Thursday, July 15, 2010

Zhouzhuang water town

Zhouzhang is known as the Venice of the East. It is the most famous water town in China. Situated only 30 kilometers (18 miles) southeast of Suzhou and is noted for its profound cultural background and the well preserved ancient residential houses. This ancient town has a history of more than 900 years with many houses built in the Ming and Qing dynasties. There are about 100 houses with courtyards, and 60 of them have arch gateways made by carved bricks.

Zhouzhuang is surrounded by four lakes and the most spectacular of this are the water lanes and the stone bridges, mostly constructed during the Yuan, Qing and Ming dynasties. 

Zhouzhuang actually means the town of the Zhou family. Many of the houses here are open to public and you can see how the ancient people of China lived their everyday lives. This town is preserved very well and there are much to learn and see in Zhouzhuang. 

One of the most famous houses here is the Shen House built in 1742. Over 100 rooms are divided into three sections and each one is connected by arcades and aisles. The house was built by a millionaire merchant, who made his fortune from the silk trade. Here you will be able to see the Qint’s style complex which consists of several buildings and rooms connected to each other for different purposes, such as family visits, business meetings, the daughter’s room and the family room.  You will also be able to see the ancient safe where the owner hid his grand fortune in. 

Back on the water lane there are many places to stop and enjoy.  The double bridge, which from an angle looks like a dragon. It is two stone bridges that is connected at a corner of the street. There are many stone bridges here and all are unique features. Another famous sight is where you can see a bridge under a bridge, because of the distance you can see one bridge under an another.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

West Lake

"My soul can never get away from Hangzhou, half of the reason is regarding
the lake."

These are the words composed by the famous Song Dynasty poet Su Dongpo (960-1127) when he compared the West Lake to Xi Zi, the most beautiful woman in ancient China. These poetic sentiments leave one in no doubt of the glory of the scenery that inspired them.

Originally a shallow sea inlet, due to the laying down of silt this 5.68 square kilometers (about 1,404 acres) of water became the famous West Lake. With an average depth of just five feet the lake comprises five distinct sections. The largest part is known as the Outer Lake and it is bounded by the North Inner Lake, Yuehu Lake, West Inner Lake and Lesser South Lake. Held in the embrace of hilly peaks on three sides, this water wonderland has been an attraction for centuries and it is small wonder that it was a favorite imperial retreat. The lake and its environs have all the elements of a traditional Chinese garden but on a grand scale. The natural setting of strangely shaped peaks, serene forests and springs, dense foliage and a myriad of blossoms especially in springtime are enhanced by a treasury of sculpture and architectural features. Whatever the season, the panorama is pleasing to the eye and the nuances of light shade together with the moods of the weather present an ever-changing picture that justifiably has been described as 'intoxicating'.

A number of specific features can be singled out as worthy of particular note. To the south of centre of the Outer Lake is a man made island known as the Island of Little Oceans, that encloses four small lakes. From here one can view the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon when at night candles are lit in stone lanterns jutting out of the water thus creating the impression of the reflections of three moons. The scene is truly magical on the night of the Autumn Moon Festival. Solitary Hill Island lies between the Outer Lake and the north Inner Lake and is an ideal spot from which to admire the vista. The nearby Two Peaks Embracing the Sky is another impressive sight, especially when crossing the lake by boat.

Near to the lake can be found the Ling Yin Temple in its woodland setting near to Fei Lai Feng (Peak Flown From Afar). Legend has it that this limestone peak flew from India where it had formed part of a holy mountain. These are of particular interest to Buddhists and those who have a love of sculpture and art. The Mausoleum of General Yue Fei is a monument to the patriot who was murdered in 1141 at the behest of his archrival Qin Hui, the Song prime minister. These buildings like others in the vicinity of the lake such as the slender Six Harmonies Pagoda add to the calm and beauty of their surroundings.

No visitor to the West Lake and Hangzhou can fail to learn something of this city's most famous products, namely silk and Longjing (Dragon Well) Tea. Since the Tang Dynasty (618-907) silk products from Hangzhou have found their way all over the world. The National Silk Museum is the first Chinese national museum to be dedicated to silk culture and is the largest of its kind in the world. A similar museum is dedicated as homage to tea. Located at the West Lake Dragon Well Tea Plantation, the National Tea Museum provides a fascinating insight into the history and production of Chinese tea. Often referred to as the 'wonders of West Lake' Longjing (Dragon Well) tea and Hupao (Running Tiger) Fountain is each worthy of the attention of the visitor.

Another natural spectacle to be found here is the tidal bore of the Qiantang River that has enthralled people for centuries. Overlooking the river estuary stands the 13 storey high Six Harmonies Pagoda. Dating from 970 and built on the site of an earlier pagoda that served as a lighthouse, the name refers to the six codes of Buddhism i.e. harmony of the body, speech and thought and the renunciation of personal pleasure, opinions and wealth. A climb to the top of the pagoda carries the reward of an impressive view over the river.

Crossing the river is the Qiantang River Bridge. This is the first two-tier bridge to have been designed and built by Chinese engineers in modern times. The other great feat of much earlier engineering is the Grand Canal. Linking Hangzhou in the south with Beijing in the north, this is the longest man-made waterway in China and surpasses both the Suez and Panama canals.

We hope that this introduction to the delights of the area surrounding the West Lake will tempt you to visit them for yourself. You can be assured that the splendid and diverse landscape will remain long in your memory as you call to mind tour sites to be found south of the Yangtze River.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Zhujiajiao water twon

Located in a suburb of Shanghai City, Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town well known throughout the country, with a history of more than 1700 years. Covering an area of 47 square kilometers, the little fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes and mountains.

Endowed with another elegant name - 'Pearl Stream' - the little town is the best preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Unique old bridges across bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses with courtyards attached all transport people who have been living amidst the bustle and hustle of the modern big city to a brand-new world full of antiquity, leisure and tranquility.

Bridges in the Town:
It is said that to visit Zhujiajaio without seeing the bridges means that you have not really been to Zhujiajiao at all! Bridges in the town are distinctive and old, built during Ming and Qing Dynasties. The old town is thoroughly connected by 36 delicate spans in different shapes and styles, from wooden to stone to marble.

Small bridges are seen very easily there. Fangsheng Bridge (Setting-fish-free Bridge) is the longest, largest and tallest stone bridge, with five openings both in Zhujiajiao and in the Shanghai region. This bridge was built in 1571. On the bridge stands a stone tablet named Dragon Gate Stone, which is engraved with 8 coiling dragons encircling a shining pearl. On top of the bridge are 4 lifelike stone lions.

Lang Bridge (Veranda Bridge), also named Huimin Bridge, is the only wooden bridge and the most featured span in this town. It has wooden bars on the two sides and upturned eaves above, just like a narrow corridor.

North Street - Ancient Street:
In the town, there is an ancient street filled with representative ancient buildings from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, attracting great numbers of domestic and foreign tourists. That is North Street, which is the best-preserved ancient street in this suburb of Shanghai. Only one kilometer long, the whole street is at once primitively simple, yet very elegant. Strolling on this ancient thoroughfare and appreciating the historic buildings, long-established stores, and old bridges as well as the many narrow lanes is another enjoyment.

Zhujiajiao boasts imposing gardens as well as ancient dwellings built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Among the ancient architecture, Ke Zhi Yuan is the largest manorial garden in the town. The garden is commonly named 'Ma Family Garden' after a former host named Ma Wenqin.

