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We aim to offer you the best tourist-friendly service. Our guide are passionate and full of knowledge, they will offer you throughout the tour the best help they can possibly do.

The meeting was at 7 :50 at People’s Square on Sunday 16th July. We were all ready to enjoy this amazing summer day. Arrived to the natural pool we had a rest to have lunch and to relax. The weather was so good, we really enjoyed swimming in this area surrounded by bamboo forest.

 

 

 

 

After swimming let’s start rafting ! 2 ways are possible to go at the Rafting spot : The river hiking, or the normal road.

 

River Hiking

 

Normal road

 

 

 

 

Finally, we arrived at the Rafting spot where we spent an amazing time together !

 

 

Michelle

 

 

 

« I like this trip very much, walking in Bamboo forest, fresh air, swimming in natural pool, rafting with fun people. All was really good like the small hiking, swimming, rafting …. lots of fun! I highly recommend it to escape from hot shanghai. The guides were super nice, good arrangement, friendly and funny!

 

 

Aartje

 

 

« The trip was awesome ! It was such a good possibility to escape the city and enjoy nature. The group dynamic was also great and you get to know so many new fun people. The guides are very passionate and good-humoured which makes the whole experience fantastic. Don’t be put off by the long drive, it is worth it! I can’t even decide on which activity was most fun, rafting and swimming was definitely more than fun and really refreshing at current temperatures. I had so much fun and would totally recommend joining this trip next time!”

 

 

 

 

Xinyi & Mike

 

 

 

“After several sweaty days in the city it was a cool adventure. The nature was lovely. And the rafting the best refreshment we could get in these hot summer days.

We definitely recommend it because the nature pool was so beautiful, the hiking through the bamboo forest a great experience and the rafting pure fun.

Our best moment was when we were Rafting at the last ramp, there was a big water fight. We need to close our eyes and went down the last ramp blind. We dived so deep into the water that the whole boat was full of water and we had our own bathtub.

Oliver and Sophie were very friendly and their English was perfect to communicate. They always had an eye on the group and solved every problem we had. Thank you both ”

Travel to Tibet via the Qingzang railway – it’s always an incredible adventure!

 

This railway is the first to connect China proper with Tibet Autonomous Region, which due to it’s altitude and terrain is the last province level entity in mainland China with no railways.

More than 960 km, or over 80% of the railway is built at an altitude of more than 4000 meters and over half of it is laid on permafrost.

 

Of those 45 stations, nine have been set up with viewing platforms, for passengers to get a better view of the local scenery than they can on the moving train, or just sat in the stations.

 

 

While the journey on the train has more than its share of spectacular sights, there is nothing more thrilling than the sight of the nomadic herdsmen of Tibet, grazing their herds of yaks, sheep and goats close to the railway tracks.

 

Nomads have been living their traditional lifestyle for thousands of years on the plateau and spread from Western China all the way to Nepal and India.

 

The Changtang Grassland covers the Northern and Northwestern parts of Tibet and counts two million nomads who prefer their traditional way of life to living in houses made of brick.

 

 

Tibetan Nomadsherd hundreds of cattle on the grassland. They live in a tent and keep moving for better grass for their livesstock.

 

 

History of the Nomads

 

Tibetan nomads are part of an ancient culture that is derived from the Qiang nomads of ancient China. Nomadic pastoralism has long been part of the Tibetan culture and living side by side with their livestock. Tibetan nomads are hardy and well used to the harsh climate of the plateau.

 

Tibetan Nomad culture

 

One of the striking characteristics of Tibetan nomads is the harmonious relationship nomads to nomads, nomads to livestock and nomads to nature.

Tibetan nomads are born with an optimistic and friendly mind. Tourists will be surprised to find how generous and hospitableTibetan nomads are when chatting alongside with them and drinking yak butter tea in their tent made of yak hair.

 

 

Tibetan Nomad Life

 

As the resources for human survival are extremely limited, Tibetan nomads are experts at making full use of all the available materials for existence. In this respect, yaks play an indispensable role in maintaining nomads’ daily necessities. Male nomads spin yak wool, yak hair and braid ropes and slingshots while women weave wool into fabric for tents, blankets, bags and clothing.

 

 

A typical day for female nomads begins with milking yaks or sheep. Then, they would use milk to make yogurt, yak butter tea and yak cheese.

