Fortress Towers, Kaiping

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, many Chinese emigrants returned to find their country in a state of political disarray. In Guangdong, instability and corruption had led to widespread banditry throughout the province, particularly in rural areas like Kaiping. In order to protect themselves from attacks, returning Chinese used their wealth to build sturdy…

Mount Huangshan

Located in the southern part of Anhui Province, Mount Huangshan (The Yellow Mountains) extend across four counties – Shexian, Yixian, Taiping and Xiuning. They rose above the earth surface as a result of movement of the earth’s crust over a hundred million years ago. Later they underwent the erosion of Quaternary glaciation and have gradually…

Forbidden City

  As the largest and best-preserved ancient royal building complex in the world, the Palace Museum is a reflection of the highest architecture level in ancient China. Forbidden City, located in the center of Beijing, is the largest, best-preserved in the world. The Forbidden City used to be the imperial palace of Ming Dynasty which…

Chongqing

Chongqing (Chinese: 重庆), formerly romanized as Chungking is a major city in central China and one of the five national central cities in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Administratively, it is one of the PRC’s four direct-controlled municipalities (the other three are Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin), and the only such municipality in inland China.…

Hong Kong

Hong Kong (香港, see Name section), alternatively known by its initials H.K., is one of the two Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, the other being Macau. It is situated on China’s south coast and, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is known for its expansive skyline…

Dongguan

Dongguan (Chinese: 东莞) is a prefecture-level city in central Guangdong province, People’s Republic of China. An important industrial city located in the Pearl River Delta, Dongguan borders the provincial capital of Guangzhou to the north, Huizhou to the northeast, Shenzhen to the south, and the Pearl River to the west. The three neighboring municipalities of…

Hangzhou

Hangzhou (Chinese: 杭州; Hángzhōu: Hangzhou; Mandarin), also transliterated as Hangchow, is the capital and largest city of Zhejiang Province in Eastern China. Hangzhou is also the center of the Hangzhou Metropolitan Area, which is the fourth-largest metropolitan area nationally. It is governed as a sub-provincial city. As of 2010, Hangzhou prefecture had a registered population…

Chengdu

Chengdu (Chinese: 成都; Sichuanese: Cen2du1; pinyin: Chéngdū), formerly transliterated Chengtu, is the capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China and a majoy city in Western China. It holds sub-provincial administrative status. The urban area houses 14,047,625 inhabitants: 7,123,697 within the municipality’s nine districts and 6,730,749 in the surrounding. Chengdu is the fourth most populous city…

Tianjin

Tianjin (Chinese: 天津; pinyin: Tiānjīn; Mandarin; Tianjinese, Postal map spelling: Tientsin) is a metropolis in northern China and one of the five national central cities of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It is governed as one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of the PRC, and is thus under direct administration of the central government.…

Shenzhen

Shenzhen (Chinese: 深圳) is a major city in the south of Southern China’s Guangdong Province, situated immediately north of Hong Kong. The area became China’s first—and one of the most successful—Special Economic Zones (SEZs). It currently also holds sub-provincial administrative status, with powers slightly less than a province. Shenzhen’s modern cityscape is the result of…