Places in Jílín
The Japanese capital of Manchukuo between 1933 and 1945, Chángchūn was also the centre of the Chinese film industry in the 1950s and ‘60s. Visitors expecting a Hollywood-like backdrop of palm trees and beautiful people will be disappointed, though. Chángchūn is now better known as China’s motor city, the largest automobile-manufacturing base in the country.
The views of Heaven Lake from the northern slope are the best and most popular. The gateway town for this area, where travellers have to stay, is Èrdào Báihé (二道白河), generally known as Báihé. The town is undergoing heavy construction with roads and new buildings being upgraded to meet the increased tourist traffic. You can see all the sights listed here in a day.
This small city, just across the Yālù River from North Korea, was once part of the Koguryo (高句丽, Gāogōulì) kingdom, a Korean dynasty that ruled areas of northern China and the Korean peninsula from 37 BC to AD 668. Jí’ān’s extensive Koguryo pyramids, ruins and tombs resulted in Unesco designating it a World Heritage Site in 2004.
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Another view from the roof of the world: alternative Tibet in Sichuan
With epic mountain vistas, lively Buddhist monasteries, and grasslands peppered with yaks and alpine lakes as far as the eye can see, Tibet is, without a doubt, one of the most remarkable places to visit in the world...
Secret Macau: dives, designers and stilt houses
Macau is often described in terms of dichotomies: old versus new, Portuguese versus Chinese, flashy versus modest, and for a good reason – the city has plenty to offer from both ends of the spectrum...
Seeking the yeti, mythical monster of Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan
Everyone has heard the stories. The grizzled mountaineer who stumbles from his tent high in the Himalaya to find enormous footprints in the snow...
A time for cha: traditional Chinese tea in Chengdu
Drinking tea is as central to life in Chengdu as its pungent Sichuan peppercorns or the city's other favourite pastime, mah-jong...