It's still hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that I travelled halfway around the world and got to visit the culturally-rich country that is the People's Rebulic of China! I had been wanting to visit for years, and when I came across a jaw-dropping deal online, I couldn't help but jump at the opportunity. I saw it as a sign that it was finally time to make the long journey! I spent close to two jam-packed weeks exploring Eastern China, starting off in Beijing, and then flew south to explore Wuxi, Suzhou, Hangzhou and finished off in Shanghai. From visiting the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, the Olympic Center, a live Kung Fu show, a jade exhibition and the Great Wall of China in Beijing, to visiting Nanchang Street and Three Kingdoms City in Wuxi, to going on a Grand Canal Cruise and visiting the Couple's Garden in Suzhou, to taking a boat ride on Serene West Lake and sipping freshly brewed Dragon Well Green Tea at the plantation in Hangzhou, to walking Nanchang Street, seeing The Bund at night, soaking in the view from the observatory deck of the Jin Mao Tower and going on the Maglev train (aka the fastest train in the world!) in Shanghai, I hope you enjoy experiencing China through my eyes. Make sure to watch the video below in which I captured the beautiful scenery for your viewing pleasure!
Summer Palace, Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Beijing
Forbidden City, Beijing
Kung Fu Show, Red Theater, Beijing
Beijing Olympic Center
National Stadium ("Bird's Nest"), Beijing
Water Cube, Beijing
Jade Exhibition, Beijing
Great Wall of China (Juyongguan), Beijing
Nanchang Street, Wuxi
Three Kingdoms City (CCTV base), Wuxi
Spicy Tofu from Tofu Pudding, Truck Stop Vegan Fast Food
City Center, Wuxi
Grand Canal, Suzhou
Couple's Garden (Lotus Garden), Suzhou
Serene West Lake, Hangzhou
Fun fact: This is the exact scenery you see on a ¥1 yuan bill!
Dragon Well Green Tea Plantation, Hangzhou
Nanjing Road, Shanghai
Peace Hotel, Shanghai
The Bund, Shanghai
Pudong District, Shanghai
Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center
Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai
Jin Mao Tower Observation Deck (88th floor), Shanghai
Longyang Maglev Train Station, Shanghai (fastest train in the world - goes up to 430 km/h!)
City Center, Shanghai
Visiting the most populated country in the world was definitely an eye-opening experience, and one I will treasure forever. This was my first time in Asia, and stepping foot on this new-to-me continent definitely sparked a desire to return and see what else it has to offer.
Itching for more travel content? Check out my recent Eurotrip where I explored London, Paris, Nice, Monaco, Brussels and Amsterdam, as well as my past trips to Alberta, Italy and Greece.
Have you been to China? Where would you like to travel next?
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