St. Paul's Ruins is the most recognized structure in Macau's Historic District. Photo by Emily Chu.

Highlights of Macau’s Historic District

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 […]

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December 15, 2014 by
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Discover old and new Chengdu at Kuan Zhai Alley. Photo courtesy of Lu Tianyu via Flickr.

Exploring Kuan Zhai Alley

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 […]

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December 1, 2014 by
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Hangzhou’s Traditional Souvenirs

Hangzhou's silk products make for the perfect souvenirs. Photo courtesy of bfick via Flickr.

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 […]

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November 17, 2014 by
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Best Parks in Chengdu

Escape from the city's chaos at Renmin Park. Photo courtesy of Yosomono via Flickr

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 […]

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November 3, 2014 by
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A Day Trip from Xi’an: Huaqing Hot Springs

The tranquil Huaqing Hot Springs makes for a scenic getaway. Photo courtesy of Michael Tyler via Flickr.

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 […]

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October 20, 2014 by
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Guangzhou’s Must-Have Cantonese Food

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

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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A Weekend in Flower Town

Primulas flowers at 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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