Renqiu Bass Drum of Cangzhou City originated from the period of Emperor Wanli in the Ming Dynasty (1573—1620), more that 400 years from now. Renqiu Bass Drum was originally inspired to take form by the story “Liang Hongyu fight against Jin soldiers by beating a bass drum”, which was used to resist invaders and boost morale. At present, striking bass drums has become the most traditional way of celebration for Renqiu natives to express their happiness during festivals and holidays of after harvest. If your are just planning to visit Cangzhou area in Hebei province, then Renqiu Bass Drum discovery should never be missed along your China tours of Hebei.
Renqiu Bass Drum is different from drums in other regions, whose obvious features are: first, it’s bulky with general diameter about 2 meters exquisitely made of a whole piece of yellow ox skin, which needs about 1600 nails to fix it and 8 to 10 persons to beat it at the same time. Second, the drum is heavy and the sound strong. If your China vacation packages of Cangzhou just fall into Spring Festival, you will see the boisterous occasion of playing Renqiu Bass Drum.
When beating the bass drum, it sounds like the roars of a lion and feels like the gallop of thousands of horses together. And the third is harmoniously arranged. When the bass drum is ready in a state, accompanied by some traditional folk instruments of music, such as the cymbals, small cymbals and Dangdang songs etc., it will set off by contrast the thunder-like rhythm, strong feeling, unrestrained interest and integrative beauty of the bass drum. In order to enrich their itinerary for their China travel deals of Cangzhou area, many tour companies have arranged the Renqiu Bass Drum in their itinerary.
Renqiu Bass Drum originally has 108 types that 84 sets of drum music scores have been dig tout. Renqiu Bass Drum Party is held on the 15th day of the lunar first month every year. At that time, the scene is of tremendous momentum——scores of bass drums are situated from east to west, north to south, which reflects the power and prestige of Renqiu Bass Drum on one hand. On the other hand, confirms the natives' happy lives. No China travel service designed for Cangzhou area discovery is complete if the Renqiu Bass Drum is missed to be discovered!
Hotpot is very popular in Chengdu and is known for its spicy and hot flavor. Although this kind of hotpot is taken as the Chongqing specialty by the locals, it has become famous and popular all over the country for a long time. When your Yangtze River cruises come to Chongqing, you should never miss tasting the spicy Hotpot there.
The traditional Chengdu hotpot
A big pot filled with hot spicy oil and surrounded by plates of raw meats and vegetables. The pieces of meat and vegetables are sliced very small so they will cook very quickly. Most of the pots used in hotpot are divided into two sections. One half is filled with the spicy oil, and the other is filled with a delicious broth for those who are not a big fan of spicy foods. Restaurants are also more than happy to turn down the heat on request. To any gourmets, their China vacation packages would be incomplete unless the spicy Hot pot is served.
Various kinds of Chengdu hotpot
As everyone known, the taste of hotpot is determined by the broth. The broth used in Chengdu hotpot is not only a permanent one. Although the main flavor is spicy, the different ingredients will make this food various. Many students particularly like to eat Hotpot along their educational tours in Chinacome to Chengdu region.
There are over 10 varieties of Chengdu hotpot including hotpot with boiled mutton, and hot pot with beer duck, fish head hotpot, medical herbs hotpot, etc.. In order to enrich the traveler’s experience, many China tour agents have left some dinner for the traveler to taste some local snacks. When their tours come to Chengdu, hot pot would definitely a must-have.
Besides the different broths used in Chengdu hotpot, you can also choose the spicy level of this food. Chengdu hotpot has its own style ranging from simple spicy to moderate, three or four kinds of spices. If you are fond of hot flavor, you should not miss this kind of hotpot during your China tours of Chengdu.
Shanghai - gorgeous romance
Shanghai, known as the Paris of east, is full of fashion atmosphere everywhere. When you pay a visit to Shanghai you will enjoy the superb things here: the Bund, Nanjing Road, Huaihai Road and Pudong Lujiazui... you will find your gorgeous romance in this colorful city! After your Yangtze River tour ends in Shanghai part, you could take some time to discover Shanghai, a city full of gorgeous romance.
Hangzhou - poetic romance
"Heaven above, Hangzhou below", People praise Hangzhou from the bottom of their hearts. Its natural beauty attracts tourists home and abroad. Besides, the love legends including the Chinese Romeo and Juliet give many romantic auras to the city. Plan your Hangzhou tour now, maybe you will also receive a poetic romance! Carrying the related China maps of Hangzhou along your trip would be much helpful to you.
Guangzhou - humanist romance
Although Guangzhou is inferior to Beijing and Shanghai in gorgeousness and is not as poetic as the city of Hangzhou, Guangzhou is the most livable city among the six because of its people oriented. So, Guangzhou is the best choice for enjoying romantic experience in real life. There are many last minute China travel deals of Guangzhou available on internet, why not join one of them?
Wu Yuan – peaceful romance
Wu Yuan is the most beautiful village in China! As soon as you come, you will feel like strolling around in paradise: the limpid river, lovely cole flower, maple leaf, traditional Huipai construction and old trees… In a word, you will experience a picturesque and peaceful romance in this beautiful countryside. It is no wonder that so many parents particularly booked the educational tours in China of Wuyuan’s natural scenery discovery for their children, offering them a great chance to get closer to nature.
NO.6 Wuzhen Ancient Water Town
About an hour's drive from Hangzhou, the town of Wuzhen is situated in Tongxiang, in the north of Zhejiang Province. It is a typical ancient water town and ranks among the top six ancient towns in southern China. To any tour company, their China travel service of Chinese water town discovery are not complete if the breathtaking Wuzhen Ancient Water Town.
With a history covering 1,200 years, the small town is famous for its ancient buildings and layout, with bridges of all sizes crossing the streams that wind through the town. It has a residential area, a workshop area, a cultural area, a dining area, a shopping area, and a scenery area that features local traditions and customs. Many student tours to China come to Wuzhen Ancient Water Town to discover the Chinese water towns.
The streets all run alongside the rivers with bridge spans serving as intersections. The houses built along the rivers are typically very impressive, with spacious courtyards, overlapping roofs and high eaves. If you are businessmen and want to get closer to natural landscape along your business travel to China, Wuzhen Ancient Water Town never let you down.
