Category Archives: China

Suzhou, China

Once clients have visited China’s top three cities, Shanghai/Beijing/Xi’an, there are great opportunities to steer them to the country’s myriad outlying destinations, and Suzhou is a good place to start. Sixty miles from Shanghai, conveniently accessible by bus and high … Continue reading

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Suzhou Highlights

10 Irresistible Features of China’s “Garden City” China’s “Venice of the East,” has been a center of high culture and wealth throughout history attracting officials, scholars, wealthy merchants to its graceful greenery and waterways.  Now an emerging center of commerce … Continue reading

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Top 8010(!) Reasons to Visit Xi’an

Visiting China’s “Cradle of Civilization” The extraordinary display of 8000 Terra Cotta Warriors posed in formation to protect the first Chinese emperor in his afterlife is customarily the #1 reason tourists visit Xi’an. But the 200 BC life-size regiment is … Continue reading

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Celebrating This Year of China – US Tourism

Climbing the Great Wall for Friendship According to proclamations of both President Obama and Chinese President Xi, 2016 has been declared the China-US Tourism Year. In 2015 just over two million American tourists visited China, and by offering favorable visa … Continue reading

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Shanghai: Culture Layered With Modernity

The country’s most vibrant city breathes fire into China’s future by Sharon King Hoge | February 2016 Photo: The Bund © Chuyu | Dreamstime.com Returning from the 1997 ceremonies that handed Hong Kong over to become the intended commercial center … Continue reading

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Discover A Brilliant Way To Cross The River In Shanghai

by Sharon King Hoge | February 2016 Photo: © Sean Pavone | Dreamstime.com Bridges and ferries cross the Huangpu River between the two sides of Shanghai, but a more adventurous option is a ride through the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, particularly … Continue reading

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Break Away From Business To See The Sights In Guangzhou

Published in Global Traveler Photo: Guangzhou Opera House © Chengxin Xie | Dreamstime.com Despite its reputation as “strictly business,” Guangzhou provides some rare opportunities for sightseeing. Two modern monuments face each other across the Pearl River: the iconic “twist” of the … Continue reading

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Guangzhou Impresses With Elegant Business Venues

Published on Global Traveler Get to the heart of business matters by Sharon King Hoge | September 2015 Photo: Exhibitors at the Canton Fair 2014 © Pindiyath100 Guangzhou has focused on “strictly business” since the city’s early years as the … Continue reading

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Work Or Play, Visitors To Boao Enjoy The Picturesque Hainan Locale

Published in Global Traveler Photo: Boao beach © Sharon King Hoge The capital island of China’s smallest, southernmost province, Hainan has set its sights on becoming a “worldwide first-class island resort.” Dozens of major global resorts are located on its … Continue reading

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Escape To Hainan, China’s Tropical Vacation Destination

Published in Global Traveler Visions of Paradise Photo: Pools on the beach in Hainan © Aleksander Karpenko | Dreamstime.com China’s crowded, traffic-congested, chaotic cities call for a place to escape the stress and wear and tear, and the solution is … Continue reading

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Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou Review

Strolling through 12 acres of gardens, lounging beside the meandering outdoor swimming pool just steps from the lush riverbank, it is hard to believe you are in the midst of one of China’s most chaotic cities and walking distance from … Continue reading

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Hilton Guangzhou Tianhe Review

Published in Global Traveler Sprawled around the hub that is Guangzhou East Railroad Station, shopping malls are stocked with clothing, accessories, storefront restaurants and familiar brands: Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Subway. Facing a block-long fountain are a multistory IKEA outlet … Continue reading

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Visit Turpan in China’s “Death Valley” Sights to See in a Silk Road Oasis

Turpan locale One of China’s most interesting tourist destinations was for centuries an important supply stop on the Northern Silk Road. A green oasis in the middle of the desert, Turpan is located in a depression over 200 feet below … Continue reading

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‘Pioneer’ Excursion to China’s Grand Canyon — Be Among the First Westerners to Visit Enshi

More ancient than the hills, yet too new to be listed in China guidebooks, the breathtaking and mammoth Enshi Grand Canyon and nearby Soaring Dragon Cave are only beginning to emerge as major international tourist destinations. American travelers can be … Continue reading

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China’s Chengdu: 10 Reasons to Visit Sichuan’s Capital City

For tourists seeking to explore China beyond the Beijing/Shanghai basics, an excellent “starter city” is Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in the southwest. Once a silk brocade capital, it is pleasantly situated on the banks where the Jin and … Continue reading

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