Two hours from downtown Chongqing are the Dazu cliffs, home to one of the best-preserved collections of rock art in China. The 10,000-plus carvings depict a mix of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian themes, and some are over a millennium old.
SEE & DO
Dazu Rock Carvings
Dufu Thatched Cottages
Admire the verdant ornamental gardens, small lakes, pagodas and winding stream that so inspired Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu. The thatched-roof Tablet Pavilion marks the original site of the famous bard’s cottage.
Gongtan Old Town
Perched on steep slopes overlooking the Wu River, this 1,700-year-old town was once a prosperous port. Today, you’ll find well-preserved traditional houses that date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Guandu Ancient Town
Immerse yourself in Kunming’s folk customs in this revitalised old town. Here, you can watch traditional opera, explore storied pagodas and temples, and sample an array of local snacks, from chicken feet to stinky tofu.
While the ambassadors may have already left this car-free island just off the coast, their Western-style mansions, gardens and embassies remain. The architecture and the numerous museums are a reminder of the region’s rich history.
Jianchuan Museum Cluster
One could spend days in thissprawlingmuseum – the brainchild of a local property magnate who has collected numerous artefacts relating to modern Chinese history. 18 themed galleries offer explorations of China’s experience in World War II, local folk culture and the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
Jin Li Gou
Take a trip to this riverside village, which offers fascinating insights into the historic culture and architecture of the Tujia, an ethnic minority found in the Hunan, Hubei, Sichuan and Guizhou provinces.
For a change of scenery, visit this peaceful green lung that’s embedded in the centre of the city. Take a stroll along its 4km-long boardwalk and chat with the friendly locals along the way.
Kunming Nationalities Museum
Learn about Yunnan’s diverse ethnic minorities at this museum. Dazzling traditional costumes and pottery are just a fraction of the 40,000-plus artefacts on display.
Just a one-hour bus ride from downtown Fuzhou, Langqi Island offers plenty of bucolic charm. Explore sandy beaches and lush forests, visit ancient temples, or get chatting with the friendly local farmers and fishermen.
Museum of Contemporary Art and Planning Exhibition
This striking new cultural space houses two independent museums. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) presents works from both Asian and Western artists, while the displays at the Planning Exhibition (PE) are themed around architecture and town planning.
The grounds of this Buddhist temple dedicated to the Bodhisattva Guanyin rise high above the city. When you’re finished with the temple, hike up the surrounding hills for picturesque views of the ocean and countryside.
Sha Po Wei Art District
The city’s old fishing port has recently been converted into an art district. Head here on weekends to visit galleries, dine at cafés, and peruse craft markets, where local artisans showcase homemade accessories and food.
Founded by Kunming-based painter and performance artist Liu Lifen, this gallery promotes Yunnan’s young artists and offers a platform for them to collaborate with foreign creatives.
Once the highest point in Changsha, this Qing dynasty tower is now a rare reminder of the city’s ancient past. It sits in a pleasant park that also contains a restored section of the Ming-era city wall.
Wang Qi Art Museum
Admire a retrospective of renowned artist Wang Qi’s works, from wood block art to ink paintings and elaborate calligraphy. You’ll also find exhibitions by other local creatives on the top floor.
Wuchang Uprising Memorial
Housed in a colonial-era red-brick hall, this museum documents the 1911 coup that began in Wuhan and culminated in the fall of the Qing dynasty, setting the stage for the rise of modern China.
Considered one of the most beautiful campuses in China, Wuhan University prides itself on its magnificent traditional architecture. Come spring, cherry blossoms burst into bloom along the famed Ying Hua Ave.
Xiamen Piano Museum
Once famous for its pianos, Gulangyu Island has produced many an internationally recognised pianist. Its two-storey museum showcases unique instruments from all around the world.
Established more than 1,000 years ago, this ancient Chinese academy – which counts some of China’s brightest generals and diplomats among its alumni – is now part of Hunan University. Anyone is free to wander its lecture halls, classical pavilions and beautiful landscaped gardens.