 

 

Next, women nomads are expected to grind barley, fetch and boil water, weave sheep wool. As there are no trees in the nomadic regions of Tibet so the main fuel has to be relied on dried yak dung. Every morning, the women collect and spread yak dung out to be dried and later use it to make a fire in the tent. To keep tent warm and cozy is one of the important parcels of women’s duty.

 

 

Certain changes were made to the nomadic way of life with the Qingzang Railway

 

As the train cuts across the prairie, it has sometimes cut across the herding routes to the best grasslands. The nomads need to be more careful about where their livestock wander.

 

Moreover, the railway brought more tourists and one of the major draws of Tibet is the opportunity to visit a traditional Tibetan nomad camp and experience their culture and way of life.

 

 

 

River trekking trip

 

We aim to offer you the best tourist-friendly service.Our guide are passionate and full of knowledge, they will offer you throughoutthe tour the best help they can possibly do.

 

 

The meeting was at 7 :30am on Sunday 9th July. We were 17 people all exited to relax in a natural pool. We started hiking surrounded by bamboo forest, then had lunch in front of one of the natural pools.

 

 

Finally we arrived at the natural pool where we spent a couple of hours, so relaxing !

 

 

 

Ed

 

“The trip was good fun! Nice people, Anji was really pretty too manypeople initially but the higher we got the less people which was good! Ialready have recommended it to my colleagues! The guides was excellent! Soenthusiastic and lovely.”

 

 

Margarita

 

 

« Everything was great, the best moment was when we were walking back with the stunning view of the mountains. I recommend more such 1 day trip to a new interesting places. »

 

 

Anthony

 

 

“It was a reallynice trip with Wannatravel! The best time was when we were swimming on thenatural pool.  This is a good way torelax and forget about Shanghai pollution! I recommend it!”

 

 

 

 

Song Jianhui, 54, and his 84-year-old mother arrived safely at their home insouthwest China’s Sichuan Province on July 1, after making a trip to Tibet on amotorcycle, the Chengdu Business Daily reports.

 

They spent 17 days traveling a total of 5,000 kilometers.

Song, a resident of Leshan city, loves outdoor sports, and is especially good at swimming and motorcycling.

One day inearly June, Song asked his mother if there was a place she wanted to visit most. She answered immediately: “Tibet!”

Aftermaking necessary preparations, they set out on June 16 and arrived in Lhasa onthe afternoon of June 21. “Mum was very happy and excited upon stepping onthis pure land of Tibet,” said Song.

 

Duringtheir two-day stay in Lhasa, they visited famous sites such as the Jokhang Temple and the Potala Palace.

 

                                                                Jokhang Temple

 

Potala Palace

 

On the morning of June 23, they left Tibet for home. In order to enjoy different scenery, they chose a different route.

 

 

Commenting on Tibet, the mother said: “It was beautiful! Beautiful scenery, with good air quality, too!”

 

For safety concerns, Song said his mother had taken medicine to prevent possible altitude sickness before the trip, and that they would have retreated if she showed any sign of it.

However, at an altitude of 5,130 meters, “I had no reaction (to the high altitude) at all,” said the mother. She had even asked her son, “Is this the highest mountain along the way to Tibet, with such a small height? It’s simply a wet blanket!”

YANGSHUO LOOKS LIKE VENICE NOW, WITH GONDOLAS FLOATING TOWN THE STREETS AND THE LOCALS TAKING OUT FISHING NETS TO TRY AND CATCH FISH ON WHAT USED TO BE A MAIN ROAD JUST A FEW HOURS AGO. SOME ACTUALLY DID MANAGE TO CATCH SOME BIG FISH FOR DINNER” 

 

 

Yangshuo is paralyzed by heavy rain: water, electricity, communications and other departments are carrying out emergency repairs. Most of Yangshuo scenic attractions, business & schools would be temporarily closed tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We aim to offer you the best tourist-friendly service. Our guides are passionate and full of knowledge, they will offer you the best help they can possibly do  throughout the tour

 

 

What is your next adventure?

“Yellow Mountains for sure!”

 

 

 

 

The Yellow Mountains trip is one of the most amazing places you need to visit if you are in China. This article speaks about the Yellow Mountains trip on June 23th-25th.

