6 Things You Need to Know About Chinese New Year 2018

Year of Dog (2018)

With Chinese New Year on 16th February, all of us in the office are getting really excited. Each year in the Chinese Zodiac is associated with an animal. This year will be the year of the Dog. It is traditionally celebrated for 16 days, from the Chinese New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival, which is on 2nd March this year. In China, celebration, custom and traditions are very different.

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Tea Horse Road - Dali

My journey on the Tea Horse Road (Yunnan branch) part 1

We spent eight days in Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Zhongdian (Shangri-la) exploring part of the Tea Horse Road in Yunnan. The Tea Horse Road is an ancient trading route starting in Yunnan province in the southwest of China, through the mountains to Lhasa in Tibet and beyond. In ancient times, traders trekked by foot and on horseback and took the coveted pu-er tea of Yunnan into Tibet to exchange for hardy, short-legged ponies and war horses, needed for their armies to protect its northern frontier and their trading caravans.

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Li River, Guilin

Top 5 things to do in Guilin

Combine the Guilin scenery with spending time on a Li River Cruise, watch how the local fishermen use cormorants to help them, and visit the famous Longji rice terrace. There is a saying to describe the beauty of Guilin “Gulin scenery is the best in it’s world – 桂林山水甲天下”

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Top 5 places to visit in China during September

September is one of the best months to visit China. The intense summer heat begins to lessen marking the beginning of the autumn season. September is when you see many different colours, some plants turning red, and some turning yellow. It is also the time when school summer holidays end and the popular tourist destinations become less crowded with local visitors.

Here are top 5 places to visit in September in China.

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Where to see Giant Pandas in China?

The Giant Pandas have long been loved by people around the world, and are known to be China’s national treasure and an endangered species. They are used as the logo of the Word Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) which works on wilderness preservation and is the largest conservation organisation in the world. The success in Giant Panda conservation in China has caused the reclassification in 2016 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from “endangered” species to “vulnerable” species.

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