Different short lists of superb Asian vacations are not complete without including China in them. The reason why is pretty obvious simply because China is one of Asia’s icons and one of the most historically significant nations in the region. China has over a billion people, a diverse and unique culture, food way more interesting than the usual Western cuisine and a vast array of historical sites to behold. The list can go on and on and that makes a vacation to China one of the top priorities for any serious traveler.
However, with China’s vast land space, where would be the best spot to visit? There are virtually hundreds of places in China where you will truly be able to enjoy this wonderful country. But to eliminate other places and to give you a clearer picture, here are the top 5 places to go in China that would make your trip worthwhile.
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China
This one is a given for any tourist headed there. The Great Wall of China was once a fortress-turned-tourist spot that draws millions of people, thus increasing China’s tourism industry. This wall is so vast that it can actually be seen from outer space. Walking from point A to point B, of course, is not easy as you could imagine. The sheer size and amazing history behind the Great Wall will definitely keep you motivated to walk a good portion though.
Panda Centers in Chengdu
Pandas! The iconic animal of China has panda centers in Chengdu you can visit. It is home to the majority of pandas in the country. In fact, Chengdu is very serious in increasing the declining number of Pandas, even reaching the point of investing money for Panda-dedicated research centers like the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Once you get to visit some of Chengdu’s panda spots, you will certainly enjoy viewing these cuddly bears!
This is also a well-known, unique place in China tourism located in Shaanxi. According to Chinese history, the Terracotta army was built for Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor, who died believing that the army will serve him in the afterlife. Now, the soldiers remain in the same place where they were placed thousands of years ago, well-preserved by the Chinese Government. Expect to see many stone soldiers almost to the point of disbelief. If you look at their faces a little closer you will observe that almost all are unique.
Yangtze River in China
Yes, a river is included in the list. Known for being the longest river in Asia, Yangtze will definitely make your vacation to China memorable with its natural grandeur and the breathtaking views you will encounter while traversing it. The key in enjoying the Yangtze is to get a good cruise package from a tour operator who arranges your travel itinerary including help in getting a China tourist visa. Hiring a tour operator will allow you to be more comfortable while enjoying the scenery of the Yangtze.
If you are the adventurous type who seeks something a little different, perhaps paying Lhasa a visit will satisfy the urge. In Lhasa, the culture, place and people are different from your typical idea of China. It is also called the “roof of the world,” it being close to the Himalayas.
Hopefully, you have enough time to explore all of these great destinations. If not, definitely try to see two or three so you have a sense of satisfaction when you are back home from your trip.