China, one of the largest countries in the world, boasts a variety of natural and cultural heritage. Here, you can uncover marvels in ancient historical sites, the splendid scenery in national parks, as well as abundant culture in scroll-painting cruises.
The Great Wall (in Beijing)
For visitors coming to china, the great wall is the top one on the to-do list. Currently, eight sections of Great Wall attractions are open to tourists. Some sections are overcrowded such as Badaling Great Wall while some still maintain their wild state such as Simatai Great Wall. Each section owns its unique features.
The best time to visit the Great Wall is spring and autumn. Summer is too hot and overcrowded; frozen winter is not a pleasant time to visit but there will be few tourists. Spring and autumn are nice and cool with the greenery spreading around the Great Wall.
Mutianyu Great Wall is the most recommended one among all the sections. located in Huairou District, 73 kilometers away from the city, Mutianyu Great Wall was developed relatively late, and its facilities have also been completed in recent years. the wheelchair cable car is offered for wheelchair users to climb up the Great Wall, and there is a slope leading to the platform under observation tower No. 14, where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Great Wall.
there are quite a few restaurants and hotels at the foot of the great wall. But if you can't get used to the local dishes, you may bring some sandwiches or snacks downtown ahead of time.
The Forbidden City (in Beijing)
The Forbidden City is the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties, as well as the symbol of ancient China. When you are in a dignified and orderly high-walled courtyard, you can feel its glory. The long history has left a large number of precious buildings and numerous cultural relics here, which have become the main attraction of today's visit to the Forbidden City. it is the most complete and largest wooden structure ancient building complex in China and even in the world, and is known as the "top one of the five palaces in the world".
The Forbidden City consists of more than 70 palaces with more than 9000 houses. Half a day is necessary for the trip to the forbidden city, meanwhile, the ticket has to be booked online in advance, because the number of visitors is limited every day.
Terra Cotta Warriors (in Xian)
The Terra Cotta Warriors is the burial pit of the first Emperor of Qin. located in the east of Lintong District, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, The Terra Cotta Warriors Museum is combined with three Terra Cotta Warriors pits. Pit No. 1 is a main military formation with chariots and infantry with 6000 life-size pottery figurines. Pit No. 2 is the essence of the Terracotta Warriors Pit. It demonstrates four arrays of chariots, cavalry, and crossbow soldiers, which are orderly and impeccable. Pit No. 3 is the command system of the military array.
As the eighth wonder of the world, the shock of this project can be imagined. Every Terra Cotta Warrior has different expressions and postures, hair, eyes, and mouth are visible, and clothes of different sizes are distinguished according to the rank of officials. There were originally colored paintings, but most of them faded and fell off due to fire and immersion.
Potala Palace (in Lhasa)
Potala Palace, the highest and most magnificent palace in the world, is the most important symbol of Lhasa and even Tibet. Potala Palace is also a holy place for all Tibetan Buddhist believers who walk around the Potala Palace clockwise day and night, rotating thousands of prayer wheels as they walk.
It is mainly composed of the Red Palace for religious ceremonies and the White palace for Religious administration. Buddhist pagodas, statues, murals, Tang Ka, as well as Buddhism scriptures can be seen in every corner of Potala Palace. Tickets need to be booked in advance. Due to religious reasons, shorts, slippers, hats, and skirts are not allowed. After entering the temple, it is not allowed to take pictures.
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (in Chengdu)
As the home of giant pandas, Chengdu of course is the best destination to see giant pandas. Locating in mt. Futon, the northern suburb of Chengdu,30 minutes driving from the center of the city, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding was established in 1987, it offers living quarters in imitation of panda habitat for adult pandas, adolescent ones, newborn ones (from late June to early September), as well as red pandas. The ecological environment is fit for living and breeding giant pandas. Here bamboos, flowers, and trees are luxuriant. In terms of captive-bred and raised giant pandas, the research base is the top choice.
Giant pandas are quite active in the morning, especially during feeding time(8-10 am). Summer is a hard time for giant pandas who will spend most of their time in air-conditioning rooms. But summer is the only chance to see the cubs in the incubators.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (in Zhangjiajie)
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, also the first national forest park in China, is famous for its magnificent landscape and natural "oxygen bar". Due to its marvelous scenery of peaks, valleys, and forests, it was listed in the World Natural Heritage List as well as in the global Geopark.
