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!

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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!

Easy Tour China Team’s 2-day Trip in Yangshuo 2017

On August 30th, the team of ETC had a delightful rewarded summer trip to Yangshuo, which was due to the whole team’s months of hard working in the office. We set out at 15:00 p.m.. About 1 hour later, we arrived Yangshuo, and had the happiest time with our lovely colleagues in Bamboo Leaf Hotel, which is not far away from the West Street.
Bamboo Leaf Hotel
Bamboo Leaf Hotel
This Hotel is newly opened, simple Chinese-style and very cozy. The rooms are of an adequate size and clean with broad balcony. The beds are comfortable. The staffs are so friendly. The food is diverse and delicious. Besides, it has an outside swimming pool at the 2nd floor!
The food is diverse and delicious.
The food is diverse and delicious.
an outside swimming pool
Happy time really flies, and soon it was night. After a nice dinner, we wandered through the West Street, experienced the exotic flavor combined with traditional culture of Yangshuo West Street, and tasted some local snacks. Then we went back to the Bamboo Leaf Hotel, and had a sweat sleep.
Yangshuo West Street
The next morning, we went to the Yangshuo Taichi & Kungfu School, and took a Taichi class. Tai Chi: Good for the body and mind. This class is both relaxing and physically challenging. The master told us that more and more people from all over the world came here to learn Taichi. So we all grabbed this awesome opportunity to learn this Chinese cultural legacy seriously.
learning Taichi
learning Taichi
the team of ETC
After the Taichi class, we enjoyed a nutritious breakfast at the hotel, and then headed to the next destination – The Ancient Town of Fuli, which is known for Chinese fan painting. There are several fan galleries along the old street. The Fuli locals are committed to inheriting the intangible cultural heritage of China.
nutritious breakfast
Fuli fan painting
We entered one of these fan galleries, and observed the master drawing a landscape painting just in a few minutes. His mature drawing skills amazed us all. We itched to try to make our own fans, and experienced the joy of fan painting. The master told us that there are six requirements for Chinese painting, namely, spirit, charm, implication, composition, brushwork and ink application technique. He patiently taught us how to use these skills to paint. After learning and practicing, it turned out that we were all very talented in painting! This was a special and interesting experience. In a word, we enjoyed this lovely Yangshuo trip so much, and spend the pure leisure time together.
Fuli fan painting
Fuli fan painting
our works
our works
our works
our works

Top 9 Beautiful Places to Visit China in August

The hottest time of a year is coming. However, the heat cannot prevent the footsteps of people who deeply love the traveling.

When you are thinking of China tour, what would come to your mind first? I believe it must be some famous landmarks of China, like the Great Wall in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, the Bund in Shanghai, etc. But beyond them, your lens can catch more amazing scenes when you stroll inside this unbelievable land.

Here are 9 beautiful places to visit China in August recommended for you. Hope you can have a cool, refreshing and interesting trip.

1. Lugu Lake

Lugu Lake, located in Yunnan Province, is 300 kilometers away from Lijiang County. It is an alpine lake known for its stunning scenery and unique Mosuo culture. Surrounded by high mountains, Lugu Lake is idyllic beautiful. The water is clear and clean and it is home to many kind of birds. You will have a desire to take a boat ride on the lake. Everything here is peaceful and beautiful. You can just relax and slow down here. Because of the isolation from the outside world, the Mosuo people have retained their ancient traditions and customs. So you can pay a home visit to a Mosuo family, or take part in a campfire party, which is still a good way to relate to local people and to experience their way of life.

 Lugu Lake

2. The Hulunbeir Grassland

Hulunbuir Grassland, located in the northeast of Inner Mongolia, is known as the “most clean and green grassland” in China. It features the beautiful scenery of vast grassland, forests, rivers and lakes, as well as the unique custom of the Mongolian ethnic group. While you are riding a horse under the clean blue sky, enjoying the breathtaking scenery, or taking part in various interesting activities, you will feel this place is a world of pure beauty and fun.

The Hulunbeir Grassland

3. Libo of Guizhou

Libo is a county of Guizhou. It is an ethnic minority mountain region of Shui, Yao, Miao, Han, Yao and Buyi. It will be great fun to experience minority ethic customs. Besides, the thick forest, the unique karst landscapes, the peace and quiet atmosphere of the county, clean and cool lakes and waterfalls… All of these will make you linger. And Libo is the paradise of lavender. In August, the lavender is in full bloom. Seeing a field of lavender in bloom is a sight you will never forgotten.

