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How to Book Tickets to the Forbidden City

Starting from October 2, 2017, all visitors to the Palace Museum (often referred to as the Forbidden City) must book their tickets online. If you are a foreign traveler and don't know where or how to book the tickets, this article will be your guide! In this article, we will...

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Our Favorite Places to Eat Local Shanghainese Cuisine in Shanghai

A buzzing, international city of 24 million people, Shanghai is one of China’s best foodie destinations, home to thousands of restaurants serving just about any cuisine you can think of. While you can easily spend your days feasting on dishes from around the world, you shouldn...

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Ten of the most out of this world places in China

China is home to some truly spectacular natural and manmade sights, many of which wouldn’t look out of place on the set of a sci-fi movie. For this blog, we rounded up a few of the most out of the world sights that you should consider including on your itinerary. Panjin Red...

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The Seven Best Things to do with Kids in Shanghai

Shanghai is best known as China’s financial and business capital. Adults will find that the city is a great place for shopping and wining and dining, there is plenty for kids to keep kids entertained, too. The city’s biggest family-friendly destination is, unsurprisingly...

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Jade: Between heaven and earth

Throughout history, precious gold and silver have never really reached the same status as jade in China. Despite the fact that the Chinese gold market is currently the biggest in the world, jade is an indispensable item in the Chinese culture. Of all the precious stones, jade...

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A Potted History of Chinese Ceramics

You can’t talk about Chinese ceramics without taking a very long journey through the dynasties. Porcelain, often considered to be the finest expression of ceramic art, has transcended time and space, and to this day modern people still refer to their beloved porcelain as "china...

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How to Avoid the Crowds When Visiting an Old Town in China

The many well-preserved old towns dotted around China offer a fascinating glimpse into the country’s past, from their architecture to the traditional way of life of the people who live there. However, rampant over-commercialization and the jostling crowds that come with it...

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An Introduction to the Silk Road

The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes that carried goods, culture, philosophy, and ideas from China all the way through Eurasia to the Mediterranean Sea and back again. Although the term “Silk Road” itself is a relatively recent appellation, coined by German...

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Top ten 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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The Seven Types of Chinese Tea

Tea has a long and illustrious history in China, having originated there more than 4,000 years ago. Legend has it that tea was discovered by Emperor Shen Nong in 2,737 BC when leaves fell into the water he was boiling. Tea is consumed throughout the day, as a substitute for plain...

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