Top 5 Things to Do in Yangshuo

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1.Yulong River Bamboo Rafting
Yulong River is the biggest and most beautiful branch of the Li River in Yangshuo area.It is five kilometres away from Yangshuo.You will see the beautiful limestone peaks, pretty bamboos, rice fields, quiet villages along the Yulong River Valley. The beauty of Yulong can’t be influenced because of different climate, weather, or different point you stand. A different feeling occurs in different weather.
A bamboo raft is a great way to check out the beauty of Yangshuo.It is a great experience and you can not miss.It’s very delightful to sit in a chair, float down the Yulong River on a simple bamboo raft and get back to nature. You can take pictures during the rafting: the reflection of the hills, bamboos or trees in the river, peaceful villages, green or golden fields, cultivating farmers and so on. There are ten dams in the river between Chaoyang Dock and Gongnong Dock, which are built to keep the water high enough to irrigate the farming lands. It is really thrill when the raft goes down the dams. It takes about one to two hours.


2.Yangshuo Countryside Cycling
As the area having the most beautiful scenery in China,biking in Yangshuo is a popular way enjoy the scenery and get a close look at like in rural China. Bike renting is available everywhere in Yangshou for about 20 Yuan/bike a day. All the routes in Yangshuo will start at the West Street. There are several routes to follow and it is important to take the best routes. You can plan to take a half-day or an entire day of cycling.
Here are some great routes you can take:
Taking the Shorter Yulong River Route
You can take a short Yulong river route if you want to view different scenic spots, villages, rivers, and hills in one short loop.You can choose rafting or other types of river activities in this place. This route measures 10 miles or 15 kilometers without other detours or Moon Hill so it would only take you half-a-day to finish the entire route. You’d pass by a small rural road that will eventually lead to the scenic and exquisite Yulong River.
Bike Riding through the Yong Village Countryside
This route will get you past numerous tourist attractions close to Moon Hill. The entire bike ride with a total distance of approximately 26 kilometers and take half-a-day.You will view several tourist destinations like the rope bridge and several caves during the way.
Taking the Xingping and Fuli Routes
With a total distance of 55 kilometers or 34 miles, this route is much longer, but you can view the spectacular mountains that mark the most gorgeous Li River stretch. It would take you half-a-day to finish this route if you would be biking at an extremely faster pace.On the other hand, if you are planning to take it easy on the pedals, you will certainly be finishing this route in one day.



3.Rock Climbing in Yangshuo
Rock climbing is the type of sport that tests a person’s endurance and persistence. If you wish to stretch those muscles, Yangshuo is the perfect place to obtain the best rock climbing gear.There are many great hills to climb in Yangshuo.The Moon Hill is the most famous among all of them.It is a great limestone pinnacle with a naturally-created moon-shaped passage going through just below its summit. When you climb all the way to the top of the Moon Hill,you will be rewarded with a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of the surrounding peaks and countryside!


4.Visit West Street in Yangshuo
West Street is the oldest and most famous street in Yangshuo.It attract many foreign tourists due to its antiquated style of being "half residences,half shops" and its courtyard-like environment.Located in the heart of Yangshuo, West Street is alive with cafes offering interesting Chinese and Western food. Travelers' can eat food from many different countries at very reasonable prices.It is also filled with small shops and vendor's stands selling all kinds of souvenirs and snacks.


5.Impression of Sanjie Liu
Impressions of Liu san jie is the largest live landscape performance. With the natural mountains and water as the setting, the performance,has become a must for visitors to Yangshuo. It is directed by Zhang Yimou who is very famous for directing the opening ceremony of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The performance expresses the stunning scenery, colorful ethnic culture and excellent art in China. Combines the ciassical Sanjie Liu's Songs,ethnic groups’Culture and the fishing lights together, it fully reflect the life of villagers along the river.You can not miss it.

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Top 5 Attractions of Dunhuang

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Dunhuang is one of the most beautiful cities to tour in China with its rich historical background. With its fascinating thousand year old relics and once being a city of the Silk Road Dunhuang is a city of mystery. More importantly the city has numerous sights that are enlisted under UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage sites. There are many ethnic customs and unique natural wonders you will not find anywhere else in the world!

1.       Mogao Grottoes

Mogao Grottoes, also named “Thousands Buddha Caves”, is regarded as the most valuable discovery in 20th century. It is known as the “Louvre of East”, which is outstanding for its exquisite mural paintings and statues. There are now 492 grottoes in which about 45000 square meters mural paintings and 2100 colorfully painted statues have been preserved very well. The history of Mogao Grottoes can be traced back to the “Five Hu-16 Kingdoms” period (CD304-439). Mogao Grottoes was constructed by the Prior Qin, and the subsequent dynasties rebuilt and enlarged the scope year by year. In the splendid caves, you will learn much about the evolution of China’s history.



