Category: China

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The Top 20 Places to Visit in China

China: it’s a country of legend and enigma, brimming with possibly the most dynamic history of any country in the world. It only opened up to outside tourism in the late 1970s, and to this day still sees relatively few international tourists when compared to other Asian countries. So where…

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What to Pack for China: Essential Items to Put in Your Backpack

Planning a trip to China? There will no doubt be a lot of questions on your mind. How will I navigate the country with no Mandarin (if you can’t speak it)? How will I take the trains alone? How will I handle the food? These questions, and many, many more,…

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A Complete Guide to Train Travel in China

China is an off-the-beaten-path travellers paradise. There’s no specific path through the country, no tourist shuttles transporting people to each destination, and very few bars and restaurants catered especially for backpackers. Because of all of this, China can seem a little daunting; but in reality it is very easily navigable, even…

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Backpacking China Itinerary: One Month in China

China is a pretty daunting country to travel in. Whether you’re travelling solo through China or exploring the country with a group, it’s a good idea to thoroughly research and plan your trip there. I spent seven weeks exploring the Asian country last summer, and it’s fair to say that I was a teensy…

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The Ultimate Solo Travel in China Guide

China is many things. Crazy, overwhelming and unique are all words that could be used to describe this Asian country. Solo travel in China can seem pretty daunting – it’s often near impossible to know exactly what is going on while exploring the country, especially if you have little grasp of…

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How to visit a Longsheng Rice Terrace without a guide

Now, I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy Chinese cities. I loved Shanghai way more than I thought I would, and I enjoyed exploring a remote city in China, Liaoyuan. But, after six weeks exploring city after city, I thought my head was going to explode. As I arrived in Guilin…

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Please Visit the Nanjing Massacre Memorial While You’re in China

Nanjing – just another Chinese city. Or is it? The place has actually boasted a huge amount of national importance over the country’s history. It was once the capital of South China (‘Nanjing’ literally means ‘South Capital’ whereas ‘Beijing’ means ‘North Capital’) and today, is one of those cities with…

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Sustainable Tourism in Shanghai: Being Eco-Friendly in China’s Modern City

“Shanghai isn’t the real China”, a guy (who was steadily making his way through a beer tower on his own at 6pm) told me in my Beijing hostel. “You might as well be in the States”. Now, while I agreed with him that Shanghai is definitely a built up city,…

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Is hiking Mount Huashan dangerous?

When it comes to thrill-seeking and risk-taking, I either charge in all guns blazing or I’m as paranoid as hell. And when I got to Beijing and was planning out my China trip, apparently my guns were blazing. I  chatted to some people who had been travelling around China for a while,…

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Seven Things I Loved About Xi’an

I only spent a few days in Xi’an, but they were fantastic. Compact and easily navigable, the city centre boasts lo many exciting attractions and fun neighbourhoods to explore. The city actually sprawls far beyond the city walls, but most of the things to do in Xi’an are located within the 14 kilometres…

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