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The Strangest Buildings in China

There are many buildings scattered throughout the Chinese landscape that are as unique as the country itself. Inspired by architects from all corners of the world, the architectural landscape in China is truly a testament to how “awe” inspiring China really is. We have put...

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The Best Souvenirs to Bring Back from China

So you’re coming to the end of your China trip and you’re wondering what souvenirs to buy that will impress and delight the folks back home. Check our list of recommended souvenirs and you’re guaranteed to be the most popular person around! Wine and SpiritsChinese-made...

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What is Dragon Boat Festival?

The Chinese holiday that we know as Dragon Boat Festival actually goes by a number of different names, including Duānwŭ Festival in Mandarin and Tuen Ng Festival in Cantonese (端午节, both literally meaning “Opening the Seventh”), Zhōngxiào Festival (忠孝节, commemo...

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Jinshanling to Close for an Undefined Amount of Time

We have just received notice that Jinshanling, one of our favorite sections of the Great Wall, will close starting June 1. The reopening date has yet to be disclosed. According to the Jinshanling Great Wall Administration, the scenic area will close to allow for the construction...

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The Best and Worst Dates to Travel in China

There are several things to consider when planning a trip, including the season, major holidays, and the weather. As a huge and populous destination, when it comes to China, it’s important to know when NOT to visit China, so let’s get that out of the way first. Worst dates...

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The Best Restaurants in Beijing to Try Regional Chinese Cuisine

We’re keen foodies here at The China Guide, so it’s no surprise that we have already dedicated time on the blog to China’s fascinating and diverse regional cuisines, in particular the so-called “eight great cuisines.” However, you don’t need to spend weeks traveling...

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The Top 20 Attractions in China: Part Two

In our last blog we introduced the first 10 of what we consider to be the top attractions in China, the ones that deserve a place on every traveler’s itinerary. Here we count down the remaining 10. The Classical Gardens of Suzhou The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, located in...

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The Top 20 Attractions in China: Part One

We’ve already blogged about how to plan your very first trip to China but if you’re now wondering what to include in your trip, we are here to help with a handpicked list of the 20 most popular attractions in China. The Terracotta Army, Xi’an This impressive army of more...

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What are the Eight Great Cuisines of China?

For many travelers, food is the highlight of their trip to China. China is home to one of the world’s most ancient and diverse food cultures and for visitors that means that there is always something new to eat and discover! Sometimes it seems like even the smallest towns have...

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