Ten Fascinating Facts about Shanghai

On July 21, 2011, in Restaurants & Food, Shanghai, Shopping, by Jack Li

Travel to Shanghai to experience all that this amazing city has to offer. Book Shanghai Flights now for a reasonable price and explore! 1) There are more people in the city of Shanghai than in New Zealand There are about 4 times more people in Shanghai, with a population of 19 million, according to the […]

Travel to Shanghai to experience all that this amazing city has to offer. Book Shanghai Flights now for a reasonable price and explore!
1) There are more people in the city of Shanghai than in New Zealand
There are about 4 times more people in Shanghai, with a population of 19 million, according to the 2009 census. Alternatively, there are only 4 million people in New Zealand.
Shanghai also has a density of 3,000 per KM2, which is 3 times higher than Auckland, New Zealand”s most populous urban area.
2) The main language spoken in Shanghai is Shanghainese
Like many Chinese regions, Shanghai has its own unique language. It is one of the 248 Chinese dialects.  If this is not enough, Shanghai itself has mini dialects. Those from the outer suburbs use different vocabulary and have alternative accents to those in the urban areas.
3) The world-famous Shanghai TV Tower
The TV Tower in Shanghai featured in many popular films including ‘Fanstastic Four: Rise of the Silver Sufer,’ ‘Mission Impossible 3’ and ‘Godzilla: Final Wars.’ As well as this the tower commonly referred to as the Oriental Pearl Tower, is consider as dgfev online casino a Shanghai symbol.

 

4) Shanghai has the largest bus system in the world!

There is an incredible 1,424 bus lines! Unsurprisingly, it is the best way to get around this city. It is really cheap too, as it costs 1-2 Yuan per trip.

 

5) Shanghainese kids start to learn English in First Grade 

English is now a compulsory subject in every school, in Shanghai. In a decades time everyone in the city may speak English, or a hybrid language of Chinese and English, known as ‘Chinglish.’
 

6) Shanghai: the shopping paradise!

This famous Chinese city has more commercial goods than anywhere else in the country. It also has one of the top shopping centres in the whole of Asia. If you are a ‘shopaholic’ you will love to explore the markets of Nanjing Road. This is Shanghai’s busiest and most popular shopping site, selling various goods for a reasonable price. However, if you prefer a more luxurious shopping spree head to the west end of Nanjing Road.

 

7) Venues; there one day, gone the next! 

One of the main constants in Shanghai is the fast pace of change. When visiting Shanghai you will realise how businesses are relocating, closing or opening all the time. Before your trip to the city, ensure you are up to date with the destinations that are open. Checking on the Internet and asking your hotel for information can reduce your disappointment.

8) Do you have a sweet tooth?

The people of Shanghai love sweet tastes and it is therefore commonly used in their dishes. It is said that you find more sugar in a Shanghai dish than other meals from any other part of China. So if like the Shanghainese you have a sweet tooth travel to the city and try their delicious food.

9) Money, money, money!

 In 1914, Shanghai had 200 banks that dealt with 80% of direct foreign investment into China. Since then business is still booming, even more than ever before.

10) The Shanghai Magley Train

This train links the airport to the city centre and has been the world’s fastest passenger train since 2004. It can reach a maximum cruising speed of 431 kilometres per hour.

If you are excited about visiting Shanghai and want to find out some more amazing facts for yourself, search for Shanghai Tours now! 

The two “sides” of Shanghai

On June 14, 2011, in Cool Places, Must-sees, Shanghai, Shopping, by Jack Li

Shanghai represents the most populous city in China with a population that reach more than 23 million people; it constitutes the most developed city in China, as it can be seen from the landscape on the picture. The city in the past 20 years has gained more famous attracting different kind of tourist as the […]

Shanghai represents the most populous city in China with a population that reach more than 23 million people; it constitutes the most developed city in China, as it can be seen from the landscape on the picture. The city in the past 20 years has gained more famous attracting different kind of tourist as the financial capital is a mix between East and West culture. In 2010 the city hosted the 2010 world Export, verifying the biggest number of visitors ever for an event. It is possible to fly to Shanghai thanks to one of the China Flights.

