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The five China destinations you shouldn’t miss!

My final visit to this banger. Can't believe that I've got less than two months left in China

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I’m Jordan, a 24-year-old Brit who has spent the last 10 months based in one of China’s largest and busiest cities, Chongqing. I moved to China in pursuit of a more travel-focused lifestyle, with a desire to see for myself and photograph a country not often found on the typical backpacking route through Asia.

I’ve extensively explored some of China’s best kept secrets, and having filled more memory cards than I can keep count of, STA Travel invited me to present to you some imagery of my five favourite travel destinations in The Middle Kingdom right now…

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Top 3 reasons why you should visit Japan

Welcome to the fascinating world of Japan where modern technology meets ancient traditions. You’ve got everything from bum washing toilets to trains as fast as bullets, Geisha tea ceremonies to buzzing nightclubs. Here are 3 reasons why you definitely need to make Japan next up on your bucketlist!

1.Food & Drink

Yakitori

Image: www.recipeshubs.com

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A highlight in Oriental Asia: South Korea!

What do you think when you think ‘South Korea’? Unknown? Mysterious? You couldn’t be more wrong! South Korea is a cosmopolitan hidden gem tucked away in East Asia. Its super modern, home to Samsung, LG, Hyundai and one of the richest and fastest developing nations in the world. The food is delicious, nightlife is buzzing and the beaches are glorious basically the traveller’s dream destination. Sitting comfortably in between China and Japan it can be added into a little Asian adventure very easily. What’s more, it makes for a wicked stopover on the way down to Oz!

There’s actually more to South Korea than Gangnam style. Who’d have thought?

So here’s a little break down on all things South Korea:

Where is South Korea?

South Korea

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EVERYBODY LOVES KUNG FU FIGHTING…

China hits you like a Kung-Fu ‘Tiger Punch’ to the face! Frank was our G adventures tour guide and to be honest, if it wasn’t for him we’d probably still be trying to make our way out of Beijing airport.

If you’re thinking of taking on China be sure to have your very own ‘Frank’ or failing that, a decent guidebook and the patience of a Shaolin Monk.

However, with a little help along the way we managed to see some of the craziest places China had to offer…

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7 Things Not to Miss in Hong Kong!

Hong Kong is a crossroads. A metropolitan melting pot where east meets west, island-life meets the mainland and tradition meets modernity. Look hard enough and within the high-rise buildings you’ll find little gems of architecture including Chinese temples, colonial residences and even the odd zoo. Oh and the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator, but more on that in a minute. Then there’s Kowloon, an urban sprawl that seeps out into the New Territories before connecting to Mainland China. There are also over 200 outlying Islands that can only be accessed by boat. Despite all of its diversity many people rush through Hong Kong, spending no more than a couple of days in the city before travelling onward. Take your time, no need to rush.

Here are our top seven things to do in Hong Kong:

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