China has been forged with a rich cultural history and mythical stories that has attracted many adventurers around the world who are looking to take a peek and reminisce these historical monuments. It is a nation of city bees and backpackers, ideal for tourists that enjoy the modernization of the cities and the rich details of the nation’s history.
China still preserves many of its historical infrastructures and the effort of preservation is now enjoyed by many tourists around the world. If you are feeling nostalgic or you want to see your history textbook in the form of reality, The Great Wall of China should be the first creation in your bucket list. It was built by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, in order to fend off invaders. However, be prepared to pay an entrance fee upon visitation. Practically speaking entrance fee wouldn’t be your main concern, rather your physical fitness in enduring the long 8,851.8 km walk.
You can choose to travel there by bus as there are many shuttle services all over Beijing. The more popular sections include Badaling, Mutianyu, Jinshanling, and Simatai, are located in the suburban areas, about 64km to 145km from the city center. Public transport is the ideal travel hack for budget travellers. If you are travelling via bus, it is crucial to get familiar with the bus line. So find your way to Dongzhimen and from there you can take the 916 Express and it will transfer you to bus line h23, h24, h35, or h36 to Mutianyu Roundabout. If you have an expandable budget, there are private car services available that will take you directly to your destination.
Visitation Hours & Admission Fee
Adults: CNY 45
Seniors elder than 60: CNY 25 (valid ID or passport required)
Children between 3.9 feet (1.2 meters) and 4.6 feet (1.4 meters) in height: CNY 25
Children less than 3.9 feet (1.2 meters) in height are admitted free.
Image taken from https://www.travelchinaguide.com/china_great_wall/scene/beijing/
If you are looking for something cute and cuddly, only one place can give you this satisfaction. Giant Panda Breeding Research Base located in Chengdu is the place to visit. Who can resist a cute and clumsy bear? It’s everyone’s favourite animal when it comes to Pandas! Whether it is educational or recreational, the research center provides tours for travellers. However, many rules are practiced in order to maintain a quality living condition for the animals. There are many transportation options available for travellers who want to share special moments with these cute pandas. For more information, please visit: http://www.panda.org.cn/english/visitor/Getting/2013-09-12/2442.html
Each admission costs RMB 58 and it opens from 7.30am to 6pm all year round. Many would suggest to visit in the morning as it is breakfast time for the cute pandas. There is also a booking hotline (+86-028-83510119) for visitors’ convenience.
‘Come visit me!’
While at China, do not forget to visit their magnificent cities. Beijing, the capital of China is home to approximately 11.51 million people hosts many tourist every year. The central image of Beijing lies with the Forbidden City, which is the largest ancient palatial in the world and the home of 24 emperors from the Ming to the Qing dynasty. The main attraction of the Forbidden City lies within the inner court and outer court. Both decorated with ancient imperial infrastructures and materials. Both the interior court and external court provides different views and structure for tourists. Do not miss out the Imperial Garden when at Beijing. The museum carries out a south-to-north unidirectional itinerary. Visitors can only enter through the Meridian Gate (Wumen) and leave from the Gate of Divine Prowess (Shenwumen) or East Prosperity Gate (Donghuamen). Three to four hours is enough for touring the central axis; if you have interest in exploring more about the imperial palace, more time need to be spent in the west and east wings.
There are different prices for different areas of the palace. The full tour from April to October costs CNY 60 per pax and from November to next March costs CNY 40. However, if you only want to visit certain sections, it only costs CNY 10 for both the treasure gallery and the clock gallery. It opens from 8.30 to 5.30 on the everyday however ticket sale closes one hour before closing.
‘View of the Imperial Garden.’ (http://beijingolympicblog.blogspot.my/2008/08/forbidden-city-imperial-garden.html)
It is time to experience the outdoor beauty that China has to offer. Located in the northeast of Guangxi, many consider Guilin to be the pearl of China. The Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo is the centerpiece of any trip to northeastern Guangxi Province. Gorgeous Karst peaks give you surprises at each bend of the limpid river under the blue sky. Water buffalo, rice paddies, school kids and fisherman float by on bamboo rafts. With its breathtaking scenery and taste of a life far removed from the hectic metropolis urban life, the scenery along the river become one of China’s top tourist destinations. It costs RMB 435 for a day tour. To fully experience the different variations of beauty Li River has to offer, travellers can choose to experience different views through different season. During April to June, Li River is covered with rain and mist, the impression most travellers have from photos. Do have an umbrella as it can get inconvenient if the rain gets heavy. For a clearer view of the scenery, you can opt to go during July to October. A clear reflection of the hills on both sides can be seen in the water making it a magnificent view. The year end provides a more quiet and cooling alternatives, perfect for Malaysians.
You cannot leave China without visiting the famous Terracotta Army. Known as Qin Shi Huang’s greatest mausoleum, it was discovered in 1974 and this enormous sculpture group amazed the world. The pits were found to hold over 8,000 exquisite figures and horses, including burly generals, resolute military officers, and vivid soldiers. The admission fees from March to November costs about CNY150 and CNY 120 from December to February. The tour takes you through the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Lishan Garden and shuttle buses inside the scenic area. The museum is normally crowded in the morning hence be aware of the crowd traffic. It is important to not miss the last bus leads to Xian at 7pm.
The Terracotta Army. Image from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/terra-cotta-soldiers-on-the-march-30942673/?no-ist
There are many things that represent China as the central attraction of the world. So this coming school holiday, if you are looking for an adventure to the Nation of Red Dragon. Take a look at these places. Be mindful not to ask for a price from the local vendors if you have no intention to buy their goods.
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