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1980/2018

First/Last visit:

Number of visits:

Personal Rating:

32x incl. Macao/Hongkong under Chinese rule after 1997

6/193

UNESCO Sites visited:

28/55

Places Visited:

Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guilin, Guangzhou, Shenzen, Kunming, Ping Yao, Lijiang, Dali, Shangrila, Changsha, Huaihua, Fenghuang, Xian, Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyangze, Sakya, Tingri, Gyatso La Pass (with 5,248 meters the highest point I have been so far!), Datong, Zhongwei, Lanzhou, Xining, Zhangye, Alashan Youqi (Inner Mongolia), Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kuqa, Kashgar, Sanya (Hainan), Nanning, Xiamen, Quanzhou

Highlights:

Beijing: Tianmen Square with Mao Tse Tung Mausoleum (no bags or cameras allowed inside), Forbidden City (UNESCO), Summer Palace (UNESCO), Temple of Heaven (UNESCO), Great Wall (UNESCO), Imperial Tombs (UNESCO), Wangfujing Snack Street, Nanluoguxiang Hutong, Bell and Drum Tower, Shanghai: Suzhou Classical Gardens (UNESCO), Kunming: Stone Forest (UNESCO), Provincial Museum,Lijiang (UNESCO, Old town, very romantic, especially by night, attend the performance of the Naxi orchestra), Shangrila (Zhondian):Songzanlin monastery, Hani Rice terraces in Southern Yunnan (UNESCO, and a great place, watch the weather forecast!), Wuhan: Guiyan temple Changsha: Hunan Provincial Museum with Marquise de Dai mummy, Former residence of Mao Tse Tung (birthplace anno 1893), Popular village of Fenghuang. Xian: Terracotta Warriors and horses (UNESCO). Lhasa: Potala Palace (UNESCO), Drepung monastery, Jokhang temple, Norbulingka Shigatse: Tanshilunpho Monastery, Sakya: Monastery, Datong: Yungan Grottoes (UNESCO), Ping Yao (UNESCO, a very beautiful walled city), Xining: Kumbum Monastery. Zhangye: The biggest indoor sleeping Buddha in China. Dunhuang: Singing Sand Dunes, Mogao Caves (UNESCO), Old town of Kashgar and its famous market, drive from here via the Torugart Pass to Kyrgyzstan.