Wednesday, October 21, 2020

What You May Not Know About China

Great Wall of China
Photo by Hanson Lu 

As China is a gigantic country, it serves as home to countless places which contribute to its tourism industry. There are famous cities and provinces, but there are also some left unknown to many.

China is a vast country, one of the largest in the world. It is home to more than a billion people, the largest population indeed, who take pride in their prevailing history. It is a place where ancient eras beautifully convene with modern times, emphasizing the richness of its heritage. It is a place where the past and present both make a great deal to the development of a future that will continuously let the nation thrive.

With the omnipotent presence of Chinese influence, it is fairly explainable why the world seems to know a lot about the country. But when it comes to the towns, provinces, and cities occupying this enormous piece of land, to what extent is the people’s knowledge? Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and other more famous places are the firsts to pop up in many people’s minds – places which most China tours put focuses on; but how about the other worthwhile locations?



Photo by yang miao

What was once home to the political dreams of Mao Zedong, Changsha had primarily earned its fame as the first major city that received full defense from the Chinese forces against Japanese occupancy during World War II. But over time, it had developed from an ordinary territory to an impressive allure. In support of its burgeoning economy, this capital of Hunan Province improves to draw in tourists from Singapore and all parts of the world through its unscathed nature, remarkable history, and highly regarded heritage.

Every trip to Changsha should highlight a visit to the famous Hunan University. Where the historical Yuelu Academy of the Golden Song Dynasty once stood, it is now more known for its dramatic mountain sceneries. There is also the Wulingyuan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that takes pride in its glorious natural scenery consisting of sandstone pillars and towering trees the mist consistently kisses. Particularly in the area of Zhangjiajie, giant salamanders can be found.

Changsha proposes an invitation for tourists to delve into its heritage through the west side area of Xiang River where culinary delicacies are served with delight. The place is known for its spicy dishes, similar to Szechuan recipes.


Photo by Robert Bye

Almost four years ago, CNN Travel classified Shenzhen as one of the most underrated cities in China. Four years after, it had evolved into one of the most important tourist destinations in the country, enjoying the title of one of UNESCO’s Creative Cities.

A populous city indeed, Shenzhen is located just adjacent to Hong Kong and is thus a common detour destination for many tourists. But it had proven its independent charm worthy of visitors over the years; although admittedly, there are still some people who have minimal knowledge about it.

Shenzhen is a fairly developed city that is greatly known for the creativity of its people. Art galleries, art-themed bars, and restaurants, design districts, and craft markets – these are just some of the usual venues where locals come together to vent out all their creative innuendos.

Many think that Shenzhen is a boring city that puts highlights only its shopping and massage industries. However, photo enthusiasts and nature lovers will surely find themselves pleased with the impact the city intends to impress on its visitors. The lovely parks like the Lianhua Mountain Park, Fairy Lake Botanical Gardens, and Wutong Mountain National Park provide impeccable venues for family and friends bonding moments. The dramatic backdrops of nature in these places are so much worth the trip.

Playing roles in the historical development of China, Shenzhen is also home to some remarkable sites like the Xin’an Ancient City, Dapeng Ancient Fort, and the Chiwan Left Fort.


Photo by Lavinia Arances

Vibrant and totally alive, these are the two words often used to describe Xiamen. A coastal city in Fujian, it holds an essential role in the economic development of China for being one of the earliest Special Economic Zones. With its name literally translating to ‘door to the house’, it is indeed a portal to the country that has been opened centuries ago.

Tourists are drawn to the stunning combination of tradition and modernity that is Xiamen. Finding solace in its unique heritage are different attractions that captivate people’s attention. Among the most famous destinations are Nanputou Temple, Yundang Lake, Hulishan Fortress, and Xiamen University.

However, the distinction offered by Xiamen is actually found mainly at Gulangyu Island, a famous tourist destination just roughly five minutes of ferry ride away from the harbor of Xiamen. It is a small place one can easily explore on foot. Cars and motorcycles are banned, contributing to their beautiful individuality, although battery-operated golf-cart type taxis are now being used by some people.

There is more than meets the eye indeed; and whether on first-class or cheap flights to China, people are invited to discover the beauty within what is common – to explore what some other people might not know.

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