Located in Xijin Street in the northern part of town, Ke Zhi Yuan features beautiful sightseeing and quiet and secluded surroundings. It consists mainly of three parts, including a hall area, an artificial hill area and a garden area. In the artificial hill area, there is magnificent symbolic architecture - a foursquare five-story building, on the top of which stands a diametric pavilion named 'Moon View Pavilion.' This building is considered the tallest architecture in the town.

The scenic spots outlined here are just a sampling of the pretty attractions of Zhujiajiao. Old narrow lanes, peculiar stone hawsers on the riverside and old residences also make you enjoy yourself so much as to forget to go home.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Yuyuan Garden

YuyuanYuyuan Garden is believed to have been built during the Ming Dynasty, more than 400 years ago. The exquisite layout, beautiful scenery and the artistic style of the garden architecture have made the garden one of the highlights of Shanghai.

Yuyuan literally translated means Happy Garden. It is located in the center of Shanghai's Old City, a few blocks south of the Bund. It has a total area of about two hectares (five acres) and more than 40 attractions The inner and outer gardens were both built in the Ming Dynasty classical style, with numerous rock and tree garden areas, ponds, dragon-lined walls and numerous doorways and zigzagging bridges separating the various garden areas and pavilions.

The garden covers a significant space and includes a few halls and other buildings of interest. Its cultural relics include: century-old furniture, calligraphy and paintings of famous artists, clay sculptures and brick carvings, some inscriptions and couplets.

One of the highlights of the garden is the Exquisite Jade Rock. It is a 5-ton, porous, beautifully-shaped, grotesque rock, which is said to have been carried from Taihu (Tai Lake) in Wuxi, Jiangsu province. The rock is characterized by its wrinkled appearance, slender shape, translucent nature and numerous holes eroded by water. An interesting legend goes that the rock was found some 1000 years ago, and it was originally one of Song Emperor Huizong's private collection before it found its way into Yu Garden.

The surrounding bazaar area provides good shopping opportunities, where traditional Chinese products and gold and jewels are on sale.

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Get up close and personal with Pandas at the Bifeng Gorge Panda Reserve!

 During the May 2008 earthquake, the panda specimen suffered a crushing blow and over fifty giant pandas living in captivity became completely homeless. In order to save these national treasures, Wolong National Natural Reserve has, since May 15th, carried out an evacuation plan. Twenty-seven giant pandas were transferred in batches to Chengdu, Fuzhou and Beijng, and the rest were moved to Bifeng Gorge Base of China Panda Protection and Research Center.

     Bifeng Gorge is located in Ya'an City, which is just over one hour by bus from Chengdu. In 2003, the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Pandas and the State Forestry Administration chose this gorge as a new giant panda base. The gorge, "V" shaped, is composed of two small gorges, which measure 4.3 miles and 3.7 miles long respectively. Standing between 2,297 to 6,467 feet high, the Bifeng Gorge is famous for the views of varied vegetation, valleys and waterfalls. Its excellent original landscape attracts more and more visitors each year to explore its wild beauty.

     Endowed with good quality water and air, Bifeng Gorge Base of China Panda Protection and Research Center is a satisfactory place for the growth of pandas, and what is more important, it was only slightly damaged in the earthquake. It is a comprehensive conservation project combining tourism, research and giant panda breeding in one place. It is divided into the giant panda breeding zone, baby giant panda care zone, research center, bamboo woods and office area.

     The pandas are assured of healthy growth in theirTwo lovely pandas new home, and good news continually flows from Bifeng Gorge Base. In the morning on July 6th, 2008, the panda "Guo Guo" gave birth to the first twin cubs in the base. Guo Guo, the great panda mother, came to the base on June 24th when she was 119 days pregnant. She was really strong and brave to have these baby pandas after surviving the big earthquake, overcoming the difficulties of bumping and shaking on the long journey, and adjusting herself to the new environment. The panda twins were the first pair of giant pandas born in 2008 worldwide, which brings new hope and more power to the recovery of the earthquake-stricken area and the affected forest area.

  In 2008, there were 13 baby pandas surviving in the Bifeng Gorge Base. On Feb.12nd, 2009, the base held a simple ceremony for these small pandas as they attended the panda kindergarten. It is known that the giant pandas, who temporarily live in the base, will return to the Wolong National Natural Reserve after its restoration in two or three year's time.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

What is the World Expo?

The World Expo, also sometimes known as the World’s Fair, is the name given to various large public exhibitions held in different parts in the world. The World Expo aims to promote the exchange of ideas and development of the world economy, culture, science and technology, in order to allow exhibitors to publicize and display their achievements and improve international relationships. The first expo was held in 1851 in The Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London, under the title “Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations.” The vent was an idea of Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, and was the first international exhibition of manufactured products. As such it influenced the development of several aspects of society, from art and design, education, international trade and relations, and even tourism.

The first expo set the precedent for many later international exhibitions, later called “World’s Fairs”, which are held to the present day, with the latest one being in Shanghai in 2010. The World Expo serves as an Olympics for industry, science and economics. The main attractions at World Expos/Fairs are the national pavilions, created by participating countries. Some notable World’s Fairs include the one held in Paris in 1937 (where the Nazi Germany and Soviet Union pavilions stood face-to-face), the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle, which gave us the Space Needle, and the 1964 World’s Fair held in New York City, where the Disney Corporation held a large sway over the event. This years World Expo in Shanghai promises to be the biggest and most extravagant in the event’s history, as this year’s expo will see a record number of countries and organization participating, as well as being the most attended expo ever.

Shanghai 2010 Expo Package Tours

If you want to get in on the excitement of this year’s expo, visit the expo through one of Great Wall Adventure Club’s Shanghai 2010 World Expo Package Tours. You have 7 different tour options to choose from, with also having the ability to custom design your own tour to give yourself the most special expo experience. Available at the lowest possible rates, our tour included free airport transfer, centrally located hotel (possible options include the 5-star Shanghai Courtyard Marriott), Expo tickets, English-speaking guide, and a private car and driver. If you book your own flights, the package cost for two is $1,398 for three days and two nights (as of March 18, 2010).

In addition to attending the expo, you’ll also get the chance to discover one of the world’s great cosmopolitan cities, Shanghai, Oozing with culture, style, and adventure, Shanghai is the ideal city to host the World Expo, and exploring the city will be a perfect compliment to visiting the expo. On our tours, you will also have the chance to visit two of China’s most beautiful cities, Hangzhou (famed for its West Lake), and Suzhou (known as the “Venice of the east”). Our World Expo package tours come highly recommended, even by the Wall Street Journal.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The best Chinese airlines

Air China

Air China is China's principal international airline, and is the designated flag carrier of the People's Republic. Based in the capital of the world's most populous country, the airline has occupied a special place in the hearts of aircraft manufacturers and foreign airlines eager for access to the untapped potential of the Asian market. Air China's logo, made up of the letters "VIP" styled into the form of a phoenix, reflects the carrier's aspirations regarding customer service. The airline flies a young fleet of about 70 planes, carrying about 16 million passengers a year.
At its launch in 1988, Air China operated 32 international routes to 31 destinations, and also connected 30 cities within China. It was China's largest carrier, and the only one allowed to carry China's national flag. Great Wall Adventure Club has great deals with cheap flight fares with Air China.

