Attractions to See

Great WallGreat Wall

The Great Wall of China, one of the most magnificent man - made projects in the world, lies across the northern part of China like a great sleeping dragon, winding its way through the vast territory of China. According to astronauts who looked back on earth from the moon, it is one of the few objects on earth visible from space. In 1987 it was made one of the World Heritage Sites. The Great Wall not only belongs to China, but is also part of the cultural heritage of the whole world. Through Western contact with China, the legend of the Great Wall grew along with the tourism. Today the Great Wall sections around Beijing, like Badaling, Mutianyu, Jinshanling and Gubeikou receive thousand of tourists each day.

Terracotta Warriors Museum

The museum is home to an entire army of life-sized clay soldiers buried centuries ago to guard the underground tomb of China's first emperor - Qin Shihuang.  It is located in the walled city of Xi'an (pronounced "Jai-an").

Summer Palace

The largest Imperial garden in the world. As a paragon of Chinese gardens, this huge garden includes Longevity Hill, whose beauty is set off by a multitude of halls, kiosks and trees, and Kunming Lake, a huge body of liquid silver. Major tourist attractions are Tower of Buddhist Incense, 17-Span Bridge, Long Gallery, Cloud Dispelling Hall, Marble Boat, Beamless Hall, Garden of Harmonious Delights, the theatre in the Garden of Moral Harmony, and Suzhou Street. The entire place is a de facto museum of China's classical architecture. Housed in these buildings are an immense collection of treasures and cultural artifacts.

Tian'anmen Square

Large enough to hold 1 million people, the 440,000-square metre Tian'anmen Square in the center of Beijing is the world's largest city square, where sunrises and sunsets are observed solemnly with national flag hoisting and lowering ceremonies. Tian'an men Gate on the northern edge of the square used to be the front gate of the Ming and Qing Imperial Palace. The rostrum atop the gate, where national leaders review mass rallies or gala celebrations on important occasions,  is open to tourists. The Monument to the People's Heroes stands in the center of the square. Behind Zhengyang Gate to the south sprawls Mao Zedong Memorial Hall; to the east is the complex which houses the Museum of Chinese Revolution and the Museum of Chinese History. The Great hall of the People stands on the western side. The night scene of Tian'anmen Square is definitely a MUST for any visitor to Beijing.

Forbidden PalaceForbidden City

It is the former Imperial Palace. The 720,000-square-metre Palace Museum, better known as "Forbidden City", was the imperial palace for the Ming and Qing. Built during the 1406-1420 period, it is the largest royal palatial complex in existence in China; ranging from the majestic to the exquisite, they bear witness to a nation in transition. Other tourist attractions on the premises include a huge stone ramp carved with intricate dragon and cloud patterns, Imperial Garden and Nine-Dragon Screen Wall. An immense trove of cultural artifacts and treasures of various dynasties, some of them on display in the Treasure Hall and the ceramics, painting, bronze ware galleries, are reason enough for UNESCO to adopt the Former Imperial Palace as a world cultural heritage site.

Temple of Heaven

China's largest temple and altar are found in Temple of Heaven, part of a 273 hectare park in Chongwen District today. Built in 1420, it was where Ming and Qing monarchs prayed for good harvests. Major structures are hall of Prayer for good Harvest, Imperial Vault of Heaven, Circular Altar, and Abstinence Palace. UNESCO endorsed Temple of Heaven as a world cultural heritage site in December 1998.

Sacred Way

An entrance walkway to the Dingling Ming Tombs, lined with statues, said to guard the burial grounds.

Peking Roasted Duck Dinner

Peking Duck has the reputation of being the most delicious food Beijing has to offer. Some find it a bit too greasy, but others get hooked after one taste. In any case, a Peking Duck dinner is usually a fixed item on any Beijing tour itinerary. Eating Peking Duck is absolutely supposed to do while in Beijing

Peking Opera

Peking opera of China is a national treasure with a history of 200 years. In the 55th year of the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1790) , the four big Huiban opera Troupes entered the capital and combined with Kunqu opera, Yiyang opera, Hanju opera and Luantan in Beijing's theoretical circle of the time. Over a period of more than half a century of combination and integration of various kinds of opera there evolved the present Peking opera. Peking Opera is the most significant of all operas in China, and it has a richness of repertoire, great number of artists and audiences, that give it a profound influence in China and plays a large role in Chinese culture.

