China Provinces TourA province (省) is the highest-level Chinese administrative division. At present, there are 34 such provincial-level divisions known as 23 provinces, five autonomous regions (Tibet, Xinjiang, Ningxia, Guangxi and Inner Mongolia), four municipalities (Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Chongqing) and two special administrative regions (Hong Kong and Macau).
China Provinces Tour is focused on the travel and tour information on the 23 provinces and 5 provincial-level autonomous regions. If you are interested in one particular province or explore China province by province, this is the right place to plan your provincial trips in China.
|» Anhui Tour|
Anhui's main cultural and historical sights are all scattered in the south and southeast regions, represented by the Huizhou-type villages, white-washed walls and back-tiled roofs, and the mountainscapes of Huangshan.
150 km southwest of Huangshan, Jiuhushan is noted for its unworldliness and tranquility. Anhui's green mountains and the bucolic life in the countrysides are a great escape from the hustle and bustle of China's bigger cities.
|» Fujian Tour|
|Fujian is a province situated in the southeast coast of China, bordering Zhejiang Province to the north, Jiangxi Province to the west, and Guangdong Province to the south. Taiwan is just located to the east, across the Taiwan Strait.
Fujian boasts rich tourism resources, teeming with the places of historical and cultural interest, and beautiful scenic spots. Among the numerous ancient sites, the most famous is Yongding Tulou, local unique hakka houses (tulou) listed as world cultural heritage in 2008 and still inhabited by local Hakkas.
There are many beautiful mountains in Fujian Province, including Wuyi Mountain, Gushan (Drum Hill) in Fuzhou, Tailao Mountain in east Fujian. Northwest Fujian is noted for danxia and karst landforms, with countless grotesque rocks and fantastic caves.
Fujian also has possesses many beautiful beaches, such as the bathing beach on Gulangyu Islet of Xiamen, the Luanwan Beach on Dongshan Island, the Longwangtou Beach at Pingtan and Meizhou Island at Putian.
|» Gansu Tour|
|In a shape of a dumbbell, Gansu Province runs along the narrow Hexi Corridor, the strategic section of the ancient Silk Road carrying goods from China to Central Asia. The Silk Road merchant caravan left behind the forts, ancient trading towns, bits of the Great Wall and the Buddhist statues. Gansu is reminiscent of the Silk Road in China ( Dunhuang & Jiayuguan).
Gansu is geographically divided into three parts - the Hexi Corridor, Gannan (Southern Gansu) and Eastern Gansu. Gannan is a minority patchwork woven by the ethinic diversty - Muslims, Tibetans, Bao'an and the Dongxiang people. They are said be the descendants of the 13th immigrants from Central Asia coming through the Silk Road for the trade and culture exchange. Dongxiang, Bao'an speak an Altaic language. From north to south, Gannan goes from the loess plateau to the fringe of Tibetan-Qinghai Plateau and from Muslim culture to Tibetan culture ( Linxia, Xiahe & Langmus).
Eastern Gansu is the Silk Road legacy extended to Xian, the starting poit of the Silk Road. Here you will see the important remnants of the ancient Silk Road at Maji Shan Grottos, the gem of the region.
|» Guangdong Tour|
|Guangzhou as its capital, Guangdong Province is located on the Pearl River Delta on the South China Sea in the southern China. It is the fastest developing and one of the riches provinces in China.
Guangdong has two world heritage sites - Kaiping Diaolou and Villages, and Danxia Mountains in Shaoguan. Guangdong does not have many must-see spots. But Guangdong has many advantages to becoming a business and family holiday destination - hot springs, golf courses and theme parks, making Guangdong perfect for holidays. In addition, The mountainous region in northern Guangdong has successfully developed its own eco-tourism industry.
