Dazhushan Mountain Travel Tips

On September 9, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Mountain Areas, Nature Scenery, Qingdao, Tours, by Jack Li

Ever since the Stone Gate Temple was built, people hold “mountain gathering” every year in Dazhushan Mountain. On April 8th of the lunar calendar each year, people show up in the Stone Gate Temple for a visit, to pray, or to do some shopping or selling. On this day, the smoke of incense hovers in […]

Ever since the Stone Gate Temple was built, people hold “mountain gathering” every year in Dazhushan Mountain. On April 8th of the lunar calendar each year, people show up in the Stone Gate Temple for a visit, to pray, or to do some shopping or selling. On this day, the smoke of incense hovers in and about the mountain together with the noise of the crowd. There are theatrical performances, organized trading and so on. This is the high season of the mountain. Many tourists take part in the gathering because it is springtime and they can do both sight-seeing and shopping. You can hire a guide to show you around the place and it costs you 100 Yuan.

Best Season to Visit Dazhushan Mountain:

Dazhushan Mountain is beautiful at any time of the year. In April it is spring and the blossoms richly decorate the mountain and the valley. The blossoming season lasts till the end of summer. Besides the flowers, streams and creeks are also an important part of the scenery of Dazhushan Mountain. In all the four seasons you can see clear streams running in every valley.

Dazhushan Mountain Route:

Zhushan Xiugu—Stone Gate Temple—Stone Gate Stream—Mayi Nunnery—Zhuchao Cave—Dazhushan Grottoes—Qifeng Yishi.

Dazhushan Mountain Ticket:

Adult ticket: RMB 40 per person

Children ticket: RMB 20 for children between 1.2-1.4 metres, free of charge for children under 1.2 metres.

Opening hours: 8:00-17:00

The scenic spot is mainly made up of Stone Gate Temple and Zhushan Xiugu, and the entrance ticket includes these two items. Tickets for other tourist spots: RMB 10 for sight-seeing cars, RMB 20 for the ropeway.

They low season is from October 16th to March 15th, and the high season is from March 16th to October 15th. From June 4th to 6th you can get a half-price entrance ticket at the scenic spot.

How to get to Dazhushan Mountain:

  1. By bus: Take a bus to Jiaonan Bus Station, then take Bus 3 to Stone Gate Temple Scenic Spot (Shimensijingqu); or you can take the ferry from Xuejiadao Island or Huangdao Pier and take the bus to Jiaonan and get off at Weike Station. Transfer to Bus 12 to get to Zhushan Xiugu.
  2. By car: Take the ferry to Huangdao Island or Anzi Pier, then go along Binhai Road and follow the road instructions. You can park in the temporary parking lot and take the sight-seeing bus to Zhushan Xiugu or Stone Gate Temple.
  3. There is a footpath in the Dazhushan Mountain Scenic Spot and it includes the footpath between Stone Gate Temple and Zhushan Xiugu and the flower-viewing footpath. It is very convenient.

During the flower season, twelve battery cars will be in service for the tourists. If you feel tired walking, you can get on a car.

Kanas Lake Travel Tips

On September 9, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Lakes, Mountain Areas, Tours, Travel Info, Xinjiang, by Jack Li

The Kanas Lake is 1347 meters above sea level. By climbing up 4000 stairs from the west bank you can get up to the Guanyu Pavillon. You can appreciate the whole picture of the Kanas Lake and its six gulfs from this height. The Kanas Lake is 160 kilometers away from the Burqin County. From […]

The Kanas Lake is 1347 meters above sea level. By climbing up 4000 stairs from the west bank you can get up to the Guanyu Pavillon. You can appreciate the whole picture of the Kanas Lake and its six gulfs from this height. The Kanas Lake is 160 kilometers away from the Burqin County. From May to October, there is tour bus. It takes you three hours and a half to get there. In addition, you can also rent a car in front of the passenger station of Burqin County. The average temperature in summer there is from 15℃ to 20℃. You should bring an umbrella and a coat as you may need it. You need a boundary certificate when you rent the car. Just bring one of your credential photos and the car diver will help you with the certificate. The local office charges 2 RMB for each certificate. Generally speaking, there are too many visitors in July and August. So it is a better choice to go there between the end of August and the beginning of September. The first snow of the Kanas Lake usually falls around 20th September.

