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August 15th, 2014

Yunnan’s Ancient Tea&Horse Caravan Road

By: WildChina | Categories: Adventure Travel in China, Best China Tour Operator, China travel guide

Where in China can you experience a mix of history, culture, and nature?      
You can explore some of China’s most diverse cultures, ecology, and landscapes in Yunnan Province, just south of the Tibetan Plateau. Yunnan features green low-lying valleys, white-capped mountains, and a vast assortment of ethnic communities. This diverse terrain is home to the beginning of The Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Road, or “The Silk Road of Southern China”.

The 3,100-mile route of the Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Road started in Southern China, passed through Tibet, Burma, Nepal, and ended in India. China’s desire to import horses from Tibet and Tibet’s desire to import tea from China was the main motivation of the trade along the Tea and Horse Caravan Road. Traveling this route was difficult due to its diverse terrain, and one minor misstep could be fatal for both trader and animals.

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Today, the Tea and Horse Caravan Road attracts people from all over the world with its assorted teas, mixed cultures, stunning landscapes, and ancient centers of trade. By traveling along this route, travelers can experience both ancient and modern China by learning about the culture of local ethnic communities, hiking in the ancient tea tree forests, and exploring the scenic mountain, rivers and valleys.

How can you get there?
WildChina can take you on a 13 day journey along the route of the Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Road in Yunnan. The first stop, Xishuangbanna, is the original place of pu’erh tea production. In Xishuangbanna, you can buy premium pu’erh tea at Menghai market, meet the descendants of the first tea cultivators, and stay in an Aini Village homestay. We pass through Dali as we follow the route through sloping valleys, golden barley and canola fields to Shaxi. After Shaxi, we see Lijiang’s Old Town and the legendary Yangtze River on our way to Shangri-La. In Shangri-La, we explore Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan lamasery in Yunnan, the Napahai Lake, and visit a nearby artisan village.


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Are you a spontaneous planner?
Join us this October in Yunnan! This is our last small group trip of the year, led by Jeff Fuchs, the first Westerner to have ever traveled the whole road. Our journey to China’s  Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Road begins October 15 and ends October 24. If you’re interested in retracing the steps of those who traveled this ancient road, contact info@wildchina.com.

Like to make plans in advance?
If you’re interested in tea or Yunnan cuisine, keep your eyes open for our 2015 small group departures which include a tea-based journey of China and Taiwan with Jeff Fuchs and a special gastronomic tour of Yunnan with expert Fuchsia Dunlop.

 

 

 

 

 


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Comments on "Yunnan’s Ancient Tea&Horse Caravan Road"


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
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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....
 

August 14th, 2014

Sixth year in a row! Travel+Leisure Names Mei Zhang Top Travel Agent for China

By: WildChina | Categories: Luxury China Travel, WildChina Announcements

When booking a trip, the travel company you choose can make the difference between an ordinary or extraordinary travel experience. To guide travelers in the right direction, the editors of Travel + Leisure assess hundreds of travel agents around the world and select the best to make up their annual list of “A-list Top Travel Specialists”. WildChina’s founder, Mei Zhang, is featured on their 2014 list for her standard-setting services in China travel. The elite list features 133 of the world’s top advisors, arranged by location of expertise.

“There’s a reason we use the term advisor to describe the members of our 2014 A-List,” said Travel + Leisure News Editor and “Trip Doctor” columnist Amy Farley. “These destination experts offer much more than booking services. They offer insider insights, unparalleled access, the ability to create a seamless itinerary, and value.”

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Mei can now add this accolade to her list of awards and recognitions, which include:Travel + Leisure’s   2009-2012 A-Lists of Top Travel Agents, Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist in 2010 and 2011, and The Daily Beast’s 2012 list of Women in the World. Riding on Mei’s 14 years of experience in the luxury travel industry, WildChina provides both insider access to China and personalized service. WildChina’s specialties are China, Tibet and custom luxury itineraries.

