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Xiamen is a coastal city in Fujian Province in China. It has been an important port for centuries and became one of China's earliest Special Economic Zones in 1980. The name Xiamen means "door to the house", referring to the city's centuries-old role as a gateway to China.



Zhongshan is a city in Guangdong Province just north of Zhuhai. Zhongshan is most famous as the birthplace of Chinese national hero Sun Yat-Sen. It's now something of a manufacturing center, like the rest of the Pearl River Delta, but it's quieter than the other cities in the area and still has lots of farmland and small towns.



Zhuhai is a city, and Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in Guangdong Province, China. The name means Pearl Sea; Zhuhai is where the Pearl River flows into the South China Sea.



capital of Xinjiang, China



Chuxiong (楚雄市; Chǔxióng Shì) is a city in Central Yunnan Province and the capital of the the Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture. It's a delightful town which doesn't see many western tourists.



capital of China



Yunnan (云南; Yúnnán) is a province in southern China, bordering Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam as well as the Chinese provinces and regions of Guangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan and Tibet.



capital of Zhejiang Province, China



Yuanmou is a rural county in Central Yunnan. It is administratively part of Chuxiong Prefecture.



capital of Jiangsu province in Eastern China



Lijiang (丽江; Lìjiāng) is a small city in Yunnan Province, China. It was once the capital of a small kingdom and is a busy world heritage listed tourist town today.



Capital in Shaanxi Province China



Deqin is a county in the Hengduanshan Mountains in Yunnan province. 80% of its 55,000 inhabitants are Tibetan. If you can deal with the altitude (3,550m) it makes a great place to hike from, and if you can not then just hanging out in town is also very rewarding. A small piece of Tibet, accessible without expensive permits.



province of China



Jinghong is the capital of Xishuangbanna in southern Yunnan. It is a hub for Chinese package tourists as well as for travellers passing between China and Laos. A prime area for backpackers, it is an interesting alternative to Laos or northern Thailand. It is an easy overland trip from Laos and it is also possible to get there by boat from Thailand without obtaining a Lao visa.



Autonomous region of China



Ruili is a city in Yunnan, South-West China, on the border with Myanmar.



Dali (大理; Dàlǐ) is a city in Yunnan Province in China famous for its old town and handicrafts.



Yuxi is a city in Yunnan.



Shangrila (香格里拉, Xiānggélǐlā; སེམས་ཀྱི་ཉི་ཟླ, Semkyi'nyida; formerly Zhongdian 中甸 Zhōngdiàn in Chinese, and Gyalthang རྒྱལ་ཐང། in Tibetan) is in Yunnan Province. The second town with this name is in Sichuan, and known as the gateway to Yading National Park.



Dongguan is in the Pearl River Delta region of China, about 100 km from Hong Kong. It's a major manufacturing center, producing an estimated one fifth of the world's smartphones and one tenth of the world's shoes. Besides industrial activity, it was known for the dubious distinction of being China's prostitution capital, though this service has become much less prominent following a major crackdown in 2014.



the capital of Sichuan Province, China



Qingyuan is a city in Guangdong Province in China.



capital of Heilongjiang province, China



Shantou,, known as Swatow in the local language, is a coastal city and Special Economic Zone in Guangdong Province in China. It is located in the east of the province near the border with Fujian. It has a population of around 5,500,000 as of 2015 and a booming economy.


Great Wall of China

series of fortifications built along the historical border of China



Shaoguan is a small city in Guangdong Province in China. It is famous for its surrounding nature and the hot springs.



prefecture-level city in Xinjiang, China


Hong Kong

Hong Kong (香港 Heūng góng in Cantonese, meaning fragrant harbour) is a place with multiple personalities; the population is mainly Cantonese Chinese but British influence is quite visible. It is a unique destination that has absorbed people and cultural influences from places as diverse as Vietnam and Vancouver and proudly proclaims itself to be Asia's World City.



capital city of Guangdong Province, China



Zhanjiang is a port city in the western part of Guangdong Province in China.



