This is a travelogue from my travel to China. So, I call it: China Travelogue.
It goes without saying that, throughout the history, China was one of the largest empires in the world. The Qing dynasty, also known as the Qing Empire, officially the Great Qing, was the last imperial dynasty of China, established in 1636 and ruled China from 1644 to 1912. It was preceded by the Ming dynasty and succeeded by the Republic of China. After Qing dynasty, a republic was formally established on 1 January 1912. The government lost its power in the wake of the Chinese civil war in 1949. Members of this government were exiled to Taiwan. Finally since 1 October 1949, after a near complete victory by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the Chinese Civil War, Mao Zedong proclaimed the People’s Republic of China (PRC) from Tiananmen.
On 19 March 2018, I traveled to China. I landed at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. In the long lines, I left the airport (after checking passport and filling yellow forms). Shanghai is a famous port and the most populous city in the world, with a population of more than 24 million as of 2017. I stayed at Sheraton Hotel for 5 days. During these days I visited Era – Intersection of Time, The Bund, Yu Garden, Oriental Pearl Tower, Qipu Market (Not recommended), Shanghai Aquarium, Shanghai Science And Technology Museum, Silk Factory, Nanjing East Road, and Xintiandi. On the fifth day, I went to Hangzhou.
Hangzhou located in the south, China’s longest and largest canal (1776 kilometers long). I stayed at Sheraton Hotel for 2 days. During these days I visited West lack, Leifeng Pagoda, The Romance of Song Dynasty and Tea farms. I have to mention that while driving from Shanghai to Hangzhou, I spent a couple of hours in Zhujiajiao. I highly recommend you to see this little traditional and amazing town. Because of its large number of waterways, much of Zhujiajiao’s transport is by boats.
On 26 March 2018, I flew to Beijing through the Hongqiao Airport and arrived Beijing after 1:40. Beijing is a really polluted city, During 5 days stay in Beijing, I suffered from burning eyes and sore throat due to air pollution. During these 5 days, I visited Jade factory, Great Wall, Olympic Park, Traditional Chinese Medicine Care Center, Summer Palace, Tiananmen, Forbidden City and Some Shopping Centers.
I left China after 12 Days. Here are some recommendations for you who would like to travel to China.
- Take care of your wallet and backpack.
- Sellers always say prices multiples of the actual price. So you should chop up on the price. For example When I wanted to buy a sunglasses seller told me the price of 3,000 yuan but eventually sold me at 80 yuan price!
- All messengers (Viber, Whatsapp, Skype, Telegram, Messenger, Instagram, FaceBook and …) are filtered in China, You have to use “We Chat Messenger” or find A good VPN app.
- Keep the yellow form until you leave China.
- You are not allowed to have a power bank in your suitcase, you need to put the power bank in your backpack. (Of course, after the police check your power bank)
- All shops in these three cities will be closed before 11:00 PM.
- Every day, dozens of people may want to take pictures of you
Here are few pictures of China, also I made a Video and you can see it via my YouTube.