12 3 / 2014

Travelling to the wonderful Changbaishan to catch a glimpse of the mesmerizing Tianchi and the snow covered mountains is becoming extremely popular for tourists across the world. However, for those who love to make memories and capture special moments behind the lense, you will be surprised with what Changbaishan has to offer for those who love photography.

Changbaishan Scenic Area

The Changbaishan Scenic Area can be divided into the north, west and south. From June till July the western section is covered by a sea of flowers and between July and August the mystical forests are filled with adventure.

By the time September approaches the mountain changes colors with the arrival of autumn, the once green leaves gradually change to a shade of red then yellow providing photographers with the perfect opportunity to catch the colors of autumn.

 Hongye Valley

Hongye Valley is situated in Jiaohe, each year the red leaves season begins between September and October. The valley is part of the Lafa Mountain National Forest Park apart from the valley there is also the Nanhu waterfall which is also ideal for photography. The admission fee for Hongye Valley is 100RMB per person.

 

Photography Tip: To capture the details of the leaves you can use a large aperture lens and experiment with different angles to capture different effects. 

 Ailin Fishing Port

Ailin Fishing Port is part of the Songhua Lake Scenic Area. One of the highlights of the fishing port is the “fog”, though this “fog” is unlike the usual fog we are familiar with. The “fog” is a result of the temperature and humidity that causes steam to arise from the surface of Songhua Lake. This usually happens during May and October when the weather is dry and on sunny days only.

 

Photography Tip: To snap the best photos at Ailin Fishing Port you have to be up early, as the best time to take photos is at dawn.

Panjin Red Beach

The Red Beach is located in Panjin and is a phenomenon, as you would imagine most beaches are covered with sand but at Panjin this is another story. The beach is covered in red sea weed known as Sueda, from April to May the seaweed is green but once autumn comes the seaweed turns red turning the beach into a field of red.

Here you can also view the crowned cranes and black beaked gulls, the beach is also otherwise known as “Home of the Cranes”.

Photography Tip: The most important element of photography is finding a theme, therefore its best to focus on one theme to ensure that your photos are simple. 

12 3 / 2014

Taking a relaxing weekend stroll along the quiet Changle Road of Shanghai taking in the tranquil scenery of red rooftops and yellow grey walls you can enjoy the peaceful scenery.

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During the stroll you can stumble upon a sign at the side of the road with “Chinese Hand Printed Blue Nankeen Exhibition Hall,” following the sign you are led into a small alley and as you reach the end of the alley you think you’ve reached a dead end there is another sign that tells you to turn right, then you continue to turn..turn…turn and then you have reached a fascinating location where there is a courtyard in full bloom.

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What’s more eye catching in the garden is the beautiful nankeen fabric hanging from the bamboo gracefully fluttering under the slight breeze and sunshine.

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On entering the small house situated right across the courtyard the first thing that grabs your attention has to be the blue and white world you’re entering! You find Qipaos, long skirts, bags, cushions, tablecloths and many more items!

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The possibilities are endless with the blue and white fabric. According to the shop assistant the blue nankeen printed material has long been the common fabric for commoners in China for generations. The traditional way of dyeing the fabric consists of several complicated procedures in order to create such beautifully patterned fabrics.

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Small items such as little bags and mobile covers are all under 100RMB, clothing ranging from summer to winter can range between from a few hundred to a few thousand Yuan. Apart from completed merchandise fabric with a wide choice of patterns can be purchased and you can try your hand at DIY, fabrics cost vary depending on the print and are sold by the meter.  

12 3 / 2014

The Princess Lavender Museum located in Xinjiang is a national AAA sight and is the only Lavender themed park in Xinjiang.The park covers a total area of 220 acres of land, the park consists of Lavender production, Lavender museum and Lavender park. Yili is one of the main three Lavender producers in the world following Provence in France and Furano in Japan.

Yili (also known as Yining) remains the only place in China that has Lavender. Many visitors to The Princess Lavender Park describe it as an absolute natural experience.  

The park is made of different sights an areas such as: Lavender Distillation, Lavender Cultural Square, Longgang lying,colorful flower, Herb Lovers, Lavender Cultivation , herb species garden, Windmill, Flying Butterflies, Purple Sky View, Plum Princess to visit Lavender production processing workshop and you can choose the aromatic products of  Sweet Lavender Street.

