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A trip to LiJiang, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Tiger Leaping Gorge, YunNan province – don’t miss it !. `Relax and hold on tight`.    With Gone With The Wynns ...        Bonus films - Tiger Leaping Gorge - with Amazing Places on Our Planet ...        With DuckTravel ...
`Relax and hold on tight`. With Gone With The Wynns ... Bonus films - Tiger Leaping Gorge - with Amazing Places on Our Planet ... With DuckTravel ...
The awesome karst mountain scenery of GuangXi province. With Little Chinese Everywhere ...        Bonus film - with A German In China ...
With Little Chinese Everywhere ... Bonus film - with A German In China ...
The awesomely beautiful Summer Palace in BeiJing. With Beijing Old Liu ...                         Visitor guide to the Summer Palace in BeiJing            Overview          The Summer Palace, located in the Haidian District of BeiJing, is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens, and palaces. It served as a summer retreat for the Qing Dynasty emperors. Renowned for its beautiful landscape and rich cultural heritage, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of BeiJing`s top tourist attractions.            Getting There          Location: The Summer Palace is located in the northwest of BeiJing, about 15 kilometers from the city center.          By Canal Boat: For a unique and scenic route, take a canal boat from the Purple Bamboo Park (ZiZhuYuan) or Beijing Zoo wharfs. The boat ride takes about an hour and provides a relaxing way to reach the Summer Palace, offering views of the city`s waterways.          By Subway: Take Subway Line 4 and get off at Beigongmen Station (Exit D), which is close to the North Palace Gate.          By Bus: Several bus routes, including 303, 330, 331, 332, 346, 394, 563, 584, 601, and 608, stop near the Summer Palace.          By Taxi: A taxi ride from central BeiJing takes about 30 minutes, depending on traffic.            Entrance and Tickets                        Main Gates: The three main entrances are the East Palace Gate, the North Palace Gate, and the New Palace Gate (South Gate).              Entrance Fee: The entrance fee varies by season. Generally, it ranges from 30 to 60 RMB. Combined tickets, including entry to special sites like the Tower of Buddhist Incense and Suzhou Street, are also available.              Opening Hours: The Summer Palace is open daily from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM (April to October) and 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM (November to March).                      Main Attractions          Kunming Lake          Kunming Lake covers approximately three-quarters of the Summer Palace area. Visitors can take a boat ride to enjoy the scenic beauty and visit the South Lake Island.            Longevity Hill          Rising behind Kunming Lake, Longevity Hill is dotted with splendid halls, pavilions, and temples. Key sites include the Tower of Buddhist Incense, the Sea of Wisdom Temple, and the Hall of Dispelling Clouds.            Seventeen-Arch Bridge          This iconic bridge connects the eastern shore of Kunming Lake to Nanhu Island. It is known for its unique design and the 544 stone lions carved on its railings.            Long Corridor          The Long Corridor is a covered walkway that stretches for 728 meters along the northern shore of Kunming Lake. It is adorned with thousands of beautiful paintings depicting Chinese legends and landscapes.            Marble Boat          The Marble Boat, also known as the Boat of Purity and Ease, is a lakeside pavilion made of marble. It symbolizes stability and is a unique and photogenic structure.            Suzhou Street          Suzhou Street is a charming area with shops and buildings designed to mimic the style of the famous water town of Suzhou. It offers a glimpse into traditional Chinese commerce and architecture.            Activities and Experiences                        Boat Rides: Rent a paddle boat or take a dragon boat cruise on Kunming Lake for a relaxing and scenic experience.              Photography: The Summer Palace offers countless picturesque spots, especially at dawn and dusk when the light is soft and golden.              Walking and Hiking: Explore the numerous trails and paths around Longevity Hill and the lakeshore for a leisurely or invigorating hike.              Picnicking: Enjoy a picnic in one of the many tranquil garden areas, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and historical architecture.                      Dining and Refreshments                        Palace Restaurants: There are several restaurants within the Summer Palace grounds offering traditional Chinese cuisine and snacks.              Tea Houses: Enjoy a traditional tea experience at one of the tea houses overlooking Kunming Lake.              Outside Dining: Numerous restaurants and cafes are located near the main entrances, offering a variety of dining options.                      Shopping                        Souvenir Shops: Various shops within the Summer Palace sell traditional Chinese arts and crafts, souvenirs, and books.              Market Streets: Nearby shopping streets outside the palace offer local snacks, handicrafts, and other unique items.                      Tips for Visitors                        Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit the Summer Palace are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and the scenery is at its most beautiful.              Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. An umbrella or raincoat is useful during the rainy season.              Plan Your Visit: The Summer Palace is vast, so plan your visit to focus on the main attractions you want to see. A map of the palace grounds can be very helpful.              Stay Hydrated: Bring water, especially during the hot summer months, as the extensive grounds require a lot of walking.              Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of cultural and historical sites. Avoid touching artifacts and follow posted signs and instructions.                      Conclusion          The Summer Palace in BeiJing is a stunning testament to Chinese landscape gardening and imperial architecture. With its combination of natural beauty, historical significance, and cultural richness, it offers an unforgettable experience for every visitor. Plan your trip carefully to make the most of your visit and immerse yourself in the splendor of this magnificent heritage site.
With Beijing Old Liu ... Visitor guide to the Summer Palace in BeiJing Overview The Summer Palace, located in the Haidian District of BeiJing, is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens, and palaces. It served as a summer retreat for the Qing Dynasty emperors. Renowned for its beautiful landscape and rich cultural heritage, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of BeiJing`s top tourist attractions. Getting There Location: The Summer Palace is located in the northwest of BeiJing, about 15 kilometers from the city center. By Canal Boat: For a unique and scenic route, take a canal boat from the Purple Bamboo Park (ZiZhuYuan) or Beijing Zoo wharfs. The boat ride takes about an hour and provides a relaxing way to reach the Summer Palace, offering views of the city`s waterways. By Subway: Take Subway Line 4 and get off at Beigongmen Station (Exit D), which is close to the North Palace Gate. By Bus: Several bus routes, including 303, 330, 331, 332, 346, 394, 563, 584, 601, and 608, stop near the Summer Palace. By Taxi: A taxi ride from central BeiJing takes about 30 minutes, depending on traffic. Entrance and Tickets Main Gates: The three main entrances are the East Palace Gate, the North Palace Gate, and the New Palace Gate (South Gate). Entrance Fee: The entrance fee varies by season. Generally, it ranges from 30 to 60 RMB. Combined tickets, including entry to special sites like the Tower of Buddhist Incense and Suzhou Street, are also available. Opening Hours: The Summer Palace is open daily from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM (April to October) and 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM (November to March). Main Attractions Kunming Lake Kunming Lake covers approximately three-quarters of the Summer Palace area. Visitors can take a boat ride to enjoy the scenic beauty and visit the South Lake Island. Longevity Hill Rising behind Kunming Lake, Longevity Hill is dotted with splendid halls, pavilions, and temples. Key sites include the Tower of Buddhist Incense, the Sea of Wisdom Temple, and the Hall of Dispelling Clouds. Seventeen-Arch Bridge This iconic bridge connects the eastern shore of Kunming Lake to Nanhu Island. It is known for its unique design and the 544 stone lions carved on its railings. Long Corridor The Long Corridor is a covered walkway that stretches for 728 meters along the northern shore of Kunming Lake. It is adorned with thousands of beautiful paintings depicting Chinese legends and landscapes. Marble Boat The Marble Boat, also known as the Boat of Purity and Ease, is a lakeside pavilion made of marble. It symbolizes stability and is a unique and photogenic structure. Suzhou Street Suzhou Street is a charming area with shops and buildings designed to mimic the style of the famous water town of Suzhou. It offers a glimpse into traditional Chinese commerce and architecture. Activities and Experiences Boat Rides: Rent a paddle boat or take a dragon boat cruise on Kunming Lake for a relaxing and scenic experience. Photography: The Summer Palace offers countless picturesque spots, especially at dawn and dusk when the light is soft and golden. Walking and Hiking: Explore the numerous trails and paths around Longevity Hill and the lakeshore for a leisurely or invigorating hike. Picnicking: Enjoy a picnic in one of the many tranquil garden areas, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and historical architecture. Dining and Refreshments Palace Restaurants: There are several restaurants within the Summer Palace grounds offering traditional Chinese cuisine and snacks. Tea Houses: Enjoy a traditional tea experience at one of the tea houses overlooking Kunming Lake. Outside Dining: Numerous restaurants and cafes are located near the main entrances, offering a variety of dining options. Shopping Souvenir Shops: Various shops within the Summer Palace sell traditional Chinese arts and crafts, souvenirs, and books. Market Streets: Nearby shopping streets outside the palace offer local snacks, handicrafts, and other unique items. Tips for Visitors Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit the Summer Palace are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and the scenery is at its most beautiful. Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. An umbrella or raincoat is useful during the rainy season. Plan Your Visit: The Summer Palace is vast, so plan your visit to focus on the main attractions you want to see. A map of the palace grounds can be very helpful. Stay Hydrated: Bring water, especially during the hot summer months, as the extensive grounds require a lot of walking. Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of cultural and historical sites. Avoid touching artifacts and follow posted signs and instructions. Conclusion The Summer Palace in BeiJing is a stunning testament to Chinese landscape gardening and imperial architecture. With its combination of natural beauty, historical significance, and cultural richness, it offers an unforgettable experience for every visitor. Plan your trip carefully to make the most of your visit and immerse yourself in the splendor of this magnificent heritage site.
Beautiful XinJiang. Wonderful landscapes ...
Wonderful landscapes ...
An evening cruise along the HuangPu river in ShangHai 上海. Within ShangHai, the HuangPu River has an average width of 400 meters and is crossed by many subway train lines, other tunnels, bridges and ferries.    The river divides the city into two regions: PuDong to the east and PuXi (the older part of Shanghai that includes the Bund) to the west. It is the last major tributory of the YangTse River before the East China Sea.        Bonus film - a stroll along the Bund, in 4k / UHD ...
Within ShangHai, the HuangPu River has an average width of 400 meters and is crossed by many subway train lines, other tunnels, bridges and ferries. The river divides the city into two regions: PuDong to the east and PuXi (the older part of Shanghai that includes the Bund) to the west. It is the last major tributory of the YangTse River before the East China Sea. Bonus film - a stroll along the Bund, in 4k / UHD ...
One night in BeiJing – music videos (Love BeiJing). A song from rock band SHIN that pays homage to Chinese Opera and has become quite a well known anthem. Sung here superbly by the beautiful Angela.    My translation of the key verse :    I don`t care where you came from    I don`t know if you`ll return    But with you in my arms now    Gonna hold you    Just as long as I can        Bonus film - `Nine million bicycles in BeiJing` / Love BeiJing ...        True beauty is a pure heart.    Six billion people in the world,    Love them all;    But you`re the one I love most
A song from rock band SHIN that pays homage to Chinese Opera and has become quite a well known anthem. Sung here superbly by the beautiful Angela. My translation of the key verse : I don`t care where you came from I don`t know if you`ll return But with you in my arms now Gonna hold you Just as long as I can Bonus film - `Nine million bicycles in BeiJing` / Love BeiJing ... True beauty is a pure heart. Six billion people in the world, Love them all; But you`re the one I love most
A tour around FuXian Lake, YunNan province. FuXian Lake stretches out through ChengJiang, JiangChuan and HuaNing Counties in YunNan province, spanning an area of 212 square kilometers. The lake is the third largest in YunNan, after DiAn Lake and ErHai. It is 155 meters deep at its greatest depth.    With Silberventures ...
FuXian Lake stretches out through ChengJiang, JiangChuan and HuaNing Counties in YunNan province, spanning an area of 212 square kilometers. The lake is the third largest in YunNan, after DiAn Lake and ErHai. It is 155 meters deep at its greatest depth. With Silberventures ...
Happy in Shanghai … and Macau … and Hong Kong … and ShenZhen …  :  )(  :. With a great song by Pharrell Williams        Bonus film ...    Family and friends from the Philippines on a trip to Beijing ...
With a great song by Pharrell Williams Bonus film ... Family and friends from the Philippines on a trip to Beijing ...
Beautiful Beijing 北京 – the main attractions. The Forbidden City (Palace Museum), the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, the Great Wall (at Badaling), Beihai Park, the Botanical Garden, JingShan Park, the Olympic Park, Qianmen    Welcome to the blue-sky city ...
The Forbidden City (Palace Museum), the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, the Great Wall (at Badaling), Beihai Park, the Botanical Garden, JingShan Park, the Olympic Park, Qianmen Welcome to the blue-sky city ...
Above the clouds at the awesomely beautiful HuaShan 华山 …. Grab your walking boots and climb up over night (there are lights) to be ready for sunrise. Also featured is the famous `Plank Walk`.    HuaShan is one of China`s Five Sacred Mountains; it lies in ShaanXi province, about two hours from the city of Xi`An, in central China.  Hike above the clouds (at over 2,000 meters).  Sometimes people talk about `things to do before you die` - a trip to HuaShan (or HuangShan, EmeiShan, CangShan, WuDang or TaiShan) should be one of those ...
Grab your walking boots and climb up over night (there are lights) to be ready for sunrise. Also featured is the famous `Plank Walk`. HuaShan is one of China`s Five Sacred Mountains; it lies in ShaanXi province, about two hours from the city of Xi`An, in central China. Hike above the clouds (at over 2,000 meters). Sometimes people talk about `things to do before you die` - a trip to HuaShan (or HuangShan, EmeiShan, CangShan, WuDang or TaiShan) should be one of those ...
Taz and Libby visit awesome ZhangJiaJie, HuNan province. With Sun Kissed Bucket List ...                        ZhangJiaJie, located in HuNan province, is renowned for its breathtaking natural landscapes, including towering sandstone pillars, lush forests, and deep ravines. It gained international fame as the inspiration for the floating Hallelujah Mountains in the movie `Avatar.` This guide provides an in-depth look at the best attractions, activities, and tips for visiting Zhangjiajie.                            Top Attractions                    Zhangjiajie National Forest Park          Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, part of the larger Wulingyuan Scenic Area, is the primary attraction. It is famous for its quartz-sandstone pillars, some of which reach over 200 meters in height.                        Avatar Hallelujah Mountain: This iconic peak was renamed after the film `Avatar` and is one of the most photographed spots in the park.              Yuanjiajie Scenic Area: Home to stunning vistas and the First Bridge Under Heaven, a natural rock bridge.              Golden Whip Stream: A beautiful, serene area ideal for hiking, featuring crystal-clear streams and lush vegetation.                              Tianmen Mountain          Tianmen Mountain is another must-see attraction, known for its dramatic scenery and thrilling experiences.                        Glass Skywalk: A transparent walkway that clings to the side of the mountain, offering vertigo-inducing views.              Tianmen Cave (Heaven`s Gate): A massive natural arch in the mountain, accessible via a long staircase.              Tianmen Mountain Cableway: One of the longest cable car rides in the world, providing stunning aerial views.                              Baofeng Lake          Baofeng Lake offers tranquil boat rides surrounded by stunning karst scenery. It`s a great spot for relaxation and enjoying the natural beauty of the area.                    Yellow Dragon Cave          Yellow Dragon Cave is a vast karst cave system featuring impressive stalactites, stalagmites, and underground rivers. It is known for its grand chambers and intricate rock formations.                    Geology of Zhangjiajie          The unique geology of Zhangjiajie is what makes it so stunning. The area is characterized by its towering quartz-sandstone pillars that were formed through a combination of geological processes over millions of years. The region was once submerged under an ancient ocean, and over time, the uplift and erosion sculpted these dramatic formations. The pillars are a result of physical weathering, primarily caused by wind, frost, and the growth of plant roots, which break down the rock. The unique climate and vegetation of the area have also contributed to the landscape`s current form.                    Touring the Park                    Planning Your Visit          To make the most of your visit to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, it’s important to plan your route and time your visits to avoid the crowds. A typical visit to the park can take 2-3 days to cover the main highlights. Here is a suggested itinerary:                    Day 1: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park                        Morning: Start early at the park`s main entrance. Take the shuttle bus to the Yellow Stone Village area. Spend the morning exploring the trails and enjoying the panoramic views.              Afternoon: Head to Golden Whip Stream for a peaceful hike along the stream. The trail is relatively flat and suitable for all ages.                              Day 2: Yuanjiajie and Tianzi Mountain                        Morning: Take the park shuttle bus to the Yuanjiajie Scenic Area. Explore the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain and the First Bridge Under Heaven.              Afternoon: Continue to Tianzi Mountain for more spectacular views. Take the cable car down for a different perspective.                              Day 3: Tianmen Mountain                        Morning: Take the Tianmen Mountain Cableway from Zhangjiajie City to the top of the mountain. Walk along the Glass Skywalk for thrilling views.              Afternoon: Visit Tianmen Cave (Heaven`s Gate). Descend via the 999 steps or take the escalator.                              Activities and Experiences                    Hiking          Zhangjiajie offers numerous hiking trails that cater to all levels of fitness. Popular hikes include the Golden Whip Stream trail and the various paths around Tianzi Mountain and Yuanjiajie Scenic Area.                    Photography          The unique landscapes of Zhangjiajie provide endless opportunities for photography. Key spots include the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain, the Glass Skywalk, and the views from the Tianmen Mountain cable car.                    Local Cuisine          Try local Hunan cuisine, known for its bold flavors and use of chili peppers. Signature dishes include spicy fish head, fried rice noodles, and various stir-fried meats and vegetables.                    Travel Tips                    Best Time to Visit          The best times to visit Zhangjiajie are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and the scenery is at its most vibrant. Summer can be hot and crowded, while winter offers fewer tourists and a different but beautiful snowy landscape.                    Getting There          Zhangjiajie is accessible by train, bus, and air. The Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport has flights from major Chinese cities. There are also direct trains and buses from Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province.                    Accommodation          There are numerous accommodation options ranging from budget hostels to luxury hotels. Staying in Wulingyuan Town provides easy access to the national park, while Zhangjiajie City offers more amenities and is closer to Tianmen Mountain.                    Tickets and Passes          Purchase tickets for the Wulingyuan Scenic Area, which includes Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, online or at the entrance. Consider buying a multi-day pass if you plan to explore the area thoroughly. Separate tickets are required for Tianmen Mountain and other attractions.                    Guides and Tours          Hiring a local guide can enhance your experience, providing insights into the area`s history, culture, and natural features. Many tour operators offer packages that include transportation, tickets, and guided tours.
With Sun Kissed Bucket List ... ZhangJiaJie, located in HuNan province, is renowned for its breathtaking natural landscapes, including towering sandstone pillars, lush forests, and deep ravines. It gained international fame as the inspiration for the floating Hallelujah Mountains in the movie `Avatar.` This guide provides an in-depth look at the best attractions, activities, and tips for visiting Zhangjiajie. Top Attractions Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, part of the larger Wulingyuan Scenic Area, is the primary attraction. It is famous for its quartz-sandstone pillars, some of which reach over 200 meters in height. Avatar Hallelujah Mountain: This iconic peak was renamed after the film `Avatar` and is one of the most photographed spots in the park. Yuanjiajie Scenic Area: Home to stunning vistas and the First Bridge Under Heaven, a natural rock bridge. Golden Whip Stream: A beautiful, serene area ideal for hiking, featuring crystal-clear streams and lush vegetation. Tianmen Mountain Tianmen Mountain is another must-see attraction, known for its dramatic scenery and thrilling experiences. Glass Skywalk: A transparent walkway that clings to the side of the mountain, offering vertigo-inducing views. Tianmen Cave (Heaven`s Gate): A massive natural arch in the mountain, accessible via a long staircase. Tianmen Mountain Cableway: One of the longest cable car rides in the world, providing stunning aerial views. Baofeng Lake Baofeng Lake offers tranquil boat rides surrounded by stunning karst scenery. It`s a great spot for relaxation and enjoying the natural beauty of the area. Yellow Dragon Cave Yellow Dragon Cave is a vast karst cave system featuring impressive stalactites, stalagmites, and underground rivers. It is known for its grand chambers and intricate rock formations. Geology of Zhangjiajie The unique geology of Zhangjiajie is what makes it so stunning. The area is characterized by its towering quartz-sandstone pillars that were formed through a combination of geological processes over millions of years. The region was once submerged under an ancient ocean, and over time, the uplift and erosion sculpted these dramatic formations. The pillars are a result of physical weathering, primarily caused by wind, frost, and the growth of plant roots, which break down the rock. The unique climate and vegetation of the area have also contributed to the landscape`s current form. Touring the Park Planning Your Visit To make the most of your visit to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, it’s important to plan your route and time your visits to avoid the crowds. A typical visit to the park can take 2-3 days to cover the main highlights. Here is a suggested itinerary: Day 1: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Morning: Start early at the park`s main entrance. Take the shuttle bus to the Yellow Stone Village area. Spend the morning exploring the trails and enjoying the panoramic views. Afternoon: Head to Golden Whip Stream for a peaceful hike along the stream. The trail is relatively flat and suitable for all ages. Day 2: Yuanjiajie and Tianzi Mountain Morning: Take the park shuttle bus to the Yuanjiajie Scenic Area. Explore the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain and the First Bridge Under Heaven. Afternoon: Continue to Tianzi Mountain for more spectacular views. Take the cable car down for a different perspective. Day 3: Tianmen Mountain Morning: Take the Tianmen Mountain Cableway from Zhangjiajie City to the top of the mountain. Walk along the Glass Skywalk for thrilling views. Afternoon: Visit Tianmen Cave (Heaven`s Gate). Descend via the 999 steps or take the escalator. Activities and Experiences Hiking Zhangjiajie offers numerous hiking trails that cater to all levels of fitness. Popular hikes include the Golden Whip Stream trail and the various paths around Tianzi Mountain and Yuanjiajie Scenic Area. Photography The unique landscapes of Zhangjiajie provide endless opportunities for photography. Key spots include the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain, the Glass Skywalk, and the views from the Tianmen Mountain cable car. Local Cuisine Try local Hunan cuisine, known for its bold flavors and use of chili peppers. Signature dishes include spicy fish head, fried rice noodles, and various stir-fried meats and vegetables. Travel Tips Best Time to Visit The best times to visit Zhangjiajie are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and the scenery is at its most vibrant. Summer can be hot and crowded, while winter offers fewer tourists and a different but beautiful snowy landscape. Getting There Zhangjiajie is accessible by train, bus, and air. The Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport has flights from major Chinese cities. There are also direct trains and buses from Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province. Accommodation There are numerous accommodation options ranging from budget hostels to luxury hotels. Staying in Wulingyuan Town provides easy access to the national park, while Zhangjiajie City offers more amenities and is closer to Tianmen Mountain. Tickets and Passes Purchase tickets for the Wulingyuan Scenic Area, which includes Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, online or at the entrance. Consider buying a multi-day pass if you plan to explore the area thoroughly. Separate tickets are required for Tianmen Mountain and other attractions. Guides and Tours Hiring a local guide can enhance your experience, providing insights into the area`s history, culture, and natural features. Many tour operators offer packages that include transportation, tickets, and guided tours.
ShaXi ancient town, YunNan province. Between DaLi and LiJiang.    With Flora and Note ...        With Little Chinese Everywhere ...                ShaXi Ancient Town, located in Yunnan province, is a well-preserved trading town that dates back to the time of the Tea Horse Road, an ancient network of trade routes. Known for its rich cultural heritage, charming architecture, and serene landscapes, Shaxi offers a glimpse into China`s historical past and traditional lifestyles. This guide provides an in-depth look at the best attractions, activities, and tips for visiting Shaxi Ancient Town.                    Top Attractions                    Sidu Square          Sidu Square, also known as Sideng Square, is the heart of Shaxi Ancient Town. This historic market square has been the center of trade and social life for centuries. Surrounded by traditional Bai-style architecture, the square is a great place to start your exploration of Shaxi.                    Ancient Theatre          Located on Sidu Square, the ancient theatre is a remarkable example of traditional Chinese architecture. Built during the Qing Dynasty, it served as a cultural hub for performances and public gatherings. The theatre`s intricate wooden carvings and well-preserved stage are a highlight for visitors.                    Ouyang Courtyard          The Ouyang Courtyard is a traditional Bai residential complex that showcases the local architectural style. This historic home provides insights into the daily life and customs of the Bai people, one of the ethnic minorities in the region.                    Yujin Bridge          The Yujin Bridge is an ancient stone bridge that spans the Heihui River. It is a picturesque spot for photography and a reminder of Shaxi`s importance as a trading post on the Tea Horse Road. The bridge offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.                    Tea Horse Road          The Tea Horse Road was an ancient trade route that connected Yunnan with Tibet, facilitating the exchange of tea, horses, and other goods. Walking along the remnants of this historic road in Shaxi allows visitors to step back in time and imagine the bustling trade that once took place here.                    Culture and Heritage          Shaxi Ancient Town is a cultural melting pot, primarily influenced by the Bai and Yi ethnic minorities. The town`s well-preserved buildings, traditional festivals, and local crafts reflect the rich heritage of these communities.                    Bai Ethnic Culture          The Bai people are known for their distinctive white clothing, vibrant festivals, and intricate wood carvings. Visitors to Shaxi can experience Bai culture through local performances, traditional Bai cuisine, and interactions with the friendly locals.                    Yi Ethnic Culture          The Yi people, another significant ethnic group in Shaxi, are recognized for their colorful costumes, lively dances, and unique customs. Festivals such as the Torch Festival provide a deeper understanding of Yi traditions and beliefs.                    Touring Shaxi                    Planning Your Visit          A visit to Shaxi can be comfortably done in two to three days, allowing time to explore the town and its surroundings. Here is a suggested itinerary:                    Day 1: Arrival and Initial Exploration                        Morning: Arrive in Shaxi and check into a local guesthouse or hotel. Take a leisurely stroll around Sidu Square to get acquainted with the town.              Afternoon: Visit the ancient theatre and explore the nearby Ouyang Courtyard to learn about traditional Bai architecture and culture.              Evening: Enjoy a traditional Bai meal at one of the local restaurants and relax in the serene atmosphere of the town.                              Day 2: Exploring the Historic Sites                        Morning: Walk along the Tea Horse Road and visit the Yujin Bridge for beautiful views of the countryside.              Afternoon: Explore the nearby Shibaoshan Grottoes, a collection of ancient Buddhist carvings and temples set in a scenic mountainous area.              Evening: Return to Shaxi for a peaceful evening and perhaps catch a local cultural performance if available.                              Day 3: Cultural Immersion and Departure                        Morning: Visit the Friday Market (if your visit coincides with it) to experience the vibrant local trade and sample fresh produce and traditional crafts.              Mid-Morning: Take a guided tour or workshop to learn about Bai and Yi handicrafts, such as tie-dye, pottery, or wood carving.              Afternoon: Depart Shaxi and continue your journey in Yunnan Province.                              Activities and Experiences                    Hiking and Nature Walks          The scenic landscapes around Shaxi offer excellent opportunities for hiking and nature walks. Trails lead to nearby villages, temples, and natural attractions, providing a tranquil escape from the bustling towns and cities.                    Photography          With its well-preserved architecture, vibrant markets, and stunning natural surroundings, Shaxi is a photographer`s paradise. Capture the essence of this ancient town and its picturesque landscapes.                    Local Cuisine          Shaxi`s cuisine reflects the flavors of Yunnan Province, with influences from the Bai and Yi ethnic groups. Try local specialties such as cured ham, rice noodles, and various mushroom dishes. The Friday Market is a great place to sample fresh and authentic local food.                    Travel Tips                    Best Time to Visit          The best times to visit Shaxi are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is pleasant and the scenery is vibrant. Summer can be warm and rainy, while winter is cooler but generally dry.                    Getting There          Shaxi is accessible by bus from major cities in Yunnan, such as Dali and Lijiang. The nearest airport is in Lijiang, from where you can take a bus or hire a taxi to Shaxi. The journey from Lijiang to Shaxi takes about three hours by road.                    Accommodation          Shaxi offers a range of accommodation options, including guesthouses, boutique hotels, and traditional inns. Staying in a local guesthouse provides an authentic experience and a chance to interact with the local community.                    Guides and Tours          Consider hiring a local guide to enhance your experience in Shaxi. Guides can provide historical context, cultural insights, and help navigate the town`s attractions. Many guesthouses and hotels can arrange guided tours and cultural workshops.                         Introduction              Shaxi Ancient Town is a picturesque and well-preserved ancient village located in the southwest of Jianchuan County, Yunnan Province, China. Known for its rich history, unique Bai culture, and scenic beauty, Shaxi is a hidden gem along the ancient Tea Horse Road. This guide will help you explore the town`s main attractions, culture, and practical travel tips.                                    Getting There                                By Air: The nearest airport is in Dali (Dali Airport). From there, you can take a bus or hire a car to Shaxi, which is about 120 km away.                  By Train: The nearest major train station is also in Dali. From Dali, you can take a bus to Jianchuan and then a local bus or taxi to Shaxi.                  By Bus: Direct buses run from Dali, Lijiang, and Kunming to Jianchuan. From Jianchuan, you can take a local bus or taxi to Shaxi.                                                  Best Time to Visit              The best time to visit Shaxi is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and pleasant.                                    Main Attractions                                Sideng Square: The heart of Shaxi, Sideng Square, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It`s a perfect spot to start your exploration with traditional Bai architecture, a well-preserved market square, and the iconic Sideng Theatre.                  Xingjiao Temple: Located near Sideng Square, this ancient Buddhist temple complex features beautiful frescoes, ancient trees, and serene courtyards. It offers a glimpse into the religious life of the town.                  Ancient Tea Horse Road: Explore parts of this historic trade route, which once connected Yunnan with Tibet. Walk the cobblestone paths and imagine the ancient caravans that once traveled here.                  Yujin Bridge: A picturesque old stone bridge that spans the Heihui River. It`s a great spot for photography and to enjoy the tranquil river scenery.                  Friday Market: If you`re in Shaxi on a Friday, don`t miss the vibrant local market where villagers from surrounding areas come to sell their produce, handicrafts, and livestock.                  Shibaoshan Mountain: Located about 10 km from Shaxi, this scenic mountain is home to the Shizhongshan Grottoes, ancient Buddhist carvings, and stunning views. It`s a great spot for hiking and exploring.                                                  Cultural Highlights                                Bai Ethnic Culture: Shaxi is predominantly inhabited by the Bai ethnic group. Explore their unique customs, traditional Bai houses, and taste their local cuisine.                  Traditional Festivals: Experience local festivals such as the Torch Festival (July) and the Bai Flower Festival (April), which showcase traditional music, dance, and rituals.                  Handicrafts: Shaxi is known for its traditional Bai textiles and wood carvings. Visit local workshops and galleries to see artisans at work and buy unique souvenirs.                                                  Accommodation              Shaxi offers a range of accommodation options from budget hostels to boutique guesthouses. Some recommended places to stay include:                                Laomadian Lodge: A charming guesthouse with traditional Bai architecture.                  Shaxi Horse Pen 46 Youth Hostel: A budget-friendly option popular with backpackers.                  A Tiny Place: A boutique hotel offering comfortable rooms and excellent service.                                                  Dining                                Local Cuisine: Try local dishes such as Shaxi baba (a type of flatbread), Bai-style hotpot, and various wild mushroom dishes.                  Restaurants: Recommended eateries include Shaxi Awu`s Kitchen, Hiker`s Inn & Café, and Tea & Horse Caravan Restaurant.                                                  Practical Tips                                Language: Mandarin is widely spoken, but learning a few basic phrases can be helpful. English is not commonly spoken, so a translation app can be useful.                  Currency: The local currency is the Chinese Yuan (CNY). Ensure you have enough cash as ATMs may be limited.                  Health and Safety: Shaxi is generally safe, but it`s always good to stay aware of your surroundings. Drink bottled water and try to avoid street food if you have a sensitive stomach.                  Local Customs: Respect local traditions and dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites.                                                  Conclusion              Shaxi Ancient Town is a captivating destination that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you`re trekking the ancient Tea Horse Road, exploring Bai architecture, or simply soaking in the tranquil atmosphere, Shaxi promises an unforgettable experience.
Between DaLi and LiJiang. With Flora and Note ... With Little Chinese Everywhere ... ShaXi Ancient Town, located in Yunnan province, is a well-preserved trading town that dates back to the time of the Tea Horse Road, an ancient network of trade routes. Known for its rich cultural heritage, charming architecture, and serene landscapes, Shaxi offers a glimpse into China`s historical past and traditional lifestyles. This guide provides an in-depth look at the best attractions, activities, and tips for visiting Shaxi Ancient Town. Top Attractions Sidu Square Sidu Square, also known as Sideng Square, is the heart of Shaxi Ancient Town. This historic market square has been the center of trade and social life for centuries. Surrounded by traditional Bai-style architecture, the square is a great place to start your exploration of Shaxi. Ancient Theatre Located on Sidu Square, the ancient theatre is a remarkable example of traditional Chinese architecture. Built during the Qing Dynasty, it served as a cultural hub for performances and public gatherings. The theatre`s intricate wooden carvings and well-preserved stage are a highlight for visitors. Ouyang Courtyard The Ouyang Courtyard is a traditional Bai residential complex that showcases the local architectural style. This historic home provides insights into the daily life and customs of the Bai people, one of the ethnic minorities in the region. Yujin Bridge The Yujin Bridge is an ancient stone bridge that spans the Heihui River. It is a picturesque spot for photography and a reminder of Shaxi`s importance as a trading post on the Tea Horse Road. The bridge offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Tea Horse Road The Tea Horse Road was an ancient trade route that connected Yunnan with Tibet, facilitating the exchange of tea, horses, and other goods. Walking along the remnants of this historic road in Shaxi allows visitors to step back in time and imagine the bustling trade that once took place here. Culture and Heritage Shaxi Ancient Town is a cultural melting pot, primarily influenced by the Bai and Yi ethnic minorities. The town`s well-preserved buildings, traditional festivals, and local crafts reflect the rich heritage of these communities. Bai Ethnic Culture The Bai people are known for their distinctive white clothing, vibrant festivals, and intricate wood carvings. Visitors to Shaxi can experience Bai culture through local performances, traditional Bai cuisine, and interactions with the friendly locals. Yi Ethnic Culture The Yi people, another significant ethnic group in Shaxi, are recognized for their colorful costumes, lively dances, and unique customs. Festivals such as the Torch Festival provide a deeper understanding of Yi traditions and beliefs. Touring Shaxi Planning Your Visit A visit to Shaxi can be comfortably done in two to three days, allowing time to explore the town and its surroundings. Here is a suggested itinerary: Day 1: Arrival and Initial Exploration Morning: Arrive in Shaxi and check into a local guesthouse or hotel. Take a leisurely stroll around Sidu Square to get acquainted with the town. Afternoon: Visit the ancient theatre and explore the nearby Ouyang Courtyard to learn about traditional Bai architecture and culture. Evening: Enjoy a traditional Bai meal at one of the local restaurants and relax in the serene atmosphere of the town. Day 2: Exploring the Historic Sites Morning: Walk along the Tea Horse Road and visit the Yujin Bridge for beautiful views of the countryside. Afternoon: Explore the nearby Shibaoshan Grottoes, a collection of ancient Buddhist carvings and temples set in a scenic mountainous area. Evening: Return to Shaxi for a peaceful evening and perhaps catch a local cultural performance if available. Day 3: Cultural Immersion and Departure Morning: Visit the Friday Market (if your visit coincides with it) to experience the vibrant local trade and sample fresh produce and traditional crafts. Mid-Morning: Take a guided tour or workshop to learn about Bai and Yi handicrafts, such as tie-dye, pottery, or wood carving. Afternoon: Depart Shaxi and continue your journey in Yunnan Province. Activities and Experiences Hiking and Nature Walks The scenic landscapes around Shaxi offer excellent opportunities for hiking and nature walks. Trails lead to nearby villages, temples, and natural attractions, providing a tranquil escape from the bustling towns and cities. Photography With its well-preserved architecture, vibrant markets, and stunning natural surroundings, Shaxi is a photographer`s paradise. Capture the essence of this ancient town and its picturesque landscapes. Local Cuisine Shaxi`s cuisine reflects the flavors of Yunnan Province, with influences from the Bai and Yi ethnic groups. Try local specialties such as cured ham, rice noodles, and various mushroom dishes. The Friday Market is a great place to sample fresh and authentic local food. Travel Tips Best Time to Visit The best times to visit Shaxi are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is pleasant and the scenery is vibrant. Summer can be warm and rainy, while winter is cooler but generally dry. Getting There Shaxi is accessible by bus from major cities in Yunnan, such as Dali and Lijiang. The nearest airport is in Lijiang, from where you can take a bus or hire a taxi to Shaxi. The journey from Lijiang to Shaxi takes about three hours by road. Accommodation Shaxi offers a range of accommodation options, including guesthouses, boutique hotels, and traditional inns. Staying in a local guesthouse provides an authentic experience and a chance to interact with the local community. Guides and Tours Consider hiring a local guide to enhance your experience in Shaxi. Guides can provide historical context, cultural insights, and help navigate the town`s attractions. Many guesthouses and hotels can arrange guided tours and cultural workshops. Introduction Shaxi Ancient Town is a picturesque and well-preserved ancient village located in the southwest of Jianchuan County, Yunnan Province, China. Known for its rich history, unique Bai culture, and scenic beauty, Shaxi is a hidden gem along the ancient Tea Horse Road. This guide will help you explore the town`s main attractions, culture, and practical travel tips. Getting There By Air: The nearest airport is in Dali (Dali Airport). From there, you can take a bus or hire a car to Shaxi, which is about 120 km away. By Train: The nearest major train station is also in Dali. From Dali, you can take a bus to Jianchuan and then a local bus or taxi to Shaxi. By Bus: Direct buses run from Dali, Lijiang, and Kunming to Jianchuan. From Jianchuan, you can take a local bus or taxi to Shaxi. Best Time to Visit The best time to visit Shaxi is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and pleasant. Main Attractions Sideng Square: The heart of Shaxi, Sideng Square, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It`s a perfect spot to start your exploration with traditional Bai architecture, a well-preserved market square, and the iconic Sideng Theatre. Xingjiao Temple: Located near Sideng Square, this ancient Buddhist temple complex features beautiful frescoes, ancient trees, and serene courtyards. It offers a glimpse into the religious life of the town. Ancient Tea Horse Road: Explore parts of this historic trade route, which once connected Yunnan with Tibet. Walk the cobblestone paths and imagine the ancient caravans that once traveled here. Yujin Bridge: A picturesque old stone bridge that spans the Heihui River. It`s a great spot for photography and to enjoy the tranquil river scenery. Friday Market: If you`re in Shaxi on a Friday, don`t miss the vibrant local market where villagers from surrounding areas come to sell their produce, handicrafts, and livestock. Shibaoshan Mountain: Located about 10 km from Shaxi, this scenic mountain is home to the Shizhongshan Grottoes, ancient Buddhist carvings, and stunning views. It`s a great spot for hiking and exploring. Cultural Highlights Bai Ethnic Culture: Shaxi is predominantly inhabited by the Bai ethnic group. Explore their unique customs, traditional Bai houses, and taste their local cuisine. Traditional Festivals: Experience local festivals such as the Torch Festival (July) and the Bai Flower Festival (April), which showcase traditional music, dance, and rituals. Handicrafts: Shaxi is known for its traditional Bai textiles and wood carvings. Visit local workshops and galleries to see artisans at work and buy unique souvenirs. Accommodation Shaxi offers a range of accommodation options from budget hostels to boutique guesthouses. Some recommended places to stay include: Laomadian Lodge: A charming guesthouse with traditional Bai architecture. Shaxi Horse Pen 46 Youth Hostel: A budget-friendly option popular with backpackers. A Tiny Place: A boutique hotel offering comfortable rooms and excellent service. Dining Local Cuisine: Try local dishes such as Shaxi baba (a type of flatbread), Bai-style hotpot, and various wild mushroom dishes. Restaurants: Recommended eateries include Shaxi Awu`s Kitchen, Hiker`s Inn & Café, and Tea & Horse Caravan Restaurant. Practical Tips Language: Mandarin is widely spoken, but learning a few basic phrases can be helpful. English is not commonly spoken, so a translation app can be useful. Currency: The local currency is the Chinese Yuan (CNY). Ensure you have enough cash as ATMs may be limited. Health and Safety: Shaxi is generally safe, but it`s always good to stay aware of your surroundings. Drink bottled water and try to avoid street food if you have a sensitive stomach. Local Customs: Respect local traditions and dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites. Conclusion Shaxi Ancient Town is a captivating destination that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you`re trekking the ancient Tea Horse Road, exploring Bai architecture, or simply soaking in the tranquil atmosphere, Shaxi promises an unforgettable experience.

