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Yougushentan Natural Scenic Area: the Natural Oxygen Bar in Beijing


North of Duanshuling Village, Huaibei Town, Huairou District, about 75 kilometers (46.6 miles) from downtown Beijing. Among the verdant hills and green waters, the scenic area is famous for its mystery, uniqueness, quietness and beauty, and enjoys the reputation of 'Natural Oxygen Bar'. If you want to discover the natural beauty of Beijing besides its time-honored along your China travel of Beijing, I think the Yougushentan Natural Scenic Area has something for you.



Owing to its wonderful scenery, unusual mountains, rich mineral springs and beautiful legends, the scenic area attracts numerous tourists from home and abroad every year. There are green hills with unique peeks, oddly-shaped rocks and steep cliffs, luxuriant trees and grass, dainty wildflowers, babbling streams, the natural ponds and waterfalls in this picturesque scenic area. Away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, visitors enjoy not only the extraordinary natural beauty, but also the calligraphy, seal cuttings and pictures engraved in the cliffs. Now, the 72-hour visa free travel to Beijing is workable now, while not pay a visit to Yougushentan Natural Scenic Area to breath the natural oxygen in Beijing during your transiting time?



The breathtaking 'Fly Waterfall' and 'God Pond' are the 'must sees' of the area. At the top of the mountain, there is a natural pond, around 8 meters deep (26 feet). The crystal and glittering water of the pond flows down and crashes onto the steep cliffs, producing loud sounds echoing in the valley. The water sprays fall several meters and gradually form a spectacular waterfall, 50 meter high (164 feet). The fall rushes down the mountain, falling into another pond and creating stunning splash.



This scenic area has excellent service facilities. It is possible to taste the delicious countryside snacks, barbecues and rainbow trout here. All kinds of entertainment activities are available, including karaoke, table tennis, chess, cards and the distinctive campfire party during the evening. In summer, the playing pools and swimming pools of running springs are ready for tourists. Every year, the scenic area is closed from November to March of the following year. When appreciating natural beauty and breathing the natural oxygen in China is mentioned, many people may think of Shangri-la travel, while for the travelers who only have Beijing itinerary but still want to enjoy this. A visit to Yougushentan Natural Scenic Area in Beijing is highly recommended.



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Discover the Ancient Qinhuai River in Nanjing China


The Qinhuai River used to be called Huai Water, and was renamed Qinhuai for the legend that Qin Emperor Shihuang, the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC), ordered to introduce Huai Water to the city by excavating a mountain. It is a branch of the Yangtze River, running about 110 kilometers, a major watercourse around Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province. It was very famous in the history but lost its fame due to wars, which destroyed many buildings along both banks. The water became filthy and no sign of wealth could be found anymore. After repair and restoration in 1985, the river became a beautiful resort. If you are having a China travel in Nanjing China, cruising along the Qinhuai River to appreciate the breathtaking night-scene of this ancient city is highly recommended.


In Chinese ancient times, places around the Qinhuai River and the Confucian Temple were already very prosperous. The banks along the Qinhuai River were the gathering place for noble and wealthy families, and were also frequently visited by scholars. Those places lost glory once in the Sui Dynasty (581-618) and the Tang Dynasty (618-907), but regained popularity in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Just because of its scale, cruising along the Qinhuai River is totally different from the exciting Yangtze River cruise, which need time to discover the history and culture of Nanjing as the cruise moves forward.



Floating lights are the most famous view on the Qinhuai River. On the river, any boat or ship, large or small, will hang color lamps. It is a very important activity for a visitor to ride such a boat, floating on the river to enjoy the scenes. The prestigious Chinese writer Zhu Ziqing (1898-1948) wrote a verse on the floating lights, which gave a very good description of the wonderful view.



The Confucian Temple is now the center of Qinhuai scenery belt with the Qinhuai River winding through. Other spots are the Zhanyuan Park, Confucian ancient buildings, the Aigrette Island, the Fort at Zhonghua Gate, boats on the river and many views along the banks. The tour is really attractive with so many historical relics, parks, and local features. It is no wonder that many China travel agencies have arranged the cruise on Qinhuai River for the Nanjing itinerary.



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Discover Xihe in Gannan Tibetan Region of China


Three interesting features of the area are the natural scenery, the many Tibetan temples and mosques and especially the large Labrang Monestary, and the local folk customs. In the spring and summer, there are a lot of flowers in the surrounding area and there are several local festivals such as the April 15th Niangnai Festival, the June 6th Lotus Hill Flower Festival, the June 15th Arrows Inserting Festival, and the July 6th Shower Festival. During these festivals, the local people have competitions like horse races, elephant tug of wars, and competitions between Yak owners. If you want to discover the Tibetan culture without taking Tibet tours, then a visit to Xiahe is highly recommended, because it is just a epitome of Tibet.



The large Labrang (or Lapuleng) Monastary complex is a spectacle all year around, but especially in the winter because between the 8th and the 16th of the first month of the lunar calendar, the monasteries and temples in the area hold ceremonies and Buddhist gatherings. Special ceremonies during this time are the Buddha Basking Day, Scripture Debate Day, Mask Dance Day, the Exhibition of Colorful Lanterns, and the Qiangba Buddha Touring Day. These festivals are eye-openers for people to know about the Tibetan culture, art, and religion. For those interested in the Tibetan religion, this is the best time to tour Xiahe. Along your Xiahe China travel service, you would get more idea about the culture and life of Tibetans.



Xiahe's has a plateau monsoon climate. The area is cold and humid, with a relatively small annual temperature range, but with relatively big day and night temperature differences. The annual average temperature is 4 °C. In the summer, the average temperature varies between 8 - 14 °C. The annual precipitation varies between 400 – 800 mm. There is an average of about 1800 to 2,600 hours of sunshine a year. The best time for tourists to visit is in the summer in June, July and August. It is warmer, above freezing, and the festivals are a spectacle. But be prepared for the big temperature drops at night. There are often sudden storms, so water-proof shoes, raincoats, and warm clothes are important.



