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Conde Nast Traveler Editor Letter: April 2013

While sitting in a Doctor’s office waiting room just the other day, I was fortunate enough to pick up a copy of the April 2013 edition of Conde Nast Traveler. Delivering “truth in travel,” Conde Nast Traveler is one of the world’s most widely circulated English language travel magazines. This particular edition focused on “The Grand Tour of Asia” – 12 Countries, 24 Cities, 45 Days, 1 Trip of a Lifetime. The entire magazine provided great insight about the ‘hot spots’ around Asia, told in an entertaining “narrative-itinerary” fashion. But the part of the publication that really caught my attention was the letter from the editor found just inside the front cover. I have republished the letter in it’s entirety below. I strongly encourage every single person to take five minutes out of their day and give this a quick

April 27, 2013 | 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

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

Afrojack @ Spark Beijing [Photos]

Beijing Hosts World Renowned DJ at Spark Club We didn’t know what to expect. It was a seemingly quiet Sunday night in downtown Beijing, with most people resting up and getting ready to start a full work week.  Scattered groups of foreign and domestic tourists wandered around the outside area of The Place on Guanghua Lu, admiring the enormous TV screen that stretches the entire length of the promenade.  It appeared to be any other night in China’s capital city. Yet there was a small group of people who knew why Sunday, April 8th, was a special night.  Despite almost no outside promotion or advertisements, people began to line up outside the doors of Spark Beijing, all of them bursting with energy, ready to welcome one of the world’s most celebrated DJ/producer. Nick Van De Wall, better known by his

April 9, 2012 | Scott Adam

New Trend Amongst Young Chinese Males

There is a new trend beginning to gain traction on the streets of Shanghai, up to Beijing, and down to Shenzhen. In heroic displays of neo-chivalrous behavior, young Chinese gentlemen can frequently be seen strolling alongside their companions, casually carrying a designer handbag. This selfless act, demonstrated with the highest level of confidence and humility, has recently helped redefine the concepts of romance and chivalry amongst many young, doughey-eyed Chinese love birds.  It is a remarkable act to witness, one that I admittedly may not be able to pull off myself.

March 25, 2012 | Scott Adam

Food Feature: Di San Xian

Eggplant.  Potatoes.  Green Peppers. It isn’t any more complicated than that.  Yet somehow this combination, when stir fried together with a dark and savory sauce, manages to be both remarkably flavorful and wildly addicting. To me, this is Dong Bei cooking at it’s best.  Hearty, starchy, and beautiful in its simplicity.

March 12, 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

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

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