A Short First Timers Guide to Trains in China

On September 20, 2011, in China Travel Gossip, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

During your China travel adventure, You may consider venturing out on the train for an interesting cultural experience, a day trip to somewhere new or simply as a method of transport from point A to B. Less hassle than catching a flight or taking a bus, the trains in China cover most of the important […]

During your China travel adventure, You may consider venturing out on the train for an interesting cultural experience, a day trip to somewhere new or simply as a method of transport from point A to B. Less hassle than catching a flight or taking a bus, the trains in China cover most of the important tourist destinations alongside local areas so you can travel to Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, Tibet, Guangzhou and more depending on your itinerary.

 

Train Categories in China

Trains in China have multiple categories, distinguished by a letter (this precedes a number which corresponds to the route). ‘K’ and ‘T’ are the oldest and therefore slowest train types, with the middle category being the ‘Z’ train. Trains starting with a  ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘G’ are the newest and fastest trains, usually with the highest prices, although this is worthwhile if you are short of time and far from the price you would pay for the same distance in a western country.

 

Seat and Sleeper Classes in China

There are a variety of seat and sleeper classes on Chinese trains, however some are restricted to certain trains, for example long distance or popular routes. The types available are: Soft Sleeper, Hard Sleeper, Soft Seat, Hard Seat and the less often seen Deluxe Sleeper.

Soft sleeper is a 4 bed compartment with a lockable door, car attendant and occasionally, TV screens and power supplies. This is the most popular category for western tourists and nicely fits a family of four. The two lower bunks convert into sofa’s for daytime use. Hard sleeper is an open plan 6 bed partition and has no lockable door. These berths are popular with the backpacker crowd and travellers with a lower budget.

Soft and hard seats are similar to those on western trains, soft is slightly larger and more padded being equivalent to first class back home, whilst second class are cheaper and adequate, like standard train seats in Europe and America.

Deluxe sleepers are usually found on long distance overnight trains and consist of a private 2 bed compartment with private bathroom area. Travellers use these less often, as they are usually equivalent to the cost of a flight and generally occupied by government employees.

Train facilities

All except the oldest ‘K’ and ‘T’ trains are fully air conditioned and generally have both western and squat toilets available. Toilet paper is very rarely supplied so be prepared to bring your own supply for the journey. Smoking is only permitted outside of sleeping compartments and aisles, however the newer model trains have a non-smoking rule.

All long distance trains and those running a popular route have restaurants on board. They are housed in a restaurant car and those heading to or from major tourist orientated towns and cities will likely have an English menu. There are snacks, drinks and hot meals available. In addition to this there are usually hot water dispensers situated throughout the train should you wish to make your own hot drinks, soup or pot noodles.

 

Booking and Purchasing Tickets

You can purchase tickets prior to your arrival in China or through an agent, this is a stress free easier method especially if you don’t have a very flexible itinerary, however there will be an added fee for the convenience.

It is simple enough to book tickets yourself and large cities generally have an English speaking booth available. Tickets for the popular high speed trains usually come on sale up to 20 days before departure however the older and less used trains often leave it until 5 to 10 days before. It is recommended to take your passport as for certain routes and trains it needs to be presented in order for you to book a ticket. Another point to be aware of is you are only able to book a journey departing from the station you are at, so you cannot book a journey from Beijing to Xian if you are at Shanghai Central Station.

A recommended website for train travel throughout China (and other cities) with all other vital information including photographs is Seat 61. You can also book many train journeys within China online at China Travel Depot.

 

The Lijiang River (in Guangxi)

On September 6, 2011, in Caves & Canyons, Guilin, Mountain Areas, Rivers & Gorges, by Jack Li

Situated in the east of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in Southern China, the Lijiang River Scenic Area is the world’s largest and most beautiful karst landscape, inducing innumerable literati to revel in its beauty throughout the ages. Part of the scenery along the Lijiang River is printed on the back of the newly issued 20 […]

Situated in the east of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in Southern China, the Lijiang River Scenic Area is the world’s largest and most beautiful karst landscape, inducing innumerable literati to revel in its beauty throughout the ages. Part of the scenery along the Lijiang River is printed on the back of the newly issued 20 yuan note. The river originates at one of the most famous mountains in Southern China, Maoershan Mountain, nourishing the many flora and fauna that live along its banks.

