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Top 10 Things to Do in China

It is acknowledged that tourists to Egypt shouldn't miss pyrimids, to India shouldn't Taj Mahal and to France shouldn't miss Louvre. Definitely, there are some places and some things that tourists miss, such as the climbing the Great Wall, cruising along Yangtze River, cooking Chinese dishes, etc. They are all typical Chinese activities or places of intersts. Only having experieced these 10 things, can people tell others that they have really been in China. This list of TOP TEN THINGS TO DO IN CHINA can help tourists avoid the pity of missing a worthy places and the worries of wasting time on inessential things.

No.1: Visit the Great Wall

There is a saying in China that "one who fails to reach the Great Wall is not a hero." Therefore, the first thing to do in China is to visit the legendary Great Wall. Rivaling the popularity of the ancient pyramids in Egypt, the Great Wall is the most supreme treasure of Chinese history and civilization. With a history of about 2000 years, it is one of most enduring symbols of the country representing the people's heritage and capabilities. In fact, the Great Wall's significance is far more convoluted than most tend to realize.

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No.2: Embark on a Yangtze River Cruise

The Yangtze River is one of China and the world's most geographically, historically, and culturally important bodies of water. Visitors usually choose to see the Yangtze by indulging in a cruise, which tends to travel from Chongqing to Zhichang, or from Yichang to Chongqing. To note, the price of going upstream versus downstream may differ, so even in the same section of the river, ships going upstream may cost more and take longer time than those going the other direction. The prices of these inclusive journeys vary from 180 RMB to 2100 RMB depending on the class of the cabin and include the cruise ticket in addition to entrances to select sites of interest on both banks. Stops include stations such as Fuling, Fengdu, Zhongxian, Wangzhou, Yunjie, Wushan, Badong, Guizhou, Maoping, and more. For those looking for an even more deluxe Yangtze experience, there are some luxurious cruises with only the most modern facilities and even more exquisite food. Trips typically last for about 3 days. >> Read more about Yangtze River Cruise

No.3: Visit the Terracotta Army in Xi'an

After a visit to Xi'an, the former Prime Minister of France Chirac once said, "The Terracotta Army can equal the Seven Wonders in the Ancient World. Going to China and not seeing the Terracotta Army is like going to Egypt and missing the Pyramids." Viewing Emperor Qin Shi Huang's immense terracotta army guarding his burial site and protecting his entry to the afterlife from the earthly side of a continuing archeological project is certainly one of the most memorable parts of any trip to China. In 1987, the incredible mausoleum of the first emperor of China from the Qin Dynasty and his terracotta army was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. >> Read more about Terracotta Army

No.4: Learn Chinese Kung Fu (Tai Ji included) in Shaolin Temple

Chinese kung fu, also known as wushu or martial arts, is a traditional Chinese sport and one of the most familiar examples of traditional Chinese culture. It is characterized by a variety of armed combat techniques. Kung fu is very rich in form and content, and includes tai ji, qi gong (breathing exercises), nei gong (internal exercises), tongzi gong (children's exercises), hou quan (monkey's shadowboxing), tanglang quan (mantis' shadowboxing), and zui quan (perform like a drunkard). Chinese kung fu is known to increase energy, fitness, coordination, mental well-being, self-discipline, and confidence because it requires extremely concentrated coordination of the mind and body. >>Read more about Chinese Kungfu in Shaolin Temple

No.5: See the Giant Pandas in the Sichuan Province

As the symbol of the WWF (World Wildlife Fund), the lovely image of giant pandas has won the love and adoration of people all around the world.It is native to central-western and southwestern China. It is easily recognized by its large, distinctive black patches around the eyes, ears, and on its rotund body. With a diet which is 98% bamboo, pandas may also eat other foods such as honey, eggs, fish, and yams. The giant panda has long been a favorite of the public, at least partly on account that the species has an appealing baby-like cuteness that makes it resemble a living teddy bear. The fact that it is usually depicted reclining peacefully eating bamboo, as opposed to hunting, also adds to its image of innocence. >> Read more about Giant Panda

No.6: Learn to Cook Chinese Food

Covering such a large territory and with so many ethnic groups, China has an unbelievably large variety of cuisines with widely varying but fantastic and mouthwatering flavors. Each of the local dishes have their own typical and unique characteristics, but Chinese food can be roughly divided into 8 regional types: Shandong, Sichuan, Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Hunan, and Anhui cuisines. >> Read more about Chinese food

No.7: Travel to Lhasa of Tibet by Railway

For most of tourists visiting China, it's an unmissable experience to take a train to Lhasa of Tibet, as they can appreciate those unparalleled scenery by Qinghai-Tibet Railway with the highest evaluation and the longest route in the world. Throughout a journey, tourists can appreciate yaks by the side of Qinghai Lake, fantastic salt lake crystallization, relatively clear sky, towering snow-capped mountains hidden in the cloud, Qarhan Salt Lake, ice crown, vulture, memoir of the Potala Palace and miracle religious culture. >> Read more about traveling to Lhasa by railway

No.8: Experience an ancient Chinese town—Jinxi in the Jiangsu Province

Jinxi has been a famous Chinese attraction for over 2,000 years. Located in the southwest corner of Kunshan City, it is surrounded by 5 beautiful lakes. As a result, it is well known for its green waves and clear ripples. Jinxi used to be the favorite place of the favorite concubine of an emperor in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), and she was finally buried here at the end of her life, leaving behind a beautiful story.Jinxi, meaning bright and beautiful brook, got its name because of a small, pristine brook on its land which seems bright and gorgeous when the sunshine falls on it. Unfortunately, the brook has disappeared with the passage of time. Despite this, Jinxi with its rows of peach blossoms on both banks is an incredibly attractive place with many historic sites and picturesque sceneries.

Apart from the natural landscapes, Jinxi is also rich in various museums. As well, there are 36 uniquely-designed bridges which can all be traced back to hundreds of years ago. >> Read more about Jinxi Ancient Town

No.9: Celebrate the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)

Falling on the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar, Chinese New Year is China's biggest traditional holiday, a 15-day celebration filled with fun, festivities, and delicious food. The Chinese New Year actually has a lot more to it than lion dances and firecrackers, although these 2 pieces of tradition are integral and the most visible. In many ways, this holiday is like Christmas to the West as it is about spending time with family, gift giving, and, above all, indulging in the ultimate food-fest.Often there are many fun ways to celebrate before and during this season:cleaning house, decorating doors and windows with red and cold ornaments alluding to luck and prosperity, offering a sacrifice to the Kitchen God, families gathering together and spend the evening preparing jiao zi (Chinese dumplings), giving out red lucky envelopes filled with money to loved ones, serving festive foods, and preparing a Tray of Togetherness.>> Read more about Chinese New Year

No.10: Shop in Hong Kong

A shopper’s paradise, Hong Kong's shopping is absolutely world renowned. Better yet, shopping in Hong Kong can be a great pleasure because of the wide and varied selection, low prices, and high quality. Every year, billions of visitors from countries around the world go to Hong Kong to find their perfect gifts.There are plenty of bargains to be found in the city. The products that are cheaper to buy in Hong Kong when compared to the same items in the UK, USA, or Australia include computer equipment, suits, electronics, clothes, and luxury goods. Many times, shoppers will find exclusive or limited regional designs and version releases not available in any other international markets.

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