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Chongming Island Travel Tips

On August 18, 2011, in Islands, Places of Interest, Shanghai, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Situated in the mouth of Changjiang River, Chongming Island is the third largest island of China.  It is acknowledged as the portal of Changjiang River and Yingzhou in East Sea. Known as one of the biggest alluvial islands and sands land in the world, it is also a fertile land of rice, fish and unique […]

Situated in the mouth of Changjiang River, Chongming Island is the third largest island of China.  It is acknowledged as the portal of Changjiang River and Yingzhou in East Sea. Known as one of the biggest alluvial islands and sands land in the world, it is also a fertile land of rice, fish and unique plants.

Best Time to Visit Chongming Island

Belonging to semi tropics oceanic monsoon climate, each Chongming Island’s season has its own characteristic.  Influenced by the warm and wet climate, the best time to visit Chongming Island is from May to November.  Though throughout June and July there is plenty of rainfalls, June and August are hot periods. From May to November, fresh air, luxuriant flowers and trees are all over the Island.

Chongming Island Best Routes

If you are on a one day trip in Chongming Island, first of all, you cannot miss the bird and sunrise watching.  The best place for bird watching is Dongtan Migratory Birds Natural Reserve.  Go there in the early morning. At the same time, you can appreciate the sunrise at the East Sea. Another activity is stars watching.  Because of the fresh air and light pollution, watching moon and stars on the sky above Chongming Island is a nice and romantic form of leisure.  Finally, you can visit the farm house, where you can experience the customs and taste local specialties.

Chongming Island Tickets

Entrance ticket is free.

Jinshan park (opening time:8:30—16:30):5 RMB/person.

Dongping National Forest Park (opening time: 8:30——16:30):40RMB/person.

Qianwei Ecological Village (opening time: 8:30——17:00):25RMB/person.

Shou’an Temple (opening time: 7:00——16:00): 4RMB/person.

Chongming Xuegong (opening time: 8:00——16:00; Monday is closed):10RMB/person.

How to Get to Chongming Island

Because Chongming Island is developed as a scenic spot, there are many passenger ships and some speed hydrofoils on the way from Shanghai to Baoyang Wharf.

Self—drive: Shidong Wharf is a ferry for person and cars.  You can cross the river with your car to Nanmen Wharf if your intention is travelling.  It will take you 1h and 15mins.  The charging is according to the cars’ weights.  For example, a Santana will cost you 50RMB.  Take you license and putting on much closes in case you cannot buy the inside ticket.

By bus:

Take travel line5: Eight Thousand Stadium——People Square——Jiangwan Town ——Baoyang Road Wharf.

Take Shenchong line: Zhongshan North Road——Shidong Wharf——Dongping National Forest Park.

Take bus line 51: Laobei station——Wusong Wharf or Baoyang Wharf.

Wangfujing Cathedral

On August 17, 2011, in Beijing, Featured China Stories, by Jack Li

Perhaps when you’re in holiday in Europe you would visit the world famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome or the countless sacred sites in Spain, but did you ever imagine yourself visiting a notorious cathedral in China? If you assumed the answer was no, then be prepared for a […]

Perhaps when you’re in holiday in Europe you would visit the world famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome or the countless sacred sites in Spain, but did you ever imagine yourself visiting a notorious cathedral in China? If you assumed the answer was no, then be prepared for a surprised. The Wangfujing Cathedral, also known as the St. Joseph’s Cathedral is a must-see when you travel to Beijing. There are many essential China Tours and Wangjufing Cathedral (pictured below) is worth a visit.

This beautiful piece of old architecture stands tall in Downtown Beijing, near Wangfujing. The church is known by locals as ‘Dongtang’ which means ‘East Cathedral.’ It was first build in 1653 and was officially opened by the Italian Jesuit Father Lodovico Buglio. Over the centuries, several Earthquakes and Wars gradually destroyed the Cathedral. It was then rebuilt in 1904 into a more Romanesque architectural style. The 20th century saw the Cathedral developing into an iconic symbol of Christianity in China. Today, there is a large concrete plaza outside the building, which has become a popular skateboarding location in Beijing.

