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Hello! I'm Elben and I love collecting travel information and writing comprehensive travel guides. I hope my travel knowledge will keep you informed and your journey fun-loving, meaningful, and relevant.

Top 7 Mountains in China

China stretches across a vast area covering many mountains. The different types of mountains listed below are either among the most famous or the most beautiful in China.

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2019 Mid-Autumn Festival

In 2019, Mid-autumn festival, aka Moon Festival falls on September 13th. Do you want to know the celebration, history, legends, and traditions of the festival?

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Top 7 Autumn Destinations in China

Autumn, from September to November, is the best time to visit China. But there are so many destinations waiting for exploration in China, which one to choose? Below are some of the best-for-autumn-visit places you can put on your bucket list.

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Zhangjiajie Transportation

How do you get to and around Zhangjiajie? Are you getting confused between Zhangjiajie and Wulingyuan? This article helps you out.

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Zhangjiajie Airport

How do I get to Zhangjiajie? How do I fly to Zhangjiajie? How do I get from Zhangjiajie Airport to Wulingyuan? Read this article to get answers.

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Travel from Changsha to Zhangjiajie

How do you get from Changsha to Zhangjiajie? By train, flight, or bus? Is it possible to travel directly from Changsha to Wulingyuan? Continue to read and find the answers.

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Travel from Shanghai to Zhangjiajie

How do you get from Shanghai to Zhangjiajie? There are 3 ways. Read more to know the detailed information.

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Travel from Beijing to Zhangjiajie

How far is Zhangjiajie from Beijing? How do you get from Beijing to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park? Read more to know.

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China Visa

This China Visa Guide will help you know info about visa types, requirements, application, cost, visa-exemption countries, visa-free transit policies, Visa on Arrival, etc.

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Zhangjiajie Weather

The weather and temperature in Zhangjiajie have big seasonal changes. This is a guide to help you plan your time to travel to Zhangjiajie.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in January

Zhangjiajie weather in January is cold, icy, and frequently snowy. Read more to check the temperatures and tips before visiting Zhangjiajie in January.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in February

Zhangjiajie weather in February is cold and snowy or rainy. But February is a good time to visit Zhangjiajie if you don’t mind the cold and want to avoid crowds.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in March

March is still not warm in Zhangjiajie. It is rainy and cold, but not always cold. Here gives you a list of what to wear when visiting Zhangjiajie in March.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in April

April in Zhangjiajie marks the coming of the mild spring weather. Here are what you what you need to know before visiting Zhangjiajie in April.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in May

May in Zhangjiajie is warm and sunny, with occasional rains. The mild temperatures and misty peaks make May a great time to visit Zhangjiajie, if you bring some rain gear.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in June

June in Zhangjiajie has high rainfall and summer heat, but don’t let the difficult weather discourage you- June is a beautiful time to see the seas of clouds floating amid the mountains.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in July

July is the hottest month in Zhangjiajie. This article is about the weather and temperature and tips you need to know before visiting Zhangjiajie in July.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in August

How to escape the summer heat when visiting Zhangjiajie in August? This article is about Zhangjiajie’s weather and temperature and travel tips in August.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in September

With cool and dryer weather, September is a great time to visit the wondrous national park in Zhangjiajie. You can be cool and comfortable during your stay.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in October

What is the weather like in Zhangjiajie in October? Is it a good time to go there? What clothes to wear in Zhangjiajie in October? Read to find the answers.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in November

What clothes to wear in Zhangjiajie in November? Is November a good time to visit Zhangjiajie? Read to find the answers.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in December

Will Zhangjiajie snow in December? Is it a good time to visit Zhangjiajie? What should you wear? Read to find the answers.

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Best Time to Visit Zhangjiajie

The best time to visit Zhangjiajie is late Autumn- the end of October, and throughout the month of November. What about the rest time of the year?

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Chongyang Festival

Chongyang Festivel will be on October 25, 2020. Get to know some details on traditions and customs of the lesser-known Chongyang Festival.

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Qingming Festival

Qingming Festival, a day for tomb sweeping and spring outings, falls on April 4 in 2020. The public holiday in China lasts 3 days, from April 4 to April 6.

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Guangzhou Food

Cantonese food is known for its sweet, mild, and savory flavors. Visitors to Guangzhou will find a wide range of food specializing in savory meats and sweet desserts.

