The Chinese herbal tea or cold tea is a drink concocted from medicinal herbals to ease the summer heat in human's body or sore throat caused by the dry winter. Drinking herbal tea is an age-old custom in Guangdong province, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, Hongkong and Macao Special Administrative Regions, where the climates are damp and hot and people living there easily suffer from excessive internal heat. In order to repel internal humidity and heat, people collect herbs which can clear away heat and dampness from mountains and valleys to concoct into herb tea. So do not be confused when seeing so many people drinking Chinese Herbal Tea along your China tour.
With many years of practice, different herbal teas have been evolved for relieving different symptoms. Herbal tea is drinkable in four seasons, which has the functions of relieving summer-heat and body's internal dampness. Why not drink a cup of Chinese Herbal Tea while enjoying your China travel packages as Chinese did?
Herbal teas' functions can be classified as inducing sweat, relieving syndrome of cold, moisturizing dry-heat and clearing away dampness. Herbal tea for inducing sweat and relieving internal heat is suitable for the people who suffer from excessive internal heat. Medicinal herbs honeysuckle, chrysanthemum, scutellaria are the main ingredients of this herbal tea, which is appropriate for drinking in Spring, Summer and Autumn. In summer, many China educational tours come to China and the herbal tea is particularly popular among the students.
Herbal tea for relieving the syndrome of cold is mainly made up by radix isatidis, suitable for drinking in four seasons. Concocted by roots of straight ladybell, fragrant colomonseal rhizome, tuber of dwarf lilyturf and white fungus, herbal tea for moisturizing dry-heat is effective in relieving cough and easing people's parched mouth and the scorched tongue in Fall. To the travelers who want to keep fit, drinking a cup of herbal tea would be a must-have along their last minute China travel deals.
Herbal tea for clearing away internal heat and dampness is good for the people who have bad breath and red and sallow complexions. Its ingredients include honeysuckle, chrysanthemum and wild Tuckahoe, appropriate for summer drinking. Many businessmen particularly drink a cup of herbal tea along their China business travel in order to grasp the potential tea drinking business opportunities.
Generally, herbal tea should be drunk before it is getting cold. Since most of herbs are cold in drug property, drinking too much will harm to the spleen and stomach, especially for people who lack of vital energy. Therefore, women during the menstrual period, children and the elderly people are unsuitable to drinking herbal teas. Some China travel agencies particularly ordered the herbal tea drink to their travelers and offer them great chance to get closer to Chinese tea.
If you have no idea about your physical condition, it is better to see the doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine to choose a right herbal tea for you. Herbal tea stores once could be found everywhere in Lingnan region (which mainly covers Guangdong and Guangxi). At first, the stores classified herbs and packed them into small packages to meet customers' different needs, and then concocted herbal tea was sold at stores with very low price. Since herbal tea tastes bitter, some herbal stores offer preserved orange peel to customers for free to ease the bitter flavor. Besides herbal tea, fruit juice, dessert and soup are also the staples of some stores.
The earliest brand of Guangdong herbal tea is Wang Laoji, which was originated by Wang Zeban in 1828 and now it has become a household name in China. In July 2004, Wang Laoji herbal tea was even on the list of KFC's drinks. Why not buy some herbal tea along your China vacation packages for your friends and family members as many other travelers did?
Guangxi Bama County, a place famous as one of the longevity places in China, is located in northwestern Guangxi. Bama County is also titled as the longevity County in the world. In this mysterious land, hundred-above lived elderly people are common to see. The oldest one is 116 years-old (data in 2000). And also because of its reputation, Bama County in Guangxi now has became a popular tourists attraction. If you want to explore Guangxi along your China tour, you should never miss visiting the peaceful Bama county.
Situation of the Bama Longevity County
With a population of 238,000 the county has 74 residents who are over 100 years old and 531 in their 90s. This is one of the highest per-capita concentrations of ‘old-timers’ in the world. In Bama the daily diet for locals is mainly low-calorie, low-fat, low-salt, high-vitamin and high-fibrin. The residents often have one meal of rice and two meals of porridge everyday which is almost a completely natural diet. The Bama county would be an great highlight along your Guilin tours of China.
Why People in Bama County is Longevous
According to the rese4arch, people in Bama County live in an ideal environment. The quality of water and air is in the A level. No pollution on the food and not too much fat in their daily diet. And also, there are many other reasons. Do you want to be Longevous? If yes, why not ask the secret of being Longevous from the people in Bama along your China travel?
Dining: The unpolluted food here is the basic factor for longevity. Bama people have no dietary bias on the food.
Daily life: regular daily life habits, working in the daytime and get rest in the night time
Environment: clear air, enough sunshine , clean water
Another very important factor is to keep good mood. Bama people are optimistic and like to smile all the day. Knowing the secret of Beijing Longevous would be another unforgettable experience while enjoying your affordable China tour package of Guilin.
Most of the long-lived people of Bama County are to be found along the Panyang River. Jiazhuan Township, on the banks of Panyang River, has a thousand-year history of traditional community singing. While a Panyang River folk singing event may attract fewer than a thousand people in a busy farming season, this can rise to more than ten thousand in a slack season. A regular gathering to sing Guangxi minority folk songs is staged once every three to five days. This may just show us why so many businessmen particularly visit the Bama County along their business travel to China to seek the longevity secret.
