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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.
How to Use a Chinese Squat Toilet
Directions and a discussion on squat toilets in China.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 in China
Find out what to wear in China and how to pack for your visit to China.
Getting Your China Visa Invitation Letter
FAQs about how to get your China visa invitation letter.
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.
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
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.
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.
What Vaccinations Should You Get before...
Required and recommended vaccinations for travel to China.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Travel Documents for China
Find out what travel documents, including information about your passport and visa, you need when visiting China.
9 Things You Should Know Before Shopping in...
A Complete Visitor's Guide to Shopping in Shanghai
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.
How to Pack Smart and Light for Your China Trip
A complete guide to packing for your trip to China.
Information for the China Visa Invitation Letter
What information to include in your invitation letter for a China visa.
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.
Myths and Misconceptions about Chinese People
Myths and misconceptions about the people you'll encounter in China
Shanghai Optical Glasses Market
Visitor's guide to the Shanghai Optical Glasses Market
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.
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.
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.
Tipping in China - Don't Be Tempted!
Do you need to leave a tip in China? Find out all about tipping.
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.
Tips for Single Travelers in China
Tips for Single Travelers 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.
Spa Etiquette in China
Understanding spa etiquette in China.
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.
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.
Top 13 Books to Read about China
Recommendations for books that are great reads for anyone interested in traveling to China.
Typhoon Season
Understanding Typhoon Season in 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.
Shanghai Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market
Shanghai Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market information.
Chinese Currency
Get familiar with the Chinese currency, or Renminbi. Understand what notes and coins are in circulation.
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.
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.
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.
Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market (aka "the...
Shanghai Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market (or
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
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.
Do I need a visa if I'm going to Hong Kong?
Do I need a Hong Kong visa? China Travel.
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.
Don't get caught in the rain - tips on...
Rainy Season in China. China Travel.
China in Summer
What China is like during the summer.
Shanghai Cybermart - One Stop Market for...
Shanghai Cybermart and Computer Electronics Market information.
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.
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.
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.
Caffeinate in Shanghai
Where to find good cafés and good coffee in Shanghai
A Review of Josh Summers' Essential Handbook...
Book Review - Xinjiang: A Traveler's Guide to Far West 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.
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.
Tips on Studying the Art of Kung Fu at Shaolin...
Understanding what it means to study Kung Fu at Shaolin Temple in China.
List of China's Provinces
Listing of China's provinces and other administrative zones.
Getting Around in China - Taking a Taxi
Find out how to get around Chinese cities by using a taxi cab.
Shanghai Shiliu Puhong Qixiang Cloth Fabric...
Shanghai Shiliu Puhong Qixiang Cloth Fabric Market (Dongmen Road) 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
Shanghai Foreign Language Book Store Directory
A listing of stores where you can buy English and other foreign language books and magazines 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.
How to change your money into Renminbi (RMB) in...
How to change your money into Renminbi (RMB) in China
Best Shanghai Temples
Listing of the best Shanghai temples to visit during your trip to Shanghai.
August in China: Weather and Event Guide
Find out what China is like in August, what to bring and what's happening.
Listings for US Embassy & Consulates...
Contacts, addresses and emergency numbers for American Citizen Services units in the US Embassy and US Consulates in China.
Visiting Hangzhou
Heralded as China's. China Travel.
A Guide to Singing KTV in China
Guide to singing KTV (or karaoke) in China
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
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.
Your Guide to the Chinese Lunar Calendar and...
An introduction of the Chinese Lunar Calendar and the Chinese Zodiac system.
Banking hours and bank holidays in Mainland China
Chinese banking hours and public holidays
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.
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.
Navigating Chinese Hospitals - Hopefully You...
Emergency medicine in China - navigating the hospitals
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.
China in Winter
What China is like during the winter season - what to do and where to go.
Shaoxing Road to Taikang Road - A French...
Enjoy a walk down two lovely streets in Shanghai's former French Concession: Shaoxing and Taikang Roads.
Nihong Kids Plaza - Shanghai Children's Market
Profile of the Shanghai Children's Clothing and Toy Market
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.
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.
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.
The History of the Great Wall of China
A history of the Great Wall of China from ancient through Ming times.
