Travel China with the Yangxifu: Getting Beyond the “Postcard China”

Sometimes the best China travel happens off the tourist circuit. Find the more everyday side of China, and/or Chinese culture, on your trip, with these ideas.

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Travel China with the Yangxifu: The Spooky Sanxingdui Museum, Guanghan, Sichuan

Sanxingdui, the Sichuan mystery that forever shook up Chinese history as we know it, is on display at the Sanxingdui Museum near Chengdu, with some of the spookiest bronzes you’ll ever see in China.

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Travel China with the Yangxifu: Mawangdui, Hunan Museum, Changsha

The over 2,000-year-old Mawangdui mummy is amazing, but it’s not the only amazing thing on display at this special exhibit at the Hunan Provincial Museum. From ancient leftovers to revealing silk texts and even a story-high coffin, Mawangdui wows the visitor from beginning to end.

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Travel China with the Yangxifu: Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang, Henan Province

Just East of Xi’an, four hours up the railway line to Beijing, is another grand cache of art that stands in the Terracotta Warriors’ shadows, but delivers almost as many “wow” moments. I’m talking Luoyang’s Longmen Grottoes — a string of over 100,000 Buddhist images and statues carved into a hillside during China’s Wei and Tang Dynasties.

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