The Mogao Caves is also called the Thousand-Buddha Caves

The Mogao Caves is also called the Thousand-Buddha Caves, and the caves are on the rock face of the Soughing Dunes, 25 kilometers to the southeast of the Donghuang City in Gansu Province in western China. The place is dry and with very little rainfall, and has abundant sunlight all year round. It also has the four distinctive seasons and high temperature differences between the day and night. The Mogao Grottoes is over 1,600 meters long from north to south and is five floors high, with the highest point at about 50 meters above ground. Currently, it has 492 caves, over 45,000 square meters of frescos, 2,415 colored statues and over 4,000 statues of Apsaras (gods). The Mogao Caves is large in scale and has extremely abundant content and a very long history. The caves, together with the Yungang Caves in Shanxi Province and the Longmen Caves in Henan Province are called the "three great treasure houses of grotto art" in China. Welcome to China, Chinatourguide.com is pleasure to provide service for your China tours, We also provide Thailand tour packages or Cambodia tour packages.

The fine execution and prominent placement of these figures within Cave 231 distinguish them from other images conventionally designated as secular donor images in Dunhuang art. Moreover, the quality and location of these figures indicate a key development in the integration of filial piety with Buddhist devotion at the Mogao site. Medieval Chinese authors frequently described filial piety as the antithesis of Buddhist goals of renouncing family ties. Such goals of renunciation were characterized at the time as Indian and foreign in contrast to the native Chinese concept of filial piety. The incorporation of these secular figures into Buddhist family caves, however, provides compelling evidence that the lines between filial piety and Buddhist devotion were not always as sharply drawn as medieval Chinese textual rhetoric might imply.

Many of the statues are similar, though they show the Buddah with different hand gestures (mudra). Each mudra represents things such as teaching, protecting, and meditating. They also represent one of six different reincarnations of Buddha as a human being. Followers also believe that he has also been reincarnated as animals such as a deer, monkey, birds, tigers, and elephants. These incarnations as an animal are called Jutaku tales, and are widely popular in this culture.


The Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple

The Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple was originally built during the rein of Emperor Quan Fengyou of Nanzhao Kingdom (824-859). The large pagoda, called Qianxun Pagoda (千寻塔), was first built into a 16-storey one with a height of 69.13 m; the smaller northern pagoda and the southern one were built both in octagonal with 10 storeys and a height of 42.19 m. It is said that the three pagodas was constructed for the reasons of advocating Buddhism as well as dominating riddled floods in the area (according to local Buddhism culture, Buddhist pagoda can dominate beasts who control natural things such as flood). After the completion of the three imposing pagodas, a grand Chongsheng Temple was constructed later; and for several expansions in later periods, the temple reached its heyday in Song Dynasty (970-1279). Welcome to China, Chinatourguide.com is pleasure to provide service for your China tours, We also provide Thailand tour packages or Cambodia tour packages.

The restored Chongsheng Temple has many "bests" among the temples in modern China. Its 4 kilometer-long axis is the longest of any temple axis in China; the Hall of the Great Hero of the temple, at 51. 7 meters wide and 26 meters high, is the largest Buddhist hall of its kind in China. It has the largest number of gilded Buddha images, based on "Zhang Shengwen Scroll Painting". The temple also has 500 statues from Kunming's Bamboo Temple. Its 599 Buddha images are all gilded bronze. The woodcarving on the walls of its Hall of the Great Hero, the "Zhang Shengwen Scroll Painting", is 117 meters long and 18 meters high, the largest one of its kind in the world. The pestle of Buddha's warrior attendant in this temple, which is 6 meters long and I meter in diameter, is the largest pestle in the world. Finally, the drum in its drum tower, which is 3.1meters in diameter, is the largest drum in Chinese Buddhist temples.

Built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple has a long history over 1,800 years, made of brick and covered with white mud. It is regarded as a landmark in Dali, recording the development of Buddhism in this area; and it is also the largest and grandest building in the southern China. Together with Zhaozhou Bridge in Hebei Province and Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an, the construction of the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple is one of the three curiosities of Chinese ancient architecture.


The Wuhou Memorial Temple is the most famous and influential of the temples

The Wuhou Memorial Temple in Chengdu's south suburb is the most famous and influential of the temples dedicated to Zhuge Liang, the distinguished statesman and strategist during the Three Kingdom Period (220-80 AD), meanwhile the symbol of wisdom in Chinese people's mind. Welcome to China, HRC is pleasure to provide  China Tour guide,like Sichuan tour, Huangshan tour.

Entering the Second Gate to Wuhou Memorial Temple, the visitor will see thirty seven stone tablets, each measuring 63cm (H) by 58cm (W) and, inlaid into the gate's walls on which are engraved two famous calligraphic texts, the "Pre- Expedition Declaration" and the "Post-Expedition Declaration".  These calligraphic texts were inscribed by a military man like Zhuge Liang himself, a certain General Yue Fei who served during the Southern Song (CE 1127-1279) Dynasty and who spent a night at Wuhou Temple enroute to do battle against the invasionary Jin (CE 1127-1279) Dynasty forces that had overtaken northern China. But the declarations themselves had been written centuries earlier by General Zhuge Liang as expressions of loyalty to the then serving emperor of Shu, Liu Shan, the son of Liu Bei, the man who had first installed General Zhuge Liang as the defender of Shu, so when General Yue Fei cites General Zhuge Liang prior to the impending battle with the invasionary Jin, it is to remind his own troops of the declaration of patriotism and self-sacrifice that General Zhuge Liang made to his emperor in those earlier times (General Yue Fei was himself to become the epitome of the loyal and patriotic Chinese servant).*

Of the Pre-Expedition Declaration, a very touching old saying goes like this: "He who doesn't shed tears after reading the Pre-Expedition Declaration is not a true patriot." After the expedition, where the battle was lost to the enemy, General Zhuge Liang penned the Post-Expedition Declaration, one sentence of which became immemorial: "One should exert one's utmost to fulfill one's duties until death, and to give one's best until one's heart ceases to beat."


