China is a country that is rich in culture and historic sights. Almost a hundred of Chinese cities are home to priceless landmarks such as ancient monasteries, squares and museums. Beijing, the capital of the country, is the location of the famous heritage site – Forbidden City. The buildings in this city were constructed mostly in the 15th century and amaze visitors with their elegant and sophisticated style. This part of Beijing is surrounded by a thick wall. Inside the wall, there are several thousand different buildings, many of which have been turned into museums. Their exhibitions include a collection of emperor’s artefacts, marionettes, watches, ceramic items, paintings, statues and other pieces of art. There are many more interesting sights in the city, for example, Tiananmen Square, which is one of the biggest squares in the world, the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, the White Could Temple, Zhengyangmen, Summer Palace, Zhoukoudian and Ming Tombs.
Beijing is not the only city of China with rich history. Xi’an is one of oldest cities in China. It is famous for the Museum of Terracotta Army. The exhibition of the museum is dedicated to a magnificent collection of figures that depict warriors. These terracotta warriors were used as a decoration of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Archaeological excavations never stop in this city as several ancient settlements were discovered in Xi’an. The artefacts found during such excavations can be seen in local museums.
Guangzhou is one more large historic centre of the country. There are several important places of interest there – the building of the Guangzhou Folk Art Museum, Huaisheng Mosque, Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, Sacred Heart Cathedral and many more. Guangzhou is also famous for its popular beach resorts as local climate is perfect for this kind of rest.
Hong Kong is an internationally famous gateway city. Travellers will find here wonderful markets, shops and restaurants. When it comes to sights of the city, Man Mo temple is one of most popular destinations. There are also several museums in the city – the Museum of Astronautic Science, the Museum of History, museums of culture and archaeology, several galleries and exhibitions. Hotel Peninsula is one of most famous modern buildings in Hong Kong. Besides that, there are several botanic gardens, nature reserves and greenhouses in the city.
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