Hainan

Sanya

Hubei

Three Gorges Dam

Shanghai


Sichuan

Chengdu
Huanglong
Jiuzhaigou


Shanghai

Shanghai is a large Chinese city with many Western features. When you are travelling in China, if you just yearn for New York or Paris, then Shanghai is the place to go. Otherwise you don’t want to spend more than two days there.
The one must-see attraction in Shanghai is the Shanghai Museum. There is nothing in China, or perhaps the world, that compares to the collection of ancient Chinese artifacts found inside. Located in People’s Park, it’s a great place to spend an afternoon or a day. After browsing the collection, you can stroll around the park or walk over to Nanjing Lu.
Another great place to see is the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. It’s filled with hands-on exhibits as well as an IMAX theater. From People’s Park, you can ride the subway to this museum.
At night, be sure to walk around the Bund and take the ferry across the river. You can then go to the top of the Grand Hyatt or the Oriental Pearl Tower for a better view.
There are lots of souvenirs being sold in the Yu Garden, but they are not as cheap as in Suzhou, unless you are a savvy bargainer. This area is still worth a visit if you spend more than a day in Shanghai.

Sanya

Sanya beachSanya is the beautiful southern city of Hainan island. It’s sand is nearly white and it stays warm year round. Last winter when I went it was warm enough to wear shorts and a t-shirt, but swimming was not popular due to the chilly water. There is a long row of new luxury resorts, many still under construction. In the winter it was not crowded and we easily found a hotel without a reservation. You can get to Hainan by air or train from Guangzhou. Wait…ride a train onto an island, you say? Yes, it is indeed true that there is an overnight train departing from Guangzhou and arriving in Hainan…by ferry. The train is split into sections and loaded on an enormous ferry that then crosses the strait.

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