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Lydia Schrandt is a freelance writer and photographer based on the island of Xiamen in southern China. Her work has appeared in Draft, Time Out Beijing, Stringing, Travel+, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Map Quest, Huffington Post, AOL, and others. When she's not writing about her travels, she's probably making jewelry, cooking or working on her first novel. Follow me on Twitter @lydiaschrandt.

Mar222013

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

Seoul

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Of Seoul‘s five Great Palaces of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeongbukgung Palace is the most important — and arguably the most beautiful — of them all.

Mar222013

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Outdoor Adventures in Guilin

Guilin

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Guilin and nearby Yangshuo are a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Blessed with some of the most dramatic natural scenery on earth, this area in Guangxi Province offers adventures on land and on the water. With its mild winter climate, Guilin is pleasant throughout the year, and you won’t have to compete with high-season crowds during the colder months.

Mar212013

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Mehrauli Archaeological Park

New Delhi

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Spread out over a 200-acre (81-hectare) area, the Mehrauli Archeological Park in South New Delhi is a history-buff’s playground.

Mar212013

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5 Tips for Visiting Japan with Kids

Japan

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Japan is a surprisingly family-friendly destination with tons of attractions — theme parks, museums, castles, temples, parks and gardens — to explore.

Mar212013

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Cherry Blossoms in Beijing

Beijing

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During late March and throughout April, spring usually pays a visit to Beijing, bringing with it a colorful display of cherry blossoms.

Mar212013

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Famous Foods to Try in Mumbai

Mumbai

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As Mumbai transformed from a small fishing village into a huge metropolis, its cuisine took on flavors and influences from around India and the world.

Mar202013

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Taiwan Lantern Festival

Taiwan

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Each year, Taiwan celebrates the first full moon of the lunar new year with the always-colorful Taiwan Lantern Festival. What was originally a simple tradition of carrying hand-held lanterns through the streets after dark has transformed into a major international event featuring high-tech lantern displays and a myriad of cultural performances staged over a two-week period.

Mar202013

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Famous Foods to Try in Korea

South Korea

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South Korea‘s distinctive cuisine seems to fly under the radar in much of the world, and that’s a shame. Steeped in tradition, the foods of Korea run the gamut of flavors with something for every taste.

Mar192013

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Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Taiwan

Taiwan

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Springtime in many East Asian countries is cherry blossom season, when each cherry tree’s thousands of buds burst into colorful pink and white blossoms.

Mar192013

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Victoria Harbour

Hong Kong

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At the heart of Hong Kong, Asia’s fast-moving, forward thinking global city, is Victoria Harbour. The stretch of water separates Hong Kong Island from Kowloon and offers views of Hong Kong’s famous skyline. Throughout the day, the waterway is a constant parade of Chinese junk boats, modern ferries and fishing vessels passing back and forth. While the metro is unarguably the fastest method of transportation between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, you should cross the harbor by ferry at least once during your stay in Hong Kong.

Mar192013

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Things to Do in Kyoto in Spring

Kyoto

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Spring and fall are the most popular times to visit Kyoto and Japan thanks to warm and stable weather patterns and the beauty of the cherry blossoms (hanami) in spring and the autumn foliage (koyo) in fall.

Mar192013

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The Beginner’s Guide to Chinese Food

China

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If you hop off the plane in Beijing or Shanghai expecting to munch on egg rolls and General Tso’s chicken, you’re in for a big surprise. Authentic Chinese cuisine is a far cry from the stuff labeled as Chinese in the West, but with a little preparation, you’ll find the food here to be both diverse and enjoyable.

Mar132013

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The French Concession

Shanghai

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Strolling through Shanghai‘s French Concession is akin to stepping back in time. A far cry from the fast pace and ultramodern look of most of Shanghai, the sleepy tree-lined streets of this old neighborhood—one of Shanghai’s last remaining colonial districts—are filled with villas and mansions dating back to the 1920s and 30s now housing chic boutiques, galleries and cozy, intimate cafes.

