China offers travelers an intriguing blend of history, culture, landscapes and natural beauty. Visitors find themselves surrounded by fascinating scenes of everyday life, a life so very different than our own. After all, isn’t that why we travel?
China’s wealth of historical attractions are second to none. With a civilization dating back 5,000 years, some of humankind’s oldest and most impressive contributions can be found in this one country. Walk along the Great Wall relishing the panoramic views and contemplating the hard work and effort put into its construction. Admire the craftsmanship of the impressive Terracotta Warriors, one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century and gape at the Grand Buddha in Leshan, boldly carved into the side of the mountain. At 233 feet tall, it is by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world.
Throughout this wondrous country one will discover ancient monuments, each more remarkable than the last. Yet China’s famous sites are just the beginning of an extraordinary journey. Your time in China will be dotted by memorable experiences, thanks to the unique culture and welcoming nature of its people. Intrigued by foreigners, you will find locals to be warm and inviting, eager to discuss life in China and how it differs from yours back home. Leading a social and active lifestyle, stroll through any park and find groups playing mahjong and practicing tai chi, encouraging bystanders to join.
In contrast to its traditional ways, you will find surprisingly modern cities in China, the most cutting-edge being Shanghai, with its deep colonial roots entwined with futuristic skylines, bright lights and innovative buildings. For a quieter side of life, visit China’s beautiful southern towns of Guilin and Yangshuo. The subject of many Chinese paintings, the mountains, rice paddies and small villages are the epitome of China’s country lifestyle. A sail down the Yangtze River offers dramatic scenery, luxurious river cruise accommodations and exciting shore excursions.
Throughout your time in China, you will feast upon one of America’s most popular international cuisines. Compare the spiciness of the Sichuan Province to the sweetness of Shanghai’s dishes. Indulge in the creative Shui Jiao Dumplings in Xian, each shaped and colored based on it’s individual contents and treat yourself to the famous Peking Duck, the local specialty of Beijing. A trip to China is not just a vacation, it is a life changing experience. With over thirty UNESCO World Heritage sites, an abundance of natural wonders and astonishing modern marvels, you will depart China a witness to the incredible treasures of a time long past, a society forging into the future and the wonderful people blending it all together in their daily lives.