Beshan Gai: Our Favorite Chinese Artisans Gather at the Opposite House

On Sept 19, in celebration of 15 years of China travel, WildChina is taking over the lobby of The Opposite House with a rustic Bazaar called 碧山街 ‘Beshan Gai. We’ve invited artisans from all around China to set up stalls and showcase their crafts. Expect fabulous treasures like Kashgar Carpets, Jingdezhen ceramics, and Yunnan Coffee for sale, all set up in a beautiful a market-place setting designed by Pop-up Beijing.

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What To Do About Altitude Sickness In Tibet

A journey to Tibet, one of the most remote regions in the world, can be an incredible experience, but you have to be ready to counter the unique atmospheric conditions that characterize the Tibetan plateau. Tibet has an average elevation of 4500 meters, and if you don’t regularly live at high altitude, you altitude sickness could put a real damper on your trip. Here are some things to remember before and during your trip to make your high-altitude Tibet travels more comfortable.

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5 Reasons to Travel China with a Small Group

For anyone who loves to ditch the map and experience a country on your terms, a group journey might not be on your travel radar. Yet when it comes to China—and you’re looking to travel the fine line between luxury and off-the-beaten-path—a group trip might be the best way to experience this enormous country.

Just make sure that “small” means small because no one wants to be bussed around with 30 other tourists in baseball caps, or embarrassingly follow a tour guide with a megaphone! For discerning travelers, small should mean from around 5 to 12 people, not including the expert or guide dedicated to ensuring you get the most out of your trip. Here are five reasons why small groups work really well in China and why it’s such a benefit, especially for first time visitors:

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Muang La Resort: Secret Retreat in the Jungles of Laos

In the heart of Laos’s mountainous north, lies the small village of Muang La. Wooden and bamboo houses sit quietly here in the valley between the Nam Pak river and the wild, tropical rainforests. Hidden away in this village is a beautiful boutique hotel that is sure to be a highlight of your journey to Laos.

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Tibet’s Holy Lakes

At elevations of about 15,000 ft, Tibet’s holy lakes are the pristine settings of sacred Lama rituals. For generations, Buddhist pilgrims have journeyed to these lakes to pray, meditate or seek wisdom. Many lakes in Tibet are considered to be holy by Tibetan Buddhists, but three are regarded as most sacred, Lake Yamdrok, Lake Namtso, and Lake Manasarovar.

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Why Travel to Laos

WildChina has just launched a new set of tours to Laos. Find out what drew us to this country and how to travel to Laos in style.

Land of the mighty Mekong and kingdom of a thousand elephants, Laos is quietly hidden away between its more well-known neighbors, Thailand and Vietnam. But this country has an inner strength powered by Buddhist traditions and the majestic Mekong that makes it a special treasure among travel destinations.

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Attention Shopaholics. China Introduces New Sales Tax Refund

International tourists to Shanghai and Beijing are now able to enjoy tax refunds on goods purchased while on vacation. A new law, officiated on July 1, offers a rebate of up to 11% on consumer goods purchased at designated department stores in China’s most iconic megacities.

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2015 WildChina Sustainability Award Goes to…

View from a hiking trail in Moganshan

Congratulations to Nali, Marco, Michael, Yeonjun, and Graci for their prize-winning “Bam! Bamboo Workshop” sustainable business plan.

In early June, these five students from Shanghai and their nearly 100 classmates spent a week in Moganshan to learn about responsible tourism and what it really means to be sustainable. Their final project? To design a business, NGO or non-profit that would contribute to a village in Moganshan.

From the list of twenty amazing ideas, it was hard to pick one, but the Bam! Bamboo Workshop took the cake for these reasons:

Great Cause: Operates as a non-profit, so all extra proceeds will go towards supporting local farmers and charities

Creative Business Plan: Provides workshops for travelers to understand traditional methods of bamboo cultivation and craft-making.

Thinking Local: Gives locals job opportunities and promotes cultural education for the community

Along with using their brains at the Sustainability Workshop, the Bam! Bamboo Workshop team and their classmates took part in a week long adventure through bamboo hills and serene lakes in Moganshan. From hiking 15 kilometers through natural bamboo forests and working together to make sturdy bamboo rafts, we can say that it was a lot of fun with a good dose of challenging bits.

Students doing Taichi at Moganshan

Great job! As summer vacation approaches, how about your keep the rules of sustainability in mind for your future adventures.

Conserve. Respect. Purchase Locally. Distribute Equally. Educate.

Happy Summer from WildChina!

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The best place to see pandas in Chengdu

A trip to Chengdu is not complete without seeing China’s cuddly national icon, the panda bear. There are three main options for panda viewing in Chengdu, each with its unique draws. Read on and find out which panda reserve is the best choice for your trip.

Panda at the Chengdu Base

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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 37/38 reviews rated as ‘Excellent’ (and 1 rated as ‘Very Good’), we fall pretty strongly into that category.

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