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    Air China is one of the largest commercial airlines in the People’s Republic of China and the only airline that flies with the national flag on its entire fleet. Founded in 1988, Air China has hubs in Beijing Capital International Airport, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Air China operates over 5,000 flights each week internationally, and is a member of Star Alliance. With cheap tickets to both domestic and international destinations, Air China provides discount airfare to 185 different destinations.

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    yochina intelligently combines language, travel, country, culture guides for your trip in China, in particular, when you live in China. do business in China or want to learn Chinese and study in China. The novel app gives you tons of useful information, teaches you intercultural competence and helps you to speak Chinese through correct translations with a larg talking English to Chinese dictionary. Therefore, yochina is a smart talking translator and talking phrasebook. Furthermore, yochina is a good assistant for your trip in China and tell you how to apply visa, find hospitals in China, talk to Chinese business partners and speak to local people. Moreover, it comes up also with city guides of Beijing and Shanghai.

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    The novel travel app yochina is a smart companion for your travel, business and stay in China. By helping you in many types of situations it will add comfort, security and fun to your stay. Moreover, yochina can also help you, when you start learning to speak Chinese.

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    An insider s guide to China, including when to go, where to stay, the best tour operators, what to pack and recommended reading. By our expert, Michelle Jana Chan.

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    With its high-octane energy, can-do drive, teeming population and challenging language barrier, China can be an exhausting destination for the first-time visitor. Common complaints I have heard from tourists include: “it’s so crowded – everyone’s pushing and shoving”; “we couldn’t make ourselves understood”; and “we needed another holiday after that trip”.

    The best piece of advice I can give is to avoid trying to cram too much in. There are not many travellers who head to the US and combine Manhattan, Disneyworld, the Grand Canyon and Hollywood in one trip yet the equivalent journey in China is not unheard of. Classic itineraries often rush visitors between the Forbidden City, The Great Wall, the Terracotta Army, Chengdu’s panda sanctuaries and a Three Gorges cruise, finishing up in frantic Shanghai.

    Twenty years ago, such a route would have been more palatable. There were hardly any domestic tourists in those days. But now it seems the whole country is on the move eager to explore their homeland. International visitors face long queues at key tourist attractions and then a jostle among heaving crowds. But approached wisely, China is as uplifting as it is intriguing. It is also an essential stop for anyone hoping to learn more about the direction the world is taking this century.





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    BEIJING France seems to be falling off the itinerary of Chinese tourists, in a display of China’s pique at French support for protesting Tibetans and angry demonstrations against the Olympic torch on the streets of Paris.

    Some Chinese travel agents have stopped selling tours to France in recent weeks, in some cases removing offerings from their Web sites. Others said demand for such trips had plummeted by 20 percent or more.

    “Our business as a whole is now 33 percent lower than that of the same time last year. Official trips, commercial business trips and regular tourist trips all dropped,” said Zhong Hui, a manager at Carnival Travel Agency in the southern city of Shenzhen.

    France’s Foreign Ministry said this week that Chinese officials had issued a verbal order to travel agents to remove France as a destination and stop offering package tours to the country.

    The China National Tourism Bureau declined comment, while the Beijing Tourism Bureau denied there was such an order.

    The travel tiff is adding new strains to relations already tense from events this spring: China’s suppression of demonstrations by ethnic Tibetans, violent protests during the Olympic torch relay in Paris and an ensuing outcry among Chinese to boycott French products.

    There also is anger over the announcement by the city of Paris that it will offer honorary citizenship to the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.





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    China is an amazing cultural treasure of the world situated in eastern Asia. Its natural wealth, five millennia of history, and an old continuous civilization, place China as a great travel destination.

    Numerous historical monuments scattered across the vast territory are vestiges of the ancient Chinese culture. These include: the Great Wall. the Forbidden City, X’ian’s Terracotta Army and Tiananmen Square. The vast land of this country also hosts various natural landscapes, such as the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River, the Silk Road, the Tibet or Hainan Island.

    Distinct cities feature distinct panorama and cultural background in China. Beijing is the capital city and a beautiful cultural center. It is host of the Olympics this year.

    Shanghai is largest city and the major business center with many commercial opportunities. Nanjing and Suzhou are historical places. Guangzhou is a modern prosperous city and Guilin is a paradise location. There are more than nine cities in China that should be visited.

    In the world, China is the most populous country, over 1.3 billion population. China is also the third largest country in terms of area, it has an area of 9.6 million square kilometres. Economists think that China will be the most world economy powerful within 20 years. Because of its large population, rapidly growing economy, extensive research and development investments, China is often considered as an emerging superpower. Finally, China has more than 5,000 years of alive history. For these reasons, traveling to China is like traveling to another world.

    The rapid Chinese’s growth has improved the tourist infrastructure. China has become one of the most visited countries in the World. Nearly 50 million tourists travel to China every year.

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    Chinese cuisine is one of the best and most famous in the World. A lot of elements have influenced its development during centuries and today, the Chinese cuisine is present worldwide.

    The Chinese people have always loved to eat good food at all levels of society – Confucius once said: “Eating is the utmost important thing in life”-. This has converted its cuisine into a very sophisticated art, and currently eating in China can easily become a highlight for visitors.

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    If you plan to travel China you must consider two factors: The weather and the public holydays.

    China is the third biggest country in the world. Its climate is particularly diverse, from sub arctic in the North to tropical in the South. There is a large range of terrains that include mountains, deserts, and plateaus in the east; while in the west can be found plains, large rivers and hills.

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    There are few countries in the world with a culture as distinct as China. A country of contrasts, China offers thriving Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, but also extremely rural areas in the west. This is a country stuck between the developed and developing world. Rapid change has attracted curious people from around the globe, so it s a great time to dip your toe into this amazing culture.

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    Accommodation Prices start at around 40 CNY for a dorm (but can be closer to 80 CNY in Beijing) and are about 125 CNY (city dependent) for a private room with a shared bathroom, or 185 CNY for a private room with ensuite. Budget hotels begin around 135 CNY per night for basic accommodations that are basic but good value. Expect higher prices in Hong Kong, with a single room starting around 145 CNY per night.

    Food Eating in nicer restaurants will cost around 43 CNY. A simple meal of noodles or street food will cost just about 6 CNY! There is a ton of cheap and delicious food in China (which is nothing like what is found in Chinese restaurants in America), so you ll have no problem eating on a budget.

    Transportation China may be a huge country, but it s easy and cheap to get from one place to another. Buses are the most popular way to travel and usually cost between 1.50 3 CNY in a city. Inter-country buses cost around 18 CNY per hour of travel. Major cities also have extensive underground systems that are less than 6 CNY per ride. Taxi fares start at about 6 CNY.

    Activities In general, sights are affordable in China. Only certain activities, such as the Great Wall (prices vary depending on what section of wall you visit but are between 30-85 CNY), are pricey by local standards. However, wandering around the cities and visiting many of the historic temples are free. For hikes or outdoor excursions, expect costs around 185 CNY. You ll also find much higher prices in Hong Kong, with museums starting around 62 CNY, so budget a bit more here.

    Money Saving Tips

    Use sleeper trains Use sleeper trains, doorless compartments with bunks, to travel overnight since cities are spread apart and save on paying accommodation. Lower bunks are less expensive, so purchase a few days in advance to take advantage of these savings. Some stations have ticket offices for foreigners if you need help navigating your options.

    Ask for Xiao Pan If eating alone, ask for “xiao pan”. These are small portions and work out at 70% of the size and price of a normal dish.

    Hard Seats Travel on the “hard seats” on trains or buses. These are the cheapest and most basic seats but are not “hard” as the name would lead you to believe.

    Top Things to See and Do in China

    The Great Wall of China No trip would be complete without visiting the Great Wall.  There are plenty of tours to different parts of the Wall, so pick according to your budget and which part you most want to see. Some tours even offer multi-day packages that visit the whole wall.

    Tian anmen Square You’ve no doubt seen it in films and on TV, but it is hard to get an idea of the sheer size of this square until you’re standing square in the middle of it. There’s plenty to see here including the Tiananmen Tower, the Great Hall of the People, the People’s Heroes Monument, the National Museum and Mao Zedong. You aren t allowed to film or photograph in the square.

    Beijing This fast-moving city has a population of 22 million and counting.  Aside from Tian’anmen Square, you’ll want to visit the Forbidden City, the countless shopping malls, the Temple of Heaven, and of course, the Great Wall.

    Hong Kong Hong Kong effortlessly blends East and West, thanks in part to it being under British control for 99 years. This bustling metropolis combines high rise buildings with traditional street markets and religious temples. It also boasts a large expat population, good shopping, fantastic nightlife, and delicious food. It s one of my favorite cities in the world.

    Shanghai Another one of China’s largest, busiest, and most visited cities is Shanghai. This is a bustling, high-tech city that serves as the center of modern business infrastructure. To get a sense of historical China, head to the Old City, especially YuYuan Gardens. This is a bustling city that changes daily.

    Xi’An Also known as Changan, Xian is the largest city in the northwest of the country and is one of the ancient capitals of China. You won t want to miss the Terracotta Army, the City Wall, and the amazing architecture of the Muslim quarters.

    Gorge on food China is a food lover’s paradise. Eating here will certainly put your take-away back home into perspective. In such a huge country, it’s no surprise that different areas have different culinary delights. It’s entirely possible to enjoy the four styles of Chinese cooking (Cantonese, Beijing, Shanghai and Szechuan) while on your trip.

    Cruise the Li River For a true sense of natural beauty, head on a cruise down the Li River. This place has been listed as one of the top ten “watery wonders” by National Geographic. The river is 272 miles long and has dozens of places to explore along the way, such as Zhujiang Pier, Yangdi, and Guilin.

    Admire the Imposing Terracotta Warriors Located in Xi’An, the Terracotta Army was erected as a monument to China’s first Emperor, Qin. The life-sized stone soldiers are said to represent the army that triumphed over all others in China that played a significant role the country s formation. The hundreds of statues are a mind-blowing sight.

    Visit the Forbidden City This famous attraction in Beijing was the imperial palace from the time of the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty.  Now the Palace Museum holds artifacts from both dynasties and is a great place to learn about China s history.

    Travel (part of) the Silk Road With a history of over 2,000 years old, this is a must-see for visitors. There are many locations to check out along the road, as it originally spanned from Chang’an to Rome and Italy. Its total length was over 2400 miles, half of which was within Chinese territory.

    Explore Tibet Also known as “the Roof of the World”, this area is perfect for adventurous travelers that are looking for unique attraction. Explore the snow mountains, exotic customs, and Buddhism. Tibet has had tumultuous past, so during your visit it s wise not to bring up the Dali Lama. You ll need to a special permit to visit the region.

    Take in the Karst mountains Illustrated on the back of the 20 yuan banknote, these mountains are a stunning sight to see in person. You can take a boat trip down the Li river, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains.

    The Mogao Grottos of Dunhuang Also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves, these grottos are home to the largest, best-preserved, and richest Buddhist art in the world—the first cave was carved here in 366 AD.

    Potala Palace Now a museum, this palace was home to the Dalai Lamas up until 1959. The many halls, temples, and courtyards have been constructed from wood and stone.





