Calling all cruise lovers, especially those overseas Chinese and people addicted to Chinese culture and art! Take a deluxe Yangtze cruise to the most magic River in China for a lifetime trip to remember. You’ll see what’s on the horizon for this mysterious country. During the cruise, there will be delightful shore excursions taking you to some of China’s legendary cities and mysterious sights, which are the highlights along Yangzte River you should not miss.
Located in the upper reaches of Yangtze River, Chongqing is one of the regular starting points (at Chaotianmen docks) of Yangzte River Cruise. It is known as the “mountain city”, as it is surrounded by stretches of mountains and pretty river valleys. When touring in Chongqing, you should not miss Chiqikou Old Town, and the spectacular Buddhist Dazu Rock Carvings. Besides, spicy Chongqing cuisine is a must-try food in China.
In the lower reaches of Yangtze River, Mt. Huangshan has long been well-known for its grotesque rocks, odd-shaped pine trees growing out of cliffs, fantasy sea of clouds, intoxicating sunrise and authentic hot springs. Mt. Huangshan is a UNESCO cultural and natural heritage site that offers year-round pleasure.
If you take a cruise on Yangtze River, you’ll encounter the legendary Fengdu ghost city. Fengdu got its reputation as the “Ghost City” in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25 – 220). It must be the oddest city in China – an entrance to hell. Everything here was designed as hell: a variety of ghost sculptures of different modeling, various punishing instruments and wild demon images, Odd, scary and interesting!
Three Gorges Dam is for you to be in close contact with China’s majestic modern engineering project. It is the major part of the Three Gorges Hydropower Station, which was completed in 2009, and claimed to be the world’s largest of its kind.
Shibao Zhai Pagoda leans against the 220-meter-high Mt. Yunyin (Jade Seal Hill) on the north bank of Yangtze River and has been known as a gem of ancient Chinese architecture. It is an all-wood pagoda that measures 56 m high with a total of 12 floors. You’ll be dazzled by its odd-looking shape comprising of bright yellow entrance gate, mottled walls, and the layout of the halls.
Located in Badong County, Hubei Province, Shennong Stream features breathtaking views on the north shore of Yangtze River and rises from the south slope of Mt. shennongjia – the highest peak in central China. The 60-km-long Shennong Stream resembles a huge dragon that sneaks through towering mountains and deep Valleys from south to north. Prepared to be seduced by deep blue lakes, marvelous waterfalls, thrilling plank roads on the Cliff, interesting Tujia minority culture, as well as amazing Karst caves.
April is a lovely month in China to enjoy the pleasant spring days: the earth is gradually heating up, and flowers of all sorts are blooming in a riot of color. April is also one of the best time to experience wonderful Chinese ethnic minority cultures, as various festivals of different ethnic groups just being held in this month. Head to the rarely-visited minority mountain areas of southwestern China’s Guizhou province in April for those interesting yet authentic festivals & fairs, and we promise you’ll be dazzled.
The Lunar March 3rd Festival of Dong People
China is composed of Han people and 55 ethnic minorities. And the country’s diversified ethnic culture can best be seen in Yunnan province and then Guizhou province. Join the Dong people in Baojing Town, Zhenyuan County to celebrate the Lunar March 3rd Festival (also named “Firecrackers Festival”), falling on April 2nd, 2014.
The festival usually lasts for five days, with a variety of fun activities, including Dong people’s preparations for ploughing, grabbling firecrackers competition, and a large-scale folk song and dance party (Bamboo dance, umbrella dance and others) among young boys and girls. Zhuang people mainly inhabiting in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region also celebrate the Lunar March 3rd Festival.
Of the 49 ethnic groups in Guizhou province, Miao has the largest population. Miao people’s Sisters Meal Festival celebrated on the March 15th in Chinese lunar calendar (April 14th, 2014) is one of the most important festivals for the group, especially the Miao girls. Head for Taijiang County in southwest China’s Guizhou to celebrate this festival with local people.
Traditionally it is a Valentine’s Day that allows a dating occasion for young Miao people. Miao girls wear the beautiful traditional dress and a set of silver accessories, and prepare “the Sisters Meal” with fresh fish, meat, wine, flower-shaped rice dumplings and colorful glutinous rice on their own. During the 3-day celebrating time, single men and women will sing folk antiphonally and exchange gifts. There are also other activities, such as canoeing contest, dragon dance, horse racing, bullfighting, lusheng performances, and so much more.
Tiaohuapo Festival of Miao People
Tiaohuapo Festival is one of the most important and oldest festivals for Miao people in Anshun, central west of Guizhou Province. The festival timing varies in different locations. It usually lasts for three days, when people dress in colorful traditional costumes, planting trees, playing music with Lusheng and dancing. The girls are dressed beautifully with hand-made embroidery clothes and artistic silver accessories. Therefore Tiaohuapo Festival is also a showcase of the most exquisite Miao costumes.
In addition to the bustling festival, Anshun also boasts peculiar natural sceneries of Karst peaks, caves and canyons, and famou Huangguoshu Waterfall.
Given its long history of over 3000 years and the great culture tradition, Beijing offers a lot for us to discover, from great historic legacy to small lanes of unique street design, and beautiful ancient buildings. The ancient architecture in Beijing is really haunting and seduce us to deeply explore. Listed here are six sights in Beijing that you should not miss when for the marvelous ancient Chinese architecture.
The Great Wall
Many people come all the way to China Just for the Great Wall! It’s a real miracle in the world, bearing exceptional testimony to the ancient Chinese civilizations and the achievement of China’s ancient architects. This defensive fortification was first built in the 7th century BC during the Spring and Autumn, and Warring States Periods, and now resemble a huge dragon winding its way through the mountains of North China.
The Forbidden City
There are many reasons you might want to visit the Forbidden City (the Palace Museum in Beijing. Summer Palace). It was home to 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years. To discover the architectural beauty of Forbidden City, you should not miss every piece of it, including the roof, wooden door, stone railings, red wall, bronze lions…
Summer Palace becomes even more popular thanks to Dragon Lady Cixi’s preference. For architecture lovers, it is a big draw, with typical Chinese stone bridge across the Kunming Lake, Buddhist pagodas, watchtower, as well as the complex buildings. It’ll be a nice place to cool off during Beijing’s hot Summer months.
Temple of Heaven
Built in 1420, the Temple of Heaven is where the ancient Chinese emperors had grand worship ceremony to heaven and earth. No wonder it is a masterpiece of architecture. It is a dignified complex of fine cult buildings set in gardens and surrounded by historic pinewoods. Check carefully on its overall layout, which symbolizes the relationship between earth and heaven-the human world and God’s world according to Chinese architecture culture.
The quaint hutongs in Beijing are some crisscrossing old narrow paths with courtyard houses built on each side. It can be regarded as a window into Beijing folk life. Travel along the hutongs, you may encounter some courtyard dwellings or Chinese quadrangles (Siheyuan), a basic pattern used for residences, palaces, temples, monasteries. You can ride a bike or take a pedicab to have a relaxed hutong tour.
To research the architecture achievement of ancient China, you should not temple and monasteries. Yonghe Lamasery is a Tibetan Buddhist temple first built in 1694 as the residence of Prince Yong of the Qing dynasty. The temple architecture is a combination of Tibetan, Mongolian, and native Chinese. The chief artistic attraction is an 18-meter tall wooden Buddha carved from a single sandalwood tree imported from Tibet, the largest wooden statue on earth.