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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.
How to Avoid Being Scammed in Shanghai's Fake...
Visitor's Guide to Shanghai's 580 Nanjing West Road fake market.
Travelers Beware: What You Need to Know about...
What you should know about prostitution in China before you go.
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.
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
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.
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.
A Complete Guide to Using Money, Foreign...
A Complete Guide to Using Money, Foreign Exchange and Using ATMs in China
How to Eat Dim Sum
How to Eat Dim Sum in China. China Travel.
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.
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.
Celebrating American Thanksgiving in China
Ever wondered how to celebrate Thanksgiving in China?
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.
This March & April - Looking at Contemporary...
From mid-March to mid-April, Sheila Greenspan is once again returning to Shanghai and offering her popular interactive group visits looking at contemporary art.
September in China: Weather and Event Guide
Find out what China is like in September, what to bring and what's happening.
What to Wear in China
Find out what to wear in China and how to pack for your visit to China.
Winter Fun in China - the Harbing Ice &...
Essentials about going to the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival
2014 Qing Ming Holiday - Upcoming April 7
Each year, China's Qing Ming (called Tomb Sweeping Day in English) holiday heralds spring. It's a day off for people to care for the tombs of their ancestors,
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.
9 Things You Should Know Before Shopping in...
A Complete Visitor's Guide to Shopping in Shanghai
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.
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 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
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.
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 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 to Pack Smart and Light for Your China Trip
A complete guide to packing for your trip to 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.
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.
Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market (aka "the...
Shanghai Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market (or
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.
What Are the Major Airlines in China?
Details, codes and route descriptions of China's major airlines operating domestically and internationally.
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.
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.
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.
Getting Your China Visa Invitation Letter
FAQs about how to get your China visa invitation letter.
A profile of Shanghai
Find out the basics about visiting Shanghai including its location, features, weather and how to get around.
Great Activities for Kids Visiting China
Top activities for kids in China - great ideas for what to do in China with children and teenagers. Page 17.
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.
How Do I Get an Invitation Letter for China if...
Getting an invitation letter for a tourist visa to China without a tour group.
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.
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.
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.
Profiles of the Weather - by Region - in China
The weather in Northern China. China Travel.
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.
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.
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.
Myths and Misconceptions about Chinese People
Myths and misconceptions about the people you'll encounter in China
An Ethnic Bai 3-Course Tea Ceremony
Description of an Ethnic Bai 3-Course Tea Ceremony
History of Xiamen (Amoy)
A brief history of Xiamen (Amoy) in China's Fujian Province.
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.
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.
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
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.
Old but decent - the Wuyishan Villa Hotel
A Review of the Wuyishan Villa Hotel in Fujian Province
Tips for Single Travelers in China
Tips for Single Travelers in China
Visiting Hangzhou
Heralded as China's. China Travel.
China's National Day - October 1st
Profile and history of October 1, the National Day of the People's Republic of China
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.
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.
Caffeinate in Shanghai
Where to find good cafés and good coffee in Shanghai
Shopping in Shanghai – Dong Tai Road
Overview: You could easily spend half a day wandering around the stalls of Dong Tai Road. The street
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.
Autumn in China
Autumn and Fall in China. China Travel.
Buying Organic Food in China
Buying Organic Food in China. China Travel.
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.
Spa Etiquette in China
Understanding spa etiquette in China.
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.
Your Guide to the Chinese Lunar Calendar and...
An introduction of the Chinese Lunar Calendar and the Chinese Zodiac system.
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
Do I tip my guide & driver in China?
Tipping guide for organized tours - guides, drivers, etc.
Chinese Currency
Get familiar with the Chinese currency, or Renminbi. Understand what notes and coins are in circulation.
The History of the Great Wall of China
A history of the Great Wall of China from ancient through Ming times.
China in Winter
What China is like during the winter season - what to do and where to go.
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.
Visitor's Guide to Tianshan Tea Market
A visitor's guide to Tianshan tea wholesale market in Shanghai
A look at what fun things you can bring home...
What to buy shopping photo gallery
List of China's Provinces
Listing of China's provinces and other administrative zones.
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.
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
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 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,
Travel Documents for China
Find out what travel documents, including information about your passport and visa, you need when visiting China.
Getting Around in China - Taking a Taxi
Find out how to get around Chinese cities by using a taxi cab.
Great Gift Ideas from Shanghai - For Kids
Great gift and shopping ideas from Shanghai for children.
