China is a huge country with never-ending possibilities, sights and attractions – what fascinates me about this place is the diversity and mixture of old and new, past and future – and how they all seem to blend in with each other and be a part of everyday life of the people.
There are so many things to see, but the only problem with traveling around China is the distance between all the must-see places.
The best way to see a lot in a short time is probably to take a few China tours, so you can spend more time at the attractions than getting to them - I can’t wait to explore China, and these are the reasons why…
Wonders Of The World
From the army of 8000 Terracotta warriors to the 1000 year old Leshan Buddha – the largest Buddha statue in the world, there are many world famous wonders in China.
However, the number one wonder to see is of course the Great Wall of China.
This 2000 year old wall that stretches over 5000 km across the country, is one of the most popular attractions in China.
I would like to take Great Wall of China tours to the more remote sections of the wall, and maybe stay overnight nearby to see the golden color of the wall at dawn.
Another fascinating place I would love to explore is Mount Wudang with its temples, palaces and bridges, and Nathan wants to go there for its world famous martial arts – both Tai Chi and Wudang Kung Fu were first practiced on this mountain.
China has the third largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (after Italy and Spain), and due to its long history there are many ancient beautiful cities and temples.
The Forbidden City is one of the ancient cities that interests me the most.
The city got its name from being off-limits to the world for 500 years, it wasn’t until the 20th century that the public was allowed in.
Perhaps because of this, the city has the best preserved ancient buildings in China, and is home to the largest ancient palace in the world.
Enchanting Landscape & Wildlife
Ancient rivers and lakes, sacred mountains and limestone hills, the diverse nature that has inspired artists and poets or centuries would be a beautiful sight.
Aside from the tranquil nature, China also has one of the greatest diversity of wildlife in the world, including the Giant Panda, South China tiger, golden-haired monkey, white flag dolphin among many others.
I would love to visit the Chengdu Research base of Giant Panda Breeding, to see – and maybe even hold, a panda.
From huge street markets and gigantic shopping malls, to tiny boutiques and corner shops, along with massive sale seasons – these cities are made for serious shoppers.
I get the feeling that the shopping malls that amazed me in Kuala Lumpur would be nothing compared to the ones in Hong Kong, where some have over 700 stores..!
Have you been to China? If so, what was your best experience?