Mar072013

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How to Get Around in Beijing

Beijing

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The prospect of making your way around city the size of Beijing, and one with the traffic problems China‘s capital is notorious for, is certainly daunting. Luckily, you’ll have a wealth of transportation options at your disposal, making it relatively painless to get from one sight to the next.

Mar062013

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Day Trips from Agra

India

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Agra is home to India’s most significant attraction, the Taj Mahal. What many visitors don’t realize is that there’s plenty more to see and do in and around Agra, so if you decide to stay in the area, you have a couple options for day trips to other notable destinations in the vicinity.

Mar052013

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Taichung Winery

Taiwan

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Taichung, the third-largest city in Taiwan, is a favorite weekend getaway spot for Taipei city dwellers due to it’s warm and relatively dry climate, perfect for hiking the nearby hills. One of the city’s most overlooked attractions, the Taichung Winery, offers visitors a look into the history of wine production in Taiwan dating back to the Japanese occupation in the early twentieth century.

Mar052013

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Skiing in China

Northern China

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China‘s mountains may not live up to the European Alps or the North American Rockies when it comes to snow sports, but that doesn’t mean skiers and boarders have to miss out on prime snow season due to travel in China. The northern portion of the country, particularly near Beijing and Harbin, ski opportunities abound. You’ll find that skiing in China allows you to experience new mountains with lower prices than ski resorts back home.

Mar052013

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Biking Around Shanghai

Shanghai

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With more than 23 million people, Shanghai is China’s largest city.

Mar052013

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Cooking Classes in New Delhi

New Delhi

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The rich spices and bold flavors of Indian cuisine have become popular throughout the world, and for good reason.

Mar052013

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Lamma Island

Hong Kong

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Just a 20-minute ferry ride from Hong Kong, one of the world’s greatest metropolises, sits Lamma Island, covered in greenery and home to a mere 5,000 permanent residents. The 8 square mile (13 square kilometer) island is completely car free, making it feel worlds away from the frenetic pace of nearby Hong Kong.

Mar042013

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Tour Kuala Lumpur’s Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary

Kuala Lumpur

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Drive about an hour and a half outside of the skyscraper jungle of Kuala Lumpur, passing through the tropical rainforest, you’ll find the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary. The staff at this jungle outpost have been working for the past 30 years to save Malaysia’s endangered Asian elephants.

Feb282013

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Holi – A Festival of Colors

New Delhi

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Each spring, the streets and alleys of New Delhi transform into a riot of color during the annual Holi Festival.

Feb282013

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Kobe, Home of the Famous Beef

Japan

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Kobe’s local delicacy, Kobe beef, might be the only reason many people know the city exists, but those who visit will find a beautiful, charming city with an international population, fascinating sights and sounds, lively nightlife and excellent restaurants serving so much more than just melt-in-your-mouth beef.

Feb262013

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Free Things to Do in Seoul

Seoul

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Ornate palaces, temples, sprawling markets, art districts and world-class museums…Seoul is a traveler’s paradise.

Feb262013

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Free Things to Do in Mumbai

India

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Mumbai is a city of extremes, where Bollywood movie stars reside in extravagant mansions above the jam packed streets and where traditional Indian cultural traditions live on in the shadow of vestiges of British colonialism. It’s a city with a lot to offer the willing traveler, and if you’re on a tight budget, you should have no trouble finding free things to do.

Feb212013

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Winter in China

China

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While the winter season may be the off season in China, with cold temperatures deterring many visitors, winter travel offers many benefits as well.

Feb192013

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Things to Do in Beijing in Winter

Beijing

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Winter is Beijing‘s off season, making it the quietest time to visit the city’s best attractions.

Feb142013

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Culture and History Come Alive in Hyderabad

India

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Named the City of Pearls, Hyderabad was once one of the largest and wealthiest seats of power in India.

Feb132013

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The Hong Kong Symphony of Lights

Hong Kong

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Hong Kong has one of the most undeniably stunning skylines on earth, a fact that didn’t go unnoticed by the local tourism board.

