If you are planning a trip to China with your partner, then there are some excellent locations that are perfect for couples.
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China is a massive country and one that has a wealth of history and culture to offer the modern discerning traveller. As well as this, it is also an excellent place to visit as a couple, with many different romantic destinations in this vast country, some of which may surprise you!
Shanghai is one of the largest cities in the world, and with its colonial links, is a melting pot of both east and western cultures. One of the best areas in Shanghai is the Bund, which is along the Huangpu River, and offers splendid views of the modern skyline. Enjoy a candlelit dinner for two in one of the many fantastic restaurants where you might just learn the different methods of cooking Peking duck, and then you can stroll along the promenade. If this seems to be a little energetic for you after a good feed, you can take a cruise ship along the river to enjoy the sights.
The ancient town of Dali is a historic walled town that has spectacular views of the snow-capped Cangshan Mountains and has an ambience all of its own. There are fewer tourists that visit this area, compared to other places, and the town is made up of the Bai ethnic minority, who are a Tibetan-Burmese people. The local industries include tie-dying textiles, fruits and tobacco and you will see the local women dressed in their traditional style of clothing. The area is excellent to explore on a bike, or you can take a romantic trip on Erhai Lake. There is even street dedicated to foreigners where you will find many shops selling many different items, including antiques, and there are also many cafes and restaurants where you can sit and relax.
When you visit China with The China Travel Company, one of the most beautiful scenic places you will see is the West Lake area of Hangzhou. When you visit this area, you will feel close to nature, which in some areas of the country seems very hard to do. You can enjoy a walk around the lake and stop off at one of the many reflecting pools or beautiful pagodas. There are many gardens for you to relax and enjoy, as well as teahouses that you can enjoy a cup of Dragon Well Tea as you watch the sunset. A visit to West Lake will be something that you remember for a very long time.
A visit to the water town in Suzhou is an excellent way to relax, and get away from the everyday hustle and bustle of life. Similar to Venice in Italy, these towns are formed around waterways and canals, with transport being best by boat, although there are many flagstone paved walkways you can enjoy while having a stroll with your loved one. There are a few different water towns that you can visit, but if you want to get off the beaten path and away from some of the tourists, Tongli may be the best option for you.
Shangri-La was formerly known as Zhongdian County, and you can find this beautiful place within the Yunnan Province. The bestselling novelist James Hilton, described Shangri-La in his book Lost Horizon, as an earthly paradise, and it is easy to see why. You can enjoy the sights of snow-capped mountains, dense forests, and alpine lakes, which make for some breath taking scenery. If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing time with your other half, then this could be the perfect destination for your next romantic holiday.