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The Best Place to View Peach Flowers in Beijing

Friday, April 20th, 2018
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Approx. 80 km northeast of Beijing city center, Pinggu District is home to the world’s largest peach orchard with about 11,000 hectares of peach trees. Pinggu features totally 218 kinds of peach trees with 4 species of yellow peach, white peach, nectarine and peento.

Pinggu peaches are big in size, sweet in taste and brilliant in color. The local peaches are exported to over 10 countries with a total annual production of 1300 thousand kilograms. The harvest time falls on autumn – September and October when Pinggu will hold a festival known as “The Feast of Immortal Peaches” to celebrate the happy time for peach picking and tasting.

Another moment, no less important is Pinggu Peach Festival – the viewing of the magnificent sea of peach flowers in spring starting Mid-April through May. If you happen to visit Beijing in spring, a side trip to Pinggu for a glimpse of the “Sea of Peach Flower” is an amazing addition to your Beijing trip.

The best spot in Pinggu to see peach blossoms is Dahua Town ( 大华镇) which is home to the peach orchard dubbed as “Sea of Peach Blossoms”.  Of course, there are many separated peach orchards of big or small, sponsored by individual villagers. For entry into some of their peach orchards, you either need to pay a small sum of money or buy some of their peach products.

Many of the peach orchards are fenced, you are only allowed to see from their outside fences. In Dahua Town, the major peach orchard is fenced and circled with a long wooden walkway where you can easily have a glimpse of the peach flowers inside the fences. For small and privately owned peach orchards, you can enter either paying or buying to snap the pictures of the blooming peach flowers.

How to get to Pinggu or Dahua Town in particular?
For self-driving, just set your GPS at Dahua Town and drive along g the famous peach blossom sea road (highway No.330) and skip over the downtown Pinggu.

For public bus users, you may take the public bus 852 from Dongzhimen Transportation Hub for Pinggu District.  Arriving at Pinggu District Bus Terminal, then you change for the local small bus Dahua Town or the famous peach blossom sea road (highway No.330).

Once you are in Pinggu, you will have more interesting local attractions that bestow on you, such as Pinggu Glass Sightseeing Platform, Jingdong Krast Cave, Jinhai Lake and more.

Follow me to have a virtual tour of viewing the “Sea of Peach Blossoms” in Pinggu.

Pinggu Orchard – the largest of this kind in the world

 

Selfie in front of blooming peach flowers

 

Peach blossom selfie

 

Kissing in the sea of peach blossoms

 

Senior Peach Flower Enthusiast

 

Peach flowers against sunlights

 

Peach Flower Photography

 

Flowering Peach Trees

 

Blooming Peach branches

 

Peach blossoms

 

Old branch and new flowers

 

The major Attractions in Pinggu, Beijing
Diaowo Village is an interesting place to explore the suburban life in Beijing, having a bite of the local village food, drinking, barbecuing, fishing and more. The village is located about 35km to the southwest of the Peach Orchard in Pinggu.

More major attractions in Pinggu:

1) Flying Dragon Valley
2) Bolitai Great Wall
3) Jinhai Lake 2222
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 and view the peach flower orchard, 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


Pinggu Sightseeing Glass Sightseeing Platform.
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

Any questions,  just drop a line.

Tips for Visiting the Glass Sightseeing Platform in Pinggu Beijing

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
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Dear Travelers,

We’d like to have the following quick guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors coming to Glass Sightseeing Platform in Pinggu, Beijing. If you have any questions or anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!
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Your Beijing tour definitely will include the bucket list of Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, the Great Wall of China and your list could be a bit longer if you stay in Beijing for a longer time.

Today we’d like to introduce to you the thrilling glass sightseeing platform, which is claimed to be the world’s largest glass hanger, hanging 32.8 metres out from the cliff with a jaw-dropping scenic view.

Check out Private Day Tour to Glass Sightseeing Platform.

How to get to the huge cliff glass hanger? How to combine your exciting trip with the surrounding attractions on the day excursion for your long stay vacation in Beijing? We are glad to offer you some useful travel tips in this regard.

Tips
tips1. Brief Introduction to the Glass Sightseeing Platform
The glass sightseeing platform, billed as “Flying Disk/UFO”, opened to the public on April 30, 2016.

The glass platform hangs 32.8 metres out from the cliff, 11 meters longer than the Grand Canyon Skywalk inside the Grand Canyon National Park in the United States.

The glass platform hangs 32.8 metres out from the cliff,

It is claimed to be the largest sightseeing platform in the world.