The local Tibetan, Muslim, and Mongolian cuisine appeals to the western sense of taste: yak burgers, yak milk and butter, yogurt, and barbecued beef, along with Muslim-style beef noodles and bread and butter and Muslim tea. You may also like the many Sichuan-style restaurants. Visiting this region, you'll get to taste an unusual variety of ethnic and Chinese food and enjoy a lot of inexpensive beef, lamb, and diary products. Muslim noodle and stir-fry dishes usually taste better. The food is more similar.



To the scenery-lovers, Yangtze River cruises would be their first choice to discover China-the great middle kingdom, while to the culture-lovers, especially that of ethnic minorities, they may pay a visit to the ethnic minority-inhabited area to get closer to these groups. In this case, pay a visit to Xiahe to discover the Tibetan culture should never be missed.



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Top Must-sees along Guangzhou China Travel


Guangzhou Chimelong Holiday Resort is located in Panyu District, Guangzhou City. It is a world class tourist kingdom which always brings happiness to the world. The holiday resort is mainly composed of Chimelong Paradise, Chimelong Xiangjiang Safari Park, Chimelong Water Park, Chimelong International Circus, Guangzhou Crocopark, and Chimelong Golf Center. All are full of excitement and wonder waiting for your arrival. Along a Guangzhou travel, many China tour operators usually arrange the following site that popular among travelers.



With almost 60 different attractions, Chimelong Paradise really deserves its name and is proud to be the amusement park whose rides are the richest in China. Many rides, such as the Ten-looped roller coaster, rank as the best in Asia and second in the world, the Motorbike Launch coaster and the Half Pipe will bring you the most exciting feelings. Besides, the paradise provides its visitors with all sorts of performances such as magic tricks, songs and dances, acrobatics and fancy car parades. The international super theater and the most advanced IWERK 4-D Theater supply a new experience in watching films. If you are planning the affordable china tours of Guangzhou, you should never miss Chimelong Paradise, low price but high quality.



The Chimelong Xiangjiang Safari Park is a national-grade wildlife world which is considered to reach international standards. It is the biggest wild animal theme park in Asia and home to over 460 species and 20,000 rare animals including five pandas, 10 koalas, Honduras anteaters, pygmy hippopotamus, black rhinoceros, white tigers and white lions. You are allowed to drive your cars inside the stock area to get a close up view of the wild beasts and this is the best way to watch animals in China. You can feed the animals and take pictures with them. The once fierce beasts such as tigers, bears and lions now cooperate to present you with an excellent performance.



Chimelong Water Park is the biggest water park in Asia and has the most aqua-play structures in the world. All the water park amusements are designed and provided by the world's top aqua-play corporation. Many of them have been awarded with international prizes. For example, "the Tornado" takes visitors who sit in the four-leaf clover shaped ring from high up down a huge horn-like cone. Visitors will feel like they are being absorbed by a tornado. The Family Boomerango, with its breakneck speed, invites family members and friends to have a try. Besides, the advanced water treatment system and the professional first-aid measures ensure the visitor's safety while at the same time of offering them complete happiness on water. The breathtaking Chimelong Water Park is usually included in many private China tour of Guangzhou.



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Sacred Yaowang Mountain and the Stone Inscriptions: Commemorating Sun Simiao


Yaowang Mountain is 2 km east of the county seat of Yaoxian County, Shaanxi Province. The Stone Sculptures on Yaowang Mountain, or Bhaisajyaraja, are located on Yaowang Mountain 1.5 kilometers east of the Yaoxian County seat, in Shaanxi, China. There are 200 stone tablets at Yaowang Mountain, erected during the past dynasties; seven grottoes of the Sui and Tang dynasties; as well as Buddhist statues from the Northern Wei Dynasty to the Tang Dynasty eras. Because Yaowang Mountain is a sacred mountain, many CChina travel agencies particularly arranged Yaowang Mountain to their customers, offering a great chance to them to worship.



Yaowang Mountain was called "Panyu Mountain" in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). It is 1,100 m above sea level and is formed by five peaks connecting one with another, so it was also called "Wutai Mountain" (Mountain of Five Peaks) from the Song (960-1279) to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The mountain is high but not dangerous, full of green pines and verdant cypresses, with towering ancient trees, being always a famous scenic spot in central China. Its naming of "Yaowang Mountain" has something to do with Sun Simiao, the famous medical scientist of the Tang Dynasty. Sun Simiao (581-682), born in Yaoxian County, was world famous because of his monumental works in medical science such as Qianjin Yaofang (Prescriptions Worth One Thousand Pieces of Gold),Qianjin Yifang (Supplement to Prescriptions Worth One Thousand Pieces of Gold), etc. He wrote thirty books (more than a million words) in his life, and was renowned as "Yaowang" (King of Medicines). Later generations built a Yaowang Temple on Panyu Mountain to commemorate him, hence the name of the mountain. No China vacation deals to Shaanxi China are fantastic enough without visiting the sacred Yaowang Mountain to discover the stone sculptures there.



On Yaowang Mountain, you can find stone inscriptions everywhere, and they chiefly fall into such two categories: steles and stone caves. There are more than a hundred steles, and the most precious one is the group of five steles with Qianjin Yaofang inscribed on them, made in the sixth year (1572) of the Longqing reign of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), which is valuable data for the study on traditional Chinese medicine. The stone caves were all chiseled during the period from the Tang to the Sui Dynasty (581-618), and the extant ones are 7, containing more than 40 Buddha statues. Moreover, among the chain of mountains are preserved 66 statue steles from the Northern Wei (386-534) to the Tang Dynasty, called "Stele Forest of the Medical World". There is a well-preserved Yaowang Temple on the mountain, which was built in the 37th year (1558) of the Jiajing reign of the Ming Dynasty, but kept the architectural styles of the Jin (1115-1234) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties.