The Lijiang River Scenic Area contains many breathtaking tourist destinations such as Caoping, Yangdi, Xingping, Cattle Gorge, Seven Star Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, and so on. Being the major scenic spot and the essence and soul of Guilin in Guangxi Province, this river flows through the city like a pearl necklace on a fair lady. So far the approved open area of the Liliang River can be divided into three spheres. Specifically, downtown on-water entertainment; Lijiang River sightseeing; and tourism of the Yangshuo, Guilin section of the river. The distance between the city center of Guilin and Yangshuo County is 83 kilometers, also known as the One-hundred Li Gallery. Considered one of the most scenic landscapes in China, the Lijiang River was one of the first scenic areas approved by the State Council in 1982. On May 5th, 2007, it obtained formal approval from National Tourism Administration of China to be crowned as a 5-A class tourist attraction.

The Lijiang River Main Attractions:

Elephant Trunk Hill

The Solitary Beauty Peak

Seven Star Cave

Reed Flute Cave

Cattle Gorge

The Lijiang River Story:

1.   Aniu Sister-in-law Rice-flour Noodles

Third Sister Liu (Sanjie Liu), a folklore character of the Zhuang nationality of China, was not only a gorgeous singer but also an excellent cook of rice-flour noodles. It is said that as many as 26 kinds of spices were added to her rice-flour noodle soup broth – no wonder it was so delicious! After she married Brother Aniu, she opened a rice-flour noodle store called Aniu Sister-in-Law Rice-flour Noodle Shop at the entrance to the village. The special flavor of the noodles and her beautiful voice soon attracted a huge number of customers. Huairen Mo, a rich man from the neighborhood, tried several times to take her as one of his concubines, but failed each time. Outraged, he conspired with local officials to burn down Third Sister Liu’s shop, infuriating the people of the village. The villagers decided unanimously to rescue Third Sister Liu, fighting with only their shovels, hoes and sticks. Many of them were badly injured. Seeing this, Third Sister Liu uttered a cry and jumped into the Lijiang River to save her fellow villagers from being further maimed. Suddenly, two carps leaped out of the water. One took Third Sister Liu on its back and flew up into the sky, heading to heaven as Third Sister Liu transformed into a goddess; the other jumped onto Huairen Mo and his men, pushing them down deep into the water. The tail of the carp surfaced high above the water, changing into the current Mt. Fish Tail.

2.   The Hill of the Faithful Wife

37 kilometers away from the city of Guilin, the Hill of the Faithful Wife is along the west coast of the Lijiang River and just in front of Doumi Beach. On top of the hill there is a stone resembling a man who, facing north, wears traditional Chinese clothes. Halfway up the hill there is a stone in the shape of a woman holding a baby on her back, looking into the direction of said man. Thus, the name of the hill came to be the Hill of the Faithful Wife or the Stone of the Faithful Wife. In the Song dynasty, it was rumored that a mendicant Buddhist monk turned into stone, giving the rock its man-like appearance. However, in the Qing dynasty, the story was that a family of three only had one dou (a measure of grain) of rice left when they came ashore. Unable to find food anywhere on the mountain, the husband was so lost in desperation that he turned into a stone-man. After waiting and waiting and still seeing no sign of her husband, the wife with the child on her back went up the mountain searching for him, only to find that her husband had already turned to stone. The wife was heartbroken and instantly became a stone-woman. Visitors to the Hill of the Faithful Wife will be fascinated by each of the many variations in legend about this scenic spot.

Ludi Cave (Reed Flute Cave)

On September 5, 2011, in Caves & Canyons, Guilin, More Cities, Travel Info, by Jack Li

 Ludi Cave is on the northwestern outskirts of Guilin. It is 5 kilometers far from the downtown. In the Ludi Cave Scenic Spot you could not only enjoy a wonderful cave tour, but also admire scenic rural landscape. The cave is 240 meters deep while the cave tour is 500 meters long. The traces of […]

 Ludi Cave is on the northwestern outskirts of Guilin. It is 5 kilometers far from the downtown. In the Ludi Cave Scenic Spot you could not only enjoy a wonderful cave tour, but also admire scenic rural landscape. The cave is 240 meters deep while the cave tour is 500 meters long. The traces of visitors in the cave could date back to Tang Dynasty. Now the cave has maintained 77 ancient cave paintings.

