7 Must-Visit Cities in China ...

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Earlier this month I made a list of must visit cities in China.

I did this because friends and family members have been bugging me for recommendations on the best Chinese cities to travel to.

China is a big country covering 22 provinces, two special administrative regions, four direct-controlled municipalities and five autonomous regions.

Let me just breathe after typing that.

There are just so many places to go to that it can be overwhelming!

So I'm sharing with you my list of must visit cities in China...

1. Beijing

Beijing

Most people go to Beijing, simply because it is one of the must visit cities in China.2

Why?

Because it's home to the Forbidden City, Tienanmen Square, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and the 2008 Summer Olympics.

The Great Wall at Badaling (within Beijing) is the most visited part of this historical structure.

People say you've never been to China unless you've climbed The Great Wall.

2. Shanghai

Shanghai

Shanghai is a walkable, cosmopolitan city that has rapidly expanded its economic activity in the past decade.

My favorite is the French concession area where villas and sycamore trees line the streets.

Take time to visit the Shanghai Museum for your history fix.

ShangART at 50 Moganshan is the place for contemporary art.

Visit The Bund too!

And whatever you do, don't leave Shanghai without tasting xialongbao (people call it soup dumpling).

Once you taste it, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

3. Guangzhou

Guangzhou

I live here.

There are eight main sites to visit but my favorites are Baiyun Mountain, the Pearl River Tour at night, the Western style architecture of Shamian Island and the Sacred Heart Cathedral, the facade of which was modelled after the Basilica of St.

Clotilde in Paris, France.

4. Hangzhou

Hangzhou

This is my favorite Chinese city because it is the home of the West Lake that is just so magical when it rains.

Painters should come to this place at least once in their lifetime.

Hangzhou also has the National Silk Museum and the National Tea Museum.

I went gaga when the tea lady showed me how the traditional tea ceremony is conducted.

Any tea lover will consider this heaven.

Suzhou
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