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July 7th, 2014

And the winner of our 2014 WildChina Explorer Grant is…

By: WildChina | Categories: Uncategorized, WildChina Explorer Grant

 

Ricky Qi!

 

Ricky Qi Profile

Every year, it is not an easy task to choose a WildChina Explorer. This year we received piles of inspirational applications and fun videos, making the reviewing process a lot of fun! It’s exciting to see up-and-coming China explorers wanting to get their hiking boots dirty. However, with every contest, not everyone can be a winner (though I wish they could be!).

After a long deliberation among our judging panel, they chose Ricky and his continued pursuits in filming a feature-length documentary about the Mosuo people, China’s last matriarchal society. Hovering between the borders of Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, his filming adventure will lead him on a month-long trek via horse caravan to some of the most remote and least documented places in the lower Himalayas.

Ricky Qi in Action edit

[Left: Teammate. Right: Ricky]

The son of Chinese immigrants, Ricky spent his childhood in Southern California. His travels have taken him to destinations from the fabled Scottish Highlands to the deep reaches of the Karakoram in Central Asia. He has devoted his life to film, exploring the medium’s ability to transfigure an audience’s perception of culture, place, and time. For the past two years, Ricky has been producing and directing a documentary. We at WildChina are excited to be a part of his journey into northern Yunnan and to follow his documentary’s story from remote villages into the beyond.

Check out his documentary’s teaser here.

Follow his expeditions on Instagram @supplythelight.

 

Congratulations on winning the 2014 WildChina Explorer Grant, Ricky!

 

 


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Sep 06 2012 Posted By: Mary Barnes
What a beautiful moment. Excellent blog. The description sent early morning chills down my spine. Thousands of silent soldiers marching the wall came to mind in the dawn light. I have been there and was amazed at the formidable snake crawling over the hills. Mary
 
Aug 24 2012 Posted By: Gabrielle
Well done especially from such an elite group as the Harvard Business School.
 
Aug 24 2012 Posted By: Gabrielle
Absolutely splendid story. Bravo to Xiao.
 
Aug 23 2012 Posted By: PL
Smart and kind of you, good luck to you with Teach for China.
 
Aug 17 2012 Posted By: Cathryn Noyes
Wow Devin, just beautiful. What a trip. The photos and words make me (almost) feel like I am there!
 
 
Aug 08 2012 Posted By: Linda Winn
Wonderful story and video! Xiao is not only a fantastic guide, but he is kind,thoughtful,enthusiastic,fun-loving and generous. How great to bring such happiness to the Miao people by building them something the whole village can enjoy and sharing his love for basketball with all of them. Congratulations to him and the village basketball champions!
 
Jul 24 2012 Posted By: Bobby
Good article, Iv always wanted to visit China and after reading this I want to go even more!
 
Jul 12 2012 Posted By: may
Fun & fabulous WildChina crew! -Your Taiwan fans
 
Jul 12 2012 Posted By: ellen
You guys look amazing!
 
Jul 09 2012 Posted By: Tibetan Jewelry
Very interesting! Tibet's ancient "silk road" was influential before recorded history. Your history on that influence and its connection to Tibet's cultural artifacts is very interesting! How else would they have gotten that coral and those conch shells! The tea and horse road in Yunnan is great.
 
Jun 15 2012 Posted By: Nancy
Hi Mark, Great to hear from you. We believe that you should be set to go and will be able to get the permit. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch at Info@wildchina.com. We can learn more specifics about your group and where you want to travel in Tibet. -WildChina
 
Jun 14 2012 Posted By: Mark
Is it true that permits are now being issued? We are a group of 7 Australians looking to travel to Lhasa at the end of June. Is this possible? Mark
 
Jun 11 2012 Posted By: Guo Yanjiang
Hope to travel in West China
 
Mar 06 2012 Posted By: Mei
One of my favorite stores in Beijing.
 
Mar 01 2012 Posted By: Chaiton W.
I am a sixth-grade student at Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN. I’m working on a documentary film on the topic of Chinese food, do you think you might be able to help me with information. Could you answer some questions for my research? What is the most famous cooking stile? Why is it the most famous? What made you go into chinese food? Thank you for your time and if you can email me back. Sincerely, Chaiton W Greetings, In the interest of authentic, performance-based learning, my middle-school students are reaching out to experts about China as they prepare a documentary film about a topic of their choice. If you can, I appreciate very much your willingness to answer a few questions they have, taking just a few minutes of your time, I hope. I’ve tried to make sure they’re asking “expert” questions, after having done basic research already. Thanks for your assistance, and feel free to contact me if you have questions. Alan Wong Middle School Humanities Teacher Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN awong@baylorschool.org 423-267-8506 ext. 371
 
Feb 13 2012 Posted By: Fin
As a tour operator in Bhutan, we are also grappling with a similar challenge. When we started out a few years back, we wanted to be as eco-conscious as possible. Used water bottles have now become a part of our burgeoning waste problem in the country, a country that doesn't even have a recycling plant. The irony is we do not generate enough trash to sustain one. All along we knew using bottled water was not the way to go, but we desperately needed a viable substitute to do away with it. We have been encouraging our clients to bring their own re-usable bottles and Steripen. While some get the idea, many decide to stick to bottled water. We are also planning on having our vehicles fitted with water filter canisters (holding 15-20 litres of water), which are capable of trapping sediments. To rid of any micro-organisms, water will be boiled and cooled overnight at hotels, ready to be transferred to the canisters. Given that water in Bhutan is free of heavy metals, this process should be adequate. However, we do know there will still be some people who might be uncomfortable and would want to stick to manufactured water. What's comforting though, is some people do take their own initiative to bring water bottles with purifiers, which is practical and works great. Any suggestion would be great. Thanks!
 
Feb 10 2012 Posted By: Jenny
Find the very best portable water purification systems and invest in some to have along on your journeys or at strategic points of destination. Use your own bottles and refill so that guests have a supply of one bottle per day. They can drink other beverages for the rest of their needs.
 
Feb 10 2012 Posted By: Jacqueline Fitz
For years I traveled with a simple water filter.... a cup with a built-in charcoal filter that took care of almost everything including giardia. Since I travelled in many remote areas, potable water was rarely available. I even filtered bottled water when I could getit since I was unsure of its quality. This technique was very successful through the years. Unfortunately that particular water filter is no longer available but something similar would address your problem. (I used mine in remote areas of China and also in Hong Kong)
 
Jan 18 2012 Posted By: Mei
I can testify that this is one of the best dishes at one of my favorite restaurants in Beijing. Mei
 
Nov 29 2011 Posted By: Joan morris
Where can I get Sichuan ingredients in the U S?
 
Nov 24 2011 Posted By: Ron Denham
My wife and I recently went on a WC tour led by Fred and he made it a marvelous and informative time for us. He sets the bar very high for any other tour guid I might everuse. I hope to go on another "Fred He" WC tour one of these days. Best wises to your parents, Fred. Ron & Gail Denham
 
Aug 31 2010 Posted By: Wang
Unfortunately, the only sustainable thing that the Schoolhouse has brought to their local community is a rising cost of living. They have basically taken over the village and surrounding communities and have forced local residents (who are mainly farmers) to find more affordable accommodation elsewhere. I support Slow Food and I am sure your overseas guests like the novelty of staying at the Schoolhouse in Mutianyu, but please don't portray them as a bunch of do-gooders. They are in it for the money, regardless of the consequences their uncontrolled and unchecked development might have on the local community.
 
Aug 17 2010 Posted By: Fayegirl
was in this area in May, even then was affected by landslides and flooding, how much more do these people have to suffer, my thoughts and prayers are with them
 
Jul 27 2010 Posted By: Brennan
Even though I won't be able to apply it seems like this is a wonderful area of China to visit. I know people who have visited the major cities and then complained about how dirty it was or how it was too congested but they didn't realize the best parts of the country aren't located in the most populated places but many times in the least populated. Should be a great trip for those involved.
 
Jul 25 2010 Posted By: Molly
You're writing about my home. It makes me feel like crying because I'm not there now. You've written the story beautifully. My father-in-law rode the tea and horse caravan train, made and lost fortunes, and now resides quietly in Dali with my brother-in-law. The traces that those adventures left in his heart are still there. Talking with him is another adventure that always leaves me wanting to cry. Now I'm in Zhangjiagang, running an eco-resort staffed with Yi from Xiao Liang Shan. The Yi too had their place on the trail, one of the main branches of which ran through their territory and via Lugu Lake. My father-in-law spend his formative years in Muli, just the other side of Lugu Lake, raised by another family of traders after his own parents were killed during clan scirmishes in Chamdo. Keep up the good work, and keep letting people know that it's not about visiting an alian culture, it's about visiting people like you or my, for whom the most spectacular scenery in the world is just called "home."
 
Jul 21 2010 Posted By: Alex G
Hi Jamie, Sure. Send me an email at alex.grieves@wildchina.com and I'll get you in touch. Best, Alex
 
Jul 21 2010 Posted By: Jamie
Hi! Wonderful article! Is there any way you could put me in touch with Tea Master Zehng? I would like to purchase some of her tea in bulk. Thank you!
 
Jul 16 2010 Posted By: yunnangirl
Well said. Lijiang is so beautiful regardless of the crowds. The key is to find ways to appreciate its beautify and connect with people there.
 
Jul 16 2010 Posted By: Jason
Mie. Thank you for your insight and perspective on a "different" China not often found by us common folk (even with a lot of research). Keep up the good work.
 
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Jun 29 2010 Posted By: David Tanenui
I think you are right it sounds like everything is focussed on the top end of tourism, its a pity because the lower end tourists are the ones that are more inclined on caring for the environment and for the country contributing to sustainable practices. Money talks these days and the GDP is the aim of all countries, here in New Zealand we have beautiful sights but we have to fight to keep it beautiful, our government are only interested in making money of land that doesn't even belong to them but don't worry as soon as they have finished mining and destroying it they will say sorry and give it back to us the people of the land and give us $$$ for the damage they have created, WOW,you need to be more Vocal, the more voices creating opinions will create understanding Kia Ora
 
Jun 28 2010 Posted By: David
Hi, Earlier this month I posted my experiences using an iPad in China for research. I deal with the connection issues and VPNs to get around the Great Firewall. I found using WiFi very easy: http://museumfatigue.org/using-the-ipad-in-china
 
Jun 24 2010 Posted By: Bill
Nice post. I was thinking about picking up an iPad with China trips in mind. I think I've already found a solution for wired internet and that is to bring an airport express unit with me. It's proved invaluable on previous trips and is relatively easy to carry around. The other reason I'm considering the iPad is the ability to suck up RAW photos from a digital camera. My hope (although I've not tested it) is that this would free up the memory card to allow me to carry on shooting. Have you any experience of using it this way?
 
Jun 18 2010 Posted By: Michelle
Hello there, I'm producing a documentary about climate change and I wondered if you or anyone you know might be interested in being a "fixer" - our person on the ground in China to help set up the shoot and be with the director. Any help you might be able to give would be much appreciated. Kind Regards, Michelle
 
Jun 05 2010 Posted By: Ma Hao
Wow, Zhang Mei, my old schoolmate! Ages no see! Proud of you by reading every bit about you in this article.
 
May 04 2010 Posted By: johno
Ah, its good to have some clarity on the issue. Sometimes definitions get a bit muddy in such a cross-cultural translations. I'd be curious to learn about the fuding tea processor and wild tea from there.
 
Apr 29 2010 Posted By: Houses Philippines
And I know you might have good intentions, but now a days, it is common for people to come yup with scams. There are actually organizations who asks for donation but do not use the donation money for good. How can you assure us that your organization is genuine?
 
Apr 28 2010 Posted By: HM
I am totally agree with you on the first 4 places but the last one. I would rather say Shanghai is the last city for people to know China from my personal experience:) There is nothing fun in Shanghai besides shopping(expensive) and skyscrapers. I agree that Beijing is the best place to stay and Xi'an remains the second. Anyway, doesnt matter this blog is very helpful for who is planning a trip to China.
 
Apr 21 2010 Posted By: Klaus
Thank you so much for your support! On our Blog we provide a Paypal donation option. Our Teams in the region mostly need donations to buy tents, food, medication and, later on, construction materiel for the people that have lost everything. Thank you!
 
Apr 21 2010 Posted By: Klaus
Thank you so much for your support! On our Blog we provide a Paypal donation option. Our Teams in the region mostly need donations to buy tents, food, medication and, later on, construction materiel for the people that have lost everything. Thank you!
 
Apr 20 2010 Posted By: Trevor
Do you need volunteers on the ground, just financial donations, or both?
 
Apr 16 2010 Posted By: Jason
I am happy to hear of your kind display of corporate responsibility and general kindness. The tragedies in the news today need all of our attentions and efforts to help those involved cope. Keep up the good work!
 
Apr 14 2010 Posted By: Ian Sanchez
Congratulations Mei Zhang! It will be good for the adventure travel industry to have your perspective.
 
Apr 08 2010 Posted By: lyni
very interesting. I'm fond of chinese tea. Do you plan any trip in zijing mountain for tea picking ?? It could be great.
 
Feb 12 2010 Posted By: Spencer
Hello Mei: I stumbled upon your site and will look into it on a regular basis. I am from Canada and have been to China on assignment to shoot several time. I am planning a three-person trip this fall for three months. We are journalists from Canada (me), and two Chinese journalists who live in the United States. Our trip back to China is unique. We will be test driving three different Chinese vehicles and be blogging, filming and writing articles for our respective newspapers and web sites. This trip is about 11,750 kilometres in length. In addition to reviewiing these vehicles under challenging conditions, I will be writing about the culture, history and daily life on the road. Our blog is not up yet, but closer to the time, I will give you the link. The think that grabbed my attention about your site was the line, 'Experience China Differently'. I have fallen in love with China and have been to many parts of the country. I prefer the rural settings and the people are always warm, hospitable and welcoming wherever I go. I long to return and bring more adventures and images to the millions of readers who frequent our newspaper's site. The Toronto Star is the largest newspaper in the country with an enviable readership. Perhaps next time I am in Beijing I will look you up. I have my regular guide in Beijing and she can bring me to you for a visit. Sincerely, Spencer Wynn www.travelstock.org (this is only my stock website)
 
Feb 03 2010 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Loved the untold story behind the conde Nast piece.
 
Jan 27 2010 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Interesting. but also there are other solar centers around China. Know any more?
 
Jan 18 2010 Posted By: Li.rui
Yes, we had a week training classes that we leart lots of informitiaon and knowledge from it, thanks every teacher. Expecting I'll have more training chance to study and promote myself.
 
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Jan 08 2010 Posted By: Rongkun
I wish I could have known it earlier!
 
Dec 28 2009 Posted By: Bart Batsleer
Hi, I`ve been in touch with Stewart when I was in Guilin, but I lost his phone number... could you bring him back in touch with me for I have my brother and sister going to Guilin... Thank you. Bart
 
Dec 09 2009 Posted By: Bo Poats
Abby: Intruiging intro....easier to be a leader in renewable energy when you have a single view of the value of externalities, and an ability to scale manufactuiring to lower unit costs in order to hit financial objectives on the supply side. Would be good to know how the average Zho utilizes renewable energy and is educated about its economic applicatiions (i.e., the role of public education and programs), as there may be some lessons to be learned in more "developed" economies.
 
Dec 08 2009 Posted By: Beth Dohrn
I can't wait to share this with my son! What great information Alexander!
 
Dec 08 2009 Posted By: mitey de aguiar
This is a fascinating article! I had no idea that T Rex lived in that part of the world. I'm sure some amazing discoveries are on their way.
 
 
 
 
Nov 19 2009 Posted By: Jason
Thanks for the helpful information. I plan to be in China during that time... just need to make plans.
 
Nov 19 2009 Posted By: Alex G
Hi Jason, thanks for your inquiry! The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival begins on January 5 and continues for about a month. However, there are a variety of related activities at Sun Island Park, Zhaolin Park, and venues in Harbin city proper starting in mid-December. You may find a full schedule of events here: http://bit.ly/2DT6EE It is open from 9 am to 10 pm daily, and daily admission for adults is 150 RMB. There are separate entrance fees for Sun Island Park and Zhaolin Park; admission is 30 RMB per adult. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
 
Nov 17 2009 Posted By: Jason
What is the schedule for the Harbin winter festival in 2010? Is there an official time or schedule of events?
 
Nov 09 2009 Posted By: Andrea
Just catching up on your blog, Heth...beautiful stuff
 
Nov 08 2009 Posted By: Yunnangirl
fantastic news..thanks for sharing .
 
Oct 31 2009 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Oh, this entry made me homesick. I still remember the sound of us driving on top of the crop that's being dried on the road. That was the first step of processing rice after harvest. Thank you for writing this piece.
 
Oct 26 2009 Posted By: Tessa
I love the blog Heather- hope everything is going well for you
 
Oct 23 2009 Posted By: Elyane
Very jealous Heather! Can't wait to hear about Xinjiang...
 
Oct 15 2009 Posted By: Linda Winn
What a wonderful generous gesture to get a beautiful new basketball court built for this poor village so that the children can thrive. Xiao is a very special person and his love for the Miao people is great indeed. How happy he made these people!
 
Oct 15 2009 Posted By: Kevin
This is a great article. Look forward to reading the rest. I will be going to a small village in January to visit my wife's grandmother and brother. They also do not live too far from Xi'an. I am looking forward to your updates and pictures.
 
Oct 14 2009 Posted By: Jason
Very very cool. Thanks for sharing.
 
Oct 03 2009 Posted By: Clark
I just got back from the Yinqixing Indoor Skiing Area and was not impressed with the place. They jacked the prices up for the National Day holiday, but only half the park was even functioning. What a rip-off.
 
Oct 02 2009 Posted By: Kate
I've subscribed to your blog and look forward to reading more...thanks for your eloquent insights Heather! Australians can learn so much from ancient and indigenous cultures.
 
Oct 02 2009 Posted By: Heather.Graham
Yes, you are absolutely correct Russell. A large majority of the young people from Huayang go to the bigger cities (particularly in southern China) to work after they finish secondary school here. Receiving money from your children working elsewhere, is one of the two main forms of income for the people of Huayang (the other is growing medicine plants). Thanks for your question.
 
Oct 01 2009 Posted By: Andrea Redford
Great blog Heather. Thanks for sharing your unique insights into China. All the best with the Golden Week influx!
 
Sep 30 2009 Posted By: Li.rui
it 's really really true and a good place of CNNR and a beauty Astrilian work and devote here now~~~
 
Sep 26 2009 Posted By: prizebig.ru
superb article . Will definitely copy it to my blog.Thanks.
 
Sep 25 2009 Posted By: Russell
Heather, great post. A question that came to mind: with such a small population, is there pressure on the younger people to move away to the big cities to secure work?
 
 
Sep 16 2009 Posted By: frank
Hey, i liked this article, Im a hiker my self and i promise to go take time one day to go check it out :) and will I will put a link back at http://www.travelmastery.com as a complementary purpose. please post more pics!
 
Sep 11 2009 Posted By: sandrar
Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post... nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.
 
Aug 10 2009 Posted By: Maureen Lopez
china has never been associated with the snow sports.howvever you will definitely enjoy in the ski resorts which has been listed. it will be a very nice experience to visit these resorts and enjoy the snow sports.
 
Jul 20 2009 Posted By: Jason Witt
This is a nice complete list of the basic Chinese teas. Any tea lover should have tried all these listed here a few different times with different water temperatures and multiple steepings. Of course loose leaf tea will be needed. It's all about the fun of exploration and the adventure of discovering new favorites.
 
Jul 13 2009 Posted By: stephen
Great tips! About the Eating one though, I've also heard a different side: leaving anything behind could be seen as a sign of wastefulness or ingratitude (especially for a man). I've often been told, "If you know how hard somebody worked to harvest that rice for your meal, you wouldn't waste a single grain." I guess it probably depends where you are or who you talk with though, and like everything else, foreigners do have some leeway for any cultural faux pas made. :)
 
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Apr 08 2009 Posted By: costa caleta
costa caleta... I think the post- vacation blues definitely set in last week when I got back, and linger on today. I saw a lot of neat things and met some wonderful people, but it's back to the grind here in DC. I wish I could travel more. /...
 
 
 
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Feb 14 2009 Posted By: Rongkun
it seems to require quite some time to display the photos since they are too big-sized.
 
Feb 14 2009 Posted By: Rongkun
It would be some misleading since Beijing University was not a recognized name, if referred to Peking University. The latter name is officially adopted in public.
 
Oct 10 2008 Posted By: Beijing » Condé Nast World Savers Congress: China Panel
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Aug 26 2008 Posted By: Wilbur
Taking photos with the guards looks fun. The view of the Great Wall is undoubtly magnificant.
 
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Aug 05 2008 Posted By: Emma
Anita is too shy to post her videos from this trip, but I think they're pretty cool! Check out her YouTube videos of Miao Minority Dances in Guizhou, as well as a ground opera at Jichang Village. The quality isn't great (we're travel gurus, not videographers!!) but you can still get a flavor of her trip. http://www.youtube.com/user/wildchinaus
 
Jul 30 2008 Posted By: Emma
Love your first blog post Anita! Very excited to follow your trek through China from my computer in the WildChina office in Beijing. Come back to us safe and sound!
 
Jul 06 2008 Posted By: Joy
Yes, really appreciate your visit, thank you so much!
 
Jun 17 2008 Posted By: elachian
給四川的人, 我是從電視上看到你們的地震的災情. 我知道你們現在很痛苦, 特地寫了這封信, 想要告訴你們, 安威你們, 希望你們好好加油. 重建家園, 讓我們一起努力, 幫助你們, 早日忘記現在的陰影. 不只我們在這裡我要告訴你們, 現在全球各地大家都希望你們會再一次站起來. 我相信你們. 加油, 四川人! 陸愛蓮 Kainan University taiwan
 
Jun 17 2008 Posted By: elachian
給四川的人, 我是從電視上看到你們的地震的災情. 我知道你們現在很痛苦, 特地寫了這封信, 想要告訴你們, 安威你們, 希望你們好好加油. 重建家園, 讓我們一起努力, 幫助你們, 早日忘記現在的陰影. 不只我們在這裡我要告訴你們, 現在全球各地大家都希望你們會再一次站起來. 我相信你們. 加油, 四川人! 陸愛蓮 Kainan University Taiwan ROC
 
Jun 07 2008 Posted By: seb
Thank you Philip for these précisions. I wish China stand as soon as possible after the disaster. I plan to come in Siguniang next October. Do you think it will be re oppened for foreign visitors? Thanks
 
Jun 07 2008 Posted By: Eric
At this very time, all of people are united to overcome the catastrophe! I just went through the earthquake in person. It felt horrible and so many tragedies happened! With our deepest condolence!
 
Jun 03 2008 Posted By: Eric
Eric... Hello, I have a few websites of my own and I must say that your site is really top notch. Keep up the great work on a really high class resource....
 

June 23rd, 2014

China Travel Tips: Top 3 Hotels in Chengdu, Sichuan

By: WildChina | Categories: China Travel Tips

When you plan your trip to China, you probably don’t have Chengdu, Sichuan in your top destinations list. Why go? It’s a wonderful place to pamper pandas, eat spicy food and walk through scenic UNESCO World Heritage Sites, all while staying comfortably in our Top 3 Hotels.

Chengdu: an international hub

Far from being inhabited by just pandas and peppers, Sichuan’s capital Chengdu is China’s fourth largest city, named by Forbes as one of the next decade’s fastest-growing cities. Designated by UNESCO as Asia’s first City of Gastronomy, the city hosted the 2013 Fortune Global Forum which saw world leaders and CEOs meet.

Where to stay? Our top 3 hotels

The Six Senses Qing Cheng lies at the gateway to the Taoist Qingcheng Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site north of Chengdu. With its 111 suites, Six Senses has a luxury village theme with design and landscaping that reflect the surrounding natural area. This resort is very close to a new panda base and research center where you play with the resident pandas.

The Anantara Emei Resort & Spa is located at the base of the Buddhist Mount Emei, a UNESCO World Heritage Site south of Chengdu. This resort has 90 rooms and 60 suites, an outdoor pool, manmade lake, and international cuisine. Anantara Emei is a tranquil oasis, the perfect place to put your feet up and play mahjong after a hiking excursion. As a day tour, the world’s largest stone-carved Buddha at Leshan is also accessible from the resort.

The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu is located bang in the middle of downtown Chengdu, offering panoramic views of its historic center, Tianfu Square, which used to be the site of the Imperial Palace. Now, the square sprays water from its fountains in time to music twice a day and is watched over by a towering statue of Chairman Mao. This is a super luxurious hotel with 353 rooms, including over 50 suites, all with high-end facilities – including intelligent toilets!

How to get there?

United Airlines just started a nonstop service from San Francisco, putting Chengdu up there with Beijing and Shanghai. Chengdu is also served by a number of airlines including British Airways, Etihad, Air France/KLM, Cathay Pacific, and Lufthansa.

When to visit?

All year round.

If this sounds appealing to you, contact us at info@wildchina.com for more information about our Sichuan tours.



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Sep 06 2012 Posted By: Mary Barnes
What a beautiful moment. Excellent blog. The description sent early morning chills down my spine. Thousands of silent soldiers marching the wall came to mind in the dawn light. I have been there and was amazed at the formidable snake crawling over the hills. Mary
 
Aug 24 2012 Posted By: Gabrielle
Well done especially from such an elite group as the Harvard Business School.
 
Aug 24 2012 Posted By: Gabrielle
Absolutely splendid story. Bravo to Xiao.
 
Aug 23 2012 Posted By: PL
Smart and kind of you, good luck to you with Teach for China.
 
Aug 17 2012 Posted By: Cathryn Noyes
Wow Devin, just beautiful. What a trip. The photos and words make me (almost) feel like I am there!
 
 
Aug 08 2012 Posted By: Linda Winn
Wonderful story and video! Xiao is not only a fantastic guide, but he is kind,thoughtful,enthusiastic,fun-loving and generous. How great to bring such happiness to the Miao people by building them something the whole village can enjoy and sharing his love for basketball with all of them. Congratulations to him and the village basketball champions!
 
Jul 24 2012 Posted By: Bobby
Good article, Iv always wanted to visit China and after reading this I want to go even more!
 
Jul 12 2012 Posted By: may
Fun & fabulous WildChina crew! -Your Taiwan fans
 
Jul 12 2012 Posted By: ellen
You guys look amazing!
 
Jul 09 2012 Posted By: Tibetan Jewelry
Very interesting! Tibet's ancient "silk road" was influential before recorded history. Your history on that influence and its connection to Tibet's cultural artifacts is very interesting! How else would they have gotten that coral and those conch shells! The tea and horse road in Yunnan is great.
 
Jun 15 2012 Posted By: Nancy
Hi Mark, Great to hear from you. We believe that you should be set to go and will be able to get the permit. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch at Info@wildchina.com. We can learn more specifics about your group and where you want to travel in Tibet. -WildChina
 
Jun 14 2012 Posted By: Mark
Is it true that permits are now being issued? We are a group of 7 Australians looking to travel to Lhasa at the end of June. Is this possible? Mark
 
Jun 11 2012 Posted By: Guo Yanjiang
Hope to travel in West China
 
Mar 06 2012 Posted By: Mei
One of my favorite stores in Beijing.
 
Mar 01 2012 Posted By: Chaiton W.
I am a sixth-grade student at Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN. I’m working on a documentary film on the topic of Chinese food, do you think you might be able to help me with information. Could you answer some questions for my research? What is the most famous cooking stile? Why is it the most famous? What made you go into chinese food? Thank you for your time and if you can email me back. Sincerely, Chaiton W Greetings, In the interest of authentic, performance-based learning, my middle-school students are reaching out to experts about China as they prepare a documentary film about a topic of their choice. If you can, I appreciate very much your willingness to answer a few questions they have, taking just a few minutes of your time, I hope. I’ve tried to make sure they’re asking “expert” questions, after having done basic research already. Thanks for your assistance, and feel free to contact me if you have questions. Alan Wong Middle School Humanities Teacher Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN awong@baylorschool.org 423-267-8506 ext. 371
 
Feb 13 2012 Posted By: Fin
As a tour operator in Bhutan, we are also grappling with a similar challenge. When we started out a few years back, we wanted to be as eco-conscious as possible. Used water bottles have now become a part of our burgeoning waste problem in the country, a country that doesn't even have a recycling plant. The irony is we do not generate enough trash to sustain one. All along we knew using bottled water was not the way to go, but we desperately needed a viable substitute to do away with it. We have been encouraging our clients to bring their own re-usable bottles and Steripen. While some get the idea, many decide to stick to bottled water. We are also planning on having our vehicles fitted with water filter canisters (holding 15-20 litres of water), which are capable of trapping sediments. To rid of any micro-organisms, water will be boiled and cooled overnight at hotels, ready to be transferred to the canisters. Given that water in Bhutan is free of heavy metals, this process should be adequate. However, we do know there will still be some people who might be uncomfortable and would want to stick to manufactured water. What's comforting though, is some people do take their own initiative to bring water bottles with purifiers, which is practical and works great. Any suggestion would be great. Thanks!
 
Feb 10 2012 Posted By: Jenny
Find the very best portable water purification systems and invest in some to have along on your journeys or at strategic points of destination. Use your own bottles and refill so that guests have a supply of one bottle per day. They can drink other beverages for the rest of their needs.
 
Feb 10 2012 Posted By: Jacqueline Fitz
For years I traveled with a simple water filter.... a cup with a built-in charcoal filter that took care of almost everything including giardia. Since I travelled in many remote areas, potable water was rarely available. I even filtered bottled water when I could getit since I was unsure of its quality. This technique was very successful through the years. Unfortunately that particular water filter is no longer available but something similar would address your problem. (I used mine in remote areas of China and also in Hong Kong)
 
Jan 18 2012 Posted By: Mei
I can testify that this is one of the best dishes at one of my favorite restaurants in Beijing. Mei
 
Nov 29 2011 Posted By: Joan morris
Where can I get Sichuan ingredients in the U S?
 