China Southern Airlines

One of China's top three airlines, along with China Eastern Airlines and Air China, China Southern Airlines operates a fleet of about 260 aircraft (mainly Boeing and Airbus jets) from its hub in Guangzhou and about 20 regional bases. It serves more than 140 destinations, including about 120 throughout China and more than 20 in other countries, primarily in the Asia/Pacific region. China Southern Airlines extends its international network via code-sharing partnerships with carriers such as Delta Air Lines, KLM, and Japan Airlines. Government-owned China Southern Air Holding Company owns just over 50% of China Southern Airlines. Great Wall Adventure Club offers discounted flight tickets for China Southern Airlines.

China Eastern Airlines

No one has to dig his way to China anymore: China Eastern Airlines transports passengers and cargo to some 120 destinations in China and about 20 other countries. It operates a fleet of about 195 aircraft, including Airbus and Boeing models, mainly from its hub in Shanghai. The carrier is one of China's three largest, along with Air China and China Southern Airlines. China Eastern Airlines extends its network via code-sharing agreements with carriers such as Air France, AMR's American Airlines, Japan Airlines, and Korean Air Lines. CEA Holding, a company owned by the Chinese government, controls a 62% stake in China Eastern Airlines. Great Wall Adventure Club can assist you to find cheap domestic discounted fares with China Eastern Airlines.

Hainan Airlines

Hainan Airlines is an airline based in Haikou, Hainan, People's Republic of China. It is a privately owned airline and the fourth largest airline of China by fleet size. It operates a scheduled domestic services network based in Haikou on the island of Hainan and Ningbo on the mainland. It has begun to add international services. Its main base is Haikou Meilan International Airport (HAK), with hubs at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (XIY) and Ningbo Lishe International Airport (NGB). Great Wall Adventure Club can help you buy domestic flight tickets with Hainan Airlines at the lowest prices.

Shanghai Airlines

Shanghai Airlines was established in 1985 as the first commercial airline other than the airline operation division of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. It flew to over 150 domestic, regional (Macau), and international routes (Osaka, Seoul, Bangkok, Phuket, Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City) by the end of December 2005. In 2006, the airline signed an agreement to begin codeshare flights with United Airlines between China and the United States. Also in 2006, Shanghai Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding with THAI which includes codesharing flights and reciprocating frequent flyer program benefits for members. On 10 May 2006 it was announced that Shanghai Airlines will become the 19th member of Star Alliance. Great Wall Adventure Club can book flight tickets with Shanghai Airlines that allow you to exchange a boarding pass with E-ticket. 

Shenzhen Airlines

The airline was established in October 1992 and started operations on 13 September 1993. It was formed by the CAAC and Shenzhen government, with financial participation by Air China, Overseas Chinese City Economic Development Corporation, Bank of China and Shenzen South Tongfa Industrial Corporation. It is one of the most profitable airlines in China. It is currently owned by Guangdong Development Bank (65%), CNAC (Air China) (25%) and Shenzen Investment Management (10%). Great Wall Adventure Club can assist you to buy cheap domestic ticket for flights out of Shenzhen.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Qingdao- A little piece of Germany in China

Qingdao, a beautiful seaside city, is located in the southeast part of Shandong Province. To the east, a short distance across the Yellow Sea, lie Korea and Japan, making Qingdao an important city for international trade.

For thirty-three years, up to 1949, Qingdao was a colony of Germany and Japan. Thus, Qingdao has a great deal of European architecture. This foreign architecture -a remnant of the colonial past- now beautifies this seaside city.

The red roofs, green trees, blue sea, and azure sky form a bright and colorful picture of Qingdao. The city is sometimes known as the Switzerland of the Orient.

Surrounded by the sea on three sides, Qingdao attracts many tourists with its charming seascape. Sights like the Eight Passes Villas, the Zhan Bridge, Wusi Square, Mt. Laoshan, will help you remember Qingdao. Just walking on the sand and listening to the surf breaking on the beach becomes enjoyable.

Qingdao offers food with distinctive flavors--especially seafood. So take this chance to enjoy the delicious seafood of Qingdao. Also, Qingdao is the home of the famous Qingdao (Tsingtao) Beer. Have a bottle of pure Qingdao Beer right here in Qingdao!>
The Qingdao Municipal Government recognizes the importance of the tourism industry and has further plans to develop tourism in Qingdao. To enhance the tourism industry, Qingdao now sponsors the Qingdao International Beer Festival, the Qingdao International Sea Festival, Beach Culture Festival, the Sea Affection Festival, and the Summer of Qingdao Festival.

In cooperation with the Beijing Olympic Games 2008, Qingdao will hold the Sailing Competition in the Olympic Games in 2008. This great event brings a great opportunity for this charming city to build its bright future.

Qingdao and Korea:

Since the first Korean companies began doing business in Qingdao in 1988, Korean people have lived here. Thousands of Korean people now live and work here, which makes Qingdao the city with the most Korea investment enterprises in China. And Qingdao also has the largest Korean population in China. With years of cultural exchange, they have established deep, close friendships and mutual trust with the native Chinese people.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

While touring Shangai and the Expo, experience a taste of luxury at the Shanghai Downtown Courtyard Marriott Hotel

Near 100% rating by Expedia and TripAdvisor!
"The service was superb. The staff was plentiful and always available and eager to help. The room was beautiful, pristine, nicely appointed, and had an American soft bed! Apples in the room. The hotel is brand new and spotless. After a month of standard Chinese hotels, and firm beds, I found this to be heavenly. Location is very good." --  TripAdvisor

This is the first hotel in Shanghai to be built, designed and opened specifically in preparation for the Shanghai 2010 World Expo.
• All guest rooms command spectacular views of the city center and are fully equipped with the latest technology, including free Wi-Fi internet, a 200-square-meter fitness centre and a sun-lit indoor swimming pool
• Located in downtown Shanghai, the hotel is just steps away from the Xujiahui commercial area and only two minutes from the Xujiahui Subway Station. One of Shanghai's largest shopping centers - Gang Hui Gateway is across the street. Oriental Plaza, the Pacific Center and the Meiluo City are around the corner. There are top Chinese and Western restaurants in the intersection close to the hotel. KFC, McDonald's, Pizza Hut and other fast-food restaurants are also available. The largest Cathedral of Shanghai is behind.
• The hotel is also just a short walk from Shanghai’s famed French Concession, a popular tourist destination filled with European-style buildings, hip cafes and bars, and is a major hub of Shanghai’s vibrant nightlife.
• The Shanghai Courtyard by Marriot Hotel is about 10 minutes from the World Expo site in Puxi, and about 15-20 minutes from the World Expo site in Pudong. Guests can also take Subway Line 9 and transfer directly to Subway Expo Line 13 to connect to the Expo sites. Transfer wise, the hotel is only 15 minutes to the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, which is Shanghai's second airport, and mainly serves domestic flights.

World Expo tickets and day passes are guaranteed to all guests who stay with Courtyard by Marriott Hotel!

