Category Archives: Asia

Highlights of China

Fast Facts about China Travel • The currency is the Chinese Yuan and 1USD is about 6.67 CNY • Always carry toilet paper as you will not find it in most bathrooms in China. • The internet is a pain in

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Tea tasting scams

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Tea Tasting – Scam? I have heard of a lot of tea tasting scams happening in China. You should always search for scams in the area you are visiting. Basically, they offer you tea and conversation and then the bill

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Cruising the Bund

Cruising the Bund in Shanghai is a must do for all visitors. Cruising the bund in Shanghai on the Huangpu River has become a must for most visitors to Shanghai. Cruise ships vary in size, decoration and amenities, with the

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The Terracotta Army

A farmer who found the Terracotta Army in March 1974 when he was digging a well which is quite ironic as it is not recommended to drink the water in Xian because of the mercury content. It is from the

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Great Wall of China

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The Great Wall of China spans 13,170 miles from Hushan in the east to Gansu in the west. After Emperor Qin Shi Huang unified the whole nation, he had the different sections connected and since then, the wall served as

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Hutongs of Beijing

Hutongs of Beijing In the modern city of Beijing lies a place where you can still see the authentic old Beijing. The place is known as Shichahai Area where most local residents still live in traditional courtyard-styled houses dotted along

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Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City

Tiananmen Square One of the great things about our hotel location was that it was so close to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. We were just one metro stop away and since its so cheap to take the metro

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Summer Palace in Beijing

Summer Palace in Beijing As I mentioned in my arriving in China post, I had a hard time connecting to the Internet and getting my VPN to work. While I was out for the morning I stopped at a cafe

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Pandas at the Beijing Zoo

Pandas at the Beijing Zoo One of the top things on my list for Beijing after the food was to go to see the pandas at the Beijing Zoo. As I still couldn’t get access to the wifi I had

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Black Sesame Kitchen

Black Sesame Kitchen

Black Sesame Kitchen I was googling Chinese cooking classes in Beijing when I came across Black sesame Kitchen. Technically not a cooking school but more of a cooking experience in a Hutong where the host tells you about the dishes

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