Imperial Tours’ China Luxury Travel Blog
The Year of the Rooster
Chinese New Year, also referred to as Lunar New Year and Spring Festival, is the biggest and most important holiday in China. In terms of significance in Chinese culture the Lunar New Year is comparable to combining Thanksgiving and Christmas together. We have assembled some traditions and facts behind one of the world’s largest celebrations to provide a better understanding of this holiday. We have also put together some useful travel tips should y...
Experience the great outdoors of China. Breathe in the crisp clean air and stand in awe over her beauty. While we guarantee your China experience will be one of culture, cuisine, and wonderment, it can also be filled with breath taking scenery and dramatic landscapes. China’s natural landscapes offer experiences for all types of travelers. To help showcase some of China’s outdoor experiences we have compiled in this article the best natural destinations.
So when packing your bags, b...
Beautifully preserved village of Hongcun near Huangshan
China has so much to offer the curious traveler that there’s simply no way to visit everywhere in just one trip. Most first time visitors cover the ‘must-see’ sites of Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Guilin, but there’s so much more to discover and explore. Here we list our top places to visit on a second trip to China.
Our director Guy Rubin’s favorite destination in China is Huangshan &ndash...
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA)
China has some fabulous art galleries showcasing the best Chinese and international artists from past to present. Here we list some of the best places in the country to get yourself acquainted with the breadth of both Chinese and international art, in particular contemporary art.
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing
Located in the 798 Art Zone, the UCCA was designed to be a global art center in Beijing. It is a not-for-profi...
Beijing Pine Valley - with an impressive background of the Yan mountains, the par 44th is a good driving hole
China is now home to thousands of golf courses, as the sport has taken off in a big way. Some of the clubs play host to major world tournaments and there are now excellent courses all over the country. Here we’ve compiled a list of the best courses that can be accessed from the main tourist spots. Take a day out of your busy touring schedule to enjoy a round of golf in any of th...
Running the Great Wall marathon
Running a marathon is a unique experience. Every step takes you through beautiful landscapes, people cheering you on, pain, ups and downs, more pain, and then you finally see the finish line – it’s over, you accomplished a marathon! Now, imagine how remarkable this experience would be if you combined it with some of the most exotics landscapes in China? Well, the marathon season is here so choose your destination and put on your running shoes!...
Scene from Avatar - the landscape was inspired by Zhangjiajie and Huangshan
By 2017 China’s film industry is expected to surpass the profits and influence of Hollywood. According to the LA Times, last year alone almost 15 movie screens per day were installed and ticket sales rose 35 percent. While both domestic and international films have made major waves in China, Americans are being equally exposed to Chinese influence.
US companies like Warner Bros are encouraging relations between...
Red lanterns are ubiquitous during Chinese new year
In San Francisco red and gold lanterns are strung from lampposts, illuminating rainy days and lending hope for success in the New Year. Chinatown bakeries advertize the best moon cakes in the city, while shops along the main street stock up on poppers and other small fireworks. Wherever you live, Chinese festivals bring a certain sense of mysticism and excitement that have been carried with the culture for years. China has about 53 ethn...
China has been a land fueling creativity for thousands of years but there seems to have been a resurgence of interest from the West in Chinese creativity recently. Last year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and a handful of other museums featured exhibits on Chinese art. In the previous year, The Smithsonian showcased Chinese-American food and this past November The Met documented Chinese fashion and its global impact. Both exhibits noted that Chinese culture has been influencing th...
Testing the young Shaolin monk's skills at a private kungfu performance
Trips with children can be challenging both in planning and in execution. Buy they don’t have to be. When done right, they can be one of the most rewarding, memorable and influential of experiences. This June 19th-30th, Imperial Tours is offering a Family Tour of China that focuses on fun for all family members in an environment that offers a look at China’s culture, history, technology, government...
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