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50 Best Towns in China - 270

The 50 Best Towns in China

16 December 2015 | Media

Back in my Lonely Planet days I always found it exciting when one of the company’s foreign language partners produced a Lonely Planet book which had never been published in English. Even though they looked recognisably LP. The 50 Best Towns in China is definitely in t...

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That's China

That’s China

25 December 2014 | Culture

Mark Kitto started a what’s on magazine for expatriates in Guangzhou in the late 1990s, expanded it to That’s Shanghai and then That’s Beijing and then had the whole business taken away from him. One day he was locked out of his own office and told that despite all th...

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IMG_8678 - pi-pa player at Jiaxiu Pavilion - 270

Guiyang in Guizhou

6 November 2014 | Places

My Guizhou travel, with the village of Dali as the main focus, started and finished in the capital city, Guiyang. There are direct flights to and from Hong Kong and there’ll soon be a high speed train service linking Guiyang with Guangzhou. ▲ The Jiaxiu Pavilion in...

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IMG_8525 - Rentuan drum tower & covered bridge, Zhaoxing - 540

Zhaoxing in Guizhou

5 November 2014 | Culture

Global Heritage Fund are working on the preservation of Dali, a Dong minority village in Guizhou province, but tourism has already arrived at some corners of the region. Notably in Zhaoxing, described in the Lonely Planet China guide as the ‘quintessential Dong villag...

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IMG_8649 - highway Rongjiang to Guiyang - 540

Travelling Guizhou Province, China

28 October 2014 | Places

I spent a few days looking around Guizhou. It is (or was) the poorest province in China, a place ‘without three li of flat land, three days of fine weather, or three coins to rub together.’ It’s also a place where, clearly, an awful lot of development is happening. ...

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