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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You Have To See This! – Wuxi, China

Enchanting Wuxi is a real display of Chinese culture, definitely a must-see in the country.
Not to be missed by those who wish to explore and immerse in real China.

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

Wuxi Hiker International Youth Hostel
Address: 512 Liangqing Road, Binhu District, Wuxi
Address In Chinese: 无锡市梁清路512号(小岛佳苑酒家旁边)

Lihu Park – 蠡湖公园
300 acres
Address: West Jincheng Road, Lihu Park, Binhu District, Wuxi
Address in Chinese: 无锡市滨湖区金城西路蠡湖公园
Entrance: Free

Li Yuan Garden – 蠡园
Address: 70 Qingqi Village, Huanhu Road, Binhu District, Wuxi
Address in Chinese: 无锡市滨湖区环湖路青祁村70号
Entrance: rmb70-85
Open from 8am to 6pm.

Star Of Taihu Lake
115 meter tall Ferris wheel
Address: West Jinchang Road, Lihu Park, Binhu District, Wuxi
Address in Chinese: 无锡市滨湖区蠡湖公园费里斯轮金城西路
Ticket: Ferris wheel rmb80, the other attractions in the amusement park go for rmb10-30.
Open from 8:00am to 10:00pm.

The Most Beautiful City In China - Wuxi

Wuxi Railway Station – 无锡站
Address: Chongan District, Wuxi
Metro station: Wuxi Railway Station, line 1

The Most Beautiful City In China

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The Most Beautiful City In China – Wuxi

 

Ancient gardens, culture, history, rivers, mountains, parks, tea houses, temples, islands…the city is replete with sightseeing opportunities.
A water town where nature and city come together creating enchanting scapes.
Peaceful days immersed in nature, sometimes is even hard to believe you are in such big city.
My favorite place in China, a must-see for anyone interested in visiting this huge country.✨

Here the complete list of all sites we visited on the video with addresses and extra info:

Hongqiao Railway Station – 上海虹桥站
Address: Hongqiao Station, Minhang, Shanghai
Address in Chinese: 上海市闵行区虹桥镇
Subway station: Hongqiao Railway Station, line 2/10
Website: http://www.shhcz.com.cn/

Wuxi Hiker International Youth Hostel
Address: 512 Liangqing Road, Binhu District, Wuxi
Address In Chinese: 无锡市梁清路512号(小岛佳苑酒家旁边)

Xihui Park – 錫惠公園
Established in 1958
Address: 2 Huihe Road, Binhu District, Wuxi
Address in Chinese: 无锡市滨湖区惠河路2号
Open from 5:30am to 10:00pm in the Summer and 5:30 am to 6:00pm the rest of the year.

Mount Hui – 惠山
Huishan National Forest Park – 惠山国家森林公园
Address: Adjacent to Xihui Park(address above)

Yuantouzhu – 鼋头渚
Turtle-head Isle
Built in 1918, located in the northwest shore of Taihu Lake.
Address: 1 Yuanzhu Road, Binhu District, Wuxi
Address in Chinese: 无锡市滨湖区鼋渚路1号
Website: http://www.ytz.com.cn/
Open from 8:00am to 5:30pm in the summer and 8:30am to 5:00pm the rest of the year.

Sanshan Islands – 三山岛
Three Hill Island
Address: Located on Taihu Lake, ferry boats depart from Yuantouzhu (address above)

Star Of Taihu Lake
115-meter tall Ferris wheel
Address: West Jinchang Road, Lihu Park, Binhu District, Wuxi
Address in Chinese: 无锡市滨湖区蠡湖公园费里斯轮金城西路
Ticket: Ferris wheel rmb80, the other attractions in the amusement park go for rmb10-30.
Open from 8:00am to 10:00pm.

The Most Beautiful City In China - Wuxi

Hot Pot Restaurant
Address: Wanda Plaza, 321 Wuyun Road, Binhu District, Wuxi
Address in Chinese: 惠山区吴韵路321号无锡惠山万达广场
Website: http://wuxihs.wandaplaza.cn/
Open from 10:00am to 10:00pm.
*Vegans have to explain diet preferences, especially for the sauce request.

The Most Beautiful City In China - Wuxi

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