China is home to one of the world's longest continuous civilizations, with an impressive heritage of art, architecture, language and cuisine. With a large number of wonderful tour destinations including delicate water towns, imposing imperial palaces, and splendid national cultural heritage. China is a vast country which will take travelers years to visit all of the attractions.
Beijing, Shanghai and Xian are three of the most popular tourist cities for foreign travelers. Beijing, the capital of China, is an ancient city rich in abundant historic heritages. The well-know Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven depict the long and colorful history of Beijing. The waning residential Beijing Hutongs have transformed into pedestrian streets with trendy shops and bars. Shanghai is a worldwide metropolis located in the east of China. From the Bund on the Huangpu River, you can see the city’s rapid development, demonstrated by the great changes on two banks. Xi'an is a famous ancient capital situated along the Yellow River, where the ancient Chinese culture originated. The astonishing Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Emperor Qin Shihuang were excavated in this city and the famous Silk Road started here via brilliant Dunhuang to Europe thousands of years ago.
Sichuan province in southwest China is often referred to as the 'Heavenly Kingdom' by Chinese people. This province is one of the most well known in China, for a number of reasons: China's giant pandas are indigenous to the Sichuan mountains; the region's spicy Sichuan cuisine; and vibrant local Tibetan populations. Famous natural wonders such as breath-taking Jiuzhaigou Valley, ancient sites like the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project. The entire province is bisected by the Yangtze River, creating magnificent vistas and panoramas of lush green spaces to explore.
Tibet, known as the "Roof of the World, is world famous because of its spectacular alpine scenery and unique Tibetan Buddhist culture. For centuries this marvelous land was locked away in its mountain fortress of the Himalayas. Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, is the home of the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. Having an overland trip is a popular travel style in Tibet, which offers a chance to explore the alpine landscapes, including the Namtso Lake, Mount Everest and Mount Kailash.
Winding through eleven provinces and cities, the Yangtze River is the longest river in China. A Yangtze River Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang will be an enjoyable holiday with endless green mountains. Comparatively, the picturesque Li River in Guilin is calmer, and the beautiful West Lake in Hangzhou is well cultivated. Various folk customs and landscapes also formed along these rivers. Mt. Huangshan situated at the down stream of the Yangtze River was included in the UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site in 1990.