There is a saying that ‘Guilin’s landscape is the No.1 in the world, while the scenery of Ludi Cave is the best.’ The cave is a pearl in the Guilin’ landscape. It is situated in the southern hillside of Guangming Mountain (Bright Mountain). In this wonderful cave, there are many peculiar-looking stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, Shiman, stone flower. These form over 30 sight spots. According to their shapes, they are named as ‘crystal palace’, ‘dragon pagoda’, ‘primitive forest’ and so on. And these sight spots are well-joined; primary sight spots and secondary sight spots are clear. Besides when you are moving forward, the sight spots are also changing. The whole cave resembles a gorgeous underground palace which is decorated with precious stones, coral and jade.

After decades of construction, the service facilities in the Ludi Cave Scenic Spot become more and more perfect. It has Tourists Information Center, lounges for tourists, ecological parking lot which is over 10, 0000 square meters, elegant garden and five-star toilets. Workers keep improving the design of the lamplights in the cave. They take advantage of modern technology and change the lamplights into a dynamic light show. The new design of the cave will bring visitors the new feelings.

Ludi Cave Attractions

Ludi Cave

Taohua River View Spot (Peach Blossom River)

Feiluan Bridge View Spot

Ludi Cave Story

1. The origin of Ludi Cave

Guangming Mountain in which the Ludi Cave is situated originally named Maomaotou Mountain. In the ancient time, the entrance of Ludi Cave was just a little hole only allowed one person to get through. And the hillside was full of reeds, so people could hardly notice the existence of the cave. Even in the ancient books, there is no record about Ludi Cave. Since the eighth year during the reign of Emperor Zhengyuan in Tang Dynasty, in the cave there are over 70 articles which were written on the wall in total (AD 792). The articles were written by ancient visitors in memory of their visits. From the articles, we can see at the beginning people didn’t know

the existence of Ludi Cave. Although the villagers who lived nearby found the wonderful cave long ago, they did not want to tell strangers. Because the cave was their refuge during wartime, so they did not want others find it.

After the liberation of China, people’s lives become safe and secure. The villagers did not need to seek refuge any more. So they told the local government the existence of the cave. In 1959, according to the information the villagers provided, people began to exploit the cave. In 1962, the cave officially opened. As around the entrance of the cave grow reeds which can make flute, so the cave was named as ‘Reed Flute Cave’.

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Yulong River

In the ancient time, Yulong River was called “Peaceful Water”, but because of the famous Yulong Bridge” its name was changed into Yulong River. The river originates from Bainian Mountain in Lingui County, through Jinbao Village, Grape Town, Baisha Town, New Yangshuo Town and Gaotian Village, and finally meets Jinbao River at Qinge crossing and […]

In the ancient time, Yulong River was called “Peaceful Water”, but because of the famous Yulong Bridge” its name was changed into Yulong River. The river originates from Bainian Mountain in Lingui County, through Jinbao Village, Grape Town, Baisha Town, New Yangshuo Town and Gaotian Village, and finally meets Jinbao River at Qinge crossing and altogether flows into Tianjia River. The Yulong River is as long as 43.5 miles, with the width from 38 to 61 meters and depth from 0.5 to 0.9 meters. The river is not open to navigation for there is dam on the river for irrigation.

Yulong River is a beautiful river, also called “Little Lijiang River”. The period from Yulong Bridge to the estuary of Heshan River is especially beautiful, with high mountains, dense forestrists, beautiful hamlets, where you can appreciate the famous attractions like Yulong Bridge, Rhinoceros Watching the Moon, Old Village, Guiyi City Remains, Five Elements Mountain and so on. Yulong River is one of the numerous lovely scenes of Yangshuo.

If you set off from Yangshuo County, the first view that comes into your eyes is the Fuli Bridge. The bridge is 5 meters wide, 30 meters long and 10 meters high, oval-shaped and made of green stones. Its reflection on the water is like the shape of an egg, or rather a beautiful face of a girl, graceful and unique. The main attractions of Yulong River are: Fuli Bridge, Yulong Bridge, Guiyi City Remains, Xiangui Bridge, and the landscape of “Little Lijiang River”. The famous landscape expert of Harvard University Dr. Carl, after seeing about the view of Yulong River, expresses “This is the most beautiful place I have seen in China”.

