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Photography tip get a circular polarizer
By HOBEN01 | 8/2/2013 9:29:17 AM

If you want to make your photos standout at this park get a circular polarizer for your lens. I suggest this because i played around with making reflections in the water jumpout or times i wanted to capture the bottom of the lakes or times i wanted to use a slow shutter speed to make the water look silky smooth. Also i found the early morning in the lower sections to be the most rewarding because the mist gave a nice feeling to the waters

how to avoid unnecessary consumption in China
By JUSTLETGO | 6/20/2012 1:44:46 AM

There is no doubt that many tourists,when coming to China, would buy a lot of souvenirs. Of course, the price is important, because, to some extent, the different price determines the quality of the goods. But for some foreign people, they buy many useless things with a lot of money and they donot even acknowlege that. Many foreign tourists would exchange RMB into their country's currency to see how much the products are when they are going to buy something. i am gonna tell you, it ain't a wise way. Chinese customer buy the same goods in the same store or from the same peddler as many foreign tourists do in a extramely low price. Becase these private stores or peddlers would like to sell their products in high price to foreign people.

From Shuangliu International Airport to Your Hotel
By VANESSAZHONG | 12/24/2011 12:36:37 AM

The best way to your hotel from airport is to take the shuttle bus which destination is Minshan Hotel. This hotel is located in the city center. Then go to your hotel by taxi. Don't think it's waste of money because you are not familiar with Chengdu.

Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
By VANESSAZHONG | 12/24/2011 12:18:39 AM

When is the best time to visit giant pandas?
Can you guess?
Maybe some of you have known the right answer. That must be--- Not Summer!
The giant pandas love the cool weathers. They will have sound sleep on their wooden beds outside in the heavy rain. If possible, don’t go to Chengdu Panda Base in hot summer. Don’t complaint that you couldn’t see one living panda playing in the playgrounds in summer! They are enjoying their icy beds in the air-conditioner rooms.
Last month, one of the friends in my tour group asked me, why there is no little baby panda? Actually, the giant pandas have their own regulars. Naturally, the baby pandas will be given birth in autumn. Now they are between 4 to 6 months-old.
Sometimes, people asked me some questions about the pictures they saw on the internet. They said, is there any place we can take pictures with giant panda? The answer is Yes. But you must pay for it. They call it Donation. You could donate some money to pandas. But only if you donate more than CNY1, 000 per person, you will be allowed to have pictures with giant panda. Of course, the time is quite short as the panda is fed with apples or honey sticks when they are taking pictures with you. If they eat too much, it will cause some disease to them, i.e. diarrhea. What about CNY500 one? We had seen that one. That is another question. Before 2010, the adult panda was also allowed to have pictures with people. But the workers thought it was too dangerous. So, it was cancelled. Additionally, as I know, the price will be raised to CNY1, 300 on Jan.1, 2012.
There is also a program called volunteer. Everyday you work exactly as a panda keeper; including cleaning the rooms, prepare food for pandas, etc.
Certainly, both of them must be made a reservation first.
What about adopt a giant panda? That is CNY50, 000 per year. You may adopt it with your friends. You could see the panda you adopt anytime you want. What you should do is to give them a call before you do. You can take pictures with it, too. If there is a company want to adopt the giant panda, that is CNY100, 000 per year.

Jiu Zhai road from Mianyang.
By POTTER | 5/3/2011 2:36:19 AM

I recently enjoyed a very pleasant trip from Mianyang to Jiuzhaigou.Jiuzhaigou it self is simply stunning...the mountains are just amazing to see.The waters too are really beyond words.

However,just thought that I would like to advise the following points:

1.By road from Mianyang to Jiuzhaigou took a very long time,we departed Mianyang at 7.00 am and despite driving with only a lunchbreak and three 10 minue stops for us to use the facilities we did not arrive in Jiuzhaigou until 17.00 !

2.The road to Jiuzhaigou is not a is long,winding and at times a little bit boring - some parts of China always look like a 'work in progress' with many building sites or river pojects that are not pretty.

3.Jiuzhaigou is very high,I am not sure about the actual hight abouve sea level - but as a consequence it gets cold at night,so don't forget to take some warm clothes.

4.The return journey...for those of us that have travelled in China and seen the standard of driving - well,you know that it is at best a worry at worst terrifying.The road back to Mianyang is sometimes inspiring - but after about 4 hours it begins to follow the path of a river.The road is single carriageway and on this part as it twists,climbs and falls as it follows the river's way,sometimes you are very high,with only a low crash barrier to stop you should anything happen.

But...the road follows the river for 3 agonising hours ! The driver may be very experienced but as we know there are many things that can cause an incident...a truck having a wheel changed on a blind corner...or a farmer taking his frightened horse to somewhere..just around a blind corner...I have to tell you that this was the worst ever raod journey I have taken and as I have said it lasted 3 hours.I am not a religious person...not easily scared... but I promise you I prayed to God to get me to safetly.

So,the moral of the story is please,learn from my words and my experience and fly to Jiuzhaigou - you will not regret it !

8trees Wine Bar & Restaurant
By ERIYSG | 4/18/2009 5:43:21 AM

One tourist attaction I found in Chengdu is 8trees wine bar & restaurant in Ping An Alley, It's located in a century old Roman Catholic church build in 1904. Rich in heritage and has its unique architecture style. Amazing century old underground wine cellar. It also deserves credit for its wood interior, hand-painted paper lamps, and the floor window that looks down on the wine cellar. Not forgetting the 8 ginko trees at the restaurant entrance. And of course for the quality of the food, which is excellent, and priced that way. Serves contemporary European and Singapore cuisine. The ambiance is perfect, the interiors and exteriors are so artsy and poetry is all over the place - great food, great wait staff, great wines!

Western Grand Canyon Hotsprings
By WINDENERGY | 6/6/2007 5:34:19 AM

Although this resort does have numerous soaking pools, fed by an authentic hot water spring, most of the pools are turned off. Because of the construction of a hydro-power dam, directly downriver, this resort will be submerged in less than 1 year. What I had hoped would be an enjoyable soak, turned into a mediocre, eventless day taking too many buses and wishing the water in the pools were warmer.

Jiudu Hotel in Yibin
By WINDENERGY | 6/6/2007 2:26:05 AM

If you like relaxing accomodation with plenty of recreational opportunities, then you should stay at the Jiudu Hotel in Yibin. There is a western restaurant, complete with international cuisine in the Oona Restaurant on the 3rd floor. Also, there is a KTV bar on the 16th floor of this hotel. Doubles start at 280RMB, and it is a far cry from your typical Chinese hotel in terms of service and quality.

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