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How to Visit China Without a Visa (updated 9/8/16)

So you want to visit China without a visa? Well, you're in luck. Starting January 1, 2016, you can travel to and visit the following cities in China without a visa for up to 72 hours (3 days) or 144 hours (6 ...
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How to Get a 10 Year Chinese Tourist Visa


If you have ever wanted to visit China, now would be a pretty good time to make that happen. Many airlines have increased capacity and added new routes to/from several Chinese cities and airfares have never been more reasonable to this incredible country. And it's not just getting to China ...
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GoBag - Great for Some Trips, Not for All Trips


I found the GoBAG on Kickstarter and immediately I saw three traits that suited me.  I am always on the lookout for the perfect carry-on.  But what is the perfect carry-on?  How do you define that?  Consider the following three trips I have taken in the last twelve months ...

Explore Guangzhou with Cycle Canton

Talk about visiting China and you there are usually three or four cities that quickly pop up. Beijing and Shanghai of course and then perhaps Chengdu for the pandas or Xi’an for the Terracotta Army. But what about Guangzhou, formerly Canton, just over the border from Hong Kong? It’s ...

Hyatt on the Bund - Easily Missed but Shouldn't Be

 
Location
When visiting Shanghai, there are a handful of Hyatt properties from which to stay.  The Park Hyatt Shanghai, a boutique property nestled some 90 stories in the air amongst the most iconic skyscrapers in the city, is a beautiful but austere location, perfect for ...

Things To Do In Changsha, China - A Couple of Ideas

Changsha, China is not the world’s most exotic destination, it’s not even much of a tourist destination, but regardless it’s quickly becoming a known travel destination thanks to Hainan Airlines twice weekly service from Changsha to Los Angeles. After I flew Business Class on ...
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Hainan Airlines 787 Business Class Quick Review

I just got off of my very first Hainan Airlines flight and I must say that I am overly impressed with Hainan Airlines Business class service. I have only ever flown China Southern A380 long haul & intra Asia/China service and China Eastern within China, and thus far I must say that Hainan ...
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U-Fly Alliance - World's First Low Cost Carrier Alliance

China brings us the announcement of a 5th airline alliance joining the other airline alliances such as One World, Sky Team, and Star Alliance or the less known Etihad Equity Partners. The new alliance, and the first Low Cost Carrier Alliance, is 100% based around Chinese airlines and is called the ...
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The Great Wall: Turning a Mileage Run into a Family Holiday

On a recent mileage run (our first as a family) we took advantage of some $450 mistake fares in Business Class from Washington DC to Beijing, China. This mileage run was stretched out just slightly longer than a typical 1-2 day turn to a 3 night / 5 day run (Wed-Sun). With such little time on the ...
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Introducing Jimmy Chan and the Grand Hyatt Macau

It was our first visit to Macau (my 40th or 45th country depending on whom you ask and what they consider a country). Naturally, it was also our first stay in the Grand Hyatt Macau.  
 
First Impressions
The drive up is impressive and the lobby even more so.  It was ...

Great Drone Tour of Hong Kong outskirts

I came across this today courtesy of Gizmodo.  The context is unnecessary (transferring chocolate across the territory by drone) and a little corny.  The views however, are outstanding! For those that have not yet been to HK, here is a little view as to why you should leave work right now ...

Air China to Montreal and Havana in 2015: a case study in Guanxi?


Earlier this week, stated-owned Chinese flag carrier Air China announced intentions to commence a salvo of new routes from its Beijing hub to expand its long-haul network in Asia, Africa, Oceania and North America in 2015. Among the list of new destinations Air China wishes to serve from ...
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Air China First Class Review - Los Angeles to Beijing, Boeing 777-300ER

Okay, so let’s address the obvious question. . . Why on earth would I want to fly Air China??? I know. I know. I must have heard that question a dozen times when I told people I was flying Air China to Beijing. Everyone warned me that Air China was a terrible airline and my flight would be ...
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Hotel Review: Westin Bund Center Shanghai, China

Shanghai is China’s largest city by population and is the country’s global financial hub. Situated along the Yangtze River in East China, Shanghai is a major metropolitan city with high-rise commercial buildings, beautiful architecture and an amazing skyline that rivals the likes of New ...
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Shanghai Psychos

This is why I love travel.  A video has been floating around from some Ukrainians that sneak into a skyscraper under construction and climb to the top.  I'm not ruining the video by saying that as far as you consider the top to be, they go further. As a side note - this also fuels my ...
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