To the culture-lovers, they would take Tibet tours would be their first choice to discover the ethnic culture of China, while the history-lovers would pay more attention to the historical sites. In this case, the stone sculpture in Yaowang Mountain has something for the latter.







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Distinctive Huguang Club: Living Antique of Beijing Opera


While much of Beijing's traditional Xuanwu District undergoes modern reconstruction, the Huguang Club on Hufang Road stands as a testament to the neighborhood's historic roots. The club's history dates back to 1807, when it was built as a meeting place for scholars, businessmen, and high-ranking officials from Hunan and Hubei provinces. At that time, the two provinces were together referred to as Huguang Province. "The Huguang Clubhouse was built by high-ranking officials from the Qing Dynasty to serve as an entertainment venue and gathering place, so it's different from an ordinary clubhouse," said Huo Jianqing, current general manager of the Huguang Club. Many culture-lovers particularly request their China travel agents to arrange the Beijing opera in their itinerary. To the places to appreciating Beijing opera, Huguang Club is highly recommended.



In 1830, the club added an opera house to serve as a prime venue for the blossoming art of Peking opera. During its lifetime, the opera house has served as a performance center for several of Peking opera's most famous performers, including Chen Delin, Mei Lanfang, Tan Xinpei and Yu Shuyan. The Huguang Club made history again on August 8, 1912, as the birthplace of the Kuomintang party. Sun Yat-sen chose the club as a meeting place because many of Beijing's important revolutionaries lived in nearby neighborhoods. Now a tribute to old Beijing, the Huguang Club currently houses a restaurant, teahouse, opera house and small museum complete with interior courtyards and talkative mynah birds in hanging cages. The attendants are friendly and enthusiastic as they welcome visitors to the club. Now, to the culture-lovers, 72-hour visa free travel to Beijing is workable, so they could appreciate the Beijing opera in the Huguang Club within in their transiting time. Why not?



Photos of various Peking opera stars appear on the walls of the complex, but the real gems are located in the club's one-room museum. The attendant doesn't speak English, but is happy to answer any questions from visitors in Chinese. There is an exhibit about Sun Yat-sen's work on one wall, but the rest of the room is dedicated to Peking opera. The colorful opera costumes displayed in glass cases are the most popular attractions for visitors, according to Huo Jianqing. But the museum's most precious and exclusive item is an embroidered picture featuring Qing Dynasty opera star Chen Delin alongside photos of his students.



The museum is a good complement to the daily Peking opera performances, which provide English and Chinese subtitles as well as English and Japanese translations via headsets. The performances take place in the club's traditional opera house with tickets starting at 180 yuan per person. On weekends, the club also hosts other types of performances, such as Kunqu opera and crosstalk shows, although they do not provide translations for foreign audiences. The Huguang Club also hosts foreign students studying Chinese at Beijing Language and Culture University, who want to learn more about Peking opera through workshops on performances and costume makeup.



To the natural scenery-addicts, Yangtze River tour would be their first choice to discover China, while to the culture-lovers, the profound Chinese culture would be more attractive to explore China. In this case, Beijing opera would be a must-have for them. To appreciate the authentic Beijing opera, Huguang Club is highly suggested.


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Breathtaking Dameisha Seashore Park: A Combination of Romance, Freedom and Recreation


Dameisha Seashore Park is one of ten tangible things promised by the Shenzhen (深圳) government in 1999. It is lying by the beautiful South Sea, boasting over 1800 meters beach between the mountain and sea. According to the themes of Dameisha, which are romance, freedom and recreation, the hinterland is designed with the relevant facilities, like the apartments with hotel-styled services, cafe, public house, teahouse and shopping center. All these enrich the tourist resources of Dameisha. If you are planning to have the China tours in winter, a visit to Shenzhen to Dameisha Sea is highly recommended.



Meanwhile, the artificial sceneries here fit the environment well. An island, a bridge, a boat, a church and a couple, the romantic wedding in Dameisha enriches the theme and sublimate the spiritual contents of Dameisha. As Dameisha is full of mountains and water, the sports activities like climbing, camping and rosary under the mountain are developed here to fill up the deficiency of tourist resources in low seasons. The park features swimming zone, sports zone and amusement zone. It also offer you lots of choices such as the sea parachuting, waterskiing, cable way, motor boating and beach driving. Golden beach, sapphire-like sea, green-mountain and relaxed music, white sail, all these will promise you a warm and comfortable vacation.



The park also offers barbeque to the tourists and they can savor sausages, mushrooms and chicken wings from the stands. The park has an amazing and exquisite collection of 57 semi tropical plants which makes it one of the best in Shenzhen. The tourists can also enjoy various kinds of sports in the park which come in the form of beach volleyball, motor boating and parachuting. The beach park also offers facilities for renting of swimming equipments if any of the visitors want to go for a plunge. The Dameisha can be categorized into the following sections and some of them are mentioned below. No China tour packages to Dameisha Sea is complete without visiting the Dameisha Sea.



The Sun Square occupies a formidable area of 13,000 square meters and is situated in the central point of the park. The guests can relax and enjoy in the open environment and experience a relaxing sunbath. The visitors are also provided with the facilities of toilet and changing rooms. The Moon Square is situated in the western section of the park and comprise of many shops which sells different kinds of products. There is also a flipping field which provides the visitors with the scope of gymnastics. The Wish Tower is another very interesting section of the park and rises to a height of 83 meters. An elevator takes the guests to the summit of the tower and the legend goes that most of the wishes come true.



Many travelers do prefer to visit China from Yangtze River cruises as most people did, while the Yangtze River cruise is scarcely available in winter, so if you want to visit China in winter, a visit to Shenzhen to immerse yourself in the boundless Dameisha Sea is highly recommended.

