Guilin to Kunming High Speed Train Is to Be Launched

With the upcoming new high speed train between Shanghai and Kunming, Yunnan Province, in the relatively isolated Southwest China, will soon enter the national high-speed rail system and be more easily accessible. Another good news from China Railway Administration is that Guangxi’s several cities will be also connected with Yunnan by high speed rail. The fastest high speed train from Guilin to Kunming takes only 4h 38min!

After the completion and opening of Shanghai Kunming HSR and Yunnan Guangxi HSR, there will be 6 bullet trains running daily between Kunming and Guilin. It will benefit locals and travelers a lot. Firstly, it reduces the normal train journey time from over 19hours to around 5 hours. Secondly, it reduces the travel cost on transportation if taking the high speed train instead of flight, since the high-speed train ticket will be much lower than the full air fare of ¥1150rmb .

However, the exact high-speed train schedule, ticket prices and routes will only be announced one month before the official launch.

Both Yunnan and Guangxi have much to offer for world visitors:

Yunnan highlights: The province is rich in breathtaking natural scenery. There are holy snow mountain such as Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang and Meili Snow Mountain in Shangri-La, natural wonders such as Stone Forest in Kunming, beautiful plateau lake such as Lugu Lake in Lijiang and Erhai Lake in Dali, as well as spectacular terraced fields in Yuanyang and tropical rainforest in Xishuangbanna. Besides, Yunnan inhabits 51 ethnic minority groups, visit some of the old towns to experience old folklore and distinguished local minority cultures.

Guilin Kungming bullet trains

Guangxi highlights: Guilin and Yangshuo are the top travel destinations in Guangxi, featuring amazing Karst landscape of limestone hills and caves. Longji Terraced Fields and Li River are also the must-see sights. Guangxi is also ideal for minority culture exploration. In many villages, the Zhuang, Yao and Dong people live a very traditional life and keep the unique customs. Other highlight attractions include Bama Longevity Village, Detian Waterfall and Mingshi Scenic Area.

Guilin Kungming high speed trains

China’s Oldest and Biggest Bamboo Forest – Shunan Bamboo Forest

Shunan bamboo forest, dinosaur, stone forest and suspending coffin are four ancient miracles in South Sichuan Province.

Located in Yinbin, China’s famous Wine Capital in Sichuan province, Shunan Bamboo Forest (Shunan Zhuhai) is the oldest and biggest bamboo forest in China, by covering an area of 120 square kilometers, and home to around 400 different types of bamboo. It is considered as a natural oxygen bar.

China tours to Shunan Bamboo Forest

The movie ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ was shot here, therefore, for the first time, people from the outside world witness the natural beauty of the bamboo forest park, as well as its intoxicating atmosphere of peace, serenity and freshness. Travelers can take the cable way up to the top (with a relative height of 350m) for an exciting experience in the air and having a full view of the forest sea.

Chengdu tours to Shunan Zhuhai 

There are 8 major scenic areas with 134 attractions in the Shunan Bamboo Forest Park. Apart from its huge size of bamboo forest stretching across mountains and valleys, there are plenty of waterfalls, lakes, ancient caves and bridges that will relax and refresh you. The highlight attractions include Bamboo Forest Museum, Emerald Corridor, Rainbow Waterfall, Huaxi Thirteen Bridges, Tianbao Village, Xianyu Cave, Guanyun Pavilion and Qinglong Lake.

 Sichuan tours to Shunan Bamboo Forest

Shunan Bamboo Forest travel tips

What to eat:

For foodies, you should not miss the fresh and delicious bamboo-derived foods, also named panda feast, including bamboo shoots, bamboo mushrooms, Bacon in bamboo forests, bamboo rice, bamboo tofu pudding etc.
Local specialties also include Yibin Burning Noodles, Nanxi dried beancurd, odd taste chicken, etc.

China Kungfu Panda tour to the panda village:

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Best time to visit: at an altitude of from 600m to 1000m, the average annual temperature here is 15.5℃. March till October is good time to visit the park, while the summer season from May to August is the best, since the park turns to be a natural summer resort.

How to get there

Travel from Chengdu to Shunan Bamboo Forest – it takes about five hours by taking buses from Xinnanmen Station or Wuguiqiao Station.