The meeting was at 18h30 at People’s Square, we were all exited to get there, but also, we were exited to meet people who will travel with us.

There were people from at least 6 or 7 different countries, each with unique stories, backgrounds, cultures, and languages, but we were all got united in this journey.

 

 

 

 

We visited Tunxi old town which is a street with many shops that have existed for over one hundred years. We saw a lot of interesting things like brushes, local teas, and also Mao badges. It is a paradise for tourists to buy souvenirs rich in Chinese culture with comparatively low prices.

 

 

 

We climbed up the thousands of stairs, we visited the West Sea Canyon and Jade Screen area. Then, we spent our night on the top of the mountain and woke up early to see the sunrise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hatti & Jordan

 

 

“We both really enjoyed this trip, as we are both physical and like challenging things like that. I would recommend it to people who are interested in hiking and beautiful scenery, but be aware that it was a little difficult but can get cable car if necessary. Best moment probably on top of the mountain in the evening when it was nice and quiet and peaceful. Also, having the sense of achievement of walking the whole way.

The guide was nice and organised things well. Great trip overall! “

 

 

 

 

Jeroen & Bert

 

 

“Definitely recommend the trip, great get away for the weekend if you like long hiking trips and mountains. Great experience sleeping on top the mountains enjoying the sun dawn and seeing the sunrise early in the morning.

Also, having the opportunity to meet great people with the same spirit.

Of course, Bella is the type of guide you want to have for every trip! “

 

 

 

 

Dusty

 

 

“I had never climbed such a large mountain before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew it might be tiring, but I didn’t know how tiring it might be!

The entire trek was full of beautiful views. Literally every turn and every step of the way provided another breathtaking scene.

I think my favourite part was reaching the peak. I was a feeling of accomplishment and also a major relief to have made it to the top.

Our tour guide also did a terrific job keeping everything very organized and making sure that we all made it up and down the mountain.

Overall, I found the trip to be one of the most memorable experiences in my life so far, and it was a great way to spend my first couple days in China.

I would highly recommend the experience to anyone who gets the chance! “

 

 

 

 

 

Sophie & Anthony

 

 

“Anyone should live this experience one time in their life. The trip was intense but amazing! Our best moment was when we arrived at the top of the mountain with the stunning views. We highly recommend this trip, that’s a good way to travel around China and see beautiful scenery that you will never see everywhere. A big thank you for our guide, who always been there for everyone, and who still organized every time.

See you next time for our next adventure! “ 

 

It’s what Indian mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa did at the weekend when she unfurled her country’s flag at 8848 metes above sea level on May 21, just days after doing the same thing.

Shehad reached the peak three days earlier, before heading back down to do the arduous trek all over again.

Her dual climb was completed in 118 hours and 15 minutes. It marks the fastestdouble effort by a woman.

 

 

 

 

Conditions on Everest are notoriously unpredictable and harsh. An Australian climber died at the weekend while trying to reach the summit, after suffering suspectedaltitude sickness.

The death toll during the current season stands at five.

Jamsenpa’s record-breaking effort began with a blessing from the Dalai Lama in April, before she knocked over a month of fitness training before setting off.

The 37-year-old mother of two reached the top on May 16 and then again on Sunday.It marks her fifth successful climb to Mount Everest’s summit.

Her latest endeavour smashes her previous record of climbing to the top twice in 10 days, which she achieved in 2011.

 

Everest Summitter Association head Lhakpa Rangdu Sherpa confirmed Jamsenpa’s record-setting climb from Everest Base Camp on Sunday.

Five other climbers have managed to reach the top twice in two seasons — all of them Sherpas.

After Jamsenpa’s ascents have been certified by the ministry of tourism in Nepal, the world record will be official.

 

 

 

Source : news.com

Mt Everest

 

 

 

With a height of 8,840 meters above sea level, Mt Everest is absolutely the highest mountain of the world. The mountain, which is part of the Himalaya range in Asia, is located on the border between Sagarmatha Zone, Nepal, and Tibet, China.

The optimum weather to visit Mt. Everest is from April to June, a golden period for mountaineers.

Everest has claimed 210 lives, including eight who perished during a 1996 storm high on the mountain. Conditions are so difficult in the death zone that most corpses have been left where they fell. Some of them are visible from standard climbing routes.