When it was built, it became the 2nd Catholic Church in Beijing. The mission housed well-recognized members of the Catholic community such as Johann Adam Scholl von Bell. Other missionaries such as Ferdinand Verbiest and Giuseppe Castiglione served in this glorious place of worship for years. You can also see some traditional Catholic art in the Church. Paintings by Giuseppe Castiglione are spread out around the building. After the Cultural Revolution, it was used as a primary school. It progressively became a unique cultural site in the capital.

Religion, like any other country in Asia, is an interesting concept in China. Shenism-Taoism and Buddhism remain the most popular religions in China, representing 30% and 11% of the population respectively. Other religions include Islam (1% of the population) and Christianity (4%). It is estimated that roughly half of the population are either agnostic or atheist. Naturally, theses statistics vary. Nonetheless, Christians are definitely a minority and thus, the Wangfujing Cathedral serves its purpose as a site just as much as a place of worship for local Catholics.

There are three other famous churches in Beijing alone, all known after the region they are situated in. As noted earlier, Wangfujing Cathedral is known as ‘Dontang’, which means ‘East Cathedral.’ Locals know Xizhimen Church as ‘Xintang’, which means ‘West Church.’ The third main Cathedral in Beijing is the Xishiku Cathedral, known as ‘Beitang,’ the North Cathedral. The South Cathedral (Nantang) is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and is the oldest Catholic Cathedral in Beijing, established in 1603; it was later developed into a Baroque styled building.

So when you come to China, of course you’ll want to see the Forbidden City or the Great Wall first, but if you are into architecture, history and religion, you must visit some of the Cathedrals that this city has to offer. Most Beijing Hotels will offer assistance and advice for visits to these sites.

 

The Potala Palace Travel Tips

On August 17, 2011, in Lhasa, Palaces, Temples, Tibet, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Since the Potala Palace was built for religious use, there are some religious taboos in the palace. For example, it is forbidden for tourists to wear a hat, or take pictures, or step on thresholds in the palace. Tourists are not allow to stay in the palace, and are required to finish their visit within […]

Since the Potala Palace was built for religious use, there are some religious taboos in the palace. For example, it is forbidden for tourists to wear a hat, or take pictures, or step on thresholds in the palace. Tourists are not allow to stay in the palace, and are required to finish their visit within one hour. The palace is located on the mountainside, and it is relatively cold inside. You’d better take an extra coat with you and walk slowly during your visit. You can take photos with the overview of the Potala Palace on the Medicine King Hill to the southwest of the palace. You can easily reach the hill if you leave the palace from its west gate, and go along the path to its main entrance. It takes you 1 or 2 Yuan to take photos on the hill.

Best season to visit the Potala Palace

Lhasa is located in central Tibet with a very high altitude. It is called “the City of Sunlight” because the annual sunshine duration there is more than 3000 hours. The rainy seasons of Lhasa are from June to September, with an annual precipitation between 200 to 510 mm. The maximum temperature there can reach 28 ℃, while the minimum can be as low as -14℃. The temperature difference between day and night are very large.The air is thin, and there are many windy days during the year. The winter and spring in Lhasa are quite dry. Relatively speaking, it is comfortable to visit Lhasa from March to October. It is highly advisable the schedule your trip after May.

The Potala Palace Travel Route

The East Courtyard—The Gallery of the White Palace—The East Youjiyuanman Hall—The Sunlight Hall—The Hall of Maitreya—The Golden Top—The Tancheng Hall—The Shushengsanjie Hall—The Longevity Hall—The Stupa Hall of the 13th Dalai Lama—The Shangshi Hall—The Stupa Hall of the 7th Dalai Lama—The Hall of Guanyin—The Stupa Hall of the 8th Dalai Lama—The The Stupa Hall of the 9th Dalai Lama—The Shilun Hall—The Hall of Amitayus Buddha—The Fawang Cave—The Puxianzhuisui Hall—The Xiangluo Hall—The Gallery of the Red Palace—The West Youjiyuanman Hall—The Putidaocidi Hall—The Chiming Hall—the Stupa Hall of the 5th Dalai Lama—The Shixi Hall

The Potala Palace Ticket

Ticket for the Potala Palace:

RMB 200 per person in peak seasons (from May 1st to October 31th )

RMB 100 per person in slack season (from December 1st to April the 30th next year)

Ticket for the Golden Top: RMB 10 per person

Ticket for the Jewelry Show: RMB 10 per person

Ticket fot the Stupa Halls: RMB 10 per person

It is free of charge to visit the City of Snow beside the Potala Palace.

