One of China’s most fascinating regions, the far northeast of the Middle Kingdom offers guests an intriguing mix of influences. Historically known as Manchuria, the region consists of three provinces – Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang – and also encompasses part of Inner Mongolia.
Unsurprisingly, given its giant size, the area offers guests a broad spread of experiences from natural wonders to easy-going cities where Chinese temples coexist with Russian churches and Jewish synagogues. With long distances to be covered, the best way to tackle the “dongbei” (northeast) is by high-speed train.
Whizzing out from Beijing station, the journey hurls guests towards points of interest such as Shenyang, the former capital of the Manchu Empire, and Harbin, a cultural crossroads where Russian touches are highly noticeable. Although freezing in the winter months, the northeast has some fine beaches – especially the stretches of sand at Dalian where the thrilling breakneck odyssey reaches its conclusion.
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