China in your Hand!

China is a fantastic country to travel. There’s quite simply a huge abundance of things to see and do during your China trip. With all its ancient history and Asian culture it’s a travellers dream. Get you cameras at the ready as you won’t take your finger of the trigger throughout your China travel experience.

Now this list could go on forever but if I had to choose, here would be my top ten travel experiences in China.

  1. The Great Wall of China– This has to be number one really – an essential ingredient of any China trip. It’s one of China’s most iconic landmarks and it defiantly does not disappoint. One of my all-time best China travel moments was sitting on the edge of the Wall watching the sun set in to the mountains in the distance.
  2. Star gazing at Labrang Monastery in Xiahe – The skies in Xiahe are truly spectacular as you can see millions of stars. Looking out for a shooting star as the monks chant with wafts of insence in the air is altogether a great China travel experience.
  3. The Karst Mountains in Yangshuo– Scenery doesn’t get much better than this. Towering limestone formations dominate the landscape and create one of China’s most beautiful locations. This is something that you definitely don’t want to miss out on during your China trip.
  4. Hong Kong’s Skyline– One of the best that I’ve seen from my travel in China. The city even puts New York to shame with the amount if skyscraper’s on offer. The view point at Victoria Peak is defiantly a must to really appreciate the beauty of the metropolis. Head up just before it gets dark and watch the city light up as the sun goes down – a magical China travel highlight.
  5. The Sera Monastery in Lhasa– Not necessarily the top attraction is Lhasa which is why it’s one of the best. Nestled away from the normal tourist route the original structures of the Sera Monastery date back to 1419 with halls decorated by beautiful scriptures written in powdered gold. Be sure to arrive before 3pm to watch the afternoon debating session between the crowds of monks, a really quirky experience that you won’t find anywhere else during your Tibet and China trip.
  6. Camping in the Ganya Grasslands – Camping in the surrounding areas of Xiahe was a brilliant experience and one that I would not normally think of to do during a China trip. Rolling green hills and blooming flowers all topped off with a few grazing Yak. Nature at its best.
  7. The “Impressions” Light Show in Yangshuo– “Impressions” was directed by Zhang Yimou who also created the Beijing opening ceremony. The show is set on the Li River itself with the Karst Mountains as the backdrop – a magical China travel experience. Expect spectacular music and a stunning light show.
  8. Wangfujing Snack Street in Beijing -If you’re feeling hungry and a little adventurous take a walk down Wangfujing snack street and see what the Chinese like to tuck in to instead of a bag of peanuts. Scorpions, star fish, seahorses and giant beetles are all on offer with a side of chilli sauce! This is a China travel experience that you won’t forget in a hurry!
  9. Hiking the Dragon’s Bone rice terraces in Ping’an – Defiantly a place to get that postcard photograph. You’ll climb and descend through marvellous scenic areas where the staggered terraces shatter off in to the distance. The best time to visit is from December to April as the terraces are filled with water which creates amazing reflections on a still morning.
  10. Shanghai and the Bund– China’s biggest and most prosperous city oozes atmosphere with stunning colonial architecture and dusty ancient temples tucked between futuristic sky scrapers.

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