Tagged: China

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Chengde

Originally known as Rehe (and as ‘Jehol’ in Europe), Chengde evolved during the first half of the Qing dynasty from hunting grounds to full-scale summer resort and China’ centre of foreign affairs.

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Suzhou

Marco Polo once claimed that Suzhou was one of the most beautiful cities in China (though Hangzhou was better).

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Xi’an

As my favourite destination in China, Xi’an today sits in the fertile Wei River valley, one of the epicentres of early Chinese civilisation.

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Beijing

Stop-start capital since the Mongol Yuan dynasty, Beijing is one of China’s true ancient citadels. It is also an aspiring, confident and modern city that seems assured of its destiny to rule over China ad infinitum.

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Shanghai

The most dynamic city in the world’s fastest- changing nation, Shanghai is an exhilarating, ever-morphing metropolis that isn’t just living China’s dream, but is setting the pace for the rest of the world.