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Peoples Republic Of China Mainland Only

INTRODUCTION

China isn't a country - it's an adventure! Try not to pre-book too much because you will find so much to see and do, you will ultimately change your plans and head off where your heart desires, such as following the Silk Road, sailing down the Yangzi River, or exploring the landscape of Guangxi Province.

Major Cities Include:

Beijing
Hong Kong
Macau?
Nanjing
Shanghai
Xi'an?

Administrative Regions:

Tibet

HISTORY

Ancient China was one of the earliest centers of human civilization. The first unified Chinese state was set up by the Qin Dynasty in 221 BC. This dynasty established the position of Emperor. The last dynasty was the Qing dynasty which lasted until 1912. During this period, China was torn by civil war and rebellions. From 1912 to 1949, the Republic of China was established. This was also a time of political unrest. The mistrust of the Nationalists and the Communists led to the Chinese Civil War. In 1947, constitutional rule was established. In 1949, the People's Republic of China was established by the victorious Communist Party lead by Mao Zedong. The Cultural Revolution left much of China's education and economy in disarray in the 1960s. However, post 1978 reforms have resulted in economic development and some relaxation of control over many areas of society.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

ATTRACTIONS

Beijing

Beijing should be the jumpoff point for anyone looking to travel to China. The city is an eclectic mix of ancient spectacle and modern day necessity. Hit up the Forbidden City?, which is right in Tienanmen Square? and the gorgeous Temple of Heaven? while you're in Beijing. They'll all dazzle the eye and enlighten the mind.

Xi'an

Uncovered in 1974, over 10,000 figures have been sorted to date. Soldiers, archers and chariots stand in battle formation in underground vaults looking fierce and war-like as they can. Visit the old city walls, the Muslim quarter, and the Banpo Neolithic Village.

Shanghai

Shanghai is one of the most popular places in modern China. It is in itself its own cosmopolitan city buzzing and showcasing the architectural temples of art, fine dining and contemporary living.

Grand Buddha

The Grand Buddha, carved into a cliff face, is the pride of the city. The Buddha was built hoping that he would calm the swift river waters and protect boatmen from strong currents in the hollows. The Grand Buddha was completed 90 years after the death of Haitong, the Buddhist Monk who started the construction.

The Great Wall of China?

The Great Wall was begun over 2000 years ago, and required thousands and thousands of workers many of whom were political prisoners. The Great Wall of China took an impressive 10 years of hard labor to complete. Legend has it that one of the building materials used was the bones of deceased workers.

Summer Palace

One of Beijing's most popular and romantic sights, the massive park of the Summer Palace will take almost a full day to explore. It really is something that needs to seen fully to appreciate it.

Yungang Caves

These caves, cut into the southern cliffs of Wuzhou Shan, are home to over 50,000 Buddhist statues, including the earliest Buddhist carvings in China. On top of the mountain ridge are the remains of a huge, mud/brick 17th-century Qing dynasty fortress.

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