Libo of Guizhou

Recommended Guizhou Tour Package Including Libo:

7-day Wild Guizhou 

4. Shangri-La

Shanggri-La in Yunnan Province is known as “the first place shone by the sun and the moon”. The sky here is crystal clear, the air is fresh, and colourful peoples of dozens of different ethnic minorities, and extraordinary biodiversity make it so attractive. It has vast mountain grassland pastures, snow-capped mountains, cattle and sheep flocks… Everything is full of rich Tibetan culture atmosphere. This is the holy land of religions, and heaven on earth. If you would like to go hiking, Tiger Leaping Gorge and Yubeng are your best choices.

 Shangri-La

Recommended Yunnan Tour Package Including Shangri-La:

12-day Yunnan Highlights Tour 

5. Shunan Bamboo-Sea

The Shunan Bamboo Sea is located in Yibin City, southwestern Sichuan. It has a total of 427 bamboo species. The area is more than 7 million acres, the vegetation coverage has reached 87%, which make it as a natural oxygen bar with high air anion content. August is the best time to visit. Apart from the beautiful bamboos, there are also many gorgeous natural attractions in the Bamboo Sea. For example, you can choose to spend your leisure time enjoying the splendid waterfall, boating on the elegant lakes, exploring the mysterious caves, or visit the museums and the ancient villages nearby, and experience the rich local culture.

Shunan Bamboo-Sea

The most unique thing is the food here. You can enjoy some special snacks in the bamboo sea, such as the Bamboo Cake, which is wrapped with bamboo leaves and served, so you can feel the scent of bamboo when you put it into your mouth. The other one is highly advisable to taste – the Feast for Panda, because they are only served in the Shunan Bamboo Sea. All the dishes in the feast were made by bamboos or mushrooms grown on bamboos.

 the Feast for Panda

6. Zhoushan Islands

Zhoushan Islands lie in the northeast of Zhejiang province. It is said to be the largest islands along China’s coastline. The scenery here is so beautiful and the climate is very pleasant. The fascinating islands are steep and rugged, which are well connected with the spectacular sea. What’s more, it is not only regarded as “Buddhist Paradise on the Sea”, but also well known for its fishery. So, while you are admiring the amazing landscapes about sea, mountains, stones, rocks, holes, temples, flowers, forest, birds, military sites, historical memorially, moya carved stone, myths and legends, etc., you can also enjoy a delicious seafood feast!

Zhoushan Islands

7. Heaven Lake, Changbai Mountain

Changbai Mountain’s “Heaven Lake” in Jilin Province is a lake that straddles the border between China and North Korea, which is 2,150 meters above sea-level. That is why it been called “Heaven Lake”. It is just like a jewel in the crown of thorns surrounded by 16 huge jagged peaks. The volcanic stones leech into the water creating a striking blue, which is so amazing. Especially August to September is the ideal time to visit here, due to the relatively little fog, the opportunity for a clear glimpse of Heaven Lake is larger. What’s more, you can see beautiful high tundra landscapes and appreciate birds and flowers during this perfect time.

Heaven Lake, Changbai Mountain

8. Gulangyu Island

Gulangyu Island is located in the southwest of Xiamen City. It is famous for its natural beauty, colonial style architecture and various of interesting museums. When the tide comes in, the waves pound the reef and it sounds like the beating of a drum, which is so delightful. Here, you can do some beach water sports, go shopping, visit museums, or view dazzling ocean inspired sunrises.

Gulangyu Island

Recommended Xiamen Tour Package:

3-day Xiamen Tour

9. Tiantai Mountain

Tiantai Mountain is located in Qionglai (Chengdu, Sichuan Province). You can see fantastic plants and rocks everywhere. If you are lucky, you will encounter a considerable amount of fireflies and butterflies, which is quite spectacular.

Tiantai Mountain

Besides, “Playing with water on high mountains” is the special tourism brand of Tiantai Mountain. There are more than 10 tourist activities closely related to water in spots, such as 18-li (9000 meter) Vanilla Valley, Small Jiuzhaigou and Mottled Stone Sea.

Tiantai Mountain

Recommended Chengdu Tour Package:

3-day Kung Fu Panda Tour with Chengdu Highlights 

If you are interested in any of these scenic spots, we can add it onto your itinerary.

If the above tours are not quite what you are looking for, we can also tailor-make a tour for you according to your preferences.