James Pafford

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China's scariest outdoor attractions

<b>(CNN) —</b> China is increasingly giving America a run for its money as the land of the biggest and the best.<p>As the world's most populous nation with the world's second-biggest economy, the self-styled Middle Kingdom is finding new and increasingly nerve-racking ways to attract and entertain …

Hiking

In Beijing encounters, a wayward soul stumbles toward self-discovery

I like to watch the beautiful women of Beijing spit on the street.<p>My journey to get to the capital of China was arduous. I got an hour of sleep on …

Texas

China’s passion for a blistering liquor

Given baijiu’s history and deep cultural significance, I found myself somewhat guilt-stricken when I finally had my first glass at a well-regarded …

Alcohol

Your guide to Sichuan cuisine

In China, Sichuan food is known for its complex and sophisticated canon of tastes. In the West, it’s invariably known for only a few dishes and …

Food & Dining

Tips for Bargaining and Shopping in China

There's a saying around here: "Everything in China is negotiable." Shopping, buying, and selling, they're all games. The seller plays and the buyer …

China

Beijing Travel Guide

Best Time To Visit<p>The best times to visit Beijing are autumn and late spring, which bring clear skies, mild temperatures, and resplendent flora. …

Travel

10 famous cities that China ripped off from the rest of the world — and what they look like in real life

1/<p>Venice is known for scenic gondola rides on the Grand Canal.<p>Shutterstock<p>2/<p>Florentia Village, near China's port city of Tianjin, also has a …

European Travel

Visitor's Guide to the Forbidden City (Palace Museum) in Beijing

Named one of China's UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites in 1987, the Forbidden City is probably ​China's most well-known museum. Its famous red …

Conquering High-Priced Shanghai, From Dumplings to Modern Art

Superlatives are everywhere in Shanghai. I forked over my 50 yuan (about $7.90) and boarded the maglev train departing from Pudong International Airport. My understanding was that this was a high-speed train, like the one I’d recently taken from Chengdu to Xian. I didn’t realize that, operating by …

Food & Dining

Top Things To Do In Beijing – Tourist Attractions In Beijing

Planning to go on a vacation? If you <b>haven’t chosen a destination then let us take the opportunity of suggesting you a wonderful place called Beijing.</b> …

158-meter scroll of the Forbidden City is exhibited on Shanghai's Nanjing Road

A scroll of the Forbidden City is on display on Shanghai's Nanjing Road. The scroll is 158-meters long and around 1,000 square meters, capturing the …

In Chengdu, Finding Peace in Parks and Heat in Cuisine

“Now, that bear is definitely not white,” said the Dutch tourist next to me. The giant panda turned in our direction at that moment and let out some kind of loud sneeze or snort as if to say, “Give me a break, pal.” It was raining and muddy, after all, and even slightly smudged, the panda bears at …

Asia Travel

How to book and travel by high-speed train around China

China’s rail network is a fast-paced wonder that makes exploring this huge country – including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen – much easier • China by train: tracks, tales and a snapshot of daily life<p>Friday is Chinese new year and also the beginning of the spring festival, a national holiday in …

China

China by train: tracks, tales and a snapshot of everyday life

Chinese new year signals major travel across the country, and railways are at the heart of many journeys. Author and BBC journalist Michael Bristow knows China well – and the insight time on board offers<p>How to travel by high-speed train around China<p>Chinese people will make nearly 400 million train …

Trains
Giant Pandas

VIDEO: Take a Travel + Leisure Tour of Beijing, China

Follow along as we journey through China’s storied capital.<p>China’s vibrant capital, Beijing, draws millions of travelers from every continent year …

Forbidden City

Big data promotes China's tourism

Big data plays a growing role in China's tourism. Xu Lin reports.<p>The tips independent travelers regularly share online are providing the tourism …

Things to do in Shanghai for Every Interest: Great Ideas for Your China Itinerary

<i>Things to do in Shangai. Featured photo by Romain Pontida</i><p>Shanghai has long been the gateway to China. Located on the Yangtze River delta, it is known …

Asia Travel

40 beautiful places to visit in China

<b>(CNN) —</b> Almost all of us are familiar with the great man-made attractions in China : The Forbidden City in Beijing. The Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an. Shanghai's skyscraper forest in Pudong.<p>For a country of its massive size and varied geography, however, it's surprising how relatively few people …

Asia Travel

Get a glimpse of lost history at the ancient town of Pingyao

An ancient courtyard<p>A traditional courtyard<p>As a person who loves history, ancient cities are always at the top of my list of favorite travel …

Why Ancient China’s Original Wall Street is a Must-see Destination

The town Pingyao is China’s best preserved walled town and a must-see for all the right reasons: Throughout the centuries it has morphed into a …

Top Five Hacks For Stress-Free Travel In China

Shares 0<p><i>This is a Guest post by Kristine who is a former ESL teacher in China who’s passionate about inspiring others to take the leap of teaching</i> …

Architecture

9999 Rooms Forbidden City Beijing China – AGreekAdventure - Adventure Travel Blog

Forbidden City Beijing, China… A landmark that just by its name gives birth to colorful images and scenes in our minds. Movies were made with this …

China

Great walls of China: the Middle Kingdom's enduring city walls

China may have one Great Wall, but it also has many great walls. Military defenses were long an important architectural feature of cities throughout the country’s extensive and turbulent history. Nowadays, some still retain extensive walls and visiting them offers a terrific way to see cities …

China

The Galápagos Islands: Trip of a Lifetime

The Galápagos Islands are probably the most famous wildlife-watching destination in the world. And no wonder – it’s almost impossible to exaggerate the sheer spectacle of the place that provided inspiration for Charles Darwin’s ground-breaking theory of natural selection.<p>This remote archipelago is …

What They Don’t Tell You About the Galápagos

Sea lions were the first to welcome me to the Galápagos Islands. There they were, lounging next to parked motorcycles and cars on the island of Santa Cruz, splayed out like they were at a luxe beach resort.<p>I knew before embarking on this National Geographic Expedition that animals were not afraid …