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Holidays to China

China is the land of inventions. It is the country that brought paper to the world, printing, gunpowder and the compass. It is also the country that has seen some of the greatest engineering projects ever undertaken, including the Grand Canal, the Great Wall and the Karez irrigation system.

Bordered by the Pacific and resting in the eastern corner of Asia, China is the third largest country in the world. The country’s border is more than 22,000 kilometres long and there is more than 18,000 kilometres of coastline that are washed by the Huanghai, the Bohai, and the East China and South China Seas. The Bohai Sea is the only inland sea in China.

Some of the most common tourist attractions for those taking holidays in China are; the Big Bell Tower, the Forbidden City, the Heavenly Lake, the Dazu stone carvings, Lijiand Old Town, the Summer Palace, the Mogao Grottoes, Jiuzhaigou, the Temple of Heaven, Potala Palace, Mount Tai, the Shalin Temple, the Terracotta Warriors and of course, the Great Wall of China.

The Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, is located in Beijing just north of Tiananmen Square. This was where China’s emperors lived from 1420 until 1912. In 1987, the Forbidden City was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The breathtaking Great Wall of China is a landmark like no other in the world. Meandering its way across more than 5,500 miles of countryside, the Great Wall was constructed starting in 1368 during the Ming Dynasty as a way to protect the land from invasion.

A local farmer discovered the Terracotta Warriors in 1974 when he was digging a well. The thousands of life-size figures with their unique armour and individual faces have been dated back to 210 BC, to the reign of the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty. The Terracotta Warriors can be seen in Xi'An, the capital of Shaanxi province.

For natural beauty, the Karst Mountains in the southern region of China in Guangxi province will not disappoint. They provide tourists on China holidays with some of the most magnificent views of the area.

The Yangzi’s 6,300 kilometre meanderings make it the longest river in China. For an amazing experience during holidays in China take a riverboat cruise down the Yangzi. This is a spectacular way to enjoy the peaceful settings of nature as well as a way to see many of the quaint villages that lie along its banks. Taking a river tour from Hangzhou to Beijing will show you at first hand the Grand Canal; at 1,794 kilometres the longest canal in the world.

Climate

The country is so huge that there is always lovely weather to be found in some part of China. For travellers taking their holidays to China during the winter months, the south and south-west of the country experience milder winters. Places such as Sichuan, Hainan Island and Banna in Yunan have really short-lived winters between January and March.

Summer proper, in the south of China, is from July to September. Daytime temperatures can easily reach a high of 38 C, while in the north the summer period is from May to August and tend to also reach 38 C for daytime highs.

Currency

The Renminbi is the name of the Chinese currency. Translated, Renminbi means ‘people’s currency’.

 

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