Mandarin Immersion (Part 33)

I visited Leifeng Pagoda, constructed in the 10th century during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. This was a notable period of political...

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Mandarin Immersion (Part 32)

I spent the day at Solitary Hill, located on the northwest corner of West Lake. It's the only natural island inside the lake (the...

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Mandarin Immersion (Part 31)

I spent time at West Lake and the surrounding parks. It's famous for its gardens and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage...

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Mandarin Immersion (Part 30)

I made it to Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province. This city is home to many of China's largest internet companies, including Alibaba (China's...

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Mandarin Immersion (Part 29)

For my last day in Shanghai, I spent time at the City God Temple. It is located in what was Shanghai's original urban core....

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Mandarin Immersion (Part 28)

I made my great return to Shanghai! Last time I visited in 2010, I came to attend the World Expo. That was just before...

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Mandarin Immersion (Part 27)

For my last day in Kunming, I visited the Yunnan Railway Museum. Throughout much of its history, Yunnan has been isolated from the rest...

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Mandarin Immersion (Part 26)

I spent some time at Green Lake Park, Kunming's crown jewel. Situated in the city center, it comprises several small lakes connected by ancient...

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Mandarin Immersion (Part 25)

Upon arriving in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, I discovered a vibrant cultural hub influenced by its proximity to Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar....

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Mandarin Immersion (Part 24)

On my last day in Lijiang, I visited Baisha Village. This was the Naxi people’s original settlement in the region, and it was an...

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