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December 19th, 2014

Travelers in China, We got Apps for you: From Survival to Pro

By: Sylvia Liu | Categories: China Tips, China Travel Tips, Uncategorized, WildChina Travel Tips

“I’ll Survive” —Newbie

Hey, first day landed in China and still getting your bearings. Besides your flight attendants who took your dinner and drink orders and your flight captain who saluted in English after a perfect landing, it doesn’t seem like people can understand you more than a simple “Hi.” No worries, we got you, here is your survival kit.



Yes, there is the worldwide miracle—Google translate, but in between picking up your luggage and ordering a taxi, or trying to walk out of the gigantic T-3 (Beijing International Airport), it’s hard to figure out how to connect to a WiFi with VPN then use Google services. Pleco is one of the best Chinese-English dictionaries to use WITHOUT VPN. Life saver. It offers an excess of features including handwriting recognition so you can draw characters (extra fun) you don’t know and voice recognition for those pronunciations that you don’t understand. Pleco saves your recent searches, which means you can always remember that at the awkward moment trying to remember “Thank you” in Chinese.

Onavo Protect:

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December 9th, 2014

Top 7 WildChina Experiences for the Whole Family

By: WildChina | Categories: Chinese Culture, Uncategorized


1. Kungfu class at Shaolin Temple with student monks

After seeing the Legends of Kungfu show in Beijing, you’ll be itching to try out some of the moves yourself. Bring everyone along and head to one of China’s most well-known kung fu schools where you can learn to kick like Bruce Lee!


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December 9th, 2014

Mei’s Tips for Authentic China Travel

By: WildChina | Categories: Uncategorized

China is an increasingly popular travel destination, but many people go about their China vacation all wrong. Mei Zhang was recently featured by travel expert Wendy Perrin, and gave some great insider information on how not to trade in the trip of a lifetime for a circuit tour of the main sites. Check out a few of Mei’s tips below, and head over to wendyperrin.com for the full article.


Aman at the Summer Palace – a beautiful secret get away right next to one of China’s top attractions.

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December 2nd, 2014

Grandma Missing China Already…

By: WildChina | Categories: Uncategorized

Traveling with elderly relatives can be challenging, especially in China, where cities are busy and fast-paced. One of our clients recently came to China for the first time with her grandmother, visiting the classic stops of Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Guilin over the course of two weeks.

Our client was concerned that traveling in China might be too tiring for her grandmother and considered canceling her trip at one point but through careful consultation and planning, the trip went ahead…

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November 27th, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from WildChina!

By: WildChina | Categories: Uncategorized


Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American friends — and friends the world over! Today we celebrated the holiday with a lunch-time feast:




Thanksgiving, China-style! Spicy cucumbers, stir-fried broccoli, cured ham and heaps and heaps of meat-and-veggie-stuffed dumplings.

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November 26th, 2014

The Top 5 Things You Need to Know about Pu’er Tea

By: WildChina | Categories: Uncategorized


1. Pu’er is the traveler’s tea

Pu’er tea has been traveling by pack animal along mountain trade routes, into China’s borderlands and beyond for more than a centruy. Its pressed block form makes it easy to transport. And tea-lovers like our very own Jeff Fuchs have continued this tradition into the 21st century, always having a block of pu’er on hand for a long journey.


2. When pressed, pu’er comes in many forms. Have a look at some of the most common:

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November 20th, 2014

Fuchsia Reflects on Her Latest WildChina Food Tour

By: WildChina | Categories: Uncategorized


How do you turn a food tour into a life-changing experience that pushes your boundaries and stretches the way you engage with the world?

You travel with Fuscia Dunlop.

Consistently, Fuscia’s trips have been some of our most popular, and in fact every spot in her 2015 trips are already booked. Get a glimpse into what makes these journeys so amazing with the latest post from Fuchsia’s blog.




Discover more of our expert-led journeys

Tea Travels with Jeff Fuchs


Inquire about Fuscia’s 2016 journeys

Gastronomic Tour of China

Yunnan Gastronomic Tour



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November 13th, 2014

WildChina Expands Corporate Services with WCT Events

By: WildChina | Categories: Uncategorized

November 12, 2014 Press Release:

Award-winning luxury travel company WildChina has taken its MICE and destination management offerings to the next level with the launch of subsidiary company WCT Events. A joint venture with Beijing-based destination management specialist Chin-EASE Corp, WCT Events combines more than 400 events and 20 years of experience to form a powerhouse destination management company specializing in corporate travel, seminars, conferences, and signature events.

