Best Time to visit Beijing

August 12th, 2020
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As a cosmopolitan capital for business and leisure, Beijing is basically busy all year round. Coming from different corners of the world, people have their own favorite time or seasons to plan Beijing Tour.

The Best Time to Visit Beijing

Many foreign visitors prefer choosing spring or autumn to visit Beijing due to the mild and comfortable weather.

But the sporadic sandstorm in spring has kept people on alert when they plan their spring trip to Beijing. 

In the recent years Beijing’s spring is getting better in terms of air quality and weather conditions.

Autumn is unanimously regarded as the best season to visit Beijing with sunny and azure sky and mild weather.

Beijing Tourist Seasons

•High tourist season: April, May, Sept and October
•Shoulder season: March, June, July and August
•Lower season: Nov. 15 till Feb 28 next year

Beijing Winter (from Nov. 15 till next year March 15)

Winter time lasts four months from Nov. 15 till next year March 15. Yes, it is very cold in winter, especially if there is a strong northwest wind. If no wind, then the feeling temperature will be much higher.

The winter time is not as bad as most people think, a good time to save money and see less visitors, thus avoiding tourist crowds.

How to Visit Beijing in November

How to Visit Beijing in December

How to Visit Beijing in January

How to Visit Beijing in February

Beijing Spring (from March 15 to May 15)

Spring lasts 60 days from March 15 to May 15. But a warmer spring usually starts early April and ends early May. So a warm springtime in Beijing lasts over one month.

Kindly reminder: Wind and dust can be possible in the March. Generally speaking, Beijing is dry and windy in spring.

How to Visit Beijing in March

How to Visit Beijing in April

How to Visit Bijing in May

Beijing Summer (June, July and August)

Beijing Summer time falls on June, July and August, also a rainy season in Beijing, wet and humid. But July and August are the hottest months in Beijing.

You will expect a long queue and wait at the most of the attractions in Beijing mainly due to the large number of domestic tourists because of school vacations.

How to Visit Beijing in June

How to Visit Beijing in July

How to Visit Beijing in August

Beijing Autumn (from September 05 to November 15)

Autumn lasts 60 days from September 05 to November 15. Autumn is unanimously regarded as the best season to visit Beijing with sunny and azure sky and mild weather. 

Get out and enjoy the best fall colors period from October 15 throughout November 15 in Beijing .

How to Visit Beijing in September

How to Visit Beijing in October

How to Visit Beijing in November

Crowd Information

Beijing gets very crowded and busy during school vacations and public holidays (July and August) in Beijing.

You are kindly advised to skip over the Official Chinese Holidays when you plan your Beijing tour.  Please jot down the following public holidays:

New Year’Day ( 1st Jan, three-day holiday )
Chinese New Year ( later Jan and early Feb )
Tomb Sweeping Day ( Early April, 3-day holiday )
Mid-Autumn festival ( Aug-Sept, 3-day holiday )
May Day ( 1st May, three-day holiday)
National Day (1st Oct, week-long holiday)

Closure Information

The attractions in Beijing are open all year round, but most of the museums in Beijing are close on Mondays. The Beijing attractions mostly stop selling tickets after 4:30pm though you can keep on visiting till 6 or 9 pm if you have bought the entrance tickets before 4:30pm.

All the sections of Great Wall are open in winter though you may have no access to hiking the Wall if there is a heavy snow blocking your road to the Great Wall.

Winter time to Save

If you are going to cope with cold weather, you can enjoy and lower-priced hotel rooms, special deals from Dec 01 till next year Feb 28. 

During that time of year, it’s also worth trying to negotiate a discount directly from your hotel.

In Beijing, hotels offer lower rated on weekends to lure tourists, who may go to the suburbs for weekend vacations. 

The department store sales take place during the first later December for the Christmas and new year as well as the time before Chinese lunar new year when very substantial bargains can be found, particularly on clothes and consumer electronics.

Beijing Daily Realtime Climate Photos

Beijing Winter Tour

Beijing Springtime Tour

Beijing Autumn Tour

Beijing Summer Tour

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Top 10 Attractions in Huangshan

August 12th, 2020

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby featherDear Travelers,

We’d like to have the following quick guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors coming to Mt.Huangshan.. If you have any questions or anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!

Plan your Huangshan Tour? “Huangshan (黄山)”  has two meanings – Mt. Huangshan and the city of Huangshan which is named after Mt. Huangshan.

Mt.Huangshan  (Mount Huangshan or Huangshan Mountain) literally, Yellow Mountain, is a mountain range in southern Anhui province in eastern China.

