While working on my travel itinerary this year, I decided to make a list of underrated Asian destinations - those cities and towns that guidebooks, magazine articles, and bloggers seldom talk about. Before marriage and twin babies, I often traveled alone and I really enjoyed going to destinations that are far off the beaten path. There is bliss in visiting a place where you are with travelers who genuinely appreciate the beauty of the place. I like making friends with people who started out as strangers and it's like finding a home away from home. So, here are seven underrated Asian destinations that you might want to consider:
1. Zhangjiajie, China
Zhangjiajie is a picturesque escape from Beijing's terrible smog, Shanghai's busy streets, and Guangzhou's manufacturing scene. This is the city where James Cameron got the inspiration for the Hallelujah Mountains in his sci-fi flick, Avatar. It's in my list of underrated Asian destinations because it is simply breathtaking. It's nature at its best!