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28/03/2013

Explore Imperial Village - Zhaojiabao

In the remote mountain area of Zhangpu County, Fujian Province exist such a traditional Ming-Dynasty-style castle named Zhaojiabao. It is said that Zhaojiabao is the epitome of ancient capital city of Song Dynasty which was built by descendants of royal Zhao family. Surprisely, some unknown royal customs still remain in Zhaojiabao. It is the best places for your educational China tours.

In 1982, cultural relics scholars discovered Zhaojiabao accidently. Surrounded by two city walls, Zhaojiabao has four main gates facing four directiongs. The city was seperated into three sections: living section, etiquette section, and garden section which are dotted with bridges, pavillions, ponds, temples and other public buildings inside. The harmonious and simple construting style in the Zhaojiabao is very rare in the south of Fujiang province.

According to analysis and historical documents, the villagers are the descendants of Song Dynasty. In Zhaojiabau (also right for AFFORDABLE china tours ) was kept a family genealogy of Zhao with history of several hundred years. The title of this family genealogy is “Bianjing Royal Clan - Zhao Family Genealogy”. Bianjing (now Kaifeng in Henan Province) was once the capital city of Song Dynasty. The family genealogy records an event: “in the beginning of 1291, Song troop with the number of 200,000 soilders was attacked by army of Yuan Dynasty (1206AD-1368AD). Lu Xiufu, prime minister, feared that nine-year-ld emporer may be caught and suffered insult, so he picked him up in his arms and jumped from a cliff into the sea, killing them both. While Zhao Ruohe, Lord of Fujian, got through the close siege and escaped Zhangzhou and lived a recluse life.” In the genealogy, even the escape route was clearly recorded. Avoiding to be chasing by Yuan army, Zhao Ruohe and members of his clan changed their family name from Zhao to Huang. And then their former family name Zhao was recovered in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

The most famous construction in Zhaojiabao is Wanbi Lou named after an allusion. Wanbi Lou founction as a defense fortress. According to the description of local residents, Wanbi Lou was built in Ming Dynasty to resist the attack of Japanese pirates. Wanbi Lou played an important role in protecting the Zhaojiabu from invasion of Japanese pirates.

Some traditional customs was still kept in Zhaojiabu. ‘Chi Ding Zhao’ was held in every Lantern Festival. All wifes and husbands who get married or give birth to babies in the last year should feast all men above 16 years old in ancestral temple. ‘Chi Ding Zhao’ tell all people that the new members enter Zhao Family. ‘Xing She’ is another important custom and is held in the eighteenth of the first lunar month every year. All the Buddhist statues will be carried out from temples to parade around the village. In the past, the pictures of 18 emperors were enshrined in ancestral temple and worhipped on the day of Lunar Festival. But the precious pictures were lost during the period cultural revolution. You can learn local customs through your China tour package.

Source: http://www.basearticles.com/Art/1135983/53/Explore-the-Last-Imperial-City-of-Song-Dynasty-in-Zhaojiabao.
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27/03/2013

What to Do in Xian

There is a great deal to see in Xi'an other than the Terracotta Warriors. This is a great way to spend your day if you have extra time in Xi'an which always is the starting city of Silk Road tour.

Big Goose Pagoda

Those who watched TV Series Monkey this is the pagoda that was offen featured. The Temple was built around 648 by Emperor Gaozong to house the Busshist scriptures that had been brought back from India by the travelling monk Xuan Zang. You can climb the Pagoda for an extra fee which will gives you a great view over Xian. On the site there is also the Tang Dynasty Arts Museum.

Tablets from the steles collection

This museum contains the heaviest collection of books in the world. There doesn't seem to be alot of western tourist who visit this site, however all the signs are bi-lingual so you will have no problem understanding what each of the tablets are about. One of the most important and interesting tablets is the Stele of Daiqin Nestorianism which was ingraved in AD781 to market the opening of a Nestorian (Early Christian Sec) Church. At the top of the Stele you can see a small cross engraved. This museum is the best place for your educational China tours to learn something about China history.