Kaiping is a county of about 700,000, west of the Pearl River Delta of Guangdong Province in China. It falls under the administration of Jiangmen perfecture and is known for its watchtower dwellings built by overseas Chinese in a mixure of western and eastern style. Kaiping city is located on the Tanjiang river, 140 kilometres away from Guangzhou, on the eastern edge of the county, which is shaped like a big question mark.



prefecture-level city in Guangxi, China



Shenzhen is one of the most populous and richest cities in China. It is in Guangdong, China on the Hong Kong border about 40 km north of Hong Kong Central and approximately 100 km south of Guangzhou. Shenzhen has been growing like crazy since the 1980s, thanks to its position on the border with Hong Kong and a government program to encourage investment. It's a dynamic, booming city whose population comes from all over China. The city has become a center for international trade and manufacturing, especially electronics, and it's on the list of UNESCO Creative Cities as a design hub. Other draws for visitors include an array of amusement parks as well as extensive, scenic mountains for hiking.



Kunming (昆明; Kūnmíng) is the capital of Yunnan Province in China. Known in China as the City of Eternal Spring, Kunming is at an almost-tropical latitude but with a 2000 m (6600 ft) altitude, which gives it a very temperate climate. However, in winter it has been known to snow, so if visiting in December–February, pack warm. Also, when it rains - it's cold.



prefecture-level city in Sichuan, China



municipality of China

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province of China



province of China



province of China



province of China



prefecture-level city in Jiangsu, China


University of Hong Kong

public research university in Hong Kong



Prefecture-level city in Guangdong, People's Republic of China



Prefecture-level city in Guangdong, People's Republic of China


Hong Kong Island

second largest island in Hong Kong



prefecture-level city in Hainan, China


Dali City

city in Yunnan, People's Republic of China



Place in Kowloon



district of Shanghai, China


Lantau Island

island in Hong Kong


Xicheng District

district in Beijing, China


Haidian District

district of Beijing, China


Canton Tower

Canton television and tourism tower


Hong Kong Museum of Art

art museum


Jing'an District

district of Shanghai, China


Palace Museum

museum in the Forbidden City, Beijing, China


Lake Tai

lake in People's Republic of China



town in China


Zifeng Tower

The tallest (450-metre, 89-story) building in the city and the seventh tallest building in the world. Hosts an expensive restaurant and a bar at 78th floor. Also there is a public observatory at the 72nd floor.



historical district of Shanghai, China


Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Resort in Hong Kong


Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge

This 6-km bridge over the Yangtze has sculptures that are classics of Chinese sociallist art; with workers and farmers carrying tools, soldiers carrying weapons, and all of them holding books, most likely Quotations of Chairman Mao Zedong (better known as The Little Red Book). The bridge was built after Soviet advisors left China during the Sino-Soviet Split of the 1960s, and is therefore the first major project built entirely by Chinese, without foreign help. A new town is being constructed on the other side, which may include a direct subway connection in the future.


Temple of Heaven

imperial complex of religious buildings in Beijing, China



county-level city in Hainan, China


Hong Kong station

MTR interchange station on Hong Kong Island


Yangshuo County

county in Guangxi, China


Mount Hua

mountain in Shaanxi province, China


Yangpu District

district of Shanghai, China


Dian Lake

lake in Yunnan, China



County-level city in Yunnan, People's Republic of China


West Lake

Hangzhou's most famous scenic sight. It is traditional to see the 10 Scenes of the West Lake and 10 New Scenes, and thousands of the visitors dutifully do so every year. However, these particular sites are overrated, and often seasonal (Snowfall Over Broken Bridge, etc.). Rather than make a checklist and walking back and forth looking for them, simply spend a clear day wandering the circumference of the lake and the causeways, take a ferry to the islands, and you will probably cover most of the sites anyway. The lake is quite large - the walk around it is about 12km long.


Mount Emei



Tiananmen Square

public square in Beijing, PR China


Anning, Yunnan

County-level City in Yunnan, People's Republic of China


Yuanmou County

County in Yunnan, People's Republic of China


Capital Museum

art museum


Eryuan County

County in Yunnan, People's Republic of China


Hong Kong Tramways

tram system in Hong Kong


Erhai Lake

lake in Yunnan, People's Republic of China


Hong Kong Science Museum

Science museum in Kowloon, Hong Kong


Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

This is the biggest facility of this kind in the world. Due to habitat destruction and other reasons, the giant panda is maybe the most famous endangered animal. It is home to some 60 giant pandas, but also has some red pandas and a colony of black-necked cranes. The pandas are basically on display for tourists but views are much closer than is possible at most Western zoos. (If you want to get even closer and hold a panda or volunteer all day to feed them bamboo and clean the panda cage, visit the Dujiangyan Panda Base, about an hour's drive outside Chengdu.) A small museum and a cinema screening related documentaries is also available. A restaurant and souvenir-stalls top off the tourist installations. The best time to visit is in the morning, when pandas are most active. Pandas sleep during the hottest time of the day. Feeding time is around 09:30-10:00. Expect some crowd. It is recommended to arrive as early as you can to avoid the hordes of school and tour groups that arrive every morning.


Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders

A memorial for the hundreds of thousands of Chinese who died at the hands of Japanese troops in Nanjing during World War II. Two partially excavated mass-burial sites reveal victims remains in situ, accompanied by insightful information boards around the walkway. The elongated sites sympathetically restrained architecture and beautifully maintained gardens are interspersed with sculptures, murals and other artworks that inspire solemn meditations. Close to the entrance is the recently opened museum exhibiting multitudes of photos, videos and objects to tell the full story, somewhat even-handedly, that can easily occupy you for hours. Captions are in English, Chinese, and Japanese. Entrance lines can be long, so plan accordingly.


Victoria Peak

mountain in Hong Kong


Fragrant Hills



Chongwen District

administrative territorial entity of the People's Republic of China


Beijing Zoo

zoo in Beijing, China


New Territories






Lugu Lake


Power Station of Art

former power station, contemporary art museum in Shanghai, China


Hong Kong Railway Museum

railway museum in Tai Po, Hong Kong


Mount Danxia

mountain range


Ming Xiaoling

Mausoleum of the Hongwu Emperor


Kunming North railway station

Kunming North railway station is an old railway station in Kunming, the capital of China's Yunnan Province. It was the terminal of the metre gauge Kunming–Hai Phong Railway, but now only sees very limited service.


Stele Forest

Remarkable collection of 4000 inscribed stone tablets, covering scripture, poetry, classic Chinese texts, triumphs of rulers, family history, and practical affairs such as instructions to rebuild a school. The 7th C Nestorian Stele (Showroom 2, first exhibit on the left) depicts the coming of Nestorian Christianity to China.


Hong Kong Heritage Museum

History museum in Man Lam Road, Sha Tin


Ocean Park Hong Kong

Amusement park in Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong


Kunming Institute of Botany

botanic research institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences


Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum

Resting place of the leader of the 1911 revolution and first president of China. A beautifully designed complex that features of fusion of traditional Chinese and Western architectural styles. Closed on Mondays.


Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum



St. Ignatius Cathedral




town in Shanghai, People's Republic of China


Stone Forest



human settlement



town in Shanghai, People's Republic of China


Xuanwu District, Beijing

A district in Beijing, China


Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

wax museum in Hong Kong



town in China


Three Parallel Rivers


Du Fu Thatched Cottage

Du Fu was a renowned poet during the Tang Dynasty. The thatched cottage was where he lived from 760 to 765 and wrote many of his best works. The cottage eventually fell into ruin and had to be rebuilt. The current buildings date mostly from the Ming and Qing dynasties.


Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Mountain massif or small mountain range in China


Kennedy Town

Suburb in Sai Wan, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong


The Bund

thoroughfare in Shanghai


Emin Minaret




irrigation system in Dujiangyan City, Sichuan, China


Juyong Pass

Juyongguan Pass, also known as Juyongguan in Chinese, is located 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Changping County, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Beijing. It is a renowned pass of the Great Wall of China. Enlisted in the World Heritage Directory in 1987, it is a national cultural protection unit.


Chaoyang Park


Jinsha site

Site featuring various tools and art pieces from around 3,000 years ago. The amount of unearthed items is just massive. They include pottery, blades, jade items, building foundations and various golden art pieces. There are two main buildings: the hall constructed over the centre of the excavation site and the modern exhibition hall with various artifacts on display.


Xuanwu Lake



village in China


Jade Buddha Temple

building in Shanghai, China


Beihai Park

Beijing garden


Cotai Arena


Po Lin Monastery

building in Hong Kong, China


Repulse Bay

neighbourhood in Hong Kong


Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences

The Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences was established in 1996. It is in a renovated three-story Edwardian-style building, at 2 Caine Lane at the Mid-levels, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. It is also referred to as Old Pathological Institute.


