How and where to visit in China, when discovering Asia.

A country which has the biggest population on the Earth and a country which has been closed for a several decades. China is now becoming one of the most interesting tourist destinations to head to in Asia. China is one of the oldest states throughout the world and the only, surviving until today. For visitors to China, China offers a great variety of choices for you to discover. Whether you are interested in Chinese culture, Chinese history or Chinese scenery, your journey will be very interesting.

Of course, those who would like to discover China should visit its capital, Beijing. Beijing has been a capital city for over eight hundred years now. Thirty four emperors have lived and ruled the nation of Beijing and it has been a very important trading city from its earliest days. Now Beijing has become a modern metropolis, but you still can always discover the traces of the Chinese glorious story. The Forbidden City, which is the largest and best preserved imperial palace complex, a section of the Great Wall or the largest sacrificial complex in the world which is the Temple of Heaven. In the older parts of Beijing people still live in small houses, that don’t differ from which their ancestors lived in. This part of the city looks like they have missed at least the last one hundred last years. However there is another Beijing, which is the modern Beijing. With prestigious hotels, skyscrapers, modern restaurants and bars. The world largest central square, the famous Tian'anmen Square attracts a lot of tourists. In 2008 Beijing hosted the Olympic Games, so the number of modern buildings and tourist services increased significantly. Shanghai which has a population of about eightenn million is the biggest city in China. Originally Shanghai was a seaside fishing village, but today it has been turned into a multi cultural metropolis having both modern and traditional Chinese features. Known as "the Oriental Paris", the city of Shanghai is the shopping destination in China. It can also be called the most Western Chinese city.

As a port city Shanghai survived quite a considerable foreign influence. One very special place in China is Hong Kong. This became a part of China only in 1999 but still had strong links with the West, particularly with the Great Britain. Today Hong Kong is a great international trading post, one of the world's largest financial centres and a powerful manufacturing base. Hong Kong is famous for its cinemas. Another interesting experience for you in China would be a cruise along Yangtze, the greatest Chinese river. Usually these cruises last from five to twenty two days. You will visit Fengdu, Chongqing, Sandouping and other Chinise places of interest. The amazing world of the mysterious Tibetan civilization is without doubt worth visiting. China has a lot to offer you when discovering Asia and you will be amazed at this diverse region.

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