Every city has a history, but here we focus on those known for their history, with historic sites that draw tourists. There are some cities that have been particularly influential in China's history: China's major and minor ancient capitals and Yan'an, endpoint of the Long March. Then there are cities which have great historical interest and plenty of relics, but are only of regional importance historically
Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, is known as 'Heaven on Earth' with its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.
Location: Urumqi is in central northern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, which makes up Northwest China. How to get there: Urumqi Diwopu International Airport is about 20 kilometers north of the center of the city. By train, Beijing and Shanghai are about 43 hours away. Kashgar is about 24 or 30 hours away by rail.
Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, is the largest city in Western China and possibly the largest in Central Asia, with some excellent scenery in nearby Heavenly Lake and South Pasture. It also holds the record for the remotest major city in the world 2,500 km (1,400 mi) from the nearest sea.
Unlike many Chinese cities, Harbin has a short history. The city is about 110 years old. But it became the biggest city in the northeastern section of China with about 10 million people
"Hohhot" in Mongolian means "Blue City", which is the capital of the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region. Hohhot is the third closest provincial capital to Beijing, behind Tianjin and Shijiazhuang. It has a permanent population of 2.94 million, covering an area of 17,200 square kilometers.
As a famous saying goes, scenery in Guilin is the most beautiful under heaven. Guilin is one of well notable tourists destinations. With its landscape of abrupt mountains admist verdant river, Guilin mesmerizes numerous worldwide travel-addicts annually.
Xian, located in central-northwest China, records the great changes of the country just like a living history book. Called Chang'an (meaning the eternal city) in ancient times, it is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization in the Yellow River Basin area.
few cities in the world evoke so much history, excess, glamour, mystique and exotic promise in name alone. (from lonely planet)
Being capital of the People's Republic of China, Beijing is the nation's political, economic, and cultural center. Located in north China, close to the port city of Tianjin and partially surrounded by Hebei Province, it also serves as the most important transportation hub and port of entry.
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