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Rural China is incredibly beautiful

Rural China is incredibly beautiful China has some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the world, but it is the people that really draw me to the country. One of my favorite things to do is sit, watch, and photograph people in rural China going about their daily activities. It’s also a great way to make some friends along the way. 1 The small village of Xingping lies a few hours outside of Guilin and is home to many of the traditional cormorant fishermen of China – cormorant fishing uses trained birds to assist fishermen in their daily duties. Unfortunately, due to the increase in tourism, as well as modern fishing practices, cormorant fishing is not practiced…

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World’s largest airport is chinese

World’s largest airport is chinese If you’re always getting lost in big airports , or sprinting through long terminals to catch your flight, you’re sure to be out of breath when you visit the Daxing International Airport. Opening in 2019, and slated to be the largest airport in the world, China’s newest airport is designed to meet the country’s ever-growing travel needs, and become the new hub for China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines. Photo: Zaha Hahid Architects Travelers can expect a spacious, open interior filled with civic gardens and other sustainable elements. These include shading strategies, high performance glazing, and roof lights that will optimize the terminal’s energy performance. All of this is predicted to reduce overall…

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These freaky, 170-million-year-old giant salamanders are going extinct

These freaky, 170-million-year-old giant salamanders are going extinct Once a plentiful and thriving species in China’s freshwater rivers, it is now thought that there could only be a few giant salamanders left in the world. This is according to a massive wildlife survey conducted in China, as reported by the BBC. The animals, which have survived for over 170 million years without much change and are considered by many scientists to be a “living fossil,” are in rapid decline due to overconsumption as a food source; this ancient amphibian has actually become a delicacy in upscale Chinese restaurants in recent years. The salamander has been all but eradicated from its natural environment, despite it being illegal to hunt and…

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Jiuzhaigou National Park in China

Jiuzhaigou National Park in China When you think of visiting China, most people conjure pictures of The Great Wall or The Terracotta Army. And while those tourist hot spots are certainly worth seeking out, there are plenty of underrated places in China that also deserve a spot on your bucket list. One such place is Jiuzhaigou National Park, an unspoiled land with waterfalls, lakes, towering mountain views, grasslands and villages with immense natural beauty. This national park and nature preserve lies at the southern end of the Min Shan Mountains on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1992 and a national park since the early 1980s. Jiuzhaigou spans 72,000 hectares…

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China’s spring blossoms

China’s spring blossoms Even as Americans in the northern parts of the US brace for snow, spring has arrived in China, bringing with it one of the largest blossoming shows on the planet. For thousands of years, western China has been famous for its four flower seasons, each represented by a popular blossom. Spring is the season of the orchid, and the brightly-colored flower has been used in Chinese medicine for millennia. Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Visitors to China in the spring can also take in religiously significant magnolias and lilacs near Buddhist temples, imperial peonies outside the Forbidden City, cherry blossoms in…

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Couple were in photo before they met

Couple were in photo before they met Nothing makes a relationship feel like it was simply meant to be more than a sense of fate. That is what Mr. Ye got a heavy dose of while rummaging through a box of his wife’s photos from nearly two decades ago, one of which has him in the background. Back in July of 2000, Mr. Ye (only the couple’s surnames have been publicized) was part of a tour group that was visiting the city of Qingdao, in the Shandong Province. At the same time, Ms. Xue was touring the seaside city with her mother, who had recently undergone surgery and was in need of a vacation. As tourists in Qingdao are…

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5 InterContinental hotels and resorts for vegan luxury travel in Hong Kong and Vietnam

5 InterContinental hotels and resorts for vegan luxury travel in Hong Kong and Vietnam Having tried and tested these five InterContinental hotels and resorts for vegan luxury travel in Hong Kong and Vietnam, we are pleased to say that they all catered excellently for us as vegan guests. During our visits we enjoyed extensive vegan breakfasts, vegan canapes in Club InterContinental and vegan fine dining experiences in their signature The post 5 InterContinental hotels and resorts for vegan luxury travel in Hong Kong and Vietnam appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog. http://www.aluxurytravelblog.com/feed/A Luxury Travel BlogFor those who enjoy the finer things in life…Travel887Paul Eyers -geoquono- Tweet

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China park will give you vertigo

China park will give you vertigo For whatever reason, the Chinese tourism industry is determined to give visitors the exhilarating feeling that they might plummet to their deaths at any moment. This is certainly the case with the Wansheng Ordovician Theme Park, which is home to a gap bridge, swings, and a cantilevered glass bridge — each hovering hundreds of feet up in the air. Photo: Wansheng Ordovician Theme Park At 656 feet, the cantilevered glass bridge is the longest in the world. This gives visitors plenty of time to consider the 200-foot drop plainly visible beneath them. For safety reasons, only 30 people are allowed on the bridge at a time. Yet the glass bridge is nothing compared…

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China’s high-speed train

China’s high-speed train California is in the process of building a bullet train that will eventually run all the way from San Diego to Sacramento and San Francisco along about 1,300 km (800 miles) of track, with trains running at speeds exceeding 320 km (200 miles) per hour. The first phase of the plan will connect San Francisco to Los Angeles and Anaheim at an estimated cost of over $60 billion with expected completion in 2029. However, a recent increase of $2.8 billion to the budget for construction in the Central Valley has some (short-sighted) people questioning the future of the project. High-speed rail is the infrastructure that the United States needs to renew its ailing transportation system and…

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How to visit Chengdu Panda Base

How to visit Chengdu Panda Base Giant pandas are considered one of China’s national treasures. Native to south central China, these bears number less than 2,000 in the wild and, despite their few natural predators, continue to be classified as a vulnerable species. They continue to be at risk due to loss of habitat combined with the fact that they don’t reproduce quickly. A ‘normal’ reproductive rate is one offspring every two years, and female pandas are only fertile for 2-3 days a year. It’s no wonder so many early conservation efforts failed (for lack of species understanding). In China there are 40 official panda reserves (compared to just 13 in 1998) and conservation efforts are thought to be…

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