Yu Yuan Garden

On August 23, 2012, in Parks & Gardens, Places of Interest, Shanghai, by Jack Li

During your Trip to Shanghai you will find that the city has a lot to offer, big buildings, museums, a lot of places to go shopping and a very distinctive gastronomy, but if you want to relax the best thing you can do is go to the Yu Yuan Garden, that is a stop you […]

During your Trip to Shanghai you will find that the city has a lot to offer, big buildings, museums, a lot of places to go shopping and a very distinctive gastronomy, but if you want to relax the best thing you can do is go to the Yu Yuan Garden, that is a stop you have to do in your Shanghai Tour.

The Yu Yuan Garden is one of the most famous gardens in China. It is located in the north part of the city, near the Wall, and its situation made it perfect for the plants that live in it.

It was built during the Ming dynasty, between the 1559 and 1577, but it was not built by emperors or kings, it was built by an official, albeit it was made in similarity to the Imperial gardens and it was built for a very altruist reason.

The official’s parents were too old to travel to the capital, but they really wanted to see an Imperial Garden and that is also the reason why the gardens are called Yu Yuan (Yu means health and calm).

After the official’s death the family fell in bankrupt and the garden was forgotten, it was kept in a terrible state since 1760 when a group of buyers bought it and partially restored it, at the beginning of the XX century a part of the garden was transformed in a bazar.

It wasn’t until 1957 that the garden was completely restored (that also included a part of the neighborhood who was also built in the Ming dynasty) in 1982 the garden and the neighborhood were considered “national monument” and now is one of the most touristic places of the city.

The garden is two and a half hectares and has the principal elements of the Chinese garden building.

They search the perfect combination between buildings and nature, and they do that by combining very precisely shaped halls, artificial ponds and rivers and a very varied vegetation, placing the threes and the different kinds of flowers in the perfect position to have a very astonishing visual effect.

The Yu Yuan gardens are a must see in your Shanghai Tour and it’s very convenient to go there and spend the day because in this area there are also lots of places to go shopping and lots of restaurants where you will be able to taste the typical food of Shanghai.

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10 things to see in Shanghai.

On August 21, 2012, in Cool Places, Places of Interest, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Shanghai is one of the most visited cities of China and it has a lot of things to see, so if Shanghai is a stop in your China tour here there are 10 things you can’t miss in your Shanghai trip. 1)      People’s square; situated in the center of the city it is nearly 150,000 […]

Shanghai is one of the most visited cities of China and it has a lot of things to see, so if Shanghai is a stop in your China tour here there are 10 things you can’t miss in your Shanghai trip.

1)      People’s square; situated in the center of the city it is nearly 150,000 square meters and it’s surrounded by buildings, there is a “smart musical fountain” in the middle so make sure you don’t miss that.

2)      Shanghai museum; This museum has the shape of a bronze caudron and it covers more than 5,000 years in the Chinese history, there are a lot of different pieces, from calligraphy to ceramics or statues, it’s a bit difficult to cover it in one trip.

3)      Eat Din Tai Fung; as popular as Beijing Duck, the Din Tai Fung is a kind of soup that is served with dumplings (normally pork) and broth, it’s a very popular taste in the city so make sure that, at least, you try it once.

4)      Dongtai Road; if you want to buy souvenirs and you don’t know where to go its easy, Dongtai Road. This road is the best place to buy things to bring home, from teapots to statues, everything can be found there.

5)      The Bund; situated near the river is one of the places where you can see the contrast of China, as there are a lot different buildings
in a lot of different styles, you can find high skyscrapers and renaissance buildings, traditional Chinese…

6)      Huangpu river; this is the center of the city, it’s hearth, this river holds 30% of the water exportation of China, it has also a lot of buildings in the Shanghai area so you can visit it by boat.

7)      Longtangs; like the Hútòngs in Beijing the Longtang are the ancient streets of the city, you can see how the ancient inhabitants of Shanghai lived in the City and it’s a place worth visiting.

8)      Yu Yuan Garden; this garden was created in the Ming dynasty and it took more than 20 years to be built, it’s a nice place and not very crowded so if you want to relax for a while it’s the best place.

9)      Old City;  called Nanshi for the locals is a very good place to go and see temples, traditional shops and gardens, don’t miss the City Wall or the Bridge of Nine Turnings, they are a Must-see in the city.

10)   French concession; it’s a very nice place to relax, it still has the buildings from 1900 and it’s like you’ve suddenly traveled to Europe and have a hint of the life of the city one hundred years ago.

