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Harbin: The Snow Festival
Harbin: The Snow Festival

by: Margaux Schreurs   - Dec 29, 2015

Part I Harbin in winter is just one of those places that everyone wants to go to. ...

App for China Expats Launched in Beijing
App for China Expats Launched in Beijing

by: Panda Guides   - Nov 23, 2015

Beijing, Nov. 22: Panda Guides, an expat service providing company, officially launched its App targeting 5 million China-based expats, on Nov. ...

Trip to Chengyang
Trip to Chengyang

by: Mitch Blatt   - Nov 6, 2015

On the ride into Chengyang, this spring the minibus bounced over rocks and bumps. ...

China’s 10 Airports Win Top Positions in World's Best Airports 2015
China’s 10 Airports Win Top Positions in World's Best Airports 2015

by: Muhammad Arif   - Oct 30, 2015

China’s 10 airports have won top positions in the World’s 100 Best Airports for 2015. ...

Cycling & Climbing The Great Wall
Cycling & Climbing The Great Wall

by: Panda Guides   - Oct 28, 2015

Perfect Day Trip! Experience nature at its best! ...

I had no idea... Leshan, Emei Shan and the Wood Museum
I had no idea... Leshan, Emei Shan and the Wood Museum

by: Dave Lambert   - Oct 22, 2015

Emei Shan In China some of the things you see on the way to or from the main attraction can be as amazing as the famous sight you came to visit. ...

Adventures in Terracotta
Adventures in Terracotta

by: Joe O'Neill   - Oct 15, 2015

In 1974, a group of farmers digging a well struck not water, but history; they dug directly onto the site of the terracotta warriors. ...

Traveling Back  in Time: Xi’an
Traveling Back in Time: Xi’an

by: Margaux Schreurs   - Oct 12, 2015

Xi’an is a wonderful city full of history and culture as it used to be China’s capital city, and also is not too far from Beijing. ...

How to Create a WeChat Group
How to Create a WeChat Group

by: Grant Dou   - Sep 14, 2015

Step 1: Here is my phone screen (sorry my phone screen is full with all the groups because I made them “Sticky on Top”). ...

Join Groups for Foreigners in China
Join Groups for Foreigners in China

by: Admin   - Aug 31, 2015

Panda Guides released several WeChat groups for foreigners in China. ...

Chengdu: All about Giant Pandas and Sichuanese Food
Chengdu: All about Giant Pandas and Sichuanese Food

by: Margaux Schreurs   - Aug 26, 2015

Chengdu is one of my favorite holiday destinations in China, partially because of its incredible history and diverse culture, but mostly because ...

 A University trip to Anhui Province
A University trip to Anhui Province

by: Karipanova Assem   - Aug 21, 2015

China is a country with a booming economy. ...

Xiamen - Excursing the Seascape.
Xiamen - Excursing the Seascape.

by: Dave Lambert   - Aug 17, 2015

From Gulangyu I have heard good things about Xiamen (厦门). ...

Zhenjiang - a Happy City
Zhenjiang - a Happy City

by: Khaleel Obieda   - Aug 7, 2015

Zhenjiang City lies on the south bank of the lower Yangtze River, and in the southwest of Jiangsu Province. ...

Xining: A Snowball Fight at Kumbum Monastery
Xining: A Snowball Fight at Kumbum Monastery

by: Margaux Schreurs   - Aug 5, 2015

While visiting Xining (Xīníng; 西宁), my first day was spent at Youning Temple (Yòuníng Sì; 佑宁寺), about two hours away from the city. ...

Qingdao – My first love…
Qingdao – My first love…

by: Karipanova Assem   - Jul 29, 2015

Qingdao (in Chinese 青岛; formerly Tsingtao) is a city in eastern Shandong Province on the east coast of China and looking out to the Yellow Sea. ...

The Great Wall: Beat the Crowds at Mutianyu
The Great Wall: Beat the Crowds at Mutianyu

by: Joe O'Neill   - Jul 24, 2015

We visited the Great Wall on a weekend. ...

Trip to Suzhou
Trip to Suzhou

by: Thomas Martin   - Jul 23, 2015

On this trip I decided it was time for a little more culture. ...

Harbin: Day 1
Harbin: Day 1

by: Thomas Martin   - Jul 20, 2015

After spending a few weeks in Beijing on a language intensive course for my university, my class hopped on a train and after seven painfully ...

Speaking Xuzhounese
Speaking Xuzhounese

by: Joe O'Neill   - Jul 15, 2015

‘If you speak English here, maybe 2 in 100 people will understand,’ a young worker in a Xuzhou noodle shop told me. ...

