China travel guide


China Travel Guide

Explore Dongbei

Explore Dongbei 01 Also called Manchuria, is a region that comprises Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces. This region has the reputation as an inhospitable wasteland that is why not many foreign tourists travel to northern of China. However, Manchuria has huge swathes of fertile fields and massive resources of mineral wealth.

Dongbei is like a treasure place. This area has been violently disputed for much of its history by Manchus nationalists, Japanese, Russians and Communists. Today the region forms an industrial heartland, producing a third of the China's heavy machinery, half its coal and oil and most of its military equipment.

Economically, Dongbei is one of the most important regions of China, and strategically, it is an extremely significant region because of its four thousand kilometers of frontier alongside North Korea and Russia.

Tourism has become one of Dongbei's leading growth industries and many things have been changing since recent years. In Dongbei now you can find the thriving port Dalian sports cleaned-up beaches, a new cliffside drive and China's best soccer club. Dandong, right next to the North Korean boundary, features a new public walk on the Yalu River and an attractive Korean War Museum. China's other Forbidden City - the restored Manchu Imperial Palace - and the tombs of the men who established the Qing dynasty. In Jilin Province's in the North, Jilin Cityís new river promenade showcases ice-coated trees in winter, and enhanced ski resorts in the periphery of town.

Changchun, remembers Puyi's reign of the Japanese state Manchukuo in the Puppet Emperor's Palace. In the capital of Heilongjiang Province's, Harbin, there is a lot of evidence of border with Russia. A renovated central shopping district conserves the city's old architecture, a new history museum set in an Orthodox cathedral and the world-famous ice lantern; are the most interesting attraction of China's northmost metropolis.

Dongbei also has an extraordinary geography with boasting a terrain of fertile plains, rugged mountains and forests (41% of Heilongjiang is covered by trees). The region is the habitat of some protected reserves, such as the mountainous Changbai Shan Nature Reserve in Jilin Province close to Korean frontier, where Lake Tian is nestled in jaw-dropping landscape. Zhalong Nature Reserve, in Heilongjiang, is a summer propagation land of thousands of species of birds, including the singular red-crowned crane.

Explore Dongbei 02 The weather in Dongbei is extreme. In summer it is hot, and in winter it is very cold, with temperatures as minus 30ļC. But if you donít have any matter with cold or you like it, a trip in January has the added attraction of ice festivals in Jilin and Harbin, and the whole of winter brings cheap skiing, sledding and skating.

There is a good rail network between the cities and a wide highway complex caused by Dongbei's export-based financial system. Hotel prices now are cheap, clean dorms and rooms exist in every town. Dongbei food is diverse, from fresh crabs in Dalian, to the local river fish lu zi yu in Dandong, to mushroom dishes and fresh bread in Harbin, to silkworms in the countryside. Cuisine here is deeply influenced by its neighbors, and each town has a cluster of Korean, Japanese and Russian restaurants.

Nowadays, travelers to Manchuria come for particular reasons: foreign students find a good environment for practicing Chinese language; researchers can analyze the environmental impact of pollution; and fanatical hunters can look for a variety of birds. It is an excellent place for fans of recent Chinese history. Dongbei's past one hundred years of local and international conflicts greatly influenced the profile of todayís China.

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