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Teeming with unspoilt, luxuriant nature, Hainan Island stays true to its natural and ethnic roots with unexpected charms. Here's why you should visit Hainan, an idyllic but oft-overlooked vacation spot, for a short, quiet getaway. Think tropical island resorts and...
Address: Clearwater Bay Avenue, Yingzhou Town, Lingshui County, 572427 Hainan, China Cost: From S$143.90/night (before GST) Check-in/Check-out: Check-in from 3PM. Check-out by 12PM. Tel: +86 898-8338-9888 Website: Raffles Hainan by Accor Hotels TL;DR: - Ideal hideout for couples and families seeking seclusion - Bali-/Hainan-themed rooms are lavish and...
Known for their local delicacies, Kaifeng is famed to have the best food in the Henan province of China. There is also a Chinese saying "Work in Zhengzhou, Live in Luoyang, Eat in Kaifeng", suggesting their popularity as a...
 We arrived in chilly Hangzhou in the late hours of the evening. Immediately after exiting the airport terminal, my throat was ambushed and became slightly irritated by the choking smog. Thankfully, after a few minutes waiting for a cab, my...
When I told my friends and family that I was in China (specifically Hangzhou and Nanjing), they immediately asked if I had brought Imodium. Apparently, some of them have the impression that food in China is prepared with a...
The overnight train from Hangzhou pulls up at Nanjing Train Station shortly after daybreak, and we tumble out into a chilly morning. On the way to our hotel we peer out at streets already bustling - women hawking...
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How to love China

Finding warmth in China, hidden under a slew of bad press and its gruff, sullen veneer. Curly haired Chinese ladies in puffy vests and mismatched scarves push me backwards at the Hangzhou airport luggage carousel, clucking their tongues in impatience....
1. Grab a halal meal Hangzhou’s halal restaurants serve up steaming bowls of beef noodle soup, cumin-flavoured lamb chops and smoky lamb shashlik. Most of these dishes come from the northwestern parts of China such as Lanzhou in Gansu province,...
Even in this day and age, thousands of websites and mobile apps are still being blocked in China. These include popular websites and apps such as Google, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and certain news sites. Imagine not being able...