China is one of the largest countries in the world and the most populous, with over 1 billion people. If you are planning a visit to China, there are so many natural and man-made wonders to see that will take your breath away. It’s also rich in history with many dynasties going back thousands of years. China is also famous for the endangered giant panda, the only country in the world where they live in the wild. Here are some places and things to see during your China tours.
1. Great Wall Of China
This is easily one of the most famous man-made objects in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The entire wall is over 21,000 km. long! It was constructed by different dynasties with the original construction more than 2,000 years ago. It is thought that its construction cost more lives than any other project. A visit to China must include the Great Wall.
2. Gansu Zhangye National Geopark
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This marvel of nature is known for its colourful rock and is one of the most beautiful landforms in the country. It’s likely that you have never heard about this, but once you see it in all its glory, it will leave you speechless. Its colours occurred as a result of the deposit of limestone and other minerals over millions of years. Time and the ravages of weather then created all kinds of wonderful shapes, sizes and colours as well as ravines.
3. Xitang Water Town
Xitang is the Chinese version of Venice. Traders used to use the river as roads and conducted their business by selling directly from their boats. The river now has many bridges and if at all possible, you should try to see them all. Nine rivers converge in the Town of Xitang and you can see why it was such an important and historic place hundreds of years ago, especially from a trading point of view.
It’s also not too far from Shanghai. If you do visit, try not to go on a weekend or if it is a Chinese holiday because the place will be packed beyond belief!
4. Forbidden City
This was the Imperial Palace from the Ming to the Qing Dynasties, a span of over 400 years. Today, it houses one of the biggest museums in the world, the Palace Museum, which receives millions of visitors every year. This place is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located in the heart of the country’s capital of Beijing. The majority of the roofs are glazed in yellow tiles, as it was the official colour of Chinese Emperors.
5. Leshan Giant Buddha
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Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Leshan Giant Buddha was constructed during the Tang Dynasty and took almost a hundred years to construct. It is located in Sichuan province. The stone statue was carved out of a cliff face and is the tallest pre-modern statue in the world. It is a truly awe-inspiring site.
There are so many places and things to see in China that are breathtaking. Many of these places have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO which is testament to the number of beautiful and amazing places there are in this huge country. You will have to return again and again to truly appreciate the wonderful places in China.