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Eastern China Travel Guide
By:Rianne Hill Soriano

Eastern China region covers six provinces and one city, which includes the provinces Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi and Shandong, and the city Shanghai. These parts of China encompasses both rich and developing provinces, and both ancient towns and modern urban areas.

Geography and Climate
Eastern China covers almost 30 percent of China's landmass. Its main city Shanghai is about 621 miles southeast of Beijing and is in between the provinces Zhejiang and Jiangsu.

The provinces Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Fujian are located on the coast of East China Sea, resulting to a subtropical monsoon climate within the region. Going to Eastern China is best done during spring or autumn, as summer is usually very hot and wet, while winter is extremely cold, especially way up north.

Transportation Options
Eastern China has the most number of access to international airports in China. People can travel to various areas around the region through international and local airports including those in Shanghai, Nanjing, Jinan, Qingdao, Xuzhuo, Hefei, Hangzhou, Nanchang, Fuzhou and Xiamen. Shanghai is the region's main international gateway through the Pudong International Airport.

Eastern China also features an extensive network of railways, waterways and roads that make it convenient to travel to various tourist attractions around the region. Traveling in between towns and cities is best done by train. Others may prefer flying, especially when traveling between Fujian and Shandong.

Popular Tourist Attractions
Shanghai is a popular choice for tourists visiting Eastern China. After traveling around the city, people usually explore the nearby provinces as well. Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang, stretches all the way up towards Beijing, and along the way, it passes by the charming water towns of southern Jiangsu. Anhui features the Huangshan Mountain (Yellow Mountain), one of China's most visited mountains with soaring peaks and excellent hiking spots. Travelers can also visit the Hakka roundhouses south of Fujian.

The region harbors the Yangtze River and the Grand Canal where many bustling centers and premier coastlines are popular tourist destinations as well.

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