There’s no shortage of China travel sites out there. But I’ve always found them too be too boring and sterile. Instead, I want to give an uncensored look into modern China, warts and all.

Is China safe to travel? Will anyone speak English? Am I getting ripped off? What kind of meat is that exactly? Yeah, I know it’s easy for first-time travelers to feel a bit freaked out by it all. And that’s why I started this site — to give you practical tips for staying safe and making the most out of your trip.

Can any other country offer travelers as much in a single visit? From the Great Wall to the mist-covered Yellow Mountains to the mystical allure of Tibet, China’s got it all. History and culture? Check. You like Chinese food? Fuggetaboutit!

Every day is a new adventure in the Middle Kingdom.  Like a feast of dim sum, China serves up a tasty smorgasbord of jaw-dropping destinations, rich history, and unique experiences….leaving you both deeply satisfied and hungry for more (an hour later perhaps).

Thanks for visiting!

— China Mike

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China travel tips & resources: Real-world tips for staying safe in China, saving money, etiquette tips, shopping & bargaining, and more….

Travel practicalities: Tips and info on travel visa, health, travel insurance & budget, money matters, accommodation, and more…

How to travel in China: Advice for air travel, rail travel in China, and other transportation tips.

Chinese history timeline: A concise (non-boring) jog through 5,000 years of history.

Chinese culture & society: Go beyond boring crap about tea ceremonies, laquerware, and shadow puppets (whatever!)

Photo gallery: People, places & culture: Scenes from modern China.

Funny & offbeat: Take a walk on the wacky side of China: Chinglish signs (lost in translation) & other oddball nonsense.

About China Mike: Some background on China-Mike.com and me.