Archive March 31, 2020

Yellow Emperor Hometown, Huangdi Hometown, Yellow Emperor Birthplace

Yellow Emperor Hometown is the place where the Yellow Emperor was born, grew up and established his capital. It is located in Xinzheng, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Zhengzhou. In the Han Dynasty (202-220 BC), Xuanyuan temple was built here to commemorate the Yellow Emperor. After more than 2000 years of metamorphism and restoration, the present Huangdi hometown scenic spot came into being. Now it is the most important place for Chinese at home and abroad to worship their ancestors.

Yellow Emperor Hometown in Xinzheng City is the birthplace, entrepreneurship and capital of Xuanyuan Huangdi, the first ancestor of Chinese culture. There are records of Bamboo Annals in the Warring States period and historical records in the Han Dynasty. Xuanyuan temple was built in the Han Dynasty, which was built successively. In the fourth year of Longqing in Ming Dynasty, Xuanyuan bridge was built in front of the temple. In the fifty fourth year of Kangxi in Qing Dynasty, Xu Chaozhu, the county magistrate of Xinzheng, set up a monument of “Xuanyuan hometown” in front of the temple.

Since the 1990s, the scenic area of the Yellow Emperor’s hometown of Xinzheng City has been expanded many times, with an area of 70000 square meters. The overall layout highlights the theme of “the root of China”. From north to south, it is xuanyuanqiu Baizu District, Temple District and Zhonghua surname Square District, which constitute the three plates of “heaven, earth and man”. It is magnificent and solemn.

The Yellow Emperor, the first of the five emperors in the historical records, is a mythical figure in ancient China. Most of the Chinese emperors set up temples and mausoleums for the Yellow Emperor to obtain the legitimacy of symbolic rule. It is an important symbol of Chinese culture, known as the ancestor of the Chinese nation. Some scholars believe that it started with the promotion of intellectuals in the late Qing Dynasty, from the three emperors and the five emperors in the age of Chinese legends Stand out from the crowd and become the ancestor of the Han nation and even the Chinese nation.

Bailong Elevator, the Highest Outdoor Double-decker Sightseeing Elevator in the World

Bailong elevator, located in Yuanjia street, Wulingyuan scenic spot, Zhangjiajie, is the world’s largest passenger capacity, fastest running, fully exposed outdoor double-layer sightseeing elevator. The Bailong elevator runs up and down at a high speed of 3 meters (10 feet / second) per second, and can reach a height of 326 meters (1070 feet) in 1 minute and 58 seconds. It connects the main scenic spots such as yuanjiajie, Tianzi mountain and Jinbian River, leaving more time for tourists to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Zhangjiajie.

Normally, it takes the elevator only 1 minute and 58 seconds to run from the foot to top of the mountain, and the running speed of the elevator gets to 3 meters per second. The fastest running speed can reach 5.5 meters per second (18 feet/s) and the whole riding lasts only 66 seconds. In the previous days when there was no elevator, it took tourists about 2 hours to climb up to the mountain top. Bailong elevator has three double-layer fully exposed sightseeing elevators, which is the largest one in the world. Three elevators run side by side to serve tourists. One elevator can carry up to 50 people. When the three elevators are used at the same time, Bailong elevator can provide services for 4000 tourists every hour.

The elevator connects the main scenic spots such as Yuanjia street and Tianzi mountain, which saves a lot of time for tourists to visit the scenic spot. The elevator is made of glass, transparent. During the ride, visitors can enjoy one of the magical grand events of Zhangjiajie, including the sky garden and the local residents’ cottage scattered on the opposite mountain top, so as to gain novel sightseeing experience.

Haibao Pagoda, One of the Eight Highlights in Ningxia

Haibao Pagoda is located in Yinchuan City, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, with a history of more than 1500 years. Because it is located in the northern suburb of the city, it is also called “North Tower”. I don’t know when it was first established. According to the literature, it was rebuilt in the fifth century. In the past few centuries, Haibaota has experienced several earthquakes. It collapsed and rebuilt again and again. The existing pagoda was restored in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in 1788. It is one of the eight highlights of Ningxia and listed in the list of the sixteen famous pagodas in China.

Haibao Pagoda is a pavilion like tower with nine floors and eleven stairs. The rectangular pagoda is made of bricks and is 53.9 meters (177 feet) high. It has a square base, 5.7 meters (about 18 feet) high and 19.7 meters (about 65 feet) long. On the first floor, there is an arch and a porch. From the second floor up, each floor has four arches, slightly projecting. The recesses in the walls are also built on both sides of the door to add magnificence and provide a third dimension. Every corner is hung with wind bells. On windy days, the sound of wind bells makes this place full of pleasant sounds. In a word, our pagoda is built in a rare style in ancient pagoda architecture.

