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Favourite spots in China

China is the birthplace of one of the world’s earliest civilisations and is also the home to some of the world’s most beautiful places. There is plenty to discover in China, from beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains to vibrant and dynamic mega-cities, from ancient historic sites to modern architecture.

We asked some of our members where they prefer to go in China. This was our question:
What is your favourite place in China?
And here are the answers.

15 MARCH, 2018


Nino Rosenlund

Radisson Blu, Beijing
“For sure it is Beijing, it is so rich in history and many of the most interesting places are located here. From the traditional Forbidden City to the hidden backyard hutongs with their own special atmosphere. Here you will be able to tick off a lot of places on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Another great place is the Longmen Grottoes with more than 100,000 Buddhist stone statues in all sizes between 25 mm to 17 m in height. There are still so many places that I have to discover and I cannot wait.”


Luka Lu

Capital Associates, Beijing
“My favourite place to travel to in China is Ningxia because of its clean environment and clear sky. The air is nice and fresh and so is the food; there’s a wide range of organic food and fruit, which I really like, When in Ningxia, I usually visit the Yellow River, the desert and the mountains.”


Anna Zhan

Business Sweden, Beijing
“Even though I love the buzzing cities of Beijing and Shanghai, they don’t represent the ‘real China’ to me. Whenever I get the chance, I like to escape the big cities and head to the countryside, like the village in Guangdong province where my grandmother lives or Yunnan province, which is a magical place.”


Felicia Lindoff

North of North, Beijing
“The Longji Rice Terraces or Dragon Back Rice Field Terraces in Longsheng County is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited in my life. It is so beautiful when the sun reflects on the water of the rice terraces. The place is still quite untouched and natural. The most beautiful hike ever!”


Magdalena Ranagården

Bluewater Group, Hong Kong
“I was completely breath-taken by the historical structure and the magnificent scenery during my visit at the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. This section is about one-and-a-half hour’s drive from downtown Beijing and not very crowded compared to other parts of the wall. My suggestion is to be there when the section opens early in the morning before it gets too hot and when there are less tourists. I also give an extra plus for the super fun and fast tobogganing ride back down the wall!”


Peter Luxenburg

Frost, Hong Kong
“My favourite destination in China is Yunnan. Less than three hours flight from Hong Kong, it offers a beautiful scenery with lakes, mountains and endless rice terraces. It’s a very diverse place with rich culture and history. The variety of ethnic groups living there makes it very interesting.”


Van Hoang

Business Sweden, Hong Kong
“For those living in East China or can spare some time while visiting Shanghai, I would recommend spending one night in Wuzhen, which is an ancient water town, one-and-a-half hours from Shanghai. You will have an amazing experience of a beautiful and old Chinese small town in a relaxing way by boat, like visiting Venice. It’s a perfect escape from the busy city centres to relax and enjoy good food.”


Seth Örbring

Consulate General of Sweden to Hong Kong and Macau
“My favourite place to visit in China is Beijing. The culture, food and number of historic sites, such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City are all reasons for going there.”


Elisabet Sjölund

Perstorp, Shanghai
“Tricky question. There are so many interesting and beautiful places that I have appreciated visiting and that I still look forward to going to. However, given my busy life, with extensive travelling in Asia and globally, coming home to Shanghai, walking the maple-tree streets of the former French Concession or reaching the Bund at sunrise, before the crowds arrive after an early morning long run on (almost) empty streets … These are true favourites of mine.”


Sebastian Magnusson

Consultate General of Sweden in Shanghai
“Guangxi around the Li River, Guilin and Yangshuo. Try to visit a small village called Xingping, supposedly the exact site of the motif on the 20-yuan note. It looked identical to me.”