China country is having a rainiy season this time that caused a deadly flood. Began in May, the flood follows the worst drought in a century for the southern Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi regions. Drought affected 61 million people, leaving millions without drinking water and 12 million acres (5 million hectares) barren since last year.
Some of the worst place suffered from flood such as : Guilin in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Songxi Town of Qingliu County, southeast China's Fujian Province, Nanning, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Beigeng Township, Xincheng County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
Fifty people were also missing in nine provinces and regions across China's south, the state flood control office said. Water levels have surged passed safe levels in dozens of rivers, including the Pearl River in the heart of China's manufacturing region.
Southern floods have caused 69 deaths.
By the impact of continued heavy rain, Fujian Nanping Yanping District part of the site flooded. Among them, Yanping District Security Minemura has more than 10,000 people in a flooding incident, armed police detachment Nanping 120 forest officers and soldiers were at the scene tension relief. It is understood that the local abundance of a record flood kindergartens have been trapped, causing the park there are 140 children can not go home. Moreover, the site has been waist-deep water. Rescue officers and men now have near the road from the park to a fixed length of the rope 750 meters, the officers and men will follow the rope back out of the park's children, as of press time, the rescue is still underway.
18 days, Fujian Province, Sanming City, Town, high sand hill by the government for several days after the occurrence of landslides, heavy rain, resulting in six homes have been demolished, about 19 people were buried, have been rescued 7 people.
As of press time, fire officers and men have been rescued five people, including one death, four people were injured.
Flash floods and landslides caused by the heavy rains have hit seven southern provinces, including Fujian, Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Guizhou, as well as the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. More than 5.6 million people have been affected and nearly half a million have been evacuated from their homes.
The rains and ensuing floods and landslides have caused direct economic losses of 6.5 billion yuan. Work teams have been dispatched to guide relief efforts in Fujian, Guangxi and Sichuan, the three worst-hit regions.
In this photo taken Thursday June 17, 2010, a bus moves through floodwaters in downtown Guilin in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Floods caused by heavy storms have killed 46 people this week in southern China, with 50 people missing as heavy rains had yet to subside.
a man watch from his raft over a flooded neighborhood in downtown Guilin in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Floods caused by heavy storms have killed 46 people this week in southern China, with 50 people missing as heavy rains had yet to subside.
Residents wade through the waterlogged street in Nanning, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on June 15. A fresh spell of heavy rains has pounded Guangxi since June 14, triggering floods in some regions of Guangxi.
Cars run on a flooded street in Nanning, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, June 15, 2010
Local officers send relief supplies in Beigeng Township, Xincheng County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
Photos taken from AP and news.xinhuanet.com
Watch Heavy Rain and Floods Hit Southern China video here
Floods and torrential rain are battering central and southern China. Chinese state media reported that hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the floods.
The streets in Jishou City, Hunan Province, are filled with water, while in Fenghuang County, 185,000 people have been forced into tents.
Tourists and locals were warned to stay away from this flooded river in Fenghuang City as hotels and bars were shut down. And in neighboring Guangxi Province, vehicles were left submerged in flooded streets in Wuzhou City. At least 125 people have died in the floods
Saturday, June 19, 2010
China country is having a rainiy season this time that caused a deadly flood. Began in May, the flood follows the worst drought in a century for the southern Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi regions. Drought affected 61 million people, leaving millions without drinking water and 12 million acres (5 million hectares) barren since last year.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Nanchang (南昌) is the capital city of Jiangxi Province, famous for its scenic lakes, mountains, rich history and cultural sites.Nanchang is located 60 km south of the Yangtze River and is situated on the right bank of the Gan River just below its confluence with the Jin River and some 40 km south of its discharge into Poyang Lake.
Nanchang is also called a heroic city because it was here that the communist uprising of 1 August 1927 began.
Nanchang is mainly an area that is used by travelers as a transit point on the way to the more interesting areas of Jinggangshan, Lushan, and Jingdezhen.The name Nanchang is the same with Nanchang aircraft company who produced Nanchang CJ-6a for sale.
As an old city, Nanchang has a lot of historic sites and places. Nanchang is both ancient and modern, saturated in Chinese as well as foreign cultural flavours. The city’s many traditional customs - and a cheerful festival atmosphere - can be found at tea ceremonies, stilt dances and other splendid cultural shows and performances.
As a famous historical cultural city in China, Nanchang has so much tourism resources including 70 cultural sites and among them the Tengwang Pavilion is the most famous one. Other tourist spots are August 1 Nanchang Uprising Monument, Meiling Mountain Scenic Area, Poyang Lake and so on.
Some of famous Nanchang attractions :
1. Tengwang Pavilion. Nanchang main symbol in the city is Tengwang Pavilion (Pavilion of Prince Teng). It is one of the Four Great Towers of China and setting for the famous poem Téngwáng Gé Xùjì by Wang Bo during the Tang Dynasty. Tengwan Pavilion is a towering pavilion dating to 653,on the east bank of the Gan River
2. Poyang Lake, the largest fresh water lake in China, it is also called "the Migrator Birds Paradise".
3. The Jiangxi Provincial Museum and Bada Shanren Exhibition Hall.
4. Mountain Jinggangshan. Jinggangshan Mountains is located 180km (110 miles) from Nanchang, and is situated in Hunan and Jiangxi provinces. This lush mountain area is known as "the cradle of the Chinese Revolution" because of the crucial role it played in the early Communist movement.