Famen Temple

Buddhist temple in Fufeng County, Shaanxi, China


Jing'an Temple

building in Jing'an Temple, China


Qianling Mausoleum

The shared tomb of China's first and only female emperor Wu Zetian (武则天) and her husband Emperor Gaozong of Tang Dynasty (唐高宗).


Xiaotaoyuan Mosque

mosque in Shanghai


Nanhua Temple

building in Qujiang District, China


Ganden Sumtseling Monastery

monastery and former palace of local government


Three Pagodas



Yuantong Temple

the most famous Buddhist temple in Kunming, Yunnan province, China


Black Dragon Pool

Black Dragon Pool is a famous pond in the scenic Jade Spring Park located at the foot of Elephant Hill, a short walk north of the Old Town of Lijiang in Yunnan province, China. It was built in 1737 during the Qing dynasty and offers views of the region's tallest mountain, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, over its white marble bridge.


Mount Qingcheng



Tiger Leaping Gorge


Baochu Pagoda

building in Hangzhou, China


Shek O

human settlement


Fortifications of Xi'an

The world's largest city wall, it has been restored and is 12m high, 18m wide at the bottom, 15m wide on the top, and 13.7km long. Bikes (including two- or three-person models) can be rented for ¥40 per 120 minutes/bike (or ¥80 for a tandem) plus a ¥200 deposit. You can hire one at the top of the South or East gate; you may return it to other stations on the wall (there is one at each of the four main gates), but be sure to verify this before starting your ride, and know that only the south gate is open after 7pm. Bikes will not be rented if there is any chance of rain, because the top of the wall becomes slippery. Check the weather forecast before you buy a ticket to enter the wall. If you want to foot it though, a complete loop of the walls takes 4-5 hours. The landscaped park around the base of the exterior walls and moat also makes for a pleasant stroll and gives a different perspective on the battlements and towers. The wall is lit up at night and makes for a pleasant stroll. The present city wall was built in the Ming dynasty (AD 1368-1644) on the foundation of the Chang'an Imperial city wall of Tang dynasty (AD 618-907). The Xi'an City Wall International Marathon is held each year in November since 1993, with athletes from more than 50 countries running on top of the wall. Also, the Xi'an city wall Cycling Race is held on top of the wall since two years ago. There is a small museum inside the city wall at Hanguang Gate, about halfway between the southwest corner and the South Gate, accessible from the top of the wall. Look for a staircase down inside a covered structure. Inside are the unrestored remains of a gatehouse and a calligraphy collection.


Longhua Temple

Buddhist temple in Shanghai, China



building in Luanping County, China


John Rabe House

John Rabe (1882-1950) was a German businessman and Nazi party member who is widely celebrated in China for his efforts to protect civilians during the Japanese occupation. This house was his residence from 1932 to 1938. It is now a museum dedicated to telling the story of Rabe's life and the Nanjing International Safety Zone that he helped to establish and which is credited with saving thousands of lives.


Shau Kei Wan

area in Hong Kong


Leifeng Pagoda

building in Hangzhou, China


Yangshan Quarry

The three sections of a gigantic stele, which the Yongle Emperor commissioned for the mausoleum of his father the Hongwu Emperor can be seen here in situ. The project was never completed, as the Ming engineers realized that there is no way the stone monoliths could be moved out of here to Ming Xiaoling.


Sunbeam Theatre

theatre and opera house in Hong Kong, China


Yunnan Military Academy

Yunnan Military Academy, Huangpu Military Academy and Baoding Military Academy are called “three major strategist cradles in modern China”.



A neighborhood built in Parisian style, including a 108 m replica of Eiffel Tower, fountains and landscaping.


Ming Palace

The palace was built by the first Ming Emperor in 1366 and stretched 2.5 km in length. It was completely destroyed in the Qing Dynasty and what remains today barely hints at its size. In the tree shaded southern half are the small section of wall holding the huge arches of the Meridian Gate, five stone 'Outer Dragon' bridges and a array of megaliths, some baring fragments of carvings. The site was effectively a prototype of Beijing's Forbidden City as the layout was copied by the Emperors grandson when he moved the capital northwards in 1421.


Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre

The Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre is located in Hong Kong Park, at 7A Kennedy Road above Central, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. It was opened by Leung Ding-Bong, then chairman of the Urban Council, in 1992.


