Things I Find Exotic In China

Here we come with a list of things we find alluring in China.
They are distributed around the country and can be seen on a daily bases, yet, they never cease to enchant.

 

Gates
Páifāng

The grandiose gateways are distributed all around, using traditional Chinese architecture, adding beauty to wherever they stand.

 

Guardian Lions
Shíshī

Originated from Buddhism, the stone lions are also popular in other parts of Asia.
They are believed to have protective benefits and are usually represented in pairs.

 

Hand Fans
Zhé Shàn

The charming ancient object even though used worldwide, is strongly associated with Chinese culture.
In the past artists used to hand-paint the fans making them true pieces of art.
There’s also a variation called Chinese dancing fans, which is used in traditional performances.

 

Chinese Pagodas

These beautiful towers are one of those things that come to mind immediately when thinking about China.
In the past they were constructed to store relics, nowadays there are diverse uses for them, including housing temples as one of the most popular.

Things I Find Exotic In China

 

Asian Conical Hats
Dǒulì

Created to protect from the sun and rain, this hats came to be associated with Chinese culture.
They are often spotted in the cities and display the mix of the old and the modern coming together.

Things I Find Exotic In China

 

Parks and Gardens

It didn’t take long for us to notice that the Chinese gardens and parks are a spectacle of beauty.
Not only big and famous ones but every little garden you spot is a work of art, they definitely mastered it.

Things I Find Exotic In China

 

Singing and Dancing Groups

My first time in China was in 2008 and I come back every year since then, I visited and lived in many cities and never went without seeing the dancing and singing groups.
They usually use traditional music, which helps to give a truly Chinese experience for anyone passing by.

 

Taichi
Tàijíquán

T’ai Chi Ch’uan (Tàijíquán) means “the ultimate fist”. It’s an internal Chinese martial art, which means that apart from the physical aspects, it comprises Qi (life force), spiritual, and mental characteristics.
Click here to see our experience in a Taichi class in Shanghai.

Things I Find Exotic In China

 

Roofs

Part of Chinese traditional architecture, the intricate roofs caught my attention for the first time on my trip to the Forbidden City in Beijing.
The amount of detail and colors leave you gaped. Since then, I always pay attention to the alluring roofs in every place we visit in China and I am yet to be disappointed.

Things I Find Exotic In China

 

Lanterns

Symbol of traditional Chinese culture, the gorgeous lanterns are still found decorating the cities.
They give a special air to any ambient and for tourists like us, it brings the real feeling of being in China.

 

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Zhouzhuang Water Town – 周庄水乡古镇 in Kunshan, China

The ancient town of Zhouzhuang is an opportunity to visit well-preserved historical China.
Built parts in Yuan Dynasty, Ming Dynasty, and Qing Dynasty the place has over 900 years.
Taking a boat down the canal is a must to appreciate the town that is parted by lakes and rivers, the conductor usually wears traditional clothes and will sing folk songs for an additional tip (something that I advise you to do so).Day and night trips have different routes.
Our conductor told us that is possible to go until Shanghai by boat departing from the water town and it was the most used way in the past.
Hubby’s favorite thing about this place was the old times feeling and having the elderly playing classic Chinese board games around just added to it.
Trying local snacks, fruits and drinks are definitely part of the experience and so are shopping! Souvenirs and crafts are available along the streets.
There’s an entrance fee of 100 yuan(daytime), 80 yuan(after 4:00pm) and free after 20:00 but if spending the night the ticket can be used up to 3 days upon request.Scenic spots are open from 8:00-16:30 although the town is always open.
Easily accessible by car, taxi or bus from Suzhou(around 1h ); Shanghai(around 1:30h) or Hangzhou(around 2:00h).

Bus departs from: Shanghai- Shanghai Long-distance General Bus Station, Shanghai South Long-distance Bus Station, Shanghai Hongqiao Long-distance Bus Station, Shanghai Tour Bus Center and Hongkou Football Stadium.
Suzhou- Suzhou North Bus Station, Suzhou Railway Station(north square).
Hangzhou- Hangzhou North Bus Station.

Address: 121 Quanfu Road, Kunshan, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China
Address In Chinese: 地址: 中国江苏省苏州市昆山市全福路121号

Tip: If you like a more quiet environment it’s nice to arrive early around 7:00am, but if you want the souvenir shops to be open and don’t mind the rustle 10:00am is a good time for you.

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