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Shanghai Food

Shanghai’s top foods include Xiaolongbao, Shengjianbao, Hongshaorou, hairy crab, and … You’ll know after reading this article.

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Beijing Food

What eat in Beijing when traveling in 2020? You must have heard of Peking Duck, but there are more than that.

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Chinese Lucky Numbers

Check out the customs and traditions on Chinese lucky numbers like number 8, number 9 and unlucky numbers like number 4 and its meaning in Chinese culture.

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Macau Food

Macau' food combines Cantonese food and Portuguese food. For true “East-West” culinary fusion, look no further than Macau.

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Hangzhou Food

Hangzhou food is most known for its Dongpo Pork. Well, you won't know other great local foods until you really get there.

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Lhasa Food

Visitors to Tibet will find a diet heavy in meat, dairy, and hearty plants. Yak meat, butter tea, and Tibetan noodles are all staples of this high-elevation diet.

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Daxing Airport (PKX)

Beijing Daxing International Airport, officially open for business since September 25, 2019, is the biggest airport in the world. This is a guide about its facts, airlines and transportation.

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China Geography

How Big China IsChina is amongst the three biggest countries in the entire world....

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China Overview

Covering a total area of 9.6 million square kilometers, China is located in eastern Asia and on the western shore of the Pacific Ocean....

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Zhangjiajie West Railway Station

Zhangjiajie West Railway Station, open since Dec 2019, is only 18 km from Wulingyuan. Passengers now can get from Changsha to Zhangjiajie with only 3 hours by high-speed train!

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Visa Free Policy in China for 15 Days

Foreign tour groups are allowed to enter China from Shanghai by cruise without visa and stay for 15 days. What are the visa-free requirements for cruise ship passengers?

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Traditional Chinese New Year Food

What foods are are traditionally eaten during Chinese New Year? This page will give you a detailed menu and show you what to eat to celebrate Chinese New Year.

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From Beijing to Xi'an

Xi'an is a must-see city if you want to go deeper into Chinese history. Here is a guide for you to get from Beijing to Xi’an by train or by flight.

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Hong Kong Visa

Passport holders of 170 countries and regions can transit or stay in Hong Kong without a visa, there some certain nationals need to apply for a visa. Check out!

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China 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit

Some cities of China allow visitors from 53 countries to stay for 72 hours without a China visa, which means, it is possible to get a 72-hour visa-free transit in China.

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Xian City Wall

Xi'an City Wall, built in 1370, is China’s largest ancient city wall and a muset-see for visitors to Xi'an. The bell tower can be seen from the top of the Wall.

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Visa Free Transit in China for 144 Hours

Countries, qualifying criteria, documents, arrival points...This page offers everything you need to know before enjoying a visa-free journey in China.

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Great Mosque

China’s largest mosque, the Great Mosque of Xi’an is still an active place of worship. It is divided into 4 courtyards with landscaped gardens, arches, and towers.

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Xian Restaurants

Xi’an’s food today boasts everything from international food at 5-star hotel restaurants to traditional Shaanxi meals that have been eaten for thousands of years.

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Xian Food

Xi’an is the starting point of the Silk Road, through which Arab traders would come to and from China, so its cuisine combines Middle Eastern and Chinese flavors.

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Big Wild Goose Pagoda

The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an is a pagoda constructed during the Middle Ages. It was constructed to collect Buddhist works and relics brought from India by Xuanzang.

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Huashan Mountain

120 km (75 miles) from Xi'an, Huashan, or Mount Hua is well-known for its sheer cliffs and plunging ravines, regarded as the most dangerous mountain in China for climbers.

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Tibet Visa

Tibet Entry Permit, or Tibet Visa, is a necessary entry pass to Tibet for foreign travelers- in addition to a mainland Chinese visa. This guide can help visitors get Tibet Permits and travel in Tibet.

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Bilingual Menu for Main Dishes

Chinese dishes feature diversity due to the vast territory and abundant resources....

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Bilingual Menu for Staple Food

Traditional Chinese staple food is mainly plant-based food, including rice, wheat and corn, as the mode of production in Central Plains of China is mainly agricultural production....

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Latest FAQs about China Visa

China Visa situation is changing. We collected some FAQs from our customers' emails, Chinese embassy’s websites, and several travel forums for your information.

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China Visa Application

How to apply for a Chinese visa? What documents are needed for a Chinese visa application? Where to download a China Visa Application Form? Check this visa guide.

