- Beijing. Beijing is in massive flux, and the construction never stops. Feel the ancient pulse beneath the current clamor.
- Beijing to Shanghai: Hebei, Shandong, Anhui, Jiangsu. Discover a cultural and natural treasure trove—Huangshan peaks are islands in a sea of clouds, and canal-laced Suzhou is the Venice of the Orient.
- Shanghai. In the 1920s Shanghai was known as the Whore of the Orient, but we like to think of her as a classy lady who knows how to have a good time. The party stopped for a few decades after the revolution, but now Shanghai is back in swing.
- East Coast: Zhejiang, Fujian. Fujian's Xiamen is an undiscovered pearl, with all the history, culture, and infrastructure of more popular tourist magnets. Zhejiang's Hangzhou is known for scenic West Lake, immortalized in Chinese poetry.
- Hong Kong. A city of contrasts—east and west, old and new, work hard and play harder. Long nights of barhopping are offset by tai chi sessions at dawn.
- Southwest: Guangxi, Guizhou, Yunnan. The mountains are high and the emperor is far away. If you're looking to take a walk on the wild tribal side, then any or all of these three regions should be high on your list.
- Sichuan and Chongqing. China's latest industrial revolution is happening in faraway Sichuan and Chongqing, where the nearby Three Gorges Dam (in Hubei), while hotly debated, remains a stunning sight.
- The Silk Road: Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Xinjiang. Distant and mysterious, this was ancient China's lifeline to the outside world. Visit the country's last remaining walled cities—Xi'an is fascinating for its cultural and its historical importance.