Rurality Biking Tour to Huajiang River and Daxu Old Town of Guilin

Late April brings Guilin with flowers in full blossom, pleasant sunshine, and also light rain for spring sowing as well.

Instead of sleeping late at home and watching the boring TV series, we crafted ourselves a leisure biking tour along Huangjiang River, passing by primitive villages with tranquil rurality. The cycling route follows paved roads, highways and bumpy country roads, and is as long as about 40 km.

China Guilin biking  Guilin village cycling

16 kilometers east of downtown Guilin, Huajiang River winds its way for 49 kilometers and finally falls into Li River. Huajiang River is the epitome of the world-famous Li River, and known by locals as “the back garden of Guilin”, wandering through the woods, rice fields, surreal limestone peaks, and serene villages.

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China rice fields

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Initially built in 200, 23 km away from Guilin city, the river-side Daxu Old town is one of the four great market towns of ancient Guangxi, and another highlight of this Guilin cycling tour today. The stone-paved roads are lined up with well-kept dwellings, and hold some traditional workshops, barbershops, and several stalls selling local snacks and folk souvenirs.

Bike to Daxu Guilin

Chinese Kung Fu culture

On the opposite shore of Daxu Town, Maozhou Island and Liyu (Carp) Island are places to enjoy the authentic farmer’s food. The farmers here own orchards and vegetable fields that offer various fresh fruits and food materials. We also have tasted the delicious fish dish caught from Li River.

 

Beijing’s Best Teahouses: Drinking Tea, and Experiencing More

Famous for its long history as being the royal capital and 7 UNESCO world heritage sites, as well as numerous great places of interest, Beijing also has a fascinating tea culture and boasts about 170 featured teahouses. The tea houses witnessed the fluctuation and fall of Qing Dynasty, and now become cultural places for drinking tea, killing time, chatting, and enjoying the folk arts and culture and traditional local performances.

Beijing’s tea houses can be classified into three types: traditional teahouse (of classic design and decoration and with Chinese folk performances), modern business teahouse (with modern equipment and engaged in business meetings and activities), and special featured teahouse (of various style and cultures). Outgrowing its past as a place for tea drinking, teahouses in Beijing develop into multifunctional entertaining places today.

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Laoshe Teahouse (老舍茶馆)

Address: Building 3, Zhengyang Market, Qianmen Xidajie, Xuanwu District

Transportation: Bus 17, 22, 43, 826 or Subway Line 2 at Qianmen stop

Named after a famous Chinese writer, Lao She (老舍)and his drama “Teahouse”, Laoshe Teahouse is the most famous tea house in Beijing and beyond. Built in 1988, it retains a quaint and elegant decoration of Old Beijing in 1930s. The waiters dress in long gown, while the waitresses dress in Qipao (cheongsam). Here you can admire at the various Beijing folk performances such as Peking Opera, acrobatics, allegro, tea ceremony, and story-telling in Beijing dialect with drum accompaniment. Meanwhile, famous teas, delicate desserts and local snacks are available.

Laoshe Teahouse Beijing

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De Yun She or Tianqiaole Teahouse (德云社 or 天桥乐茶园)

Address: 1 Beiwei Road, Xuanwu District

Another time-honored teahouse in Beijing, Tianqiaole was built in 1933 and converted from the original Tianle Theater. With an area of 1300 square meters, the teahouse can hold 200 guests and audience at a same time. Here you can enjoy interesting performances including Beijing Opera, acrobatics, wresting, martial arts and folk art showing everyday. Never miss the wonderful comic dialogue performed by famous actor Guo Degang and his colleagues. Tianqiaole is of old Beijing theater design, and accepts the ancient copper cash.

