Vivacious, varied and immense, and home to a kind of culture that's utterly separated from the rest of the world, the enormous expanses of China are rightly held up as one of the world’s top travel destination. With beaches and mountains, vibrant cities and areas untouched by modern civilization, riches and painful poverty, there’s something to enjoy for travelers of every breed.
In Beijing the body of Mao – rumored to have been replaced by a waxwork model after recent deterioration – lies in state. It’s overlooked, across Tiananmen Square, by his giant portrait, mounted on the gates of the ancient, pagoda-filled Forbidden City. Visitors sample the renowned roast duck and gasp at the culinary oddities on offer in the bustling night markets before taking days trips to walk in the footsteps of history along the winding heights of the Great Wall.
Shanghai’s futuristic skylines are a symbol of China’s fast-paced development, fashion-focused and all-night-long lively against a 21st century backdrop, while Hong Kong’s hints of modern-day colonialism mixed with designer shopping and dazzling tower blocks make it the ideal spot to recoup. Hop over to Mediterranean-influenced Macau for a Vegas-esque casino experience, or quirky Qīngdǎo for the famous bags of beer on the beach, clocking in at just a couple of dollars per hangover-inducing serving.
The terracotta warriors at Xian still stand proud in seemingly endless rows after helping ruler Shi Huang Di in the afterlife. You can drift along the Yangzi River’s Three Gorges by boat and take in overhanging views and riverside culture, or take the Silk Road through the secluded Taklamakan Desert, discovering Uighar customs on the way.
The disputed territory of Tibet is difficult to access, but the hospitable spiritual home of Buddhism is worth the endeavor, and – if you get the prized permit – can be entered via the highest railway in the world, complete with its own personal oxygen masks. On arrival, you’ll be greeted by pilgrim paths and prayer flags, while trips around the Tibetan Plateau offer the best views of Everest.
A host of the world’s most well-known sites mix with varied cultures and a chance to tailor a break to any joy you choose in the colossal expanses of fast-modernizing China. Affordable and mesmerizing, it takes months to even brush the surface of this diverse traveler’s Mecca.
A pulsating modern city littered with the trappings of a rich history, China’s capital Beijing is chock full of the kind of iconic images it’s impossible not to hunt down. There’s the p…
It’s hard to escape news of China’s progress these days, and Shanghai is the city right at the heart of it. As the ever-changing face of a fast-growing world power’s modernity, you’ll…
As the accepted link between China and the territories of Hong Kong and Macau, Guangzhou has naturally developed into something of a business heartland. Downtown, you’ll find a skyline domi…
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There is a Chines saying : there is a heave on top and Su Hang (Suzhou and Hangzhou) below. How one can imagine how beautiful Hangzhou is. It could be compared with heaven!
Hangzhou is a l…
The cultural hub of the land of abundance, Chengdu is a well-known Chinese historical centre, home to a diverse selection of attractions incorporating a host of Chinese stereotypes, from mona…
Xi'an (pronounced she-ann) is a city utterly steeped in history, you’ll find yourself wandering around in awe. Whether you’re marveling at the famous Terracotta Warriors, picturing the ca…
A capital of ‘Wu’ culture for 8 ancient centuries, Suzhou’s history is both essential and almost timeless, having long been at the heart of scholarly China, as well as central to the ec…
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Lijiang is one of the most popular and favourite tourist destinations for mainland Chinese & others in the southwest province of Yunnan. Try to avoid the "Golden Weeks" : the first week of Ma…
Tianjin. The little cousin who could. For years overshadowed by its larger relative, Beijing, Tianjin has been busy in the first decade of the 21st century, building up its credibility and vi…
I've been to Sanya twice, 2005 and 2007. Actually I will be back to that city soon for another vacation!
Sanya is located on the southernmost tip of Hainan Island, Sanya is the island's mo…
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As perhaps the Chinese city that’s more reliant on tourism than any other, Guilin is not quite a typical Chinese experience. It’s earned its touristified element for a reason, though, and…
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Kunming is affectionately referred to as "the City of Eternal Spring". It is said to have the best weather in China. Mainly because of its location that is 2,000 meters above sea level on a m…
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Wuxi (simplified Chinese: 无锡; traditional Chinese: 無錫;
former spellings: Wu-shi, Wushi, or Wu-hsi; lit. "Without Tin"
Wuxi is an old city in Jiangsu province, People's Republic …
Zhuhai is situated in the southwest of Pearl River Delta of Guangdong Province. It faces Hong Kong on the east across the Lingding Ocean, Macau on the south, Xinhui and Taishan on the west, a…
Dali, a laid back place ideal for people who want to spend a nice day or two in a "real" chinese town with a friendly atmosphere.
The old town of Dali is one of the only old Chinese towns th…
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The city buzzes with life and people are fri…
"To enjoy the magnificence of a mountain, you have to look upwards in most cases. To enjoy Mount Huangshan, however, you've got to look downward".
Huangshan, or Yellow Mountain, is a UNESC…
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Tai'an is located on the bottom of Mt Tai (Taishan)
Taishan is one of the five sacred mountains in China. Some of the former Chinese emperors did climb the mountain too. However, most of t…