Each floor has a square room surrounded by wooden stairs spiraling up from below. The mold is reduced 15 to 20 cm layer by layer from the base. The top of the pagoda has a unique shape and looks like a peach made of green glazed bricks. This color contrasts with the gray body, which helps us to call it the pagoda of civilization and vivacity. From the top of the mountain, you can see the Yellow River (Yellow River) in the East and the grandeur of Helan Mountain in the West. This scenery can be compared with any beautiful scenery in southern China in aesthetic sense.

Impression Liu Sanjie, the Landscape Live Performance

Impression Liu Sanjie is the first “landscape live performance” in China. Impression of Liu Sanjie premiered on March 20, 2004 at the song festival of Liu Sanjie, a mile from West Street. This is the world’s largest nature theater, with Lijiang River water as the stage and 12 misty mountains and sky as the background. Fog, rain, moonlight, mountains and their reflections on the river all become the ever-changing natural background. Its auditorium is located on the natural island of the river. The audience stands on the designed terrace, surrounded by green plants. The sound equipment here is invisible because it’s in harmony with nature.

Valleys, hills, cool winds and gurgling streams are all factors that produce three-dimensional sound effects. Day by day, different weather provides different scenery, four distinct seasons, refreshing and impressive, Liu Sanjie will have a unique experience every time. This is really a new concept opera with nature as the performing subject, so it is named “a masterpiece of cooperation between man and God”.

Maybe you’ve heard of the 1961 movie “Liu Sanjie”, which made Lijiang famous all over the world. Liu Sanjie is a fairy singer in Zhuang mythology. She is incomparably beautiful and has a voice to match her beauty. In Liu Sanjie’s impression, you can see the impression of people living by the Lijiang River, not the specific details of the story. From these impressions, you will have a real impression of the background of Sanjie’s birthplace and understand the beauty of the hometown of folk songs.The story of Liu Sanjie in folklore is a complicated and divergent discourse. There are not only conflicts between different values of the same class of people, but also conflicts between different social classes; there are not only portraits of real life, but also romantic fantasies, ghosts and witches. Due to the spread and evolution of the legend in different historical periods, different cities and different nationalities, the story has accumulated layers, been related to each other and contradicted with each other. But anyway, Liu Sanjie in the folklore contains Folk Ethics, folk wisdom, folk imagination and folk interest, which are the most charming and dynamic places in Liu Sanjie’s folklore.

West Street, With a History of More Than 1,400 Years

West Street is the oldest street in Yangshuo, with a history of more than 1400 years. This street is located in the center of Yangshuo County. Since 1980s, it has become the window of eastern and Western culture and the largest “foreign language center” in China. It is the most prosperous area in Yangshuo. Every year, about 100000 foreigners come here to travel or study. West Street attracts tourists with its unique cultural combination.

West Street, 517 meters long and 8 meters wide, twists and turns along its length. Made entirely of marble, this is a typical example of a street in southern China. It is popular with foreigners for its simple style and courtyard like environment. There is a saying that “half is a village, the other half is a shop”.

Because sometimes the number of foreigners exceeds the number of Chinese, this street is also known as “foreigners Street”. Don’t be surprised if you hear the English words spoken by old Chinese women, because this street is called “global village”. In addition to Yangshuo’s local accent, English has become a daily language. West Street is modern and fashionable. Almost every shop has a bilingual shop sign. More than 20 shops have been opened by foreigners who have settled here.

Chinese people who travel there may think they are in a foreign country, while foreigners come here to look for ancient Chinese civilization. However, whether you are Chinese or foreign, this is a good place to rest, physically or mentally. West Street will drive away all your pressure and burden and give you a peaceful outlook on life. It presents different faces at different times: calm and peaceful in the morning, fashionable and modern in the evening. Traveling to that place is an experience with the scenery, with people, with soul, with yourself.

Visit West Street, you will be surrounded by a series of traditional folk customs and amazing international elements. Various shops, handicraft shops, calligraphy and painting shops, backpack shops, coffee shops and China Kungfu academy are competing to attract attention. You can see a lot from embroidered silk, batik and weaving to the small shoes worn by women before liberation in 1949. In addition, in other places on the street, you may find bars and cafes, some of which are operated by foreigners, decorated with bamboo rafts, fish baskets, batik tablecloths, etc.

West Street not only gives you visual satisfaction. You will be tempted by food from all over the world: Chinese New Year cake, Yangshuo rice noodles, authentic Italian coffee, banana cake, Western food and so on. So now, choose a coffee shop and ask for a cup of coffee. Let the beautiful scenery and music take you to a wonderful world.

