The Imperial Tombs of China

The Imperial Tombs of China

China is one of the greatest powers of the world today, but that is no news to anyone. Even thousands of years ago, Chinese civilization was known for its science, culture and art, and the heritage of the past is held in very high regard today. The Ming and the Qing Dynasties were two of the most powerful lines of rulers that China has ever seen, and they have shaped the fate of the country since the 14th centuries. Naturally, these rulers are still in a place of honor in Chinese history and... [ read more ]

5 fun things to do in Xi'an

5 fun things to do in Xi’an

Long before Xi'an as we know it now came to exist, there was a city called Chang'an, which was the home of emperors, artisans, warriors and merchants. Chang'an, the Xi'an of the olden days, has a past filled with glory and riches thanks to its strategic position on the Silk Road. Xi'an used to be one of the end of the Silk Road, and it reached the pinnacle of Chinese civilization thanks to its mix of cultures, its wealth and its power, but all of this was all gone by the 10th century. Even w... [ read more ]

The most stunning Buddha statues in China

The most stunning Buddha statues in China

When it comes to statues of Buddha, all over the world people seem to respect the same rule: make it as big, as detailed and valuable as possible. From Buddha statues made of solid gold or precious jade, to huge towering statues that are bigger than an apartment block, Buddha statues all over China are nothing less than jaw-dropping. Buddha, the founder of one of the most important religions in Asia, is honored with temples and statues that are a must-see for anyone who visits the country. S... [ read more ]

The best tourist attractions in Shanghai

The best tourist attractions in Shanghai

Shanghai is the epicenter of change in China, a land that never stops transforming, but even on an international scale this city is one of the most dynamic places on the planet. Today it is the home of business tycoons who build futuristic towers, of venues where one can party all night with the young and the reckless residents of the city, and shopping centers the size of cities. But there is a historical side to Shanghai too, and although the city is resolute on looking forward, it doesn't... [ read more ]

A guide to historic Xian

A guide to historic Xian

The proud and ancient city of Xian has been the capital of China for over a thousand years, under the rule of a dozen dynasties and many remarkable rulers. A city such as this could not avoid becoming a center for art, culture and knowledge, and even today, when its glory has faded considerably, Xian is still enveloped in some of the past mystique. A visit to Xian is an essential part of any travel experience in China, not only because it holds some of the most dramatic sights in the country... [ read more ]

The most fascinating temples in China

The most fascinating temples in China

In a sharp contradiction of all stereotypes that have ever circulated about Asia, China is one of the most culturally diverse places on the planet. Although much of the population is Buddhist (over 80%), there are many other religions that have their adepts in this vast country. So if you are interested in sacred places, then will see Buddhist temples, Tao shrines and Christian churches or Muslim mosques. Travelers who are interested in the beauty and/or spiritual meaning of Buddhist or Taoi... [ read more ]