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29/03/2013

Local Lifestyle of Shanghai

Shanghai, known as "the Paris of the Orient" ana also included in 72-hour visa free China travel, beautifully blends Western and Chinese cultures. In this cosmopolitan metropolis, visitors can experience both the history, and modernity of Shanghai. Shanghai local's lifestyles combine the best of China's past and present along with some Western cultural aspects making Shanghai's local culture unique in the world.

Early in the morning, Shanghai's elderly can be seen in mass heading to Shanghai's parks and the People's Square to do morning exercises, often with grandchildren in tow. They can be seen in groups practicing tai chi, performing martial arts, doing local dances, and playing croquette. It is a site that can be seen throughout China. Two traditional pastimes that are unique to Shanghai is the ancient art of Ping tan and Shanghai Opera. Ping tan is a form of storytelling that traditionally has only one performer. The performer sits on the stage with only a couple of props used to emphasize what he is saying, and tells love tales, or tales of the daring exploits of legendary Chinese figures. This is very popular among Shanghai's elderly men, who often go to the Yuyuan Garden's (a must-see for Shanghai tour) Teahouse to enjoy this performing art. Shanghai's Local Opera is also popular amongst the elderly, and they enjoy watching performances in the evenings. In the evening, many middle aged and elderly people can be seen doing western style dance like the tango and cha cha in the parks well into the evening.

Shanghai locals are known for their hard work, but after work, they really like to play, and it is at night that Shanghai truly shines. Most of Shanghai's ancient and modern buildings are lit up at night, and the scene is quite spectacular. It is the perfect time for local lovers to take a cruise on the Huangpu River which flows through the city and passes by the Bund and the Oriental Pearl tower, which look particularly beautiful at night. The younger crowd likes to head out to be seen at Shanghai's numerous bars and nightclubs. Shanghai's nightlife is world-renown and is something the locals take very seriously. The most hopping nightlife spots can be found on Julu, Xintiandi, and Hengshan Roads. Many of Shanghai's fashionable young ladies like to spend the evenings shopping in Shanghai's many boutiques on Shanghai's Nanjing and Huanhai Roads where you can buy souvenirs for your family and friends after AFFORDABLE china tours.

Among Shanghai's working class, many sports have become quite popular. Due to the influx of Western businessmen and visitors, Western sports have become vogue, and like in the west, Golf, and Tennis are a necessity for Shanghai businessmen. Although expensive, golf courses are becoming more and more popular, and are normally designed to exacting specifications. The most popular golf courses amongst Shanghai's businessmen are the Palm Beach Golf Course, and the Shanghai Golf Club.

Shanghai is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city. Its locals work hard and play harder. They have taken the best of Chinese and Western cultures and have blended them together in a way unique to Shanghai. Shanghai is one of a kind, and its friendly occupants are well known for their hospitality, and their ability to make visitors feel quite at home. Because of this, Shanghai is the perfect embarkation point for visit to China.

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28/03/2013

Explore Imperial Village - Zhaojiabao

In the remote mountain area of Zhangpu County, Fujian Province exist such a traditional Ming-Dynasty-style castle named Zhaojiabao. It is said that Zhaojiabao is the epitome of ancient capital city of Song Dynasty which was built by descendants of royal Zhao family. Surprisely, some unknown royal customs still remain in Zhaojiabao. It is the best places for your educational China tours.

In 1982, cultural relics scholars discovered Zhaojiabao accidently. Surrounded by two city walls, Zhaojiabao has four main gates facing four directiongs. The city was seperated into three sections: living section, etiquette section, and garden section which are dotted with bridges, pavillions, ponds, temples and other public buildings inside. The harmonious and simple construting style in the Zhaojiabao is very rare in the south of Fujiang province.

