2019 Chinese Lunar New Year Travel Tips

There are some advantages as well as disadvantages travelling in China during the Chinese Lunar New Year period . On the plus side, it is a perfect time of the year to “rub shoulders” with the Chinese people (the Chinese tend to be open and friendly, but they are even more so during the Chinese Lunar New Year holidays; and all of people could enjoy a week’s paid vacation) – and you would catch opportunities to “rub shoulders” with the Chinese people. You will be given the many cultural activities and featured delicious food show taken place during this period.

On the less positive side, it must be said that there are large crowds in transit everywhere in China at this time of year, not just at all of the major transportation hubs such as airports, railway stations and bus terminals, but also certain hot flights has been booked, trains in general are likely to be booked, and even regional and municipal buses can overcrowded. And of course shopping malls can be teeming with life, while the plazas and block sidewalks will be filled up by public gatherings and processions can fill up .

In addition, many hotels are booked far in advance (the lower the rental price the quicker they fill up, naturally, which would suggest that the best strategy for foreign visitors is to make reservations as early as possible), restaurants can be jam-packed, and with such large throngs of people, all vying for the same limited resources, prices are naturally on the increase.

Still, the Chinese Lunar New Year holidays, with their multitudes of Chinese people “in flux”, is no need to be viewed as a strictly negative thing – in fact, some visitors find the bustling crowds of the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday period to be a large part of the attraction of travelling in China at this time of year.

The following collection of helpful tips are conceived with the foreign tourists in mind. Observing these information will help you to avoid the most congested travel modes and destinations, and they can help you to take it all in your stride, as it were.

Chinese Lunar New Year Travel Tips For Foreign Tourists

* Please avoid traveling by rail if possible, since this is the preferred mode of transportation of the Chinese people, because it is cheap and efficient (both excellent reasons for traveling by rail at any other time of the year in China except New Year!) and partly because it is a social event in itself. Nearly all of the Chinese people are on holiday – and many of them on the move – the likelihood of finding space on a train is minimal, and even if space is available, it can be a daunting experience for foreigners to be so tightly confined alongside so many people who do not speak their language.

* Where feasible, Please avoid the beaten path, i.e., stay away from the largest cities with the most popular tourist destinations, though, who would wish to avoid Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing or Guilin while visiting China?! If you insist to visit some hot cities, then heed especially the next two tips…  

* Please arrange as much of your itinerary as possible beforehand, as this will save you from having to constantly juggle so many in your travel options that it spoils the fun of traveling. You should especially book as many of your flight tickets and your hotel rooms as possible to avoid the limited resources. If you wanna enjoy a loose,carefree , unplanned journey through China, the season of summer is the best period, as the competition for accommodation and transportation is much less acute.

* Please try to exercise patience and maintain a cheerful spirit in adversity, for some level of snags at this time of year are almost unavoidable. Showing flexibility and maintaining a cheerful spirit will increase your chances of securing a satisfactory alternative arrangement, and it will of course make it easier on yourself. If you find yourself getting stressed over too many petty incidents, or over having too many people around you, try relaxing through a Chinese way by visiting a sauna, where you can also get a relaxing massage, or attend a Tai Chi lesson or two; both are guaranteed to relieve stress!

* Bring along warm clothing, and, depending on where you intend to travel (some areas in China are mild by day even if frigid by night, while a few are outright South Sea Island warm). You may find that “layered” clothing (sweaters, jackets with removable linings, windbreakers, etc.) is the best solution, as this allows you to adjust your clothing with convenience, to match the frequent changes in the daily weather.

The Golden Temple

The Golden Temple

The Golden Temple

Being a national key cultural relics protection units, the Golden Temple is located in the east mingfeng foothills which is 7 kilometers away the northern suburbs of Kunming city, and it is a famous Taoist temple in Yunnan province. It is China’s largest copper architecture which is much more intact than the Longevity Hill in Summer Palace and much larger than the Hubei Wudang Mountain. It is the largest pure copper temple in China nowadays and it releases unripe brightness under the sun and looks dazzling, therefore comes the name of “Golden Temple” and being a famous scenic spot in Yunnan province.

