As the 3rd largest countries in the world, China offers a lot of wonderful destinations for your comfortable journey. If you want to enjoy an extremely leisure and relax journey, you can take a Yangtze River cruise which is the best choice. If you want to challenge yourself, you can try to climb the Yellow Mountain. And if you want to explore some traditional Chinese culture, you can visit two of the top 8 ancient capitals - Beijing and Xi'an. Here China Travel has selected some excellent destinations for senior visitors from the world. ©
Top things to do in China for senior people
The Yangtze River Cruise
If you don't want to walk too much, the Yangtze River Cruise is the top one choice in China. The cruises provide travelers with a comfortable journey and beautiful scenery along the Yangtze River. Most cruises are running between Chongqing to Yichang in Hubei Province with an essential journey of the Yangtze River. But Victoria Sophia managed by an American team is the only vessel running between Chongqing to Shanghai. Besides, there are wheel chair passages for inconvenient travelers on some Yangtze River ships.
With great facilities, travelers can enjoy beautiful scenery along the Yangtze River through an independent window in the room and take part in some Chinese cultural lectures. You can also visit Fengdu Ghost City to see Chinese ghost culture, take a small boat to Shennong Stream and shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site.
As the capital of China, Beijing is a good place to see some Chinese wonders such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. It has well preserved a lot of royal palaces and sites of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Travelers can visit some royal sites to experience a Chinese royal life in the ancient times. Beijing is also a mixture of traditional Chinese and modern life.
Hutong is another symbol of Beijing's local life. Travelers can wander among the hutongs to experience a real Beijing tour. Morning exercises on the square of the Temple of Heaven are good things to try. At the same time, China Travel can arrange you to learn tai chi on the square. The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games' main competition range - Bird Nest has fantastic and amazing night scenery, which becomes a new landmark of Beijing.
If you are interested in traditional Chinese culture, Xi'an is one of the best choices in China. As the most famous and the longest ancient capital of China, Xi'an has well kept the Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shi Huang who is the first king conquered the whole China. So when you travel to Xi'an, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses is the first not to miss. Xi'an has been the capital for 13 dynasties such as the Qin, Han, Sui and Tang Dynasties.
It is a great city that to experience a traditional Chinese journey. You can also play tai chi on the Xi'an Ancient City Wall or walk along the wall to have a better view of the whole city. Muslim's Quarter is one of the best places to enjoy local northwestern Chinese food and one of the best places to buy some souvenirs and experience Xi'an night life.
If you still think China is a poor country, Shanghai will make you gape at its numerous skyscrapers. As the most developed cities in China, Shanghai's high buildings become new scenery. For example, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is a symbol of Shanghai. Influenced by western culture, local Haipai and Shikumen culture changes Shanghai's life.
There are a large number of exotic buildings along the Bund which has been one of best night destinations in Shanghai. The night scenery of the Bund is on every traveler's must-visit list. Besides, you can also take a cruise along the Huangpu River to see great night scenery in both Pudong New Area and Puxi. Yu Garden stands for Shanghai's ancient life. Travelers can see a beautiful traditional Chinese private garden in Yu Garden and enjoy tasty local food such as Xiaolongbao in the area.
Guilin in the southern China is famous for its karst landscape which is the theme of numerous traditional Chinese paintings. Due to its natural geography advantage, it is one of the best places to see wonderful natural scenery. The Li River stretches from Guilin to Yangshuo County, a classical karst journey in Guilin. The most popular thing to do in Guilin is to take a cruise along the Li River or the Yulong River (Meet Dragon River) in Yangshuo.
Yangshuo County, a one hour and a half journey by coach from Guilin is one of the most popular counties in China. You can experience a quiet countryside journey among the excellent karst hills or learn tai chi or learn to make Chinese dishes in Yangshuo. As it attracts a lot of foreign travelers, the West Street also gets the name of Foreign Street.
Chengdu in the southwest of China is one of the most leisure cities in China. There are several highlights to meet your tour needs. As the hometown of Giant Pandas in China, the first highlight is to see Giant Pandas in Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base or Bifengxia Panda Breeding Center. Chengdu is also famous for its Taoism culture. If you are interested in Taoism culture, you can visit Qingcheng Mountain to experience the culture.
Because of leisure lifestyle, teahouses cover every corner of Chengdu. Playing mahjong is one part of Sichuan people's life. Sichuan cuisine and Sichuan Opera are also the highlights of Chengdu. Face-changing performance in the Sichuan Opera has got a great reputation among the travelers. In addition, natural beauty Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong in the northern Sichuan Province has attracted numerous visitors from home and abroad.
In the southwest of China, Yunnan Province is not only a popular summer destination, but also an excellent destination to experience ethnic minorities' unique culture. The provincial capital-Kunming is widely known as the Spring City as it has a comfortable climate and temperature all the year round. Yunnan is a great place to escape from a hot summer, and also a wonderful destination to enjoy a warm winter.
Because it has the most kinds of ethnic minorities of China, travelers can experience a lot of different cultural journeys in Yunnan such as Mosuo people's walking-marriage or Bai people's culture in Dali. Lijiang has been one of the romantic cities in China, but it is also suitable for the senior and your family. Shangri-la, Dali and Xishuangbanna are popular cities in Yunnan Province. Dai People's Water-Splashing Festival is one of the grandest festivals in the Xishuangbanna.
Although Hong Kong is widely loved by young people, especially young women, it doesn't affect that Hong Kong is still a popular destination for the senior. Of course, you can wander in Hong Kong to do some excellent shopping. As one of the most modern cities in the world, Hong Kong has been perfectly influenced by British culture and traditional Chinese Culture. Due to its location, it is also an excellent city to escape from a chilly winter.
Victoria Peak is one of the best places to have a bird view of Hong Kong's skyscrapers. Thousands of skyscrapers become a symbol of Hong Kong's modern modernization. And the peak is also an excellent place to see night scenery of Hong Kong. Aberdeen in the south Hong Kong is famous for fish village style seafood.
Wuzhen Water Town
Located in the north of Tongxiang City in Zhejiang Province, Wuzhen Water Town is one of the top 6 water towns in the Yangtze River Delta, together with Zhouzhuang, Tongli, Luzhi, Xitang and Nanxun Water Towns. With a long history, Wuzhen has well-preserved houses built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties and the period of the Republic of China. Travelers can enjoy a great photography journey in the water town.
The water town in sunny days or rain days shows different scenery. Even the town in the morning, afternoon and at night is different scenery. To take a cruise along the river is one of the best ways to enjoy its beauty. And you can visit a folk dyehouse to see how to make blue calico in Wuzhen Water Town. You also have a choice to know a back performance of the shadow play.
The Yellow Mountain
The Yellow Mountain in Anhui Province is a popular destination all the year around. It is decorated by a lot of colorful wild flowers in April, the best place to see a sunrise or sunset in July when it's sunny and one of the greatest places to see snow scenery from December to February. Taoism culture makes the Yellow Mountain become more mysterious to some travelers. You can experience a Taoism cultural trip in the scenic spot. Oddly pines, grotesque rocks, a sea of cloud and hot spring are the 4 highlights not to miss in the Yellow Mountain.
There are cable cars from the bottom to the top of the Yellow Mountain, so senior travelers don't need to worry about the long-distance climbing. Hongcun Village is a beautiful village to experience a quiet countryside journey one the way back from the Yellow Mountain.
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