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China
A beautiful assemblage of past and future

China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a country in East Asia. It's divided into 23 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities and two special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau. The country is replete with architectural wonders and brilliant historic sites. Most of them may not still shine with the same old lustre but the rich history and culture of China that they reflect cannot go unseen. Along with this, the cityscapes and rich biodiversity make China one of a kind. 


Popular cities: 

  • Shanghai

  • Beijing 

  • Hangzhou 

  • Chengdu 

  • Macau 

  • Hong Kong

  • Xi’an

Countries
China
Climate
In the north and central region, the climate is temperate during summer and cool during winter. In the south, it's subtropical and can be humid. The best time to visit China are during spring (April-May) and autumn (September-October).

  • January — Cold
  • February — Cold
  • March — Cool
  • April — Warm
  • May — Warm
  • June — Hot
  • July — Hot
  • August — Hot
  • September — Warm
  • October — Warm
  • November — Cool
  • December — Cold
Things to do
City Life
The Bund, Shanghai's stunning riverside promenade, is famous for its well-preserved English and French influenced buildings, cafés, fine restaurants, stores and art galleries. Visit the Oriental Pearl Tower on the opposite bank of the Huangpu Jiang River to enjoy the best views or the Bund. Nanjing Road and Xintiandi are famous for shopping. Chengdu is a historically very important city of China. To experience that authenticity you must visit the historic alleys namely Kuan, Jing and Xiangji. Day trip to Huanglongxi Ancient Town is also a great way to get a taste of old China. It's also home to authentic tea plantations, especially Mengdingshan. In addition to enjoying its scenic beauty you also get to learn about different types of tea and their importance in Chinese traditions and culture. Chengdu also offers brilliant cityscapes which are best viewed from the West Pearl Tower. Beijing has a dense network of road, air and rail connections with other major cities. It's a major cultural hub of China. Hong Kong and Macau are special administrative regions (SAR) of China. They function under the ‘one country, two systems’ principle. Hong Kong is a glamorous city steeped in history and culture. This vibrant city has so much beyond shopping and cityscapes. Hong Kong Skyline has one of the highest concentrations of skyscrapers with the stunning backdrop of tall hills to enhance their grandeur. You can enjoy this view from a number of different vantages especially from Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island or Victoria Harbour. Macau is also referred to as the ‘Las Vegas of Asia’ and is rightly so. Best views of the city can be enjoyed from the Macau Tower. Senado Square is a vibrant pedestrian area with impressive Portuguese colonial architecture, fine restaurants, St. Dominic's Church, shopping centers and much more. For more on European vibes you can also visit the scenic Fisherman's Wharf. Here you'll find rides that closely resemble famous coastal cities such as Venice and Amsterdam. You can visit Coloane Island and Taipa Island to escape the buzzing city and enjoy its beaches and tropical vegetation.
Historic/Architectural Heritage
Forbidden City, also known as Imperial Palace, is the country's most important building. The Hall of Preserving Harmony, the five white marble Golden River, Meridian Gate, the Palace Museum and a 35-meter-tall building housing the Imperial throne are some of the major highlights. The Great Wall of China stretches more than 6,000 kilometres from the Shanhaiguan to Jianyuguan. In Hebei, Tientsin and Beijing the best preserved sections of the wall can be visited. This historic wall boasts numerous battlements and watchtio. The most visited sections of the wall are near Badaling Pass, Guneikou and in Mutianyu. After a hilly walk you can take a pleasant cable-car ride up to the wall. Summer Palace, located in Beijing, is one of China's most visited attractions. Surrounded by a pristine lake, this palace is a splendid sight to behold. Some highlights include Hall of Happiness and Longevity (Le Shou Tang Hall), Hall of Benevolence and Longevity (Renshou Dian), among