China is a land of immense cultural wealth with both ancient treasures and modern architecture in abundance. Home to over 1.3 billion people, China is the most populous country in the world.
The endless list of the country’s tourist attractions includes 99 famous national historical and cultural cities, 750 national cultural sites under key protection and 119 major scenic resorts and sites of historical and cultural interest.
Beijing, Xian, Nanjing, Luoyang, Kaifeng, Hangzhou and Anyang are the seven ancient capitals of China and are worth exploring. Each city offers something different and a new opportunity to learn about China’s rich past.
China is home to a staggering 37 UNESCO World Heritage sites. These include the Great Wall and Forbidden City in Beijing, Xian’s Terracotta Army and the traditional Suzhou gardens.
Beijing is the capital city and showcases both ancient and cosmopolitan architecture. Home to the Forbidden City, the world’s largest public square and a 15th century Temple of Heaven, Beijing draws tourists from all over the world. Since hosting the Olympic games in 2008, Beijing has been constantly evolving and modernising.
Shanghai is China’s largest city and the main business and commercial hub. Skyscrapers and modern architecture give the city a contemporary feel, while the art deco laneways, European-style Bund waterfront and ancient Chinese garden make this stand out from the rest.
China is a wonderfully unique country with so much to offer the enthusiastic tourist. Sightseers and anyone with an interest in culture and history will fall in love with this intriguing country.
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