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How to Get to Changbaishan from Changchun By Train?

Ahlam ( Malaysia ) April 28,2016

Is there any train that goes to Changbaishan Area directy from Changchun? I searched the train ticket, it show Changchun East, West and Antu West or Antu or Baihe. Which one is the fastest way to go there? I'm confused. Help me! :(

Vicky Lu( TCT Sales Representative ) April 29,2016

Vicky Lu
Dear Ahlam,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

There are three main passenger train stations in Changchun now. Changchun Railway Station, Changchun West Railway Station and Changchun South Railway Station. There is no Changchun East Railway Station. There are quite limited passenger trains running in Changchun South Railway Station. Most of passenger trains are operated in Changchun Railway Station and Changchun West Railway Station. You should read carefully about the train station that is printed on train ticket, or you will go to the wrong train station and miss your train.

Antu West or Antu Railway Station are two different railway Stations in Mingyuegou Town, Antu County in Jilin province. Antu West Railway Station is main responsible for the operation of high-speed trains to and from other place, while Antu Railway Station is responsible for operating ordinary trains. There are many inter-city high-speed trains running between Changchun and Antu West every day, which is much faster than ordinary trains. But if you take tain from Changchun to Antu or Antu West, you need to transfer to local bus to Erdao Baihe Town first, which takes about 2 hours' driving. Upon your arrival in Erdao Baihe Town, you can choose to walk(about 30 minutes) or take a minivan to reach the entrance of Changbaishan Scenic Area.

Baihe Railway Station is lcoated in Erdao Baihe Town, Antu County, Jilin Province. It is the nearest train station to Changbaishan Scenic Area. But there is no direct train from Changchun to Baihe Railway Station. You need to make transfer in Tonghua Railway Station. 

Changbaishan Mountain Scenic Area covers a very very large area. Currently, three slopes areas in Changbaishan Mountain are open to the public tourists, that is, the North Slope Area, the West Slope Area and the South Slope Area. The Dongpo Slope Area is sited entirely in the territory of North Korea, and it is not reachable from China side. 

• The North Slope Area is the most classic tour route in Changbaishan. The access to the the North Slope Area is through Erdao Baihe Town(二道白河镇). The North Slope Area is well developed with perfect tourist facilities. And landscape to see is rich, including spectacular Changbaishan waterfalls, hot springs, and Small Tianchi Lake, underground forests, etc.. But it has the worst view of Tianchi Lake. Standing on viewing deck in the top of the North Slope, the view of Tianchi Lake is blocked by huge rocks.
• The West Slope Area is the most tired tour route. The access to it is through Songjianghe Town(松江河镇). The shuttle bus will take you directly to the parking lot of Tianchi, then you just need to walk for another 10 minutes, you will get to see Tianchi Lake. Different from the North Slope, on the top of the West Slope offer good view of Tianchi Lake. If you prefer to get to the top by hiking, it will take about 2 hours. 
• The South Slope has the most beautiful of Tianchi Lake, with the best perspective! The access to it is through Changbai Town. You may take the shuttle bus from the entrance to the top, then walk for another 10 minutes to reach the lake area. The boarder of North Korea’s territory is just on the edge.

So you have to choose to get to which town or train station according to which slope area you are going to.

• To the North Slope: You may take train from Changchun to Erdao Baihe Town first. Then transfer to local bus to get tot the entrance of the North Slope. Or you can take ordinary train or high-speed train to Antu or Antu West Railway Station, then transfer to a coach at local bus station to reach Erdao Baihe Town.
• To the West Slope: You may take direct train from Changchun to Songjianghe Railway Station. Then transfer to local bus to get to the West Slope.
• To South Slope Area, you may take direct train from Changchun to Songjianghe Railway Station first, make transfer near Songjianghe Railway Station to reach Changbai Town(长白县) by bus, then transfer to Changbaishan.

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

Where to Buy Bus Tickets from Shanghai to Xitang,The Bus from Shanghai South Station to Xitang

Pauline benoit ( France ) April 25,2016

Hello,
I would like to go to xitang on friday by bus from Shanghai railways station.
Where should I buy the tickets ? should I buy them in adavance ?
Thank you.
Pauline Benoit

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) April 26,2016

Cookie
Dear Pauline benoit,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel

There are 12 buses from Shanghai South Station to Xitang Bus Station directly. The earliest bus departs at 07:10, the latest bus departs at 17:54, generally 30 minutes to 1 hour a bus. And it takes about an hour to Xitang. You can take Subway Line 1 to Shanghai Long-Distance South Station (near Shanghai South Railway Station). There are quite a lot of buses to Xitang, so it is easy to get a bus ticket. For sure, you can also buy the bus ticket in advance.

