Jiuzhaigou Scenic Spot

It is known to all that the best time to have a trip to Jiuzhaigou is October, but just keep in mind that there will be very visitors during that time, especially if you go there during the Chinese National Holiday from 1st -7th October, so if you time is flexible, just avoid the crowded period.

As for how to visit Jiuzhaigou, there are many sayings on the Internet, such as which ditch to go first, which ditch to go to finally, etc. In fact, my personal opinion is that, unless you plan to visit for 2 days, if you only have 1 day, then don’t think too much, go directly to the sightseeing car. Jiuzhaigou is full of beautiful scenery. Moreover, the main reason is that there are many people in the sightseeing station. When the car comes, it will be crowded. The car is said to be dispatched on-site, and it is not specified which ditch to go through. It may first park in the tiger sea of Shuzhenggou, then get off to view the scenery, and continue to get on the bus. (The scenic spot tourist center has a sightseeing car map, which is free of charge, the label is very clear on which site can be get on and get off, etc.)

If you want to go to the primeval forest, wait for the car at the place where you get off (some cars can go directly to the primeval forest, but it is depending on your luck).

Believe that the hard work of 1 day in Jiuzhaigou is worthwhile. There are many things in Jiuzhaigou that are worthy of your recollection.

  1. About lunch: Inside the scenic spot, there is a restaurant called Nuorilang, and there are some small vendors selling food nearby, all of which are 15 yuan. It is recommended that if you plan to eat instant noodles, don’t go to NuoriLang, there are too many people.
  2. It is recommended not to bring instant noodles into the scenic area unless you bring your own hot water. The scenic area does not provide hot water, so it is useless to bring it in.

Gulangyu Island

Gulangyu Island is located in the southwest corner of Xiamen Island. It faces the city of Xiamen across the sea. It has unique overseas Chinese customs and delicious specialties of the southern Fujian. The various exotic buildings make Gulangyu unique. There are many popular attractions such as Shuzhuang Garden, Sunlight Rock and Haoyue Garden. In addition, there are many old buildings of different styles, which are suitable for walking, daze and quietly enjoying life.

There are also a lot of shops on the island, such as Zhang sanfeng milk tea shop, Su Xiao Tang shop, Miss Zhao’s shop, etc. Here, you can slow down, find a quiet literary coffee shop, spend a leisurely afternoon and spend your time. On July 8, 2017, Gulangyu successfully applied to become the 52nd World Heritage Site in China.

Official telephone number of Gulangyu Island: 0592-2060777

Time needed for visiting: 1 day

Ticket: free of charge

Opening time: all the day

How to go to the Gulangyu Island:

Xiamen to Gulangyu mainly takes the ferry from the Xiamen International Cruise Center to the Sanqiutian Wharf of Gulangyu Island or the Nei Cuo Ao Wharf.

Sanqiutian Wharf is located near the popular tourist area on the east coast of Gulangyu Island. Most tourists will choose to go to the island from here. The Nei Cuo Ao Wharf is on the west coast of Gulangyu Island.

It is recommended to purchase tickets 2-3 days in advance, and it is recommended to purchase tickets 10 days in advance on holidays. You can purchase tickets on Xiamen Ferry Co., Ltd. official website (up to 15 days in advance) or WeChat public number (up to 5 days in advance).

The ticket is a round-trip ticket. The return can be taken from any dock on the island. The ticket cannot be changed. At the latest, the ticket can be refunded one hour before the flight.

The ferry terminal has become a public-only terminal in 2014, but tourists can take a ferry here when they go to the island at night.

Lijiang Ancient Town

When you arrive in Lijiang for the first time, you will be impressed by the beautiful scenery of the bridge and river here. Dayan Ancient Town, Shuhe and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain are the best places to learn about Lijiang, and the mysterious Lugu Lake is beautiful. You will be intoxicated between the great lakes and mountains. In Lijiang, you can be a wayward child, let go of the annoyance of life, enjoy the fantasy, and enjoy the warm sunshine here; or take a hike through to feel the beauty of nature and mountains; you can also be intoxicated at looking forward to an unexpected love at one night. Healing, escorting, crossing, searching, dazing at everything around you. Lijiang still has a lot of unknown charms, which are waiting to be discovered here.

Being one of the most famous towns on the ancient Tea Horse Road, Lijiang Ancient Town has a history of 890 years. In the ancient city, it features the wooden building, the grey tile, the ancient street stone alley, the small bridge and flowing water. Standing on the east street of the ancient city, you can look at the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from the head.

Being one of the two ancient cities in China that has successfully declared the world’s cultural heritage with the entire ancient city, the Lijiang Ancient Town is one of the distinctive features and styles of Chinese folk dwellings. The Lijiang Ancient Town began to take shape in the Southern Song Dynasty. Since the Ming Dynasty, the Lijiang Ancient Town was called “Dayanxiang”, because it is located in the center of Lijiang Dam, surrounded by green hills, and a green water between the wilderness is like a piece of jasper.

