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Historical

Probably the best-known sight worldwide, is the Great Wall of China. This wall, of at least 6.000 kilometres, sways its way through Chinese scenery. The world’s largest military structure, has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987. The Wall starts in East China in Shanhaiguan and end in West China at Jiayuguan. Several provinces will allow you to walk the Wall, but if you’re up for a magnificent experience you should walk the Wall at night. You can do so in Badaling, about 70 kilometres outside of Beijing. The Great Wall was built as a defence structure against enemies. Some parts of the Wall were probably built in the seventh century BC. 

Local culture

Chinese culture dates back thousands of years and has many traditions. Part of this fascinating culture includes food, martial arts and major events. Who hasn’t heard of Chinese New Year or the famous mythical dragons? Besides that, tea also finds its origin in this country. For Chinese, tea drinking is considered a family matter and there are many ceremonies involved. But besides tea, Chinese food has found its way West. So once you’re here you’ll notice that the food isn’t quite the same as it is in the Netherlands. But the food is a feast in itself, one you’ll have to experience yourself!

Religious buildings

The Forbidden City with its hundreds of temples and buildings, is the world’s largest Imperial Palace. It has the most interesting and beautiful Chinese relics. Back in the day the Forbidden City was off limits to ordinary people, hence its name. Because of its uniqueness the city has been admitted to the UNESCO World Heritage List. To reach the Forbidden City you have to walk across Tiananmen Square. At the square, pause for a minute and take in its impeccable size. It fits over a million people easily, which on occasion just might happen. Adjacent to the square,   the parliament building and the former Beijing railway station are situated.

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A centuries-old culture with beautiful traditions, that's China. Famous for its Chinese Wall, the Terracotta Army, a great variety of nature and metropoles like Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Travel around this immense country to see all it offers. 
 

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Time zone
In summer +6, In winter +7
Visa
Yes
Vaccinations
Recommended
High season
July and October
Currency
Chinese yuan (CNY)

Where to stay?

Where to stay?

China is well-known for:

  • Sights like the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Terracotta Army and the Chinese Wall
  • Authentic culture and traditions

Keep in mind:

  • The land has an entirely different culture in comparison to the Western society
  • China is very big, take your time to explore it

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The Great Wall of China
Historical

Probably the best-known sight worldwide, is the Great Wall of China. This wall, of at least 6.000 kilometres, sways its way through Chinese scenery. The world’s largest military structure, has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987. The Wall starts in East China in Shanhaiguan and end in West China at Jiayuguan. Several provinces will allow you to walk the Wall, but if you’re up for a magnificent experience you should walk the Wall at night. You can do so in Badaling, about 70 kilometres outside of Beijing. The Great Wall was built as a defence structure against enemies. Some parts of the Wall were probably built in the seventh century BC. 

Women in traditional clothes
Local culture

Chinese culture dates back thousands of years and has many traditions. Part of this fascinating culture includes food, martial arts and major events. Who hasn’t heard of Chinese New Year or the famous mythical dragons? Besides that, tea also finds its origin in this country. For Chinese, tea drinking is considered a family matter and there are many ceremonies involved. But besides tea, Chinese food has found its way West. So once you’re here you’ll notice that the food isn’t quite the same as it is in the Netherlands. But the food is a feast in itself, one you’ll have to experience yourself!

The Forbidden City
Religious buildings

The Forbidden City with its hundreds of temples and buildings, is the world’s largest Imperial Palace. It has the most interesting and beautiful Chinese relics. Back in the day the Forbidden City was off limits to ordinary people, hence its name. Because of its uniqueness the city has been admitted to the UNESCO World Heritage List. To reach the Forbidden City you have to walk across Tiananmen Square. At the square, pause for a minute and take in its impeccable size. It fits over a million people easily, which on occasion just might happen. Adjacent to the square,   the parliament building and the former Beijing railway station are situated.

Yu-garden in Shanghai
Art & Culture

China’s busiest city, Shanghai, is filled with skyscrapers like the Shanghai World Financial Center and the Oriental Pearl Tower. In addition to that, the city has quite a few cultural attractions. The ancient Chinese art is well shown in the small tearooms, little bridges and pavilions at the Yu Garden of Shanghai. The garden is over 450 years old and a true masterpiece. A sight of a different nature in Shanghai is the Bund. A 1,5 kilometre long boulevard packed with bank buildings, hotels and both historical and modern buildings. Go on a river cruise and enjoy the views of the majestic boulevard. 

Chinese lights
Events

Somewhere around  the end of January, Chinese New Year is celebrated.  Traditionally it’s celebrated with lions and dragon dances and is concluded with the Lantern Festival. Whenever you’re in China during one of these holidays, keep in mind that some sights, shops and carriers do not operate. There is a tradition and festivity that does well outside China’s borders, the Dragon boat races and additionally Dragon boat festival. Different teams compete to get their Dragon boat across the finish line first.

The Terracotta army in X’ian
Museums

China history goes back centuries, this is shown in the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century, The Terracotta Army. This is a collection of 6.000 life-size soldiers, horses and carriages , that were placed over 2.000 years ago to protect the grave of the previous emperor. The best preserved and most intriguing objects are exhibited in the nearby museum. It is a truly unique and exciting experience to see the Army in Xi’an. 

Hong Kong view from Victoria Peak
Shopping

The shopping capitol of China has been and still isHong Kong!  Haute couture, designer clothes, mystical rocks, wholesome food and electronic devices are abundant. Don’t forget Stanley Market. Here you can negotiate the best bargains for your designer clothes, jewels and souvenirs. 

Big Buddha in Hong Kong
Sights

China is filled with world-famous sights. To spend a week in this country is just not enough to see everything there is to see. An ancient culture with fascinating traditions and lots of authenticity, that is China. Known for the Great Wall, the Terracotta Army, a variety in nature and metropoles like Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Tour around in this infinite country, be sure not to miss any of its highlights. Many historical and cultural attractions and stunning national parks make this country worth it. In addition, China is one of the countries with the most listings on the UNESCO World Heritage list!

Sanqingshan National Park
Nature

China has an improbable variation of scenery. You’ll come across both desert and glaciers when travelling in China. China has some of the most beautiful national parks. For instance, National Park Sanqinshan, with over 23.000 acres of land, encompasses a stunning landscape of special granite peaks. Many National parks have been admitted to the UNESCO World Heritage list, partly due to its particular ecosystems. In China it occurs  1 park has got it all: lakes, waterfalls, caves, subtropical forest and rainforest. And after you’ve wandered through these parks be sure to save some time to visit China’s loveliest mountain, the Huangshan mountain. The mountain is praised in Chinese art and literature.

Temple of Heaven
UNESCO

China has an amazing number of UNESCO World Heritage sites. The country has to many to list. But the Real must-sees are the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace,  Olympic Park and the Ming Tombs. 

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