Gardens inside the Meijiawu Tea Village.

Learning About Longjing Tea in Hangzhou

One of Hangzhou’s main contributions to Chinese culture is its production of the renowned Longjing, or “Dragon’s Well” green tea. Longjing, with its distinct aroma and savory yet crisp flavor, has been enjoyed since as early as the Ming Dynasty, when its top grade leaves were reserved exclusively for emperors.

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July 31, 2014 by
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Xi'an's Muslim Quarter at Night

Exploring Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter

The Muslim Quarter is another side to the historical city of Xi’an that you must see during your stay. There’s another side to historical Xi’an that you must see during your stay. Located behind the Drum Tower is the city’s and surrounding the Great Mosque on Huejue Lane is the center of Xi’an’s Chinese Muslim community, […]

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July 31, 2014 by
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Religious Sites in Guangzhou

Liurong Temple in Guangzhou.

As one of China’s most historic cities and first international ports, Guangzhou enjoys a religious diversity not often found in China’s interior. One of the best ways to learn more about how all these religous came to China is by visiting some of the many religious sites in Guangzhou.

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June 23, 2014 by
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Chen Lu Pottery Village

Chen Lu Pottery Village near Xian.

If you’re looking to get off the beaten path during your time in Xian, one of China’s most historically rich cities, consider taking a day trip to the Chen Lu Pottery Village, where generations of potters have been producing some of the nation’s most exquisite ceramic works ever since the Tang Dynasty.

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June 16, 2014 by
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Tea Culture in Chengdu

Busy tea house in Chengdu. Photo courtesy of unkle_sam via Flickr.

Traditional tea culture in Chengdu is different than anywhere else in the country, and every visitor should experience a classic Sichuan teahouse while in the province.

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June 9, 2014 by
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Visiting the Leshan Grand Buddha from Chengdu

Grand Buddha near Chengdu. Photo courtesy of Lorenzo Schiavi via Flickr.

Visiting the Leshan Grand Buddha from Chengdu makes for an easy and very interesting day trip.

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May 26, 2014 by
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Shaanxi Cuisine in Xian

Xian-style hamburger with mutton and cumin.

Here’s a quick guide to eating Shaanxi cuisine in Xian, including a look at some must-try dishes.

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May 19, 2014 by
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Wonders of Guangxi Province

Assembling Dragon Cave near Yangshuo. Photo courtesy of heatheronlamma via Flickr.

For many travelers, the landscape of Guangxi Province in southern China is the China of postcards and imaginings, far removed from the traffic and noise of Beijing or the modern skyscrapers of Shanghai.

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May 12, 2014 by
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Climbing Emei Shan, a Holy Buddhist Mountain

Temple at the top of Mount Emei in Sichuan, China. Photo courtesy of Cory M. Grenier via Flickr.

Chengdu serves as the jumping off point for climbing Emei Shan (Mount Emei), one of China’s four sacred mountains of Buddhism.

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May 5, 2014 by
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Pagodas and Temples of Hangzhou

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

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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