Although we’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of China over the past decade or so, there are still some places we haven’t had the chance to see. If we had a bucket list of travel destinations, the Silk Road would definitely be at the top of that list.
Travel to one of our favorite parts of China, Sichuan province, is becoming more difficult. As at 1 December 2012, we are hearing reports that the Chinese government has severely restricted foreign travel west of Chengdu, the ancient walled capital once known as Chang’An.
Han Tang Inn International Youth Hostel is only 2 minutes walking distance to the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower, which are the center of the city. There are direct buses to the railway station, to the airport, to many tourist attractions, and its only 2 minutes walking distance to the Bank of China (where […]
Linhuan in Anhui (安徽) Province is a fascinating destination if you are really interested in Chinese history and culture. Linhuan boasts one the best preserved ancient tea house in China, which is still preparing and serving tea in the ancient, traditional way and is still an active social hub for the local community. The town […]
Jingxi is one of those places in China you really only get to see if you are invited there by Chinese friends. It’s remote, hard to get to, but very worthwhile making the effort to see and experience. I think it’s a lot like Yangshuo was before the tourists took over. The Chinese have a […]
If you love Asian travel, but don’t have the linguistic skills to make yourself understood in Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Malay and the other popular Asian languages, here’s the killer app for the iPhone! And what’s more, it’s free! Thank you Mister Google! Google Translate for the iPhone is one of those brilliant apps you just can’t […]
China is now the hottest tourist destination in the world with a booming domestic tourism industry and the fastest growing inbound tourist economy anywhere in the world. Although I have lived in China and explored many of its most popular travel destinations, there is something about China that keeps pulling me back. It also makes […]
Chengdu is the capital city of Sichuan Province, in the central west of China. We visited Chengdu mainly to see the pandas at the Panda Research Base, but there are lots of other reasons to go there too. One of the unexpected side benefits of a few days in Chengdu was the amazing shopping we discovered […]