China is an absolutely fascinating country to travel to. With a history going back over 5,000 years, the world’s largest population, and a wide array of historical, scenic, and cultural places to visit, you could spend a lifetime in China and still not take it all in.


Having called the Middle Kingdom home for over five years, we’ve managed to see a lot of this massive country. From ancient cities like Pingyao to epic hikes in the mountains outside of Jiuzhaigou National Park, to the impressive skyline of Shanghai, we’ve had some incredible travel experiences in China and want you to have them as well!

Shaxi Ancient Town

Shaxi Ancient Town: Yunnan’s Forgotten Trade Hub

Welcome to the last post in our Backpacking Yunnan series! We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the other places on the route. It’s a pretty beaten backpacker path starting with the capital, Kunming, then heading to Dali, Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge, and Shangri-la. Today we want to introduce you to a town …

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In Search of Shangri-la in China

After cycling and hiking in Dali, exploring the old town of Lijiang, and trekking Tiger Leaping Gorge, our Yunnan trip rolls on. Shangri-la is a small town nestled in Yunnan’s northwest corner. It was originally named Zhongdian, but they officially changed the name in 2001 in an effort to increase tourism to the area. Most …

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Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge

Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge

For lovers of the great outdoors and adventure travel, one place that should be high atop your China bucket list is the Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan province. This epic hike takes you up in the mountains, where you’ll truly feel like you’re hiking in the clouds. Along the way, you gaze …

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Dali: A Slice Of Hippie Heaven In China

While China may not be nearly as popular as Southeast Asia or South America with backpackers, that doesn’t mean there aren’t great places there for independent, adventure-seeking travelers. Yunnan province is one of the most popular areas in China for backpackers. Home to stunning mountain scenery, vibrant ethnic minority culture, …

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Yunnan backpacking

Yunnan Province, China: Perfect for Backpackers

What comes to mind when someone mentions China? It’s most likely dirty mega cities or massive crowds. Certainly not established backpacking routes. However, plenty of karst mountains, waterfalls, and lush rice terraces dot the southern provinces of the country. Yunnan province is one of, if not the coolest place for …

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