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What to do and see in Huizhou China
What to do and see in Huizhou China

China's Pearl River Delta, located in Guangdong Province, is one of the most bustling and dynamic regions in the country, named the world's largest urban area by the World Bank, and home to 42 million people in 2010. This destination is perfect for those travellers who are seeking an exciting and action-packed trip away.

The area is also home to Huizhou. A small city (by Chinese standards, at least) and only 40 miles north of sprawling Shenzhen and its border with Hong Kong, it offers respite from the fast-paced lifestyle of the rest of the region.

Waterside Huizhou
Ask any Chinese citizen what comes to their mind when they think of Huizhou, and they will likely mention the city's many beautiful lakes and waterways – which partly make up the municipality's informal title, Swan City. A subtropical city bordered by green hills that sit under frequently blue skies, some of the region's best scenery can be enjoyed here.

From the scenic region of the southerly Daya Bay, an area that features around 100 islands and rich reefs, to the breath taking Honghuahu Scenic Area, all the way to the snaking Dongjiang River that passes through the area's high rise buildings, there is a great amount to see and enjoy in the city and its surroundings – an exceptional meeting of nature and modernity.

Huizhou Panorama

Huizhou's cuisine
The city's culinary offerings are just as good as one would expect from a southern Chinese city, bringing together a mix of traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other Asian cuisines.

The many cooking styles of China are covered here. The A Ju KeJia Tu Cai Restaurant's Hakka cuisine is delightful – rich, hearty, spicy and authentic – while Luiqianguan's Guangdong dishes are delicious, putting a twist on the region's traditional cuisine.

If you would like something different to Chinese dishes, visit the DaoTian Sheng Japanese Restaurant, a place serving up sashimi, sushi and a range of other fresh and delicious specialities from across the East China Sea, while the HanCheng Korean Restaurant is also a good choice for those craving international flavours.

Finding good, inexpensive food in Huizhou is just as easy as in any large Chinese city, make sure you sample the range of places to eat while sightseeing and strolling around the area – you are sure to find undiscovered gems!

History, culture, scenery – Huizhou features many typically Chinese sights and places to visit, perfect for those wanting to discover the country's more relaxed side.

West Lake
Located close to the centre of the city, the West Lake has a long and notable history stretching back to 1094, when the well-known Song Dynasty scholar Su Dongpo visited the watercourse and wrote hundreds of verses in its honour. Today the West Lake is just as beautiful as it was at the beginning of the last millennium, and a peaceful place to spend an afternoon.

Huizhou Bridge

Pinghai Ancient City
600 years old, this ancient site is a superbly preserved snapshot of the architecture and artistic skill of the craftspeople of the Ming Dynasty. Situated to the north of Huizhou city itself, there are few places where you can see history up close quite as clearly as in Pinghai.

Mount Luofu
For an opportunity to see Chinese rural beauty, make sure you put aside a day to visit the hills, cliffs and peaks of Mount Luofu. Warm throughout the year and covered in lush greenery, these highlands are a wonderful place to escape the fast pace of the city, enjoying the many waterfalls, hot springs and temples that are features of the area.

Sizhou Tower
Near the shores of the West Lake is the Sizhou Tower – a joy for history lovers. Also built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), this hexagonal Buddhist pagoda stretches 80m into the sky, offering visitors the chance to climb it and experience impressive views over the surrounding city and countryside.

Visiting Huizhou
The city is very well connected with others across the surrounding Pearl River Delta region, and is relatively nearby to both Macau and Hong Kong, the latter of which is only a 40-minute ferry ride away.

Huizhou Airport, 25km from the city, connects to Beijing, Xian, Hangzhou and Wuxi, and regular shuttle bus services are on hand to take arrivals into the city. Guangzhou Baiyun Airport and Shenzhen Bao'an Airport are both around a two-hour drive away, both connecting to international destinations.

Arriving by train is also an option, with the city being connected to Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shantou and Changsha, among many other places. Once you have arrived, the city's bus network is a good, inexpensive choice, although if you are not a domestic visitor, you should ask your tour guide or hotel staff which routes to take, given that English language use is low. If you need to travel further than the city itself, buses are still a viable option – the network in Huizhou and the surrounding county is particularly good.

For a luxurious and comfortable place to stay, Kempinski Hotel Huizhou should certainly be considered. Located in the centre of the city, the hotel offers delicious food, fine spa experiences and unparalleled levels of service.

Huizhou is one of South China's most beautiful destinations, and one that certainly has to be seen to be believed. Whether visited in the summer or winter months, there is a huge amount to enjoy here.

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