Your Exotic Chinese Holiday
China is one of the most exciting destinations for travellers. A vast and diverse country with 22 provinces and five separate autonomous regions each with their own distinct identities, a journey to China means an opportunity to experience just as many separate local flavours and cultures. Like in Malaysia hotels in China are numerous, ultra modern, and comfortable if you choose from a reputable chain. While it’s impossible to include all the amazing things to see and do in China in a single list, here is a brief tour of a few of the must-see places in one of the world’s oldest civilisations.
Beijing – The Forbidden City
What trip to China would be complete without a trip to the Forbidden City in Beijing? This lasting monument to China’s imperial past spans over 178 acres. Built during the Ming Dynasty, the Forbidden City served as home to Chinese emperors for nearly 500 years. While much of the original artwork and artefacts are stored in the National Palace Museum in Taiwan, the grandeur and striking architecture of the Forbidden City remain.
The Great Wall of China
Built over 2000 years ago to protect China against invasion by the northern nomads, the Great Wall of China is a series of walls that extends over 8,800 kms in length. One of the most common ways to see the Great Wall is from Beijing, with a short 35 – 75 mile drive to Badaling or Mutianyu.
Xi-An – The Terracotta Warriors
The Terracotta Army discovered in 1974 in Xi’an (Shaanxi province) date from 210 BC. They were found near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. The latest estimate suggests that there are over 8,000 soldiers accompanied by hundreds of chariots and horses. Many are still buried in the pits. The museum is a must-see on any China tour.
Yangshou – the Karst Mountains in Guilin
The beauty of the Karst Mountains in Southern China is famous both within China and overseas. Combining Karst hills (natural limestone formations) with mysterious caves and waterways, the unique and romantic Chinese landscapes of the Karst Mountains are not to be missed. Yangshuo is approximately 40 miles or one hour’s drive from Guilin (in Guanxi province) and while it is popular with local and overseas travellers, it is still relatively tranquil to visit.
Chengdu – Giant Panda Base and Wenshu Temple
Chengdu is situated in Sichuan province in South Western China. Well known for its laidback culture and liveability, Chengdu also has a vibrant nightlife. It’s close to the Tibetan Plateau and the mountain scenic areas of western Sichuan.
Wenshu Temple is one of the key attractions not to miss when in Chengdu. A Buddhist temple built in the Tang Dynasty, the temple has been a popular destination for tourist and pilgrims for centuries. In addition to its striking architecture and collection of over 400 statues of the Buddha, the temple also retains a collection of scriptures, art, and calligraphy. Many tourists enjoy gourmet vegetarian dishes and Chinese tea during their visits to the temple.
Visitor should also visit the Giant Panda Base while they are in Chengdu for a chance to see grown pandas and nursery baby pandas in the sanctuary.
Shanghai is the largest city in China by population. With over 23 million inhabitants, this global city continues to boom after the intense redevelopment projects of the 1990s. The Bund (a district in Central Shanghai), City God Temple, and Yuyuan Garden are just three of the many attractions in this amazing city. Like Jimbaran hotels, hotels in Shanghai can vary in the quality of accommodation. If in doubt, choose from a reputable chain.