Qiongzhu Temple

building in China



section of the Great Wall of China


Lingyin Temple

building in Hangzhou, China


Bezeklik Caves

cave in People's Republic of China


Potatso National Park

national park of the People's Republic of China


Lu Xun Park


People's Square

public square in Shanghai, China


Jile Temple

Large and active Buddhist temple.


Wuyou Temple


Mount Mogan


Baiyun Mountain (Guangdong)



Anshun Bridge

A scenic, historic bridge crossing the Jin River in the middle of Chengdu. A bridge at this location was mentioned in the writings of Marco Polo. However, in the 1980s the bridge was destroyed by flooding, and was rebuilt in 2003. There is a restaurant on top of the bridge.


Jingci Temple

Jingci Temple, Hangzhou, China


Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre

The Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre is located in the Kowloon Park, Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The Centre occupies the historic Blocks S61 and S62 of the former Whitfield Barracks at the Kowloon Park.


Huangya Pass


Hong Kong Wetland Park

nature reserve in People's Republic of China


Presidential Palace (Nanjing)

Spend half a day exploring the headquarters of past emperors and the Nationalist government. The Palace includes the former offices of many top governmental officials, including Chiang Kai-shek and Sun Yat-sen, as well as the former residence of Sun Yat-sen. It is one the few places in mainland China where the flag of the Republic of China still flies. Informational placards around the palace are partly in English. Closed on Mondays.


Canton Fair

trade fair in Guangzhou, China


Nanjing Road

road in Shanghai, China


Gongqing Forest Park

building in Gongqing Forest Park, China


Hung Shing Yeh Beach

beach in Hong Kong


Western Mountains

The Western Mountains or Western Hills are a scenic mountain area located 12 km to the west of Kunming, Yunnan, China. They are formed by the Huating, Taihua and Luohan mountain ranges rising above the eastern and northern banks of Dianchi Lake.


Taiping Heavenly Kingdom History Museum

A small museum focusing on the Taiping Rebellion (1843-1868), a piece of history not well known in the West. This was one of the bloodiest conflicts in recorded history — some estimates put the death toll higher than for World War I, and it was certainly much worse than the American Civil War at about the same time, even though the Chinese used more primitive weapons. It was a crucial moment in China's relationship with the West, modernity, and its relationship to its own imperial history. It was partly a religious movement; the leader claimed to be God's second son, Jesus' younger brother. The quasi-Christian, peasant-led rebellion overran an area greater than Texas with Nanjing as its capital. At different times it threatened both the foreign settlements in Shanghai and the Qing government in Beijing, though it did not take either. On exhibit are documents relating to Taiping history and the grinding reduction of their movement by enterprising Qing generals and their European auxiliaries, culminating in the siege of Nanjing. Next door are the beautiful Zhanyuan Gardens.



lake in People's Republic of China




Fuxing Park


Kowloon Walled City Park

A park in Kowloon City


Xixi National Wetland Park

protected area


Dreaming of the Tiger Spring


Zhongshan Park (Shanghai)

urban park


Wenshu Temple (Chengdu)

This Tang Dynasty Buddhist temple is the most impressive, and perhaps also the most used, temple in Chengdu. It is dedicated to the Buddhist representation of Wisdom, Wenshu Pusa (Manjusri Bodhisatva), and contains more than 450 Buddha statues and other precious relics. In addition to the halls and gardens, the temple also has a charming tea house that offers an insightful window of Chengdu life as it is frequented by locals who engage in games of chess, reading, knitting and just chatting with family and friends. The temple also has a delightful vegetarian restaurant with seats offering views over the gardens. There are many shops around the temple.


Tsang Tai Uk

Hakka walled village in Sha Tin, Hong Kong


Former Residence of Gan Xi

Built during the reign of the Jiaqing Emperor (1796-1820), this is the former residence of a Gan Xi, a famous scholar and civil servant. It is said to be the largest traditional private residence in Nanjing and has over 300 rooms. The residence is administered by the Nanjing Folk Museum (南京市民俗博物馆) and has many exhibits on traditional Chinese culture.


