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07/08/2013

Do You Know the 13 Strange Customs of People in Yunnan?

Each region of local has its own folkways or customs that may not be understood by us strangers, so we consider them odd or incredible. The people in Yunnan which is the best destination for China travel deals are no exception. Let’s see if they have been keeping any strange customs.
1. Eggs Sold in Bundles
People in Longlin County of Baoshan area are used to tying egg vertically and horizontally up into a bar with rice straw and sell them in bars in the market.
2. Young Girls called "Old Lady"
People in Xiaguan and Chuxiong call unmarried girls (normally from fourteen to eighteen years old)"old lady”. It is said that such address embodies intimacy and goodwill to wish her good health, which has become a customs.
3. Pies called "Ear Piece"
Ear piece is one of Yunnan's special -flavor foods. It is made of rice in shape of thin pies. Apart from ear piece, rice noodle, flat rice noodle and so forth are local favorite non-staple food. It can be boiled or fried and the famous speciality "Teng Chong Dajiu Jia” actually is stir-fried thick rice noodle.
3. Key Hung on Waist -belts?
The Dai women in southern Yunnan like wearing long skirts with silver belts, on which keys are hung. It is a rule that only married women are allowed to hang keys. Because wearing a belt with keys shows one in capable of running the household.
4. Straw Hats Used as Cooker Covers
Hardworking and honest countrymen weave every day necessities shoes, fans, hats, baskets, cooker covers and so on with bamboo and paddy stems.
5. Girls Wear Flowers in all Seasons
The weather is like that of eternal spring in most regions of Yunnan. As the capital of the province, Kunming (learn more via Kunming travel guide) city has a state of ecstasy as “the whole year us February and March while endless flowers and twigs are at all times”, therefore, it is named as “Spring City “in China. Fresh flowers can be seen in any season and floral industry becomes a main economic industry here.
6. Non-slanting Walls Built with Cobbles
People draw on local resources to build houses along river bands in the countryside. Cobbles as a building material make wall neat and creates a unique local architecture.
7. Green Vegetables Called Bitter Vegetables
Green vegetables are grown in up southern part of the province that is a kind of thin featherlike overlapping vegetables like vanilla. Its name comes from old customs but not from its taste.
8. Bamboo Used as Smoking Pipe
Smoking bag is also called "Tobacco Tube" which is a typical local smoking utensil used mostly in Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan provinces. Its length is from a half to one meter while its diameter varies from five to ten centimeter. People put cut tobacco on the bamboo tube, the lower part of which in filled with water, and smoke. Gurgling sound is heard when one smokes from bamboo tube mouth.
9. Tea Leaves Sold in Piles
The Jinpo minority group in Luxi county of Dehong prefecture in Xishuangbanna (very hot travel place for top China tours) sells tea leaves by piles instead of using scales.
10. The Same Dress for Four Seasons
The weather in most part of Yunnan is always like that in spring and the alternation of seasons is not obvious. So people dress themselves without distinct seasonal characteristics.
11. Girls Hang Tobacco Bags
The Lisu minority girls have a habit of smoking and chewing tobacco so that most married or unmarried females hang tobacco bags on their waist belts. They present bags to one another with respect on the occassion of union to show kindness and intimacy that gradually becomes a necessary entertainment to their guests.
12. Toes Show Outside
Some people from the mountainous areas wear straw shoes with holes all year round since the four seasons are mild.

13. Three Mosquitoes Make up a Dish
There are non poisonous mosquitoes with long legs in Yunnan. They look so big at the first glance that outsiders say "three mosquitoes make up a dish" for fun.
Lean more about the above via China guide.

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06/08/2013

High-speed destinations for the holiday II

Jinan

Capital of Shandong province, Jinan is an unassuming city often neglected by tourists for their last minute China travel deals. However, the city offers more than one might expect.

Jinan is nicknamed "City of Springs" because of its abundant supply of artesian springs. Most of the springs, many of which have been historically listed under the "72 Famous Springs,” are located in the downtown district and flow north where they later converge in Daming Lake.

The Baotu Spring Park is Jinan’s most popular tourist site. Baotu means "jumping and leaping", because the water in the spring pool can be seen foaming and gushing, taking on the appearance of a pot of boiling water.

The spring was visited by the Emperor Qianlong (1711–1799) of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) who declared it "the first spring under the heaven". A tablet upon which the Emperor wrote "Baotu Spring" stands beside the spring pool.

Baotu Spring is the most famous spring in Jinan, but it’s the more down-to-earth small springs that dot the old districts that give the city its personality.

The late-Qing author Liu E describes Jinan's cityscape in his novel The Travels of Lao Can as, "Every family has spring water, every household has a willow tree.”

Now maybe not every family has spring water, but if you stay at the Pearl Spring Hotel, you can enjoy the accompaniment of a spring in the courtyard.

Walk outside of the hotel and follow a small alleyway to the west and you will see traditional houses that seem unchanged from centuries ago. Walk further and suddenly you will find yourself in front of a big spring pool in the heart of the alley.