Openning Hours: 9:00 to 16:00 (Except for holidays or festivals, or the day when there are grand religious ceremonies held in the palace)

Notice: The Potala Palace sells only 2300 tickets a day. In peak seasons, you need to book the ticket at the West Gate of the palace one day earlier, and arrive at the palace twenty minutes earlier than the time on the ticket the next day.

How to get to the Potala Palace

By air

There is an airport located 100 kilometers away to the south of Lhasa. Tourists can fly to the airport from citis like Beijing, Shanhai, and Katmandu, and take a bus or a taxi to the city of Lhasa. It takes 2 hours to reach the city by bus, and the ticket price is 20 Yuan per person. You can also take a taxi, and the price will be 150~250 Yuan per ride.

By Coach

You can take a couch from Bayi, Changdu, Chengdu, Rikaze, Zhangmu, Jiangzi, or Geermu, and arrived at the Coach Station of Lhasa. The following is a list of ticket price.

Ticket price from Geermu to Lhasa: RMB 262 per person

Ticket price from Zedang to Lhasa: RMB 28 per person.

Ticket price from Changdu to Lhasa: RMB 228 per person

Ticket price from Chengdu to Lhasa: RMB 443 per person

Ticket price from Rikaze to Lhasa: RMB 40 per person

Ticket price from Zhangmu to Lhasa: RMB 113 per person

Ticket price from Jiangzi to Lhasa: RMB 38 per person

Transportation Inside the City of Lhasa

Although Lhasa is not a big city, the transportation system of the city is very well developed. There are more than 1500 taxis in the city. You can easily find one whenever you want to take taxi. It takes no more than ten Yuan to travel around the city by taxi.

It is also very convinient to take a minibus to the Potala Palace. The ticket price is 2 Yuan per person. You can take a bus, too.  The ticket price for bus is 10 Yuan per person.

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Xian Great Mosque

On August 16, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Cultural Experience, Transportation, Xi'an, by Jack Li

When embarking on China Travels you not only come across a culinary adventure there are also many cultural experiences that are a world apart from what one presumes as being ‘normal’. Hence, it is advised that you book your China Tour and begin exploring new heights. Located near the Drum Tower on Huajue Lane of […]

When embarking on China Travels you not only come across a culinary adventure there are also many cultural experiences that are a world apart from what one presumes as being ‘normal’. Hence, it is advised that you book your China Tour and begin exploring new heights.

Located near the Drum Tower on Huajue Lane of Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China, is the oldest and one of the most renowned mosques in the country founded in the year 742 (according to historical records engraved on a stone tablet inside). The Great Mosque in Xian is one of the largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China.

It was built and renovated in later periods, especially during the reign of Emperor Hongwu of the Ming Dynasty. Even today it remains a popular tourist site of Xi’an, and is still used by Chinese Muslims as a place of worship. Unlike most mosques in Middle Eastern or Arab countries, the Great Mosque of Xi’an is completely Chinese in its construction and architectural style, except for some Arabic lettering and decorations. The mosque does not incorporate the traditional domes or styles of the many other world wide mosques.

The mosque was built as a result of Islam being introduced into Northwest China by Arab merchants and travelers from Persia and Afghanistan during the mid-7th century when some of them settled down in China and married women of Han Nationality. Their descendants are now the Muslim’s of today in that area. The Muslims played an important role in the unifications of China during the Yuan and Ming Dynasties. Hence, other mosques were also built to honor them.

When visiting Xian, it is definitely well worth a trip to see the Great Mosque, not only for its centuries-old history but also for its particular design of mixed architecture, traditional Muslim and Chinese styles. 

Occupying an area of over 12,000 square meters, the Great Mosque is divided into four courtyards, 250 meters long and 47 meters wide. Landscaped gardens give the mosque a scenic setting and ads tranquility into the surroundings.

The first courtyard contains an decorative wooden arch nine meters high covered with glazed tiles which dates back to the 17th century. In the center of the second courtyard, a stone arch stands with two steels on both sides. One steel is the encrypted with the calligraphy of Mi Fu of the Song Dynasty; whilst the second one is scripted with the words from Dong Qichang, a calligrapher of the Ming Dynasty. Their elegant yet powerful selections of Chinese characters are considered to be a great treasure to the locals.

