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  • Forbidden City

    Beijing Favorites

    There are two essentials to see - the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven Park. At the Forbidden City keep to the edges. The main central buildings are crowded and it is difficult to get through the croiwdsto see inside (in general one can't enter the buildings). It can also be hot and shadeless. In contrast keep to the edges in the shade,...

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  • Lujiazui / Pudong

    Shanghai Favorites

    the view of the ultramodern district of shanghai! Shanghai is home to more than 4,000 buildings, but it is the Huangpu's east-bank development, Pudong, that is the star of the Show in Shanghai. In 1990, this area was still marshy farmland but now in 2009 or 19 years later, Pudong has become a New Open Economic Development Zone, and has emerged as...

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  • Shamian Island

    Guangzhou Favorites

    I visited Sha mian island. It is a nice place. It will be much nicer in one year I think because they are rebuilding everything. All the houses, and the gardens, the streets, everywhere it is "construction". It is funny to see all the young couples to still come there to take photos of their future wedding. They are walking in the dust, mud... You...

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  • Terracotta Army

    Xi'an Favorites

    One of the farmers who discovered the Terracotta Warriors and Horses back in the 1970's is present at the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor on a regular basis to provide autographs. You can buy a colorful souvenir book and have it autographed by him. Something worth buying and taking home while you are there!

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  • Markets

    Chengdu Favorites

    Here I want to show readers how they sell electric bicycles, its just a simple shop like selling bicycles, the price is cheap, take a closer look. You can simply throw away your petroleum or gasoline powered bikes, simple and nice, why still insist? Obviously, the reason is some greedy peoples had no other ways to survive without oils. I am...

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  • Churches

    Beijing Favorites

    Are you an expat looking for a church in Beijing? Please join us on Sunday at the Congregation of the Good Shepherd (COGS), which has been worshiping in Beijing since 1993. We are an international, inter-denominational (protestant) church located in town and open to all foreign passport holders. We have about 100 congregation members, and worship...

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  • Nanjing Lu

    Shanghai Favorites

    The city is so huge, if one has just a few days, the best thing to do is... to go back for more! I liked that we stayed along Nanjing Road. That way, we got to stroll along this long avenue filled with so many interesting things to see. The food, I must say. I loved the steamed dumplings, Xiao Lung Bao.

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  • Hua Qing Hot Springs

    Xi'an Favorites

    I really enjoyed Huaqingqiao most. My timing was especially appropriate since it was the day they buried Zhang Xueliang in Hawaii, the general who kidnapped Chiang Kai-shek. You oculd see the bullets littering the walls and the signpost that said 'Jiang was captured here' up the hill.

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  • Modern Chengdu

    Chengdu Favorites

    On this street as well as many city centers in China, one will come across a lot of foreign investments notably in terms of shopping centers & foreign branded goods. MacDonald is a household name in China for almost 20 years now & other upcoming newcomers are all those cellphone/mobile phone makers like Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia & Sony, etc....

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  • Tiananmen Square

    Beijing Favorites

    I was there 3 years ago this November, from memory we arrived about 10am, Fistly do you know that you have to go across the road and leave everything there, e.g. camera, bags etc. it is not hard finding where you have to go, you are given a ticket and then go back across the road and get in line. I did not find the time a problem when I was there,...

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  • The Bund

    Shanghai Favorites

    You look at the Bund, with futuristic buildings in one bank of the river, and classical ones in the other, and something looks... odd. I was not very familiar with Chinese architecture but... those buildings... it seems that I saw them somewhere else, but not in China! Russia! Of course! The old Bund is a mixture of styles and epochs, displayed...

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  • Hua Shan

    Xi'an Favorites

    At a height of 2,160 meters above sea level and about 120km/3hours east of Xi'an, Huashan, literally translated as Flower Mountain, is a sight for sore eyes. The mountain has for centuries been deemed as one of China's five sacred mountains (Wu ye), along with one Hengshan to the northeast, Songshan and Taishan to the east and another Hengshan to...

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  • Pandas

    Chengdu Favorites

    To anyone wishing to visit Chengdu, My wife and I visited Chengdu last June 9, 10 & 11, 2006. We had made internet arrangements for our transportation with an English speaking driver before we left home with a man named “Mickal”. We were arriving at about 10:00pm on our flight from Hong Kong so there was nothing left for that day but to get to...

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Beijing Favorites

    beijing has it's share of sweets and I could say that they are truly yummy but unfortunately i could not make out the translations since they have really bad chin-glish. some are very familiar like the moon cake and a caramel colored mullet cake (similar in taste to puto binan in the philippines) and crispy fried mullets (again similar to shing a...

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  • Yuyuan Garden & Bazaar

    Shanghai Favorites

    I was impressed by the development and organization of Shanghai. What they show to us today has nothing to do with the generalised idea of China. We had to look at the small narrow roads, to see the old China living, according to the expected standards, but in good harmony with the construction boom all over.