Nov 24 2011 Posted By: Ron Denham
My wife and I recently went on a WC tour led by Fred and he made it a marvelous and informative time for us. He sets the bar very high for any other tour guid I might everuse. I hope to go on another "Fred He" WC tour one of these days. Best wises to your parents, Fred. Ron & Gail Denham
 
Aug 31 2010 Posted By: Wang
Unfortunately, the only sustainable thing that the Schoolhouse has brought to their local community is a rising cost of living. They have basically taken over the village and surrounding communities and have forced local residents (who are mainly farmers) to find more affordable accommodation elsewhere. I support Slow Food and I am sure your overseas guests like the novelty of staying at the Schoolhouse in Mutianyu, but please don't portray them as a bunch of do-gooders. They are in it for the money, regardless of the consequences their uncontrolled and unchecked development might have on the local community.
 
Aug 17 2010 Posted By: Fayegirl
was in this area in May, even then was affected by landslides and flooding, how much more do these people have to suffer, my thoughts and prayers are with them
 
Jul 27 2010 Posted By: Brennan
Even though I won't be able to apply it seems like this is a wonderful area of China to visit. I know people who have visited the major cities and then complained about how dirty it was or how it was too congested but they didn't realize the best parts of the country aren't located in the most populated places but many times in the least populated. Should be a great trip for those involved.
 
Jul 25 2010 Posted By: Molly
You're writing about my home. It makes me feel like crying because I'm not there now. You've written the story beautifully. My father-in-law rode the tea and horse caravan train, made and lost fortunes, and now resides quietly in Dali with my brother-in-law. The traces that those adventures left in his heart are still there. Talking with him is another adventure that always leaves me wanting to cry. Now I'm in Zhangjiagang, running an eco-resort staffed with Yi from Xiao Liang Shan. The Yi too had their place on the trail, one of the main branches of which ran through their territory and via Lugu Lake. My father-in-law spend his formative years in Muli, just the other side of Lugu Lake, raised by another family of traders after his own parents were killed during clan scirmishes in Chamdo. Keep up the good work, and keep letting people know that it's not about visiting an alian culture, it's about visiting people like you or my, for whom the most spectacular scenery in the world is just called "home."
 
Jul 21 2010 Posted By: Alex G
Hi Jamie, Sure. Send me an email at alex.grieves@wildchina.com and I'll get you in touch. Best, Alex
 
Jul 21 2010 Posted By: Jamie
Hi! Wonderful article! Is there any way you could put me in touch with Tea Master Zehng? I would like to purchase some of her tea in bulk. Thank you!
 
Jul 16 2010 Posted By: yunnangirl
Well said. Lijiang is so beautiful regardless of the crowds. The key is to find ways to appreciate its beautify and connect with people there.
 
Jul 16 2010 Posted By: Jason
Mie. Thank you for your insight and perspective on a "different" China not often found by us common folk (even with a lot of research). Keep up the good work.
 
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Jun 29 2010 Posted By: David Tanenui
I think you are right it sounds like everything is focussed on the top end of tourism, its a pity because the lower end tourists are the ones that are more inclined on caring for the environment and for the country contributing to sustainable practices. Money talks these days and the GDP is the aim of all countries, here in New Zealand we have beautiful sights but we have to fight to keep it beautiful, our government are only interested in making money of land that doesn't even belong to them but don't worry as soon as they have finished mining and destroying it they will say sorry and give it back to us the people of the land and give us $$$ for the damage they have created, WOW,you need to be more Vocal, the more voices creating opinions will create understanding Kia Ora
 
Jun 28 2010 Posted By: David
Hi, Earlier this month I posted my experiences using an iPad in China for research. I deal with the connection issues and VPNs to get around the Great Firewall. I found using WiFi very easy: http://museumfatigue.org/using-the-ipad-in-china
 
Jun 24 2010 Posted By: Bill
Nice post. I was thinking about picking up an iPad with China trips in mind. I think I've already found a solution for wired internet and that is to bring an airport express unit with me. It's proved invaluable on previous trips and is relatively easy to carry around. The other reason I'm considering the iPad is the ability to suck up RAW photos from a digital camera. My hope (although I've not tested it) is that this would free up the memory card to allow me to carry on shooting. Have you any experience of using it this way?
 
Jun 18 2010 Posted By: Michelle
Hello there, I'm producing a documentary about climate change and I wondered if you or anyone you know might be interested in being a "fixer" - our person on the ground in China to help set up the shoot and be with the director. Any help you might be able to give would be much appreciated. Kind Regards, Michelle
 
Jun 05 2010 Posted By: Ma Hao
Wow, Zhang Mei, my old schoolmate! Ages no see! Proud of you by reading every bit about you in this article.
 
May 04 2010 Posted By: johno
Ah, its good to have some clarity on the issue. Sometimes definitions get a bit muddy in such a cross-cultural translations. I'd be curious to learn about the fuding tea processor and wild tea from there.
 
Apr 29 2010 Posted By: Houses Philippines
And I know you might have good intentions, but now a days, it is common for people to come yup with scams. There are actually organizations who asks for donation but do not use the donation money for good. How can you assure us that your organization is genuine?
 
Apr 28 2010 Posted By: HM
I am totally agree with you on the first 4 places but the last one. I would rather say Shanghai is the last city for people to know China from my personal experience:) There is nothing fun in Shanghai besides shopping(expensive) and skyscrapers. I agree that Beijing is the best place to stay and Xi'an remains the second. Anyway, doesnt matter this blog is very helpful for who is planning a trip to China.
 
Apr 21 2010 Posted By: Klaus
Thank you so much for your support! On our Blog we provide a Paypal donation option. Our Teams in the region mostly need donations to buy tents, food, medication and, later on, construction materiel for the people that have lost everything. Thank you!
 
Apr 21 2010 Posted By: Klaus
Thank you so much for your support! On our Blog we provide a Paypal donation option. Our Teams in the region mostly need donations to buy tents, food, medication and, later on, construction materiel for the people that have lost everything. Thank you!
 
Apr 20 2010 Posted By: Trevor
Do you need volunteers on the ground, just financial donations, or both?
 
Apr 16 2010 Posted By: Jason
I am happy to hear of your kind display of corporate responsibility and general kindness. The tragedies in the news today need all of our attentions and efforts to help those involved cope. Keep up the good work!
 
Apr 14 2010 Posted By: Ian Sanchez
Congratulations Mei Zhang! It will be good for the adventure travel industry to have your perspective.
 
Apr 08 2010 Posted By: lyni
very interesting. I'm fond of chinese tea. Do you plan any trip in zijing mountain for tea picking ?? It could be great.
 
Feb 12 2010 Posted By: Spencer
Hello Mei: I stumbled upon your site and will look into it on a regular basis. I am from Canada and have been to China on assignment to shoot several time. I am planning a three-person trip this fall for three months. We are journalists from Canada (me), and two Chinese journalists who live in the United States. Our trip back to China is unique. We will be test driving three different Chinese vehicles and be blogging, filming and writing articles for our respective newspapers and web sites. This trip is about 11,750 kilometres in length. In addition to reviewiing these vehicles under challenging conditions, I will be writing about the culture, history and daily life on the road. Our blog is not up yet, but closer to the time, I will give you the link. The think that grabbed my attention about your site was the line, 'Experience China Differently'. I have fallen in love with China and have been to many parts of the country. I prefer the rural settings and the people are always warm, hospitable and welcoming wherever I go. I long to return and bring more adventures and images to the millions of readers who frequent our newspaper's site. The Toronto Star is the largest newspaper in the country with an enviable readership. Perhaps next time I am in Beijing I will look you up. I have my regular guide in Beijing and she can bring me to you for a visit. Sincerely, Spencer Wynn www.travelstock.org (this is only my stock website)
 
Feb 03 2010 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Loved the untold story behind the conde Nast piece.
 
Jan 27 2010 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Interesting. but also there are other solar centers around China. Know any more?
 
Jan 18 2010 Posted By: Li.rui
Yes, we had a week training classes that we leart lots of informitiaon and knowledge from it, thanks every teacher. Expecting I'll have more training chance to study and promote myself.
 
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Jan 08 2010 Posted By: Rongkun
I wish I could have known it earlier!
 
Dec 28 2009 Posted By: Bart Batsleer
Hi, I`ve been in touch with Stewart when I was in Guilin, but I lost his phone number... could you bring him back in touch with me for I have my brother and sister going to Guilin... Thank you. Bart
 
Dec 09 2009 Posted By: Bo Poats
Abby: Intruiging intro....easier to be a leader in renewable energy when you have a single view of the value of externalities, and an ability to scale manufactuiring to lower unit costs in order to hit financial objectives on the supply side. Would be good to know how the average Zho utilizes renewable energy and is educated about its economic applicatiions (i.e., the role of public education and programs), as there may be some lessons to be learned in more "developed" economies.
 
Dec 08 2009 Posted By: Beth Dohrn
I can't wait to share this with my son! What great information Alexander!
 
Dec 08 2009 Posted By: mitey de aguiar
This is a fascinating article! I had no idea that T Rex lived in that part of the world. I'm sure some amazing discoveries are on their way.
 
 
 
 
Nov 19 2009 Posted By: Jason
Thanks for the helpful information. I plan to be in China during that time... just need to make plans.
 
Nov 19 2009 Posted By: Alex G
Hi Jason, thanks for your inquiry! The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival begins on January 5 and continues for about a month. However, there are a variety of related activities at Sun Island Park, Zhaolin Park, and venues in Harbin city proper starting in mid-December. You may find a full schedule of events here: http://bit.ly/2DT6EE It is open from 9 am to 10 pm daily, and daily admission for adults is 150 RMB. There are separate entrance fees for Sun Island Park and Zhaolin Park; admission is 30 RMB per adult. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
 
Nov 17 2009 Posted By: Jason
What is the schedule for the Harbin winter festival in 2010? Is there an official time or schedule of events?
 
Nov 09 2009 Posted By: Andrea
Just catching up on your blog, Heth...beautiful stuff
 
Nov 08 2009 Posted By: Yunnangirl
fantastic news..thanks for sharing .
 
Oct 31 2009 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Oh, this entry made me homesick. I still remember the sound of us driving on top of the crop that's being dried on the road. That was the first step of processing rice after harvest. Thank you for writing this piece.
 
Oct 26 2009 Posted By: Tessa
I love the blog Heather- hope everything is going well for you
 
Oct 23 2009 Posted By: Elyane
Very jealous Heather! Can't wait to hear about Xinjiang...
 
Oct 15 2009 Posted By: Linda Winn
What a wonderful generous gesture to get a beautiful new basketball court built for this poor village so that the children can thrive. Xiao is a very special person and his love for the Miao people is great indeed. How happy he made these people!
 
Oct 15 2009 Posted By: Kevin
This is a great article. Look forward to reading the rest. I will be going to a small village in January to visit my wife's grandmother and brother. They also do not live too far from Xi'an. I am looking forward to your updates and pictures.
 
Oct 14 2009 Posted By: Jason
Very very cool. Thanks for sharing.
 
Oct 03 2009 Posted By: Clark
I just got back from the Yinqixing Indoor Skiing Area and was not impressed with the place. They jacked the prices up for the National Day holiday, but only half the park was even functioning. What a rip-off.
 
Oct 02 2009 Posted By: Kate
I've subscribed to your blog and look forward to reading more...thanks for your eloquent insights Heather! Australians can learn so much from ancient and indigenous cultures.
 
Oct 02 2009 Posted By: Heather.Graham
Yes, you are absolutely correct Russell. A large majority of the young people from Huayang go to the bigger cities (particularly in southern China) to work after they finish secondary school here. Receiving money from your children working elsewhere, is one of the two main forms of income for the people of Huayang (the other is growing medicine plants). Thanks for your question.
 
Oct 01 2009 Posted By: Andrea Redford
Great blog Heather. Thanks for sharing your unique insights into China. All the best with the Golden Week influx!
 
Sep 30 2009 Posted By: Li.rui
it 's really really true and a good place of CNNR and a beauty Astrilian work and devote here now~~~
 
Sep 26 2009 Posted By: prizebig.ru
superb article . Will definitely copy it to my blog.Thanks.
 
Sep 25 2009 Posted By: Russell
Heather, great post. A question that came to mind: with such a small population, is there pressure on the younger people to move away to the big cities to secure work?
 
 
Sep 16 2009 Posted By: frank
Hey, i liked this article, Im a hiker my self and i promise to go take time one day to go check it out :) and will I will put a link back at http://www.travelmastery.com as a complementary purpose. please post more pics!
 
Sep 11 2009 Posted By: sandrar
Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post... nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.
 
Aug 10 2009 Posted By: Maureen Lopez
china has never been associated with the snow sports.howvever you will definitely enjoy in the ski resorts which has been listed. it will be a very nice experience to visit these resorts and enjoy the snow sports.
 
Jul 20 2009 Posted By: Jason Witt
This is a nice complete list of the basic Chinese teas. Any tea lover should have tried all these listed here a few different times with different water temperatures and multiple steepings. Of course loose leaf tea will be needed. It's all about the fun of exploration and the adventure of discovering new favorites.
 
Jul 13 2009 Posted By: stephen
Great tips! About the Eating one though, I've also heard a different side: leaving anything behind could be seen as a sign of wastefulness or ingratitude (especially for a man). I've often been told, "If you know how hard somebody worked to harvest that rice for your meal, you wouldn't waste a single grain." I guess it probably depends where you are or who you talk with though, and like everything else, foreigners do have some leeway for any cultural faux pas made. :)
 
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Apr 08 2009 Posted By: costa caleta
costa caleta... I think the post- vacation blues definitely set in last week when I got back, and linger on today. I saw a lot of neat things and met some wonderful people, but it's back to the grind here in DC. I wish I could travel more. /...
 
 
 
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Feb 14 2009 Posted By: Rongkun
it seems to require quite some time to display the photos since they are too big-sized.
 
Feb 14 2009 Posted By: Rongkun
It would be some misleading since Beijing University was not a recognized name, if referred to Peking University. The latter name is officially adopted in public.
 
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[...] Condé Nast World Savers Congress: China PanelSo far we’ve hosted four WWF guides on month-long stints in the WildChina Beijing office to learn about responsible travel best-practices, marketing and service standards. The goal of this project is to expose local leaders to different … [...]
 
Aug 26 2008 Posted By: Wilbur
Taking photos with the guards looks fun. The view of the Great Wall is undoubtly magnificant.
 
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Aug 05 2008 Posted By: Emma
Anita is too shy to post her videos from this trip, but I think they're pretty cool! Check out her YouTube videos of Miao Minority Dances in Guizhou, as well as a ground opera at Jichang Village. The quality isn't great (we're travel gurus, not videographers!!) but you can still get a flavor of her trip. http://www.youtube.com/user/wildchinaus
 
Jul 30 2008 Posted By: Emma
Love your first blog post Anita! Very excited to follow your trek through China from my computer in the WildChina office in Beijing. Come back to us safe and sound!
 
Jul 06 2008 Posted By: Joy
Yes, really appreciate your visit, thank you so much!
 
Jun 17 2008 Posted By: elachian
給四川的人, 我是從電視上看到你們的地震的災情. 我知道你們現在很痛苦, 特地寫了這封信, 想要告訴你們, 安威你們, 希望你們好好加油. 重建家園, 讓我們一起努力, 幫助你們, 早日忘記現在的陰影. 不只我們在這裡我要告訴你們, 現在全球各地大家都希望你們會再一次站起來. 我相信你們. 加油, 四川人! 陸愛蓮 Kainan University taiwan
 
Jun 17 2008 Posted By: elachian
給四川的人, 我是從電視上看到你們的地震的災情. 我知道你們現在很痛苦, 特地寫了這封信, 想要告訴你們, 安威你們, 希望你們好好加油. 重建家園, 讓我們一起努力, 幫助你們, 早日忘記現在的陰影. 不只我們在這裡我要告訴你們, 現在全球各地大家都希望你們會再一次站起來. 我相信你們. 加油, 四川人! 陸愛蓮 Kainan University Taiwan ROC
 
Jun 07 2008 Posted By: seb
Thank you Philip for these précisions. I wish China stand as soon as possible after the disaster. I plan to come in Siguniang next October. Do you think it will be re oppened for foreign visitors? Thanks
 
Jun 07 2008 Posted By: Eric
At this very time, all of people are united to overcome the catastrophe! I just went through the earthquake in person. It felt horrible and so many tragedies happened! With our deepest condolence!
 
Jun 03 2008 Posted By: Eric
Eric... Hello, I have a few websites of my own and I must say that your site is really top notch. Keep up the great work on a really high class resource....
 

June 10th, 2014

China Travel: Discover Mount Emei in Sichuan

By: WildChina | Categories: China Travel

Check out this on the road experience from WildChina’s travel product design manager, Colleen O’Connor, and discover an unknown trail situated deep in Emei’s sacred mountain range, just waiting to be explored…by you!

We traveled to Sichuan with one main goal in mind: to find more exciting, adventurous routes accessible for you to Experience China Differently! For today, our destination included a little-known hiking trail along Sichuan’s Emei Mountain, one of China’s four sacred Buddhist Mountains. The name “Emei” literally translates to “delicate eyebrows,” deriving from two of the mountain’s peaks—Ten Thousand Buddha Summit and Golden Summit—resembling the curvature of one’s brow. On this hike, we planned to follow along Emei’s brow into mountainous terrain, bamboo groves, and an isolated temple.

The night before, Rebecca, WildChina’s Operations Manager, and I spent the night at the luxurious Anantara Emei Resort & Spa, a recently opened 5-star hotel nestled along the foothills of the Tibetan Plateau. After packing our daypacks, we left the comforts of our spacious double room and scooted along by private cart, passing the resort’s outdoor hot spring and colorful flower gardens to the main lobby.

Standard Double Bedroom in Anantara Emei Resort & Spa

Double Room at Emei Resort & Spa

We met our friendly Sichuan guides at the dining hall for a continental breakfast, boasting a wide array of Western and Chinese breakfast foods. After filling our stomachs, we hopped into an SUV to begin our 2-hour ride through remote villages and twisting mountain roads into the heart of Emei’s mountain range. Our first plan of action was to meet our local guide, who would lead the hike.

As the morning mist hovered over the country road, our driver drove slowly to avoid residents walking along the road’s edge. Through the window, I saw men carrying plows with dirt still hanging of the metal grips from yesterday’s farm work. The women carried empty woven baskets, preparing for a day of vegetable picking…a glimpse of an ordinary morning in rural Sichuan.

After two hours, we ascended one last bend along a cliff face before meeting our guide at a local home. His own home is situated far above in the mountains and inaccessible by road. So, he met us in the middle. He looked into the SUV, with a sweet-smelling pipe in hand, and grinned, “You ge laowai day” “There’s a foreigner!”

Local Emei Guide

Mr. Yue, our friendly Emei Mountain Guide

He put his pipe away and jumped in, while guiding the driver through dirt roads along towering cliffs and tiny hillside villages to our hike’s starting point, a slow moving river. The car slid to a muddy stop and we stepped out into a valley with a river trailing between the surrounding alpine mountains. After a night of light rainfall, the refreshing scent of wet pine was all around.

We said goodbye to our driver and followed our guide as he hopped as light as a feather over the stones placed in the river, beginning our trek into Emei Mountain. The hike started with a gradual incline to a wooden hut, surrounded by tilled land. Our guide explained that this little farm cultivated a type of root used for traditional Chinese medicine. As we took off our warm layers, the traditional medicine farmer came out of the hut to meet us, striking up a conversation with our guide, who was his close friend and neighbor.

We said our farewells and continued our way into a sea of bamboo groves. Being the end of March, late winter’s yellowish green tint took up most of the scenery’s color, except for the refreshing and vibrant green bamboo leaves that encircled the trail. Towering pines, shedding birch trees, and tangles of other tree types added to the mountainous flora.

Emei Local Trail Hike (snow)

Hiking through a tangle of trees and fresh moss (March scenery, we recommend you hike this trail in either spring or fall)

While exploring this unbeaten trail, I felt a sense of adventure and excitement for what would come next. Possibly another a unique bird, animal prints, or a mountainside vista? Thinking about the possibilities led to pondering over the other, more developed side of the mountain. How would it compare? I had heard it is equally beautiful, but also touristy with thousands of tourists visiting each day, hiking up a plethora of stone steps. The back trail, on the other hand, was the opposite, with hillside villages, dirt paths, and an intimate feeling of you with nature.

Ten Thousand Buddha Temple.jpg

Beyond the steps emerged the Ten Thousand Buddha Temple

After six hours of hiking, we finally reached the Ten Thousand Buddha summit, the highest point of Emei at 3,099 meters (10,167 feet). On the peak resides an isolated temple surrounded by clouds and sky, situated in a quiet, hard to access portion of the national park. It was the perfect place to rest and eat lunch. I gazed into the distance, peaking through pockets of mist and seeing the bluest of blue skies hiding beneath. I felt as if I was high in the air, one with the sky. The nearby Golden Pagoda, a larger than life golden statue of Samantabhadra, shimmered in the distance, waiting for us to visit.

After lunch, we set off to finish the rest of the trek, which was primarily flat as we followed an old train line that once led tourists to the temple. The line is now closed after an earthquake years back. We finally made it to the Golden Pagoda, ending our fun-filled day of adventure.

Golden Pagoda

The hike ended at the shimmering Golden Pagoda

This trek is for hiking-lovers, or for those who want to bring out the adventurer within, and witness a very real side of Sichuan’s countryside and will be at the tip of your fingertips by September 2014 after roads are fully accessible.

Experience Emei Mountain Differently with WildChina!

[Photos taken by Colleen O'Connor]

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What did you think? If Colleen’s descriptions of hiking Emei Mountain got you excited, check out other fun, new activities available in Sichuan in the Into the Heart of China’s Panda Country itinerary [here]. If you have any questions, shoot us an email at info@wildchina.com

 


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Comments on "China Travel: Discover Mount Emei in Sichuan"


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sep 06 2012 Posted By: Mary Barnes
What a beautiful moment. Excellent blog. The description sent early morning chills down my spine. Thousands of silent soldiers marching the wall came to mind in the dawn light. I have been there and was amazed at the formidable snake crawling over the hills. Mary
 
Aug 24 2012 Posted By: Gabrielle
Well done especially from such an elite group as the Harvard Business School.
 
Aug 24 2012 Posted By: Gabrielle
Absolutely splendid story. Bravo to Xiao.
 
Aug 23 2012 Posted By: PL
Smart and kind of you, good luck to you with Teach for China.
 
Aug 17 2012 Posted By: Cathryn Noyes
Wow Devin, just beautiful. What a trip. The photos and words make me (almost) feel like I am there!
 
 
Aug 08 2012 Posted By: Linda Winn
Wonderful story and video! Xiao is not only a fantastic guide, but he is kind,thoughtful,enthusiastic,fun-loving and generous. How great to bring such happiness to the Miao people by building them something the whole village can enjoy and sharing his love for basketball with all of them. Congratulations to him and the village basketball champions!
 
Jul 24 2012 Posted By: Bobby
Good article, Iv always wanted to visit China and after reading this I want to go even more!
 
Jul 12 2012 Posted By: may
Fun & fabulous WildChina crew! -Your Taiwan fans
 
Jul 12 2012 Posted By: ellen
You guys look amazing!
 
Jul 09 2012 Posted By: Tibetan Jewelry
Very interesting! Tibet's ancient "silk road" was influential before recorded history. Your history on that influence and its connection to Tibet's cultural artifacts is very interesting! How else would they have gotten that coral and those conch shells! The tea and horse road in Yunnan is great.
 
Jun 15 2012 Posted By: Nancy
Hi Mark, Great to hear from you. We believe that you should be set to go and will be able to get the permit. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch at Info@wildchina.com. We can learn more specifics about your group and where you want to travel in Tibet. -WildChina
 
Jun 14 2012 Posted By: Mark
Is it true that permits are now being issued? We are a group of 7 Australians looking to travel to Lhasa at the end of June. Is this possible? Mark
 
Jun 11 2012 Posted By: Guo Yanjiang
Hope to travel in West China
 
Mar 06 2012 Posted By: Mei
One of my favorite stores in Beijing.
 
Mar 01 2012 Posted By: Chaiton W.
I am a sixth-grade student at Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN. I’m working on a documentary film on the topic of Chinese food, do you think you might be able to help me with information. Could you answer some questions for my research? What is the most famous cooking stile? Why is it the most famous? What made you go into chinese food? Thank you for your time and if you can email me back. Sincerely, Chaiton W Greetings, In the interest of authentic, performance-based learning, my middle-school students are reaching out to experts about China as they prepare a documentary film about a topic of their choice. If you can, I appreciate very much your willingness to answer a few questions they have, taking just a few minutes of your time, I hope. I’ve tried to make sure they’re asking “expert” questions, after having done basic research already. Thanks for your assistance, and feel free to contact me if you have questions. Alan Wong Middle School Humanities Teacher Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN awong@baylorschool.org 423-267-8506 ext. 371
 
Feb 13 2012 Posted By: Fin
As a tour operator in Bhutan, we are also grappling with a similar challenge. When we started out a few years back, we wanted to be as eco-conscious as possible. Used water bottles have now become a part of our burgeoning waste problem in the country, a country that doesn't even have a recycling plant. The irony is we do not generate enough trash to sustain one. All along we knew using bottled water was not the way to go, but we desperately needed a viable substitute to do away with it. We have been encouraging our clients to bring their own re-usable bottles and Steripen. While some get the idea, many decide to stick to bottled water. We are also planning on having our vehicles fitted with water filter canisters (holding 15-20 litres of water), which are capable of trapping sediments. To rid of any micro-organisms, water will be boiled and cooled overnight at hotels, ready to be transferred to the canisters. Given that water in Bhutan is free of heavy metals, this process should be adequate. However, we do know there will still be some people who might be uncomfortable and would want to stick to manufactured water. What's comforting though, is some people do take their own initiative to bring water bottles with purifiers, which is practical and works great. Any suggestion would be great. Thanks!
 
Feb 10 2012 Posted By: Jenny
Find the very best portable water purification systems and invest in some to have along on your journeys or at strategic points of destination. Use your own bottles and refill so that guests have a supply of one bottle per day. They can drink other beverages for the rest of their needs.
 
Feb 10 2012 Posted By: Jacqueline Fitz
For years I traveled with a simple water filter.... a cup with a built-in charcoal filter that took care of almost everything including giardia. Since I travelled in many remote areas, potable water was rarely available. I even filtered bottled water when I could getit since I was unsure of its quality. This technique was very successful through the years. Unfortunately that particular water filter is no longer available but something similar would address your problem. (I used mine in remote areas of China and also in Hong Kong)
 
Jan 18 2012 Posted By: Mei
I can testify that this is one of the best dishes at one of my favorite restaurants in Beijing. Mei
 
Nov 29 2011 Posted By: Joan morris
Where can I get Sichuan ingredients in the U S?
 
Nov 24 2011 Posted By: Ron Denham
My wife and I recently went on a WC tour led by Fred and he made it a marvelous and informative time for us. He sets the bar very high for any other tour guid I might everuse. I hope to go on another "Fred He" WC tour one of these days. Best wises to your parents, Fred. Ron & Gail Denham
 
Aug 31 2010 Posted By: Wang
Unfortunately, the only sustainable thing that the Schoolhouse has brought to their local community is a rising cost of living. They have basically taken over the village and surrounding communities and have forced local residents (who are mainly farmers) to find more affordable accommodation elsewhere. I support Slow Food and I am sure your overseas guests like the novelty of staying at the Schoolhouse in Mutianyu, but please don't portray them as a bunch of do-gooders. They are in it for the money, regardless of the consequences their uncontrolled and unchecked development might have on the local community.
 
Aug 17 2010 Posted By: Fayegirl
was in this area in May, even then was affected by landslides and flooding, how much more do these people have to suffer, my thoughts and prayers are with them
 
Jul 27 2010 Posted By: Brennan
Even though I won't be able to apply it seems like this is a wonderful area of China to visit. I know people who have visited the major cities and then complained about how dirty it was or how it was too congested but they didn't realize the best parts of the country aren't located in the most populated places but many times in the least populated. Should be a great trip for those involved.
 
Jul 25 2010 Posted By: Molly
You're writing about my home. It makes me feel like crying because I'm not there now. You've written the story beautifully. My father-in-law rode the tea and horse caravan train, made and lost fortunes, and now resides quietly in Dali with my brother-in-law. The traces that those adventures left in his heart are still there. Talking with him is another adventure that always leaves me wanting to cry. Now I'm in Zhangjiagang, running an eco-resort staffed with Yi from Xiao Liang Shan. The Yi too had their place on the trail, one of the main branches of which ran through their territory and via Lugu Lake. My father-in-law spend his formative years in Muli, just the other side of Lugu Lake, raised by another family of traders after his own parents were killed during clan scirmishes in Chamdo. Keep up the good work, and keep letting people know that it's not about visiting an alian culture, it's about visiting people like you or my, for whom the most spectacular scenery in the world is just called "home."
 
Jul 21 2010 Posted By: Alex G
Hi Jamie, Sure. Send me an email at alex.grieves@wildchina.com and I'll get you in touch. Best, Alex
 
Jul 21 2010 Posted By: Jamie
Hi! Wonderful article! Is there any way you could put me in touch with Tea Master Zehng? I would like to purchase some of her tea in bulk. Thank you!
 
Jul 16 2010 Posted By: yunnangirl
Well said. Lijiang is so beautiful regardless of the crowds. The key is to find ways to appreciate its beautify and connect with people there.
 
Jul 16 2010 Posted By: Jason
Mie. Thank you for your insight and perspective on a "different" China not often found by us common folk (even with a lot of research). Keep up the good work.
 