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Guest Rooms in Detail 

  • 364 guest rooms, including 105 executive deluxe rooms, 18 executive suites and 1 chairman suite
  • Spacious rooms combine comfort and functionality, and feature a well-lit desk and ergonomic chair
  • Daily housekeeping & evening turndown service, as well as concierge and room service
  • 32-inch LCD TV with satellite channels
  • High-speed internet access, telephones & voicemail system, personal in-room safe
  • Mini-bar, cable/satellite TV, in-room tea- and coffee-making facilities

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General Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee maker/tea service
  • Crib
  • Electrical adapters
  • Individual climate control
  • Luxury bedding - crisp linens, thicker mattresses, custom comforters, fluffier pillows
  • Pillows: down/feather
  • Pillows: foam
  • Rollaway bed
  • Safety box
  • Hair dryer

Room Entertainment

  • Cable channel: CNN
  • Cable channel: ESPN
  • Cable channel: HBO
  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Color TV

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  • Electrical outlet: desk level
  • Phone feature: voice mail
  • Two-line phone 
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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sanya, China's Hawaii and tropical getaway!

Sanya is situated on the southernmost tip of Hainan Province, covering an area of 1919.58 square kilometers (about 741 square miles) with 209.1 kilometers (about 130 miles) long coastline. Sanya has many natural advantages. Possessing a number of excellent harbors, Sanya is an important port for import and export of trade with foreign countries. Therefore, Sanya is also named the 'South Gate of China' to stress its importance while it plays a vital role in the life of the southern part of China in areas of the economy and politics to transportation.

However, for most visitors, Sanya is a noted tourist resort with mountains, sea, river and city. The favorable climate is hot in summer but warm in the three other seasons so attracting large numbers of followers from both home and abroad every year. The whole of Sanya is related to the sea where you can enjoy a unique tropical oceanic landscape that is totally different from the other provinces of China. Sanya Bay, Yalong Bay and Dadonghai, all golden seaboards of Sanya, are some of the first choices for visitors to spend their holidays. Instead of a busy and exhausting journey, you can relax totally here by strolling along the beaches and breathing the fresh air. If you are an enthusiast of exciting water activities, Wuzhizhou Island is your place to challenge the mysterious and changing sea. Additionally more than 20 ethnic groups including Han, Li, Miao, Hui inhabit Sanya becoming a wonderful place to appreciate the various cultures of China.

In the last years Sanya developed to become a getaway from Hong Kong and a relaxing place for extending a holiday without a long trip back home. The first international Resort hotel was opened and managed by Swiss hotelier N.C. Solari in 1999, in Yalong Bay.

Presently, international hotel chains have established in what is becoming a world-known destination, especially following the Miss World beauty pageant in Crowne Plaza, a hotel along Yalong Bay. The resort in Sanya Bay, the Palm Beach Resort and Spa welcomed the first Miss China beauty pageant in modern times. The organizer Julia Morley was decided by Sanya to welcome the international pageant the following year.

In 2009 legendary hotel group Mandarin Oriental opened their first property in mainland China in the Dadong Hai area of Sanya.

Because of geographical and political circumstances unique to Sanya, many niche markets have been cultivated in Real Estate, Food and Beverage management, Chinese Language and Cultural exchange, Agro-tourism, and Wilderness Adventures (just to name a few).

Sanya attracts many international travelers as can be seen by the many Russian and English signs throughout the city.

Tasting the local dishes is a must on your journey. Sanya never shirks in its efforts to entertain its guests with a variety of seafood and delicious tropical fruits all the year round. Both of the star-rated hotels and a number of roadside booths serve the freshest seafood. Shopping is also a must on your journey, so don't forget to choose some sea products and beautiful decorations for you or your friends and relatives back home.

Along with the developing economy of this region, Sanya has become much easier for visitors to reach where domestic and international flights can take you in the shortest time. A journey by train and ship will take you a little more time but give you more opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty around you. With good quality, star-rated hotels and reasonable hostels distributed everywhere in Sanya and waiting for you, there is no need to worry about accommodation.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Experience the southern metropolis of Nanjing!

Lying on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province, is one of the most delightful of Chinese cities. Known as the Capital City of Six or Ten Dynasties in China's history, it has a brilliant cultural heritage. Yuecheng, the first recorded military defense constructed in early 472 B.C., opened the long history of Nanjing. In the following years, the city reached its height of splendor at various times. In 229, Sun Quan, one of the three heroes in China's Three Kingdoms Period (220 - 280), to strengthen his influence in the middle valley of the Yangtze River, moved the capital of his kingdom to Jianye - present Nanjing. From that time on, the city served as the capital for several dynasties in China's history. In 1356, in a peasant rebellion, Zhu Yuanzhang, later the Emperor Taizu of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), conquered the city and renamed it Yingtian Fu. In 1368, Zhu established the Ming Dynasty - the last feudal dynasty ruled by the native Han people - and gave Yingtian Fu the new name of Nanjing. Ten years later, the emperor made Nanjing the capital of the country. The mausoleum of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang is perching on the southern slope of the Mount Zijinshan in the northeastern part of the city.

Following officials' advice of "building walls and producing grain to consolidate the rule", the emperor ordered the construction of city walls. Today's majestic walls in Nanjing, the longest of its kind in the world, are the result of that phase of construction. Zhonghua Gate, simply meaning 'Chinese Gate', is a noted attraction for tourists in the present city center.

In spite of its glorious times, the city also witnessed the hardest moment of this nation. In 1839, the Opium War burst out after Lin Zexu, an assiduous official, burnt twenty thousand boxes of opium in Humen. On a battleship in Nanjing's Xiaguan, the corrupt Qing government, under threat by Britain troops, signed the notorious Nanjing Treaty, the first of the 'Unequal Treaties' which ceded Hong Kong away from China for more than hundred years. Following this treaty, invasions and colonial rule of the western countries intensified and China sank into a harder and darker time.

Peasant groups of Taiping rebelled against the Qing government in 1853 and established the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom in Jinling, Nanjing's name at that time, and formed an army. Unfortunately, the peasant regime was short-lived and in 1864, troops of Qing government won the city back. Nowadays, in Xuyuan Garden , one can still see part of the palace of Heavenly King of Taiping Heavenly Kingdom.

It was the Revolution of 1911, the Chinese bourgeois democratic revolution led by Dr.Sun Yat-Sen that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. On the first day of 1912, Dr. Sun Yet-sen gave his simple but sublime address on the inauguration held of the new Republic of China. Today, a memorial hall in the Mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, houses a statue of Dr. Sun sculpted out of white marble.

There are two further negative memories of the city. On April 18th, 1927, Chiang Kaishek launched the counter-revolutionary 4.12 Coup and established his power in Nanjing. Also, in 1937, the inhuman Nanjing Massacre happened. In six weeks, more than 300,000 Chinese people were killed including women and children.

No atrocity can go unpunished. After eight years of resistance, in 1945 the brave Chinese people eventually drove the barbarous Japanese invaders out of China's homeland and the war criminals got what they deserved. However Chinese people will never forget the history. Pictures of the atrocities of Japanese soldiers taken by Japanese army photographers are exhibited in the Memorial Hall to the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre.

Finally, on April 23rd, 1949, Nanjing was liberated by the People's Liberation Army and the Kuomintang's power in China was ended.

City of Culture:

Dr. Sun Yat-sen's MausoleumIn addition to historical sights, memorials, museums and cultural sights also attract thousands of travelers. The famous Confucius Temple (Fuzimiao) is not only a memorial place for the Great Sage in China but has a surrounding area bustling with shops, restaurants and a snack street housed in traditional Chinese architectural buildings. In the city center, Nanjing Museum is a must for travelers with a collection of more than 420 thousand pieces, including about 2,000 that are rare and valued. The observatory on Zijinshan Mountain to the east of the city center was the first modern observatory built in China.

