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The Courtyard Xiao Yuan Hostel is a lovely little hostel on one of Beijing’s hutongs just 20 to 30 minute walk from the north gate of the Forbidden City. Location & Getting There The hutong the hostel is located on is a genuine residential hutong that has not been commercialized or developed for tourism. The
There is no better way to experience the natural beauty and history of China than hiking the Great Wall of China. Hiking the Great Wall solo can be a little confusing and intimidating so I have put together a how to guide for hiking the Great Wall based on my experiences on the wall. The
Travel by train in China is a great way to see the country, meet people, a very practical form of transportation AND getting better. In the last few years the Chinese government has been investing billions in transport infrastructure and high speed rail links have been popping up all over the country like mushrooms. I’ve
Hutongs are small alley ways or lanes surrounding the Forbidden City in the old section of Beijing that are hundreds of years old. These hutongs provide a tantalizing insight into life in ancient Beijing and a glimpse of modern Beijing’s traditional life. A typical residence in ancient Beijing was a walled compound with a courtyard
This hostel is great if you have to make a last minute booking, no other hostels are available and you don’t mind roughing it for a night or two. Being surrounded by hutongs is also a big plus. Location The hostel is roughly 4 kilometers to the west of the Forbidden City and located in
Clearly visible on Suzhou’s skyline and with a history of 2,500 years, Tiger Hill is a stunning visual and cultural symbol of Suzhou. One of Suzhou’s ancient poets once said that to visit Suzhou and not see Tiger Hill would lead to a life time of regret. The poet spoke truly and if you travel