Shenzhou Peony Garden
Shenzhou Peony Garden is located opposite the White Horse Temple, featuring the special architectural style and landscape garden of the prosperous Tang Dynasty. Visitors will see over 30,000 peony trees of 840 kinds in full bloom. The peony garden is divided into five scenic areas including Peony Culture Area, Peony Leisure Area and Peony Viewing Area. The garden also stages fantastic folk cultural performances. Bloom Date: The initial bloom stage for peonies growing here is around April 9th every year; the middle bloom stage is from April 14th to 20th and the late bloom stage can extend to early May. If your China tour deal are just around May, appreciating pony in Luoyang is highly recommended.
Xiyuan Park was built on the site of Xiyuan Ruins, the palace of Emperor Yangdi during the Sui Dynasty. The park accentuates a theme of "watch peonies and appreciate bonsais" and launches many special tour activities related to the theme. Inside the park different kinds of peonies and oddly shaped bonsais are integrated into an exotic world of peony garden work. If you want to appreciate pony along your China tour of Luoyang, Xiyuan Park would be a great option.
Blooming date: early peonies and peony bonsais will be in bloom at the beginning of April. Usually the full bloom stage is around April 16th every year. The late peonies can flower in early May. Ticket Fare is 10-20 yuan/person, varying in different bloom periods. I am sure appreciating the pony would be a great experience along your China travel packages of Luoyang.
Luoyang National Flower Garden
The garden located in the west of Museum of Ancient Tombs is a peony viewing garden with a long history and a rich peony culture. Visitors can watch rare peonies of over 200 kinds in bloom at the park. Besides, Luoyang National Garden is famous for its 150-year-old “Changsouhong” (red peony) and 120-year-old "Changsouzi" (purple peony). It is no wonder that so many China tour agents particularly arranged the Luoyang National Flower Garden for their travelers to appreciate pony.
Blooming date: 30 different kinds of peony greenhouse bonsais in the greenhouse will be in bloom from April 1st to 10th; other 140 kinds of peonies will be in full bloom from April 11th to 23rd; the rest late species usually flower from April 24th to May 1st. in May, the China travel deals to appreciate pony in Luoyang are quite popular among travelers.
On April 5, 1904, the British invaded Gyangze. The Tibetan army and civilian population rose to resist with ancient powder guns and stones, and Gyangze Zong Hill Castle became a fortified point for defense. The British army cut off the water supply, forcing the Tibetans to fetch dirty water and, in the end, drink their own urine. The Tibetans persisted despite all difficulties. Unfortunately, the British blew up their ammunition depot. Having no way out, the Tibetans fought with swords, spears, cudgels, and whatever they could lay their hands on, but their position was captured after a three month fight. Thereafter, Gyangze became widely known as a 'heroic Town'. If you want to discover the authentic Tibetan landscape, you should never miss exploring Gyangze along your China tours, because it does have much to offer.
Located in the southern part of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, Gyangze County lies in the east of the Xigaze area, to the north o the Himalayas and on the upper reaches of the Nyang Qu River, a tributary of the Yarlung Zangbo River. It extends from Naiqenkangsang Mountain in the east to Bainang County in the west, Kangma County in the south, and Rengbo County and Xigaze City in the north. It covers an area of 3,800 square km at an average elevation of 4,100 meters. Under its jurisdiction are 18 townships, one town, 157 administrative villages and three neighborhood committees, with a total population of 62,000. No China travel packages to Tibet are fantastic enough if the mysterious Gyangze is neglected.
The county government is sited in Gyangze Twon, covering 4.5 square km and with a population density of 2,400 people per square km. It was named a 'National Historical and Cultural Town' by the State Council in 1996. From there, it is 260 km to Lhasa in the east, while Gonggar Airport, the largest airport in Tibet, is 230 km away. Yadong, a small border town, is 215 km away in the south. This may be the reason why so many businessmen particularly prefer to visit Gyangze along their China travel to escape from the hustling and bustling world.
Gyangze possesses a many cultural relics and historic sites, helping to promote tourism. Major tourist attractions include Palkor Monastery, which is also known as the '100,000-Buddha Dagoba', the Historical Site of Tibetan Resistance Against the British Invaders at Zong Hill, Parlha Manor, which is the only one of its kind kept intact in Tibet today, Naiqenkangsang Snow Mountain famous for its glacier ruins, and the Manlha Water Works which integrates power generation and irrigation with flood control. Gyangze is rich in mineral resources, such as cargbon rock, kanlin clay, mineral water, alluvial gold rock, and stibium rock. Wildlife and wild plants include yaks, green goats, yellow goats, snow pheasants, river deer, Rhodiola, and fritillaria. No China tour deals to Tibet could offer travelers a panoramic Tibet if the distinctive Gyangze is not arranged in the itinerary.
