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How to Visit Tibet

Joe ( UK ) July 27,2014

I am planning to go to Tibet in October, and how to visit Tibet?

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) July 27,2014

Cookie
Dear Joe,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel
It is not possible to enter in Tibet as backpackers, so it needs the help of a Travel Agency. Briefly speaking, to visit Tibet you must follows an organized trip plan everything before. You’ll need a Chinese Visa and a Visa/Permit to visit Tibet. Both it’s better to obtain through the travel agent you’ll choose.
 
If someone wants to travel in Tibet it’s important to know how to get the permit to enter Tibet.
Click here for more information about Tibet Permit: http://www.topchinatravel.com/customer-center/tibet-travel-permits.htm

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

Do I Need a Partner to Join the Budget Tour

Gulshan Kumar ( India ) July 27,2014

Hi I m alone can you provide travelling partner in group tour so that I can see china.
If partner can be provided then I can join the group for ten days budget tour also I would like to travel by Bullet train if possible
Thanks

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) July 27,2014

Cookie
Dear Gulshan,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

Budget Tour are specially designed for individual travelers and tourists who wanna experience the beauty of China at a compared benefit price. In Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai and Hong Kong, we can offer you a group tour which means you can join the group with others.Therefore if you are just one person you can also join the budget tour.

And you said you want to join in the group for 10 days budget tour, is it the 10 Days Highlight China Budget Tour? And when do you plan to make this tour?

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

Day Tour in Hangzhou

Annie ( Singapore ) July 27,2014

I'm on business trip to Shanghai in mid August and was considering a weekend trip to Hangzhou. To tour the west lake (mix of boat and walk), would 4 hours be sufficient?

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) July 27,2014

Cookie
Dear friend,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!
In general, our tour for West Lake is 3 hours, so 4 hours is enough. You can click West Lake for more details. And we can help you to arrange your tour in Hangzhou including sightseeing, meals and transfer service, which is more efficient and time-saving. If you need our help, could you please tell me:
1. When do you plan to make this tour?
2. Do you have any interested attractions or need our suggestrions?

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

Sightseeing Sites aroung Zhangjiajie

Wendy ( Japan ) July 27,2014

What other places close to Zhangjiajie can we visit? We are going to what other places that close to Zhangjiajie can we visit and were trying to find other places around there that might have Buddhist Caves or temples that are worth seeing.

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) July 27,2014

Cookie
Dear Wendy,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel
Zhangjiajie is a city famous for its mountains, therefore there are many mountain forest parks like Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve. If you prefer places where have caves, we recommend you Dragon King Cave where is a karst cave located near the Wulingyuan district of Zhangjiajie City, or Yellow Dragon Cave where tourists can find caves contained in caves, rivers hidden in caves and a large number of scenic spots scattered everywhere, or Jiutian Cave where is currently the largest cave found in China, three times larger than Lichuan Cave, which is said to be the largest cave in the world. 
 
If you want to know more famous attractions in Zhangjiajie please click Zhangjiajie Attractions. Highly recommended Zhangjiajie Tours at Zhangjiajie Tours

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

How can I go from Beijing to Tianjin

Alick Ng ( U S A ) July 26,2014

I can take high speed bullet train from Xi'an to Beijing then how can I go from Beijing to Tianjin?

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) July 26,2014

Cookie
Dear Alick,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel

There are train, high speed train, inter city express and bus from Beijing to Tianjin. The most effective way is high speed train and inter city express. Are you interested in travel to Xi'an, Beijing and Tianjin, right? Do you need our arrangement of your tour including transfer service between different cities? If so, could you please tell me:
1. When do you plan to make this tour? And how long will you spend?
2. How many people will travel together?
3. What kinds of hotels do you prefer? Standard, comfortable or deluxe.

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

Best Regards,
Cookie

The Nearest Mosque to Beijing Airport

Ariff ( Singapore ) July 25,2014

Which is the nearest mosque to Beijing airport?