Travel to Yangshuo
Travel to Yangshuo

by: Thomas Martin   - Jul 10, 2015

Yangshuo (阳朔) is a county just outside of Guilin City in the Northeastern-most part of Guangxi. ...

Exploring the Longmen Grottoes and White Horse Temple
Exploring the Longmen Grottoes and White Horse Temple

by: Margaux Schreurs   - Jul 9, 2015

After our day at Shaolin Temple and a pretty crazy night hanging out with the other guests at the hostel, most of whom were also traveling to ...

Exploring Shaolin Temple and China’s Kung Fu Tradition and History
Exploring Shaolin Temple and China’s Kung Fu Tradition and History

by: Margaux Schreurs   - Jul 7, 2015

One weekend in November, a group of my classmates at the time decided that we should go away for a long weekend from Beijing. ...

Anti-British War Travel Destinations for the Fourth of July
Anti-British War Travel Destinations for the Fourth of July

by: Mitch Blatt   - Jul 6, 2015

My first year in China I was the only American in a subleased apartment with eight Chinese people when the Fourth of July came around. ...

La Mian
La Mian

by: Dave Lambert   - Jul 1, 2015

Pulling Noodles It has a kind of French ring to it, but it's a Chinese institution that's not well known outside China, although variants can ...

In Memory of Robert Linnet
In Memory of Robert Linnet
  - Jun 30, 2015

Robert Booth Linnet 7/24/1984 - 6/26/2015 The Panda Guides team is very sad to announce that co-founder and former CEO Robert Linnet passed away ...

Kashgar: On the Edge of China
Kashgar: On the Edge of China

by: Margaux Schreurs   - Jun 26, 2015

This trip was the furthest west I’ve ever been in China, and it was absolutely my favorite stop on the Silk Road. ...

Yulin 2015 Dog Festival Recap
Yulin 2015 Dog Festival Recap

by: Joseph Nicolai   - Jun 24, 2015

The yearly Yulin dog & cat meat festival, held in China’s Guangxi province, has occurred once again. ...

Qinghai’s Youning Temple: Getting Out of Xining City
Qinghai’s Youning Temple: Getting Out of Xining City

by: Margaux Schreurs   - Jun 23, 2015

Although not located right in the center of Xining (西宁) city, I was really intrigued by what I read online about Youning Temple (Yòuníng Sì; ...

Experiencing the Gobi Desert and the Start of the Silk Road in Dunhuang
Experiencing the Gobi Desert and the Start of the Silk Road in Dunhuang

by: Margaux Schreurs   - Jun 26, 2015

One of my favorite trips through China was that along China’s ancient Silk Road. ...

Zhangjiajie
Zhangjiajie

by: Margaux Schreurs   - Jun 21, 2015

Zhangjiajie in China’s Hunan Province is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, without a doubt. ...

Where are all the other Waiguoren in Chongqing?
Where are all the other Waiguoren in Chongqing?

by: Clementine Smith   - Jun 19, 2015

In Chongqing the first day we intended to just go to the Yangtze River and try and take a boat around there and then visit an older part of town ...

Tracing Time Across Zhenjiang
Tracing Time Across Zhenjiang

by: Joe O'Neill   - Jun 12, 2015

Pearl S. Buck wrote The Good Earth, but now her house stands among piles of rubble. ...

The Beijing Hub of Tour Dispatch Tour aka The Great Wall
The Beijing Hub of Tour Dispatch Tour aka The Great Wall

by: Bill Aitchison   - Jun 4, 2015

Yes it is a bit of mouthful, more than a little Chinglish, and otherwise known as the Ming Temple Tombs and Great Wall Tour, the C Tour or The ...

Shanghai, a City that Caters to all Tastes
Shanghai, a City that Caters to all Tastes

by: Sava Hassan   - Jun 1, 2015

Shanghai Bund Area Shanghai Pearl Tower Shanghai Yu Garden Shanghai Pudong Area Being an avid traveler, I had the opportunity to visit most ...

Return to Scenic Suzhou
Return to Scenic Suzhou

by: Joe O'Neill   - May 28, 2015

Residential houses face cafes over Shantang River When I first visited Suzhou I was new to mainland China. ...

Guilin, a Piece of Heaven on Earth
Guilin, a Piece of Heaven on Earth

by: Sava Hassan   - May 26, 2015

After residing in China for the past twelve years, I had the opportunity to explore the exotic city of Guilin. ...

