China: the diversity of tourism resources.

As the pace of globalisation accelerates, distance is no longer the barrier against any two areas from knowing each other. China, a country about 9000 kilometres away, is no longer a mystery to British people as well, especially with the large amount of immigrants and students who have brought real images of China in recent decades. As a member of this Chinese force, today, I will tell you the diversity of tourism resources in China.

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There are 23 provinces,5 autonomous regions, 4 municipalities and 2 special administrative regions in China  and Taiwan is also a part of China. Unlike most of other countries, the provinces of which share similar characteristics of foods, buildings, customs, etc. , China enjoys a certain diversity of tourism resources. Different regions have respective traditions and form their own cuisines, historical buildings and lifestyles. Even cities in the same province may also have created different histories and cultures.

Take the provinces or cities that I have been to for example.

Those famous ancient buildings in Beijing are always with red walls and  golden tiles, which is the traditional architectural style of royal buildings in Qing dynasty.

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While in Xi’an, which was the capital of China in Tang dynasty, ancient royal buildings are with white walls, red pillars and grey tiles.

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In Suzhou, a city that is famous for the maintenance of traditional garden designs owned by  the wealth or officials in Ming dynasty, the colours of architectures are dominated by  black and white. At that time, water and stones in  different shapes became important parts of the soul of the whole garden design.

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In Fujian province, landmarks of different cities are in distinctive style. In its capital Xiamen, villas build with red bricks can be found everywhere on its famous tourism destination Gulangyu Island. Those villas were build intensively by Chinese people who had been exposed to Western culture during the 1990s.

While within a 2-hour-drive way in Yongding, buildings seems to be from another world. These buildings with empty centre as showed in the first picture are called Earth Buildings because the walls are made of loess. These walls are extremely thick to keep warm in winter and resist  hot air in summer. And residents in the same Earth Building are always from the same family.

China is far more than just Beijing and Shanghai as most western people think. So it seems to be impossible to cover every aspect of Chinese tourism resource in one blog. To know more about China, please follow my blog or just have a go!

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