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China is a vast and extraordinary country spanning thousands of miles from the deserts in the west to the ocean on the east. Culturally, China has one of the most rich and textured histories of all civilizations that encompasses over 5,000 years. This is rich stuff for a traveler.
China is forever linked to its ancient civilization, friendly people, and many of the worldā€™s most revered treasures, such as The Great Wall, Terra-Cotta Warriors & Horses and the Yangtze River. Today, one can also find spectacular architecture and towering skylines in Shanghai and Beijing (site of the 2008 Summer Olympics), a wealth of luxury accommodations ā€“ and as always ā€“ exquisite cuisine.
Visitors are often surprised to find out how modern China really is. Since the early 90\'s China has been in the middle of a building boom and infrastructure upgrade that has brought its tourism industry up to Western standards almost overnight.
Tourist facilities and transportation in large cities are almost on the same level as of the United States. All major cities and tourism centers have undergone a total metamorphosis in visitor comfort and transportation facilities. Complaints of poor facilities, service or transportation have all become memories of the past.
Today you can tour China with ease and safety (the crime rate is very low there), stay in comfortable 4 & 5-star hotels, try new Chinese delicacies, enjoy familiar Western cuisine, shop in modern designer boutiques, or explore centuries-old markets and shopping arcades. You can tour the countryside in modern motor coaches, relax in first class train compartments, or speed to the next destination by jet while exploring one of the oldest cultures of the world, and seeing some of the most extraordinary sights any where and there is much to see in this vast country of 1.3 billion people.
Come and see why China is drawing millions of visitors from all over the world. And, why each and everyone of them returns home smiling
Stopā€“start capital since the Mongol Yuan dynasty, BÄ›ijÄ«ng is one of Chinaā€™s true ancient citadels. It is also an aspiring, confident and modern city that seems assured of its destiny to rule over China ad infinitum. A vast and symmetrical metropolis, BÄ›ijÄ«ng is the orderly seat of the communist political power in China, so its architecture traces each and every mood swing from 1949 to the present, from felled hĆŗtĆ²ng (narrow alleys) to huge underground bomb shelters scooped out during the paranoid 1970s. One moment you are sizing up a blank Soviet-style monument, the next you spot a vast, shimmering tower rising up from the footprint of a vanished temple.
History may have been trampled in BÄ›ijÄ«ng over the past half century, but thereā€™s still much more substance here than in Chinaā€™s other dynastic capitals, bar NĆnjÄ«ng or KÄifÄ“ng. You just need to do a bit of hunting and patient exploration to find the historical narrative. Itā€™s also essential to sift the genuine from the fake: some of BÄ›ijÄ«ngā€™s once-illustrious past has been fitfully resurrected in thetrompe-lā€™oeil of rebuilt monuments. Colossal flyovers and multilane boulevards heave with more than three million cars but ample pockets of historical charm survive. Itā€™s the cityā€™s epic imperial grandeur, however, that is truly awe-inspiring. Frank and uncomplicated, BÄ›ijÄ«ngā€™s denizens chat in BÄ›ijÄ«nghuĆ ā€“ the gold standard of Mandarin ā€“ and marvel at their good fortune for occupying the centre of the known world. And for all its diligence and gusto, BÄ›ijÄ«ng dispenses with the persistent pace of ShĆ nghĒˇi or Hong Kong, and locals instead find time to sit out front, play chess and watch the world go by.
Located in the tropical area at the southern end of China, Hainan is warm all year round and has no winter. Besides, it boasts soft beaches and beautiful tropical scenery, which make it a famous holiday resort in China. The main island, Hainan Island, which is shaped like a giant elliptical pear, is China\'s largest island after Taiwan. The capital Haikou City is situated in northern part of the island. It is the political, economic, cultural and transportation center of the whole province. The other prefecture-level city of the province is Sanya, which is a hot destination for tourism.
Belonging to the northern part of the tropics and virtually at the same latitude as Hawaii, Hainan has a tropical monsoon climate and is known as the \'Eastern Hawaii\'. When northern China is snowy and icebound, people in Hainan are able to swim in the sea and enjoy the warm sunshine on the beach. In addition, the island has beautiful soft beaches and tropical scenery such as Holiday Beach, Dongzhai Harbor Mangrove Natural Reserve Area, Dongjiao Coconut Plantation, Asian Dragon Bay and Wuzhizhou Island. All these help to make Hainan a holiday hot spot in China, especially in winters and for newly-married couples.
Hainan Island is also called \'Coconut Island\' for its production of coconuts. Each year in late March or early April, the islanders hold a \'Coconut Festival\'. During the festival, visitors can go to Haikou to appreciate the coconut lanterns, travel to Wenchang to taste the delicious coconuts, head for Sanya to watch the dragon boat race and a folk martial art competition, approach Tongshi to attend the Sanyuesan carnival. Sanyuesan is a traditional festival celebrated on every March, 3rd of Chinese lunar calendar by the local Li people. On that day, the Li worship their ancestors and pray for a good harvest. It is also a \'love festival\' for the young people to seek love. Visitors may also watch the traditional Li wedding ceremonies on that day.
In addition to coconuts, Hainan is rich in some other tropical fruits like bananas, lychees, papayas and pineapples as well as seafood, which are all musts to enjoy when traveling there. What\'s more, the island has some featured local delicacies. The most famous four local specialties are Hele Crab, Dongshan Mutton, Jiaji Duck and Wenchang Chicken. Some other most famous dishes include Hainanese Chicken Rice, hotpot, pumpkin rice of Li and Qiongshan tofu, etc.