Shanghai Weekend Getaway to Nearby Water Towns: How to Get There

Around Shanghai scatters several ancient water towns – the nearby Zhujiajiao and Jiangnan’s top six water cities, all in sharp contrast with the modern, efficient, cosmopolitan and gaudy Shanghai. For those looking for weekend fun or ancient town exploration to these places, here are the important transportation tips:

Shanghai – Zhuajiajiao (61km):

take Subway line 8 at Renmen Square Station (人民广场站), get off at Lujiabing Road Station (陆家浜路站), then switch to Subway line 9 and get off at Dongjing Station (洞泾站). Walk for 40 meters to get to the Tangqiao Station (塘桥站) and take Shanghai-Zhujiajiao special-line bus

Shanghai water town tours.

Shanghai – Luzhi Town (72km):

1. Take Subway line 1 and get off at Zhongshan Road (N) Station, here you can take the scheduled bus directly to Luzhi in Zhongshan Bus Station

2. Take Shanghai-Suzhou bullet train to get to Suzhou first, then take Bus No.518 to Luzhi Town Station

3. Get to Kunshan first, then take bus to Luzhi Town

Shanghai Zhouzhuang tours

Shanghai – Zhouzhuang Water Town (70km):

1. Take regular bus to Zhouzhuang in Shanghai Tourist Bus Center (Add: 666 Tianyaoqiao Road, Xuhui, near Shanghai Stadium)

2. Take Shanghai-Kunshan bullet train to get to Kunshan first, transfer to Bus No.88 to Xinke Station (新客站), then take Bus No.130 to your destination Zhouzhuang Town.

Shanghai Wuzhen tours

Shanghai – Tongli Water Town (90km):

1. Take the regular bus to Tongli in Shanghai Tourist Bus Center (Add: 666 Tianyaoqiao Road, Xuhui, near Shanghai Stadium)

2. Shanghai long distance bus station (1662, Zhongxing Road) – Tongli

Shanghai – Nanxun Water Town (150km): Take the regular bus to Nanxun in Shanghai Tourist Bus Center (Add: 666 Tianyaoqiao Road, Xuhui, near Shanghai Stadium)

Shanghai – Wuzhen Water Town (130km):

there are scheduled buses going to Wuzhen every day from Shanghai long distance bus station (south), address: 666, Shilong Road, Shanghai

Shanghai Xitang tour

Shanghai – Xitang Water Town (85km):

1. Take the bullet train from Shanghai Hongqiao Train Station to Jiashan South Train Station (嘉善火车南站), then take a taxi to Xitang.

2. Take regular bus from Shanghai Long-Distance Bus Terminal or Shanghai long distance bus station (south) to Jiashan Bus Terminal (嘉善客运站), then take a taxi to Xitang.

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5 Tips for First Time Mountain Hikes in China

For those looking for an exciting and rewarding mountain climbing experience in China, the country boasts numerous awesome peaks with dozens of trails that are on par with the best in the world and meet all abilities and interests. However, for your first mountain hike in China, here are some basic tips and advices.

1. Assemble the perfect itinerary

No matter how many times you have reached the mountain summit, this time may be different. Therefore, take your time to plot out a route, fully understand the road/trail condition, as well as the terrain and elevation, so as to keep away from any possibility of rock fall or mud-rock flows.

2. Make sure your hiking gear is in good shape

Pack lightly, dress appropriately and comfortably, and equip yourself with some safety equipment. Do not wear high heels, even it is an easiest hike, as it may cause inconvenience or potential safety hazard. Prepare yourself alpenstock, backpack, sport hiking shoes, hat, sunglasses, glove, knee pa or anything you needs most.

3. Keep an eye on the weather forecast

The weather in the mountainous areas changes quickly and varies from one part to another in a day. Keep abreast of the weather in order to dress accordingly and start the trip in a good weather.

4. Travel with friends or a group

It is better and safer to travel with a group. But if you are a solo traveler and decide to climb a mountain alone, make sure you bring with the safety equipment like mountaineering locator. Try not venture into the remote and dangerous trails.

