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

UNESCO Names Huashan Rock Painting a World Heritage Site for 2016

The 40th Session of UNESCO World Heritage Committee was held in Istanbul between 10 and 20 July 2016. This year, 21 new heritage sites are added to the list, including the site of Mountain Huashan Rock Painting from China.

In the border regions of Guangxi, southwest China, the groups of rock paintings are found on the sheer cliffs and overhanging the surging rivers. As far back as 5BC during the Warring States Period, Luoyue People, the ancient ancestors of Zhuang ethnic minority, started painting on the limestone cliff, which extends 200km of the two shores of Zuojiang River and its tributary Mingjiang River, and involves the cities and counties of Pingxiang, Longzhou, Ningming, Chongzuo, Fusui, Jiangzhou, etc.

Guangxi tours to Huashan Mountain rock painting

The Zuojiang Huashan rock art site covers an area of more than 6,621 hectares and is home to 1900 discrete countable images arranged in about 110 groups. The paintings have a brownish, red color and were said to be created by using a special pigment, a mixture of red ochre (hematite), animal glue and blood and oxalic acid – therefore they survive to today.

Huashan rock art

The over 2000-year-old rock paintings depict human figures, animals, implements like knives, swords, and musical instruments like bronze drums and bells. Human figures are typically between 60cm (24 in) and 150cm (4.9 ft) tall, but the highest one reaches 3.58 m (11.7 ft) in height. The ancient illustrations also give an insight into the social life, festival activities, rituals and ceremonies of the Luoyue people, and record the early history and culture of China’s southern nations.

The rock painting of Huashan Mountain is believed to be the biggest in the world. Meanwhile it shows ancient Luoyue people’s painting art, just as UNESCO committee describes, “Looking up at this rock painting in huge size, the descendants can not only know the actual and vivid social lives of the ancient Luoyue people, but also appreciate their spiritual advocacy and artistic conception.”

Guangxi tours to Huashan Mountain Murals

How to get there

The only way to see Huashan Mountain Rock Painting is by boat. Before that you need to get to Ningming (宁明) first, either by bus or by train from Nanning. Here are two Guangxi tour packages to take you to Huashan Mountain Rock Painting:

4-day Relaxing Guangxi tour to Detian Waterfall & Mingshi

9-day Guangxi Exploration

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge to open in 2016

The opening date of Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge is to be announced, but it won’t keep us waiting too long, and will be a big surprise to any of us to challenge the longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge in the world.

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A world architecture wonder – what does it look like?

The terrifying bridge hangs above Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, with a length of 430 meters (1,410 feet), a width of 6 meters (20 feet), and a height of 300 meters (984 feet). It is made up of transparent glass and will be able to hold up to 800 people at once. There is a bungee jump platform at the bridge center, known as the world’s highest, set against the dramatic landscape of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

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Is the bridge secure?

A BBC reporter hammered on the bridge, the three layers of glass were shattered, yet the damage was superficial and the bottom of bridge did not break or part.

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It’s even fine for 25 adults jumping simultaneously on the bridge, or being run over by a 15-ton bus for many times.

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Location: inside Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Scenic Area, approximately 60km (40 mi) southwest of Zhangjiajie City, Hunan Province

People who may be interested in it: outdoor activity lovers and intrepid travelers

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3-day Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon tour to the glass-bottomed bridge:

http://www.easytourchina.com/tour-v514-3-day-zhangjiajie-grand-canyon-tour

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’.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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: http://www.easytourchina.com/tour-v238-20-day-china-tea-discovery

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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.

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The oldest village in China

Tusi Relics – New Sites in China Listed as UNESCO World Heritage

UN cultural organization UNESCO has inscribed China’s three Tusi sites to the world’s intangible heritage list at their 39th committee meeting in Bonn, Germany on July 4, 2015.

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China UNESCO World Heritage

What is Tusi?

Tusi refers to an ancient self-ruled system adopted by the feudal Chinese emperors to rule the multi-ethnic minority regions in the mountainous south-central and southwest China between 13th century and 20 century. With the Tusi system, a local tribal leader was appointed as Tusi – the imperial official by the central government, and governed the tribe based on their own law, proprieties and customs. This special chieftain system contributed to ethnic diversity, and helped to enhance solidarity and build unified multi-ethnic country.

The three Tusi sites on the UNESCO heritage list include the around 600-year-old Yongshun Tusi city in Hunan Province, the 460-year-old Tangya Tusi city in Hubei Province, and the more than 750-year-old Hailongtun Tusi castle in Guizhou Province. The ruins were Tusi’s administrative center and living area, and now offer a glimpse into the diversified culture and history of ancient China.

After the Tusi sites were entitled world heritage, China now has 48 such sites, ranking the second in the world, just after Italy.

The ruins of Laosicheng in the Hunan Province

China Tusi sites in Hunan province

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The ruins of Tangya in the Hubei Province

China Tusi Sites in Hubei province

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The ruins of Hailongtun Fortress in the Guizhou Province

China Tusi Sites in Guizhou Province

Guizhou Zunyi Tusi Sites

Guizhou Zunyi Tusi Sites

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.

 

The Gyirong Port at China-Nepal Border Is Officially Opened

A renovated China-Nepal border port at Gyirong, South Tibet’s Shigatse city, was officially opened in December 1, 2014. Since 2006, Nepal has been Tibet’s biggest trade partner for eight consecutive years. The Gyirong Port is expected to further facilitate bilateral economic development and boost tourism on both sides.

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The Gyirong border port, which started operation in 1978, used to be the largest land trading port linking Tibet and Nepal. Now the port has been expanded and developed into the cross-border China-Nepal Gyirong Port Economic Cooperation Zone, and will also be built into a tourist destination.

“Trade at the Gyirong Port will be expanded and tourists will be allowed to travel through the port.” Dong Mingjun, vice chairman of the Tibet regional government Said.

China-Nepal Border

Recent development of the port has also benefited a lot to the local residents with the construction of infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, hotels, business service center and a 24 km of asphalt from Gyirong to Nepal’s Rasuwa.

The Lhasa-Shigatze Railway opened earlier this year also makes the Gyirong Port a link between China and the South Asia. It will not only promote trade between China and South Asian countries, but also bring a great number of visitors to Shigatze, which is the base for spectacular landscapes and some grand monasteries: Mt. Everest, Tashihunpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery, Shalu Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, etc.

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