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Deep Dig the Beauty of China II

7. Hospitality

Chinese people are hospitable hosts. As China tourism economy grows, the hotel industry in China flourishes. Today there are over 14,000 star grade hotels with more than 1.5 million beds. No matter you are a business traveler or a backpacker, it is very easy for you to find a satisfactory place to say, ranging from super deluxe 5 star hotels to youth hostels. Some of the high-end hotel brands you may find there include Ritz-Carlton, Park Hyatt and Softel.

8. Wonderful Performing Art

For those who are interested in Chinese culture in daily life, there are a wide variety of cultural recreations. Acrobatics is one of the oldest Chinese performing arts with a history of over 2000 years. Among the hundreds of forms of opera in China, Beijing opera has the greatest influence and is therefore regarded as a national form. It combines music, singing, dialogue, pantomime, acrobatics and martial arts. There is also a variety of local performing arts, some of the most famous include Kun Opera, Huang-mei Opera and the Ch`in Melody.

9. Exciting Cities

Beijing (famous tourist city for last minute China travel deals) is the capital of China and the cultural center of the country. It is one of the famous historical and cultural cities and ancient capitals in the world. Shanghai is located at the outlet where the Yangtze River empties into the sea. It is the financial, trade and shipping center of the country and a comprehensive industrial base, which is famous for its bustling metropolis atmosphere and rich cultural resources. Adjoins HongKong and Macao, Guangzhou is the gate to south China. Listed among the first batch of famous historic and cultural cities in China, it was also one of the first port cities opened to the outside world. China Import and Export Fair (the Canton Fair) held biannually in Guangzhou has drawn millions of overseas buyers in the past 55 years.

10. The Best Coastal Scenery

2013 China's tourism administration launched Marine Tourism , the theme of the Year of Marine Tourism that is highlighting the incredible biodiversity and vibrant color of coastal cities. China is not only a land of beautiful culture and friendly people, but it also boast some of the most stunning coastlines in the world, travelers can experience ocean while visiting China. Especially along the border of beautiful Hainan Island in the south, there are incredibly picturesque beaches, sandy shores and crystal blue ocean that many enjoy year-round.

For more via China guide.

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Deep Dig the Beauty of China I

1. Amazing History and Heritages

China is a historically rich country, making it one of the world's leading tourist destinations. Up to now, China has seen 43 UNESCO world heritage sites designated, among which 30 are cultural heritage sites, and 9 are cultural and natural (mixed) sites, including The Great Wall in Beijing, Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses in Xi'an (starting point for Silk Road tour), Classical Gardens of Suzhou, Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu (Shandong), and the recent addition of SanFangQiXiang in Fuzhou.

2. Multi-splendid Cultures

Chinese civilization is acknowledged as one of the oldest continuous civilizations in the world. In the country's 5,000 years of recorded history, the ancestors of China's various ethnic groups have laboured and multiplied on this vast, bountiful land. Today in China there are 56 ethnic groups, each has developed its unique culture and contributed to the splendid Chinese civilization. In the last two decades, Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia and Yunnan have drawn hundreds and thousands of tourists who are interested in the cultures of China's ethnic minorities. China is inviting the world to come and see its multi-splendid cultures.

3. Fascinating Natural Sceneries

China is a vast land with great variations in landscape and natural scenery. Among its numerals spots of unique scenic beauty, 9 have been listed among UNESCO natural heritage sites, including Huanglong, Jiuzhaigou Valley, and the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas. Guilin on the bank of Li River is said to have the most spectacular landscape in China, featuring verdant hills, green water, and bizarre-looking caves and rocks. The Three Gorges along the Yangtze River (Yantze River tour) is well known for their magnificent, peculiar and precipitous landform.

4. Fantastic Chinese Cuisine

Take the historic Peak Tram up the 45-degree mountainside to The Peak where on a clear day you can enjoy stunning views over Hong Kong Island Victoria Harbour and Kowloon beyond, as well vistas over the South China Sea and outlying islands. And don't miss the great shops, restaurants and entertainment on offer.

5. Shopping

In China you can always find yourself a good bargain. There are featured products in almost every major city that are perfect choices for souvenir. Beijing is best known for the enamel wares; its Hongqiao pearl market and Silk Street are also famous among foreign travelers. Suzhou (must-see for China vacation deals) in Jiangsu province is the best place to buy silk products, embroideries and sandalwood fans. The Dragon Well Tea produced in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province enjoys great prestige in the world. Jingdezhen in Jiangxi Province is known as the "Porcelain capital" in China because of the high-quality porcelains produced there.

6. Convenient Transportation

Air Canada, Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines Hainan, Sichuan Airlines are the five carriers that offer non-stop services between Canada and Mainland China. Cathay Pacific Airways and Korean Air also provide connecting flight to Mainland China via Hong Kong (Hong Kong city guide) and Soul, respectively. Public transportation in China is convenient and inexpensive. An extensive railway network provides service to the entire nation. The major cities have well-developed city bus systems, and their metro systems are either in operation or under construction. The highway system has also gone through rapid expansion. The world's most advanced magnetic levitation line that runs 430 km per hour provides a brand new high speed experience with 7 minutes trip from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Longyang Road Metro Station.