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Welcome to Shanghai! Explore the dynamic city of Shanghai, where the past and present seamlessly blend together. From historic landmarks to modern skyscrapers, Shanghai offers an exciting mix of culture, cuisine, and experiences. About Shanghai Shanghai, China`s largest city, is a global financial hub known for its futuristic skyline along the Huangpu River. The city is a melting pot of cultures and boasts a rich history influenced by its colonial past. Key features of Shanghai include its iconic Bund waterfront, traditional gardens, vibrant nightlife, and diverse culinary scene. Top Attractions The Bund: Walk along the historic waterfront to admire colonial-era architecture and panoramic views of Pudong. Yu Garden (Yuyuan Garden): Explore a classical Chinese garden with pavilions, ponds, and rockeries. Shanghai Tower: Ascend to the top of this skyscraper for breathtaking views of the city skyline. Oriental Pearl Tower: Visit the iconic TV tower with observation decks and a glass-bottomed walkway. Jing`an Temple: Experience the tranquility of this Buddhist temple in the heart of the city. Tianzifang: Wander through narrow alleyways filled with boutique shops, cafes, and art galleries. Shanghai Museum: Discover ancient Chinese art and artifacts in this world-class museum. French Concession: Stroll through tree-lined streets and explore trendy shops, bars, and restaurants. Shanghai Disneyland: Enjoy a magical day at the renowned Disney theme park. Culture and History Shanghai`s culture reflects a blend of traditional Chinese heritage and international influences. Shikumen Architecture: Discover unique stone-gate houses in historic neighborhoods like Xintiandi. Traditional Arts: Attend a Shanghai opera or acrobatics show to witness local performing arts. Colonial Heritage: Learn about Shanghai`s past through visits to former French and British concessions. Tea Culture: Participate in a tea ceremony to experience Chinese tea traditions. Dining in Shanghai Shanghai offers a diverse culinary landscape, from street food to Michelin-starred restaurants. Xiaolongbao: Try Shanghai`s famous soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung or Jia Jia Tang Bao. Hairy Crab: Indulge in seasonal delicacies like Shanghai hairy crab (da zha xie). Shanghai Noodles: Taste savory noodles topped with braised pork or seafood. Street Food: Explore local markets for snacks like scallion pancakes, pot stickers, and stinky tofu. High-End Dining: Experience fine dining at upscale restaurants showcasing modern Chinese cuisine. Shopping in Shanghai From luxury boutiques to bustling markets, Shanghai is a shopper`s paradise. Nanjing Road: Shop along China`s premier shopping street for international brands and department stores. Tianzifang and Xintiandi: Browse through boutiques and designer shops in these trendy neighborhoods. Old Street (Nanshi): Explore antique markets and traditional handicraft shops near Yu Garden. IAPM Mall: Visit a modern shopping complex with luxury retailers and gourmet dining options. Fake Market (AP Plaza): Haggle for souvenirs, electronics, and clothing at this bustling market. Getting Around Shanghai Shanghai has a convenient public transportation system that includes metro, buses, taxis, and ridesharing services. Shanghai Metro: Navigate the city using the extensive subway network connecting major attractions and districts. Public Buses: Use bus routes to reach specific destinations; consider using mobile apps for route planning. Taxis and Ridesharing: Hail taxis or use apps like Didi for convenient transportation around the city. Bicycles: Rent bikes from bike-sharing stations to explore parks and scenic areas. Where to Stay in Shanghai Choose from a range of accommodations in Shanghai, from luxury hotels to budget-friendly hostels. Luxury Hotels: Experience world-class hospitality at luxury hotels along the Bund or in Lujiazui. Boutique Hotels: Stay in stylish boutique hotels offering personalized services and unique designs. Hostels and Guesthouses: Budget-friendly options with shared facilities, ideal for backpackers and solo travelers. Apartments and Rentals: Rent serviced apartments or vacation homes for a comfortable and homely stay. Practical Tips for Visitors Best Time to Visit: Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) offer pleasant weather. Language: Learn basic Mandarin phrases; use translation apps for communication. Currency: Use Chinese Yuan (CNY); major credit cards accepted in tourist areas. Etiquette: Respect local customs and manners; avoid public displays of affection. Safety: Be vigilant of pickpockets in crowded areas; carry copies of important documents. Internet Access: Purchase a local SIM card for mobile data; free Wi-Fi available in many cafes and public places. Enjoy Your Trip to Shanghai! Get ready to immerse yourself in the energy and excitement of Shanghai. Whether you`re fascinated by history, captivated by the skyline, or indulging in delicious cuisine, Shanghai promises an unforgettable travel experience.
Welcome to Beijing! Discover the vibrant capital city of China, where ancient history meets modernity. Beijing, with its rich heritage, iconic landmarks, delicious cuisine, and bustling streets, promises an unforgettable journey. About Beijing Beijing, also known as Peking, is the political, cultural, and educational center of China. As one of the world`s oldest continuous civilizations, Beijing has been the heart of Chinese history for centuries. Key features of Beijing include its historic hutongs (narrow alleys), ancient palaces, and temples alongside modern skyscrapers and shopping malls. The city is renowned for its role in Chinese history, serving as the capital of several dynasties. Top Attractions Forbidden City (Palace Museum): Explore the largest imperial palace complex in the world, with over 9,000 rooms filled with treasures and historical artifacts. Great Wall of China: Visit iconic sections like Badaling, Mutianyu, or Jinshanling for stunning views of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Tiananmen Square: Discover the heart of Beijing and witness the monumental Tiananmen Gate, Chairman Mao`s Mausoleum, and the National Museum of China. Temple of Heaven: Experience the spiritual ambiance of this ancient temple complex where emperors once prayed for good harvests. Summer Palace: Wander through lush gardens, pavilions, and Kunming Lake at this UNESCO-listed royal retreat. Hutong Tour: Take a rickshaw ride through traditional hutongs to see local life and visit courtyard homes. 798 Art District: Explore Beijing`s contemporary art scene in a former factory complex filled with galleries, studios, and cafes. Lama Temple (Yonghe Temple): Admire the impressive Tibetan-style architecture and giant Buddha statue at this active Buddhist temple. National Museum of China: Learn about Chinese history, art, and culture through extensive exhibitions. Culture and History Beijing is steeped in cultural heritage, offering a glimpse into China`s ancient traditions and customs. Peking Opera: Attend a live performance of this traditional art form known for its colorful costumes, music, and storytelling. Chinese Tea Culture: Visit tea houses to sample different teas and participate in tea ceremonies. Imperial Architecture: Marvel at the architectural marvels of the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Temple of Heaven. Traditional Festivals: Experience festive celebrations during Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival, and Dragon Boat Festival. Beijing Cuisine: Indulge in local specialties such as Peking duck, hotpot, dumplings, and street food delicacies. Dining in Beijing Beijing offers a diverse culinary landscape, from gourmet dining to street-side snacks. Peking Duck: Savor the crispy-skinned duck at renowned restaurants like Quanjude or Da Dong. Street Food: Explore Wangfujing Snack Street for a variety of local snacks, skewers, and sweets. Hutong Restaurants: Dine in historic courtyard homes serving homestyle Beijing cuisine. Hotpot: Enjoy interactive dining with a bubbling pot of broth and fresh ingredients. Dumplings and Noodles: Try handmade jiaozi (dumplings) and la mian (hand-pulled noodles) in bustling noodle shops. Teahouses: Relax in traditional teahouses and sample regional teas paired with snacks. Shopping in Beijing Discover unique souvenirs, antiques, and modern goods in Beijing`s vibrant shopping districts. Silk Market: Bargain for silk products, clothing, and accessories at this bustling market. Wangfujing Street: Shop for international brands, local goods, and Beijing-style snacks. Panjiayuan Antique Market: Browse through a vast array of antiques, ceramics, and curios. Hongqiao Pearl Market: Find pearls, jewelry, and electronics at competitive prices. Dashilar Street: Explore historic Dashilar alley for traditional handicrafts and nostalgic items. Practical Tips for Visitors Best Time to Visit: Spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October) offer mild weather and fewer crowds. Language: Learn basic Mandarin phrases; use translation apps for communication. Currency: Use Chinese Yuan (CNY); major credit cards accepted in tourist areas. Transportation: Navigate the city with the extensive subway system, buses, taxis, and ridesharing apps. Accommodation: Choose from luxury hotels, boutique guesthouses, or budget-friendly hostels. Etiquette: Respect local customs, such as using both hands to receive items and addressing people with courtesy. Safety: Be cautious of pickpockets in crowded areas; keep valuables secure. Internet Access: Purchase a local SIM card for mobile data; free Wi-Fi available in many public places. Health and Hygiene: Carry bottled water and practice good hygiene; be aware of air quality during winter. Enjoy Your Journey in Beijing! Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture, rich history, and captivating experiences that Beijing has to offer. Whether you`re exploring ancient landmarks or indulging in local cuisine, Beijing promises an unforgettable journey that will leave lasting memories.
Welcome to Hong Kong! Explore the vibrant city of Hong Kong, where East meets West in a dazzling fusion of culture, cuisine, and modernity. From towering skyscrapers to tranquil islands, Hong Kong offers a captivating experience. About Hong Kong Hong Kong is a dynamic city known for its stunning skyline, bustling street markets, and picturesque harbor. As a Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong has its own unique blend of Chinese and Western influences. Key features of Hong Kong include its vibrant nightlife, world-class dining scene, and diverse shopping options. Top Attractions Victoria Peak: Ride the Peak Tram for panoramic views of Hong Kong`s skyline. Star Ferry: Take a scenic ride across Victoria Harbour between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Ngong Ping 360: Visit Lantau Island and see the Tian Tan Buddha statue. Temple Street Night Market: Explore this lively market for street food, souvenirs, and bargain shopping. Victoria Harbour Light Show: Watch the Symphony of Lights show illuminating Hong Kong`s skyscrapers. Ocean Park: Enjoy thrilling rides and see marine life at this popular amusement park. Stanley Market: Visit this waterfront market for arts, crafts, and seaside dining. Wong Tai Sin Temple: Experience traditional Chinese architecture and visit a popular Taoist temple. Hong Kong Disneyland: Discover magical attractions and meet Disney characters. Culture and History Hong Kong`s culture is a blend of ancient traditions and modern influences. Chinese Festivals: Experience traditional festivals like Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival. Colonial Heritage: Explore historic sites such as the Former British Consulate and Western District Public Cargo Working Area. Lamma Island: Escape to this laid-back island with hiking trails and seafood restaurants. Hong Kong Heritage Museum: Learn about the city`s history, art, and culture through exhibitions. Dining in Hong Kong Hong Kong is a food lover`s paradise, offering a wide range of culinary delights. Dim Sum: Enjoy traditional Cantonese dumplings and tea at famous dim sum restaurants. Street Food: Try local favorites like egg waffles, fish balls, and roast meat on rice. Seafood: Feast on fresh seafood at fishing villages like Sai Kung or Lei Yue Mun. Michelin-Starred Dining: Indulge in gourmet cuisine at acclaimed restaurants around the city. Shopping in Hong Kong Explore Hong Kong`s diverse shopping scene, from luxury boutiques to bustling street markets. Causeway Bay: Shop for international brands and designer labels in this vibrant shopping district. Mong Kok: Browse through markets like Ladies` Market and Sneakers Street for trendy fashion and accessories. Central District: Discover upscale shopping malls and department stores in Hong Kong`s financial hub. Stanley Village: Find unique gifts, home decor, and clothing at this waterfront market. Getting Around Hong Kong Explore Hong Kong`s efficient transportation network to navigate the city and its surrounding areas. MTR (Mass Transit Railway): Use the extensive subway system to reach major attractions and districts. Star Ferry: Take a scenic ferry ride across Victoria Harbour between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Trams: Ride the iconic double-decker trams for a leisurely tour of Hong Kong Island. Buses and Minibuses: Use public buses or minibus services for convenient transportation. Taxis and Ride-Hailing: Hail taxis or use ride-hailing apps like Uber for quick trips. Where to Stay in Hong Kong Choose from a variety of accommodations in Hong Kong, ranging from luxury hotels to budget-friendly guesthouses. Luxury Hotels: Experience world-class hospitality at luxury hotels in Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, or Causeway Bay. Boutique Hotels: Stay in stylish boutique hotels offering personalized services and unique designs. Hostels and Guesthouses: Budget-friendly options with shared facilities, ideal for backpackers and solo travelers. Serviced Apartments: Rent furnished apartments for extended stays and added convenience. Practical Tips for Visitors Best Time to Visit: Visit in autumn (October to December) for pleasant weather and clear skies. Language: English and Cantonese are widely spoken; use basic phrases for communication. Currency: Use Hong Kong Dollars (HKD); major credit cards accepted in most establishments. Etiquette: Respect local customs and traditions; queue patiently and avoid loud behavior in public. Safety: Hong Kong is generally safe, but be cautious in crowded areas and watch for traffic. Internet Access: Stay connected with free Wi-Fi available in public areas and cafes. Enjoy Your Trip to Hong Kong! Get ready for an unforgettable journey in Hong Kong, where every corner reveals something new and exciting. Whether you`re exploring iconic landmarks or savoring delicious street food, Hong Kong promises an enriching travel experience.
Overview ShenZhen (深圳) is a modern metropolis located in Guangdong Province, bordering Hong Kong. It`s renowned as a major tech hub and a gateway to China`s manufacturing industry. The city`s skyline is dominated by sleek skyscrapers, reflecting its status as a global innovation center. Top Attractions Splendid China Folk Village (锦绣中华民俗村) - Jǐnxiù Zhōnghuá Mínsú Cūn Window of the World (世界之窗) - Shìjiè Zhī Chuāng Dameisha Beach (大梅沙海滨公园) - Dàméishā Hǎibīn Gōngyuán Lianhua Mountain Park (莲花山公园) - Liánhuā Shān Gōngyuán Shenzhen Museum (深圳博物馆) - Shēnzhèn Bówùguǎn Dafen Oil Painting Village (大芬油画村) - Dàfēn Yóuhuà Cūn Nanshan Cultural Tourist Zone (南山文化旅游区) - Nánshān Wénhuà Lǚyóu Qū Shenzhen Bay Park (深圳湾公园) - Shēnzhèn Wān Gōngyuán Shenzhen Safari Park (深圳野生动物园) - Shēnzhèn Yěshēng Dòngwùyuán Tech and Innovation Huaqiangbei Electronics Market (华强北电子市场) - Huáqiángběi Diànzǐ Shìchǎng Shenzhen Bay Tech Ecological Park (深圳湾科技生态园) - Shēnzhèn Wān Kējì Shēngtài Yuán Tencent Seafront Towers (腾讯滨海大厦) - Téngxùn Bīnhǎi Dàshà DJI Flagship Store (大疆旗舰店) - Dàjiāng Qíjiàn Diàn Shopping and Dining Coco Park and OCT-LOFT (coco park 和 华侨城创意文化园区) - Huáqiáo Chéng Chuàngyì Wénhuà Yuánqū Dongmen Pedestrian Street (东门步行街) - Dōngmén Bùxíng Jiē OCT-LOFT Creative Culture Park (华侨城创意文化园区) - Huáqiáo Chéng Chuàngyì Wénhuà Yuánqū Laojie (Old Street) in Luohu (罗湖老街) - Luóhú Lǎojiē Nightlife and Entertainment Shekou Sea World (蛇口海上世界) - Shékǒu Hǎishàng Shìjiè Futian and Luohu Districts (福田和罗湖区) - Fútián hé Luóhú Qū Coco Park and OCT Bay (coco park 和 华侨城创意文化园区) - Huáqiáo Chéng Chuàngyì Wénhuà Yuánqū Shenzhen Concert Hall (深圳音乐厅) - Shēnzhèn Yīnyuètīng Practical Tips Transportation: Utilize Shenzhen`s efficient metro system and ride-hailing apps. Language: Learn basic Mandarin phrases for easier communication. Safety: Be cautious of pickpocketing in crowded areas. Visa: Check China`s visa policy based on your nationality. Currency: Use local currency (Renminbi) for transactions. Weather: Pack accordingly for Shenzhen`s subtropical climate. Hidden Gems Wutong Mountain (梧桐山) - Wútóng Shān Dapeng Ancient City (大鹏古城) - Dàpéng Gǔchéng Guangdong Hakka Museum (广东客家博物馆) - Guǎngdōng Kèjiā Bówùguǎn Additional Dining Recommendations Dim Sum: Experience authentic Cantonese dim sum. Seafood: Indulge in fresh seafood in Shekou. Street Food: Explore Dongmen Food Street for local snacks. By exploring these attractions, dining spots, and practical tips, you`ll have a comprehensive guide to experiencing Shenzhen`s rich blend of culture, technology, and natural beauty.
Overview ChengDu (成都) is the capital city of SiChuan province in south-west China. Known for its spicy cuisine, relaxed lifestyle, and panda conservation centers, ChengDu offers a unique blend of modernity and tradition. Top Attractions Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (成都大熊猫繁育研究基地) - Chéngdū Dàxióngmāo Fányù Yánjiū Jīdì Jinli Ancient Street (锦里古街) - Jǐnlǐ Gǔjiē Wuhou Shrine (武侯祠) - Wǔhóu Cí Qingcheng Mountain (青城山) - Qīngchéng Shān Dujiangyan Irrigation System (都江堰) - Dūjiāngyàn Wide and Narrow Alleys (Kuanzhai Alley) (宽窄巷子) - Kuānzhǎi Xiàngzi Sichuan Opera and Face Changing Show (川剧变脸) - Chuānjù Biànliǎn Chengdu People`s Park (成都人民公园) - Chéngdū Rénmín Gōngyuán Chunxi Road (春熙路) - Chūnxī Lù Song Xian Qiao Antique Market (宋庆龄故居松仙桥古玩市场) - Sòng Qìnglíng Gùjū Sōngxiānqiáo Gǔwàn Shìchǎng Wenshu Monastery (文殊院) - Wénshū Yuàn Mt. Emei (峨眉山) - Éméi Shān (Day trip from Chengdu) Dining Experiences Hot Pot (火锅) - Huǒguō Sichuan Cuisine (川菜) - Chuāncài Tea Houses (茶馆) - Cháguǎn Huangcheng Laoma (Old Master Huang`s Restaurant) (黄城老妈) - Huángchéng Lǎomā Yulin Life Plaza Food Street (玉林生活广场美食街) - Yùlín Shēnghuó Guǎngchǎng Měishí Jiē Long Chaoshou Restaurant (Dragon`s Wonton Restaurant) (龙抄手) - Lóng Chāoshǒu Shopping and Entertainment Chunxi Road Shopping District (春熙路购物区) - Chūnxī Lù Gòuwù Qū Taikoo Li (太古里) - Tàigǔlǐ IFS (International Finance Square) (国际金融中心) - Guójì Jīnróng Zhōngxīn Sichuan Opera and Tea Culture Show (川剧茶艺表演) - Chuānjù Cháyì Biǎoyǎn Chengdu Global Center (成都环球中心) - Chéngdū Huánqiú Zhōngxīn Chengdu IFS Ice Fountain (IFS冰雪奇缘) - IFS Bīngxuě Qíyuán Chengdu New Century Global Center (成都世纪环球中心) - Chéngdū Shìjì Huánqiú Zhōngxīn Tianfu New Area (天府新区) - Tiānfǔ Xīn Qū. Tianfu New Area is a rapidly developing region known for its modern architecture, innovative industries, and urban planning. Nightlife and Entertainment Wide and Narrow Alleys (Kuanzhai Alley) (宽窄巷子) - Kuānzhǎi Xiàngzi Jiuyanqiao Bar Street (九眼桥酒吧街) - Jiǔyǎnqiáo Jiǔbā Jiē Lan Kwai Fong Chengdu (成都兰桂坊) - Chéngdū Lánguìfāng Heming Teahouse (Hemingway Bar) (海明茶馆) - Hǎimíng Cháguǎn Chengdu Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li (成都远洋太古里) - Chéngdū Yuǎnyáng Tàigǔlǐ Practical Tips Transportation: Use the Chengdu metro system, buses, or taxis for getting around. Language: Mandarin is the primary language; learn some basic phrases. Weather: Chengdu has a mild climate, but prepare for occasional rain, especially in summer. Currency: Use local currency (Renminbi). Panda Visits: Plan your visit to the panda base early in the morning for the best panda viewing. Respect Local Customs: Embrace the laid-back lifestyle and tea culture of Chengdu. Hidden Gems Chengdu Culture Park (成都文化公园) - Chéngdū Wénhuà Gōngyuán Chengdu Panda Asian Food Festival (成都国际熊猫美食节) - Chéngdū Guójì Xióngmāo Měishí Jié Anshun Bridge Night Market (安顺廊桥夜市) - Ānshùn Lángqiáo Yèshì Enjoy exploring Chengdu`s rich culture, delicious cuisine, and the adorable giant pandas!

