Hakka Tulou Buildings Discovery – Also for Tea Culture Experience

Hakka people’s Tulou buildings (or earth towers) have recorded the changes of over 800 years.

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The legendary tribes of Hakka in central China travelled south for thousands of kilometers to the remote and isolated mountains of Fujian Province because of the war during ancient times. Yet in their new home, they had to face the threat of local outlaws and bandits. Therefore Tulou was created and built to be an unbreakable castle that housed up to 80 families. Its various functions such as being well-lit, well-ventilated, windproof, fireproof and quakeproof help Hakkas to live safely and comfortably.

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Today, in the west and south of Fujian, there are over ten thousand well-kept tulous in Nanjing Country and Yongding Country of Longyan City. The most famous tulous include: Yuchang Earth Tower, Zhencheng Tower, Chuxi Tulou, and Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster.

Tulou is a miracle of Chinese traditional dwellings and attracts the eyes of world architectures with the wacky designs. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

Fujian Hakka Tulou tours

The industrious Hakka people also reclaim rice terraced fields and tea farms from hills – rows of tea trees stretch down the hillside. They savor the simple pleasure of picking tea leaves and drinking tea in the quint tulou houses.

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Sample tours to Hakka Tulou from Xiamen:

3-day Xiamen Tour Package to Hakka Earth Buildings

More Hakka Tulou tours:

5-day Guangzhou Xiamen Tour with Tulou Castles Exploration

17-day China Ancient Architecture Tour

China’s Most Beautiful Mountains in Photos

China is a great destination for mountain enthusiasts. Some of the world’s most legendary mountain ranges and peaks rose here millions of years ago – some are sacred with religious and secular significance, others are endowed with breathtaking natural scenery.

Mount Everest – Summon up courage to ascend the highest peak on earth, or sit outside a tea house in the nearby village, admiring silently at the soaring, elegant peaks of Everest.

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Mount Kailash – This is where the Gods live – you can have a spiritual journey or a tough yet most rewarding hiking experience.

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Meili Snow Mountain – It reminds to be conquered. And you’ll discover the vertical vegetation distribution – fruits along the river valleys, precious traditional Chinjese medicines, teas and lesser pandas on alpine meadows…

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Mount Wudang – a holy Taoist mountain in Shiyan, Hubei Province and a great place to practice Tai Chi in China

China holy mountain tour

Mount Wutai – the first of China’s holy Buddhist mountains, and one of the world’s five Buddhist sanctuaries

China Buddhist Mountain trip

Mount Emei a famous Buddhist sanctuary in Sichuan, Mt. Emeishan once had more than 100 temples

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Mount Tai – one of the few World Natural and Cultural Heritages

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Mt. Hua one of the Five Sacred Mountains of China, also known for its dangerously steep landscape and scariest mountain roads and cliffside walkways

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Mianshan Mountain – the birthplace of Qingming Festival, its spectacular architectures built above the cliff

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Yellow Mountain – the most-visited mountain in China

China mountain trekking tour

Mount Lu – a hauntingly smoky mountain in Jiangxi Province with magnificent waterfalls

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Mount Wuyi – a natural summer resort in Fujian of typical Danxia Landform & a great place for Chinese tea culture experience

Mount Sanqing – one of the holiest Taoist mountain, UNESCO recognized it as a world natural heritage site in 2008

Karst Mountain in Guilin, Guangxi

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

China's most famous mountains

Danxia Mountain – Red RocksGeological Park in in Shaoguan, Guangdong Province

Camel Peak in Sichuan

Top Ten Extraordinary Honeymoon Destinations in China

You have been given a perfect love with that special someone, and would certainly prefer to go somewhere extraordinary to start your happy married life. So we come up with China’s 10 best romantic places for honeymooners, of which, some are tranquil yet awe-inspiring, and some are off-the-beaten-track but promising a lifetime’s worth of romantic memories.

