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Tibet, a mysterious plateau region in people’s eyes, is located in the southwest of China and its capital, Lhasa, is regarded as “Pearl of Plateau” for its richness in historical, cultural and natural wealth, such as great Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple which is worshiped by Buddhist every day, and Qomolangma, the highest peak of the world. All of this makes Tibet a unique and irreplaceable tourist attraction to many China travel agency and tourists, especially for the adventurers.
However, a lot of tourists have no idea of how to plan their first trip to Tibet and I, once been there, would like to share some important issues about Tibet tourism here. Hope that would be helpful.

Tibet Landscape

Purposes
First and foremost, you should ask yourself what exactly you want from Tibet. In other words, which part of Tibet you like the most and make a good schedule for that. For most of the travelers, cultural and natural sites are the focus and Tibet is just famous for that, most of which spread in Lhasa and Shigatse.

Potala Palace -- The Chief Residence of All Dalai Lamas.

Potala Palace — The Chief Residence of All Dalai Lamas.

Budget
The cost on traveling Tibet mainly includes travelling expenses, accommodation and food, ticket and shopping and there are two kinds of Tibet tourism, one is joining a China tour agency and the other is self-traveling.

It is very easy to predict the total cost if joining a travel agency, the service fee charged by the agency plus your own possible cost. Please note, usually the service fee includes travelling expenses, accommodation, food, tickets, insurance and China tour guide fees. In a word, they cover all the expenses except for your own shopping cost.

There’s no standard price for self-traveling, because different people have different tendency on their tour, but it can be still calculated in advance if you takes a little more time.

Yamdrok Lake — The Holy Lake of Tibet!

Yamdrok Lake — The Holy Lake of Tibet!

Time
How many days is the most suitable for Tibet tourism? Perhaps everyone has his own answer, five days, ten days or even one month. If you don’t care about the duration or money, I suggest the following answer, which, I think, is enough and perfect to appreciate the Tibet.3 days of Lhasa, 3 days of Nyingchi and 2 days of Shigatse. If you can afford more time, it is highly recommended to take a trip to Qomolangma. It may request 4 days more.

Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region is on the traditional Silk Road. Located in Northwest of China, Xinjiang is a hub for east-west cultural exchanges in history.

Xinjiang is the largest and even most fascinating province of China. Known as the home of singing and dancing, the land of fruits, as well as the place of gold and jade stones, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China boasts for its vast expanse, stunning landscape and unique folk customs. There’re more than 1,100 registered scenic areas in Xinjiang, ranking first in the country.  Here are some of the top destinations of Xinjiang tour.

Heavenly Lake

Heavenly Lake

 

Narat Grassland

Narat Grassland

Tianshan mountains

Tianshan mountains

Gaochang Ancient Ruins

Gaochang Ancient Ruins

Lavender town China – Xinjiang Yili

Lavender Town China – Xinjiang Yili

Jiaohe Ruins

Jiaohe Ruins

 

 

Tang Paradise, a newly launched tourist attraction in Apr, 2005. The site covers a total area of 1,000 mu (about 165 acres) and of which 300 mu (about 49 acres) is water. The attraction not simply claims to be the biggest cultural theme park in the northwest area of China but also the first royal-garden-like park to present a full display of the Tang Dynasty’s (618-907) culture.

Tang Paradise

Tang ParadiseWhat makes Tang Paradise incredible is that it is no longer the garden mode of just water and mountains in the Chinese traditional sense. Its outstanding designers have involved almost everything representative of the Tang Dynasty, like the poetry, the music and dance, the marketplaces, the cuisine, the women’s lifestyles, and science into every single site using cultural themes, thus endowing every place with its own story and its own place in the tapestry of Tang Dynasty culture.

Tang Paradise

Tang Paradise

Tang Dynasty Shows at Tang Paradise:

Tang Dynasty ShowTang Dynasty ShowTang Dynasty Show

Source: Xi’an Tour

The people who have visited Huangshan will tell you a fact, that is the best scenic of Huangshan Mountain in the peak zone, especially the days in mist.  It is true. And next let me tell you some other facts about when to visit the mountain.

Huangshan
The Low Season (Dec 1 – Feb 28): The weather during the time is colder, less tourist. RMB150 for the entrance tickets, RMB65 for the cable car cost; at the same time, the hotel prices also falls. It is the perfect time to visit the magical snowscape of Huangshan with the lowest cost throughout the year.

The Shoulder Season (Mar 1 – Dec 30): You’d better to avoid the weekend during the time. A lot of people in China will choose weekend to make a short tour. And the hotel at Huangshan will be more expensive than usual.

