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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.
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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. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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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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In China, there are fascinating beach resorts, the most popular of which are located on the island of Hainan. Local beaches are so attractive because you can swim here almost at any time of the year. Most of the time, water at the coast is very warm. The coastal waters of the island are rich in exotic sea dwellers, so local resorts attract a lot of diving fans. Travelers with children appreciate beach resorts for a wide choice of entertainments. They have an opportunity to diversify their leisure with visiting water parks and entertainment centers. The resort of Beidaihe is suitable for the most demanding travelers. It is distinguished by a lot of upscale hotels and restaurants.
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China also impresses with its outstanding wellness resorts where special recovery methods are practiced. Almost all hotels of Beijing include their own wellness centers. Another famous wellness resort is Dalian. Techniques practiced in local wellness centers do not have analogs in the world. Some healing practices are aged over one thousand years. The guests of the Chinese wellness resorts will have an opportunity to learn about meditation and try the treatment with acupuncture and different types of massage. In spa centers of the famous Chinese hotels, the vacationers are also offered to take part in special wellness programs and procedures.
Beijing sunset China can be called one of the best countries for shopping enthusiasts in the world. There are hundreds of shopping malls in big cities. Besides them, tourists can visit thousands of special shops, antique stores and art salons. Local markets should also be noted. Here, you can buy absolutely everything you want, from inexpensive clothes to unique souvenirs and Chinese specialties. One of the most popular souvenirs is Chinese tea. Tourists also pay attention to different accessories to organize tea ceremonies. National clothes can become excellent gifts too. In many gift shops, porcelain dishes in national style are sold.
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The acquaintance with the Chinese cuisine can turn into a special exciting event. Some national dishes cooked of rice and soy are unique and you will not find them in other countries. The wealthiest gourmets should certainly taste soup of birds’ nests. This historical dish is considered as one of the most exotic in the world.
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♥   National Park 'Dongsha' . On the map   Photos
♥   World Heritage Site 'Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area' . On the map   Photos
♥   World Heritage Site 'Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Kenting' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Kinmen' . On the map   Photos
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Michelin-starred restaurants in China
♥   Restaurant 'Da Dong (iapm)' Shanghai. Type - Chinese. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'De Xing Guan (Guangdong Road)' Shanghai. Type - Shanghainese. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Din Tai Fung (Shanghai Centre)' Shanghai. Type - Shanghainese. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Ding Te Le Zhou Mian Guan' Shanghai. Type - Noodles and congee. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Dining Room' Shanghai. Type - European. On the map   Photos
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Castles of China
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♥   Palace 'Ming Imperial Palace' Nanjing. On the map   Photos
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Famous and uniques places in China from our review series

National Center for Performing Arts

From the series “Glass Architecture - Impressive Villas and Buildings from Glass”
In Beijing, you can see a wonderful glass building that can be compared with a huge drop of water that has fallen on the earth. In this 200 000-square meter building has placed the National Center for Performing Arts. The corpus of this unusual building is made from titanium and the cupola is made from glass segments. The territory around the building has also a great decoration. There was made a huge artificial lake.

The unusual theatre has three halls with 6 500 seats. It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. The theatre has been built for six years and was finished only in 2007. It is situated on the territory of the historical district and is surrounded by centuries-long buildings and monuments. The National Center for Performing Arts was built specially for the Olympic Games … Read all

Lake Lop Nur Test Site

From the series “Largest and Famous Nuclear Test Sites”
Lake Lop Nur Test Site is situated in China on the territory of the dry lake. The firsts tests were made there in October 1964. After this China was recognized as a nuclear-weapon state. For the whole world, nuclear tests in China were the most unexpected thing. Even the representatives of powerful states couldn’t suppose that China can make a powerful nuclear weapon by themselves. The last tests there were held in 1996. For about 30 years this desert area was a place of the dirtiest and dangerous nuclear tests.

