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09/10/2013

Top October destinations in China I

Autumn is not only a harvest season, but also a season for traveling. As temperatures drop and leaves turn yellow, China tourism heats up all over China. Here, we chooses the eight most beautiful destinations around the country for autumn sightseeing.

Dongzhaigang Nature Reserve, Hainan

Dongzhaigang Nature Reserve, located in the northeast part of Hainan Province, is the first and biggest mangrove nature reserve in China. The mangrove tree, also known as "forest above the sea", is a kind of tropical tree, growing in swampy ground along sea coasts and river banks. In 1980, China's first nature reserve was established there by the local government, with a total area of 4,000 hectares. There are 81 kinds of mangrove trees in the world, and 32 kinds of them can be found in Dongzhaigang. Besides containing mangrove forests, the area is also home to many rare birds, attracting lots of biologists and travelers visit there to discover the reserve's unique flora and fauna.

Travel tips:

Best Time to visit: September to April

Admission: 10 yuan

Getting there: Travel bus or taxi from downtown Haikou to Dongzhaigang.

Nanjing Qixia Mountain, Jiangsu

Qixia Mountain, also named as Sheshan Mountain, is located about 22 kilometers northeast of Nanjing City (the main city along lower reaches of Yangtze River where you can have Yangtze River tour), Jiangsu Province. It covers an area of over 860 hectares, and has three peaks - Dragon Peak, Tiger Peak and Fengxiang Peak, with the highest peak at 286 meters. Covered by 750 hectares of various maple trees, the mountain has fascinating scenery in autumn. Around the middle of October each year, the whole mountain will become a colorful carpet, with flourishing red, green and golden maple leaves, making it a wonderful place to enjoy fall colors.

Travel tips:

Best time to visit: middle October to late November

Admission: 15 yuan; 35 yuan during Maple Festival (around mid-Oct. to Nov.)

Getting there: Nanshang Line, Nanqi Line, Dongshang Line from Nanjing Railway Station, or take No. 138 bus from Fuzimiao.

Daocheng, Sichuan

Situated in the south of the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Daocheng County is often referred to as "the last pure land in our blue planet." At an average elevation of 3,800 meters, Daocheng is renowned for its magnificent mountains, white glaciers, broad valleys, lush pastures and picturesque lakes. Forests, grasslands and creeks can also be found in the grand valley, fringed by splendid snowcapped mountain peaks. After September, the area goes into colorful autumn, attracting hundreds of visitors to travel and hike there and enjoy some of the quietest and purest natural scenery on Earth.

Travel tips:

Best time to visit: all year round

Admission: 150 yuan; 70 yuan for students

Xi'an, Shaanxi

Xi'an, located in northwest China and starting point for your Silk Road tours, is known as one of the four ancient capitals of the world, together with Athens, Cairo and Rome. Home to the Terracotta Army, the city has a long history of more than 3,100 years, including 1,100 years as the capital city for 13 dynasties. When travelling in Xi'an, you can not only visit Terracotta Army, City Wall and the Beilin Stone Sculpture Museum, but also can have a taste of the culture from Tang Dynasty in Tang Paradise Recreational Area and Huaqing Palace. While appreciating Xi'an's history and culture, don't forget to try some distinctive local snacks. Yang Rou Pao Mo (unleavened bread in mutton stew), mutton kebabs and cold rice noodles are among the most popular regional food.

Travel tips of main Xian attractions:

Admission:

Daming Palace Site: 60 yuan

City Wall: 40 yuan

Tang Paradise: 90 yuan

Drum Tower and Bell Tower: 40 yuan

Beilin Museum: 45 yuan

Huaqing Palace: 40 yuan

Big Wild Goose Pagoda: 50 yuan

Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum and Terracotta Army: 110 yuan

Getting there: You can take travel buses from downtown to all scenic spots around the city.

Opening Hours: 07:00-18:30

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08/10/2013

How to Make a Tour to Hong Kong and Macau for My Vacation in October?

