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Jiuzhaigou, Aba, Sichuan, China, 623400
Jiuzhaigou Valley (or Jiuzhaigou National Park) is located in Sichuan, China. It is one of the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This is the longest hiking experience I've ever had - it took me two days to finish every part of the park! However, I...
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Seeing Potala Palace at sunset was a highlight of our visit to Lhasa, Tibet. The Palace is amazing inside and out!
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Fenghuang, Xiangxi, Hunan, China
This was the view from a gorgeous terrace in Fenghuang, China, a city in Hunan province. The ancient town is distinctive, with its buildings, alleys, bridges, and towers clinging to the atmospheric riverside. But visitors should also know that...
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Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China
Unbelievably, the first of China's National Parks is unknown to many of those travelling through China. Located in the Hunan Province of mid-southern China, Zhangjiajie National Park has clusters of karsts poking out over the landscape as if they...
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Only one and a half hours by train from Xian, the ancient China capital, "Huashan is the most beautiful mountain in China” I was told by many mainland travelers. After a strenuous 5 hours climb, I arrived the snow capped East Peak at 2100m for...
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Pingsong Rd, Songpan Xian, Aba Zangzuqiangzuzizhizhou, Sichuan Sheng, China
The colorful pools here in Huang Long (Yellow Dragon) National Park are formed by calcite deposits over the years. Some are in aqua blue, some are in dark blue, and some are in light shade of purple. On top of the park, the pools have five...
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China, Shanghai Shi, Huangpu Qu, 上海老街 邮政编码: 200085
After getting your bearings from atop the world's highest observation deck at Shanghai World Financial Center, visit the other side of The Bund. Meander through the side streets and alleys of Old Shanghai, where you can find city life as it's been...
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Wuhua, Kunming, Yunnan, China
My favourite cafe in Kunming, it’s a beautiful little 80 year old house, with lovely decorations and furniture. It’s VERY small but this just makes it even more special, sitting on cushions or little stools it feels like a relaxed afternoon at...
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Wuhua, Kunming, Yunnan, China
This market is listed in pretty much all travel guides for Kunming and does sell a lot of touristy-tat! However, if you are looking for somewhere to stroll around on a Sunday morning, to get lost in the noise and colour of Kunming's streets, among...
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144 Wenlin St, Wuhua Qu, Kunming Shi, Yunnan Sheng, China, 650031
I actually have dreams about their food.. This is a really popular place with Kunming locals. You’ll find lots of families come here to enjoy some Yunnan classics. It can get pretty busy and closes early (try to go before 20:00). It’s a simple...
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Huangshan, Anhui, China, 245800
Chinas Huangshan Mountains. Beautiful picturesk a must visit place for anyone that loves nature, hiking and something unforgettable. I wish i would have stayed 4 more days hiking the mountain. Huangshan is the subject of frequent traditional...
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E Ring Rd, Xianggelila Shi, Diqing Zangzuzizhizhou, Yunnan Sheng, China
At 18,000 ft a 2 day trek through the Tiger Leaping Gorge is no easy task (at least not for sea level people like us.) With the rest of China running full steam ahead the gorge was a nice respite from the swarms of tourists. The remote location...
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Situated at the eastern border between Tibet and China, this national park is among the most beautiful I've ever seen. The variety of hues of blues and greens in the many lakes, the multiple waterfalls and the soaring surrounding mountains are...
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Hualing Market Motorway Interchange, Shuimogou Qu, Wulumuqi Shi, Xinjiang Weiwuerzizhiqu, China, 830017
I was teaching language methodology in Urumqi for the summer and our host (the department head) decided to drive us out to Hami and Tulupan for the day. We had not left this city of over 1 million people in a month so th 4 hour trek out through...
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Nanliu Alley, ZhongLou ShangQuan, Beilin Qu, Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China
There are many night markets in Xi'an. One of the best is in the ancient city, near to the old Drum and Bell Towers. It's the perfect starting point for an evening walk through town or just a great option for fresh, authentic, and cheap food.