The Feiyunya Museum of National Minorities' Festivals, located inside the ancient buildings of Yuetan Temple and Yanyunge Pavilion, mainly stages the Exhibition of Guizhou National Festivals and Cultures and was founded in 1988. If you are planning to join the China tours to Guizhou, choosing the ones with the Feiyunya Museum of National Minorities' Festivals discovery arranged is highly recommended.
The museum has collected about 1,000 items of relics of minority nationality festivals and a number of collections of writing, pictures and audiovisual tapes, including the ethnic minority groups of Miao, Bouyei, Tong, Yi, Shui, Hui, Gelao, Zhuang, Yao and Tujia. Their festival costumes are very unique. Just take the festival costumes of the Miao Nationality for instance. There are more than 20 kinds of best clothes in addition to the exquisitely made silver hat, necklace, earrings, and bracelets. Exploring the Feiyunya Museum of National Minorities' Festivals along your China travel, you would get more idea about the profound Chinese culture of ethnic minorities.
For national musical instruments they have different kinds of Lusheng (a reed-pipe wind instrument), Mangtong (a concussion instrument), Kouxianqing (a wind instrument), Niutuiqing (a plucking instrument), Sanyanxiao (a vertical bamboo flute with three holes), Jiemeixiao (a vertical bamboo flute played by two girls together), Leyou-lelang, Pipa (a plucked string instrument with a fretted fingerboard), bronze drum, skin drum, Suona (a woodwind instrument with seven holes on the obverse and one on the reverse of the tube), and Mangluo (a kind of gong). Also collected are the handicrafts of embroidery, cross-stitch work, wax printing, weaving as well as sacrificial utensils and articles for daily use. The Feiyunya Museum of National Minorities' Festivals has made great contribution to China tourism and local tourism of Guizhou province.
Also on display are pictures, inscriptions, audio-video tapes and material objects for traditional festival activities such as Sheng (a reed-pipe wind instrument) playing, singing in antiphonal style, drum treading, horse racing, bull fighting, sheep fighting, bird fighting, martial arts, boat rowing, carrying husband in a sedan chair, archery, husk-bag tossing, Paoxiuqiu (an ancient way for a girl to choose husband), pole climbing, firecracker snatching, hand-shuttlecock playing, a swing of Guanyin, beating of bronze drum and singing of local Tong Opera, Di Opera and Buyi Opera, etc. There are diverse China tour packages available on website and you should compare the reputation of each tour company and then make choices.
Ten buildings in imitation of the Miao Nationality residential houses are built at the west of Feiyunya. Inside these buildings are four workshops for visiting the wax printing, embroidery, silver ornaments and clay whistles. The handicrafts made in the workshops are also for selling to tourists as souvenirs. Many culture-addicts who want to get closer to Chinese ethnic minorities’ culture, Feiyunya Museum of National Minorities' Festivals would be a must-have in their China travel packages of Guizhou.
Tianshan Grand Canyon, also known as Keziliya Grand Canyon, is a canyon in Keziliya Mountain. With unique terrain and beautiful scenery, Tianshan Grand Canyon is a perfect tourism resort and attract thousands of travelers to book different kinds of China travel service to discover it.
Locate at the south foot of the Tianshan Mountains, about 70 km north of Kuqa, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Tianshan Grand Canyon is a canyon in Keziliya Mountain. The Grand Canyon is composed of a group of giant rufous mountains, that is Keziliya Mountain. Keziliya means red cliff in Uighur, hence it was also called Keziliya Grand Canyon. The canyon is as long as 6 kilometers from south to the north with an average altitude of 1600 meters. Weathered in the wind and rain for millions of years and erodes by the floods, Tianshan Grand Canyon was formed as a rare natural scenic wonder in China. To the hiking-lovers, China travel packages to Tianshan Grand Canyon would meet their needs of adventure-seeking.
Tianshan Grand Canyon is the most complete primitive spruce forest in the North slope of Tianshan Mountain and the live museum of human farming civilization. It has precious value in tourism and the study of the human civilization history. With abundant tourist resources, steep mountain, craggy pinnacles, rugged cliffs, mysterious primitive forest and deep ravines, Tianshan Grand Canyon is an excellent tourism resort and awarded as a national forest park. Many China travel agents particularly designed Tianshan Grand Canyon hiking tours for their travelers to enrich their deals.
Tianshan Grand Canyon is very mysterious. Visitors are easily scared by the weird sounds and fogs. Sounds like walking or knocking can often be heard at the bottom of the canyon. Sometimes the ball-shaped fogs can often be spotted rising to the top of the cliffs suddenly. What’s more, you may hear the thunderous sound like a lion roaring in the canyon. The strange phenomenon is still an unsolved mystery. Why not take a China travel deals to discover the magnificent Tianshan Grand Canyon. Tianshan Grand Canyon is the most complete primitive spruce forest in the North slope of Tianshan Mountain and the live museum of human farming civilization.
Inside the abrupt cliff, near to the entrance of the canyon, there is a cantilever, which looks like a black dog, hence the valley’s name. Generally, the dog is black, while at every July and August it changes to brown. No matter how light changes, the shape of the dog will not change. It looks like a dog far away but a strange cantilever closely. Shenquan Valley would bring much unforgettable experience to your China tours in Xinjiang region.
