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Mainland China : Michelin's recommendations

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With 18,000km of coastline, over 5,000 islands and a population of 1.3 billion, Mainland China is the cradle of Chinese civilisation. In the north, the plains of Inner Mongolia, the Gobi Desert, the snow-capped peak of Changbaishan and the high plateaux of Xinjiang contrast with the luxuriance of the southern provinces, the karstic peaks of Guilin and Guizhou, the majesty of the Yellow Mountains and the gentle beauty of mountainous Yunnan.
China's immensity goes hand in hand with its cultural diversity, the Chinese themselves differentiated between noodle-eating Northern China and Southern China where rice is the staple. The presence of 55 ethnic minorities, along with the Han majority, accentuates this diversity.
Beijing, capital and cultural hub of the PRC, is a must for first-time visitors. The Forbidden City of the emperors stands in the heart of Beijing Opposite Tiananmen Square, presided over by Mao''s huge mausoleum. The breathtaking Temple of Heaven, renowned for its elegant blue rooftops, is one of the capital's iconic symbols. North of the city, the Great Wall is a reminder of past battles against barbarian invaders, ultimately absorbed by the empire. The hutong, the traditional narrow streets of Old Beijing, composed of siheyuan, the famous houses built around square courtyards, provide a fascinating insight into imperial and revolutionary history.
Shanghai is the gateway to the prosperous Yangtze River Basin. A mere fishing port in the early 19th Century, the city now showcases 21st Century China, bristling with skyscrapers around the former French concession. At night, the lights of Shanghai glimmer opposite the Bund, the famous promenade along the Huangpu River.
From urban break to nature retreat, to glimpses of bygone grandeur or futuristic curiosities, you can pick from a vast choice of possibilities to make your trip to China a unique experience.

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Mainland China : Must-see towns and regions

  • Beijing

    Capital of China since the 13C, Beijing has long expressed the political power and world influence of the country, the Communist regime simply taking the symbolic place of the Imperial authorities. Fr...

  • Shanghai

    Before the war, Shanghai, a port city cramped behind its old fortifications, was the rather sad symbol of foreign imperialism in China. Now a showcase for the Chinese business world, busy Shanghai is ...

  • Yangshuo

    The village of Yangshuo, which stands alongside the River Li that flows down from the north, extends between the limestone peaks that give this region its unique appearance. A visit here is must, both...

  • Pingyao

    Time has stood still in Pingyao, its timeless decor evoking images of an old engraving lit by red lanterns. Protected by its old walls, the town has a long and rich history as demonstrated by its many...

  • Hangzhou

    Situated on the Grand Canal, 1 800km of navigable water between Beijing and Shanghai, Hangzhou was once a major river port and a centre of the silk industry. This link provided more than just commerci...

  • Suzhou

    The city which amazed Marco Polo, and which, during the Imperial period, embodied the image of an earthly paradise in the eyes of many writers, has fallen completely for 21C modernity, with its many e...

  • The charming village of Hongcun, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built from the 11C onwards in the “shape of a buffalo” around the Moon Lake, a delightful circular stretch of water overlooked by sma...

  • Jiajiu is one of those magical remote parts of the world whose way of life has been preserved by its tall mountains and hidden valleys. As a result, the village is poor and lacking in water. Its inhab...

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