Feb132013

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Bollywood in New Delhi

New Delhi

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Mumbai (Bombay) may be the home of Bollywood and the epicenter of the Indian film industry, but you don’t have to go there to experience Bollywood.

Feb122013

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Romantic Things to Do in Shanghai

Shanghai

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With its stunning modern skyline, thriving riverfront neighborhoods, world class restaurants and variety of day trip options to quaint rural villages, Shanghai is one of Asia’s most romantic destinations.

Feb122013

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Language Tips – Helpful Phrases to Know Before You Go to Japan

Japan

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As far as languages go, Japanese falls somewhere in the middle.

Feb122013

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Dōngzhì Festival or Winter Solstice Festival

China

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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.

Feb122013

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Tea Festivals in Taiwan

Taiwan

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Taiwan’s tea culture dates back to the seventeenth century, and despite being heavily influenced by China and Japan, it has developed its own distinct tastes and traditions.

Feb052013

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How to Get Around Mumbai

Mumbai

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As with India’s other major metropolises, Mumbai is often swarming with traffic and moving around can be a lengthy if not a tedious process.

Feb012013

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Train Travel in South Korea

South Korea

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With world-class shopping, fiery cuisine, historic palaces and museums, scenic mountain views and an ancient culture, South Korea may be Asia’s most overlooked and underrated destination.

Jan212013

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Chinese New Year in Beijing

Beijing

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Chinese New Year, also called Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is an exciting time to be in Beijing.

Jan142013

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Chinese New Year

China

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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 ancestors while preparing for the upcoming year. Traveling during the annual festival offers a unique look at the people and culture of this great nation.

Jan092013

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Harbin Ice Festival

Northern China

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Every winter since the 1980, the frigid city of Harbin in northern China has hosted one of the world’s most visually stunning holiday displays, the Harbin Ice Festival.

Jan092013

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Chinese New Year

Taiwan

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The Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year, is Taiwan’s most important and longest holiday.

Jan042013

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Goa’s Best Beaches

Goa

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Goa has been luring in travelers with its long stretches of sandy real estate since its heyday in the 1960s and 70s, and while the crowd may have diversified to include more than just hippies, the beautiful beaches remain. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking to try your hand at a new water sport, a family with kids looking for some fun in the sun or a weary traveler looking to laze the day away by the shore with a book and a cocktail, Goa has a beach for you.

Jan032013

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Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

Hong Kong

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Like most of Asia, the lunar Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in Hong Kong. The 2013 Chinese New Year holiday falls from February 7 to 14, and if you plan to be in Hong Kong at any point during the festivities, you’ll need to plan ahead to make the most of your visit.

Jan032013

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Lodhi Gardens

New Delhi

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More than 14 million people call New Delhi, India‘s capital city, call Delhi home, making it the second largest city in the country. Delhi also contains five of the top ten most densely populated districts in India. That translates to a lot of people and a lot of activity in a relatively small area. New Delhi is undoubtedly fascinating, but during those moments when you need a little breathing room, there’s Lodhi Gardens.

Jan022013

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Skiing in Japan

Japan

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With reliable snowfall and some of the best powder conditions in the world, Japan has earned a spot in the list of top skiing destinations. When you’re not carving your way down a mountain, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local Japanese culture, an experience unlike any you’d get at a ski resort in your home country. Plus, you’ll pay a fraction of what you would in the USA or Europe, even at Japan’s biggest resorts.

Jan022013

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Shanghai in Winter

Shanghai

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Shanghai winters might be cold and overcast, but they’re also largely tourist-free before and after the holidays. If you plan your visit during the annual Chinese New Year, you’ll get to experience the city at it’s most festive.

Dec172012

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China’s Biggest New Year’s Eve Events

China

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China‘s biggest and most important holiday falls on the lunar new year, typically in late January or early February, but if your plans bring you to China for Gregorian New Year’s Eve, you should still have a range of festive events to attend. Cities with larger populations of expats, particularly Shanghai, Beijing, Xiamen and Guangzhou, all ring in the new year in style.

