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218 Anren St, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
Yu Garden is a must-go place in Shanghai, especially you like architecture. It is such a peaceful place to go, even in the rain... This dragon rooftop is inside the Yu (Jade) Garden in Shanghai. The dragon looks toward to the sky, and about to fly...
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650 Gongyuan Rd, Qingpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 201700
This street is next to the Yu Garden (on your way), and store after store are endless gift shop and eateries. I went there in a rainy day, but still - look how crowded it is!
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People's Square, Huangpu, China, 200000
Yu Garden - This is the traditional Chinese garden, a very large garden. The feel is very zen. Again, I went there in pouring rain, but still very pretty. There are other major sights that you should go once in Shanghai: 1. The Cheng Huang Temple...
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Jiading, Shanghai, China
A mere two hours after we touched down in Shanghai, 13 hours after leaving Paris, our host had us on the move. "You'll be wrecked if you lay about the house. And you must be ravenous, no?". He was right. I spent the greater part of our flight over...
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China, Beijing, Dongcheng, Andingmen, Zhonglouwan Hutong, 临9号
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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Dongcheng, Beijing, China
“Our umbrellas are a part of our culture that is disappearing,” says Cheng Dehu, the owner of Beijing’s Ruo Shui Tang Oil Paper Umbrella Workshop. As China has modernized at a breakneck pace, most traditional oil paper umbrellas have been left...
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11 Zengguang Rd, Haidian Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100037
Hai Wan Ju is a cheap spot to taste Beijing folk cooking. They make very good noodles—handmade, of course. The zha jiang mian—noodles with fried bean sauce and vegetables—is a classic Beijing noodle dish. Here, they also add pork. —Fuchsia Dunlop...
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Donghuashi Beili, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100062
Yunteng Binguan specializes in the cooking of the Yunnan province. The restaurant is hard to find, but their cheese is worth the hunt. It’s like a milk cake of fresh curd topped with fried Szechuan peppercorn. —Fuchsia Dunlop Bldg. 7, Dong Hua Shi...
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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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Beijing, China

Hiking the Great Wall was an amazing experience. What made it even better was going to Simatai, which isn't as heavily visited as Badaling and other parts of the Wall. It's harder to get to and takes more effort to reach, but it's worth it. The...