Shanghai as many of the most developed cities in western countries, is divided in two districts by the Huangpu River. The west area is named Puxi (older part of the city) while the east Pudong, (new part of the city) is characterized by innovative developments and a modern landscape. Different types of tourist can choose where to better accommodate having the opportunity to choose between “Modern” or “Old” side of Shanghai, booking at one of the Shanghai hotel. From a tourist point of view Puxi, being the older part of the city has more historical background; this is especially visible in the walled Old City district. The latter indeed remained the same without any western influences, and tourists can still experience the authentic China. The Old City district includes many must-see attractions, such as: the Xiaotayuan Mosque Dajing Tower, Old City wall, Yuyuan Garden, Chenxiang Temple and the Temple of Gods. The latter constitutes the core of the Old city, indeed during the past each walled city had a temple devoted to an immortal God on purpose of protection. The City God Temple was mainly known as the Jinshan (Gold Mountain, an island not far from Shanghai) and further transformed into City God Temple in 1403 with the embracement of the Yongle era of the Ming Dynasty. Nowadays the City God Temple not only refers the temple itself, but it also includes the traditional commerce market around the temple, which is characterized by more than a hundred typical Chinese shops, date back almost a century. Furthermore the Temple of Gods is situated nearby the Yuyuan Garden which is considered one of the finest Chinese gardens in the province.

As previously said a tourist never get bored in Shanghai, indeed after having visited the historical district of Puxi, tourist can enjoy the eastern part of the city (Pudong) mainly characterized by western influences and developments. Indeed even if this district represents the newer part of the city, it includes many must-see attractions. For instance the Pudong district includes the Oriental TV tower which is the third tallest building in the world, representing one of the most recognised symbols of the new Shanghai. The tower gives the opportunity to its visitors “to step on the sky” thanks to the outdoor viewing platform set at 259 meters. Beside the Oriental TV tower is located the Jinmao Tower, which is the 3rd highest Chinese tower, at the 55th floor of the tower is possible to enjoy an Italian meal with a breath-less view of the city landscape for no more than 150 RMB (almost 20 dollars per person). Also Pudong welcomes families thank to its entertaining and educational content such Shanghai Science and Technology Museum and the century park which offers bike rental. However the attraction that families cannot miss out is the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium. It is a high standards exhibition over two floors, including a system of glass tunnels that gives the opportunity to stay closer with sharks turtles and other sea creatures. The area is also famous for its shopping experience which is one of the most unforgivable in the world, offering the best brand quality and choice around the world. Shanghai tours offers lots of services and tour around the area helping tourist to find their way around also providing Multi-language tourist guide.

Reviews Information about Shanghai Travel Agency

On November 26, 2010, in Travel Info, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

The internet has influenced present lives a lot. Now you can book your hotels, tour packages and air tickets online, even the international tours, like China Tours. Besides of these benefits, you could also read the reviews from previous customers, such that, these reviews help you to make the best decisions. The most familiar such […]

The internet has influenced present lives a lot. Now you can book your hotels, tour packages and air tickets online, even the international tours, like China Tours. Besides of these benefits, you could also read the reviews from previous customers, such that, these reviews help you to make the best decisions. The most familiar such website would be the tripadvisor.com and expedia.com where you can read the reviews, when you are trying to decide which China Hotels you would stay. But unfortunately, there is no such information about travel agencies in Shanghai. So that is why I collect the reviews from the popular Chinese websites for reviews.

Ctrip online travel agency. This travel agency is the most popular one in Shanghai. Although it is actually an online travel agency, you could visit the offices personally. The address is No.99 Fuquan Road, Changning District, and their phone is 021-34064880. The total rate is 4 stars (5-star is the highest) and the average cost is RMB 1151 yuan. One of the comments is “The short-term DIY tour package is great. It included the round bus trip and hotels. The bus will take you to some assigned places and leave you there for your own arrangements. Later on, all of the members will get together at the required time and location. Then the bus will take you back to the hotels. Moreover, all the transactions are made online and by credit card which is quite convenient for busy white-collars.” The most recommendation reason is that the services in ctrip are quite good and considerable. Also because it is one of the well-know online travel agencies in China, customers do not need to worry about being cheated.

Shanghai Airlines Holiday Travel Agency (Ningxia Road Branch). This is not a online travel agency, however you can make your reservation by phones as well. The address is Building 3-4, No. 235, Ningxia Road, Putuo District. If you need the information, please call 021-65556037 or 65446081. The overall rank is 4-star and there are 83 reviews in total. The average cost of reviewers is RMB 2712 yuan. The attitude of customer services is above the average a lot and quite patient. The DIY tour packages and short term tour services are also recommended by reviewers. However, the facilities, especially the hotels arranged to customers are not as good as ctrip. Also, there is private information from a employee in this travel agency. You can contact with her by the phone 13636551371 and receive some discounts.

