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  AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  Aposteroftheexhibition,500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichfeatures60Westernmasterpiecesfromthe16thcenturytothe20thatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghaithroughApril.(PhotoprovidedtoChinaDaily)MasterpiecesofWesternartfromthe16thcenturytothe20tharecurrentlyondisplayatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghai.Theexhibition,titled500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,features60artworksbymasterssuchasPabloPicasso,PaulCezanneandEdouardManet.AllthepieceswereselectedfromthecollectionoftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichwasfoundedin1983byJapanesephilosopherDaisakuIkeda.TheexhibitsattheChinashowhavebeenarrangedaccordingtotimeperiodsorthemes,fromtheRenaissancetoBaroque,rococo,realism,impressionism,modernismandpostmodernism.Thisistheexhibition'ssecondappearanceinthecountry,followingitsfirststopatTsinghuaUniversity'sArtMuseuminBeijingfromOctobertoDecember,whichdrewover120,000visitors."TheexhibitionwillpromoteculturalexchangesbetweenChinaandJapanasacelebrationofthe40thanniversaryoftheSino-JapaneseTreatyofPeaceandFriendshipsignedinAugust1978,"DengXiaoxian,vice-presidentoftheShanghaiInternationalCulturalAssociation,says.AkiraGokita,directoroftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,sayshehopesvisitorscanlearnmoreaboutWesternartandhistorythroughthisexhibition.ArtbuffscanlookforwardtoviewingPortraitofaProcuratorbyGiovanniBelliniandPortraitofCollectorbyTintoretto,twosignificantworksofthe16thcentury.SmokerbyGeorgesdeLaTour,aworkfromthe17thcentury,agoldenageofart,isalsoonshow.Thepieceisoneof40originalworksintheworld.Thosefondofrococo-stylepaintingsfromthe18thcenturywillgettoviewTheTriumphofVenusbyFrancoisBoucher,akeyhighlightoftheexhibition,saysKenichiHirano,curatoroftheTokyomuseum.AnotherhighlightistheneoclassicalmasterpieceBonaparteCrossingtheGreatSt.BernardthatdepictsNapoleon.Othercelebratedworks,includingDovebyPicasso,ClaudeMonet'sWaterLiliesandPierre-AugusteRenoir'scollection,whichillustratesfemininebeauty,arealsoonshow.TheexhibitionrunsthroughApril30,thoughsomeartworks,includingPromenadebyManetandBertheMorisot'sOntheTerrace,willonlybeondisplayjustuntiltheendofMarch.AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  

  Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)AnexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,alsocommonlyknownasSeth,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.CalledAl'écolebuissonnière,theexhibitionfeaturesacollectionofMalland'sworksthatcanbefoundinthestreetsofoneofthelastworking-classneighborhoodsincentralShanghai.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)"Throughoutmychildhood,IdreamedaboutescapingtoChina,upuntil1999whenIwentthereforthefirsttime.Iwouldreturnmanytimesthereafter,forpersonalandartisticprojectsbecauseChina,andespeciallyShanghai,becamemorethanjustanexoticdestination-itbecameoneofmymainsourcesofinspiration,"saidMalland."ThisexhibitionrepresentsmydreamofChina,intimatelylinkedtochildhoodandauniversalneedtoescapeinaworldthatisincreasinglyincomprehensible."Visitorstakephotosoftheartworksattheexhibition.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)BorninParisin1972,MallandrosetofameinShanghaiwithhispaintingsofchildrenonthewallsindifferentpartsofthecity.Hestartedpaintingonwallsinthemid-1990sandhassince2003beentouringtheworldtointeractwithstreetartistsfromdifferentcultures.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)Aposteroftheexhibition,500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichfeatures60Westernmasterpiecesfromthe16thcenturytothe20thatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghaithroughApril.(PhotoprovidedtoChinaDaily)MasterpiecesofWesternartfromthe16thcenturytothe20tharecurrentlyondisplayatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghai.Theexhibition,titled500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,features60artworksbymasterssuchasPabloPicasso,PaulCezanneandEdouardManet.AllthepieceswereselectedfromthecollectionoftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichwasfoundedin1983byJapanesephilosopherDaisakuIkeda.TheexhibitsattheChinashowhavebeenarrangedaccordingtotimeperiodsorthemes,fromtheRenaissancetoBaroque,rococo,realism,impressionism,modernismandpostmodernism.Thisistheexhibition'ssecondappearanceinthecountry,followingitsfirststopatTsinghuaUniversity'sArtMuseuminBeijingfromOctobertoDecember,whichdrewover120,000visitors."TheexhibitionwillpromoteculturalexchangesbetweenChinaandJapanasacelebrationofthe40thanniversaryoftheSino-JapaneseTreatyofPeaceandFriendshipsignedinAugust1978,"DengXiaoxian,vice-presidentoftheShanghaiInternationalCulturalAssociation,says.AkiraGokita,directoroftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,sayshehopesvisitorscanlearnmoreaboutWesternartandhistorythroughthisexhibition.ArtbuffscanlookforwardtoviewingPortraitofaProcuratorbyGiovanniBelliniandPortraitofCollectorbyTintoretto,twosignificantworksofthe16thcentury.SmokerbyGeorgesdeLaTour,aworkfromthe17thcentury,agoldenageofart,isalsoonshow.Thepieceisoneof40originalworksintheworld.Thosefondofrococo-stylepaintingsfromthe18thcenturywillgettoviewTheTriumphofVenusbyFrancoisBoucher,akeyhighlightoftheexhibition,saysKenichiHirano,curatoroftheTokyomuseum.AnotherhighlightistheneoclassicalmasterpieceBonaparteCrossingtheGreatSt.BernardthatdepictsNapoleon.Othercelebratedworks,includingDovebyPicasso,ClaudeMonet'sWaterLiliesandPierre-AugusteRenoir'scollection,whichillustratesfemininebeauty,arealsoonshow.TheexhibitionrunsthroughApril30,thoughsomeartworks,includingPromenadebyManetandBertheMorisot'sOntheTerrace,willonlybeondisplayjustuntiltheendofMarch.

  Special:TravelerswalkinastreetinHepingtown,FujianProvince.(PHOTOBYYANGFEIYUE/CHINADAILY)Visitorspackedthenarrow,cobblestonelanesofancientHepingtowninearlyFebruary.LocatedinEastChina'sFujianProvince,HepingturnedintoatourismhotspotduringtheSpringFestivalholiday,whichtookplacelastweek.SomeposedforphotoswithancientbuildingsdatingbacktotheMingandQingdynasties(1368-1911),whileotherswerebusypurchasinglocalspecialtiesandsnackingatthefoodstandsonthestreets.Peoplehadtobereallycarefultonotsteponothers'feetwhiletakinginthepastoralcharmofthetown.ThroughoutHeping,liondances,drumbeatingandghost-repellingshowsweredemandingvisitors'attention."Wehaveseendailytouristnumberspeakat20,000,"saysKeJing,anofficialwiththetowngovernment.Thetownhiredroughly50localstogivefolkcustomperformancesforvisitorsduringtheSpringFestivalholiday.Aboutsixshowswerepresentedeachdayduringtheweeklongholidaytoenabletravelerstobetterenjoylocaltraditions,Keadds.Moreover,agourmetfoodstreetfeaturingdistinctivelocalsnacks,aswellasachildren'samusementzone,wasestablishedtospiceupthevisitorexperience.FuHaiyingwasbusydolingoutporridgemadeoflotusseedandlilybulbpowderneartheentranceoftheancienttown.Everybowloftheporridgewasmadeonspottoensureittastedjustright."Businessisgreatthesedays,"Fusays.Thewoman,inher50s,startedsellingtheporridgeduringmajorholidaysabouttwoyearsago."Isawmorepeoplecomingtovisitandmyneighborshavebeenmakingmoneybypeddlingthingstothem,"Fusays.Shehadtoraisetwodaughtersbyherselfadecadeagoandusedtoreceivegovernmentsubsidiestokeepherfamily'sheadabovewater.Now,Fucanmake3,000yuanduringtheNationalDayandSpringFestivalholidays.Special:TravelerswalkinastreetinHepingtown,FujianProvince.(PHOTOBYYANGFEIYUE/CHINADAILY)Visitorspackedthenarrow,cobblestonelanesofancientHepingtowninearlyFebruary.LocatedinEastChina'sFujianProvince,HepingturnedintoatourismhotspotduringtheSpringFestivalholiday,whichtookplacelastweek.SomeposedforphotoswithancientbuildingsdatingbacktotheMingandQingdynasties(1368-1911),whileotherswerebusypurchasinglocalspecialtiesandsnackingatthefoodstandsonthestreets.Peoplehadtobereallycarefultonotsteponothers'feetwhiletakinginthepastoralcharmofthetown.ThroughoutHeping,liondances,drumbeatingandghost-repellingshowsweredemandingvisitors'attention."Wehaveseendailytouristnumberspeakat20,000,"saysKeJing,anofficialwiththetowngovernment.Thetownhiredroughly50localstogivefolkcustomperformancesforvisitorsduringtheSpringFestivalholiday.Aboutsixshowswerepresentedeachdayduringtheweeklongholidaytoenabletravelerstobetterenjoylocaltraditions,Keadds.Moreover,agourmetfoodstreetfeaturingdistinctivelocalsnacks,aswellasachildren'samusementzone,wasestablishedtospiceupthevisitorexperience.FuHaiyingwasbusydolingoutporridgemadeoflotusseedandlilybulbpowderneartheentranceoftheancienttown.Everybowloftheporridgewasmadeonspottoensureittastedjustright."Businessisgreatthesedays,"Fusays.Thewoman,inher50s,startedsellingtheporridgeduringmajorholidaysabouttwoyearsago."Isawmorepeoplecomingtovisitandmyneighborshavebeenmakingmoneybypeddlingthingstothem,"Fusays.Shehadtoraisetwodaughtersbyherselfadecadeagoandusedtoreceivegovernmentsubsidiestokeepherfamily'sheadabovewater.Now,Fucanmake3,000yuanduringtheNationalDayandSpringFestivalholidays.TwobigLeiFeng-likestatuesstandattheentrancetoaKentuckyFriedChickenrestaurantinChangsha,HunanProvince,March3,2019.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)KentuckyFriedChickenhaslaunchedanewthemedbranchinhonorofLeiFeng,alegendarysoldiercelebratedinChinaforhisselflessnessandmodesty,inhishometownChangsha,HunanProvince.TherestaurantopenedonSunday,twodaysbeforetheofficialremembrancedaymarkedacrossthecountryeveryyearonMarch5whenpeoplecelebratehisspiritsbyshowinggoodwillandgivinghelpinghandtoothers.TherestaurantwillorganizeseriesofactivitiesandalsocooperatewiththelocalLeiFengMemorialHalltofurtherpromoteLeiFeng'sspirits.AttheentrancetotherestaurantstandstwobigLei-likestatuesandtheinteriorisdecoratedwithLei'scartoonportraitsandquotesfromhisdiary,withhispoemsplayinginthebackground.

  Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)AnexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,alsocommonlyknownasSeth,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.CalledAl'écolebuissonnière,theexhibitionfeaturesacollectionofMalland'sworksthatcanbefoundinthestreetsofoneofthelastworking-classneighborhoodsincentralShanghai.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)"Throughoutmychildhood,IdreamedaboutescapingtoChina,upuntil1999whenIwentthereforthefirsttime.Iwouldreturnmanytimesthereafter,forpersonalandartisticprojectsbecauseChina,andespeciallyShanghai,becamemorethanjustanexoticdestination-itbecameoneofmymainsourcesofinspiration,"saidMalland."ThisexhibitionrepresentsmydreamofChina,intimatelylinkedtochildhoodandauniversalneedtoescapeinaworldthatisincreasinglyincomprehensible."Visitorstakephotosoftheartworksattheexhibition.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)BorninParisin1972,MallandrosetofameinShanghaiwithhispaintingsofchildrenonthewallsindifferentpartsofthecity.Hestartedpaintingonwallsinthemid-1990sandhassince2003beentouringtheworldtointeractwithstreetartistsfromdifferentcultures.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)

  TwobigLeiFeng-likestatuesstandattheentrancetoaKentuckyFriedChickenrestaurantinChangsha,HunanProvince,March3,2019.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)KentuckyFriedChickenhaslaunchedanewthemedbranchinhonorofLeiFeng,alegendarysoldiercelebratedinChinaforhisselflessnessandmodesty,inhishometownChangsha,HunanProvince.TherestaurantopenedonSunday,twodaysbeforetheofficialremembrancedaymarkedacrossthecountryeveryyearonMarch5whenpeoplecelebratehisspiritsbyshowinggoodwillandgivinghelpinghandtoothers.TherestaurantwillorganizeseriesofactivitiesandalsocooperatewiththelocalLeiFengMemorialHalltofurtherpromoteLeiFeng'sspirits.AttheentrancetotherestaurantstandstwobigLei-likestatuesandtheinteriorisdecoratedwithLei'scartoonportraitsandquotesfromhisdiary,withhispoemsplayinginthebackground.AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  Special:TravelerswalkinastreetinHepingtown,FujianProvince.(PHOTOBYYANGFEIYUE/CHINADAILY)Visitorspackedthenarrow,cobblestonelanesofancientHepingtowninearlyFebruary.LocatedinEastChina'sFujianProvince,HepingturnedintoatourismhotspotduringtheSpringFestivalholiday,whichtookplacelastweek.SomeposedforphotoswithancientbuildingsdatingbacktotheMingandQingdynasties(1368-1911),whileotherswerebusypurchasinglocalspecialtiesandsnackingatthefoodstandsonthestreets.Peoplehadtobereallycarefultonotsteponothers'feetwhiletakinginthepastoralcharmofthetown.ThroughoutHeping,liondances,drumbeatingandghost-repellingshowsweredemandingvisitors'attention."Wehaveseendailytouristnumberspeakat20,000,"saysKeJing,anofficialwiththetowngovernment.Thetownhiredroughly50localstogivefolkcustomperformancesforvisitorsduringtheSpringFestivalholiday.Aboutsixshowswerepresentedeachdayduringtheweeklongholidaytoenabletravelerstobetterenjoylocaltraditions,Keadds.Moreover,agourmetfoodstreetfeaturingdistinctivelocalsnacks,aswellasachildren'samusementzone,wasestablishedtospiceupthevisitorexperience.FuHaiyingwasbusydolingoutporridgemadeoflotusseedandlilybulbpowderneartheentranceoftheancienttown.Everybowloftheporridgewasmadeonspottoensureittastedjustright."Businessisgreatthesedays,"Fusays.Thewoman,inher50s,startedsellingtheporridgeduringmajorholidaysabouttwoyearsago."Isawmorepeoplecomingtovisitandmyneighborshavebeenmakingmoneybypeddlingthingstothem,"Fusays.Shehadtoraisetwodaughtersbyherselfadecadeagoandusedtoreceivegovernmentsubsidiestokeepherfamily'sheadabovewater.Now,Fucanmake3,000yuanduringtheNationalDayandSpringFestivalholidays.

