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