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A Brief Guide to the Most Famous Water Towns in China

The many water towns dotted around Suzhou and Shanghai are often collectively referred to as the "Venice of the East". These water towns offer a tranquil break from modern China and a glimpse of the time-honored traditions of rural life in the picturesque Jiangnan area as you...

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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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UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Must See While in Beijing

Since its launch in 1970s, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has recognized over 800 sites of particular cultural, scientific, or historical significance around the world. From Macchu Picchu to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, these sites are considered important to global interests...

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​Best Beaches in China

From Beijing to Guangzhou, Chinese summers can be stifling. Luckily, with its 14,500 kilometers of coastline, China is home to some dazzling beaches, offering residents and visitors alike the opportunity to cool down with a refreshing dip in the sea in between tanning sessions...

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A Brief History of Coffee in China

If I asked you to name China’s most popular hot, caffeinated beverage, you’d probably say tea. And you’d be right—with a history of more than 5,000 years, Chinese tea isn’t going anywhere soon. However, coffee—a relative newcomer to the caffeine scene in China—is...

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The 7 Best Language Apps for Travelers to China

Excited for your trip to China, but worried about the language barrier? While English is commonly spoken in other parts of the world, it’s true that you’re less likely to come across Anglophones in China. If you’ll be venturing into the countryside, English will be even...

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Top Ten Books to Read before Coming to China

Many newcomers to China may not know much about it, except that it’s big and has great food. While both of these things are true, China also has a long and eventful history that stretches back thousands of years and it has quickly developed into the world’s most populous...

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Ten Regional Dishes To Try While in China

Visitors to China are often dying to explore the country’s food scene, but many are surprised to find that the dishes they try aren’t at all like those served at their local Chinese place at home. Even though you might not be able to find fortune cookies, China’s cuisine...

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​Best Places to See Giant Pandas in China

Unmistakable and un“bear”ably cute, the giant panda is China’s most iconic non-human resident and a national symbol. Beloved by people all over the world, seeing a giant panda in China is near the top of many visitors’ lists. While intensive conservation efforts have...

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​How to Use Your Cell Phone While Traveling in China

We all know it: that feeling of panic when you reach into your pocket and realize you’ve left your trusty companion, your cell phone, at home. If a trip to China is in your future, maybe you’re experiencing a similar worry and asking yourself, “Will I be able to use my...

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