In 2007, the reconstructed western part of town, Xizha, was opened up to the general public. Xizha used to be the largest and most prosperous area of the town, and dozens of intact Ming-and-Qing style buildings still line its streets today. Visitors can also experience the old Xizha lifestyle by either sipping tea in a traditional tea house or enjoying an opera performance in the theater. Carrying the related China maps of Wuzhen would be much helpful along your trip.
NO.5 Lingyin Temple
Lingyin Temple, or the Temple of the Soul's Retreat, is the oldest Buddhist monastery in Hangzhou, capital city of Zhejiang Province. It was founded in 328 during the Eastern Jin Dynasty (316-420) by an Indian monk name Hui Li, and has a history spanning over 1,700 years. It is no wonder that many travelers particularly request their China tour agents to arrange the Lingyin Temple into their itinerary of Zhejiang province.
Sheltered by forested hills on three sides, the temple is a quiet and secluded sanctuary when it is not thronged by tourists. It is also one of China's largest and most visited Buddhist temples and holds the largest statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni sitting on a lotus throne. Many businessmen visited the Lingyin Temple to burn some incense along their business travel to China to pray for boisterous business in the future.
During the Five Dynasties Period (907-960), when the temple was prospering, it consisted of 9 buildings, 18 towers, 72 halls with 1,300 rooms and more than 3,000 monks. It has been damaged and restored again several times during its extensive history. Why not do as the businessmen did to pray for happiness along your last minute China travel deals to Zhejiang province?
West Lake Vinegar Fish is a traditional delicacy of Hangzhou with sweet and sour flavor. It is said that the fish was originally cooked by Song's sister-in-law. She wanted to inspire Song the essence of the true life by the sweet - sour flavor. Along your China tour of Hangzhou, you should never miss West Lake Vinegar Fish there.
“West Lake Vinegar Fish” is also called “Sister Song’s Treasure”. You might well guess that a name like that would have a story behind it. Long ago, there were two brothers by the name of Song. Though they were wise, they chose to live not in the city but in the countryside, catching fish in nearby West Lake. One day, evil Mr. Zhao was passing by the lake and happened to see a beautiful woman washing in its waters. When Mr. Zhou discovered the woman was Elder Brother Song’s wife, he murdered Elder Song. Many students like to eat the West Lake Vinegar Fish when their educational tours in China come to Hangzhou area.
Younger Song and Elder Song’s widow were infuriated by Mr. Zhao’s audacity and sought justice through a local magistrate. Little did they know that the magistrate was a friend of Mr. Zhou’s. Younger Song and Elder Song’s widow were beaten and thrown out of the court. When the two returned to their West Lake home, defeated, Sister Song demanded that her brother-in-law flee to avoid Zhou’s retaliation. “Make your fortune and come back for me,” she said. No China travel deals of Hangzhou is complete if tasting the West Lake Vinegar Fish is missed.
Before Younger Song departed, Sister Song cooked him a special meal of fish with sugar and vinegar. As he sat down to eat it, she said, “This fish is sweet and sour, just as life is sweet and sour. When you have achieved the sweetness of a good life, remember the sour oppression of us commoners and your grieving sister-in-law.” Younger Song was greatly moved. He finished the fish and left, her words ringing in his ears. Later, Younger Song succeeded in garnering fame and fortune and eventually returned to Hangzhou. He avenged his elder brother and found his sister-in-law safe and well. Many China travel agencies have arranged the West Lake Vinegar Fish in the dishes scheduled for their travelers.
We have no way of knowing if the Vinegar Fish we eat today tastes the same as the fish Sister Song served her brother-in-law, but we like to think so. Prepared with fresh grass carp from West Lake, the method used to cook the fish renders it fresh and tender, with a distinct flavor of crab meat. The sweet and sour sauce used to flavor it further is a thick, black paste of vinegar and sugar. Why not take a China travel to Hangzhou and taste the savory West Lake Vinegar Fish there?
Shangri-la. the very name is an incantation that evokes images of a mythical mountain paradise where peace reigns and life approaches perfection. Drawn from the pages of James Hilton's 1933 classic, Lost Horizon, Shangri-la has become synonymous with exotic escapism, a connotation not lost on the tourist industry.Daocheng and Aden in Sichuan,are praised as the true Shangri-La. If you are just planning a China travel to refresh yourself, Daocheng in Sichuan region would be a good choice for you.
The county of Daocheng lies near the conjunction areas of Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet, belong to Sichuan Province. Traditionally, there are two routes to go there –from Kunming, or Chengdu. It covers 7,323 square kilometers and its 30,000 inhabitants are mainly Tibetans people. Economically, the county is a region of partial agriculture and partial animal husbandry. Here, the winding and majestic mountains like billows of the sea alternate with valleys, and the scenes are various and bewitching. The hikers can experience the real remote village life and the geographical wonders. Mt. Haizi (Lake), parallel to Daocheng River and with an altitude of 3600-5000m, is the largest remnants of glaciations on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Mountains, valleys, and cultural relics absolutely bring you with unforgettable memory. If you are a trekking-lover, they trekking the Daocheng area would make your China tour packages more memorable and interesting.
Mainly, there are two popular trek routes to Daocheng and Aden. Route 1:From Chengdu via Muli; Route 2: From Lijiang via Lugu Lake.
Route 1:From Chengdu via Muli
Veins horseshoe ringing voice, the eyes of the holy sun, his breast is the ambition and love of the prairie. Daocheng Aden sleeping in the years glaciers persist radius of 7323 square kilometers of land in memory of the earth’s most ancient and most genuine of nature’s most pure heart. It was time forgotten, for thousands of years, the rising sun, keep his silence great unrivaled beauty. Here has the most pure lives, most outstanding vault of heaven the eagle, free-living wild animals, forest, grassland birds singing mildly, quietly grazing in the pastoral. Daocheng Aden, there is everything you can think of, but also beyond all you imagine. Before enjoy your China tour of trekking, bringing the related map of China would help you a lot.
Route 2: The Ancient Tea Horse Road Trek——From Lijiang via Lugu Lake
For thousands of years, only humans and horses treaded the mountains of Southwest China as they followed an ancient pathway through the Chinese hinterlands and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Along the unpaved and rugged pathway that was formed, commodities like tea, salt and sugar flowed into Tibet. To any China tour deals of trekking theme, they sounds incomplete if they miss the tea horse road trek——from Lijiang via Lugu Lake.