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    26/12/2017

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    China Tour Advisors – China Travel Agency – Tour Operator #e

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    China Tour Advisors – China Travel Agency Tour Operator

    China Tour Advisors, a China based professional online travel agency tour operator. We are affiliated to Century Holiday International Group which was established in 1997. Centaury Holiday International Group now has more than 380 professional travel consultants and 480 licensed multilingual tour guides, team leaders and escorts interpreters ready and waiting to assist you. We now organize trips for almost 10,000 groups each year, which represents near 200,000 happy customers from all over the world.

    We now have branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou, Guilin, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Zhuhai, Macau, Singapore and Los Angeles. In addition to a professional tour guide management service subsidiary. Our size means competitive prices, high-level quality assurance, superior customer service, and the most up to date local information.

    We are also an accredited member of Grayline Worldwide, PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association), IATA (International Air Transport Association), HATA (Hong Kong Association of Travel Agents), CATS (China Association of Travel Services) and TIC (Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong).

    We have 2 other websites with special offer China Muslim and Indonesian tours as following:

    http://www.muslim2china.com

    http://www.indonesian2china.com





    26/12/2017

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    China – Lonely Planet #travel #advisors

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    Introducing China

    Whether it’s your first visit or your twentieth, China is so big, so diverse and so fast-changing, it’s always an adventure.

    Breathtaking Antiquity

    Let’s face it: the world’s oldest continuous civilisation is bound to pull an artefact or two out of its hat. There isn’t history at every turn – three decades of perpetual development and socialist town-planning have taken their toll – but travel selectively in China and rich seams of antiquity await exploration. With tumble-down chunks of the Great Wall, mist-wreathed, temple-topped mountains, quaint villages, water towns and sublime Buddhist cave statues, China insists on a few requirements: a well-made pair of travelling shoes and a strong stomach for long-distance wayfaring.

    Stupendous Scenery

    Běijīng, Shànghǎi and Hong Kong are portraits of modern Chinese wherewithal and ambition, but it’s the big outdoors that should top your list. From the placid mountain lakes of Tibet. the impassive deserts of Inner Mongolia to island-hopping in Hong Kong or cycling between fairy-tale karst pinnacles around Yángshuò. China’s landscapes are beguiling. Swoon before the rice terraces of the south, size up some awesome sand dunes in Gānsù or trace the Great Wall as it meanders across mountain peaks, get lost in forests of bamboo, sail through dramatic river gorges or, when your energy fails you, flake out for a tan on a distant beach.

    Cuisine

    Treat yourself by trading your meagre local Chinatown menu for the lavish Middle Kingdom cookbook. Wolf down Peking duck, size up a sizzling lamb kebab in Kāifēng or gobble down a bowl of Lánzhōu noodles on the Silk Road. Spicy Húnán or Sìchuān dishes really raise the temperature but don’t forget about what’s cooking along China’s frontier lands – always an excellent excuse to get off the beaten path. Culinary exploration is possibly the most enticing aspect of Middle Kingdom travel: you’ll return with stimulated taste buds and much cherished gastronomic memories.

    Diversity

    China is vast. Off-the-scale massive. A riveting jumble of wildly differing dialects and climatic and topographical extremes, it’s like several different countries rolled into one. Take your pick from the tossed-salad ethnic mix of the southwest, the yak-butter illuminated temples of Xiàhé. a journey along the dusty Silk Road, spending the night at Everest Base Camp or getting into your glad rags for a night on the Shànghǎi tiles. You’re spoiled for choice: whether you’re an urban traveller, hiker, cyclist, explorer, backpacker, irrepressible museum-goer or faddish foodie, China’s diversity is second to none.

    Why I Love China

    By Damian Harper, Writer

    A passion for Chinese martial arts saw me enrolling for a four-year degree in modern and classical Chinese at university in London back in the 1990s. They were fun days, when travelling China was testing but exciting in equal measure. Must-see hotspots like Píngyáo were unheard of and Shànghǎi ’s Pǔdōng was a cocktail-free flatland. I could say it’s the fantastic food, the awesome landscapes, the fun of train travel, the delightful people or pitching up in a small town I’ve never been to before, and I wouldn’t be lying. But it’s the Chinese language I still love most of all.





    26/12/2017

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    Health Information for Travelers to China – Traveler view #travel #flight

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    Vaccines and Medicines

    You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.

    Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the country you are visiting.

    Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US.

    You may need this vaccine if your trip will last more than a month, depending on where you are going in China and what time of year you are traveling. You should also consider this vaccine if you plan to visit rural areas in China or will be spending a lot of time outdoors, even for trips shorter than a month. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans. See more in-depth information on Japanese encephalitis in China .

    You may need a polio vaccine before your trip to China if you are visiting the Xinjiang province, especially if you are working in a health care facility, refugee camp, or humanitarian aid setting. This kind of work might put you in contact with someone with polio.

    • If you were vaccinated against polio as a child but have never had a n polio booster dose as an adult, you should get this booster dose. Adults need only one polio booster in their lives.
    • If you were not completely vaccinated as a child or do not know your vaccination status, talk to your doctor about getting vaccinated.

    Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in China, so CDC recommends this vaccine for the following groups:

    • Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.
    • People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
    • People who are taking long trips or moving to China
    • Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.

    There is no risk of yellow fever in China. The government of China requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission .

    For more information on recommendations and requirements, see yellow fever recommendations and requirements for China. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.

    When traveling in China, you should avoid mosquito bites to prevent malaria. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, depending on your travel plans, such as where you are going, when you are traveling, and if you are spending a lot of time outdoors or sleeping outside. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while traveling. For more information on malaria in China, see malaria in China.





    20/12/2017

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    How to Book China Train Tickets, China Train Travel Tips #virgin

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    How to Book China Train Tickets?

    Online Travel Agency

    An efficient and secure way for foreign tourists to book and purchase train tickets in China is by using a reliable online travel agency. However, buying through travel agencies the costs can be more, since travel agencies will charge a service fee. On the other hand, you will know that the booking is guaranteed and fixed.

    Dozens of trains can be found, when searching online train schedule through the web. However, beware that not all train tickets are available for purchase such as short distance tickets. If the travel distance takes a small part in a long distance journey a ticket could not be purchased. In some cases, tickets are only purchasable in the departure city.

    Compulsory documents such as full name and passport number are required for each passenger when booking tickets. E-tickets are not provided and tickets are not deliverable to countries abroad. However, we provide the possibility to deliver tickets to your hotel of staying according to your arrival in the city where you would like to depart by train.

    CITS is now offering on-line booking service for train ticket, which allows you to depart from many cities throughout China. To start your booking, please click China domestic train booking .

    Buy Tickets at the Rail Station

    Rail stations at big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai have a special English-speaking ticket counter for foreigners. In Beijing, tickets can be bought at the Beijing Main Rail Station, the Beijing West Rail Station or Beijing South Rail Station. Be aware that only domestic Chinese tickets are sold, thus no international tickets. Allow plenty of time to buy your ticket, as you may have to queue.

    Note, before buying tickets at the rail station, check the opening date for purchase. High-speed train tickets in the C, D, G or Z-category could be purchased 10 days before departure. For the high-speed train tickets in the K or T category are only open 5 days before departure. Tickets are only purchasable during the opening date. Opening dates are subject to change during the Chinese holidays or festivals such as spring festival or national holidays. It is recommended to buy tickets as soon as they could be purchased.

    Online Booking with China Railway Customer Service Center

    Passengers can book train tickets online on China Railway Customer Service Center (www.12306.cn). As of 2012, all train tickets are available online. However the website is only available in Chinese.

    Online reservation service is only offered to its registered users, for tickets in 1-10 days usually (1-12 days in advance for 2012 Spring Festival Rush). Payment online are applicable for bank card of the Bank of China, China Merchants Bank, Agricultural Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and bank cards stipulated by China Union Pay. The users should open up the e-currency payment service.

    Telephone booking is available in several cities but only for local citizens. For the following cities, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Wuhan, Nanchang, Taiyuan, Shenyang, Zhengzhou and Lanzhou the number 95105105 is applicable. For Chengdu 96006 and for Xian 96688.





    19/12/2017

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    Welcome to Travel Aire Tours – VIP Tour to China –

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    ****************************** NEWS FLASH ******************************

    IF Deposit Reservation Form received before Dec.1, 2015

    The Municipal Government of Guilin, China has extended a tremendous gift in honor of our annual VIP delegation

    and has offered to cover $200 pp of the tour price for all those who submit

    their reservation form and the required $300 pp deposit by or before Dec. 1, 2015.

    This gift has never been done before nor is it likely to be repeated but is a demonstration

    of how highly they regard our annual visit there as well as honoring

    the huge new FLYING TIGERS Park Museum which opened there on our 2015 tour.

    As a result, the 2016 Tour price has been reduced from $3399 pp to $3199 pp based on the above criteria.

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    TRAVEL AIRE ‘s 12 th Annual Exclusive Escorted American Aviators VIP Tour of China

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    TOUR the huge NEW Flying Tigers Guilin Heritage Park and Museum which just had its Grand Opening on our 2015 Tour – at the site of the Flying Tigers’ old WW II Airfield oustide Guilin ( Kweilin in WW II).





    19/12/2017

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    Shaanxi China Travel Service Co, Ltd. China Travel Service #best #price

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      About Us
    • Welcome to China Travel Service. the professional and comprehensive China Travel information site and online China Travel Service Platform operated by Shaanxi China Travel Service Co. Ltd ( SCTS ). As the standing member of China Association of Travel Agencies and China Travel Service group, we have over 50 years’ experience in professional China travel service and tour operator.

    We offer popular China tours, special China tours, as well as customized China tours for your specific request. Our service ranges from China tour packages, Yangtze River cruise and city tours of the major cities in China like Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, Kunming, Lahsa, Hongkong, etc. We also provide discount China hotel reservation, China train and flight information and booking and China visa service.

    Contact us now to start your great trip in China with us!

    As one of the key enterprises of its kind, Shaanxi China Travel Service Co. Ltd has sustained the standing member of China Association of Travel Agencies and China Travel Service Group, and the important member of Shaanxi Tourism Corporation Group. We are among the first group of travel agencies that are authorized by China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) to engage in the business of Chinese outbound travel. In the evaluation upon the top 100 international travel agencies of China in the last five years, we have always occupied the front rank.

    We have been enrolled as a member of Travel Trust International (TTI) in 1988, United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) in 1989 and Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) in 1990. We are staffed with a member of professional tourism management personnel and proficient tourism marketers. The interpreters and tour guides offer first-class services that areguaranteed by their good command of about 20 languages. Among them, over 60 have owned the title of special-class,In the past 40 years, numerous overseas tourists who came to China for sightseeing, business and etc have enjoyed the standard and considerate services of us.

    We have, over the years developed a wide knowledge of the local scene combines with production kwon-how. Our expertise allows us to offer tailor-made programs with a large degree of flexibility to respond to your individual or group requests. Once given the opportunity to handle your travel request to China, you will feel secure in the hand of your friend Shaanxi China Travel Service Co. Ltd. We are looking forward to serving you for China travel.





    09/11/2017

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    Virtual Phone Numbers China #china #virtual #phone #number


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    Call forwarding and receiving calls around the world is super easy with EasyRinger

    Your friends, family, and customers in China can call you with just a local call and reach you anywhere around the world. All they need to do is call your local EasyRinger number and, when you answer, you all will be chatting with each other half the world away.

