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Tour of China

BANYAN TREE HOTELS AND RESORTS On the grounds of the Banyan Tree Lijiang, in the southern Yunnan province.

Photo: BANYAN TREE HOTELS AND RESORTS

T+L tackles one of the world's most mystifying destinations with ideas to help you plan a successful trip to China.

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Destinations: China · Beijing · Shanghai · Guilin · Lijiang · Hangzhou · Jian Tang Town · Taiyuan · Xi'an · Tianjin

Inspired by: China Made Easy — by Aric Chen, Published Jul. 2008

Hotels (10)

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    HOMA Libre

    Set along the dramatic limestone peaks of Guilin within a contemporary sculpture park, the recently revamped, 46-room hotel resembles a grass-cover

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    Park Hyatt, Shanghai

    When it opened, 1,358 foot-tall the Park Hyatt Shanghai stole the title of world's tallest hotel (from its sister property across the street, the G

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    Mandarin Oriental, Beijing

    The eagerly anticipated Mandarin Oriental, Beijing, in a dramatically angled tower within the Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren–designed CCTV complex,

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    Ritz-Carlton, Beijing

    The madness of Beijing is tamed by the serene Old-World comfort of this 17-story hotel in China Central Place, a coveted shopping and residential d... More
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    Opposite House, Beijing

    The capital’s boutique hotel scene gets a boost with the 99-room Opposite House, in the burgeoning Sanlitun area; it’s the first property from the

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    Park Hyatt, Beijing

    Muted spa-like rooms (blond-wood furniture; white leather sofas) atop a 66-story skyscraper—the tallest on Chang’an Avenue. 

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    Raffles, Beijing

    Over-the-top opulence reigns at this vaunted, century-old hotel—which is, appropriately, closer than any other to Beijing’s singularly grand Forbid

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    Ritz-Carlton, Financial Street

    One of the Ritz-Carlton’s new-look hotels, this funky, modern Financial Street outpost bears no traces of the chain’s signature country-estate gran

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    Banyan Tree, Lijiang

    Lijiang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Venice of Asia for its centuries-old network of canals and bridges, sits in a forested nook of m

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    Banyan Tree Ringha

    Guest quarters are decorated with vivid thangkas and woolen carpets in the rich rust and maroon hues that are a local trademark, and each has an op

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Restaurants (1)

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    Louwailou

    Sample local specialties include stuffed-beggar’s chicken and fatty dongpo pork at the great Louwailou restaurant.

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Activities (22)

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    National Grand Theater

    Paul Andreu's delightfully zany China National Grand Theater, a.k.a. the Alien Egg, opened its doors in 2006.

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    Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

    This groundbreaking gallery is set in one of the capital’s most intriguing developments—a former state munitions factory turned into an 80,000-squa

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    Forbidden City

    It doesn’t have a street address—which is only fitting for a place that was once considered the center of the universe. The Forbidden City’s vast,

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    Tiananmen Square

    Capable of holding a million people, the 100-acre Tiananmen is the world’s largest public square. Built in 1949, when the Communist Party took powe

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    Beijing National Stadium

    It isn't often that a building defines a city, and even becomes its icon, but that seems destined to be the case of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Me

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    Dashanzi Art District

    Also known as Factory 798, this Bauhaus-style complex houses the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art.

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    Jinci Temple

    The Jinci Temple weaves a thread between Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism.

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    Shanxi Provincial Museum

    The museum offers a superb survey of the region’s 5,000-year history.

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    Kundu Night Market

    Savor the raucous energy of the Kundu Night Market.

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    Golden Temple

    Visit this 17th-century temple in Kunming.

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    Bamboo Temple

    Visit this 15th-century temple in Kunming.

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    Hanging Temple of Mount Hengshan

    View the Buddhist sculptures in the Hanging Temple of Mount Hengshan, which clings precipitously to the side of a cliff.

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    Yungang Grottoes

    Take a side trip to see the Buddhist sculptures in the Yungang Grottoes.

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    Shaanxi History Museum

    See the Shang dynasty bronze relics in this Xi'an museum.

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    French Concession

    The leafy, rustic French Concession is the favored destination for cutting-edge fashion and designs for the home.

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