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Xuliukou Great Wall

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018
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Xuliukou section of the Great Wall is just linked to the west section of Liujiakou Great Wall. We don’t have enough time to hike from Liujiakou Great Wall to Xuliukou Great Wall, instead again we drive from Liujiakou Village to Xuliukou Village where Xuliukou Great Wall is located.

If you keep on hiking from Xuliukou Great Wall to the east, you will get to Shanhaiguan Pass; to the west, you will reach Badaling Great Wall around Beijing.

Xuliukou section of the Great Wall on the Great Wall east of Beijing


Xuliukou Village is under the administration of Yanggezhuang Town of Qian’an County of Tangshan City, Hebei Province. So Xuliukou Great Wall is the most eastern section of the Wall within Tangshan City in Hebei Province.

Xuliukou Great Wall has been turned into a scenic area officially known as Xuliukou Jiulongquan Scenic Area, classified as AA national scenic spot, which is mainly composed of Xuliukou Great Wall, Jiulong Pool, forest…

Xuliukou Great Wall now has 11 remaining forts, one of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall dating back to over 400 years. Xuliukou literally means “Xuliu Pass”. But now the Great Wall pass is gone. The wall in this section is heavily damaged and the forts as well.

We stop at the entrance to Xuliukou Jiulongquan Scenic Area and pay RMB 5 as environmental protection fee before allowed to enter the park with a well paved cement path leading to the Great Wall of Xuliukou.

The slopes on both sides of the cement path are planted with tiny plots of grass and bushes. The black grass on the mountain high on our right side tells us the mountain has been burned. The Wall is in sight.

planted with tiny plots of grass and bushes

A good place to view the Xuliukou Great Wall winding on the mountain across the valley before us and the path curves to the left.

A good place to view the Xuliukou Great Wall

 
Driving further along the curved path along the valley. Soon we see two forts high on the top of the mountains planted with pine trees, like a city park with a giant dragon lying there.

two forts high on the top of the mountains planted with pine trees

We stop at the cement platform where it was a great wall pass dividing the Wall into East Section and West section. We climb on the west section and take a picture of the shallow valley (the former pass).

We climbed on the west section and took the picture of the shallow valley

The wall on the west section is severely damaged.

The wall on the west section is severely damaged.

The bricks in the wall are in pieces and some of them you could find in the stone courtyards in Xuliukou village where many of them are the descendants of the army and builders of the Great Wall.

Hopefully the past is past  and the present wall will remain here much longer for people to remember the great history of China’s Great Wall construction.

The bricks in the wall are in pieces

We are walking on the wild and damaged wall to the first fort on the west section.

We are walking on the wild and damaged wall to the first fort on the west section.

It is not easy to hike on the rubble of the wall.

It is not easy to hike on the rubble of the wall.

The two-eye fort is still there, but quite rundown

The two-eye fort is still there, but quite rundown

View the watch tower on the west section with the east section of Xuliukou Great wall in a distant.
We see the second fort from the first tower.

We see the second fort from the first tower.

Zoom in the dilapidated fort on the east section of Xuliukou Great Wall.

The dilapidated fort on the east section of Xuliukou Great Wall

Before we leave the cement platform below the wall, I snap of the two forts on the west section of the Wall.

I snap of the two forts on the west section of the Wall

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Top 7 Attractions in Anhui

Friday, January 1st, 2016
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Plan your Anhui tour? Abutting Jiangsu to the east, Zhejiang to the southeast, Jiangxi to the south,  Anhui is a low-profile province in the east region of China with Hefei as its capital city.

The Yangtze River and Huai River cross Anhui Province from the west to the east, geographically bisecting the province into two parts – the northern Anhui ( north of Yangtze River ) and the southern Anhui (south of Yangtze ).

Topographically the northern Anhui is part of the North China Plain and part of the Huai River Watershed as well, both flat and densely populated while the southern Anhui features rugged hills and ranges winding through the southeastern Anhui.

