Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Yunnan Adventure Tours and Travel

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 information about our Yunnan tours and programs please go to  http://www.greatwalladventure.com/ChinaAdventure/yunnan-adventure.htm

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Nanjing (Nanking) City Tour Packages

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.


For more information about our Nanjing tours and programs, please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/ChinaCityTour/tour-nanjing.htm

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Beijing Airport Transfer Service

For just $32.99 or less, you are insured to be happy with your stay in Beijing from the very beginning...
 
Wouldn't it be cool to have someone you trust to meet you at the airport when you first arrive in Beijing? With our transfer service, you'll avoid the hassle of waiting in a long line for a taxi and the difficulty in explaining where you are going to a taxi driver who does not speak English nor show any patience. Beijing taxi drivers do not speak any English and sometimes they are very RUDE to foreigners because they do not have enough patience in listening to your explanation of where to go, etc. Sometimes, they don't voluntarily use the meters so that they can ask for a ridiculous price. Keep in mind that China is still a developing country. Taxi service is far below Western standards.
 
As a member of our travel program you will be treated to the best possible service once you set foot in Beijing, and you’ll witness it almost instantaneously with our airport (or train station if you do arrive by train) transfers. As soon as you pick up your luggage, a GWAC guide will be there to meet you at the gate, and you’ll then be taken by car or van to your hotel.
 
Our Private Transfer Driver Public Taxi Driver
very polite, smile, patient rude, no emotion, very impatient
meet you inside the arrival hall outside line up for hire
load and unload your luggage sit and watch you doing by yourself
always drive safely drive crazily sometimes
dress tidily dress sloppily
always on time to meet may not be available immediately due to long wait line 
 
When you are ready to leave Beijing, you will be taken back to the airport, and we will make sure that everything is ok with your flight itinerary. Below is the price table. Please notice children pay for the same price as adults.
 
A one-way transfer is averages out to be a one-hour ride and can be longer if your hotel is in the west part of Beijing. The following prices include airport toll and a professional driver. Your driver will hold a sign of your name(s) at Exit B (Terminal 3 International Exit after baggage claim) or Exit B (Terminal 2).
 
RATE TABLE
 
Group Size Vehicle Type One-Way Price Per Person
(Airport - Hotel or Hotel - Airport)
in USD
1 sedan 64.99 57.99
2-3 sedan or minivan 41.99 32.99
4-5 mini van 32.99 24.99
6-9 mini van or
medium coach
24.99 16.99
10+ medium coach 15.99 13.99

*Group Size means the size of your travel group (family, friends or team from a same flight).
 
We'll need the following information in full:

Passenger Names, Departure City, Airlines, Flight Number, Arrival Time, Baggage Info, Hotel Name, and
any other information (such as a picture or your own or a family picture) that is helpful such as special service for the handicapped.
 
Luxury Transfers
 
A fleet of BMW and Mercedes-Benz is available for airport transfers and hourly hire. This will be arranged with a special request.

 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pingyao Tours

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.

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.

For more information about our Pingyao tours and programs please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/ChinaCityTour/tour-pingyao.htm

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

China's Hawaii is Sanya in Hainan Province

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.

For more information about our Sanya tours and programs please go to  http://www.greatwalladventure.com/ChinaCityTour/tour-Sanya.htm














Sunday, September 20, 2015

Suzhou Garden Tour Packages

uzhou is a city on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and on the shores of Lake Taihu in the province of Jiangsu, China. The city is renowned for its beautiful stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens which have contributed to its status as a great tourist attraction. It is widely known as the “Chinese Venice”. Since the Song Dynasty (960-1279), Suzhou has also been an important centre for China's silk industry and continues to hold that prominent position today. The city is part of the Yangtze River Delta region.

Suzhou, the cradle of Wu culture, is one of the oldest towns in the Yangtze Basin. 2500 years ago in the late Shang Dynasty, local tribes who named themselves "Gou Wu" lived in the area which would become the modern city of Suzhou.