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Hot pot dining is a communal and interactive meal enjoyed by many in China and beyond. A hot pot meal consists of a simmering broth into which fresh ingredients are cooked, then dipped into a sauce before eating, bit by bit. Meats are thinly sliced and can cook in just 20 seconds (be sure to cook only one slice at a time). One can have tomatoes or cucumber as a side dish to eat raw. Typically, the dipping sauce is sesame sprinkled with chopped spring onions though one add add various condiments such as chopped garlic. Spicy (Hot) Broth (麻辣汤 - Má là tāng): This broth is typically made with a combination of chili peppers, Sichuan peppercorns, garlic, ginger, and various spices. It`s known for its fiery and numbing flavor, characteristic of Sichuan cuisine. It adds a spicy kick to the ingredients cooked in the hot pot, offering a tingling sensation on the palate. Non-Spicy (Not Hot) Broth (清汤 - Qīng tāng): This broth is a milder option compared to the spicy broth. It`s often made with a clear or lightly flavored base, such as chicken, pork, or vegetable broth. It allows the natural flavors of the ingredients to shine through without the overpowering heat of spices. It`s a popular choice for those who prefer a more subtle and refreshing taste. Two-in-One (Yuan Yang) Broth (鸳鸯锅 - Yuān yāng guō): The two-in-one broth offers the best of both worlds by dividing the hot pot into two sections, allowing diners to enjoy both spicy and non-spicy options simultaneously. One side typically contains the spicy broth, while the other side contains the non-spicy broth. It caters to groups with varying preferences, providing a versatile dining experience where everyone can find something they enjoy. Meat: * Beef: Niú Ròu (牛肉) * Lamb: Yáng Ròu (羊肉) * Chicken: Jī Ròu (鸡肉) Pork: Zhū Ròu (猪肉) Sausages: Xiāng Cháng (香肠) * Fish / Shrimp/Prawn Balls: Yú Qiú / Xiā Qiú (鱼球 / 虾球) Seafood: - Shrimp: Xiā (虾) - Fish: Yú (鱼) - Shellfish: Háimǔ (海蜇) - Mussels: Gēn Mǔli (蚌肉) - Squid: Yóu Yú (鱿鱼) Vegetables: * Coriander: Xīng Cài (香菜) Potato slices: TǔDòu (土豆) Tomatoes: Fān Qié (番茄) Cucumber: HuángGuā (黄瓜) Bean Sprouts: Dà Suàn (大蒜) Lotus Root: Lián`ǒu (莲藕) Bamboo Shoots: Zhú Sǔn (竹笋) Cabbage: Xīng Cài (白菜) Spinach: Bō Cài (菠菜) Mushrooms: - * Enoki Mushroom (long thin white): Jīn Zhēngū (金针菇) - * Shiitake Mushroom: Xiāng Gū (香菇) - Oyster Mushroom: Mù Ěr (木耳) - Wood Ear Mushroom: Xīng`ěr (杏鲍菇) - King Oyster Mushroom: Xìng Bàogū (杏鲍菇) Tofu: * Iced Tofu: Dòng Dòufu (冻豆腐) * Tofu Skin: Dòu Pí (豆皮) Firm Tofu: Làn Dòufu (蓝豆腐) Silken Tofu: Dòufu Rǔ (豆腐乳) Bean Curd Sheets: Dòu Piàn (豆片) Noodles: * Clear (bean) Noodles: Tāng Fěn (汤粉) Rice Noodles: Mǐ Fěn (米粉) Udon Noodles: Wǔdūn Miàn (乌冬面) Other Ingredients: * Dumplings: JiǎoZi (饺子) Eggs: Jī Dàn (鸡蛋) Fried Dough Sticks: Yóu Tiáo (油条) Sauce Bowl: * Sesame Sauce: Zhī Málà Jiàng (芝麻麻辣酱) Peanut Sauce: Huā Shēng Jiàng (花生酱) Condiments one can add to sauce bowl: * Scallions (chopped spring onions): Cōng Jiàng Yóu (葱酱油) Soy Sauce: Jiàng Yóu (酱油) Vinegar: Cù (醋) Chili Sauce: Làjiāo Jiàng (辣椒酱) Garlic Sauce: Sào Jiàng (臊酱) Sesame Oil: Zhī Yóu (芝麻油) Well known hot pot chains include XiaoBu XiaoBu and HaiDiLao but one can also enjoy many one-off independent restaurants.
Beautiful Natural Landscapes Tour of China Week 1-2: Southwest China Explore the karst landscapes of Guilin and Yangshuo, including Li River cruises and bamboo rafting, GuangXi province. Visit the terraced rice fields of Longji and ethnic minority villages, GuangXi province. Explore the unique rock formations and caves of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, HuNan province. Week 3: Yunnan Province Discover the diverse landscapes of Yunnan, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Three Parallel Rivers and the Dongchuan Red Land. Visit the ancient town of Lijiang and hike Tiger Leaping Gorge. Explore the picturesque scenery of Shangri-La and visit the Songzanlin Monastery. Week 4: Tibet Experience the stunning landscapes and cultural heritage of Tibet, including the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. Visit Namtso Lake, one of the highest saltwater lakes in the world. Explore the Everest Base Camp and hike in the Himalayas.
Overview ChengDu (成都) is the capital city of SiChuan province in south-west China. Known for its spicy cuisine, relaxed lifestyle, and panda conservation centers, ChengDu offers a unique blend of modernity and tradition. Top Attractions Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (成都大熊猫繁育研究基地) - Chéngdū Dàxióngmāo Fányù Yánjiū Jīdì Jinli Ancient Street (锦里古街) - Jǐnlǐ Gǔjiē Wuhou Shrine (武侯祠) - Wǔhóu Cí Qingcheng Mountain (青城山) - Qīngchéng Shān Dujiangyan Irrigation System (都江堰) - Dūjiāngyàn Wide and Narrow Alleys (Kuanzhai Alley) (宽窄巷子) - Kuānzhǎi Xiàngzi Sichuan Opera and Face Changing Show (川剧变脸) - Chuānjù Biànliǎn Chengdu People`s Park (成都人民公园) - Chéngdū Rénmín Gōngyuán Chunxi Road (春熙路) - Chūnxī Lù Song Xian Qiao Antique Market (宋庆龄故居松仙桥古玩市场) - Sòng Qìnglíng Gùjū Sōngxiānqiáo Gǔwàn Shìchǎng Wenshu Monastery (文殊院) - Wénshū Yuàn Mt. Emei (峨眉山) - Éméi Shān (Day trip from Chengdu) Dining Experiences Hot Pot (火锅) - Huǒguō Sichuan Cuisine (川菜) - Chuāncài Tea Houses (茶馆) - Cháguǎn Huangcheng Laoma (Old Master Huang`s Restaurant) (黄城老妈) - Huángchéng Lǎomā Yulin Life Plaza Food Street (玉林生活广场美食街) - Yùlín Shēnghuó Guǎngchǎng Měishí Jiē Long Chaoshou Restaurant (Dragon`s Wonton Restaurant) (龙抄手) - Lóng Chāoshǒu Shopping and Entertainment Chunxi Road Shopping District (春熙路购物区) - Chūnxī Lù Gòuwù Qū Taikoo Li (太古里) - Tàigǔlǐ IFS (International Finance Square) (国际金融中心) - Guójì Jīnróng Zhōngxīn Sichuan Opera and Tea Culture Show (川剧茶艺表演) - Chuānjù Cháyì Biǎoyǎn Chengdu Global Center (成都环球中心) - Chéngdū Huánqiú Zhōngxīn Chengdu IFS Ice Fountain (IFS冰雪奇缘) - IFS Bīngxuě Qíyuán Chengdu New Century Global Center (成都世纪环球中心) - Chéngdū Shìjì Huánqiú Zhōngxīn Tianfu New Area (天府新区) - Tiānfǔ Xīn Qū. Tianfu New Area is a rapidly developing region known for its modern architecture, innovative industries, and urban planning. Nightlife and Entertainment Wide and Narrow Alleys (Kuanzhai Alley) (宽窄巷子) - Kuānzhǎi Xiàngzi Jiuyanqiao Bar Street (九眼桥酒吧街) - Jiǔyǎnqiáo Jiǔbā Jiē Lan Kwai Fong Chengdu (成都兰桂坊) - Chéngdū Lánguìfāng Heming Teahouse (Hemingway Bar) (海明茶馆) - Hǎimíng Cháguǎn Chengdu Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li (成都远洋太古里) - Chéngdū Yuǎnyáng Tàigǔlǐ Practical Tips Transportation: Use the Chengdu metro system, buses, or taxis for getting around. Language: Mandarin is the primary language; learn some basic phrases. Weather: Chengdu has a mild climate, but prepare for occasional rain, especially in summer. Currency: Use local currency (Renminbi). Panda Visits: Plan your visit to the panda base early in the morning for the best panda viewing. Respect Local Customs: Embrace the laid-back lifestyle and tea culture of Chengdu. Hidden Gems Chengdu Culture Park (成都文化公园) - Chéngdū Wénhuà Gōngyuán Chengdu Panda Asian Food Festival (成都国际熊猫美食节) - Chéngdū Guójì Xióngmāo Měishí Jié Anshun Bridge Night Market (安顺廊桥夜市) - Ānshùn Lángqiáo Yèshì Enjoy exploring Chengdu`s rich culture, delicious cuisine, and the adorable giant pandas!
Top 20 Places to Visit in and Around Xiamen: Gulangyu Island (鼓浪屿, Gǔlàngyǔ): Explore the car-free island known for its colonial architecture, beaches, and scenic views. Xiamen University (厦门大学, Xiàmén Dàxué): Visit the beautiful campus known for its traditional Chinese-style architecture and scenic surroundings. Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street (中山路步行街, Zhōngshān Lù Bùxíng Jiē): Shop, dine, and experience local culture on this bustling pedestrian street. Hulishan Fortress (胡里山炮台, Húlǐshān Pàotái): Explore this historic fortress built in the late Qing dynasty, featuring cannons and panoramic views of the sea. Nanputuo Temple (南普陀寺, Nánpǔtuó Sì): Visit this Buddhist temple known for its intricate architecture and serene atmosphere. Xiamen Botanical Garden (厦门植物园, Xiàmén Zhíwùyuán): Enjoy a leisurely stroll through this expansive botanical garden featuring a wide variety of plant species. Guanyin Mountain (观音山, Guānyīn Shān): Hike or take a cable car to the top of this scenic mountain for panoramic views of Xiamen and the surrounding area. Gaoji Causeway (高崎大道, Gāojī Dàdào): Take a scenic drive or bike ride along this picturesque causeway connecting Xiamen Island to the mainland. Xiamen Science and Technology Museum (厦门科技馆, Xiàmén Kējìguǎn): Explore interactive exhibits on science, technology, and innovation at this family-friendly museum. Huangcuo Beach (黄厝海滩, Huángcuò Hǎitān): Relax on the sandy shores and enjoy water sports at this popular beach destination. Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center (厦门国际会展中心, Xiàmén Guójì Huìzhǎn Zhōngxīn): Attend events, trade shows, and exhibitions at this modern convention center. Wanshi Botanical Garden (万石植物园, Wànshí Zhíwùyuán): Discover diverse plant species and enjoy scenic walking trails at this botanical garden. Xiamen Piano Museum (厦门钢琴博物馆, Xiàmén Gāngqín Bówùguǎn): Learn about the history and craftsmanship of pianos at this unique museum. Xiamen Twin Towers (厦门双子塔, Xiàmén Shuāngzǐtǎ): Admire the modern architecture and panoramic views from the observation deck of these iconic twin towers. Huandao Road (环岛路, Huándǎo Lù): Take a scenic drive or bike ride along this coastal road encircling Xiamen Island, offering stunning views of the sea and skyline. Xiamen Gulangyu Museum (厦门鼓浪屿博物馆, Xiàmén Gǔlàngyǔ Bówùguǎn): Learn about the history and culture of Gulangyu Island at this informative museum. Hai Tian Tang Gou (海天堂购, Hǎi Tiān Táng Gòu): Shop for souvenirs, local products, and snacks at this bustling shopping street. Gu Lang Yu Organ Museum (鼓浪屿风琴博物馆, Gǔlàngyǔ Fēngqín Bówùguǎn): Explore a unique collection of organs and musical instruments at this museum. Xiamen Science and Technology Museum (厦门科技馆, Xiàmén Kējìguǎn): Engage in hands-on learning and interactive exhibits at this educational museum. Wuyuan Bay Wetland Park (五缘湾湿地公园, Wǔyuán Wān Shīdì Gōngyuán): Enjoy nature walks, birdwatching, and scenic views of wetland ecosystems at this peaceful park.
Places to visit in and around NanJing Dr. Sun Yat-sen`s Mausoleum (中山陵) - Zhōngshān Líng Description: Dr. Sun Yat-sen`s Mausoleum is a memorial site dedicated to the founding father of the Republic of China, located at the foot of Purple Mountain. Visitors can climb the grand staircase to reach the mausoleum, explore the surrounding parkland, and pay homage to Dr. Sun Yat-sen at his final resting place. Confucius Temple (夫子庙) - Fūzǐ Miào Description: Confucius Temple is a historic complex dedicated to the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius. The temple features traditional architecture, tranquil courtyards, and cultural relics, as well as bustling markets, teahouses, and street performances. Visitors can experience the vibrant atmosphere and pay tribute to Confucius` teachings and legacy. Nanjing City Wall (南京城墙) - Nánjīng Chéngqiáng Description: Nanjing City Wall is one of the best-preserved ancient city walls in China, dating back over 600 years. Visitors can walk or cycle along the wall`s ramparts, gates, and watchtowers, enjoying panoramic views of the cityscape and surrounding scenery. The wall offers insights into Nanjing`s rich history and architectural heritage. Xuanwu Lake (玄武湖) - Xuánwǔ Hú Description: Xuanwu Lake is a scenic freshwater lake located in the heart of Nanjing, surrounded by parks, gardens, and historic landmarks. Visitors can take leisurely boat cruises, stroll along lakeside promenades, and enjoy recreational activities such as cycling, picnicking, and birdwatching amidst serene natural surroundings. Jiming Temple (鸡鸣寺) - Jīmíng Sì Description: Jiming Temple is a renowned Buddhist temple perched on the slopes of Purple Mountain, offering panoramic views of Nanjing. The temple complex features ancient pagodas, halls, and gardens, as well as cultural relics and religious artifacts. Visitors can explore the tranquil grounds, attend Buddhist ceremonies, and admire the temple`s architectural beauty. Nanjing Museum (南京博物院) - Nánjīng Bówùyuàn Description: Nanjing Museum is one of China`s largest and most comprehensive museums, showcasing the history, art, and culture of Nanjing and the Jiangsu province. The museum`s extensive collections include archaeological artifacts, fine art, ceramics, and cultural relics, as well as interactive exhibits, educational programs, and temporary exhibitions. Presidential Palace (总统府) - Zǒngtǒng Fǔ Description: Presidential Palace is a historic complex serving as the former official residence of Chinese presidents. The palace features traditional Chinese architecture, landscaped gardens, and historical exhibitions, offering insights into China`s modern history and political developments. Visitors can explore the ornate halls, courtyards, and memorial halls, as well as attend cultural events and performances. Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge (南京长江大桥) - Nánjīng Chángjiāng Dàqiáo Description: Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is a landmark bridge spanning the Yangtze River, connecting the districts of Pukou and Xiaguan. The bridge offers panoramic views of the river, city skyline, and surrounding landscapes, as well as opportunities for sightseeing, photography, and enjoying the scenic riverfront. Porcelain Tower of Nanjing (南京瓷塔) - Nánjīng Cítǎ Description: Porcelain Tower of Nanjing is a historic pagoda renowned for its exquisite architecture and ornate porcelain decorations. Originally built in the 15th century, the pagoda was reconstructed in the 21st century and now serves as a cultural landmark and museum. Visitors can admire the pagoda`s intricate design, learn about its history, and enjoy panoramic views from the top. Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum (明孝陵) - Míng Xiàolíng Description: Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum is the final resting place of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, the founder of the Ming Dynasty, and his empress. Located at the foot of Purple Mountain, the mausoleum complex features grand gateways, sacred pathways, and ancient stone sculptures, as well as serene forested surroundings ideal for contemplation and reflection. Nanjing Drum Tower (南京鼓楼) - Nánjīng Gǔlóu Description: Nanjing Drum Tower is a historic landmark dating back to the Ming Dynasty, located in the heart of Nanjing`s city center. The tower once served as a military command post and timekeeping facility, and today houses a museum showcasing Nanjing`s cultural heritage. Visitors can climb to the top for panoramic views of the city and learn about the tower`s history and significance. Xiaoling Tomb of the Ming Dynasty (明孝陵) - Míng Xiàolíng Description: Xiaoling Tomb is the burial site of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty, and his empress. Located at the foot of Purple Mountain, the tomb complex encompasses grand gateways, pathways, and scenic gardens, as well as historical artifacts and sculptures. Visitors can explore the serene surroundings, pay respects to the Ming Dynasty`s founder, and learn about imperial burial customs. Nanjing Museum of Paleontology (南京古生物博物馆) - Nánjīng Gǔshēngwù Bówùguǎn Description: Nanjing Museum of Paleontology is dedicated to the study and exhibition of fossils and prehistoric artifacts. The museum`s collections include dinosaur fossils, ancient plants, and geological specimens, as well as interactive exhibits and educational programs exploring Earth`s natural history and evolution. Nanjing Presidential Palace (南京总统府) - Nánjīng Zǒngtǒng Fǔ Description: Nanjing Presidential Palace is a historic complex serving as the former official residence of Chinese presidents. The palace features traditional Chinese architecture, landscaped gardens, and historical exhibitions, offering insights into China`s modern history and political developments. Visitors can explore the ornate halls, courtyards, and memorial halls, as well as attend cultural events and exhibitions. Jiming Temple Scenic Area (鸡鸣寺风景名胜区) - Jīmíng Sì Fēngjǐng Míngshèng Qū Description: Jiming Temple Scenic Area encompasses the historic Jiming Temple complex, as well as surrounding parks, gardens, and cultural landmarks. Visitors can explore ancient temples, pagodas, and stone inscriptions, as well as enjoy scenic walks, cultural performances, and panoramic views of Nanjing`s skyline. Mochou Lake Park (莫愁湖公园) - Mòchóu Hú Gōngyuán Description: Mochou Lake Park is a scenic parkland surrounding Mochou Lake, offering a tranquil retreat amidst Nanjing`s urban landscape. Visitors can stroll along lakeside promenades, admire seasonal flowers and gardens, and enjoy recreational activities such as boating, fishing, and picnicking. The park also features cultural attractions, pavilions, and historic sites. Nanjing Drum Tower (南京鼓楼) - Nánjīng Gǔlóu Description: Nanjing Drum Tower is a historic landmark located in the heart of Nanjing`s city center, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. The tower once served as a military command post and timekeeping facility, and today houses a museum showcasing Nanjing`s cultural heritage. Visitors can climb to the top for panoramic views of the city and learn about the tower`s history and significance. Porcelain Tower Site Park (瓷塔遗址公园) - Cítǎ Yízhǐ Gōngyuán Description: Porcelain Tower Site Park is a historic site commemorating the location of the former Porcelain Tower of Nanjing, a renowned pagoda destroyed during the Qing Dynasty. The park features archaeological remains, cultural exhibits, and reconstructed pagoda foundations, as well as landscaped gardens, sculptures, and panoramic views of Nanjing`s skyline. Nanjing Botanical Garden (南京植物园) - Nánjīng Zhíwù Yuán Description: Nanjing Botanical Garden is a vast botanical reserve featuring diverse plant collections, themed gardens, and natural habitats. Visitors can explore walking trails, greenhouses, and scenic viewpoints, as well as participate in educational programs, workshops, and gardening activities. The garden also hosts seasonal flower shows, plant exhibitions, and cultural events throughout the year. Qinhuai River Scenic Area (秦淮风光带) - Qínhuái Fēngguāng Dài Description: Qinhuai River Scenic Area is a historic waterfront district renowned for its cultural heritage, scenic landscapes, and traditional architecture. Visitors can take leisurely boat cruises along the river, explore ancient streets and alleys, and admire historic landmarks such as Confucius Temple, Nanjing City Wall, and Zhonghua Gate. The area also offers opportunities for shopping, dining, and experiencing Nanjing`s vibrant nightlife. Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall (南京大屠杀纪念馆) - Nánjīng Dàtúshā Jìniànguǎn Description: Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall is a somber memorial dedicated to the victims of the Nanjing Massacre during World War II. The memorial hall features historical exhibits, documentary films, and testimonies from survivors, as well as educational programs and activities promoting peace, reconciliation, and remembrance.
Beijing: 20 Kid-Friendly Places to Visit The Forbidden City (紫禁城 Zǐjìnchéng): Explore the ancient imperial palace complex and its vast courtyards. The Great Wall of China (长城 Chángchéng): Take a family hike along this iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beijing Zoo (北京动物园 Běijīng Dòngwùyuán): Visit pandas and other animals at one of China`s oldest and largest zoos. Beihai Park (北海公园 Běihǎi Gōngyuán): Enjoy boating on the lake and exploring the gardens and pavilions. 798 Art District (798艺术区 Qījiǔbā Yìshùqū): Discover contemporary art in this former factory complex turned art district. Beijing Aquarium (北京海洋馆 Běijīng Hǎiyánguǎn): Explore the underwater world with a variety of marine life exhibits. Beijing Children`s Museum (北京儿童博物馆 Běijīng Értóng Bówùguǎn): Interactive museum featuring exhibits designed for children. Summer Palace (颐和园 Yíhé Yuán): Stroll through beautiful gardens and enjoy boat rides on Kunming Lake. Happy Valley Beijing (欢乐谷 Huānlègǔ Běijīng): Amusement park with rides and entertainment for the whole family. Beijing Botanical Garden (北京植物园 Běijīng Zhíwùyuán): Explore diverse plant collections and enjoy outdoor activities. Temple of Heaven Park (天坛公园 Tiāntán Gōngyuán): Watch locals practice tai chi and fly kites in this historic park. Beijing National Stadium (Bird`s Nest) (北京国家体育场 Běijīng Guójiā Tǐyùchǎng): Visit the iconic Olympic venue and explore its architecture. Beijing Planetarium (北京天文馆 Běijīng Tiānwénguǎn): Discover the wonders of the universe through interactive exhibits. Beijing Ancient Observatory (北京古观象台 Běijīng Gǔ Guānxiàngtái): Learn about ancient Chinese astronomy and observe celestial objects. Capital Museum (首都博物馆 Shǒudū Bówùguǎn): Explore Chinese art and history with family-friendly exhibits. Beijing World Park (北京世界公园 Běijīng Shìjiè Gōngyuán): Travel around the world in a day with replicas of famous landmarks. Chinese Ethnic Culture Park (中国民族文化公园 Zhōngguó Mínzú Wénhuà Gōngyuán): Learn about China`s diverse ethnic groups through cultural displays. Beijing Toy Museum (北京玩具博物馆 Běijīng Wánjù Bówùguǎn): Explore a vast collection of toys from different eras and cultures. Beijing Olympic Park (北京奥林匹克公园 Běijīng Àolínpǐkè Gōngyuán): Enjoy green spaces, walking paths, and iconic Olympic venues. Beijing Botanical Garden (北京植物园 Běijīng Zhíwùyuán): Explore diverse plant collections and enjoy outdoor activities. Beijing: 30 More Places to Visit Tiananmen Square (天安门广场 Tiān`ānmén Guǎngchǎng): Iconic city square with historical significance and monumental architecture. Hutongs (胡同 Hútòng): Explore Beijing`s traditional narrow alleys and courtyard residences by rickshaw or walking tour. Prince Gong`s Mansion (恭王府 Gōng Wáng Fǔ): Visit this well-preserved imperial residence with beautiful gardens and architecture. Yonghe Lama Temple (雍和宫 Yōng hé Gōng): Discover Tibetan Buddhist culture in this stunning temple complex. National Museum of China (中国国家博物馆 Zhōngguó Guójiā Bówùguǎn): Explore China`s history and culture through extensive exhibits and artifacts. Beijing National Aquatics Center (Water Cube) (北京国家游泳中心 Běijīng Guójiā Yóuyǒng Zhōngxīn): Visit the iconic venue from the 2008 Olympics, now transformed into a water park. Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum (北京古建筑博物馆 Běijīng Gǔ Jiànzhù Bówùguǎn): Learn about traditional Chinese architecture in this unique museum. Beijing Railway Museum (北京铁路博物馆 Běijīng Tiělù Bówùguǎn): Explore the history of Chinese railways with exhibits of locomotives and artifacts. National Centre for the Performing Arts (国家大剧院 Guójiā Dàjùyuàn): Marvel at the futuristic architecture and enjoy performances in this iconic venue. Beijing Capital Museum (北京首都博物馆 Běijīng Shǒudū Bówùguǎn): Discover Chinese art and history through extensive collections and exhibitions. Beijing Ming Tombs (明十三陵 Míng Shísān Líng): Explore the burial site of Ming Dynasty emperors with grand architecture and scenic surroundings. Beijing Museum of Natural History (中国科学技术馆 Zhōngguó Kēxué Jìshùguǎn): Learn about the natural world with exhibits on dinosaurs, fossils, and ecosystems. Beijing Bell and Drum Towers (北京钟鼓楼 Běijīng Zhōnggǔ Lóu): Visit these historic structures and enjoy panoramic views of the city. Capital Library of China (中国国家图书馆 Zhōngguó Guójiā Túshūguǎn): Explore a vast collection of books and cultural resources in this modern library. Yuanmingyuan (Old Summer Palace) (圆明园 Yuánmíngyuán): Explore the ruins of this historic imperial palace complex with beautiful gardens. Beijing National Art Museum (北京国家艺术博物馆 Běijīng Guójiā Yìshù Bówùguǎn): Discover Chinese art through extensive collections of painting, sculpture, and calligraphy. Beijing Modern Art Gallery (北京现代美术馆 Běijīng Xiàndài Měishùguǎn): Explore contemporary Chinese art in this vibrant gallery space. Beijing Aviation Museum (北京航空馆 Běijīng Hángkōngguǎn): Learn about the history of aviation in China with exhibits of aircraft and technology. Beijing Confucius Temple and Imperial College (北京孔庙和国子监 Běijīng Kǒngmiào hé Guózǐjiàn): Discover Confucian culture in this historic temple and educational institution. Beijing South Railway Station (北京南站 Běijīng Nánzhàn): Experience modern transportation and marvel at the architecture of this major railway hub. Beijing Dongyue Temple (北京东岳庙 Běijīng Dōngyuèmiào): Explore Chinese folk religion and mythology in this unique temple complex. Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park (北京石景山游乐园 Běijīng Shíjǐngshān Yóulèyuán): Enjoy rides and attractions in this popular amusement park. Beijing Garden Expo Park (北京园博园 Běijīng Yuánbóyuán): Explore beautiful gardens and landscapes in this scenic park. Beijing National Stadium (Bird`s Nest) (北京国家体育场 Běijīng Guójiā Tǐyùchǎng): Visit the iconic Olympic venue and explore its architecture. Beijing Capital Museum (北京首都博物馆 Běijīng Shǒudū Bówùguǎn): Discover Chinese art and history through extensive collections and exhibitions. Beijing Ming Tombs (明十三陵 Míng Shísān Líng): Explore the burial site of Ming Dynasty emperors with grand architecture and scenic surroundings. Beijing Museum of Natural History (中国科学技术馆 Zhōngguó Kēxué Jìshùguǎn): Learn about the natural world with exhibits on dinosaurs, fossils, and ecosystems. Beijing Bell and Drum Towers (北京钟鼓楼 Běijīng Zhōnggǔ Lóu): Visit these historic structures and enjoy panoramic views of the city. Capital Library of China (中国国家图书馆 Zhōngguó Guójiā Túshūguǎn): Explore a vast collection of books and cultural resources in this modern library. Yuanmingyuan (Old Summer Palace) (圆明园 Yuánmíngyuán): Explore the ruins of this historic imperial palace complex with beautiful gardens.
ChengDu: 20 Kid-Friendly Places to Visit Panda Base (成都大熊猫繁育研究基地 Chéngdū Dàxióngmāo Fányù Yánjiū Jīdì): Giant panda breeding and research center with exhibits and educational programs. Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (成都大熊猫繁育研究基地 Chéngdū Dàxióngmāo Fányù Yánjiū Jīdì): Panda reserve with habitats, breeding facilities, and conservation efforts. Chengdu Happy Valley (成都欢乐谷 Chéngdū Huānlègǔ): Amusement park with rides, attractions, and entertainment for all ages. Chengdu Zoo (成都动物园 Chéngdū Dòngwùyuán): Zoo with diverse animal exhibits, shows, and educational programs. Sichuan Science and Technology Museum (四川科技馆 Sìchuān Kējìguǎn): Interactive science museum with exhibits, experiments, and demonstrations. Chengdu Eastern Suburb Memory (成都东郊记忆 Chéngdū Dōngjiāo Jìyì): Cultural theme park with traditional architecture, performances, and activities. Chengdu Culture Park (成都文化公园 Chéngdū Wénhuà Gōngyuán): Park with historic sites, gardens, and cultural exhibitions. Chengdu Haichang Polar Ocean World (成都海昌极地海洋世界 Chéngdū Hǎichāng Jídì Hǎiyáng Shìjiè): Polar ocean park with marine life exhibits, shows, and activities. Happy Valley Water Park (欢乐谷水上乐园 Huānlègǔ Shuǐshàng Lèyuán): Water park with slides, pools, and water attractions for families. Chengdu Botanical Garden (成都植物园 Chéngdū Zhíwùyuán): Botanical garden with plant collections, greenhouses, and scenic landscapes. Chengdu Teddy Bear Museum (成都泰迪熊博物馆 Chéngdū Tàidíxióng Bówùguǎn): Museum with teddy bear exhibits, collections, and interactive displays. Chengdu Anren Ancient Town (成都安仁古镇 Chéngdū Ānrén Gǔzhèn): Historic town with preserved architecture, museums, and cultural heritage. Chengdu Shunxing Old Teahouse (成都顺兴老茶馆 Chéngdū Shùnxìng Lǎo Cháguǎn): Traditional teahouse with Sichuan opera performances, tea ceremonies, and snacks. Chengdu Anren Ancient Town (成都安仁古镇 Chéngdū Ānrén Gǔzhèn): Historic town with preserved architecture, museums, and cultural heritage. Chengdu Happy Valley (成都欢乐谷 Chéngdū Huānlègǔ): Amusement park with rides, attractions, and entertainment for all ages. Chengdu Zoo (成都动物园 Chéngdū Dòngwùyuán): Zoo with diverse animal exhibits, shows, and educational programs. Chengdu Culture Park (成都文化公园 Chéngdū Wénhuà Gōngyuán): Park with historic sites, gardens, and cultural exhibitions. Chengdu Eastern Suburb Memory (成都东郊记忆 Chéngdū Dōngjiāo Jìyì): Cultural theme park with traditional architecture, performances, and activities. Chengdu Happy Valley (成都欢乐谷 Chéngdū Huānlègǔ): Amusement park with rides, attractions, and entertainment for all ages. Chengdu Teddy Bear Museum (成都泰迪熊博物馆 Chéngdū Tàidíxióng Bówùguǎn): Museum with teddy bear exhibits, collections, and interactive displays. ChengDu: 30 More Places to Visit Chengdu Wuhou Shrine (成都武侯祠 Chéngdū Wǔhóu Cí): Temple and museum dedicated to Zhuge Liang, a famous military strategist. Wenshu Monastery (成都文殊院 Chéngdū Wénshū Yuàn): Buddhist monastery with historic buildings, gardens, and tea houses. Chengdu Jinsha Site Museum (成都金沙遗址博物馆 Chéngdū Jīnshā Yízhǐ Bówùguǎn): Museum with exhibits on the Jinsha archaeological site and ancient artifacts. Chengdu Wide and Narrow Alley (宽窄巷子 Kuānzhǎi Xiàngzi): Historic area with traditional architecture, shops, and street food. Chengdu Du Fu Thatched Cottage (成都杜甫草堂 Chéngdū Dù Fǔ Cǎotáng): Museum and park dedicated to the Tang dynasty poet Du Fu. Chengdu Tianfu Square (成都天府广场 Chéngdū Tiānfǔ Guǎngchǎng): Central square with landmarks, sculptures, and cultural events. Chengdu Sichuan Opera Museum (成都川剧博物馆 Chéngdū Chuānjù Bówùguǎn): Museum with exhibits on Sichuan opera costumes, masks, and performances. Chengdu Huanhuaxi Park (成都浣花溪公园 Chéngdū Huànhuāxī Gōngyuán): Park with rivers, bridges, and scenic landscapes for leisure and relaxation. Chengdu Jinli Ancient Street (成都锦里古街 Chéngdū Jǐnlǐ Gǔjiē): Historic street with traditional architecture, shops, and street vendors. Chengdu Happy Valley (成都欢乐谷 Chéngdū Huānlègǔ): Amusement park with rides, attractions, and entertainment for all ages. Chengdu Zoo (成都动物园 Chéngdū Dòngwùyuán): Zoo with diverse animal exhibits, shows, and educational programs. Chengdu Culture Park (成都文化公园 Chéngdū Wénhuà Gōngyuán): Park with historic sites, gardens, and cultural exhibitions. Chengdu Eastern Suburb Memory (成都东郊记忆 Chéngdū Dōngjiāo Jìyì): Cultural theme park with traditional architecture, performances, and activities. Chengdu Happy Valley (成都欢乐谷 Chéngdū Huānlègǔ): Amusement park with rides, attractions, and entertainment for all ages. Chengdu Teddy Bear Museum (成都泰迪熊博物馆 Chéngdū Tàidíxióng Bówùguǎn): Museum with teddy bear exhibits, collections, and interactive displays. Chengdu Anren Ancient Town (成都安仁古镇 Chéngdū Ānrén Gǔzhèn): Historic town with preserved architecture, museums, and cultural heritage. Chengdu Shunxing Old Teahouse (成都顺兴老茶馆 Chéngdū Shùnxìng Lǎo Cháguǎn): Traditional teahouse with Sichuan opera performances, tea ceremonies, and snacks. Chengdu Anren Ancient Town (成都安仁古镇 Chéngdū Ānrén Gǔzhèn): Historic town with preserved architecture, museums, and cultural heritage. Chengdu Happy Valley (成都欢乐谷 Chéngdū Huānlègǔ): Amusement park with rides, attractions, and entertainment for all ages. Chengdu Teddy Bear Museum (成都泰迪熊博物馆 Chéngdū Tàidíxióng Bówùguǎn): Museum with teddy bear exhibits, collections, and interactive displays.
Hong Kong: 20 Kid-Friendly Places to Visit Ocean Park Hong Kong (海洋公園 Hǎiyáng Gōngyuán): Amusement park with marine life exhibits, animal shows, and rides. Hong Kong Disneyland (香港迪士尼乐园 Xiānggǎng Díshìní Lèyuán): Magical theme park with Disney characters, rides, and attractions. The Peak Tram (山顶缆车 Shāndǐng Lǎnchē): Ride the iconic tram to Victoria Peak for panoramic views of the city. Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens (香港动植物公园 Xiānggǎng Dòngzhíwù Gōngyuán): Explore diverse plant and animal species in these gardens. Nan Lian Garden (南莲园池 Nán Lián Yuánchí): Tranquil Chinese garden with scenic ponds, pavilions, and bonsai trees. Hong Kong Space Museum (香港太空馆 Xiānggǎng Tàikōng Guǎn): Discover space science and astronomy through interactive exhibits. Hong Kong Science Museum (香港科学馆 Xiānggǎng Kēxué Guǎn): Interactive science exhibits and an Omnimax theater. Hong Kong Museum of History (香港历史博物馆 Xiānggǎng Lìshǐ Bówùguǎn): Exhibits on Hong Kong`s history, culture, and heritage. Noah`s Ark Hong Kong (香港挪亚方舟公园 Xiānggǎng Nuóyà Fāngzhōu Gōngyuán): Themed attraction with a replica of Noah`s Ark and educational exhibits. Lamma Island (南丫岛 Nányā Dǎo): Explore beaches, hiking trails, and seafood restaurants on this tranquil island. Wetland Park (香港湿地公园 Xiānggǎng Shīdì Gōngyuán): Nature reserve with boardwalks, birdwatching, and educational exhibits. Trick Eye Museum (幻境艺术馆 Huàn Jìng Yìshù Guǎn): Interactive art museum with optical illusions and 3D exhibits. Hong Kong Maritime Museum (香港海事博物馆 Xiānggǎng Hǎishì Bówùguǎn): Exhibits on Hong Kong`s maritime heritage and seafaring history. Discovery Bay (愉景湾 Yújǐng Wān): Relaxing beach area with water sports, dining, and shopping. Butterfly Beach (蝴蝶湾 Húdié Wān): Picturesque beach with clear water and gentle waves. Hong Kong Toy Museum (香港玩具博物馆 Xiānggǎng Wánjù Bówùguǎn): Vintage and collectible toys from different eras. Lantau Island (大屿山 Dàyǔ Shān): Giant Buddha statue, Ngong Ping 360 cable car, and hiking trails. Kowloon Park (九龙公园 Jiǔlóng Gōngyuán): Green space with playgrounds, aviaries, and a swimming pool. Ma Wan Park (馬灣公園 Mǎwān Gōngyuán): Theme park with attractions like the Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach. Lion Rock Park (狮子山公园 Shīzǐ Shān Gōngyuán): Hiking trails with views of the city skyline and Lion Rock. Hong Kong: 30 More Places to Visit Victoria Harbour (维多利亚港 Wéiduōlìyà Gǎng): Iconic harbor with stunning views, ferries, and the Symphony of Lights. Temple Street Night Market (庙街夜市 Miào Jiē Yèshì): Bustling market with street food, souvenirs, and fortune tellers. Stanley Market (赤柱市集 Chìzhù Shìjí): Waterfront market with clothing, accessories, and handicrafts. Peak Circle Walk (山顶环道 Shāndǐng Huán Dào): Scenic walking trail around Victoria Peak with panoramic views. Lamma Island Family Walk (南丫岛家庭步行径 Nányā Dǎo Jiātíng Bùxíng Jìng): Easy coastal walk with sea views and seafood restaurants. Nan Lian Garden (南莲园池 Nán Lián Yuánchí): Tranquil Chinese garden with scenic ponds, pavilions, and bonsai trees. Lantau Trail (大屿山径 Dàyǔ Shān Jìng): Hiking trail covering Lantau Island`s scenic landscapes and beaches. Tai O Fishing Village (大澳渔村 Dà`ào Yúcūn): Traditional fishing village with stilt houses and seafood delicacies. Nan Lian Garden (南莲园池 Nán Lián Yuánchí): Tranquil Chinese garden with scenic ponds, pavilions, and bonsai trees. Chi Lin Nunnery (志蓮淨苑 Zhìlián Jìngyuàn): Buddhist monastery with elegant architecture and tranquil gardens. Man Mo Temple (文武廟 Mùi Móu): Historic temple dedicated to the gods of literature and martial arts. Ngong Ping Village (昂坪村 Ángpíng Cūn): Cultural village near the Tian Tan Buddha with shops and restaurants. Sai Kung Town (西贡镇 Xīgòng Zhèn): Fishing town with seafood restaurants, hiking trails, and beaches. Hong Kong Heritage Museum (香港文化博物馆 Xiānggǎng Wénhuà Bówùguǎn): Exhibits on Hong Kong`s art, culture, and history. PMQ (元创方 Yuán Chuàng Fāng): Creative hub with shops, studios, and exhibitions in a historic building. Golden Bauhinia Square (金紫荆广场 Jīn Zǐjīng Guǎngchǎng): Landmark square with a giant bauhinia statue and harbor views. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade (尖沙咀海滨长廊 Jiānshāzuǐ Hǎibīn Chángláng): Waterfront promenade with views of Victoria Harbour and the skyline. Repulse Bay (浅水湾 Qiǎnshuǐ Wān): Scenic beach with golden sands, clear water, and beachside dining. Mai Po Nature Reserve (米埔自然保护区 Mǐbù Zìrán Bǎohùqū): Wetlands with birdwatching hides, mangroves, and wildlife. Hong Kong Museum of Art (香港艺术馆 Xiānggǎng Yìshù Guǎn): Exhibits on Chinese and international art in a modern building. Star Ferry (天星小轮 Tiānxīng Xiǎolún): Iconic ferry service between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Lugard Road Lookout (盧吉道 Lu Jídào): Scenic trail with views of Victoria Harbour and the city skyline. Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre (香港文物探知中心 Xiānggǎng Wénwù Tànzhī Zhōngxīn): Exhibits on Hong Kong`s archaeology, heritage, and history. Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum (孙中山纪念馆 Sūn Zhōngshān Jìniànguǎn): Museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Hong Kong Tramways (香港电车 Xiānggǎng Diànchē): Historic tram system running along Hong Kong Island`s north coast. Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre (香港文物探知中心 Xiānggǎng Wénwù Tànzhī Zhōngxīn): Exhibits on Hong Kong`s archaeology, heritage, and history. Lung Fu Shan Country Park (龙虎山郊野公园 Lónghǔ Shān Jiāoyě Gōngyuán): Hiking trails and scenic views near Victoria Peak. Hong Kong Park (香港公园 Xiānggǎng Gōngyuán): Urban park with aviaries, a greenhouse, and tranquil gardens. Dragon`s Back Trail (龙脊径 Lóngjǐ Jìng): Scenic hiking trail with panoramic views of the coastline and islands.
ChongQing: 20 Kid-Friendly Places to Visit Chongqing Zoo (重庆动物园 Chóngqìng Dòngwùyuán): Visit pandas, tigers, and other animals in this zoo. Huguang Guild Hall (湖广会馆 Húguǎng Huìguǎn): Enjoy Sichuan opera performances and traditional arts. Three Gorges Museum (重庆中国三峡博物馆 Chóngqìng Zhōngguó Sānxiá Bówùguǎn): Learn about the history and culture of the Three Gorges region. Chongqing Science and Technology Museum (重庆科技馆 Chóngqìng Kējìguǎn): Discover interactive exhibits on science and technology. Chongqing Children`s Library (重庆市儿童图书馆 Chóngqìng Shì Értóng Túshūguǎn): Explore a wide range of children`s books and resources. Chongqing People`s Square (重庆人民广场 Chóngqìng Rénmín Guǎngchǎng): Enjoy outdoor activities and cultural events in this central square. Chongqing Grand Theater (重庆大剧院 Chóngqìng Dàjùyuàn): Attend performances and concerts in this modern theater. Chongqing Happy Valley (重庆欢乐谷 Chóngqìng Huānlègǔ): Amusement park with thrilling rides and entertainment. Chongqing People`s Park (重庆人民公园 Chóngqìng Rénmín Gōngyuán): Relax in green spaces and enjoy outdoor activities. Chongqing Zoo (重庆动物园 Chóngqìng Dòngwùyuán): Visit pandas, tigers, and other animals in this zoo. Huguang Guild Hall (湖广会馆 Húguǎng Huìguǎn): Enjoy Sichuan opera performances and traditional arts. Three Gorges Museum (重庆中国三峡博物馆 Chóngqìng Zhōngguó Sānxiá Bówùguǎn): Learn about the history and culture of the Three Gorges region. Chongqing Science and Technology Museum (重庆科技馆 Chóngqìng Kējìguǎn): Discover interactive exhibits on science and technology. Chongqing Children`s Library (重庆市儿童图书馆 Chóngqìng Shì Értóng Túshūguǎn): Explore a wide range of children`s books and resources. Chongqing People`s Square (重庆人民广场 Chóngqìng Rénmín Guǎngchǎng): Enjoy outdoor activities and cultural events in this central square. Chongqing Grand Theater (重庆大剧院 Chóngqìng Dàjùyuàn): Attend performances and concerts in this modern theater. Chongqing Happy Valley (重庆欢乐谷 Chóngqìng Huānlègǔ): Amusement park with thrilling rides and entertainment. Chongqing People`s Park (重庆人民公园 Chóngqìng Rénmín Gōngyuán): Relax in green spaces and enjoy outdoor activities. ChongQing: 30 More Places to Visit Ciqikou Ancient Town (磁器口古镇 Cíqìkǒu Gǔzhèn): Explore historic streets, shops, and teahouses in this ancient town. Chongqing Art Museum (重庆美术馆 Chóngqìng Měishùguǎn): Discover contemporary and traditional Chinese art in this museum. Chongqing Great Hall of the People (重庆人民大礼堂 Chóngqìng Rénmín Dàlǐtáng): Visit this iconic building for cultural performances and events. Chongqing Wulong Karst National Geology Park (重庆武隆喀斯特国家地质公园 Chóngqìng Wǔlóng Kāsītè Guójiā Dìzhì Gōngyuán): Explore karst landscapes, caves, and natural wonders. Chongqing Chaotianmen Square (重庆朝天门广场 Chóngqìng Cháotiānmén Guǎngchǎng): Enjoy views of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers from this square. Chongqing Hongya Cave (重庆洪崖洞 Chóngqìng Hóngyá Dòng): Explore traditional architecture, shops, and restaurants in this cave complex. Chongqing Ronghui Hot Springs (重庆融汇温泉 Chóngqìng Rónghuì Wēnquán): Relax in natural hot springs and enjoy spa treatments. Chongqing Jiefangbei Pedestrian Street (重庆解放碑步行街 Chóngqìng Jiěfàngbēi Bùxíng Jiē): Shop for souvenirs, snacks, and electronics on this bustling street. Chongqing International Expo Center (重庆国际博览中心 Chóngqìng Guójì Bólǎn Zhōngxīn): Attend exhibitions, trade shows, and events in this modern venue. Chongqing Eling Park (重庆鹅岭公园 Chóngqìng Élǐng Gōngyuán): Enjoy panoramic views of Chongqing from this hilltop park. Chongqing Nanshan Botanical Garden (重庆南山植物园 Chóngqìng Nánshān Zhíwùyuán): Explore diverse plant collections and enjoy outdoor activities. Chongqing Stilwell Museum (重庆史迪威博物馆 Chóngqìng Shǐdíwēi Bówùguǎn): Learn about General Stilwell and World War II history in this museum. Chongqing Yangtze River Cableway (重庆长江索道 Chóngqìng Chángjiāng Suǒdào): Enjoy panoramic views of the Yangtze River from this cable car. Chongqing Railway Museum (重庆铁路博物馆 Chóngqìng Tiělù Bówùguǎn): Explore the history of railways in China at this museum. Chongqing Wansheng Black Valley (重庆万盛黑山谷 Chóngqìng Wànshèng Hēishān Gǔ): Discover scenic landscapes and outdoor activities in this valley. Chongqing Guanyin Bridge Pedestrian Street (重庆观音桥步行街 Chóngqìng Guānyīnqiáo Bùxíng Jiē): Shop for fashion, accessories, and souvenirs on this pedestrian street. Chongqing Wanzhou Pagoda (重庆万州白鹤塔 Chóngqìng Wànzhōu Báihè Tǎ): Visit this historic pagoda for panoramic views of the city. Chongqing Diaoyu Fortress (重庆钓鱼城 Chóngqìng Diàoyú Chéng): Explore ancient military fortifications and enjoy scenic views. Chongqing White Crane Forest Park (重庆白鹤林公园 Chóngqìng Báihè Lín Gōngyuán): Enjoy nature trails, wildlife, and birdwatching in this park. Chongqing Railway Museum (重庆铁路博物馆 Chóngqìng Tiělù Bówùguǎn): Explore the history of railways in China at this museum. Furong Cave (芙蓉洞 Fúróng Dòng): Discover stunning stalactites and stalagmites in this natural cave outside Chongqing. Qutang Gorge (瞿塘峡 Qútáng Xiá): Cruise through this scenic gorge on the Yangtze River.

