Imperial China

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  • Detail of bronze lion inside Forbidden City in Beijing, China
  • Forbidden City, Beijing,  China
  • Forbidden City, Beijing,  China
  • Forbidden City, Beijing,  China
  • Forbidden City, Beijing,  China
  • Forbidden City, Beijing, China
  • Forbidden City, Beijing, China
  • Forbidden City, Beijing, China
  • Forbidden City
  • Guangxi Province
  • Guangxi Province
  • Guangxi Province
  • Guangxi Province
  • Guangxi Province
  • Guilin, Guangxi province, China
  • Longisheng Rice  Terrace, China
  • Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses
  • Street is Shanghai, China
  • Summer palace, Beijing, China
  • Temple of Heaven
  • The Great Wall of China
  • The Longmen
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Imperial China

The ancient sights of China are otherworldly. From the Terracotta Army to the cave carvings at Dragon Gate, the immensity of these Chinese attractions is matched only by the diligence in their details. As you travel down the Yi River, the Great Wall, or enter the archeological excavation of 7,000 life-sized warriors and horses created to guard Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife, you may get the feeling that your travels have leapt beyond the geographical—you may feel as though you have traveled through time. One of the less whimsical aspects of your travels will take place in the bathroom. Don’t expect toilet paper to be provided. Be sure to carry your own supplies. Similarly, you’ll want to download a language app to help with translation. If you find yourself in a jam, look for a young person to help you translate. Students under 25-years old are most likely to speak English in addition to Mandarin.

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Beijing Zhengzhou Luoyang Xian

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Forbidden City

Located in the center of Beijing, China, the Forbidden City was once off limits to anyone not explicitly invited by the emperor—hence the name. Today, tourists from all over the world are welcome, even without an invitation. Nearby, you can watch a game of table tennis or get a foot massage at the Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat.

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China, Beijing, Dongcheng
Forbidden City

The Great Wall of China

Contrary to popular belief, you cannot see The Great Wall from outer space. However, you can and should see it up close and in person when you visit Beijing. The Wall has been refortified since its original construction began in 476 BC but many sections are in ruins. Be sure to see it while it’s still open to the public.

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China
The Great Wall of China

Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses

The terracotta army is one of the most significant archeological discoveries of the 20th century. A total of 7,000 life-sized warriors and horses arranged in battle formation were created to protect the mausoleum of the first emperor of all of China, Qin Shi Huang. The site, which covers 16,300 square meters, was discovered in the 1970’s.

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Lintong, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China (Open 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily)
Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses

Temple of Heaven

Built in the Ming Dynasty, the purpose of this temple was for the emperor to mediate between man and god during the winter solstice and to pray for a good harvest. The design of the temple represents the relationship between heaven and earth. Arrive early to avoid crowds. This is Beijing’s most popular temple.

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China
Temple of Heaven

The Longmen (Dragon’s Gate)

Located on the west bank of the Yi River, The Longmen otherwise known as “Dragon’s Gate” are a massive collection of Buddhist cave chapels and statues, carved into the side of a stone mountain. In total, there are about 2,000 caves and 100,000 statues covering a half-mile section of the riverbank.

Location


China
The Longmen

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It was a honeymoon to remember and to a great extent we owe it to TripXert. Between the view, the food, the room, and service this was my best hotel experience so far!

Natalia Metkina, Moscow