2.       Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake is located 5 kilometers southwest of Dunhuang and is famous as one of the “Eight Scenes of Dunhuang”. It is also known as the “first lake in the desert”. Surrounded by sand mountains, the Crescent Lake has a beautiful oasis with traditional Chinese architecture. Over recent years there have been growing concerns about the preservation of the lake. The main worries over the lake are due to the shrinking of the lake over the years. However, measures have been taken to preserve the lake and after all it is a listed UNESCO heritage sight therefore the government has created a man-made lake to balance out the Crescent Lake and in recent reports it has been said that the lake has continued to grow over the past couple of years.




3.       Yangguan Pass

Yangguan was built during the Han Dynasty and served as an important pass to the ancient Silk Road. The advantageous geographic location had always been a town of great military importance as a natural defense for ancient China.It is the gateway to the West Region, as well as the door to the South Silk Road. There is a Yangguan Museum where you can learn about its history, and experience the exact process of checking out customs in the ancient time.



4.       Yumenguan Pass

Yumen Pass, also called the Jade Gate Pass, is located some 90 kilometers northwest of Dunhuang City, Gansu Province. Together with Yangguan Pass, it is the main pass by which ancient China was connected to the Silk Road. It was established twice separately in the Han and Tang Dynasties. The current Yumen Pass is the remains of the one built in the Tang Dynasty. Yumen Pass witnessed the economic and cultural exchanges between China and the west: Chinese silks were transported continuously to the west while music, religion, grapes, pomegranates, walnuts, and clovers among other things were introduced to China from the west. At present, the Yumen Pass site consists of a small square castle, occupying an area of around 600 square meters and measuring 24.5 meters long from east to west, 17 meters wide from north to south, and 6.7 meters at it’s highest.




5.       Yadan National Geologic Park

Situated 180 kilometers in the northwest away from Dunhuang, the Dunhuang Yadan National Geologic Park is the largest one of Yadan Landform found so far. The park stretches twenty-five kilometers from north to south and about two kilometers from east to west. It features the unique and wonderful scenes and landscapes of the gobi desert.

The grand outlooks of the Yadan landforms were accumulated by the clay after floods in addition to rains and storms for long time and here once were the lower reaches of Shulehe River in the ancient times. It will be possible that after a number of years the landforms slowly disappear.




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Hong Kong Culture Events & Festivals

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There are wonderful festive events throughout the year in Hong Kong, from the Lunar New Year in the early spring, to Dragon Boat Racing in midsummer, and delicious feasts in autumn, as well as the winter jubilant party, allowing you having uninterrupted fun in a full year.

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Celebrations
Whether you are squeezing into festive flower markets and incense-filled temples or gasping at breathtaking pyrotechnics, lively sports events and the International Chinese New Year Night Parade, in Hong Kong, your Chinese New Year will be cosmopolitan, festive, traditional, spectacular and unique.




Hong Kong Cultural Celebrations
May will be a month full of local flavor of traditional festivals: Birthday of Tin Hau, Birthday of Buddha, Birthday of Tam Kung and Cheung Chau Bun Festival, so you feel the authentic culture and folk traditions.

Birthday of Tin Hau
Hong Kong’s maritime heritage ensures that Tin Hau, Goddess of the Sea and patron saint of fishermen, has a strong and loyal following here. On her birthday, locals flock to the more than 70 temples dedicated to her in Hong Kong to pray for safety, security, fine weather and full fishing nets during the coming year. So enduring is the reverence for Tin Hau in Hong Kong that this festival is even celebrated by many young people who are more likely to catch a fish in a seafood restaurant than on a trawler.

In Shap Pat Heung in Yuen Long, there is a colourful parade of fa pau (floral wreaths), lion dances and a fa pau raffle. There are also festivities in Sai Kung, where a brightly decorated procession of fishing boats makes its way to the city’s oldest Tin Hau Temple.

