China, the largest and perhaps most well known communist nation in East Asia, ranks as one of the top tourist destinations globally year after year. As one of the top ten largest countries in the world, it is also the most populous country in the world. There are many different landscapes to be seen and enjoyed in this nation from grasslands and deserts, to mountains and rivers, along with more than 14,000km of coastline. It is little wonder why it is such a popular destination for global travelers everywhere and why it is a popular place to soak up the culture on a China holiday or outing:
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is one of the most widely recognized landmarks of China. The impressive structure, made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, can be seen from space and is actually several smaller walls and fortifications that over time have been joined together to form one great wall. The wall follows a mostly east-to-west line across what was once the most northern borders of China. It was built to offer fortifications from invading countries to the north. Some parts of the wall date back to the 7th century BC, but one of the most famous and largest portions was built 220–206 BC by Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. Not much of the original walls still exist as repairs, maintenance, re-fortifications, and additions are still being made even today. Countless tourists visit the wall and walk its wandering pathway every year as they travel across China.
The Shanghai Tower
The largest city in China is Shanghai, and it is a skyscraper-filled city that is seen as a powerful global financial center for the country and that entire region. There are many great shopping venues, dining opportunities, and photo opportunities in the city and The Shanghai Tower is among the most popular. This structure is is a super-sized skyscraper located in the Lujiazui area of Pudong, Shanghai. It is the tallest tower structure out of three adjacent super tall buildings in the area- the other two are the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center. At a staggering 2,073 ft and with a total of 128 stories, and more than 4,090,000 sq ft of floor space, The Shanghai Tower is indeed an impressive sight to behold.
Yalong Bay is another popular stopping point for those visiting China who want to enjoy a more relaxing aspect of China’s landscape. At 4.7 miles long, this beach is located to the southeast area of Sanya City, located within the Hainan Province. It is also known as the Yalong Bay National Resort because many international hotels, resorts, condos, and conference centers are located along the beautiful shoreline. Several domestically-operated hotels also dot the coast line. Many visitors spend time enjoying the warming sun, soft white sand, and beautiful waters of Yalong Bay during their visit to China. There is a wonderful mix of modern comforts and natural beauty that draws visitors back time and time again.
The final tourist spot of China that remains a must see is Mount Hua, or Hua Shan as it is also known as. This is a mountain that can be found in close proximity to the city Huayin in the Shaanxi province and around 75 miles east of the city of Xi’an. It is held in high regard among the local people and is seen as one of China’s Five Great Mountains, and has a long and rich history deeply rooted in religious significance. The highest peak of Mount Hua is the South Peak which reaches over 7,070 feet above sea level. Visitors enjoy the unique landscape and backdrop the mountain presents and hikers and climbers enjoy the challenge of the various trails and rock outcroppings of this popular mountain.
Wherever you are heading to on your visit to China there is plenty to see – more than could ever be seen in a lifetime. New sights wait to be seen, new experiences wait to change your life, and new memories wait to be made. Where you go and what you do is up to you!