Number 1: Chengdu
I will never forget Chengdu, my first food experience there was the famous spicy hotpot, my mouth and lips were on fire from the red soup of chiller and peppers! In 2010, Chengdu was designated the “Capital of the World’s Gourmet Food” by UNESCO, and renowned for hot pot cooking, spicy bean curd and Kung Pao chicken. Read More.....» »
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Taking center stage on the city of Chengdu's attraction list is the 'Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding'. Its the largest and most successful breeding center being home to many pandas both young and old. Pandas are bred at the large park and along with being a popular tourist attraction, it...
Understanding Chinese Society through Ancient Sages
Chinese philosophies, or if you like, doctrines, religions or cultural practices include Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism. Over thousands of years they have all played a major role in shaping Chinese culture, albeit sometimes falling in and out of favor with rulers over the centuries. Through...
Leshan and the Giant Buddha
Leshan is a city located about two hours drive from Chengdu in Sichuan Province China. The star attraction of the city is the amazing Giant Buddha that's been carved out from the rock face siding the river. It's actually where three rivers meet being the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers. It...
Welcome to Xian of Shaanxi Province China
Look at any half-serious planned tour of China and the city of Xi'an will be on the list of destinations, and for good reason. It's a city that has a depth of historical attractions rivaling that of Beijing, and many believe the jewell in Xi'an's list of attractions is still yet to be revealed....
Welcome to Macau – The Vegas of the Orient
Macau is a little bit like Hong Kong in that it is still part of China but has it's own administration, legal system and economic system, and it is also referred to as a Special Administrative Region of China. What makes Macau very different from Hong Kong is that for one, it's much smaller,...
The Peak Tram – Hong Kong
An icon of Hong Kong that just should be missed, this amazing tram has been operating since 1888, and has apparently has never had a day out of service! I'm glad I got to the tram when it opened, and enjoyed a relaxed ride up the peak. Later on through the day the place becomes over run with...
Ya Show Clothing Market (Sanlitun Yashou Clothing Market) Beijing
Sanlitun Yashou Clothing Market is five floors of clothing and fashion (notice its name can sometimes be translated as Ya Show or Yashou or even Yaxui!). Including mens and womens clothes, suits, womens bags, luggage bags, leather goods, shoes and more. It's located right next door to Sanlitun...
Shenzhen: Dongmen Pedestrian Street – A Mall of Shopping Malls
Here is another one of those traditional Chinese shopping districts that I've come to admire, they span for block after block, most of them have been operating for centuries, they're vibrant, teaming with life, and they're packed with keen sellers waiting to do deals. These traditional market...
An Introduction to the Chinese Cuisines
Possibly the most important thing to experience whilst in China is their diverse food cultures and cuisines. They are quite proud of their culinary abilities, and rightly so, perhaps born from doing a lot with a little, they have mastered the use of natural ingredients, balancing tastes and...
Welcome to Shanghai China
My first introduction to Shanghai was similar to that of Beijing, another taxi driver that sees a foreigner as dollar signs. As I walked out of the Shanghai Station I walked straight up to the cab rank and was fortunate to find a couple of drivers who spoke english. I told them the hotel I was...
Number 1: Chengdu
Here’s a quick guide to some of the popular local snacks foods you’ll see on your travels around China (excuse the translations, will get to correcting the dish names): Read More.....» »
Shaoguan is a quick and easy getaway from Shenzhen or Guangzhou being linked by the High Speed Rail. It takes about 2 hours from Shenzhen and 1 hour or so from Guangzhou. Read More.....» »
Out along Provincial Road there’s numerous sight seeing attractions and one of those is Xingfu Temple across from the Niuyuzui scenic area. Getting to either is easy, take the bus number 24 which terminates at the gate of the scenic area, then walk through the main gate and follow the path for 5 minutes. Read More.....» »
Reading the net and according to locals, during the week boat hire to Feilai Temple is quite expensive, so I was pleased to find that you can walk there. There’s actually lots of tour boats going up and down the river, but most are private chartered for tour groups and they don’t stop at the temple, although apparently there are other boats on the weekend. Read More.....» »
Here’s an amazing spot in Qingyuan that you should definitely take the time to visit. Featuring amazing natural scenery, a temple and pure mountain water rock pools for swimming. Read More.....» »
Thousands of expats, returned Chinese, web developers, travelers, students and the like would hope not, but things are not so well with Googles China relationship, it would appear. Most Google services including search, at any domain (.com,.com.au,.com.hk etc..) have been returning “This web page is unavailable”. Whilst it’s not uncommon for certain searches to be unavailable, or for Google to be unavailable on weekends, its unusual that the whole of Google be out of action, the whole of the time. Read More.....» »
Taobao is China’s undisputed king of online shopping malls in China, and is the local equivalent of ebay in many ways. Traders can list their products online and reach out to a large audience who can easily locate and compare goods of just about any type. Read More.....» »
Here’s a rough guide to fruits you are likely to come across in your travels around China. Read More.....» »
China has nearly 900 species of wild mushroom, more than 50 of which are in commercial cultivation. Mushrooms are used widely in both cooking and in traditional medicine. They are sold fresh and dried. Read More.....» »
It’s really surprising just how many China blogs and news sources there now are, perhaps a reflection of China’s influence in the global scheme of things. There’s endless travelogues, personal blogs from expats, expat forums, global news agency blogs, independent news agencies along with the state owned news sources. For travelers, it really can be useful to have access to reviews, stories and guides which can help understand the whole journey ahead. Read More.....» »
It’s that time again, when a whole country goes from ON… to OFF. The Spring Festival Travel Season, or Chunyun (春运), which goes for 40 days is well underway having started Jan 16 and will finish Feb 24. Many people wont finish work until tomorrow leaving them little time to get home for the all important re-union dinner on new years eve. Most will get around 7 days off, which is a mix of official days off and days accrued from working extra days prior. Some people will take extended leave and some even stay in their hometown for the … Read More.....» »
Chinese philosophies, or if you like, doctrines, religions or cultural practices include Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism. Over thousands of years they have all played a major role in shaping Chinese culture, albeit sometimes falling in and out of favor with rulers over the centuries. Through an understanding of the different philosophies, even if only a brief look through the window, can only work towards helping to understand the nature and way of such a large society. Read More.....» »