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How to Use a Chinese Squat Toilet
Directions and a discussion on squat toilets in China.
Travelers Beware: What You Need to Know about...
What you should know about prostitution in China before you go.
How to Avoid Being Scammed in Shanghai's Fake...
Visitor's Guide to Shanghai's 580 Nanjing West Road fake market.
Planning a Trip to China? How to Prepare Your...
What kind of adapter do I need for my plugs in China for their wall sockets and electrical current?
What Travel Documents You'll Need to Visit China
Find out what travel documents, including information about your passport and visa, you need when visiting China.
What You Need to Know Before You Visit China
Find out what you need to and should do to prepare for your trip to China. You'll want to get your travel documents ready, such as your passport and visa, read up on any health concerns and create your packing list as well as start creating your itinerary for your visit to China.
16 Specialty Markets in Shanghai That Any...
Shanghai boasts great shopping and the best place to experience it is in its markets. From crickets to pearls, find out where to shop in Shanghai markets.
How to See 10 Classic Attractions in China
Discover ten of China's top things to see ranging from the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Great Wall, the karst mountain landscape in Yangshuo, the hypercity of Shanghai and the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. There are hundreds of attractions in China but this Top Ten List of Things to See gives you a key into planning your itinerary.
Essential Water and Food Safety Tips for China
What you need to know about drinking water and eating prepared food and street snacks in China
Getting Your China Visa Invitation Letter
FAQs about how to get your China visa invitation letter.
What to Wear in China
Find out what to wear in China and how to pack for your visit to China.
Bargaining 101: Eight Rules for Shopping in China
Bargaining in China can be a fun experience but you need to learn the rules before you play. Follow this simple primer to make the most of your trip.
What Vaccinations Should You Get before...
Required and recommended vaccinations for travel to China.
Be Careful with Your PIN! What to Know about...
How to carry cash, get cash and make purchases using your ATM and credit card in China
Best Places for Day Trips from Shanghai
There are a lot of things to do outside Shanghai for cultural interest, sightseeing and relaxing. Take advantage of the places within 2-3 hours of Shanghai for day trips or weekend getaways.
Shanghai South Bund (Lujiabang Road) Fabric...
Shanghai South Bund (Lujiabang Road) Fabric Market information.
How Do I Get an Invitation Letter for China if...
Getting an invitation letter for a tourist visa to China without a tour group.
Buying Pearl Jewelry in China: A Quick Primer...
Learn how to buy pearls and pearl jewelry and understand the value of pearls during your visit to China.
The Top 5 Ways to Ruin Your Trip to China
You don't want to ruin your trip to China and you certainly want to avoid a bad stay. Here are some tips.
The Wall is Great
Thursday was our Great Wall day. I asked my friend for a recommendation for hiring a car on Wednesday so that we wouldn't have to pay outrageous hotel prices.
What Are the Major Airlines in China?
Details, codes and route descriptions of China's major airlines operating domestically and internationally.
Going to China? Don't Forget to Pack These...
Make your China packing list easier to manage by finding out what items aren't readily available so that you can bring them with you.
From Bazaars to Bars: The Top 10 Things to Do...
Tired of museums? Want local vibe, good shopping and great eating? This list will give you ideas of things to do and how to spend your time in Shanghai.
Traveling to China: Health Tips and Advice to...
You may be wondering, what shots do I need for China? While a trip to China should not be a cause for any worry, concerning your health, it's best to be prepared before you go. Find out more about vaccinations that are recommended for China and other health issues.
How to Contact the Chinese Embassy and...
Contact list for Chinese Embassy and Consulate-Generals in the United States. Includes address, hours of operation, email and website information.
Ten Simple Tips to Help You Plan Your China...
Plan your China travel in ten easy steps with this ten-step China Travel Planner
September in China: Weather and Event Guide
Find out what China is like in September, what to bring and what's happening.
How to Pack Smart and Light for Your China Trip
A complete guide to packing for your trip to China.
9 Things You Should Know Before Shopping in...
A Complete Visitor's Guide to Shopping in Shanghai
Can I travel alone? Single Traveler Advice for...
Tips for Single Travelers in China
Read this before you Visit the Great Wall of...
What you need to know to visit the Great Wall of China, a must-see for tourists, especially for those who will be in Beijing.
October in China: Weather and Event Guide
Find out what the weather in China is like in October, what to bring and what's happening.
Top 20 Kids Activities in Shanghai
Not only is China, in general, a great place to bring your kids, Shanghai has some fun activities on offer for children when they get bored of the classical gardens, temples and endless shopping.
New Star, a Korean-style bathhouse with spa and...
A profile of New Star, a Korean-style bathhouse with spa and massage in Shanghai
Information for the China Visa Invitation Letter
What information to include in your invitation letter for a China visa.
