What are the best cities for vacations in China? You may name first tier cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. However, actually none of them is included in this top 10 list. All these cities are second or third tier cities where you may enjoy a leisure life with slow pace.
1. Qingdao 青岛
Qingdao or Tsingdao, is a coast city in China`s east Shandong Province, about 550km southeast of Beijing. Qingdao attracts visitors with its location by the blue sea, the green mountains, the European flavor from the architecture and the abundant sports facilities.
Qingdao is rich in seafood, including fish, prawns,shellfish and sea weed as well as local foods from other areas.
There is a large Korean community in Qingdao. There is also a place named Korean City where you can find many Korean products. Qingdao is home to China’s most famous beer festival. Every summer Qingdao hosts the largest beer festival in Asia.
Hangzhou is a beautiful and leisure city in China`s Zhejiang Province, 180 kilometres southwest of Shanghai. Hangzhou is famous due to its beauty of four seasons scenery and leisure life pace.
The Chinese saying goes that “Above is Heaven, Below are Suzhou and Hangzhou”. Hangzhou is known as one of the most beautiful cities in China. The picturesque West Lake is Hangzhou’s most popular place. There are also many other spots worth visiting, such as Lingyin Temple, Qiantang River Tide, Hupao Spring, and the Six Harmonies Pagoda.
Hangzhou was once the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). It enjoys the reputation of “paradise on earth” and “city of silk”. Hangzhou is also home to diversified food. Local specialties include West Lake Fish in Sweet and Sour Sauce, Dongpo Pork Jiaohua Chicken and so on. As for shopping, you may find local specialties as Hangzhou Silk, Dragon Well (Longjing) Tea, Hangzhou Embroidery and so many featured products.
3. Chengdu 成都
Locates in Sichuan Province of China, Chengdu is famous for the following things; Giant Panda, beautiful smooth-skinned girls, delicious food, Sichuan Cuisine, Mahjong, Sichuan Opera, Jiuzhaigou Valley… you will find so many interesting things in the city.
Chengdu is famous for its ease and comfortable lifestyle. An article by the Los Angeles Times describes Chengdu as “China’s party city” for the residents’ pursuit of enjoyment of life. Many Chengdu people’s major entertainment is playing mahjong with a few friends in the weekday’s night or weekends. And when family members gather together during the festivals, mahjong is the most popular entertainment for all of them.
Tea houses in Chengdu are just like the bars in London and cafes in Paris, and Chengdu people spend much of their time in the tea house with friends.
4. Yantai 烟台
Located on the Shandong Peninsula, Yantai is a beautiful coastal city. Beaches, clean clear waters, great local wines, and rich history, all these things can be found in Yantai.
Yantai is an excellent spot to unwind for a few days – visit the remains of the city’s colonial past, soak up the sun at the beach, explore Penglai Pavilion near the sea, enjoy the city’s plentiful seafood, and get out and see the beautiful sights of Shangdong surrounding Yantai.
5. Ningbo 宁波
Close to East China Sea, Ningbo is a beautiful coastal city and important port in Zhejiang Province. Ningbo represents the birthplace of Hemudu Culture over 7000 years ago. Dozens of Buddhist temples can be found everywhere in Ningbo. Among them the most famous are Tiantong Temple and Baoguo Temple.
The famous attractions in Ningbo Mountain putuoshan is one of china’s four sacred buddhist mountains. Dongqian Lake, the West Lake and the Tai Lake are perfect for year-round visits. There are other attractions such as Tianyi Pavilion and Yandang Mountain worth your visit.