Wonderful China, tourists cherrypick. China, amazing and mysterious, should be put on everyone’s travel list. China, home to one fifth of global population, has its own magic to win people’ love. Here, I will tell China’s magic, China facts and why you should have China tours.
When talking about China, what’s got in your mind? Kong fu, Taichi, panda, Shanghai, Chinese food, Great Wall? yes, all of these are its charms. Poor, undermocratic? Not really true, go to China and find out by yourself.
China has a vast variety of land, great grassland in the north, desert in the west, mountains in the south , ocean in east, plain in the middle, which makes great natural wonders. China tourist attractions of natural wonders could divided into several classes, great mountains, tranquil rivers, vast deserts, jubilant prairie, mirror-like lakes and limitless ocean. Those wonders will exceed your expectations.
Great mountains with gorgeous views are recommended like Yellow Mountain(Huang shan), Mount Huashan, Mount Emei, and Mount Everest, and those places are tailor-made to tourists who are into climbing, hiking, and mountain views. Tranquil rivers with superb sceneries like Li River in Guiliin and Yangtze River are highly recommended to tourists, and cruise is the best way to enjoy river views. Lakes like West Lake in Hangzhou, and Qinghai Lake are beautiful places to enjoy serenity and the wonderfulness from nature and take photos. Other attractions has won massive likes, praises and recommendations, such as Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, and Jiuzhai Valley National Park, and the two should be on tourists’ must visit lists.
China, renowned as Four Ancient Civilizations, boasts a history of 5,000 years, and has created a wide variety of human-made wonders and glorious culture, which gives you an opportunity to get close to China and Chinese people fast. You could have a China historical and cultural tour, go to places and attractions with old ages and great culture, which won’t let you down. Historical and cultural places and attractions could be classified into several classifications, such as ancient town, water town, and imposing buildings.
Ancient towns with great features include Pingyao Ancient City, Lijiang Ancient Town, Dali Ancient Town, Wuzhen Ancient Town, Xitang Ancient Town, where tourists can see old buildings and exquisite house decorations, and feel old-lifestyle. Water towns are built along rivers and rivers flow through towns, and famous water towns are Zhouzhuang Water Town, Tongli Water Town, and Zhujiajiao Water Town. Majestic buildings and human wonders are breathtaking, and make you think how great human are, such as Forbidden City, Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Mogao Grottoes, and Terracotta Warriors.
China has decades of ethnic groups living together, which has made brilliant and unique culture, and they have their own language, ethnic clothes, buildings, custom, etc. Having a tour to ethnic areas will be eye-opening to tourists, for they can have a deep understanding about China.
How much do you know Chinese cuisine? You must know Chinese Tea, and I bet you know some Chinese restaurants in your country and heard of some Chinese food, like Chinese chili sauce, Chinese hot pot, Beijing roast duck, dumpling, Gongbao chicken, Lazhou noodles(lamian), and Chinese barbecue(Lu chuan). If you come to visit China, you will have a feast of mouth-watering Chinese food, and will be captivated by its deliciousness and special flavor.
Beside this, you should put street food in your notes. In China, nightlife is a part of daily life, and eating in a food street is the essential of nightlife, especially in summer nights. In a street, you can find lots of local snacks and food, and also popular Chinese snacks and food, having a bite of those food and having cups of beer can’t be more satisfied to you after a tiring day.
Food of Chinese popular breakfast are baozi, xiaolongbao, fried bread stick(youtiao), soybean milk, tofu jelly(douhua), lamian(noodles), and rice noodles. Chinese popular dishes are tomato eggs, pork with green pepper, Gongbao chicken, Mapo tofu, Sichuan hotpot, spicy crayfish. In China, every city has its own special dishes with great flavors, like Xinjiang big plate chicken, Lanzhou lamian, Xi’an mutton paomo, Beijing roast duck, Shanghai xiaolongbao, and Guilin rice noodles. No matter which city you go, please search local popular food, popular Chinese dish or local food street, and enjoy it.
10 Days Beijing-Xian-Shanghai-Hong Kong Group Tour
11 Days Beijing-Xian-Chengdu-Shanghai Group Tour
China is a developing country, with hundreds of millions of Chinese living in there, and price of commodities should be affordable to so many Chinese, thus it won’t be expansive to have China tours. From hotel to food, from transport to entrance fee of attractions, each one is cheap, especially food, public transport fee and entrance fee of attractions. If you are in a tight budget, 3 star hotel and hostel could be your choice. Besides, you could have a family trip, invite your friends to go together or book a group tour, which would be cheaper since more people split the bill.
Tips of budget-saving for solo travel to China
5 Days Beijing Budget Tour
Flight to China, Flight from city to city within China
Train from city to city, Train from city to county
Bus from city to county, bus from county to county
Big entry cities to China are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. These most used entry cities have direct flights to most big cities in foreign countries, and transfer flights to other cities. Those entry cities have direct flights to most cities in China, and those flights are almost within three hours. In China, flight can take you to most cities, and it is people’s first choice while travelling. Transport within China, except flight, trains including high speed train will take you to every cities in China. High speed train has won Chinese people’s heart due to its high speed, punctuality, low cost, and comfort. While from city to county, and from county to county, bus is available.
