Monthly Archives: February 2013

5 Wonderful Hotels in China with Fascinating Views

Have you ever thought enjoying the amazing beauty of your tour destination just from your hotel window rather than going out? Yep, so unbelievable! Here are 5 wonderful hotels in China with fascinate views, which will undoubtedly make your tour in China enjoyable and unforgettable.

Grand Hotel Beijing

Grand Hotel Beijing

Grand Hotel Beijing, a five star hotel, is characterized by the traditional sweeps and dragon’s tails, where you will enjoy the high-standard equipment and facility. Moreover, you’ll also get a bird’s eyes view of the Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. Just lying in the comfortable bed and appreciating the majestic view of the Forbidden City and the Tiananmen Square—so great!

Hotel Indigo Shanghai

Hotel Indigo Shanghai

Hotel Indigo Shanghai, featuring superb creature comforts and boutique style, is the first Hotel Indigo in Asia Pacific. You will enjoy your staying here not only because its design, equipment, recreation activity, service, but also the alluring view of the Shanghai old town, Huangpu River, the gleaming Pudong skyline, and Bund from its room windows.

St. Regis Lhasa Resort of Tibet

St. Regis Lhasa Resort of Tibet

St. Regis Lhasa Resort of Tibet Autonomous Region, the first international luxury brand hotel in Tibet and one of the highest luxury hotels all over the world, offers excellent home amenities and facilities including a Iridium Spa to make sure that there is absolute soothing relief from altitude stress. What’s more, you can view the mysterious Potala Palace just from your room hotel’s window. How astonishing!

Ritz-Carlton Guangzhou

Ritz-Carlton Guangzhou

Ritz-Carlton Guangzhou Guangdong, the tallest structure in China and the world’s second tallest TV tower, is located in Guangzhou’s Central Business District featuring the world-standard design, equipment and facility. It is also a wonderful hotel worthy your stay where you can enjoy the captivating scenery of the Pearl River, Guangzhou Opera House and Guangzhou Museum just staying at your bed without going out of the hotel.

Lian Lodge Guilin

Lian Lodge Guilin

Li-An Lodge Guangxi, located atop on top of a mountain in Guilin, is an entirely wood structure implementing the Chinese traditional building technique of tongue and groove without a single nail.Maybe you have never stayed in this kind of wooden lodge before, right? You can have a try here, so exciting and novel! What really shocks you will be the charming scenery of the rice terraces in its font and under-footing—a field of green in spring and yellow in autumn, you really cannot believe it!

Are they beckoning? I’m sure the answer is “ yes”! Right, just plan your tour to these destinations for your China tour now, and your 2013 will be full of miracle and surprise!

Monthly Festivals to Make Your China Tour much more Wonderful (Part Two)

Torch Festival

Torch Festival

July—Torch Festival in southwest China mainly from 24th to 26th of the June of lunar calendar according to the traditional calendar of the Yi minority to bless a good harvest during its upcoming New Year. When you travel there, you will also take part in their celebration with their traditional music, dancing, firework and bull fighting around bonfires.

Qingdao International Beer Festival

Qingdao International Beer Festival

August, of course the Qingdao International Beer Festival starting in the second weekend of August for 16 days in Qingdao of Shandong province. Traveling there at that time, you can undoubtedly enjoy the largest beer party in Asia to celebrate its the German-style Tsingtao Beer. You can not only experience the beer tastings, and drinking contests, but also enjoy the games, music, parades and live performances there.

Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival

September, right, the Mid-Autumn Festival in honor of the Chang’e in the fifteenth Day of the August of the Lunar Calendar when Chinese people get together to have big meal, appreciate the beauty of the moon and taste the delicious moon cakes. It is the most happiest moment for all the Chinese people to get together with their family members.

Shaoxing Rice Wine Festival

Shaoxing Rice Wine Festival

October—Shaoxing Rice Wine Festival starting from mid-October for a month in Shaoxing of Zhejiang province to showcase its famous Huangjiu, a kind of traditional Chinese fermented rice wine. You can taste the wine there at that time, watch the exciting performance and learn about the process of the Shaoxing Rice Wine by walking around the local brewery.