1. Yangtze Cruise

China’s most legendary water system Yangtze River is best seen by taking a cruise. Enjoy your cruise voyage – a great honeymoon idea that that never goes out of style – with the luxurious cruise ship and the finest service, to many must-see sights of China. >> Read More about Yangtze River

Yangtze Cruise Honeymoon trip

2. Tibet

If you are looking for a special place for your honeymoon trip, we invite you to have a stay in Tibet. On the sacred, pure land of Tibet, there is always something fantastic to experience –holy highland lakes, world-famous palaces and monasteries of unique religious belief and culture, and the world’s highest point Mount Everest. Love is in blessing here. >> Read More about Tibet

Tibet Honeymoon Tours

3. Zhangjiajie

What a treat to get into the magic land of Zhangjiajie. You will find quartz and sandstone geomorphologic structure rare on earth. Zhangjiajie embraces the unique and unparalleled natural settings with wonderfully precipitous mountains and unspoiled peaceful lakes, making it a paradise for honeymoon. >> Read More about Zhangjiajie 

China Zhangjiajie Honeymoon Tours

4. Fenghuang Old Town

There in that old town, the Tuo River is lined with wooden stilted buildings; the stone paths are full of souvenir shops and stalls and local-favor restaurants, pubs and cafes with ambient music. Romance happens at any time and makes you forget the outside world. >> Read More about Fenghuang Old Town

Fenghung Ancient Town tours for newlyweds

5. Yangshuo

Take a cruise trip down picturesque Li River to Yangshuo. With its laid-back atmosphere and incredible natural beauty mixed with strangely shaped Karst hills, crystal clear waters and spectacular caves, Yangshuo is an appealing choice for all honeymooners. >> Read More about Yangshuo

Guilin Yangshuo tours for honeymooners

6. Hangzhou

In addition to the beautiful West Lake, time-honored temples and museums, newly- married people can also visit Wuzhen Water Town. What a paradise! Moreover, you are not supposed to miss the Beijing Hangzhou Grand Canal to experience the fun local life. >> Read More about Hangzhou

China Hangzhou Honeymoon tours

7. Kanas Lake

An environmental official of United Nations once said, “Kanas Lake is the last landscape resource on earth that has not been developed and utilized…” here, newlyweds will experience the four season sceneries at one day, from glaciers and snowcapped mountains to grasslands, wetlands and cold temperate zone fauna and flora. >> Read More about Kanas Lake

China Xinjiang Tours for honeymooners

8. Taklamakan Desert

Taklamakan Desert – “The Sea of Death” – is one of the most mysterious and attractive deserts in the world. Picture-perfect desert scenery with lovely oasis, majestic Tarim Desert Highway, and arrays of thousand-year-old euphrates poplar trees have set the scene for a great desert adventure for honeymooners. >> Read More about China’s desert adventure

China desert tours for newlyweds

9. Sichuan Province

Sichuan in West China is a simple, humble province, but boasts breathtaking natural sceneries and splendid minority cultures and traditions. There are numerous legends and romance widely known in a dozen ethnic groups. A China honeymoon to Sichuan should cover heavenly Jiuzhaigou Valley, idyllic Shangli Old Town, and leisurely city Chengdu for the cute pandas. >> Read More about Sichuan Province

China Jiuzhaigou tours for honeymoon

10. Dali

Allow yourselves a romantic travel further to Dali, and stay longer for the hard-won quietness. Honeymooners are encouraged to ride a bike along the crisscross paths to the small villages, wonder through Shuanglang Town hand in hand, and take a boat floating on the Er’hai Lake…
If you want more lakes and peace, venture into Lugu Lake (on the border of Yunnan and Sichuan). >> Read More about Dali

China Dali Tours for honeymoon

Lugu Lake vacations for newlyweds

Sichuan Tea Culture: Teahouses in Chengdu

Far away in the West China, Sichuan is home to the giant panda preserve, awesome wild natural scenery, renown spicy Chuan cuisine, as well as a unique branch of Chinese tea culture – the Sichuan tea culture. There’s no better way to experience the quaint and exotic Sichuan tea culture than to follow in the locals’ footsteps to the countless teahouses in Chengdu.

China’s leisure city Chengdu has the largest number of teahouses in China, and long taken credit for the most comprehensive ones, showcased in the all kinds of sizes, multifarious designs and layouts, warm and attentive services with authentic tea at different prices, exquisite tea sets, and various fun and refreshing entertainment originated from Sichuan traditional culture and folk customs and arts.