The largest sightseeing platform in the world

 

The transparent sightseeing platform is 800 meters above sea level and 400 meters high from the bottom of the cliff, a thriller for visitors who want to experience the excitement walking in the sky.

400 meters high from the bottom of the cliff

Those who have acrophobia are not recommended to step on the transparent breathtaking glass floor.

Those who have acrophobia are not recommended

Statistics about the glass platform
Weight: 32o tons; Maximum Load: 150 tons; Maximum Capacity: 2000 people
Hanging Distance: 32 meters; Platform Diameter: 26 meters
Taking an area of 415 square meters

2. Safety
The sightseeing platform is constructed with titanium alloys, which are widely utilized in aeronautical and space fields, but first time for daily life until today in China.

The sightseeing platform is constructed with titanium alloys

The purpose of using titanium alloys to build this platform is to ensure the safety of all the visitors on the platform.

3. Location
The glass sightseeing platform is hung out from the cliff on the highest peak inside Shilin Gorge (Shilinxia Scenic Area) in Pinggu District, Beijing.

Entrance to Shilinxia Scenic Area

The Shilinxia Scenic Area (石林峡) is a good destination out of Beijing city center to touch the unique stone and rock formations in a 6-km long valley or gorge. “Shilinxia” literally means “stone forest gorge”.

Diaowo Village and Huangongyun Reservior seen from the glass platform

The gorge is located in Diaowo Village at Huangsongyu Township of Pinggu District, 100km east of Beijing city proper.

Besides its official name as “Shilinxia Scenic Area”, it also has several different names such as “Jingdong Stone Forest Gorge”, “Pinggu Stone Forest Gorge” and “Jingdong Stone Canyon”.

4. Entry Fees
Entrance Fee for Shilinxia Scenic Area : 78 RMB
Entry fee for the glass sightseeing platform inside Shilinxia Scenic Area : 40 RMB
Cable Car (one way): 50 RMB (Weekday); 100 RMB ( Weekend or Public Holiday )
Opening hours: 8:30 – 17:30 (closed in winter season)

The Huge Glass UFO PLatform

5. How to get up on to the platform
When arriving at Shixialin Scenic Area,  you have two ways to go up on to the glass platform – Walking up or taking the cable up.

Climb up or Cable up

It is over one and half hours’ strenuous walk from the valley bottom up to the platform. But even if you choose to take cable up, you still need to scramble up for about 20 minutes from the upper cable station before you get to the platform.

Even you use cable car service,  you still need to climb up for about 20 minutes before you reach the platform.

Even you use cable car service, you still need to climb up for about 20 minutes

6.  How to Get There
To get to the Shilinxia Scenic Area,you may take the public bus 852 ( Bus fare 16 yuan)) from Dongzhimen Transportation Hub for Pinggu District.

Arriving at Pinggu District Bus Terminal, then you change for the local bus No.25 ( Bus Fare 5 yuan ) for the Pinggu Stone Forest Gorge or Valley. Bus 25 is quite frequent. Total journey is around 2-2.5hr from Dongzhimen Transport hub.

The bus 25 keeps going the same direction where you come from with bus 852.  On the bus 25 you shouldn’t worry not to find the drop off 25. The bus takes a while to go there but at the end you will see when you have to get off.  You can pay the bus and it costs 5 yuan each person. You just have to drop the money into the box next the bus driver.

On the way back, just take the same 25 bus where you get off. To get off the bus you just have to pay attention when you are back in the city. You will see that and it’s the point where almost everybody leaves the bus. But you will recognize also where you have to get off when You see the “Chinese lanterns”  on the street light. You may get off at stations no 7 and this is exactly where the bus hub is to take the bus no 852. If you miss to get off at stop 7 from bus 25 you shouldn’t worry. Just take the next, or the next after. The bus stops really often on that big street. But than of course you have to stay on that street to take the bus 852.Bu

Dongzhimen Transport Hub (东直门交通枢纽) – Pinggu Bus Terminal  (平谷汽车站)
Bus No.852

First Bus: 6:30 am; Last Bus: 7:30 pm
Drive Time: 2 hours ( 19 stops )
Bus Fare: 16 yuan

Pinggu Bus Terminal  (平谷汽车站)- Pinggu Shilixia Scenic Area ( Glass Sightseeing Platform) 石林峡
Bus No.25

First Bus: 6:30 am; Last Bus: 7:30 pm
Drive Time: Half an hour ( 11 stops )
Bus Fare: 6 yuan

Check out Private Day Tour to Glass Sightseeing Platform.

