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36 Hours in Shanghai (Photo Essay)

Shanghai is one of those places that have always been on my radar, but I’ve never made plans purely for the language barrier. I was able to spend a few hours in the city on my last trip to China, and it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be.

Armed with just a translation app, and with only two definite things on the itinerary (The Bund and Yu Garden), I set out to explore Shanghai with Archie (a Fil-Chi who unfortunately, doesn’t speak much Mandarin).Read more

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My Summer in Beijing (On My Own)

(Text & Photos by Aidan Diaz)

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Last Summer, I went to Beijing for a month and saw many beautiful places and ate delicious food.

I did further Chinese studies in Beijing on my own in the company of schoolmates.

Here’s the story of my summer in Beijing …

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Yunnan, China: KUNMING, The City of Eternal Spring!

Kunming Province of Yunnan, known as the City of Eternal Spring, is regarded as China’s most livable city because of its diversity in food, culture and of course its year-long favorable climate.

It is also one of the most laid-back provinces in China you can visit, perfect for travelers who like to kick it back and for families that would like to experience a different kind of China.

Here are my learnings on the best discoveries and travel tips for your awesome Kunming China experience!

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HUA QUAN: Awesome Artist Village in Jiangxi, China! (Photo Essay)

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Hua Quan Village is an art and cultural village located south of Yingtan in Jiangxi, China. The village is situated near the famous Longhu (Dragon Tiger) Mountain, one of China’s most beautiful natural heritage sites, and the birthplace of Taoism.

The village spans over 16 hectares, making it one of the largest art and cultural centers in the world.

Here’s what we loved about the village and why you should include this on your next trip to China…

 

HUA QUAN VILLAGE
18 Tianshi Road, Longhu Shan District, Yingtan City, Jiangxi Province, China
Telephone: +86-0701- 663-5999
Facebook: Hua Quan Village
Instagram: @hua_quan_village
Website: www.huaquanvillage.com

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ZHENGZHOU: 8 Awesome Places You Should Visit in Zhengzhou! @TigerAirSG

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Let’s explore the rich history of Zhengzhou, home to four ancient capitals in China, with a boat ride to the cradle of civilization the Yellow River. Witness the birthplace of ancient Shaolin Kung Fu, be amazed by the world cultural heritage site, the Longmen Grottoes, and enjoy hiking the picturesque Yuntaishan Geopark.

Here are my top 8 favorite places in Zhengzhou…

Related Blog Post: ZHENGZHOU Food Trip: 10 Henan Dishes You Should Try in Zhengzhou! @TigerAirSG

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ZHENGZHOU: Yellow River Hovercraft Experience! @TigerAirSG

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The Yellow River is the second-longest river (5,464 kilometers) in China and the fifth in the world and takes its name from the muddy yellow water coming from the sediments it carries.

It is famed for being the mother river of China and the cradle of Chinese civilization in their early history (2100–1046 BC).

Check out how we experienced the Yellow River Scenic Area of Zhengzhou inside a hovercraft….

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YUNTAI MOUNTAIN: First Timer’s Guide to YunTaiShan (Photo Essay) @TigerAirSG

Yun Tai Shan

Yuntai Mountain, 70km northwest of Zhengzhou, is a popular domestic tourist getaway located in a UNESCO World Geological Park. It boasts an area of 250sq km, surrounded by marvelous mountains, serene valley, luscious forest, running waterfalls, clear pools, and plunging springs.

The National AAAAA Grade Tourist Attraction holds 11 scenic spots but it’s the Hongshi (Red Stone) Valley you should visit.

Here is a photo essay of our Yuntai Mountain experience …

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ZHENGZHOU: Dengfeng Shaolin Temple @TigerAirSG

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When you speak about China, one of the things that comes to mind is Kung Fu! Journey with us to Zhengzhou–the birthplace of Shaolin Kung Fu–as we get to know the cradle of Zen Buddhism and the ancient Chinese martial arts.

Dengfeng Shaolin Temple was once hidden thousands of years ago (459 AD) inside the dense jungle of the Songshan mountain. The reconstructed World Cultural & Natural Heritage site is now a destination where people come to visit the temple and where young students and tourists alike come to train in martial arts.

Here's what to expect inside the Shaolin capital…

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ZHENGZHOU: The City of Kaifeng (Memorial Temple, Qingming River Park, and Drum Tower Night Market) @TigerAirSG

Zhengzhou: Henan Dishes

There is a famous Chinese saying: “Eat in Kaifeng, work in Zhengzhou, and retire in Luoyang”.

Kaifeng, with a history of more than 2,700 years, was formerly known as Dongjing and served as the capital of China for 168 years. Let’s explore the city in Zhengzhou, famous for it’s Henan cuisine, with a variety of local specialties and snacks and sightseeing attractions like the Memorial Temple, Millenial City Park, and Drum Tower Night Market. It takes 90 minutes to drive from Zhengzhou to Kaifeng.

Henan province is known as the city of delicacies where tourists can find local favorites such as…

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ZHENGZHOU Food Trip: 10 Henan Dishes You Should Try in Zhengzhou! @TigerAirSG

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Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan province, is rich in history being one of the Eight Great Ancient Capitals of China. Tourists are treated to UNESCO heritage sites such as the famed Shaolin Temple, Luoyang's Longmen Grottoes, the picturesque Yuntaishan Mountain, and so much more.

But a visit to Zhengzhou wouldn't be complete without tasting the local cuisine that can be found in their restaurants, food stalls, and night markets. 

Here are 10 Henan Dishes you should try …

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