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Three of the Greatest Highlights of Beijing

The Chinese capital of Beijing is truly inspiring. Those who have had the pleasure of visiting this city never forget its alluring mix of incredible history and culture, as well as its truly unique sense of imperial splendour. Preconceptions and stereotypes will be blown away when you see the incredible landmarks for yourself. But some […]

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Chinglish: Lost in Translation in Hangzhou (China).

Lost in Translation in Hangzhou

“Welcome to the back!” proclaimed an English sign at the front door of a small Chinese restaurant in Hangzhou, a city in China, known for its West Lake. It was here where Marco Polo once sailed, mesmerized by its stunning beauty and declared the place in ancient times as “the most beautiful place in the world.” […]

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Vote for my Feel Good Travel Photo Entry

My Feel Good Travel Photo entry made it as one of the finalists in the photo contest sponsored by On The Go Travels. Help me win a 10-Day Trip to Turkey if ever I got the top prize in my category. Would appreciate your votes—and if possible, share it to your friends, families, relatives and […]

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Nine Dragon Screen in Datong, China.

The Largest Glazed Nine Dragon Screen in China

The largest glazed Nine Dragon Screen in China is found in Datong. It is the oldest one in China. It’s one of the four screens that are found in the country. Two are in Beijing (Beihai Park and Forbidden City) and one in Pingyao. As you all know, though mythical, dragons are revered in China. You’ll […]

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The Great Confucius is Buried in this Humble Plot

The Great Confucius is Buried in this Humble Plot

Confucius or Kong Zi, in Chinese, is buried in a humble plot in Qufu, Shandong Province. His tomb has no sign of luxury or grandeur of a philosopher whose analects shaped China—and are still highly-regarded until today. While I was still working in Beijing, one of my students told the class that he’s a descendant of […]

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Ghost Street in Beijing

Ghost Street in Beijing

One of the places frequented by expats is the Gui Jie or the Ghost Street in Beijing. Don’t be fooled by its name—ghosts are nowhere in sight. At least, to my knowledge. Right off Dongzhimen Subway Station or at Beixinqiao Subway (closer) is Gui Jie, a street teeming with restaurants in traditional Chinese architecture. My […]

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Mao's Portrait at Tiananmen Square in Beijing

My Ten-Minute Boyfriend

Once upon a time, a girl friend of mine asked me a favor to show his newly-acquired boyfriend around — anywhere in Beijing. She was busy at work and couldn’t ask for a leave, even for a day. I agreed, of course. It’s my expertise—showing men what I’ve got. I mean, the city where I […]

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Traditional Chinese Wedding

A Traditional Chinese Wedding

This is a repost from my old livejournal blog which I abandoned long time ago.  An Aussie friend and his lovely Chinese girlfriend got married in a traditional Chinese wedding at Beihai Park, one snowy day. Beihai Park, in Beijing, is the park where the Mongolian hero-fighter Genghis Khan built the famous White Pagoda on the hill […]

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Take A Peek What's Inside A Sex Museum in China

Take a Peek Inside The China Sex Museum

Inside this sex museum, I’ve learned that there are two basic instincts of human life: food and sex. I didn’t expect the latter but I don’t doubt it. Most people think of Shanghai as a cosmopolitan city wrapped in pollution, just like its rival city, Beijing. Many locals and visitors marvel at the grandeur of […]

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Xilamuren Grasslands in Inner Mongolia

Xilamuren Grasslands in Inner Mongolia

Some time ago (that time when I wasn’t travel blogging yet), I went to this verdant Xilamuren grasslands in Inner Mongolia, a two-hour drive from the capital, Hohhot. It was a chilly October day and the wide expanse of the open land could compete with that of the azure sky that hovered above us, adorned […]

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