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 […]
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.
The Muslim Quarter is another side to the historical city of 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, or the Muslim Quarter. Here, the streets are lined with restaurants, shops and […]
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.
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.