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Xian's Small Wild Goose Pagoda http://buff.ly/1eJtAW7 THE SMALL WILD GOOSE PAGODA IS A CULTURAL HERITAGE FROM THE TANG DYNASTY: Pagodas are a traditional part of Chinese architecture and landscape and in Xi'an, we pay a fleeting visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, one of two significant pagodas in the city. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is an important cultural relic...
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A Glimpse of Tujia Culture on a Shennong Stream Cruise A SHENNONG STREAM CRUISE OFFERS STUNNING SCENERY AND AN INSIGHT INTO THE TUJIA CULTURE: A popular excursion on any Yangtze River Cruise is trip up the Shennong Stream. The banks of the Shennong Stream have been the home of the Tujia minority group as far back as the Han Dynasty and the cruise offers stunning...
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The Chinese Art of Tea http://buff.ly/1GFhaYz TEA DRINKING IN CHINA AND THE CEREMONIAL ART OF TEA PREPARATION: Our morning visit to the Terracotta Museum was a rather wet experience, so a pleasant surprise at lunchtime is a sandwich lunch at the Tian Lai Teahouse. More than just a sandwich in a tea house, we are treated to an entertaining and informative...
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The Great Mosque of Xi'an is an oasis of tranquility http://buff.ly/1aAauPv THE XI'AN GREAT MOSQUE IS ONE OF THE OLDEST AND LARGEST MOSQUES IN CHINA: Located in the heart of the Xi'an's bustling Muslim Quarter is the Great Mosque, one of the oldest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China. The mosque was first established in 742 AD, during the Tang Dynasty, and it is still a...
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A "Qing Style" market at Puning Street in Chengde http://buff.ly/1JazAkj AT THE PUNING STREET QING MARKET YOU CAN BUY ALL KINDS OF CHINESE SOUVENIRS On the way out of the Puyou Temple complex, we walk through the Puning Street market, a modern day re-creation of a Qing era market place. The shop assistants are all dressed up in traditional period costumes to add atmosphere to...
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The Chinese Art of Paper Cutting in Chengde http://buff.ly/1Hi8dnc PAPER CUTTING IS A PART OF CHINA'S CULTURAL HERITAGE: The Chengde Mountain Resort is the main reason for our trip from Beijing to Chengde, however a surprise side-trip for us is a stop at the Junfeng Paper Cutting School to see some of the paper-cuts that Chengde is famous for. For anyone who's lived in...
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A walk on the Xi'an City Wall http://buff.ly/1FHTaGW XI'AN CITY WALL IS THE OLDEST AND BEST PRESERVED ANCIENT MILITARY DEFENSE SYSTEM: Although not as dramatic as the Great Wall of China or as fascinating as the city's world-famous terracotta warriors, the Xi'an City Wall is nevertheless one of China's more important ancient monuments. First built in the Sui-Tang Dynasties, the wall enjoys a...
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A Glimpse of Tujia Culture on a Shennong Stream Cruise http://buff.ly/1EnvKQa A SHENNONG STREAM CRUISE OFFERS STUNNING SCENERY AND AN INSIGHT INTO THE TUJIA CULTURE: A popular excursion on any Yangtze River Cruise is trip up the Shennong Stream. The banks of the Shennong Stream have been the home of the Tujia minority group as far back as the Han Dynasty and the cruise offers stunning...
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Xian's Magnificent Shaanxi History Museum http://buff.ly/1E64Yff THE SHAANXI HISTORY MUSEUM IS A TREASURE HOUSE OF ANCIENT CHINESE ARTEFACTS: For history buffs and anyone wanting to have some appreciation of Chinese history and culture, the Shaanxi History Museum is an excellent museum with over 370,000 fine pieces of ancient artefacts tracing the history of China from the Stone Age to the Bronze...
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Xi'an's Fascinating Muslim Snack Street http://buff.ly/1b9wp0O AS ITS NAME IMPLIES, MUSLIM SNACK STREET IS PACKED WITH VENDORS SELLING SNACK FOODS: Xi'an has a large Muslim community with many of its members living around the Muslim Quarter which is in the vicinity of the Drum Tower. The vibrant Muslim Quarter is home to several mosques, the largest and oldest of which is...
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Puning Temple - A Symbol of Universal Peace http://buff.ly/1DRlbJQ PUNING TEMPLE HAS THE WORLD'S LARGEST BODHISATTVA AVALOKITESVARA WOOD SCULPTURE: Puning Temple, located to the north-east of the Chengde Mountain Resort, is one of the temples that make up the Eight Outer Temples complex. Nicknamed the "Big Buddha Temple", it is one of the more interesting temples in the complex as it is home to...
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Puyou Temple With Its Impressive Hall of Arhats http://buff.ly/1J8NHH5 PUYOU TEMPLE'S COLLECTION OF ARHAT STATUES IS WORTH SEEING: To the east of Puning Temple is the Puyou Temple, another of the Eight Outer Temples near the Chengde Mountain Resort. Compared to Puning Temple, with its many colourful gateways, pavilions, temple halls, stupas and the world famous giant Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, Puyou Temple is much less...
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http://www.travelsignpostschina.com/: In-depth information and resource links to help you plan your China trip or river cruise, and lots of photos of Chinese tourist destinations to show you what a place is really like. Plus other interesting travel stories and info. From pro photographer and writer Tony Page and his wife Helen.