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Shenyang’s Manchu Mukden Palace: The other Forbidden City

Shenyang’s Manchu Mukden Palace: The other Forbidden City

When one thinks of the Forbidden City, the image of the palace in Beijing comes to mind. However, few know of the other Forbidden City that lies in the city of Shenyang in Manchuria, also known as Mukden Palace. As an ethnic Manchu myself, I decided to go visit this historical site….  Shenyang’s Forbidden City, while...

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China Travel Photo of the Day: Lake Yamdrok’s photogenic black yak

China Travel Photo of the Day: Lake Yamdrok’s photogenic black yak

Unearthly blue of Lake Yamdrok-tso behind and below, one very photogenic yak shows off in its Tibetan finery. Lake Yamdrok (Jade Lake) is one of Tibet’s three largest lakes. About 100km south of Lhasa and 4400m above sea level, it’s not the easiest place in the world to visit, but its astonishing beauty and purity...

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Top 10 Things to See & Do on China’s Ancient Tea Horse Road: Traveling China’s Tea Horse Road

Top 10 Things to See & Do on China’s Ancient Tea Horse Road: Traveling China’s Tea Horse Road

 Long a backpacker favorite, the ancient trade route known as the Tea Horse Road connects southwest China with Tibet, Southeast Asia, and India.  And as domestic and international tourism boom throughout China, points along the old trail are becoming increasingly popular destinations, both with trekkers willing to bed down in local guest houses and hostels, as...

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Dunhuang: The gorgeous edge of the Gobi

Dunhuang: The gorgeous edge of the Gobi

Dunhuang desert The sand dunes of Dunhuang were one of the most incredible sights I’ve ever seen in my life.  Where is Dunhuang, you ask?  Dunhuang is a town in the north west of Gansu province, 15 hours by train from Lanzhou.  It’s definitely quite a trek out to Dunhuang, and once there, even further trekking is inevitable. ...