1. Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is one of the most impressive man-made wonders of the world and is understandably a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stretching over 4100 miles (6700km) from East to West, the Wall took over 1800 years to complete and is now well over 2000 years old. Understandably some of the sections are no longer safe for hiking however the parts that are leave a lasting impression that is rarely surpassed.
2. The Imperial Palaces in Beijing
Beijing is a stunning combination of ancient delights and modern wonders and the Imperial Palaces are a strong reminder of China’s vibrant past. Also known as the Forbidden City, the area is possibly the best-preserved Imperial Palace Complex in the world with visible additions from the 34 emperors that lived and ruled from there. The complex is located in the centre of the vibrant city with Tiananmen Square just outside. The Forbidden City is an absolute must-see if you want a true look at Imperial China of the past.
3. Wolong Nature Reserve
The Wolong Nature Reserve covers a vast area at the base of the Qionglai Mountains and houses the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuary. The higher areas of the sanctuary have been home to the Panda Breeding Centre for over 20 years and visitors can track for wild panda footprints in the hope of spotting these elusive creatures. For the less adventurous there are pandas within the breeding centre that are easily seen. The reserve also has stunning scenery and over 4000 species of plants for nature lovers to admire. A trip to China just wouldn’t be complete without a sighting of the endangered Giant Pandas.
This is the largest industrial city in China. However it began life as a traditional fishing village many centuries ago. The city combines modern life with traditional values and is a thriving multicultural metropolis that offers fine dining, museums, stunning architecture and one of the best shopping hot spots in the world. Other sights worth seeing include the Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe and the beautiful Yu Yang Garden complete with spectacular giant carp ponds.
5. The Great Silk RoadThe Great Silk Road was once a thriving trade route that connected the East with the West. The road begins in China and visits seven historical countries before reaching Georgia in the West and today provides a fantastic trekking opportunity for enthusiasts. Along the route, trekkers can see a variety of unique cities, towns and villages, historical monuments and ancient customs at work, even if they stick to the Chinese section of the road. This attraction provides a great opportunity to see rural China at its best and the treks can last from a few hours to a few weeks, depending on how enthusiastic you are.