6.    Guilin

Alive hills

When coming to Guilin at night, limestone hills stand out of dubious shadows looking like clumsy titans. Though, in the daylight, they are revealed to be naturally remarkable structures.

Guilin and nearby areas have breath-taking views; you will see more limestone hills when floating on Li river, where traditional fishermen use cormorants to catch fish (birds are bound and trained to catch fish, before they swallow fish, the men take it out). Near Longshen are hillside terraced fields. There’s a mountain road leading to Jinken-Dazhai, home of ethnic minorities. This place also has a great sightseeing of terraced fields.


Description: Guilin


7.    China express

Travel on a high-speed train

In many aspects, China’s rail network is a metaphor for this country: head towards and ignore occasional mistakes. China is devoting all its efforts to build the world’s largest rail network, regardless of the last year’s accident which slightly slowed down the progress yet travelling by train has restored the joy of tourism. Especially contrast to India where railways seem stuck in “Stone Age”, China express is tourist’s happiness. With an average speed over 300km/h (the highest speed I have ever experienced is 350km/h), these trains’ facilities can beat those of the airline (and there’s no waiting time). The countryside’s spectacular views are passing by very fast. Moreover, there is also free Wi-Fi connectivity. Ticket price is quite budget: a second-level seat in Beijing – Shanghai express whose length is up to 1300km (equivalent to the distance between Delhi and Mumbai) for 5 hours costs $88. Is there anything to dislike?

Insider’s advice

It is only inconvenient for you to book ticket if you live outside China. Though, the hotel as well as reliable travel agencies may help – we suggest It would help to get ticket (with high fee which, in some cases, can be $24) and deliver it to the hotel for you.

Description: China express

China express

8.    Climb the Great Wall of China

And become a real man

You should, of course, visit the Great Wall of China in Beijing. A ridicule of Mao Zedong – whoever hasn’t climbed the Great Wall yet can’t be a real man – is hovering over your head as if it is a dead dictator’s ghost. The Great Wall is a wonder though it doesn’t serve the purpose which it was expected to. So, you ought to climb it, right.

Insider’s advice

You don’t need to be part of a crammed tourist group in Badaling, especially during this summer. Get out of the crown by walking away for 1 mile distant in order to get to Mutianyu of the wall. This area is no less significant yet it has fewer visitors. And if you feel more adventurous, you should consider Simatai, 110km distant from Beijing. Here shows more places for climbing and exciting experience.

Description: The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

9.    Szechuan’s taste

Hot, hotter and stew meat with potato

There’s nothing similar to a Szechuan’s bowl of stew meat and potato to make your spirit sing a Chinese melody or else call a fire-brigade. There’s nothing as elegant as Szechuan’s spice-up dishes, except those has misunderstood names. Shuizhuyu is beyond perfect (fish scalded in boiled water) and a dish in which fishes are floating in a river of chilies and green peppers. It will stimulate your stomach and makes even powerful men shout in grief. Mapodoufu dish (tofu cooked with soya-chili soup and meat) can be cooked in 7 different levels including “stunned” and “pungent”. You will regret for your impatience later but it seems a crime in Szechuan when not enjoying its cuisine.

Description: Szechuan’s taste

Szechuan’s taste

10.  Jiuzhaigou valley

This is panda

This natural reserve in Northern Szechuan is China’s top-ranking park and home for endangered species of plants and animals, including lazy pandas. Listed in wonders of the world, this place also owns an extremely beautiful view and features homeland of Tibetan community.


Insider’s advice

Pandas like playing and if you have a long-time observation, you will spot many different emotions from them when they are scratching their body parts. However, they have been less seen regular. If you desire a visit, you could make a compromise with Wolong national park, 1 panda-caring center near Wenchuan. Here, you can buy products made of bamboo.

Description: Jiuzhaigou valley

Jiuzhaigou valley

11.  Kashgar

“Wildlife western”

This oasis town situates in Taklamakan desert, which lies in the western end of China. This place used to be an important trading center on Silk Road. More known for a Chinese name Kashi, it becomes alive in Sundays due to pet market, which is worth seeing though you don’t have any intention of buying either a lamb or a horse. There is also another more regular “Sunday market” but it is not as interesting (this seem odd in how they name the market according to the fact that it is opened all the week). Here, you can buy carpet from Mid-Asia or else you don’t mind being pickpocketed.

Insider’s advice

Walking across Old Town (or anything left from it), let’s see the architecture and lifestyle of Uighurs. Enjoy spiced-up Uighurs dishes such as stew meat which comes both familiar and strange due to Indian ingredients. From Kashgar, you can walk to Taklamakan unless you want a night camping. We suggest Yarkand, 200km distant in South-East, should be a better place.


Description: Kashgar


12.  Huangshan

Climb up all mountains

According to director Cameron, the secular beauty of Hallelujah Mountain in movie Avartar was inspired by Huangshan at Anhui in Mid-Eastern China. The mountain is a world’s natural heritage as it has inspired poets and painters for centuries, then become immortal in symbolic pictures, images and poems in China,

Insider’s advice

Huangshan mountaineering by Eastern stairs takes around 3 hours yet it is recommended to have a night-camping – just to watch the sun rising over clouds, which hide the valley away, and revealing emerging peaks. The mountain awakens a lot of feeling though it has been torn apart by tourists; it still provides good places for a lonely soul. This area also as many natural springs.

Description: Huangshan


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