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Giant Pandas, The Great Wall, and More: 10...
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.
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?
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.
15 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.
Before You Go to 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.
How to Use a Chinese Squat Toilet
Directions and a discussion on squat toilets in China.
Top 10 Things to Do in Shanghai
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.
Passport and Visa Requirements for Visiting China
Find out what travel documents, including information about your passport and visa, you need when visiting China.
Traveling to China: Health Concerns & Medical...
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.
Water and Food Safety in China
What you need to know about drinking water and eating prepared food and street snacks in China.
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 and Two Myths about...
Bargaining in China can be a fun and social experience but you need to learn the rules before you play. Following this simple primer about how to shop and how to bargain in China will help you make the most of your shopping trip.
Getting Cash and Making Purchases in China
Find out the most convenient and safe way to carry cash, get cash and make purchases, including information on using your ATM, credit card or travelers' checks, while you're visiting China.
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.
Required and Recommended Vaccinations for China...
Required and recommended vaccinations for travel to China.
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.
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.
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.
A Complete Visitor's Guide to Shopping in...
A Complete Visitor's Guide to Shopping in Shanghai
What You Need to Bring with You to China
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.
Avoid China travel packing mistakes by...
A complete guide to packing for your trip to China.
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.
Pearl's Circles, First Asia Jewelry Plaza,...
Overview: Pearl's Circles tops the First Asia Jewelry Plaza near Shanghai's Yuyuan or Yu Garden Bazaar
April in China - Weather and Event Guide
Find out what the weather in China is like in April, what to bring and what's happening.
Shopping in Beijing's Markets
If you are wondering where to shop in Beijing, here is a listing of some popular open-air markets and shopping streets.
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.
Top Activities for Kids 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.
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.
Visiting the Forbidden City, China's Palace...
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.
A List of Major Chinese Airlines
Details, codes and route descriptions of China's major airlines operating domestically and internationally.
The Chinese Lunar Calendar and the Chinese Zodiac
An introduction of the Chinese Lunar Calendar and the Chinese Zodiac system.
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.
Chinese Embassy and Consulates in the US
Contact list for Chinese Embassy and Consulate-Generals in the United States. Includes address, hours of operation, email and website information.
Visiting Hangzhou
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Myths and Misconceptions about Chinese People
Myths and misconceptions about the people you'll encounter 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.
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.
Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market (aka "the...
Description: Inside the underground maze of the metro station, this market inhabits a warren of stalls.
Getting Your China Visa Invitation Letter
FAQs about how to get your China visa invitation letter.
How Do I Get an Invitation Letter for China if...
Getting an invitation letter for a tourist visa to China without a tour group.
Top 5 Best-Located Budget Hotels in Shanghai
Read profiles of five of the best-located inexpensive and budget hotels in Shanghai.
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.
Tipping in China
Do you need to leave a tip in China? Find out all about tipping.
Tips for Single Travelers in China
Tips for Single Travelers in China
Chinese Currency
Get familiar with the Chinese currency, or Renminbi. Understand what notes and coins are in circulation.
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 specialezed type of Chinese martial arts.
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.
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.
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.
Traveler Nuisances
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.
Plan Your China Travel in Ten Easy Steps
Plan your China travel in ten easy steps with this ten-step China Travel Planner
Spa Etiquette in China
Understanding spa etiquette in China.
Shanghai Optical Glasses Market
Visitor's guide to the Shanghai Optical Glasses Market
Can I use my mobile phone in China?
Find out if you can use your own mobile phone in China.
Visiting Shanghai
Find out the basics about visiting Shanghai including its location, features, weather and how to get around.
International Labor Day in China
May Day holidays around the first of May in China.
Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall
Profile of the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall of China, recommended site to visit on a day trip from Beijing.
Travel Documents for China
Find out what travel documents, including information about your passport and visa, you need when visiting China.
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.
Top 7 Places to Eat Japanese Food in Shanghai
Shanghai has some great Japanese restaurants. Find out where to eat Japanese food in Shanghai.
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.
