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15/03/2013

Do you know Puzhehei?

Puzhehei National Tourist Resort is located in Qiubei County, Wenshan in Southeast Yunnan, 280 km from Kunming. It takes on Karst geological features and covers a total area of 165 square kilometers. It was noted for the world- rare and domestic- unique karst landscape and pastoral scenery since 1993. You can visit Puzhehei after Shangri-La tours.

In the dialect of the Sani People who is a branch of the Yi ethnic minority, “Pu Zhe Hei” means a place abounding in fish and shrimps. The scenic area gets known for hills, lakes, underground Karst caves and ethnic villages etc. There are altogether 256 tourist sites, 312 isolate hills (peaks), 83 caves, 54 lakes and 40,000 acres of Karst wetlands. There are about 100 karst caves, most with two floors - a higher dry cave and a lower wet cave with an elevation of 1,450 meters. Puzhehei is deemed “the unique pastoral land with Karst landforms” and “beautiful paradise”.

As one of the hottest tourist destinations in Southeast Yunnan, Puzhehei was approved as National AAAA-class tourist scenic spot in 2009. It has been named as the National Wetland Park in 2012. In the Puzhehei, the beautiful lakes and mountains composed a beautiful scenery for your eyes.There are 68 Karst Lakes and over 300 mountain peaks. It is also named "the Guilin in Yunnan” which means the most beautiful place in Yunnan always contained in popular China tour package. The limpid lakes, countless green hills, flourishing lotus flowers and small villages side by side attract hundreds of thousands of tourist every year.

Minority Culture

Ethnics living there are mainly Yi, Zhuang and Miao all of whom have developed colorful ethnic cultures of their own.

The Sani people there claim themselves “Sanipo”. They believe they are the descendants of the Sani People in the Stone Forest who fled to Qiubei Area some 400 years ago. The entire village is made up of 75 families or 780 villagers, all of whom are Sani - a branch of the Yi Minority.

As many other minorities do in Yunnan Province, the Sani People believe in animism which makes their traditional festivals mysteriously linked to gods and the nature. They deem themselves a nation that was gave birth by trees. That’s probably why a huge sacred tree is enshrined as the Dragon Tree on their yearly Mizhi Festival.

Girls of the Zhuang ethnic group dressed in folk costumes which are adorned with jingling silver ornaments and embroidery, row little wooden boats and send visitors along the winding 21-km water corridor through Luoshuidong Lake, Puzhehei Lake and Xianren Lake.

The Puzhehei Lake, meaning "fish and shrimp pool" in the Yi language, is 2.5 km long, 300 meters wide and about 3 meters deep. In the area there are 51 isolated peaks with the village houses of red tiles scattered on the sides. Living in the houses are 3,000 Yi people. Mount Dalong (dà lóng shān 大龙山), 109 meters above the water level, is located to the southwest of the lake, and eight karst caves link each other at the foot of it. A lotus pool with an area of 300 hectares, stretching 5 km, reflects forests on the hills, presenting scenery of exceptional charm.

If you visit Yunnan, Puzhehei Lake should be option for your China travel.

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27/02/2013

Ancient relics found at Taklamakan Desert

Chinese archaeologists are now carrying excavations in the Taklamakan Desert in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region which is part of Silk Road travel. The desert is the world’s second largest shifting sand desert, covering an area of about 330,000 square kilometres. Archaeologists have recently found a large number of ancient buildings and Buddhist relics in the Damagou area of the desert. Let’s take a closer look at what has been found over several decades.

A dry, frozen world where life is far and few between. Despite seeming empty to the naked eye, the area houses vast ancient treasures beneath its sand. It was here 117 years ago, that Sweden explorer Sven Anders Hedin found Buddhist relics in the area.

Zhang Yuzhong, Fmr Deputy Director of Xinjiang Archaeology Institute, said, "Prior to his trip, we all believe that there was no human activity in this desert. Hedin stayed here for 2 weeks. He discovered and marked 18 signs of ancient houses here. He also found some books from the Tang Dynasty."

Four years later, he returned to the desert to search for more treasures. During this trip, he discovered the ancient city of Loulan.

Zhang Yuzhong said, "The ancient city of Loulan was the capital of Loulan country (now included in China vacation deals) in the Han Dynasty. It was built earlier than Dandanulik. We believe that the two discoveries mark a milestone in the archaeological history of Xinjiang."

In 1910, Xiaohe or the little river Tomb complex was discovered 175 kilometres away from the ancient city of Loulan.

In 1979, a 4000-year-old female corpse and the Ancient Tomb Valley of Kongque River was discovered at the ancient city of Loulan.

In 1995, Shu Tapestry, the best Chinese silk from Sichuan was discovered in the Ancient City of Niya in the desert. It was marked as one of the ten most important discoveries in China that year.

And the work hasn’t stopped. Archaeologists are now scouring the desert again to unearth the country’s ancient past.

If you want to know more info about Taklamakan Desert, you can contact with China tour operator.

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21/02/2013

Info about Longxing Ancient Town

Longxing Ancient Town is a popular ancient cultural town with high tourism value and the value of appreciating art. It is located in Chongqing where Yangtze River cruises start, about 36 kilometers away from the downtown of Chongqing. Longxing Ancient Town is a town with a long history, which could be traced back to more than 600 years ago.

Longxing Ancient Town has already a history of more than 600 years with rich cultural heritages, various architectural landscapes and many talented people (in history, there are altogether more than 200 cultural celebrities in the Longxing Ancient Town). Many traditional folk activities such as the waist drum performances and Chuan Operas and so on are all reserved in the town. Buildings in the Longxing Ancient Town are also with distinctive Bayu characters. Attractions of Longxing Ancient Town

Longxing Ancient Town has been there for more than 600 years but is still in good condition. You can enjoy the famous Huaxia Zongci (ancestral hall) with elegantly carved beams and exquisitely painted rafters, traditional courtyard of Liu family with 12 meters high fire-proof walls, Longcang Temple and Yuwang Temple with mysterious colors, and the Yulin River with clear green water. There are also some memorial archways in the Longxing Ancient Town.

In the Longxing Ancient Town lies a Bayu Folk Culture Museum. There are three exhibition halls displaying respectively the agricultural tools, nine beds engraved with beautiful patterns of Qing Dynasty and many folk artwares. All of the articles in the museum showcase the agricultural life of the ancient Bayu people and the advanced wood-carving skills of the local people.

Chongqing is one of the popular departure cities on Yangtze river cruise if you have more spare time, then you could have a visit of Longxing Ancient Town in Chongqing. Longxing Ancient Town has perfectly combined the modern town and ancient town. Before you aboard on Century Diamond, you could have a visit of various historical relics in this town, you also could enjoy various traditional folk activities and enjoy the delicious local snacks there. Longxing Ancient Town is an optional China tour destination before your Yangtze River trip.

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