Cheung Chau Bun Festival
Every year, the people of Cheung Chau get busy making papier-mâché effigies of deities, preparing costumes, baking buns and building a bamboo tower. They’re preparing for the thousands of people that will soon descend upon their tiny island for what Time.com deemed one of the world's 'Top 10 Quirky Local Festivals'.
It all started with a plague that devastated Cheung Chau in the late Qing dynasty (1644–1911). The islanders built an altar in front of the Pak Tai Temple and petitioned the god Pak Tai to drive off the evil spirits besieging the island, while parading statues of deities through the narrow lanes of their village. The plague ended after the performance of these Taoist rituals and 100 years later the rituals are still performed in a festival that is listed as an intangible part of China’s cultural heritage.
For the locals, this is the continuation of their customs. The islanders have a strong sense of community and those who have left to work elsewhere will return for this celebration. For the thousands who crowd the ferry boats to the erstwhile pirate haven, this is the spectacular Cheung Chau Bun Festival. The weeklong event includes Taoist ceremonies and music, a parade, lion dances, drum beating and an exciting Bun Scrambling Competition involving a tower of buns.

The Birthday of the Buddha
The Birthday of the Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama), the founder of Buddhism, also called the Buddha Bathing Festival, is one of the most spiritual and unique festivals celebrated in Hong Kong.
According to legend, nine dragons sprayed water to bathe the baby Buddha at birth. To commemorate this, at Buddhist temples across the city, devotees gather to pay their respects to this revered deity by bathing statues of him in bowls of water. The ritual is believed to aid in the purification of one’s soul. One of the grandest ceremonies is held at the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island, home of the Big Buddha.
Before and after the Birthday of Buddha, celebrants also eat special green cookies – and if these sound unappetising, that’s because they are. These cookies are deliberately quite bitter, as eating them represents passing through hardship to enjoy better things.

Birthday of Tam Kung
Like Tin Hau, the Goddess of the Sea, Tam Kung is revered amongst fishermen and coastal communities; however, the worship of this deity is unique to Hong Kong. Born in the Huizhou prefecture in Guangdong Province during the Yuan dynasty (1206-1368), Tam Kung was capable of forecasting the weather and healing the ill when he was a child. His statue is usually portrayed as an 80-year-old man with the face of a 12-year-old child because he is believed to have achieved wisdom at a young age and learned the secret of remaining forever young.
One of the principal events of this festival takes place at the most impressive and oldest Tam Kung temple, which is located in Shau Kei Wan. Here, every year, devotees mark his birthday with an array of ceremonies, including traditional dragon and lion dances and a street parade. Visit Tam Kung’s and other Hong Kong temples by tram.




Hong Kong Summer Spectacular
Dragon Boat Race, music festivals, summer sales, as well as book exhibitions, Anime Fair, all in the hottest summer parties and coolest carnival!





Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival
During the annually Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival, about 300 Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Club and powerhouse from around 21 countries gathers in Hong Kong. And boats, beers and cheers draw hundreds of thousands of revellers and spectators to stunning Victoria Harbour.






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Annual shopping competition, nine teams from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, India, South Korea and other countries and regions to compete for a new generation of “Hong Kong Shopping King” throne.

Hong Kong Summer Pop Music Festival

Every summer, the Hong Kong Summer Pop Music Festival gathers top musicians who bring spectacular performances!

Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong
There are lantern carnivals and fire dragon dance during the mid-autumn festival in Hong Kong, with over one hundred years of traditional fire dragon dancing in the market and the bustling downtown, also creative giant lanterns. 




Hong Kong Halloween Treats
Costume parties, festive entertainment, Halloween drinks and foods, and a unique blend of Western and Eastern cultures makes Hong Kong the Halloween party capital of Asia. So next October, grab your disguise, get on yer broom and head to Asia’s world city for a howling good time!






From fiendishly raucous Halloween street parties to elaborate theme park celebrations, there is festive fun for everyone in Hong Kong.
Disney’s Haunted Halloween
Hong Kong Disneyland's Halloween celebrations are unique as this is the only park to really show you the darker side of Disney characters, whether you roam the ghost town of Main Street USA, dance with the damned or cheer on the parade – true to form, Disneyland ensures there are lots of thrills for the whole family in October.
Ocean Park's Halloween Bash
Prepared to get thoroughly spooked at Ocean Park at Halloween, where live performers literally jump out of the woodwork amid meticulously designed sound and visual effects. This is also one of the only parties where you’ll see characters from both Eastern and Western horror stories intermingling – a true Hong Kong Halloween.
Lan Kwai Fong Halloween Street Party
October, when the city is consumed by Halloween fever, is the perfect month for Hong Kong to engage in one of its favourite pastimes -- downing tools, putting aside the usual etiquette and de-stressing at a good old knees-up. One of the most legendary Halloween parties in town is the carnival of freaks and frolics that descends on Hong Kong’s party centre Lan Kwai Fong.

