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Visit the Other Best Destinations in China

China is a country known for its rich and ancient culture. It is also well-known for the Great Wall of China and the magnificent and legendary Forbidden City. But China, as a tourist destination, is more than just these two famous places. There are other important Chinese destinations that are worth visiting.

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The Terracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Army Museum in Xi’An, Shanxi province in China is another Chinese destination worth visiting. It is said that going to China without visiting the Terracotta Warriors is like visiting Egypt without seeing the Pyramids.

It was in 1974 when the Terracotta Army was discovered by a farmer that was then digging a well. The amazing discovery was analyzed and established to be buried in 210 BC and the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty was inside as well. The entire collection is comprised of a breathtaking site, with each life-size figure of the thousands of terracotta warriors, individually designed with unique hair, faces and armor designating each rank. In 1987, the site of the Terracotta Army was made Cultural Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

Hangzhou City – Paradise on Earth

If there is one place in China that can represent Paradise on Earth then that will be the city of Hangzhou in the Zhejiang Province of Eastern China. Hangzhou City is known as the Green City because it is richly enhanced with beautiful gardens, magnificent pavilions and tranquil temples.

The city is centered on the famous West Lake and it is surrounded hills full of the popular Longjing green tea. Though this wonderful paradise city is close to Shanghai, it offers a much more laid-back atmosphere. It is highly cultural though and the bustling and lively historic streets add to the city’s overall enchanting appeal.



Entering the Forbidden City



In our minds, the Forbidden City is a myth, a symbol of a distant fairytale world, and not a real place to travel. The center of power of the imperial China, however, is a place so beautiful and is certainly one of the greatest assets of humanity. It spreads over 700 thousand square kilometers, virtually a city within a city.

Zijin Cheng (Purple City) was formed by a collection of palaces, temples and buildings, enclosed by massive walls, in which lived the imperial family. The Forbidden City was built in 1406 by the order of the Ming emperor Zhu Di when he moved the capital back to Beijing, and until 1911 was the residence of 24 monarchs.

The area is surrounded by massive walls, about 10 meters high, with massive towers guarding the four sides, and a wide moat. To access the most important areas, you must first pass the main entrance, the Meridian Gate, and then the Gate of Supreme Harmony. At this point you are in the famous square, immortalized in countless films, where the military parades and most important celebrations take place. On the square lies the Palace of Supreme Harmony, a terrace bank built of stone, which is 40 meters high, and is the tallest building and imposing throughout the Forbidden City.

In fact, it was here that the most important ceremonies and arguments between the Emperor, sitting on the imposing golden throne, and his dignitaries were held.




The City of Bridges in China



This ancient town is north of China, within the confines of the city of Tongxiang. Locals refer to it as “the City of Bridges”. The whole area is marked by the brown waters of the river, the gabled roofs, gray walls of rock and green foliage, protruding from the sky that is almost always foggy. The landscape here takes us back to the past and envelops us with warmth.

This town lies within the triangle formed by the cities of Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai and is considered one of the six ancient towns that formed, with the Yangtze River as a witness. Such a title is due to two thousand years of history that are condensed in the figures of stone bridges arching over the stream, bypassing the gentle stream that meanders below.

Passing the bridges connecting the banks, you get into beautiful cobbled streets guarded by wooden walls carved with amazing detail.





The Huanlong Terraces


Huanlong is located in Songpan County in northwestern Sichuan, China. In this beautiful area of mountains and wooded slopes, the terraces of calcite deposits in Huanglong forms an area of scenic and historic interest recognized as a World Heritage Site. The water falls gently from one pond to another, in one of the soft and gentle waterfalls.


The Dong Tradition in China


According to a tradition of Dong ethnic group in China, the birth of a child is celebrated for the arrival of a new member to the family. Thus, they plant a fir tree. When this child becomes an adult, he proceeds to cut the tree to build the timber into a new home for his young. The relationship between the Dong community and the use of wood has reached levels that could even classify as an art, including a bridge that is almost one hundred years. It is supported on piles of rock without using any nails or rivets.

Renowned for their ability to build with wood, dong bridges are examples of admirable architectural style. Almost as in a lost world or stories, some of the dong masterpieces are protected as by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

One of the best spots to see the traditional dong people is in the area of Chengyang in Guangxi, which is four hours from Guilin. In the area, remain several villages (the most visited are Ma’an Pingzhai, Yanzhai, Chengyang Dazhai, Pingpu, Pingtan, Jichang and Guangdong) which seem to have not been too aware of the changing modern world.

The majority settled in the province of Guangxi. The Dong people are not very numerous. There are only about 30 homes on average, always built in wood and with no more than two floors. Dong traditions have deployed over thousands of years a completely sustainable way of life, hand in hand with agriculture.



The Lost World of Yangshuo

If you look at the landscape reflected in the notes of 20 yuan, one might think that this is an imagined place or an idyllic version of a fantasy landscape. This is again an amazing place on our planet. The area of Yangshuo reflects one of the areas still “not so invaded” by modernizing China, in the province of Guangxi, isolated precisely because of its topography and the established customs of the population. We might think that to be a “lost world”, a place known for thousands of years to find a balance between human activity and nature, and now somehow resists that.

In the surroundings of Yangzhou, the flooded rice fields that emerge reflect the elevations capriciously with sinuous forms. It is a karst landscape combined with a very particular culture; it becomes hard to resist an attraction for tourism. Yangshuo is the city where the river Yulong and Lijiang waterways belonging to many of the following images:


Chocolate Wonderland in Beijing

A mouthwatering attraction was opened in Beijing in 2010. The Chocolate Wonderland, the first theme park that features the most exotic foods, is a must-visit for the chocolate lovers.

For 80 yuan, slightly more than 8 euros, you will have access to an area of ​​approximately 20,000 square meters located near the  Bird’s Nest stadium. This is where you can salivate looking the Great Wall made entirely of chocolate, as well as life-size copies of the Terracotta Warriors and numerous other works. Here, you can also assist and learn the methods of working with chocolate.

The structure is divided into five rooms: Hall’s Chocolate World, World’s Candy Hall, Wonderland Theme Hall, Sweet Experience Hall and Sweet Gift Hall, and two open areas: Sweet Stage and Sweet Shopping Street.

If you’re planning a vacation in Beijing, do not miss this delicious attraction.

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Beijing, between tradition and modernity

Beijing, the grand capital of China, has an interesting mix of tradition and modernity.

The skyscrapers and infrastructure built for the Olympics in 2008 (including the stadium called the Bird’s Nest) are now part of the urban landscape, and the city is developing at a lightning speed.

Though the new developments are fast making it a modern city, Beijing still has many places that remind visitors about the several dynasties of emperors and showcases the city’s artistic traditions.

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