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How many days would be a minimum stay to visit Dunhuang?

Kerry Milis Parker ( British ) February 17,2017

How many days would be a minimum stay in Dunhuang to see Magao Grottos, singing Sand dune,crescent spring? Is there any other place not to be missed? I have the time.

Vicky Lu( TCT Sales Representative ) February 18,2017

Vicky Lu
Dear Kerry Milis Parker,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

It would take a minimum stay fo 3 days/2nights in Dunhuang to see Magao Grottos, Singing Sand Dune, Crescent Spring, including the arrival date and departure date. Usually, it takes a full day to see Magao Grottos, Singing Sand Dune, Crescent Spring. And you need one day for arrival and one day for departure.

Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.

Join-in a Day Group Tour from Hangzhou to Xitang

Chung Wok Kim ( Malaysia ) February 14,2017

Wish to join a day tour from Hangzhou to Xitang on the 21st March 2017

Vicky Lu( TCT Sales Representative ) February 14,2017

Vicky Lu
Dear Chung Wok Kim,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel

I am sorry to tell you that we don't offer join-in group tour from Hangzhou to Xitang. Only private tour is available.

If you need us to arrange this day tour as private tour, could you please tell us some more details of your trip plan?
1) From which place should we pick you up and drop you off in Hangzhou for the day tour?
2) May I know how many of you will there be?

Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.

How can I get an invitation letter through a travel agency for China visa application from Sri Lanka

kalani kulathilaka ( sri lankan ) February 11,2017

How can I get an invitation letter through a travel agency for my visa application when applying for chinese visa from sri lanka?

Vicky Lu( TCT Sales Representative ) February 11,2017

Vicky Lu
Dear Kalani Kulathilaka,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

Traveller from Sri Lanka should be paid attention that it may be hard to successfully apply the China tourist visa if you are individual traveler or a travel group with 4 pax or fewer.

So the basic conditions to apply China tourist visa for travelers from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are:
► A travel group with at least 5 pax (including 5 pax)
► The original invitation letter authorized by related China Foreign Affair department

Quotation based on 5 or above pax is offered for you, while quotation based on 4 or fewer pax may be refused by us because of the hard China tourist visa application procedure.

For Terms and Conditions of China Visa Invitation Letter:
A China visa invitation letter is a part of your China tour package. TopChinaTravel can send an invitation letter to you on condition that you book your China tour package including all accommodation, transfer and sightseeing activities through Top China Travel. The sending of a China visa invitation letter alone is not allowed. Top China Travel will process your invitation letter after we have received the full payment from you.

You are responsible for your own China visa application from your local Chinese Embassy. Top China Travel can not offer you any assistance whatsoever with this process, nor guarantee of the success of your visa application. If your application is rejected, fax us the copies of your passport with the rejected confirmation by Chinese Embassy, we will refund your full payment of the tour, only charge the service fee for the invitation letter.

For a group under 5, the service fee is US $ 80 for the whole group. For a group of over 5 including 5, the service fee is US $10 for each person. In addition, US $50 is required for courier of original documents.

Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.

Ddirect bus from Chongqing to Zhangjiajie

Kartika ( Indonesia ) February 06,2017

I will going to Zhangjiajie from Chongqing, is there any direct bus? Thanks

Vicky Lu( TCT Sales Representative ) February 07,2017

Vicky Lu
Dear Kartika,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

Yes, there is one direct bus travelling from Chongqing to Zhangjiajie every day. It departs from Chongqing Bus Station (重庆汽车站) every day at 11:30am, and take about 7.5 hours to get to Zhangjiajie Bus Station.

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What to Do in a Kunming Day Trip

Susan White ( UK ) January 29,2017

We are currently in Kunming and would like to go to the Stone Forest tomorrow (2017-30-01). Would you be able to help us with this? There are 5 of us. Thank you

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) January 30,2017

Sophie Huang
Hi, Susan,

Thanks for your question.
Well noted that you will be in Kunming tomorrow and hope to take a one-day tour to visit Stone Forest.
It is better to rent a private car and an English speaking guide to do the day trip to Stone Forest.


When you travel to Kunming, what you can do in a day? What are the best things to do in a Kunming day tour?

1) One Day Trip to Stone Forest

Stone Forest is the must-seeing site in Kunming, it takes around 1 day for a visit as it is a little bit far from the downtown of Kunming. It is about 87km from Kunming City. Therefore, it takes around 1.5 hours for driving to Stone Forest. Stone Forest is the first wonder of the world since Ming Dynasty, including large and small stone forest and other scenic spots. It is a typical example of karsts topography, formed about 270 million years ago. It is great area to see the limestone landscapes.

2) One Day Tour to Explore Kunming City

In the morning, suggest you walk around Green Lake Park, where you could see many local seniors singing, dancing, playing instruments, playing cards, playing Mahjong, ect in the park. If it is between November and March, you have chance to see the 
Red-billed Gulls, who come from Siberia to Kunming Yunnan every winter. It becomes an unique view of Kunming.