It lies on a bubble cave, which is in the deep canyon, close to the base of the peak. It drips all the year round and freezing in the winter. The ice concentrated into a glittering and transducer ice pillar. It is dissolved gradually in spring and the shape of the ice looks like a beautiful young girl. Why not relax yourself in the Yunv Spring along your China tour packages to Tianshan Mountain?
The Thousand Buddha Caves
About 1,400 deep to the debouchure and 35 meters high of the cliff, there is a Thousand Buddha Caves. It was built in Tang Dynasty (618-907) and the murals here are very precious in the study of the art history. It is rare of the 300 Buddha grottoes site found in the ancient western region. The Thousand Buddha Caves would definitely a highlight of your Silk Road tours in Xinjiang part.
No one can believe that there was a rich and varied community that once thrived deep in today's Taklamakan Desert some 1,600 years ago. Just like other places in China, it was then under the control of several officials appointed by the central government. There lived more than families with a population of more than 3,000 people. Sprawling over an area 20 km in circumference around what is now the dried bed of Niya River, however, the city eventually became buried in the desert sand and slipped in oblivion. The extinction of Niya has left archaeologists and scientists many questions to answer. It has also given the ruins of the ancient holy city a feeling of mystery. This may just show us why so many businessmen particularly request to explore Silk Road along their China business travel .
The Niya River winds through the southern Taklamakan Desert for about 210 km and its head waters are fed by melted snow from the towering the Kunlun Mount, known was Nanshan Mountain in ancient times. The river gradually dries up near a small Uygur village. The city's ruins were lost until the early of the 20th century, when the British explorer Sir Aurel Stein discovered the ruins and archaeologists have continued their exploration of the area ever since. Every year during summer vacation, many educational tours in China would come to Xinjiang and the time-weathered Niya site would be on schedule.
Eight tombs have been discovered at the northern part of the ruins. Some of them were already exposed when they were laid out in hollowed out logs or wooden trunks with an outer coffin. Dried out by the deserts heat and virtually undisturbed, the bodies, clothes and burial articles are in excellent condition. After searching on the website, you could find that China travel deals to Xinjiang are numerous, while Niya site discovery would be a must-have in these deals.
The details of the brocade show exceptional care. The edge of the silk hasn't been unraveled and the fabric still has its original luster. Even the green and yellow, colors which easily fade, are preserved. Pieces of brocade, much less in quantity and variety, were found in Niya in 1959, with three motifs: animal patterns, geo-metric designs and auspicious tokens, all of which have never been encountered before. Among the burial articles is a place of food with mutton, pears, and grapes. This variety serves as evidence of oasis agriculture and livestock raising. Since Xinjiang is an less-explored area in China, before heading there, asking for advice from your China tour operator are highly recommended.
This is another kind of famous cold dish or snack in Lijiang. This food can be found from the booths or restaurants in all streets and lanes of Lijiang. Ji Dou Liang Fen is made of local soybean. This jelly-like bean noodles is an ideal food in summer for getting rid of hotness. The street booths usually prepare two sorts of bean rice noodles for customers: the hot and the cold. The Soybean Noodles are very popular during summertime and the hot noodles are popular in winter. Along your China tour of Lijiang, tasting the Ji Dou Liang Fen would be an must-have for you.
Mi Guan Chang is a unique flavor of Lijiang. It is cooked with pig blood, rice and many ingredients. Making and having rice sausage is a traditional custom for Naxi people, especially in Spring Festival. At that time almost every family will make rice sausages. The rice sausages are cut into slices and deep-fried or steamed before being taken on table. Many China travel agencies particularly arrange the Lijiang food discovery activities for travel travelers to enrich their itinerary.
Naxi Kaoyu is a very famous grilled fish in Lijiang. The fish is coated with peanuts, dry peppers and deep-fried. It is not as oily as you would think, though it is packed with spicy punch. As the fish is from local lakes and rivers, the grilled fish is extremely fresh and delicious. Tasting Naxi Kaoyu would be an unforgettable experience when recalling your China travel deals of Lijiang after coming back.
Pipa Rou is also one of the specialties of Naxi cuisine. It is a course of dish getting materials from a whole salted pig. A whole pig after being cleaned is added with many ingredients. Pipa refers to Chinese lute (a plucked string instrument with a fretted fingerboard). As the slated whole pig is shaped like the Chinese lute, it is also called Pipa Rou in Chinese. The salted pork slices is fat but not greasy. To any snack-addicts, Pipa Rou would be a must-eat along their China travel of Yunnan.
Tuotuo Rou means meat chunks, which is a must-eat for Yi people in festivals especially important festivals. Tuo means chunks. It is named Tuotuo Rou because of the shape. The pork is baked lightly before being cut into big chunks that are boiled and seasoned with salt, pepper and chili. Why not extend your travel to Shangri-la to Lijiang to taste the above-mentioned snacks?
There are very few benches in the film park for visitors to rest, but a hilarious kung fu performance (in studio no.5) provides a quick way to refuel. Staged twice a day (10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.), the budget stage show borrows its plot from a popular Chinese TV series "Shanghai Tan" and is set in 1920s Shanghai. If you want to discover the metropolitan Shanghai further, Chedun, China's best films producing base, is definitely a must-have for your China travel.
