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What stands out to me the most when I watch this timelapse is the diversity of colours. The vibrant reds and oranges of sunset of Hainan Island, the greenery of Kham and Zhejiang and the bright lights of bustling Beijing at night. This timelapse is a great way to get a taste of the vastness and diversity of China. As Travel Editor, I’m continually excited and amazed by the possibilities in China. So, I thought I’d dig a little deeper into each of the featured locations to help you plan your dream trip. Where would you go first?
Fast Fact Files
‘Hainan’ literally means ‘South of the Ocean’.
This tropical paradise is the place to go for golden sands, balmy weather and coconut trees on the coast, and luscious mountains inland. There’s even a growing surf scene to get involved in.
The population of Hainan is just over 8 million.
Eastern Coastal Province of China
Hangzhou is the capital, home of the famous West Lake which has inspired Chinese Artists and Poets throughout history.
Home to the arched bridges and canals scenes of Wūzhèn
Thousands of Islands are dotted across the shoreline to be explored, the most well known being the lush Buddhist Island of Putuoshan.
‘Bei’ means Northern, and ‘Jing’ means Capital, so Beijing literally translates to Northern Capital! It sounds obvious, but is actually the 16th name given to the city in its history. It’s the nation’s second largest city, after Shanghai.
The Forbidden City in Beijing is the world’s largest preservation of wooden structures from the Ancient World!
It’s also home to some very unusual cafes, where you can cuddle a cat with your coffee.
It’s the third longest river in the world, but the longest river within a single country.
The river passes Fengdu Ghost City, “the home of the devil”, a town of tombs and temples.
The river flows 3,915 miles from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to the mouth of the East China Sea.
Where would you go first in China? Let us know in the comments!