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Jun 29 2010 Posted By: David Tanenui
I think you are right it sounds like everything is focussed on the top end of tourism, its a pity because the lower end tourists are the ones that are more inclined on caring for the environment and for the country contributing to sustainable practices. Money talks these days and the GDP is the aim of all countries, here in New Zealand we have beautiful sights but we have to fight to keep it beautiful, our government are only interested in making money of land that doesn't even belong to them but don't worry as soon as they have finished mining and destroying it they will say sorry and give it back to us the people of the land and give us $$$ for the damage they have created, WOW,you need to be more Vocal, the more voices creating opinions will create understanding Kia Ora
 
Jun 28 2010 Posted By: David
Hi, Earlier this month I posted my experiences using an iPad in China for research. I deal with the connection issues and VPNs to get around the Great Firewall. I found using WiFi very easy: http://museumfatigue.org/using-the-ipad-in-china
 
Jun 24 2010 Posted By: Bill
Nice post. I was thinking about picking up an iPad with China trips in mind. I think I've already found a solution for wired internet and that is to bring an airport express unit with me. It's proved invaluable on previous trips and is relatively easy to carry around. The other reason I'm considering the iPad is the ability to suck up RAW photos from a digital camera. My hope (although I've not tested it) is that this would free up the memory card to allow me to carry on shooting. Have you any experience of using it this way?
 
Jun 18 2010 Posted By: Michelle
Hello there, I'm producing a documentary about climate change and I wondered if you or anyone you know might be interested in being a "fixer" - our person on the ground in China to help set up the shoot and be with the director. Any help you might be able to give would be much appreciated. Kind Regards, Michelle
 
Jun 05 2010 Posted By: Ma Hao
Wow, Zhang Mei, my old schoolmate! Ages no see! Proud of you by reading every bit about you in this article.
 
May 04 2010 Posted By: johno
Ah, its good to have some clarity on the issue. Sometimes definitions get a bit muddy in such a cross-cultural translations. I'd be curious to learn about the fuding tea processor and wild tea from there.
 
Apr 29 2010 Posted By: Houses Philippines
And I know you might have good intentions, but now a days, it is common for people to come yup with scams. There are actually organizations who asks for donation but do not use the donation money for good. How can you assure us that your organization is genuine?
 
Apr 28 2010 Posted By: HM
I am totally agree with you on the first 4 places but the last one. I would rather say Shanghai is the last city for people to know China from my personal experience:) There is nothing fun in Shanghai besides shopping(expensive) and skyscrapers. I agree that Beijing is the best place to stay and Xi'an remains the second. Anyway, doesnt matter this blog is very helpful for who is planning a trip to China.
 
Apr 21 2010 Posted By: Klaus
Thank you so much for your support! On our Blog we provide a Paypal donation option. Our Teams in the region mostly need donations to buy tents, food, medication and, later on, construction materiel for the people that have lost everything. Thank you!
 
Apr 21 2010 Posted By: Klaus
Thank you so much for your support! On our Blog we provide a Paypal donation option. Our Teams in the region mostly need donations to buy tents, food, medication and, later on, construction materiel for the people that have lost everything. Thank you!
 
Apr 20 2010 Posted By: Trevor
Do you need volunteers on the ground, just financial donations, or both?
 
Apr 16 2010 Posted By: Jason
I am happy to hear of your kind display of corporate responsibility and general kindness. The tragedies in the news today need all of our attentions and efforts to help those involved cope. Keep up the good work!
 
Apr 14 2010 Posted By: Ian Sanchez
Congratulations Mei Zhang! It will be good for the adventure travel industry to have your perspective.
 
Apr 08 2010 Posted By: lyni
very interesting. I'm fond of chinese tea. Do you plan any trip in zijing mountain for tea picking ?? It could be great.
 
Feb 12 2010 Posted By: Spencer
Hello Mei: I stumbled upon your site and will look into it on a regular basis. I am from Canada and have been to China on assignment to shoot several time. I am planning a three-person trip this fall for three months. We are journalists from Canada (me), and two Chinese journalists who live in the United States. Our trip back to China is unique. We will be test driving three different Chinese vehicles and be blogging, filming and writing articles for our respective newspapers and web sites. This trip is about 11,750 kilometres in length. In addition to reviewiing these vehicles under challenging conditions, I will be writing about the culture, history and daily life on the road. Our blog is not up yet, but closer to the time, I will give you the link. The think that grabbed my attention about your site was the line, 'Experience China Differently'. I have fallen in love with China and have been to many parts of the country. I prefer the rural settings and the people are always warm, hospitable and welcoming wherever I go. I long to return and bring more adventures and images to the millions of readers who frequent our newspaper's site. The Toronto Star is the largest newspaper in the country with an enviable readership. Perhaps next time I am in Beijing I will look you up. I have my regular guide in Beijing and she can bring me to you for a visit. Sincerely, Spencer Wynn www.travelstock.org (this is only my stock website)
 
Feb 03 2010 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Loved the untold story behind the conde Nast piece.
 
Jan 27 2010 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Interesting. but also there are other solar centers around China. Know any more?
 
Jan 18 2010 Posted By: Li.rui
Yes, we had a week training classes that we leart lots of informitiaon and knowledge from it, thanks every teacher. Expecting I'll have more training chance to study and promote myself.
 
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Jan 08 2010 Posted By: Rongkun
I wish I could have known it earlier!
 
Dec 28 2009 Posted By: Bart Batsleer
Hi, I`ve been in touch with Stewart when I was in Guilin, but I lost his phone number... could you bring him back in touch with me for I have my brother and sister going to Guilin... Thank you. Bart
 
Dec 09 2009 Posted By: Bo Poats
Abby: Intruiging intro....easier to be a leader in renewable energy when you have a single view of the value of externalities, and an ability to scale manufactuiring to lower unit costs in order to hit financial objectives on the supply side. Would be good to know how the average Zho utilizes renewable energy and is educated about its economic applicatiions (i.e., the role of public education and programs), as there may be some lessons to be learned in more "developed" economies.
 
Dec 08 2009 Posted By: Beth Dohrn
I can't wait to share this with my son! What great information Alexander!
 
Dec 08 2009 Posted By: mitey de aguiar
This is a fascinating article! I had no idea that T Rex lived in that part of the world. I'm sure some amazing discoveries are on their way.
 
 
 
 
Nov 19 2009 Posted By: Jason
Thanks for the helpful information. I plan to be in China during that time... just need to make plans.
 
Nov 19 2009 Posted By: Alex G
Hi Jason, thanks for your inquiry! The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival begins on January 5 and continues for about a month. However, there are a variety of related activities at Sun Island Park, Zhaolin Park, and venues in Harbin city proper starting in mid-December. You may find a full schedule of events here: http://bit.ly/2DT6EE It is open from 9 am to 10 pm daily, and daily admission for adults is 150 RMB. There are separate entrance fees for Sun Island Park and Zhaolin Park; admission is 30 RMB per adult. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
 
Nov 17 2009 Posted By: Jason
What is the schedule for the Harbin winter festival in 2010? Is there an official time or schedule of events?
 
Nov 09 2009 Posted By: Andrea
Just catching up on your blog, Heth...beautiful stuff
 
Nov 08 2009 Posted By: Yunnangirl
fantastic news..thanks for sharing .
 
Oct 31 2009 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Oh, this entry made me homesick. I still remember the sound of us driving on top of the crop that's being dried on the road. That was the first step of processing rice after harvest. Thank you for writing this piece.
 
Oct 26 2009 Posted By: Tessa
I love the blog Heather- hope everything is going well for you
 
Oct 23 2009 Posted By: Elyane
Very jealous Heather! Can't wait to hear about Xinjiang...
 
Oct 15 2009 Posted By: Linda Winn
What a wonderful generous gesture to get a beautiful new basketball court built for this poor village so that the children can thrive. Xiao is a very special person and his love for the Miao people is great indeed. How happy he made these people!
 
Oct 15 2009 Posted By: Kevin
This is a great article. Look forward to reading the rest. I will be going to a small village in January to visit my wife's grandmother and brother. They also do not live too far from Xi'an. I am looking forward to your updates and pictures.
 
Oct 14 2009 Posted By: Jason
Very very cool. Thanks for sharing.
 
Oct 03 2009 Posted By: Clark
I just got back from the Yinqixing Indoor Skiing Area and was not impressed with the place. They jacked the prices up for the National Day holiday, but only half the park was even functioning. What a rip-off.
 
Oct 02 2009 Posted By: Kate
I've subscribed to your blog and look forward to reading more...thanks for your eloquent insights Heather! Australians can learn so much from ancient and indigenous cultures.
 
Oct 02 2009 Posted By: Heather.Graham
Yes, you are absolutely correct Russell. A large majority of the young people from Huayang go to the bigger cities (particularly in southern China) to work after they finish secondary school here. Receiving money from your children working elsewhere, is one of the two main forms of income for the people of Huayang (the other is growing medicine plants). Thanks for your question.
 
Oct 01 2009 Posted By: Andrea Redford
Great blog Heather. Thanks for sharing your unique insights into China. All the best with the Golden Week influx!
 
Sep 30 2009 Posted By: Li.rui
it 's really really true and a good place of CNNR and a beauty Astrilian work and devote here now~~~
 
Sep 26 2009 Posted By: prizebig.ru
superb article . Will definitely copy it to my blog.Thanks.
 
Sep 25 2009 Posted By: Russell
Heather, great post. A question that came to mind: with such a small population, is there pressure on the younger people to move away to the big cities to secure work?
 
 
Sep 16 2009 Posted By: frank
Hey, i liked this article, Im a hiker my self and i promise to go take time one day to go check it out :) and will I will put a link back at http://www.travelmastery.com as a complementary purpose. please post more pics!
 
Sep 11 2009 Posted By: sandrar
Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post... nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.
 
Aug 10 2009 Posted By: Maureen Lopez
china has never been associated with the snow sports.howvever you will definitely enjoy in the ski resorts which has been listed. it will be a very nice experience to visit these resorts and enjoy the snow sports.
 
Jul 20 2009 Posted By: Jason Witt
This is a nice complete list of the basic Chinese teas. Any tea lover should have tried all these listed here a few different times with different water temperatures and multiple steepings. Of course loose leaf tea will be needed. It's all about the fun of exploration and the adventure of discovering new favorites.
 
Jul 13 2009 Posted By: stephen
Great tips! About the Eating one though, I've also heard a different side: leaving anything behind could be seen as a sign of wastefulness or ingratitude (especially for a man). I've often been told, "If you know how hard somebody worked to harvest that rice for your meal, you wouldn't waste a single grain." I guess it probably depends where you are or who you talk with though, and like everything else, foreigners do have some leeway for any cultural faux pas made. :)
 
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Apr 08 2009 Posted By: costa caleta
costa caleta... I think the post- vacation blues definitely set in last week when I got back, and linger on today. I saw a lot of neat things and met some wonderful people, but it's back to the grind here in DC. I wish I could travel more. /...
 
 
 
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Feb 14 2009 Posted By: Rongkun
it seems to require quite some time to display the photos since they are too big-sized.
 
Feb 14 2009 Posted By: Rongkun
It would be some misleading since Beijing University was not a recognized name, if referred to Peking University. The latter name is officially adopted in public.
 
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[...] Condé Nast World Savers Congress: China PanelSo far we’ve hosted four WWF guides on month-long stints in the WildChina Beijing office to learn about responsible travel best-practices, marketing and service standards. The goal of this project is to expose local leaders to different … [...]
 
Aug 26 2008 Posted By: Wilbur
Taking photos with the guards looks fun. The view of the Great Wall is undoubtly magnificant.
 
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Aug 05 2008 Posted By: Emma
Anita is too shy to post her videos from this trip, but I think they're pretty cool! Check out her YouTube videos of Miao Minority Dances in Guizhou, as well as a ground opera at Jichang Village. The quality isn't great (we're travel gurus, not videographers!!) but you can still get a flavor of her trip. http://www.youtube.com/user/wildchinaus
 
Jul 30 2008 Posted By: Emma
Love your first blog post Anita! Very excited to follow your trek through China from my computer in the WildChina office in Beijing. Come back to us safe and sound!
 
Jul 06 2008 Posted By: Joy
Yes, really appreciate your visit, thank you so much!
 
Jun 17 2008 Posted By: elachian
給四川的人, 我是從電視上看到你們的地震的災情. 我知道你們現在很痛苦, 特地寫了這封信, 想要告訴你們, 安威你們, 希望你們好好加油. 重建家園, 讓我們一起努力, 幫助你們, 早日忘記現在的陰影. 不只我們在這裡我要告訴你們, 現在全球各地大家都希望你們會再一次站起來. 我相信你們. 加油, 四川人! 陸愛蓮 Kainan University taiwan
 
Jun 17 2008 Posted By: elachian
給四川的人, 我是從電視上看到你們的地震的災情. 我知道你們現在很痛苦, 特地寫了這封信, 想要告訴你們, 安威你們, 希望你們好好加油. 重建家園, 讓我們一起努力, 幫助你們, 早日忘記現在的陰影. 不只我們在這裡我要告訴你們, 現在全球各地大家都希望你們會再一次站起來. 我相信你們. 加油, 四川人! 陸愛蓮 Kainan University Taiwan ROC
 
Jun 07 2008 Posted By: seb
Thank you Philip for these précisions. I wish China stand as soon as possible after the disaster. I plan to come in Siguniang next October. Do you think it will be re oppened for foreign visitors? Thanks
 
Jun 07 2008 Posted By: Eric
At this very time, all of people are united to overcome the catastrophe! I just went through the earthquake in person. It felt horrible and so many tragedies happened! With our deepest condolence!
 
Jun 03 2008 Posted By: Eric
Eric... Hello, I have a few websites of my own and I must say that your site is really top notch. Keep up the great work on a really high class resource....
 

April 30th, 2014

It’s all about the tea…WildChina Expert Jeff Fuchs on the Ancient Tea & Horse Caravan Road

By: WildChina | Categories: Adventure Travel in China, WildChina Experts

Musings from WildChina Explorer and Expert Jeff Fuchs on the importance of the Ancient Tea & Horse Caravan Road, and why we should all bump it up on our travel list…

WildChina Expert Jeff Fuchs chomps on an apple in Yunnan, tracing the Tea & Horse Caravan Road

The Ancient Tea & Horse Caravan Road has long held the attention of explorers and vagabonds alike for the fact that it represents one of the globe’s great and daunting adventures. A cultural odyssey as much as a physically demanding pathway that brought tea, salt, horses, and all manner of goods from the fringes of the old dynastical empires into and onto the Tibetan Plateau. Pre-dating the Silk Road, the Tea & Horse Caravan Road and its meandering pathways through indigenous zones, ancient tea forests, and stunning geographies offer up a deeper look into the very historical fabric of southwest China, Tibet, and beyond.

Across snow passes, over some of the planet’s great waterways, the route takes in three- dozen cultures, two dozen languages…all with their own histories with tea and the great trade route.

Tea figured greatly upon this ‘highway through the sky’ as it was – and to some extent remains – one of the great panaceas and commodities of time. Tea was more a fuel and medicine to the ancient tribes and its safe transport was one of the great vitals of the trade world.

Tea growing in Xishuangbanna, on the Ancient Tea & Horse Caravan Road

This WildChina journey along the Ancient Tea & Horse Caravan Road seeks to dig into and take the journey back to its roots. Authentic touches of exploration off the beaten path, serious tea-highs from some of the planet’s purest ancient tree teas, and home stays that are entirely integral with delving deeper into a culture and land are on offer. Walking through some of the oldest tea forests on the planet, and then sampling them in a cup bind the leaf to its drinker and by extension to any that partake in a cup.

Xishuangbanna, boiling tea on the Ancient Tea & Horse Caravan Route.

We’ve enhanced sections to take you deeper still into Yunnan’s diversity and created more of a full-on adventure. Daily tea samplings, from fresh bitter harvests, to locally prepared specialties (including the Tibetan’s famed and pungent butter tea) from local regions.

I’m delighted that this journey has continued and been intensified to add a more authentic feel that reflects life and travel upon the Tea & Horse Caravan Road. In traveling upon this most ancient of trade routes, it is important to retain some of the original feel of travel, life, and interaction for our guests.

It is vital that such a journey keep its vitality and spontaneity. It is only in this kind of travel and attention to detail that a route’s history, legend, and truths can remain intact.

All photos by Jeff Fuchs

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If Jeff’s descriptions of tea got your heart beating a little faster, check out the itinerary & October dates for the 2014 trip here. You can also download the flyer to share around here. If you want to read more about Jeff and his travels, check out his blog here. And finally, if you have any questions, shoot us an email here: info@wildchina.com

 

 


Tags: Ancient Tea & Horse Caravan Road China travel Dali Jeff Fuchs Lijiang october 2014 Shaxi Tea & Horse WildChina WildChina expert Xishuangbanna Yunnan

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Sep 06 2012 Posted By: Mary Barnes
What a beautiful moment. Excellent blog. The description sent early morning chills down my spine. Thousands of silent soldiers marching the wall came to mind in the dawn light. I have been there and was amazed at the formidable snake crawling over the hills. Mary
 
Aug 24 2012 Posted By: Gabrielle
Well done especially from such an elite group as the Harvard Business School.
 
Aug 24 2012 Posted By: Gabrielle
Absolutely splendid story. Bravo to Xiao.
 
Aug 23 2012 Posted By: PL
Smart and kind of you, good luck to you with Teach for China.
 
Aug 17 2012 Posted By: Cathryn Noyes
Wow Devin, just beautiful. What a trip. The photos and words make me (almost) feel like I am there!
 
 
Aug 08 2012 Posted By: Linda Winn
Wonderful story and video! Xiao is not only a fantastic guide, but he is kind,thoughtful,enthusiastic,fun-loving and generous. How great to bring such happiness to the Miao people by building them something the whole village can enjoy and sharing his love for basketball with all of them. Congratulations to him and the village basketball champions!
 
Jul 24 2012 Posted By: Bobby
Good article, Iv always wanted to visit China and after reading this I want to go even more!
 
Jul 12 2012 Posted By: may
Fun & fabulous WildChina crew! -Your Taiwan fans
 
Jul 12 2012 Posted By: ellen
You guys look amazing!
 
Jul 09 2012 Posted By: Tibetan Jewelry
Very interesting! Tibet's ancient "silk road" was influential before recorded history. Your history on that influence and its connection to Tibet's cultural artifacts is very interesting! How else would they have gotten that coral and those conch shells! The tea and horse road in Yunnan is great.
 
Jun 15 2012 Posted By: Nancy
Hi Mark, Great to hear from you. We believe that you should be set to go and will be able to get the permit. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch at Info@wildchina.com. We can learn more specifics about your group and where you want to travel in Tibet. -WildChina
 
Jun 14 2012 Posted By: Mark
Is it true that permits are now being issued? We are a group of 7 Australians looking to travel to Lhasa at the end of June. Is this possible? Mark
 
Jun 11 2012 Posted By: Guo Yanjiang
Hope to travel in West China
 
Mar 06 2012 Posted By: Mei
One of my favorite stores in Beijing.
 
Mar 01 2012 Posted By: Chaiton W.
I am a sixth-grade student at Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN. I’m working on a documentary film on the topic of Chinese food, do you think you might be able to help me with information. Could you answer some questions for my research? What is the most famous cooking stile? Why is it the most famous? What made you go into chinese food? Thank you for your time and if you can email me back. Sincerely, Chaiton W Greetings, In the interest of authentic, performance-based learning, my middle-school students are reaching out to experts about China as they prepare a documentary film about a topic of their choice. If you can, I appreciate very much your willingness to answer a few questions they have, taking just a few minutes of your time, I hope. I’ve tried to make sure they’re asking “expert” questions, after having done basic research already. Thanks for your assistance, and feel free to contact me if you have questions. Alan Wong Middle School Humanities Teacher Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN awong@baylorschool.org 423-267-8506 ext. 371
 
Feb 13 2012 Posted By: Fin
As a tour operator in Bhutan, we are also grappling with a similar challenge. When we started out a few years back, we wanted to be as eco-conscious as possible. Used water bottles have now become a part of our burgeoning waste problem in the country, a country that doesn't even have a recycling plant. The irony is we do not generate enough trash to sustain one. All along we knew using bottled water was not the way to go, but we desperately needed a viable substitute to do away with it. We have been encouraging our clients to bring their own re-usable bottles and Steripen. While some get the idea, many decide to stick to bottled water. We are also planning on having our vehicles fitted with water filter canisters (holding 15-20 litres of water), which are capable of trapping sediments. To rid of any micro-organisms, water will be boiled and cooled overnight at hotels, ready to be transferred to the canisters. Given that water in Bhutan is free of heavy metals, this process should be adequate. However, we do know there will still be some people who might be uncomfortable and would want to stick to manufactured water. What's comforting though, is some people do take their own initiative to bring water bottles with purifiers, which is practical and works great. Any suggestion would be great. Thanks!
 
Feb 10 2012 Posted By: Jenny
Find the very best portable water purification systems and invest in some to have along on your journeys or at strategic points of destination. Use your own bottles and refill so that guests have a supply of one bottle per day. They can drink other beverages for the rest of their needs.
 
Feb 10 2012 Posted By: Jacqueline Fitz
For years I traveled with a simple water filter.... a cup with a built-in charcoal filter that took care of almost everything including giardia. Since I travelled in many remote areas, potable water was rarely available. I even filtered bottled water when I could getit since I was unsure of its quality. This technique was very successful through the years. Unfortunately that particular water filter is no longer available but something similar would address your problem. (I used mine in remote areas of China and also in Hong Kong)
 
Jan 18 2012 Posted By: Mei
I can testify that this is one of the best dishes at one of my favorite restaurants in Beijing. Mei
 
Nov 29 2011 Posted By: Joan morris
Where can I get Sichuan ingredients in the U S?
 
Nov 24 2011 Posted By: Ron Denham
My wife and I recently went on a WC tour led by Fred and he made it a marvelous and informative time for us. He sets the bar very high for any other tour guid I might everuse. I hope to go on another "Fred He" WC tour one of these days. Best wises to your parents, Fred. Ron & Gail Denham
 
Aug 31 2010 Posted By: Wang
Unfortunately, the only sustainable thing that the Schoolhouse has brought to their local community is a rising cost of living. They have basically taken over the village and surrounding communities and have forced local residents (who are mainly farmers) to find more affordable accommodation elsewhere. I support Slow Food and I am sure your overseas guests like the novelty of staying at the Schoolhouse in Mutianyu, but please don't portray them as a bunch of do-gooders. They are in it for the money, regardless of the consequences their uncontrolled and unchecked development might have on the local community.
 
Aug 17 2010 Posted By: Fayegirl
was in this area in May, even then was affected by landslides and flooding, how much more do these people have to suffer, my thoughts and prayers are with them
 
Jul 27 2010 Posted By: Brennan
Even though I won't be able to apply it seems like this is a wonderful area of China to visit. I know people who have visited the major cities and then complained about how dirty it was or how it was too congested but they didn't realize the best parts of the country aren't located in the most populated places but many times in the least populated. Should be a great trip for those involved.
 
Jul 25 2010 Posted By: Molly
You're writing about my home. It makes me feel like crying because I'm not there now. You've written the story beautifully. My father-in-law rode the tea and horse caravan train, made and lost fortunes, and now resides quietly in Dali with my brother-in-law. The traces that those adventures left in his heart are still there. Talking with him is another adventure that always leaves me wanting to cry. Now I'm in Zhangjiagang, running an eco-resort staffed with Yi from Xiao Liang Shan. The Yi too had their place on the trail, one of the main branches of which ran through their territory and via Lugu Lake. My father-in-law spend his formative years in Muli, just the other side of Lugu Lake, raised by another family of traders after his own parents were killed during clan scirmishes in Chamdo. Keep up the good work, and keep letting people know that it's not about visiting an alian culture, it's about visiting people like you or my, for whom the most spectacular scenery in the world is just called "home."
 
Jul 21 2010 Posted By: Alex G
Hi Jamie, Sure. Send me an email at alex.grieves@wildchina.com and I'll get you in touch. Best, Alex
 
Jul 21 2010 Posted By: Jamie
Hi! Wonderful article! Is there any way you could put me in touch with Tea Master Zehng? I would like to purchase some of her tea in bulk. Thank you!
 
Jul 16 2010 Posted By: yunnangirl
Well said. Lijiang is so beautiful regardless of the crowds. The key is to find ways to appreciate its beautify and connect with people there.
 
Jul 16 2010 Posted By: Jason
Mie. Thank you for your insight and perspective on a "different" China not often found by us common folk (even with a lot of research). Keep up the good work.
 
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Jun 29 2010 Posted By: David Tanenui
I think you are right it sounds like everything is focussed on the top end of tourism, its a pity because the lower end tourists are the ones that are more inclined on caring for the environment and for the country contributing to sustainable practices. Money talks these days and the GDP is the aim of all countries, here in New Zealand we have beautiful sights but we have to fight to keep it beautiful, our government are only interested in making money of land that doesn't even belong to them but don't worry as soon as they have finished mining and destroying it they will say sorry and give it back to us the people of the land and give us $$$ for the damage they have created, WOW,you need to be more Vocal, the more voices creating opinions will create understanding Kia Ora
 
Jun 28 2010 Posted By: David
Hi, Earlier this month I posted my experiences using an iPad in China for research. I deal with the connection issues and VPNs to get around the Great Firewall. I found using WiFi very easy: http://museumfatigue.org/using-the-ipad-in-china
 
Jun 24 2010 Posted By: Bill
Nice post. I was thinking about picking up an iPad with China trips in mind. I think I've already found a solution for wired internet and that is to bring an airport express unit with me. It's proved invaluable on previous trips and is relatively easy to carry around. The other reason I'm considering the iPad is the ability to suck up RAW photos from a digital camera. My hope (although I've not tested it) is that this would free up the memory card to allow me to carry on shooting. Have you any experience of using it this way?
 
Jun 18 2010 Posted By: Michelle
Hello there, I'm producing a documentary about climate change and I wondered if you or anyone you know might be interested in being a "fixer" - our person on the ground in China to help set up the shoot and be with the director. Any help you might be able to give would be much appreciated. Kind Regards, Michelle
 
Jun 05 2010 Posted By: Ma Hao
Wow, Zhang Mei, my old schoolmate! Ages no see! Proud of you by reading every bit about you in this article.
 
May 04 2010 Posted By: johno
Ah, its good to have some clarity on the issue. Sometimes definitions get a bit muddy in such a cross-cultural translations. I'd be curious to learn about the fuding tea processor and wild tea from there.
 
Apr 29 2010 Posted By: Houses Philippines
And I know you might have good intentions, but now a days, it is common for people to come yup with scams. There are actually organizations who asks for donation but do not use the donation money for good. How can you assure us that your organization is genuine?
 
Apr 28 2010 Posted By: HM
I am totally agree with you on the first 4 places but the last one. I would rather say Shanghai is the last city for people to know China from my personal experience:) There is nothing fun in Shanghai besides shopping(expensive) and skyscrapers. I agree that Beijing is the best place to stay and Xi'an remains the second. Anyway, doesnt matter this blog is very helpful for who is planning a trip to China.
 
Apr 21 2010 Posted By: Klaus
Thank you so much for your support! On our Blog we provide a Paypal donation option. Our Teams in the region mostly need donations to buy tents, food, medication and, later on, construction materiel for the people that have lost everything. Thank you!
 
Apr 21 2010 Posted By: Klaus
Thank you so much for your support! On our Blog we provide a Paypal donation option. Our Teams in the region mostly need donations to buy tents, food, medication and, later on, construction materiel for the people that have lost everything. Thank you!
 
Apr 20 2010 Posted By: Trevor
Do you need volunteers on the ground, just financial donations, or both?
 
Apr 16 2010 Posted By: Jason
I am happy to hear of your kind display of corporate responsibility and general kindness. The tragedies in the news today need all of our attentions and efforts to help those involved cope. Keep up the good work!
 
Apr 14 2010 Posted By: Ian Sanchez
Congratulations Mei Zhang! It will be good for the adventure travel industry to have your perspective.
 
Apr 08 2010 Posted By: lyni
very interesting. I'm fond of chinese tea. Do you plan any trip in zijing mountain for tea picking ?? It could be great.
 
Feb 12 2010 Posted By: Spencer
Hello Mei: I stumbled upon your site and will look into it on a regular basis. I am from Canada and have been to China on assignment to shoot several time. I am planning a three-person trip this fall for three months. We are journalists from Canada (me), and two Chinese journalists who live in the United States. Our trip back to China is unique. We will be test driving three different Chinese vehicles and be blogging, filming and writing articles for our respective newspapers and web sites. This trip is about 11,750 kilometres in length. In addition to reviewiing these vehicles under challenging conditions, I will be writing about the culture, history and daily life on the road. Our blog is not up yet, but closer to the time, I will give you the link. The think that grabbed my attention about your site was the line, 'Experience China Differently'. I have fallen in love with China and have been to many parts of the country. I prefer the rural settings and the people are always warm, hospitable and welcoming wherever I go. I long to return and bring more adventures and images to the millions of readers who frequent our newspaper's site. The Toronto Star is the largest newspaper in the country with an enviable readership. Perhaps next time I am in Beijing I will look you up. I have my regular guide in Beijing and she can bring me to you for a visit. Sincerely, Spencer Wynn www.travelstock.org (this is only my stock website)
 
Feb 03 2010 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Loved the untold story behind the conde Nast piece.
 
Jan 27 2010 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Interesting. but also there are other solar centers around China. Know any more?
 
Jan 18 2010 Posted By: Li.rui
Yes, we had a week training classes that we leart lots of informitiaon and knowledge from it, thanks every teacher. Expecting I'll have more training chance to study and promote myself.
 
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Jan 08 2010 Posted By: Rongkun
I wish I could have known it earlier!
 
Dec 28 2009 Posted By: Bart Batsleer
Hi, I`ve been in touch with Stewart when I was in Guilin, but I lost his phone number... could you bring him back in touch with me for I have my brother and sister going to Guilin... Thank you. Bart
 
Dec 09 2009 Posted By: Bo Poats
Abby: Intruiging intro....easier to be a leader in renewable energy when you have a single view of the value of externalities, and an ability to scale manufactuiring to lower unit costs in order to hit financial objectives on the supply side. Would be good to know how the average Zho utilizes renewable energy and is educated about its economic applicatiions (i.e., the role of public education and programs), as there may be some lessons to be learned in more "developed" economies.
 
