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China Guilin Yangshuo Tips
Submitted by M20004
Activities recommended in Guilin: Elephant Hill, Seven Star Park, Reed Flute Cave and lakes. If you like watching the show, do not miss Ethnic Folklore Show and Dreamlike Acobatic Show in the evening, the shows start at ... view more around 8pm or you can watch Cormarant Fishing.

Recommended hotel in Guilin: Sheraton Hotel and Waterfall Hotel (5*) locates in the center of city, the other one is Royal Garden Hotel locates at Li River side, it is 20 minutes walking distance to the center. Bravo Hotel and Ronghu Lake, Park hotels(4*) are nice hotel with good location near lakes and center.

If you have time and want to have a relaxed holiday, you can stay in Yangshuo for 2 or 3 nights.

Recommended hotels in Yangshuo: Paradise Hotel, Magnolia Hotel are very nice hotel with good location near West Street. If you want to stay out of Yangshuo town, Li River Retreat and Yangshuo Mountain Retreat are nice places for your stay.

Recommend activities in Yangshuo: Liu Sanjie Light and Sound Show, If you like adventure, you should explore Water Cave to take muddy bath in the cave, climb up to the Moon Hill to see the panoramic view of countryside. Visit Yolong River and do bamboo rafting in the river , it is very serene and relaxing, it is one of your best memory of your tour in China. Or ride bike to the villages. You can also hire a private for sunrise or sunset tour in Li River.

Achieving Balance In A China Travel Itinerary
Submitted by M20718
China is vast and so anyone traveling around will inevitably use the airports and stations of major cities. Since many of the major attractions are located in these same major cities the temptation is to move from one ... view more highlight to another. To do so is to miss out on a more balanced view of this fascinating country.

A well-balanced travel itinerary for China will allow some time at minor sites within major cities as well as minor cities or towns. These may require some additional effort to visit but the altogether perspective is well worth the time.

At major tourist sites there can be many negative experiences. Prices are higher, everything is crowded and rushed and the feeling is often one of disappointment. Visiting lesser-known attractions has the advantage that expectations are lower and therefore easily surpassed.

Since foreigners are seen less frequently at smaller sites, local visitors and staff are usually more willing to interact. These informal meetings are often amongst the most pleasant memories of the trip.

For sure, the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors cannot be missed - just allow yourself some balance and ensure you also get to see some of the real China too.

Seasonal Delicacy of Autumn - Hairy Crab
Submitted by M21029
Chinese mitten crab (Da Zha Xie) is a hairy crab found in rivers and lakes. Late autumn is the best time for eating crabs in Shanghai. During that time, the best-quality Yangcheng Lake hairy crabs with green shells and ... view more white bottoms, rich in fat and ovary, are shipped to restaurants. Among all the dishes, the most popular one is the steamed crab tied with ropes or strings when it is served, which maintains the original flavor of the crab. It focuses on bringing out the natural crab flavor. The meat is tender, juicy and delicious. Da Zha Xie is usually consumed with vinegar with ginger pieces. Locals are also quite fussy about when to enjoy male crabs and when female crabs.
Seasonal Activity of Autumn - Cricket Fighting
Submitted by M21029
Once a gambling undertaken covertly, the cricket fighting is now more of recreation with lots of cultural tinge, just like fishing, aviculture and gardening, etc. However, in the wake of the tough measures taken to crack ... view more down on gambling in any form.
The life of a cricket lasts for about 100 days normally. The cricket raising and fighting turn gradually slow after October when most crickets are not able to survive anymore. In its prime time, that is the period from July to October, crickets are sold in the street and especially in those so-called flower-bird markets. Aside from its natural traits, the way a raiser takes care of the cricket does matter a lot as well to make a great fighting cricket. An experienced raiser knows what is good to eat, what a favorable living condition is, how to make proper fighting exercise, how to usher into the fighting form, and even when to let it mate with a female – As a matter of fact, only male crickets flight. Crickets have pedigrees. The best ones are commonly believed to be from Shandong Province. A cricket of a humble breed costs about 1 and 2 US dollars.