According to Mei, she “witnessed the push and pull between economic development and conservation of both nature and culture in Yunnan.” This push and pull inspired her to create WildChina to provide people with a sophisticated version of Chinese culture and nature through first-hand travel.

WildChina has also received acknowledgments for our luxury travel services, which set the bar for tailored, authentic travel experiences. In 2009 National Geographic selected WildChina as one of Adventure Magazine’s Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth, Traveler Magazine’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime, and Harvard Business Reviewed named WildChina “a leader in its field.”

Travel + Leisure’s thirteenth annual A-list will be featured in the September issue of Travel + Leisure and on travelandleisure.com. Congratulations Mei!


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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. /...
 
 
 
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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.
 
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[...] 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....
 

August 8th, 2014

Discover China’s Treasures

By: WildChina | Categories: Best China Tour Operator, China tour, China tours, China Travel, China travel guide, Luxury China Travel

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If you’re coming to China for the first time, there are four absolute must-see destinations which represent the best of classic China: Beijing, Xi’an, Yunnan, and Shanghai.

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 Beijing              

Imagine stepping back in time while strolling through a traditional Beijing hutong (alleyway). You can watch (or join) elders participating in a heated game of Chinese chess or mahjong, smell  locals cooking traditional snacks like jianbing (pancakes) and baozi (steamed buns), and hear a local playing a traditional Chinese tune.

Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an. Photo by Kristen Kuan, a WildChina traveler.

Xi’an

The historical city of Xi’an is famous for the remarkable Terracotta Warriors. Most visitors view them from a public viewing gallery. WildChina, however, arranges special access to the museum’s lower deck so that you can take a closer look at these proud sculptures.Who doesn’t like a backstage pass?

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Yunnan  

Yunnan is breathtaking: its low valleys, white-capped mountains, and rustic towns will please the eye. Yunnan is one of China’s most diverse provinces, home to a number of ethnic minorities.Imagine going to a colorful festive dinner party in a local Naxi minority courtyard home while listening to the sound of traditional Naxi music

 Only a short drive north, Shangri-La is home to beautiful rivers and mountains. Aside from beautiful scenery,Shangri-La is also filled with beautiful experiences. Take the chance to immerse yourself into Tibetan culture by sharing a cup of tea with a local family and local residents for their daily evening dance around the Old Town Square.

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Shanghai

Step into the “Paris of the East”. You can experience an evening cruise on the Huangpu River that cuts through the diverse city. The skyline that surrounds both sides of the river provides a glimpse into two different faces of Shanghai. The beautiful European-style buildings in the Bund will make you feel like you are back in 1930’s Shanghai while the futuristic skyscrapers of Pudong will take you to the future.

The bad news is, a trip like this can take months to plan due to the language barrier and the amount of sought-after destinations. The good news is, WildChina has a small group trip scheduled to these destinations September 7-September 18. Chinese Treasures is one of our most popular small group trips which highlights the classic images of China and immerses you in Chinese culture and history. This trip is perfect for people who have a sense of adventure and want to experience the past, present and future of China. Starting with a Peking Duck feast and ending with a Shanghainese farewell dinner, you’ll get to taste the diverse cuisines of China, discover local culture, people and sites in luxury. Let WildChina and our guides help you Experience China Differently. There is still time to join in on this trip! To secure a spot on our journey, email WildChina 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.
 
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....
 

August 7th, 2014

Yangmeizhu Xie Jie: The Best of Transformed Hutongs

By: WildChina | Categories: Beijing, China tours, China Travel, China Travel Tips, Exclusive Access China, WildChina Travel Tips

You know you have to hit the hutongs and get a pedi-cab ride, hear about the royal families and institutes that lived in those gray brick-and-tile mansions. But what about the rest of the hutongs, the real ones that old generations of ordinary citizens who lived there and passed it down to their grandchildren and their grandchildren?

We didn’t forget about them! If you are interested in checking out the daily hutong life of modern China, here is the best representation of all transformed hutongs in Beijing. Away from the tourist sites, we present…

YANGMEIZHU XIE JIE- referred as YMZ alley below (direct translation: Skewed Red Bayberry and Bamboo Street)

Old & New YMZ alley Old & New YMZ alley

Qianmen, as a must-visit tourist site, should give you an idea of how people lived in old China, described in the books of Lisa See. But honestly, Qianmen area has changed so much from what it used to be. Everything looks so… twenty-first-century! There are H&M, Zara and Starbucks lined up on the street. The surrounding area is also much more modern. If you are there, then ditch the artificial facilities and mingle with the culturally rich local lives at YMZ alley.

What can you find here?
YMZ is named after a legend of Mrs. Yang, a very skilled matchmaker and the happy marriages she brought together. The street was then turned into a bevy of famous publishing bureau during the Republic of China era. The mixture of vintage and avant-garde, that’s the difference between YMZ and the other not-so-cool hutongs. You will find independent designers, such as “casual location” and book cover designer studios that exhibit inspiring notebooks from all around the world. These tiny studios and boutiques deliver a positive yet mellow vibe to their native Beijinger neighbors. The residence on YMZ alley also shares their most welcoming tradition, treating these residence-nouveau as their new family members. Arriving at the doorsteps, we look at the YMZ in a whole new, admiring light.

What can you do there?
1. No set menu, no named cuisines, book a family dinner at Casual Location with local Chef Jiawen, he will surprise you with his healthy and delicious jiachangcai (home cooking.)
Casual Location 米念, reserve for tailored dinner:158 1030 0334 (two days ahead)

Casual Location Dinner Setting Casual Location Dinner Setting

2. Are you a crafty person? If yes, then check out Old Zhang’s Wood-carving New Year Painting. A picture tells a thousand stories. Here you can learn a thousand traditions, urban legends, and bizarre cultural metaphors from all the carving designs.
Reserve with Old Zhang 老张的木板年画 13522641374

Old Zhang's Shop Old Zhang’s Shop

Why we think it’s cool?
If a laowai (Chinese for “foreigner”) wrote a book about this little alley, you know it’s pretty cool. Michael Meyer, a professor from Pittsburgh University and Peace Corps volunteer, lived in this alley for many years His book, The Last Days of Old Beijing, talked about stories of his neighbors—the 75-year-old granny moving out of the hutong that she lived in for her whole life, urbanites and Gen-Ys advocating the transformation of this old neighborhood, experts and scholars finding the significance of keeping these timeworn establishments.

Michael's Book Michael’s Book

With its legendary historical background and all the contemporary creative souls, this hutong is the new up and coming gem of Beijing.

Book a tour with us. Our Classic China series, which range from 11 to 13 days, all include Beijing as a destination. Our next departure is the Chinese Treasure trip that starts from Beijing and ends in Shanghai.

Classic China series:  Palace & Panda | Family Fun | Monuments & Mountains | Soul of Tibet | Chinese Treasure

Our Classic China series fuses our spirit of adventure and sense of luxury with China’s most iconic routes to create distinctive journeys especially designed for first time visitors. Rather than simply catching a glimpse of the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square, we bring you superior access to experts, local experiences, and exclusive venues so you can get beneath the surface and experience China differently. Feed and care for pandas alongside their rangers or practice taichi with locals at the Temple of Heaven. Experience the real China in style with our Classic China journeys.

Photo credits to 时尚廊Trends Lounge

 

 


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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.
 
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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....
 

August 4th, 2014

An Update on the Yunnan Earthquake and Our Future Trips

By: WildChina | Categories: WildChina Announcements

BBC News Provided the Epicenter Map BBC News Provided the Epicenter Map away from Tourists Area

Ludian, a remote county in Northeast Yunnan, experienced a 6.1-magnitude earthquake yesterday. No WildChina travelers or future trips are affected.                   

