Temple entrance in Hangzhou, China. Photo courtesy of Dale Ellerm via Flickr.

Pagodas and Temples of Hangzhou

Beautiful Hangzhou might be best known for its lake scenery, but it’s also a good place to learn more about Chinese religious diversity with visits to some of the many picturesque pagodas and temples of Hangzhou.

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April 21, 2014 by
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Shaanxi History Museum in Xian. Photo courtesy of Xuan Che via Flickr.

Xian’s Best Museums

During the Tang Dynasty — the cultural Golden Age in China — the city of Xian was one of the largest and most cultured cities on the planet. Today, it’s home to some of China’s most significant historical attractions. If you’re looking to better understand the long and rich history and heritage of China, be sure to visit some of Xian’s best museums.

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March 24, 2014 by
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Exploring Macau’s Fusion Cuisine

Typical food stand in Macau. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Thompson via Flickr.

Macau is truly a fascinating place. In a single day, you’ll be sipping wine in an old, sleepy Mediterranean-style cafe surrounded by Portuguese speakers, playing a round of baccarat with visitors from Mainland China and gazing up at a towering statue of a Buddhist deity popular with worshipers from the Canton region. In a place with such cultural diversity, it’s no surprise that the food is incredibly diverse as well. Here’s what you need to know about exploring Macau’s fusion cuisine.

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March 10, 2014 by
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Trains in China: A Survival Guide

At any given moment, about 10 million people are riding trains in China, and the trains themselves are mostly fast and modern, with comfortable sleeper cabins and restaurant cars. Trains are great way to explore the vast and varied landscape of China, and as an added bonus, tickets tend to be quite the bargain.

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March 3, 2014 by
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Guangzhou’s Best Historical Attractions

Chen Clan Academy in Guangzhou. Photo courtesy of Romain Pontida via Flickr.

A tour of Guangzhou’s best historical attractions offers insight into the rich history of this important port city, and of the entire nation of China as well.

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February 17, 2014 by
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Sichuan Food in Chengdu

Mapo tofu, a Sichuan specialty. Photo courtesy of avlxyz via Flickr.

From bubbling hot pot to peppery mapo tofu, you simply must sample some Sichuan food in Chengdu during your stay.

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February 10, 2014 by
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Discovering the Real Great Wall of China at Jinshanling

The Great Wall of China. The very mention of it conjures majesty in the same way that the Pyramids of Giza or Angkor Wat make us ponder the wonders of ancient man. Even without seeing it, it’s easy to imagine the Wall’s serpentine path carving its way along forested mountaintops and past soaring sand dunes […]

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February 5, 2014 by
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China’s Best UNESCO Sites

Huangshan Mountain. Photo courtesy of Suvcon via Flickr.

China, a country approximately the same size as the United States by area, has a long history, rich heritage and amazingly diverse natural scenery. It should be no surprise then that this great nation is home to dozens of sites recognized by UNESCO as cultural and natural World Heritage sites. If your travels bring you to China, set aside time on your itinerary to see at least one of China’s best UNESCO sites.

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January 28, 2014 by
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Picnic on the Great Wall

Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Photo courtesy of Robin Zebrowski via Flickr.

Picnics are a romantic, intimate way to soak up your surroundings, and nowhere on Earth are those surroundings quite as spectacular as on the Great Wall of China, the world’s largest archeological site. Built more than 2,500 years ago, this massive structure remains one of the greatest feats of engineering and tops many a traveler’s bucket list. A picnic on the Great Wall is a once-in-a-lifetime way to experience one of China’s imperial wonders.

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January 6, 2014 by
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Xinjiang Province, the New Frontier

Uyghur old town in Kashgar, Xinjiang. Photo courtesy of joshuatintner via Flickr.

Xinjiang Province in the far northwest of China is the country’s largest province, covering an area of 640,000 square miles (1.6 million square kilometers). Xinjiang means “New Frontier,” and the name couldn’t be more fitting. This remote land well off the beaten path is a place of tremendous natural beauty and a fascinating cultural heritage very different from what you’d find anywhere else in China.

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December 9, 2013 by
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