Hakka Enclosed Houses in Longnan, Jiangxi Province

The unknown Longnan Town in Jiangxi boasts 367 ancient Hakka enclosed houses, the largest in scale and the best-preserved of its kind in China, each of high artistic value and superb architectural achievement.

Hakka dwellings

Hakka enclosed houses have become precious cultural heritage of Hakka culture and Hakka people, and also the important research materials to attract historians, Chinese folklore experts, architectures and travelers addicted to Chinese culture.

Hakka houses

Different from the Hakka earth buildings in Fujian, Longnan Hakka enclosed houses retain the ancient Central China’s architectural style, while Hakka people keep the ancient Central China’s life habits and customs.

 

The Hakka house is an integrated building of 3 or 4 stories, with family rooms, ancestral hall and fort against bandits and wild animals. The big ones are also completed with granary, well, theatrical stage, lawn, etc.

  

The most famous Hakka enclosed houses are Guanxi Xin Wei (关西新围) of over 180 years of history, Yang Cun Yan Yi Wei (杨村燕翼围) of significant importance in the village, Lisu Wei (栗园围) of Eight-diagrams layout, Yuzaitan Wei (渔仔潭围) with profound wine culture and traditions, Shaba Wei (沙坝围), and Longguang Wei (龙光围).

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.

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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.

Hangzhou by Night: Best Things to Do

One of the most intriguing water towns in China, Hangzhou always reminds us of its delicate, elegant nightlife.

Teahouse

Of course, there are also cool nightclubs and warm cafes in Hangzhou. But locals are obsessed with the subtle fragrance and peaceful time by enjoying a cup of tea at night. Tea house to Hangzhou people is an art of relaxation.

Hangzhou tour for tea

Impression West Lake Show

Of all the nightlife activities in Hangzhou, the grand outdoor show of Impression West Lake is the main attraction to the city outcomers and travelers. The West Lake then becomes a huge film theater, presenting an ancient romantic story, combined with soulful music and colorful lights.

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West Lake Fountain

The 126-meter-long fountain finds itself at the Lakeside Three Park (Hubin 3 Park). The nearby Hu Bin International Boutique Compound is the most striking area of Hangzhou city at night.

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West Lake Night Boating

Available from May to Mid-October, boating on West Lake at night is a fun-filled water activity in Hangzhou.

West Lake boating tour Hangzhou tour with West Lake

Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal Night Cruise

The Grand Canal has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. With the water bus or quaint river boat, we’ll shuttle through a dozen ancient bridges, pass by dwellings of both ancient and modern style, and then enjoy the beautiful night view.

Hangzhou grand canal tour Hangzhou tour with Grand Canal

Qiantang River Night Cruise

Qiantang River is best known for the world’s largest tidal bore, usually seen on the 18th day of the 8th lunar month. The sightseeing cruise on Qiantang River is available throughout the year. It sets out from Wulin Square and lasts for about 3 hours.

Hangzhou Qiantang River tour

Recommended China tours to Hangzhou:

8-day East China Highlights

11-day Splendor of China

Exploring Chengdu’s Backcountry – Pingle Old Town

For those in the know travellers, China’s new urban star Chengdu brings to mind not only the adorable, worry-free giant pandas and spicy, delicious Sichuan Cuisine, but also a dozen ancient towns around Chengdu, making it a great all-round travel destination in China. Pingle is one of the best of Chengdu’s old towns, and offers fun cultural experience.

9-day Chengdu Culture Tour to Pingle Ancient Town

Cheng old town tours

Located 93kmk southwest of Chengdu, Pingle Town was initially built as far back as 150BC during the West Han Dynasty, and used to an important town on ancient Silk Road and Tea Horse Road. There is a river running through the ancient town, and leading us into the heart of Pingle, for more atmosphere and a wealth of cultural sites, including the Ming and Qing dynasties’ traditional dwellings, the thousand-year-old alleys, the ancient temples, weirs, docks, beautiful old bridges, etc.

