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The Forbidden CityBeijingThe name Forbidden City is derived from the rule that only the emperors and their court could enter the premises, with the exception of a select students who received the highest scores on a national exam (the "Emperor's Exam")and c...
Great Wall of ChinaHuairouWhen I went to China, it was an adventure. When we were at Tiananmen Square, we found some guides who offered to take us out to the wall for 100RMB, so we took them up on their offer. We went in the dead of winter, so when we get th...
Temple of HeavenBeijingThe Temple of Heaven was the place where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties offered sacrifices to heaven to pray for bountiful harvests. Located in the Tiantan Park Gongyuan, south of Beijing. The attached video is priceless, i...
Summer PalaceBeijingThis impressive building, which houses the palace which was once used as a summer residence of Chinese emperors, is one of the most visited monuments of Beijing. To visit and see everything you'll have to spend at least all morning ...
Tiananmen SquareBeijingBeijing's legendary Tiananmen Square is the largest square in the world. It is one of the places where you can really "feel" the history. With 440,000 square meters and 880 meters long by 500 wide, this square was conceived by China...
Great Wall of China (Mutianyu)BeijingWe knew we had to go to the well-known section of the Mutanyu wall. This section has been rebuilt and isn't as crowded as other sections of the wall that are closer to Beijing. Once you're there, I don't recommend walking up it beca...
XihuHangzhouRegarded for centuries by Marco Polo as one of the most beautiful places he had ever seen in the world, this entire Lake area of Hangzhou is one of China's major tourist attractions, with spectacular scenery which is surrounded by...
Terracotta WarriorsXianThere's an entire life-sized army built in terracotta. Each soldier is different from the next and they're all modeled after real soldiers from the army of China's first emperor. Archers, officers, cavalry...all lined up in these la...
Jingshan ParkBeijingTo dig the moat of the Forbidden City it was necessary to remove a huge amount of land which was stored behind the palace, was used to construct a temple. The result is one of the most beautiful places to see in Beijing, including t...
Yonghegong Lama TempleBeijingThe Lama Temple is one of the most famous religious centers in Beijing. This temple was declared a National Monument in 1949 and restored in 1979. It is considered the most prestigious Buddhist temple outside of Tibet. The whole com...
GuilinGuilinIt was one of the most interesting places during my trip to China. The boat trip along the river, watching the typical Chinese landscape with mountains. The experience on the ship, including the food, was great. Although the traditi...
Li RiverYangshuoDuring our cruise down the Li River we could see Cormorants. In this region it is very common to go cormorant fishing. It Involves tying a cord in the neck of these birds to prevent swallowing the fish. For a few yuan can take a pi...
The Xian WallXianAfter spending a night and a morning in bed due to bowel problems, feeling a little better I decided to visit the wall of Xi'an. This wall was built with the purpose of defending the city. It is in very good condition. There are fou...
798 Arts DistrictBeijingYou can take advantage of your last day in Beijing by doing some last-minute shopping (Silk Market is very touristy, and therefore more expensive), or at other more native-like places such as the Panjiayuan Market (on the street of ...
PudongShanghaiPudong is Shanghai's financial center where you can find some of the most beautiful skylines in the world ... It´s the area with the most skyscrapers per square meter in the world . At night it´s impressive to see. One tip I give is...
Maglev TrainShanghaiThis is undoubtedly the best option to get from Shanghai Pudong Airport to the city. It costs 50Yuanes, about 5 €, and in five minutes you are in the city. What´s more, if you go to Shanghai you can´t miss out on catching the world'...
Shanghai at NightShanghaiThis is a continuation of my trip to Shanghai. In October 2008 I was fortunate enough to travel to Shanghai to attend a conference. This, added to the fact that I was traveling alone, gave me lots of free time over the five days tha...
Yuyuan GardensShanghaiYuyuan Gardens is a must-see in Shanghai. It is located in the old part of the city, on the west bank of the Huangpu River, not far from the Bund. The entrance is located on Anren street. It is recommended to visit first thing in t...
Jinmao TowerShanghaiThat night we looked into the river, and suddenly the city appeared. Lets forget for a moment about the number of Chinese people around us and remain awe-struck at the sight of the spectacular lights and towers, all very impressive....
Potala PalaceLhasaWe had just landed in Lhasa, capital of Tibet, and we left our hotel room ready to contemplate one of the wonders of the world: The Potala Palace, home of the mythical Dalai Lama, the highest ancient structure in Tibet, and the high...
PekinBeijingMy trip to Beijing was great. It was one of the trips that I enjoyed the most of all. Why? The language, because hardly anyone spoke English (almost no hotels even) and I DO NOT SPEAK CHINESE. I loved Pekin but perhaps I saw it all ...
HutongBeijingThe hotel is located in the Hutong area in Beijing, on Leo Street Inn. The hotel is in a traditional and somewhat grimy area. Inside there are two levels, the top part with a low roof. The ceilings and walls are made of wood and th...
QibaoShanghaiQi Bao is written in Chinese: 七宝 which means seven (七) treasures (宝), but I'm sure it's a city that you will love so much that you´ll be able to think of a few more. In Japanese these symbols are called Shippo, so when I talk about ...
Jade Buddha TempleShanghaiThis is a Buddhist temple located in the city center with a yellow orange wall where you will find different rooms in which there are different scenes of Buddhist gods and people kneeling and praying to them. It is permitted to take...
The bonsai garden or bonsai forest is within the Humble Administrator's Garden, with a large number of all types and sizes of bonsai. This rare art of gardening is associated with profound oriental philosophy, felled trees being ver...
Town SquareShanghaiPeople's Square serves as the bustling center for the city of Shanghai, both commercially with its nearby shops and streets, and with its central metro stop. From here the views are a reflection of the new China. The building design...
Environment of YangshuoYangshuoOne of the best parts of my trip to China was Yangshuo. We were tired of the bustle of the cities and decided to rent some bikes and visit the outskirts of Yangshuo. We got a map of the area and did a few routes from the countryside...
Olympic GreenBeijingIt is the main area of the celebration of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and is now one of the most emblematic places of the city. It is located to the north, and is easily accessible by metro. I recommend going at sunset to see i...
The right bank of the Huang Pu River is known as the Pudong area. Today, it is the major financial and commercial center of China. The Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) is the tallest skyscraper in China standing at 492 meters....
The preserved historic houses lie among small traditional water channels by way of streets, which provide the Imperial Canal that served to supply water to the cities of the north, while it was the primary means of communication for...
Kunming LakeBeijingKunming Lake is undoubtedly the most characteristic feature of the Summer Palace in Beijing. For generations of emperors it was extended and embellished, and is now a place of extraordinary beauty and with amazing views of its surro...
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