Places to travel in China that aren’t Sanya!

By Xiyona Gosain 2020-09-21 11:08:23

Nothing about these trips is plane!

Aren’t you tired of seeing photos of Sanya? Celebrate. For this October break, we have somenew destinations. From the beginning of the holiday to returning back home, travelling with your family can be a rewarding experience. With vacation on hold, we’ve assembled 4 places in China that you can travel to with your family for some life changing experiences.


1.     Shangri-La



Shangri-la, formerly known as Zhongdian, is where you can breathe in the Tibetan world- that is only if you can breathe at all, given the altitude. “Shangri-La” directly translating into ‘sun and moon in heart’, perfectly encapsulates heaven presented by the snowy mountains and grassy green lands. It is a great place to experience Tibetan lifestyle and culture.



Must-see attractions: Songzanlin Lamestry, Paducuo National Park, The Melli Snow Mountains, Tiger Leaping George



Local Delicacies: Food in Shangri-La reflect Tiebtan flavours with influences of Sichuan and Yunnan cuisines, therefore we have composed a list of Tibetan speacialities.

1.     Pipa Meat

2.     Honey Mutton

3.     Suolima Wine

4.     Guoben Hotpot

5.     Zanba (Barley flour dish)

6.     Sibu (Pig Liver)

7.     Yak Meat

Restaurants: Diqing Restaurant, Hongmu Tasty Snack Restaurant, Flying Tiger’s Cafe



2.     Chengdu



Chengdu, also known as the hometown for giant pandas, is located west of Sichuan Province. The Panda Research Base is an absolute must-see attraction if you visit Chengdu, especially if you have children. Here, visitors can wander through the lush bamboo gateway to visit the residence to hundreds of pandas. You will have the rare opportunity to take care of pandas and witness baby pandas playing, which is difficult to find anywhere else in the world.



Must-see attractions: Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Wuhou Temple, Kuan Zhai Alley, Sichuan Opera, Jinli Pedestrian Street



Local Delicacies: Chengdu is famous for Sichuan food; therefore, we have composed a list of 7 local delicacies other than hotpot that you musttry.

1. Mapo Tofu

2. Chengdu Pancakes

3. Dandan noodles

4. Cold Chicken in Chilli Oil

5. Sichuan Dumplings in Chilli Oil

6. Fish Mint

7. Tea

Restaurants: PanCan Shi, Sichuan Dazhaimen Hotpot, Xiao Tan Douhua.



Never skip out on Chengdu if you’re travelling with your kids. It’s an impressive destination with several activities for you and your family to indulge in!



3.     Zhangjiajie



Zhangjiajie is situated in the heart of Hunan province. This exotic location is for anyone who loves nature, adventure, and the desire to escape the daily hustle and bustle of city life. The Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge is the world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge thatspans over 2 large mountains, allowing you to enjoy the panoramic view of Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon.



Must- see attractions: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Heaven’s Gate Mountain, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge



Local Delicacies: Hunan is known to incorporate red chilli peppers in their food for health benefits. Hunan food is considered even spicier than the Sichuan cuisine.

1. Smoked Blood Tofu

2. Cold Noodles

3. Sanxia Guo

4. Hot and Sour Fish Soup

5. Fried Sweet Dumplings

6. Steamed Pork Belly

7. Gooseberry Juice

Restaurants: Le Ke Fu, Xiang Li Ren Jia, Lao Yuan Zi 



A trip to Zhangjiajie will be both relaxing and enjoyable for anyone out there.



4.     Huangshan



Huangshan or Yellow Mountains, as the name suggests, is considered one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in China. It’s an easy trip for those who live in Shanghai, but is also accessible from any part of China.



Must- see attractions: Huangshan Mountains, Hongcun village



Local Delicacies: Anhui’s cuisine is rich in delicacies of everykind of, from land and sea. The famous dishes are known for their experimentalstyle, so be prepared to challenge your tongue.

1.    Braised Masked Civet

2.    Pickled Mandarin Fish

3.    HairyTofu

4.    Yellow Crab Shell

5.    Stewed Pigeon with Chinese Herbal

6.    Turtle Soup with the Pickled Gammon

7.    Assorteddishes in one pot

Restaurants:Youdoufu,Shilin Grand Hotel, Huixiang Tucai Restaurant




5.     Guilin



Located in the south of China, Guilin isrenowned for its picturesque landscapes on the account of its naturaland historic treasures. A boatcruising along the banks of the Li River will surely be the highlight of yourtrip. Your boat goes past the unique shapes of Guilin’s mountain range.



Must- see attractions: Reed Flute Cave, Li River, YangshuoWest Street,



LocalDelicacies: Food in Guilin is a combination of the Cantoneseand Hunanese cuisine. The food is characterized by its unique balance of sweetnessand spiciness.

1.    Lipu Taro and Pork Loaf

2.    Stir Fried Bamboo Shoots

3.    Yangshuo Beer Fish

4.    Gingko Duck

5.    Rice Noodles

6.    Oil Tea

7.    Bowl Cake

Restaurants: Lijang Waterfall, Shang Palace, Guilin Park Hotel