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  • Mountain High in Lianzhou

    The Nanling Mountains long sequestered the Cantonese natives of Guangdong province from the Chinese interior. The mountains protected the ancient dialects of the southerners and cultivated the unique cultural character of the sea-facing and seafaring Yue peoples.

  • Cuckoo for Qingyuan

    Branding itself "the garden of the Pearl River Delta", around 80km northwest of Guangzhou, straddling the Bei, or North River, is the Cantonese-speaking city of Qingyuan. What first appears as a cluster of mottled factories (many fast being dismantled to make way for new high-rise flats) was once an important river town on the imperial highway – the Bei is a tributary of the Pearl River to the south and thus connects Guangzhou with Shaoguan in northern Guangdong Province. So while malls and marauding traffic might define Qingyuan’s metropolitan pretensions today, the river is still the lifeblood of the county, feeding its predominantly agricultural surrounds while crafting a centerpiece through the fresh-faced urban district. It should, therefore, stand to reason that the principle sites of interest lie along the steep banks overlooking the deep jade waters of the River Bei itself. To experience what Qingyuan has in store simply hop aboard a boat at Wuyi Dock and ask the captain to sail east.

  • The Best Ways to Celebrate Christmas in China

    Wondering where you could get into the festive cheer in China? Look no further!

  • The most beautiful wedding locations in China

    Get married and have a honeymoon in some of the most beautiful locations in China

  • The Strange Laws of China

    Being a law-abiding citizen comes easily in some countries, and is a little more difficult in others. This is especially so if you happen to live in a country that enforces some pretty difficult and bizarre laws. China is no stranger to strange laws. Get acquainted with these!

  • Get Your Adrenaline Pumping In China With Some Adventure Sports!

    China may not be the world's adventure capital yet, but it's definitely got its share of activities to get your adrenaline rushing.

  • Quintessential Shanghai Experiences That You Won't Forget

    Shanghai can feel like an overwhelming metropolis to explore. As you zip around the trendiest places in town, it’s easy to lament at how globalization has made all the major cities similar, predictable, and dare I say, boring. The good news is that Shanghai isn’t all that same-old-global-city if you just seek out moments and spots in the city that won’t quite remind you of home.

  • Kunshan and its Water Towns

    Wedged between Shanghai and Suzhou, Kunshan is often overlooked by holidaymakers. Its reputation as a manufacturing hub courting Taiwanese and Japanese company’s to set-up-shop and produce their wares hardly endears Kunshan to tourists. But its superficial modernity bellies the fact that Kunshan was an important centre of culture and trade when Shanghai was still an inconsequential market town. And this heritage is evident within the city proper and beyond in Kunshan’s idyllic water towns. Indeed hearty travellers will be rewarded with architectural wonders, musical marvels and much between.

  • Made In China: Amazing Chinese inventions of the ancient world

    These four Made In China products of the ancient world have changed the course of history. Do you know them?

  • The Unreal Rock Formations of China

    If we look at China’s great paintings from Huang Gongwang’s Dwelling in Fuchen Mountain to Wang Ximen’s A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains to Gu Kaizhi’s Nymph of the Luo River, we see a common thread; namely a fascination with strange rock formations. Southern China, in particular, is a place of extraordinarily diverse topography. And as the Middle Kingdom’s political center moved south during the Song Dynasty, artistic attention was increasingly drawn towards the marvels of the natural world.

  • Chinese Desserts - Do They Even Exist?

    Baffled by the non-existent dessert menu in Chinese restaurants? Look out for these yummy desserts in your next trip!

  • Great Chinese Poets and Where to Find Them

    Poetry is an ambiguous art form to many in contemporary society where commercial cinema and Internet pop-ups; graphic art and digital visuals inform much of our dizzying, day-to-day experience. Yet the desire to capture a moment, a feeling, a profound experience or philosophical insight in verse still resonates. Indeed the poetic concept has had wordsmith’s grappling with language since the earliest vestiges of the modern man, whom rose from the swamps, woods or desert and began to wonder what life was all about. Everything from epic journeys to dandelions has been evoked with rhyme, wordplay, symbolism and meter.

  • The Art Lovers Guide to Shanghai

    Where should art lovers go? Shanghai! The city is a powerhouse of contemporary art is waiting to be discovered.

  • A Chinese Halloween: the Hungry Ghost Festival

    Did you know? China has its very own Halloween, the Hungry Ghost Festival! No, it's not a big party, but it sure is an interesting festival to observe.

  • Yaogun – Beijing’s Best Rock n Roll Dives

    When you think of Beijing you probably imagine fantastical Ming palaces, the austere edifices of socialism or the vast Great Wall meandering its way over forested hills. You might conjure to mind the scholars and scribes, the courtiers, artisans, eunuch and royal concubines who once inhabited the imperial citadel. Or perhaps you think of contemporary China – crowded highways, a festering high-tech industry, malls decorated with the plastic trappings of consumerism. Rock music is seldom what comes immediately to mind when one thinks of the Chinese capital.


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