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Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Being one of the narrow canyons in the world, the Tiger Leaping Gorge is located on the Jinsha River between the Lijiang Naxi autonomous county and the Zhongdian County in the northwest of the Yunan province. Featuring 16 kilometers, the altitude of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Peak in the south bank of the Tiger Leaping Gorge is 5596 meters, and the altitude of the Zhongdian Snow Mountain in the north bank is of 5396 meters, with the middle width of the river is only 30 ~ 60 meters. The Tiger Leaping Gorge is divided into three parts: upper Tiger Leaping Gorge, middle Tiger Leaping Gorge and down Tiger Leaping Gorge. For the elevation of the upper entrance is of 1800 meters, down entrance is of 1630 meters and both sides of the mountain and river differs from 2500 ~ 3000 meters. The steep valley-side slope makes it grand sight.

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge

The upper Tiger Leaping Gorge is the narrowest part which is only 9 kilometers away from the Tiger leaping gorge town beside the road; the middle Tiger Leaping Gorge feature big river face fall and it is only 5 kilometers away from the upper Tiger Leaping Gorge; and the down Tiger Leaping Gorge has a great and deep valley with the depth of 1 kilometer and it is near the entrance of the Tiger Leaping Gorge, where it is the best place to visit the majestic view of the Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Travel information: 1) Ticket price: 50 RMB/ adult; 2) Opening time: 9:00 a.m. ~18:00 p.m. 3) Playing time duration: 2 days; 4) Best time to visit: spring time and summer time as they are suitable for hiking and the temperate then are moderate and you can see beautiful flowers here and there, besides, about 20 days after the Mid-autumn festival, the plateau there is covered with the autumn scenery; 5) Do remember to keep warm there as the day and night temperature difference is very big and ladies should prepare for sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses because of the dry climate and strong ultraviolet radiation.

Dongguan Giant Mosque

Dongguan Giant Mosque

Dongguan Giant Mosque

Dongguan Giant Mosque is a famous architecture in Xining which is located in the Xining Dongguan Street Road. Covering an area of 11,940 square mwters, the ontology of the hall in Dongguan Giant Mosque covers an area of 1,102 square meters, among which the north and south building are of 363 square meters for each. Dongguan Giant Mosque has been damaged for many times in history, and constantly been built, the existing building is rebuilt in 1913 with reconstruction and expansion in 1946 and rebuilt in 1979, it is one of the great mosques in northwestern China. Sitting in the west and facing in east, the construct of the mosque is grand, and it features the architectural features of the classic architecture and ethnic style in our country. Inside the hall everywhere and the whole great temple is of primitive simplicity and elegance, solemn, which is full of rich islamic characteristic. It is a provincial cultural relics protection units.

Dongguan Giant Mosque

Dongguan Giant Mosque

Having a history of more than 500 years, the Dongguan Giant Mosque can accommodate 3000 people for weeks in its middle hall with its area of nearly 1102 square meters, and the hall is decorated with Tibetan fractions of brassy gold vase. Dongguan Giant Mosque is not only a religious activity sites for Muslim masses, and alsohighest institution of higher learning for islamic classics study. Since Dongguan Giant Mosque was built, it has been the imortant place for a vast majority of muslims in Xining region for weekends and meetings. As the important attration for tour visiting, it has attracted numerous visitors to here for sightseeings.

Travel information: 1) Opening time:8:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m. in winter and 8:00 a.m. to 20:00 p.m. in summer time; 2) Ticket price: 25 RMB/adult all the year round. 3) Best time to visit: May as there is a Qinghai Tulip Festival at that time at Xining.

Kunmbun Monastery

Kunmbun Monastery

Kunmbun Monastery

Loacted in Huangzhong County which is 25 kilometers south of the Xining city, the Kunmbun Monastery is our country’s famous lama temple, tsongkhapa birthplace of co-founder of shamanism in Lamaism , and also the activity center of northwest Buddhism. Features the grand scale, it has more than eight hundred halls in its prosperious time, and it is one of the famous six big lama temple in our country ( The remaining five temples are Tibet sera monastery, drepung monastery, tashilhunpo monastery, ganden monastery, and gansu LaBuLengSi), it enjoys a high reputation throughout the country and southeast Asia.

Kunmbun Monastery

Kunmbun Monastery

Having the history of more than 400 years, the Kunmbun Monastery was built according to the mountain and it is composed of daikin watt temple, jin temple, DaJingTang, large kitchen, nine rooms halls, big waves, ruyi pagoda temple, taiping tower, the bodhi tower and many palaces, oratories pagoda temples to make it an ancient building group featuring impressiveness and Tibetan art style.

