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2017

StraitsTimes

When tourists overstep boundaries: Some places with regulations to protect local sites and people

Fines for vandals at the Great Wall of China
Fines can go up to 500,000 yuan (S$101,800) for institutions and companies, or 50,000 yuan for individuals, depending on the damage.
Sources: TravelChinaGuide  read more 

Publication: The Straits Times
Date: June 13, 2017

SmarterTravel

Planning a Trip to China: Tips for First-Timers

Useful China Travel Apps
TravelChinaGuide-Tours, an app associated with a tour operator in China, includes answers to many frequently asked questions such as “When is the best time to travel in China?” and “What is the baggage allowance in China?” read more 

Publication: Smarter Travel
Date: June 19, 2017

Fodors

Train Travel

China's enormous rail network is one of the world's busiest. Trains are usually safe and run strictly to schedule. Although there are certain intricacies to buying tickets, once you've got one, trips are generally hassle-free. Information:Travel China Guide; www.travelchinaguide.com/china-trains/.  read more 

Publication: Fodors
Date: May, 2017

Frommer's

Shanghai Visitor Information

Travelchinaguide.com is an online tour operator in China. While it offers both package and private tours, the information (especially on train travel and getting around locally) and community sections are the most helpful. read more 

Publication: Frommer's
Date: April 20, 2017

The News-Gazette

Travel/China: Tourists flock to wonder of world

Many hotels also arrange tours to the wall, often combined with a trip to the Ming Tombs. If you have a host in China, they are very likely to arrange a taxi with guide for the return trip.
More information can be found at
travelchinaguide.com/china_great_wall/scene/beijing/badaling.htm
read more 

Publication: The News-Gazette
Date: April 9, 2017

2016

USA Today

10 great places to get lost in a labyrinth

Wanhua Zhen Maze, Old Summer Palace, Beijing
During her research, Tatarella was surprised to learn that labyrinths are found around the world. This stone maze with a mile of walls was created by an Italian priest, yet has a feeling all its own. “It’s an expression of another culture. The space given to nature is very controlled,” she says. travelchinaguide.com read more 

Publication: USA Today
Date: November 25, 2016

The Examiner

Top adventure travel experiences: 10 of the world's scariest tourist attractions

Climb Mount Hua Shan, China
It starts gentle enough, this climb up a mountain in rural Shaanxi, China. But then all of a sudden you find yourself clinging to a few wooden planks held together by what look like large staples, bolted to a cliff face a few hundred metres above the ground and you're thinking, "Who regulates this?" The answer is no one in particular, which makes this ascent to a teahouse atop this holy mountain an exercise in extreme faith.
Do it: travelchinaguide.com read more 

Publication: The Examiner
Date: June 22, 2016

Frommer's

China – Staying Connected

Travelchinaguide.com (www.travelchinaguide.com). Organized by only one Chinese tour company but with an active and informative community section and up-to-date train schedules. read more 

Publication: Frommer's
Date: May, 2016

USA Today

Attractions in Tianjin, China

The name of both a municipality and its capital city, Tianjin is located in eastern China. Both Tianjin city and the surrounding area have plenty of attractions to offer tourists, from cultural centers to museums to the Great Wall of China.
References:
Travel China Guide: Tianjin Attractions
Travel China Guide: Huangyaguan Pass Great Wall
read more 

Publication: USA Today
Date: April, 2016

USA Today

Hotels in Shenzhen, China

In 1979, the small fishing village of Baoan was renamed Shenzhen. Since then, the area has ballooned in population. Now home to migrant workers from all over China, Shenzhen has an eclectic culinary scene. Visitors may choose lodging from a number of downtown hotels.
Resources: TravelChinaGuide.com: Shenzhen Travel Guide read more 

Publication: USA Today
Date: March, 2016

UNESCO

The Great Wall

In c. 220 B.C., under Qin Shi Huang, sections of earlier fortifications were joined together to form a united defence system against invasions from the north. Construction continued up to the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), when the Great Wall became the world's largest military structure.
Links: Great Wall of China (TravelChinaGuide.com) read more 