Golden Temple features square appearance with its length of 6.15 meters and height 6.7 meters and total weight about 200 tons. The whole architecture sculpture is exquisite, proportion, aesthetically pleasing, and extremely fine realistically imitates the wooden classical architecture of the double-hipped roof jehiel mountain type .Though it has experienced hundreds of years of ups and downs and turn to primitive simplicity nowadays, it has provided important physical materials to the researches of metallurgy casting technology from the Ming and Qing dynasty in Yunnan province and also to the modelling and decoration of wood construction of the end of the Qing dynasty.

The Golden Temple

The Golden Temple

Golden Temple has 500 acres of tower landscape botanical garden and it has built ten parks such as tea garden, azalea garden, magnolia garden, rose garden, greenhouse zone etc. and introduced over 2000 garden plants. Golden Temple is a unique travel scenic spot and also a combination of human landscape and natural landscape. In the back of the Golden Temple, there are one camellia and two crape myrtles which were planted in Ming dynasty and thousands of camellia flowers are in full bloom during the Spring festival time.

Travel information: 1) Ticket price: 20 RMB/adult; 2) Opening time: 7:30 a.m.-18:00 p.m.3) Ways to gi there: take the city public buses No.10,60,71,76,146 and 147 to the Golden Temple stop.

Wenchuan Earthquake Museum Is Open to Public and Saluting Child LangZheng Resalutes

On May 9, 013, after more than two years of tension construction, the “Liefeng” 5 · 12 Wenchuan earthquake memorial hall in Beichuan of Sichuan is open free of charge in the face of the social public. Exhibition hall has more than 6000 pictures, in-kind exhibitionsto reshow the glorious history of the “5 · 12” earthquake in Sichuan from the ruins to freshmen, from the solemn and prosperity. Picture shows that in the flag-raising ceremony of the “5 · 12” Wenchuan earthquake memorial Hall the saluting child LangZheng resalutes to thank the party and the government’s care.

Before the meeting, LangZheng is nervous, and the author Yang Weihua cheers for him.

Picture shows the little Langzheng before taking the saluting when he was out of the hospital in 2008.

The last part of the Memorial hall is to express the gratitude to people all over the country and the people’s liberation army who did their best to the earthquake relief work in the form of saluting by the littlel LangZheng.

“I know these people’s liberation army and it is who saved me out from the earthquake rubble”, said Langzheng when deliberately turning out a group of pictures.

Little LangZheng is following the adults to watch the shock scenes of the Wenchuan earthquake exhibition in the memorial museum. When seeing the video of the 5 · 12 earthquake field, Langzheng covers his face with hands with dignified look.

LangZheng is in flag-rising spot of the Wenchuan Earthquake Museum.

Yunnan Minority Village

Yunnan Minority Village

Yunnan Minority Village

Covering an area of 89 hectares, the Yunnan Minority Village is located in the pictureque bank of Dianchi lake in southwest suburbs of the Kunming city. It is the window to reflect and show the social and cultural customs of the 26 nations there and national AAAA level scenic spots, the national culture base of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission and CIOFF committee traditional folk culture base in China.

Yunnan Minority Village

Yunnan Minority Village

Yunnan Minority Village main door is a group of rich and elegant and spectacular steel frame structures, hanging “Yunnan Minority Village ” five forceful and flourish and attractive characters, and the middle is a golden peacock graphics logo with wings to take off, which is a symbol of the Yunnan Minority Village’s auspicious happiness and prosperous and bright feature. In front the gate is wide and smooth flow distributing plaza, and the lawn is a group of vivid, lively and lovely white elephant sculptures, called “white elephants welcoming guests”.

