Norbulingka

Norbulingka

Norbulingka

Norbulingka, commonly known as the Summer Palace in Lhasa and means the “baby park” in Tibetan language, is the Summer Palace of the Dalai and Lama in all ages. When summer comes, the Dalai and Lama are shifting from the Potala Palace to the Norbulingka for office. Featuring 374 rooms, the Norbulingka is the largest-scale garden with the best scenery and most historical sites among the artificial gardens in Tibet. It has also been called the People’s Park.

There are three zones in the Norbulingka: The area before the eastern palace includes entrance and the front garden before the three cabinets; the middle area is central part of the palace area; the west area is golden forest featuring natural delight in jungle. Every area can be the deep courtyard with the ancient trees or the open forest with the various blooming flowers according to the functional requirements and combining with the natural environment to constitute a different landscape. Garden layout of the Norbulingka features the characteristics of the Tibetan plateau and absorbs the traditional technique of the mainland Chinese gardens, using buildings, rocks, water and trees group to create a different artistic conception, such as the design of the central palace has the trace of the “One Pool and Three Mountains” of the ancient Chinese gardening art in Han nationality area.

Norbulingka

Norbulingka

There is a Sho Dun Festival there holding from 23rd to 29th August, which is a festival in Tibetan language meaning a holiday eating yoghourt. Do not forget to taste the authentic yogurt there. During that time, you can also walk along the temples nearby in Lhasa and appreciate the Tibetan opera

Travel information: 1) Ticket price: 60 Yuan/adult; 2) Opening time: 9:30 a.m. – 18:00 p.m. 3) Best time to visit: summer time when the climate is warm and wet, the whole city is lush, and you can meet the Sho Dun Festival there.

Barkhor Street

八角街1Barkhor Street, located in the old Lhasa area, is the famous specialization and commercial center in Lhasa which relatively intactly preserves the traditional outlook and way of living of the ancient city. Barkhor Street originally a circumanbulation that is singly around the Jokhang Temple, Tibetan call it “Holy Road”. Now it gradually expands into a vast old blocks around the Jokhang Temple, which is composed of Barkhor East Street, Barkhor West Street, Barkhor North Street and Barkhor South Street. The Barkhor Street is 1.5 kilometers long and 9 inches wide which shows as a circle without street head and end, whose both sides are old Tibet rooms and street center is a few Buddhist statues of a giant incense burner with fireworks filled day and night and giving out the scent of pine oil. Travelers here always cannot find the right direction as there are many turnoffs and 35 lanes there. No one traveling there won’t know the Barkhor Street.

Barkhor Street

Barkhor Street

Barkhor Street has maintained the original style and features of the ancient city of Lhasa. The street was paved by hand grinding stones and nearby keeps those old house buildings. There are many shops in both sides of the street, among which more than 120 handicrafts shops and 200 vending stalls.

With a history of more than 1000 years, the Barkhor Street sets religion, culture, tourism and business as a whole to be one of the most characteristic and charming historical and cultural street in China and even in the world. It has become a historical epitome of the development of Tibet historically.

Barkhor Street is ancient, but also bustling. Although now municipal construction has developed rapidly, and Lhasa witnesses rapid progress in urban area, people still need Potala Palace and Barkhor Street, especially when the sunset comes, tens of thousands of Tibetans flood the Barkhor Street to take part in the night activities there.

Drepung Monastery

Drepung Monastery

Drepung Monastery

Drepung Monastery, located in the western suburbs of Lhasa about 10 km to the root of uzbek south in the slope of the depression, was built in the year of 1416. Temple monks are more than ten thousand people before liberation and there are more than 540 farms and 141 manors, which makes it the largest temples of Tibetan Buddhism. Featuring the large scale, its rows of white buildings are covered up to the mountain slopes, looking like huge heap, therefore comes the name of “Drepung”, meaning prosperity. It is a monastery with the highest position in the Dge-lugs-pa monasteries. Drepung Monastery was listed as the Tibet autonomous region key cultural relics protection units in the year of 1962 and national key cultural relics protection units in 1982.

Drepung Monastery is one of the six major temples in Shamanism. It is called the “three temples in Lhasa” together with the Ganden Monastery and Sera Monastery. Located in the foot of the Uzbek Mountain, you can take the public city bus no.4, taxi or tricycle to the foot of the mountain and then go a hike for about 30 minutes. Temple Lamas have make activities every week and all monks gather together to chant Buddhist scripture, which makes the scene spectacular.

Drepung Monastery

Drepung Monastery

The continuous maintenance for the Drepung Monastery done by the government makes this famous ancient temple much more solemn and gorgeous and makes it become a Buddhist holy land for Buddhist and tourists to worship from home and abroad. There are thousands of cultural relics and the ancient books collected there, all of these are industrious and intelligent crystallization of the Tibetan people, which play an important role on the study of Tibetan history, religion, art and so on.

