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

The Top 10 of Changsha: Hotels, Attractions and What to Eat

The Top 10 of Changsha: Hotels, Attractions and What to Eat

Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province, is home to 7 million people and renowned for its spicy local cuisine. For most tourists its a jumping point to head onwards to Zhangjiajie, Fenghuang, Wulingyuan, or Shaoshan and the birthplace of Mao Zedong. That’s a shame as Changsha offers quite a rich mix of history and cuisine.

The Top Ten things to Eat in Changsha

1. Steamed Nesting Birds (San Ceng Tao Ji  三层套鸡)
2. Spicy Chicken Cubes (Mala Zi Ji 麻辣子鸡)
3. Crisp Sesame Duck (Maren Xiangsu Ji 麻仁香酥鸭 )
4. Deyuan Steamed Bun (德园包子)
5. Non-Yolk Eggs with Mushroom (Huagu Wu Danhuang)
6. Kouwei Shrimp (Kou Wei Xia)
7. Dumpling in Soup (Liu Defang Tangyuan)
8. Changsha-style stinky tofu (Changsha Chou Doufu 长沙臭豆腐)
9. Mao’s braised pork (Mao shi hongshao rou 毛氏红烧肉)
10. Beer duck (piji u ya 啤酒鸭) read more

Welcome to Xiamen of Fujian Province China

Welcome to Xiamen of Fujian Province China

Xiamen, or Amoy as some call it, is a small city by Chinese standards being home to only around 600,000 people but it can still get pretty busy being a popular tourist destination for many Chinese. It’s an attractive coastal city, clean and has a certain charm about it not seen in other Chinese cities I have been.

In the 1840’s the British invaded the area and began colonizing, opening the port for trade, and soon after many other western countries came into town and established colonies. The memories of this past can be seen in the beautiful old colonial style buildings that can be found throughout the city. read more

Welcome to Macau – The Vegas of the Orient

Welcome to Macau – The Vegas of the Orient

Macau is renowned for its casinos and their massive entertainment offerings, but the city offers a host of attractions, an insight into China’s colonial history, beautiful architecture, and villages by the beach that you won’t want to leave.

Jump To: Map and where to stayTop Ten Things to doTop Ten SightsTop Ten CasinosTransport

Macau is a little bit like Hong Kong in that it is still part of China but has its own administration, legal system, and economic system, and it is also referred to as a Special Administrative Region of China. read more

Welcome to Shenzhen, China [inc Top 40 Attractions and Top Places to Stay]

Welcome to Shenzhen, China [inc Top 40 Attractions and Top Places to Stay]

Shenzhen is an interesting city as it is another city that tells a story about the Chinas economic transformation. Shenzhen was not much more than a fishing village until about thirty years ago when a man named Deng Xiaoping had taken the reins as China’s leader from Mao Zedong in 1978.

Deng Xiaoping had a very different view of macroeconomics from his predecessor and introduced the concepts of free market theory and capitalism, gathered from his visits to the west, that is the foundation of Chinas current success. read more

The Ten Best Sights and Attractions in Chengdu + Map

The Ten Best Sights and Attractions in Chengdu + Map

Chengdu, unfortunately, doesn’t make it on to many peoples list of places to visit while in China unless they are visiting Tibet or maybe going to see the Giant Buddha. That’s a bit of a shame as it is a really nice city, with friendly people and a somewhat relaxed environment compared to many other major Chinese cities.

Chengdu has plenty to offer including shopping, sightseeing, and wonderful food along with its major drawcard being the Panda bears. It’s a place worth hanging around for at least a few of days, or more if you like. read more