In the entrance to the third courtyard is a corridor that contains many steles from ancient times. As this courtyard is one of the main entrances, visitors will see the Xingxin Tower, a place where Muslims come to attend prayer services. A ‘Phoenix’ placed in the fourth courtyard, the principal pavilion of this great mosque complex, contains the Prayer Hall, the surrounding walls of which are covered with colored designs. The Prayer Hall can easily hold up to 1,000 people at a time and according to traditional custom, prayer services are held five times everyday respectively at dawn, noon, afternoon, dusk and night.

This Great Mosque is the only one open to visitors from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Non-Muslims, however, are not allowed to be admitted to the main prayer hall or allowed in during times of prayer.

To gain further cultural knowledge and see the diverse range of cultures in china today, book your China Flights and be amazed.

 

Ba Songcuo Lake Travel Tips

On August 16, 2011, in Lakes, Tibet, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Different from other lakes in Tibet, Ba Songcuo Lake (also called “Cuogao Lake”, which means “three cliffs and three lakes” in Tibetan language) is completely surrounded by the lush green virgin forest. Just as its name, Ba Songcuo Lake is green, a kind of light green that looks like jade without any impurities. The lake […]

Different from other lakes in Tibet, Ba Songcuo Lake (also called “Cuogao Lake”, which means “three cliffs and three lakes” in Tibetan language) is completely surrounded by the lush green virgin forest. Just as its name, Ba Songcuo Lake is green, a kind of light green that looks like jade without any impurities. The lake water is so limpid that people can see fishes move about in groups two or three meters under the lake surface. Green hills all around look like black pigments used by women in ancient times to paint their eyebrows and there exists accumulated snow that does’t melt all the year round on the mountain peak. Snow mountains by the lakeside and those reflect on the lake surface badger with each other, stretch long and unbroken, quite magnificent! What is hard to come by is that few people visit here now, so Ba Songcuo Lake is completely cut off from the outside world.

Best time to visit Ba Songcuo Lake

The best season in Ba Songcuo Lake is autumn, when the sky is high and the weather is fine. From the lake shore to mountain ridge, woods all look dyed all over the mountains and plains. The various colors and the tranquil environment provide a high time for photograph hobbyists to “murder” their roll films. However, the exuberant trees by the lake shore make it difficult for them to take pictures of the Zhaxi Isle in the middle of the lake. Therefore, these photograph hobbyists have to climb toward the mountain forest at the back of Ba Songcuo holiday village, then they can have the opportunity to look down from the height and take pictures of Zhaxi Isle, which looks like a precious stone inlaid in the green lake. Apart from the sight, most subject matters of shooting by the lakeside focus on small sights, which need photographers to have exceptional insight to discover.

Ba Songcuo Lake Tickets

Ticket: 100 yuan/person

Opening time: 9:00–18:00

How to get to Ba Songcuo Lake

By bus

Ba Songcuo is located beside the national road No 318, 70 kilometers away from Gongbu Jiangda County. The vehicular traffic is very convenient. If you take the bus, you should get off at the fork when you see a destination board of “Ba Songcuo Scenic Spot” besides the road. Then you cross Bahe Bridge, walk towards the north and then you can arrive at the lakeside.

By charted vehicle or self-drive

1. Take the charted car at Bayi Town is the best choice, which is 120 kilometers away from Ba Songcuo Lake. It takes about 500 yuan for a Beijing jeep in a round trip. If you stay overnight at Ba Songcuo, you should bear the board and lodging expenses of the driver.

2. It only takes four hours to reach Ba Songcuo if you set out from Lhasa. The whole course is about 360 kilometers long blacktop. The black road from Bahe to holiday village has already worked through, which can be regarded as the best road in Sichuan–Tibet Highway. The only section that needs careful drive is the mouth of Mila Mountain with the altitude of over 5000 meters.

3. It takes about 2600 yuan for a round trip if you take a charted car at Lhasa while the travel bus costs 240 yuan. The travel bus passes the mouth of Mila Mountain, Gongbu Jiangda County and then travels 90 kilometers to Ba Songcuo Lake.

4. If you travel along the Sichuan–Tibet Highway from Chengdu, you can rent a car at Bayi Town, where the government of Lizhi County located. The whole journey is about 128 kilometers and costs 320 yuan for a round trip.

