walk into the restaurant and you are kindly greeted by the wonderful waiting staff.  You don’t need to order your food as the food is ready and prepared for you for when you sit down.

As you sit down at the restaurant table you’ll find that the table has a glass top which is called a turn table.  The food sits on top of the turn table and the turn table spins round (hence, why it’s called a “turntable”) so that each person sat round the round table can help there selves to the dishes available which are placed on top of the turntable by the waitress.  You are given a plate, a bowl and chopsticks to eat with.

Chinese Cuisine

The dishes range from boiled rice, sliced crispy potato, egg and tomato, chicken and vegetable dishes, beef and vegetable dishes, a carrot dish and many more vegetarian dishes.  Remember though before you book your tour please let the tour operator aware of any dietary requirements so that this can be arranged for you.  Drinks on offer are fizzy drinks such as coke, lemonade and hot beverages such as Green Tea.  For dessert you have a choice of melon or a coffee but the coffee you got to buy your own from the mini bar inside the restaurant.

Having spent time with your fellow tour group at the restaurant you will then be guided to the Lihentang Pearl Market.  Outside the front entrance of the Pearl Market there is a huge tank filled with water.  Inside the tank contains large Oysters.  The group is asked to surround the tank of water and a tour guide representing the company discusses with the group about how pearls are made.   The tour guide asked a former colleague of mine within the group to choose which Oyster they would like the Oyster sample to come from.  She chose an Oyster and the tour guide picked out the Oyster from the tank.  When she picked out the Oyster she wrenched open the shell  of the Oyster and showed everyone the oyster inside the shell.

Pearl Oyster

The Oyster was massive and underneath this Oyster was a set of pearls.  She picked out the pearls and handed them over to everyone in the group to get a feel of what real pearls are.  After this small exhibition the tour guide took everyone up stairs to the show room.  Here you will find many pearls all manufactured into necklaces, bracelets, wrings.  The jewellery is made into all sorts of decorative works of art and is all different styles and colours.  You’re allowed to purchase many items from the pearl market.  They also sell hand, face cream and foot cream.  They make really great gifts for thanks giving, Christmas, New Year and as a birthday present.  They also sell other decorative pieces of work but it’s just a case of going a long and having a look.

After wondering around the pearl market you have the opportunity to go back downs stairs and enjoy a green tea or buy a coffee.  There are many pearl markets in Beijing I suggest doing some research as the pearl market I suggested is only available if you go with China Tours.  However, you’re allowed to find your own means of transport and there are many other pearl markets such as Beijing Hongqiao Market.  Maybe you can plough through Beijing Tours there’s plenty of opportunities there.

Temple of Heaven

On November 9, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Over the weekend, I visited the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. It was an early start as me and friends initially planned to visit many other attractions on Sunday but with limited time and energy we decided only to see the Temple of Heaven this day. Using the subway as a means of transport, we […]

Over the weekend, I visited the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. It was an early start as me and friends initially planned to visit many other attractions on Sunday but with limited time and energy we decided only to see the Temple of Heaven this day. Using the subway as a means of transport, we got our destination in no time and surprisingly it was a lot easier to find than other places in Beijing. The entrance was huge and I could just about see the Temple in the far distance, it was going to be a long walk. When visiting the Temple of Heaven, I would recommend you use China Tours to help you get there and give you a guided tour around the Temple. There is so much history here and would be more beneficial for you to have a tour guide informing you as you go along. I would also recommend China Hotels to book a room nearer to the main hot spots in Beijing so your days are well spent and not travelling far distances to and from attractions.

Temple of Heaven

When walking towards the Temple, we could hear some sort of music playing further ahead of us. To our surprise there were hundreds of people dancing to music like a party. It was quite a shock at first to see so many people boogieing in the middle of a park, but as the music took over, we all decided to join in and break some moves as well! This was a lot of fun and woke me up as it was still early morning. I was not expecting to bust a move at the Temple of Heaven.

Dancing at the Temple of Heaven

Moving along down the pathways towards the Temple, we entered through a gateway and had made it to the heavenly temple. A huge structure stood in front of us that took you back at first. We climbed the staircases up to the top of the temple where a huge shrine rested and I took pictures of it. It is impressive to see the detail involved in constructing the Temple as every inch is either sculpted or coloured on with patterns.