Legend Holiday travel agency. This is also an online travel agency which is based in Shanghai. The address is Building 22, Hengda Plaza, No.285 Changshou Road, Putuo District. And the phone is 400-888-1314. The operating time is 9am to 6pm in week days, and 9am to 4pm during weekends and holidays. The average cost for this travel agency is RMB 1345 yuan. The reason why many people recommend is that the tour packages are different from other travel agencies. These packages are more like a pure entertainment tours, excluding arranged shopping events. And the hotels are quite good as well. Sometimes, you will be set in 4-star or higher rank of hotels. Some reviewers were the lucky ones: They joined this travel agency because of some rewarding or promotion events in July. Although they joined the tour packages for free, the quality of the travel was really satisfactory.

Apart from these travel agencies, there are also other good ones for your travel in China. For example China Youth Tour Service (CYTS) is well known for its high reputation in China. Recently, they also set up a specific group for serving foreign customers who want to travel in China. They provide various customized tour packages on their website, even the Tibet Tours. Want more information? Please check other blogs in this section!

Shanghai

On November 19, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Places of Interest, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Shanghai is one of the most hippest coolest places in China, its very different to all of the other cities even the capital. After forty years of being an unknown and isolated the city recently it has had a new lease of life. It is now dubbed the Paris of the Eastern world with so many […]

Shanghai is one of the most hippest coolest places in China, its very different to all of the other cities even the capital. After forty years of being an unknown and isolated the city recently it has had a new lease of life. It is now dubbed the Paris of the Eastern world with so many interesting buildings and mesmerizing architecture.  It has undergone the fastest economic expansion the world had ever seen it has really become a hot spot for business men and women round the world.

River promenade

The city itself is lying on the banks of the Hunangpu River at the mouth of the great Yangtze river, it is in fact the largest city in China and has a population of 17 million people.There is so much to see and do in Shanghai I would recommend going for at least 5 days, this will ensure you get a real taste of what the city has to offer. Shaghai has three main area’s the Old city, the French concession and the Huangpu’s east bank.

Old City

The Old city is split into three further sections south ,west and the north. The south  is very traditional chinese with many little alleyways,markets and temples it does seem more western than most other chinese towns but compared to the rest of Shanghai it has more of a chinese feel. The old city is also home to the Yu Gardens which is the first of it’s kind in Shanghai. The West however is known as the British and American Concessions this district is known as the business area with many large skyscrapers and offices. The north is where The Bund is situated which is the most popular area because there is so much to see it houses Armani’s flagship stores in China, has many ver exclusives restaurants, and spa and art gallery and  of course the very famous Fairmount Peace Hotel.  To fully explore the Bund I was suggest spending a full day there as its so big but if you are on a tight schedule here are four must see’s

  • Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank
  • Customs House
  • Views of Pudong
  • River promenade

The Bund

Another must see is the old racecourse which is reaped in history, in the early 20th century this is where the rich and this famous elite would come and spend there time it use to be one of China’s most famous corporations. It even has it’s own swimming pool and cricket path.

If this account has inspired you to want to travel Beijing but don’t know where to start for some great low cost travel idea’s go to China Tours. Or if you need advice on hotels go to China Hotels.

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Fly to Shanghai and Enjoy Yourselves

On November 12, 2010, in Shanghai, Tips & Ideas, Transportation, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Book Shanghai Flights and explore Shanghai, surely you will have wonderful experience here. Shanghai, nowadays, has been well-known by tourists all over the world; during their china travel one  city which can not be missed is Shanghai. Shanghai is located in the east of China and faces the China East Sea. With the marine transport […]

Book Shanghai Flights and explore Shanghai, surely you will have wonderful experience here. Shanghai, nowadays, has been well-known by tourists all over the world; during their china travel one  city which can not be missed is Shanghai.

Shanghai is located in the east of China and faces the China East Sea. With the marine transport and air transport, Shanghai has received millions of travelers. What’s more, being the largest city in China, Shanghai is the economic, financial, trading, and shipping center of China mainland. Owing to the fact that Shanghai has a profound modern urban culture and many historical monuments, it is now reputed as an international metropolis. In the next few years, Shanghai is committed to becoming an international financial center and shipping center.  Shanghai has international airports, such as Pudong International Airport. Many international airlines have flights to Shanghai, such as Air Canada, Air France, British Airways, Continental Airlines, and so on. Therefore, it is very convenient to travel to Shanghai by air.