The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Tour: altitude tourism in South West China
The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Tour: altitude tourism in South West China

by: Bill Aitchison   - May 22, 2015

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (玉龙雪山) is located near Lijiang in Yunnan, South West China. ...

A Taste of China’s New Cuisine: Private Dining at Beijing’s 食之陆柒 (Shi Zhi Liu Qi)
A Taste of China’s New Cuisine: Private Dining at Beijing’s 食之陆柒 (Shi Zhi Liu Qi)

by: Joseph Nicolai   - May 18, 2015

One of the traits of a Panda is that they are voracious eaters that have very stringent sense of what is tasty and what is not. ...

The Time To Get Lost Audio Tour: Drifting Round Wangfujing
The Time To Get Lost Audio Tour: Drifting Round Wangfujing

by: Bill Aitchison   - May 13, 2015

The Time to Get Lost audio tour is an artist's project by Jennie Savage. ...

Yangzhou? You mean, Yangzhou fried rice?
Yangzhou? You mean, Yangzhou fried rice?

by: Joseph Nicolai   - May 12, 2015

A few days before leaving, I told some friends that I was gearing up for a three day trip from Beijing to Yangzhou. Yangzhou? ...

The Who, Where, What and the W Hotel
The Who, Where, What and the W Hotel

by: Owen Daniel   - May 7, 2015

Panda Guides talks exclusively to W Hotel’s Director of Sales & Marketing, Stephanie Choi, about life in Asia’s tourism industry, life as a ...

Mayday! Mayday! Tour Guide goes Ballistic on May 1st Yunnan tour
Mayday! Mayday! Tour Guide goes Ballistic on May 1st Yunnan tour

by: Joseph Nicolai   - May 5, 2015

There are many ways to get to Xishuangbanna, the serene city located in China’s Yunnan province. ...

Stepping Into Yunnan History in the Village of Yunnanyi
Stepping Into Yunnan History in the Village of Yunnanyi

by: Gaetan Reuse   - May 4, 2015

On the bus between Kunming and Dali, all travelers drive by a service area named after the nearby village of Yunnanyi (云南驿), located just a few ...

Five Days in Hong Kong
Five Days in Hong Kong

by: Mitch Blatt   - Apr 30, 2015

It had been two and a half months since I landed in Shanghai. ...

A Short Guide to Chengyang
A Short Guide to Chengyang

by: Gaetan Reuse   - Apr 29, 2015

If you plan on hiking the Dragon Backbone Rice Terraces of Longji (Lóngjǐ Tītián; 龙脊梯田) after your visit of the Li River landscape of Guilin / ...

The Sanlitun Tour: a conceptual tour of Beijing's tours
The Sanlitun Tour: a conceptual tour of Beijing's tours

by: Bill Aitchison   - Apr 28, 2015

This blocking of the blog from within China is why there have been fewer postings of late and that is a pity as there has been plenty to write ...

The Scooter Tour of Beijing's Hutongs: just passing through
The Scooter Tour of Beijing's Hutongs: just passing through

by: Bill Aitchison   - Apr 28, 2015

This scooter tour, given by Beijing Sideways, takes in Beijing's traditional low-rise neighborhoods, or hutongs, that mostly remain in the centre ...

Expat in Critical Condition After Crash
Expat in Critical Condition After Crash

by: Joseph Nicolai   - Apr 28, 2015

A few days ago, on April 24th 2015, an American teacher had a car crash. ...

Way Losing in Beijing
Way Losing in Beijing

by: Bill Aitchison   - Apr 22, 2015

I will be making a Way Losing Tour for Still Walking Festival in Birmingham on 2nd August and in preparation of getting lost in Birmingham I took ...

Yau Ma Tei, a Cultural Side to Hong Kong
Yau Ma Tei, a Cultural Side to Hong Kong

by: Gaetan Reuse   - Apr 21, 2015

First-timers traveling through the former British colony start by admiring the skyline from Victoria Peak, head over to Lantau to see the giant ...

Tianning Pagoda - The World's Tallest Wooden Building
Tianning Pagoda - The World's Tallest Wooden Building

by: Dave Lambert   - Apr 20, 2015

I currently live in Yangzhou (扬州), Jiangsu Province, just north of the Yangtze River, across from Zhenjiang (镇江) and about three and half hours ...

The Beijing World Park Tour
The Beijing World Park Tour

by: Bill Aitchison   - Apr 17, 2015

Beijing World Park (Běijīng Shìjiè Gōngyuán; 北京世界公园) is one of a number of Asian theme parks that attempt to represent the world to the visitor. ...