EAT & DRINK
A’re Tibetan Restaurant
This rustic eatery is every Tibetan’s first choice for a taste of home. With décor like thangka paintings, organic ingredients sourced directly from the Tibetan plateau, and traditional specialties like yak meat dumplings and yak butter tea, it’s not difficult to see why.
An iconic dish in Shenzhen, the Gongming barbecued goose at this restaurant takes two days to prepare. The birds are flavoured with soy sauce, sugar, salt, wine and honey, before being roasted in traditional pottery ovens.
This small bar and store offers the best selection of beer in the city. The owner’s knowledge is encyclopaedic – he has travelled extensively to collect more than 300 different types of ale from all across the globe.
This club recently relocated to new premises, bringing its underground vibe to a downtown location high above Wuyi Avenue. DJs from China and abroad play a variety of electronic, techno and alternative sounds.
Boasting the best craft beers in town, along with tasty Tex-Mex finger food, this American-style bar has garnered a loyal following among locals and expats alike.
Dian Pu Zi
Tuck into affordable and authentic Yunnan fare at this new restaurant. Atmospheric décor, such as traditional wooden screens, circular aches and antique furniture, completes the dining experience.
Fat Fat Beer Horse
Housed in a former fish factory, this local brewery is responsible for kickstarting the city’s craft beer craze. The range of ales here blends East and West seamlessly, with homegrown flavours like Chinese bayberry, seaweed and coriander.
This traditional villa was converted into a café as part of a bid to preserve the city’s historic buildings. Featuring exposed brick walls and vintage furniture, the laid-back venue offers a menu of teas, coffees and light bites.
This high-end restaurant brings French-inspired dining to Xiamen’s shores. Only quality ingredients are sourced and used, from European oysters to Australian beef.
He Lao Ban Music Factory Bar
Soak up the sounds of the 70s at this old-school bar. Dark wood, dim lighting and a collection of old-school radios and speakers mounted on the walls all make for a nostalgic experience.
Hu Jin Restaurant
Legions of natives and travellers flock here for classic local flavours, including Wuchang fish; soup with spare ribs and lotus root; and la de tiao – bullfrog so spicy it makes diners jump in their seats.
Huo Gong Dian
This temple-turned-restaurant is undoubtedly Changsha’s most prominent landmark and one of its top eateries. Here, pushcarts circle the dining hall, stopping just long enough for hungry customers to pick out a dish or two.
Michelin-starred chef Christian Tetedoie’s latest venture specialises in elegant French degustation menus, paired with wines from its extensive cellar. There’s also a series of themed private dining rooms designed in the style of French landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Versailles.
Mao Family Restaurant
Revolutionary red flags and a gold bust of Chairman Mao set the tone at this restaurant, named after Hunan’s most famous native son. It’s also a top destination for classic Hunan cooking, including red braised pork and beef stir-fried with peppers.
Meeting U Café
This rooftop café offers some of the best coffee – and views – in town. Snag a seat at the outdoor terrace for gorgeous vistas of the city skyline.
This circa-1924 steam train might have retired decades ago, but it has recently come back to life as a fashionable eatery. It makes for a great pit stop after a stroll along the promenade.
New Orleans Kitchen
Tuck into southern American fare at this new restaurant. With its vibrant red walls, jazz memorabilia, heady cocktails and home-style cooking, it’s already a firm favourite. Authentic Creole and Cajun staples include shrimp gumbo with andouille sausage and okra.
Niumengxiang Chaoshan Beef Hot Pot
At this Chaoshan-style hot pot joint, patrons dunk thin slivers of beef into a clear consommé, before dipping them into condiments like satay sauce, garlic oil and yellow bean paste.
Nuts Live House
Widely considered to be the city’s top venue for live music, this buzzing space hosts local indie bands on the weekends. It’s a frequent stop for international musicians
A record store front, a secret door, imported spirits from all over the world and an infusion of 1920s blues and jazz all combine to serve up Chengdu’s first speakeasy. Pick your liquor of choice and the bartender will handle the rest.
Immerse yourself in the city’s thriving music scene at this cosy bar. It’s a popular performance spot for local musicians and touring groups. You’ll also find a decent selection of craft beers on the menu.