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Macau Visa

Nationals of 79 countries are exempted from a visa or entry permit to Macau for a certain period of time. Which countries need a visa for Macau? Check the list.

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Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park

Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park lies only 8 km south of the city of Zhangjiajie, but does not belong to the UNESCO-recognized block-and-obelisk Wulingyuan Scenic Area.

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China Facts

China Facts and Chinese Culture talks about topics on China's Geograph, Society, Administration, Economy, Transport, Communication, Chinese History Culture and China Travel Guidebook.

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China Visa on Arrival

Sometimes travelers might not have so much time to do the visa application work. Good news is that Visa on Arrival is available at certain ports of entry in China.

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China 24-Hour Visa-Free Transit

International travelers who directly transit through mainland China and stay within 24 hours don't need a visa. Onward tickets with confirmed seats are required.

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Visa-Free Transit in Beijing for Up to 144 Hours

Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei allow travelers from 53 countries to stay for 144 hours without a China visa. We have compiled the rules and some FAQs you may have for this policy.

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Visa-Free Transit in Shanghai for Up to 144 Hours

Countries, qualifying criteria, documents, arrival points...everything you need to know before enjoying a visa-free journey in Shanghai.

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Longji Terraced Fields

Longji Rice Terraces was initially reclaimed 800 years ago, but now local people still live and work on their fields. Spetember is usually the best time to visit there.

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Li River

Li River is the cradle of the beautiful landscapes of Guilin. Over 10 domestic or foreign political leaders have ever cruised on Li River. Hiking along the river is also a good option for sports fans.

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Guilin to Yangshuo

Yangshuo is 70 km southeast of downtown Guilin. How to get to Yangshuo from Guilin? Here we try to list everything that you might consider about the transportation between them.

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from HK

This article gives you all the transportation details you need to know to plan a tour from HK to Guilin, including time schedule of buses, flights, high speed trains, and travel tips.

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Chinese Festivals

Chinese people celebrate a series of festivals in a year. You might want to check to see whether your visiting dates coincide with these festivals in 2020.

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Reed Flute Cave

Reed Flute Cave is known for the reeds that grow outside that are hollow and can be made into flutes. There are large number of stalactites and stalagmites in the cave.

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Beijing Transport

Beijing, the capital city of China, is a transport hub with airports, trains, buses, subways, taxis and even rickshaws, providing people with convenient services.

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Beijing Air Transport

Beijing has three running airports so far: PEK, NAY and PKX. The third one, Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX), have been officially open since September 25, 2019.

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Li River Cruise

The schedule, prices, and travel tips below will help answer your questions to almost everything you need to know before booking a cruise on the Li River.

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Guilin Restaurants

Find best foods from our 10 picks of the best restaurants in Guilin and Yangshuo. From local to expat and from cheap to fancy, there must be something meeting your picky tongue.

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Elephant Trunk Hill

Elephant Trunk Hill, the very symbol of Guilin, is an elephant-shaped hill that looks like a huge elephant siphoning up water from Li River. The hilltop offers a panoramic view of downtown Guilin.

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Great Wall Hiking Routes

The Great Wall is nowadays a must-see in Beijing. Apart from touring the well-preserved or restored sections, however, there are more and more people challaging to hike on the rugged, uneven steps and slopes of the “wild Great Wall”.

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Huangluo Yao Village

Huangluo Village, in Longji Rice Terraces area, is famous for its unique culture of the Yao and the long hair of local women, who have the longest hair on Earth.

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Arctic Village

Mohe Arctic Village is the northernmost place in China, located in far northwest of Heilongjiang Province, featuring glorious polar lights and picturesque winter views.

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Mt. Lushan

Mount Lu (Lushan) is situated about 20 kilometers due south of the city of Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province. Mount Lu is a typical a horst-style block mountain and famous for religious culture and waterfall.

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Moganshan Road Art District

Shanghai Moganshan Road Art District, also known as M50, is a right place to explore Chinese contemporary art in Shanghai, just like the 798 Art District in Beijing.

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Wild Elephant Valley

Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley is made up of low hills and small hillocks, with wide valley bottoms rich in tropical plants to meet the wild Asian elephants' needs.

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Moon Hill

The Moon Hill, located 8 km away from West Street, is a large piece of rock with a 50-meter semicircular hole in its center. It is 380 meters high, 410 meters long and 22 meters wide.

