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Banyan Tree Hotels-Luxury Experiences Throughout Urban and Rural China

The Banyan Tree is a popular chain of boutique hotels. With 11 locations throughout China, these 5-star hotels each offer their guests something different and indulgent. Huangshan Resort and Spa Located a few kilometres away from the quaint and beautiful Hongcun and Xidi villages, this Banyan Resort and Spa is easily accessible on your trek and trip up or down Mount Huangshan. It is the only Banyan Tree in the eastern province of Anhui, located just north of Shanghai. The building is designed in the traditional and distinctive Hui style of Chinese architecture and is a scenic spot at the foot of Mount Huangshan. There are villas and hotel suites on-site, and the resort offers guests a breakfast buffet, a spa and both indoor and outdoor event rooms, all amongst the luscious green of the Huangshan villages and mountain. On

November 18, 2016 | Jennifer Richardson

22nd Annual Qingdao Beer Festival

The 22nd Annual Qingdao Beer Festival is currently underway in the coastal city of Qingdao, China. Held in Qingdao Century Square, just north of the famous Qingdao Beer City, the annual event in Shandong Province is Asia’s largest beer festival and a celebration of all things BEER. The event began on August 11th and will end in just a few days with a closing ceremony on August 26th. As a two week extravaganza, the festival includes live entertainment, beer tastings, drinking competitions, and plenty of food to feed those pesky beer munchies! Festival goers are sure to snack on some tasty chuan’r – as shown here in our Food Feature. Beers from all over the world will be represented at the Qingdao Beer Festival including brews from countries such as: Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, and the United States.

August 21, 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

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

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