Then visit Village of Ethnic Culture, which is a site built to represent and exhibit the history, the cultures, the customs and the natural village houses of the 26 nationalities in Yunnan, where tourists could enjoy the precipitous hills, beautiful lakes and the colorful customs, cultures, music, songs, dances, religious and architecture of the ethnic groups of Yunnan Province.


If time is enough, exploring the West Hill at the bank of Dianchi Lake and enjoying the countryside fruit pick-up are also good idea for your to enjoy happy time in Kunming. 

3) Whatelse to do in Kunming

► Visit Qiongzhu Temple or Yuantong Temple if you are beliving in Buddhism or you are interested in Buddhism. 
 
►  Take a leisure day trip to Haigeng Park, which is just at the bank of Dianchi Lake

►  Walk around at local Bird & Flower Market, walking into locals

►  Try the local food, such as Cross Bridge Rice Noodle, Steamed Pot Chicken, local snack, ect

►  Visit Dounan Flower Market, which is the largest flower wholesale Market. You will find it interesting. The flowers at Dounan Flower Market are sold by weight.

Kunming is the capital city of Yunnan Province of China, the gateway city for traveling to Yunnan. There are many things to do in Kunming.

Hope the above is helpful for those tourist who are traveling in Kunming or planning to travel to Kunming.

Rime Island Jilin

sajjad ( pakistan ) January 23,2017

How to get to Rime Island from Changchun by bus or train?

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) January 24,2017

Sophie Huang
Hi, Sajjad,

Thanks for your question about how to get to Rime Island.

Rime Island (Wusong Island) is an island in Songhua River, located at Wulajie Manchu Town, Longtan District, Jilin City, Jilin Province. It is the best place to see and take photograph of rime. The best season to visit Rime Island is from the late Decmeber to the end of Feb in next year. The best time in a day to take photoes of rime is between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The trees on both sides of Songhua River are flourishing. The mist of the ice-free in the river encounters the cold air and frosts up in the trees, which is meteorologily called rime. It is one of the four wonders of nature in China. Rime is divided into two kinds. One is granular rime and the other is crystalline. The granular rime is a kind of the formation of a small ice and loose crystalline rime is structured like flake. Jilin rime is crystalline. 

Where is the Best Place to See Rime?

Hantun Village and Zengtong Village in Wulajie Manchu Town are the best places to appreciate the rime scenery.

What about the accommodation at Rime Island?
There are many hotels and hostels in the downtown of Jilin at different level, but you are suggested to stay at Rime Island (Wusong Island), where you could experience one night accommodation at local house, with paper windows, ondol, wall pasted by newspaper. Besides, there are many newly-built house constructed recent years, with separate washroom and solar water heaters. It is very convenient. Besides, tourists can also try the local farm-flavored food.

Tips for Travel to Rime Island

1. If you travel to Jilin for rime, it is better to pay attention to the weather forecasts before you go there. As we know, the formation of rime requests certain weather condition. Generally speaking, we cannot have chance to see rime scenery unless the temperature is below -21 °C.
2. The temperature of Jilin is low in winter. It can reach -20-30 °C, so please prepare for coldness. In addition to warm jacket, it's important to select a pair of half tall waist and anti-slip snow shoes.
3. Select the whole mechanical structure of the camera, because the electronic camera cannot work normally at low temperatures.

How to Get to Rime Island?

Tourists could go to Jilin Gome, in front of which there are coaches from Jilin to Wulajie Manchu Town. The bus departs every 20 minutes from 06:30 to 17:00 every day. The bus fare is CNY8 per person per way. It is 35km from Jilin to Wulajie Manchu Town and takes more than 1 hour by bus. Then take a taxi from Wulajie Manchu Town to Hantun and cost about CNY15-20 per way.

How to Get to Shenyang Airport from Shenyang Bei Train Station

Philip Palmer ( United Kingdom ) January 09,2017

The Shenyang airport bus runs from Huyue bus station from what time in the morning.
Cost of a taxi please from Shenyang Bei train station to Shenyang airport.

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) January 10,2017

Sophie Huang
Hi, Philip Palmer,

Thank you very much for your attention with your questions.

Please kindly be advised as below,

1)    What is the time for the airport shuttle bus from Huyue Bus Station to Shenyang Airport?


Please kindly be advised that the shuttle bus from Huyue Bus Station to Shenyang Airport is Shuttle Bus Line 01, which departs from Huyue Bus Station at 06:00 am in the morning. It departs every hour and the last bus is at 18:00. It takes about 1 hour from Huyue Bus Station to Shenyang Airport. The Bus fare is about CNY17 per person.