Top attractions

The Bund is the classic image of Shanghai and the city’s main attraction. Sweeping along the western side of the Huangpu River, the majestic buildings date back to Shanghai’s grandest days. Many banks and financial companies built impressive offices here in the early 20th century when Shanghai was the financial capital of Asia. The city side of The Bund is packed with classic architecture. Buildings to look out for include the old Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, the Customs House and its landmark clock, the Bank of China and the Peace Hotel.

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower located in Pudong, stands a staggering 468 meters making it the tallest tower in Asia. Tourists can go to several observatory decks and in clear weather can get a superb view of The Bund and Shanghai, as well as Sheshan, Chongming Island and the Huangpu River in the distance. The tower also has a hotel, revolving restaurant, karaoke parlors and bars.

 

Yuyuan Garden is a traditional Chinese park complete with beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges and rock formations. This small park is located in the heart of Shanghai’s old Chinese quarter and links to Yuyuan Market. Built in 1559, in the Suzhou style by a high official in honor of his father, the garden has maintained its classic beauty over the centuries. The Pavilion of Spring in the northeast section of the park is famous for being the headquarters of the anti-imperialist “Little Sword Society”, who in 1853 led an uprising against Qing rule and occupied Shanghai for 17 months. Weapons, coins and other objects used by the society are now housed in an exhibition hall.

Actually, there are many other attractions in Shanghai, and also famous restaurants. Shanghai is China’s biggest port city, since ancient time, it was thronged by traders from all over the world and was densely populated with both Chinese and foreigners. Different cultures can find their positions or even blend with each other here. Generally speaking, restaurants in Shanghai feature the various kinds of dishes, like Beijing food, Yangzhou food, Wuxi food, Catonese food, Hangzhou food, and Shanghai’s local dishes. Moreover, you can find famous dishes from many countries, such as western cafes, American food, Japanese food, Indian food, Korean food, and more.One of the famous Shanghai snacks is Crab-brown Flaky Pastry. It is crispy, delicious, aromatic and as brown as the color of a cooked crab. The fillings include green onions, pork, crab meat, shrimp, sugar, mashed beans, and jujube paste. All these snacks are delicious and you can have a try.

So, Travel to Shanghai and explore here yourselves.

Your International Travel Guide To Shanghai

Travelling to Shanghai, the “Oriental Paris”, may not seem easy for most foreigners. You may get stuck in a traffic jam, waste money on disappointing food or get totally lost in a crowded tourist spot. Your vacation could easily be spoilt by a small incident and become a nightmare. However, if you turn to our international travel guide for help on Shanghai Tours, your china travel will be sure to run smoothly. 1.Alley  Restaurants Do you want to taste the real Shanghai food? Then forget the Chenghuang Temple or the Peace Hotel. Come join us and try these folk restaurants hidden away in the alleys of Shanghai: No.1  丁特勒(Ding Tele) Address: No.22,Lane494 Huaihai Zhong Road Signature Dishes:  Braised Yellow Croaker with Winter Vegetables Price: RMB22/person No.2  北万新包子铺(Bei Wanxin Baozi House) Address: Lane462 Huaihai Zhong Road,Lu Wan District Signature Dishes:  Regular Pork Bun, steamed bread stuffed with crab    meat Price: RMB10-RMB89/person No.3  茂隆餐厅(Mao Long Restaurant) Address: No.134,Jinxian Road,Lu Wan District Signature Dishes:  red-cooked pork, stir-fried shrimps Price: RMB66/person No.4  光明屯(Guang Mingtun) Address: No.588,Huaihai Zhong Road,Lu Wan District Signature Dishes:  pan-fried dumplings filled with crab meat, fresh pork moon-cake 2.  Welcome to YHA China(Youth Hostels Association) Do you think people who are robed in their suits and live in luxury apartments can discover the authentic culture of Shanghai? Definitely no! The best and quickest way to integrate into a new culture is living with local people.Youth hostel will offer you this great opportunity to make friends in Shanghai,especially when you share rooms with those humble folks.Chat,drink,play the guitar,all things can become precious memories when you go home. Hostel Recommendation: No.1 Blue Mountain Youth Hostel(Waitan branch) Address:350 Shanxi South Road, 6th Floor, Building Materials Tel:86-21-33661561   E-mail: bund@bmhostel.com No.2 Captain Hostel Address:A 7, East Yan’an Road/ No. 37 Fuzhou Road Tel:021-33310000/021-63235053  E-mail:captainhostel@163.com 3.  Pleasant Transport in Shanghai Taking buses or subway would be a wonderful choice,but make sure you are not on the rush-hour.The ticket-price of Shanghai subway ranges from 3 yuan to 6 yuan.The initiate rate of Shanghai taxi is RMB11/km and then you will be charged  RMB2.1/km. Besides,you can experience ferries,high-speed railway,or even maglev. 4.  Ramble in the most exotic streets Hengshan Road–a quiet place in downtown,famous for its dense platanus Huashan  Road–a mysterious lane with  numerous romantic tales Changchun Road–a time honored spot known for its Judean architectural complex Huaihai Road–a landscape for dreamers and the home of social butterflies in old Shanghai Changle Road–a meeting place of fashion and Modern art We also have some other special tour recommendations: Xu Jiahui  Catholic Church Xin Tiandi Pub Street Follow our tips, then you will have the most authentic ,unique in-depth Travel to Shanghai which are rarely known to other “Laowai”.Now you are a Shanghai expert! Enjoy everyday in this amazing city,good luck!

