The sprawling region offers a surfeit of pleasures, from emerald green rice terraces to temples, thriving cities to lively tea houses.
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DISCOVERING new foods. Lingering over local delicacies, served by multiple generations of one family, in the middle of the daily hustle and bustle. Eating mind-blowing meals, served on rustic formica tabletops, for next to nix. The ideal holiday hitlist has to feature fabulous food experiences.
When the tea arrives at our formica table, I'm reminded of the witches' brew in MacBeth ...
Glorious views, sublime stops for sustenance and the trail named the best urban hike in all of Asia.
There are 15 surfers, aged between 8 and 16, performing yoga-like stretches on the sand. Beyond them, long sets of 4-foot waves break along the shore.
At its peak, this notorious neighbourhood was the most densely populated place on earth.
Some of the vast nation's greatest treasures are to be found in its lesser-known places.
China is as much old world as it is new. From Shanghai's skyscrapers bathed in neon, to grey-walled hutongs of Beijing, the terracotta warriors to the greatest wall of them all. While its man-made wonders are vast, its natural ones are also incredible; the karst cliffs of Yangshuo, the tiger leaping gorge, and its giant pandas. And don't forget to dive into its unique and varied cuisine.