  TwobigLeiFeng-likestatuesstandattheentrancetoaKentuckyFriedChickenrestaurantinChangsha,HunanProvince,March3,2019.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)KentuckyFriedChickenhaslaunchedanewthemedbranchinhonorofLeiFeng,alegendarysoldiercelebratedinChinaforhisselflessnessandmodesty,inhishometownChangsha,HunanProvince.TherestaurantopenedonSunday,twodaysbeforetheofficialremembrancedaymarkedacrossthecountryeveryyearonMarch5whenpeoplecelebratehisspiritsbyshowinggoodwillandgivinghelpinghandtoothers.TherestaurantwillorganizeseriesofactivitiesandalsocooperatewiththelocalLeiFengMemorialHalltofurtherpromoteLeiFeng'sspirits.AttheentrancetotherestaurantstandstwobigLei-likestatuesandtheinteriorisdecoratedwithLei'scartoonportraitsandquotesfromhisdiary,withhispoemsplayinginthebackground.Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)

  Special:TravelerswalkinastreetinHepingtown,FujianProvince.(PHOTOBYYANGFEIYUE/CHINADAILY)Visitorspackedthenarrow,cobblestonelanesofancientHepingtowninearlyFebruary.LocatedinEastChina'sFujianProvince,HepingturnedintoatourismhotspotduringtheSpringFestivalholiday,whichtookplacelastweek.SomeposedforphotoswithancientbuildingsdatingbacktotheMingandQingdynasties(1368-1911),whileotherswerebusypurchasinglocalspecialtiesandsnackingatthefoodstandsonthestreets.Peoplehadtobereallycarefultonotsteponothers'feetwhiletakinginthepastoralcharmofthetown.ThroughoutHeping,liondances,drumbeatingandghost-repellingshowsweredemandingvisitors'attention."Wehaveseendailytouristnumberspeakat20,000,"saysKeJing,anofficialwiththetowngovernment.Thetownhiredroughly50localstogivefolkcustomperformancesforvisitorsduringtheSpringFestivalholiday.Aboutsixshowswerepresentedeachdayduringtheweeklongholidaytoenabletravelerstobetterenjoylocaltraditions,Keadds.Moreover,agourmetfoodstreetfeaturingdistinctivelocalsnacks,aswellasachildren'samusementzone,wasestablishedtospiceupthevisitorexperience.FuHaiyingwasbusydolingoutporridgemadeoflotusseedandlilybulbpowderneartheentranceoftheancienttown.Everybowloftheporridgewasmadeonspottoensureittastedjustright."Businessisgreatthesedays,"Fusays.Thewoman,inher50s,startedsellingtheporridgeduringmajorholidaysabouttwoyearsago."Isawmorepeoplecomingtovisitandmyneighborshavebeenmakingmoneybypeddlingthingstothem,"Fusays.Shehadtoraisetwodaughtersbyherselfadecadeagoandusedtoreceivegovernmentsubsidiestokeepherfamily'sheadabovewater.Now,Fucanmake3,000yuanduringtheNationalDayandSpringFestivalholidays.TwobigLeiFeng-likestatuesstandattheentrancetoaKentuckyFriedChickenrestaurantinChangsha,HunanProvince,March3,2019.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)KentuckyFriedChickenhaslaunchedanewthemedbranchinhonorofLeiFeng,alegendarysoldiercelebratedinChinaforhisselflessnessandmodesty,inhishometownChangsha,HunanProvince.TherestaurantopenedonSunday,twodaysbeforetheofficialremembrancedaymarkedacrossthecountryeveryyearonMarch5whenpeoplecelebratehisspiritsbyshowinggoodwillandgivinghelpinghandtoothers.TherestaurantwillorganizeseriesofactivitiesandalsocooperatewiththelocalLeiFengMemorialHalltofurtherpromoteLeiFeng'sspirits.AttheentrancetotherestaurantstandstwobigLei-likestatuesandtheinteriorisdecoratedwithLei'scartoonportraitsandquotesfromhisdiary,withhispoemsplayinginthebackground.AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  

  AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)TwobigLeiFeng-likestatuesstandattheentrancetoaKentuckyFriedChickenrestaurantinChangsha,HunanProvince,March3,2019.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)KentuckyFriedChickenhaslaunchedanewthemedbranchinhonorofLeiFeng,alegendarysoldiercelebratedinChinaforhisselflessnessandmodesty,inhishometownChangsha,HunanProvince.TherestaurantopenedonSunday,twodaysbeforetheofficialremembrancedaymarkedacrossthecountryeveryyearonMarch5whenpeoplecelebratehisspiritsbyshowinggoodwillandgivinghelpinghandtoothers.TherestaurantwillorganizeseriesofactivitiesandalsocooperatewiththelocalLeiFengMemorialHalltofurtherpromoteLeiFeng'sspirits.AttheentrancetotherestaurantstandstwobigLei-likestatuesandtheinteriorisdecoratedwithLei'scartoonportraitsandquotesfromhisdiary,withhispoemsplayinginthebackground.

  Despiteasluggishworldeconomy,theexpandinggroupofwealthyChinese,especiallymillennials,isshowingabiggerappetiteforluxurytravel,addingabittothemembers'spiritofadventure.AccordingtoTheChineseLuxuryTraveler2017Report-jointlyreleasedonMondaybyShanghai-basedHurunRe-searchInstitute,whichobservestherich,andInternationalLuxuryTravelMarketAsia-theaverageupscaletravelerspent380,000yuan(,855)onfamilytravellastyear,220,000yuanofwhichwasdevotedtoshopping,up57percentyear-on-year.Thisseventhreportreleasedbythetwoorganizationscoverswealthytravelersfrom12Chinesecities.Thesurveypolled334affluentChinesewithanaveragepersonalwealthof22millionyuan.Intermsofaccommodationbudgets,theyoungergeneration,whowereborninthe1980s,hadabudget3,325yuanhigherthanothers,up7percentfrom2015.However,privateshort-stayrentals,likethoseprovidedthroughAirbnb,hadnotwonequalfavoramongwealthyChinesetourists.Whenaskediftheywouldconsidersuchservice,28percentofthosesurveyedsaidnoand10percentsaiditwashighlyunlikely.Another31percentshowedaneutralattitude.Thelackoftop-tierservicesattheprivateresidencesisthemainreasonfortheluxurytravelers'indifference.Adventuretravelwillbethethemeinthenextthreeyears,accordingtothesurvey,witharound-the-worldtravel,polarexpeditionsandoutdooradventuresthemostpopular.Thegenerationborninthe1980sshowsgreaterinterestintheseareas.About36percentoftheseyoung,wealthytouristsplantovisitAfricain2017,upfromthe23percentin2016.Meanwhile,32percentofthemexpecttoflytopolarareasthisyear,upfromthe17percentayearearlier.AccordingtoHHTravel,aluxurytravelbrandunderChina'slargestonlinetravelagencyCtrip,thenumberofconsumersinterestedinpolartripswithanaveragepersonalwealthofatleast10millionyuanhasgrownsince2014.Meanwhile,travelpackageswhichincludehuntinginAfricapromisesroomforgrowthamongwealthyChinese.AndyEdwards,globaldirectorofbrandandmarketingcommunicationsoftravelbookingfirmAgoda,alsoagreedthatwealthyChinesetravelersseekadventurous,undiscovereddestinationsratherthangoingtocommonrecreationalresorts."Asthesehigh-endtravelersbecomeincreasinglyindependentintermsofwealth,costconsiderationsweighlessheavilyandtheyareabletotravelmorefreelytotheplacestheyfavorthemost,"saidRupertHoogewerf,chairmanandchiefresearcherofHurunResearchInstitute."Thesechoicesarehighlysignificant,astheyoftensetthetrendforfuturewavesoftourism,withthesehigh-endpioneerssettingthebenchmark,"hesaid.  AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)AnexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,alsocommonlyknownasSeth,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.CalledAl'écolebuissonnière,theexhibitionfeaturesacollectionofMalland'sworksthatcanbefoundinthestreetsofoneofthelastworking-classneighborhoodsincentralShanghai.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)"Throughoutmychildhood,IdreamedaboutescapingtoChina,upuntil1999whenIwentthereforthefirsttime.Iwouldreturnmanytimesthereafter,forpersonalandartisticprojectsbecauseChina,andespeciallyShanghai,becamemorethanjustanexoticdestination-itbecameoneofmymainsourcesofinspiration,"saidMalland."ThisexhibitionrepresentsmydreamofChina,intimatelylinkedtochildhoodandauniversalneedtoescapeinaworldthatisincreasinglyincomprehensible."Visitorstakephotosoftheartworksattheexhibition.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)BorninParisin1972,MallandrosetofameinShanghaiwithhispaintingsofchildrenonthewallsindifferentpartsofthecity.Hestartedpaintingonwallsinthemid-1990sandhassince2003beentouringtheworldtointeractwithstreetartistsfromdifferentcultures.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)

  Special:TravelerswalkinastreetinHepingtown,FujianProvince.(PHOTOBYYANGFEIYUE/CHINADAILY)Visitorspackedthenarrow,cobblestonelanesofancientHepingtowninearlyFebruary.LocatedinEastChina'sFujianProvince,HepingturnedintoatourismhotspotduringtheSpringFestivalholiday,whichtookplacelastweek.SomeposedforphotoswithancientbuildingsdatingbacktotheMingandQingdynasties(1368-1911),whileotherswerebusypurchasinglocalspecialtiesandsnackingatthefoodstandsonthestreets.Peoplehadtobereallycarefultonotsteponothers'feetwhiletakinginthepastoralcharmofthetown.ThroughoutHeping,liondances,drumbeatingandghost-repellingshowsweredemandingvisitors'attention."Wehaveseendailytouristnumberspeakat20,000,"saysKeJing,anofficialwiththetowngovernment.Thetownhiredroughly50localstogivefolkcustomperformancesforvisitorsduringtheSpringFestivalholiday.Aboutsixshowswerepresentedeachdayduringtheweeklongholidaytoenabletravelerstobetterenjoylocaltraditions,Keadds.Moreover,agourmetfoodstreetfeaturingdistinctivelocalsnacks,aswellasachildren'samusementzone,wasestablishedtospiceupthevisitorexperience.FuHaiyingwasbusydolingoutporridgemadeoflotusseedandlilybulbpowderneartheentranceoftheancienttown.Everybowloftheporridgewasmadeonspottoensureittastedjustright."Businessisgreatthesedays,"Fusays.Thewoman,inher50s,startedsellingtheporridgeduringmajorholidaysabouttwoyearsago."Isawmorepeoplecomingtovisitandmyneighborshavebeenmakingmoneybypeddlingthingstothem,"Fusays.Shehadtoraisetwodaughtersbyherselfadecadeagoandusedtoreceivegovernmentsubsidiestokeepherfamily'sheadabovewater.Now,Fucanmake3,000yuanduringtheNationalDayandSpringFestivalholidays.Aposteroftheexhibition,500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichfeatures60Westernmasterpiecesfromthe16thcenturytothe20thatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghaithroughApril.(PhotoprovidedtoChinaDaily)MasterpiecesofWesternartfromthe16thcenturytothe20tharecurrentlyondisplayatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghai.Theexhibition,titled500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,features60artworksbymasterssuchasPabloPicasso,PaulCezanneandEdouardManet.AllthepieceswereselectedfromthecollectionoftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichwasfoundedin1983byJapanesephilosopherDaisakuIkeda.TheexhibitsattheChinashowhavebeenarrangedaccordingtotimeperiodsorthemes,fromtheRenaissancetoBaroque,rococo,realism,impressionism,modernismandpostmodernism.Thisistheexhibition'ssecondappearanceinthecountry,followingitsfirststopatTsinghuaUniversity'sArtMuseuminBeijingfromOctobertoDecember,whichdrewover120,000visitors."TheexhibitionwillpromoteculturalexchangesbetweenChinaandJapanasacelebrationofthe40thanniversaryoftheSino-JapaneseTreatyofPeaceandFriendshipsignedinAugust1978,"DengXiaoxian,vice-presidentoftheShanghaiInternationalCulturalAssociation,says.AkiraGokita,directoroftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,sayshehopesvisitorscanlearnmoreaboutWesternartandhistorythroughthisexhibition.ArtbuffscanlookforwardtoviewingPortraitofaProcuratorbyGiovanniBelliniandPortraitofCollectorbyTintoretto,twosignificantworksofthe16thcentury.SmokerbyGeorgesdeLaTour,aworkfromthe17thcentury,agoldenageofart,isalsoonshow.Thepieceisoneof40originalworksintheworld.Thosefondofrococo-stylepaintingsfromthe18thcenturywillgettoviewTheTriumphofVenusbyFrancoisBoucher,akeyhighlightoftheexhibition,saysKenichiHirano,curatoroftheTokyomuseum.AnotherhighlightistheneoclassicalmasterpieceBonaparteCrossingtheGreatSt.BernardthatdepictsNapoleon.Othercelebratedworks,includingDovebyPicasso,ClaudeMonet'sWaterLiliesandPierre-AugusteRenoir'scollection,whichillustratesfemininebeauty,arealsoonshow.TheexhibitionrunsthroughApril30,thoughsomeartworks,includingPromenadebyManetandBertheMorisot'sOntheTerrace,willonlybeondisplayjustuntiltheendofMarch.TwobigLeiFeng-likestatuesstandattheentrancetoaKentuckyFriedChickenrestaurantinChangsha,HunanProvince,March3,2019.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)KentuckyFriedChickenhaslaunchedanewthemedbranchinhonorofLeiFeng,alegendarysoldiercelebratedinChinaforhisselflessnessandmodesty,inhishometownChangsha,HunanProvince.TherestaurantopenedonSunday,twodaysbeforetheofficialremembrancedaymarkedacrossthecountryeveryyearonMarch5whenpeoplecelebratehisspiritsbyshowinggoodwillandgivinghelpinghandtoothers.TherestaurantwillorganizeseriesofactivitiesandalsocooperatewiththelocalLeiFengMemorialHalltofurtherpromoteLeiFeng'sspirits.AttheentrancetotherestaurantstandstwobigLei-likestatuesandtheinteriorisdecoratedwithLei'scartoonportraitsandquotesfromhisdiary,withhispoemsplayinginthebackground.

  Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)TwobigLeiFeng-likestatuesstandattheentrancetoaKentuckyFriedChickenrestaurantinChangsha,HunanProvince,March3,2019.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)KentuckyFriedChickenhaslaunchedanewthemedbranchinhonorofLeiFeng,alegendarysoldiercelebratedinChinaforhisselflessnessandmodesty,inhishometownChangsha,HunanProvince.TherestaurantopenedonSunday,twodaysbeforetheofficialremembrancedaymarkedacrossthecountryeveryyearonMarch5whenpeoplecelebratehisspiritsbyshowinggoodwillandgivinghelpinghandtoothers.TherestaurantwillorganizeseriesofactivitiesandalsocooperatewiththelocalLeiFengMemorialHalltofurtherpromoteLeiFeng'sspirits.AttheentrancetotherestaurantstandstwobigLei-likestatuesandtheinteriorisdecoratedwithLei'scartoonportraitsandquotesfromhisdiary,withhispoemsplayinginthebackground.Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)

  ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  

  Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)AnexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,alsocommonlyknownasSeth,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.CalledAl'écolebuissonnière,theexhibitionfeaturesacollectionofMalland'sworksthatcanbefoundinthestreetsofoneofthelastworking-classneighborhoodsincentralShanghai.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)"Throughoutmychildhood,IdreamedaboutescapingtoChina,upuntil1999whenIwentthereforthefirsttime.Iwouldreturnmanytimesthereafter,forpersonalandartisticprojectsbecauseChina,andespeciallyShanghai,becamemorethanjustanexoticdestination-itbecameoneofmymainsourcesofinspiration,"saidMalland."ThisexhibitionrepresentsmydreamofChina,intimatelylinkedtochildhoodandauniversalneedtoescapeinaworldthatisincreasinglyincomprehensible."Visitorstakephotosoftheartworksattheexhibition.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)BorninParisin1972,MallandrosetofameinShanghaiwithhispaintingsofchildrenonthewallsindifferentpartsofthecity.Hestartedpaintingonwallsinthemid-1990sandhassince2003beentouringtheworldtointeractwithstreetartistsfromdifferentcultures.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)Despiteasluggishworldeconomy,theexpandinggroupofwealthyChinese,especiallymillennials,isshowingabiggerappetiteforluxurytravel,addingabittothemembers'spiritofadventure.AccordingtoTheChineseLuxuryTraveler2017Report-jointlyreleasedonMondaybyShanghai-basedHurunRe-searchInstitute,whichobservestherich,andInternationalLuxuryTravelMarketAsia-theaverageupscaletravelerspent380,000yuan(,855)onfamilytravellastyear,220,000yuanofwhichwasdevotedtoshopping,up57percentyear-on-year.Thisseventhreportreleasedbythetwoorganizationscoverswealthytravelersfrom12Chinesecities.Thesurveypolled334affluentChinesewithanaveragepersonalwealthof22millionyuan.Intermsofaccommodationbudgets,theyoungergeneration,whowereborninthe1980s,hadabudget3,325yuanhigherthanothers,up7percentfrom2015.However,privateshort-stayrentals,likethoseprovidedthroughAirbnb,hadnotwonequalfavoramongwealthyChinesetourists.Whenaskediftheywouldconsidersuchservice,28percentofthosesurveyedsaidnoand10percentsaiditwashighlyunlikely.Another31percentshowedaneutralattitude.Thelackoftop-tierservicesattheprivateresidencesisthemainreasonfortheluxurytravelers'indifference.Adventuretravelwillbethethemeinthenextthreeyears,accordingtothesurvey,witharound-the-worldtravel,polarexpeditionsandoutdooradventuresthemostpopular.Thegenerationborninthe1980sshowsgreaterinterestintheseareas.About36percentoftheseyoung,wealthytouristsplantovisitAfricain2017,upfromthe23percentin2016.Meanwhile,32percentofthemexpecttoflytopolarareasthisyear,upfromthe17percentayearearlier.AccordingtoHHTravel,aluxurytravelbrandunderChina'slargestonlinetravelagencyCtrip,thenumberofconsumersinterestedinpolartripswithanaveragepersonalwealthofatleast10millionyuanhasgrownsince2014.Meanwhile,travelpackageswhichincludehuntinginAfricapromisesroomforgrowthamongwealthyChinese.AndyEdwards,globaldirectorofbrandandmarketingcommunicationsoftravelbookingfirmAgoda,alsoagreedthatwealthyChinesetravelersseekadventurous,undiscovereddestinationsratherthangoingtocommonrecreationalresorts."Asthesehigh-endtravelersbecomeincreasinglyindependentintermsofwealth,costconsiderationsweighlessheavilyandtheyareabletotravelmorefreelytotheplacestheyfavorthemost,"saidRupertHoogewerf,chairmanandchiefresearcherofHurunResearchInstitute."Thesechoicesarehighlysignificant,astheyoftensetthetrendforfuturewavesoftourism,withthesehigh-endpioneerssettingthebenchmark,"hesaid.  

  Aposteroftheexhibition,500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichfeatures60Westernmasterpiecesfromthe16thcenturytothe20thatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghaithroughApril.(PhotoprovidedtoChinaDaily)MasterpiecesofWesternartfromthe16thcenturytothe20tharecurrentlyondisplayatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghai.Theexhibition,titled500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,features60artworksbymasterssuchasPabloPicasso,PaulCezanneandEdouardManet.AllthepieceswereselectedfromthecollectionoftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichwasfoundedin1983byJapanesephilosopherDaisakuIkeda.TheexhibitsattheChinashowhavebeenarrangedaccordingtotimeperiodsorthemes,fromtheRenaissancetoBaroque,rococo,realism,impressionism,modernismandpostmodernism.Thisistheexhibition'ssecondappearanceinthecountry,followingitsfirststopatTsinghuaUniversity'sArtMuseuminBeijingfromOctobertoDecember,whichdrewover120,000visitors."TheexhibitionwillpromoteculturalexchangesbetweenChinaandJapanasacelebrationofthe40thanniversaryoftheSino-JapaneseTreatyofPeaceandFriendshipsignedinAugust1978,"DengXiaoxian,vice-presidentoftheShanghaiInternationalCulturalAssociation,says.AkiraGokita,directoroftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,sayshehopesvisitorscanlearnmoreaboutWesternartandhistorythroughthisexhibition.ArtbuffscanlookforwardtoviewingPortraitofaProcuratorbyGiovanniBelliniandPortraitofCollectorbyTintoretto,twosignificantworksofthe16thcentury.SmokerbyGeorgesdeLaTour,aworkfromthe17thcentury,agoldenageofart,isalsoonshow.Thepieceisoneof40originalworksintheworld.Thosefondofrococo-stylepaintingsfromthe18thcenturywillgettoviewTheTriumphofVenusbyFrancoisBoucher,akeyhighlightoftheexhibition,saysKenichiHirano,curatoroftheTokyomuseum.AnotherhighlightistheneoclassicalmasterpieceBonaparteCrossingtheGreatSt.BernardthatdepictsNapoleon.Othercelebratedworks,includingDovebyPicasso,ClaudeMonet'sWaterLiliesandPierre-AugusteRenoir'scollection,whichillustratesfemininebeauty,arealsoonshow.TheexhibitionrunsthroughApril30,thoughsomeartworks,includingPromenadebyManetandBertheMorisot'sOntheTerrace,willonlybeondisplayjustuntiltheendofMarch.Despiteasluggishworldeconomy,theexpandinggroupofwealthyChinese,especiallymillennials,isshowingabiggerappetiteforluxurytravel,addingabittothemembers'spiritofadventure.AccordingtoTheChineseLuxuryTraveler2017Report-jointlyreleasedonMondaybyShanghai-basedHurunRe-searchInstitute,whichobservestherich,andInternationalLuxuryTravelMarketAsia-theaverageupscaletravelerspent380,000yuan(,855)onfamilytravellastyear,220,000yuanofwhichwasdevotedtoshopping,up57percentyear-on-year.Thisseventhreportreleasedbythetwoorganizationscoverswealthytravelersfrom12Chinesecities.Thesurveypolled334affluentChinesewithanaveragepersonalwealthof22millionyuan.Intermsofaccommodationbudgets,theyoungergeneration,whowereborninthe1980s,hadabudget3,325yuanhigherthanothers,up7percentfrom2015.However,privateshort-stayrentals,likethoseprovidedthroughAirbnb,hadnotwonequalfavoramongwealthyChinesetourists.Whenaskediftheywouldconsidersuchservice,28percentofthosesurveyedsaidnoand10percentsaiditwashighlyunlikely.Another31percentshowedaneutralattitude.Thelackoftop-tierservicesattheprivateresidencesisthemainreasonfortheluxurytravelers'indifference.Adventuretravelwillbethethemeinthenextthreeyears,accordingtothesurvey,witharound-the-worldtravel,polarexpeditionsandoutdooradventuresthemostpopular.Thegenerationborninthe1980sshowsgreaterinterestintheseareas.About36percentoftheseyoung,wealthytouristsplantovisitAfricain2017,upfromthe23percentin2016.Meanwhile,32percentofthemexpecttoflytopolarareasthisyear,upfromthe17percentayearearlier.AccordingtoHHTravel,aluxurytravelbrandunderChina'slargestonlinetravelagencyCtrip,thenumberofconsumersinterestedinpolartripswithanaveragepersonalwealthofatleast10millionyuanhasgrownsince2014.Meanwhile,travelpackageswhichincludehuntinginAfricapromisesroomforgrowthamongwealthyChinese.AndyEdwards,globaldirectorofbrandandmarketingcommunicationsoftravelbookingfirmAgoda,alsoagreedthatwealthyChinesetravelersseekadventurous,undiscovereddestinationsratherthangoingtocommonrecreationalresorts."Asthesehigh-endtravelersbecomeincreasinglyindependentintermsofwealth,costconsiderationsweighlessheavilyandtheyareabletotravelmorefreelytotheplacestheyfavorthemost,"saidRupertHoogewerf,chairmanandchiefresearcherofHurunResearchInstitute."Thesechoicesarehighlysignificant,astheyoftensetthetrendforfuturewavesoftourism,withthesehigh-endpioneerssettingthebenchmark,"hesaid.  Despiteasluggishworldeconomy,theexpandinggroupofwealthyChinese,especiallymillennials,isshowingabiggerappetiteforluxurytravel,addingabittothemembers'spiritofadventure.AccordingtoTheChineseLuxuryTraveler2017Report-jointlyreleasedonMondaybyShanghai-basedHurunRe-searchInstitute,whichobservestherich,andInternationalLuxuryTravelMarketAsia-theaverageupscaletravelerspent380,000yuan(,855)onfamilytravellastyear,220,000yuanofwhichwasdevotedtoshopping,up57percentyear-on-year.Thisseventhreportreleasedbythetwoorganizationscoverswealthytravelersfrom12Chinesecities.Thesurveypolled334affluentChinesewithanaveragepersonalwealthof22millionyuan.Intermsofaccommodationbudgets,theyoungergeneration,whowereborninthe1980s,hadabudget3,325yuanhigherthanothers,up7percentfrom2015.However,privateshort-stayrentals,likethoseprovidedthroughAirbnb,hadnotwonequalfavoramongwealthyChinesetourists.Whenaskediftheywouldconsidersuchservice,28percentofthosesurveyedsaidnoand10percentsaiditwashighlyunlikely.Another31percentshowedaneutralattitude.Thelackoftop-tierservicesattheprivateresidencesisthemainreasonfortheluxurytravelers'indifference.Adventuretravelwillbethethemeinthenextthreeyears,accordingtothesurvey,witharound-the-worldtravel,polarexpeditionsandoutdooradventuresthemostpopular.Thegenerationborninthe1980sshowsgreaterinterestintheseareas.About36percentoftheseyoung,wealthytouristsplantovisitAfricain2017,upfromthe23percentin2016.Meanwhile,32percentofthemexpecttoflytopolarareasthisyear,upfromthe17percentayearearlier.AccordingtoHHTravel,aluxurytravelbrandunderChina'slargestonlinetravelagencyCtrip,thenumberofconsumersinterestedinpolartripswithanaveragepersonalwealthofatleast10millionyuanhasgrownsince2014.Meanwhile,travelpackageswhichincludehuntinginAfricapromisesroomforgrowthamongwealthyChinese.AndyEdwards,globaldirectorofbrandandmarketingcommunicationsoftravelbookingfirmAgoda,alsoagreedthatwealthyChinesetravelersseekadventurous,undiscovereddestinationsratherthangoingtocommonrecreationalresorts."Asthesehigh-endtravelersbecomeincreasinglyindependentintermsofwealth,costconsiderationsweighlessheavilyandtheyareabletotravelmorefreelytotheplacestheyfavorthemost,"saidRupertHoogewerf,chairmanandchiefresearcherofHurunResearchInstitute."Thesechoicesarehighlysignificant,astheyoftensetthetrendforfuturewavesoftourism,withthesehigh-endpioneerssettingthebenchmark,"hesaid.  

  AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  Special:TravelerswalkinastreetinHepingtown,FujianProvince.(PHOTOBYYANGFEIYUE/CHINADAILY)Visitorspackedthenarrow,cobblestonelanesofancientHepingtowninearlyFebruary.LocatedinEastChina'sFujianProvince,HepingturnedintoatourismhotspotduringtheSpringFestivalholiday,whichtookplacelastweek.SomeposedforphotoswithancientbuildingsdatingbacktotheMingandQingdynasties(1368-1911),whileotherswerebusypurchasinglocalspecialtiesandsnackingatthefoodstandsonthestreets.Peoplehadtobereallycarefultonotsteponothers'feetwhiletakinginthepastoralcharmofthetown.ThroughoutHeping,liondances,drumbeatingandghost-repellingshowsweredemandingvisitors'attention."Wehaveseendailytouristnumberspeakat20,000,"saysKeJing,anofficialwiththetowngovernment.Thetownhiredroughly50localstogivefolkcustomperformancesforvisitorsduringtheSpringFestivalholiday.Aboutsixshowswerepresentedeachdayduringtheweeklongholidaytoenabletravelerstobetterenjoylocaltraditions,Keadds.Moreover,agourmetfoodstreetfeaturingdistinctivelocalsnacks,aswellasachildren'samusementzone,wasestablishedtospiceupthevisitorexperience.FuHaiyingwasbusydolingoutporridgemadeoflotusseedandlilybulbpowderneartheentranceoftheancienttown.Everybowloftheporridgewasmadeonspottoensureittastedjustright."Businessisgreatthesedays,"Fusays.Thewoman,inher50s,startedsellingtheporridgeduringmajorholidaysabouttwoyearsago."Isawmorepeoplecomingtovisitandmyneighborshavebeenmakingmoneybypeddlingthingstothem,"Fusays.Shehadtoraisetwodaughtersbyherselfadecadeagoandusedtoreceivegovernmentsubsidiestokeepherfamily'sheadabovewater.Now,Fucanmake3,000yuanduringtheNationalDayandSpringFestivalholidays.Aposteroftheexhibition,500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichfeatures60Westernmasterpiecesfromthe16thcenturytothe20thatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghaithroughApril.(PhotoprovidedtoChinaDaily)MasterpiecesofWesternartfromthe16thcenturytothe20tharecurrentlyondisplayatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghai.Theexhibition,titled500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,features60artworksbymasterssuchasPabloPicasso,PaulCezanneandEdouardManet.AllthepieceswereselectedfromthecollectionoftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichwasfoundedin1983byJapanesephilosopherDaisakuIkeda.TheexhibitsattheChinashowhavebeenarrangedaccordingtotimeperiodsorthemes,fromtheRenaissancetoBaroque,rococo,realism,impressionism,modernismandpostmodernism.Thisistheexhibition'ssecondappearanceinthecountry,followingitsfirststopatTsinghuaUniversity'sArtMuseuminBeijingfromOctobertoDecember,whichdrewover120,000visitors."TheexhibitionwillpromoteculturalexchangesbetweenChinaandJapanasacelebrationofthe40thanniversaryoftheSino-JapaneseTreatyofPeaceandFriendshipsignedinAugust1978,"DengXiaoxian,vice-presidentoftheShanghaiInternationalCulturalAssociation,says.AkiraGokita,directoroftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,sayshehopesvisitorscanlearnmoreaboutWesternartandhistorythroughthisexhibition.ArtbuffscanlookforwardtoviewingPortraitofaProcuratorbyGiovanniBelliniandPortraitofCollectorbyTintoretto,twosignificantworksofthe16thcentury.SmokerbyGeorgesdeLaTour,aworkfromthe17thcentury,agoldenageofart,isalsoonshow.Thepieceisoneof40originalworksintheworld.Thosefondofrococo-stylepaintingsfromthe18thcenturywillgettoviewTheTriumphofVenusbyFrancoisBoucher,akeyhighlightoftheexhibition,saysKenichiHirano,curatoroftheTokyomuseum.AnotherhighlightistheneoclassicalmasterpieceBonaparteCrossingtheGreatSt.BernardthatdepictsNapoleon.Othercelebratedworks,includingDovebyPicasso,ClaudeMonet'sWaterLiliesandPierre-AugusteRenoir'scollection,whichillustratesfemininebeauty,arealsoonshow.TheexhibitionrunsthroughApril30,thoughsomeartworks,includingPromenadebyManetandBertheMorisot'sOntheTerrace,willonlybeondisplayjustuntiltheendofMarch.