According to the park's official tour map, visitors can hop on the tram and take a ride down "Nanjing Lu." Unfortunately, the tram was locked up in the empty park the day when we visited. Prepare to see a very limited cast presenting a montage of jazz dance, a love triangle scene and (fake) kung fu fight in the 20-minute show, which is dubbed with pre-recorded dialogue in Shanghainese and Mandarin, together with combat sound effects and, amusingly, periodical sounds of mouse clicks. Why not extend you Yangtze River cruises of Shanghai part to Chedun as many travelers did? That sounds a great idea!
A tour around Shanghai Film Park takes about two hours. Family visitors are advised to pay extra attention to children while touring as some of the movie sets are not properly maintained. For example, several safety barrels on stairs and along the creek were missing during our trip. It is no wonder that so many businessmen come to discover it along their China business travel to seek business opportunities.
Visitors can reach Shanghai Film Park from downtown in three ways：Shanghai Tourism Distribution Center has shuttle buses (leaving at 9a.m.) to Shanghai Film Park every weekend; Shanghai Tourism Distribution Center, 666 Tianyaoqiao Lu, below Platform 5 of Shanghai Stadium from 6 a.m to 5:30 p.m; Take Metro Line 1 to Lianhua Lu Station, then switch to bus Lianshi, Lianjin or Lianfengto Chedun. The film park is a 10-minute walk from the bus stop; Take Metro LIne 9 to the last stop at Songjiang Xincheng, and then take a RMB-30 taxi ride. These transportation information would be much helpful along your China tour deals of Shanghai.
Tangra Yumco s the largest sacred lake that Bon adherents believe in and worship. It is also the third largest lake in Tibet with an area of 1,400 square kilometers, a length of 70 kilometers and a width of 20 kilometers. Its elevation is over 4,600 meters. It is lurking on the wild and remote land in west Tibet. If you are searching a sacred lake in Tibet along your China tour, then Tangra Yumco in Tibet is just for you.
The lake sits on a “No Man’s Land”. which has an area of more than 20,000 square kilometers, there is one person every 6 square kilometers. It is sometimes mentioned in folk tales and legends, though people seldom know much about them, and there is no mention of those who have been there. If you are so busy and only have time for one attraction for your China tour packages of Tibet, then it should be Tangra Yumco.
In an ancient arid age it is said the god of Daguo Mountain came to Duilong from Wenbu District to seek for superior Tibetan barley seed. His behavior irritated the local gods and they ran after him. It is no wonder that so many nature-lover request their China tour agents to arrange the captivating Tangra Yumco along their trip of Tibet.
Having suffering from innumerable trials and hardships, there were only a few dozen seeds left. The god of Daguo Mountain planted them beside his wife Tangra Yumco carefully. Tangra Yumco watered them delicately with her breast milk and nurtured them delicately. When the fresh young green seedlings grew, this kind couple were greeted with the cheers and crying of the herdsmen. Subsequently the barley tsampa of Wenbu has become the sweetest food in Tibet. When heading to enjoy the affordable China tour package of Tibet, just make sure the memory card of your camera has enough space.
Impression Dahongpao is the fifth installment of renowned director Zhang Yimou 's "Impression" series. Impression Dahongpao's stage covers nearly one hectare. With a budget of 200 million yuan, or more than 29 million US dollars, the 70-minute show boasts a 360-degree angle setting and seating capacity of two thousand. Elements of traditional stone and woodcarvings, residential housing, and the architectural style of Wuyi Mountain have been combined in the stage design. If you want to discover the beauty of Wuyi Mountain further, appreciating the Impression Dahongpao along your last minute deals for China travel is highly recommended here.
The show, set in a tea park, projects the appearance of a giant teahouse, with waitresses dressed in traditional folk costumes serving Dahongpao, or Red Robe Tea, a Wuyi Mountain specialty with the reputation as China's "tea king". The impression Dahongpao would be a great highlight along your China travel deals of Fujian China.
Wang Chaoge, one of the general directors, said, "Tea is the essential aspect of the spectacle. What we are willing to tell people is that the quality of tea and the way we drink it is not important at all. What it matters is the mood we have when we drink. If you have the appropriate feeling, you are able to enter the space of zen and dispel the hustle and bustle urban life. Through the performance, we ask people to pursue peace and enjoy life." It is no wonder that so many businessmen request their tour agents to arrange the Impression Dahongpao along their China business tour while they are praying for good luck in on the Wuyi Mountain.
The idea is split into five chapters, and most of the performers are Wuyi Mountain locals.Zhang Yimou launched his Impression series with"Impression Sister Liu" in 2003, which is still running in Guilin. He continued the series with"Impression Lijiang" in 2006 and "Impression West Lake" in 2007. No China tour packages to Zhejiang province is memorable enough if the fabulous Impression Dahongpao is missed.
