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05/08/2013

Top 10 commercial streets in China I

Commercial pedestrian streets are the landmarks of their respective cities, reflecting their quick development and endless vitality and favored by young people for their numerous shops and hang-outs, which are must-see for your China vacation deals.

Some of them are famous for exotic architecture. Some are known for gorgeous ladies and leisurely cafes and restauants. Others stand out for unique local characteristics.

Top 10: Central Street in Harbin

Known as the "Eastern Moscow," northeast China's Harbin has always been regarded as a unique and exotic city. Central Street in downtown Harbin is the ultimate symbol of the city which is best destination to come in summer and make contribution to China tourism. With a total length of 1,450 meters, it is one of the longest pedestrian streets in Asia. The European architecture is the most obvious feature of this long corridor. It homes numerous foreign shops, hotels, and bars. Russian leather, British woolen cloth, French perfume, German medicine and many more exotic commodities can be found here.

Top 9: Xinjiekou in Nanjing

Located in the center of Nanjing, Xinjiekou is a famous business district that has nearly 100 years of history. Every holiday and weekend, the street sees about 700,000 people per day. Covering an area of 0.275 square kilometers, it is home to more than 1,600 shops. Following its rapid development, the city has designated various special streets, including a food street, a pedestrian street, a bar street, a folk culture street and a gold and jewelry street.

Top 8: Jianghan Road in Wuhan


Located in the center of Hankou District, Jianghan stretches from Yanjiang Avenue in the south to Jiefang Avenue in the north for a total 1,600 meters. The 100-year-old street boasts various kinds of architecture, including Roman, Byzantine, Europe and classic styles. Its night market, which is lined with booths selling local snacks, clothes and pets, is also extremely popular.

Top 7: Heping Road in Tianjin


First built in 1905, the 2,138-meter street is one of the longest commercial pedestrian streets in China. Considered the birthplace of modern Tianjin (best tourist city for popular China tours) business, Heping Road is home to lots of old and famous malls, like Tianxiang, Quanye and Taikang, and hotels, including Guomin, Huizhong and Jiaotong. The architecture,which combines elements of Chinese and Western styles, are also worth a look. At night, the street glitters with gold under the street lights, like a street without darkness.

Top 6: Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street

 


Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street in Liwan District, Guangzhou, is one of the busiest commercial pedestrian streets in China. Located in the old town of Xiguan, the 1,218-meter-long street is lined with more than 300 shops. The street is also a mixed showcase of architecture, cuisine and folk customs. Its architecture features characteristics of both southern European and Cantonese styles.

Top 5: Chunxi Road in Chengdu
The 89-year-old Chunxi Road is the landmark of Chengdu and must-see for your top China tours, boasting delicious local snacks, abundant stores and bars and a bevy of gorgeous Sichuan women. It boasts more than 700 shops, including large shopping malls, department stores, supermarkets and restaurants, to suit a variety of tastes and budgets. It also offers some of China's best public facilities, including a five-star toilet.

 

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02/08/2013

Baisha: One of the Oldest Towns in Lijiang

Baisha Ancient Town is one of the oldest towns in Lijiang, which you can visit after your travel to Kunming. It is the earliest settlement of the Naxi people and is the birthplace of "Tusi", chief of the Mu clan. In the town there are many ancient buildings built during the Ming Dynasty, including Dabaoji Palace, Liuli Temple, and Wenchang Palace. The well-known Baisha Frescoes are located in Dabaoji Palace. Because of the white sand on the ground, the town was named "Baisha", which means "white sand". In the Naxi language, it is called "bengshi". The architectural complex is made up of two parts, folk residence and cultural sites. The folk residence is called "pengshizhi" which in the local language means "Baisha Streets". The streets all go from south to north. In the center of the Ancient Town there is a square where three thoroughfares intersect. Houses and small stores stand on the both sides of these streets. A crystal clear stream winds around all the houses flowing through the small town from north to south.

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History
Baisha Ancient Town is the cradle of the Mu clan. There the Mu family became experienced in city planning.? Early in the Tang Dynasty when the king of Nanzhao State named the Yulong Snow Mountain North-Yue, the ancestors of Mu clan began to build Baisha Streets and North-Yue Temple in Baisha Ancient Town. In the Song Dynasty the prosperous little town became the economic, political and cultural center of Lijiang. In the Ming and Qing Dynasties the Mu family gradually moved to Dayan town.? The central district of the town is characterized by temple groups called "Mudu" and a big square symbolizes the political rights of the Mu family. Among the surviving ancient architectural groups, the Fuguo Temple, Dabaoji Palace, Liuli Palace, and Dading Pavilion were built during the reign of Tusi. During this time, the Mu people began to channel water from Yulong Snow Mountain (famous attract should be contained in your affordable China travel packages) into the town.