Happy Valley Chengdu

the capital of Sichuan Province, China


1933 Old Millfun


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Xizhou [喜洲] – our happy place

Xizhou [喜洲] – literally Happy [喜] Continent [洲] in Chinese – is a little town in Dali [大理] located on the west of Erhai [洱海] and 29km away from Dali Ancient Town [大理古镇]. In her heyday, it served as an important trading post along the Chama Gudao [茶马古道] – literally Tea [茶] Horse [马] Ancient

Dali Ancient Town [大理古镇]

The cafe owners in the ancient town work extremely hard over the various Chinese public holidays because that's when most Chinese people travel to Dali. With all the income made from these peak seasons, it is enough to cover costs for the entire year. And that's enough for them, anything extra is a bonus. It

Train Journey: Chuxiong [楚雄] to Dali [大理]

Duration: about 1 hour View from the train window: we probably went from 1,500m to 1,900m above sea-level without feeling much difference in the train. The sky was so blue and the fields were lined with crops.

Chuxiong [楚雄]

Chuxiong [楚雄] was an impromptu stop along the way before we made our way to Dali [大理] and we had the most unexpected experiences… It is the simplest of town with not many tourists and we spent the day doing what the locals do. We enjoyed watching the Yi people, dressed in their traditional costumes,

Langbapu Earth Forest [浪巴铺土林] – the beginning of everything

Back in November 2014, there were quite limited options to getting around, we took a long-distance coach from Kunming [昆明] to Yuanmou [元谋] and stayed the night at Xinhua Village [新华乡] that is closest to the earth forest. There is really nothing much to do around here except taking a walk around the nearby village,

Yunnan [云南]

Yunnan [云南] – literally Cloud [云] South [南] in Chinese – is a region in western China with the most spectacular terrains. At an average of 2,000m above sea level, locals believe that this is the closest anyone could get to the skies. It is good to know the elevation of these major places before planning a trip so

I went to Mainland China from Hong Kong and all I got was a photo of myself on a panda plate

I always imagined I first trip would be touching down in Beijing and checking out The Great Wall. Instead I found myself extremely bored in Hong Kong (a week there is far too long) and taking a day tour (I hate tours) to China to Guangzhou.It wasn't as glamorous as my travels with Linzy in

Surprising Shanghai – drinks in books and pigs in cafes

Jetlagged, I tell Linzy I need a coffee. She takes me to what used to be an abattoir – an interesting place called 1933 Old Millfun. Now it's a trendy mall. The only cafe appears to have dogs – some kind of puppy cafe. I notice one of the dogs is actually a pig and

The inseparable Cangshan Erhai [苍山洱海]

It is impossible to mention Erhai [洱海] without first emphasising that Cangshan [苍山] is a long stretch of snow-capped mountain parallel to it. With 19 peaks and elevation between 3,500m to 4,000m above sea-level, Cangshan [苍山] is quite impossible for an average human to conquer. Most often, travellers would resort to taking aerial tram rides

Nearby countries


Mongolia, known as Mongol uls (Cyrillic: Монгол улс, Script: ᠮᠣᠩᠭ᠋ᠣᠯ ᠤᠯᠤᠰ) in Mongolian, is a landlocked country located between China and Russia. It's a vast emptiness that links land and sky, and is one of the last few places on the planet where nomadic life is still a living tradition.



Kazakhstan is the largest landlocked country and, as the world's ninth biggest country by area, is the largest of the former states of the former Soviet Union apart from Russia itself. It has borders with Russia, China, and the Central Asian countries of Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, which it dwarfs.



Kyrgyzstan (Кыргызстан, formally the Kyrgyz Republic (Кыргыз Республикасы) is a Central Asian country of incredible natural beauty and proud nomadic traditions. Landlocked and mountainous, it borders Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the southeast. Annexed by Russia in 1876, it achieved independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. It has the most liberal tourist visa policy in Central Asia and one of the more progressive post-Soviet governments in the region. It is called the Switzerland of Central Asia.



Tajikistan is a landlocked country in Central Asia that borders Afghanistan to the south, China to the east, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and Uzbekistan to the west and northwest. The ancient Silk Road passed through it. The nation is unique in that the majority culture is non-Turkic, unlike its neighbors to the north and west and east. Tajikistan is the poorest country out of the former Soviet states, the poorest country in Central Asia and one of the world's poorest, largely owing to a devastating civil war that broke out shortly after independence in 1991.



