Summary: Are you planning to be a part of a cultural journey in China? Want to know about the places that you can add in your bucket list? Read on to get the answer.
China is not only known for its most complex geographical features, iconic rural villages, alpine birds, and cute pandas but also its copious culture. The cities of Shanghai, Xi’an, and Beijing are spectacular places and the perfect destinations to explore China with a cultural tour. With a fascinating history dating from the prehistoric to medieval and modern times, these cities give you an opportunity to witness spectacular sights, taste the local cuisine, and more.
And the best way to deepen your understanding of the culture of the country is to be a part of the culture journeys in China. Here are some of the places where you can visit during a cultural trip to China –
The capital of China and the second-largest city after Shanghai, Beijing has a population of more than 20 million. Being one of the seven ancient capitals of China, Beijing is full of cultural relics and historic sites. The history of the city is not the longest in China, but it has the most vivid stories that happened in the recent 400 years, which can be obtained by visiting the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and the Summer Palace. Meantime, Beijing Hutongs can offer you a glimpse of old Beijing life along with authentic Peking Duck and luscious street food.
- The ancient city of Pingyao
Located in central Shanxi Province, about 100 kilometers south of Taiyuan, it is a tiny ancient city. It was designated a National Historic and Cultural City by the State Council in 1986. With a history dating back to 2700 years ago, the city is famed for its importance in economic status in Chinese history and its well-preserved mansions built in Ming and Qing dynasties. It was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1997.
Chengdu, the capital of China’s southwest Sichuan province, is a sub-provincial city. Chengdu is known as the abode of cute pandas and hosts the largest captive panda population in its panda bases. Besides, it is a city blended with different cultures. As the birthplace of Taoism, Chengdu has been strongly influenced by its philosophy. People in this city are famous for their laid-back lifestyle, optimistic attitude towards life and avid pursuit of delicacies. Chengdu is described by some travelers as a city to which people hate to say goodbye in China. You will feel at home when you travel to this city.
- Huangshan mountain
Also known as Yellow mountain, it is one of the most captivating and beautiful mountains in China. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990, the classic attractions of this city are known as its “Four Natural Wonders” – the strangely-shaped pines, oddly-shaped rocks, seas of cloud, and hot springs. As its natural scenery matches the essence of Chinese paintings, this mountain has been a timeless appeal for scholars, tourists, poets, painters, and photographers.
- Hongcun village
Situated in the northeast of Yixian County, Huangshan City, Anhui Province, Hongcun Village is an ancient town hidden at the foot of Huangshan Mountain. This city is known for its historical buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Moreover, the village has also built a perfect water system and the characteristic “cattle” shaped layout. In 2000, ancient villages in southern Anhui, including Hongcun Village, were listed as a World Cultural Heritage by the World Heritage Committee.
Shanghai is the biggest city and a global financial hub of the country. The unmistakable cityscape of the city combines state-of-the-art skyscrapers with cozy traditional architecture and creates a profound blend of old and new. The older parts of Shanghai showcase the elements of China, which attract guests from around the world—mouth-watering food in Chenghuang Temple (City God Temple), elegant craftsmanship in the market of Yu Garden, interesting local life in its Nongtangs, and the image of an old and new China along the alleyways of the Bund.
During this journey, you will visit various places and come to know about the diverse cultural aspects of the country. Besides, you can unleash your adventurous spirit by participating in a China adventure tour. So, what to wait for? Book a trip and start your journey today!
Author bio: James Miller is a travel blogger and has recently written on China adventure tour. In this write-up, he has mentioned a few places that you can add to your bucket list during culture journeys in China.