China Guide

A comprehensive guide to China for westerners based on over decade of personal hands-on experience

Suzhou

May 23rd, 2018|China, China Guide, Places|

Suzhou (苏州市) is located in southern Jiangsu Province in the center of the Yangtze Delta. Shanghai lies to the south east and the Yangtze River to the north. The [...]

Zhouzhuang

May 23rd, 2018|China, China Guide, Places|

Zhouzhuang (周庄) is a town famous for its canals in Jiangsu province. It is located within the administrative area of Kunshan, 30 km southeast of the city centre of Suzhou, [...]

Xi’an

May 23rd, 2018|China, China Guide, Places|

Xi’an (often spelled as Xian and pronounced “she ahn”) was the ancient imperial capital of China for over 11 centuries. According to Xi’an natives, “If you want to see [...]

Xiamen

May 23rd, 2018|China, China Guide, Places|

Xiamen (厦门) (also called Amoy) and its surrounding countryside is known for its scenery and tree-lined beaches.  It is an island city with a rich and dramatic history, replete [...]

Wuhan

May 23rd, 2018|China, China Guide, Places|

Wuhan, abbreviated to “Han”, the capital of Hubei Province, is the largest city in Central China. Located on two rivers of the Yangtze (Changjiang), the second longest river in [...]

Tianjin

May 23rd, 2018|China, China Guide, Places|

First established under the Song Dynasty 960 A.D., Tianjin (天津) has been the economic lifeline to the capital city of Beijing. Located on the Hai River, it was an important [...]

Shenzhen

May 23rd, 2018|China, China Guide, Places|

Shenzhen (深圳) is located in the very south of Guangdong Province. Overlooking Hong Kong to the south and bordering Kowloon, this area is commonly referred to as Hong Kong’s “backyard”. [...]

Shanghai

May 23rd, 2018|China, China Guide, Places|

Loved as the Paris of the East or reviled as the Whore of the Orient,  Shanghai has had a chequered history.  China’s eastern coastal megalopolis of Shanghai (Hu for short), [...]

Sanya

May 23rd, 2018|China, China Guide, Places|

Sanya (三亚) is on the southernmost point of China, at the tip of Hainan island.   Known as "China’s Hawaii", Sanya has 20km long stretches of beaches. As the only [...]

Li River

May 23rd, 2018|China, China Guide, Places|

Guilin, Yangshuo and the Li River between them have an abundance of natural scenery hot spots and other tourist sites, and their mountains and rivers attract millions of domestic [...]