Peking opera is a synthesis of stylized action, singing, dialogue and mime, acrobatic fighting and dancing to represent a story or depict different characters and their feelings of gladness, anger, sorrow, happiness, surprise, fear and sadness. In Peking opera there are four main types of roles: sheng (male) dan (young female), jing (painted face,male), and chou (clown, male or female). The characters may be loyal or treacherous, beautiful or ugly, good or bad, their images being vividly manifested.Elephant Trunk Hill

Elephant Trunk Hill

Elephant Trunk Hill is regarded as the symbol of Guilin landscape. It shows an elephant leisurely sucking water from the river with its long trunk, this hill is famous as Elephant Trunk Hill for hundreds of years. This hill reaches a height of 55 meters above the Li River.

Ming Tombs

50 kilometers northwest from Beijing City lies the Ming Tombs - the general name given to the mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). The mausoleums have been perfectly preserved, as has the burial places of each of the many emperors. Because of its long history and palatial and integrated architecture, the site has a high cultural and historic value. The layout and arrangement of all thirteen mausoleums are very similar but vary in size as well as in the complexity of their structures.

It was originally built only as Changling, the tomb of Emperor Zhuli and his empresses. This is the most magnificent of the tombs. The succeeding twelve emperors had their tombs built around Changling.

Only the Changling and Dingling tombs are open to the public. Changling, the chief of the Ming Tombs, is the largest in scale and is completely preserved. The total internal area of the main building is 1956 square meters. There are 32 huge posts, and the largest measures about 14 meters in height. It inhumes Emperor Zhuli, the fourth son of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang. My Beijing China recommends the Lingsi Palace in its second yard as really deserving a visit. This is unique as it is the only huge palace made of camphor wood. It covers about 1956 square meters. The ceiling is colorfully painted and supported by sixteen solid camphor posts. The floor was decorated with gold bricks.

Unlike Changling, Dingling is under ground and about 27 meters deep. It is the mausoleum of Emperor Zhu Yijun, the thirteenth emperor who occupied the throne the longest during the Ming Dynasty, and his two empresses. The main features are the Stone Bridge, Soul Tower, Baocheng and the Underground Place, which was unearthed between 1956 and 1958. The entire palace is made of stone. The Soul Tower is symbolic of the whole of Dingling and it forms the entrance to the underground chambers. The yellow glazed tiles; eaves, archway, rafters and columns are all sculptured from stone, and colorfully painted. The entire construction is stable and beautiful!

Served by three stone doors, it is divided into three Halls consisting of five high palaces - the front, the middle, the rear, the left and the right palaces. The Gate of the Tomb, the Gate of Eminent Favor and the Lingxing Gate all have the same structural form.

The front hall, considered the square of the Palace, has no building within it. No special artifacts remain in either the left and right palaces that are about 7 meters high, six meters wide, and 26 meters long. However, each has a centrally placed white marble coffin bed, the surface of which is covered with gold bricks. On each bed there is a square hole filled with loess. This is the so-called "Gold Well". A paved path leads to the central hall where there are three white marble thrones. Incense, candles and flowers were set in front of the thrones. Before each of them, there are glazed 'Five Offerings' and a blue china jar that would have been filled with sesame oil to be used for lamps. The rear hall is the main and biggest part of the Palace. The coffins of Emperor Zhu Yijun and his two empresses are in this palace. There are also some precious items displayed with these coffins; among them is the gold imperial crown, one of the world's rearest treasures.

We feel that it is necessary to remind visitors with heart problems to consider carefully whether they should enter the underground chambers. The atmosphere and dull lighting can be a problem. As always, do not hesitate to consult your guide, who will be able to offer advice.

