A lifetime is too short to explore all of China. Though China is often presented as a homogenous nation, united in spirit and purpose, it's not and has very rarely been such a place. From the whirlwind modernisation of Beijing and Shanghai, to the vast nothingness of the Gobi desert, the spiritual peaks of Tai Shan, the pristine natural beauty of Jiuzhaigou nature reserve, and all that lies between, China defies easy definition.
There are geo-political schisms: China’s east is the traditional seat of power and culture, its west a freer, wilder land of Central Asian influences, a world away from central government. Rapid industrial and economic developments also mean that rural and urban life differ significantly.
Much is being lost in the changes - witness the fallout over the Three Gorges Dam. All the more reason to visit while things still remain. Yet within the rules and regulations of the People’s Republic, an exhilarating and dynamic country can be found. China is h…
We know a total of 209 attractions in China. See all China attractions.
Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Great Wall of China: these belong on the list of places to see before you die.
One of the World's classic journeys: a very civilised and historic adventure.
Beijing has so much to see-The Forbidden City and the Summer Palace are beautiful, sprawling historic monuments, the Temple of Heaven is painstakingly lovely and the hutongs and night markets are a feast for all the senses.You can even make it to The Wall
Each city bursts into a neon work of art to welcome the dark. Historical sites, town squares, skyscrapers and street vendors. No one can escape the electric glow in a Chinese city and really who would want to. Late evening was our favourite time of day… Read more...
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