China

China next on your destination radar? Check out the advice, stories and tips I can offer after living there for almost a year and visiting the cities of Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Xi’an and important tourist destinations like The Great Wall of China, Terracotta Warrior and Shanghai World Financial Center.

China’s City of Western Peace

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Although much of urban Xi’an lacks any connection whatsoever to its grand, historical roots, the city and its vicinity are dotted with relics of a time when Xi’an was the most important city in China.

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The Adventure That Wasn’t Meant To Be

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Heading out to Western China? Qing Cheng mountain is one of the best spots for hiking near Chengdu — just read my advice first.

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Shanghai Lujiazui skyline

Why I Love and Hate Shanghai

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In Shanghai, opportunity looms low in the air like the city’s perpetual pollution haze, but both eventually become suffocating.

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Skyline of Hong Kong island

Hong Kong Island Walking Tour

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Explore ritzy Hong Kong island almost completely free of charge, no matter where in Hong Kong you stay.

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Shanghai Century Park in China

Shanghai’s Epic Century Park

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Just as Shanghai’s more than 4,000 skyscrapers dwarf the Manhattan skyline, Century Park is something like Central Park on steroids, even if Central Park is technically larger by area.

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City Wars: Beijing vs. Shanghai

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Many of the other expats I met in China were adamant about being either “Beijing People” or “Shanghai People.” Which city is more your style?

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Daytrip

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If you’re in Shanghai and need a break from the hustle-bustle and skyscrapers, the Chinese Grand National Bamboo Forest is nearby Anji is without a doubt the most serene place you can travel without getting on a plane.

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Access Facebook in China

Is All Social Media Blocked in China?

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Officially, you can’t access your Facebook or Twitter accounts, YouTube or most free blogging platforms from within China, but there are ways to work around this annoyance.

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