You will find here the localities' surveys results to help you choose your destinations and organize your itinerary.
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No 1 : Lijiang (Yunnan Province)
No 2 : Langmusi (Sichuan Province)
Global : 16.15/20 Travelers (22) : 17.18 (up) Criteria : 15.11
The Tibetan village of Langmusi is a relatively new discovered backpackers' spot. With its big Lamasery, friendly locals, surrounding mountains and relative quietness, this place is as close to Tibet as you can get in China. It is much more peaceful and authentic than the more touristy city of Xiahe in the North, although this might change when it will clearly appear on the traveler's maps...
No 3 : Xishuangbanna (Yunnan Province)
Global : 15.79/20 Travelers (20) : 14.70 Criteria : 16.89
The region bordering Laos and Burma is another area that would look everything but Chinese if not for the Chinese tourists who come here to experience Thailand without a passport. Its particular way of life makes it a favorite with travelers who have spent any amount of time in China. Considering the trip involved, people who have been to Thailand or Laos might however be better off visiting other minorities areas...
No 4 : Yangshuo (Guangxi Province)
Global : 15.63/20 Travelers (23) : 15.70 Criteria : 15.56
China's banana pancake capital remains in good position. But this has probably more to do with its amazing scenery and surrounding villages than the atmosphere of Yangshuo itself, now invaded by tourists, Chinese and westerners alike. You will appreciate it much more after a few weeks in China than at the beginning of your trip...
No 5 : Beijing (Beijing Municipality)
Global : 15.09/20 Travelers (29) : 15.97 (down) Criteria : 14.22
The capital of China requires no presentation. Considering the cost, Beijing is not exactly a backpackers' paradise but it is unavoidable nevertheless due to its cultural treasures. Without seeing Beijing, you do not really visit China !
No 6 : Sanjiang (Guangxi Province)
Global : 14.98/20 Travelers (17) : 16.18 Criteria : 13.78
The traditional Dong village of Sanjiang is one of those places you hesitate to recommend by fear of a touristy invasion and not being able to listen to the water wheels in the future. Easily accessible from Yangshuo, it retains the charm, quietness and authenticity long lost by its more famous neighbor. For peaceful backpackers only !
No 7 : Tiger Leaping Gorge (Yunnan Province)
Global : 14.83/20 Travelers (20) : 18.10 Criteria : 11.56
This place finished first in our travelers' rating ! Arguably the best trek of China, easily accessible from number one Lijiang, it receives its flow of visitors during summer. Thanks to its danger and difficulties, very few Chinese tourists however bother to walk the upper road which remains mostly a westerner place. For fit and dry backpackers only !
No 8 : Zhaoxing (Guizhou Province)
Global : 14.72/20 Travelers (7) : 17.00 Criteria : 12.44
The remote province of Guizhou is relatively forgotten by travelers. The adventurous backpackers will be rewarded by splendid minorities villages (the best example being Zhaoxing), colorful markets and some of the best rice terrace scenery of China...
No 9 : Songpan (Sichuan Province)
Global : 14.67/20 Travelers (22) : 16.00 (up) Criteria : 13.33
This minority area has become very popular over the years thanks to its horse treks and its convenient location between Chengdu and Langmusi. The village itself has got some charm but the definite attraction is to explore the spectacular mountainous countryside full of Tibetan villages, with a four legs friend and its attentive master.
No 10 : Dunhuang (Gansu Province)
Global : 14.61/20 Travelers (20) : 15.00 Criteria : 14.22
This fairly relaxed place is above all the site of the Buddhist caves of Mogao, one of the finest in the world. But considering that quite a few people are disappointed by what they see and how they see it (Datong offers a better cave experience), we would rather concentrate on its other attraction : the Singing Sand Mountains, the biggest and most impressive sand dunes of China !
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