Introduction by Areas

Anhui

AnhuiAnhui not only has charming natural scenery but also possesses splendid culture. The most distinctive one is Hui Culture, which is shown by historic buildings and heritages, and gorgeous folklore…[find more]

Cities of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Hefei       Huangshan City

Villages of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Chengkan Village       Hongcun Village      Jixi       Lucun Village        Shexian       Tunxi Old Town       Xidi Village     

Arts & Crafts:

Huizhou Ink Stick        She Ink Slab      Xuan Paper

Natural Scenery:

Mount Huang

Famous Historical People:

Hui Merchants

Local Food:

Hui Cuisine       Roast Chicken in Fuli Town

Beijing (Peking)

北京As the capital city, it is the nation’s political centre as well as the culture centre. Because of its history, there are plenty of culture heritages. Most of the buildings and temples built in Ming Dynasty, which well present the traditional Han culture. There are also some traditional arts existing, such as the Peking Opera and crosstalk (Chinese name: xiang’sheng)…[find more ]

Attractions of Historical and Cultural Significance:

The Forbidden City       The Temple of Heaven       The Temple of Earth       The Summer Palace

Beihai Park(the Winter Palace)       The Ming Mausoleums       The Temple of the God of Agriculture

Local Food:

Beijing Traditional Snack       Beijing Roast Duck       Beijing Mutton Hotpot 

Chongqing

wulong-karst-geology-parkIts many nicknames, from the “Fog Capital” to the “Hilly City”, demonstrate how, in spite of constant modernization, the city’s character is very much rooted in its natural surroundings. it boasts two magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Dazu Rock Carvings and the Wulong Karst National Geology Park…[find more]

Fujian

fujian TULOUFujian Province, located in the Southeast of China, is one of the richest provinces in China, even though nearly 90% of the land is mountainous. The flourishing tea trade contributes a lot to the wealth of the residents of Fujian. The history of Fujian is full of such immigrations and emigrations. Fujian people are regarded as some of the bravest people in China, as they are never afraid to venture outside of their homeland and fight for a new life wherever they end up…[find more]

Cities of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Fuzhou       Quanzhou       Zhangzhou

Xiamen:   Gulangyu Island       Zengcuo An

Villages of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Gaobei       Hongkeng       Taxia       Tianluokeng       Xiabanliao       Yunshuiyao

Natural Scenery:

Mount Wuyi

Local Food:

Fujian-style Soup       Buddha jumps over the wall (Fotiaoqiang)

Famous People:

Hakka People:       Hakka History       Hakka Cuisine       Hakka Performance

Gansu

GansuWith the Yellow River winding its way to the south and the Qinghai-Tibetan, Mongolian, and Loess plateaus dominating the north, the geography of Gansu province is one of the most complex in China. Meanwhile, you can find fascinating Buddhist arts like grottoes and temples there…[find more]

Attractions of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Labrang Monastery       Maijishan Grottoes       Mati Temple       Mogao Caves

Cities of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Dunhuang       Lanzhou       Tianshui

Natural Scenery:

Crescent Lake       Dunhuang Yardang Landform       Qilian Mountains       Zhangye Danxia Landform

Local Food:

Gansu Cuisine       Gansu Local Snacks

Guangdong

shenzhenIn China, the province of Guangdong has long been synonymous with commerce and prosperity. Since its time as a major trading hub along the Maritime Silk Road, it has flourished into one of the most populous and wealthiest regions in the world. Like the floods of people who flock to New York to pursue the American Dream, millions of people immigrate to Guangdong every year to try and make their fortune…[find more]

Local Food:

Cantonese Cuisine       Cantonese Dim Sum

Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

桂林01Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is rich in cultural heritage sites and stunning natural scenery. It is home to over 14 million people of the Zhuang ethnic minority, and also to significant numbers of people from the Dong and Miao ethnic minorities and smaller populations of Yao, Hui, Yi, and Shui people…[find more]

Attractions of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Beihai Silver Beach       Guangxi Museum       Reed Flute Cave       Weizhou Island

Cities and Towns of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Beihai       Daxu Ancient Town       Guilin:  Jingjiang Princes City     Nanning:  Qingxiu Mountain       People’s Park        Sanjiang       Yangshuo:  West Street

Villages of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Huangluo Red Yao Village

