Huangshan Travel Guide

Huangshan Travel Guide

Huangshan City is a region with a long history and splendid cultures. Shexian  and Yixian Counties were established more than 2,000 years ago. In the Jin Dynasty (265-420) Huangshan City was called Xin’an Shire. Until the Song Dynasty (960-1279) when the name was changed to Huizhou, the city was famed for Hui businessmen, Hui carvings, Xin’an school of painting, Xin’an medicine, Hui architecture, Hui cuisine, and Hui opera (one of the tonalities of Beijing Opera). Also notable are the scenic spots of Yellow Mountain (Mt. Huangshan) – a key point of interest in ancient China, the Tangyue Memorial Archway, the Tunxi Ancient Street  and the ancient villages of Yixian County. Historians at home and abroad regard Huangshan City as a natural history and culture museum of China.

Tunxi Ancient Street, HuangshanSince Huangshan City is a tourist city with a pleasant climate, travel plans need not be interrupted by weather. So the sights of Huangshan City, such as Tunxi Ancient Street,  Xidi and Hongcun Ancient Villages, Tangyue Archways, Flower Mountain and Enigma Caves can be visited throughout the year as can Yellow Mountain with each season offering different appealing features.

Tunxi Ancient Street, HuangshanSince Huangshan City is a tourist city with a pleasant climate, travel plans need not be interrupted by weather. So the sights of Huangshan City, such as Tunxi Ancient Street,  Xidi and Hongcun Ancient Villages, Tangyue Archways, Flower Mountain and Enigma Caves can be visited throughout the year as can Yellow Mountain with each season offering different appealing features.

Huangshan City transportation is efficient. Upgraded airline, railway, highway and the city transportation expedite tour travel. Also available are various grades of hotels, restaurants, and recreation and shopping centers in Huangshan City. Be sure to try Hui dishes, snacks and local products and especially the memorable Mt. Huangshan tea.Huangshan City transportation is efficient. Upgraded airline, railway, highway and the city transportation expedite tour travel. Also available are various grades of hotels, restaurants, and recreation and shopping centers in Huangshan City. Be sure to try Hui dishes, snacks and local products and especially the memorable Mt. Huangshan tea.

 

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Hefei Travel Guide

Hefei Travel Guide

Lying between the Yangtze River and Huaihe River, Hefei is the capital city of Anhui Province and is ranked as one of the fifty strongest cities in China. Close to the coastal area, Hefei plays an important part in connecting the eastern and western areas of China while also linking the south and the north. Covering an area of 7,266 square kilometers (about 2,805 square miles), Hefei is known as the central tourist city of the whole province.

The ancient Hefei City, with a long history of over 2,000 years, was also nicknamed ‘Luzhou’ or ‘Luyang’ because it was under the governance of Luzhou prefecture in the Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1644 – 1911) dynasties. Hefei is the political, economic and cultural center of Anhui Province and has played an important role in commercial transactions since ancient times. Due to its good surroundings and long history, many natural and cultural places of interests can be found in Hefei. The most famous one is undoubtedly the Memorial Temple of Lord Bao.

Hefei is a beautiful city with good surroundings – the Huaihe River flows to its north, to its south is Yangtze River, and to its south- east lies the Chaohu Lake with its expansive blue waters. It exemplifies the good climate to be found in the area having a mild climate with clearly defined seasons and moderate rainfall. The average annual temperature is 15.7C (60.26F). As is known, every city in China has a city tree and a city flower and, in the case of Hefei, the Yulan tree is its city tree and the sweet-scented osmanthus, pomegranate flower is its city flower.

To better understanding the ingrained culture of Hefei, you have to watch the performances of the Lu Opera. Lu Opera is a popular local opera which originated in Hefei. It became an independent style of opera in the era of Emperor Jiaqing of the Qing Dynasty and evolved from many artistic forms such as folk songs and folk dances. The arias are rich and various, and the performance is vivid. ‘Natural and simple’ is what makes Lu Opera a popular drama appreciated by all. It is really a highlight you should never miss when visiting Hefei.

If you are one of those people who regard food as their prime requirement, you should try the local delicious food and special cuisine which is on offer, whenever you pay a visit. Luzhou Roast Duck is the first recommended delicacy in Hefei and it tastes very good. Other special, high quality products will also satisfy your appetite such as Mabing (sesame cake), Honggao (baked cake), Cunjin (sesame cookie) and Baiqie (white sesame slices). Also, dumpling-making in Hefei is a delicate and intricate process and, there are various shapes of dumplings that will excite and satisfy your appetite.

Hefei is located in the centre part of East China, and its transportation system is well-developed. With the whole city’s transportation system linked by airport, railway and highway, a solid transportation network is at your service. Due to its fast development in recent years, transportation within and around Hefei is very convenient, especially for tourists.

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Haikou Travel Guide

Haikou Travel Guide

Haikou, known also as the ‘Coconut City’, is the capital of Hainan Province, China’s second largest island. The city is the provincial administrative center of Hainan as well being the focus of the local economy, culture and transportation. Haikou stands at the northern end of Hainan Island, on the west bank of the Nandu River estuary. This river is the longest on the island and the city’s name appropriately means ‘Mouth of the Sea’.

With the sea on three sides Haikou enjoys a long coastline that features excellent bathing beaches and sea side resorts. Holiday Beach is the most popular of these, while Xixiu Beach is where the National sailing and windsurfing teams train and hold competitions.

The downtown area of the city has an excellent environment with streets lined with coconut palms. Here there are modern and convenient public transport facilities and all that is best in a tropical seaside city that is pollution free and that meets the needs of the tourist in a friendly and welcoming way.
Besides its natural resources, Haikou has a number of important sites of historical interest. The Wugong Temple (The Five Official’s Temple), the Tomb of Hai Rui and the Xiuying Emplacement each serve as reminders of the historical importance of Haikou.

No trip is complete without the opportunity to savor tempting local food and shopping opportunities. It goes without saying that for anyone coming to Haikou, seafood is definitely a must. However, the city is also famous for its other prized dishes. There are four to delight the gourmet and should not be missed. They are Wenchang Chicken, Dongshan Mutton, Jiaji Duck and Hele Crab. The climate means there is an abundance of fresh local fruits such as mangos, pineapples, jackfruits, coconuts and carambola, betelnuts, pawpaw, longan and lichee, loquat, naseberry and passion fruit. Maybe some of these will be new to you but we are sure that if you try them you will want to take come home!

As for transportation, don’t worry! Hainan Meilan Airport, railway station, ship and expressway links cities of China and the whole world.

Haikou has evolved from a simple sightseeing city to an attractive seaside resort and business center. The services for visitors to the city are being extended with the aim of establishing Haikou as Southern China’s key center for tourism.

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