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Distinctive Tibetan Clothing and Ornaments


Tibet is a plateau region in Asia, north-east of the Himalayas. It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as Monpas, Qiang, and Lhobas, and is now also inhabited by considerable numbers of Han and Hui people. Tibet is the highest region on earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 metres (16,000 ft). No top China tours are popular enough without covering Tibet.



Tibet emerged in the 7th century as a unified empire, but it soon divided into a variety of territories. The bulk of western and central Tibet were often at least nominally unified under a series of Tibetan governments in Lhasa, Shigatse, or nearby locations; these governments were at various times under Mongol and Chinese overlordship. The eastern regions of Kham and Amdo often maintained a more decentralized indigenous political structure, being divided among a number of small principalities and tribal groups, while also often falling more directly under Chinese rule; most of this area was eventually incorporated into the Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Qinghai. Following the collapse of the Qing dynasty in 1912, Qing soldiers were disarmed and escorted out of Tibet. The region declared its independence in 1913. The region maintained its autonomy until 1951 when, following a military conflict, Tibet was incorporated into the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the previous Tibetan government was abolished in 1959 after a failed uprising.[1] Today, the PRC governs western and central Tibet as the Tibet Autonomous Region while eastern areas are mostly within Sichuan and Qinghai provinces. There are tensions regarding Tibet's political status and dissident groups are active in exile. With its featured culture and distinctive landscape, Tibet appeals numerous travelers domestic and abroad to take Tibet tours annually.



Long-standing and unique Tibetan clothing and ornaments are featured by diversified styles and patterns as well as bright color. It is traditional costume formed from ancient times under the influence of climate in the area, people's production activities and the religious culture. Ordinary dress with distinctive ethnic features is the Tibetan-style robe, which is characterized by long sleeves, loose waist and large lapel. Moreover, faconne decoration is important, and top priority is given to the conformity of dressing to personal status, reflecting by the existence of precious fur and silt piped sleeves, lapels and fundus. When wearing a Tibetan-style robe, underlinen is indispensable, with male-style ones mainly being fitted with high collars, and female ones with turn-down collars, both kinds made of silk in different colors. Female underlinen is provided with long sleeves, which are curled up in most times and laid down when dancing, so that they will wave in the wind with the dancer, presenting a beautiful vision. Compared with excitement experienced along the Silk Road travel, a Tibet travel would reward you extraordinary cultural experience and distinctive landscape discovery.



Tibetan clothing and ornaments, though bright in color, are harmoniously presented. It is in the clothing and ornaments that the gorgeous features of the Tibetans are perfectly embodied.






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Never Miss A Spot: Useful Tips of Seasonal Travel in Tibet China


Tibet, a place of mystery and sanctity, is witnessing its coldest days this winter. Time flows with eternity, in spite of sunshine, mist, rainbow and snow, leaving our timeless memories on this soil of Tibet. Holding a reverence in nature, we set our sights on the different seasons of Tibet. Every year, many people flock to have China Tibet tours to discover this mysterious Holy Land.



January in Lhasa: Stepping into the sunshine. Courage is absolutely the first thing if you travel to Tibet in winter, considering the freezing weather in January. In inland areas snow and cold waves keep people at home all the day. Tibet, nearest to the sun, however, witnesses crowds of people enjoying leisure time under the sun, drinking tea while chatting and laughing. The scene, warm and casual, often makes travelers forget time and where they are. Statistics show that Lhasa has an average annual sunshine of more than eight hours a day. You can wear only a woollen sweater at noon under the sun in Lhasa even in winter. Choosing a good time for you China travel would reward your travel more.



February in Lhasa: Celebrating three festivals. It's such a coincidence that three festivals, the Tibetan New Year, the Spring Festival and the Valentine's Day, fall on the same day - Feb. 14 this year. Traveling in Tibet on that special day will certainly be an once-in-a-life experience. The Spring Festival and Valentine's Day are undoubtedly great events, let alone the Tibetan New Year. The celebration of the Tibetan New Year begins on Dec. 29 on the Tibetan calendar, lasting 15 days. These tips would of great help for your Tibet tours.



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Discover Shikumen-Stone Gate Houses in Shanghai China


The Shikumen is the residential houses in Shanghai with the most typical local flavor. The gates of these houses are made of solid and thick wooden boards painted in black. And the door frames are made of stone, hence the name-Shikumen, or stone gate houses. Entering the Shikumen-lined lanes, you'll be overwhelmed by the strong flavor of the Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s.No China tours of Shanghai are complete without visiting the Stone Gate Houses, the residential houses in Shanghai with the most typical local flavor.


Such stone gate houses first appeared at the end of the Qing Dynasty. The most typical feature of these houses is the fusion of eastern and western styles. The typical Shikumen house is a brick-wood structure, two-storey house including courtyard, drawing room, wing-room, cooking stove, back door, garret and flat roof etc. The slope roof is installed with roof dormers and the outer walls are made of red bricks. Usually, there's a traditional Chinese style archway at the entrance of the lane. The gates of the house are made of two solid wooden doors pained in black. The doors are joined by wooden hinges and the striking of knockers always makes a resounding sound drifting inside the old stone-house lanes. Now, visitors could visit Shanghai during their transiting time within 72 hours according to visa free transit policy in China.



The door heads are often made of traditional carved bricks and black tiles. The overall row-house layout is after European fashion. Carvings of western buildings are adopted in the detail parts of the outer walls. The triangle or arch-shaped decorations on the door head also bear western style motifs. In those days, Shanghai people living in the stone gate house would listen to some western gramophone records and drink coffee, leading a somewhat westernized petty bourgeoisie life.
In the culture of old Shanghai, the Shikumen reflects the elegance, boom and petty bourgeoisie of Shanghai life. Its east-meets-west feature embodies the spirit of the modern metropolis. The unique features of Shanghai have given special characteristics to its people and formed its own city style.



