How to Visit Jingdong Karst Cave in Beijing

August 20th, 2018
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Plan your Beijing excursion? Jingdong Karst Cave, is popularly known as Jingdong Big Cave or Big Karst Cave in Pinggu. It is located in Heidouyu Village at Pinggu District, 90km east of Beijing city proper. “Jingdong” literally means “East of Beijing”.

Jingdong Karst Cave have existed ever since 1.5 billion years before, hence the name of “The Oldest Karst Cave in the world”. This karst cave stretches over 25,00m including a 100m boat trip inside the karst cave. The temperature inside the karst cave is stable, warm in winter and cool in summer.

The karst cave is divided into 8 viewing areas named after the unique rock formations, the stalactites, stalagmites, and columns that can be found inside the cave. The formations were created over thousands of years by dripping water. Some of the eight viewing areas are given interesting names like “Fairyland in Penglai”, “Spring Rain in Southern China”, “Water Curtain Cave”, “Heavenly Torch” and so on.

The normal visiting time inside the cave takes about one and half hours. Visitors will be escorted by a karst cave tour guide from beginning to the end. The entrance ticket is RMB65 p/p.

After having your ticket checked, you walk through a 140m man-made tunnel which is linked to the cave inside. The stalactites, stalagmites, and columns are lit by lamps of different colors. You have to walk slowly to keep from falling down due to the wet and slippery stone steps.

How to get there?
For public transportation, you take the 918 from Dongzhimen Transport Hub. Arriving at Pinggu Bus Terminal, you are required to connect bus 25 passing by Jingdong Big Karst Cave and get off the Jingdong Karst Cave.

For self-guide drive, you drive along Jinggu Expressway, then branch off and follow the road sign pointing to Jingdong Big Karst Cave.

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The the stalactites look like icicles.

The rock is naturally carved with th forms of gingers

The rock is naturally carved with th forms of gingers

The stalactites are still growing and the stone rocks are formed by fast-flowing water rich in calcium carbonate and carbon.

The stalactites are still growing


The other major Attractions in Pinggu, Beijing

1) Flying Dragon Valley
2) Bolitai Great Wall
3) Jinhai Lake
4) Pinggu Glass Sightseeing Platform
5) Jingdong Karst Cave
6) Huangsongyu Reservior
7) Diaowo Village

Hassle-Free Private Tour to Visit the Glass Sightseeing Platform
If you don’t want go the daunting do-it-yourself-route and prefer an organized hassle-free private tour to visit the glass sightseeing platform, no worry and we have the following options:

Beijing Family Visit Springtime Day Tour
Beijing Family Visit Summer Day Tour
Beijing Family Visit Autumn Day Tour

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street
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Top 10 Attractions in Chongqing

August 19th, 2018
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Plan your Chongqing tour? Here we’ve made a list of the top 10 attractions in Chongqing, a little helpful for your planning your short trip to Chongqing.

As a major city in southwestern mainland China, Chongqing is a port city with a large municipal area and big population in China. Nowadays, Chongqing is a modern city, China’s fourth municipality after Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin.

Chongqing is a city of hills, with many old lanes and buildings worth exploring, cruises up the Yangtze, and a walk around to the Port all worth a half day trip. Picturesque landscapes are so enchanting as to make tourists forget to return. Start your Chongqing tour now!

No. 01: People Liberation Monument
Chongqing People’s Liberation Monument is regarded as the commercial center of the Yuzhong District in Chongqing.

Formerly a wooden structure, the monument was first built up on March 12th, 1940. This day is the anniversary of Dr. Sun Yatsen’s death, so the monument is called “Spirit Fort”.

The monument is located in the crossing of the Mingzhu, Mingquan and Zourong Road in the Yuzhong district. It’s 27.5 meters high. There is a revolving ladder, through which travelers can get to the top of the monument.Entrance Fee: free

Opening Hours: 24 hours a day
How to get there: There are many buses can take you to People Liberation Monument, including Buses No. 413, 418, 481, 301, 303, 215, 103, 104, 111, 112, 122, Tram No. 401, 402 or 405.

People Liberation Monument

People Liberation Monument

No. 02: Ciqikou Old Town
Located in the suburb of Chongqing City, covering an area of 1.18 square kilometers, Ciqikou Old Town is a historic Chinese old town with traditional style buildings and local flavor food.