5. You may need a local guide

China’s diverse mountain landscape offers a lot for mountain lovers. Many of the mountains are still untouched. Even the most detailed contour maps tend to be unreliable in these areas, so you’re suggested to hire an experienced local guide.

 

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Yellow Mountain – the most scenic mountain in China

Zhangjiejie – the oddly-shaped mountain peaks inspired Avatar

Mt. Wuyishan – a UNCESCO World Natural and Cultural heritage

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Easy Travel in China: How to Find Fast and Free Wi-Fi

So you want to keep connected with family and friends when traveling in China and share them your daily experiences and travel photos? And have to check emails and read online from time to time? China’s fast-developing technology and internet has assured an ever-expanding Wi-Fi coverage throughout the country, which is going to bring travelers much convenience.

At the Hotel

Nowadays, a large percentage of travelers consider fast Wi-Fi as important as a good night’s sleep or a nice, helpful hotel staff.
Free wireless service is available at Most of China’s hotels, including some budget hotels and guesthouses. To figure out if there is Wi-Fi signal at your hotel, you’re suggested to read carefully on the hotel property description or reviews on sites like TripAdvisor or major booking engines before booking. Sometimes free Wi-Fi is only available at the hotel lobby.

In the Public

China’s major cities, Beijing and Shanghai included, are offered many free hotspots at the public places, like airports, railway stations, bus stations, shopping centers and tourist areas.

Beijing has the most extensive wireless network on city buses. Passengers will find free Wi-Fi on Beijing-Shanghai high-speed trains. In Shanghai, free Wi-Fi is available in tourist attractions like the Bund, Yu Garden, Shanghai Museum, and Xin Tian Di. In Hangzhou, outdoor Wi-Fi is available free in most urban areas. While in Hong Kong, free Wi-Fi is available on all metro trains.

In cities, Wi-Fi access service are offered at almost all the restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, book stores, hospitals, etc. – we consider it the current trend. You just have to get the access code from the attendants.

At the Airport

Free Wi-Fi signal is also available at many of China’s modern airports – you’ll just need to apply for the free account with password on your cellphone or at the designated service desk.

One thing to be careful about: the free Wi-Fi policy will differ by airports. To give you an idea, air passengers in Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport can get free Wi-Fi connection with their mobile phone number, while in Beijing Capital International Airport, they can do it with the boarding pass.

On the Domestic Flight

Available only in a few of Chinese airlines, in-flight Wi-Fi could be expensive and typically limited to those they offer. So you may have to control your ‘Wi-Fi addiction’ for a while.

 

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Chinese Phrasebook for International Travelers

To break the language barrier is the first and foremost thing when travelling in China, especially when you are backpacking in China. Despite the fact that Chinese kids are learning English from primary school onwards, it is still a barrier that most overseas travelers may come across. Therefore, you’re encouraged to bring with a Chinese Phrasebook or learn a few words and phrases in advance.

Here we offer you some of the most commonly used Chinese words and phrases, with simplified Chinese characters, pinyin (pronunciation), and the English translation.

Tips for First-time Travelers to China

Chinese Pinyin English
你好 Nǐ hǎo Hello/Hi
你好吗? Nǐ hǎo ma? How are you?
shì Yes
不是 bù shì No
hǎo Good/ok
不好 bù hǎo not good
谢谢 xiè xie thank you
不客气 bù kè qì You are welcome
对不起 Duì bù qǐ I’m sorry
没关系 Méi guan xi It’s okay. (polite response to “I’m sorry”)
Qǐng Please
请问 qǐng wèn Excuse me
早上好 zǎo shàng hǎo Good morning
下午好 xià wǔ hǎo Good afternoon
晚上好 Wǎn shàng hǎo Good evening
晚安 Wǎn ‘ān Good night
很高兴认识你 Hěn gāo xìng rèn shì nǐ Nice to meet you
再见 Zài jiàn Goodbye/ Bye-bye
你叫什么名字? Nǐ jiào shén me míng zi? What is your name?
我叫… Wǒ jiào … My name is…
我不会讲中文 Wǒ bú huì jiáng zhōng wén I can’t speak Chinese
你会说英语吗? Nǐ huì shuō Yīng yǔ ma? Do you speak English?
我听不懂 Wǒ tīng bù dǒng I don’t understand
这是什么? zhè shì shén me? What is this?
这是… zhè shì… This is …
我想要… Wǒ xiǎng yào… I want…
我不想要… Wǒ bù xiǎng yào… I don’t want…
多少钱 duō shǎo qián How much is it?
几点钟 Jǐ diǎn zhōng What’s the time?
我喜欢… Wǒ Xǐ huān… I like…
我不喜欢… Wǒ bù Xǐ huān… I don’t like …
duì Right/correct
不对 bù duì Wrong/incorrect