Kunmbun Monastery

Kunmbun Monastery

Xining although is located in the northwest China, the climate is relatively stable, especially the summer climate is cool, which makes it a natural summer resort. Xning city belongs continental plateau semi-arid climate, and its highest elevation is 4394 meters, 2275 meters above sea level in the city center. And it features low air pressure, long sunshine day, strongsolar radiation, therefore, when traveling there, you should pay attention to prevent unscreen, and as the day and night temperature difference is big, so you should also pay attention to keep warm at night. Annual average temperature is 3.2 ℃, January average temperature is 8.9 ℃, and the average temperature of 17.2 ℃ in July.

Travel information: 1) Opening time: 8:00 a.m. -17:00 p.m. 2) Ticket price: 80 RMB/adult; 3) Best time to visit: Summer time. Xining has been called “the summer capital in China,” as climat in summer there is cool and pleasant, but other seasons are cold with big temperature gap between day and night. 4) Do remember that no photo taking in the Kunmbun Monastery.

Bird Island of Qinghai Lake

Bird Island

Bird Island

Bird Island is located in the northwest corner of the Qinghai Lake and it is divided into East Lake and West Lake. When you are walking along it, you can hear birds singing with various sounds from a further distance. Standing on the deck, you see all kinds of birds playing between the sky and the lake; some spread the wings to fly, sweeping one by one white mark across the sky; some chases each other, leaving silver ripples on the water surface; and some bathing on the shore lazily under the sun. How lovely and beautiful scene!

The main reason that Bird Island is the ideal home for birds breeding is that it has a unique geographical conditions and natural environment, which features flat topography, moderate climate and three sides around the water. Quiet environment, flourish water grass, various fish make it the natural place that the birds live and thrive. Those talent birds choose different landform and ecological environment here to build their homes according to their own habits and hobbies.

Bird Island

Bird Island

Beautiful Bird Island in Qinghai Lake is the birds’ paradise and the birds’ heaven, and also a marvel of the Qinghai Plateau. This beautiful and splendid Bird Island scenery and the peculiar waterfowl life have attracted many tourists to come here for sightseeing and caused many people longing and yearning for it. Management station for the Bird Island has been set up in the island, and it has been classified as natural reserve areas.

Travel information: 1) Ticket price: 115 RMB/adult in peak season from May to October and 75 RMB/adult in the slack season from November to April; 2) Best time to visit: May to July are the best time and November to February are the best time to view the whooper swans; 3) Ways to go there: take the buses at 7 a.m. with the price of 130 RMB/adult.

Qinghai Lake

Qinghai Lake

Qinghai Lake

Qinghai Lake, located in the northeast of Qinghai plateau and northwest of the Xining city, is the largest inland lake in China and also the largest salt water lake in China. Qinghai lake covers an area of 4456 square kilometers, the circumference around the lake is more than 360 kilometers, which is twice larger than that of the famous Tai Lake. The Qinghai Lake features long east and west and narrow north and south, which shows oval shape. Qinghai lake’s water on average is about 19 meters deep with the maximum depth of 28 meters, storage capacity of 105 billion cubic meters, 3260 meters above sea level, which is higher than two Mount Tai.

Natural landscape of the Lake qinghai lake scenic area include Qinghai Lake, bird island, sea heart mountain, sand island, three stone, silurian sword; Lakeside landscape water grassland area includes Riyue Mountain, Daotang River, small north lake, Buhua River, Yueya Lake, hot springs, Cuoda Lake, Xia Geer Mountain, Gold and Silver Grassland, etc. Qinghai lake has a number of Chinese highest honor and it is the national AAAAA level national natural scenic spot.

Qinghai Lake

Qinghai Lake

The Qinghai Lake is frozen in December every year with the ice period of 6 months and ice thickness of more than half a meter. There are five islands in the lake, among which the sea heart mountain is the largest..The bird island is located in the western part of lake with an area of 0.11 square kilometers, and it is the breeding interest-bearing place of more than 10 kinds of migratory birds including bar-headed goose,fish gulls and cormorants, reaching a number of more than 100,000.

Qinghai Lake

Qinghai Lake

Travel information: 1) Opening time: 24 hours; 2) Ticket price: 100 RMB/adult; 3) Playing duration suggestion: 2 days; 4) Best time to visit: July and August is the best time to go to Qinghai lake because you can view a field of rape flower there, and the annual cycling race is held at that time.

