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The China Travel Podcast

The China Travel Podcast is produced by WildChina Travel and hosted by Mei Zhang and Kendra Tombolato.The China Travel Podcast is a collection of WildChina's top tips and tricks for travel in China, covering different destinations, our top hotel choices, culinary recommendations, and more. We record this podcast live on Clubhouse every week, and open up to audience Q&A and story sharing after the recording. Join us live on Clubhouse, Wednesdays at 5pm Pacific Time, by following Mei Zhang (@zhangmeijie) and turning your notifications on by clicking the bell icon on her page.-----About us: WildChina is a sustainable travel company specializing in bespoke off-the-beaten-path journeys which foster cross-cultural human-to-human connections to show travelers our China - the real China. Learn more on our website: wildchina.com-----About the host: Mei Zhang, founded WildChina in 2000 with the aim of providing a sophisticated, sustainable interpretation of Chinese culture and nature through experiential travel. WildChina has since achieved that goal, being named National Geographic Adventure’s ‘Best Adventure Travel Company on Earth’. Mei’s expertise has also led her to win a number of personal awards and accolades, including Travel and Leisure’s A-List of Top Travel Advisors, Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialist, Wendy Perrin’s #WOW List of Travel Experts, and AFAR's Travel Vanguard Honoree.

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Episode 9: Beijing Architecture Past and Present

For our ninth episode, we head to Beijing. As the imperial and modern-day capital, Beijing offers an eclectic array of old and new, visible in the lifestyles of its citizens but also in its buildings. Mei chats with Beijing-based architect, Diana Chan Chieng on Beijing’s wide variety of architectural offerings, from the traditional siheyuan homes of the hutongs, to the gilded roofs of the Forbidden City, to the sleek modern curves of the 2008 Olympic center and the 2019 Daxing airport. ----- For a more detailed write-up on this episode, including links to resources mentioned, please visit our website: wildchina.com

22mins

27 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Episode 8: Back to the Countryside (in collaboration with TONG)

For our eighth episode we collaborated with TONG to discuss China’s countryside and the blooming trend of reverse migration from city to countryside. Across the country disillusioned city-dwellers are seeking solace, relaxation, and adventure in the previously forgotten haven of China’s countryside. Mei Zhang from WildChina speaks with Jenny Zhang and Stefan Harvey from TONG on why this is happening, who it encompasses and implications for the future. ----- For a more detailed write-up on this episode, including links to resources mentioned, please visit our website: wildchina.com

39mins

20 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Episode 7: Tibet

For our seventh episode, we head to Tibet. A region on the western reaches of China, commonly referred to as the last frontier, the roof of the world. Home to the sparkling Potala Palace, the vast expanse of the Tibetan plateau, the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, the North and Eastern faces of Mount Everest, the seat of Tibetan Buddhism. It also happens to be where WildChina’s first sparks of existence came to be, on the autumn slopes of Mount Kailash. ----- For a more detailed write-up on this episode, including links to resources mentioned, please visit our website: wildchina.com

26mins

14 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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Episode 6: Tea in China

For our sixth episode, we talk with Jeff Fuchs, a long-time WildChina friend, and a globally-recognized expert on tea. Jeff is also a pioneering explorer being the first Westerner to walk the 6000 some miles of the ancient tea horse road through the Himalayas. Today we’ll be talking with him about tea in China. ----- For a more detailed write-up on this episode, including links to resources mentioned, please visit our website: wildchina.com

24mins

22 Jun 2021

Rank #4

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Episode 5: Shanghai

For our fifth episode, we travel to the cosmopolitan metropolis of Shanghai to chat with WildChina guide, and Shanghai native, Florence Ma. From the ballroom dancing aunties of Fuxing park to the hottest Michelin-star restaurant in city, Flo guides us through the many facets of this dazzling city. ----- For a more detailed write-up on this episode, including links to resources mentioned, please visit our website: wildchina.com

26mins

8 Jun 2021

Rank #5

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Episode 4: Planning a Trip to China

For our fourth episode, we zoom out to look at China as a whole. We address many of the questions we’ve been asked over the years on “How to plan a trip to China" and give information on where to go based on your interests, how to get there, and what to expect. If you have further questions after listening, please reach out to us at info@wildchina.com so we can help you get started planning your China journey. ----- For a more detailed write-up on this episode, including links to resources mentioned, please visit our website: wildchina.com

35mins

18 May 2021

Rank #6

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Episode 3: Shangri-La, Yunnan

For our third episode, we travel to Shangri-La and the surrounding regions, in Yunnan province. Home to Tibetan culture, lamaseries, national parks, Snub-Nosed Monkeys, and the great Salween, Yangtze, and Mekong rivers. ----- For a more detailed write-up on this episode, including links to resources mentioned, please visit our website: wildchina.com

24mins

4 May 2021

Rank #7

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Episode 2: Ningxia

For our second episode, we travel to Ningxia province, a lesser-visited region, home to prehistoric petroglyphs, the Tengger desert, the Hui ethnic minority group, and, China’s burgeoning wine industry. ----- For a more detailed write-up on this episode, including links to resources mentioned, please visit our website: wildchina.com

26mins

27 Apr 2021

Rank #8

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Episode 1: Dali, Yunnan

For our first episode, we travel to Dali, Yunnan, hometown of WildChina founder Mei Zhang. Mei shares her favorite places to stay, foods to try (including wild mushroom foraging), as well as her local tips for seeing the real Dali.   ----- For a more detailed write-up on this episode, including links to resources mentioned, please visit our website: wildchina.com

29mins

20 Apr 2021

Rank #9