China Top Tourist Cities
Beijing, the host city of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and China's capital city, is a modern and sprawling city in north China. Having served as the capital of the country for more than 800 years, Beijing is home to some of the finest remnants of China's imperial past, which are represented by the Great Wall of China, China's legendary line of defense; the Forbidden City, famous as one of the largest and best-preserved ancient imperial palace museums; the Summer Palace, a lovely imperial garden.
Beijing is brightened by its glorious past, but is by no means struck in the past. Standing side-by-side with old Beijing's crimson palace complexes are the city's modern buildings, the super-modern Olympic Village, with the Bird's Nest Stadium and Water Cube; the dazzling shopping malls in Wangfujing Street and the colorful entertainment center of Houhai.
Despite all the changes in recent years, traditional lifestyle has been well-preserved in the oldest neighborhoods of the city - the Hutongs, which are mazes of narrow alleyways and old single storey traditional courtyard houses. A tour by rickshaw through the Hutongs will give travelers a glimpse of "Old Beijing".
In a word, Beijing is a must-see place for any visitors to China. As the political, cultural, scientific and educational heart as well as a key transportation hub of today's China and China in the past, it offers a general idea of China's past, China today, and the direction in which China is heading in the 21st century.
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Shanghai, China's biggest and most prosperous city, oozes an atmosphere of vitality, and a dynamic which can rival New York in the United States and Paris of France in terms of modernity. Shanghai is the second largest 'city proper' in the world after Mumbai. As one of the world’s leading economic and business cities, Shanghai's modernity is evidenced by the ambitious skyline in the Pudong Economic Zone and the gorgeous night scenes of the Huangpu River, when its immense towers dance in unison.
Shanghai's colonial legacy combined with things Chinese has created a unique culture, which is a fusion of the East and the West. The Bund, the waterfront of the city gives a vivid illustration of the combination of east and west cultures through its large collection of colonial architecture.
However, old Shanghai is not set to disappear overnight. Beneath Shanghai's impressive modern buildings and in the back alleys, scenes of the 1920s vision of the future have been kept.
Unlike Beijing, Shanghai does not brim with many great sights. Except for Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, and the Huangpu River Cruise, there are no other sights with great appeal. However, the interest of visiting Shanghai lies not in scurrying from sight to sight but in the feel of the city's modern atomosphere.
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No visit to China will be complete without a few days' stay in Xi'an. As one of China's seven ancient capitals, it served as the capital for 12 dynasties over 1,000 years. Thus Xi'an is blessed with a great number of precious relics and historical sites, with the highlights being the Entombed Warriors (the eighth Wonder of the World), two historical Buddhist Pagodas (Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Small Wild Goose Pagoda), the Ancient City Wall and Banpo Museum (a prehistoric civilization museum). Xi'an was also the starting point of the Silk Road, an ancient trade route that extended from Asia to Europe and played an important role in economic and cultural exchange between the East and the West in ancient times.
Xi'an is, for certain, one of the most popular tourist destinations among foreign travelers, which is included in the itineraries of almost all tour packages. At China Highlights, we feel that a tour to Xi'an is something that any tourist to China would not want to miss, as it serves as a window on China's ancient civilization.
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Guilin, with its marvelous limestone scenery, is renowned as one of the most beautiful places on earth. During his visit, former US President Nixon was inspired by Guilin's picturesque natural scenery and remarked: "I have visited more than eighty countries and over a hundred cities. I have found that no city can surpass the beauty of Guilin.” The city, nestling among the tree-clad pinnacles, dotted with crystal lakes, on the banks of the Li River seems to belong to a landscape painting.
Guilin is in the center of the two tourist meccas in the region: Yangshuo and Longsheng, which are renowned for their beautiful scenery. Yangshuo in particular has become a paradise for backpackers, with its idyllic countryside, its easy-going atmosphere, and its cheap food and beer. Longsheng is famous throughout China, if not throughout the world, for the unparalleled scenic beauty of its terraced rice paddies, and for its genuine Zhuang and Yao ethnic cultures.
Guilin is a well-developed tourist city, with a plethora of retail shops that are tourist-friendly and a string of excellent hotels.
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Hong Kong is not like any other places on earth. As one of the most important economic and financial centers in East Asia, Hong Kong enjoys all the benefits of a dynamic and vibrant metropolis.
Hong Kong is a fusion of many cultures. Remnants of its colonial past, British culture and values share space with Chinese tradition. It's amazing to notice the gray Confucian temples edging against western style churches. The traditional Chinese festivals such as the Spring Festival and Moon Festival are celebrated along with Christmas.
Hong Kong is a world-renowned shopping paradise, known for its tourist-friendly atmosphere and numerous options. The huge shopping malls of Central, Admiralty and the street fashion factory in Causeway Bay are reasons for many travelers to make their Hong Kong trips.
Hong Kong has many accessible beaches and natural sights for outdoor lovers. Lantau Island for example, provides a relaxing atmosphere for a holiday break.
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