This is Zhuoying Spring, or more colloquially known as the Wangfu Chiz (Pool of the Prince’s Household). The combination of the pool and the houses beside it both create a picture right out of Venice, Italy. People swim in the pool throughout the year, as the spring water is warm in winter and cool during the summer. If you don’t feel like partaking, you can watch people play chess by the pool while enjoying the atmosphere of old Jinan.

When you have worked up a healthy appetite, you can visit the nearby Furong Alley, where you will find something interesting in the restaurants and stalls offering food from all over China. In the alley there is a small temple worshipping the god Guangong, in which you can also find a small spring.

In April when spring comes and willows turn green, it’s a good idea to drink tea at a teahouse beside Daming Lake to experience more for your top China tours, or ride in a boat to around Jinan’s moat, one of the few in China currently in existence. Anyway, regardless of what you do in Jinan, most of your activities will be associated with water.

Xi’an

Xi’an used to sound like a remote place from Beijing reachable only by airplane, but now the high-speed train takes you there in about 5 hours. If you get up early enough, you can even leave in the morning and arrive in Xi’an just in time for lunch.

Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi province and the starting point for Silk Road tour, but more importantly, it is an ancient capital of China, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including Western Zhou (c. 11th century-771 BC), Western Han (206 BC-AD 24), and Tang (AD 618-907).

With more than 3,100 years of history, Xi'an is also the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army, which is undoubtedly the most popular attraction in the city.
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A man clad as a Terracotta Warrior draws visitors' attention to the first major US exhibition of relics of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).[Photo by Chen Gang / China News Service]

The Bell Tower and Drum Tower, located in the city’s central axis and two must-see Xian tourist attractions, is a good area to stay in. Although the drum and bell no longer announce the official time, the structures still provide one with a historic feeling.

The area is close to Muslim Street, which is full of Muslim restaurants. Here you can taste authentic Xi’an snacks like soup dumplings and pita bread soaked in lamb soup, among many other delicacies.

Muslim Street is part of the Muslim Quarter of Xi’an, which came into being during the Tang Dynasty and practically remains intact to this day. In the heart of the Muslim Quarter is the Great Mosque of Xi'an, which was founded in 742 and is one of the oldest and most renowned mosques in the country.

The mosque is completely Chinese in its construction and architectural style, except for some Arabic lettering and decoration, showing the efforts of Muslims acculturating to the local culture.

A popular tourist site of Xi'an, the mosque still functions as a place of worship and you may see Chinese Muslims congregating to pray if you visit at the right time.

Xi’an contains hundreds of royal mausoleums and tombs from different dynasties. The city also has numerous ancient pagodas and is noted for its stele forest, which is housed in an 11th-century Confucian temple containing large stone tablets.

One of the easiest ways to soak up Xi’an’s history is to take a walk on its well-preserved city wall, which was re-constructed in the 14th century and still surrounds the historical city’s downtown area.

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05/08/2013

Top 10 commercial streets in China II

Top 4: Ximending in Taipei

Located in the northeast of Wanhua District, Taipei City, Ximending is an important shopping and leisure district, as well as the first pedestrian zone in Taiwan . As the most popular leisure district in Taiwan, Ximending has over 20 theaters and 6,000 vendors. Venues hold small concerts and record pre-sales almost every week. In addition, the local snacks are unmissable. The most famous ones include oyster omelets, braised pork rice, beef noodles, pan-fried buns and bubble tea.
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Top 3: Wangfujing in Beijing

Located in Dongcheng District of Beijing, Wangfujing is one of the country's most popular shopping streets, as well as one of its most famous. The street, which is about 1,500 meters long, boasts a large number of old and famous shops, like the Shengxifu hat store, the Ruifuxiang silk store and the Wuyutai tea house. It also has a snack street that runs through the hutongs just west of the main street, where a variety of street food can be purchased and sampled.
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Top 2: Nanjing Road in Shanghai
Nanjing Road is not only the most famous commercial street in Shanghai which is the must-see for China vacation deals - it has also been designated"China's No. 1 Commercial Street." It consists of Nanjing East Road (including Nanjing Road pedestrian street) and Nanjing West Road. Nanjing East Road is known for fair price products and tourism. Nanjing West Road is famous for luxury product and high-end service. As one of the hottest tourist destinations in Shanghai, its variety of products and considerate service attract numerous travelers from China and abroad.

 

Top 1: Causeway Bay in Hong Kong

Causeway Bay is the main commercial and leisure distict in Hong Kong (learn more aobut it via Hong Kong city guide), boasting a variety of shopping malls, including 13-story Japanese department store Sogo, Times Square and World Trade Centre. Rent for retailers in Causeway has been the world's highest since it surpassed that of New York's Fifth Avenue in 2012. The area also includes a number of outdoor spaces, like Victoria Park and Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. Visitors to the area can also enjoy night views of the bay from Typhoon Shelter sculling boats, which tourists agree is an amazing experience.

 

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