2017 GREE UCI WorldTour – Tour of Guangxi Ended in Guilin

2017 GREE UCI WorldTour - Tour of Guangxi Ended in Guilin

On Oct. 24th, 2017, the six-day “UCI WorldTour – Tour of Guangxi” has achieved a complete success. The last stage of 2017 UCI WorldTour was in the picturesque Guilin City. Authorized by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the Gree Tour of Guangxi is a top ranking race organized by the local government and China’s Wanda Group. There’re 18 professional teams participating in the race.

2017 GREE UCI WorldTour - Tour of Guangxi Ended in Guilin

From Oct. 19-24th, the race was started from the seaside city of Beihai, passed Qinzhou, Nanning and Liuzhou, and eventually ended in Guilin. The total length of the route is about 944 kilometers, racing through Guangxi from the south to the north, crossing plains, hills and mountains. This Cycling Tour of Guangxi has showed the spectacular natural scenes, historical culture and ethnic customs to the world.

2017 GREE UCI WorldTour - Tour of Guangxi Ended in Guilin

Especially the Guilin Cycling Tour has given us a kind of beauty to enjoy. People say:” The scenery of Guilin has been called the finest under heaven.” The last stop of the cycling race was just like cycling in the ink painting. The cyclists went through the Guilin’s hill and mountainous area, cycled around the Lijiang River, and enjoyed the beautiful scenery all the way.

2017 GREE UCI WorldTour - Tour of Guangxi Ended in Guilin
2017 GREE UCI WorldTour - Tour of Guangxi Ended in Guilin

2017 GREE UCI WorldTour – Tour of Guangxi is a new event of UCI, and its success marks that China has owned its own road cycling race system with complete classes, and also shows that China has great ambitions to be a powerful nation in sports. Guangxi race opens doors to the world.

2017 GREE UCI WorldTour - Tour of Guangxi Ended in Guilin

 

What’s more, it brings great influence to Guilin tourism, too. If you want to have a special Guilin tour, relax in the breeze and experience the unique Guilin scenery and customs at a certain speed, then discover the beauty of Guilin by bicycle is a good choice which you will never regret.

2017 GREE UCI WorldTour - Tour of Guangxi Ended in Guilin

 

Here is a recommended 3-day Guilin Biking Tour for you. The off-the-beaten path will definitely offers you a wonderful opportunity to view the enchanting backcountry, grotesque Crown Cave, and old villages of Guilin.

Recommended Guilin Biking Package:

3-day Guilin Biking Tour

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Guilin Yangshuo Climbing Festival 2017, Yangshuo Rock Climbing

Guilin Yangshuo Climbing Festival is held every year normally in September/October/November. But the 10th Yangshuo Climbing Festival will start a little bit late. It is to be held on Nov. 10th-12th.

Guilin Yangshuo Climbing Festival 2017

Hundreds of people from all over the world are attracted by the festival each year because of the unique karst landform in Yangshuo, and it is considered as a “paradise for climbing”.

Guilin Yangshuo Climbing Festival 2017

Compared to the previous nine sessions, there’s no doubt that the Yangshuo Rock Climbing Festival 2017 is richer and more colorful. Such as “the First 5.14 Climbing Summit Forum”, “Yangshuo Free Solo Music Festival”, “Youth Climbing Competition”, “Professional Climbing Technology Teaching Courses” and “Outdoor Special Sales”.

Guilin Yangshuo Climbing Festival 2017

It is worth mentioning that this year’s “Rock Climbing Masters Sharing Session” will invite 25 climbers who successfully complete the “5.14 difficult lines of climbing” to share. For now, only 28 climbers have completed the 5.14 difficult lines in domestic record. At the same time, the organizing committee has specially designed a series of fine 5.14 rock climbing postcards, and all the participants have the chance to get the signature of the Rock Climbing Masters themselves.

Guilin Yangshuo Climbing Festival 2017

So, if you’re interested, come and join the festival by enjoying the exotic, fascinating natural scenery combined with the thrill of rock climbing in Yangshuo!

Take Closer Look at New Sleeper Bullet Trains in China

Recently, China’s new bullet trains equipped with private sleeper compartments have launched on Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway.

New Sleeper Bullet Trains in China

The new sleeper bullet trains adopt a completely new longitudinal design, namely parallel to the train running. The middle of the carriage is a central passageway, with double berths on both sides. Each of berths is very independent, even has its own window, which will bring more comfortable and private ride experience for the passengers.

New Sleeper Bullet Trains in China

What’s more, in order to satisfy the diversified needs of passengers, the new sleeper bullet trains’ interior facilities and services become more humanized. For example, each berth has a separate tea table, which will provide convenience for passengers to place their laptop, small items, food & drinks and other things. At the same time, each compartment equips with charging socket, reading lamp, book & newspaper bag, curtain, armrest and coat hook.