Mt.Huangshan  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.

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. My version of Top 10 Attractions in Huangshan is focused on Mt. Mountain itself instead of the greater Huangshan City area.

1. Welcome Pine (Ying Ke Song) 迎客松
The Welcome Pine is a symbol of Mt.Huangshan, a national pride featuring her integrity. The painting or picture of  this Welcome Pine Tree is often seen in some important and solemn areas in China.

The Welcome Pine stands firmly by the side of the Qingshi Stone on the left side of  Yupinglou Hotel in the Hangshan Scenic Area. The Welcome Pine is at the altitude of 1770  meters with its two branches stretching out over 7 meters, resembling a host extending her two arms to welcome the tourists coming from all parts of the world.

Actually the gnarled forms of  pine trees are  ubiquitous in Huangshan. But this greeting pine tree is the most impressive and representative. It is not surprising that people have to line up to take pictures of the welcome pine in tourist season. How to get there Most people would go up to the summit of Mt.Huangshan through either the Eastern Steps or Western Steps (  Walking up or taking  cable car).

For faster way of going up to see the Welcome Pine, you may choose to walk or take the cable through the Western Steps starting from  Mercy Light Temple Cable Car Station up to the Yuping Cable Car Station or you may challenge yourself by hiking over 10km route.

Walking from Mercy Light Temple to the Welcome Pine Tree takes about 3 hours. If you take the cable car,  you still need to walk another 40 minutes one you arrive at the Cable Car Station on the western hillside.

Welcome Pine (Ying Ke Song)

Welcome Pine (Ying Ke Song)

2. Bright Summit  光明顶
The Bright Summit is situated on Mt.Huangshan at the altitude of 1860, the second highest peaks and one of the three main peaks in Mt.Huangshan. The Bright Summit is relatively flat where you can easily view the supernatural Eastern Sea, Western Peaks, Tiandu Peak, Lianhua Peak with a longer sunshine time, hence the Bright Summit.

The Bright Summit is one of the best places to view the sunrise and the clouds of sea. Huangshan Meteorological Station lies on the summit. You may hike to the Bright Summit either from Cloud Dispelling Hotel or Baiyun Hotel.

Last time from Cloud Dispelling Hotel, we started our 3km hike up to the Bright Summit (光明顶), the second highest peak in Hangshan, 1860 meters in altitude and on to our hotel – Baiyun Hotel.

Later this 3km walk turned out to be the most difficult on our two day trip in Huangshan. It took us over three hours walking from Cloud Dispelling Hotel to Beiyun Hotel by climbing over the Bright Summit.

Bright Summit

Bright Summit

3. Xihai Great Canyon (West Sea Canyon) 西海大峡谷
Xihai Great Canyon is a new developed scenery as the result of years’ efforts building the facilities to have better views of the gorge.  The first phase of the building is finished.

Xihai Great Canyon Scenic Area is about 25 square km with a length of 15 km. People can stand on the middle hillside to view the canyon in a hovering way.

It is a hard and awe-inspiring hike  to the gorge ( Xihai Great Canyon ).  Normally it takes 4 hours to complete the up and down loop hike. You may access the canyon starting from the northern entrance near Paiyunlou Hotel (Cloud Dispelling Hotel).

 Xihai Great Canyon (West Sea Canyon)

Xihai Great Canyon (West Sea Canyon)

4. Cloud Dispelling  Pavilion 排云亭
The Cloud Dispelling Pavilion is on the west of Huangshan at the entrance to the Western Sea Canyon. The Pavilion was built in the year of 1925. It is a long scenic pavilion made of marble granite slabs carved with three Chinese characters “排云亭” ( Cloud Dispelling Pavilion).

Sometimes  clouds rise from the nearby gorges and flock the pavilion and reluctant to disperse. Standing at the pavilion, you
will see the peaks in the mist of the clouds, hence of the name of Cloud Dispelling Pavilion.

Cloud Dispelling Pavilion is also a good point of viewing the queer rockeries on the mountain, hence another nickname of Weird Rockeries Exhibition Hall”.  An old pine tree in front of the pavilion is listed as World Cultural Heritage.  The pine tree’s root goes deep into the rock and cuts the rock into three pieces. The tree is 6. meters high and 150 years old.

From Cloud Dispelling Hotel,you may hike up to the Flying-over Rock and Bright Summit, or hike down to the Xinhai Great Canyon.

Cloud Dispelling Pavilion

Cloud Dispelling Pavilion

5. Flying-over Rock 飞来石

Huangshan is famed for its weird rocks in different shapes. The Flying-over Rock is the most impressive and representative. The area around the Flying-over Rock comprises 30% of the queer rocks in Huangshan.