  Aposteroftheexhibition,500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichfeatures60Westernmasterpiecesfromthe16thcenturytothe20thatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghaithroughApril.(PhotoprovidedtoChinaDaily)MasterpiecesofWesternartfromthe16thcenturytothe20tharecurrentlyondisplayatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghai.Theexhibition,titled500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,features60artworksbymasterssuchasPabloPicasso,PaulCezanneandEdouardManet.AllthepieceswereselectedfromthecollectionoftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichwasfoundedin1983byJapanesephilosopherDaisakuIkeda.TheexhibitsattheChinashowhavebeenarrangedaccordingtotimeperiodsorthemes,fromtheRenaissancetoBaroque,rococo,realism,impressionism,modernismandpostmodernism.Thisistheexhibition'ssecondappearanceinthecountry,followingitsfirststopatTsinghuaUniversity'sArtMuseuminBeijingfromOctobertoDecember,whichdrewover120,000visitors."TheexhibitionwillpromoteculturalexchangesbetweenChinaandJapanasacelebrationofthe40thanniversaryoftheSino-JapaneseTreatyofPeaceandFriendshipsignedinAugust1978,"DengXiaoxian,vice-presidentoftheShanghaiInternationalCulturalAssociation,says.AkiraGokita,directoroftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,sayshehopesvisitorscanlearnmoreaboutWesternartandhistorythroughthisexhibition.ArtbuffscanlookforwardtoviewingPortraitofaProcuratorbyGiovanniBelliniandPortraitofCollectorbyTintoretto,twosignificantworksofthe16thcentury.SmokerbyGeorgesdeLaTour,aworkfromthe17thcentury,agoldenageofart,isalsoonshow.Thepieceisoneof40originalworksintheworld.Thosefondofrococo-stylepaintingsfromthe18thcenturywillgettoviewTheTriumphofVenusbyFrancoisBoucher,akeyhighlightoftheexhibition,saysKenichiHirano,curatoroftheTokyomuseum.AnotherhighlightistheneoclassicalmasterpieceBonaparteCrossingtheGreatSt.BernardthatdepictsNapoleon.Othercelebratedworks,includingDovebyPicasso,ClaudeMonet'sWaterLiliesandPierre-AugusteRenoir'scollection,whichillustratesfemininebeauty,arealsoonshow.TheexhibitionrunsthroughApril30,thoughsomeartworks,includingPromenadebyManetandBertheMorisot'sOntheTerrace,willonlybeondisplayjustuntiltheendofMarch.Special:TravelerswalkinastreetinHepingtown,FujianProvince.(PHOTOBYYANGFEIYUE/CHINADAILY)Visitorspackedthenarrow,cobblestonelanesofancientHepingtowninearlyFebruary.LocatedinEastChina'sFujianProvince,HepingturnedintoatourismhotspotduringtheSpringFestivalholiday,whichtookplacelastweek.SomeposedforphotoswithancientbuildingsdatingbacktotheMingandQingdynasties(1368-1911),whileotherswerebusypurchasinglocalspecialtiesandsnackingatthefoodstandsonthestreets.Peoplehadtobereallycarefultonotsteponothers'feetwhiletakinginthepastoralcharmofthetown.ThroughoutHeping,liondances,drumbeatingandghost-repellingshowsweredemandingvisitors'attention."Wehaveseendailytouristnumberspeakat20,000,"saysKeJing,anofficialwiththetowngovernment.Thetownhiredroughly50localstogivefolkcustomperformancesforvisitorsduringtheSpringFestivalholiday.Aboutsixshowswerepresentedeachdayduringtheweeklongholidaytoenabletravelerstobetterenjoylocaltraditions,Keadds.Moreover,agourmetfoodstreetfeaturingdistinctivelocalsnacks,aswellasachildren'samusementzone,wasestablishedtospiceupthevisitorexperience.FuHaiyingwasbusydolingoutporridgemadeoflotusseedandlilybulbpowderneartheentranceoftheancienttown.Everybowloftheporridgewasmadeonspottoensureittastedjustright."Businessisgreatthesedays,"Fusays.Thewoman,inher50s,startedsellingtheporridgeduringmajorholidaysabouttwoyearsago."Isawmorepeoplecomingtovisitandmyneighborshavebeenmakingmoneybypeddlingthingstothem,"Fusays.Shehadtoraisetwodaughtersbyherselfadecadeagoandusedtoreceivegovernmentsubsidiestokeepherfamily'sheadabovewater.Now,Fucanmake3,000yuanduringtheNationalDayandSpringFestivalholidays.ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)

  ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)AnexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,alsocommonlyknownasSeth,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.CalledAl'écolebuissonnière,theexhibitionfeaturesacollectionofMalland'sworksthatcanbefoundinthestreetsofoneofthelastworking-classneighborhoodsincentralShanghai.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)"Throughoutmychildhood,IdreamedaboutescapingtoChina,upuntil1999whenIwentthereforthefirsttime.Iwouldreturnmanytimesthereafter,forpersonalandartisticprojectsbecauseChina,andespeciallyShanghai,becamemorethanjustanexoticdestination-itbecameoneofmymainsourcesofinspiration,"saidMalland."ThisexhibitionrepresentsmydreamofChina,intimatelylinkedtochildhoodandauniversalneedtoescapeinaworldthatisincreasinglyincomprehensible."Visitorstakephotosoftheartworksattheexhibition.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)BorninParisin1972,MallandrosetofameinShanghaiwithhispaintingsofchildrenonthewallsindifferentpartsofthecity.Hestartedpaintingonwallsinthemid-1990sandhassince2003beentouringtheworldtointeractwithstreetartistsfromdifferentcultures.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  

  AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  

  ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)TwobigLeiFeng-likestatuesstandattheentrancetoaKentuckyFriedChickenrestaurantinChangsha,HunanProvince,March3,2019.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)KentuckyFriedChickenhaslaunchedanewthemedbranchinhonorofLeiFeng,alegendarysoldiercelebratedinChinaforhisselflessnessandmodesty,inhishometownChangsha,HunanProvince.TherestaurantopenedonSunday,twodaysbeforetheofficialremembrancedaymarkedacrossthecountryeveryyearonMarch5whenpeoplecelebratehisspiritsbyshowinggoodwillandgivinghelpinghandtoothers.TherestaurantwillorganizeseriesofactivitiesandalsocooperatewiththelocalLeiFengMemorialHalltofurtherpromoteLeiFeng'sspirits.AttheentrancetotherestaurantstandstwobigLei-likestatuesandtheinteriorisdecoratedwithLei'scartoonportraitsandquotesfromhisdiary,withhispoemsplayinginthebackground.Special:TravelerswalkinastreetinHepingtown,FujianProvince.(PHOTOBYYANGFEIYUE/CHINADAILY)Visitorspackedthenarrow,cobblestonelanesofancientHepingtowninearlyFebruary.LocatedinEastChina'sFujianProvince,HepingturnedintoatourismhotspotduringtheSpringFestivalholiday,whichtookplacelastweek.SomeposedforphotoswithancientbuildingsdatingbacktotheMingandQingdynasties(1368-1911),whileotherswerebusypurchasinglocalspecialtiesandsnackingatthefoodstandsonthestreets.Peoplehadtobereallycarefultonotsteponothers'feetwhiletakinginthepastoralcharmofthetown.ThroughoutHeping,liondances,drumbeatingandghost-repellingshowsweredemandingvisitors'attention."Wehaveseendailytouristnumberspeakat20,000,"saysKeJing,anofficialwiththetowngovernment.Thetownhiredroughly50localstogivefolkcustomperformancesforvisitorsduringtheSpringFestivalholiday.Aboutsixshowswerepresentedeachdayduringtheweeklongholidaytoenabletravelerstobetterenjoylocaltraditions,Keadds.Moreover,agourmetfoodstreetfeaturingdistinctivelocalsnacks,aswellasachildren'samusementzone,wasestablishedtospiceupthevisitorexperience.FuHaiyingwasbusydolingoutporridgemadeoflotusseedandlilybulbpowderneartheentranceoftheancienttown.Everybowloftheporridgewasmadeonspottoensureittastedjustright."Businessisgreatthesedays,"Fusays.Thewoman,inher50s,startedsellingtheporridgeduringmajorholidaysabouttwoyearsago."Isawmorepeoplecomingtovisitandmyneighborshavebeenmakingmoneybypeddlingthingstothem,"Fusays.Shehadtoraisetwodaughtersbyherselfadecadeagoandusedtoreceivegovernmentsubsidiestokeepherfamily'sheadabovewater.Now,Fucanmake3,000yuanduringtheNationalDayandSpringFestivalholidays.

  ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)Special:TravelerswalkinastreetinHepingtown,FujianProvince.(PHOTOBYYANGFEIYUE/CHINADAILY)Visitorspackedthenarrow,cobblestonelanesofancientHepingtowninearlyFebruary.LocatedinEastChina'sFujianProvince,HepingturnedintoatourismhotspotduringtheSpringFestivalholiday,whichtookplacelastweek.SomeposedforphotoswithancientbuildingsdatingbacktotheMingandQingdynasties(1368-1911),whileotherswerebusypurchasinglocalspecialtiesandsnackingatthefoodstandsonthestreets.Peoplehadtobereallycarefultonotsteponothers'feetwhiletakinginthepastoralcharmofthetown.ThroughoutHeping,liondances,drumbeatingandghost-repellingshowsweredemandingvisitors'attention."Wehaveseendailytouristnumberspeakat20,000,"saysKeJing,anofficialwiththetowngovernment.Thetownhiredroughly50localstogivefolkcustomperformancesforvisitorsduringtheSpringFestivalholiday.Aboutsixshowswerepresentedeachdayduringtheweeklongholidaytoenabletravelerstobetterenjoylocaltraditions,Keadds.Moreover,agourmetfoodstreetfeaturingdistinctivelocalsnacks,aswellasachildren'samusementzone,wasestablishedtospiceupthevisitorexperience.FuHaiyingwasbusydolingoutporridgemadeoflotusseedandlilybulbpowderneartheentranceoftheancienttown.Everybowloftheporridgewasmadeonspottoensureittastedjustright."Businessisgreatthesedays,"Fusays.Thewoman,inher50s,startedsellingtheporridgeduringmajorholidaysabouttwoyearsago."Isawmorepeoplecomingtovisitandmyneighborshavebeenmakingmoneybypeddlingthingstothem,"Fusays.Shehadtoraisetwodaughtersbyherselfadecadeagoandusedtoreceivegovernmentsubsidiestokeepherfamily'sheadabovewater.Now,Fucanmake3,000yuanduringtheNationalDayandSpringFestivalholidays.AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  

  Special:TravelerswalkinastreetinHepingtown,FujianProvince.(PHOTOBYYANGFEIYUE/CHINADAILY)Visitorspackedthenarrow,cobblestonelanesofancientHepingtowninearlyFebruary.LocatedinEastChina'sFujianProvince,HepingturnedintoatourismhotspotduringtheSpringFestivalholiday,whichtookplacelastweek.SomeposedforphotoswithancientbuildingsdatingbacktotheMingandQingdynasties(1368-1911),whileotherswerebusypurchasinglocalspecialtiesandsnackingatthefoodstandsonthestreets.Peoplehadtobereallycarefultonotsteponothers'feetwhiletakinginthepastoralcharmofthetown.ThroughoutHeping,liondances,drumbeatingandghost-repellingshowsweredemandingvisitors'attention."Wehaveseendailytouristnumberspeakat20,000,"saysKeJing,anofficialwiththetowngovernment.Thetownhiredroughly50localstogivefolkcustomperformancesforvisitorsduringtheSpringFestivalholiday.Aboutsixshowswerepresentedeachdayduringtheweeklongholidaytoenabletravelerstobetterenjoylocaltraditions,Keadds.Moreover,agourmetfoodstreetfeaturingdistinctivelocalsnacks,aswellasachildren'samusementzone,wasestablishedtospiceupthevisitorexperience.FuHaiyingwasbusydolingoutporridgemadeoflotusseedandlilybulbpowderneartheentranceoftheancienttown.Everybowloftheporridgewasmadeonspottoensureittastedjustright."Businessisgreatthesedays,"Fusays.Thewoman,inher50s,startedsellingtheporridgeduringmajorholidaysabouttwoyearsago."Isawmorepeoplecomingtovisitandmyneighborshavebeenmakingmoneybypeddlingthingstothem,"Fusays.Shehadtoraisetwodaughtersbyherselfadecadeagoandusedtoreceivegovernmentsubsidiestokeepherfamily'sheadabovewater.Now,Fucanmake3,000yuanduringtheNationalDayandSpringFestivalholidays.TwobigLeiFeng-likestatuesstandattheentrancetoaKentuckyFriedChickenrestaurantinChangsha,HunanProvince,March3,2019.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)KentuckyFriedChickenhaslaunchedanewthemedbranchinhonorofLeiFeng,alegendarysoldiercelebratedinChinaforhisselflessnessandmodesty,inhishometownChangsha,HunanProvince.TherestaurantopenedonSunday,twodaysbeforetheofficialremembrancedaymarkedacrossthecountryeveryyearonMarch5whenpeoplecelebratehisspiritsbyshowinggoodwillandgivinghelpinghandtoothers.TherestaurantwillorganizeseriesofactivitiesandalsocooperatewiththelocalLeiFengMemorialHalltofurtherpromoteLeiFeng'sspirits.AttheentrancetotherestaurantstandstwobigLei-likestatuesandtheinteriorisdecoratedwithLei'scartoonportraitsandquotesfromhisdiary,withhispoemsplayinginthebackground.TwobigLeiFeng-likestatuesstandattheentrancetoaKentuckyFriedChickenrestaurantinChangsha,HunanProvince,March3,2019.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)KentuckyFriedChickenhaslaunchedanewthemedbranchinhonorofLeiFeng,alegendarysoldiercelebratedinChinaforhisselflessnessandmodesty,inhishometownChangsha,HunanProvince.TherestaurantopenedonSunday,twodaysbeforetheofficialremembrancedaymarkedacrossthecountryeveryyearonMarch5whenpeoplecelebratehisspiritsbyshowinggoodwillandgivinghelpinghandtoothers.TherestaurantwillorganizeseriesofactivitiesandalsocooperatewiththelocalLeiFengMemorialHalltofurtherpromoteLeiFeng'sspirits.AttheentrancetotherestaurantstandstwobigLei-likestatuesandtheinteriorisdecoratedwithLei'scartoonportraitsandquotesfromhisdiary,withhispoemsplayinginthebackground.