Dec 08 2009 Posted By: Beth Dohrn
I can't wait to share this with my son! What great information Alexander!
 
Dec 08 2009 Posted By: mitey de aguiar
This is a fascinating article! I had no idea that T Rex lived in that part of the world. I'm sure some amazing discoveries are on their way.
 
 
 
 
Nov 19 2009 Posted By: Jason
Thanks for the helpful information. I plan to be in China during that time... just need to make plans.
 
Nov 19 2009 Posted By: Alex G
Hi Jason, thanks for your inquiry! The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival begins on January 5 and continues for about a month. However, there are a variety of related activities at Sun Island Park, Zhaolin Park, and venues in Harbin city proper starting in mid-December. You may find a full schedule of events here: http://bit.ly/2DT6EE It is open from 9 am to 10 pm daily, and daily admission for adults is 150 RMB. There are separate entrance fees for Sun Island Park and Zhaolin Park; admission is 30 RMB per adult. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
 
Nov 17 2009 Posted By: Jason
What is the schedule for the Harbin winter festival in 2010? Is there an official time or schedule of events?
 
Nov 09 2009 Posted By: Andrea
Just catching up on your blog, Heth...beautiful stuff
 
Nov 08 2009 Posted By: Yunnangirl
fantastic news..thanks for sharing .
 
Oct 31 2009 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Oh, this entry made me homesick. I still remember the sound of us driving on top of the crop that's being dried on the road. That was the first step of processing rice after harvest. Thank you for writing this piece.
 
Oct 26 2009 Posted By: Tessa
I love the blog Heather- hope everything is going well for you
 
Oct 23 2009 Posted By: Elyane
Very jealous Heather! Can't wait to hear about Xinjiang...
 
Oct 15 2009 Posted By: Linda Winn
What a wonderful generous gesture to get a beautiful new basketball court built for this poor village so that the children can thrive. Xiao is a very special person and his love for the Miao people is great indeed. How happy he made these people!
 
Oct 15 2009 Posted By: Kevin
This is a great article. Look forward to reading the rest. I will be going to a small village in January to visit my wife's grandmother and brother. They also do not live too far from Xi'an. I am looking forward to your updates and pictures.
 
Oct 14 2009 Posted By: Jason
Very very cool. Thanks for sharing.
 
Oct 03 2009 Posted By: Clark
I just got back from the Yinqixing Indoor Skiing Area and was not impressed with the place. They jacked the prices up for the National Day holiday, but only half the park was even functioning. What a rip-off.
 
Oct 02 2009 Posted By: Kate
I've subscribed to your blog and look forward to reading more...thanks for your eloquent insights Heather! Australians can learn so much from ancient and indigenous cultures.
 
Oct 02 2009 Posted By: Heather.Graham
Yes, you are absolutely correct Russell. A large majority of the young people from Huayang go to the bigger cities (particularly in southern China) to work after they finish secondary school here. Receiving money from your children working elsewhere, is one of the two main forms of income for the people of Huayang (the other is growing medicine plants). Thanks for your question.
 
Oct 01 2009 Posted By: Andrea Redford
Great blog Heather. Thanks for sharing your unique insights into China. All the best with the Golden Week influx!
 
Sep 30 2009 Posted By: Li.rui
it 's really really true and a good place of CNNR and a beauty Astrilian work and devote here now~~~
 
Sep 26 2009 Posted By: prizebig.ru
superb article . Will definitely copy it to my blog.Thanks.
 
Sep 25 2009 Posted By: Russell
Heather, great post. A question that came to mind: with such a small population, is there pressure on the younger people to move away to the big cities to secure work?
 
 
Sep 16 2009 Posted By: frank
Hey, i liked this article, Im a hiker my self and i promise to go take time one day to go check it out :) and will I will put a link back at http://www.travelmastery.com as a complementary purpose. please post more pics!
 
Sep 11 2009 Posted By: sandrar
Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post... nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.
 
Aug 10 2009 Posted By: Maureen Lopez
china has never been associated with the snow sports.howvever you will definitely enjoy in the ski resorts which has been listed. it will be a very nice experience to visit these resorts and enjoy the snow sports.
 
Jul 20 2009 Posted By: Jason Witt
This is a nice complete list of the basic Chinese teas. Any tea lover should have tried all these listed here a few different times with different water temperatures and multiple steepings. Of course loose leaf tea will be needed. It's all about the fun of exploration and the adventure of discovering new favorites.
 
Jul 13 2009 Posted By: stephen
Great tips! About the Eating one though, I've also heard a different side: leaving anything behind could be seen as a sign of wastefulness or ingratitude (especially for a man). I've often been told, "If you know how hard somebody worked to harvest that rice for your meal, you wouldn't waste a single grain." I guess it probably depends where you are or who you talk with though, and like everything else, foreigners do have some leeway for any cultural faux pas made. :)
 
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Apr 08 2009 Posted By: costa caleta
costa caleta... I think the post- vacation blues definitely set in last week when I got back, and linger on today. I saw a lot of neat things and met some wonderful people, but it's back to the grind here in DC. I wish I could travel more. /...
 
 
 
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Feb 14 2009 Posted By: Rongkun
it seems to require quite some time to display the photos since they are too big-sized.
 
Feb 14 2009 Posted By: Rongkun
It would be some misleading since Beijing University was not a recognized name, if referred to Peking University. The latter name is officially adopted in public.
 
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[...] Condé Nast World Savers Congress: China PanelSo far we’ve hosted four WWF guides on month-long stints in the WildChina Beijing office to learn about responsible travel best-practices, marketing and service standards. The goal of this project is to expose local leaders to different … [...]
 
Aug 26 2008 Posted By: Wilbur
Taking photos with the guards looks fun. The view of the Great Wall is undoubtly magnificant.
 
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Aug 05 2008 Posted By: Emma
Anita is too shy to post her videos from this trip, but I think they're pretty cool! Check out her YouTube videos of Miao Minority Dances in Guizhou, as well as a ground opera at Jichang Village. The quality isn't great (we're travel gurus, not videographers!!) but you can still get a flavor of her trip. http://www.youtube.com/user/wildchinaus
 
Jul 30 2008 Posted By: Emma
Love your first blog post Anita! Very excited to follow your trek through China from my computer in the WildChina office in Beijing. Come back to us safe and sound!
 
Jul 06 2008 Posted By: Joy
Yes, really appreciate your visit, thank you so much!
 
Jun 17 2008 Posted By: elachian
給四川的人, 我是從電視上看到你們的地震的災情. 我知道你們現在很痛苦, 特地寫了這封信, 想要告訴你們, 安威你們, 希望你們好好加油. 重建家園, 讓我們一起努力, 幫助你們, 早日忘記現在的陰影. 不只我們在這裡我要告訴你們, 現在全球各地大家都希望你們會再一次站起來. 我相信你們. 加油, 四川人! 陸愛蓮 Kainan University taiwan
 
Jun 17 2008 Posted By: elachian
給四川的人, 我是從電視上看到你們的地震的災情. 我知道你們現在很痛苦, 特地寫了這封信, 想要告訴你們, 安威你們, 希望你們好好加油. 重建家園, 讓我們一起努力, 幫助你們, 早日忘記現在的陰影. 不只我們在這裡我要告訴你們, 現在全球各地大家都希望你們會再一次站起來. 我相信你們. 加油, 四川人! 陸愛蓮 Kainan University Taiwan ROC
 
Jun 07 2008 Posted By: seb
Thank you Philip for these précisions. I wish China stand as soon as possible after the disaster. I plan to come in Siguniang next October. Do you think it will be re oppened for foreign visitors? Thanks
 
Jun 07 2008 Posted By: Eric
At this very time, all of people are united to overcome the catastrophe! I just went through the earthquake in person. It felt horrible and so many tragedies happened! With our deepest condolence!
 
Jun 03 2008 Posted By: Eric
Eric... Hello, I have a few websites of my own and I must say that your site is really top notch. Keep up the great work on a really high class resource....
 

March 21st, 2014

Individual or Group? 3 Surprising Facts About Traveling in China

By: WildChina | Categories: Luxury China Travel

For anyone with an adventurous soul who loves to ditch the map and experience a country on your terms, it’s safe to guess that a group journey would never make it onto 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. It can leave you free to focus on the moments, without the confusion and frustration that comes with not speaking the local language, or understanding local customs—both huge hurdles in China!

Making the decision to join a small group journey may not be easy for all travelers so first things first. Be 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 16 people in the group, not including the expert or guide dedicated to ensuring you get the most out of your trip. So here’s why small groups work really well in China and why it’s such a benefit, especially for first time visitors:

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1)  Travel like you’re eating off a set menu.

When you sign on to join a group journey, it’s EASY. There’s no debate about whether you have enough time to get from Shigatse to Lhasa (Tibet) before your flight—logistics no longer have to fall on your shoulders, which is great because China is huge, and making those decisions and confirming reservations, drivers, and transportation for every leg of your trip can be overwhelming.

If you’re looking for a simple holiday option that you can easily book, traveling in a small group is right up that alley. Most travel companies offer fantastic add-on options to customize parts of your trip, but for the most part, it’s like ordering a set menu—no fuss, and you get to try a bit of everything. Here at WildChina, we constantly hear great feedback from travelers who say there was something on the trip that they wouldn’t have chosen for themselves, but that they ended up loving. It’s all part of traveling to a new place.

2) More takeaways.

China is different. It’s different from the US, from Canada, from Europe, from Australia…you get the picture. But this is why people come—because it’s a fascinating place to visit. A week on the beach in Mexico, China is not…which means there’s a lot to process, a lot to be curious about, and a lot of surprising (hopefully exciting!) experiences and interactions to discuss at the end of the day. Traveling with others, who might have completely different or similar impressions as you, makes for great conversation and insight to take with you at the end of the trip.

 

All meals are family-style in China--the more, the merrier!

3) Food. Definitely the food.

Eating in China is always a group affair, with large round tables and lazy-susans heavy with the weight of dishes. Some call it “family-style”, others call it “Chinese-style” but dishes are ordered for the whole table and then shared. A basic rule of thumb when eating in China is to order one dish per person at the table—and then throw in a couple extra to make sure no one goes hungry. This is great news for groups because the more people at the table, the more food you get to try and taste.

The key to China travel euphoria is simply to remember the golden rule and join a very small group…that really is our best advice!  Our upcoming trip to Tibet in June accepts a maximum of 16 travelers to ensure that everyone enjoys the best experience possible.  If you have any questions, or want to learn more about your options for visiting China or traveling to Tibet, do let us know, we’d be happy to hear from you!

 


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Sep 06 2012 Posted By: Mary Barnes
What a beautiful moment. Excellent blog. The description sent early morning chills down my spine. Thousands of silent soldiers marching the wall came to mind in the dawn light. I have been there and was amazed at the formidable snake crawling over the hills. Mary
 
Aug 24 2012 Posted By: Gabrielle
Well done especially from such an elite group as the Harvard Business School.
 
Aug 24 2012 Posted By: Gabrielle
Absolutely splendid story. Bravo to Xiao.
 
Aug 23 2012 Posted By: PL
Smart and kind of you, good luck to you with Teach for China.
 
Aug 17 2012 Posted By: Cathryn Noyes
Wow Devin, just beautiful. What a trip. The photos and words make me (almost) feel like I am there!
 
 
Aug 08 2012 Posted By: Linda Winn
Wonderful story and video! Xiao is not only a fantastic guide, but he is kind,thoughtful,enthusiastic,fun-loving and generous. How great to bring such happiness to the Miao people by building them something the whole village can enjoy and sharing his love for basketball with all of them. Congratulations to him and the village basketball champions!
 
Jul 24 2012 Posted By: Bobby
Good article, Iv always wanted to visit China and after reading this I want to go even more!
 
Jul 12 2012 Posted By: may
Fun & fabulous WildChina crew! -Your Taiwan fans
 
Jul 12 2012 Posted By: ellen
You guys look amazing!
 
Jul 09 2012 Posted By: Tibetan Jewelry
Very interesting! Tibet's ancient "silk road" was influential before recorded history. Your history on that influence and its connection to Tibet's cultural artifacts is very interesting! How else would they have gotten that coral and those conch shells! The tea and horse road in Yunnan is great.
 
Jun 15 2012 Posted By: Nancy
Hi Mark, Great to hear from you. We believe that you should be set to go and will be able to get the permit. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch at Info@wildchina.com. We can learn more specifics about your group and where you want to travel in Tibet. -WildChina
 
Jun 14 2012 Posted By: Mark
Is it true that permits are now being issued? We are a group of 7 Australians looking to travel to Lhasa at the end of June. Is this possible? Mark
 
Jun 11 2012 Posted By: Guo Yanjiang
Hope to travel in West China
 
Mar 06 2012 Posted By: Mei
One of my favorite stores in Beijing.
 
Mar 01 2012 Posted By: Chaiton W.
I am a sixth-grade student at Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN. I’m working on a documentary film on the topic of Chinese food, do you think you might be able to help me with information. Could you answer some questions for my research? What is the most famous cooking stile? Why is it the most famous? What made you go into chinese food? Thank you for your time and if you can email me back. Sincerely, Chaiton W Greetings, In the interest of authentic, performance-based learning, my middle-school students are reaching out to experts about China as they prepare a documentary film about a topic of their choice. If you can, I appreciate very much your willingness to answer a few questions they have, taking just a few minutes of your time, I hope. I’ve tried to make sure they’re asking “expert” questions, after having done basic research already. Thanks for your assistance, and feel free to contact me if you have questions. Alan Wong Middle School Humanities Teacher Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN awong@baylorschool.org 423-267-8506 ext. 371
 
Feb 13 2012 Posted By: Fin
As a tour operator in Bhutan, we are also grappling with a similar challenge. When we started out a few years back, we wanted to be as eco-conscious as possible. Used water bottles have now become a part of our burgeoning waste problem in the country, a country that doesn't even have a recycling plant. The irony is we do not generate enough trash to sustain one. All along we knew using bottled water was not the way to go, but we desperately needed a viable substitute to do away with it. We have been encouraging our clients to bring their own re-usable bottles and Steripen. While some get the idea, many decide to stick to bottled water. We are also planning on having our vehicles fitted with water filter canisters (holding 15-20 litres of water), which are capable of trapping sediments. To rid of any micro-organisms, water will be boiled and cooled overnight at hotels, ready to be transferred to the canisters. Given that water in Bhutan is free of heavy metals, this process should be adequate. However, we do know there will still be some people who might be uncomfortable and would want to stick to manufactured water. What's comforting though, is some people do take their own initiative to bring water bottles with purifiers, which is practical and works great. Any suggestion would be great. Thanks!
 
Feb 10 2012 Posted By: Jenny
Find the very best portable water purification systems and invest in some to have along on your journeys or at strategic points of destination. Use your own bottles and refill so that guests have a supply of one bottle per day. They can drink other beverages for the rest of their needs.
 
Feb 10 2012 Posted By: Jacqueline Fitz
For years I traveled with a simple water filter.... a cup with a built-in charcoal filter that took care of almost everything including giardia. Since I travelled in many remote areas, potable water was rarely available. I even filtered bottled water when I could getit since I was unsure of its quality. This technique was very successful through the years. Unfortunately that particular water filter is no longer available but something similar would address your problem. (I used mine in remote areas of China and also in Hong Kong)
 
Jan 18 2012 Posted By: Mei
I can testify that this is one of the best dishes at one of my favorite restaurants in Beijing. Mei
 
Nov 29 2011 Posted By: Joan morris
Where can I get Sichuan ingredients in the U S?
 
Nov 24 2011 Posted By: Ron Denham
My wife and I recently went on a WC tour led by Fred and he made it a marvelous and informative time for us. He sets the bar very high for any other tour guid I might everuse. I hope to go on another "Fred He" WC tour one of these days. Best wises to your parents, Fred. Ron & Gail Denham
 
Aug 31 2010 Posted By: Wang
Unfortunately, the only sustainable thing that the Schoolhouse has brought to their local community is a rising cost of living. They have basically taken over the village and surrounding communities and have forced local residents (who are mainly farmers) to find more affordable accommodation elsewhere. I support Slow Food and I am sure your overseas guests like the novelty of staying at the Schoolhouse in Mutianyu, but please don't portray them as a bunch of do-gooders. They are in it for the money, regardless of the consequences their uncontrolled and unchecked development might have on the local community.
 
Aug 17 2010 Posted By: Fayegirl
was in this area in May, even then was affected by landslides and flooding, how much more do these people have to suffer, my thoughts and prayers are with them
 
Jul 27 2010 Posted By: Brennan
Even though I won't be able to apply it seems like this is a wonderful area of China to visit. I know people who have visited the major cities and then complained about how dirty it was or how it was too congested but they didn't realize the best parts of the country aren't located in the most populated places but many times in the least populated. Should be a great trip for those involved.
 
Jul 25 2010 Posted By: Molly
You're writing about my home. It makes me feel like crying because I'm not there now. You've written the story beautifully. My father-in-law rode the tea and horse caravan train, made and lost fortunes, and now resides quietly in Dali with my brother-in-law. The traces that those adventures left in his heart are still there. Talking with him is another adventure that always leaves me wanting to cry. Now I'm in Zhangjiagang, running an eco-resort staffed with Yi from Xiao Liang Shan. The Yi too had their place on the trail, one of the main branches of which ran through their territory and via Lugu Lake. My father-in-law spend his formative years in Muli, just the other side of Lugu Lake, raised by another family of traders after his own parents were killed during clan scirmishes in Chamdo. Keep up the good work, and keep letting people know that it's not about visiting an alian culture, it's about visiting people like you or my, for whom the most spectacular scenery in the world is just called "home."
 
Jul 21 2010 Posted By: Alex G
Hi Jamie, Sure. Send me an email at alex.grieves@wildchina.com and I'll get you in touch. Best, Alex
 
Jul 21 2010 Posted By: Jamie
Hi! Wonderful article! Is there any way you could put me in touch with Tea Master Zehng? I would like to purchase some of her tea in bulk. Thank you!
 
Jul 16 2010 Posted By: yunnangirl
Well said. Lijiang is so beautiful regardless of the crowds. The key is to find ways to appreciate its beautify and connect with people there.
 
Jul 16 2010 Posted By: Jason
Mie. Thank you for your insight and perspective on a "different" China not often found by us common folk (even with a lot of research). Keep up the good work.
 
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Jun 29 2010 Posted By: David Tanenui
I think you are right it sounds like everything is focussed on the top end of tourism, its a pity because the lower end tourists are the ones that are more inclined on caring for the environment and for the country contributing to sustainable practices. Money talks these days and the GDP is the aim of all countries, here in New Zealand we have beautiful sights but we have to fight to keep it beautiful, our government are only interested in making money of land that doesn't even belong to them but don't worry as soon as they have finished mining and destroying it they will say sorry and give it back to us the people of the land and give us $$$ for the damage they have created, WOW,you need to be more Vocal, the more voices creating opinions will create understanding Kia Ora
 
Jun 28 2010 Posted By: David
Hi, Earlier this month I posted my experiences using an iPad in China for research. I deal with the connection issues and VPNs to get around the Great Firewall. I found using WiFi very easy: http://museumfatigue.org/using-the-ipad-in-china
 
Jun 24 2010 Posted By: Bill
Nice post. I was thinking about picking up an iPad with China trips in mind. I think I've already found a solution for wired internet and that is to bring an airport express unit with me. It's proved invaluable on previous trips and is relatively easy to carry around. The other reason I'm considering the iPad is the ability to suck up RAW photos from a digital camera. My hope (although I've not tested it) is that this would free up the memory card to allow me to carry on shooting. Have you any experience of using it this way?
 
Jun 18 2010 Posted By: Michelle
Hello there, I'm producing a documentary about climate change and I wondered if you or anyone you know might be interested in being a "fixer" - our person on the ground in China to help set up the shoot and be with the director. Any help you might be able to give would be much appreciated. Kind Regards, Michelle
 
Jun 05 2010 Posted By: Ma Hao
Wow, Zhang Mei, my old schoolmate! Ages no see! Proud of you by reading every bit about you in this article.
 
May 04 2010 Posted By: johno
Ah, its good to have some clarity on the issue. Sometimes definitions get a bit muddy in such a cross-cultural translations. I'd be curious to learn about the fuding tea processor and wild tea from there.
 
Apr 29 2010 Posted By: Houses Philippines
And I know you might have good intentions, but now a days, it is common for people to come yup with scams. There are actually organizations who asks for donation but do not use the donation money for good. How can you assure us that your organization is genuine?
 
Apr 28 2010 Posted By: HM
I am totally agree with you on the first 4 places but the last one. I would rather say Shanghai is the last city for people to know China from my personal experience:) There is nothing fun in Shanghai besides shopping(expensive) and skyscrapers. I agree that Beijing is the best place to stay and Xi'an remains the second. Anyway, doesnt matter this blog is very helpful for who is planning a trip to China.
 
Apr 21 2010 Posted By: Klaus
Thank you so much for your support! On our Blog we provide a Paypal donation option. Our Teams in the region mostly need donations to buy tents, food, medication and, later on, construction materiel for the people that have lost everything. Thank you!
 
Apr 21 2010 Posted By: Klaus
Thank you so much for your support! On our Blog we provide a Paypal donation option. Our Teams in the region mostly need donations to buy tents, food, medication and, later on, construction materiel for the people that have lost everything. Thank you!
 
Apr 20 2010 Posted By: Trevor
Do you need volunteers on the ground, just financial donations, or both?
 
Apr 16 2010 Posted By: Jason
I am happy to hear of your kind display of corporate responsibility and general kindness. The tragedies in the news today need all of our attentions and efforts to help those involved cope. Keep up the good work!
 
Apr 14 2010 Posted By: Ian Sanchez
Congratulations Mei Zhang! It will be good for the adventure travel industry to have your perspective.
 
Apr 08 2010 Posted By: lyni
very interesting. I'm fond of chinese tea. Do you plan any trip in zijing mountain for tea picking ?? It could be great.
 
Feb 12 2010 Posted By: Spencer
Hello Mei: I stumbled upon your site and will look into it on a regular basis. I am from Canada and have been to China on assignment to shoot several time. I am planning a three-person trip this fall for three months. We are journalists from Canada (me), and two Chinese journalists who live in the United States. Our trip back to China is unique. We will be test driving three different Chinese vehicles and be blogging, filming and writing articles for our respective newspapers and web sites. This trip is about 11,750 kilometres in length. In addition to reviewiing these vehicles under challenging conditions, I will be writing about the culture, history and daily life on the road. Our blog is not up yet, but closer to the time, I will give you the link. The think that grabbed my attention about your site was the line, 'Experience China Differently'. I have fallen in love with China and have been to many parts of the country. I prefer the rural settings and the people are always warm, hospitable and welcoming wherever I go. I long to return and bring more adventures and images to the millions of readers who frequent our newspaper's site. The Toronto Star is the largest newspaper in the country with an enviable readership. Perhaps next time I am in Beijing I will look you up. I have my regular guide in Beijing and she can bring me to you for a visit. Sincerely, Spencer Wynn www.travelstock.org (this is only my stock website)
 
Feb 03 2010 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Loved the untold story behind the conde Nast piece.
 
Jan 27 2010 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Interesting. but also there are other solar centers around China. Know any more?
 
Jan 18 2010 Posted By: Li.rui
Yes, we had a week training classes that we leart lots of informitiaon and knowledge from it, thanks every teacher. Expecting I'll have more training chance to study and promote myself.
 
Jan 12 2010 Posted By: WildChina Blog · NYTimes’ “31 Places to Visit in 2010″ features Shanghai and Shenzhen
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Jan 08 2010 Posted By: Rongkun
I wish I could have known it earlier!
 
Dec 28 2009 Posted By: Bart Batsleer
Hi, I`ve been in touch with Stewart when I was in Guilin, but I lost his phone number... could you bring him back in touch with me for I have my brother and sister going to Guilin... Thank you. Bart
 
Dec 09 2009 Posted By: Bo Poats
Abby: Intruiging intro....easier to be a leader in renewable energy when you have a single view of the value of externalities, and an ability to scale manufactuiring to lower unit costs in order to hit financial objectives on the supply side. Would be good to know how the average Zho utilizes renewable energy and is educated about its economic applicatiions (i.e., the role of public education and programs), as there may be some lessons to be learned in more "developed" economies.
 
Dec 08 2009 Posted By: Beth Dohrn
I can't wait to share this with my son! What great information Alexander!
 
Dec 08 2009 Posted By: mitey de aguiar
This is a fascinating article! I had no idea that T Rex lived in that part of the world. I'm sure some amazing discoveries are on their way.
 
 
 
 
Nov 19 2009 Posted By: Jason
Thanks for the helpful information. I plan to be in China during that time... just need to make plans.
 
Nov 19 2009 Posted By: Alex G
Hi Jason, thanks for your inquiry! The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival begins on January 5 and continues for about a month. However, there are a variety of related activities at Sun Island Park, Zhaolin Park, and venues in Harbin city proper starting in mid-December. You may find a full schedule of events here: http://bit.ly/2DT6EE It is open from 9 am to 10 pm daily, and daily admission for adults is 150 RMB. There are separate entrance fees for Sun Island Park and Zhaolin Park; admission is 30 RMB per adult. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
 
Nov 17 2009 Posted By: Jason
What is the schedule for the Harbin winter festival in 2010? Is there an official time or schedule of events?
 
Nov 09 2009 Posted By: Andrea
Just catching up on your blog, Heth...beautiful stuff
 
Nov 08 2009 Posted By: Yunnangirl
fantastic news..thanks for sharing .
 
Oct 31 2009 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Oh, this entry made me homesick. I still remember the sound of us driving on top of the crop that's being dried on the road. That was the first step of processing rice after harvest. Thank you for writing this piece.
 
Oct 26 2009 Posted By: Tessa
I love the blog Heather- hope everything is going well for you
 
Oct 23 2009 Posted By: Elyane
Very jealous Heather! Can't wait to hear about Xinjiang...
 
Oct 15 2009 Posted By: Linda Winn
What a wonderful generous gesture to get a beautiful new basketball court built for this poor village so that the children can thrive. Xiao is a very special person and his love for the Miao people is great indeed. How happy he made these people!
 
Oct 15 2009 Posted By: Kevin
This is a great article. Look forward to reading the rest. I will be going to a small village in January to visit my wife's grandmother and brother. They also do not live too far from Xi'an. I am looking forward to your updates and pictures.
 
Oct 14 2009 Posted By: Jason
Very very cool. Thanks for sharing.
 
Oct 03 2009 Posted By: Clark
I just got back from the Yinqixing Indoor Skiing Area and was not impressed with the place. They jacked the prices up for the National Day holiday, but only half the park was even functioning. What a rip-off.
 
Oct 02 2009 Posted By: Kate
I've subscribed to your blog and look forward to reading more...thanks for your eloquent insights Heather! Australians can learn so much from ancient and indigenous cultures.
 
Oct 02 2009 Posted By: Heather.Graham
Yes, you are absolutely correct Russell. A large majority of the young people from Huayang go to the bigger cities (particularly in southern China) to work after they finish secondary school here. Receiving money from your children working elsewhere, is one of the two main forms of income for the people of Huayang (the other is growing medicine plants). Thanks for your question.
 
Oct 01 2009 Posted By: Andrea Redford
Great blog Heather. Thanks for sharing your unique insights into China. All the best with the Golden Week influx!
 
Sep 30 2009 Posted By: Li.rui
it 's really really true and a good place of CNNR and a beauty Astrilian work and devote here now~~~
 
Sep 26 2009 Posted By: prizebig.ru
superb article . Will definitely copy it to my blog.Thanks.
 
Sep 25 2009 Posted By: Russell
Heather, great post. A question that came to mind: with such a small population, is there pressure on the younger people to move away to the big cities to secure work?
 
 
Sep 16 2009 Posted By: frank
Hey, i liked this article, Im a hiker my self and i promise to go take time one day to go check it out :) and will I will put a link back at http://www.travelmastery.com as a complementary purpose. please post more pics!
 
Sep 11 2009 Posted By: sandrar
Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post... nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.
 
Aug 10 2009 Posted By: Maureen Lopez
china has never been associated with the snow sports.howvever you will definitely enjoy in the ski resorts which has been listed. it will be a very nice experience to visit these resorts and enjoy the snow sports.
 
Jul 20 2009 Posted By: Jason Witt
This is a nice complete list of the basic Chinese teas. Any tea lover should have tried all these listed here a few different times with different water temperatures and multiple steepings. Of course loose leaf tea will be needed. It's all about the fun of exploration and the adventure of discovering new favorites.
 
Jul 13 2009 Posted By: stephen
Great tips! About the Eating one though, I've also heard a different side: leaving anything behind could be seen as a sign of wastefulness or ingratitude (especially for a man). I've often been told, "If you know how hard somebody worked to harvest that rice for your meal, you wouldn't waste a single grain." I guess it probably depends where you are or who you talk with though, and like everything else, foreigners do have some leeway for any cultural faux pas made. :)
 
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Apr 08 2009 Posted By: costa caleta
costa caleta... I think the post- vacation blues definitely set in last week when I got back, and linger on today. I saw a lot of neat things and met some wonderful people, but it's back to the grind here in DC. I wish I could travel more. /...
 
 
 
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Feb 14 2009 Posted By: Rongkun
it seems to require quite some time to display the photos since they are too big-sized.
 
Feb 14 2009 Posted By: Rongkun
It would be some misleading since Beijing University was not a recognized name, if referred to Peking University. The latter name is officially adopted in public.
 
Oct 10 2008 Posted By: Beijing » Condé Nast World Savers Congress: China Panel
[...] Condé Nast World Savers Congress: China PanelSo far we’ve hosted four WWF guides on month-long stints in the WildChina Beijing office to learn about responsible travel best-practices, marketing and service standards. The goal of this project is to expose local leaders to different … [...]
 
