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Charming China: Plan your trip to the Land of the Red Dragon

Having spent most of 2023 in southern and central Asia, we were really excited to finally make it to China, albeit only for a quick visit! First we head to Hong Kong, where we spend 4 days enjoying one of the world's most famous cities. From all of our food to our accommodations, we aim to share as much as we can about our experience. Including at the renowned Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival, which was very much an unplanned surprise! 

After leaving Hong Kong, we head back in to China by way of the Pudong district in Shanghai, getting a feel for a more local area of this fascinating country. Alongside documenting our travels, we have spent a lot of time on research, and have compiled some of the top facts, places, things to know and more to save you time and help you get the best out of your trip to the Land of the Red Dragon!

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Check out all of the places we visited in China courtesy of this interactive map from Wanderlog. Tap any of the numbers for more information including directions, our blog posts, links to reviews and much more.

Wanderlog is a free travel planning app that allows users to create trip itineraries, organize flights, hotel and car reservations, view places to visit on a map, and collaborate with friends. It is super handy and has made a big impact on our travel planning. It saves time and is super easy to use!

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Interesting Facts

Here are 12 interesting facts about China. Some may just surprise you!

1. Great Wall of China: The Great Wall of China, one of the world's most iconic structures, stretches over 13,000 miles. Contrary to popular belief, it cannot be seen from space without aid!

2. Pandas: China is home to the giant panda, an endangered species. It's an important symbol for conservation efforts. These adorable creatures are found mainly in the mountainous regions of central China.

3. Population: With over 1.4 billion people, China is the second most populous country in the world, only behind India. They only lost top spot in 2023.

4. Inventions: China is credited with inventing many items crucial to human progress, such as paper, the compass, gunpowder, and printing.

5. Three Gorges Dam: The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River is the world's largest hydroelectric power station. It helps control flooding, generates electricity, and supports navigation.

6. Silk: The Silk Road, an ancient trade route, was crucial for the exchange of goods, culture, and ideas between China and the Western world. It was named after the lucrative trade in silk.

7. Terracotta Army: Discovered in 1974, the Terracotta Army in Xi'an consists of thousands of life-sized clay soldiers and horses buried with China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.

8. Chinese New Year: Celebrated in late January or February, Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is a significant cultural event in China, marked by family reunions, feasts, and traditions like dragon and lion dances.

9. Long History: China has one of the world's oldest civilizations, dating back over 5,000 years. Its history is rich in culture, philosophy, and inventions.

10. One-Child Policy: China previously had a strict one-child policy (now relaxed to a two-child policy), which aimed to control the country's population growth. This policy has had significant social and demographic effects.

 

11. Cuisine: Chinese cuisine is diverse and varies greatly from region to region. It's not just about popular dishes like Peking duck and dim sum but boasts numerous flavors, ingredients, and cooking techniques.

 

12 Economic Growth: China's rapid economic growth over the past few decades has transformed it into a global economic powerhouse. It's the world's second-largest economy and a key player in international trade and finance.

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