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For self-drive, just drive along the Jingping Expressway and get off at Pinggu District and follow the road sign leading to the Shilingxia scenic Area.

7. The Surrounding Attractions in Pinggu, Beijing
As you know the gorge is located in Diaowo Village. The village itself is an interesting place to explore the suburban life in Beijing, having a bite of the local village food, drinking, barbecuing, fishing and more.

The Shilinxia Scenic Area is only 10km to the north of Jingdong Karst Cave, both of which are part of Pinggu Huangsongyu National Geopark. Many travelers would like to put the two attractions together on a day trip.

More attractions close to the glass sightseeing platform includes:
1) Flying Dragon Valley
2) Bolitai Great Wall
3) Jinhai Lake

8. 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:

Check out Private Day Tour to Glass Sightseeing Platform.

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
Any questions,  just drop a line.

Beijing 144 Hours Free Visa Transit

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
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Are you planning your Beijing Layover Tour? You may think whether you need a transit visa in Beijing? This is the question frequently asked by many travelers who are going to transit in Beijing and continue to fly for a third country.

Yes, basically you need a Chinese visa to visit Beijing if you want to exit from Beijing Capital Airport for a few hours’ layover tour or 2 or 3 days’ short stay in Beijing. But currently, 53  countries are entitled to 144 hours free visa transit stay in Beijing. So Visa-free travel to Beijing is possible now!

Which are the 53 countries and what the preconditions for getting the free visa transit stay permit in Beijing? I will answer your questions one by one.

1. Prerequisites for getting the 144 hours transit free visa
1) The Eligible 53 nationalities include 24 Schengen Countries in Europe:
1) 24 Schengen countries in Europe:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

2) 15 other European countries:
Russia, Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Monaco and the Republic of Belarus.

3) 6 American countries:
The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.

4) 2 Oceanian countries:
Australia and New Zealand.

5) 6 Asian countries:
Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

2) Travelers must have valid passports.

3) Travelers must have confirmed tickets to a third country or regions (Hong Kong and Macau).

 

Passport Control and Immigration

Passport Control and Immigration

 

Officially Designated Entry Points in the three places of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei: 
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Ports of entry and exit are extended to designated international railway stations, seaports and airports. Previously, the policy was applied only at airports. Now passengers are allowed to arrive and exit at the following six points in the three places:

Beijing Capital International Airport
Tel: 0086-10-96158

Beijing West Railway Station in the capital
Tel: 0086-10-51824233

Tianjin Binhai International Airport
Tel: 0086-22-96777

Tianjin International Cruise Home Port in Tianjin
Tel: 0086 -22-25605128

Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport
Tel: 0086-311-96360

Qinhuangdao seaport in Hebei province
Tel: 0086-335-3099676


How to Apply for 144-Hour free-visa stay in the three places:

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When you exit your plane, just follow the throng or the signs directing you to international arrivals, immigration and customs.

Passport Control/Immigration
In the Passport Control/Immigration Area, there are mainly two connected zones ( lanes ): Lanes for Foreign Citizens on the left side and Chinese Citizens on the right side.

Find your special lanes for 144-hour visa-free transit passengers
Some 144-hour transit passengers miss their layover tour in Beijing simply because they cannot locate the special lanes to get the visa-free permit. Actually the special lanes for 72-hours visa-free transit are located just on the left side of the Lanes for Foreign Citizens as well as on the right side of the Lanes for Chinese Citizens.

You need to fill up the entry registration card and get your 144- hours free visa stay permit, a stamp on your passport. The items for filling up the registration to get your 144-hour free visa stay permit:

Name,Sex, Birth, Passport Number, Nationality, Arrival Date, Arrival Flight, Exit Time, Exit Flight, Contact Phone Number in Beijing, Address in Beijing (Tianjin or Hebei), Reception Unit or Person, Reception Unit Phone Number.

Go through Customs, claim your luggage ( if necessary ) and leave airport.

What you can do during your 144-hour visa-free stay in the three places:
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The 144-hour visa-free transit allows you for a sufficient time to visit Beijing, or Tianjin and Hebei per your travel request. For more information Beijing tours, Tianjin tour and Hebei tour, please check out the following links:

Beijing Layover tour
Beijing Tour Packages

Tianjin Tour
Tianjin Cruise Port Transfer & Tour

Hebei Tour
Shijiazhuang Tour
Chengde Tour
Zhangjiakou Tour
Qinhuangdao 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

Any questions, just drop a line.