China Travel Guides for Backpackers

Nature's Miracles: Avatar Mountains in Zhangjiajie, China

When we happen to think about China, the first image that comes to mind is of romantic mountains surrounded by curly clouds and tiny temples with upward-pointed roof corners; some other times we imagine large metropolis, skyscrapers and crowds wearing anti-pollution masks. Yet China is much more. In its territory as large as a continent it’s possible to find different climates and landscapes: from the Ice festivals and the Siberian cold in Manchuria to deserts and grasslands in Inner Mongolia, from the windy Tibetan Plateau to dry depressions in Xinjiang and to the humid tropical weather in the South-East. In […]
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One day in Hangzhou. Explore China

How to come to China and not get lost? The unusual country attracts many travelers. You can learn how to say hello in Chinese (Ni Hao), but it is not enough for the first trip. I offer you to spent one day with me in Hangzhou – the most popular and fast-growing city in East China. Chinese street Arrival&Money To get to China today is not difficult. The most popular Chinese companies such as Air China, China Southern, China Eastern Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, have flights over the world. China has signed a visa-free agreement only with 16 countries; residents of […]
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Places to Visit in China from From Beijing To Hong Kong

My journey to China started several years ago when I visited Chinatown, the Chinese district in London. Chinatown, London Chinatown©Elena Lavrova Chinatown©Elena Lavrova London’s Chinatown is located in the heart of the city, and it is incredibly easy to get ‘from Europe to Asia’ just by turning from an adjacent street into the quarter itself. I always liked watching narrow streets of Chinatown, with their hieroglyphs coming to life, sensing the scents of Oriental food gradually filling the air… Every time I come to London, I visit this “little China”, and every time I find it more fascinating however, with […]
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China, Beijing:  Temple of heaven, tea and Great Wall

Beijing is one of the most beautiful cities in China. The rich history of the northern capital dates back more than five thousand years. During this huge period of time, the city has undergone many changes, formed its unique harmony of traditional and modern. Now we can see it in all its glory. The climate here is continental. Summer is hot and humid, and winter is dry and windy. The weather in Beijing is almost year-round favorable for travel, but the best periods are autumn from September to October, and spring from April to May. Beijing has a very developed […]
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China, Shenzhen, The first time Going Solo -Tips and tricks

When visiting China the first time or specifically Shenzhen solo, you need a detailed plan. How surprised I was entering China the first time five years ago! When I crossed the Chinese border and entered Shenzhen, I was literally in a state of shock! At the time, there were no signs in English, no tourist information office, and no one spoke a word of English. I found a regular taxi and said my destination: KK Mall! Five years later, I experience odd situations every day. But, before exploring the culture there, please read these essentials! Things You Need to have […]
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Hong Kong Highlights: Hiking and Eating

Neither a part of China nor completely independent, Hong Kong is a fascinating city which hovers between two worlds. With many remnants of British colonization existing alongside Chinese traditions, these two components collide and mix to create a completely unique cultural atmosphere. As well as a complex history, Hong Kong is now a cultural, gastronomical and natural hot spot for tourists from all over the world. With everything from traditional Chinese temples, to every kind of cuisine you can think of, to hikes and beaches just a train ride away, Hong Kong really has it all. Nature- Hiking Victoria's Peak […]
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Strange & Beautiful – Why Shanghai is Definitely Worth a Visit

This is a little tale of China – an incredibly diverse country that is cut off the rest of the world, with delicious (and strange) food, generous but introverted people and a fascinating old culture. Yes, I had some stereotypes before traveling to China – I thought of crispy duck, crowded streets, grey buildings, cheap (and fake) clothes, and creepy old men. And as I was going to find out, some of those stereotypes were not so wrong… Exploring the Biggest City in China – Shanghai Shanghai is with over 26.32 million inhabitants the biggest city in China – and rivals with […]
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Five Reasons to Make Hong Kong Your Next Holiday Destination

Hong Kong, one of the only two special administrative regions in China, is a charming little city. Its many attractions set it aside, if not on top of the rest of the country. Purporting a strong western influence, Hong Kong is one of the most expat-friendly cities in the world. But despite its westernized culture, Hong Kong maintains its original Chinese heritage, creating an interesting mix of both the West and the East. The humble size of the city does not set it back the slightest, in fact, Hong Kong quickly became a concentrated hub for some of the best […]
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Must see places to experience the real Shanghai in one day