Yulong River, Little Li River in Guilin

Yulong River is the longest tributary of Li River in Yangshuo, with a total length of 43.5km and a drainage area of 158.47km2. The water quality of Yulong River is clear and the flow is slow all year round. There are 28 weirs and dams, more than 100 scenic spots. The whole Yulong River scenic spot has no so-called modern buildings, no traces of artificial carving, no urban noise. Everything is so primitive, natural, simple and pure, which is actually the largest pure natural landscape garden in Guilin. The part of the river that stretches from Yulong Bridge in Baisha Town, to Gongnong Bridge near Big Banyan Tree along the Ten-Mile Gallery, is known as the Yulong River Scenic Area, and includes some spectacular scenic views along each river bank.

The Chinese word ‘Yulong’ refers to ‘meeting a dragon’. According to local legend, a dragon from the East China Sea wanders on the Yulong River. Deeply moved by the charming scenery, he decides to stay there forever. The villagers living on the river bank have seen the Dragon several times, so the river is named dragon.

There are many tourist attractions in yulongjiang scenic area, among which cultural relics are interspersed. This lazy river is surrounded by primitive but pure natural landscape, plus green bamboo forest and rolling hills. Tourists will enjoy the picturesque scenery of rural life in this area: Bamboo waterwheels irrigate rice fields; girls in the village wash their hands outside the cottage with smoke curling up from the chimney; old people fish in the river; flocks of ducks swim in the pond. This kind of rural scenery will let tourists forget their troubles and experience a calm and relaxed feeling.

Other natural landscapes along the river are banyan, moon mountain, Wuzhi Mountain, lion mountain, Longtan, butterfly spring, Tianping green land, baxiandong, Rhinoceros Pool, Chaoyang village, etc. historical attractions include the three most famous ancient bridges in Yangshuo: Yulong bridge, Fuli bridge, Xianggui bridge (the oldest single arch bridge in Guangxi). The tombs of the Han Dynasty (206-220 BC), the site of Guiyi County, the largest Jianshan temple and pan manor in Guangxi are also worth visiting. In order to appreciate the simplicity and elegance, visitors should visit the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) style houses in Jiuxian county.

Xingping Town, the Largest Town Along the Li River in the Past

Once upon a time, Xingping town was the largest town on the Lijiang River, 63 km (39 miles) from Guilin, 25 km (15.5 miles) from Yangshuo, and located on the East Bank of the Lijiang River. This town is really a beautiful place with beautiful scenery. Mural mountain and huangbutan both belong to this scenic spot.

The surrounding mountains greatly enhance the charm of Xingping town. The town is at the foot of Wuzhishan. The mountain in the East is sengni mountain, which looks like a fight between a monk and a nun. It is said that chaoban mountain is like a plaque of an ancient court official, and Luohan mountain is like a smiling Luohan monk with his chest exposed in the sun. The mountains in the south are carp mountain and snail mountain. The mountains to the West are Bijia mountain and Maire peak. The mountain to the north is Camel Mountain, like a camel crossing a river.

Historic sites can be found in Xingping old street and fishing village, about 2 km (1.3 miles) from Xingping town. This old street is a one kilometer long stone street, flanked by old brick houses and conference halls like many different provinces. This old banyan tree needs eight people to stretch out their arms to surround it. The Guandi temple built in the Qing Dynasty tells about the long history of Xingping town.

The fishing village has a history of nearly 500 years. It typically represents the architectural style of Northern Guangxi in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The houses in the village are the same as those in Xingping town. They have horsehead walls, cornices, painted rafters and carved windows. When former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his wife visited the village, they highly praised it and were deeply attracted by its residents. The villagers live on cormorants. Maybe you can go fishing on a raft instead of a boat. It’s exciting. Not far from the village is Dishui village, where there is a waterfall. Water is often used to make wine.

Three kilometers (1.9 miles) northeast of Xingping Town, there is a newly opened lotus cave. The cave is more than 600 meters long and the widest part is 2 meters wide. Different shapes of stalactites can be seen in the cave. For example, the main scenic spots are “upside down lotus petals”, “two dragons climbing out of the cave” and 108 “Lotus pods”, large and small. The diameter of the lotus seed pod ranges from 20cm to 1.5m (4.9ft), and the small stones inside look like real seeds. It’s amazing! In spring and autumn, under a layer of mist, the scenery is really lifelike. There is a stalactite that makes a pleasant sound when it is struck. Do you want to try it?

Yangdi Village, a Beautiful Landscape Painting

Yangdi village is located on the West Bank of Lijiang River, about 50 km (31 miles) from Guilin, 40 km (25 miles) north of Yangshuo County. Behind the village is a small mountain composed of two peaks, which looks like two sheep hoofs hanging upside down.

The scenery on the way from Yangdi to Xingping town is the highlight of Lijiang River Cruise. You will see the wave stone landscape, Xialong village, mural mountain and huangbutan. It can be said that if Lijiang River is a long poem, Guilin’s trip to Niucun is at best a prelude. Yangdi village as the starting point of tourism is the theme part, beautiful scenery, typical karst landscape. Therefore, if time is limited, we suggest that you limit the trip of Lijiang River to this section.

