Unmissable ChinaChina is an intriguing melting pot of old and new, offering awe-inspiring architecture, a fascinating history, beautiful art and tasty 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…
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 its darker, labyrinthine Old Town, and The Bund – the city’s striking riverside boulevard, with its former colonial structures. Among the neon, glass and concrete, this fast-growing capital of enterprise has a rich culture too. You can visit its beautiful tea rooms, the incredible Jade Buddha Temple, and watch the world-famous Shanghai Acrobats.
Choose a tour with Beijing on the itinerary and you are guaranteed to experience a visit of rare beauty and awesome architecture – both ancient and modern. See the great Yongding and Chaobai Rivers as they flow gently through the 3000-year-old city. The Great Wall of China cuts across the northern districts of Beijing, at one time protecting China from the Mongol hordes to the east. The Forbidden City was at the heart of the Ming Dynasty’s empire from the 15th century onwards, and 13 Ming emperors are buried in or near the city. Your tour of Beijing will also take you to the Imperial Palace, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square.
Like Beijing – though not quite as well known – Xian is the 'City of Eternal Peace'. One of China’s four ancient capitals, it 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 over 6000 life-sized clay soldiers, 130 chariots and 600 horses. There are even acrobats, strongmen and musicians. They were all found buried near the emperor’s mausoleum. The ranks of this astonishing medieval army are truly a wonder to behold, and it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.