Liaoning (辽宁; Liáoníng) is a province in the North East of China. To the west lies Hebei Province and Beijing, to the north is Inner Mongolia, in the north east the province borders with Jilin and the south east, along the Yalu River, is the border with North Korea. The South of the Province forms a peninsula jutting out into the Bohai Sea. This is one of the most interesting places in Asia, a unique fusion of many different culture heritages. The most dominating culture is however the Manchurian in the countryside and Han in the big cities. Also the Korean, Japanese and Russian cultures establish themselves firmly in the mix.
Xiamen is a coastal city in Fujian Province in China. It has been an important port for centuries and became one of China’s earliest Special Economic Zones in the 1980s. The name Xiamen means “door to the house”, referring to the city’s centuries-old role as a gateway to China.
It is not Taipei or Hong Kong, but compared to most other cities in the region, Xiamen is definitely a very vibrant, affluent and modern place. It got an international award in a contest for most livable cities in 2002; neighboring Quanzhou won the following year.
The most important tourist area is GulangyuIsland, a small island which contains some beautiful colonial buildings and is car free.
You can enjoy Xiamen’s unique scenery not only in the day but also in the night. Take a breather and walk beside Yundang Lake in the evening and you can see how Xiamen transforms into a different setting: lighted artistic sculptures, scent of the sea, and romantic lovers by the lake. Enjoy your stroll and notice that some buildings even have a light show at night, simple laser/light shows that attract attention, which is some form of an advertisement mostly done by newly opened commercial buildings and some residential complexes to draw attention to their business.
- Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street (中山路步行街), off Liujiang Road near the Gulangyu ferry terminal. See the yearly facelifts and notice that older buildings are becoming extinct and being replaced by modern ones. edit
- Night markets (夜市). See how smaller businesses trade in the night. edit
- Yundang Lake (筼筜湖), (from Hubin bus station, turn left, then turn left on Bailuzhou Road). See how the egrets flock in the day and fly home in the night. edit
- Bailuzhou Park (白鹭洲公园). A large and beautiful park. Go around 8:30PM and enjoy the vendors, music, and dancing. edit
- Xiamen University (厦门大学). Beautiful campus with old traditional buildings and a tranquil lake outside the foreign language department. Nowadays the University is open for anyone, some registration may needed on peak holidays. To avoid long registration procedure, you may enter the university from three smaller gates which are across the Baicheng beach. edit
- Jiageng Park (嘉庚公园). A beautiful park in memory of Tan Kah Kee (Chen Jiageng), founder of Xiamen University. edit
- Nanputuo Temple (南普陀寺). A big Buddhist temple outside Xiamen University at Xiada (short for Xiamen University) Street. Visitors can climb the mountain behind the temple for beautiful views of Xiamen and surrounding nature. The mountain is also littered with small enclaves with hundreds of Buddhist statuettes. Entrance to the temples is ¥3, but you can walk around the lotus pond and eat in the vegetarian restaurant on the east end without paying admission. edit
- Music Square (音乐广场). A park-like area along the boardwalk with sculptures of/about many famous composers and musicians, both Western and Chinese. Look for the public toilets with the musical notes on the wall, or a large red sculpture that looks somewhat like an open fan. edit
- Xiamen Shinegood Culture Gallery (厦门文化馆). It is located in the Culture Exhibition Centre near the beach and a yacht dock. It is the biggest private gallery in China with the main theme being ancient jade. Hundreds of ancient jade objects are not only historically valuable but also pleasant for an eye. Open the door of history, enter the ancient times and afterwards enjoy yourself admiring the picturesque scenery surrounding the museum. edit
- Hulishan Fortress (湖里的堡垒, Hulishan Canon Platform), (on the south-eastern headland of Xiamen and near Xiamen University). Built in 1894 it is a relic of the Westernization Movement. The architectural of the canon platform is in a Ming and Qing dynasty style. On the front of the platform there are “Wanggui platform” and “Pangui platform”, on which you can see the Dadan and Xiaodan islands through a telescope. In the yard of canon platform there is a gorgeous wall sculpture named “the Soul of Nation”, and a water fountain from the left side of the wall. Entrance is ¥25. edit
- Water Garden Expo Park (水花园世博园). Water Garden Expo Park has a planning area of about 6.76 square kilometers (land area of 3.03 square kilometers), which consists of five exhibition park islands, four ecological landscapes islands and two peninsulas, including the main pavilion, Chinese Education Park, Marine Culture Island, Spa Island and other functional areas and related facilities. edit
- Sunlight Rock (日光岩). Chinese say the 92.7m high Sunlight Rock, known as Dragon Head Hill by Chinese and Camel Rock by foreigners, faces Tiger Head Hill across the bay on Xiamen Island, and that the dragon and tiger team up to guard Xiamen Harbor’s entrance. edit
- Gulangyu（鼓浪屿） A visit to Xiamen would not be complete without setting foot on Gulangyu, the island just across the harbour. A walk around, especially on tourist infested days is exciting. All sorts of food vendors, handicraft hawkers, and cute little cafes and restaurants beckon. To sum up, Gulangyu may just represent what a Chinese version of a Bohemian-like enclave can be. Lots and lots of colourful portrait artists in every nook and corner. A day’s trip is just fine. Unless you are really into a spell of peace and quiet, the island may be a little boring once the sun sets except maybe you are into seafood dining and the upmarket cafes and restaurant for drinks. Not cheap though. Gulangyu business people cater for tourists and tourists only. All in all, don’t miss visiting this relaxing, quiet and yes “European themed” old buildings island. The Chinese tourists flock all over just for this trip down nostalgia lane.