Meanwhile, horses, cows, furs, musk and other local products made their way to the outside world. The road was called the tea-horse ancient road, and it stretched across more than 4,000 kilometers, mainly through Southwest China’s Sichuan and Yunnan provinces and the Tibetan Autonomous Region. The ancient commercial passage first appeared during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Many student also like to change themselves in this trekking way along their student tours to China.
For more than 1,200 years, the road promoted exchanges in culture and religion, and saw ethnic migration that closely resembled what was experienced on the well-known Silk Road. Along the ancient road lived more than 20 minorities. Concentrations of beautiful and mysterious natural landscapes and traditional cultures developed in various sites, including Dali old city, Lijiang old city, Shangrila, Yarlung Zangbo River Grand Canyon, Potala Palace. The road features temples, rock paintings, post houses, ancient bridges and plank roads. It is also home to many national minorities and their dances and folk customs. Why not book a China vacation packages and trekking this way to challenge yourself?
China is a world-renowned large tourist country, which attracts tens of thousands of travel-addicts domestic and abroad to join different kinds of China tours despite of fatigue and long journey. Besides its breathtaking landscape, China is also endowed with profound culture. When mentioning Chinese culture, Chinese Double Seventh Day is what cannot be missed. The following mainly focus on Chinese Double Seventh Day.
In China, the Double Seventh Festival, or Ingenuity-begging Festival (the festival to plead for skills) falls on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar. The festival originates from the legend of the loyal love between Niulang (cowherd) and Zhinv (weaving girl).
On the festival, girls beg for bright heart and knitting and needlecraft skills from the goddess in heaven. There are various folk customs of ingenuity tests in ancient China. And the maids in palace also paid great attention to the activities, which are usually supported by the emperor. Celebrations are also held in the theme of the Double Seventh Festival everywhere in China, such as the customs of "seed plant for child", "catch dew" and "sworn sisterhood under the moon". In the romantic evening, girls prepare melons and seasonal foods under the moon before worship and prayers for skills and a good marriage. It is no wonder that so many foreigners prefer discover Chinese culture further after they finished their Tibet travel.
The food customs in each place for the festival are not necessarily the same but are all called having propitious food. Dumplings, noodles, deep-fried twisted dough sticks and wontons are mostly included, among which the most famous is the Qiaoguo (Fried Thin Paste).
As China's Valentine's Day, the Double Seventh Festival is the most romantic one among all traditional Chinese festivals, and also a day most valued by girls in the past. Today, it is still one of our favorite festivals under evolvement and innovation based on the traditional culture.
No popular China tour packages are popular enough without experience the terrific Chinese festivals! Come to China and experience it by yourself!
Yi people have a tradition of wearing colorful headgear, which is part of their unique culture. Yi people have many sayings about the tradition, such as "Birds are pretty because of their features, and people are pretty because of their headgear,"and "Han people care about their footwear, while Yi people care about their headgear." Much of the headgear is derived from their original totems or their plant or animal worship. Along your China tours of Yunnan, you would see many women with different colorful headgears.
Yi people, who inhabit southwestern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Yunnan, Sichuan and Guizhou provinces, account for more than 6.57 million of the country's population (based on the 1990 census). Many travelers particularly request their China travel agents to arrange these areas in their itinerary in order get close to Yi people.
A Yi woman's headgear reveals her age and social identity. A young, unmarried Yi woman wears a thick, ethnic cloth headgear that is in the shape of a cockscomb. The woman will pin silver decorations, such as a silver fower, on the headgear for decoration. According to legend, a cock rescued ancestors of the Yi people when they were young. The Yi believe the cock is auspicious, and wearing such headgear will help protect young unmarried women and keep them safe and happy. Cockscomb is also typical of a pattern frequently used in other parts of Yi costumes. Knowing the Yi customs would be an interesting experience along your China travel.
A married Yi woman will wear large headgear in the shape of a lotus leaf. Legend has it that Yi women were smarter than Yi men in ancient time, and that Yi god Zhige Aluo once asked a couple how many times the husband had ploughed his land. The husband could not answer, but his wife replied by asking the god how many steps his horse had taken that day. The god couldn't answer her. After searching on the internet, you could find that there are many affordable China tours of Yi ethnic culture discovery. These tours are all well-sold.
The next day, the god took a ram to the couple's house and asked the husband to breed the ram. The wife said her husband was at home delivering a child. The god was astonished, and said: "How could a man give birth to a child?" The woman answered: "How could a ram deliver a lamb?" The god was impressed by her wisdom and ordered Yi women to wear large headgear in the shape of a lotus leaf to conceal their wisdom. Now, such headgear is part of married Yi women's traditional costume. No China vacation packages of Chinese ethnic culture discovery are complete if exploring Yi people is missed.
A Yi man's headgear is a black cloth made into the shape of wimble. It is called a hero knot, which reveals the man's strength. Yi people worship the eagle, and they believe Yi men should be as brave as an eagle. A young man's hero knot is as thin as bamboo, while the knots of middle-aged and elderly men are as thick as a fst. Infuenced by their traditions, Yi people's colorful headgear is a precious legacy. Why not take a China tour of Yunnan or Guangxi region to discover Yi people?
Jiaxing lies in the northern Zhejiang province of the Yangtze River Delta of China. It is situated on the Grand Canal (Beijing-Hangzhou Canal) - the longest man-made canal in the world. It neighbors Hangzhou to the southwest, Huzhou to the west, Shanghai to the northeast and the Jiangsu province to the north. With a subtropical monsoon climate, it enjoys abundant rainfall and sunshine. If you want to discover the landscape of southern China along your China travel, Jiaxing would be a good option for you.
Jiaxing was a place of fish and rice. More than 7,000 years ago, there were inhabitants living on fishery and animal husbandry. It made a great progress in economy during the Sui Dynasty (581-618) due to the construction of the Jiang Nan He, Hangzhou to Zhenjiang section of the Grand Canal. The canal helped Jiaxing to be a bread basket in southeast of China, and a place wealthy in cotton fabric and silk. Many businessmen visited Jiaxing along their China business travel in order to grasp some silk business opportunity for themselves.
