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Travel Tips for Backpacking in China’s Wild West

I recently returned to WildChina’s Beijing office after spending 11 days in Gansu province, and a friend similarly returned via train to the capital city yesterday after a month in Xinjiang and we decided to...
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Where did the beauty of Lijiang go?

Incredible scenery, history, and culture. Overrun destinations, touristy shops, and luxury chain hotels. In Lijiang, Yunnan province, there is a constant push and pull of cultural value versus cultural commodity, authentic experiences versus commercialized sites....
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Calling your tour operator at 3:30 am?

Calling your tour operator at 3:30 am? “Absolutely NOT,” is my immediate answer. But, we just did. A travel agent called WildChina’s US office at 3:30 pm EDT, which makes it exactly 3:30 am in...
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Are taiqi and fan-making lessons tourist traps?

I saw a client email to my staff another day, requesting a series of changes to the itineraries we proposed. The client’s email read: 1) There is a scheduled visit to the Temple of Heaven...
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Travel Tip: Using an iPad in China

Travel tip, I eagerly embraced the iPad 3G, hoping to shed the weight of my laptop when traveling to China. Sadly, my conclusion is that using an iPad in China doesn’t quite replace my laptop,...
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Travel Tip: Planning Luxury Family Travel in China

As China’s best luxury tour operator with a focus on customized, off-the-beaten-path tours to China, WildChina specializes in making luxury family trips to China exciting, memorable, and hassle-free for both children and parents. This morning...
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Travel Tip: Group Travel China, Part 2: Being a Group Member

In Navigating China with a Group, Part 1, I discussed how WildChina effectively leads groups of travelers through China. What are best practices for travelers in these groups? Here are pointers from WildChina’s Sherry Dou,...
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Travel Tip: Navigating China with a Group, Part 1: Leading a Group Trip

Travel to China can sometimes be a stressful place to travel just by yourself or with a friend/spouse. So, what about with a group of, say, 10-15 people? After recently tour leading in Henan province,...
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Travel Tip: How To Survive A Train Ride In China With Children

You’re in China! As part of your off-the-beaten-path, bespoke experience to the Middle Kingdom, you are taking a 12 (or 15, 18, 24, 36…) hour train ride in China from point A to point B,...
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Top 5 things to avoid when planning a China trip

There are some activities that seem to enter all itineraries going to China, and they can sound so appealing, but they really shouldn’t be for you, if you are reading my blog posts. 1. Cloisonné...
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