Guangdong – Fortress Towers, Kaiping

The diaolou or fortified watchtowers found in Kaiping, it is located 130 kilometers southwest of Guangzhou, the provincial capital of Guangdong. Erected mostly in the early 20th century, the fortress towers at Kaiping were built by famously outbound Kaipingers, who brought home the many architectural styles they saw abroad, including Islamic, Roman and even ancient Greek. […]

Chengdu, China’s latest urban star

When Chinese were asked what they knew about Chengdu, many would respond that it was “the panda’s hometown,” or a city where residents got up late to pass the day playing mahjong in one of its famous teahouses. Today, Chengdu is a vibrant, modern metropolis. Chengdu announced that it’s applying, along with Guangzhou, to join Beijing and Shanghai in […]

Tea culture traveling in China

Tea, that most ordinary of beverages, was once so highly prized that traders, travelers and seafarers risked their lives to bring the precious cargo from China to the rest of the world. Now, a small but growing band of tea aficionados is traveling across the country in pursuit of tea at its source, fueled by an appreciation […]