Shanghai is a very nice city to visit in your Chinese Tour, and it is worth spending some days there! Don’t miss it!

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Art in the Park

On May 23, 2012, in Parks & Gardens, Places of Interest, Shanghai, by Jack Li

If you travel to Shanghai and you want to see a little more than just skyscrapers and the modern and fancy aspect of the city, you should check out some of Shanghai’s parks. The Jing’an Sculpture Park, stretching over an area of 30,000 square meters, is a great place where you can see that the […]

If you travel to Shanghai and you want to see a little more than just skyscrapers and the modern and fancy aspect of the city, you should check out some of Shanghai’s parks. The Jing’an Sculpture Park, stretching over an area of 30,000 square meters, is a great place where you can see that the huge city still has some comparably quiet places. It was opened in 2007 and it is one of the biggest parks of its kind in the region, located in Jing’an district which is west of the center and only a five to ten minute walk from Metro line 2, West Nanjing Road station. It is a good recommendation for the more relaxed part of your Shanghai Tours.

 

The exhibited pieces of art which are integrated into the surroundings add to the atmosphere of this park offering interesting sculptures and statues of different sizes, colors and materials from various artists from all over the world. No matter if you’re interested in art and see the sculptures from that perspective or if you just think they are nice decoration, the park offers great scenery for all visitors. Not only kids will love the huge lying bulls in the south west of the park; a group of bull sculptures is scattered over the lawn just like a herd resting in the afternoon heat. In the contrast to this stands the dynamic complex wooden structure behind it which is weaving through the treetops. The ‘Red Beacon’ is the artwork of the famous Belgian artist, sculptor and designer Arne Quinze.

 

Many sculptures in the park were introduced as part of the Jing’an International Sculpture Project about two years ago during the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. This large-scale cultural and art activity was created for the public mainly in the non-core areas of the Expo. Apart from the exhibits numerous fountains throughout the park make it a wonderful place for hot summer days. They are not only great to look at; the view and the quiet sound of splashing water always have a calming effect and when it’s windy it refreshes the air a little.

 

In the mornings this park is a popular place for sports activities especially among the older generation, doing Tai chi, jogging, dancing etc. On the weekends you can see moms with their kids or whole families meeting to spend some time together. Almost every park offers visitors the opportunity to see a little bit of the locals’ life with their customs and habits. Very often you’ll see on journeys that in big cities parks offer an opportunity to get away from the busy city life for locals and visitors just the same. Walking through a park surrounded by trees and seeing the skyscrapers around it will always feel special; the contrast makes it look unnatural and exciting at the same time.

 

In June 2009 another big project started in the Sculpture Park. The Shanghai Natural History Museum will be moved to this new location in late 2012 where a new building is currently being constructed offering a much more convenient location and more modern display space. Numerous exhibits will be moved to the new location which is in many ways more convenient than the existing Natural History Museum. The Jing’an Sculpture Park itself is already worth a visit (there is not even an entrance fee) but with the museum moving there it will be a must see for families coming to Shanghai. Many Shanghai Hotels are located in this area, so if you’re staying close by, don’t miss out on this nice place on your city tours.

Can’t Leave China Without Seeing a Panda

On October 21, 2011, in Cool Places, Must-sees, Shanghai, by Jack Li

When you plan your China tour make sure you plan on seeing a Panda, because it would be a sin to go all the way to China and not see a panda. A fun place to go see Pandas is the ‘Wild Animal Park’, in Shanghai. Here you will also be able to see 200 […]

When you plan your China tour make sure you plan on seeing a Panda, because it would be a sin to go all the way to China and not see a panda. A fun place to go see Pandas is the ‘Wild Animal Park’, in Shanghai. Here you will also be able to see 200 different animals from all over the world.  Seeing the wild animals will make your Shanghai tour.

The ‘Wild Animal Park’ is China national 1st grade zoo. It coves over 300 acres, don’t worry you don’t have to walk all of those acres. Part of the zoo is a bus tour. There are 200 different animals from all over the world including rare animals. There are five main animal sections which include the animal performing Hall, area for wild beasts, herbivores, penned animals and other animals.

If you love to watch performers then you are going to love watching these animal actors. Elephants, dogs, sheep, bears, tigers, lions, monkeys and parrots all have superior acting skills and they all work well with each other. If you get a chance make sure you go see one of their shows they will surprise you on how good they really are. Another part of the performing hall is the dog racing course, not only do dogs use this course but other animals do to. So you better time your time just right so you can see camels, or ostriches, compete on this course.

