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!
Do also check out some of my articles about the many things you can do all around China:
Northern Xinjiang is a nature-lover’s paradise. The magnificent Tien Shan Mountains down south and the gorgeous Altai Mountains up north ...Read More
For many of us, trying out new food is part of the travel experience. Whenever I visit a new place, ...Read More
Kashgar is a city full of charms and like no other. Despite being in China, Kashgar does not feel like ...Read More
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Before visiting Qinghai in China, I must admit that I have not heard of this province! Ironically Qinghai is the ...Read More
So, you are planning to visit Sichuan for the pandas and you are wondering what you can eat there? Lucky ...Read More
Earlier on I wrote about how I sneaked into the Sertar Buddhist Institute, or Larung Gar. Was it worth all ...Read More
I always believed that the Tibetan culture is the most mysterious and intriguing one in the world. Indeed, I fell ...Read More
You have heard of the Tibetans, the free Tibet movement and the Chinese government oppression of the Tibetans. While many ...Read More
Step aside Beijing and Shanghai! Chengdu is the other city you must visit when planning a trip to China. Home ...Read More
Heading to Lijiang or Shangri-la in Yunnan, China? Why not go further north and explore the sacred Meili snow mountain? ...Read More
You have heard of Chinese food, seen it at the corner of the street or even tried it somewhere. However, ...Read More
You probably have heard of the Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan, but you may not have heard of Yubeng village ...Read More
Also known as the “Spring City”, Kunming in Yunnan, China is famous for its amazing weather all year round. Due ...Read More
There are thousands of ancient cities and towns in China, and hundreds just in Yunnan. Your time is precious, but ...Read More
Yunnan is seldom on the international tourist radar, simply because everyone is going to Beijing and Shanghai. While Yunnan cannot ...Read More
Do check out my destinations page to see where else have I written about! Also, find out where I have been so far through my travel footprints page.