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  • Muslim Quarters

    Xi'an Favorites

    Xian has been a city of traders along the silk road. Many Muslims came to Xian with their karawanes. Now you can still find many Chinese Muslims, which are called Hui. They have mosques and their special food. Lots of noodleshops and Shashliki stalls. For more consice informations please see this website: Hui Minority

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  • Chinese Medicine

    Chengdu Favorites

    From many goods at the market I could recognize what it was or where it was made of. But at some stalls and in some shops I saw very intriguing stuff with not the slightest idea what it could be. So in this shop were hanging all kind of different goods, some of plant and some of animal origin, looking mysterious, because nobody could explain us...

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  • Temple of Heaven

    Beijing Favorites

    We enjoyed our morning at the Temple of Heaven, which we found beautiful and relaxing. There were people picnicking in the grounds, and some people playing strange one-stringed instruments and singing. It was a great experience. You can get there by subway very easily. For us it was two stops from our hotel near Chongwenmen. Don't remember the name...

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  • Shanghai Meseum (People's Square)

    Shanghai Favorites

    Nowhere else in China the idea of modernity is so strong! Maybe because the modern buildings are everywhere, with remarkable diversity and architecture, maybe because nowhere else is so noticeable the contrast with traditional construction. Day or night, Shanghai is proud of its look.

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  • Wild Goose Pagodas

    Xi'an Favorites

    visit the Wild Goose Great Pagoda. And do not miss the gardens (8AM to 6 PM) Once upon a time, a wise Emperor sent a monk (the ancestor of the VTbackpackers), Xuanzang, to search in India some Sutras of the Buddhist religion. He traveled for 20 years (what a vacation !) and came back home with his bag full of religious texts and his head full of...

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  • Leshan Giant Buddha

    Chengdu Favorites

    Leshan Giant Buddha The Leshan Giant Buddha is located at Leshan City, where in the southwest of Sichuan ,being renowned in the world for its graceful natural scenery and a mysterious cultural legacy associated with Buddhism. This is none other than Leshan Giant Buddha, the biggest of its kind in the world, as a world natural and cultural heritage...

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  • Climate

    Beijing Favorites

    The thing we missed most about home was blue skies. In 28 days of travel in China, we saw only 4 days of blue skies. We were there in April 2010 and it was extremely cold in Beijing with a few morning temps down to 0 degrees. Lucky the Guesthouse offered us extra blankets and a heater because we would've never coped with these temperatures. All...

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  • Xu Jia Hui

    Shanghai Favorites

    Xu Jia Hui Cathedral Xujiahui Catheral, the largest Catholic church in Shanghai, was constructed at 158 Puxi Road in 1910. It is a French Gothic construction. The two belfries tower over the sky. The outer walls are made up of red bricks. The eaves, gates and windows are of Gothic design. The church is richly ornamented by marble sculptures. The...

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  • City Wall

    Xi'an Favorites

    Xian is one of the very few cities in China, where the city wall is still in very good condition. 12km of wall surround the city, which has been once the biggest city of the world. At a time (around 1200), when Cologne had about 30000 inhabitants and New York did not yet exist, Xian had 1.000.000 people.

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  • JiuZhaiGou

    Chengdu Favorites

    Chengdu is the place from where you start to the nature reserve of Jiuzhaigou. Please see more in my travelogue for ashort view of my Jiuzhaigou-pics! Or go to my Juizhaigou-Page, where I tell you the whole story of my adventurous trip in 1987.

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  • Shopping

    Beijing Favorites

    To Get a Feel of Local Setting I suggest you go to a local department store to be experience local beijing shopping if you have time and these are not near Wang Fu Jing but farther in Other districts, fortunately our privated tour guide showed us to one of this Local Department stores in the Dong Cheng District and shows ordinary stuff but rich in...

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  • Zhou Zhuang

    Shanghai Favorites

    Although Shanghai has few landscapes, there are many small cities around Shanghai with beautiful scenes. The picture is the West Lake, which is a famous scene in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang and near Shanghai.

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  • History Museum of Shaanxi Province

    Xi'an Favorites

    Visit the History Museum of Shaanzi - Xiaozhai - A very interesting museum presenting the history of China since 6000 BC with a hall per period. The comments are also in English (in French ? you dream!). Foresee a rather long stay : the History of China is long, long, long. Open : 9:00AM to 5:30 PM. On the photo : a copy of a chariot which was...

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  • People's Park

    Chengdu Favorites

    And people were having tea by the lake side. The bamboo chairs were really beautiful. However, it seemed like they will gradually be replaced by ugly blue plastic ones. I bypassed the Mahjong area as I hated the noise of it. To my disappointment, I didn't see anybody playing chess.

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  • Yuan Ming Yuan

    Beijing Favorites

    The original Summer Palace was located southeast of the current Summer Palace and just north of Peking University's campus. Construction began in the early Qing dynasty (1709) and took nearly 150 years to complete. It was completely looted and destroyed in 1860 by British and French troops in a 3 day pillaging party during the Opium War. All that...