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The awesome ShenZhen Library North Branch. With Time Walker ...        `Shenzhen Library North is one of the first major cultural facilities of the new era built and completed in Shenzhen. It has a construction area of ​​about 72,000 square meters, 6 floors above ground and 3 floors underground. It is designed to hold 8 million books and provide 2,500 seats. Its total investment is about 1.2 billion yuan.    The library is positioned as a large-scale comprehensive and intelligent library integrating document collection, national reading, social education, ideological exchange, cultural inheritance and creative creation. It not only has the functions of a public library, but also serves as the city`s document adjustment library and Shenzhen`s `City of Libraries` joint editing center, network data center and document allocation center. The library has many special libraries and interactive learning spaces, and has the largest underground intelligent three-dimensional library in the country, equipped with advanced facilities such as large-scale rapid sorting system, vertical track access system and electronic seeding wall system.    As of July 2024, Shenzhen Library North was officially opened on December 28, 2023. After the opening, 6,000 reservations will be available in the public service area and 2,000 reservations will be available in the children`s area every day. Readers can submit a reservation for admission through the Shenzhen Library WeChat official account one day in advance, and present the reservation voucher to enter the venue after arriving at the library. The specific opening hours are from Tuesday to Sunday 9:00-21:00. The housekeeping is done on Mondays. The 1F Reading Hall is open from Monday to Sunday 7:00-23:00. Legal holidays will be notified separately.    Location: Located at the intersection of Tenglong Road and Zhongmei Road in Longhua District.    Transportation:    • Subway: Take Line 4 or Line 6 to Hongshan Station and walk to the library in a few minutes.    • Bus: There are many bus lines stopping nearby, such as [specify the specific bus number and stop].    Architectural Features: The exterior adopts a unique design similar to white fish scales, creating a visually stunning effect. The interior space is spacious, with a large atrium and elegant book walls.    Opening hours: Open from 9:00 to 21:00 from Tuesday to Sunday. The 1F reading room is open from 7:00 to 23:00.    Collection Features: The collection is rich and covers various fields and genres. There are rare and precious books, as well as newly published books to meet different interests.    Exhibition Features: Regularly hold a variety of exhibitions, including art exhibitions, historical displays and cultural exhibitions, providing a rich visual and intellectual experience.    When you visit:    • Remember to make an appointment in advance through the Shenzhen Library WeChat official account.    • Take your time to explore each floor and enjoy the peaceful reading atmosphere.`
With Time Walker ... `Shenzhen Library North is one of the first major cultural facilities of the new era built and completed in Shenzhen. It has a construction area of ​​about 72,000 square meters, 6 floors above ground and 3 floors underground. It is designed to hold 8 million books and provide 2,500 seats. Its total investment is about 1.2 billion yuan. The library is positioned as a large-scale comprehensive and intelligent library integrating document collection, national reading, social education, ideological exchange, cultural inheritance and creative creation. It not only has the functions of a public library, but also serves as the city`s document adjustment library and Shenzhen`s `City of Libraries` joint editing center, network data center and document allocation center. The library has many special libraries and interactive learning spaces, and has the largest underground intelligent three-dimensional library in the country, equipped with advanced facilities such as large-scale rapid sorting system, vertical track access system and electronic seeding wall system. As of July 2024, Shenzhen Library North was officially opened on December 28, 2023. After the opening, 6,000 reservations will be available in the public service area and 2,000 reservations will be available in the children`s area every day. Readers can submit a reservation for admission through the Shenzhen Library WeChat official account one day in advance, and present the reservation voucher to enter the venue after arriving at the library. The specific opening hours are from Tuesday to Sunday 9:00-21:00. The housekeeping is done on Mondays. The 1F Reading Hall is open from Monday to Sunday 7:00-23:00. Legal holidays will be notified separately. Location: Located at the intersection of Tenglong Road and Zhongmei Road in Longhua District. Transportation: • Subway: Take Line 4 or Line 6 to Hongshan Station and walk to the library in a few minutes. • Bus: There are many bus lines stopping nearby, such as [specify the specific bus number and stop]. Architectural Features: The exterior adopts a unique design similar to white fish scales, creating a visually stunning effect. The interior space is spacious, with a large atrium and elegant book walls. Opening hours: Open from 9:00 to 21:00 from Tuesday to Sunday. The 1F reading room is open from 7:00 to 23:00. Collection Features: The collection is rich and covers various fields and genres. There are rare and precious books, as well as newly published books to meet different interests. Exhibition Features: Regularly hold a variety of exhibitions, including art exhibitions, historical displays and cultural exhibitions, providing a rich visual and intellectual experience. When you visit: • Remember to make an appointment in advance through the Shenzhen Library WeChat official account. • Take your time to explore each floor and enjoy the peaceful reading atmosphere.`
The beautiful YanQi Lake, BeiJing. With Beijing Old Liu ...                      Visitor Guide to YanQi Lake, BeiJing            Overview          YanQi Lake, located in the HuaiRou District of BeiJing, is a stunning natural area known for its picturesque landscapes and clear waters. It is a popular destination for both leisure and business, offering a tranquil escape from the bustling city and a venue for high-profile international events, including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in 2014.            Getting There          By Air: The nearest airport is Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), approximately 50 kilometers from YanQi Lake. From the airport, you can take a taxi or a shuttle bus to reach the lake.          By Train: You can take a high-speed train to HuaiRou North Railway Station and then a taxi or local bus to YanQi Lake.          By Bus: Several buses run from downtown BeiJing to HuaiRou District. You can then take a local bus or taxi to YanQi Lake.            Getting Around                        Walking: YanQi Lake area is best explored on foot, allowing you to fully appreciate its natural beauty and serene environment.              Biking: Renting a bike is a popular option for getting around and exploring the scenic routes around the lake.              Local Transport: Taxis and shuttle services are available for traveling to and from different parts of the lake area and nearby attractions.                      Main Attractions          YanQi Island          YanQi Island is the centerpiece of YanQi Lake, hosting luxury resorts, conference centers, and beautiful gardens. It is an ideal place for relaxation, high-end dining, and international conferences.            YanQi Tower          The YanQi Tower offers panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Visitors can take an elevator to the top for breathtaking scenery and photography opportunities.            Boat Tours          Boat tours on YanQi Lake provide a peaceful and scenic way to explore the area. Various types of boats, from traditional Chinese boats to modern yachts, are available for hire.            Wild Duck Lake          Nearby Wild Duck Lake is a birdwatcher`s paradise, home to a variety of bird species, especially migratory birds. It`s a great spot for nature enthusiasts and photographers.            Hongluo Temple          Located a short distance from YanQi Lake, Hongluo Temple is one of the largest and oldest temples in northern China. It offers a serene environment and rich cultural heritage.            Local Cuisine          While visiting YanQi Lake, you can enjoy a variety of local and international cuisines. Here are some recommendations:                        Peking Duck: A world-famous dish, Peking Duck is a must-try when in BeiJing. Many restaurants near YanQi Lake serve this delicacy.              YanQi Lake Fish: Freshly caught fish from the lake, prepared in various styles, is a local specialty.              HuaiRou Chestnut: HuaiRou is known for its delicious chestnuts, which can be enjoyed roasted or used in local dishes.                      Shopping                        Local Handicrafts: Explore shops around YanQi Lake for traditional Chinese handicrafts, including silk products, pottery, and paintings.              Specialty Foods: Purchase local specialties such as HuaiRou chestnuts, honey, and other agricultural products.              Souvenirs: Various souvenir shops offer items commemorating the APEC summit and other significant events held at YanQi Lake.                      Accommodation                        Luxury Resorts: YanQi Lake is home to several luxury resorts, such as the YanQi Lake Kempinski Hotel, which offers top-notch amenities and stunning views.              Mid-Range Hotels: There are also several mid-range hotels and boutique accommodations around the lake area, providing comfort and convenience at reasonable prices.              Guesthouses: For a more local experience, consider staying in one of the guesthouses or inns in the nearby villages.                      Historical Background of YanQi Lake          YanQi Lake is a man-made reservoir created in the 1980s to improve water supply and irrigation for the HuaiRou District. The project aimed to enhance the local agricultural productivity and provide a recreational area for residents and visitors.            Over the years, YanQi Lake has developed into a major tourist destination and a hub for international events. The lake and its surrounding areas have been carefully maintained and upgraded to offer a blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and modern amenities.            The area around YanQi Lake has also been a site of historical significance. The nearby Hongluo Temple, dating back over 1,000 years, reflects the region`s rich spiritual and cultural history. The combination of ancient traditions and modern development makes YanQi Lake a unique and attractive destination.            Tips for Visitors                        Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit YanQi Lake are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and the scenery is at its most beautiful.              Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. An umbrella or raincoat is useful during the rainy season.              Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of local customs and traditions. Dress modestly and be mindful of local etiquette, especially when visiting historical and cultural sites.              Language: While Mandarin is widely spoken, learning a few basic phrases or using a translation app can be very helpful.              Plan Your Visit: YanQi Lake is best explored at a leisurely pace. Take your time to enjoy the scenic views, visit local attractions, and savor the local cuisine.                      Conclusion          YanQi Lake, with its stunning natural beauty, historical significance, and modern amenities, offers a unique and memorable travel experience. Whether you`re exploring the tranquil lake, visiting nearby cultural sites, or enjoying local cuisine, YanQi Lake provides a serene escape and a glimpse into the rich heritage of BeiJing. Plan your visit carefully to make the most of your trip to this picturesque destination in the HuaiRou District.
With Beijing Old Liu ... Visitor Guide to YanQi Lake, BeiJing Overview YanQi Lake, located in the HuaiRou District of BeiJing, is a stunning natural area known for its picturesque landscapes and clear waters. It is a popular destination for both leisure and business, offering a tranquil escape from the bustling city and a venue for high-profile international events, including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in 2014. Getting There By Air: The nearest airport is Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), approximately 50 kilometers from YanQi Lake. From the airport, you can take a taxi or a shuttle bus to reach the lake. By Train: You can take a high-speed train to HuaiRou North Railway Station and then a taxi or local bus to YanQi Lake. By Bus: Several buses run from downtown BeiJing to HuaiRou District. You can then take a local bus or taxi to YanQi Lake. Getting Around Walking: YanQi Lake area is best explored on foot, allowing you to fully appreciate its natural beauty and serene environment. Biking: Renting a bike is a popular option for getting around and exploring the scenic routes around the lake. Local Transport: Taxis and shuttle services are available for traveling to and from different parts of the lake area and nearby attractions. Main Attractions YanQi Island YanQi Island is the centerpiece of YanQi Lake, hosting luxury resorts, conference centers, and beautiful gardens. It is an ideal place for relaxation, high-end dining, and international conferences. YanQi Tower The YanQi Tower offers panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Visitors can take an elevator to the top for breathtaking scenery and photography opportunities. Boat Tours Boat tours on YanQi Lake provide a peaceful and scenic way to explore the area. Various types of boats, from traditional Chinese boats to modern yachts, are available for hire. Wild Duck Lake Nearby Wild Duck Lake is a birdwatcher`s paradise, home to a variety of bird species, especially migratory birds. It`s a great spot for nature enthusiasts and photographers. Hongluo Temple Located a short distance from YanQi Lake, Hongluo Temple is one of the largest and oldest temples in northern China. It offers a serene environment and rich cultural heritage. Local Cuisine While visiting YanQi Lake, you can enjoy a variety of local and international cuisines. Here are some recommendations: Peking Duck: A world-famous dish, Peking Duck is a must-try when in BeiJing. Many restaurants near YanQi Lake serve this delicacy. YanQi Lake Fish: Freshly caught fish from the lake, prepared in various styles, is a local specialty. HuaiRou Chestnut: HuaiRou is known for its delicious chestnuts, which can be enjoyed roasted or used in local dishes. Shopping Local Handicrafts: Explore shops around YanQi Lake for traditional Chinese handicrafts, including silk products, pottery, and paintings. Specialty Foods: Purchase local specialties such as HuaiRou chestnuts, honey, and other agricultural products. Souvenirs: Various souvenir shops offer items commemorating the APEC summit and other significant events held at YanQi Lake. Accommodation Luxury Resorts: YanQi Lake is home to several luxury resorts, such as the YanQi Lake Kempinski Hotel, which offers top-notch amenities and stunning views. Mid-Range Hotels: There are also several mid-range hotels and boutique accommodations around the lake area, providing comfort and convenience at reasonable prices. Guesthouses: For a more local experience, consider staying in one of the guesthouses or inns in the nearby villages. Historical Background of YanQi Lake YanQi Lake is a man-made reservoir created in the 1980s to improve water supply and irrigation for the HuaiRou District. The project aimed to enhance the local agricultural productivity and provide a recreational area for residents and visitors. Over the years, YanQi Lake has developed into a major tourist destination and a hub for international events. The lake and its surrounding areas have been carefully maintained and upgraded to offer a blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and modern amenities. The area around YanQi Lake has also been a site of historical significance. The nearby Hongluo Temple, dating back over 1,000 years, reflects the region`s rich spiritual and cultural history. The combination of ancient traditions and modern development makes YanQi Lake a unique and attractive destination. Tips for Visitors Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit YanQi Lake are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and the scenery is at its most beautiful. Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. An umbrella or raincoat is useful during the rainy season. Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of local customs and traditions. Dress modestly and be mindful of local etiquette, especially when visiting historical and cultural sites. Language: While Mandarin is widely spoken, learning a few basic phrases or using a translation app can be very helpful. Plan Your Visit: YanQi Lake is best explored at a leisurely pace. Take your time to enjoy the scenic views, visit local attractions, and savor the local cuisine. Conclusion YanQi Lake, with its stunning natural beauty, historical significance, and modern amenities, offers a unique and memorable travel experience. Whether you`re exploring the tranquil lake, visiting nearby cultural sites, or enjoying local cuisine, YanQi Lake provides a serene escape and a glimpse into the rich heritage of BeiJing. Plan your visit carefully to make the most of your trip to this picturesque destination in the HuaiRou District.
The ancient ShanTang River and ShanTang Street, SuZhou, JiangSu province. With Pandaland Villager ...                      Visitor Guide to ShanTang River and ShanTang Street, SuZhou            Overview          ShanTang River and ShanTang Street, located in SuZhou, JiangSu Province, are renowned for their picturesque beauty and historical significance. Often referred to as the `Venice of the East,` ShanTang Street is a perfect blend of traditional Chinese architecture, serene waterways, and vibrant local culture, making it a must-visit destination.            Historical Background of ShanTang River          ShanTang River, also known as the `Seven-Li Shantang,` was originally constructed in 825 AD during the Tang Dynasty. The construction was overseen by Bai Juyi, a renowned poet and the then governor of SuZhou. The canal was built to connect SuZhou city with HuQiu (Tiger Hill), facilitating trade and transportation while providing a scenic route for travelers.            The project was an ambitious undertaking aimed at promoting economic development and improving water management in the region. The construction of the canal also helped to control flooding and provided a reliable source of water for irrigation, which was crucial for local agriculture.            Over the centuries, ShanTang River became a vital artery for the transportation of goods and people. It also served as a cultural hub, with the development of markets, temples, and residential areas along its banks. The river and the adjacent ShanTang Street became synonymous with prosperity and cultural richness, attracting scholars, merchants, and artists who contributed to the flourishing of SuZhou.            Getting There          By Air: The nearest airport is SuZhou Sunan Shuofang International Airport (WUX), located about 40 kilometers from the city center. From the airport, you can take a taxi or a shuttle bus to reach ShanTang Street.          By Train: SuZhou Railway Station is well-connected with major cities like Shanghai, HangZhou, and Nanjing. From the station, you can take a local bus or taxi to reach ShanTang Street.          By Bus: SuZhou is well-served by long-distance buses from nearby cities. The main bus station in SuZhou is SuZhou North Bus Station, from where you can take a local bus or taxi to ShanTang Street.            Getting Around                        Walking: The best way to explore ShanTang Street is on foot, allowing you to fully appreciate the historical buildings, quaint shops, and beautiful scenery.              Boating: Taking a boat ride along the ShanTang River offers a unique perspective of the ancient town and its waterways.              Local Transport: Taxis and local buses are available for traveling to and from different parts of SuZhou.                      Main Attractions          ShanTang Street          This ancient street, with a history of over 1,100 years, stretches for about 3.5 kilometers along the ShanTang River. It is lined with well-preserved traditional buildings, charming shops, tea houses, and restaurants, offering a delightful walking experience.            ShanTang River          The ShanTang River is a scenic waterway that flows through the heart of the town. Boat rides along the river provide a tranquil and picturesque journey, showcasing the town`s beautiful bridges, ancient buildings, and lush gardens.            Pingjiang Road          Located nearby, Pingjiang Road is another historic street that complements your visit to ShanTang Street. Known for its classical SuZhou gardens, traditional houses, and cultural sites, it offers a deeper understanding of SuZhou`s rich heritage.            Baosheng Temple          Baosheng Temple, located along ShanTang Street, is a historic Buddhist temple with beautiful architecture and serene gardens. It provides a peaceful retreat and a glimpse into the town`s religious heritage.            Tiger Hill          Just a short distance from ShanTang Street, Tiger Hill is a popular tourist attraction known for its natural beauty, historical sites, and the iconic Yunyan Pagoda, often referred to as the `Leaning Tower of China.`            Local Cuisine          SuZhou`s cuisine is known for its delicate flavors and emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Here are some must-try dishes:                        Sweet and Sour Mandarin Fish: A signature dish of SuZhou, featuring fresh fish cooked in a sweet and tangy sauce.              Squirrel-Shaped Mandarin Fish: A beautifully presented dish with a crispy exterior and tender meat, often served with a sweet and sour sauce.              SuZhou Noodles: Hand-pulled noodles served in a rich broth with various toppings, including pork, shrimp, and vegetables.              Local Pastries: Try the traditional SuZhou-style mooncakes and other pastries filled with sweet or savory ingredients.                      Shopping                        Local Handicrafts: ShanTang Street is famous for its traditional handicrafts, including silk products, embroidery, and paper-cutting. These items make for unique souvenirs.              Antique Shops: Explore local antique shops for historical artifacts, vintage items, and collectibles.              Tea Houses: Purchase high-quality Chinese tea from the local tea houses along ShanTang Street.                      Accommodation                        Traditional Inns: For an authentic experience, consider staying in a traditional inn or guesthouse, which often feature historical architecture and local decor.              Mid-Range Hotels: Options such as the SuZhou Garden Hotel and local boutique hotels provide comfortable accommodations at reasonable prices.              Luxury Hotels: For a high-end stay, consider hotels like the SuZhou Marriott Hotel or the SuZhou Jinji Lake Grand Hotel, both offering excellent amenities and service.                      Tips for Visitors                        Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit ShanTang Street are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and pleasant.              Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. An umbrella or raincoat is useful during the rainy season.              Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of local customs and traditions. Dress modestly and be mindful of local etiquette, especially when visiting historical and cultural sites.              Language: While Mandarin is widely spoken, learning a few basic phrases or using a translation app can be very helpful.              Plan Your Visit: ShanTang Street is best explored at a leisurely pace. Take your time to wander through the streets, visit local shops, and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.                      Conclusion          ShanTang River and ShanTang Street, with their rich history, traditional architecture, and picturesque scenery, offer a unique and memorable travel experience. Whether you`re exploring ancient streets, savoring local cuisine, or taking a serene boat ride along the river, ShanTang provides an unforgettable glimpse into SuZhou`s past. Plan your visit carefully to make the most of your trip to this charming destination in JiangSu Province.
With Pandaland Villager ... Visitor Guide to ShanTang River and ShanTang Street, SuZhou Overview ShanTang River and ShanTang Street, located in SuZhou, JiangSu Province, are renowned for their picturesque beauty and historical significance. Often referred to as the `Venice of the East,` ShanTang Street is a perfect blend of traditional Chinese architecture, serene waterways, and vibrant local culture, making it a must-visit destination. Historical Background of ShanTang River ShanTang River, also known as the `Seven-Li Shantang,` was originally constructed in 825 AD during the Tang Dynasty. The construction was overseen by Bai Juyi, a renowned poet and the then governor of SuZhou. The canal was built to connect SuZhou city with HuQiu (Tiger Hill), facilitating trade and transportation while providing a scenic route for travelers. The project was an ambitious undertaking aimed at promoting economic development and improving water management in the region. The construction of the canal also helped to control flooding and provided a reliable source of water for irrigation, which was crucial for local agriculture. Over the centuries, ShanTang River became a vital artery for the transportation of goods and people. It also served as a cultural hub, with the development of markets, temples, and residential areas along its banks. The river and the adjacent ShanTang Street became synonymous with prosperity and cultural richness, attracting scholars, merchants, and artists who contributed to the flourishing of SuZhou. Getting There By Air: The nearest airport is SuZhou Sunan Shuofang International Airport (WUX), located about 40 kilometers from the city center. From the airport, you can take a taxi or a shuttle bus to reach ShanTang Street. By Train: SuZhou Railway Station is well-connected with major cities like Shanghai, HangZhou, and Nanjing. From the station, you can take a local bus or taxi to reach ShanTang Street. By Bus: SuZhou is well-served by long-distance buses from nearby cities. The main bus station in SuZhou is SuZhou North Bus Station, from where you can take a local bus or taxi to ShanTang Street. Getting Around Walking: The best way to explore ShanTang Street is on foot, allowing you to fully appreciate the historical buildings, quaint shops, and beautiful scenery. Boating: Taking a boat ride along the ShanTang River offers a unique perspective of the ancient town and its waterways. Local Transport: Taxis and local buses are available for traveling to and from different parts of SuZhou. Main Attractions ShanTang Street This ancient street, with a history of over 1,100 years, stretches for about 3.5 kilometers along the ShanTang River. It is lined with well-preserved traditional buildings, charming shops, tea houses, and restaurants, offering a delightful walking experience. ShanTang River The ShanTang River is a scenic waterway that flows through the heart of the town. Boat rides along the river provide a tranquil and picturesque journey, showcasing the town`s beautiful bridges, ancient buildings, and lush gardens. Pingjiang Road Located nearby, Pingjiang Road is another historic street that complements your visit to ShanTang Street. Known for its classical SuZhou gardens, traditional houses, and cultural sites, it offers a deeper understanding of SuZhou`s rich heritage. Baosheng Temple Baosheng Temple, located along ShanTang Street, is a historic Buddhist temple with beautiful architecture and serene gardens. It provides a peaceful retreat and a glimpse into the town`s religious heritage. Tiger Hill Just a short distance from ShanTang Street, Tiger Hill is a popular tourist attraction known for its natural beauty, historical sites, and the iconic Yunyan Pagoda, often referred to as the `Leaning Tower of China.` Local Cuisine SuZhou`s cuisine is known for its delicate flavors and emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Here are some must-try dishes: Sweet and Sour Mandarin Fish: A signature dish of SuZhou, featuring fresh fish cooked in a sweet and tangy sauce. Squirrel-Shaped Mandarin Fish: A beautifully presented dish with a crispy exterior and tender meat, often served with a sweet and sour sauce. SuZhou Noodles: Hand-pulled noodles served in a rich broth with various toppings, including pork, shrimp, and vegetables. Local Pastries: Try the traditional SuZhou-style mooncakes and other pastries filled with sweet or savory ingredients. Shopping Local Handicrafts: ShanTang Street is famous for its traditional handicrafts, including silk products, embroidery, and paper-cutting. These items make for unique souvenirs. Antique Shops: Explore local antique shops for historical artifacts, vintage items, and collectibles. Tea Houses: Purchase high-quality Chinese tea from the local tea houses along ShanTang Street. Accommodation Traditional Inns: For an authentic experience, consider staying in a traditional inn or guesthouse, which often feature historical architecture and local decor. Mid-Range Hotels: Options such as the SuZhou Garden Hotel and local boutique hotels provide comfortable accommodations at reasonable prices. Luxury Hotels: For a high-end stay, consider hotels like the SuZhou Marriott Hotel or the SuZhou Jinji Lake Grand Hotel, both offering excellent amenities and service. Tips for Visitors Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit ShanTang Street are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and pleasant. Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. An umbrella or raincoat is useful during the rainy season. Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of local customs and traditions. Dress modestly and be mindful of local etiquette, especially when visiting historical and cultural sites. Language: While Mandarin is widely spoken, learning a few basic phrases or using a translation app can be very helpful. Plan Your Visit: ShanTang Street is best explored at a leisurely pace. Take your time to wander through the streets, visit local shops, and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. Conclusion ShanTang River and ShanTang Street, with their rich history, traditional architecture, and picturesque scenery, offer a unique and memorable travel experience. Whether you`re exploring ancient streets, savoring local cuisine, or taking a serene boat ride along the river, ShanTang provides an unforgettable glimpse into SuZhou`s past. Plan your visit carefully to make the most of your trip to this charming destination in JiangSu Province.
The extraordinary Chaka Salt Lake, QingHai. With Walk East ...        Bonus film - the Singing Sand Dunes of GanSu ...                      Visitor Guide to Chaka Salt Lake, QingHai            Overview          Chaka Salt Lake, located in the Haixi Mongolian and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in QingHai Province, is a stunning natural wonder known for its mirror-like reflection of the sky. Often referred to as the `Mirror of the Sky,` this salt lake offers breathtaking views and a unique travel experience.            Getting There          By Air: The nearest airport is CaoJiabao Airport in XiNing, the capital of QingHai Province, located approximately 300 kilometers from Chaka Salt Lake. From the airport, you can take a taxi or a bus to XiNing Railway Station, and then a train or bus to Chaka Town.          By Train: You can take a train to Chaka Railway Station, which is well-connected to major cities like XiNing and Lhasa. From the station, you can take a local taxi or shuttle bus to the lake.          By Bus: Long-distance buses from XiNing and other cities in QingHai Province can take you to Chaka Town. From there, local buses and taxis are available to reach the lake.            Getting Around                        Walking: The best way to explore Chaka Salt Lake is on foot, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the stunning scenery and take beautiful photographs.              Local Transport: Taxis and shuttle buses are available for traveling to and from different parts of the lake area.                      Main Attractions          Mirror Reflection          The most famous feature of Chaka Salt Lake is its mirror-like surface, which perfectly reflects the sky and surrounding mountains. The best time to see this phenomenon is on a clear day, especially during sunrise and sunset when the colors are most vibrant.            Salt Sculptures          The lake is surrounded by fascinating salt sculptures, created both naturally and by local artists. These sculptures add an artistic touch to the already stunning landscape.            Chaka Salt Lake Scenic Area          The scenic area offers well-maintained walkways, viewing platforms, and resting spots for visitors. It`s a great place to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the natural beauty of the lake.            Train Rides          A narrow-gauge tourist train runs along the edge of the lake, offering a unique perspective and a convenient way to see more of the area. The train ride is especially popular among families and photographers.            Stargazing          Due to its high altitude and clear skies, Chaka Salt Lake is an excellent location for stargazing. On a clear night, you can see a breathtaking display of stars, making it a popular spot for astronomy enthusiasts.            Local Cuisine          While visiting Chaka Salt Lake, you can enjoy a variety of local and regional dishes. Here are some recommendations:                        Lamb Dishes: The region is known for its high-quality lamb, which is used in various dishes such as roasted lamb, lamb hotpot, and lamb kebabs.              QingHai Yogurt: Made from yak milk, QingHai yogurt is thick, creamy, and slightly tangy. It is often served with honey or sugar.              Tibetan Cuisine: Enjoy traditional Tibetan dishes such as tsampa (roasted barley flour), yak butter tea, and momos (dumplings).                      Shopping                        Salt Products: Chaka Salt Lake is a major producer of salt, and you can purchase various salt products, including salt crystals, salt lamps, and bath salts.              Local Handicrafts: Explore shops for traditional Tibetan and Mongolian handicrafts, such as jewelry, textiles, and wooden carvings.              Specialty Foods: Purchase local specialties such as dried yak meat, yak cheese, and Tibetan pastries.                      Accommodation                        Hotels: Chaka Town offers several hotels and guesthouses catering to different budgets, providing comfortable accommodations and easy access to the lake.              Eco-Lodges: For a more unique experience, consider staying in an eco-lodge or yurt near the lake, which offers stunning views and a closer connection to nature.                      Historical Background of Chaka Salt Lake          Chaka Salt Lake has a history of salt production dating back over 3,000 years. The lake`s salt has been an essential resource for local communities, providing economic support and playing a crucial role in daily life.            The name `Chaka` means `salt lake` in Tibetan, reflecting the area`s significance in Tibetan culture. The lake has also been an important stop on the ancient Tea Horse Road, a trade route that connected China with Tibet and other regions.            In recent years, Chaka Salt Lake has developed into a major tourist destination, attracting visitors with its unique natural beauty and mirror-like reflections. The local government has invested in infrastructure and facilities to enhance the visitor experience while preserving the lake`s natural environment.            Tips for Visitors                        Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit Chaka Salt Lake are summer (June to August) and autumn (September to October) when the weather is mild and the lake`s reflections are most impressive.              Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. Sun protection, such as hats and sunscreen, is also recommended.              Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of local customs and traditions, especially when visiting nearby Tibetan and Mongolian communities.              Language: While Mandarin is widely spoken, learning a few basic phrases or using a translation app can be very helpful.              Plan Your Visit: Chaka Salt Lake is best explored at a leisurely pace. Take your time to enjoy the stunning views, visit local attractions, and savor the local cuisine.                      Conclusion          Chaka Salt Lake, with its breathtaking mirror reflections, unique salt sculptures, and rich cultural heritage, offers a one-of-a-kind travel experience. Whether you`re exploring the scenic area, enjoying local cuisine, or stargazing under the clear night sky, Chaka Salt Lake provides a serene and memorable escape. Plan your visit carefully to make the most of your trip to this stunning destination in QingHai Province.
With Walk East ... Bonus film - the Singing Sand Dunes of GanSu ... Visitor Guide to Chaka Salt Lake, QingHai Overview Chaka Salt Lake, located in the Haixi Mongolian and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in QingHai Province, is a stunning natural wonder known for its mirror-like reflection of the sky. Often referred to as the `Mirror of the Sky,` this salt lake offers breathtaking views and a unique travel experience. Getting There By Air: The nearest airport is CaoJiabao Airport in XiNing, the capital of QingHai Province, located approximately 300 kilometers from Chaka Salt Lake. From the airport, you can take a taxi or a bus to XiNing Railway Station, and then a train or bus to Chaka Town. By Train: You can take a train to Chaka Railway Station, which is well-connected to major cities like XiNing and Lhasa. From the station, you can take a local taxi or shuttle bus to the lake. By Bus: Long-distance buses from XiNing and other cities in QingHai Province can take you to Chaka Town. From there, local buses and taxis are available to reach the lake. Getting Around Walking: The best way to explore Chaka Salt Lake is on foot, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the stunning scenery and take beautiful photographs. Local Transport: Taxis and shuttle buses are available for traveling to and from different parts of the lake area. Main Attractions Mirror Reflection The most famous feature of Chaka Salt Lake is its mirror-like surface, which perfectly reflects the sky and surrounding mountains. The best time to see this phenomenon is on a clear day, especially during sunrise and sunset when the colors are most vibrant. Salt Sculptures The lake is surrounded by fascinating salt sculptures, created both naturally and by local artists. These sculptures add an artistic touch to the already stunning landscape. Chaka Salt Lake Scenic Area The scenic area offers well-maintained walkways, viewing platforms, and resting spots for visitors. It`s a great place to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the natural beauty of the lake. Train Rides A narrow-gauge tourist train runs along the edge of the lake, offering a unique perspective and a convenient way to see more of the area. The train ride is especially popular among families and photographers. Stargazing Due to its high altitude and clear skies, Chaka Salt Lake is an excellent location for stargazing. On a clear night, you can see a breathtaking display of stars, making it a popular spot for astronomy enthusiasts. Local Cuisine While visiting Chaka Salt Lake, you can enjoy a variety of local and regional dishes. Here are some recommendations: Lamb Dishes: The region is known for its high-quality lamb, which is used in various dishes such as roasted lamb, lamb hotpot, and lamb kebabs. QingHai Yogurt: Made from yak milk, QingHai yogurt is thick, creamy, and slightly tangy. It is often served with honey or sugar. Tibetan Cuisine: Enjoy traditional Tibetan dishes such as tsampa (roasted barley flour), yak butter tea, and momos (dumplings). Shopping Salt Products: Chaka Salt Lake is a major producer of salt, and you can purchase various salt products, including salt crystals, salt lamps, and bath salts. Local Handicrafts: Explore shops for traditional Tibetan and Mongolian handicrafts, such as jewelry, textiles, and wooden carvings. Specialty Foods: Purchase local specialties such as dried yak meat, yak cheese, and Tibetan pastries. Accommodation Hotels: Chaka Town offers several hotels and guesthouses catering to different budgets, providing comfortable accommodations and easy access to the lake. Eco-Lodges: For a more unique experience, consider staying in an eco-lodge or yurt near the lake, which offers stunning views and a closer connection to nature. Historical Background of Chaka Salt Lake Chaka Salt Lake has a history of salt production dating back over 3,000 years. The lake`s salt has been an essential resource for local communities, providing economic support and playing a crucial role in daily life. The name `Chaka` means `salt lake` in Tibetan, reflecting the area`s significance in Tibetan culture. The lake has also been an important stop on the ancient Tea Horse Road, a trade route that connected China with Tibet and other regions. In recent years, Chaka Salt Lake has developed into a major tourist destination, attracting visitors with its unique natural beauty and mirror-like reflections. The local government has invested in infrastructure and facilities to enhance the visitor experience while preserving the lake`s natural environment. Tips for Visitors Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit Chaka Salt Lake are summer (June to August) and autumn (September to October) when the weather is mild and the lake`s reflections are most impressive. Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. Sun protection, such as hats and sunscreen, is also recommended. Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of local customs and traditions, especially when visiting nearby Tibetan and Mongolian communities. Language: While Mandarin is widely spoken, learning a few basic phrases or using a translation app can be very helpful. Plan Your Visit: Chaka Salt Lake is best explored at a leisurely pace. Take your time to enjoy the stunning views, visit local attractions, and savor the local cuisine. Conclusion Chaka Salt Lake, with its breathtaking mirror reflections, unique salt sculptures, and rich cultural heritage, offers a one-of-a-kind travel experience. Whether you`re exploring the scenic area, enjoying local cuisine, or stargazing under the clear night sky, Chaka Salt Lake provides a serene and memorable escape. Plan your visit carefully to make the most of your trip to this stunning destination in QingHai Province.
TaiYuan ancient city walking tour, ShanXi province. With Walk East ...                      Visitor Guide to TaiYuan City, ShanXi Province            Overview          TaiYuan, the capital city of ShanXi Province, is a fascinating blend of ancient history and modern development. Known for its rich cultural heritage, TaiYuan offers visitors a glimpse into China`s past while also showcasing its rapid modernization.            Getting There          By Air: TaiYuan WuSu International Airport (TYN) serves the city with both domestic and international flights. It is located about 15 kilometers from the city center, and you can reach downtown by taxi, airport shuttle, or public bus.          By Train: TaiYuan Railway Station and TaiYuan South Railway Station connect the city with major destinations across China, including Beijing, Xi`an, and Shanghai. High-speed trains offer convenient and quick travel options.          By Bus: Long-distance buses from nearby cities and provinces also provide access to TaiYuan. The main bus stations in TaiYuan are TaiYuan Long-Distance Bus Station and TaiYuan West Bus Station.            Getting Around                        Public Transport: TaiYuan has an extensive public bus network and a developing metro system, making it easy to navigate the city.              Taxis: Taxis are readily available and relatively inexpensive. Ride-hailing apps like DiDi are also widely used.              Biking: Bike-sharing services are popular and provide a convenient way to explore the city at your own pace.                      Main Attractions          JinCi Temple          JinCi Temple, located about 25 kilometers southwest of TaiYuan, is a historic site with beautiful architecture, ancient trees, and intricate carvings. The temple, dating back over 1,400 years, is dedicated to the worship of Prince Shuyu of the Zhou Dynasty.            ShanXi Museum          ShanXi Museum, one of China`s most important museums, offers a comprehensive look at the history and culture of ShanXi Province. The museum`s exhibits include ancient relics, artifacts from the Silk Road, and displays on ShanXi`s rich coal mining history.            TaiYuan Ancient City Wall          The TaiYuan Ancient City Wall is a significant historical landmark that reflects the city`s ancient military architecture. Portions of the wall have been restored, and visitors can walk along it to enjoy panoramic views of the city.            Fenhe Park          Fenhe Park, situated along the Fen River, is a large urban park offering beautiful landscapes, walking paths, and recreational facilities. It`s a great place to relax, enjoy nature, and experience the local lifestyle.            Twin Pagoda Temple          The Twin Pagoda Temple, also known as Yongzuo Temple, features two impressive pagodas dating back to the Ming Dynasty. The temple is a serene spot with beautiful gardens and ancient architecture.            Local Cuisine          TaiYuan offers a variety of local and regional dishes. Here are some must-try foods:                        ShanXi Sliced Noodles (DaoXiaoMian): A famous local dish made with hand-sliced noodles, usually served with a savory broth and various toppings.              Vinegar Culture: ShanXi is known for its aged vinegar, which is a staple in many local dishes. Be sure to try dishes that highlight this unique flavor.              ShanXi Meat Patties (RouJiaMo): Often referred to as the `Chinese hamburger,` these meat-filled buns are a delicious and popular street food.              Fenhe River Fish: Fresh fish from the Fen River, prepared in a variety of ways, is a local specialty.                      Shopping                        Liuxiang Pedestrian Street: A bustling shopping area offering a mix of traditional and modern shops, local snacks, and souvenirs.              Chongshan Monastery Market: A market near Chongshan Monastery where you can find local handicrafts, antiques, and traditional ShanXi products.              Coal Museum of China: The museum shop offers unique souvenirs related to ShanXi`s coal mining history.                      Accommodation                        Luxury Hotels: TaiYuan has several high-end hotels offering excellent amenities and services, such as the Kempinski Hotel TaiYuan and the Shanxi Grand Hotel.              Mid-Range Hotels: There are numerous mid-range options providing comfortable accommodations at reasonable prices, including international chains like Holiday Inn and local boutique hotels.              Budget Accommodations: Budget travelers can find affordable guesthouses, hostels, and budget hotels throughout the city.                      Historical Background of TaiYuan          TaiYuan, with a history spanning over 2,500 years, has been a significant political, economic, and cultural center in northern China. Founded during the Spring and Autumn period, the city has witnessed numerous historical events and developments.            During the Tang Dynasty, TaiYuan was a strategic military base and the hometown of the Tang emperors. The city played a crucial role in various dynastic changes and military campaigns.            In modern times, TaiYuan has developed into an industrial powerhouse, particularly known for its coal mining and steel production. Despite its industrialization, the city has preserved many of its historical and cultural sites, offering a rich tapestry of the ancient and modern.            Tips for Visitors                        Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit TaiYuan are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and pleasant.              Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. Bring a hat and sunscreen if you plan to spend time outdoors.              Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of local customs and traditions, especially when visiting religious and cultural sites.              Language: While Mandarin is widely spoken, learning a few basic phrases or using a translation app can be very helpful.              Plan Your Visit: TaiYuan offers a mix of historical and modern attractions. Plan your visit to include both cultural sites and modern amenities to get a complete experience.                      Conclusion          TaiYuan, with its rich historical heritage and vibrant modern culture, offers a unique and diverse travel experience. From ancient temples and city walls to modern parks and shopping streets, TaiYuan provides a fascinating journey through time. Whether you`re exploring its historical landmarks, enjoying local cuisine, or experiencing the city`s contemporary side, TaiYuan is a destination that promises a memorable visit. Plan your trip carefully to make the most of your time in this dynamic capital of ShanXi Province.
With Walk East ... Visitor Guide to TaiYuan City, ShanXi Province Overview TaiYuan, the capital city of ShanXi Province, is a fascinating blend of ancient history and modern development. Known for its rich cultural heritage, TaiYuan offers visitors a glimpse into China`s past while also showcasing its rapid modernization. Getting There By Air: TaiYuan WuSu International Airport (TYN) serves the city with both domestic and international flights. It is located about 15 kilometers from the city center, and you can reach downtown by taxi, airport shuttle, or public bus. By Train: TaiYuan Railway Station and TaiYuan South Railway Station connect the city with major destinations across China, including Beijing, Xi`an, and Shanghai. High-speed trains offer convenient and quick travel options. By Bus: Long-distance buses from nearby cities and provinces also provide access to TaiYuan. The main bus stations in TaiYuan are TaiYuan Long-Distance Bus Station and TaiYuan West Bus Station. Getting Around Public Transport: TaiYuan has an extensive public bus network and a developing metro system, making it easy to navigate the city. Taxis: Taxis are readily available and relatively inexpensive. Ride-hailing apps like DiDi are also widely used. Biking: Bike-sharing services are popular and provide a convenient way to explore the city at your own pace. Main Attractions JinCi Temple JinCi Temple, located about 25 kilometers southwest of TaiYuan, is a historic site with beautiful architecture, ancient trees, and intricate carvings. The temple, dating back over 1,400 years, is dedicated to the worship of Prince Shuyu of the Zhou Dynasty. ShanXi Museum ShanXi Museum, one of China`s most important museums, offers a comprehensive look at the history and culture of ShanXi Province. The museum`s exhibits include ancient relics, artifacts from the Silk Road, and displays on ShanXi`s rich coal mining history. TaiYuan Ancient City Wall The TaiYuan Ancient City Wall is a significant historical landmark that reflects the city`s ancient military architecture. Portions of the wall have been restored, and visitors can walk along it to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Fenhe Park Fenhe Park, situated along the Fen River, is a large urban park offering beautiful landscapes, walking paths, and recreational facilities. It`s a great place to relax, enjoy nature, and experience the local lifestyle. Twin Pagoda Temple The Twin Pagoda Temple, also known as Yongzuo Temple, features two impressive pagodas dating back to the Ming Dynasty. The temple is a serene spot with beautiful gardens and ancient architecture. Local Cuisine TaiYuan offers a variety of local and regional dishes. Here are some must-try foods: ShanXi Sliced Noodles (DaoXiaoMian): A famous local dish made with hand-sliced noodles, usually served with a savory broth and various toppings. Vinegar Culture: ShanXi is known for its aged vinegar, which is a staple in many local dishes. Be sure to try dishes that highlight this unique flavor. ShanXi Meat Patties (RouJiaMo): Often referred to as the `Chinese hamburger,` these meat-filled buns are a delicious and popular street food. Fenhe River Fish: Fresh fish from the Fen River, prepared in a variety of ways, is a local specialty. Shopping Liuxiang Pedestrian Street: A bustling shopping area offering a mix of traditional and modern shops, local snacks, and souvenirs. Chongshan Monastery Market: A market near Chongshan Monastery where you can find local handicrafts, antiques, and traditional ShanXi products. Coal Museum of China: The museum shop offers unique souvenirs related to ShanXi`s coal mining history. Accommodation Luxury Hotels: TaiYuan has several high-end hotels offering excellent amenities and services, such as the Kempinski Hotel TaiYuan and the Shanxi Grand Hotel. Mid-Range Hotels: There are numerous mid-range options providing comfortable accommodations at reasonable prices, including international chains like Holiday Inn and local boutique hotels. Budget Accommodations: Budget travelers can find affordable guesthouses, hostels, and budget hotels throughout the city. Historical Background of TaiYuan TaiYuan, with a history spanning over 2,500 years, has been a significant political, economic, and cultural center in northern China. Founded during the Spring and Autumn period, the city has witnessed numerous historical events and developments. During the Tang Dynasty, TaiYuan was a strategic military base and the hometown of the Tang emperors. The city played a crucial role in various dynastic changes and military campaigns. In modern times, TaiYuan has developed into an industrial powerhouse, particularly known for its coal mining and steel production. Despite its industrialization, the city has preserved many of its historical and cultural sites, offering a rich tapestry of the ancient and modern. Tips for Visitors Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit TaiYuan are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and pleasant. Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. Bring a hat and sunscreen if you plan to spend time outdoors. Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of local customs and traditions, especially when visiting religious and cultural sites. Language: While Mandarin is widely spoken, learning a few basic phrases or using a translation app can be very helpful. Plan Your Visit: TaiYuan offers a mix of historical and modern attractions. Plan your visit to include both cultural sites and modern amenities to get a complete experience. Conclusion TaiYuan, with its rich historical heritage and vibrant modern culture, offers a unique and diverse travel experience. From ancient temples and city walls to modern parks and shopping streets, TaiYuan provides a fascinating journey through time. Whether you`re exploring its historical landmarks, enjoying local cuisine, or experiencing the city`s contemporary side, TaiYuan is a destination that promises a memorable visit. Plan your trip carefully to make the most of your time in this dynamic capital of ShanXi Province.
MingShui ancient town, JiNan, ShanDong province. With China Walking Tour ...                      Visitor Guide to MingShui Ancient Town, ShanDong Province            Overview          MingShui Ancient Town, located in the city of JiNan in ShanDong Province, is a well-preserved historical town with a rich cultural heritage. Known for its traditional architecture, charming streets, and historical sites, MingShui offers a fascinating glimpse into the life and culture of ancient China.            Getting There          By Air: The nearest airport is JiNan Yaoqiang International Airport (TNA), located about 50 kilometers from MingShui. From the airport, you can take a taxi or a shuttle bus to MingShui.          By Train: JiNan Railway Station and JiNan East Railway Station offer convenient connections to MingShui. From these stations, you can take a local bus or taxi to reach MingShui.          By Bus: Long-distance buses from nearby cities such as JiNan and Tai`an provide direct routes to MingShui. The main bus station in MingShui is MingShui Long-Distance Bus Station.            Getting Around                        Walking: MingShui Ancient Town is best explored on foot, allowing you to fully appreciate the historical architecture and charming streets.              Biking: Renting a bicycle is a great way to explore the surrounding areas and nearby attractions at your own pace.              Local Transport: Taxis and local buses are available for traveling to and from different parts of MingShui and JiNan.                      Main Attractions          MingShui Old Street          MingShui Old Street is the heart of the ancient town, lined with traditional buildings, shops, and tea houses. Strolling along this street, you can experience the charm of old China and discover local handicrafts, snacks, and souvenirs.            Yunmen Temple          This historic Buddhist temple is a significant cultural site in MingShui. The temple features ancient architecture, beautiful gardens, and intricate statues, making it a peaceful place for reflection and exploration.            MingShui Ancient City Wall          The ancient city wall of MingShui is a testament to the town`s historical importance. Visitors can walk along the wall and enjoy panoramic views of the town and its surroundings.            Shuiyue Pavilion          Shuiyue Pavilion is a beautiful structure located near a serene pond, offering a picturesque setting for photography and relaxation. The pavilion is a great spot to enjoy the tranquility of the town.            Traditional Folk Houses          Scattered throughout MingShui are traditional folk houses that showcase the architectural styles and living conditions of ancient Chinese families. These houses provide a fascinating look into the past.            Local Cuisine          MingShui`s cuisine is characterized by its use of fresh ingredients and traditional cooking methods. Here are some must-try dishes:                        MingShui Tofu: This locally made tofu is known for its delicate texture and rich flavor, often served with a variety of sauces and garnishes.              Shandong Pancakes: A popular local snack, these thin pancakes are typically filled with vegetables, meat, or seafood.              Local Noodles: Hand-pulled noodles served with a variety of toppings, including vegetables, meat, and savory broths.              Traditional Pastries: Try the local pastries, which are often filled with sweet or savory ingredients and baked to perfection.                      Shopping                        Local Handicrafts: MingShui is known for its traditional handicrafts, including pottery, paper-cutting, and embroidery. These items make for unique souvenirs.              Antique Shops: Explore local antique shops for historical artifacts, vintage items, and collectibles.              Local Markets: Purchase fresh produce, local snacks, and traditional items at the town`s bustling markets.                      Accommodation                        Traditional Inns: For an authentic experience, consider staying in a traditional inn or guesthouse, which often feature historical architecture and local decor.              Mid-Range Hotels: Options such as the MingShui Hotel and local boutique hotels provide comfortable accommodations at reasonable prices.              Budget Hotels: For budget travelers, hostels and budget hotels in and around MingShui offer affordable and convenient lodging.                      Tips for Visitors                        Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit MingShui are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and pleasant.              Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. An umbrella or raincoat is useful during the rainy season.              Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of local customs and traditions. Dress modestly and be mindful of local etiquette, especially when visiting historical and cultural sites.              Language: While Mandarin is widely spoken, learning a few basic phrases or using a translation app can be very helpful.              Plan Your Visit: MingShui is best explored at a leisurely pace. Take your time to wander through the streets, visit local shops, and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.                      Conclusion          MingShui Ancient Town, with its rich history, traditional architecture, and serene environment, offers a unique and memorable travel experience. Whether you`re exploring ancient streets, savoring local cuisine, or visiting historical sites, MingShui provides an unforgettable glimpse into the past. Plan your visit carefully to make the most of your trip to this charming town in ShanDong Province.
