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Phoenix Ancient Town (Also named Fenghuang in China), which was called by the New Zealand writer Rewi Alley as one of the most beautiful town in China. The town is situated on the western boundary of Hunan Province, surrounded by mountains and rivers. It attracts more and more visitors from home and abroad.

Phoenix Ancient Town

Phoenix Ancient Town´s history can be traced back to the Qin Dynasty (221-206BC). Here has a number of remarkable old gardens as well as distinctive residential buildings, elegant bridges and mysterious towers and pagodas. These architectural delights date from the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1644-1911).
Phoenix Ancient Town

Phoenix Ancient Town has a very famous architecture style to symbol its special identity–House on stilt. With upturned eaves and corners, the stilted houses are connected by corridors on three sides. Riding a small boat drifting along the Tuojiang River, you will see those unique buildings along the riverside, where local Miao people live.

Phoenix Ancient Town

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Yunnan, a land of various ethnic groups, landscapes, natural scenery, creatures etc, is the most southwest province of China, sharing a border with Burma in the west, Laos in the south, and Vietnam in the southeast. In case you decide to travel Yunnan, here i suggest you the top 4 attractions in Yunnan to be added in your list.

Kunming Stone Forest
The Stone Forest, know as the first wonder of world, is about 120 kilometers away from Kunming and covers about 400 square kilometers. It takes about 2 hours from Kunming to Stone Forest. There is a local saying “A visit to Kunming is waste time without a visit to the Stone Forest.” Therefore, it’s a value for you to have Stone Forest trip.
Kunming Stone Forest
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Tiger Leaping Gorge, lying between between the Yulong Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain, which surround its two sides. Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Gorge), which is believed to be the deepest gorge in the world, is a popular hiking place for tourists when they travel in Lijiang. Tiger Leaping Gorge
Lijiang Old Town
The Old Town of Lijiang is a world famous tourist destination. It is a well preserved ancient city filled with ethnic minorities, culture, and art. The Old Town is built along the lie of mountains and the flow of rivers, providing a very precious sample of the research on the old-time architecture. The unique geographical location, historical background and multiracial inhabitants make it one of the most special.
Lijiang Old Town
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Famous for its ice and snow sights, altiplano and meadow attractions, virgin forest and landscape, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the core area of Lijiang Old Town’s natural sight.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has become a famous destination for visitors who wish to do a bit of sightseeing, mountaineering, skiing, exploring, and scientific research. It is an untouched natural paradise that should not be missed.

The Pudacuo National Park, located in the east of Shangri-La, southwest Yunnan Province. It is one of the most biodiversity regions of the whole world containing at least 20 % of the countrys plant species, around 1/3 of its mammal and bird species, as well as nearly 100 endangered species.

Pudacuo National Park

The National Park boasts and preserves many typical characteristics of China’s southwestern region along with various aspects of traditional nomadic Tibetan plateau life. It has its two highlights–freshwater lakes (Emerald Pagoda Lake & Shudu Lake) as well as a visitor center, Tibetan culture villages and pasture views. Park buses (included in the park ticket) frequently transfer between the spots. Summer and fall (June-October) are the best time to visit the park, particularly the azalea blossoms in June and a riot of color in September. >>Shangri-La Tour Guide

Pudacuo National Park

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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:

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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.