Qin Huai River, in the southwest of the city, extends one hundred kilometers. The river used to be the most flourishing part of Nanjing in the old days. In many Chinese novels, it is renowned as a place which nurtured beauties and romance. Today, it is a place for people to recall the old splendor of this historical city. Like all sights in Nanjing, it tells the story of past, present and future of the city.

Modern Metropolis:

Like most major cities in China, Nanjing is developing rapidly. Great changes have taken place in the city. Modern highways and railways connect the city with most major cities throughout the country and it is becoming a sparkling metropolis akin to Shanghai and Beijing with skyscrapers, luxury hotels, fashion shopping malls, supermarkets and highly-developed economic zones throughout the city. Transport in the city is very convenient with the new metro service in addition to taxis, public buses, tourist special lines and other means of transport. Modern amenities in luxury hotels make your trip a comfortable one. Dazzling shopping malls and department stores can be found in the commercial areas of the city with stocked plenty of international brand names. Nanjing is also home to several colleges and universities and a large foreign population. The city is become an international metropolis with new faces every day.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

How do you obtain a Tibet Travel Permit?

The Tibet Travel Permit is a necessary document to allow you to tour Tibet. To get a permit you should submit the following documents and mention the following information to us.

Full name | Gender | Date of birth | Passport number | Nationality

All exactly the same as on your passport. And you need to tell us your occupation because journalists and people that could be involved in political matters could be revoked (they need more complicated procedure to get a permit). You need to apply for the travel permit at least 10 days prior to your entry date.
Please note that if you do not book any tour from a licensed agent, we can not help you get the permits. No travel agency can provide "permit-only" service. A Must services include transfers and guide.


  1. All kinds of people can get Tibet travel permit through a travel agency except diplomats, journalists, and senior government officials who should travel to Tibet under the arrangement by the Foreign Affairs Office of Tibet Government.
  2. After having a permit, we could continue the following operation for your amazing tour in Tibet.
  3. Only the guide could hold the permit after you establish yourself on Tibetan land. You are not allowed to bring with it and travel to anywhere you want because except Lhasa you need another permit named as "Aliens’ Permit".

Other documents

Other documents are the same as you travel to other places of China - you need hold a valid passport with valid visa (issued by the Chinese Embassy). If you are coming to Lhasa from Kathmandu, you'd better get a China visa from Kathmandu because no matter you've already got the visa in your country or not, you must get a visa in Kathmandu, which is regulated in an official memo between China and Nepal.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Get up close and personal with Pandas in the sichuan capital of Chengdu!

Chengdu, located in the southwest region of the People's Republic of China, is the capital of Sichuan province and a sub-provincial city. Benefiting from Dujiangyan Irrigation Project which was constructed in 256 B.C., Sichuan Province is reputed as "Tian Fu Zhi Guo", literally a place richly endowed with natural resources. Chengdu, as the capital, is extremely productive. The Min and Tuo Rivers, two branches of the Yangtze River, connected to forty other rivers, supply an irrigation area of more than 700 square kilometres (270.27 square miles) with 150-180 million kilowatts of water. Consisting of abundant mineral resources, the land is extremely fertile.

The history of Chengdu can be traced back 2,400 when the first emperor built his capital here and named the city. Through thousands of years its original name has been kept and its position as the capital and as the significant center of politics, commerce and military of the Sichuan area (once called Shu) has remained unchanged. Since the Han (206B.C.-220) and Tang (618-907) Dynasties when its handicraft industry flourished, Chengdu has been famous for its brocades and embroideries. Shu embroideries still enjoy a high reputation for their bright colors and delicate designs, ranking among the four main embroideries in China. Chengdu was the place where the bronze culture, an indispensable part of ancient Chinese culture, originated, the place where the Southern Silk Road started, and the place where the earliest paper currency, Jiaozi (not the dumpling!), was first printed. It is listed among the first 24 state-approved historical and cultural cities and owns 23 state and provincial cultural relic units.

In addition to its profound historical and cultural background featuring historic places of interest such as the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu , Wuhou Memorial Temple and Wenshu Monastery , etc, natural beauty abounds in surrounding areas such as in the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area and Huang Long Valley (Yellow Dragon Valley) . The natural habitat of giant pandas, Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center , supports the world's only giant panda breeding and research base.

The native language in Chengdu is Sichuanese, otherwise referred to as the Sichaun dialect. More precisely, the Chengdu dialect is widely used in lieu of "Sichuanese" due to largely different accents of Sichuanese speakers residing elsewhere. People from Chengdu (or Sichuan in general) tend to eat spicy food. Local specialties include Grandma Chen's Tofu (Mapo dofu), Chengu Hot pot, and Dan Dan Mien (literally meaning "Noodles carried on a pole") All three dishes are spicy. Mapo Dofu and Dan Dan Mien contain Sichuan peppers to give them additional flavor.

An article by rhe Los Angeles Times (2006) called Chengdu "China's party city" for its carefree lifestyle. Chengdu outnumbers Shanghai in the number of tea houses and bars despite having less than half the population. The inhabitants have a reputation in China for having a laid-back attitude and for knowing how to enjoy life.

Sampling the famous spicy Sichuan cuisine is a must on a trip to Chengdu. Enjoying the food as well as the culture, shopping and having tea at a teahouse afford a deeper understanding of Chengdu.

Improved land and airlines extending nationwide provide greater convenience. Chengdu is also the main inland access city to Tibet.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Tour Hong Kong, the Oriental Pearl, with Great Wall Adventure Club!

It would be hard to find a more exciting city than Hong Kong. Set among beautiful natural surroundings it has all the benefits of a thriving and vibrant commercial center. Here you can find the delights of modern living alongside an abundance of reminders of its historic past. Whether you visit the better-known highlights like the stunning Ocean Park, the fantastic viewpoint of Victoria Peak or the beautiful Repulse Bay, Hong Kong is certain to exceed your expectations.

     Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of PRC, has grown from what was a simple fishing village into the world's fourth largest banking and financial center and eighth largest trading economy. Situated in the southeast corner of China, Hong Kong occupies an area of 1,104 square kilometers (about 426 square miles) and is home to more than 6,970,000 people. Most people (about 97% of the population) are Chinese and speak Cantonese and English, although Mandarin is becoming more popular in Hong Kong now. Most tourism personnel and taxi drivers can communicate with tourists in English. The most common religions are Buddhism and Christianity.

     Hong Kong is made up of four parts: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and the Outlying Islands. Hong Kong Island is the center of economy, politics, entertainment and shopping. Northern Hong Kong Island is the main commercial, shopping and entertainment area; the residential area is located in Eastern Hong Kong Island; and Southern Hong Kong Island known for its sea shores and bays. Kowloon is another flourishing part of Hong Kong. Above all, Causeway Bay, Wan Chai , Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok are the most popular areas. These areas are busy day and night, and tourists can feel secure enjoying the lively nightlife, because Hong Kong is one of the most secure cities in the world. The New Territories and Outlying Islands are ideal places to experience a peaceful and natural Hong Kong.

