China

China Itinerary & Attractions

Beijing
beijing day 5
Beijing Itinerary – Best of Beijing

Forbidden City 101AntiquarianClocks & Watches Gallery, Jingshan Park
Great Wall of China @ Badaling
–> See How to go from Beijing to Badaling here –> From Beijing to Great Wall of China (Badaling) by Train.

Llama Temple
Nanluoguxiang Hutong
Summer Palace 101Garden of Virtue & Harmony, Suzhou Street, Tower of Buddhist Incense.
Temple of Heaven 101

Hangzhou
Hangzhou Day 1
Hangzhou Itinerary – Best of Hangzhou
Hangzhou West Lake 101 – A Quick Guide to the Best of West Lake

Chenghuang (City God) Pavilion (城隍閣)
Fei Lai Feng Grottoes (飞来峰)
Fish Viewing at Flower Port @ West Lake (花港观鱼)
Heifeng Street (河坊街)
Hupao Spring (Tiger Running Spring) (虎跑泉)
Jingci Temple (静慈寺)
King Qian’s Memorial (錢王祠)
Lingyin Temple (靈隐寺)
Longjin Tea Village (龍井村)
Leifeng Pagoda (雷峰塔)
Lotus in the Breeze in Widing Courtyard @ West Lake (曲院荷凤)
Nine Creeks by Misty Tress (九溪烟树)
Southern Song Imperial Street  (南宋御街)
Yellow Dragon Cave (黄龍洞)
Yue Fei Temple (岳飛廟)

Shanghai 
Yu Yuan Garden Shanghai 810 Places to Experience 10 Different Kinds of Shanghai

1933 Slaughter House
Duolun Cultural Street
Qibao Water Town (七宝镇)
Tianzifang (田子坊)
Yu Yuan Garden (豫园)


Food We Ate in China

Beijing 
Dadong Peking Duck 19Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant – traditional roast duck prepared delicately and you get to see the roasting process too.
Ghost Street – Find the best of Food in Ghost Street (Gui Jie).
Hou’s Wonton – has more than 100 years of history but I found their wontons so-so.
Hua’s Restaurant (Hua Jia Yi Yuan) – savor their signature “Master Eight” or “Baye” Roast Duck.
Luo Luo Hotpot – unique steamboat of the Miao Ethnicity from Guizhou with the most sour soup base ever.
Noodles in Suzhou Street @ Summer Palace
Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant – The Best Duck in Beijing!
Wangfujing Snack Street – get the best of street food at Wangfujing Snack Street.
Yaoji Chaogan – Famous for their “fried liver” dish.
Zai Zai Crayfish on Ghost Street – try the signature dish of Ghost Street – “mala” (numbing & spicy) crayfish.

Hangzhou
hua zhong cheng restaurant hangzhou 8Hua Zhong Cheng Restaurant – convenient place to eat at the foot of Leifeng Pagoda.
Honeymoon Dessert – a dessert chain store originally from Hong Kong with choices that look so tempting.  
Huang Fan Er
– serving meals that are fit for a king, literally, as this is one of Emperor’s favorite dining place.
Kui Yuan Guan – Famous for their noodle delights.
Lu Family Restaurant – serves local cuisine at extremely affordable prices.
Wai Po Jia (Grandma’s Restaurant) – be prepared for the crazy queue!
Zhiweiguan – their signature braised pork assembled like a pyramid is a must.

Shanghai
Cafe Fuwa Pulu Shanghai 2Cafe Fuwa Pulu – Japanese-style cafe in Xintiandi, serving delicious cake and jelly duo.
Nanxiang Xiaolongbao – famous for the little buns, but I actually liked their soupy buns that is served with a straw to sip out the soup from the bun.
Old Movies Cafe


Hotels We Stayed in China

Beijing
Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel – Highly recommend this if you wish to experience the hutong life in a 200 year old “Siheyuan”.

Hangzhou 
Renhe Hotel – superb find strategically located close to the West Lake and famous restaurants.

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