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Guangzhou, China

I have visited some of the major cities in China (still a lot to go!), and realized how unique each of these gigantic metropolises are, as they act like small individual countries inside the vast “Chinese Empire”.
Out of the five enormous megalopolises I have visited during my Chinese trip, the closest one to my heart is the last station of my Chinese journey, the city of Guangzhou.
Probably this decision has something to do with the weather (warm & …

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Shangri-La & The Songzanlin Lamasery in Yunnan, China

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"Momo" in a traditional Tibetan restaurant in Shangri-La

Where did I sleep in Shangri-La?

Dragoncloud Guesthouse

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Comments: Great location, relaxing stay. I have booked a small private twin room, because it was relatively cheap. The rooms face an old, traditional courtyard. The Guesthouse is a little bit crowded, but the receptionist was really nice and helpful, and gave me advice

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Tiger Leaping Gorge

The two days long hike at Tiger Leaping Gorge leads through one of the deepest gorges in the world, with a maximum depth of around 3,700 meters (12,434 feet) from river below to mountain peak above.
The gorge is located in Yunnan province, around 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Lijiang City.
Hiking in the gorge must not to be taken casually, and even for those in a good physical shape, it is a tough a workout.
The path constricts …

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Dali Old Town, Yunnan, China

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An old lady preparing some Chinese sweet rice puding in Dali Oldtown

Where did I sleep in Dali Old Town?

The Dragonfly Guesthouse (Hostel)

My rating: 

Comments: Good location, friendly and helpful staff. The dormitory rooms are a bit small, but the beds are big, and you have your own curtains to provide privacy.
Book it on Booking.com: The Dragonfly Guesthouse (Hostel)

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Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing, China

Visiting the Diaoyu Fortress was a great day trip from Chongqing.

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A several hundred year old tree in the courtyard of the temple in Diaoyu Fortress
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The Wulong Karst, Chongqing

Visiting the Wulong Karst was a great day trip from Chongqing.

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Crowd on the path. Like at any other Chinese sight, don't expect to be alone! Tens of thousands visit this stunning geographical park daily.
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Chongqing, China

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View from Chaotianmen Square, where the Jangce and the Jialing rivers meet in Chongqing

Where did I sleep in Chongqing?

Only Cafe and Backpacker (Hostel)

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Comments: Good location, friendly staff. Clean. Average hostel experience.
Book it on Booking.com: Only Cafe and Backpacker (Hostel)

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Dujiangyan Scenic Area, Sichuan

When visiting Chengdu, Sichuan, a day trip out of the city to Dujiangyan, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must for every traveler. You need to calculate at least a whole day for this trip. Leave early in the morning with a bullet train from Chengdu and don’t expect to return before late afternoon or at night.
“Dujiangyan (Chinese: 都江堰; pinyin: Dūjiāngyàn) is an ancient irrigation system in Dujiangyan City, Sichuan, China. Originally constructed around 256 BC by the

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The Giant Buddha in Leshan, Sichuan

Visiting the Giant Buddha in Leshan was a great day trip from Chengdu.

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View on the Giant Buddha from the steep and narrow path leading towards the feet of the Buddha
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