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.

The Secret to a Perfect Beijing Trip

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There’s always been a current of serendipity under my Beijing trips, no matter how many days in Beijing I end up staying—I hope the same will prove true for you.

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Splendid Shanghai Starts Here

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Whether you’re going as part of a larger trip to China or just because, this Shanghai itinerary is all you need for a proper introduction.

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China’s Other Capital

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China’s former capital will exceed your expectations, even if you know exactly what to expect.

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The Ultimate Guide to Gansu

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Gansu attractions are some of the most impressive in China, but you’ll need a good grasp of the Chinese language—and a high level of patience—in order to travel here.

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Sand Dunes and Smokestacks: China’s Wild West

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Follow in my footsteps and head to Gansu, but only once you’ve considered the entirety of this dispatch.

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Three Charming Days in Chengdu

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No matter your current mindset about China’s panda city, here’s how to make the most of three days in Chengdu.

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Three Crazy Days in Chongqing

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I was surprised by Chongqing’s beauty. And I don’t mean the Muzak cover all All4One’s “I Swear” that was playing as I waited to clear Chinese immigration, although that was a nice touch.

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How to Get a China Visa in Hong Kong

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The good news is that there’s a workaround to this: Obtaining a China visa in Hong Kong.

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