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

Guangzhou’s Must-Have Cantonese Food

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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Primulas flowers at Flower Town

A Weekend in 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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Volunteering with Pandas in China on an Exclusive Tour in Chengdu

Curious panda

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.

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September 15, 2014 by
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Visiting the Louguantai National Forest Park

Find tranquility at the Louguantai Forest Park.

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 […]

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September 8, 2014 by
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An Introduction to Guilin Cuisine

Sample from Guilin's delicious snacks during your visit.

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 […]

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August 25, 2014 by
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Learning About Longjing Tea in Hangzhou

Gardens inside the Meijiawu Tea Village.

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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Exploring Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter

Xi'an's Muslim Quarter at Night

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 […]

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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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