The WSJ Quake Epicenter Map The WSJ Quake Epicenter Ma

 

On August 3rd, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck a rural part of Northeastern Yunnan. The epicenter was in a mountainous region largely covered by agricultural lands, far from the tourist centers of Dali and Lijiang in the South. No WildChina traveler or future trips will be affected by the earthquake.There have been reports of at least 381 casualties so far. We hope more lives can be saved through the rescue effort.

A total of 7,000 rescuers are working on disaster relief. Among those, 5,000 soldiers belonging to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) from Chengdu are searching for more survivors and moving villagers out of the region. Government troops and the Red Cross Society of China also reacted immediately, distributing thousands of relief supplies and equipment. Relief goods were quickly handed out to people in the affected area. The surrounding villages and neighboring provinces have suffered a lesser degree of damage.

If you have an upcoming trip with us to Yunnan, Sichuan, or Guizhou, your WildChina travel consultant will get in touch with you.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.

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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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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....
 

July 15th, 2014

China Travel Tips for the First Time Visitor

By: WildChina | Categories: China tours, China Travel, China travel guide, China Travel Tips

First time to China?
China can appear daunting for the first time traveler. At first glance, the highways, skyscrapers, and streets lined with various shops and restaurants invoke recognizable home comforts, but the cultural and linguistic differences can catch you off guard. WildChina has put together these ‘survival’ tips that will help to prepare you for a smooth-sailing first time experience in China.China can catch travelers by surprise with the mix of east and west in its largest cities.China can catch travelers by surprise with the mix of east and west in its largest cities.

Food & drink
One of the highlights of any China trip will undoubtedly be the food. Though WildChina only takes clients to top restaurants throughout our journeys, if you are seeking a taste of Chinese local life and authenticity, street food vendors and small local restaurants are a popular stop, even if tried only once. Bear in mind: food from these vendors may look, smell and taste delicious, but western stomachs may not be so hasty to agree. We would recommend bringing some medications from home to sooth an upset stomach, just in case.

Some tasty street-side snacks!
Some tasty street-side snacks!

In China, tap water is not safe to drink. Bottled water is provided throughout our journeys, both in the hotels and our own vehicles. Water is also widely available from shops, restaurants, and street vendors.

There is a tendency for drinks to be served hot in China. Water, milk and even beer are commonly enjoyed warm! If you like cold drinks,  try adding bing (ice) before the name of your drink when ordering. Helpful words: bing shui (cold water)  bing piju (cold beer).

Restrooms
Outside the comfort of 5-star hotels and restaurants, you are more than likely to encounter a Chinese squat toilet, which, for no prizes, involves a hole in the floor that you squat over. Squat toilets can be found in local bars, restaurants, and at many attractions. At first glance you might not like these toilets, but next to the Western sit-down toilets, they can be seen as a more hygienic experience because you don’t have to touch anything in a squat toilet. Note: Toilet paper and hand soap are not always provided in toilets, so always have some tissues and hand sanitizer handy.

Cash vs. Card
While major shopping malls, restaurants and hotels accept foreign credit/bank cards, smaller establishments and stalls will prefer cash. Actually, China is traditionally a cash society so it is advisable to ensure there is always a comfortable amount of cash on hand for drinks, snacks, and small souvenirs.

 

VPN

Certain websites and social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google (including Gmail) are blocked in China. If you need to access any of these during your trip, you will need to set up a virtual private network (VPN). VPNs redirect Internet connection to allow access to blocked sites. They are easy to set up and can be downloaded from the web and app stores for free or for a small price.

 

Have a safe first trip in China! If you have any questions, contact us 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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[...] 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....
 

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.
 
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....
 

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.



