Are There Really Nine Million Bicycles in Beijing?

In the 10+ years since Katie Melua’s Beijing-inspired ballad “Nine Million Bicycles” was in the charts, almost every expat who has ever lived in the bustling metropolis has been asked if there really are nine million bicycles there. If you were to ask me how many bicycles...

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The Five Most Beautiful Natural Wonders in China

Many of China’s most famous landmarks, such as the Forbidden City or the Bund in Shanghai, are manmade but nature has its marvels too. From untouched forests to almost supernaturally colored volcanic pools, photographers will delight in exploring these sites. Many of these...

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Exploring the Mysterious Tulou of Fujian Province

If you have ever lived in an apartment building of any sort, you will be more than acquainted with the joys and sorrows of living in very close proximity to your neighbors. The inhabitants of the tulou (土楼) in China’s Fujian Province – literally translated as ‘earth...

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A Brief Guide to the Most Famous Water Towns in China

So your friends have been going on and on about their water town adventures, but when you finally get around to looking up what they are talking about, all you can find are images of old-timey settlements in flyover states, or worse, your search engine assumes you mean Chinese...

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Our Favorite Offbeat China Destinations

No visit to China would be complete without a visit to the Great Wall or the Forbidden City but there is no doubt that these popular sights can be a little crowded, especially around the main Chinese public holidays. But never fear - there are plenty of off the beaten path destin...

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The Eight Dishes You Must Try in China

Chinese cuisine is among the most diverse, complex cuisines in the world, so much so that it is hardly possible to describe any one style of cooking as “Chinese cuisine.” Classical Chinese cooking is often split into the “Eight Great Cuisines” of Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian...

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Top Five Things To Do With Kids In Beijing

A sprawling city of 20 million people, where the ancient shares close quarters with the modern, Beijing really embodies the phrase “something for everybody.” While adults will no doubt want to tick off major sights like the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, there is plent...

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