Top 5 Best-Located Budget Hotels in Shanghai
Read profiles of five of the best-located inexpensive and budget hotels in Shanghai.
Do I need a visa if I'm going to Hong Kong?
Do I need a Hong Kong visa? China Travel.
December in China - Weather and Event Guide
Find out what the weather in China is like in December, what to bring and what's happening.
Shanghai South Bund (Lujiabang Road) Fabric...
Shanghai South Bund (Lujiabang Road) Fabric Market information.
Typhoon Season
Understanding Typhoon Season 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.
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.
A Guide to Singing KTV in China
Guide to singing KTV (or karaoke) in China
Studying Kung Fu at Shaolin Temple, the...
Understanding what it means to study Kung Fu at Shaolin Temple in China.
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.
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.
Upholstery and bedding Fabric market
Upholstery fabric and bedding market
Top 13 Books to Read about China
Recommendations for books that are great reads for anyone interested in traveling to China.
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.
Nihong Kids Plaza - Shanghai Children's Market
Profile of the Shanghai Children's Clothing and Toy Market
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
Restaurant review of the Dragon Well (or...
Restaurant review of the Dragon Well (or Longjing) Manor in Hangzhou
New Star, a Korean-style bathhouse with spa and...
A profile of New Star, a Korean-style bathhouse with spa and massage in Shanghai
Best of Beijing
A list of the Beijing's Best attractions, sights, shopping and food.
The Qing Ming or Tomb Sweeping Holiday
A profile of the Qing Ming or Tomb Sweeping holiday in China.
A Complete Visitor's Guide to Shanghai
A visitor's complete guide to Shanghai from city layout to activities, from eating to shopping
Your Guide to Chinese New Year 2014
A Guide to the 2014 Chinese New Year events, legends, traditions and activities.
Visitor's Guide to Huangshan - Yellow Mountain
Visitor's Guide to Huangshan Yellow Mountain
A Visitor's Guide to the Former French...
Shanghai's Former French Concession Visitor's Guide - Walking Tours. Page 5.
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.
Walking Tours of Shanghai
Find a walking tour of Shanghai.
Baby Boss - Indoor City Theme Recreation Center
Baby Boss, an indoor city theme recreation center in Taipei is a great activity for kids.
August in Shanghai: Weather and Events Guide
Find out what Shanghai 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.
Best Shanghai Temples
Listing of the best Shanghai temples to visit during your trip to Shanghai.
How to Create a Trip-Specific Packing List for...
How to Create a Trip-Specific Packing List for China
Halloween in China
Halloween celebrations and parties in China.
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.
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.
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.
January in China - Weather and Event Guide
Find out what the weather in China is like in January, what to bring and what's happening.
Review of the Holiday Inn Resort, Yalong Bay
A review of the Holiday Inn Resort, Yalong Bay, Sanya, Hainan Island, 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.
A Complete Sightseeing Guide to Shanghai's...
A Complete Sightseeing Guide to Shanghai's Attractions - Introduction
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.
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.
Juneyao Airlines - A Profile & Review
A profile and review of Juneyao Airlines - one of China's domestic airline companies
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.
What to Do with Your Evenings in Shanghai
Activities for evening and nighttime in Shanghai
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.
Information for the China Visa Invitation Letter
What information to include in your invitation letter for a China visa.
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.
Dragonfly Spa Review - A Review of Dragonfly...
Dragonfly spas offer a wonderful retreat from urban chaos. With 10 locations, offering traditional Chinese massage, as well as other Asian specialties, it's hard to pass up.
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.
Read before you eat: 5 myths about eating in...
Myths and Misconceptions about Food and Eating in China - a discussion
Shaoxing Road to Taikang Road - A French...
Enjoy a walk down two lovely streets in Shanghai's former French Concession: Shaoxing and Taikang Roads.
Free things to do in Shanghai
While it is becoming an expensive city, there are plenty of free things to do in Shanghai.
The Lantern Festival
The Lantern Festival closes out traditional Chinese New Year celebrations on the fifteenth day with a full moon.
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.
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.
Flowers and Arrangements for Chinese New Year
Flowers and Arrangements for Chinese New Year. Page 3.
Chinese Zodiac Animal Profiles - Year of the...
A profile of Boar (also Pig) people, those born under the Chinese Zodiac Sign of the Boar (Pig).
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