When You Need Help

洗手间在那里 Xǐ shǒu jiān zài nǎ li? Where is the bathroom/toilet?
我饿了 Wǒ è le I’m hungry
我渴了 Wǒ kè le I’m thirsty
我累了 Wǒ lèi le I’m tired
我迷路了 wǒ mí lù le I’m lost
请帮助我 Qǐng bāng zhù wǒ Please help me
我生病了 wǒ sheng bìng le I’m sick
我受伤了 wǒ shòu shāng le I’ve been injured
我需要医生 wǒ xū yào yīshēng I need a doctor
我可以用您的电话吗? wǒ kě yǐ yòng nín de dian huà ma? Can I use your phone?

Numbers in Chinese

0 líng
1 One
2 èr Two
3 sān Three
4 Four
5 Five
6 liù Six
7 Seven
8 Eight
9 jiǔ Nine
10 shí Ten
100 yībǎi One hundred
1000 Yī qiān One thousand

 

Useful Travel Tips for Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan

400km away from Chengdu, with a tranquil area surrounded by nine primitive Tibetan villages, Jiuzhaigou Valley is one of the most charming scenic national parks in China and features 108 crystal lakes, intoxicating waterfalls and streams, snow-capped mountains, as well as numerous wide fauna and flora. However, given its relatively high altitude and special customs, visitors are encouraged to comply with the rules to keep a safe and delightful stay in Jiuzhaigou.

To help with your journey to Jiuzhaigou, we’ve filtered through guidance and tips from thousands of travelers and offer you the most useful ones.

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1. You may expect the altitude problems. The average altitude of Jiuzhaigou Reserve is 2930 meters, while the Huanglong Reserve is almost 4000 meters. Generally, altitude less than 3300 meters can be accepted by most normal people. But Huanglong Reserve’s 4000 meters is a bit challenge – most people find it is still tolerable, though with a little discomfort.

2. To overcome the altitude problem, it is better to retain the best altitude and avoid strenuous exercise. Drink little or no alcohol, and have more vegetables and fruits. Prepare medicines on prevention of high altitude reaction, and small oxygen cylinder for the aged and frail (you can buy it in Chengdu).

Jiuzhaigou travel tips

3. People with high blood pressure or heart diseases are discouraged to travel to Jiuzhaigou.

4. Lighting fires are strictly forbidden here to prevent the forest fire.

5. In consideration of large temperature difference between day and night, it is better for you to take warm clothes and rain gear, as well as the common medicines in case of catching cold.

Trips to Jiuzhaigou in autumn

6. To resist the intense ultraviolet radiation, please bring the suncream and sun hat.

7. To reach Jiuzhaigou Valley, you can take a flight to Jiuzhaigou-Huanglong Airport first, and you will have another 1.5 hours’ drive to Jiuzhaigou Reserve and 1 hour’s drive to Huanglong Reserve.

8. Jiuzhaigou offers varied and beautiful sceneries all year round. Summer and autumn are widely known as the best seasons to visit Jiuzhaigou, while winter is also recommended with a snow fairy world and less tourists. Avoid the public holidays such as Spring Festival, National Day holiday (Oct 1-7) and Labor Day holiday (May Day from May 1st to 3rd).

what to see in Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan

9. Take good care of your trekking gear and photographic equipment.

10. Do in Rome as Rome does. Please respect local Tibetan people’s religion and lifestyle.

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Photography Trip to Hulunbuir Prairie, Inner Mongolia

Far away in the northeastern Inner Mongolian of north China, Hulunbuir is a vast purest grassland at the foot of the Greater Xing’anling Mountains and stretching silently and endlessly into the sky. With an area of 260,000 square kilometers, the scarcely populated Hulunbuir Prairie is the largest and best-preserved one in China, and known as one of the world’s top three prairies.