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.
Tipping Guide for Organized Tours
Tipping guide for organized tours - guides, drivers, etc.
Getting Around in China - Taking a Taxi
Find out how to get around Chinese cities by using a taxi cab.
What to Do with Your Evenings in Shanghai
Activities for evening and nighttime in Shanghai
Studying Kung Fu at Shaolin Temple, the...
Understanding what it means to study Kung Fu at Shaolin Temple in China.
Visiting Water Towns Near Suzhou and Shanghai
Overview: There’s no reason, really, to go to more than one of these “Venice of the East”s. While quaint
Suzhou City Profile
A profile of Suzhou, a lovely garden city just an hour and a half outside Shanghai. Famous for its gardens, Suzhou is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Sight.
How to Create a Trip-Specific Packing List for...
How to Create a Trip-Specific Packing List for China
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 Beijing - Panjiayuan Flea (or...
Overview: Panjiayuan Market is a sprawling gargantuan living being that comes to life in the wee hours
Arriving in China and Culture Shock
Things that may cause some culture shock upon arrival in China
Visitor's Guide to Huangshan - Yellow Mountain
Visitor's Guide to Huangshan Yellow Mountain
Top 13 Books to Read about China
Recommendations for books that are great reads for anyone interested in traveling to China.
The History of the Great Wall of China
A history of the Great Wall of China from ancient through Ming times.
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.
Shanghai South Bund (Lujiabang Road) Fabric...
Shanghai South Bund (Lujiabang Road) Fabric Market information.
Shaoxing Road to Taikang Road - A French...
Enjoy a walk down two lovely streets in Shanghai's former French Concession: Shaoxing and Taikang Roads.
Tips for Traveling with Children in 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.
Shanghai Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market
Shanghai Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market information.
List of China's Provinces
Listing of China's provinces and other administrative zones.
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.
Visiting Zhengzhou - A City Profile
If you're on your way to Shao Lin Temple to see some Chinese Kung Fu, you'll very likely find yourself in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province. This city profile gives you Zhengzhou's location, history, features, weather and how to get around.
Best Shanghai Temples
Listing of the best Shanghai temples to visit during your trip to Shanghai.
Seeing the "Big Five" - A Ten Day Itinerary for...
Introduction: On an African safari, if you saw the Big Five, you'd have photos of elephants, lions, rhinos,
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,
Best Shanghai Cafés and Coffee Houses
Where to find good cafés and good coffee in Shanghai
Shanghai Cybermart - One Stop Market for...
Shanghai Cybermart and Computer Electronics Market information.
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
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.
Walking Tours of Shanghai
Find a walking tour of Shanghai.
Tibet
Tibet is a beautiful country 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.
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.
Visiting Suzhou's Famous Gardens
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.
Pictures of Jiuzhaigou
View photos of Jiuzhaigou, a national park in China's Sichuan province.
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.
Great Gift Ideas from Shanghai - For Kids
Great gift and shopping ideas from Shanghai for children.
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.
Nihong Kids Plaza - Shanghai Children's Market
Profile of the Shanghai Children's Clothing and Toy Market
Listings for US Embassy & Consulates American...
Contacts, addresses and emergency numbers for American Citizen Services units in the US Embassy and US Consulates in China.
What to See and Do in Chengdu
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.
A look at what fun things you can bring home...
What to buy shopping photo gallery
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.
A Visitor's Guide to Xintiandi
What to see and do in Shanghai's Xintiandi.
The Qing Ming or Tomb Sweeping Holiday
A profile of the Qing Ming or Tomb Sweeping holiday in China.
Free things to do in Shanghai
While it is becoming an expensive city, there are plenty of free things to do in Shanghai.
Taking the high-speed train between Beijing and...
Taking the high-speed train between Beijing and Shanghai
"Chinese" Restaurants in Shanghai
Top picks for eating Chinese food in Shanghai.
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.
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.
Profiles of the Weather - by Region - in China
The weather in Northern China. China Travel.
New Star, a Korean-style bathhouse with spa and...
