Welcome to Discover China

Explore my journeys of China discovery and be inspired to make your own visit to this amazing country. My China visits have enabled me to experience the real China – a fascinating country with amazing geographic and cultural diversity, stunning natural beauty, abundant historical treasures, progressive development, and friendly people with the social maturity that 5,000 years of civilization brings.

Visit Shenzhen

My first China visit was to the city of Shenzhen, described as the window of China’s opening up policy, and I have returned again for two further visits. With its great attractions and services, Shenzhen is a good place for you to also commence an exploration of China. I have developed some useful guides to help you learn about visiting Shenzhen and its many attractions:

My China Trips

In my visits to China I have experienced a wide diversity of what this fascinating country has to offer – ancient World Heritage listed villages, vibrant modern cities, stunning mountains and forests, traditional festivals, incredible cuisine, Chinese family life, and much more:

Beijing, Tianjin, Zhengzhou December 2010 – January 2011

In January 2011 I spent three amazing weeks visiting China’s capital Beijing as well as Tianjin, located south of Beijing, and Zhengzhou in central China. In Beijing I visited Tian’anmen Square, the Imperial Palace (Forbidden City), Beihai Park, Ming City Wall Site Park, Yonghegong Lama Temple, Temple of Heaven, Beijing Ancient Observatory, the Summer Palace, Jingshan Park and more.

Shenzhen, Guangzhou February 2010

February 2010 saw us return for my fourth trip to China and third visit to Shenzhen, and included a day trip to nearby Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province. In my week in Shenzhen I visited the Splendid China and China Folk Culture Villages theme parks, the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government building, the Shenzhen Museum of History, the Shenzhen Museum of Ancient Art, and Lychee Park. In Guangzhou we visited a few of the city’s major attractions – Yuexiu Park, Beijing Road, Ersha Island and the Pearl River.

Henan, Anhui, Zhejiang 2009

Zhengzhou, capital city of Henan province, was where we commenced our August 2009 visit. There we visited the nearby Shaolin Temple and the Yellow River Scenic Area. After that we travelled to Anhui province to visit capital city Hefei, the ancient villages of Xidi and Hongcun, beautiful Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), and the Yangtze River city of Wuhu. We also briefly visited Qiandao lake and Hangzhou city in Zhejiang province, and finished the trip with a return visit to Xiangcheng Henan.

Shenzhen, Henan 2008

On our second trip to China in February 2008 we visited Henan province and also returned again to Shenzhen. In Henan we enjoyed the spectacular Lunar New Year in my friend’s home town of Xiangcheng, and experienced 2000 years of history in Kaifeng and Luoyang.

Shenzhen 2007

My first visit to China in July 2007 was to the city of Shenzhen, located near Hong Kong. Shenzhen gave me a great introduction to China. It was established as a Special Economic Zone in 1980, and since that time has grown from a small village into a major and economically significant city.