If your want to discover the residential houses in Shanghai with the most typical local flavor along, then a visit to Shikumen would be a must-have along your Shanghai tour package.





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South of the Clouds -Enthralling Sights of Yunnan China


Yunnan's prolific attractions, some of the most diverse and inspiring in all of China, have beguiled travelers from abroad for decades. The name of the province literally means "South of the Clouds" (given how it lies just south of the lofty Tibet-Qinghai plateau). For this tour, we craft an itinerary that captures the general essence of central and northern Yunnan, visiting many of the province's most celebrated destinations. Traveling in a northerly direction, the surrounding scenery changes from verdant low-lying valleys to spectacular white-capped mountains. We meet wonderful minority tribes (Bai, Naxi, and Tibetan amongst others), visit ancient cobblestone towns trapped in a distant era, and explore the region's botanic and geological wonders - all as we make for the end point of Zhongdian, a town lying on the border area of a tantalizingly close Tibetan world. Moving from one mesmerizing locale to the next, one can easily appreciate how James Hilton was inspired to christen this extraordinary land as "Shangri-la;" by the end of this journey, perhaps you too will claim to have discovered your own version of Shangri-la. Along your Shangri-la tour, you should never miss the classic sights of Yunnan.



The journey begins with the flight from Kunming to the old Bai town of Dali, the once ancient capital of the Nanzhao Kingdom. From here we explore the city's peaceful surroundings, taking boat rides across Erhai Lake to nearby rural villages (where we dine and stay with a local family), and summiting Cang Mountain for breathtaking views of the valley below. We then go off the beaten path to search out the market town of Shaxi - old, decadent, and the only surviving example of a Southern Silk Road trading center (so precious it's been included on the World Monuments Fund's 100 Most Endangered Sites list). Arriving next in Lijiang, we are delighted by scenes of narrow cobblestone streets lined by rushing canals of crystal clear, freshly melted snow. Much of the original architecture of this proud city was leveled in a 1996 earthquake; the old-town section has since been restored to its old splendor and is today one of the most faithful (and elegant) representations of Ming architecture anywhere in China. We visit the town's Museum of Naxi Culture, and take a moment to savor the stunning vistas of nearby Jade Dragon Snow Mountain before heading onto one of Yunnan's landmark attraction, Tiger Leaping Gorge. As we hike into the gorge, we gaze awestruck at its massive cliff sides (considered to be the deepest in the world) as they plummet downwards onto the fearsome Yangtze river below. We overnight in the gorge, then drive northwards to Baishui Tai, a surreal and beautiful collection of limestone terraces, formed over the course of hundreds of years. After searching on website, you would see the top China tours all have includes Yunnan in their itinerary and these classic sights should never be missed.



Our journey comes to a fitting and satisfying end at the northern town of Zhongdian, where we take the opportunity to visit the city's old markets and stroll in beautiful nearby meadows. This close to the border, we are also afforded a glimpse of the fascinating and deeply spiritual Tibetan world. Here we visit the resplendent Songzhanlin monastery, possibly Yunnan's largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery and home to several living buddhas.



Along your China travel of Yunnan, you should never miss visit these classic sights.






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Must-visit Attractions in Tibet China Travel


Namtso Lake



Namtso, or Lake Nam, is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet Autonomous Region and should not be missed by any traveler to Tibet. In Tibetan, Namtso means "Heavenly Lake." It is famous for its high altitude and imposing scenery. The second largest salt lake in China, Namtso covers 1,920 square kilometers and is also the second-highest salt lake in altitude in the world at an elevation of 4,718 meters above sea level. If you are planning to have a China travel and dazzled about where to travel, why not travel in Tibet, the roof of the world?

Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon



The Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon is one of the deepest and longest canyons in the world. The Yarlung Zangpo River starts at Mount Kailash before reaching the juncture of Mainling and Medog counties, where it swerves around towering Namjagbarwa, the highest peak in the eastern section of the Himalayas, carving a U-shaped gorge. The canyon is home to many animals and plants barely explored and affected by human influence, while its climate ranges from subtropical to Arctic. Many adventure-lovers particularly request their China travel agencies to arrange the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon to their itinerary.

Former site of Guge



Now in present-day Zanda County in western Tibet, Guge was an ancient kingdom founded by a branch of descendents of the last king of a unified Tibet in the 10th century. It flourished for more than 700 years before encountering civil strife and foreign attacks and falling into disrepair. Now, visitors can see its ruins of temples and palaces, whose inscriptions, statues and murals still remain intact. The city wall with fortresses at each corner is also still standing.

No China vacation deals to Tibet are not complete without visiting Namtso Lake, Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon and Former site of Guge.






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Popular Water Parks in Beijing China


Tuanjiehu Park


Tuanjiehu Park is an ideal spot for great summer fun. The park features a large swimming pool with a wave machine and a tiny but hot man-made yellow sand beach surrounding the pool. The park is so clean that it attracts many families with kids. Additional kids activities at the park includes boating and roller skating. The park has free locker, but showering at the park is a big challenge, because only cold water is offered here. If your China travel packages of Beijing falls in summer, you should never miss a visit to Tuanjiehu Park, which would be fantastic enough.

Water World in Qingnianhu Park


The Water World in Qingnianhu Park is a 1.5-hectare outdoor paradise of water recreations, with a maximum capacity of more than 3,000 tourists. It features slides in different shapes, kids' water slides and other entertaining facilities for kids. The Water World is also a perfect place for daytime office workers to relax and cool down after work. The floodlit pools at the Water World keep the park open into the evenings during the peak summer months. No Beijing tour package in summer are perfect enough without discovering the Water World in Qingnianhu Park.

