With a population of 1.4 billion people, China is the world’s largest country by population. It is also the 4th largest country by land mass. It is no surprise that it is culturally one of the most diverse countries in the world. Moreover, China has a long, rich and colourful history that dates back more than two thousand years ago. China offers a wide range of travel experiences, from the glitz and glamour in Shanghai, the culinary paradise in Guangzhou, the forbidden city in Beijing, the natural beauties in Yunnan to the silk road in Gansu and Xinjiang.
However, we cannot possible see all of it in such a short time! Thankfully, based on your travel interests, you can easily plan a route in China that does not involve too many flights or never-ending train rides. The South-Western part of China is famous for its rainforests, ethnic minority cultures and beautiful scenery. The North-Western part of China is known for its silk road history, ancient civilisation ruins and deserts. Central China forms the bedrock of China’s lustrous history, such as Xi’an and Luoyang cities. North-eastern China is known for its really cold winters and beautiful wintry scenery. Lastly, you have the coastal cities on the east that are extremely modern and cosmopolitan.
Follow me on my journey through China as I explore the Western part, stretching from Yunnan in the south to Xinjiang in the north. You can hover over the points on the map below to see which places I have been and click on them to see related articles about that place!