Shanghai is such a large metropolis that foreign tourists rarely consider it for a short citybreak destination. It’s more often that people plan their visit months ahead and put at least a week aside for discovery. While there will be things to do, I’d rather recommend you to plan a short visit instead. Preferably a weekend. If you have a few days to spare for an exciting new destination then consider Shanghai as there is now no need for a visa for less than 144-hour travel journey for many nationalities. Travel just got easier.  If you have more time planned […]
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Best Things to Do, See, and Eat in Shunde, China

China is rich in culture and history, from the luscious tree-filled mountains and winding rivers to the brightly colored architecture and the laughter of children ringing through the air. In a small but bustling city just an hour south of Guangzhou, you’ll find a glorious adventure awaiting you in the heart of Shunde. Located in the Guangdong province, Shunde is known for its excellent food and is primarily a Cantonese-speaking city. If you choose to visit this appealing destination, you’ll find a number of essential things to do and see before you leave. Things to Do Shungfengshan Park On any […]
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Ideal Itinerary for Beijing Tour

One of my dream destinations is Beijing and it is primarily because of the Great Wall of China. This is why my friend, Feli, and I planned to celebrate our Y2015 birthdays here. However, we learned that it is not easy to communicate with the locals because only a few could understand English. For that reason, we decided to avail of a tour package instead of creating our own itinerary. We found a good deal for US$244 per person, which included the following: English-speaking tour guide Transportation Lunch for 3 days Entrance tickets Round trip airport transfer 1 standard room in […]
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Must-Go Places in Nanjing

After living in Nanjing for a year now, I’ve fallen in love with it. It’s modern enough to be friendly enough to foreigners, but it’s Chinese enough so it doesn’t feel like a totally international city. Nanjing, or “South Capital,” is located at the top of what is considered the south of China and has served as the on-and-off capital of China through the dynasties and during the Republic of China era, before Chairman Mao led the country. There’s rich history and beautiful places to visit in Nanjing, if you get the chance, so without further do…  
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Chinatown Bangkok – Paradise for Drinking and Dining

Thailand is a foodie utopia and Bangkok's Chinatown is its heart. Do you want to squat on a miniature stool with a $2 bowl of noodles in an alley? Or would you prefer perching by a dimly lit bar in a speakeasy, sipping a $30 martini made with butterfly pea and Thai chilli-infused gin? These two extremes and everything in between can be found within a couple of blocks in Bangkok's Old Town neighbourhood known as Yaowarat. Captivating Street Scenes Yaowarat (Chinatown) is perfect for photographers. The hectic main road is lit up with so many neon signs you might think […]
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Jiankou, The Wild Great Wall Trek

One of the most astounding man-made wonders in the world lies in Beijing, China.  For those who want to avoid the noisy crowds, large tourist groups, and the perfectly modern-day reconstructed wall, the Wild Wall is the perfect place to experience ancient China for a weekend. Directions from Beijing to Jiankou There are several ways to get to Jiankou.  Obviously, the cheapest option is via public transportation! From Beijing Head to the Dongzhemen Subway Station (东直门地铁站) in Beijing and get out at Exit B or E. There will be signs in the station that tells you the bus station is exit H, […]
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Visit Foshan! The Best Vacation Destination in China

 Greetings from the Middle Kingdom! I chose to make Foshan my home nearly 5 months ago and it has quickly risen in the ranks to become one of my favorite places! (And trust me, there is some stiff competition). Though the flight is long and you actually need to secure a visa BEFORE touching down (it’s not too difficult, I promise), Foshan certainly deserves to be on your list of must-visit travel destinations. No one has come to visit me yet, but I’ve been planning the perfect trip for whoever pulls the trigger on a plane ticket first. Here you’ll find part […]
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Yubeng: The Outdoor Playground of China

If you love mountains – particularly the taller ones with snow caps, trekking, Tibetan culture, and the wilderness, then you need to get over to Yubeng, China now!  However, keep in mind this hike is at a higher altitude (up to 3,864m) so make sure you take it slow if you haven’t adjusted well yet! Getting to YuBeng Although this village is not part of the main tourist route when visiting Yunnan, it’s really easy to get to! Shangri-La to Deqin Feilai Temple The gateway to Yubeng is from Shangri-La (香格里拉市)!  You can take a taxi (15 RMB) from the […]
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Best Parks to Visit in Guangzhou, China