Zhuang Villages:   Guzhuang Village       Ping’an Village

Natural Scenery:

Elephant Trunk Hill       Guilin Karst Scenery       Jinkeng Red Yao Terraced Fields        Longji Rice Terraces       Moon Hill       The Li River

Local Food:

Guangxi Cuisine       Guangxi Local Snacks

Guizhou

Dong kids01Guizhou is one of the most culturally and environmentally diverse provinces in China. It is a mountainous province and is home to several species of animal, and also home to 48 of the Chinese ethnic minority groups, including Miao, Yao, Dong, Bouyei, Tujia, and Gelao people..[find more]

Cities of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Guiyang (Jiaxiu Tower)       Kaili       Zhenyuan Ancient Town

Villages of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Dong Villages:   Chengyang       Sanbao      Xiaohuang       Yintan       Zhaoxing

Miao Villages:   Basha       Langde Upper Village       Xijiang

Natural Scenery:

Dragon Palace Cave       Huangguoshu Waterfall

Local Food:

Guizhou Cuisine       Guizhou Local Snacks       Dong Oil Tea       Maotai Liquor

Hainan

hainan-01Hainan is China’s southernmost province and is comprised predominantly of Hainan Island, and over 200 smaller, outlying islands. The majority of the island is blanketed in verdant greenery, from towering palm trees and exotic flowers to lush bamboo groves and dense rainforests…[find more]

Hebei

HebeiWith the Taihang Mountains in the south and the Yan Mountains in the north, Hebei is like a natural fortress nestled deep within the North China Plain. From east to west, the Great Wall winds its way through its northern reaches and terminates at the seacoast of Shanhaiguan in the northeast…[find more]

Attractions of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Chengde Mountain Resort       Eight Outlying Temples

Cities of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Chengde

Natural Scenery: 

Bashang Grasslands       Mulan Paddock

Heilongjiang

MOHE VILLAGEAs China’s northernmost province, the region is renowned for its crisp snowy scenery and the International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. The name Heilongjiang literally translates to mean “Black Dragon River”, the Chinese name for the scenic Amur River which marks the border between China and Russia…[find more]

Attractions of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Mohe

Cities of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Harbin

Natural Scenery: 

Jingpo Lake

Henan

shaolin-temple02Henan is widely regarded as the cradle of Chinese civilisation. Archaeologists discovered the Oracle Bones and Oracle Bone Script, the earliest known Chinese writing system in history. Over time, three of Henan’s cities (Luoyang, Anyang, and Kaifeng) would come to be ranked among the Seven Great Ancient Capitals of China…[find more]

Attractions of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Longmen Grottoes       Shaolin Temple

Hubei

three-gorgesLying at the very heart of central China, Hubei province forms a large part of the middle basin of the Yangtze River. The high profile Three Gorges Dam is located in the west of the province, positioned in Xiling Gorge of the magnificent Three Gorges. You also can find UNESCO World Heritage Sites there both in culture and nature parts…[find more]

Hunan

Fenghuang VillageWith the ethereal Wulingyuan Scenic Area, picturesque Fenghuang Ancient Town, and sacred Mount Heng, Hunan boasts more must-see tourist attractions than many provinces combined! The poet Qu Yuan was supposedly born somewhere in Hunan and drowned himself in the province’s Miluo River, which became the basis for the legend of the Dragon Boat Festival….[find more]

Cities of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Changsha

Villages of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Fenghuang Ancient Town

Natural Scenery: 

Wulingyuan Scenic Area

Local Food:

Hunan Cuisine       Hunan Local Snacks

Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

inner mongoliaInner Mongolia hosts substantial constituencies of the Mongol, Daur, Oroqen, Ewenki, and Manchu ethnic groups and has two official languages; Chinese and Mongolian. The landscape varies greatly, from lush grasslands, dense forests, and misty mountains in the east to scorching hot deserts in the west…[find more]

Attractions of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Mausoleum of Genghis Khan       Zhaojun Tomb

Cities of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Baotou       Ordos

Hohhot:   Dazhao Temple

Natural Scenery: 

The Gobi Desert

Local Food:

Inner Mongolian Cuisine       Inner Mongolian Local Snacks

Jiangsu

zhouzhuang in the winterBound by the Yellow Sea to the east and with the Yangtze River cutting through its southern expanses, it’s unsurprising that Jiangsu province has become synonymous with water. It hosts several famous Chinese traditional villages and delicate gardens. The capital city Nanjing is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China…[find more]

