Best 4 Places to Play Golf in China

In 2017, the tourism industry in China grew by about 13% and is expected to continue growing over the next few years. This increase is largely due to the country’s open policies to help showcase its culture and natural beauty. With more foreigners visiting, and many times staying in China, new influences in food, dress, and sports have been adopted. Noticeably, golf has become more popular, with more courses popping up and the sport being more affordable and accessible.

Historically, golf has been labeled as a “sport for the rich” in China, but as time has passed the game has changed continuously and has secured itself a spot in modern Chinese culture. These days China even has some of the best golf courses in the world

Here are four awesome gold courses worth checking out while traveling through China.

Shanqin Bay

Shanqin Bay Golf Club China

Hainan Island is home to what could easily be the best golf course in China. Shanqin Bay is close to the remote village of Bo´ao, in a stunning coastal site where a golf course would seem impossible to build. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw were the brave architects who designed the golf course and managed to build a challenging route offering views of the cliffs, dunes and dense vegetation. The stunning golf course had some of its shine taken away in 2017 when authorities decided to create a windbreak by planting thousands of saplings along the 17th fairway. Luckily, the course continues to be one of the most challenging and beautiful in the country.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club China

Whether you´re a golf enthusiast or a pro player, Southwest China’s Yunnan Province is home to the  Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club and is a definite must-see. Designed by Neil Haworth, the course is located at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, sitting ten thousand feet above sea level, and has 18 holes, as well as holding the world record with par 72 stretching 8,548 yards in length. The nearby picturesque villages, breathtaking views, landscapes, and the top-class design of this golf course make it a unique experience in the sport of golf, especially with a moderately pleasant weather all year round.

27 Club

Formerly known as the Tianjin Yangliuqing Golf Club, 27 Club is a fabulous 27-hole course in the Xiqing District, Tianjin. After being restructured from 36 to 27 holes, the course changed its name to honor the 27 former champions who contributed to the design of each of the 27 holes. The course is a great challenge for golfers of all skill levels, with features that include several human-made lakes, creeks, and elevation changes that add up the competitive element. Dominated by a tree-lined open parkland layout, 27 Club is great for delving into a good game and enjoying the abundant greenery.

Lake Course at Spring City

Spring City Golf & Lake Resort China

Spring City Golf & Lake Resort in the town of Spring City, Yunnan, 40 minutes away from Kunming City, was designed by Trent Jones Junior in an effort to create a course that would complement its location and offer top-level play. The natural terrain adds to the dramatic effect of the course, surrounded by lavish nature. Developed by the Keppel Group of Singapore, the Spring City Golf & Lake Resort sits at 6900 feet above sea level and none of the holes here can be described as easy. The incredible design, along with the magnificent views, and the temperate weather make Lake Course at Spring City one of the best golf adventures in China.

 

By Diego Garzon

Diego is a writer by day  and a reader by night. He is also the author of the first Screenwriting Manual in Spanish. He has been a creative consultant for television series and films. He lives with “the wife”, ”the dog”, and “the other dog”.

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The Past and Present Come Together in Shanghai

A visit to Shanghai is an absolute must and belongs on your bucket list without question. Where else can you blend real history with the present while getting a glimpse into the future as an added bonus?

Shanghai is China’s largest city and the most populous city proper in the world. Its roots date back to the fifth century, and over many years, it has developed itself into a strong economic, financial, and international trade center. Shanghai is also well known for its influence on culture, science, and technology. Shanghai blends traditional culture with today while also blending east with west. It has something for everyone including hotel accommodations, dining, shopping, nightlife, attractions, and more.

Where to Stay 

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There is a great choice of Shanghai hotels within the city proper. Hotels blend familiar brand names with modern conveniences as well as old-world service and charm.

Location is everything. Stay in central and downtown Shanghai for easy access to all the city has to offer including restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and clubs; or stay on the outskirts for access to central Shanghai and the entire city.

Dining

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If you like Asian food, you’ve come to the right place. If you really like Asian food, you’ve definitely come to the right place. Shanghai’s food and restaurants focus on the culinary traditions of Beijing, Sichuan, Hunan, Guangzhou, and Benbang and are among the finest in China. There are so many dining choices — the list is endless. If by some chance you must have Western food, you’ll find a number of Western restaurants in the central downtown area to please your palate.

Shopping 

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Shopping in Shanghai is a must-do activity. There are many commercial streets and shopping centers including the must-visit Nanjing Road. The world’s first Barbie Flagship Store has opened in Shanghai, occupying an entire five-story pink building along the shopping mecca of Huaihai Middle Road. Huaihai Road has many upscale and leading fashion designers, while North Sichuan Road meets the demands of more ordinary folk. Jiali Sleepless City, Xujiahui Shopping Center, and Yuyuan Shopping City are busy and popular with tourists and locals.

Nightlife

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Shanghai’s decadent nightlife dates back to the 1930s and has become a modern and dynamic party en masse. As the world’s fastest growing city, Shanghai nightlife is fast paced and has many hot spots, clubs, and pubs to party the night away. The Bund is an absolute must stroll for visitors along its promenade. At night, sparkling colored lights are everywhere along the fast-moving Huangpu River, the landmark buildings on the West bank, and the ultramodern skyscrapers on the East bank. An evening cruise on the Huangpu River is a great way to see the city.

Hengshan Road and Xin Tian Di also offer a variety of nightclubs, discos, and bars at a more relaxing pace. For art lovers wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of these spots, the Grand Theater and Oriental Art Center are must-visit places.

Shanghai is really in a class all its own with its rich history and modern world conveniences. It is one of the world’s great cities and a must visit for any world traveler.