City Seaview at Xiedao Resort


The City Seaview at Xiedao Resort is the biggest man-made seaside bathing beach in China. It's a good choice to escape the urban summer heat and enjoy the sea view within reach. The park boasts a miniature tropical seaside landscape, with large man-made wave pools and vast beach areas surrounded by coconut trees. Entertaining facilities are available with fees.

To the ones who want to visit China during the limited transiting time, the next would be a good news. From now on, the ones transiting in Beijing could have a 72-hour visa free China travel to Beijing. Why not take such limited time to discovering this ancient city?







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Discover the Highlight of Yunnan Province China


Old Town of Lijiang



The Old Town of Lijiang, a well-preserved old city, has retained a historic townscape of high quality and authenticity. In December 1997, the old town appeared on UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List. It dates back more than 800 years and blends together the elements of ethnic minorities. It was once a confluence for trade and the political, cultural and educational center in the region. Many private China tour cover Yunnan in their itineraries. Kunming, Dali and Lijiang would be a must-have among them.


Kunming



The capital of Yunnan, Kunming is known as the City of Perpetual Spring for its pleasant year-round spring climate and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. It has a history of more than 2,400 years with many must-see attractions, such as Dianchi Lake and the Village of Ethnic Culture. The most eye-catching architectures in the city is grouped together around Jinbi Square. Kunming also has a large ethnic minority population, giving the city a varied and exotic minority culture. Kunming is also noted for many local delicacies, including "Across the Bridge Rice Noodles" (guo qiao mi xian). No China travel deals to Yunnan are complete without covering Kunming. In Kunming travel, Stone Forest Park would be a must-have.


Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden



Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences is located in the beautiful Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, at the south end of Yunnan. The prefecture itself harbors surprising biological diversity and is noted for its mysterious tropical rainforests, wild animals and ethnic minority customs. Founded in 1959, the garden has more than 10,000 species of tropical plants and combines research, education and preservation of rare plant species. When China travel is mentioned, Yangtze River cruises would come to the mind of many people, while a visit to Yunnan do have something different to offer, breathtaking scenery, profound culture and friendly ethnic munities people.





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Discover Lijiang Old Town in Yunnan China


Located in the northwest plateau of Yunnan Province with an altitude of 2,400m, Lijiang Ancient City was built in the Southern Song Dynasty, dated back to more than eight hundred years ago. It takes Jinsha River and Lishui River as its soul, with the zigzag streets, lanes, high and short civil residents and the quiet bridge as well as flowing water forming the harmonious unity of human, building and natural environment. Three rivers come through the ancient city. Get dazzled by the numerous tourist sites in China and do not know where to go for your China travel ? If yes, a visit to Lijiang Old Town to experience the tranquil atmosphere there is kindly suggested.



The Yuquan River water from the foot of Xiangshan Mountain winds into the City in middle, eastern and western branches and then divides into numerous branches surrounding streets and residential buildings. The comfortable and peaceful living style of the local people in the ancient city is most haunting for people. A lot of small courtyards and houses are built by the river. The ancient style building of earth and wooden structure takes Han, Bai and Naxi styles into one, and integrates with arts and pragmatism. In addition, various flowers are planted in the courtyards, making each courtyard a small garden. Strolling around the ancient Lijiang Town to discover its profound ethnic culture there would be a great experience
in your China vacation deals.



When you come to the beautiful Lijiang Ancient City, the Naxi people here will let you experience the strong Nanxi folk culture. The wise Naxi ancestors created the ancient and mysterious Dongba culture and also created the splendid plateau civilization. Dongba characters, the “only live hieroglyph in the current world”, the primitive and lingering Dongba music, and the mysterious Dongba ancient religion all display the unique, marvelous and distinctive features of Naxi minority.



The world famous Old Town of Lijiang is located in Lijiang City. It is a UNESCO Heritage Site. The town has a history going back more than 800 years and was once a confluence for trade along the old tea horse road. The Lijiang old town is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges. The old town of Lijiang differs from other ancient Chinese cities in architecture, history and the culture of its traditional residents the Nakhi people, therefore people there are called Panjinge and Pangjinmei.



When visiting Yunnan China, many people may think of a travel to Shangri-la to discover the charming scenery there, where for the culture-lovers, a visit to Lijiang Old Town should never be missed for them as well, because it do have something to offer for them.





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Top Must-visits in Hainan China

Monkey Island



Located on the Nanwan peninsula, 14 kilometers south of Lingshui County, Monkey Island is a state-protected and only nature reserve for macaque monkeys in the world. Established in 1965, the island has become a popular tourist destination. More than 400 kinds of plants and fruits, 100 animals and numerous grottos make the island a perfect paradise for monkeys. It is now home to approximately 2,500 monkeys among 21 species. It also has the longest over-water cable car in China, spanning 2,138 meters, providing convenient transportation to the island. Free guides advise visitors how to play with the monkeys and experience the harmony between humans and nature.


Xinglong Tropical Botanical Garden



Xinglong Tropical Botanical Garden in Xinglong Hot Spring Tourist Zone is a splendid natural region in Hainan, famous for tropical cash crops, wild plants and rare species. Built in 1957, it covers 400,000 square meters and is one of four national eco-environment education centers and gene pools of species in China. Called the "tropical plants encyclopedia," the garden consists of five areas: Plants Area, Experiment and Demonstration Area, Technology Innovation Area, Stereo Effect Planting Area and Ecological Leisure Area. The garden also plays an important role in agricultural cultivation and research.


Coconut trees in Wenchang



The Wenchang coconut trees form the largest group of coconut trees in China and is one of the most popular scenic areas in Hainan. There are more than 500,000 trees. Coconut juice is called "holy water" by local residents and is said to help people who drink it regain their youthful vigor.