Travelling to Shanghai, the “Oriental Paris”, may not seem easy for most foreigners. You may get stuck in a traffic jam,

waste money on disappointing food or get totally lost in a crowded tourist spot. Your vacation could easily be spoilt by

a small incident and become a nightmare. However, if you turn to our international travel guide for help on

Shanghai Tours, your china travel will be sure to run smoothly.

1.Alley  Restaurants

Do you want to taste the real Shanghai food? Then forget the Chenghuang Temple or the Peace Hotel. Come join us and

try these folk restaurants hidden away in the alleys of Shanghai:

No.1  丁特勒(Ding Tele)

Address: No.22,Lane494 Huaihai Zhong Road

Signature Dishes:  Braised Yellow Croaker with Winter Vegetables

Price: RMB22/person

No.2  北万新包子铺(Bei Wanxin Baozi House)

Address: Lane462 Huaihai Zhong Road,Lu Wan District

Signature Dishes:  Regular Pork Bun, steamed bread stuffed with crab    meat

Price: RMB10-RMB89/person

No.3  茂隆餐厅(Mao Long Restaurant)

Address: No.134,Jinxian Road,Lu Wan District

Signature Dishes:  red-cooked pork, stir-fried shrimps

Price: RMB66/person

No.4  光明屯(Guang Mingtun)

Address: No.588,Huaihai Zhong Road,Lu Wan District

Signature Dishes:  pan-fried dumplings filled with crab meat, fresh pork moon-cake

2.  Welcome to YHA China(Youth Hostels Association)

Do you think people who are robed in their suits and live in luxury apartments can discover the authentic culture of

Shanghai? Definitely no! The best and quickest way to integrate into a new culture is living with local people.Youth

hostel will offer you this great opportunity to make friends in Shanghai,especially when you share rooms with those

humble folks.Chat,drink,play the guitar,all things can become precious memories when you go home.

Hostel Recommendation:

No.1 Blue Mountain Youth Hostel(Waitan branch)

Address:350 Shanxi South Road, 6th Floor, Building Materials

Tel:86-21-33661561   E-mail: bund@bmhostel.com

No.2 Captain Hostel

Address:A 7, East Yan’an Road/ No. 37 Fuzhou Road

Tel:021-33310000/021-63235053  E-mail:captainhostel@163.com

3.  Pleasant Transport in Shanghai

Taking buses or subway would be a wonderful choice,but make sure you are not on the rush-hour.The ticket-price of Shanghai subway ranges from 3 yuan to 6 yuan.The initiate rate of Shanghai taxi is RMB11/km and then you will be charged  RMB2.1/km. Besides,you can experience ferries,high-speed railway,or even maglev.

4.  Ramble in the most exotic streets

Hengshan Road–a quiet place in downtown,famous for its dense platanus

Huashan  Road–a mysterious lane with  numerous romantic tales

Changchun Road–a time honored spot known for its Judean architectural complex

Huaihai Road–a landscape for dreamers and the home of social butterflies in old Shanghai

Changle Road–a meeting place of fashion and Modern art

We also have some other special tour recommendations:

Xu Jiahui  Catholic Church

Xin Tiandi Pub Street

Follow our tips, then you will have the most authentic ,unique in-depth Travel to Shanghai which are rarely known to other “Laowai”.Now you are a Shanghai expert!

