The very best things to see and do in Beijing either with a tour or on excursions on your own

Why go Solo: Many of the tour operators in Beijing are scams. It’s unfortunate, but it’s part of the reality of traveling in China. You’ll find they not only charge a great deal more than you’d pay to do the trip on your own, but they often have “affiliates” along …

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Beijing's best bars for getting to know the city, meet the right people, and enjoy your stay in the capital

10Best searched far and wide before ranking these bars as the best in Beijing. How’d they earn their way on the list? Beer selection, specialty cocktails, cool aesthetics, great music, hip crowds– we consider it all before deciding which ones belong on a list of Beijing’s Best Bars. For a …

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Beijing's best budget hotels for simple living and exploring in the capital

Beijing’s budget hotels have a lot to offer. You can save money by going shoestring on your lodgings. These ten options will offer you a safe, cheap place to rest your head without compromising on the basic essentials. All of these hotel options are in decent locations in and around …

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Micronesia: Challenging island-hopping adventures

I’m panicked and soaked as smiling locals fish me out of the bay on the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia. “Trip of a lifetime,” I sarcastically thought as we made our way back to land with an upside-down kayak, our cameras and cellphone ruined. How did I end up drenched, …

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Visit the Great Wall of China

Where to Go: The Great Wall of China isn’t one long wall, as many imagine.  You can’t see it from space–the reason being that it isn’t continuous, it’s dozens upon dozens of smaller sections where the natural landscape doesn’t already act as a barrier. Some sections are in the desert, …

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Panjiayuan, Beijing's Hotspot for Antiques and Memorabilia

A cultural extravaganza in the spirit of the Silk Road right in the heart of Beijing Why It’s Amazing: Panjiayuan remains the last truly cultural Silk Market shopping area in Beijing. Here you’ll find everything from Mao buttons commemorating the great helmsman’s feats of awe, to old propaganda war posters …

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10 Best Airport Hotels: Ranging in budget, luxury and appeal but always ready to please

10 Best Airport Hotels: Ranging in budget, luxury and appeal but always ready to please Finding Beijing hotels within close proximity of one of the cities airports, like the Tian Tang Yang Guang Hotel Beijing near the main airport, makes leaving home that much easier for any traveler. Not having …

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Road trip through South Africa

Ask my 11-year-old her fondest memories of South Africa and she would rattle four names in one breath. Mind you, these would not be any of the “Big Five” – rhinoceros, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and lion – or other wildlife for that matter. Etched on her lips are the …

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Real Chinese food: 10 Best Restaurants in Beijing for Modern Emperors

With some 55,000 restaurants spreading across the city, Beijing’s dining scene is buzzing, exciting and overwhelming. If you grow up with the stereotypical image of Chinese food in the West (which is mostly influenced by Cantonese food), the real Chinese food in the Chinese capital will come as bit of …

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It’s just become easier for some tourists to visit Ethiopia

Ethiopia has launched a new electronic visa application service, making it easier for tourists to visit the East African nation. Visitors from countries as diverse as Germany, Brazil, Australia and South Korea can now all apply online for a visa from the comfort of their own homes. (Ed: Malaysia is …

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