How to enjoy a Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Shanghai 9 day tour.
Are you looking forward to that holiday you will be spending in China? Spending 9 days as a tourist in China can be one of the most exciting adventure and experience you can ever have. As you book your ticket and prepare for the next flight to China, this article will briefly discuss how a tourist can enjoy touring the beautiful cities, culture and landscapes of China.
First of all, you need the services of a tour operator to assist you in preparing a tour plan to show you the best places to visit during your stay. In a country where English is hardly spoken, most tour operators offer bilingual tour guides who will move around with you to the popular tourist destinations and explain to you intriguing things you may come across. It is normal for most tourists to question a lot of things they witness when they first step into a strange country like China where most of its diverse cultural traditions are still practiced and preserved.
Being the nation’s capital in terms of economic, cultural and international activities, Beijing is the first place to visit. Known for its ancient architecture, cultural and historical origin, the history of Beijing dates back to some 500,000 years ago during ancient civilization. Beijing has many places of interests from its royal gardens, mansions, towers, temples, palaces and modern structures; it is a major tourist destination for all tourists coming to China. Famous historical monuments to see in Beijing include the Great Wall of China at Badaling, The Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and other interesting places. The Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the world and is known as the spiritual heart of China. The Great Wall is one of the famous manmade wonder of the world which has deep Chinese historical and cultural heritage. Beijing boasts of a place filled with many old temples like the Lama Temple and the Temple of Heaven. One reminder during your 3 day Beijing tour is to witness a Beijing Opera.
From Beijing, the next stop over on your China tour is Xian; Xian is located in Shaanxi province, one of the most important cities in northwestern China. There are many department stores and shopping outlets for tourists. Xian is known as the land in China where the TerraCotta Army lies; these warriors ands army were unearthed near the Tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang. Other places to see in Xian are the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Traditional Chinese Medicine Market and the Great Mosque, one of the most preserved Islamic mosques in China. After spending 2 days in Xian, the next city on your 9 day tour should be Guilin.
Guilin is known for its karsts Limestone Mountains with fantastic stone forests peaks and caves.
A 3 day tour in Guilin enables you to partake on a cruise on the Lijiang River which flows all the way to Yangshuo. From every side, Yangshuo is known for the landscape which surrounds it, from west to south to north to east, Yangshuo has many mountain landscapes. On your Guilin and Yangshuo tour, sight seeing spots include the Elephant Trunk Hill and the Red Flute Caves.
The final wrap up of the tour normally stops at Shanghai, The Oriental Paris. Shanghai is known to be one of the oldest cities in China which combines a mixture of ancient and modern architecture. If you want to go shopping in Shanghai, then Nanjing Lu is the best place to go. This is one of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in China with so many shoppers hustling and bustling around. The Yuyuan Gardens and the Old town of Shanghai is one of the tourist centers in Shanghai, here most of the houses were designed in Chinese architecture following the Ming and Qing style. And of course before leaving Shanghai, you must stop at the landmark of Shanghai, the Bund. Here you can walk along the banks of the Huang Pu River and see the east side of Shanghai – Pudong from across.
With these attractions and fun filled adventures, you can indeed see China in just 9 days after all.
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About the Author: Lola writes for Passport to China. An inbound tour operating company serving as your gateway to Tours in China