China for Beginners

Planning a visit to China sometime soon? If you have never been before, you might find that planning your trip can be a little overwhelming. It’s such a vast country, that there is so much for you to see and do, there is just no way you will be able to fit everything into one trip no matter how long you are visiting for. To help you decide what you need to see on your first ever time in China, here are some of the country’s highlights.

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Beijing

The capital of China, Beijing is a very famous tourist hotspot. It is where you’ll find the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty. If you want to see even more sites from Ancient China, you should spend the day looking at the Temple of Heaven Park. This large park offers some tranquillity amidst the hustle and bustle of the large city and is a great example of Confucian design.

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Shanghai

Book a room at a Shanghai Pudong hotel so that you are within striking distance of Shanghai’s main sights and attractions. It’s such a large city that staying in the wrong neighbourhood could place you a good hour’s journey from the things you need to see! Make sure that the pretty Yu Garden and Oriental Pearl Tower are on your to-do list. Head to Nanjing Road in the evening for a top selection of restaurants and bars.

Zhangjiajie

In the north-west of China, the city of Zhangjiajie is known for its Glass Bridge. The bridge connects two very steep cliffs so you can be sure of some awesome views when you look down through the glass bottom! Plus, the bridge is around 300 metres off the floor, making it the highest glass-bottomed bridge in the world! Definitely not something to try if you are scared of heights! You’ll also find the Wulingyuan Scenic Area is Zhangjiajie, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Guilin

Down in the south of China, Guilin is an extremely picturesque region and is the perfect destination if you fancy doing plenty of hiking during your trip. Its beautiful scenery has attracted many writers, poets, and artists to the area, and it has inspired countless works. But it’s not all about pretty views. Over recent years, the nightlife in the urban areas has drastically improved and there are now many popular bars and restaurants that both tourists and locals love to go to.

Shenzhen

Another of China’s most popular cities, Shenzhen has plenty to keep the whole family entertained. The little ones will love spending a day at the big Sea World and coming face to face with lots of sea life. It’s also worth visiting the very hip Nanhai E-Cool, which is a former factory that has been turned into small creative enterprises.

 

If possible, try and time your trip to China so it’s during one of the many annual festivals such as Chinese New Year or the Dragonboat Festival! That’s a great way to get a true taste of Chinese culture!

Michael x

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