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China isn't a country - it's a different world. Unless you have a couple of years and unlimited patience, it's best to follow a loose itinerary here, such as following the Silk Road, sailing down the Yangzi River, or exploring the Dr Seuss landscape of Guangxi Province. From shop-till-you-drop metropolises to the desert landscapes of Xinjiang, China is a land of cultural and geographic schisms. It's not that it has completely done away with its Maoist past - it's more that the yin of revolutionary zeal is being balanced by the yang of economic pragmatism.

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Photos: Shanghai 2019

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 | By shaz | Photo Gallery


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Shanghai 2019

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 | By shaz | Views [6]

This was to be my first visit to Shanghai. I always wanted to go so this stopover with free visa stay was an ideal time to go exploring. I arrived at 6am, headed straight to immigration, and got my free visa stay without any hassle. I mooched about ... Read more >

Photos: Chongqing

Mon, 26 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

Home to pandas, beautiful gardens and factories. In order to improve the air quality around Beijing for the 2008 Olympics, many of the factories were moved from Beijing to the area around Chongqing.
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Photos: Xian

Sun, 25 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

The reason Xian is most famous is for the discovery of the Terra Cotta Army in 1974.
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Photos: Shibaozhai

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

At the top of Shibaozhai is a three-storied hall dedicated to Manjusri built during the reign of the Xianfeng Emperor (1850–1861), called the Purple Rain Pavilion. In the year 1819, the nine-story pavilion was constructed adjacent to the cliff to aid ... Read more >
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Photos: Three Gorges Dam

Tue, 20 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

This is the largest in the world. Quite massive.
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Photos: Jingzhou

Mon, 19 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

There's a beautiful museum here and a great school.
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Photos: Tiananmen Square

Sun, 18 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

Near the Forbidden City
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Photos: Great Wall

Sun, 18 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

The Great Wall goes for several thousand miles and was unified during the Qin Dynasty about 221 BC. Take note, Donald Trump, it didn't keep the thundering hoards out.
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Photos: The Forbidden City

Sun, 18 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

This complex was finished in 1420. It's located in Central Beijing.
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Photos: Beijing

Sun, 18 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

We visited the Ming Tombs, the Great Wall, Old Town and the Forbidden City. We also saw the Bird's Nest from the 2008 Olympics.
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Photos: Old Town Beijing

Sun, 18 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

Alleyways, called hutong, weave across central Beijing in the old city. This is the only place where people actually own their homes.
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Photos: A Tea House in Beijing

Sun, 18 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

How can you not LOVE this stuff?
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Photos: The Ming Tombs

Sun, 18 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

Located about 12 miles NW of Beijing, this is the site of the burial of 13 of the 16 emperors.
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Photos: Shanghai

Fri, 16 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

Shanghai sits of the banks of the Huangpu and Yangtze rivers on the SE coast of China. It is the country's most populous and vibrant city.
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While it is a hard and sometimes lonely life, there is time for enjoying a good meal within the comforts of a yurt. The wife sits close to the kettle and pours a cup of tschai. Usually this is mixed with kumus (fermented horse milk) and sometimes some butter and salt. The self-baked bread, made in self built stone ovens, tastes best with some homemade marmalade or butter. As long as the meal lasts, the family seems to forget about life outside the yurt and the hardship of their lives. : by jeftedebruin, Views[495]
While it is a hard and sometimes lonely life, there is time for enjoying a good meal within the comforts of a yurt. The wife sits close to the kettle and pours a cup of tschai. Usually this is mixed with kumus (fermented horse milk) and sometimes some butter and salt. The self-baked bread, made in self built stone ovens, tastes best with some homemade marmalade or butter. As long as the meal lasts, the family seems to forget about life outside the yurt and the hardship of their lives.

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