Best Time to Visit the Kanas Lake:

The annual average temperature of the Kanas is just with January being the coldest month. The average temperature of January is -24℃. You had better take warm clothing with you even in summer. The best time to visit the Kanas Lake is in June and September. In October, it is all snow and ice. People begin to use sledges as the mode of transport. If you are interested in adventures, you can spend the long winter with local villagers. In June, the grass is green and flowers bloom. Once September comes, the autumn in Kanas Lake is called golden autumn. The sky is high and the sky is blue. It is the best time to be taking photos.

Kanas Lake Best Routes

Routes:

1. Jiadingyu Transit Center—Camel Gulf—Huajiu Valley—Kanas Bridge—Wolong Gulf—Moon Gulf―Kanas Village Transit Center

2. Kanas Village Transit Center—Yaze Lake—Fengqing Park—Pingtan Stage—T-juction Crossing—Village Government—Huan Lake—Police Station(you pass by)—Guanyu Pavilion—Training Center Box Office(you pass by) — Xincun Village—Guanyu Pavilion

Kanas Lake Tickets:

Admission Ticket: 150 RMB. Car Rent:80 RMB for the first time and another 10RMB if you enter the second time.

Minzu Fengqing Park Ticket: 40RMB

Horse Renting: 200 RMB including hiring a stuff for horse feeding.

Boating in the third gulf: 120RMB

Ticket for the sixth gulf: 240 RMB.

Guanyu Pavilion Ticket: 60 RMB for admission and 200 RMB for drifting.

All the tickets in the Kanas Lake can work for two days. Children under 1.2 meters, people above 70 years old, disabled people are free to visit all the Kans Lake. Reporters and students with their credentials can have a 20% price cut.

How to get to the Kanas Lake:

By Plane: The Kanas Airport is to the south of the Kanas Lake, about 50 kilometers away. It is 74 kilometers to the northwest of the Burqin County.

By Railway: There are trains from Urumchi to Beijing, Shanghai, Zhouzhou, Xi An, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Korla. There is an international train between Urumchi to Almaty. There are trains connecting Urumchi, Aksu, Alataw pass, Kuitun and Liuyuan. Take bus 2, 8, 10, 16, 20, 36, 44, 50, 52, 58 to get to the train station. If you want go to the south station, take bus 903, 906, 909 and 915.

By Coach: You can take coaches to go any city in Xinjiang. There are several coach stations for example; Jungong Coach Station, Nanjiao Coach Station, Mingyuan Coach Station, Beijiao Coach Station, Zhanzigou Coach Station. Most buses at the Mingyuan Coach Station are for Karamay and pteroleum base. Beijiao Coach Station has three lines to go to Fukang, Qitai and Jimsar County. In Dianzigou Coach Station you can buy tickets to go to any other city in Xinjiang.

By Car: Wuyi Express is the highway between Urumchi and Yining. The whole route is 696 kilometers long and it usually takes two days from Urumchi to Yuning. Wuka Express is the highway between Urumchi and Kashqar. The whole route is 1474 kilometers long and it usually takes three days from Urumchi to Yuning. The express between Urumchi and Kumul is the west part of Lanxin Express.

By Bus: Buses in Urumchi are charged by the distance you are taking. Most of the buses are without air-conditioner.

By taxi: Taxis charge 6RMB for the first 3 kilometers then 1.3 RMB for each kilometer after the first 3 kilometers.

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The Flaming Mountain Travel Tips

On September 8, 2011, in Lakes, Mountain Areas, Nature Scenery, Tours, Travel Info, Xinjiang, by Jack Li

The Flaming Mountain is one of the most famous scenic spots in Turpan, Xinjiang. Particular customs of minority people, the unique terrain and the long history are all important factors that attract numerous tourists from both home and abroad. The weather and food in this region are quite different from those in the mainland China, […]

The Flaming Mountain is one of the most famous scenic spots in Turpan, Xinjiang. Particular customs of minority people, the unique terrain and the long history are all important factors that attract numerous tourists from both home and abroad. The weather and food in this region are quite different from those in the mainland China, so if you want to enjoy yourself there, you’d better keep the following things in mind:

