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Beijing is a modern and sprawling capital city in north China. Having served as the capital of the country for more than 800 years, Beijing is home to some of the finest remnants of China's imperial past, such as theGreat Wall of China, China's legendary line of defense; the Forbidden City, famous as one of the largest and best-preserved ancient imperial palace museums; the Summer Palace, a lovely imperial garden and the temple of heaven a huge Chinese temple.Amongst the modern buildings, you’ll find remnants of the ancient in the maze of hutongs (since Yuan Dynasty 1206-1341) that are traditionally home for many local families, small shopfronts and restaurants.
Getting here: Beijing International Airport (PEK) is well connected to all airports in China and hubs in Asia. There are direct flights from Europe, US, Australia, India and all of Southeast Asia.
Xi’an is a large city in North Central China and was the capital of China during the T'ang dynasty (618–907). With surrounding city walls still intact and well preserved (and rebuilt over the years), Xi’an is the gateway to the famous terracotta warriors, built by the first T’ang Emperor to protect him in the afterlife. Xi’an is also the gateway to the famed Silk Road – the ancient trading route leading out through China’s vast Western region and eventually through South Asia and to Europe.
Getting here: Xi’an is well connected to the rest of China via the domestic airport with many flights as well as its busy train station. It’s quite popular to get to Xi’an via overnight train from Beijing.
With a population of over 21 million people, Shanghai is a booming, internationally cosmopolitan city. Some 3,000 gleaming skyscrapers rise from the street where vendors still sell steamed Chinese buns from push carts. Most of the sights are located in Pu Xi, west of the Huangpu River which divides the city. Along the river bank is the colonial waterfront, the Bund, the commercial hub of late-nineteenth-century European imperialism in mainland China and now the home of some amazing luxury hotels such as the Peninsula and the Fairmont Peace. On the eastern side of the Huangpu River, Pu Dong is the city’s CBD and boasts several iconic skyline including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the JinMao Tower and the International Financial Center with its distinctive square aperture at the peak.
Getting here: Shanghai has two International Airports which are well connected to all airports in China and hubs in Asia. There are direct flights from Europe, US, Australia, India and all of Southeast Asia.
Guilin is China's most picturesque region and has long been one of the most famous travel destinations in China. The breathtaking scenery has attracted many Chinese artists over the years who find inspiration from the Karst mountains and the beauty of the Li River.
Getting here: Guilin airport is well connected to all airports in China and the city can be reached by rail as well.
Cheng Du is one of the most important economic, transportation, and communication centers in Western China and is the capital of Sichuan province. A city of over 6 million today, Chengdu is important historically as well and has been in existence for over 2000 years. Most visitors to Cheng Du come to visit the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries and the Giant Leshan Buddha.
Getting here: Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is well connected to all airports in China and some regional hubs in Asia like Hanoi and Bangkok.
Kunming is the capital and largest city of Yunnan Province. Known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring' for its pleasant climate and abundant flowers, Kunming is at a tropical latitude combined with a high (2000m) altitude, which gives it a very temperate climate. Kunming is home to 26 different ethnic groups and was a major stop on the Southern route of the ancient Silk Road.
Getting here: Kunming Wujiaba International Airport is well connected to all airports in China and some regional hubs in Asia like Hanoi and Bangkok.
Tibet is a huge plateau averaging over 4500m above sea level in Southwest China just north of the highest peaks of the Himalayas. The breathtaking beauty of Tibet, with its stunning vistas, colorful temples and intense religious practice have attracted travelers for many decades. While its relationship with Beijing is delicate to say the least (find many resources on this topic on the internet) Tibet today is generally regarded as a province of China and many Han Chinese have moved here to start businesses and carry out the work of the state. An amazing place to visit, one should try to visit soon before the unique Tibetan culture is absorbed by the dominant Han culture.
Getting here: Most visitors to Tibet will fly to Lhasa which is connected to major cities in China. There is only one international route at present: a once weekly flight to and from Kathmandu, Nepal. The Qinghai Tibet Train has become popular in recent years as an alternative way to reach Tibet and in fact it is possible to take the train from Beijing all the way to Tibet.