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Dongzhimen Inner St, DongZhiMen, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
After visiting the Yonghe (Lama) Temple in Beijing, stop and enjoy fresh made dumplings. This gem is located at Beixinqiao 1st alley, which is near the Beixinqiao northeast station exit. You will love the variety they offer (and the price). If I...
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15 Guozijian St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100011
Across the street from the Lama Temple is the Guozijian, or Kong Miao. However, as my philosophy teacher warned, the Confucian philosophy is not to be confused with religion—that is to say, this is not really a worshipping temple. Rather, it’s a...
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Xicheng, Beijing, China
This adorable old woman reminded me of my grandmother despite the fact that they look nothing alike. I saw her outside Mr. Shi's Dumplings (74 Bao Cao Hutong) which was written up by Time Out Beijing and consequently was filled with white tourists...
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China, Beijing Shi, Haidian Qu, 颐和园宫门前街1号 邮政编码: 100000
What would the Empress Dowager Cixi have said? Here I stand beneath the soaring ceilings of the grand pavilion in Beijing’s Aman at Summer Palace hotel, facing an intricately carved, floor-to-ceiling wooden screen depicting cypress-lined...
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Zizhu Bridge, Haidian, Beijing, China
A serene encounter with a delightful old painter. Beijing's parks are incredibly beautiful. Some of my best memories include afternoons like this—watching a humble painter grind his ink onto a skillet and create a masterpiece on wrinkled rice...
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11 Beixiangfeng Hutong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
Down a dimly lit alleyway surrounded by traditional Beijing houses and grey tiled roofs is the Li Qun Roast Duck restaurant. Quite an insider spot (Al Gore ate here during his time in Beijing filming "An Inconvenient Truth"), the restaurant is...
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4 Jingshan Front St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
I used to be a docile tourist—get a map and brochure at the entrance, follow the prescribed route, or make a beeline for points of my interest. But one day impatience taught me the rollicking fun of ignorance and discovery. I didn’t...
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Xicheng, Beijing, China, 100006
I felt obligated to visit the Forbidden City while in Beijing as it tops every "must see" list. I sort of wish I hadn't. Even though I went early in the morning it was already mobbed with tourists. After about thirty minutes inside the compound...
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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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13 Guozijian St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100011
The Imperial College is where Chosen scholars (who had already passed the county and provincial examinations) would go to study for the national and palace examinations. As a teacher living in Beijing, I find China educational history fascinating;...
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Most big cities in China, of sufficient age and with sufficient mind to preserve the old, have a bell tower and a drum tower. Usually, these are in the town square or somewhere nearby. In Beijing, they are located on the city's famous center line...
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Zoo, Xicheng, China, 100044
Traveling to Beijing over the Christmas holiday wasn't exactly my wisest decision. Despite ultra-warm layers, thickly-lined boots, and a massive scarf large enough to protect most of my face, the biting cold stymied my ability to hit all the spots...
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Xidan, Xicheng, Beijing, China
Sad that we weren't able to make it to Sichuan Province, we still had to try hot pot. It was so hot and delicious!! The restaurant was on the main hudong near Ping'anli subway stop.
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China, Beijing Shi, Chaoyang Qu, SanYuan Qiao, E 3rd Ring Rd N, 东三环北路甲2号 邮政编码: 100027
It is said that a trip to Beijing can’t be complete without having a real Peking duck experience. I tried the Peking duck at the biggest Peking duck restaurant in the world—Quanjude (全聚德). This restaurant is assigned by the Chinese authorities to...
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When I first visited Beijing in 1993 many of the locals looked at me like I was from another planet. Okay, I’m 2 meters tall so that might have had something to do with it. However, it still seemed as if they had never seen a foreigner before. And...
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Chaoyang, Beijing, China
Beijing silk shop
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1 Tiantan E Rd, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
Admiring China's stunning architecture on a clear afternoon.
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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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Chaoyang, Beijing, China
Ritan Park is one of Beijing's greatest green lungs, the other being Tiantan (Temple of Heaven) park. Like Tiantan, Rtan is the site of an altar that was used by Chinese emperors to pray to specific deities ( in this case the sun) for good fortune...
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171 Fuchengmen Inner St, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
The Miaoying White Dagoba Temple was built in Yuan Dynasty as the personal temple of Kublai Khan, the grand son of Genghis Khan and founder of the Yuan Dynasty. The Temple is a traditional Chinese temple, with one difference, it contains a...
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2 Dongbiaobei Hutong, JianWai DaJie, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100005
This is great sight if you're interested in astronomy, science, ancient technology, the meeting of East and West, or you just need a break from the noise and crowds. The observatory was built in the Yuan Dynasty (1239-1368 AD). It was put to great...
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10 Anlelin Rd, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100075
The ancient craft of enamel art, also know as cloisonné, is demonstrated through the use of color application to a design that will eventually be baked and polished. All throughout Beijing, this art form can be discovered. A backroom tour through...
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5 Yiheyuan Rd, Haidian Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100080
After a meeting at Peking University, I had a few minutes to explore the campus. It felt much more like a park than a university, with expansive, open spaces, and was full of the beauty of its distinguished history.
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Lintong, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
Visiting the famous Terracotta Army was on my bucket list, and I was lucky enough to see it recently. As I entered the first pit, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Right in front of me was the section holding the life-size terracotta warriors all...
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Prince Edward, Hong Kong

Hong Kong cuisine matriarch Martha Sherpa instructs both culinary professionals and aspiring visitors how to prepare dim sum staples like traditional pork steamed buns and dumplings filled with homemade egg custard. Intimate classes of no more...

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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
Tim Ho Wan is a very delicious and extremely affordable Michelin 1 star restaurant in Hong Kong. My traveling companion and I were so excited to eat here, we may have gone a little overboard with our order. Our food started to come out and just...
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24 Lei Yue Mun Praya Road, Lei Yue Mun, Hong Kong
Lei Yue Mun ("Carp Gate") Seafood Market is a well-known place for seafood. There are endless selections of seafood, as well as restaurants along the narrow street. You can pick the seafood by yourself, and bring it to a nearby restaurant for them...
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2A-2P Tung Choi St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
During my recent trip to Hong Kong I was on a quest for local culinary adventure, as I always do when traveling. After an exciting morning in the busy area of Mongkok, the smell of greatness took me to a little restaurant called D.i.F. The fact...
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Temple St, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
The streets of Hong Kong and Kowloon glow at night due to all of the colorful neon signs. Areas around the street/night markets are good starting points to wander.
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9-11 Fuk Wing St, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
I've done my share of silly things in the name of good food - some of those exploits documented here on AFAR, I'm sure. Standing on a street corner in the pouring rain at 9am waiting for a lunch restaurant to open with 150 other hungry visitors...
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Man Mo Temple, 124-126 Hollywood Rd, Tai Ping Shan, Hong Kong
After exploring Man Mo Temple we smelled of incense for days – which was actually quite nice compared to the smells wafting up from the butcher shop below our room in Fortress Hill. And like, a lot of other unidentified smells on the streets...