Publication: UNESCO
Date: January, 2016

2015

Rough Guides

CHINA // TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Travel China travelchinaguide.com. Unusual in covering obscure places and small-group tours, as well as the normal run of popular sites and booking links. read more 

Publication: Rough Guides
Date: November, 2015

Travel + Leisure

Forbidden City

www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/beijing/forbidden.htm
It doesn’t have a street address—which is only fitting for a place that was once considered the center of the universe. The Forbidden City’s vast, gorgeous compound of buildings, courtyards, and pathways—all surrounded by fortress-like walls—was completed during the reign of the Ming dynasty in the 15th century. read more 

Publication: Travel + Leisure
Date: November, 2015

The Daily and Sunday Express

Top 10 things to do for FREE in Beijing

6. Lose yourself in the beautiful Shichahai Lake Area, located in the north-west section of Beijing and made up of three lakes, Qian Hai, Hou Hai and Xi Hai.
https://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/beijing/shichahai.htm
7. The vast Chairman Mao Memorial Hall was completed in 1977 and is the final resting place of Mao Zedong.
https://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/beijing/tiananmen-square/chairman-mao-mausoleum.htm
read more 

Publication: The Daily and Sunday Express
Date: June 17, 2015

Frommer's

Suzhou, City of Gardens

At press time, there were plans for new China Railway High Speed (CRH) trains to depart from Shanghai's Hongqiao Railway Station that will reduce travel time to Suzhou to less than 30 minutes. For the most up-to-date information on Suzhou train schedules in English, check the website www.travelchinaguide.com. read more 

Publication: Frommer's
Date: April, 2015

Miami Herald

Hiking China’s Great Wall, the wild and free way

The Great Wall sections called Jiankou and Beijing Link are in the Huairou District of Beijing. To do a DIY wall hike, leave from Dongzhimen Bus Station in northeast Beijing. Take the 916 express bus to its last stop in Huairou, where taxis and vans can be hired.
Information: www.travelchinaguide.com/china_great_wall/scene/beijing
read more 

Publication: Miami Herald
Date: April 10, 2015

USA Today

Places to Go in the City of Kunming, China

With the exception of the Stone Forest, these attractions are easily accessible on Kunming's public transit system. Use the Kunming Bus Finder service on the Travel China Guide to find schedules and information in English. read more 

Publication: USA Today
Date: March, 2015

Huffpost

When Is Chinese New Year 2015 And What Are The Zodiac Signs?

Happy Chinese New Year 2015! Kicking off on 19 February, this is the longest and most important of the traditional Chinese holidays and much like New Year in Western cultures, it begins on the first day of the first month within the Chinese calendar. It ends of the date of the full moon.
(Sources for explanations via TravelChinaGuide.com) read more 

Publication: Huffpost
Date: February 2, 2015

2014

Frommer's

Departing in Shanghai

The website www.travelchinaguide.com has Shanghai train schedules in English that can be very helpful in planning your trips. At press time, work had commenced on a high-speed rail line between Beijing and Shanghai that would more than halve the travel time to under 5 hours. read more 

Publication: Frommer's
Date: October, 2014

The Examiner

China wants to build a bullet train that reaches America

A bullet train connecting China to America would offer a traveling alternative for those averse to flying and/or sailing. China's bullet trains, according to TravelChinaGuide.com, exceed 125 miles per hour. In short, the high-speed trains can cover 1,250 miles in 8 hours, or nearly the same distance between Seattle, Wash., and San Diego, Calif. read more 

Publication: Examiner
Date: May 12, 2014

Huffpost

10 Spots in China Your Camera Can’t Miss

1. Mount Huangshan; 3. Jiuzhaigou Valley; 4. Red Beach, Panjin; 6. The Sun and Moon Pagodas, Guilin; 10. Yuanyang Rice Terrraces. For more info, check out travelchinaguide.com. read more 