Nanchang's shopping may be not as many as other China cities. But various styles of clothing, trinkets and handicrafts can be found on the major shopping streets, such as Women's Street (Nuren jie) and Palace of Longevity Street (Wanshougong jie).
The most famous products in Nanchang may be is procelain from the nearby area of Jingdezhen. The Nanchang Porcelain Store (Nanchang ciqi shangdian) on Mingde lu is a good place to start looking, but there are many private stores selling classical style pieces inexpensively.
A beautiful neon lights enhanced Nanchang nights every day. Lights from the dance halls, night clubs, amusement centers and bars spread over the streets and lanes. Dinner shows and other entertainment at medium-to-high grade hotels are rich and colorful.
The city's most impressive venue is probably the Nanchang Caicha Theater which along with other theaters in the area stages performances of a local opera known as Huang Mei, or Tea-Picking Opera. The performances have come together from traditional songs and dances which were performed along the rivers in several provinces including Jiangxi in the 18th century.
Some of Recommended Cafes and Bars in Nanchang
1. U.B.C. Coffee
Minde Lu branch: No.195, Minde Lu, Donghu District
Supu branch: 3F, Jiangling Caiwu Dasha, No.111, Supu Lu
2. CD Bar
Address: No.65, Zhongshan Lu, Donghu District
3. Denver 1857's Bar
Address: No.403, Minde Lu, Donghu District
4. Felix Bar
Address: No.65, Yanjiang Beilu, Donghu District
5. May Flower
Address: Intersection of Minde Lu and Supu Lu
Address: No.300, Ruzi Lu, Xihu District
7. Wanda International Cinema Center
Address: 4 F, Wanda Shopping Center
Photos of Nanchang city and the tourism photos :
Nanchang is the capital city of Jiangxi Province. Nanchang is located in the northwest of Jiangxi Province, on the south bank of Yangtze River and lower reaches of Gan River, and close to Poyang Lake.
Nanchang Tengwang Pavilion, located on the bank of the Yangtze River, west of Nanchang City, is the landmark of the city
Star of Nanchang Ferris Wheel, was the world's tallest Ferris wheel from 2006-2008
Shengjin Pagoda Nanchang
Poyang Lake at Nanchang. Po Yang is a huge lake surrounded by a number of smaller lakes. Poyang Lake, the largest fresh water lake in China, it is also called "the Migrator Birds Paradise".
Jinggang Mountain at Nanchang. Jinggangshan Mountains is located 180km (110 miles) from Nanchang, and is situated in Hunan and Jiangxi provinces.
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Changsha (長沙) is the capital city of Hunan Province, and is located in northeast part of Hunan. Populated by some six million souls, Changsha is a lively town well known for its food culture, military tradition and being one of Mao Zedong's haunts prior to launching his political career.
Changsha is an old city with a very long history. The recorded history of Changsha can be traced back 3000 years. Tomb relics from the primitive periods witnessing the earliest human of activities have been discovered in this region.
Changsha can be called the heart of China in more ways than one. It is found right in the middle of the breast of any big chicken map of China. Its satellite town Shaoshan is home to Chairman Mao, and its hinterlands produce grain for much of the nation. Furthermore, it is a transport hub, pumping goods East to West along the Xiangjiang River, and from Guangzhou to Beijing via railroad. Neither a glittering Shanghai nor a quaint Yangshuo, Changsha is one of scores of major Chinese cities concerned with growing from second tier backwater to first-rate economic juggernaut, come hell or high inflation.
Although not as ancient a capital city as Beijing, Nanjing or Xian, Changsha also has rich historical heritages including old wall remains, tomb sites, religious temples and buildings. What earns the city its reputation among tourists are two things. One is a great man in China's recent history, Chairman Mao Zedong and the other is Yuelu Academy, a time-honored academic school perched on the scenic Yuelu Mountain.
The village of Shaoshan, about 130 kilometers south-west of Changsha is the hometown of Chairman Mao Zedong. Today, the village has become a memorial place for Chinese people to remember this extraordinary man.
Changsha Top Attractions :
1. Yue foothill academy.
Yuelu Academy is the most ancient academy in China. It was established in the ninth year of Kaibao Period of North Song (976 AD). In 1015, it was famous for its study atmosphere and obliged the name by Emperor Zhen Zong.
2. Hunan Sheng Bowuguan (Hunan Provincial Museum)
Hunan Provincial Museum has rich collections, among which Mawangdui Han Tomb, Bronze ware crafts of Shang and Zhou Dynasties, the cultural relics of Wu Kingdom are the most special.
3. Juzi Island
Juzi Island came into being in 305 AD and got its name in the six century, from the poem of famous poet in Tang Dynasty., “the field of Ju Island is still fertile”.
4. Lei Feng Jinianguan (Lei Feng Memorial)
Those looking for a trace of Mao's China will find it here. The selfless soldier whose only ambition was to be "a little screw that would never rust in the revolutionary machinery" ended up getting a whole memorial to himself, not to mention the Lei Feng Hospital, the Lei Feng Hotel, and the big statue of Lei Feng that flanks the street to the museum.