Enjoy everyday in this amazing city,good luck!

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Chinese Ancient Calligraphy

On October 25, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Must-sees, Shanghai, by Jack Li

China Is deep in ancient history and culture, you only have to look up at a sign or a name of a place to see a piece of ancient art form. Of course what I’m referring to here is the Chinese writing each symbol beautifully created with its own unique meaning with a history that […]

China Is deep in ancient history and culture, you only have to look up at a sign or a name of a place to see a piece of ancient art form. Of course what I’m referring to here is the Chinese writing each symbol beautifully created with its own unique meaning with a history that stems back over four thousand years!

Creating the Beautiful art

This is still performed in the traditional way using many of the same tools and techniques. Calligraphy became an art during the reign of Qin Dynasty but didn’t become widely used until the Han Dynasty. Jin Dynasty saw the emergence of some of the most famous calligraphers, including Wang Xizhi and Wang Xianzhi. During the rule of Tang dynasty, calligraphy became a very serious form of expression with a lot of power and respect given to those who could master it this is why a lot of great calligraphers appeared during this period. Over the long ages of evolution the form has developed through various styles and schools it now holds a very integral part of the heritage of Chinese national culture.

Ancient Examples of Calligraphy

Chinese calligraphy is and Oriental art form which is pretty and looks very much like a painting, the Chinese people believe that it uses the characters to communicate the spiritual world of the artist. Although the basics of each symbol are the same each person will have a slightly different take on each Character. The literal meaning of the word Calligraphy is ‘Beautiful writing”

Example of the beautiful writing.

Like in the same way the use of chopsticks originated in China and then spread to Korea, Japan, Vietnam and Singapore the Chinese culture of calligraphy spread and became a unique feature of oriental art.

Many western tourists myself included find Chinese calligraphy of great interest and will spend time and money buying and looking at this great art form, it seems crazy to me that the majority of Chinese people find this very simple to do and use this art form in their everyday lives. Throughout China there are many place to visit to sample original Chinese Calligraphy carvings and also many workshops where you can get a copy to take home.

Tourist about to by some of the art

If you would like to sample and see some real calligraphy in action I would recommend going to any market as they all offer this as a service. A lot of places that you go throughout china it’s not unusual to see a Chinese person sat practicing this ancient art form. If this has inspired or excited you to go and take a tour round China for some great holiday ideas look at china travel or if all you need is a low cost flight the place to look is China Flights.

Learn Some Useful Travel Chinese Words

On October 21, 2010, in Cultural Experience, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

Before an international trip, what you should learn besides the trip planning and interested sights? The native languages! Although you can join a travel agency and have an English-speaking guide, you still need to learn some native words or phrases. On one hand, this would add more fun to your Beijing or Shanghai Tours, where […]

Before an international trip, what you should learn besides the trip planning and interested sights? The native languages! Although you can join a travel agency and have an English-speaking guide, you still need to learn some native words or phrases. On one hand, this would add more fun to your Beijing or Shanghai Tours, where you probably won’t refrain from not speaking Chinese; on the other hand, this will definitely help you when Travel to Guilin, or other relatively remote cities in Southeastern China. When I was taking a bus on the first day in 2009, I was so surprised to hear “hello” in Chinese from the bus driver. Then I talked with him about how he memorized these “difficult” Chinese words. He told me the similar trick that we ever used for learning English: replace the pronunciations with similar sounds in English! It seems like this method is universal in learning every simple words in other languages. So next, I will teach you these useful travel words and phrases in this way.

For daily phrases, Hello in Chinese sounds like “knee how”, and the pinyin (Standard Chinese pronunciation) is “ni3hao3”. The number “3” after Roman alphabet represents the tones of this word “ni” or “hao”. There are four tones in Chinese: 1) tone 1, high/ soprano tone; 2) tone 2, rising/ enquiring tone; 3) tone 3, falling rising/ sarcastic tone; 4) tone 4, falling/ emphatic tone. How are you? equals to “knee how ma?”, as the pinyin is “ni3hao3ma”. Good morning is “Dzau-shung how” and the pinyin is “zao3 shang4 hao3”. Sorry is a frequent word and in Chinese it is “Dway boo chee”. The tones and pinyin is “Dui4 bu4 qi3”. Thank you is another word you need to learn. You can just remember “Sshyeah sshyeah”, while the tones are “xie4 xie4”.

