Among all countries we Indians love to hate, China definitely takes the top spot. With being ‘Atma Nirbhar’ trending across social media and the recent war-like situation, there has never been so much animosity for our neighbour.
However politics aside, China is a fascinating country. Being one of the largest countries in the world, mother earth has gifted it with diversity that’s unrivaled, home to some of nature’s wonders. Remember the movie ‘Avatar’ and those gigantic mountains floating in the air? That’s part of China. Geographical diversity aside, China also has centuries worth culture and history to boast of. It’s extremely surprising that I have never encountered anyone including China on their bucket list. I myself never considered it as a potential destination until I was sent to Shanghai on a business trip in 2017 and ever since I have been itching to go back there…
China can be a challenge to travel as a solo traveller due to the language barrier. But I was determined to not spend my weekends either working or in a vegetative state on the couch, as I covered 7 places during my time there. It was more of a crash course but I fell in love with this country and its people, who contrary to belief are friendly and welcoming. Oh, and also with its Bullet trains, those engineering marvels travel at 300kmph!
Here are my favorite photos from my stay there, unfortunately some of the only photos I am left with: