Inbound Travel

Will Inbound Travel Return to China?

Will the Chinese border reopen? And even if it does, how many WildChina-type travel companies will survive? Will anyone be able to afford to visit China again?
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Surprising Changes in China Travel After Two Years of Covid

By Zhang Mei. This article was originally posted on Caixin. Yongning, a small town outside of Lugu Lake in Yunnan, seems stuck in the 1990s. Trucks roll through the only street in town, Yongning Lane, throwing...
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Will China Be a Great Travel Destination in 2021?

WildChina founder Mei Zhang offers insights on how the pandemic has made profound changes to the Chinese travel industry, for the better.
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Traditional Chinese Architecture

Where Does Tourism in China Now Stand?

By Zhang Mei (Aug 08, 2020) Beijing’s Temple of Heaven in July. One evening a month ago, my husband walked into my study and asked, “Could you update your resume please? I don’t think it’s...
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Chinese door in Hutong alley

Eight Places to Visit as China Emerges From Coronavirus

By Zhang Mei (Apr 29, 2020) Zhihua Temple As I write this, fewer than 100 days have passed since Wuhan was locked down. Yet, we are living in a different world. While many of my...
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Beautiful night in an old town in Yunnan

Defer, Don’t Cancel Your China Trip

Photo: Andres Vargas The moment I knew it was time to close the office was when our contractor vanished. Work stopped on our half-done office renovation, newspaper lying on the ground to catch paint drops,...
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Winter Travel in China for Misanthropes

The Seashore Library, also called the “Lonely Library,” in Beidaihe in northern China. Photo: Courtesy of Aranya I can safely categorize myself as a misanthrope — a person who hates other people. Well, not exactly,...
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The Wineries Transforming the Tourism in Ningxia’s dusty landscape

For years, Changyu, Great Wall, and Dynasty — the three major state-owned brands — established the reputation of Chinese wines as alcoholic grape juice. Things are changing, as the country’s vineyards increasingly produce wines that...
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Beautiful night in an old town in Yunnan

Why are China’s ‘Old Towns so Boring?

The Brown Sugar Craft Shop designed by architect Xu Tiantian in Songyang in 2017. Photo: Wang Ziling “Stop barking,” an old man yelled at his dog, who was voicing his objection to my photo-taking. The...
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A camel resting in the Gobi Desert

Why You Should Still Travel to China Amid Trade War

Tourists take photos among flowers in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province on March 31. Photo: IC Photo A few weeks back, I took my daughters back to China to visit their grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins —...
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