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4 Jingshan Front St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
Beijing's number one tourist attraction is a massive former imperial palace known as the Forbidden City. Between 1416 and 1911, it was home to 24 Ming and Qing dynasty emperors and their families and staff. In 1912, after the abdication of...
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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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243 Provincial Rd, Yichuan Xian, Luoyang Shi, Henan Sheng, China
From one-inch statutes to the 57-foot Vairocana Buddha in the Fengxian Temple (pictured above), Longmen’s 100,000 Buddhist statues provide an awe-inspiring window into Buddhist art and its development through Chinese history. Beginning in 493 AD...
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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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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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Tumen Shangquan, Lianhu, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
We call this yang rou pao mo. It's a bread and lamb stew. It has a terrific smell and a terrific taste. Have a try, or your trip to Xi'an will be worthless.
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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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Look no further than Tea Cozy for your Yanshuo vacation. Having lived and traveled extensively in China over the past five years, I can say this is as good as it gets. Expect to pay between US$60-US$120 a night depending on time of year. Instead...
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Longsheng, Guilin, Guangxi, China
It’s hard to believe as I pour a cup of crisp white grains into boiling water that they began their journey to the stove in a place as serene as the terraced hills at Longsheng, outside Guilin, China. The Longji rice terraces cover the rolling...
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China, Guangxi, Guilin Shi, Yanshan Qu, 026 Country Rd, 大埠乡
A giant gray Mao-style suit hangs on a red hook from the face of a massive rock. This sculpture by Chinese artist Zhu Yu is one of more than 200 contemporary works on display at Yuzi Paradise, a 1,320-acre outdoor sculpture park surrounded by...
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Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi, China
Roughly an hour's bus ride north from Yangshuo will take you to the small fishing village of Xingping. It's just south of the karst bluff viewpoint imprinted on the back of the 20 RMB note. Alternatively, you can reach the quaint village by...
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Dragon's Back, Shek O, Hong Kong
On this day, we discovered there's way more to Hong Kong than high-end shopping and dining. I'll never forget these views and the sense of tranquility we found up here. We also spent some time at the lovely little Shek O beach, which you'll find...
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Hong Kong, Mong Kok, Flat 8, Ground Floor, Phase 2, Tsui Yuen Mansion, 2-20 Kwong Wa St, 廣華街2-20號翠園大樓2期地下8號舖, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
They are most famed for their mouth-watering BBQ pork buns and the queues of people that congregate outside their blink-and-you’ll-miss-it canteen. Welcome to Tim Ho Wan, the one of the world’s cheapest Michelin star restaurants. This is Yum Cha...
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Beijing, China
The Great Wall of China runs more than 21,000 kilometers (over 13,000 miles), not as one continuous wall but rather as fortified wall sections. Some of the sections date back more than 2,500 years, though only 8.2 percent of the existing wall is...
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Pingjiang Rd, Hexi Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300201
The Tianjin Museum, opened in 2004, is an enormous, modern structure, full of eye-catching details. The 50,000 square meter museum has a permanent collection of cultural and historical artifacts from around China, but with a strong focus on local...
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If you're a fan of Chinese dumplings, you're going to have to visit 100 Dumpling Restaurant. Here the dumplings come in all flavors and colors: green, red, soupy, lamp, tomato, crab, and more (ninety-four more, to be precise). The dumplings are...
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Dongli, China
City life can be exhausting. All that running around, the blast of car horns, the endless sightseeing list... Dongli Lake offers the perfect getaway from Tianjin. Come out here for the day and wander around the wetlands. There are lovely hot...
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Tianwei Rd, Hebei Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300142
The Dabei Buddhist Monastery is the best of the Buddhist temple sites in Tianjin. Originally built in the end of the Ming Dynasty, the temple is remarkably well-preserved, and its collection of Buddha statues includes interpretive signs, which is...
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Hotel Rd, Hexi Qu, Tianjin Shi, China
Tianjin is famous for its traditional woodblock carvings. The local style is the Yangliuqing New Year Pictures, which feature chubby-cheeked figures and bright colors; they may depict a wide range of themes. Before you set out to buy your own...
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Gulou S St, GuLou ShangYeQu, Nankai Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300090
Chinese kites are famous worldwide, and Tianjin is one of the top producers of silk kites. The city's high-flying legacy is the result of one kitemaker, Wei Yuantai, who made kites in the city for more than 70 years, designing hundreds of new...