Another group of words is useful when you are trying to bargaining. Too Expensive in Chinese is “Tie gway luh” and the correct pinyin is “Tai4 Gui4 Le”. From the number one to ten, the responding Chinese words sound like “ee “ for 1, “r” for 2, “san” for 3, “sz” for 4, “oo” for 5, “leo” for 6, “chee” for 7, “bah” for 8, “jeo” for 9, “shr” for 10. For two digits numbers, just remember the rules: the number on tens digit+”shr”(for 10)+ the number on unit digit. For example, 23 in Chinese is “r shr san”. A hundred sounds like “ee bye” and A thousand is “ee chee an”. The rules for three-digit numbers are similar to the two-digit numbers: the number on hundreds digit+”bye”(for 100)+the number on tens digit+”shr”(for 10)+the number on the unit digit. For instance, 256 is “r bye oo shr leo”.

The third kind of phrases is useful for asking people for directions, which are the most frequent problems in travelling in China. Where is the bathroom? is “Sshee shoh jyen dzeye nah-lee?”. Bathroom is “sshee1 shoh3 jyen3” and “where is” is “dzeye nah-lee”. What is this? is “Jer shrr shnn-muh?”. How long (time)? is “Dwor jyoh”. What time? / What’s the time? is “Jee-dyen jong”. Do you have..? is “Yoh-may-yoh…?”

These words or phrases above are only a fraction of complicated Chinese daily words. However, since it takes long time to grasp a new language, especially a completely different one like Chinese, it is better for you to just write several words and their similar pronunciations. Also if you do not know Chinese at all and do not have time to learn these hard pronunciations, you can book the trip, including vacation packages, China Hotels, airlines online through some legal agencies. They will consider these for you and prepare everything you need during the trip.

The Extremely Hot Month for China Traveling

On October 19, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Must-sees, by Jack Li

Talking about China Tours, the most popular and must-see cities would be Beijing, Shanghai, or Xi’an. If you are interested in historical spots of ancient China, Travel to Xi’an could satisfy you. Well, Beijing could be the choice to experience the combination of history and modern cities. However, in this month, these two hot tourism […]

Talking about China Tours, the most popular and must-see cities would be Beijing, Shanghai, or Xi’an. If you are interested in historical spots of ancient China, Travel to Xi’an could satisfy you. Well, Beijing could be the choice to experience the combination of history and modern cities. However, in this month, these two hot tourism cities together are attracting much less visitors than Shanghai.

Shanghai is always the favorite city for western visitors, as its climate is comfortable and the local cultures there are quite western style. But I would like not to recommend Shanghai for your trip this month (October, 2010), because the 2010 World Expo is going to close this month. As a result, the number of visitors to Shanghai Expo exceeds 1,000,000 every single day this month. Even the municipality is texting messages to people, asking them not go to the Expo. This same message is also broadcasting on each public vehicle. The numbers of visitors and the hot scenes in 2010 Shanghai Expo are the top domestic news these days. The waiting time for some pavilions are hitting to a new record every day. For example, visitors for the petroleum pavilion had to wait 10 hours or more on Oct 11th, 20 days before its closure. Even some “cold” pavilions, such as Iran or some African countries, needs waiting time for at least 6 hours.

Since it opened, the 2010 Shanghai Expo is the hot online topic every day and people satirized it by replacing the name with “Shanghai Struggling Expo”. But this month it becomes the hottest topic on internet. There are many netizens making fun of this hot scene. On renren.com, a popular similar Chinese “facebook”, many users changed their status related to this. “When I saw the news that the visitors reached 1 million, suddenly I thought maybe I should go to see this spectacular crowded view rather than the Expo itself.” one netizen wrote on his status. “Till 2:30pm, Oct 11th, 2010, 80 countries in the world have less population than Shanghai Expo at this time.” a visitor updated her status by phone. One of my colleague who is responsible for booking tour packages for foreign visitors, just “refused” a request for Shanghai Expo express way tour, as he said “it is impossible to arrange such tour now, because the tickets are not selling much anymore, and the government is trying to control the number of visitors and also asking people not to visit Shanghai Expo now.”

