With no access to aliens for centuries, China remained a secretive land shrouded in mystery. Little about its ancient culture and unique cuisine was known to the outside world. With the turn of the century, its government decided to open their doors to allow foreigners to explore and revel in its charms. It is now a growing destination for travelers looking for unusual experiences – both life-changing and unpleasant. Besides its enchanting culture and beautiful architecture, China has several hidden gems that make it easy to love but hard to leave. With that in mind, I have rounded up a few of my favorite experiences for the ultimate China itinerary.