Aug 26 2008 Posted By: Wilbur
Taking photos with the guards looks fun. The view of the Great Wall is undoubtly magnificant.
 
Aug 05 2008 Posted By: China Journal : Best of the China Blogs: August 5
[...] of the Great Wall and other popular tourist attractions may be closed due to Olympic events. See here for updates. WildChina [...]
 
Aug 05 2008 Posted By: Emma
Anita is too shy to post her videos from this trip, but I think they're pretty cool! Check out her YouTube videos of Miao Minority Dances in Guizhou, as well as a ground opera at Jichang Village. The quality isn't great (we're travel gurus, not videographers!!) but you can still get a flavor of her trip. http://www.youtube.com/user/wildchinaus
 
Jul 30 2008 Posted By: Emma
Love your first blog post Anita! Very excited to follow your trek through China from my computer in the WildChina office in Beijing. Come back to us safe and sound!
 
Jul 06 2008 Posted By: Joy
Yes, really appreciate your visit, thank you so much!
 
Jun 17 2008 Posted By: elachian
給四川的人, 我是從電視上看到你們的地震的災情. 我知道你們現在很痛苦, 特地寫了這封信, 想要告訴你們, 安威你們, 希望你們好好加油. 重建家園, 讓我們一起努力, 幫助你們, 早日忘記現在的陰影. 不只我們在這裡我要告訴你們, 現在全球各地大家都希望你們會再一次站起來. 我相信你們. 加油, 四川人! 陸愛蓮 Kainan University taiwan
 
Jun 17 2008 Posted By: elachian
給四川的人, 我是從電視上看到你們的地震的災情. 我知道你們現在很痛苦, 特地寫了這封信, 想要告訴你們, 安威你們, 希望你們好好加油. 重建家園, 讓我們一起努力, 幫助你們, 早日忘記現在的陰影. 不只我們在這裡我要告訴你們, 現在全球各地大家都希望你們會再一次站起來. 我相信你們. 加油, 四川人! 陸愛蓮 Kainan University Taiwan ROC
 
Jun 07 2008 Posted By: seb
Thank you Philip for these précisions. I wish China stand as soon as possible after the disaster. I plan to come in Siguniang next October. Do you think it will be re oppened for foreign visitors? Thanks
 
Jun 07 2008 Posted By: Eric
At this very time, all of people are united to overcome the catastrophe! I just went through the earthquake in person. It felt horrible and so many tragedies happened! With our deepest condolence!
 
Jun 03 2008 Posted By: Eric
Eric... Hello, I have a few websites of my own and I must say that your site is really top notch. Keep up the great work on a really high class resource....
 

March 18th, 2014

Noodle-licious Love! Hand-pulled Noodles of Your Choice at Noodle Bar in Beijing

By: WildChina | Categories: Dining Experiences in China

Hand-pulled noodles, freshly-made broth, and an open kitchen? Welcome to Noodle Bar, part of 1949 The Hidden City. Enter the tiny room and pick one of only 12 stools around the bar; with so few seats, everyone gets front-row tickets to the noodle-pulling spectacle.

 

wildchina-luxury-china-travel-best-restaurant-beijing-noodle-bar-1949-hidden-city-sanlitun-2 Let the show begin! From your seat you’ll be able to watch the expert whip your noodles into true noodle LOVE!

Noodle Bar only offers one thing: (you guessed it!) noodles. But within that, there are plenty of choices: thick noodles, thin noodles, beef brisket, beef tendon, beef tripe, mushrooms…etc. You get the idea.  And it’s all laid out on single-page menus attached to cute miniature clipboards, for your extreme convenience. Just tick the options you want and no need to fret if you’re coming here on your own—the menu is bilingual.

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Sep 06 2012 Posted By: Mary Barnes
What a beautiful moment. Excellent blog. The description sent early morning chills down my spine. Thousands of silent soldiers marching the wall came to mind in the dawn light. I have been there and was amazed at the formidable snake crawling over the hills. Mary
 
Aug 24 2012 Posted By: Gabrielle
Well done especially from such an elite group as the Harvard Business School.
 
Aug 24 2012 Posted By: Gabrielle
Absolutely splendid story. Bravo to Xiao.
 
Aug 23 2012 Posted By: PL
Smart and kind of you, good luck to you with Teach for China.
 
Aug 17 2012 Posted By: Cathryn Noyes
Wow Devin, just beautiful. What a trip. The photos and words make me (almost) feel like I am there!
 
 
Aug 08 2012 Posted By: Linda Winn
Wonderful story and video! Xiao is not only a fantastic guide, but he is kind,thoughtful,enthusiastic,fun-loving and generous. How great to bring such happiness to the Miao people by building them something the whole village can enjoy and sharing his love for basketball with all of them. Congratulations to him and the village basketball champions!
 
Jul 24 2012 Posted By: Bobby
Good article, Iv always wanted to visit China and after reading this I want to go even more!
 
Jul 12 2012 Posted By: may
Fun & fabulous WildChina crew! -Your Taiwan fans
 
Jul 12 2012 Posted By: ellen
You guys look amazing!
 
Jul 09 2012 Posted By: Tibetan Jewelry
Very interesting! Tibet's ancient "silk road" was influential before recorded history. Your history on that influence and its connection to Tibet's cultural artifacts is very interesting! How else would they have gotten that coral and those conch shells! The tea and horse road in Yunnan is great.
 
Jun 15 2012 Posted By: Nancy
Hi Mark, Great to hear from you. We believe that you should be set to go and will be able to get the permit. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch at Info@wildchina.com. We can learn more specifics about your group and where you want to travel in Tibet. -WildChina
 
Jun 14 2012 Posted By: Mark
Is it true that permits are now being issued? We are a group of 7 Australians looking to travel to Lhasa at the end of June. Is this possible? Mark
 
Jun 11 2012 Posted By: Guo Yanjiang
Hope to travel in West China
 
Mar 06 2012 Posted By: Mei
One of my favorite stores in Beijing.
 
Mar 01 2012 Posted By: Chaiton W.
I am a sixth-grade student at Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN. I’m working on a documentary film on the topic of Chinese food, do you think you might be able to help me with information. Could you answer some questions for my research? What is the most famous cooking stile? Why is it the most famous? What made you go into chinese food? Thank you for your time and if you can email me back. Sincerely, Chaiton W Greetings, In the interest of authentic, performance-based learning, my middle-school students are reaching out to experts about China as they prepare a documentary film about a topic of their choice. If you can, I appreciate very much your willingness to answer a few questions they have, taking just a few minutes of your time, I hope. I’ve tried to make sure they’re asking “expert” questions, after having done basic research already. Thanks for your assistance, and feel free to contact me if you have questions. Alan Wong Middle School Humanities Teacher Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN awong@baylorschool.org 423-267-8506 ext. 371
 
Feb 13 2012 Posted By: Fin
As a tour operator in Bhutan, we are also grappling with a similar challenge. When we started out a few years back, we wanted to be as eco-conscious as possible. Used water bottles have now become a part of our burgeoning waste problem in the country, a country that doesn't even have a recycling plant. The irony is we do not generate enough trash to sustain one. All along we knew using bottled water was not the way to go, but we desperately needed a viable substitute to do away with it. We have been encouraging our clients to bring their own re-usable bottles and Steripen. While some get the idea, many decide to stick to bottled water. We are also planning on having our vehicles fitted with water filter canisters (holding 15-20 litres of water), which are capable of trapping sediments. To rid of any micro-organisms, water will be boiled and cooled overnight at hotels, ready to be transferred to the canisters. Given that water in Bhutan is free of heavy metals, this process should be adequate. However, we do know there will still be some people who might be uncomfortable and would want to stick to manufactured water. What's comforting though, is some people do take their own initiative to bring water bottles with purifiers, which is practical and works great. Any suggestion would be great. Thanks!
 
Feb 10 2012 Posted By: Jenny
Find the very best portable water purification systems and invest in some to have along on your journeys or at strategic points of destination. Use your own bottles and refill so that guests have a supply of one bottle per day. They can drink other beverages for the rest of their needs.
 
Feb 10 2012 Posted By: Jacqueline Fitz
For years I traveled with a simple water filter.... a cup with a built-in charcoal filter that took care of almost everything including giardia. Since I travelled in many remote areas, potable water was rarely available. I even filtered bottled water when I could getit since I was unsure of its quality. This technique was very successful through the years. Unfortunately that particular water filter is no longer available but something similar would address your problem. (I used mine in remote areas of China and also in Hong Kong)
 
Jan 18 2012 Posted By: Mei
I can testify that this is one of the best dishes at one of my favorite restaurants in Beijing. Mei
 
Nov 29 2011 Posted By: Joan morris
Where can I get Sichuan ingredients in the U S?
 
Nov 24 2011 Posted By: Ron Denham
My wife and I recently went on a WC tour led by Fred and he made it a marvelous and informative time for us. He sets the bar very high for any other tour guid I might everuse. I hope to go on another "Fred He" WC tour one of these days. Best wises to your parents, Fred. Ron & Gail Denham
 
Aug 31 2010 Posted By: Wang
Unfortunately, the only sustainable thing that the Schoolhouse has brought to their local community is a rising cost of living. They have basically taken over the village and surrounding communities and have forced local residents (who are mainly farmers) to find more affordable accommodation elsewhere. I support Slow Food and I am sure your overseas guests like the novelty of staying at the Schoolhouse in Mutianyu, but please don't portray them as a bunch of do-gooders. They are in it for the money, regardless of the consequences their uncontrolled and unchecked development might have on the local community.
 
Aug 17 2010 Posted By: Fayegirl
was in this area in May, even then was affected by landslides and flooding, how much more do these people have to suffer, my thoughts and prayers are with them
 
Jul 27 2010 Posted By: Brennan
Even though I won't be able to apply it seems like this is a wonderful area of China to visit. I know people who have visited the major cities and then complained about how dirty it was or how it was too congested but they didn't realize the best parts of the country aren't located in the most populated places but many times in the least populated. Should be a great trip for those involved.
 
Jul 25 2010 Posted By: Molly
You're writing about my home. It makes me feel like crying because I'm not there now. You've written the story beautifully. My father-in-law rode the tea and horse caravan train, made and lost fortunes, and now resides quietly in Dali with my brother-in-law. The traces that those adventures left in his heart are still there. Talking with him is another adventure that always leaves me wanting to cry. Now I'm in Zhangjiagang, running an eco-resort staffed with Yi from Xiao Liang Shan. The Yi too had their place on the trail, one of the main branches of which ran through their territory and via Lugu Lake. My father-in-law spend his formative years in Muli, just the other side of Lugu Lake, raised by another family of traders after his own parents were killed during clan scirmishes in Chamdo. Keep up the good work, and keep letting people know that it's not about visiting an alian culture, it's about visiting people like you or my, for whom the most spectacular scenery in the world is just called "home."
 
Jul 21 2010 Posted By: Alex G
Hi Jamie, Sure. Send me an email at alex.grieves@wildchina.com and I'll get you in touch. Best, Alex
 
Jul 21 2010 Posted By: Jamie
Hi! Wonderful article! Is there any way you could put me in touch with Tea Master Zehng? I would like to purchase some of her tea in bulk. Thank you!
 
Jul 16 2010 Posted By: yunnangirl
Well said. Lijiang is so beautiful regardless of the crowds. The key is to find ways to appreciate its beautify and connect with people there.
 
Jul 16 2010 Posted By: Jason
Mie. Thank you for your insight and perspective on a "different" China not often found by us common folk (even with a lot of research). Keep up the good work.
 
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Jun 29 2010 Posted By: David Tanenui
I think you are right it sounds like everything is focussed on the top end of tourism, its a pity because the lower end tourists are the ones that are more inclined on caring for the environment and for the country contributing to sustainable practices. Money talks these days and the GDP is the aim of all countries, here in New Zealand we have beautiful sights but we have to fight to keep it beautiful, our government are only interested in making money of land that doesn't even belong to them but don't worry as soon as they have finished mining and destroying it they will say sorry and give it back to us the people of the land and give us $$$ for the damage they have created, WOW,you need to be more Vocal, the more voices creating opinions will create understanding Kia Ora
 
Jun 28 2010 Posted By: David
Hi, Earlier this month I posted my experiences using an iPad in China for research. I deal with the connection issues and VPNs to get around the Great Firewall. I found using WiFi very easy: http://museumfatigue.org/using-the-ipad-in-china
 
Jun 24 2010 Posted By: Bill
Nice post. I was thinking about picking up an iPad with China trips in mind. I think I've already found a solution for wired internet and that is to bring an airport express unit with me. It's proved invaluable on previous trips and is relatively easy to carry around. The other reason I'm considering the iPad is the ability to suck up RAW photos from a digital camera. My hope (although I've not tested it) is that this would free up the memory card to allow me to carry on shooting. Have you any experience of using it this way?
 
Jun 18 2010 Posted By: Michelle
Hello there, I'm producing a documentary about climate change and I wondered if you or anyone you know might be interested in being a "fixer" - our person on the ground in China to help set up the shoot and be with the director. Any help you might be able to give would be much appreciated. Kind Regards, Michelle
 
Jun 05 2010 Posted By: Ma Hao
Wow, Zhang Mei, my old schoolmate! Ages no see! Proud of you by reading every bit about you in this article.
 
May 04 2010 Posted By: johno
Ah, its good to have some clarity on the issue. Sometimes definitions get a bit muddy in such a cross-cultural translations. I'd be curious to learn about the fuding tea processor and wild tea from there.
 
Apr 29 2010 Posted By: Houses Philippines
And I know you might have good intentions, but now a days, it is common for people to come yup with scams. There are actually organizations who asks for donation but do not use the donation money for good. How can you assure us that your organization is genuine?
 
Apr 28 2010 Posted By: HM
I am totally agree with you on the first 4 places but the last one. I would rather say Shanghai is the last city for people to know China from my personal experience:) There is nothing fun in Shanghai besides shopping(expensive) and skyscrapers. I agree that Beijing is the best place to stay and Xi'an remains the second. Anyway, doesnt matter this blog is very helpful for who is planning a trip to China.
 
Apr 21 2010 Posted By: Klaus
Thank you so much for your support! On our Blog we provide a Paypal donation option. Our Teams in the region mostly need donations to buy tents, food, medication and, later on, construction materiel for the people that have lost everything. Thank you!
 
Apr 21 2010 Posted By: Klaus
Thank you so much for your support! On our Blog we provide a Paypal donation option. Our Teams in the region mostly need donations to buy tents, food, medication and, later on, construction materiel for the people that have lost everything. Thank you!
 
Apr 20 2010 Posted By: Trevor
Do you need volunteers on the ground, just financial donations, or both?
 
Apr 16 2010 Posted By: Jason
I am happy to hear of your kind display of corporate responsibility and general kindness. The tragedies in the news today need all of our attentions and efforts to help those involved cope. Keep up the good work!
 
Apr 14 2010 Posted By: Ian Sanchez
Congratulations Mei Zhang! It will be good for the adventure travel industry to have your perspective.
 
Apr 08 2010 Posted By: lyni
very interesting. I'm fond of chinese tea. Do you plan any trip in zijing mountain for tea picking ?? It could be great.
 
Feb 12 2010 Posted By: Spencer
Hello Mei: I stumbled upon your site and will look into it on a regular basis. I am from Canada and have been to China on assignment to shoot several time. I am planning a three-person trip this fall for three months. We are journalists from Canada (me), and two Chinese journalists who live in the United States. Our trip back to China is unique. We will be test driving three different Chinese vehicles and be blogging, filming and writing articles for our respective newspapers and web sites. This trip is about 11,750 kilometres in length. In addition to reviewiing these vehicles under challenging conditions, I will be writing about the culture, history and daily life on the road. Our blog is not up yet, but closer to the time, I will give you the link. The think that grabbed my attention about your site was the line, 'Experience China Differently'. I have fallen in love with China and have been to many parts of the country. I prefer the rural settings and the people are always warm, hospitable and welcoming wherever I go. I long to return and bring more adventures and images to the millions of readers who frequent our newspaper's site. The Toronto Star is the largest newspaper in the country with an enviable readership. Perhaps next time I am in Beijing I will look you up. I have my regular guide in Beijing and she can bring me to you for a visit. Sincerely, Spencer Wynn www.travelstock.org (this is only my stock website)
 
Feb 03 2010 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Loved the untold story behind the conde Nast piece.
 
Jan 27 2010 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Interesting. but also there are other solar centers around China. Know any more?
 
Jan 18 2010 Posted By: Li.rui
Yes, we had a week training classes that we leart lots of informitiaon and knowledge from it, thanks every teacher. Expecting I'll have more training chance to study and promote myself.
 
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Jan 08 2010 Posted By: Rongkun
I wish I could have known it earlier!
 
Dec 28 2009 Posted By: Bart Batsleer
Hi, I`ve been in touch with Stewart when I was in Guilin, but I lost his phone number... could you bring him back in touch with me for I have my brother and sister going to Guilin... Thank you. Bart
 
Dec 09 2009 Posted By: Bo Poats
Abby: Intruiging intro....easier to be a leader in renewable energy when you have a single view of the value of externalities, and an ability to scale manufactuiring to lower unit costs in order to hit financial objectives on the supply side. Would be good to know how the average Zho utilizes renewable energy and is educated about its economic applicatiions (i.e., the role of public education and programs), as there may be some lessons to be learned in more "developed" economies.
 
Dec 08 2009 Posted By: Beth Dohrn
I can't wait to share this with my son! What great information Alexander!
 
Dec 08 2009 Posted By: mitey de aguiar
This is a fascinating article! I had no idea that T Rex lived in that part of the world. I'm sure some amazing discoveries are on their way.
 
 
 
 
Nov 19 2009 Posted By: Jason
Thanks for the helpful information. I plan to be in China during that time... just need to make plans.
 
Nov 19 2009 Posted By: Alex G
Hi Jason, thanks for your inquiry! The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival begins on January 5 and continues for about a month. However, there are a variety of related activities at Sun Island Park, Zhaolin Park, and venues in Harbin city proper starting in mid-December. You may find a full schedule of events here: http://bit.ly/2DT6EE It is open from 9 am to 10 pm daily, and daily admission for adults is 150 RMB. There are separate entrance fees for Sun Island Park and Zhaolin Park; admission is 30 RMB per adult. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
 
Nov 17 2009 Posted By: Jason
What is the schedule for the Harbin winter festival in 2010? Is there an official time or schedule of events?
 
Nov 09 2009 Posted By: Andrea
Just catching up on your blog, Heth...beautiful stuff
 
Nov 08 2009 Posted By: Yunnangirl
fantastic news..thanks for sharing .
 
Oct 31 2009 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Oh, this entry made me homesick. I still remember the sound of us driving on top of the crop that's being dried on the road. That was the first step of processing rice after harvest. Thank you for writing this piece.
 
Oct 26 2009 Posted By: Tessa
I love the blog Heather- hope everything is going well for you
 
Oct 23 2009 Posted By: Elyane
Very jealous Heather! Can't wait to hear about Xinjiang...
 
Oct 15 2009 Posted By: Linda Winn
What a wonderful generous gesture to get a beautiful new basketball court built for this poor village so that the children can thrive. Xiao is a very special person and his love for the Miao people is great indeed. How happy he made these people!
 
Oct 15 2009 Posted By: Kevin
This is a great article. Look forward to reading the rest. I will be going to a small village in January to visit my wife's grandmother and brother. They also do not live too far from Xi'an. I am looking forward to your updates and pictures.
 
Oct 14 2009 Posted By: Jason
Very very cool. Thanks for sharing.
 
Oct 03 2009 Posted By: Clark
I just got back from the Yinqixing Indoor Skiing Area and was not impressed with the place. They jacked the prices up for the National Day holiday, but only half the park was even functioning. What a rip-off.
 
Oct 02 2009 Posted By: Kate
I've subscribed to your blog and look forward to reading more...thanks for your eloquent insights Heather! Australians can learn so much from ancient and indigenous cultures.
 
Oct 02 2009 Posted By: Heather.Graham
Yes, you are absolutely correct Russell. A large majority of the young people from Huayang go to the bigger cities (particularly in southern China) to work after they finish secondary school here. Receiving money from your children working elsewhere, is one of the two main forms of income for the people of Huayang (the other is growing medicine plants). Thanks for your question.
 
Oct 01 2009 Posted By: Andrea Redford
Great blog Heather. Thanks for sharing your unique insights into China. All the best with the Golden Week influx!
 
Sep 30 2009 Posted By: Li.rui
it 's really really true and a good place of CNNR and a beauty Astrilian work and devote here now~~~
 
Sep 26 2009 Posted By: prizebig.ru
superb article . Will definitely copy it to my blog.Thanks.
 
Sep 25 2009 Posted By: Russell
Heather, great post. A question that came to mind: with such a small population, is there pressure on the younger people to move away to the big cities to secure work?
 
 
Sep 16 2009 Posted By: frank
Hey, i liked this article, Im a hiker my self and i promise to go take time one day to go check it out :) and will I will put a link back at http://www.travelmastery.com as a complementary purpose. please post more pics!
 
Sep 11 2009 Posted By: sandrar
Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post... nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.
 
Aug 10 2009 Posted By: Maureen Lopez
china has never been associated with the snow sports.howvever you will definitely enjoy in the ski resorts which has been listed. it will be a very nice experience to visit these resorts and enjoy the snow sports.
 
Jul 20 2009 Posted By: Jason Witt
This is a nice complete list of the basic Chinese teas. Any tea lover should have tried all these listed here a few different times with different water temperatures and multiple steepings. Of course loose leaf tea will be needed. It's all about the fun of exploration and the adventure of discovering new favorites.
 
Jul 13 2009 Posted By: stephen
Great tips! About the Eating one though, I've also heard a different side: leaving anything behind could be seen as a sign of wastefulness or ingratitude (especially for a man). I've often been told, "If you know how hard somebody worked to harvest that rice for your meal, you wouldn't waste a single grain." I guess it probably depends where you are or who you talk with though, and like everything else, foreigners do have some leeway for any cultural faux pas made. :)
 
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Apr 08 2009 Posted By: costa caleta
costa caleta... I think the post- vacation blues definitely set in last week when I got back, and linger on today. I saw a lot of neat things and met some wonderful people, but it's back to the grind here in DC. I wish I could travel more. /...
 
 
 
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Feb 14 2009 Posted By: Rongkun
it seems to require quite some time to display the photos since they are too big-sized.
 
Feb 14 2009 Posted By: Rongkun
It would be some misleading since Beijing University was not a recognized name, if referred to Peking University. The latter name is officially adopted in public.
 
Oct 10 2008 Posted By: Beijing » Condé Nast World Savers Congress: China Panel
[...] Condé Nast World Savers Congress: China PanelSo far we’ve hosted four WWF guides on month-long stints in the WildChina Beijing office to learn about responsible travel best-practices, marketing and service standards. The goal of this project is to expose local leaders to different … [...]
 
Aug 26 2008 Posted By: Wilbur
Taking photos with the guards looks fun. The view of the Great Wall is undoubtly magnificant.
 
Aug 05 2008 Posted By: China Journal : Best of the China Blogs: August 5
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Aug 05 2008 Posted By: Emma
Anita is too shy to post her videos from this trip, but I think they're pretty cool! Check out her YouTube videos of Miao Minority Dances in Guizhou, as well as a ground opera at Jichang Village. The quality isn't great (we're travel gurus, not videographers!!) but you can still get a flavor of her trip. http://www.youtube.com/user/wildchinaus
 
Jul 30 2008 Posted By: Emma
Love your first blog post Anita! Very excited to follow your trek through China from my computer in the WildChina office in Beijing. Come back to us safe and sound!
 
Jul 06 2008 Posted By: Joy
Yes, really appreciate your visit, thank you so much!
 
Jun 17 2008 Posted By: elachian
給四川的人, 我是從電視上看到你們的地震的災情. 我知道你們現在很痛苦, 特地寫了這封信, 想要告訴你們, 安威你們, 希望你們好好加油. 重建家園, 讓我們一起努力, 幫助你們, 早日忘記現在的陰影. 不只我們在這裡我要告訴你們, 現在全球各地大家都希望你們會再一次站起來. 我相信你們. 加油, 四川人! 陸愛蓮 Kainan University taiwan
 
Jun 17 2008 Posted By: elachian
給四川的人, 我是從電視上看到你們的地震的災情. 我知道你們現在很痛苦, 特地寫了這封信, 想要告訴你們, 安威你們, 希望你們好好加油. 重建家園, 讓我們一起努力, 幫助你們, 早日忘記現在的陰影. 不只我們在這裡我要告訴你們, 現在全球各地大家都希望你們會再一次站起來. 我相信你們. 加油, 四川人! 陸愛蓮 Kainan University Taiwan ROC
 
Jun 07 2008 Posted By: seb
Thank you Philip for these précisions. I wish China stand as soon as possible after the disaster. I plan to come in Siguniang next October. Do you think it will be re oppened for foreign visitors? Thanks
 
Jun 07 2008 Posted By: Eric
At this very time, all of people are united to overcome the catastrophe! I just went through the earthquake in person. It felt horrible and so many tragedies happened! With our deepest condolence!
 
Jun 03 2008 Posted By: Eric
Eric... Hello, I have a few websites of my own and I must say that your site is really top notch. Keep up the great work on a really high class resource....
 

March 10th, 2014

Enjoy the Suite Comforts of Home at the Hilton Beijing

By: WildChina | Categories: WildChina Corporate Travel, WildChina Travel Tips

With the large range of accommodation options available to you in Beijing, sometimes it’s the little things that help you decide – like the finishing touches of the Imperial and Chairman Suites at the Hilton Beijing in Chaoyang district. This hotel lives up to the Hilton name, and then some, and is located in the city’s embassy district, not far from Beijing’s financial centers and the bustling nightlife and dining options of Sanlitun.

 

The Hilton Beijing's Imperial Suite The Hilton Beijing’s Imperial Suite

The Hilton Beijing offers nine distinct suites–but our favorites are the Chairman Suite and spacious Imperial Suite that even boasts a zen-life relaxation room! These suites each have a large kitchen with separate access for the private chef and staff, available around the clock to prepare everything from an authentic Chinese dinner after a long day, to an opulent formal dinner party for eight people in the Chairman Suite and 15 in the Imperial.

Chairman Suite:

The living area of the Chairman Suite The living area of the Chairman Suite

 

Bedroom of the Chairman Suite Bedroom of the Chairman Suite

 

Relax in style in this 165m² suite located on the ninth floor of the executive tower, offering executive lounge access and complimentary breakfast. The contemporary design and state-of-the-art amenities convey a sense of blissful comfort, and to unwind you can enjoy a movie on the plasma TV with a heart-pumping Bang & Olufsen sound system that completes the ultimate in-home theater experience.

 

Imperial Suite:

Living space in the Imperial Suite Living space in the Imperial Suite

 

This suite is called Imperial for a reason. At 200m² and located on the top floor of the main tower, this superbly crafted suite offers great views of Beijing, while the interior combines modern technology with a touch of local Chinese flair. The spacious dining and living area is perfect for hosting a private reception, while the separated bedroom and office provides a personal space to recharge from a busy day.

In addition to these suites, the Hilton Beijing offers three dining options, a lounge, and a funky bar serving signature cocktails and delicious Champagnes. There is a large health club, spa, and even a Tony & Guy salon located in the main lobby. For meetings, it is an ideal location with 12 function rooms, including the city’s first 360 degree round infinity ballroom.

We recommend the five-star Hilton Beijing for both business and leisure travelers. It is located a quick 30 minute car ride from the airport and offers easy access to the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, major shopping and entertainment and more!

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Looking for more hotel recommendations? Don’t hesitate to send us an email with your questions at info@wildchina.com!

 

 


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Sep 06 2012 Posted By: Mary Barnes
What a beautiful moment. Excellent blog. The description sent early morning chills down my spine. Thousands of silent soldiers marching the wall came to mind in the dawn light. I have been there and was amazed at the formidable snake crawling over the hills. Mary
 
Aug 24 2012 Posted By: Gabrielle
Well done especially from such an elite group as the Harvard Business School.
 
Aug 24 2012 Posted By: Gabrielle
Absolutely splendid story. Bravo to Xiao.
 
Aug 23 2012 Posted By: PL
Smart and kind of you, good luck to you with Teach for China.
 
Aug 17 2012 Posted By: Cathryn Noyes
Wow Devin, just beautiful. What a trip. The photos and words make me (almost) feel like I am there!
 
 
Aug 08 2012 Posted By: Linda Winn
Wonderful story and video! Xiao is not only a fantastic guide, but he is kind,thoughtful,enthusiastic,fun-loving and generous. How great to bring such happiness to the Miao people by building them something the whole village can enjoy and sharing his love for basketball with all of them. Congratulations to him and the village basketball champions!
 
Jul 24 2012 Posted By: Bobby
Good article, Iv always wanted to visit China and after reading this I want to go even more!
 
Jul 12 2012 Posted By: may
Fun & fabulous WildChina crew! -Your Taiwan fans
 
Jul 12 2012 Posted By: ellen
You guys look amazing!
 
Jul 09 2012 Posted By: Tibetan Jewelry
Very interesting! Tibet's ancient "silk road" was influential before recorded history. Your history on that influence and its connection to Tibet's cultural artifacts is very interesting! How else would they have gotten that coral and those conch shells! The tea and horse road in Yunnan is great.
 
Jun 15 2012 Posted By: Nancy
Hi Mark, Great to hear from you. We believe that you should be set to go and will be able to get the permit. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch at Info@wildchina.com. We can learn more specifics about your group and where you want to travel in Tibet. -WildChina
 
Jun 14 2012 Posted By: Mark
Is it true that permits are now being issued? We are a group of 7 Australians looking to travel to Lhasa at the end of June. Is this possible? Mark
 
Jun 11 2012 Posted By: Guo Yanjiang
Hope to travel in West China
 
Mar 06 2012 Posted By: Mei
One of my favorite stores in Beijing.
 
