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Dedicatedly prepared travel tips, tricks, advice, culture and lifestyle articles, inspiration ideas, etc. to inspire your China vacation plan!

Chinese Zodiac

What is the Chinese Zodiac? Chinese zodiac, aka Shu Xiang, is a long-standing folk culture in China, represented by 12 animals, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. The 12 zodiac signs are the figurative representatives of the 12 Earthly Branc...

Chinese Zodiac

Why Visit Dunhuang and Top Things to Do in Dunhuang 2022

A “bright pearl” on the Silk Road, Dunhuang with Gobi desert, Mogao Grottoes, awe-inspiring desert landscapes, and millennium civilization along the Hexi Corridor is a highly recommended destination for all history and cultural fans, photography enthusiasts, and time-honored Buddhist tre...

Why Visit Dunhuang and Top Things to Do in Dunhuang 2022

Top 10 Great Wall Sections around Beijing; Great Wall of China

With a history spanning over 2,700 years, the Great Wall is the largest man-made military fortification in China, boasting a total length of more than 21,000 kilometers (13,048.8 miles). It is not just a continuous long wall, but a complete and solid military defense system, consisting of city walls...

Top 10 Great Wall Sections around Beijing; Great Wall of China

144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in China

In order to allow international travelers more time to arrange their layover tours, China has implemented a 144-hour visa-free transit policy for citizens from 53 countries.   What are the application requirements? Available for citizens of the listed 53 countries below. Your passport should be...

144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in China

Bingling Temple

Bingling Temple Grottoes, aka Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves, is located in the Xiaojishi Hill about 35 km (21.7 miles) southwest of Yongjing County, Gansu Province. Built in 420 during the Western Qin Dynasty (385-431), Bingling Temple has a history of more than 1,600 years. Being reconstructed and...

Bingling Temple

Top 8 Recommended Yunnan Winter Hiking Routes

As a hiker’s paradise, Yunnan Province with a diverse topography is home to fantastic natural scenery, the spring-like climate in all seasons, and diverse ethnic customs, encompassing snow-covered peaks, alpine lakes, magnificent gorges, and glaciers, as well as picturesque terraced fields, etc. Man...

Top 8 Recommended Yunnan Winter Hiking Routes

Things to Know before Visiting Tibet in Winter

Updated on December 2, 2021   The following tips and information may be helpful for you if you are planning a winter trip to Tibet.   1. Is Tibet closed again to foreign travelers? No. Tibet is still open. Foreign tourists can now go to visit Tibet. Joy travel would be happy to help you [&helli...

Things to Know before Visiting Tibet in Winter

Top Natural Wonders and Cultural Sites in Shaanbei

  Located in the the northern edge of the Loess Plateau, Shaanbei is a less-known travel detination that deserves a visit for those who keen on astonishing geographic landforms, profound history, distinct folk art and cultue, and spectacular nature scenes. Far more than the famous Hukou Waterfa...

Top Natural Wonders and Cultural Sites in Shaanbei

10 Best Places to Enjoy Stunning Autumn Scenes in Xinjiang

We would like to share with you some good news!Kanas Nature Reserve officially announced that people from low-risk areas in China are permitted to visit Kanas as long as they provide nucleic acid test certificates with a negative result within 7 days and have their health code and travel code checke...

10 Best Places to Enjoy Stunning Autumn Scenes in Xinjiang

Updates about China COVID-19 Pandemic on Sep. 13, 2021

COVID-19 Updates in China The Chinese mainland on Sunday reported 22 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in Fujian province, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Monday. Up to now, there are 2 high-risk areas and 8 medium-risk areas in China, among which 2 high-risk areas an...

Updates about China COVID-19 Pandemic on Sep. 13, 2021

Why Choose Joy Travel for Tibet Tour?

After Tibet’s reopening to expats living in China, many travel agencies have tried hard to promote their Tibet tours. You may face the challenge to judge whether a travel agency is trustworthy, and which itinerary is more likely to guarantee your lifetime experience. Following are some points that m...

Why Choose Joy Travel for Tibet Tour?

Lost in Time: Explore the Legendary Ancient Towns in Yunnan

In the most southwestern part of China, there is a diverse land which features a hugely varied mix of ethnic minorities, antique towns of profound history and a growing diversity of cultural customs. People here are enjoying the most colorful life given because of its pleasant climate and advantageo...

Lost in Time: Explore the Legendary Ancient Towns in Yunnan

Come to Sanya to Enjoy Sun, Sand, Sea and Fun Water Activities

Endowed with sparkling blue water, clear blue sky, wide sandy beach and dense coconut forests, the city of Sanya in China’s Hainan Province is never short of picturesque seascape. It has been a popular and cherished resort for nature lovers, shell collectors and those who enjoy seafront amusements a...

Come to Sanya to Enjoy Sun, Sand, Sea and Fun Water Activities

Discover Guangxi – A Fairyland of Chinese Painting Landscape

As summer comes, visitors are flocking to Guangxi to enjoy incredible natural wonders. The landscape of Guangxi is second to none. The vast and serene karst river among the green fields mirrors sublime peaks, creating a vivid landscape painting. Below are some of the iconic attractions in Guangxi. &...

Discover Guangxi – A Fairyland of Chinese Painting Landscape

Best Places to Photograph Autumn in Yunnan

Many images may come to your mind when you close your eyes and think for a second about the autumn destinations. The colorful leaves and woods reflecting in sparkling lakes in Jiuzhai Valley, the gorgeous scenery of Kanas Lake in a riot of colors, the red maple leaves “blossoming” at Xiangshan Park ...

