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Here you will explore the many aspects of Chinese culture, from incredible food to local life style, from fascinating streets to intriguing people…

Top 5 Self-driving Routes in China (II)-Western Sichuan Circuit

Last time, we have discussed the landscapes along Fujian Coastline, today, Joy China Tour is excited to share the second self-driving travel routes in National Holiday besides Xinjiang: Western Sichuan Circuit. Follow us to check out more!  That’s a bad underestimate to take the Western Sichuan circ...

Top 5 Self-driving Routes in China (II)-Western Sichuan Circuit

Top 10 Yunnan Ethnic Ancient Towns & Villages

Located in the plateau, Yunnan boasts the breath-taking scenery and unparalleled ancient towns & villages, and splendid local ethnic cultures. Human settlements could be found in many flatlands hidden in pleasant environments, which have gradually grown into those beautiful towns. Due to the lac...

Top 10 Yunnan Ethnic Ancient Towns & Villages

Free! Half Price! Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Explore China on the Cheap in Second Half of 2020

The admission tickets are too expensive for you? Have not had a good exploration of China? Get blocked in China due to the COVID-19? Then it’s the best time to discover China! Free, Half Price, the attractions all over China are introducing the favorable policies on the admission tickets, most of wh...

Free! Half Price! Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Explore China on the Cheap in Second Half of 2020

The 10 Weirdest Landscapes in China

While those awe-inspiring man-made attractions provide people a lot of entertainment, nothing is as creative as nature. China is a noble destination around the globe boasting plenty of bizarre landscapes, check out the 10 Weirdest one in China here, how many have you seen?   Zhangye Danxia Land...

The 10 Weirdest Landscapes in China

9 Photos That Will Inspire You to Explore the Silk Road

The Silk Road played an important role in Chinese history. Anyone who claims to understand Chinese history must know that the Silk Road was also a significant factor behind the flourishing periods of the Han and Tang Dynasties. It covers plenty of historical sites that will give you lots of informat...

9 Photos That Will Inspire You to Explore the Silk Road

What Kind of Experience Can Be Called a Life-time Journey? The Northwestern China Circuit

The famed Silk Road stretched for more than 7,000 kilometers from Xian (known as Chang’an in ancient times) to Rome. Over 2,000 years have passed since Zhang Qian, an envoy of Emperor Wu of the Western Han Dynasty (202 BC — 8 BC), pioneered this ancient route. Now the Silk Road attracts countl...

What Kind of Experience Can Be Called a Life-time Journey? The Northwestern China Circuit

One Place on the Silk Road You Haven’t Visited or Even Heard of — But Should

Although Hami is the eastern gate of Xinjiang and also a part of the Silk Road, it flies under the radar of ordinary travelers. Most travelers just rush to Urumqi or Turpan. And few Silk Road itineraries include Hami. But maybe they should. Do you know how important Hami was in history? Do you know ...

One Place on the Silk Road You Haven’t Visited or Even Heard of — But Should

Top 5 Must-see Attractions in Xining and Useful Xining Travel Guide

The Xining city has an antiquated and long-lasting religious culture, a rare stone culture that was unique in the Sanjiangyuan area, and a splendid natural forest park. Moreover, it is a natural summer resort that integrates snow-capped mountains, canyons, and Danxia landforms. Also, it is the meeti...

Top 5 Must-see Attractions in Xining and Useful Xining Travel Guide

Doing A Silk Road Tour? Check out These Tasty Foods Made of Flour

Many foreigners fall in love with China for various delicious foods. Do you know that the people in the northern part of China like food made of flour and the people in the southern part prefer food made of rice? Wonder why? Actually, rice is grown in the south of China, while wheat is grown [&helli...

Doing A Silk Road Tour? Check out These Tasty Foods Made of Flour

Famous Xi’an Foods in New York

So we are already halfway through 2020 (yes, hard to believe). Hope you all stay happy, stay healthy, and stay safe. During this difficult time as the whole world deals with the COVID-19, what things bring you comfort? For many people, food can be a source of comfort. We are curious: which kind of f...

Famous Xi’an Foods in New York

How Long Should You Spend at the Terracotta Army?

Do you know how large the terracotta army is? After this huge underground army was accidentally discovered by several farmers while they were drilling a well in March 1974, no one knew it can be so big. Four months after this great discovery (You may wonder why it took so long. It’s because th...

How Long Should You Spend at the Terracotta Army?

The Top 10 Classic Cycling Places in China

China is a fascinating destionation around the world boasting its splendid history and culture as well as a variety of landscapes. There are so many interesting things to do in China and we have collected the top 10 popular cycling places in the vast land which would be a perfect guide for travel to...

The Top 10 Classic Cycling Places in China

Some Things You May Not Know about Binglingsi Grottoes

Binglingsi Grottoes is located about 40 kilometers southwest to Yongjing County of Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province, on the west-side cliff of Dasigou Valley. The grottoes were first dug in the early years of the Western Jin Dynasty (around the third century A.D.) as Buddhism sprea...

Some Things You May Not Know about Binglingsi Grottoes

Hexi Corridor on Ancient China Silk Road

Hexi Corridor Located to the north of Qilian Mountain, south of Heli Mountain, west of Wushaoling Ridge, east of the border between Xinjiang and Gansu, the 1,000 kilometers long Hexi Corridor has been a place of abundance since ancient times. Speaking of the corridor, most people simply remember it ...

Hexi Corridor on Ancient China Silk Road

Are There Any Other Grottoes in Gansu Province Besides Mogao Grottoes?