Mar 01 2012 Posted By: Chaiton W.
I am a sixth-grade student at Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN. I’m working on a documentary film on the topic of Chinese food, do you think you might be able to help me with information. Could you answer some questions for my research? What is the most famous cooking stile? Why is it the most famous? What made you go into chinese food? Thank you for your time and if you can email me back. Sincerely, Chaiton W Greetings, In the interest of authentic, performance-based learning, my middle-school students are reaching out to experts about China as they prepare a documentary film about a topic of their choice. If you can, I appreciate very much your willingness to answer a few questions they have, taking just a few minutes of your time, I hope. I’ve tried to make sure they’re asking “expert” questions, after having done basic research already. Thanks for your assistance, and feel free to contact me if you have questions. Alan Wong Middle School Humanities Teacher Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN awong@baylorschool.org 423-267-8506 ext. 371
 
Feb 13 2012 Posted By: Fin
As a tour operator in Bhutan, we are also grappling with a similar challenge. When we started out a few years back, we wanted to be as eco-conscious as possible. Used water bottles have now become a part of our burgeoning waste problem in the country, a country that doesn't even have a recycling plant. The irony is we do not generate enough trash to sustain one. All along we knew using bottled water was not the way to go, but we desperately needed a viable substitute to do away with it. We have been encouraging our clients to bring their own re-usable bottles and Steripen. While some get the idea, many decide to stick to bottled water. We are also planning on having our vehicles fitted with water filter canisters (holding 15-20 litres of water), which are capable of trapping sediments. To rid of any micro-organisms, water will be boiled and cooled overnight at hotels, ready to be transferred to the canisters. Given that water in Bhutan is free of heavy metals, this process should be adequate. However, we do know there will still be some people who might be uncomfortable and would want to stick to manufactured water. What's comforting though, is some people do take their own initiative to bring water bottles with purifiers, which is practical and works great. Any suggestion would be great. Thanks!
 
Feb 10 2012 Posted By: Jenny
Find the very best portable water purification systems and invest in some to have along on your journeys or at strategic points of destination. Use your own bottles and refill so that guests have a supply of one bottle per day. They can drink other beverages for the rest of their needs.
 
Feb 10 2012 Posted By: Jacqueline Fitz
For years I traveled with a simple water filter.... a cup with a built-in charcoal filter that took care of almost everything including giardia. Since I travelled in many remote areas, potable water was rarely available. I even filtered bottled water when I could getit since I was unsure of its quality. This technique was very successful through the years. Unfortunately that particular water filter is no longer available but something similar would address your problem. (I used mine in remote areas of China and also in Hong Kong)
 
Jan 18 2012 Posted By: Mei
I can testify that this is one of the best dishes at one of my favorite restaurants in Beijing. Mei
 
Nov 29 2011 Posted By: Joan morris
Where can I get Sichuan ingredients in the U S?
 
Nov 24 2011 Posted By: Ron Denham
My wife and I recently went on a WC tour led by Fred and he made it a marvelous and informative time for us. He sets the bar very high for any other tour guid I might everuse. I hope to go on another "Fred He" WC tour one of these days. Best wises to your parents, Fred. Ron & Gail Denham
 
Aug 31 2010 Posted By: Wang
Unfortunately, the only sustainable thing that the Schoolhouse has brought to their local community is a rising cost of living. They have basically taken over the village and surrounding communities and have forced local residents (who are mainly farmers) to find more affordable accommodation elsewhere. I support Slow Food and I am sure your overseas guests like the novelty of staying at the Schoolhouse in Mutianyu, but please don't portray them as a bunch of do-gooders. They are in it for the money, regardless of the consequences their uncontrolled and unchecked development might have on the local community.
 
Aug 17 2010 Posted By: Fayegirl
was in this area in May, even then was affected by landslides and flooding, how much more do these people have to suffer, my thoughts and prayers are with them
 
Jul 27 2010 Posted By: Brennan
Even though I won't be able to apply it seems like this is a wonderful area of China to visit. I know people who have visited the major cities and then complained about how dirty it was or how it was too congested but they didn't realize the best parts of the country aren't located in the most populated places but many times in the least populated. Should be a great trip for those involved.
 
Jul 25 2010 Posted By: Molly
You're writing about my home. It makes me feel like crying because I'm not there now. You've written the story beautifully. My father-in-law rode the tea and horse caravan train, made and lost fortunes, and now resides quietly in Dali with my brother-in-law. The traces that those adventures left in his heart are still there. Talking with him is another adventure that always leaves me wanting to cry. Now I'm in Zhangjiagang, running an eco-resort staffed with Yi from Xiao Liang Shan. The Yi too had their place on the trail, one of the main branches of which ran through their territory and via Lugu Lake. My father-in-law spend his formative years in Muli, just the other side of Lugu Lake, raised by another family of traders after his own parents were killed during clan scirmishes in Chamdo. Keep up the good work, and keep letting people know that it's not about visiting an alian culture, it's about visiting people like you or my, for whom the most spectacular scenery in the world is just called "home."
 
Jul 21 2010 Posted By: Alex G
Hi Jamie, Sure. Send me an email at alex.grieves@wildchina.com and I'll get you in touch. Best, Alex
 
Jul 21 2010 Posted By: Jamie
Hi! Wonderful article! Is there any way you could put me in touch with Tea Master Zehng? I would like to purchase some of her tea in bulk. Thank you!
 
Jul 16 2010 Posted By: yunnangirl
Well said. Lijiang is so beautiful regardless of the crowds. The key is to find ways to appreciate its beautify and connect with people there.
 
Jul 16 2010 Posted By: Jason
Mie. Thank you for your insight and perspective on a "different" China not often found by us common folk (even with a lot of research). Keep up the good work.
 
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Jun 29 2010 Posted By: David Tanenui
I think you are right it sounds like everything is focussed on the top end of tourism, its a pity because the lower end tourists are the ones that are more inclined on caring for the environment and for the country contributing to sustainable practices. Money talks these days and the GDP is the aim of all countries, here in New Zealand we have beautiful sights but we have to fight to keep it beautiful, our government are only interested in making money of land that doesn't even belong to them but don't worry as soon as they have finished mining and destroying it they will say sorry and give it back to us the people of the land and give us $$$ for the damage they have created, WOW,you need to be more Vocal, the more voices creating opinions will create understanding Kia Ora
 
Jun 28 2010 Posted By: David
Hi, Earlier this month I posted my experiences using an iPad in China for research. I deal with the connection issues and VPNs to get around the Great Firewall. I found using WiFi very easy: http://museumfatigue.org/using-the-ipad-in-china
 
Jun 24 2010 Posted By: Bill
Nice post. I was thinking about picking up an iPad with China trips in mind. I think I've already found a solution for wired internet and that is to bring an airport express unit with me. It's proved invaluable on previous trips and is relatively easy to carry around. The other reason I'm considering the iPad is the ability to suck up RAW photos from a digital camera. My hope (although I've not tested it) is that this would free up the memory card to allow me to carry on shooting. Have you any experience of using it this way?
 
Jun 18 2010 Posted By: Michelle
Hello there, I'm producing a documentary about climate change and I wondered if you or anyone you know might be interested in being a "fixer" - our person on the ground in China to help set up the shoot and be with the director. Any help you might be able to give would be much appreciated. Kind Regards, Michelle
 
Jun 05 2010 Posted By: Ma Hao
Wow, Zhang Mei, my old schoolmate! Ages no see! Proud of you by reading every bit about you in this article.
 
May 04 2010 Posted By: johno
Ah, its good to have some clarity on the issue. Sometimes definitions get a bit muddy in such a cross-cultural translations. I'd be curious to learn about the fuding tea processor and wild tea from there.
 
Apr 29 2010 Posted By: Houses Philippines
And I know you might have good intentions, but now a days, it is common for people to come yup with scams. There are actually organizations who asks for donation but do not use the donation money for good. How can you assure us that your organization is genuine?
 
Apr 28 2010 Posted By: HM
I am totally agree with you on the first 4 places but the last one. I would rather say Shanghai is the last city for people to know China from my personal experience:) There is nothing fun in Shanghai besides shopping(expensive) and skyscrapers. I agree that Beijing is the best place to stay and Xi'an remains the second. Anyway, doesnt matter this blog is very helpful for who is planning a trip to China.
 
Apr 21 2010 Posted By: Klaus
Thank you so much for your support! On our Blog we provide a Paypal donation option. Our Teams in the region mostly need donations to buy tents, food, medication and, later on, construction materiel for the people that have lost everything. Thank you!
 
Apr 21 2010 Posted By: Klaus
Thank you so much for your support! On our Blog we provide a Paypal donation option. Our Teams in the region mostly need donations to buy tents, food, medication and, later on, construction materiel for the people that have lost everything. Thank you!
 
Apr 20 2010 Posted By: Trevor
Do you need volunteers on the ground, just financial donations, or both?
 
Apr 16 2010 Posted By: Jason
I am happy to hear of your kind display of corporate responsibility and general kindness. The tragedies in the news today need all of our attentions and efforts to help those involved cope. Keep up the good work!
 
Apr 14 2010 Posted By: Ian Sanchez
Congratulations Mei Zhang! It will be good for the adventure travel industry to have your perspective.
 
Apr 08 2010 Posted By: lyni
very interesting. I'm fond of chinese tea. Do you plan any trip in zijing mountain for tea picking ?? It could be great.
 
Feb 12 2010 Posted By: Spencer
Hello Mei: I stumbled upon your site and will look into it on a regular basis. I am from Canada and have been to China on assignment to shoot several time. I am planning a three-person trip this fall for three months. We are journalists from Canada (me), and two Chinese journalists who live in the United States. Our trip back to China is unique. We will be test driving three different Chinese vehicles and be blogging, filming and writing articles for our respective newspapers and web sites. This trip is about 11,750 kilometres in length. In addition to reviewiing these vehicles under challenging conditions, I will be writing about the culture, history and daily life on the road. Our blog is not up yet, but closer to the time, I will give you the link. The think that grabbed my attention about your site was the line, 'Experience China Differently'. I have fallen in love with China and have been to many parts of the country. I prefer the rural settings and the people are always warm, hospitable and welcoming wherever I go. I long to return and bring more adventures and images to the millions of readers who frequent our newspaper's site. The Toronto Star is the largest newspaper in the country with an enviable readership. Perhaps next time I am in Beijing I will look you up. I have my regular guide in Beijing and she can bring me to you for a visit. Sincerely, Spencer Wynn www.travelstock.org (this is only my stock website)
 
Feb 03 2010 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Loved the untold story behind the conde Nast piece.
 
Jan 27 2010 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Interesting. but also there are other solar centers around China. Know any more?
 
Jan 18 2010 Posted By: Li.rui
Yes, we had a week training classes that we leart lots of informitiaon and knowledge from it, thanks every teacher. Expecting I'll have more training chance to study and promote myself.
 
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Jan 08 2010 Posted By: Rongkun
I wish I could have known it earlier!
 
Dec 28 2009 Posted By: Bart Batsleer
Hi, I`ve been in touch with Stewart when I was in Guilin, but I lost his phone number... could you bring him back in touch with me for I have my brother and sister going to Guilin... Thank you. Bart
 
Dec 09 2009 Posted By: Bo Poats
Abby: Intruiging intro....easier to be a leader in renewable energy when you have a single view of the value of externalities, and an ability to scale manufactuiring to lower unit costs in order to hit financial objectives on the supply side. Would be good to know how the average Zho utilizes renewable energy and is educated about its economic applicatiions (i.e., the role of public education and programs), as there may be some lessons to be learned in more "developed" economies.
 
Dec 08 2009 Posted By: Beth Dohrn
I can't wait to share this with my son! What great information Alexander!
 
Dec 08 2009 Posted By: mitey de aguiar
This is a fascinating article! I had no idea that T Rex lived in that part of the world. I'm sure some amazing discoveries are on their way.
 
 
 
 
Nov 19 2009 Posted By: Jason
Thanks for the helpful information. I plan to be in China during that time... just need to make plans.
 
Nov 19 2009 Posted By: Alex G
Hi Jason, thanks for your inquiry! The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival begins on January 5 and continues for about a month. However, there are a variety of related activities at Sun Island Park, Zhaolin Park, and venues in Harbin city proper starting in mid-December. You may find a full schedule of events here: http://bit.ly/2DT6EE It is open from 9 am to 10 pm daily, and daily admission for adults is 150 RMB. There are separate entrance fees for Sun Island Park and Zhaolin Park; admission is 30 RMB per adult. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
 
Nov 17 2009 Posted By: Jason
What is the schedule for the Harbin winter festival in 2010? Is there an official time or schedule of events?
 
Nov 09 2009 Posted By: Andrea
Just catching up on your blog, Heth...beautiful stuff
 
Nov 08 2009 Posted By: Yunnangirl
fantastic news..thanks for sharing .
 
Oct 31 2009 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Oh, this entry made me homesick. I still remember the sound of us driving on top of the crop that's being dried on the road. That was the first step of processing rice after harvest. Thank you for writing this piece.
 
Oct 26 2009 Posted By: Tessa
I love the blog Heather- hope everything is going well for you
 
Oct 23 2009 Posted By: Elyane
Very jealous Heather! Can't wait to hear about Xinjiang...
 
Oct 15 2009 Posted By: Linda Winn
What a wonderful generous gesture to get a beautiful new basketball court built for this poor village so that the children can thrive. Xiao is a very special person and his love for the Miao people is great indeed. How happy he made these people!
 
Oct 15 2009 Posted By: Kevin
This is a great article. Look forward to reading the rest. I will be going to a small village in January to visit my wife's grandmother and brother. They also do not live too far from Xi'an. I am looking forward to your updates and pictures.
 
Oct 14 2009 Posted By: Jason
Very very cool. Thanks for sharing.
 
Oct 03 2009 Posted By: Clark
I just got back from the Yinqixing Indoor Skiing Area and was not impressed with the place. They jacked the prices up for the National Day holiday, but only half the park was even functioning. What a rip-off.
 
Oct 02 2009 Posted By: Kate
I've subscribed to your blog and look forward to reading more...thanks for your eloquent insights Heather! Australians can learn so much from ancient and indigenous cultures.
 
Oct 02 2009 Posted By: Heather.Graham
Yes, you are absolutely correct Russell. A large majority of the young people from Huayang go to the bigger cities (particularly in southern China) to work after they finish secondary school here. Receiving money from your children working elsewhere, is one of the two main forms of income for the people of Huayang (the other is growing medicine plants). Thanks for your question.
 
Oct 01 2009 Posted By: Andrea Redford
Great blog Heather. Thanks for sharing your unique insights into China. All the best with the Golden Week influx!
 
Sep 30 2009 Posted By: Li.rui
it 's really really true and a good place of CNNR and a beauty Astrilian work and devote here now~~~
 
Sep 26 2009 Posted By: prizebig.ru
superb article . Will definitely copy it to my blog.Thanks.
 
Sep 25 2009 Posted By: Russell
Heather, great post. A question that came to mind: with such a small population, is there pressure on the younger people to move away to the big cities to secure work?
 
 
Sep 16 2009 Posted By: frank
Hey, i liked this article, Im a hiker my self and i promise to go take time one day to go check it out :) and will I will put a link back at http://www.travelmastery.com as a complementary purpose. please post more pics!
 
Sep 11 2009 Posted By: sandrar
Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post... nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.
 
Aug 10 2009 Posted By: Maureen Lopez
china has never been associated with the snow sports.howvever you will definitely enjoy in the ski resorts which has been listed. it will be a very nice experience to visit these resorts and enjoy the snow sports.
 
Jul 20 2009 Posted By: Jason Witt
This is a nice complete list of the basic Chinese teas. Any tea lover should have tried all these listed here a few different times with different water temperatures and multiple steepings. Of course loose leaf tea will be needed. It's all about the fun of exploration and the adventure of discovering new favorites.
 
Jul 13 2009 Posted By: stephen
Great tips! About the Eating one though, I've also heard a different side: leaving anything behind could be seen as a sign of wastefulness or ingratitude (especially for a man). I've often been told, "If you know how hard somebody worked to harvest that rice for your meal, you wouldn't waste a single grain." I guess it probably depends where you are or who you talk with though, and like everything else, foreigners do have some leeway for any cultural faux pas made. :)
 
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Apr 08 2009 Posted By: costa caleta
costa caleta... I think the post- vacation blues definitely set in last week when I got back, and linger on today. I saw a lot of neat things and met some wonderful people, but it's back to the grind here in DC. I wish I could travel more. /...
 
 
 
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Feb 14 2009 Posted By: Rongkun
it seems to require quite some time to display the photos since they are too big-sized.
 
Feb 14 2009 Posted By: Rongkun
It would be some misleading since Beijing University was not a recognized name, if referred to Peking University. The latter name is officially adopted in public.
 
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Aug 26 2008 Posted By: Wilbur
Taking photos with the guards looks fun. The view of the Great Wall is undoubtly magnificant.
 
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Aug 05 2008 Posted By: Emma
Anita is too shy to post her videos from this trip, but I think they're pretty cool! Check out her YouTube videos of Miao Minority Dances in Guizhou, as well as a ground opera at Jichang Village. The quality isn't great (we're travel gurus, not videographers!!) but you can still get a flavor of her trip. http://www.youtube.com/user/wildchinaus
 
Jul 30 2008 Posted By: Emma
Love your first blog post Anita! Very excited to follow your trek through China from my computer in the WildChina office in Beijing. Come back to us safe and sound!
 
Jul 06 2008 Posted By: Joy
Yes, really appreciate your visit, thank you so much!
 
Jun 17 2008 Posted By: elachian
給四川的人, 我是從電視上看到你們的地震的災情. 我知道你們現在很痛苦, 特地寫了這封信, 想要告訴你們, 安威你們, 希望你們好好加油. 重建家園, 讓我們一起努力, 幫助你們, 早日忘記現在的陰影. 不只我們在這裡我要告訴你們, 現在全球各地大家都希望你們會再一次站起來. 我相信你們. 加油, 四川人! 陸愛蓮 Kainan University taiwan
 
Jun 17 2008 Posted By: elachian
給四川的人, 我是從電視上看到你們的地震的災情. 我知道你們現在很痛苦, 特地寫了這封信, 想要告訴你們, 安威你們, 希望你們好好加油. 重建家園, 讓我們一起努力, 幫助你們, 早日忘記現在的陰影. 不只我們在這裡我要告訴你們, 現在全球各地大家都希望你們會再一次站起來. 我相信你們. 加油, 四川人! 陸愛蓮 Kainan University Taiwan ROC
 
Jun 07 2008 Posted By: seb
Thank you Philip for these précisions. I wish China stand as soon as possible after the disaster. I plan to come in Siguniang next October. Do you think it will be re oppened for foreign visitors? Thanks
 
Jun 07 2008 Posted By: Eric
At this very time, all of people are united to overcome the catastrophe! I just went through the earthquake in person. It felt horrible and so many tragedies happened! With our deepest condolence!
 
Jun 03 2008 Posted By: Eric
Eric... Hello, I have a few websites of my own and I must say that your site is really top notch. Keep up the great work on a really high class resource....
 

November 29th, 2013

Breaking the Winter Cycle: Tropical Xishuangbanna

By: WildChina | Categories: Adventure Travel in China, Exclusive Access China, On the Road, WildChina Travel Tips

Hammock in Tropical Xishuangbanna 

If cold weather is not your thing, head south to the subtropical region of Xishuangbanna.

Nestled in the southernmost tip of Yunnan province, just between neighboring Myanmar and Laos, this region hosts a vibrant intermingling of cultures and landscapes. With average daily highs of 26 degrees Celsius in January, the forests and villages here are immune to the annual chill that is felt in the north.  It’s no wonder Xishuangbanna was picked as Travel+Leisure’s 2012 Hottest Travel Destinations.

What better way to spend the winter than in the mountains and rainforests of Southeast Asia?

The winter months are the ideal time to visit this part of the world, as they mark the end of the wet season. Imagine finding your inner naturalist as you walk among the regional flora, keeping an ear out for the song of the elusive black-crested gibbon.

The home of peacocks, wild oxen and various primates, Xishuangbanna is also the only place in China that still has a wild Asian elephant population.

Xishuangbanna’s biodiversity is matched by an equally astounding cultural presence. Of more than a dozen different ethnic groups living here, the most prominent is the Dai population, which makes up nearly a third of the region’s one-million inhabitants.

Dai culture is markedly different from that of other Chinese populations. The language spoken here is more similar to that of the Thai, which draws heavily upon Theravada Buddhism and the indigenous practices that predate it. Both geographically and culturally, this is the one part of China that really belongs to Southeast Asia, and that feeling is impossible to miss.

If you are looking to get a taste of this unique cultural identity, your best bet is to take a trip into one of the many villages that dot this region. Here, you experience life as it has existed for centuries – something that is increasingly precious in a country that is rocketing into the 21st century. Visit the age old Buddhist pagodas, or step into a villager’s home for a cup of tea. This is, after all, the corner of the world where tea originated.

If you’d like more travel ideas or to join WildChina on a trip to China’s subtropical south, see our journey:

Pushing China’s Southern Boundary: Trekking in Xishuangbanna.

 

On the road in Xishuangbanna: Manfeilong Stupas. Photo Credit: Chris Horton On the road in Xishuangbanna: Manfeilong Stupas.
Photo Credit: Chris Horton

 

 


Tags: adventure travel China Dai people Manfeilong Stupas travel to Yunnan WildChina travel WildChina Travel Tips Xishuangbanna

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Sep 06 2012 Posted By: Mary Barnes
What a beautiful moment. Excellent blog. The description sent early morning chills down my spine. Thousands of silent soldiers marching the wall came to mind in the dawn light. I have been there and was amazed at the formidable snake crawling over the hills. Mary
 
Aug 24 2012 Posted By: Gabrielle
Well done especially from such an elite group as the Harvard Business School.
 
Aug 24 2012 Posted By: Gabrielle
Absolutely splendid story. Bravo to Xiao.
 
Aug 23 2012 Posted By: PL
Smart and kind of you, good luck to you with Teach for China.
 
Aug 17 2012 Posted By: Cathryn Noyes
Wow Devin, just beautiful. What a trip. The photos and words make me (almost) feel like I am there!
 
 
Aug 08 2012 Posted By: Linda Winn
Wonderful story and video! Xiao is not only a fantastic guide, but he is kind,thoughtful,enthusiastic,fun-loving and generous. How great to bring such happiness to the Miao people by building them something the whole village can enjoy and sharing his love for basketball with all of them. Congratulations to him and the village basketball champions!
 
Jul 24 2012 Posted By: Bobby
Good article, Iv always wanted to visit China and after reading this I want to go even more!
 
Jul 12 2012 Posted By: may
Fun & fabulous WildChina crew! -Your Taiwan fans
 
Jul 12 2012 Posted By: ellen
You guys look amazing!
 
Jul 09 2012 Posted By: Tibetan Jewelry
Very interesting! Tibet's ancient "silk road" was influential before recorded history. Your history on that influence and its connection to Tibet's cultural artifacts is very interesting! How else would they have gotten that coral and those conch shells! The tea and horse road in Yunnan is great.
 
Jun 15 2012 Posted By: Nancy
Hi Mark, Great to hear from you. We believe that you should be set to go and will be able to get the permit. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch at Info@wildchina.com. We can learn more specifics about your group and where you want to travel in Tibet. -WildChina
 
Jun 14 2012 Posted By: Mark
Is it true that permits are now being issued? We are a group of 7 Australians looking to travel to Lhasa at the end of June. Is this possible? Mark
 
Jun 11 2012 Posted By: Guo Yanjiang
Hope to travel in West China
 
Mar 06 2012 Posted By: Mei
One of my favorite stores in Beijing.
 
Mar 01 2012 Posted By: Chaiton W.
I am a sixth-grade student at Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN. I’m working on a documentary film on the topic of Chinese food, do you think you might be able to help me with information. Could you answer some questions for my research? What is the most famous cooking stile? Why is it the most famous? What made you go into chinese food? Thank you for your time and if you can email me back. Sincerely, Chaiton W Greetings, In the interest of authentic, performance-based learning, my middle-school students are reaching out to experts about China as they prepare a documentary film about a topic of their choice. If you can, I appreciate very much your willingness to answer a few questions they have, taking just a few minutes of your time, I hope. I’ve tried to make sure they’re asking “expert” questions, after having done basic research already. Thanks for your assistance, and feel free to contact me if you have questions. Alan Wong Middle School Humanities Teacher Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN awong@baylorschool.org 423-267-8506 ext. 371
 
Feb 13 2012 Posted By: Fin
As a tour operator in Bhutan, we are also grappling with a similar challenge. When we started out a few years back, we wanted to be as eco-conscious as possible. Used water bottles have now become a part of our burgeoning waste problem in the country, a country that doesn't even have a recycling plant. The irony is we do not generate enough trash to sustain one. All along we knew using bottled water was not the way to go, but we desperately needed a viable substitute to do away with it. We have been encouraging our clients to bring their own re-usable bottles and Steripen. While some get the idea, many decide to stick to bottled water. We are also planning on having our vehicles fitted with water filter canisters (holding 15-20 litres of water), which are capable of trapping sediments. To rid of any micro-organisms, water will be boiled and cooled overnight at hotels, ready to be transferred to the canisters. Given that water in Bhutan is free of heavy metals, this process should be adequate. However, we do know there will still be some people who might be uncomfortable and would want to stick to manufactured water. What's comforting though, is some people do take their own initiative to bring water bottles with purifiers, which is practical and works great. Any suggestion would be great. Thanks!
 
Feb 10 2012 Posted By: Jenny
Find the very best portable water purification systems and invest in some to have along on your journeys or at strategic points of destination. Use your own bottles and refill so that guests have a supply of one bottle per day. They can drink other beverages for the rest of their needs.
 
Feb 10 2012 Posted By: Jacqueline Fitz
For years I traveled with a simple water filter.... a cup with a built-in charcoal filter that took care of almost everything including giardia. Since I travelled in many remote areas, potable water was rarely available. I even filtered bottled water when I could getit since I was unsure of its quality. This technique was very successful through the years. Unfortunately that particular water filter is no longer available but something similar would address your problem. (I used mine in remote areas of China and also in Hong Kong)
 
Jan 18 2012 Posted By: Mei
I can testify that this is one of the best dishes at one of my favorite restaurants in Beijing. Mei
 
Nov 29 2011 Posted By: Joan morris
Where can I get Sichuan ingredients in the U S?
 
Nov 24 2011 Posted By: Ron Denham
My wife and I recently went on a WC tour led by Fred and he made it a marvelous and informative time for us. He sets the bar very high for any other tour guid I might everuse. I hope to go on another "Fred He" WC tour one of these days. Best wises to your parents, Fred. Ron & Gail Denham
 
Aug 31 2010 Posted By: Wang
Unfortunately, the only sustainable thing that the Schoolhouse has brought to their local community is a rising cost of living. They have basically taken over the village and surrounding communities and have forced local residents (who are mainly farmers) to find more affordable accommodation elsewhere. I support Slow Food and I am sure your overseas guests like the novelty of staying at the Schoolhouse in Mutianyu, but please don't portray them as a bunch of do-gooders. They are in it for the money, regardless of the consequences their uncontrolled and unchecked development might have on the local community.
 
Aug 17 2010 Posted By: Fayegirl
was in this area in May, even then was affected by landslides and flooding, how much more do these people have to suffer, my thoughts and prayers are with them
 
Jul 27 2010 Posted By: Brennan
Even though I won't be able to apply it seems like this is a wonderful area of China to visit. I know people who have visited the major cities and then complained about how dirty it was or how it was too congested but they didn't realize the best parts of the country aren't located in the most populated places but many times in the least populated. Should be a great trip for those involved.
 
Jul 25 2010 Posted By: Molly
You're writing about my home. It makes me feel like crying because I'm not there now. You've written the story beautifully. My father-in-law rode the tea and horse caravan train, made and lost fortunes, and now resides quietly in Dali with my brother-in-law. The traces that those adventures left in his heart are still there. Talking with him is another adventure that always leaves me wanting to cry. Now I'm in Zhangjiagang, running an eco-resort staffed with Yi from Xiao Liang Shan. The Yi too had their place on the trail, one of the main branches of which ran through their territory and via Lugu Lake. My father-in-law spend his formative years in Muli, just the other side of Lugu Lake, raised by another family of traders after his own parents were killed during clan scirmishes in Chamdo. Keep up the good work, and keep letting people know that it's not about visiting an alian culture, it's about visiting people like you or my, for whom the most spectacular scenery in the world is just called "home."
 
Jul 21 2010 Posted By: Alex G
Hi Jamie, Sure. Send me an email at alex.grieves@wildchina.com and I'll get you in touch. Best, Alex
 
Jul 21 2010 Posted By: Jamie
Hi! Wonderful article! Is there any way you could put me in touch with Tea Master Zehng? I would like to purchase some of her tea in bulk. Thank you!
 
Jul 16 2010 Posted By: yunnangirl
Well said. Lijiang is so beautiful regardless of the crowds. The key is to find ways to appreciate its beautify and connect with people there.
 
Jul 16 2010 Posted By: Jason
Mie. Thank you for your insight and perspective on a "different" China not often found by us common folk (even with a lot of research). Keep up the good work.
 
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Jun 29 2010 Posted By: David Tanenui
I think you are right it sounds like everything is focussed on the top end of tourism, its a pity because the lower end tourists are the ones that are more inclined on caring for the environment and for the country contributing to sustainable practices. Money talks these days and the GDP is the aim of all countries, here in New Zealand we have beautiful sights but we have to fight to keep it beautiful, our government are only interested in making money of land that doesn't even belong to them but don't worry as soon as they have finished mining and destroying it they will say sorry and give it back to us the people of the land and give us $$$ for the damage they have created, WOW,you need to be more Vocal, the more voices creating opinions will create understanding Kia Ora
 
Jun 28 2010 Posted By: David
Hi, Earlier this month I posted my experiences using an iPad in China for research. I deal with the connection issues and VPNs to get around the Great Firewall. I found using WiFi very easy: http://museumfatigue.org/using-the-ipad-in-china
 
Jun 24 2010 Posted By: Bill
Nice post. I was thinking about picking up an iPad with China trips in mind. I think I've already found a solution for wired internet and that is to bring an airport express unit with me. It's proved invaluable on previous trips and is relatively easy to carry around. The other reason I'm considering the iPad is the ability to suck up RAW photos from a digital camera. My hope (although I've not tested it) is that this would free up the memory card to allow me to carry on shooting. Have you any experience of using it this way?
 
