Rich in history and culture, China is one of the most exotic places you could ever decide to take a vacation to. China is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, with many travel enthusiasts having discovered its abundance of thrilling activities and spectacular attractions. For this reason, many tour companies offer fantastic and unique tourist packages around Beijing, Shanghai and Xian.
Vacation Ideas; Beijing
Beijing, China’s capital and second largest city is home to attractions like the Forbidden City, which once housed the Ming and Qing dynasties, the Yonghegong Lama Temple, one of the most beautiful temples in the world and the Olympic Water Park that hosted the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the Beijing Paralympics. The Olympic Water Park is ideal for swimming and water sports. One of the highlights of any Beijing trip is a visit to the Tian’anmen Square, one of the world’s largest urban squares, and a hike up the Great Wall of China in Jinshanling. An excursion up the wall is not only invigorating, but the view at the top is stunning.
Vacation Ideas; Shanghai
Shanghai is China’s largest city. It houses ancient temples like Jinshan Donglin, Longua and Jade Buddha temple and museums like the Shanghai Museum which are rich in ancient Chinese art. The Donglin Temple is believed to have been built over 700 years ago and has two of the most fascinating statues in the world; the statue of Guan Yin and a Cloisonné 5.4-meter tall statue of Sudhana. Shanghai also houses one of the world’s tallest TV and radio tower, Oriental Pearl Tower, Pudong.
Vacation Ideas; Xian
Xian, a historic city, has an abundance of tourist attractions, among them the army of terracotta warriors, the largest city wall in the world, the city wall of Xian, and the bamboo village ruins. No vacation of China is complete without a cruise on China’s longest river, the Yangtze River, and the Silk Road Adventure. The Silk Road, a historical trade route, starts in Xian and divides into three routes at Dunhuang. Excellent sites along the way include the Loess Plateau, Mogao Cave and the Wuwei Confucius Temple.
China is also home to many mountains, most of which have some form of religious significance. For the adventure-lover, the world’s tallest mountain Mt. Everest is worth a climb. Smaller mountains that will prove to be an easier hike include Mount Tai Shan, a holy mountain and UNESCO world heritage site and Mount Heng in Hunan. Mount Heng boasts of exotic flora and fauna with 9 types of primitive forests, and sites like the Water Curtain Cave.
To get to the USA from a number of countries, you need to apply for the visa waiver program through the ESTA website or renew your visa through esta renewal, however to get to China, you need a visa. You can apply for a visa from the Chinese embassy or consulate in your country. Getting a tourist visa (L visa) is rather easy. Tourist visas are valid for 30 days. You do not need a visa to visit Hong Kong or Malau. It is possible to get a direct flight to Beijing and Shanghai.