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A pearl of the Yangtze Delta and criss-crossed by waterways, the gardens, bridges and pagodas of Suzhou are a slice of ancient life amid a modern city

The high-tech hub along the Grand Canal may be known for its advanced industry, but there is plenty of culture and nature, as well as rib-sticking delicacies

The famed rice terraces of Guangxi are a cereal killer attraction at any time of year – but be sure to stay overnight to get the real flavour of the ancient villages

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Gateway to the ancient Tea Horse Trail, the town of Shaxi with its old town square and bustling markets is a charming stop away from Yunnan’s busier tourist attractions

This off-the-beaten-track northern city provides a perfect gateway for adventures in the grasslands and deserts of Inner Mongolia

The city of Harbin, with Russian influences and known for Siberian winters and ice displays, will melt the hearts of the summer visitor