President Xi Jinping and Madam Peng welcomed the American first couple to the Forbidden City on the first day of their state visit to China. (Image:  YouTube/Screenshot)

A Glimpse Into Jianfu Palace

President Xi Jinping and Madam Peng welcomed the American first couple to the Forbidden City on the first day of their state visit to China. After a short tea break, the guests were taken to a Peking opera performance at…

The Grand Hotel was voted the Best Hotel by 'Holiday' magazine in the U.S., and was once rated by 'Fortune' magazine as one of the top 10 hotels in the world. (Image: Billy Shyu / Vision Times)

A Magnificent Hotel With Mysterious Tunnels

Located on the Yuanshan (Round Mountain圓山) and overlooking Taipei City and the Keelung River, the Grand Hotel (圓山飯店) is a splendid, eye-catching landmark full of historical significance. It is believed that the hotel was constructed in response to a suggestion by Madame…

Qinghai Lake, translated as Blue Sea Lake, is the largest inland lake in Tibet and China. (Image: Secret China)

The Most Beautiful Lakes in Tibet and China

Lakes showcase some of water’s most alluring qualities, from mesmerizing ripples and mirror-like reflections to crstyalline clarity.  The world has millions of them, from tiny grass-lined ponds to massive freshwater expanses easily mistaken for oceans, but some simply stand out…

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The Chinese Character for Good: 好

If something is good, the Chinese describe it as 好 (hăo). For example, in China, people greet each other with 你好嗎 (nĭhăo ma?) “Are you doing well?” One possible answer…

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The Most Beautiful Lakes in Tibet and China

Lakes showcase some of water’s most alluring qualities, from mesmerizing ripples and mirror-like reflections to crstyalline clarity.  The world has millions of them, from tiny grass-lined ponds to massive freshwater…

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Mosquitoes Hate Sesame Oil!

Could it be? Could the choice between mosquito bites and toxic DEET-filled insect repellents finally be over. (Sorry, but we know the natural brands and recipes don’t cut it).

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‘Fly Over China’ in the 1930s

In June 2015, the Chinese Embassy in Germany held an aerial photo exhibition under the title of “Fly Over China.” Most of the photos were taken by Wulf-Diether Graf zu…

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A Legendary Bonsai Master and Her Museum

Never before has a woman been so dedicated to bonsai art as Amy Liang (梁悅美). A native Taiwanese, she was born into a respected family in northern Taiwan and married a…

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Eating Right to Protect Your Eyes 

When you reach a certain age, your eyes tend to have problems that may actually signal a problem with certain organs, such as your liver or kidneys, according to traditional…

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Beauty + Realism = Classical Art

Realistic painting has a long and revered history going back to the ancient Greeks. Just as classic Greek and Roman art strove to depict the perfect form, artists of the…

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What makes an Italian?

When thinking of Italy and Italians, what immediately comes to people’s minds are pizza, pasta, fashion, cars, and mafia. But what makes an Italian? As a proud “member of this…