In 514 BC, during the Spring and Autumn Period, King Helu of Wu established "Great City of Helu", the ancient name for Suzhou, as his capital. In 496 BC, Helu was buried in Huqiu (Tiger Hill). In 473 BC Wu was defeated by Yue, a kingdom to the east which was soon annexed by the Chu in 306 BC. The golden era of Suzhou ended with this conquest. Remnants of this culture include remainders of a 2,500 year old city wall and the gate through it at Pan Gate. By the time of the Qin Dynasty, the city was known as Wu County. Xiang Yu staged his historical uprising here in 209 BC, which contributed to the overthrow of Qin. During the Sui Dynasty - in 589 AD - the city was renamed Suzhou.
When the Grand Canal was completed, Suzhou found itself strategically located on a major trade route. In the course of the history of China, it has been a metropolis of industry and commerce on the south-eastern coast of China. During the Tang Dynasty (825 AD), the great poet Bai Juyi constructed the Shantang Canal (called "Shantang Street" or to connect the city with Huqiu for tourists. In 1035 AD, the temple of Confucius was founded by famed poet and writer Fan Zhongyan . It became the venue for imperial civil examinations.

In February 1130, the advancing Jin army from the north ransacked and massacred the city. This was followed by the Mongol invasion (1275).
 
In 1356, Suzhou became of the capital of Zhang Shicheng, one of the leaders of the Red Turban Rebellion against the Yuan Dynasty and the self-proclaimed King of Wu. In 1367 Zhang's main rival, Nanjing-based Zhu Yuanzhang took the city after a 10-month siege. Zhu - who was soon to proclaim himself as the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty - demolished the royal city (in the centre of Suzhou's walled city), and imposed crushing taxes on the city's and prefecture's powerful families.
Despite the heavy taxation and the resettlement of some of Suzhou's prominent citizens' to the area of Hongwu's capital, Nanjing, Suzhou soon was prosperous again. When in 1488 the shipwrecked Korean official Choe Bu had a chance to see much of Eastern China - from Zhejiang to Liaoning - on his way home, he described Suzhou in his travel report as exceeding every other city in China he had seen. Many of the famous private gardens were constructed by the gentry of the Ming and Qing dynasties. However, the city was to see another disaster in 1860 when Taiping soldiers advanced on and captured the city. In November 1863 the Ever Victorious Army of Charles Gordon recaptured the city from the Taiping forces.
 
The next crisis that met the city was the Japanese invasion in 1937. Many gardens were devastated by the end of the war. In the early 1950s, restoration was done on gardens such as Zhuo-Zheng Yuan (Humble Administrator's Garden) and Dong Yuan (East Garden) to bring them back to life. Another important garden is Wangshiyuan (The Net Master's Garden literally).
In 1981, this ancient city was listed by the State Council, the PRC government, as one of four cities (the other three being Beijing, Hangzhou and Guilin) where the protection of historical and cultural heritage as well as natural scenery should ideally be treated with utmost care.
The classical gardens in Suzhou were added to the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997 and 2000.

For more information about our Suzhou tours please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/ChinaCityTour/tour-suzhou.htm

Friday, September 18, 2015

Inner Mongolia Tour of Grassland

The Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

Bordering to the north with both the Republic of Mongolia and Russia, is the widest province in China. The Province has a peculiar natural scenery, long history and brilliant culture, and the most attractive places of historic interests include the Wudangzhao Monastery in Baotou, a vast complex and used to be the residence of the highest ranking lama, Dazhao Temple, one of the biggest and best-preserved temples in Hohhot, Wanbu Huayanjin Pagoda, also called the White Pagpda, used to be a place where nearly ten thousand volumes of Huayan Scripture, and much more. However, what is most impressive about the region should be the natural beauty: vast grasslands, the mushroom-like yurts, bright sky, fresh air, rolling grass and the flocks and herds moving like white clouds on the remote grassland. Besides, the most famous and visited deserts in this region are the Badain Jaran Desert, Tengger Desert and Kubuqi Desert, and the tourists can enjoy the graceful Mongolian singing and dancing, horse and camel riding, rodeo competitions, archery, the traditional family lifestyle.