With the endless amount of pictures we had taken we decided to see the rest of the park. There were more smaller temples, sacred shrines, and scenery, it took a lot of out of us during this long walk and we decided to find a place to eat. We found what looked like a small Chinese shop that sold hot food, we could tell because there was a man in a chef’s outfit standing outside making some form of small wraps, so we went in. The reality of it was, we had no idea what we ordered to eat, it was simply a case of pointing at something and hopefully some form of language barrier was broken, luckily for us, it did. The food came out and it was very good, so we ordered more. After our snack, we took off to find a train station and by this time we were too far away from our original station so we had to look for another one near us. As we walked around, we stopped as my friend Petr found a chestnut stall in the street. There was a young Chinese youngster who was running around it and wanted to play with us. As we waited for the chestnuts to be warmed up, the little kid loved my other friend TJ, probably due to his blonde head. The kid gave him a stall to sit on, gave him a biscuit, and was doing high fives. It seemed like they were having a full conversation in English and Mandarin, it was very amusing for us as we couldn’t believe this would have happened at a chestnut stall in the middle of Beijing. It really is full of surprises sometimes and you never really know what’s around the corner and most of the time, it’s something pretty impressive. As we ventured off along the busy streets of Beijing, we finally found a train station and made our way home. What an eventful and interesting day it was.

It’s not hard for you to have the same experience here in Beijing, you simply just have to come and see for yourself. You’ll find yourself emerged in a place of mystery, cultural elegance, and spontaneity. To make the most out of your trip, booking with China Travel can help give you an experience of a lifetime, so don’t hesitate to make one of the best decisions of your life.

Knowledge to Avoid Traps of Low-Cost Tours Operator

Many tours operators are now using various promotions or low-cost advertisements to attract more customers. In their advertisements, there is no charge for fees of joining tours group, China Hotels, and food. And customers only need to pay for the tickets of traffic, entrances. That sounds quite cost-effective, but the old saying is that there […]

Many tours operators are now using various promotions or low-cost advertisements to attract more customers. In their advertisements, there is no charge for fees of joining tours group, China Hotels, and food. And customers only need to pay for the tickets of traffic, entrances. That sounds quite cost-effective, but the old saying is that there is no such thing as a free lunch. For example, an old couple complained to the journalists that they were forced to buy some jewelry in the Guangzhou Tours, otherwise they need to compensate to the tours operator by RMB 500. So how to avoid coming across such lousy things and damaging your trip? Here are some tips for you to follow.

Choose travel agencies carefully. Before booking your trip packages, you would better check the travel agency whether it is registered in the StateAdministration for Industry & Commerce of the People’s Republic of China. These information can be seen on the website (http://www.saic.gov.cn/english/index.html) or contact them by phone or emails. If you make the reservations online, choose the search results from well-known travel search engine websites, like expedia, kayaka, and tripadvisor. Since these website have been operating for a long time, the tour service providers from these websites are already carefully reviewed before they signed the contract. Also you could type the name of travel agency in google, and search if they have bad history or complaints.

Do not dream free lunch. Although no charge or low cost of tour services is quite alluring, it does not mean you could just spend such a small amount of money during the trip. The usually tricks of such travel agencies are dividing those fees into several items during the trip and forcing members to buy a lot expensive “souvenirs” in shopping malls. Also they play some tricks on the languages of describing the tour lines and packages. For example, the “four flights of Tibet travel” is cheaper than “two flights to Tibet travel”, because the so-called “four flights” is actually meaning connecting flights which are more time-consuming than the “two flights”. And in the description of visiting places, it seems like that these lines are covering a lot of spots, but people who are familiar with these will know that those viewing spots are in the same and not worthy place. So research these descriptions and visiting places of the tour package at first. For “persuading” members to go shopping, some travel agencies will add a lot of such “shopping lines” during the trip and it is time consuming. For instance, a traveler complained about the Hainan tour packages. Travelers are guided to a “Tea Show”, and the performances will continue until somebody really buys something there.

Leave the evidence and report to related bureaus. If you unfortunately have experienced these lousy tricks during the trip, you should guarantee your rights and refuse to be forced buy expensive stuffs. Also you would better persuade other members to refuse these improper tricks during the trip together, while you guys are threatened by the travel agencies. Remember to leave all related evidences, such as taking photos, videos or recording voices, and report to the administration offices. If you have come across such things, make your complaints to the local Travel Bureaus where the travel agencies locate as soon as possible. The website for such bureau in Beijing is http://www.bjta.gov.cn/qyfw/bsxz/291476.htm. And follow the process of making complaints. If you are not sure about the contact information of your local travel bureaus, you could dial 114 and ask the phone number.

