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Beijing Art Weekend

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Treasures of Yunnan

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Yangshuo Nature

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Dip your toe into Beijing’s thriving art scene on our weekend getaway. Get insider access to the 798 art district, and discover a Ming Dynasty art haven hidden in a maze of hutong alleyways, and spend your nights in a trendy urban retreat where contemporary art is always the star of the show. Day 1: Relax …

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This 10-Days tour explores the rich culture, diverse cuisine and spectacular landscapes of Yunnan Province, a region in southwestern China where Chinese, Tibetans, Laotians, Burmese, Vietnamese, Indians and hill tribe minorities converge. In recent years the region’s roads, hotels and other infrastructure have markedly improved, making Yunnan one of China’s most enticing destinations. Begin in Kunming, …

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Dramatic karst peaks, the sun-dappled river Li, jade-green rice paddies – the scenes of Guilin are like the brushstrokes of an unseen artist. Experience rural life on the spectacular “Dragon’s Backbone” rice terraces, bike, hike and raft between villages, and learn to cook like a local. Day 1+2 Hike at your own pace through minority …

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People Square, despite its name, is actually oval in shape as it was originally the city’s racecourse. Now it is the beating heart of the city, the location of its most important public transportation hub, as well as City Hall, and some of the city’s most important cultural institutions, including the magnificent Shanghai Museum and …

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Smoke plays an important role in religions around the world. In the Tibetan Buddhism practiced at this temple in Hohhot, it can be seen through many different lenses. It could be seen as an offering of renunciation, committing something valuable to the flames, and in return purifying the air with its sweet herbal smell, or …

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Zhangjiajie is in the northwestern part of Hunan Province in central China. The main draw is the Wulingyuan Scenic Area, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list, including Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianzi Mountain and Suoxiyu Nature Reserve. Here, traveling through countless cloud-kissing mountains, clear streams and leafy trees, you may easily blend …

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Once the financial capital of China’s last emperors, the Qing, Pingyao’s claim to tourism fame comes from none other than famed director Zhang Yimou. He immortalized its perfectly-preserved Chinese architecture in his film Raise the Red Lantern. Amateur photographers and videographers have been wandering Pingyao streets, shutters snapping, ever since. Day 1: Arrive in Pingyao by …

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With some time to kill before catching our train to Lanzhou we went to Dafo Si, Giant Buddha Temple, which has the largest wooden reclining Buddha in Asia. The temple itself is very big and was originally built in the 11th century. The Buddha itself is a sight to behold, although no photos were allowed, …

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Discover China’s rich ethnic diversity as you travel the Ancient Tea and Horse Road between Dali, Shaxi and Lijiang. En route you’ll encounter Naxi and Bai people, bike beside pristine lakes, sample country cooking, and succumb to the charms of this unique corner of China. Day 1: Travel back in time by walking around Dali’s picturesque …

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The textiles of the Miao and Dong people in this southwestern province of China literally tell of their history and beliefs in pictorial illustrations and symbols. A woman’s marital status and home village can be identified by the color and pattern of the clothing she wears. The Miao are known among textile collectors for their fine embroidery skills, weaving and batik dying.  Since this is …

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