Anyway, if you still do not want to miss this quite crowd but extraordinary exhibition, here are still some tips for you to suffer less during the trip. Schedule your visiting time to be the last week before its closure (Oct 25 to Oct 31). Why? Because the last week is assigned to be more expensive than usual, this may, but I do not guarantee, restrict some people from visiting. And the last two days, Oct 30 and Oct 31, will not sell and change tickets. Also there are many activities and celebrations will hold on these two days. So booking your tickets in advance for these two days, will also give you a more comfortable and less crowded tour.

Travelling to China always brings you a lot of exotic fun and experiences, but you will also have to accept the crowded situation. Though in India, Tokyo and Hong Kong, you could understand what is the truly crowed. If you really do not want to see this crowed scene, you can try other less popular cities in China. Actually, these cities are chosen by more Chinese youngsters. These cities are more likely in Southwestern China, like Lijiang (丽江) in Yunnan province, Fenghuang in Hunan province, and Guilin Tours in Guangxi province. In the next articles, introductions about travelling to these rural but beautiful cities will be presented.

Useful Tips for Low Fare Travel to Shanghai Expo

On October 14, 2010, in Cultural Experience, Must-sees, by Jack Li

According to the official statistics, 62,660,000 people have visited the 2010 Shanghai Expo. It is quite a hot travelling spot this year, so you may have been thinking Travel to Shanghai. But the economy is so depressing these two years, people have to consider saving money on everything. But less money does not absolutely equal […]

According to the official statistics, 62,660,000 people have visited the 2010 Shanghai Expo. It is quite a hot travelling spot this year, so you may have been thinking Travel to Shanghai. But the economy is so depressing these two years, people have to consider saving money on everything. But less money does not absolutely equal to losing some fun during the travel. To write this article, I collect some tips from both Chinese netizens’ opinions and my own or friends’ experience. And this article will not cover information on Shanghai Hotels and flights, as these are already plenty of tips on how to get cheap hotels and airline tickets.

1. Choose the proper route. There are 13 entering spots for Shanghai Expo, and you can get there by various vehicles, such as subways, buses, fairies, and driving. But the most cheap and convenient method would be subways. Five subway lines reach different entering spots. Among them, line 8 is recommended by netizens as it reaches zone B and the station is Yaohua Road. And it is close to the fairy station to across Huangpu River to Asian exhibition parks for free. There are also 4 entering spots for fairies, and only Dongchang Road gate is available for individual visitors. The waiting time is 20 minutes from 8am to 12pm, and 40 minutes between 4pm to 6pm.

2. Expenses in the parks. The security rules are similar to the flights. Any liquids are not permitted to carry with. The drinks in parks are much more expensive that are around RMB 4 to 5 yuan. You need a lot of water to be “surviving” in the tour. So if you just drink the free filtered tap water in the park, you could save some money.  You can bring some snacks to avoid expenses in the park, but it seems unnecessary and adding burdens. There are some good but relatively cheap restaurants in the culture & art center. Moreover, remember to bring a folding stool with you, as you will walk and stand for a long time.

3.Types of tickets. One-day tickets vary with peak days and standard days. Ticket price for peak days are RMB 40 yuan more than in standard days. Peak Days include passed two large holidays in China, and the last week before the closing date during Oct. 25-30, 2010. Other days are the standard days. But my friends who have been to Shanghai Expo highly recommend the 3-day pass ticket which not only saves your RMB 80 yuan, but also a lot of waiting time to buy tickets. It is impossible that you could visit most of the parks just in one day. 3 days are suitable for major visitors, while 7-day pass is only good for those who are the big fan of Expo. A trick to buy even cheaper tickets is to join the Expo tour service, provided by authorized travel agents.

4.Save a lot on souvenirs. Usually souvenirs cost you a large amount of money without your notice. And these small stuffs in the parks are much more expensive than other places. Some of them are not so special that you can buy from other places, but some of them are unique in the parks. In this case, you could search for free gifts in different pavilions. At 9am every day, you can get a piece of “magic” opal in Turkey pavilion and you can ask the astrologer to tell your luck today. You may also get a secret seed from the glass structure outside of British pavilion at 10am. And you could some free food trials in Peru pavilion from 1pm. If you are crazy about chocolates, then you have 99% chances to get a pack of genuine Belgium chocolate in its country pavilion at 3pm. Check these free gifts before you go, and feel free to ask visitors or staff there.

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