The Islamic Republic of Pakistan (Urdu: پاکستان) is in South Asia and is the world's 34th largest country by size. With a population exceeding 180 million people, it is the sixth most populous country in the world. Pakistan is strategically located astride the ancient trade routes of the Khyber and Bolan passes between South Asia and Central Asia. Another pass, which now has the Karakoram Highway through it, leads to Western China. All these passes, and some ports in Pakistan, formed part of the ancient Silk Road which linked Asia and Europe.



India (Hindi: भारत or Bharat) is the largest country in the Indian subcontinent and shares borders with Pakistan to the northwest, China and Nepal to the north, Bhutan to the northeast, and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. Nearby island countries in the Indian Ocean are Sri Lanka to the southeast and the Maldives to the southwest.



Nepal (Nepali: नेपाल) is a landlocked country in the Himalayas in South Asia, bordering India and the Tibet autonomous region of China. It has eight of the world's 10 highest peaks, including Mount Everest, the world's tallest, on the border with Tibet, as well as Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. In 2008, Nepal was declared a republic and abolished its monarchy.



Bhutan (officially The Kingdom of Bhutan) (Dzongkha: འབྲུག་ཡུལ་) is a small country in the Himalayas between Tibet and India. Besides the stunning natural scenery, the enduring image of the country for most visitors is the strong sense of culture and tradition that binds the kingdom and clearly distinguishes it from its larger neighbors. Bhutan is the only Vajrayana Buddhist nation in the world, and the profound teachings of this tradition remain well preserved and exert a strong influence in all aspects of life. Due to its pristine environment and harmonious society, the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan has been called "The Last Shangrila."



Myanmar (မြန်မာပြည်), or Burma, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (ပြည်ထောင်​စု သမ္မတ မြန်မာ​နိုင်​ငံတော်), is a country in Southeast Asia, bordering Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand to the east.



Laos (ສປປ ລາວ), officially known as the Lao People's Democratic Republic (ສາທາລະນະລັດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ປະຊາຊົນລາວ) (Lao PDR), is a nation in Southeast Asia, known for its mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements, and Buddhist monasteries. A mountainous and landlocked country, Laos shares borders with Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, Thailand to the west, and Myanmar and China to the north.



Vietnam (Vietnamese: Việt Nam), officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Cộng hòa xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam) is a country in Southeast Asia. Its neighboring countries are China to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west.



Russia (Russian: Россия, Rossiya) is by far the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, spanning Eastern Europe and northern Asia, sharing land borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (by administering the Kaliningrad Oblast exclave on the Baltic coast), Belarus, and Ukraine to the west, Georgia (including the disputed regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia) and Azerbaijan to the southwest, and Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea to the east and much of the south. While geographically mostly in Asia, the bulk of Russia's population is concentrated in the European part and, culturally, Russia is unmistakably European. Much of the Asian part, however, has more in common with Kazakhstan, Mongolia or Northeast China than with Eastern Europe. It boasts a rich history and culture.


North Korea

North Korea (Korean: 조선 Chosŏn), officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea or DPRK (조선민주주의인민공화국 Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk) is a country in East Asia on the northern half of the Korean Peninsula, lying between Korea Bay and the East Sea (Sea of Japan). It borders China to the north, Russia to the north east and South Korea to the south.



Afghanistan is a landlocked and mountainous country in the heart of Asia, bordered by Pakistan to the south and east, Iran to the west, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to the north. There is a short border with China to the far northeast, but in extremely inaccessible terrain. The country has great many valleys.


South Korea

South Korea (Korean: 한국, 韓國 Hanguk), officially the Republic of Korea (대한민국, 大韓民國 Daehan Minguk) is a country in East Asia. South Korea occupies the southern half of the Korean Peninsula, with North Korea to the north, China across the sea to the west and Japan a short ferry ride to the southeast.



Japan, known as Nihon or Nippon (日本) in Japanese, is an island nation in East Asia. Its insular character has allowed it to develop a unique and very intricate culture, while its closeness to other ancient Far Eastern cultures, in particular China, has left lasting influence. Despite belonging to a forever warring nation, both internally and overseas, Japan's people had historically always placed emphasis on inner balance, tranquility and natural beauty. These traditional values have become increasingly important now that Japan has grown to be one of the world's most densely-populated countries, and its legendary work ethic makes life in its cities quite hectic.

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