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Exploring the best of China

China is fast becoming one of the world’s premier holiday destinations for tourists from around the world. With so much to see and do, it is easy to see why.

It would take an eternity to visit all the fantastic sites and attractions that China has to offer. Nevertheless, you can visit some of the best that China has to offer, no matter what time frame you are on. Whether you want to immerse yourself in traditional Chinese culture and history, or experience the hustle and bustle of modern day Beijing, you are sure to have the holiday of a lifetime when you visit China.

View from the Great Wall of China

One of the most beautiful areas of China is Tibet, in the south of the country. Tibet is best known for it’s exquisite scenery and rich and dynamic history. Throughout the region there are dozens of ancient monuments and unique local customs that attract tourists from around the world. The region is surrounded by the stunning Himalaya mountains to the south.

For a trip back in time, one of the most interesting historical sites in China are the water towns. Visitors can enjoy viewing townships and villages that were built along rivers and canals over 1,000 years ago. The most popular ones are in Suzhou.

One of the best historical sites in China is the Silk Road. Dating back over 2,000 years, the silk road attracts thousands of tourists from across the world to it’s rich historic sites, cultural relics and outstanding scenery. The silk road was a famous passageway between Asia and Europe in ancient times. It started in Changn and ran for over 7,000 kilometers across Asia and finished on the east coast of the Mediterranean.

A high proportion of tourists to China head to Beijing, and it is no wonder when there are so many fantastic attractions on offer. As well as being the capital of China, it is home to some of the best shopping in Asia, as well as having some of the most modern and exciting facilities and attractions in the world. Not only this but it has some of the oldest and most impressive historical sites you will ever see.

One of Beijing, and indeed China’s, most visited tourist attraction is the Forbidden City. It is the world’s largest palace complex, and will not fail to impress even the pickiest of tourists. It was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The palace is surrounded by a six meter deep moat and a ten meter high wall. Within the palace itself there are 9,999 rooms. The Forbidden City is open to tourists, and is a great insight into the history of old Beijing.

South of the Forbidden City is the world-famous Tiananmen Square. It is a large plaza in the center of Beijing and has huge historical and cultural significance as it was the location of several key events in Chinese history. Every day at sunrise and sunset, the Chinese flag is raised and lowered in a simply ceremony on the square. Some of the most significant events in the history of Tiananmen Square include: the May Fourth Movement in 1919; the proclamation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949; Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 which resulted in the massacre of Chinese protestors; and the December 9th Movement of 1935 that sparked the resistance against Japanese invasion.

For something  a bit different during your trip to China, why not enjoy a river cruise along the Yangtze River. There are numerous agencies that run various types of cruises, ranging from casual short trips throughout to romantic evening dinner cruises. It is a great way to take in the sites and sounds of this beautiful country.

No trip to China is complete without a visit to the Great Wall of China. Whether you just decide to admire the view from one spot or attempt to hike either part of all of the entire journey (this is not common!), you will never forget your visit to one of the seven wonders of the world. It was built between the 5th century BC and the 16th century to help protect the northern borders of the Chinese empire from attack by the Xiongnu. The Great Wall deservedly earns its title, as it is over 6,400 km long. It starts in Shanhaiguan in the east as far as Lop Nur in the west. The wall roughly follows the southern border of Inner Mongolia. It has been estimated that between 2 and 3 million men died during the building of the wall.