Holidaying in China
China is a huge, diverse country, awe inspiring, and a rapidly growing destination for travellers worldwide.
Few countries in the world can come anywhere near to boasting such a rich and wonderful history, fascinating, rich culture and wealth of things to see and do.
The diversity of it's immense and beautiful landscapes is simply mind-boggling.
From the vast frozen forests of it's northeast and the stunning mountains and deep gorges of it's south-central region throught to the breathtaking terraced rice-paddies and karst topography of it's southwest, China's visual allure is second to none.
With a history dating back over four thousand years, China is one of the world's oldest civilizations and has an abundance of historical and cultural sights awaiting eager travellers.
Perhaps China's most famous tourist attraction is the Great Wall of China. One of the great wonders of the world, the wall was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage by in 1987, and snakes majestically across deserts, grasslands and mountains for over eight thousand kilometers (5,500 miles) from east to west of China.
Another must-see for visitors to China is the Forbidden City. Also called the Palace Museum, it is located in the centre of Beijing. The Forbidden City was built between 1406 and 1420 during the Ming Dynasty, and was designed to be the centre of the ancient city of Beijing, and contains some 980 beautiful and ornate buildings.
China's capital city, Beijing is a vast metropolis, one of the most populous cities in the world, a place where ancient and modern meet effortlessly as shiny, glass and metal skyscrapers and ancient temples and edifices sit in close proximity.
Once you've done with the sightseeing here the city offers plenty of other mouth-watering attractions.
Beijing is a culinary delight, a great way to get a taste of delicious local fare is to pay a visit to Donghuamen Night Snack Street.
This area is extremely popular with both locals and international tourists and leisurely ambling through this vibrant and colourful street at night is a popular pastime for tourists. A must-eat here is probably it's most famous dish the world-renowned Beijing/Peking duck.
For those in need of a little retail therapy Beijing is a shoppers paradise. The Chinese are shopping mad and the city has a wealth of luxury shopping malls, shopping areas and local markets selling goods for every taste and budget.
If you tire of the hurly-burly of Beijings hectic streets just ninety minutes drive away lies the Songshan National Nature Reserve.
This wondrous place, a place of ancient pine-forests, cascading waterfalls, pristine freshwater streams and beautifully dramatic rock formations is home to nationally protected wildlife such as the golden leopard, the imperial eagle and the black stork.
The options on what do see and do in China are virtually endless, whatever your interests you'll be sure to find them here in this oriental treasure trove of a destination, a trip to China will guarantee lasting and enduring memories.