Provinces in South Central China
One of the most prosperous and developed areas of China. Guangdong's capital, Guangzhou, was once know as Canton and has been China's main trading centre for hundreds of years. The southern cities of Shenzhen and Zhouhai border Hong Kong and Macau. The strange buildings of Kaiping Diaolou are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Guangxi is home to a great many of China's ethnic minorities such as the Zhuang, Dong and Miao people, giving it great cultural diversity. The spectacular karst mountain scenery, caves and bamboo forests around Guilin city and the Lijiang (Li river) is a big draw of foreign and Chinese tourists. The Longsheng Rice Terrace are also stunning.
A tropical island province in the extreme south of China. The island is popular with Chinese tourists and is becoming a new secret holiday hide-away for westerner's who want to have a beach holiday with a difference.
Heibei is the province surrounding Beijing. The main city, Chengde, was the summer resort of the emperors of China and contains many historical sites. The Great Wall starts at Shanhaiguan in east Heibei and runs across the province. In the north, at Fengning, you'll find the start of the Mongolian grasslands.
The former British colony, Hong Kong remains the vibrant, busy, city it was always famed to be. Hong Kong is super modern, high rise, fast, highly metropolitan, cosmopolitan and dynamic. The food is delectable, the fashion and technology are first class and the shopping opportunities world beating.
At the foot of the Three Gorges and the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze river lies Wuhan, the principal city of Hubei province, with its famous Yellow Crane Tower. In Hubei the traveller can see Wudang Mountain and its temples as well as Shennongjia scenic area which contains many wild yellow monkeys.
Mao Zedong, the first president of the new People's Republic of China, was a native of Hunan. His home village being a popular tourist site for Chinese people. I was here that Mao first set up China's first soviets. Tourists can see the spectacular Hunan scenery including Wulingyuan scenic area. Hunan is also famed for its food which is full of hot chilli peppers.
Macau is a former Portuguese Overseas colony in South China, near to Hong Kong. It retains much of the culture from the Portuguese time. The old buildings in the centre of the city are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Macau today is famous for it's gambling and casinos. More money changes hands in the casinos here than in Las Vegas.