  1.   The average temperature in north-western China is usually lower than that in the mainland China, and the temperature difference between day and night is  large, so even you go to Turpan in summer, you should also need to take a coat or a sweater with you;
  2.  The ultraviolet rays are very strong in some areas in Xinjiang because of the much higher elevation. In Turpan, the highest temperature can reach up to over 40 ℃ in summer, therefore, it is necessary that you take enough sunscreens as well as some heat-clearing medicines.
  3. The tour routes in Xinjiang are often very long because the various scenic spots are far from each other, so tourists need to spend a lot of time in the vehicles. In some places, tourists will have to walk, climb the mountain or ride a horse or a camel; hence, you’d better put on flatties.
  4. Xinjiang is also famous for its tasty fruits, certainly you can enjoy them but please keep in mind that you should never drink hot tea after eating fruits, or you might suffer from diarrhea.
  5. Xinjiang is one of the minority areas in China, the local people there have their own religious belief which should definitely be respected, so you’d better not to talk about anything related to pigs or take pork with you in Muslim restaurants.
  6. The time difference between Xinjiang and cities in the mainland China is two hours, so all your activities are arranged two hours later at about 9:00 am. to 20:00.

Best Time to Visit the Flaming Mountain:

The temperature in the Flaming Mountain area is higher than 45 ℃ all year around, so do not stay there for very long time. Remember to bring enough water with you when travelling there.

The Flaming Mountain Best Routes:

This scenic spot is not very large, so tourists usually can make their own decisions about the tour routes.

The Flaming Mountain Tickets:

Tickets for adults: 60 yuan per person

Tickets for children: 30 yuan per person

Note:

  1. Children under 1.3 m are free;
  2. Students with their student ID and senior citizens with valid cards can have 50% discount.
  3. Car Renting: Show your ID card, driving license or other valid documentations, and at the same time pay a deposit ranging from 2000 to 5000 yuan. 150-200 yuan per day for a van which can accommodate 5-7 people, 300-600 yuan per day for a car, 1000-1300 yuan per day for a MPV which can accommodate 11-21 people. Vehicles will be examined before being withdrawn; the time for vehicle examination is from 8:00am to 17:00 every day.
  4. Pricing for taking a taxi starts from 5-8 yuan, and 1 km trip will cost you 1.2-3 yuan.

How to Get to the Flaming Mountain:

You can take a donkey cart to go to the Flaming Mountain if you are visiting the bazaar or you are already in the suburban district, it is a very interesting and special experience, but do remember to set a price beforehand. Or you can also take a middle-sized bus for one-day tour in Turpan to go to the Flaming Mountain.

Tuyugou Canyon Travel Tips

On September 8, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Caves & Canyons, Mountain Areas, Tours, Travel Info, Xinjiang, by Jack Li

Food in Turpan is almost as same as in Urumqi. You can enjoy Cantonese cuisine, Sichuan cuisine, Uygur snacks and Islam halal food. If you ask the local people in Turpan what is their favorite food, their answer might all be grapes and other fruit. In Turpan, grapes and other fruits could be seen as […]

Food in Turpan is almost as same as in Urumqi. You can enjoy Cantonese cuisine, Sichuan cuisine, Uygur snacks and Islam halal food. If you ask the local people in Turpan what is their favorite food, their answer might all be grapes and other fruit. In Turpan, grapes and other fruits could be seen as people’s main food. They even eat grapes and other fruits while they are walking. A fruit meal is with great Turpan characteristics. In additional, halad food in Silulvzhou Hole is very good. They are local and the prices of food are moderate. They serve roast meat and cantaloupe at the restaurant.

Best Time to Visit the Tuyugou Canyon

Turpan is often called the land of fire. The highest temperature there is 49.6℃. At the summer noon, the surface temperature can reach 80℃. There is a saying that eggs in Turpan can be boiled in the sand and pastries are be baked on the wall. For tourists, the best time to visit the Turpan area is in July, August and September when all kinds of melons and fruits are ripe.