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Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve

As a part of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianzi Mountain is carpeted with thick forests and with the wildlife that characterizes Wulingyuan Scenic Area.

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Wulingyuan Scenic Area

Located in the north of Zhangjiajie City, Wulingyuan Scenic Area boasts of natural beauty where gathers mountains, valleys, forests, caves, lakes and waterfalls.

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Yangjiajie Scenic Area

Yangjiajie Scenic Area, a subsection of Wulingyuan Scenic Area, is located northwest of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. It is a fusion of nature and bandits’ legends.

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Tourist Festival in China

China is vast country with natural beauty and illustrious history and culture. All kinds of tourists festivals make China a much more popular travel destination. Explore festivals, explore China.

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Hongya Cave

Hongya Cave, Hongyadong, is a great place to walk around at night in Chongqing. There is food street, glorious night views, and unique stilted building group that is similar in Spirited Away.

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Badaling Great Wall

Badaling Great Wall, a World Heritage listed by UNESCO, is the most well-known Great Wall section. Ancient Cannon, Ramparts and War Dais are the highlights on the Great Wall Section.

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Qixi Festival

The Qixi Festival, known as the China's Valentine's Day is celebrated on every 7th day of the 7th month according to Chinese lunar calendar. In 2020, it falls on August 25th.

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Simatai Great Wall

Simatai Great Wall is the most spectacular and most precipitous section of the Great Wall of China. It was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site.

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Huangpu River Cruise

Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise is history revisited in the sense that it affords many glimpes of Shanghai's past during the period, and is also a way to admire today's glorious metropolis.

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Dongchuan Red Land

Dongchuan Red Land consists of hundreds of terraced fields. September to December and May to June are the best time to visit, especially for photography enthusiasts.

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Tianmen Fox Fairy Show

Tianmen Fox Fairy Show is a large-scale real-scene musical drama that originated from a traditional Chinese fairy tale, which showing a love story between a fox fairy and a woodsman.

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Shanghai World Financial Center

Shanghai World Financial Center is a building consisting of sightseeing, shopping, hotels and high-level offices. With the height of 492 meters, it is one of the best places to see Shanghai’s skyline.

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The Bund

The Bund, a 1.5-km embankment along Huangpu River, is the very landmark of Shanghai. It features the view of the River and the 52 old European style buildings.

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Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

Zhujiajiao Ancient Town is found within the suburbs of Shanghai City and is the closest water town from Shanghai - you can get there by metro.

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Summer in Guilin: Green Rice Terraces and Li River Cruise

Guilin is hot and humid in summer – someone may turn away and find somewhere else to avoid summer heat – however, you’ll probably regret that you miss the lively green rice terraces and breezy Li River Cruise.

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Shanghai Maglev Train

Maglev Train is not a Shanghai attraction but trying Maglev train can be a highlight in your Shanghai trip. It is the first choice to leave Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

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Houhai Bar Street

Houhai Bar Street is place for nightlife. Over 120 bars are competing for customers on the street. Beer, cafe, milk.... Almost every beverage in the world can be found on the street.

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Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge is the highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge in the world. Here we listed its facts, tickets and transportation information for you.

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Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is a natural wonderland where incorporates mountains, streams, caves, cliffs, and forest. What makes it world-famous is the Glass Bridge.

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Chinese Solar Terms

The Twenty-Four Solar Terms were developed by farmers in ancient China through observation of the sun’s annual motion, to guide agricultural production in a year.

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Shanghai

Located at the mouth of the Yangtze River, Shanghai is a great destination for a visa-free transit travel: Shanghai Tower, the Bund, water towns...

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong faces Macau across the sea in the west and borders Shenzhen in the north. It is an all-in-one destination: Victoria Peak, Victoria Harbour, Disneyland, beaches...

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Xian

Xi'an the capital city of Shaanxi and the starting point of the Silk Road. Its profound history and cultural relics make it a popular tourist destination in China.

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Chengdu

As the capital city of Sichuan Province, Chengdu features both historic sites and natural beauty, not to mention the lovely giant pandas. Don't forget hot pot and Sichuan opera.

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Beijing

Beijing, the capital of China, has been rated by Lonely Planet as one of the 10 best places to visit in Asia Pacific in 2019. It is a must-visit city for travelers who come to China for the first time.

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