If you have always dreamed of travelling to China, you are not alone. Today, travel to this Asian country is becoming increasingly popular. Not only do Westerners and Europeans like to experience the culture and cuisine, they can visit sites on a China tour that cannot be enjoyed any other place in the world. Therefore, if you are planning on a trip to China, you will want to include the following destinations or sites on your travel itinerary.
Known as the home of the Forbidden City, Beijing is China’s capital – a city that stretches in time and history back three thousand years. Yet, the city is also known for its beautiful modern architecture intermingled with its ancient sites. The places you will want to see when you are in Beijing include the following:
- The Forbidden City – a large palace complex that was used from the Ming to Qing dynasties. It is now home to the Palace Museum.
- The Great Wall of China – a world wonder that spans and winds over 5,500 miles over the Chinese landscape. It also features walkways and towers.
- The Temple of Heaven – a beautiful Chinese building established in a park.
- Tiananmen Square – the iconic gateway to the Forbidden City
You will also want to visit Beihai Park, which is a 1000-year old site and was once the imperial park in China. The park was initially opened to the public in 1925. The beautiful site is known for its large lake.
If you like to shop, you will want to visit Wangfujing – one the most famous shopping streets and locales in the capital. It is located in the district of Dongcheng. The area is pedestrian-friendly. Also, while there, do not miss visiting the Ming tombs in the capital. The tombs include the resting places of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors. You can also see plenty in the way of statues and ancient paths.
Located on China’s central coast, Shanghai is China’s largest city and is a worldwide financial hub. The heart of Shanghai is the Bund, which is a famous waterfront promenade that features colonial style buildings. The city is also noted for its high-rises, such as the Shanghai Tower. Yu Garden is another site that attracts a lot of tourists. For a panoramic view of the city, make sure to visit the Oriental Pearl Tower which is considered an iconic structure in Shanghai. The structure is noted for its distinct pink spheres.
Distinguished as the capital of the Shaanxi Province, Xi’an is located in central China. It was once referred to as Chang’an, which translates to Eternal Peace. The city is home to such sites as the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor as well as the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, which is a seventh century Buddhist landmark.
Shenzhen is located in Southeastern China. The city connects China with Hong Kong. For anyone who likes to shop, they will love Shenzhen, as it is known for its prime shopping venues, including the large mall of Luohu Commercial City. Amusement parks also provide entertainment for visitors.
When making your travel plans, plan on seeing each of the above cities for certain spans of time. Normally, it is best to spend the most time in Beijing and spend a little less time in Shanghai or Shenzhen. Trips to Xi’an can be shorter, as there is less to do.