Want to see picturesque natural landscapes with cliffs? The six cliff paths below can make your wish come true. These cliff paths were built along the faces of cliffs; some sections are simply chains and several holes in the cliff (for footholds). Walking these paths, you can appreciate broad vistas of natural landscape, see "hanging" coffins and other wonders, and challenge yourself at the same time. If you are a challenge-seeker and want to challenge yourself with some precipitous cliffs along your China tours, the following cliff paths are kindly recommended here.
Cliff Path on Maiji Mountain: Buddhist Sculptures in Grottoes
Maiji Mountain is not high: only 142 meters. The southwest face of Maiji Mountain is a steep cliff, and grottoes with hundreds of Buddhist sculptures were cut into the cliff. Some of these grottos are only 20 meters above ground, and some are 80 meters above ground. All these grottoes are connected by cliff paths. When you are conquering the cliff path on Maiji Mountain along your China travel, you would be overwhelmed by its steepness.
Grottoes: The choice of such a steep cliff demonstrates devoutness in worshiping Buddha. The Maijishan Grottoes are one of China's four Buddhist grottoes, and the other three are: the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, the Yungang Grottoes in Datong, and the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang.
Gansu Province is not a very popular tourist destination, a must-pass for Silk Road tours, though it has several world-class attractions, such as: Bingling Thousand Buddha Cave in Lanzhou (the capital of Gansu Province, 348 kilometers from Tianshui), and the Mogao Grottoes, Echoing Sand Mountain, Yardang National Park, and Crescent Spring in Dunhuang (1,481 kilometers from Tianshui City).
Path on Sanqing Mount: Scenic Area, Near the Yellow Mountains
Sanqing Mount Scenic Spot Area consists of 10 scenic spots, and the most famous four are: Sanqing Palace, Yujing Peak, the West Seashore (not a seascape), and Nanqing Garden.Mount Sanqing is not far from the Yellow Mountains, and has scenery similar to the Yellow Mountains, which makes these two twin scenic attractions. The reason why Mount Sanqing is not very popular, is because its magnificence is overshadowed by the Yellow Mountains, a must-visit for affordable China tours to Huangshan.
Mount Sanqing is always covered with fog and mist, which makes it more mystical. Climbing mountains might be a tiring, but the cliff path at the West Seashore (altitude 1,600 meters, and 4 kilometers long) links several mountains together, which makes the trip more leisurely. Cableways go up from the east entrance and south entrance.
Another two Jiangxi attractions are quite near Mount Sanqing: Jingde Town (the renowned porcelain capital) and Wuyuan Village (a picturesque village especially in spring when the yellow rape flowers bloom).
When it comes to China trip, different people have different preference. To the scenery-seekers, Yangtze River cruises would be seductive to them, while to the challenge-seekers, the above cliffs would be more luring to them.
Located 600 meters to the southwest of Xiamen City, Gulangyu Island, or Drum Wave Islet, is an extremely beautiful island, nicknamed the "garden on the sea." Covering an area of 1.87 square kilometers (187 hectares), this small island is flooded by green trees and lovely flowers. Among the many scenic spots on the island, the most attractive ones are the Sunlight Rock and the Shuzhuang Garden. If you are a beach lover, then Gulangyu Island would be undoubtedly a must-have along your China tour of Fujian.
The island is home to about 20,000 permanent residents, all of whom enjoy a comfortable and relaxed lifestyle. Only electric-powered vehicles are permitted on the island, so the environment is free from the noise and pollution of car engines.The island was previously called Yuanshazhou Island and got its present name during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), because when the tide comes in, the waves pound the reef which sounds like the beating of a drum. This scene would make your China travel deals of Gulangyu Island more cost-worthy.
With the best of classical and romantic European-style architecture, the island truly deserves to be called a "museum of architecture." It is also known as the 'Cradle of Musicians' and 'Island of Music' because of its appreciation for music and the popularity of the piano. Every year, many China educational tours come here if summer holiday for students comes.
Located on the junction of Fujian and Jiangxi, Mount Wuyi is a famous scenic spot bearing red cliffs, lofty peaks, a deep and secluded valley, caves and fantastic rock peaks. Covering an area of 60 square kilometers (6,000 hectares), it is the most outstanding biodiversity conservation zone in the southeastern part of China. If you are a hiking-lover, Mount Wuyi would be the No.1 destination for exploring along your China vacation packages of Fujian.
Most of the hills here are made of red sandstones, rise steeply but are flat on the top. The peaks and rocks of grotesque shapes are girded by clear streams and embraced by green trees and bamboo plants. The Nine-bend River, 60 kilometers (37.28 miles) long, meanders among the hills, presenting the most charming tourist route within this scenic zone. Mount Wuyi has a long cultural history. The site of the Wuyi Palace, built in the seventh century for emperors to conduct sacrificial activities, remains until this day. It had been an important center of China's Taoism and was listed as one of the top nine Taoist Temples in the 10th century. The mountain also boasts many other cultural relics, including stone inscriptions. In 1999, Mount Wuyi entered the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, both on a natural and cultural level. Many businessmen particularly pay a visit Wuyi Mountain for soul-refreshing when their China business travel comes to Fujian province China.