Inner Mongolia is largely steppe country that becomes increasingly arid toward the Gobi Desert in the west. The climate is continental with cold dry winters and hot summers. Stockraising, mainly of sheep, goats, horses, and camels, is a major occupation; wool, hides, and skins are important exports. Rainfall is scanty, but irrigation makes agriculture possible, and much grazing land has been converted to raising spring wheat. The main farming areas are in the bend of the Huang He (Yellow River) and in the Hohhot plains.

The Mongols of China are concentrated in the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, but there has been much Chinese immigration and the Mongols now comprise less than 20% of the population. The Chinese live mostly in the farming areas. Many of the traditionally nomadic Mongols have settled in permanent homes as their pastoral economy was collectivized. Inner Mongolian Univ. is in Hohhot.

For more information about our Inner Mongolian tours, please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/ChinaCityTour/tour-Inner-Mongolia-Gegentala-Grassland.htm

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Lijiang Tour of Old Town


     The Old Town of Lijiang, a well-preserved old city of ethnic minorities with brilliant culture, is a central town of the Lijiang Autonomous County of the Naxi Ethnic Minority in Yunnan Province. Located on the plateau which is 2,400 meters (7,874 feet) above the sea level and embraced by the tree-covered Lion Mountain in the west, Elephant and Golden Row Mountains in the north, vast fertile fields in the southeast and crystal clear water running through, the old town looks like a big jade ink slab, therefore got the alias the Town of Big Ink Slab (Dayanzhen).

     The Old Town which occupies an area of 3.8 square kilometers (912 acres) was firstly built in the late Song Dynasty and the early Yuan Dynasty and has a history of more than 800 years. Since Kubla Khan who is the first emperor of the Yuan Dynasty set his reign here, Lijiang was on a fast developmental way and became the political, cultural, and educational center in this area, playing a very important role in the trading activities among Yunnan, China hinterland, Tibet, India and many other Asian countries. Till now, when walking on the streets of the Old Town, one can feel the prosperity and flourish of the town from the shops with fancy and superb collections of handicrafts.

     The Lijiang Old Town is built along the lie of mountains and the flow of rivers, providing a very precious sample of the research on the old-time architecture. The unique geographical location, historical background and multiracial inhabitants make the town the most special one:

     The Old Town is the only old city built without a city wall and there is an interesting story telling the reason. Lijiang had been under the reign of the hereditary Mu family for more than 500 years. If the Chinese character 'Mu' (represents the governor of Lijiang) is put into a frame (represents the city wall), you have the character 'Kun' which means 'siege' or 'predicament'. This would mean that the governing Mu family and their descendants would always be trapped like a rat in a hole. Because of this symbolism, Old Town Lijiang was never given a city wall.

     As a result of the combination of the multinational culture and the progress of Naxi ethnic minority, the buildings in the town incorporate the best parts of the architectural traits of Han, Bai, and Tibet into a unique Naxi style. The layout of the town is free-style and flexible, the houses are close and diverse, and the lanes are narrow and meandering. Naxi people pay much attention to the decoration, the commodious and applied houses are mostly timber and tile structure compound with a garden, each has engraved vivid figures of people and animals on doors and windows, beautiful flowers and trees in the garden.Living in such a beautiful and comfortable environment is a real pleasant thing.

     The old Town of Lijiang is a city depends on water for existence and water is just like its blood. Black Dragon Pool (Heilongtan) is the main water source of the town and subdivides into many streams which can reach every family and every street in the town. Due to the reticular aqueducts, willow trees grow everywhere and there are almost 350 varied and inimitable bridges in the little town, some of which were built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The usage of the water created by the local people is very scientific. They build three mouths every well from the upriver to the downriver. The water in the first mouth is for edibility, the second one is for cleaning of the vegetables and fruits, and the last one is used to wash the clothes. The water not only meets the need of the dweller, but also gives the town a beauty of gentle. The town reputed as the 'Oriental Venice' and 'Suzhou in Highland', but it is much, much more than this. Once you have visited Old Town Lijiang, it will capture your heart for the rest of your life.

