1. Take a Stroll Along the Great Wall of China
Without a doubt, the Great Wall of China is one of the most iconic sights on the face of the planet. While the rumours that the wall can be seen from space are unfounded, it’s still gargantuan and incredibly impressive when you are up close to it. And if you really want to have an incredible adventure that you will remember forever, you can take one of the many hikes that run along the course of the Great Wall. As it snakes its way across China for 20,000 kilometres, you might just want to pick one section!
2. Visit the Famous Statues of the Terracotta Army If you want to discover a part of China’s ancient history, you absolutely cannot miss a trip to the Terracotta Army located in the Xi’an region of the country. The Terracotta Army is essentially a collection of terracotta military sculptures, such as soldiers, chariots, horses, and more besides. Quite unbelievably, these sculptures date back to the 3rd century, and they were buried with the emperor at the time to protect the emperor in his afterlife.
3. Get Really Close to Tigers at the Siberian Tiger Park Siberian tigers are among the most beautiful animals in the world, but sadly there are only about 500 of these big cats left in the wild. Without places like the Siberian Tiger Park in Harbin, whose conservation efforts help to repopulate the species, the Siberian Tigers would be extinct. A trip to this park is nothing short of a magical experience for animal lovers. You have the opportunity to get really close to the tigers through a fence, and ride a vehicle through the fields that the tigers will often chase.
4. Walk Through the Forbidden City For any history buff visiting China, the Forbidden City is one of the most important historic sites that you simply need to visit. Quite amazingly, the Forbidden City is the largest palace complex in the whole world, and it’s the most expansive and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. This palace complex was the Imperial Palace throughout the Ming Dynasty, from 1420 until 1912. You’ll see an incredible range of architecture and art as you walk around, and it can be great to take a tour through the complex to really get to grips with everything on display.
5. Have Clothes Made at the South Bund Fabric Market If you fancy yourself as something of a fashionista and you would like to take back some killer threads with you, skip the high street shops and head to the far more exciting South Bund Fabric Market instead. This market is located in Shanghai, is open daily, and is home to hundreds of tailors and seamstresses. You simply pick out your fabric, have your measurements taken, and pick a style, and within a couple of days you’ll have clothes that have been made just for you. Don’t be scared to haggle – it’s a part of the local market culture
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