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Jin Shan Ling Great Wall (Photo Gallery)

The entire Great Wall of China, including all sections, spans more than 6,000 kilometers across Northern China.  6,000 kilometers in length – that is nearly 2,000 kilometers longer than the North American continent. Jin Shan Ling, a section of The Great Wall that lies about two hours north of Beijing in Hebei province, is perhaps the most breathtaking and mountainous portion of the remarkable structure.  Unlike other sections of The Great Wall, such as Badaling and Mutianyu, Jin Shan Ling is far less touristy and also less restored.  Crumbled sections of the wall add character and authenticity as well as a degree of difficulty to the hike. Though it was still early in March, U China Travel ventured out to The Great Wall at Jin Shan Ling to stretch our legs and capture some of the spectacular scenery before the

March 11, 2012 | Scott Adam

Shenyang, China – A Lesson In Table Manners

Shenyang city, the capital of Liaoning province in China, is a second-tier urban center undergoing rapid industrial and commercial development. Home to nearly 10 million people, Shenyang also houses plants for multinational giants like Michelin and BMW.  However, when compared to first-tier cities like Shanghai and Beijing, Shenyang is still decidedly more underdeveloped and lacking international flavor.  Westerners, though they certainly exist in Shenyang, are much harder to come by. During a recent visit to “the city to the north of Shen River,” our friends – who have been Shenyang residents for nearly a year – took us out to their favorite hole-in-the-wall neighborhood eatery for some authentic Northeast cooking. As we approached the restaurant, we noticed a number of make-shift grills set up outside for cooking chuan’r.  This presentation played right into my new found addiction to BBQ meat-on-a-stick;

February 21, 2012 | Scott Adam

Shop Like A Local At Dongjiao (Photo Gallery)

Just south of the Dawang Lu subway station lies a massive indoor/outdoor market complex called Dongjiao Market. Dongjiao feels decidedly authentic; which is a coveted trait in a city modernizing at break-neck speed.  It is not cleanly by Western standards.  Hey, it isn’t even really cleanly by Eastern standards – it’s a dirty market.  But it is also a buzzing market, full of energy and oddity. And with those dirt stained stalls comes dirt cheap prices. The entire complex houses vendors of every imaginable variety –  bicycles, tea sets, flashlights, linens, Tupperware, sneakers, art supplies, sporting goods, puppies, cell phones, candles, skinny jeans, cutlery – if it exists, it can be found at Dongjiao. One of the more interesting (and also photogenic) parts of Dongjiao is the fresh seafood, meat, and produce market housed inside one of the complex’s airplane

February 18, 2012 | Scott Adam

Ten Authentic China Trips for 2012

Just before the New Year, CNNGo, a subsidiary of CNN, revealed it’s list of 10 authentic China trips for 2012. ARTICLE: 10 AUTHENTIC CHINA TRIPS FOR 2012 A relatively new site, CNNGo covers travel and lifestyle in what they consider to be the world’s most fascinating and vibrant cities.  Cities covered on CNNGo include: Bangkok, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo.  10 Authentic China Trips for 2012 focuses on cities and regions in China that are less familiar to the outside world.  The list also demonstrates the incredible geographic and cultural diversity in China. Of the destinations mentioned in the article, UChina Travel provides travel packages and tours to the following:

February 6, 2012 | Scott Adam

Best Burger in Beijing

Having grown-up in America, I know not to understate the cultural significance of the burger. For better or worse, hamburgers are a staple of many American diets, as represented by the United States highly developed fast-food culture. But the significance of the burger goes beyond quick and affordable.  Anybody who has ever had an expertly prepared gourmet hamburger in all of its medium-rare grilled glory can back me up on this one.  That is why across the United States, burger joints range from raggedy to ritzy. In Beijing, a proper burger is harder to come by.  Of course you have your mài dàng láo (McDonald’s), but that just won’t do when you need a truly gourmet burger fix – the kind of tender, quality burger that simply cannot be mass produced. So I set out in search of a way

February 2, 2012 | Scott Adam

Hitting The Slopes Around Beijing

With winter in full swing, ski resorts dotting China’s northeastern region are open for business. Beijing’s surrounding slopes have something to offer skiers from all skill levels and backgrounds. Now lets be honest, it’s not the Rockies or the Alps, but with resorts as close as 34k from the city center and equipment and apparel rentals available at each resort, Beijing is a perfect place to indulge in one of the world’s favorite winter pastimes.   If you are in search of a quick day trip from the city, Jundshan Ski Village offers and array of beginner and intermediate slopes, as well as great views of the city beyond. The slopes are also open to snowboarders, sledders, and tubers, and offers night skiing. If you plan to stay the night, many hotels and resorts offer unique and comfortable accommodations.  

January 19, 2012 | Rose Disarno

Spring Festival: The Great Migration

With SpringFestival kicking off next week on January 23rd, the annual migration of literally billions of people is set to take place throughout the Asian continent, but especially within China. The traditional week-long holiday, in celebration of the Lunar New Year, is a time of rest and reprieve for Chinese citizens and often sees hundreds of millions of migrant workers fighting crowds to make it home to their families by whatever means necessary, be it by rail, road, water or air. Although China’s transportation infrastructure has improved by leaps and bounds over the last decade, this might be one of the most difficult years yet for those traveling long distances to get home. Typically migrant workers have purchased train tickets and fared several hardships in the process in order to see their families, including waiting in long, exhausting, order-less lines

January 19, 2012 | Rose Disarno

Must-See Beijing: Nan Luo Gu Xiang

Nan Luo Gu Xiang is one of Beijing’s oldest and most well preserved hutongs, with a history of more than 700 years. The alley stretches 800 meters north to south, a few miles north of the Forbidden City. While seeing the old-style buildings will make you feel like you are in old Beijing, the cafes, bars, and charming stores will show you what modern Beijing is all about.  Now a central hub for Beijing bohemian life, this alley way and surrounding neighborhood has become one of the hippest neighborhoods in Beijing.

July 9, 2011 | Andrew Curtis

Beijing Gubeikou Great Hiking Pictures

  I hiked the Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling since the Jingshanling to Simatai was closed since there are a big project is going to be built on Simaitai; It was very nice to see non restored great wall at Simatai since it is a lot different from the others that well restored; It was so quiet there. The quote is different from the quite in the cities; you feel the time stops!!    

April 14, 2011 | admin