 Be amazed by the captivating purple fields and the colorful garden filled with different varieties and species of flowers. Tour the entire park for some of the most spectacular views and see the park at its best when in full bloom where you can experience the ultimate Lavender season.

Capture the aroma of the scented fields that will have you whisked away to a dreamy scented wonderland. Make the most of your visit to the Lavender garden where you can watch the Lavender being harvest and visit the distilleries to see how to the lavender is processed into its many forms of souvenir such as oils, perfumes and scents. There is even sweet treats like Lavender honey!  

 

12 3 / 2014

The beauty of the West Lake in Hangzhou has been described by the famous Song dynasty poet Su Dongpo as having the beauty of that like Xizi, one of the Four Great Beauties of China. Visiting the lake through the different seasons you can always experience a different atmosphere discover something new each time.

The scenes of Hangzhou represent sights during different seasons and the time of day that can truly reflect the magnificent aura of the magical West Lake.

                                    

Separated into several areas the West Lake has some of the most unique scenery with gardens, temples, pagodas and many more natural sights that will have you whisked away in to a fairy tale like world. Some of the most memorable sights to visit at Hangzhou’s West Lake are: Broken Bridge, Su Causeway, Quyuan Brewery, Peaceful Lake, Leifeng Pagoda and Nanping Hill.

Besides the unbelievably beautiful scenery and landscape the West Lake also has some of the most spectacular entertainment like no other. The musical fountain at the West Lake which is synchronized with the most dreamy music will have captivated and enthralled with the most wonderful performance you can imagine.

 

When in Hangzhou and visiting the WestLake there is absolutely one thing that cannot be missed and that is seeing “Impression of West Lake.” What makes this production so appealing is that it is actually performed on the WestLake itself and as a production under the famous Zhang Yimou production company.

Comprising of the most intricately choreographed dance sequences and incorporating the most touching music and light technology be prepared to be amazed by the most magical performances you will experience at the symbolic WestLake. 

12 3 / 2014

Wandering around the Old Town of Lijiang that has a history of 800 years you will no doubt come across the Mu Mansion. This ancient palace was once home to the prestigious Mu family who were the Naxi rulers of Lijiang from the Ming right through to the Qing dynasty.

 The mansion itself has been described as the Forbidden City of Lijiang, the structure and layout mimics that of the Forbidden City, the Mu Mansion also exhibits traditional Naxi design and architectural style. The Mu mansion in all its glory covered an area of 8 acres and stretches 369 meters. Sadly, most of the mansion was destroyed during the Qing dynasty and what we see today is a renovated reconstruction and is only half the size of the original Mu Mansion.

 

The mansion is built to face the east and can be separated into two areas, the office are and the living quarters. The meeting room is located at the other end of the square and is known as the yishi room and is said to be where the head of the Mu clan discussed their official and political matters.

The gardens within the residence are also filled with attractive eye catching orchids and azaleas making it the perfect place to chill and escape the crowded areas. You can experience the true culture of the Naxi ethnic minority in the mansion, with the decorative architecture and the wonderful surroundings of the magical Lijiang.  

11 10 / 2013

Surrounded by water,Tongli ancient town is divided into seven small islands by 15 river,at the same time,the 49 bridges string the islets as a whole.Standing by the water,known for the water and bridges,Tongli ancient town is currently the best preserved ancient town in Jiangsu Province and has been listed as one of the major thirteen scenic of Taihu .



Food in Tongli Ancient Town 
There are many famous food in Tongli,such as the champion hoof, where shrimp cake, three wire spring rolls, sesame paste and eel with whitefish, perch, Mandarin Fish, turtles and other freshwater rivers and lakes cooked dishes.Aquatic plants like wild rice, celery, Brasenia, Ling, lotus root, Mainz Regardless, all have distinctive local characteristics.Snacks have socks at the end cakes, mince honey cake, Mainz treasure cake, Youth League, Min cakes, lard cakes, chicken rice, big meat, bread, fermented glutinous rice cake, malt collapsed cake, smoked fish and others.Visitors can go to the centuries-old shop Masutaka sauce, Gu Xiang Village, South Park restaurant to taste.