     The center of the Old Town is the Square Street (Sifangjie). Four main streets radiate from Square Street and extend to the four different directions. Countless lanes extending in all directions form a network and connect every corner of the town. Streets in the Old Town are paved by the local bluestones which are neither muddy in the rainy season nor dusty in the dry season. The massive and fine-grained stones add a sense of antiquity and mystery to the Old Town. The sluice at the center of town is opened late in the night and the resulting current of water flushes and washes all the streets to keep the town clean. This practical use of water is part of the daily life of the residents in Old Town.

     On December 3rd, 1997, the Old Town of Lijiang was put in the list of the World's Relics by the World Cultural Heritage Commission of the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization). The charming Old Town is now a famous tourist attraction for its traditional ethnic culture and customs, inimitable buildings and the wonderful natural views.

For more information about our Lijiang tours please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/ChinaCityTour/tour-lijiang.htm

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Shanghai City Tour Packages



  Shanghai, an open city on the coast and a famous historical and cultural city, is a gate to the Yangtze River delta. It is a municipality under the direct jurisdiction of the Central Government, the largest economic and trade center, a comprehensive industrial base and the leading port in China.

  Shanghai is well known in the world not only for its prosperous cosmopolitan feature but also for its rich humanistic resources. In recent years, a number of modem buildings have been added to the city, such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Library, Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai Circus City, Shanghai City-Planning Exhibition Hall and Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai Science & Technology Museum. They have become new scenic sights in Shanghai. Colorful festivities, like Shanghai Tourism Festival and Shanghai China International Art Festival, have attracted an increasing number of tourists from home and overseas.
  
  Shanghai is an ideal "paradise for shoppers". There are commercial streets and shopping areas like the famous Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall, Huaihai Road, Sichuan Bei Road, Yuyuan Commercial and Tourist Area, the Ever Bright Commercial City, Xujiahui Commercial City and Zhangyang Road Commercial City in Pudong. There, shops stand rows upon rows with large collections of beautiful commodities, meeting the needs of tourists of different levels. Shanghai is also the paradise for gourmets. There are over a thousand restaurants serving the 16 different styles of food in China, such as the Beijing, Sichuan, Guangdong, Yangzhou, Fujian, etc. There are Western restaurants serving French, Russian, Italian, English, German, Japanese and Indian food and also Muslim and vegetarian food. In Shanghai, one can have a taste of all the delicacies in the world.

 
     Shanghai is well developed in communications by land, water and air. There are over 40 Chinese and foreign air companies opening about 300 air routes dispatching from Shanghai. Shanghai Railway Station dispatches everyday 80 pairs of trains back and forth from Shanghai. There are the Shanghai-Nanjing, Shanghai-Hangzhou-Ningbo Freeways. The Pudong International Airport has opened for traffic. Its annual passenger transport volume will be 20,000,000 person/times. Plus that of the Hongqiao International Airport, it will be 30,000,000 person/times. Subways No.1 and 2 and the light-rail first phase project are in operation. Together with the 10 special tour bus lines connecting Shanghai with neighboring tourist areas, they will render faster service and more convenience in urban communications to tourists. Recently, the magnetic buoyant train has been opened to the public. It offers travelers a zero height of flight at 430 km/hr.


For more information about our Shanghai package tours please go to  http://www.greatwalladventure.com/ChinaCityTour/tour-shanghaishi.htm

Friday, September 11, 2015

Cheap China Domestic Airfare & International Flight Tickets Reservation Service

 

China Airfare-booking Tips

1. Chinese domestic tickets do not require 14-21 days advanced registration in order to obtain a lower price. Prices are determined by a real-time system that updates the ticket prices based on availability. In many cases tickets are sold at a significant discount, even if the flight is the on the next day. This is totally different from the Western (or American) system. However, as is the case with most things, the price is usually better the earlier you book your tickets. 

