Jinli Old Street provides a peek inside Old Chengdu with a modern twist. Photo by Claire Rowland via Flickr.

Five Ways to Enjoy Jinli Old Street

For a taste of Old Chengdu, visit Jinli Old Street. Located near the Wuhou Temple, Jinli Old Street is a commercialized pedestrian street lined with shops and eateries that will allow you to also experience local folk customs. Here are five ways to enjoy Jinli Old Street, starting from the moment you step inside the […]

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January 26, 2015 by
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Crown Cave is a prime example of Guilin's renowned caves. Photo by Marc van der Chijs via Flickr.

Cave Adventures in Guilin

Many visitors head to Guilin to see some of the world’s most astonishing karst topography. The following are suggested destinations for your cave adventures in Guilin. Do be aware of your safety as the caves can be quite slippery, and remember to do some further research first should you require special mobility assistance while exploring […]

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January 12, 2015 by
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Parks and Gardens in Xi’an

The Xi'an Botanical Garden hosts popular tulip exhibitions. Photo courtesy of Caitriana Nicholson via Flickr.

Slow down your pace with a stroll around one of many parks and gardens in Xi’an, which include imperial estates and gardens protecting rare species of plants and flowers. The Xi’an City Wall Park was introduced to the city in 1982 and has since then become a local favorite for leisure activity. The park borders […]

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December 29, 2014 by
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Highlights of Macau’s Historic District

St. Paul's Ruins is the most recognized structure in Macau's Historic District. Photo by Emily Chu.

Just a short TurboJet ride away from Hong Kong, Macau is a multi-faceted city with strong influences from its European past. Collectively housing over 20 ancient landmarks interspersed within bustling urban spaces, Macau’s historic district was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005. Architecture here represents both local and European influences, laden with […]

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December 15, 2014 by
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Exploring Kuan Zhai Alley

Discover old and new Chengdu at Kuan Zhai Alley. Photo courtesy of Lu Tianyu via Flickr.

There’s no better way to experience both old and new Chengdu in one go than by exploring Kuan Zhai Alley. The area is comprised of three parallel alleyways: ‘Kuai’ means ‘wide’, whereas ‘Zhai’ means ‘narrow’.  A third alley, ‘Jing’, is named for ‘well’. These three streets, along with other crisscrossing small lanes, Kuan Zhai Alley […]

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December 1, 2014 by
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Hangzhou’s Traditional Souvenirs

Hangzhou's silk products make for the perfect souvenirs. Photo courtesy of bfick via Flickr.

To commemorate your visit to Hangzhou, consider picking up one of Hangzhou’s traditional souvenirs, dubbed locally as ‘four treasures’, as a special momento of your trip. All of these products can be found on the Qinghefang Ancient Street. Tianzhu Chopsticks Made from bamboo from the Tianzhu Mountains, Tianzhu Chopsticks are made following a tedious 10-step […]

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November 17, 2014 by
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Best Parks in Chengdu

Escape from the city's chaos at Renmin Park. Photo courtesy of Yosomono via Flickr

Chengdu’s luxuriant parks are said to have inspired the city’s rich history of Chinese poetry. Aside from a relaxing atmosphere, the best parks in Chengdu also offer numerous activities to enjoy and a glimpse into local culture. The charm of People’s Park, or Renmin Park, not only comes from its natural beauty, but also from […]

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November 3, 2014 by
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A Day Trip from Xi’an: Huaqing Hot Springs

The tranquil Huaqing Hot Springs makes for a scenic getaway. Photo courtesy of Michael Tyler via Flickr.

Situated at the foot of Li Mountain, the Huaqing Hot Springs, is an ideal day trip from Xi’an for visiting a historical site with a romantic past. Dating back thousands of years, the Hot Springs estate was built in year 723 by Tang Dynasty’s Emperor Xuanzong as part of the Huaqing Palace. Emperor Xuanzong often […]

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October 20, 2014 by
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Guangzhou’s Must-Have Cantonese Food

A table full of dim sum treats. Photo courtesy of anderstty01via Flickr.

The most widely known Chinese cuisine is Cantonese cuisine. Here, we’ve rounded up some must-have Cantonese eats for you to savor during your time in Guangzhou. Authentically, the time to eat dim sum is called ‘yum cha’ and translates to ‘drink tea’. This begins in the early hours of the morning and lasts until early […]

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October 6, 2014 by
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A Weekend in Flower Town

Primulas flowers at Flower Town

Just 30 minutes outside of the Chengdu city center is San Sheng Xiang, or as the locals call it, ‘Flower Town’. This area began as a project to create jobs and to provide for an additional source of income for local farmers by developing a base for manufacturing flowers for wholesale to other parts of China and abroad. The town is made up of villages and nowadays has become a popular bed and breakfast getaway.

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September 22, 2014 by
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