The Charm of Chinese Culture: China Icons in the Eyes of Foreigners

What China impresses you most? Probably it is Great Wall or Terra-Cotta Warriors. But many consider the traditional forms of Chinese culture and art or the very little cultural souvenirs and handicrafts are the icons of China.

Chinese knot

Ever since its invention in the Old Stone Age, Chinese knot has been an important part of Chinese lucky culture and folks arts. The different kinds of knots imply unity, peace and happiness.

Chinese culture tours

Abacus

A humble yet convenient computing tool, abacus is usually equated with the four great inventions of ancient China, and has been listed as a UNESCO cultural heritage.

Traditional Chinese culture discovery

Yin and yang

An important concept of the ancient Chinese philosophy, “yin & yang describes how apparently opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another”.

The most famous Chinese  philosophical thought

Chinese calligraphy

Calligraphy is an art form unique to China, gradually evolved from Oracle, stone-drum inscriptions, Dazhuan and Xiaozhuan to today’s cursive script and regular script.

The unique Chinese art forms

Shadow puppet

A handful of folk artists keep shadow puppet still alive today, by making the traditional silhouette figures and performing in the wonderful shadow plays.

Chinese folk art tours

Panda

When people think of China, they think panda. World’s cutest creature has been served as a “peace ambassador” for many times.

China Panda volunteer tours

Dragon

We Chinese always say that we are descendants of the dragon. You can see dragon patterns here and there on the ancient Chinese buildings (e.g. Forbidden City) or pseudo-classic architectures, which symbolizes holiness, dignity, auspiciousness and sovereign power.

Typical Ancient Chinese architectures

Kung Fu

You may have watched several Chinese or Hong Kong Kung Fu movies, and are fascinated with the mysterious wushu world. Come and visit China that has the real martial arts!

Learn wushu in Shaolin China

Tea

One of the original birthplaces of tea, China’s tea culture was formed over 1200 years ago with the accomplishment of the Book of Tea by Lu Yu. Today, many tea production areas in China still keep the traditional tea making procedures.

Explore the birthplaces of tea in China

Confucius

Confucius is probably most familiar to Westerners. The Confucianism was introduced into Europe during the 17-18 centuries. With the founding of 140 Confucius Institutes in 52 countries and regions, Confucius has been the symbol of Chinese culture.

Discover the hometown of Confucius in China

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Visiting Danba in Sichuan: Ancient Tibetan Villages and Beautiful Girls

Trip to Danba Sichuan China

In the wide west of Sichuan Province, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture is justifiably known for its nature beauty. On this primitive land sits 7,556-m-high Minya Konka, magnificent Hailuogou Glacier Park, and Daocheng Yading where the deities live in… Penetrate into Danba, and you’ll find the most beautiful and greatest concentration of Tibetan villages in China with authentic Tibetan cultures and distinctive Tibetan dwellings.

We were awe-struck by the spectacular and gorgeously embossed Potala Palace before, but it is for the nobles after fall. What do ordinary Tibetan people’s dwellings look like?

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There are buses from Chengdu and Kangding to Danba, where people of 15 minority groups live together and share the wonderland with snow mountains, virgin forests, hot springs, alpine lakes and meadows. Mysteriously, most girls here are born beauties, especially in the Qiongshan Village, which has been widely known as the ‘beauty valley’.

how to go to Danba Beauty Valley

However, the greatest thing about Danba is the Tibetan Villages.

Jiaju Tibetan Village

Thanks to the relatively convenient transportation and being connected by regular buses from Danba Town, Jiaju Tibetan Village can be reached with little difficulty. About 140 Gyarong Tibetan style houses are scattered on the terraced fields and all distinctive with their crown-shaped roofs. Autumn between late September and early November is the best time to visit Jiaju.

Danba Jiaju Tibetan Villages

The ancient watchtowers in China

Dangling Tibetan Village

It remains underexploited – one cannot fail to appreciate its pristine and intoxicating atmosphere. The main attractions include Heaven Valley, Hulu Sea, Big Hot Spring, etc. that are 3000~4000 above sea level and still accessible only by hiking and horse trekking.

Tibetan villages adventures

Zhonglu Tibetan Village

There are Neolithic remains, typical Tibetan villages and ancient watchtowers. Travelers can enjoy their view from Zhonglu looking out the holy Moerduo Mountain.

