In an ancient city with more than 2,000 temples and shrines, how can you decide which of Kyoto Japan’s Shinto and Buddhist sights you should visit? The neighborhoods surrounding Kyoto is where you’ll find the 7 Must-See Shrines and Temples in Kyoto surrounded by peaceful, spiritual oases of natural scenery. Preparing for a visit to one of Kyoto’s shrines and temples can be intimidating but this guide details everything you need to know about shrines and temples in Kyoto, Japan.
The cuisine of Myanmar is not very well known outside of Southeast Asia, which is a shame because it is incredibly delicious and diverse! Pulling ingredients and influences from India, China and Thailand, Myanmar is a beautiful blend of cuisines creating something entirely unique. I think this should be the next major destination for culinary tourism! These are the 6 best dishes to try in Myanmar to get to know Myanmar cuisine.
China is a massive country and you could spend half a lifetime exploring this nation, but I created this 2 week itinerary to be a starting point for traveling in China, ideal for first time visitors looking to hit a few of the major highlights. There are plenty of places In China that are left off of this list (sorry Chengdu!), but hopefully this will give you a good idea of how to structure your 2 weeks in China as a first time traveler.
No first-time visit to China would be complete without a stop in Beijing, because it is full of important and iconic sights—the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, etc. Beijing is a natural place to start a longer itinerary in China and there is enough to do and see in Beijing to fill more than a week of travel time, but I would recommend starting with this 3 day itinerary in Beijing China in order to hit all the major highlights.
Are you preparing for a trip to China? Is it your first time visiting this massive nation? Traveling to China can involve a lot of culture shock which is why it is important to go into your trip prepared for the cultural differences you will experience. Here are 10 things Western travelers need to know before traveling to China for the first time!
Japan is one of the best destinations in the world for foodies, but for many people, their understanding of Japanese cuisine is limited to two dishes – ramen and sushi. However Japanese cuisine is diverse and regional with a lot more diverse dishes to choose from around Japan. I was surprised to learn about countless Japanese dishes that are not widely available in the US. There were a lot of things I had never tasted before! Here are my 10 favorite foods I ate while traveling in Japan – and why you should try them too!
Chinese Lunar New Year is the biggest holiday of the year in China — it is basically like Christmas and Thanksgiving rolled into one big celebration! Traveling to China during holidays is a great way to get to know a country’s culture through a unique perspective, and I am here to share all my reflections and advice for traveling as a foreigners in China during the Chinese Lunar New Year!
On my recent visit to Japan, I had the opportunity to relax and unwind in the traditional Japanese way — at an onsen. Onsens are communal Japanese baths and hot springs which are an integral part of Japanese culture. There are some definite onsen etiquette tips that you need to know before visiting a Japanese onsen for the first time.
Ryokans are a traditional Japanese hotel typically found in the mountains of Japan. Staying at a ryokan gives travelers a taste of traditional Japanese life and an intimate connection with nature, while having a unique cultural experience. This is a first timer’s guide to everything you need to know about staying in a Japanese ryokan.
14 days is the perfect length of stay to experience the best that Jordan has to offer. See all the highlights—as well as some hidden gems—with this 2 week itinerary in Jordan.