Jiaxing has two famous lakes - South Lake and Nanbei Lake. Due to its geographic features, water towns make up much of Jiaxing’s distinctive landscape. The most renowned water towns in Jiaxing are Wuzhen and Xitang. With a history of over 1,000 years, Wuzhen has profound historical and cultural heritage. Xitang is a historic town featuring Ming and Qing architecture. It was built along the river and has 27 stone bridges. Special Local Products: water chestnut of South Lake, blue calico (Blue printed colored or flower cloth) of Tongxiang City, silk floss of Wuzhen. Every year, many China educational tours come to Jiaxing to discover the breathtaking natural scenery of it.
Belonging to the subtropical monsoon climate, Jiaxing is abundant in rainfall and sunshine with wet spring, torrid summer, dry autumn and cold winter. It has an annual average temperature of nearly 16 C (61F), and rainy muggy days in summer are much fewer than dry chilly days in winter. Before deciding the travel time for your China travel to Jiaxing, checking its weather ahead of time proves quite necessary.
Jiaxing is famous for its rice-made snacks, such as glutinous rice dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaves. It holds the “Steamed Rice Dumpling Festival” every summer, which attracts numerous rice dumpling manufacturers. Why not book the popular China vacation packages of Jiaxing to discover this beautiful water-surrounded city in depth?
Tongli is a town with a profound cultural background and achievement. From ancient times, it has been teeming with poets, painters, Confucian scholars and government officials. Their abilities have made great contributions to progress in many areas of the country. Dozens of stone tablets from different periods are preserved in Tongli and many of the streets are named after their official titles. Walking through the alleys of this venerable water town, one cannot fail to appreciate its pristine and intoxicating atmosphere. If you want to explore the natural scenery and folk culture in southern China along your China tours, a visit to Tongli would have much to offer to you.
In 1981 Tongli Town was declared one of the thirteen national standard tour towns of the Taihu Lake region. In addition, in 1982 it was listed for protection as the standard provincial town of cultural interest in Jiangsu Province. Tongli is now a highly praised historical site and tourist resort and enjoys increasing popularity with travel enthusiasts. It is no wonder that so many China travel deals arranged Tongli into their deals to promote sales.
These are the vital links between the different parts of town. Forty-nine stone bridges in a variety of styles join the seven islands created by fifteen rivers and five lakes upon which Tongli stands. Each bridge has a name and these examples will give you an idea of the poetic nature of the inhabitants. Perhaps the most notable are Peace and Tranquility (Taiping) Bridge, Luck (Jili) Bridge and Lasting Celebration (Changqing) Bridge. These are known as Ternate Bridges as they cross three rivers at their confluence and form a natural ring road. The gurgling brooks and the stone arched bridges would be the highlights of your China tour packages of Suzhou.
The small and exquisite Taiping Bridge was built during the reign of emperor Jiaqing of the Qing dynasty; Jili Bridge is an arch bridge and inscribed with age-old couplets describing the beautiful painting-like views at either end; Changqing Bridge, also named Guangli Bridge, was originally constructed in 1470 and rebuilt by Xiezhen in 1704. Ternate Bridges are propitious symbols in the eyes of the local residents and they walk over them for good luck during wedding or birthday parties. It you are lucky enough, you may see this scene along your China travel of Tongli.
The oldest bridge in Tongli is Reflecting Origin (Siben) Bridge which was built in the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279) while the smallest bridge is called Single Step (Dubu) which is only one and a half meter (5 feet) in length and less than one meter (3 feet) in width. Standing motionless for hundreds of years, the bridges bear witness to the vicissitudes of history and remain an indispensable part of the township. Why not book the popular China travel deals of water town discover to explore the captivating Tongli Water Town?
Guilin landscape is the most representative and famous krast in Guangxi. The main forms of karst in Guilin and Yangshuo are karren,stone forest,stalagmite and natural bridges.Especially the caves are everywhere in the hills. Characteristic krast caves of various shapes are really a spectacular. Representatives karst attractions in Guangxi are Elephant Trunk Hil, Reed Flute Cave, Crown Cave, Seven Stars Cave, Yangshuo, Bama, Leye Dashiwei Tiankeng. If you want to discover the karst landscape along your China travel, Guangxi Province has much to offer.
The Seven Star Crags in Guangdong Province consists of seven limestone hills which shape like seven stars in the night. In front of the hills are small lakes scattering here and there while inside the hills there are amounts of caves and underground river. Grotesque caverns makes the unique Karst physiognomy. Representatives karst attractions in Guangdong are Seven Star Crags and Swallow Cave. Along your China tours to Guangzhou, you should never miss Seven Star Crags and Swallow Cave.
Guizhou has various karst landforms,including stone forests like Nihan stone forests and Xiuwen stone forests, waterfall palisades like Huangguoshu Grand Waterfall,karst caves like Xiniu cave in Zhenyuan, Xianren cave in Longshan.Representatives karst attractions in Guizhou is Huangguoshu Grand Waterfall. Exploring the Grand Huangguoshu Waterfall would make your China vacation packages of Guizhou more fruitful and enjoyable.
The calc-sinter flows in Jiuzhougou is another form of karst,such as the Pearl Shoal.The calc-sinter pond and calc-sinter caves in Huanglong make up the biggest and the most beautiful karst scenery in the world.Representatives karst attractions in Sichuan are Jiuzhaigou Waterfall Group and Huanglong. No last minute deals for China travel of Sichuan is complete if the breathtaking Jiuzhaigou Waterfall Group and Huanglong are missed.
Dongting Lake, or Lake Dongting Wade–Giles: Tung-t'ing Hu) is a large, shallow lake in northeastern Hunan province, China. It is a flood basin of the Yangtze River (Chang Jiang). Hence the lake's size depends on the season. The provinces of Hubei and Hunan are named after their location relative to the lake: Hubei means "North of the Lake" and Hunan means "South of the Lake" in Chinese. If your China tour packages happen to cover Hunan region, you should never miss discovering the Dongting lake along your trip.
Dongting Lake is famous in Chinese culture as the place of origin of Dragon boat racing. It is the site of Junshan island, and is a home to the Finless Porpoise, which is endangered in China. Explore Dongting Lake and get closer to China culture along your China travel of Hunan province.
