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Better Know a… Province (Hunan) Posted by on Apr 7, 2016

Hunanese food

After exploring Guizhou, we move a bit more inland to visit Hunan province (湖南省 – hú nán shěng): History The area now known as Hunan was long ago home to the ancestors of many ethnic minority groups such as the Miao, Dong, and Yao. In 350 BC, it was the southernmost part of the State…

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Better Know a… Province (Shanxi) Posted by on Jul 14, 2014

It’s been a while since our last post in this ongoing series that’s taking us around China one province at a time. Last time, we visited Shandong province – home of Confucius and Tsingtao beer. From there it only makes sense for us to head next to the province that is “West of the Mountains”…

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Hanging Monastery and Mt. Heng Video Tour Posted by on Jul 13, 2013

Take a video of the incredible Hanging Monastery and Mt. Heng, two famous sights in Datong, China. The monastery was built over 1,500 years ago in the side of a cliff, 75 meters above ground. Mt. Heng, meanwhile, is one of the Five Great Mountains in Chinese culture. 大同 – dà tóng Datong 悬空寺 –…

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Sightseeing in Datong Posted by on Apr 24, 2013

While Datong itself is an interesting city with a long history, the main reasons for traveling there lie outside of the city. Most tourists travel here to visit the Yungang Grottoes (云冈石窟 – yún gāng shí kū), one of the three major Buddhist sculptural sites in China. Way back in the day, the Northern Wei…

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