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Pheonix Ridge Travel Tips

On August 15, 2011, in Beijing, More Places of Interest, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

The Pheonix Ridge scenic zone is very interesting. It is called the ‘green lung’ of Beijing. Peaks and forests are surrounded by green rivers, unique flowers and herbs. The air of this scenic zone is four times purer than downtown Beijing while the content of negative oxygen ion in the air is 150 times more […]

The Pheonix Ridge scenic zone is very interesting. It is called the ‘green lung’ of Beijing. Peaks and forests are surrounded by green rivers, unique flowers and herbs. The air of this scenic zone is four times purer than downtown Beijing while the content of negative oxygen ion in the air is 150 times more than that of downtown Beijing. The average relative humidity from April to October is 58%. The average temperature of spring and autumn is 23 ℃.

The Pheonix Ridge scenic zone has natural views all year round. The sunshine is terrific. There are fruit trees growing along the mountains for example watermelons, apples, pears and peaches. The air is clean with the earth’s aroma. Leaves of pines and cypress trees drop in to the clean waters. The mountain peaks rise and fall making the scenary beautiful and dramatic. There are numerous temples for example Longquan Temple and Shifo Palace. Forests in the Pheonix Ridge are thick and green. Some of trees are so tall and old that they are the most well-known ones in Beijing.

The Pheonix Ridge is a terrific natural place for escaping from the hot summer and recouperating. It is a paradise for travel, holiday, sight-seeing and to get in touch with nature.

Best Time to Visit Pheonix Ridge

  1. If you go to the Pheonix Ridge, you had better wear sportswear, sneakers, and bring a towel, water and snacks. If you go from the north part of the ridge, you can only arrive at Moya Caved Stone where there are often some people doing group exercises.
  2. The Pheonix Ridge is 1250 metres high above sea level. There are stairs named ‘Tianti’. Travelers can take the stairs to climb the mountains. It is very safe if you go up one by one.
  3. It is recommended to eat something before climbing. You can also find a cool place to rest when you get to the top of the mountain. The higher place is more quiet, for there are fewer people.
  4. It saves time if you go down the same route as you came up. If you go down the other side, it will take two to three hours. Luckily the mountain slope is not very steep. Remember to take the path with stone steps. If you don’t see the steps or the signs, it means you are going the wrong way.
  5. Don’t lose the ticket. The number of the management office is printed on the back of the ticket. Find a place with signal to make the call if you need any help.

Pheonix Ridge Attractions

Pheonix Ridge Ticket:

Ticket: 8 yuan

With a student’s ID: 5 yuan

Dining: If you book a table for a group of people, the price for the meal is between 150 yuan to 500 yuan. You can also just order food without booking.

Lodging: A hut for four is 100 yuan per day. A room for four is 100 yuan per day. A standard room is 200 yuan per day.

How to get to the Pheonix Ridge

  1. Take bus 346 or 77 to get to the Pheonix Ridge. The trip is 27 kilometres and it takes 1hour and 20 minutes. The ticket of bus 346 is 2.5 yuan. The ticket of bus 77 is 4 yuan.
  2. Take the train 6411 at 6:25 AM and get off at the Diegezhuang stop.

How to get to Baihujian Scenic Zone

  1. Take bus 330 from Summer Palace to the Xixiaoying stop and transfer to bus 911 to get to the Baihudong stop.
  2. Take bus 914 to the Yangfang stop and transfer to a minibus.
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Beijing Zoo Travel Tips

On August 15, 2011, in Activities, Beijing, More Places of Interest, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Beijing Zoo is located in the Xizhimen Wai Street of Xicheng District. The zoo covers an area of 86 hectares and the water surface in the zoo covers an area of 8.6 hectares. In the east of the zoo there is the Beijing Exhibition Hall and Moscow Restaurant. The previous names of the zoo are […]

Beijing Zoo is located in the Xizhimen Wai Street of Xicheng District. The zoo covers an area of 86 hectares and the water surface in the zoo covers an area of 8.6 hectares. In the east of the zoo there is the Beijing Exhibition Hall and Moscow Restaurant. The previous names of the zoo are Farming Experiment Field, Natural Museum, the Ten Thousand Animals’ Garden and Western Suburbs’ Park. It is the oldest zoo and has the most animal species. It has more than one hundred years of history from 1906 to now. There are more than 450 species and 4500 animals for exhibition. Also they have more than 500 species of marine fish and marine animals. The Beijing Zoo receives 6oo million tourists every year. It is one of the large zoos and also the famous zoo in the world.