Publication: Huffpost
Date: March 24, 2014

2013

Rough Guides

CHINA // GETTING AROUND

Agents, such as hotel travel services, can also book train tickets for a commission of ¥40 or more each. The best way to book tickets online, and have them delivered to your hotel door in major Chinese cities, is through www.travelchinaguide.com. read more 

Publication: Rough Guides
Date: July, 2013

The Sydney Morning Herald

Nothing really matters

From art galleries to dance classes, boat rides, museums, zoos, and high-altitude viewpoints, here are 50 prime attractions that don't require you to fish for your wallet.
China: Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, Beijing
travelchinaguide.com read more 

Publication: The Sydney Morning Herald
Date: July 5, 2013

The Telegraph

The best golf courses in Asia

White Stone Hot Spring Golf Club
This is the newest course on tropical Hainan Island, set among rolling hills, with several holes situated on the shores of a picturesque reservoir. 7,011 yards, par 72. The island has two airports, with direct flights from Asian hubs. Information: travelchinaguide.com read more 

Publication: The Telegraph
Date: May 13, 2013

Lonely Planet

China – Train

Trains are the best way to travel long distance around China in reasonable speed and comfort. They are also adventurous, exciting, fun, practical and efficient, and ticket prices are reasonable to boot. Resources: Travel China Guide (www.travelchinaguide.com) read more 

Publication: Lonely Planet
Date: January, 2013

2012

The Sydney Morning Herald

24 hours in Guangzhou

China Southern Airlines has a fare to Guangzhou from Sydney and Melbourne (9hr 40min) for about $780 low-season return, including tax. This fare allows travellers to fly to and from other Chinese cities via Guangzhou. Australians require a visa for a stay of up to 30 days. For more information, see travelchinaguide.com/cruise/pearlriver. read more 

Publication: The Sydney Morning Herald
Date: October, 2012

The Seattle Times

Li River boat trip reveals picturesque rural China

Guilin, a well-known tourist destination located in Guangxi province, is easily reachable by air from Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Hong Kong and other points. Tickets for the four-hour one-way cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo are sold at a terminal in Guilin and cost around $32 U.S. or 200 yuan. See www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/guangxi/ guilin/li_river.htm. read more 

Publication: The Seattle Times
Date: September 22, 2012

USA Today

Organized Tours of Tibet & India

A handful of tour agencies specialize in providing Indian and Tibetan combination tours that allow visitors to experience the highlights of both countries. This is especially helpful considering the difficulties tourists may encounter gaining entry into Tibet.
Resources: TravelChinaGuide.com: Tibet Travel Guide read more 

Publication: USA Today
Date: May, 2012

CNN

10 of the best medieval walled cities

Situated in Shanxi province, the 14th century Han Chinese city of Pingyao was once China’s foremost financial center with half the country’s banks located there. Today it retains its layout from the Ming and Qing dynasties and this, together with its impressive city walls, saw it World Heritage listed in 1997. www.travelchinaguide.com read more 

Publication: CNN
Date: April 25, 2012

USA Today

How to Climb the Great Wall of China

Known in Mandarin Chinese as "chang cheng"--literally, "long fortress"--the Great Wall of China dates back as far as the fifth century B.C. Several sections of the Great Wall are located within close proximity to Beijing, so climbing it is not difficult if you plan to be in the region anyway.
Resources: TravelChinaGuide.com: Great Wall of China read more 

Publication: USA Today
Date: March, 2012

CNN

Travel lit: Explore the world through fiction

A three-day tour around Luoyang, one of Henan's major cities, is available from US$249. Includes a tour to White Horse Temple, Shaolin Temple and Longmen Grottoes. www.travelchinaguide.com read more 

Publication: CNN
Date: January 16, 2012

2011

USA Today

Budget Tours in China

Travel China Guide is a tour organization offering trips across the spectrum -- from budget trips to luxury packages. It operates throughout China and covers virtually every region a visitor might want to experience. Budget trips range in length from four to 20 days, and a relatively high degree of customization is available for those who want to build their own itinerary. read more 

Publication: USA Today
Date: October, 2011

The New York Times

Q&A: A Side Trip to China From Hanoi?

