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A Quick Guide to Shanghai’s Main Airports

When you fly in to Shanghai, chances are – you will land in one of its two main airports: Hongqiao International Airport or Pudong International Airport.  Hongqiao is located around 13-15 kilometers (8-9 miles) out of the city center.  Pudong, on the other hand, is located much farther – around 30-25 kilometers (19-20 miles) out of the city center.  But the …

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China Road: A Journey Into the Future

Book:  “China Road: A Journey Into The Future Of A Rising Power” Author:  Rob Gifford Publisher:  Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2008 Rob Gifford is a talented journalist, travel writer, and a correspondent who used to work for the National Public Radio’s (NPR) China division, while he lived in this country for many years.  This book is based on his personal journey traversing the country …

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Shanghai: Top 20 Sights

Home to over 24 million of people – Shanghai is the biggest city in China, and is considered to be its ‘financial capital’.  It is one of the most beautiful, modern and expensive cities in the whole World, rival only to Tokyo and New York. In this guide on Shanghai’s top 20 sights – we have compiled some of the …

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The Last Days of Old Beijing: City Transformed

Book:  “The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed” Author:  Michael Meyer Publisher:  Walker & Company, 2009 The author of this book, Michael Meyer, came to China as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1995 – to teach English to some of the country’s less privileged kids.  He lived there for a couple of years, went …

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Guilin: Top 10 Sights

Guilin, located in the Southwest region of China, is one of the most beautiful, historic and touristic cities in the country.  It’s a small city with a population of less than… 5 million, famous for its scenic, narrow limestone hills and the stunning river Li.  Despite its remote location – it can be easily accessed by a bus, train, or a plane, since …

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Factory Girls: From Village To City in a Changing China

Book:  “Factory Girls: From Village To City In a Changing China” Author:  Leslie T. Chang Publisher:  Spiegel & Grau, 2009 As the name of the book evidently implies – “Factory Girls” was based primarily on the life of young migrants in China.  Leslie Chang, the author of this book, is a Chinese-American journalist who was born in U.S. and had spent many years of …

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Shanghai: Top 5 Panoramic Views

The beautiful city of Shanghai – is not only the largest city of China, it is also its vibrant and lively, financial capital.  An important port city since the invasion of the British, Shanghai is full of history.  Nowadays, its modern look is filled with steel and glass – a place where competing skyscrapers, quaint little gardens and ancient pagodas …

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How to Use the Metro (Subway) in Shanghai

Shanghai’s metro is clean and safe as is very easy to navigate, but if you have never used it before it might be a bit confusing initially.  However, in this quick review we will explain everything that you need to know about how to use the Shanghai’s metro. How to Navigate Shanghai’s Subway Lines: The first thing that you need …

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How To Use The Metro (Subway) in Beijing

If you will be visiting Beijing and are wondering how to navigate its extensive subway network – then this post is for you.  Beijing, with its current population of 21 million residents, is one of the largest cities in the World.  However, it can be easily navigable via the city’s widespread and easily accessible metro system. Beijing’s subway network started …

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(Describing) China in Ten Words

Book:  “China in Ten Words” Author:  Yu Hua Publisher:  Anchor Books, 2012 Yu Hua was born in China in 1960, five years before the violent turmoil by the name “Cultural Revolution”, initiated by the (in)famous political leader, Mao Zedong, took place.  He is the author of a number of award-winning fictional books about China, however, this particular publication is a work of non-fiction. …

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Xi’an: Top 10 Sights

Xi’an (Sian), formerly known as Chang’an, is the first and the oldest capital of China.  With a current population of around 8 million, this is not one of the largest cities in China, however that does not mean that it lacks its share of popular, and interesting attractions! The number one reason why different people come to visit this town …

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What To Pack On Your Trip To China

If you are planning on visiting China and are wondering which essentials you must bring on your journey – this article is for you.  China is a very beautiful, large country with a multitude of different regions – from mountains to flatlands, from desserts to seas, and hence there are a number of things that you should consider, before you finally …

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Beijing: Top 20 Sights

Beijing, which means “Northern Capital”, is one of the 6 ancient capitals of China, which it remains to this day.  It is currently the second largest city after Shanghai, though it has a lot more cultural and historic sights, waiting to be explored.  While, it is practically impossible to see all of its main sights in one trip, unless you …

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How To Visit Mont Saint-Michel From Paris (On a Budget)

Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most popular sights in France, attracting close to 3 million visitors each year – it is one of the most unique, picturesque destinations in the World.  Surrounded by endless fields of green (or orange, or white depending on the season), it delights and amazes its visitors, once they see it merging with the sky, and the …

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Explore Paris: The Top 50 Sights

Paris - one of the most glamorous cities in the World, is also one of the most visited.  Full of history, dating back to the 3rd century BC, and with a current population of over 2 million, it is filled with amazing attractions, that will surely steal one’s breath away. This article features the top sights of Paris - divided ...
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Age of Ambition: Chasing Truth in the New China

Book:  “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China” Author:  Evan Osnos Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014 There has been a number of books published on China in the last few decades that cover everything from politics, cuisine, culture, and even modern trends.  However, not that many of them come even close to the level of …