Shopping in Tongli Ancient Town
Tongli is rich in aquatic products, aquatic products and native products are the main components of shopping.If you want go shopping , it’s a good chioce go to Ming Qing Street, where there are authentic champion hoof sold.You can not miss Tongli fermented rice cake and jitou rice.

Nightlife in Tongli Ancient Town
Tongli has a very exotic nightlife.The nightlife in tongli is very different with the night in the city.Walking alone in the dim night market street, looked up at the moon, hear your footsteps, step on quartzite, is a unique experience.

Useful Information in Tongli Ancient Town
Tickets: 
Joint ticket:80 yuan (Visit the old town district, garden retreat, galleries, Luoxing Zhou, turquoise Gordon Park, Pearl Tower Court, Chen Qubing residence, antiquity Park) 
Town district Admission: 25 yuan (can explore the old town district and worship of the Church, Jiayin Hall, farming music Hall, South Park Teahouse) 
Package: Low season 40 yuan season 50 (town area + retreat Park) 
Package: 35 yuan (town area + pearl Tower)

Address: Tongli Ancient Town,Wujiang,Jiangsu province

Tel:0512-633331140

Opening time:7:30am―17:15pm

09 10 / 2013

Hutong, refers to the lanes and alleys in the main streets of town and village, also means the relatively small streets leading into the inside of residential area. It is an integral part of local transportation. Hutong is a major feature of Beijing, with the famous ones such as Nanluoguxiang, Yandaixiejie, Dongjiaominxiang and Shichahai.

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Route 1: Drum Tower — Shichahai — Yinding Bridge — visit Hutong — Back to Beihai Park North Gate
Route 2: Qianhai — Yin Ding Bridge — Houhai — visit Hutong — Prince Gong House garden

Hutong is the unique ancient alleys in Beijing. There are thousands of Hutong in Beijing, they are distributed around The Forbidden City, and most of them are formed in Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.
Visitors can start the Hutong tour by taking the old traditional rickshaws from Hutong tour starting point which is about 100 meters west of Beihai Park North Gate, and then arrived at the first stop: Drum Tower. As the timekeeping center of the capital, Drum Tower was built in 1272, about 50 meters high. Visitors can the climbed to the Drum Tower, and have a look at the Hutong on both sides of the central axis of Drum Tower, to know more about Beijing’s history, urban pattern and the formation of the Hutong.


After that, visitors can pass through Hutong by taking rickshaws along Shichahai, get off at Yin Ding Bridge, and walk to some Hutongs which are full of Beijing’s folk, guides will tell visitors Beijing’s hutongs and courtyard culture, as well as the traditional way of life at Hutongs. By chatting with the residents, visitors will understand the people’s living habits and customs.


Visitors can also take the rickshaws to the Prince Gong’s Mansion garden, which is also known as “Red House Grand View Garden”. Prince Gong House garden is a large Qing aristocratic family house. It was founded in 1779, covering an area of three hectares, and now it is the best preserved Qing Dynasty palace. Visitors can have a rest in Prince Gong House garden, drinking tea, and eating snacks, as well as enjoy the opera theater. 

26 9 / 2013

There are two kinds of attractions in Nanning: the scenery sights and the cultural sights. The scenery sights are mainly the variety of parks in the urban area, most of which are free and open to visitors. There’s no need too much time to wonder around the cultural sights, but visitors can be able to understand the history of Nanning. While there are more attractions in the suburb surrounding Nanning City. Here lists some top attractions in and around Nanning City.

1 Detian Waterfalls

Detian Waterfall is located at Shuolong Township, Daxin County, the border of Guangxi and Vietnam. It is a national special attraction. It is the largest transnational waterfall in Asia, while the fourth largest transnational waterfall in world. The scenery of Detian Waterfalls change with the season, beautiful and magnificent! 

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2 Yangmei Ancient Town 
Yangmei Ancient Town is located at the downstream of Zuojiang River. The town is surrounded by the river, about 30 kilometers from the Nanning City, with convenient transportation. Take boat from Nanning, upstream along Yongjiang River, into Zuojiang River, then arrived at the Yangmei Ancient Town, a well-preserved ancient town.