“Hangzhou has always held a near mythical status in China,” wrote Ondine Cohane in a recent Next Stop column. She was referring to the West Lake, which she toured in a sampan, a traditional wooden boat, guided by a boatman. Daily guided tours around the lake are available, as well as tours to the lake's three islands, where you can stop for a picnic lunch (travelchinaguide.com/cruise/westlake). read more 

Publication: The New York Times
Date: August 9, 2011

USA Today

How to Tour the Great Wall of China

Step 1: Map out an itinerary. Travel China Guide offers detailed route plans that are created by experienced hikers of the Great Wall. On the Badaling tour, climb sharp paths overlooking mountains before visiting the bronze statue of Zhan Tianyou, who was instrumental in building China's railroad system… read more 

Publication: USA Today
Date: April, 2011

USA Today

Tours of Canton, China

Travelers flying directly to Guangzhou can book three-day tours that begin with their arrival at the airport. Travel China Guide will arrange for your transfer from Guangzhou Airport to your hotel. The actual tour begins the next day with visits to attractions that include the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees and Shamian Island… read more 

Publication: USA Today
Date: February, 2011

The Examiner

Global society and poverty reduction: tourism & sustainable economy

There are three main goals embedded in the global culture: eliminating hunger, and giving opportunity everybody to have a home and job (Home – Food – Job strategy)….Case study from China has been analyzed by Lucas Gutierrez Rodriguez, Manuel Ruiz Perez, Xiaosheng Yangand and Geriletu.
Sources: Bamboo memories (2007). Retrieved from
https://community.travelchinaguide.com/review2.asp?i=1106 read more 

Publication: EXAMINER
Date: February 3, 2011

2010

USA Today

How to Vacation in Zhuhai

As one of China's "special economic zones," Zhuhai is part of the modern, economically booming face of that country. For that reason alone the city sparks travel interest among those who are curious about China, but Zhuhai offers so much more.
References & Resources: Travelchinaguide.com: New Yuanming Palace read more 

Publication: USA Today
Date: October, 2010

Jamaica Observer

'Bolt'-ing through Beijing

According to TravelChinaGuide.Com, the Great Wall of China, one of the greatest wonders of the world, was listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1987. read more 

Publication: Jamaica Observer
Date: June 20, 2010

USA Today

The Great Wall of China & the Silk Road

Both the Great Wall of China and the Silk Road are symbols of Chinese history. The Great Wall, constructed between 221 B.C. and A.D. 1644, spans 5,500 miles…The Silk Road has a history as ancient as the Great Wall.
References & Resources: Travel China Guide: Silk Road History; Travel China Guide: History of China's Great Wall read more 

Publication: USA Today
Date: April, 2010

The Sydney Morning Herald

Now it's Hainan Five-O

This is Hainan Island. Just off the southernmost tip of China's southernmost province (Guangdong), this island spawned one of Chinese cuisine's most globally recognised dishes, Hainan chicken.
FURTHER INFORMATION -See travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/hainan. read more 

Publication: The Sydney Morning Herald
Date: March, 2010

2009

USA Today

Boutique Hotels in Shanghai, China

The ever-changing skyline of Shanghai reflects China's progress and rise on the world stage. This city of just under 20 million offers visitors everything from the most modern to the traditional street market within the shadows of skyscrapers.
References & Resources: Travel China Guide: Shanghai Travel Information read more 