The thing I love most about Guangzhou, China is that almost all year, it’s comfortable to be outside (with the exception of the occasional typhoon or insanely hot and humid day). I encourage you, if you’re visiting, to take advantage of the sun and fresh, relatively unpolluted air, and visit one of the great parks around the city. Baiyun Mountain (白云山) Baiyun Mountain is the tallest point in Guangzhou. It overlooks the city and has dozens of paved walking paths and unpaved hiking trails that connect to a larger greenway system. If you enjoy hiking, have fun wandering through paved […]
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Youth travel guide to Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, the special administrative region within China is a mixture of the old and modern in one city. From dim sum to the neon lights at night to the mountains on Lantau Island, Hong Kong has it all. Having spent a full 5 days 4 nights in Hong Kong, grab yourself a milk tea, while I bring you the top 5 things youth should do while in Hong Kong. A guide to Hong Kong for young people(or young at heart), written by a young person. Visit a nightclub in Hong Kong Hong Kong is famous for its nightlife, with […]
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7 Essential Things to Do in Guilin, China

“Go to Beijing for the history, to Shanghai for the technology, and to Guilin for the beautiful scenery” is the advice that many Chinese people will give to people who want to visit China. Famous for its striking karst mountains, Guilin has been drawing Chinese tourists for centuries and in the last decade has started to gain a reputation in the international travel community. With plenty of hiking opportunities and easy access to the surrounding small villages, Guilin is the perfect place to get lost in nature and also to get to see one of China’s increasingly rare small cities. […]
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11 Things for travellers to do in Hong Kong

People who like travelling as I do will always like to go and to see the world. Some people like to stick with tourist attractions, some people like to relax and enjoying indoor services, some people like to backpacking and get themselves busy on exploring new places in other countries. I believe the mean of travelling we visitors share is escaping from ordinary life and hoping to SEE something DIFFERENT. Stereotypical Hong Kong & Traveling value Have you ever spent time exploring in your city? Have you ever stopped for sometime appreciating beautiful things around? How well do you know about […]
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Take a Step Back in Time And Visit China's Ancient Town, Pingyao

Pingyao Ancient Town Alex here to tell you about the ancient town of Pingyao, China. I live in Shijiazhuang, China which is an hour southwest from Beijing if you take the bullet train. I’ve lived in China for over a year now, and even before I moved here, I had traveled around China several times. I usually want to do the well-known destinations such as Xi’an, Guilin, Tianjin, or Zhangjiajie, but several weeks ago I didn’t have the time or money for a five to ten-day vacation. I needed a getaway that could be done in one weekend. All my coworkers […]
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Tips to Travel Hong Kong

The definitive list of must-knows before you visit the city of skyscrapers. When I was 21 I moved to Hong Kong for five months – and I can say without a doubt it was the most exhilarating five months of my life. The city is a hub of excitement, and I can’t recommend travelling there enough. Below are all the things I wish I had known when I first stepped foot into this amazing city. Octopus Card First things first. The Octopus Card is a must for all visitors – this card costs HK$50 (a refundable deposit), and will be […]
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China Great Wall Tour: A Memorable Experience

One of the privileges of traveling around the globe is the opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds, trek on pristine landscapes, visit historic sites, enjoy breathtaking views, and even sample exotic cuisines. I recently during a China Great Wall tour, visited Mutianyu. For me to say the experience was sensational, would be an understatement.   When is the best time for a Great Wall of China Tour? It had always been my desire to visit China and explore the famed wall. So when the opportunity finally came, I did not hesitate. I purposed to make it both pleasurable and […]
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China | Shanghai | The Yuyuan Garden

The Yuyuan garden is rated as one of the best things to do in Shanghai, and with the garden being in close proximity to The Bund, Nanjing Road and the City God Temple it’s one of the most convenient attractions. The historic Yuyuan garden belongs to the Jiangnan-Style Traditional Gardens offering an exquisite 20,000 square meter garden with stone carvings created with precision, especially the dragons located on the walls of the gardens separating the six areas. The traditional architecture and surreal design of the buildings all have incredible detail consistent throughout the entire garden. With winding bridges over a […]
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