others. The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, were established in the 11tg century. The Garden of Lingering and Garden of the Cang Lang Ting Pavilion are worth exploring for their natural splendour. Tiananmen Square is the world's largest inner-city square. Monument of the People's Heroes, Tiananmen Gate and a tall obelisk are the prime attractions. The Mausoleum of Light, also known as the Northern Imperial Tomb, is one of China's most important historic sites. It has a unique architectural style. Chengdu Wuhou Shrine is one of Chengdu's oldest temples. The vast temple complex boasts several interesting features including its large central hall. The Ruins of St. Paul's standing at the top of broad granite steps is an iconic landmark of Macau. Its imposing Renaissance facade still displays a little of the cathedral's former glory. The Terracotta Army, Potala Palace, Jewel Gardens, Yu Garden, Luodai Ancient Town, Jiezi Ancient Town, Qingyang Palace, Beihai Park, Bell and Drum Towers, Yue Fei Temple, Wuzhèn Water Village, Leshan Giant Buddha, Big Buddha, Fortleza do Monte, and Guia Fortress are some of the other places with immense historical importance.
Museums
Shanghai Museum has an extensive collection of ink drawings, calligraphy, art, seals, jade, coins, bronzes, ceramics etc. The China Art Museum, also referred to as China Art Palace, is the largest art gallery in Asia. It has China's most important collections of modern art, housed in the spectacular China Pavilion. The National Museum of China, located in Beijing, is the best place to learn about China's rich history, culture and art. It has 48 exhibition halls housing an exquisite collection of artifacts. Other prominent museums are Yongling Museum and Mausoleum, Sanxingdui Museum, Jianchuan Museum Cluster, Museum of Chinese Revolution, Shanghai Natural History Museum, and Beijing Capital Museum.
Nature & Adventure
Yangtze River, locally known as Chang Jiang (Long River), is the third longest river in the world. It can be visited at numerous points in China, especially the Three Gorges - Qutang, Wu and Xiling. Stretching between the towns of Fengjie and Yichang, the dramatic scenery of this place is stunning. The Li River flows through the scenic town of Guilin. Surrounded by karst mountains, rock formations, caves and lush greenery, taking a cruise along the river is the best way to explore its natural splendor. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, located in the Hunan province, is a place with breathtaking natural beauty with its many unique pillar-like rock formations. The park also boasts brilliant man-made attractions such as Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge and Bailong Elevator. The Yellow Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most beautiful mountainous areas in China. It's dotted with oddly shaped rocks, ravines and peculiar pines. The sea of clouds make peaks look like islands in the sky. You can enjoy hiking, view stunning sunrise and sunset or relax in the hot springs. Victoria Peak Trail, Monkey Trail Hike, Dragon's Back Hike, Ping Shan Heritage Trail, are some of the most scenic hiking trails in Hong Kong. Hangzhou's Historic West Lake, Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve, Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park, Taklamakan Desert, Changbai Mountain, Qinghai Lake, Jianmen Pass, Qingcheng Mountains, Mount Mogan, Qiandao Lake are some of the other places with indescribable natural beauty.
Islands
Lamma Island offers a soulful escape from the city's hustle and bustle. Adorned with rolling hills, quaint villages and scattered beaches, Lamma makes a beautiful outing. You can explore it best by hiking. Lantau Island is a serene place known for its amazing beaches. Cheung Sha Beach, Pui O Beach, and Hong Kong Disneyland are a few major highlights of this island. Weizhou Island, Xisha Islands, Gulangyu Island, Long Island, Putuoshan Island are a few of the other beautiful islands in China.
Beaches
Shek O Beach, Big Wave Bay, Repulse Bay Beach in Hong Kong offer an escape from the city's hustle and bustle. Sanya and its surrounding area Hainan Island is home to some beautiful beaches such as Yalong Bay, Wuzhizhou Island, and Tianya Haijiao. You can enjoy diving in the underwater world of Wuzhizhou Island. Beidaihe Scenic Area, Golden Sand Beach and Gulangyu Island Beach are also worth exploring for their lush landscapes and tranquil waves.