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Discover the Hometown of Snow In China: Shuangfeng Forest Farm


Although outdoor temperatures reached as low as twenty degrees Celsius below zero, a small village, known as China's Snow Town in the Snow Country National Forest Park has attracted many visitors from other cities who have come to enjoy the unique snow which is lying thickly. If you are planning to discover the beauty of China in winter, a visit to the Shuangfeng Forest Farm, the hometown of snow in China, along your China travel would never get you disappointed.



Situated in Hailin county, Heilongjiang Province, Shuangfeng Forest Farm is called the first hometown of snow in China. Rich in eco-tourism resources, minerals and wildlife resources, Dahailin Forestry Bureau is known as "the Hometown of White Pine" and "the Land of Holy Snow".Influenced by the climate of that mountainous area, whenever autumn comes, the whole mountain is covered by snow. The snow season lasts about 7 months, covering the area in up to 2 meters of snow, more than any other place in China. No China vacation packages of snow discovery theme are complete without covering Shuangfeng Forest Farm.



Spring Festival is the best time for snow. The scenery is just beautiful: local houses with thick white snow on their roovfs, smoke wreathing upward through the chimney, big red lanterns hanging in front of houses and the big red Chinese character "Fu" meaning luckiness showing on the gate, with the crystal snow mountain and pine trees as background. In 2012, China Snow Town was awarded the title of "National Civilized Village" by the Central Committee of Civilization.



Nearly 120, 000 travelers from other provinces in China and overseas have visited the town and the gate income has reached 8.65 million yuan ($1.39 million) with per capita consumption reaching 550 yuan. The numbers will reach 10 million in 2012, said Ning Xiaofeng, director of the Tourism Bureau of China's Snow Town. The Shuangfeng Forest Farm does contribute greatly to China tourism.



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Discover Chinese Art- Lacquer Works in China


Lacquerwork is an ancient technique originated in China, which is to cover the surface of a carved panel with lacquer. True lacquer comes from the sap of a sumac tree native to Southeast Asia. After application, the lacquer hardens and dries and can then be decorated or carved.



Starting from red lacquer wood bowls and painted potteries in the Neolithic age, the development of Chinese lacquer art embraced the first peak in the Warring Period (770 – 256 BC), which continued into the Western Han Dynasty (206BC – 25AD). In the Warring Period (770-256BC), lacquer wares were used in every sphere of society, including daily utensils, music instruments, tomb wares and even weapons. Along your China travel, you may get dazzled by the numerous gadgets in China, while to shop something worthy, I think the Lacquer work would be a great idea for you.



Chinese lacquer art came into its golden age during the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD). At that time, the court, nobilities and local merchants regarded lacquer wares as symbols of fortune and status. Decoration techniques witnessed new developments in the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD); inlaid gold and silver pattern appeared on the lacquer wares at that time.



Lacquer art was further developed in the following Song Dynasty (960- 1279AD). The flourishing economy and stable society gave rise to varieties of lacquer wares, among which the most distinctive style is single-color lacquerwork. Though deprived of decorative patterns and designs, single-color lacquerwork were made with extremely meticulous craftsmanship. If you do prefer to buy some lacquer works along your trip, you could ask for advice from your China tour agents and they would recommend some places for you.



In the Ming Dynasty, a famous craftsman named Huang Cheng, based on experiences of his own and previous craftsmen, wrote the first book on lacquer art. The book was later annotated by another famous lacquer craftsman, which make it China's only completer theoretic works on lacquer art.



Based on traditional lacquer techniques, modern lacquer artists have explored different qualities of lacquer and created many new techniques. Lacquer is not simply a decorative material. It is now used to stick egg shells and mental pieces. Lacquer is also used as a cohesive to make colored paint together with mineral pigment. The flowing quality of lacquer enables artists to use it at their will in their creations. When it is dried, lacquer can be grinded by charred wood or abrasive paper, which makes the modern lacquer art possible.



To discover the culture of ethnic groups in China, Tibet tours does have something for you, while to discover authentic China, Chinese culture exploration is essentially needed. Why not start your Chinese culture discovery from Chinese lacquer art?






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Top Must-sees in Ningxia China


Cliff Carvings in the Helan Mountains



The Cliff Carvings in the Helan Mountains, 56 kilometers from Yinchuan, are known to be a carved history of ancient Chinese nomads, who lived and hunted some 10,000 years ago near these mountains. Those thousands of cliff carvings display a rich variety of themes such as astronomy, human activities and geography. Most of them were discovered at entrances to the mountains, recording the scenes of nomadic life with scenes of rituals and drawings of people and animals. Especially noteworthy are carvings about mythical tales, legendary figures and genital worship. These cliff carvings have become a national cultural relic under special protection. It was listed on the unofficial world cultural heritages by the UNESCO International Committee of Rock Painting in 1977. It is no wonder that so many private tours of China have covered Ningxia area and The cliff carvings in Helan Mountains would be a must-have among them.


Suyukou Forest Reserve



The Suyukou Forest Reserve sits on the eastern side of the Helan Mountain, 50 kilometers northwest of Yinchuan. The area was famous even during ancient times for the liveliness of its scenery. The scenic zone includes such gorgeous sights as the Baiyu Vale, the Guest-Reception Pine, the Twin Waterfalls, the maze of winding footpaths in a forest of fir trees, fossilized plants, the Sky in a Slip, the Dasi Canyon, the Stone Descended from Heaven, and the Mushroom-shaped Rock. Wandering yourself in the Suyukou Forest Reserve, you may have an illusion that you are having a Shangri-la travel just because of its breathtaking scenery.


108 Pagodas



The 108 Pagodas is located on the east slope of the Xiakou Mountain on the west bank of Yellow River in Qingtongxia City. The pagodas sit in tiers on the mountain slope forming an equilateral triangle. The biggest tower sits at the top, with smaller ones making up the base of the pyramid . The pagodas have three different shapes (pyramid, gourd, and vase), and range in height from 2.5 to 3.5 meters. Each pagoda is composed of three parts: pedestal, body and ornamentation decorating the upper. Buddhists think that there are 108 kinds of worries in a person's life, and a devout would wear a rosary with 108 beads and say prayers 108 times. It is said that tourists will forget their worries and become lucky by praying in front of – and count out – the 108 Pagodas.