The best part of the zoo is the tour bus. It will be an unforgettable experience. You will be able to get close to the animals and see how wild animals act when they are in the wild. The zoo feeds the tigers and lions live animals so that they will keep their survival instincts. So keep your eyes open since you might be able to see these animals catch, kill and eat their prey.  One of the benefits on going on the bus tour is that you are able to feed and take pictures of the animals, such as bears who will come up to the bus and beg for food and you will  be able to feed giraffes leaves.

When you go to the Wild Animal Park, make sure you go see the Penned animal’s area, because this area includes the giant panda hall. And you can’t leave China without seeing the Pandas. In this area you will be able to see a white lion, white tiger, kangaroo and crocodiles and much more. This area will teach you about how the animals lives and what they like to eat. So when you leave the zoo you will be educated. Don’t forget to see the bird garden and young animal garden.

While you are at the zoo you can ride the Ferris wheel and be able to see the bird’s eye view. If you are getting tried and don’t want to walk any more then you can ride the electric power cart it will carry you around the zoo. If you bring children and they want to play there is an amazing outdoor playground. Don’t worry about getting hungry since there are restaurants located around the zoo. Also don’t forget to buy a souvenir when you are there. 

Just remember you can’t leave China without seeing a Panda. So when you get off your China flight make note that you want to see a real Panda. If you go visit Shanghai make sure you stop by the Wild Animal Zoo, it will cost 120RMBs for adults and 60RMBs for children who are 4 feet tall, and free for children you are less than 2 feet tall.

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Shanghai Ancient Town

On October 20, 2011, in Ancient Houses & Courtyards, Cultural Experience, Shanghai, by Jack Li

If you are planning on a China tour and you want to be educated on how life was in the ancient days, then Zhujiajiao Ancient Town is the place for you. Zhujiajiao is located in Shanghai suburbs. The only way to get here is by a tour bus, so it is going to be far […]

If you are planning on a China tour and you want to be educated on how life was in the ancient days, then Zhujiajiao Ancient Town is the place for you. Zhujiajiao is located in Shanghai suburbs. The only way to get here is by a tour bus, so it is going to be far from your Shanghai hotel.

Zhujiajiao Town has 1700 years worth of history. It started as a very small village during The Three Kingdom Period (220-280) then turned in a bazaar in the Song and Yuan Dynasties Era (960-1398). Over the years more and more people took up residency, because of its booming businesses. Then in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) it developed into a town.

Another name for the Zhujiajiao town is the ‘Pearl Stream’ since the town is built around the water. The area of the town is 18.1 miles. So it is a good idea to take a boat ride to see all of the attractions. Some of these attractions include the unique bridges across the bubbling streams, the rivers that are coved by willow tress and the houses with courtyards.

People say if you don’t see a bridge in Zhujiajiao then you have not visited Zhujiajiao you have just wasted your time. The bridges are amazing distinctive and old. Most of the bridges were built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. They all have different styles and shapes and each one is made out of a different materiel from the use of wood to stone to marble.

The Fansheng Bridge is the longest, largest and tallest stone bridge in Zhujiajiao. It has five opening. It was built in 1571. The bridgealso has lovely decorations. The first decoration is the ‘Dragon Gate’ stone tablet, on the tablet there is eight engraved dragons encircling a pear. The second decoration is the four lions on top of the bridge, each one is made out of stone.

A must see attraction is the ‘North Street’ or ‘Ancient Street’. This street is filled with ancient buildings at date back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is also the best preserved ancient street in the area. The street is elegant and simple and the viewer has an enjoyable time walking down it. So when you are walking down ‘North Street’ make sure you take your time and enjoy the historic buildings, long stores, old bridges plus the long narrow lanes that can be found there.

Another must see attraction is the ‘Ken Zhi Yuan’ garden. This garden was also built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is the largest garden in town. The common name for the garden is ‘Ma Family Garden’ named after its host name Ma Wenqin. In this garden you will be able to see ancient dwellings, and artificial hills. It is a beautiful place to visit. The garden is located in the northern part of town off of Xijin Street.

So when you go see Zhujiajiao Town during your Shanghai Tour make sure you take enough RMBs to pay for the admission fee. It cost 80RMBs for a cruise boat and nine scenic spots and 60RMBs for eight scenic spots and 30RMBs for four scenic spots. If you want the option of having a tour guild you can, for an English one it will cost 120RMBs and it will last for three hours. If you want a Chinese one it will only cost you 80RMBs and it last for three hours also. When you go to Zhujiajiao Town make sure you enjoy your time here.

