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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
When I learned about the Volunteer Program that was part of the Viator Exclusive Panda Volunteer Tour with Optional Panda Holding in Chengdu, I knew this was an experience that we had to have. The program involved spending a day at the Dujiangyan Panda Center approximately two hours outside of Chengdu. My husband and I would have a chance to get up close and personal with the pandas by cleaning their pens, hand feeding them, preparing their food and assisting the workers with daily tasks.
Head out of the city center and get some fresh air by visiting the Louguantai National Forest Park during your time in Xi’an. Located on the North Zhongnan Mountain Range in rural Zhouzhi County, this park offers the combination of plants, historic relics, and even animals within its space. The Park, with lush greenery surrounding […]
Savoring the distinct flavors of Guilin cuisine is an important part of your visit to Northeast Guangxi. As a result of a combination of Cantonese, Sichuanese and Hunanese cuisines, here, spices are used to build a sour and spicy palate. You’ll also find many dishes spiked with the mighty chili pepper. In addition to this […]