Provinces in East China
Anhui is located in eastern China. The province lies across the basins of the Yangtze River and the Huaihe River and covers an area of 139,400km2. The city of Hefei is the provincial capital. Anhui is landlocked with no coast.
Fujian is a land of diverse culture. The local Hakka people built large round houses and have a distinctive lifestyle. Xiamen city (ancient Amoy) is a modern city but nearby Gulangyu still has the colonial buildings of yesteryear. The famous Wuyi Mountain can be found in Fujian.
Popular with tourists and easy to reach from Shanghai and Beijing, Jiangsu is the heart of old China. Relax in the traditional Chinese gardens of Suzhou. Visit the ancient sites of Nanjing city, both the first Ming and Republic of China capital city and centre of the Taiping rebellion.
Located is south central China, it was here that the Chinese Communist Party established some of its earliest bases. For many years, the Party centred its operation in the mountains of Jiangxi, with the Guomindang repeatedly trying unsuccessfully to encircle and eradicate them. It was from here that the Communists set out on their famous Long March that took them via the west of China, to their base in Henan.
Qifu city in Shandong was the birthplace of Confucius, possibly the most famous ancient Chinese person. The famous Taishan mountain draws many visitors. In the east of Shandong lies Qingdao city, once a German treaty port, now famous for its beer (founded in 1903) and seaside views. Wine production is now the second largest industry in Shandong.
Once and enclave of foreign traders, Shanghai retains it's colonial charms while blending in the most modern of city buildings and culture. This exciting, dynamic, city, is popular with tourists who stroll along the Bund river side, gaze from the top of towers in Pudong, ride the fastest train in the world and relax in Yuyuan traditional Gardens.
Marco Polo spent ten years living in the Zhejiang city of Hangzhou. He described as the, "finest and noblest city in the world." Even some 700 years later, the city still has a reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Zhejiang, just south of Shanghai, is the ideal destination for tourists wanting to see China beyond Shanghai but within a tight time schedule.