Guangdong's geographic location and developed transportation systems are all pluses in its favour for travellers. Hong Kong, a world-class shopping Mecca, borders with Shenzhen; Macao, the Las Vegas of East Asia, borders with Zhuhai.
|» Guangxi Tour|
|Guangxi is a provincial level region officially known as Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. " Zhuang" is the largest minority group
in China, now making up over 30% of the population in Guangxi, hence the name of "Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region"
given to the former Guangxi Province. Guangxi is located in the southern China, adjacent to Vietnam in the south.
|» Guizhou Tour|
|With Guiyang as its capital, Guizhou Province is situated in the southwest of China, bordered by Hunan Province to its east, Guangxi to the south, Yunnan the west and Chongqing the north. Guizhou is a mountainous province with its west part more hilly and the eastern and southern portions relatively flat. The western part of the province is part of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau.
Guizhou is comparatively poorer than other provinces. But great government efforts has been made to build the new highways, airports, new economic development zones. Guizhou will discard its reputation as the backward province in China in the near future.
Among the many reasons to visit Guizhou, the most important things to do are to visit the mythical Karst caves, dense forests, cascading waterfalls, the famous Caohai Lake and more natural resources as well as to meet the lively ethnic minorities including Miao, Dong, Buyi, Zhuang, Shui and more, which makes up 38% of the total population in Guizhou.
|» Hebei Tour|
|Hebei is a unique province in that almost circles Beijing and Tianjin with its east area extending to the Bohai Sea. "Hebei" literally means "North of the Yellow River", named after its location north of the second longest river - the Yellow River in China.
Hebei Province has a long history and enjoys a profound culture with abundant tourism resources. Hebei is the only province that combines plain,grasslands, coast, lakes, hills, mountains and highland. Many of its tourist destinations in Hebei Province are easily accessible from Beijing and Tianjin to Chengde, Qinhuangdao, Zhangjiakou, Shijiazhuang, Baoding, Handan and Cangzhou.
|» Henan Tour|
|Henan Province is situated in Central China. Henan literally means "South of the River". Here "the River" refers to the Yellow River (Huang He), the second longest river in China after Yangtze River though approximately a quarter of Henan Province lies north of the Yellow River.
Along with Henan Province and Shaanxi Province, Henan is the craddle of Chinese civilization with over 5,000 years of history. It has four of the eight great ancient capitals in China - Anyang, Luoyang, Kaifeng and Zhengzhou with numerous historical and cultural heritage sites both the over-ground and the underground.
|» Hubei Tour|
Hubei features diverse landscapes with its western regions dominated by mountains and forests. The sublime Mount Wudang is a holy Taoist mountain listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Shennongjia Nature Reserve is a noted national park with eye-popping views.
Hubei is located in the center of the East China with a long history dating back to the Chu Kingdom more 2000 year ago. Today its legacy can be still found in the ancient city of Jingzhou, 222 km west of Wuhan. Wuhan itself is a crystallization of the modern Chinese history with huge developments still afoot.
|» Hunan Tour|
|Hunan Province is situated on the south of Dongting Lake ( the second largest fresh water lake in China), hence the name "Hunan" which literally means "south of the lake". Hunan Province is also nicknamed "Xiang" named after the 817km Xiang River, the largest river in Hunan, passing Yongzhou, Hengyang, Changsha and emptying itself into Dongting Lake linked to Yangtze River.
Hunan is blessed with some of China's most beautiful landscapes and fecund scenery. Wulingyuan Scenic Area was listed with UNESCO World Heritage 1990. Mt. Langshan is a national geopark, a best place to see the Danxia Landscape. Hengshan Mountain is one of the Five Great Mountains in China.
Fenghuang (Phenix Ancient Town) is a well-preserved ancient town with many distinctive architectural remains of Ming and Qing styles. Dehang is a Miao hamlet offering a wide range of treks into picturesque countrysides and karst peaks. Hongjaing Old Town recalls the town's Qing-dynasty prime day as a financial center.
|» Inner Mongolia Tour|
|With Hohhot as its capital, Inner Mongolia is officially called Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, one of the five provincial-level autonomous regions in China. It is located in the northern region of China, bordering with Mongolia and Russia.
The Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region is largely inhabited by the Mongolians, with grasslands, deserts, forests, and the Yellow River.
Its long history and unique culture provide a rich resource for local tourism industry which boasts pastureland, national folklore, horse and camel riding, adventures on foot etc. Apart from Tibet, Inner Mongolia is another exotic place in China. You can find the vast grasslands, the Gobi desert, spectacular Naadam festival, the relics of Genghis Khan's and the Mongolian way of life.
|» Jiangsu Tour|
|Jiangsu is home to the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the classical gardens of Suzhou, the Grand Canal, an ancient engineering masterpiece and Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, the burial place
or Zhu Yuanzhang, the First Emperor of the Ming Dynasty （1368 - 1644 ).
The south Jangsu is well known for its numerous water towns of the old world charms with crisscrossed canals. Jiangsu is very much developed and easy to manage with convenient highways and high speed trains.
|» Jiangxi Tour|
With Nanchang as its capital, Jiangxi Province is centered along Gan River plain. Gan River runs 885 km from south to north before entering itself
into Lake Poyang ( the largest fresh water lake in China) which links Yangtze River.
Jiangxi is an underrated province for tourism. You may know about its northern neighbors like Huangshan and Hongcun Village. Jiangxi just offers the no less mesmerizing counterparts of Sanqingshan and Huizhou style villages around Wuyuan as well.
|» Ningxia Tour|
|Home of the Hui people, Ningxia is offcially called Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, one of the five minority autonomous regions in China. Hui people make up one third population in Ningxia. Ningxia is surrounded by Shaanxi to the east, and Gansu and Inner Mongolia to the south and the north. It has an area of about 66,400 square kilometres.
With the city of Yinchuan as its capital, Ningxia is located on the northwest Loess highland with the Yellow River flowing past the great amount of its land and the part of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall running along its northeastern frontier.
One of Ningxia's main tourist spots is the famous Western Xia Tombs site 40 km west of Yinchuan. The remnants of nine Western Xia emperors'tombs and two hundred other tombs lie within a 50-km² area. Other famous sites in Ningxia include Helan Shan Rock Carving, Ming-era section of the Great Wall, the mysterious 108 dagobas, Shapotou and more.
|» Qinghai Tour|
|Located on the northeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai is a province in China surrounded by Gansu Province on the north and east, Xinjiang Province on the west, Tibet on the south and Sichuan on the southeast. It is named after Qinghai Lake, the largest saltwater lake in China.
Qinghai is relatively unknown to foreign travelers. This huge area is home to many Tibetan monasteries, vast grasslands, the headwaters of the three of Asia largest rivers - the Yellow River, the Yangtze River and Mekong River.
Summer is the best time to visit Qinghai due to the fact that this is when the road to Yushu, Golmud, Xinjiang, Tibet, Gansu and Sichuan is open, and its climate is mild and friendliest to its visitors. The climate of Xining in July and August is quite mild and comfortable, making the city an ideal summer retreat.
|» Shandong Tour|
|Shandong is a coastal province of the eastern China. "Shandong" literally means "mountain's east", which is related to the province's location east of the Taihang Mountains.
Shandong is located in the lower reaches of Yellow River and extends out to sea in the Shandong Peninsula. Shandong borders the Yellow Sea to the southeast, Bohai Bay to the north, Henan Province to the west, Hebei to the northwest, Jiangsu to the south and also have a very short border with Anhui.
Shandong is nicknamed "Qilu"after the two states"Qi" and "Lu" existed here 2000 years ago during the Spring and Autumn Period. Shandong boasts of a great number of historical places and scenic spots, like Mount Tai, Qufu, Jinan, Zibo, Qingdao, Fenglai, Weihai and Yantai. Mount Tai was listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
|» Shaanxi Tour|
|Shaanxi is one of the cradles of China's civilization. It is the start pointing and ending of the ancien Silk Road. Its archaeological excavations makes it an important destination in China. Among them are the army of Terra-cotta Warriors, Banpo Neolithic Village and numerous imperial tombs and graves. Shaanxi also has an essential place in China's contemporary history. The cave houses around Yan'an were Chinese Communist Party's base, leading to the vistory of the whole China in 1949.