City Walls

Xi'an city walls are still visable and it is possible to walk or cycle the whole way around the on the wall which is 14km. There is still a lot of restoration occuring and sections may be closed to the public. There is a fee charged to access the wall. Bicycles may be rented on the top of the wall at the south gate. From the Forest of Steles Museum, you can walk along the wall to the South Gate, along the streets on this walk they are lined with shops and stalls which sell many souviners. Biking on the city walls is an indispensable thing for China travel deals in Xian

Bell Tower

The Bell Tower is within walking distance from the South Gate, proceed down Bei Daijie. The tower is located in the centre of Xi'an and you enter it from an underpass on the north side. You can for a fee strike one of the bells.

The Drum Tower is just west of the Bell Tower. The Drum would be beaten to mark the hours of the day. It is a small building than the Bell Tower and is where the Muslim Quarter starts.

Muslim Quarter

Xi'an has a large Muslim community. There are many narrow laneways some of which are lined with shops and stalls. There are some very good teahouses and resturants in this area. Nanyuan Men, Huajue Xiang, Damaishi Jie and Biyuanmen are some very good streets to wander along.

Shaanxi History Museum

One thing surprising at the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum was the fact that it is possible, even expected, to bargain for the items sold at the gift shops. One would assume that a museum would have fixed prices. It turns out that ithe prices provide are only the starting price. You should bargain for everything you buy at the gift shop. You can expect to save at least 50%, possibly more. The admission fee is free so that you can have a free historical China tour here.

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26/03/2013

Everything for Tibet Travel

If someone wants to travel in Tibet it’s important to know how to do and how to get the permit to enter in the country.

- Is still not possible to enter in Tibet as backpackers, so it needs the help of a Travel Agency of your country, or a Tibetan one (from Lhasa ), or a Chinese one (from Beijing or Chengdu for example) or form a Nepali/Tibetan one (from Kathmandu ).

To visit Tibet you must follows an organized trip and plan everything before.

- You’ll need a Chinese Visa and a Visa/Permit to visit Tibet . Both it’s better to obtain through the travel agent you’ll choose.

It's easy to come to visit Tibet from China , but it’s also easy to go there coming from Nepal by flight (China Air, Eastern, Soutern China ...). The route is amazing, passing over Mount Everest and others 8000. And it’s also easy to obtain the permit from Nepal , obviously through China travel agency based in Tibet.

In the south border of Tibet you can pass only trough one point by road: Kodari/Zanghmu (Nepal/Tibet border) there’s no open border by road that can be used by foreigner tourists.

If you decide to get the permit for Tibet in Nepal here the tariff and how to do:

Always by Travel Agencies:

- visa given in 1 day 85$ (ask visa in Friday morning and you’ll get in the evening. Saturday you can take your flight to Tibet)

- visa given in 3 days 65$ $ (ask visa in wednesday and you’ll get in friday. Saturday you can take your flight to Tibet )

- visa given in 5 days 50$ (ask visa on monday and you’ll get in friday. Saturday you can take your flight to Tibet )

In this way you can see also Tibetan culture in Nepal and then prepare yourself for what you’re going to see in Tibet .

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Every year Chinese Government add or remove rules maden to define how to enter in Tibet and how is it possible to visit China in Tibet. There’s no way to know in advance what China will decide about Tibet, so Travellers need to be open minded and need to know that everything can be good or maybe they can have difficulties to enter in the country.

For this reason all the updated news will be added above.

Rules 2012:

Chinese Government has decided that travellers will be admitted to enter in Tibet only if being part of an organized group composed by a minimum of 5 persons of the same nationality.

So to enter in Tibet you need to have:

- Organized Trip through Travel Agencies that provide you permits and planned itinerary

- Group of minimum 5 person of the same nationality (some travel agents now are providing tours also for group of two people of the same nationality, but the goverment rule of the 5 pax officially is not change)

It's really not possible to know if this rule will be removed next year or Tomorrow or when. Now it’s like this.

For others updates keep in touch here.

Rules 2013:

Tibet Travel Permit Update Released on Jan 22nd, 2013

This morning, all in a sudden, today the Tibet tourism bureau announced that the travel permit is stopped issuing at least until end of March and they will release an update of the permit in the end of March, so as before it may reopen in April.

Tibet Travel Permit Update Released on March 25nd, 2013

After 2 months closure, finally there is formal notice from Tibet tourism Bureau this morning that Tibet will open to foreign tourist start from April 1st The Travel Permit will be issued without any kind of restrictions for nationalities and group size. At last also solo travellers will be allowed to obtain the permit.

It is really a very soul-stirring news for adventure-lovers who hate to join China travel packages.

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