Shanghai, China – Old-new oriental metropolis

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Rate our ReviewsVariously dubbed ‘the Paris of the East’ and, rather less flatteringly, ‘the whore of the Orient’, China’s most populous city provides a fascinating snapshot into a country that is scrutinized on an unparalleled scale by the outside world. Revered and reviled in equal measure, Shanghai is emblematic – and the best example – […]

Beijing , China – Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant

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Rate our ReviewsNo trip to Beijing would not be complete without the Peking Duck meal experience.   The Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant is one of the top-rated places to enjoy the famous Peking Duck. So much so that a reservation is highly recommended, as the restaurant can be very busy and crowded during dinner times.

Chengdu, China- Happy & a Giant Panda

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Rate our ReviewsThe prospect of stepping into mainland China filled me with dread. The memory of puking outside the gates of the Forbidden Palace suddenly filled my mind; the outcome of either consuming the ‘weird but not so wonderful’, or the roller coaster ‘dive-in-dive-out’ driving, commonplace in China. Let’s not forget the vile, retch-worthy hole-in-the-ground-loos, […]

A Journey Into Tibet

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Rate our ReviewsThe famous Qinghai-Tibet railway, at 5072 metres, crossing from Chengdu across the remote plateaus of Lhasa, is hailed as one of the greatest railway journeys to experience. Six more hours to reach Lhasa; my back is aching, my lungs feel oxygen starved but the scenery is spectacular. The sky is a never ending cornflower […]

Leshan, China – Of Giants and Men, Hordes of Them

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Rate our ReviewsReligious statues, particularly Buddha statues, tend to claim superlative distinctions.  Currently, the world’s largest is the Spring Temple Buddha in Henan, China, at 128 meters tall.  Standing at the foot of the Leshan Giant Buddha, or Dafo, as it is known in Chinese, craning my neck to see the top of his head, […]