I'm going to China for 3 weeks from mid-April. I have a rough idea of a route from Beijing down the East side of China (Anhui, Hunan, Fujian, Guanxi, Hainan) but not sure which places to visit and where to stay - any recommendations for this area of China? Or a trip itinerary you can suggest? I lived near Beijing for a year previously and speak some Mandarin so open to places off the main tourist track. Thanks!
Trip Plan Details
- Panjiayuan Second-Hand Market 华威里18, Panjiayuan Bridge, Chaoyang, Beijing, China
- Lamma IslandLamma Island, Hong Kong
- Coloane VillageColoane Village, Macau Macau
- Lantau IslandOutlying Islands, Hong Kong
- Star FerryStar Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
recommended YangshuoThis small town is nestled among the karst mountains - the impossibly steep, lush mountains made famous in paintings in Chinese restaurants around the world. The town itself is very laid back, with ... read morelots of great, open air restaurants with menus in English and Chinese. From here you can go hiking to some cool caves, or take a boat ride up the river and soak in the scenery.
recommended Dragon´s Backbone Rice TerracesTotally worth it! Wonderful views of the rice terraces and the villages around. Shortest hike is about 2-3 hours long. You can see some photos here: ... read morehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mjportfolio/sets/72157628289332563/Recommended for:
recommended Fenghuang (湖南鳳凰古城)Try Fenghuang! It's beautiful! You can spend a couple of days wandering around its narrow alleys and trying the local treats! Stay in the old part though, don't even bother about going to the new side ... read moreof the city.Recommended for:
recommended HuangshanThe mountain geological park at Huangshan (the 'Yellow Mountain'), is an absolute highlight of a visit to eastern China. Stunning, otherworldly scenery of cloud seas and pine trees growing from the ... read moretip of mountain peaks make this one of the most famous spots for domestic Chinese tourists. Cable cars exist that can spirit you up and down the mountain, but for the best experience, a hike up the mountain followed by a stay at the mountaintop lodge to watch the sunrise the next morning can't be beat. The route down the 'Western Steps' is particularly gorgeous, but check your gut before attempting to summit Celestial Capital Peak - it gets pretty hairy near the top.Matthew Crompton
Huangshan is a MUST. Descend the route down the western steps in the morning before the crowds are out.
- Gulangyu IslandGulangyu, Xiamen, 35 3610 China
- Yalong Bay MountainsSanya, China
recommended SuzhouAbout 100km west of Shanghai, Suzhou is home to some of the very finest examples of what this country does best: traditional garden architecture. There are a number of truly spectacular private ... read moregardens that can be visited here, but nothing beats the 'Humble Administrators Garden', which is absolutely outstanding. The areas of the Old City, with their canals and traditional houses, are pleasantly atmospheric, and there are a number of great places to stay here if you want to make it more than a daytrip from Shanghai or Hangzhou.Matthew Crompton
Lovely old town, gorgeous private gardens.
recommended HangzhouOften visited as a day trip from Shanghai, the city of Hangzhou makes a fine alternative base for exploring the area. At the center of the city is the West Lake (Xi Hu), an enormous collection of ... read moregardens, bridges, and pavilions that's as lovely as anything China has to offer. Outside of the lake area (which is quite large, but can be circumambulated in a few hours) there's not a whole lot to see, but one can happily spend several days strolling and exploring lakeside and the hills that surround it, enjoying what is arguably China's prettiest urban landscape.Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsMatthew Crompton
To my mind a more rewarding city in many ways than Shanghai. Love the West Lake.