Tiananmen Square 🏯

Tiananmen Square or Tian’anmen Square is a city square in the city center of Beijing, China, named after the eponymous Tiananmen located to its north, which separates it from the Forbidden City. The square derives its name from the massive stone Tiananmen (“Gate of Heavenly Peace”; first constructed in 1417)—once the main gate to the Forbidden City—situated at its northern end. On a two-tiered marble terrace in the centre of the square is the Monument to the People’s Heroes (completed 1958).

Dongfang Fodu Gongyuan 🙏🏻

Dongfang Fodu Gongyuan (Oriental Buddha Park), holds more than 3,000 Buddhist statues. The centrepiece is reputedly the world’s longest reclining Buddha, measuring 170 meters, which is the largest in the world.

The Leshan Giant Buddha is a 71-metre tall stone statue, built between 713 and 803. It is carved out of a cliff face of Cretaceous red bed sandstones that lies at the confluence of the Min River and Dadu River in the southern part of Sichuan province in China, near the city of Leshan.

Terracotta Army 🏇

The Terracotta Army was constructed to accompany the tomb of China’s First Emperor as an afterlife guard. There are thousands of detailed life-size terracotta soldier models representing the guard troops of the first emperor Qin Shihuang. They were molded in parts, fired, then assembled and painted.

The Terracotta Army Museum in Xi’an is a must-see. It is considered one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, and one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century. 

Golden Summit Temple 🏯

The Jinding, elevation 3,077 metres, is the main peak of Mount Emei, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sichuan, China. Jinding is the highest Buddhist temple in traditionally Han areas of China. Located atop Mount Emei is an epic statue at 48 meter so high, is the 22nd tallest statue in the world. But its height is not its most notable feature, so much as its unique head, as this massive graven image faces in ten directions, one for each of the Bodhisattva’s ‘Ten Truths of Universal Worthiness’.

Xi'an Bell Tower 🏯

The Bell Tower marks the geographical center of the ancient capital. From this important landmark extend East, South, West and North Streets. The wooden tower, which is the largest and best-preserved of its kind in China, is 36 meters (118 feet) high. It stands on a brick base 35.5 meters (116.4 feet) long and 8.6 meters (28.2 feet) high on each side. During the Ming Dynasty, Xi’an was an important military town in Northwest China, a fact that is reflected in the size and historic significance. The tower was built in 1384 by Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang.

Great Wall of China 🏯

Great Wall of China, Chinese (Pinyin) Wanli Changcheng or (Wade-Giles romanization) Wan-li Ch’ang-ch’eng (“10,000-Li Long Wall”), extensive bulwark erected in ancient China, one of the largest building-construction projects ever undertaken. The Great Wall actually consists of numerous walls—many of them parallel to each other—built over some two millennia across northern China and southern Mongolia. The most extensive and best-preserved version of the wall dates from the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) and runs for some 5,500 miles (8,850 km) east to west from Mount Hu near Dandong, southeastern Liaoning province, to Jiayu Pass west of Jiuquan, northwestern Gansu province.

Mount Emei Sea of Clouds 🏔️

With an elevation of about 3,079 meters, the Golden Summit of Mount Emei is the perfect location to appreciate the breathtaking sea of clouds. Most of the 72 peaks of Mount Emei are over 2,000 meters above sea level. The peaks emerge from the clouds, looking like floating islands in the sky.

Wenchuan Earthquake Memorial

Wenchuan Earthquake Memorial is a memorial site located at the ancient town of Anren in Dayi County, Sichuan, China following the devastating Wenchuan Earthquake on 12 May 2008 in Sichuan Province of China. The memorial is built on the site of the Beichuan Middle School which collapsed killing more than 1000 pupils and teachers inside.

Temple of Heaven 🏯

The Temple of Heaven is an axial arrangement of Circular Mound Altar to the south open to the sky with the conically roofed Imperial Vault of Heaven immediately to its north. This is linked by a raised sacred way to the circular, three-tiered, conically roofed Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests further to the north. Here at these places the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties as interlocutors between humankind and the celestial realm offered sacrifice to heaven and prayed for bumper harvests. To the west is the Hall of Abstinence where the emperor fasted after making sacrifice. 

Fenghuang Town 🏯

Fenghuang Ancient Town, praised as “the most beautiful town in China”, is a small county town renowned for its natural beauty, rich history, colorful ethnic customs, and photogenic night scenery. This town, with a history of over 400 years, boasts rich culture and natural beautyThere are 20 ancient streets, dozens of ancient lanes, and over 200 ancient residences there, which display the architectural styles of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The ancient town is home to the Miao and Tujia ethnic minorities, with their unique ethnic languages and customs.

Oriental Castle 🏯

Founded in 111 BC, Taoping Qiang Village has a history of more than 2,000 years. In the Western Han Dynasty, it was called Guangrong County (广柔县), serving as an important pass and defense position. Through battles and wars, the village has still survived perfectly. Now, there are 98 households in the village. Taoping Qiang Village is well known as the “mysterious oriental castle” because of its typical Qiang-style architectures and its complicated road structure.

Zhanjiang 🏖️

Though we may not find the name of the city in the latest edition of travel blogs, but there is no question what the main attraction in Zhanjiang is – its seafood. Fringed by the sea on three sides and with five islands just off shore, Zhanjiang has many fishing ports which supply fresh and plentiful seafood that is cheap but of high quality. 

Fortunately for us, the locals love their seafood lightly cooked just like we do, usually quickly boiled to retain all the natural sweetness. This was our first experience eating sandworms and it taste quite good, sort of like sea cucumber but with a sweeter texture to it.

Bipenggou Valley 🏔️

Bipenggou Valley, also known as Bipenggou National Park, is a natural reserve located in northern Sichuan, about 200km away from Chengdu. It enjoys a full length of 35km and a width of 4km. The main scenic area covers an occupation of 613 square meters and you get great fun in the park. Because of its unique geographic position, Bipenggou Valley is blessed with typical alpine views, including virgin forest, plateau lakes, old glaciers, snow-capped mountains, tinkling streams and waterfalls as well as primitive meadows.

Shanghai Tower 🗼

Shanghai Tower is a 632-metre, 128-story megatall skyscraper in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai. It is the world’s second-tallest building by height to architectural top and it shares the record of having the world’s highest observation deck within a building or structure at 562 m. We had afternoon tea at The Ritz Carlton with a great view of the Shanghai Tower. 

Yu's Family Kitchen 🖌️

We saw Yu’s Family Kitchen featured on Discovery Chanel’s “Bizarre Foods” and decided that we would have to check it out. It exceeded all of our expectations! This place is reservations only, so few days before you eat, you have to go in to make a deposit and talk about any food you don’t want to eat or have allergies to.

When we got there to eat, we were seated in our own room of the restaurant, which used to be a house. All 32 courses were brought out to us throughout the evening, all with beautiful presentation and very unique yet amazing tastes! I would highly recommend trying this place out, you won’t be disappointed!

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