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The Ultimate Dim Sum Guide

Source Travelling to Hong Kong or Shanghai in the near future? Despite their many differences they have common threads, particularly the ever popular brunch mayhem that’s best known as dim sum. A longstanding tradition of many branches of Chinese cuisine, this meal consists of a variety of small plates served with a hot pot of […]

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Hit the Parks

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Why:  Most people visiting China do not have parks on their list of sights to see – but they should! Public parks are one of the most fascinating places to see local culture in a country where public space is synonymous with national unity. Locals flock to these areas to join group exercise groups, […]

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Take a Cruise

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Why:  There are over 22,000 rivers in China, an immense number that not only provide links across the country but to many neighbouring countries, including Bangladesh, Russia and Vietnam. The most famous are the Yellow River – the third largest river in Asia – and the Yangtze, the third longest river in the world. […]

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Enjoy the view

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Why:  China has a number of high-altitude landmarks, not to mention plenty of fantastic views from the top. Both cityscapes, countryside and mountainous regions have lots to offer seen from great heights, and there are plenty of places to catch the view. Where:  The mountains, of course, are a great way to enjoy panoramic […]

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Indulge in History

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Why:  China boasts one of the oldest civilizations in the world, dating back to 2700BC. The country’s rich history is filled with stories of powerful family dynasties, mystical folklore and ancient customs. Much of this intriguing past is reflected in the many ancient relics, monuments and architecture that can be found throughout the country. […]

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Experience a Festival

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Why:  As a country that is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world, China unsurprisingly boasts rich history. Many celebrations and traditions have survived over thousands of years through many generations, and include an array of ancient customs. Chinese festivals are certainly one of the most vibrant and memorable ways to […]

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Hit the Shops

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Why:  We’re all familiar with the ‘made in China’ stamp that comes on many of our products at home. Though the country has a reputation for stellar brand name knock-offs, it’s also the birthplace of many imaginative inventions, premier technology and immense production of goods. And, there’s no way to experience the true extent […]

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Discover Nature

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Why:  With a land size of 3.705 million square miles, it’s no surprise that China has vast and diverse scenery. There are layers of colourful rice paddies, immense jutting mountains and winding rivers. Some of these awe-inspiring landscapes are found miles from civilisation and others are vital elements of cities and towns. Where:  Perhaps […]

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Sample Street Eats

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Why:  Most Chinese restaurants outside of China simply do not do justice to the sheer diversity of the country’s cuisine. It’s unsurprising that the world’s most populous country has a wide variety of food, ingredients and flavours. In fact, there at least eight different culinary styles and no end of unique dishes! Like much […]

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Visit the Temples

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Why:  Although there are a number of religions practiced in China, Buddhism is by far the most popular with approximately 185 million followers. There are three different kinds of Buddhism in the country – Han, Tibetan and Southern – which are portrayed through diverse architecture, art and literature. One of the best ways to […]

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Explore Ancient Architecture

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Why:  The building techniques developed thousands of years ago by the Chinese have played an essential part in the history of architecture globally. Many techniques, materials and styles that are still used around the world today are thanks to early discoveries in China. As well as being impressive feats of construction, much of the […]

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