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Places of Interest
In the center of Baisha Ancient Town is a group of temples called "Mudu". There are many ancient buildings such as Dabaji Palace, Dading Pavilion, Jingang Palace and Baisha Frescoes. All of these ancient buildings witnessed the golden age of Baisha Ancient Town.

Dabaoji Palace and Liuli Temple

At the end of Baisha Old Street, there is a huge group of temples built during the Yongle Period, in the Ming Dynasty. It consists of three yards including the gate of the temples, the dooryard, Sutra Collection Pavilion, the cloister, Liuli Temple, and Dabaoji Palace. Dabaoji Palace is the backyard. The total area of the palace is about 73 square meters. There are 28 fresco groups located in the palace. Among these frescos the painting about Sakyamuni explaining the sutra passages to his disciples is the most famous one. These mural paintings, with their fine and smooth lines, bright colors, vivid pattern, balanced and harmonious composition are a wonderful display of more than 100 figures depicting religious tales and activities from Taoism, Buddhism, and Tibetan Buddhism. These frescoes are not only treasures of the history of Chinese painting, but also important cultural relics as well. The fresco group is a collaboration of artists from Han and Tibet nationalities. They represent superb artistic skills, as seen by the flowing lines and well-defined colors. They are a rare treasure. Dading Pavilion, dating back to Wanli period, the Ming Dynasty (1572 AD) is about 10 meters away from Dabaoji Palace. The 16 mural paintings preserved in Dading Pavilion were finished in the Qing Dynasty. Different from those in Dabaoji Palace, the beautiful shapes, in bright colors and precise lines form a sharp contrast. They too are a national treasure making contribution to China tourism.
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Baisha Frescos

The 44 pieces of Baisha frescos were drawn in the early Ming Dynasty. Most of the paintings are about religious stories of Taoism, Buddhism, and Tibetan Buddhism. The murals embodies the artistic characteristics of the Naxi, Tibetan, Han and Bai ethnic groups. Among them the paintings about Kwan-yin and Sakyamuni are the most famous ones. Now Baisha Frescos, also known as Lijing Frescos have become precious data for the study of China's history of arts and religions.

Obtain more about it via China travel guide.

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01/08/2013

The Quaint Huangsiqiao ancient town

The ancient town of Huangsiqiao peacefully stands in the mountains about 24 kilometers west of Fenghuang County (famous destination included in the affordable China travel packages).

With a history dating back to more than 1,300 years, the town of Huangxiqiao was first in 687 of the Tang Dynasty, and was known as Weiyang Town when soldiers resided here.

Located in an area where there were often fights between the Qing government Emperor Kangxi and the Miao ethnic minority group, Huangsiqiao was rebuilt from its old clay structures into a stone town by the Qing government for military purposes.

After the Qing army moved to what is today Fenghuang town, Huangsiqiao became a residential town for local people, and the military structures were gradually abandoned.

Standing on the town wall and looking out from the remnants of the old battlements, you can imagine the scenes in ancient times.
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Like most other ancient cities, Huangsiqiao has four gates, although the south one has been permanently closed. One local resident said according to fengshui principles, the southern gate is at a fire location, so if it is open, a fire could occur.

There are interesting folk tales behind the remaining three gates. The eastern gate, called the "lucky gate," is the one that the residents use most often and serves as the town's main entrance. It is the entrance for happy events such as weddings. By contrast, the north gate is used for funerals. The west gate belonged to the chief of the Miao people (you can learn more about this ethnic groups via travel China guide) in ancient times, so only he and his tribes used it.

Besides the ancient city wall, the interior of the town is similar to other villages the area. People live here peacefully. You can see goats in enclosures, ducks waddling down the lanes, and local residents processing corn outside their houses.

There used to be about 100 households in the ancient town. But because of the development of the local China tourism industry, around half of the residents have moved.

In a few years, the town will be rebuilt in the style of the Tang Dynasty, and no one will live here. While this might be beneficial for improving the local economy, it will be a pity that visitors will no longer be able to see the local people's way of life for their popular China tours.

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