Best Time to visit Beijing Zoo

It is wonderful all year

Beijng Zoo Tickets:

Busy season: (April 1st—October 31th)

Coupon Ticket: 20RMB/person (including entrance ticket and panda house’ ticket)

Entrance Ticket: 15RMB/person (not including the ticket for panda house and the ticket for circus performance)

Ticket for Panda House: 5RMB/person

Low season: (November 1st—March 31th)

Coupon Ticket: 15RMB/person (including entrance ticket and the ticket for panda house)

Entrance Ticket: 10 RMB/person (not including the ticket for Panda House and the ticket for circus performance)

Ticket for Panda House: 5RMB/person

Students and foreign students (not including adult education, amateur education, night school or Handa, etc.) with the valid documents will enjoy preferential price. Busy season: 8RMB. Low season: 5RMB.

Mosquito craft: from Beijing Zoo to Beijing Exhibition Hall, 20 RMB/person, from Beijing Zoo to the Summer Palace (including the entrance ticket of the Summer Palace), 70RMB/person

Preferential Measures:

  1. The preschool children under 1.2 meters are free of charge.
  2. Students and foreign students (not including adult education, amateur education, night school or Handa, etc.) with the valid documents will enjoy preferential price. Busy season: 8RMB. Low season: 5RMB.

Ticket for Beijing Aquarium:

Adults: 120RMB/person

Primary and secondary students: 60RMB/person (with personal ID)

60 year olds and older people: 50RMB/person (with valid document)

Children under 1.2meters free of charge (an adult can bring 2 children under 1.2 meters and more than two children required to buy students tickets).

How to Get to Beijing Zoo

By subway: the line 4 and get off at Beijing Zoo.

By bus:

Take No. Te 4, No.7, No.15, No.19, No.27, No.45, No65, No.87, tram 102 and 103, Yuntong 104, 105, 106, tram105, 107, 111, Yuntong 205, night 206 and 209, No319, No.332, No.334, No.347, Man 360, Kuai 360, No.362, No.534, No.563, No.608, No. 614, No.632, No.685, No.697, No.714 and get off Beijing Zoo.

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The Guanyan Scenic Spot Travel Tips

The Guanyan Scenic Spot is famous for its Hundred Plant Garden, Peach Garden, folk craftwork, water-mills, carp pool, and farmer’s villages. The idyllic scenery and local customs attract people from everywhere. The light rail still under construction will connect the Port of Guanyan, Yunwu Villa, the Underground River Spot and the shopping centre of the […]

The Guanyan Scenic Spot is famous for its Hundred Plant Garden, Peach Garden, folk craftwork, water-mills, carp pool, and farmer’s villages. The idyllic scenery and local customs attract people from everywhere. The light rail still under construction will connect the Port of Guanyan, Yunwu Villa, the Underground River Spot and the shopping centre of the ancient town of Caoping. In the future, the light rail train will travel through picturesque mountains and rivers, the quiet and simple farm houses and fields. There will be hotels and restaurants along the way so that you can enjoy your stay there.

The Best Time to Visit the Guanyan Scenic Spot

The best time to visit the Guanyan Scenic Spot is from April to October. You may choose not to come and visit during International Labor’s Day and the National Day of China, because at these times the spot will be swarmed with tourists and the price of the hotels and entrance tickets will also increase. Since the beauty of Guanyan lies in its tranquility, it is more advisable to schedule your trip during the low season.

Best Routes to Visit the Guanyan Scenic Spot (no information right now)

Tickets of the Guanyan Scenic Spot

Tickets:

Ticket for the Guanyan Scenic Spot: RMB 60 per person (excluding the sight-seeing rail car track)

Ticket for the Sight-Seeing Rail Car Track: RMB 15 per person (single trip)

Opening hours: 8:30~17:30

Notice: Free of charge for children under 1 meter, and a half price for children under 1.4 meters.

How to get to the Guanyan Scenic Spot

You can take a tourist bus from Guilin to the spot. The ticket price is RMB 6.5 per person. The earliest bus from Guilin sets off at 7:30 am, and the latest bus back to Guilin leaves the spot at 18:30. It takes only 20 minutes to reach the Guanyan Scenic Spot.