Tuyugou Canyon Best Routes

Tuyugou Canyon—Mazha Tomb—Thousand-Buddha Cave—Tuyugou Ancient Village

Tuyugou Canyon Tickets:

Joint Ticket: 190 RMB

1. Open time: In season (April 21st—October 20th) 8:00—21:00; Off Season (October 21 st—April 20st) 10:00-18:30

2. Box Office: Turpan Tourist Service Center (600 meters to the east of toll station in the No. 312 National Express in Turpan)

3. Special prices:

A. Free ticket: children under 1.2 meters, people above 70-year-old, serviceman (including the armed police), handicapped people with certificates.

B.  Favor ticket: 20% price cut for a student with the student ID; half the price for people between 65 and 69 with certificates; half the price for people between 60 and 64 when the national and international ole people festivals.

4. Attention: Tickets with less than 6 attractions are effective for one time within 48 hours. Tickets with over 6 attractions are effective for one time within 72 hours.

9P joint ticket includes Grape Ditch, Kan’er Well, Gaochang City, Ancient Tomb and Tuyugou

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The Heaven Pool Travel Tips

On September 8, 2011, in Lakes, Nature Scenery, Travel Info, Waterfalls & Pools, Xinjiang, by Jack Li

The Heaven Pool is a beautiful lake dotted on the mountainside of the Bogda Peak in the Tianshan Mountains. The lake adopts the shape of half moon, with clear and limpid water in it. The surrounding of the lake is covered by verdant grass and colorful flowers. The reflections of the blue sky and the […]

The Heaven Pool is a beautiful lake dotted on the mountainside of the Bogda Peak in the Tianshan Mountains. The lake adopts the shape of half moon, with clear and limpid water in it. The surrounding of the lake is covered by verdant grass and colorful flowers. The reflections of the blue sky and the gorgeous surroundings on the lake make a picturesque scene. But remember to bring a coat with you on your trip, because the temperature is relatively low in such a high elevation area.

Best Time to visit the Heaven Pool

The seasons in the area where the Heaven Pool is located is quite distinct and one of a kind. In spring, there are beautiful blossoms all over the mountain, and in summer, the place is like to be covered by a green carpet. In autumn, the leaves of the plants on the mountain turn yellow and red, while in winter, the water in the lake freezes and appears to be a giant mirror. It is advisable to visit the Heaven Pool from April to October because the weather then is mild.

The Heaven Pool Best Routes

Usually the tour starts at the Stone Gate, then stop by the Ancient Elm Tree, the Heaven Pool, the waterfall beside it, the Southern Hill, the Western Hill, the Bogda Peak, the Eastern Pool, and end at the Temple of the Queen Mother of the West.

The Heaven Pool Tickets

Ticket price to visit the Heaven Pool from April the 1st to October the 31th : RMB 100 per person.

Ticket price to visit the Heaven Pool from November the 1st to Marth the 31th : RMB 40 per person.

How to get to the Heaven Pool

It takes around one and a half hours to get to the Heaven Pool from Urumchi through highway. If you want to go to the Heaven Pool from the Renmin Park or the Hongshan Hotel, you can take a bus there, too. It will take you directly to the pool within 2 hours.

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The Sangye Temple Travel Tips

On September 8, 2011, in China Attractions, Cool Places, Temples, Tibet, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

The best spot to enjoy the overview of the Sangye temple and take pictures is the top of the Holly Mountain of Haiburi beside it. From there you can see the magnificient exterior of the temple. If you do not want to climb all the way up to the top of the mountain, you can […]

The best spot to enjoy the overview of the Sangye temple and take pictures is the top of the Holly Mountain of Haiburi beside it. From there you can see the magnificient exterior of the temple. If you do not want to climb all the way up to the top of the mountain, you can enjow the beautiful temple from the pagoda on the mountainside as well. It is not allowed to take pictures in some places inside the Temple. So if you want to take pictures inside the temple, you’d better ask the lama there whether it is OK to do so first.

Best Time to Visit the Sangye Temple

The Shannan Prefecture is in the same sea level elevation with Lhasa. The seasons there are quite distinct. The annual average temperature is around 8℃, while The maximum temperature is around 20℃. It appears between June and August. Generally speaking, the weather then is nice and cool, and very comfortable for visitors. But in January and December, it is quite cold there.

