Category: China

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong, now officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, was returned to the Republic of China in 1997, but it maintains autonomy in legal, economic, trade, financial and monetary, shipping, communications, tourism, cultural and...

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Mission Hills – Shenzhen and Dongguan

Mission Hills is China’s highest rated golf and leisure resort, and the world’s largest golf club according to the Guinness World Records. The 20-square kilometre golf complex features twelve 18-hole resort and championship courses designed...

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Guilin and Yangshuo

After visiting very populous cities in China it was refreshing to see a more rural side around Guilin and Yangshuo. The area is well known for the karst (limestone) peaks rearing up from rice...

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Shanghai

Located in the Yangtze River Delta which adjoins the East China Sea, Shanghai is a major administrative, shipping and trading city, the largest in China, with over 24 million people. Shanghai flourished in the...

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Chongqing – Gateway to the Yangtze

We arrived in Chongqing too late in the day to do much sightseeing, though we did manage to get a good look at it from the air and on the journey from the airport....

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Xi’an – Home of the Terra Cotta Warriors

Best known as the home of the Terra Cotta Warriors, Xi’an is also remarkable for its strong Muslim influences due to its position at the start of the ancient Silk Road trading route. It...

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Beijing

Wanting to visit China with a tour rather than on our own due to language issues, but not wanting to share with a dozen or more other travellers, I researched several companies until I...

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Chinese Funeral Traditions

We are all familiar with the Ancient Egyptian practice of entombing servants with their Pharaoh to serve  him in the afterlife. A similar practice was done by Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of...

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The Yangtze River, 2012

Although we had been on boats in the Whitsundays we had never been on one with large numbers of people and never in a foreign land. Our four day river cruise on the Century...