Polluted cities, unequal sex ratio, less political freedom and a strict internet policies. China might be hated for all the wrong reasons in the west. There are places and parts of china which are very poor, But that might just be partially true. One should not forget that China is also the only country which has lifted a huge bulk of its population from poverty.
While planning for a vacation, we often think of Europe, Australia or maybe United States. We never think about China. Thinking far from just a manufacturing hub, China also has some natural and man-made beauty that will change your perspective about the country. Here are some of the 25 pictures that will scream out and tell you why china should be next on your travel list.
1. Cruise in Yangtze River
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According to wikipedia, Yangtze river is the longest river in Asia and third longest in the world. The river runs for around 6300 kilometers and has a significant importance in China both economically and culturally. There are tours and operators running packages for taking cruise in Yangtze river.
2. The Great wall
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Let me tell you a fact of the great wall, It took five years to complete an archaeological survey which came to the conclusion that the wall is 21,196 Kms long.finish trekking the great wall of China took 2 years from from Shanhaiguan Pass to Jiayuguan Pass.
3. Harbin Ice Festival
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The Harbin Ice Festival was established in 1985, where a world full of Ice is developed and lasts for a whole month. The last Ice Festival was held on 5th January 2015. Harbin is the capital city of Heilongjiang Province. Harbin attracts thousands of tourists from around the world. It exhibits china’s art in Ice, the city’s located in north-east and hence has plenty of natural ice and snow available for exhibition.
4. Macau – The Las Vegas of Asia
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Through it’s extravagant malls and huge casinos. Macau has earned a reputation of being named as ‘Las Vegas of Asia’. It was under the rule of Portuguese until 1999. Hence, you shall see a mixture of Chinese as well as Portuguese culture.
5. Hua Shan Plank Walk
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Hua Plank walk happens at Mount Hua, Which has a a long religious significance. The path consists of steel ladders and toeholes. It’s an adventure 7000 feet above the sea level. The one’s who love to have adventures can definitely try going to Hua Shan Plank walk.
6. Hanging Temple – Datong
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Built into a cliff 246 feet above the ground. It was built around 1500 years ago. The temple symbolizes three religions Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. The nearest city to the hanging temple is datong at 64 Kms.
7. The Forbidden City
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Situated in the center of Beijing, The forbidden city was built in 1406 and housed the Emperors of china from Ming dynasty to Qing dynasty for almost 500 years. It used to be the important center of Chinese government for political and ceremonial purposes.
8. The Jokhang, Lhasa
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Jokhang is a part of UNESCO’s world heritage site. It’s a scared place for Tibetans and is situated in the autonomous region of Tibet.
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In 1997, UNESCO declared Lijiang as the world cultural heritage site. It has a refreshing and pollution free atmosphere, perfect for a vacation. Lijiang is home to naxi people, which is one of the minority communities of china. A place which is fit to be described as a fairyland in a tale.
10. Mount Everest
There’s no better place to trek than Mount Everest. A long vacation in China with Mount Everest included shall act as cheery on cake. You won’t regret the decision of visiting Mount Everest.
Chengde is all known by Rehe, has a well known summer resort, Chengde palace was a favorite gateway of the Chinese Emperor of Qing dynasty. 230 kms close to Beijing. Chengde is home to the famous mountain resort and 8 different temples which are listed on world cultural heritage list.
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The city had an active role in the rise of China. In the 90’s it acted as an important manufacturing hub for China. In today’s modern China, Guangzhou is an important city in terms of politics, economics and educational matters. Located in the southern coastline of china, Guangzhou is a flourishing city and easily in reach from Hong Kong and Macau.
One can get Chinese manufacturers right from toys to electronics. Citizens from over 51 countries are given visa-free stay for upto 72 hours.
13. The Great Buddha (Dafo), Leshan
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A 71 meter tall statue carved out of the cliff and situated at the confluence of two rivers Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers. It’s the tallest stone statue in the modern world and been listed in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1996.
14. Tianmen Mountain
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A glass walkway is built in the cliff some 4800 feet above the sea level.
15. Lantern Festival
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Chinese Lantern festival has a history of over 2000 years. It holds significant importance in the life of a chinese. Lantern festival of 2016 will come on February 22. People gather to watch lanterns and fireworks.
16. The Terracotta Army
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Also listed in the UNESCO’s world heritage site. There are many facts hidden about Terracotta Army. It has a collection of sculptures symbolizing the army of Qin Shi Huang, The first Emperor of China.
Hope this pictures convince you to consider China for your next travel destination.