In this blogpost I want to share some highlights of my trip to China. I went there for a month last summer. This has been one of the most beautiful experiences in my life.
I will make some recommendations of what to see, where to eat and where to stay.
What to visit:
Simatai Great Wall (The Great Wall of China) – I highly recommend to go to this part of the wall as there are almost no tourists here. You can fully enjoy the view, and get the opportunity to take breathtaking pictures. There is also a nice little town where you can get a drink, food or some souvenirs. Don’t get fooled by the look of the town, it looks like it is ancient while in fact it is built around 2013.
Pearl market and Panjiayuan Flea market – Here you can buy clothes, china and all kinds of souvenirs. It is very common to bargain at these kind of markets, you can easily get a 60% discount.
Longqin Gorge – Longqing Gorge is an area with abundant natural resources where you can go boating, climb the mountain and avoid heat in summer. The gorge features clear waters, wooded mountains, curious stones and wonderful karst caves (see picture 6).
Some other places include: Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and The Forbidden City.
City wall with bicycle – The Xian City Wall is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. Try biking on the Wall, you will have an enjoyable and interesting experience.
Mount Huashan – With an altitude of 2,160 meters Mt. Huashan is famous for its lofty peaks. It is one of the five sacred mountains in China. The view is absolutely breathtaking and well worth the climb.
Some other places include: Terracotta Army, Muslim snack street, Great Mosque.
The old city of Pingyao is China’s best-preserved ancient walled town. It’s like a living museum, with its intact city wall, its residences and shops. Walking its alleys it’s easy to imagine what life was like in those times long gone by, when Pingyao was the financial center of China. Pingyao is mentioned on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Mount Wu tai
Mount Wutai is a sacred Buddhist mountain. It is a remarkable site with its many sights and the richness of its temples and monasteries. This World Heritage cultural landscape offers serenity with its monasteries spread over the mountain.
Where to eat:
Snack street – They sell “snacks” like fried spiders, maggots, centipedes, grasshoppers and scorpions. Luckily they also have things like springrolls, vegetables, roast duck, chicken and more. In the evening it is a place where people meet each other for great food.
Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant – A typical dish in China is the Beijing roast duck. I highly recommend Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant in Beijing.
Where to stay:
Grand Soluxe International Hotel – When you walk into the lobby you get blown away by the black piano surrounded by water and large koi fish. The rooms are absolutely phenomenal with a king-size bed for each, a huge flat screen and nice furniture. Breakfast (included) is also delicious with an extensive choice in Asian and Western dishes. (40 euros a night)
Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel – I had the loveliest time at this hotel for multiple reasons, but specifically the service and rooms were very nice. The hotel is within walking distance from the shopping streets (Wangfujing street). (50 euros a night)
Pingyao Cheng Jia Hotel – They have a gorgeous courtyard (see picture 4). The rooms are clean and very decent. (35 euros a night)
Hope that you guys enjoyed reading this post!
© Photo’s by: Laura Eijpe