  TwobigLeiFeng-likestatuesstandattheentrancetoaKentuckyFriedChickenrestaurantinChangsha,HunanProvince,March3,2019.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)KentuckyFriedChickenhaslaunchedanewthemedbranchinhonorofLeiFeng,alegendarysoldiercelebratedinChinaforhisselflessnessandmodesty,inhishometownChangsha,HunanProvince.TherestaurantopenedonSunday,twodaysbeforetheofficialremembrancedaymarkedacrossthecountryeveryyearonMarch5whenpeoplecelebratehisspiritsbyshowinggoodwillandgivinghelpinghandtoothers.TherestaurantwillorganizeseriesofactivitiesandalsocooperatewiththelocalLeiFengMemorialHalltofurtherpromoteLeiFeng'sspirits.AttheentrancetotherestaurantstandstwobigLei-likestatuesandtheinteriorisdecoratedwithLei'scartoonportraitsandquotesfromhisdiary,withhispoemsplayinginthebackground.Aposteroftheexhibition,500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichfeatures60Westernmasterpiecesfromthe16thcenturytothe20thatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghaithroughApril.(PhotoprovidedtoChinaDaily)MasterpiecesofWesternartfromthe16thcenturytothe20tharecurrentlyondisplayatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghai.Theexhibition,titled500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,features60artworksbymasterssuchasPabloPicasso,PaulCezanneandEdouardManet.AllthepieceswereselectedfromthecollectionoftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichwasfoundedin1983byJapanesephilosopherDaisakuIkeda.TheexhibitsattheChinashowhavebeenarrangedaccordingtotimeperiodsorthemes,fromtheRenaissancetoBaroque,rococo,realism,impressionism,modernismandpostmodernism.Thisistheexhibition'ssecondappearanceinthecountry,followingitsfirststopatTsinghuaUniversity'sArtMuseuminBeijingfromOctobertoDecember,whichdrewover120,000visitors."TheexhibitionwillpromoteculturalexchangesbetweenChinaandJapanasacelebrationofthe40thanniversaryoftheSino-JapaneseTreatyofPeaceandFriendshipsignedinAugust1978,"DengXiaoxian,vice-presidentoftheShanghaiInternationalCulturalAssociation,says.AkiraGokita,directoroftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,sayshehopesvisitorscanlearnmoreaboutWesternartandhistorythroughthisexhibition.ArtbuffscanlookforwardtoviewingPortraitofaProcuratorbyGiovanniBelliniandPortraitofCollectorbyTintoretto,twosignificantworksofthe16thcentury.SmokerbyGeorgesdeLaTour,aworkfromthe17thcentury,agoldenageofart,isalsoonshow.Thepieceisoneof40originalworksintheworld.Thosefondofrococo-stylepaintingsfromthe18thcenturywillgettoviewTheTriumphofVenusbyFrancoisBoucher,akeyhighlightoftheexhibition,saysKenichiHirano,curatoroftheTokyomuseum.AnotherhighlightistheneoclassicalmasterpieceBonaparteCrossingtheGreatSt.BernardthatdepictsNapoleon.Othercelebratedworks,includingDovebyPicasso,ClaudeMonet'sWaterLiliesandPierre-AugusteRenoir'scollection,whichillustratesfemininebeauty,arealsoonshow.TheexhibitionrunsthroughApril30,thoughsomeartworks,includingPromenadebyManetandBertheMorisot'sOntheTerrace,willonlybeondisplayjustuntiltheendofMarch.Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)

  Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)AnexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,alsocommonlyknownasSeth,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.CalledAl'écolebuissonnière,theexhibitionfeaturesacollectionofMalland'sworksthatcanbefoundinthestreetsofoneofthelastworking-classneighborhoodsincentralShanghai.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)"Throughoutmychildhood,IdreamedaboutescapingtoChina,upuntil1999whenIwentthereforthefirsttime.Iwouldreturnmanytimesthereafter,forpersonalandartisticprojectsbecauseChina,andespeciallyShanghai,becamemorethanjustanexoticdestination-itbecameoneofmymainsourcesofinspiration,"saidMalland."ThisexhibitionrepresentsmydreamofChina,intimatelylinkedtochildhoodandauniversalneedtoescapeinaworldthatisincreasinglyincomprehensible."Visitorstakephotosoftheartworksattheexhibition.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)BorninParisin1972,MallandrosetofameinShanghaiwithhispaintingsofchildrenonthewallsindifferentpartsofthecity.Hestartedpaintingonwallsinthemid-1990sandhassince2003beentouringtheworldtointeractwithstreetartistsfromdifferentcultures.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)Aposteroftheexhibition,500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichfeatures60Westernmasterpiecesfromthe16thcenturytothe20thatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghaithroughApril.(PhotoprovidedtoChinaDaily)MasterpiecesofWesternartfromthe16thcenturytothe20tharecurrentlyondisplayatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghai.Theexhibition,titled500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,features60artworksbymasterssuchasPabloPicasso,PaulCezanneandEdouardManet.AllthepieceswereselectedfromthecollectionoftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichwasfoundedin1983byJapanesephilosopherDaisakuIkeda.TheexhibitsattheChinashowhavebeenarrangedaccordingtotimeperiodsorthemes,fromtheRenaissancetoBaroque,rococo,realism,impressionism,modernismandpostmodernism.Thisistheexhibition'ssecondappearanceinthecountry,followingitsfirststopatTsinghuaUniversity'sArtMuseuminBeijingfromOctobertoDecember,whichdrewover120,000visitors."TheexhibitionwillpromoteculturalexchangesbetweenChinaandJapanasacelebrationofthe40thanniversaryoftheSino-JapaneseTreatyofPeaceandFriendshipsignedinAugust1978,"DengXiaoxian,vice-presidentoftheShanghaiInternationalCulturalAssociation,says.AkiraGokita,directoroftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,sayshehopesvisitorscanlearnmoreaboutWesternartandhistorythroughthisexhibition.ArtbuffscanlookforwardtoviewingPortraitofaProcuratorbyGiovanniBelliniandPortraitofCollectorbyTintoretto,twosignificantworksofthe16thcentury.SmokerbyGeorgesdeLaTour,aworkfromthe17thcentury,agoldenageofart,isalsoonshow.Thepieceisoneof40originalworksintheworld.Thosefondofrococo-stylepaintingsfromthe18thcenturywillgettoviewTheTriumphofVenusbyFrancoisBoucher,akeyhighlightoftheexhibition,saysKenichiHirano,curatoroftheTokyomuseum.AnotherhighlightistheneoclassicalmasterpieceBonaparteCrossingtheGreatSt.BernardthatdepictsNapoleon.Othercelebratedworks,includingDovebyPicasso,ClaudeMonet'sWaterLiliesandPierre-AugusteRenoir'scollection,whichillustratesfemininebeauty,arealsoonshow.TheexhibitionrunsthroughApril30,thoughsomeartworks,includingPromenadebyManetandBertheMorisot'sOntheTerrace,willonlybeondisplayjustuntiltheendofMarch.

  Aposteroftheexhibition,500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichfeatures60Westernmasterpiecesfromthe16thcenturytothe20thatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghaithroughApril.(PhotoprovidedtoChinaDaily)MasterpiecesofWesternartfromthe16thcenturytothe20tharecurrentlyondisplayatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghai.Theexhibition,titled500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,features60artworksbymasterssuchasPabloPicasso,PaulCezanneandEdouardManet.AllthepieceswereselectedfromthecollectionoftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichwasfoundedin1983byJapanesephilosopherDaisakuIkeda.TheexhibitsattheChinashowhavebeenarrangedaccordingtotimeperiodsorthemes,fromtheRenaissancetoBaroque,rococo,realism,impressionism,modernismandpostmodernism.Thisistheexhibition'ssecondappearanceinthecountry,followingitsfirststopatTsinghuaUniversity'sArtMuseuminBeijingfromOctobertoDecember,whichdrewover120,000visitors."TheexhibitionwillpromoteculturalexchangesbetweenChinaandJapanasacelebrationofthe40thanniversaryoftheSino-JapaneseTreatyofPeaceandFriendshipsignedinAugust1978,"DengXiaoxian,vice-presidentoftheShanghaiInternationalCulturalAssociation,says.AkiraGokita,directoroftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,sayshehopesvisitorscanlearnmoreaboutWesternartandhistorythroughthisexhibition.ArtbuffscanlookforwardtoviewingPortraitofaProcuratorbyGiovanniBelliniandPortraitofCollectorbyTintoretto,twosignificantworksofthe16thcentury.SmokerbyGeorgesdeLaTour,aworkfromthe17thcentury,agoldenageofart,isalsoonshow.Thepieceisoneof40originalworksintheworld.Thosefondofrococo-stylepaintingsfromthe18thcenturywillgettoviewTheTriumphofVenusbyFrancoisBoucher,akeyhighlightoftheexhibition,saysKenichiHirano,curatoroftheTokyomuseum.AnotherhighlightistheneoclassicalmasterpieceBonaparteCrossingtheGreatSt.BernardthatdepictsNapoleon.Othercelebratedworks,includingDovebyPicasso,ClaudeMonet'sWaterLiliesandPierre-AugusteRenoir'scollection,whichillustratesfemininebeauty,arealsoonshow.TheexhibitionrunsthroughApril30,thoughsomeartworks,includingPromenadebyManetandBertheMorisot'sOntheTerrace,willonlybeondisplayjustuntiltheendofMarch.ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  

  Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)AnexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,alsocommonlyknownasSeth,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.CalledAl'écolebuissonnière,theexhibitionfeaturesacollectionofMalland'sworksthatcanbefoundinthestreetsofoneofthelastworking-classneighborhoodsincentralShanghai.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)"Throughoutmychildhood,IdreamedaboutescapingtoChina,upuntil1999whenIwentthereforthefirsttime.Iwouldreturnmanytimesthereafter,forpersonalandartisticprojectsbecauseChina,andespeciallyShanghai,becamemorethanjustanexoticdestination-itbecameoneofmymainsourcesofinspiration,"saidMalland."ThisexhibitionrepresentsmydreamofChina,intimatelylinkedtochildhoodandauniversalneedtoescapeinaworldthatisincreasinglyincomprehensible."Visitorstakephotosoftheartworksattheexhibition.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)BorninParisin1972,MallandrosetofameinShanghaiwithhispaintingsofchildrenonthewallsindifferentpartsofthecity.Hestartedpaintingonwallsinthemid-1990sandhassince2003beentouringtheworldtointeractwithstreetartistsfromdifferentcultures.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)TwobigLeiFeng-likestatuesstandattheentrancetoaKentuckyFriedChickenrestaurantinChangsha,HunanProvince,March3,2019.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)KentuckyFriedChickenhaslaunchedanewthemedbranchinhonorofLeiFeng,alegendarysoldiercelebratedinChinaforhisselflessnessandmodesty,inhishometownChangsha,HunanProvince.TherestaurantopenedonSunday,twodaysbeforetheofficialremembrancedaymarkedacrossthecountryeveryyearonMarch5whenpeoplecelebratehisspiritsbyshowinggoodwillandgivinghelpinghandtoothers.TherestaurantwillorganizeseriesofactivitiesandalsocooperatewiththelocalLeiFengMemorialHalltofurtherpromoteLeiFeng'sspirits.AttheentrancetotherestaurantstandstwobigLei-likestatuesandtheinteriorisdecoratedwithLei'scartoonportraitsandquotesfromhisdiary,withhispoemsplayinginthebackground.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)AnexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,alsocommonlyknownasSeth,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.CalledAl'écolebuissonnière,theexhibitionfeaturesacollectionofMalland'sworksthatcanbefoundinthestreetsofoneofthelastworking-classneighborhoodsincentralShanghai.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)"Throughoutmychildhood,IdreamedaboutescapingtoChina,upuntil1999whenIwentthereforthefirsttime.Iwouldreturnmanytimesthereafter,forpersonalandartisticprojectsbecauseChina,andespeciallyShanghai,becamemorethanjustanexoticdestination-itbecameoneofmymainsourcesofinspiration,"saidMalland."ThisexhibitionrepresentsmydreamofChina,intimatelylinkedtochildhoodandauniversalneedtoescapeinaworldthatisincreasinglyincomprehensible."Visitorstakephotosoftheartworksattheexhibition.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)BorninParisin1972,MallandrosetofameinShanghaiwithhispaintingsofchildrenonthewallsindifferentpartsofthecity.Hestartedpaintingonwallsinthemid-1990sandhassince2003beentouringtheworldtointeractwithstreetartistsfromdifferentcultures.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)

  ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)AnexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,alsocommonlyknownasSeth,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.CalledAl'écolebuissonnière,theexhibitionfeaturesacollectionofMalland'sworksthatcanbefoundinthestreetsofoneofthelastworking-classneighborhoodsincentralShanghai.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)"Throughoutmychildhood,IdreamedaboutescapingtoChina,upuntil1999whenIwentthereforthefirsttime.Iwouldreturnmanytimesthereafter,forpersonalandartisticprojectsbecauseChina,andespeciallyShanghai,becamemorethanjustanexoticdestination-itbecameoneofmymainsourcesofinspiration,"saidMalland."ThisexhibitionrepresentsmydreamofChina,intimatelylinkedtochildhoodandauniversalneedtoescapeinaworldthatisincreasinglyincomprehensible."Visitorstakephotosoftheartworksattheexhibition.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)BorninParisin1972,MallandrosetofameinShanghaiwithhispaintingsofchildrenonthewallsindifferentpartsofthecity.Hestartedpaintingonwallsinthemid-1990sandhassince2003beentouringtheworldtointeractwithstreetartistsfromdifferentcultures.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)Aposteroftheexhibition,500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichfeatures60Westernmasterpiecesfromthe16thcenturytothe20thatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghaithroughApril.(PhotoprovidedtoChinaDaily)MasterpiecesofWesternartfromthe16thcenturytothe20tharecurrentlyondisplayatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghai.Theexhibition,titled500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,features60artworksbymasterssuchasPabloPicasso,PaulCezanneandEdouardManet.AllthepieceswereselectedfromthecollectionoftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichwasfoundedin1983byJapanesephilosopherDaisakuIkeda.TheexhibitsattheChinashowhavebeenarrangedaccordingtotimeperiodsorthemes,fromtheRenaissancetoBaroque,rococo,realism,impressionism,modernismandpostmodernism.Thisistheexhibition'ssecondappearanceinthecountry,followingitsfirststopatTsinghuaUniversity'sArtMuseuminBeijingfromOctobertoDecember,whichdrewover120,000visitors."TheexhibitionwillpromoteculturalexchangesbetweenChinaandJapanasacelebrationofthe40thanniversaryoftheSino-JapaneseTreatyofPeaceandFriendshipsignedinAugust1978,"DengXiaoxian,vice-presidentoftheShanghaiInternationalCulturalAssociation,says.AkiraGokita,directoroftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,sayshehopesvisitorscanlearnmoreaboutWesternartandhistorythroughthisexhibition.ArtbuffscanlookforwardtoviewingPortraitofaProcuratorbyGiovanniBelliniandPortraitofCollectorbyTintoretto,twosignificantworksofthe16thcentury.SmokerbyGeorgesdeLaTour,aworkfromthe17thcentury,agoldenageofart,isalsoonshow.Thepieceisoneof40originalworksintheworld.Thosefondofrococo-stylepaintingsfromthe18thcenturywillgettoviewTheTriumphofVenusbyFrancoisBoucher,akeyhighlightoftheexhibition,saysKenichiHirano,curatoroftheTokyomuseum.AnotherhighlightistheneoclassicalmasterpieceBonaparteCrossingtheGreatSt.BernardthatdepictsNapoleon.Othercelebratedworks,includingDovebyPicasso,ClaudeMonet'sWaterLiliesandPierre-AugusteRenoir'scollection,whichillustratesfemininebeauty,arealsoonshow.TheexhibitionrunsthroughApril30,thoughsomeartworks,includingPromenadebyManetandBertheMorisot'sOntheTerrace,willonlybeondisplayjustuntiltheendofMarch.