    Acquiring an EasyRinger phone number for China

    For security and fraud reasons, numbers in China require documentation to purchase. Please have a scan or photograph of your passport or national ID and a copy of a bill showing a local Chinese address (although sometimes proof of address is not required). Once you have these, you’re ready to sign up with EasyRinger.

    Calling with your new China phone number

    When you signup with EasyRinger and choose a number in China, you also enter the number that you want your new China virtual number to ring to. This can be anywhere around the world: an office in the USA, your son attending university abroad, or a family member retired in Canada. For people in China, it’s a local call!

    Start talking

    You give your EasyRinger number to your friends, family members, customers, and anyone else who may want to call you. They just dial your EasyRinger number like any other local number and connect straight to you.

    How much is it?

    You can check the rates for a country or even a specific number by using this form. Leave the phone number field blank to check a country’s basic rate.

    Virtual phone numbers in start at $19.99 per month and vary by country and location. There’s a standard $0.03 connection fee per call.

    What if I want to call my contacts back in China?

    Calling back to China is also easy with the EasyRinger mobile app. The mobile app lets you do two things: set your destination number and call back. To call back, go to the callback page, enter the number back home that you want to call, and press “Call”. The EasyRinger service will call you and, when you answer the call, will connect you with your party back home.


    11/10/2017

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    Is Travel to China Safe? #cheapest #hotel #prices

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    Is Travel to China Safe?

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    China is a fascinating and diverse country that welcomes more than 100 million tourists a year and lays claims to being the fourth most popular destination in the world. Its economy has been booming for years and its interest to the outside world, heightened by the Summer Olympics of 2008, appears to be increasing as well. While there are precautions one should take when traveling to and around China, it is generally a safe country to visit.

    Economy

    Unlike much of the world, China s economy has been thriving in recent years and the country boasts the fourth-highest gross domestic product (GDP) in the world. Jobless and homeless rates are relatively low, which translates to a low crime rate as well. You hear about the occasional pickpocketing, but violence, particularly targeted against foreigners, is very rare.

    Street Safety

    Awareness is perhaps the most important safety precaution you can take when visiting China. It s not uncommon to have someone make an attempt at your wallet or camera if they re easily accessible. Since you ll frequently find yourself in the middle of a crowd of people bumping up against you, always make sure your valuables are well-protected. Avoid carrying a wad of cash or your wallet in your back pocket. Keep things where you can either see them or keep a hand on them. Also keep your belongings with you at all times. If an item is left unattended, it could be snatched up before you realize it.

    Business Scams

    Scams are a huge concern in China, since there are countless Chinese businesses that exist to make money illegally through counterfeiting and deceit. Know that just about all supposedly brand-name items for sale in small shops or on the streets are not the real deal. Also assume that the first price a shop owner throws out is way above what he s willing to sell the item for. Everybody bargains, so be prepared to do so. Take small bills with you when shopping, since having exact amounts helps. If you re worried about not recognizing a scam, shop only in larger stores and malls where everything has a price tag and bargaining isn t allowed. Be wary of people who approach you on the street. Many con artists offer one thing, such as a place for tea or a look at an art show, but then try to trick you out of your money.

    Counterfeit money also is not uncommon–you ll notice taxi drivers and shopkeepers will almost always scrutinize the money you hand them before accepting it. All the bills except the one yuan note have metal ribbons from top to bottom, a little left of center. These should be visible as a silver line on the front of a shadow when looked at from the back. Also, the flower design near the middle of each note and Chairman Mao s jacket image are textured, so you should feel some slight bumpiness when running your finger over them.

    Misconceptions

    Contrary to how Chinese are so often portrayed in martial arts films, they are actually a peaceful people, typically aggressive only in business dealings. The majority of people you meet will most likely be genuinely interested in getting to know you and even practicing their English with you. Don t let stereotypes get in the way of enjoying the Chinese people and their country.





    21/09/2017

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    China Travel Service International (REVIEW) – China Forum #travel #finder

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    China Travel Service International (REVIEW)

    First off – BE CAREFUL as there are dozens of agencies called China Travel Service so don t get confused. The company I am reviewing is China Travel Services International based in San Francisco, CA (also in Los Angeles. New York and Beijing ) and their website is www.intertrips.com (so you don t get confused).

    After searching the Internet and talking to local travel agents, we decided to go with CTSI and worked with Alex Wang in the SF office.

    We read some horror stories about poor quality food, hotels, airlines and high-pressure sales at factory stores so were obviously concerned when we booked, especially given CTSI was quite a bit cheaper then the other online travel agencies.

    Well, we just completed a 21+ day tour from SF to Beijing, Shanghai. Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Hangzhou, a cruise on the Yangtze River /Three Gorges. Hong Kong and a custom side trip to Canton.

    Here s are feedback on each of the important criteria:

    Itinerary: The itinerary was perfectly planned, not only allowing us to visit a variety of cities/provinces, but also experiencing the broad spectrum of local cultures throughout China. We experienced the busy cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, but also relaxed in Hangzhou, Yangshuo and of course the cruise on the Yangtze River – none of which we would have enjoyed if not recommended by your company. We originally had concerns with 21 packed days of travel (esp. with young children and seniors with us) but everything down to the daily itinerary (including shows/entertainment) was perfectly orchestrated.

    Food/Accommodations: This is the area we were most concerned with because of reviews on the Internet but was NEVER a problem on our tour. EVERY meal was colorfully prepared in local tradition and served in banquet style, dish after dish! Accommodations were all first class – both clean and functional and centrally located. Even the domestic and international flights were as good if not better than domestic flights in the US.

    Local/National Tour guides: The local and national CTSI tour guides were what really transformed a 21-day tour into a memorable experience of a lifetime. They were ALWAYS there to educate us on the local sights and customs, assist us in every aspect of our stay, and constantly making us laugh. We especially want to thank David (Hangqing) Huang our national guide in Beijing/Xian/Guilin/Shanghai who was more like an ambassador to us than a tour guide and Andy in Guilin who “joined” our family during our stay.

    Price Value: We searched every online and offline travel company specializing in China Travel (many with the similar names) but narrowed down to CTSI/Intertrips. We were a bit concerned that we would be getting less quality than other more expensive tours, but upon our return, now know we just got the best value!

    Caveats: So not to paint our travel as perfect (although darn close) some things to consider. Food was high quality and plentiful (banquet style – dish after dish) but contains more oil and less salt than Chinese food we have in US. As you get closer to Hong Kong, you will find food more similar to that in US. We did take at least one break from Chinese food (25 days!!) and ate at local Mc Donalds which had a more diverse menu than US!

    Shopping is great everywhere but sales people can be aggressive and be prepared to negotiate. Weather was hot and humid, but we survived.

    We found the people very nice and courteous (except at markets and trains) and surprisingly very clean – more so than Chinatowns in the US.

    We considered booking our own itinerary, but the cost was not only more expensive, but the language barrier and lack of experience would have been a big mistake.

    Hope you all enjoy as much we did!

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    20/09/2017

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    China Flight: Reviews, Schedule and Cheap Air Tickets. #south #america #travel

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    Flight by Themes

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    China Travel Depot is powered by China CYTS Tours Holding Co. Ltd. – Top China Travel Agency Since 1980





    19/09/2017

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    Asset sales plan secures EU backing for $130 billion Dow, DuPont


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    Asset sales plan secures EU backing for $130 billion Dow, DuPont merger

    The Dow logo is seen on a building in downtown Midland, Michigan, in this May 14, 2015 file photograph. Rebecca Cook/File Photo

    (Reuters) – Dow Chemical and DuPont won the blessing of the European Union for their $130 billion merger on Monday by agreeing to sell substantial assets including key research and development activities.

    The European Commission had been concerned that the merger of two of the biggest and oldest U.S. chemical producers would leave few incentives to produce new herbicides and pesticides in the future. The deal is one of a trio of mega mergers that will reshape the industry and consolidate six companies into three.

    Asset sales would ensure competition in the sector and benefit European farmers and consumers, the Commission said.

    “We need effective competition in this sector so companies are pushed to develop products that are ever safer for people and better for the environment,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

    “Our decision today ensures that the merger between Dow and DuPont does not reduce price competition for existing pesticides or innovation for safer and better products in the future.”

    The two other big deals in the industry are ChemChina’s [CNNCC.UL] $43 billion bid for Syngenta and Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto.

    Dow and DuPont said they were still on target for $3 billion in cost synergies and $1 billion in growth benefits.

    The deal is still to be approved by regulators in the United States, Brazil, China, Australia and Canada, but the companies said they were confident of clearance in all remaining jurisdictions.

    “This regulatory milestone is a significant step toward closing the merger transaction, with the intention to subsequently spin into three independent publicly traded companies,” Dow spokeswoman Rachelle Schikorra said in an email.

    The EU approval may be a sign that U.S. regulators would follow suit because the agencies have traditionally coordinated on reviews and remedies for large multinational mergers, said Diana Moss, president of the American Antitrust Institute non-profit group.

    However, any required asset sales would likely reflect antitrust concerns in the local marketplace.

    “In the U.S. there are very high shares in corn and soybean seeds. We would expect those problems to be significant enough for enforcers in the U.S. to remedy them,” Moss said.

    Weighty Decision

    DuPont products are shown for sale in a hardware store in National City, California, December 9, 2015. Mike Blake/File Photo

    The 1,000-page decision underlined the significance of the merger. In return for the EU green light, DuPont will divest large parts of its global pesticides business, including its global research and development organization.

    The unit makes herbicides for cereals, oilseed rape, sunflower, rice and pasture and insecticides for insect control for fruits and vegetables.

    Dow, in turn, will sell two acid co-polymer manufacturing facilities in Spain and the United States, as well as a contract with a third party through which it buys ionomers. The company has already found a buyer in South Korea’s SK Innovation.

    “The main surprises here are the inclusion of the pesticides and the exclusion of any kind of seed assets,” Bernstein analysts wrote in a note. The analysts also said they had expected EU to be concerned about the concentration of seed sales, and that they would require Dow to divest its corn seeds business.

    European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager holds a news conference after Dow Chemical gained conditional EU antitrust approval on Monday for their $130 billion merger by agreeing to significant asset sales, one of a trio of mega mergers that will redraw the agrochemicals industry, in Brussels, Belgium March 27, 2017. Yves Herman

    “We see the required divestments here as smaller than we originally expected, due to the exclusion of seed assets”.

    Antitrust experts said the regulator’s demand to sell large swathes of R editing by Robin Emmott/Keith Weir/Sriraj Kalluvila

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    China Travel Blogs, Photos and Forum #cheap #flights #hotels

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    China

    China, Cathay, The Middle-Kingdom. Kingdom of Heaven. there are as many names for this country as its history is long. Empires have come and gone but China has endured for thousands of years. This is the country that gave us fireworks, gunpowder, paper, and the compass to just name a few things. More recently China is known for its particular mix of communism with capitalism, its spectacular economic growth rates, its cheap goods flooding Western stores, and the advantages and disadvantages that come with being the factory of the world.