Huangshan
The Peak Season (the first week of May and October; Chinese Spring Festival, Dragon Boat Festival): The period are the special time of the shoulder season, since it is long vacation in China. A lot more Chinese people will make travel plan during the time. So it is very hard to book hotels. Other costs all are very expensive.
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Notice: Before starting your trip, you ‘d better to check the weather there. For it rains a lot during May and June. And weather on the mountain top always stay 5-8 degrees cooler than the foot of the mountain. Especially in the spring and autumn season, the temperature varies greatly between day and night. You need to take one more cloth with you.

Throughout several years working at Chinatouguide.com, one of top China travel agency in China, I found the next a few places listed here are widely liked by oversea visitors, and  i love these places too. So here i would love to share with more people, hope you love them.

1 Guilin – The mountains and water in Guilin are the most magnificent under heaven!

Guilin Landscape

Guilin Landscape

Li River

Li River

Guilin,sitting on the west bank of the Li River in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. It’s spectacular landscapes has attracted plenty of famous poets and artists for centuries. Artists are able to find inspiration from the Karst mountains as well as the unparalleled beauty of the Li River.

2 The Great Wall – One should never miss when travelling China!

The Great Wall in Antumn

The Great Wall in Antumn

The Great Wall of China offers tourists timeless charm all year round. The scenery here various with seasons. In spring, trees and plants are turning green. When summer comes, the blooming flowers and colored leaves dot the mountains. In autumn, flowers have faded, you will see the mountains are blanketed by colors of red, golden, yellow and brown, creating an amazing view till be covered by snow when Winter falls.

3 Zhangjiajie – A surreal world!

Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie, located on the northwestern border of Hunan Province,China. Covering an area of 9,516 square kilometers. Zhangjiajie is a surreal world. A land of sandstone pillars towering above mist-shrouded ravines, pristine waters gently flowing under dense forests, rapids thundering, birds singing and animals leaping, that’s Zhangjiajie.

4 Yellow Mountain – Celebrated as the most fantastic mountain under heaven!

Snow Mountain Snowscape

Snow Mountain Snowscape

Yellow Mountain, located at the south end of Anhui Province, China. With its outstanding landscapes,Yellow Mountain has long been the subject of countless traditional Chinese paintings. You can get the essence of China’s stunning natural charm from the jagged rock formations, waterfalls, unique cliff-side pine trees, and sea of clouds. Fresh mountain air, beautiful sceneries, and numerous hiking trails attract a great influx of tourists into the city every season of the year. Thousands of painters and poets have been inspired by the ever-changing scenes; and i am sure you will be too.

5  Heavenly Lake – One of my favorite!

Heavenly Lake

Heavenly Lake

Heavenly Lake,Nestled high in the Tianshan Mountains, 115 kilometers (71 miles) west of Urumqi in Xinjiang, China. This crescent-shaped water area deserves its name, Pearl of Heavenly Mountain (Tianshan Mountain). Along with melted snow as its supply, Heavenly Lake enjoys crystal water.

Chinese New Year, also known ‘Spring Festival’, is the most important of the traditional Chinese festivals. Chinese New Year always falls in the months of January or February, and each chinese new year is represented by 1 of the 12 creatures of the Chinese Zodiac – 2013 is the year of the Snake.

The year of SnakeAfter Christmas each year, the Christmas decorations come down in all the malls, and are quickly replaced with Chinese New Year decorations of lanterns, cherry blossoms, orange-trees and lots of red colour. In the lead-up to Chinese New Year distinct classical spring festival music is played in public places, most commonly the bowed stringed instrumental style.

Chinese new year decoration
Chinese New Year is celebrated in China, as well as in some countries and territories with significant Chinese population; such as Philippines, and also in Chinatowns elsewhere. Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbors.

What we EAT during Chinese New Year

What we EAT during Chinese New Year

Red Paper Envelopes

Red Paper Envelopes

The most important element of Chinese New Year is the reunion dinner which is held on the eve of the New Year. This is the time when all family members will come for a meal together in the parents or eldest brother’s home, or nowadays in restaurants as well. Food will include such items as pigs, ducks, chicken and sweet delicacies. The family will end the night with firecrackers. Early the next morning, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes. More details please head to http://www.chinatourguide.com/chinese_new_year/index.html.