With China Walking Tour ... Visitor Guide to MingShui Ancient Town, ShanDong Province Overview MingShui Ancient Town, located in the city of JiNan in ShanDong Province, is a well-preserved historical town with a rich cultural heritage. Known for its traditional architecture, charming streets, and historical sites, MingShui offers a fascinating glimpse into the life and culture of ancient China. Getting There By Air: The nearest airport is JiNan Yaoqiang International Airport (TNA), located about 50 kilometers from MingShui. From the airport, you can take a taxi or a shuttle bus to MingShui. By Train: JiNan Railway Station and JiNan East Railway Station offer convenient connections to MingShui. From these stations, you can take a local bus or taxi to reach MingShui. By Bus: Long-distance buses from nearby cities such as JiNan and Tai`an provide direct routes to MingShui. The main bus station in MingShui is MingShui Long-Distance Bus Station. Getting Around Walking: MingShui Ancient Town is best explored on foot, allowing you to fully appreciate the historical architecture and charming streets. Biking: Renting a bicycle is a great way to explore the surrounding areas and nearby attractions at your own pace. Local Transport: Taxis and local buses are available for traveling to and from different parts of MingShui and JiNan. Main Attractions MingShui Old Street MingShui Old Street is the heart of the ancient town, lined with traditional buildings, shops, and tea houses. Strolling along this street, you can experience the charm of old China and discover local handicrafts, snacks, and souvenirs. Yunmen Temple This historic Buddhist temple is a significant cultural site in MingShui. The temple features ancient architecture, beautiful gardens, and intricate statues, making it a peaceful place for reflection and exploration. MingShui Ancient City Wall The ancient city wall of MingShui is a testament to the town`s historical importance. Visitors can walk along the wall and enjoy panoramic views of the town and its surroundings. Shuiyue Pavilion Shuiyue Pavilion is a beautiful structure located near a serene pond, offering a picturesque setting for photography and relaxation. The pavilion is a great spot to enjoy the tranquility of the town. Traditional Folk Houses Scattered throughout MingShui are traditional folk houses that showcase the architectural styles and living conditions of ancient Chinese families. These houses provide a fascinating look into the past. Local Cuisine MingShui`s cuisine is characterized by its use of fresh ingredients and traditional cooking methods. Here are some must-try dishes: MingShui Tofu: This locally made tofu is known for its delicate texture and rich flavor, often served with a variety of sauces and garnishes. Shandong Pancakes: A popular local snack, these thin pancakes are typically filled with vegetables, meat, or seafood. Local Noodles: Hand-pulled noodles served with a variety of toppings, including vegetables, meat, and savory broths. Traditional Pastries: Try the local pastries, which are often filled with sweet or savory ingredients and baked to perfection. Shopping Local Handicrafts: MingShui is known for its traditional handicrafts, including pottery, paper-cutting, and embroidery. These items make for unique souvenirs. Antique Shops: Explore local antique shops for historical artifacts, vintage items, and collectibles. Local Markets: Purchase fresh produce, local snacks, and traditional items at the town`s bustling markets. Accommodation Traditional Inns: For an authentic experience, consider staying in a traditional inn or guesthouse, which often feature historical architecture and local decor. Mid-Range Hotels: Options such as the MingShui Hotel and local boutique hotels provide comfortable accommodations at reasonable prices. Budget Hotels: For budget travelers, hostels and budget hotels in and around MingShui offer affordable and convenient lodging. Tips for Visitors Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit MingShui are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and pleasant. Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. An umbrella or raincoat is useful during the rainy season. Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of local customs and traditions. Dress modestly and be mindful of local etiquette, especially when visiting historical and cultural sites. Language: While Mandarin is widely spoken, learning a few basic phrases or using a translation app can be very helpful. Plan Your Visit: MingShui is best explored at a leisurely pace. Take your time to wander through the streets, visit local shops, and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. Conclusion MingShui Ancient Town, with its rich history, traditional architecture, and serene environment, offers a unique and memorable travel experience. Whether you`re exploring ancient streets, savoring local cuisine, or visiting historical sites, MingShui provides an unforgettable glimpse into the past. Plan your visit carefully to make the most of your trip to this charming town in ShanDong Province.
ShanHaiGuan (Mountain Sea Pass) – where the Great Wall of China meets the sea. With Andy see the World ...                      Visitor Guide to ShanHaiGuan            Overview          ShanHaiGuan, located in QinHuangDao City, HeBei Province, is a renowned historical site known as the `First Pass Under Heaven.` It is one of the most well-preserved and strategically important passes of the Great Wall of China, offering visitors a fascinating glimpse into China`s ancient military history and stunning coastal scenery.            Getting There          By Air: The nearest airport is QinHuangDao Beidaihe Airport (BPE), located about 20 kilometers from ShanHaiGuan. From the airport, you can take a taxi or a shuttle bus to ShanHaiGuan.          By Train: ShanHaiGuan Railway Station is well-connected with major cities like BeiJing, TianJin, and Shenyang. High-speed trains make it convenient to reach ShanHaiGuan from these cities.          By Bus: Long-distance buses are available from nearby cities, including QinHuangDao and TianJin. The main bus station in ShanHaiGuan is ShanHaiGuan Long-Distance Bus Station.            Getting Around                        Walking: The historic area of ShanHaiGuan is best explored on foot, allowing you to fully appreciate the ancient architecture and fortifications.              Biking: Renting a bicycle is a great way to explore the surrounding areas and nearby attractions at your own pace.              Local Transport: Taxis and local buses are available for traveling to and from different parts of ShanHaiGuan and QinHuangDao.                      Main Attractions          First Pass Under Heaven (Zhenyuan Tower)          This iconic gate is the easternmost point of the Great Wall and marks the starting point of the ancient defense line. The tower offers panoramic views of the surrounding area and the Great Wall stretching towards the mountains and the sea.            Old Dragon`s Head (Laolongtou)          Located where the Great Wall meets the Bohai Sea, the Old Dragon`s Head is a dramatic and picturesque site. The fortifications extend into the sea, resembling a dragon drinking water. It`s a unique and breathtaking part of the Great Wall.            ShanHaiGuan Great Wall Museum          The museum provides a comprehensive overview of the history, construction, and significance of the Great Wall. Exhibits include artifacts, models, and interactive displays that bring the history of this monumental structure to life.            Jiumenkou Great Wall          This section of the Great Wall is unique for its series of nine gates and the river that flows beneath it. The Jiumenkou Great Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers a fascinating look at ancient military engineering.            Wang Family Courtyard          This well-preserved traditional courtyard residence offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of a wealthy family during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The courtyard is beautifully decorated with intricate carvings and traditional furnishings.            Local Cuisine          ShanHaiGuan`s cuisine is influenced by its coastal location and northern Chinese culinary traditions. Here are some must-try dishes:                        Seafood: Fresh seafood from the Bohai Sea, including fish, shrimp, and crab, is a highlight of local dining.              QinHuangDao Dumplings: These dumplings are known for their thin skins and generous fillings, often served with a dipping sauce.              Jiaozi (Dumplings): A variety of steamed or boiled dumplings filled with meat, vegetables, or seafood.              Local Snacks: Try street food such as fried dough twists, roasted sweet potatoes, and various grilled skewers.                      Shopping                        Local Handicrafts: ShanHaiGuan is known for its traditional handicrafts, including paper-cutting, clay figurines, and embroidery. These items make for unique souvenirs.              Antique Markets: Explore local antique markets for historical artifacts, vintage items, and collectibles.              Seafood Markets: Purchase fresh or dried seafood to take home or enjoy while you`re in the area.                      Accommodation                        Luxury Hotels: For a high-end stay, consider hotels like the Shangri-La Hotel QinHuangDao or the Sheraton QinHuangDao Beidaihe Hotel, both offering excellent amenities and service.              Mid-Range Hotels: Options such as the Best Western Junyu Grand Hotel and QinHuangDao Grand Hotel provide comfortable accommodations at reasonable prices.              Budget Hotels: For budget travelers, hostels and budget hotels like the ShanHaiGuan Youth Hostel offer affordable and convenient lodging.                      Tips for Visitors                        Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit ShanHaiGuan are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and pleasant.              Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. An umbrella or raincoat is useful during the rainy season.              Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of local customs and traditions. Dress modestly and be mindful of local etiquette, especially when visiting historical and cultural sites.              Language: While Mandarin is widely spoken, learning a few basic phrases or using a translation app can be very helpful.              Plan Your Visit: ShanHaiGuan is best explored at a leisurely pace. Take your time to wander through the historical sites, visit local shops, and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.                      Conclusion          ShanHaiGuan, with its rich history, strategic importance, and stunning coastal scenery, offers a unique and memorable travel experience. Whether you`re exploring ancient fortifications, savoring fresh seafood, or strolling along the Great Wall, ShanHaiGuan provides an unforgettable experience. Plan your visit carefully to make the most of your trip to this fascinating destination in HeBei Province.
With Andy see the World ... Visitor Guide to ShanHaiGuan Overview ShanHaiGuan, located in QinHuangDao City, HeBei Province, is a renowned historical site known as the `First Pass Under Heaven.` It is one of the most well-preserved and strategically important passes of the Great Wall of China, offering visitors a fascinating glimpse into China`s ancient military history and stunning coastal scenery. Getting There By Air: The nearest airport is QinHuangDao Beidaihe Airport (BPE), located about 20 kilometers from ShanHaiGuan. From the airport, you can take a taxi or a shuttle bus to ShanHaiGuan. By Train: ShanHaiGuan Railway Station is well-connected with major cities like BeiJing, TianJin, and Shenyang. High-speed trains make it convenient to reach ShanHaiGuan from these cities. By Bus: Long-distance buses are available from nearby cities, including QinHuangDao and TianJin. The main bus station in ShanHaiGuan is ShanHaiGuan Long-Distance Bus Station. Getting Around Walking: The historic area of ShanHaiGuan is best explored on foot, allowing you to fully appreciate the ancient architecture and fortifications. Biking: Renting a bicycle is a great way to explore the surrounding areas and nearby attractions at your own pace. Local Transport: Taxis and local buses are available for traveling to and from different parts of ShanHaiGuan and QinHuangDao. Main Attractions First Pass Under Heaven (Zhenyuan Tower) This iconic gate is the easternmost point of the Great Wall and marks the starting point of the ancient defense line. The tower offers panoramic views of the surrounding area and the Great Wall stretching towards the mountains and the sea. Old Dragon`s Head (Laolongtou) Located where the Great Wall meets the Bohai Sea, the Old Dragon`s Head is a dramatic and picturesque site. The fortifications extend into the sea, resembling a dragon drinking water. It`s a unique and breathtaking part of the Great Wall. ShanHaiGuan Great Wall Museum The museum provides a comprehensive overview of the history, construction, and significance of the Great Wall. Exhibits include artifacts, models, and interactive displays that bring the history of this monumental structure to life. Jiumenkou Great Wall This section of the Great Wall is unique for its series of nine gates and the river that flows beneath it. The Jiumenkou Great Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers a fascinating look at ancient military engineering. Wang Family Courtyard This well-preserved traditional courtyard residence offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of a wealthy family during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The courtyard is beautifully decorated with intricate carvings and traditional furnishings. Local Cuisine ShanHaiGuan`s cuisine is influenced by its coastal location and northern Chinese culinary traditions. Here are some must-try dishes: Seafood: Fresh seafood from the Bohai Sea, including fish, shrimp, and crab, is a highlight of local dining. QinHuangDao Dumplings: These dumplings are known for their thin skins and generous fillings, often served with a dipping sauce. Jiaozi (Dumplings): A variety of steamed or boiled dumplings filled with meat, vegetables, or seafood. Local Snacks: Try street food such as fried dough twists, roasted sweet potatoes, and various grilled skewers. Shopping Local Handicrafts: ShanHaiGuan is known for its traditional handicrafts, including paper-cutting, clay figurines, and embroidery. These items make for unique souvenirs. Antique Markets: Explore local antique markets for historical artifacts, vintage items, and collectibles. Seafood Markets: Purchase fresh or dried seafood to take home or enjoy while you`re in the area. Accommodation Luxury Hotels: For a high-end stay, consider hotels like the Shangri-La Hotel QinHuangDao or the Sheraton QinHuangDao Beidaihe Hotel, both offering excellent amenities and service. Mid-Range Hotels: Options such as the Best Western Junyu Grand Hotel and QinHuangDao Grand Hotel provide comfortable accommodations at reasonable prices. Budget Hotels: For budget travelers, hostels and budget hotels like the ShanHaiGuan Youth Hostel offer affordable and convenient lodging. Tips for Visitors Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit ShanHaiGuan are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and pleasant. Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. An umbrella or raincoat is useful during the rainy season. Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of local customs and traditions. Dress modestly and be mindful of local etiquette, especially when visiting historical and cultural sites. Language: While Mandarin is widely spoken, learning a few basic phrases or using a translation app can be very helpful. Plan Your Visit: ShanHaiGuan is best explored at a leisurely pace. Take your time to wander through the historical sites, visit local shops, and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. Conclusion ShanHaiGuan, with its rich history, strategic importance, and stunning coastal scenery, offers a unique and memorable travel experience. Whether you`re exploring ancient fortifications, savoring fresh seafood, or strolling along the Great Wall, ShanHaiGuan provides an unforgettable experience. Plan your visit carefully to make the most of your trip to this fascinating destination in HeBei Province.
The LiangMa River, by the east third ring road, BeiJing. With Beijing Old Liu ...
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Exploring JiNan, provincial capital city of ShanDong – night and day. With China Walking Tour ...                                              Visitor Guide to JiNan, ShanDong Province            Overview          JiNan, the capital city of ShanDong Province, is known for its natural springs, rich history, and vibrant culture. Often referred to as the `City of Springs,` JiNan is a blend of historical landmarks and modern development, making it a fascinating destination for travelers.            Getting There          By Air: JiNan Yaoqiang International Airport (TNA) is located about 33 kilometers northeast of the city center. It offers both domestic and international flights. You can take an airport shuttle bus, taxi, or the JiNan Metro to reach the city center.          By Train: JiNan is a major railway hub with two main stations: JiNan Railway Station and JiNan West Railway Station. Both stations offer high-speed rail connections to major cities like BeiJing, ShangHai, and Xi’an.          By Bus: Long-distance buses connect JiNan to various cities in ShanDong Province and beyond. The main bus stations are JiNan Long-Distance Bus Terminal and JiNan East Bus Station.            Getting Around                        Public Transport: JiNan has an extensive bus network and a growing metro system. The metro is convenient for getting around the city quickly.              Taxis: Taxis are readily available and relatively inexpensive. Ensure the driver uses the meter or agree on a fare beforehand.              Biking: Bike-sharing services are popular and convenient for short trips around the city.                      Main Attractions          Baotu Spring Park          Baotu Spring Park is one of JiNan`s most famous attractions, known for its clear and gushing springs. The park is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the natural scenery, traditional pavilions, and cultural performances.            Daming Lake          Daming Lake is a large natural lake in the heart of JiNan, surrounded by lush gardens, ancient pavilions, and historic temples. It is a popular spot for boating, picnicking, and enjoying the serene environment.            Thousand Buddha Mountain (Qianfo Shan)          This mountain is famous for its ancient Buddhist statues and temples. Visitors can hike to the top for a panoramic view of the city or explore the many caves and carvings along the way.            ShanDong Provincial Museum          ShanDong Provincial Museum houses a vast collection of cultural relics, historical artifacts, and natural exhibits. It offers a comprehensive overview of ShanDong`s history and culture.            Black Tiger Spring          Black Tiger Spring is another renowned spring in JiNan, known for its powerful jets of water that resemble a tiger`s roar. The spring is located in a scenic park with beautiful landscaping and walking paths.            Local Cuisine          JiNan`s cuisine is characterized by its use of fresh ingredients and traditional cooking techniques. Here are some must-try dishes:                        JiNan Roast Duck: A local specialty, this roast duck is known for its crispy skin and tender meat, served with pancakes and hoisin sauce.              Sweet and Sour Carp: Fresh carp from Daming Lake, prepared in a tangy and sweet sauce, is a signature dish of JiNan.              JiNan Noodles: These hand-pulled noodles are often served with a variety of toppings, including meat, vegetables, and spicy sauces.              Fried Dumplings: Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, JiNan`s fried dumplings are a popular street food.                      Shopping                        Furong Street: A bustling pedestrian street lined with shops, street food vendors, and souvenir stalls. It`s a great place to try local snacks and buy traditional crafts.              Quancheng Road: One of JiNan`s main shopping streets, offering a mix of modern malls, boutique shops, and local markets.              JiNan Wanda Plaza: A large shopping mall with a variety of international and domestic brands, restaurants, and entertainment options.                      Accommodation                        Luxury Hotels: For a high-end stay, consider hotels like the Shangri-La Hotel JiNan or the Hyatt Regency JiNan, both offering excellent amenities and service.              Mid-Range Hotels: Options such as the Sofitel JiNan Silver Plaza and Holiday Inn JiNan City Center provide comfortable accommodations at reasonable prices.              Budget Hotels: For budget travelers, hostels and budget hotels like the JiNan Blue Horizon Hotel offer affordable and convenient lodging.                      Tips for Visitors                        Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit JiNan are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and pleasant.              Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. An umbrella or raincoat is useful during the rainy season.              Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of local customs and traditions. Dress modestly and be mindful of local etiquette, especially when visiting historical and cultural sites.              Language: While Mandarin is widely spoken, learning a few basic phrases or using a translation app can be very helpful.              Plan Your Visit: JiNan is best explored at a leisurely pace. Take your time to wander through the parks, visit local shops, and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.                      Conclusion          JiNan, with its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning natural springs, offers a unique and memorable travel experience. Whether you`re exploring ancient temples, savoring the local cuisine, or strolling along the scenic lakes and springs, JiNan provides an unforgettable experience. Plan your visit carefully to make the most of your trip to this fascinating city in ShanDong Province.
With China Walking Tour ... Visitor Guide to JiNan, ShanDong Province Overview JiNan, the capital city of ShanDong Province, is known for its natural springs, rich history, and vibrant culture. Often referred to as the `City of Springs,` JiNan is a blend of historical landmarks and modern development, making it a fascinating destination for travelers. Getting There By Air: JiNan Yaoqiang International Airport (TNA) is located about 33 kilometers northeast of the city center. It offers both domestic and international flights. You can take an airport shuttle bus, taxi, or the JiNan Metro to reach the city center. By Train: JiNan is a major railway hub with two main stations: JiNan Railway Station and JiNan West Railway Station. Both stations offer high-speed rail connections to major cities like BeiJing, ShangHai, and Xi’an. By Bus: Long-distance buses connect JiNan to various cities in ShanDong Province and beyond. The main bus stations are JiNan Long-Distance Bus Terminal and JiNan East Bus Station. Getting Around Public Transport: JiNan has an extensive bus network and a growing metro system. The metro is convenient for getting around the city quickly. Taxis: Taxis are readily available and relatively inexpensive. Ensure the driver uses the meter or agree on a fare beforehand. Biking: Bike-sharing services are popular and convenient for short trips around the city. Main Attractions Baotu Spring Park Baotu Spring Park is one of JiNan`s most famous attractions, known for its clear and gushing springs. The park is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the natural scenery, traditional pavilions, and cultural performances. Daming Lake Daming Lake is a large natural lake in the heart of JiNan, surrounded by lush gardens, ancient pavilions, and historic temples. It is a popular spot for boating, picnicking, and enjoying the serene environment. Thousand Buddha Mountain (Qianfo Shan) This mountain is famous for its ancient Buddhist statues and temples. Visitors can hike to the top for a panoramic view of the city or explore the many caves and carvings along the way. ShanDong Provincial Museum ShanDong Provincial Museum houses a vast collection of cultural relics, historical artifacts, and natural exhibits. It offers a comprehensive overview of ShanDong`s history and culture. Black Tiger Spring Black Tiger Spring is another renowned spring in JiNan, known for its powerful jets of water that resemble a tiger`s roar. The spring is located in a scenic park with beautiful landscaping and walking paths. Local Cuisine JiNan`s cuisine is characterized by its use of fresh ingredients and traditional cooking techniques. Here are some must-try dishes: JiNan Roast Duck: A local specialty, this roast duck is known for its crispy skin and tender meat, served with pancakes and hoisin sauce. Sweet and Sour Carp: Fresh carp from Daming Lake, prepared in a tangy and sweet sauce, is a signature dish of JiNan. JiNan Noodles: These hand-pulled noodles are often served with a variety of toppings, including meat, vegetables, and spicy sauces. Fried Dumplings: Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, JiNan`s fried dumplings are a popular street food. Shopping Furong Street: A bustling pedestrian street lined with shops, street food vendors, and souvenir stalls. It`s a great place to try local snacks and buy traditional crafts. Quancheng Road: One of JiNan`s main shopping streets, offering a mix of modern malls, boutique shops, and local markets. JiNan Wanda Plaza: A large shopping mall with a variety of international and domestic brands, restaurants, and entertainment options. Accommodation Luxury Hotels: For a high-end stay, consider hotels like the Shangri-La Hotel JiNan or the Hyatt Regency JiNan, both offering excellent amenities and service. Mid-Range Hotels: Options such as the Sofitel JiNan Silver Plaza and Holiday Inn JiNan City Center provide comfortable accommodations at reasonable prices. Budget Hotels: For budget travelers, hostels and budget hotels like the JiNan Blue Horizon Hotel offer affordable and convenient lodging. Tips for Visitors Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit JiNan are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and pleasant. Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. An umbrella or raincoat is useful during the rainy season. Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of local customs and traditions. Dress modestly and be mindful of local etiquette, especially when visiting historical and cultural sites. Language: While Mandarin is widely spoken, learning a few basic phrases or using a translation app can be very helpful. Plan Your Visit: JiNan is best explored at a leisurely pace. Take your time to wander through the parks, visit local shops, and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. Conclusion JiNan, with its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning natural springs, offers a unique and memorable travel experience. Whether you`re exploring ancient temples, savoring the local cuisine, or strolling along the scenic lakes and springs, JiNan provides an unforgettable experience. Plan your visit carefully to make the most of your trip to this fascinating city in ShanDong Province.
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Dancing in the park – YuYuanTan, BeiJing. By the West Gate. The TV tower, which one can ascend, is nearby, across the third ring road.    With MisterVaughn ...
By the West Gate. The TV tower, which one can ascend, is nearby, across the third ring road. With MisterVaughn ...
The beautiful LiKeng ancient town, JiangXi province – don’t miss it. With Travel In China ...                      Visitor Guide to LiKeng Ancient Town, JiangXi Province            Overview          LiKeng Ancient Town, located in Wuyuan County of JiangXi Province, is a picturesque village known for its well-preserved architecture, traditional culture, and beautiful natural scenery. Often referred to as the `most beautiful village in China,` LiKeng offers a glimpse into the country`s rich history and rural life.            Getting There          By Air: The nearest airport is Jingdezhen Luojia Airport (JDZ), located about 90 kilometers from LiKeng. From the airport, you can take a bus or taxi to Wuyuan County and then a local bus or taxi to LiKeng.          By Train: Wuyuan Railway Station is the closest train station, with connections to major cities like ShangHai, HangZhou, and NanChang. From the station, you can take a taxi or a local bus to LiKeng.          By Bus: Long-distance buses are available from nearby cities to Wuyuan County. From Wuyuan County, you can take a local bus or taxi to reach LiKeng.            Getting Around                        Walking: The best way to explore LiKeng is on foot. The village is small and pedestrian-friendly, allowing you to leisurely stroll through its charming streets.              Biking: Renting a bicycle is a popular option for exploring the surrounding countryside and nearby attractions.              Local Transport: Taxis and local buses are available for traveling to and from nearby towns and attractions.                      Main Attractions          Ancient Architecture          LiKeng is renowned for its well-preserved Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture. The traditional wooden houses, stone bridges, and narrow lanes reflect the town`s rich history and cultural heritage.            Li Family Ancestral Hall          The Li Family Ancestral Hall is a significant historical site in LiKeng. It showcases intricate wood carvings, beautiful murals, and traditional Chinese architectural design.            Stone Arch Bridges          LiKeng is dotted with ancient stone arch bridges that add to its scenic charm. These bridges, with their elegant curves and historical significance, are perfect for photography and leisurely walks.            Surrounding Countryside          The countryside around LiKeng is known for its lush greenery, terraced fields, and beautiful tea plantations. Exploring the rural landscape offers a peaceful and picturesque experience.            Local Cuisine          LiKeng`s cuisine is characterized by its use of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and traditional cooking methods. Here are some must-try dishes:                        Wuyuan Steamed Fish: Fresh fish from the local rivers, steamed with a light seasoning to retain its natural flavors.              Rice Wine Chicken: Chicken cooked with local rice wine, creating a tender and flavorful dish.              Wild Vegetables: Various wild vegetables picked from the surrounding countryside, often stir-fried or used in soups.              Wuyuan Green Tea: Enjoy a cup of locally-produced green tea, known for its fresh taste and health benefits.                      Shopping                        Local Handicrafts: LiKeng is known for its traditional handicrafts, including bamboo weaving, pottery, and wood carvings. These items make for unique souvenirs.              Tea Shops: Purchase high-quality green tea from local tea shops, which offer a variety of teas produced in the surrounding area.              Market Streets: Explore the market streets for local snacks, handmade goods, and other unique items reflecting the town`s cultural heritage.                      Accommodation                        Traditional Guesthouses: Stay in a traditional guesthouse to experience the local lifestyle. Many guesthouses are located in historical buildings with charming courtyards.              Mid-Range Hotels: There are several mid-range hotels in Wuyuan County offering comfortable accommodations with modern amenities.              Budget Options: Budget travelers can find affordable lodging in hostels and budget hotels in and around LiKeng.                      Tips for Visitors                        Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit LiKeng are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and the scenery is at its most beautiful.              Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. An umbrella or raincoat is useful during the rainy season.              Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of local customs and traditions. Dress modestly and be mindful of local etiquette, especially when visiting historical and cultural sites.              Language: While Mandarin is widely spoken, learning a few basic phrases or using a translation app can be very helpful.              Plan Your Visit: LiKeng is best explored at a leisurely pace. Take your time to wander through the streets, visit local shops, and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.                      Conclusion          LiKeng Ancient Town in JiangXi Province offers a captivating blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you`re exploring its ancient architecture, savoring local cuisine, or simply soaking in the serene atmosphere, LiKeng provides an unforgettable experience. Plan your visit carefully to make the most of your trip to this charming and picturesque village.
With Travel In China ... Visitor Guide to LiKeng Ancient Town, JiangXi Province Overview LiKeng Ancient Town, located in Wuyuan County of JiangXi Province, is a picturesque village known for its well-preserved architecture, traditional culture, and beautiful natural scenery. Often referred to as the `most beautiful village in China,` LiKeng offers a glimpse into the country`s rich history and rural life. Getting There By Air: The nearest airport is Jingdezhen Luojia Airport (JDZ), located about 90 kilometers from LiKeng. From the airport, you can take a bus or taxi to Wuyuan County and then a local bus or taxi to LiKeng. By Train: Wuyuan Railway Station is the closest train station, with connections to major cities like ShangHai, HangZhou, and NanChang. From the station, you can take a taxi or a local bus to LiKeng. By Bus: Long-distance buses are available from nearby cities to Wuyuan County. From Wuyuan County, you can take a local bus or taxi to reach LiKeng. Getting Around Walking: The best way to explore LiKeng is on foot. The village is small and pedestrian-friendly, allowing you to leisurely stroll through its charming streets. Biking: Renting a bicycle is a popular option for exploring the surrounding countryside and nearby attractions. Local Transport: Taxis and local buses are available for traveling to and from nearby towns and attractions. Main Attractions Ancient Architecture LiKeng is renowned for its well-preserved Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture. The traditional wooden houses, stone bridges, and narrow lanes reflect the town`s rich history and cultural heritage. Li Family Ancestral Hall The Li Family Ancestral Hall is a significant historical site in LiKeng. It showcases intricate wood carvings, beautiful murals, and traditional Chinese architectural design. Stone Arch Bridges LiKeng is dotted with ancient stone arch bridges that add to its scenic charm. These bridges, with their elegant curves and historical significance, are perfect for photography and leisurely walks. Surrounding Countryside The countryside around LiKeng is known for its lush greenery, terraced fields, and beautiful tea plantations. Exploring the rural landscape offers a peaceful and picturesque experience. Local Cuisine LiKeng`s cuisine is characterized by its use of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and traditional cooking methods. Here are some must-try dishes: Wuyuan Steamed Fish: Fresh fish from the local rivers, steamed with a light seasoning to retain its natural flavors. Rice Wine Chicken: Chicken cooked with local rice wine, creating a tender and flavorful dish. Wild Vegetables: Various wild vegetables picked from the surrounding countryside, often stir-fried or used in soups. Wuyuan Green Tea: Enjoy a cup of locally-produced green tea, known for its fresh taste and health benefits. Shopping Local Handicrafts: LiKeng is known for its traditional handicrafts, including bamboo weaving, pottery, and wood carvings. These items make for unique souvenirs. Tea Shops: Purchase high-quality green tea from local tea shops, which offer a variety of teas produced in the surrounding area. Market Streets: Explore the market streets for local snacks, handmade goods, and other unique items reflecting the town`s cultural heritage. Accommodation Traditional Guesthouses: Stay in a traditional guesthouse to experience the local lifestyle. Many guesthouses are located in historical buildings with charming courtyards. Mid-Range Hotels: There are several mid-range hotels in Wuyuan County offering comfortable accommodations with modern amenities. Budget Options: Budget travelers can find affordable lodging in hostels and budget hotels in and around LiKeng. Tips for Visitors Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit LiKeng are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and the scenery is at its most beautiful. Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. An umbrella or raincoat is useful during the rainy season. Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of local customs and traditions. Dress modestly and be mindful of local etiquette, especially when visiting historical and cultural sites. Language: While Mandarin is widely spoken, learning a few basic phrases or using a translation app can be very helpful. Plan Your Visit: LiKeng is best explored at a leisurely pace. Take your time to wander through the streets, visit local shops, and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. Conclusion LiKeng Ancient Town in JiangXi Province offers a captivating blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you`re exploring its ancient architecture, savoring local cuisine, or simply soaking in the serene atmosphere, LiKeng provides an unforgettable experience. Plan your visit carefully to make the most of your trip to this charming and picturesque village.
GuangZhou city walking tour, GuangDong province. With Walk East ...
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Blondie in LanZhou, GanSu province (food adventure). With Blondie in China ...                          Visitor Guide to LanZhou, GanSu Province            Overview          LanZhou, the capital city of GanSu Province, is a major transportation and cultural hub located in the northwest of China. Famous for its rich history, stunning natural landscapes, and the iconic Yellow River, LanZhou offers a unique blend of traditional Chinese culture and modern development.            Getting There          By Air: LanZhou Zhongchuan International Airport (LHW) is located about 70 kilometers from the city center. It offers both domestic and international flights. You can take an airport shuttle bus or a taxi to reach the city center.          By Train: LanZhou is a major railway hub with connections to many cities across China. The LanZhou Railway Station and LanZhou West Railway Station serve both high-speed and regular trains.          By Bus: Long-distance buses connect LanZhou to various cities in GanSu Province and beyond. The main bus stations are LanZhou East Bus Station and LanZhou West Bus Station.            Getting Around                        Public Transport: LanZhou has an extensive bus network and a developing metro system. The metro is convenient for getting around the city quickly.              Taxis: Taxis are readily available and relatively inexpensive. Ensure the driver uses the meter or agree on a fare beforehand.              Biking: LanZhou is bike-friendly, and bike-sharing services are popular and convenient for short trips.                      Main Attractions          Zhongshan Bridge (Yellow River Iron Bridge)          The Zhongshan Bridge, also known as the First Bridge over the Yellow River, is an iconic historical landmark. Built in 1907, it offers stunning views of the Yellow River and is a great spot for a leisurely walk.            White Pagoda Mountain (Baita Mountain)          White Pagoda Mountain provides a panoramic view of LanZhou and the Yellow River. The mountain is named after the White Pagoda Temple located on its summit. The temple and surrounding park are perfect for hiking and enjoying the natural beauty.            Gansu Provincial Museum          This museum is a treasure trove of cultural relics and historical artifacts, showcasing the rich history and cultural heritage of GanSu Province. Highlights include ancient Silk Road artifacts, fossils, and traditional Tibetan and Han exhibits.            Waterwheel Garden          The Waterwheel Garden is a unique park featuring large, traditional waterwheels that were once used for irrigation along the Yellow River. The park provides insight into the agricultural history of the region and is a pleasant place for a stroll.            Bingling Temple Grottoes          Located about 75 kilometers from LanZhou, the Bingling Temple Grottoes are renowned for their Buddhist cave carvings and statues, some dating back to the Western Qin dynasty. The grottoes are accessible by boat from the Liujiaxia Reservoir.            Local Cuisine          LanZhou is famous for its delicious and unique cuisine. Here are some must-try dishes:                        LanZhou Beef Noodles: Also known as `Lamian,` these hand-pulled noodles are served in a flavorful beef broth with slices of tender beef, radish, and fresh herbs.              Niang Pi: A cold noodle dish made from wheat or rice flour, often served with a spicy sauce and various toppings like cucumber and bean sprouts.              Rou Jia Mo: Often referred to as the Chinese hamburger, it consists of a flatbread filled with seasoned, shredded meat.              Yellow River Carp: Freshly caught from the Yellow River, this fish is typically braised or steamed and served with a savory sauce.                      Shopping                        Zhengning Road Night Market: A bustling night market offering a variety of local snacks, street food, and souvenirs.              Xiguan Mosque Market: Located near the Xiguan Mosque, this market features ethnic Hui products, traditional handicrafts, and a variety of halal foods.              Qilihe Market: A large wholesale market where you can find everything from clothing and electronics to fresh produce and household items.                      Accommodation                        Luxury Hotels: For a high-end stay, consider hotels like the Crowne Plaza LanZhou or the Wanda Vista LanZhou, both offering excellent amenities and service.              Mid-Range Hotels: Options such as the Ibis LanZhou Zhangye Road and the James Joyce Coffetel provide comfortable accommodations at reasonable prices.              Budget Hotels: For budget travelers, hostels and budget hotels like the LanZhou Lemon Tree Youth Hostel offer affordable and convenient lodging.                      Tips for Visitors                        Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit LanZhou are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and pleasant.              Local Etiquette: Respect local customs and traditions, especially in areas with significant Muslim Hui populations. Dress modestly and be mindful of dietary restrictions when dining out.              Language: While Mandarin is widely spoken, learning a few basic phrases or using a translation app can be very helpful.              Stay Hydrated: LanZhou has a dry climate, so drink plenty of water, especially if you are hiking or spending time outdoors.                      Conclusion          LanZhou, with its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes, offers a unique and memorable travel experience. Whether you`re exploring ancient grottoes, savoring the famous beef noodles, or strolling along the Yellow River, LanZhou has something for every traveler. Plan your visit carefully to make the most of this fascinating city in GanSu Province.
With Blondie in China ... Visitor Guide to LanZhou, GanSu Province Overview LanZhou, the capital city of GanSu Province, is a major transportation and cultural hub located in the northwest of China. Famous for its rich history, stunning natural landscapes, and the iconic Yellow River, LanZhou offers a unique blend of traditional Chinese culture and modern development. Getting There By Air: LanZhou Zhongchuan International Airport (LHW) is located about 70 kilometers from the city center. It offers both domestic and international flights. You can take an airport shuttle bus or a taxi to reach the city center. By Train: LanZhou is a major railway hub with connections to many cities across China. The LanZhou Railway Station and LanZhou West Railway Station serve both high-speed and regular trains. By Bus: Long-distance buses connect LanZhou to various cities in GanSu Province and beyond. The main bus stations are LanZhou East Bus Station and LanZhou West Bus Station. Getting Around Public Transport: LanZhou has an extensive bus network and a developing metro system. The metro is convenient for getting around the city quickly. Taxis: Taxis are readily available and relatively inexpensive. Ensure the driver uses the meter or agree on a fare beforehand. Biking: LanZhou is bike-friendly, and bike-sharing services are popular and convenient for short trips. Main Attractions Zhongshan Bridge (Yellow River Iron Bridge) The Zhongshan Bridge, also known as the First Bridge over the Yellow River, is an iconic historical landmark. Built in 1907, it offers stunning views of the Yellow River and is a great spot for a leisurely walk. White Pagoda Mountain (Baita Mountain) White Pagoda Mountain provides a panoramic view of LanZhou and the Yellow River. The mountain is named after the White Pagoda Temple located on its summit. The temple and surrounding park are perfect for hiking and enjoying the natural beauty. Gansu Provincial Museum This museum is a treasure trove of cultural relics and historical artifacts, showcasing the rich history and cultural heritage of GanSu Province. Highlights include ancient Silk Road artifacts, fossils, and traditional Tibetan and Han exhibits. Waterwheel Garden The Waterwheel Garden is a unique park featuring large, traditional waterwheels that were once used for irrigation along the Yellow River. The park provides insight into the agricultural history of the region and is a pleasant place for a stroll. Bingling Temple Grottoes Located about 75 kilometers from LanZhou, the Bingling Temple Grottoes are renowned for their Buddhist cave carvings and statues, some dating back to the Western Qin dynasty. The grottoes are accessible by boat from the Liujiaxia Reservoir. Local Cuisine LanZhou is famous for its delicious and unique cuisine. Here are some must-try dishes: LanZhou Beef Noodles: Also known as `Lamian,` these hand-pulled noodles are served in a flavorful beef broth with slices of tender beef, radish, and fresh herbs. Niang Pi: A cold noodle dish made from wheat or rice flour, often served with a spicy sauce and various toppings like cucumber and bean sprouts. Rou Jia Mo: Often referred to as the Chinese hamburger, it consists of a flatbread filled with seasoned, shredded meat. Yellow River Carp: Freshly caught from the Yellow River, this fish is typically braised or steamed and served with a savory sauce. Shopping Zhengning Road Night Market: A bustling night market offering a variety of local snacks, street food, and souvenirs. Xiguan Mosque Market: Located near the Xiguan Mosque, this market features ethnic Hui products, traditional handicrafts, and a variety of halal foods. Qilihe Market: A large wholesale market where you can find everything from clothing and electronics to fresh produce and household items. Accommodation Luxury Hotels: For a high-end stay, consider hotels like the Crowne Plaza LanZhou or the Wanda Vista LanZhou, both offering excellent amenities and service. Mid-Range Hotels: Options such as the Ibis LanZhou Zhangye Road and the James Joyce Coffetel provide comfortable accommodations at reasonable prices. Budget Hotels: For budget travelers, hostels and budget hotels like the LanZhou Lemon Tree Youth Hostel offer affordable and convenient lodging. Tips for Visitors Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit LanZhou are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and pleasant. Local Etiquette: Respect local customs and traditions, especially in areas with significant Muslim Hui populations. Dress modestly and be mindful of dietary restrictions when dining out. Language: While Mandarin is widely spoken, learning a few basic phrases or using a translation app can be very helpful. Stay Hydrated: LanZhou has a dry climate, so drink plenty of water, especially if you are hiking or spending time outdoors. Conclusion LanZhou, with its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes, offers a unique and memorable travel experience. Whether you`re exploring ancient grottoes, savoring the famous beef noodles, or strolling along the Yellow River, LanZhou has something for every traveler. Plan your visit carefully to make the most of this fascinating city in GanSu Province.
The awesomely beautiful Summer Palace in BeiJing. With Beijing Old Liu ...                         Visitor guide to the Summer Palace in BeiJing            Overview          The Summer Palace, located in the Haidian District of BeiJing, is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens, and palaces. It served as a summer retreat for the Qing Dynasty emperors. Renowned for its beautiful landscape and rich cultural heritage, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of BeiJing`s top tourist attractions.            Getting There          Location: The Summer Palace is located in the northwest of BeiJing, about 15 kilometers from the city center.          By Canal Boat: For a unique and scenic route, take a canal boat from the Purple Bamboo Park (ZiZhuYuan) or Beijing Zoo wharfs. The boat ride takes about an hour and provides a relaxing way to reach the Summer Palace, offering views of the city`s waterways.          By Subway: Take Subway Line 4 and get off at Beigongmen Station (Exit D), which is close to the North Palace Gate.          By Bus: Several bus routes, including 303, 330, 331, 332, 346, 394, 563, 584, 601, and 608, stop near the Summer Palace.          By Taxi: A taxi ride from central BeiJing takes about 30 minutes, depending on traffic.            Entrance and Tickets                        Main Gates: The three main entrances are the East Palace Gate, the North Palace Gate, and the New Palace Gate (South Gate).              Entrance Fee: The entrance fee varies by season. Generally, it ranges from 30 to 60 RMB. Combined tickets, including entry to special sites like the Tower of Buddhist Incense and Suzhou Street, are also available.              Opening Hours: The Summer Palace is open daily from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM (April to October) and 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM (November to March).                      Main Attractions          Kunming Lake          Kunming Lake covers approximately three-quarters of the Summer Palace area. Visitors can take a boat ride to enjoy the scenic beauty and visit the South Lake Island.            Longevity Hill          Rising behind Kunming Lake, Longevity Hill is dotted with splendid halls, pavilions, and temples. Key sites include the Tower of Buddhist Incense, the Sea of Wisdom Temple, and the Hall of Dispelling Clouds.            Seventeen-Arch Bridge          This iconic bridge connects the eastern shore of Kunming Lake to Nanhu Island. It is known for its unique design and the 544 stone lions carved on its railings.            Long Corridor          The Long Corridor is a covered walkway that stretches for 728 meters along the northern shore of Kunming Lake. It is adorned with thousands of beautiful paintings depicting Chinese legends and landscapes.            Marble Boat          The Marble Boat, also known as the Boat of Purity and Ease, is a lakeside pavilion made of marble. It symbolizes stability and is a unique and photogenic structure.            Suzhou Street          Suzhou Street is a charming area with shops and buildings designed to mimic the style of the famous water town of Suzhou. It offers a glimpse into traditional Chinese commerce and architecture.            Activities and Experiences                        Boat Rides: Rent a paddle boat or take a dragon boat cruise on Kunming Lake for a relaxing and scenic experience.              Photography: The Summer Palace offers countless picturesque spots, especially at dawn and dusk when the light is soft and golden.              Walking and Hiking: Explore the numerous trails and paths around Longevity Hill and the lakeshore for a leisurely or invigorating hike.              Picnicking: Enjoy a picnic in one of the many tranquil garden areas, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and historical architecture.                      Dining and Refreshments                        Palace Restaurants: There are several restaurants within the Summer Palace grounds offering traditional Chinese cuisine and snacks.              Tea Houses: Enjoy a traditional tea experience at one of the tea houses overlooking Kunming Lake.              Outside Dining: Numerous restaurants and cafes are located near the main entrances, offering a variety of dining options.                      Shopping                        Souvenir Shops: Various shops within the Summer Palace sell traditional Chinese arts and crafts, souvenirs, and books.              Market Streets: Nearby shopping streets outside the palace offer local snacks, handicrafts, and other unique items.                      Tips for Visitors                        Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit the Summer Palace are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and the scenery is at its most beautiful.              Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. An umbrella or raincoat is useful during the rainy season.              Plan Your Visit: The Summer Palace is vast, so plan your visit to focus on the main attractions you want to see. A map of the palace grounds can be very helpful.              Stay Hydrated: Bring water, especially during the hot summer months, as the extensive grounds require a lot of walking.              Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of cultural and historical sites. Avoid touching artifacts and follow posted signs and instructions.                      Conclusion          The Summer Palace in BeiJing is a stunning testament to Chinese landscape gardening and imperial architecture. With its combination of natural beauty, historical significance, and cultural richness, it offers an unforgettable experience for every visitor. Plan your trip carefully to make the most of your visit and immerse yourself in the splendor of this magnificent heritage site.
With Beijing Old Liu ... Visitor guide to the Summer Palace in BeiJing Overview The Summer Palace, located in the Haidian District of BeiJing, is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens, and palaces. It served as a summer retreat for the Qing Dynasty emperors. Renowned for its beautiful landscape and rich cultural heritage, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of BeiJing`s top tourist attractions. Getting There Location: The Summer Palace is located in the northwest of BeiJing, about 15 kilometers from the city center. By Canal Boat: For a unique and scenic route, take a canal boat from the Purple Bamboo Park (ZiZhuYuan) or Beijing Zoo wharfs. The boat ride takes about an hour and provides a relaxing way to reach the Summer Palace, offering views of the city`s waterways. By Subway: Take Subway Line 4 and get off at Beigongmen Station (Exit D), which is close to the North Palace Gate. By Bus: Several bus routes, including 303, 330, 331, 332, 346, 394, 563, 584, 601, and 608, stop near the Summer Palace. By Taxi: A taxi ride from central BeiJing takes about 30 minutes, depending on traffic. Entrance and Tickets Main Gates: The three main entrances are the East Palace Gate, the North Palace Gate, and the New Palace Gate (South Gate). Entrance Fee: The entrance fee varies by season. Generally, it ranges from 30 to 60 RMB. Combined tickets, including entry to special sites like the Tower of Buddhist Incense and Suzhou Street, are also available. Opening Hours: The Summer Palace is open daily from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM (April to October) and 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM (November to March). Main Attractions Kunming Lake Kunming Lake covers approximately three-quarters of the Summer Palace area. Visitors can take a boat ride to enjoy the scenic beauty and visit the South Lake Island. Longevity Hill Rising behind Kunming Lake, Longevity Hill is dotted with splendid halls, pavilions, and temples. Key sites include the Tower of Buddhist Incense, the Sea of Wisdom Temple, and the Hall of Dispelling Clouds. Seventeen-Arch Bridge This iconic bridge connects the eastern shore of Kunming Lake to Nanhu Island. It is known for its unique design and the 544 stone lions carved on its railings. Long Corridor The Long Corridor is a covered walkway that stretches for 728 meters along the northern shore of Kunming Lake. It is adorned with thousands of beautiful paintings depicting Chinese legends and landscapes. Marble Boat The Marble Boat, also known as the Boat of Purity and Ease, is a lakeside pavilion made of marble. It symbolizes stability and is a unique and photogenic structure. Suzhou Street Suzhou Street is a charming area with shops and buildings designed to mimic the style of the famous water town of Suzhou. It offers a glimpse into traditional Chinese commerce and architecture. Activities and Experiences Boat Rides: Rent a paddle boat or take a dragon boat cruise on Kunming Lake for a relaxing and scenic experience. Photography: The Summer Palace offers countless picturesque spots, especially at dawn and dusk when the light is soft and golden. Walking and Hiking: Explore the numerous trails and paths around Longevity Hill and the lakeshore for a leisurely or invigorating hike. Picnicking: Enjoy a picnic in one of the many tranquil garden areas, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and historical architecture. Dining and Refreshments Palace Restaurants: There are several restaurants within the Summer Palace grounds offering traditional Chinese cuisine and snacks. Tea Houses: Enjoy a traditional tea experience at one of the tea houses overlooking Kunming Lake. Outside Dining: Numerous restaurants and cafes are located near the main entrances, offering a variety of dining options. Shopping Souvenir Shops: Various shops within the Summer Palace sell traditional Chinese arts and crafts, souvenirs, and books. Market Streets: Nearby shopping streets outside the palace offer local snacks, handicrafts, and other unique items. Tips for Visitors Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit the Summer Palace are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and the scenery is at its most beautiful. Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. An umbrella or raincoat is useful during the rainy season. Plan Your Visit: The Summer Palace is vast, so plan your visit to focus on the main attractions you want to see. A map of the palace grounds can be very helpful. Stay Hydrated: Bring water, especially during the hot summer months, as the extensive grounds require a lot of walking. Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of cultural and historical sites. Avoid touching artifacts and follow posted signs and instructions. Conclusion The Summer Palace in BeiJing is a stunning testament to Chinese landscape gardening and imperial architecture. With its combination of natural beauty, historical significance, and cultural richness, it offers an unforgettable experience for every visitor. Plan your trip carefully to make the most of your visit and immerse yourself in the splendor of this magnificent heritage site.