2)    The taxi fee from Shenyang Bei Train Station to Shenyang Airport

It is about 26km from Shenyang Bei Train Station to Shenyang Airport. The taxi fee is about CNY80-100 per way per taxi. It takes about half an hour to drive to Shenyang Airport from Shenyang Bei Train Station. Remember to ask the driver to use meter billing.

It depends on your convenience and tour budget. It is the most convenient way for taking a taxi from Shenyang Bei Train Station to airport. If you get off the train at Shenyang Bei Train Station to airport, we recommend you this way. If you would like to take the airport shuttle bus to airport, you will also need to take taxi to Huyue Bus Station first, then take the shuttle bus.

The Animal Signs in Chinese Zodiac

Mohamed dahir ( Somalia ) January 04,2017

Which is the first animal sign in Chinese zodiac?

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) January 05,2017

Sophie Huang
Chinese Zodiac is called Shuxiang or known as Shengxiao in China. It refers to the rotating 12-year cycle , in which each year relates to a animal sign. The 12 animal signes in Chinese Zodiac include rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. They match wwith the twelve Earthly Branches (Zi, Chou, Yin, Mao, Chen, Si, Wu, Wei, Shen, You, Xu and Hai). Everyone in China is born in the year of an animal sign of zodiac, so Chinese often calculate age through zodiac. The Zodiac culture has become a symbol of traditional Chinese culture.

Why Rate is the first animal sign in Chinese Zodiac? The Sign animals' appearance in Chinese Zodiac and their sorting order combine countless legends and deeply embedded in Chinese mythology. The most well-known legend about the sorting order tells that the Heavenly Emperor selected 12 types of animals to number years and invited the animals to a feast. The rat was the 1st one attending the feast, so it rank at the 1st, followed by ox, tiger rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, roster, dog and pig in sequence. 

Another saying about the origin of Chinese Zodiac is based on the twelve Earthly Branches. Zi (Midnight) refers to 23:00-01:00 in a day, when the rat is most active. Chou refers to the period of a day from 01:00 to 03:00 when ox ruminates. Yin refers to the period of a day from 03:00 to 05:00 when tiger looks for food. And so on, every animal has its own habbit at a certain period of the day.

Regardless of what origin of Chinese Zodiac, the Chinese Zodiac culture has already amazed the people in China for thousands of years. With the development of history, Chinese Zodiac has gradually been integrated into most Chinese's concept. Each animal sign has a rich legend and thus form a conceptual explanation system, showing in the daily activities and fold cultures in China, such as marriage, praying, year of fate, lunar new year mascot.

How to Get to Guilin from Shenzhen

Jessica Devic ( Canadian ) December 25,2016

Hello,

I'd like to get to Guilin from Shenzhen on Jan 22nd and return on the 27th. What are my options? Thank you.

Yocky Yang( TCT Sales Representative ) December 26,2016

Yocky Yang
Dear friend,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

There are 3 options to get to Guilin from Shenzhen, including airplane, train, and long distance coach.

As cost for airplane is high, and time for long distance coach is long, we suggest you take hight speed rail, it's an economic and time-saving transport. 

It's worth mentioning that there are not many direct train between Shenzhen and Guilin. Only 4 rails, 3 are high speed rail and 1 is regular train, if you choose high speed rail, you need to go to Shenzhen north station to take, if you choose regular train, you need to go to Shenzhen station to take. High speed rail spends only 3 hours, while regular train spends about 14 hours and you need to spend a night on the train. As there are many lines between Shenzhen and Guangzhou, Guangzhou and Guilin, if your time is available, we suggest you transit in Guangzhou. 
  
Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.

What is the operating times of the bus shuttle from the bus station to the airport in Beijing?

Yahya Moola ( South Africa ) December 24,2016

Hello, what is the operating times of the bus shuttle from the bus station to the airport in Beijing? Thanks

Yocky Yang( TCT Sales Representative ) December 25,2016

Yocky Yang
Dear friend,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel

There are 11 lines between Beijing Capital Airport and Beijing downtown. There are some information of three main lines from bus stations to Beijing Capital International Airport.
 
• Line No.10: Beijing South bus station- Capital International Airport
Route: Beijing south bus station (north square) -- T2 -- T1-- T3
Operating time: 7:00a.m.~7p.m.
 
• Line No.1: Fangzhuang- Capital International Airport
Route: Fangzhuang (South of Fangzhuang Sport Park east gate) –Dabeiyao-- T2 -- T1-- T3
Operating time: 5:00a.m.~9:00p.m.
 
• Line No.12: Sihui- Capital International Airport
Route: Sihui transportation hub—Qingnian Road—Guanzhuang--T2 – T1 – T3
Operating time: 7:30a.m.~6:30p.m.
 
The locations of shuttle bus ticket offices in Beijing Capital International Airport are as follow:
Airport terminal T1: inside of No.7 gate in the first floor.
Airport terminal T2: outside of No.9 gate in the first floor.
Airport terminal T3: outside of No.7 gate in the first floor.

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