Publication: USA Today
Date: November, 2009

National Geographic

Ten Mighty Sculptures

Giant Buddha, Leshan, China
At 233 feet tall, this is the largest Buddha in the world. Carved into the cliff face of Lingyun Mountain, the smiling statue faces Mount Emei, where Buddhism was first established in China…Planning: The statue is east of Leshan City. Arrive at the site by ferry for an awe-inspiring first impression. www.travelchinaguide.com read more 

Publication: National Geographic
Date: April, 2009

The Sydney Morning Herald

Yongding, China: A sight for poor spies

Sally Hammond visits the Fujian houses that baffled the US in the Cold War. Our guide points to the crone seated just inside the doorway, grinning toothlessly at us. "See that old lady? She's 90." Ancient as she is, the amazing "house that is a village" we have just entered is far older.
Further information: See travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/fujian. read more 

Publication: The Sydney Morning Herald
Date: March 15, 2009

2008

The Sydney Morning Herald

Strive for peak performance

The mountain: The level of difficulty is easy to hard, depending on the route taken. The walk up to the North Peak requires a high level of fitness. The cable car is $9 (one way) and entry to the path to the peak is $15. Travel Guide China offers tours to Huashan. See www.travelchinaguide.com. read more 

Publication: The Sydney Morning Herald
Date: August 3, 2008

Real Travel Adventures

Three Wonderful Weeks in China

An agent from Travel China Guide met us at our first flight and their very capable and knowledgeable guides never left our side until we were in our hotel each night and then at the end of our trip, safely on our way back home. At a fraction of the cost of going through any other tourism agencies, Travel China Guide gave us one of the most perfect trips we have ever had. read more 

Publication: Real Travel Adventures
Date: June, 2008

2007

The Washington Post

DETAILS – Hainan

GETTING THERE: It is cheapest to fly to Hong Kong, with round-trip fares currently from about $1,300 on Continental from BWI, then to Sanya, on Hainan's southern end, for about $237 round trip on Dragonair. INFO: TravelChinaGuide.com, https://www.travelchinaguide.com; click on "China City Guide." read more 

Publication: The Washington Post
Date: July 8, 2007

National Geographic

The Great Wall's Draw

Long before President Nixon's 1972 proclamation that the Great Wall was indeed "great,"… For more history and several more starting sites on the Great Wall, including those in the far western region of China, go to www.travelchinaguide.com/china_great_wall/scene/ . read more 

Publication: National Geographic
Date: January, 2007

2006

The Times

'China is the land of my imagination'

Novelist Joanne Harris journeys from Beijing to Shanghai — and sees the country's past and present through her daughter’s eyes.
Useful websites: www.travelchinaguide.com, culture guide. read more 

Publication: The Times
Date: October 7, 2006

Toronto Sun

Chinese history hits the road

China, the United Nations and neighboring Central Asian countries plan a program aimed at reviving the ancient Silk Road by boosting investment, trade and tourism. The $1-million US, two-year Silk Road Project involves the governments of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Winding through desolated mountains and deserts, the Silk Road guided camel caravans to and from Central Asia and Europe. Marco Polo, Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great followed its paths. Visit travelchinaguide.com/silk-road/ for a look at a current tour.

Publication: Toronto Sun
Date: September, 2006

National Geographic

Five adventurers travel to western China to become the first to climb this geologic wonder.

Travel China Guide www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/kashgar.htm
Find out everything you need to know to travel around Kashgar at Travel China's Kashgar web page. You'll find information on popular sites and attractions. read more 

Publication: National Geographic
Date: July, 2006

The Globe and Mail

Savouring the Silk Road

The Silk Road winds across Xinjiang (pronounced "Shin-ji-ang"), China's westernmost and largest province, and forks around the fearsome Taklamakan Desert, second-largest in the world, before converging for the final lap to the ancient capital of Xi'an.
Silk Road essentials: https://www.travelchinaguide.com/silk-road/. read more 