 

 

 

 

Mt Qogir (K2 Peak)

 

 

 

Mt. Qogir is the second highest mountain on earth, also known as K2, Savage Mountain, Mountaineer’s Mountain, Mount Godwin-Austen or Chogori. Located on the Pakistan-Chinese border, it has an elevation of 28,253 feet (8,612 meters) and a prominence of 13,179 feet (4,017 meters). It is located in the Karakoram Range. The name K2 was given in 1852 by British surveyor T.G.

Montgomerie with “K” designating the Karakoram Range and “2” since it was the second peak listed.

 

 

 

 

Nancha Barwa

 

 

 

Namcha Barwa, or Namjagbarwa, is a legendary mountain with a height of 7,785 meters above sea level. The mountain is in an isolated part of southeastern Tibet rarely visited by outsiders. The maximal depth of the canyon varies according to the different sources and methods of measurement, but is generally given at around 5300m. Namcha Barwa is located in the eastern part of Tibet (Nyingchi / Nyingtri Prefecture).

 

 

 

 

Mt Gongga (Minya Konka)

 

 

 

Mt. Gongga, also known as Minya Konka, is the highest mountain in Sichuan Province with a peak of 7,556 meters, which located on the eastern margin of Tibet-Qinghai Plateau.

In the scenic area, there are more than ten plateau lakes, including Mugecuo, Wuxuhai, Renzhonghai and Bawanghai. Some of them are at the foot of glaciers and some are surrounded by forests, all of which keep their original natural features. Mount Gongga is also a famous place for climber and explorers.

 

 

 

 

Kunlun Mountains (Buka Daban)

 

 

 

The range has about 200 peaks over 6000 meters and those are scattered all along the range. The highest are located in the most western extension, which sometimes goes under the name Kongur Shan. Kunlun is all situated in China, but the western part is very close to the borders of Tajikistan. This part is sometimes included in the Pamir mountain range, but nowadays the general consensus is it belongs to Kunlun proper.

 

 

 

 

Meili Snow Mountain (Kawa Garbo)

 

 

 

With a height of 6,740 meters, Kawa Garbo or Khawa Karpo is the highest peak of Meili Snow Mountain, among the 13 main peaks.

Meili Snow Mountains lie approximately 20 km west of Deqin in Yunnan Province. The mountain range exntends in the norn-south direction and form the natural border between Tibet and Yunnan.

 

 

 

 

 

Mt Kailash

 

 

 

A great mass of black rock soaring to over 22,000 feet, Mt. Kailash has the unique distinction of being the world’s most venerated holy place at the same time that it is the least visited. Mount Kailash as one of the ten mountains in China is located in Burang County, in the far southwestern Tibet.

With an elevation of 6,656 meters, Mount Kailash meaning “mountain of God” in Tibetan.

 

 

 

 

 

Qilian Mountains (Tuanjie Peak)

 

 

 

 

With an altitude of 6,644 meters above sea level, the Tuanjie Peak is the highest point of Qilian Mountains.

Qinling Mountains span over 1,500 km long, and ten to 200,000 or 300,000 km wide from south to north. They are majestic and grandiose. Qinling Mountains, in the narrow sense, refer to the middle section of the Qinling Range, a portion of the every mountain in central Shaanxi province.

 

 

 

 

Mt Taibai (Baxian Tai)

 

 

 

Mt Taibai is a mountain located on the border between Mei, Taibai and Zhouzhi counties in the south west of Shaanxi Province, China.

The mount’s highest point, Baxian Tower, rises to a height of 3,750 m and is the tallest in the Qinling Range, as well as the watershed between the Han River and Wei River.

Mount Taibai is also the highest mountain in Eastern China.

 

 

 

 

Helan Mountains (O’bao Geda)

 

 

 

 

Helan Mountains located in the middle part between the Yinchuan Plain and the Inner Mongolia Prairie. About 135 kinds of animals can be found in Helan Mountains; among which, 14 rare animals are protected by the state. Helan Mountains is an isolated desert mountain range forming the border of Inner Mongolia’s Alxa League and Ningxia. The main peak O’bao Geda, with a height of 3,556 meters, is the highest point of both provinces.

 

Capital: Lhasa

Chinese Name: 西藏 (xī zàng)

Location: Located in the southwest of China

 

Tibet enchants tourists from China and abroad with its landscape, religious traditions, culture, and its unsolved mysteries.At any mention of this land, the images of snowy mountains, mirror-like lakes, Potala Palace and Buddhist disciples immediately come to mind.