The Sangye Temple Best Routes

None available

The Sangye Temple Tickets

Ticket price: RMB 40 per person

Opening hours: 9:00 to 18:00

Notice: Generally it takes 2 or 3 hours to complete the trip in the temple.

How to get to the Sangye Temple

The Sangye Temple is located on the foot of the Holly Mountain of Haiburi. To visit the temple, you need to get to the Sangye Ferry in the Sangye Village from Lhasa first. After arriving at the ferry, tourists can take a boat to go across the Yarlung Zangbo River and reach the Sangye Temple. Don’t forget to bargain with the sailors over the price because they often offer foreigners a much higher price. There are buses to the temple on the bank of the river, and they will take you directly to the temple after you get off the boat.

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Sayram Lake Travel Tips

On September 8, 2011, in Cultural Experience, Ethnic Group Flavors, Festivals, Lakes, Travel Info, Xinjiang, by Jack Li

Accommodation: You can get accommodations in some hotels around the lake. The temperature is low here and visitors need to add clothes timely. Diet: You will taste some special dishes here like boiled in clear soup mutton, roasted mutton and milk tea. Best Time to Visit Sayram Lake: In the end of July and the […]

Accommodation: You can get accommodations in some hotels around the lake. The temperature is low here and visitors need to add clothes timely.

Diet: You will taste some special dishes here like boiled in clear soup mutton, roasted mutton and milk tea.

Best Time to Visit Sayram Lake:

In the end of July and the beginning of August every year, the Mongolian people and Kazak nomads hold a great Naadam Fair by the lake. That’s the best time to visit here. In the Fair, many people sing, dance and hold some traditional sports tournaments, also have village fair trade. The interesting sports tournaments include wrestling, horse race. Still have grab sheep and girls run after boys and so on.  All kinds of tournaments and shows are exciting and visitors will enjoy the Mongolian and Kazak culture and customs.

Sayram Lake Best Routes:

The ten best sceneries in Sayram Lake: “Golden Satin Edge,” “see the pine in Ke Mountain,” “the seven color lake,” “lovers in the middle of Sayram Lake”, “weaves hug the embankment,” “Pearls in the Green Sea” (thousands of sheep and cows in the vast grassland), “Wusun Ancient Tombs,” “the Eastern Fushi Tower,” “gold leaps in Sayram Lake” (see the sunrise and sunset by the lake), “Mists Around the Pine Head” (Pine Head is in the middle of two mountains).

Sayram Lake Tickets:

Category of the Scenic Spot: wetlands and lakes

Open time: all day will be open

Ticket: 40RMB

How to Get to Sayram Lake:

The lake is next to the 312 National Road, the bus from Urumchi to Yining will pass by the lake. The driver will stop and people can see the beautiful scenery. Additionally, you can take the special line from Bole to Yining to the lake.

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The West Lake in Hangzhou Travel Tips

On September 7, 2011, in Chinese Towns & Villages, Hangzhou, Lakes, Mountain Areas, Temples, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

The West Lake Ticket: Lingyin Temple: RMB 30 Feilaifeng Mountain: RMB 35 Yuemiao Temple: RMB 25 Liuhe Pagoda: RMB 20 Hupao: RMB 15 Guozhuang Village: RMB 10 Santan Yinyue: RMB 20 Yuhuang Mountain: RMB 10 Leifeng Xizhao: RMB 40 Sudi Chunxiao: free of charge Quyuan Fenghe: free of charge Pinghu Qiuyue: free of charge How […]

The West Lake Ticket:

Lingyin Temple: RMB 30

Feilaifeng Mountain: RMB 35

Yuemiao Temple: RMB 25

Liuhe Pagoda: RMB 20

Hupao: RMB 15

Guozhuang Village: RMB 10

Santan Yinyue: RMB 20

Yuhuang Mountain: RMB 10

Leifeng Xizhao: RMB 40

Sudi Chunxiao: free of charge

Quyuan Fenghe: free of charge

Pinghu Qiuyue: free of charge

How to get to the West Lake:

Sudi: take bus 507, 504, K4, You-2, get off at Sudi Station.

Quyuan Fenghe: take bus 507, 538, 15, get off at Quyuan Fenghe Station.

