China is the 4th largest country in the world in terms of area. This country is vast and enthralling in every direction from the dusty deserts that make up Central Asia, to the tropical beaches that nestle close to the Pacific Ocean. When it comes to history, China is certainly no slouch, with a range of UNESCO World Heritage sites and cultural icons... China is a must on anybody’s bucket list!
11.THE ORIENTAL PEARL TOWER
Located at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong New Area by the side of the Huangpu River, the tower makes a distinct landmark in the area. The towering silhouette of The Pearl stands as a tribute to modern China. It offers tourist from young to old a number of activities – such as the The Oriental Pearl Science Fantasy World, Shanghai Municipal History Museum, and a revolving buffet restaurant. The tower has fifteen observatory levels. The highest - known as the Space Module is at 351 m. The lower levels – Sightseeing Floor are at 263 m and Space City is at 90 m. The tower also contains exhibition facilities and a small shopping center. The Space Hotel with 20 rooms is between the two large spheres. The upper observation platform has an outside area with a 1.5 inch glass floor.
The square is one of the world’s top 10 largest public squares. It is a popular tourist spot and is located just across the road from the Forbidden City. The most recognizable building will undoubtedly be the 600-year-old Tiananmen Tower, but the Square is also home to other buildings such as the National Museum of China and the final resting place of controversial figure, Chairman Mao, the Monument of the People’s Heroes, The Great Hall of the People and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history.
13.NANJING MASSACRE MEMORIAL
As part museum and part somber memorial, the memorial stands as a haunting reminder of the very worst of mankind. China very much remembers the nefarious acts of their would-be conquerors – Japan. The atrocities committed them by them in Asia both before and during World War II. The Rape of Nanking was a nightmarish period of six weeks in which the Japanese perpetuated mass rape and mass murder against the population of the former Chinese capital. Between 50,000 and 300,000 people lost their lives during the occupation.
14.XI’AN’S MUSLIM QUARTER
Located behind the Drum Tower you will find the famous Muslim Quarter, also called the Islamic Street. As the starting point of the famous Silk Road it attracts traders from the West since the 1st century BC. It is a fascinating city with a continuous history for over 3000 years, it holds a long-running co-existence of Hui Muslim culture and Han Chinese culture. It was the first city in China to be introduced to Islam in 651. Traders line the streets with the stalls hawking super fresh and high-quality fruits, vegetables, exotic food, interesting people and great souvenir stalls. To get to the Muslim Quarter from Xi’an City Wall, a walk along South Street for 15-20 minutes from the South Gate and you will then see the prominent Xi’an Bell Tower. Take the underground tunnel to get across to the other side of the road and you will find the entrance.
15.MAUSOLEUM OF SUN YAT-SEN IN NANJING
The mausoleum is located in Purple Mountain in the east suburb of Nanjing City. The construction of the tomb started in January 1926 and was finished in the spring of 1929. Dr. Sun Yat-sen the father of the Republic of China’s mausoleum is considered Holy land of Chinese people both home and aboard. The mausoleum has deep historical significance, magnificent architecture and beautiful scenery. The whole scenic area represents an alarm bell as seen from the air, symbolizing the noble spirit and heroic efforts of Dr. Sun Yat-sen's devotion to the Chinese people, fight of oppression and wining the independence of the country. Facing south, the structures, along with the mountain ascends is regarded as the most outstanding mausoleum in the country's modern architectural history.
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