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  • China travel tips: 8 things you need to know before you go

    China travel tips: 8 things you need to know before you go

    January 13th, 2017Simon Frank
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    Even 20 years ago China was not a conventional tourist destination. Despite the allure of its beautiful landscapes and history-filled cities, politics, poverty, and poor infrastructure kept foreigners at bay. Today, more people visit China than ever, welcomed in by the profound changes that have swept the revitalized nation over the past decades. Here are... Read more »

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  • The roof of the world: a first-timer’s guide to Tibet

    The roof of the world: a first-timer’s guide to Tibet

    November 10th, 2016Stuart Butler
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    The ‘roof of the world’ has exerted a magnetic pull over travellers and adventurers for centuries. This vast, high altitude desert has spawned myths and legends since the dawn of time. Its mountains are home to the Hindu Gods, the scenery is awe-inspiring, its Buddhist monasteries are filled with art and treasure and the religious... Read more »

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  • Video: 10 Taiwanese street foods you need to try

    Video: 10 Taiwanese street foods you need to try

    October 24th, 2016Colt St. George
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    Street food in Taiwan has a charm that restaurants just can’t match. There’s a distinct pleasure to be found in wandering through the labyrinthine stalls glowing with colourful signage; watching your food made to order; inhaling the changing aromas at each stage of preparation – it’s as if the sights, sounds and spirit of the island become yet another ingredient... Read more »

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  • Beyond the Jade Dragon mountain: stunning pictures of Yunnan, China

    Beyond the Jade Dragon mountain: stunning pictures of Yunnan, China

    October 18th, 2016David Abram
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    After a few weeks exploring the region, Rough Guides travel writer and photographer David Abram shares some of his favourite images of Yunnan Province, China.  Little more than a decade ago, the province of Yunnan in southwest China was one of those infrequently visited parts of Asia anyone who had been there spoke about in... Read more »

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  • Travel writing competition 2016: the winner!

    Travel writing competition 2016: the winner!

    June 1st, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    After more than 800 entries and weeks of deliberation, we are pleased to announce that Olivia Toye is the winner of the Rough Guides and GapYear.com travel writing competition. Congratulations Olivia! The judges were particularly impressed with her skilful storytelling, carrying the reader through her piece with detailed observations alongside depictions of the region’s majestic landscapes.  You can read her full entry... Read more »

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  • These six European-style towns are actually in Shanghai

    These six European-style towns are actually in Shanghai

    May 31st, 2016Joseph O'Neill
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    Wherever you go in downtown Shanghai, you’ll be struck by international influence both past and present. From the leafy avenues of the former French Concession to the modern malls on Nanjing West Road, this is a city that grew up with globalisation. For a different – and less crowded – take on cosmopolitanism, head to... Read more »

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  • Photos: China’s record-breaking glass bridge is nearly complete

    Photos: China’s record-breaking glass bridge is nearly complete

    May 26th, 2016Lottie Gross
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    In another update on China‘s record-breaking bridge over the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon – which we’re promised is “almost finished” – new photographs have emerged of the near-complete construction. But they don’t exactly inspire confidence in any prospective visitors… This enormous feat in engineering will be the world’s longest glass-bottom bridge at 430m-long, and the highest of its kind, sitting... Read more »

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  • 21 beautiful pictures of China to get your wanderlust going

    21 beautiful pictures of China to get your wanderlust going

    May 11th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Vast, densely populated and brilliantly diverse, China is undoubtedly beguiling. With a population of over 1.3 billion people, it can feel as if the whole world is crammed into its busy cities. Yet there are mountains and plains so empty you’d think you were the only person on Earth. We’ve chosen 21 pictures of China by... Read more »

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  • Chinese restaurant etiquette: a step-by-step guide

    Chinese restaurant etiquette: a step-by-step guide

    April 28th, 2016Thomas O'Malley
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    You’ve heard the one about not sticking your chopsticks straight up in rice, right? (It resembles funerary incense sticks). Honestly? Don’t fret. Because let’s face it; you’ve got bigger problems than antiquated cultural faux-pas. Like how to actually order and eat a table-full of delicious Chinese food in a regular, everyday, non-touristy Chinese restaurant –... Read more »

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  • 19 pictures of Hong Kong that’ll have you reaching for your camera

    19 pictures of Hong Kong that’ll have you reaching for your camera

    December 4th, 2015Lottie Gross
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    Named one of the most photogenic destinations by Rough Guides photographer Tim Draper, Hong Kong in undeniably striking. Whether it’s the brilliant skyline lit up at night, the colourful street scenes or even the surrounding countryside, there’s a picture to be taken at every turn. Here are 19 gorgeous Hong Kong pictures from Picfair‘s best photographers... Read more »

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  • The world’s most terrifying glass-floored bridge opens in China

    The world’s most terrifying glass-floored bridge opens in China

    September 29th, 2015Colt St. George
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    The world’s longest glass-bottomed walkway opened in China‘s Hunan province last week, after the old wooden panels of the Haohan Qiao suspension bridge were replaced with transparent glass frames. Towering 180 meters over a scenic canyon in Shiniuzhai Geopark, the structure is billed as a walk for thrill-seekers and nature buffs alike. But is it safe? Though the... Read more »

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  • Disappearing cultures: 20 years of photography from China

    Disappearing cultures: 20 years of photography from China

    August 27th, 2015Greg Dickinson
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    One of the world’s leading photographers on disappearing cultural practices, Jo Farrell has spent the past ten years documenting the last known women in China with bound feet. Rough Guides travel editor Greg Dickinson caught up with Jo to discuss her archive of experiences travelling around China with a camera. When did your fascination with China... Read more »

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