    Contrasting some of the largest and most polluted cities in the world, it also offers areas of great natural beauty. Love mystical mountains shrouded in mist? Countless sacred mountains are scattered around the country. Big palaces? Try the Forbidden City in Beijing, or the Summer palace or the countless others you can pick from. Into long walls? Well, there is none longer than the Great Wall. You can see thousands of life-sized terracotta warriors in Xi’an, and the list goes on: traditional villages, rice terraces, wooden bridges, temples, snowy mountain peaks and craggy canyons, crystal clear lakes, Buddhist and Tibetan Monasteries, sky-scrapers and mesmerizing modern architecture, great food like Peking Duck, different food like birds’ feet, and more.

    Extend your trip to Chengdu, with maybe a boat trip through the Three Gorges or a trip to Guilin. But there are many more beautiful places to see that are less visited by foreigners, though still hugely popular with the Chinese. Try Jiuzhaigou National Park, a short plane ride away from Chengdu, with stunning clear lakes and mountains — 4 million visitors a year but only about 2000 non-Chinese. Whatever you might think of this nation, one thing is for sure, it has something to offer everyone.

    Highlights from China

    • Walk around Beijing with its fast disappearing hutongs. the popular Forbidden City is all it’s cracked up to be despite the crowds, the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, and for something more modern, the Olympic grounds
  • Yunnan, a province off the beaten track. with far fewer tourists and great scenery, try Lijiang and Shangri-La

  • Stroll the length of the Great Wall. or if that’s a bit much, just choose a section you like, from the most famous one near Beijing, to quieter spots like Jiumenkou near Shanhaiguan, or Tiger Mountain Great Wall at Dandong overlooking North Korea

  • Visit the Terracotta Warriors at Xi’an and while you are there stroll along the city walls

  • Climb at least one sacred mountain in China, Tai Shan for instance, or Mount Huang Shan near Shanghai

  • If you are near Shanghai why not visit this city and compare old English built Bund and the old quarter with new Pudong

  • The Potala Palace in Lhasa often conjures up the image of the Dalai Lama who resided there, as such it is a contentious choice in China highlights, but the fact remains that Tibet is a part of China and this is a must see site; if Tibet is out of the picture try Labrang Monasery in Xiahe for a look into Tibetan spiritualism

  • Brave the freezing cold to visit Harbin in January or February for the Ice Sculpture Festival

  • Walk, boat or cycle through the karst limestone landscape outside Yangshuo. or for a less touristy version try Wulingyuan in Hunan and stay in nearby picturesque Dehang

  • Hobble along one of the many traditional Chinese villages dotted around the country, from the Huizhou villages in Anhui province. and Hakka Tulou villages near Xiamen, to the canal strewn villages around Suzhou and quiet cave houses of Lijiashan, to rain-and-wind bridge filled Zhaoxing in Guizhou, to name just a few

    Hints and Tips for China

    • Always take a card from your hotel or ask somebody from your hostel to write down the name and address in Chinese characters, so you can show it to taxi drivers. The language barrier is a big hurdle, few people speak English and for most people it is impossible to learn useful Chinese prior to or during their visit. Pointing is the name of the game here. Point to the phrase in a guidebook you want to say and let them read the Chinese version of it. Point at the name of the town you want to go to, and before you know it you have your ticket. In short, point, point, point!
  • Eating can be a challenge. If you can’t read a menu or understand the waiter, it is hard to know what you are ordering. Luckily there are plenty of picture menus, or just point at the dish of the person sitting next to you in the restaurant. Street food is easy enough, you can see what is being cooked and decide if it takes your fancy or not. Some travelers may find the offerings doubtful when faced with sea slugs, birds feet, stew made from cow’s spinal cords, cockroaches or scorpions on skewers.

  • There are plenty of good internal flights (and new airports and terminals springing up all the time) so you can cover more than one region easily in a single trip. China is a very safe location, and you can wander round the cities with little fear of being mugged. Flying internally in China is fine these days, but delays are common.

  • A guided trip may be an easier option for the first time visitor considering the language barrier. But that need not mean a package tour – you can book direct through a tourism service or one of the many reputable travel agents in Hong Kong, who will book accommodation and all transport for you.

  • China has a great hostel system these days. Hostels are cheap and good. Make use of them, it is also a good way to meet young, middle class, Chinese backpackers who are eager to talk to you and practice their English.

  • Chinese spit and burp without being self-conscious and generally make a lot of noise and do things that may come across distasteful. This is a different culture. Just try and ignore it, or it might ruin your trip. It is common for the toilet experience to be an unpleasant surprise for foreigners and it may be a good idea to bring your own toilet paper to be prepared.

  • If visiting Tibet, check if foreigners are being allowed to visit when you plan your trip and beware the effects of the altitude and take it gently





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    U.S. Relations With China

    More information about China is available on the China Country Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.

    U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS

    The United States seeks to build a positive, cooperative, and comprehensive relationship with China by expanding areas of cooperation and addressing areas of disagreement, such as human rights and cybersecurity. The United States welcomes a strong, peaceful, and prosperous China playing a greater role in world affairs and seeks to advance practical cooperation with China. The annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S ED) has served as a unique platform to promote bilateral understanding, expand consensus, discuss differences, build mutual trust, and increase cooperation. The strategic track of the S ED has produced benefits for both countries through a wide range of joint projects and initiatives and expanded avenues for addressing common regional and global challenges such as proliferation concerns in Iran and North Korea, tensions between Sudan and South Sudan, climate change, environmental protection, and energy security. The United States has emphasized the need to enhance bilateral trust through increased high-level exchanges, formal dialogues, and expanded people-to-people ties. On November 10, 2014, President Obama announced a reciprocal visa validity arrangement with China, increasing the validity of short-term tourist and business visas issued to each other s citizens from one to ten years, and increasing the validity of student and exchange visas from one to five years. The U.S. approach to China is an integral part of reinvigorated U.S. engagement with the Asia-Pacific region.

    U.S. Assistance to China

    U.S. assistance programs in China focus on four principal areas: supporting efforts on environmental protection and climate-change mitigation; advancing the rule of law and human rights; assisting Tibetan communities; and addressing the threat of pandemic diseases. U.S. support for transparency and governance crosses these sectors, supporting the development of environmental law, as well as a free, fair, and accessible justice system. Programs in each of these areas are targeted and directly address U.S. interests such as limiting the transmission of avian influenza, HIV/AIDS, and other diseases that pose threats to global security. Furthermore, such programs have been expanded with the addition of local Chinese resources, Programs in Tibetan areas of China support activities that preserve the distinct Tibetan culture and promote sustainable development and environmental conservation.

    Bilateral Economic Relations

    The U.S. approach to its economic relations with China has two main elements: integrating China into the global, rules-based economic and trading system and expanding U.S. exporters and investors access to the Chinese market. Two-way trade between China and the United States has grown from $33 billion in 1992 to over $562 billion in goods in 2013. China is currently the third largest export market for U.S. goods (after Canada and Mexico), and the United States is China s largest export market. The stock of U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in China was $61 billion in 2013, up from $54 billion in 2012, and remained primarily in the manufacturing sector. During the economic track of the July 2014 S ED, the two countries announced measures to strengthen macroeconomic cooperation, promote open trade and investment, enhance global cooperation and international rules, and foster financial stability and reform. For more information see http://www.treasury.gov/initiatives/Pages/china.aspx.

    China s Membership in International Organizations

    The People s Republic of China assumed the China seat at the United Nations in 1971, replacing Taiwan, and is a permanent member of the UN Security Council. Over the years, China has become increasingly active in multilateral organizations, particularly the United Nations. China and the United States work closely with the international community to address threats to global security, including North Korea and Iran s nuclear programs.

    Bilateral Representation

    The U.S. Ambassador to China is Max Baucus; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department s Key Officers List.

    China maintains an embassy in the United States at 3505 International Place, NW, Washington, DC 20008; Tel. (202) 495-2266.

    More information about China is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

    Department of State China Country Page

    Department of State Key Officers List

    CIA World Factbook China Page

    U.S. Embassy: China

    USAID China Page

    Human Rights Reports

    International Religious Freedom Reports

    Trafficking in Persons Reports





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    About Us

    China Travel Service(Australia), know as CTS Australia is totally owned by China Travel Service (Hong Kong) Limited which was initially founded in 1928 in Hong Kong.

    CTS Australia is now one of the 18 overseas subsidiaries of CTS Travel Group which work together to provide a total service program as specialists to China and most of the Asian destinations.

    China Travel Service (Holdings) Hong Kong Limited has led CTS group to become one of the largest and fastest growing travel companies, with 42 branches in Hong Kong, 18 in Asia, Europe, Oceania and North America, and hundreds of offices in mainland of China ranking among the world’s biggest travel Agencies.

    China Travel Service (Holdings) Hong Kong Limited is uniquely positioned as a travel wholesaler and supplier, managing its own premises and facilities; from hotels to bus companies, from cruise to ferries and from theme parks to airline services. This ensures a high standard of service and competitive pricing leading to an excellent reputation for its reliability, efficiency and quality of service.

    China Travel Service (Australia) specializes in offering comprehensive services not only to Australian Tourists traveling into Hong Kong, Macau and China but also make tailor-made itineraries for hundred of thousands of tourists and businessmen from China into Australia and New Zealand.





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    China: Tips for Traveling in China

    1.   Once you buy it in China, it is yours.  Like most foreign countries, make sure you are happy with the exact merchandise being sold to you.  Inspect what you intend to buy, and not a sample with a “factory sealed” package to be delivered upon payment.

    2.   China has competitive and generally reliable electronics malls in the major cities.  Be sure you are geeky enough to make an informed purchase.  There are bargains, but do not expect the technical help you might get from your own electronics stores at home.

    3.   You should be an experienced shopper to know what something is worth in a Chinese market.  Generally the shopkeeper will start at 10X what you should counteroffer.  You could ask strangers what they would typically pay for it.   Taxi prices are set by meter.  Food merchants naturally will jack up the price for foreign-looking people, so be sure to bargain.  Bargaining is an art in China.  If you do not care for it, have someone else buy things for you.

    4.   Beggars and street people?  There are a few, but no where near the number of homeless on the streets of the U.S.  Chinese pay them no mind and neither should you.  Just walk on.

    5.   Like anywhere, some tourist attractions are overrated.  Avoid visiting mid-morning and mid-afternoon when group bus tours unload hundreds, if not thousands, of tourists to overrun a previously enjoyable attraction.  The cacophony of multiple battery-operated bullhorns in several languages will spoil any visit to a Chinese garden, the Great Wall or landscape scenery.

    6.  Tour groups are a good convenient way to see some outstanding things and get taken to tourist trinket stores.  When you ditch the tour you probably see more on your own, but with more time spent planning about being a stranger in a foreign land.  You cannot hope to get a pulse of the people on a typical tourism visit, as you will not be exposed to common worker Chinese, the hundreds of millions who form the majority in the country.  You will see a lot of Chinese hospitality industry workers who speak some English, and maybe some Chinese tourists who also are enjoying the country.  They are not at all representative of the country, 48% of which still live on the farm and do not speak one word of English, even if they allegedly learned it in school.

    7.   Chinese people are delighted if you make any attempt to speak Mandarin, even if it’s only a couple of words.  The best way to introduce yourself is with a warm, broad smile.  Even when you might be upset or frustrated, smile.  It works.

