13 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SHANGHAI

With a population of over 23 million people, Shanghai forms one of the largest and most developed cities in mainland China. Filled with endless history, mystic and a cosmopolitan vibe that blends traditional and modern styles from east to west, Shanghai still hold many secrets. Shanghai was once a fishing village known as Hudu. The name was derived […]

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MUST KNOW TRAVEL FACTS BEFORE VISITING THE BUND, SHANGHAI

Forming the cultural and economic hub of Shanghai, the mile-long bund area is a must see spot in this beautiful city. Situated alongside the Huangpu River, the range of vast architectural styles attract many tourists day in and day out. Here are some essential travel facts that you should know before visiting the Bund.   […]

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12 WHIMSICAL TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST SOLO ADVENTURE

Your’re finally doing it. You’ve quit your job… or scheduled some long overdue leave and planned an adventure to some exotic destination… by yourself. You have a million thoughts running through your head and none of them seem to be good ones. What if something goes wrong? What if you need help and there’s no one […]

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DUTCH POFFERTJES

On my six month journey through the Netherlands, I fell in love with Dutch culture and more so with one of their best kept secrets – food. The Dutch are well known for many things and doing my research before arriving, it never really occurred to me that there would be so many new dishes […]

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A Quick Guide to Shanghai

Shanghai is one of China’s biggest metropolitan cities. Situated on the estuary of the Yangtze River, Shanghai serves as East China’s most influential financial, economic, and cultural center. For many international travelers, it also serves as the first port of entry due to its modernization and blend of eastern and western cultures. Here’s a quick […]

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GETTING ACQUAINTED WITH LOCALS IN A FOREIGN LAND

Living away from home is hard but living in a strange land where hardly anyone around you speaks English and you can barely read the words on the street is a pretty difficult adventure to embark on. How do you make friends? How do you ask for that essential item you desperately need and how […]

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HAI DI LAO HOT POT

You can’t visit China without tasting an authentic Chinese hot pot. More affectionately and less accurately known by westerners as Chinese fondue, hot pot is one of the most popular dishes surrounding any social gathering. The origins of hot pot itself date back to over a 1000 years where it first appeared in Mongolia before […]

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The best ways to explore an off the beaten track destination

You’ve traveled to many popular destinations and as the number of tourists seem to increase annually you’ve now decided to go somewhere off the beaten track – somewhere different, unheard off, unusual or just down right outside of your comfort zone. Exploring a foreign city and discovering its hidden secrets is what makes travelling to […]

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A Brief History of the Summer Palace

China is home to many architectural wonders filled with deep history and cultural design. The Summer Palace forms one of the largest and most well preserved imperial gardens. First built in 1750, it covers an area of 2.9 square kilometers and is dominated by Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake which covers three quarters of the palace […]

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The best walking routes within the Summer Palace

The Summer Palace is one of the largest and best preserved Imperial Gardens in the world. Its Chinese name, Yiheyuan translates into the ‘Garden of Nurtured Harmony’ and that is exactly what this vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces nestled among the surrounding landscape forms. First designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1990, it’s […]

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