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Wellspring of China's Qing Dynasty

No, this isn't Beijing. A modest and often overlooked version of the more famous Palace Museum sits in the middle of a northeastern industrial city. 
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Ruins tell the story of an abandoned city

Fushi used to be one of the most prosperous cities in Hunan before the Peng clan left.
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A new capital filled with architectural wonders

Astana rose from bare ground just 20 years ago to become the second largest city in oil-rich Kazakhstan.
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Life in the sea of death

Tazhong is a small settlement in the far-western wilderness of the Taklamakan Desert, China's largest desert known as the "sea of death."
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Looking beyond the Terracotta Warriors

Xi'an is an interesting city to explore when you've had your fill of the famous sites of ancient history.
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Experience Shaolin, heart of kung fu

Each Saturday through August, top martial arts communities from Shaolin, Emei and Wudang gather at the Shaolin Temple to present different martial arts performances.
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Reliving the pages of a 19th-century literary classic

Grand View Garden recreates scenes from one of China's four great literary classics. Step into a storybook of famous characters and settings.
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Wuzhen: a treat for old and young alike

The ancient water town, just a two-hour drive from Shanghai is the perfect place for all the family.
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Hometown of Confucius venerates the great sage

Qufu's three most important sites, the Temple of Confucius, the Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion, were all listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1994.
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Discover Australia's natural treasure

If you find yourself in Tasmania for a few days, here are the must-sees and must-dos to make the most of your time.
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