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Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Hutong area

Beijing is dominated by the huge Imperial Palace, completed in 1420. Since the palace was off limits to most people for over 500 years, it is also often called the Forbidden City, and is on UNESCO's World Heritage List. At one end of the Forbidden City is Tiananmen Square, the world's largest public square. While the Forbidden City is linked to the ancient dynasties of China, Tiananmen Square is linked to Mao Zedong and the cultural revolution. In the late 1960's, hundreds of thousands of Chinese supporters crowded the square during Mao's reign, waving his little red book and chanting his name. Tiananmen Square was also the site of the June 1989 tragedy, when Chinese troops killed hundreds of protestors during a pro-democracy rally. That tragedy continues to haunt Sino-American relations today.

Tiananmen Square was expanded in the 1950s so that it would hold over a million people and make contribution to Beijing's China tourism . Today it is full of all sorts of amazing sights such as people flying kites or practicing tai chi. Visitors also need to be prepared for the masses of street vendors trying to sell you a little of everything! We bought cute "Beijing 2008" hats for about $1, so the prices are right. Unfortunately, once you have purchased something, you become "fair game" for all other vendors. We just ignored them and marveled at the magnificent plaza, dominated at one end by the Mao Mausoleum and the other end by the gate to the Forbidden City.

The Forbidden City is the largest and best-preserved example of ancient Chinese buildings and culture in China. It was the home to many royal dynasties of China such as the Ming Dynasty and the Qing Dynasty. The Forbidden City was so massive and impressive that many emperors never even left the self-contained conclave! Most people enter the Forbidden City (called the Palace Museum by the Beijing authorities) through the Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) next to Tiananmen Square. A huge portrait of Mao Zedong dominates this gate. To the left of the portrait is a slogan, "Long Live the People's Republic of China", and to the right is the slogan, "Long Live the Unity of the Peoples of the World."

The basic layout of the city is from the early 15th century, but many of the buildings seen today were constructed in the 19th century. The original Imperial Palace buildings were constructed by 200 thousand laborers in just 17 years. The complex has been decimated by fire, earthquakes, and war over the centuries. In the 20th century the Imperial Palace was looted first by the Japanese during World War II, and then in 1949 during the Communist takeover. Thousands of crates of relics were moved to Taiwan at that time.

The Forbidden City (must-see for last minute China travel deals) is a 200 acre massive complex of buildings and artifacts. It will take at least two hours just to walk from the Gate of Heavenly Peace through the main buildings of the Imperial Palace to the Gate of Divine Prowess (Shenwumen) at the other end. Allow a couple of more hours to explore any of the outlying structures.

Travel around Hutong area

The city of Beijing originally was protected by huge walls, and each Beijing home also had a wall built around it. Walled houses were attached, forming a labyrinth old city with narrow paths connecting the maze. Anyone with a sense of adventure who wants to see a more traditional Beijing will need to explore the old city on foot or via pedicab, checking out the numerous gardens, courtyards, and alleys along the way. This ancient part of the Beijing is called the hutong. The hutong area is rapidly disappearing, replaced by modern apartments and stores.

We checked out of the hotel and our guides made sure our suitcases were loaded on the buses. Our cruise tour group then rode the short distance from the Beijing hotel to the hutong near Tiananmen Square. We climbed aboard two-person pedicabs for the fascinating ride around the hutong. It was great fun riding the narrow alleys, peering into doorways and homes. We stopped and toured a school area, but since it was a Saturday, no students were present. My husband, a retired educator, would have loved this school and hearing about the Chinese educational system. We also visited the home of an elderly retired couple, who told about their lives in China from the days of World War II, through the cultural revolution, to the present. The man was a retired accountant at a power plant, and he proudly spoke about their home, which they shared with their married son's family. The two couples had separate bedrooms, but shared a common living room, kitchen, and courtyard. The communal bathroom was down the alley, shared with other hutong residents who lived nearby. The most interesting feature of their home was a large (30+ inch) television set, which dominated the small clean living room. It was a stark contrast--no private toilet or bath facilities, but a very modern television!

We also spent time wandering the hutong area (should be stroll around for top China tours) on foot. What a marvelous photo opportunity this was! Small grocery stores, shops, and tiny eating areas all were wonderful sights. Watching women make dumplings, men grilling meats, and vendors selling their wares was simply fascinating. It was hard to imagine that modern Beijing was just a few blocks away. I think we all felt that our tour of the hutong was a highlight of our short time in Beijing.

Our three days in Beijing had come to an end. We had seen just a small part of the city's highlights, and I think everyone was impressed with the city, its history, and its people. The buses took us to the airport, where our afternoon flight to Chongqing awaited. As much as I hated to leave Beijing, I was anxious to board the Viking Century Star and cruise the Yangtze River.

You should contain the above included in your popular China tours.

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