Yulong River Attractions

Fuli Bridge and Xiangui Bridge

Yulong Bridge

Jiuxian Village

Zhou Village

Yulong River Story

A long time ago, a dragon of the East Sea came here and saw the breath-taking scene. It felt that the East Sea was pale by comparison with this place, so it decided to hide here. At first, every night, the dragon headed above the water to appreciate the beautiful view. Latter it can not help watching the landscape and sneaked out at day time. Many villagers had seen it, so comes the name Yulong River.

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Yuzi Paradise

Yuzi Paradise is situated in the Dabu Village of the Yanshan District in Guilin. It is a large-scale landscape art park established in 1998 by Cao Rizhang, an entrepreneur from Taiwan. The park includes 533 hectares of enchanting mountain and lake scenery dotted with marvelous artworks featuring sculptures and cave-carving works. Exhibitions, contests, and seminars […]

Yuzi Paradise is situated in the Dabu Village of the Yanshan District in Guilin. It is a large-scale landscape art park established in 1998 by Cao Rizhang, an entrepreneur from Taiwan. The park includes 533 hectares of enchanting mountain and lake scenery dotted with marvelous artworks featuring sculptures and cave-carving works. Exhibitions, contests, and seminars on art creations are frequently held in the park, making it a world-leading creation base and holiday resort with a combination of natural beauty and rich artistic atmosphere. In 2003, Yuzi Paradise was rated “the National 4A Scenic Area”, and in 2004 it was conferred the title of “National Cultural Industry Model Base” by the Ministry of Culture.

During its construction, Mr. Cao intended it as an art museum alive with imaginative artworks set against Guilin’s picturesque landscape. He hoped that the Yuzi Paradise would be one of the most outstanding art museums. In pursuit of this goal, he chose “Protect nature and promote art” as the theme of the park that presents a harmonious picture of the typical Guilin scenery and human culture. In the Yuzi Paradise, you can appreciate the gorgeous sculptures and cave-carvings while enjoying the beautiful scenery around.

The owner of the Yuzi Paradise will continue with his effort to promote open-mindedness in artistic creation through hosting various kinds of artistic contests and active cooperation with relevant enterprises and industries. Thanks to the Yuzi Paradise, Guilin is on its way to become a notable center of modern art and culture on the international stage.

Yuzi Paradise Travel Tips

Yushan Park

On August 31, 2011, in Guilin, Historical Relics, Parks & Gardens, Temples, by Jack Li

YushanPark is situated in the south of the North Pole Square in Guilin, next to the Yushan Bridge.  The park got its name because Yu Mountain located inside the park.  It is a popular starting point for tours around Guilin.  The park is designed in grand detail, combining traditional and modern styles and the glamour […]

YushanPark is situated in the south of the North Pole Square in Guilin, next to the Yushan Bridge.  The park got its name because Yu Mountain located inside the park.  It is a popular starting point for tours around Guilin.  The park is designed in grand detail, combining traditional and modern styles and the glamour of the East and West.  The whole park can be divided into two parts.  The northern part is a typical modern park with springs and waterfalls, surrounded by picturesque scenery. During the night, the park’s beauty is enhanced by colorful illuminations. In the southern part of the park, a reconstruction of YudiTemple and magnificent “Wufu Tower” (symbolizing peace, long life, wealth, safety, morality and good ending) with a bell are particularly worth mentioning.   There are many other unique constructions in the southern part of the park, such as the marble “Jiu chongtian” (meaning ‘nine spheres of Heaven’) and “Jiya Garden” with a great collection of rare treasures, handicrafts and more.

Yushan Park Attractions

Yu Mountain

Shaoyin Cave

Nanxun Pavilion

The Relic of Shun Temple

Yushan Park Story

1. Yudi Temple and Chess

The mountain is named after Emperor Yu, who passed the mountain during his journey to the South. To memorize the emperor’s visit, the Yudi Temple was built in the Qin dynasty.  The Temple has a history of over two thousand years.  At the entrance to the temple, there is a bronze statue of Emperor Yu’s little brother Xiang, the inventor of Chinese Chess (called ‘xiangqi’ in Chinese). According to the legend, Xiang was known as a cheeky boy, having no respect for his older brother’s orders.  He mended his ways after Yu’s death. Xiang guarded the temple’s doors to keep the monsters from disturbing his older brother at rest.  Xiang became so intelligent, that all his hair fell down and he became bald. That is how the Chinese idiom”Cong Ming Jue Ding” (signifying a person of unusually high IQ) came to life. His invention is a good example of his intelligence. It is said that if one wants to be clever or succeed in gambling, he or she should touch Xiang’s head.