Interviewing a Beijing Tour Guide: Meeting Julia
Interviewing a Beijing Tour Guide: Meeting Julia

by: Joseph Nicolai   - Apr 15, 2015

While it was a busy day at the Panda Offices we took the time out to meet with one of the capital’s most interesting tour guides. ...

Walking the Plank: Tianmen Shan, Zhangjiajie, Hunan
Walking the Plank: Tianmen Shan, Zhangjiajie, Hunan

by: Dave Lambert   - Apr 14, 2015

I visited Zhangjiajie (张家界) in Hunan Province during a winter holiday in 2012 but fog & low visibility gave only tantalising glimpses of the ...

A Glimpse of Fenghuang
A Glimpse of Fenghuang

by: Dave Lambert   - Apr 13, 2015

A still night in Fenghuang I met Mr. ...

Camping the Great Wall
Camping the Great Wall

by: Ellen Barth   - Apr 2, 2015

Photo by Jonathan Corbet / CC Chairman Mao once said, “He who has not visited the Great Wall is not a real man! ...

Finding Buddha in Putuo Shan
Finding Buddha in Putuo Shan

by: Mitch Blatt   - Apr 2, 2015

The 20-meter tall Guanyin of the South Sea, located at the south of the island, reaches a full height of 33 meters including the base. ...

The Lijiang Tour
The Lijiang Tour

by: Bill Aitchison   - Mar 21, 2015

This is a necessarily incomplete account of the other tour I undertook in Lijiang for COART festival. ...

Jazz in China and Where to Find It
Jazz in China and Where to Find It

by: Ellen Barth   - Mar 21, 2015

Like Marmite, people tend to love it or hate it. ...

Xijiang, China’s World’s Largest Miao Village
Xijiang, China’s World’s Largest Miao Village

by: Gaetan Reuse   - Mar 15, 2015

The impoverished province of Guizhou is known for its ethnic minorities, particularly the Miao people (苗族) which are found in the south-eastern ...

Day Trip to Zhoukoudian Peking Man Site
Day Trip to Zhoukoudian Peking Man Site

by: Erin Strong   - Mar 15, 2015

As a result of my amazingly lax work timetable (sixteen hours a week spread across three days, thanks China) I have been attempting to thoroughly ...

The Private Tour of Qianmen: The New Old Beijing
The Private Tour of Qianmen: The New Old Beijing

by: Bill Aitchison   - Mar 12, 2015

Qianmen (前门) is a bustling historic district in central Beijing a stone's throw from Tian’anmen Square. ...

A Short Guide to Tengchong
A Short Guide to Tengchong

by: Gaetan Reuse   - Mar 12, 2015

Tengchong is a small town of western Yunnan province. ...

Monkeys, Clouds, and Buddhism: A Journey Up Mount Emei
Monkeys, Clouds, and Buddhism: A Journey Up Mount Emei

by: Mitch Blatt   - Mar 12, 2015

Emei Shan is the tallest of China’s Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains. There are more than two dozen temples on the mountain. ...

The Pingyao Tour
The Pingyao Tour

by: Bill Aitchison   - Mar 11, 2015

You might be forgiven for reading the title and asking Ping-what or Ping-where? ...

The Land of Coal and Cabbage
The Land of Coal and Cabbage

by: Ellen Barth   - Mar 11, 2015

Yúlín (榆林) in Shaanxi Province (Shǎnxī Shěng; 陕西省) is a city propped up by two main goods: coal and cabbage. ...

Beijing's Plastered 8
Beijing's Plastered 8

by: Joseph Nicolai   - Mar 10, 2015

Panda Guides gets a chance to interview Plastered 8's founder & creative director Dominic Johnson-Hill at their NLGX location. ...

The Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression Tour
The Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression Tour

by: Bill Aitchison   - Mar 9, 2015

Beijing has its tourist sights and I've seen most of them one way or another. ...

The Yulin Dog and Cat Meat Festival
The Yulin Dog and Cat Meat Festival

by: #StopYulin2015   - Mar 9, 2015

So this was one's not for the faint-hearted. ...

Tour de Taiwan
Tour de Taiwan

by: Trey Archer   - Mar 6, 2015

You don’t have to be Lance Armstrong for this one (or use performance enhancing aids) – anyone can cycle Taiwan, from the beginner to the expert. ...

Sanlitun Huatong International Youth Hostel
Sanlitun Huatong International Youth Hostel

by: Joseph Nicolai   - Mar 5, 2015

On a beautiful Beijing blue-skied Tuesday morning we checked in to one of the biggest hostels in the area - the Sanlitun Huatong International ...

