4 Places To Get Your Dose Of Culture And Nature In China
Because there’s a lot more to China than its shopping destinations
While we love shopping as much as the next gal (or guy), there are times when we just want to soak up the scenery. You know, see ancient structures instead of tall buildings; wander aimlessly instead of Grab-ing to the mall; and go through lush forests instead of racks of clothes. China, though popular for its massive shopping scene, offers that and more. Here’s a list of amazing places to add to your travel bucket list if you haven’t already:
1 Great Wall of China, Beijing
A true Wonder, the Great Wall of China in Beijing is the best place to experience traditional Chinese culture and history. Take a hike on the longest man-made structure in the world, make time to see the Forbidden City while you’re at it and take a bike ride in the hutongs for an authentic experience.
2 Terracotta Army, Xi’An
Never heard of it? You must’ve at least seen them come to life in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Anyway, the Terracotta Army in Xi’an is among the greatest archaeological sites in the world. Made up of over 6,000 life-sized warriors and horses, these sculptures depict the army of China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huang. It's impressive to see many still intact.
3 City of Cute Giant Pandas, Chengdu
If world history’s not your thing, maybe cute giant pandas are? Head over to Chengdu, it’s the best place to meet and, yes, hug these lovely animals. You can also participate in programs that help take care of these giant pandas. Then, pay a visit to the Sichuan Opera or see the Leshan Giant Buddha. It’ll make the trip even more worthwhile.
4 Magical Yellow Mountains, Huangshan
Nature-lovers will surely fall in love with the breathtaking highlight of Huangshan: the Magical Yellow Mountains. Touted the most beautiful mountains in China, it’s become a tourist destination for the uniqueness of its rocks and pines, and the hot springs that await at the foot of the mountain.