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Off the Beaten Track in China

Red Beach in China

It’s time for another guest post!

Every now and again, I publish stories from fellow travel addicts. Their tales will be about something they’ve learned, or something they’ve taught, while on the road. It might not be a traditional classroom setting, as often these experiences are not when we’re exposed to a new culture, but hopefully they’ll inspire you to book that plane ticket you’ve been dreaming about, sign up to teach English abroad, or simply give you a new blog to enjoy.

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Meet Jenna Farmer:

Jenna Farmer

Jenna is a fellow blogger over at Healthy Globetrotting, where  she writes about traveling, teaching abroad and healthy eating (that’s hard to do while traveling!). She’s an expat, living and teaching English in China’s port city of Ningbo.


Off the Beaten Track in China

As I have almost reached the half way mark of my second year here in China, I’ve started to have a new found appreciation for it’s many amazing tourist spots. Beyond the breathtaking Bund, the historical Xian and of course an obligatory visit to the Great Wall (which shockingly I haven’t managed to do yet; I’m an awful travel blogger!) China has lots more to offer it’s visitors. Unfortunately, the country doesn’t seem keen on promoting itself as tourist friendly and a lot of these places are not made known to the average traveler. So today I want to share with you a few destinations on my Secret Tourist Spots list!


1. Walk of Faith


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Located on Zhangjiajie Tianmen mountain, The Walk of Faith glass walkway offers simply amazing views. It’s number one simply because I have never seen anything quite like it — in China or beyond. Unfortunately, after living here for a year and half I have too much knowledge of China’s poor safety record to ever attempt to tick this one off my bucket list!

2.Red Beach


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My ever growing Pinterest obsession has to take the credit for finding this travel destination. At first I assumed it was some kind of filter but nope the beach — located in Panjin — is really that red! It is all to do with the type of seaweed that changes colour during the Autumn. I imagine this has to really be seen to be believed!

3. Nanjing


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Located around two hours from Shanghai by train, Nanjing is a really great place to visit for a weekend trip and I was lucky enough to do so this October. My favorite place to take photos is undoubtedly the massacre museum. After doing a little research behind the museum, I found it a quite sombre place to be (mass queues of Chinese tourists aside!) However, the sculptures outside are simply stunning and it is worth going to if you are interested in Chinese history.

4. Wulong Pond, Zhejiang


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This is one of my favorite scenic spots and is located around an hour from my home. Wulong pond (or ‘five dragon pools’) as it is sometimes known is a gorgeous place to hike, photograph or even take a dip (as my pup Bella decided to do).

5. Ningbo


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What kind of expat would I be if I didn’t give a shout-out to my hometown, Ningbo? A busy port city, Ningbo isn’t exactly overwhelmed with tourist activities but it’s a mix of traditional Chinese buildings and modern structures make it a really interesting destination to visit. Further out from the city there are a wealth of scenic spots and temples to visit.

I hope my post has shown you how much China has to offer beyond the tourist trail. It really is an amazing country and I would encourage anybody to expand their travel itinerary to ensure they take in all it has to offer!

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  1. Graeme Voigt says:

    WOW! I need to go to China!

  2. I haven’t been to China, but these pictures simply tempt me to! The Red Beach is particularly eye catching! Great pictures!

  3. Jennifer says:

    China is definitely capturing my interest more and more lately, mostly because I really want to visit the Giant Panda sanctuary.

  4. Lori says:

    This is truly an interesting and useful post! Loved the photos too. I admit I always like to go a little of the beaten path when I visit a place;)

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