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Yang Causeway

County of Yang Causeway is in the northern part of Yangshuo County. The government is located on the dyke Yang Causeway, which is 39 kilometers way from the county and 50 kilometers away from Guilin City, accounting for 102.8 square kilometers. The one-hundred-mile Lijiang River with “one mountain, one river and one poem” is like […]

County of Yang Causeway is in the northern part of Yangshuo County. The government is located on the dyke Yang Causeway, which is 39 kilometers way from the county and 50 kilometers away from Guilin City, accounting for 102.8 square kilometers. The one-hundred-mile Lijiang River with “one mountain, one river and one poem” is like a colorful landscape painting with poetry in it. If we see Lijiang River as a long lyric poem, then the part from Guilin to Caoping is just the prelude of the poem while the part from Caoping to Yang Causeway is the main theme of it. The breathtaking landscape of Yangshuo comes into your eyes as if a skylight is pulled open slowly.

The Yang Causeway begins from the Yang Causeway Guanyan village, and then comes to the Xingping sightseeing area. The river, as long as 18 kilometers, is the golden part of Lijiang River. The Yang Causeway road is only 12 kilometers away from the second class highway of Guilin. You can take a special train or common passenger bus from Yangshuo or Guilin to the Yang Causeway dock. The river is 46 kilometers away from Guilin to the north and 47 kilometers away from Yangshuo to the south. When the water is shallow, the Yang Causeway will be the starting point of Lijiang River traveling, for the boats can not go through the water segment of Lijiang River between Guilin and Yang Causeway.

Yang Causeway is the typical mountain area of “nine mountains with half water and half field” and the people here are honest and simple. It is far away from the noise of big cities and there is no pollution of modern industry. This part of river is twisted, with blue water, numerous attractions, reflection of those mountains, and verdant forests, where you can best experience the beauty of “the river is like the green ribbon while the mountains are jade hairpin”. The main attractions are Xiangba Island, Banbian Qidu, Watching the Moon, Fairies Pulling the Querning Stone, Moonlight Island, Water Curtain Cave, and Wonderful View of Lang Stone.

Yang Causeway county is the typical “Karst” landform and there are many mountains in this area, which are far more than the area of field. There are only 10009 mu (1mu=0.0667 hectares), among which 6394 mu are paddy field and 3615 mu are grazing land. People here depend on the agriculture to make a living and the main grain cops are rice and corn. The grain output of 2002 is 3947 tons, with personal proportion of 349 kilograms; the main cash crops are citrons, clausena lansiums, oranges, and persimmons. It is rich in mineral resources, especially rich in calcites, which cover an area of 40 square kilometers of Tangjia Village. The degree of whiteness of the mineral is over 95%. Now there are 3 points which have been exploited with the annual output of over 60 thousand tons. The productions are sold in or far beyond the village.

Yang Causeway Acctractions

Golden Pheasant Mountain and Moonlight Island

Golden Mountain and Li Six Bridges

Yang Causeway Story

Yang Causeway

Yang Causeway is a famous scenic site at the shoreside of the Lijiang River. There is neither row of verdant poplars nor mellow willows. Then why it is called “Yang Causeway”? In fact, the name s from two local mountains: Yangjiao Mountain and Yangdi Mountain. A long time ago, a huge goat that attained the way and became an evil spirit lived on the mountain. The goat could graze up green grass in several miles overnight. Because of the big capacity for eating, all grasses and leaves were eaten up by the goat. At last, it began to gnaw at riceshoots and vegetables. As a result, local farmers suffered disater and poured out their endless grievances. After the Jade Emperor knowing about the incident, he sent Might Miracle God to subdue the goad. Hearing about the news, the goat hid in a sequestered grotto, successfully dodged the Might Miracle God.

However, the Might Miracle God learned that the goat had already got used to eating, so it would be impossible for the goat to stay too long in the grotto. Consequently, the Might Miracle God pointed by finger and then a cloud of glossy and green riceshoots with growth vigour appeared. The delicate flavor of the riceroots gradually floated away into the grotto. Afterwards, the Might Miracle God turned himself into a sapling standing besides the field.

