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One Day in Nanjing (The Nitty Gritty Specifics!)

Planning Nanjing was an exercise in patience.  Since it’s not as popular as other Chinese cities, there aren’t as many articles about it (and fewer still on the actual coordination of visiting, rather than just inspiration).  But if I can do it, so can you — especially since I’m about to share how to spend …

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pagoda building lit at night in shanghai

I Was *ThisClose* to Falling for a Shanghai Tea House Scam

Have I told you about the time I almost fell for the tea house scam in Shanghai? No?  Well, settle in because it wasn’t pretty. I didn’t expect Shanghai would be the city that threw me.  Of everywhere I went in China, it’s the one that’s most conducive to tourists.  After five days of communication …

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First class seats on the Nanjing Shanghai train

Yes, the Train from Shanghai to Nanjing is Easy, Fast, and Cheap!

Independent travel in China is easier than you think thanks to high speed rail.  Unlike buses, it’s easy to figure out and for the most part, trains run efficiently on schedule.  As of 2019, there are 200+ departures on the train from Shanghai to Nanjing, making it incredibly easy to add in a side trip. …

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