Best Souvenirs to Buy in China
Submitted by M20782
Silk, tea, handicrafts, jades, calligraphies, paintings, antiques, Chinese medicine are all good items to buy from China as souvenirs. Since China is a large country, different cities are famous for their distinct ... view more souvenirs. For example, Beijing is famous for painted clay sculptures and paper-cutting, Shanghai for model of Oriental Pearl Tower, Xi’an for replicas of Terra-cotta soldiers, Suzhou for tea and Guilin for scroll paintings and China Southern Sea Pearls. In local markets or department stores, you will have more choices.
Credit Card Can Be Used in China
Submitted by M20782
Most of the credit cards accepted internationally can be used in China, such as MasterCard, Visa, American Express, JCB and Dinner’s Club, which can only be used in large shopping malls, department stores, hotels and ... view more restaurants in major cities of China.
Brief Introduction on Chinese Visa Policy
Submitted by M20782
Citizens from all foreign countries except Singapore, Brunei and Japan need a visa if traveling to Mainland China, which they should get from the consulates before their trip. And they can only stay in China for no more ... view more than 15 days on the purpose of doing business, sightseeing and visiting friends and relatives.
Avoid the crowds in China and add more interest
Submitted by M20718
Most people know that the population in China is huge - approximately 1.3 billion. Still, few visitors are fully prepared for the crowds that can be found at many of the most popular tourist sites in China. Given that ... view more these detract from the overall experience, the best thing to do is to balance visits to the highlights with some lesser known sites or activities. There are many more of these and with research you could well find some that fit your own special interests.
Avoid Taxi Touts Throughtout China
Submitted by M20718
At many airports (and sometimes stations) in China it is common for foreigners to be approached by locals offering cheap prices for taxis or, more frequently, a way to avoid the long taxi queues. These touts have no ... view more qualms about lying to get you into a car as they will then be paid. Anyone getting into one of these cars will be cheated with little recourse through the authorities. Either join the queue and use an official taxi or book travel services with a reliable company including airport and other arrival transfers as appropriate.
Will they speak English in my hotel in China?
Submitted by M20718
Things can and do go wrong when you stay in a hotel. This can be especially trying when travelling abroad as you may not speak the local language. In China you can be pretty sure that there will be an English-speaking ... view more member of staff at 4 and 5 star hotels. There may be someone with basic English at a 3 star hotel. Below that standard you will have to rely on a good phrasebook.
Waibaidu Bridge
Submitted by M21029
The Waibaidu Bridge, known as "outer free crossing bridge" among locals, while officially called The Garden Bridge in English, is Shanghai’s landmark bridge. It is situated in the Suzhou Creek, near its ... view more confluence with the Huangpu River, connecting the famous Broadway Mansion and Astor House Hotel in the north bank of the creek and the Bund origin in the south. The Waibaidu Bridge was built in the beginning of 1908 as a defiant to the Wills’ Bridge built earlier that collected toll for Chinese only while free-open to foreigners.

In March 2008, The old Waibaidu bridge was temporarily removed during major renovation work of Shanghai's Bund area prior to the World Expo Shanghai 2010, and was restored to the original site after its renovation in March 2009. Oftentimes brides and grooms are found take their wedding photos in the bridge. It also appears in many movie scenes in relation to Shanghai.

Shanghai Snack
Submitted by M21029
Shanghai snacks could be traced back to as early as the Southern Song Dynasty and became more exquisite in cooking when Shanghai grew into an important city in early Ming Dynasty. After Shanghai was listed as a trading ... view more port by the end of the Qing Dynasty, various regional snacks were assimilated, developed and refined, bringing forth the specialty of Shanghai style. A wide selection of locals – baked sesame pan cake, deep-fried dough sticks, soybean milk, sticky rice combo, steamed bun and pan-fried bun – as well as dozens of kinds of pastry, bun, stuffed dumpling and rice cake. Different from pure sweet taste of Canton-Hong Kong style or hot and spicy flavor of Sichuan-Chongqing type, Shanghai snack is famed for being light, fresh and tasty, and his long been diners’ favorite for its characteristics.
Shikumen - Old Residential Neighborhood
Submitted by M21029
Shikumen, literally "stone gate", is an architectural style for residential buildings in Shanghai, China combining Western and Chinese elements that first appeared in the 1860s.

Shikumen houses are two or ... view more three-story townhouses, with the front yard protected by a high brick wall. Each residence is connected and arranged in straight alleys, known as a lòng-tang, pronounced longdang in Shanghainese. The entrance to each alley is usually surmounted by a stylistic stone arch. The whole resembles terrace houses or townhouses commonly seen in Anglo-American countries, but distinguished by the tall, heavy brick wall in front of each house. The literal meaning "stone gate" refers to the strong gateway to each house.
White Magnolia - City Flower of Shanghai
Submitted by M21029
The city flower of Shanghai is white magnolia, which blossoms extraordinarily early. When winter waned and spring comes, the white magnolia has already in full bloom before Qingming Festival, i.e. Tomb-visiting Day. The ... view more white magnolia has big flowers spotlessly white and blooming upwards, symbolizing a kind of the spirit rising in great vigor. Therefore, white magnolia has embedded in the mind of Shanghai people as a beautiful icon.
The most popular shopping streets in Beijing
Submitted by M21347
The most popular shopping streets in Beijing: 1. Wangfujing, the oldest street in Beijing, close to the Forbidden city, you can find Chinese and western goods here, it is a walking street. 2. Qianmen, located on the ... view more south of the Tiananmen square, it is a combination of modern and tradition. You can also find the traditional bus there, take your mind back to 50 years ago. 3. Silk street, you can find all kinds of world brands, such as Gucci, Armani, Herman's, Louis Vuitton, Rolex, but they are all copy, bargain is very important if you are here. 4. Pearl market, it is similar to the silk street. You can also find many pearls here.
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