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The 6 Tourist Attractions on China’s Banknotes
Interestingly China didn’t choose its six most-visited sights for its banknotes, but six very varied sights scattered throughout the mainland. Below the six banknote sights are ranked according to popularity with international tourists.
China's Five Best Cities for Air Quality
Beijing and Xi’an have been suffering from polluted haze weather during recent cold days, which has caused some travelers to cancel their travel plans to these cities. Are you looking for somewhere with clearer air? See China's five top high-air-quality cities, where you can enjoy fresh air and view picturesque landscapes.
How to Plan a First Trip to China
On their first trip to China most travelers focus on the cultural and historical aspects of China and stay in the big cities, though China’s natural scenery and minority culture are also some of the highlights.
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China's Seven Most Scenic Train Journeys

Here is our pick of the most scenic and interesting rail routes in China to see the best scenery of China, with route descriptions and our recommendations.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Top China Travel Documentaries

This article introduces seven documentaries and documentary series that are great preparation for a trip to China.

Margaux
10 Books to Read Before Going to China

Recommended ten books for travelers to China in order to understand Chinese culture, history of China, China's social life and environment.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Dealing with Culture Shock in China

A look at some of the biggest points of Culture Shock for foreigners visiting China for the first time.

Margaux
The Top Movie (and TV) Destinations in China

See the incredible scenery and architecture of movies and TV series filmed in China, including MI3, The Mummy (3), Hero, and Avatar.

Margaux
Buying Gifts for Your Lady in China

What to buy for that special woman in your life (mum, daughter, wife, girlfriend, sister, best friend) while exploring China

Anusuya Mitra
Buying Gifts from China for Him

What to buy for that special man in your life (dad, son, husband, boyfriend, brother, best friend) while exploring China

Anusuya Mitra
10 Movies to Watch Before Going to China

These movie suggestions, including Hero and Seven Years in Tibet, will help you prepare for going to China.

Margaux
The Most Beautiful Roads in China

The most beautiful roads in china and how to get there to enjoy the scenery.

Chinese Gift Ideas for Children

Our top tips for parents and anybody who want to buy something special in China for a child, including what to buy where.

Anusuya Mitra
Photography in China

If you want to do some photography in China, bear in mind these tips about seasonal factors, hazards, the military, and other restrictions.

Pete Marchetto
A Traveller's Guide to Chinese Law

This guide to Chinese laws lets visitors know what affects them and how, and how to stay out of trouble in China.

Pete Marchetto
Unusual Ingredients in Chinese Cooking

You might be amazed at what unusual ingredients go into Chinese cooking, including dogs, cats, donkeys, rats, cicadas, snakes, and ants.

Pete Marchetto
Price Bands in China

Money talks, and in Hong Kong it speaks a different language to the rest of China — discover where’s pricey, middling, and cheap.

Dwain
Articles about China

Useful and interesting articles about Chinese culture, history, food and drink, travel guide and China travel tips.

Candice Song
The Four Great Towers of China

“The Four Greatest Towers in China” were selected by ancient Chinese scholars, and all are now famous sightseeing spots.

Michael Yang
Top Places to Escape the “Golden Week” Crowds

The top Chinese places to escape the golden week crowds include the Yangtze River, Xinjiang, Qinghai, Western Sichuan, and Kaili.

Candice Song
The 5 Best Places to Go Rock Climbing in China

China’s top rock climbing sites offer enthusiasts beautiful scenery and challenges to enjoy. The list is topped by Yangshuo.

Michael Yang
Top 8 Water Parks in China

In the city water parks are somewhere convenient to cool down and have fun in summer, without going to a summer resort.

Michael Yang
Top Places to Visit in June in China

The most recommended China destinations for July are Hangzhou, Yunnan, Xinjiang, Guilin, Chengdu, and the Yellow Mountains.

Candice Song
Top Places to Visit in July in China

The top places to visit in July in China are Tibet, Inner Mongolia, the Silk Road, Guizhou Province, and the Yangtze River.