The old town was built in 998 during the Song Dynasty. The town’s name, Ciqikou, means porcelain harbor, and the community prospered from the porcelain trade. Today it offers a glimpse of the peaceful laid-back life in the Sichuan countryside and is somewhere to take a break from the busy commercial world of Chongqing.

For more information,  check out the link: Ciqikou Old Town.

Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: take Bus No. 215 and get off at Tongjiaqiao Station

Ciqikou Old Town

Ciqikou Old Town

No. 03: Dazu Rock Carvings
Dazu Rock Carvings are a series of Chinese religious sculptures and carvings, dating back as far as the 7th century AD, depicting and influenced by Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist beliefs.

Listed as a World Heritage Site, the Dazu Rock Carvings are made up of 75 protected sites containing some 50,000 statues, with over 100,000 Chinese characters forming inscriptions and epigraphs, 160km west of Chongqing.

The sites are located in Chongqing Municipality within the steep hillsides throughout Dazu County (located about 60 kilometers west of the city of Chongqing, China). The highlights of the rock grotto are found on Mount Baoding and Mount Beishan.

Entrance Fee: CNY 130
Opening Hours: 09:00-16:00
How to get there: There are long-distance buses to the Dazu Rock Carvings both from Chongqing and Chengdu.

 

Dazu Rock Carvings

Dazu Rock Carvings

No. 04: Stilwell Museum
Stilwell Museum lies on No.63 Jialing New Road, 15 kilometers to the urban area. It was founded in memory of Joseph W. Stilwell, an American general who contributed a great deal to the Chinese people.

Covering an area of 5,000 square meters, the structure is a two-storey building with a basement. The main building is the former residence of General Stilwell.

It includes an office, an adjutant room, two meeting rooms, bedrooms and a basement. Simple furniture is shown as it was during the time that he lived there, and more than one hundred articles such as household goods, manuscripts and the uniform which was used by the general are displayed.

For more information, please check out the link: Flying Tiger Museum Chongqing.

Entrance Fee: CNY 5
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
How to get there: take the Light Rail and get off at Lizibei Station, Chongqing

No. 05: Wulong Karst
The Wulong Karst is located at Wujiang River downriver of Southeastern Chongqing. It covers three karst systems of Sanqiao Natural Bridges which are dotted in mid-north, southeast and northeast of Wulong County.

It is composed of gorges, natural bridges, tiankengs, caves, shafts subterranean streams. A world cultural heritage.

Entrance Fee: CNY 95

Wulong Karst

No. 06: Chongqing Zoo
Located at the western suburb of the main urban area, Chongqing zoo is surrounded by beautiful mountains.

The panda house, the highlight of the zoo, will offer you wonderful experience.
Chongqing Zoo was established in 1955.

Covering an area of more than 45 hectares., the zoo owns more than 230 species of animals, with a total amount of more than 6000 animals that ranks Chongqing Zoo as one of the biggest national urban Zoos. The nature scene is a great treasure.

Entrance Fee: CNY 20
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 412, 413,

 

Chongqing Zoo

Chongqing Zoo

No. 07: Three Gorges Museum
Three Gorges Museum is situated at the west part of the People’s Square of Chongqing. Occupying an area of 30,000 square meters, the museum was completed and opened to the public on Jun 18 , 2005.

China Three Gorges Museum has another name – Chongqing Museum. It’s not only a specified museum of Three Gorges but also a comprehensive museum of history and art, a collection of over 170,000 pieces of cultural relics. The museum also equips an International Academic Hall, an Audience Activities Center and 3 temporary Exhibition Halls.|

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
How to get there: take Bus No. 145 and get off at the Great Hall of the People Station

Three Gorges Museum

Three Gorges Museum

No. 08: Great Hall of the People
Chongqing People’s Great Hall is situated at Xuetian Wan, Renmin Road, Chongqing and covers an area of 66,000 square meters with a 4,000-seat auditorium. The Great Hall of the People is considered the emblem of Chongqing.

The whole building was designed based on traditional Chinese architecture that was in fashion in Ming and Qing Dynasty.