The Flying-over Rock on the way up from Cloud Dispelling Hotel on to the Bright Summit. The Flying-over Rock is about 1 km down to its northwest. It is said that you will have luck if you touch the rock.

 Flying-over Rock

Flying-over Rock

6. Lianhua Peak ( Lotus Flower Peak ) 莲花峰
Lianhua Peak is the highest peak in East China, of course in Huangshan at the altitude of 1864 meters. There is only one walking path up the peak starting from Yupinglou Hotel.

The 1.5 km hike from Lianhua range to Lianhua Peak, you will see beautiful pine trees and other attractions. On the summit of Lianhua Peak,  you will view Tianmushan in to the east, Lushan to the west, Jiuhuashan to the north  and Yangtze River. Like other peaks in Huangshan, Lianhua Peak is fenced with iron railings hung with  locks for good wishes.

Lianhua Peak ( Lotus Flower Peak )

Lianhua Peak ( Lotus Flower Peak )

7. Tiandu Peak ( Heavenly Capital Peak ) 天都峰
Facing Lianhua Peak to the west, Tiandu Peak stands on the southeast of Mt.Huangshan at the altitude of 1810. One of the three peaks in Huangsan and the other two being Lianhua Peak and Bright Summit.

Tiandu Peak literally means “Heaven Capital” which comes from the ancient legend that the peak is where the immortals gather, hence the name of Heaven Capital Peak. On the top of the peak is a flat summit where there is a stone chamber that can  hold approx 100 people. Tiandu Peak is the most risky,steep peak among the three main peaks in Huangshan.

8. Beginning-to-believe Peak  始信峰
If you don’t ascend Beginning-to-believe Peak at the altitude of 1668 meters, you don’t know Huangshan pines.  Here are clustered with many famous pine trees in Huangshan. Long long time ago, a man was doubtful of the beauty of Mt. Huangshan and at last visited Huangshan. He was shocked by the beauty and began to believe the charm of M.t. Huangshan, hence the name of Beginning-to-believe Peak.

There is a wide selection of famous pine trees like Black Tiger Pine, Lianli Pine, Sleeping Dragon Pine. Beginning-to-believe Peak is on the summit of Mt.Hangshan. It is better to take the east steps or taking the cable car from Yungu Telpher New Station and get off at White Goose Telpher Station, then walk to Beginning-to-believe Peak.

Beginning-to-believe Peak

Beginning-to-believe Peak

9.  A Flower on the Brush Tip  梦笔生花
You continue to walk from Beginning-to-believe Peak on to the north, you will soon see ” A Flower on the Brush Tip”, also known as Brush Peak. It is located on the northeast of Mt. Huangshan, not far from Beihai Hotel.

A Flower on the Brush Tip is one of the most impressive site in Mt.Huangshan. On the sea of pines, a rock stands out round below and sharp above with a pine tree on the tip, a natural brush pen.

A Flower on the Brush Tip

A Flower on the Brush Tip

10. Stone Monkey Gazing over the Sea of Clouds 猴子观海
If you continue to walk from Beihai Hotel for over 10 minutes, you will see the queer stone on the top of a peak which has an interesting name of Stone Monkey Gazing over the Sea of Clouds.

A rock in the shape of a monkey and stone monkey look as if it is looking afar or going to jump into the sea of clouds. When clouds disperse,  the monkey is looking at the peaceful fields below.

Stone Monkey Gazing over the Sea of Clouds

Stone Monkey Gazing over the Sea of Clouds

Admissions and expenses concerned
Entrance Fee: RMB 230 (March – Nov); RMB 150 (Dec-Feb)
Opening Hours: 06:30 – 16:30
Children under 1.2 meters : free of charge
Children between 1.2 m and 1.5 : half price
Yuping Cable Car: RMB 80 (single way)  East Trance
Yungu Cable Car: RMB 80 (single way)   West Entrance
Taiping Cable car: RMB 80 (single way )  North Entrance

How to get to Mt.Huangshan Scenic Area
1. First you should get to the city of Huangshan. Huangshan is easily reached from Beijing and Shanghai by train and flight. Daily buses bring you from Hangzhou to Huangshan.

2. Then take buses from the city of Huangshan ( also known as Tunxi) to Tangkou Town. From Tangkou Town, you take the local shuttle bus to the starting points of Mt.Huangshan: Mercy Light Temple ( Cable Car Station ) and Yungu cable car station.