2. Everyday, there are chances that you can get a first-class or business-class seat at the price of an economy. These are sales tickets that are very limited, so we encourage you to book as soon as you see them.

3. Flying between Chinese cities is much cheaper than flying between American (or European) cities. It is not uncommon to see a $60 airfare for a one-way ticket from Beijing to Shanghai.

4. One-way tickets are very cheap, and a round-trip ticket is not cheaper than two one-way tickets. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about paying a higher price if you don’t buy round-trip. It is very convenient to go two one-ways separately, and it is usually how passengers in China prefer to travel.

5. If traveling to Hong Kong, it is often cheaper to fly to Shenzhen, a major Chinese city just outside the borders of Hong Kong. Because Hong Kong is considered an international destination, it is significantly less expensive to fly to Shenzhen, considered a domestic flight. It is very easy to get transportation to and from Hong Kong, as buses and shuttles leave all the time for around $10.

 Our Sample Lowest Fares* (January 22, 2015) in USD
Departure City Arrival City Fare Departure City Arrival City Fare Departure City Arrival City Fare
Beijing Shanghai $89 Beijing Xian $78 Shanghai Guilin $98
Shanghai Beijing $54 Shanghai Chongqing $106 Shenzhen Xiamen $74
*The prices listed are for one-way only. Each ticket price will add a Chinese fuel tax and airport construction fee, which can range from RMB150-RMB250 (USD20-40) depending on the flight distance.
*If you are flying from Hong Kong to other Chinese cities or fly to Hong Kong from China inner cities such as Beijing or Shanghai, you should seriously consider fly from or to Shenzhen to get qualified "domestic flights" and save much!

Reservation

This service will help you book your Chinese demotic tickets that can connect your flight if you need to transfer from Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou to other cities in China. Thus you'll be able to plan your trip well ahead of time. Also, you'll take the advantage of getting lower prices for most of the time. e-Ticketing will be the only way to handle your booking. You'll simply get your boarding pass with your passport from the airline's counter at the airport. So please remember to bring your passport! 

Low Booking Fee

For each airline ticket successfully booked,  we'll charge a small fee to cover our time and labor. Below is the fee structure:
$9.99 for each one-way ticket on domestic economy, $12.99 for domestic business or first-class;
$14.99 for each round-trip ticket on domestic economy, $19.99 for domestic business or first-class;
$29.99 for each international economy; $49.99 for each international business or first-class.
Fees will be waived if you also book a hotel with us.
Sorry, we do not book train tickets unless you reserve a tour package with us.
Airport Fee and Tax
We will give you the total price when you book with us, but when you are comparing with other prices, please keep in mind that the airport fee and possibly other taxes and fees will be added on to the original price. It is, depending on where you are going and coming from, generally around 100 to 200 RMB, or 20-30 USD.

Payment Methods - via Our Payment Center

We know that as you prepare for your China trip, you have a lot on your mind and a lot to do. That's why we want to make paying for your China flights and tour program as simple, safe and quick as possible. Our payment page is easy to navigate and read, and is designed based on the country where you live, as well as your preferred method of payment. You can pay via direct deposit, credit/debit card, or, depending on the country in which you live, by wire transfer or PayPal. If you have any further questions, please contact one of our customer service specialists, who will reply to you within 24 hours.

For more information, please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/flight-tickets.htm

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Beijing Downtown Discount Hotels

Up to $1000 total saving on selected hotels!


OUR PRICE, WHICH IS ALL INCLUSIVE, INCLUDES THE 15% SERVICE SURCHARGE (all 4-5 star hotel in Beijing charge this amount) AND BREAKFASTS (about a $30-$40 value)!

Welcome to Beijing!

