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  • The Unreal Rock Formations of China

    If we look at China’s great paintings from Huang Gongwang’s Dwelling in Fuchen Mountain to Wang Ximen’s A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains to Gu Kaizhi’s Nymph of the Luo River, we see a common thread; namely a fascination with strange rock formations. Southern China, in particular, is a place of extraordinarily diverse topography. And as the Middle Kingdom’s political center moved south during the Song Dynasty, artistic attention was increasingly drawn towards the marvels of the natural world.

  • Chinese Desserts - Do They Even Exist?

    Baffled by the non-existent dessert menu in Chinese restaurants? Look out for these yummy desserts in your next trip!

  • Great Chinese Poets and Where to Find Them

    Poetry is an ambiguous art form to many in contemporary society where commercial cinema and Internet pop-ups; graphic art and digital visuals inform much of our dizzying, day-to-day experience. Yet the desire to capture a moment, a feeling, a profound experience or philosophical insight in verse still resonates. Indeed the poetic concept has had wordsmith’s grappling with language since the earliest vestiges of the modern man, whom rose from the swamps, woods or desert and began to wonder what life was all about. Everything from epic journeys to dandelions has been evoked with rhyme, wordplay, symbolism and meter.

  • The Art Lovers Guide to Shanghai

    Where should art lovers go? Shanghai! The city is a powerhouse of contemporary art is waiting to be discovered.

  • A Chinese Halloween: the Hungry Ghost Festival

    Did you know? China has its very own Halloween, the Hungry Ghost Festival! No, it's not a big party, but it sure is an interesting festival to observe.

  • Yaogun – Beijing’s Best Rock n Roll Dives

    When you think of Beijing you probably imagine fantastical Ming palaces, the austere edifices of socialism or the vast Great Wall meandering its way over forested hills. You might conjure to mind the scholars and scribes, the courtiers, artisans, eunuch and royal concubines who once inhabited the imperial citadel. Or perhaps you think of contemporary China – crowded highways, a festering high-tech industry, malls decorated with the plastic trappings of consumerism. Rock music is seldom what comes immediately to mind when one thinks of the Chinese capital.

  • The Best Places in China to See Autumn Foliage

    Is there anything more poetic and sublime than watching leaves turn a rich hue of amber, with clear blue autumn skies and beautiful weather? Autumn is a time that reminds us in the Northern Hemisphere that the year is ending. It’s also a time when the peak summer tourist season has passed, and you get to enjoy scenery and sightseeing with more breathing space and tranquillity. Admire this change of seasons in some of the most gorgeous viewing spots in China.

  • Guiyang and Beyond

    Guizhou – a province of cloud-quilted mountainous, deep river gorges and lost valleys. The remarkable topography here has shaped a myriad of minority cultures; peoples that to this day make southwest China one of the most intriguing places to visit. And these diverse people typically converge in Guiyang, the rambling capital at the heart of this unique quarter of the Middle Kingdom.

  • Lost in a Beijing Museum

    It stands to reason that Beijing, being the capital city, posses a multitude of museums to explore. Perhaps most famous of all is the Palace Museum, a sort of living, breathing insight into decadent imperial life during Ming-Qing China. It is of course better known as the Forbidden City.

  • 10 Famous Chinese Proverbs To Live By

    China’s long history, culture, and traditions have birthed some of the world’s more notable philosophers and leaders. From that many famous proverbs and expressions have been passed down through generations and have now spread throughout the world. Here are 10 of the most famous proverbs we can all learn from.

  • The Wonderfully Unusual Hotels of China

    Skip the chain hotels, skip the rowdy hostels, and yes, skip the good ‘ole guesthouse. For once, treat yourself to a hotel that’s a destination in itself, an experience to remember, whether luxurious or just downright wacky. China’s share of strange, quirky and downright unusual hotels will add that little jazz back to your usual holiday accommodation choices. It goes without saying that you should book early to avoid disappointment!

  • The Marvels of Shanxi

    The province of Shanxi covers a large plateau in northern China. Landlocked and averaging at 1000 metres above sea level, the Yellow River flanks its western border, while its tributaries, the Fen and Qin, feed much of this rain-starved region. Mount Wutai in the northeast is Shanxi’s tallest peak standing at 3058 metres.

  • Spiritual China, A Pilgrimage to China's Most Sacred Sites

    News and media about China today would have you thinking that China is an unapologetically capitalist country that has abandoned its cultural and spiritual roots. However, while the modern Chinese are not generally known to be deeply religious or spiritual, it’s still, after all, the birthplace of Taoism and has played an important part in the development and diffusion of Buddhism.

  • Everything You Need To Do When Visiting Suzhou

    Everything You Need To Do When Visiting Suzhou

    Located in the province of Jiangsu, Suzhou is a big city just west of Shanghai. The city is situated on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and the shores of Lake Tai. Known for its canals, bridges and classic Chinese gardens dating back to 1500s, it is one of the most beautiful in the province. Apart from its natural beauty, the city also has an eyeful of temples, pagodas, and museums that highlight the cities history and culture. With a population of 4.33 million people, the city is also an economic hub with plenty of business, shopping and sightseeing to be done. Because it is not as popular as the major cities of Bejing and Shanghai, it is often less crowded during peak season.

  • Experience Datong Reborn

    Anyone who’d visited the city of Datong in northeastern Shanxi province a decade or so ago would have reported on a crumbling old town blighted by smog. Much of the city’s architecture would have constituted Mao-era square brick tenements. The coal industry was the only thing turning the wheels of the economy.

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