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What to Eat in Beijing
Going to Beijing without having Peking Duck is like visiting Egypt and not seeing the pyramids. This centuries-old tradition can be traced as far back as the Yuan Dynasty where it was first prepared for the emperor of China. Roast duck, as it is also known, quickly became a favorite of the upper classes and was immortalized by poets and scholars, soon becoming the national dish of China.
Floating Luxury, Three Gorges, and a City of Ghosts
From classical poetry to modern-day commercials, the Yangtze River is one of the iconic images of China. From the soaring Three Gorges to the Shibaozhai, a 12-story wooden pagoda built entirely without nails, the river shelters a vast amount of Chinese history, culture and folklore around every bend. As the third longest river in the world, it snakes its way through the heart of the country, past ancient temples and vertical cliffs, pastoral villages and the planet’s largest dam. But one of the most interesting sites in China is found on a mountain top where it is said devils reside: Fengdu’s Ghost City.
Personal Encounters that Make the Journey
The highlight of Ken and Robin Roth’s first trip to China wasn’t the Forbidden City, the Xi’an Warriors or even the Great Wall. No, the thing they remember most is a tiny, two-room house in a crowded hutong (alleyway) and the unassuming woman who welcomed them into her home.
“I’ll never forget that day,” Ken said. “We sat in this gal’s home for over an hour just talking. It wasn’t fancy – just a couple of rooms, a tiny kitchen, a bed and a couple of chairs.”
Ken’s wife, Robin, recalls the questions she asked and the first-hand look she garnered into what life is like in the crowded city of Beijing.
An Authentic Experience
Behind the storefronts that dot the busy main streets of the city are the winding alleyways that snake their way through the residential neighborhoods of old Beijing. These narrow streets, known as hutongs, are filled with all manner of daily life from gardens and markets to family homes and royal residences. Due to the condensed nature of the community, the only way to view this slice of ancient China is by rickshaw. If your travels take you to the Forbidden City, this unique travel experience will afford you an unforgettable glimpse into local life. Aboard the traditional tricycle, rickshaw drivers will leisurely ferry you through the authentic burrows of Beijing and into the very heart of the city. Here’s what you can expect:
A Wonder of the World
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 7 Wonders of the World, China’s Great Wall is one of humankind’s crowning achievements. Built to protect the citizenry from the marauding Huns to the north, the wall remains a stunning tribute to the ingenuity of the Qin dynasty and sits atop many a bucket list belonging to intrepid world travelers. To make the most of your visit to the wall, here are some travel tips for you to consider:
Explore These Unique Travel Destinations in Luxury
In 2007, travelers across the planet voted to declare a "new" Seven Wonders of the World. The list represents the pinnacle of human achievement and aims to showcase our diverse global heritage. But by no means is this list of seven exhaustive. There are a host of other treasures, perhaps not as familiar, that may not have made the list but certainly are worthy of wonder from the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia to the Potala Palace in Tibet. Following is the list that our world has selected as being most worthy of our wonder.
A List of Popular Things To Do in the "Pearl of the Orient"
While you may think of it as modern-day Gotham city, Hong Kong, China is in fact a sprawling archipelago of 260 islands. The prize of empires, this epic city is as ancient as it is cosmopolitan. It is a place where weathered old men push wheelbarrows alongside speeding traffic on major thoroughfares, sophisticated restaurants sit next to dai pai dong street-food stalls, and modern skyscrapers are still built with bamboo scaffolding and in accordance with the principals of feng shui. From its lively makeshift markets to the bustling harbor, Hong Kong is a mind-numbing array of dramatic experiences. Here are some of our favorites:
The Hit List
I’m often asked about my favorite destination. But like children, you can never single out just one. The truth of the matter is this...my favorite place in the entire world is the one I just visited, or perhaps it’ll be the one I’ll be traveling to next. So instead, I thought I’d highlight some of Travcoa’s most popular journeys that are favored by travelers like yourself. Perhaps you’ll agree, or maybe your list will be entirely different. We’d love to hear which Travcoa journey — or journeys — top your own bucket list.