In the July–September period, flood water from the Yangtze flows into the lake, enlarging it greatly. The lake's area, which normally is 2,820 km² (data before 1998), may increase to 20,000 km² in flood season, when vast amounts of water and sediment from the Chang Jiang flow into the lake. The lake is also fed by four major rivers: the Xiang, Zi, Yuan and Li rivers. Students particularly like to discover the basic knowledge from the tour guide when they are visiting the Dongting Lake along their China educational tours.
Small rivers also flow in, the most famous one being Miluo River where a famous poet Qu Yuan committed suicide. In addition, the Xiao River flows into the Xiang near Yongzhou, before the Xiang flows into the lake. Ocean-going vessels can travel through the Xiang to reach Changsha. No China travel packages of Chinese lake discovery are complete if the beautiful Dongting Lake is missed in the itinerary.
During the Han Dynasty, Yunmeng Marsh, which lies to the north of Dongting Lake in Hubei Province, served as the main flood-basin of the Yangtze. The rich sediment of the marsh attracted farmers. Embankments were built, keeping the river out, and the Dongting Lake area south of the Yangtze gradually became the river's main flood-basin. Many China tour agents have stretched their Hunan itinerary to Dongting Lake in order to promote deals.
At that time, Dongting Lake was China's largest lake. Because of its size, it gained the name Eight-hundred-li-Dongting Nowadays, it is the second-largest, after Poyang Lake, as much of the lake has been turned into farmland. Why not book one of the affordable China tours and discover the cultural lake?
Emei Mountain lies seven kilometers southwest of Emeishan City and is one of the four mountain ranges in China that Buddhists consider sacred. It was included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1996. The mountain stretches more than 200 kilometers from south to north. Its main peak, Wanfo Top, is 3,099 meters above sea level. Since ancient times Emei Mountain has been described as “Beauty Under Heaven”. If you are a scared Buddhist, discovering the Emei Mountain would be a must-do along your China tours.
Four seasons in a year, the most favorite one is autumn, not only like the cool weather, but also love the color of it.The most colorful autumn scenery is the section from Shuangshuijin(双水井) to Leidongping(雷洞坪), where the mountains are all covered with red maples. Many businessmen particularly visited the Emei Mountain along their China business tour to pray for good luck here. Best autumn view time: From Late Oct. to full Dec.
This is the location of the first Buddhist temple built in China in the 1st century CE.The site has seventy-six Buddhist monasteries of the Ming and Qing period, most of them located near the mountain top. The monasteries demonstrate a flexible architectural style that adapts to the landscape. Some, such as the halls of Baoguosi, are built on terraces of varying levels, while others, including the structures of Leiyinsi, are on raised stilts. Here the fixed plans of Buddhist monasteries of earlier periods were modified or ignored in order to make full use of the natural scenery. The buildings of Qingyinge are laid out in an irregular plot on the narrow piece of land between the Black Dragon River and the White Dragon River. The site is large and the winding foot path is 50 km, taking several days to walk. Many educational tours in China also come here and offer students chances to discover Chinese Buddhism. Cable cars ease the ascent to the two temples at Jinding (3,077 m), an hour's hike from the mountain's peak.
Great spectacles of Mount Emei include the sunrise and Clouds Sea seen from the Golden Summit of the mountain. The sunrise is very varied, but optimally begins with the ground and sky being in the same dark purple, soon showing rosy clouds, followed by a bright purple arc and then a semicircle where the sun is coming up. The Clouds Sea includes several cloud phenomena, e.g. clouds appearing in the sky above, in addition to the regular clouds beneath. When you are visiting the Emei Mountain along your China travel, never miss watching the sunrise and sunset.
People in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan, not only visit the luxurious hotels, but also smaller restaurants scattering on the streets and lanes to enjoy the delicious dishes. If you are a gourmet and is just planning to discover Chinese food in your China travel, Chengdu would be the best option for you.
Sichuan Cuisine, with the fiery-red chillies, long-lasting spicy flavor, presents people with exciting feast both to the eyes and the tongues. With exceptional advantages, such as highly developed food industry, professional hotels and restaurants, plentiful talented cooks and time-honored traditional cooking skills, Chengdu hosts many different gourmet festivals and cooking competitions to promote and protect the traditional food culture. Many students particularly like to taste the Sichuan snacks when their educational tours in China come to Chengdu.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has nominated Chengdu to join its "Creative Cities Network" for being the birthplace of many culinary traditions. Chengdu was the second city in the world and the first city in Asia to enjoy the designation of "City of Gastronomy". So affordable China tour package of Chinese food discovery is incomplete if Chengdu is missed in the schedule.
As the cradleland of Sichuan Cuisine, Chengdu has become one of the most important cuisine centers in the world. Sichuan Cuisine is a culinary art that utilizes 20 major cooking skills and techniques, such as saute, boil, fry, stir-fry, roast, braise, stew, simmer, steam, bake, marinate and toss. Meanwhile, 10 major flavors, such as spicy, sour and hot, home-style, gingered, sweet and sour, and garlicky, make Sichuan Cuisine the first among the eight great styles of Chinese cuisine. But after all, it is the spicy and hot flavor that has won the world reputation of Sichuan Cuisine. Why not book the popular China travel deals to Chengdu and discover the Gastronomy City further?
Today, the town of Qibao celebrates their cultural heritage and works to preserve the past traditions of Shadow Play that are such an important aspect of the town’s history. Though the Chinese government does help to keep these valuable traditions alive through various forms of support, it is the local puppeteers and their apprentices who really ensure that the art of Shadow Play lives on. If you want to discover the folk culture along your China tours, watching the Qibao Shadow Play is a good option for you.
An eighth generation shadow puppeteer, Mr Chu, is currently the head of the Qibao Shadow Play troupe. Mr Chu values the history and culture that surrounds the art, believing shadow play to be one of the seven cultural treasures in the Qibao area. Many students particularly like to watch the Qibao Shadow Play when their student tours to China come to Qibao.
Growing up in the small town of Qibao, Mr. Chu became interested in shadow puppetry very early in his life and began his apprenticeship as a puppeteer. During his interview, he discussed how watching an old artist who did Shadow Play was an integral part of his learning process. Many China tour operators have arranged the Qibao Shadow Play in their itinerary in order to enrich the travel experience of their travelers.
