Following the post on underrated places in North America, I decided to make another post, specifically underrated places in China. It seems like you guys love underrated places! Instead of the cookie cutter instagram places, check out these amazing and underrated places in China instead.
This is part of a series that includes China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong.
Underrated Places in China
China is a great country to explore underrated places. Not underrated but definitely amazing: Shangri-La, Lijiang, Shanghai, Beijing.
As for the underrated places, here they are. You might need to speak the local language, or get a translator app.
Hilly topography, 2nd Reich German architecture, the seaside all make it a bit unique and a standout from cookie-cutter provincial cities. There are also quite a lot of attractions, like the beer factory, the navy museum, the aquarium, etc. It’s also got the biggest Korean expat population in the world, so tons of Korean stores and restaurants.
Well this one is on the radar of many but too remote and cold to really be a mainstay. It is not just for the snow and ice sculpture festival, it’s also awesome in summertime.
One of the nicest city in the north. It has such a northern vibe, the fact that 10% of the population is drinking beer at any given time, the barbecue spots, the old town (a real one, not rebuilt from B to Z), the springs you can swim in, the mountains around it.
The entire city is just so beautiful. The best thing is to spend a day renting a bicycle and cycling through the countryside. Also visit Longji rice terraces that is not too far.
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“The old walled city is 2.6 km² (1 sq mile), inhabited, mostly off-limits to cars, and constructed of cobbled streets and buildings almost entirely from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Picture a period film showing ancient China – and you won’t be far off. Perfect for atmospheric wandering, this city is still off the radar of most foreigners. As such, the tourist hordes tend to be over 99% mainland Chinese on any given day.” With such a passage on wiki, you know it’s a place to get your ass to! It’s pretty easy to get to and get around. It has two train stations, one regular one and one high-speed one. You can walk everywhere in the walled city and all the restaurants have menus in Chinese and English. The hotels are also very ancient.
Historic town made up of stilt houses along the river in central Hunan. Incredibly atmospheric, though they’ve overdone the neon in places. Huge for domestic tourism (as another user said, avoid domestic holidays!). Note that this means unless you’ve enough Putonghua to get around outside the major cities (which you probably needed to get here anyway) communication’s going to be tricky for you. Best accessed via bus from Changsha.
West of Sichuan, Kangding feels like a border town between Han and Tibetan worlds. You’ll suddenly start seeing Tibetan temples, Tibetan script, and lots of yak produce. The city is built along a raging river between the mountains. There’s a chairlift that takes you up for a great view of the city.
Backpacker alternative to Lijiang to its north, but way less crowded and more low-key. Erhai lake is beautiful, charter a boat to take you cormorant fishing. There’s great hiking in the mountains. Best thing to do is just biking around the countryside outside of Dali, which is littered with tiny rural towns.
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