     An open city with a wonderful natural harbor, Hong Kong is the meeting place of various cultures that blend harmoniously with Chinese traditions and exotic influences. On one hand traces of British culture can be found everywhere as a result of former colonial rule. On the other hand, Hong Kong preserves traditional customs and the core values of Confucianism that have faded in Mainland China. This is reflected in its colorful festivals ranging from Spring Festival to Christmas. Nowhere else on earth do luxury restaurants, street side food-stalls known locally as dai pai dong, grand mansions and penthouses, tenements, office blocks, wooden boats and huge liners coupled with English in a variety of accents and multifarious Chinese dialects coexist peacefully.

     It is the dynamic Hong Kong that provides the environment in which the richest Chinese listed in Forbes directory do business. The city also is the backdrop for modern movies and pop music that together enjoy worldwide recognition. Home of Kongfu heroes like the late Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, Hong Kong continues to attract more and more ambitious would-be stars and entrepreneurs.

     A place where various cultures blend harmoniously. From Yum Cha (tea and dim sum) in the morning to a moon lit view from the top of Victoria Peak or stunning night time harbor cruise, mingling with shoppers in the numerous malls and markets around Tsim Sha Tsui , tasting delicacies at dai pai dong, taking a trip in a sampan or high speed ferry, Hong Kong will guarantee its visitors an unforgettable experience. There will always be something to enchant you and quite probably make you fall in love with this unique place, be it sightseeing, shopping, dining or simply exploring its many delights by day and night.

     If there is no other reason why people from the world over are so interested in this island, the answer is likely to be 'because it is there!' Don't wait any longer. Join us and explore this wonderland for yourself! To get started on your trip to Hong Kong go to

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Jinshanling to Simatai hike reamains with Great Wall Adventure Club

The Jinshaling to Simatai hike remains with Great Wall Adventure Club (
despite the recent reconstruction issue with the Simatai section of the Great Wall.

This is the classic one-day Great Wall hiking tour and is our most popular option. The hike between Jinshanling-Simatai takes around 3-4 hours, and we normally depart for the wall between 7-8am. It is a whole day excursion, and the hike allows you to experience the best of both Great Wall worlds. You will get to hike on restored wall and explore beautiful watchtowers, and as you go further on your hike you will run into the unrestored “Wild Wall”, which is much more authentic than the Disney-Land version at Badaling.

Private tour and non-private group tours are available. We are making are hikes more diverse than ever, and we are excited to present 4 more new hikes: Jiankou to features the hauntingly beautiful unrestored Jiankou and the famed restored Mutianyu, Huangyaguan to the East Wing Tombs includes a section designed as a composite of the entire Great Wall along with the culture of the East Qing Tombs, Huanghuacheng to Xishuiyu features both beautiful blooming wild flowers and an underwater Great Wall, andd a trip from a local village to Mutianyu, which features "Wild Wall", the tastefully restored section of Mutianyu, and a thrilling toboggan ride down from the wall!

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This is the flagship tour for Great Wall adventurers! Our guides are fully licensed to provide stimulating and thoughtful tours for hikers to the Great Wall, and are with you throughout your trip. This is a full-day tour because we depart at 8:00am and return sometime between 5-8pm. The Route is available all year long except for snowing days.

If you’re looking for breathtaking views, a challenging but fun hike, and being up close and personal to two different kinds of Great Wall, then this is the hike for you. At the beginning of the hike you'll get restored wall and watchtowers, and as the hike progresses the wall will will gradually deteriorate into wild (but stunning) ruins. Our hikes have been recommended everywhere from NBC (which sent a camera crew on one of our hikes) and the Wall Street Journal to

Our price includes admission passes to all sections mentioned. The Great Wall Administration Bureau collects the admission passes. We have pre-purchased those passes for you. 
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Friday, June 25, 2010

Get the best discounts in Beijing hotels and hostels with Great Wall Adventure Club!

Welcome to Beijing!

Everyday we offer special hotel deals at rates just between US $20-60 per night in the middle of the glitz and glamour of Beijing’s shopping and commercial districts, which are located in the downtown region of the city. These included the areas of Wangfujing, Xidan, Jianguomen, the World Trade Center CBD (Guomao), Tian’anmen Square (Forbidden City), Qianmen, Houhai Lake and many more. All these areas are easily accessible by Beijing’s convenient subway system. All the hotels and resorts we offer have standard facilities such as 24 hour hot water and air conditioning, high-speed internet, and of course, friendly and satisfactory service. The hotel you will stay at is as good if not better than any hotel in your hometown.

Your GWAC Trip Advisor provides professional solutions for all types of travelers, be it individuals, couples, honeymooners, business travelers, and even retirees who are seeing the world. Your GWAC hotel reservation is handled by our knowledgeable travel consultants who just happen to be Chinese, so they can provide you with the best and most up-to-date information. Please just fill out the information at the bottom of the page and you can begin the easy process of getting a great place for your stay. Guests who had stayed in hotels we reserved during the 2008 Summer Olympics were extremely happy, and say it contributed to their great Olympic experience.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Great Wall Adventure Club is recommended for Mutianyu tours by Fodor's!

The Great Wall Adventure Club's Mutianyu adventure tour program is introduced and recommended by the latest edition of Fodor's China Guidebook!

Below is Great Wall Adventure Club's detailed itinerary (see

We will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00am, or if you prefer, we can pick you up later in the day at 1:00pm. We will then drive to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Located 60km/37 miles northeast of Beijing in Huairou County. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. First built in the mid-6th century during the Northern Qi, Mutianyu Great Wall is older than the Badaling section of the Great Wall. In the Ming dynasty, under the supervision of General Xu Da, construction of the present wall began on the foundation of the wall of Northern Qi. In 1404, a pass was built in the wall. In 1569, the Mutianyu Great Wall was rebuilt and till today most parts of it are well preserved.

Compared with other sections of Great Wall, the Mutianyu Great Wall possesses unique characteristics in its construction. Watchtowers are densely placed along this section of the Great Wall - 22 watchtowers on this 2,250-meter-long stretch. Both the outer and inner parapets are crenellated with merlots, so that shots could be fired at the enemy on both sides - a feature very rare on other parts of the Great Wall. The Mutianyu Pass consists of 3 watchtowers, one big in the center and two smaller on both sides. Standing on the same terrace, the three watchtowers are connected to each other inside and compose a rarely seen structure among all sections of Great Wall.

While Mutianyu does get its fair share of visitors, it does not get as packed as Badaling, allowing you to have a peaceful time exploring the wall. After walking around on Mutianyu, you have the option of coming down via walking, taking a cable car, or taking a toboggan ride (lots of fun and highly recommended!). After meeting our car in the parking lot, we will transfer you back directly to your hotel.

Tour Inclusions:

1. Professional local guide & driver;
2. Private air-conditioned car or van for transportation;
3. Admission of the first gate.

Tour  exclusions:

1. Tip of the guide;
2. Optional Sky Chair (to lift to the hilltop) and Toboggan Ride (to slide down from the hill).

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Guilin-the most beautiful placve on earth!

Just as Xian is a must when you travel to China, so is Guilin. The stunning landscape in which the city is situated has a kind of magic that is all its own. The strangely shaped hills, or karsts, with the verdant vegetation ranging from bamboo to conifers together with wonderful caves make Guilin such an attraction for tourists.