Tags: Chengdu China tours China travel China travel tips Ritz-Carlton Sichuan Six Senses Top China Hotels

Comments on "China Travel Tips: Top 3 Hotels in Chengdu, 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.
 
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 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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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....
 

May 30th, 2014

What is Luxury Travel in China?

By: WildChina | Categories: Best China Tour Operator, China tours, China Travel, China travel guide, Exclusive Access China, Luxury China Travel

There is significant variations in development among China’s different regions. Because of this, few countries in the world can offer the breadth and variety of luxury experiences that China can. From gilded 5 star services in the bustling world cities of Shanghai and Beijing, to the rustic charm of mountain retreats in rural Yunnan and Guilin, China has much variety to offer the luxury traveler. Understanding the different styles of luxury experiences available will help you get the most out of your visit to China.

Tier 1 cities – world-class 5 star luxury
Tier 1 cities in China: BeijingShanghai, Guangzhou & Shenzhen. These 4 cities are the country’s major economic centers. These cities host millions of visitors every year and have all the luxury offerings that would be expected of any world city.

Sir Elly's Terrace, atop The Peninsula Hotel, Shanghai
SIR ELLY’S TERRACE, ATOP THE PENINSULA HOTEL, SHANGHAI

Shanghai is often touted as the Paris of the East and has 5 star experiences to match. All the major 5 star hotels have set up shop there including 2 Ritz-Carltons, 2 Four Seasons, and 2 Hyatts (Park and Grand). Service levels in the hotels are on par or above their international counterparts but the price is generally lower, so luxury accommodation in China offers great value for money.

China’s tier 1 cities also sit comfortably on the world stage where cuisine is concerned. Shanghai in particular has a superb selection of high-end dining experiences by world-class chefs ranging from top Chinese, to classic French, to modern multi-sensory affairs.

Yunnan, Sichuan and Guilin :rustic rural retreats
Venturing outside of China’s tier 1 cities will bring you a richer cultural experience. The best way to enjoy authentic luxury in these areas is to go boutique.  Although 5 star hotels can still be found in some bigger cities in these regions, they are often lesser specimens of their international counterparts and close to the tired, commercialized areas of town.

Views from the Songstam Meili, Deqin County, YunnanVIEWS FROM THE SONGSTAM MEILI, DEQIN COUNTY, YUNNAN

Everything moves much slower outside of China’s big cities and staying at retreats, resorts and boutique lodges is the best way to enjoy this relaxed atmosphere. Immerse in village life in Yangshuo at the Moondance resort with a cooking lesson using ingredients purchased from the local market. Retreat to Songtsam Meili Lodge in the mountains of Shangri-La to take in its serenity away from the tourist traps. Conventional luxury dining experiences in these areas will be very hard to come by. However, the unique local flavors and fresh produce these regions offer will more than make up for it.

Xinjiang, Tibet, and other frontiers – ultimate adventure
China’s frontier regions offer ultimate adventure experiences, which can be found nowhere else in the world. However, accessing these experiences often requires traveling to remote and undeveloped areas where little to no conventional luxury comforts are available.

The Yushu Horse Festival on the Tibetan PlateauTHE YUSHU HORSE FESTIVAL ON THE TIBETAN PLATEAU

Luxury in these regions is defined more around premium activities. For example, VIP access to restricted sections of Mogao caves in Dunhuang, or expert guided tour of the Xinjiang Museum’s mummy collection. Many of these experiences are not openly advertised so it is important to work with a good China ground operator with the knowledge and networks to find them and make them happen.

If you are searching for ideas to be  impressed, China’s frontier regions is where you will find one-of-a-kind experiences with serious bragging rights. Imagine an exclusive luxury eco camp on the Tibetan Plateau to witness the Yushu Horse Festival, one of the last remaining horse festivals in China. This is something that WildChina dreamed up and arranged for clients in 2007-2009.

 

 

 


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Comments on "What is Luxury Travel in China?"


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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. /...
 
 
 
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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