Mei Zhang

China’s tourism industry post-COVID – an interview with Mei Zhang

Interview by Emily Riddell – Published in DAO INSIGHTS Confidence in the government’s handling of COVID-19 has led to a steady recovery in China’s domestic tourism sector. Meanwhile, international destinations have had to adapt digitally...
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April 25, 2021

WildChina Book Club:
Land of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Chen (Event #74)

For our April book club, we read The Land Of Big Numbers in preparation for our chat with the author, Te-Ping Chen. A Cutting between clear-eyed realism and tongue-in-cheek magical realism, Chen’s stories coalesce into...
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WildChina x China Institute | A Taste of China Episode 2

Join us as we travel live to Ningxia, a windswept land of deserts in China’s northwest, where cumin-spiced Hui-minority cuisine reigns supreme, and local entrepreneurs are driving China’s booming wine industry. For this special event,...
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Girl praying at an ancient temple

A note from WildChina founder Mei Zhang on the coronavirus outbreak

Dear Friends, In the past twenty days, the coronavirus and the fight against it have become so much more personal. The initial instinct to hunker down to survive has been completely replaced with humility and...
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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 Decade Down: Mei Zhang Named a Travel + Leisure A-List Travel Advisor, 10 Years Running

Once again, we are beyond excited to announce that our founder, Mei Zhang, has made it onto Travel + Leisure’s A-List of travel advisors, for the 10th year in a row. This exclusive list is...
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China’s Monkey Paradise is a Hidden Gem for Family Travel

Red Dot and two of his wives. Photo: IC The crowd listening to Dr. Long Yongcheng is glued to his love story. It goes like this: “Red Dot came to the valley in 2015 looking for...
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Buddhist sculpture and art

How to Beat the Crowds in Dunhuang, Home of China’s Most Spectacular Caves

Tourists line up on Aug. 20 to visit the Mogao grottoes, which have relatively complete wooden eaves from the Tang and Song dynasties. Photo: IC Dunhuang, in northwestern China’s Gansu province, can hardly be called...
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Chinese door in Hutong alley

China’s Most Exciting New Hotels to Visit in 2019

Foreigners come to China not only for work or investment, but also to sample the country’s many landscapes, its long history and meet people from a wide range of cultures and traditions. In that process...
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Travels Through Dali With a Leg of Ham

Mei Zhang’s Book Tour: Travels through Dali with a Leg of Ham

September 2016 saw the release of WildChina Founder, Mei Zhang’s first book Travels through Dali: with a Leg of Ham. Readers around the world are singing its praises and joining one of her upcoming book talks is...
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