VOC's Travel BLOG

Our Travel Blog is the place to share our real life, travel experiences in China with you. Besides, we will provide information related to Chinese culture and China travel guide. "A bosom friend afar brings a distant land near." Traveling makes us to be closer, let's discover China together!

July is the hottest time in China, and a small tourism peak packed with travellers. To beat the crowds and see beautiful sceneries simultaneously, you need some other recommendations. In right time to visit right places, you will get surprising experiences.

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Many distinctive ancient buildings of Shangri-La were burned into ash in the fire disaster before many of us had time to appreciate them. Those very special architectures are the quintessence of Chinas ancient people and they are great objects for the visitors to know Chinas wonderful culture. There are many cities of China that offers very authentic architectural appreciation.

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Between mountains and rivers, Tibet has long been considered as the closest place to heaven. And all kinds of lakes there also attract much attention for amazing sightseeing and stories hiding behind.

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For people on a highland rising three to four thousand meters above sea level, there is no more festival thing than harvesting. In China, on the roof of the world, Qinghai-TibetPlateau, Yarlung Tsangpo River dashes out of snowy mountains to the bottom of South Tibet, nourishes the most flourishing farm belt of Tibet - Shigatse. Generations of Tibetan have been here planting highland barley, their staple food. By virtue of nutrition and energy given by highland barley, they doggedly survived in this untraversed highland.

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My friend Winnie recently joined a tourist group and went to her dream land, Shangri-La. When she shared her feelings and photos with me, my tidy of thoughts and feelings fully flows out. Actually, since I saw a picture of Shangri-La in my second year at university, I have been dreaming of there. The blue sky and white clouds make it an extraordinary pure land. Recently, a mouthwatering food Matsutake which appeared on the hot documentary A Bite of China increased my curiosity for Shangri-La. What she experienced in Shangri-La inspired me to write down this article.

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The Tibetan New Year is the most important festival in a year for Tibetan people. The formal celebration starts from the first day of the first month in Tibetan calendar and lasts for 15 days, but preparations are usually made one month early. As a way of welcoming the New Year, all the men and boys have to have their head shaved, correspondingly, women and girls will wash and comb their hair. An overall house cleaning is always needed before the festival, but the cleaning of ceiling and chimney should be done on auspicious days such as the dates of 3, 5, 7, 9, etc.

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As a travel lover, I never plan to stop my steps of experiencing amazing wonders in person. Thats why I started for Tibetan Autonomous Region and spent my time there from September 19th to October 1st in spite of the possible high altitude reaction.

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