If you are planning a China tour, you can consider the following tourist cities.
Beijing is the capital and also the political, religious, cultural and educational center of China. As a modern city with a long history, Beijing is an ideal city for people who want to know about the country's history, learn about traditional culture and discover the modern side of China.
The best time to travel to Beijing is between May and October as the weather is best.
In addition to the world-famous Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square, Beijing hosts many more scenic spots that are worth seeing during your visit. The Forbidden City, called the Palace Museum, is a must-see for any tourist and is one of the most comprehensive Chinese museums, offering a visual feast of 5,000 years of traditional Chinese art, specializing in Ming and Qing Dynasties. The Summer Palace provides a variety of palaces, gardens, and other classical-style architectural structures. Fragrant Hills Park comprises of a natural pine-cypress forest, hills with maple trees, smoke trees and persimmon trees, offering spectacular natural beauty.
For people who want to experience the rapid growth of modern China, Beijing's Central Business District (CBD), and Beijing's Financial Street will give you a full experience. The Beijing CBD has attracted 117 Fortune 500 businesses in the financial, media, information technology, consulting and service industries, which has become the landmark of Beijing's economic prowess.
If you want to experience the traditional culture of Beijing, it is suggested that you visit an old alley (Hutong) in downtown Beijing, which is one of the most distinctive features of Beijing.
Beijing is also world-famous for its food. The capital's cuisine plays host to a long list of local favorites including filled sausage, fried liver, mungbean milk, rolling donkey, pancake and quickly-boiled tripe. Of all the dishes found in Beijing, Peking roast duck is the most well-known. Now considered to be one of China's National Foods, Peking roast duck is prized for its eloquent taste and presentation. Renowned restaurants to taste Peking Roast duck are Quanjude, Bianyifang, Changan Yihao, Beijing Xiaowangfu and Dadong Tuanjiehu Kaoyadian.
Beijing's Sanlitun Bar Street is a great place to enjoy a dynamic nightlife in the city, which is an extremely popular hangout site for the city expatriates and white collars of all ages. All these attractions are must-sees for your Beijing tour.
Guilin is a beautiful city. The town center is surrounded by two rivers and four lakes and studded with sheer sided karst mountains. Outside the city center, the buildings are less well kept. The main industry in the city is tourism so the city is much cleaner than other Chinese cities.
Guilin itself is like most other medium size Chinese cities, other than that it has a large number of western-style hotels, tourists and is relatively free of air pollution. Many Chinese domestic tourists also flock to this area. What makes it special is its proximity to many picturesque limestone mountains and formations.
Separated from the center of China and the Yangtze River basin by the Nan Mountains, Guangxi has always been distinct from the rest of China. The Han Chinese empire first expanded into Guangxi in the 3rd century BC. The Ling Canal was cut around the time, allowing small boats to transit from the Yangtze to the south flowing Xi River via the Xiang River.
Trade grew along the canal and river routes. Guilin was founded as a trading post in the 1st century BC on the West bank of the Kuei River. During the Ming dynasty, a garrison was set up in Guilin and the surrounding area gradually civilised with the development of farmland. The city had a population of over two million at the time of the Second World War, but was utterly destroyed during the war. The population slowly recovered with post-war construction of several factories for the production of paper, chemicals and agricultural equipment. However, market forces have caused several of these industries to relocate out of Guilin. Guilin tour is an indispensable destination for many travel-lovers.
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