Dec112012

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New Year’s Eve in Beijing

Beijing

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Historically, Beijing hasn’t been a very exciting place to ring in the New Year, but locals are beginning to jump on the Western holiday bandwagon. If you’re traveling in Beijing this New Year’s Eve, here are a few suggestions for where to celebrate.

Dec092012

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New Year in Japan

Japan

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Unlike the rest of Asia, where the lunar New Year is the most important holiday, in Japan New Year’s Day on the Gregorian calendar reigns supreme. While the Japanese celebrate the New Year on the same day as in Western countries, the traditions are completely different.

Dec092012

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Tips for New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong

Hong Kong

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The Chinese Lunar New Year, typically falling in late January or early February, is unquestionably the most important holiday in Hong Kong; so if you have to pick one place in Asia to ring in 2013 on the Gregorian calender, Hong Kong’s the city to do it.

Dec092012

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Train Travel in India

India

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Train travel is one of the fastest, cheapest and most convenient modes of transportation to cover long distances in India, and if you really want to get to know the locals, you really can’t beat several hours — or days — in a train. With the third largest rail network in the world, India probably has a train no matter where you’re going or coming from. Here are some quick tips for making the most of your rail journey in India.

Dec062012

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Best Market Shopping in New Delhi

New Delhi

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Delhi is a treasure trove of exotic goods and interesting souvenirs for travelers who know where to shop. Goods make their way from all over the country, and you’ll be able to bag them for a fraction of the cost you’d pay at import stores and markets in Western countries. Here are a few of Delhi’s best markets to get you started; and remember to haggle.

Dec052012

Travel Recommendation

Chinese New Year in Shanghai

Shanghai

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Chinese New Year is China‘s most important holiday and a fascinating time to be in Shanghai if you play your cards right. The history of the holiday, referred to as Spring Festival in China, dates back more than 2,000 years with traditions that continue on today.

Dec032012

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Hiking Jade Mountain

Taiwan

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Jade Mountain, or Yushan in Chinese, is Taiwan’s highest peak and the highest in northeast Asia at 12,965 feet (3,952 meters). This peak, along with Mount Kinabalu in Borneo and Mt Fuji in Japan, is part of what peak baggers refer to as the ‘Asian Trilogy.’ Standing on the summit feels like you’re on top of the world, especially on mornings when a sea of clouds hides all but the tallest peaks in a blanket of white. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the Pacific Ocean and the Taiwan Strait from the top.

Dec032012

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Xiamen City Guide

China

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Xiamen, the most popular destination among Chinese domestic tourists, often gets overlooked by international travelers who are more familiar with the big cities like Beijing, Shanghai or Xian. The island formerly known as Amoy is one of the cleanest and most attractive cities in Fujian, a province considered to be one of the most beautiful in China.

Nov272012

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Things to Do in Winter in Japan

Japan

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Japan‘s high seas on comes every year when the cherry blossom trees come alive with pale pink blossoms, and for good reason. It’s an incredibly picturesque time to visit the country’s temples, palaces and gardens. If you can brave the cold, many Japanese cities and towns can be equally beautiful when snow-covered in the winter months — plus you wont have to fight for elbow room with high season tourists.

Nov132012

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First Timer Tips for Visiting the Taj Mahal

India

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Perhaps the world’s most extravagant declaration of love, the Taj Mahal is unquestionably one of the most iconic landmarks on earth, and for good reason. The behemoth white marble mausoleum, built in 1648 by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, took more than 20,000 workers 17 years to complete. Every surface of the iridescent marble is covered in delicate calligraphy inlaid with black marble and intricately carved flowers bejeweled with lapis lazuli, carnelian, coral, turquoise and jasper. If you’re traveling to this bucket-list monument for the first time, here are a few dos and don’ts to make the most of your visit.

Nov132012

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Visiting Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong

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Whether you’re a first-time Disney visitor or a seasoned park-goer checking off another of Disney’s five global resort areas from your bucket list, Hong Kong Disneyland brings an Asian twist (the park follows principles of feng shui) to the ‘happiest place on earth’ that lives up in quality to the other parks under the Disney umbrella.