No matter where you find yourself in Hong Kong during Halloween, you won’t be able to escape the festive atmosphere. Across the city, shopping malls go to town with holiday decorations, installations, performances and events; and restaurants and bars offer special Halloween menus of festive fare. Just get here and you will be in a Halloween mood in no time.

Hong Kong Wine and Dine Month
The Hong Kong Wine & Dine Month is an epicurean feast of wine-themed events that has helped establish Hong Kong as the principal place in Asia to enjoy the finer things in life, including wines from around the world paired with the creations of the city’s culinary wizards.
Each year, the event has a month-long series of events and promotions, including street carnivals, restaurant wine and dines offers, wine-themed tours, classes and fairs.




For a unique spin on Christmas festivities nothing beats Hong Kong, where long-held Western traditions mix with the Eastern love of festivals for a cosmopolitan holiday experience.
Shopping malls entertained shoppers with carollers, Christmas villages, winter sales and other festivities, while restaurants served up tempting holiday menus. And, to end on a high note, Hong Kong welcomed 2013 with a spectacular pyrotechnics display over the beautiful Victoria Harbour.  




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Top 5 Foods of Macau

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Macau is home to some of the most delicious cuisine! For all the food lovers out there it doesn’t matter if you’re looking for the taste of the Orient or something that will have your taste buds wanting more, Macau has endless dining options to keep your hunger satisfied!

Macau Pork Chop Bun

Macau’s pork chop bun is one of the top foods to try. The pork chop is well seasoned with a crisp outing and a soft centre and is sandwiched between a soft bun. There are no other ingredients such as lettuce or tomatoes added to the bun. Tai Lei Loi Kei is one of the best places to try out the famous bun! For those in search of the delicious Tai Lei Loi Kei there is a shop in the Venetian.



Portuguese Egg Tart

The delicious egg tarts is a symbolic snack of Macau and remains one of the top sweet treats! The Portuguese egg tart is made of a puff pastry crust and the egg filling is more smooth in comparison with the Hong Kong egg tart that also has a short crust pastry. Lord Stow’s Portuguese tarts are the favorites of many tart lovers and for the convenience for those on the tart hunt there is Lord Stow in the Venetian.




Double Skin Milk Pudding

Yee Shun Milk Company’s double skin milk pudding is well known for its smooth creamy texture. There are various flavors to choose from such as chocolate, coffee and ginger. For those with an extra sweet tooth you can ask for the sweet red bean milk pudding that will satisfy those who need a sweet treat after dinner! Be sure to visit Yee Shun only for this pudding and recognize the store with the red cow logo.





Portuguese Chicken Rice

The Portuguese chicken rice is a traditional recipe that was brought to Macau by its Portuguese settlers. The tender pieces of chicken are cooked in a rich creamy sauce with vegetables and then poured over a bed of rice and baked to perfection. There are various take on to this recipe and different restaurants have their own unique blend to this recipe but one of the most famous places to try is O Santos, the restaurant has been in the business for 20 years and serves up authentic Portuguese cuisine!  




Shrimp Roe Noodles  

The well known Wong Chi Kei is very famous for its shrimp roe noodles that are absolutely lip smacking delicious! The fine noodles are springy and are sprinkled with dry shrimp eggs giving the noodles their distinctive flavors. The noodles are also served with a bowl of clear soup for those who may find the noodles a bit dry for their liking can drizzle some soup over the noodles. Apart the noodles the congee and deep fried won tons are also delicious. 




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Top Things to Do in Xian, China

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Located in central-northwest China, Xian is called Chang'an in ancient times which means the eternal city. it is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization. The city has won a reputation all over the world for being the eastern terminal of the Silk Road and the site of the famous Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty. Being the capital city of ancient dynasties over 1,100 years, the city has an amazing historical heritage.

Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses:
The great archeological excavation of Qin (221BC-206BC) Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses unfolded a strong army of altogether 7,000 life-size pottery soldiers, horses, chariots and weapons arranged in battle formations symbolically, guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. The grand Mausoleum of the first emperor of Qin and the warriors and horses buried in loess for over 2,000 years amaze every visitor there.




Biking/Strolling along the City Wall:
The Ancient City Wall is built first in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and renovated in recent years. Being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world, It is also the most complete city wall to survive in the country.
Tips:
Make sure you bring something to drink, especially on hot days.
You will have another interesting experience by biking on the City Wall or explore it at night before 20:00. The rental fee is about RMB 40 per 1.5 hours per bicycle.
Some bicycle drivers on the city wall which will charge a higher price than usual. Ask you guide.
It is cheaper to rent a bike at the foot of city wall.