Lama Temple

At the northeast corner of Beijing City the traveler will find an elegant and ancient temple known as the Yonghe Lamasery, which is the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in present day China. Built initially in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty, this building was the residence of Emperor Yongzheng when he was just a prince. However, in 1744 the Qing Dynasty formally changed the status of the dwelling to that of a lamasery, and so Yonghe Lamasery became the national centre of Lama administration.

Forest of Stone Steles Museum

The Forest of Stone Steles Museum is situated near the south gate of Xian City Wall. (stele: vertical stone slab or pillar, usually inscribed) It was established in AD 1087 when some precious stone steles were moved here for safe keeping, including the "Classic on Filial Piety" written by Emperor Xuanzong in AD 745 and "the Kaicheng Stone Steles" carved in AD 837. With an area covering 31,000 square meters, the Forest of Stone Steles was the principal museum for Shaanxi Province from 1944 until 1992 when it was officially named as the Forest of Stone Steles Museum.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. It is located in the southern suburb of Xian City, about 4 kilometers (2.49 miles) from the downtown of the city. It was Originally built in 652 in the Tang Dynasty. The pagoda collapsed not long after it was built. It was rebuilt between 701 and 704 on the order of Empress Wu Ze Tian. The pagoda was meant to serve as place to collect Buddhist materials, such as Sanskrit manuscripts that were taken from India by Xuanzang. Surrounding the pagoda is the Temple of Great Maternal Grace, Da Ci'en.

Shaanxi Provincial History Museum

Shaanxi Provincial History Museum is a striking Tang-Dynasty style pavilion. It houses a large collection of 113,000 historic and cultural artifacts unearthed in Shaanxi. The main complex is a mixture of ancient palaces and courtyard buildings built in simple and elegant styles. The exhibits on the ground and first floors are arranged in roughly three parts: Basic Exhibition Hall, the Theme Exhibition Hall and East Exhibition Hall. The exhibits covered are the Han, Wei, Jin, North and South, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Quing dynasties, as well as the bronze and prehistoric period.Li River Scenery

Li River

The Li River area is the location of some of the most beautiful scenery in China. Gorges, mountains, valley and river all combine to awe you. Bring your camera!

Tang Dynasty Palace & Dinner Show

This special dinner show in Xi'an is a re-enactment of historical events by costumed performers.

Three Gorges Dam -The Five-level ship lock

This is the key section of the navigation structure of the Three Gorges Dam. The ship lock has a two-way and five-step flight. Each lock chamber has a capacity of 47600 cubic meters. The fall between each chamber is 22-23 meters and the five successive locks will raise ships up to the level of the reservoir with a fall of 113 meters. It takes a ship 40-50 minutes to pass each chamber and a total of two and a half hours to pass the Dam. The ship lock is the largest of its kind in the world and it can carry a 3,000-ton passenger ship and 10,000 tons of barge traffic each time.

Ghost City of FengDu - TempleGhost City of FengDu

FengDu has a long, rich history. It was once a part of the Ba Kingdom in the Zhou Dynasty, which dates back more than 2,300 years. Fengdu is most famous for its ghost town, Mingshan Mountain, the stone carving of the ghost king, and the unique kingdom of hell.

Yangshuo

Yangshuo is located some 90 kilometers south of Guilin City. Yangshuo is renowned as the best in Guilin. The town is very small. The famous West Street in the town is lined with western cafes, restaurants and hotels. It has a population about 300,000, making up of different ethnic groups such as Han, Zhuang, Yao, Hui, etc. The weather in Yangshuo is subtropical, meaning it has a temperate climate year round. With a sufficient rainfall, amount of sunlight, and even temperature throughout the year it has become a favorite with tourists. On average each year the temperature is 19 degrees Celsius.

Yellow Crane Tower

Yellow Crane Tower is located on Snake Hill in Wuchang. Legend tells us that in Wuchang, a young man opened a wine shop. One day, a Taoist priest in gratitude for free wine, drew a magic crane on the wall of the shop and instructed it to dance whenever it heard clapping. The legend says that thousands of people came to see the spectacle and the wine shop was always full of guests. After 10 years, the Taoist priest then revisited the wine shop. He played the flute and then rode on the crane up into the sky. Legend then says that in memory of the supernatural encounter and the priest, the young man built a tower and named it Yellow Crane Tower. The tower has served as a gathering place for many celebrities and poets to celebrate and compose poetry. Cui Hao, a famous poet during the Tang dynasty (618-907) made the tower well known throughout China with his poem "Yellow Crane Tower".