Attractions of Historical and Cultural Significance:

The Presidential Palace

Cities of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Nanjing

Local Food:

Jiangsu Cuisine       Jiangsu Local Snacks

Jiangxi

JingdezhenBounded by the Huaiyu Mountains in the northeast, the Wuyi Mountains in the east, the Jiulian and Dayu ranges to the south, and innumerable mountain ranges to the west and north, Jiangxi has long been celebrated as a haven of great natural beauty. It has long been renowned for the blue-and-white porcelain that has been produced in the region for over 1,800 years. You could almost say that this province puts the china in China…[find more]

Jilin

Mount. ChangbaiFrom the Koreans of the Goguryeo Kingdom (37 BC–668 AD) and the Khitans of the Liao Dynasty (907–1125) to the Jurchens of the Jin Dynasty (1115–1234), Jilin’s history is a patchwork of cultures and ethnicities…[find more]

Liaoning

WUNV MOUNTAINAlthough nowadays its population is dominated by the Han Chinese, this region frequently found itself under non-Han rule throughout the course of history. Whether it was the Khitans of the Liao Dynasty (907–1125), the Jurchens of the Jin Dynasty (1115–1234), or the Mongolians of the Mongol Empire, Liaoning was passed around between different ethnic groups faster than a hot potato! It even formed part of several Korean kingdoms, such as Gojoseon, Goguryeo, and Balhae…[find more]

Macau

macauMacau is classified as a Special Administrative Region in China because it was once a foreign colony.  Heralded as the “Vegas of China”, gambling has been legal in the region since the 1850s and is the only place in China where gambling is legalised. Meanwhile, Many of the region’s most celebrated historical buildings were collectively designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 under the banner the “Historic Centre of Macau”…[find more]

Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region

NINGXIANingxia’s official name is Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, since over one-third of its population is made up of the Hui ethnic minority. While most of Ningxia is made up of unforgiving desert, the vast plain of the Yellow River in the north has long been a fertile centre for agriculture…[find more]

Cities of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Yinchuan

Qinghai

QinghaiQinghai’s main claim to fame is its wonderful scenery and diverse landscapes, meanwhile it is the home to 37 of China’s recognised ethnic minorities, with large constituencies of Tibetan, Hui, Tu, Mongol, and Salar people. With 5 out of its 8 prefectures being designated as Tibetan autonomous regions, the province itself is noticeably dominated by Tibetan culture…[find more]

Attractions of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Dongguan Mosque       Kumbum Monastery

Cities of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Xining

Natural Scenery: 

Qilian Mountains       Qinghai Lake

Local Food:

Qinghai Cuisine       Qinghai Local Snacks

Shaanxi

Terracotta Army01Shaanxi Province is often referred to as one of the birthplaces or cradles of Chinese civilization due to its incredible significance to China’s history and development.Over a period of 1,100 years, from the Zhou Dynasty to the Tang Dynasty, 13 feudal dynasties set their capital in this province. ..[find more]

Attractions of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Qianling Mausoleum       The Terracotta Army       Zhaoling Mausoleum

Cities of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Xi’an:     Da Ci’en Temple     The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda       The Small Wild Goose Pagoda Scenic Area

Muslim Street

Natural Scenery: 

Mount Hua      The Loess Plateau

Famous Historical People:

Qin Shi Huang       Wu Zetian       Xuanzang 

Local Food:

Shaanxi Cuisine       Shaanxi Local Snacks

Shandong

Shandong PeninsulaShandong province is best known as the birthplace of two of the greatest philosophers in Chinese history: Confucius and Mencius. The province itself played a pivotal role in the establishment of Chinese civilisation along the Yellow River. The province itself can be roughly divided into two distinct segments: the inland zone and the Shandong Peninsula…[find more]

Natural Scenery:

Mount Tai

Local Food:

Shandong Cuisine       Shandong Local Snacks

Shanghai

shanghai500Located right on the coast between the mouth of the Yangtze River and the bay of Hangzhou, Shanghai consists of 18 districts and several islands just offshore in the East China Sea. It is an international modern city…[find more]

Attractions of Historical and Cultural Significance:

