China Province Travel Guides
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.
The capital city of China, Beijing is one of four Municipalities in China. Previously it was known as Peking or the older name Peiping. Here you will find famous sites such as Tian'anmen Square, The Forbidden City, The Great Wall of China, The Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven. No trip to China would be complete without seeing Beijing.
On the steep banks of the Yangtze river, deep in the heart of China, lies the massive city of Chongqing, the biggest municipality in China and one of the biggest cities in the world. The rapidly growing and developing city is the starting/ending point for tours of the Three Gorges area with the Three Gorges Dam just 100km downstream.
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.
A province in the north west of China. It has a short border with the Republic of Mongolia in the north of the province. Around the rest lie other Chinese provinces. To the north east is Inner Mongolia and Ningxia autonomous regions. To the south east is Shaanxi province. To the south is Sichuan and to the west lie Qinghai province and Xinjiang Autonomous Region.
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.
Deep in south west China lies Guizhou. This region is culturally diverse with 38% of the population coming from ethnic minorities such as the Miao, Buyi, Dong and Tujia peoples. Historically few communication links ran through Guizhou and today it still has a feeling of being far off the beaten track. The land is mountainous and its remoteness has preserved its character of a older China of years gone past.
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 most northern province of China. Popular in winter for its skiing and Harbin Ice Festival, Heilongjiang is equally interesting in summer.
Hénán (河南) in central eastern China, is the heart of old China. It was from here that the earliest Chinese civilization began. This land, around the lower reaches of the Yellow river, is very fertile and consequently prosperous. Henan is the second most prosperous province in China and also the fifth largest economy in the country. The history of Henan streatches back over 5000 years. Four of the Eight Great Ancient Capitals of China, Luoyang, Anyang, Kaifeng, and Zhengzhou are located in Henan. This means that there is much for tourists to visit. The main attractions are the ruins of the Shang Dynasty capital city Yinxu and the Shaolin Temple, world famous for it's Kungfu martial arts and history.
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.
The famous grasslands of Inner Mongolia where you can ride horses, live in a Yurt and drink Mongolian milk tea with your roast lamb. West lies the Gobi Desert where a man can get lost in the dunes chasing a mirage. Here you can find much of the Great Wall of China as well as the old Yuan dynasty capital of Xanadu, visited by Marco Polo.
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.
In the south, the mountains of Chengbai and the border with North Korea: In the north, the plains of ancient Manchuria. The city of Changchun was the capital of the puppet regime of Manchuko and the old palace is a popular tourist site.
In the Northeast of China, next to North Korea, Liaoning is known for its heavy industry and so little visited by tourists. However, there are many surprises to be found from the Red Beach of Panjin, the old Qing capital Shenyang, summer sun and sand in Dalian and a glimpse into a forbidden land at Dandong.
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.
One of the smallest provinces of China, it is sandwiched between Gansu province and Inner Mongolia region and has a short border with Shaanxi province to the east. Ningxia is situated on the high Loess Plateau. The yellow river curves through much of the province.
A province of western China. It is surrounded by Gansu, the Xinjiang, Sichuan, and Tibet. The area is a sparsely populated, high plateau that is little visited by foreign tourists. The location means that Qinghai has long been a melting pot of various ethnic groups with Tibetan, Mongol, and Turkic influences.
This province is located in the north of China. It was here that the first Emperor, 2000 years ago, set his capital for the new united China. Though the first dynasty, the Qin, only lasted a relatively short time, it formed a base on which every future dynasty was founded. Thus Shaanxi is seen as the place of origin of China as a nation state. Shaanxi's capital city, Xi'an, has allot to offer tourists. It's ancient city walls, the famous Terracotta Warriors and the beginning point for tours heading west along the silk road.
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.
A province in northern China. Inner Mongolia borders it in the north, with the Great Wall of China following this border line. To the west, the Yellow River. The capital city Taiyuan contains Pingyao, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Home to the giant panda which still lives wild, but few in number, within the high mountain bamboo forests of Sichuan. Tourists can see these elusive animals up close at the panda sanctuary in Chengdu city. The Yangtze river flows through here and the far west of the province sees the land rise up to the edge of the Tibetan plateau. In Sichuan you will find Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Spot and five other similar UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Táiwān (台湾) is situated of the east coast of China. It has long been an important link in the trade routes between China and neighbouring countries such as Japan. As a result is has received much cultural influence from beyond its shores. During the 20th century, the island has been the center of many political debates. However it remains an interesting and exciting destination for tourists.
One of four Municipalities in China, located in the north, just 30 minutes by train from Beijing, is Tianjin. This is a rapidly developing city that can be divided into the old city and the new Binhai development area. A large number of foreign companies have bases in Tianjin, taking advantage of the sea port location and proximity to the nation capital, Beijing.
High up on the back of the Himalaya mountains, in the far west of China, is the secret land of Tibet. In the principal city, Lhasa, you will find the famous Potala Palace. Not far to the south is Mount Everest (Qomolangma). Tours can take the intrepid tourist, fit enough to cope with the high altitude, from Lhasa to Everest base came and on into neighbouring Nepal.
Located in the far North West of China, iIt is a huge region. Much of the region is empty mountains and desert with just a few people. However, it is an area steeped in history and culture. The cross roads of Asia, Xinjiang was on the route of the famous Silk Road.
There are only two seasons in Yunnan, summer and spring, with no winter. This land is mountainous, the eastern edge touching the Hymalyas and Tibet. The famous Lijaing town is in the north of Yunnan, near the start of the Yangtze river. The capital Kunming is know for Stone Forest karst landscape. In the south is Erhai Lake Park in Dali city.
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.