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Okay ladies and gentlemen, April is upon us, which means only one thing: Spring break is on the way. 

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Okay ladies and gentlemen, April is upon us, which means only one thing: Spring break is on the way. 

We know not everyone is lucky enough to have a three-day Qingming vacation, but you can still enjoy a weekend free from the stresses of work or study. Here, you’ll find some great destinations that are ideal for short and quick getaways. Just hop on the high-speed train and chill out in these destinations with fancy water imagery, gourmet food and historic architecture.

Zhuhai — 59 minutes from Guangzhou 珠海

Sitting on the mouth of the Pearl River, Zhuhai is a conveniently located coastal gem and is often a gateway to neighboring Macao and Hong Kong.

With its laid-back vibe, Zhuhai is a place to forget your hectic pace of life and to become intoxicated by the spring breeze, savory seafood and clear ocean.

Take a stroll along Qinglu Lu, or Lovers’ Road, parallel to Zhuhai’s coastline. Here you can enjoy some of the best views of the city. The 28-kilometer-long road links Zhuhai’s major sites, such as Shijing Hill Park, Coastal Park and the landmark statue of Fisher Girl. 

If you search for a packed itinerary, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom is a place to spend a whole day. It’s a theme park with a variety of marine animals, exhilarating rides and theater shows.

After night falls, Wanzai Seafood Street is all hustle and bustle with vendors and diners looking for the freshest seafood. Dongmen peeler crab, shrimps, razor clams, sea urchins, oysters and scallops are among the top options.

Guilin and Yangshuo — 2.5 hours from Guangzhou 桂林&阳朔

Sitting in northeastern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guilin boasts enchanting natural views that since ancient times have often been described as among the best in the world.

Savoring Guilin’s beauty can perhaps best be enjoyed on a bamboo raft ride on the Lijiang River, which meanders leisurely around the oddly shaped karst mountains and caves, such as Elephant Trunk Hill and Solitary Peak.

The laid-back county of Yangshuo is also famous for its almost dreamlike karst mountain scenery and rivers rippling through lush green fields. Climbing Moon Hill is considered a must-do on tourist itineraries. Apart from the surrealistic scenery, Yangshuo is a tourists’ retreat with a blend of idyllic lifestyle and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.

Guilin cuisine is characterized by its sweetness and delicate use of spice, particularly chili. Bamboo leaves stuffed with sweet rice and rice noodles are two great snacks available all over Guilin.

Chaoshan — 3 hours from Guangzhou 潮汕

Chaoshan consists of three well-known cities: Chaozhou, Shantou and Jieyang. The high-speed railway station is located right at the core of this area, making it easy to reach all three cities.

Known as a folklore museum without walls, the Paifangjie in Chaozhou should be included on your list. You will bump into old shops selling authentic Chaozhou embroidery, ceramics and pure copper, as well as well-known Chaoshan snacks such as oyster omelet, fish-ball noodles and pig trotter jelly.

The Eight Famous Scenes of Chaozhou, including the Guangji Bridge, Kaiyuan Temple and Hanwengong Temple, are also not far away. Among them the most attractive is the Guangji Bridge, which was the world’s first bridge that can be opened and closed.

When you explore the alleys and streets of the city, you will come across many beef hotpot restaurants. Chaoshan residents have a craze for beef, and cooks here value the natural flavors of the meat and adopt strict selection of beef and the way it is cut. One recommendation is to match the beef with a slice of Shacha sauce.  

Wuhan —  4 hours and 18 minutes from Guangzhou 武汉

Divided into thirds by the ever-flowing Yangtze River, Wuhan is one the most worthwhile cities to visit in central China.

Wuhan University, Hubei Provincial Museum and Yellow Crane Tower top the popular tourist attractions in Wuhan. Founded in 1893, Wuhan University is famous for its palatial buildings, blending Chinese and Western styles and natural scenery, especially when the cherry blossoms are out.  

Hubei Provincial Museum is home to a collection of over 200,000 objects, including renowned treasures like the Sword of Goujian and chime bells from the Tomb of Marquis Yi of the Zeng State.

Considered as a symbol of the city, Yellow Crane Tower was built during China’s Three Kingdoms period (A.D. 220-280). With its unique structure and long history, the tower has been a muse for many famous Chinese poets.

Wuhan’s local delicacies attract many foodies. Spicy duck neck and crawfish are two local superstar snacks. You can find them at Jingwu Lu, home to many time-honored brands. To enjoy a rich Wuhan-style breakfast, you must hit Hubu Alley for the hot and dry noodles, soup dumplings, mianwo (salty donuts) and doupi (fried sticky rice stuffed with beef, mushroom and beans).

(By Wing Xie, Louis Berney)
Editor:Joanna You
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