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12 Guanlian Rd, Yangshuo Xian, Guilin Shi, Guangxi Zhuangzuzizhiqu, China, 541900
This is the perfect place to stay while in Yangshuo. It is located within walking distance to the busy West Street and the popular walking street where you can find street vendors, good food, and tour guides. The hostel staff are very friendly,...
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Whether you're an artist or not, this is a great spot to surround yourself in good design and get a taste of the contemporary art scene in Shenzhen. There are many restaurants and cafes, galleries, and shops to browse. Don't confuse this area with...
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1881 Bao'an S Rd, CaiWuWei, Luohu Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518000
The Penthouse on the 38th floor of the Grand Hyatt is my favorite bar in Shenzhen. The views are unreal, and the bar itself is comfortable, chic, and well-managed.
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5 Xiangshan E St, HuaQiaoCheng, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518053
This place is popular with travelers at the nearby youth hostel, and it's easy to see why. Donkey Bar is more cafe than bar. The decor is a beautiful Tibetan theme, with Buddhas watching you serenely from every corner. You can borrow a book from...
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Overseas Chinese City, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China, 518053
If you come to OCT Loft, chances are that you'll either start or end your night at Idutang. Its a combination restaurant/bar/music venue that seems to be constantly evolving, like Shenzhen itself. The inside is huge and very "renao" (hot and...
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1388 Lujiazui Ring Rd, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is a window into underwater environments around the world. Unlike other aquariums, their glass-topped tunnel takes you underwater and into the exhibit so you can walk along surrounded by fish, sharks and other marine...
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Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China, 100006
You can find just about anything you never thought you would eat at the Beijing Donghuamen Night Market, along with a few things you just might recognize. Try the fried scorpions, much to my surprise, they actually were kind of tasty--once you get...
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Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China
A few hours from Shanghai, Shaoxing's water-town area is exactly what you would envision China to look like prior to visiting. You can eat at restaurants with local specialties in windows above canals.
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The city of Chengdu in Sichuan province is designed for slow strolls and tea sipping. Pick one of the lovely green spaces, maybe Baihuatan or Renmin Park, and sooner or later you'll come across a scattering of wicker chairs. Plop down in one of...
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It gets pretty scarey when you head up there with hoards of Chinese tourists, it's amazing how this structure has withstood so much foot traffic!
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Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi, China
Yangshuo's countryside is unreal. Just an hour and a half down the Li River from Guilin, Yangshuo is much more scenic and laid back. We actually stayed outside of Yangshuo in a farmhouse, and biked a beautiful 20 minute ride into town. The scenery...
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Nanjiao, Datong, Shanxi, China
The city of Datong may not be the most exciting, but it is filled with amazing UNESCO-worthy sites like this: the Yungang grottoes, one of the Top 3 religious sculpture sites in China. Definitely worth a weekend trip if you're in the northern part...
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15 Nanshan Rd, Xihu Qu, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China, 310000
Leifeng Pagoda (Chinese: 雷峰塔; pinyin: Léi Fēng Tǎ) is a five story tall tower with eight sides, located on Sunset Hill south of West Lake in Hangzhou. Originally constructed in the year AD 975, it collapsed in 1924 but was rebuilt in 2002, since...
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185 Shangle St, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518067
An older Chinese friend started taking my husband and me to this restaurant when we first moved to Shenzhen. They serve delicious Peking Duck, dumplings, and our favorite, the 木耳 (mu er, a.k.a. wood ear mushrooms). It's almost always crowded for...
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Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
I was amazed for several reasons the first time I climbed this mountain right in the heart of Shekou. The many, many steep stairs allow you to get way above Shenzhen in a matter of 30 minutes or so, and you can see the entire city and across to ...
