5 fun things to do in Xi'an

5 fun things to do in Xi’an

Long before Xi'an as we know it now came to exist, there was a city called Chang'an, which was the home of emperors, artisans, warriors and merchants. Chang'an, the Xi'an of the olden days, has a past filled with glory and riches thanks to its strategic position on the Silk Road. Xi'an used to be one of the end of the Silk Road, and it reached the pinnacle of Chinese civilization thanks to its mix of cultures, its wealth and its power, but all of this was all gone by the 10th century. Even w... [ read more ]

The weirdest attractions in China

The weirdest attractions in China

Each country in the world has its eccentric attractions, and China is no different, especially considering its huge size. A first time traveler to China will have their hands full with iconic sights like the Great Wall or the Terracotta Army, but once you've visited the major attractions you are still left with countless places that range from interesting and funny to the strange. But as it is the case with most bizarre attractions, the stranger they are, the more travelers they tend to attr... [ read more ]

China's backpacker paradises

China’s backpacker paradises

China is vast and full of attractions, both natural and cultural, so it's hardly a surprise that backpackers are drawn to China like flies to honey. The sheer variety of places you can see and experiences you can have make this country a favorite haunt of backpackers and adventurers who are always on the lookout of excitement. But when it comes to backpacker magnets, beauty and fun are not enough, because prices are also an issue. For a backpacker, the cheaper a place the better, because it ... [ read more ]

The best train trips in China

The best train trips in China

China is such a huge country with so many attractions scattered all over its territory, that even if you initially planned on staying in one place, few people can resist the pull of adventure - China is the kind of country that demands to be explored. Hitchhiking can sometimes be a problem because of the language barrier, and buses are not the most comfortable way to travel, but fortunately there's always China's extensive train network. China's railway network is one of the busiest and larg... [ read more ]

The essential guide to the Great Wall of China

The essential guide to the Great Wall of China

There's no sight in China more famous than the ancient Great Wall, a structure that not only has a deep cultural and historical significance for Chinese people, but has also fascinated foreigners since they first stepped foot on the Silk Road. For centuries, it has been said that the Great Wall of China is so mighty that it can be seen from the moon, and while this is most definitely not true, the wall it one of the few man-made structure to be visible from a low orbit around the planet. Man... [ read more ]

How to be a respectful traveler in China

How to be a respectful traveler in China

Travelers who truly want to experience a country on more levels than just the surface always have to do more than just see the sights and walk through their destination without paying attention to what is happening around them, and how people behave around each other, and what meaning certain gestures and words could have for the locals. Although as a tourist you are often given some slack and few locals actually expect you to know about their daily customs, it's always nice to show that you... [ read more ]

How to celebrate Chinese New Year in China

How to celebrate Chinese New Year in China

Chinese New Year is the biggest celebration of the year in China, and the longest as well, therefore an occasion for the whole country to have fun and take a break from the worries of day to day life. Chinese New Year starts on the first day of the first month in the Lunar Calendar, and ends on the 15th day, when the famous Lantern Festival takes place. The Chinese New Year is not only an occasion to eat delicious traditional food, see fireworks and attend various events on the street, but a... [ read more ]