Step Off the Beaten Path with TOMS

TOMS Shoes is famous throughout the world for their comfortable, stylish footwear, and their one-for-one giving philosophy – for every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS gives a pair to a child in need.

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Through their one-for-one giving philosophy TOMS has given away over 615,000 pairs of shoes to children in rural parts of China. Thanks to TOMS more and more rural Chinese children are equipped to head out and explore and this is why we are thrilled to have them as a partner for the 2017 WildChina Explorer Grant.

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Are These the World’s Best Ham Sandwiches?

To a young Zhang Mei, the nutty aroma of sizzling ham always signaled a good meal. The salty, cured meat wasn’t a luxury her family could often afford but she was in luck because her hometown of Dali, Yunnan was the only place in the world that produced it. Or so Mei thought when she left for graduate school in the U.S.

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Interview: Ryan LaBar, Ceramic Artist

Jingdezhen was the world’s undisputed capital of porcelain for nearly 2,000 years, yet it lay forgotten until the late twentieth century. Now, thanks to redevelopments and a new generation of artists, new life is being breathed into the very place that gave China its name.

Jingdezhen rose to prominence during the Han Dynasty (221–206 BC), crafting fine porcelain ware for China’s emperor and imperial court. Despite their efforts to keep the place secret, fine porcelain found its way onto the Silk Road, and became treasured across the world – at one point, fine china was valued over gold.

In the last decade, Jingdezhen has risen from the ashes, with renewed interest and increasing numbers of artisans learning the fine craft of porcelain making. These include American ceramic artist Ryan LaBar, who has set up a workshop in Taoxichuan, a bustling arts community at the heart of Jingdezhen’s rebirth. Ryan LaBar is a Pékin Fine Arts represented artist.

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Ryan gave us the lowdown on his work and the city’s contemporary arts scene.

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The Best Time to Travel to Bhutan

Famously known as ‘the happiest place on Earth,’ the tiny landlocked nation of Bhutan is a paradise of snowy mountains and glimmering Buddhist temples. Our on-the-ground research will let you know when’s the best time to travel to Bhutan and how to make the most of your trip.

Whether seeking out adventure and extreme sports or alternatively looking for attentiveness at extremely soothing spas, Bhutan is unique in its ability to cater to every itinerary. A nation known for it’s title as ‘the happiest place on earth’, your interests and travel-style will determine the best time of year to visit. We’ve created a guide to help you plan your trip.

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5 Things You Should See and Do at Yading Nature Reserve

Yading Nature Reserve is one of the most breathtaking hiking and scenic areas of China. Here we’ll help you get to know and prepare for a journey through the region’s stunning landscape.

Nestled in the south of Sichuan Province, high up on the Tibetan Plateau, Yading Nature Reserve is a destination for the true China explorer. The region has a wide range of majestic snowcapped peaks and arduous hiking trails for you to see and enjoy. Even Travelled Paths online magazine named Yading on their list of their “Amazing Hikes to Do Before You Die”. Here’s our quick guide to what you must know to make the most of this naturally beautiful reserve.

Horseback in Yading

Photo by Ken Marshall via Flickr

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Top 5 Challenging Hikes in China

China may be home to photogenic and easily climbed mountains, but what about those of you who are feeling more adventurous? What can China offer seasoned hikers eager to push themselves to their limits in the great outdoors? Here are five of our favorite challenging hikes in China for the brave of heart.

From the crumbling, unmaintained “Wild Wall” to the desolate mountains of Tibet to the Himalayan wonderland of the true “Shangri-La,” challenging trails and epic adventure can be found all across China, and the raw beauty of it all is sure to leave you speechless.

Here are five of our favorite hikes for those brave enough to walk on the wild side.

The Great Wall at Jiankou, Beijing

Unrestored, crumbling and impossibly steep in parts, this section of the Great Wall twists about a precipitous ridgeline, making it both magnificent and terrifying.

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Mei Zhang’s Book Tour: Travels through Dali with a Leg of Ham

September 2016 saw the release of WildChina Founder, Mei Zhang’s first book Travels through Dali: with a Leg of Ham. Readers around the world are singing its praises and joining one of her upcoming book talks is your perfect opportunity to meet Mei in person and hear all about her passion for food, travel and her native Dali.

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We’re the Travel Partner for Gallery Weekend Beijing 2017

Galleries across Beijing, from 798 to Caochangdi, will open their doors to collectors and patrons from around the world for the inaugural Gallery Weekend Beijing.

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To celebrate the launch of our Beijing Contemporary Art Tour and our new Contemporary Art Expert Wai Wai, we’ve joined hands with the Gallery Weekend Beijing to support their lively showcase of the art scene in Beijing. A group of the fourteen best galleries and four of the top museums Beijing has to offer will be participating in the event that will take place during the weekend of March 17 – 19th, 2017.

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Visiting China as a Vegetarian

We’ve put together a guide to help you navigate China as a vegetarian and enable you to try as much as possible of the diverse cuisine, armed with key phrases and a list of delicious dishes to sample.

As China gains a greater understanding of varied dietary requirements, many of the restaurants and café’s cater to contemporary pallets while being sensitive to the needs of individuals. However it’s still very important to be absolutely clear about your wishes when ordering, as there is not yet a universally accepted definition of what it is to be ‘vegetarian in China’.

Sichuan Tofu

Spicy Sichuan Tofu by rovyyy via Pixabay

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China and How to Visit Them

Despite the Great Wall taking the limelight as one of China’s best known UNESCO World Heritage sites, it is really just the tip of the iceberg. There are currently 50 sites in the Middle Kingdom with World Heritage status and the lesser-known ones make the perfect destination for cultural heritage seekers wanting to take the road less travelled. Here are a few of our favorites and how to visit them in WildChina style.

China’s storied history and culture have left marvelous landmarks throughout the country. Many of them have now been deemed by UNESCO as essential to the preservation of our global cultural heritage. Here’s a look at three of our favorites that are well worth ticking off the list:

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Yu Chang Fu Lou
Photo by Gisling via WikimediaCommons

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