- Shapowei (沙坡尾). The gritty Shapowei sheltered dock area, just a short taxi ride away from Zhongshan Rd, is in the process of being rejuvenated. Several hip cafes have opened in the past few years, and there’s even a new Shapowei Art Zone located inside an old fish processing factory. The area’s still not very well known, even among locals, so go there now before it’s completely gentrified. edit
Huangshan is a mountain range in southern Anhui province in eastern China. Vegetation on the range is thickest below 1,100 meters (3,600 ft), with trees growing up to the treeline at 1,800 meters (5,900 ft)
Having at least 140 sections open to visitors, Huangshan is a major tourist destination in China.
Huangshan Citychanged its name from Tunxi in 1987 in order to promote Huangshan tourism.
In 2007, for instance, more than 1.5 million tourists visited the mountain.
The foot of the mountain is linked by rail and by air to Shanghai,and also is accessible from cities such as Hangzhou and Wuhu.
As of 1990, there were more than 50 kilometers of footpaths providing access to scenic areas for visitors and staffers of the facilities.
Today there are also cable cars that tourists may use to ride directly from the base to one of the summits.
Throughout the area there are hotels and guest houses that accommodate overnight visitors,many of whom hike up the mountains, spend the night at one of the peaks to view the sunrise, and then descend by a different route the next day.
The area is classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration.
Wuxi is in the south of Jiangsu Province, approximately half way between the cities of Shanghai and Nanjing, the former 128 km (80 mi) to its east, the latter 183 km (113 mi) to its west. Along with nearby city Suzhou, Wuxi is a popular travel destination for visitors to Shanghai and being less than an hour away by train, busy weekend retreat area for locals in the area. In its south is Lake Taihu and its northern border is the Yangtse River.
With rich natural and cultural heritage, Wuxi is one of the top ten tourist cities in China. The typical features of the area is that of the regions of rivers and lakes. Wuxi occupies the most scenic part of Lake Taihu and enjoys the beautiful scenery. Theme parks like the Tang City, the Three Kingdoms City, the Water Margin City which feature daily live shows are new tourist attractions. The 88-meter tall bronze Buddha statue (Linshan Dafuo) and the holiday resorts add more appeal to the visitors.
- Garden of Ecstasy (Ji Chang Yuan) one of the leading gardens in SE China and Emperor Qianlong, who made seven visits, had a copy made of the garden at the Summer Palace in Beijing.
- Grand Buddha at Lingshan (灵山大佛) – One of China’s largest Buddha statues at over 80m tall. The whole Lingshan area is a tourist attraction, with a musical fountain which plays out the story of the birth of the Buddha, as well as the Brahma palace (梵宫), a very grand palace with the pillars made of sandalwood, built to host the 2009 Buddhist conference.
- Taihu (太湖) – A very large lake with many scenic spots, famous for its fish and freshwater pearls.
- Donglin Academy (东林书院). Kept by the stone arch, with pool, Dong Lin monastery, Lize Hall, by Yong Tang, Oscillation Temple, three Temple, things promenade, to re-vegetarian, Road South Temple, Donglin Temple and other major construction work report, remain Ming and Qing Dynasty style layout shape and history. There are relegated name associated Gu Xian: “Reading the wind rain and the sound of ears; family affairs world are concerned about everything.” edit
- Wuxi Zoo (无锡动物园) This is a combination zoo and amusement park, and can get crowded on the weekends.