Yunnan Minority Village

Yunnan Minority Village

Yunnan Minority Village scenic spot has a variety of ethnic residential buildings, colorful dress and clothing, witty and funny marriage customs and etiquette, colorful folk festivals, humorous and beautiful music and dance together with exhibition, recreation, vacation, catering services and other comprehensive supporting facilities. When you have a visit there, you can not only get to know the architecture style of all ethnic groups in Yunnan, ethnic costumes and ethnic customs, but also enjoy the laser fountains, water curtain films, folk song and dance, the elephant show and even taste ethnic snacks and buy national arts and crafts there. It will undoubtedly an enjoyable and wonderful trip there!

Travel tips: 1) Ticket price: 90 Yuan/adult; 2) Opening time: 8:30-17:00 in the daytime and 18:00-22:00 at night; 3) Duration: one day; 4) Best time to visit: Summer time and Autumn time; 5) How to get there: take the public buses No.73,44, 24, and 21.

A Psychological Teacher from Beichuan to Lushan

In June 2010, Li XiaoJingCong graduated from southwest university of science and technology for his applied psychology major. Before graduation, he worked in psychological research institute of Chinese academy of sciences work station in Beichuan until today. Li Xiaojing intended to work in Beichuan workstation until 2013, which is the end of the fifth anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake, and then went to the institute of psychology for graduate student. Unfortunatly the sudden Lushan earthquake temporarily changed his mind and he went to the disaster areas to support and will work here for at least a year.

Li Xiaojing kept kicking back and forth to school each temporary housing place and doing the preparation before class. That day, boarding school official is fully restored for classes. The second day morning of the earthquake, Li Xiaojing arrived in ya ‘an, in the earthquake relief command center to connect with various departments to understand some of the actual situation.
Li Xiaojing analysis the paitings for his students there. According to the state of the children, Li Xiaojing selectively used some psychological teaching way to let them as soon as possible come back to the psychological status before the earthquake.

Children are required emergency collection by school, and Li Xiaojing alone in board room carefully to analysis the children’s homework.

Shabby board room, everyday Li Xiaojing is shuttling back and forth in every classroom, and he will be here for at least a year of work time.

Li Xiaojing is carefully listening to a child of her paintings expression, and carries on the psychological intervention.

Li Xiaojing is out of the classroom of board room, and he said, dredging the psychological condition of the children in the disaster areas could be a long-term psychological accompanying process, which lasts at less one year, and I will be here to insist on for a long time .

Kunming West Hill

Kunming West Hill

Kunming West Hill

West Hill, also called the Biji Hill, is the Generic Terms of the Binao Hill, Huating Hill, Taihua Hill and Luohan Hill. West Hill is located in the western suburbs of kunming, and the west bank of Dianchi lake with 15 kms away from downtown, lies the Dianchi Lake and stands the Golden Horse Mountain. North begins from the Biji Pass to the Haikou in the north, it strenches 35 kilometers in total with the highest peak Luohan Peak 2, 511 meters above sea level.Rolling hills, look like sleeping Buddha, so it also called Wofo Hill. It has been hornored as an AAAA level secnic spot in China in October 2006.

It is a large forest park characterized by fluctuate ridges and peaks, green and flourish forests, stream spring, various birds and sweet flowers, and it is a famous scenic spot with a plenty of places of historic interest and scenic beauty. Main attractions include: huating temple, Taihua temple, Samcheonggak, Longmen, Samantabhadra temple and other places of interest. West Hill is a famous attraction featuring cultural relics, places of scenery, forest and scenic spots. The scenic spot scenic has highway, water shipping and cableway, which makes the traffic there convenient.

Kunming West Hill

Kunming West Hill

Dense forest, flourish flowers and grass, quiet and beautiful scenery make the West Hill enjoys the reputation of “No.1 scenery in Dianchi Lake”. The Huating Temple, with a history of more than 900 years, located in the middle of the West Hill, is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Yunnan which worthy your visit. Just don’t miss it!