Changsha’s first speakeasy is a low-lit drinking den hidden behind a sandwich counter. Sip on creative cocktails (numbered 001 to 010 on the menu) in unusual vessels; for instance, 006 is a blend of vermouth, lychee and lemon served in a three-legged Chinese wine goblet.
Shi Ping Hui Guan
Step through an imposing stone gate to enter this restaurant, which is housed in a Qing dynasty compound. Soak up the historic setting while enjoying signature Yunnan dishes like roasted tofu.
The Beer Nest
Those who enjoy quality beers need look no further than this Chengdu mainstay. Run by a Belgian brewer, the bar offers a range of craft beers, along with excellent whiskeys, wines and cocktails.
The Tap Room
This new bar offers over 30 artisanal beers, many of which are available on tap. Top picks include the fruity Ballast Point California Kölsch and the heady Founders Breakfast Stout, paired with bar bites like roast sausages.
U Café and Club
A fun café by day that transforms into a chic after dark venue, this new nightspot offers a quirky bovine-heavy theme, complete with a life-sized cow in one corner. Try the Shizuka Gozen’s Smile, which is a heady blend of vodka, matcha powder and homemade green tea syrup.
Vox has dominated Wuhan’s thriving punk rock scene since opening in 2005. Music fans from the surrounding university district gather here to see Chinese and foreign bands, giving life to the bar’s slogan “Voice of Youth, Voice of Freedom”.
Wanzhu Lounge Bar
Ensconced in the city’s historic Sanfang Qixiang neighbourhood, this picturesque bar features a gorgeous wall of rambling roses. Graze on Chinese-inspired bar bites, before washing everything down with classic cocktails.
West Lake Restaurant
Hunan cuisine gets upsized at the biggest Chinese restaurant in the world (according to Guinness World Records). Its imperial-style compound is large enough to host 5,000 people at once.
Yang Ji Long Fu
Feast like an emperor at this popular Sichuan restaurant. Try the laziji (deep-fried pieces of chicken stir-fried with chilli bean paste, peppers, garlic and ginger) and mao xue wang (a stew comprising tripe and cubes of dried chicken and duck blood). Go early, as queues can start from 5pm.
Yi Zhan Deng
Named after the single lantern the chef used to hang outside to show it was open, this modest restaurant is a favourite among Changsha’s chefs for its fiery Hunan dishes. Try the stir-fried beef with pickled red chillies and leeks.
Yu Chi Yu Zui
The Yangtze River has gifted Wuhan with an abundance of freshwater produce. Sample some at this restaurant, which serves up to 30 kinds of seasonal fish, alongside other local dishes.
Yu Zhi Lan
With only 18 seats, reservations at this intimate restaurant are essential. But the effort is worth it for the 20 distinct dishes that you’ll be served, such as duck-egg noodles and shredded chicken with Sichuan peppercorns.
Zeng Lao Yao Yu Zhuang
Housed in a World War II bomb shelter, this local institution is famed for its spare ribs and spicy carp. It’s open 24 hours a day, so you can come late to avoid the crowds.
Chengdu Spice Market
Located near the North Railway Station, this maze of a wholesale market is lined with enormous bags of Sichuan peppercorns. Choose from an endless array of artisanal chilli oils and sauces, and sample local delicacies like spicy rabbit’s head.
Renowned fashion designer Cho Cho Cheng, who has stores in New York and Beijing, has just opened his latest boutique, a 950ft2 space at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport that showcases his bold women’s collections.
This storied street traces its history back two millennia, and still retains the look and feel of old Changsha. It’s lined with cafés, bars and boutiques selling antiques and snacks.
Xudong Antique City
Collectors throng this sprawling market for its calligraphy, paintings, jewellery and more. The hundreds of vendors here are known for their shrewdness, so be prepared to bargain.
Yang Gong Qiao Old Books Market
Embark on a literary treasure hunt at this underground market, where up to 40 stalls sell all sorts of precious tomes – from classic comics to valuable first editions, and even old diaries and photo albums.
Besides hand-brewed coffee, you’ll also find artisanal products for sale – from cotton handbags and paper bookmarks to folding fans adorned with traditional Chinese calligraphy.