New Sleeper Bullet Trains in China

In addition, the new sleeper bullet train’s design of vibration and noise reduction has further optimized. The noise inside the carriage is controlled at 62 decibels. This noise level reaches the optimal level. Besides, the luggage space of the lower berth can be placed with six 17-inch standard suitcases or two 25-inch suitcases.

New Sleeper Bullet Trains in China

In the future, this kind of new sleeper bullet train will be further spread to more long-distance EMU (Electric Multiple Unit) lines. It will become very convenient for you to have a pleasant China Train Tour.

China’s Lanzhou-Chongqing Railway Put into Full Operation

Lanzhou-Chongqing Railway

After 9 years of hard work, the 886km Lanzhou-Chongqing Railway has already opened to traffic on September 29, 2017. It becomes the most convenient path between Lanzhou City of Gansu province and the metropolis Chongqing.

Lanzhou-Chongqing Railway

The Lanzhou-Chongqing Railway also runs through the resource rich provinces of Shaanxi, Sichuanand other 20 cities and counties. It will play a crucial role in improving transportation efficiency and advance the development program for western China.

Lanzhou-Chongqing Railway

The double-track electrified railway started construction in 2008. Trains are expected to run at 160 km per hour, cutting the travel time between Lanzhou and Chongqing from 21 hours to 12 hours. Trains between Lanzhou and Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, will be shortened to 11 hours.

Lanzhou-Chongqing Railway

This good news benefits the people who want to have a pleasant trip to China. You can spend less time changing at Gansu, Sichuan, Chongqing, Chengdu or other cities’ stations along the railway line, which will make your trip more efficient. And then, you will have more time to experience the different cultures of different cities, and of course, retrace the Silk Road, if you’re interested.

Free or Half Price to Visit Huangshan!

※  Can you believe it? You can visit Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) for free or half price!  ※

Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is the name of the 72-peak range lying in the south of Anhui Province. It is probably not only the most famous landscape attraction in China, but also the most marvelous mountain on earth.

Huangshan

Recently, Huangshan City Tourism Committee has launched a series of preferential politics. The discount, given to Hong Kong & Macau & Taiwan residents and other overseas tourists, will last 4 months. The following are the details:

Preferential Time: 

November 1st, 2017 – February 28th, 2018

Preferential Tourists: 

* Residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan

* Overseas Chinese

* Chinese of foreign nationality

* Foreigners

Preferential Information:

1. During the event, all of the 51 A-level scenic areas (spots) in Huangshan City implement the preferential policy. Among them, Huangshan scenic area is free to visit, and other 50 A-level scenic areas (spots) tickets at half-price concessions.

2. With valid documents, namely, “Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents”, “Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents”,” Overseas Chinese Long-term (Permanent) Residence Permit”, “Foreign Passport” or “Passport”, you can enjoy all of the preferential policies during the event.

Notice:

The preferential range does not include ropeway, cable car, cruise ships, scenic spots, traffic, hot springs experience and other consumption items in the scenic areas (spots).

Huangshan

This preferential policy benefits the whole world. The Huangshan people sincerely hope friends from all over the world take this opportunity, and come to Huangshan to enjoy the beautiful scenery and rich culture. I’m sure you will marvel at the peculiarly-shaped rocks and pines on the Yellow Mountains, and indulge in the ancient-styled dwellings in Xidi and Hongcun villages.

Huangshan

If it is your first time to visit Huangshan, I would like to recommend two Huangshan Tour (Yellow Mountain Tour) packages to you:

https://www.easytourchina.com/tour-v540-4-day-essence-of-huangshan-tour

https://www.easytourchina.com/tour-v539-3-day-amazing-yellow-mountain-tour

Or we can tailor-made a Huangshan Tour (Yellow Mountain Tour) just for you. You’re welcome to contact us via inquiry@easytourchina.com.

Katherine’s Late Summer Tour to Guizhou Ethnic Villages

At the end of August, I was honored to have a charming tour to Congjiang County of Guizhou Province with my colleagues. This Guizhou Tour really opened my eyes and let me have a new understanding of what an authentic village tour in China is really about.

Guizhou

For a feast for the eyes on Guizhou tour, a trip to Jiabang Rice Terraces is necessary. Located 80 km away from Congjiang, Jiabang Rice Terraces are among the most beautiful rice fields of Guizhou and even in China. The large size of terraces makes Jiabang so beautiful, and the whole rice fields reflect the amazing views when they are irrigated. The water flowing down to irrigate the fields looks crystal clear. The air is so clean. The villages and the waving smoke from their kitchen chimneys, the locals in Yao minority costumes… All of these reflect the harmonious beauty of human and nature.

Guizhou

Guizhou

Our first stop was Jiashui Miao Village. It attracted me immediately when I set foot on this land. All of the stockade village houses remain their ancient simplicity. The forests here are also well protected, which you may inadvertently find some precious tree species. Besides, the villagers are so friendly that made us feel like coming home.