Travel information: 1) Opening time: 8:00 a.m.~18:30 p.m. 2) Ticket price: 40 RMB/adult in peak season and 30 RMB/adult in slack season; 3) Best time to visit: spring time, summer time and autunm time as you can view the desen forest, flourish flower and beautiful scenery there; 4) Ways to go there: take the city buses line 3,4,62,98 and 107; 5) Duration: 3-4 hours.

A 63 – year – old Cancer Woman Takes Care of Paraplegia Husband for 13 Years in Taiyuan

“As long as he lives, I wouldn’t give up.”Said by Wu Huaixiu, a 63-year-old woman living in Yingze district in Taiyuan city. Although she had cancer, she still keeps taking care of her paraplegic husband for 13 years.

A car accident in 2000 let Wu Huaixiu’s husband Ma Enzuo spine fracture, which caused the body below the chest totally have no consciousness, fingers cannot bend, and every day can only be collapsed on the bed with urine incontinence.

After getting out of hospital, Ma Enzuo cannot even speak any word, Wu Huaixiu take care of her husband meticulously: cook food, tidy up room, change urinary catheter, change the urine bag, help to clean body, help him do exercise and massage.

As day after day taking care of her paralyzed husband for ten years in total, the 50-year-old Wu Huaixiu got the cancer finally. “Two years ago, I found out with cervical cancer. The moment my doctor told me about it, what I had in mind was that if I died, there was no one taking care my husband.” So Wu Huaixiu made a big decision, and didn’t notice her husband and daughter and went to the operating table herself.

Wu Huaixiu had hysterectomy surgery in 2010, but still had to take medicine. Performed the operation need medication for three years in accordance with the provisions, but the cash-strapped Wu Huaixiu ate only a year of the medicine and stopped it to save money for her family.

When the weather is warm, Wu Huaixiu will push Ma Enzuo to walk in the park. They two playing badminton in the park has become a unique sight. They will show their sound by joining the chorus after playing badminton.

Wu Huaixiu taking care of her husband’s deeds for 13 years has touched by the community residents, and the community recommends Wu Huaixiu as the “Shanxi role model”, hoping to inspire more people to her spirit.

Yuantong Temple

Yuantong Temple

Yuantong Temple

Yuantong Temple is located in the northeast of kunming with its shape like a willow, something long and narrow between the north and the south. Covering a total area of about 26 hectares, it is a famous attraction in Kunming with most abundant contents and visitors, especially the flower lake, animals and ancient temples there are the most attractive.

Yuantong temple is a comprehensive park which mainly displays animal. There are existing more than 140 kinds of animals with the number more than 1000. In these exotics animals, there are specialty aminals in xishuangbanna in yunnan such as buffalo, mong-la tiger, peacock and other animals, which can peep the epitome of “animal kingdom” in yunnan province. Besides, there are also some other rare animals of China including the giant panda, the east-northern tiger, the red-crowned crane and so on. There are pavilions, tables, floors, cabinets, gardens, animal farms and aquarium and playgrounds and other facilities on the Yuantong Temple, whose characteristic is to show the animal mainly, with the comprehensive landscape of all kinds of flowers. Yuantong hill is located in the city center, convenient to many tourists, which makes it become an important tourism hotspot of kunming city.

Yuantong Temple

Yuantong Temple

Yuantong hill, about 50 meters higher than the city, is one of the best places to view and admire the scenery around kunming. Yuantong temple is located in south of the Yuantong Hill with yuantong street in the front, is connected with kunming zoo, whose layout is rigorous and symmetry and subject is outstanding. It is one of the oldest buddhist temple in kunming. Yuantong Temple is magnificant with its Buddha statue solemn and pavillions uqniue to make it one of the 8 famous attractions in Kunming.

