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Lotus park

The Huaqing Palace has taken on a new look since the 21st century. In 2005 the Huaqing Pool last minute China travel deals was extended westward bout 30,000 square meters, forming the present Lotus Lake scenic area with the Lotus lake and the Changsheng Palace as the main parts surrounded by Debao Building, Guolao Chinese Herbal Hall, Imperial Tea Room, Fairy Hall. The water of Lotus Lake runs under the Yuxian Bridge into the Nine-Dragon lake. Lined with weeping willows and surrounded with green grass, the Lotus Lake ,with ducks and swans spotted on the surface, shows a harmonic beauty. Changsheng Palace is famous for the fact that it was the spot where emperor Xuan Zong and Lady Yang swore to love each other forever on a Chinese valentine night. Now it exhibits the unearthed cultural relics and documents, presenting a system of 6000 years historical culture of the Huaqing Pool.

Debao Building

The building gets its name from a famous song in Tang dynasty Debaozi which means that Lady Yang was the treasure to Emperor Xuan Zong. Another legend has it that Emperor bestowed the building on Yang Guozhong, Lady Yang's elder brother. Now it is a shop of tourist souvenirs Shopping in China.

Guolao Chinese Herbal Hall
Tang emperor Xuan Zong admired Zhang Guo, a Taoist, for his magic arts which were supposed to enjoy eternal youth,and often received Zhang in the Huaqing Palace. Later Emperor ordered the construction of Guolao Chinese Herbal Hall where Zhang could study his Taoist and alchemy to make elixir of life, which would help emperor live forever. Now the Hall has changed into a herbal drugstore for tourists.

Imperial Tea RoomThe palatial tea ceremony of Tang dynasty is an important part in the Huaqing Palace culture Public China Holidays. Now the building is a tea room where visitors can enjoy the beauty of surrounding scenery while listening to Chinese classical music and sipping sweet teas. It is an ideal place to have an appreciation of Chinese aesthetic culture in a relaxed atmosphere.

The Goddess Pavilion
The Goddess Pavilion, which was built in 2005, gets its name for it holds a marble goddess statue which indicates that the Lishan mountain hot springs are one of the sources of human civilization in ancient days.? The statue of three goddesses, respectively holding plant, fish and pointed- bottom vase, vividly portraits the scene about 6000 years ago when people worshiped and used the hot springs. It marked the beginning of Huaqign Pool's cultural history.

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Guilin travel guide - Attractions, sightseeing

Enough yakking about hotels—you’re going to Guilin Guilin travel guide to spend your time outdoors, right? There are options to suit all sorts, be it the mid-range shopper, café yuppie or sedentary stroller. For the latter Guilin is filled with quaint parks and lakes that begin to look indistinguishable after a while. Start at Elephant Hill Park along the famous Li River, where you can walk through a massive structure resembling an elephant and visit a pagoda on top. Bring small notes for the Rmb25 entrance fee.

Then stroll down the Li River Yangtze River tour boardwalk, a wide stretch of pavement offering grand views of the city and its karst hills backdrop. As you gape at your surroundings, watch out for slow walkers, small tai chi gatherings and badminton matches. Tummy rumbling? Step off the boardwalk at any point and walk cross Binjiang Nan Lu. This sidewalk is filled with cafés, restaurants and bars. Guilin’s signature dish is Guilin mi fen, where a smorgasbord of flavourful toppings is thrown on top of a mound of white rice noodles.

Cafes with free Wifi are everywhere. The homey Gourmets Coffee Café (tel: 210-6880, 18 Binjiang Nan Lu) is operated and serviced by Milton, a Taiwanese-American who is generous with his advice of things to do and see. Try his club sandwich with homemade honey mustard for Rmb28. Nearby you can saunter through a well-lit Chinese bookstore called Dao Feng Bookstore (tel: 288-3817) that plays quaint European tunes in the background.

Walk one block West of Bin Jing Nan Road and you’ll hit the ever-crowded Guilin tours Guilin Centre Square, with hundreds of small shopping vendors, mini-malls and ice cream stands. A bit of car honking too. Don’t expect anything high-end here however: it’s not far off from what you may see along Hong Kong’s youth-friendly Granville Road or Bangkok’s MBK—at a fraction of the price, of course.

Back on the boardwalk? Mid-way through you can cross a bridge to the east bank, a residential area lined with bourgeois townhouses. Hop into a cab to the Seven Star Park, a 298-acre plot filled with hills, caves, relics and streams. The Hua Bridge inside is a 1,000-year-old stone walkway with five giant arches underneath. Well worth a stroll. Your kids might drag you through a tired-looking zoo and Children’s Amusement Park, though. General admission starts at Rmb35.

The Reed Flute Cave China vacation deals is a six-kilometre drive from the city centre and its gorgeous multi-colour stalagmites often grace Guilin brochures. But we found it turned really “photogenic” once the artificial lights came on. Still, it’s a pretty site and an easy 240m walk, if you don’t mind all the artifice.

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An optional destination for China travel- The Mulan Paddock

The Mulan Paddock (Mulan weichang) is one of the few natural grassland resorts in Hebei Province last minute China travel deals, and so is a popular destination for those after a bit of fresh air and countryside. For those Beijingers who do not have the time to set off for the more ruggedly realistic grasslands of Inner Mongolia, or even the Republic of Mongolia, this is a nice diversion.

The area has long been known as a well stocked hunting ground and it was on a Qing Dynasty excursion to these grasslands, headed by emperor Kangxi, that the village of Rehe, later to become Chengde, was shown imperial fancy. Nowadays, in the summer, the resort is ideal for outdoor activities, including sleeping in Mongolian Yurts, Riding on Horseback, Walking and Climbing. Botanists can also, quite literally, have a field day here. In the cold, northern winters, the area is open for Hunting and some Skiing Holidays in China.

It would be wise, in both summer and winter, to bring along plenty of cold weather clothing, since the temperatures here, especially at night, can often drop dramatically. In the summer, sun protection (hat, UV protected glasses and sun screen), gloves and climbing/walking boots are recommended.

How to get there: In summer peak time, from Chengde China travel service, catch a bus (daily morning; 2hrs) at Dehui Gate (Dehui men; near the Summer Villa) head for Paddock County (Weichang xian). Alternatively, catch a train (3hrs, about RMB15), getting off at the Siheyong Station (Siheyong zhan), that is situated within the Mulan Paddock. In winter, renting a car or a jeep will cost about RMB200 per person.

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