The allure of the Middle Kingdom is not only the vast expanse of its territories, its rich history that rivals the West, nor its plethora of cultures that constitute its 1.4bil population.

There are so many things to discover in China, with each province offering its very own charms and experiences to the budding and seasoned traveller alike. This makes the country a great draw for both leisure and business activities.

Halal Eateries In Chongqing

Take, for instance, the diversity of Chongqing. Visitors from Malaysia will have an easy time touring this Chinese city and sampling its local fare as there are tons of halal options available. Dine in at restaurants such as Ningxia Huixiang, Zhen Yi Shun, Xin Jiang Er Xin Jiang and Hao Chi Jie Food Street to savour what city has to offer.

For a more traditional route, check out Jiaotong Tea House, one of the oldest teahouses in Chongqing. Here you can kick back and enjoy a few cups of tea in the cosy comforts of a traditional setting. This teahouse has been around for some 60 years, and its cultures and practices today still speak of its glorious past.

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Tulou rural dwellings in southeast Fujian.

Tastes And Sights In Fuzhou

For more food and heritage, look towards China’s southeastern shores and you’ll find Fuzhou, a city known for its sweet-and-sour flavours, street food and over 2,000 years’ worth of history. Its rich heritage makes Fuzhou one of the more significant historical hubs in China.

One way you can experience this history is by visiting Sanfang Qixiang, which translates to “Three Lanes and Seven Alleys”. This old quarter provides a glimpse into Fuzhou’s history and the centuries-old mansions hearkens back to their imperial past.

If you’re looking for a more relaxing retreat, you can take a bath in the numerous hot-springs available in the city. Venues such as the Gui’An Hotspring Tourism Resort allow tourists to melt away their stress before heading out for more exploration.

If you’re interested in Fuzhou’s culinary fare, try out its renowned Fujian dish, Fo Tiao Qiang (Buddha Jumps Over The Wall). It’s a delicacy which requires premium seafood ingredients such as abalone and fish maw, and it takes three days to prepare! It’s definitely the main thing you should try if you’re in the area.

Another must-try are the local fishballs, available at restaurants such as Yong He Fishballs. These special fishballs contain juicy meat fillings wrapped in a soft, floury exterior.

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The Sanfang Qixiang, which translates to “Three Lanes and Seven Alleys” quarter.

Nanjing The Scholar’s Spot

Some 900km north of Fuzhou lies Nanjing, a destination that’s also known as the city of culture. It has a long history of education, politics and research, resulting in locations that carry interesting pasts — perfect for travellers who like to absorb the stories behind the places.

Points of interest like the Sun Yat-sen and Ming Xiaoling Mausoleums each honour important people from vastly different times. The former was built for the Chinese democratic revolutionary pioneer in the early 1900s, while the latter is the resting place of Zhu Yuanzhang, the founding emperor of the Ming dynasty during the 1300s.

If you’re interested in experiencing the grandeur of Nanjing’s educational campuses, then head on to the beautiful compounds of Nanjing University. In a similar vein, you can try visiting the unique Librairie Avant-Garde, an indie bookstore that stretches for miles.

Prefer waterscapes? Check out Qinhuai River or Xuanwu Lake, both beautiful destinations that boast interesting sights along their banks. Make sure to allocate enough time to fully immerse yourself in these lovely surroundings.

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Renowned Fujian dish, Fo Tiao Qiang (Buddha Jumps Over The Wall).

Discover China With Malaysia Airlines

Get started with your China sojourn by flying Malaysia Airlines. With a host of perks such as easy cabin class upgrades through MHupgrade and Golden Lounge access for premium cabin class flyers, you can look forward to an enjoyable journey and experience.

Fly direct to destinations like Fuzhou with all-inclusive return fares of RM1,119. Book from Jan 7–13 to enjoy promotional fares to other wonderful cities in China too.