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1008 Huaihai Middle Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
“I used to sit in this small park with a cup of coffee before I went to work. It’s an interesting experience to be in the park and see modern shopping malls on one side of you and tall green trees on the other. At night, older couples...
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Huangshan Mountain, Runzhou, Zhenjiang, China, 212000
After two days of hiking Huangshan Mountain, the loveliest--and coldest--mountain I have ever encountered, I spent half a day gazing back at its majestic peaks from the hot springs at its feet. These mineral waters--tapped more than a thousand...
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222 Xinhua Rd, JieFangBei ShangQuan, Yuzhong Qu, Chongqing Shi, China, 400010
Jin Yao Xuan Specialty Restaurant at the Westin stands out from the (many) other hot pot restaurants in Chongqing by offering fresh, organic ingredients. Really! The chef will even come out with a big chunk of earth and handpick delicate mushrooms...
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160 Xinnan Rd, Yubei Qu, Chongqing Shi, China, 401122
This is by far my favorite place to get a cup of coffee in Chongqing. It's such a cozy place to curl up with a drink, and it has free Wi-Fi. If you get bored with the internet, the best part of Bridges Book House is the books. You can browse and...
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1 Huangshan Ave Middle Section, Yubei Qu, Chongqing Shi, China, 401122
Chongqing has an almost–dare I say American–obsession with having the largest things in the world. There's the longest escalator, not particularly exciting. Liangjiang Park has the largest musical fountain in West China with water shows that reach...
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China
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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Jingtai, Baiyin, Gansu, China
Using smooth, rhythmic movements, the Chinese martial art of tai chi aims to harmonize the forces of yin and yang while promoting health and relaxation. The Tai Chi and Cultural Experience, run by Real Gap Experience, takes travelers to a martial...
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Climbing 9 hours up stairs in the scenic Emei Shan are brings you past wild monkey preserves and many temples. One of the holiest mountains in Buddhism and by the time you reach the top dragging yourself on a bamboo walking stick you will come to...
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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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Xinglong N Rd, Longsheng Gezuzizhixian, Guilin Shi, Guangxi Zhuangzuzizhiqu, China
In the Longji Rice Terraces in Yunnan Province, China, people plant rice in thin, flooded strips that hug the hills as far as the eye can see. Water buffalo and farmers like this man traipse through the mud together to plow them, back and forth...
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I caught this moment while traveling in the countryside of Guangxi, China, where there are spectacular terraced rice fields near Longsheng. The steepness of these hills does little to deter these farmers from cultivating them with rice, and I...
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Guilin, Guangxi, China
i like travels everywhere in all over the world. I have just comeback after a long travel last for two weeks in Guilin, Guangxi, china. The travel is great. I discovered many interesting things in the place. Firstly, i really feel fantastic with...
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3 Xinbi St, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100031
This gleaming performing arts center, sometimes called the Giant Egg, was designed by French architect Paul Andreu and inaugurated in 2007. The ellipsoid dome, made of titanium and glass and surrounded by a man-made lake, looks a bit like a...
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China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, Dongsi 10th Alley, 东四十条甲22号南新仓商务大厦1-2层 邮政编码: 100001
You can’t leave Beijing without having Peking duck at Da Dong. I eat the crisp skin first, dipped in sugar. Then I pile the skin, meat, leek, cucumber, and sweet, fermented sauce onto pancakes. I finish by drinking the broth from the carcass. —...
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China, Beijing Shi, Chaoyang Qu, S Sanlitun Rd, 三里屯南街4号院 邮政编码: 100001
A lending library with more than 10,000 English-language books. A weekly slate of events, from poetry readings to winetastings to quizzes to movie screenings. A full menu of food. A superb single malt collection. "Something for everyone" sounds...
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Chaoyang, China, 100001
Opened in 1959, Workers Stadium is one of the early signature projects of the People's Republic of China. These days, it is home to the local football team, Beijing Guoan, the site of major concerts, and a hub for a great many restaurants,...
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1 Tiantan E Rd, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
This complex of Taoist religious buildings was constructed in the early 15th century under the Yongle Emperor, who also commissioned the Forbidden City, just to the north. The temple's central building is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a...