Travel tips: 1) Opening time: 24 hours; 2) Ticket price: 45 Yuan/adult; 3) Best time to visit: March to October; 4) Duration: 2-3 hours; 5) How to get there: take the city bus no. 24 and 25 to the Drepung station and then continue 30 minutes walking up the hill.

Potala Palace

Located in the Red Mountain east-western of the Lhasa City in Tibet, the Potala Palace is a large-scale palace fort type buildings featuring 13 floors with 110 meters high and 3750 meters above sea level. Covering an area of more than 100, 000 square meters, all building on pile of build are made of laying bricks or stones, winding its way to the top of the mountain, which makes people in dozens of miles away can overlook its high precision and at the same time, it is also an important symbol of Lhasa. It has been listed as an AAAAA level scenic spots in China and also the first one in Tibet.

Potala Palace

Potala Palace

Called as the pearl of the roof of the world, the Potala Palace is symbol of the Lhasa and even of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. It is also once the power center of the Tibet. Within this highest and most magnificent palace in the world, there are rich cultural relics and handicrafts and even some cultural heritage unique snow area.

Potala Palace

Potala Palace

Potala Palace, a great palace in the snow area, is a lighthouse in the snow area plateau. People anywhere in Lhasa will devoutly worship folded palms pointing to her forever. Meanwhile, having a history of 1300 years, the Potala Palace is the highest and the most majestic palace in the world infinitely stretching out the glory of the Tibetan culture. It truly belongs to the world heritage which can be touched, penetrated into without decorating. It is a combination of Tibetan religion, politics, history and art which can be regarded as Museum of Tibetan history.

Potala Palace

Potala Palace

Travel information: 1) ticket price: 200 RMB/adult in the peak season from 1st May to 31st October and 100 RMB/adult in the slack season from 1st November to 30th April; 2) opening time: 9:00 a.m to 12:00 a.m. and 15:30 p.m. -16:30 p.m. 3) Best time to visit: March to October when you can avoid rainy season and the cold winter. 4) ways to go there: take the No.1, 6, 12, 17,24 and 25 city public buses to the Labai Stop. 5) Duration: 4-5 hours. 6) do remember not to wear hat and take photos and trample threshold when visiting the Potala Palace.

Jokhang Temple

Jokhang Temple

Jokhang Temple

Located in the old city center in Lhasa, the Jokhang Temple is a Tibetan buddhist monastery being listed as the first group of national key units of cultural relics protection in 1961 by the State Council and the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000. It is said that if you haven’t been the Jokhang Temple, you don’t really been the Lhasa during your Tibet tour.

Jokhang Temple is a temple of the civil engineering structures and features 3 floors for the main hall, whose top roof covering the Tibetan unique golden roof. Under the decoration of the sunshine, its brightness dazzles the eyes. One thousand years of history, one thousand years of incense lasted for a story circulated for more than one thousand years.

Jokhang Temple is the most brilliant construction during the tubo period existing in Tibet, and also the Tibet’s oldest civil structure construction, which created the temple layout gauge type of the Tibetan Pingchuan style. It is a blend of Tibetan, Tang, Nepal and India’s architectural style and becomes the eternal masterpiece of Tibetan religious architecture. There exists a large number of precious cultural relics, which offers rich material for the Tibetan studies. Besides, the Tang Fan cemented stone set in the square in front of Jokhang Temple monuments witnesses the Chinese and Tibetan people’s deep friendship; Zhongdou stone tablet meanwhile witnesses the care of the central government to the Tibetan people.

Jokhang Temple

Jokhang Temple

Travel tips: 1) Opening time: 07:00-12:00 in the morning and 15:00-18:30 in the afternoon. 2) Ticket price: 85 RMB/adult. 3) Duration: 1 hour. 4) Best time to visit: summer and autumn especially from May to October when the weather is temperate and has many festivals for you to enjoy the Tibetan unique ethnic customs. 5) How to get there: take the city buses No.7, 8, 20, 21, 22 and 23 to the Cemenlin Stop or take the No.5, 6, 15, 17, 18 and 24 public buses to the Lugu stop. 6) Must be careful of beggars there and don’t impulse to shop in the Jokhang Street.

Xixi National Wetland Park

Xixi National Wetland Park

Xixi National Wetland Park

Located in the west of the Hangzhou city, Zhejiang province with less than 5 miles away from the West Lake, the Xixi National Wetland Park is a rare of the secondary wetlands in the city with the rich ecological resources, plain natural landscape and deeply profound cultural accumulation. It is called the “Three West” along with the West Lake and Xiling Society of Seal Arts”, and it is the only National Wetland Park as a combination of urban wetland, farming wetland and cultural wetland in China. It was included in the list of international important wetlands in 3rd November 2009.

