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Asia, China, Destinations

12 hours in Macau – Asia’s gambling capital

June 29, 2015

A trip to Macau, the Las Vegas of Asia, is highly recommended since it’s only about an hour away by ferry from Hong Kong. Being a former Portuguese colony, Macau has a totally different vibe. It’s got this amazing ‘Lisbon style’ Old Center but you can feel the colonial influence everywhere. Besides that, what makes Macau unique is the legalization of gambling which turned the province into the Mecca of Asian gamblers.

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Asia, China, Destinations

8,000 reasons why you should visit Xi’an – The Army of Terracotta Warriors

June 14, 2015
Even if it used to be the capital of China for about 1,000 years spread out over 11 dynasties, Xi’an doesn’t represent a touristic attraction itself.

I don’t know how many tourists would have ended up here if it wasn’t for some pottery figurines discovered by mistake by three peasants digging a water well in 1974. Those figurines turned out to be the Great Terracotta Army, the most important historical discovery of modern China and one of the most significant archaeological excavations and cultural discoveries of the twentieth century.

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Asia, Best eats, China

Peking Duck, a culinary delight

June 13, 2015

A must while in Beijing is the Peking duck. It’s one of the eight most popular Chinese dishes and it’s famous for the crispy skin. Not much meat and quite greasy, but definitely a try. The cooking process is very elaborate and involves multiple stages. They are all important but probably what gives the duck the final flavor is the roasting (upright position using fruitwood), followed by a quick immerse into boiling water, coating with syrup and finally left to dry for 24 hours.

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