Big Wild Goose Pagoda:
Big Wild Goose Pagoda is the symbol of the old-line Xian.It is one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China, built to store precious Buddhist scriptures. It attracts numerous visitors for its fame in the Buddhist religion and its simple but appealing style of construction. It is rated as a National Key Cultural Relic Preserve as well as an AAAA Tourist Attraction. The temple at its foot is also worth exploring.



Food and Souvenir Hunting at Muslim Quarter:
The Muslim Street, is a great place to wonder. All shops and restaurants along the street are operated by Muslims. The stalls along the narrow alleys sell almost everything you can image. If you are good at bargaining, you can get some small items of aircrafts at a really cheap price. The restaurants in the streets are all Muslim ones, and variety of Muslim food and snacks can be tried here, including the locals' favorite ones, roasted beef, roasted fish, and pancakes. Food served is diverse, complex but are very cheap.



Tang Dynasty Dancing Show:
The show reflects the prosperous Tang Dynasty right in its prime.It tell the love story of Emperor Ming of Tang and his concubine Yang Guifei. Highlights include the Tang Dynasty costumes, traditional Chinese musical instrument ensemble as well as outstanding casting of the storyline by dance. Music, poems and dancing are adapted from original Tang Dynasty art works.
Location: Shaanxi Provincial Song and Dance Troupe, NO.165, Wenyi Road North, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province
Time: 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Transportation:
From Xi'an Xianyang International Airport to Shaanxi Song and Dance Troupe by Bus NO.40
From Xi'an Train Station to Shaanxi Song and Dance Troupe by Subway Route 2
Ticket Pricing: 238CNY / Person




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Shanghai Food Guide

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Shanghai is a city with various tastes of food from all round the world, including all the Chinese cuisines, as well as exotic flavors from around the world. The local cuisine is a must to taste when traveling in Shanghai. The famous Shanghai Temple Street is the first choice for tourists who are the first time to travel Shanghai. What’s more, the good streets such as Yellow River Road, Yunnan Road, Wujiang Road, Zhapu Road are a great boon for foodies in Shanghai.

Shanghainese food (Benbang cuisine)
Shanghainese food is also known as Shanghainese cuisine, Shanghai local cuisine, and Authentic Shanghai Cuisine, mainly featured for its fresh, especially the fresh fish and shrimps, bright color, focus on original flavor. Boil eel(锅烧河鳗), three yellow chicken(三黄鸡), fried shrimp (油爆河虾), Shanghai drunk crab(上海醉蟹) etc. are the typical local cuisine. Shanghai food and beverage consumption is much higher than most places of mainland China, generally at the average of 65-110 yuan per person for a meal in some good restaurants, some even more expensive.



Shanghai Noodle House
The history of noodle in Shanghai doesn’t as long as that in the north area of China. Thee noodle in Shanghai has its own characteristic, and the soup of Shanghai noodles flavors the light taste, delicious and refreshing. There are also some good noodle shops in some obscure alleys and streets. Noodle House consumption is about 18-35 yuan.

noodles


Special snacks
Shanghai snacks include steamed, boiled, fried, baked, many other varieties. Soup dumpling, Baiye(Hundred Sheets, “百叶” in Chinese), and Fried Gluten Puff are the three most popular snacks in Shanghai. In addition, there are top 10 Shanghai famous snacks, which are generally not expensive; 10-30 yuan will be able to have enough to eat.

shanghai snacks


Taste Crab in Shanghai
Comes to Shanghai Cuisine, we can not talk about the traditional food culture of Shanghai, which can be summed up as “elegant”, from the dining environment to dining tools, and the most prominent example of this is one of Seafood freshwater, crabs.

crab




 
Where to Eat in Shanghai

Shanghai Chenghuang Temple Street
Shanghai Chenghuang Temple Street is near the Yuyuan Garden, and also known as Old Chenghuang Temple, located in Fang Bang Middle Road, east of the An’Ren Street, north of Fuyou Road, and west of the old school field Road, with many snack shops in the street, so can be regarded as a snack kingdom.

chenghuang temple


Yellow River (Huanghe) Road (Huangpu District)
You will turn into an affordable food supermarket from Nanjing Road, where there are many snacks, Shanghai dishes, Seafood, reflecting the major feature of Shanghai alley food.

