Friday, October 9, 2009

Top Attractions in China

China is becoming the next frontier in traveling. It is an exciting land with a rich and distinct culture just waiting to be discovered.  Encompassing 5,000 years of textured histories of all civilizations, a China tour is a must for every traveler.

With so many exciting places to visit, these are just but some of the top attractions to visit in every China tour.

The Great Wall of China. Constructed in 220 BC, the Great Wall was built as a protection against northern invaders. Today, it stands as one of the world’s greatest wonders, symbolizing a bastion of culture in the hearts and minds of the Chinese People.

The Forbidden City. Located at the center of Beijing, it is one of the most dazzling architectural masterpieces in the world. Once closed off from the world for 500 years, it is now open for everyone to witness its sense of opulence and wealth, and take in its aura splendor and majesty.

Terra Cotta Warriors.
Located in the City of Xian, this is considered as one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Thousands of life-size figures, each with molded faces, adorn this breathtaking site. A must-visit in a China tour as it carries a spectacular piece of the country’s historic past.

Yangtze River Cruise. The old Chinese saying, “if you haven’t traveled up the Yangtze, you haven’t been anywhere,” perfectly describes this river’s range of spectacular landscapes. Considered to be the cradle of ancient Chinese civilization, this divine river captivates visitors with its awe-inspiring beauty.

Stunning Mountain Scenery of Guilin.
The ancient saying, “Guilin’s scenery is unmatched under heaven,” truly describes the breathtaking landscapes that are quintessentially Chinese. A cruise down Li River displays Guilin in its purest form – mist-shrouded hills, unique karst formations, with boats meandering by.

Potala Palace, Lhasa. Considered as the highest palace in the world, this palace was once the religious and political center of old Tibet. The Dalai Lamas’ official winter residence, it is designated today as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Gardens of Suzhou. Beautiful stone bridges, pagods, and classical gardens line the canals that highlight this ethereal city, known as the “Venice of the Orient.” It is a well-preserved city with a lingering charm that is reminiscent of its rich past. Its 9 classical gardens are regarded as masterpieces of the genre.

Chengdu Panda Research Center. The Giant Panda is considered on the China’s national treasures. Get to observe these beautiful animals in their natural habitat.

The Bund, Shanghai.
One of the city’s most recognizable architectural symbols, The Bund is a representation of both the old and the new Shanghai. It is an amazing place to see and learn about Shanghai’s rich architectural history.

Hong Kong and its Modernity. What was once a quaint fishing village is now a gateway between East and West, where ancient traditions exist in an ultramodern city.

1 comment:

  1. I never did manage to visit The Bund in Shanghai I am however visiting next year and am totally stoked for it :)