5. Mao Zedong Tongzhi Guju (Comrade Mao Zedong's Former Residence)
Best of the two main sights, Mao's former home doesn't look that different from some of the present farmhouses in Hunan and Sichuan.
6. Shao Shan Mao Zedong Tongzhi Jinianguan (Shao Shan Mao Zedong Museum)
The highlight of the museum, built in 2003, is undoubtedly the third-floor collection of items used by Mao during his life.
Changsha is well known for its stellar nightlife. Typical of southern China, Changsha's residents like to take their merrymaking to the streets and spread it around. If you're not too weary after a day of sightseeing, the ambiance on Shaoshan Lu and Furong Lu in the post midnight hours should prove enjoyable to those who enjoy the nightlife.
Changsha Bars and Clubs
There's a popular bar street in town, Jiefang Xilu. It's a 3 km (1.86 mi) stretch of road jam packed with bars. There's bound to be one suitable for just about any taste. Golden Times on Jiefang Lu is a popular choice with locals and has live music from time to time. If you're looking for a DJ, Re Wu Disco on Wuyi Dadao might suffice.
Some of recommended bars and clubs in Changsha such as :
1. Golden Time (Jin1 Se4 Nian2 Hua2)
Located in Jiefang Lu, this is the most up to the minute entertainment venue in the city.
Address: No. 18, Jiefang Xilu
Features: Show performances and KTV
Getting there: Bus No. 368 or taxi
2. Hedong DISCO
It is the most popular disco square in the city. They also have show performances and bars. However, people go there mainly for the crazy rhythms.
3. Huatian Theatre (Hua2 Tian1 Da4 Ju4 Chang3)
This attractive and well appointed theatre stages both formal performances and entertaining shows.
Address: 5&6th floor, Huatian In'l Club
4. Red Sun Entertainment (Hong2 Tai4 Yang2)
Considered the king of the entertainment enterprises, the Red Sun provides a comprehensive range of show performances.
Address: 7-A, Dongfeng Xilu
5. Shennong Club
Address: 4th, floor, Shennong Hotel
6. Tongcheng Club
Address: 7th, floor, Tongcheng International Hotel
Photos of Changsha
View of Changsha City from Yuelu Mountain
Changsha skycrapers. Changsha is one of China's top 20 "economically advanced" cities.
The Huángxīng Lù Commercial Pedestrian Street in Changsha
Yuelu Academy. Originally built in 976 during the Song Dynasty, the academy school survived through the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties and is considered to be the cradle of Huxiang Culture. (simply means the culture school in Hunan Province)
Changsha Sheraton Hotel. The Sheraton Changsha Hotel will be the first international 5-star hotel in Hunan Province and will offer 388 rooms and suites, as well as other luxury facilities.
A giant statue of Chairman Mao Zedong under construction in Changsha, the capital of South China's Hunan Province. When complete, the sculpture, which is 32 meters in height and covers an area of 2300 square meters, will be the largest statue of Mao Zedong in China.
Watch video of Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, Southcentral China, located on the lower reaches of Xiangjiang river, a branch of the Yangtze River. Population 6 Million peoples.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Shijiazhuang (石家庄) is the capital city of Hebei Province, located 280km (174 miles) southwest of Beijing in central Hebei. It is a major hub of the national railway network and is a fast-growing, prosperous city.
Shijiazhuang is the intersection of the Beijing-Guangzhou, Shijiazhuang -Dezhou, and Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan railway lines and one of the centers of communications in China. It is also known for its flourishing textile industry.
Shijiazhuang actually is a small village, No one could have predicted that this small, unknown village would have developed rapidly into the modern capital city of Hebei Province.
Nowadays it is the capital and main economic center of Hebei and a relatively important city in China. Shijiazhuang is the largest pharmarceutical base in China and is as well an important center in the textile, IT, manufacturing and chemical industries. In 2007, it was listed as one of the top 15 economic powers in China.
According to the latest census figures, Shijiazhuang has a population of 2.19 million in the city proper, with a further 7.4 million people living in its 20 affiliated counties.
Shijiazhuang Tourism and attractions
Shijiazhung is a young city in China. Although it's considered relatively young by Chinese standards, it has already made its mark in Chinese history. Xibaipo Village, located 80 kms outside of Shijiazhuang, was the northern base for Chairman Mao Zedong, the Red Army and the Communist Party.
Though it is a relatively young city, it is located on fertile land that boasts splendid cultural history. As such, Shijiazhuang is home to many significant cultural relics, such as the oldest stone-arch bridge in China, Zhaozhou Bridge, and one of China's three hanging temples Qiaoloudian Hall (Bridge-Tower Hall). Moreover, the grand Taihang Mountain, which lies to the west, provide charming natural scenery. Mt. Cangyan Scenic Area and Zhangshiyan Scenic Area also attract visitors from all over China and the world.
Approximately 50 kms. southwest of Shijiazhuang lies Cangyan Mountain with its beautiful scenery and rich Buddhist history dating back to the Sui Dynasty. The Longxing Monastery is another attraction that is located outside of the city (18 kms. north). Built during the Sui Dynasty, this large-scale monastery is considered one of the greatest Buddhist monuments of its time. Historically, the Monastery was visited by emperors and Buddhists still make pilgrimages to the temple. While in the area, visitors often check out Rongguo Mansion, known for its beautiful Qing Dynasty style architecture and décor.
