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Travel China (Riding the buses)


Travel China (Riding the buses)

 

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China overview

 

Planning your trip

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China: Looking back

Places to go

1. Beijing The capital of the People’s Republic of China lies in the northeastern part of the country, at the foot of the Yanshan Mountain and not far from the East China Sea. Top attractions include Thiemann Square, Mao’s Mausoleum, the Great Hall of the People, and the Forbidden City. Outside Beijing is the Great Wall, known to the Chinese as the ‘Long Wall of Ten Thousand Li’ and one of the Wonders of the World.

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There’s more to Beijing than the Great Wall
“The Chinese people have stood up”: So says the National Museum of China

2. Shanghai This is the second largest city in the world and where China and the West first met almost two centuries ago. Today some of the most cutting-edge structures in the world are around the corner from Shanghai Old Street and not far from the People’s Square. If you lose your way, you just look up and find one of the city’s landmarks.

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The very doable Shanghai, China
Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai, China

3. Suzhou Suzhou has long been one of the richest cities in China because of the Grand Canal that runs through. It is famous for the UNESCO World Heritage gardens that are masterpieces of Chinese landscape design. Parts of the city are 2,500-years old and remarkably well preserved.

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Suzhou, the city of gardens and the Grand Canal, China
The Lingering Garden, Suzhou, China
The Master of Nets Garden, Suzhou, China
The Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou, China
The Canglang (Blue Wave) Pavilion, Suzhou, China

4. Xian The first Emperor of China was buried near Xian more than 2,000 years ago and to protect him in his afterlife a life-size army of warriors and horses in battle formation were buried here too. The sculptures were discovered in 1974 and many can be found in the Terra-cotta Museum that is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

5. Dali Dali is situated in Yunnan, the most diverse province in the country with 26 ethnic minorities, each with a distinctive dress, culture and language. It is also one of China’s poorest provinces. Dali Old Town is an ancient walled city with cobblestone streets and stone houses of upturned eaves. Nearby are remote, walk-in villages where not much has changed in decades.

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The splendid diversity of Dali, China
All I can do is “mooooo”! Being lost in a Yunnan market
May I introduce Jim, a Tibetan who owns a backpacker hotel in Dali, China

6. Lijiang One of the most visited places in the country, the three ancient districts in the county of Lijiang are UNESCO World Heritage sites because they represent several cultures that came together over many centuries. The town of Lijiang is a romantic place, with 354 bridges crossing a system of canals. Not far from the town is the Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world and perhaps China’s best hike.

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Lijiang, China, an ancient town in a dramatic landscape
How not to hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge

7. Guilin to Yangshuo The cruise along the River Li between Guilin and Yangshuo is spectacular for here the river winds “like a blue ribbon” between surreal limestone peaks.

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Sailing down the River Li, China

8. Hong Kong Hong Kong is a city of skyscrapers situated on the South China Sea.  It was once a British colony but on June 30, 1997 it was returned to China under the principle ‘One country, two systems’. You can take the outdoor escalator through Soho, go up to The Peak, which is the tallest point on the island, take the ferry across the harbor and shop til you drop along Nathan Road.

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Hong Kong, Asia’s ‘World City’

Trip ideas

Adventure 
Hiking the Tiger Leaping Gorge

Culture
The Great Wall and the Forbidden City
Beijing’s National Museum of China
Yunnan markets
The ancient town of Lijiang
Terracotta Army Warriors
Hong Kong’s Museum of History

Great cities
Beijing
Shanghai
Hong Kong

Great Gardens
Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
The Lingering Garden, Suzhou
The Master of Nets Garden, Suzhou
The Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou
The Canglang (Blue Wave) Pavilion, Suzhou

Nature
River Li
Tiger Leaping Gorge

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