Miaonian Festival

Miaonian Festival

November—Miaonian Festival in around mid-November in Miao ethnic area especially in Leishan county of Guizhou province. During the festival, the Miao women wear their traditional garbs to celebrate their New Year. If you take a challengeable tour to these minority areas, you will view bullfights, horse racing and enjoy their traditional music which is played on a reed-pipe wind instrument.

Dong New Year’s Festival

Dong New Year’s Festival

December—Dong New Year’s Festival stating from 1st to 11th of November of the lunar calendar mainly in Qindongnan county of the Guizhou province. One activity of the celebration is the water buffalo fight, which will make your tour there fantastic and memorable. Traveling there, the intricate architecture and famous drum towers will also shock you.

Monthly Festivals to Make Your China Tour much more Wonderful (Part One)

Most travelers pay more attentions to the weather of their destinations in China, such as winter to Harbin or Hainan Island, late spring to Li River, summer to most of China cities and autumn to Jiuzhaigou. However, to some other challengers or adventurers, they’d like to challenge themselves and experience the unique ethnic customs or the festivals to make their China tour special. Here are the monthly festivals in China to help make your tour in China much more unforgettable.

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

January—Harbin Ice and Snow Festival starting from January 5 and lasting for over one month in Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province, which is famous for for its exquisite and artistic ice and snow sculptures. The Sun Island Park is where you can see the Snow Sculpture Exposition displaying a wonderful snow world; Ice and Snow World, however, is one of the world’s largest ice architecture parks where you can view the amazing frozen buildings; and the Zhaolin Park is somewhere shows the most excellent ice lanterns and a must-visit place during the festival.

Spring Festival of China

Spring Festival of China

February—Spring Festival of China in 1st January in lunar calendar. During the Spring festival, you will see all kinds of festive scene in China including lion dancing, temple visiting, fireworks etc. All Chinese people celebrate this great festival in their own ways. And you can taste special Spring Festival food if you visit China during this period.

Gongcheng Peach Blossom Festival

Gongcheng Peach Blossom Festival

March—Gongcheng Peach Blossom Festival in Guilin, where you can see the beautiful Peach Blossom all over the mountains and plains in front of you when you travel there. During the festival, you can also get the chance to taste the local oil tea there, which is a concoction of fried tea leaves, spices and puffed rice. As a symbol of life, growth and prosperity, the Peach Blossom will bring good luck to you all the year round.

Water Splashing Festival

Water Splashing Festival

April—Water Splashing Festival for the Dai minority people to celebrate their New Year in April 12-15, 2013 and signify good luck and health. Just have a trip to Xishuangbanna of Yunnan province at that time to enjoy the funny and meaningful water flight and water bathe with a water gun. So unimaginable!

Buddha Bathing Festival

Buddha Bathing Festival

May—Buddha Bathing Festival in the fourth day of April of lunar calendar in Dengfeng, the hometown of the Shaolin Temple. It is meant to honor the birth of Sakyamuni Buddha with the following activities: gather together all the monks in Shaolin Temple of Western Saints to put the figure of Buddha into a basin, bathe the figure with the scented water while singing sutra and then sprinkle water on monks to drive away the evil.

Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival

 June—Dragon Boat Festival in the fifth day of the May of the lunar calendar to remember the suicide of Qu Yuan, a famous Chinese poet. All cities in China celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival with astonishing boat design, especially in big cites with large lakes such as Qinglong and Houhai in Beijing, and you can taste the delicious traditional Chinese rice-pudding at that day.

Yangshuo

Yangshuo is a very small and a scenic country surrounded by several karst mountains and has beautiful scenery near the city Guilin, Guangxi. This place is very much famous among the tourist from all over the world. Yangshuo has incredible scenery, rivers, beautiful mountains, temples and caves and is also laid back bars and cafes.