Xian Food Tour: 10 Iconic Foods to Try in Xian

When you think of Xian, you think the Terra Cotta Army. However, China’s ancient capital not only boasts one of world’s greatest historical wonders, but also has the longest culinary history that can be traced back to thousands of years ago.

Making the most of pasta, Xian cuisine stands out with a diverse array of noodles, dumplings and steamed buns. For foodies and tourists, the snack street of Muslim Quarter is the best place to experience the local buzz and feast on the various local foods.

Qishan Saozi Noodles (Minced meat noodles) – 岐山臊子面

It tastes spicy, sour and smells sweet.

 

Lamb or Beef Paomo – 泡馍

A traditional Northwest Chinese style dish, very popular in Xian

China food tour

Rou Jia Mo (Chinese hamburger with cured meet) – 肉夹馍

The most popular snack in Xian

Hu La Tang (Soup with Pepper and meatballs) – 胡辣汤

Also a popular eat in Henan Province, making the most of seasonal ingredients, locals usually has it for breakfast.

Cold rice noodles – 凉皮

Shannxi style Pickled Beef – 陕西腊牛肉

Beef that is roasted and pickled with candy, wine, salt and soy

He le – 饸饹

A traditional noodle that is favored by people in North China

Steam Bun (Soupy dumpling) – 灌汤包

The steam bun in Xian is stuffed with lamb or beef, instead of pork.

Guo Kui – 锅盔

There are spiced, salted guo kui, scallion guo kui, green pepper guo kui, and guo kui with stuffing.

Yangyu Ca Ca (Xian version of fries) – 洋芋擦擦

Recommended China food tour:

10-day Taste of China Top Cuisines

15-day China Culinary & Cooking Tour

Impressive Images of the Most Beautiful Railways in China

Let your imaginations run wild with the amazing photos of China’s running trains – the seemingly infinitely extending railways take you into the rarely seen landscapes, and some mysterious untouched land.

1. Guiyang-Guangzhou Railway – it covers the world’s most stunning Karst landscape, and features countless surreal peaks and exotic, vanishing mountain tribe villages.

South China tours by bullet train

2. Qinghai-Tibet Railway – deep inside, everyone of us has a Tibet dream – we’ll touch its mysterious land someday. This railway is a mortal attraction for world travelers and railway fans.

Tibet tours by train train to Tibet

3. Chengdu-Kunming Railway – one of China’s most difficult and challengeable railways, 42 of the 122 stations are built on the bridges or inside the tunnels.

Chengdu Kunming tours by train Sichuan Yunnan tours by bullet train

4. The Southern Xinjiang Railway – another extreme railway in China with a total of 33 meters of tunnels on 3000m above sea level, and runs through desert, oasis, snow mountain and valleys.

China Xinjiang tours

5. Lanzhou-Xinjiang Railway – stretching 1903 km, it lies between grasslands and deserts, newly-emerging industrialized cities and enchanting ancient towns.

 

6. Lhasa-Shigatse Railway: the closest railway to the sky…

Lhasa Shigatse group tours

7. Hunan-Guizhou Railway: it lies in the mountains and valleys, and offers a panorama view of Zhenyuan Old Town

South China highlight tours by high speed train

8.Neijiang-Kunming Railway: a major railway in Southwest China in 20th century, it traverses through Sichuan Basin to Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. 66 people died for this huge construction…

China tours by high speed train

Recommended China train tours:

11-day China In-depth Culture Tour by High Speed Trains

11-day East China Exploration by Bullet Train

12-day Silk Road Adventure by China Orient Express (Beijing to Urumqi) 

16-day China Speed Train Discovery

Hangzhou by Night: Best Things to Do

One of the most intriguing water towns in China, Hangzhou always reminds us of its delicate, elegant nightlife.

Teahouse

Of course, there are also cool nightclubs and warm cafes in Hangzhou. But locals are obsessed with the subtle fragrance and peaceful time by enjoying a cup of tea at night. Tea house to Hangzhou people is an art of relaxation.

Hangzhou tour for tea

Impression West Lake Show

Of all the nightlife activities in Hangzhou, the grand outdoor show of Impression West Lake is the main attraction to the city outcomers and travelers. The West Lake then becomes a huge film theater, presenting an ancient romantic story, combined with soulful music and colorful lights.

