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12/08/2014

Discover Mount Emei in Sichuan

 

 

We traveled to Sichuan China Sichuan Tours with one main goal in mind: to find more exciting, adventurous routes accessible for you to Experience China Differently! For today, our destination included a little-known hiking trail along Sichuan’s Emei Mountain, one of China’s four sacred Buddhist Mountains. The name “Emei” literally translates to “delicate eyebrows,” deriving from two of the mountain’s peaks—Ten Thousand Buddha Summit and Golden Summit—resembling the curvature of one’s brow. On this hike, we planned to follow along Emei’s brow into mountainous terrain, bamboo groves, and an isolated temple.

The night before, Rebecca, and I spent the night at the luxurious Anantara Emei Resort & Spa, a recently opened 5-star hotel nestled along the foothills of the Tibetan Plateau. After packing our daypacks, we left the comforts of our spacious double room and scooted along by private cart, passing the resort’s outdoor hot spring and colorful flower gardens to the main lobby.

We met our friendly Sichuan guides at the dining hall for a continental breakfast, boasting a wide array of Western and Chinese breakfast foods. After filling our stomachs, we hopped into an SUV to begin our 2-hour ride through remote villages and twisting mountain roads into the heart of Emei’s mountain range. Our first plan of action was to meet our local guide, who would lead the hike.

As the morning mist hovered over the country road, our driver drove slowly to avoid residents walking along the road’s edge. Through the window, I saw men carrying plows with dirt still hanging of the metal grips from yesterday’s farm work. The women carried empty woven baskets, preparing for a day of vegetable picking…a glimpse of an ordinary morning in rural Sichuan.

After two hours, we ascended one last bend along a cliff face before meeting our guide at a local home. His own home is situated far above in the mountainsaffordable China travel packages and inaccessible by road. So, he met us in the middle. He looked into the SUV, with a sweet-smelling pipe in hand, and grinned, “You ge laowai day” “There’s a foreigner!”

He put his pipe away and jumped in, while guiding the driver through dirt roads along towering cliffs and tiny hillside villages to our hike’s starting point, a slow moving river. The car slid to a muddy stop and we stepped out into a valley with a river trailing between the surrounding alpine mountains. After a night of light rainfall, the refreshing scent of wet pine was all around.

We said goodbye to our driver and followed our guide as he hopped as light as a feather over the stones placed in the river Yangtze River tour, beginning our trek into Emei Mountain. The hike started with a gradual incline to a wooden hut, surrounded by tilled land. Our guide explained that this little farm cultivated a type of root used for traditional Chinese medicine. As we took off our warm layers, the traditional medicine farmer came out of the hut to meet us, striking up a conversation with our guide, who was his close friend and neighbor.

We said our farewells and continued our way into a sea of bamboo groves. Being the end of March, late winter’s yellowish green tint took up most of the scenery’s color, except for the refreshing and vibrant green bamboo leaves that encircled the trail. Towering pines, shedding birch trees, and tangles of other tree types added to the mountainous flora.

While exploring this unbeaten trail, I felt a sense of adventure and excitement for what would come next. Possibly another a unique bird, animal prints, or a mountainside vista? Thinking about the possibilities led to pondering over the other, more developed side of the mountain. How would it compare? I had heard it is equally beautiful, but also touristy with thousands of tourists visiting each day, hiking up a plethora of stone steps. The back trail, on the other hand, was the opposite, with hillside villages, dirt paths, and an intimate feeling of you with nature.

After six hours of hiking, we finally reached the Ten Thousand Buddha summit, the highest point of Emei at 3,099 meters (10,167 feet). On the peak resides an isolated temple surrounded by clouds and sky, situated in a quiet, hard to access portion of the national park. It was the perfect place to rest and eat lunch. I gazed into the distance, peaking through pockets of mist and seeing the bluest of blue skies hiding beneath. I felt as if I was high in the air, one with the sky. The nearby Golden Pagoda, a larger than life golden statue of Samantabhadra, shimmered in the distance, waiting for us to visit.

After lunch, we set off to finish the rest of the trek, which was primarily flat as we followed an old train line that once led tourists to the temple. The line is now closed after an earthquake years back. We finally made it to the Golden Pagoda China Holidays, ending our fun-filled day of adventure.

This trek is for hiking-lovers, or for those who want to bring out the adventurer within, and witness a very real side of Sichuan’s countryside and will be at the tip of your fingertips by September 2014 after roads are fully accessible.

   
   
 

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07/08/2014

Travel Experience to Zhan Bridge (Zhanqiao)

0.3 miles from Qingdao Railway Station, Zhan Bridge (trestle in Chinese), a Qingdao landmark, welcomes travelers to this beautiful coastal city China travel deals.