Xian, the capital of Shaanxi, is a paradise for travelers with much nightlife, plantiful hotel choices, fascinating attractions like Muslim Quarter, City Wall, pagodas, musuems. From Xian, you easily get to the rural areas barely touched by the modern life in the outside world and the beautifuk mountains.
|» Shanxi Tour|
|Shanxi is a province with Taiyuan as its capital, located in the North China region. "Shangxi"(山西) sounds possibly unfamiliar to you though you may have learned a lot about Datong and Pingyao, the two most visited historic cities that are actually under the jurisdiction of Shanxi (Province). "Shanxi" literally means "West of the Mountain" since Shanxi Province is located on the west of Taihang Mountain which forms the boundary between Shanxi and Hebei provinces.
Shanxi Province is also on the east of the middle stretches of Yellow River which forms the boundary between Shanxi Province and Shaanxi Province (Xian as its capital). So don't confuse Shanxi Province with Shaanxi Province.
|» Sichuan Tour|
|Sichuan reminds people of the performances of face-changing, the lovely giant pandas, tea houses, fiery food and ancient Shu culture. If you venture far to the north, you will see blue-green lakesand alpine valleys; head to the west, you will experience the Tibetan culture and mesmerized by the high-plateau grasslands and glacial mountains.|
|» Tibet Travel|
|Tibet is officially known as Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), one of the five autonomous regions in China. Tibet is located on the world's highest plateau with average heights of over 4,000m, the "Roof of the World.
Trip to Tibet is an most exotic journey which offers you the chance to visit ancient Buddhist monasteries, enjoy fantastic views of the highest mountains, to talk to nomadic Tibetan pilgrims, to walk on world's highest plateau etc.
To most people a trip to Tibet is a lifetime journey. Tibet was opened to public as a tourist destination in 1985. The infrastructure of the tourism industry is in most cases very basic Though in 2006 the train to Lhasa is completed.
|» Xinjiang Tour|
|Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is the largest province in China with an area of 1.6 million square, one sixth of China in size, the size of France, Germany, Spain and the UK combined.
Xinjiang has a popultion of over 21.8 million, Uigurs making up 45%, the rest composing of 47 ethnic groups such as Han 41%, Kazakh 7%, Hui 5%, Kyrgyz 0.9%, Mongol 0.8%, Dongxiang 0.3%, Pamiris 0.2% and the list could be much longer.
Xinjiang has a huge number of unique natural and cultural resources and no one can digest them all. Its landscapes are awesome; its Central Asian culture is still very much alive and its ancient silk road is alluring.
|» Yunnan Tour|
|Yunnan literally means "South of the Clouds". Yunnan Province is situated in the southwest of China with Tibet to the west, Sichuan and Chongqing to the north, Guizhou to northeast and Guangxi Province to its east. It borders to its south, Burma, Laos and Vietnam. The capital of the province is Kunming.
Yunnan lies on a mountainous area, with high sea-level in the northwest and low sea-level in the southeast. It has mountain ranges and glaciers that are snow-capped all year round. It also boasts deep forests, pure lakes and hot springs, alpine landscapes, steep valleys, charming farmlands, mountain rivers and valley streams.
Yunnan takes half of China's ethnic minority groups and nearly 50% of the province is non-Han. There are 26 different ethnic minorities in Yunnan. Great efforts has been taken by the government to protect and retain the local identities as well as to improve the living standard at a great margin.
|» Zhejiang Tour|
Hangzhou as its capital, Zhejiang is a coastal province south of Shanghai and Jiangsu Province.
It is one of the smallest, but most developed provinces in China. Hangzhou is the most visited destination as well as the transport hub jumping off for exploring further in the province.
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