China Travel Articles and Photos

Panorama of the Week: Guizhou, China — Weekly Indigenous Market

guizhou market

While Guizhou Province may not feature the same dramatic bits of nature you'd find in Yunnan or Sichuan Provinces, it does have its share of indigenous markets. And that's why, when we visited China, we based ourselves in the the provincial capital of Kaili for a week.In the weekly market in Chong'an, an area inhabited by ethnic Miao and Gejia, a high school girl … [Read more...]

Saying Goodbye to China: Top 10 Authentic Travel Experiences

Classic Pingyao

43 posts and 16 photo sets later, we’ve reached the end of a long road of reflection on China, an on-the-fly addition to our around-the-world journey.The impetus to change our itinerary occurred while we were in Central Asia. Several seasoned travelers and experts, having just come from China, convinced us to seize the moment and visit before the Olympics. … [Read more...]

Slideshow: The Many Faces of China

Excited Little Guy

The arc of our travel experience is shaped by the people we meet. Even the most beautiful food and landscape need a human context. With that in mind, we offer a selection of faces - each with a story - that we will recall whenever we reflect on our travels in China.The following slideshow is our take on China's ethnic diversity. While these images represent … [Read more...]

Beautiful and Ghastly: China’s Ethnic Markets

china ethnic markets

Where can you find pig face manicures, dog steaks, gambling novice Buddhist monks, snake oil laxatives, and locals getting their teeth replaced on the street? How about dazzling embroidered traditional clothing, mountains of fresh greens, and meat so fresh that it still moves?Only in China and only in this video. … [Read more...]

A Chinese Food Grab Bag

To close our Chinese food series, we share a few miscellaneous bits, bites and highlights that we just couldn’t shoehorn into the previous segments. We remember fondly the Chinese dining experience: refrigerator cases full of greens, skyscraper piles of tofu, the flash fry technique, earthy-brown soy and sesame oil chili pepper sauces, and copious condiments.The … [Read more...]

Sichuan Cuisine

Málà - numbing and hot – that’s Sichuan cuisine. The wild Sichuan peppercorn (huājiāo), a little bit pink, a little more purple – really sets Sichuan cuisine apart. Take a bite of one and your mouth tingles as an addictive numbness makes its way to your lips. This is the má. Combine it with the characteristic hot blanket of chili peppers – the là – and you have … [Read more...]