Yangtze Gold Cruise

Chongqing Yangtze Gold Cruises Co. Ltd. Is the subsidiary company of Chongqing Tourism Investment Group which is the largest company of the super 5 star luxury cruise ships for the inland rivers of the world.

On the day of 28th May, 2011, Yangtze Gold1 set its maiden sail from Chongqing. It was first five-star cruise which is more than 10,000 ton on the Yangtze River. With the Gold Cruise 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 joining this series in the year 2012, this Cruise has become the preferred choice of the luxurious vacation on the Yangtze River.

Yangtze Gold Cruise

Yangtze Gold Cruise

It is being the largest and newest ships sailing on the Yangtze River; it was built and designed according to the 2008 star rating standard for the cruise ships on the inland river which was issued by the China National Tourism Administration. Their equipments were referred to as the most functional facilities and advanced of the ocean cruises and standards of the five star hotels. The large space provides the widest public area which is distributed in such a way that every passenger can have the fun. The kid’s garden will give a wonderful time to your children. Then air surfing swimming pool, racing track, golf course, gym, billiard parlor are the good places for spending a leisure time. There is an about 800 sq. meters pedestrian street where you can find special local products market, café as well as shops. The top level noise reduction measures and anti vibration engine allows you to have the quite ride. Personal balconies and sight-seeing elevators make sure that you will not miss any gorgeous site. Apart from this, there is a conference hall with interpretation system, double Layer Theater and a helipad. Each of the Gold Cruise Ship is having a luxurious and modern floating hotel which offers you the most enjoyable experience on the Yangtze Ship cruise.

Yangtze Gold Cruise

Yangtze Gold Cruise

 

Victoria cruise

Victoria Cruise is the only fleet which is operated as well as owned by the New York based corporation and operates on the Three Gorges in the Yangtze River of China. The Victoria fleet was put into operation since the year 1994 and it is by far the most excellent as well as the biggest 5-star one which was evaluated by the National Tourism Administration of China. It has currently seven ships namely Victoria Anna, Victoria Katrina, Victoria Lianna, Victoria Jenna, Victoria Selina, Victoria Grace and Victoria Sophia. Out of these ships Victoria Anna, Victoria Katrina and Victoria Jenna are above 5-star standard.

Victoria katrina

Victoria katrina

The lines which the Victoria Cruises operates lies mainly on the Three Gorges which includes the one-way from Chengqing to Yichang which is four days/three nights downstream, Yichang to Chongqing which is five days/four nights upstream, Chongqing to Shanghai which is seven days/Six night downstream, and shanghai to Chongqing which is nine days/eight nights upstream. The Victoria cruises are best and well equipped fleets on the Yangtze River. They have continuously improved their services, upgraded their facilities and refurbished the bodies over these years. The excellent services are provided by the first class staffs on your journey which includes the senior professional foreign on board representatives, well trained and accommodating waiters and waitresses as well as knowledgeable river guides which will really impress you and it is the indispensable part of the chain of the fleet’s services. The international level of service, superior American management, outstanding service quality, well equipped ship facilities and selected highlight itineraries make it one of the best fleets on the Yangtze River. There are more than about 400,000 travelers who have enjoyed the services of Victoria Cruise and they are really satisfied by their services. You can really have a good time on your Yangtze ship cruise.

 

Victoria2 Cruise Ship

Victoria2 Cruise Ship

Famous Yangtze Ship Cruises

The Yangtze Ship cruises carries about 180 passengers which is a good sized party during the trip of the cruise. This aspect easily allows you to congregate and mingle with the person whom you wish to take while you are on your excursion at your leisure. The onboard furnishings and design are according to the standards of international 5 star hotels.

Victoria Cruises

Victoria cruise has celebrated its 10th anniversary in the year 2004 and hold the distinction of managing and operating the largest fleets of the vessels with the five stars rating from China National Tourism Administration. It is a true innovator and pioneer and delivers the unsurpassed and unrivaled experience on the Yangtze River of China. Victoria Cruise, a Company managed by the America target the marketplace of globe. Ships are served by the crew of about 100 people which are multi-lingual Western cruise directors as well as local river guides.

Victoria Cruise

Victoria Cruise

CCOTC Cruises

Changjiang Cruise Overseas Travel Co. or CCOTC Cruise is one of the most luxurious, biggest and professional Yangtze cruise line. All the cruise ships are built according to the international safety standards, double hull, steel structure, lifeboats, fireproofing, lifesavers and lifejackets. The bridge is equipped with all the latest navigation equipments. Sailors and captains are very much well trained and have to undergo the years of internship. The service staffs are also drawn from the maritime institutes.

