Few places offer the sheer diversity of a nation like China. This ancient monarchy still has people groups who live much as they’ve lived from thousands of years. China also has some of the largest and most cutting-edge metropolises in the world. China hasn’t always played nicely with the West when it comes to travel opportunities extended to citizens of other countries, but it’s now easier to visit China than ever before. Tour East Holidays offers access to all sides of China, whether you’re looking for a trip to the ancient Orient or a mind-expanding journey to the world’s most dizzying and captivating cities. China has it all, and everything in between. Take a look at some of the places you could go:
– Beijing. China’s second-largest city is by no means small. With more than 21 million residents, it’s still well within the world’s 10 most populous metropolises. If all that sounds intimidating, don’t let yourself be deterred. There’s truly something for everyone in Beijing. All you need is the adventurous spirit, knowledge, and resources to find what you need. Beijing has existed for more than 3000 years, so there’s plenty of ancient structures and traditions to explore, if the latest and the greatest is not what you’re looking for. But if you want to see civilization on the cutting edge, journey to Beijing’s city center for architectural, social, and culinary wonders that will boggle the mind. Some say you haven’t been to China if you haven’t been to Beijing, and the writer of this article is certainly not going to disagree.
– The Yangtze Delta. You don’t just go to the Yangtze Delta, as a single human lifetime is not enough to explore everything it has to offer. But if Beijing is just too big and busy for your taste, the Yangtze may be just the thing you’re looking for. There are more than 140 million people who live in this massive region (almost 40,000 square miles). About half of these residents are rural, though a growing number have been urbanized in recent decades. A single paragraph can’t give a sense of all the different cities and communities and cultures that call the Yangtze Delta home. It’s best to do your own research to pick out your best sampling of this rich and verdant combination of natural wonders and human ingenuity.
– The Yunnan Province. Mountainous Yunnan borders Vietnam, Burma, and Laos. This is a great trip for people who love nature, as Yunnan boasts some of the greatest biodiversity on the planet, due to its variety of landscape elements (mountains, rivers, lakes, plains, forests). Nature lovers could spend many happy days exploring Yunnan’s populous and/or remote regions. Spend your entire holiday here, or make Yunnan just another stop on the road.
These three suggestions don’t even begin to express the sheer scope of all that China has to offer curious travelers. If you haven’t been, go now. Take any excuse to spend time in China, and keep moving around. There’s so much to be learned and experienced.