Tianqiaole Teahouse

 the wonderful comic dialogue

Meng Hui Tian Qiao — Sanlitun Theater of Deyunshe (梦回天桥—德云三里屯剧场)

Address: No.4, Gongti Dong Lu, Chaoyang District (opposite to the Sanlitun Yashow Clothing Market)

Another teahouse and theater for comic dialogue performance (crosstalk), Meng Hui Tian Qiao is of solemn and elegant Ming and Qing dynasty architecture style, and can hold up to 500 people. In view of culture differences, all the shows are given English translation properly. It will be delightful to enjoy the tea and tasty snacks while enjoying the comic dialogue.

Meng Hui Tian Qiao Teahouse

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Zhangyiyuan Tianqiao Teahouse (张一元天桥茶楼)

Address: 18, Wanming Lu, Xicheng District (just facing the Oriental Hotel) 

A short distance to Tianqiaole Teahouse, Zhangyiyuan Tianqiao Teahouse is also a good place for leisure, drinking tea and experiencing the unique Beijing tea culture. Authentic Beijing folk performances include storytelling, opera, acrobatics, and comic dialogue. Besides, tourists can also buy various local souvenirs here.

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what to eat in Beijing teahouse

Minghui Teahouse (明慧茶院)

Address: inside Dajue Temple, Bei’an he Village, Sujiatuo Town, Haiding District

Hided in the serene Dajue Temple, Minghui Teahouse features superior Longjing green tea and Biluochun green tea, with fresh spring water. Apart from the tasty vegetarian diet, the teahouse also offers mouth-watering dishes like West Lake Vinegar Fish, and Longjing fried Shrimps.

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Liuxianguan Teahouse (留贤馆)

Address: 28, Guozijian Street, Dongcheng District

Liuxianguan locates on the 600-year-old Guozijian Street, and close to Yonghe Lamasery and Confucius Temple. It was recommended by The Times Magazine in 2007, and received US Vice President Biden and his granddaughter in 2013.

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best teas in Beijing China

Top Ten Trekking Trails in Tibet

Standing quietly and solemnly at the roof the world, with an average altitude of over 4000 meters, Tibet is a land of dreams and adventures. For the devout Tibetans, it is home of the gods. While for the world hikers and climbers, it features countless challenges and overwhelming sceneries. No matter how many times it has been said, it bears repeating: trek on Tibet once at least in your life – to ascend the holy mountains, to hike across the Alpine meadow grassland and seas of wide flowers, to camp along the holy lakes and admire at the starring nights…

Here are our picks for Tibet’s ten best treks, and ready for the difficulties and obstacles with the harsh weather.

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1. The grand loop of Mount Kailash 

Duration: 2-3 days

One of the best-known hiking routes in Tibet, it is for Mt. Kailash – King of mountains, and the most important holy mountain of Tibetan Buddhism. The believers think that taking a lap of Mt. Kailash, their sins will be washed away. After taking 108 laps, they will be Buddha eventually. So you will expect lots of Tibetan Buddhist or Hindus along the way, who are going on a pilgrimage.

The biggest challenge for this trail is the high altitude, averaging at 4700 meters, and reaching up to 5630 meters when getting the Zhuoma Pass. The weather is changeable, but will not be a huge test to the experienced trekkers.

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Mount Kailash trekking

2. The Lhasa-Yangbajing trail

Duration: 3- 4 days

This trail is among China’s 20 classic hiking routes (moderate intensity level), and will take you to over 800-year-old Chubu Monastery, the holy sanctuary for the Geju sect of Buddhism (Yellow Hat Sect), and the birthplace of the reincarnation system that promotes Living Buddhas.
Taking this journey by hiking, visitors can not only learn mysterious Tibetan culture and the history of Geju sect, but also enjoy the hot spring in Yangbajing, as well as the refreshing scenery of alpine grassland, Nyenchen Tanglha Mountain, rape flowers fields along the way. (Click for a Lhasa group tour)

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Lhasa-Yangbajing hiking

3. Lhasa – Ganden – Samye trekking trail

Duration: 4 – 5 days

It is a religious hiking trail that links two of Tibet’s most important monasteries: the Ganden Monastery and the Samye Monastery. Ganden Monastery is one of the six great monasteries of the Geju sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Built by Tsongkhapa (1357 – 1419), founder of Gelug sect in 762, it is known as the first monastery in Tibet. You’ll also pass by Qingpu Meditation Cave, which is one of the four great meditation places for Tibet Buddhist Hermits. Apart from the Tibet Buddhist experience, there are also sightseeing adventures to the alpine landscapes with lakes, snow-caped mountains, wide flowers, nomad camps and Tibetan villages.