Where is Shanghai South Station
Shanghai Long-Distance Passenger Transport South Station, briefly called Shanghai South Station, is located at the southeast of Shanghai South Railway Station, Liuzhou Road No.36, Shilong Road No.666. It was constructed according to the national first level of design standards and international terminal facilities standard. And the station covers an area of 20000 square meters.

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Best Regards,
Top China Travel

China Tour with Spanish Speaking Guide Service

Sonia Anzulovich ( Argentina ) April 25,2016

Hola , hacen tours en español. Privados ?

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) April 25,2016

Sophie Huang
Hello, Sonia Anzulovich,

Greetings from Sophie, Top China Travel!
Thank you very much for your question left as below,

Hola , hacen tours en español.  Privados ?


Please kindly be advised that all our tours on website are based on English speaking guide service. If you requests Spanish-speaking guide service and private tour, we could customize it for you.

However, since Spanish-speaking guide is limited in China tourism market, the tour based on Spanish-speaking guide is more expensive then that based on English-speaking guide.
Besides, it needs early reservation and not guarantee.
Spanish-speaking guide service can only be offered in Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Therefore, may I know more details about your tour plan?

1)    When would you like to visit China?
2)    Which cities are you interested in to visit when you travel to China?
3)    How long will you plan your tour last?
4)    May I know when you will take the China tour?
5)    How many of you will travel together?
6)    What kind of hotels would you like to stay? 3 star standard hotel with basic facility and service, 4 star 1st class hotel with more comfortable service and better service or 5 star deluxe hotel?
7)    Is there any other special requests on the tour except Spanish-speaking guide service.

Await for your quick response.

About the Location of Ta'er Monastery in Xining

Ole Johannesen ( Denmark ) April 24,2016

I am going to xining soon and would like to visit the kumbum (ta'er) monestary, but are there two ta'er kumbum monestarys ? On your map it is shown to be north of xining while other webpages says it lays southwest near Huangzhong.

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) April 25,2016

Sophie Huang
Hi Ole Johannesen,

Greetings from Sophie, Top China Travel!
Thank you very much for your message with questions left to us as below,

I am going to xining soon and would like to visit the kumbum (ta'er) monastery, but are there two ta'er kumbum monestarys ? On your map it is shown to be north of xining while other webpages says it lays southwest near Huangzhong.

I guess you read the map on our website as Qinghai Tourist Map. Please kindly be advised that this is not a Xining city tourist spots map. It is a provincial map. It is Qinghai Provincal Tourists Spots map. Therefore, you find Ta’er Monastery is located on the Northeast part.

There is only on Ta’er Monastery in Xining, which is located in Huangzhong County is a typical religious building with a history more than 400 years. Taer Monastery is a wonderful architectural complex contains 9,300 structures, including Buddha halls, scripture halls, Buddhist pagodas and lamas residences. Hope the above is clear and helpful.

Hope it is helpful for your Xining tour.

Accommodation on the Top of Mt. Taishan

Adrien ( Canada ) April 24,2016

It says there is a place to stay overnight at the top of Mount Tai. Would you have this information please? Thanks.

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) April 25,2016

Sophie Huang
Hi Adrien,

Greetings from Top China Travel!
Thank you very much for your questions as below,

It says there is a place to stay overnight at the top of Mount Tai.  Would you have this information please?  Thanks.

Well noted that you are planning to travel to Mt. Taishan and you plan to stay on the top of Mt. Taishan. You are correct that there are some hotels or hostels on the top of Mt. Tai, but we are not sure about the facility and safety.  But it is sure that the hotel on the top is more expensive and the most staffs can not understand English.

Therefore, we suggest you to stay at the foot of Mt. Tai, where you could find many 3-4 star hotels. If you want to watch the sunrise, you could climb up to the top from the early morning. If you do not mind the facility, then please be advise some hotel information as below for your reference,

Shentian Hotel
Address: No 10 Taishan Tian Jie, Top of Mt. Tai
Telephone: +86 538 822 3866
Note: It is located in front of Yuhuang Temple. It is said it is the only 3-star hotel on the top of Mt. Taishan, where tourists could stay and have meals. There are also spar, bar, restaurants, Kara Ok and shopping area in the hotel.

Xianju Hotel
Address: No 2  Taishan Tian Jie, Top of Mt. Tai
Telephone: +86 538 822 6877
Note: It is a hostel. It is only about 50 meters far way from South Heaven Gate

Tai Shan Shan Ding Hotel
Address: At the top of Mt. Taishan, Guari Peak
Telephone: +86 188 5380 0114 or 133 7100 0055
URL: http://www.taishanbinguan.com/index.asp
Note: If you or you have friends can understand or speak Chinese, it will be better.