Some of best Shijiazhuang attractions and sightseeing are listed here :
1. The Mausoleum of Martyrs in the North China Military Area.
This mausoleum is situated in the western suburbs of Shijiazhuang. The area, covering more than 200,000 square meters, is dotted with pine and cypress trees. More than seven hundred martyrs who laid down their lives for the cause of the liberation of China were buried here.
2. Zhaozhou Bridge
This bridge was built on the Jiaohe River about 2.5 kilometers south of Zhaoxian County, which was called Zhaozhou in ancient times. The bridge was constructed in A.D. 605 - 616. Designed by a well-known Chinese mason, Li Chun, it is made of stone, 50.82 meters long and 10 meters wide, with an unusual arch that is 7.23 meters high with a span of 37.35 meters. The stone railing and columns on the bridge were carved with beautiful dragon and phoenix designs. One of the earliest Chinese arch bridges with a long open-spandrel arch in the middle and two smaller arches on each side, this bridge occupies an important place in the history of Chinese bridge building and has been of interest to tourists and engineers alike.
3. Cangyan Mountain.
This mountain is situated 78 kilometers southwest of the city. With its pleasant weather and towering ancient trees, it is a popular mountain resort.
Dating from the Sui Dynasty more than 1,400 years ago, Cangyan resort boasts magnificent pavilions and monasteries, as well as an architecturally ingenious palace constructed between two sheer rocks high above a gorge.
4. Great Prosperity Monastery (Longxingsi).
This monastery, situated in Zhengding County of Hebei Province, dated from A.D 586 in the sixth year of the rule of emperor Kai of the Sui Dynasty. Its three-storied main building, the Great Benevolence Pavilion (Dabeige) has five eaves and contains a twenty-two-meter-high bronze statue of a Goddess of Mercy with forty-two arms. A collection of historical monuments, tablets, statues, and other relics of the Shijiazhuang area can also be found here.
Shijiazhuang is still a new and under development city in China. No really glamour nightlife can be found there. However, more and more leisure facilities such as bars, cafes and teahouses are being opened here one by one.
The downside to Shijiazhuang is the limited selection of international nightlife and dining options. If traditional northeastern food does not appeal to you, Shijiazhuang is probably not the best place to put down roots – you will likely run through the list of available international restaurants very quickly; but those who enjoy affordable, savory jiaozi, hotpot, and local dishes will find themselves awash in starch and veggies. Interestingly enough, there is a wider range of clubs and pubs than restaurants in Shijiazhuang. Sunflower Bar is home ground to the city's art scene, regularly hosting literature events, open mic poetry readings and cocktail hours. Swing by 70s' Bar for loud, unpretentious rock 'n' roll fun.
You can go to the theater for Hebei Bangzi Opera, or go to the art center for a concert, or go to bars, clubs, KTVs, or cafes, or go shopping at department stores, or try some Shijiazhuang snacks on the food street, or just stroll around the city to appreciate the beautiful night view of Shijiazhuang. All in all, the nightlife in Shijiazhuang will be absolutely diversified.
Some of recommended Bars, Clubs, Coffee Shop and Nightlife entertainment in Shijiazhuang are :
1. Scotland Bar
About 150 meters east of the crossroads at Zhongshan Road (East) and Guang'an Dajie, this is the most dazzling bar in Shijiazhuang city. The atmosphere here always incites a feeling of excitement among visitors.
Average cost per person: CNY120~130
2. Huayang Nianhua
Various wines and juices are served here in an elegant environment.
Admission fee: CNY10~20
Address: Chang'an Square, No.289, Zhongshan Road (East), Shijiazhuang City
3. Logo Club
A lively bar for those who enjoy energetic dancing and live bands
Address: 91 Mansion, Heping Road (East), Chang'an District, Shijiazhuang City
4. Fine Hour Tea & Coffee
A great place for intimate conversation since it boasts a relaxed and elegant environment. It is also convenient to use a waiting room for the railway station which lies very nearby.
Average cost per person: CNY20
Opening hours: 10:00~22:00
Address: Nanhuayuan Pedestrian Street, Zhongshan Road (West), Qiaoxi District, Shijiazhuang City
5. SPR Coffee
Delicious coffee and numerous desserts are served here in a quiet and relaxing environment.
Average cost per person: CNY25~30
Address: 1st Floor of White International Shopping Mall
6. 70s' Bar
70s’ Bar is kind of a Beijing bar, which is quiet a lot. Most of the guests are 30 years old or older. They gather with their old friends and sing the old songs of Teresa Teng, Lotayu, and Tsai Chin.Those people who were born in the 1970s will be shocked by those old songs.
Address: No. 38, South Jianshe Street, Qiaodong District
7. Manabe Café
It is a professional coffee house with a cozy environment. Its quality coffee beans, marvelous coffee roasting tech, abundant coffee knowledge, and good service bring itself a large amount of customers. If you want a private chat with your friend, try this.
Address: No. 47, North Jianshe Street, Chang’an District
8. Seven Club
Seven Club is characterized by its Ming and Qing-style outside. However, the inside is the most fashionable and passionate soft rock bar. It emphasizes the ancient decoration and comfortable atmosphere. The attendants there will provide you quality service.