Our mission: Save your hotel spending so you can use your money to have more fun with on your China adventures!

Everyday we offer special Beijing hotel deals at rates that are only available for Great Wall Adventure Club customers. These posh hotels are located 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), Tiananmen 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, backpackers, and even retirees who are seeing the world. Your GWAC hotel reservation is handled by our knowledgeable travel consultants who happen to be Chinese, so they can provide you with the best and most up-to-date information for Beijing accommodation. 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.

The price you pay for your hotel includes all extra charges and fees, meaning that once you pay for your hotel, there will be no out-of-pocket expenses for you during your hotel stay. This includes the 15% surcharge that hotels add to your bill and for breakfast.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Best Discount Hotels and Hostels in China

Want to seek a deal for a Beijing hotel? Looking for a ritzy hotel-resort in Shanghai? How about a simple hostel in Lhasa? No matter where you need to stay, or what your tastes are, Great Wall Adventure Club can find you the accommodation you want at the prices you demand. From Beijing to Hong Kong, and from Urumqi to Macau, we can find just what you are looking for. We know that when you come as a traveler to a foreign country, lodging is one of your biggest concerns. That’s why we take special care in giving you the best deals, in order for you to make your stay in China a more enjoyable and relaxing one. Just click on the city names to the left to find more details. You may search by yourself through our site, but if you need assistance in finding what you need, the please let us do the hard work. We are a locally based company, and have contacts with hotel companies and organizations all throughout China, and we are able to get great deals and discounts because of this relationship. And to top it all off, this accommodation service is completely free!
  

Hotel Booking Service with Your China Accommodation Advisor

Thanks to our partnership with eLong.com, China's best online discount hotel reservation network powered by Expedia, we are able to access to the lowest discount price reservation system. There are hundreds of hotel search sites on the Internet for China hotels, but GWAC offers the ultimate and personalized solution for your accommodation. Unlike other hotel booking services, your reservation with GWAC is taken care of by humans instead of machines, so we know how to find the most satisfied lodging facilities for you.

For more information please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/ChinaDiscountHotels.htm
 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Tibet Travel Permit

How to get the Tibet Travel Permits?
Great Wall Adventure Club can assist you to obtain the Tibet Travel Permit, 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 20 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.

Remark

  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.

For more information please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/ChinaCityTour/Tibet-Travel-Permit.htm


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Yangtze River and Three Gorges Luxury Cruise Tour

It is time to join the Yangtze River Festival!

What's On: Cruise on the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River, the Ghost City at Fengdu, Dazu Grottoes, Shibao Village, Zhang Fei's Temple, Baidi City at Fengjie and Lesser Three Gorges. Other activities include float parade, full-length variety show and tourist business talks.

Yangtze River's Three Gorges

Sailing down the Yangtze from Chongqing to Yichang allows visitors to see the spectacular scenery of the Three Gorges along with its splendid cultural heritage and fabled local folklore. The cruise, which combines sightseeing with scientific, artistic and folklore exploration, is a national-caliber tourist program. The 193-km-long Three Gorges, consisting of the majestic Qutangxia, statuesque Wuxia and ferocious Xilingxia gorges, is one of and ferocious Xilongxia gorges, is one of the world's major canyons. Along the way there are such scenic attractions as the Fengdu Mountain. Baidi city, Shibao village, Zhang Fel's Temple, Qu Yuan's Temple, and the Three Gorges Dam.

Lesser Three Gorges

The Daning River is the largest Yangtze tributary, which rises in the southern side of the Daba Mountain and flows for 250km before emptying itself into the Yangtze at the western entrance to the Wuxia Gorge. The Lesser Three Gorges on the Daning River, a 50km-long affair covering the Longmenxia, Bawuxia and Dicuixia gorges in the lower reaches of the river, is billed as one of China's 40 best scenic resorts thanks to its gorgeous mountains, elegant peaks, turbulent rapids, limpid water, exotic rock imagery and serene scenery.

