treasure-house of East Asia'
China’s cultural riches along with 5000 years of tumultuous
history make it, without doubt, one of world’s best travel
destinations. The Great Wall, X’ian’s
Terracotta Army, the Forbidden Palace
and Tiananmen Square: these very names reverberate
with legend and history.
China’s has many paradoxes: Shanghai’s
skyscrapers contrast Beijing’s historical
treasures, while in rural provinces mechanisation still hasn't reached
many traditional farming villages. Famous places and sights abound
– this is the land of the Yangxi River, the
Silk Route and the bamboo forests of the panda.
Amazing Guilin brings to life the vistas of rivers
and misty peaks in traditional ink paintings, while far to the west
the fabled Tibetan city of Lhasa
invites pilgrims to the ‘roof of the world’.
Chinese Cuisine– from noodles to Imperial banquets –
ranks with the world’s finest. From acrobatics to martial
arts, calligraphy to Chinese opera, the lively, unique culture of
this amazing land is everywhere to be seen.
Presently reunited with mainland China, visually stunning Hong
Kong provides a vibrant ‘shop till you drop’
lifestyle mixed with enclaves of tradition and peaceful outlying
islands. Nearby, exotic Macau is a gambler’s
heaven with colonial Portuguese flair.
China’s tourism infrastructure is quickly improving, however
flexibility and patience are still required. In return, China offers
visitors memories to be treasured for a lifetime.