Acclaimed as the "greatest route in the history of mankind", the ancient Silk Road (300 BC - AD 100) formed the first bridge between the East and West and was an important vehicle for trade between ancient empires of China, India, Persia & Rome. Dating back 100 BC, the route was a channel for contact between people and cultures, inspiring the exchange of dialogue, art, religion, ideas & technology. Many businessmen particularly request their tour operator to arrange the Silk Road discovery in their China business travel.
The goods carried on the Silk Road moved basically from the East to the West. Judging by the road’s name silk was the main commodity in the list. Thanks to its light weight, compactness, enormous demand and high price it was ideal for trade and long-distance transportation. In the Middle Ages the Venetian merchant Marco Polo named the caravan routes silk roads. But it was a German researcher Ferdinand Richthofen who coined the term the Great Silk Road in his fundamental work, “China”, in1877. If you are enjoying a Silk Road tour, you would fully fathom how great it is in ancient times.
At the initial stage of the Silk Road development Chinese received expensive horses and the seeds of lucerne and grapes. The ancient world had cultivated grapevine and made wines from time immemorial. But for Chinese, separated from other civilizations, grapes were a novelty. Moreover, Chinese envoys were very surprised when they found that it was possible to make wine not only from rice but also from berries unknown to them. Later Chinese discovered for themselves other agricultural crops – string beans, onions, cucumbers, carrots, pomegranates, figs etc. Silk Road did contributed a lot to both Chinese economy and China tourism.
Various woolen goods, carpets, curtains, blankets and rugs, came to China from Central Asia and East Mediterranean. They made huge impression upon Chinese who were unfamiliar with methods wool and flax processing, carpet manufacture and weaving. Highly appreciated in Ancient China were Parthian tapestries and carpets.
Central Asia exported camels which were very appreciated in China, military equipment, gold and silver, semi-precious stones and glass items. Samarkand made glass was especially valued due to its high quality. It was considered as luxury goods. Other goods were skins, wool, cotton fabrics, gold embroidery, exotic fruits – water-melons, melons and peaches; fat-tailed sheep and hunting dogs, leopards and lions. It is no wonder many tour companies particularly arranged the Silk Road discovery in their China travel packages tailor-made for adventure-lovers.
From China caravans carried the well-known Chinese china – snow-white vases, bowls, glasses, and dishes with graceful patterns. Only Chinese owned the secret of making the thinnest and resonant porcelain, therefore, it was very expensive in European markets. Bronze ornaments and other products from this metal, ornate bronze mirrors, umbrellas, products from the well-known Chinese varnish, medicines, and perfumery were also popular. Chinese paper, one of the most remarkable inventions of Chinese technical genius, was highly appreciated too. Gold, skins and many other things were exported as well. Merchants also carried tea and rice, woolen and flax fabrics, corals, amber and asbestos. The sacks of merchants were filled with ivory, rhino horns, turtle shells, spices, ceramic and iron items, glaze and cinnamon, ginger, bronze weapons and mirrors. Every year, many schools foreign and Chinese particularly booked the China educational tours for their student to discover Silk Road, so as to understanding how it influenced Chinese economy even world econmy.
India was famous for its fabrics, spices and semi-precious stones, dyes, and ivory. Iran – for its silver products. Rome received spices, fragrances, jewels, ivory, and sugar and sent European pictures and luxury goods.
Eastern Europe imported rice, cotton, woolen and silk fabrics from Central Asia and exported considerable volumes of skins, furs, fur animals, bark for skin processing, cattle and slaves to Khoresm. Northern Europe was the source of furs, skins, honey and slaves.
The festival features activities such as the ancestor-worship celebration of the Liao Dynasty, the lake-worshipping to ensure an ample first batch of fish, the hooking of the fish in nabo (an iced wooden house and a temporary camp used by the Liao emperors during their nomadic lives) and the tasting of fish heads. These activities are the remainders the Liao Dynasty fishing activities, which have in modern times again become a phenomenon of the winter tour of northern China. If your China tour deals is just in winter but you do not have good places to visit, why not pay a visit to Heilongjiang? If you are lucky enough, you may see how the northern people celebrate their winter fish catching festival.
On the banks of the Liao River, a principal river in northeastern China (1,430km-long), lies the Wolong Lake Nature Reserve which has preserved the thousand-year-old fishing and hunting culture of the Liao. There are also ancient ruins in Kangping County, where man could find the only road to Beijing during the Liao Dynasty. Enjoying the folk winter fish catching festival of northern China would be an terrific experience of your China tours of northern China.
Winter fish-catching is a popular tradition in northern China, especially along the Liao, Songhua, and Heilongjiang River Areas. When the net falls down, thousands of fish jump up out of the icy surface and swish their tails. This extraordinary scene remains an important cultural continuity to this day. Along your China vacation packages of northern China, why not join the locals to catch the winter fish as celebrating of this great festival?
People start their winter fish-catching by digging holes in the ice at intervals of eight or nine meters. After digging about 100 holes for one net, people then stick the poles and track cables down the holes. As the net is so large -- about four or five meters wide , it requires horses to be pushed forward. The net-casting process can last for about eight or nine hours. Horses are also needed when hauling in the net. The net, now fully stocked with fish, is dragged onto the surface from the one-meter-wide and two-meter-long holes. Fishermen then bag the fish as they haul in the net. Seeing how the fishermen catching fish under the frozen ice would make your China tour deals more colorful.