There are four city gate in four directions in Weishan Old Town, which is shaped like a square seal. As the remarkable building in Weishan Old Town, the Xinggong Tower is built in the center in Ming Dynasty. At a height of 11 meters, it consists of timberwork tower and brick foundation support.
The north city tower of Weishan Old Town is called Gongchen Tower with a height of 23.5 meters. The whole building was supported by 28 large pillars. Climbing up from the east or west gate and overlooking
, travelers can clearly see the four main streets extending to different directions and the dignified residences.
Majestically standing in the Weishan Old Town, the Xinggong Tower and Gongchen Tower has been the remarkable building. Inside the old town, the folk residences basically remain the traditional Chinese construction style of Ming and Qing Dynasty. Some are ‘Three Square with a Screen Wall’ and some are ‘Quadrangle Dwellings with Five Courtyards’. There are also many ancient buildings existed inside or outside Weishan Old Town, such as Confucius Temple, Wenhua Academy and Yuhuang Pavillion. Some exports praise highly after investigation of Weishan Old Town because of the intact preservation of Ancient Town.
The Shaolin Monastery or Shaolin Temple is a Chan Buddhist temple in Dengfeng county, Zhengzhou, Henan province, China.
The name refers to the forests (林; lín) of Shaoshi (少室; Shǎo Shì) mountain, one of the seven peaks of Song mountains (嵩山; Sōng Shān). Dating back 1,500 years,
Shaolin Temple is the main temple of the Shaolin school of Buddhism to this day.
Shaolin Temple, in the region of Song Mountain, Dengfeng City, Henan Province, is reputed to be ‘the Number One Temple under Heaven’. Included on UNESCO’s World Cultural & Natural Heritage List in 2010, it is the cradle of the Chinese Zen Buddhism and the Shaolin Martial Arts such as Shaolin Cudgel.
One can see wild flowers and pines on the mountain. With birds singing and a brook spattering, a beautiful scene full of life and vitality is revealed to the visitors.
It actually seems to be the Palace of Peace and Harmony.
The Yonghe Temple , also known as the “Yonghe Lamasery”, or popularly as the “Lama Temple”, is a temple and monastery of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism located in the Dongcheng District of Beijing, China. The building and artwork of the temple is a combination of Han Chinese and Tibetan styles
Traveling in China can be challenging, and not just because of the language. With the domestic travel market growing, visiting a popular destination such as Lijiang’s Dayan Old Town (丽江大研古镇) can be quite an overwhelming experience: crowded roads, shops selling the same, cheap souvenirs, and tourists rushing around from one picture spot to the other.
However, the town’s fascinating scenery of wooden buildings, canals and narrow cobblestone lanes — which garnered Lijiang UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1997 — is still worth a visit.
Baisha literally means ‘white sands’. The town was the first settlement of the Naxi people (纳西族) after they migrated south from the Tibetan plateau. It was once the political, commercial and cultural center of the the powerful, yet mysterious, Naxi Kingdom (纳西古王国).
The region became part of the Yuan Empire in late thirteenth century. The Mu family (木氏家族), which administrated Lijiang from the late fourteenth to the early eighteenth century, had its birthplace in Baisha. The area also played a large part in the strategic commercial network known as the Tea Horse Road (茶马古道).
The Naxi created a unique handwriting system based on pictograms, which survive until today.
These hieroglyphics are often referred to as ‘Dongba’ (东巴), a term which actually more broadly includes the traditional culture, religion and scripts of the Naxi, all of which are heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.
Gansu is a province of the People’s Republic of China, located in the northwest of the country.
It lies between the Tibetan and Huangtu plateaus, and borders Mongolia, Inner Mongolia, and Ningxia to the north, Xinjiang and Qinghai to the west, Sichuan to the south, and Shaanxi to the east. The Yellow River passes through the southern part of the province.
Gansu has a population of 26 million (2009), covers an area of 425,800 km2 (164,400 sq mi). The capital is Lanzhou, located in the southeast part of the province.
Qingdao, also known in the West by its postal map spelling Tsingtao, is a major city in eastern Shandong province,People’s Republic of China.
The character 青 (qīng) in Chinese means “green” or “lush”, while the character 岛 (dǎo) means “island”.
Qingdao was named China’s 7th-most livable city