Yunnan Road (Huangpu District)
Yunnan Road is located in the city center, north of Yan'an East Road, south of East. Most Shanghai people like to go this place to have dinners. There are Chang'an Dumpling House, Jinling Restaurant, Sanhelou Restaurant, and Laozhengxing Restaurant, you can enjoy the delicious Beijing roast duck, little Jinling salted duck, Little Shaoxing boiled chicken, Tianjin Goubuli Steamed Bun,“old Sichua” Hot Pot,“Xinjiang Roast Lamb” and so on.

Wujiang Road (JingAn District)
Wujiang Road parallel to the bustling Nanjing Road commercial street, and is a street in casual atmosphere, what’s more, the gourmet shops mostly tend to be younger, such as the Sichuan restaurant, coffee shop, ice cream house, desserts, bakery, etc. most of them are not very expensive. There is a new opened food bazaar at the Sijingfang Square Commercial Plaza.


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Top 6 Endangered Species in China

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China is home to some of the most exotic and precious species of wildlife, but over the years the deterioration and destruction of wildlife habitats due to rapid urbanization in China has resulted in a number of species becoming endangered and more seriously on the verge of extinction.

To protect these endangered animals the government has set up various breeding bases and protection of habitats. The top 10 endangered species are located in different locations across China and these bases are open to the public to visit. To get up close and personal with the animals will prove to be a surprising trip for animal lovers to China.

Check out our top 10 endangered species ranking and found out more about where to see these wonderful animals! 

The Giant Panda

The Giant panda was declared an endangered species in 1990 and there is an estimated 1000-2000 still living in the wild. The destruction of bamboo forest have made survival for the pandas difficult. Captive breeding has proven to be successful with an estimated 200 living in captivity and breeding bases.

The most famous breeding sanctuaries for pandas is the Chengdu Panda Base where there are currently 83 pandas.

Location: Wild pandas can be found in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu province.



Chinese Alligator

The Chinese Alligator is one of the world’s most endangered species with an estimated 150 in the wild. The alligators are endangered due to poaching and hunting resulting in a large decrease in numbers. In 1979 an Alligator Breeding Centre was established in Anhui and has been very successful in terms of breeding.

Location: Alligators can be found in the Yangtze River, Southern Anhui Province, Zhejiang and Jiangsu Province. 









Golden Snubbed Nosed Monkey

The beautifully colored Golden Snubbed Nosed Monkey is endangered due to a loss of habitat. Their main diet is Lichen which is found on dead trees but due to the harvesting of dead trees the monkeys have difficulty finding food. The monkey’s can survive in low temperatures compared to other animals. 

Location: Golden Snubbed Nosed Monkeys can be found in Sichuan, Gansu, Shaanxi and Hubei.  



Baiji Dolphin

The Baiji Dolphin was once hailed as the “Goddess of Yangtze” by fisherman. Sadly the dolphins are now pronounced extinct due to water pollution and river development projects. The dolphins were once found in the Yangtze River and are the only fresh water dolphins in China.

Location: The dolphins were once found in the Yangtze River.   




South China Tiger

The South China Tiger has been classified as “functionally extinct” as there have been no signs of the Tigers in the wild for 25 years. The Tigers were once considered pests and hunted also there is no longer sufficient habitat and prey available for them to survive. There have been attempts to breed the Tigers in captivity with some success.

Location: The South China Tiger was originally found in Fujian, Guangdong, Hunan and Jiangxi.



Tibetan Antelope

The Tibetan antelopes are found at the highest and most remote plateaus in the world, these creatures can be found at elevations of 5,550 meters. Over the past 20 years there has been a decline in the number of Tibetan Antelopes due to poaching for its fur coat. The fur coat of the Antelope is used to weave exquisite materials known as Shahtoosh which are used to make shawls that can be valued at over $20,000 in markets. 


Location: The antelopes are found on the Tibetan Plateau.  





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Tips for Zhangjiajie Travel

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It is well known that if you want to see the most beautiful water scenery of China, you should go to Jiuzhaigou Valley, while to see the most beautiful mountain scenery of China, Zhangjiajie is the best choice!

What to do in Zhangjiajie:
Climb the world’s highest cave: Tianmenshan (Tianmen Mountian)
Tianmen Cave is the upper part of Tianmen Mountain, and is the world’s highest natural cave through the mountain, at an altitude of 1300 meters and its height 131.5 meters, width 57 meters, and 60 meters deep. There are 999 stone staircases leading to the cave.
Tickets:
Tianmen Mountain Ticket price: 258 yuan
Mountain cable fare: one-way 23 yuan, round trip 39 yuan
 


Take the world's fastest elevator: Bailong Ladder
Bailong Ladder is regarded as the “world’s tallest, fastest and largest load elevator” and therefore is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. The magnificent Bailong Ladder has the vertical elevation of 335 meters, running for 326 meters, of which 154 meters mountain wells and 172 meters mountain steel derrick and other components. It was an exposed outdoor sightseeing elevator, using three double-layer exposure sightseeing elevator separated operation, with the capacity of 50 persons each time.
Tickets: 56 yuan.