Reed Flute Cave

Reed Flute CavesReed Flute Cave is a wonderful limestone cave containing a large number of stalactites, stalagmites, stalacto-stalagmites, rocky curtains, and cave corals. It is also Guilin's largest and most impressive cave. Its name due to the fact that reeds for making both flutes and pipes have been grown in this region since ancient times. This dripstone cave is 790 feet deep, and visitors will walk for about 550 yards through a zigzagging way in dazzling colors. Although the cave is also known as a Palace of Natural Art, manmade strategies use artificial lighting to emphasize the coincidental similarity of the rock formations to birds, plants, and animals.

Seven Star Park

Seven Stars Park is a great favorite with both locals and tourists alike. The park name comes from the fact that the four peaks on Putuo Hill and the three peaks on Crescent Hill are positioned in the pattern of “the Big Dipper” constellation otherwise known as Big Bear or Ursa Major. As you walk into the park you will find Crescent Hill to your right, so named for its crescent-moon shaped rock. Some notable features of this hill are the 200 calligraphy carvings on the walls of the caves within it. These carvings are said to be the work of important and talented calligraphers from the Tang, Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Fubo Hill

Fubo Hill, is one of Guilin's most scenic spots. It reaches the height of 213 meters (698.8 feet) and emerges 62 meters (203.4 feet) above the water, half of Fubo Hill juts into the Li River (Lijiang River). The Hill is considered to have the power to subdue waves since the galloping water is always blocked here and eddied. Fubo hill was named due to the temple built during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) in commemoration of General Fubo. At the base of Fubo hill lays the Pearl-Returning Cave, the Thousand-Buddha Cave and the Sword-Testing Rock, all places of great interest.

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum is located in the center of Shanghai in People’s Square. It is a museum of ancient Chinese art. The exterior design of the round dome and the square base symbolizes the ancient idea of a round heaven and a square land. The museum is divided into eleven galleries and three exhibition halls. The eleven Galleries cover most major categories of Chinese art including Ancient Bronze, Ancient Ceramics, Paintings, Calligraphy, Ancient Sculpture, Ancient Jade, Coins, Ming and Qing Furniture, Seals, and Minority Nationalities.

TV Tower of Oriental Pearl

Located in Pudong Park in Lujiazui, Shanghai, the tower is flanked by the Yangpu Bridge in the northeast and the Nanpu Bridge in the southwest. The visual this creates is a picture of "twin dragons playing with pearls". At 468 meters high (1,536 feet), it is the world's third highest TV and radio tower.

The Hubei Provincial Museum

The Hubei Provincial Museum was established in 1953 and contains the most important collections of artifacts in the province. More than 140,000 items, mainly from a large tomb excavated in 1978, are preserved here. Included in the Museums collection are 645 first-class cultural relics and 16 national treasures.

Yuyuan Garden

A place of peace and harmony in the heart of bustling Shanghai is what Yuyuan Garden is. It began as a private garden created by Pan Yunduan, who spent almost 20 years and all of his savings to build a garden in order to please his parents in their old age. The reason he called this garden "Yuyuan" is because "yu" in Chinese means "peace and health". There are more than 40 scenic areas scattered throughout the garden, which is divided into six parts by five boundary walls. The six scenic areas within the garden are the Grand Rockery, the Ten Thousand-Flower Pavilion, the Hall of Heralding Spring, the Hall of Jade Magnificence, the Inner Garden, and the Lotus Pool.

Kunming Stone ForestKunming Stone Forest

Known since the Ming Dynasty as the "First Wonder of the World".  Walking through the Stone Forest, visitors marvel at the natural stone masterpieces and are bewitched by the intricate formations. The magnificent, strange and steep landscapes featuring stones in various formations. Animals, plants, and even human figures can be found here. Some are elegant, some are rugged, and each is lifelike with its own distinguishing characteristics.