The goat became extremely hungry after hinding for several days, so it watched towards outside for quite a long time after riechening the delecate flavor of the riceroots. Of course, the goat didn’t see the Might Miracle God, it became so happy that it ran at full speed towards the riceroots and began to graze madly. At this time, the Might Miracle God appeared and angrily rebuke to the goat: “Do you know it’s wrong to ruin crops?” The goat felt a little shocked and scared first, but it was self-assured for its ability and then shouted as tough as bulls: “Do you want to have a competition? Never think that I am afraid of you.” The Might Miracle God became very angry and then wielded his sword. There is no time for the goat to react, one of its hooves had been cut off. The goat immediately became furious, glared its blood-red eyes and rushed towards the Might Miracle God with its two horns which looked like mountain peaks. The Might Miracle God sneered and then wielded his sword again towards the horns. The two horns were cut off with a loud noise. The goat felt so aching that it rolled on the ground. Seeing the scene, the Might Miracle God showed his natural sympathies and didn’t put it to death. The goat knew that itselt was not the adversary of the God and then escaped in a hurry.

From then on, there are two more mountains in this area, one is the Yangjiao Mountain turned by the horns, the other is the Yangti Mountain turned by the hooves. However, in the Guilin dialect, “yangti” and “yangdi” have the same pronunciation. Posterities of local Guilin people thought “yangti”was quite vulgar. In order to be well matched with the beautiful scenery, the name changed to “yangdi”.

Elephant Trunk Hill

On August 30, 2011, in Guilin, More Cities, Must-sees, Nature Scenery, by Jack Li

Elephant Trunk Hill, also known as Li Shan, Yi Shan or Chengshui Shan (‘shan’ meaning hill/mountain in Chinese) is located between Peach Blossom River and Lijiang River in Guilin, Guangxi province. Its most common name is the Elephant Hill, as the hill resembles a giant elephant stretching its nose to get water from the river. […]

Elephant Trunk Hill, also known as Li Shan, Yi Shan or Chengshui Shan (‘shan’ meaning hill/mountain in Chinese) is located between Peach Blossom River and Lijiang River in Guilin, Guangxi province. Its most common name is the Elephant Hill, as the hill resembles a giant elephant stretching its nose to get water from the river. It is one of the best examples of the landscape of Guilin. The main attractions in the Elephant Trunk Hill area are the Water Moon Cave, the Elephant’s Eye rock, the Puxian Tower, the Hongfeng temple and the exhibition hall of the Taiping revolution site in the temple. Nearby, there is a stupa, marking the location of Kaiyuan Temple, which used to stand there. The water moon cave is located between the elephant trunk and the legs, resembling a bright moon floating on the water. This famous scenery is known as the “water moon of Elephant Hill”. An inspiration for poets and artists for over thousand years, it has been a must-see for visitors to Guilin since Tang Dynasty. The Elephant Trunk Hill is one of the national 4A-level scenic spots. You can take No.2, No.23, No.16, No.57, No.58, and No.88 buses to get there. Covering a total of 118800 square meters, it preserves a rare type of karst topography. There is a stone path leading to the peak of the hill. In the past, the Taiping army used to station there, as the top of the hill is flat. On the eastern side of the peak, there is a brick tower built in Ming Dynasty, known as the Puxian tower. A Puxian Bodhisatva is displayed there. The tower resembles a round bottle or a hilt, which is why it is also called bottle tower or hilt tower.

Elephant Trunk Hill Attractions

Water Moon Cave

Puxian Tower

Elephant’s Eye Rock

Elephant Trunk Hill Story

The recently rebuilt Yunfeng temple is located at the south foot of Elephant Trunk Hill. In the temple, the historical relics of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom are displayed. In the western part of the temple there is a stupa. Kaiyuan Temple is a site of profound historical value, known already in Tang Dynasty, as a residence of renowned Jianzhen monk. Nowadays, the Kaiyuan temple no longer exists. The only object reminding of the temple’s glorious days is the stupa.

