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Become a Martial Arts master with Si Ping City Shao Lin Martial Arts Academy

Become a Martial Arts master with Si Ping City Shao Lin Martial Arts Academy

  Teaching Chinese traditional Shao Lin martial arts to the world wide since 1995 Welcome to the homepage of the Northern China Si Ping City Shao Lin Martial Arts Academy. Our facilities are open for students...

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Welcome to the Year of the Monkey!

Welcome to the Year of the Monkey!

It’s the end of the twelfth lunar month of the year, which means that today is the start of Chinese New Year! This year is the year of the Monkey, the ninth out...

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Xing Long Kung Fu School China

Xing Long Kung Fu School China

Martial arts. Get fit. Make friends. Test your limits! If you want to try something new, or even perfect something old, you can do all this in the origin country of Kung Fu, China. Come...

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Konnichiwa Japan! Pt 3: Natural Beauty

Konnichiwa Japan! Pt 3: Natural Beauty

Home of the tech-nation, enormous sub-cultures and beautiful places of wonder, you may overlook the natural wonders that Japan has to offer. Volcanoes and mountains tower above unique fauna, both natural and manmade, that gives...

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Konnichiwa Japan! Pt 2: Pop culture

Konnichiwa Japan! Pt 2: Pop culture

While cartoons and animated films may just be a little bit of fun over here, in Japan Mange and Anime are a huge part of the pop culture scene. Their influence has infiltrated everything, from...

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Konnichiwa Japan! Pt 1:  What to eat

Konnichiwa Japan! Pt 1:  What to eat

Japan is an area as rich in its culinary culture as it is in its traditions. So what can you expect to eat in Japan? We’ve narrowed it down to a few key...

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Three stadium cities you must see on your gap

Three stadium cities you must see on your gap

Many consider South America and Europe to be continents with a real passion for The Beautiful Game, but as the Asian Cup is well underway, it got us thinking about stadiums in that region. Japan...

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Tokyo on a budget for your gap year

Tokyo on a budget for your gap year

To many people wanting to undergo a gap year, Tokyo may not seem to be a city that can be done inexpensively. But it is surprising how many things can be done for free or...

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Going solo in Seoul

Going solo in Seoul

As a lively cultural metropolis that caters for over ten million people Seoul has earned its nickname as the ‘special city’. Sarah Whiteley visited South Korean capital as a solo traveller. Orientate In...

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Would you like to teach English in China?

Would you like to teach English in China?

The need for English teachers in China is set to continue as the importance of being able to speak English is recognised by manufacturers, businesses and schools in a country that is growing in strength...

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Risky fish: a word on fugu

Risky fish: a word on fugu

The Japanese pufferfish with a license to kill Haddock schmaddock – if your fish dish doesn’t contain toxic levels of poison, it’s old hat. Fish aficionados will be familiar with the...

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Christmas in Japan

Christmas in Japan

Only six days to go, and while us Brits race around grabbing the Boots 3 for 2 offers and scribbling the last few cards to post through to our neighbours, the Japanese are preparing to celebrate in...

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Table manners

Table manners

Elbows off the table, no talking with your mouth full, don’t double-dip... We have plenty of social rules in the West to make sure we don’t get on the wrong side...

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Top 5 historical treasures

Top 5 historical treasures

North East Asia is an area of the world full of extraordinary historical gems. The Gaptravel Guide chooses five sites for you to explore, including castles, temples and monuments. Himeji Castle, Japan Japan’s...

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North East Asia: what do you think?

North East Asia: what do you think?

Readers give the lowdown on their favourite places in North East Asia. After finishing university I went to work in a small rural village in Japan as an English teacher with the JET Programme....

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Cycling through China

Cycling through China

By Stuart Beard. I first went travelling after I finished studying. My first trip was a cycle tour in the south of China. I wanted to cycle, I wanted small villages, countryside, beautiful...

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The Golden Route of China

The Golden Route of China

The Golden route through China spans over a thousand kilometres and allows you to take in sites from the capital to the finance, technology and transport hub that is Shanghai. The route has it all,...

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Relief, recovery and rebirth

Relief, recovery and rebirth

Nearly one year from one of Japan's most deadly disasters, The Gaptravel Guide's Sam Moir speaks to people involved in the disaster and ensuing recovery. “After the tsunami and earthquake I went...

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