As one of the most populace place in the world, China is definitely the country to travel to! China’s increasing global influence is definitely recognized – whether it’s in politics, the economy, or culture. As contacts between China and the West increase rapidly, there are greater opportunities than ever before for learning about China and its culture!

Diversity of Scenery

Yangzi River, by Andrew Hitchcock

China’s geography is diverse and beautiful. The Yellow and Yangzi Rivers are among the longest rivers in the world, and have deep historical, cultural, and economic significance. China is also home to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, which is the world’s highest and largest plateau. The peak of Qomolangma Feng—Mount Everest—is situated upon the border between China and Nepal. The climate also varies considerably across the country: during winters in the north-east, temperatures can reach -30°C, while in the far south they can be as high as 15°C.

Diversity of People

The majority of Chinese are Han. There is also a wide range of other smaller cultures within China. These other groups include Tibetans, Mongolians, Uyghurs, Zhuang, Li, and Mao, each with different values and customs.

Did you know?

The most common funeral method for Tibetans is sky burial, in which the corpse is left on top of the mountain. It is generally believed that when the birds come and feast, the dead person’s life cycle may be continued.

Spotlights!

Wong Tai Sin Temple, by Sengkang

If you’re visiting China, Hong Kong is a definite must-see! You may have heard of the exuberant night life, fantastic shopping, and delicious food—but there are also cultural sites to visit, such as the Wong Tai Sin Temple, where Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism are practised. If you don’t speak Cantonese, don’t despair—English is widely spoken, and you’ll have little trouble finding your way around.

Check out why CNN thinks Hong Kong is the world’s greatest city!

Shanghai, via holidayalibis

Shanghai is China’s largest city, and is a major financial centre. It is also home to the busiest container port in the world. If you visit, make sure to check out places such as Mount Sheshan, Chongming Island, and Dingshan Lake.

Tiananman Square, by kinabaloo.com

And of course, a visit to China isn’t complete without stepping into its capital city of Beijing, home to an abundance of both historical and modern attractions. Your only experiences with Beijing may only come from when it hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, but there are also many spectacular historical structures in addition to the famed Bird’s Nest (Beijing National Stadium). Among those sites are Tiananmen Square, the Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

Summer Palace, by kinabaloo.com

Wherever you go in China, you’re sure to find adventure—in culture, in food, in people, in everything. Visiting is truly an experience you need at least once in your life.

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