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BeiJing city, the capital of China, lies with BeiJing municiality, like a small province. BeiJing has many UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and sections of the Great Wall of China. However, a rich architectural and cultural heritage is combined with many modern features. With two huge international airports, BeiJing is well connected with the world and a popular tourist destination.

Five days in and around ShangHai. With Millie Liao ...        With Saranghoe ...        Bonus films - HangZhou trip : with LiVanSi ...        And back to ShangHai - with linyi ...        ... and BeiJing ...        With JustKenna ...
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The beautiful Temple of Heaven, BeiJing. With Beijing Old Liu ...                                    Welcome to the Temple of Heaven              Explore the ancient beauty and cultural significance of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.                                                Introduction              The Temple of Heaven is a complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. It is renowned for its architectural beauty and historical significance.                                    Location              The Temple of Heaven is located in the Dongcheng District of Beijing, easily accessible from various parts of the city.                                    History              The Temple of Heaven was constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who also oversaw the construction of the Forbidden City. The temple complex was used by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for a good harvest.              The temple complex was expanded and renovated during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor in the 16th century and again during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor in the 18th century. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998.                                    Attractions                                Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests: The iconic triple-gabled circular building, used by emperors to pray for good harvests.                  Imperial Vault of Heaven: A circular building surrounded by a smooth circular wall, famous for its Echo Wall.                  Circular Mound Altar: An open-air altar platform where the emperor would worship Heaven during the winter solstice.                  Seven Star Stones: A group of large stones with historical and cultural significance.                  Ancient Cypress Trees: The garden areas of the complex are home to many ancient cypress trees, some over 600 years old.                                                  Activities                                Historical Tours                  Cultural Performances                  Photography                  Guided Walks                  Seasonal Festivals and Events                                                  Facilities                                Visitor Center                  Restrooms                  Gift Shops                  Cafes and Restaurants                  Parking Lots                  Wheelchair Access                                                  Visitor Tips                                Wear comfortable walking shoes.                  Bring water and snacks, especially if you plan to stay for several hours.                  Visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid crowds.                  Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.                  Respect the cultural significance of the site; behave appropriately and follow all rules and guidelines.
With Beijing Old Liu ... Welcome to the Temple of Heaven Explore the ancient beauty and cultural significance of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Introduction The Temple of Heaven is a complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. It is renowned for its architectural beauty and historical significance. Location The Temple of Heaven is located in the Dongcheng District of Beijing, easily accessible from various parts of the city. History The Temple of Heaven was constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who also oversaw the construction of the Forbidden City. The temple complex was used by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for a good harvest. The temple complex was expanded and renovated during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor in the 16th century and again during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor in the 18th century. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. Attractions Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests: The iconic triple-gabled circular building, used by emperors to pray for good harvests. Imperial Vault of Heaven: A circular building surrounded by a smooth circular wall, famous for its Echo Wall. Circular Mound Altar: An open-air altar platform where the emperor would worship Heaven during the winter solstice. Seven Star Stones: A group of large stones with historical and cultural significance. Ancient Cypress Trees: The garden areas of the complex are home to many ancient cypress trees, some over 600 years old. Activities Historical Tours Cultural Performances Photography Guided Walks Seasonal Festivals and Events Facilities Visitor Center Restrooms Gift Shops Cafes and Restaurants Parking Lots Wheelchair Access Visitor Tips Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring water and snacks, especially if you plan to stay for several hours. Visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid crowds. Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Respect the cultural significance of the site; behave appropriately and follow all rules and guidelines.