Address: Building F, South Garden walking Street, Qiaoxi District
Phone: 0311-87817777 85180007
9. Allen Club
It is a club with good environment. Allen, the founder of the club, wants everybody in the club to feel comfortable just like they are at home. You can make friends there easily. And the performance and games provided by the club will refresh you.
Address: 50 meters north of crossing of Tannan Road and Guang’an Street, Chang’an District
10. Seaside Scenery Coffee
Seaside Scenery Coffee is a Western food and coffee chain. As of June 2008, it has had 35 branches in Beijing, Tianjin, and Taiyuan. It is a good combination of the elegant tradition and modern management model.
Address: No. 1, District 6, Dingjia Fudi, Dajing Street, Qiaodong District
Phone: 0311- 86966638
Photos of Shijiazhuang here :
Zhengding is located about 15km (9 miles) north of Shijiazhuang and has been an important religious centre for more than 1,000 years, from - at least - the times of the Sui Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. It is the founding place of several major schools of Zen Buddhism and the noted temple of the Longxing Monastery and also home to four nice pagodas. It's easy to reach by taking a bus (No.201) from opposite Shijiazhuang Train Station.
Tomb of Norman Bethune .Norman Bethune (1890-1939) was born in Ontario, Canada and in 1938 travelled to Yan'an in the Shanbei region of Shaanxi province in China. There he joined the Chinese Communists led by Mao Zedong in their struggle against the Japanese in the Second Sino-Japanese War. Bethune performed emergency battlefield surgical operations on war casualties and established training for doctors, nurses and orderlies.
Railway station square at Shijiazhuang. Shijiazhuang is a transportation hub: it is at the intersection point of the Beijing-Guangzhou, Taiyuan-Dezhou, and Shuozhou-Huanghua railroads and many expressways, including the Beijing-Shenzhen and Taiyuan-Cangzhou Expressways.
The Revolutionary Martyrs' Mausoleum is located along the main east-west road called Zhongshan Xilu, to the west of the city centre. In its grounds is the tomb of Dr Norman Bethune who joined the Chinese Communists led by Mao Zedong in their struggle against the Japanese in the Second Sino-Japanese War. There's also a memorial hall and an exhibition hall on Bethune and an Indian doctor called Basu.
Mao Zedong Statue. It's located on the main east-west road called Zhongshan Donglu, just south of Chang'an Park.
Hebei Provincial Museum. This vast museum was closed when I visited in July 2008 which was a real shame as it's about the only thing worth visiting in the city. There were some new buildings being built behind the exisiting main museum building and the whole museum is set to re-open in 2010.
Chang'an Park. This large park is located in the city centre on the corner of Zhongshan Donglu and Jianshe Beidajie. The park features a large lake, bridges and pavilions. I came here in the afternoon after visiting Zhengding and sat by the lakes bank and a group of Chinese students came over to me and practiced their English with me.
Shijiazhuang is the perfect place for the small-city urbanite. Those who choose to live in Shijiazhuang reap the benefits of being a 3-hour train ride from Beijing while avoiding all the extortionist prices, crowding and traffic congestion of a megalopolis. Property and housing rentals are also markedly cheaper. If you choose to go through a rental agency, you can easily find large, 100sqm and above flats for as little as RMB2, 000 per month.
Shijiazhuang Nightlife. Shijiazhuang still a young city, so not so many nigthlife entertainment at the city.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Taiyuan (太原) is the capital city of Shanxi Province, a city of rich in political, military, and religious history. Taiyuan is where the Qing Dynasty was birthed in 1644. It’s 2000 year lifespan can be traced back to 476 B.C. and the Warring States Period.
Spelling Shanxi, don't be confused with another China Old province "Shaanxi". Shanxi province usually bundled together with neighbour province like Hebei, Tianjin, and Beijing.
Taiyuan, is the biggest city in Northeastern China, and is a part of the Liaoning Province. In fact, it is central to the province’s economy, culture and politics. Located in the middle of the Province, the city enjoys a dry climate with lots of rain in the summer and very cold winters.
The central Shanxi region is rich in Buddhist and Taoist sites, including the famous Mt. Wutai and the Taoist Palace of Eternal Joy. Taiyuan is now a major industrial city in northern China, close to major iron and coal reserves.
Taiyuan city emphasis is upon to heavy industry like steel. Many a big scale of steel companya are in Taiyuan, such as Taiyuan Iron and Steel (Group) Co., Ltd.
A company named Taiyuan Steel (Group) Corporation in north China's Shanxi Province is striving to become one of the world's largest stainless steel producer in 2006, a company sourcesaid on Jan.20. Founded in 1934, Taiyuan Steel has become one of China's principal steel companies and China's largest stainless steel producer.
Taiyuan is an old city, a history of religion. Therefore, tourism in Taiyuan can not be seperated with Temples and Museum.
Several tourist attractions in and around Taiyuan include the Liu Xiang Lane, which contains ancient Chinese houses of important heritage, and several temples, such as the Chongshan Monastery, the Jinci Temple, the Twin Pagoda Temple, and the Shaunglin Monastery Longtan Park and Yinze Park are also popular tourist destinations.
This is the city's most attractive temple although the Shuangta Si (Twin-Pagoda Temple) has become a symbol of Taiyuan on account of its unique architecture. Another major attraction is the Tianlong Shan Stone Caves where magnificent sculptures dating from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) may be seen.
