The Top 7 Reasons to Visit China- What makes China Special
If you are looking for a destination that is exotic, packed full of new sights and experiences, stimulating, and overall different, China is best in the world.
China isn’t a place where you just go to enjoy a vacation — it is a destination where you can discover a country that’s vastly different from your own.
Here are the seven reasons why China should be at the top of your must-visit list
1.The world’s richest breadth of culture :
China is one of the four Ancient Civilizations, with a history of over 5,000 years. It boasts the world’s richest breadth of culture.Also consider China’s food and tea cultures, Chinese medicine, poetry, calligraphy, opera, costume, festivals, and porcelain, before even considering the hundreds of ethnic minorities.
2.Most impressive ancient heritage :
China’s awesome and monumental ancient treasures exceed all other countries for size and number — from ancient palaces to the Great Wall, city walls, buried armies, canals, pagodas, temples, and giant Buddhas
3.Most varied and spectacular natural wonders:
As far as natural beauty goes, China goes bigger and more-varied and spectacular than any country in the world, if you count everything. For example, the legendary Yellow Mountains, with their seas of cloud and charismatic rocks and pines, the rainbow lakes of Jiuzhaigou, Pandora’s floating pinnacles in Zhangjiajie, Guilin’s charming karst, hikers’ most-loved gorge — Tiger Leaping Gorge, and the world’s highest and most majestic plateau in Tibet.
4.The world’s greatest variety of cuisine:
chinese food is famous worldwide. However, it’s doubtful you’ll discover the delights of Chinese food, and sample its surprising variety of ingredients until you try it in China.
Each region has its own unique dishes. Some specialties you should try are Beijing roast duck, Shanghainese soup dumplings, spicy hotpot in Chengdu, rice noodles in Guilin, and dim sum in Hong Kong.
5. Adorable giant pandas:
The adorable giant panda lives nowhere else in the world outside captivity. It is the world’s most treasured endangered species. “China’s national treasure” woos with its round features and uniquely cuddly appearance
6. Fascinating ethnic cultures and customs
There are 55 ethnic minorities in China and over 500 people groups, practicing a multitude of different cultural customs. Four major places to experience colorful minority culture are Yunnan, Guilin, Guizhou, and Tibet.
7. Greater travel convenience and traditions retained :
China has been entering its digital era with its highly-developed four modern innovations: shared transport, high-speed rail, mobile communication/payment, and Internet shopping. Travel in China is easier than ever before. With a smartphone in China, you can board a high-speed train from Beijing to Shanghai running at 250–350 km/h, buy a coffee with your digital wallet and ride a shared bike to explore the city.
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Some famous sites in China
- Changbai Mountains, an important nature reserve home to the rare Siberian tiger
- Grand Canal of China
- Great Wall of China
- Silk Road, abandoned cities along this famous ancient trading route.
- Huangshan, Anhui
- Mount Jiuhua, Anhui
- Mount Tianzhu, Anhui
- Forbidden City, Beijing, once the center of the ‘Chinese imperial universe’ and off-limits to the masses – now open to all
- Summer Palace, Beijing
- Temple of Heaven, Beijing
- Dazu Rock Carvings, Chongqing
- Three Gorges, Chongqing and Hubei
- Xiamen, Fujian — Gulangyu Island, famous for its colonial architecture
- Mogao Caves, Dunhuang, Gansu these 1,000-year-old man-made caves on the old Silk Road contain some of China’s most impressive Buddhist heritage
- Guangzhou, Guangdong where the finest of the classic Cantonese breakfast dim sum is tried
- Li River, Guangxi, where boat trips are taken to see the contorted peaks that have been immortalized in Chinese scroll paintings
- Caohai Lake, Guizhou, where many experience being punted along this shallow lake to see many of China’s varied birdlife
- Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, Harbin, Heilongjiang, where extravagant and bizarre sculptures can be seen from life-size ice castles with rainbow lighting to fantastical snowy tableaux
- Yabuli Ski Resort, Heilongjiang, the country’s largest ski resort where many Chinese take their skiing holiday.
- Longmen Grottoes, a parade of Buddhist figurines and reliefs, near Luoyang, Henan
- Wudang Mountains, Hubei
- Mount Lu, Jiangxi
- Old Yalu Bridge, Dandong, Liaoning, a half-demolished bridge to North Korea is still an important relic of the Korean War.
- Terracotta Army, Xi’an, Shaanxi, the former ancient capital, these 2,200-year-old life-size soldiers guard the tomb of China’s first emperor.
- Confucius Mansion, Qufu, Shandong, home to nearly eighty generations of the great sage’s clan.
- Mount Tai (or Tai Shan), Shandong, a holy peak home to immaculate temples and pavilions
- The Bund, Shanghai, an elegant parade along the Huangpu River of colonial architecture juxtaposed with Shanghai’s skyscrapers
- The Hanging Temple at Mount Heng, Shanxi is a temple clinging to a precipice and a series of grottoes containing a panoply of Buddhist statuary
- Yungang Grottoes, near Datong, Shanxi is a renowned Buddhist site.
- Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan
- Leshan Giant Buddha, Sichuan, the world’s largest carved Buddha
- Mount Emei, Sichuan
- Mount Qingcheng, Sichuan
- Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet originally built by King Songtsän Gampo in 637 to greet his bride Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty.
- Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan, home to one of China’s most unique minorities – the Dai people