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.....» »
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...
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...
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...
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...
Welcome to Nanjing [+ hotel and attraction map]
Nanjing is located in Jinagsu province of which it is the capital. It's a beautiful city, it's modern and has a progressive feel. It has a long history dating back as far to 472 BC, and has been the home of many of Chinas emporers thus giving the city a rich treasure trove of cultural relics and...
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 Lijiang of Yunnan Province
Lijiang, a small city by Chinese standards, is located in south west China and close to the Tibet border. The city is an extremely popular tourist destination due to its well preserved ancient buildings and it's ancient local culture. The main attraction in Lijiang is the area they...
Emei Shan – An intro to Mount Emei, Sichuan China
Mt. Emei, or Emei Shan (Shan meaning mountain) is located in Leshan City of Sichuan Province. It's one of China's Sacred Mountains featuring Buddhist temples and amazing scenery. In 1996 it was given World Heritage status by UNESCO. Standing at over 3000 meters the mountain features four...
The Summer Palace Beijing
The Summer Palace is an imperial garden built by Emperor Qianlong in 1750 to celebrate his mothers birthday, it was later used as a garden where emperors and empresses would escape the heat of Beijing's summers. [caption id="attachment_357" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Photo:...
Shuhe Ancient Town of Lijiang China
Shuhe Ancient Town (or city) is located in the city of Lijiang and less than 10 minutes by taxi from the 'Old Town of Lijiang' which is at the center of the city. It's a place where you can easily find yourself forgetting what year you are in, as you walk along the original cobblestone streets...
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.....» »
Human nature is the same wherever you go, so just like everywhere else, China has it’s share of good and bad. In my travels I have never had any major issues, perhaps I’m lucky, maybe just using common sense, I’m not sure. In any case, it’s best to be on the wise side by having some background knowledge of what could happen, and what has happened to others. Read More.....» »
It goes without saying that one thing that you will definitely want to have during your travels is a cell phone or mobile. Two reasons, obviously for making and & receiving calls, but now, with the advent of smartphones it is doubles as your music player, e book reader, map, internet connection, translator and so much more. So here’s a guide for getting going: Read More.....» »
Here’s a list of domestic and international airports in China, grouped by province, linking to the airports website where available. Many of China’s airport websites have an English version featuring useful guides on airport transfers and procedure guides for arrivals and departures. Also see Booking flights in China Read More.....» »
One of the best things after a late night arrival into an unknown city is to wake up and find an awesome breakfast awaiting. So, when travelling what can you expect in a Chinese hotel, and how is the breakfast, well, here’s a guide. Read More.....» »
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 bringing out amazing flavors. Read More.....» »
The first time in China can be an entrancing experience, put together the mysticism of Asian culture, the buzz of the staggeringly large number of people, the sheer size and scale of everything, and you’ll probably be on a starry-eyed traveler high for a while. But, undoubtedly at some point you’ll have to come back to earth, this a guide to help you to not come crashing back! Read More.....» »
There are seven holiday public holidays in China lasting from 1 day to 3 days. The holidays are lengthened by people working weekends prior and after the break, holidays such as the National Day holiday/Mid Autumn Festival period can actually become 7 day breaks or longer. Read More.....» »