 

The best time to visit Tibet

Summer and autumn, from June to October, are considered to be the best times to visit.

Tips

 

à Travelers are strongly advised to bring sunscreen and medication for altitude sickness.

à Visitors are strongly advised to prepare appropriate clothing according to the season they are traveling in.

à Travelers are advised to observe local taboos when visiting monasteries.

 

 

 

 

Most popular food in Tibet 

 

 Momos: Dumplings filled with meat or vegetables, steamed or fried

 

 

 

 

  Tingmo: Bland, nearly tasteless steamed bread

 

 

 

 

Thukpa: A hearty noodle soup with veggies or meat

 

 

 

 

ThenthukThukpa with handmade noodles

 

 

 

 

Yak butter tea: Salty tea churned with butter, a Tibetan staple and a rather acquired taste for most Westerners

 

 

Things to visit in Tibet

 

Mt Everest and Base Camp : is  located at the border of Nepal and Tibetan plateau and it receives hundreds and thousands of mountaineers from worldwide.

 

The Potala Place: is located in the West part of Lhasa and is actually an architecture group situated on an extremely high mountain in the northwest of Lhasa, consisting of temples, palaces, dormitories and office areas

 

Sera monastery: is one of the three greatest Gelugpa monastic colleges throughout Tibet and is located about 2km outskirt North of Lhasa.

 

Jokhang Temple: This temple is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.Located in central Lhasa with an area of 25,100 square meters, it is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims.

Barkhor Streetis a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. This is a magical place showing the original outlook of Lhasa, a place full of religious atmosphere and a world of exotic articles. Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City.

 

Yamdrok Lake: is a freshwater lake in Tibet, it is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. It’s over 72 km long. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams.

 

Shigatse : is 300 kilometers away from the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest. Shigatse is the most colorful area in Tibet with vast grasslands,fertile fields in river valleys, flourishing semitropical jungles and snowfields at high altitudes.

 

Tashilhunpo Monastery: one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa in Tibet. Tashilhunpo Monastery was built by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447.

 

Tingri: is a town in southern Tibet. Old Tingri is also one of the perfect places to view Mt.Everest and other high mountains.

 

 

 

 

 

 Join our trip 8 days Tibet and Everest base camp tour for an authentic Tibetan local custom experiences!

Details( click read more in the end of the article):  https://wannatravelshanghai.com/trips/8-days-tibet-and-everest-base-camp-tours-schedule-2016-2017/

Where is Qiandao lake ? 

 

The lake is in Zheijiang Province, just a 5-6 hour drive from Shanghai.

 

The things you need to know

 

Qiandao lake is a huge reservoir covering anarea of 580 square kilometers on the upper reaches of Xin’an Riverr, 160km from Hangzhou and Huangshan Moutain. It is an artificial lake formed as a result of being a reservoir for constructing Xin’an River Water Power Plant in 1959.

There are over 1,000 large islands in the lake and a few thousand smaller ones. No wonder, then, that the Chinese name «Qiandao Hu» translates as one thousand island lake.

 

 

 

Thousand Island lake is currently the largest forest park in China. It has been awarded many titles and received favorable comments from tourists both at home and abroad.

 

Qiandao lake is also a delightful lake with many activities including enjoying the natural scenery and local culture. There is also an abundance of wildlife in the area, both on land and in the water.

 

 

What to do there

 

The area offers a lot of exciting activities such as kayaking, cycling, rafting, swimming, motorboats rentals and more. It is an ideal place for watersports lovers!

 

 

 

How to go there from Shanghai ? 

 

1st option : Take high speed train from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Hangzhou East Railway Station, then take a regular bus to reach there. The bus takes around 4 hours.

 

2nd option : Take a direct bus from Shanghai South Long Distance Bus Station. It departs at 14 :25. Ticket price is CNY 121 and duration is around 5-6 hours.

 

3rd option : Join Wanna Travel’s trip on June 30th – July 2nd and go there by our private bus! (around 5 hours).

Details (click read more in the end of the article to see more details): https://wannatravelshanghai.com/trips/qiandao-lake-1000-islands-kayaking-and-cycling-trip-2/