Official Telephone number of the Lijiang Ancient Town: 0888-5116666; 0888-5119111

Visiting time reference: 1 day

How to go to the Lijiang Ancient Town:

Bus: Take No. 4 and No. 18 bus to Zhongyi Market and get off and then walk for about 1 km to arrive in it. Take No. 2 and No. 13 bus and get off at Ancient Town Parking Lot Station, or take No. 7 bus to get off at the department store, then you can walk from the north gate of the ancient city to enter it. You can also take No. 2, 3, 12 bus in the city and get off at Nanmen Street Station and walk to the south gate of the ancient city.

Ticket: free.

Open time: throughout the day.

The Elephant Trunk Hill

After entering the gate of the scenic spot, you can see the elephant’s logo everywhere. Elephant Trunk Hill is free to the public in Guilin before 9:00 am, and it is also convenient for morning exercise. However, the entire scenic spot has been blocked. If you want to take photograph of the Elephant Trunk Hill without entering the scenic spot, it is impossible.

To take a panoramic view of Elephant Trunk Hill, if you enter from Gate 1, you should pay attention to the small bridge on the left-hand side to go to the other side. If you go straight ahead, you will climb the Elephant Trunk Hill cave. The overall height of the Elephant Trunk Hill cave is not high, but the steps are steep, and you need to be careful when climbing up and down. At the highest point, you can overlook the city of Guilin. The Elephant Trunk Hill from this perspective is still very beautiful, and the shape of the elephant trunk is extraordinarily realistic.

Elephant Trunk Hill, as a symbol of Guilin, is almost a sea of people, and photography can only be robbed to get a best position. In addition to the iconic Elephant Trunk Rock and the Xiangshan Wine Cellar, you can also visit slowly. The water inside is very clear, and standing on the pebbles are still a little painful. There are embarrassing elephants in the shape of a dinosaur sculpture. When seeing the stream in the Elephant Trunk Hill Park, the children are quiet immediately, and then they are having fun in the creek.

The most striking thing inside the Elephant Trunk Hill Park is the praying tree with red ribbons and bells. Many tourists hang the sachets or red ropes on the trees, and then circle the tree clockwise to make their wishes. There are also several love-themed statues there. They are deeply affectionate, or have a kiss, which adds a lot of love and sweetness. The trees on the hill are lush and the exquisite pagodas are dotted around them. The rivers under the hill are quiet and clear, and the bamboo boats on the river are fluttering. Such mountains surround such waters, and such waters reflect such mountains, and the mountains and rivers depend on each other, to make it as in the paintings.

Temple of Heaven

The square layout of the Temple of Heaven is completely without a reason to get lost when you are visiting there. Whether you enter from the north gate or the south gate, it is generally not to go back and just go out from another gate, which is also more time-saving. The route is also very clear, because the Temple of Heaven is completely laid out according to the central axis. The main attractions are the Hall of Prayer, Imperial Heavenly Vault, Echo Wall and Circular Mound Altar.

If you don’t know that the role of the Temple of Heaven is for sacrifice, you will feel that the building of the Hall of Prayer is very beautiful. After knowing the history and architectural structure of the Temple of Heaven, after a few visits to the Temple of Heaven, you will feel that this landscape is really beautiful. The temple of heaven has more impact on the hearts of many people than the Summer Palace. You will feel that the building is really beautiful. Although there is no accumulation of knowledge, it is simply like it. After knowing its history, you will feel it more charming.

In fact, no matter what the season is, the Temple of Heaven is quite lively, especially the Hall of Prayer has so many visitors there.

Tickets are divided into gate tickets and attraction tickets. The scenic spots include the Hall of Prayer, the Echo Wall, and Circular Mound Altar on the middle axis. And they are the essence of the Temple of Heaven Park. At first it felt like a ceremonial tower. At the scene, the Beijing Red color together with the Aristocratic Blue and Emperor yellow color collocation of the building is truly sacred in the sun. The Temple of Heaven ticket price is 15 Yuan, the joint ticket is 34 Yuan, and the joint ticket is stopped for sale at 16:30 in the afternoon. If you don’t catch up, you can’t enter the scenic spot. You can only look at it from a far distance.

When there are already many tourists, if you want to take good pictures of the Prayer Hall, you need to raise the angle a bit, so that the camera just cuts out some people below, so that the photos don’t look messy.

The vast majority of tourists stay at the front of the Hall of Prayer and the top of the steps, so you can walk to the back side and wait for the nearby pedestrians to walk away to take an empty scene of the Temple of Heaven.