Jun 18 2010 Posted By: Michelle
Hello there, I'm producing a documentary about climate change and I wondered if you or anyone you know might be interested in being a "fixer" - our person on the ground in China to help set up the shoot and be with the director. Any help you might be able to give would be much appreciated. Kind Regards, Michelle
 
Jun 05 2010 Posted By: Ma Hao
Wow, Zhang Mei, my old schoolmate! Ages no see! Proud of you by reading every bit about you in this article.
 
May 04 2010 Posted By: johno
Ah, its good to have some clarity on the issue. Sometimes definitions get a bit muddy in such a cross-cultural translations. I'd be curious to learn about the fuding tea processor and wild tea from there.
 
Apr 29 2010 Posted By: Houses Philippines
And I know you might have good intentions, but now a days, it is common for people to come yup with scams. There are actually organizations who asks for donation but do not use the donation money for good. How can you assure us that your organization is genuine?
 
Apr 28 2010 Posted By: HM
I am totally agree with you on the first 4 places but the last one. I would rather say Shanghai is the last city for people to know China from my personal experience:) There is nothing fun in Shanghai besides shopping(expensive) and skyscrapers. I agree that Beijing is the best place to stay and Xi'an remains the second. Anyway, doesnt matter this blog is very helpful for who is planning a trip to China.
 
Apr 21 2010 Posted By: Klaus
Thank you so much for your support! On our Blog we provide a Paypal donation option. Our Teams in the region mostly need donations to buy tents, food, medication and, later on, construction materiel for the people that have lost everything. Thank you!
 
Apr 21 2010 Posted By: Klaus
Thank you so much for your support! On our Blog we provide a Paypal donation option. Our Teams in the region mostly need donations to buy tents, food, medication and, later on, construction materiel for the people that have lost everything. Thank you!
 
Apr 20 2010 Posted By: Trevor
Do you need volunteers on the ground, just financial donations, or both?
 
Apr 16 2010 Posted By: Jason
I am happy to hear of your kind display of corporate responsibility and general kindness. The tragedies in the news today need all of our attentions and efforts to help those involved cope. Keep up the good work!
 
Apr 14 2010 Posted By: Ian Sanchez
Congratulations Mei Zhang! It will be good for the adventure travel industry to have your perspective.
 
Apr 08 2010 Posted By: lyni
very interesting. I'm fond of chinese tea. Do you plan any trip in zijing mountain for tea picking ?? It could be great.
 
Feb 12 2010 Posted By: Spencer
Hello Mei: I stumbled upon your site and will look into it on a regular basis. I am from Canada and have been to China on assignment to shoot several time. I am planning a three-person trip this fall for three months. We are journalists from Canada (me), and two Chinese journalists who live in the United States. Our trip back to China is unique. We will be test driving three different Chinese vehicles and be blogging, filming and writing articles for our respective newspapers and web sites. This trip is about 11,750 kilometres in length. In addition to reviewiing these vehicles under challenging conditions, I will be writing about the culture, history and daily life on the road. Our blog is not up yet, but closer to the time, I will give you the link. The think that grabbed my attention about your site was the line, 'Experience China Differently'. I have fallen in love with China and have been to many parts of the country. I prefer the rural settings and the people are always warm, hospitable and welcoming wherever I go. I long to return and bring more adventures and images to the millions of readers who frequent our newspaper's site. The Toronto Star is the largest newspaper in the country with an enviable readership. Perhaps next time I am in Beijing I will look you up. I have my regular guide in Beijing and she can bring me to you for a visit. Sincerely, Spencer Wynn www.travelstock.org (this is only my stock website)
 
Feb 03 2010 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Loved the untold story behind the conde Nast piece.
 
Jan 27 2010 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Interesting. but also there are other solar centers around China. Know any more?
 
Jan 18 2010 Posted By: Li.rui
Yes, we had a week training classes that we leart lots of informitiaon and knowledge from it, thanks every teacher. Expecting I'll have more training chance to study and promote myself.
 
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Jan 08 2010 Posted By: Rongkun
I wish I could have known it earlier!
 
Dec 28 2009 Posted By: Bart Batsleer
Hi, I`ve been in touch with Stewart when I was in Guilin, but I lost his phone number... could you bring him back in touch with me for I have my brother and sister going to Guilin... Thank you. Bart
 
Dec 09 2009 Posted By: Bo Poats
Abby: Intruiging intro....easier to be a leader in renewable energy when you have a single view of the value of externalities, and an ability to scale manufactuiring to lower unit costs in order to hit financial objectives on the supply side. Would be good to know how the average Zho utilizes renewable energy and is educated about its economic applicatiions (i.e., the role of public education and programs), as there may be some lessons to be learned in more "developed" economies.
 
Dec 08 2009 Posted By: Beth Dohrn
I can't wait to share this with my son! What great information Alexander!
 
Dec 08 2009 Posted By: mitey de aguiar
This is a fascinating article! I had no idea that T Rex lived in that part of the world. I'm sure some amazing discoveries are on their way.
 
 
 
 
Nov 19 2009 Posted By: Jason
Thanks for the helpful information. I plan to be in China during that time... just need to make plans.
 
Nov 19 2009 Posted By: Alex G
Hi Jason, thanks for your inquiry! The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival begins on January 5 and continues for about a month. However, there are a variety of related activities at Sun Island Park, Zhaolin Park, and venues in Harbin city proper starting in mid-December. You may find a full schedule of events here: http://bit.ly/2DT6EE It is open from 9 am to 10 pm daily, and daily admission for adults is 150 RMB. There are separate entrance fees for Sun Island Park and Zhaolin Park; admission is 30 RMB per adult. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
 
Nov 17 2009 Posted By: Jason
What is the schedule for the Harbin winter festival in 2010? Is there an official time or schedule of events?
 
Nov 09 2009 Posted By: Andrea
Just catching up on your blog, Heth...beautiful stuff
 
Nov 08 2009 Posted By: Yunnangirl
fantastic news..thanks for sharing .
 
Oct 31 2009 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Oh, this entry made me homesick. I still remember the sound of us driving on top of the crop that's being dried on the road. That was the first step of processing rice after harvest. Thank you for writing this piece.
 
Oct 26 2009 Posted By: Tessa
I love the blog Heather- hope everything is going well for you
 
Oct 23 2009 Posted By: Elyane
Very jealous Heather! Can't wait to hear about Xinjiang...
 
Oct 15 2009 Posted By: Linda Winn
What a wonderful generous gesture to get a beautiful new basketball court built for this poor village so that the children can thrive. Xiao is a very special person and his love for the Miao people is great indeed. How happy he made these people!
 
Oct 15 2009 Posted By: Kevin
This is a great article. Look forward to reading the rest. I will be going to a small village in January to visit my wife's grandmother and brother. They also do not live too far from Xi'an. I am looking forward to your updates and pictures.
 
Oct 14 2009 Posted By: Jason
Very very cool. Thanks for sharing.
 
Oct 03 2009 Posted By: Clark
I just got back from the Yinqixing Indoor Skiing Area and was not impressed with the place. They jacked the prices up for the National Day holiday, but only half the park was even functioning. What a rip-off.
 
Oct 02 2009 Posted By: Kate
I've subscribed to your blog and look forward to reading more...thanks for your eloquent insights Heather! Australians can learn so much from ancient and indigenous cultures.
 
Oct 02 2009 Posted By: Heather.Graham
Yes, you are absolutely correct Russell. A large majority of the young people from Huayang go to the bigger cities (particularly in southern China) to work after they finish secondary school here. Receiving money from your children working elsewhere, is one of the two main forms of income for the people of Huayang (the other is growing medicine plants). Thanks for your question.
 
Oct 01 2009 Posted By: Andrea Redford
Great blog Heather. Thanks for sharing your unique insights into China. All the best with the Golden Week influx!
 
Sep 30 2009 Posted By: Li.rui
it 's really really true and a good place of CNNR and a beauty Astrilian work and devote here now~~~
 
Sep 26 2009 Posted By: prizebig.ru
superb article . Will definitely copy it to my blog.Thanks.
 
Sep 25 2009 Posted By: Russell
Heather, great post. A question that came to mind: with such a small population, is there pressure on the younger people to move away to the big cities to secure work?
 
 
Sep 16 2009 Posted By: frank
Hey, i liked this article, Im a hiker my self and i promise to go take time one day to go check it out :) and will I will put a link back at http://www.travelmastery.com as a complementary purpose. please post more pics!
 
Sep 11 2009 Posted By: sandrar
Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post... nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.
 
Aug 10 2009 Posted By: Maureen Lopez
china has never been associated with the snow sports.howvever you will definitely enjoy in the ski resorts which has been listed. it will be a very nice experience to visit these resorts and enjoy the snow sports.
 
Jul 20 2009 Posted By: Jason Witt
This is a nice complete list of the basic Chinese teas. Any tea lover should have tried all these listed here a few different times with different water temperatures and multiple steepings. Of course loose leaf tea will be needed. It's all about the fun of exploration and the adventure of discovering new favorites.
 
Jul 13 2009 Posted By: stephen
Great tips! About the Eating one though, I've also heard a different side: leaving anything behind could be seen as a sign of wastefulness or ingratitude (especially for a man). I've often been told, "If you know how hard somebody worked to harvest that rice for your meal, you wouldn't waste a single grain." I guess it probably depends where you are or who you talk with though, and like everything else, foreigners do have some leeway for any cultural faux pas made. :)
 
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costa caleta... I think the post- vacation blues definitely set in last week when I got back, and linger on today. I saw a lot of neat things and met some wonderful people, but it's back to the grind here in DC. I wish I could travel more. /...
 
 
 
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Feb 14 2009 Posted By: Rongkun
it seems to require quite some time to display the photos since they are too big-sized.
 
Feb 14 2009 Posted By: Rongkun
It would be some misleading since Beijing University was not a recognized name, if referred to Peking University. The latter name is officially adopted in public.
 
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Aug 26 2008 Posted By: Wilbur
Taking photos with the guards looks fun. The view of the Great Wall is undoubtly magnificant.
 
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Aug 05 2008 Posted By: Emma
Anita is too shy to post her videos from this trip, but I think they're pretty cool! Check out her YouTube videos of Miao Minority Dances in Guizhou, as well as a ground opera at Jichang Village. The quality isn't great (we're travel gurus, not videographers!!) but you can still get a flavor of her trip. http://www.youtube.com/user/wildchinaus
 
Jul 30 2008 Posted By: Emma
Love your first blog post Anita! Very excited to follow your trek through China from my computer in the WildChina office in Beijing. Come back to us safe and sound!
 
Jul 06 2008 Posted By: Joy
Yes, really appreciate your visit, thank you so much!
 
Jun 17 2008 Posted By: elachian
給四川的人, 我是從電視上看到你們的地震的災情. 我知道你們現在很痛苦, 特地寫了這封信, 想要告訴你們, 安威你們, 希望你們好好加油. 重建家園, 讓我們一起努力, 幫助你們, 早日忘記現在的陰影. 不只我們在這裡我要告訴你們, 現在全球各地大家都希望你們會再一次站起來. 我相信你們. 加油, 四川人! 陸愛蓮 Kainan University taiwan
 
Jun 17 2008 Posted By: elachian
給四川的人, 我是從電視上看到你們的地震的災情. 我知道你們現在很痛苦, 特地寫了這封信, 想要告訴你們, 安威你們, 希望你們好好加油. 重建家園, 讓我們一起努力, 幫助你們, 早日忘記現在的陰影. 不只我們在這裡我要告訴你們, 現在全球各地大家都希望你們會再一次站起來. 我相信你們. 加油, 四川人! 陸愛蓮 Kainan University Taiwan ROC
 
Jun 07 2008 Posted By: seb
Thank you Philip for these précisions. I wish China stand as soon as possible after the disaster. I plan to come in Siguniang next October. Do you think it will be re oppened for foreign visitors? Thanks
 
Jun 07 2008 Posted By: Eric
At this very time, all of people are united to overcome the catastrophe! I just went through the earthquake in person. It felt horrible and so many tragedies happened! With our deepest condolence!
 
Jun 03 2008 Posted By: Eric
Eric... Hello, I have a few websites of my own and I must say that your site is really top notch. Keep up the great work on a really high class resource....
 

November 22nd, 2013

Santa Claus is coming to… Hong Kong?

By: WildChina | Categories: Uncategorized

Hong Kong may not be a place you would think to spend the holidays, but a visit to this historic trade city offers a chance to put an eastern twist on a western tradition.

Hong Kong Skyline

Each year as December approaches its end, Hong Kong’s skyline takes on a festive air. Christmas imagery adorns the towering walls of city skyscrapers, while at street-level holiday decorations abound. It is impossible not to notice the commercialism that drives this activity; it is fascinating to see the degree to which this far eastern metropolis has embraced the “Christmas Spirit”.

One of the most apparent ways in which this spirit manifests is the shopping activity.

Every year, Hong Kong’s famous shopping malls out do themselves with extravagant Christmas displays and holiday sales. Hong Kong’s theme parks also do their best to spread the holiday cheer, with Santa and his reindeer making regular visits at Ocean Park and Disneyland’s gingerbread village.

Although Hong Kong celebrates its annual Winterfest during this period, it really feels more like spring or early autumn. In fact, the cool, dry weather makes winter one of the best times to visit this famously hot and humid city, as you can comfortably enjoy a range of outdoor activities.

While Hong Kong is well known for its densely packed urban landscape, people often overlook the incredible beaches countryside just outside the city. Nearly 40% of Hong Kong’s land has been preserved in the form of parks and nature reserves, making it an unlikely destination for sports such as hiking, surfing and mountain biking.

Hong Kong Beach pic

As no holiday is complete without a proper feast, be sure to explore the rich food culture that has earned this city nicknames such as “Gourmet Paradise” and “World’s Fair of Food”. With the highest concentration of Michelin star restaurants of anywhere in the world, Hong Kong offers fine dining options that range from international cuisine to local dim sum favorites.Whether you’re in the mood for south Asian cuisine or New York style pizza, you can find the best of it here.

If it’s a more traditional Christmas dinner that you’re after, you’re in luck. Every Christmas, Hong Kong’s hotels compete among themselves to see who can provide the most delicious holiday spread.

So this year, why not have a very Hong-Kong holiday?

 

 


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Sep 06 2012 Posted By: Mary Barnes
What a beautiful moment. Excellent blog. The description sent early morning chills down my spine. Thousands of silent soldiers marching the wall came to mind in the dawn light. I have been there and was amazed at the formidable snake crawling over the hills. Mary
 
Aug 24 2012 Posted By: Gabrielle
Well done especially from such an elite group as the Harvard Business School.
 
Aug 24 2012 Posted By: Gabrielle
Absolutely splendid story. Bravo to Xiao.
 
Aug 23 2012 Posted By: PL
Smart and kind of you, good luck to you with Teach for China.
 
Aug 17 2012 Posted By: Cathryn Noyes
Wow Devin, just beautiful. What a trip. The photos and words make me (almost) feel like I am there!
 
 
Aug 08 2012 Posted By: Linda Winn
Wonderful story and video! Xiao is not only a fantastic guide, but he is kind,thoughtful,enthusiastic,fun-loving and generous. How great to bring such happiness to the Miao people by building them something the whole village can enjoy and sharing his love for basketball with all of them. Congratulations to him and the village basketball champions!
 
Jul 24 2012 Posted By: Bobby
Good article, Iv always wanted to visit China and after reading this I want to go even more!
 
Jul 12 2012 Posted By: may
Fun & fabulous WildChina crew! -Your Taiwan fans
 
Jul 12 2012 Posted By: ellen
You guys look amazing!
 
Jul 09 2012 Posted By: Tibetan Jewelry
Very interesting! Tibet's ancient "silk road" was influential before recorded history. Your history on that influence and its connection to Tibet's cultural artifacts is very interesting! How else would they have gotten that coral and those conch shells! The tea and horse road in Yunnan is great.
 
Jun 15 2012 Posted By: Nancy
Hi Mark, Great to hear from you. We believe that you should be set to go and will be able to get the permit. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch at Info@wildchina.com. We can learn more specifics about your group and where you want to travel in Tibet. -WildChina
 
Jun 14 2012 Posted By: Mark
Is it true that permits are now being issued? We are a group of 7 Australians looking to travel to Lhasa at the end of June. Is this possible? Mark
 
Jun 11 2012 Posted By: Guo Yanjiang
Hope to travel in West China
 
Mar 06 2012 Posted By: Mei
One of my favorite stores in Beijing.
 
Mar 01 2012 Posted By: Chaiton W.
I am a sixth-grade student at Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN. I’m working on a documentary film on the topic of Chinese food, do you think you might be able to help me with information. Could you answer some questions for my research? What is the most famous cooking stile? Why is it the most famous? What made you go into chinese food? Thank you for your time and if you can email me back. Sincerely, Chaiton W Greetings, In the interest of authentic, performance-based learning, my middle-school students are reaching out to experts about China as they prepare a documentary film about a topic of their choice. If you can, I appreciate very much your willingness to answer a few questions they have, taking just a few minutes of your time, I hope. I’ve tried to make sure they’re asking “expert” questions, after having done basic research already. Thanks for your assistance, and feel free to contact me if you have questions. Alan Wong Middle School Humanities Teacher Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN awong@baylorschool.org 423-267-8506 ext. 371
 
Feb 13 2012 Posted By: Fin
As a tour operator in Bhutan, we are also grappling with a similar challenge. When we started out a few years back, we wanted to be as eco-conscious as possible. Used water bottles have now become a part of our burgeoning waste problem in the country, a country that doesn't even have a recycling plant. The irony is we do not generate enough trash to sustain one. All along we knew using bottled water was not the way to go, but we desperately needed a viable substitute to do away with it. We have been encouraging our clients to bring their own re-usable bottles and Steripen. While some get the idea, many decide to stick to bottled water. We are also planning on having our vehicles fitted with water filter canisters (holding 15-20 litres of water), which are capable of trapping sediments. To rid of any micro-organisms, water will be boiled and cooled overnight at hotels, ready to be transferred to the canisters. Given that water in Bhutan is free of heavy metals, this process should be adequate. However, we do know there will still be some people who might be uncomfortable and would want to stick to manufactured water. What's comforting though, is some people do take their own initiative to bring water bottles with purifiers, which is practical and works great. Any suggestion would be great. Thanks!
 
Feb 10 2012 Posted By: Jenny
Find the very best portable water purification systems and invest in some to have along on your journeys or at strategic points of destination. Use your own bottles and refill so that guests have a supply of one bottle per day. They can drink other beverages for the rest of their needs.
 
Feb 10 2012 Posted By: Jacqueline Fitz
For years I traveled with a simple water filter.... a cup with a built-in charcoal filter that took care of almost everything including giardia. Since I travelled in many remote areas, potable water was rarely available. I even filtered bottled water when I could getit since I was unsure of its quality. This technique was very successful through the years. Unfortunately that particular water filter is no longer available but something similar would address your problem. (I used mine in remote areas of China and also in Hong Kong)
 
Jan 18 2012 Posted By: Mei
I can testify that this is one of the best dishes at one of my favorite restaurants in Beijing. Mei
 
Nov 29 2011 Posted By: Joan morris
Where can I get Sichuan ingredients in the U S?
 
Nov 24 2011 Posted By: Ron Denham
My wife and I recently went on a WC tour led by Fred and he made it a marvelous and informative time for us. He sets the bar very high for any other tour guid I might everuse. I hope to go on another "Fred He" WC tour one of these days. Best wises to your parents, Fred. Ron & Gail Denham
 
Aug 31 2010 Posted By: Wang
Unfortunately, the only sustainable thing that the Schoolhouse has brought to their local community is a rising cost of living. They have basically taken over the village and surrounding communities and have forced local residents (who are mainly farmers) to find more affordable accommodation elsewhere. I support Slow Food and I am sure your overseas guests like the novelty of staying at the Schoolhouse in Mutianyu, but please don't portray them as a bunch of do-gooders. They are in it for the money, regardless of the consequences their uncontrolled and unchecked development might have on the local community.
 
Aug 17 2010 Posted By: Fayegirl
was in this area in May, even then was affected by landslides and flooding, how much more do these people have to suffer, my thoughts and prayers are with them
 
Jul 27 2010 Posted By: Brennan
Even though I won't be able to apply it seems like this is a wonderful area of China to visit. I know people who have visited the major cities and then complained about how dirty it was or how it was too congested but they didn't realize the best parts of the country aren't located in the most populated places but many times in the least populated. Should be a great trip for those involved.
 
Jul 25 2010 Posted By: Molly
You're writing about my home. It makes me feel like crying because I'm not there now. You've written the story beautifully. My father-in-law rode the tea and horse caravan train, made and lost fortunes, and now resides quietly in Dali with my brother-in-law. The traces that those adventures left in his heart are still there. Talking with him is another adventure that always leaves me wanting to cry. Now I'm in Zhangjiagang, running an eco-resort staffed with Yi from Xiao Liang Shan. The Yi too had their place on the trail, one of the main branches of which ran through their territory and via Lugu Lake. My father-in-law spend his formative years in Muli, just the other side of Lugu Lake, raised by another family of traders after his own parents were killed during clan scirmishes in Chamdo. Keep up the good work, and keep letting people know that it's not about visiting an alian culture, it's about visiting people like you or my, for whom the most spectacular scenery in the world is just called "home."
 
Jul 21 2010 Posted By: Alex G
Hi Jamie, Sure. Send me an email at alex.grieves@wildchina.com and I'll get you in touch. Best, Alex
 
Jul 21 2010 Posted By: Jamie
Hi! Wonderful article! Is there any way you could put me in touch with Tea Master Zehng? I would like to purchase some of her tea in bulk. Thank you!
 
Jul 16 2010 Posted By: yunnangirl
Well said. Lijiang is so beautiful regardless of the crowds. The key is to find ways to appreciate its beautify and connect with people there.
 
Jul 16 2010 Posted By: Jason
Mie. Thank you for your insight and perspective on a "different" China not often found by us common folk (even with a lot of research). Keep up the good work.
 
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Jun 29 2010 Posted By: David Tanenui
I think you are right it sounds like everything is focussed on the top end of tourism, its a pity because the lower end tourists are the ones that are more inclined on caring for the environment and for the country contributing to sustainable practices. Money talks these days and the GDP is the aim of all countries, here in New Zealand we have beautiful sights but we have to fight to keep it beautiful, our government are only interested in making money of land that doesn't even belong to them but don't worry as soon as they have finished mining and destroying it they will say sorry and give it back to us the people of the land and give us $$$ for the damage they have created, WOW,you need to be more Vocal, the more voices creating opinions will create understanding Kia Ora
 
Jun 28 2010 Posted By: David
Hi, Earlier this month I posted my experiences using an iPad in China for research. I deal with the connection issues and VPNs to get around the Great Firewall. I found using WiFi very easy: http://museumfatigue.org/using-the-ipad-in-china
 
Jun 24 2010 Posted By: Bill
Nice post. I was thinking about picking up an iPad with China trips in mind. I think I've already found a solution for wired internet and that is to bring an airport express unit with me. It's proved invaluable on previous trips and is relatively easy to carry around. The other reason I'm considering the iPad is the ability to suck up RAW photos from a digital camera. My hope (although I've not tested it) is that this would free up the memory card to allow me to carry on shooting. Have you any experience of using it this way?
 
Jun 18 2010 Posted By: Michelle
Hello there, I'm producing a documentary about climate change and I wondered if you or anyone you know might be interested in being a "fixer" - our person on the ground in China to help set up the shoot and be with the director. Any help you might be able to give would be much appreciated. Kind Regards, Michelle
 
Jun 05 2010 Posted By: Ma Hao
Wow, Zhang Mei, my old schoolmate! Ages no see! Proud of you by reading every bit about you in this article.
 
May 04 2010 Posted By: johno
Ah, its good to have some clarity on the issue. Sometimes definitions get a bit muddy in such a cross-cultural translations. I'd be curious to learn about the fuding tea processor and wild tea from there.
 
Apr 29 2010 Posted By: Houses Philippines
And I know you might have good intentions, but now a days, it is common for people to come yup with scams. There are actually organizations who asks for donation but do not use the donation money for good. How can you assure us that your organization is genuine?
 
Apr 28 2010 Posted By: HM
I am totally agree with you on the first 4 places but the last one. I would rather say Shanghai is the last city for people to know China from my personal experience:) There is nothing fun in Shanghai besides shopping(expensive) and skyscrapers. I agree that Beijing is the best place to stay and Xi'an remains the second. Anyway, doesnt matter this blog is very helpful for who is planning a trip to China.
 
Apr 21 2010 Posted By: Klaus
Thank you so much for your support! On our Blog we provide a Paypal donation option. Our Teams in the region mostly need donations to buy tents, food, medication and, later on, construction materiel for the people that have lost everything. Thank you!
 
Apr 21 2010 Posted By: Klaus
Thank you so much for your support! On our Blog we provide a Paypal donation option. Our Teams in the region mostly need donations to buy tents, food, medication and, later on, construction materiel for the people that have lost everything. Thank you!
 
Apr 20 2010 Posted By: Trevor
Do you need volunteers on the ground, just financial donations, or both?
 
Apr 16 2010 Posted By: Jason
I am happy to hear of your kind display of corporate responsibility and general kindness. The tragedies in the news today need all of our attentions and efforts to help those involved cope. Keep up the good work!
 
Apr 14 2010 Posted By: Ian Sanchez
Congratulations Mei Zhang! It will be good for the adventure travel industry to have your perspective.
 
Apr 08 2010 Posted By: lyni
very interesting. I'm fond of chinese tea. Do you plan any trip in zijing mountain for tea picking ?? It could be great.
 
Feb 12 2010 Posted By: Spencer
Hello Mei: I stumbled upon your site and will look into it on a regular basis. I am from Canada and have been to China on assignment to shoot several time. I am planning a three-person trip this fall for three months. We are journalists from Canada (me), and two Chinese journalists who live in the United States. Our trip back to China is unique. We will be test driving three different Chinese vehicles and be blogging, filming and writing articles for our respective newspapers and web sites. This trip is about 11,750 kilometres in length. In addition to reviewiing these vehicles under challenging conditions, I will be writing about the culture, history and daily life on the road. Our blog is not up yet, but closer to the time, I will give you the link. The think that grabbed my attention about your site was the line, 'Experience China Differently'. I have fallen in love with China and have been to many parts of the country. I prefer the rural settings and the people are always warm, hospitable and welcoming wherever I go. I long to return and bring more adventures and images to the millions of readers who frequent our newspaper's site. The Toronto Star is the largest newspaper in the country with an enviable readership. Perhaps next time I am in Beijing I will look you up. I have my regular guide in Beijing and she can bring me to you for a visit. Sincerely, Spencer Wynn www.travelstock.org (this is only my stock website)
 
Feb 03 2010 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Loved the untold story behind the conde Nast piece.
 
Jan 27 2010 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Interesting. but also there are other solar centers around China. Know any more?
 
Jan 18 2010 Posted By: Li.rui
Yes, we had a week training classes that we leart lots of informitiaon and knowledge from it, thanks every teacher. Expecting I'll have more training chance to study and promote myself.
 
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Jan 08 2010 Posted By: Rongkun
I wish I could have known it earlier!
 
Dec 28 2009 Posted By: Bart Batsleer
Hi, I`ve been in touch with Stewart when I was in Guilin, but I lost his phone number... could you bring him back in touch with me for I have my brother and sister going to Guilin... Thank you. Bart
 
Dec 09 2009 Posted By: Bo Poats
Abby: Intruiging intro....easier to be a leader in renewable energy when you have a single view of the value of externalities, and an ability to scale manufactuiring to lower unit costs in order to hit financial objectives on the supply side. Would be good to know how the average Zho utilizes renewable energy and is educated about its economic applicatiions (i.e., the role of public education and programs), as there may be some lessons to be learned in more "developed" economies.
 
Dec 08 2009 Posted By: Beth Dohrn
I can't wait to share this with my son! What great information Alexander!
 
Dec 08 2009 Posted By: mitey de aguiar
This is a fascinating article! I had no idea that T Rex lived in that part of the world. I'm sure some amazing discoveries are on their way.
 
 
 
 
Nov 19 2009 Posted By: Jason
Thanks for the helpful information. I plan to be in China during that time... just need to make plans.
 
Nov 19 2009 Posted By: Alex G
Hi Jason, thanks for your inquiry! The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival begins on January 5 and continues for about a month. However, there are a variety of related activities at Sun Island Park, Zhaolin Park, and venues in Harbin city proper starting in mid-December. You may find a full schedule of events here: http://bit.ly/2DT6EE It is open from 9 am to 10 pm daily, and daily admission for adults is 150 RMB. There are separate entrance fees for Sun Island Park and Zhaolin Park; admission is 30 RMB per adult. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
 
Nov 17 2009 Posted By: Jason
What is the schedule for the Harbin winter festival in 2010? Is there an official time or schedule of events?
 
Nov 09 2009 Posted By: Andrea
Just catching up on your blog, Heth...beautiful stuff
 
Nov 08 2009 Posted By: Yunnangirl
fantastic news..thanks for sharing .
 
Oct 31 2009 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Oh, this entry made me homesick. I still remember the sound of us driving on top of the crop that's being dried on the road. That was the first step of processing rice after harvest. Thank you for writing this piece.
 
Oct 26 2009 Posted By: Tessa
I love the blog Heather- hope everything is going well for you
 
Oct 23 2009 Posted By: Elyane
Very jealous Heather! Can't wait to hear about Xinjiang...
 