Weekend Trip to Chengdu
Weekend Trip to Chengdu

by: Michelle Clinton   - Mar 3, 2015

The last time I was in China I made a friend named Tammy. She took us to a break dancing competition that was a lot of fun to watch. ...

Packing for China: Did you bring your VPN?
Packing for China: Did you bring your VPN?

by: Joseph Nicolai   - Feb 26, 2015

If you ever wondered why your favorite social media was not accessible within Mainland China it is because there are strict internet controls ...

Shanghai Korea Town: A Touch of Seoul
Shanghai Korea Town: A Touch of Seoul

by: Mitch Blatt   - Feb 26, 2015

If they don’t have a flight at the Hongqiao Airport, few travelers to Shanghai ever think about going to the Hongqiao area one hour from downtown ...

A Trek to Lingshan Temple
A Trek to Lingshan Temple

by: Dave Lambert   - Feb 26, 2015

It starts with a casual conversation with a very good Chinese friend in Jiangsu, in eastern China. ...

Prince William Prepares for China Visit
Prince William Prepares for China Visit

by: Owen Daniel   - Feb 25, 2015

We are just days away from a history-making visit by Britain’s king-in-waiting. ...

Shanghai's Best Temple Fairs 2015
Shanghai's Best Temple Fairs 2015

by: Joseph Nicolai   - Feb 17, 2015

Chinese New Year is a great celebration in Shanghai. ...

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong
Celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

by: Owen Daniel   - Feb 17, 2015

Hong Kong loves to party on any normal night of the year but Chinese New Year is far from normal. ...

Dizzying Heights of Shanghai
Dizzying Heights of Shanghai

by: James Thomas   - Feb 17, 2015

We take a look around some of Shanghai’s most inpsiring and influential buildings, from Greek Neoclassic designs to modern-day sky scrappers and ...

China & UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites: Looking Past & Looking Forward
China & UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites: Looking Past & Looking Forward

by: Joseph Nicolai   - Feb 17, 2015

UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage Centre brings the best in world heritage under one organization. ...

Chugging Along in Chongqing
Chugging Along in Chongqing

by: James Thomas   - Feb 17, 2015

During the last four years, I’ve clocked up some serious mileage throughout China including visiting Chengdu twice already – seeing the giant ...

Beijing’s Best Spring Festival Fairs
Beijing’s Best Spring Festival Fairs

by: Owen Daniel   - Feb 17, 2015

Thought to have been around since the days of Qing dynasty (circa mid-17th century), miaohui (literally meaning temple fair - 庙会in Chinese) is a ...

From Raise the Red Lantern to the Rise of Zhang Yimou
From Raise the Red Lantern to the Rise of Zhang Yimou

by: Joseph Nicolai   - Feb 9, 2015

Chinese name: 张艺谋 (Zhāng Yìmóu) Date of Birth: November 14, 1951 Place of Birth: Xi'an, Shaanxi, China Occupation: Film director, producer, ...

Ma Yun – Made in China, Sold Across the Globe
Ma Yun – Made in China, Sold Across the Globe

by: Matt Fox   - Jan 31, 2015

Jan 2015 update: Is Jack Ma being told to keep in line? ...

Taipei Calling
Taipei Calling

by: Matt Fox   - Jan 23, 2015

The Morning It was a sober 5:00 am. A freezing-Beijing-January 5:00 am. ...

The Beer Carnival of Qingdao
The Beer Carnival of Qingdao

by: Aron Blatt   - Jan 14, 2015

For anyone visiting the Middle Kingdom, one of the most common words you learn first is pijiu (beer, 啤酒 in Mandarin) and – perhaps – rightly so. ...

Semester Abroad
Semester Abroad
  - Jan 12, 2015

A chill ran through my body as the airplane left the gate. ...

One Week in China
One Week in China

by: Robert Linnet   - Jan 12, 2015

Why do i love China? One answer to that question is that sometimes I don’t. ...

Chinese Chapters
Chinese Chapters

by: James Thomas   - Jan 12, 2015

“China is a big place,” Charles de Gaulle famously once said, “inhabited by many Chinese” and he certainly wasn’t wrong. ...

The Many Faces of China
The Many Faces of China

by: Trey Archer   - Jan 10, 2015

My goal: travel from Beijing to Helsinki along the former Silk Road during the coldest months of the year without touching an airplane all by ...

Getting a New Canadian Passport in Beijing
Getting a New Canadian Passport in Beijing

by: Mike Dou   - Jan 30, 2014

I faced a dilemma. My work permit in Beijing was going to expire and I had to renew it one month before it became invalid. ...

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