EasyTourChina.com Presents 8-day China Golden Triangle Tours

This China’s Golden Triangle tour comprises the three most visited cities in China: Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. Visit the landmarks, hitorical buildings and other natural sites. Tour China as a discerning traveler!

Beijing Attractions
Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven; the  Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Sacred Road; Hutong, Peking Duck Banquet

Xi’an Attractions
Xian Ancient City Wall, Terra-cotta Worriors & Horses Museum, Bell Tower, Wild Goose Pagoda; Shaanxi Provincial Museum

Shanghai Attractions
the Bund, Nanjing Road; Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yu Garden, Xintiandi

For detail, please follow this link:

https://www.easytourchina.com/tour-v32-8-day-china-golden-triangle-tour

Beijing’s Forbidden City to Open Online Ticketing System on September 20

The Palace Museum or Forbidden City in Beijing will run an online ticket reservation trial system starting Sept. 20 to encourage visitors to save time by buying tickets at home, giving them more time to tour the museum, its official website said.

the Forbidden City, Beijing

the Forbidden City or Beijing Imperial Palace Museum

A maximum of 80,000 tickets will be available each day during the upcoming seven-day National Day holiday (from Oct. 1 to Oct. 7) next month, with half of the tickets available online and the other half sold on site, according to its website.

During last year’s National Day holiday, the Palace Museum averaged 90,000 visitors per day, far exceeding its 60,000 visitor limit. Measures to limit visitors have been urged in order to protect cultural relics and historic buildings, according to the museum.

Tickets can be booked online five days in advance.

The Palace Museum, founded in 1925, is in the Forbidden City, which served as the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) to the end of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). For travelers, it is a must-to-visit site on their Beijing tour itinerary.

(Source from Xinhuanet.com)

Shanghai Tourism Festival 2011 Opened on September 10

Shanghai welcomed the start of its annual tourism festival on the night of September 10 in Shanghai International Fashion Center with a grand parade. The festival will offer a succession of celebratory activities and special treats for visitors until October 6.

Floats parade on 2011 Shanghai Tourism Festival

Float, sent by Tibet Autonomous Region, on the opening parade.

A total of 21 floats and 30 perform teams from across the world participated in the opening parade, which attracted more than 500,000 tourists. And a fireworks show featuring fireworks from Germany, South Korea, Portugal, Greece and Sweden will be staged on the night of the closing ceremony.

The theme of this year’s festival is discovering the cultural heritage of Shanghai. Special tour routes have been set up to steer visitors into the depths of the city’s historical districts. More than 40 activities will be staged in the following month, including an exhibition on travel souvenirs, a gourmet festival and a photography competition.

Celebration parade on 2011 Shanghai Tourism Festival

A performer from Finland participate in the opening parade

According to the organizing committee, more than 400 scenic spots, hotels and restaurants will sell tickets at discounted prices during the festival.

The Shanghai Tourism Festival was first held in 1990, and lasts nearly one month every autumn. Each year, over eight million visitors flock to the city for sightseeing, leisure, entertainment, culture, sports, conventions, exhibitions, food and shopping.

“Giant Fish” Lantern in HK Welcomes Mid-Autumn Festival 2011

A giant fish lantern was lit at a mid-autumn lantern carnival in Hong Kong on Sept 5, 2011. Hong Kong Tourism Board organized the lantern carnival in Victoria Park to welcome the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival. This year’s festival falls on Sept 12.

Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival in Hong Kong

a giant fish-shaped sculpture, made of more than 2,500 lanterns

 

The giant fish-shaped sculpture, made of more than 2,500 lanterns, is expected to be the world’s largest fish lantern. It measures 37 meters long and 14 meters wide.

In Hong Kong, there are also other activities for celebration, a famous one – Fire Dragon Dance. The event would take three days, 300 performers, 72,000 incense sticks and a 67-metre-long dragon studded with thousands of burning joss sticks.

Fire Dragon Dance at Mid-autumn Festival in Hong Kong

Fire Dragon covered in incense sticks


Mid-Autumn Festival is considered only second to Chinese New Year in importance. It takes place on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Chinese people believe that on that day, the moon is the biggest, roundest and brightest. And the term round implies family reunion in Chinese. So at the festival, families would get together to have dinner for a reunion. Then, they would admire the full moon, taste delicious moon cakes, floating sky lanterns, and other interesting activities.

Contents of celebration varied in different areas of China. Take a Hong Kong tour to admire the Mid-autumn lantern carnival, and experience the colorful living culture.

A Brief Introduction of Chinese Cuisines and Cooking

The Chinese saying “food is heaven for the people” is no exaggeration. Chinese people, at all levels of society, enjoy eating delicious food. And cooking has developed into a very sophisticated art.

Husband and wife lung slices, Sichuan Cuisine, China Culinary Tours

Husband and wife lung slices – pieces of addictively spicy beef offal served cold.

The development and diversity of Chinese cuisine is also representative of China’s long history. With each dynasty, new recipes were created. However, the most significant development in Chinese cuisine took place in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). At the time, a most famous dinner, called “Man Han Quan Xi” (literally Manchu Han Imperial Feast), consists of at least 108 unique dishes from all the very best of Man and Han Cuisines.

China is divided into 34 provinces, each with its own distinct culinary heritage that reflects its unique geography, climate, history and culture. Cooking styles are inspired by fresh, local ingredients and spices. All these factors lead to the evolution of what are called the “Eight Cuisines” and “Four Flavors”.

Eight Cuisines
Chinese cuisine is classified into four schools (the north, south, east, and west), which are further divided into eight main regional cuisines, namely Eight Cuisines.
1. Shandong Cuisine
2. Sichuan Cuisine
3. Cantonese Cuisine
4. Fujian Cuisine
5. Jiangsu Cuisine
6. Zhejiang Cuisine
7. Hunan Cuisine
8. Anhui Cuisine

Buddha jumps over the wall, Fujian Cuisine, China Culinary Tours

Buddha jumps over the wall – a rich stew made from sone of the most expensive ingredients from the land and sea.

Of course, there are many other local cuisines which are famous, such as Beijing Cuisine and Shanghai Cuisine. In addition, China also has imperial dishes, dishes of ethnic minorities, as well as Buddhist and Muslim sub-cuisines within the greater Chinese cuisine.

Four Flavors
Importantly, cuisine in China is always appreciated through all the senses. A dish is first judged for its appearance and aroma, then its taste and texture. And a good-quality dish should have one of the following characteristics or a combination of several.

Lion's head, Jiangsu Cuisine, China Culinary Tours

Lion’s head – Fist-sized meatballs made from three parts meat and seven parts fat.

1. Xian (鲜) – the natural, heightened flavor of ingredients, such as the sweetness of prawns, or the taste of high-quality butter.
2. Xiang (香)– a fragrant aroma found in dishes that combines smell and taste harmoniously.
3. Nong (浓) – the richness of a sauce; a concentration of flavor.
4. you er bu ni (油而不腻) – the taste and texture of fat without greasiness of stodginess or stodginess.

For travelers, there has never been a more exciting time to eat in China. Easy Tour China offers several “China culinary tours” for choice. There would be great opportunities for visitors to try a variety of regional dishes, as well as participate in cooking classes.