One of the four great ancient civilizations, China is the size of the USA or Europe (with more people than Europe and North America together). An enormous and beautiful land, China offers you so much to see and explore. Essence of China? Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai (enjoying China’s cultures and classic beauty, where you won’t miss any important places or lose any time). Nature is calling? Beijing, Xi’an and Chongqing, Yangtze, Yichang and Shanghai (exploring both ancient cultures and prosperous features, and relax on the Yangtze River Cruise).

China has a lot of places worth visiting (ancient ruins, modern skylines, breathtaking karst mountains), and is it hard to limit a list of China’s best travel destinations. Are you thinking about touring China, but don’t know where to start? You need to discover your areas of interest: Most Popular, Natural Beauty and Adventures, or History & Culture Travel. Before you start, you need to know when to go, where to stay, the best tour operators, what to pack and recommended reading. An great option, is to incorporate an travel by train, in order to mix with locals. It is experiences like these which may make for the most enduring memories of all.

Epic destinations that make you feel small? Leshan’s Giant Buddha. Facing the river, the Buddha has symmetrical posture and looks which have been beautifully captured in its solemn stillness. The Leshan Buddha statue, is a slumbering colossus carved into the cliffs (at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers, in China’s Sichuan province). The 71-metre statue, sitting serenely by the water with eyes half closed, is the tallest monument to Buddhism in the world (was built in 800 AD). For tourists, nowadays it’s a major draw card, with the statue’s smallest toenail large enough to comfortably seat an adult.

Tours including the visit of Leshan Giant Buddha? 5 Days Sichuan Visit: Chengdu, Wolong/Bifengxia, Leshan Buddha and Mt. Emei (or Beijing-Sichuan-Yunnan Tour: 14 Days Beijing – Chengdu – Jiuzhaigou – Huanglong – Chengdu – Leshan – Mt. Emei – Chengdu – Lijiang – Dali – Kunming). Do not forget: in December, 1996, the location of the Buddha was included by UNESCO on the list of the World Heritage sites.


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