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) July 26,2014

Cookie
Dear Ariff,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

The nearest mosque to Beijing airport is Andingmen Mosque, 25 miles away from Beijing Airport. But the most famous, largest and longest mosque in Beijing is Niujie Mosque, 40 miles away from Beijing airport. The building in this mosque used the China traditional forms-timber structure, but in the main building detail adornment, it is Islamic architecture adornment style. And there are many famous sites in surrounding like, Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square, Hutong Tour. If you are interested in tour in Beijing, you can contact
 us.

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

Best Regards,
Cookie

How to Buy Train Ticket from Beijing to Xian

hershe ting ( philippines ) July 25,2014

How to purchase the train ticket for 2nd class seat G651 7:05 am, departure from Beijing to Xian in advance .We are four people.

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) July 25,2014

Sophie Huang
Dear Hershe Ting,

Greetings from Sophie, tour advisor in Top China Travel!
Thank you very much for your questions.
Well noted that you are 4 person and hope to buy high speed train tickets from Beijing to Xian.

At first, please kindly be advised that train tickets are requested to issued 20 days prior to the arrival date in China. For those places which have less train between cities, it is better to book early and issue the tickets as the requirement.

Regarding to your requests, we have 2 pieces of suggestion,
1)
Book it through travel agency. The problem is that travel agency will charge handling fee. If you do not have time to pick up from travel agency’s office in Beijing, you could request them to deliver it to your hotel, but extra delivery fee will be charged. You need to offer your passport copy to travel agency, your travel date and what class seat you would like to stay. You will also need to prepay to the travel agency.

2) Buy the tickets on the morning when you take the train. You could arrive at Beijing West Railway Station around 1-1.5 hours earlier than the departure time and buy the tickets with your passport directly. Or if you have several days in Beijing before going to Xian, you could buy it before your departure date. As you know, there are many high speed trains each day from Beijing to Xian and your train is in the early morning, generally speaking, the tickets for 2nd seat are available before the train departs.

Hope the above is clear and helpful.

Shour you have any questions, please do not hestitate to contact with us.

Best regards

Sophie Huang
Top China Travel

How to Reach Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from Lijiang Old Town

Diana ( Indonesia ) July 24,2014

If staying at Lijiang Old Town, how did you guy get to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain? What option I can have? Traveling time and fare?

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) July 24,2014

Sophie Huang
Hi, Diana,

Greetings from Sophie, Top China Travel!
Thank you very much for your questions.

Jade Dragon Snow Mount is located around 15 km away from Lijiang. When you visit to Jade Dragon Snow Mount, you will need to take cable car. You will find there are 2 cable stations. The nearest one is to The Spruce Meadow, the farther one is to The Yak Meadow and Glacier Park. Three of them are at different cable car fee. The Spruce Meadow is nearer, so it is cheaper. Glacier park is the farthest and highest one, so it is most expensive.

There are 2 ways from Lijiang Ancient Town to Jade Dragon Snow Mount,

1)Take Bus No 7 from Red Sun Square to Jade Dragon Snow Mount Customer Service Center. Bus No 7 is a kind of minivan, but not as big as bus in other cities. The bus fare is around RMB15 per person per way. The last bus from Jade Dragon Snow Mount Customer Service Center back to Lijiang city is at around 17:30. If you would like to take it, just remember to get there earlier.

2)Take taxi or rent a minivan. The rental fee is around RMB100 per van per way. Therefore, if you have more than 4 persons, this way is more convenient. But you must remember avoid the shopping stops or any tourism spot recommended by the taxi driver or mini-van driver, just ask him to go to your destination directly.

Hope the above is clear and helpful.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact with us.

Best regards

Sophie Huang
Top China Travel

How to Go to Stone Forest from Kunming

Mohamed ( Bangladeshi ) July 24,2014

Hi, I am planning a Yunnan tour and will have 1 day stop in Kunming. May I know how can I get to Stone Forest from Kunming downtown?

