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.....» »
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...
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...
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...
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...
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:...
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...
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 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...
If you are looking for a getaway from the hustle of Shenzhen or Guangzhou, like I was, you might want to check out Qingyuan. It’s a city packed with hot springs, eco theme parks and natural attractions. Fast trains from Shenzhen or Guangzhou make it a quick journey, from Shenzhen North Station it takes around 1 hour and from Guangzhou North about 15 minutes and Guangzhou South about 30 minutes. There are trains from GZ that go to Yingde Station which is useful if you are going to the Baojing Palace (a special cave). Read More.....» »
Guangdong Provinces’s smaller cities can be quite fascinating and uniquely diverse, Zhongshan makes a perfect example of this, here’s a small city set inland from the coast and some distance from the big powerhouse cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen yet it’s amazingly culturally diverse and seemingly mature city city. It’s by no means an ugly city but it certainly hasn’t got a big ticket nature drawcard, that’s brought people here from all over the world, but it has. Read More.....» »
Foshan City of Foshan District, Guangdong Province, is located about 2 hours by bus from Shenzhen, and 30 minutes from Guangzhou. You can also take the metro from Guangzhou to Foshan. The area is known for being large base to the ceramics and furniture industry, but it’s also a city packed with culture, character plus scenic and historic sites. Read More.....» »
Whats in Sanshui? A giant sleeping Buddha that’s what! The small city is about an hour by train or bus from Guangzhou and the main attraction is the Forest Park which features scenic areas, a go kart track, Confucius Temple and Crocodile Park. For accommodation I stayed at the Sanshui Garden Hotel, which is OK, some English speaking staff can be found there. Read More.....» »
Some time ago I remember seeing an ad on the English news channel here in China for the OYC Hotel and thought I’d love to check that out one day. The attention getting feature in the ad was the huge cave and hot spring located underneath the hotel, now we are in Zhaoqing for a couple of days, how could I miss checking it out. Read More.....» »
Located in Guangdong province, Zhaoqing, a small sceneic city featuring a wetland park and mountain nature reserve, makes fora great escape from the hectic and sprawling cities of Guangzhuo and Shenzhen. Craving for fresh air, and a reminder of nature, on the bus we went. Read More.....» »
This page is intended for those people who haven’t had the luxury of doing a beginners Chinese course before having to/or choosing to step onto a plane and head for China. The page includes survival phrases, tools, apps plus links to loads of free resources for learning Mandarin Chinese. Read More.....» »
China’s train network is extensive to say the least, with nearly every city and town connected via over 90,000 km or tracks. The size is set to grown with the Chinas continuing domestic growth, plus proposals for inter-continental lines that could extend from China into Russia, Germany and even to London and from China through south east Asia as far as Malaysia. Read More.....» »
This article sets out to explain a little about China’s currency, incredibly useful stuff if you’re travelling to China or buying from Chinese websites. Read More.....» »
Located on the coast of Southern China, Zhuhai offers visitors a laid back environment, sightseeing and a relaxing coastal escape. Zhuhai is quite popular with domestic holidaymakers, offering a nearby escape for residents of Southern regions, and also offering great value for those living in Macao, and even Hong Kong, who want to stretch there dollar further. Read More.....» »
Possibly one of the most beautiful cities in China, Fenghuang of Hunan Province features all the ancient charm of traditional Chinese architecture, a rich history and culture, all staged along either side of a beautiful river with lush green mountains as a backdrop. It’s otherworldly compared to China’s booming mega-cities. Read More.....» »
The city of Maanshan is located in Anhui Province alongside the Yangtze River and only 30kms from Wuhu and 40kms from Nanjing the capital of Jiangsu Province. The city is home to well over 1 million people. Read More.....» »
The Presidential Palace could be thought of as Nanjings version of the Forbidden City in Beijing with it once being home to emperors and political leaders. The palace was also the base for Dr Sat Yun Sen when he led the Kuomintang party to power in China. It was also the KMT’s headquarters from 1927 to 1949 from which it ruled the country until Mao Zhedong and the CCP took over control and declared Beijing as the capital. Read More.....» »
In 1937/38 Nanjing was witness to one of worlds haunting events, being the massacre of some 300000 people at the hands of invading forces. At that time Nanjing was the capital of China and Japanese forces had taken control of the city and during the first six to eight weeks of their occupation had performed indescribable atrocities. Read More.....» »