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16/05/2013

The Guide of Xinchang Great Buddha Temple

Xinchang Great Buddha Temple is located in the valley between Nanming Mountain and Shicheng Mountain in Southwest Xinchang County, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province which is one of destinations of affordable China tours. The temple is a famous in Buddhism field. Originally it was built during the Yonghe Period in the East Jin Dynasty, more than 1600 years ago. According to records in Biographies of Eminent Monks, in 345 A.D, an eminent monk Tan Guang came to Shicheng Mountain to appreciate the beautiful mountains and rivers of eastern Zhejiang. He lived in a stone chamber and hastily established Yinyue Temple, which was the origin of Xinchang Great Buddha.

The Main Shrine HallThe Xinchang Great Buddha Temple Scenic Area has a total area of 25.5 square kilometers. It consists of The Great Buddha Temple Scenic Area, Shi Li Qian Xi Scenic Area and Nanyan Temple Scenic Area.

The Great Buddha Temple Scenic Area is 0.5 kilometers away from the southwest county. It has 165 scenic spots. The temple was surrounded by mountains, rare rocks, pavilions and ancient trees. So it got another name of Shicheng Ancient Buddhist Temple.

Looking from the outside facade, the temple has five layers. The big stone status of Maitreya is in the middle of the hall. The statue base is 2.4 meters high, and the main body is 13.2 meters high, 15.9 meters wide. The distance between two knees is 10.6 meters. The ears are longer than 2.7 meters. The Buddha sits with his great hands on his lap, palms upwards. More than 10 people can stand on his hands. The statue is considered as the number one great buddha in the south of Yangtze River in China.

Dafo Chan TempleThe main halls in the Great Buddha Temple (a destination for popular China travel package) are Heavenly King Hall, The Western Hall, The Main Shrine Hall, Dafo Hall, Dizang Hall, The Scriptorium and so on. Apart from these, The Thousand-Buddha Buddhist Temple, Zhi Zhe The Free Life PondFa Pagoda, Yinyue Cave, The Free Life Pond, Wuliang Bridge etc..

The Thousand-Buddha Buddhist Temple is located 300 meters northwest of the Great Buddha Temple. There are more than a thousand Buddha statues in the temple. That’s why it was called Thousand-Buddha Buddhist Temple. Some of them are big while some of them are quite small. The biggest one is about one meter and the smallest one is only a few inches. The statues were arranged in good order. They fully reflect the infinite intelligence and high artistic level of ancient Chinese craftsman.

The Free Life Pond is in the temple gate outside the Great Buddha Temple. It is not only the specific architecture in the temple, but also has the effect of adding views to the temple. When entering the gate, you will be attracted by the clear pond. The water mirrors the surrounding green mountains and trees. The feeling of lustration in Buddhism place will soon strike you. The characters Nan Wu E Mi Tuo Fo on the rock in the south of the Free Life Pond was written by Master Hongyi. The three characters Fang Sheng Pond was written by Qian Silian. On the hillside of the two ponds was the Master Zhizhe Memorial Pagoda, it was built to commemorate the Master Zhi Yi who was the founder of chinese Buddhism in Sui and Tang Dynasties. You can consider it to include in your China vacation packages.

Xinchang Great Buddha Temple

Address: No. 117 West of Renmin Road, Chengguan Town, Xinchang County, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province

Admission fee: RMB 80

Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Transportation: you can take special bus to get to there.

For more, you can contact with China travel agents.

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15/05/2013

Mt. Huashan Trek Guide

Trek route

This is a brief description of the Mt. Huashan trekking route divided into three sections. Mt Hua is also a destination for Silk Road tours.

1st section: Foot of Mt. Huashan (Yuquan Yuan)-->Huixin Rock-->North Peak

Road conditions: Winding Road from Yuquan Yuan to Qingke Ping

Stone Stairway from Qingke Ping to Huxin Rock

Precipitous ladders from Huxin Rock to North Peak

2nd section: North Peak-->Jinsuo Guan

Road conditions: Precipitous ladders

3rd section: Jinsuo Guan-->Top of the rest Main Peaks

Road conditions: Flat Road and some ladders.

