China has one of the biggest and busiest rail networks on earth, with trains linking nearly every city, from the vast wastes of the Taklamakan to the dizzying altitudes of Tibet. At any given moment, about 10 million people are riding trains in China, and the trains themselves are mostly fast and modern, with comfortable [...]
The Great Wall of China. The very mention of it conjures majesty in the same way that the Pyramids of Giza or Angkor Wat make us ponder the wonders of ancient man. Even without seeing it, it’s easy to imagine the Wall’s serpentine path carving its way along forested mountaintops and past soaring sand dunes [...]
China, a country approximately the same size as the United States by area, has a long history, rich heritage and amazingly diverse natural scenery. It should be no surprise then that this great nation is home to dozens of sites recognized by UNESCO as cultural and natural World Heritage sites. If your travels bring you to China, set aside time on your itinerary to see at least one of China’s best UNESCO sites.
Picnics are a romantic, intimate way to soak up your surroundings, and nowhere on Earth are those surroundings quite as spectacular as on the Great Wall of China, the world’s largest archeological site. Built more than 2,500 years ago, this massive structure remains one of the greatest feats of engineering and tops many a traveler’s bucket list. A picnic on the Great Wall is a once-in-a-lifetime way to experience one of China’s imperial wonders.
Xinjiang Province in the far northwest of China is the country’s largest province, covering an area of 640,000 square miles (1.6 million square kilometers). Xinjiang means “New Frontier,” and the name couldn’t be more fitting. This remote land well off the beaten path is a place of tremendous natural beauty and a fascinating cultural heritage very different from what you’d find anywhere else in China.
Chinese cuisine in China is nothing like what you find in Chinese restaurants in the United States or Europe, and much like the United States, the country’s cuisine is incredibly varied. During your travels around the country, be sure to try some of these menu items that represent China’s best regional dishes.
One of the best ways to experience rural China is on a cruise down the Yangtze River, one of the country’s most important waterways. Cruises running back and forth between Yichang and Chongqing pass by a wealth of beautiful scenery and interesting attractions, so should you decide to cruise, don’t miss these top sights along the Yangtze River.
When people think of Chinese opera, they probably first think of Beijing, but far to the west, Sichuan Province has its own form of opera. If you’re looking for a family-friendly nightlife option that also offers a glimpse of Sichuanese culture, spend a night watching Sichuan opera in Chengdu.
November 4, 2013 by Lydia Schrandt