5 Places To Visit In China

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You could move to China for the rest of your life and still not see all of what you want to see, its that huge and incredible! I was there for a few months and I’m sure I’ve barely covered a tenth of it! I have narrowed my favourite places down to a top 5! So here it is:

1: Donghuamen Night Markets

The most weird and wonderful street food, cheap, delicious and weird! Don’t be afraid to try new things…and maybe don’t come here if you’re a vegetarian, you’re likely to find star-fish on a stick, fried scorpions, you name it, they’ll have caught it and cooked it!

China Street Food Markets
Donghuamen Night Market

 

2: The Great Wall

Obviously. Couldn’t really leave this one out! There are plenty of different areas of the Great Wall that you can access, we went to MuTianYu, about a 90km drive north-east of Beijing. We walked for three hours along the wall all the way to the section where the restoration had been stopped, and the original stone still remained.

 

3: Shaolin Temple

Famous Buddhist Temple where monks from all ages live and practice Zen Buddhism as well as martial arts. Watch the martial show and wander around the extensive temple grounds exploring the shrines and pagodas.

Kung-Fu
Kung-Fu demonstration
Shaolin Temple Grounds

 

4: Li River Cruise

Jump on a longboat from XiPing pier and go on a cruise down the Li River, ending in Yangshao village for some beautiful food and authentic Chinese markets.

Li River China
Li River, Guilin Region
Yangshuo Village
Yangshao Village

 

5: Tibetan Villages of Western Sichuan

Read here about this network of Tibetan villages in China, its a bit of a trip from the city of Chengdu, but I promise you will not regret it!

Tibetan Monks
We drove motorbikes up to the village Nongkuo and had the pleasure of watching these Tibetan Monks practice their traditional dance
Tagong, Tibet
Hike through the grasslands of Tagong

 

So there you have it, my top 5 places and that was really hard to narrow down! Traveling China was one of the most amazing trips I’ve had (somewhat difficult – read about that here) and I’d go back in a heartbeat!

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