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Shaolin Monastery Posted by on Sep 22, 2016

In addition to the amazing Longmen Grottoes and the historic White Horse Temple, Henan province is also home to the Shaolin Monastery (少林寺 – shào lín sì). This ancient temple is a UNESCO site and is the cradle of Chinese Zen Buddhism. You may know it as the home of Shaolin kung fu (功夫 –…

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Luoyang Video Tour Posted by on Sep 13, 2016

If you’re interested in Chinese culture and history, you’ll want to explore Luoyang. One of China’s ancient capitals, this city is located in Henan province. Here you can visit the amazing Longmen Grottoes, as well as the White Horse Temple. Check out these two famous historical sites and a local night market in this short…

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Exploring the Ancient Capital of Luoyang Posted by on Sep 7, 2016

Everyone knows that Beijing is the current capital of China, but that hasn’t always been the case. Many different locations have served as the capital of the Middle Kingdom through the centuries. In addition to Beijing, three other cities make up the Four Ancient Capitals of China (中国四大古都 – zhōng guó sì dà gǔ dū)…

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Better Know a Province… Henan Posted by on Sep 1, 2016

We’re continuing on our long journey across China, one province at a time. Today, we head to the central part of the country to visit one of the most historical provinces – Henan (河南 – hé nán). Once home to ancient capitals and great dynasties, this province is rich in history and culture and is a…

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Top 10 China Experiences Posted by on Sep 17, 2015

In the 5+ years that I lived and worked in China, I was fortunate enough to have more incredible experiences than I can even count. Perhaps the fact that the 2008 Olympics kicked off on my first day in the country was a sign of epic things to come, as the years that followed were…

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Top 10 of 2012 Posted by on Dec 31, 2012

Tempus fugit (time flies in Latin) – one of the only things I remember from my language classes in high school. That ancient phrase still holds true today. This year has flown by; 2012 is just about finished. Despite all the hype around the Mayan calendar, we’re still here. Having spent a few weeks in…

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