Nov132012

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Custom Clothes Made in Khan Market

New Delhi

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Bargain shoppers beware. Ranked by real estate firm Cushman and Wakefield as the 21st most expensive retail street in the world and the costliest in India, Khan Market is where foreign diplomats and New Delhi gentility come for everything tailored. While not cheap, the fabrics and clothing you can snag will only put you back a fraction of the cost of the same items in upscale boutiques in New York, London or Los Angeles. If you’re ready for some high-end retail therapy, here are some tips to help ensure you walk away with quality garments you’re happy with.

Nov052012

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Train Travel in China

China

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In a country as big as China long distance transportation isn’t an option, it’s a requirement. When flying becomes too expensive, riding China’s extensive rail network is the next best thing. Not only will you save money when traveling long distances by train instead of by plane, you’ll get to see the Chinese countryside many tourists never get a glimpse of.

Oct222012

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Sanya: China’s Tropical Paradise

China

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Sanya, located on the southernmost tip of China’s Hainan Island, is often billed as the Hawaii of China. While a development boom is well underway, bringing brand name beach resorts to the area, the beaches of Sanya have retained an undeveloped feel. Also, since most Chinese tourists prefer to swim only in the evenings or on cloudy days to avoid sun exposure, you could very well have a pool or stretch of white sand all to yourself on a sunny afternoon.

Oct172012

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Best Museums in Beijing

Beijing

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Beijing, with its labyrinthine hutongs, modern skyscrapers and abundant historical monuments, is practically a museum in and of itself. If you’re planning to spend an afternoon pondering history, art, science or anything in between, here are some of the best museums on offer in China‘s capital city.

Oct122012

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Things to Do in Chennai

Chennai

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Busy streets, a motley collection of architectural wonders, fiery local cuisine and a thriving film industry make Chennai (Madras), India‘s fourth largest city, the perfect hub from which to experience true India, both the glamorous and the gritty. Whether you’re spending a day or a week in the capital of Tamil Nadu, here are ten of the city’s best things to do.

Oct112012

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The Imperial Hotel

New Delhi

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When King Emperor George V laid the plans for New Delhi, a city that was to replace Calcutta as the capital, in 1911, he aimed to create a monumental landscape that demonstrated the immense power of Western civilization. The Imperial Hotel was a part of those plans.

Oct112012

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Kowloon

Hong Kong

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Sandwiched between Hong Kong Island and the New Territories that join Hong Kong to mainland China sits Kowloon. Meaning ‘nine dragons’ in Cantonese, Kowloon got its name from the peninsula’s eight mountains and the emperor who is said to have counted them. Throughout its history, the area managed to skirt some of the British influence that can still be seen on Hong Kong Island, making it slightly cheaper and a bit more rough around the edges than it’s neighbor across the harbor. Today, more than two million people call Kowloon home, making it one of the most densely populated regions on earth. It is here that you’ll find some of the city’s best shopping, dining, museums and attractions.

Oct102012

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Jewish Culture in Shanghai

Shanghai

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If you were to go back in time to the early 1900s and walk certain sections of Shanghai, you’d likely see kosher butcher shops in place of noodle stands and newspapers and signage printed in German, Yiddish and Polish. Two major waves of Jewish immigrants arrived in Shanghai over the years: the first arriving in the early 1900s to take advantage of economic opportunities and the second during World War II, as refugees from Hitler’s Nazis. Shanghai was one of the few cities in the world that freely welcomed fleeing Jews and some scholars believe the city was responsible for saving more of them than the entire Commonwealth.

Photo courtesy of HBarrison via Flickr.

Oct092012

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Experiencing Osaka

Osaka

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Tokyo gets all the attention for its big city feel and Kyoto for its ancient culture, but the city of Osaka shouldn’t be overlooked when planning your Japan itinerary. Known for its laid-back attitude and tasty cuisine, what the city lacks in history and charm it makes up for in the dining scene alone.