  TwobigLeiFeng-likestatuesstandattheentrancetoaKentuckyFriedChickenrestaurantinChangsha,HunanProvince,March3,2019.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)KentuckyFriedChickenhaslaunchedanewthemedbranchinhonorofLeiFeng,alegendarysoldiercelebratedinChinaforhisselflessnessandmodesty,inhishometownChangsha,HunanProvince.TherestaurantopenedonSunday,twodaysbeforetheofficialremembrancedaymarkedacrossthecountryeveryyearonMarch5whenpeoplecelebratehisspiritsbyshowinggoodwillandgivinghelpinghandtoothers.TherestaurantwillorganizeseriesofactivitiesandalsocooperatewiththelocalLeiFengMemorialHalltofurtherpromoteLeiFeng'sspirits.AttheentrancetotherestaurantstandstwobigLei-likestatuesandtheinteriorisdecoratedwithLei'scartoonportraitsandquotesfromhisdiary,withhispoemsplayinginthebackground.Special:TravelerswalkinastreetinHepingtown,FujianProvince.(PHOTOBYYANGFEIYUE/CHINADAILY)Visitorspackedthenarrow,cobblestonelanesofancientHepingtowninearlyFebruary.LocatedinEastChina'sFujianProvince,HepingturnedintoatourismhotspotduringtheSpringFestivalholiday,whichtookplacelastweek.SomeposedforphotoswithancientbuildingsdatingbacktotheMingandQingdynasties(1368-1911),whileotherswerebusypurchasinglocalspecialtiesandsnackingatthefoodstandsonthestreets.Peoplehadtobereallycarefultonotsteponothers'feetwhiletakinginthepastoralcharmofthetown.ThroughoutHeping,liondances,drumbeatingandghost-repellingshowsweredemandingvisitors'attention."Wehaveseendailytouristnumberspeakat20,000,"saysKeJing,anofficialwiththetowngovernment.Thetownhiredroughly50localstogivefolkcustomperformancesforvisitorsduringtheSpringFestivalholiday.Aboutsixshowswerepresentedeachdayduringtheweeklongholidaytoenabletravelerstobetterenjoylocaltraditions,Keadds.Moreover,agourmetfoodstreetfeaturingdistinctivelocalsnacks,aswellasachildren'samusementzone,wasestablishedtospiceupthevisitorexperience.FuHaiyingwasbusydolingoutporridgemadeoflotusseedandlilybulbpowderneartheentranceoftheancienttown.Everybowloftheporridgewasmadeonspottoensureittastedjustright."Businessisgreatthesedays,"Fusays.Thewoman,inher50s,startedsellingtheporridgeduringmajorholidaysabouttwoyearsago."Isawmorepeoplecomingtovisitandmyneighborshavebeenmakingmoneybypeddlingthingstothem,"Fusays.Shehadtoraisetwodaughtersbyherselfadecadeagoandusedtoreceivegovernmentsubsidiestokeepherfamily'sheadabovewater.Now,Fucanmake3,000yuanduringtheNationalDayandSpringFestivalholidays.Despiteasluggishworldeconomy,theexpandinggroupofwealthyChinese,especiallymillennials,isshowingabiggerappetiteforluxurytravel,addingabittothemembers'spiritofadventure.AccordingtoTheChineseLuxuryTraveler2017Report-jointlyreleasedonMondaybyShanghai-basedHurunRe-searchInstitute,whichobservestherich,andInternationalLuxuryTravelMarketAsia-theaverageupscaletravelerspent380,000yuan(,855)onfamilytravellastyear,220,000yuanofwhichwasdevotedtoshopping,up57percentyear-on-year.Thisseventhreportreleasedbythetwoorganizationscoverswealthytravelersfrom12Chinesecities.Thesurveypolled334affluentChinesewithanaveragepersonalwealthof22millionyuan.Intermsofaccommodationbudgets,theyoungergeneration,whowereborninthe1980s,hadabudget3,325yuanhigherthanothers,up7percentfrom2015.However,privateshort-stayrentals,likethoseprovidedthroughAirbnb,hadnotwonequalfavoramongwealthyChinesetourists.Whenaskediftheywouldconsidersuchservice,28percentofthosesurveyedsaidnoand10percentsaiditwashighlyunlikely.Another31percentshowedaneutralattitude.Thelackoftop-tierservicesattheprivateresidencesisthemainreasonfortheluxurytravelers'indifference.Adventuretravelwillbethethemeinthenextthreeyears,accordingtothesurvey,witharound-the-worldtravel,polarexpeditionsandoutdooradventuresthemostpopular.Thegenerationborninthe1980sshowsgreaterinterestintheseareas.About36percentoftheseyoung,wealthytouristsplantovisitAfricain2017,upfromthe23percentin2016.Meanwhile,32percentofthemexpecttoflytopolarareasthisyear,upfromthe17percentayearearlier.AccordingtoHHTravel,aluxurytravelbrandunderChina'slargestonlinetravelagencyCtrip,thenumberofconsumersinterestedinpolartripswithanaveragepersonalwealthofatleast10millionyuanhasgrownsince2014.Meanwhile,travelpackageswhichincludehuntinginAfricapromisesroomforgrowthamongwealthyChinese.AndyEdwards,globaldirectorofbrandandmarketingcommunicationsoftravelbookingfirmAgoda,alsoagreedthatwealthyChinesetravelersseekadventurous,undiscovereddestinationsratherthangoingtocommonrecreationalresorts."Asthesehigh-endtravelersbecomeincreasinglyindependentintermsofwealth,costconsiderationsweighlessheavilyandtheyareabletotravelmorefreelytotheplacestheyfavorthemost,"saidRupertHoogewerf,chairmanandchiefresearcherofHurunResearchInstitute."Thesechoicesarehighlysignificant,astheyoftensetthetrendforfuturewavesoftourism,withthesehigh-endpioneerssettingthebenchmark,"hesaid.  

  AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  

  Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)

  Aposteroftheexhibition,500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichfeatures60Westernmasterpiecesfromthe16thcenturytothe20thatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghaithroughApril.(PhotoprovidedtoChinaDaily)MasterpiecesofWesternartfromthe16thcenturytothe20tharecurrentlyondisplayatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghai.Theexhibition,titled500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,features60artworksbymasterssuchasPabloPicasso,PaulCezanneandEdouardManet.AllthepieceswereselectedfromthecollectionoftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichwasfoundedin1983byJapanesephilosopherDaisakuIkeda.TheexhibitsattheChinashowhavebeenarrangedaccordingtotimeperiodsorthemes,fromtheRenaissancetoBaroque,rococo,realism,impressionism,modernismandpostmodernism.Thisistheexhibition'ssecondappearanceinthecountry,followingitsfirststopatTsinghuaUniversity'sArtMuseuminBeijingfromOctobertoDecember,whichdrewover120,000visitors."TheexhibitionwillpromoteculturalexchangesbetweenChinaandJapanasacelebrationofthe40thanniversaryoftheSino-JapaneseTreatyofPeaceandFriendshipsignedinAugust1978,"DengXiaoxian,vice-presidentoftheShanghaiInternationalCulturalAssociation,says.AkiraGokita,directoroftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,sayshehopesvisitorscanlearnmoreaboutWesternartandhistorythroughthisexhibition.ArtbuffscanlookforwardtoviewingPortraitofaProcuratorbyGiovanniBelliniandPortraitofCollectorbyTintoretto,twosignificantworksofthe16thcentury.SmokerbyGeorgesdeLaTour,aworkfromthe17thcentury,agoldenageofart,isalsoonshow.Thepieceisoneof40originalworksintheworld.Thosefondofrococo-stylepaintingsfromthe18thcenturywillgettoviewTheTriumphofVenusbyFrancoisBoucher,akeyhighlightoftheexhibition,saysKenichiHirano,curatoroftheTokyomuseum.AnotherhighlightistheneoclassicalmasterpieceBonaparteCrossingtheGreatSt.BernardthatdepictsNapoleon.Othercelebratedworks,includingDovebyPicasso,ClaudeMonet'sWaterLiliesandPierre-AugusteRenoir'scollection,whichillustratesfemininebeauty,arealsoonshow.TheexhibitionrunsthroughApril30,thoughsomeartworks,includingPromenadebyManetandBertheMorisot'sOntheTerrace,willonlybeondisplayjustuntiltheendofMarch.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)AnexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,alsocommonlyknownasSeth,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.CalledAl'écolebuissonnière,theexhibitionfeaturesacollectionofMalland'sworksthatcanbefoundinthestreetsofoneofthelastworking-classneighborhoodsincentralShanghai.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)"Throughoutmychildhood,IdreamedaboutescapingtoChina,upuntil1999whenIwentthereforthefirsttime.Iwouldreturnmanytimesthereafter,forpersonalandartisticprojectsbecauseChina,andespeciallyShanghai,becamemorethanjustanexoticdestination-itbecameoneofmymainsourcesofinspiration,"saidMalland."ThisexhibitionrepresentsmydreamofChina,intimatelylinkedtochildhoodandauniversalneedtoescapeinaworldthatisincreasinglyincomprehensible."Visitorstakephotosoftheartworksattheexhibition.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)BorninParisin1972,MallandrosetofameinShanghaiwithhispaintingsofchildrenonthewallsindifferentpartsofthecity.Hestartedpaintingonwallsinthemid-1990sandhassince2003beentouringtheworldtointeractwithstreetartistsfromdifferentcultures.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)

  Despiteasluggishworldeconomy,theexpandinggroupofwealthyChinese,especiallymillennials,isshowingabiggerappetiteforluxurytravel,addingabittothemembers'spiritofadventure.AccordingtoTheChineseLuxuryTraveler2017Report-jointlyreleasedonMondaybyShanghai-basedHurunRe-searchInstitute,whichobservestherich,andInternationalLuxuryTravelMarketAsia-theaverageupscaletravelerspent380,000yuan(,855)onfamilytravellastyear,220,000yuanofwhichwasdevotedtoshopping,up57percentyear-on-year.Thisseventhreportreleasedbythetwoorganizationscoverswealthytravelersfrom12Chinesecities.Thesurveypolled334affluentChinesewithanaveragepersonalwealthof22millionyuan.Intermsofaccommodationbudgets,theyoungergeneration,whowereborninthe1980s,hadabudget3,325yuanhigherthanothers,up7percentfrom2015.However,privateshort-stayrentals,likethoseprovidedthroughAirbnb,hadnotwonequalfavoramongwealthyChinesetourists.Whenaskediftheywouldconsidersuchservice,28percentofthosesurveyedsaidnoand10percentsaiditwashighlyunlikely.Another31percentshowedaneutralattitude.Thelackoftop-tierservicesattheprivateresidencesisthemainreasonfortheluxurytravelers'indifference.Adventuretravelwillbethethemeinthenextthreeyears,accordingtothesurvey,witharound-the-worldtravel,polarexpeditionsandoutdooradventuresthemostpopular.Thegenerationborninthe1980sshowsgreaterinterestintheseareas.About36percentoftheseyoung,wealthytouristsplantovisitAfricain2017,upfromthe23percentin2016.Meanwhile,32percentofthemexpecttoflytopolarareasthisyear,upfromthe17percentayearearlier.AccordingtoHHTravel,aluxurytravelbrandunderChina'slargestonlinetravelagencyCtrip,thenumberofconsumersinterestedinpolartripswithanaveragepersonalwealthofatleast10millionyuanhasgrownsince2014.Meanwhile,travelpackageswhichincludehuntinginAfricapromisesroomforgrowthamongwealthyChinese.AndyEdwards,globaldirectorofbrandandmarketingcommunicationsoftravelbookingfirmAgoda,alsoagreedthatwealthyChinesetravelersseekadventurous,undiscovereddestinationsratherthangoingtocommonrecreationalresorts."Asthesehigh-endtravelersbecomeincreasinglyindependentintermsofwealth,costconsiderationsweighlessheavilyandtheyareabletotravelmorefreelytotheplacestheyfavorthemost,"saidRupertHoogewerf,chairmanandchiefresearcherofHurunResearchInstitute."Thesechoicesarehighlysignificant,astheyoftensetthetrendforfuturewavesoftourism,withthesehigh-endpioneerssettingthebenchmark,"hesaid.  Despiteasluggishworldeconomy,theexpandinggroupofwealthyChinese,especiallymillennials,isshowingabiggerappetiteforluxurytravel,addingabittothemembers'spiritofadventure.AccordingtoTheChineseLuxuryTraveler2017Report-jointlyreleasedonMondaybyShanghai-basedHurunRe-searchInstitute,whichobservestherich,andInternationalLuxuryTravelMarketAsia-theaverageupscaletravelerspent380,000yuan(,855)onfamilytravellastyear,220,000yuanofwhichwasdevotedtoshopping,up57percentyear-on-year.Thisseventhreportreleasedbythetwoorganizationscoverswealthytravelersfrom12Chinesecities.Thesurveypolled334affluentChinesewithanaveragepersonalwealthof22millionyuan.Intermsofaccommodationbudgets,theyoungergeneration,whowereborninthe1980s,hadabudget3,325yuanhigherthanothers,up7percentfrom2015.However,privateshort-stayrentals,likethoseprovidedthroughAirbnb,hadnotwonequalfavoramongwealthyChinesetourists.Whenaskediftheywouldconsidersuchservice,28percentofthosesurveyedsaidnoand10percentsaiditwashighlyunlikely.Another31percentshowedaneutralattitude.Thelackoftop-tierservicesattheprivateresidencesisthemainreasonfortheluxurytravelers'indifference.Adventuretravelwillbethethemeinthenextthreeyears,accordingtothesurvey,witharound-the-worldtravel,polarexpeditionsandoutdooradventuresthemostpopular.Thegenerationborninthe1980sshowsgreaterinterestintheseareas.About36percentoftheseyoung,wealthytouristsplantovisitAfricain2017,upfromthe23percentin2016.Meanwhile,32percentofthemexpecttoflytopolarareasthisyear,upfromthe17percentayearearlier.AccordingtoHHTravel,aluxurytravelbrandunderChina'slargestonlinetravelagencyCtrip,thenumberofconsumersinterestedinpolartripswithanaveragepersonalwealthofatleast10millionyuanhasgrownsince2014.Meanwhile,travelpackageswhichincludehuntinginAfricapromisesroomforgrowthamongwealthyChinese.AndyEdwards,globaldirectorofbrandandmarketingcommunicationsoftravelbookingfirmAgoda,alsoagreedthatwealthyChinesetravelersseekadventurous,undiscovereddestinationsratherthangoingtocommonrecreationalresorts."Asthesehigh-endtravelersbecomeincreasinglyindependentintermsofwealth,costconsiderationsweighlessheavilyandtheyareabletotravelmorefreelytotheplacestheyfavorthemost,"saidRupertHoogewerf,chairmanandchiefresearcherofHurunResearchInstitute."Thesechoicesarehighlysignificant,astheyoftensetthetrendforfuturewavesoftourism,withthesehigh-endpioneerssettingthebenchmark,"hesaid.  AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  

