Monday, August 19, 2019

Formerly a tiny fishing village, Shanghai is one of China’s most well-known cities. One of Asia’s major financial centers it is also known as the world’s busiest container port. Located on China’s eastern coast, summers are hot and humid while winters are chilly and damp. Some of the best times to visit are in spring and fall.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Known for the Terracotta Warriors, Xi’an was the eastern end of the Silk Road and served as the imperial seat of the Zhou, Quin, Han and Tang dynasties. Now the capital of the Shaanxi province, the city is a mix of both old and new. Located in the Wei River valley, the city has four distinct seasons. Springs are mild and summers are hot and humid. Fall is the best season to visit as in winter temperatures can drop below zero.


What to Do

Definitely check out the Army of Terracotta Warriors that stand guard over China’s first emperor, Quin Shi Huang. 8,000 soldiers, each with unique features, they were meticulously recreated. This army tells us a lot about Ancient China and are amongst the city’s main attractions.

Located in Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter, the Great Mosque is the oldest in the country. Dating back to 742 AD, the mosque is still in use today. Blending Chinese and Islamic architecture, the central minaret is disguised as a pagoda. The mosque also features classic Chinese temple features such as spirit walls which were designed to keep demons at bay.

Located on the Yi River, the Longmen Grottoes are a series of limestone caves approximately 1500 years old. A marvel of human architecture, there are an estimated 110,000 Buddha statues carved into the walls with heights ranging from 25mm to 17m. The Grottoes are located in Luoyang, the former capital of the late Northern Wei Dynasty and early Tang Dynasty.
Want to check out Xi’an for yourself? Plan your visit by first checking out China’s tourist visa requirements here.

Monday, August 05, 2019

Located in northern China, close to the Gobi desert, Beijing is both a political center and China’s cultural heart. Beijing has six Unesco World Heritage Sites and is home to some of the world’s most innovative modern buildings such as the Olympic Stadium. With many of China’s top artists, film makers, musicians and writers, the city has a vibrant and ever-evolving cultural scene and is also the center for the traditional Chinese performing arts such as dances and acrobatics.  +