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White Jade in Shanghai

On October 19, 2011, in Shanghai, Temples, by Jack Li

Located in the Shanghai area there is a Buddha temple that has white jade Buddha statues. This temple is called the ‘Jade Buddha Temple- Yufo Fo Si’. These Buddha’s are magnificent, thus making the temple a popular destination. The temple is in a great location, seeing as you can find a Shanghai hotel close by […]

Located in the Shanghai area there is a Buddha temple that has white jade Buddha statues. This temple is called the ‘Jade Buddha Temple- Yufo Fo Si’. These Buddha’s are magnificent, thus making the temple a popular destination. The temple is in a great location, seeing as you can find a Shanghai hotel close by it. The Jade Buddha temple would be a great attraction to see on your Shanghai tour since it will only last you a couple of hours and only 20RMBs.

 The Story:

A monk named Putoshan travelled to Burma in 1882, so that he could have a white Buddha made. For the purpose of bringing it back to China with him. The one he brought back was the ‘Reclining Buddha’. It was a long journey since he had to cart the Buddha back. When Putoshan brought it back he set it down so he could built a temple around it. Then he went off again to search of alms so he would have the means to build a temple for it. The ‘Seated Buddha’ which is also made from white jade was brought back from Singapore by Zhenshan in 1990. Zhenshan was the tenth master of the temple. Thousands of believers pilgrimage here each year.

In the 1880’s an old temple was built to house the Buddha statues. The temple only lasted until the 1900s when it was destroyed in the revolutions at overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Gratefully the Buddha statue was not harmed, sadly the temple was. In 1928 a new temple was built. This is the same temple visitors see today.

What you see

When you are walking around you will be able to see two white Buddha statues. Each one is different, the first is the ‘Seated Buddha’ it is 6 feet and 5 inches tall weighting 205 pounds. This Buddha is decorated with semi precious stones. The ‘Seated Buddha’ shows the viewer that he is in his moment of mediation and enlightenment. The second Buddha is ‘Reclining Buddha’ he is 3 feet and 4 inches long. The ‘Reclining Buddha’ is lying on its right side with its right hand supporting its head and left hand on its left leg. This shape is called the ‘luck repose’ where the Buddha is in a peaceful mood. These two Buddha are both carved from white jade, making them look more vibrant. 

The Jade temple is the most visited temple in Shanghai. It is situated in the busy city, but is a great place to go for someone who is looking for peace and quiet. The temple has seven structures which are: Devajara Hall, the Mahavira Hall, the Jade Buddha Tower, and Kwan-yin Hall, and Amitabha Hall, and the Tang Hall, and lastly the dining-room and Recumbent Buddha Hall. So when you travel to Shanghai make sure you stop in and see the White Buddha statues at the Jude Buddha temples.

A Garden in Shanghai

On October 18, 2011, in Nature Scenery, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Yuyuan Garden has been in existence for 400 years. It is one of Shanghai biggest gardens and it is only a subway ride away from your Shanghai hotel. If you love gardens then Shanghai is the place for you. The garden is only five acres, but in those five acres there is a great deal […]

Yuyuan Garden has been in existence for 400 years. It is one of Shanghai biggest gardens and it is only a subway ride away from your Shanghai hotel. If you love gardens then Shanghai is the place for you. The garden is only five acres, but in those five acres there is a great deal of attractions to enjoy. So when you travel to Shanghai make sure you plan on seeing the Yuyuan Gardens.

In the Yuyuan Garden you will find pavilions, halls, ponds, rockeries and cloisters each one of these have uniqueness about them. When you enter the garden you can climb the rockery it is about 50 feet. When you get to the top you will be able to enjoy a charming view of the garden. 

Pan Yunduan who was an officer in the Ming Dynasty built the garden for his parents. He wanted to give his parents a place where they could be happy and enjoy their old age. Even though the garden has been around for 400 years it has changed over time. When the Pan’s family declined it became desolate. Then a rich merchant brought it in 1760 so he could fix it up and make it look like a garden again. He spent twenty years reconstructing the garden. Sadly in the 19th century it was destroyed again by the Opium War. The garden that we see today took five years to restore. The restoration projected started in 1956 and opened it doors to the public in 1961.