While the aesthetic design of the shadow plays is important, the narrative elements of the show promote intangible meaning and value. Described by Chu as “painting with motion”, Shadow Play is the combination of many different arts. The incorporation of movement with the intricately designed figures makes Shadow Play much like an animation. Apart from the visual qualities of shadow puppetry, the plays also have dialogue, instruments, and opera music – it is a combination of folk art and opera. Why not book the affordable China tour package of folk culture discovery to see the interesting Qibao Shadow Play? You would be rewarded more than expected!
In a quiet corner of Gulou district is Qing Liang Shan Park, an open and green space removed from the concrete and grit of the city center. There are paths among the trees and hills to get lost in for a moment of respite. This garden park also has several art galleries and even an art school hidden among its foliage, stop by for a look at some traditional water colors. If your
Yangtze River cruises come to Nanjing, why not take some time to explore the Qingliang Hill in Nanjing? You would be rewarded more than expected.
The hill is famous as the City Hill and Forest in the city. It has a quiet and beautiful natural environment in the mountain and there are many places of historical sites on the mountain. There are “Horse Slope” (Zhuma Po), “South Tang Dynasty Ancient Well” (Nantang Gujing), “Qingliang Temple”(Qingliang Si) and “Chongzheng Academy” (Chongzheng Shuyuan) etc. No China vacation packages of Qingliang Hill in Nanjing are complete unless the sacred Qingliang Temple is discovered.
One of China's more abstract art forms is polishing and display of oddly shaped rocks. There are galleries here where some real whoppers can be found. If you would like a smaller stone memento to return home with, come on the weekends and try your haggling skills at the stone market that is held in front of the park entrance. Shitou Cheng, the ancient stone city wall, is also found among the quiet wonder of Qing Liang Shan Park,, the length of it from north to south spans approximate 3,000 meters. Many China tour agents has arranged the Qingliang Hill in their Nanjing itinerary to promote sales.
When China tour of Nanjing is mentioned, many people may first think of the Confucius Temple, Qinhuai River and other famous attractions. Never forget there are still one that worthy visiting, it is Qingliang Hill, a good place to escape from the bustling world.
The conception of ghost was formed long ago. Ghost totem came out way back to the early age of primitive society when totem worship emerged. The full interpretation and explanation of the Chinese character “鬼” (ghost) can be found in the oracle bone inscriptions and Shuowen Jiezi (An Analytical Dictionary of Chinese Characters, by Xu Shen of the Eastern Han Dynasty). Judging from the literal meaning and cultural relics, the concept of “ghost” was highly respected, awed and worshiped by the primitives, and some tribes even took “ghost” as their first name or last name. You will never know how profound Chinese culture is.
With the spread of Buddhism, the image of ghost grew steadily richer in the folk belief: after people die, they have to cross the abyss bridge, experience the trial of the nether world, undergo six cycles of suffering, and drink “Mengpo Soup” to forget the previous life before reincarnation; Zhong Kui is the judge, and then come the Hades and Bodhisattva Kitigarbhaon… I am sure knowing this kinds of Chinese culture is also another interesting experience along your China travel service booked.
The creation of ghost stories reached its prime time from the Yuan Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. From Qiannv Lihun (A Chinese Ghost Story) and Peony Pavilion in the Yuan Dynasty to Zi Bu Yu (What Confucius Did Not Speak of) by Yuan Mei and Liaozhai Zhiyi (Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio) by Pu Songling of the Qing Dynasty, the ghost stories written by men of letters mostly have vivid and lifelike characters. A large number of beautiful female ghosts thus came into being and were widespread among people. No China travel packages of Chinese culture discovery are complete if the ghost culture of China is uncovered.
One of the distinct features of Chinese ghost story is to admonish people be nice with others, and that a good act will be well rewarded, while evil will have a vice recompense. It conforms to the Golden Mean of the Confucian doctrine in Chinese culture while not going extremes like Japanese ghost stories. Talking about ghost on the surface, Chinese ghost stories in fact contains more of truth about human life. Both being the Guards of Impermanence, the Black Guard only brings disaster, while the White Guard brings horror and tension on the one hand, and fortune and good luck on the other hand. It reflects the common view of the public: there are good and evil ghosts, just like human beings. Why not take a Yangtze River tour to discover Chinese ghost culture in the Fengdu Ghost City by yourself?
Yingbi, known as a "screen wall" in English, is the isolated wall either outside or just inside the gate of a traditional Chinese house to shield the rooms from outsiders' view. It is also called Zhaobi or Zhaoqiang in Chinese. It can be made of any material-brick, wood, stone or glazed tile. If you are lucky enough, you may see the Yingbi in the folk villages along your China tour.
The yingbi dates back at least to the Western Zhou Dynasty (11 century-771 BC). In ancient times, the Yingbi was a symbol of rank. According to the Western Zhou system of rites, only royal palaces, noblemen's mansions and religious temples could have a screen wall. Apart from keeping passers-by from peeping into the courtyard, the screen wall could also be used by the visitor, who would get off from his carriage and, standing behind the wall, tidy up his dress before going in. It was not until much later that private houses (mainly the quadrangles of bungalows in the northern parts of the country) began to have screen walls. Many students show great interest to the distinctive Yingbi while enjoying their China educational tours.
The most exquisite of all ancient screen walls are three "nine-dragon walls" built of glazed color tiles. The largest of these, 45.5m X 8m X 2.02m, is now in the city ofDatong,ShanxiProvince. It originally stood in front of the princely mansion of the thirteenth son of Zhu Yuanzhang, first emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Sculpted on it in seven different colors are nine dragons flying in clouds. The most splendid of the three is the one which belonged to a palace of the Ming Dynasty and now stands north of the lake inBeijing'sBeihaiPark. It is a mosaic of glazed color tiles showing on each side nine curly dragons in relief. An observant visitor could also count 635 dragons of smaller sizes on the ridges and roof tiles of the wall. The third of these walls stands opposite the Huangji Gate in theForbidden City and is well-known to sightseers. All the three mentioned above were built during the Ming Dynasty and all used to stand in front of the entrance to a courtyard, making a component part of the architectural complex and adding to the magnificence of the buildings. So along your China travel packages of Beijing, you could see the Yingbi in theForbidden City.