Photography Trip to Hulunbuir Prairie

The spacious natural grassland is crisscrossed by more than 3,000 meandering rivers and 500 crystal clear lakes, where groups of cattle and horses drink and graze leisurely, creating an idyllic, romantic setting for all photographers.

Hulunbuir Prairie Tour

Hulunbuir Prairie offers awe-inspiring sceneries throughout the year. May in spring is a riot of color. Make your way to the forests for the azalea blossoms blaze scarlet before the snow finally melts. June till August in summer will see the endless grass mat dotted with little colorful flowers. A comfortable temperature between 16℃-21℃ (61℉- 70℉) makes it a one of the best summer retreats in China. September in autumn claims to be the best time for photography, when the mountains and prairie are dyed with intense fall color, forming a strong contrast with the blue sky. Hulunbuir Prairie in winter is blanket with snow and ice, making it a majestic snow world.

Hulunbuir Prairie Autumn

Hulunbuir Prairie is also appeal to those obsessed with ethnic culture photography. It is home to Mongolian nomads and herders and people from over 10 ethnic groups, such as Russian, Ewenki, Daur and etc. Various fun minority festivals are held here, among which, Mongolian Nadam Fair in July is the most typical and famous of its kind.

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Trip to Hulunbuir Prairie
Hulunbuir Prairie Winter

9 Tips for Safe Traveling in China

Is China safe now? By and large, the answer is yes. The public security here is good; people are friendly, enthusiastic and reliable. However, when it comes to tour China for international tourists, the country has a few ‘rules’ that you should keep in mind to avoid potential danger and stay safety.

Here are nine tips for a safe and worry-free China tour.

Stay Safe in China

1. Pick a decent hotel with care. Book the hotel with a trustworthy hotel-booking website or a travel agent. The star hotels in China are mostly in a good and safe location with considerate and hospitable services, as well as great security measures.

2. Order the healthy meal. when coming to China, you should not miss trying various authentic Chinese dishes, by finding yourself a decent restaurant for a nutritious, fresh, and healthy diet. Many restaurants in China’s tourist destinations also have English menu. Be careful if you’re trying the street food, which MAY cause an allergy.

Tips for A Safe China Tour

3. Beware of the petty crime. China is the largest developing county in the world, and far from immune to crime. Petty crime is still high in plenty of places, especially the crowded areas, such as the railway station, bus station. So always keep an eye on your belongings, including the camera, mobile phone, wallet and purse, and be aware of the pickpockets and thieves.

4. Leave your jewelries and valuables at home. Dress conservatively and try to blend in the locals, providing you don’t want to be target of thieves. If you do have some valuables with you on the tour, it is suggested to deposit them in the hotel’s checkroom / hotel safe.

5. Plan thoroughly ahead and check out online forums. For example, If you are planning on visiting the ancient capital city Xian, you might need to know that there are pickpockets everywhere in the Muslin Street, and avoid the unethical taxies who may overcharge for rides.

Safe Travel Tips on China tour

6. Never accept food, drink or cigarettes from strangers, especially when you’re travelling alone. Protect yourself and your children from cheaters, irregular charge, and any other troubles. If you have a tour guide, contact your guide whenever you encounter a problem. if not, call the police for help.

7. Don’t carry large amounts of cash with you. Carry only as much as you need for a day trip. If by any chance you lose your wallet, you will still have enough money to go on your journey.

Safety Tips when travelling in China

8. Buy the travel Insurance. To be on the safe side, travel insurance is indeed a necessary expense. Tourists can pick one of the best travel insurance for your China vacation, which can cover flight delay, accidents, injury, illness and death medical expenses. The travel Insurance will make you much more secure in China.

9. Digitize your important travel documents. It is of critical importance to scan all relevant visas, travel documents and passports and email to your account before you head out for your China tour. In this way, you can have the photocopies in case the original ones are lost or stolen.

China Travel Safety