Oct082012

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Cruising the Yangtze River

Yangtze River

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The Yangtze River winds more than 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometers) through Central China past some of the country’s biggest and most important cities. While traveling through China generally entails early mornings and tons of walking to see all the sights, cruising the Yangtze River allows you to slow down and enjoy some of the best natural scenery China has to offer.

Sep242012

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Mountain Climbing in China

China

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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. Besides housing at least one temple, all important pilgrimage spots, each of the sacred peaks are beautiful in their own right.

Sep192012

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Feasting on Peking Duck in Beijing

Beijing

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Few cities in the world have a dish as iconic as Peking duck is to Beijing, and the reality is as good as the hype. In a city of more than 20 million people with tens of thousands of restaurants, dozens if not hundreds of which specialize in Peking Duck, so finding a place to eat can be overwhelming. Throw in menus full of Chinese characters and a language where tone changes meaning, and what should be a simple meal becomes downright complicated. For first-time visitors to Beijing, here’s a basic guide to demystify Peking Duck.

Sep132012

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Guide to Street Food in New Delhi

New Delhi

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Walking the streets of India’s capital city is an assault on the senses. Locals on foot shoulder their way through the crowded sidewalks past brightly colored sari shops and stands selling floral offerings for the nearest temple. Horns of auto rickshaws and calls of street vendors come together to form a nearly continuous din, and amidst it all drifts the distinctive aroma of oil, curry powder and chili.

Sep132012

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Top 5 Late Night Eats in Hong Kong

Hong Kong

My Recommendation Tip

Hong Kong could give New York City a run for its money as the ‘City that Never Sleeps;’ and as one of the best foodie cities in Asia, late night diners will never be at a loss for something to munch on. Besides the food stalls in Hong Kong’s night markets, here are just five of the many restaurants where a hungry night owl can grab some grub:

Sep122012

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Shanghai’s 5 Best Museums

Shanghai

My Recommendation Tip

Shanghai, China’s modern commercial center, often gets overlooked for destinations like Beijing and Xi’an when it comes to cultural experiences. As the rapidly evolving city continues changing from day to day, its collection of museums memorialize the history and culture of a city that was once a small fishing village, as well as an entire nation. Here are five of the best collections on display in the City Above the Sea.

Photo courtesy of HeroicLife via Flickr.

Sep112012

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Budgeting Tips for Japan

Japan

My Recommendation Tip

Japan is a notoriously expensive destination, but that doesn’t make it impossible for budget travelers to enjoy the quirky culture, amazing food and stunning sights the island country has to offer. When you’re smart about how you’re spending, you’ll get the most for your money during your time in Japan.

Sep052012

Travel Recommendation

Traditional Annual Events in Japan in September

Japan

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While the majority of Japanese festivals fall within the summer months, festival season never really ends in Japan. Here are a few of those events that you can look forward to in September.

Aug272012

Travel Recommendation

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

China

My Recommendation Tip

China’s Mid-Autumn Festival, also called the Moon Festival, is the second most important holiday of the year after the Lunar New Year. The event occurs on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month (September 30, 2012) and coincides with the National Day holiday, so festivities last for a full week. If you’ll be visiting China during the Mid-Autumn Festival, here’s what you need to know to make the most of this special time of year.

Jul302012

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China’s Great Wall Is Longer than Originally Thought

China

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It’s no secret that the Great Wall of China is the longest manmade structure in the world, but according to a recent archeological study by the Chinese State Administration of Cultural Heritage, it’s significantly longer than we once thought.

Jul242012

Travel Recommendation

Qingdao International Beer Festival

Northern China

My Recommendation Tip

China isn’t typically a destination associated with beer drinking, but each August, the coastal city of Qingdao plays host to the Qingdao International Beer Festival, the largest of its kind in Asia. During the two-week festival, Qingdao Century Square will host breweries from around the world as they sample their brews to the visiting public.

Jul232012

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Traditional Annual Events in Japan for August

Japan

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August is festival season in Japan with more events held than any other summer month. If you’re planning a trip to Japan during the late summer, here are a few of the traditional annual events and festivals you can attend.

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