Huangshan China – Travel Photo of the Moment

The Travel Photo of the Moment is of Huangshan China Huangshan is a city in the Chinese province of Anhui. It’s located in the Huangshan Mountains and, as you can see here, it’s one of the most beautiful locations in the entire country of China. This photograph was taken at sunrise. Huanshan is a popular […]

Travel Photo of the Moment Guilin China at Sunrise

The Travel Photo of the Moment is of Guilin China at sunrise and was taken by cardamom Guilin is a city in China that is located over 10,000 square miles and has a population of nearly 1.5 million people. This is the Li River seen from its west bank. The first settlement in the area […]

Travel Hot Spots – 11 Volcanic Regions Around the World

Rabaul Caldera, Papua New Guinea The Rabaul Caldera on the island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea erupted in 1937, 1944, and 1994. In the 1994 eruption, the two craters of Tavurvur and Vulcan erupted simultaneously, covering the nearby town of Rabaul in ash and causing the evacuation of about 90,000 people. The volcanic […]

Top Tourist Tips for Shanghai

With China beckoning more and more Western tourists every year, the foreign-influenced city of Shanghai is a great place to start your Chinese explorations. Not sure what there is to see and do in Shanghai? Check this list of popular tourist attractions: The Bund: A street of many styles of architecture, it’s the colonial heart […]

Stone Forest in Yunan China – Travel Photo of the Moment

The Travel Photo of the Moment is of the Stone Forest in Yunan China and was taken by lapin.lapin Photo credit: lapin.lapin Shilin, which is in Chinese means Stone Forest, is located approximately 50 miles from Kunming in southwestern China. The area got its name for the stone structures that are in the shape of […]

Get Etiquette Tips from Going Dutch in Beijing

It’s always good to know something about the etiquette and customs of the country you’re going to travel to – and Mark McCrum’s newest book Going Dutch in Beijing: How to Behave Properly When Far Away From Home is an entertaining way to get informed.

Serve the People: Jen Lin-Liu on Cooking in China

Plenty of travelers are also big fans of eating, and especially of trying the local cuisine – which makes Jen Lin-Liu’s new book Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China sound very interesting. Since Lin-Liu has gone on to found the Black Sesame Cooking School in Beijing, she seems the right person to write […]

Book Review Beijing Confidential by Jan Wong

With this decade’s Olympic interest in Beijing having already reached its peak, I still found a lot of reasons to read Jan Wong’s Beijing Confidential: Lost and Found in the Forbidden City. Jan Wong is not exactly a local, but she’s of Chinese origin and has spent many years both living in and reporting about […]

Book Review: Murderers in Mausoleums

As Jeffrey Tayler points out in his new book Murderers in Mausoleums: Riding the Back Roads of Empire Between Moscow and Beijing, we hear a whole lot about Moscow and Beijing in the news these days – and thousands more tourists visit each city every month – but we don’t hear much at all about […]

On a Boat With Mr Ding’s Chicken Feet – Book Review

Travelers who teach English as a second language to get around are a dime a dozen, and more of them are producing books about their experiences: but Gillian Kendall’s Mr Ding’s Chicken Feet is a bit more than “just another English teacher’s trip”.

Book Review: Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven

Susan Jane Gilmore, now a successful writer, was a mere college graduate when she and her college friend Claire decided to buy a backpack and travel around the world after finishing their degrees. That was in 1986, just a year after I also made my first overseas trip, and their first stop was the same […]

Book Review: Beijing Blur

With so many books on travel in China coming out these days, it’s clear that we readers have a fascination with this important country; even though not that many of us have visited China yet, we all want to read about it. And for a modern look at some “real life” for a foreigner in […]