Originally built in 1891 as a naval pier, Zhan Bridge is 440-meter (1444-foot) long and 10-meter (33-foot) wide with giant granite supports. Lotus-shaped lamps provide illumination and decoration. At the south end of the bridge is a Chinese style octagon pavilion standing in contrast to European buildings in the background.

Qingdao Bay is crescent shaped; like an arrow, the bridge shoots into the broad sea. Standing afar, a white lighthouse braves the waves and wind, while the Small Green Island (Xiao Qind Dao) is a serene platform China Educational tours for exuberant trees. Dynamic and static scenes meld.

The Pier, or Zhan Qiao, which appears on Tsingtao beer bottles, has been a landmark icon for more than a century. It is one of the most popular places in Qingdao to go for a stroll. Built in 1891 as a 440 meter long military pier jutting out into Qingdao Bay, it features a pavilion above the water, named "Huilan Pavilion", at the end of the pier. From the top of the pavilion, visitors enjoy a magnificent view of the sea. When looking back at the city from the pavilion, Qingdao's evergreen-studded hills and red-tiled European-style roofs built in the occupation era are easily visible. The views from here contrast sharply with the towering modern buildings looking down upon the old German Concession area with its mixture of churches, parks, and red clay tiles interrupted by dark green pines. The pavilion China Photography Tours is also a small exhibition hall where art shows & photography exhibitions are often displayed. Vendors cram the pavilion's interior selling everything from souvenirs to ice cream. At the other end of the pier is the Zhanqiao Pier Park; have a seat at the park and take in the pleasant seaside scenery and fresh sea breeze. The entire area is a must on any tourist's itinerary.

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06/08/2014

Travel Guide - Ghost city

On the banks of the Yangtze River Yangtze River tour, Fengdu, also known as Guideng or the "city of devils," is filled with temples, buildings, and statues depicting demons and devils. During the Tang dynasty, the names of two local princely families, Yin (meaning "hell") and Wang (meaning "king"), were linked through marriage, making them known as Yinwang, or the "king of hell." Ever since, people have believed that the town is populated by ghosts. you can take a series of staircases or a cable car to the top of the mountain.

The bamboo covered Mingshan (Ming Hill) has a Buddhist temple, a pavilion, and pagodas with brightly painted dragons and swans emanating from the eaves. The hill has a nice view of the Yangtze River. Among the attractions are the Four Guardians of the World, the Stele Kiosk of the Ming Dynasty, and the ancient Buddhist cliff inscriptions of the Northern Song Dynasty. There is also a vegetarian restaurant there for visitors.

According to superstitious legend"the dead come to Fengdu and the devils go to hell". Since Tang Dynasty, forty-eight temples have been built in this place, such as the "Hall of the Jade Emperor", " the "Palace of Hell", "Boundary Between the Living and the Dead", " the "Ridge of Helplessness" and the "Balcony of Nostalgia". All of the temples there look quite magnificent while statues are extremely lifelike.

Ghost Town China tour deals is not terrifying at all as it may sound. It's just a hierarchical netherworld waved with imagination, acting the function of arrest, prison, trial, sentence, and reform.

The wispy afterlife builds a real world in Fengdu. The Bridge of Helplessness no longer hears sighs and the blood-red pools don't even exist any longer. Going across the bridge, be it five, seven, or nine steps, means nothing but the pursuit of peace and blessedness. The Mengpo soup on the bridge has become a purchasable feature, allowing memories to linger in every tourist's heart.

The journey for the spirit is one that bids farewell to the country and the relatives, leaving nostalgia and the hardships of entering the netherworld all to themselves.

The journey China Educational tours for the living is one that yearns for the Ghost-City culture and searches for self-cultivation and inner redemption. 
From ancient times to Eastern Han Dynasty, with the two thousand years of history, the Ghost City has cumulated fictions, poetry, travel notes and epigraph during the past dynasties and at all times and in all over the world it has become a unique ghost culture gathering.

The Ghost City is noted not only for its legends, but also for its attractive scenery. The bridges, the pavilion, the stages, the halls, the ancient temples, the old caves and trees old as time reaching the sky…..all add color to the mysteriousness of the mountains. Every spot is filled with wonderful scenes and thought-provoking stories. Even Yi Zhongtian, a notable scholar acclaimed "upon all corners of the land, since year millenary, the Ghost City ranks with Buddha, Taoism,and Confucianism ".

Stop by the gate of ghost. Get a baptism for human nature. And when return to the real world, your soul would surely be clear and bright than never before.

One other ghostly attraction in Fengdu worth mentioning is the Last-Glance at Home Tower. This structure was built in 1985 and commemorates the site where spirits consigned to hell could take one last look at their families.

Visitors to the Ghost City will marvel at the artisanship of ancient craftsman, the unique styles of architecture and the culture of the ghost. Whatever your beliefs, you are constantly reminded the "Good will be rewarded with good, and evil with evil." A major highlight here is the annual temple fair every March 3 - 5 featuring all kinds of folk activities and performances.

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