See the world’s beautiful Diaojiaolou: Tujia Old Courtyard (Tian Old Courtyard)
It is one of the places worthy of visiting in Zhangjiajie City, dating back to over three hundred years of history, in a courtyard sealing wall Tujia building style, and is also regards as the living fossil of Tujia building.




Zhangjiajie Special recommended:
1 It is well known that the grand viewing deck(大观台) is the best location to see the sunrise, if lucky enough, you can see the sea of clouds and rainbow.
2 Walking on the glass plank road is a must-do in Tianmen Mountain, and you will have an unforgetful cliff ultimate experience.


The best time to travel Zhangjiajie:
Spring and Autumn.
Spring time recommend: Golden Whip Stream (Jin Bianxi), Shilihualang, Huanglong Cave, Baofeng Lake
Autumn time recommend: Tianzishan(Tianzi Mountain), Yuanjiajie, West Sea, Fengqi Hill


Local culture:
There are many ethnic minorities in Zhangjiajie, accounting for 69% of the total population, mainly Tujia, Bai, Miao, etc, therefore, rich of ethnic customs, including the local dance, wedding customs, and wushu, as well as the festivals such as Bai ethnic Torch Festival, Tujia three New Year, Tujia June 6 of the traditional Chinese calendar.

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Beijing Travel Tips

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Best time to visit
Each season traveling Beijing you can get quite varied scenes. With the less and less sandstorms, Spring is the season with green vegetation and blooming flowers.Although the summer is hot, tourist’s crowds everywhere. With amazing views all around, autumn is cool and comfortable.You can take special activities like skiing, skating, snow sightseeing when the snow-covered season comes.
But what is the best time to visit the capital city Beijing?The answer is May, September and October are the best months for paying a visit.
High seasons in China:
• Labor Day (May 1, 3 days duration)
• National Day (October 1, 7 days duration)
• University Holidays: Summer holiday (June-September) and Winter holiday (January-February)



Safety
Beijing is a pretty safe city in China. Most dangers are normally more of getting tricked, misdirected and ripped off in terms of money than crimes like having a gun or knife put on your back.
Looking both sides when you cross the street,and pay attention when you walk with the crowds.
Watch your belongings when sight seeing or just walking at the subway, malls, restaurants and don't leave your coats or bags unattended.
In some metro or train stations in Beijing, there are an X-ray machine or scanner check .
China's Emergency Call Numbers:
110 Call police for help in any danger
119 Call fireman when other disaster happens
120 Call for an ambulance
122 Dial this number when a traffic accident happens

Shopping
The most popular places for shopping in Beijing are, Xiushui(Silk) Market, Hongqiong Market, Wangfujing Street, Panjiayuan Market, Xidan, Qianmen Street, etc. There is great variety of clothes, toys, watches, DVDs, jewelries at local shops.
when shopping at street-sides shops near tourist sites you could quote the price to 10% of the original to avoid being ripped off.Keep smile on your face, stick to your price and pretend walk away and if you felt the price too high or something unusual just walk away and shop around.
Although government has tried fair efforts,the fakes goods are stil easy to find. Many well-known brand are counterfeited like Tommy, Gucci, Fendi, Prada, Adidas, Reebok, Nike, etc. Do not be fooled.Don't pay anything like the brand name price, just offer your quote based on its quality.



Eating
Beijing is a city full of great foods around.You can find different types of food range from the simple street stand to the small family owned restaurant or the big imported chain stores.The most famous Beijing food is Beijing Roast Duck,which is mostly prized for the thin, crispy skin, though the meat is fat, it is tender and tasty, not greasy.




Nightlife
Beijing offers varied amusement at night. if you want to visit a bar, Sanlitun Bar Street and Houhai Bai Area are the most popular places.You can also have some fun and interesting shows available at night, like Pecking Opera, Kungfu Show and acrobatics. Pecking Opera is the traditional opera in Beijing. Except the colorful makeup, you will appreciate its different bright costume and exaggerated eye movements and body gestures, dancing and acrobatic jumps with fans or swords.You can also experience Chinese traditional culture with superb tea cuisine in Laoshe Tea House. Kungfu, acrobatics, dance, and tea ceremony will be shown everyday.



