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With 18,000km of coastline, over 5,000 islands and a population of 1.3 billion, Mainland China is the cradle of Chinese civilisation. In the north, the plains of Inner Mongolia, the Gobi Desert, the snow-capped peak of Changbaishan and the high plateaux of Xinjiang contrast with the luxuriance of the southern provinces, the karstic peaks of Guilin and Guizhou, the majesty of the Yellow Mountains and the gentle beauty of mountainous Yunnan.
China's immensity goes hand in hand with its cultural diversity, the Chinese themselves differentiated between noodle-eating Northern China and Southern China where rice is the staple. The presence of 55 ethnic minorities, along with the Han majority, accentuates this diversity.
Beijing, capital and cultural hub of the PRC, is a must for first-time visitors. The Forbidden City of the emperors stands in the heart of Beijing Opposite Tiananmen Square, presided over by Mao''s huge mausoleum. The breathtaking Temple of Heaven, renowned for its elegant blue rooftops, is one of the capital's iconic symbols. North of the city, the Great Wall is a reminder of past battles against barbarian invaders, ultimately absorbed by the empire. The hutong, the traditional narrow streets of Old Beijing, composed of siheyuan, the famous houses built around square courtyards, provide a fascinating insight into imperial and revolutionary history.
Shanghai is the gateway to the prosperous Yangtze River Basin. A mere fishing port in the early 19th Century, the city now showcases 21st Century China, bristling with skyscrapers around the former French concession. At night, the lights of Shanghai glimmer opposite the Bund, the famous promenade along the Huangpu River.
From urban break to nature retreat, to glimpses of bygone grandeur or futuristic curiosities, you can pick from a vast choice of possibilities to make your trip to China a unique experience. Michelin's recommendations