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07/07/2014

The Tale of Mount E’mei

When it comes to Chinese Kong Fu, the image of monks waving sticks in Saolin Temple (Dengfeng, Henan province affordable China travel packages), or Bruce Lee fighting against ten men with nun chucks may quickly pop up in your head. However, back in the old days, as early as Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), three schools dominated the realm of Kong Fu: Shaolin at Mount Song, Wudang at Mount Wudang, and E’mei at Mount E’mei. In these three schools, you are likely to be familiar with Shaolin as it still thrives today and has become a symbol of Chinese Kong Fu. Perhaps you don’t know about Wudang but I think you may hear of Tai Chi, which is a genre of Chinese martial arts that originated from the school of Wudang. E’mei might be the school that is less heard of. Today, let me tell you more about this Kong Fu school of E’mei.

Kong Fu hero novel series written by Mr. Louis Cha Leung-yung are a significant phenomenon in Chinese culture. The Kong Fu schools, characters and their special abilities appeared in the novels are widely known among Chinese people in various age groups. In the novel, the school of E’mei is depicted as a female school and is led by a nun called Madam of destroy. Slender swords are the major weapon used by the E’mei members. Madam of destroy was in possession of the Heaven Sword, one of the two most powerful weapons in the novel (the other was the Dragon Sabre). In one of the most famous battles in the Kong Fu novel series: the last battle on the top of Mount Light, Madam of destroy with her Heaven Sword leading the E’mei top 10 China tours members wiped out lots of bad guys and Madam of destroy killed a major bad guy character in the novel.

The school of E’mei was of great significance to the plot of the series. There are rules that the members of E’mei shall never fall in love and shall remain single for life. However, two of Madam of destroy’s favorite apprentices broke the rules in different novels of the series. One falls in love with a guy in the evil Kong Fu school, and madam of destroy had no choice but to kill her. Another’s heart is stole by the main hero of the novel Cheung Mo Kei. Madam of destroy didn’t kill that one but she died anyway.

Back to reality, according to history book, the school of E’mei started from the early Qin dynasty (221 BC–206 BC China tour guide). The founder was Situ Xuankong. The symbolic martial art was the swordsmanship of the white ape. It was said that Situ was inspired by the movement of the white ape at Mount E’mei and created this swordsmanship. The school of E’mei was influential in the southwest region of ancient China. The members are not female only. The characteristic of E’mei Kong Fu is an amalgam of strength and agility, differing from Shaolin’s staunchness and Wudang’s gentleness.

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04/07/2014

Have a nice day in Repulse Bay

Among all the Hong Kong Hong Kong tour beaches, Repulse Bay is most famous. The English name may sound repulsive, but the beach is not - the name came from the fact that the British army had chased off some pirates in the old days. The Chinese name is more descriptive - it means "Shallow Water Bay".

The beach stretches long with clear azure blue water gently lapping the seashore. Its sand is golden and soft. With water temperatures ranging from 16ºC (60.8ºF) to 26ºC (80.6ºF) year round, it is a mecca for locals and visitors alike to escape the heat.

sun-drenched Repulse Bay has a relaxed resort-like atmosphere. The wide, wave-lapped beach is popular with locals and visitors alike and great for sandy strolls in the early morning when the sun is up and the sunbathers are out in force, or at sunset when all is at peace.

This crescent-shaped stretch of sand is one of the most beautiful beaches in Hong Kong last minute China travel deals. The beach features a lifeguard clubhouse built in traditional Chinese style. Its ceiling is decorated with magnificent swirling dragons. Towering twin statues of Kwun Yum and Tin Hau, both protectors of fishermen dominate the picturesque gardens that lead down to the beach.

The nearby colonial-style, The Repulse Bay, houses designer shops and award-winning restaurants and resembles the luxury hotel built in 1920 that originally occupied the site. Most of the grounds were redeveloped into luxury apartments more than 20 years ago. Only the original arcade remains. This is the ideal place for a romantic dinner under the stars. For something more down-to-earth, several open-air restaurants nearby specialise in wholesome barbecued food, including the freshest prawns, squid and fish. All are cheery hives of activity every night of the week top 10 China tours.

The Repulse Bay Tower was rebuilt on the site of the Repulse Bay Hotel. Now, it's a building for residence. In its front is the Repulse Bay Shopping Plaza. In it, many restaurants and shops can be found.

Additionally, you may go to the Deep Water Bay, Middle Bay or South Bay, if time is not so pressing. They are all prefect bathing beaches, not far from the Repulse Bay.

