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What Gifts Should You Bring Your Host for...
Information on gifts to give your hosts during Chinese New Year.
Lucky Money, a Chinese Tradition at Chinese New...
Giving Hong Bao (Red Envelopes) at Chinese New Year and Other Occasions
Your Guide to Chinese New Year 2016
A Guide to Chinese New Year events, legends, traditions and activities.
What's with all the red underwear?
Exchanging red underwear is an interesting Chinese New Year tradition practiced in mainland China and elsewhere.
Travelers Beware: What You Need to Know about...
What you should know about prostitution in China before you go.
How to Use a Chinese Squat Toilet
Directions and a discussion on squat toilets in China.
Your Guide to the Chinese Lunar Calendar and...
An introduction of the Chinese Lunar Calendar and the Chinese Zodiac system.
Chinese Zodiac Animal Profiles - Year of the...
A profile of Monkey people, those born under the Chinese Zodiac Sign of the Monkey.
How to Avoid Being Scammed in Shanghai's Fake...
Visitor's Guide to Shanghai's 580 Nanjing West Road fake market.
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.
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.
Banking hours and bank holidays in Mainland China
Chinese banking hours and public holidays
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.
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.
Why is that Chinese character upside down?
Find out why there is a Chinese character hung upside-down on many doorways across the country, especially around Chinese New Year.
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.
Flowers and Arrangements for Chinese New Year
Flowers and Arrangements for Chinese New Year
Getting Your China Visa Invitation Letter
FAQs about how to get your China visa invitation letter.
Are you a Sheep or Ram or Goat? Find out Your...
A profile of Sheep (Goat or Ram) people, those born under the Chinese Zodiac Sign of the Sheep (Goat or Ram).
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 Vaccinations Should You Get before...
Required and recommended vaccinations for travel to China.
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 to wear during your trip to China
Find out what to wear in China and how to pack for your visit to China.
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.
The Scoop on Travel during Chinese New Year
What to expect when traveling in China during Chinese New Year.
How Do I Get an Invitation Letter for China if...
Getting an invitation letter for a tourist visa to China without a tour group.
What Are the Major Airlines in China?
Details, codes and route descriptions of China's major airlines operating domestically and internationally.
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 Rat
A profile of Rat people, those born under the Chinese Zodiac Sign of the Rat.
Be careful with your ATM PIN! China Travel and...
How to carry cash, get cash and make purchases using your ATM and credit card in China
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.
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.
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.
Get out of Shanghai for a day or two with these...
Best day or overnight trips from Shanghai to the surrounding area
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.
Chinese Zodiac Animal Profiles - Year of the Ox
A profile of Ox people, those born under the Chinese Zodiac Sign of the Ox.
The Year of the Snake in the Chinese Zodiac:...
A profile of Snake people, those born under the Chinese Zodiac Sign of the Snake.
The China Visa Invitation Letter - Do I Need...
The China Visa Invitation Letter Explained
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.
Chinese Zodiac Animal Profiles - Year of the Dog
A profile of Dog people, those born under the Chinese Zodiac Sign of the Dog.
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.
Can I travel alone? Single Traveler Advice for...
Tips for Single Travelers 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.
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.
Spa Etiquette in China
Understanding spa etiquette in China.
Ten Simple Tips to Help You Plan Your China...
Plan your China travel in ten easy steps with this ten-step China Travel Planner
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.
How to weather typhoon season in China
Understanding Typhoon Season in China
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.
Shanghai Optical Glasses Market
Visitor's guide to the Shanghai Optical Glasses Market
Best Shanghai Temples
Listing of the best Shanghai temples to visit during your trip to Shanghai.
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.
The Origins of Chinese New Year
Read about the origins of Chinese New Year.
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.
Gongfu Cha - How to prepare your own cup of tea...
Understanding Gongfu Cha - how to prepare and drink tea in China
Northern China Weather
The weather in Northern China. China Travel.
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.
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.
A Guide to the Table Setting at a Chinese...
A Guide to the Table Setting at a Chinese Restaurant
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.
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.
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 History of the Great Wall of China
A history of the Great Wall of China from ancient through Ming times.
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.
9 Things You Should Know Before Shopping in...
A Complete Visitor's Guide to Shopping in Shanghai
China in Spring
What China is like during the spring season
New Star, a Korean-style bathhouse with spa and...
A profile of New Star, a Korean-style bathhouse with spa and massage in Shanghai
A look at what fun things you can bring home...
What to buy shopping photo gallery
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.
How to have your invitation letter written for...
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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,
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 Women Solo Travelers Need to Know About...
Is it safe for women to travel alone in China?
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.
How to Pack Smart and Light for Your China Trip
A complete guide to packing for your trip to China.
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 profile of Shanghai
Find out the basics about visiting Shanghai including its location, features, weather and how to get around.
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.
Do I tip my guide & driver in China?
Tipping guide for organized tours - guides, drivers, etc.
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.
Chinese Currency
Get familiar with the Chinese currency, or Renminbi. Understand what notes and coins are in circulation.
Visiting the Countryside in China
Visiting the Chinese Countryside
A Guide to Singing KTV in China
Guide to singing KTV (or karaoke) in China
Caffeinate in Shanghai
Where to find good cafés and good coffee in Shanghai
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.
