New China and its 400m+ Supertall Skyscrapers

New China and its 400m+ Supertall Skyscrapers

China has been the built the most skyscrapers every year for over a decade now, and last year was no exception with 77 having been built in 36 different cities. 12 were built in Shenzhen alone last year.

The business model is the same for all most all of them being mixed-use residential, luxury hotel, retail, and office. It’s going to be an interesting space to watch as to how successful that will be.

A skyscraper is defined as anything above 200m, and a supertall skyscraper anything above 300m. For this list, I am going to focus on the super-super tall being the 400 meter and above. All of these are either completed, in construction, or have/near to breaking ground. There are so many more that are in proposal stage with 800m and 1000m on the cards! read more

Modern Architecture Tourism in China

Modern Architecture Tourism in China

With China’s new found wealth it has been going through a long and much-discussed housing boom along with a boom in oversized, xenocentric, weird architecture and skyscrapers.

While much of the grand symbolic, and expensive, development led by local governments will slow down after an explicit statement by the president himself to request a change, skyscrapers don’t seem to be slowing down at all. Even if it’s slowing, this boom period has left an indelible mark on the landscape of China. read more

China’s SCARIEST Glass Sky Bridges – The Top 6

China’s SCARIEST Glass Sky Bridges – The Top 6

If there is something Chinese people like, surprisingly to some, it’s pushing the boundaries of their senses and the current glass walk bridge craze tickles that fancy just perfectly.

Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting and new glass walk bridges that will get anyone’s heart racing and legs shaking.

Flower of Sky 云阳龙缸国家地质公园

Located in Chongqing, at the Longgan Geopark its a U-shaped glass skywalk, which protrudes from a cliff looking down into the valley below.

Hongyagu Scenic Area 平山红崖谷玻璃吊桥

The new glass sky-bridge at Hongyagu Scenic Area in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, is the world’s longest glass-floor bridge at 488 meters. read more

The Classic China Itineraries

The Classic China Itineraries

So, you want to go to China, but where? China still fascinates us with its mystical oriental charm and ancient history, especially for first-time visitors. So, for a first-time China trip, let’s explore some of the classic itineraries that explore the key historical and cultural sites that should not be missed.

23 Day Classic explorer: Chengdu to Hong Kong
Route: Chengdu inc Mt. Emei and Leshan (3 days) – Lijiang (2 days) – Xi’an (3 days) – Beijing (4 days) – Shanghai (3 Days) – Xiamen and Yongding (3 Days) – Shenzhen (2 days) – Hong Kong (3 days) read more

Celebrating Chinese Australian History – a Timeline 1829 to 2017

Celebrating Chinese Australian History – a Timeline 1829 to 2017

Excluding Great Britain, Chinese are the oldest continuous immigrants to Australia beginning some in the early 1800’s. Their contribution to Australian society is immense and spans many fields over most all of Australia’s modern history.

1829 – Fifty-five Chinese migrated to Australia.

1848 – On 2nd October the ship Nimrod arrived from Xiamen with 120 Chinese followed by another ship, the Phillip Laing with 123 Chinese aboard.

1851 – 393 Chinese arrived at Hobart. 225 Chinese arrived at Moreton Bay. A person of note at this time is Louis Ah Mouy who sent a letter to his hometown explaining of the gold that was being found in Victoria. 50000 Chinese arrived in China between 1851–56 to work in the goldfields predominantly in Bendigo and Ballarat. Louis Ah Mouy became a prosperous gold merchant. read more

Welcome to Guangzhou [inc. Top Ten Things to Do, Eat, and Where to Stay]

Welcome to Guangzhou [inc. Top Ten Things to Do, Eat, and Where to Stay]

 The capital of Guangdong province, Guangzhou, is a vibrant city that is the beating heart of trade, not only in the province, or southern China, but perhaps even the whole of China itself. It’s home to the country’s number one trade fair, the Canton Fair, and has throughout history been a major domestic and global exporting hub.

More than just trade, the city is a booming metropolis featuring a modern transport system, modern shopping malls, pedestrian shopping streets along with wholesale markets, nightlife, and some of the finest food experiences that are there to be had. read more

In fall, a view to savor along the bund

Autumn, Shanghai’s most beautiful season has arrived. Unlike the sweltering summer and the cold winter and spring typically experienced in the city, the mild heat from the sun’s rays and the subtle chill of the autumn breeze combine to make this the perfect time of the year to enjoy a comfortable stroll along Shanghai’s most famous landmark, The Bund. Photojournalists Ren Guoqiang and Gao Erqiang capture the sights along this iconic stretch.

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China’s Top 10 Video Sharing Websites (aka YouTube Equivalents)

China’s Top 10 Video Sharing Websites (aka YouTube Equivalents)

Youtube’s Chinese equivalents were born on hosting ripped content from overseas, such as popular western TV series and movies, and grew from humble bootlegging websites into fully fledged internet companies.

So popular in fact, from tapping into a massive Chinese netizen audience, that many listed on the stock markets of the US (yes, there is a certain irony). Most content nowadays is licensed, and many of the popular sites are self-producing local shows. Of course, there’s still the regular uploads of daily life and crazy antics from Chinese netizens, news bulletins, documentary, opinion, DIY videos and everything you could imagine. read more