It has been autumn season in China nowadays featuring cool weather which is still suitable to have a travel for many foreigners. If you want to plan to go to somewhere to spend your vacation, here I will highly recommend Hong Kong and Macau to your trip in China in October. Yep, it will be a great idea for you to have a visit there to enjoy the charm of Hong Kong (learn more via Hong Kong city guide) and Macau, your trip will be full of enjoyment and fun because of the beautiful scenery, fashion, charm, delicious food and hospitable local people there, and you will find it a great value after you finishing your tour there!
Macau tour

So, here comes your question: how to plan your tour there and how to tailor make your itinerary to make it suitable and perfect? Do not worry about it here, as you will get the satisfied answer here if you keep reading this article before your affordable China travel packages!

Hong Kong tour

Yes, maybe you have guessed it, you will arrive in Hong Kong to start your Hong Kong tours in your first day and you will have a good rest in your hotel upon your arrival there or just walk around this charming city before going to bed; and your second day will be a wonderful day with full itinerary for you in Hong Kong including a half day tour to ocean park and evening symphony of lights cruise tour; then you will take your cruise to Macau in your third from Hong Kong to have fun in Macau with the sightseeing of Ruins of St. Pauls Hill, the A-Ma Temple and the Hong Kung Miu and be back Hong Kong later that day; and your tour to Hong Kong and Macau will come to an end in your fourth day in China after you take your flight to go back your next destination of popular China travel package.

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29/09/2013

How much do you know star ferry of Hong Kong

1. star ferry

As much a part of HK as the red double decker is of London. The ferry plows the waters between HK Island and Kowloon throughout the day and night, leaving the moorings every few minutes, contributing to making the harbour the busiest in the world.

Surprisingly, there are only 12 ferries in service - but so frequent (and very short journeys), there seems a lot more. Between them they carry some 70,000 passengers a day!

Two piers on HK Island (houses some famous Hong Kong attractions) and two on Kowloon. The Central to Tsim Sha Tsui is the shortest and most popular, but Wan Chai (HKI) and Hung Hom (Kowloon) further to the east are also served.

Two levelled decking, with lower decking the cheapest. But top deck provides the views of those skylines...

2. Take a Ride on a Piece of History

26 million passengers make use of the Star Ferry to cross Victoria Harbour every year. Although there are four different routes the one from Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon to Central, Hong Kong Island is the route most often associated with the Star Ferry.

Before 1870 people had to use sampans to cross the harbour. In that year a single steam ferry started to run an irregular service. In 1888 the Kowloon Ferry Service started with the original vessel and two more – the Morning Star and Evening Star. The service was so popular it soon had 4 ferries all of which had names ending in ‘Star’. The business became the Star Ferry Company Limited in 1898. After some changes in fortune and surviving WWII the service now operates 12 ferries. Until 1972, when the harbour tunnel was built, Star Ferries were the main way to cross the harbour.

The Star Ferry is now an icon of Hong Kong (learn more via Hong Kong travel guide) and remains popular with locals and tourists alike. One of the best views you can get of the harbour and the famous skyline is from the ferry.

The trip from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central costs $2HK one way for the lower deck. Tokens can be purchased from vending machines at the piers.

3. The Star Ferry - Harbour Tour.

The star Ferry offers a harbor cruise that takes one hour to complete.

For a reasonable HK$40 you are provided with a modern ferry that is fully air-conditioned. This is a perfect way to get a fully narrated overview of the city for your Hong Kong tours, with a cold drink in hand from the bar.

The "Shining Star" ferry is a re-creation of the ferries that were common on Victoria Harbour during the 1920s and 1930’s.

There are also outside viewing areas at the bow and stern of the vessel for those who wish to enjoy the “outdoors” a little more!

4. The Star Ferry - between Kowloon and Hong Kong Is.

The Star Ferry was a quick trip that took us between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island in approx 5 minutes. Although views were excellent, with the massive skyscrapers dwarfing the container ships, ferries and other water craft, I was a little disappointed with the ferry ride as I thought the ride would go longer! (Just one of those things you picture in your head before traveling to a particular destination.)

Although the star ferry has 2 levels, first and second class, we paid for a second class ticket and sat in the first class seats. Nobody approached us and we simply enjoyed the breeze and the excellent views.

Hong Kong is a must-see for your China tour deals.

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