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Things To Do In Shanghai: Disc Cart Indoor Karting

Shanghai, China: a global metropolis with a swelling population of over 23 million.  It is a city rich with international flavor, from the famous colonial architecture of The Bund to the tree-lined streets of the Former French Concession.  For those concerned with fine dining and vibrant nightlife, Shanghai will not disappoint. Yet most travelers need an itinerary filled with more than just eating, drinking, and sitting by the pool.  And if an adrenaline filled afternoon is what you are seeking in Shanghai, Disc Cart Indoor Karting is the perfect place to satisfy your need for speed. Located about 20 minutes from the city center, just past East China Normal University, Disc Cart Indoor Karting sits near the outside gate of Changfeng Park in Shanghai’s Putuo District.  You will know you are close when your nose catches the unmistakable scent of

June 19, 2012 | Scott Adam

Gulou Drum Show in Beijing (Video)

Beijing, China’s capital city, is steeped in the rich culture of an endlessly interesting ancient culture.  There is no better place to provide an introduction to Chinese culture.  Individuals from every corner and every province of the world’s most populous country call Beijing their home.  It is representative of ancient history and modern prosperity. Though much of traditional Beijing has changed as a result of the pressures of modernization, the Gulou area – north of Tiananmen Square – has been preserved and is now a buzzing hub of activity for tourists and locals alike. Gulou is the location of The Drum and Bell Towers, a well known attraction in Beijing.  The Drum Tower offers a “Drum Show” on a daily basis at the top of the Drum Tower. U China Travel offers an inside look at the performance below and

May 16, 2012 | Scott Adam

Destination: Longyan Hakka Homes (Fujian Tulou)

Longyan — Home to the Hakka People **UNESCO World Heritage Site Despite not being an itinerary staple for first time travelers to China, Fujian province is perfect for visitors wishing to appreciate the full scope of China’s geographic and cultural diversity.  Located on the southeast coast of mainland China, Fujian province borders Jiangxi to the west, Guangdong to the south, and Zhejiang to the north. Though the geography of Fujian province varies greatly, the western part is largely rural, dominated by farmland and mountainous areas.  In the southwest region of Fujian is the modest city of Longyan, home to the Hakka people. Making up more than 75% of the population in Longyan, the Hakka people were originally immigrants from Northern China who set up walled villages behind peculiar looking earthen structures.  The earthen structures, or Fujian Tulou, became a UNESCO Heritage Site

May 16, 2012 | Scott Adam

The U China Travel Difference

About Us What does it mean to choose U China Travel? It means traveling China on your own terms, carving out a unique travel experience based on what matters most to you. It means that you will be treated like a friend, not just like a customer. It means traveling with complete flexibility, reserving you the right to make itinerary changes on the fly. It means eating at the best restaurants, experiencing all that China’s rich culinary traditions have to offer. Above all else, travelling with U China Travel means exactly what you want it to mean.  What makes the perfect trip?  Adventure? Excitement? History? Culture? Relaxation? Gluttony? Perhaps it is a combination of all of these things… About The Others Recently, my girlfriend and I hosted a visitor in Beijing who was passing through China on a two week

May 14, 2012 | Scott Adam

5 Things You Should Know About Climbing Mount Tai

Mount Tai Fast Facts: Mount Tai is located in Shandong province, north of the city of Tai’an The tallest peak, Jade Emporer Peak, is reported to be 1,545 metres (5,069 ft) high Mount Tai is widely considered the most important of China’s 5 sacred mountains The mountain has a strong significance for those practicing the Taoist faith There are more than 7,200 steps leading to the top of Tai Shan A number of temples and other significant monuments are located on and around Tai Shan Mount Tai is a UNESCO Heritage Site 1.) There are 2 ways to climb Mount Tai The main attraction of Tai Shan, aside from an exhausting climb and  the views along the way, is seeing a magnificent sunrise from the summit.  Most visitors make this a priority on their itinerary. There are two ways to go about seeing the sunrise: Stay at

May 11, 2012 | Scott Adam

A Picture of Life in China

Here is a compilation of daily photos taken by the U China Travel Team. These pictures are posted daily on our Facebook page.  If you did not get a chance to see them on the U China Travel Facebook Page, you can get a sample below: April 16 A man poses with his stuffed pheasants outside of Panjiayuan Market in Beijing, China. Click here to see our recent feature post about PanJiaYuan – also known as “The Dirt Market.” April 17 The moon as seen through a string of lanterns on Beijing’s famous “Ghost Street.” Ghost Street is open until the wee hours of the morning and is the go-to late night spot for locals looking for a spicy fix. April 18 Blending the traditional with the modern in Shanghai, China. This picture was taken from Shanghai’s most famous tourist market located

April 24, 2012 | Scott Adam

Destination: Mount Wuyi (Fujian Province)

UNESCO Heritage Sight There are a total of 41 UNESCO Heritage Sites in China.  U China Travel offers trips to a large handful of these memorable destinations including: The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, Mt. Huangshan, West Lake, and the Ancient City of Ping Yao. Which one is the best? Well that depends largely on who you are and what you are about.  That’s why we at U China Travel place such emphasis on your ability to completely customize your travel itinerary. In order to educate our readers and potential guests about which place is the perfect fit for their travel wants and needs, we will be launching a series of Destination Features on the U China Travel Blog which will provide insight and information about many of our exciting destinations. Now we will discuss one of our favorite UNESCO

April 22, 2012 | Scott Adam

Beijing Attraction: Forbidden City [Photos]

One of China’s most famous and historically significant cultural sites, the Forbidden City served as the residence of 24 of China’s emperors from the early Ming dynasty until the abdication and expulsion of the last emperor Puyi in 1924. Construction of the imperial palace began in 1406 at the order of the Yongle emperor (who also commissioned the Temple of Heaven) and was reportedly built by over a million workers, including thousands of highly skilled craftsmen. The palace complex has an area of approximately 720,000 square meters, and includes 980 surviving buildings, protected by a huge wall, moat and watchtowers. Built using the finest materials of the day, the ‘city’ is still very well preserved, and recently underwent extensive conservation and restoration work in the run-up to the 2008 Olympic Games. The buildings are made largely of wood and stone,

April 10, 2012 | Scott Adam

Shanghai to Beijing: Traveling at High-Speed

China takes great pride in it’s highly developed rail network, and for good reason. Connecting commerce from the coast to the capital, the G-series high-speed trains run daily between Beijing and Shanghai.  For around 555 yuan, you’ll be able to snag a hard seat – which is not nearly as uncomfortable as it sounds – and embark on the five and a half hour journey that covers nearly 1,320 kilometers (820 miles).

March 27, 2012 | Scott Adam

Restaurant Review: Bian Yi Fang Roast Duck (Beijing)

When you come to Beijing you have to visit all the sights. Of course you go to The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, and The Summer Palace.  But a proper day of sightseeing around China’s capital city is not complete until it has ended at one of Beijing’s many Kao Ya Dian, or Beijing duck restaurants.

March 21, 2012 | Scott Adam