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) July 24,2014

Sophie Huang
Dear Mohamed,

Greetings!
Thank you very much for your questions.
Well noted that you hope to arrange a one day tour from Kunming to Stone Forest and hope to know how you could get to Stone Forest.
If you hope the tour more comfortable and you do not need to bother finding bus, I suggest you contact with a travel agency and ask them to arrange the tour for you in advance.

If you hope to do that on your own, there are 2 ways to go to Stone Forest from Kunming

@ Bus
1.Take Bus from the Bus stations in Kunming to Stone Forest
2.Take Bus at the Square in front of Kunming Raiway Station to Stone Forest
3.Take the Bus from Kunming to Luping, Luliang direction, and have a stop at Stone Forest
Duration: Around 2 hours
Ticket fare: RMB23-25 per person per way
Note: We suggest you take the morning bus to then you will have enough time to visit Stone Forest and have time take bus back to Kunming for accommodation.

@Train
There are several train starting from Kunming Railway Station to other cities, such as Nanning, Zhanjiang, Guilin and Shanghai, have a stop at Stone Forest. It is also convenient, but there aren’t many choices. Therefore, it is not suitable for 1 days tour. Anyway, train schedule is as below,
Train K366 Kunming-Stone Forest 1023/1208
Train K984 Kunming-Stone Forest 1128/1311
Train K986 Kunming-Stone Forest 1600/1733
Train T382 Kuming-Stone Forest 1849/2027
Duration: Around 1.5-2 hours
Ticket fare for hard seat: RMB20 per person per way
Note:
1.Train tickets request to issued 20 days prior to the depart date to avoid unavailability on the travel day.
2.If you arrange go to Stone Forest and back to Kunming on the same day, I suggest you take Train K366, which is in the morning.
3.If you arrange to stay one night at Stone Forest and back to Kunming next day, I suggest you take K986 or T382, which are in the afternoon.

Hope the above is clear and helpful.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.
Best regards

Sophie Huang
Top China Travel

Which Part of Beijing is Best for Stay

Jeremy ( USA ) July 24,2014

In which area/district should I book my hotel at? Does location matter in Beijing?

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) July 24,2014

Sophie Huang
Dear Jeremy,

Greetings!
Thanks for your questions.
 
At first, please kindly be advised location does not matter much in Beijing, such a modern city.
Nowadays, the metro system expand wide in Beijing. It is convenient to take this public transportation travel to the scenic spots within Beijing downtown, except Great Wall.

Therefore, when you book hotels, you could choose the hotels not far from city center. Generally speaking, the location within Three Ring Road of Beijing will be ok. Then it is better to choose a hotel which is near to subway stop. It will be very convenient and economic when you travel around. If you hope to do some shopping after tour, the hotel location should be near to some commercial center, such as Yanshan, Xidan, Wangfujing, ect. When the hotel near to commercial center, it is also easy to find restaurant for meals.

Besides, when you decide which part to stay, it also depends on your interests. If you prefer to try Beijing traditional courtyard hotel or hostel, then most of them are located in Hutong, which are in the city center. But the problem for such kind of hotels is the transportation. As you know, Hutong is a kind of narrow lane. In this case, taxi can not reach most of them. So you will need to get off the taxi at the entrance of the Hutong, then walk along the lane to a such hotel. If you prefer international chain hotel, it is easy to find and book one at very good location, such as Wangfujing Street, which is the most central place in Beijing.

Furthermore, when you decide to find a place to book a hotel, the hotel in Dongcheng (East of the City) District will be better than that in East District, because it is nearer to Beijing Capital Airport.

Hope the above is helpful. More Beijing hotel information, please check http://www.topchinatravel.com/beijing/beijing-hotels.htm

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact with us.

Best regards

Sophie Huang
Top China Travel
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