Festivals
Temple fairs will hold in the most parks or temple areas in Beijing when lunar New Year comes. Cultural performances are the highlight of temple fairs.There are many traditional games like yangko dance, stilt-walking dance, land boat dance, lion dance. Traditional flower fair, folk arts and craft exhibition, traditional local food enjoying, painting exhibition are held in traditional ways. This is the old way of celebrating Spring Festival.


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Chengdu Travel Tips

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Weather:
The best time to travel to Chengdu

From the months March to June and September to November are considered the best time to visit Chengdu when it's cooler and less rainy.
Chengdu is subjected to the sub-tropical monsoon climate as well as the basin climate for the surrounding mountain. Most of the year is foggy with little sunshine. Summer is sultry and rainy but autumn is cool.

Transportation:

Public transportation from the city to Chengdu airport

Option 1: Catch the airport shuttle bus (RMB10, 40 Minutes) on opposite side of the Jinjiang Hotel.

Option 2: Take a taxi at around RMB60RMB80 to transfer to the airport.

Take bus from Chengdu to Leshan & Emeishan

Chengdu - Leshan (RMB43):

There are quite a lot of buses from Chengdu to Leshan. It can be caught at Xinnanmen Bus Station, Shiyang Bus Station or Beimen Bus Station. The 2-hour bus ride charges about RMB43.

Chengdu - Emeishan (RMB45):
The bus to Emeishan is available at Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station. The 2.5-hour bus ride costs about RMB45. And then take a taxi to the nearby Emeishan Scenic spot.

Leshan - Emeishan (RMB10):
It is very easy to transfer from Leshan to Emeishan. A half-an-hour bus departing from Leshan Passenger Transportation Center can bring you there.


Shopping:

Souvenirs in Chengdu

Sichuan Brocade and Sichuan Embroidery are respectively noted in China. Bamboo-Woven porcelain, traditional silver inlay handicraft, Qingcheng silk carpet as well as Pixian bean paste (the crucial seasoning in Sichuan cuisine) are worth buying in Chengdu.

Where to go shopping

Zongfu Road, Chunxi Road, Luoma Market have gathered many shopping malls, supermarkets like Wangfujing Department store, Parkson Shopping Mall and Toyokado supermarket. 

Cuisine:

The distinct characteristics of Sichuan cuisine is the spicy mouth numbing chilies and peppercorns. Mapo Tofu, pork lungs in chili sauce, Kungpao Chicken, Poached Sliced Beef in Hot Chili Oil, Shredded Chicken are all the famous dishes in Chengdu. The spicy Hotpot involves dipping meat and vegetables into a pot of spicy soup. Street snacks are available in several streets in Chengdu including noodles, dumplings and barbecues.
For genuine Sichuan dishes Yangxi Route and Zijin district are highly recommended. Zongfu Road, Chunxi Road as well as the Jinli Street are the snacks' gathering places for your unforgettable snack banquet.


Entertainment:

There are numerous street bars that offer a great night life in Chengdu city like South Renmin Road, Yulin District and Yangshi Street.
There most popular bars are as follows:
·         Roo Bar Add: NO.6 Kehua Street
·         Anchor Bar Add: NO.6 Linjiang Zhong Road
·         Bookworm Add: NO.28 Remning Nan Road

Unique activities in Chengdu

Chengdu offers some of the most special features with the likes of tea houses, giant pandas and Sichuan Opera

Sipping tea in the tea houses

Relaxing and enjoying the leisure life are characteristics of Chengdu people. Tea house is the window to observe the daily life of Chengdu’s residents.


Giant Panda

Sichuan province is the hometown of the national treasures the giant pandas. There are two places that you can visit the adorable panda: Chengdu Research Base of GiantPanda Breeding. The panda feeding can be seen in the morning and afternoon. Between 8am-10am is the best time to visit the active pandas.

Sichuan Opera

Sichuan Opera, one of the most popular plays in China, features the famous fast face-changing and fire-spitting tricks. This opera performance can be seen in some tea houses like the branded Shunxing Tea House and Shufeng Square of People's Park.

Festivals:

Local festivals in Chengdu

Chengdu Lantern Festival takes place during the first month of Chinese New Spring Festival. A large scale colored-lantern exhibition is held, especially on the day of the Lantern Festival day. The folk art, acrobatic and rich local snacks are also available in the park.

Chengdu Flower Festival is held on the second month of the lunar calendar at Qingyang Palace. It is the grand flower event for the florists gathering to exhibit their great works of art. It is also a great way to experience the arrival of spring with flowers in full blossom.




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