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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Ancient Water Town + City Wall – Suzhou, China

Humans have a long history with water, it seems to attract us instinctively, and that’s what Suzhou is all about.
Ancient Pingjiang Road, once the main street of Suzhou (that on that time was called Pingjiang itself), has a dazzling charm!
The well conserved water town, was first recorded in Song Dynasty (1127-1279).

Nearby stands the city wall, Xiangmen; with scenic view, tea houses, craft shops and a museum.
Both walking distance from each other, great for a day trip. Can be done in half day if you are short on time, but if you have the change to slowly absorb the beauty and enjoy your day at the water town i recommend that you do so.
If staying to explore other attractions in town, there are hotels at the main street in Pingjiang for affordable prices, perfect to keep the mood going.

As a quick last stop, on South Square of the main Railway Station you can find the beautiful Pingmen Gate. With the statue of Fan Zhongyan to complete the view and the Waicheng river given you a kiss goodbye.

Here addresses and extra info of everything you saw on the video:

Jinji Lake – 金鸡湖
Fresh water lake
Address: Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP)
Address in Chinese: 中国—新加坡苏州工业园区
Website: http://www.sipjinjilake.com
Free entrance.

Ancient Water Town + City Wall - Suzhou, China

 

Pingjiang Road – 平江路
Song Dynasty
Subway station: Xiangmen – line 1, exit 3
Free entrance, boat ride cny150 per boat.

 

Xiangmen Wall – 相门城墙
Address: Xiangmen Wall, Ganjiang East Road, Gusu, Suzhou
Address in Chinese: 沧浪区干将东路相门古城墙景区内
Subway station: Xiangmen – line 1, exit 2
Website: http://en.szxiangmen.com/common.php
Free entrance for wall and museum.

 

Suzhou Railway Station – 苏州火车站
South Square
Address: Gusu, Suzhou
Address in Chinese: 苏州姑苏区
Subway station: Suzhou Railway Station – line 2/4

Ancient Water Town + City Wall - Suzhou, China

 

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