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Top Places to Visit in China in Summer
There is definitely something about China's hot, sultry summer that adds some romance to the day and night. In this, the tourist peak season with numbers boosted by student holidays, all China is travel-able including the remotest regions of Tibet and the northwest.
Great Wall Sections — Which Section to Visit
The Great Wall of China starts beyond Jiayuguan in China’s northwest, passing over deserts and grasslands, going along mountain ridges, and finally ends in Shanhaiguan on China’s east coast. The most popular sections of the Great Wall of China are around Beijing’s north and east.
China’s Top National Parks
China has national parks too, 225 in total! They cover both scenic and historic preservation areas. Here we concentrate on China’s top scenic national parks, featuring five chosen for outstanding scenery and reputation.
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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
Articles on China Tour Planning

Articles on China Tour Planning

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Articles on Chinese Culture

Articles on Chinese Culture

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
10 Things You Must Know About Chinese Weddings

At a wedding in China, you'll be surprised by the differences in tradition. Read up on them to enjoy the wedding more.

Birdwatching in China — enjoy the best of China's birdlife

Birdwatching in China is becoming more popular — a golden opportunity to connect the pleasurable with the beneficial...

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
China's Disabled Access/Facilities — a British Carer's Advice

Lynne Buddin, experienced China traveler and carer, gives her frank assessment of disabled persons' travel prospects in China...

Lynne Buddin
The Top 10 Apps for China Travelers

Apps are revolutionizing the way we travel, and nowhere is this more true than China. Download these apps to travel easier...

Articles on Seasonal Places to Go in China

Articles on interesting things to do in China by season

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
China's Park Life

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 in China

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

Annie Wu
How to Use an ATM in China

We are all familiar with ATMs (automated teller machines). However Chinese cash machines can present problems...

Pete Marchetto
Top 6 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.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
How to Save on a Trip to China

There are many ways to cut China tour costs. Read these six points for how to plan a cheaper trip to China.

How to Make the Most of Your China Tour Guide

Getting the best from your guide... or, how to use them, not abuse them.

Lynne Buddin
72-Hour Visa-Free Cities in China - Policy, Travel Suggestions, Tours

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
Top Places to Visit in Spring in China

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

How to Explore China's Back of Beyond

Boldly go where no foreigner has gone before in China... with this advice in mind.

Pete Marchetto
How to Travel Ethically in China

In China we encourage ethical travel with sensitivity to the local culture and people. Here are our tips for doing so.

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.

The Top 12 China Holiday Wreckers

You'll benefit from reading through this quick list of twelve vacation spoilers to avoid while traveling in China.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
How to Visit a Chinese Temple

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
Top China Travel Documentaries

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

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.

Annie Wu
How to Deal with Culture Shock in China Easily

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

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.

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
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.

 4 Best Ancient Towers of China

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

Annie Wu
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.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
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.

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.

Ruru Zhou
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.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
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.

Top 5 Places You Should Visit in China in Summer

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

The 5 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.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Dates You Should 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...

Ruru Zhou
Top 4 Legends about 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.

Ruru Zhou
10 Most Unlivable Chinese Cities

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
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.

7 Great Things to Do with Kids in China

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

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
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.

Annie Wu
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
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.

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
Top 6 Best Places to Visit 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.

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.

The Five Laziest Cities in China

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

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
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
Hip Chinese Words

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

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
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
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.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
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.

Annie Wu
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
The Top 10 Faux Pas to Avoid in China

There are some faux pas for visitors to China, including offensive gifts and certain inauspicious table manners.

Ruru Zhou
Planning a Tibet Tour in 2015/2016

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

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.

Top 5 Places to Travel in April in China

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.

China's Top 6 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.

Top 5 Places to Visit in September in China

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

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 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

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