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Chengdu Tea Culture  Traditioanl Chinese Teapots

The Chengdu teahouse is gem of Chinese tea culture, and the most important part of locals’ daily life: for leisure, relaxing, chatting, meetings, as well as being the court of civilians in the old days. Tea house is to Chengdu people what café is to Western people.

Chengdu teahouses are both indoor and outdoor, mostly with tranquil ambience. The big, well furnished tea houses can house up to 1000 guests, while the little ones are with only several small square tables and bamboo chairs. Some of them are century-old converted from a museum or a temple, some are fancy, renovated, and eye-catching, and some are hidden gems in the remote corners. The teas mostly served in include jasmine, Dragon Well, and Bi Luo Chun.

Top Sichuan Tea Houses

What people do in the teahouses of Chengdu

Tea houses are far more than places for drinking tea, they are places for bǎi lóng mén zhèn (摆龙门阵), which means chatting and gossiping. Besides, people come here to smoke, watch TV, read newspaper, play cards or chess, play Majiang, and just kill the time.

Best Chengdu Teahouses

The entertainment of teahouses

The forms of teahouse services are becoming increasingly diverse. Tea enthusiasts gather together to enjoy the wonderful performances of Sichuan opera, Chinese dulcimer, puppet show, acrobatic tricks, or the tradition form of storytelling when sipping the tea. People can also try a special and efficient way of cleaning up ears.

The most popular Teahouses in Chengdu

Another performance visitors should not miss is the Chengdu tea ceremony, the “Tea Doctors” serve the tea with unique teapots and their surprising, creative skills.

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The most famous teahouses in Chengdu

Heming Teahouse (鹤鸣茶社): located inside the People’s Park, it is a riverside outdoor teahouse, and one of the most popular teahouses in Chengdu.

Shunxing Ancient Teahouse (顺兴老茶馆): it is the best one for Sichuan Opera, combined with offering delicate Chengdu snacks.

Sichuan Opera Teahouses

Yuelai Teahouse (悦来茶馆): it is a cheap alternative, with free Sichuan opera performances from 14:00 to 16:00 every Tuesday and Saturday.

Laozhaiyuan (老宅院): off the main track of the Wide and Narrow Alleys (宽窄巷子), this humble 200-year-old teahouse is a peaceful escape without anything flashy, just tea.

The most famous Chengdu teahouses

Chengdu cuisine

Take Great Photos of Yourself When Travelling Alone

When traveling with friends or tourist groups is fairly meticulous and nervous, many prefer to travel alone, all fun and surprise, without travel buddies restricting them from discovering new things. But how are you supposed to get those pictures of yourself to record the wonderful journey if you’re going it alone?

Here, we collect tips and tricks for taking a great selfie on the journey, for solo travelers.

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1. Avoid the monotonous, boring tourist pictures like this.

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2. Prepare yourself the good selfie gadgets, such as the self-portrait mirror, snap remote, tripod, etc.

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3. Shoot yourself by using the widest angle your camera offers, with you in the middle, surrounded by simple, plain scenery, like grasslands, desert, beach…

Travel tips for Solo traveler in China

4. Be aware of the location of the sun to avoid ghastly shadows under the eyes or the silhouette effect. Make good use of the light in the morning, and that of the sunset.

Tips for Traveling alone in China

5. Don’t be shy and have the camera moved in on your big smile for a close-up sequence. You can also have close-up views of the rest of your body, or when you are doing something interesting or having a peacefully relax.

Selfie tips

6. Shy away from the crowds if possible. But when you are traveling in China during the National Day holiday, there’s no way you can make it. A bright idea is to use the slow shutter with the exposure time lasting for 1 or 2 seconds, focusing on your body and standing still for 5 minutes. Then the camera will do the rest and make the crowds around you like the flowing water.

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7. Take in the new surroundings, and take full advantage of local specialties, the little kitty or puppy, and the props, such as the feather, fallen leaves. Put them in the frame with you.

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8. Try a few times more, until you get the satisfy ones. And ignore what people around are looking at you oddly.

