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  • Scenery and Diversity: A short trip to discover Qinghai

    By Kristen Lum Qinghai is one of the frontiers of adventure travel in China, a springboard for China’ wildest, untouched areas begging to be discovered and explored. Located on the northeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai is a province in China surrounded by Gansu Province on the north and east, Xinjiang Province on the west, Tibet on the south

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  • Summer Cocktail Chinese Style: Infused Baijiu

    This article is derived from Chengdu Food Tours. Chengdu Food Tours is a boutique culinary experience provider in Chengdu, focused on continually exploring this city as well as its history and food sources. They organize custom food tours and food events in the city itself and foraging trips in the mountains nearby. Chengdu Food Tours wants you to love Chengdu

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  • Hutong’s Mid-Summer Watermelon Eating Competition

    Without realising it, the summer has already passed half way. To celebrate this summer in our courtyard, The Hutong hosted a Watermelon Eating Competition. Watermelon is one of the best fruit to enjoy in summer, and China has the highest annual production in the world. Based on the 2012 figure, China alone produces 70 million tonnes of watermelons by itself.

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  • Beyond the Bubble: Learning Mandarin in Beijing

    By Tara Dear Time is rarely a good indicator of how proficient somebody may be in a language, but it’s also the inevitable question when chatting to somebody about their study experience. I rarely tell somebody that I’ve learnt Mandarin for nine months, full stop. Instead, it has to come packaged with an explanation: those nine months have been spaced

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  • On the trail of Xi’an’s street food

    By Danielle Laing I refuse to let the rain put a damper on my appetite. It’s late afternoon but you’d think it’s nighttime. Dark clouds loom overhead and neon lights stretch ahead on either side of the walking street in Xi’an’s vibrant Muslim Quarter, giving everything a kind of Blade Runner vibe. Xi’an, once an ancient imperial capital and the

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