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01/07/2014

Travel Guide - Seven Star Park

Seven Stars Park, covering an area of more than 120 hectares (297 acres), is the largest comprehensive park with mass scenery in Guilin City China travel deals. Located at the east bank of Li River, the park is 1.5 kilometers (0.9 mile) from the downtown area of Guilin. The park was so named because of the seven peaks (the four peaks of Putuo Mountain and three of Crescent Mountain) inside resemble the form of the Big Dipper constellation.As early as 1,000 years ago in the Sui and Tang dynasties, it had become a tourist resort.

The park is endowed with elegant mountains, clear water, miraculous stone forest, deep and serene valleys, plentiful animals and plants and valued cultural relics. It has been popular since the Sui (581-618) and Tang (618-907) Dynasties. The main sights contain Flower Bridge, Putuo Mountain, Seven Stars Cave, Camel Hill, Crescent Mountain, Guihai Stele Forest and Light of China Square.

Seven Star Cave (Qi qing yan)
A visit to Guilin would not be complete without a visit to this cave and Reed Flute Cave top 10 China tours -- the two largest, most fascinating, and best-known caves in China . Seven-Star Cave is more than one and a half kilometers long. It penetrates several main peaks of Putuo Mountain and can accommodate tens of thousands of people. About a million years ago, it was an underground river channel, which, with the movement of the earth's crust, rose above the surface to become a cavern. The cave is divided into three rock strata. The top stratum is eight to twelve meters higher than the middle stratum, with traces still somewhat visible. The lower stratum is an underground river course, ten to fifteen meters lower than the bottom of the middle stratum. It is this middle stratum that has become a tourist attraction -- an underground gallery of stalactites and stalagmites in formations suggestive of forests or animals. The tunnel is 814 meters long, 43 meters at its widest point, and 27 meters at it's highest. In-cave temperature is about 20 oC. Taking the shapes of stone column, curtain, stalagmite and animals, the cave leads visitors into a marvelous world. The cave has been equipped artificial with a lighting system to fully display the enchanting scenes to visitors. The cave has been a sightseeing spot since the Sui and Tang dynasties more than 1,300 years ago. Over the centuries many poems and other inscriptions have been left behind on its walls by visitors.

Flower Bridge, built in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), is the oldest bridge in Guilin. Every spring and summer, it is set off with blooming flowers and the streams, hence the name Flower Bridge. The larruping point of the bridge lies in that the arch’s inverted reflection in water always looks like a full moon. It never changes even though the quantity of water changes.

Putuo Mountain, where Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva is worshiped, is the main body of the park. It abounds with caves and pavilions. At the southwestern foot of the mountain lies the natural air condition Xuanfeng Cave. At halfway up the mountain, you will see Putuo Jingshe (a two-storied pavilion). At the west belly of the mountain, you will see the renowned Seven Stars Cave, which is also called Qixia Cave or Bixu Cave China tour guide.

With the multifarious stalactites, stalagmites and stone pillars formed by the dissolved limestone, the cave was called 'Residence of the Immortals'. Turning right and go on climbing the mountain, you will see the Tomb of the Three Generals and the Tombs of 800 Heroes. On the top of the mountain, there are Putuo Stone Forest, Xuanwu Pavilion and Zhaixing Pavilion. In addition, there are numerous valuable tablets on the mountain.

Camel Hill, looking like a life-like squat camel, lies behind Putuo Mountain. It was once called Hu Shan because it is shaped like a flagon. A hermit in the Ming Dynasty once lived here and grew large numbers of plum trees. In spring, the full-blown plum blossom, together with the rays of the sunrises or sunsets drapes the hill with a gorgeous glow. This is one of the Ten Scenes of Guilin. Around the hill are bonsai gardens, a zoo and teahouses.

Crescent Mountain is to the south of Putuo Mountain. It was given this name due to the crescent-shaped stone at its belly. The mountain is reputed for its maigre food, which has a history of more than 100 years. The Nun Noodles are really worth tasting. Walking along the stone steps, you can see Banyue Pavilion, Crescent Rock and Guanghan Pavilion. Standing here, the sights of Guilin City even come into sight! At the southwestern foot, there is Guihai Stele Forest, which consists of Longyin Cave, Longyin Rock. The stele forest has more than 220 tablets, referring to politics, economy, culture and military affairs in forms of poems, posies, couplets and images. The characters in the tablets are inscribed in regular script, cursive script, seal characters and clerical script.

Light of China Square is between Putuo Mountain and Crescent Mountain. It boasts of two craftworks, one is the stone carving murals and the other is Shi Ji Bao Ding (the precious Ding of the century). The mural, made up of more than 100 stone carvings, epitomizes 5000-year Chinese civilization. Shi Ji Bao Ding, a four-legged Ding at a height of 4.6 meters (15 feet), symbolizes that the country flourishes and people live in peace.

Thanks to the pleasant climate here, you can pay a visit to Seven Stars Park at any time of year.

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