Anhui’s cultural and historical sights are mainly scattered in the south and southeast regions, represented by the Huizhou-type villages, white-washed walls and back-tiled roofs, and the mountainscapes of Huangshan.

150 km southwest of Huangshan, Jiuhushan is noted for its unworldliness and tranquility. Anhui’s green mountains and the bucolic life in the countrysides are a great escape from the hustle and bustle of China’s bigger cities.

I’ve rounded up the 7 top attractions in Anhui for your perusal while planning your own trip to Anhui.

1. Mount Huangshan 黄山
Mt. Mountain is world famous for its beautiful landscape – sunrise, sunset, granite peaks, pine trees, and the other-worldly sea of the clouds. Also much of Mt. Huangshan’s reputation comes from its significant impact on Chinese art, literature and profound cultural resources.

Huangshan

Huangshan

The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO put Mt. Huangshan on the list of World Natural and Cultural Heritage in 1990. Mount Huangshan was named the “sister mountain” of Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps. See Top 10 Attractions in Huangshan. 

2. Tunxi Old Street  屯溪老街
Tunxi is the old town, the city core of Huangshan which is named after Mount Huangshan. The attractions in Tunxi include Laojie (Old Street), a souvenir street lined with wooden shops and Ming-style Huizhou buildings.

Tunxi Old Street

Tunxi Old Street

Wancuilou on the Laojie offers an in-depth look at Huizhou architecture, furniture and antiques. Duck into the side alleys for a glimpse of the bona fide slice of the local life.

3. Hongcun Village 宏村   
Hongcun Village is located at the foot of the southwest side of Mt. Huangshan, only 11kms away from Yixian town, 60km west of Tunxi, Huangshan.

The whole village is like a buffalo lying on its side surrounded by green hills and blue water with dwelling houses its “body”, South Lake its “belly”, Moon Pool its “stomach”, Leigang Hill the “head”, two huge trees the “horns”, a winding stream as the “intestines” and the four bridges as the “four feet”.

Hongcun Village

Hongcun Village

Hongcun Village is typical of Huizhou Dwellings, one of the vernacular dwellings in China, which are adapted to the characters of hills and waters there. Hongcun Village was added to the list of the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in late 2000.

4. Xidi Village 西递村
Located 18 km south of Hingcun Village, Xidi Village is also part of the  World Cultural Heritage along with Hongcun Village.

It is the perfect place for visitors to see typical folk houses, where residents have lived as they have for centuries. It gives visitors the rare opportunity to explore China’s ancient culture and arts.

Xidi Village

Xidi Village

Wandering along this ancient village, you will find traditional Hui-style houses, ancestral temples, academies of classical learning,  stone archways, white walls and grey tiles, beautifully painted windows, projecting horse-head walls, and stone slab bridges.

4. Chengkan Town 呈坎镇
Chengkan Town is located about 30 km north of Tunxi, the center of Huangshan City and at the south base of Mount Huangshan.

Chengkan is a tranquil and bucolic place different from the busy and crowded Shen County or the Hui-type villages in the west – Hongcun Village and Xidi Village. Here in Chengkan, you are able to get a glimpse of an authentic piece of countryside life.

Chengkan Town

Chengkan Town

Ringed by lush mountains and cut through by placid rivers, Chengkan has over 100 well-preserved buildings of Ming and Qing Dynasty that feature various styles – pavilions, terraces, towers, bridges, wells, ancestral halls and residential buildings.

These buildings epitomize the Huizhou dwellings, one of the vernacular dwellings in China, which are adapted to the characters of hills and waters. 

5. Jiuhuashan 九华山   
Approximately 150 northwest of Huangshan, Jiuhuashan,  known as “Mount Jiuhua” in English, is famed for its landscape and temples. It is one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains in China.It is the earthly abode of the Bodhisattva Dizang Kshitigarbha ( Guardian  of the Underworld). The other three sacred mountains are Putuoshan, Wutaishan and Emeishan.

Jiuhuashan

Jiuhuashan

Jiuhuashanliterally means “Nine Lotus Flower Peaks” named after the nine tallest peaks of the 99 peaks in Jiuhuashan area. Jiuhuashan’s Buddhism boomed during the reign of Emperor Xuanzong in Tang Dynasty.