    8.     Traveling in China on its holidays can be a nightmare.  Plan your trip carefully so you know what to expect on the Chinese Official Holidays.  China-briefing.com is a good source, so search for the current year.  While the holidays may be the same from year to year, even tied to fixed dates, the entire holiday period will shift.  New schedules are posted in December, just a week or so before the year begins.   Do not assume the May Day holiday is May 1-3.  It might be April 29 and 30 and May 1.  That mistake might ruin sightseeing and cause you to be stranded without transport tickets.

    9.   Anyone who approaches you trying to practice English should be greeted with a smile and skepticism.  Most Chinese are shy and will not speak to you unless you speak first.  Those who overtly approach you and make the first move are likely to be selling something or worse.  Many tourists reports scams in Shanghai, so be friendly but careful.  Never ever follow a stranger anywhere.  Period.

    10. Chinese restaurants with lots of foreigners (non-Chinese) are almost always unauthentic, as well as overpriced.  Usually frequented by group tours, these places change recipes to conform to what they think are “western tastes.”  Many middle-class, white linen restaurants, hosting complete nuclear (three-generation) families around big round tables, have English menus with sometimes humorous translations.  The more crowded with families it is, the better value and food it has.  The menu’s color pictures will help also.  If they just show you an English menu, ask to see both.  They might be pricing the food twice to five-times higher for tourists.  If so, just walk out before you drink any tea.   Compare the photos and prices.  No tipping in restaurants, taxis, or anywhere for that matter.

    11. Luxury goods are expensive in China, thanks to a luxury tax.  Go to Hong Kong to make a killing on name-brand bargains.  In China you can find some good buys in silk, pearls, jade and handicrafts, but you must study a bit to make sure you are getting the real thing.  Bone porcelain can be a good buy too, but it must be carefully packed for your air travel.

    12. The internet is censored in China.  You need a VPN to see Facebook and any blog for that matter.  GOOGLE is blocked again (April 2015).  This means for android phone users no Google Maps and no Play Store to get a new app – map or otherwise.  This made things very difficult when using a local SIM card and no VPN. Hotel internet charges rise along with the room rates.  Lower cost three-star hotels will frequently have free wired and WiFi internet.  Luxury hotels will charge you USD$15-25 per day.  Internet cafes can be a huge inconvenience with lots of smokers and unclean surrroundings.  Book a hostel or hotel with free WiFi.  They are everywhere.

    13. Before you leave home, get a good guidebook and buy street maps on line or in bookstores for cities you wish to explore.  Free tourism maps are never to scale or easy to follow, with half the streets not there, names unclear. and big advertising splashed right across where you want to go.  Amazing how many people budget well over USD$1,500 per person for China travel, yet won’t spend USD$30 for an excellent book to help them along the way.  DK Eyewitness Guides are well regarded for their color pictorals of everything there is to see, while Lonely Planet has logistics info on most anywhere you want to go.  Other books more resemble a group tour itinerary, only covering the overvisited tourism sights and avoiding any real detail.

    City guides unfortunately suggest westernized entertainment zones where only monied upper-class people would care to enter.  You can have a lot of fun on food streets, wet and dry markets and such.  Walk the Bund at night to people watch.  Tiananmen Square is best at night.

    14.  Personal sanitation is important while traveling.  Since you are on the “tourist trail,” you are actually mixing with people from dozens of countries on six continents, not just Asians.  Bring your own alcohol-based wet wipes for water-free hand sanitation.  Never drink tap water!  Bottled water is common everywhere and cheap at the corner convenience stores.

    15. Bring your own toilet tissue with you, as you will  rarely find a public toilet supplied with it.  Carry it always in your purse, camera bag or backpack.  Small flat travel packs (dry tissue and wet toilet wipes) are now available many places.  You may use little packs of alcohol wet wipes to go over places your body will touch.





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    China Travel Guide

    China, situated in the eastern part of Asia and on the western shore of the Pacific Ocean, faces the sea with the land for a background Its sea and landlocation is beneficial to its relations with many neighboring countries and also advantageous to its exchanges with foreign countries Meanwhile, the annual moist air from the sea with plenty of rainfall is an important source for China’s freshwater resources and is an indispensable condition for the growth of its maritime industry China has a vast territory. Its northernmost part is located on the central line of the main course of the Heilong River,north of the Mohe River, in Heilongjiang Province; its southernmost tip is m Zengmu Reef of the Nansha Is of the South China Sea, The two prates are 5,500 km apart. Its easternmost part isat the confluence of the Heilong and Wusuli rivers; its westernmost tip is on the Pamirs in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region The east and west span is 5,OOO km (about 62 Latitudinal degrees). China covers a total land area of 9.6 million square km, third only to Russia and Canada, or the third largest country in the world China’s land area accounts for 1/15 of the worrd total, or the entire area of Europe.





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    China Travel Guide

    There are few countries in the world with a culture as distinct as China. A country of contrasts, China offers thriving Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, but also extremely rural areas in the west. This is a country stuck between the developed and developing world. Rapid change has attracted curious people from around the globe, so it s a great time to dip your toe into this amazing culture.

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    Typical Costs

    Accommodation Prices start at around 40 CNY for a dorm (but can be closer to 80 CNY in Beijing) and are about 125 CNY (city dependent) for a private room with a shared bathroom, or 185 CNY for a private room with ensuite. Budget hotels begin around 135 CNY per night for basic accommodations that are basic but good value. Expect higher prices in Hong Kong, with a single room starting around 145 CNY per night.

    Food Eating in nicer restaurants will cost around 43 CNY. A simple meal of noodles or street food will cost just about 6 CNY! There is a ton of cheap and delicious food in China (which is nothing like what is found in Chinese restaurants in America), so you ll have no problem eating on a budget.

    Transportation China may be a huge country, but it s easy and cheap to get from one place to another. Buses are the most popular way to travel and usually cost between 1.50 3 CNY in a city. Inter-country buses cost around 18 CNY per hour of travel. Major cities also have extensive underground systems that are less than 6 CNY per ride. Taxi fares start at about 6 CNY.

    Activities In general, sights are affordable in China. Only certain activities, such as the Great Wall (prices vary depending on what section of wall you visit but are between 30-85 CNY), are pricey by local standards. However, wandering around the cities and visiting many of the historic temples are free. For hikes or outdoor excursions, expect costs around 185 CNY. You ll also find much higher prices in Hong Kong, with museums starting around 62 CNY, so budget a bit more here.

    Money Saving Tips

    Use sleeper trains Use sleeper trains, doorless compartments with bunks, to travel overnight since cities are spread apart and save on paying accommodation. Lower bunks are less expensive, so purchase a few days in advance to take advantage of these savings. Some stations have ticket offices for foreigners if you need help navigating your options.

    Ask for Xiao Pan If eating alone, ask for “xiao pan”. These are small portions and work out at 70% of the size and price of a normal dish.

    Hard Seats Travel on the “hard seats” on trains or buses. These are the cheapest and most basic seats but are not “hard” as the name would lead you to believe.

    Top Things to See and Do in China

    The Great Wall of China No trip would be complete without visiting the Great Wall.  There are plenty of tours to different parts of the Wall, so pick according to your budget and which part you most want to see. Some tours even offer multi-day packages that visit the whole wall.

    Tian anmen Square You’ve no doubt seen it in films and on TV, but it is hard to get an idea of the sheer size of this square until you’re standing square in the middle of it. There’s plenty to see here including the Tiananmen Tower, the Great Hall of the People, the People’s Heroes Monument, the National Museum and Mao Zedong. You aren t allowed to film or photograph in the square.

    Beijing This fast-moving city has a population of 22 million and counting.  Aside from Tian’anmen Square, you’ll want to visit the Forbidden City, the countless shopping malls, the Temple of Heaven, and of course, the Great Wall.

    Hong Kong Hong Kong effortlessly blends East and West, thanks in part to it being under British control for 99 years. This bustling metropolis combines high rise buildings with traditional street markets and religious temples. It also boasts a large expat population, good shopping, fantastic nightlife, and delicious food. It s one of my favorite cities in the world.

    Shanghai Another one of China’s largest, busiest, and most visited cities is Shanghai. This is a bustling, high-tech city that serves as the center of modern business infrastructure. To get a sense of historical China, head to the Old City, especially YuYuan Gardens. This is a bustling city that changes daily.

    Xi’An Also known as Changan, Xian is the largest city in the northwest of the country and is one of the ancient capitals of China. You won t want to miss the Terracotta Army, the City Wall, and the amazing architecture of the Muslim quarters.

    Gorge on food China is a food lover’s paradise. Eating here will certainly put your take-away back home into perspective. In such a huge country, it’s no surprise that different areas have different culinary delights. It’s entirely possible to enjoy the four styles of Chinese cooking (Cantonese, Beijing, Shanghai and Szechuan) while on your trip.

    Cruise the Li River For a true sense of natural beauty, head on a cruise down the Li River. This place has been listed as one of the top ten “watery wonders” by National Geographic. The river is 272 miles long and has dozens of places to explore along the way, such as Zhujiang Pier, Yangdi, and Guilin.

    Admire the Imposing Terracotta Warriors Located in Xi’An, the Terracotta Army was erected as a monument to China’s first Emperor, Qin. The life-sized stone soldiers are said to represent the army that triumphed over all others in China that played a significant role the country s formation. The hundreds of statues are a mind-blowing sight.

    Visit the Forbidden City This famous attraction in Beijing was the imperial palace from the time of the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty.  Now the Palace Museum holds artifacts from both dynasties and is a great place to learn about China s history.

    Travel (part of) the Silk Road With a history of over 2,000 years old, this is a must-see for visitors. There are many locations to check out along the road, as it originally spanned from Chang’an to Rome and Italy. Its total length was over 2400 miles, half of which was within Chinese territory.

    Explore Tibet Also known as “the Roof of the World”, this area is perfect for adventurous travelers that are looking for unique attraction. Explore the snow mountains, exotic customs, and Buddhism. Tibet has had tumultuous past, so during your visit it s wise not to bring up the Dali Lama. You ll need to a special permit to visit the region.

    Take in the Karst mountains Illustrated on the back of the 20 yuan banknote, these mountains are a stunning sight to see in person. You can take a boat trip down the Li river, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains.

    The Mogao Grottos of Dunhuang Also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves, these grottos are home to the largest, best-preserved, and richest Buddhist art in the world—the first cave was carved here in 366 AD.

    Potala Palace Now a museum, this palace was home to the Dalai Lamas up until 1959. The many halls, temples, and courtyards have been constructed from wood and stone.





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    Lonely Planet Discover China (Travel Guide) #cheap #hotels #and #flights

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    Lonely Planet: The world’s leading travel guide publisher

    Lonely Planet Discover China is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Pass through the Gate of Supreme Harmony in Beijing’s Forbidden City, hike along the Great Wall, or slurp up wonton soup amid Shanghai’s neon lights; all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of China and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet Discover China :

    • Full-colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips – including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets – including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience – including customs, history, art, literature, architecture, religion, landscapes, cuisine
    • Free, convenient pull-out Beijing map (included in print version), plus over 60 colour local maps
    • Coverage of Beijing, the Great Wall, Xian, The North, Shanghai, Yangzi Region, Hong Kong, The South, Yunnan, Sichuan, The Silk Road and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Discover China , our easy-to-use guide, is perfect for travellers who seek the most popular attractions a destination has to offer. Filled with inspiring and colourful photos, this guide focuses on the best of the best.