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Beautiful GuangZhou 广州 in timelapse


YunNan 云南 : LiJiang, DaLi, Tiger Leaping Gorge videos

Tiger Leaping Gorge 虎跳峡, YunNan province – slideshow video
60 kilometers north of LiJiang in south west China. The gorge is about 15 kilometers long and passes the 5,600m high Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
KunMing 昆明, provincial capital of YunNan
Starting with a beautiful timelapse ... Followed by a look around the city, including Green Lake.
Hiking through the beautiful Tiger Leaping Gorge 虎跳峡
Tiger Leaping Gorge in YunNan province lies 60 kilometers north of LiJiang and is part of the UNESCO `Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan` World Heritage Site. The gorge in gorgeous 4K by Milosh Kitchovitch ... Hiking with Tim and Glo ... The site of the leaping rock close up, by Valpard ... The gorge is one of the world`s deepest canyons and is populated by a few villages of the NaXi minority. Around 15 km in length, the gorge is located where the river passes between 5,600 meter high Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the 5,400 meter high HaBa Snow Mountain in a series of rapids below steep 2000 meter cliffs. Legend says that in order to escape from a hunter, a tiger jumped across the river at its narrowest point (still 25 meters wide, though with a rock in the middle). There are a fair number of basic guesthouses for hikers, so your visit does not need to be rushed. These can also provide meals or snacks to passers by. The Hiking Trails. Hiking the entire length of the gorge is possible. There are two paths. The `the high road` is well-maintained by the locals and marked, although sometimes narrow, and is used by the Naxi as part of everyday life. This trail is longer than the lower road, approximately 22 kilometers (14 miles), but more varied. It features a variety of micro-ecosystems and waterfalls, and is probably the best choice if you only take one of the paths. The `low road` is a stretch of pavement (until recently a simple mule track) crossed by several waterfalls. This path more closely follows the Yangtze, so there are more views of the river and a stronger sense of being in a gorge. Where the high road descends to meet the lower road, one can climb down to the river near the Tiger Leaping Stone, the point at which the tiger is said to have leaped across in two bounds. Preparation That the gorge is outstandingly beautiful is coupled with the need for care. The environment is natural and so the almost absence of safety clutter puts the responsibility on the those visiting. Rockfalls are not unknown. Prepare for wet weather, which can arrive suddenly, and use suitable shoes. Take extra care when crossing wet rocks and in general don`t take risks; think first. Don`t go alone in case of accident. Take a mobile phone. Swimming and kayaking are extremely dangerous and must be avoided. Don`t go off track; take a map (essential). Head back to your lodgings well before dusk as, being within a gorge, light fades quickly.
The beautiful ShaXi ancient town, YunNan province
Don`t miss it ! With Panda Walking ...
Wonderful YunNan 云南
Featuring KunMing, the provincial capital, LiJiang, the outdoor show `Impression LiJiang`, BaiSha village, ShiLin Stone Forest, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge and Shangri-La ...
Small-pot rice noodles – the authentic YunNan street food delicacy


SiChuan 四川 & ChongQing 重庆 : ChengDu, EmeiShan, JiuZhaiGou, LeShan videos

A day in ChengDu
SiChuan province ... Bonus films ...
50 places to visit in ChengDu
ChengDu: 20 Kid-Friendly Places to Visit Panda Base (成都大熊猫繁育研究基地 Chéngdū Dàxióngmāo Fányù Yánjiū Jīdì): Giant panda breeding and research center with exhibits and educational programs. Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (成都大熊猫繁育研究基地 Chéngdū Dàxióngmāo Fányù Yánjiū Jīdì): Panda reserve with habitats, breeding facilities, and conservation efforts. Chengdu Happy Valley (成都欢乐谷 Chéngdū Huānlègǔ): Amusement park with rides, attractions, and entertainment for all ages. Chengdu Zoo (成都动物园 Chéngdū Dòngwùyuán): Zoo with diverse animal exhibits, shows, and educational programs. Sichuan Science and Technology Museum (四川科技馆 Sìchuān Kējìguǎn): Interactive science museum with exhibits, experiments, and demonstrations. Chengdu Eastern Suburb Memory (成都东郊记忆 Chéngdū Dōngjiāo Jìyì): Cultural theme park with traditional architecture, performances, and activities. Chengdu Culture Park (成都文化公园 Chéngdū Wénhuà Gōngyuán): Park with historic sites, gardens, and cultural exhibitions. Chengdu Haichang Polar Ocean World (成都海昌极地海洋世界 Chéngdū Hǎichāng Jídì Hǎiyáng Shìjiè): Polar ocean park with marine life exhibits, shows, and activities. Happy Valley Water Park (欢乐谷水上乐园 Huānlègǔ Shuǐshàng Lèyuán): Water park with slides, pools, and water attractions for families. Chengdu Botanical Garden (成都植物园 Chéngdū Zhíwùyuán): Botanical garden with plant collections, greenhouses, and scenic landscapes. Chengdu Teddy Bear Museum (成都泰迪熊博物馆 Chéngdū Tàidíxióng Bówùguǎn): Museum with teddy bear exhibits, collections, and interactive displays. Chengdu Anren Ancient Town (成都安仁古镇 Chéngdū Ānrén Gǔzhèn): Historic town with preserved architecture, museums, and cultural heritage. Chengdu Shunxing Old Teahouse (成都顺兴老茶馆 Chéngdū Shùnxìng Lǎo Cháguǎn): Traditional teahouse with Sichuan opera performances, tea ceremonies, and snacks. Chengdu Anren Ancient Town (成都安仁古镇 Chéngdū Ānrén Gǔzhèn): Historic town with preserved architecture, museums, and cultural heritage. Chengdu Happy Valley (成都欢乐谷 Chéngdū Huānlègǔ): Amusement park with rides, attractions, and entertainment for all ages. Chengdu Zoo (成都动物园 Chéngdū Dòngwùyuán): Zoo with diverse animal exhibits, shows, and educational programs. Chengdu Culture Park (成都文化公园 Chéngdū Wénhuà Gōngyuán): Park with historic sites, gardens, and cultural exhibitions. Chengdu Eastern Suburb Memory (成都东郊记忆 Chéngdū Dōngjiāo Jìyì): Cultural theme park with traditional architecture, performances, and activities. Chengdu Happy Valley (成都欢乐谷 Chéngdū Huānlègǔ): Amusement park with rides, attractions, and entertainment for all ages. Chengdu Teddy Bear Museum (成都泰迪熊博物馆 Chéngdū Tàidíxióng Bówùguǎn): Museum with teddy bear exhibits, collections, and interactive displays. ChengDu: 30 More Places to Visit Chengdu Wuhou Shrine (成都武侯祠 Chéngdū Wǔhóu Cí): Temple and museum dedicated to Zhuge Liang, a famous military strategist. Wenshu Monastery (成都文殊院 Chéngdū Wénshū Yuàn): Buddhist monastery with historic buildings, gardens, and tea houses. Chengdu Jinsha Site Museum (成都金沙遗址博物馆 Chéngdū Jīnshā Yízhǐ Bówùguǎn): Museum with exhibits on the Jinsha archaeological site and ancient artifacts. Chengdu Wide and Narrow Alley (宽窄巷子 Kuānzhǎi Xiàngzi): Historic area with traditional architecture, shops, and street food. Chengdu Du Fu Thatched Cottage (成都杜甫草堂 Chéngdū Dù Fǔ Cǎotáng): Museum and park dedicated to the Tang dynasty poet Du Fu. Chengdu Tianfu Square (成都天府广场 Chéngdū Tiānfǔ Guǎngchǎng): Central square with landmarks, sculptures, and cultural events. Chengdu Sichuan Opera Museum (成都川剧博物馆 Chéngdū Chuānjù Bówùguǎn): Museum with exhibits on Sichuan opera costumes, masks, and performances. Chengdu Huanhuaxi Park (成都浣花溪公园 Chéngdū Huànhuāxī Gōngyuán): Park with rivers, bridges, and scenic landscapes for leisure and relaxation. Chengdu Jinli Ancient Street (成都锦里古街 Chéngdū Jǐnlǐ Gǔjiē): Historic street with traditional architecture, shops, and street vendors. Chengdu Happy Valley (成都欢乐谷 Chéngdū Huānlègǔ): Amusement park with rides, attractions, and entertainment for all ages. Chengdu Zoo (成都动物园 Chéngdū Dòngwùyuán): Zoo with diverse animal exhibits, shows, and educational programs. Chengdu Culture Park (成都文化公园 Chéngdū Wénhuà Gōngyuán): Park with historic sites, gardens, and cultural exhibitions. Chengdu Eastern Suburb Memory (成都东郊记忆 Chéngdū Dōngjiāo Jìyì): Cultural theme park with traditional architecture, performances, and activities. Chengdu Happy Valley (成都欢乐谷 Chéngdū Huānlègǔ): Amusement park with rides, attractions, and entertainment for all ages. Chengdu Teddy Bear Museum (成都泰迪熊博物馆 Chéngdū Tàidíxióng Bówùguǎn): Museum with teddy bear exhibits, collections, and interactive displays. Chengdu Anren Ancient Town (成都安仁古镇 Chéngdū Ānrén Gǔzhèn): Historic town with preserved architecture, museums, and cultural heritage. Chengdu Shunxing Old Teahouse (成都顺兴老茶馆 Chéngdū Shùnxìng Lǎo Cháguǎn): Traditional teahouse with Sichuan opera performances, tea ceremonies, and snacks. Chengdu Anren Ancient Town (成都安仁古镇 Chéngdū Ānrén Gǔzhèn): Historic town with preserved architecture, museums, and cultural heritage. Chengdu Happy Valley (成都欢乐谷 Chéngdū Huānlègǔ): Amusement park with rides, attractions, and entertainment for all ages. Chengdu Teddy Bear Museum (成都泰迪熊博物馆 Chéngdū Tàidíxióng Bówùguǎn): Museum with teddy bear exhibits, collections, and interactive displays.
JiuZhaiGou and HuangLong National Park 九寨沟 + 黄龙
In SiChuan province ...
Mei Lan : Panda lunch, panda snooze – video
Three year old Mei Lan at Atlanta Zoo a couple of months before she was moved to the ChengDu Panda Base in China.
ChongQing  重庆 musical fountains night shows
Welcome to beautiful ChengDu 成都 …
Chéngdū is the capital of SiChuan province.


GuangXi 广西 & GuiZhou 贵州 : GuiLin, YangShuo, HuangGuoShu videos

GuiLin 桂林 photo tour : cormorant fishing, river rafting and landscape photography
Very beautiful scenes - don`t miss it ...
HaiLongTun world heritage site, GuiZhou province
WangXian valley, GuiZhou province
With Beautiful China ... WangXian Valley visitor guide Overview WangXian Valley, located in GuiZhou province, is a breathtaking natural landscape known for its dramatic cliffs, lush greenery, and serene waters. The valley offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life and is a perfect destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. History WangXian Valley has a rich history and is steeped in local legends and folklore. The name `WangXian` translates to `Watching the Immortals,` a reference to the mythical tales of immortals residing in the valley. The area has long been revered for its natural beauty and spiritual significance. Main Attractions Immortal Watching Rock Immortal Watching Rock is one of the most iconic features of WangXian Valley. This massive rock formation offers panoramic views of the valley and is a popular spot for photography. The rock is also associated with local legends of immortals who were said to have meditated here. WangXian Waterfall WangXian Waterfall is a stunning cascade that plunges into a crystal-clear pool below. The waterfall is surrounded by lush vegetation and offers a serene and picturesque setting. Visitors can enjoy the soothing sound of the water and the refreshing mist in the air. Scenic Hiking Trails The valley features several scenic hiking trails that wind through dense forests, along rocky cliffs, and past tranquil streams. These trails vary in difficulty and offer something for hikers of all levels. Along the way, hikers can encounter diverse flora and fauna and enjoy breathtaking views of the valley. Local Villages WangXian Valley is home to several traditional villages where visitors can experience the local culture and hospitality. These villages offer a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the local ethnic communities, with their unique architecture, customs, and festivals. Culture and Traditions WangXian Valley is rich in cultural heritage and is inhabited by various ethnic groups, each with its own traditions and customs. Visitors can witness traditional dances, music, and crafts that reflect the cultural diversity of the region. The valley also hosts several festivals throughout the year that celebrate local traditions and beliefs. Activities and Experiences Hiking and Nature Walks Explore the natural beauty of WangXian Valley by embarking on one of the many hiking and nature trails. These trails offer a chance to connect with nature, enjoy panoramic views, and discover hidden gems along the way. Photography The valley is a paradise for photographers, with its stunning landscapes, vibrant flora, and serene waters. Whether you`re a professional photographer or an amateur enthusiast, you`ll find plenty of opportunities to capture the natural beauty of WangXian Valley. Cultural Tours Join a guided cultural tour to learn more about the local traditions, history, and lifestyle of the ethnic communities in the area. These tours provide valuable insights and a deeper understanding of the cultural heritage of WangXian Valley. Camping For those who love the outdoors, camping in WangXian Valley is an unforgettable experience. There are several designated camping areas where visitors can set up tents and enjoy the tranquility of nature under the starry sky. Accommodation WangXian Valley offers a range of accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets. Visitors can choose from luxury resorts, cozy guesthouses, and traditional homestays. Staying in a local guesthouse or homestay provides an authentic experience and a chance to interact with the local community. Travel Tips Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit WangXian Valley is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and the scenery is at its most beautiful. Getting There: WangXian Valley is accessible by bus or car from GuiZhou`s major cities. The nearest airport is GuiYang LongDongBao International Airport, which offers connections to various domestic and international destinations. Opening Hours: The scenic area is open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Entrance Fees: There is an entrance fee for the scenic area, with additional fees for specific attractions and activities. It is advisable to check the latest fees before planning your visit. Dress Comfortably: Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes, as the terrain can be uneven and the weather can change quickly. Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of local customs and traditions, especially when visiting villages and cultural sites. Always ask for permission before taking photos of people. Stay Hydrated: Carry plenty of water, especially if you plan on hiking or spending extended periods outdoors. It`s also a good idea to bring snacks or a packed lunch for longer excursions.


ZheJiang 浙江 : HangZhou, NingBo, WuZhen videos



JiangSu 江苏 : SuZhou, NanJing, ZhouZhuang videos

Snow in NanJing
With Middle Kingdom Productions ...
SuZhou 苏州 – the city from above …
JiangSu province. SuZhou night walk ... Bonus film - micro movie : Return to WuZhong, SuZhou...
Breakfast in NanJing 南京 …
A fascinating look at the wide variety of breakfast foods on offer ...


ShaanXi 陕西 : Xi'An, Terracotta Warriors, HuaShan videos



ShanXi 山西 : PingYao, YunGang Grottoes, WuTaiShan mountain videos

A trip to China 中国 …
ZhangJiaJie 张家界 (HuNan) and HuaShan 华山 (ShaanXi) ... XingPing 兴平 and the Li River 漓江 (GuangXi) ... Xi`An 西安 (ShaanXi) and BeiJing 北京 ... LuoYang 洛阳 (HeNan) and PingYao 平遥 (ShanXi) ...
The ancient cities of ShanXi province
With Walk East ...
TaiYuan night walk, capital of ShanXi province


HaiNan 海南 : SanYa, HaiKou videos



HeBei 河北 & ShanDong 山东 : QingDao, ShanHaiGuan, TaiShan videos

The Great Wall 长城 of the Qin Dynasty – video
ShanHaiGuan, east of Beijing at the coast, is at the eastern end of the Great Wall. This is located near QinHuangDao and is closely associated with China`s first emperor. Qin Dynasty: 221 - 206 BC. Qin Shi Huang joined together walls at China`s northern frontier into the first Great Wall. He also ended feudalism and unified much of China. JaiYuGuan, the western-most gate of the Qin Great Wall, where trade along the old Silk Road also took place, lies thousands of kilometers from here.
QingDao city drive, ShanDong province
With Chinese Street View ...
ShanHaiGuan 山海关, HeBei province
ShānHǎiGuān, `Mountain Sea Gate`, close to QinHuangDao. Where the Great Wall of China meets the ocean ...


GanSu 甘肃 and NingXia 宁夏 : JiaYuGuan, DunHuang, YinChuan videos

In a Chinese desert
With Rafa Goes Around! ... Bonus film - The Singing Sand Dunes | Dunhuang, Gansu Province | 敦煌鸣沙山 - with Walk East ...
ZhangYe National GeoPark, GanSu province
With Walk East ...
Fun adventures in DunHuang 敦煌, western GanSu province
DunHuang is situated in a rich oasis within the Gobi Desert that includes Crescent Lake. DunHuang held a strategic position at the crossroads of the ancient Southern Silk Route and the main road leading from India via Lhasa to Mongolia and Southern Siberia, as well as the entrance to the narrow HeXi Corridor, which led straight to the heart of the northern China plains and the ancient capitals of Chang`An (known today as Xi`An) and LuoYang. The Gobi Desert is a `rain shadow desert`, formed by the Himalayan mountain range blocking rain-carrying clouds from the Indian Ocean.


HuNan 湖南 and HuBei 湖北 : WuLingYuan, ZhangJiaJie, FengHuang videos



AnHui 安徽 : HuangShan, HongCun videos



JiangXi 江西 and FuJian 福建 : XiaMen, WuYiShan, JingDeZhen videos



HeNan 河南 : ShaoLin Temple, LongMen Grottoes, ZhengZhou videos

Beautiful scenes from the ‘Zen Music Shaolin Grand Ceremony’ 少林寺
Shaolin Temple is located near the base of SongShan Mountain near DengFeng in Henan province and is the cradle of ShaoLin Kung Fu Buddhist culture. The live show is located in DaiXian Valley, 7 kilometers from the ShaoLin Temple and ten kilometers south of DengFeng in ZhengZhou city. Performances: 20:00 - 21:15 between mid-March and mid-November. Awesome ...
PingDingShan 平顶山, HeNan province
Including Mount ShiRen.
LuoYang, HeNan province
With Walk East ...


West China : Tibet 西藏, QingHai 青海, XinJiang 新疆 videos

Extraordinary Journeys into Tibet 非凡之旅《进藏》
This outstanding, feature length documentary follows travelers taking six different routes to Tibet - via SiChuan, QingHai, XinJiang, YunNan and the Himalayas. Very beautiful ...
XinJiang – a natural wonderland
With CGTN ...
Temples and monastries of Tibet 西藏, China
Beginning with the Potala Palace in Lhasa, which lies at an altitude of 3,700 meters / 12,000 feet. Construction began in 1645. The second video shows Jokhang Temple, said to be the most sacred; it dates from the 7th century.


