Best Things To Do In Chiang Mai

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We stayed in Chiang Mai on two occasions, and had different opinions of the city during each stay.

The first time we made our home in this northern city was after the chaos of Halloween in Bangkok. We stayed on a quiet, tree-shaded street in the old city that was dotted with cute coffee shops and restaurants. We were in love.

Then, after coming from the small town of Pai, we made Chiang Mai our home base again. This time, we stayed outside the walls of the old city in a busier area. Add to that the fact that the city exploded in size with tourists visiting for the Loi Krathong celebrations, and it’s safe to say we were overwhelmed.

While I have mixed emotions on the biggest city in the north, I would say my overall opinion is a favorable one...

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China – Be Careful of Scams

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No matter who you are, and where you travel; travel long enough and you will encounter traveler scams. Traveler scams have unfortunately turned into a big business, as it’s an easy way for scammers to make a large amount of money praying on the naivety of travelers. With a little bit of education, you will be able to spot these scams and avoid them. However, if you speak to enough travelers, you will hear the horror stories from other travelers who encountered some of the scams about to be mentioned in this article.

The tea scam – the mother of all china scams. This scam usually takes place near major foreigner tourist destinations such as Tienanmen square (Beijing), Wangfujing (Beijing), or in Shanghai on the Bund, or around Yuyuan garden.

You will be approached by a group of friendly...

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Cost of Traveling in China

So what will it cost to travel in China? We have identified six categories (Airfare, accommodation, food, public transportation, attractions, and domestic train / plane tickets) and will suggest our best tips to keep your travel costs down. t. If you know how to save money in China, you can travel for cheap. I mean….really cheap.

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Airfare – Book your airfare to China in the low season

So you would like to know what is a very cheap price for a round trip ticket to Beijing or Shanghai? If you can book a ticket for under $1000 round trip in the low season, its very cheap. In the peak season, a cheap fare is around $1500 and up.

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According to our sources at FlyChina.com, the cheapest departure dates are in January, February, March, April, and November...

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5 Things Must To See in Xinjiang

Anybody who has lived abroad knows that having friends and family come to visit is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a lot of fun to introduce them to your foreign home but also quite a bit of work to keep them happy and entertained.

Having lived in Xinjiang, the largest and westernmost region in China, for almost 10 years now, there have been a number of times where family have come to visit. The longer we live here, the more I notice the one thing I love most about hosting travelers in Xinjiang: seeing my home through fresh eyes.

Muztagh Tower peak and sheep, Pamir Mountains, Karakoram Highway. Xinjiang province, China

You know how it goes: you live somewhere long enough, you tend to overlook those cities, landmarks or panoramic views that once sparked a sense of excitement and wonder. It’s easy to forget that where you live is unlike anywhere else in the world...

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What You Need to Consider Before Moving to China

China is a unique country with a culture like no other, a deep history, delicious food, and cities that seem to grow more and more every day. Making the decision to move to China is incredibly exciting. However, before arriving in China, there is a lot to think about and plan for. Here are 5 important things to consider before making your big move:

1. Getting There

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Getting to China is not known for being cheap. Depending on where you are coming from, a one way flight can be well over one thousand dollars. However, here are a few things you can do to help you get to China, and still have some money leftover:

  1. Be flexible
    Being flexible with your flight can easily cut your plane price in half...
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Must-try foods when visiting China

This question is akin to asking “I’m going to the Western hemisphere, what should I eat?”. Watch “A bite of China” (the first season is on youtube) to get some tips on the variety and styles of cooking available. In general you’ll want to specifically avoid anything you might be familiar with (e.g. fried rice, fried noodles, sweet & sour etc. – that’s if you can find them!) as you’ll just be disappointed because you’ll probably be expecting a better version of what you’ve had before and you won’t get it.

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Also, avoid desserts – Westerners are used to having dessert courses which are often very rich and sweet, whereas the very concept of dessert, or “sweet things” 甜点 as they’re known, is quite new here...

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