Hangzhou tour Hangzhou night tour

West Lake Fountain

The 126-meter-long fountain finds itself at the Lakeside Three Park (Hubin 3 Park). The nearby Hu Bin International Boutique Compound is the most striking area of Hangzhou city at night.

Hangzhou trips 

West Lake Night Boating

Available from May to Mid-October, boating on West Lake at night is a fun-filled water activity in Hangzhou.

West Lake boating tour Hangzhou tour with West Lake

Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal Night Cruise

The Grand Canal has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. With the water bus or quaint river boat, we’ll shuttle through a dozen ancient bridges, pass by dwellings of both ancient and modern style, and then enjoy the beautiful night view.

Hangzhou grand canal tour Hangzhou tour with Grand Canal

Qiantang River Night Cruise

Qiantang River is best known for the world’s largest tidal bore, usually seen on the 18th day of the 8th lunar month. The sightseeing cruise on Qiantang River is available throughout the year. It sets out from Wulin Square and lasts for about 3 hours.

Hangzhou Qiantang River tour

Recommended China tours to Hangzhou:

8-day East China Highlights

11-day Splendor of China

Hakka Tulou Buildings Discovery – Also for Tea Culture Experience

Hakka people’s Tulou buildings (or earth towers) have recorded the changes of over 800 years.

China cultural tour

The legendary tribes of Hakka in central China travelled south for thousands of kilometers to the remote and isolated mountains of Fujian Province because of the war during ancient times. Yet in their new home, they had to face the threat of local outlaws and bandits. Therefore Tulou was created and built to be an unbreakable castle that housed up to 80 families. Its various functions such as being well-lit, well-ventilated, windproof, fireproof and quakeproof help Hakkas to live safely and comfortably.

China Hakka tulou tour Xiamen Hakka tulou tours

Today, in the west and south of Fujian, there are over ten thousand well-kept tulous in Nanjing Country and Yongding Country of Longyan City. The most famous tulous include: Yuchang Earth Tower, Zhencheng Tower, Chuxi Tulou, and Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster.

Tulou is a miracle of Chinese traditional dwellings and attracts the eyes of world architectures with the wacky designs. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

Fujian Hakka Tulou tours

The industrious Hakka people also reclaim rice terraced fields and tea farms from hills – rows of tea trees stretch down the hillside. They savor the simple pleasure of picking tea leaves and drinking tea in the quint tulou houses.

China tea tours Fujian tea tours

Sample tours to Hakka Tulou from Xiamen:

3-day Xiamen Tour Package to Hakka Earth Buildings

More Hakka Tulou tours:

5-day Guangzhou Xiamen Tour with Tulou Castles Exploration

17-day China Ancient Architecture Tour

A Cultural Exploration into Anhui: Huizhou Craftsmen Ink Stick

One of China’s “four treasures of study”, the traditional handicraft of ink-stick survives today. The Huizhou ink-stick, produced in ancient Huizhou, Anhui Province, is the best of its kind, for being lustrous, moist, deeply black, strongly fragrant, mothproof and mould-proof. Hui ink-stick has a history of over 1000 years, and has been a favorite for calligraphers and painters ever since Tang Dynasty.

China culture tour

Today local people inherit Huizhou cultural legacy and traditions, as well as the Hui ink-stick manufacturing processes. She country, Jixi Country and Tunxi District in Huangshan City becomes the three production centers for Hui ink-stick.

China Anhui tour 

Founded in 1782, Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick factory is the oldest surviving operating ink stick factory in China and has been well-known at home and abroad. If you can pay a visit to the Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick factory, you’ll find the original factory buildings of brick houses still exist, but dirty and dyed by ink, and be shown the process how the Huizhou ink-stick is made. Of course, several of the processes are highly guarded secrets.

Like many other traditional crafts industry, Huizhou ink industry also has to be reconstructed and continue to innovate. Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick factory selects the best ingredients including a dozen Chinese herbal medicines and has created many new ink stick productions, which led to many international prizes and are of great artistic value and collection value.

Huizhou ink stick, especially Hu Kaiwen ink stick, has been a refined handicraft article in China, and a national intangible cultural heritage.

China cultural exploration 

Book with Easy Tour China for an inspection tour to the ink stick factory in Huangshan City:

4-day Yellow Mountain Hiking Tour with an Ink Stick Factory Visit

11-day China In-depth Culture Tour by High Speed Trains