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19/07/2013

Travel guide for graduation trip in China I

1. Beijing

Beijing, the capital of China, is a great city with a history of more than 3,000 years. It's the center of the country's politics, economy, culture and art and also the center of China tourism. As one of China's ancient capitals, Beijing is home to a great number of cultural and historical sites, which make it a huge magnet attracting numerous tourists from all over the world. The top attraction has to be Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest city square and an icon of China. On the north side of the Square lies the 600-year-old Forbidden City, the largest and the best-preserved imperial palace on the planet.

Also, make sure you do not neglect the Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. Other top Beijing attractions include the breathtaking Great Wall of China, Temple of Heaven, Temple of Earth, National Stadium and Beijing 798 Art Zone. You can also tour the various traditional hutongs and courtyards to experience the hustle and bustle of local life.

2.Shanghai

Sitting on the estuary of the Yangtze River, Shanghai is a renowned international metropolis as well as a popular tourist destination for last minute China travel deals. Tourists will marvel at the views in this vibrant land, which perfectly blends traditional with modern elements, as well as eastern with western culture. Famous historical landmarks, including the Bund, the City God Temple and the Yuyuan Garden should not be missed when touring this city. The Bund, a 1.5-kilometer long waterfront area, is noted for dozens of splendid historical buildings in various styles, including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Renaissance, and Neo-Classical.

Another stunning attraction is the Pudong Skyline, which features a number of mega skyscrapers including the symbolic Oriental Pearl Tower, the Jin Mao Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center and the presently-under-construction 632-meter Shanghai Tower. Tourists will also be enthralled to go to the Memorial Site for the First National Congress of the CPC, Shanghai Xintiandi (New Heaven and Earth), and the premier shopping street-Nanjing Road.

3. Guangzhou

Guangzhou, also known as Canton, is China's third biggest city. It is famous throughout China and the world for its cuisine and foreign trade. Aside from the endless skyscrapers and shopping malls in this dynamic metropolis, there is a lot of culture and history to see. As one of the twenty-four most famous historical and cultural cities across China, Guangzhou boasts numerous historical relics, including the Bright Filial Piety Temple, the Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family and the Western Han Nanyue King's Tomb Museum. Additionally, the city features a large amount of western style architecture such as the Sacred Heart Cathedral.


4. Chongqing

As a major city in southwestern China, Chongqing (starting point for Yantze River tour) is known for its long history, gorgeous scenery and spicy yet delicious local cuisine. Famous scenic spots include Southern Hot Spring Park, Ciqikou Old Town, Dazu Rock Carvings and the Three Gorges Museum. Even if you would only like to stay in the city itself, this will make for a memorable experience. Have some tea, enjoy the local food, chat with the locals, walk through the antique streets, or just hang out in Chongqing's unique towns.

5. Hangzhou

Hangzhou is the capital city of southeastern China's Zhejiang province and best destination for top China tours. Dubbed the "Paradise under Heaven," the city is well-known in the world for its splendid natural scenery and numerous historical relics. The West Lake is undoubtedly Hangzhou's most renowned attraction. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the lake is like a glittering pearl under the blue skies, enthralling tourists with its stunning natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Near the lake is a scenic area which comprises many notable spots, including the Solitary Hill (Gushan); the mausoleum of General Yue Fei, a celebrated hero of the Song Dynasty (960-1279); and the Ling Yin Temple, one of China's largest Buddhist temples. Tourists can also pay a visit to the Hefang Old Street to obtain various kinds of souvenirs, silk, and the renowned Longjing Tea.

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