Posts Tagged ‘china-yangtze’

Book of the Week – Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Snow Flower and the Secret FanOur book partner, Longitude books is always searching for new books to inspire and inform your travels.

This week, they recommend you spend an hour or two with Lisa See’s novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

Set in 19th-century rural Hunan China, the book traces the lives of two women living with foot-binding, arranged marriages, and war.

Our travelers have always been and remain fascinated with China, one of our most popular destinations. Learn more about traveling to China with our experts.

China’s Forbidden City

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

The Forbidden City lies in the heart of Beijing, China. Home to China’s Emperors for centuries, it’s arguably one of the greatest palaces ever built. The vision of  Ming Dynasty warrior and dictator Zhu Di, every detail of the palace is related to ancient Chinese ritual and ceremony.

Watch our video to learn more about the Forbidden City and its creators, part of the Smithsonian Channel series China’s Forbidden City.

Our advice: don’t miss the Forbidden City on your first trip to Beijing. See it for yourself on any of these opportunities to travel to China with Smithsonian.

If you were going to China, what would you want to see first? Please share!