Dianchi Lake

Dianchi Lake is located at the base of the Western Hills to the southwest of Kunming. The largest lake in Kunming and the sixth largest fresh water lake in China, Dianchi Lake is 300 square kilometers (116 square miles) in surface area, 1,885 meters (6,185 feet) in altitude and about 40 kilometers (25 miles) in length (from north to south).The ocean-like Dianchi Lake is a wonderful place to visit for those who wish to get away from the bustling city and be close to the nature. Facing such a vast and beautiful place, one may forget everything even oneself, the only thing left is the amazing scenery before you.

Western Hills

The Western Hills are 15 kilometers (nine miles) from Kunming. They consist of four mountains: Biji, Luohan, Huating, and Taiping. Viewed from a distance, the skyline of the Western Hills' forest reserve represents a beautiful lady reclining leisurely alongside of Dianchi Lake with her long hair hanging casually in the mirror-like water. It is for this reason that the local people gave the Western Hills the nickname, Sleeping Beauty Hills.

Golden Palace Temple

The Golden Temple is located on top of Mingfeng (Singing Phoenix) Hill. It is a Taoist Taihe Palace (Hall of Supreme Harmony) that is made of copper. It is also known as the Tongwa Temple (Bronze Tile Temple) and by its most popular name, the Golden Temple. The history of the Golden Temple starts during the Ming Dynasty and the reign of the Emperor Wanli in 1602. The hillside surrounding the Golden Temple abounds with pine trees, evergreens, hardy cypresses, and a multitude of other plants. The Golden Temple is only 11 kilometers (7 miles) from Kunming, in the province of Yunnan and is easily accessible by public transportation.

LingYin Temple

Also known as "Temple of the Soul's Retreat", Lingyin Temple is one of the largest and wealthiest temples in China. It was originally founded in 326 AD, and has since been rebuilt no less than sixteen times since then. The uniqueness of the temple is in its size, particularly the size of its principle buildings. The front hall, and former entrance, is the huge Hall of the Heavenly Kings. The principle Buddha here is the big belly Buddha, also known as the Laughing Buddha. He faces the front of the hall to the south to greet visitors who enter the compound.

Chen Family Temple

The Chen Family Temple, also known as Guangdong Folk Art Museum, was built in the 1890s and contains nine halls and six courtyards. All of its windows, door frames, and pavilions are decorated with intricate carvings and sculptures. It is now the largest, best preserved and decorated ancient architecture existing in Guangdong province.

Memorial Hall of Dr. Sun Yatsen

Sun Yatsen (1866-1925), was China's great revolutionary forefather. The mausoleum was built from 1926-1929. The site covers an area of 80,000 sq meters on the southern slopes of Zhongshan Hill east of the city. There is a large bronze statue at the base of the mausoleum. There are 392 marble steps that must be climbed in order to reach the memorial hall.

West Lake

It is a small wonder that West Lake was a favorite imperial retreat. The lake and its environs have all the elements of a traditional Chinese garden but on a very grand scale. The natural setting of strangely shaped peaks, serene forests and springs, dense foliage and a myriad of blossoms especially in springtime are enhanced by a treasury of sculpture and architectural features.

Taihu Lake

Lake sceneTaihu lake covers an area of 2250 square kilometres and has an average depth of 2 metres. It is the third largest freshwater lake in China. There are approximately 90 islets, large and small, which along with the presence of many fleets of fishing junk boats make it a remarkable spectacle to see. The lake has a thriving fishing industry as well as its ornamental limestone rocks that are only native to this area. This limestone is very sought after for use as accessories in the decoration of traditional Chinese gardens throughout China. Out of all the islets, Turtle Head Islet is the one that should not be left unseen.

Yangtze River Bridge

The Yangtze River Bridge is the first highway-railway bridge over the Yangtze River. Built in 1955, the grand bridge is 1670.4 meters (5480.3 feet) long with the main body of 1156 meters (3,793feet). It has 8 piers and 9 holes. The bridge is divided into two levels with the upper one for bus transit and the lower one specifically for trains. The roadway is 18 meters (59feet) wide for 6 buses to run parallel.