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  • Suzhou

    Shanghai Favorites

    The route of the silk in the Middle Ages finished here: Suzhu is the city of the silk. You could buy all kind of beautiful cloths and things made by real silk. Suzhu is located to the north of Shanghai: we arrived there in half an hour by car.

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  • On the way to Tibet

    Chengdu Favorites

    In Chengdu, I used the China Comfort Travel agency to organise my permit and flight to Lhassa, Tibet. I was very happy with their price/condition and efficiency. You can contact David Liu who speaks english and will be happy to help you. David Liu Mobile : 13708059757 davidliu333@hotmail.com davidliu0313@yahoo.com

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  • Great Wall

    Beijing Favorites

    hi: There are many sections of wall in beijing, for those yong travellers who want to hike the wild wall, muoshikou pass is an ideal venue. it is not far from mutianyu section, it is combine water fall, beautiful valley, cave, wild wall together. most important is: it is not crowed, less tourists there. website...

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  • Jade Buddha Temple

    Shanghai Favorites

    Yu Fo Temple Namely Jade Buddha Temple, is the most famous Buddhist temple in Shanghai. It houses a 1.9-metre-tall jade statue of Buddha carved out of a single piece jade whose color is lustrously and spotlessly white. The look of the the figure is dignified with a kind face. Besides, this rare treasure in the world, there is another jade Buddha...

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  • Summer Palace

    Beijing Favorites

    In China, there are many beautiful gates built, many destroyed and rebuilt. This is one of my favorite gate located at the foot of Longevity Hill and overlooks Kunming Lake. It is a symbol of era gone by where locals kowtowed to the Emperor or Empress of Chinese dynasties over the milleniums. Interestingly many have been burnt or damaged in wars...

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  • Beijing's Parks

    Beijing Favorites

    This is a fond memory of my trip to Beijing: people (mainly elderly) in Tiantan park/Temple of Heaven complex practising Tai Chi, walking backwards, playing ball games, exercising, singing, waltzing. It was just a different way of life to what we experience in the UK and it made a refreshing change to see people so full or energy and life.

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  • Hutongs

    Beijing Favorites

    When living in a hutong, you're exposed to some aspects of the locals' daily lives, such as their pets. In this case, I found these 3 furry charmers in the hutong where Red Lantern House (main and west yard) is located.

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  • History

    Beijing Favorites

    Beijing is a vivid metropolis with over one hundred flyovers!The city is growing at a staggeringly fast pace, leaving those poorer cities behind. However this city has an extensive past; for a thousand years Beijing saw the Imperial history being carried out here with the Chinese emperor enthroned in what the Chinese believe was the centre of the...

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  • Language

    Beijing Favorites

    China can be forbidding for an American (and most other nationalities, I guess) traveler because the use of characters makes reading signs impossible. What I found is that most young people speak English. So if you need assistance, seek out someone in the 15-25 year old range.

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  • Beijing Map

    Beijing Favorites

    Having just started with this site, I decided to share some of my pictures.. When you walk, rather than getting a bus (even if it drops you at your door) there is always plenty to see everywhere you look. The scam girls in the streets trying to chat you up. ^_^

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  • Ming Tombs

    Beijing Favorites

    One of the main attractions which you can visit in Beijing is the Ming Tombs. This is the burial ground of 13 Emperors out of 17 Emperors of Ming Dinasty. This map shows the Ming Tombs' unique arrangement. Sacred Road is an interesting part of the Tombs which displays unique animal and human figures believed as sacred & the guardians of the tombs.

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  • Lama Temple - Yonghegong

    Beijing Favorites

    I had never thought that there was a lamasery (Lama temple) in Beijing. As we were travelling towards Tibet with its many Buddhist cloisters and temples, it was kind of surprising to see this here. But it was great to visit and to admire this culture and religion. And all this with the greatest respect for the local believers which came here to...

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  • Universities

    Beijing Favorites

    DONT RENT APARTMENT BEHIND XIJIAO HOTEL WEST 1 BUILDING ITS 21 FLOOR HIGH BUILDING WHITE BEHIND XIJIAO HOTEL,THERE IS SECURITY IN ENTRANCE,,MANAGER NAME"MAO" ,WILL RENT HOUSE TO YOU AND EVERYTIME WILL MAKE U PAY SERVICE FEE..THeRE IS NO SERVICE AND EVERYTIME U PAY RENT HE WILL CHARGE U.IST KUANGYE DAXUE WEST 1 BUILDING,,2 HIGH BUILDINGS BEHIND...

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  • Museums and Exhibitions

    Beijing Favorites

    This was one of two Salvador Dali exhibitions that I went to during my 2002 around the world trip... The other one was in Brugges, Belgium... Both exhibitions focused on fascinating late period works such as lithographs and illustrations... Things like a series on Boccaccio's "Decameron"... Dali is generally more famous for his stunning early works...

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  • Acrobatic Show

    Beijing Favorites

    We really enjoyed taking in an acrobatic show while we were in Beijing. The feats are all quite amazing. Coming from a sport background where flexibility is key I am always in awe of the contortionists. If you get a chance, do take in a show. There are several in Beijing, just inquire at your hotel.

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