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What Gifts Should You Bring Your Host for...
Information on gifts to give your hosts during Chinese New Year.
Travelers Beware: What You Need to Know about...
What you should know about prostitution in China before you go.
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?
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.
Do You Need a Passport or Visa to Visit China?
Find out what travel documents, including information about your passport and visa, you need when visiting China.
How to Avoid Being Scammed in Shanghai's Fake...
Visitor's Guide to Shanghai's 580 Nanjing West Road fake market.
How to Use a Chinese Squat Toilet
Directions and a discussion on squat toilets in 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.
Giving Hong Bao (Red Envelopes) at Chinese New...
Giving Hong Bao (Red Envelopes) at Chinese New Year and Other Occasions
What Vaccinations Should You Get before...
Required and recommended vaccinations for travel to China.
Your Guide to the Chinese Lunar Calendar and...
An introduction of the Chinese Lunar Calendar and the Chinese Zodiac system.
Your Guide to Chinese New Year 2015
A Guide to the 2014 Chinese New Year events, legends, traditions and activities.
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.
Getting Your China Visa Invitation Letter
FAQs about how to get your China visa invitation letter.
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.
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.
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
What Are the Major Airlines in China?
Details, codes and route descriptions of China's major airlines operating domestically and internationally.
Red Underwear for Chinese New Year
Exchanging red underwear is an interesting Chinese New Year tradition practiced in mainland China and elsewhere.
Chinese New Year Traditional Activities: A...
Understand the long list of activities and what the Chinese do during the fifteen-day-long festival over Chinese New Year.
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.
How Do I Get an Invitation Letter for China if...
Getting an invitation letter for a tourist visa to China without a tour group.
Ten Simple Tips to Help You Plan Your China...
Plan your China travel in ten easy steps with this ten-step China Travel Planner
Public Holidays in China
Chinese public and bank holidays.
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
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.
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.
Chinese Zodiac Animal Profiles - Year of the...
A profile of Sheep (Goat or Ram) people, those born under the Chinese Zodiac Sign of the Sheep (Goat or Ram).
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.
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.
9 Things You Should Know Before Shopping in...
A Complete Visitor's Guide to Shopping in Shanghai
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.
Travel Documents for China
Find out what travel documents, including information about your passport and visa, you need when visiting China.
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.
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.
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
Information for the China Visa Invitation Letter
What information to include in your invitation letter for a China visa.
The Origins of Chinese New Year
Read about the origins of Chinese New Year.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Pack Smart and Light for Your China Trip
A complete guide to packing for your trip to China.
The History of the Great Wall of China
A history of the Great Wall of China from ancient through Ming times.
Visitor's Info for the Great Wall of China
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.
February in China - Weather and Event Guide
Find out what the weather in China is like in February, what to bring and what's happening.
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.
Profiles of the Weather - by Region - in China
The weather in Northern China. China Travel.
Chinese Currency
Get familiar with the Chinese currency, or Renminbi. Understand what notes and coins are in circulation.
Tips for Single Travelers in China
Tips for Single Travelers in China
Do I need a visa if I'm going to Hong Kong?
Do I need a Hong Kong visa? China Travel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fu Dao Le! But What Does That Mean?
Find out why there is a Chinese character hung upside-down on many doorways across the country, especially around Chinese New Year.
A Guide to the Table Setting at a Chinese...
A Guide to the Table Setting at a Chinese Restaurant
New Star, a Korean-style bathhouse with spa and...
A profile of New Star, a Korean-style bathhouse with spa and massage in Shanghai
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.
Spa Etiquette in China
Understanding spa etiquette in China.
May in China - Weather and Event Guide
Find out what the weather in China is like in May, what to bring and what's happening.
Myths and Misconceptions about Chinese People
Myths and misconceptions about the people you'll encounter 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
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.
Tipping in China - Don't Be Tempted!
Do you need to leave a tip in China? Find out all about tipping.
Shanghai Optical Glasses Market
Visitor's guide to the Shanghai Optical Glasses Market
China in Spring
What China is like during the spring season
Read before you eat: 5 myths about eating in...
Myths and Misconceptions about Food and Eating in China - a discussion
A look at what fun things you can bring home...
What to buy shopping photo gallery
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.
Studying Kung Fu at Shaolin Temple, the...
Understanding what it means to study Kung Fu at Shaolin Temple in China.
Chinese New Year Wraps Up With the Lantern...
The Lantern Festival closes out traditional Chinese New Year celebrations on the fifteenth day with a full moon.
China in Winter
What China is like during the winter season - what to do and where to go.
China in Summer
What China is like during the summer.
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.
Northern China Weather
The weather in Northern China. China Travel.
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,
A Visit to Yangshuo: Seeing the Karst Mountain...
Yangshuo is a small, sleepy town in Guangxi province in southern China. It is a beautiful spot from which to experience the fantastic natural scenery of karst mountains popping up from the ground like a child's drawing.
List of China's Provinces
Listing of China's provinces and other administrative zones.
Chinese Zodiac Animal Profiles - Year of the Rat
A profile of Rat people, those born under the Chinese Zodiac Sign of the Rat.
Chinese Zodiac Animal Profiles - Year of the Ox
A profile of Ox people, those born under the Chinese Zodiac Sign of the Ox.
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.
Buying Organic Food in China
Buying Organic Food in China. China Travel.
Shanghai Foreign Language Book Store Directory
A listing of stores where you can buy English and other foreign language books and magazines in Shanghai.