Jade Dragon Snow Mountain now is a famous scenic spot for sightseeing

Soaring to 5500m, some 35km from Lijiang, is Yulong Xueshan, also known as Mt Satseto. In Lijiang City you can have a magnificent view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, with the main peak thrust into the clouds, the Old Man Peak standing out on the right and Black Snow Peak on its left. Its peak was climbed for the first time in 1963 by a research team from Beijing. Welcome to China, Chinatourguide.com is pleasure to provide service for your China tours or Myanmar tours, We also provide Guangzhou hotels for Canton Fair in guangzhouhotel.com.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain now is a famous scenic spot for sightseeing, mountaineering, skiing, exploration, scientific research and taking holiday. Besides, widespread legends and myths of the Naxi ethnic minority and the unclimbed Shanzidou are all important attractive spots for those who come here.
Dry Sea lies in the eastern part of the Mt. Jade Dragon Snow. At the Dry Sea you can be assured of a panoramic view of the mountain because Dry Sea is the closest and best place to witness the beauty of Jade dragon Snow Mountain. In addition to the view, there are many kinds of convenience facilities and areas to rest for visitors.

The Ganhaizi Grassland is a famous tourist resort situated on the eastern slope of Yulong Snow Mountain, an ideal spot to view the mountain from. Within the resort, there are all kinds of entertainment facilities, including minority villages, camp sites, a bird paradise, ecological park, horse-racing track  and a tram cart.


Emerald Gorge is the final and the longest of the Lesser Three Gorges

Emerald Gorge is the final and the longest (12 kilometers) of the Lesser Three Gorges, proceeding in an upstreams fashion. Though the name dicui is generally translated as "emerald", it can also mean "verdant", which is a very apt term to describe Emerald Gorge, the lushest and most open (less boxed in) of the Lesser Three Gorges. Since the slopes of Emerald Gorge are less steep, they have trapped and retained soil, and, being open to more sunlight, have thereby become a hotbed of vegetation, and since vegetation has a tendency to smooth the otherwise sharp contours of mountains, Emerald Gorge has the most graceful appearance of all three of the Lesser Three Gorges.

Here the visitor will see pairs of Mandarin ducks swimming along the river banks, rows and groves of delicate bamboo lining the shores, and slightly farther up the mountain, larger, leafier trees in which cavort the tireless Rhesus monkey. Here too, some of the natural rock formations have names, such as Boat Coffin, Dancing Rain from Heavenly Spring, Flying Clouds Cave, Imitation Plank Paths, Sheep Cliff, Sky-Scraping Red Wall, Stalactitic Buddha on Cliff, Steel Rope Bridge, Two Eagles Playing on Screen, and Water Curtain Cave.
Emerald Gorge (Dicui Xia) pans 12 miles and is the longest and most charming of the three gorges. Madu River, the Mini Three Gorges, plank road and Boat Coffins are popular sites for visitors to appreciate. Welcome to China, Chinatourguide.com is pleasure to provide service for your China tours or indochina tours.

Emerald Gorge, is the longest of the Lesser Three Gorges. Emerald Gorge attracts many tourists by its stunning natural beauty. There are verdant bamboos on the banks, mandarin ducks swim in pairs in the river and monkeys leap from branch to branch. Moreover, numerous scenic spots can be found here, such as the Water Curtain Cave, the Dancing Rain from Heavenly Spring, Sheep Cliff, the Mini-Three Gorges on Madu River, Imitation Plank Paths, Steel Rope Bridge, Sky-Scraping Red Wall, Boat Coffin, Two Eagles Playing on Screen and Flying Clouds Cave.


Winter Wonderland - Jiuzhaigou Valley

If you ask me where is the most beautiful winter land i have been, i will tell you Jiuzhaigou Valley, with no doubt. Jiuzhaigou is a very popular travel destination in China for its dreamlike scenery and abundant natural resources, be crowned as "Wonderland on Earth". 

Winter Jiuzhaigou Valley

Jiuzhaigou in winter is particularly peaceful, and poetic. Winter transforms the appearance of the Jiuzhaigou landscapes, to a winter wonderland of trees and mountains wrapped in white, waterfalls and lake surfaces are smooth and glittering, ice covers the lakes and hangs from the waterfalls. Jiuzhaigou in winter is truly a paradise for photographers, the carnival atmosphere adds to both the natural and cultural charm of Jiuzhaigou. If you go in the winter, just prepare well for the chilly cold conditions. >> Chengdu Tour

Winter Jiuzhaigou Valley
Winter Jiuzhaigou Valley


Shapotou, One of the Most Beautiful Desserts in China

Shapotou was picked as one of the most beautiful places in China by Chinese National Geography, and also be picked as one of China top10 fun place.

Shapotou, situated in Zhongwei County, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, lies on the north bank of the Yellow River where it crosses the southeastern border of the Tengger Desert. It is famous for desert ecological management and its tourism resorces, is an amazing place where desert, grassland, mountains and the yellow river meet.