There is a screen wall in each of the side palace courtyards of the Forbidden City. Whether made of wood, carved out of marble or built with glazed tiles, it is invariably a fine piece of work with designs symbolic of good luck.In the vicinity of the Five Dragon Pavilions (Wulongting) in the Beihai Park of Beijing, there is a so-called "iron screen wall," a relic from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) of the thirteenth century. At first glance, it appears to have been cast of iron but actually it is a piece of volcanic rock. Carved on it in vivid style are, on one side, lions playing with a ball and, on the other, a legendary unicorn; it is noted for its antiquity and simplicity of execution. It is no wonder that so many architecture-addicts particularly like to discover Yingbi along their China tour deals.
Chinese palaces, temples and mansions have on their roofs a special kind of ornaments called Wenshou or zoomorphic ornaments, some on the main ridges and some on the sloping and branch ridges. Along your China travel of Beijing, you would see the Zoomorphic Ornaments decorated in the corner of each wall in the Forbidden City.
The monstrous thing at either end of the main ridge, called Chiwen, appears roughly like the tail of a fish. Fierce and formidable, it looks as if it were ready to devour the whole ridge; so it is also known as Tunjishou or the ridge-devouring beast. It is, according to Chinese mythology, one of the sons of the Dragon King who rules the seas. It is said to be able to stir up waves and change them into rains. So in ancient times, a Chiwen was put at either end of the main ridge to conjure up downpour to put out any fire that might break out. But for fear that it might gobble up the ridge, ancient Chinese transfixed it on the roof with a sword.At the end of the sloping and branch ridges there are often a string of smaller animals, their sizes and numbers being decided by the status of the owner of the building in the feudal hierarchy. The zoomorphic ornaments is just a vivid reflection of Chinese culture on architecture.
The largest number of zoomorphic ornaments is found on Taihedian (the Hall of Supreme Harmony) of theForbidden City. Leading the flock is a god riding a phoenix, after whom come a dragon, a phoenix, a lion, a heavenly horse, a sea horse and five other mythological animals, all called by unusual names. Qianqinggong (the Palace of Heavenly Purity), which the emperor used as his living quarters and his office for handling daily affairs, being next in status to Taihedian, has a band of nine animal figures. Still next in importance is Kunninggong (thePalaceofFemale Tranquility), which served as the empress's apartments; it has a group of seven zoomorphic figures. This number is further reduced to five for the twelve halls in side courtyards that used to house the imperial concubines of different grades. Some of the side halls have only one animal figure each on their roofs. These small animals were also believed to be capable of putting out fires. Many China tour agents designed different kinds of China tours for the architecture-lovers to discover unique Chinese architecture along the trip.
Buddha is also named as Shakyamuni. Buddha is the appellation for the founder of Buddhism, which means sage or prophet. The Chinese word fo is the abbreviation for Buddha and Shakyamuni means sage of the ShakyaKingdom. People used to regard him as an omniscient divinity while Shakyamuni was an Indian living in the fifth and sixth century with the first name Siddhrtha and the surname Gautama. Because he was from the Shakya clan, he was called Shakyamuni. He was the founder of Buddhism. To any Buddhist, knowing the history of Chinese Buddiha would be a must-have if they are having a China travel of Buddhism.
Shakyamuni Buddha was born on April 8, 464BC. He was the prince of the kingdom of Kapila(now in Nepal) in India. According to the old Indian customs, the 16-year-old prince married a beautiful princess called Yasodhara. They had a care-free life in the royal palace. However, noticing all kinds of pains and worries existing in the world, Buddha was tired of the sumptuous life in the palace and decided to find a way to relieve all these sufferings. At the age of 29, he resolutely became a monk despite the opposition from his father. If you are lucky enough and your China travel packages just fall to December, you may have chances to see how Chinese people celebrate the birthdate of Shakyamuni Buddha on the Laba Festival.
Buddha spent six years traveling throughout the Gangesareas and visiting famous religious leaders. He was not satisfied with all the studies and practices so that he broke from all religious traditions of his time and retreated into solitary meditation under a bodhi tree (tree of intelligence) beside the Neranjara River. After 49 days of contemplation he experienced the enlightenment of how to be released from the cycle of existences. From the moment of his enlightenment on, he was known under the name Buddha Shakyamuni. To pray for good luck, many businessmen particularly like to burn some incense while enjoying their
China business travel to pray for boisterous business.
In the Deer Park of Sarnath, Buddha turned the wheel of teaching for the first time and taught his first five disciples according to his insights, who also attained enlightenment and were the first samgha in history. While their morality and intelligence compared unfavorably with those of the Buddha, they received Luohan Guo(Lohan Fruit) (man worthy of oblation) other thanFo Guo(Buddha Fruit). Knowing this kind of knowledge would be much helpful for you to understand something seen while enjoying your China travel deals.
Buddha spent 45 years spreading Buddhism throughout Gangesareas and fostered numerous followers. There is a kin relationship between the Buddha and the Shaolin Temple in Luoyang City of Henan Province in China. Buddha came to China in the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534) to spread Buddhism and won the respect of all. After the Northern Wei Dynasty moved its capital to Luoyang, Emperor Xiaowen constructed the Shaolin Temple for him, thus Buddha became the founder of the Shaolin Temple. If your China tour cover Heinan, you should never miss watching the world-renowned Shaolin Kongfu in Shaolin Temple.
Nowadays Buddhism is one of the three worldwide religions with the number of disciples exceeding 500 million throughout Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Korea, Russia, Europe, the US and many other countries. This may just show us the reasons why so many China tour agents have arranged different kinds of Buddha discovery tours for their travelers.
Boiling is the cooking of prepared foods in a liquid at boiling point. This could be water, court bouillon, milk or stock. There are two ways of boiling: place food into boiling liquid, reboil, and then reduce the heat for gentle boiling to take place. Cover the food with cold liquid, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer. The advantages are that: older, tougher, cheaper joints of meat and poultry can be made palatable and digestible; it is appropriate for large-scale cookery; it is economic on fuel; nutritious, well flavored stock is produced; it is labor saving, as it requires little attention; and it is safe and simple and maximum color and nutritive value are retained when cooking green vegetables, provided boiling time is kept to the minimum. To any gourmets, the China travel service booked from the tour company sounds incomplete if they missed tasting the boiling food along their trip.
