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AFAR Ambassador, Sherry Ott, traveled to China courtesy of the China National Tourist Office (www.cnto.org) and Wendy Wu Tours (www.wendywutours.com/china/USTOATravelTogether) as part of AFAR’s partnership with The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) (www.ustoa.com), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. For more info on Sherry’s journey, visit the USTOA blog (http://ustoa.com/blog).
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Lintong, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
The story of the Emperor Qin reads something like Game of Thrones, with hostages, feuding brothers, wars, and the ultimate unification and creation of what we know as China today. Wanting to protect himself in the afterlife, Emperor Qin created an...
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File this under "That's Weird": Right by the South Gate, there's an informal marketplace where some men from the Muslim neighborhood sell jewelry and other interesting items. Also, giant rocks. Don't get me wrong, they're beautiful, polished...
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A traditional breakfast for the fast-paced businesspeople in Shanghai is warm, sweet soymilk and a fried breadstick. Yon Ho is a fast-food chain that started as a street stall in Taiwan and now sells its soy milk across China. To me the drink was...
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Nanshi Market in Old Town Shanghai is a place to see China's latest shopping crazes. The market is on a street surrounded by old buildings painted in red with traditional Chinese rooflines. Don’t let the term ‘Old Town’ fool you, though: The...
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4 Jingshan Front St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
Palace Museum detailing
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A cocktail served in a bag - only in Asia! At Migas, the hip rooftop bar in Beijing, they serve cocktails the local way! I was delighted to see that my cucumber vodka drink was served in a plastic bag...taking it to a whole new level of hip! At...
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67 N Luogu Alley, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Where do the hipsters go in Beijing? To the hutongs - the old neighborhoods of Beijing. Little alleyways and streets are a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. That's where we found the ultra hip Si---if coffee bar. I was...
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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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Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000

Along the western side of the Huangpu River, the Bund is a street of two dozen stately heritage buildings. Architecture buffs will find an array of late-19th- and early-20th-century styles here, from Gothic Revival to Art Deco. Among the most...

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In Xi'an we not only ate dumplings (jiaozi), we learned how to make them. Chef Jin makes about 3,500 dumplings a night, which explains why her super power is to make dumplings lightening fast. Seriously, if you blink you’ll miss it and you...
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甲37 Dong'anmen St, WangFuJing, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
It might look slightly unappetizing to have a whole duck brought out to your table, but trust me on this and say ‘yes’ to Peking Duck when in Beijing! We went to Da Wan Ju, a small, local restaurant near the Wangfujing night market. Peking duck...
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Wangfujing St, WangFuJing, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100738
Wangfujing snack is crazy place to get a meal. The alley is packed with people and vendors, and even if you're not eating, it's worth going, just for the experience. There are tasty scorpions on a stick, or maybe you'd rather goat tripe soup and...