My time in China was just amazing! This very huge country is full of surprises and has so many extraordinary landscapes! Little overview of Shanghai and and two other places in the south
AsiaChina9 days / May - June 2018
Highs & Lows
China's noodles are simply the best
If you can prioritize the plane, it's in the same country but with huge distance
Shanghai is an amazing city mixing a modern side with a conservative side full of history. You cannot go to Shanghai without walking along the Bund, a magnificent point of view of an extraordinary skyscraper along the Huangpu River. You will find the Oriental Pearl Tower, the Jin Mao Tower, and the Shanghai Tower, the second tallest tower in the world. I advise you to go up to Jin Mao tower to have a breathtaking view of the city but also to be able to walk on a glass floor, very impressive!
If you are looking for a place more typical of China, you absolutely have to go to the Yuyuan garden. This garden dates from the Ming Dynasty and is very charming. Without too many tourists it is a calm and peaceful place.
If you want to get confused in the crowd and feel the density of the population, I recommend going for a walk on Nanjing road, the commercial street of Shanghai.
Around Shanghai, there is a lot of small charming water villages that you must go see, like Zhujiajiao for example.
Nocturne life in Shanghai is also very crazy with a lot of huge nightclubs.
Huangshan, literally meaning the Yellow mountain is a mountain range, in the west of Shanghai. Nowadays, thanks to a high-speed train it is easily reachable from Shanghai in only 3 hours. I have seen a lot of mountains in my life but those ones are very particular and unique. It’s like pikes sticking out of the ground.
I went there with a couple of friends for one night and we found a place to pitch the tent because the hotels are quite expensive at the top. It can be only a one-day trip but I advise staying one night there because the sunset and sunrise are astonishing.
We walked up to the top. It's a long climb of stairs, tiring and trying, but the effort is really worth it. The landscape is magnificent. If you are a bit less athletic you can take the elevator but you have to be ready to queue because it is full of Chinese tourists.
I definitely recommend getting up for the sunrise. Very peaceful moment in the mountain before the arrival of all the tourist groups.
The region of Guilin and Yangshuo is a region of landscape mixing mountains and rivers. It is a known region because the landscape is drawn on the 20 yuan note.
We went there by train but I deeply recommend taking the plane because it took us 25 hours to go there.
We stayed there for 3 full days and it is barely enough because there is a lot to see and do. One must-see is the Longji Rice Terraces. We made a one-day hike there and rest in a hostel over there. It was a divine hike. Then the second day we went to Yangshuo. There, I advise you to rent a bike and just go cycling enjoying the landscape and also take a small bamboo raft along the Yulong River. On the last day, we rent a scooter to go to Xianggong Mountain and enjoy the panorama on the top of the mountain. The road to go there is very charming too.
Q & A
What would you have changed?If you can, I recommend spending more days in Guilin/Yangshuo, it is a very beautiful city
Restaurant recommendations?The Chinese food is just divine so enjoy it as must as you can! You can find weird stuff on the street, don't be afraid to try !!
Tips you would give a friend?In Shanghai, I recommend going to the bar rouge for a beautiful sunset over the bound.
Packing tips?Bring clothes for the rain! It rains often and unexpectedly in China
Any surprises?In Guilin, we went to a little nightclub but actually there were not used to have foreigners in that bar. So we were the attractions, everyone wanted to talk with us, buy us drinks and taking photos of us. Unforgettable moment