Taiyuan is also known for its Liuxiang shopping district and the construction of parks and recreational areas that are praised by the UN Environmental Programme for their role in the improvement of the environmental condition of Taiyuan. Taiyuan's environmental improvement project is being copied in many other Chinese cities and urban areas around the world.
Taiyuan Street is the commercial shopping area in Shenyang, it has department stores and restaurants, also other shops around it. People like to go there shopping or have a friend gathering lunch or dinner together, especially young people.
Taiyuan Street is one of Shenyang’s main commercial centers. During the day you have to swim through enormous crowds of people (although i suppose that won’t come as a surprise). Taiyuan Street itself is “pedestrian only” in its central section. Taiyuan Street, as well as the other streets in the area, are lined with both small shops and gigantic shopping malls. Here you can find just about every kind of product imaginable…cell phones, clothing, shoes, artwork, etc.
Recommended: Go to Pizza Hut or Europaer if you’re starving for authentic Western food after a long day of pushing through crowds and haggling prices.
How to get there: Taiyuan Street runs north-south between bei liu ma lu (北六马路) and nan wu ma lu (南五马路). Its a few blocks east of the south train station. The following bus routes will take you to the area: 203, 501, 207, 263, 4240, 220, 103, 240, 237, 129
Nightlife in Taiyuan has become more colourful and live since its fast growing economy. Taiyuan now has a good number of discotheques and nightclubs. Chinatown at 49 Bingzhou Beilu is reccommended by foreigners.
For nightlife in Taiyuan, try the Chinatown Disco (daily 8-12pm; 30 RMB) at 49 Bingzhou Bei Lu, not far from the intersection with Yingze Dajie. Don't let the unfortunate spelling mistake on the sign ("pisco") put you off, as this huge place is surprisingly slick for a provincial city, with western DJs and an impressive interior including a laser, a giant bat and a spacecraft hanging from the ceiling. The high entrance charge means the chic clientele is generally too cool to pay much attention to foreigners on the dance floor.
Recommended Bars and Coffee shop in Taiyuan :
1. Tribes People Bar
Friendly and fashionable pub in the city centre
Address: No. 63, Mianhua Xiang, Taiyuan,
2. Ba'er Bar
Taiyaun’s longest established bar hang out.
Address: No. 100, Qinxian Bei Jie, Taiyuan
3. Xinqing Bar (Mood Bar)
Address: No. 14, Yi, Wenyuan Xiang, Taiyuan
4. Chinatown Disco: Expansive and modern dancehall with chic clientele.
Address: 49 Bingzhou Bei Lu, Taiyuan
1. UBC Coffee
Location: 100 meters (328 feet) west of the Huayu Shopping Mall, Yifen Jie, Taiyuan City
2. Xianggen Coffee
Location: No. 251, Qinxian Bei Jie, Taiyuan
East of Parkson Department Store
3. Manabe Coffee
Location: Middle of Changfeng Jie, Taiyuan
Some Photos and pictures of Taiyuan :
Taiyuan is an ancient city once known as “the Dragon City.” It is the ancestral home of the Wang lineage (one of China’s most common names). Settlements in the Taiyuan region date back to Neolithic times. The town, then known as Jinyang, was founded some 2,400 years ago. Its location in a valley near the Fen River put it near the invasion routes from the nomadic regions in the north to the agricultural heartland near the Yellow River.
Jin Temple (Jinci), Taiyuan. Jinci Temple, an ancient ancestral temple, was founded about 1400 years ago and was expanded during the Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties, resulting in a variety of architecutural styles.
Taiyuan Nightlife in Chinatown Disco
Taiyuan nightlife is colorful and landing many skycrapers
Shanxi World Trade Hotel (山西国贸大饭店(太原）) is the first hotel in Shanxi Province designed to the standards of a 5-star hotel. Under the Management of Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Corporation, World Trade Hotel supplies the best of service to their guests.
Taiyuan Food Street (太原食品街)
Taiyuan Street is one of Shenyang’s main commercial centers.
Watch Taiyuan Video : Wenmiao Temple in Shanxi Taiyuan here :
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Chongqing (重庆) is the biggest city and most populated municipality of the People's Republic of China's four provincial-level municipalities, besides Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin. Chongqing, the southwestern China's dynamo, is the most economically important city in West China and is certainly the biggest inland city of the country.
Chongqing was separated from Sichuan province and made into a municipality in its own right in March 1997. As a modern city now, population of the urban area of Chongqing proper was 5.09 million.
Located on the edge of the Yungui Plateau, Chongqing City is intersected by the Jialing River and the upper reaches of the Yangtze. It contains Daba Shan in the north, Wu Shan in the east, Wuling Shan in the southeast, and Dalou Mountain to the south. Chongqing is notorious for its hot and humid weather. The air quality in the warmer months can be challenging to people with respiratory problems.
Chongqing is the largest commercial center and land and water communication hub in South-West China. The port of Chongqing is the biggest in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. Known as a "Mountain City", Chongqing was constructed on the mountain slopes and along the riversides. It has a long history and numerous scenic spots and historical sites. It's renowned in particular for gardens with unique beauty.