The Worst Things for Travelers in China
Travelers to China should be aware of some nuisances they might find during a visit to China. There's nothing to be afraid of, but there are some things you should watch out for.
First Aid Kit Packing List
Bring a first aid kit with you to China. Navigating a Chinese pharmacy is no fun when you're in need so be sure to include a first aid kit in your packing list.
Top 11 Luxury Hotels in Shanghai
If your budget allows, Shanghai has some wonderful 5-star luxury hotels to choose from. Here are five of the best hotels to stay in if you are looking to be seriously pampered during your visit to China.
How Do I Get a Chinese Visa?
: How Do I Get a Chinese Visa? : In order to obtain a Chinese visa, you or a visa agent must visit a
Tipping in China - Don't Be Tempted!
Do you need to leave a tip in China? Find out all about tipping.
Typhoon Season
Understanding Typhoon Season in China
Spa Etiquette in China
Understanding spa etiquette in China.
Shanghai Cybermart - One Stop Market for...
Shanghai Cybermart and Computer Electronics Market information.
Shanghai Optical Glasses Market
Visitor's guide to the Shanghai Optical Glasses Market
Can I use my mobile phone in China?
You can use your own mobile phone during your trip to China. But use must fall under two conditions.
Do I tip my guide & driver in China?
Tipping guide for organized tours - guides, drivers, etc.
Why Go to China?
Chinese civilization dates back thousands of years. And while their turbulent modern history colored some cultural perspectives, there is still much to see.
7 Amazing Places to Buy Antiques in Beijing
If you are wondering where to shop in Beijing, here is a listing of some popular open-air markets and shopping streets.
Three Days in Beijing - What to See with Three...
Beijing, Capital of China, is the seat of current and past power. A visit to Beijing must include stops at the Forbidden City (Palace Museum), the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Mao Zedong's Mausoleum, the Summer Palace, the Ming Tombs and, of course, the Great Wall.
Historic Fuxing Road Walking and Shopping Tour...
Wander down historic Fuxing Road in the old French Concession of Shanghai, China and discover shops and boutiques along the way. This walking tour will help you see one of Shanghai's French Concession's most beautiful streets, as well as help you bring back some lovely souvenirs from your trip.
Shanghai Foreign Language Book Store Directory
A listing of stores where you can buy English and other foreign language books and magazines in Shanghai.
How to Take a Taxi in China
Find out how to get around Chinese cities by using a taxi cab.
Best of Shanghai's Unique Shops
Want to know where the best Shanghai shopping is? You could spend precious hours wandering the lanes and markets of Shanghai's shopping districts, but if it's high-quality, original gift items you're after, go no further than the shops listed here. These are the best-of-the-best for Shanghai shopping.
Behind the vermillion walls - China's Forbidden...
The Forbidden City is probably China's most famous museum. Its famous red walls housed Ming and Qing emperors for nearly 500 years. Now the halls, gardens, pavilions and nearly one million treasures are visited and viewed by 8 million tourists a year. Find out more about visiting the Forbidden City during your trip to Beijing.
Pearl's Circles, First Asia Jewelry Plaza,...
A great place to buy pearls in Shanghai, or in China for that matter, is in the First Asia Jewelry Plaza near the Yuyuan Gardens Bazaar.
Your Guide to the Chinese Lunar Calendar and...
An introduction of the Chinese Lunar Calendar and the Chinese Zodiac system.
How Long Did it Take to Build the Great Wall of...
: How Long Did it Take to Build the Great Wall of China? : There's really no short answer. In the West,
Why You Should Visit China in November
Find out what the weather in China is like in November, what to bring and what's happening.
Chinese Currency
Get familiar with the Chinese currency, or Renminbi. Understand what notes and coins are in circulation.
Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market (aka "the...
Shanghai Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market (or
A Short History of Shanghai
Read a short history of Shanghai and its evolution from a sleepy fishing village to the commercial capital of China.
Visiting Hangzhou
Heralded as China's. China Travel.
Is it safe for women to travel alone to China?
Is it safe for women to travel alone in China? - Information on traveling alone as a woman in China
Arriving in China and Culture Shock
Things that may cause some culture shock upon arrival in China. e.g. A pedestrian is expected to yield to everyone else. Buses will not stop for you.
Shaoxing Road to Taikang Road - A French...
Enjoy a walk down two lovely streets in Shanghai's former French Concession: Shaoxing and Taikang Roads.
List of China's Provinces
Listing of China's provinces and other administrative zones.
Can I Get a Chinese Visa in Hong Kong?
Find out how to get a Chinese visa in Hong Kong.
Best Shanghai Temples
Listing of the best Shanghai temples to visit during your trip to Shanghai.
Yu Yuan Garden and Bazaar
One of Shanghai's top tourist destinations is Yu Yuan Garden and Bazaar market area in the old Chinese neighborhood.
