In less than a month, I will set foot in China. A land so vast it is only surpassed by Russia and Canada in size. A land with an incredibly advanced civilization in a time when Europeans were still rolling around in their own dirt before the Renaissance. China is accredited with inventions that changed the face of our world at that time, such as gunpowder, paper, printing, and the compass. Its empire continues up to this day, and it seems China is again on its way to show its greatness. There is raw power in its buzzing cities, in its deep lakes, in its dark forests, in its tales of strangeness and fantasy. I am going to China at an exciting time, and I want to share this with you. I will keep a video-blog (or vlog, as it is called) to show you the marvel of China. But for now, a bucket list of places I absolutely want to visit:
My home city for at least three months, I will thoroughly explore the biggest, most Westernized city of China.
Capital and cultural centre of China, with the Forbidden City right in the middle, this is obviously on the list. I’ll probably combine this with the Great Wall, which is not far off (rela).
Only 200km away from Shanghai, this city is an easy choice. Prosperous, historical relics, and a beautiful lake.
This city lies in the south of China, next to the Li River, which calls for a bamboo cruise. Its most prominent features are the surreal mountain peaks, particularly in the town of Yangshuo.
- The Huangshan mountain range.
Surreal mountains that inspired James Cameron when he was recording Avatar. Very high up my list.
- The Huangguoshu waterfall
One of the highest waterfalls in China and East Asia. I’ve never seen a waterfall, so might as well start big.
- The Shennongjia national geopark
Home of the endangered golden monkeys, and supposedly of the Chinese Bigfoot as well.
- The Lu mountains
Steep, grand, powerful, beautiful scenery.
- Yunhe rice terraces
Said to be the most beautiful rice terraces in entire China.
- Jiuzhaigou valley
A stunning valley dotted with lakes, the largest (and highest) of which is 100 metre deep and has a Loch Ness kind of monster in it. I’m gonna swim in it, and be insanely afraid.
- The Wuyi mountains
Another beautiful mountain range with lakes, caves, and stories of monsters.
- Nalati grasslands
Far in the north-west of China, on the border with Mongolia, this grassland seems like the epitome of peace and quiet.
Although this is an incredibly incomplete list of what China has to offer, I am very excited about all of these. It will require extensive planning, money (although not as much as you’d suspect, travel is not necessarily expensive) and time, but it is something I truly want to do. To be continued.