Chongqing tourist attractions :
Chongqing attracts visitors from home and abroad for its cultural heritage and other tourist attractions. The city is the starting point for the Yangtze River Cruise, which explores the stunning scenery of the Three Gorges. Other attractions include the Dazu Rock Carvings , valuable works of art carved during the Ninth Century, Gold Buddhist Mountain, a rich repository of diverse animals and plants; and Fishing Town, one of three ancient battlefields in China. Ancient Ci Qi Kou village lures tourists to linger in its streets to buy handicraft souvenirs.
As another China modern city, Chongqing has a dynamic vibrant nightlife. Start from boasting bars, movie theatres and dance clubs which bring the city alive in the evening hours.
Not only the fancy new skyscrapers are growing into the sky - also the nightlife of Chongqing grows up, making it a little bit comparable to Shanghai, the head of the ChangJiang and idol of Chongqing.
Chongqing has many western style of Nightclubs, Bars, and Karaoke in its nightlife entertainment. No doubt as Chongqing is one of the most rapid growing city in China. SO many western and expatriat comes to Chongqing.
The Jiangfangbei area is the district where most of the best bars are located. JJ's House Disco on Bayi Street is the pick of the moment. Close by, the Silver Rock and the Rainbow are also good choices.
1. Metropolis Entertainment. Zhongshan Road
2. Yangtze International Club. Jiangbei District New World Entertainment Club. Minzu Road
3. Chongqing Ball King International Club. Near the Nanping West Road Post Office. Friendly Nation Entertainment. 2 Zhongshan Road
4. Kaiser Night Club. The Pedestrian Street, Sha District
5. Shapingba Wudu Club. Xiaolongkan New Street
6. Jiangbei District New World Entertainment Club. Yeshuigou Guanyinqiao
7. China City Night Club. Zhonghua Road
8. Ba Nanqu Kuan Huan Club. Yudong, Ba South District
9. International Country Club. Qiaoping, Ba South District,Chongqing
1. Dee Dee's Bar. Address: 86 Nanping Xinjie, Nan An District. Located beside the Holiday Inn apartment block.
2. The Fifth Season Book Pub. The first book pub in the city, set up to encourage reading and relaxation. Good coffee. Address: 6th floor, Metropolitan Plaza, Jie Fang Bei
3. Newcastle Arms. A Western-style bar with good beer and great music. Address: 3rd floor, 168 Ba Yi Road, Jie Fang Bei, Yu Zhong District
4. Romantic Bar Street. A terrace area, stretching out to the Jialing River, with Chinese-style buildings housing an array of bars and pubs, with outdoor seating. Ma Bar, A Street Car Named Desire Movie Bar, Ready Made Bar, Hot Sea Bar, and Philadelphia Bar are just some of the venues you’ll find.
Add: located near the Modern Book Center
5. Reunion Club. A pleasant and popular bar offering live jazz music. Address: Level 8, Yu Tian Mansion, Ba Yi Road, Jie Fang Bei (next to McDonalds)
6. 023 Bar. Big music club, modern decor, reasonable prices for a good time out. Address: 1st floor underground, Deyi World, Jiaochang Koum, Yuzhong District
7. Sohu. European-style music club. Very popular, good music, good chance that you’ll meet local beauties. Address: A1-6 Deyi World, Jiaochang Kou, Yuzhong District
8. A@ACLUB. Located on the second floor of Di Yi World in Jiaozhangkou Jiefangbei, five minutes away from the Liberation Monument. NIce atomosphere, good music, and pretty dancers.
9. Celtic Man Irish Pub. The Celtic man Irish Pub is Located in De Yi World Square downstairs at Nos. 7-2, B1 the first bar next to the skytrain station across from the Marriott Hotel. There are live bands, a pool table, and darts. Variety of music is played with the exception of loud disco music. Cheap beers and drink specials. The Celtic Man is pretty much the only expat hangout bar in Chongqing. A nice place to meet other foreigners, a home away from home.
10. Falling Club. Not only are fancy new skyscrapers rising into the sky - the nightlife of Chongqing nightlife is on the rise as well, making it comparable to Shanghai. A favorite is the Falling Club, close to Jiefangbei Monument. It is one of the few houseclubs in China that is acceptable.
Chongqing Karaoke (KTVs)
1. Story City. Address: 6F B Zone, Deyi World, Jiaochang Kou
Phone: (23) 63797146/63797148
Price: CNY 50-300
Comment: local old-style KTV
2. The Milky Way Palace. Address: Floors 1 - 3, Zone A, Deyi World, Jiaochang Kou
Phone: (23) 63798200/63798201/63798202
Price: CNY 20-200
Comment: first choice in KTV, relaxing and friendly
3. Star Box. Address: 5th Floor, A Zone, Deyi World, Jiaochang Kou
Phone: (23) 63798307/63798095
Price: CNY 50-200
Comment: good quality environment
4. Zuka. Address: Haiyi Garden, 9 Yanghe Highway
Price: CNY 40-60
Comment: Chongqing's first multifunctional leisure square, including hotel, show bar, card bar, and KTV.
5. Manhattan KTV. Address: 65 Xingsheng Road, Yangjia Ping
Phone: +86 13370760633
Chongqing has a lot of skylines, situated in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers in southwest China.
A night view of the People's Grand Hall in Chongqing, China
Land mark of Chongqing, People's Liberation Monument(Anti-Japanese War Victory Monument) in the city center area.
Chongqing is arguably the most economically important city in West China and is certainly the biggest inland city of the country.
