A challenge for expats visiting China is often too many places to see and too little time. Here are the top five sure-fire destinations:
The majestic Forbidden City (must-see for China vacation deals) unfolds in front of you once you cross the grand Tiananmen Square at the city center. The vast ancient palace is now a museum with more than 1 million relics.
Taking a rickshaw to traverse the narrow old hutong in the sunset is also a must. You may want to end a whole day's sightseeing with a hearty drink at bars in Houhai.
The Great Wall, the unique man-made world wonder, is a good choice the next morning.
Giant statues at the Lama Temple, exquisite constructions at the Summer Palace, magnificent views at the Temple of Heaven, the capital city will definitely give a taste of the essence of Chinese culture.
Beijing, one of the six ancient cities in China, boasts time-honored history, profound culture and captivating scenery, which mesmerize uncountable visitors annually. Take a walk on the world-renowned Great Wall and have a bird-eye-view of its zigzagging among the rolling hills. Visit the overwhelming Forbidden City and discover the ancient imperial times of China. Indulge yourself in the breathtaking Summer Palace and experience the life of people in Hutong area by rickshaw. Treat yourself with the terrific Kongfu Show after enjoying the authentic Peking Duck Banquet. Shop on the world-famous Wangfujing Street and stroll around the Tiananmen Square. No matter what your need is, Beijing has something for top 10 China tours!
The busy metropolis is the best example of the combination of modernity and ancient civilization.
Shopping aficionados should not miss the city's Nanjing Road and Xintiandi.
Xian, referred as Changan in ancient times, is located in Guanzhong basin in the middle reacher of Yangtze River and starting city for Silk Road travel. With time-honored history, Xian is also one of the Four Greatest Ancient Capitals in the world, together with Athens, Rome and Cairo. Xian is the place where 13 emperors once established their capitals, which enjoys a history of more than 1100 years. It is one of the birthplaces of the Chinese civilization in the Yellow River Basin area in ancient times.
Xian is home to the colorful culture, distinctive custom, palatable dishes that passed down since ancient times. As capitals of 13 dynasties, Xian hosts numerous historical sites, from the impressive Terracotta Warriors, ancient City Wall, to magnificent Big Wild Goose Pagoda and world-renowned Huaqing Hot Spring. Xian is also the eastern start of glorious Silk Road, which makes this ancient city world-renowned. Walk along the peaceful street and stroll on the foot of city wall to get close to time-weathered history of this ancient city. Xian is also a culinary capital and has much to offer for gourmets, from the Pita Bread Soaked in Lamb Soup, Sheep Blood Soaked in Vermicelli Soup, Pork Sanwiched Between Pita Bread, to Cold Noodles and Qishan Noodles. These diversified dishes would be a great feast to your taste bud.
The capital of Shaanxi province is home to the world's eighth wonder - the terracotta warriors. The underground palace will definitely leave lasting memories. The musical fountain at the Dayan Pagoda Square in the city still holds several world records.
You have to see with your own eyes before you believe the Chinese idiom - Guilin's scenery is the best in the world. Floating on the Lijiang River on a small bamboo raft, you will be fascinated with the splendid view on both sides.
Cruise on the Yangtze River
The 6,300-km Yangtze River (Yantze River tour) is the longest in China. The world-famous stretch of the Three Gorges is 193 km long, with its namesake three gorges - Qutang, Wuxia and Xiling - each offering unique characteristics and experiences. The precipitous cliffs and beautiful scenery along the river will be unforgettable.
Top five destinations in China