  Aposteroftheexhibition,500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichfeatures60Westernmasterpiecesfromthe16thcenturytothe20thatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghaithroughApril.(PhotoprovidedtoChinaDaily)MasterpiecesofWesternartfromthe16thcenturytothe20tharecurrentlyondisplayatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghai.Theexhibition,titled500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,features60artworksbymasterssuchasPabloPicasso,PaulCezanneandEdouardManet.AllthepieceswereselectedfromthecollectionoftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichwasfoundedin1983byJapanesephilosopherDaisakuIkeda.TheexhibitsattheChinashowhavebeenarrangedaccordingtotimeperiodsorthemes,fromtheRenaissancetoBaroque,rococo,realism,impressionism,modernismandpostmodernism.Thisistheexhibition'ssecondappearanceinthecountry,followingitsfirststopatTsinghuaUniversity'sArtMuseuminBeijingfromOctobertoDecember,whichdrewover120,000visitors."TheexhibitionwillpromoteculturalexchangesbetweenChinaandJapanasacelebrationofthe40thanniversaryoftheSino-JapaneseTreatyofPeaceandFriendshipsignedinAugust1978,"DengXiaoxian,vice-presidentoftheShanghaiInternationalCulturalAssociation,says.AkiraGokita,directoroftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,sayshehopesvisitorscanlearnmoreaboutWesternartandhistorythroughthisexhibition.ArtbuffscanlookforwardtoviewingPortraitofaProcuratorbyGiovanniBelliniandPortraitofCollectorbyTintoretto,twosignificantworksofthe16thcentury.SmokerbyGeorgesdeLaTour,aworkfromthe17thcentury,agoldenageofart,isalsoonshow.Thepieceisoneof40originalworksintheworld.Thosefondofrococo-stylepaintingsfromthe18thcenturywillgettoviewTheTriumphofVenusbyFrancoisBoucher,akeyhighlightoftheexhibition,saysKenichiHirano,curatoroftheTokyomuseum.AnotherhighlightistheneoclassicalmasterpieceBonaparteCrossingtheGreatSt.BernardthatdepictsNapoleon.Othercelebratedworks,includingDovebyPicasso,ClaudeMonet'sWaterLiliesandPierre-AugusteRenoir'scollection,whichillustratesfemininebeauty,arealsoonshow.TheexhibitionrunsthroughApril30,thoughsomeartworks,includingPromenadebyManetandBertheMorisot'sOntheTerrace,willonlybeondisplayjustuntiltheendofMarch.ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)Aposteroftheexhibition,500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichfeatures60Westernmasterpiecesfromthe16thcenturytothe20thatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghaithroughApril.(PhotoprovidedtoChinaDaily)MasterpiecesofWesternartfromthe16thcenturytothe20tharecurrentlyondisplayatthePowerlongMuseuminShanghai.Theexhibition,titled500YearsofWesternPaintings-CollectionofTokyoFujiArtMuseum,features60artworksbymasterssuchasPabloPicasso,PaulCezanneandEdouardManet.AllthepieceswereselectedfromthecollectionoftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,whichwasfoundedin1983byJapanesephilosopherDaisakuIkeda.TheexhibitsattheChinashowhavebeenarrangedaccordingtotimeperiodsorthemes,fromtheRenaissancetoBaroque,rococo,realism,impressionism,modernismandpostmodernism.Thisistheexhibition'ssecondappearanceinthecountry,followingitsfirststopatTsinghuaUniversity'sArtMuseuminBeijingfromOctobertoDecember,whichdrewover120,000visitors."TheexhibitionwillpromoteculturalexchangesbetweenChinaandJapanasacelebrationofthe40thanniversaryoftheSino-JapaneseTreatyofPeaceandFriendshipsignedinAugust1978,"DengXiaoxian,vice-presidentoftheShanghaiInternationalCulturalAssociation,says.AkiraGokita,directoroftheTokyoFujiArtMuseum,sayshehopesvisitorscanlearnmoreaboutWesternartandhistorythroughthisexhibition.ArtbuffscanlookforwardtoviewingPortraitofaProcuratorbyGiovanniBelliniandPortraitofCollectorbyTintoretto,twosignificantworksofthe16thcentury.SmokerbyGeorgesdeLaTour,aworkfromthe17thcentury,agoldenageofart,isalsoonshow.Thepieceisoneof40originalworksintheworld.Thosefondofrococo-stylepaintingsfromthe18thcenturywillgettoviewTheTriumphofVenusbyFrancoisBoucher,akeyhighlightoftheexhibition,saysKenichiHirano,curatoroftheTokyomuseum.AnotherhighlightistheneoclassicalmasterpieceBonaparteCrossingtheGreatSt.BernardthatdepictsNapoleon.Othercelebratedworks,includingDovebyPicasso,ClaudeMonet'sWaterLiliesandPierre-AugusteRenoir'scollection,whichillustratesfemininebeauty,arealsoonshow.TheexhibitionrunsthroughApril30,thoughsomeartworks,includingPromenadebyManetandBertheMorisot'sOntheTerrace,willonlybeondisplayjustuntiltheendofMarch.

  TwobigLeiFeng-likestatuesstandattheentrancetoaKentuckyFriedChickenrestaurantinChangsha,HunanProvince,March3,2019.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)KentuckyFriedChickenhaslaunchedanewthemedbranchinhonorofLeiFeng,alegendarysoldiercelebratedinChinaforhisselflessnessandmodesty,inhishometownChangsha,HunanProvince.TherestaurantopenedonSunday,twodaysbeforetheofficialremembrancedaymarkedacrossthecountryeveryyearonMarch5whenpeoplecelebratehisspiritsbyshowinggoodwillandgivinghelpinghandtoothers.TherestaurantwillorganizeseriesofactivitiesandalsocooperatewiththelocalLeiFengMemorialHalltofurtherpromoteLeiFeng'sspirits.AttheentrancetotherestaurantstandstwobigLei-likestatuesandtheinteriorisdecoratedwithLei'scartoonportraitsandquotesfromhisdiary,withhispoemsplayinginthebackground.ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)AnexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,alsocommonlyknownasSeth,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.CalledAl'écolebuissonnière,theexhibitionfeaturesacollectionofMalland'sworksthatcanbefoundinthestreetsofoneofthelastworking-classneighborhoodsincentralShanghai.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)"Throughoutmychildhood,IdreamedaboutescapingtoChina,upuntil1999whenIwentthereforthefirsttime.Iwouldreturnmanytimesthereafter,forpersonalandartisticprojectsbecauseChina,andespeciallyShanghai,becamemorethanjustanexoticdestination-itbecameoneofmymainsourcesofinspiration,"saidMalland."ThisexhibitionrepresentsmydreamofChina,intimatelylinkedtochildhoodandauniversalneedtoescapeinaworldthatisincreasinglyincomprehensible."Visitorstakephotosoftheartworksattheexhibition.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)BorninParisin1972,MallandrosetofameinShanghaiwithhispaintingsofchildrenonthewallsindifferentpartsofthecity.Hestartedpaintingonwallsinthemid-1990sandhassince2003beentouringtheworldtointeractwithstreetartistsfromdifferentcultures.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)

  Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)AnexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,alsocommonlyknownasSeth,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.CalledAl'écolebuissonnière,theexhibitionfeaturesacollectionofMalland'sworksthatcanbefoundinthestreetsofoneofthelastworking-classneighborhoodsincentralShanghai.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)"Throughoutmychildhood,IdreamedaboutescapingtoChina,upuntil1999whenIwentthereforthefirsttime.Iwouldreturnmanytimesthereafter,forpersonalandartisticprojectsbecauseChina,andespeciallyShanghai,becamemorethanjustanexoticdestination-itbecameoneofmymainsourcesofinspiration,"saidMalland."ThisexhibitionrepresentsmydreamofChina,intimatelylinkedtochildhoodandauniversalneedtoescapeinaworldthatisincreasinglyincomprehensible."Visitorstakephotosoftheartworksattheexhibition.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)BorninParisin1972,MallandrosetofameinShanghaiwithhispaintingsofchildrenonthewallsindifferentpartsofthecity.Hestartedpaintingonwallsinthemid-1990sandhassince2003beentouringtheworldtointeractwithstreetartistsfromdifferentcultures.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)

  Special:TravelerswalkinastreetinHepingtown,FujianProvince.(PHOTOBYYANGFEIYUE/CHINADAILY)Visitorspackedthenarrow,cobblestonelanesofancientHepingtowninearlyFebruary.LocatedinEastChina'sFujianProvince,HepingturnedintoatourismhotspotduringtheSpringFestivalholiday,whichtookplacelastweek.SomeposedforphotoswithancientbuildingsdatingbacktotheMingandQingdynasties(1368-1911),whileotherswerebusypurchasinglocalspecialtiesandsnackingatthefoodstandsonthestreets.Peoplehadtobereallycarefultonotsteponothers'feetwhiletakinginthepastoralcharmofthetown.ThroughoutHeping,liondances,drumbeatingandghost-repellingshowsweredemandingvisitors'attention."Wehaveseendailytouristnumberspeakat20,000,"saysKeJing,anofficialwiththetowngovernment.Thetownhiredroughly50localstogivefolkcustomperformancesforvisitorsduringtheSpringFestivalholiday.Aboutsixshowswerepresentedeachdayduringtheweeklongholidaytoenabletravelerstobetterenjoylocaltraditions,Keadds.Moreover,agourmetfoodstreetfeaturingdistinctivelocalsnacks,aswellasachildren'samusementzone,wasestablishedtospiceupthevisitorexperience.FuHaiyingwasbusydolingoutporridgemadeoflotusseedandlilybulbpowderneartheentranceoftheancienttown.Everybowloftheporridgewasmadeonspottoensureittastedjustright."Businessisgreatthesedays,"Fusays.Thewoman,inher50s,startedsellingtheporridgeduringmajorholidaysabouttwoyearsago."Isawmorepeoplecomingtovisitandmyneighborshavebeenmakingmoneybypeddlingthingstothem,"Fusays.Shehadtoraisetwodaughtersbyherselfadecadeagoandusedtoreceivegovernmentsubsidiestokeepherfamily'sheadabovewater.Now,Fucanmake3,000yuanduringtheNationalDayandSpringFestivalholidays.Despiteasluggishworldeconomy,theexpandinggroupofwealthyChinese,especiallymillennials,isshowingabiggerappetiteforluxurytravel,addingabittothemembers'spiritofadventure.AccordingtoTheChineseLuxuryTraveler2017Report-jointlyreleasedonMondaybyShanghai-basedHurunRe-searchInstitute,whichobservestherich,andInternationalLuxuryTravelMarketAsia-theaverageupscaletravelerspent380,000yuan(,855)onfamilytravellastyear,220,000yuanofwhichwasdevotedtoshopping,up57percentyear-on-year.Thisseventhreportreleasedbythetwoorganizationscoverswealthytravelersfrom12Chinesecities.Thesurveypolled334affluentChinesewithanaveragepersonalwealthof22millionyuan.Intermsofaccommodationbudgets,theyoungergeneration,whowereborninthe1980s,hadabudget3,325yuanhigherthanothers,up7percentfrom2015.However,privateshort-stayrentals,likethoseprovidedthroughAirbnb,hadnotwonequalfavoramongwealthyChinesetourists.Whenaskediftheywouldconsidersuchservice,28percentofthosesurveyedsaidnoand10percentsaiditwashighlyunlikely.Another31percentshowedaneutralattitude.Thelackoftop-tierservicesattheprivateresidencesisthemainreasonfortheluxurytravelers'indifference.Adventuretravelwillbethethemeinthenextthreeyears,accordingtothesurvey,witharound-the-worldtravel,polarexpeditionsandoutdooradventuresthemostpopular.Thegenerationborninthe1980sshowsgreaterinterestintheseareas.About36percentoftheseyoung,wealthytouristsplantovisitAfricain2017,upfromthe23percentin2016.Meanwhile,32percentofthemexpecttoflytopolarareasthisyear,upfromthe17percentayearearlier.AccordingtoHHTravel,aluxurytravelbrandunderChina'slargestonlinetravelagencyCtrip,thenumberofconsumersinterestedinpolartripswithanaveragepersonalwealthofatleast10millionyuanhasgrownsince2014.Meanwhile,travelpackageswhichincludehuntinginAfricapromisesroomforgrowthamongwealthyChinese.AndyEdwards,globaldirectorofbrandandmarketingcommunicationsoftravelbookingfirmAgoda,alsoagreedthatwealthyChinesetravelersseekadventurous,undiscovereddestinationsratherthangoingtocommonrecreationalresorts."Asthesehigh-endtravelersbecomeincreasinglyindependentintermsofwealth,costconsiderationsweighlessheavilyandtheyareabletotravelmorefreelytotheplacestheyfavorthemost,"saidRupertHoogewerf,chairmanandchiefresearcherofHurunResearchInstitute."Thesechoicesarehighlysignificant,astheyoftensetthetrendforfuturewavesoftourism,withthesehigh-endpioneerssettingthebenchmark,"hesaid.  AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  

  ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)Despiteasluggishworldeconomy,theexpandinggroupofwealthyChinese,especiallymillennials,isshowingabiggerappetiteforluxurytravel,addingabittothemembers'spiritofadventure.AccordingtoTheChineseLuxuryTraveler2017Report-jointlyreleasedonMondaybyShanghai-basedHurunRe-searchInstitute,whichobservestherich,andInternationalLuxuryTravelMarketAsia-theaverageupscaletravelerspent380,000yuan(,855)onfamilytravellastyear,220,000yuanofwhichwasdevotedtoshopping,up57percentyear-on-year.Thisseventhreportreleasedbythetwoorganizationscoverswealthytravelersfrom12Chinesecities.Thesurveypolled334affluentChinesewithanaveragepersonalwealthof22millionyuan.Intermsofaccommodationbudgets,theyoungergeneration,whowereborninthe1980s,hadabudget3,325yuanhigherthanothers,up7percentfrom2015.However,privateshort-stayrentals,likethoseprovidedthroughAirbnb,hadnotwonequalfavoramongwealthyChinesetourists.Whenaskediftheywouldconsidersuchservice,28percentofthosesurveyedsaidnoand10percentsaiditwashighlyunlikely.Another31percentshowedaneutralattitude.Thelackoftop-tierservicesattheprivateresidencesisthemainreasonfortheluxurytravelers'indifference.Adventuretravelwillbethethemeinthenextthreeyears,accordingtothesurvey,witharound-the-worldtravel,polarexpeditionsandoutdooradventuresthemostpopular.Thegenerationborninthe1980sshowsgreaterinterestintheseareas.About36percentoftheseyoung,wealthytouristsplantovisitAfricain2017,upfromthe23percentin2016.Meanwhile,32percentofthemexpecttoflytopolarareasthisyear,upfromthe17percentayearearlier.AccordingtoHHTravel,aluxurytravelbrandunderChina'slargestonlinetravelagencyCtrip,thenumberofconsumersinterestedinpolartripswithanaveragepersonalwealthofatleast10millionyuanhasgrownsince2014.Meanwhile,travelpackageswhichincludehuntinginAfricapromisesroomforgrowthamongwealthyChinese.AndyEdwards,globaldirectorofbrandandmarketingcommunicationsoftravelbookingfirmAgoda,alsoagreedthatwealthyChinesetravelersseekadventurous,undiscovereddestinationsratherthangoingtocommonrecreationalresorts."Asthesehigh-endtravelersbecomeincreasinglyindependentintermsofwealth,costconsiderationsweighlessheavilyandtheyareabletotravelmorefreelytotheplacestheyfavorthemost,"saidRupertHoogewerf,chairmanandchiefresearcherofHurunResearchInstitute."Thesechoicesarehighlysignificant,astheyoftensetthetrendforfuturewavesoftourism,withthesehigh-endpioneerssettingthebenchmark,"hesaid.  Despiteasluggishworldeconomy,theexpandinggroupofwealthyChinese,especiallymillennials,isshowingabiggerappetiteforluxurytravel,addingabittothemembers'spiritofadventure.AccordingtoTheChineseLuxuryTraveler2017Report-jointlyreleasedonMondaybyShanghai-basedHurunRe-searchInstitute,whichobservestherich,andInternationalLuxuryTravelMarketAsia-theaverageupscaletravelerspent380,000yuan(,855)onfamilytravellastyear,220,000yuanofwhichwasdevotedtoshopping,up57percentyear-on-year.Thisseventhreportreleasedbythetwoorganizationscoverswealthytravelersfrom12Chinesecities.Thesurveypolled334affluentChinesewithanaveragepersonalwealthof22millionyuan.Intermsofaccommodationbudgets,theyoungergeneration,whowereborninthe1980s,hadabudget3,325yuanhigherthanothers,up7percentfrom2015.However,privateshort-stayrentals,likethoseprovidedthroughAirbnb,hadnotwonequalfavoramongwealthyChinesetourists.Whenaskediftheywouldconsidersuchservice,28percentofthosesurveyedsaidnoand10percentsaiditwashighlyunlikely.Another31percentshowedaneutralattitude.Thelackoftop-tierservicesattheprivateresidencesisthemainreasonfortheluxurytravelers'indifference.Adventuretravelwillbethethemeinthenextthreeyears,accordingtothesurvey,witharound-the-worldtravel,polarexpeditionsandoutdooradventuresthemostpopular.Thegenerationborninthe1980sshowsgreaterinterestintheseareas.About36percentoftheseyoung,wealthytouristsplantovisitAfricain2017,upfromthe23percentin2016.Meanwhile,32percentofthemexpecttoflytopolarareasthisyear,upfromthe17percentayearearlier.AccordingtoHHTravel,aluxurytravelbrandunderChina'slargestonlinetravelagencyCtrip,thenumberofconsumersinterestedinpolartripswithanaveragepersonalwealthofatleast10millionyuanhasgrownsince2014.Meanwhile,travelpackageswhichincludehuntinginAfricapromisesroomforgrowthamongwealthyChinese.AndyEdwards,globaldirectorofbrandandmarketingcommunicationsoftravelbookingfirmAgoda,alsoagreedthatwealthyChinesetravelersseekadventurous,undiscovereddestinationsratherthangoingtocommonrecreationalresorts."Asthesehigh-endtravelersbecomeincreasinglyindependentintermsofwealth,costconsiderationsweighlessheavilyandtheyareabletotravelmorefreelytotheplacestheyfavorthemost,"saidRupertHoogewerf,chairmanandchiefresearcherofHurunResearchInstitute."Thesechoicesarehighlysignificant,astheyoftensetthetrendforfuturewavesoftourism,withthesehigh-endpioneerssettingthebenchmark,"hesaid.  

  AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  

  Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)AnexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,alsocommonlyknownasSeth,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.CalledAl'écolebuissonnière,theexhibitionfeaturesacollectionofMalland'sworksthatcanbefoundinthestreetsofoneofthelastworking-classneighborhoodsincentralShanghai.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)"Throughoutmychildhood,IdreamedaboutescapingtoChina,upuntil1999whenIwentthereforthefirsttime.Iwouldreturnmanytimesthereafter,forpersonalandartisticprojectsbecauseChina,andespeciallyShanghai,becamemorethanjustanexoticdestination-itbecameoneofmymainsourcesofinspiration,"saidMalland."ThisexhibitionrepresentsmydreamofChina,intimatelylinkedtochildhoodandauniversalneedtoescapeinaworldthatisincreasinglyincomprehensible."Visitorstakephotosoftheartworksattheexhibition.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)BorninParisin1972,MallandrosetofameinShanghaiwithhispaintingsofchildrenonthewallsindifferentpartsofthecity.Hestartedpaintingonwallsinthemid-1990sandhassince2003beentouringtheworldtointeractwithstreetartistsfromdifferentcultures.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)AnexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,alsocommonlyknownasSeth,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.CalledAl'écolebuissonnière,theexhibitionfeaturesacollectionofMalland'sworksthatcanbefoundinthestreetsofoneofthelastworking-classneighborhoodsincentralShanghai.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)"Throughoutmychildhood,IdreamedaboutescapingtoChina,upuntil1999whenIwentthereforthefirsttime.Iwouldreturnmanytimesthereafter,forpersonalandartisticprojectsbecauseChina,andespeciallyShanghai,becamemorethanjustanexoticdestination-itbecameoneofmymainsourcesofinspiration,"saidMalland."ThisexhibitionrepresentsmydreamofChina,intimatelylinkedtochildhoodandauniversalneedtoescapeinaworldthatisincreasinglyincomprehensible."Visitorstakephotosoftheartworksattheexhibition.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)BorninParisin1972,MallandrosetofameinShanghaiwithhispaintingsofchildrenonthewallsindifferentpartsofthecity.Hestartedpaintingonwallsinthemid-1990sandhassince2003beentouringtheworldtointeractwithstreetartistsfromdifferentcultures.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)

  Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)AnexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,alsocommonlyknownasSeth,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.CalledAl'écolebuissonnière,theexhibitionfeaturesacollectionofMalland'sworksthatcanbefoundinthestreetsofoneofthelastworking-classneighborhoodsincentralShanghai.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)"Throughoutmychildhood,IdreamedaboutescapingtoChina,upuntil1999whenIwentthereforthefirsttime.Iwouldreturnmanytimesthereafter,forpersonalandartisticprojectsbecauseChina,andespeciallyShanghai,becamemorethanjustanexoticdestination-itbecameoneofmymainsourcesofinspiration,"saidMalland."ThisexhibitionrepresentsmydreamofChina,intimatelylinkedtochildhoodandauniversalneedtoescapeinaworldthatisincreasinglyincomprehensible."Visitorstakephotosoftheartworksattheexhibition.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)BorninParisin1972,MallandrosetofameinShanghaiwithhispaintingsofchildrenonthewallsindifferentpartsofthecity.Hestartedpaintingonwallsinthemid-1990sandhassince2003beentouringtheworldtointeractwithstreetartistsfromdifferentcultures.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)TwobigLeiFeng-likestatuesstandattheentrancetoaKentuckyFriedChickenrestaurantinChangsha,HunanProvince,March3,2019.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)KentuckyFriedChickenhaslaunchedanewthemedbranchinhonorofLeiFeng,alegendarysoldiercelebratedinChinaforhisselflessnessandmodesty,inhishometownChangsha,HunanProvince.TherestaurantopenedonSunday,twodaysbeforetheofficialremembrancedaymarkedacrossthecountryeveryyearonMarch5whenpeoplecelebratehisspiritsbyshowinggoodwillandgivinghelpinghandtoothers.TherestaurantwillorganizeseriesofactivitiesandalsocooperatewiththelocalLeiFengMemorialHalltofurtherpromoteLeiFeng'sspirits.AttheentrancetotherestaurantstandstwobigLei-likestatuesandtheinteriorisdecoratedwithLei'scartoonportraitsandquotesfromhisdiary,withhispoemsplayinginthebackground.Special:TravelerswalkinastreetinHepingtown,FujianProvince.(PHOTOBYYANGFEIYUE/CHINADAILY)Visitorspackedthenarrow,cobblestonelanesofancientHepingtowninearlyFebruary.LocatedinEastChina'sFujianProvince,HepingturnedintoatourismhotspotduringtheSpringFestivalholiday,whichtookplacelastweek.SomeposedforphotoswithancientbuildingsdatingbacktotheMingandQingdynasties(1368-1911),whileotherswerebusypurchasinglocalspecialtiesandsnackingatthefoodstandsonthestreets.Peoplehadtobereallycarefultonotsteponothers'feetwhiletakinginthepastoralcharmofthetown.ThroughoutHeping,liondances,drumbeatingandghost-repellingshowsweredemandingvisitors'attention."Wehaveseendailytouristnumberspeakat20,000,"saysKeJing,anofficialwiththetowngovernment.Thetownhiredroughly50localstogivefolkcustomperformancesforvisitorsduringtheSpringFestivalholiday.Aboutsixshowswerepresentedeachdayduringtheweeklongholidaytoenabletravelerstobetterenjoylocaltraditions,Keadds.Moreover,agourmetfoodstreetfeaturingdistinctivelocalsnacks,aswellasachildren'samusementzone,wasestablishedtospiceupthevisitorexperience.FuHaiyingwasbusydolingoutporridgemadeoflotusseedandlilybulbpowderneartheentranceoftheancienttown.Everybowloftheporridgewasmadeonspottoensureittastedjustright."Businessisgreatthesedays,"Fusays.Thewoman,inher50s,startedsellingtheporridgeduringmajorholidaysabouttwoyearsago."Isawmorepeoplecomingtovisitandmyneighborshavebeenmakingmoneybypeddlingthingstothem,"Fusays.Shehadtoraisetwodaughtersbyherselfadecadeagoandusedtoreceivegovernmentsubsidiestokeepherfamily'sheadabovewater.Now,Fucanmake3,000yuanduringtheNationalDayandSpringFestivalholidays.

  ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)AnexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,alsocommonlyknownasSeth,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.CalledAl'écolebuissonnière,theexhibitionfeaturesacollectionofMalland'sworksthatcanbefoundinthestreetsofoneofthelastworking-classneighborhoodsincentralShanghai.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)"Throughoutmychildhood,IdreamedaboutescapingtoChina,upuntil1999whenIwentthereforthefirsttime.Iwouldreturnmanytimesthereafter,forpersonalandartisticprojectsbecauseChina,andespeciallyShanghai,becamemorethanjustanexoticdestination-itbecameoneofmymainsourcesofinspiration,"saidMalland."ThisexhibitionrepresentsmydreamofChina,intimatelylinkedtochildhoodandauniversalneedtoescapeinaworldthatisincreasinglyincomprehensible."Visitorstakephotosoftheartworksattheexhibition.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)BorninParisin1972,MallandrosetofameinShanghaiwithhispaintingsofchildrenonthewallsindifferentpartsofthecity.Hestartedpaintingonwallsinthemid-1990sandhassince2003beentouringtheworldtointeractwithstreetartistsfromdifferentcultures.Al'écolebuissonnière,anexhibitionofstreetartbyFrenchartistJulienMalland,openedatMArtCenterinShanghaionMarch9.(Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  

  Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)Atotalof180relicscollectedbymuseumsinItalyareondisplayatTheLandofthePharaohs:AnExhibitionofAncientEgyptatZhejiangMuseuminHangzhouCity,EastChina'sZhejiangProvince,Jan.22,2019.(Photo:ChinaNewsService/WangGang)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)ShanghaiartistChaiYimingisaloverofclassicChineseliteratureandfolktalesaboutfairies,ghostsandmysteries.(Photoprovidedtochinadaily.com.cn)AvisittoZhangjiajieincentralChina’sHunanProvincestartsdramatically.Afterhoursofdrivingonhairpinroadsthroughmountains,visitorsenteraverylongtunnel.Whentheyemergeontheotherside,awholedifferentworldopensup.Aforestofsandstonepillars,likegiantbambooshoots,jutstowardaskyshroudedincloudsandmist.Theenvironmentissurreal,likesomefantasticworldconjuredupbysciencefiction.Infact,itisbelievedthatthelandformdesignoftheplanetPandorainJamesCameron’shitmovie“Avatar”waspartlyinspiredbythisuniquesetting.In2010,oneofthepeaks,theSouthernSkyMountain,wasrenamedAvatar-HallelujahMountaininanodtothemovieandabidtoattractmoreoverseastourists.In1992,ZhangjiajiewaslistedasaWorldHeritagesitebyUNESCO.Itisnowoneofthemost-visitedtouristattractionsinChina.Andnowonder!TianmenMountainTheuniquelandscapeofquartzsandstonelandformsinZhangjiajieisfoundnowhereelseintheworld.About3,000karstpinnaclesaddgrandeurtoastonepeakforestofsteepcliffs,gorgesandnaturalbridges.Awesomemaybeanoverusedterm,buthereitalmostseemsinadequate.TianmenMountain,ortheMountainoftheGatetoHeaven,hasacolossalnaturalholeinitsmiddle.Viewedfrombelow,itlookslikeapassagewaytothesky,whichishowthemountaingotitsname.Itis,however,notsoeasytoreachonfoot.Youfirstneedtoconquertheverylong,uphill“stairwaytoheaven.”Ontheothersideofthe“gate”sitstheTianmenTemple,aBuddhisttemplewithahistoryofmorethan1,000years.Themountainisshroudedinmysteriesaswellasmist.Onemythhasitthattheorientationoftheholechangeswithtime.Itisbelievedthatabout100yearsago,theholecouldbeseenfromthesouthernportoftheZhangjiajieRiver,butthatisnolongerthecase.Localpeoplebelievetheholealwaysfaces“thelandoftreasure.”LiNa,singerofthehitfolksong“TibetPlateau,”contributedtothemysteriousnessofthemountainwhenshesaidshefelta“power”whisperingtoherinthetempleaftershewalkedthroughthe“gate.”Suddenly“enlightened,”sheconvertedtoBuddhism.Forthelessadventurous,acablecarrunsfromdowntownZhangjiajieCitytothetopofthemountain.At8kilometers,itisoneofthelongestcablewaysintheworld.Thehalf-hourtriptothetopaffordsbreathtakingsights.Cost:258yuanHowtogetthere:PublicbusesNo.4,5,6and10gotothecablecarstationindowntownZhangjiajie.Thebusesareavailableattheairport,railwaystationandlong-distancebusstation.GlassbridgeandskywalkZhangjiajiereceivedworldwideattentionin2016withtheopeningofa375-meter-longglassbridgecalledYuntiandu(“CrosstheSky”),whichissuspended300metersaboveacanyon.It’sthelongestandhighestglass-bottomedbridgeintheworld.LiketheGlassSkywalkoftheGrandCanyonintheUnitedStates,thestructureteststhelimitsofheighttolerance.It’snotforthefaint-hearted.Visitorswithheartproblems,highbloodpressure,acrophobiaorvertigoarecautionedaboutusingthebridge.Thosewhodowalkacrossthebridgeenjoyanimpressionofwalkingonair,withspectacularmountainsceneryandstonepinnaclesflankingtheexperience.  

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