Hope the above is helpful for your Mt. Taishan Tour.

Travel to Haba Snow Mountain from Lijiang, China

Alene Yong ( Malaysia ) April 21,2016

I am interested to climb Haba Snow Mountain and need to know the price and process. Number of persons: 2 to 5. Or I can join am existing group if you have. Arriving lijiang: 22 October; Leaving lijiang: 28 October. Budget style is OK for me. Please feedback your advise soon as I would like to get a good flight ticket price. Thank you

Vicky Lu( TCT Sales Representative ) April 22,2016

Vicky Lu
Dear friend,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel

Haba Snow Mountain is located 20 kilometers southeast of Shangri-la.

How to get to Haba Snow Mountain:
From Lijiang, you may take coach from Lijiang Bus Station to Haba Village directly. There is only one bus traveling every day. It departs at 9:00 am and takes about 5 hours. Or you can take bus from Lijiang to Tiger Leaping Gorge Town frist(taking 2 hours), then rent a local van to take you to Haba Village. And start your trip to Haba Snow Mountain.
From Shangri-la, you may take coach from Shangri-la Bus Station to Haba Village directly. There is only one bus traveling every day. It departs at 1:50 am and takes about 3 to 4 hours.

Best time to climb Haba Snow Mountain:
The highest peak is 5396 meters high. The upper part of the mountain is more gentle, the lower part rises steeply. The best climbing season is from November to February in the following year. Affected by the monsoon, January and February has the larger wind, often gale wind. In November and December, the wind is small, is the best season to climb the snow mountain.

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

Where to Rent Bicycles in Xiamen, Bicycles Rental Places in Xiamen, Xiamen Cycling Route

Tim Skipper ( USA ) April 21,2016

Hi,I want to rent a bicycle and go riding in Xiamen. Need to find a place to rent bicycle and options to ride up to 75 miles.

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) April 21,2016

Cookie
Dear Tim Skipper,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel

♦ Where to Rent Bicycles
Roundabout way from Zeng Cuo An to Xiamen University, almost every 300 meters there are bicycle rental places, where is near the bus station on the side of the road. It is very easy to rent a bicycle on Xiamen Huandao Road, like Pearl Bay, Zeng Cuo An, Yefeng Village, Hulishan Cannon Fortress, etc., as long as it is around the island on the Huandao Road, there are many private bicycle rental site along the road. Bicycle rent in the front of Hulishan Cannon Fortress and Zeng Cuo An is the most expensive, you can choose to rent between two these two places, the fragmented bicycle rental site will be cheaper, you can also beat a bargain. Different models of bicycle, the rent is different. When you rent the bike, you should give one hundred or two hundred deposit. Bicycle rental time is 8:00-21:00, and there are three kinds of bicycles of solo bicycle, tandem bicycle, and bicycle for three people. The cheapest bicycle is solo bicycle.

♦ Cycling Route
► 1. About the starting point: Xiamen island is not very big, basically every place can set to the starting point of roundabout route, of course, as for cycling, the closer the loop line, the better, which save the time and energy in downtown.

► 2. About the direction: both clockwise and counterclockwise is good, but personal recommends counterclockwise, because cycling lanes should be counterclockwise before direct route on the east coast. In addition, from the perspective of view, riding closer on the coast also should choose counterclockwise, especially people want to go to the beach, if choose clockwise cycling, it means you have to cross the road from time to time.

► 3. Cycling Route:
Cycling along roundabout road will pass ferry terminal, Baicheng overpass, Xiamen University Baicheng, Hulishan Cannon Fortress, Yefengzhai, International Convention and Exhibition Center, Wuyuan Bay and other main attractions, these places are very beautiful. Especially the section of the coast from Xiamen University to International Convention and Exhibition Center, it is known as the "gold coast".

Route Gold Coast
Xiamen University - Hulishan Cannon Fortress - Zeng Cuo An Village - Calligraphy Square and Music Square - Huangcuo Beach - Yefengzhai Amusement Park - Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center
(It takes about two hours riding from Baicheng Beach near Xiamen University to Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center. Earnest cyclists can also explore the longer route to the end of the coastal road at Wuyuan Bay Bridge.)

