Here we go, a trip to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province made our vacation last month. More than just panda breeding center, a favorite tourist center of Chengdu, the city also has an interesting taste of food, Sichuan food flavors including salty, sweet, hot, spicy, sour and bitter. Sichuan cuisine has known for its bold flavors and spiciness. Apart from met local Sichuan cutest animal residents, my escape holiday from busy city also brought us to the Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei that located not far from Chengdu.
Chinese Panda Play Each Other
Together with my family, we booked 5 days Chengdu tour that also including for tour transport and accommodation. So all were arranged and we did not need worry about anything. Like everyone said a trip to Chengdu would not complete without a tour to see adorable Chinese pandas in their nature living habitat.
Leshan Giant Buddha from Boat
After did visit Chengdu Panda Breeding Center the whole day, next trip to Leshan Giant Buddha makes our tour complete. A couple of hours from Chengdu by private car, we arrived at Leshan Giant Buddha. That giant Buddha said as largest carved stone Buddha in the world! It even has been listed as one of World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1996. We climbed up the whole statue to get closer look as well as visit some of temples along our way. We could take photos while climbing it, and at last could admire that grandeur structure of the statue.
In additional, we also could take a cruise on Min and Qingyi River, viewed the giant Buddha from boat. We did relax our tour overall. It was a short trip to Chengdu but my experiences are priceless. Our guides were so professional, informative and friendly. From the beginning till the end of the tour all went well, and nothing really bad happen. Thanks for all the staffs helped us arrange this tour for us.
We are glad for book this local tour and looking forward to next tour to China and to Chengdu again. Last I know from our guide that Chengdu also famous for its tea culture. Lots of local get out and enjoy their time drink tea and play cards in a tea house. Unfortunately, we did not have chance that time so it must happen next time while travelling Chengdu.
Amazing 4 days Lhasa tour that we had last China vacation of us! The tour was very organized, include everything from the entrance ticket, Tibet visa travel, accommodation, and more. All that we asked to the staffs were come to real. We enjoyed the trip from the start and got very great experience after all.
So a vacation to Tibet was different to other cities in China. Lhasa can be said is a sacred religious place. It is also the place where people could see personally Tibetan people culture and its life style. My tour to Lhasa of course include some visits to plenty tourist sites including Potala Palace, Barkhor Street, Jokhang Temple and some famous monastery in Lhasa. Overall, my experience in Lhasa was good but what the most I hate is about the high altitude sickness. That was horrible. Although it did not happened in me but my condition and mood was not good enough first time arrived at Lhasa. A little bit tired! Fortunately it did not happen for a long time.
Second day in Lhasa, we visit Potala Palace, The Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. For me second day itinerary better than other day travel in Lhasa. We did see interesting and authentic building along the tour but most interesting while we exploring Jokhang Temple, the first Buddhist temple in Tibet, located on Barkhor Square (a great shopping street not to be missed) in Lhasa. For most Tibetans it is the most sacred and important temple in Tibet. We did saw authentic interior courtyard of the temple, but unfortunately tourists were not allowed to take photos of the temple's interiors where they house the Buddha statues. I suggest you have to visit Tibet to see it for yourself.
Next destination on the second day is to Barkhor Street/Square, which is the most famous shopping paradise popular among tourists. We could purchase some of Tibet traditional souvenirs or handicrafts there. Same as other places in China, we need to bargain for get the best price of good that we want, because same kind of commodities would be sold at different price in different vendors. If you want to get some original good thing then you need take your time explore the whole area. Based on our guide information, visitors need to walk in a clockwise direction along the street. It called as the best way to explore all the spot of the street.
My tour to Tibet was amazing and priceless! Everyone never can feel it before personally visit the region. Thanks for all the service!
Hong Kong as everyone know is a year-round destination. But the best time for visit is from the end of September to early December, when the weather is warm, the air is relatively dry and it seldom rains. Different from me, because my family and I, we did our vacation to Beijing last month then we thought that was also a great opportunity to visit Hong Kong.
We got our flight which took about 3 hours from Beijing. Hong Kong again is very high rise but not as clean as Beijing and Shanghai. After a Beijing tour, we got a couple of days here to do some touristy things including strolling around the night market, visit the Peak, and did some fun activities.
Actually, we joined 2 days Hong Kong tour from China local travel agency same with the travel agency who helped us arranged our tour in Beijing. We did visit lots of iconic sites in this vibrant busy city including Stanley Market, Repulse Bay, Lantau Island, Aberdeen, Victoria Peak etc. But among all of them, my favorite is Victoria Peak.
Big Fishing Village in Hong Kong, Aberdeen
In fact, the Peak can be said as the most famous tourist site. If you are visit Hong Kong then come to Victoria Peak is a must thing to do. Many will take the historic Peak Tram up Victoria Peak. The tram ride is breathtaking. As a must experience in Hong Kong, taking the historic train ride will put you in a time tunnel transferring you back into Hong Kong colonial times. Feel and imagine how it would have been to travel up The Peak more than 120 years ago by this engineering masterpiece. Because the Tram Peak, travelling up and down The Peak became more efficient and comfortable and as a nice side effect visitors could enjoy the remarkable and wonderful views while taking the Tram.
The Victoria Peak, Hong Kong from Above
While taking the Tram, we passed many skyscrapers that seem so close together. The views from the top are breathtaking and you can see the whole of the city, the harbour and the other side of the island. All of the skyscrapers look more clearly from the top. Overall, all of sightseeings in Hong Kong were fabulous. I do really go back to Hong Kong next time, in nearly future for sure. I am looking forward to that time and will explore the city independently without travel agency help. It might happen because mostly people in Hong Kong can speak English, so it will be a nice and fun trip!