The gradients are gentle and the pistes and trails made wide to accomodate many skiers with plenty of elbow room – since families such as ours were one of the main target groups, safety is of prime concern. The separation of skiing areas into distinct categories, or skill levels, further contributes to the safety of the individual. The inclusion of a very large, gently sloped beginner ramp and an equally large, snowball casting and snow sculpting play area for smaller children like Gem makes Emeishan Ski Field one of the most family-friendly ski resorts in China.
The Jinding, elevation 3,077 metres, is the main peak of Mount Emei, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sichuan, China. It is also a common name for the Buddhist Huazang Temple built on the summit. Jinding is the highest Buddhist temple in traditionally Han areas of China. Located atop Mount Emei is an epic statue at 48 meter so high, is the 22nd tallest statue in the world. But its height is not its most notable feature, so much as its unique head, as this massive graven image faces in ten directions, one for each of the Bodhisattva’s ‘Ten Truths of Universal Worthiness’.
Shanghai Tower is a 632-metre, 128-story megatall skyscraper in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai. It is the world’s second-tallest building by height to architectural top and it shares the record of having the world’s highest observation deck within a building or structure at 562 m. We had afternoon tea at The Ritz Carlton with a great view of the Shanghai Tower.
Wenchuan Earthquake Memorial is a memorial site located at the ancient town of Anren in Dayi County, Sichuan, China following the devastating Wenchuan Earthquake on 12 May 2008 in Sichuan Province of China. The memorial is built on the site of the Beichuan Middle School which collapsed killing more than 1000 pupils and teachers inside.
Though we may not find the name of the city in the latest edition of travel blogs, but there is no question what the main attraction in Zhanjiang is – its seafood. Fringed by the sea on three sides and with five islands just off shore, Zhanjiang has many fishing ports which supply fresh and plentiful seafood that is cheap but of high quality.
Among the many offerings are all manner of fish, shrimps and crabs, and exotic shellfish, sandworms, seaweed, abalones and sea cucumbers. Fortunately for us, the locals love their seafood lightly cooked just like we do, usually quickly boiled to retain all the natural sweetness. This was our first experience eating sandworms and it taste quite good, sort of like sea cucumber but with a sweeter texture to it.
Founded in 111 BC, Taoping Qiang Village has a history of more than 2,000 years. In the Western Han Dynasty, it was called Guangrong County (广柔县), serving as an important pass and defense position. Through battles and wars, the village has still survived perfectly. Now, there are 98 households in the village. Taoping Qiang Village is well known as the “mysterious oriental castle” because of its typical Qiang-style architectures and its complicated road structure.
Bipenggou Valley, also known as Bipenggou National Park, is a natural reserve located in northern Sichuan, about 200km away from Chengdu. It enjoys a full length of 35km and a width of 4km. The main scenic area covers an occupation of 613 square meters and you get great fun in the park. Because of its unique geographic position, Bipenggou Valley is blessed with typical alpine views, including virgin forest, plateau lakes, old glaciers, snow-capped mountains, tinkling streams and waterfalls as well as primitive meadows. People regard it as the beautiful shadow of Mount Siguniang. When autumn comes, the colored foliage in Bipenggou Valley is attracts thousands of travelers flock into. Apart from its scenery, there is a large range of different species of fauna and flora.