China offers visitors an incredibly broad and varied experience. Huge megacities such as Chongqing and Shanghai are on a fast-track to sky-scrapered modernity, while farmers are still tending the stunning rice terraces in Longsheng. China is a land of contrasts. A 5,000-year-old civilisation, China's history is rich and tumultous. It was one of the world's earliest civilisations and thrived in the fertile basin of the Yellow River, marking the start of the first of many dynasties, the Xia and Shang dynasties.The dynastic period ended with the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1911 and the Republic of China was founded. It ruled China until 1949 when the Communist regime took over.
Beijing is the second largest city in China and offers visitors an unforgettable insight into Chinese culture and history. First-time visitors can find this massive city overwhelming with its sprawling eight-lane highways, orderly parks and boulevards, vast concrete neighbourhoods made up of apartment blocks, not to mention the enormous Tiananmen Square and the winding alleys of the ever-diminishing hutongs.
But in the midst of must-see sights such as the Forbidden City and significant Buddhist temples, pockets of tranquility lie scattered throughout Beijing. The Ancient Observatory’s peaceful garden, is a wonderful retreat from the busy city, and the Temple of Heaven's tranquil grounds and temple are widely regarded as one of the best examples of Ming dynasty design and perfect spots for relaxing picnics and kite-flying.
Surrounded by strangely formed limestone mountains, Yangshuo, is a huge draw among foreign and local tourists. With its multitude of restaurants, accommodation, cafés and bars, as well as ample opportunities for rock-climbing and hiking.
The capital of eleven imperial dynasties, Xi'an is teeming with historic and cultural attractions. The famed terracotta army is this fascinating city's main draw. But the old city with its still-standing city walls and beautiful imperial relics such as the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and Little Wild Goose Pagoda, not to mention the charming Muslim Quarter, all make a visit to the capital of Shaanxi province a rewarding one.
There is so much to see in China it’s difficult to know where to start. That’s why, with an office in Beijing, we are at the forefront of providing unforgettable travel experiences for those who want to see the best of China. Let Albatros Travel China open the door for you and your clients into this mighty country.