Twelve days in China

  To see It’s impressive the development of China. I know that my two weeks were spent in a five stars tours, comfortably taken across the best of the country, and that may have given me a distorted vision of it. The other China, the rural one, is far behind, but the boom of modernization cannot be confined to the major cities, and soon will spread across the country.

The mix of dictatorship and open economy easies the project, and, for the moment, everything seems under control. But inflation, unemployment, social differences, are on its way. And then? Meanwhile, China is an example, simultaneously a menace and an opportunity. And a country, with sympathy and safety, deserving to be visited.
We did it just once, during two short weeks, that only allowed brief visits of BeijingXi’anGuilinYangshuo and Shanghai, complemented with Hong Kong and Macao, before returning home.

​Historic tour

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Only recently awake for tourism, China is starting to enhance the best signs of its rich history. This may give you contradictory sensations, from the “deja vu” of the Great wall, to the surprise (for me) of the beautiful walls of Xi’an, from the metropolitan boom of Shanghai, to the calm fields along Li River, between Guilin and Yangshuo.

You may step in a glimpse from tradition to modernity with only a common link – lots of people.

​The consequences of the revolution are heavy, but many signs have escaped destruction and history is a long walk that makes Chinese proud.

Beijing

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Yes, it is the capital, but, I must confess, it was not the city that pleased me more (maybe too brief, the visit!).

​Most of the places matched my expectations, and… it was all. But, with the Great Wall at its side who could skip it? And the summer palace, and the temple of heaven and…

No! It would be insane not to go to Beijing.

​Shanghai

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No other visited city in China by us reveals so much the mixture of cultures and civilizations that for several centuries passed through China.

New and antique stand side by side, while, like mushrooms, modern buildings grow everywhere, changing the general look of the city, but preserving the historical sites and references.

​As I try to reflect in my page, Shanghai is a definitive “must see”.

Guilin

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Nowhere else in China I saw such an effort to “justify” the tourism.

The landscape is beautiful, but the anxiety to add attractive details to it, is excessive, and sometimes… boring. Each peak, each rock, each possible detail gets a name, a tale, a pretext to be listed.

​No need to! Guilin is a lively city, with some interesting points and… it has Li river, that justifies the trip.

​Yangshuo

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We were attracted by the famous landscapes of Guilin, but, as a matter of fact, it was Yangshuo that showed us the beautiful look of rural China.

I know that it may have been forced by our package, that kept us inside Guilin, with a quick trip to the caves, and took us to the rural Yangshuo. I also know that, in Yangshuo, we had an important detail, somewhat absent in Guilin: the Sun, but… I saw what I saw.

​And Yangshuo has the best landscape that I saw in China.

​Xi’an

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Before leaving to China I doubted that Xi’an could justify the thousands of kilometers needed to visit it. What a surprise!

​The doubts went down as soon as we arrived there, even before visiting the terracotta warriors. Xi’an is a gem that justifies any kind of detour.

​The wall

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Ten thousand kilometers long, the wall may be visited from many places. I read that most of it is ruined, and the visit is so dangerous that it is forbidden in many sections.

Some points were prepared to tourism, which means security, best appearance and… crowds. The easiest access is from Beijing and touristy structure are already well mounted there.

​Unless you want a real exclusive image, there’s no reason to complicate, trying another approach to the wall.