China - Travel Guide
Beijing and the surrounding areas:
The capital Peking is the figurehead city of the People’s Republic of
The Eight Outlying Temples are prime examples of the architectural styles of the different tribes. The over 22 meter high statue of Buddha in the Temple of General Peace is considered the largest wooden sculpture in the world.
The cave of the Beijing People in the
Chengdu is a mountain resort which was already popular during the time of the Qing Emperors. It offers numerous temples and parks to travelers. Also worth seeing are the ruins of the summer palace of the Qing Emperors.
Lanzhou is an oasis on the old Silk Route. The picturesque town has largely preserved its charm and offers boat tours along the Yellow River to the Buddhist Bilingisi caves.
Dunhuang is a 2000 year old city on the edge of the desert. In times past, it was an important caravan stop along the Silk Route. The oldest Buddhist shrines of
Near the city of
Nanjing, another former Chinese capital, lays in beautiful scenery on the edge of the river Yangtze. Among its largest attractions is the tomb of the Ming Emperor, the founder of the Ming Dynasty. The mausoleum of Chinas first President, Dr. Sun Yatsen, is also located here.
Of the five holy, Taoist mountains of
Nearby located is the city Qufu, the birthplace of Confucius (551-479 B.C.). Heart of the large Confucius Temple is the Dachen Hall with its yellow shingled roof. The residence of the Kong family dates back to the 16th century and tells the story of the power and influence of the descendants of Confucius: the Kong family.
Shanghai is one of the largest cities in the world and counts as Chinas leading industrial, trade, and shopping center. It offers an interesting historic downtown, a busy harbor district, beautiful gardens and parks, museums, palaces, pagodas, and temples to admire. Shanghai also has become a playground to modern architecture and is most worthy of a visit.
The enchanting scenery of Guilin has been pictured on countless paintings and tapestries: steep, mountainous cliffs rise majestically from the plains. Around them snake little streams between rice fields.
The 35,000 km² large tropical island of Hainan is located in the South Chinese Sea and is praised as the “Hawaii of Tomorrow”. In the international Finance Shopping Center, visitors feel like in any other large city. Here, the latest fashions and accessories are available. The city of Sanya, on the island’s southern tip, has become a well known vacation resort. It features fantastic beaches, palm trees, and crystal clear waters.
The dynamic of Hong Kong makes each visit an unforgettable event. From Victoria Peak, visitors can look over the busiest international port in the world, and let their view graze over a city that not only makes no secret of its riches, but also shouts its happiness about the success of making money into the world.
CHINA – BEIJING – GREAT WALL OF CHINA - LOO
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