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Exploring Zhangjiajie: China's mystical land of Avatar

Posted by peipeinj on October 11, 2017 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (2)

Zhangjiajie in northwest China inspired the bewitching landscapes of James Cameron’s science-fiction blockbuster Avatar. Join Min-Zhui Lee as she discovers the UNESCO-listed scenic areas of Wulingyuan, venturing underground through caves, down a magical lake in the mountains and then high up to precipitous rock formations and across the world’s longest and highest glass bridge.


Apply for Chinese tourist visa in Okinawa

Posted by peipeinj on October 8, 2016 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (20)

Good news!! Now you can apply for Chinese tourist visa in Okinawa. You can go to New Overseas Chinese Association in Urasoe city. We contacted the staff  there and she confirmed that they do tourist visa for US military SOFA passport holders. Here are some information.

New Overseas Chinese Association

Open Hour: 10:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00

TEL: 098-963-9078

E-mail: info@onca-okinawa.com

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How much do you tip in China?

Posted by peipeinj on September 23, 2016 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Generally speaking, you don't need to worry too much about tips when you're in China. Tipping in restaurants, spas, taxis, salons, etc. is not expected and it can be a welcome respite for those of us from countries where it is a real headache calculating how much one should tip.

That said, it's a little different when you go on pre-organized tours. I can't speak to exactly why tipping is expected on tours, but it's come to be the norm. I...

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Trip to China- Tour or Independent???

Posted by peipeinj on September 22, 2016 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (4)

Going on a tour with 30 to 50 people, walking around in a mob following a tour guy with a flag isn’t my idea of a vacation. However, with a smaller group, it’s an entirely different experience than what I had expected. Our trip to China was one of the best and most memorable trips I’ve ever taken. It was an organized group tour. There were only 16 of us on the tour. As we spent every day together, we all became friends even until this day.

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Traveling with kids to Zhangjiajie

Posted by peipeinj on May 17, 2016 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Every time when people plan a trip to China, the first thing that comes to their mind is Beijing, the Great Wall or Xian, the Terri Cotta Warriors. To be honest, it is not on my list. I prefer to avoid the popular tourist routes and venture through the mountains, forests and valleys that hide and protect many little-known cultures of China. When my children were 4 and 7, we finally decided that for once we would like a vacation that wasn’t all about sandcast...

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