As Long-Distance Travel Plummets, China Vacations Close to Home


Before the pandemic, Xia Chaoyun, usually spent the May 1 holiday traveling with her family. A resident of Hangzhou, sometimes she went to other cities in Zhejiang province; sometimes, or neighboring countries like Japan and South Korea, if the holiday is extended to five days. This year, China’s Labor Day holiday was five days, including a weekend. But both Xia’s company and her daughter’s school … Continue reading As Long-Distance Travel Plummets, China Vacations Close to Home

The Hipster Tour Groups Winning Over Chinese Millennials


SHANGHAI — For most young Chinese, there is nothing less cool than a package vacation. Traditional travel agents offer everything they’re hoping to avoid, from 5 a.m. starts to unexpected stops at overpriced souvenir stores. But Fu Wenxian thinks he can convince millennials to give group tours another try. The 36-year-old is the founder of 54traveler, a travel company that is shaking up China’s $880 billion tourism … Continue reading The Hipster Tour Groups Winning Over Chinese Millennials

How I Got Out and Saw the World


During my college years, my biggest goal in life was to see the world. I wanted to backpack Europe, hike all the national parks in the United States, and eat from local food vendors in Southeast Asia. After I graduated in 2009, I managed to land well-paid jobs and began traveling solo in China, before forging amazing and unforgettable experience in the U.S., Canada, New … Continue reading How I Got Out and Saw the World

Gay Pride: Toronto vs Shanghai


The 35th annual Toronto Pride Parade kicked off on June 28 through the city’s downtown core, with thousands showing up to celebrate despite the rainy weather. The parade started at Church and Bloor Street, before making its way down to Yonge-Dandus Square on Yonge Street.   Attending the gay pride parade was one of the major reasons why I wanted to travel in Toronto in … Continue reading Gay Pride: Toronto vs Shanghai