China Travel Tips

Reflections on Travel in China

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

50% Off on a 5 Star Yangtze River Cruise

Watch for this ad in the International Travel News Magazine starting in November.  We are offering 50% off on the 5 Star Century Cruise Line Yangtze River Cruise.   Combine it with any customized private tour to your interests and specifications for a minimum of 10 days or more and we will include a Deluxe cabin with your cruise.  Bookings must be received and deposit made by April 15th.  Cruises must be completed by Oct. 31st.    This Promotional Price is offered to introduce the Century Line to the U.S. market.  To see their web site go to www.centuryrivercruises.com   Our 2015 web site will be up about November 1st featuring the cruises as we enter into our 26th year of business specializing in Tours to China and Tibet.   www.interlakechinatours.com   Contact us by email at:   interlak@eskimo.com   for details and prices.  We are located in Seattle, Washington with associate partners in China.   Click on the Ad to enlarge for clearer view!
 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Xian's Terra Cotta Warriors Site

One of the must see sights for many people is the Terra Cotta Warriors site in Xian.  The Warriors seen here were unearthed in 1974 when three farmers digging a well found them.  The site is large and now has four pits unearthed and open to the public.   The Warriors were arranged at one time as an army to protect the Emperor Qin Shi Huang in front of his tomb.  The site took 38 years to build with over 700,000 workers.  The artisans who constructed his burial room were buried alive in the tomb to keep the location of the room secret.  The Tomb itself has never been opened as it has been considered too dangerous having very loose soil contaminated with arsenic to protect the tomb from grave robbers.  In a separate building there is a museum of artifacts found in the pits and near the tomb in excellent condition.  Well worth the small extra fee to visit it.  Located near the airport is a little known site called the Yangling Mausoleum over 2,500 years old.  This tomb of Emperor Jingdi of the Western Han Dynasty is actually open and you can enter it to see the inside burial place along with many artifacts well preserved and on display.  Because the Terra Cotta Warrior site is so famous, the Yangling Mausoleum often is overlooked and not included in most

tours.  As a tour operator I often suggest this site to clients who are interested in history and it is convenient to see it on arrival or departure from the airport.    Click on the photo for a full screen view.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wild Elephants in China?

Yes, there are wild elephants in China along with many other animals, birds and wild life including Tigers.  Here you see some of the wild elephants in Xishuangbanna are of south Yunnan province.  They are located in the Sanchahe Nature Reserve not far from the city of Jinghong.   Jinghong which is in the middle of one of the most diverse areas of China has the only airport in southern Yunnan province.  The home of many minority peoples each with their own customs and dress is one of the most beautiful areas of China and is seldom visited by western tourists.   There are many faces of China with countless Nature Reserves with birds of every species, wild monkeys including the rare Golden Monkeys which I have seen myself in upper Yunnan province.  I have toured many different countries around the world but China still remains one that continues to fascinate me with now over 50 visits to all corners of the country.  The variety of sites, 57 different nationalities each with their own customs and dress, festivals, food and very friendly people makes it much to look forward to during each of my visits.   Variety is the Spice of Life and China fits into that description from one end of the country to the other.  Check my web site for just a few of the tour packages to give you some ideas on where to tour but we specialize in doing Custom Private or Group Tours to your interests and needs.  For more information contact us at www.interlakechinatours.com  
 email:   interlak@eskimo.com   My friends call me "ChinaDave"

Monday, August 4, 2014

Yangtze River Cruises with New Low Prices PLUS 50% OFF UNTIL April 15th

 Sail the 5 Star Luxury Century Line Cruise on the Yangtze River in 2015.  When you book a minimum 10 Day Private Customized Tour to your specific interests by April 15th you will receive 50% OFF on the cruise.*  New Low Prices start at $398 to $448. pp. dbl. occ. for the Century Star, Century Sun and Century Sky.   Regular Season price is $795 to $895. pp. dbl. occ for the Deluxe Cabins after April 15th.  Junior Suites and Deluxe Suites are available at special 50% off prices too.  The Century Legend and Century Paragon  Platinum Series Ships are also 50% off starting at $598. to $698. pp. dbl. occ. with regular season prices of  $1195. to $1295. pp. dbl. occ. after April 15th bookings.      *Tours and cruise need to be completed by Oct. 31st.

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                            Century Cruises can be seen on line at:   www.centuryrivercruises.com

  Watch for our 2015 web site starting Nov. 1st at:   www.interlakechinatours.com 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Chinese Magazines

As a tour operator to China, I must keep up on all the news and changes going on in China.  Besides my annual trips to China for inspections and seeing the changes, I read everything I can and watch web sites that keep me informed.   China National Tourist Office is one source you will find interesting and you can order maps, brochures and other information for free.  I faithfully read one special magazine called   "CHINA TODAY" which is published here in the U.S. in full color.  What is happening in China and especially tourist information is all included.  You see here one issue on the changing childhood in the cities and how the "one child policy" has fared over the years.  Even the education system is changing to reflect the needs of dealing with the modern world.  The  monthly magazine costs about $34 per year post paid.  You can order it from the Cypress Book Company, Subscription Dept.  360 Swift Ave.  Suite 48   South San Francisco, CA. 94080-9838.   Insights to modern China are written about each month along with many cultural sites in China opening up to tourism now.   For more information contact me at:   interlak@eskimo.com   I am known by my friends as "ChinaDave".

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sanjiang - Home of the Dong People

As a China Tour Operator for the past  25 years, I often receive inquiries from people wanting to visit culturally rural China to see areas outside of the large cities and major sites.  Usually I recommend south central China with Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou provinces being the favorite places as it has so much to offer in a compact area.  There are over 57 minority peoples in China each with their own customs and unique dress.  Many of these are located in these three provinces although there are others.  Sanjiang pictured here is about 100 kms. north west of Guilin in Guangxi Zhuang region, and very typical of a minority group called the Dong people who settled this area over 1000 years ago. 
Other nationalities you can visit in this area are Miao, Yao, Zhuang and Han.  This to me is the real China of the past far from the large busy modern cities.  Sichuan province to the north is the most populated province with over 100 million people in it; however some of the most remote villages are also located here that have changed little in hundreds of years.  I plan personal customized tour itineraries for my clients so that they see and experience their personal interests.  Group tours seldom if ever visit these areas and they will never be crowded. You are may have your own personal visit and often be able to visit people in their homes when accompanied by a guide who can translate for you.  I hope I can do a personal tour for you...check my web site at  www.interlakechinatours.com