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Outside its major cities, China has hundreds of ancient, well-preserved villages. Almost stuck in time, these places are windows into China’s past, and have become part of the latest travel trend in China. The Chinese tourism industry has caught on, and many villages now charge visitors an expensive entrance fee. Here are five free, off-the-radar villages in five different provinces of south China.

Huangyao, Guangxi

Huangyao Guangxi China

Empty old streets in Huangyao after rain

Huangyao (黄姚) is an impressive stone village with slab-stone streets. Lined with 600-year-old residences and ancestral temples, the village spans two rivers connected by more than 15 stone bridges. Situated in southeast Guangxi province, Huangyao is surrounded by karst peaks similar to those that make Guilin and Yangshuo so famous (they are two to three hours north).

Set in this incredible landscape, Chinese poets nicknamed Huangyao “the garden of dreams” (yes, Chinese people love lyrical nicknames). There is actually an entrance fee of 100 RMB, but visitors can easily avoid paying it by entering the village through any of the stone gates other than the main one by the parking lot.

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Anyone up for an underwater #adventure? Check out this entry for our Arctic Swell Giveaway from @stephanie0783!
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Check out the link in our profile for giveaway details and hashtag your photos with #ArcticSwell to enter! The giveaway ends on Wednesday.

Explore Fjord Norway - Ciderhouse

Fjord Norway is the actual source of most of the images you likely associate with “Norway” in general. The region runs along the country’s southwestern coast, comprising a dramatic landscape of fjords, mountains, cliffs, and islands, as well as some truly special cultural and culinary centers. For this exciting partnership, Matador dispatched a small crew of our most talented Ambassadors to traverse the region and do what they do best, be that kayaking world-class whitewater, trekking the regions epic trails, or simply photographing scenery that seemed be pushing to new levels just around that next curve in the road. Scroll down to see the stories and media they came back with. To see more articles, photos and videos from this epic destination go to http//:matadornetwork.com

Just looking at @hectorclarkphoto’s Arctic Swell Giveaway entry is getting us feeling all zen…
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Love all the Arctic Swell Giveaway submissions that are coming in! Here’s a fantastic entry from @caseygrimley, who shot this in Utah.

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ZIPLINING IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE TRAVEL activities, but I’m not sure I’d have the balls to combine a zipline and a free-fall jump at the same time. Even though this is an ad for Speed Stick GEAR, it’s still jaw-dropping to watch, as the zipline measures over 600 meters, and sits on top of the White Tower skyscraper (which is 243-meters high). It’s definitely a feat to add to the bucket list, but maybe more towards the bottom.

From: World’s largest urban zipline // http://ift.tt/1vVd9wC

Hope you were able to get outside for an #adventure this past weekend! Gorgeous #ArcticSwell Giveaway entry photo by @joelbear, shot in Yosemite National Park, California.

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8 people you’ll meet in yoga class

4. The farter

There’s really nothing I can do about this one. People fart. Whether they choose to fart in their own home or in a yoga class with me is totally up to them. Yoga is supposed to improve digestion. I just can’t help but feel disgusting when I’m in full wheel and relax my neck towards the mat and get this whiff of the human version of cow manure slowly blowing up my nostrils.

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Explore Fjord Norway - Fjaerland

Fjord Norway is the actual source of most of the images you likely associate with “Norway” in general. The region runs along the country’s southwestern coast, comprising a dramatic landscape of fjords, mountains, cliffs, and islands, as well as some truly special cultural and culinary centers. For this exciting partnership, Matador dispatched a small crew of our most talented Ambassadors to traverse the region and do what they do best, be that kayaking world-class whitewater, trekking the regions epic trails, or simply photographing scenery that seemed be pushing to new levels just around that next curve in the road. Scroll down to see the stories and media they came back with. To see more articles, photos and videos from this epic destination go to http//:matadornetwork.com