Visiting China

With more than 5,000 years of history and 56 ethnic groups, China is a tourist’s paradise. In your China vacation, you’ll find fun and unique music, drama and delicious foods.

Every year, large crowds of tourists flock to China hotels looking for outdoor adventures, historical tours and a lesson in folk customs.

China is an old and rich country that has an air of mystery about it. Today, tourists across the globe take China vacations because of the many historical and cultural relics the country has to offer.

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Beaches

While the beach may not be the first thing that pops into your head when you think about China vacations, there are at least 20 lovely beaches to explore. So make sure you add the beach to your list of places to visit in China. Currently, the best beaches and China hotels and resorts are found in Sanya in Hainan Island. After your trip to Mainland China, take a few days to visit Hainan Island and check out one of the four major beaches: Yalong Bay, Dadonghai, Sanya Bay or Sanya Luhuitou Peninsula.

Things to Do

If you’re looking for outdoor adventures, take a trip along the coastline where you’ll see incredible and colorful canyons, mountains and tropical rain forests. Take a trip to Qinghai-Tibet Plateau where you’ll see how tough
life is in the wild, or check out the Himalaya Mountains which will make you feel small, no matter how tall you are.

And finally, if you’re looking for outdoor beauty and elegance, visit the winding rivers towns in southern
China – that’s a ‘take your breath away’ moment for sure.

If you are intrigued by history, a China vacation is great for you. Here you can visit the Great Wall, Terra Cotta Warriors and the Forbidden City, and that’s only the beginning.

China has more than 100 historical and cultural cities to visit. While you stroll through ancient Chinese cities, it’s like time is slowly moving backwards – a thing that will surely help you understand the culture and history.

Because there are 56 different ethnic groups with different cultures and lifestyles living in China, this area is rich in folk customs.

If you’re looking for places to visit in China or things to do, check out Xishuangbanna of Yunnan’s Water-Splashing Festival. During the festival, people will chase and splash water on each other because they believe water is a symbol of luck and happiness.

Shopping

China is a shopper’s heaven. Shopping in China you’ll find boutique shops, department store and plenty of bargain hunting. If you consider yourself an experienced bargain shopper, then shopping in Hong Kong will be right up your alley. Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the biggest shops in the overly crowded city.

Take an afternoon to explore the plethora of shoes, watches, clothes and plenty of other items. If you are looking for more elegant items, try shopping in the Central area. If you find yourself shopping in Beijing, make sure you avoid the Silk Market (it’s a tourist trap and is extremely overpriced) and head to Panjiayuan (also called the Dirt Market).

Eating and Drinking:

There are several different types of Chinese cuisine including Cantonese, Shangdong, Sichuan and Huaiyang. Here’s a little summary of four main cuisine types.

Cantonese dishes use a variety of ingredients, including fresh-water fish, seafood, birds and more. Usually Cantonese use condiments like oyster sauce, fish sauce and fermented soya bean sauce. The dishes have a fresh taste and very tender texture.

Shandong cuisine is known for its large selection of materials and different cooking techniques. These dishes are well known for seafood and soups prepared with scallions.

Sichuan dishes are known for using prickly ash and hot pepper and has a very flavorful cooking style – which is probably why it’s so popular in America.

Huaiyang cooking is very strict in selecting ingredients because they emphasize the cleanliness and freshness of the ingredients. These dishes have a very fresh and mild taste because they pay close attention to the natural juices and flavors of each ingredient.