Guizhou

Along the road from Congjiang County to Jiashui Miao Village, spectacular terraced fields can be seen here and there. In late summer and early fall, the terraces gradually change from green to yellow. Against the blue sky, while breeze passing by, the rice on the terraces begin dancing in the wind. Several wooden houses are dotted sporadically over the terraces. What a picturesque old-world village! It is definitely a paradise for photography lovers.

Guizhou

Guizhou

After 1 day break, we drove along the mountain road, and then arrived at Zhanli Dong Village – our second stop. Unfortunately, as soon as we got there, it began to rain cats and dogs. We took shelter on a bridge for a while, and found that the village in the rain is still so charming: the elders chitchatted on the bridge; a flock of sheep trotted together in the rain; the fish in the river frolicked and spitted several bubbles; small ducks swimming in the water merrily…

Guizhou

Guizhou

About half an hour later, the rain finally stopped, we started to take a leisure walk in Zhanli Dong Village. The effective inheritance education of the birth consciousness in ZhanLi Dong Village is a quite typical and successful instance. They have excellent control over reproduction. Every family here has only a son and a daughter. What an amazing village!

Guizhou

Unlike the former minority villages, Zhanli Dong Village is well planned, and everywhere is clean and neat. Along the road, we happened to meet the locals holding the Kam Grand Choirs in a drum-tower. Kam Grand Choirs is a non-accompany multi-sound chorus folk art. Dong villagers treat song as treasure, knowledge and culture. And they believe that who knows the more songs, and then who is the most knowledgeable person. The Kam Grand Choirs has been well known both at home and abroad since reform and opening-up in China. So it becomes very useful to cultivate the national spirit and develop the soft power of Culture.

Guizhou

Guizhou

Just as we were about to leave, we met a group of villagers who were performing the Lusheng, which sounded very nice. Ethnic minorities always have so many colorful activities.

Guizhou

The next morning, we started our journey in Basha Miao Village. The air is so fresh; the village is lying quietly, like a green leaf in the deep mountains. All here is so peaceful and gentle. But you may be surprised to know that it is the China’s last gunner tribe. Basha people are very brave and versatile. They can be deemed the “living fossil” of traditional culture of Miao since they still remain the production and life style over 2,000 years ago. Their rarely-known culture of tree burial and worship are much unique and mysterious.

Guizhou

What’s more, there is one rare convention and skill which you may consider unbelievable – sickle-haircut. If you are interested and have the guts, try it.

Guizhou

There’re other series of traditional performance events being held every day, such as welcoming guest by firing the gun, Lusheng dance, horse fighting competition and so on. But we were not lucky enough to watch all of them because of the heavy rain.

Guizhou

Here comes my favorite village – Gaohua Yao Village, which is built on the top of a high mountain, folded in the mist in every morning, like a fairyland. The fresh air rise from the thick forest and streams is cool and humid. The rice terraces down hills are partly hidden and partly visible in the mist. For the time being, I was content to gaze at the distant mountain emerge from the clouds. As I was watching they were glowed pink in the setting sun before turning silver in the moonlight. Towards evening, I saw the smoke rising from original wooden houses’ cook chimneys. What a beautiful view!

Guizhou

The best part was taking a medicated bath before went to bed. Nothing is more comfortable than a Chinese herbal bath. Just relaxed, and let the spirit of nervous get slow better rest mode, wash away the dust, and banish evil. If you take the medicated bath all year round, you will be very healthy.

Guizhou

According to the elder in the village, there still exist many old wooden houses, and some of them even have reached the age of 3 or 4 hundred years old. The elders are not only very good at telling folk stories, but also have fantastic traditional clothing technology includes knitting, dyeing, broidery, tapestry, etc.

Guizhou

The landlord of the hostel is very kind and friendly. The day we left, this lovely family made delicious noodles as breakfast for us, and then waving goodbye on the windowsill reluctantly. What a sweet moment!

In the middle of that day, we continued driving to our next stop – Dragon Lady Trench Tourism Village. It is a perfect place for hiking. The thick forest, the peace and quiet atmosphere of the county, huge stones, clean and cool lakes and splendid waterfalls… All of these made us linger. Terraced fields are scattered all over the rolling mountains, which are quiet spectacular.

Guizhou

Guizhou

After enjoying the feast of beauty, we winded round the base of the lofty Yuanbao Mountain, and headed to our last destination – Xiaosang Village. Along the road, we found many Lusheng pillars standing in the fields. When we arrived at the Xiaosang Village Museum of Ethnography, the gate was closed, but we saw a huge and exquisite Lusheng Pillar with dragon totem standing in front of the closed door. It is carved with animals and fairy tales, reflecting the good vision of the villagers. The terraced fields here are as spectacular as we’ve seen before, but most of the old houses here have been destroyed and replaced by concrete houses, which was a huge pity.

Guizhou

Guizhou

Guizhou

So, if you want to get to know the real Chinese minority villages, you’d best hurry up and take the chance to book a China village tour with us, before the original Chinese countryside disappeared!