Roasting is cooking in dry heat in an oven or on a spit with the aid of fat or oil. There are two ways of roasting: placing prepared foods, e.g. meat, poultry, on a roosting spit over or in front of intense radiated heat; placing prepared foods in an oven with either. The advantages are: good quality meat and poultry are tender and succulent when roasted; meat juices from the joint are used for gravy and enhance flavor; use of both energy and oven temperature can be controlled; ovens with transparent doors enable cooking to be observed; access, adjustment and removal of items is straightforward; when roasting on a spit, skill and techniques can be displayed to the public; and continual basting with the meat juices gives a distinctive flavor. Some students particularly like to eat the roasted food along their educational tours in China, which seems much luring to them.
A long, slow method of cooking where food is cut into pieces and cooked in the minimum amount of liquid, water, stock or sauce. The food and the cooking liquid are served together. Stewed foods may be cooked in a covered pan on the stove or in the oven. The advantages of stewing are: the meat juices are retained as part of the stew; correct slow cooking results in very little evaporation; it is economic on fuel; nutrients are conserved; tough foods are tenderized; and economical in labor because foods can be bulk cooked. Why not taste the stewed food along your China travel? They are so healthy and appetizing!
Frying takes several forms, from deep-frying, where the food is completely immersed in hot oil, to sauting where food is cooked in a frying pan where there is only a thin coating of oil. Frying is the fastest way to cook, as it is the most efficient way to transfer heat into the food. Despite using liquid oil, frying is considered to be a dry cooking method as water is not used in the cooking process and ideally the cooking oil will not be absorbed by the food, thus no moisture is added by cooking. Never forget to taste the savory frying food along your China tour deals! Why not have a try?
Gaomi is a county-level city of eastern Shandong province, People's Republic of China, under the administration of Weifang City. It is the hometown of writer and 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature winner Mo Yan, who has set some of his stories in the region. No China travel service booked for your Shandong trip is complete if the Folk Art City Gaomi is missed.
By far there have been over twenty ancient sites were discovered in Gaomi, with nine sites of Longshan culture included. Several famous figures in Chinese history were born here, for example, Yan Ying the famous Chancellor(China) in Spring and Autumn Periods, Zheng Xuan an influential Confucian scholar in Han dynasty, Liu Yong a famous scholar in Qing dynasty and Mo Yan. Knowing the history of Gaomi is another interesting experience along your China travel of Gaomi, Shandong province.
Gaomi, with a prosperous folk culture, was named “Hometown of Chinese Folk Art” by the Ministry of Culture. Its “ three treasures of folk art”, namely, flapping gray pictures, clay sculpture and Chinese paper-cut, have been among the national intangible cultural heritage list. They are interesting and very popular in China. If you are enjoying your last minute deals for China travel of Gaomi, the folling three treasure should never be missed.
Flapping Clay Picture
Flapping clay picture is a traditional folk painting with long history in China. It only exists in Gaomi county, Shandong province, China. Flapping clay picture have existed for more than five hundred years. The earliest flapping clay pictures appeared in Chenghua Period of Ming dynasty and became popular in Qing dynasty. This kind of picture is based on traditional Chinese painting. It was innovated by a Wang family. Flapping clay pictures are mostly themed on ancient ladies, chubby babies, dramatic figures, fairy tales, mountains, rivers and flowers. They are of happy atmosphere and very proper for festival, therefore they gain wide popularity in China. On May, 20, 2006, flapping clay picture was collected on the first national intangible cultural heritage list. Many businessmen visited Gaomi along their China business travel in order to seek the potential business opportunity of the Flapping Clay Picture along their trip.
Clay Roaring Tiger
Clay roaring tiger is the representative of national intangible cultural heritages. The roaring tiger is purely hand-made and of high quality. The clay used is strictly selected in Gaomi City, Shandong Province, for the clay there is in high viscosity and will not chap when the mould is dried by sun. Artisans use white color as background and draw lines and then add color to it. The forequarters and the hindquarters are connected by sheep skin and when squeezed, it could issue roaring voice. Through efforts for generations, clay roaring tigers have been standardized, though they are all hand-made. They look cute and exactly the same, with the same open mouth and funny roaring voice. Many students particularly like the Clay roaring tiger while enjoying their China educational tours of Gaomi, Shandong.
Paper-cuts of Gaomi
Chinese paper-cuts of Gaomi have various subjects, for instance, flowers, insects, fish, birds, animals, etc. Most of the subjects come from folk tales, fairy tales and dramas. They are simple but exaggerated, rough but artistic, plain but ingenious, which contradiction reflects the unique taste of Chinese nation. Gaomi county was awarded as “Artistic Hometown of Paper-cutting” in 1994. Chinese paper cuts from Gaomi won popularity both at home and abroad(more than 20 countries, such as Japan, America, Canada, etc.) and were collected by worldwide fans of folk art. Many travelers particularly like to buy some paper cuts at the end of their China vacation packages to present to their friends as gifts.
It is the largest city ruins in west China. The site is located 40 kilometers from the Turpan City, at the north bank of the Aiding Lake and to the south of the Flaming Mountain. It was listed as the National key cultural unit in 1961. Along your Silk Road tour, chances are offered to discover the time-weathered Gaochang Ruins along your trip.
Gaochang was an ancient city with a history of over 1300 years and it was destroyed in the war. The city saw frequent changes of dynasties in hundreds of years. No China tours of ancient kingdom discovery are complete if the ancient Gaochang Ruins are missed in the itinerary.
It was once a fertile and cultivated land and served as capital of three western states. From the historical documents and relics excavated in the region, historians are able to sketch the outline of this grand city. Gaochang's ideal location at the middle of the Turpan Depression and the city's well layout with high walls and deep moats made it a significant military fortress of the Western Region over years. Many businessmen particularly like to discover the Gaochang Ruins along their business travel to China.
The ruins cover around 2.2 million square meters, containing the outer and inner cities. The layout of the city is similar to that of Chang'an, capital of Tang Dynasty at that time. The outer wall is the only visible structure left today. Some parts are well-preserved. Why not ask the China travel agency who organizes your trip to add the wind-swept Gaochang Ruins along your trip? You would be rewarded more than expected!
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