Reasons to Visit
With some of the most recognisable buildings and monuments in the world, from the ancient Forbidden City to the ultra-modern skyscrapers of Shanghai and Pudong, a trip to China is must for anyone interested in city and rural architecture.
China is awash with enormous cities, arguably the three most famous being Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. All three cities are excellent places to watch the world bustle along around you, whilst of course being some of the top cities to shop and dine.
The portrait of Chairman Mao that stands proud on the front of the Forbidden City is just one of the countless examples of the influence that the Communists have had on this country.
Surely one of the top worldwide cuisines, each region of China is famous for different delicacies. Sichuan hot pot, Hong Kong dim sum, and of course Peking duck, all dishes to get the taste buds going.
In some of the more rural parts of the country ethnic minority groups can be found in large numbers. Many of the same tribes that are found in Laos, Cambodia and Thailand have also settled in Yunnan province and also in Guizhou and Guangxi. Many still wear there traditional dress and so a visit to these regions is often a colourful one!
The different regions of China boast a myriad of different fascinating and beautiful landscapes, the limestone karst mountains in the Guilin area and the high plains crossing over into Tibet to name a couple.
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Since the colonial era Hong Kong has been Asia’s commercial and cultural hub, making it one of the world’s most cosmopolitan, spectacular and thrilling cities. The wonder of Hong Kong lies in its unique blend of influences.
Since the colonial era Hong Kong has been Asia’s commercial and cultural hub, making it one of the world’s most cosmopolitan, spectacular and thrilling cities.
The wonder of Hong Kong lies in its unique blend of influences, combining true multicultural modernity with ancient Chinese traditions. Beneath the towering skyscrapers of the Central District, traditional wet markets offer the daily diet of fresh vegetables and live, flapping seafood.
The chic shopping districts of Wanchai and Causeway Bay are replete with international brands and designer labels, but the locals head instead to the bustling night markets of Nathan Road.
There are countless sightseeing possibilities in the city and surrounding islands. To admire Hong Kong’s signature panorama over glittering skyscrapers to the harbour beyond, take a ride up the precipitous Peak Tram, or travel a little further afield to the fishing harbour at Aberdeen, home to the world's largest floating restaurant.
If time allows, the outlying islands offer a tranquil escape from the hubbub of the city; visit Lantau for the giant Bronze Buddha and Tai O fishing village, or Lamma for fine beaches and hiking opportunities.
Cheap and efficient public transport, wonderful hotels and sumptuous dining combine with a wonderful natural setting to make Hong Kong the ideal place to begin or crown your Asian adventure.
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