List of China's Provinces
Listing of China's provinces and other administrative zones.
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.
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 Take a Taxi in China
Find out how to get around Chinese cities by using a taxi cab.
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.
The best shopping streets, alleys and...
Listings for the best open-air markets and shopping streets in Beijing
Free Things to Do in Shanghai? Indeed, there...
While it is becoming an expensive city, there are plenty of free things to do in Shanghai.
Read before you eat: 5 myths about eating in...
Myths and Misconceptions about Food and Eating in China - a discussion
Great Walking Tours for Discovering Shanghai
Exploring Shanghai Through Walking Tours
Shanghai Cybermart - One Stop Market for...
Shanghai Cybermart and Computer Electronics Market information.
Visiting Hangzhou
Heralded as China's. China Travel.
Great Activities for Kids Visiting China
Top activities for kids in China - great ideas for what to do in China with children and teenagers
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.
Ever Heard of Amoy? That's Present-Day Xiamen
A brief history of Xiamen (Amoy) in China's Fujian Province.
Myths and Misconceptions about Chinese People
Myths and misconceptions about the people you'll encounter in China
Try a heated Kang Bed and enjoy family...
Description of a northern Chinese kang bed, a heated sleeping platform
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.
Northwest China Weather
Northwest China Weather. China Travel.
Don't get caught in the rain - tips on...
Rainy Season in China. China Travel.
What is a re-entry visa for China and why would...
China Travel Tourist Visas and Re-Entry Visas
September in China: Weather and Event Guide
Find out what China is like in September, what to bring and what's happening.
Shanghai South Bund (Lujiabang Road) Fabric...
Shanghai South Bund (Lujiabang Road) Fabric Market information.
China in Winter
What China is like during the winter season - what to do and where to go.
Shanghai Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market
Shanghai Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market information.
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.
So You Want to Learn Kung Fu? Here's How to...
Understanding what it means to study Kung Fu at Shaolin Temple in China.
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.
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
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.
Tipping in China - Don't Be Tempted!
Do you need to leave a tip in China? Find out all about tipping.
First stop China, then Hong Kong. Do I need a...
Visa Issues - Visiting Hong Kong From China
How to Hike Huangshan in Two Fabulous Days
A Two-Day Trip to Huangshan and the Surrounding Region
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
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.
Autumn in China
Autumn and Fall in China. China Travel.
Shaoxing Road to Taikang Road - A French...
Enjoy a walk down two lovely streets in Shanghai's former French Concession: Shaoxing and Taikang Roads.
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.
Shanghai Foreign Language Book Store Directory
A listing of stores where you can buy English and other foreign language books and magazines in Shanghai.
Profiles of the Weather - by Region - in China
The weather in Northern China. China Travel.
Upholstery and bedding Fabric market
Upholstery fabric and bedding market
Got a few days in Chengdu? Here's what to see...
Chengdu's top attractions: what to see and do while in the city
A Guide to Shanghai Pet Markets
Various markets sell all things pet-related for crickets, reptiles, small birds, fish, cats, dogs, chinchillas and more.
Buying a Train Ticket
How to buy a train ticket for traveling around China.
US Citizen Services in China: Contacting Your...
Listings for the US Embassy and Consulates in China
Xiao Nan Guo Spa Review
Review of Xiao Nan Guo Spa in Shanghai, a fantastic way to experience a Chinese spa and bath house.
What ELSE to do in Shanghai at night (that...
Activities for evening and nighttime in Shanghai
The Best Visitor's Guide to Shanghai Ever
A visitor's complete guide to Shanghai from city layout to activities, from eating to 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.
Buying Organic Food in China
Buying Organic Food in China. China Travel.
Don't Make These Mistakes When Visiting Temples...
What to expect and how to behave at Chinese temples.
Caojiadu Flower Market in Shanghai
Caojiadu Flower Market in Shanghai
Shanghai Shiliu Puhong Qixiang Cloth Fabric...
Shanghai Shiliu Puhong Qixiang Cloth Fabric Market (Dongmen Road) information.
Visiting Guangzhou? Learn the history of the...
A short history of Guangzhou, or Canton, as it was known in the West for many years.
Need a good China Book recommendation? Here are...
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.
Seeing the "Big Five" - A Ten Day Itinerary for...
The major five sights that most introductory China tours visit.
Chengdu Itineraries - How to Best Split Your...
Daily Itineraries for Sightseeing in Chengdu and the Surrounding Area in Sichuan Province
Snuggle with your partner at these romantic...
Aside from good places to spend Valentine's Day, these dining and drinking spots in Shanghai are great to impress a date or cozy up with your partner.
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.
Check out these bamboo-munching cuties: Pandas...
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.
Shopping in Shanghai – Dong Tai Road
Overview: You could easily spend half a day wandering around the stalls of Dong Tai Road. The street
The Ancient Legend of the Lantern Festival
The legend behind the Lantern Festival, the event that closes Chinese New Year activities.
Checking out Shanghai's art scene at M50...
A Visitor's Guide to the M50 Moganshan Road Art District in Shanghai
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.
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.
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