Sera Monastery

The debate of Sera Monastery is very famous. The Debate Garden is at the northern end of the main entrance. The time for debate is generally from 15:00, and you can watch it at will. The martial arts work is fixed every Monday to Friday afternoon and is open to visitors. What is more formal than the usual debates are the regular seminars, which are held by the monks to discuss and even debate the Dharma. The daily debate is an auxiliary method for the lamas to understand the meaning of the righteousness and improve their cultivation.

When you go to the Sera Monastery to see the debate. Listening is incomprehensible, it can only be seen; if you can’t understand it, you can only regard it as a lively show. The monk is either serious or relaxed, or contemplative or smiling, or eloquent or refuted, making a scene of enthusiasm. You may think that if all the colleges had such a strong academic atmosphere, there would not be so many people who had lost their lives.

In addition to the debate, the architecture in Sera Monastery is also very distinctive. As one of the three major temples, Sera Monastery is also very famous in Tibetan temples. Visitors will come here to watch the debate that begins at 15:00 pm every day.

You need to a climb 200-meters slope after entering into the gate of Sera Monastery. In the middle it is the main road, the temples are on the sides, and the older murals are preserved in many halls of the Sera Monastery. In addition, the celestial burial platform in Lhasa is on the hill behind the Sera Monastery. After 16:00 o’clock in the afternoon, Sera Monastery will close some halls, so it is necessary to go there earlier if you like to visit them. If you are not afraid of feeling tired, you can climb to the back of the Sera Monastery, where you can take a panoramic view of Lhasa. You will feel it memorable if you make your Tibetan tour to the Sera Monastery.

Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak, Hong Kong’s premier tourist destination, not only has spectacular views, full of shopping and dining fun, but also has a number of unique must-see attractions to bring you a diverse travel experience, allowing you to experience Hong Kong’s life culture.

To climb to the top of the Victoria Peak, taking one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious Peak Tram is definitely an unforgettable experience! The entire railway is towed by steel cables, and the train climbs from 28 meters above sea level to 396. Meters (about 1,300 feet), and passengers can overlook the Victoria Harbour along the way. Sitting in the carriage, the body could not help but lean backwards. The slope of some sections ranges from 4 to 27 degrees! The tall buildings and the dense trees seem to fall to the side, and you will feel it wonderful!

Designed by the famous British architect Terry Farrel, the Peak Tower is the unique bowl shape. It is a must-see destination for sightseeing, entertainment and shopping. Its appearance is widely used by millions of postcards and photos around the world.

On the Hong Kong’s highest 360-degree viewing platform, the Peak Tower skyscraper 428, it is a visual experience that allows you to stand on the invincible viewing platform at an altitude of 428 meters, which is the most advantageous location in Hong Kong, you will be intoxicated. In addition, The Peak Tower has a campsis grandiflora Gallery. The giant panels showcase the precious photos of Hong Kong in the early days and return to the past to experience the changes in Hong Kong.

It is recommended that you buy tickets online in advance, you can save the queue time, and it is recommended to take the cable car up the mountain and take the bus down the mountain (because the queue team going down the mountain is more horrible than that of climbing the mountain, and to experience two different modes of transportation, you will find the scenery along the way is also different). In addition, when you take the cable car, you should sit on the right-hand side of the mountain. You can see the high-rise buildings in Central along the way. The left seat shows the mountain view. After all, it’s on the mountain. The top floor observation deck is quite cold at night. Remember to bring a jacket to keep warm.

Yu Garden

Yu Garden is indeed a nice little garden. It is not like the exquisiteness of Suzhou Garden. Instead, it has more handsome masculinity inside, and it is refreshing. The Yu Garden is not as big as it was supposed to be. After all, it was a private garden, and it takes almost 1.5 hours to visit all the scenery spots inside. The distinctive roof and the engraved character scene really make Yu Garden very special. If you have visited the beautiful and quiet gardens in Suzhou, you can pass by and take a visit the charm of Yu Garden. And if possible, just choose the time when there is not so many people visiting the Yu Garden to come there, as it will be quiet, if you can isolate the embarrassment outside. The Yu Garden is closed earlier, and just pay attention to it.

When you go in the Yu Garden, it is recommended to take a map, so as not to go back, and you can buy a mobile phone explanation, it will be more interesting.

As soon as you enter Yu Garden, you will feel that as if you have traveled to another time space. There is no reinforced concrete and no high-rise buildings. There are only corridors, flowing water and willow. Although the Yu Garden is a scenic spot, you can choose to buy a ticket to go in and see, or you can choose to just stroll outside. Similar to Beijing’s South Luogu Lane, there are various ancient buildings, small shops and snacks along the street. It is really a place to eat and play.

You can buy the tickets for Yu Garden directly online, which is 54 Yuan/ 2 person. It is Suzhou garden style, and you may personally feel that it is more suitable to spend time to waste in Yu Garden, if you rush to leave, you may not feel the beauty of Yu Garden.

