Having been based in Asia for over 4 years of my life, I was able to see almost every country there, so far, (except for Maldives, Tibet, Pakistan, Bhutan and Nepal). The country I loved the most there was China, as a tourist it offers endless whackpacking sights. Here are my top 5 everlasting memories from my journeys through 13 of China’s 29 provinces.
1.Sunset at Yuanyang Rice Terraces
Yuanyang is a breath removal location. This are houses the world’s largest conglomeration of rice terraces. After some really crazy bus rides and a night bus from Kunming to
2.Touring the Casinos of Macau
I didn’t even know there was a part of China specialising in Casinos! That is until 2012 when I first visited Macau. I toured part of China specialising in Casinos at night, in awe of the sheer variety and incredible architecture of this once Portuguese colony. One night in the casino, I even managed to win money. The Venetian is without doubt the most elegant and elaborate casino I have ever been in.
3.World’s Biggest Toilet Complex in Chongqing
I lived out my childhood dream in 2013 which was to visit Chongqing. This was once dubbed “the world’s largest city you never heard of”! Inspired by a Michael Palin visit to Chongqing, I finally arrived in 2013. I stayed in a Chongqing hostel, drank with locals and toured the sights of this truly phenomenal gem.
And then there was the trip to Foreigner Street to visit the world’s largest toilet complex!! This was one of my crazier journeys and a place I will never forget.
4.Our night in a Fujian Tulou
Fujian Province was one of my favourites. We headed to the Fujian Tulou buildings in remote villages I had never heard of. It was all a big dream. I visited so many off the wall spots and was the only non-Chinese person for miles when I walked. The highlight from our time in the Fujian region was getting to spend a night in Ta Pa Tsune village, and sleep in an original Fujian Tulou building. We also toured Gu Lang Yu island, Xiamen, Yongding and a place called Tian Luo Keng (pictured below).
5.Mao’s Town – Changsha
I didn’t know it then but my visit to Changsha in 2014 was to be my last full and proper visit to China. Having once held a series of multiple entry visas for China, I kept going back – even just for weekends when I was living in the Kong. I headed to Chairman Mao’s town, Changsha.
I also cannot believe how many sights I had to leave off this list, including the quirky penis and vagina rock parks, the wacaday city of Guangzhou and even Shenzhen or the marvellous Shangri La and Tiger Leaping Gorge didn’t make it.
It was once my dream to visit all 29 of China’s provinces but in the wake of depression, that dream faded away. I still would love to visit again one day, but not for now. I need to focus on regaining strong mental health. But China was simply epic, as you can clearly tell from this article.