Candice Song
Best Places to Visit in May in China

China's May is full of vitality, and China’s best places to visit include the Great Wall, Shangri-la, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, and Luoyang.

Candice Song
The Top 10 Buildings in China

The top 10 Chinese buildings are mainly in Shanghai and Hong Kong, including Shanghai World Financial Center and the ICC Tower.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
The 6 Tourist Attractions on China’s Banknotes

China’s banknotes show 6 sights you should visit: Tian’anmen, the Li River, West Lake, the Potala Palace, Mt. Tai, and the Yangtze River.

Michael Yang
The Top 10 Malls in China

The top 10 Chinese malls are mainly in Hong Kong, including the IFC Mall, but top is the New Century Global Center in Chengdu.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Dates to Avoid When Planning a China Tour

The following dates should be avoided when planning a China tour: National Day Holiday, May Day, and Chinese New Year...

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Top Places to Visit in China in Summer

China’s top summer destinations include the Yangtze gorges, Mt. Emei, Guiyang, Zhangjiajie, and Chengde Summer Palace.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
The Five Best Places to Visit in October

October is the best month to see colorful fall scenery in China, and the 5 best places to visit include Jiuzhaigou and Shangri-la.

Lynn Ye
QQ and Wechat - Prepare Yourself for China

The most popular chat interfaces in China are QQ and Weixin. Find out how to use them.

Pete Marchetto
Tracing the Four Famous Love Stories on Chinese Valentine’s Day

“Chinese Valentine's Day” is a traditional festival about love, and four touching love stories have been passed down over millennia.

Michael Yang
The Top  10 Chinese Cities That People Want to Escape

The ten cities most Chinese leave if they can include Zhengzhou and Changsha, due to e.g. low wages, hot weather, and high stress.

Michael Yang
The Top 5 Reasons to Visit China

Here are 5 great reasons to visit China and observe this astounding growth period for yourself, before it's too late.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Buying Traditional Chinese Clothes in China

Traditional Chinese clothing is a great way to bring a piece of the East back home with you to the West, including qipaos and silk robes.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
The Top 10 Furnace Cities in China

China’s top 10 furnace cities are Chongqing, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Nanchang, Changsha, Wuhan, Xi’an, Nanjing, Hefei, and Nanning.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
The Top 7 Family-Friendly Activities in China

The top seven family-friendly activities in China include visiting snack streets, rickshaw riding, and climbing the Great Wall.

Ruru Zhou
How to Cross the Road in China ... Safely

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
How to Plan a First Trip to China

Here’s our experience on making the most of your first trip to China, when most travelers focus on China’s cultural attractions.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
The Seven Modern Wonders of China

You may know the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, but do you know the seven modern wonders of China?

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Top China Tourist Destinations for 2014

In 2014 the following China destinations have something more to offer: Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin, Chengdu, Tibet...

Michael Yang
Tips for Optimizing Your China Adventure

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
The Chinese Dragon: A Symbol of China's Strength and Prosperity

The dragon has played a big role in China’s rich history and culture, from national celebrations to the Zodiac signs to historical rulers.

Michael Yang
Top Six Landmarks in China

The Top 6 landmarks on a China tourist’s journey include Mao Loyalty Ridge on the Great wall, the Forbidden City, and Mt. Everest.

Lynn Ye
Best Places for a Second Trip to China

China’s best places for a second trip include Guilin, Chengdu, Lhasa, the Yellow Mountains, the Three Gorges, Yunnan, and Pingyao.

Lynn Ye
Top Five Tips for a First Trip to China

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
The Six Most Beautiful Islands in China

The 6 most beautiful Chinese islands are Xisha, Weizhou, Putuoshan, Penghu, Dayushan, and the Nanji Islands.

Lynn Ye
The Most Popular China Tour Destinations in 2014

China Highlights lists the most popular destination and attractions in China in 2013, based on customer choices.

Lynn Ye
Top Five Places to Visit in March

China’s recommended places to visit in March include Zhouzhuang, Wuyuan, Dali, Hainan Island, and Guilin owing to their spring beauty.