Autumn in China
Autumn and Fall in China. China Travel.
How to change your money into Renminbi (RMB) in...
How to change your money into Renminbi (RMB) in China
Upholstery and bedding Fabric market
Upholstery fabric and bedding market
Top 10 Activities for Kids in Beijing
Not only is China, in general, a great place to bring your kids, Beijing has some fun activities on offer for children when they get bored of the classical gardens, temples and endless shopping.
Chinese vocabulary to manage your phone in China
With this Mandarin vocabulary list for mobile phones, you can understand the basic words you'll need to purchase and use a cell phone in China.
August in China: Weather and Event Guide
Find out what China is like in August, what to bring and what's happening.
Caffeinate in Shanghai
Where to find good cafés and good coffee in Shanghai
Profiles of the Weather - by Region - in China
The weather in Northern China. China Travel.
Time to eat mooncakes! China's Mid-Autumn...
Falling in the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, or the exact middle of fall, the mid-autumn festival has been a tradition of coming together as a family, celebrating the moon and eating moon cakes in China for centuries.
A Guide to the Table Setting at a Chinese...
A Guide to the Table Setting at a Chinese Restaurant
Read before you eat: 5 myths about eating in...
Myths and Misconceptions about Food and Eating in China - a discussion
Shopping in China - Gift Guides
In these gift guides for shopping in China are some suggestions of great souvenirs to bring back to your home country that go beyond chopsticks and fans.
Shanghai Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market
Shanghai Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market information.
The History of the Great Wall of China
A history of the Great Wall of China from ancient through Ming times.
Do I need a visa if I'm going to Hong Kong?
Do I need a Hong Kong visa? China Travel.
How to Spend December in China
Find out what the weather in China is like in December, what to bring and what's happening.
Top 5 Best-Located Budget Hotels in Shanghai
Read profiles of five of the best-located inexpensive and budget hotels in Shanghai.
A Walk through Shanghai's Hongkou Jewish Quarter
Take a historical walk through Shanghai's Hongkou District, the former Jewish quarter that became a ghetto in World War II.
Navigating Chinese Hospitals - Hopefully You...
Emergency medicine in China - navigating the hospitals
Great Gift Ideas from Shanghai - For Her
Great gift ideas from Shanghai, China, for the women in your life. The rewards of shopping in China should, after all, be shared.
Banking hours and bank holidays in Mainland China
Chinese banking hours and public holidays
Shopping in Beijing - Panjiayuan Flea (or...
Whatever it is that you're shopping for in Beijing, or China for that matter, you will most likely find it at Panjiayuan flea (or
China in Winter
What China is like during the winter season - what to do and where to go.
A Guide to Singing KTV in China
Guide to singing KTV (or karaoke) in China
How to Create a Trip-Specific Packing List for...
How to Create a Trip-Specific Packing List for China
Listings for US Embassy & Consulates...
Contacts, addresses and emergency numbers for American Citizen Services units in the US Embassy and US Consulates in China.
Great Activities for Kids Visiting China
Top activities for kids in China - great ideas for what to do in China with children and teenagers
Myths and Misconceptions about Chinese People
Myths and misconceptions about the people you'll encounter in China
A Guide to Shanghai Pet Markets
Various markets sell all things pet-related for crickets, reptiles, small birds, fish, cats, dogs, chinchillas and more.
Visitor's Guide to Tianshan Tea Market
A visitor's guide to Tianshan tea wholesale market in Shanghai
A Visit to Shaolin Temple
As the center for Zen Buddhism, Shaolin Temple offers visitors to China a look into the history of Buddhism's spread from India as well as the spectacular physical display of the monks' study of Kung Fu, a specialized type of Chinese martial arts.
Habits of the Giant Panda
Giant Pandas are secretive and elusive but they look like cuddly fluffy black and white bears. Find out what the Giant Panda is all about.
Nihong Kids Plaza - Shanghai Children's Market
Profile of the Shanghai Children's Clothing and Toy Market
How to See China’s Famous Terracotta Army
Glimpse China's historical past at the time of Emperor Qin Shi Huang who united China and built a monumental tomb to himself, including some 8,000 terracotta lifesize warriors and horses, creating an underground army to protect his voyage in the afterlife.
The Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in Chengdu
The Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in Chengdu is an optimal place to see the Giant Panda up close and not behind bars at a zoo.
Top 13 Books to Read about China
Recommendations for books that are great reads for anyone interested in traveling to China.
The Best Sightseeing Guide to Shanghai Ever
A Complete Sightseeing Guide to Shanghai's Attractions - Introduction
Shanghai Shiliu Puhong Qixiang Cloth Fabric...
Shanghai Shiliu Puhong Qixiang Cloth Fabric Market (Dongmen Road) information.
