I am going to China with my dance partner as she comes from there and will be going home in summer and has invited me. I was just wondering where to visit, as she seems pretty useless on the topic. Basically the country is our oyster, so where would people advise?
hehe china is so big,and which part will u go?
yes ,China is so big ,you had better make sure what kind of scenic sites you would like...
If you like mountain and cool site in the summer,i have a advince .
I was born in Mount Huangshan a excellent place to enjoy yourselves in summer .
I've been living in China for nine months, of course it's too big to get tho know it... Depends what you want- glamourous cities, rugged hiking, laid back relaxing in the sun, there are a good few options!
My fav place in China is Pingyao, a beautiful walled city in Shanxi. It has all the traditional architecture you see in postcards, while so much of China has suffered the blight of Communist architecture. On the other hand, I was there in deepest winter, it may he horribly touristy in summer.
Of course, you MUST go to Beijing, see the Forbidden City, The Lama Temple, Tiananmen Square, and so on. You can spend a day hiking on the Great Wall easily from Beijing, most hostels and hotels have info on that. Shanghai is interesting, but in atmosphere not very Chinese, so if you have limited time definately go to Beijing over Shanghai.
The other big tourist site is Xi'an, to see the terracotta army. Apart from the Great Wall, it's the one you'll be asked about, so I'd go but not spend too mch time there, it's good but not that good.
I would reccommend Yunnan Province, there are plenty of day trips from Kunming, which is one of the cleanest cities I've been in in China, and then Lijiang and Dali for pretty (unfortunately touristy) Chinese towns. Zhongdian is full of Tibetan culture, which is good for those of us who don't have the time or money to go to Tibet itself. The countryside around there is beautiful, and it's worth going to see Tiger Leaping Gorge, as there's a good chance they wil flood it for hydroelectricity in a few years.
Guilin (Guangxi Province)is pretty.
My key advice is to ask people, Chinese and Western, in China. The Lonely Planet China and Lonely Planet Britian are about the same size, and Britian would fit into China tens of times. The best places I've been have just been reccommended by others, whole cities full of temples that aren't even on the map in the guidebook. There will usually be somethng worth seeing of some sort nearby, so ask when you're there!
Hopefully people who've seen other places can add significantly to my list.
yes yunnan province is very very wonderful. i have been there for many times .and now i am in kunming city on a business trip.i think i will be here for 1 month at least. so if anyone come here pls contact me and i hope i will help u as possible as i can.my msn: -snip-
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Just wanted to throw in my two fen...
If you are in the Beijing area and plan on going to the great wall, I would strongly advise you take the extra time to go to Simatai. There are three major sites on the wall you can visit easily from Beijing - Budaling, Mutianyu, and Simatai, with the first two being the most popular by far. It takes an extra couple of hours to get to Simatai in the Northeast, but it is by far less "touristy" than the other two and absolutely worth the time.
Also, the Summer Palace is gorgeous on a mild day (which are at this point becoming less and less frequent). However, even when it's warmer out there is such a wonderful, constant breeze off of the water on the back side that it is worth the trip. If possible, go during the week because it becomes mobbed on the weekend.
if it is your first time to China, Beijing and Xi'an are indispensable.
Guilin is reputed as the most beautiful scenery city of China. Characteristic of Guilin is its peaks rise as suddenly from the Earth as trees in the forest, in various shapes resemble buns, camel, fish, saw-teeth, horse, etc. it is the city you must visit it or you will miss the most beautiful landscape, the river is like green silk ribbon while the hills seem hairpins of jade
The landscape in Guilin is characterized by its “green hills, clear waters, pretty rocks and fantastic caves’’.
I am a guy from Guangxi China!i'd like to introduce some places that might attract you!If you have never been here,Yangshuo Guilin is certainly a good choice!you will feel just like home, because everyone speaks in fluent English and every restaurant or bar offers menus in several languages. The villages around are pretty good!Tourist Attractions around Guilin include: Li River ,Elephant Hill,Seven-Star Park,Reed Flute Cave,Shangri-La
,Yuzi Paradise,Crown Cave,Merryland etc.
And i live in Liuzhou,also named Dragon City, situated in the middle of Guangxi, 140 kilometers away from Guilin (connected with expressway).
There are many scenic spots in Liuzhou, Liuhou Temple in the mermory of Liu Zongyuan, famour writer and politician and Cloth Tomb, Yufenshan Hill with Liu Sanjie (third sister Liu), the legendary fairy singer who taught and sang folksong to the people and who ascenden into heaven on the back of an angel fish. Longtan scenic spot with beautiful and Miao, Yao, Dong and Zhuang Minority Nationality customs and fantastic Dule Cave etc. Liuzhou has only one fantastic stone park in China-Jianpan Hill Fantastic Garden and many speciallized fine stone hall.
Nanning, the capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region,is also worth a trip!
Wish you a nice trip in China!I'd also like to show you around when you are in Guangxi for free,if you don't mind.More information about it,contact me Thanks!
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There are too many places to see in China, it all depends on what you want to see, eat, or do!
Having said that, I'd go to Yunnan in a heartbeat! Same reasons as what nico_b stated.