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From the Great Wall to the terracotta warriors in Xian, China symbolizes many things to many people. Kung fu. Ming Pots. Silk. Tea. Cooking classes. Confucius. President Mao. Paper. Panda Bears. Paintings. Porcelain. China is all these things and much more!

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The great show organized by China during the Olympics in 2008 demonstrated to the world what some already knew - China is a destination waiting to be discovered! The small villages scattered around the Ming Dynasty combined with the skyscrapers of bustling Shanghai, prove the diversity of China. From the Great Wall to the terracotta warriors in Xian, China symbolizes many things to many people. Kung fu. Ming Pots. Silk. Tea. Cooking classes. Confucius. President Mao. Paper. Panda Bears. Paintings. Porcelain. China is all these things and much more!

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Great Wall of China (Beijing Province, China - pictured above) -- Considered the first structure built by man, which is visible from the moon, the Great Wall was built piece by piece over a period of 2000 years, in order to defend the border of the Chinese empire, against the attacks of nomadic peoples of northern China. It is assumed that some sections have been built since the 8th century BC, during splitting of Chinese Empire.

A traditional view is from Badaling, 80 km northwest of downtown Beijing. An alternative is Mutianyu, 91 km northeast of Beijing, and Simatai, 111 km northeast of Beijing, is the least visited by tourists.

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors burried at the foot of Mount Li in the Lintong District
depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China.

Beijing, the magnificent Forbidden City, was the imperial court of twenty-four emperors, beginning in the early days of the Ming Dynasty in the 15 century, until the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1911. It is the largest, most complete and best preserved group of ancient buildings in China, representing the work of battalions.

This vast complex of halls, pavilions, courtyards and walls is a masterpiece of monumental architecture, but never oppressive. Occupying more than 183 acres, the expansive complex earn the title of "city". It was not unusual for kings and ministers to venture beyond the village that surrounds the 10 meters walls and the most formidable gates. The fact that they believed it to be the cosmic center of the universe, is a fantasy that visitors can easily appreciate today.

Also called the Imperial Palace (Gugong) or the Palace Museum, the Forbidden City is adjacent to Tiananmen Square, downtown. Tourists are advised to visit the Forbidden City in May-June and August-November.

One of the most important ports of China is Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong, the soul of this dynamic city, named in Old Chinese the "fragrant harbor". In 1898, two white and green ferryboats have transported visitors and commuters from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island and all the way back. This is one of the most impressive 10-minute trips with a ferryboat. Opt for first class – the upper deck guarantees an unforgettable view, while the second class promises a better observation of people. Another unforgettable view is from the steepest funicular in the world, which makes its way towards the 550 meters from Victoria Peak.

Shanghai is the largest Chinese city, with a population of more than 24 million as of 2014. Located in the Yangtze River Delta in East China, Shanghai sits on the south edge of the mouth of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the Chinese coast. For centuries a major administrative, shipping, and trading town, Shanghai is a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden and major museums including the Shanghai Museum and the China Art Museum. It has been described as the 'showpiece' of the booming economy of mainland China.

The Three Gorges Dam is at Chongqing, Siehuan, China. These three gorges - Qutang, Wu and Xiling - along with the Panda bear and the Great Wall of China are recognized worldwide and appear everywhere, from classical poetry to modern postcards. The dam is located on the magnificent Yangtze River, at 6437 km the third longest in the world (after the Amazon and the Nile). The gorges on the river create one of the most beautiful landscapes in China.

The Three Gorges Dam
The Three Gorges Dam

China has played a pivotal role in the development of civilization for a long time - it can be said that civilization was 'born' here, and as some of her secrets begin to reveal, China itself is rapidly becoming a very attractive destination.

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