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After a recent visit to the ancient site of the Giant Buddha close to the city of Leshan I thought I would write a review of that visit and include a little about the history behind this monument included as a World heritage Site since 1996. Leshan is located in the south of the Chinese province of Sichuan and about 120 kilometres or 80 miles south west of the provinces capital city of Chengdu.
Published by John Smither 80 months ago in China | +9 votes | 2 comments
Leshan’s Giant Buddha is located close to the city of Leshan in southern Sichuan at the confluences of the rivers, Minjiang, Qingyi and Dadu. It is the world’s largest Buddha statue carved from stone as well as being the world’s tallest statue dating from the pre-modern world. Construction occurred during the Tang Dynasty of 618 to 907 AD and it is listed as one of China’s 41 World Heritage Sites.
Published by John Smither 80 months ago in China | +6 votes | 2 comments
A question was placed on the Knoji questions and answers seeking information about the vaccinations that visitors to China are required to have before entering the country. I answered the question but also felt this enquiry could be answered in more detail in an article. I have been based in China since early 2010 and these findings are from having personal knowledge of the country.
Published by John Smither 81 months ago in China | +12 votes | 3 comments
Sichuan, China is a great place for a vacation. The capital city of Chengdu is awesome as the climate is almost perfect. It has so many attractions you can see by taking a walk through the town. The Wenshu Monestery is beautiful and a place you must visit. Also check out the zoo with all it has to offer. The Panda Garden is the most popular with visitors.
Published by norlaw 81 months ago in China | +1 votes | 0 comments
Tianmen Mountain or Tianmenshan is the highest peak amongst those that surround the Chinese city of Zhangjiajie in the province of Hunan. Tianmen Mountain has historically been closely linked with the city due to its cultural and religious past through Taoist monks and in more recent years those that follow the Buddhist faith. The most famous feature of the mountain is the stone staircase of 999 steps leading up the side of the mountain; other attractions have been added more recently to further...
Published by John Smither 82 months ago in China | +15 votes | 5 comments
In the past travelling by train within China was a somewhat harrowing experience and for many overseas tourists best only taken as a last resort. In recent years China railways has undergone drastic changes in updating its rolling stock leading to faster, more efficient, very cost effective and importantly more comfortable journeys by the worldÂ’s third largest national railway service.
Published by John Smither 82 months ago in China | +15 votes | 2 comments
The railway system in China is an extensive service operated by the Ministry of Railways under the title of China Railway. Apart from some commuter services in and around the major cityÂ’s most trains in operation are long distance services and cover the length of the country with 91,000km of track or over 56,500 miles in use, with more than 3,500 passenger trains in operation every day.
Published by John Smither 82 months ago in China | +13 votes | 3 comments
Yunnan is a province located in the southern part of China. The province contains one of the largest and most extensive limestone regions in the world. Yunnan Rock Forest is a bizarre forest of gigantic limestone towers and clustered monoliths. Here are some of the most interesting facts about this geological wonder in China.
Published by Nobert Bermosa 82 months ago in China | +6 votes | 2 comments
The illegal practice of selling train tickets through scalpers or touts has long been practiced in Chinese railway stations for many years, often right under the noses of the officials supposedly in place to restrict this service. A new system for buying tickets has recently been introduced in an attempt to stop this practice.
Published by John Smither 83 months ago in China | +12 votes | 3 comments
For many years the concept of tourists with limited time available to travel on the extensive train system within China has been a daunting one. Overcrowded stations and areas for purchasing the tickets can put off even seasoned overseas travellers and that is before they face the problems of the language barrier and an incomprehensible language, however changes are in place to tackle this problem.
Published by John Smither 83 months ago in China | +12 votes | 3 comments
The city of Wuhan is known as the crossroads of China as it sits alongside the River Yangtze where it meets the Han River as well as being a point where many arterial roads and railways meet.
Published by John Smither 86 months ago in China | +13 votes | 5 comments
This museum is a collection of sculptures representing the army of ChinaÂ’s first emperor Qin Shi Huang buried close to his mausoleum to escort him on his journey to the afterlife. The terracotta figures have been dated from the 3rd century BC but were not discovered until 1974 when a local farmer was digging a well.
Published by John Smither 88 months ago in China | +13 votes | 6 comments
Many thousands of tourists flock to the central Chinese city of Xian every year. Many will go there purely with the intention of visiting the Terracotta Army Museum a few miles to the east of the city. There are however other attractions in and around the city to make a visit here a very interesting historical experience and a look into ChinaÂ’s past.
Published by John Smither 88 months ago in China | +5 votes | 2 comments
A look at the history of one of China's ancient capital city's, the city of Xi'an in central China. It is one of the country's oldest city's with a history dating back over 3,000 years.
Published by John Smither 88 months ago in China | +6 votes | 3 comments
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