 

Yangshuo

Yangshuo

Yangshuo cannot be considered as a typical town of China and do not have look and feel of the most of the other cities of china. This means that it is free from air and noise pollution, very clean and away from massive traffic chaos. It is a perfect vacation town having wonderful restaurants and shops in accordance with the standards of mainland China. Yangshuo is reputed as the foreigners’ village in the southern China and is one of the major stops of many independent travelers. It is also good place for stopping and exploring the local countryside by bike or you can try the world class rock climbing sites.

This town has been laid out roughly like the ladder. Two of the main tourist streets run almost parallel from the river and end at one of the larger street of town. There are smaller streets or rungs which cross between two larger streets. The ladder vertical street on the left is clearly seen from the river is the West street called Xijie and is a famous and established tourist street and the real center of wide variety of things. The other famous tourist street is Diecuilu.

There is also a small creek running down from the center of the ladder having some prettiest restaurants and bars of the town. This street is called as the Geisha Lu and has recently undergone through the heavy rebuilding. It has many new shops, restaurants and bars.

Yangshou

Yangshou

At the foot of the ladder, there is an open area with a good number of vendors hawking all kinds of tourist stuffs, both the handcrafts and from shops. You can also find a good number of riverside hotels. There is a major street called pantao Rd which is having many hotels across the top of the ladder. The main bus station of the town meets street called Die Cui Lu which is at the corner. This has a large open are which becomes busy at night having dozens of restaurants with many diners. You can get only Chinese dish here.

 

Li River

Li River is located in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of the Guilin city. It starts from Guilin to Yanshuo which is about 80 km long waterway and is the centerpiece of any of the trip to the northeastern province of Guangxi. This river resembles an artistic master piece which is painted with the featuring cliffs, mountains, comfortable boats and caves.

Li River

Li River

Karst peaks with its gorgeous looks will give you surprise at the bend of limpid river under blue sky. Water buffalo patrolling the fields, school kids, peasants reaping rice padding and fisherman boat on the bamboo raft. With its taste of life and breathtaking scenery of life and far from the metropolis, the beautiful scenery along this river has became one of the famous destinations for tourists.

The starting of the trip is from the dock south of Liberation Bridge at downtown area of Guilin. Some agencies also transport tourist taking bus ride for one hour to the Zhujiang Dock or the Bamboo River Dock or Millstone Hill Dock for starting the cruise from this essential part. The trip of the river is more than 80 kilometers and it takes approximate four to five hours. You can get the view of an eye feasting landscape view as well as country scenery which will delight you.

Li River

Li River

This river has been divided into three sections. Various attractions such as villages and peaks along this river has some interesting and descriptive name which call for very much imagination for seeing what is is actually like. You can listen to the legendary stories of these attractions from guide and you can get a good experience about these places. You will appreciate the beauty of these landscapes and most of them are filled with the mystical stories of fairy and love.

3 Tips for You to Travel with Kids in China

travel in China with kids

travel in China with kids

Want to travel to China with your kids? And also want to make your trip comfortable and enjoyable at the same time? Here are some tips for you to travel to China with your kids about how to plan, what to pack and how to do for easy traveling around China with your children.

1) How to plan your itinerary: Do remember that your tour in China should involve more interesting places and avoid changeable places as kids are often too young to enjoy those museums, historical sites or steep mountains which will make your tour tired and make your kids feel bored. Try to plan your tour containing as many as interesting sites such as zoos and amusement parks such as the Disney in Hong Kong, Changlong Amusement Park in Guangzhou or Seven Star Park in Guilin, and Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu to see the giant panda. Just take into consideration the attention span and interests of your kids when you plan your tour to China.