CCOTC Cruises

CCOTC Cruises

President Cruise

President Cruise consist of the Yellow Crane, President one, Splendid China, Snow Mountain, Yangtze, Yangtze Paradise, Zhaojun President services. They are providing the renowned sailing services and tastefully designed to provide facilities to the customers.

President Ship Cruise

President Ship Cruise

New Century

It is managed by the Viking River Cruises and newest deluxe 5 star cruise ship having six decks which are decorated in the modern style. All the cabins are designed with the private balcony and French windows for viewing the scenery of Three Gorges. It is also equipped with the SONAR, RADAR and GPS systems.

Century Ship Cruise

Century Ship Cruise

 

 

Facts of Yangtze River

Yangtze is the busiest and longest river of Asia and 3rd longest river of the word followed by Amazon and Nile. It is called as Chang Liang in Chinese which means Long River and the name Yangtze is only for describing the section of the river which is near the mouth. Yangtze also means child of the ocean.

It flows for about 3,964 miles from where it originates about 21,700 feet up in the mountains of Kunlun on the Tibetan plateau which is to the East China Sea near Shanghai. It drops off the Tibetan plateau and descends about 1000 feet in the first 600 miles which is separated by the massive ridges from the Salween and Mekong Rivers.

Yangtze River

Yangtze River

The Yangtze River passes through five canyons, nine provinces and literally divides China between North and South. After reaching the city of Chongqing at an elevation of more than 600 feet, it wanders through the massive alluvial plain and navigable for the large ships. Wuhan is 600 miles inland and one of the major ports of this river. Hanyang, Hankow and Wuchang are some important ports. At the mouth of Yangtze Kiang, it empties into the sea which is about 40 miles wide. The Yangtze River here releases about 8 million gallon into the Sea of East china every second.

Yangtze River

Yangtze River

The Watershed of Yangtze River encompasses 700,000 square miles while is the 20 percent of the total land area of china and encompasses about 700 tributaries which accounts for the 35 percent of the total fresh water resources of China. pit carries the three-fourth of the internal waterway commercial of china and irrigates over third of the agricultural output of china producing 40 percent of the nation grains, 25 percent of rice, 30 percent of cotton, 48 percent freshwater fish and 40 percent of total industrial output of China.

 

Yangtze River Facts

Name– Yangtze River (Chang Jiang/ Chang-jyang)

Meaning– Long River

Features

  • Longest River in Asia and 3rd longest river in the world
  • One of the two main rivers in China
  • Yangtze River Cruises
  • Ancient places, artwork and history
  • Industrial, Scenic and ancient sites
  • Huge inland waterway for industry and travel
  • Biggest dam
  • Stunning array of scenery- it ranges from the high peaks of Qinghai to inland plain and from jungles and natural highlights to the biggest dam, The Three Gorges Dam, having biggest electric generation installation to big cities along the Yangtze to the sea
Yangtze River

Yangtze River

Most Popular Sections

•          Middle Reaches: Lesser Three Gorges, Three Gorges and Chongqing,Fengdu Ghost City

•          Lower Reaches: Nanjing, Wuhan, Shanghai

•          Upper Reaches: Lijiang, First Bend of the Yangtze River, Tiger Leaping Gorge

Plan Your Yangtze River cruise

•          Most popular local products and souvenirs: Dairy and fruit products around Lijiang, porcelain, Chinese paintings, silk, jade, jewelry and silverware in Shanghai Nanjing

•          Most popular food: meat and products in Lijiang, reganmian  or hot dry noodles in Wuhan, hotpot in Sichuan and Boiled Duck and eight delicacies soup With Salt n Nanjing.

History

•          The British Empire established a trading concession in Wuhan in 1861.

•          Little captained the first steamship that reached Chongqing in 1898.

•          In late 20th century, many Yangtze River locations became international tourist attractions.

•          China began excavating a side channel for blocking the Yangtze River and building the dam in 1993.

Yangtze River

Yangtze River

Geography

•          Significance: The basin of Yangtze is the home for one third of population of China, and the river allows ship transport to all the way to Chongqing. It is the most important river for industry, agriculture and inland travel. It is also considered to divide the line between northern and southern China.

•          Tourism: You can view the one of the deepest gorges of the world at the Tiger leaping Gorges along with many ancient and scenic spots and one of the biggest cities and industrial areas of world in Shanghai.

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