Gansu Province is also a destination along ancient Silk Road greatly loved by the travelers who are interested in Chinese history and culture. Among the plenty of cultural relics and historical sites, the most famous one certainly is Mogao Grottoes which is regarded as the world’s treasure house of ...

Are There Any Other Grottoes in Gansu Province Besides Mogao Grottoes?

10 Classic Travel Destinations in Southern Xinjiang

Southern Xinjiang is an amazing place on many travelers’ bucket list. Who wouldn’t like it? It has stunning natural scenery to see and fascinating history and culture to explore. If you are planning a visit and want to know all the highlights, here are 10 classic destinations in Southern Xinjiang we...

10 Classic Travel Destinations in Southern Xinjiang

Amazing Ili River Valley and Tianshan Mountains You’ve Never Seen

If you are looking for a Northern Xinjiang tour to Ili River Valley and Tianshan Mountains in summer, there’s no need to waste time endlessly browsing. Here is an itinerary to take you return to mother nature and get the unspoiled scenery of the picturesque Ili River Valley and magnificent Tianshan ...

Amazing Ili River Valley and Tianshan Mountains You’ve Never Seen

The Best Things to Do in Xi’an

There is an abundance of culture to be found in Xi’an, China. Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi province and the historic site of China’s first unification under the Qin dynasty. Here, you can gaze at incredible Terracotta Warriors, visit culturally rich museums, learn historic Chine...

The Best Things to Do in Xi’an

Though Far Apart, We Are Together in Sprit

Dear customers, Now we are in the middle of the lethal Covid-19 that has swept the world in the past 3 months. There are people dying from this pandemic and people mourning the loss of their loved ones. We sincerely hope everybody stay healthy, stay safe and stay happy during the quarantine. Just re...

Though Far Apart, We Are Together in Sprit

Top 9 Things to Do in Xian

Xian is one of the ancient capitals of China and well-known as the home to thousands of life-size terracotta warriors from the Qin Dynasty. It’s full of fascinating history, interesting culture, beautiful architecture, delicious food and nice people. All of these elements contribute to making Xian a...

Top 9 Things to Do in Xian

Hidden Gems in Xian – Huaqing Palace and Lishan Mountain

Xian made its name in the world because of the over 2000-year-old terracotta warriors and horses buried with the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Numerous travelers came to Xian for this world-class historical relic site every year. However, not many of them know that there is an amazing place...

Hidden Gems in Xian – Huaqing Palace and Lishan Mountain

Jiuhua Mountain: Buddhist Land of Lotus Flowers

Jiuhua Mountain is well known as one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains in China, along with Wutai Mountain in Shanxi Province, Putuo Mountain in Zhejiang Province, and Emei Mountain in Sichuan Province. It was formerly called Jiuzi Mountain and later changed to the current Jiuhua Mountain after ...

Jiuhua Mountain: Buddhist Land of Lotus Flowers

Follow the Ancient Silk Road to Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang

Dunhuang, an important stop on the ancient Silk Road, holds a splendid treasure of Buddhist art, Mogao Grottoes. You may have seen many pictures and read lots of introductions about the place, but believe it or not, its magnificence will blow your mind when you see it in person. You will just stand ...

Follow the Ancient Silk Road to Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang

10 Kinds of Hidden Chengdu Snacks

Chengdu was named City of Gastronomy by UNESCO as early as 2010. The city definitely lives up to its reputation. Speaking of Chengdu cuisine, you may think of the mind blowing spicy hot pot first. It’s on most domestic and foreign visitors’ list. There are also numerous delicious snacks hidden in sm...

10 Kinds of Hidden Chengdu Snacks

Qiao Family Compound: Explore a Masterpiece of Traditional Civil Architecture

Qiao Family Compound is located in Qiaojiabao Village, Qi County, Shanxi Province, and is about 54 km away from Taiyuan and 40 km away from Pingyao Ancient Town. It is also called “Zaizhongtang”. It’s the former residence of Qiao Zhiyong, a nationally renowned financier of the Qing Dynasty. It was o...

Qiao Family Compound: Explore a Masterpiece of Traditional Civil Architecture

Latest NCP Cases Statistics

National Health Commision of the Peopple’s Republic of China published the latest situation of NCP (Novel coronavirus pneumonia) through its official website in the Beijing time morning of Feb. 11, 2020. The statistics shows the new confirmed NCP cases keep dropping in the last 7 days. On Feb. 10 (0...

Latest NCP Cases Statistics

A Race against Time to Curb Novel Coronavirus in China

Novel coronavirus hit China in 2019 year's Spring Festival travel rush. When the country fight against the disaster, many other countries also offer support material volunteerly. We sincerely appreciate each one's contribution in this battle. When the battle is over, China will be ready to welcome y...

A Race against Time to Curb Novel Coronavirus in China

A Sight for Sore Eyes! Yamdrok Lake

Locating about 100 kilometers southwest of Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake attracts numerous pilgrims and visitors each year. It is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet with an area of more than 700 square kilometers and average depth of over 30 meters....

A Sight for Sore Eyes! Yamdrok Lake

10 Must-visit Museums in China

China is one of most fascinating destinations in the world, especially boasting its long history and splendid culture. The continuous civilization over 5,000 years does give this nation authority when speaking of history and culture. Beyond no doubt, it’s always on the top of travel list for t...

10 Must-visit Museums in China

North Xian Railway Station – Xian Airport Metro Opened

After long time expectation, the metro that shuttles between North Xian Railway Station and Xian Airport starts service public on Sept 30th, 2019. That greatly benefit the citizens and travelers traffic to airport. Natives joked it was Xian’s gift to its motherland’s birthday because that date is ju...

North Xian Railway Station – Xian Airport Metro Opened