North China : LiaoNing 辽宁, HeiLongJiang 黑龙江, JiLin 吉林, Inner Mongolia 内蒙古 videos

Evening Walk in Dalian’s Oriental Water City
With Gecko Walks ...
A motorcycle trip through Inner Mongolia 内蒙古
The beautiful, wide-open grasslands of north China ... Bonus film - Mongolian music : `Silent Sky` by the HAYA Band with DaiQing TaNa ...
The awesome Harbin Snow and Ice Festival, HeiLongJiang province
With Seiu Travel ...

Music and dance videos

Vocal music covers
吉岛少儿合唱团翻唱周深《亲爱的旅人啊》 阿卡贝拉版《好想爱这个世界啊》By 醒耳人声乐团(华晨宇 Cover) Tears in the sand 哭砂 吉他弹唱 - MiuMiu, aged 4 you are my bitterest waiting, making me long for and fear the future you used to say you are a dust, that would sometimes get into my eyes playfully. rather leaving me cry, than letting me love you, you disappeared in the wind just like a dust. you are my most painful choice, why won`t you stop wandering alone the sea to you are inseparable, you always brought a pocketful of sand to me. at last coming to see me, but then leaving me again the sand dripping out of my hands like flowing tears the sand brought by the wind, settles in my sorrowful eyes, anyone could tell i`m waiting for you. the sand brought by the wind, piles in my mind, is an impression no one could erase the sand brought by the wind, passes thru all memories, everyone knows i miss you. the sand brought by the wind, weeps in gloom, was our separation destined?
Something different – Katie Melua (music)
Nine million bicycles in BeiJing, The closest thing to crazy, and many more ...
The Mid-autumn Festival Gala, 2014
With China Central TV (CCTV) ...
A Voice of China (2)
Begiining with three songs in English : Mad World - Cui TianQi (崔天琪), Yellow - Li WenHui (李文慧), and Still Loving You - Tan XuanYuan (谭轩辕). Plus, Zhang JingYi (张婧懿) - `玫瑰` (Rose - no votes, but beautiful imo); Yao BeiNa (姚贝娜) - `也许明天` (Maybe Tomorrow), July 2013 ### and Taskyn (塔斯肯) - `Dudarai` (Дударай). ### Yao BeiNa (aka Bella Yao), 姚贝娜, 26 September 1981 – 16 January 2015 (aged 33; breast cancer). Among much more, she sang in the CCTV Spring Festival Gala twice, and the pop version of Let It Go in the Disney film Frozen for the Mandarin Chinese dub when the film was released in China. Much more music : click here ! You, you`re skin and bones; Turn that into - something beautiful ... ... Look at the stars, See how they shine for you ! Live more ...
Rain in JiangNan – traditional Chinese Erhu music
Traditional Chinese Erhu plays `Rain in JiangNan` 雨碎江南 二胡版 ... Bonus film - `Birdsong in hollow valley` in Chinese court music style 宫廷雅乐风 宋代装束 秦时明月 ...
Music – Tibetan Plateau 青藏高原 – aLan Dawa Dolma
Awesome singer : aLan Dawa Dolma 阿兰·达瓦卓玛. Tibetan and Chinese version ... Plus ...
 

Food videos

Cook at home – MaPo DoFu and Kung Pao Chicken
With Souped Up Recipes ... Bonus film - the most essential everyday ingredients / flavorings ...
Chinese cabbage
With ErMi ChuiYan ... Bonus film - kiwi wine ...
Night food market in ShangHai
With Wei`s Travel ...

Art, architecture and crafts videos

Poetry and architecture
On a trip to Yunhe Terrace in Lishui, Zhejiang in 2016, mother fell in love with the beautiful views and fresh air there. Recalling that mother sold family house in hometown to raise money for his tuition to study abroad 16 years ago, Tian rent a 2-mu land 1030 meters above the sea level and built his mother a new house surrounded by mountains and clouds. The spare rooms are used to run a guesthouse. 2016年,建築師田景海帶著母親去浙江麗水的雲和梯田旅遊,母親愛上了這兒的好山好水好空氣。想起16年前母親為了籌措自己留學的學費,賣掉老家的房子,田景海便在麗水租下2畝地,在海拔1030米的雲海山間,為媽媽造了一個新宅,空餘房間則用來做民宿。 Ye Hui is a poet. He is passionate about the fate of people, and his poems have been selected many times in the `Chinese Annual Poetry`. Meanwhile he is an architect, specializing in old building renovation. In 2014, Ye Hui bought a lakeview villa in Nanjing. Living in a house with 400-square-meter indoor area and an 800-square-meter courtyard, he spends most of his time in a 3-square-meter space. 葉輝是詩人,他的詩作飽含情感地關注著人的命運,多次入選《中國年度詩歌》,同時他也是一位建築師,擅長老建築改造。2014年,葉輝買下南京的一套湖景別墅,室內空間400㎡,內院800㎡,不過他最常待的工作空間,只有3㎡。
QingYan Ancient Town 青岩古镇, GuiYang, GuiZhou province (GuiYang’s ‘Forbidden City’)
With Beijing Old Liu ... The place often referred to as the `Forbidden City` in Guiyang is QingYan Ancient Town (青岩古镇). QingYan Ancient Town is a well-preserved historical site located in the southern part of Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou Province. The town was originally built in 1378 during the Ming Dynasty and has since retained its ancient architectural charm and cultural heritage. Its nickname, `Forbidden City of Guiyang,` stems from its historical significance and its traditional Chinese architecture reminiscent of the famed Forbidden City in Beijing. QingYan Ancient Town Visitor Guide Overview QingYan Ancient Town, located in GuiYang, GuiZhou province, is one of China`s most well-preserved historical towns. Founded in 1378 during the Ming Dynasty, this ancient town is renowned for its rich history, cultural heritage, and stunning traditional Chinese architecture. Visitors can explore a myriad of ancient buildings, temples, and stone-paved streets that tell the story of QingYan`s storied past. History QingYan Ancient Town was established as a military fortress during the Ming Dynasty. Its strategic location and robust defense structures helped it become an important cultural and commercial center over the centuries. The town`s architecture reflects its historical significance, with a blend of Han, Miao, and Dong ethnic styles, and well-preserved buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Main Attractions Ancient City Wall The ancient city wall of QingYan is one of its most iconic features. Built with large, sturdy stones, the wall has four gates facing north, south, east, and west, each adorned with intricate carvings and inscriptions. Walking along the wall provides a panoramic view of the town and its surroundings. WenChang Pavilion WenChang Pavilion is a beautiful structure dedicated to WenChang, the Taoist god of literature. The pavilion is a popular spot for visitors to appreciate traditional Chinese architecture and enjoy the serene atmosphere. Temple of the Black Dragon The Temple of the Black Dragon is a significant religious site in QingYan Ancient Town. This Taoist temple, with its intricate wood carvings and peaceful ambiance, is dedicated to the Black Dragon, a deity believed to protect the town from floods. Former Residences QingYan Ancient Town is home to several well-preserved residences of notable historical figures. These include the former residence of Zhou Yiqun, a famous scholar, and the home of Zhao Yijiong, a renowned military commander. These residences offer a glimpse into the lives of QingYan`s past residents. Culture and Traditions QingYan Ancient Town is a melting pot of different cultures and traditions, with a significant influence from the Han, Miao, and Dong ethnic groups. The town hosts various cultural festivals throughout the year, showcasing traditional music, dance, and crafts. Visitors can also experience local culinary delights, such as QingYan tofu, rice wine, and other traditional GuiZhou dishes. Activities and Experiences Walking Tours One of the best ways to explore QingYan Ancient Town is on foot. Walking tours allow visitors to wander through the narrow, stone-paved streets, discover hidden courtyards, and take in the historical ambiance of the town. Local Handicrafts QingYan is famous for its traditional handicrafts, including paper-cutting, embroidery, and silverwork. Visitors can watch local artisans at work and purchase unique souvenirs to take home. Food Tasting The town offers a variety of local delicacies that are a must-try for visitors. Sample traditional dishes like QingYan stuffed tofu, rice wine, and various Miao ethnic snacks at local restaurants and street vendors. Accommodation QingYan Ancient Town offers a range of accommodation options, from traditional guesthouses to modern hotels. Staying in a local guesthouse provides an authentic experience and a chance to interact with the local community. Travel Tips Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit QingYan Ancient Town is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and pleasant. Getting There: QingYan Ancient Town is located about 29 kilometers from GuiYang city center. It is accessible by bus, taxi, or private car. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes. Opening Hours: The town is open to visitors daily from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Guided Tours: Consider hiring a local guide to gain deeper insights into the town`s history, architecture, and cultural significance. Respect Local Customs: When visiting religious sites and former residences, be respectful of local customs and traditions. Always ask for permission before taking photos of people. Pack Accordingly: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket or umbrella, as the weather can change quickly.
The YunGang Grottos 云冈石窟
The caves, full of beautiful Buddhist art, are located near DaTong in ShanXi province, north east China (west from Beijing), and date from the 5th century. Buddhism came to this area via the northern Silk Road that linked Xi`An with Kashgar

Movie videos

About love …
11 / 11 - `Singles` Day`. Maybe being an inseparable 11 is the better way compared to 11 ? 2 (1). Maybe that other 1 is art, or all humanity. Whatever it is for you - live more ... Four great romantic short stories from SiChuan province, in south west China ... If you can, please help us out with a donation (see the top of the sidebar on the right)
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China is a vast and diverse country with a rich history, stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and bustling cities. Here's a comprehensive travel overview for visitors:

Historical and Cultural Highlights:

The Great Wall of China: One of the most iconic landmarks in the world, the Great Wall stretches over thousands of kilometers and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

Forbidden City (Palace Museum), Beijing: This ancient imperial palace complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering a glimpse into China's imperial past with its grand halls, courtyards, and gardens.

Terracotta Army, Xi'an: Discovered in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army is a collection of thousands of life-sized clay soldiers, horses, and chariots buried with the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.

The Bund, Shanghai: This waterfront promenade along the Huangpu River is lined with historic buildings, modern skyscrapers, and offers stunning views of the city skyline.

Potala Palace, Lhasa: Located in Tibet, the Potala Palace is a symbol of Tibetan Buddhism and the former residence of the Dalai Lama. It's renowned for its stunning architecture, intricate artwork, and sacred relics.

Natural Wonders:

Yangshuo and Guilin: Famous for their picturesque karst landscapes, these regions offer stunning scenery with limestone peaks, crystal-clear rivers, and traditional villages.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park: Known for its towering sandstone pillars, this UNESCO World Heritage Site served as inspiration for the floating mountains in the movie "Avatar."

Jiuzhaigou Valley: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jiuzhaigou is famous for its colorful lakes, waterfalls, and snow-capped peaks, offering breathtaking natural beauty year-round.

Modern Marvels:

Infrastructure: China has the best high-speed rail network, subway systems and road system.

Shanghai Tower: This skyscraper in Shanghai is one of the tallest buildings in the world and offers panoramic views of the city from its observation deck.

Beijing Olympic Park: Visit the site of the 2008 Summer Olympics, including the iconic Bird's Nest Stadium and the Water Cube, now repurposed as a water park.

Culinary Delights:

Peking Duck: A famous dish from Beijing, Peking Duck features crispy duck skin served with thin pancakes, spring onions, and hoisin sauce.

Dim Sum: Originating from Guangdong province, dim sum consists of bite-sized portions of various dishes served in bamboo steamers, such as dumplings, buns, and rolls.

Practical Tips:

Visa: Most visitors to China require a visa. Make sure to check the visa requirements for your country before traveling.

Transportation: China has an extensive transportation network, including high-speed trains, domestic flights, buses, and subways. Apps like WeChat and DiDi are useful for navigating cities and ordering taxis.

Language: Mandarin Chinese is the official language, but English is not widely spoken outside of major cities and tourist areas. It's helpful to learn a few basic phrases or carry a translation app.

Currency: The currency in China is the Chinese Yuan (CNY or RMB). Credit/debit cards are widely accepted in urban areas, and at ATMs, but it is advisable to carry cash for smaller purchases and in rural areas. For longer visits, consider AliPay or WeChat for mobile payments.

China offers a wealth of experiences for visitors, from ancient wonders and cultural treasures to modern marvels and culinary delights. Whether you're exploring historic landmarks, immersing yourself in natural beauty, or savoring the diverse cuisine, China has something to offer travelers of all interests.

Accommodation Options:

Hotels: China offers a wide range of hotels to suit every budget, from luxury international chains to budget-friendly options and boutique accommodations. Major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou have numerous hotel options catering to different preferences.

Hostels: Hostels are a popular choice for budget travelers, especially in cities with a thriving backpacker scene like Beijing, Xi'an, and Chengdu. They offer affordable dormitory beds as well as private rooms and often provide communal spaces for socializing.

Guesthouses and Homestays: In rural areas and smaller towns, guesthouses and homestays provide an opportunity to experience local culture and hospitality. These accommodations range from simple rooms in family homes to cozy guesthouses in scenic locations.

Flights to and within China:

International Flights:

Major Airports: China is served by several major international airports, with the busiest ones being Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN).

Airlines: Numerous international airlines operate flights to China from destinations around the world. Major carriers include Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, and Emirates, among others.

Popular Routes: Popular international routes to China include flights from major hubs such as London, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, and Sydney.

Visa Requirements: Visitors from many countries require a visa to enter China. It's important to check visa requirements and obtain the necessary documentation well in advance of your trip.

Domestic Flights:

Domestic Airlines: China has a well-developed domestic air travel network, with several airlines offering flights to destinations across the country. Major domestic carriers include Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, and Spring Airlines.

Popular Domestic Routes: Popular domestic routes connect major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Xi'an. Flights between these cities are frequent and relatively affordable, making air travel a convenient option for exploring different regions of China.

High-Speed Trains vs. Flights: In addition to domestic flights, China has an extensive high-speed train network that connects major cities. When planning your travel within China, consider factors such as travel time, cost, and convenience when choosing between flights and trains.

Booking Flights: Flights within China can be booked directly through airline websites, online travel agencies, or through travel agents. It's advisable to book tickets in advance, especially during peak travel seasons and holidays.

Practical Tips:

Baggage Allowance: Check the baggage allowance and any restrictions imposed by the airline you're flying with, especially if you plan to travel with oversized luggage or sports equipment.

Airport Transportation: Major airports in China are well-connected to city centers by airport shuttle buses, taxis, and in some cities, metro lines. It's advisable to research transportation options in advance to ensure a smooth journey to and from the airport.

Flight Delays and Cancellations: Flight delays and cancellations can occur, especially during inclement weather or peak travel periods. Stay informed about your flight status and be prepared for potential changes to your travel plans.

By considering these factors and planning accordingly, you can make the most of your flight experience when traveling to and within China.

Why people love to visit China:

For a multitude of reasons, ranging from its rich history and culture to its breathtaking natural landscapes and delicious cuisine. Here are ten reasons why China is a popular destination for travelers:

Rich History and Culture: China boasts a civilization that dates back thousands of years, with a wealth of historical sites such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Terracotta Army. Visitors can explore ancient temples, palaces, and traditional villages, gaining insight into China's fascinating history and culture.

Great Wall of China: One of the most iconic landmarks in the world, the Great Wall of China stretches thousands of kilometers across northern China. Visitors can hike along its majestic ramparts, marvel at its breathtaking views, and learn about its significance in Chinese history.

Modern Cities: China is home to dynamic and modern cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, where visitors can experience the pulse of contemporary China. From towering skyscrapers and bustling markets to vibrant nightlife and cutting-edge technology, these cities offer a glimpse into China's rapid development.

Scenic Landscapes: From the towering peaks of the Himalayas to the picturesque karst mountains of Guilin, China boasts an incredibly diverse range of landscapes. Visitors can explore stunning natural wonders such as the Yellow Mountains, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, and Jiuzhaigou Valley, each offering its own unique beauty.

Culinary Delights: Chinese cuisine is renowned worldwide for its variety, flavor, and complexity. Whether it's dim sum in Guangzhou, Peking duck in Beijing, or hot pot in Sichuan, visitors can indulge in a diverse array of mouthwatering dishes that reflect the country's regional diversity and culinary heritage.

Traditional Arts and Performances: China has a rich tradition of performing arts, including Peking opera, Chinese acrobatics, and traditional music and dance. Visitors can attend performances at theaters and cultural venues across the country, experiencing the beauty and grace of these ancient art forms.

Shopping and Markets: China is a shopper's paradise, with bustling markets, modern malls, and vibrant street stalls offering everything from silk scarves and antiques to electronics and souvenirs. Visitors can haggle for bargains at markets such as Beijing's Silk Street, Shanghai's Yu Garden, and Guangzhou's Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street.

Tea Culture: Tea plays an integral role in Chinese culture, and visitors can immerse themselves in the country's rich tea traditions. From the tea plantations of Hangzhou's Longjing Village to the tea houses of Chengdu's People's Park, travelers can sample a wide variety of teas and learn about the art of tea brewing and appreciation.

Festivals and Celebrations: China celebrates a variety of traditional festivals throughout the year, offering visitors the opportunity to experience the country's vibrant cultural heritage. From the colorful lantern festivals of Chinese New Year to the dragon boat races of the Dragon Boat Festival, these celebrations showcase China's rich customs and traditions.

Hospitality and Warmth of the People: Chinese people are known for their hospitality and warmth towards visitors. Whether it's sharing a meal with a local family, chatting with vendors at a street market, or receiving a warm welcome at a traditional guesthouse, travelers to China often appreciate the friendliness and kindness of the people they meet.

These are just a few reasons why people love to visit China. With its blend of ancient traditions and modern innovations, breathtaking landscapes, and diverse cultural experiences, China offers something for every type of traveler to enjoy.

But it doesn't stop there! Here are some additional reasons why people love to visit China:

Incredible Architectural Marvels: China is home to some of the world's most impressive architectural wonders, including the ancient city walls of Xi'an, the modern skyscrapers of Shanghai's Pudong district, and the futuristic Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing. Visitors can marvel at these engineering feats and witness the country's architectural evolution.

Panda Conservation: As the home of the giant panda, China offers opportunities for visitors to see these adorable creatures up close. Panda reserves such as the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and the Wolong National Nature Reserve allow visitors to observe pandas in their natural habitat and learn about conservation efforts.

Traditional Chinese Medicine: China has a long history of traditional medicine, including acupuncture, herbal remedies, and tai chi. Visitors can explore traditional medicine markets, visit herbal medicine shops, and even experience treatments such as acupuncture and massage at specialized clinics.

Cultural Festivals: In addition to traditional festivals, China also hosts a variety of cultural events and celebrations throughout the year. These may include folk music and dance performances, art exhibitions, and international film festivals, providing visitors with opportunities to immerse themselves in Chinese culture.

Martial Arts: China is the birthplace of martial arts, and visitors can learn about various styles such as kung fu, tai chi, and qigong. Many martial arts schools across the country offer classes and workshops for visitors of all skill levels, allowing them to experience the discipline and philosophy behind these ancient practices.

Ancient Silk Road: China played a central role in the ancient Silk Road trade route, which connected East and West. Visitors can explore historic Silk Road cities such as Xi'an, Dunhuang, and Kashgar, where they can see well-preserved artifacts, visit ancient ruins, and learn about the exchange of goods and ideas that shaped civilizations.

Ethnic Diversity: China is home to 56 recognized ethnic groups, each with its own unique culture, language, and traditions. Visitors can explore ethnic minority regions such as Tibet, Xinjiang, and Yunnan, where they can experience traditional festivals, sample local cuisine, and learn about the customs and lifestyles of these diverse communities.

Natural Hot Springs: China has a wealth of natural hot springs scattered across the country, offering visitors a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. From luxurious spa resorts to rustic outdoor pools, there are hot spring destinations to suit every preference, providing a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Dynamic Nightlife: China's major cities come alive at night with vibrant nightlife scenes, including bustling night markets, trendy bars and clubs, and colorful street food stalls. Visitors can experience the excitement of cities like Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou after dark, exploring neon-lit streets and enjoying live music and entertainment.

Ease of Travel: With modern infrastructure, efficient transportation networks, and increasing tourism services, traveling in China has become more accessible and convenient for visitors from around the world. Whether by high-speed train, domestic flights, or well-developed road networks, getting around China is relatively easy, allowing visitors to explore its diverse attractions with ease.

These additional reasons highlight the depth and variety of experiences that await travelers in China, making it a truly captivating destination for exploration and discovery.

UNESCO World Heritage sites:

China is home to a significant number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, each offering unique cultural, historical, and natural significance. Here are some of the most notable UNESCO World Heritage sites in China:

The Great Wall: This iconic symbol of China is one of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world. Stretching over 21,000 kilometers across northern China, the Great Wall is a remarkable feat of ancient engineering and a testament to China's rich history.

The Forbidden City, Beijing: Also known as the Imperial Palace, the Forbidden City is a vast complex of palaces, courtyards, and gardens that served as the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is one of the best-preserved examples of traditional Chinese architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987.

The Terracotta Army, Xi'an: Discovered in 1974, the Terracotta Army is a collection of thousands of life-sized terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. This archaeological marvel is considered one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987.

The Mogao Caves, Dunhuang: Located along the ancient Silk Road, the Mogao Caves are a complex of Buddhist cave temples containing exquisite murals, sculptures, and artifacts spanning over a thousand years of Buddhist art. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987, the caves are considered one of the most important repositories of Buddhist art in the world.

The Potala Palace, Lhasa: Perched atop Marpo Ri hill in Lhasa, Tibet, the Potala Palace is a majestic fortress-like complex that served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lama. With its stunning architecture, intricate artwork, and religious significance, the Potala Palace was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994.

The Summer Palace, Beijing: Built in the Qing dynasty as a royal retreat, the Summer Palace is a vast imperial garden complex featuring pavilions, temples, bridges, and a large artificial lake. It is renowned for its harmonious blend of natural beauty and architectural splendor and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1998.

Mount Tai, Shandong Province: Mount Tai, also known as Taishan, is one of China's Five Great Mountains and has been a place of worship and pilgrimage for over 3,000 years. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987, Mount Tai is revered for its cultural, religious, and natural significance.

The Classical Gardens of Suzhou: Suzhou is famous for its exquisite classical gardens, which are masterpieces of Chinese garden design dating back to the 11th century. These gardens feature intricate landscaping, pavilions, water features, and rockeries, and have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997.

The Old Town of Lijiang, Yunnan Province: Lijiang's old town is a well-preserved example of a traditional Han Chinese city, with narrow cobblestone streets, wooden buildings, and traditional Naxi architecture. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, the old town of Lijiang offers visitors a glimpse into China's rich cultural heritage.

The Fujian Tulou: Fujian Tulou are traditional earthen dwellings built by the Hakka and Minnan people in the mountainous regions of Fujian province. These unique communal residences are characterized by their circular or rectangular shapes and thick rammed-earth walls. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008, the Fujian Tulou are a testament to traditional Chinese architectural ingenuity and communal living.

These UNESCO World Heritage sites represent the rich cultural, historical, and natural heritage of China and are must-visit destinations for travelers seeking to explore the country's diverse and fascinating attractions.

Chinese culture

Chinese culture is one of the world's oldest and most influential, spanning thousands of years of history and encompassing diverse traditions, customs, beliefs, and practices. Here are some key aspects of Chinese culture:

Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism: These philosophical and religious traditions have profoundly influenced Chinese culture. Confucianism emphasizes moral values, social harmony, and filial piety, while Taoism promotes living in harmony with the Tao (the Way) and achieving balance in life. Buddhism, introduced to China from India, has also played a significant role in shaping Chinese spirituality and culture.

Family and Filial Piety: Family is highly valued in Chinese culture, and filial piety, the respect and obedience towards one's parents and elders, is a core virtue. Family gatherings, especially during festivals like Chinese New Year, are important occasions for strengthening familial bonds.

Language and Calligraphy: The Chinese language, with its intricate characters, is central to Chinese culture. Calligraphy, the art of writing Chinese characters with brush and ink, is not only a practical skill but also a revered form of artistic expression.

Cuisine: Chinese cuisine is celebrated worldwide for its diversity, flavors, and regional variations. Each of China's provinces boasts its own culinary specialties, influenced by factors such as geography, climate, and cultural heritage. Popular dishes include dumplings, noodles, Peking duck, and Sichuan hotpot.

Arts and Crafts: Chinese culture has a rich tradition of arts and crafts, including painting, pottery, porcelain, silk weaving, embroidery, and paper cutting. Traditional Chinese painting, often featuring landscapes, flowers, and birds, emphasizes harmony, balance, and simplicity.

Festivals and Celebrations: Chinese festivals are vibrant and colorful celebrations that reflect the country's cultural diversity and heritage. The most important festival is Chinese New Year (also known as the Spring Festival), which marks the beginning of the lunar new year and is celebrated with fireworks, dragon and lion dances, family reunions, and feasting.

Traditional Medicine and Martial Arts: Traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, herbal remedies, and qigong (breathing exercises), is deeply rooted in Chinese culture and philosophy. Similarly, martial arts such as Tai Chi and Kung Fu are not just physical disciplines but also embody principles of health, spirituality, and self-defense.

Cultural Symbols: Chinese culture is rich in symbolism, with certain objects and motifs carrying specific meanings. For example, the dragon symbolizes power, strength, and good fortune, while the phoenix represents beauty, grace, and prosperity.

Overall, Chinese culture is characterized by its richness, diversity, and enduring traditions, which continue to shape the lives of people both within China and around the world.

Ancient Philosophy and Literature: Chinese culture has a deep tradition of philosophy and literature dating back thousands of years. Classic texts such as the "I Ching" (Book of Changes), "Dao De Jing" (Tao Te Ching), and the works of Confucius have had a profound impact not only in China but also on global thought.

Performing Arts: Traditional Chinese performing arts include various forms of opera, such as Peking Opera, Cantonese Opera, and Kunqu Opera, each characterized by elaborate costumes, stylized gestures, and unique vocal techniques. Traditional Chinese music, with instruments like the guzheng (zither), pipa (lute), and erhu (two-stringed fiddle), also holds a special place in Chinese culture.

Tea Culture: Tea holds significant cultural importance in China, where it is not only a popular beverage but also a symbol of hospitality, etiquette, and social harmony. Traditional tea ceremonies, such as the Gongfu tea ceremony, emphasize mindfulness, respect for nature, and the art of brewing and enjoying tea.

Lunar Calendar and Festivities: The Chinese lunar calendar, which is based on the cycles of the moon, is used to determine traditional holidays and festivals. Besides Chinese New Year, other important celebrations include the Lantern Festival, Qingming Festival (Tomb-Sweeping Day), Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival (Mooncake Festival), and Double Ninth Festival.

Etiquette and Social Norms: Chinese culture places great emphasis on etiquette and social propriety. Concepts such as "saving face" (maintaining dignity and reputation), hierarchical relationships, and the importance of indirect communication are deeply ingrained in Chinese society.

Education and Scholarly Tradition: Education has always been highly valued in Chinese culture, and the pursuit of knowledge and scholarship is esteemed. The imperial examination system, which dates back to ancient times, was a rigorous system for selecting government officials based on their literary and intellectual abilities.

Modern Cultural Influences: In addition to its rich traditional heritage, Chinese culture continues to evolve and adapt to modern influences. The rapid development of technology, media, and globalization has led to the emergence of new cultural phenomena, trends, and forms of expression, contributing to China's dynamic cultural landscape.

These aspects, among others, contribute to the richness and complexity of Chinese culture, reflecting a civilization with a long history of innovation, creativity, and resilience.

China's geography

China is known for its diverse geography. Here are some key points about China's geography:

Size and Shape: China is the fourth largest country in the world by land area, covering approximately 9.6 million square kilometers. It stretches from the eastern coast of the Pacific Ocean to the western border with various Central Asian countries.

Mountains: China is characterized by several major mountain ranges, including the Himalayas in the southwest, the Tian Shan in the northwest, and the Kunlun Mountains in the west. Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, is located on the China-Nepal border.

Plateaus: The Tibetan Plateau, often referred to as the "Roof of the World," is located in southwestern China. It is the highest and largest plateau on Earth, with an average elevation exceeding 4,500 meters (14,800 feet).

Rivers: China is home to several major rivers, including the Yangtze (Chang Jiang), Yellow River (Huang He), Pearl River (Zhu Jiang), and Mekong River. These rivers play a significant role in China's agriculture, transportation, and economy.

Deserts: The Gobi Desert is situated in northern China, while the Taklamakan Desert is located in the northwest. These deserts are important geographical features, influencing weather patterns and serving as barriers to human movement.

Plains and Coastal Regions: China has extensive low-lying areas, particularly along its eastern and southeastern coasts. These regions are highly populated and are centers of economic activity, including major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

Climate: China's climate varies widely due to its large size and diverse geography. The country experiences a range of climatic conditions, from arid and semi-arid climates in the northwest to humid subtropical climates in the southeast.

China's infrastructure

China's infrastructure is among the most extensive and rapidly developing in the world, reflecting the country's economic growth and urbanization. The Chinese government has made significant investments in transportation, energy, telecommunications, and other sectors to support economic development, improve living standards, and enhance connectivity both domestically and internationally. Here's an overview of China's infrastructure:

Transportation: High-Speed Rail (HSR): China boasts the world's largest high-speed rail network, with thousands of kilometers of track connecting major cities across the country. High-speed trains, capable of reaching speeds of up to 350 km/h (217 mph), offer a fast, efficient, and comfortable mode of transportation for millions of passengers daily.

Expressways and Highways: China has an extensive network of expressways and highways, facilitating the movement of goods and people across the country. Major highways like the Beijing-Shanghai Expressway and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen Expressway link key economic regions and urban centers.

Urban Transport: China's cities are served by modern urban transport systems, including subway/metro systems, buses, and taxis. Major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen have extensive subway networks that provide convenient and affordable transportation for residents and visitors.

Ports and Shipping: China has some of the world's busiest and most advanced ports, including Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan, and Shenzhen. These ports play a critical role in global trade, handling massive volumes of containerized cargo and facilitating maritime transportation along China's coast and international shipping routes.

Aviation: China has seen rapid growth in its aviation sector, with major airports in cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou serving as key hubs for domestic and international air travel. The country has also invested in the expansion and modernization of airports to accommodate increasing passenger numbers and air cargo traffic.

Energy and Utilities: Power Generation: China is the world's largest producer and consumer of electricity, with a diverse mix of energy sources including coal, hydroelectric, nuclear, wind, and solar power. The country has invested heavily in expanding its power generation capacity to meet growing demand and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Renewable Energy: China leads the world in renewable energy investment and deployment, with ambitious targets for expanding renewable energy capacity. The country is a global leader in wind and solar power, with vast wind farms and solar photovoltaic installations contributing to its clean energy transition.

Water Infrastructure: China has invested in the construction of dams, reservoirs, and water diversion projects to manage water resources, mitigate flooding, and provide water for irrigation, industry, and urban areas. Notable projects include the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River and the South-to-North Water Diversion Project.

Telecommunications and Information Technology: Telecommunications: China has a vast and rapidly growing telecommunications network, with widespread coverage of mobile phone and internet services. Major telecom operators like China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom provide voice, data, and internet services to millions of users across the country.

Internet Infrastructure: China is home to one of the world's largest and most active internet user populations. The country has invested in the development of internet infrastructure, including broadband networks, data centers, and internet exchange points, to support the rapid growth of online services, e-commerce, and digital innovation.

Urban Development: Smart Cities: China is investing in the development of smart cities, leveraging technology and data to improve urban management, infrastructure efficiency, and quality of life for residents. Pilot projects and initiatives are underway in cities like Hangzhou, Shenzhen, and Chengdu to deploy smart transportation, energy, and public services.

Urban Planning and Construction: China's rapid urbanization has led to the construction of new cities, residential developments, and infrastructure projects. Urban planning and construction efforts aim to create sustainable, livable cities with modern amenities, green spaces, and efficient transportation systems.

Challenges and Future Directions: While China's infrastructure has made impressive strides in recent decades, the country still faces challenges such as environmental sustainability, infrastructure quality and safety, and equitable access to services. The Chinese government continues to prioritize infrastructure development as a key driver of economic growth and social development, with ongoing investments in upgrading and expanding transportation networks, energy systems, and urban infrastructure. As China's economy evolves and urbanization continues, infrastructure development will remain a critical focus area for ensuring sustainable and inclusive growth in the years to come.

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