Rambling the streets of Pingle Town, walking through the humble wooden buildings, and listening to the ancient music, you may feel that you are back in time. You can also try many local specialty foods and snacks, and experience some interesting folk activities.

If you are looking for an adventure on a mountain or a mountain hiking trip around, then you’re encouraged to visit the tranquil Lugou Bamboo Sea. There is a huge Buddha statue on the mountain, even taller than the famous 72-meter-high Giant Buddha in Leshan.

How to get to Pingle Old Town: Take a bus from the Jinsha Bus station/Chengdu Chengbei Bus Terminal (North Train Station)/Shiyangchang passenger Bus Center to Qionglai City (about one hour), then take a bus or small van to Pingle (about 15 minutes).

Best Season to visit Pingle Old Town: March till June and September till November

The Remarkable Historic al Architectures on the Bund Shanghai

The Bund (外滩) of Shanghai, with its exotic colonial buildings, is one of the famous landmarks of the city and a must-visit while travelling in Shanghai.

Stretching approximately 1500 meters from Waibaidu Bridge in the north to Jinling East Road in the south, at the intersection of Huangpu River and Suzhou River, the bund is the epitome of semi-colonial Shanghai for about a century.

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The historical building cluster (from No.1 to No.29) is now known as “World Architecture Fair”, and includes East Wind Hotel, China Merchants Bank Building, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank (HSBC Building), South Building of the Peace Hotel and North Building of the Peace Hotel (Sassoon House), Shanghai Customs Building, Shanghai Foreign Exchange Trade Centre, Shanghai Bund Weather Signal Station, etc.

Shanghai Pudong Development Bank or HSBC Building (No.12)

The second largest building in the world at that time, this six-floor neo-classical building was also known as Municipal Government Building and served as the headquarter of the Shanghai branch of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation from 1923 to 1955. It now houses the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank.

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Shanghai Customs House (No.13)

It stands right next to HSBC Building. Together the two buildings are considered as one of the symbols of the Bund. Built in 1927, Shanghai Customs House follows a Greek-revival Neo-Classicist design, and consists of two parts: the eastern part is eight floors tall, but topped by a 90-m-high clock tower and favorably faces the Huangpu River. The western section is five floors tall, and faces onto Sichuan Road.

Shanghai Municipal Trade Union Council (No.14)

It was built in 1948 and designed by architect, C. H. Gonda with a Neo-Renaissance style which emphasized the vertical lines and simple and clear façade of architectural design. Formerly Bank of Communications Building, currently it houses the Shanghai Council of Trade Unions.

Peace Hotel (No.20)

Peace Hotel is separated by Nanjing Road into two buildings: The North Building and The South Building. Sir Victor Sassoon of the Sassoon family built The North Building, hence the name Sassoon House. Originally the Cathay Hotel, it is now the Fairmont Peace Hotel run by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts of Canada. The South Building was built as the Palace Hotel and is today the Swatch Art Peace Hotel.

Shanghai tours

Visitors are encouraged to plan a Shanghai history and culture trip: have a leisure stroll on the Bund, or take a cruise ship trip on Huangpu River at night to enjoy the impressive visual contrast between the colonial architectures on the Bund and the skyscrapers of the Oriental Pearl Tower and Shanghai World Financial Centre on the other side of the river.

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For waterfall buffs: 10 most beautiful waterfalls in China

It is a top 10 list, but there are more hidden waterfalls as beautiful as them yet to be found in China.

Nuorilang Waterfall in Sichuan: over 270m wide and 30m deep

The widest in China, Nuorilang Waterfall is favorably located in Jiuzhaigou Valley, embraced by numerous crystal lakes and pristine forests, creating a pure, serene world.

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Detian Waterfall in Guangxi: 100m wide and 60m deep (on the China side)

The 2th largest transnational waterfall in the world, Detian has its wet season and most magnificent time between June and September, when the thundering effect of the water hitting the cliffs can be heard from afar.

China waterfall tours

Hukou Waterfall in Shanxi: 30m wide and 50m deep

A fine spectacle of the Yellow River, there is a mounting momentum in the ups and downs of the yellow waterfall.

