If you have ever wanted to explore China, the best way to see everything that there is to see is with a China tour that has all of the most important destinations pre-planned for you to visit. The best tours have a full itinerary of each day for the entire duration. This is how you see all the important cities and landmarks. Many tours start off at Beijing with a visit to the Temple of Heaven, which was built in 1420. Ming and Qing emperors worshipped their gods and prayed for a successful harvest for the following year at this very temple. Other points of interest in the Beijing area include Water Cube, Birds Nest Stadium, and Olympic Village.
Tiananmen Square, also located in Beijing, is the largest public square in the world. There is also the Forbidden City, which was the location of the imperial palaces for 24 emperors from the 15th century onward. The expansive palace compound impresses every visitor to the city. The Summer Palace has the largest imperial garden in the country, and many emperors and empresses stayed in that palace between May and October to get away from city pollution.
Of course, no China tour would be complete without a visit to the Great Wall of China. This wonder of the world can actually be seen from outer space. It is worth spending the better part of a day to explore this unique structure. Some tour groups may also include a rickshaw tour, which is an amazing way to explore a wide range of interesting alleyways that cannot be accessed by vehicle.
Xian is an ancient Chinese city that is still the most complete city to this day; it still has Ancient City Walls that were constructed during the Tang Dynasty. In Xian, you’ll find the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, which is a well-preserved Buddhist temple complex that was built in 589. Another incredible highlight of any China tour is a visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses that were built over 2,000 years ago to guard Emperor Qinshhuang’s tomb.
Many China tours stop in Chengdu. If yours does, be sure to visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre. You can get up close and personal with the most adorable panda bears you have ever seen.
Kunming is known as the city of everlasting spring. You can visit the Stone Forest, which is a collect of massive grey pillars that are made of actual limestone. The next interesting thing that you should do on your China tour would be a cable car ride up to Cangshan Mountain, where you will be exposed to some pretty incredible views of Erhai Lake and the surrounding landscape. The Three Pagodas in Dali are another “must see” on your tour of China.
Hong Kong is another important city on a proper China tour. If you have the privilege to get to this historic city, you are going to see many amazing things like Victoria Peak, Aberdeen Fishing Village, and Stanley Market. The skyline and busy harbour of Hong Kong is going to be a feast for your senses.
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