China Tibet and Sichuan tours

China Sichuan and Yunnan vacations

Danba Gyarong Tibetan watchtower clusters

Different from the Tibetan dwellings, the watchtowers built 1000 years ago purely for defensive purposes and make Danba ‘the kingdom of ancient watchtowers’. There are totally 84 watchtowers and scattered mainly in Suopo Viilage and Zhonglu Village. Twilight Time is the optimal timing for photography, when the weather-beaten fortifications glitter in the sunset…

China Sichuan Tibet adventures

Recommended China Sichuan tours to Danba:

7-day Oriental Alps Adventure

8-day Sichuan Photography Tour

9-day Wild West Sichuan

Easy Tour China’s Raft Race: Who Are Going to Win?

We fled to Yangshuo last Tuesday, again!

The place is renowned for the amazing natural scenery and Laid-back countryside lifestyle, as well as being suitable for various types of outdoor sports, such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, Tai Chi practicing, bamboo-rafting, and also the raft race.

Guilin Yangshuo Yulong River trips

This time in Yangshuo, the active and energetic staff of Easy Tour China was allocated randomly into three groups and would complete in the raft race on Yulong River – it was for fun and also the team building by performing as one great team. None of us wanted to lose.

Outdoor activities in Yangshuo China available Outdoor sport in Yangshuo

Upon arrival, we cooled off with the unexpected shower, and began the exciting raft race! Team I was led by Wei and Ricky, Team II by Thomas and Zhao, while Team III by Charlie and Kyle.

What to do in Yangshuo The Yulong River Bamboo rafting race

First of all, we should build the raft according to our own ideas with some tires and plastic pipes. When all the three teams had finished, we strove to drive the raft for 30km across Yulong River and captured a flag, then drove back. It was also our own choice to decide how to push the raft forward, by swimming or paddling by hands. Of course the first team to return to the start line was the final winner.

The water-friendly activities on Yulong River Yangshuo

The raft race on Yulong River Yangshuo

Can you guess who the winner was? It was Team II with team members including Silvia, Peicy, Lydia and Yuri. They were just so fast. And the second and third place went to Team III and Team I separately. Sorry to Wei and Ricky 😛

China Yangshuo discovery by outdoor sports

unique Yangshuo Yulong River experience

Hefei-Fuzhou High-speed Rail Offers China’s Most Scenic Train Trip

It isn’t China’s best known high-speed train, but since it deputed in late June 2015, Hefei-Fuzhou bullet train has gained great attention as it traverses through some of the country’s most beautiful destinations, making it ‘the most beautiful train ride in China’.

China bullet train services

Thanks to the world’s largest and most complicated high-speed rail network, travelling China by rail is a joy, not least for international tourists. The newly opened Hefei-Fuzhou bullet train runs at the speed of up to 300 km per hour, and finishes the 850-km journey in 3.5~4.5 hours.

High-speed Train tours in China 

From Fuzhou in the south to Hefei in the north, the high speed train stops at scenic or cultural destinations like Wuyishan Mountain, Wuyuan Town, Yellow Mountain, Shexian Country, etc. Just get off from the strain, and make yourself an East China adventure with very distinctive activities.

Travelling in China by high speed trains

Experience Huizhou Culture

The old Huizhou Culture is one of the four great regional cultures in China, and introduces a new perspective to mysterious orient – the ancient society, haunting culture and awe-inspiring folk arts.

You should not miss: Chengkan Village, Huizhou old towns, Tunxi Old Streets, Huizhou Carving Art Museum, Number One Scholar Cultural Museum, Hongcun and Xidi Villages

Trip to East China

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China discovery

Yellow Mountain photography trip

China’s most hauntingly scenic mountain, Yellow Mountain is now accessible by high-speed train! You can take bullet trains barreling directly to Yellow Mountain from Shanghai, Hangzhou, Beijing and Guangzhou. The mountain lures travelers and photographers for both the all year round’s breathtaking views and its nearby quint towns and villages dating back to the old times.

China mountains and lake tours

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The primitive birthplaces of top Chinese tea

On Yellow Mountain and Wuyishan Mountain, there are hidden corners with century-old tea trees and misty tea farms for a tea discovery experience. Savor Huangshan Maofeng green tea and rock oolong tea there!
You should not miss: Beidamen Yanghu Lake Tea Garden Base, Xieyuda Tea Culture Museum, Tianyou Mountain, Dahongpao’s mother bush Area, Water Curtain Cave, Royal Tea Garden

20-day China Tea Discovery: https://www.easytourchina.com/tour-v238-20-day-china-tea-discovery

China tea culture experience and tours

China countryside tours and discovery

Train to the prettiest countryside of China

The seas of canola flowers and traditional dwellings are part of the experience of getting into the beautiful countryside of Wuyuan.

top China train tours

The oldest village in China