Recently, many of my friends have been traveling around China, whereas for once I’ve stayed put. “Are you done traveling China?” you might ask. Of course not! I still have four provinces left to see, and probably two more big trips. What’s left on my list? Let’s have a look.
A province in the Northeast, this is what I would consider a Dumpling Paradise. Obviously, there’s more to it than that, such as its hearty locals and awe-inspiring mountains. However, what draws me most to it would have to be the city Dalian. Many have told me it’s relaxing and full of great seafood. There’s a big chance that once I get to Dalian, I might not leave to explore anything else.
Also located in the Northeast, Jilin’s natural scenery is its biggest draw. There’s a lot of forests there, which means that autumn is the best time to go, being a good time to see the leaves changing colors. One of the most unique sights would have to be the red seaweed found in the Panjia Red Beach. I tend to favor unusual natural scenery, which Jilin certainly satisfies. I will definitely go in the fall. In addition, Jilin’s Changbaishan area has hot springs (I’m really looking forward to those!) making this place a worthwhile visit.
Located in China’s wild west, Qinghai is a desolate province bordering Xinjiang and Tibet. More than half of Qinghai is part of the Tibetan Plateau, so it goes without saying that it has a pretty high altitude. Most western travelers I’ve talked to say that Qinghai IS Tibet, but without as much bureaucratic red tape. You’re still on/near the Himalayas, and Tibetan people live in Qinghai, too. I’m also curious about the Chaka Salt Lake. I love the thought of swimming in the mountains, and since I’m a mediocre swimmer at best, will appreciate the buoyancy.
Tibet Autonomous Region
I probably don’t even need to introduce thsi one, since it carries so much romance. Mount Everest is in Tibet. Religious mystery is in Tibet. One of the highest ferries wheels in the world is in Tibet. Sadly, I have not yet been there yet. Many travelers are frustrated with Tibet, and it’s no secret why. Whereas back in the 90’s, travelers could carry a backpack and just wander around (I read all about this in an old Lonely Planet guide from the 90s), now travelers are required to have a permit, a planned tour, and a guide. Sort of takes the mystery out, but it won’t deter me from visiting.
China is very big (thanks, Captain Obvious), which means that even once I hit all of the provinces, there will be more to see. For now, this is what I’ll be looking forward to in the fall/summer!