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3 Qingxiu Mountain Scenic spot
Qingxiu Mountain is 5 km southeast of Nanning City, on the bank of Yongjiang River.
There is a tall pagoda on the top of the scenic spot, which is well known as the “giant lung of Nanning”. The mountain is covered by all kinds of trees. Thanks to the climate in Guangxi Province, the mountain is green for nearly all the year around. Besides the beautiful landscape, there are some historic sites like Dong Spring and sculpture carved in the Xieqing Cliff.

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4 The Daming Mountain
Daming Mountain is lying in the northeast of Wuming County, 104 kilometers away from Nanning. The mountain runs from northwest to southeast with 100 kilometers in length and 25 kilometers in width. The main peak of Daming Mountain is the highest peak in south-central Guangxi with an altitude of 1764 meters. Due to the special conditions of topography and clime, there is a large natural ecological system, including more than 1700 species of plants and more than 40 species of animals in the mountain. It is a natural zoological and botanical garden.image

5  Nanhu Lake Park (South Lake Park)
Nanhu Lake Park is a comprehensive aquatic amusement park combined with water landscape sub-tropical gardens scenery, with the total area of 191.92 hectares, of which land area of 90.12 hectares of water area of 101.8 hectares. There are Ling Mingrui and Wei Baqun Baise Uprising Museum, bonsai garden, orchid garden, flower garden, children’s playground, water amusement and other recreational facilities. There is also Nanhu Square, famous tree Exposition and other attractions around the park. It is a good place for tourists sightseeing, as well as an important place to hold the cultural activities in major festivals.

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24 9 / 2013

In Guangzhou, Fresh tropical fruits, herbal tea, soup bases, Guangzhou embroidery, Guangzhou porcelain, Guangzhou wood carvings and Lingnan bonsai are famous local specialty. When shopping in Guangzhou, you must be sure to shop around and bargain to buy cheap things, so that you can appreciate the fun of shopping. It is more fun to wander in various shopping street, experiencing the cultural customs in Guangzhou while shopping.

Herbal Tea

Drinking the herbal tea is a lifestyle in Guangzhou. Herbal tea is a kind of oral Chinese patent medicine, and tastes a little bitter and sweet, with the function of clearing away the summer heat, such as the Wong Lo Kat, Guilinggao, Shiqi herbal tea etc. It is an essential summer drink for many Cantonese families. There are also many herbal tea shops in Guangzhou streets. 

Cantonese Mooncakes

There are two kinds of Cantonese moon cakes: salty and sweet moon cakes, and the most representative moon cakes are the ones produced in Lin Heung Tea House, Guangzhou Restaurant, Pan River Restaurant, Tao Tao Ju, Fun Cake house, etc.

 

Guangzhou Embroidery

Guangzhou embroidery, Suzhou embroidery, Hunan embroidery, and Sichuan embroidery are regarded as the “four famous embroideries in China”. Guangzhou embroidery is not only has the characteristics of skillful knitting and elegant designs, rich colors and decorative.

 

Guangzhou Porcelain

Guangzhou porcelain is dated back to Ming Dynasty, and is also known as Canton woven gold polychrome. Guangzhou porcelains are the arts and crafts painted and fired in a variety of white porcelain ware, with a strong oriental feature, mostly using our tapestry patterns, and known as its bright brilliant color, so it is a unique breed of glaze polychrome in China. 

Guangzhou Woodcarving

Guangzhou woodcarving is known for its exquisite craftsmanship and delicate carvings, and can be divided into two types: architectural decoration and furniture carving. Most architectural sculptures are made ​​of camphor wood, such as the halls flower couch, doors, windows, screens, case of God, and so on. The screen, beams, doors and windows in Chen Family Temple Guangdong Folk Art Museum reflect the characteristics of Guangzhou woodcarving. As for the furniture carving, the mahogany furniture and camphor chest is the most famous and typical ones.

24 9 / 2013

awkwardsituationist:

photos from reuters of more than 15,000 campers at the 2013 international camping festival held on wugongshan mountain in china’s jiangxi province

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