Luxury Cruise on Three Gorges

The three gorges of Qutang, Wuxia and Xiling form one of the world's largest canyons which spans west Hubei and east Chongqing for a 193-km stretch from Fengjie, Chongqing, to Yichang, Hubei. Here, theYangtze cuts a ferocious course through mountains whose dangerous images are disguised in graceful forms. A foggy, rainy weather combines with the heroic shape of the Qutang Gorge, the elegance of the Wuxia Gorghe, and the stupendous Xiling Gorge to form a dainty landscape, and endow the place with the best scenery anywhere in the world. Among the sites of historical interest on the Three Gorges are Sanyou Cave, Huangling Temple, Xiangxi River, Jiuyuan River, Qu Yuan's Temple, Shennong River, Lesser Three Gorges of Wushan Mountain, Ghost City at Fengdu, Shibao Village, and Baidi City of Fengjie. Visitors also have the opportunity to see the well-known Gezhouba Water Conservancy Project and the ongoing construction of the Three Gorges Water Conservancy Project. About 40 luxury cruises are shutting on the Yangtze River; 20 of them wear star-rating insignias based on the equipped facilities and quality services offered. The Changjiang Tourist Boat Company is based on Wuhan and Yichang, and that is why Hubei is the best place for a cruise on the Yangtze River.

Yichang

Situated at the breakpoint of upper and middle reaches of the Yangtze in west Hubei, Yichang is a major tourist city with the splendid Three Gorges up the river. The land of Yichang itself is studded with tourist attractions, including Gezhouba Water Conservancy Project in northwest Yichang, Sanyou Cave, and the battlefield of Yiling during the Three Kingdoms Period. The famous Gezhouba Water Conservancy Project is on the trunk section of the Yangtze in northwest Yichang. Visitors also have the chance to see Chinese sturgeons, an endangered species contemporised with dinosaurs. A grownup sturgeon can grow to 4 metres in length and 500 kg in weight. Sailing upstream the river, one arrives in Zigui county for a visit to the tomb of the great poet Qu Yuan and the temple dedicated to him. The birthplace of Wang Zhaojun, a Western Han beauty, lies by the picturesque Xiangxi River, where dragon-boat cruises are available.

We also assist you to purchase Yangtze River ferry tickets and cruise tickets. 

For more information please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/Yangtze-River-Cruise-Tour.htm
 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

About Great Wall Cares®


While millions of visitors have had the opportunity to walk on the Great Wall, we at Great Wall Adventure Club want to shine a spotlight on those individuals living along Great Wall, and to give hope and encourage progress to them and their community.  We are committed to ensuring that all of our clients have a positive environmental and cultural impact on the places they go and the people they meet.  In order to expand upon this idea we have formed a new charitable organization called Great Wall Cares. Through aiding the local economy in terms of education, jobs, and stability, we are striving to improve the lives for these hard-working and wonderful people.  

While much of the international media spotlight on China has been focusing on the cities and urban areas, Great Wall Cares wants to shift the conversation to China’s rural areas, many of which are struggling with poverty and a lack of education. Great Wall Cares sees a world where the needs of those in rural China are given the careful attention and support they deserve from people and organizations from around the world.

Great Wall Cares plans on tackling the issues facing rural China in a multitude of ways, by giving, teaching, training, through the support of our partner businesses, charities, and schools, and by the creation of a Great Wall Charity Trek, information on which will be upcoming in the next few months. For more information on the upcoming Great Wall Charity Trek and all of our other current efforts please refer to the “Great Wall Charity Trek” and “Current Initiatives” tabs at the top of this website.

Simply put, at Great Wall Cares, we’ve been inspired. The places and the connections that we’ve made during our travels along the Great Wall- whether it’s been with the people, the land, or just the vitality of a certain area - is what drives us to utilize the powerful reach of tourism to create a positive, sustainable impact on the Great Wall that we all cherish. Great Wall Cares endeavors to build a Great Wall for an even greater tomorrow.