Tips for traveling alone in China

10 Tips to Ensure A Good Sleep on A Long-Haul Flight

Falling asleep is without doubt the wisest decision to make to help stay comfortable on a long-haul flight to China. But When you settle down to relax on your long-haul flight and try to get some sleep, trouble is coming – there is no enough legroom and you get wrong seat, a disgruntled baby begins exercising his vocal cords, all sorts of noise are made…

To make the most of the start of your journey grab some sleep on the airplane, and to create an environment more conducive to sleeping on a plane while in China, here are some helpful tips and pointers:

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Flights to China

1. Choose the proper seat

A long-haul flight to China could be 10 to 20 hours or more, and your seat will obviously affect your sleep. Try to reserve your seat in advance. It is considered wiser to get a window seat, which you can lean against and get you out of the noise in your row. Furthermore, you’ll also have some control over the window shade. Bulkhead seats and the seats of the last row are not suggested to pick.

2. Settle down and relax

Keep a few small necessities and important items in a bag with you. The rest can be put in the overhead compartment. Then try to relax and get rid of the stress, anxiety and pressure, which may keep you up.

3. Dress comfortably

You are not suggested to put on your pajamas on the plane, but you can wear loose-fitting clothes and shoes, which will help to relax and grab the sleep easier.

On A Plane to China

4. No coffee

The caffeine will make it harder to sleep on the plane. And don’t drink too much wine, or you’ll have to make much time to the lavatory and it may cause yourself some dehydration and a headache.

5. Blankets and pillows

There is a blanket and pillow that you can ask for once you get on the plane. But even better you can take your own neck pillow that really supports your neck and works for you.

6. Bring your go-to gear

In addition to the travel pillow, you also need an eye mask to stay away from the light, a set of earplug or noise-canceling headphone to block out the noise. These are very helpful for those who are easily distracted or very light sleepers.

Sleeping On the Plane

7. Music

Never forget your ipod with some soothing music that can help tune out distractions and noise, and lull you into a peaceful sleep on the plane.

8. Fasten your seat belt

Remember to place your seatbelt above your blanket. Or you will be woken by cabin crew to check if you are buckled in when there is turbulence on the flight.

9. Recline your seat

After the airplane takes off, adjust your seat into the most comfortable position, then sleep is more likely to come.

10. Sleep aid

If falling asleep on planes can be real challenging for you, and you need some sleep aid, like sleeping pills and herbal supplements, you can first have a try at home or speak to your doctor, as these pills may vary greatly in how they affect individuals.

Oriental Statues Museum – Mount Maiji Grottoes

There are top four famous Buddhist grottoes In china: Longmen grottoes in Luoyang, Yungang grottoes in Datong, Mogao grottoes in Dunhuang, and Maijishan Grottoes in Tianshui. Yet the last one is what we would like to introduce today.

Maijishan Grottoes finds itself 35km southeast of Tianshui city, Gansu province, and is known as an appealing site along ancient Chinese Silk Road. It was the major part of the Maijishan Mountain scenic area, which is 142 meters high, shaped like a pile of wheat and endowed with green cypresses and pines.

It is said that Mount Maiji Grottoes were first excavated in Later Qin of the Sixteen Kingdoms period (384-417), and were reconstructed during Northern Wei (386-534), when Buddhism began to prevail as a cultural force. The excavation and repairing continued until Qing Dynasty (1616-1911) for more than a thousand year. Today we can still find old murals dating back before the Sui Dynasty (581-618) and statues of the Northern Dynasties (386 – 581) in Mount Maiji Grottoes.

Maijishan Grottoes preserves 194 grottoes in all carved on the east and west cliffs of the mountain, resembling a huge honeycomb, with 7,200 pieces of clay or stone statues vividly carved and more than 1,300 square meters of mural paintings. If the Mogao Grotto group is regarded as an ancient fresco museum, then Mount Maiji Grottoes is an ” Oriental Statues museum”, being the finest example of China’s sculpture through the ages. The clay statues vary in height, from 16 meters to 10 centimeters, showing distinctive sculpture features of different dynasties in Chinese history. The Grottoes are connected by zigzagging plank roads, through which visitors can reach each cave successfully, and have a breathtaking experience.

Apart from the exquisite clay sculptures and murals, there are also pieces of pottery, bronze ware, ironware, and jade articles, as well as ancient Buddhist scriptures and documents and other cultural relics. All these make up a treasure house for people to appreciate and do research on ancient Chinese Buddhist, art and architecture.