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The Palace Museum Travel Tips

On August 12, 2011, in Beijing, Forbidden City, Museums, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Initially named Forbidden City, the Palace Museum was the imperial palace of Ming and Qing dynasty.  Located in the center of Beijing, it is a prominent work of ancient constructions.  At present, it is the largest and best preserved wooden building in the world. Best Time to the Palace Museum As Beijing lies in temperate […]

Initially named Forbidden City, the Palace Museum was the imperial palace of Ming and Qing dynasty.  Located in the center of Beijing, it is a prominent work of ancient constructions.  At present, it is the largest and best preserved wooden building in the world.

Best Time to the Palace Museum

As Beijing lies in temperate continental monsoon climate zone, temperate continental monsoon climate, each season has its own characteristic.  Winters are dry, cold, windy and dusty; general temperature in January is minus 4 degree.  On the contrary, summer is hot, wet and rainy with a general temperature of 26℃.  So the best time to Palace Museum is from late April and early June; from late August to the end of November.  During the first period, Beijing is just in spring, when the Palace Museum full of vibrant trees and bright—colored flowers.

The Palace Museum Best Routes

The recommended route is as follows.  Come in from the Meridian Gate, then walk along the axle wire and visit the Golden Devine Might Hall, the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the Hall of Central Harmony, Hall of Preserving Harmony, Palace of Heavenly Purity, the Hall of Union, Palace of Earthly Tranquility and the Imperial Garden one by one.

As you going through the Gate of Heavenly, there are three different tour routes available.  If you are on a half—day trip, the mid route is recommended.  Going along the mid route, you can look around the Palace of Heavenly Purity, the Hall of Union, the Palace of Earthly Tranquility and residences of imperial Concubines.  Generally speaking, visiting the whole museum in half day is impossible; one day is better.  If you want to have an in-depth tour, two days are needed.

The Palace Museum Tickets

In boom season (from April to October): 60RMB/person (Treasure Hall and Watch Museum are not included).

In slack season (from November to March): 40RMB/person (Treasure Hall and Watch Museum are not included).

Treasure Hall (located in Palace of Tranquil Longevity, including Chinese Opera Hall and Stone Drums Museum): 10RMB/person.

Watch Museum (located in the Hall of Ancestral Worship):10RMB/person.  (Ticket is free for child whose height is less than 1.2m with the company of guardian)

Preferential policy (Treasure Hall and Watch Museum are not included): ticket is 20RMB/student for students (including students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan; except for students of adult education and graduate students) with student cards or a letter of introduction from school.

How to Get to the Palace Museum

By bus: line1, 4, 5, 10, 20, 52,101,103 and more arrive at Tiananmen station.

By subway: take line1 and get off Tiananmen east or west station, then walk to the Tiananmen Square.

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Gudong Falls Travel Tips

On August 12, 2011, in Guilin, Travel Info, Waterfalls & Pools, by Jack Li

The Gudong Falls Scenic Spot is a newly developed tourist resort in the south of the Ancient Town of Dayu in Lingchuan County, about 8km from the Guilin-Guanyan Tourist Highway and 25km from the City of Guilin. Its major feature is that the tourists can walk around the waterfall and climb up the mountain in […]

The Gudong Falls Scenic Spot is a newly developed tourist resort in the south of the Ancient Town of Dayu in Lingchuan County, about 8km from the Guilin-Guanyan Tourist Highway and 25km from the City of Guilin. Its major feature is that the tourists can walk around the waterfall and climb up the mountain in straw sandals, which is rare within the country. Apart from the beautiful waterfalls and the cool mountain fountain, in the Gudong Falls Scenic Spot tourists can also enjoy delicious homemade dishes such as chicken, duck, bamboo shoots and potherbs.

Best Seasons to Visit Gudong Falls

Summer and autumn are excellent choices. In summer you can take part in the hilarious Water-splashing Festival which drives away the heat, and in autumn mountains covered in red maple leaves will present to you an impressive scene.

Gudong Falls Best Route:

This tourist spot is relatively small so you may prefer a personal schedule.

Gudong Falls Ticket

RMB 60 per person

opening hours: 8:30-17:30

How to go to Gudong Falls

1. There are exclusive sightseeing tourist bus lines in the City of Guilin.

2. Self-driving: Get out of Guilin from Yushan Bridge in the east of city onto Guimo Highway. Keep an eye for the guideposts and you can easily find the place. The journey is about 20 km.

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