Typhoon Season
Understanding Typhoon Season in China
Caffeinate in Shanghai
Where to find good cafés and good coffee in Shanghai
Visiting Hangzhou
Heralded as China's. China Travel.
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.
A profile of Shanghai
Find out the basics about visiting Shanghai including its location, features, weather and how to get around.
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.
Do I tip my guide & driver in China?
Tipping guide for organized tours - guides, drivers, etc.
Thinking of Visiting Tibet? Here's the Scoop
Tibet is a beautiful place full of gentle Tibetans scratching out an existence under harsh circumstances. Nonetheless, see Tibet as it is and make your own judgments. Understand the restrictions around travel to Tibet and find out how to get there.
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
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.
Getting Around in China - Taking a Taxi
Find out how to get around Chinese cities by using a taxi cab.
June in China - Weather and Event Guide
Find out what the weather in China is like in June, what to bring and what's happening.
The Year of the Snake in the Chinese Zodiac:...
A profile of Snake people, those born under the Chinese Zodiac Sign of the Snake.
What does the Chinese character on the Tiger's...
Understand the Chinese character on the Tiger's forehead for the upcoming Year of the Tiger.
How to change your money into Renminbi (RMB) in...
How to change your money into Renminbi (RMB) in China
How to Travel with Kids to China
Traveling with children can take up a lot of room in your suitcase. Find out what you can buy for your kids in China and what you'll need to bring with you.
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
Best of Beijing
A list of the Beijing's Best attractions, sights, shopping and food.
Chinese Zodiac Animal Profiles - Year of the Dog
A profile of Dog people, those born under the Chinese Zodiac Sign of the Dog.
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.
Don't get caught in the rain - tips on...
Rainy Season in China. China Travel.
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.
A Complete Guide to Using Money, Foreign...
A Complete Guide to Using Money, Foreign Exchange and Using ATMs in China
A Guide to Singing KTV in China
Guide to singing KTV (or karaoke) in China
Shanghai Cybermart - One Stop Market for...
Shanghai Cybermart and Computer Electronics Market information.
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.
Shanghai South Bund (Lujiabang Road) Fabric...
Shanghai South Bund (Lujiabang Road) Fabric Market information.
Top 13 Books to Read about China
Recommendations for books that are great reads for anyone interested in traveling to China.
Top 5 Best-Located Budget Hotels in Shanghai
Read profiles of five of the best-located inexpensive and budget hotels in Shanghai.
South and Southwest China Weather
The weather in South and Southwest China
Preparing and Drinking Chinese Tea
Part of Chinese culture for as long as there has been a Chinese culture – that’s over 5,000 years – drinking tea is an essential part of experiencing China. Traditionally, Chinese tea is served in several steps using small teapots and tiny cups. While artistic and stylized, drinking Chinese tea is an enjoyable pastime and good way to break up a day filled with sightseeing. Page 2.
September in China: Weather and Event Guide
Find out what China is like in September, what to bring and what's happening.
The Best Visitor's Guide to Shanghai Ever
A visitor's complete guide to Shanghai from city layout to activities, from eating to shopping
Shanghai Shiliu Puhong Qixiang Cloth Fabric...
Shanghai Shiliu Puhong Qixiang Cloth Fabric Market (Dongmen Road) information.
UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites
A listing of UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites in China which are ancient man-made places being preserved for future generations.
Shanghai Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market
Shanghai Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market information.
Great Gift Ideas from Shanghai - For Kids
Great gift and shopping ideas from Shanghai for children.
Upholstery and bedding Fabric market
Upholstery fabric and bedding market
Seeing the "Big Five" - A Ten Day Itinerary for...
The major five sights that most introductory China tours visit.
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.
Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market (aka "the...
Shanghai Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market (or
Vocabulary List for Using Mobile Phones 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.
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Listings for US Embassy & Consulates...
Contacts, addresses and emergency numbers for American Citizen Services units in the US Embassy and US Consulates in China.
Ten Glorious Days in Tibet
Here's a ten day itinerary in Tibet that will take you to Lhasa, through the Potala Palace, Drepung and Sera Monasteries, drive you into Gyantse and Shigatse and take you all the way to 5,100m where the highest monastery in the world sits at the base of the North Face of Mount Everest.
International Labor Day in China
May Day holidays around the first of May in China.
Visiting the Countryside in China
Visiting the Chinese Countryside
W.W. Chan - Custom Tailor for Men's Suits in...
W.W. Chan is a tailor in downtown Shanghai making exquisite custom men's suits.
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.
July in China - Weather and Event Guide
Find out what the weather in China is like in July, what to bring and what's happening.
Shopping in Shanghai – Dong Tai Road
Overview: You could easily spend half a day wandering around the stalls of Dong Tai Road. The street
Best Shanghai Temples
Listing of the best Shanghai temples to visit during your trip to Shanghai.
The Ancient Legend of the Lantern Festival
The legend behind the Lantern Festival, the event that closes Chinese New Year activities.
Xiao Nan Guo Spa Review
Review of Xiao Nan Guo Spa in Shanghai, a fantastic way to experience a Chinese spa and bath house.
The Next Top Ten Things to See in China
Ten attractions is not enough. Find out what I think are the next top ten things to see in China - from Gobi Desert dunes to haggling in a Beijing market - get some ideas for your trip to the Middle Kingdom.
How to Create a Trip-Specific Packing List for...
How to Create a Trip-Specific Packing List for China
Odds and ends
What to buy shopping photo gallery. Page 26.
What is a re-entry visa for China and why would...
What is a re-entry visa for China and why you need it.
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
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.

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