10 Lesser Known Chinese Cities you should visit
Whether one is visiting China for the first time or for the twentieth, with every visit comes new things and experiences to discover.
For those adventurers who wish to witness the culture of China away from the well-known tourist sites of the great country, take a look at some of the following lesser-known cities in to visit.
For a peek into the more traditional style of living, take a day or two to spend time in the rural village of Cuandixia . In Cuandixia, there are hundreds of Ming dynasty era homes, some of which are available for lodging.
To see some beautiful waterfront scenery, visit the lovely coastal city of Dalian. Dalian offers wonderful beaches and parks, while maintaining an urban atmosphere with plenty of shopping.
A bit more off the beaten path rests Zhouzhuang, a small water town a few hours away from Shanghai. In this little town, one can take a look at the historic homes and eat in a local restaurant. Many small shops are open to the public as well.
If one wishes to explore the more scenic parts of China, a trip to Gulang Yu or Luoyang will certainly satisfy. Tourists
can walk around the bird sanctuary on the island of Gulang Yu, then dine on the freshest seafood available. At Luoyang, one can have the pleasure of viewing the Shaolin Temple, where kung fu demonstrations are given often.
Slightly more tourist inclined and urban is the lovely city of Kunming. The weather is extremely pleasant in this particular city and visitors can shop, visit temples or see acts in local theaters here.
For a similarly urban feel but somewhat more bustling city, one should be sure to take a trip to Qingdao. This city is extremely clean, from the air to the streets, and there are many beaches and museums to entertain tourists.
Perhaps one of the most unique places to visit in China is the city of Turpan. Far in the Northwestern area of China, this city seems more like it belongs in Central Asia than in China. In the heat, it rests upon a desert and contains old and unique architecture.
Just the opposite of this city is the snowy city of Harbin. It lies close to the Russian border and tourists enjoy winter ice festivals in which amazing sculptures are made and stay until Springtime.
Finally, Zhuhai offers a variety of interesting sites for tourists to see at any time of the year. Shopping and beautiful waterfront scenery make this city famous.
Any of these marvelous towns and cities makes for a wonderful place to visit on a trip to China. Whether one is looking to enjoy some
history, view awe inspiring sites or simply find good places to shop, there is a city that will satisfy any touristic need. If one is willing to be a little adventurous and be unafraid to experience new places that other tourists may not, great memories can be made.