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Dumpling Fatigue in China

May 13th, 2011 by

Any trip to China is made even more special because of the scrumptious array of culinary delights available. Foreigners need not fret about what to eat as options are definitely not only limited to dumplings, dumplings, dumplings. When it comes to dining in China, the possibilities are truly endless.

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Chinese cuisine makes use of fresh ingredients combined with exotic spices that create the aroma that is only distinct to kitchens ruled by Chinese cooks or chefs. Chinese cuisine is not only limited to dumplings. In fact, Chinese cooking can be further categorized into more specific types wherein the most popular cuisines include Anhui, Beijing, Cantonese, Szechuan, and Shanghai just to name a few. These various cooking approaches are influenced by geography, lifestyle of the people, and the available resources in the region where a particular dish originated.

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Best Shanghai Hotels on the Bund

May 4th, 2011 by

When it comes to prime urban digs, hotels in Shanghai evince a borderline silly, mad array of possible alternatives. If you want to hole up on or close to the Bund, however, look no further than these lucky thirteen gems.

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Metropole Hotel Shanghai
180 Jiang Xi Center Road

Shun Shanghai’s new steel and glass towers for a hotel with Concession-era charm. Built in 1930, the Metropole is a venerable landmark.

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai On The Bund Hotel
88 Sichuan Zhong Road

The Waldorf Astoria took another early 20th architectural icon and gave it the refurb job of a lifetime. The result is a luxe, tasteful hotel with panache.

Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre
555 Xi Zang Road

The sleek and shiny Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre will up the ante when it opens July 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Districts of Shanghai Primer

February 3rd, 2011 by

To truly understand the chaotic madness that is Shanghai, one must inevitably come to terms with the megalopolis district by district. A piecemeal approach is the best approach for a city with the same number of people as Sri Lanka, after all.

Shanghai’s road and public transport infrastructure may have undergone a seismic about-face by the time you finish this post – change comes Formula One fast to this dynamic city on the move – but, nonetheless, it will take a monumental miracle to reverse the inherent helter-skelter nature of a city this big and this gorged with people. With that in mind, a little primer on the districts of Shanghai is in order.

China’s financial and commercial capital is a province-like area with 17 districts and 1 county. The entire urban mass spirals out from old Puxi (a dense region that contains the first 9 districts on our list below) and the hyper-modern skyline of Pudong that we all know and love/revile. If game to explore, grab your transport card (jiāotōng kÇŽ), steel yourself to the inevitable rush hour seas of humanity and read on for a little district dissection.

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15 Best Restaurants in Beijing

January 14th, 2011 by

Beijing’s place as a top food city is often a topic of fierce debate among gourmets, street food aficionados and culinary connoisseurs. What is not, however, is the fact that the colossal capital of the People’s Republic of China has some remarkable restaurants. From mid-range to high-end, here are 15 of the best tables in Beijing.

Green T. House

This ultra-swish designer tea house/art gallery/restaurant in the Shunyi Villa District of Beijing is as much a museum of contemporary décor as a temple of haute-gastronomy.

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3 Top Spring Festivals In China

January 5th, 2011 by

The Spring Festival is an ancient tradition in Chinese culture, celebrating the end of winter and the start of the planting season. Occurring on the first day of the first lunar month, it is accompanied by upbeat festivities and life-affirming rituals, from eating special delicacies to decorating houses with distinctive symbols.

New Year decor,  Beijing

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China’s UNESCO World Heritage Mount Tai

September 3rd, 2010 by

I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would set foot in the city of Jinan in the PRC province of Shandong.  Of course, I have Beijing and Shanghai on my “bucket list” but I have to admit that Shandong was not initially on my radar.

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The trip to Shandong’s capital Jinan, some 400 km south of Beijing, was a blessing which fell on my lap.  I was sent to attend a particular event for work which drew delegates from the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan to the city of 6 million people.  The event was projected to last for two days, with a third set aside for a trip to UNESCO World Heritage Mount Tai (or Taishan).

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Explore Spectacular Sanya, Hainan Island

August 23rd, 2010 by

Sanya is China’s southernmost city and a rather famous and notable seaside resort. Russians and Northern Chinese often flee to this Hainan Island destination in winter to escape the cold. From wide coastlines to palm trees, Sanya is a tropical paradise with terrific activities to enjoy. Western travelers are starting to trickle in and those who do visit enjoy incredible weather, beautiful beaches, world class Sanya hotels and a variety of Chinese ethnic minority cultures.

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Discover Baojinggong, the Palace of Treasure and Crystal

August 11th, 2010 by

Not far from Yingde, in the Guangdong region of China, is a veritable natural world wonder. Baojinggong, the Palace of Treasure and Crystal, is a marvelous point of interest that inspires awe.

Yingde - Baojinggong (Palace of Treasure & Crystal)

Baojinggong is a massive mountain cave, furtive and elusive to track down. The cave has four levels, three of which are accessible to the public. If your travels carry you to the Guangdong region and you get anywhere near Yingde, or even as close as Qingyaun or Guangzhou, it is certainly worth going a bit out of your way to visit this incredible underground landmark. Read the rest of this entry »

Seven Must-Sample Chinese Wines

July 8th, 2010 by

Wine is “the water of history” in Chinese culture and a paramount symbol and curative elixir. As with other world cultures, wine has been a muse for some of China’s most venerable scholars and poets. Wine is important in Chinese celebrations and in some, such as birthday and longevity banquets,  is the central theme.

Here are seven must-sample Chinese wines:

Maotai

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Maotai

The national wine of China, Maotai is solely distilled in the town of Maotai, Guizhou Province. Attempts to replicate it anywhere else has met with failure. Some suggest that the town’s unique soil, water and climate all contribute to the one-of-a-kind spirit. This fiery beverage is essential in any Chinese banquet and is the wine of choice during Beijing state dinners. The town itself established the Wine Cultural Museum, which exhibits artifacts and production methods from the country’s millennium-old wine history.

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Take In The View At The Window Of The World

June 18th, 2010 by

A lot of people who have gone to Hong Kong might have experienced, at one point or another, crossing over to Shenzhen in the People’s Republic of China either via ferry or by riding the train. The reason for this is Shenzhen’s accessibility.  It is also known to be a great stop for shopping.  Another bonus is travelers can have another stamp on their passports just by crossing over for a day trip.  One can make the trip to Shenzhen in the morning and head back late in the afternoon to catch the last train back to Hong Kong.  This is something that I have done a couple of times in the past and each trip was worth it.  I go back to Hong Kong with an extra suitcase filled with marvelous shopping finds that I bought for a fraction of the price of what I would have paid for if I bought them in Hong Kong.

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Aside from shopping, travelers also go the extra mile to visit Shenzhen to check out some interesting tourist attractions.  One popular stop is a theme park called The Window of the World.

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