Best Places to Photograph Autumn in Yunnan

Fun, Weird & Interesting Facts about Xinjiang

Located in the most northwest of China, Xinjiang is on the bucket list for many travelers, and it’s no mystery why! The tremendously diverse landscapes, exotic ethnic groups, and fascinating history traces left by the ancient Silk Road are already reasons enough to pack your bags to embark on a Xinj...

Fun, Weird & Interesting Facts about Xinjiang

Enjoy a Cool Summer at the Hanging Garden – Changbai Mountain

High rising on the Chinese-North Korea border, Changbai Mountain is a volcanic massif that is snow-covered all year round. Boasting a wealth of landscapes formed by volcanic eruptions hundreds of millions of years ago, cool weather, and a large amount of precious flora and fauna, it draws more and m...

Enjoy a Cool Summer at the Hanging Garden – Changbai Mountain

Top Places to Go in June in China

In China, June marks the beginning of summer when the stunning natural beauties are paired with bulk festival activities. In some remote or mountainous areas, the weather will be comfortable enough for outdoor adventures. Just scroll down to get inspired by our list of best places to go in June in C...

Top Places to Go in June in China

Top Attractions along the Silk Road

Spreading more than 4000km, the Silk Road boasts various land-forms. It will offer you a unparalleled trip that is 10 times the value of some common tours. The time from May to October is perfect time when the temperatures hover around 20 – 30 degree. And this cool and bright weather makes for...

Top Attractions along the Silk Road

Travelling Around the Surrounding Hidden Places during the Qingming Festival

The weather is getting warmer, and it’s a good time to go out for travelling! Plan your Spring trip before the upcoming 3 days Qingming holiday. If you don’t want to take off from work, you can explore your city’s surroundings. We have discovered a few good places, such as the ancient charm around B...

Travelling Around the Surrounding Hidden Places during the Qingming Festival

Discover Spring that Hidden in These Splendid Towns of China

Is there anything more comfortable than wandering around in a small town during the warm Spring when flowers blossom? A small town with a quaint charm can always give people the feeling of traveling in time. Today, we have chosen 6 small towns suitable for visiting in spring for you. You may be able...

Discover Spring that Hidden in These Splendid Towns of China

Learn Tibetan Culture through Their Festivals

January to February The snowy area in winter is really cold from high places, but Lhasa with plenty of sunlight is not as cold as imagined. The Tibetan New Year is very lively, but if you are not good at playing with the locals, you will feel depressed and boring, because even shops that specialize ...

Learn Tibetan Culture through Their Festivals

Recommended Spring Travel Routes

Happy News!!! The Covid-19 cases in the middle and high-risk areas has cleared to zero! It’s time to arrange the next trip for yourself after spending the Spring Festival at home. The beautiful scenery of spring is just the right season to travel. Qingming Festival/May Day holiday is coming. H...

Recommended Spring Travel Routes

Top 17 Travel Experiences in Tibet

1.Potala Palace Although the Potala Palace is unlikely to be the place where you will meet Tibet for the first time, the idea of “I’m finally in Tibet” still comes into your mind. No one will deny that the beauty of the snow-capped mountains and holy lakes is even more impressive and unforgett...

Top 17 Travel Experiences in Tibet

Where Would You Travel to on the Beautiful March?

Appreciate the Time-limited Breathtaking Scenery Nyingchi, Tibet March to April What will Tibet impress you most? If the answer is blue sky, white cloud and snow-capped mountain, then Nyingchi will definately give you an impression of beautiful dreamland full of surprises. Nyingchi is the only place...

Where Would You Travel to on the Beautiful March?

Top 17 Travel Experiences in Xinjiang

  1.South Xinjiang Bazar “Bazar” (巴扎) is a word that will raise your lips when you read. Bazar not only has a dazzling array of goods and gorgeously dressed locals, but also is a good place to concentrate on disappearing businesses, ancient laws of value and laws of integrity. There...

Top 17 Travel Experiences in Xinjiang

Recommended Travel Destinations During the March and April

The in-situ New Year policy that China has been implemented for the epidemic has a great effect. Thus, traveling around will also be popular in domestic. Spring is coming! Why not make your travel plan immediately to welcome the great 2021! We have sorted out several itineraries suitable for travel ...

Recommended Travel Destinations During the March and April

Traditional Chinese Customs to Celebrate CNY

Chinese New Year is coming soon! How to spend the most important holiday in China? We believe that you are interested in the traditional Chinese customs during this time, let’s take a look at the traditions, etiquette and taboos that make this celebration so special. Spring festival couplets At the ...

Traditional Chinese Customs to Celebrate CNY

Look deep into the World Heritage Site in the Off-season

Travelers always tend to avoid visiting the great Northwest in winter since they believe it is desolation in this period. But we want to tell you that when you come to Gansu during the off-season to visit the grottoes, you will not only have discounted tickets and no worry about being crowded, but a...

Look deep into the World Heritage Site in the Off-season

One Month Left! How to Spend a Special Chinese New Year?

The Chinese New Year is coming, have you decided how to spend this special moment with your family? Imagine that every one of your family going out to a place where all of you have never been to, doing something special and eating the local delicacies together, you will have no other worries and onl...

One Month Left! How to Spend a Special Chinese New Year?