Pinghu Qiuyue: take bus 27 or 7, get off at Yuefen Station.

Duanqiao: take bus K7, get off at Duanqiao Canxue Station.

Liulang Wenying: take bus K4 or 38, get off at Qingbomen Station.

Huanggang Guanyu Park: take bus K4, 538, K599, get off at Sudi Station.

Leifeng Tower: take bus K4, You-1, get off at Jingsi Station.

Shuangfeng Chayun: take bus 507, You-2, get off at Hongchunqiao Station.

Yunxi Zhujing: take bus 27, 508, get off at Longjingcun Station.

Manlong Guiyu: take bus K4, get off at Zoo Station.

Hupao: take bus K4, 538, K599, get off at Hupao Station.

Longjing Wencha: take bus 27, 508, get off at Longjingcun Station.

Jiuxi Yanshu: take bus K4, 27, 308, 504, You-5, Jiari-5.

Wushan Mountain: take bus 35, 38, 40, get off at Wushan Guangchang Station.

Huanglong Cave: take bus 16, 21, 23, 28, K599, get off at Huanglong Cave Station.

Yuhuang Mountain: take bus You-3, get off at Yuhuang Station.

Baoshi Mountain: take bus K7, You-2, 27, get off at Geling Station.

Ultimate Iphone Apps for your trip to China: Part One

On September 7, 2011, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

For your upcoming China tour or holiday, you might be interested in some of the most useful Iphone Apps for your trip. China Travel can be daunting and might be confusing in the beginning, but don’t fret as There’s An App For That!   DianHua Dictionary (free) DianHua is an online Chinese to English dictionary […]

For your upcoming China tour or holiday, you might be interested in some of the most useful Iphone Apps for your trip. China Travel can be daunting and might be confusing in the beginning, but don’t fret as There’s An App For That!

 

DianHua Dictionary (free)

DianHua is an online Chinese to English dictionary application using CC-CEDICT and provides support for both Traditional and Simplified characters, alongside English and Mandarin Pinyin. You are also able to search by drawing characters, and can include or omit the tones. The application has copy and paste support and will also store your previously searched words allowing you to make flashcards for future use. You can also bookmark phrases and words together under categories to make it easier to find and memorise them.

 

There is also a separate number section allowing you to convert numbers and listen to them orally with the audio playback feature. If you wish to learn characters there is an enlarged view of both Traditional and Simplified characters available allowing you to study and trace over them with the stylus.

 


Additionally there is a feature to create your own flashcards using words you have been learning, and you can combine this with the writing feature. Both of these elements will tell you how well you are doing and there will be a percentage on display on screen to mark your progress.

 

Other available dictionary software applications include Qingwen, KTdict and Pleco.

 

XE Currency (free)

A simple yet vital application is XE Currency Convertor. You can convert the Chinese Renminbi into any other world currency with the click of a button, including multiple currencies at once. With an internet connection you will get a live current exchange rate result, but the app is also available offline to use as it stores data enabling you to view the previously loaded exchange rate.

 

Whats App (0.69p)

This application is ideal for those travelling anywhere outside of their home country, especially if you do not wish to be charged the extortionate fees for international text messaging. With an internet connection (or 3G signal) you can send unlimited text and picture messages to your automatically imported contact list, and it is also compatible with Android, Nokia and Blackberry phones enabling you to keep contact with friends and family who don’t use an Iphone.

 

You can also send audio files and video messages, and the recent update includes a group chat feature enabling you to talk to multiple contacts in one conversation.

 

Doodle Chinese (free)

From the makers of Doodle Jump comes Doodle Chinese, a fun animated style application to make picking up Mandarin phrases more enjoyable! Suitable for all ages the app builds up your language skills from basic words to scenario conversations. Quizzes and game based practices help you to memorise what you have understood.

 

Doodle Chinese uses a Native Chinese Speaker for all audio phrases, and comes with Pinyin and English translation for every phrase. You are able to switch between Pinyin and Chinese Characters whenever you wish, and can share your progress with your friends online.

 

Check back for Part Two of the Ultimate Iphone Apps for China travel!