    • Looking for a comprehensive guide that recommends a wide range of experiences, both popular and offbeat, and extensively covers all the country has to offer? Check out Lonely Planet’s China guide.
    • Looking for a guide for Hong Kong, Beijing, or Shanghai? Check out Lonely Planet’s Hong Kong guide, Beijing guide, or Shanghai guide for a comprehensive look at all that each of these cities has to offer.

    Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Damian Harper, Piera Chen, Chung Wah Chow, Megan Eaves, David Eimer, Tienlon Ho, Robert Kelly, Shawn Low, Emily Matchar, Bradley Mayhew,

    Daniel McCrohan, Dai Min, Phillip Tang.

    About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world’s leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet’s mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.





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    There must be sometimes we need a travel agency to arrange all the traveling activities for us, especially when we go to visit a foreign country without any considerate preparation. A travel agency can provide us with not only tours, but also flights and hotels reservation, thus it makes our travel more convenient. This article will list some information about the top travel agencies in China, which is supposed to be helpful for those who are worried about China Tours, China Flights and China Hotels when they are planning a china travel.

      1.      China Travel Service Head Office Co. Ltd

    China Travel Service Head Office Co. Ltd is a subsidiary company of China National Travel Service (HK) Group Corporation, ranking No1 in “top hundred National International travel agencies” in 2007 and 2008. Since its foundation in 1949, it has developed into a comprehensive travel agency managing inbound travel, outbound travel and domestic travel.

    Address: Floor28-30, Kangtai Mansion, East Three Ring Road No.38, Beijing.

    Tel: 400-811-6666

    2.    China Youth Travel Service Holding Co. Ltd.

    China Youth Travel Service Holding Co. Ltd is a limited liability company. It is the first travel agency in China to list A share. Its services cover inbound travel, outbound travel and domestic travel as well as arrangements for conferences, exhibitions.

    Head Office Address: No.23 Dongjiaoming Lane, Beijing.

    Tel: +86 (10)65598126, +86 (10)65243311

    Established in 1984, it is one of the largest travel agencies in China. It has good credit of doing various kinds of tours. With 108 subsidiaries in located all over the country, it provides good services to a wide range of customers both home and abroad.

      Head Office Address: Floor 15, Ruichen International Center, 13 Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Beijing, China (PRC), 100125

    Office: +86-(0)10-65877388

    4.    China International Travel Service Limited, Head Office

    Founded in 1954, CITS is the largest and most powerful travel agency in China. It is the only travel agency listed in the top 500 enterprises by the State Statistical Bureau. It has set 14 subsidiaries in foreign countries and regions and has established good relationship with 1400 other travel agencies.

    Address: CITS Mansion, North Street NO.1, Dongdan, Dongcheng District, Beijing.

    Tel: 010-85228888

    5.     Shanghai Spring International Travel Services, Ltd.

    Shanghai Spring International Travel Services, Ltd was established in Shanghai in 1981. It is the first travel agency to establish its own airline. Its business covers a wide range of area: travel, airline, flight ticket, hotel reservation, conference, exhibition and sports. It also has subsidiary companies at home and abroad.

    Address: Dingxi Road, NO.1558, Shanghai, China.

    Tel: 86-21-62520000

    CWTS is a first class travel agency created by the All-China Women’s Federation in 1986 with its headquarter in Beijing. Its main business includes inbound and outbound tours, flight tickets booking and railway tickets selling. Since its establishment it has contributed a lot to the exchanges between women and children from all around the world.

    Address: Xinzhongyuan Mansion, Dengshikou Street No.50, Beijing.

    Tel: 010-65230809

    The above listed travel agencies are the best ones in China. Since they have subsidiaries throughout China and at some foreign countries, travelers can choose whichever they like to make their china travel more convenient and easier.

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    Hi! I ll be travelling to Hong Kong. I want to travel from Hong Kong to Xiamen. Again from Xiamen to Nanning and from Nanning to Hong Kong. I also want to know the total distance and time taken to travel from each point (i.,e from HK to XMN and from XMN to Nanning from Nanning to HK) if i travel by bus or by train or by Ferry. I don t want to take a flight.





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    Top Online Travel Booking Websites in China

    China Online Travel Websites Market Share by Revenue

    According to a latest China online travel booking report by iResearch, China s total online travel booking revenue in 2009 has increased to $3.74 billion yuan (about US $548 million) from year 2008 s $2.94 billion yuan (US$431 million), up 27.2%.

    The top online travel booking websites (by revenue) are:

    • Ctrip: 55.6%
    • eLong .com: 9.9%
    • mangocity.com: 6.2%
    • 118114.cn: 5.8%
    • 12580.com: 3.2%
    • etpass.com: 3.1%
    • 17u.com: 2.7%
    • aoyou.com: 1.5%
    • Others: 12%

    Ctrip.com eLong.com

    Both listed in NASDAQ, ctrip and eLong are probably not strange to you as the two biggest online travel service provider in China.

    Mangocity.com

    Mangocity is an official subsidiary of China Travel Online and engages in business travel management service to corporate clients. It was formerly known as CTI Business Travel Management Company, one of the earliest travel management companies in China.

    China Travel Service (Holdings) Hong Kong Ltd. has built its strong reputation in travel industry over 77 years. The travel management company joined Global Specialist Markets (GSM), one of the world s largest global travel management network in 2006 and became the affiliate of GSM in China and Hong Kong.

    118114.cn 12580.com

    This two sites are telecom s expansion into online business. 118114.cn is ownbed by China Telecom and 12580.com by China Mobile .

    118114.cn is more than a online travel website but a lifestyle portal covering travel, hotel. food, and etc. 12580.com is clearly an online travel portal.

    Interestingly, 118114 and 12580 are two phone numbers in China that local people can dial in to ask for lifestyle information such as the entertainment facilities near a location.

    etpass.com

    According to its about us page on the website, etpass.com was founded in April 2005 by a dozen of fortune 500 companies.

    This travel website is new to me; according to its official introduction, 17u.com was founded in 2004 and headquartered in Suzhou with over 700 employees.It not only targets consumer customers but also business customers including travel agency, hotels, ticketing organizations, and tourist spots authorities.

    aoyou.com

    Online travel booking will likely grow rapidly in 2010 due to the upcoming Shanghai Expo and Guangzhou Asian Games.





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    Harbin Ice Snow Amusement World

    In 1999, Harbin city governers planed an new project to welcome the new millennium 2000. Thus a shining ice and snow Disneyland world of the fairy tales came out as one of city icons in Harbin.

    Harbin Ice and Snow Amusement World is the top site to host various interesting ice and snow activities, especially the large scale ice snow sculpture exhibition every year. In 2013, the 500,000 square-meter fairy world is made of huge ice block and snow up to 200,000 cubic meters. And the area and ice and snow consumption are growing from year to year. It consists of three areas:

    East Scenic Area is the paradise of children. There provides many facilities and places for children to enjoy ice and snow activities such as skifields, slides, children’s playground, Christmas square, labyrinth and the big inflatable buildings. In addition, here you can do some shopping, enjoy the local yummy food at the restaurants, or rent ski items.

    Central Scenic Area is heart of the Ice and Snow World made up of some ice mountains, Time Square, Century Clock, giant ice colonnades, ice fountains, multi-colored ice screens and so on. visitors can enjoy various wonderful shows, sleigh rides, skating, ice disco, or participate in night masquerade during annual opening is designated to be held.

    West Scenic Area has comprehensive attractions covering the Future World, High Antiquity, Northeast China Folk-Custom Garden, Oroqen Folk-Custom Garden, Continental Europe Garden, Adventure Paradise and etc and offers many big fantastic ice duplicates of Chinese and foreign buildings, climb ice hills, drive ice karts and snowmobiles, taste delicious Chinese ethnic cuisines and authentic Russian food for enjoyment.

    Reviews from some trip advisors:
    Millions of tourists, including some big persons such as foreign affair high-rank officals, ambassadors have been attracted to visited the event for the view and gave high praise. See what they said:

    – On arriving at the ice festival we were very impressed with the huge entrance. The ice sculptures are amazing, impressive, beautiful! even better than we were expecting. There’s lots of fun to be had around the park though. Some cool slides and little tricycles you can ride on the ice. Definitely worth a visit.

    – Planning you itinerary well in advance to maximise enjoyment and minimize cold (-25 to -29C while we were there). The opening night of the Ice festival was amazing. don’t miss the fun. Make sure you allow time to eat in one of the glass restaurants too.

    Travel Tips:
    * Buy your ticket in advance to skip the long queue when arriving at the festival.

    * Before you go, please wear more layers of proper clothes and warn shoes and to keep you from being freeze. Very cold, in fact i wore 4 layers of clothes but not enough though i also put some hot pad on my feet and hand. Bring along some hot beverages with you just in case you need to have something hot but it’s okay if you don’t have you can just stop by in one of the cafes inside. It was close to windstill when we were there, but nonetheless minus 22 C (-7F).

    There is a rather large food tent with various stalls. Contrary to what someone wrote about hot drinks, our orange drink we got was hot. It didn’t say it on the sign, and we didn’t expect it to be hot, but it was.

    * Ensure your camera can handle such temperatures. If you have the possibility to bring an extra battery this could be a good idea. Yes – you are allowed to bring cameras and tripods etc with you.

    The Festival itself was very nice and we got the just before sunset. The ice sculptures were nicely kitschy lighted and although I had a tripod with me I never didn’t use it. I would definitely come back, but next time I’d like to see it in the making as I think this is art and it would be nice to see it take shape.

    Location
    North bank of Songhua River, Songbei District, Harbin 150000, China

    Opening Time and Hours
    About December 20 to late February next year
    9:30 21:00


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    17/08/2017

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    Is Travel to China Safe? #cheap #cheap #airline #tickets

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    Is Travel to China Safe?

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    China is a fascinating and diverse country that welcomes more than 100 million tourists a year and lays claims to being the fourth most popular destination in the world. Its economy has been booming for years and its interest to the outside world, heightened by the Summer Olympics of 2008, appears to be increasing as well. While there are precautions one should take when traveling to and around China, it is generally a safe country to visit.

    Economy

    Unlike much of the world, China s economy has been thriving in recent years and the country boasts the fourth-highest gross domestic product (GDP) in the world. Jobless and homeless rates are relatively low, which translates to a low crime rate as well. You hear about the occasional pickpocketing, but violence, particularly targeted against foreigners, is very rare.

    Street Safety

    Awareness is perhaps the most important safety precaution you can take when visiting China. It s not uncommon to have someone make an attempt at your wallet or camera if they re easily accessible. Since you ll frequently find yourself in the middle of a crowd of people bumping up against you, always make sure your valuables are well-protected. Avoid carrying a wad of cash or your wallet in your back pocket. Keep things where you can either see them or keep a hand on them. Also keep your belongings with you at all times. If an item is left unattended, it could be snatched up before you realize it.

    Business Scams

    Scams are a huge concern in China, since there are countless Chinese businesses that exist to make money illegally through counterfeiting and deceit. Know that just about all supposedly brand-name items for sale in small shops or on the streets are not the real deal. Also assume that the first price a shop owner throws out is way above what he s willing to sell the item for. Everybody bargains, so be prepared to do so. Take small bills with you when shopping, since having exact amounts helps. If you re worried about not recognizing a scam, shop only in larger stores and malls where everything has a price tag and bargaining isn t allowed. Be wary of people who approach you on the street. Many con artists offer one thing, such as a place for tea or a look at an art show, but then try to trick you out of your money.