Wupai River Travel Tips

On August 26, 2011, in Guilin, More Cities, Rivers & Gorges, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Wupai River is the best place for intensified training and competitions of slalom in China. The width of Wupai River ranges from 5 meters to 30 meters and the head drop between upper reaches and lower reaches is about 300 meters. The breathtaking adverture is sufficient to turn ordinary men to heroes, turn cowards to […]

Wupai River is the best place for intensified training and competitions of slalom in China. The width of Wupai River ranges from 5 meters to 30 meters and the head drop between upper reaches and lower reaches is about 300 meters. The breathtaking adverture is sufficient to turn ordinary men to heroes, turn cowards to warriors and make humans to enjoy the pleasure to conqure nature. It is not appropriate for children under 14 years old, people with high blood pressure and heart disease and the handicapped to drift. In the process of drifting, you should follow the command of sailors, fasten life jacket and hold on safety rope, never curvet and get round in the boat. Stone riprap on the river bed is so aculeated that you can’t swim in the river.

Best time to visit Wupai River

Drifting on Wupai River is a seasonal tourism program, held from the midmonth of April to the midmonth of October. The best drifting time is from the midmonth of May to the beginning of Sepetemper.

Wupai River Tickets

Upper segment 12.5 kilometers

Retail sales: 168yuanMember price: 135 yuan

Lower segment 19 kilometers

Retail sales: 238 yuanMember Price: 188 yuan

The whole course

Retail sales: 368 yuanMember price: 288 yuan (no children, students or army men tickets)

Note that:

1. There are no student tickets or any other discounted tickets for drifting on Wupai River.

2. There are two sailors on each rubber boat, 7 tourists at most on one boat;

If there are less than six people, they still ought to buy six tickets;

Over 8 people but within 12 people: buy 12 tickets

Over 12 people: buy tickets based on the actual number of people

3. There are two special buses returning to the starting point of drifting. If the driver also goes drifting, he needs a designated driver or rent the other car to take tourists back at the terminal point.

How to get to Wupai River

Wupai River is 33 meters away from the county town of Ziyuan, which is 106 kilometres (approximately 2hours) away from the urban area of Guilin.

The nonstop scheduled bus: 23 yuan/person, comes seven times a day

The ordinary bus: 21 yuan/person, comes every 20 minutes (6:40-18:00)

Take the fast bus (Guilin-Ziyuan) at Guilin Bus Master Station (Seven buses a day), then rent a car at Ziyuan (30 yuan/person, round-trip).

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Wupai River

On August 26, 2011, in Activities, Guilin, More Cities, Rivers & Gorges, by Jack Li

Wupai River, also called Xunjiang River, is the best filed for competition and training of slalom in China which is at the foot of the highest mountain of South China- Maoer Mountain, in Ziyuan County of Guilin City, 138 kilometers away from Guilin. It originates from 1883 meters high Jinzi Mountain and it is the […]

Wupai River, also called Xunjiang River, is the best filed for competition and training of slalom in China which is at the foot of the highest mountain of South China- Maoer Mountain, in Ziyuan County of Guilin City, 138 kilometers away from Guilin. It originates from 1883 meters high Jinzi Mountain and it is the second longest river in Ziyuan County, belonging to Zhujiang River water system. It is very convenient to take a direct bus to the dock of driftage. It wins the title of “Hukou of Yellow River” and “Hutiao Gorge” of Guilin, which is famous for “dangerous waters, strange stones, dense forests and beautiful waterfalls”.

The driftage of Wupai River is about 30 kilometers long, with more than 200 meters’ drop height. There is no underground river and whirlpool during the whole driftage period and the drop height is less than 2 meters, which makes driftage exciting but safe, so Wupai River is not only suitable for common driftage, but also suitable for the competition and training of Canoe.

The most precious river segment for explorations and driftage is from Chetian to Hekou, which is about 30 kilometers long. The width of Wupai River is from 5 to 30 meters. The views that come into your eyes are streams of turbulent rivers, white waves blowing on your face and rubber boats riding and dipping. Before coming into the rapids, you are dry and clean, but after driftage, you will become all wet.

The surging Wupai River, like a uncontrollably wild horse, galloping in the deep valley. Exploring at Wupai River, the wild field and thrill of venture will make people become braver, from coward to hero as well as make people experience the endless joy of conquering the nature. Wupai River is the only site that can satisfy the conditions for world- class competition and training. In August, 2001, the invitation competition of Wupai River driftage was held successfully. Now Wupai River is new sport travelling brand which integrate sport travelling, ecological leisure, body built-up, exploration and driftage, and training of slalom.

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