China’s snow town is located in Shuangfeng Forest Farm

  China’s snow town is located in Shuangfeng Forest Farm, under the jurisdiction of Dahailin Forest Bureau in Mudanjiang city, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province. Situated at an elevation of 1,500 meters above sea level, the town covering 500 hectares is 105 kilometers from Changting town. Influenced by the warm current of the Sea of Japan and cold fronts from the Lake Baikal, the snow period here is up to seven months every year and snow thickness may reach around 2 meters. The snow here is famous for its thickness and high viscosity. Snow hangs from the eaves to the ground, forming a unique scene of “snow curtains”.

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  Near the village there are two ski resorts. The Bayi, which is specific field for the training of professional skiers, is not open to tourists. While other, Shuangfeng, is where mosttourists converge. Here offers a variety of options for winter sports such as skiing,sonwboard, horse-drawn sleigh, dog sledding, snow sculptures and tourists can drink beer in a bar in the snow.

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  The imposing structure will include an hotel featuring 25 suites, four polar igloos, a fully-heated panoramic igloo, a bar, a restaurant, a conference centre, a terrace, a boutique and a chapel – wedding bells, anyone? – all completely constructed from ice and snow. There will even be a section with 5 hot tubs! Each year, a replica of a major city in the world is entirely made out of snow and ice. In 2013, the city of New York will receive this honour.

Peking Duck restaurants in Beijing – Quanjude

The history of the roast duck can be traced back to as early as the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368) when it was listed among the imperial dishes. During the Qianlong period (1736-1796) of the Qing Dynasty, roast duck was a favorite delicacy of the upper classes. Over a long period of development, a consummate and precise procedure for cooking Peking Roast Duck has been firmly established.

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Quanjude (全聚德烤鸭店)

Founded in 1864 during the reign of Emperor Tongzhi during the Qing Dynasty, Quanjude is the most well-established Peking roast duck restaurant brand in China. It has now gained worldwide recognition for its gourmet roast duck, as well as its unique all-duck banquet and more than 400 special dishes. Quanjude has been visited by government leaders and officials from nearly 200 countries and regions. The name Quanjude means “perfection, union and benevolence”. Founder Yang Quanren invented the hung-oven duck roasting method. In such a culinary technique, ducks are roasted inside an open oven with non-smoky fruitwood fuel, such as Chinese date or pear trees, to create a fruit fragrance.
Flagship Restaurant and Major Branches:

1. Quanjude Hepingmen Roast Duck Restaurant
Address: 14, Qianmen West Street, Xuanwu District
Telephone: +86-10-63023062
Getting there: Subway Line 2 to Hepingmen Station, or Buses Te 4, 67 or 301 to Hepingmen Dong

2. Quanjude Qinghuayuan Roast Duck Restaurant
Address: F/1, Tower A, Technology Building, Tsinghua Science Park, 1 Zhongguancun East Road, Haidian District
Telephone: +86-10-82150018
Getting there: Subway Line 13 to Wudaokou Station, or Buses 307, 319, 331, 355, 375, 438, 562, 656 or 963 to Qinghuayuan

3 Quanjude Wangfujing Roast Duck Restaurant
Address: 9, Shuaifuyuan Hutong, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District
Telephone: +86-10-65253310
Getting there: Subway Line 1 to Wangfujing Station, or Bus 420, 803 to Xindongan Shichang

4. Quanjude Qianmen Restaurant (Flagship Restaurant)
Address: 32 Qianmen Street, Chongwen District
Telephone: +86-10-65112418
Getting there: Subway Line 2 to Qianmen Station, or Buses 5, 17, 20, 22, 66, 120, 126, 690 or 692 to Qianmen

5 Quanjude Olympic Village Roast Duck Restaurant
Address: Floors1-3, Bldg A, Tianchuang Shiyuan Building, 309 Huizhong Beili, Chaoyang District
Telephone: +86-10-64801686
Getting there: Subway Line 5 to Datun East Road Station, or Buses 466, 630 or 653 to Huizhong Beili

6. Quanjude Sanyuanqiao Roast Duck Restaurant
Address: F/1, Jinxin Building, A2 East 3rd Ring Road (N), Chaoyang District
Telephone: +86-10-84492760
Getting there: Subway Line 10 to Liangmaqiao Station, or Buses 300, 302, 419, 718, 730, 825 or 957 to Sanyuanqiao

The Lantern Festival in China is a festival celebrated on the 15th day of the first month of the Lunar Year

  The Lantern Festival or Yuan Xiao Festival (simplified Chinese: 元宵节; pinyin: Yuánxiāojié) or Shang Yuan Festival (simplified Chinese: 上元节; pinyin: Shàngyuánjié) in China is a festival celebrated on the 15th day of the first month of the Lunar Year, the last day of the Lunar Chinese New Year celebration. During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns (simplified Chinese: 猜灯谜). It officially ends the Chinese New Year celebrations.

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  There are many different beliefs about the origin of the Lantern Festival. But one thing for sure is that it had something to do with religious worship.One legend tells us that it was a time to worship Taiyi, the God of Heaven in ancient times. The belief was that the God of Heaven controlled the destiny of the human world. He had sixteen dragons at his beck and call and he decided when to inflict drought,storms, farmine or pestilence upon human beings. Beginning with Qinshihuang, the first emperor to unite the country, all subsequent emperors ordered splendid ceremonies each year. The emperor would ask Taiyi to bring favorable weather and good health to him and his people. Emperor Wudi of the Han Dynasty directed special attention to this event. In 104 BC,he proclaimed it one of the most important celebrations and the ceremony would last throughout the night.

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  Another legend associates the Lantern Festival with Taoism. Tianguan is the Taoist god responsible for good fortune. His birthday falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month. It is said that Tianguan likes all types of entertainment. So followers prepare various kinds of activities during which they pray for good fortune.

Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays

  Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is also known as the ‘Spring Festival’, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally ran from Chinese New Year’s Day itself, the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month. The evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year”. This year it falls on the 10th of February 2013 and is the year of the snake.

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  There are many legends about the festival in Chinese culture. In folk culture, the Spring Festival is There are many legends about the festival in Chinese culture. In folk culture, the Spring Festival is also called “guonian” (meaning “passing a year”). It is said that the “nian” (year) was a strong monster which was fierce and cruel and ate one kind of animal including human being a day. Human beings were scared about it and had to hide on the evening when the “nian” came out. Later, people found that “nian” was very scared about the red color and fireworks. So after that, people use red color and fireworks or firecrackers to drive away “nian” every year. As a result, the custom of using red color and setting off fireworks remains. More information about Chinese New Year in China tour chinatourguide.com.

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  Waking up on New Year, everybody dresses up. First they extend greetings to their parents. Then each child will get money as a New Year gift, wrapped up in red paper. People in northern China will eat jiaozi, or dumplings, for breakfast, as they think “jiaozi” in sound means “bidding farewell to the old and ushering in the new”. Also, the shape of the dumpling is like gold ingot from ancient China. So people eat them and wish for money and treasure.
  Southern Chinese eat niangao (New Year cake made of glutinous rice flour) on this occasion, because as a homophone, niangao means “higher and higher, one year after another.” The first five days after the Spring Festival are a good time for relatives, friends, and classmates as well as colleagues to exchange greetings, gifts and chat leisurely.