Xixi National Wetland Park

Xixi National Wetland Park

Being an AAAAA level scenic spot and covering an area of 10.08 square kilometers, the Xixi National Wetland Park is divided into three parts: east wetland ecological protection cultivation area, central wetland ecological tourism and leisure area and west wetland ecology landscape cultivated area. It has formed very attractive wetland landscape tourism resources because of its unique scenery and ecology. Characterized by many rivers with clear water, comfortable temperature, abundant rainfall, various vegetation, a large area of reed, a plenty of animals and birds, fair-sounding birds singing and sweet fragrance of flowers and fresh air, the Xixi National Wetland Park is really a wonderful place for your Hangzhou tour, where you can take a boat on the clear and green water, go fishing under the willow along the river, walk for an outing in early spring, pick the water caltrop and admire the lotus in summer, appreciate the persimmon and listen to the reed in the autumn, view the beautiful plum blossom in winter—how amazing and enjoyable!

Xixi National Wetland Park

Xixi National Wetland Park

Travel information: 1) Opening time: 8:30 a.m. – 17:30 p.m. 2) Ticket price: 80 RMB/ adult for the park ticket and 60 RMB/ adult for the battery boats tickets and 5 RMB for battery cart /person/ticket trip and 100 RMB for sculling boat/ hour with about 1 hour. 3) Duration: 2.5 hours. 4) Ways to go there: Take the No. 193 city public bus to Temmoku Mountain flowers Jiang road station. 5) Best time to visit: all the year round except the winter time.

Grand Canal

Grand Canal

Grand Canal

Located in the cool mountain national nature reserve of the Linan city, northwestward of the Zhejiang province, the Grand Canal is the longest canal with best vegetation protection, best landscape scenery with mountain and rivers, least resident population in the canyon area and the shortest distance from Shanghai and Hangzhou city. The canal featuring the high mountains and rushing waters, whose mountains are the Huangshan extended -odd arteries and water is the origin of the Qiantang river water system.

With a total length of 80 kilometers, the Canyon tourist area is characterized by linear band. It is divided into three sections: the first section starts from Longgang Tower to the Fish Jump the Eight Immortals Pound, which is called ” Longjing Gorge”, which is 18 kilometers long with spectacular peaks and beautiful waterfall and perilously precipitous rocks. The second section starts from the Fish Jumping the Huaguang Bridge to the Creek on the Crown Tip, which is called “The Creek Gorge” with about 26 kilometers. In this section, the canyon topography is high and steep, and the water flows and rushes quickly, and it is the only region to produce the national treasure—bloodstone in China. The third section, called “Zhejiang Gate Gorge”, starts from the Creek on the Crown Tip to the Ma Xiao lion rock ridge village and it is nearly 30 kilometers long, where you can see the mountain and waterfalls telescoped and some famous marvelous spectacle that will shock you.

Grand Canal

Grand Canal

Once was discovered, the Grand Canal got the approval of the tourism industries and the Zhejiang tourism bureau experts call it “the First Tourism Canyon in East China “.

Trave information: 1) Ticket price: 130 RMB/ adult including Zhelin Waterfall, Jianmen Pass, Old Reef Creek and White Horse Cliff; 50 RMB/ adult for Raft Drift . 2) Opening time: 8:00 a.m. -18:00 p.m. 3) Duration: 1 day; 4) Best time to visit: Spring, summer and autumn.

Peak Flown From Afar

Peak Flown From Afar

Peak Flown From Afar

Peak Flown From Afar, located near the Lingyin Temple, is the rare ancient grottoes art treasures in Jiangnan area, which can be comparable to the Dazu grottoes in Sichuan province. It has attracted numerous travelers from home and abroad to have a visit there, among which including the famous poet Sudongpo who had described the beautiful Peak Flown From Afar in his poems.

Peak Flown From Afar belongs to the limestone in terms of geologic structure and it is different from the surrounding mountains because of its odd rocks, ancient trees and secluded caves. Traveling there, you will find fantastic rock peaks of cragginess, lush trees, and cave gully from here and there with a total number of 72. There is cold spring set off in the deep of the tree shade in the west side of the Peak Flown From Afar, whose spring water is sparkling and crystal-clear as the jade, and there is a blast of underground springs spurt out in the bright and clean pool surface, as big as a bowl. Regardless of the stream fluctuation, it keeps spewing and the water drops beautifully with its sound like playing the music.

