Getting Oriented

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Getting Oriented

Stretching from Hebei, which is culturally and geographically Northern China, to the more refined province of Jiangsu, this region is accessible thanks to a well-developed tourist infrastructure. All four provinces have convenient air and rail links to the major transport hubs of Beijing and Shanghai. As you travel from north to south, you can judge for yourself whether Chinese stereotypes are accurate: Northerners are viewed as typically taller and lighter skinned, raised on wheat-based foods like noodles and bread that thrive in the cool, dry climate. Southerners, on the other hand, are thought of as shorter and darker, with rice their staple of choice. The mighty Yangtze River that flows past Nanjing is sometimes taken to represent this vague cultural border.

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