travel in China with kids

travel in China with kids

2) What to pack for your tour: Though most of the baby supplies such as baby formula, children’ medication, toys and so on can be bought in China, you’d better to take your own supply if you want to make your child comfortable and your tour enjoyable. What you should pack is listed in the follows: Infant formula firstly, diapers cream, first-aid kit which includes children’ fever suspension medicine, children’ antihistamine, children’ rehydration powder or liquid, disinfectant gel and other medication your child uses regularly. Do remember that the medicine you pack can be set in the pharmacy-dispensed bottle so as you can take them conveniently. In addiction, take a plenty of various toys, books, computer games, drawing supplies etc. to make the plane trips of your kids busy and wonderful as it is always a long trip of more than 10 hours from US and UK to China. And take as much as snacks along with you as Chinese food for most of the foreigners are unsavory.

travel in China with kids

travel in China with kids

3) During your tour in China. Do remember that don’t make your kids nervous. Most of the parents can’t stop worrying about everything what will happen to their kids, which makes their kids nervous wrecks and feel worse by the time they reach China. Just take it easy as China is a country of hospitality, and the Chinese people are friendly to foreigners and even show love to fair-haired kids. There is no need to make you and your kids so nervous and just make sure they know how to speak to strangers. Besides, if your kids cannot get used to the Chinese food, you can take them to fast food places like McDonalds and KFC, which can be easily find in big cities in China.

The terracotta Army

The terracotta Army is a famous attraction of China because of its uniqueness and Historical significance. It is significant as the hundreds of models of detailed life-size representing the army that has triumphed over all the other Chinese army and who have been the decisive factor in the formation of united China.

The terracotta Army

The terracotta Army

The Terracotta Army Museum is situated at the two kilometer east of The Tomb of Qin Shihuang, who is known as the first Emperor unifying China about 2,200 years ago. Emperor Qin, from whom country China has got its name, ordered for the creation of this model army. UNESCO has selected the Tomb of the First Emperor including the Terracotta Army Vaults as the World Cultural Heritage Site.

The statue of the army of terracotta was made for burying with the first Emperor Qin Shihuang as show of his glory and to remember that army which has got triumphed over the other Warring states for uniting the china and also because it was believed that the objects like the statues can be animated in afterlife and Qin Shihuang required the after death army.

Terracotta army has been discovered in month of the year 1974 by a farmer. The Terracotta Army has been found near the tomb of the Emperor Qin Shihuang which took almost 38 years and thousands of builders to complete. This Terracotta Army was buried for about two thousand years. So far, about 2000 terracotta warriors and chariots have been unearthed.

The excavation of the Terracotta Army figure is regarded as the one of greatest discoveries of the 20th century. It had lain underground for the more than two thousand years before the farmers digging the well in the year 1974 uncovered which is now considered as one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

The terracotta Army

The terracotta Army

Thousands of vivid terracotta warriors were found in the course of the excavation and the sight will take you back in the ancient period of warring states. The longbow bearers, horseman, archers and senior officers and the generals were position in the grand ancient army formation in the strict accordance which depicts the ancient art of war. This place is great for seeing the history of the Terracotta Army which was buried long ago.

 

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Big Wild Goose Pagoda is situated in the Da Ci’En or Great Kindness and Grace Temple which is about four kilometers from Urban center and is one of the most renowned Buddhist pagodas in China. This pagoda was build during the Tang Dynasty for studying the Buddhist Scriptures. It has been attacked by the war, weather and earthquake destroying its most of the original structure, the pagoda still exist on the site.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

In 589 AD, during the Sui Dynasty a pagoda was built on the site. It was known as Wu Lou Temple. But, in 648 AD, Li Zhi, a crown prince at that time build the present temple in the memory of his mother which suffered an early death. This temple was since then known as Great kindness and Grace. He paid the homage to his mother by looking towards the temple twice a day from his Hanyan palace when he became the Tang Emperor.

This temple had 13 courtyards and about two thousand magnificent looking rooms and was a place of the grand dimension in the Dynasty of Tang. It gradually decayed after the downfall of this dynasty. The rooms and the halls that exist today are the structures that have been built during the Ming Dynasty. Xuanzang, the Buddhist monk who traveled to India developed theories related to consciousness, translated Sanskrit scriptures, rebirth and karma which were adopted later by the popular schools of Buddhism.

