As an American, it blows my mind that there are Chinese businesses that accept neither credit card nor cash. They only accept mobile, electronic payment — WeChat Pay or AliPay. That alone isn’t really an issue, except for the fact that it’s impossible to set up a WeChat Wallet without a Chinese bank account. So what’s a girl to do? Find a workaround, of course.
China is one of the most fascinating countries I've ever been to, but admittedly it's not always easy. Everything from communication to reading menus can be hard if you're travelling China alone. It's even more complicated because so many websites and apps are blocked throughout the country, so you can't rely on your favorite resources. Find tips here on my China blog about traveling China without a tour -- you can definitely do it and there are plenty of stories and photographs to inspire why you should go!
Everyone says winter is the worst time to visit China — unless you’re heading to the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, that is. Before my visit, I found plenty of inspirational articles and photographs but I couldn’t pinpoint a recent Harbin ice festival guide to walk me through the logistics. I had zero desire to join China tours and be shepherded around on someone’s
I thought Harbin would be a one-hit wonder: fly in, visit the world’s largest ice and snow festival, fly out. Instead, I left longing for more time in this northern Chinese city that no one knows anything about. It’s not like I planned to visit Harbin this year. No, I just happened to jump on a mistake airfare: $560 to China in business class. As
The Great Wall is the most recognizable site in Asia and hiking the Great Wall of China is an iconic experience. I had to do it, but I didn’t consider its history until I was in China. “Construction on the wall began in the seventh century B.C. It spread more than 21,000 kilometers over almost 2500 years of construction,” our guide told us. They built the Great Wall