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China’s main draws that exceed other countries are: 1) the world’s richest breadth of culture, 2) the most varied and spectacular natural wonders, and 3) the most impressive architectural feats. With this size, and depth, and variety, in China you can see more in one place.
China has the greatest number and variety of world-class tourist attractions of anywhere in the world. China’s tourist appeal is emphasized by being so culturally different from countries outside of East Asia. If you are looking for a trip that is exotic, packed full of new sights and experiences, stimulating and over all different, China is the place to go.
China has a vast amount to offer tourists: attractions galore — spectacular scenery, exotic culture, rich in history, and all with the buzz of activity and change that makes it the fastest developing country in the world.
China’s culture is the richest. Its language supersedes others in originality and complexity, influencing rather than taking from countries like Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Kungfu and taichi supercede karate and thai boxing. Also consider China’s tea culture, Chinese medicine, poetry, calligraphy, opera, costume, and porcelain, before even considering the 55 (or more like 550) ethnic minorities.
As far as natural beauty goes, China goes bigger and more-varied and spectacular than any country in Asia (or the world if you count everything). Take for example Everest, the Yangtze gorges, the Taklamakan and Gobi deserts, Jiuzhaigou, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Jilin’s Rime, and Hainan’s tropical beaches and forests. See:
China’s huge and numerous ancient and modern architectural feats exceed other countries for size and number, from the Great Wall, to canals, to pagodas, to palaces, to giant Buddhas; and in the present towers, dams, railways, bridges, tunnels, and many other feats of infrastructure. See:
If ever there was a time to plan a trip to China, it's now. The Red Republic is in the midst of a major facelift, with thousands of years of history interwoven into a thriving modern economy.
Just a few years ago, big cities were still peppered with small alleys (called hutongs) and tiny corner shops. Just a few years from now, most of the small, old-fashioned alley communities will have completely given way to cutting edge skyscrapers and chic condos.
Here are 5 great reasons you should visit China and observe this astounding growth period for yourself, before it's too late.
Sure, going back to the beach is fun, year after year, but why not go somewhere absolutely, completely different in every imaginable way?
Take in a culture that's vastly different from your own… Walk through the rooms that housed ancient emperors in the Forbidden City in Beijing. Stand with the Terracotta warriors in Xi'an. Pitch a tent on the Great Wall of China.
Like hiking? You'll love taking the adventure to the Great Wall of China. Sections of the Wall vary in terrain ensuring an enjoyable hike for families and hiking afficianados alike.
After the Great Wall, make your way down south, where you'll find the picturesque Yellow Mountains, and then continue on down to Lijiang and hike Tiger Leaping Gorge, listed in National Geographic as one of the best hikes in the world.
It's easy to keep costs low when venturing to China. A glance at lodging prices will assure you that there are affordable accommodations no matter where you go or what your needs are.
Transportation is cheap as well – taxis are cheap, and public transportation is even cheaper. In Beijing, for instance, it costs just 2 RMB ($0.32 US) to ride the subway anywhere in the city.
Possibly the most enjoyable prices are local food. Enjoy a Beijing duck meal in your own private room on Beijing's famous Ghost Street for under $10 US per person, or delicious, seasoned meat on a stick called from one of the multitudes of street barbeques for about $0.30 US per stick.
If you travel to China, gear up for some excellent food, but a word to the wise - don't expect the Chinese food you've had in your home country. We're not talking about the scorpions on a stick, or simmered cow brains, either (although if that's your fancy you're also in luck!).
Try food from various regions of China — The lamb and naan bread from Xinjiang (this writer's personal favorite!), Shanghainese soup dumplings, Beijing duck, and spicy Sichuan food are just some of the distinct flavors you should be sure to try.
Sure, the food is unfamiliar, and English is rarely spoken by locals, and seemingly everything about the culture is backwards from what you know, but if you're up for the challenge, you'll be rewarded with a truly spectacular experience.
Our tours are customizable, so you can discover more of what you’re interested in. See our recommended first time to China tours below, or let us tailor-make your journey of discovery according to your requirements.