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China – Things to Do

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Visit the Great Wall

The Badaling Great Wall, selected as one of Top 10 Things to Do in China,is located near the city of Yanqing, in Yanqing County, about 70 kilometres (43 miles) northwest of Beijing. It is the section of theGreat Wall situated just west of the Juyong Pass section, the latter being the putative westernmost section of the Great Wall that was fortified under the supervision of General Qi Jiguang during the reign (CE 1572-1620) of the Wanli emperor, Emperor Shenzhong. However, in ancient times, Juyong Pass and Badaling were considered two parts of one whole, i.e., the Juyong Pass of ancient times consisted in reality of two passes: one in the south, called Nan Kou (but often referred to simply as Guan, or “Pass”); and one in the north, Badaling.

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Visit the Terracotta Army in Xi'an

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.

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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.

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Learn Chinese Kung Fu 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.

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Visit the Giant Pandas

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.

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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.