Once you have decided to visit China your next decision would be to figure out what you want to do here. China is a huge country, mixing the East and the West in incredible structures and towns. Buddhist temples stand near skyscrapers; the Forbidden City is at a stone’s throw away from Tiananmen Square, the Terracotta Warriors amaze every visitor while the Chinese cuisine is not to be missed. There is a lot to do and see in China. Let’s take a look at some of the most important places to visit.
China is probably identified with the Great Wall which once protected its borders. Today, tourists flock to test their stamina against the steep climb. The Great Wall of China is one of the must-see places in one’s life. Some of the touristy sections of the wall are located close to Beijing.
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The Forbidden City
Today known as the Palace Museum, The Forbidden City is located in the center of ancient Beijing. The Forbidden City was the imperial residence of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The entrance to the “city” is via the Tiananmen Gateway. Inside the city there are marvelous structures, bridges, statues and dragons decorating the buildings. The site can be visited daily from 9 AM to 4 PM (allow at least half a day).
Over the past decades religion has been practiced more openly in China which lead to a “resurrection” of the ancient Buddhist Temples. Some of the oldest ones are currently under renovation. If you want to visit the most famous you have a lot to choose from: Temple of the Azure Clouds in Beijing, Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai or the Hanging Temple in the Datong area.
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The world famous terracotta warriors are located with the Museum of Qin Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses near Xi’an, Shaanxi province. They were discovered by chance in 1974 when some local farmers worked in the area. The army “belongs” to Shi Huang Di the First Emperor of China. He wanted so much to be immortal that he decided to take his army with him in the grave. The figures in the army include soldiers, horses, chariots, officials and many more. It’s estimated that the army contains over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses and the majority of them is still buried in the pit.
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