The round roof with its green glazed tiles makes the building looks like the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, the porch in front of the hall with its red columns and white marble rails reminds people of the Tian’an Men gate in Beijing.

Entrance Fee: CNY 5
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00

How to get there: take Buses No. 103, 104, 105, 111, 112, 122, 215, 181 or 503 to get to the Great Hall of the People

Great Hall of the People

Great Hall of the People

No. 09: Fishing City
The old town was built in 1242, or the 2nd year of the Chunyou reign of the Southern Song (about 1100-1279). In 1258, the Mongols launched a total attack on the Song and the Fishing Town was besieged.

The Song army mounted a valiant counterattack that lasted 36 years. Some European historians to laud Fishing Town as the “Mecca of the East” and “Where God broke his whip”. The ruins of the ancient battlefield of Fishing Town are well kept there.

Fishing City

Fishing City


No. 10: Three Gorges at Yangtze River
The Yangtze River ( or called “Changjiang” in Chinese ) is over 6,300 kilometers long, the largest and longest river in China, also the third longest in the world, next just to the Nile in northeast Africa and the Amazon in South America.The source of the Yangtze River is linked to the Tanggula Mountain chain in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, southwest of China.The Yangtze River flows from west to east through provinces of Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Sichuan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui and Jiangsu as well as the city of Chongqing, Wuhan and Shanghai, finally entering the East China Sea. With much rainfall all year round, the Yangtze River is regarded as the golden watercourse.The most impressive part of the river is the three Yangtze River gorges, namely Qutang Gorge, WuGorge and Xiling Gorge, known as Sanxia in Chinese, or the Three Gorges. Qutang Gorge, WuGorge are within the administrative area of Chongqing.

For more information, please check out: Cruise on Yangtze River.

 

Wu Gorge at Yangtze River

Wu Gorge at Yangtze River


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

Any questions, just drop a line.

The Best Place to Watch Sunrise in Beijing

August 17th, 2018
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Looking for a romantic place to capture the sunrise in the downtown Beijing area on your Beijing tour? There is no better place in than Jingshan Park sitting on the centre of the north-south axis of Beijing.

The hill in Jingshan Park is 45.7 meters at relative height and 94.2 at sea level, the highest sea-level viewpoint in Beijing where you are able to have a panoramic view of the city of Beijing – East: Beijing Central Business District; South: Forbidden City; West: the Beihai Park and the North: Drum Tower and Bell Tower on the north-south axis of Beijing.

Tips for watching the sunrise from the hilltop of Jingshan Park
1. It is important to know when the sun will rise and set. Different day and season has its unique sunrise or sunset time. Check Beijing Real Time Photos for the general ideal of the sunrise time.

2. It is better to get up early to be on the hilltop of Jingshan Park and have ample time to check the surroundings and understand where would be a good spot to take pictures. The shortcoming is that the official opening hour of Jingshan Park is set at 6:30am, which makes some seasons, especially summer time impossible to capture the first rays of the sunrise. The sunrise time from March to October is after 6:30am in Beijing. That means people cannot watch the first rays of sunrise from the hill top of Jingshan Park.

3. So the best time for watching the sunrise from Jingshan Park falls on later autumn (November) to the early spring (February) when the sunrise time is after 6:30am, the opening hour for Jingshan Park.

4. Though the time between March and October is not the good time for watching the sunrise from Jingshan Park, basically it won’t deter you to go there for a splendid sunrise experience! Before you clamber up the hilltop of Jingshan waiting for the sunrise, you are advised to go to the northwest corner outside the moat of Forbidden City, a perfect spot capturing the first rays of sunrise over Forbidden City and the moat, an amazing supplement for the shame caused by the improper opening hour of Jingshan Park.

After watching the sunrise over the moat and Forbidden City, continue to walk to the Jingshan Park to watch the sunrise already a bit higher over skyline in the east of Beijing.

How to get to Jingshan Park
Jingshan Park is located just across the north gate to Forbidden City. Jingshan Park has three gates with south gate facing the north exit of Forbidden City. At such early hour in the morning, you’d better take a taxi from your hotel, and ask your taxi driver to drop you off at any of the three gates – east, west and south.