Today there are still over 90 temples well preserved with 9 temples crowned as National Key temples. There are 600 monks and nuns living in these temples.   See Top 10 Attractions in Jiuhuashan.

6. Mount Qiyun (Qiyunshan) 齐云山
Mount Qiyun is located about 33 km to the northwest of Huangshan City, about 40 minutes’ drive from Tunxi .
It is noted as one of the Four Sacred Mountains of Taoism, home to numerous temples and monasteries.

Mount Qiyun

Mount Qiyun

There are some hiking trails with stunning views and the highest point of the mountain rises to 585 meters. A charming village – Qiyun Village is perched in the middle of the mountain range. Some white-washed houses are dotted on the slope with a range of eateries and restaurants and stalls for souvenirs and local products.

7. Shexian Old Town (She County )  歙县老城
There are some hiking trails with stunning views and the highest point of the mountain rises to 585 meters. A charming village – Qiyun Village is perched in the middle of the mountain range.

Some white-washed houses are dotted on the slope with a range of eateries and restaurants and stalls for souvenirs and local products.

Shexian Old Town

Shexian Old Town

She County is representative of Hui Culture, the cradle of Peiking Opera. Shexian County (She County) is the original area of Hui merchants. She County is the main production area for the Ink and ink stone, the two treasures of the four treasures of the study.

She County is also nicknamed “the county of Paifang”. Paifang is also called “pailou’, a traditional Chinese architectural archway.

Add-on:

Anhui Tour
Top 10 Attractions in Huangshan
Top 10 Attractions in Jiuhuashan
Huangshan Travel Blog
Huangshan Tour

Any questions,  just drop a line.

Hefei Taxi: Hefei Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
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Hefei Taxi Quantity
At the time of my writing, there are more than 6,483 taxies traveling around Hefei city. If you feel tired or you want to save time, you can choose a taxi instead of the bus.
 
Taxi Models in Hefei
The level of taxi type is a little lower, as far as the modern city is concerned, mainly Xiali, Lingyang, Qianlima and a fewer Santana.
 
Hefei Taxi Fares:
• RMB 6 within 2.5 kilometer
•RMB 1.2 for each extra kilometer for Santan
•RMB1 for each extra kilometer for Xiali
•An additional 20%allowance is charged from 23:00-05:00
 
Hefei Taxi Company Bookings
If you need to book a taxi, please make the call as following which are the companies with the longest history in Hefei:
•Hefei Xinya Taxi Company                   Tel:0551-4211888
•Hefei Dazhong Company                     Tel:0551-4422984
Hefei Feitian Taxi Company                    Tel:0551-4267977
Hefei Guotai Taxi Company                    Tel:0551-5556398
 
Hailing a Hefei City Taxi
•The best places to hail a taxi is along the main road, near the Station, the Airport, Bus stop, Scenic Spots, and Hotel
 
Hefei Taxi rider’s rights
As a taxi rider, you have the rights below:
Direct drive to your destination and no compulsory car pooling
Go to any destination in and beyond Hefei
Your car driver knows the streets in Hefei and the way to major destinations in Hefei;
Your driver should know and abide by all traffic laws;
Air-conditioning on demand;
A radio-free trip;
No Smoking
A clean passenger seat area;
A clean trunk
A driver uses the horn only when necessary to warn of danger;
No Tip
 
Hefei Taxi Stands
There is no taxi stands in Hefei city. Taxis always stop along most of the main streets..
 
Hefei Taxi Complaints
If you have any problem with a taxi in Hefei, please contact the following:
•Hefei Taxi Complaining No.: 0551-4533111
 
Hefei Taxi Useful Information
•Using a meter instead of bargaining with the cab driver
•It is hard for you to find a taxi in the distant westto the east area of the city.
•Hefei Airport – Hefei Railway Station: RMB40-50
•Hefei Railway Station – Hefei Downtwon: RMB10