Located in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guilin is considered to be the pearl of China's thriving tourist industry on account of the natural beauty and historic treasures. Covering an area of about 27,800 square kilometers (10,734 square miles), the city is rather compact when compared with other leading cities in the country. However, situated within this area one may find green mountains, crystal clear waters, unique caves and beautiful stones. Major attractions include Elephant Trunk Hill, Li River, Reed Flute Cave and Seven-Star Park that boasts a Stone Museum where amazing geological finds are displayed. Believe that each of these places and many other attractions will leave you the lasting memories.

Guilin is also an important cultural city with a history encompassing more than 2000 years. The city has been the political, economic and cultural center of Guangxi since the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). Solitary Beauty Peak and Prince Jingjiang City is considered to be the oldest place of interest and has been so since the far off days of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). The prosperity enjoyed by the city during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) is epitomized by the Tomb of Prince Jingjiang.

The many ethnic minorities represented here that include the Zhuang, Yao, Hui, Miao, Mulao, Maonan and Dong enrich the cultural life of the city. Each minority has its own unique customs and festivals and this means that they are much more abundant here than in many other places elsewhere in China. Travelers can enjoy these pageants at the Li River Folk Customs Center. To find out about our tours to Guilin, then head to

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Yunnan Adventure Tours

Yunnan is the southernmost, centrally situated (east to west) province of China, bordering Tibet to the northwest, Myanmar to the west, Laos to the south, Vietnam to the southeast, and Guizhou Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to the east. Throughout the province are scattered the 26 ethnic minorities, so almost every major city in the represents the "capital" of one or more ethnic group, each with its separate, distinctive folk customs and colorful pageantry.

The most prominent ethnic groups are the Yi (their most distinctive celebration is the Torch Festival) and the Bai (the March Fair being their main celebration) ethnic groups, but there are numerous other colorful ethnic groups in the province, including the Dai (the Water Splashing Festival, aka the Spring Festival, being their main celebration), and the Naxi, with their unique Dongba culture that has been recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage. But perhaps the most priceless "tourist attraction" of Yunnan Province is inarguably its stunningly beautiful and richly varied natural landscapes that will leave the beholder in speechless awe.

The mountains of the northeast are snow-capped year round, with glaciers at higher altitudes while virgin forests, interspersed with lakes and hot springs, predominate at lower altitudes. One of China's major ski resorts, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Ski Resort, is located here, while only about 600 km (370 mi) farther south, near Yunnan's, and China's, border with Myanmar and Laos, and thus bordering on the Tropic of Cancer, lies the tropical rainforest, Xishuangbanna, home to China's last remaining herds of wild Asian elephants, the endangered (and protected) Yunnan Snub-Nosed Monkey, and home to numerous rare and beautiful plants, some endangered (and thus protected by the state). For more about our Yunnan Adventure Tours please go to

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Visit the hidden tropical wonderland of Xishuangbanna with Great Wall Adventure Club!

Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture is located at the south end of Yunnan Province. It shares a boundary of 966 kilometers (619 miles) with Burma and Laos in the east, south and west, being a vital pass from China to indo-China Peninsular by land.
To the Dai people, Xishuangbanna was known as 'Mengbanaxi' in ancient times, a name that means a miraculous and nice utopia. It had been a settlement where 13 ethnic minorities have lived in tight-knit communities for generations. The Jino ethnic minority is peculiar to the prefecture.

Located in the south extension of the Hengduan Mountains, Xishuangbanna has over ninety-five percent of its territory occupied by mountainous and hilly areas. Most of the prefecture is below the altitude of 1,500 meters (4921 feet). Jinghong City is only 550 meters (1804 feet) above the sea level. The Lancang River runs through the prefecture and when it passes through Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, it is known as the Mekong River.
The weather in this region is a combination of continental and oceanic climates with an annual average temperature of 18-22℃ (64.4-71.6℉). The coldest November is similar to the middle of summer in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River; thereby, Xishuangbanna is reputed as a happy land without winter. Generally, there are only two seasons. May to October is the rainy season and November to April is the dry season. 

Although it is an all-year-round tourist destination, the weather is most favourable from November to April. However since the roads conditions are excellent, Xishuangbanna is also a popular destination during the rainy season. Local products that are made in abundance in Xishuangbanna are tea, coffee, tropical fruit, herbs, and Yunan tobacco.
The Water Sprinkling Festival is New Year's Day for the Dai, and is the most important and grandest festival of the year. It lasts three days from 13th to 15th, April (the sixth month of the Dai Calendar). Dai people dip branches into the river and sprinkle the water onto others as a way to express their best wishes. In addition, the festivals of the Hani, Jino and Yao ethnic minorities are also delightful part of Xishuangbanna's ethnic customs. To find out about GWAC tours to Xishuangbanna go to

As the only tropical rain forest nature reserve in China, the area has surprising biological diversity in the virgin forest, particularly because Xishuangbanna is so far away from central China and considered isolated. In religion, it is greatly influenced by Hinayana Buddhism of Southeast Asia. The enticing white masonry structure, Manfeilong Buddhist Pagoda, is the quintessence of Hinayana Buddhist architecture. The main pagoda is comprised of eight small pagodas, like a cluster of bamboo shoots.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Travel to the ancient town of Pingyao with Great Wall Adventure Club!

In the central area of Shanxi Province lies an ancient county typical of rural counties in North China--simple and steeped in ancient tradition. What's different is that this county is linked firmly to a certain prosperous time in Chinese history. It played quite an important role in the economic development of Shanxi during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Pingyao County is 94 kilometers (58.4 miles) southwest of Taiyuan. With an area of 1,260 square kilometers (486.5 square miles), it has five towns and nine villages under its prefecture. Unlike those cities or counties south of the Yangtze River, Pingyao was not endowed with charming natural scenery but with a group of accomplished businessmen. Pingyao was the birthplace of the Jin Businessmen, who were one of the two famous Chinese business groups during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Owing to this, the first Chinese exchange shop was opened in Pingyao. Then, for the next hundred years, Pingyao was home to almost all of the large exchange shops in China. To a certain degree, Pingyao was to China during the eighteenth century what Wall Street is to the US, which not only helped promote the economic development of Shanxi, but also left us with a magnificent old city and a series of grand residences.

Pingyao has now become quite a hot tourist attraction even though it is no longer economically prosperous. It boasts the famous Pingyao Old City which was included in the United Nations World Cultural Heritage in 1997. From the top of the grand City Wall, you have a bird's-eye view of the Old City, a complete city built almost a thousand years ago. In the Ancient Ming and Qing Street, you can experience the town's former glory while exploring the rows of residences and shops all constructed in the original architectural style. To find out about our Pingyao tours go to

As a popular tourist city, Pingyao has a great number of hotels in its not very large old city area. Many of the hotels are delicately constructed and decorated in a Ming and Qing style, comfortable and easy for tourists to appreciate the authentic flavor of old Pingyao. Yide Hotel is highly recommended when staying in Pingyao. It is situated in a quiet little alley just a few minutes' walk from Nan Dajie, the main street of Pingyao Ancient City. It is a beautifully renovated courtyard house built in 1736 by a wealthy merchant during the reign of Emperor Qianlong. All rooms in Yide Hotel are well equipped with air conditioners, bathrooms and large kang-style beds. Besides Yide, Yunjincheng Hotel and Yuantiankui Hotel are also good choices.