Peak Flown From Afar

Peak Flown From Afar

There is a ligong Tower in the cave of the Longhong Cave of the Peak Flown From Afar, which is the only one Ming Dynasty Tower existing nowadays. It is featuring six sides and six floors, simplicity in structure and unique style and it is made of stone. There is also a CuiWei Pavilion in the middle hillside of the Peak Flown From Afar, small and exquisite, with the mountain path winding around. It looks simple but elegant among the pines of old-growth trees, and it is built to memorize Yufei, a hero in South Song Dynasty. In the cliff of the caves and the creeks of the Peak Flown From Afar, you will also find various Stone Carvings from the Five Dynasties to the Song Dynasty and Yuan Dynasty with a total number of more than 470 (among which 335 is well preserved). It will be a great place for you to visit if you are a Buddhists.

Just make your plan to have a visit there; it will be fantastic for you to walk in the deep Buddhist atmosphere to search for and to appreciate the charm of Buddhist art, and you can also experience the lingering charm of the rich history and culture hid between the mountain and water of the West Lake.

My Father Is an ALS Person—Ma Ziyi

Ma Ziyi’s father Ma Yalai and mother Chen Qingchun is university classmate and they live in west Shili Village, Yunshan Street, Qinzhou City Shandong Province. The eight-year-old XiaoZi originally has a happy family, however, this happy life broken in one spring day in 2009 because of ALS happened on her father who is only 38 years old. From then on, all the happiness and hope of this family have also been completely frozen.

 The family was happy and sweet before.

 Since the father of the little Ziyi got sick, her mother has sought treatment for her husband for one year but ended up with failure. At the same time spent all home savings. Now the family can only live in a confined space in ruins.

 As there is no central heating in the ruin house, the whole family can only do live in the cold in winter and the water in water vat will be frozen then.

 But her mother uses both hands every two seconds to dad on the chest of her husband lying on the bed for totally three years in order to extend the father’s life. The mother said, she insisted on her husband instead of abandoning him, this is because of love, daughter and her husband here then their home is here. She doesn’t hope her daughter cannot see her dad when she is pushing the door after school.

Though the father is staying on the bed, but as long as he is here, there is a sweet, a love, a kind of company. Maybe accompanying in the dad’s side is the most happiness thing to the little Ziyi.

Not well-off family conditions cannot offer Ziyi good living environment and can only live a simple life and look for fun by her and treats the big yellow dog in the home as her playmate.

 Many peole came to see and help them when their story spreading on the internet.

Their story has moved by tens of thousands of Internet users and their readers. The micro film “The Youth of Malaiya” is a story based on the special family produced by famous poet Haixiao. In the photo, Haixiao visit this family and donated to them on behalf of this micro film team.

Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Meijiawu Tea Plantation, located in the western hinterland of West Lake Scenic Area in Hangzhou city and south of the MeiLing tunnel, is along the Meiling road on both sides with the depth of more than ten kilometers, it is also called “Ten Kilometers Mei Wu.” Meijiawu is an ancient village featuring a history of more than 600 years, and there are more than 500 rural households there with the permanent agricultural population of about 1262 people and 502 inhabitants.

Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Characterized by green mountain, spectacular appearance, docks, clear water, tea and profound culture, the Meijiawu Tea culture village is the first level conservation area of the West Lake Longjing Tea and one of the leading producers, and also the farm natural villages and tea culture leisure sightseeing tourist area in Hangzhou suburb that featuring strong tea characteristics. The Meijiawu Tea culture village has been honored as “Hangzhou Landscape Green Village”, “Civilization Villiage”, “Patriotism Education Base of Zhejiang Province”, “Hangzhou Top 10 Agricultural Demonstration Park”, “The Comprehensive Well-off Construction Demonstration Village”, “Zhejiang Province Farmhouse Characteristic Model”, and “National Agricultural Tourism Model” and so on.

Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Meijiawu Village has been a sightseeing area open to foreign guests since the fifty and sixty years in last century. It has hosted hundreds of international celebrity and head of state in recent decades, among which including the Chinese leaders such as Premier Zhouenlai, President Jiangzeming, Vice President Zeng qinghong and also some other international heads of state and government of Russia, America, Vietnam, Romania, Cambodia and friendly personnel from all over the world.

Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Setting in the northern foot of Langchang Hill, the Meijiawu Tea Plantation is surrounded by green mountains for four sides. Just like the Longjing and Lion Mountain, the Meijiwu Village produces the Longjing tea characterized by green color, strong fragrance, tasty flavor, beautiful shape, which won great praise in home and abroad.

When traveling there and through the Meiling tunnel, you will see green tea everywhere on mountain and farmland. Roadside tea houses attach to each other and the houses under the decoration of the green mountains there look beautiful as a painting.