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4. Trekking in Metog

Duration: 5 – 7 days

One of the hikers’ favorites in Tibet, it offers the most of the less-visited Metog area, its beautiful landscape, serene valleys, simple, friendly Tibetan people hidden deep in the mountains.

Trekking in Metog Tibet

Metog Tibet hiking tour

5. Namtso Lake hiking

Duration: 7 – 10 days

Namtso Lake in the Tibetan language is “the Heavenly Lake”, so there are also Tibetan Buddhists making a pilgrimage and taking a lap of Namtso Lake (with an altitude of 4718 meters and an area of 1920 square km). It is not an easy hike, but you’ll realize all the pain and hardship has been totally worthwhile, when staying with the Namtso Lake.

Tibet Namtso Lake hiking

Trip to Namtso Lake Tibet

6. The grand loop of Mt. Zhari, Cuona Lake

Duration: 3 – 5 days

Similar to Mt. Kailash, Mt. Zhari is also a holy mountain for Tibetan Buddhist, Hindu, Jaina and Benist. Legends has that Mt. Zhari was born in the Year of the Monkey, So every Monkey year, there are believers of different religions from home and abroad make a pilgrimage here. The landscape is breathtaking. And the heavenly Cuona Lake is the place where Flying Goddess lives.

Mt. Zhari hiking tour

Mt. Zhari, Cuona Lake hiking

7. Shalu – Nartang trekking trail

Duration: about 2 days (15 hours)

In Shigatse, Both Shalu and Narthang are among the four great monasteries of Tsang and connected by an ancient trade route. Trek on this route, you will find the tracks of caravans laden with scriptures and treasures, and pass through uninhabited dry canyons and several serene villages. Never miss to admire at Shalu’s mural paintings, which were known to be the most ancient and beautiful in Tibet.

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Lhasa Shigatse hiking tour

8. The Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon trek

Duration: about 15 days

At the intersection of Nyingchi County, Milin Country and Metog Country, the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon is largest and the deepest canyon in the world. As long as 504.6 km (314 miles), it originates near Mount Kailash and traverses though a northern section of the Himalayas. It is one of the challenging treks in Tibet, but offers thrilling trekking experience. You will find special forest vegetation and variety of plants and animals, including bear, snow leopard, monkey, parrot, and 38 different varieties of azaleas.

The Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon trekking

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9. Shigatse (Mt. Everest) – Gama Valley trekking trail

Duration: 10- 15 days

The route from Mt. Everest in Shigatse to Gama Valley of Tingri is regarded as one of the world’s ten classic hiking trails. It is within the Mount Qomolangma Nature Conservation, thus with unique natural wonders – the world’s highest mountain (Mt. Everest), the world’s fourth highest mountain (Mt. Lhotse), the world’s fifth highest mountain (Mt. Makalu), Mt. Everest Base Camp, rare flora and fauna, valleys and glaciers, and extraordinary ethnic group – the legendary Sherpa. Undoubtedly, this will be a rewarding expedition of a lifetime, but it suitable only for hard-core adventures.

trek to Mt.Everest

Mt. Everest Tibet adventures

10. Xia Chayu (Tibet) – Mount Gong (Yunnan) trekking trail

Duration: 20- 25 days

Follow the ancient caravans’ steps, and set foot again the old Tea Horse Road. You will find countless legends and stories, the dreamlike sceneries, and the trail of caravans today. The documentary film The Last Caravan has captured the hikers’ imagination about the ancient Tea Horse Road again.

For this trek, you will need money, determination, a strong body, best equipment, as well as an excellent local guide.

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