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2012 Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival Opening Fireworks, Heilongjiang

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Photo: Fireworks mark the official opening of the 2012 Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on January 5. The largest winter festival in the world, it has a different theme each year. 2012's theme was the relationship between China and Russia. Temperatures in Harbin can drop as low as -38°C, so be sure to bring warm clothing and boots. (Brian K. Smith photo.)

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Anshun Spicy Soup Noodles by Adventurocity

A small restaurant near the train station in Anshun, Guizhou, offered this bowl of spicy soup noodles for breakfast, along with a side dish of spicy pickled cabbage and soy milk. Our meal was delicious and inexpensive. Not only did the staff enjoy the novelty of having foreigners eat in their restaurant, they also appreciated our enjoyment of their food. (Rick Green photo.)

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The Re-TROS rock Yugong Yishan by Adventurocity

Beijing band, the reTROS, perform at Yugong Yishan for the venue's sixth anniversary celebration on September 17, 2010. (Rick Green photo | View slideshow)

Yugong Yishan
Zhang Zizhong Road 3-2, Beixinqiao
Dongcheng District, Beijing
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Liquan Natural 10P Beer with a Chinese dinner by Adventurocity

A bottle of Liquan Natural 10P beer to accompany dinner in a Guiyang restaurant. As most beer in China is cheap, light-tasting and low-alcohol, it is a traveller's preferred beverage during lunch and dinner. Liquan is the leading beer brand in Southwest China, especially in its home province of Guangxi where it has 80% market share. It is the essential ingredient in Guilin Beer Fish.

Guilin Liquan Co., Ltd. was originally founded in 1985. In July of 2002, it was acquired by Beijing's Yanjing Beer Group, which is China's largest beer conglomerate. Today, the company produces a line of light lagers ranging from 3.1% - 4% ABV. For reviews of Liquan Natural 10P beer, see Beer Advocate and Rate Beer. (Rick Green photo | View slideshow)

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Adventurocity's Rick Green having a pint of Imperial Pumpkin Ale at Great Leap Brewing, a brewpub in a converted courtyard house (sìhéyuàn) in Beijing's Dongcheng District. Started in 2010 by Carl Setzer and Liu Fang, Great Leap was the first craft brewery in Beijing not to specialize in producing Central European-inspired beer. Rather, their focus is in localizing a North American craft brewing philosophy by using Chinese-grown and processed hops, tea, spices, fruit, vegetables, coffee, sugar and honey. At least a dozen GLB beers are continually available on tap, with seasonals changing regularly. For the ultimate Beijing craft beer experience, kicking back in Great Leap's pleasant courtyard with a few uniquely Chinese pints is a most pleasurable way to cap a day of exploring the capital's ancient sites. (Gary Lohin photo | View slideshow)

Great Leap Brewing (大跃啤酒)
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Rick Green drinking a Liquan beer.

After hiking for five hours from Ping'an to Tiantouzhai in the Longji Scenic Area of Guangxi Province, Adventurocity's Rick Green relaxes with a Chinese adjunct lager. In the background is a pile of empty bottles from the guesthouse. Because a lot of Chinese beer is packaged in clear or green bottles, they can turn skunky if not kept out of sunlight. This is the price of cheap, cold beer.

Liquan is the leading beer brand in Southwest China, especially in its home province of Guangxi. It is the essential ingredient in Guilin Beer Fish. For reviews of Liquan Natural 10P beer, see Beer Advocate and Rate Beer. (Brian K. Smith photo | View slideshow)

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Cold, cheap beer is easy to find throughout China, but it comes at a price. Firstly, there's not much to it in terms of aroma, flavour, or mouthfeel. Worse, though, is what is illustrated in this photo. These cases of Liquan are sitting in front of a shop in Longsheng, Guangxi. Even though the beer may be fresh, because the bottles are green, chances are it is already skunked from the ultraviolet light that has entered the bottle. Opaque packaging is the best. If you can't find beer in cans or brown bottles, you should look to see if the proprietor handles the beer properly, keeping it out of the sunlight. A store or restaurant with fast turnover of stock is also recommended.

Guilin Liquan Co., Ltd. was originally founded in 1985. In July of 2002, it was acquired by Beijing's Yanjing Beer Group, which is China's largest beer conglomerate. Today, the company produces a line of light lagers ranging from 3.1% - 4% ABV. For reviews of Liquan Natural 10P beer, see Beer Advocate and Rate Beer. (Rick Green photo | View slideshow)

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Kitler of Pingzhai by Adventurocity

When I saw this cat in Pingzhai Village, Guizhou, I immediately thought, "Wow, there's a kitler," that is, a cat that looks like Hitler. There actually is a Web site devoted to cats that look like Hitler, developed and run by Paul Neve. If you think this cat is a good example of a kitler, please vote for him at CatsThatLookLikeHitler.com. (Rick Green photo.)

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Li River Cormorant Fisherman, Yangshuo by Adventurocity

A cormorant fisherman wearing a traditional hat and cape, poses with his bird perched on the pole for his bamboo raft. The Professional Photographers of Canada-BC awarded this photo Best Portrait of a Man in 2010. (Brian K. Smith photo.)

