Why travel to China?
China is a huge country, with each individual province having its own capital and its own history. Check Countryaah.com to see other countries that are also located in eastern Asia like China.
In addition to geography, the number of attractions in China also seems limitless. The history of Chinese civilization dates back nearly 6,000 years.
Countless historic cities, cultural treasures from different dynasties, beautiful nature and fascinating fauna, as well as dozens of UNESCO-protected attractions make China one of the most interesting travel destinations in the world.
Our tour in China
Our tours immerse you in Chinese culture, nature and history and visit many fascinating UNESCO sites in China.
Below you can read more about the interesting sights and experiences that await you on our tours.
Xi’an is the fascinating capital of Shaanxi Province in central China. Xi’an was the capital of China in 1000 BC. from about 770 BC. After a break of a few hundred years, Xi’an again became the capital after the unification of China during the Qin Dynasty in 221, a position it remained in until 904. For hundreds of years, the city was also the eastern end of the Silk Road, and this important trade route has had a significant impact on the development of Xi’an.
Xi’an is full of historical pagodas and world-class museums that tell their own story about the city’s long history.
One of the most interesting sights is the old city wall, which dates back to the Ming Dynasty. The wall was built in 1370 to replace the original wall built by the Tang Dynasty in 618-907. The wall surrounding the center of Xi’an is 12 meters high and 14 km long, and together with the Drum Tower, it forms Xi’an’s most famous landmark. It is possible to ride a bicycle around the wall.
Other places worth seeing include the Wild Goose Pedagogues from the Tang Dynasty, the Great Mosque of Xi’an, a beautiful blend of Chinese and Islamic architecture, and the Bazaar, which sells everything from small terracotta warriors to T-shirts and more.
The Terracotta Army, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is by far Xi’an’s most important attraction and one of the world’s most famous archaeological finds.
The Terracotta Army consists of thousands of life-size warriors equipped with weapons and arranged in combat formations, as well as hundreds of chariots and horses. China’s first emperor is believed to have commissioned the military to protect its own grave. What makes the Clay Army unique is also the fact that each statue is unique, and the characters ’clothing and equipment give a good idea of what life was like in this region more than 2,000 years ago.
The warriors have been restored and put back in place in the same formations as where they were originally found. Three huge halls have been built above the warriors, where you can see the entire army up close. In addition, a museum has been established in connection with the terracotta army, which preserves other beautiful and unique artifacts found in the tomb, such as bronze, gold and silver treasures.
Shanghai has more than 34 million inhabitants, making it the most populous city in all of China. Here you can experience both the dizzyingly tall skyscrapers of modern China, the flashing neon lights and the wide harbor boulevard, as well as the historic buildings and neighborhoods that represent traditional China.
You can explore more modern parts of the city at The Bund, Shanghai’s bustling harbor area. On the 1.5-kilometer-long promenade, you can admire the legendary skyline of Pudong, which rises across the river. One of the most famous buildings is the 468 meter high observation tower called Oriental Pearl Tower.
Shanghai’s Old Street, whose cityscape is dominated by historic buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties, in turn offers a vantage point for the traditional Chinese way of life. Here you can experience authentic Shanghai, for example, in the famous Chun Feng De Yin Tea Room, which was established during the Qing Dynasty.
One of the most picturesque neighborhoods is the French Quarter, which is like a small piece of Europe in the middle of Shanghai. Exploring the maze of streets and alleys and admiring the fine architecture can easily take an hour or another, and you can always rest your tired feet in the cozy café or restaurant, which can be found for every taste.
Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province in southwest China. The Chengdu area is one of China’s best-kept secrets, offering much to see from UNESCO-protected natural sites to fascinating animals.
Sichuan is also known for its delicious cuisine and is a real gourmet’s dream destination.
Giant Panda Base
China is known for its pandas and the conservation work done for them. About 10 kilometers north of Chengdu, Giant Panda Base is one of four conservation centers. The center serves as both a nature park and a research institute, and all around it grows bamboo, which is the only food source for pandas.
Pandas lived mainly in China, Myanmar and northern Vietnam, but today they are only found in three Chinese provinces. Today, there are about 1,800 pandas in China, 70% of them in Sichuan.
Giant Panda Base is home to both big pandas and golden pandas. The best time to visit pandas is in the morning, when they are fed and the animals are at their most active anyway.
The 2,200-year-old Dujiangyan Irrigation System in Sichuan is the world’s oldest irrigation system built without dams. The purpose of the construction project was to control the water level in the rivers that flowed from the mountains to the plains surrounding Chengdu. The construction technology used in the irrigation system had a major impact on the development of irrigation systems throughout China. Dujiangyan was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
Other Chinese highlights
In addition to the above, the highlights of our travels also include:
- The world’s largest rocky Buddha on Mount Leshan, south of Chengdu. Construction of the UNESCO World Heritage Site statue began in 713 and was completed in 803, so it took a total of 90 years to build. The Buddha is carved into the rock and is 71 meters high and 28 meters wide at the shoulders. The big toes of the statue are as much as 8.5 meters long. The giant buddha is visible for miles, and the sight is impressive both near and far.
- Yangshuo is an incredibly beautiful natural destination in southern China. The scenery of Yangshuo is dominated by green-sided limestone mountains that mirror the calm surface of the Li River and cast their shadows on the surrounding field openings. The beauty of nature is best achieved on a bike ride on the limestone mountains.
- The Longmen Caves consist of more than 2,300 limestone caverns and cavities. The cave is one of the most impressive representatives of Buddhist cave art in China. Inside the cave network are more than 100,000 stone-carved Buddha statues, bodhisattvas and lotus flowers. The statues are over a thousand years old and were carved mainly during the Wei and Tang dynasties in the 400s-7th centuries.
Combine a beach vacation on the island of Hainan
Enjoy your vacation in Hainan, China’s largest island, which is like China’s counterpart to Hawaii.
China may not be known for its beach resorts, but Hainan in the southernmost part of the country is a true tropical vacation paradise. The island offers a lavish setting for a relaxing beach holiday, for example in the Yalong Bay area near the capital Sanya.
You can spend the day sunbathing, try a variety of water sports or go shopping in the Sanya boutiques. The choice is yours!