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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Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province and like most other major Chinese cities, boasts a lengthy history of 2500 years, mostly associated with the arts and craft trade. the city’s streets are lined with teahouses where people will spend their afternoons playing mahjong.
Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province and like most other major Chinese cities, boasts a lengthy history of 2500 years, mostly associated with the arts and craft trade. The city has a similar layout to that of Beijing, centred round Tianfu Square with it’s Chairman Mao statue.
Although Chengdu is rapidly modernising, there are some lovely treelined avenues, back streets with delightful old wooden houses and bustling temples and monasteries to explore. Chengdu people are famous throughout China for their relaxed, laid-back attitude to life, and the city’s streets are lined with teahouses where people will spend their afternoons drinking tea, eating sunflower seeds, having their fortunes told and playing mahjong.
There are many small restaurants specialising in wonderful spicy Sichuan cuisine and for a true taste of the region don't forget to try the Sichuan Hotpot, though be warned, this chilli soup is hot!
Spend some time in the presence of the beautiful giant panda on a tailor-made holiday in China. With these magnificent animals still on the list of endangered species, visiting them is a memorable and enchanting experience.
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