1 Wangfu Chizi, Ji’nan
Swim with China’s fittest pensioners at this open-air pool, fed by spring water.
Delve into the world of Confucius in the sage’s charming home town.
3 The Grand Canal
The original source of the region’s wealth, and a construction feat to rival the Great Wall.
A striking medley of tree-lined canals, ramshackle homes, old stone bridges and traditional Chinese gardens.
5 Xi Hu, Hangzhou
You will get great vistas from this beautiful lake, best appreciated by cycling the area.
An old colonial hill resort that has become fashionable as a summer retreat – it’s a great spot for a brisk hike.
Charismatic backwater once home to writer Lu Xun, whose elegant mansion – now a museum – offers a glimpse into a vanished world.