Gion Hararyokaku: Historic Kyoto Shichimi Spice Shop
Gion Hararyokaku is a shinise (historic store or restaurant) is located in Gion (a ward of Kyoto, Japan), just down the street from the gate of Yasaka Shrine on (the north side of Shijo where it crosses Hanami Koji Street). This highly regarded shinise is well-known for its high quality traditional Japanese spices... 
Beijing: Forbidden Cities, Great Walls and Skewered Sea Horses
The Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall With a history of more than 3,000 years, and being the capital for about 850 years, Beijing is an integral part of China infused with history. One of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, it was the seat of the Ming and Qing dynasty emperors until... 
Climbing the Great Wall: Badaling Bada Boom
Of all their many enduring and  archetypal  rites of passage, none is more important or regarded than the Chinese belief in ”bú dà Chángchéng fĕi hăo hàn” — which means, essentially, you are not a real man until you have climbed the Great Wall.  We’re not sure about all the technicalities;... 
Xi'an: The Eternal City
The Terracotta Warriors are a collection of sculptures depicting the armies of Shi Huangdi, the First Emperor of China. Xi’an, the eternal city, records the great changes of the Chinese nation just like a living history book. Called Chang’an in ancient times, Xi’an is one of the birthplaces of... 
Hangzhuo: Touring the Ten Scenes
Famed for its natural scenery, Hangzhou and its West Lake have been immortalized by countless poets and artists. The city was the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty from 1127 until the Mongol invasion of 1276. During that time the city’s population is estimated to have been as high as one million, making... 
Shanghai: Scott Plays Exceptional Host
Standing on the promenade of the Bund, a once-chaotic river wharf at the very center of this city, you can’t help but think that if the name of the game is erecting the most impressive skyline, then the game in Shanghai has been won.   The horizon towers for 360 degrees. Neon streaks in blue, red, orange,... 
Shanghai: World Expo 2010
World Expositions are galleries of human inspirations and thoughts. Since 1851 when the Great Exhibition of Industries of All Nations was held in London, the World Expositions have attained increasing prominence as grand events for economic, scientific, technological and cultural exchanges, serving as an important... 
Suzhou: The Cradle of Wu Culture
In the lower reaches of the Yangtze and on the shores of Lake Taihu lies the 2,500-year-old city of Suzhou, the cradle of Wu culture. The name “Wu” often applied to refer to Suzhou, derived from the local tribes who named themselves “Gou Wu” in the late Shang Dynasty about 11th century... 
Yongshuo: A Chinese Mountain Retreat
There is an old Chinese saying: “Guilin’s scenery is the most beautiful in the world. Yangshuo’s scenery is far more superior to that of Guilin’s”. The natural scenery of Yangshuo is beautiful like none other. The clean and clear Li River winds through the countryside. On both sides... 
Li River: Guilin to Yangshuo Down the Green Silk Ribbon
The Li River is the main river system of Northeast Guangxi. Originating from Maoer Shan (Cat Mountain) in Xing’an county, north of Guilin, the Li River winds its way south for about 437 km (272 miles), passing through Guilin, Yangshuo, Pingle and Zhaoping, and finally meets the Xi (West) River at Wuzhou. The... 
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