These Chinese places are known for longevity: Hetian, Zhongxiang Empress Village, Bama, Jinlin Water Village, and Taoyuan Village.Annie Wu
Articles on China Tour PlanningGavin Van Hinsbergh
Articles on Chinese CultureGavin Van Hinsbergh
At a wedding in China, you'll be surprised by the differences in tradition. Read up on them to enjoy the wedding more.Margaux
Birdwatching in China is becoming more popular — a golden opportunity to connect the pleasurable with the beneficial...Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Lynne Buddin, experienced China traveler and carer, gives her frank assessment of disabled persons' travel prospects in China...Lynne Buddin
Apps are revolutionizing the way we travel, and nowhere is this more true than China. Download these apps to travel easier...Margaux
Articles on interesting things to do in China by seasonGavin Van Hinsbergh
Park life in China is thriving — there is no better way to see all things Chinese. Make going to a public park part of your tour.Lynne Buddin
Naked marriage has become the most fashionable wedding style in China, but it may be not be what you’re thinking of…Annie Wu
We are all familiar with ATMs (automated teller machines). However Chinese cash machines can present problems...Pete Marchetto
China’s most recommended places to see in August include Tibet, Inner Mongolia, and SW Sichuan, where it’s cooler.Gavin Van Hinsbergh
There are many ways to cut China tour costs. Read these six points for how to plan a cheaper trip to China.
Getting the best from your guide... or, how to use them, not abuse them.Lynne Buddin
You can enjoy 72-hour visa-free travel in cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, while other cities have special visa policies.Gavin Van Hinsbergh
See what’s going on in spring in China, where to see flowers, festivals, travel tips and recommendations.
Boldly go where no foreigner has gone before in China... with this advice in mind.Pete Marchetto
In China we encourage ethical travel with sensitivity to the local culture and people. Here are our tips for doing so.Connie
November is late fall in China, and the best places to visit are Beijing, the Yellow Mountains, Zhangjiajie, and West Sichuan.
You'll benefit from reading through this quick list of twelve vacation spoilers to avoid while traveling in China.Gavin Van Hinsbergh
All you need to know for visiting a Chinese temple, including when to go, ticketing, clothing, behavior, taking photos, and special customs.Gavin Van Hinsbergh
This article introduces seven documentaries and documentary series that are great preparation for a trip to China.Margaux
Recommended ten books for travelers to China in order to understand Chinese culture, history of China, China's social life and environment.Annie Wu
A look at some of the biggest points of Culture Shock for foreigners visiting China for the first time.Margaux
These movie suggestions, including Hero and Seven Years in Tibet, will help you prepare for going to China.Margaux
This guide to Chinese laws lets visitors know what affects them and how, and how to stay out of trouble in China.Pete Marchetto
Money talks, and in Hong Kong it speaks a different language to the rest of China — discover where’s pricey, middling, and cheap.Dwain
“The Four Greatest Towers in China” were selected by ancient Chinese scholars, and all are now famous sightseeing spots.Annie Wu
The top Chinese places to escape the golden week crowds include the Yangtze River, Xinjiang, Qinghai, Western Sichuan, and Kaili.Gavin Van Hinsbergh
China's May is full of vitality, and China’s best places to visit include the Great Wall, Shangri-la, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, and Luoyang.
In the city water parks are somewhere convenient to cool down and have fun in summer, without going to a summer resort.Ruru Zhou
The most recommended China destinations for July are Hangzhou, Yunnan, Xinjiang, Guilin, Chengdu, and the Yellow Mountains.Gavin Van Hinsbergh
The top places to visit in July in China are Tibet, Inner Mongolia, the Silk Road, Guizhou Province, and the Yangtze River.
China’s top summer destinations include the Yangtze gorges, Mt. Emei, Guiyang, Zhangjiajie, and Chengde Summer Palace.
October is the best month to see colorful fall scenery in China, and the 5 best places to visit include Jiuzhaigou and Shangri-la.Gavin Van Hinsbergh
The following dates should be avoided when planning a China tour: National Day Holiday, May Day, and Chinese New Year...Ruru Zhou
“Chinese Valentine's Day” is a traditional festival about love, and four touching love stories have been passed down over millennia.Ruru Zhou
The ten cities most Chinese leave if they can include Zhengzhou and Changsha, due to e.g. low wages, hot weather, and high stress.Annie Wu
Here are 5 great reasons to visit China and observe this astounding growth period for yourself, before it's too late.
The top seven family-friendly activities in China include visiting snack streets, rickshaw riding, and climbing the Great Wall.
China’s top 10 furnace cities are Chongqing, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Nanchang, Changsha, Wuhan, Xi’an, Nanjing, Hefei, and Nanning.Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Here are some tips to help you cross the road safely in China, including the different crossing styles between rural and urban areas.Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Here’s our experience on making the most of your first trip to China, when most travelers focus on China’s cultural attractions.Annie Wu
Visiting China is always full of new experiences, and here are some tips for getting the most out of your China experience.Gavin Van Hinsbergh
China’s best places for a second trip include Guilin, Chengdu, Lhasa, the Yellow Mountains, the Three Gorges, Yunnan, and Pingyao.
China is a very different country, and our top 5 first-trip tips include how to break the language barrier and bargain in Chinese.Gavin Van Hinsbergh
January is the coldest month in China, when the best places for ice and snow are Beijing, Harbin, the Yellow Mountains, and Jilin.
China’s recommended places to visit in March include Zhouzhuang, Wuyuan, Dali, Hainan Island, and Guilin owing to their spring beauty.
China’s five laziest cities — Lijiang, Chengdu, Xiamen, Hangzhou and Kunming — are known for their leisurely slow lifestyles.
The Chinese business style uses personal relationships and honor, both of which are deeply rooted in Chinese culture.Pete Marchetto
The Chinese national flowers are the peony, plum flower, chrysanthemum and orchid, and here is where and when you should see them.Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Learning some popular hip Chinese words can make your Chinese more native and trendy, such as kengdie, jiong, ding, and dajiangyou.Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Which Chinese festivals are not-to-be-missed? Our recommendations include the Dragon Boat Festival and Harbin’s Ice Festival.Gavin Van Hinsbergh
China’s best places to visit in early summer are Tibet, Shangri-la, Dongchuan, Guilin, Yangshuo, Longji, the Three Gorges, and Yili.Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Death rituals and customs are an essential part of Chinese culture. The main funeral styles include inhumation, cremation, and sky burial.Annie Wu
Squat toilets aren't terribly difficult once you know how to use them. Prepare yourself and stand with feet either side…Gavin Van Hinsbergh
There are some faux pas for visitors to China, including offensive gifts and certain inauspicious table manners.Ruru Zhou
Here are some tips for planning a Tibet tour, including Tibet’s Entry Permit policy, Tibetan culture, and Tibetan itineraries.
China’s 5 best places to visit in February are Beijing, Hainan Island, the Yuanyang Rice Terraces, Mount Emei, and Harbin.
April is a great month for traveling to China due to its picturesque scenery, and the top places to go include the Three Gorges and Xi’an.
If you plan to travel to China in December, Hong Kong and Beijing are recommended, as well as four other places.
China’s fall begins in September, when the 5 best places to go are Beijing, the Yellow Mountains, Pingyao, Kanas, and Fenghuang.
Here are 10 essential phrases for tourists, such as “Cesuo zai nali?”, which have proved to be very helpful during China travel.Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Good local restaurants are better than “tourist restaurants” for a number of reasons... Don’t get sold short.Gavin Van Hinsbergh