Wildlife
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, located in the Sichuan province, is the best place to see pandas up-close in a close approximation to their natural habitat. In addition to viewing these splendid animals go about their daily routines, you'll also learn a lot about them from the many permanent exhibits. Wolong Nature Reserve is home to a fascinating variety of wildlife and plants. You can also indulge in birdwatching as there are over 300 species of birds in this reserve. Other places worth visiting for fascinating wildlife are Beijing Zoo, Hangzhou Zoo, Chongqing Zoo, Guangzhou Zoo, Shanghai Zoo and Hongshan Forest Zoo.
Places of Worship
Temple of Heaven, located in Beijing, incorporates a group of some of the city's most sacred buildings. Surrounded by lush greenery and serene ambience, these old temples and shrines are a must visit. Wenshu Monastery, located in Chengdu, encompasses five separate temples built from stone and wood. The Hall of Shuofa Tang and bronze sculptures of Buddha and Buddhist saints are its highlights. Peak of the Ten Thousand Buddhas, Mount Emei's highest peak, is revered by Chinese Buddhists as one of the four Holy Mountains. The other three are Mount Jiuhuashan in Anhui Province, Mount Putuoshan in Zhejiang Province and Mount Wutaishan in Shanxi Province. Huangcheng Mosque, located in Chengdu, is one of the most famous mosques in southwest China. This beautiful edifice stands out with its divine blend of traditional Chinese and Arabic-influenced architecture. Longhua Temple in Shanghai is one of the oldest religious sites in China. It has been destroyed and rebuilt many times but its authenticity has remained the same throughout. Xujiahui Cathedral is a reminder of Shanghai's rich multi-national heritage. Built in Neo-Romanesque style, it's a splendid structure. Other important places of worship are Lama Temple, Fayuan Temple, Zhihua Temple, Beijing Temple of Confucius, Miu Jie Qingzhen Si Mosque, Wong Tai Sin Temple, Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Jade Buddha Temple, Sheshan Basilica, A-Ma Temple, Kun Kam, Big Goose Pagoda, and Lingyin Temple.
How to spend time / how long will it take?
Major cities and attractions can be covered in 10 to 12 days. Starting off in Beijing, spend a day or two exploring the city. Spend a day exploring the city of Chengdu and its historical sites. Take a day trip to visit the magnificent Leshan Giant Buddha. If you want to know China’s history dating back nearly thousands of centuries, visit Xian for a day. Spend a day in Hangzhou Moving further, spend two days in Shanghai. Moving downwards, go to Hong Kong and spend two days exploring its treasure trove of nature and urban delights. Take a short day trip to Lamma Island for a soulful escape. Spend two days in Macau exploring its architectural wonders.
Cuisine
  • Chinese cuisine includes cuisines originating from the diverse regions of China. It has influenced several cuisines in Asia, which are modified to cater to local palates. The most prominent regional cuisines in China are Cantonese, Fujian, Anhui, Hunan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shandong, Szechuan.Some must-try dishes include Fried Rice, Peking Duck, Chow Mein, Tofu, Congee, Scallion Pancakes, Kung Pao Chicken, Baozi, Zhajiangmian, and Cantonese Chicken Soup, among others.
Costs
  • While meal prices in China can vary, the average cost of food is ¥ 25 (USD 3.86) per meal.
Visa
  • Indians require a Visa.
  • Other nationalities may or may not require a Visa.
Season to Visit
  • April
  • May
  • September
  • October

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 10 - 12 days

Known For
  • Imperial Architecture
  • The Great Wall
  • Extremes
  • Ancient Settlements
  • Urban Extravaganzas
  • Boat Trips
  • Fantastic Food
  • Museums
  • Sacred China
  • Hiking
  • Local Culture
  • Stunning Scenery
  • Modern Architecture
Areas to Visit
  • Shanghai and Beijing for urban delights
  • Chengdu and Hangzhou for cultural heritage
  • Xi'an for history and archaeology
  • Special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao for beaches,cityscapes & nightlife
  • Zhangjiajie National Forest Park & Yellow Mountains for nature and adventure

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