What to Do with a Month in China
If I only had one month to travel around China, this is the route that I would follow: Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Chengdu, Leshan, Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruiseand lastly Shanghai.
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City is the largest and best-preserved ancient royal building complex in the world. It is the world’s largest palace, covering 72 hectares. It is located in the centre of Beijing. It is used to be the imperial palace of the Ming Dynasty. It was built from 1406 AD to 1420 AD
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China was praised as the Eighth Wonder of the World. The construction of the Great Wall began during 770BC- 221BC. The first emperor in China (Qinshihuang) ordered his people to build a new wall. This new wall was on the base of the original one, but in a larger scale. Subsequent dynasties strengthened and extended the wall. The Great Wall of China is 7.8 meters high and 6.5 meters across at its base and it is 5.8 meters at its top. There is a watchtower rise to about 12 meters every one hundred meters.
The Summer Palace
The Summer Palace is situated in the northwestern outskirts of Beijing. It is about 15 km’s away from the downtown area of Beijing. It is a grand imperial garden. It has an area of 12,900,000 square meter. It contains about 3000 hills, palaces and gardens. The construction of the Summer Palace began in 1750 and was completed in 1764.
Xian’s Terracotta Army
The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures. They depict the armies of Qin Shi Huang, who was the first Emperor of China. It is estimated that there are over 8,000 soldiers, 520 horses, 130 chariots 150 cavalry horses.
Lhasa is a spiritual city. Attractions in Lhasa include the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, the three main monasteries (Sera Monastery, Gander Monastery and Drepung Monastery), Tibet Museum, Lhasa Carpet Factory, Chakpori Hill and Norbulingka (the biggest man-made garden in Tibet).
Chengdu is home to most of the remaining Chinese pandas. Most of these pandas live at Chengdu Panda Base, which is just outside the city limits.
In Leshan the top attractions are Leshan’s Giant Buddha, Mt Emei and Jiayan Seam Train.
Chongqing’s Three Gorges Museum
The museum was opened in 2005. It is near the Great Hall of the People and People’s Square. It is also called the Chongqing Museum. There are displays of Chinese artifacts and art. There are artifacts saved from the construction of the 3 Gorges Dam and the artificial lake.
Yangtze River Cruise
Take a cruise on the Yangtze River.
Shanghai attractions include People’s Square, the Shanghai Museum, East Nanjing Road, the historic French Concessionand Jing’an Temple.
Shanghai’s Pudong Skyline
Pudong is a district in Shanghai on the eastern side of the Huangpu River. A skyline of gleaming skyscrapers rises out of what was mere farmland only 20 years ago.