Today, Pingyao's economic and government center has gradually moved outside the Old City. A residential area and commercial buildings have sprung up around the Old City. Department stores, super markets, and other entertainment venues show this ancient county's renewed vitality. While it does its best to keep its valuable old culture and heritage, Pingyao continues to develop into a modern new county.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

The Imperial Resort city of Chengde

With a pleasant climate, time-honored history, beautiful natural sceneries and historical sites, Chengde well deserves its position as one of the most famous tourist cities in China. It is an ideal place for sightseeing and hunting, as well providing welcome relief from the summer heat.

Just as the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses is the key scenic spot in Xian, the Mountain Resort of Chengde, the largest royal garden in China is the hot place of interest in Chengde.

To the east and north of the Mountain Resort are the Eight Outer Temples, the largest cluster of royal temple in the world, with the architectural styles including the Han, Mongolian, Uigur and Tibetan, etc.

UNESCO listed the Mountain Resort and the Eight Outer Temples as a world cultural heritage site in 1994.

The Kuixing Pavilion is a tourist spot newly that was built upon the foundations of a former, ancient pavilion that had fallen into ruin. It is located atop Banbi Mountain in the south of city, the three main areas of this complex comprise a palace, square and garden zones. The whole architectural style is bright and colorful, and some cultural sights can still be seen in this beautiful scenic spot.There are also many forest parks in and around Chengde, including Qingchuifeng and Liaoheyuan National Forest Parks, Beidashan Stone Sea Forest Park, and Liuliping Forest Park, etc.

The Qingchui Cliff National Park, lying to the east of the city, is a natural park that features with a dramatic, lofty and steep formation called the Danxia Landform. The highlight of the park is the Qingchui Cliff, which is nearly 60 meters (197 feet) high and looks like a wooden club in the upper part. More than 100 species of wild flower, including rhododendron, peony, rose, lilac, cherry, and pinks, etc. can be found all over this area creating an intoxicating ambiance of scent and color. If you are interested in horse riding or hunting, you may well enjoy Mulan Imperial Hunting Park situated in Weichang County. It is cool in summer when you can enjoy riding, gathering mushrooms, and grass sliding; while in winter it is covered with snow and is a good place for both hunting and skiing.

Other sceneries such as the Town God's Temple, Shuangta Mountain, Jingbei No. One Grassland and Jinshanling Great Wall are all in or around the city are of tourist value likewise.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

See Huangshan, China's most famous mountain, with Great Wall Adventure Club!

Huangshan City is a region with a long history and splendid culture. Shexian and Yixian Counties were established more than 2,000 years ago. In the Jin Dynasty (265-420) Huangshan City was called Xin'an Shire. Until the Song Dynasty (960-1279) when the name was changed to Huizhou, the city was famed for Hui businessmen, Hui carvings, Xin'an school of painting, Xin'an medicine, Hui architecture, Hui cuisine, and Hui opera (one of the tonalities of Beijing Opera). Also notable are the scenic spots of Yellow Mountain (Mt. Huangshan) - a key point of interest in ancient China, the Tangyue Memorial Archway, the Tunxi Ancient Street and the ancient villages of Yixian County . Historians at home and abroad regard Huangshan City as a natural history and culture museum of China. To learn about our Huangshan tours go to

Since Huangshan City is a tourist city with a pleasant climate, travel plans need not be interrupted by weather. So the sights of Huangshan City, such as Tunxi Ancient Street, Xidi, and Hongcun Ancient Villages, Tangyue Archways, Flower Mountain and Enigma Caves can be visited throughout the year as can Yellow Mountain with each season offering different appealing features.

Tunxi Ancient Street, HuangshanHuangshan City transportation is efficient. Upgraded airline, railway, highway and the city transportation expedite tour travel. Also available are various grades of hotels, restaurants, and recreation and shopping centers in Huangshan City. Be sure to try Hui dishes, snacks and local products and especially the memorable Mt. Huangshan tea.

Yellow Mountain (Huangshan mountain)

Of all the notable mountains in China, Yellow Mountain (Mt. Huangshan), to be found in the south of Anhui province, is probably the most famous. Originally known as Mt. Yishan it was renamed Mt. Huangshan in 747 AD in recognition of the legendary Huang Di, who was the reputed ancestor of the Chinese people and who made magic pills for immortality here.

Wu yue is the collective name given to China's most important mountains, namely Mt. Taishan in Shandong Province, Mt. Huashan in Shaanxi Province, Mt. Hengshan in Shanxi Province, Mt. Songshan in Henan Province and Mt. Hengshan in Hunan Province. It is said that you won't want to visit any other mountains after seeing wu yue but you won't wish to see even wu yue after returning from Yellow Mountain. This saying may give you some idea of the beauty and uniqueness of Yellow Mountain. Together with the Yellow River, the Yangtze River and the Great Wall, Yellow Mountain has become one of the great symbols of China.

Yellow Mountain can boast not only of its magnificence but also its abundant resources and great variety of zoological species, for which it has been listed as a World Natural and Cultural Heritage Site.

The best east-facing viewing areas are Dawn Pavilion, Refreshing Platform, Lion Peak, Rosy Clouds Peak, Bright Peak Summit, Jade Screen Peak, Lotus Blossom Peak and Heavenly Capital Peak; best times to view a sunrise:

Spring ---- 05:30-06:00
Summer ---- 04:40-05:10
Fall ---- 04:50-05:20
Winter ---- 05:30-06:00

Best times and viewing areas from which to see sunglow on Yellow Mountain:

Before and after sunrise is the best time to see sunglow. As with viewing the sunrise, you should be in position early.

Best times and viewing areas from which to see seas of clouds on Yellow Mountain:

From September to May is the best season for cloud viewing, especially on a clear day after rainy or snowy weather. Seas of clouds are infrequent in summer. To best experience the beauty of seas clouds, tourists should change their viewing locations points according to the height of clouds.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

2010 Guilin Bus Tours with Great Wall Adventure Club!

There is the popular saying “Guilin shanshui jia tian xia”, which means Guilin’s mountain and water scenery is the best under heaven. Two crystal-clear rivers flow through the city, encircled by mountains with unusual and bizarre rock formations and caves. Some of China’s ethnic minorities inhabit the mountainous regions, including the Zhuang (China’s largest minority), Yao, Miao and Dong peoples. Like our bus tours in other cities, our Guilin bus and coach tours are designed with your time and budgetary concerns in mind. With our bus and coach tours you will get the best out of Guilin all at a fraction of the hassle and cost it would normally take.

Famous writers and poets down through the centuries have eulogized Guilin’s scenery, and now you can too with Great Wall Adventure Club’s Guilin bus and coach tours. On our Guilin bus and coach tours we’ll show you why the area of Guilin is renowned around the world. You’ll see all the natural wonders, like the Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, as well as some aspects of the city’s diverse cultural background with visits to authentic ethnic minority villages. Two supreme highlights that are included in our Guilin bus and coach tours is a visit to the Longsheng Rice Terrace, which is perhaps the most beautiful and impressive out of all of China’s rice terraces, and a cruise down the Li River, China’s most beautiful and scenic river.
Group size is kept to be within 10 passengers in a comfortable luxury coach bus. The most popular Toyota Coaster mini-bus (capacity of 10) is the model we usually use for safe driving. Every morning, our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and will bring you back in late afternoon. You'll receive a call from your guide the night before the tour date for confirmation of pickup time.

Great Wall Adventure Club only uses quality air-conditioned tour vehicles such as the Toyota Coaster.

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