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The View of Tiger Leaping Gorge from the Hiking Trail, Yunnan Province, China.

The Magic of Southwestern China

In 2010, China welcomed nearly 56 million international tourists to its country, making it the third most visited country in the world. Of these tourists, many of them stayed on the eastern coast of the country, visiting large ...
by Jim Cheney
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A waterfall on the White River with Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the background.

Getting Up Close and Personal with China’s Jade Dragon Mountain

When we got to the top of the gondola, 4,506 meters above sea level, it was hard to believe that we had been sweltering in Southeast Asia only a week before. Dressed in our warmest clothes, which consisted of little more than s...
by Jim Cheney
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The area around Yangshuo, China, is perfect for a bike ride.

Getting Utterly Lost in Yangshuo, China’s Yulong River Valley

There is an odd mix of desperation and uneasiness that sets in when you’re lost in a foreign country. Doubly so when you’re lost in a country like China. It took me about 2 seconds to realize my Chinese, which cons...
by Jim Cheney
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The View of Tiger Leaping Gorge from the Hiking Trail, Yunnan Province, China.

Tiger Leaping Gorge: China’s Most Breathtaking Hike

Sitting just outside the town of Lijiang, in China’s southwestern corner, is Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. On one side of the mountain is one of the region’s most popular destinations, Yulong Snow Mountain Scenic Area,...
by Jim Cheney
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Wonderland Amusement Park's unfinished castle lies amid cornfields and in front of towering mountains outside of Beijing, China.

Wonderland: Beijing’s Abandoned Amusement Park

(Update 5/21/13: Rumor has it that Wonderland has been torn down. It may be worth verifying before you go. If you have any definitive information, please let me know.) When travelers come to Beijing, they generally find their w...
by Jim Cheney
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A row of Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an, China.

The World’s Most Disappointing Tourist Attraction: Xian’s Terracotta Warriors

The Colosseum in Rome. Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Chichen Itza in Mexico. Some sites around the world were absolutely amazing to see in person no matter how many times I’d seen pictures of them or how much I’d built th...
by Jim Cheney
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