Sometimes heading away somewhere different is what we all need. All too often we head off to the same, well-trodden places, and whilst those places are popular for a reason, we’re missing out on some of the most amazing sights and experiences available in other places.
One country which is becoming increasingly popular for visitors, yet still remains somewhere that not everyone would think of going, is China.
Colourful, vibrant, mysterious, huge, cultural, and basically downright beautiful, China has so much to see and do that the hardest thing will be deciding where to go first, and what to see. It’s impossible to see everything, the place is simply far too big, but if you do a little research first, you can pinpoint your particular areas of interest, and head there. A holiday to China should be about what calls to you, however there’s no denying that there are certain destinations which everyone wants to see.
A guided tour could be one of the best ways to see some of the major sights in China, without having to navigate your way around yourself, and there are many of these available. Visiting Beijing is often the first destination most people head to, and there is enough to see and do here to keep even the most inquisitive traveller busy! The Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square are just a few of the famous names you will be able to see here, as well as exploring a loud, bustling, and colourful city. Try some authentic Chinese food whilst you’re here, it’s simply something else completely in its homeland. Shanghai is another huge city that many people head to whilst touring around some of the major sights.
Of course, it’s not all about cities, in fact some of the most jaw-dropping sights in China are away from the main metropolises. Think about the Great Wall for example. Yes, some of it is just outside of the cities, but much of it heads right out into rural China. It’s worth remembering that if you’re going to trek the wall, a very popular activity, then there are parts of it that are now inaccessible, but a tour is another option here, so you can see the best of this iconic and mighty structure.
Aside from this, Xian is a must visit, with the famous Terracotta Warriors. If you’re into nature then visiting those giant pandas may be on your bucket list, as well as cruising down the mighty Yangtze River and passing some of the most jaw-dropping, serene landscapes you will ever lay your eyes on. The Grand Buddha of Leshan is sight you’re sure never to forget, as well as the opulent Lama Temple, or heading to Mt Everest Base Camp, to get an overview of the sheer size of the mightiest of mountains.
Basically, China is diverse and it is mysterious, but that is what makes it so special and intriguing. If you’re looking to head somewhere a little different next time you head off on an adventure, then make it China, and experience sights you will never forget.
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