    Counterfeit money also is not uncommon–you ll notice taxi drivers and shopkeepers will almost always scrutinize the money you hand them before accepting it. All the bills except the one yuan note have metal ribbons from top to bottom, a little left of center. These should be visible as a silver line on the front of a shadow when looked at from the back. Also, the flower design near the middle of each note and Chairman Mao s jacket image are textured, so you should feel some slight bumpiness when running your finger over them.

    Misconceptions

    Contrary to how Chinese are so often portrayed in martial arts films, they are actually a peaceful people, typically aggressive only in business dealings. The majority of people you meet will most likely be genuinely interested in getting to know you and even practicing their English with you. Don t let stereotypes get in the way of enjoying the Chinese people and their country.





    04/08/2017

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    Air China is one of the largest commercial airlines in the People’s Republic of China and the only airline that flies with the national flag on its entire fleet. Founded in 1988, Air China has hubs in Beijing Capital International Airport, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Air China operates over 5,000 flights each week internationally, and is a member of Star Alliance. With cheap tickets to both domestic and international destinations, Air China provides discount airfare to 185 different destinations.

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    We are the leading China local agency based in Beijing. Since 1992, we have been working with travelers to craft best value Beijing and China travel packages.

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    We were very well treated by Beijing Holiday and highly recommend them to anyone planning a holiday in China – it’s very affordable, safe, convenient and overall, amazing.





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    U.S. Relations With China

    More information about China is available on the China Country Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.

    U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS

    The United States seeks to build a positive, cooperative, and comprehensive relationship with China by expanding areas of cooperation and addressing areas of disagreement, such as human rights and cybersecurity. The United States welcomes a strong, peaceful, and prosperous China playing a greater role in world affairs and seeks to advance practical cooperation with China. The annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S ED) has served as a unique platform to promote bilateral understanding, expand consensus, discuss differences, build mutual trust, and increase cooperation. The strategic track of the S ED has produced benefits for both countries through a wide range of joint projects and initiatives and expanded avenues for addressing common regional and global challenges such as proliferation concerns in Iran and North Korea, tensions between Sudan and South Sudan, climate change, environmental protection, and energy security. The United States has emphasized the need to enhance bilateral trust through increased high-level exchanges, formal dialogues, and expanded people-to-people ties. On November 10, 2014, President Obama announced a reciprocal visa validity arrangement with China, increasing the validity of short-term tourist and business visas issued to each other s citizens from one to ten years, and increasing the validity of student and exchange visas from one to five years. The U.S. approach to China is an integral part of reinvigorated U.S. engagement with the Asia-Pacific region.

    U.S. Assistance to China

    U.S. assistance programs in China focus on four principal areas: supporting efforts on environmental protection and climate-change mitigation; advancing the rule of law and human rights; assisting Tibetan communities; and addressing the threat of pandemic diseases. U.S. support for transparency and governance crosses these sectors, supporting the development of environmental law, as well as a free, fair, and accessible justice system. Programs in each of these areas are targeted and directly address U.S. interests such as limiting the transmission of avian influenza, HIV/AIDS, and other diseases that pose threats to global security. Furthermore, such programs have been expanded with the addition of local Chinese resources, Programs in Tibetan areas of China support activities that preserve the distinct Tibetan culture and promote sustainable development and environmental conservation.

    Bilateral Economic Relations

    The U.S. approach to its economic relations with China has two main elements: integrating China into the global, rules-based economic and trading system and expanding U.S. exporters and investors access to the Chinese market. Two-way trade between China and the United States has grown from $33 billion in 1992 to over $562 billion in goods in 2013. China is currently the third largest export market for U.S. goods (after Canada and Mexico), and the United States is China s largest export market. The stock of U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in China was $61 billion in 2013, up from $54 billion in 2012, and remained primarily in the manufacturing sector. During the economic track of the July 2014 S ED, the two countries announced measures to strengthen macroeconomic cooperation, promote open trade and investment, enhance global cooperation and international rules, and foster financial stability and reform. For more information see http://www.treasury.gov/initiatives/Pages/china.aspx.

    China s Membership in International Organizations

    The People s Republic of China assumed the China seat at the United Nations in 1971, replacing Taiwan, and is a permanent member of the UN Security Council. Over the years, China has become increasingly active in multilateral organizations, particularly the United Nations. China and the United States work closely with the international community to address threats to global security, including North Korea and Iran s nuclear programs.

    Bilateral Representation

    The U.S. Ambassador to China is Max Baucus; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department s Key Officers List.

    China maintains an embassy in the United States at 3505 International Place, NW, Washington, DC 20008; Tel. (202) 495-2266.

    More information about China is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

    Department of State China Country Page

    Department of State Key Officers List

    CIA World Factbook China Page

    U.S. Embassy: China

    USAID China Page

    Human Rights Reports

    International Religious Freedom Reports

    Trafficking in Persons Reports





    29/07/2017

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    China Travel Guide #travel #checklist

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    You will be updated with the little and common things often unseen by the real foreign travelers in their trips to Beijing China. Also send your Beijing China travel blogs to us and have your blog posted for others to share.

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    We have arranged yummy Chinese lunches and dinners at nice restaurants during your trip in Beijing China. Very often we skip the dinners, but we do include lunches in your Beijing China tour packages. Usually you can have a relaxing dinner on your own at your hotel a fter a day’s tiring sightseeing.

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    28/07/2017

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    China Tours, China Tour, China Vacations, China Vacation, China Tour Packages

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    China Vacations

    China tours are a popular way to explore the largest country in Asia. Escorted vacations combine the essentials of sightseeing with the convenience of pre-arranged hotel accommodations and motorcoach transportation. A skilled driver and knowledgeable tour guide will accompany you. We also offer independent tours in China, which are air and hotel packages at tour operators low negotiated rates with ample free time to explore on your own. Many China vacations include a cruising portion on the Yangtze River.

    Among the well-known sights of China tours are the Forbidden City in the center of Beijing, the Ming Tombs near the city and the terra-cotta warriors guarding the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang near Xi an. On many itineraries, you ll see the famed Tian anmen Square, an enormous public meeting place stretching across 100 acres. A visit to the magnificent Great Wall of China is a frequent inclusion. Many tours include a stay in Shanghai, where you can visit a silk factory or the renowned Shanghai Museum. Hong Kong is another hot spot, as its Stanley Market gives international shoppers the chance to browse inexpensive clothing, arts and crafts.

    Cultural enrichment is an integral part of the experience. You might take in a performance of the Peking Opera, with bright, bold costumes and dramatic plots, or an acrobat performance in Shanghai.

    Your vacation would not be complete without opportunities to savor authentic Chinese cuisine, and you ll sit down to meals centered around local flavors that stem from centuries of cooking customs. If you are the type who appreciates the chance to taste the local cuisine when you travel, China will not disappoint.

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    China Travel Guide

    China, situated in the eastern part of Asia and on the western shore of the Pacific Ocean, faces the sea with the land for a background Its sea and landlocation is beneficial to its relations with many neighboring countries and also advantageous to its exchanges with foreign countries Meanwhile, the annual moist air from the sea with plenty of rainfall is an important source for China’s freshwater resources and is an indispensable condition for the growth of its maritime industry China has a vast territory. Its northernmost part is located on the central line of the main course of the Heilong River,north of the Mohe River, in Heilongjiang Province; its southernmost tip is m Zengmu Reef of the Nansha Is of the South China Sea, The two prates are 5,500 km apart. Its easternmost part isat the confluence of the Heilong and Wusuli rivers; its westernmost tip is on the Pamirs in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region The east and west span is 5,OOO km (about 62 Latitudinal degrees). China covers a total land area of 9.6 million square km, third only to Russia and Canada, or the third largest country in the world China’s land area accounts for 1/15 of the worrd total, or the entire area of Europe.





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    28/07/2017

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    China: Tips for Traveling in China #cheapest #car #rentals

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    China: Tips for Traveling in China

    1.   Once you buy it in China, it is yours.  Like most foreign countries, make sure you are happy with the exact merchandise being sold to you.  Inspect what you intend to buy, and not a sample with a “factory sealed” package to be delivered upon payment.

    2.   China has competitive and generally reliable electronics malls in the major cities.  Be sure you are geeky enough to make an informed purchase.  There are bargains, but do not expect the technical help you might get from your own electronics stores at home.

    3.   You should be an experienced shopper to know what something is worth in a Chinese market.  Generally the shopkeeper will start at 10X what you should counteroffer.  You could ask strangers what they would typically pay for it.   Taxi prices are set by meter.  Food merchants naturally will jack up the price for foreign-looking people, so be sure to bargain.  Bargaining is an art in China.  If you do not care for it, have someone else buy things for you.

    4.   Beggars and street people?  There are a few, but no where near the number of homeless on the streets of the U.S.  Chinese pay them no mind and neither should you.  Just walk on.

    5.   Like anywhere, some tourist attractions are overrated.  Avoid visiting mid-morning and mid-afternoon when group bus tours unload hundreds, if not thousands, of tourists to overrun a previously enjoyable attraction.  The cacophony of multiple battery-operated bullhorns in several languages will spoil any visit to a Chinese garden, the Great Wall or landscape scenery.

    6.  Tour groups are a good convenient way to see some outstanding things and get taken to tourist trinket stores.  When you ditch the tour you probably see more on your own, but with more time spent planning about being a stranger in a foreign land.  You cannot hope to get a pulse of the people on a typical tourism visit, as you will not be exposed to common worker Chinese, the hundreds of millions who form the majority in the country.  You will see a lot of Chinese hospitality industry workers who speak some English, and maybe some Chinese tourists who also are enjoying the country.  They are not at all representative of the country, 48% of which still live on the farm and do not speak one word of English, even if they allegedly learned it in school.

    7.   Chinese people are delighted if you make any attempt to speak Mandarin, even if it’s only a couple of words.  The best way to introduce yourself is with a warm, broad smile.  Even when you might be upset or frustrated, smile.  It works.

    8.     Traveling in China on its holidays can be a nightmare.  Plan your trip carefully so you know what to expect on the Chinese Official Holidays.  China-briefing.com is a good source, so search for the current year.  While the holidays may be the same from year to year, even tied to fixed dates, the entire holiday period will shift.  New schedules are posted in December, just a week or so before the year begins.   Do not assume the May Day holiday is May 1-3.  It might be April 29 and 30 and May 1.  That mistake might ruin sightseeing and cause you to be stranded without transport tickets.

    9.   Anyone who approaches you trying to practice English should be greeted with a smile and skepticism.  Most Chinese are shy and will not speak to you unless you speak first.  Those who overtly approach you and make the first move are likely to be selling something or worse.  Many tourists reports scams in Shanghai, so be friendly but careful.  Never ever follow a stranger anywhere.  Period.

