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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,...
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...
For the first time since it closed its borders in 2020. It's been some time since our last trip to China (back in 2019 when we visited Yunnan). So we were really happy to hear that China had resumed issuing...
In China, cash ain't king. Mobile payment apps like WeChat Pay and Alipay are becoming essential. Here's how to make life easier on your next trip to China. First published: 11 March 2020 Making payments in China can be quite tricky...
The best list of things to do in Shanghai beyond just the popular tourist attractions — from soaking in the city skyline to amusement rides at a national park! First published: 21 Oct 2019 Known as the “Paris of the East”, Shanghai...
Deep-fried brown sugar-coated dough balls, pork noodles, and street delicacies you wouldn't believe are really delicious. Oh, and did we mention the OG Haidilao that's actually affordable? We've always dived headfirst into tasting local delicacies, and experiencing the food culture of...
You don't have to fly all the way to Switzerland to enjoy breathtaking nature. Here are the best nature spots in Yunnan, China! First published: 8 Dec 2019 Yunnan province in China, just 4 hours from Singapore, is home to some...
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...
From delicious street eats to jaw-dropping views of the Avatar mountains, get ready for an unrivalled China experience in Wuhan, Changsha and Zhangjiajie with this itinerary! First published: 21 Jun 2019 To be honest, China didn't rank high on my bucket...
This China itinerary brings you a treasure trove of places to explore by rail — all the essentials to plan an epic two weeks in China! Most people wouldn't think of going to China for a vacation — I know,...
Few people realise how gorgeous this region of China is. Here's our 12-day Yunnan itinerary with scenic views comparable to Switzerland! First published on: 6 Dec 2019 When I think of China, I think of Beijing, Shanghai, and maybe even Guangzhou....
There's no Google, WhatsApp or Uber in China, but there's Baidu, WeChat and DiDi. Visiting China, especially for the first time, can be daunting when you realise most of the apps you use on a daily basis, i.e. Facebook, Instagram,...
That iconic glass bridge barely scratches the surface. Scoot now flies to Wuhan five times a week (7 times from 1 Sep!) and four times a week to Changsha — more details below! First published: 21 Jun 2019 China is a...
Planning a trip to Shanghai Disneyland? So is everyone else. Don't let the massive crowds ruin your experience at the happiest place on earth! As a huge (read: borderline obsessed) Disney fan, Shanghai Disneyland was up there on my list...
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....
Think you've tasted everything China has to offer? This Yunnan food guide highlights the province's unique cuisine that you can't miss. When you think of Chinese cuisine, the usuals always come to mind — xiaolongbao (soup-filled dumplings), Beijing's peking...
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. Photo credit: En.sanyatour.com Think tropical island...
Looking to explore the scenic, quainter side of China? This Suzhou and Hangzhou itinerary discovers the cities seemingly trapped in time. Beijing and Shanghai are like the cool kids at the high school cafeteria, showing off their fancy gadgets (read:...
From the Great Wall of China to lesser-known scenic day trips, these exciting things to do in Beijing are a must on your first trip! Home to one of the seven wonders of the world and a multitude of UNESCO...
Cash isn't king in China — if you're confused about the different mobile payment methods in China, check out this handy guide before travelling there! If you've been to China in the last decade, you'd know setting up a WeChat...

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