Long Cycling Route
Xiamen University - Baicheng Beach - Pearl Bay - Calligraphy Square and Music Square - Jingzhou Amusement Park - Hulishan Cannon Fortress Site (the southernmost point) - Haiyun Platform - Yefeng Village - International Convention and Exhibition Center - Xiangshan Mountain Marina - Small Fishing Village (the easternmost point) - Guanyin Mountain - Wutong Village - Wuyuan Bay Bridge - Seawall - Jimei Bridge Marine Outfall (the northernmost point) - Breaking point - Loss Assessment Center – Fruit Wholesale Market – Gaoqi Village Entrance – Gaodian Bus Station – Gaoqi Railway Station – Gaoqi Harbor – Changan Road – Chonghong Bus Stop – Xiangyu Bonded Area – Bay Park – the First Wharf – Ferry Terminal (the westernmost point) – Siming South Road – Xiamen University

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

Best Regards,
Top China Travel

Indian Pakistani Restaurants in Guangzhou

Abid Hussain ( Pakistan ) April 19,2016

Is there any Indian Pakistani restaurant in Guangzhou?

Vicky Lu( TCT Sales Representative ) April 20,2016

Vicky Lu
Dear Abid Hussain,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

Not sure about Indian Pakistani Restaurants in Guangzhou. But there are some famous indian restaurants in Guangzhou city, such as  Guangzhou Vaastu Indian Restaurant,  Guangzhou Tandoor,  Ashoka India restaurant,  Bombay Grill Cuisine of India,  Taste of India, etc. You may read the details at Best Indian Restaurants in Guangzhou

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Flights from Xian to Guilin, The Best Airline from Xian to Guilin

Franya ( Australia ) April 18,2016

Hello
I am deciding between plane or train travel especially between the Xian to Guilin route.
I have been reading reviews regarding plane delays on internal travel. However the only option there is from Xian to Guilin is to travel by plane as I don't have enough time to travel be train (being a 26 hour trip)
Can you tell me which is the best airline for reliability on this route. The cheapest one at the moment if China Southern (cz6376). Are they OK?

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) April 19,2016

Cookie
Dear Franya,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

It is really hard to say which airline is the best. The flight delay generally has three reasons: air control, different safety standard in different airlines, and weather. 

Different safety standard in different airlines
1. Different types of planes have completely different safety standards, even the weather is likely to be in the same condition, the A380 can take off but A320 can't.
2. For the same type of plane, each airline safety standards is different also. In the same weather conditions, the weather is likely to conform to the safety of China Eastern Airline standard but is not in conformity with the China Southern Airline.
3. International flights have priority right of take-off, this is an unwritten rule accepted worldwide.
4. Base airlines have priority right of take-off, such as Air China in Beijing, China Eastern in Shanghai, China Southern Airlines in Guangzhou, Sichuan Airlines in Chengdu.If you request priority of taking off, suggest to choose airlines base.

Weather
1. The weather in starting point of the airport is unfavorable to take off;
2. Destination airport weather conditions are unfavorable to land;
3. Meteorological condition on the flight route is unfavorable.

About the planes from Xian to Guilin
Beijing Capital Airlines (Historical Punctuality Rate is 98%), using Airbus A320
China Southern Airlines (Historical Punctuality Rate is 91%), using Boeing 737
Tianjin Airlines (Historical Punctuality Rate is 90%), using Airbus 320
Air China (Historical Punctuality Rate is 95%), using Boeing 737
Hainan Airlines (Historical Punctuality Rate is 87%), using Boeing 737

Do you have any plan to travel? If so, we are happy to help you arrange your tour, but could you give me your information first:
1. When do you plan to travel?
2. How many days will you plan to visit Xian and Guilin?
3. Besides Xian and Guilin, do you have other interested places?
4. How many people will travel together?
5. Which kinds of hotels do you like? standard, comfortable or deluxe?

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

Best Regards,
Top China Travel

Bus Route from Hangzhou Tourist Center for Xixi National Wetland Park, South Song Dynasty City and reach Lingshan scenery area

Khomich ( Russia ) April 17,2016

What about bus route which starts from Hangzhou Tourist Center at 9am and pass Xixi National Wetland Park, South Song Dynasty City and reach Lingshan scenery area. Is it operate now?

Vicky Lu( TCT Sales Representative ) April 17,2016

Vicky Lu
Dear Khomich,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

Yes, the buses operate every day. But I am not sure about the bus schedule. You may need to check this upon your arrival in the Hangzhou Tourist Center. You may take Bus Route K193 or Tourist No.1 (观光1号) from Hangzhou Tourist Center to Xixi National Wetland Park. 

To get to South Song Dynasty City from Hangzhou Tourist Center, you can take take Bus Route 900, 游9线/y9, 92, 49 to get there directly.

To get to Lingshan scenery area from Hangzhou Tourist Center, there is no direct bus. You need to make transfer. take Bus Route 318 to Jiuxi Stop(九溪站), then transfer to 510 to get off at 张余南站 Stop. Then walk for 3.5 kilometers then you will get there. Or take Bus Route 103 to 感应桥北站, then tranfer to Bus Route 510 to 张余南站 Stop, then walk for 3.5 kilometers. 

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