I understand that experiencing such traps in travel agencies is quite disgusting. But it could be avoidable if you have well prepared and done some homework before booking your tour packages. If you do want to choose your own combinations of trip, you can go to our website and pick from a lot of airlines in China, especially the Guangzhou Flights to visit 2010 Asian Games after the Shanghai Expo exhibition.

Yuan Hou Silk

On November 8, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Featured China Stories, Shopping, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

China Tours offer you the opportunity to visit Yuan Hou Silk market as part of a  tour arrangement and you can be picked up from your Beijing Hotels.  Yuan Hou Silk is located in the West of Liangguang Road in Chongwen district, Beijing. Yuan Hou Silk is a well known royale garden with the Temple of Heaven Opposite, and is […]

China Tours offer you the opportunity to visit Yuan Hou Silk market as part of a  tour arrangement and you can be picked up from your Beijing Hotels.  Yuan Hou Silk is located in the West of Liangguang Road in Chongwen district, Beijing. Yuan Hou Silk is a well known royale garden with the Temple of Heaven Opposite, and is situated East of Beijing near oldest Commercial Street – Qianmen big street and is only a 3 kilometre walk from the Tiananmen Square and can also be accessible by a public bus.

Yuan Hou silk is responsible for promoting their silk culture and developing the tourism industry.  Anyone persons is allowed to go to the Yuan Hou silk market and will find that it is a really enjoyable experience if a group of you go with a tour bus or a group of friends or even both.  It is definitely advised that if you visit the Yuan Hou silk market that you bring your Yuan’s with you as a lot of bargaining goes on and they genuinely want people to spend their money there.

Yuan Hou Silk Jacket

The entrance of the Yuan Hou silk company is like accessing a museum with beautifully silk embroidered robes encased on the walls in glass boxes.  As you walk up the stairs (either in a group or on your own) a guide who is a member of the silk market introduces himself and introduces you to Yuan Hou Silk whilst standing behind a table that has small blobs of silk swimming in sinks of water.  He then brings the group over to a machine that has strings of silk grinding on a convey  belt.

After this process he brings the group into another room where a woman is standing over large sinks of water removing worms from blobs of silk.  These pieces of silk are then stretched over a mound of silk, shaped like a cocoon, which is left to dry, hence producing silk.  Then an example of three or four women are stretching the silk clumps over a mattress to show on lookers how a silk quilt is made.

It is slightly difficult to explain in detail about this process as you need to experience it yourself to get a full grasp and understanding of how silk is produced.  However, after the silk exhibition you are free to wonder around the shop to see what is available to buy.  The shop is designed as a show room with model beds dressed with silk quilts and pillow cases and surrounding shelves with different silk designs.

Yuan Hou Silk Quilt

Yuan Hou Silk’s scope of business includes silk beddings, Traditional clothing, handmade silk carpets and silk embroidery, cashmere garments.  The traditional clothing section sells women’s silk dresses and jackets.  They even sell mens suits.  The shop also sell small gifts such as pierces, glass cases, make up bags and jewellery boxes.  These items make great gifts for friends and perfect Christmas presents if you’re from abroad as each item is carefully embroidered and is a very rare product to find makes it a more personal and unique present to receive.

The shop is quite large and because it is a great delicacy could be wondering around the shop for hours looking at all the different things, which is why it is probably best to visit Yuan Hou silk while on tour where time is limited, otherwise you’ll get carried away and never be able to leave.  If you’re really desperate then the Silk Company under trades the processing of clothes according to orders placed from customers at home or from overseas.

They can make a silk quilt on spot and provide such services as mail delivery and generalized arrangements such as shipping garments.  Beware though as this way of ordering can be risky especially with clothing, as the sizes differ from ordinary clothing.  For example if you’re usually a small it is best to buy a medium.  If you’re a medium it is probably best to buy a large as the Chinese tend to be a little smaller then western size.

After you have found the garments you want to buy it is probably best to leave them on the tour bus if visiting by tour.  Because, firstly there are no restrictions on how much you want to buy and the tour bus driver stays on the bus when you go sightseeing.  For more sights and silk markets around Beijing definitley recommend Beijing Tours.

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