The country of China has one of the oldest continuous civilizations in the world. China has one of the oldest writing systems that is still in use today. The language is widely used in almost every Asian country. China is also home to many inventions that are commonly used all over the world. Toilet paper, the compass and gunpowder are just a few examples of the many things that were invented in China.
Dragon boat racing is a popular sport in China. The races take place during the Duan Wa Festival. The festival is held on the fifth day of the fifth full moon, which is much like the holiday of Easter. The Duan Wa Festival is one of the largest in China, drawing record numbers of tourists from all over the world.
The Great Wall of China is one of the eight great medieval wonders of the world. The stone and earthen wall stretches over 4,000 miles across China. The wall was built to keep invading countries out of China. It was constructed by soldiers, villagers, and prisoners. The wall is a prime example of the tenacity and the intelligence of the Chinese people. Making a trip to at least one part of the Great Wall, would be a fascinating opportunity to experience when visiting China.
In the center of Beijing, is the Forbidden City. It keeps a watchful eye over the inhabitants. The construction of the palace was started in 1407, the fifth year of the Ming dynasty. Over a million workers and one hundred thousand artists worked on the magnificent buildings. Massive amounts of wood and other materials were brought in from faraway regions. The stone used in the construction was quarried from Fangshan, a suburb of Beijing. The Chinese workers flooded the roads in the winter time so they would freeze into ice, making the moving of stone and timber easier and more efficient. The color yellow is a dominant throughout the complex. The color represented the royal family. The bricks on the ground in the Forbidden City were even glazed yellow using a special process. The Forbidden City is now a museum and is open to tourists from all over the world.
Xian and the Museum of Qin Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, is one of the most popular attractions in China. This location is one of the most significant archeological finds of the 20th century. There are over 7,000 life size replicas of warriors, horses, chariots and stone weapons have been unearthed in the three massive pits. The terra cotta statues were buried here to accompany the emperor Qin Shi Huang into the afterlife. The mausoleum took eleven years to build. The emperor Qin Shi Huang is also considered to be the first emperor of China in 246 BC. The site is broken down into three huge pits. Be prepared to spend a full day here to experience everything the museum has to offer.
The exiting city of Shanghai is a virtual shopping paradise. The bustling city is also home to many attractions such as, the Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, Huangpu River, and many old streets and lanes. The city offers the best of Chinese cuisine with regional favorites and a few international restaurants.
The Oriental Riverside Hotel Shanghai located in the financial district is accessible from all parts of Shanghai. The hotel offers three restaurants from dim sum, French cuisine, and traditional Cantonese delicacies. The Beijing News Plaza Hotel is located in Beijing just down the road from the Gate of Heaven and many other tourist attractions. The hotel has many restaurants. The Beijing News Plaza also has a great view of Beijing when standing atop of the building.
China is a country unique in culture and rich in history and has much to offer visitors. It is recommended that tourists allow ample time to experience everything China has to offer. Vacationing here is sure to be an experience one will remember for a lifetime.