Yunnan Wholesale Tea Market
You can easily spend hours at this market sampling an array of teas, including Yunnan’s famous pu-erh variety. It’s also a great place to pick up teapots and other souvenirs.
Zhi Jian Bookstore
With three outlets across Changsha, this bookstore has made reading cool again in the city. Local creatives approve, and you’ll often find them in one of the reading rooms, or browsing the shelves stocked with over 10,000 Chinese-language titles.
From exquisite tea sets and lacquerware to adorable dolls depicting Chinese mythological figures, you’ll find a wide array of tasteful souvenirs at this emporium.
Xiamen’s main walking street is filled with hundreds of stores and cafés set amid a mishmash of Asian and European architecture. Buy handcrafted items, get lost in the back alleys, or grab some local street food.
Zhongxing Road Antique Market
This centrally located market is a great place to hunt for old stamps and coins, but beware: reproductions abound. The real treasures can be found on weekends, when merchants arrive bearing various items from the nearby countryside.
Diaoyutai Boutique Hotel Chengdu
This hotel blends five-star comforts with traditional décor centred on two large courtyards. It offers unparalleled access to the popular Kuanzhai Alley neighbourhood; many of its 45 guestrooms also offer views over the area’s historic skyline.
DoubleTree by Hilton Shenzhen Longhua
The offerings at this new urban hotel are undoubtedly luxe – think spacious guestrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and standalone bathtubs, along with a heated outdoor pool. Its prime location beside Shenzhen North Train Station also gives you easy access to neighbouring Hong Kong and Guangdong.
Strategically located in the heart of the city’s Hi-Tech Zone, this luxe 336-room hotel offers dramatic views of some of Chengdu’s tallest buildings. Taking pride of place in the lobby is a stunning embroidered tapestry that blends traditional landscape painting with modern photography. For a memorable dining experience, check out Cube – a lounge, cocktail bar and Japanese restaurant spread across three floors.
This 396-room riverside hotel combines modern flair with design elements drawn from ancient Changsha’s bronze culture.
Meixi Lake Hotel
This hotel became the city’s first property under The Luxury Collection group when it opened in October 2015. Its 310 rooms look out over Meixi Lake and Yuelu Mountain, and feature design touches inspired by the Tang dynasty poem Journey to the Immortal Peach Garden.
This four-storey villa on verdant Nanshan Hill is especially favoured by book lovers. It houses an expansive reading area lined with bookshelves, a café with gorgeous views, beautiful rooftop spaces, and eight elegant book-themed rooms.
Olive Commune 1966 Hotel
Run by a former editor, each of the 24 imaginatively designed rooms at this boutique hotel is inspired by a popular book or movie, such as The Little Prince, Gitanjali and Norwegian Wood.
Residence G Shenzhen
The city’s newest lifestyle hotel features 178 stylish guestrooms and apartments, a dynamic community hub, a chic restaurant and a 25-metre swimming pool. Located in Nanshan district, it’s also walking distance from the picturesque Lilin Park.
Silver Chest Boutique Hotel
Set in a restored mansion that once belonged to a wealthy local merchant, this courtyard hotel merges the traditional and the modern. Its 15 guestrooms feature antique furniture, while its library houses rare tomes.
Once the administrative office of an ancient village, this two-storey building is now a tastefully decorated guesthouse with 10 modern rooms and a public lounge that hosts regular cultural events.
The Conrad Xiamen
Located in the heart of Xiamen’s old Siming district, these twin sailboat-shaped towers form the city’s tallest seafront hotel, offering spectacular views of Gulangyu Island. Besides a spa and an indoor pool, the hotel is also home to the highest bar in the city.
The Temple House
Spanning a restored Qing dynasty courtyard building and two modern blocks, The Temple House is a seamless blend of the traditional and the contemporary. Its 142 rooms and suites are an exercise in elegance, with light wood panelling and sumptuous bedding. You’ll also find a traditional teahouse and a lavish spa on site.
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Fat Fat Beer Horse
New Orleans Kitchen
Residence G Shenzhen
Sha Po Wei Art District
The Conrad Xiamen
The Tap Room
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