The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was finished completely in the year 652 AD. It is having five storeys and each having 60 meters height. The decay of the pagoda made it necessity to construct a new ten storey pagoda during 701 to 704 AD. Due to the massive earthquake of 1556, it has lead to the construction of only seven storey and about 60 meters tall structure in the later period of Ming Dynasty which stands till date.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

This pagoda is an example of marvelous architectural design. It was built using layers of bricks and without any use of cement. The bracket style which is used in the traditional architecture of Chinese is also used for the construction of this pagoda. The body of the pagoda has a solemn appearance having a simple style with high structure depicting the traditional Chinese architecture.

 

 

Small Wild Goose Pagoda

Small Wild Goose Pagoda is one for the two popular as well as important Buddhist pagodas which was built in the Tang dynasty, 1300 years ago. It is situated at the 72 Youyi West Road.  It is located inside the Jianfu Temple which is about a kilometer south of the Xi’an City proper. Small Wild Goose Pagoda and the large neighbor which is Big Wild Goose Pagoda are the tow important site for Buddhist. These tow pagodas were the symbol of Chang’an or Constant Peace city. Xi’an was called as the Chang’an until the period of Ming Dynasty, when Beijing became the capital of china. Chang’an served as the capital for almost ten dynasties.

Small Wild Goose Pagoda

Small Wild Goose Pagoda

The construction of Jianfu Temple took place in the year 684 AD in the honor of second emperor Lizhi, of the Tang Dynasty on the 100th day after his death. It was called as Xianfu Temple at that time but, later renamed as Jianfu temple by the Empress Wu Xetian. Yijing a famous pilgrim and a great Buddhism translator once lived in the Jianfu temple for translating the Buddhist scripture which he had brought back from India.

Small wild Goose Pagoda was constructed during the period 707 to 709 AD and it was named after its predecessor, Big wild Goose Pagoda which is only five kilometers away. It was originally square brick and 45 meter tall structure, multi-eave having 15 storey. In the year 1556, due to a big earthquake it was reduced to its present 13 storey. After that it has suffered various other earthquakes but it is still well preserved. You can access to the top of this pagoda through a staircase which is inside this pagoda.

Small Wild Goose Pagoda

Small Wild Goose Pagoda

Small Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the part of Xi’an Museum. This museum has about 130 thousand pieces of precious relics which shows the splendid culture and history of Xi’an as well as china. These relics include jade articles, Buddhist statues, seals, porcelains, stone carvings, paintings and calligraphy  The small exhibition hall which is beside the museum displays some of the paintings of Huxian County farmers which is famous for portraying the aspects of the country life on newspaper and blackboards and in the large murals as well as the collections which are gathered from the folks.

 

Xi’an Drum tower

Xi’an Drum tower is built across the Bell tower and the Drum Tower square. It is situated to the northwest of the Bell tower and has structure which is similar to Bell Tower. Drum Tower was erected in the year 1380 during the reign of the Ming Dynasty. The Name of the Drum Tower is derived from the huge drum which is hung within it. This bell was stuck at the dawn time and drum was beaten at the sunset time to indicate the end of that day.

Xi'an Drum Tower

Xi’an Drum Tower

 

There are many large drum, which are hang at the ground level on the outside of the Drum Tower. Each of these drum is decorated with many beautiful Chinese writing invoking good fortune. You can enjoy the impressive arrays of drums which are only for show and it is not allowed to any visitor to beat any of them. There is one drum which is near the front entrance and you can try a pose for picture for which you have to pay a little amount.

 

There is a drum museum which is inside the Drum tower. There are wide varieties of drums for display there. Some of these drums are about thousand years old. A drum show is also performed here everyday. You can also enjoy the panoramic view of the city of Xi’an from the top of the tower. It is situated very close to the Bell tower and almost similar to it with some differences.

Xi'an Drum Tower

Xi’an Drum Tower