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Cities

Beijing

Formerly known as Peking, Beijing is the capital of China and is home to more than 20 million people. These days, it’s a thriving international city and a centre for culture and education, as well as commerce. The city has a rich history going back over thousands of years. Some of the top places to visit include the big three: The Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall of China.

The Great Wall stretches East to West across China for a distance of over 6,000 kilometres. It is thought that over one million workers (mostly convicts and forced-labour) died in its construction and it is said to be the only man-made construction you can see from the moon.

There’s also many modern museums and art galleries, as well temples and gardens to visit. And, of course, Tiananmen Square, the centre of China’s political space and the site of the Chairman Mao Mausoleum.

Shanghai

Shanghai is one of the world’s largest seaports and China’s major industrial and commercial centre. It’s also one of the most popular tourist destinations in China, attracting tourists from all over the world.

Shanghai is a well-known historical and cultural city with more than 70 sites of historical interest. It’s also a paradise for foodies. Here you will find thousands of restaurants serving a complete list of China’s major famous dishes plus a wide variety of foreign foods.

Shanghai is also famous for its architecture with a wide collection of buildings with different architectural styles along the Bund and elsewhere in the city. This includes the magnificent Nanpu and Yangpu Bridges, which are connected to the Shanghai Museum and the Shanghai Grand Theatre on People Square.

Guangzhou

Guangzhou is China’s largest product manufacturing city and is the home of the Canton Fair. Hundreds of thousands of business people come here every year to attend the Fair.

Things to do in Guangzhou include the Chimelong Theme Parks, featuring a Safari Park, the Chimelong Circus and an amusement park with thrilling rides.

The New Super-High Towers. The Canton Tower is Asia’s tallest tower and has a special observatory and is 70 meters taller than the nearby CTF Tower, the world’s 7th tallest building. At night the Canton Tower keeps changing colour and is a popular attraction for foreign visitors.

Museums and old architecture in Guangzhou include Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Chen Family Ancestral Temple and the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. There’s also a lively nightlife in Guangzhou, with lots of bars and clubs or you can take a night cruise on the Pearl river and enjoy a show of Cantonese opera.

Xiamen

Xiamen is actually a group of islands with the main one connected to the mainland by five bridges and two underground tunnels. It is known locally as a very clean city, with minimal pollution and was recently voted the cleanest city in China. It’s also a university city with three universities, the biggest of which is Xiamen University, which has over 28,000 students. There are also a lot of public and private colleges.

Xiamen is best known for its Buddhist temples, art galleries, beautiful parks and the surrounding area with tree-lined beaches and beautiful scenery. There’s also the nearby Gulangyu Island, which is a ten-minute ferry ride from Xiamen. This island is strictly for pedestrians and they ban not only cars but even bicycles. Consequently, its one of China’s most visited tourist attractions.

Other attractions include – Hulishan Fortress – a spectacular site surrounded by walls made of granite built in 1891.  And the Nanputuo Temple, a very famous Buddhist temple founded in the Tang era.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is an exciting and fascinating city to visit and now attracts over 36 million visitors a year from all over the world. Apart from the delights of some of the best Chinese food you will ever taste, Hong Kong is also a shopper’s paradise with an endless supply of shopping centres and street markets, selling everything and anything.

Here is a short list of just some of the main attractions:

The Peak is one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong. Take the tram to the top of The Peak and see the spectacular view of the world-famous Victoria Harbour.

The Giant Buddha at Lantau Island is the world’s tallest, outdoor, seated bronze Buddha.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort at Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island, is the first Disney themed resort in China.

Ocean Park at the southern part of Hong Kong Island, provides an exciting mix of entertainment, education and conservation facilities.

Repulse Bay at the southern end of Hong Kong Island, famous for its beach which is popular with locals and visitors alike.

Stanley Market and Murray House is a popular market town that offers a variety of shopping and bargain buys.

Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter, where visitors can take a sampan ride to enjoy the scenic views of the typhoon shelter and take a closer look at the daily life of the fishermen in Aberdeen or enjoy the seafood cuisine on the floating restaurants.