According to analysis and historical documents, the villagers are the descendants of Song Dynasty. In Zhaojiabau (also right for AFFORDABLE china tours ) was kept a family genealogy of Zhao with history of several hundred years. The title of this family genealogy is “Bianjing Royal Clan - Zhao Family Genealogy”. Bianjing (now Kaifeng in Henan Province) was once the capital city of Song Dynasty. The family genealogy records an event: “in the beginning of 1291, Song troop with the number of 200,000 soilders was attacked by army of Yuan Dynasty (1206AD-1368AD). Lu Xiufu, prime minister, feared that nine-year-ld emporer may be caught and suffered insult, so he picked him up in his arms and jumped from a cliff into the sea, killing them both. While Zhao Ruohe, Lord of Fujian, got through the close siege and escaped Zhangzhou and lived a recluse life.” In the genealogy, even the escape route was clearly recorded. Avoiding to be chasing by Yuan army, Zhao Ruohe and members of his clan changed their family name from Zhao to Huang. And then their former family name Zhao was recovered in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

The most famous construction in Zhaojiabao is Wanbi Lou named after an allusion. Wanbi Lou founction as a defense fortress. According to the description of local residents, Wanbi Lou was built in Ming Dynasty to resist the attack of Japanese pirates. Wanbi Lou played an important role in protecting the Zhaojiabu from invasion of Japanese pirates.

Some traditional customs was still kept in Zhaojiabu. ‘Chi Ding Zhao’ was held in every Lantern Festival. All wifes and husbands who get married or give birth to babies in the last year should feast all men above 16 years old in ancestral temple. ‘Chi Ding Zhao’ tell all people that the new members enter Zhao Family. ‘Xing She’ is another important custom and is held in the eighteenth of the first lunar month every year. All the Buddhist statues will be carried out from temples to parade around the village. In the past, the pictures of 18 emperors were enshrined in ancestral temple and worhipped on the day of Lunar Festival. But the precious pictures were lost during the period cultural revolution. You can learn local customs through your China tour package.

Source: http://www.basearticles.com/Art/1135983/53/Explore-the-Last-Imperial-City-of-Song-Dynasty-in-Zhaojiabao.
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27/03/2013

What to Do in Xian

There is a great deal to see in Xi'an other than the Terracotta Warriors. This is a great way to spend your day if you have extra time in Xi'an which always is the starting city of Silk Road tour.

Big Goose Pagoda

Those who watched TV Series Monkey this is the pagoda that was offen featured. The Temple was built around 648 by Emperor Gaozong to house the Busshist scriptures that had been brought back from India by the travelling monk Xuan Zang. You can climb the Pagoda for an extra fee which will gives you a great view over Xian. On the site there is also the Tang Dynasty Arts Museum.

Tablets from the steles collection

This museum contains the heaviest collection of books in the world. There doesn't seem to be alot of western tourist who visit this site, however all the signs are bi-lingual so you will have no problem understanding what each of the tablets are about. One of the most important and interesting tablets is the Stele of Daiqin Nestorianism which was ingraved in AD781 to market the opening of a Nestorian (Early Christian Sec) Church. At the top of the Stele you can see a small cross engraved. This museum is the best place for your educational China tours to learn something about China history.

City Walls

Xi'an city walls are still visable and it is possible to walk or cycle the whole way around the on the wall which is 14km. There is still a lot of restoration occuring and sections may be closed to the public. There is a fee charged to access the wall. Bicycles may be rented on the top of the wall at the south gate. From the Forest of Steles Museum, you can walk along the wall to the South Gate, along the streets on this walk they are lined with shops and stalls which sell many souviners. Biking on the city walls is an indispensable thing for China travel deals in Xian

Bell Tower

The Bell Tower is within walking distance from the South Gate, proceed down Bei Daijie. The tower is located in the centre of Xi'an and you enter it from an underpass on the north side. You can for a fee strike one of the bells.

The Drum Tower is just west of the Bell Tower. The Drum would be beaten to mark the hours of the day. It is a small building than the Bell Tower and is where the Muslim Quarter starts.

Muslim Quarter

Xi'an has a large Muslim community. There are many narrow laneways some of which are lined with shops and stalls. There are some very good teahouses and resturants in this area. Nanyuan Men, Huajue Xiang, Damaishi Jie and Biyuanmen are some very good streets to wander along.

Shaanxi History Museum

One thing surprising at the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum was the fact that it is possible, even expected, to bargain for the items sold at the gift shops. One would assume that a museum would have fixed prices. It turns out that ithe prices provide are only the starting price. You should bargain for everything you buy at the gift shop. You can expect to save at least 50%, possibly more. The admission fee is free so that you can have a free historical China tour here.

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