Dufu Cottage

DuFu was a famous Tang poet who lived in Chengdu for a brief period of time. This cottage is the place in which DuFu lived in 7th century. He wrote over 200 poems during his stay in Chengdu. He was one of the greatest poets in Chinese history. His Poetry was usually written as a way to criticize politicians or to express sympathy towards the poor. In his memory, his cottage has become a historic site that many people travel to see.

Red Carp Pond

The Red Carp Pond is the heart of Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor Park, one of the places of interests at West Lake. Countless carps live and play in Red Carp Pond. Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor has developed into a large park of over 20 hectares made up of five scenic spots; namely, Red Carp Pond, peony park, flower harbor, lawn, and grove.

Six Harmonies Pagoda

Located on the north bank of the Qiantang River in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province is The Six harmonies Pagoda. The name "six harmonies" derives from the six Buddhist ordinances, meaning "harmonies of the heaven, earth, north, south, east, and west". The pagoda was originally built in 970 AD. This pagoda is a masterpiece of ancient Chinese architecture and exhibits the arts of Chinese calligraphy and seal-cutting. There are various sorts of stone tablets and stone statues both inside and out of the pagoda. You may also see relics such as a minister's tablet, a Buddhist scripture tablet, a god statue, a poem inscription, and similar artifacts from various different dynasties.

ZhuoZheng Garden

ZhuoZheng Garden is the largest private garden located in northeast Suzhou. It was built as retirement residence by an Imperial inspector in Ming Dynasty, and accordingly carried such name as Zhuo Zheng Yuan meaning "The humble life of a retired man." The garden is representative of a Chinese classical garden. This is the best aspects of Chinese architecture concentrated into such a small space, whose built environment has a direct and crucial connection to emotional well being.

Hanshan Temple

Hanshan Temple is located in Maple Bridge town in the west outskirts of Suzhou, covering an area of 45 hectares. The main architectural structures in this temple include the main hall, the hall with a circular gallery, the sutra library, the bell tower, a pavilion tower known as Maple River Tower, and many more. An important component of the Hanshan Temple is The Bell Tower. The bell was made in 1906 during the Qing Dynasty. During New Year's Eve, thousands of visitors from home and abroad gather inside and outside of the temple to listen to the bell tolling, at the same time praying for luck and happiness in the New Year.

Liyuan Garden

Liyuan Garden is located in southwest of Wuxi, and is surrounded on three sides by the Lake. It is one of the most famous gardens for lake scenery in China. Liyuan Garden is a private garden built in the early 20th century. The garden is classical Chinese in layout and architecture, with ponds, a walkway, mini-bridges, mini-pagodas and souvenir stalls dotted here and there. (Also known as Li Garden)

Lingering Garden

The garden was originally laid out in 1522 AD. The whole space is artfully and appropriately handled and arranged with exquisitely pretty scales. It is a typical garden of the Ming period with elegance and exquisiteness in the southern Yangtze Valley.

Jokhang TempleJokhang Temple

The Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet. It has a history spanning more than 1,300 years. It was according to Chinese astrology that the temple should be built on the pool where it is located. It is said that the pool was a witch's heart, so the temple should be built on the pool to get rid of evils. The pool still exists under the temple. The construction took 12 months. However, the original structure was small. Large scale reconstruction and renovation took place under the reign of the Fifth Dalai Lama. The temple is the product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques. Visitors will be treated to the sight of various exotic and sacred sculptures.

Lhasa Summer Palace

Lhasa Summer Palace is a beautiful park in the western suburbs of Lhasa. It used to be the summer resort for the Dalai Lamas where they handled political affairs and practiced religious activities. Construction started in the18th century. The whole park has more than 370 rooms of different sizes and lawns shaded by green trees and containing various flowers. With the clear water, and the flowers and trees around, it is known as the "park in the park".