Visitor's Guide to Tianshan Tea Market
A visitor's guide to Tianshan tea wholesale market in Shanghai
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.
Great Activities for Kids Visiting China
Top activities for kids in China - great ideas for what to do in China with children and teenagers
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 Guide to the Table Setting at a Chinese...
A Guide to the Table Setting at a Chinese Restaurant
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.
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.
Is Hong Kong Part of China?
: Is Hong Kong Part of China? : Yes. Hong Kong returned to China on July 1, 1997. This return is called
The Best Visitor's Guide to Shanghai Ever
A visitor's complete guide to Shanghai from city layout to activities, from eating to shopping
A look at what fun things you can bring home...
What to buy shopping photo gallery
Upholstery and bedding Fabric market
Upholstery fabric and bedding market
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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.
A profile of Shanghai
Find out the basics about visiting Shanghai including its location, features, weather and how to get around.
Autumn in China
Autumn and Fall in China. China Travel.
What to Do with Your Evenings in Shanghai
Activities for evening and nighttime in Shanghai
Top 5 Best-Located Budget Hotels in Shanghai
Read profiles of five of the best-located inexpensive and budget hotels in Shanghai.
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.
Great Gift Ideas from Shanghai - For Kids
Great gift and shopping ideas from Shanghai for children.
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.
Free things to do in Shanghai
While it is becoming an expensive city, there are plenty of free things to do in Shanghai.
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.
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.
Profiles of the Weather - by Region - in China
The weather in Northern China. China Travel.
A Guide to Shanghai Pet Markets
Various markets sell all things pet-related for crickets, reptiles, small birds, fish, cats, dogs, chinchillas and more.
Bespoke Suit Tailor in Shanghai
Where to Get a Quality Suit Made 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.
Visitor's Guide to Hangzhou
A visitor's guide to Hangzhou including selected activities, attractions, hotels and restaurants.
A Visitor's Guide to the M50 Moganshan Road Art...
A Visitor's Guide to the M50 Moganshan Road Art District in Shanghai
A review of Shanghai's largest water park: Dino...
Review of Shanghai's largest water park, Dino Beach
The Best Sightseeing Guide to Shanghai Ever
A Complete Sightseeing Guide to Shanghai's Attractions - Introduction
Visiting the Countryside in China
Visiting the Chinese Countryside
China in Spring
What China is like during the spring season
How to Create a Trip-Specific Packing List for...
How to Create a Trip-Specific Packing List for China
A Two-Day Harbin Itinerary
Harbin is famous for its Ice and Snow Festival. Find out what to do with two days in Harbin in the winter.
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 5 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Shanghai
China is a kid-friendly place in general, but it's nice to know where to take your kids to eat in China. Here are ten of the best restaurants for kids in Shanghai.
Northern China Weather
The weather in Northern China. China Travel.
Will My Child Get Sick? - Worries About...
Will My Child Get Sick in China? Travel to China evokes a lot of worries when children are concerned. Find out answers to your big questions about traveling to China with kids.
Xiao Long Bao
An introduction to Xiao Long Bao, dumplings that originated in Shanghai and are one of its signature dishes.
A Visitor's Guide to the Former French...
Introduction to the Former French Concession in Shanghai
A Visitor's Guide to the Buildings along the...
A Visitor's Guide to the buildings along the Bund in Shanghai
This trash could soon be your treasure - the...
Mu Lan Hua Ge Antiques, Junk and Curio Warehouse
How to Spend December in China
Find out what the weather in China is like in December, what to bring and what's happening.
"Chinese" Restaurants in Shanghai
Top picks for eating Chinese food in Shanghai.
Shopping in Beijing – Sanlitun Village
Sanlitun Village is the opposite of chinoiserie shopping in Beijing. From Apple to Adidas with Starbucks thrown in, check out this ultra-cool shopping mecca for all things international.
Xiao Nan Guo Spa Review
Review of Xiao Nan Guo Spa in Shanghai, a fantastic way to experience a Chinese spa and bath house.
Top 5 Top Romantic Spots for Dining or Drinking...
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.
Photos of the Weekly Friday Muslim Street...
Photos of the Muslim street market in Shanghai
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.
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