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Street Food: Don’t Leave China Without Eating This One Thing

“Don’t go to street markets!” warned our Chinese guide from Viking River Cruises. “Dangerous. You get sick.” I get it. Nobody wants tourists to have a bad experience. Viking, in particular, caters to an older, affluent crowd who prefer fine dining and luxury experiences. Enter me, a well-traveled adventure junkie who isn’t good at following […]

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China Cruise: The Three Gorges with Viking River Cruises

China can be a logistical challenge for foreigners, including getting a China visa for American citizens. The country’s recent tourism boom has put this country on many bucket lists, but maneuvering by plane or train is still difficult due to the language barrier and cultural differences. Touring by boat, however, is a different story. Viking […]

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Videos of China Landmarks and Street Markets

China Landmarks and Highlights China landmarks, 5,000 years of history and culture, the discoveries of tea, silk, papermaking, printing, the compass, and gunpowder, Confucianism, through dynastic rule, and on to Communism, Chinese culture has made an impact on the world. The last few decades have seen not just an increase in tourism abroad, but with […]

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Why Everyone Should Experience China Viking River Cruises

Radio Interview with Kevin and Sue McCarthy Travel Planners Radio Show Internationally syndicated on the GAB Radio Network Broadcast on 1590 WCGO 3/25/17 China: The Ultimate Bucket List Trip Click on or below image to play     Overview China – the ultimate bucket list trip See as much as possible 2 weeks, 9 cities/destinations Beijing […]

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Weekend in Shanghai: 12 Reasons Why It Became My Favorite City

“You’d better hurry!” said the concierge. We’d just returned to our hotel after at the end of our weekend in Shanghai. We wanted to see the Bund at night but had just been informed that the lights go out at 10:00 pm. Prompt. With a mere 15 minutes before lights-out, we took a right turn […]

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Beijing Itinerary: 12 Highlights You Don’t Want to Miss

Beijing is China’s colossal capital, with a rich and fascinating history dating back 3,000 years. It’s a location with architectural marvels from the ancient dynastic palaces to stunningly unique modern skyscrapers. It’s arguably China’s cultural center, offering a glimpse into the old hutong warrens of the past to the hustling mega-metropolis of the inner city, […]

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20 Reasons to See China with Viking River Cruises

“Aaarrrggghhhh,” I screamed when I felt something crawling on my head. “What is it?” “It’s a giant grasshopper,” said Alison. “Wait a minute, hold still. I want to get a picture.” “Get it off! Now!” I bellowed “No, leave it. It’s good luck,” she insisted. China is full of surprises, from superstitions to fascinating food […]

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Badaling Great Wall Tour in China

Ask a random sampling of people about their bucket list destinations, and virtually all of them will mention the Great Wall of China, probably near or at the top. “He Who Has Never Been to the Great Wall Is Not a True Man” I’m no exception. My two week trip to China was prompted by […]

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9 Famous Cities in China You Must See

China. Just utter the word at a party and you’ll get an avalanche of responses, each one differing according to that person’s perspective. But there is one common thread…it’s one of the most intriguing places on the planet, and there are nine famous cities in China you must see. Claiming 5,000 years of history and […]

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