In the course of the years the nearby mountain alpine glaciers were drastically polluted. Until now they are polluted with the nuclear waste. Today scientists commit a huge level of radiation in the ice. If the ice caps of the mountains begin to melt, the nearby soil, surface … Read all

Xiluodu Daba

From the series “The Most Impressive Dams on Earth”
One of the largest dams in the world is situated in China on the Yangtze River. The height of Xiluodu Dam is 285,5 meters, 700 meters length. The dam and the power station took their names from the nearby Xiluodu Province. Originally this dam was built not only for electrical power but also for improvement of water quality.

The Yangtze River has a rapid flow, its water is quite dirty because of the vast number of clay. The water quality has increased thanks to the building of the dam. In 2005 the dam building began but after a short period of time it was frozen. Before the building there wasn’t any researching, that’s why ecologists insisted not to continue the works.

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Sightseeing in popular cities of China

Nanjing
It is not clearly known when Nanjing was founded. According to the legend, the fort of Yecheng was built in the city in 495 BC. Twenty-two years later, the State of Yue captured the region and built a new fort – Yuecheng. The next mention of Nanjing dates back to the 14th century. This is when the rebellion against the Mongolian Yuan dynasty emerged in the region. For fifty years starting from 1368, Nanjing was the central city in Hongwu. This is when the territory of Nanjing was protected … Read more
Guilin
There is no exact data regarding the foundation date of Guilin. As Chinese historic documents do not mention this, local scientists still argue on this subject. However, there is an approximate date – 214 BC. Even at that time, the new settlement immediately became an important city. Guilin had a beneficial location – it was situated near an ancient canal that connected the south and north parts of China. During the reign of the Han dynasty, the city had another name – Lingui. When … Read more
Harbin
If we compare Harbin to other cities in China, we will notice that its history is not so rich because this is a relatively young city. Harbin was a small village until the time when the Russian Empire decided to build the Trans-Siberian Railroad. At that time, mostly fishermen and their families lived in the settlement. At the end of the 19th century, when the Qing dynasty was the ruler of China, Russia got permission to build a railroad in this part of the country. The road was to cross the … Read more
Shanghai
It is possible to buy silk fabric of different shades in local markets and in shopping centers. Dongtai market remains one of the best places to shop. In addition to gorgeous silk and popular souvenirs, this market is a great place to purchase interesting antiquity items and artworks by local craftsmen. Many tourists visit Shanghai to buy inexpensive jewelry, so there is no wonder why the city is home to Sunshine, the first jewelry market in Asia. This is the place to purchase truly unique … Read more
Beijing
The Summer Palace used to be the favourite place of Empress Ci Xi. She spent hours there, thinking about the future of the country, or simply having rest. It would be a mistake to think that the real beauty of the palace can be seen in summer only. In winter the palace still attracts many people, who enjoy the harmony of its gardens, beautiful lake landscapes, hills and pavilions. The park near the palace is 294 hectares large. An interesting fact - almost three quarters of its territory is … Read more
Lhasa
According to local legends, Songtsen Gampo, the Tibetan emperor, was the founder of Lhasa. The king, who ruled in the first half of the 7th century, chose Lhasa the capital of his empire. However, historic records prove that the center of the Tibetan Empire was changed several times to different Chinese cities. When Lhasa became the capital of Tibet, it started growing in size and developing quickly. This is when the first large monasteries appeared in the city. Numerous students of Je … Read more
Guangzhou
In order to enjoy some shopping, head to the district of Tianhe. It is a large area almost completely occupied by various markets, shopping centers, and shops that offer items of all kinds. This is also the location of the longest shopping streets in the city. Without a doubt, it is the best place to search for inexpensive clothes and shoes, fabrics and electronics, trendy accessories, cosmetics, and jewelry. That said, the district is not deprived of historical landmarks. Tourists shouldn’t … Read more
Macau
First proofs of a settlement on the site of modern Macau date back to the 4rth millennia BC. During the reign of the Qin dynasty, the area was a part of the Guangdong province. Starting from the 5th century, the settlement became a stop for ships coming from Guangzhou and heading to South East Asia. In the 70s of the 13th century, the Song dynasty settled in this region. This dynasty established the first permanent settlement on the site of modern Macao. The settlement remained small and was … Read more

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