Opening hours: 6:30 am – 9:00pm. Entrance fee: RMB 2 (RMB10 per person during Peony Festival April and May). Basically it takes 3-5 minutes to walk up to the hilltop of the a park. On the hill, there are five pavilions with Wanchun Pavilion perched in the middle along Beijing’s North-south axis and two couple of pavilions on both side the Wanchun Pavilion. The Wanchun Pavilion is the best spot to watch the sunrise.

If the sunrise time is before the opening time of the Jingshan Park, you may go to the northwest corner outside the moat of Forbidden City, a perfect spot capturing the first rays of sunrise over Forbidden City and the moat, a amazing supplement for the shame caused by the improper opening hour of Jingshan Park.

For information on Jingshan Park, please read my earlier post of Jingshan Park not to be missed  and Sunset View at Jingshan Park.

Now, follow me to experience the sunrise from Jingshan Park.

Leaving my home around 5:50am and drive directly to the west gate to Jingshang Park. After parking my car at the parking lot west of the west gate,  I have to walk fast to the northwest corner of Forbidden City to catch the rising sun since it has been already 6:00am, a sunrise time today!

It is a 3-5 minute walk from the parking lot to the northwest corner of Forbidden City. To my pleasant surprise, there have been already a few crazy people there chatting, and taking pictures. This is a perfect spot to shoot the magnificent turret of Forbidden City and its reflection on the moat.

there have been already a few crazy people there chatting and taking pictures 1

there have been already a few crazy people there chatting and taking pictures 1

It is a cloudy today and the sunrise is blurred and shreds dotted rays, adding much colors to the skyline decorating the Turret ornately.
adding much colors to the skyline decorating the Turrent ornately.

adding much colors to the skyline decorating the Turret ornately.

The sun defies the blocking of the clouds and gives out radiant rays.
The sun defies the blocking of the clouds and gives out radiant rays.1

The sun defies the blocking of the clouds and gives out radiant rays.1

The red sunrise rays cut through the thick clouds with pretty reflections on the moat.
The red sunrise rays cut through the thick clouds with pretty reflections on the moat.

The red sunrise rays cut through the thick clouds with pretty reflections on the moat.

Mesmerized by the stunning view, I’ve almost forgotten the time. It is past 6:30am, so I walk quickly to the west gate to Jingshan Park and walk up to the hilltop – Wanchun Pavilion and enjoy myself with the whole city below me.

The sun has been higher over the skyline

The sun has been higher over the skyline

The sun has been higher over the skyline

Below the east sunrise is the skyline of the new CCTV office building, World Trade Center Phase 3 Building (at 330M Beijing’s Tallest)…

The rising sun finds a hole in the clouds and appears triumphantly

The rising sun finds a hole in the clouds and appears triumphantly

The rising sun finds a hole in the clouds and appears triumphantly

Wanchun Pavilion is the best place in the park to watch the sunrise.
Wanchun Pavilion is the best place in the park to watch the sunrise.1

Wanchun Pavilion is the best place in the park to watch the sunrise.1

In the north below my feet is the massive Forbidden City looking brilliantly under a radiant rising sun.
the massive Forbidden City looking brilliantly under a radiant rising sun.

the massive Forbidden City looking brilliantly under a radiant rising sun.

In the north below my feet is the massive Forbidden City looking brilliantly under a radiant rising sun.
the massive Forbidden City looking brilliantly under a radiant rising sun.1

the massive Forbidden City looking brilliantly under a radiant rising sun.1

On the west is the famous Beihai Park with its beauty – White Stupa and the lake.
On the west is the famous Beihai Park with its beauty - White Stupa and the lake.

On the west is the famous Beihai Park with its beauty – White Stupa and the lake.

To the north is the Drum Tower and Bell Tower on the north-south axis of Beijing.
To the north is the Drum Tower and Bell Tower on the north-south axis of Beijing.

To the north is the Drum Tower and Bell Tower on the north-south axis of Beijing.

Watching the sunrise at Jingshan Park is a non-ending process for me!
Watching the sunrise at Jingshan Park is a non-ending process for me

Watching the sunrise at Jingshan Park is a non-ending process for me

 Surely, I will come back!
Surely, I will come back!

Surely, I will come back!

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

Beijing Dinner & Night Boat Tour. from US$ 59P/P

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


How to Visit Grand Canal in Hangzhou.
Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

For any questions, just drop a line.