China is booming – rapid modernization, improved infrastructure, tourism campaigns and the Olympics in 2008 have all helped to open this vast country up to the mass travel market. China is a fascinating destination but also one of the biggest culture shocks in terms of the language, food and culture. From exploring bustling cities like Beijing and Shanghai to visiting more spectacular remote regions there are lots of places to see.
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There are so many locations you might want to add to your itinerary including the ancient capital - Xian is located in Central China, here there is a museum of Terracotta warriors and horses comprising a military museum. Some say this is the eighth marvel in the world. There is a 2,000 year history here. The three terracotta pits face east. Eight thousand terracotta warriors, horses and 40,000 bronze weapons give the feel that soldiers are guarding Xian. While visiting make sure you see the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Famen Temple. The architecture will amaze you. There is also a nice dinner show with talented dancers performing.
In Beijing you definitely take time to see the Summer Palace. It has amazing parks and phenomenal views. The Summer Palace is an inviting recreational park for everyone. While there you should paddle boat across the lake and take pictures of the amazing views of Summer Palace and Longevity Hill. You also have the option to visit the Tower of Buddhist Incense and to climb Longevity Hill to the Summer Palace. The Forbidden City is is the largest and best-preserved ancient building in China. There are 800 buildings and 9,000 rooms in the Forbidden City museum. The architecture is formed in such a way that shows harmony in life. The museum is rather large and it is recommended that you keep a map with you, so as not to get lost.
If you are looking to get off the beaten track you can also book a holiday to the Yangzte River Valley. When you visit this area, you will be afforded the opportunity to see pagodas, and the gateway to the Three Gorges. While taking a cruise trip, you can partake in shore excursions and get a better view of the dams.
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