The Jiangfangbei area in Chongqing is the district where most of the best bars are located.
Nightview of Chongqing
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Zhenghzou (鄭州), or formerly called Zhengxian, is the capital city of Henan Province, China. Zhengzhou is located in the middle of China, about 760 km (about 472 miles) south of Beijing and 480 kilometers (about 298 miles) east of Xian.
Zhengzhou city now is so prosperous, as it will become a vital transportation hub, after the Longhai Railway (Lanzhou to Lianyungang) and Jingjiu Railway (Beijing to Kowloon) were completed.
zhenghou is not a tourism city, thought it is a industrial city, an example of a remarkably fast-changing city in China (without minor tourism clutter). The best known tourist attraction is the Shaolin Temple (少林寺), which is more than 50 miles southwest of Zhengzhou. Shaolin Temple is not only known as one of China's important Buddhist shrines, but also as the ancient center of Chinese kung-fu.
Zhenghou main attractions :
Points of interest include cultural sites like the Ancient Ruins of Dahe Village, Central Holy Temple, Northern Song Dynasty Imperial Tombs, North Wei Grotto Temple, the birthplace of China's forefather Emperor Huangdi, and the birthplace of the poet Dufu.
Scenic nature spots like Fuxi Mountain, Songshan Park, and Huancui Valley are also great places to get some fresh air and exercise while taking in the beauty and serenity of China's landscape.
Zhenghou has a lot of cultural and historical museum, as Zhengzhou was once the capital city of the Shang Dynasty, dating back to 16th century B.C.
Some historical places to visit are listed here :
1. Erqi (February 7) Memorial Tower. Museum inside a rather garish double pagoda that looms over February 7 Square. Inside there are exhibits explaining the city's development. edit
2. Henan Provincial Museum, Nongye Road (农业路; Nóngyèlù) (In the north part of the city). This monolithic pyramid-shaped museum is worth a visit. Learn about ancient civilizations in the area (most of which were not based in Zhengzhou, but nearby cities such as Kaifeng and Luoyang), and even see a dinosaur bone or two in the area. The museum is one of the three key museums in China along with one in Beijing. If you are into modern art, this is not the place for you. It generally has acceptable squat toilets on the first floor. There is an English audio tour you can rent, and there are cheapish lockers to store your stuff. Come to see old pottery from the Song dynasty, old bells, bronzes, things like that, but anything more recent does not have English captions. Across the street is a coffee house that makes ok tea and coffee for about ¥30 and has comfortable chairs. Free. edit
3. Henan Museum of Science and Technology. Fascinating insight into Chinese children's education. Play on crumbling science exhibits, gawk at the garish space tributes and meet local families. ¥5. edit
4. Shang Dynasty Wall. You can see remants of the wall in the east side of town. Be warned: these mounds are not terribly impressive. edit
5. Zhengzhou Zoo. More depressing than it is impressive in any way. Some of their imported animals include turkeys and coyotes which might be interesting for a local but hardly for a foreigner. If you generally enjoy zoos, you may very well walk away sad at how the animals are cared for, or not in this case. edit
6. Renmin Park (人民公园; Rénmíngōngyuán), Erqi Road. Has a theme park inside with a quaint Ferris Wheel that is worth riding, if only to forget, for a moment, that you are in Zhengzhou. edit
7. Century Park (Shirchiquanleyuan), (20-30 minutes away from the Erqi square). Another park worth going to. It is quite a huge amusement park
Zhengzhou is a industry city, so the entertainment are suitable for workers and businessmen.The night view of the city is a sparkling one. You can hear the singing of the city at Er' qi Square with a music fountain and learn more about Chinese surname culture at Guangda Square as here is a hexahedral column standing 10 meters (about 33 feet) high upon which 114 Chinese surnames are carved.
The Lvcheng Square located in the Zhongyuan Lu is recommended where you can see the water screen film. In addition, discos, bars, clubs, cinemas and other entertainment venues will offer you plenty of enjoyment. There is a growing popularity for gyms and fitness centers among the people of Zhengzhou and more interesting is the fact that most locals like to participate in these healthy pursuits night.
Some of Zhengzhou Nightlife Bars, cafe, Nightclub which are recommended are listed here :
1. Baby Body Club
Address: Jingsan Road
2. Minglang Baoshi Guan (the best choice for those who are interested in climbing)
Address: 50 meters (about 55 yards) east of the intersection of Jiankang Road and Renzhai Beijie
3. Ziyou Ren Bar
Address: 30 meters (about 33 yards) south of the junction of Wenhua Road and Huanghe Road
4. Jienong Cafe
Address: Wenhua Road
5. UBC Cafe
Address: Huayuan Road (near Huanghe Road)
6. Luxueya Teahouse
Address: 337 Dong Dajie
7. Wanfuyuan Teahouse
Address: Nongye Road (near Jing' er Road)
8. X-Body Aibo Jianshen (Dongsan Jie Branch)
Address: 5 Dongsan Jie Beiduan
Zhengzhou is a industrial city in China
Zhengzhou Shopping Centre
Zhengzhou Nightlife entertainment centre including bars and nightclubs
Zhengdong or Zhengzhou East District CBD
Henan Provincial Museum, Nongye Road
China Shaolin temple, situated at the foot of Mt. Song is the cradle of Shaolin Kong Fu