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Where to Watch the Sunrise in Shanghai

Shanghai, the largest city in China, is a modern metropolis with a rich history and diverse culture. With its towering skyscrapers, bustling streets, and vibrant energy, it’s a city that never sleeps. However, one of the best ways to start the day in Shanghai is to witness the sunrise. Watching

Attractions to Explore at Hengdian World Studios for Two Days

These are the attractions to explore at Hengdian World Studios in the Zhejiang province of China. It is a must-see destination for any film or history enthusiast. With its sprawling grounds and numerous sets, it is known as the “Hollywood of China” and has been the filming location for numerous

Hengdian World Studios – The Hollywood of China

Hengdian World Studios is in the Dongyang district of Zhejiang province in eastern China. It is the world’s largest film and television production facility. Spread across more than 4 square kilometers, the studio features a wide range of sets and locations, including replicas of ancient Chinese palaces, temples, and streetscapes

Ancient Zhuge Village in the Evening

Zhuge Village is an ancient Chinese settlement in China’s Zhejiang Province. Unlike other remaining ancient villages in China, Zhuge stands out differently from the rest. It is one of the two ancient villages in China whose layout is based on the Yin and Yang emblem. Thus, the locals call it

Morning at Zhuge Bagua Village in Zhejiang

Zhuge Bagua is an ancient village in Zhejiang Province in the eastern part of China. It has a history that dates back to the Qing and Ming Dynasties. The locals call it “Zhugecun.” History has it that the village’s name comes from the last name Zhuge which was widespread in

An Ancient Water Town Called Xitang – A Morning Stroll

There is an ancient water town called Xitang, half an hour by train from Shanghai. This water village became famous when Tom Cruise shot Mission Impossible III here. It would be wise to watch the movie first to make your strolling exciting. I haven’t watched it yet, to be honest.

Xitang at Night is Absolutely the Movie in Your Mind

Xitang at night is absolutely the movie in your mind. It’s the one you always see in Chinese soap operas, classic telenovelas, and films. On the night I arrived there, I wasted no time. I hurriedly checked into my hotel room, changed my t-shirt, and off I went to the

To Xitang – Where Mission Impossible 3 Was Shot

Xitang is an ancient water town where Mission Impossible 3 (Tom Cruise) was shot. I really didn’t know about it until a friend recommended this water village. And indeed, it never disappointed me. I love it there – and since I went there during off-peak season, the crowd was just

The Yunyansi Pagoda on Tiger Hill is China’s Leaning Tower

The Yunyansi Pagoda on Tiger Hill in Suzhou is China’s answer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Well, you won’t really notice it if you’re not standing on the right side below the tower. I went there with no idea that this was a leaning pagoda. I gradually noticed it

Door Handles in Chinese Doors – Guardians of the House

These door handles in Chinese doors are the guardians of the house. Three weeks ago, I traveled to Suzhou. Every time I saw a door handle, I couldn’t help but take photos of them. They fascinate me. The locals and other tourists who had seen me looking at the details

Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower is a Photographic Jewel

The Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower was once the tallest building in China – from 1994 to 2007. Then, it was later eclipsed by the modern Shanghai World Financial Center.  Today, the tower is the 5th tallest in the world. A friend of mine once told me that his Shanghainese friend

Shanghaied by The Bund at Night

I guarantee that you will be shanghaied by The Bund at night. The city’s skyline views after sunset are breathtaking. You do not need to join a night tour – just go there by yourself and enjoy it. Don’t worry much about security. The Bund promenade has police officers on

Shantang Street in Suzhou – Your Window to Wu Culture

Shantang Street in Suzhou is your go-to for something that resembles ancient China. The courtyard houses there will definitely give you a glimpse of what life was like eons ago. The street is your “Window to Wu Culture,” they (tour guides) say.  If you are into Chinese architecture, you might find

This Precious Belt Bridge in Suzhou Has 53 Arches

This Precious Belt Bridge in Suzhou has 53 arches. By the look of it, this bridge has weathered time in ancient Chinese history. It is stone bridge that dates back to mid-Tang Dynasty era in Chinese history. However, due to several reconstructions, the bridge you see today goes back to
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