In the garden there are six main scenic areas 1-Sansui Hall, 2-Wanhua Chamber, 3-Dianchun Hall, 4-Huijing Hall, 5-Yuhua Hall and 6-Inner Garden. Sansui Hall is the largest hall. Its height is 30 feet and it has five halls. The Wandering Chamber has many great beauties. While you are walking around the Wandering Chamber you will be able to see pavilions, streams, courtyards and natural features. The best part is the Spring Bamboos that grow there. The second best part is the old trees. One tree is 70 feet tall, and it is said that the tree was planted 400 years ago.

On the east side of Wanhua Chamber you will be able to see the Dianchun Hall. In 1644-1911 Dianchun hall was used by Xiaodao Hui group who fought against the Qing Dynasty.  Some of the coins made by the Xiaodao Hui are displayed in the hall.

Jade is a famous rock in China, so when Pan Yunduan was building the garden he had the Yuhua Hall built so that he could sit in the hall and admire the Exquisite Jade Rock. The rock is 10.8 feet high. The exquisite Jade Rock is really amazing. It has 72 holes in it so when someone would burn a joss stick at the bottom the smoke would magically float out from all the holes. If someone would pour water on top of the rock the water would come out of each of the holes.

Yuyuan Garden is a great place to visit if you want to feel peace and tranquility. It only cost 40RMBs. If you want to take the Subway there make sure you are on Subway line 10 and get off at the Yuyuan Station and leave from Exit 1.  So next time you go on a Shanghai tour make sure you see the Yuyuan Garden.

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Fashion Shoppers- Nanjing Road is for you

On October 17, 2011, in China Travel Gossip, Cool Places, Shanghai, Shopping, by Jack Li

Fashion seekers from all over the world travel to Shanghai, so that they can go shopping on Nanjing Road. The road is 3.4 miles long and is China’s leading shopping Street. So if you love shopping and you are planning on a China tour make sure Shanghai is one of your destinations. Nanjing Road was […]

Fashion seekers from all over the world travel to Shanghai, so that they can go shopping on Nanjing Road. The road is 3.4 miles long and is China’s leading shopping Street. So if you love shopping and you are planning on a China tour make sure Shanghai is one of your destinations.

Nanjing Road was the earliest shopping street in Shanghai. It started after the Opium Wars. First it was used by the British then by an international settlement. These people would import large quantities of foreign goods, so that they could sell the goods in Shanghai.  Nanjing Road starts in the east side of the Bund and go west.

Today Nanjing Road is 3.4 miles long. It has changed over time for the shopping convenience. If you are a fashion-seeking shopper then East Nanjing Road is the place for you. It has a multiple of shopping malls, big traditional stores, theatres and specialty stores. You can find and buy whatever you want for example you can find, communications equipment, clothing, shoes, fabrics, jewelries watches, books, sun glasses, and food. There are also Chinese art shops for people interested in the Chinese culture. Some of the products they sell are China silk, calligraphy and paintings.

If you are not a shopper Nanjing Road will still be a great attraction to see, especially at night. The stores decorated with colorful lights to help draw the customer in. While walking on Nanjing Road you can see China cultural buildings, the city government building-‘people square’. Shanghai Museum and Shanghai Theatre are also located on the road.  

 If you want to go shopping and you run out of cash, its alright since most large shopping malls accepts foreigners credit cards including, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, Federal and Million. For smaller stores make sure you have enough cash.

So remember Fashions shoppers Nanjing Road is the place to go shopping. There are over 600 businesses that provide famous brands, new fashions, and superior quality. So when you are booking your China flights make sure you book one to Shanghai so that you can go shopping on Nanjing Road.

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Shanghai on Budget

On October 14, 2011, in Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

If you love to save money and travel then make sure that ‘The Bund’ is on your Shanghai tour. Since Shanghai is China largest city there is lots to do if you are on a budget for example ‘The Bund’. So when you are on your Shanghai Flight make sure you have planned on seeing […]

If you love to save money and travel then make sure that ‘The Bund’ is on your Shanghai tour. Since Shanghai is China largest city there is lots to do if you are on a budget for example ‘The Bund’. So when you are on your Shanghai Flight make sure you have planned on seeing The Bund and Huangpu River. It is low in cost and is remarkable.

Facts on Shanghai, its population size is 23,019,148. It is located on Huangpu River making it a port city. It was first set up as a fishing and textile town, but then got popular after the signing of the 1842, Treaty of Nanking.  Western from all over started to move in. They set up banks and trading houses. The city became to be known for it thriving commercial and financial center. Shanghai was chosen in 1990 to lead China’s reform which resulted in development boom.