Oct 15 2009 Posted By: Linda Winn
What a wonderful generous gesture to get a beautiful new basketball court built for this poor village so that the children can thrive. Xiao is a very special person and his love for the Miao people is great indeed. How happy he made these people!
 
Oct 15 2009 Posted By: Kevin
This is a great article. Look forward to reading the rest. I will be going to a small village in January to visit my wife's grandmother and brother. They also do not live too far from Xi'an. I am looking forward to your updates and pictures.
 
Oct 14 2009 Posted By: Jason
Very very cool. Thanks for sharing.
 
Oct 03 2009 Posted By: Clark
I just got back from the Yinqixing Indoor Skiing Area and was not impressed with the place. They jacked the prices up for the National Day holiday, but only half the park was even functioning. What a rip-off.
 
Oct 02 2009 Posted By: Kate
I've subscribed to your blog and look forward to reading more...thanks for your eloquent insights Heather! Australians can learn so much from ancient and indigenous cultures.
 
Oct 02 2009 Posted By: Heather.Graham
Yes, you are absolutely correct Russell. A large majority of the young people from Huayang go to the bigger cities (particularly in southern China) to work after they finish secondary school here. Receiving money from your children working elsewhere, is one of the two main forms of income for the people of Huayang (the other is growing medicine plants). Thanks for your question.
 
Oct 01 2009 Posted By: Andrea Redford
Great blog Heather. Thanks for sharing your unique insights into China. All the best with the Golden Week influx!
 
Sep 30 2009 Posted By: Li.rui
it 's really really true and a good place of CNNR and a beauty Astrilian work and devote here now~~~
 
Sep 26 2009 Posted By: prizebig.ru
superb article . Will definitely copy it to my blog.Thanks.
 
Sep 25 2009 Posted By: Russell
Heather, great post. A question that came to mind: with such a small population, is there pressure on the younger people to move away to the big cities to secure work?
 
 
Sep 16 2009 Posted By: frank
Hey, i liked this article, Im a hiker my self and i promise to go take time one day to go check it out :) and will I will put a link back at http://www.travelmastery.com as a complementary purpose. please post more pics!
 
Sep 11 2009 Posted By: sandrar
Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post... nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.
 
Aug 10 2009 Posted By: Maureen Lopez
china has never been associated with the snow sports.howvever you will definitely enjoy in the ski resorts which has been listed. it will be a very nice experience to visit these resorts and enjoy the snow sports.
 
Jul 20 2009 Posted By: Jason Witt
This is a nice complete list of the basic Chinese teas. Any tea lover should have tried all these listed here a few different times with different water temperatures and multiple steepings. Of course loose leaf tea will be needed. It's all about the fun of exploration and the adventure of discovering new favorites.
 
Jul 13 2009 Posted By: stephen
Great tips! About the Eating one though, I've also heard a different side: leaving anything behind could be seen as a sign of wastefulness or ingratitude (especially for a man). I've often been told, "If you know how hard somebody worked to harvest that rice for your meal, you wouldn't waste a single grain." I guess it probably depends where you are or who you talk with though, and like everything else, foreigners do have some leeway for any cultural faux pas made. :)
 
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Apr 08 2009 Posted By: costa caleta
costa caleta... I think the post- vacation blues definitely set in last week when I got back, and linger on today. I saw a lot of neat things and met some wonderful people, but it's back to the grind here in DC. I wish I could travel more. /...
 
 
 
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Feb 14 2009 Posted By: Rongkun
it seems to require quite some time to display the photos since they are too big-sized.
 
Feb 14 2009 Posted By: Rongkun
It would be some misleading since Beijing University was not a recognized name, if referred to Peking University. The latter name is officially adopted in public.
 
Oct 10 2008 Posted By: Beijing » Condé Nast World Savers Congress: China Panel
[...] Condé Nast World Savers Congress: China PanelSo far we’ve hosted four WWF guides on month-long stints in the WildChina Beijing office to learn about responsible travel best-practices, marketing and service standards. The goal of this project is to expose local leaders to different … [...]
 
Aug 26 2008 Posted By: Wilbur
Taking photos with the guards looks fun. The view of the Great Wall is undoubtly magnificant.
 
Aug 05 2008 Posted By: China Journal : Best of the China Blogs: August 5
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Aug 05 2008 Posted By: Emma
Anita is too shy to post her videos from this trip, but I think they're pretty cool! Check out her YouTube videos of Miao Minority Dances in Guizhou, as well as a ground opera at Jichang Village. The quality isn't great (we're travel gurus, not videographers!!) but you can still get a flavor of her trip. http://www.youtube.com/user/wildchinaus
 
Jul 30 2008 Posted By: Emma
Love your first blog post Anita! Very excited to follow your trek through China from my computer in the WildChina office in Beijing. Come back to us safe and sound!
 
Jul 06 2008 Posted By: Joy
Yes, really appreciate your visit, thank you so much!
 
Jun 17 2008 Posted By: elachian
給四川的人, 我是從電視上看到你們的地震的災情. 我知道你們現在很痛苦, 特地寫了這封信, 想要告訴你們, 安威你們, 希望你們好好加油. 重建家園, 讓我們一起努力, 幫助你們, 早日忘記現在的陰影. 不只我們在這裡我要告訴你們, 現在全球各地大家都希望你們會再一次站起來. 我相信你們. 加油, 四川人! 陸愛蓮 Kainan University taiwan
 
Jun 17 2008 Posted By: elachian
給四川的人, 我是從電視上看到你們的地震的災情. 我知道你們現在很痛苦, 特地寫了這封信, 想要告訴你們, 安威你們, 希望你們好好加油. 重建家園, 讓我們一起努力, 幫助你們, 早日忘記現在的陰影. 不只我們在這裡我要告訴你們, 現在全球各地大家都希望你們會再一次站起來. 我相信你們. 加油, 四川人! 陸愛蓮 Kainan University Taiwan ROC
 
Jun 07 2008 Posted By: seb
Thank you Philip for these précisions. I wish China stand as soon as possible after the disaster. I plan to come in Siguniang next October. Do you think it will be re oppened for foreign visitors? Thanks
 
Jun 07 2008 Posted By: Eric
At this very time, all of people are united to overcome the catastrophe! I just went through the earthquake in person. It felt horrible and so many tragedies happened! With our deepest condolence!
 
Jun 03 2008 Posted By: Eric
Eric... Hello, I have a few websites of my own and I must say that your site is really top notch. Keep up the great work on a really high class resource....
 

November 18th, 2013

2011 WildChina Explorer Jeff Fuchs returns as one of this year’s judges!

By: WildChina | Categories: WildChina Explorer Grant

We are proud to announce that Canadian explorer and tea expert, Jeff Fuchs, will be joining us this year as one of the WildChina Explorer Grant judges.  Having won the grant himself in 2011, Jeff has dedicated his life to adventure and discovery. He is most well known as the first westerner to travel the full length of the Ancient Tea and Horse road that was used for centuries as a trade route between China, Tibet, Nepal, and India. This expedition was extraordinary in that it brought to light a major piece of cultural history and gave voice to the stories of the remaining “muleteers” who would make this arduous journey before the building of roads began to replace this means of transport.

His fascination with old trade routes did not stop there, however, and in 2011 Jeff received a WildChina Explorer Grant to retrace a portion of the old Tsalam Salt Road. Located in the remote highlands of southern Qinghai province (Amdo), this passage sustained many of the nomadic communities that occupy the region which, as Jeff explains, “remains culturally, historically and geographically one of the least documented portions on earth.” In traveling to these lost channels of cultural and commercial exchange, Jeff Fuchs has consistently demonstrated the power of exploration to shed light on the amazing human histories that are embedded in the landscape.

Jeff FuchsFor the chance to win $3000 of funding for your own Chinese adventure, don’t forget to apply for the 2014 WildChina Explorer Grant!

 

 


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Sep 06 2012 Posted By: Mary Barnes
What a beautiful moment. Excellent blog. The description sent early morning chills down my spine. Thousands of silent soldiers marching the wall came to mind in the dawn light. I have been there and was amazed at the formidable snake crawling over the hills. Mary
 
Aug 24 2012 Posted By: Gabrielle
Well done especially from such an elite group as the Harvard Business School.
 
Aug 24 2012 Posted By: Gabrielle
Absolutely splendid story. Bravo to Xiao.
 
Aug 23 2012 Posted By: PL
Smart and kind of you, good luck to you with Teach for China.
 
Aug 17 2012 Posted By: Cathryn Noyes
Wow Devin, just beautiful. What a trip. The photos and words make me (almost) feel like I am there!
 
 
Aug 08 2012 Posted By: Linda Winn
Wonderful story and video! Xiao is not only a fantastic guide, but he is kind,thoughtful,enthusiastic,fun-loving and generous. How great to bring such happiness to the Miao people by building them something the whole village can enjoy and sharing his love for basketball with all of them. Congratulations to him and the village basketball champions!
 
Jul 24 2012 Posted By: Bobby
Good article, Iv always wanted to visit China and after reading this I want to go even more!
 
Jul 12 2012 Posted By: may
Fun & fabulous WildChina crew! -Your Taiwan fans
 
Jul 12 2012 Posted By: ellen
You guys look amazing!
 
Jul 09 2012 Posted By: Tibetan Jewelry
Very interesting! Tibet's ancient "silk road" was influential before recorded history. Your history on that influence and its connection to Tibet's cultural artifacts is very interesting! How else would they have gotten that coral and those conch shells! The tea and horse road in Yunnan is great.
 
Jun 15 2012 Posted By: Nancy
Hi Mark, Great to hear from you. We believe that you should be set to go and will be able to get the permit. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch at Info@wildchina.com. We can learn more specifics about your group and where you want to travel in Tibet. -WildChina
 
Jun 14 2012 Posted By: Mark
Is it true that permits are now being issued? We are a group of 7 Australians looking to travel to Lhasa at the end of June. Is this possible? Mark
 
Jun 11 2012 Posted By: Guo Yanjiang
Hope to travel in West China
 
Mar 06 2012 Posted By: Mei
One of my favorite stores in Beijing.
 
Mar 01 2012 Posted By: Chaiton W.
I am a sixth-grade student at Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN. I’m working on a documentary film on the topic of Chinese food, do you think you might be able to help me with information. Could you answer some questions for my research? What is the most famous cooking stile? Why is it the most famous? What made you go into chinese food? Thank you for your time and if you can email me back. Sincerely, Chaiton W Greetings, In the interest of authentic, performance-based learning, my middle-school students are reaching out to experts about China as they prepare a documentary film about a topic of their choice. If you can, I appreciate very much your willingness to answer a few questions they have, taking just a few minutes of your time, I hope. I’ve tried to make sure they’re asking “expert” questions, after having done basic research already. Thanks for your assistance, and feel free to contact me if you have questions. Alan Wong Middle School Humanities Teacher Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN awong@baylorschool.org 423-267-8506 ext. 371
 
Feb 13 2012 Posted By: Fin
As a tour operator in Bhutan, we are also grappling with a similar challenge. When we started out a few years back, we wanted to be as eco-conscious as possible. Used water bottles have now become a part of our burgeoning waste problem in the country, a country that doesn't even have a recycling plant. The irony is we do not generate enough trash to sustain one. All along we knew using bottled water was not the way to go, but we desperately needed a viable substitute to do away with it. We have been encouraging our clients to bring their own re-usable bottles and Steripen. While some get the idea, many decide to stick to bottled water. We are also planning on having our vehicles fitted with water filter canisters (holding 15-20 litres of water), which are capable of trapping sediments. To rid of any micro-organisms, water will be boiled and cooled overnight at hotels, ready to be transferred to the canisters. Given that water in Bhutan is free of heavy metals, this process should be adequate. However, we do know there will still be some people who might be uncomfortable and would want to stick to manufactured water. What's comforting though, is some people do take their own initiative to bring water bottles with purifiers, which is practical and works great. Any suggestion would be great. Thanks!
 
Feb 10 2012 Posted By: Jenny
Find the very best portable water purification systems and invest in some to have along on your journeys or at strategic points of destination. Use your own bottles and refill so that guests have a supply of one bottle per day. They can drink other beverages for the rest of their needs.
 
Feb 10 2012 Posted By: Jacqueline Fitz
For years I traveled with a simple water filter.... a cup with a built-in charcoal filter that took care of almost everything including giardia. Since I travelled in many remote areas, potable water was rarely available. I even filtered bottled water when I could getit since I was unsure of its quality. This technique was very successful through the years. Unfortunately that particular water filter is no longer available but something similar would address your problem. (I used mine in remote areas of China and also in Hong Kong)
 
Jan 18 2012 Posted By: Mei
I can testify that this is one of the best dishes at one of my favorite restaurants in Beijing. Mei
 
Nov 29 2011 Posted By: Joan morris
Where can I get Sichuan ingredients in the U S?
 
Nov 24 2011 Posted By: Ron Denham
My wife and I recently went on a WC tour led by Fred and he made it a marvelous and informative time for us. He sets the bar very high for any other tour guid I might everuse. I hope to go on another "Fred He" WC tour one of these days. Best wises to your parents, Fred. Ron & Gail Denham
 
Aug 31 2010 Posted By: Wang
Unfortunately, the only sustainable thing that the Schoolhouse has brought to their local community is a rising cost of living. They have basically taken over the village and surrounding communities and have forced local residents (who are mainly farmers) to find more affordable accommodation elsewhere. I support Slow Food and I am sure your overseas guests like the novelty of staying at the Schoolhouse in Mutianyu, but please don't portray them as a bunch of do-gooders. They are in it for the money, regardless of the consequences their uncontrolled and unchecked development might have on the local community.
 
Aug 17 2010 Posted By: Fayegirl
was in this area in May, even then was affected by landslides and flooding, how much more do these people have to suffer, my thoughts and prayers are with them
 
Jul 27 2010 Posted By: Brennan
Even though I won't be able to apply it seems like this is a wonderful area of China to visit. I know people who have visited the major cities and then complained about how dirty it was or how it was too congested but they didn't realize the best parts of the country aren't located in the most populated places but many times in the least populated. Should be a great trip for those involved.
 
Jul 25 2010 Posted By: Molly
You're writing about my home. It makes me feel like crying because I'm not there now. You've written the story beautifully. My father-in-law rode the tea and horse caravan train, made and lost fortunes, and now resides quietly in Dali with my brother-in-law. The traces that those adventures left in his heart are still there. Talking with him is another adventure that always leaves me wanting to cry. Now I'm in Zhangjiagang, running an eco-resort staffed with Yi from Xiao Liang Shan. The Yi too had their place on the trail, one of the main branches of which ran through their territory and via Lugu Lake. My father-in-law spend his formative years in Muli, just the other side of Lugu Lake, raised by another family of traders after his own parents were killed during clan scirmishes in Chamdo. Keep up the good work, and keep letting people know that it's not about visiting an alian culture, it's about visiting people like you or my, for whom the most spectacular scenery in the world is just called "home."
 
Jul 21 2010 Posted By: Alex G
Hi Jamie, Sure. Send me an email at alex.grieves@wildchina.com and I'll get you in touch. Best, Alex
 
Jul 21 2010 Posted By: Jamie
Hi! Wonderful article! Is there any way you could put me in touch with Tea Master Zehng? I would like to purchase some of her tea in bulk. Thank you!
 
Jul 16 2010 Posted By: yunnangirl
Well said. Lijiang is so beautiful regardless of the crowds. The key is to find ways to appreciate its beautify and connect with people there.
 
Jul 16 2010 Posted By: Jason
Mie. Thank you for your insight and perspective on a "different" China not often found by us common folk (even with a lot of research). Keep up the good work.
 
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Jun 29 2010 Posted By: David Tanenui
I think you are right it sounds like everything is focussed on the top end of tourism, its a pity because the lower end tourists are the ones that are more inclined on caring for the environment and for the country contributing to sustainable practices. Money talks these days and the GDP is the aim of all countries, here in New Zealand we have beautiful sights but we have to fight to keep it beautiful, our government are only interested in making money of land that doesn't even belong to them but don't worry as soon as they have finished mining and destroying it they will say sorry and give it back to us the people of the land and give us $$$ for the damage they have created, WOW,you need to be more Vocal, the more voices creating opinions will create understanding Kia Ora
 
Jun 28 2010 Posted By: David
Hi, Earlier this month I posted my experiences using an iPad in China for research. I deal with the connection issues and VPNs to get around the Great Firewall. I found using WiFi very easy: http://museumfatigue.org/using-the-ipad-in-china
 
Jun 24 2010 Posted By: Bill
Nice post. I was thinking about picking up an iPad with China trips in mind. I think I've already found a solution for wired internet and that is to bring an airport express unit with me. It's proved invaluable on previous trips and is relatively easy to carry around. The other reason I'm considering the iPad is the ability to suck up RAW photos from a digital camera. My hope (although I've not tested it) is that this would free up the memory card to allow me to carry on shooting. Have you any experience of using it this way?
 
Jun 18 2010 Posted By: Michelle
Hello there, I'm producing a documentary about climate change and I wondered if you or anyone you know might be interested in being a "fixer" - our person on the ground in China to help set up the shoot and be with the director. Any help you might be able to give would be much appreciated. Kind Regards, Michelle
 
Jun 05 2010 Posted By: Ma Hao
Wow, Zhang Mei, my old schoolmate! Ages no see! Proud of you by reading every bit about you in this article.
 
May 04 2010 Posted By: johno
Ah, its good to have some clarity on the issue. Sometimes definitions get a bit muddy in such a cross-cultural translations. I'd be curious to learn about the fuding tea processor and wild tea from there.
 
Apr 29 2010 Posted By: Houses Philippines
And I know you might have good intentions, but now a days, it is common for people to come yup with scams. There are actually organizations who asks for donation but do not use the donation money for good. How can you assure us that your organization is genuine?
 
Apr 28 2010 Posted By: HM
I am totally agree with you on the first 4 places but the last one. I would rather say Shanghai is the last city for people to know China from my personal experience:) There is nothing fun in Shanghai besides shopping(expensive) and skyscrapers. I agree that Beijing is the best place to stay and Xi'an remains the second. Anyway, doesnt matter this blog is very helpful for who is planning a trip to China.
 
Apr 21 2010 Posted By: Klaus
Thank you so much for your support! On our Blog we provide a Paypal donation option. Our Teams in the region mostly need donations to buy tents, food, medication and, later on, construction materiel for the people that have lost everything. Thank you!
 
Apr 21 2010 Posted By: Klaus
Thank you so much for your support! On our Blog we provide a Paypal donation option. Our Teams in the region mostly need donations to buy tents, food, medication and, later on, construction materiel for the people that have lost everything. Thank you!
 
Apr 20 2010 Posted By: Trevor
Do you need volunteers on the ground, just financial donations, or both?
 
Apr 16 2010 Posted By: Jason
I am happy to hear of your kind display of corporate responsibility and general kindness. The tragedies in the news today need all of our attentions and efforts to help those involved cope. Keep up the good work!
 
Apr 14 2010 Posted By: Ian Sanchez
Congratulations Mei Zhang! It will be good for the adventure travel industry to have your perspective.
 
Apr 08 2010 Posted By: lyni
very interesting. I'm fond of chinese tea. Do you plan any trip in zijing mountain for tea picking ?? It could be great.
 
Feb 12 2010 Posted By: Spencer
Hello Mei: I stumbled upon your site and will look into it on a regular basis. I am from Canada and have been to China on assignment to shoot several time. I am planning a three-person trip this fall for three months. We are journalists from Canada (me), and two Chinese journalists who live in the United States. Our trip back to China is unique. We will be test driving three different Chinese vehicles and be blogging, filming and writing articles for our respective newspapers and web sites. This trip is about 11,750 kilometres in length. In addition to reviewiing these vehicles under challenging conditions, I will be writing about the culture, history and daily life on the road. Our blog is not up yet, but closer to the time, I will give you the link. The think that grabbed my attention about your site was the line, 'Experience China Differently'. I have fallen in love with China and have been to many parts of the country. I prefer the rural settings and the people are always warm, hospitable and welcoming wherever I go. I long to return and bring more adventures and images to the millions of readers who frequent our newspaper's site. The Toronto Star is the largest newspaper in the country with an enviable readership. Perhaps next time I am in Beijing I will look you up. I have my regular guide in Beijing and she can bring me to you for a visit. Sincerely, Spencer Wynn www.travelstock.org (this is only my stock website)
 
Feb 03 2010 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Loved the untold story behind the conde Nast piece.
 
Jan 27 2010 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Interesting. but also there are other solar centers around China. Know any more?
 
Jan 18 2010 Posted By: Li.rui
Yes, we had a week training classes that we leart lots of informitiaon and knowledge from it, thanks every teacher. Expecting I'll have more training chance to study and promote myself.
 
Jan 12 2010 Posted By: WildChina Blog · NYTimes’ “31 Places to Visit in 2010″ features Shanghai and Shenzhen
[...] the Travel+Leisure feature, and now this article in the New York Times: it is increasingly apparent that China is set to [...]
 
Jan 08 2010 Posted By: Rongkun
I wish I could have known it earlier!
 
Dec 28 2009 Posted By: Bart Batsleer
Hi, I`ve been in touch with Stewart when I was in Guilin, but I lost his phone number... could you bring him back in touch with me for I have my brother and sister going to Guilin... Thank you. Bart
 
Dec 09 2009 Posted By: Bo Poats
Abby: Intruiging intro....easier to be a leader in renewable energy when you have a single view of the value of externalities, and an ability to scale manufactuiring to lower unit costs in order to hit financial objectives on the supply side. Would be good to know how the average Zho utilizes renewable energy and is educated about its economic applicatiions (i.e., the role of public education and programs), as there may be some lessons to be learned in more "developed" economies.
 
Dec 08 2009 Posted By: Beth Dohrn
I can't wait to share this with my son! What great information Alexander!
 
Dec 08 2009 Posted By: mitey de aguiar
This is a fascinating article! I had no idea that T Rex lived in that part of the world. I'm sure some amazing discoveries are on their way.
 
 
 
 
Nov 19 2009 Posted By: Jason
Thanks for the helpful information. I plan to be in China during that time... just need to make plans.
 
Nov 19 2009 Posted By: Alex G
Hi Jason, thanks for your inquiry! The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival begins on January 5 and continues for about a month. However, there are a variety of related activities at Sun Island Park, Zhaolin Park, and venues in Harbin city proper starting in mid-December. You may find a full schedule of events here: http://bit.ly/2DT6EE It is open from 9 am to 10 pm daily, and daily admission for adults is 150 RMB. There are separate entrance fees for Sun Island Park and Zhaolin Park; admission is 30 RMB per adult. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
 
Nov 17 2009 Posted By: Jason
What is the schedule for the Harbin winter festival in 2010? Is there an official time or schedule of events?
 
Nov 09 2009 Posted By: Andrea
Just catching up on your blog, Heth...beautiful stuff
 
Nov 08 2009 Posted By: Yunnangirl
fantastic news..thanks for sharing .
 
Oct 31 2009 Posted By: Yunnangirl
Oh, this entry made me homesick. I still remember the sound of us driving on top of the crop that's being dried on the road. That was the first step of processing rice after harvest. Thank you for writing this piece.
 
Oct 26 2009 Posted By: Tessa
I love the blog Heather- hope everything is going well for you
 
Oct 23 2009 Posted By: Elyane
Very jealous Heather! Can't wait to hear about Xinjiang...
 
Oct 15 2009 Posted By: Linda Winn
What a wonderful generous gesture to get a beautiful new basketball court built for this poor village so that the children can thrive. Xiao is a very special person and his love for the Miao people is great indeed. How happy he made these people!
 
Oct 15 2009 Posted By: Kevin
This is a great article. Look forward to reading the rest. I will be going to a small village in January to visit my wife's grandmother and brother. They also do not live too far from Xi'an. I am looking forward to your updates and pictures.
 
Oct 14 2009 Posted By: Jason
Very very cool. Thanks for sharing.
 
Oct 03 2009 Posted By: Clark
I just got back from the Yinqixing Indoor Skiing Area and was not impressed with the place. They jacked the prices up for the National Day holiday, but only half the park was even functioning. What a rip-off.
 
Oct 02 2009 Posted By: Kate
I've subscribed to your blog and look forward to reading more...thanks for your eloquent insights Heather! Australians can learn so much from ancient and indigenous cultures.
 
Oct 02 2009 Posted By: Heather.Graham
Yes, you are absolutely correct Russell. A large majority of the young people from Huayang go to the bigger cities (particularly in southern China) to work after they finish secondary school here. Receiving money from your children working elsewhere, is one of the two main forms of income for the people of Huayang (the other is growing medicine plants). Thanks for your question.
 
Oct 01 2009 Posted By: Andrea Redford
Great blog Heather. Thanks for sharing your unique insights into China. All the best with the Golden Week influx!
 
Sep 30 2009 Posted By: Li.rui
it 's really really true and a good place of CNNR and a beauty Astrilian work and devote here now~~~
 
Sep 26 2009 Posted By: prizebig.ru
superb article . Will definitely copy it to my blog.Thanks.
 
Sep 25 2009 Posted By: Russell
Heather, great post. A question that came to mind: with such a small population, is there pressure on the younger people to move away to the big cities to secure work?
 
 
Sep 16 2009 Posted By: frank
Hey, i liked this article, Im a hiker my self and i promise to go take time one day to go check it out :) and will I will put a link back at http://www.travelmastery.com as a complementary purpose. please post more pics!
 
Sep 11 2009 Posted By: sandrar
Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post... nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.
 
Aug 10 2009 Posted By: Maureen Lopez
china has never been associated with the snow sports.howvever you will definitely enjoy in the ski resorts which has been listed. it will be a very nice experience to visit these resorts and enjoy the snow sports.
 
Jul 20 2009 Posted By: Jason Witt
This is a nice complete list of the basic Chinese teas. Any tea lover should have tried all these listed here a few different times with different water temperatures and multiple steepings. Of course loose leaf tea will be needed. It's all about the fun of exploration and the adventure of discovering new favorites.
 
Jul 13 2009 Posted By: stephen
Great tips! About the Eating one though, I've also heard a different side: leaving anything behind could be seen as a sign of wastefulness or ingratitude (especially for a man). I've often been told, "If you know how hard somebody worked to harvest that rice for your meal, you wouldn't waste a single grain." I guess it probably depends where you are or who you talk with though, and like everything else, foreigners do have some leeway for any cultural faux pas made. :)
 
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Apr 08 2009 Posted By: costa caleta
costa caleta... I think the post- vacation blues definitely set in last week when I got back, and linger on today. I saw a lot of neat things and met some wonderful people, but it's back to the grind here in DC. I wish I could travel more. /...
 
 
 
Mar 03 2009 Posted By: Yeah That’s Kosher! >> a Kosher Travel blog » Blog Archive » Focus on: CHINA
[...] Keeping Kosher while Traveling in China [...]
 
Feb 14 2009 Posted By: Rongkun
it seems to require quite some time to display the photos since they are too big-sized.
 
Feb 14 2009 Posted By: Rongkun
It would be some misleading since Beijing University was not a recognized name, if referred to Peking University. The latter name is officially adopted in public.
 
Oct 10 2008 Posted By: Beijing » Condé Nast World Savers Congress: China Panel
[...] Condé Nast World Savers Congress: China PanelSo far we’ve hosted four WWF guides on month-long stints in the WildChina Beijing office to learn about responsible travel best-practices, marketing and service standards. The goal of this project is to expose local leaders to different … [...]
 
Aug 26 2008 Posted By: Wilbur
Taking photos with the guards looks fun. The view of the Great Wall is undoubtly magnificant.
 
Aug 05 2008 Posted By: China Journal : Best of the China Blogs: August 5
[...] of the Great Wall and other popular tourist attractions may be closed due to Olympic events. See here for updates. WildChina [...]
 
Aug 05 2008 Posted By: Emma
Anita is too shy to post her videos from this trip, but I think they're pretty cool! Check out her YouTube videos of Miao Minority Dances in Guizhou, as well as a ground opera at Jichang Village. The quality isn't great (we're travel gurus, not videographers!!) but you can still get a flavor of her trip. http://www.youtube.com/user/wildchinaus
 
Jul 30 2008 Posted By: Emma
Love your first blog post Anita! Very excited to follow your trek through China from my computer in the WildChina office in Beijing. Come back to us safe and sound!
 
Jul 06 2008 Posted By: Joy
Yes, really appreciate your visit, thank you so much!
 
Jun 17 2008 Posted By: elachian
給四川的人, 我是從電視上看到你們的地震的災情. 我知道你們現在很痛苦, 特地寫了這封信, 想要告訴你們, 安威你們, 希望你們好好加油. 重建家園, 讓我們一起努力, 幫助你們, 早日忘記現在的陰影. 不只我們在這裡我要告訴你們, 現在全球各地大家都希望你們會再一次站起來. 我相信你們. 加油, 四川人! 陸愛蓮 Kainan University taiwan
 
Jun 17 2008 Posted By: elachian
給四川的人, 我是從電視上看到你們的地震的災情. 我知道你們現在很痛苦, 特地寫了這封信, 想要告訴你們, 安威你們, 希望你們好好加油. 重建家園, 讓我們一起努力, 幫助你們, 早日忘記現在的陰影. 不只我們在這裡我要告訴你們, 現在全球各地大家都希望你們會再一次站起來. 我相信你們. 加油, 四川人! 陸愛蓮 Kainan University Taiwan ROC
 
Jun 07 2008 Posted By: seb
Thank you Philip for these précisions. I wish China stand as soon as possible after the disaster. I plan to come in Siguniang next October. Do you think it will be re oppened for foreign visitors? Thanks
 
Jun 07 2008 Posted By: Eric
At this very time, all of people are united to overcome the catastrophe! I just went through the earthquake in person. It felt horrible and so many tragedies happened! With our deepest condolence!
 
Jun 03 2008 Posted By: Eric
Eric... Hello, I have a few websites of my own and I must say that your site is really top notch. Keep up the great work on a really high class resource....
 

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