Hot Discussion: Mei Zhang at Global Tourism Economic Forum

Recently, Mei got the chance to sit down with other movers and shakers in the tourism industry to discuss the changing travel needs and desires of China’s growing middle class. The illustrious panel round table was co-sponsored by national news source, China Daily, and the international conference, Global Tourism Economic Forum, down in Macau.


As you know, Mei’s one of the top experts on both inbound and outbound travel, and she loved the chance to share her insider’s knowledge to the group of tourism leaders.

What exactly was her take on the changes in the China’s consumer travel industry?


China in Winter: Where Should I Visit?

China in winter is home to many unexpected cold weather wonderlands. Instead of getting the winter blues this year, embrace the season and enjoy unique experiences that rival any of those you could have in the warmer months. 

For most travelers, winter might not be the preferred time to visit the Middle Kingdom. But, be that as it may, we think there are plenty of reasons to do exactly that: lesser crowds, lower costs, more space and a greater capacity to fully explore the best parts of the country.

Most importantly, traveling around China during the months of November to January allows you to view and experience the land through a completely new lens. Get inspired for your next big Chinese winter adventure with the following destinations:

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Photo by Tracy Hunter via Flickr


Mei Zhang on CCTV’s China Insight

Here at WildChina, we love to spread our philosophy of off-the-beaten path travel. It’s pretty much in our company DNA. We know that travel is about more than a quick picture on the Great Wall and a fleeting glance at The Forbidden City through a bus window. For over 16 years we have been offering immersive and life-changing experiences for the discerning traveler.

CCTV’s China Insight invited WildChina founder Mei Zhang onto the show last week to give the insider scoop on creating travel experiences that awaken hearts and minds to the country’s 55 ethnic minority groups. They asked a question many of us wonder about – As more people venture to China and the Chinese themselves begin to explore deeper in their own country, is a loss of authentic culture and tradition the ultimate cost?



WildChina Receives TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

This week, we are very pleased to have been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence as a top rated China tour and activity provider. The award is given to businesses that “consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor” and with 53 reviews rated as ‘Excellent’ (and 3 rated as ‘Very Good’), we fall pretty strongly into that category.

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WildChina Education Travel Puts Safety of Guests First

WildChina Education Travel takes students of all ages to diverse locations across China, from the grassy plains of Inner Mongolia to the sloping hills of Fujian. Committed to providing both safe and educational trips for our guests, we ensure that our staff is prepared with proper training.


Recently, WildChina Education Travel staff attended a two-day first aid training provided by the Red Cross Society of China. The training covered a range of skills, including how to bandage wounds, secure broken bones or dislocated joints, as well as how to administer CPR. WildChina Education staff members were required to demonstrate the skills they learned at the end of the two-day training, and all received full marks on their certification.


What Apps Should I Have For a Trip to China?

Often, traveling to a country as far away and foreign as China can feel daunting. Never fear, WildChina is here to make your trip a little easier with our handy guide to the best apps.

WildChina is rolling out free WiFi in all our cars in China. This means it’ll be easy for you to keep in touch with the folks back home and make them jealous of your amazing trip! To help you get the most out of your time in China and to make your trip easier, more fun and more convenient, here are a few handy apps that you should load onto your smartphone before you leave home.


The Best Upscale Restaurants in Luang Prabang

Nestled in the heart of the former French colony of Laos, Luang Prabang has its own blend of culinary traditions featuring everything from Southeast Asian-French fusion to more exotic local dishes.

Set at the intersection of two rivers, full of beautiful Wats (temples) and surrounded by both natural and man-made beauty, Luang Prabang’s one of Southeast Asia’s culinary centers. The historical capital of Laos would be well worth visiting even if it weren’t for the many exquisite restaurants which await you there. Featuring traditional Laotian, South East Asian and French fare, the city boasts many of the top places to eat in the region. Here are some of the best places to eat in Luang Prabang.

Ock Pop Tock – Silk Road Cafe

Silk Road Cafe


From the dining terrace which floats about the Mekong, you can enjoy a casual dining experience suitable for the whole family. Famous dishes include their chicken stuffed with lemongrass, and goy gai, chicken salad infused with herbs, chillies and lime. If you’re feeling brave, try the tea made from Silkworm droppings! After dinner wander the Ock Pop Tock gardens, which are filled with traditional art works made by Laotion artisans.


Myanmar’s 7 Most Luxurious Retreat Hotels

A little far off the typical Asian tour, Myanmar still hosts a variety of luxurious hotels for the discerning traveler. Step into this faraway land, previously unopened to the West.

‘It is quite unlike any place you know about’, wrote Rudyard Kipling when he landed in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, more than a century ago. Incredibly, the statement still holds true today, even for the most seasoned travelers. This is the gilded land of mystical pagodas, undiscovered tropical beaches and lost Asian charm. Accommodation here is not as abundant as that in Thailand or Vietnam, but there’s still a convenient selection of excellent hotels. We handpicked some of the best from around the country.


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What is Bhutan’s Food Like?

A tiny nation bordering East and South Asia, Bhutan has an unexpected flair for unique food. This ancient culture only recently opened its doors in 1974, so its cuisine has evolved almost completely isolated from its neighbors. Here’s a peak into the region’s eclectic gastronomy.

Landlocked in the Eastern Himalayas between China and Bangladesh, you might not expect to find interesting culinary culture in this tiny country. However, Bhutan has an exciting array of dishes ready to sample that are both surprising and satisfying.

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A typical Bhutanese family’s food

The most important aspect of food and dining in Bhutan is etiquette. The country has an interesting list of customary rules to remember when eating. For example, when offered food, you are supposed to say meshu meshu while covering your mouth as if refusing the offer. On the second or third offer, you can accept.

Unlike China and Japan, food is eaten with your hands across the country and you are usually sitting cross legged on the floor. Women usually serve the meal. Before eating, a short prayer is said and a small piece of food is placed on the floor as an offering to spirits.

However, as the country modernizes, some families use cutlery and sit at tables. But as always in Asia, dining is always a family style buffet where you can sample a bit of everything.


Win these Amazing Prizes at Beshan Gāi

Beshan Gāi is coming up quickly on our (and hopefully your) calendar. Over 60 carefully selected artisans, from Xinjiang to Yunnan, are already on their way to Beijing to celebrate artisanal culture and in the lead up to the event series, you have the chance to win some amazing prizes. There are prizes ranging from a WildChina weekend stay in Dali and Brunch for 2 at The Opposite House’s Sureño to 1000RMB to spend at Rosewood Beijing’s Bistrot B. The treasure hunt has already begun so read on to find out how to win!

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