There are some reasons why you need to see the Bund. Number one is also the most important reason and that is because it does not cost anything to see. The second reason is the fact that it has 26 buildings that are all different in architectural styles. Some of these architectural differences included Gothic, Baroque, Classicism and Romanesque. Third reason is to see the ‘lovers wall’ that is located there. It is said that the ‘lovers wall’ was once the most romantic corner in Shanghai.  So when you visit you can stand on the wall next to the railings and feel the romantic atmosphere. It is also a great location to take pictures of the bund.

When you go to Bund make sure you keep an eye out for some of the statues that are located there. Some of these statues include one of Chen Yi who was the first communist mayor of Shanghai. Another one can be located on the other side of the Bund. This one is a Monument to the People’s Heroes. It was built in memory of those who died during the revolutionary struggle. There are a few more statues, so when you go see how many you can see and find out why they were placed there.

The Best part of the Bund is the night view. Each building is lit up differently making it look magical. The night view is another way for the viewer to see how many different architectural styles there are. Also having the river light up by the lights also makes it a great picture opportunity.

Even if you are on a budget you can still plan on going on a China tour. You just need to know what to do and one of those activities is seeing the Bund in Shanghai. It will let you see the modern China in a new light. You will not be sorry if you take  your time to go and see the Bund.

Top Music Festivals in China..

On September 19, 2011, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Festivals, Shanghai, Sichuan, by Jack Li

If you are a big music fan and planning a China tour you should definitely check to see if your visit coincides with a music festival. There are a variety of music festivals every year all over China (particularly if you travel to Shanghai or Beijing) with many genres having a place on the stage. […]

If you are a big music fan and planning a China tour you should definitely check to see if your visit coincides with a music festival. There are a variety of music festivals every year all over China (particularly if you travel to Shanghai or Beijing) with many genres having a place on the stage. I attended the Black Rabbit Festival this weekend which is a new festival for 2011 playing in Beijing and Shanghai. There was a mix of international and local talent including Yellowcard, PK 14, Ludacris and 30 Seconds to Mars.

 

Ticket were a fraction of the cost expected in the west, with prices at 210RMB for the full day event. Generally a ticket to see just one of these bands would cost that price. The festival itself was an interesting mix, where indie, rock and hip hop fans all came together to experience their favourite acts performing.

 

 

The festival in Beijing was located at Chaoyang Sports Park on the outskirts of the city, it was only a 32RMB cab ride there, however the journey back was a little difficult as taxi’s were not willing to stop and pick anyone up! So we resulted to hopping on the 350 bus back to Tuanjiehu (Sanlintun area) and continuing our travels by subway.

 

The grounds of the festival had a variety of entertainment, with a Chinese style market, food vendors and a bouncy castle. We were lucky enough to acquire some freebies of t-shirts and rabbit ears which helped us blend in to the festival crowd further!

 

Here is a short selection of some other popular festivals across China you may wish to check out!

 

MIDI Festival

Midi is China’s largest and longest running festival and usually runs for four consecutive days. It runs every year at the beginning of May in Beijing and the bands are usually within the Rock, Punk and Metal genres. Tickets cost around 200RMB for the weekend, and there is usually a combination of Chinese and International artists.

 

Strawberry Festival

Strawberry is another big rock festival held annually in Beijing (alongside other cities). It appears to be competition against Midi festival as they generally schedule to run at the same time, in the same city, just an hour apart from one another.

 

Zebra Festival

Zebra music festival is held each year in Chengdu, Sichuan province. Again it is a rock festival and tickets are 80RMB (for a day pass as weekend tickets aren’t available) with the festival running for three days.

 

Beijing Pop Festival

This festival, contrary to the name, is infact another rock festival! It was held every year (until 2007) in Beijing’s Chaoyang Park and features a combination of local and international bands. Notable acts that have performed there include Nine Inch Nails,  Public Enemy and New York Dolls. However, there haven’t been any performances over the past few years meaning it possibly could be extinct, considering Black Rabbit Festival has popped up in the month this festival usually takes place.

 

Other festivals to look into are Modern Sky Festival, China Music Valley Festival and Blossom Festival. However, festivals throughout China seem to be disappearing as fast as they begin, so it is best to continually check the line up and stability before planning any China Travel around this!

 

 

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