There are many attractive spots around Yangdi village. You will meet Yuanyang beach on the way from the upstream ferry to the village. To the west of the coast stood two stalactites, which looked like a pair of mandarin ducks nestling together. There is a small hill near Yangdi village. On the top of the hill stands a big stone, like a grindstone. Next to it is a three yard long ramp stone, which is like a stone mill pushed by a man, so it is called “stone mill pushed by a man”.

From Yangdi village, about 1 km (0.6 miles) down, you can see the spectacular wave stone landscape. The white waves beat the stones in the river, which is different from the peaceful river you can see along the Lijiang River.

Downstream you will meet another boy who attracts him to worship Buddha. A mountain like a Buddha sits quietly, in front of which stands a small mountain like a boy kneeling to worship Buddha. That’s fantastic, isn’t it? But what’s more incredible is that nature gives these mountains all kinds of shapes.

Beautiful mountains, winding waterways, beautiful coast, striking waterfalls, lush green bamboo and scattered villages constitute a beautiful landscape painting. Yangdi village is an ideal place to enjoy the Lijiang River in the misty rain. It seems to be a peaceful, peaceful and mysterious fairyland. From November to march is the dry season of Lijiang River. Yangdi village sometimes becomes the starting point of Lijiang River Cruise. At this time, water resources are extremely scarce. It is suggested that tourists visit the Lijiang River during the period from April to October when the water level is deep and green.

The Best Time to Go to Qinghai, The Most Beautiful Qinghai

Qinghai Lake is the most famous place in Qinghai, it is located in the west of Xining, is the largest inland lake in China. The beautiful scenery and good road conditions make it a hot spot for self-help tourism. Every year, July and August is the season when the rape flowers bloom in Qinghai Lake. Thousands of mu of rape flowers are competing to open, attracting tourists from all over the country. At this time of year, the hotels are full and need to be booked in advance.

Qinghai Lake is also a cycling resort. Every summer, the riders’ hard-working figure will become another unique scenery line by the lake, and the annual international road cycling race around Qinghai Lake will be held here.

The road from Xining to Qinghai Lake is about 80km, 4 hours’ drive, passing through sun and moon mountain, watching the sunset in Qinghai Lake tourist area, and staying in Qinghai Lake at night. It’s about 400 kilometers around the lake. There are also long-distance buses from Xining to Qinghai Lake.

There are many recommended places in Qinghai, such as guide county. As the saying goes, “the world’s Yellow River is guideqing”. In guide, the Yellow River water is clear and transparent, which can be directly drunk. It is understood that the reason why the Yellow River is clear is that the upper and lower reaches of the river are turbid due to the sedimentation of the upper reservoir, but only the guide section is clear. The mighty river flows eastward, revealing the beauty of hegemony.

There are also Qinghai Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. There are no four seasons in the whole year, only cold and warm seasons. The cold season lasts for 7-8 months, and the warm season lasts for 4-5 months. May to October is the best. There are also many scenic spots in Yushu, including Yushu earthquake museum in Jiegu Town, Sanjiangyuan, KEXILI, etc. In a word, Qinghai has places worth visiting all the year round. In spring, everything is reviving. Qinghai is about to usher in the most beautiful moment of the year. Are you ready?

Bird Island, the Kingdom of Birds in Qinghai

The bird island of Qinghai Lake is named after the hundreds of thousands of migratory birds inhabiting the island. It lies northwest of Qinghai Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes in China, is connected to the bank on one side whilst the others are surrounded by water.

It is similar to the pet of almost all people who love nature. Maybe you are fascinated by their sweet singing in the dense forest. Or when you see birds flying freely in the sky, a feeling of worship will fill your heart? So what do you feel when you see groups of wild birds flying on the wide lake? Here, on the bird island, which is famous for bird kingdom and heaven, you can enjoy the wonderful world yourself.

Bird island includes two islands, one is haixipi in the East, the other is haixishan in the west, which is four times smaller than the former Island, but it is the place where most birds gather in the lake. When spring and summer come, many birds come here from distant mountains and deserts to breed. In the most noisy April and may, the number of them can reach 10000, 80% to 90% of which stop in Haixi mountain to lay eggs. The eggs of Haixi mountain are all over the island, also known as “egg island”.

Why does the island attract so many birds? Because of its flat landform, mild climate, close to the water surface, it can produce rich floating grass and fish. The environment here is also very quiet. It is a natural space for birds to breed and inhabit.

Bird island has charming natural scenery and many beautiful wild birds. It is the only place for many tourists to travel in Qinghai. It has been listed as a National Nature Reserve, which mainly protects birds and provides a great place for tourists to visit.