Publication: The Globe and Mail
Date: May 13, 2006

2005

USA Today

10 great places across the globe to ring in 2006

The Bund, Shanghai
"This booming metropolis already has twice the number of skyscrapers as New York," says Bradley, "and the best spots from which to see them are the restaurants in the fabulously restored neo-colonial buildings on the Bund," the city's landmark waterfront… www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/shanghai/huangpu.htm read more 

Publication: USA Today
Date: December 30, 2005

The Seattle Times

Riding in a car with Richard

LIJIANG — Tuesday, October 25 — We were having breakfast in the Prague Cafe in Lijiang's old town when Richard approached us with his business card, and asked if we'd like to tour some minority villages and see a monastery.
Links to some useful trip-planning sites: www.travelchinaguide.com read more 

Publication: The Seattle Times
Date: October 25, 2005

The Guardian

Ask the experts

You should, however, pack winter clothes, especially for Harbin and Beijing, where temperatures will be around freezing. In Xian and Kaifeng things will be a few degrees warmer. Shanghai should be the most comfortable, around 20 degrees C. See www.travelchinaguide.com/climate/. read more 

Publication: The Guardian
Date: September 18, 2005

Time

China Web Guide

Travel China Guide: From the Great Wall of China to the Forbidden City, this site is a comprehensive guide for the traveler. The tours, cruises, hotels and city guide sections offer numerous possibilities for vacationing and traveling. read more 

Publication: Time
Date: June 20, 2005

CCTV4

TravelChinaGuide be Invited by CCTV-4

TravelChinaGuide recommended by CCTV 4 on May 16, 2005, and Mr. Ashley Bowkett, the International Production Manager of CCTV, warmly invited our general manager to join in a famous TV Talk Show - Meet China.

Publication: CCTV-4
Date: May 16, 2005

USA Today

Cybertrips: Web information for planning a visit to Hong Kong

Summer is sweltering and humid but the rest of the year is comfortable, according to China Travel Information (www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/hongkong) which also offers a wealth of information for the rest of China, along with tour packages and booking services. Click on "China Pictures" from this page and you'll find a small gallery devoted to Hong Kong. read more 

Publication: USA Today
Date: January 18, 2005

The Washington Post

Small Boat in China?

Meanwhile, the company's Overseas Adventure Travel trims the group size even more, to 16; it sails aboard a 150-passenger Victoria Cruises ship. The 22-day China, Tibet and Yangtze tour starts at $3,145. Also check TravelChinaGuide.com. read more 

Publication: The Washington Post
Date: January 9, 2005

2004

Chicago Tribune

THE GREAT WALL Q&A

Q. Where can I find more information?
A. For basics, start with the China National Tourist Office, a branch of the Chinese National Tourist Administration. There is no Chicago tourist office, but New York has one and will provide materials. Outstanding tourist Web site for all things China: www.travelchinaguide.com. read more 

Publication: Chicago Tribune
Date: September 26, 2004

The Guardian

Let the good times roll

February: In a place the Chinese know as the Old City of Nine Windings, blocks of ice are carved into birds, movie stars and mythological beasts. Similar efforts in Japan attract two million people to Sapporo's Odori Park (February 1-7).
When and where: January 15-February 29, Longqing Gorge, near Beijing, China.
Further information: travelchinaguide.com read more 

Publication: The Guardian
Date: January 3, 2004

2003

USA Today

Extra Day in Shanghai

Shanghai Resource - Dining:
Appetite Network's Shanghai Dining Guide
Shanghai.com Dining Directory
Travel China Guide: Shanghai Cuisine
read more 

Publication: USA Today
Date: August 8, 2003

The New York Times

Short Holiday, Lots of Karma

Another large, reliable Chinese agency, is Warrior Tours, www.warriortours.com, based in Xian. A four-day tour from Lanzhou to Xiahe and back, with English-speaking guide, costs $357 a person for groups of two to five. E-mail inquiries to sales@travelchinaguide.com. read more 

Publication: The New York Times
Date: March 16, 2003

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