More than 3000 peculiar-shaped peaks are rising from the valley, which is lifelike and magnificent. What is most expected is the shooting location of Avatar, which is a mysterious world surrounded by clouds and floating mountains. While walking on quiet trails, you will be immersed in this national forest park. After hours of walking (cable car and shuttle bus are other options), the astounding scenery of steep ascent will make the trip unforgettable. If the arrangement is only one day tour in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, a local guide is very necessary to plan the best route and avoid the crowds.
Yangtze River Cruise (in Chongqing)
China has splendid landscapes and mountainous scenery. The Yangtze river cruise is one of the best and most comfortable ways to explore spectacular sights as well as cultural and historical heritages. Along the nearly 700km cruised, such landscape painting, mythical scenic spots, and historic sites are connected and integrated. Three Gorges (Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, and Xiling Gorge) and the famous Three Gorges Dam project can be enjoyed in a relaxed way.
The experience of the Yangtze river cruise turns out to be different in four seasons. In spring, a flat lake emerges from the gorge of the Yangtze River with greenery on both sides of the river. In summer, it is quite hot along the way, but with the warm river wind, it is very comfortable. Red leaves blossom by the riverside and the peaceful water surface makes autumn the best season for visiting. There are Multiple Choices of three Gorges cruise, some are high-quality and luxurious such as President Series, Century Series, and Victoria Series. Winter is not a suggestion due to the cold temperature and low water level.
The Bund (in Shanghai)
The Bund, located by the side of the Huangpu River in the center of Shanghai, is one of the most symbolic attractions of Shanghai. On one side of the river stands dozens of various global architectural complexes as well as Nanjing Road, an old commercial street that has survived years of prosperity. While on the other side is Lujiazui, a skyscraper complex of top financial institutions, and the Oriental Pearl, the Shanghai Center, the Global Financial Center, and the Jinmao Tower. It can be defined as the best epitome of classical and modern Shanghai.
Walking along the bond is a pleasant way to explore the century-long charm of architecture as well as the culture of Shanghai. Especially after sunset, people will come along and enjoy a relaxed moment with a glass of beer in a bar or restaurant by the riverside. The Huangpu river cruise is another memorable option. The best time, of course, is in the evening when we can enjoy the lights on both sides of the river.
Li River Cruise (in Guilin)
The Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo has always been the best as well as the most ideal way to explore the splendid landscape of Guilin, known throughout the world for its marvelous mountains and rivers. The 83 km cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo demonstrates scenery with amazing hills, cliffs, caves, magical villages, and rows of bamboo. It enjoys the reputation of "River Art Museum", "artist's masterpiece".
The whole cruise trip, roughly lasting 4 hours, passes through various main viewing sights. It offers the best view to enjoy the landscape of Guilin Karst landscape. Meanwhile, some unique mountains may be worth taking photos of, such as the mural of nine horses, and the famous vivid images on the back of the 20 yuan (RMB note). Traveling through such "beautiful paintings", Li cruise would be a perfect choice to start the journey in Yangshuo.
Mt. Huangshan (in Huangshan)
Mt. Huangshan also called the yellow mountain, is one of the most popular destinations for tourists. Listed in world natural and cultural heritage, Mt. Huangshan, a world geological park, is known for its scenery, sunsets, peculiar-shaped peaks, pine trees, hot springs, and winter snow. Mt. Huangshan is rich in various granite landforms, such as clusters of peaks, and stone forests.
Shuttle buses and cable cars are available in Mt. Huangshan although the steps of the hiking route are a necessary experience for spectacular views. If 2 days' visiting is possible, overnight staying is recommended for the amazing sunset and sunrise. Sunrise and sea of clouds have always been the most attractive landscapes in Huangshan.
According to experience, the best location to explore all the peaks of Mt. Huangshan and sunrise is Guangming Peak. With an altitude of 1860 meters, Guangming Peak is the second-highest peak of Mt. Huangshan. Due to broad vision and sufficient sunlight, Guangming Peak" is a must-go place for visitors to Mt. Huangshan.
Thousands of sightseeing in China are worth visiting, including Jiuzhaigou national park, Leshan Giant Buddha, the west lake in Hangzhou, and Dali ancient city…. waiting for your exploration.
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