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China’s Ancient Treasures

Visiting Xian’s archeological excavation sites was one of the most memorable experiences I have had traveling in China. The Terra Cotta Army was remarkable, and Han Yang Ling was equally impressive. Terracotta Warriors The discovery of the Qin Dynasty artifacts

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Muslim Quarter of Xi’an

The market is a curious and intriguing place to explore and witness life unfold. It is where I get a glimpse of reality: no holds barred, nothing hidden, everything exposed! It is there that one truly gets a sensory experience

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Xi’an City Wall Cycling

Cycling the entire stretch of the walls of Xi’an City is probably the most satisfying way to experience China’s ancient capital. It only takes about 2 hours to complete the 13km rectangular-shaped walled city on a regular medium speed bike.

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Navigating Yangshuo County

Yangshuo is a perfect playground for nature-loving adventure-seeking travelers. What makes it such? Its water and landscape are amazing! No question about it. But other than that, its navigability makes this county a complete stand out. Within and beyond the

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Tokyo 3-Day Itinerary

Many of my friends have asked help with their Japan itineraries. They think I know a lot of stuff having been around for almost ten years now, 7 to be exact. I guess that number somehow gives me credibility? So,

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Yangshuo’s Rivers

Every visitor to Guilin has Yangshuo in mind. One simply cannot go without allocating a day or two exploring the famed county’s natural wonders. A cruise along the mythical Li River is certainly the cream of the crop, and gliding

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Exploring Guilin City

According to the official travel website of Guilin, the region “has long been one of the world’s most famous travel destinations.” Those who have trodden on its soil and traversed its waterways only have beautiful words about the place. It’s

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Longji Terraced Fields

When I read about the rice terraces in Longsheng, I was so stoked I couldn’t let it go. I just had to adjust my already tight Guilin itinerary to make way for that much anticipated trip up the hinterlands. One

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Beauty and Bounty of Guilin

Of the four cities listed in my China itinerary, I looked forward to visiting Guilin the most. Viewing photos on the internet was enough to fuel my excitement. Located in the southern part of the country, Guilin is a favorite

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A Walk Around Ancient Yuyuan

Yuyuan Area is like a typical “Chinatown” that you see in foreign countries, but BIG-scale and with a more authentic Chinese vibe, for very obvious reasons! Numerous shops line the streets heavily decorated with the appeal of antiquity. Entering this

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