It can be pretty tricky when you’re trying to find somewhere for your next vacation. After all, travel isn’t exactly cheap, nor is it the kinds of thing that the vast majority of people can do more than a couple of times a year, at most. This means that if you’re trying to decide where to go, then you want to feel as though you’ve found somewhere absolutely perfect. You don’t want to go to the kind of place where there’s one specific reason to see it, and then after that, the whole trip is sort of an anticlimax. Well, fortunately, there are places around the world that have so much to offer that you’ll probably come away from your vacation wishing that you’d had more time to see it all. Out of those kinds of places, few countries have more to offer than China. China is the kind of place that you could return to time and time again, year after year, and still never experience all of the truly incredible things that it has to offer. However, if you are taking a trip to China for the first time, then there are a few things that you simply can leave without experiencing.
The Great Wall
Let’s start with the most obvious thing, shall we? No trip to China could ever be complete without taking a journey to experience The Great Wall, or should I say, some of The Great Wall. Unless you decide to join the many people who trek across the entire length of the wall, then there’s a pretty solid chance that you won’t get to experience the whole thing. But don’t worry, that doesn’t stop it from being one of the most breathtaking feats of architectural achievement in human history. Just standing on it, looking out across the Chinese landscape is enough to leave you in total awe of the things that human beings have been able to achieve.
The incredible culture
China has one of the richest cultures in the world, dating back thousands upon thousands of years. Whether you want to experience traditional Chinese Kung Fu, learn about the four thousand years of Chinese history, or simply marvel at the incredible architecture in one of China’s many bustling cities. Unlike many places that seemingly have a strong divide between the current and historical aspects of their culture, China is a place where both of them are constantly interweaving in people’s everyday lives.
You might think you know Chinese food, but one day in China will show you just how wrong you are. The food that Westerners know as Chinese food is something that has been very specifically crafted to fit a western palate. However, the traditional food that you will eat in China can be a little intimidating at first, simply because it’s so foreign to the kinds of things Westerners are used to eating. However, if you give it a chance, you’ll find yourself experience some of the most incredible and unique flavors that you’ll ever come across. With an emphasis on fresh ingredients as well as wonderful colors and presentation, traditional Chinese food is something that really does need to be experienced in order to be truly appreciated.
The natural beauty
Man-made wonders like The Great Wall might be the kinds of things that China is most famous for, but that doesn’t mean that China doesn’t also have its fair share of remarkable natural beauty. Whether it’s the luscious green forests, the beauty of the Yangtze Gorge or the breathtaking spectacle of Zhangjiajie, you’ll find that China holidays are certainly not short of natural wonders that offer more beauty than just about anywhere else in the world. Many people don’t realize just how amazing the natural sights of China are because of its reputation for industry and innovation, but as with every aspect of Chinese culture, there is a sense of carefully maintained balance throughout the country. This means that you can go from incredible technological feats to heart-stopping natural wonders from one day to the next.
So if you find yourself stuck for somewhere to take your next trip, then you should definitely put China right at the top of that list. Not only will you discover somewhere new and exciting, but because of the sheer amount of things that the country has to offer, don’t be surprised if you find yourself itching to return the moment you get back home. But be warned, you could go back to China every year for a decade, and there’s still a pretty good chance that you’ll never see every single incredible, remarkable or beautiful thing that it has to offer.