The greatest sights in Asia

China is a mesmerising melting pot of old and new, offering awe-inspiring architecture, a fascinating history, beautiful art and delicious, sometimes intriguing, cuisine. The best way to discover the greatest sights, cities and natural wonders of China is to set off on a Travelsphere tour. Here are three of its must-visit destinations.

Visit Shanghai

China’s biggest city is known for both its colonial past and its rule as a powerhouse of economic growth. Visit Shanghai and you’ll see some of the most iconic contemporary buildings in Asia as well as a labyrinthine Old Town. Be sure to take a stroll along The Bund – the city’s striking riverside boulevard boasts many former colonial structures.

Among the neon, glass and concrete, this fast-growing capital of enterprise has a rich culture too. Visit its traditional tea rooms, marvel at the incredible Jade Buddha Temple and watch a performance of the world-famous Shanghai Acrobats.

Beijing’s highlights

Visit Beijing and you are guaranteed immense natural beauty and awesome architecture. The great Yongding and Chaobai Rivers flow gently through the 3000-year-old city, and the Great Wall of China cuts across its northern districts. It’s here too that you’ll discover the Forbidden City, at the heart of the Ming Dynasty’s empire from the 15th century onwards. Your tour of Beijing will also take you to the Imperial Palace, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square.

Explore Xian

One of China’s four ancient capitals, Xian sits at the eastern end of the Silk Road. Its most popular attraction is the Terracotta Army at Li Shan Mountain, built by China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huang to protect him during the afterlife. Discovered in 1974, this great feat of 3rd century artistry includes thousands of life-sized clay soldiers as well as chariots, horses, acrobats, strongmen and musicians all carved in intricate detail. This UNESCO-listed site really is an astonishing sight to behold.