When mentioning China travel, Yangtze River cruises would be suggested by many people, just because of its amazing natural beauty, while for discovering the less-touched northern scenery of China, a visit to Ningxia will never get you disappointed. When visiting Ningxia, the above three should never be missed.





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The Difference Between Chinese Tea Ceremony and Japanese Tea Ceremonies


Though born from Chinese rituals which have their roots in Zen Buddhism, the Japanese and Chinese tea ceremonies have now diverged to contain many differences. These years, many China travel agencies have arranged Chinese tea culture discovery activities to their customers, which are well-reviewed by travelers.



The Japanese tea ceremony features a quietly reflective ceremony where the preparation of tea takes place in silence. The Chinese tea ceremony takes place to celebrate a wedding and is seen as a fun and happy occasion.


During the Japanese ceremony guests sit in silence watching the host prepares matcha tea. As the newlyweds in the Chinese ceremony prepare tea the good luck woman speaks positive, often funny phrases to amuse the guests. Many China vacation deals of Chinese culture discovery theme have included tea culture discovery part. Through these activities, visitors would know the difference between Chinese tea and Japanese tea.



Sweet candies are served before the Japanese tea ceremony while the Chinese ceremony uses dried fruits served with the tea.



The Japanese ceremony is a social event completed by the guests discussing both the tea and handmade utensils used by the host. The making and giving of tea in the Chinese ceremony bares similarities to the exchange of vows during a Western wedding ceremony.


A number of Zen principles govern the Japanese ceremony which include harmony, respect and purity. The presenting of tea in the Chinese ceremony serves as an introduction by the newlyweds to their new families and a sign of respect to the parents.



To explore China, many people would begin their exploration from joining a Beijing tour, while to discover an authentic China, Chinese culture discovery should never be missed, among which, tea culture would be a must-have.





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Discover the Shanghai World Financial Center of China



The Shanghai World Financial Center is a supertall skyscraper located in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China. It was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by the Mori Building Company. It is a mixed-use skyscraper, consisting of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and ground-floor shopping malls. Park Hyatt Shanghai is the hotel component, containing 174 rooms and suites. Occupying the 79th to the 93rd floors, it is the second-highest hotel in the world, surpassing the Grand Hyatt Shanghai on the 53rd to 87th floors of the neighboring Jin Mao Tower. Along your Shanghai tour, you should never miss visiting the Shanghai World Financial Center.



On 14 September 2007, the skyscraper was topped out,at 492.0 meters (1,614.2 ft)making it the second-tallest building in the world and the tallest structure in the People's Republic of China at the time. It also had the highest occupied floor and the highest height to roof, two categories used to determine the title of "world’s tallest building". The SWFC opened on 28 August 2008, with its observation deck opening two days later. This observation deck, the world's tallest at the time of its completion, offers views from 474 m (1,555 ft) above ground level.
The SWFC has been lauded for its design, and in 2008 it was named by architects as the year's best completed skyscraper.The SWFC will be exceeded in height by the adjacent Shanghai Tower, which is due for completion in 2014. The Shanghai World Financial Center would offer you unforgettable experience to discover the modern Shanghai along your China tour packages.



The most distinctive feature in the design of the building is a trapezoid aperture at the peak. The original design specified a circular aperture, 46 m (151 ft) in diameter, to reduce the stresses of wind pressure, as well as serve as a subtext for the design, since "Chinese mythology represents the earth with a square and the sky with a circle".It also resembled a Chinese moon gate due to its circular form in Chinese architecture. However, this initial design began facing protests from some Chinese, including the mayor of Shanghai, Chen Liangyu, who considered it too similar to the rising sun design of the Japanese flag. Pedersen then suggested that a bridge be placed at the bottom of the aperture to make it less circular.
For witness the natural beauty of China, Yangtze River tour would be highly preferred by many scenery-lovers, while for discovering the modern sights of China, a visit to Shanghai is essentially needed. During your trip, a visit to Shanghai World Financial Center should never be missed.



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Top Destinations for Traveling China in December



Hong Kong



As the "Pearl of the Orient", Hong Kong is a leading financial, banking, trade and tourism center around Asia and the world. Situated off the southeast coast of China, Hong Kong is renowned for its impressive natural scenery and splendid man-made wonders. When traveling there, visitors can swim and sunbathe on the Repulse Bay; visit Ocean Park and Disneyland; take pictures at the Golden Bauhinia Square and the Avenue of Stars; enjoy stunning panoramic views at Victoria Bay and The Peak. After a busy day of sightseeing, dinner and drinks along Lan Kwai Fong is the best way to relax. A delight for shoppers, Hong Kong is arguably the best place in Asia to get something for everyone on your Christmas list. The Hong Kong tours in December do have much to offer to you.


Sanya, Hainan



Situated on the southern tip of Hainan Province, Sanya is the southernmost city on the island. Featuring blue sky, beautiful beaches and clear water, Sanya is perhaps the most famous coastal city in China. The climate is hot in summer but warm in the three other seasons. When other cities are shivering in this month, a stroll along the coastline and breathing the fresh air will provide you with a warm, comfortable holiday. If your China tour packages just fall into December, a visit to Hainan to see the stretching beaches and boundless sea would be a great experience for you.


Harbin


Tourists visit the Ice and Snow World in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, on the first trial opening day. The 13th Harbin Ice and Snow World prepared magnificent ice and snow sculptures and wonderful performances to visitors. To appreciate the beautiful winter of China, many China tour agents have arranged the Ice Festival of Harbin upon the request of the travelers, which turned out to be much popular.




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