 

Wuzhen Travel Tips

When you feel stressed; when you feel unhappy; Wuzhen is the best choice to relax your mind. The plain, simple sceneries of Water Towns in southern China will make you forget your worries and immerse yourself into the slow-paced life, enjoy the classic beauty of China. Over here you can relax, unwind and have an […]

When you feel stressed; when you feel unhappy; Wuzhen is the best choice to relax your mind. The plain, simple sceneries of Water Towns in southern China will make you forget your worries and immerse yourself into the slow-paced life, enjoy the classic beauty of China. Over here you can relax, unwind and have an enjoyable time.

As you walk into the town you can see the ancient homes. As a historical old town, Wuzhen shows an integral beauty of the harmony between humane environment and natural environment.

Like many other Water Towns in southern China, streets and homes are all built next to stream or river. That is the so-called ‘sleep on river’. What made Wuzhen different is that some of the houses were built above the river. These parts are supported by wooden pillars or stone pillars in the riverbed. People call this part of the town as ‘Water Pavilion’ which is the particular building in Wuzhen. ‘Water Pavilion’ really could be described as ‘sleep on river’. As three sides of ‘Water Pavilion’ have windows, it is the best spot to enjoy the sceneries of Wuzhen. Wuzhen is thus known as the ‘Venice of the East’.

Best Time to Visit Wuzhen

As Wuzhen is situated in the center of the Hangjiahu Plain, it belongs to subtropical monsoon climate. It is warm and wet with a set of distinctive four seasons and abundant rainfall. The annual average temperature in Wuzhen is 16°C. The temperature in January is 3°C; the temperature in July is below 30°C. The annual precipitation is about 1200 millimeters. Many typhoons hit the region in the summer and autumn.

In my opinion, spring and autumn are the most beautiful seasons. The most beautiful moments are at dawn and at dusk. At dawn, mist will suffuse above the river, resembling a fairyland. At dusk, a vivid Wuzhen appears under the sunset.

Tips: you’d better stay in room at noon in summer in Wuzhen, because it is very hot outside.

Wuzhen Best Routes

One-day tour in Dongzha

The Fengyuan Double Bridges – Caishen Cove – One Hundred Beds Museum – Hongyuantai Dyehouse – Yuliuliang Chinese Ancient Coins Exhibition Hall – Former Residence of Maodun – the Ancient Stage in Wuzhen – Xiuzhen Temple – the Residence of Xiatongshan Academician – Fanglu Pavilion – Huiyuan Pawnshop – the site of Jiangzhe local government

Two-day Tour in Xizha  

The first day: Caomu Bense Dyehouse – Zhaoming Academy – Three- inch Golden Lotuses Exhibition Hall (women’s bound feet in feudal age) – the Old Post Office – Guandi Temple – General Wu’s Temple – Lingshui House – Maodun Memorial Hall – Maodun Graveyard – Xuchang Sauce and Pickle Garden

The second day: Stage on Water – Sanbai Wine Workshop – Northern Wetland – Yida Silk Workshop – Yingjia Bridge – Xiangshan Hall

Wuzhen Tickets

The ticket including Dongzha and Xizha costs 150 Yuan/person.

Dongzha View Spot   

The ticket price of Dongzha View Spot is 100 Yuan/person.

The ticketing time of Dongzha View Spot is from 8:30 to 14:30.

The tour guide fee is 80 Yuan. One sightseeing boat costs 80 Yuan. And every boat can take 8 people (children and babies also count).

Xizha View Spot

The ticket price of Xizha is 120 Yuan/person, while the night ticket of Xizha only costs 80 Yuan/person. The tourt time is from 8:30 to 12:30. The tour guide fee is 200 Yuan. In daytime, one sightseeing boat costs 120 Yuan for a single trip. It can contain 6 people, while babies also count. At night, the boat costs 180 Yuan for a single trip. If you take the transport boat, every station costs 5 Yuan. The sightseeing bus costs 5 Yuan/person.

How to get to Wuzhen

By air: you could get to the Shanghai or Hangzhou airports, and then take bus to Wuzhen.

By train: as there is no railway station in Wuzhen, so you should get off at Jiangxin Station then take bus to Wuzhen.

By bus: Wuzhen has opened three special tour bus routes, from Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing to Wuzhen. Visitors could take that kind of bus at Travel Distribution Centers.

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