The Yu Garden itself is very beautiful. This typical Suzhou-style garden is exquisite and beautiful. The dragon wall is especially impressive. It is a rare garden in Shanghai. It is quite big inside. There are many tourists on the weekend, especially many foreign tourists. You can take pictures everywhere. There are many rockeries, and there are water and old houses. You may like those eaves, as the micro-carvings of the building are different.

The Potala Palace

For most of people who take a tour to Tibet, the Potala Palace is their top 1 choice there.

It is the highest and most majestic palace in the world, and it is the most important symbol of Lhasa and even Tibet. It was built by the Tubo dynasty, Zanpu Songzan in order to marry the Princess of Wencheng and Princess Bhrikuti. Over the past 1300, there have been nine Tibetan kings and 10 Dalai Lama who have been here for administration.

“Potala” is Sanskrit and translated as “Putuo”. It originally refers to the residence of the Goddess of Mercy. The Potala Palace is also a holy place in the hearts of all pilgrims. It is mainly composed of the Red Palace and the White Palace. The highest red palace in the middle is an important place for religious ceremonies. The surrounding White Palace is place mainly for the Dalai Lama’s life and political activities.

There are a large collection of historical relics collected and preserved in the Potala Palace, including pagodas, statues, murals, Thangka, and scriptures. The most striking of them is the eight spiritual towers of the Dalai Lama since the Fifth World (the Sixth Dalai Lai Cangyang Gyatso has no spiritual tower), which is a palace of art. There are three locations for taking the photos of the Potala Palace: the Yaowangshan Observation Deck on the southwest side of the Potala Palace, the artificial lakeside on the Zongjiao Lukang Park, and the Potala Palace Square.

Official telephone number of the Potala Palace: 0891-6339615;

Referred time needed: 1-3 hours;

How to go to the Potala Palace:

Take the No. 8 bus and get off at the Yaowangshan Farmers Market Station; if you are departing from Beijing East Road, you can walk to it.


Ordinary ticket: 200 RMB (Monday to Sunday during May 1st – October 31st)

Ordinary ticket: 100 RMB (Monday to Sunday during November 1st – April 30th of the following year)

Free of charge: children under 1.2 meters.

Open time:

09:00 a.m. – 14:00 p.m. (Monday to Sunday during January 1st – December 31st.

Tickets for the Potala Palace during the peak season are difficult to buy, and time does not allow you to queue up to buy tickets overnight if you are in a hurry. So, you can book tickets and guides for the Potala Palace online in advance. The whole process will be very satisfactory and the time is reasonable. The tour guide is also very good, but the history of Tibet is not something you can learn by visiting the Potala Palace as you need to learn slowly. Anyway, Potala Palace is surely a great place for you to take a visit.

Qutang Gorge

The Three Gorges has three large canyons from west to east. The Baidi City to the Tunxi section is called the Qutang Gorge. The Wushan to Badong Guandukou section is called the Wu Gorge. The Xiangxi of Zigui to Nanjinguan section is called the Xiling Gorge. There are many cultural sites, monuments and buildings left over. You can take a cruise on the Three Gorges and enjoy the Three Gorges scenery along the way.

Qutang Gorge is known as being ” powerful”, also called the Kui gorge. It is the shortest gorge of the Three Gorges, but it is the most majestic section. The Qiangtang Gorge is 8 kilometers long. It starts from Baidi Mountain in Fengjie County in the west and reaches Daxi Town in Wushan County in the east. It is 1,200 meters above sea level, even if the water level rises to 175 meters. The absolute height is still more than 1,100 meters, and the momentum of “Kui Men Xiong Tian Xia” is still the same as before.

There are many scenic spots and historical sites in Qutang Gorge. There are Fengjie Ancient City, Eight Diagrams, Stone Sentinel Maze and Yufu Tower on the upper reaches of the gorge narrows. There are Baidi City, Ancient Pland Path and Bellows gorge on the top of the northern bank of the Gorge. There are powder walls, Mengliang Ladder and Daxi cultural ruins on the south bank, etc. In the south bank not far from the lower part of the Bellows gorge, there is a strange and unusual mountain peak that protrudes from the riverside. It is called “Rhinoceros looking at the moon”, which is very vivid. The site of the DuFu Thatched Cottage is just a few kilometers away from Baidi City, and it is a place where poets linger.

Official telephone number of the Qutang Gorge: 023-56528366

Referred time needed: more than 3 hours

How to get to Qutang Gorge:

Qutang Gorge needs to take a boat to have a tour. It will take 7 hours from Chongqing Chaotian Wharf by boat to Fengjie New County, then transfers to Baidi City by bus, or you can directly purchase the Three Gorges cruise tickets in Chongqing, Wuhan or Yichang.

Ticket: free.

Opening time: all day.