Xinjiang Province in the far northwest of China is the country’s largest province, covering an area of 640,000 square miles (1.6 million square kilometers). Xinjiang means “New Frontier,” and the name couldn’t be more fitting. This remote land well off the beaten path is a place of tremendous natural beauty and a fascinating cultural heritage very different from what you’d find anywhere else in China.
Chinese cuisine in China is nothing like what you find in Chinese restaurants in the United States or Europe, and much like the United States, the country’s cuisine is incredibly varied. During your travels around the country, be sure to try some of these menu items that represent China’s best regional dishes.
One of the best ways to experience rural China is on a cruise down the Yangtze River, one of the country’s most important waterways. Cruises running back and forth between Yichang and Chongqing pass by a wealth of beautiful scenery and interesting attractions, so should you decide to cruise, don’t miss these top sights along the Yangtze River.
When people think of Chinese opera, they probably first think of Beijing, but far to the west, Sichuan Province has its own form of opera. If you’re looking for a family-friendly nightlife option that also offers a glimpse of Sichuanese culture, spend a night watching Sichuan opera in Chengdu.
November 4, 2013 by Lydia Schrandt
There’s good news for travelers planning to pass through China during their travels. The Chinese authorities recently passed a new law allowing tourists from nearly 50 different countries to spend 72 hours visa-free in four Chinese cities. For transit passengers, this offers the opportunity to leave the airport and see some of China’s top sights without having to fork out the money and time applying for a visa.
On Monday, Typhoon Fitow made landfall in Fujian and Zhejiang provinces, causing widespread flooding and damage. If your travel plans bring you to southeast China in the coming days or weeks, there are some things you should be aware of.
The iconic Chinese novel The Three Kingdoms took place along the banks of the Yangtze River between Chongqing and Shanghai, a scenic waterway cutting through the heart of China that has inspired poets and writers and provided power and livelihood to residents throughout the country. If you want to get away from the big city crowds of Beijing and Shanghai to see China’s rural side and natural beauty cruising the Yangtze River is a good way to do so.
Guangzhou, the capitol of Guangdong province and one of China’s most ancient and important port cities, exists because of its proximity to the water, both the South China Sea and the Pearl River. One of the best ways to see this city of more than 7 million people is by cruising on the Pearl River in Guangzhou.
Hangzhou, considered by many to be China’s most beautiful city, has become one of the country’s top tourist destinations. While many people choose to visit Hangzhou as a side trip from Shanghai, it’s also possible to base yourself in the city by the lake and take day trips from Hangzhou to some of the surrounding cities and water villages.