A profile of New Star, a Korean-style bathhouse with spa and massage in Shanghai
China in Summer
What China is like during the summer.
A Visitor's Guide to Zhujiajiao, an ancient...
Description: Zhujiajiao is a small "water town" outside Shanghai. It makes for an easy half-day trip
Qingdao: A City Profile
There's more to do in Qingdao than just drink beer, although that is a respectable pass-time in this Bavarian-influenced city. Visit the beaches, tour historical buildings, savor the seafood and climb Mt. Laoshan - all during your visit to Qingdao, China.
Great Wall Hiking Between Jinshanling and Simatai
For hikers: profile of a trek that can be done between the Jinshanling and Simatai sections of the Great Wall of China.
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.
Guide to Visiting a Tea Village in Hangzhou
Guide to visiting a tea village in Hangzhou. Page 2.
China in Spring
What China is like during the spring season
Upholstery and bedding Fabric market
Upholstery fabric and bedding market
A Visitor's Guide to the Former French...
Shanghai's Former French Concession Visitor's Guide - Dining Guide. Page 6.
Visitor's Guide to Hangzhou
A visitor's guide to Hangzhou including selected activities, attractions, hotels and restaurants.
Shanghai Foreign Language Book Store Directory
A listing of stores where you can buy English and other foreign language books and magazines in Shanghai.
Top 8 Boutique Hotels in Shanghai
While still a new concept in Shanghai, and even in China, boutique hotels are popping up and there are a few posh properties that the discerning traveler will enjoy taking advantage of.
Best of Beijing
A list of the Beijing's Best attractions, sights, shopping and food.
Do I need a visa if I'm going to Hong Kong?
Do I need a Hong Kong visa? China Travel.
September in China: Weather and Event Guide
Find out what China is like in September, what to bring and what's happening.
A Two-Day Trip to Huangshan
A Two-Day Trip to Huangshan and the Surrounding Region
A Review of the Huang Pu River Cruise in Shanghai
A review of the Huang Pu River cruise in Shanghai, a nice way to spend a few hours seeing Shanghai's historic Bund and the modern Pudong skyline.
August in China: Weather and Event Guide
Find out what China is like in August, what to bring and what's happening.
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.
Great Gift Ideas from Shanghai - For Him
Great gift ideas from Shanghai, China, for the men in your life. The rewards of shopping in China should, after all, be shared.
November in China: Weather and Event Guide
Find out what the weather in China is like in November, what to bring and what's happening.
Buying Organic Food in China
Buying Organic Food in China. China Travel.
Shopping in Shanghai – Dong Tai Road
Overview: You could easily spend half a day wandering around the stalls of Dong Tai Road. The street
Shanghai Shiliu Puhong Qixiang Cloth Fabric...
Shanghai Shiliu Puhong Qixiang Cloth Fabric Market (Dongmen Road) information.
Xiamen (Amoy)
What to do and see in Xiamen, Fujian Province, China.
Buying a Train Ticket
How to buy a train ticket for traveling around 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
Xi'an City Profile
Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi province, has seen the rise and fall of dynasties, was the gateway to the Silk Road and was the Tang Dynasty's capital during China's Golden Age. Now a tourist destination for visiting the Army of the Terracotta Warriors, Xi'an is a fascinating place.
A Guide to Chinese New Year
A Guide to the 2014 Chinese New Year events, legends, traditions and activities.
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.
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 Guide to Singing KTV in China
Guide to singing KTV (or karaoke) in China
China in Winter
What China is like during the winter season - what to do and where to go.
Baby Boss - Indoor City Theme Recreation Center
Baby Boss, an indoor city theme recreation center in Taipei is a great activity for kids.
Myths and Misconceptions about Food & Eating in...
Myths and Misconceptions about Food and Eating in China - a discussion
China's Four Buddhist Holy Mountains
China has four mountains that Buddhists believe are holy. Wonderful places to go hiking, see active Buddhist monasteries and temples, a pilgrimage to one or all of them is worth some space on your China itinerary.

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