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Dong Girls and Drum Tower in Zhaoxing by Adventurocity

Two Dong sisters pose in traditional indigo costume in front of a drum tower in Zhaoxing, Guizhou Province. The Dong people are the 12th largest of China's 56 officially-recognized ethnic groups. They mostly live in eastern Guizhou, western Hunan, and northern Guangxi. They are renowned for their Kam Sweet Rice, polyphonic choir singing, and carpentry skills, as distinguished by their drum towers and wind & rain bridges.

Zhaoxing is located in Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture of southeastern Guizhou. With more than 4,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest Dong settlements in the region. Of the 840 resident families, 98% are from five clans of the Lu family, each represented in the village by a drum tower, the focal point for community gatherings. While the trappings of modern life are evident in Zhaoxing, Dong traditions are still widely practiced. Seeing a Kam Grand Choir performance is one of the highlights of a visit to Zhaoxing. A scenic hike amongst the rice terraces and villages in the surrounding mountains is also recommended.

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Exploring the Li River between Guilin and Yangshuo by Adventurocity

Most visitors experience the karst landscape of Guilin via a boat trip on the Li River to Yangshuo. However, this is quite a lengthy trip. An alternative is to concentrate on the most scenic part of the river between Yangdi Town and Xingping, driving to Yangdi and doing a combination of walking and rafting to Xingping. This also allows you to explore villages along the way and experience life along the river in more detail.

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Some of our experiences in Guizhou and Guangxi provinces on the Adventurocity Southwest China Cultural Minorities and Classical Landscapes tour.

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Paper Making in Shiqiao by Adventurocity

A man making sheets of paper by hand. The screen is attached to the wooden form behind him and immersed in the basin of pulp. Through a washing action, the fibres collect on the screen and form a sheet. The wet sheets are then spread onto a woodfire-heated wall for drying.

Paper making in China dates back to 100 BCE, during the Han Dynasty. Considered one of the country's four great ancient inventions, handmade paper has all but been replaced by automated machine production. However, this ancient tradition is being preserved by a handful of families, here in Shiqiao Village of Danzhai County in Guizhou Province. In 2007, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) funded a project to help villagers maintain this tradition. A visitor centre was built, giving tourists a one-stop shop for all the village's paper products. The water supply system was also improved so that time could be saved from no longer needing to hand carry the water used to make the paper.

You can see paper being made by hand in Shiqiao and various paper products, like travel journals and umbrellas. Join us on our Southwest China Cultural Minorities and Classical Landscapes tour to Guizhou and Guangxi provinces this August. Learn more about experiencing China from our articles, photos, and video. Have any questions or comments? Become an Adventurocity community member and share them on our message boards.

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Gaoyao Village Rice Terraces, Guizhou by adventurocity

Verdant rice terraces blanket the hillside below the Miao village of Gaoyao in southeast Guizhou Province. Approximately 165 acres are cultivated for rice in Danzhai County. Late August is an excellent time to visit because the fields are turning golden and locals celebrate the New Rice Eating Festival. Both offer superb opportunities for stunning photography.

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Northwest Corner Watchtower, Forbidden City, Beijing

The northwest corner tower of the outer defensive wall of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The Forbidden City is a palace complex consisting of 980 buildings that cover an area of 720,000 square meters. It is surrounded by a 7.9-metre high wall and a moat that is six metres deep and 25 metres wide.

According to legend, the Yongle Emperor, who had the Forbidden City constructed in Beijing during the Ming Dynasty, ordered the chief architect to design the corner towers with 9 beams, 18 columns and 72 ridges in nine days. Still without a design after eight days, the architect was sitting in a teahouse when he was approached by an old peddler selling a cricket cage. He tried to dismiss the man, but the peddler told the architect to look at the cage more closely, whereupon he realized it was a model of the tower. The peddler was, in fact, Lu Ban, the patron saint of Chinese craftsmen.

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The Great Wall of China at Jinshanling, Hebei

Section of the Great Wall at Jinshanling with Dàjīnshānlóu (大金山楼, Greater Gold Mountain Tower) in the foreground, the crumbling Yáogǒulóu (窑苟楼, Gou Kiln Tower) in the middle ground, and Hòuchuānkǒu (后川口, Beyond the River Pass) in the background.

The Great Wall of China at Jīnshānlǐng (金山岭, Gold Mountain Ridge) lies 125 kilometres northeast of Beijing in Luanping County, Hebei Province. This section of the wall is 10.5 kilometres long, encompassing five passes, 67 watch towers, and two beacon towers. It was built in 1570, during the Ming Dynasty, and was restored from 1985-1987. Unlike earlier constructions made from pounded earth and stone, this wall is constructed of bricks built around a stone core.

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China
China is the world's oldest continuous civilization. It encompasses a varied geography from the high alpine Tibetan Plateau to the coastal areas of the South China Sea, the desert regions of Xinjiang to tropical Hainan Island. Hundreds of ethnic groups are represented within its borders, with the Han the most numerous.

It takes more time and effort to travel independently, off the beaten path, but patience and curiosity will see you amply rewarded with experiences of a lifetime.

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