Tag Archives: China

Festivals Around the World in September


From the world’s largest and most famous beer festival to Mexican Independence Day and even an African Reed Dance ceremony; there are plenty of good excuses to celebrate this month. Here are some of the best festivals happening around the world in September.

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August 26, 2013 by | Comments Off on Festivals Around the World in September

Shanghai’s Hidden Attractions

In a city as large (24 million inhabitants) and as cosmopolitan as Shanghai, there is seldom a shortage of activity offerings for its residents and visitors. This being said, it can be nice to occasionally come across something new or unexpected in a metropolis so famous for its skyline and historic culture.

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August 7, 2013 by | Comments Off on Shanghai’s Hidden Attractions

Cooking Classes Around the World

One of the best ways to learn about a country, its people, history and its culture is through its food. Tasting the recipes and spices from around the world that are unique to a country or city can help you connect to a place, and bonding with people over food – even if you don’t […]

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June 12, 2013 by | Comments Off on Cooking Classes Around the World

12 Tips for Avoiding Culture Shock in China

China crowded

The shock of the new, though, can be a pleasure as well as a pain, and culture shock is one of the reasons most of us travel: to experience the new. These twelve principles should help the novice navigate the maelstrom of this country’s craziness and avoid culture shock in China.

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April 22, 2013 by | 2 Comments

The World’s Coolest Caves

Inside the Majlis al Jinn cave

Caves have always fascinated human beings. We have used them for shelter, for food storage, as canvases for our art – we have even transformed them into homes and temples. Caves tend to have an otherworldly mystery about them, with their often tortuous, claustrophobic chambers, their strange creatures and the intensity of their darkness. It […]

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April 15, 2013 by | Comments Off on The World’s Coolest Caves

World’s Most Beautiful Waterfalls

Burney Falls

For those who love experiencing beautiful landscapes, visiting waterfalls is one of the best ways to add some extra beauty to a day in the outdoors. Not all falls are created equal, however. If you want to view some of the world’s best cascades, here are our suggestions.

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March 15, 2013 by | 5 Comments

7 Things to Do with Kids in Chengdu, China

Chengdu - Baby Pandas

China’s fourth-largest city has plenty more to offer families than the chance to cuddle a baby panda. And, while all Chinese cities can feel vast, bewildering and polluted to the first-time visitor, Chengdu is a remarkably accessible place that’s long on open spaces and short on grifters.

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January 23, 2013 by | Comments Off on 7 Things to Do with Kids in Chengdu, China

11 of the Best Staircases in the World to Climb

Duisburg Tiger and Turtle

When given the choice between a stress-free elevator ride and a dusty old stairwell, the elevator almost always wins. While there’s nothing wrong with trying to save a few minutes on your morning rush to work by riding the elevator, plan on taking the stairs on your next vacation. Most cities are best explored on […]

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December 5, 2012 by | 3 Comments

Volunteering Abroad with Animals: 8 Must-Visit Countries


If your heart melts every time you look into the eyes of an animal, whether it’s a puppy or a frog, then it’s safe to say you’re an animal lover. Luckily for you, there are countless opportunities for animal people to help furry, feathery, scaly or slimy creatures while traveling the world. How is this […]

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October 12, 2012 by | 2 Comments

Visiting Xiamen: China’s Crossroads of Old and New


On the southeastern coast of China, just across the strait from Taiwan, sits the city of Xiamen, also known as Amoy. While the huge cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi’an pull in hordes of tourists from China and abroad, this island city of just under 4 million people often gets overlooked. With a long history […]

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September 5, 2012 by | 1 Comment