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China is a fascinating and diverse country with a rich history and culture, making it a must-visit destination in Asia. 

 

There are numerous places to explore in China, from the bustling cities of Shanghai and Beijing to the serene beauty of Guilin and the breathtaking Great Wall of China.

 

One can explore the modern metropolises of Shanghai and Beijing with their impressive skyscrapers, bustling markets, and historic landmarks, such as the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.

 

China also offers a wealth of cultural experiences. One can indulge in delicious Chinese cuisine, explore traditional architecture, and witness ancient cultural traditions such as Chinese opera, martial arts, and calligraphy.

 

Shanghai

Shanghai, China’s largest and most prosperous city, exudes an atmosphere of self-confidence and vitality, it’s worth a visit. Unlike places featuring ancient, imperial, or scenic attractions,

Shanghai has its own unique and spectacular range of more modern highlights.

 

 

Xi’An

No place like Xi’An to see the TerraCotta Warriors.

Xi’an, located in central-northwest China, is a living history book that records the great changes of the country. In ancient times, it was known as Chang’an, the “eternal city,” and is considered one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization in the Yellow River Basin area. 

 

The Terracotta Army, also known as the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, is a massive collection of life-size terracotta sculptures in battle formations. It is considered the most significant archeological excavation of the 20th century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

A visit to Xi’an is incomplete without seeing the Terracotta Army. 

Additionally, Xi’an is known for its cheap and delicious street food.

 

 

Beijing

As one of the six ancient cities in China, Beijing has been the heart and soul of politics throughout its long history and consequently, there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travellers as they explore the city’s ancient past and exciting modern development. 

 

There is so much to see. Also, the food and the shopping are incredible.

 

Things To Remember

Tour Bus

**Before you choose your tour bus make sure that it is what you want. Most buses will stop for lunch and after at a jade store, a silk factory, or a tea room. The driver is making money from all the shops you visit if you buy from them. 

 

I love visiting them because you can see how jade statues are made and learn the difference between fake and real, same for the pearl/silk. The tea room is another fun experience.

 

I like to go there at least one time. Also, you are not pressured to buy on these tours.

 

**Usually, the tour is for a small group.

**Buffet lunches are very good.

 

Avoiding Fakes

**Telling the difference between imitation pearls and the real ones is quite simple—use the tooth test. When you run a real pearl, natural or cultured, across your teeth, the pearl will feel slightly gritty. The fake one will feel smooth and slippery.

 

If you’re still having trouble deciding whether it’s real, ask the vendor to scrape the pearl with a knife. A white powder will result in scraping a real pearl.

 

**Real jade has a beautiful soft clicking sound, unlike the heavier chime of glass or the hollow sound of plastic.

 

Jade is dense and is often heavier than other gemstones of the same size. This test is more effective if you have a piece of genuine jade on hand.

Good To Know

*Currency: China’s currency is the Renminbi (RMB) or the yuan, I use my debit card at the bank machine.

 

*Credit Cards and ATMs: You won’t have any problems finding ATMs around Beijing unless you go really off the beaten track.

 

*Plugs:In China there are three associated plug types, types A, C, and I. Plug type A is the plug that has two flat parallel pins, plug type C is the plug that has two round pins, and plug type I is the plug that has three flat pins in a triangular pattern. China operates on a 220V supply voltage and 50Hz.

 

*Safety: I never felt unsafe there. Now it is another question!! I have a TRAVELON BAG, safety lock, anti-Theft Bag, RFID.

 

**Forbidden City ticket price depends on the season. From November to March (Low season) Forbidden City tickets cost 40 Yuan ($6). From April to October (High season) Forbidden City tickets cost 60 Yuan ($9).

 

**We always choose our hotel in the middle of everything, restaurants, shopping, and taxis.

 

**For most of the places we visit, we book a tour from the hotel or walk to places close by.

 

***And DON’T FORGET…Social media is blocked in China.

8 Travel tips that you might find useful while in Asia

  1. Avoid buying useless travel gadgets that are not worth the money. 
  2. Don’t worry too much about the language barrier as most people speak English. 
  3. Don’t overpack as you can buy things inexpensively at your destination. 
  4. Always have travel insurance before you leave home. 
  5. Don’t rely on only one way to access funds as you might need cash in many places. 6. Be cautious to avoid getting scammed by street vendors. 
  6. Plan your trip carefully to make the most of your time and budget. 
  7. Don’t rely too much on guidebooks, as exploring on foot can help you discover more.
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