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6 of China’s most awe-inspiring sights

China is a destination packed full of sights thanks to its millennia-old history, rich culture and pioneering attitude.

Following a little of the Great Wall’s winding journey across the dramatic mountains or soaking up the spectacular scenery on a relaxed cruise on the Li River are just two of the experiences that will enchant, enthral and excite you!

Exploring China with Wendy Wu Tours, the award-winning tour specialist, there are ‘wow’ moments around every corner, each tour packed with sights and experiences that showcase the very best of this magical land. Here are some of their favourites:

Great Wall

The Great Wall

Not just the iconic sight of China but a wonder of the world, the Great Wall stretches an astounding 4,000 miles across the country’s north. Passing across desert, draped along mountain spines and plummeting into dramatic valleys, this engineering miracle is actually a series of fortifications rather than one single one, built to keep out the barbarian hordes from Mongolia. Revamped, restored and extended by many dynasties over the millennia, the most famous and spectacular sections of the wall, are easily reachable from Beijing.

The 16-day Wonders of China tour visits the Great Wall, as well as the Terracotta Warriors, Yangtze River, Li River and Shanghai. Find out more.

Shanghai’s skyline

Shanghai

Shanghai is considered one of the world’s most vertical cities. In Pudong, an area that was once farmland on the east bank of the Huangpu River, it’s easy to see why, the concentration of skyscrapers giving an almost forest-like effect. Stand on the opposite bank, on the famous Bund, and the view of Pudong’s skyline is cinematic in its drama, dominated by glass behemoths such as the soaring Shanghai Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center, and the whimsical Oriental Pearl Tower. Its modernity is made all the more stark by the Bund’s 1920’s Deco buildings, a contrast that is best enjoyed from a relaxed cruise on the river.

The 14-day Majestic Yangtze tour starts in Shanghai, and continues along the Yangtze River to Chengdu to see the pandas, Xian and Beijing. Find out more. 

Terracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Warriors

A fortuitous find that became one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, the Army of Terracotta Soldiers is an incredible sight to behold. Created by the emperor who unified China in the 3rd century BC, Qin Shi Huang, to protect him in the afterlife, only a fraction of the individuals have been unearthed to date. Entering the immense hangars and seeing the army for the first time is an intimidating sight, as the emperor would have wanted, but as you move around the open pits that the soldiers occupy, you are struck by the meticulous detail of each and every one. From facial features to rank, to weaponry, it is all astounding.

The 10-day A China Experience tour visits the Terracotta Warriors, as well as Shanghai, Beijing and the Great Wall. Find out more.

Li River

Guilin

The Li River valley has been inspiring poets and painters for millennia with it’s natural beauty. On the outskirts of the city of Guilin, the gateway to the area, a rural idyll unfolds – a panorama of vibrant green paddy fields, farmers tending their crops, quaint villages and the odd lazy water buffalo standing in the shallows. This gorgeous countryside is made all the more spectacular by the towering limestone peaks, draped with greenery, that watch over it. The scenery is best enjoyed from a river cruise on the Li River itself, whilst the area is also a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with plenty of hiking, biking and rafting available from the vibrant market town of Yangshuo.

The 14-day Glories of China tour includes a cruise on the Li River, as well as Shanghai, Xian and Beijing. Find out more.

Grand Buddha

The Grand Buddha of Leshan

Sat staring serenely over the confluence of three rivers, the Grand Buddha of Leshan was carved from the mountainside 1,200 years ago. An incredible 71 metres tall and 28 metres from shoulder to shoulder, he was commissioned by a monk to watch over the boats plying the treacherous waters of the rivers. Sure enough, on the completion of Buddha, the currents were calm – whether it was his influence, or the large amount of rock dropped into the water from the project is up to you! Admire the Grand Buddha from the viewpoints by his head or climb down to his feet to admire his full height. For the full ‘wow’ impact, take to the river itself.

The 18-day China Delights tour visits the Grand Buddha of Leshan, a Li River cruise, the pandas, Xian and Beijing. Find out more.

Zhangjiajie

UNESCO-listed Zhangjiajie

An utterly unique and otherworldly environment, the UNESCO-listed Zhangjiajie has the be seen to be believed! Here, over 3,000 sandstone pillars thrust upwards from a bed of lush forest; arrive early in the morning when a swirling mist make the views even more jaw-dropping. Long known to the minority people of the area but only more recently discovered by tourists, if you’ve ever seen the film ‘Avatar’ you may recognise the planet ‘Pandora’ amongst the views. Part of a national forest park, the whole area is incredibly biodiverse and is also home to the Grand Canyon Glass Bridge, which is as nuts as it sounds.

The 22-day Dreams of Nature tour visits Zhangjiajie, as well as the Longji Rice Terraces, a Yangtze River cruise, the pandas, and the Li River. Find out more.

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