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5 reasons why China should be on your bucket list

5 reasons why China should be on your bucket list

Say China and you immediately think of counterfeit products, over-popularisation and communism. But despite its sometimes questionable methods, China is home to areas of outstanding natural beauty, beautiful culture and fabulous wildlife. So if it isn’t on your bucket list, here’s why it should be. *This article may contain affiliate links, click here for more information. 1. It has Pandas. Pandas in Chengdu with The Dragon Trip 2. It has a Terracotta Army. The Terracotta Warriors with The Dragon Trip…

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How Travel Kick-Started my Career

How Travel Kick-Started my Career

(Sorry guys, it’s an essay – but it’s a good essay! Happy reading!) “Of all the interns that we’ve had so far, I still consider you the most intelligent. And with your very efficient work style I know you will do well in your life.” Innes Brunn. Picture this, you’re freaking out as your dissertation is due marking the end of university days. The ripest of your class have secured graduate programmes, while you face the prospect of returning to…

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What to Expect in Beijing

What to Expect in Beijing

These Beijing facts had me standing with my mouth gaping open in the month I spent in Beijing. I hope  these Beijing facts fascinating will show you what to expect during a visit to the Chinese capital. 1. Chinese Split Pants Pioneers in plastic reduction? Or just a cultural difference? Either way, get ready to see a lot of babies bottoms. These “split pants” are worn as an economical alternative to nappies, giving children the convenience of using the bathroom wherever they…

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10 Tips for Bargaining in Beijing’s Markets

10 Tips for Bargaining in Beijing’s Markets

1. Keep in mind where you are shopping. If you are in the vicinity of a tourist attraction they will automatically try and charge you a significant amount more 2. Keep in mind what the time is. The best time to get bargains is closing time; suddenly the vendors start being realisti and try to get rid of their wares by the end of the day 3.In general, don’t ask how much something is unless you are prepared to bargain…

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Survival Tips for the Beijing Subway

Survival Tips for the Beijing Subway

Beijing has one of the busiest subways in the world with more than 6.4 million riders each day. I would feel a 100 times more confident in the city if I could avoid using the Subway, but unfortunately it is the most cost-effective and efficient way of getting around. Finding the Subway In Beijing, a blue sign marked with ‘北京地铁 (Beijing Subway)’ indicates that there is a subway station nearby. Access to the subway station is marked by a square grey…

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