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E Ring Rd, Xianggelila Shi, Diqing Zangzuzizhizhou, Yunnan Sheng, China
Tiger Leaping Gorge (虎跳峡 – Hŭtiàoxiá) is one of the deepest canyons in the world. Its winding trails and vast cliffs lie only 60 kilometers outside of Lijiang. Apparently foreigners started hiking the gorge in the 1980s. Since then a well...
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Dunhuang, Jiuquan, Gansu, China
About 2km West of the entrance to Singing Sands National park in Dunhuang the fences to the park end but the dunes continue on. From there you can climb the dunes free of charge and, more importantly, free of people. Enjoy the satisfaction of the...
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Anhui, China
Hongcun is an preserved traditional village in the Anhui province of China. It's a generally unvisited world heritage site, except by Chinese art schools students who paint the architecture during their field trips.
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Shangri-La, Deqen, Yunnan, China
Every time I travel the world, I try to participate in a real and important event related to the location. While in Shangri-La, Yunnan, Tibet, China, I was able to attend, along with my friends, to an unforgettable wedding. The bride was the...
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Lugu Lake, China
In 2012, I went to southern China to learn about the Musuo tribe - the world's last matriarch society. In this culture, women inherit all property and money, and make all family decisions. The Musuo do not marry, instead women take as many lovers...
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Fengxin Rd, Baoan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 511700
Picking lychees in season (usually late June) is probably the most memorable experience I've had in Shenzhen. A Chinese friend drove us up to Guangming, a rural district in the northern part of Shenzhen, and we paid a small fee to climb trees and...
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Wulingyuan, Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China, 427400
It's expensive to get in to this national park but the ticket gives you 3 days entry. There's a simple hostel that you can stay at between hikes. Macaques, hours of hiking, breathtaking views. Cross your fingers for clear skies and it'll simply be...
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My friend and I had spent the better part of a day climbing Qingcheng Shan, a UNESCO World Heritage mountain that was a cradle for Taoism. The mountain is host to dozens of temples and monasteries, and we started our trek in drizzly weather only...
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Fenghuang, Xiangxi, Hunan, China
The venerable town of Fenghuang (aka "Phoenix City"), located in Hunan province, is one of the most exquisite sights of central China. It's become a bit of a tourist attraction with a few too many shops and cafes (one of which has a sign out front...
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Maiji, Tianshui, Gansu, China
Yes, it's a long and winding road to get here; trains, buses, more buses, and lots of walking. But as you see, there is nothing like it. And you can enjoy peeking into the caves at your very slow leisure because there are hardly any tourists...
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Mingshan Rd, Yueyaquanzhen, Dunhuang Shi, Jiuquan Shi, Gansu Sheng, China
Sunrise over sand dunes at the edge of the Gobi Desert near Dunhuang, Gansu Province, China. I got up at about 4am and rode a long-haired camel into the desert with my guide to capture this spectacular sunrise--it's very cold in the mornings, so...
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Guizhou, China
If you're weary of 5-star hotels, paved roads and predictable food, head to China's Guizhou Province during autumn's harvest festival season. Minority groups make up nearly 40 percent of the province population. With costumes as colorful as their...
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35 Beijing Middle Rd, Chengguan Qu, Lasa Shi, Xizang Zizhiqu, China, 850000
We always imagine Tibet as a spiritual place. It certainly is, and to top it off the locals are among the most beautiful and stylish I've ever seen. They perform prostrations around monasteries, amid the architecture of the palaces, fields of yaks...
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62 Changyang Rd, Hongkou Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200082
You wouldn’t know it from walking the streets of Hongkou today, but this Shanghai neighborhood once was home to more than 20,000 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Shanghai before and during World War II was a safe harbor for...
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Dangquhe E Rd, Dangxiong Xian, Lasa Shi, Xizang Zizhiqu, China, 851500
Namtso Lake is the largest lake in Tibet, and the highest lake in the world. The lake surface is at 4,740 meters above sea level, measuring about 70 kilometers long and 30 kilometers broad, with a surface area of 1,920 square kilometers. Namtso...