The Xian Discovery is a best seller that leads you to a fantastic introduction to the splendid attractions and historic monuments in Beijing, Xian, Suzhou, and Shanghai. Explore enormous ancient city walls, the colorful Big Goose Pagoda, and the massive army of more than 7,300 life-sized Terracotta Warriors while in Xian. Climb the Great Wall of China and stroll through the beautiful Lingering Garden of Suzhou. Feast on a Peking Duck banquet in Beijing and gaze at the Shanghai skyline from atop the massive Pearl TV Tower. The Xian Discovery is an amazing opportunity to stimulate your senses with China's finest sights, tastes, and sounds.
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Is the world's largest public square. This site of great Chinese historical significance lies within the heart of Beijing. The Tiananmen Square is a world-renowned plaza that was named after the Tiananmen, which literally means, "Gate of Heavenly Peace".
The Ming and Qing imperial tombs are natural sites modified by human influence, carefully chosen according to the principles of geomancy (Fengshui) to house numerous buildings of traditional architectural design and decoration. They illustrate the continuity over five centuries of a world view and concept of power.
China's largest and well-preserved complex of ancient buildings. The Forbidden City exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture. See with your own eyes what the imperial palace was once for 24 emperors.
Is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design that overlooks the tranquil waters of Kunming Lake. Long ago, the Summer Palace was known as "the Garden of Clear Ripples", and it still has the tranquility that it possessed long ago.
This temple once visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonial prayers for Good Harvest to Heaven, is still a place for prayer and worship. Its carefully designed buildings reflect Chinese culture, tradition and beliefs.
Chinese pearls account for approximately 96% of pearls sold everywhere in the world. The Pearl Market attracts both Chinese and international visitors from all the corners of the world. The jade factory offers very beautiful pieces and everything is hand-made. Seeing these objects is truly fascinating.
The most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Over 7,000 soldiers, horses, chariots, and even weapons have been unearthed from these excavation pits. It is possible that there are still thousands of these warriors that are still buried in pits that have yet to be discovered.
Built during the Tang Dynasty and renovated during the Ming Dynasty, this pagoda is one of the most well-preserved Buddhist pagodas in all of China. It is one of Xian's main landmarks. The Pagoda holds many ancient Buddhist artifacts such as sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India.
The Banpo Museum is located in the eastern outskirt of Xian City, Shaanxi Province. As the first museum at the prehistoric site, it was built at the base of the excavations of the Banpo site. Since it opened to the public formally in 1958, two million people have visited it.
The Banpo Site is a typical Neolithic matriarchal community of the Yangshao Culture dating back about 6,000 years. At that time, the people living here used tools made primarily of wood and stone. Women, the crucial labor force, were responsible for making pottery, spinning, and raising the family, while men fished.
The Ming Dynasty is responsible for building what is known as China's most complete surviving city wall. It is one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. The city wall includes four gates and they are respectively named as Changle (meaning eternal joy) in the east, Anding (harmony peace) in the west, Yongning (eternal peace) in the south and Anyuan (forever harmony) in the north.
They say gardens to the south of the Yangtze River are the best in the world, and without a doubt Suzhou Gardens are the best among them. Come discover for yourself their charming natural beauty and you will not be disappointed.
He Lu, King of the Wu perished and was buried within the hill. Three days after the funeral, a white tiger came and sat upon the grave as though he was guarding it. From then on it was known as Tiger Hill. Although the hill may be considered to be small (118 feet high and over 3 acres), the history behind it is fascinating.
Founded in 1962 as a state-owned factory, within this tour, you will come to know the whole life of the silkworm. What is fascinating about the silk-making process is that the silkworm creates its cocoon out of a single silk thread that is continuous for approximately 3,600 feet. You'll see workers operate the machines that spin silk from cocoons.
Built during the Ming Dynasty, the Yuyuan Garden is the most famous classical garden in Shanghai. The gardens are exquisitely arranged and feature the gardening styles of South China during Ming and Qing Dynasties. Yu Yuan (meaning "Garden of Peace and Comfort", is a maze of Ming dynasty pavilions, elaborate rockeries, arched bridges and goldfish ponds, all encircled by an undulating dragon wall.
Step back in time.....visit the Huxinting Teahouse built on stilts amid a garden lake in 1784. This is the historic Chinese area of the city, where much of the old wooden architecture of ancient Shanghai is still preserved. The old district is a combination of ancient winding streets, with some modern high-rise buildings.
Is the symbol of modern Shanghai This colonial riverside of old Shanghai has dozens of historic buildings lining the Huangpu River. 52 high rises of all styles in the West showcase the art of world architecture and the history of contemporary Shanghai.