5 reasons to visit China

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, photo by john0philip on Flickr

Picking a travel destination that might be half a world away and spending your precious travel budget on visiting arrangement is not a decision that should be taken lightly, especially if you are a budget traveler. All travel destinations have their advantages and disadvantages, but as long as there are more reasons to go than to stay at home, you will not regret your decision. And if we’re talking about China, there are definitely countless reasons why you should visit, regardless of what type of attractions you are usually looking for. China is one of the most fascinating travel destinations on the planet, which has mesmerized travelers from other parts of the world for millennia, so here are 5 reasons to visit China that should be enough to convince you to start planning your trip.

The metropolises

China is one of the fastest growing countries on the planet, where technologies are developing at a lightning fast speed. Just visit any of the mega-cities of China, and you’ll feel like you’ve traveled hundreds of years into the future. The bright lights of Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzen or Guangzhou are nothing if not blinding, and it is obvious that these are the kind of cities that never sleep – there is something happening there any minute of any day. And let’s not forget about the historical sights either – despite their sleek, modern look, these cities always hide some fascinating historical treasures.

Ancient sites

Shanghai, photo by ehnmark on Flickr

No matter how modern China is becoming, no one can forget the magnificent historical sites and monuments that survive since the time of old dynasties. The Imperial Tombs of China, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall,  or the Terracotta Army are only a few of the astounding historical and cultural sites worth visiting in China. These national treasures draw countless domestic and foreign visitors every year.

The scenery

The man-made wonders of China can only be eclipsed by its breath taking scenery, which can be so beautiful that it seems downright otherworldly. The stunning karst scenery of Guilin and Yangshuo have been the subject of paintings and drawings for thousands of years, the sacred mountains looming in all four corners of China attract pilgrims and nature lovers alike, and the sky pillars of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park have inspired otherworldly landscapes in sci-fi movies.

The food

photo by stu_spivack on Flickr

Chinese food is now popular all over the world, but no fancy restaurant can compare to the authentic cuisine that you can only experience in China. Try dishes that haven’t been adapted to suit foreign tastes, and local specialties that are not even known outside of China. The sheer variety of Chinese cuisine could keep a foodie busy for years. Most Chinese recipes are delicious, some might be strange, and others downright scary for the untrained palate, but they are all an adventure.

Cultural variety

It’s almost impossible to speak of one Chinese culture, because there are so many regional differences across the country. Since China’s territory is so vast, traveling from one border to another might feel like traversing ten different countries with similar yet unique cultures. There are 56 recognized ethnic minorities in China, and each of them have their own interesting particularities.

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