China Travel Blog

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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What You Need to Know When Planning Your First Trip to China

Travelers have been fascinated with China for centuries, and it’s easy to understand why: an extensive and rich culture born within the borders of breath-taking landscapes and dreamy villages have made this country a shining star. But before we can imagine ourselves climbing...

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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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Kung Fu: The Art of Patience Embodied by Martial Arts

The concept of Kung fuWhen most people think of “kung fu”, the first thing that comes to their minds is a proficient martial artist, probably dressed in bright clothes, striking a fierce pose, and with a stern look in his eyes. So it might come as a surprise that contrar...

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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

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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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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Shopping Wisely as a Tourist in China

Shopping for souvenirs is an important part of a trip for many travelers and China truly is a treasure trove for those who like to shop. That said, shopping in China can be a little complicated: it’s important to avoid paying higher-than-normal prices by sellers who frequentl...

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