The most stunning modern buildings in Shanghai

The most stunning modern buildings in Shanghai

The China of the past, with its temples, small villages and shapely mountains is not quite the entire story, although this is the China that many travelers come to see. This country has a fascinating history and culture, that's obvious, but there is another side to China too - the modern, high-tech, glaringly innovative one. Shanghai has many historical haunts, but it is also a great destination for fans of modern architecture. The skyline of Pudong, the side of Shanghai east of Huangpu Rive... [ read more ]

A guide to Beijing's nightlife

A guide to Beijing’s nightlife

When most people think about Beijing, their thought inevitably sway towards Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the bird's nest-shaped National Stadium or perhaps the temples. But there aren't that many people who come to Beijing specifically with partying on their mind - Beijing comes across more like a place where you can drink delicious Chinese tea in traditional teashops - but actually the Chinese capital has quite a bustling nightlife. If you find yourself bored in the evening when yo... [ read more ]

The most fascinating temples in China

The most fascinating temples in China

In a sharp contradiction of all stereotypes that have ever circulated about Asia, China is one of the most culturally diverse places on the planet. Although much of the population is Buddhist (over 80%), there are many other religions that have their adepts in this vast country. So if you are interested in sacred places, then will see Buddhist temples, Tao shrines and Christian churches or Muslim mosques. Travelers who are interested in the beauty and/or spiritual meaning of Buddhist or Taoi... [ read more ]

A backpacker’s guide to China

A backpacker’s guide to China

China is home to about 20% of the world's population, and it is the third largest country in the world, so any backpacker with itchy feet will have their work cut out for them if they are planning on exploring this surprising country. China fits perfectly the tired travel cliche of 'country of contrasts', because it's so diverse and varied that you feel like visiting not one country but many at the same time. Exploring China as an independent traveler can become overwhelming, unlike when you... [ read more ]

Top 5 attractions in Beijing

Top 5 attractions in Beijing

If cities were people, Beijing would be somewhat of a dreamer, and a capricious one at that. This sprawling yet majestic city has been the capital of China (or whatever was in its stead in the past) for long centuries, and it's likely that it will continue its reign for at least as long in the future. Beijing is a city with ancient origins, of which it is proud of, it is the site of historical and political clashes, some more recent that the others, and at the same time it is a city dedicate... [ read more ]