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Kunming Bamboo Temple Posted by on May 8, 2017

Kunming is home to many temples, some in the city and some a bit further afield. One of the better temples to visit on a day trip outside of the city is the Bamboo Temple (筇竹寺 – qióng zhú sì). This ancient Buddhist temple has a fascinating story behind it and is a beautiful place…

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Temple Hopping in Kunming Posted by on May 3, 2017

Temple Hopping in Kunming

There’s lots to do in the Spring City of Kunming, from walking around the Green Lake, to perusing the Bird & Flower Market, to enjoying the city’s awesome nightlife. Getting out of the city a bit, you’ve also got plenty of great options for day trips. We’ve already covered the Western Hills and the Botanical Gardens…

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The Western Hills of Kunming Posted by on Feb 20, 2017

While it’s definitely a big city, Kunming (昆明 – kūn míng) has plenty of options for outdoor activities a short trip away. With mountains, lakes, gardens, and temples in every direction, you’re spoiled for choices here. We’re going to take a closer look at some of the best day-trips available from the Spring City (春城…

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Shandong Adventure – Mt. Tai and Qufu Posted by on Jul 7, 2016

While it’s not exactly one of the most famous places in China, Shandong province has a lot to offer visitors. This coastal province located on the Yellow Sea is home to one of the nation’s four great culinary traditions (Lu), its most famous beer (Tsingtao), its most sacred mountain (Mt. Tai), and even Confucius himself. Take…

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Qianling Park, Guiyang Posted by on Oct 27, 2015

Just outside of the city center in Guiyang is Qianling Park, a place where locals come to hang out, chat, or walk up to the Hongfu Temple. Walk all the way to the top and enjoy the views of the city below, where you’ll clearly see the rush to modernization that’s going on across the…

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Jianshui Confucius Temple Posted by on Aug 12, 2015

Tour the 3rd largest Confucius Temple in China – located in the ancient town of Jianshui – in this short video.

Chengde (承德) – Summer Mountain Resort (避暑山庄) Posted by on Jul 21, 2012

The highlight of Chengde is without a doubt the Summer Mountain Resort. This massive complex features four main areas: the palace, the lake, the plains, and the mountains. Built during the Qing Dynasty, it served as a summer retreat for the Emperor and his family, who would escape the brutal heat of Beijing to hunt…

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