Silk Road China – Zhangye : Dafo/ Big Buddha Temple

Big Buddha built in 1100 Zhangye is one of the important city in Gansu Province, midway of Hexi Corridor along the Silk Road. There are a few attractions to visit in Zhangye. One of them is the mysterious Dafo/Giant Buddha Temple. The temple is called Dafo/Big Buddha because inside the temple there is a sleeping …

Silk Road China – What to expect & prepare for this Amazing Race!

Ancient Silk Road Silk Road went along the northern borders of China, India and Persia and ended up in Eastern Europe. The Silk Road that I explored in June was Silk Road China which include two important provinces of China – Gansu & Xinjiang. The tour that I joined was with Chan Brothers, departing from …

Silk Road China – Wuwei 武威 – Flying Horse of Gansu 馬踏飛燕

This June holiday I was doing Silk Road with Chan’s brother for 2 weeks. The first Silk Road that I experienced was in Konya, Turkey, only part of the route and I was exposed to the 13 Century Caravanserai which is a roadside hotels for the ancient travelers. That was the first introductory for me …

Yunnan China Summary Itinerary

Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La are the top places in Yunnan.  All has it specialities.  In Yunnan, go learn about the 18 oddities when you dine at restaurants or walk on the streets in the ancient town. 1. Kunming 昆明 Jiuxiang Scenic Area / 九乡风景区 – you will find museum of karst caves with colorful lights. …

China Shanghai Free & Easy – Summary Itinerary for 4 days 3 nights!

Shanghai is the most populous city in China with total population of 24 million people and now there may be more. When you come to visit Shanghai, you need to know this is the city of World Finance so expect a a lot skyscrapers and crowded with people especially when you are in the train …

China Guangxi Summary Itinerary for Nature Lovers

Guangxi is located at the south central China, bordering Vietnam.  This place is a mountainous area where tourists rush here for it charming natural scenery and diverse ethnic customs.  From here, you can access easily to Vietnam and there are a huge number of Vietnamese staying here. Below is 8 days which cover many of the …

Summary Itinerary for Xi’an, Shaanxi province China

Xi’an is the old capital of China and also one of the oldest cities in China. People rush to Xi’an to check out the most famous Terracotta Army, the food at Muslim Quarter, Hanyang Mousoleum, City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and many more.  If you visit a bit further away from Xi’an city, you can …

Yunnan : Shangri La/香格里拉 the Little Tibet!

Shangri-la is located at the northern border of Yunnan Province, with Tibet to its west and Sichuan to it east. Our next stop after Lijiang is Shangri-la, only about 200 km north of Lijiang. Have you wonder how did the name came about? The original name is called Zhongdian/中甸 but then renamed to Shangri la …

China : Dali in Yunnan, dominated by Bai Minority People!

The Name of Dali/大理 Dali/大理 is a famous city to visit in Yunnan. The name of Dali is coming from a local regime in history called Kingdom Dali, meaning a state of great order. Many of the buildings of the city were build of marble /Dali Stone that is why it is also called a …

China Yunnan : Lufeng/禄丰 Dinosaur Valley 世界恐龙谷

Lufeng/禄丰 is located west of Yunnan, about 1.5 hours drive from Kunming, the capital. It is known as “Hometown of Dinosaurs”.  Dinosaur Valley in Lufeng Yunnan has the largest collection of dinosaurs in China or even the world! Some tall pillars before entering the Dinosaur Valley. The pillars were inscripted with different kind of dinosaurs. …