Travel tips: 1) Scenic area categories: cultural landscape scenic spot; 2) Opening time: 8:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m. 3) Ticket price: 20 RMB/adult; 4) Best time to visit: March time for the plum viewing; 5) Ways to go there: take the city public buses No.4, 59, 74,83,101 to the Yuantong Mountain stop; 6) Do remember to have a taste of the vegetarian food especially the Buddhist vegetarian food there.

Crazy Express Personnel

Taobao grasped the business chance on December 12, 2012 to launch the double twelve shopping activities. According to data display from the taobao website, by 0:00 on 12th, There have already 110 million users eagerly waiting for the starting of the double twelve shopping activities, 2.05 million flicking cargo unit sweeping out the goods and 1.1 million sellers prepare all night for the activity fighting. But behind this there is a larger force in girding for this battle, which is express delivery industry.

Li Hailin, one of the best couriers, joined the logistics industry 7 years ago. As a representative of the employees, he onece participated in the selection of the best couriers of the Taobao.

On the double twelve day, Li Hailin’s workload is apparently not light. But this activities are of a bit quiet for him, whome has rich experience as a Express Personnel.

Li Hailin’s pickup has skyrocketed, what you can see from the picture is a car full of package. With the good reputation and excellent service, Li Hailin faces a lot of work that day, and when interviewing him, although he was very busy, he dealt it in an orderly way and step by step.

Li Hailin said: we basically can do with the dilivery quickly except those bad weather and a few remote areas, so large malls firstly come to us when they are sending urgent dilivery. Just said that and his phone rang again, which is an online shop in 10th floor asking him to pick nearly 40 parcels.

On 6 p.m., container truck arrived at the back door of the store to transport all the parcels to sorting station, meanwhile, Li Hailin are riding electric cars to sorting station, waiting for the arrival of the parcel.

It was 7 p.m. when the parcels reached, 10 more Express Personnels in the sorting station are busy with their work, swiping card, scaning the order, sorting. They must finish all the information before the cart get here to receive all the goods.

8 p.m. around, the container truck comes, and a day’s work is coming to an end after they pack the goods into the truck.

Black Dragon Pool

Black Dragon Pool

Black Dragon Pool

Located in the northern suburbs of kunming longquan foothills, the Black Dragon Pool is an ancient scenic area in Kunming covering an area of 91.4 hectares. Black Dragon Pool is composed of two areas: ancient architectural complex and Longquan plum visiting, and there are two pools which are separated by a bridge for a result of one clear spring water and other one muddy spring water; both two spring waters are conected with each other, but fish won’t jump over to other pools. Outside the Black Dragon Pool entrance is the Kunming institute of botany, where a plenty of the strange flowers and trees are planted there with the four seasons of flowers, which makes it a miniature of the yunnan “nation plant workers”.

Black Dragon Pool scenic area features many characteristic areas including Longquan Plum Garden, Longquan Osmanthus Garden, Longquan Boutique Park, Longquan Rhododendron Velley, Longquan Red Maple’s and Longquan Martyrs etc. Among which, the Longquan Plum Garden is the the southwest region’s largest reward plum resort and club research bases. There are thousands of plum trees, plum pile and ancient plum of one hundred year; besides, there are of the Yunnan local ethnic architecture pavilion, table, floor, shed with strong characteristics, which shows the unique temperament and interest of the Chinese plum culture.

Black Dragon Pool

Black Dragon Pool

Black Dragon Pool noawadays has planted a wide range of the plums behind its mountain and there are nearly 90 varieties and more than 6000 strains of red plums, white plums and green plums to form a new scenery there. Covering an area of 427 hectares, it is one of the biggest plum gardens in China and one of the 16 new scenic spots in Kunming.

Travel information: 1) Ticket price: 20 RMB/adult; 2) Opening time: 7:30 a.m. -17:30 p.m. 3) Playing time suggetion: 1 day; 4) Best time to visit: all the year round especially the early time of the winter when you can appreciate the beautiful plum blossom there. 5) Ways to go there: take the city buses no.9, 71, 115 to the Black Dragon Pool stop.