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Why China Travel has become Expensive

If you’ve traveled to China in the last year you may have noticed the country has become more expensive. We’ve taken some time here to explain why: 1. Appreciation of the Chinese yuan. The New York...
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Tibetan Buddhism Flags

Cruising in China?

The recent cruise ship tragedy off the coast of Italy caused the tourism industry to pause and think. What safety procedures should have been in place? What are the lesson that we can take away...
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Girl praying at an ancient temple

Things to see and do in Shangri-La, Yunnan

The following post is an excerpt from Catherine Bodry, a writer for AOL’s Gadling Travel Blog. Gadling’s last stop on Yunnan’s ancient tea horse road was Shangri-la, China, a high-altitude Tibetan city named after the mythical town in...
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Candles in a Buddhist temple

Want to experience China differently? Go west!

As noted earlier, China is already the world’s number-three destination for international travel. Many travelers nowadays have already made one or two trips to China, but more often than not, they’re visiting the coast, possibly...
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Planning a trip to China? Alex Pearson shares her favorite China reads

Planning a trip to China? Alex Pearson shares her favorite China reads Alexandra “Alex” Pearson knows a few things about China and a few things about books. Fluent in Chinese, she first moved to Beijing...
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Going off the beaten path, safely

Going off the beaten path, safely. This past week, China Daily reported that Beijing’s rescue team, “Luye,” responded to four emergency calls during the week-long October Holiday alone – all from travelers who needed assistance...
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Rice Terraces in the south of China

Our take on Wendy Perrin’s 6 Travel Agent Tips

In addition to being honored to be one of Wendy Perrin’s 135 Top Travel Specialists for 2010, we’re a big fan of the related spread in Conde Nast Traveler‘s August 2010 print issue.Wendy Perrin not...
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Beautiful night in an old town in Yunnan

Travel Tip: Dining with Allergies in China

Dining in China is a fantastic experience for the palate, with a myriad of new flavors, textures, and aromas to enjoy. Don’t let allergy fears get in the way of enjoying Chinese cuisines. However, it...
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Travel Tip: Choosing a Hotel in China

Choosing a hotel in China, whether you prefer adventurous excursions or luxury getaways, is an integral part of any trip to China. A hotel, guesthouse, or homestay experience can greatly affect your experience. Especially in...
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A camel resting in the Gobi Desert

If this is your first and only time to China, where should you go?

A twitter post responding to a WildChina tweet prompted this blog piece: @Chinaandbeyond said: “I would trade Yunnan for Gansu or Sichuan, personally RT @WildChina: First and only time to China?” Gobi Desert in Gansu,...
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