Tip:  Hassle-free Huangshan Guided Tours

06611If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Huangshan Guided Tours:

Beijing Huangshan Hongcun 3 Day Round Trip by High Speed Train   from US$ 549 p/p
3 Day Huangshan & Hongcun Village Tour    from US$330 p/p
4 Day Huangshan & Hongcun Village Tour   from US$380 p/p

Beijing Huangshan Hongcun 3 Day Round Trip by Flight  from US$860 p/p
Hangzhou Huangshan Hongcun 3 Day by Coach  from US$410 p/p
Shanghai Huangshan Hongcun 3 Day Round Trip by Flight  from US$640 p/p
Guangzhou Huangshan Hongcun 3 Day Round by Flight  from US$810 p/p

Further Readings

Best Time to Visit Huangshan
Top 10 Attractions in Huangshan
Where to Stay in Huangshan
Hongcun Village
Huangshan Taxi

Huangshan Winter Snow Scenes

My First Day on Mount Huangshan (1)
My First Day on Mount Huangshan (2)
My Second Day on Mount Huangshan (1)
My Second Day on Mount Huangshan (2)
My 3th Day on Mount Huangshan
She County Photography Tour

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Nyalam, Nyalam Town, Nyalam County Shigatse

August 11th, 2020

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby featherNyalam refers both to Nyalam Town (聂拉木镇) and Nyalam County (聂拉木县). Nyalam Town is the seat of Nyalam County in Shigatse of Tibet. Nyalam County administrates two towns – Nyalam Town and Zhangmu Town as well as five Townships including Yalai (亚来), Suozuo (琐作), Nailong (乃龙), Menbu (门布) and Borong (波绒).

Nyalam County occupies an area of 8684.39 square km with a population of over 12,000. Among them, there are 5,000 Sherpa people. Nyalam County is located between the Himalayan Mountains and Laguigangri Mountains.

Nyalam County is within the Qomalangma Natural Preseve Zone with two core zones – Xixiabangma Peak 8012 and Xuebugang core area. Nyalam County has one peak over 8,000 meters –  Xixiabangma Peak 8012 and 8 peaks over 7,000 meters with stunning views. So Nyalam county is a wholesaler of high snow mountains.

Tingri – Nyalam Town 160km
We started for Zhangmu Fort from our Qomolamgma Hotel at Baiba Township of Tingri County at 5:00am. Today we had to reach Zhangmu Fort and see off my group which would enter Nepal through the Zhangmu Fort.

I had learned that the 250km from Tingri to Zhangmu port would take us about 5 hours due to the national highway no.318 high mountains and deep gorge of the Matsang Tsangpo or Sun Kosi as it is known in Nepal.

The road between Tingri to Zhangmu Fort was one of the most magnificent sightseeing drive in our 7 day trip in Tibet, high snow mountains, deep valleys, blue sky and white clouds…

We passed by the Xixiabangma Peak 8012 bathing in the sunrise, the 14th higheast peak in the world.

We drove through Zhongla Pass at 5000m and entered the heartland of Nyalam County.

We drove through Zhongla Pass at 5000m and entered the heartland of Nyalam County

The spectacular view on the way to the Nyalam Town

The spectacular view on the way to the Nyalam Town

 Driving by a Tibetan village

Driving by a Tibetan village

Driving in an open valley under the white clouds

Driving in an open valley under the white clouds

We stopped at the checkpoint at Nyalam Town. So please get ready for your Alien Travel Permit.

We stopped at the checkpoint at Nyalam Town. So please get ready for your Alien Travel Permit.

Nyalam Town – Zhangmu Town 30km
Nyalam Towm is situated in the valley at the altitude of 3500m. It is the seat of Nyalam County. We found some tourist group from India coming from Zhangmu and stayed overnight here in the town. Nyalam Town

Nyalam Town

We drove from Nyalam Town at the sea level of 3500m down to Zhangmu town at 2300m. So in the short distance of 30km, we had to drive down over 1000m at the sea level. The 30km National Highway 318 driving took us one hour. The road was very steep and zigzag.

The views of the mountains on both sides of the road are amazing, tall and ancient trees, water falls downpouring from the high mountains. It is a mesmerising road trip in our Tibet tour.

Driving from Nyalam Town to Zhangmu Fort

Driving from Nyalam Town to Zhangmu Fort

 Zhangmu Town – Zhangmu Fort 10km
Actually the town of Zhangmu is built on the single zigzag street winding along a single mountain road. Viewed from a distance, the town looks like a fairly big mountain town.
The long, narrow and zigzag street is very busy and packed with street front houses, apartments, restaurants, stores, inns, hotels and trucks loading and downloading.
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