Lynn Ye
The 6 Best Places in January

January is the coldest month in China, when the best places for ice and snow are Beijing, Harbin, the Yellow Mountains, and Jilin.

Candice Song
The Five Laziest Cities in China

China’s five laziest cities — Lijiang, Chengdu, Xiamen, Hangzhou and Kunming — are known for their leisurely slow lifestyles.

Lynn Ye
How to Do Business Chinese Style — Using Connections and Honor

The Chinese business style uses personal relationships and honor, both of which are deeply rooted in Chinese culture.

Pete Marchetto
Top 8 China Drinks You Should Try

Visitors to China are highly recommended to try these drinks: milk tea, plum juice, Arctic Ocean Orange Soda, Qingdao Beer…

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
When and Where to See Flowers in China

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
China Power Supply and Adapters

Knowing the voltage, adapter kinds, and types of wall outlets and electrical devices throughout China will help prepare for your trip.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Hip Chinese Words

Learning some popular hip Chinese words can make your Chinese more native and trendy, such as kengdie, jiong, ding, and dajiangyou.

Ruru Zhou
Do You Make These Mistakes with Your Chopsticks?

Chopsticks are quite different to the knife and fork, and below is the standard way for using them at dinner, without giving offense.

Ruru Zhou
China's Best Festivals

Which Chinese festivals are not-to-be-missed? Our recommendations include the Dragon Boat Festival and Harbin’s Ice Festival.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
What the Chinese Eat for Breakfast

The traditional Chinese breakfast varies from one region to another, and may include dim sum, congee, noodle dishes, baozi, or zongzi.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
The 7 Natural Wonders of China

Want to explore the natural beauty of China? The 7 natural wonders of China include Jiuzhaigou, Wulingyuan, and Mt. Everest.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
The Seven Wonders of China

The 7 wonders of China capture the most impressive things about China, including Tibet, the Great Wall, and the Chinese language.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
The Seven Ancient Wonders of China

Explore the charm of China’s 7 Ancient Wonders, and wonder at its ancient civilizations, architecture, engineering, and art.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Getting Your Coffee Fix in China

It is easy to get your coffee fix in China’s larger cities like Beijing and Shanghai, due to the many Starbucks and original cafes.

Lynn Ye
Best Places to Travel in Early Summer

China’s best places to visit in early summer are Tibet, Shangri-la, Dongchuan, Guilin, Yangshuo, Longji, the Three Gorges, and Yili.

Lynn Ye
The Seven Most Significant Historical Sites in China

The 7 most significant historical sites in China include the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Army, the Great Wall, and the Potala Palace.

Lynn Ye
China's Five Most Beautiful Rice Terraces

The 5 most beautiful rice terraces of China are in the mountains of Longji, Yuanyang, Jiabang, Yunhe, and Ziquejie.

Lynn Ye
The Seven Most Spectacular Landforms in China

China's vast and varied land has bestowed it with 7 spectacular landforms, including Li River Karst and Zhangye Danxia.

A Grave Day–the Culture of Death!

Death rituals and customs are an essential part of Chinese culture. The main funeral styles include inhumation, cremation, and sky burial.

Lynn Ye
How to Use a Squat Toilet in China

Squat toilets aren't terribly difficult once you know how to use them. Prepare yourself and stand with feet either side…

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Challenge Yourself with China's Six Cliff Paths

These six cliff paths in China are perfect for those who love heights and want to see picturesque cliff landscapes.

Ruru Zhou
Enjoy Natural Scenery along China’s Best Cycling Routes

China's best cycling routes offer wonderful natural scenery along the way, such as at Qinghai Lake, and on the Silk Road and Hainan Island.

Lynn Ye
Ten Things Not to Do in China

There are some taboos for visitors to China, including disrespecting temples, breaking certain laws, and failing to plan for problems.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Planning a Tibet Tour in 2014/2015

Here are some tips for planning a Tibet tour, including Tibet’s Entry Permit policy, Tibetan culture, and Tibetan itineraries.

