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16/08/2013

Walk Along the Magnificent Great Wall of China

The present Great Wall extends across a northern area of China covering approximately 5,500 miles and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987 and was voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, which make contribution to China tourism . The wall spans a diverse terrain of mountains, high plateaus, grasslands and deserts which provides an amazing variety of scenery along its snaking presence.

 

Originally erected as a separate series of defense walls against the nomad raiders from the north during the Qin Dynasty of 221 BC, the Great Wall was added to, strengthened and connected over the years by several dynasties with the Ming Dynasty contributing the most to its size from 1388 until 1644. Eventually, the Mongols and other threatening tribes were conquered and annexed into China causing the abandonment of the Great Wall as a serious defense.

 

During top China tours to Great Wall, you can walk along this world architectural wonder which is 20 feet wide and could accommodate 5 horsemen abreast. Peer through the archer slits, behold the army-hindering moat, enter the watch towers and gaze upon the beacon towers which were used to release smoke signals along its massive stretch as a rallying alarm against attack.

 

Because of its great length, there are numerous Great Wall tours which can be enjoyed along its expanse. Badaling is one of the most popular as it is one of the best preserved sections and can be included in affordable China travel packages from Beijing. The Badaling section winds like a mythical Chinese dragon through treacherous mountain terrain which offers incredible views.

 

Visit the Gubeikou Great Wall which includes the Panlongshan section where most of China’s historical battles occurred. The Huanghuacheng section is bathed in yellow wild flowers during springtime, thus providing its name. From Tianjin, explore the Huangyaguan Pass. Take astounding photographs at the Jiankou Great Wall, one of the most scenic sections. Also consider the Jiayuguan, Jinshanling, Juyongguan, Mutianyu, Shanhaiguan, Simatai, Yangguan, Yanmenguan, Yumenguan and Zhenbeitai sections of the Great Wall.

 

As you can see, travelers desiring to explore the Great Wall of China in earnest for their popular China tours can enjoy many return trips to this world treasure and encounter a different experience every time.

 

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15/08/2013

Tianshui - A city along Silk Road for your travel


The city of Tianshui was for centuries an important town on the Silk Road (famous travel route for your Silk Road tour), being the first stop in Gansu for travelers and merchants to various parts of northwestern China and beyond. It was many centuries before this, however, that the town found its fame, deemed as the birthplace of the legendary emperor Fuxi. Today throngs of people still flock to the Fuxi Temple, in the western section of the city, to commemorate him.

Recent years have witnessed the rapid industrialisation of the city, that has rid it of much of its character, and expanded its size enormously. It is much due to these facts that people visiting Tianshui come mainly for the out of city attractions. Your choice of location in town probably should be influenced more by transport access to and from here, than for any other reason.

The city is now rather strangely divided, by 20 kilometers, into two sections: the slightly more upmarket eastern section, Qincheng, and the uglier western section of Beidao. Qincheng is the main area of the city, has the best hotels, all of the local sights and is where you will arrive if you are travelling here by bus. Beidao, however, has two things going for it: it is where you will arrive if you are travelling to the city by train, and it is the best area for getting to Tianshui's best attraction by far, the Maijishan Grottoes (one of famous grottoes for your popular China travel package).

The Maji Mountain ("Wheat-stack Mountain") is the redeeming saviour for Tianshui, a beautifully serene area of wooded slopes, ancient Buddhist grottoes, large statues and many areas for pleasant hiking. The Mountain is situated some 30 kilometers on a winding road southeast from the town, and is among the four largest Buddhist cave complexes in China with an existing total of a stunning 194 grottoes.


For more about others in China, you can check out travel China guide.

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14/08/2013

The Perfect Beijing Day

Beijing - city of emperors and concubines, comrades and capitalists - 20 million of them. The spiritual and cultural capital of the Middle Kingdom, there's a lot to get to grips with here for your China best tours.

Start with an early morning visit to the Temple of Heaven, where, as long as you are early enough, you can see Beijing's older citizens practise Tai-Chi, limbering up for the day ahead. The Temple of Heaven itself is a fascinating glimpse into China's past - this is where the emperor would make sacrifices to the heavens to ensure good harvests for the coming year.

Move onto the Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City which is the must-see for your popular China tours. In the Forbidden City try to resist the temptation to follow everyone, and explore some of the lesser-visited buildings away from the central axis of the complex - many of which you'll find virtually deserted.

Exit and head to the nearby Houhai lake area for a well-deserved drink and maybe dinner - there are plenty of fun eating and drinking places dotted around this pretty but lively part of Beijing. If you've still got any energy left, you could then consider heading to Wangfujing nightmarket - a street market serving up a colourful array of snacks and delicacies from all over China, including such tasty morsels as deep fried crickets, or centipede on a stick! So you should not miss Beijing for your travel to China.

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