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Qin Shi Huang: The Man and His Legacy

Qin Shi Huang: The Man and His Legacy

While King of the Qin State, Ying Zheng rained hellfire on the opposition and united China under a single imperial banner for the first time in history. Emerging from the Warring States Period with six notches in his imperial belt, the State of Qin King proclaimed himself Qin Shi Huang Di which translates to something along the lines...

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China Border Crossings: Traveling to Laos from China

China Border Crossings: Traveling to Laos from China

One of the benefits of living in China is that despite the country’s megalithic size, it borders a number of other countries making for some interesting travel in those regions—so why not take advantage of some of China’s border crossings and make the leap into the rest of Asia? But make sure you have your...

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What to see in Kunming: The Charms of China’s Number One Easy City

What to see in Kunming: The Charms of China’s Number One Easy City

For some reason, Kunming never makes the top of the list of China’s “Best places to live,” which is weird because it seems like the city should win hands down. The sun shines pretty much all year round, when it does rain it’s refreshing, and the city’s location on a plateau makes for a bright sky and...

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The (Once) Mighty Manchu

The (Once) Mighty Manchu

Once the Eight Banners of the Manchu military force ruled All Under Heaven. Today only small parts of the northeastern China can still be called “Manchu territory,” and they have largely assimilated and scattered over the last century such that for much of modern China’s history, most Manchu identified themselves as Han Chinese. However, the Manchu...

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Lanzhou: Silk Road crossroads and the heart of Islam in China

Lanzhou: Silk Road crossroads and the heart of Islam in China

Lanzhou waterwheels China is a gargantuan nation where even the smallest municipalities can have larger populations than many a European or American city. With so much space to cover and so many stories to tell, it’s all too easy to just focus on the next big adventure and trying to discover the “real China,” but sometimes the...

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Tibet travel update from Losang in the Land of Snows

Tibet travel update from Losang in the Land of Snows

Foreign tourist until July 25, 2011 Recent events in northern Sichuan’s Aba Prefecture, and reverberations from the past events of March 2008 are currently hampering foreign (Western) travel to several areas of the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) and Tibetan regions of Sichuan and Qinghai provinces. Many counties are closed to foreigners and some people have reported being turned...

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Wuhan: A Punk Rock Metropolis Along the Yangtze

China is a gargantuan nation where even the smallest municipalities can have larger populations than many a European or American city. With so much space to cover and so many stories to tell, it’s all too easy to just focus on the next big adventure and trying to discover the “real China,” but sometimes the real...

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China Travel Photo of the Day: Love is in the Air

China Travel Photo of the Day: Love is in the Air

This one’s for all you lovers out there! It’s Valentine’s Day so this photo entitled “Romance” really ought to get the attention it deserves. A beautiful shot by photographer Vincent Tandijo Saputro of Beijing’s Summer Palace… the lake, the hazy light, the couple walking hand in hand along the water. It’s enough to make a girl swoon....

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China’s sexiest stays: Check-in at China’s top 10 romantic hotels (pt. 1)

China’s sexiest stays: Check-in at China’s top 10 romantic hotels (pt. 1)

you don’t immediately think “romance”. But a trip to the Great Wall needn’t be all bustling crowds, tour guides and cheap souvenirs. There’s gasp-inducing scenery, amazing dining and wonderful authentic culture to take in here as well, both in China’s great modern cities and off the beaten path. And near China’s most romantic destinations, there...

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