China Travel Tips
China isn't a country - it's a different world. Unless you have a couple of years and unlimited patience, it's best to follow a loose itinerary here, such as following the Silk Road, sailing down the Yangzi River, or exploring the Dr Seuss landscape of Guangxi Province.
From shop-till-you-drop metropolises to the desert landscapes of Xinjiang, China is a land of cultural and geographic schisms. It's not that it has completely done away with its Maoist past - it's more that the yin of revolutionary zeal is being balanced by the yang of economic pragmatism.
Written by Lydia, January 2013
Chinese New Year is to China
(and much of Asia) what the Christmas season is to the West. This most
important holiday of the year in China is a time when families gather
together to honor their ...
Written by Shanghai Expert: Harris, China, February 2012
After historical vicissitude over the past thousand years, the Chinese Buddhist pagoda worshiped by Buddhists has developed its own forms through long-term practice. According to classification, ...
Teahouses can be found all over China ,
reflecting the importance of tea in Chinese culture. Tea drinking
gained popularity in the Song Dynasty and before long, teahouses
outnumbered restaurants ...
Written by Lydia, February 2013
With the winter solstice comes short days and cold temperatures, and in China, one of the most significant festivals of the year, the Dongzhi or Winter Solstice Festival. With the festival ushering ...
Written by John Reality, Cambodia, August 2012
A typical spectacle throughout Asia ,
dragon boat racing is as enthralling as it sounds, as dozens of racers
board these long boats and vie to see who is number one. Perhaps no
dragon boating ...
Written by John Reality, Cambodia, June 2012
If China is synonymous with anything it has got to be the giant panda. Cute as a button yet also a large and sometimes intimidating creature, the panda, a native to the country, has to be one of ...
Written by Emma, Australia, September 2011
Famous for being one of the most picturesque areas in China , Guilin ’s spectacular karst scenery is every travel photographer’s dream, and floating along the serene Li River as you gaze at the ...
Written by Emma, Australia, April 2012
is full of great places to visit and beautiful sights to see. If you
make it to Guilin, here are 5 attractions that should definitely be on
your itinerary! Editor’s Note: This ...
Written by John Reality, Cambodia, March 2012
A tropical island paradise with pristine beaches, hot springs and some
of the country’s greatest golf courses is not necessarily an attraction
that springs to mind when one thinks of a trip to ...
There is simply nothing comparable to the cultural fusion of Macau. Officially titled “The Historic Centre of Macau”, the former Portuguese colony is an extremely unique colonial legacy in China and ...
Written by John Reality, Cambodia, October 2011
It's not uncommon that during a long trip abroad that you might want to
eat something your body is already used to. Chinese food is known around
the world as being particularly delicious, but ...
Written by Lydia, September 2012
In a country as large as China ,
hiking, trekking and climbing opportunities abound, but for many
Chinese outdoors-enthusiasts, climbing the five sacred Taoist mountains
is a lifelong goal. ...
Guilin cuisine has
been strongly influenced over the centuries by the food of its
neighbouring provinces. Out of Canton, Sichuan, Hunan, Zhejiang,
Jiangxi, and Fujian cuisines, Cantonese and ...
Home to the headwaters of the Yangtze, Mekong, and Salween rivers, Yunnan Province is among the southernmost regions of China , and contains some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the ...
Written by John Reality, Cambodia, May 2012
It is one thing to aspire to taking a hike to the Great Wall of China ,
it is quite another to run a full on marathon across it. For those
looking to do a little traveling, but also put that ...
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New China Destinations on Viator!
Discover new cities in China to explore in 2012! In our quest to continually find fresh places for you to explore, the Viator team is planning to offer tours in many new Chinese cities this year. Check out the giant pandas in Chengdu, the stunning West Lake in Hangzhou and take a cruise down the Yangtze River this month!