Internet Access in China

Internet access is becoming more and more convenient in China, but access to social media etc. is limited by China’s firewall.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
China: a Land of Varied Geography

China offers visitors a great variety of geographical landscapes to feast your eyes on: mountains, deserts, beaches, canyons, and plains.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
The Five Best Places to Travel in February

China’s 5 best places to visit in February are Beijing, Hainan Island, the Yuanyang Rice Terraces, Mount Emei, and Harbin.

Lynn Ye
China's Five Best Cities for Air Quality

These five China cities have a reputation for high air quality and fine scenery: Sanya, Guilin, Kunming, Lhasa, and Xiamen.

Lynn Ye
Seven Great Places in China for Spring Photography

The top seven Chinese spring photography locations are Luoyang, Xinjiang, Guilin, Yunnan, Chengdu, Tibet, and Danba.

Lynn Ye
Top 5 Places to Travel in April

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.

Lynn Ye
5 Most Unbelievable Chinese Foods

Chinese pride themselves on eating a wide range of inventive foods, such as Beggar's Chicken and “100-year” eggs.

Annie Wu
6 Best Places to Visit in December

If you plan to travel to China in December, Hong Kong and Beijing are recommended, as well as four other places.

Lynn Ye
Roads Less Traveled in China

Explore the less-traveled areas of Chinese for wilderness and undiscovered destinations, and begin your unique journey of discovery.

Lynn Ye
Chinese Tea Sets

A traditional Chinese tea set usually includes a tea tray, teapot, tea scoop, fair cup, teacups, tea cup tweezers, and maybe an ornate tea table.

Lynn Ye
The Five Most Popular Red Tourist Destinations

The most popular red tourism sites, recording China's revolutionary history, are Yan'an, Shaoshan, Nanchang, Mt. Jianggang, and Zunyi.

Ruru Zhou
The Five Best Places to Visit in September

China’s fall begins in September, when the 5 best places to go are Beijing, the Yellow Mountains, Pingyao, Kanas, and Fenghuang.

Lynn Ye
Gluten Free Travel in China

For China travelers who are allergic to gluten, here are some tips on how to order get gluten-free food in Chinese restaurants and shops.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Visit before It's Too Late: Seven Great Endangered Attractions in China

These 7 great China attractions are threatened by natural and human factors, including the Mogao Grottoes and the Leshan Giant Buddha.

Lynn Ye
Ten Essential Phrases  for Tourists in China

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
The Six Most Magnificent Snow Mountains

Hiking and taking photos on China’s magnificent snow mountains will take your breath away — purely awesome!

Lynn Ye
The Top Five Most Beautiful Deserts in China

For visitors who enjoy dry and austere landscapes China's Gobi, Taklimakan, and Shapotou deserts are highly recommended.

Michael Yang
The Difference Between a Local Restaurant and a Tourist Restaurant

Good local restaurants are better than “tourist restaurants” for a number of reasons... Don’t get sold short.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Best  Places to Visit in November in China

November is late fall in China, and the best places to visit are Beijing, the Yellow Mountains, Zhangjiajie, and West Sichuan.

Candice Song
10 Chinese Cities with the Most Beautiful Night Scene

The top 10 Chinese cities for night scenery include Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

Michael Yang
Top Places to Visit in August in China

China’s most recommended places to see in August include Tibet, Inner Mongolia, and SW Sichuan, where it’s cooler.

Candice Song
Top 5 Places in China Where People Live the Longest

These Chinese places are known for longevity: Hetian, Zhongxiang Empress Village, Bama, Jinlin Water Village, and Taoyuan Village.

Annie Wu
Enjoy Visa-Free Travel in China Cities

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
Naked Marriage in China

Naked marriage has become the most fashionable wedding style in China, but it may be not be what you’re thinking of…

Michael Yang
Disappearing Sights along the Yangtze River

The Three Gorges Dam is raising water levels, making Yangtze sights, like Qutang Gorge and Zigui Ancient City, disappear.

Michael Yang
China Spring Travel

See what’s going on in spring in China, where to see flowers, festivals, travel tips and recommendations.

Annie Wu

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