The Bund       The City God Temple District

Shanxi

shanxiShanxi Province is called “the museum of Chinese ancient architecture”. It has more than 70% old buildings constructed during or before Song Dynasty (960-1279) . There also have Yungang Grottoes, Mount Wutai that is one of the four Buddhist pilgrimage destinations…[find more]

Attractions of Historical and Cultural Significance:

The Hanging Temple       Shuanglin Temple       Yingxian Wooden Tower      Yungang Grottoes

Cities and Towns of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Datong       Pingyao       Qikou (including Lijiashan Village and Xiwan Village)       Taiyuan

Natural Scenery:

Hukou Waterfall       Mount Heng       The Loess Plateau

Famous Historical People:

Jin Merchants

Local Food:

Traditional Shanxi Dough Cuisine

Sichuan

chengdu-pandaWith its unusual geography, Sichuan is one of the most bio-diverse provinces in China and boasts a range of spectacular nature reserves, from dense highland forests to lush grasslands. Many of these reserves are home to some of the most fascinating and endangered animals on the planet, such as the Sichuan takin, the snow leopard, the clouded leopard, the red panda, and the giant panda…[find more]

Attractions of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries

Cities of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Chengdu

Natural Scenery:

Jiuzhaigou

Local Food:

Sichuan Local Snacks

Tianjin

Tianjin01Often eclipsed by its neighbour Beijing, Tianjin is a much-underrated city and municipality in northern China with a fascinating history and colonial twist. After China’s brutal defeat during the Second Opium War, the Qing Dynasty was forced to sign a treaty that granted Britain and France the right to extraterritoriality in Tianjin, as well as opening the port up to free trade…[find more]

Tibet Autonomous Region

bhikkhu03Often described as “the Roof of the World” and “the Land of Snows”, the Tibet Autonomous Region is located on the Tibetan Plateau, which is the largest and highest plateau on earth. Approximately 90% of the population in Tibet is comprised of ethnically Tibetan people, who are celebrated for their rich cultural heritage, most notably their dedication to the indigenous religions of Tibetan Buddhism and Bön…[find more]

Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

colourful moutains 300Xinjiang is geographically divided by the east-west chain of the Tian Shan Mountains, with the Dzungarian Basin in the north and the Tarim Basin in the south. It is home to a number of ethnic minorities, including the Uyghur, Kazakh, Tajik, Hui, Kyrgyz, and Mongol people, most of which are religiously Muslim…[find more]

Attractions of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Astana Cemetery       Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves       Emin Minaret       Grape Valley       Turpan Karez Water System

Cities of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Kashgar       Ürümqi

Villages of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Baihaba       Hemu

Natural Scenery:

Kanas Lake       Kunlun Mountains

Local Food:

Xinjiang Cuisine       Xinjiang Local Snacks

Yunnan

Yunnan02With the literal meaning of  “south of the clouds” so, if you’re looking for a heaven on earth, Yunnan may be as close as it comes. It is the place where you fancy hiking up the misty mountains, relaxing in a backpacker’s paradise, studying China’s ethnic minorities, or marvelling at the majesty of ancient Chinese towns…[find more]

Attractions of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Cuihu Park       Dali Prefecture Museum       Dongba Culture Museum       Golden Temple       Manfeilong Pagodas       Mu Family Mansion       Three Pagodas       Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture

Cities and Towns of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Chuxiong       Dali (Dali Ancient Town)       Kunming       Lijiang Old Town       Shaxi       Shuhe Old Town       Xizhou

Villages of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Baisha

Natural Scenery:

Black Dragon Pool (Lijiang)       Cangshan Mountains       Dianchi Lake       Erhai Lake       Jade Dragon Snow Mountain       Shangri-La County       Shilin       Three Parallel Rivers      Tiger Leaping Gorge

Local Food:

Yunnan Cuisine       Yunnan Local Snacks

Zhejiang

Nanxi RiverAs a coastal province, it is riddled with numerous rivers large and small. South of Hangzhou Bay, the terrain becomes distinctly more mountainous and its rocky coast is littered with more than 18,000 islands. The capital city Hangzhou is renowned as one of the most charming cities on earth…[find more]

Cities and Towns of Historical and Cultural Significance:

Hangzhou

Local Food:

Zhejiang Cuisine       Zhejiang Local Snacks