3 Apr

An impression of China

My name is Wing and I am an intern at China Plus. During the exchange program organised by my school, I went to China and studied Chinese in Shanghai for 5 months. I also traveled around in China during these 5 months. China has a rich history, fascinating culture, friendly people and beautiful nature. Are you planning to travel around in China during your stay in China? I hope this video will inspire you to go explore China.

Shanghai is the biggest city in China. Shanghai serves as the most influential economical, financial, international trade and cultural center in China. The most popular attractions in Shanghai are The Bund, Shanghai Tower, Yu Garden and a cruise on the Yangtze River.

Suzhou is a major city located in the Jiangsu Province, about 100 km northwest of Shanghai. The city is famous for its historic gardens, canals and stone bridges. Suzhou is often called the “Venice of China”. It takes about 30 minutes to travel from Shanghai to Suzhou.

Hangzhou, also known as ‘Heaven on Earth’ is the capital city of Zhejiang Province, about 180 km southwest from Shanghai. Hangzhou is the fourth-largest city in China and one of the most renowned and prosperous city in China. The city is famous for its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. The West Lake is considered to be one of the most beautiful sights in China. I recommend you to hire a boat and enjoy the view. Hangzhou is well connected to Shanghai via bullet train. It takes about 1 hour to travel from Shanghai to Hangzhou.

Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)
Huangshan, often described as the “loveliest mountain of China” is one of the most beautiful mountain areas in China. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1990 and is one of the top scenic attractions in China. Huangshan is about 410 km from Shanghai. I recommend you to wake up early and watch the beautiful sunrise and relax in the many hot springs in the afternoon or evening.

Xi’an is a historic city located in the central-northwest of China. Xi’an was the capital city of 13 imperial dynasties and is one of the oldest cities in China. You can walk or rent a bike and ride on the 14 km long ancient city wall. A bike ride on the wall will almost take 1,5 hour! I also recommend you to visit the impressive Terracotta Warrior Army.

Chongqing is famous for its spicy Sichuan cuisine and world-famous hot pot. You will find hot pot restaurants everywhere throughout the city. I recommend having hot pot at a riverside restaurant or head for the food markets in the evening. You can also take the bullet train to Chengdu. It takes about 2 hours.

Chengdu is the capital city of the Sichuan Province. It is one of the most important economic and financial centers in Western China. This city is famous for its pandas. The ‘Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding’ is located in Chengdu. You may visit the panda center and even hold a baby panda! The city is surrounded by beautiful nature and is ranked as one of the most liveable cities in China.

Jiuzhaigou is located in the north of Sichuan province. The park was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. It is about 440 km away from Chengdu. You can take the bus from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou, which will take about 8 hours. Another option is to travel by plane. From the nearby airport to the scenic area will take about 1 hour.

Xiamen is located at the southeast coast of China. It is the second biggest city in the Fujian Province. I highly recommend you to visit the ‘Gulangyu Island’. This car-free island is famous for the many pianos you can find on the island. There are over 2000 pianos!

Written by Wing Lam, Intern at China Plus

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