Service with a Smile

“Since launching destination management services 10 years ago, WildChina has been enjoying steady growth. We are delighted to find a partner with the same service ethos and commitment to quality to continue growing with together.” says WildChina founder and CEO Mei Zhang.

In line with WildChina’s focus for leisure travel, its destination management services specialized in distinctive and authentic experiences, attracting high profile clients, from top US Business Schools to Fortune 500 Companies. WCT Events integrates WildChina’s rich product portfolio with the experienced event management personnel of Chin-EASE. The company will be headed by Joanna Crain, founder of Chin-EASE and former Director of Advance and Protocol for the United States Secretaries of Commerce and Homeland Security. Chin-EASE Corp will be dissolved and all existing event business will be conducted via WCT Events.

The official launch of WCT Events was announced at the company’s first event, Chifan for Charity, a multi-venue charity event attended by 800 people and a highlight in the Beijing social calendar.

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November 11th, 2014

Listen for WildChina CEO, Mei Zhang on NPR

By: WildChina | Categories: Beijing, China Travel, WildChina Announcements, Zhang Mei

We knew that this week’s APEC conference would bring leaders from the world over to Beijing to discuss important policy issues, but we didn’t expect an announcement that would directly affect WildChina!

Last night, just before the official start of APEC, President Obama announced a reciprocal agreement with China to grant 10 year travel and business visas.

Others had made the connection that this was big news for WildChina – and for our outbound travel department, Beshan – and sure enough, at 7am this morning, our CEO and founder, Mei Zhang received a call from NPR’s Morning Edition asking for her take on the new policy.


meizhang-5 copy Founder and CEO, Mei Zhang at the Forbidden City

These new visas, effective tomorrow, mean that Chinese travelers will have an easier time visiting the US. They also mean that, for our US clients, after you come and fall in love with China for the first time, you’ll be able to return time and again to explore all the layers of this fascinating country – all without the hassle of reapplying for a new visa.

Those in the US tuning into NPR on your way to work, listen in for Mei at 6am Eastern Time. And if you miss it, just head on over to the Morning Edition site for the segment.



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November 10th, 2014

Guizhou’s Minority Festivals – Join the Celebration!

By: Sylvia Liu | Categories: Adventure Travel in China, China Travel, Uncategorized

Experiencing the authentic culture of the China’s ethnic minority groups is a trip highlight while in the Guizhou countryside. If you plan to visit during the Miao Festivals, you are in for a real treat; a trip around mid-November will land you in the middle of the celebrations. During this time, you will see women in black tunics patterned with bright reds and blues and shimmering silver headdresses rested atop their brows. They will laugh, smile, and dance, and even offer you a sip of their powerful rice wine.


The Sister’s Festival gets underway

The Miao New Year is celebrated from November 3rd to the 7th. At this time of the year, the whole village is gathered as one big family, visiting each other and joining feasts of tofu, pork sausages, and wine. Also, its common that young couples get married around this time of the year. These unions are celebrated with 9 days of singing and dancing. Compared to the New Year’s Eve celebration at Time Square, the Miao New Year is less crowded but the enthusiasm and cheering is none less than the New Yorkers’ countdown.

At the end of November another grand celebration takes place in Guizhou, the Grand Dong Minority Singing Festival in Congjiang. Dong minority resides in this remote yet diverse area along with other hidden minorities. Kam Grand Choirs from the Dong minority is very intriguing; its said that for years they passed down their culture without a written language, using singing to communicate. The Dong locals consider singing as a daily routine such as dining, and they cherish it as a passage of knowledge.


Last minute prep before the Dong festival begins Last minute preparation before the Dong festival begins

If you’ve already seen China’s cities or are simply looking for a trip that is on the road less traveled, Guizhou is the perfect answer. WildChina’s rustic journey through Guizhou and Guangxi, recognized as one of National Geographic Traveler’s “Tours of a Lifetime,” will make you feel like you strolled into an old Chinese watercolor. This active trip keeps you moving with dancing and singing while you enjoy the hospitality of various cultures that simply can’t be depicted in documentaries. When your trip is over, you won’t feel like you are exiting a foreign museum, but as if you are leaving a foreign world.

Have we caught your interest? Schedule your next China journey around one of Guizhou’s festivals:

  • The Dong Choral Festival, a time of song and celebration, will take place at the end of November.
  • The beginning of May is when to visit to experience the The Sister’s Festival matchmaking ceremonies.
  • The Lusheng Festival, with performances of the traditional bamboo pipe instrument, is in mid-November.
  • The celebration of the Miao New Year happens in early November.


Come celebrate!


Editor: Kayla Paramore


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