Mount Jiuhua is one of the four sacred mountains of Chinese Buddhism. It is located in Qingyang County in Anhui province and is famous for its rich landscape and ancient temples. Many of the mountain's shrines and temples are dedicated to Ksitigarbha, who is a bodhisattva and protector of beings in hell realms according to Mahayana Buddhist tradition. Pious Buddhists often visit Anhui to climb to Greater Tiantai peak, which is regarded as Jiuhuashan's most important peak, although it is not the tallest. If you are a devout Buddhist, burning some incense on the Mount Jiuhua would be a must-have along your China tours.
Mount Jiuhua was called Mount Lingyang in Han Dynasty. It was called Mount Jiuzi (九子山) in Liang and Chen Dynasties of South Dynasties. A legend says that the great poet Li Bai of Tang Dynasty travelled here and wrote down "Magic is divided to two branches, sacred mountain generates nine glories.". Thus it was named Mount Jiuhua. It is no wonder that so many travelers particularly request their China tour operator to arrange the Mount Jiuhua for them in their Anhui itinerary.
JiuHuashan is delicately beautiful which is located in the southeastern part of Chizhou City, in Quingyang County of Anhui Province. The gross area reaches 120 square kilometers, while the protection area reaches 114 square kilometers. Shiwang Peak is the highest one with an elevation of 1342 meters above sea level. Together with Wutai Mountain in Shanxi, Emei Mountain in Sichuan and Putuo Mountain in Zhejiang. Jiuhua Mountain is called one of the four great Buddhist mountains in China. In 719 AD, Kim Qiaoque, a Silla prince (today's Qingzhou city in South Korea) came to Jiuhua Mountain and cultivated himself for 5 years. He died at 99 years of age, his corporeal body stayed intact. Because he was very similar in appearance to Dizang Buddhisattva, the monks there believed Dizang Boddhisattva was reincarnated in him, as a result, Jiuhua Mountain became the place to hold rites for Dizang Boddhisatva. During the golden periods of the Ming and Qing dynasties, there were as many as 360 temples and 4,000 to 5,000 monks and nuns. The mountain is not only famous for its Buddhist culture but also noted for its natural landscapes featuring old pines, green bamboo forests, strange rocks, waterfalls, streams and caves. Every year, many China educational tours come here and offer students a great chance to get closer to Chinese Buddhist mountains.
Home to two of China's most famous mountain resorts, Anhui Province doesn't lack for mountain views. While Mount Huangshan is well known for its scenery, the other well-known mountain scenic spot, Jiuhua Mountain stands out for its heavy Buddhist influence. A favorite place for Buddhist pilgrims, the 120 square-kilometer mountain range is dotted with temples and shrouded in heavy incense smoke all year round. Many businessmen come to Jiuhua Mountain to burn incense to pray for brisk business of them along their China business travel.
In the history of the Silk Road, many renowned people left their footprints on this most historically important trade route, including eminent diplomats, generals and great monks, such as Zhang Qian, Ban Chao, Ban Yong and Fu Jiezi, Gan Ying, Xuanzang and Marco Polo. Join the Silk Road tours and follow the trace of Marco Polo in ancient times, which would be a terrific experience for any adventure-lovers.
Besides, Ban Chao, Ban Yong and Fu Jiezi all contributed greatly to ensure peace on the Silk Road. The famous generals – Wei Qing and Huo Qubing defeated the Huns, which let down the barriers along the trade route. In the Tang Dynasty (618–907), Xuanzang set out on his journey to India to study Indian sutras along the Silk Road and wrote a book – Pilgrim to the West in Tang Dynasty. Then in the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368), Marco Polo came to China and stayed for 17 years. After he returned Venice, Marco Polo dictated The Travels of Marco Polo that was recorded by Rustichello da Pisa in 1298. Knowing the story about Macro Polo would be much help for you to fathom what you seen along your Silk Road tour.
In the history of China, Han Dynasty (206BC–220AD) and Tang Dynasty made intermarriages with Hun, Wusun and Tibet further consolidated the stable environment along the Silk Road and expanded it. Many princesses left their familiar hometown and reached to the remote states on a diplomatic mission. Wang Zhaojun (one of the four most beautiful women in Chinese history) and Princess Wen Cheng (married with the King of Tibet) made important contributions to the smooth flow of the Silk Road. Why not take a Silk Road travel and witness it?
The main travelers of the Silk Road were merchants who organized various caravans to cross the Gobi Deserts. Overcoming all kinds of hardships, they transported goods for sale between China and the West to gain great profit. Some religious disciples missionized their faith through this road. From nobles to beggars and prisoners, all kinds of people once had gone to their destinations by this world-famous Silk Road. It is no wonder that so many travelers particularly request their China travel agents to arrange the silk road section for them. Famous Travelers on the Silk Road are Zhan Qian, Ban Chao, Gan Ying, Ban Yong, Fu Jiezi and Xuanzang, who have made great contribution to the development of Chinese silk in ancient times.
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