As one of the oldest world’s civilization and with swift global expansion in politics and economics, China could easily draw British tourists’ eyes with her unique historical heritage, natural habitat, lifestyle and huge social changes.
Before culling a holiday destination, the British may need to decide what they hope to see or explore and it probably helps to pin down a perfect spot.
Beijing or Xi’an would be their prime option if the Britons wish to get an eyeful of history and buildings of ancient China.
Plodding away along the best preserved part of the Great Wall in Badaling, a suburb of Beijing, the climbers would be thrilled by the gigantic ‘dragon’ slithering along the sinuous path among woods and mountains and praise the ancient Chinese workmen over 2,000 years ago for building a strategically defensive wall of about 5,000 miles.
Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Beihai Park, Summer Palace and Ming Tombs, etc. would be among the most desirable tourist attractions in Beijing.
The legendary Terracotta Army each year lures hundreds of western sightseers into Xi’an city. Strolling inside the museum where clay soldiers in armour and horses are arrayed in an attacking or defensive fashion, visitors would be stunned by how the craftsmen in the 3rd century BC captured every nuance of an individual’s facial expression, hair, whiskers, accessories and armour.
As Capital of about 13 imperial dynasties and kingdoms, Xi’an would romp through a competition of ancient Chinese culture, economy and politics. City Wall, Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Stele Forest Museum, Shaanxi History Museum, Qianling Mausoleum and Tang Paradise would give you a glimpse of Chinese history of 3,000 years.
Over recent 3 decades, China has increasingly been in the spotlight of global economics and politics. For the British wishing to see the country’s radical transformation, Shanghai would be a cut above the rest.
Strolling along The Bund, a historically symbolic waterfront stretch of Huangpu River, many alien-looking buildings would be evocative of old Shanghai where foreign banks, trade firms and newspaper offices flooded in the city and turned it into the financial heart of China and Far East.
In contrast, on the other side of the river, modern skyscrapers of the-2nd –world-tallest Shanghai Tower, Shanghai World Financial Centre, Oriental Pearl Tower and Jinmao Tower, soaring in Pudong District, mirror a rapid progression in China and the city’s contemporary construction.
Popular travel spots in Shanghai also include Nanjing Road, The City God Temple, Yu Garden, Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Museum and Pudong district, etc. The city’s resplendent night view is renowned.
If a British backpacker is keen to explore a picturesque Chinese rural spot, Yangshuo in Guangxi Province would be fail-safe. Situated in the south of China, the town’s landscape beats Guilin and the latter is well known that ‘Guilin’s scenery excels in the world ’.
Voyaging in a cruiser across Li River from Guilin down to Yangshuo, passengers always snatch snapshots of a mural of peculiar karst peaks, pretty water, unique caves and odd-looking stones.
When ‘one… two… three…’ ringing in ears, the boat is believed to reach a famous ‘9-horse mountain’ – the mountain with 5 pinnacles joined together and the images scored by rain and wind on its rocky façade look like 9 galloping horses.
The 4-5 hours’ boat trip takes the travellers directly to Yangshuo town center. The West Street provides satisfying lodgings for the Brits with many western-style cafes, restaurants and clubs and easy access to the popular sites of Moon Hill, Yulong River, Silver Cave, Darongshu, Tianlai Butterfly Spring, Shiwaitaoyuan, etc.
Yet, for those who dislike travelling too distant off the central China, Sichuan would be an alternative. The province is blessed with famous natural resources and heritage, i.e. Bifengxia Panda Base, Jiuzhaigou, Ermei Mountain, Leshan Buddha, Huanglong, Wolong National Nature Reserve, Dujiangyan Irrigation System.
The China’s extensive geographic feature also allows such tropical seaside cities as Sanya to turn into a paradise for British sun-bathers. Based in Hainan Province and as the furthest southern city in China, Sanya is full of sunshine, sea, beaches, white sands, coconut trees and coral reefs.
Deliciously basking in the sun while lying on loungers, the holiday makers can enjoy a blue sky, glittering ripples, the boats bobbing on the sea water, and the happy people gearing themselves up for scuba diving or surfing…