Why We Love the Chinese

Find out what Travel Channel loves about the Chinese in a fun China slideshow.

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Andrew takes a snapshot of locals playing mah-jongg at the Wai Cao Jia Xiang Market in Chengdu. 960 1280

  

Chicken soup with gingko nuts is always the last course served during a Sichuan meal. This dish helps with digestion after a big dinner. 960 1280

  

Andrew offers flying rice balls to onlookers in the historic Alley District in Chengdu. 960 1280

  

Ma po tofu is a famous Sichuan culinary dish. 960 1280

  

Andrew gives his best kung fu pose with a student at Sichuan Sport Training College. 960 1280

  

Cameramen Brian Lundy and Adrian Danciu pose at Waterworks in Pixian. 960 1280

  

A worker at a Chengdu factory holds up tools used to mash peppers into chili paste. 960 1280

  

Check out this delicious dish: It's pork belly sweetened with sugar and served on glutinous rice. 960 1280

  

Andrew and kung fu expert Tiger Chen contemplate how they will eat all this food served at Nine Bowls restaurant in Ancient Town. 960 1280

  

Steamed beef and rice served with kung pao chicken and a side of cabbage with tiny shrimp. 960 1280

  

Andrew holds up fresh crayfish from the Yangtze River. He heads to Waterworks, just outside of Chengdu, to have it prepared with tongue-numbing Sichuan peppercorn. 960 1280

  

Andrew samples a dish of smoked bacon with pickled preserved vegetables. 960 1280

  

Andrew and Rose Nickel visit Chengdu's Alley District to share steamed sticky rice balls coated with soybean powder and rolled in honey. 960 1280

  

Zi Wu bridge leads to the golden Perfection Pavilion
Zi Wu bridge leads to the golden Perfection Pavilion

Zi Wu bridge leads to the golden Perfection Pavilion

At the Nan Lian Garden, a Tang Dynasty-styled red Zi Wu bridge leads to the golden Perfection Pavilion. However, the bridge is non-functional. 960 1280

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Bouldering in Tsuen Wan

Bouldering in Tsuen Wan

Parks make up nearly 40% of Hong Kong’s land. No surprise, then, the city offers great outdoor activities such as bouldering in Tsuen Wan, with breathtaking views of the city’s high-rises just beyond. 960 1280

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Lamma Island

Lamma Island

To the west of Hong Kong Island, Lamma Island offers a scenic escape from the city’s urban madness. 960 1280

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Tian Tan Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha

Take a walk up 268 steps to reach the Tian Tan Buddha. The massive bronze statue sits atop the Ngong Ping Plateau on Lantau Island. 960 1280

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Six Devas

Six Devas

Surrounding the Tian Tan Buddha are bronze statues known as the Six Devas, each posed offering flowers, incense, a lamp, ointment, fruit and music. 960 1280

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Po Lin Monastery

Po Lin Monastery

Also on Lantau Island, the Po Lin Monastery is an international Buddhist retreat and popular tourist attraction. The Tian Tan Buddha is an extension of the monastery. 960 1280

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Silver Strand Waterfall

Silver Strand Waterfall

At the eastern end of the Nan Lian Garden, visitors can find the Silver Strand waterfall. Look closer, it hides the Chi Lin Vegetarian restaurant. 960 1280

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Heart Sutra on the Wisdom Path

Heart Sutra on the Wisdom Path

On Lantau Island, take a short walk from the Po Lin Monastery along the Wisdom Path to reach a monument of wooden columns inscribed with the Heart Sutra. 960 1280

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Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple

The Man Mo Temple sits in the midst of Hong Kong’s central district. Inside, visitors can see large coils of incense hanging from the ceiling. 960 1280

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Chi Lin Nunnery

Chi Lin Nunnery

The Chi Lin Nunnery is a large Buddhist temple complex in Kowloon. Founded in 1934, it was rebuilt in the 1990s in a Tang Dynasty-style. 960 1280

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The Center

The Center

A sculpture sits outside The Center, Hong Kong’s fifth tallest skyscraper. 960 1280

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Po Lin Monastery

Po Lin Monastery

The aroma of giant incense sticks fills the air around Po Lin Monastery. 960 1280

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Nan Lian Garden’s serenepond

Nan Lian Garden’s serenepond

Set against Hong Kong’s skyscrapers, visitors can enjoy Nan Lian Garden’s serenepond, as well as the Silver Strand waterfall, accessible by the Pavilion Bridge. 960 1280

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The clock tower at the Kowloon Public Pier

The clock tower at the Kowloon Public Pier

The clock tower at the Kowloon Public Pier gives Star Ferry passengers a time reminder. 960 1280

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