You have the option of three ways to start out on the first section. The first option is to start trekking from Yuquan Yuan at the west gate of Mt. Huashan (a place for your China best tours ) where you can view nearly all the important sightseeing spots along the first section. The second option is to take the cable car from the east gate direct to the North Peak. This saves you some of physical effort at the beginning enabling you to view as much as possible of the scenery of the five main peaks. The third option is to start trekking from the east gate on foot. Few of people take this option as the entire route means climbing the stone stairway and there are few of sightseeing spots along the way.

Now let's explain the trekking trail in more detail, as tourists usually will adopt one or the other of two ways to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Mt. Huashan. Should you have a tight schedule, just take one day for your exploration. This will require departure from Xian at 08:00 in the morning to arrive at Mt. Huashan (Yuquan Yuan) at 10.00 am. Take the bus (CNY10) to the east gate of Mt. Huashan where the cable car will take you up to the North Peak in only 7-8 minutes. This ride is more than 1500 meters long and runs from 07:00 until 19:00 (Apr to Oct) but only from 09:00 until 17:00 (Nov to Mar). The charge is CNY80 per person for one way and CNY150 per person for the round trip. From the North Peak, you have a series of paths to reach the remaining four peaks. You will have 3 to 5 hours trekking time but ensure you are in good time for the last cable car down the mountain to avoid being stranded.

Trekkers, who want to reach the East Peak to watch the sunrise, can climb from Yuquan Yuan at night. Having watched the sunrise, you can visit the Middle Peak, South Peak, West Peak and return to Jinsuo Guan to the foot of the mountain. This one way trip needs about 8-10 hours and this is also considered as a relatively safer way for nervous climbers because they will avoid seeing the dangerous cliffs in the dark but they will miss out on some of the sightseeing highlights as a consequence.

So if you plan to visit Xian, you can consider to contain it in your popular China tour package.

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09/05/2013

China's new ghost town: Wonderland in Beijing

Ordos is history; the latest ghost town to be unearthed in China is Nankou, 45 minutes' drive north of Beijing which is a must-see for affordable China travel packages.

Located along the highway to Badaling Great Wall, Nankou houses China’s most ambitious theme park attempt, which goes by the ironic name of Wonderland.

Now completely deserted among empty cornfields, back in 1996 the 123-hectare Wonderland was pegged to be the biggest theme park in Asia in by Thailand-based Reignwood Group.

The project was halted in 1998 after the developer and local farmers failed to reach an agreement over the rights of the land.

The construction site and its surrounding fields have thus lain derelict for nearly 14 years. Deserted “Disneyland” in photo

British photographer Catherine Hyland is one of the first photographers to capture this deserted Disney-like park. She saw the giant castle when she was traveling by bus on the highway for her adventureous China travel.

"I asked a local also traveling on the bus what the name of the town was," said Hyland. "Then as soon as I got back into Beijing, I began finding out how I could get back there."

The London-based artist was instantly enthralled by the site’s post-apocalyptic scenery and decided to document the haunted space.

“I felt intrigued, it did not seem unsettling but instead there was something very comforting about the way in which the locals have adapted to the surroundings,” the Royal College of Art graduate said.

“There is a lot of beauty to be found in the decaying surroundings, I find this kind of contradiction perplexing and pleasing at the same time."

Hyland noted that she was especially interested in documenting abandoned and unrealized projects and regarded Wonderland an embodiment of when “Disneyland meets Cormac McCarthy's ‘The Road’.”

According to the photographer, a small community now lives beside the abandoned castle, and residents appear to be tending the plants growing in the car park.

Beijing-based Legal Evening News reported last year that Wonderland is gradually becoming an alternative attraction for Beijingers.

Nearby residents told the newspaper that the desolate construction site received visitors regularly. Most of them were students, photographers and artists looking to experience a “ruin culture."

An anonymous communications officer from Reignwood Group noted in the same report that the company has no plan to resume the construction of Wonderland in the foreseeable future.

You can contact with Beijing-based China travel agency for more.

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