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3 Hufang Rd, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
While visiting Beijing on a Fulbright over the summer, we were given the opportunity to attend a traditional Peking Opera. Though the show was entirely in Mandarin, it was highly entertaining and lively. The vibrant colors of the venue, coupled...
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12 Yonghegong St, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100007
To understand China, it's imperative to understand the important role religion and philosophy play in the culture. Buddhism is one such influence, and this gorgeous temple tells a bit of that story. Yonghegong is in the northern part of Beijing...
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Pudusi Back Alley, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
Never leave a country before you taste its street food—there will many differences from one country to the next, but it's always tempting while wandering the streets and a good way to better understand local culture. Donghuamen Night Market is...
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临9 Zhong Lou Wan Hu Tong, Andingmen, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
The old hutongs [alleys] near Drum Tower are lined with nameless snack shops selling what I call Chinese fast food. One staple is shui jiao, which are boiled dumplings typically filled with pork and fennel. You dip them in vinegar and soy sauce...
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Fengtai, China, 100036
If you want to travel from Beijing to Xi'an, I recommend riding the overnight train. Although the amenities are basic, the view is spectacular: you can sip tea while watching the scenery transform from a sprawling city to a rural landscape.
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2 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100096
How a complex of German-built factories became one of East Asia’s hottest art destinations is also the story of modern China. When construction on a number of electronics factories began in Dashanzi in 1956, the area was farmland. Joint...
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3 Chongwenmen Outer St, ChongWenMen, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
One of my favorite moments in Beijing was sitting around the cozy circular bar at Noodle Bar for front-row action of the chef pulling our noodles by hand. The menu is simple and straightforward: all noodle soup with your choice of brisket, tendon...
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Jiuzhaigou, Aba, Sichuan, China
On a clear day, they say, birds fly under water and fish swim in the sky. A dubious distinction, you say? But no. I stood on the shores of Mirror Lake. And it was true. Jiuzhaigou National Park, Sichuan, China.
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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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313 Provincial Rd, Luqu Xian, Gannan Zangzuzizhizhou, Gansu Sheng, China
Langmusi is a small town in the Amdo region of China’s Tibetan Plateau. The town, which rests at 3,345 meters above sea level, is bifurcated by the Sichuan and Gansu Province border. While Langmusi is best known for the vast grasslands that...
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Xiahe, Gannan, Gansu, China
Contrary to intuition, one of the best places to experience Tibetan Buddhism is inside China. I learned that the Chinese government places caps on the number of monks allowed to reside in any single Buddhist monastery inside Tibet. In China “...
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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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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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Tagongxiang, Kangding, Garze, Sichuan, China
Traveling in western Sichuan is an awe-inspiring spiritual experience, but can sometimes become a wearisome experience. Thanks awesome accommodations like Khampa Cafe and Arts Center in Tagong, English speaking travelers have a great resource for...
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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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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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Shizhong, Leshan, Sichuan, China
I didn't know what to expect from the largest stone Buddha in the world. But here is some good perspective. Those people at the front are maybe HALF of one of his toes. The place was incredibly spiritual, even with the thousands of tourists in the...
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Wulong, Chongqing, China
Located in the Wulong National Geology Park, the Wu Long karsts form a range of stone bridges and deep mountain valleys in Wulong county of Chongqing municipality. The Wulong karsts, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are also home to the Three...
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Renmin E St, Xiahe Xian, Gannan Zangzuzizhizhou, Gansu Sheng, China
Xiahe has one of the largest functioning Tibetan Buddhist temples outside of the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) with 1,200 monks. Running around the perimeter is a succession of prayer wheels that make up the kora. As you walk (clockwise, always...
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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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China, Tibet, Lasa Shi, Dangxiong Xian, Dangquhe E Rd, 当曲河东路4号 邮政编码: 851500
The black tents of Tibetan nomadic life, these tents are designed for water-prof and wind-prof. The plateau nomads are fully adapt on the wide grasslands for their domestic animals and each home got their own mastiff dogs for their protection.
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China, Qinghai Sheng, Xining Shi, Huangzhong Xian, 金堂巷2号
Most travelers overlook Xining, in north-central China, in their hurry to board a Lhasa-bound train. But the city is home to two of the country’s most important religious sites for Hui Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists. In a one-day stop at this...