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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

CHINA EXPLORATION #PROJECT IS STARTED! - YOU ARE GOING TO VISIT ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD!

A captain of the Terracotta Army - One of the most amazing thing to see in China!

How you imagine China?

A communist country where everyone lives a quiet life, ugly modern buildings in the Sixty Soviet
style, old cars and trains, lot of smog and many uniforms?


The Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai.
You are wrong. I mean China is a communist country, but it is not just poverty and the ugly architecture. China is growing fast, much faster that what you can even imagine and it has unique wonders to visit!

Fast, modern reliable trains speed at more than 300 kmph to connect the most distant cities of this huge country. Modern museums are quickly taking the place of the old boring ones! Western fashion is penetrating quickly in China and is wonderfully mixing with the local fashion making a great and unique style!

Trendy restaurants and beautiful elegant parks offer a great place to relax and escape the smog (yes the smog is even worse that what you imagine!). Tube transport is fast reliable and efficient.

But most of all China possesses a hidden cultural and natural heritage unknown in the West, but incredibly fascinating!


Beijing- The Old Quarter
We will start from Beijing and from there we would explore the most famous places in China. 

The amazing medieval town of Pingyao, Xi'an with its walls and the Unesco Heritage Site of the Terracotta Army the modern city of Shanghai, Hangzou, Suzhou and the Taoist Retreat of Hua Shan, and many more places.

We will stop at Nanjing to discover the remains of the old Imperial capital, we will walk on the mountains, eat at the market stalls and cycle the old streets of Beijing.


We made a top ten of the best to visit in China ready for you.

Follow our itinerary below and be inspired!



The Palace, popularly known as the Forbidden City is certainly the most wonderful building in Beijing. 

The dark pink walls, the orange pagoda roofs , the emerald green decorations and the white stone sculptures are a wonderful mix producing an effect of majesty... 
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#2 Then we explore The Summer Palace in Beijing- CLICK TO READ 

The Summer Palace represents a great example of Chinese classical architecture, heavily influenced by the architecture of the now destroyed Nanjing Palace of the Emperor.. 
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#3 Mao Zedong Masoleum in Tienanmen Square


Thousand of Chinese, most of them in their fifties or older, modestly dressed, come everyday from the far countryside to venerate the man that is still their hero and their god today... 
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#4 Tiananmen Square in Beijing

If the Forbidden City in Beijing represents the past of the Chinese Capital, the adjacent Tiananmen Square undoubtedly represents the present, or maybe it should be said the contemporary... 
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#5  A WONDERFUL 
MEDIEVAL CASTLE IN THE HEART OF CHINA - WANG CASTLE CLICK TO READ 


Visiting castles in China is not one of the most common ways to visit this wonderful country, but I have the feeling it will become a much more popular interest in the following years... Click here to read more


#6 THE PARKS AT THE HEART OF BEIJING: ZHONGSHAN AND JINGSHAN PARK

Two of the most beautiful parks in Beijing are just in the heart of  the town at walking distance from the famous Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square:  Zhongshan Park and Jingshan Park...
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The town of Pingyao is wonderful because it fulfills the dreams of the western traveller in search of a typical Chinese city...
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#8 PINGYAO 
A MEDIEVAL TOWN IN THE HEART OF CHINA#2 

I wonder if the locals are happy to live in Pingyao or they feel they stuck here in an eventful city that after its impressive Walls doesn't seems to offer much else to do apart walking around the old town... 
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#9 THE MASTERPIECE OF FENGSHUI - A MASTERPIECE OF THE TAOIST CHINESE ART OF FENG SHUI: THE HOUSE AND THE GARDEN OF THE MASTER OF THE NETS IN SUZHOU - CLICK TO READ 

Suzhou is a beautiful town situated around two hours away from Shanghai and it is particularly famous for its canal, so to be called "The Venice of Asia"... Click here to continue



#10 THE PEOPLE'S PALACE - THE PALACE OF THE POWER IN TIANANMEN SQUARE


The People's Palace is one of the most impressive buildings in China and a great example of the art deco in Chinese style.
Here is where Chairman Mao and the other political and most influential leaders of the country met to lead the country; they are still occasionally meet today... 
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#11 HUA SHAN: THE STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN - AMAZING CHINA

When you start your climb you can see the mountains peaks so high above you that you almost feel that it is impossible to conceive the idea that you would ever get all the way up there (and never mind for the end of the same day!)... 
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#12 THE WONDERFUL TERRACOTTA ARMY IN XIAN - UNESCO HERITAGE CLICK TO READ  



#13 WHAT TO SEE IN XIAN - ONE OF THE LIVELIEST CITIES IN CHINA

There is much more to see in Xian than just spend the night on the way to the Chinese Terracotta Army Museum... Click here to continue


#14 THE VENICE OF THE EAST

Suzhou has in common with Venice the canals and, for the Chinese opinion, a romantic charm, although the second  feature appears much less evident than the first one... Click here to read more

#15 THE NATIONAL EXAMINATION MUSEUM IN NANJING


The Imperial National Examination Museum in Nanjing old town is very small but it certainly gives you a lot to reflect on how certain issues or kind of eternal.

How to examine candidates and assess they are... click here to read more





#16 NANJING - THE MAGNIFICIENT IMPERIAL TOMBS OF THE KINGS OF THE WORLD


The Imperial Ming Tombs are maybe  the most amazing feature of Nanjing. They are called also Ming Xiaolin and it is with this name that they are signalled in the few road signs in English.

The Imperial avenues leave you amazed as you really feel you are entering... click here to read the full post


#17 THE CHINESE HOLOCAUST: WAR MEMORIAL OF THE RAPE OF NANJING


The Hall of Fame of Nanjing Massacre would be better called "Memorial of the Victims of Nanjing Massacre" or, as the terrible invasion of the Japanese in China is usually (and certainly very appropriately) called:  "Memorial of the Victims of the Rape of Nanjing".

The Hall of Fame of Nanjing Massacre... Click here to read the full post

#18 IN SKY THERE IS HEAVEN AND ON EARTH SUZHOU AND HANGZHOU
The trite Chinese saying is: "In sky there is Heaven, on earth Hangzhou and Suzhou", also translated "Heaven above, Suzhou and Hangzhou below.".

I believe the saying is much more accurate for Hangzhou than for Suzhou (if you want to read about Suzhou click here).

Hangzhou is reasonably much more unspoiled city, than Suzhou or at least so Hangzhou looks when you just visit the centre CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL POST



#19 Is Shanghai a romantic city? An itinerary
already made to visit Shanghai. 

Some cities in the world are huge, famous but soulless.

Shanghai has this bad name too, but I believe the second City in China doesn't deserve this adjective.


At the opposite I think Shanghai is an extremely charming. Click here to continue reading. 

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