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Castle in the Sky
Located in the junction of Ya'an and Luding, the Niubei Mountain has risen to fame these years due to its unique geographical location, beautiful sunrise, sea of clouds, light of Buddha and starry night.
China's Top Five Places for the Autumn
It is a good time to see the deep autumn scenery of China in October. The follows are the top five places that are worthwhile to travel in the October.
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The Mysterious Namsto Lake
Namsto means "heavenly lake". It is one of the three saint lakes of Tibet, covered with a veiling of mystery and sanctity. Namsto Lake occupies a sacred position in the heart of Buddhism followers.
Best Places for Discount Shopping in Shanghai
Known around the world for all the products manufactured in the country, it's no wonder that China is a shopaholics paradise. From local specialties to electronics to antiques, anything you could ever want can be found for sale in China. In major cities like Shanghai and Beijing, people open businesses from all over China and the world to sell their goods. Here are a few places where you can get the best bang for your buck in Shanghai.
China's 7 Most Unique Hotels
Hotels can sometimes take away from the experience of traveling when you stay in a standard room that is pretty much the same worldwide. If you’re looking for a unique experience and are willing to splurge a bit, here are some places in China worth taking a look.
China’s 5 Must See Temples
Buddhism and Confucianism are a big part of China's culture and history. Although not everyone has the same beliefs, much of China's beliefs and traditions are based on Buddhism and Confucious. They have left their mark throughout China in the form of these amazing structures and artworks, here are five temples that are must-sees in China!
China Cuisines & Food
8 Chinese Dishes That You Will Not Find In China
Like most authentic cuisines - whether it be Italian, French or Vietnamese - it has been manipulated to accommodate the taste buds of the foreign country were it resides. And Chinese cuisine is no different. In China you won’t find eggs roll and crab wontons, but rather find simple food. Authentic Chinese food includes plenty of vegetables with a bit of meat served family style so everyone has to sit around the table.
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Top 10 Things I Miss About China
After living in China for 4 months, returning back home to Canada was a little bittersweet. Although the change of living in another country was hectic and I missed my friends and family, there were a lot of great things about Shanghai that I wish I could bring back to Canada. Here are the 10 things I miss the most about China.
6 Chinese Olympic Athletes to Follow on Weibo
The Olympics are back! This year is the 2016 Summer Olympics In Rio de Janeiro and China will be competing in 29 sports with a total of 412 athletes. Here are 6 that you want to follow more closely!
China Top Ancient Towns & Ethnic Villages
4 reasons why Yunnan is China's most beautiful province
Yunnan may not have the Great Wall, but its splendid landscapes and people make it China's most beautiful province.
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5 Trails for Thrill Seekers in China
If you like to live your life on the edge (quite literally), here are 5 places you have to visit in 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
With so many incredible bookstores and libraries, China has become a haven visited by book lovers. From innovative architecture to mind-blowing interior design, these bookstores and libraries draws bookworms from all over the world. Here are a few of book lovers favorite places to go see when you're next visiting China.
Sun, sand, salty air and breeze. Welcome to Hainan, China, the tropical island you probably never heard of. Sure, it may not have the exotic vibe of Southeast Asia, but if you’re looking to see a different side of China and soak yourself in glorious sun rays, Hainan is your answer.
Shanxi, the vast and arid plateau to the west of Beijing known principally for its coal mining industry, is in fact, a part of China steeped in history. Nowhere is the rich heritage of this landlocked locale better exemplified that in the gorgeous, historical town of Pingyao
For Muslim travelers, it can often be difficult to find destinations that cater to their religious needs. From making sure that food is halal to having a mosque close by to do daily prayers, there is a lot to take into consideration when traveling as a Muslim. The city of Xi’an in China offers Muslim travelers a variety of options that perfectly suits their religious beliefs. As the capital of the Shaanxi Province in central China, the city was once known as Chang’an (Eternal Peace), and home to the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties' ruling houses. Today the large city is haven for tourist of all religions with stunning attractions, but also offers Muslim travelers what they need, including the following:
We tend to get to know a place through its writers: Victorian England through Dickens, the American South through Faulkner, Colombia through Marquez and Paris via Baudelaire. And of course, Beijing is no exception, with rich literary heritage and plenty of associated sites of pilgrimage for the bookish backpacker to uncover.
Learn about the three major philosophies that have shaped China in its 5000 years of history.
Superficially there’s little remarkable about Changsha. The city suffered heavily from fighting in 1938 during the Sino-Japanese war and much of it had to be rebuilt. Today the capital of landlocked Hunan province is most readily associated with its most famous adopted son Mao Zedong. The Great Helmsman hailed from nearby Shaoshan but spent time in Changsha as a student from 1913 to 1918 and again from 1920 to 1922, this time as a teacher. The Mao-related sights are, indeed, of interest to anyone with glee for modern Chinese history. But Changsha’s story reaches way back before the tumult of the twentieth-century.
Chinese cultural diversity can be found in the 55 ethnic minority groups. Check out the most fascinating ones!
Located in the province of Yunnan in southwest China, the Old Town of Lijiang is a well-preserved old city of ethnic minorities. Surrounded by the tree-covered Lion Mountain in the west, Elephant and Golden Row Mountains in the north, and vast fields with crystal clear waters running through it in the south, Lijiang is absolutely beautiful and picturesque. The old town itself occupies 3.8 square kilometers and was built in the late Song Dynasty/early Yuan Dynasty. The city was built along the old trade route of the "Old Tea Horse Caravan Trail” and was once a confluence for trade. It is also the only old city built without a city wall around it.
Besides its picturesque natural beauty, breathtaking cities and incredible ancient beauty, China also host numerous festivals and holidays. With millions of locals (1.3 billion to be exact) plus a huge number of tourists coming from all over the world to witness these traditional celebrations, crowds can become a problem.