Tourists coming to China for China tours should apply China tourist visa(L Visa). Read China Visa.
Visa-free. People from over 100 countries could enter Hong Kong and Macau visa-free. Read Hong Kong Visa.
30 days visa free. Tourist from 59 countries could visit Hainan visa-free within 30 days, but it should be only for Hainan tours and foreign tourist are not allowed to leave Hainan to other cities in China mainland if they do not have China tourist visa during their visa-free Hainan tours.
144-hour visa free. Guilin has implemented 144 hour visa free policy to tourist groups from ten ASEAN countries, which includes Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia.
144-hour visa free transit. Big cities in China having 144-hour visa free transit are Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Dalian and Shenyang. Tourists from 53 countries having transit flights in Beijing, Tianjin or Hebei could enjoy 144-hour visa free transit, and within these 144 hours, tourists could go to Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province to have China tours, go shopping, attend a meeting, etc. Please know entry airport and port limited, 144 hours limited, cities limited. This visa policy provides tourists a great opportunity to have a 6-day China tour, and visit Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Tianjin, etc. For more information, go and read China 144-hour Visa Free.
72-hour visa free transit. Many cities in China has implemented 72-hour visa free transit policy, such as Xi’an, Chongqing, Xiamen, Guilin, Wuhan, Kunming, and Harbin. For more information, go and read China 72-hour Visa Free Policy.
Chinese people are friendly to foreigners, whether you are overseas students in China, work in China or have a China tour. Chinese would like to say hi to tourists, have a talk with foreigners telling them Chinese things, and help them if they are in a trouble like missing a train, and do not know how to take which metro line. Chinese people are hospitable, and like to invite friends to hang out and have a dinner together. Still they are into showing friends around their city, going to tourist attractions and helping friends have a city tour.
English Sign. In public places like airport, train station, metro station and attraction, there are bold English signs directing foreign tourists and visitors position, how to go, and how to buy tickets.
English Broadcast. If you lost something or want to find your family or friends, English Broadcast is available. In a plane, a train, a metro and a public bus, English broadcast is used to announce stop.
Tourist Center. In the case you want to consult something, tourist center is tailor-made to you, where English-speaking staff is for your service.
Enormous Tourism Infrastructure. China has numerous attractions with unique features, a huge system of hotels from hostel, budget hotel, 4 star hotel, to 5 star hotel covering everywhere in China, a fast and sophisticated public transport system, clean food restaurants, clean and neat streets, all-featured shopping malls.
Help from Police. No matter what problem you run into, contact Chinese police and they would put your problem as top priority and solve it efficiently. 110 is their contact number.
Is China safe to travel? Of course, it is. China is safe to tourists, solo travelers, solo female travelers, and backpackers.
China is a safe country to travel, to study, to work and to live, and China is regarded as one of the safest countries, with a low capital crime rate in the world, since China has done tremendous work in guarantee people’s safety.
Guns are strictly prohibited in anywhere. Carrying, making, and smuggling guns are a big crime in China. No one except police is allowed to use guns, and police’s using of guns is under strict control.
A strict security system is unfolded nation-widely: identity card is needed in buying tickets for train, flight, cruise, and attraction, and in hotel accommodation. No one is allowed to bring knives to take a train, a flight and metro. Hundreds of millions of security surveillance cameras are installed in streets, residential areas, work areas, schools, markets, and shopping malls.
Foreigners’ safety issues are top priority to Chinese police and always efficiently solved.
China is the second largest economy in the world, and has developed several big cities, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. In these big cities, you can see what modern cities are look like, high skyline and skyscrapers, modern city infrastructure, busy transport, exquisite shopping malls, clean and neat streets. Tourists can see urban attractions, go to Disneyland and amusement parks, hang out in streets and go shopping in shopping malls, and enjoy Chinese cuisine and exotic cuisine from all over the world.
China is the only home of Giant Panda, and endangered pandas are few in number and protected in zoo and panda breeding base. Sichuan China is where those pandas live, and it has three panda bases, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Dujiangyan Panda Base, and Bifenxia Panda Base. In those panda bases, you can see cute pandas, their living environment, how they are bred, and how they live their day, and have a close contact with panda, being a giant panda breeder.
Chengdu Giant Panda Volunteer Tour
Chinese Kong fu is fantastic and outstanding in martial arts, and has impressed the whole world. I believe that almost everyone has watched Jackie Chen’s performance of Kong fu, and would like to see Kong fu show through your own eyes. In fact, Chinese Kong fu is a complicated system and has several schools, but they have the same source-Shaolin Kong fu created by monks.
Acupuncture, moxibustion and cupping are traditional Chinese medicine methods to cure diseases like low and high blood pressure, arthritis, arthritis, cervical spondylosis, stiff neck, headache, and migraine. They have many benefits to health, like promoting blood circulation, removing needless moisture in human body, and curing back pain, neck pain, facial pain and knee pain. Except treating diseases, they also do great help in sleep disorder, and lowering the risk of stoke. Their functions have been proved by medicine research. If you have any of those problems, you could have a therapy during your China tour.
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