Much change has been afoot recently with China visas: tourists can now stay in Beijing or Shanghai for 72 hours visa-free and a drastic rewrite of China's immigration policy is due to takes effect in July.
It also seems that two new visas may be introduced, both..
Previously, we discussed the history of tea and brewing. Today, we'll explore the five main varieties of tea.
It may all come from one plant, the Camillia senensis bush,* but tea in China comes in five different varieties, each quite different from the..
Winter is here. Last Friday was Lìdōng (立冬) on the Chinese lunar calendar, which marks the official start of winter when "Beijing, the lack of pheasants along with the massive blizzards might have tipped you off. Down here in Shanghai, the sudden need for sweaters and..
The brew that built trading empires and started wars. The thermos-filler found alongside sleepy bǎo'ān, taxi drivers and me as I write this. Tea (chá, 茶) has been the ubiquitous drink of China since the Tang Dynasty and worldwide it's the most popular..
Living in high-mountain villages in northern Sichuan, the Qiang minority were never exactly well known. After the tragic 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake struck their heartland however, a great deal of attention went to this small minority and the efforts to rebuild their..
With a population of 1.3 billion and counting, China constitutes just under 20% of the world's inhabitants. Making up the vast majority of residents (91.59%) are the ubiquitous Han, leaving just a little over 8% to the 56 ethnic minorities officially recognized by the..
The islands and coastline that make up the city of Xiamen, once known as Amoy, make for a more relaxed and cleaner escape from China's bigger cities. While there's plenty to do in and around the city to fill in a week-long-or-more holiday in Xiamen, with just a two..