The Best Visitor's Guide to Shanghai Ever
A visitor's complete guide to Shanghai from city layout to activities, from eating to shopping
Visiting the Countryside in China
Visiting the Chinese Countryside
Guangzhou
Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong Province - both called Canton in earlier times. It is now an economic powerhouse and most travelers will be there on business or en route to Hong Kong. Find out the history of Guangzhou and Guangzhou's attractions.
What to Do with Your Evenings in Shanghai
Activities for evening and nighttime in Shanghai
A look at what fun things you can bring home...
What to buy shopping photo gallery
Xiao Nan Guo Spa Review
Review of Xiao Nan Guo Spa in Shanghai, a fantastic way to experience a Chinese spa and bath house.
Walking Tours of Shanghai
Find a walking tour of Shanghai.
Top 11 Ski Resorts in China
Skiing is a sport that's starting to really gain popularity with Chinese. Find out where to go skiing with this directory of ski resorts in China.
April in China: What to Pack, Visit, and More
Find out what the weather in China is like in April, what to bring and what's happening.
Halloween - do they do that in China?
Halloween celebrations and parties in China
Mutianyu Great Wall - One of the Best Sections...
Profile of the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall of China, recommended site to visit on a day trip from Beijing.
Bespoke Suit Tailor in Shanghai
Where to Get a Quality Suit Made in Shanghai
A profile of Shanghai
Find out the basics about visiting Shanghai including its location, features, weather and how to get around.
Northern China Weather
The weather in Northern China. China Travel.
This trash could soon be your treasure - the...
Mu Lan Hua Ge Antiques, Junk and Curio Warehouse
Don't get caught in the rain - tips on...
Rainy Season in China. China Travel.
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How to Get to Lhasa, Tibet
You can travel to Lhasa, Tibet, via air, rail or overland via limited routes. Find out how to get to Lhasa, the entry point for exploring Tibet.
Chengdu Itineraries - How to Best Split Your...
Daily Itineraries for Sightseeing in Chengdu and the Surrounding Area in Sichuan Province
Is March a Good Time to Visit China?
Find out what the weather in China is like in March, what to bring and what's happening.
Tips on Studying the Art of Kung Fu at Shaolin...
Understanding what it means to study Kung Fu at Shaolin Temple in China.
Visitor's Guide to Hangzhou
A visitor's guide to Hangzhou including selected activities, attractions, hotels and restaurants.
China in Summer
What China is like during the summer.
Free things to do in Shanghai
While it is becoming an expensive city, there are plenty of free things to do in Shanghai.
A Complete Guide to Using Money, Foreign...
A Complete Guide to Using Money, Foreign Exchange and Using ATMs in China
Xiamen (Amoy)
What to do and see in Xiamen, Fujian Province, China.
A review of Shanghai's largest water park: Dino...
Review of Shanghai's largest water park, Dino Beach
Getting To and Getting Around Shanghai
China's second most-populous city, at first glance, it may be intimidating to navigate your way around Shanghai. Here are some useful tips for arrivals, using public transportation, taxis, airports and generally getting around Shanghai.
9 Most Famous Gardens in Suzhou
Suzhou's gardens are some of the most famous private gardens in China. A visit to Suzhou is a delightful side trip from Shanghai and a wonderful break from big-city China.
Do I need a China visa?
Answers to your questions about getting a China visa and other documents together before going on your trip to China.
A Visitor's Guide to the Former French...
Introduction to the Former French Concession in Shanghai
A Visitor's Guide to Xintiandi
What to see and do in Shanghai's Xintiandi.
China's National Day - October 1st
Profile and history of October 1, the National Day of the People's Republic of China
Shopping in Shanghai – Dong Tai Road
Overview: You could easily spend half a day wandering around the stalls of Dong Tai Road. The street
Caojiadu Flower Market in Shanghai
Caojiadu Flower Market in Shanghai
How to Hike Huangshan in Two Fabulous Days
A Two-Day Trip to Huangshan and the Surrounding Region
History of Xiamen (Amoy)
A brief history of Xiamen (Amoy) in China's Fujian Province.
What is a re-entry visa for China and why would...
What is a re-entry visa for China and why you need it.
Great Gift Ideas from Shanghai - For Kids
Great gift and shopping ideas from Shanghai for children.
Got a few days in Chengdu? Here's what to do.
What to see and do in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province. Find out what the attractions are and what activities you can enjoy in Chengdu.
How to Use the Subway
Getting around by subway in China is easy. Understand how to ride and what to do.
A Brief History of Shaolin Temple, Home of Zen...
Shaolin Temple's history dates back over 1,500 years to its establishment as a place of Buddhist learning on Mount Shan in Henan province. It is the birthplace of Zen Buddhism as well as Shaolin Kung Fu martial arts, a specialized form of Chinese martial arts.
Xiao Long Bao
An introduction to Xiao Long Bao, dumplings that originated in Shanghai and are one of its signature dishes.
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