8 Apr 2013

China Wish List - Top 10 Tourist Attractions

Even though the sun is just beginning to appear in the UK we're still thinking about jetting off for a holiday. After blogging about the Handou Panda Hotel we started to contemplate a taking a trip to China and have compiled a list of the 10 things we'd really like to see there;

The Great Wall of China
Obviously a trip to China wouldn't be complete unless you paid a visit to The Great Wall, one of the seven wonders of the world, but did you know after you've studied the cultural history you can opt to toboggan down it!

Wangfujing Street
Wangfujing provides the best Chinese shopping experience by combining high end malls with the bustle of a flea market. The street vendors offer a wide array of authentic food; if you've ever wanted to eat a scorpion on a stick, this is the place to do it! You can also sample snake, starfish and spiders.

Pandas!
There are two sanctuaries where you can pay a visit to see the giant bears in their natural habitat. You can also have a cuddle with one, and get your picture taken with your new best friend.
A Giant Panda from Chengdu Panda Base
Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak is said to give the best views of the bright lights of Hong Kong. Victoria Peak is the highest mountain on the island and you can choose from various modes of transport in order to get to the top.

The Chinese Imperial Palace, left over from the Ming Dynasty, is made up of over 9000 rooms and is a shrine to the artifacts and architecture from 1400 onwards.
The Forbidden City at Sunset
The Terracotta Army
The terracotta warriors are another cultural must see; the pits house an estimated 8000 soldiers and 670 chariots and horses meant to be representative of the armies of the First Emperor of China

Gulangyu Beach
Gulangyu Island is a car free island just off the coast that allows people the oppourtunity to relax on the warm sand, seperate from the hustle and bustle of modern China.
A strip of beach at Gulangyu Island
A secluded part of Gulangyu
China houses many impressive temples, but what set Potala Palace apart is that it is home to the Dalai Lama. It is heralded as a “golden feather on the roof of the world” and you do have to climb at least 400 steps to reach it. Once inside though you can meet with some of the many monks who call it home.
Potala Palace on top of Red Mountain
Everything you would expect from Disney World, but possibly more exciting as everything is bigger, more colourful, and more interactive.

Another definitively Chinese shopping experience; after the sun goes down traders, fortune tellers and performers set up to sell everything from electronics to antiques.

If you fancy getting some Chinese culture without having to make the 10 hour flight, check out the Chinese State Circus tour dates here.