    10. Chinese restaurants with lots of foreigners (non-Chinese) are almost always unauthentic, as well as overpriced.  Usually frequented by group tours, these places change recipes to conform to what they think are “western tastes.”  Many middle-class, white linen restaurants, hosting complete nuclear (three-generation) families around big round tables, have English menus with sometimes humorous translations.  The more crowded with families it is, the better value and food it has.  The menu’s color pictures will help also.  If they just show you an English menu, ask to see both.  They might be pricing the food twice to five-times higher for tourists.  If so, just walk out before you drink any tea.   Compare the photos and prices.  No tipping in restaurants, taxis, or anywhere for that matter.

    11. Luxury goods are expensive in China, thanks to a luxury tax.  Go to Hong Kong to make a killing on name-brand bargains.  In China you can find some good buys in silk, pearls, jade and handicrafts, but you must study a bit to make sure you are getting the real thing.  Bone porcelain can be a good buy too, but it must be carefully packed for your air travel.

    12. The internet is censored in China.  You need a VPN to see Facebook and any blog for that matter.  GOOGLE is blocked again (April 2015).  This means for android phone users no Google Maps and no Play Store to get a new app – map or otherwise.  This made things very difficult when using a local SIM card and no VPN. Hotel internet charges rise along with the room rates.  Lower cost three-star hotels will frequently have free wired and WiFi internet.  Luxury hotels will charge you USD$15-25 per day.  Internet cafes can be a huge inconvenience with lots of smokers and unclean surrroundings.  Book a hostel or hotel with free WiFi.  They are everywhere.

    13. Before you leave home, get a good guidebook and buy street maps on line or in bookstores for cities you wish to explore.  Free tourism maps are never to scale or easy to follow, with half the streets not there, names unclear. and big advertising splashed right across where you want to go.  Amazing how many people budget well over USD$1,500 per person for China travel, yet won’t spend USD$30 for an excellent book to help them along the way.  DK Eyewitness Guides are well regarded for their color pictorals of everything there is to see, while Lonely Planet has logistics info on most anywhere you want to go.  Other books more resemble a group tour itinerary, only covering the overvisited tourism sights and avoiding any real detail.

    City guides unfortunately suggest westernized entertainment zones where only monied upper-class people would care to enter.  You can have a lot of fun on food streets, wet and dry markets and such.  Walk the Bund at night to people watch.  Tiananmen Square is best at night.

    14.  Personal sanitation is important while traveling.  Since you are on the “tourist trail,” you are actually mixing with people from dozens of countries on six continents, not just Asians.  Bring your own alcohol-based wet wipes for water-free hand sanitation.  Never drink tap water!  Bottled water is common everywhere and cheap at the corner convenience stores.

    15. Bring your own toilet tissue with you, as you will  rarely find a public toilet supplied with it.  Carry it always in your purse, camera bag or backpack.  Small flat travel packs (dry tissue and wet toilet wipes) are now available many places.  You may use little packs of alcohol wet wipes to go over places your body will touch.





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    GSK used travel agencies for China bribes: police #cheap #flight #deals

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    GSK used travel agencies for China bribes: police

    BEIJING Chinese police on Monday accused British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline of channeling bribes to Chinese officials and doctors through travel agencies to boost sales illegally and raise the price of its medicines in the country.

    The charges make the GSK case the highest profile corporate investigation in China since four executives from mining giant Rio Tinto were jailed in March 2010 for taking bribes and stealing commercial secrets.

    Gao Feng, head of the economic crimes investigation unit at China’s Ministry of Public Security, said since 2007, GSK had transferred as much as 3 billion yuan ($489 million) to more than 700 travel agencies and consultancies over six years.

    Four senior Chinese executives from GSK had been detained, Gao said at a news conference. The Ministry of Public Security had said last week that GSK executives in China had confessed to bribery and tax violations.

    GSK said it was deeply concerned by the developments and had stopped using the travel agencies identified by the investigation. It said it was reviewing all third party agencies and all historic transactions related to the travel agencies.

    “GSK shares the desire of the Chinese authorities to root out corruption,” it said in a brief statement. “These allegations are shameful and we regret this has occurred.”

    GSK supplies key products such as vaccines in China, as well as drugs for lung disease and cancer.

    Sources familiar with the situation said GSK’s general manager for China, Mark Reilly, had left the country for London 10 days ago to attend routine meetings and was now working in Britain, where he is in regular contact with the team in China.

    The probe into Britain’s biggest drugmaker is one of a string of investigations into foreign firms and their pricing practices in the world’s second-biggest economy.

    The official People’s Daily newspaper said GSK collaborated with travel agencies to funnel bribes to doctors and officials by creating fake “conference services” as expenditure for GSK to misappropriate funds, some of which would be spent on bribes.

    “We have sufficient reason to suspect that these transfers were conducted illegally,” Gao said. “You could say the travel agencies and GSK were criminal partners. Among the partners, GSK was mainly responsible. In a criminal organization there is always a leader.”

    Gao gave no examples of how the bribery involving the GSK executives worked. He said there were also instances of “sexual bribery”, although he did not elaborate.

    He said police had uncovered information that pointed to similar money transfers made by other multinational pharmaceutical companies in China.

    “Whether they were engaged in illegal behavior, you can go interview them. You just need to ask them one question: Are you sleeping well at night?” Gao said.

    He did not name any other foreign companies.

    KEY MARKET

    China has targeted foreign firms on multiple fronts in the past few months, including over alleged price-fixing, quality controls and consumer rights, forcing companies to defend their reputations in a country where international brands often have a valuable edge over local competitors in terms of public trust.

    European food groups Nestle and Danone said they would cut infant milk formula prices in China after Beijing launched an inquiry into the industry.

    China is increasingly important for big drug groups, which rely on growth in emerging markets to offset slower sales in Western markets where many former top-selling medicines have lost patent protection.

    IMS Health, which tracks pharmaceutical industry trends, expects China to overtake Japan as the world’s second-biggest drugs market behind the United States by 2016.

    GSK sold 759 million pounds ($1.15 billion) of pharmaceuticals and vaccines in China in 2012, up 17 percent on 2011, representing around 3.5 percent of the group total.

    The detained GSK executives include Liang Hong, vice president and operations manager of GSK (China) Investment Co Ltd and Zhang Guowei, the company’s vice president and human resources director, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

    It was not immediately clear if the executives had legal representation.

    Xinhua said it was given access to one detained travel agent who said he did business with Liang. The agent said he sometimes arranged money for bribes and delivered it to the recipient. The agent also paid kickbacks to Liang, Xinhua reported.

    Xinhua, given access to Liang by the authorities, quoted the detained executive as saying medicine which cost 30 yuan to make could be sold to patients for 300 yuan. It did not specifically say Liang was referring to GSK drugs.

    The police last Thursday said the case against GSK involved many staff, with bribes offered to Chinese government officials, medical associations, hospitals and doctors.

    Police said they had taken no action against any British nationals in the GSK case. No information had been received from GSK’s UK headquarters, they said.

    ($1 = 0.6615 British pounds)

    (Writing by Kazunori Takada and Paul Carsten; additional reporting by Ben Hirschler and Kate Holton in London. Editing by Dean Yates and Jane Merriman)





    25/07/2017

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    Health Information for Travelers to China – Traveler view #travel #flight

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    Vaccines and Medicines

    You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.

    Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the country you are visiting.

    Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US.

    You may need this vaccine if your trip will last more than a month, depending on where you are going in China and what time of year you are traveling. You should also consider this vaccine if you plan to visit rural areas in China or will be spending a lot of time outdoors, even for trips shorter than a month. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans. See more in-depth information on Japanese encephalitis in China .

    You may need a polio vaccine before your trip to China if you are visiting the Xinjiang province, especially if you are working in a health care facility, refugee camp, or humanitarian aid setting. This kind of work might put you in contact with someone with polio.

    • If you were vaccinated against polio as a child but have never had a n polio booster dose as an adult, you should get this booster dose. Adults need only one polio booster in their lives.
    • If you were not completely vaccinated as a child or do not know your vaccination status, talk to your doctor about getting vaccinated.

    Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in China, so CDC recommends this vaccine for the following groups:

    • Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.
    • People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
    • People who are taking long trips or moving to China
    • Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.

    There is no risk of yellow fever in China. The government of China requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission .

    For more information on recommendations and requirements, see yellow fever recommendations and requirements for China. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.

    When traveling in China, you should avoid mosquito bites to prevent malaria. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, depending on your travel plans, such as where you are going, when you are traveling, and if you are spending a lot of time outdoors or sleeping outside. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while traveling. For more information on malaria in China, see malaria in China.





    24/07/2017

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    Tibet Travel China: Tour, Cities, History, People, Map, Festival #no1 #travel

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    Tibet Travel Guide

    Chinese Name: 西藏 (xī z ng)

    Abbreviation: Zang

    Admin. Type: Autonomous Region

    Namtso

  • Tashilhunpo
    Monastery
  • Baksum Tso

    Tibet Introduction

    Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR for short) attracts people of all persuasions every year from both home and abroad. It rewards every visitor with an unforgettable experience of the land, the people and the mysticism!

    It is the gateway of southwest China. Its land mass is about 1/8 of the territories of the country. The history of Tibet began about 4,000 years ago, when living was simpler. Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural and religious center with abundant cultural relics, like the world s highest palace complex, the Potala Palace built over 1,300 years ago.

    Geography and Natural Scenery

    This place is called Roof of the World and the Third Pole of the Earth . Five mountains exceed the altitudes of 8,000 meters (26,240 feet) and most rise to 7,000 meters (22,960 feet), making them a natural challenge for mountaineers. The world s highest peak, Mt. Everest is situated in this region. The vast land is also the river source for the Yangtze River, the Yellow River, the Yarlong Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), the Indus, and the Ganges. Its lakes: the Heavenly Lake Namtso, the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and the Lake Manasarova set the region apart as an exceptional scenic place.

    Religion

    The area is synonymous with devout religious practices, especially in Tibetan Buddhism and Bon. In the 16th century, every family produced a member in the holy orders: a quarter of its population. It has been built into the culture with 1,700 Buddhism monasteries in the country. The Bon comes second with 88 Bon religious places of worship. Religious festivals are celebrated like national holidays. You come across religious artifacts year round there.

    People Life

    The people living in this vast land are mainly Tibetan, an ethnic group with bold and uninhibited characteristics. They take beef, mutton and dairy products as staple food, which protect them from severe cold. The locals grow crops under harsh climatic conditions. The main grain crop grown here is the barley. The popular zanba and barley wine are made from it. Traditional local clothing are usually thick, warm and loose with wide waist and long sleeves and skirts. Hada, a ceremonial scarf, is highly regarded. People here usually present Hada as a mark of esteem when holding celebration parties, welcoming visitors, visiting the elders or seeing someone off. This land is reputed as the Sea of Dances and Songs , where people enjoy these pursuits. People here also engages in wrestling, horse racing and archery on Tibetan festivals. You have an opportunity to do home visits and learn more.

    Tips

    You can reach the land by air, by road or by train through the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. At high altitudes the air is thin and one is exposed to strong ultraviolet radiation as well as huge temperature variation between day and night. Thus, visitors should make good preparations before and during the travel. Visitors are also advised that summer is the preferable season for a visit. As a guest coming from abroad you need to visit in groups with a Tibet Travel Permit. For more tips including weather, mountain sickness, etiquette, taboo and more, please go to to Tibet Travel Tips .

    Highlights :

    Intreresting cultual highlights including the custom of sky burial, Thangka, Tibetan medicine and the local opera.





    14/07/2017

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    08/07/2017

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