China scenery tours

Tsangpo Waterfalls in Tibet

2140 above sea level, part of Yarlung Tsangpo River, Tsangpo Fall I and Tsangpo Fall II is 600m apart and of 33 m width and 35 m width separately.

Huangguoshu Waterfall in Guizhou: 77.8m high and 101m wide

One of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls, and one of Guizhou’s must-visit attractions, this waterfall can be viewed from different angles, even from the water-curtain caves. It is a good idea to hiking around and explore the primitive Miao Villages.

Lushan Waterfalls in jiangxi

On the hauntingly beautiful Lushan Mountain, there are dozens of waterfalls, among which, Sandie Spring Waterfall is the most appealing one.

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Luoping Nice Dragon Waterfalls in Yunnan

The ten falls are located 22km northeast of Luoping Country, roaring like thunder in wet season and looking like silver chains in dry season. The brink of the biggest one spans a distance of 110m, and drops 56m.

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Silver Chain Waterfall in Guizhou

Just 7km away from Huangguoshu Waterfall, Silver Chain is smaller and more elegant, and famed as the most beautiful falls in China.

China Guizhou tours

Jingbo waterfall in Heilongjiang: 70m wide and 20m deep

Also called Diaoshuilou Waterfall, the fall has its most beautiful time when frozen or hidden in the mist and rainbow.

Changbaishan Waterfall in Jilin

The water of Heaven Lake (Tianchi Lake) runs through a ‘a natural gate’, and forms the uniquely shaped Changbaishan Waterfall.

A Cultural Journey through Guilin’s East-west Alley

Guilin is home to some of nature’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring sights. Moreover, it is an elegant cultural city with a wealth of historical and cultural sites, including the East and West Alleys (Dongxi Xiang).

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5-day Guilin Highlights Tour Package

Favorable located in the city center and in front of Jingjiang Princes’ City, the East and Weast Alleys are made up of three ancient streets named Zhengyang East Alley, Jiangnan Alley and Lanjing Alley. By restoring the old architectures of Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) styles, the alleys turn to be a replica of old Guilin and like a time machine that gives insight into the city’s history and modern changes.

Guilin yangshuo tour package

History

A new cultural pedestrian street in Guilin, the East-West Alley has a history of over 1400 years and saw its heyday as a prosperous commercial city and a popular place for celebrities. Therefore there are many well-kept sites of chamber of commerce and residences of celebrities. It was also home to many of Guilin local century-old shops, such as ‘Youyixuan Rice Noodles’, ‘Xiongtonghe Pharmacy’, ‘Huangchangdian Writing Brush’, ‘Hongqinglong Moon Cake’, etc.

Yangshuo Guilin trips

Connected with Jiangnan Alley, Yan Street (Salt Street) was lined with dozens of salt stores, and is considered part of East and West Alleys. Walk on the stone paved path to get a glimpse of old Guilin.

Neighboring East and West Alleys are the old city walls. You can see four big Chinese characters ‘三元及第’ on the top of gate, which is to commemorate two ‘Number One Scholar’ from Guilin.

Guilin tours Guilin Yangshuo tours

A laid-back pedestrian street

The pedestrian street of East and West Alleys is officially open in June 6, 2016, and has become one of the best places to shop in Guilin. Featuring boutiques, fashion shops, galleries, traditional teahouses, bars and cafes in folk styles (e.g. Osmanthus Hall), the alleys provide visitors an opportunity to experience the leisurely life of Guilin. And like elsewhere in Guilin, hearty cuisine come in large portions in East and West Alleys, from unique local snacks to excellent Western foods.

Guilin tour to Yangfshuo Yangshuo tour package

How to get there

Travelers can take bus line 2, 9, 10, 11, 14, 18, 21, 24, 28, 30 and 206 and get off at Jiefang Brige (解放桥) Stop.

Guilin Yangshuo vacation

The photos of East and West Alleys on this article are taken by Jacqueline Liang