Potala PalacePotala Palace

The Potala Palace was built 130 meters above the Lhasa valley. A Palace was initially built in 637 by Songtsen Gampo on the hill. Construction in the following dynasties has been completed. In 1922 the 13th Dalai Lama renovated many chapels and assembly halls in the White Palace and added two stories to the Red Palace. The Potala Palace is an immense structure, its interior space being in excess of 130,000 square meters. It was the seat of Tibetan government, where all ceremonies of state were held; it housed a school for religious training of monks and administrators; and it was one of Tibet's major pilgrimage destinations because of the tombs of past Dalai Lamas.

YiWu free market

YiWu is a largest retail market in China. Its products vary. Products have been exported up to 122 countries all over the world and export volume reached US$1 billion in 2000. 40% of the stockings and socks in the world market is from YiWu. You can visit a huge market including thousands of small business counters selling various products. If you have ever considered setting up a business relationship in China, this is your opportunity!

BaoGuangsi Monastery

This ancient, but still active monastery was founded during the Tang Dynasty -618-907 AD-. Prominent in this complex is Lohan Hall, with 500 Buddhist statues dating from the 17th century.

Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill is located in SuZhou City. It is a large hillock covering some14100 square metres and is 36 metres in height. Climbing the hill, you will find a number of historical sites some of which can be traced back over 2500 years to the founding of Suzhou. Although the hill is relatively small, it has rich history.

Mausoleum of General Yue Fei

The Mausoleum of General Yue Fei is located at the southern foot of Qixia hill, on West Lake bank. It was listed as one of the state-level cultural relic protection sites in 1961. General Yue Fei is a famous national hero in the war against Jin invaders during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). In 1221, a temple was built not only to honour General Yue Fei who made such a great contribution to China defending his country against the Jin invaders, but also as an educational site for all Chinese to learn about patriotism. The mausoleum is 23 feet in diameter and 9 feet in height.

Jade Buddha Garden

In 1882, an old temple was built to keep two jade Buddha statues which had been brought from Burma. The temple was destroyed during the revolution. Fortunately the jade Buddha statues survived and a new temple was built on the present site in 1928. It was named the Jade Buddha Temple. The two precious jade Buddhist statues are not only rare cultural relics but are also porcelain artworks. Both the Sitting Buddha and the Recumbent Buddha are carved out of solid white jade. The Sitting Buddha is 190 centimeters high.

Bund District

A historical district of Shanghai, famous for its architecture. The Bund usually refers to the buildings and wharves on this section of the road, as well as some adjacent areas. The Bund is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai. Building heights are restricted in this area. (photo below)

Master of the Nets Garden

The Master of the Nets Garden in Suzhou is among the finest gardens in China. The garden demonstrates Chinese garden designers' adept skills for synthesizing art, nature, and architecture to create unique metaphysical masterpieces. The initial garden was first constructed over 800 years ago and even though its physical form has changed drastically since, the name and spirit of the garden still remain intact. The physical architecture combined with poetic and artistic inspirations makes the Master of the Nets garden a unique and incredible garden experience that has stood the test of time.

Pan Gate

Pan Gate is part of the ancient city wall built in 514 B.C. that surrounded and protected Suzhou. Pan Gate was the only entrance to the wall that surrounded ancient Suzhou. It is also known in China for its architecture. It is so famous for its complex of both land and water city gates that many times, people directly refer to it as the "Land and Water Gate". In order to attract more tourists, in recent years, the city of Suzhou has renovated the old wall and built many other attractions around the original gate in the Pan Gate Scenic Area.

MagLev Train

Maglev, or magnetic levitation, is a system of transportation that suspends, guides and propels vehicles, predominantly trains, using magnetic levitation from a very large number of magnets for lift and propulsion. This method has the potential to be faster, quieter and smoother than wheeled mass transit systems. The power needed for levitation is usually not a particularly large percentage of the overall consumption; most of the power used is needed to overcome air drag, as with any other high speed train. Perhaps the most well known implementation of high-speed maglev technology currently operating commercially is the demonstration line of the German-built Transrapid train in Shanghai, China that transports people 30 km (18.6 miles) to the airport in just 7 minutes 20 seconds, achieving a top speed of 431 km/h (268 mph), averaging 250 km/h (160 mph).

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