 

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

As the famous “Ice City” in northeastern China, Harbin attracts visitors from home and abroad by the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival which was held each year. It is a happy carnival which provides visitors a whole new world of ice and snow. The festival usually begins from January and last for over one month. And for skiing lovers, you could not miss out this unique tour! It specially provides you with a dynamic skiing experience at famous Yabuli International Ski Resort! Beautiful snow sceneries and ice recreations, exotic high streets and state-of-the-art Yabuli ski resort, definitely give you a best winter vacation in Harbin! Know more: Harbin Ice World Tour

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Harbin Ice and Snow FestivalHarbin Ice and Snow Festival

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

 

Mt. Huashan is located in Weinan City, 120 kilometers east from Xi’an City of Shaanxi Province. Known for its breath-taking sheer cliffs, Mount Huashan is one of the five sacred mountains in China, the other four mountains are: Mt. Taishan in Shandong, Mt. Hengshan in Hunan, Mt. Hengshan in Shanxi, and Mt. Songshan in Henan. (Xian Tours

Mt. HuashanMt. Huashan

Huashan Trail, known as the World’s Most Dangerous Hiking Trail, is not about mountain-climbing but hiking. No special equipment is needed – it’s just you, and the mountain. But in some of the the most perilous parts of the trail, like “Changkong Zhandao” (长空栈道), one false step could mean falling in the abyss below.

Mt. HuashanMt. Huashan
Mt. Huashan is also home to several influential Taoist temples where emperors of past dynasties made pilgrimages, making it the holy land of Taoism. The best visiting time to Mt. Huashan is through May to October. (More related guides please visit http://www.chinatourguide.com/xian/index.html

You may interested: Xi’an City Wall

 

Resource: Tibet Tour Guide

With an area of 3,875 square kilometers and population of 820,000, Shigatse is the second biggest and the only county-level city in Tibet. Shigatse is a prosperous Buddhism city as it is the traditional seat of the  Panchen Lama, dozens of monasteries in Shigatse region give this land heavy religious atmosphere. If you are going to plan a Tibet Buddhist tour, Shigatse is your must go destination.

Attractions in Shigatse you should pick them up for your Buddhist tour:

Tashilhunpo Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery  has become a prominent landmark on the face of shigatse. The monastery has been the seat of Panchen Lama for hundreds of years who is the second most important religious leader of Tibet after Dalai Lama. The monastery witnesses the largest number of visitors during the Buddha Thangka display festival which is held on every 14, 15and 16 of May according to Tibetan calendar.
Tashilhunpo Monastery
Palkhor Monastery
Located in the Gyantse county of Shigatse prefecture, around 230 km away from the Lhasa city. Palkhor Monastery enjoys a high status in Tibet Buddhism history because it is the only one where houses three sects – Sakyapa, Kadampa and Gelugpa together. Initially, there was lot of quarrel and disagreement amongst the monks of the different sect, however, today they have hit upon the art of living peacefully.


New Palace of Panchen
The palace is known as the summer palace of the tenth Panchen Lama and is a wonderful blend of the traditional and modern architectural style. The palace, reached after passing three gates, offers beautiful interiors of Panchen Lama bedrooms, drawing rooms, sutra hall, Buddha hall and Buddhist Guardian Hall. Amongst valuable cultural relics of the palace are the spectacular frescos like the ‘Phakpa Meeting Kublai Khan’ which depicts Lama Chogyal Phakpa joining the court of Kublai Khan as imperial spiritual teacher. The surroundings of the palace covered with greenery provides a tranquil environment in which you can relax and refresh yourself.


Sakya Monastery
Located in Sakya County southwest of Shigatse, the Sakya Monastery is the principal monastery of the Sakyapa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism.


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Fancy a quick pint of lager after a long day at the Canton Fair? Want to sit back and relax with a few glasses of wine and some great conversation? The Brew would be your great option.

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The Brew has returned its near Guangzhou Dadao location, this time on the other side of the road – in Zhujiang New Town. The Brew has imported (and is the official licensed distributor in China) of a self serve tap system inserted into the top of partron’s tables. Once you have your Brew VIP card you swipe your card at your table and pour the best beer you can.

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The Brew also boasts some of the best North American-style burgers and wines in all of the P.R.C.-It serve 15 style of burgers and authentic buffalo-style wines. All this in support of their mission to create a cozy, neighbourhood pub atmosphere.

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Address:
1 Panyu: Huanan Country Garden, Panyu (down from Sam’s Club) (广州番禺华南碧桂园正门右侧商业街11号)

2 Zhujiang New Town: Baolin Garden, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 511442, China (广州天河珠江新城保林苑西区)

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