Also known as Canton, Guangzhou is
the capital of Guangdong and one of the most prosperous
cities in China. Guangzhou has a long history.
The first town to be established on the site of
present-day Guangzhou dates back to the Qin dynasty
(221-207 BC). The first foreigners to arrive were
the Indians and Romans, who appeared as early
as the 2nd century AD. By the Tang dynasty (500
years later) Arab traders were visiting, and a
sizeable trade with the Middle East and South-East
Asia had developed.
Over the last decade, Guangzhou has
been busy casting off the yoke of recent history
in an effort to catch up with the late 20th century.
To some, the city may seem like one enormous shopping
mall. While there are a few interesting temples
and parks and some fine restaurants, shopping
centers and crammed textile and clothing stalls
dominate the city. Most of the city's charm lingers
on in the streets and colonial-style architecture
of Shamian Dao (Sand Surface Island), a foreign
concession that is being gracefully gentrified
despite the growing encroachment of tourist shops.
Major attractions: Chens' Ancestral Temple, Baiyun
Mountain, Zhenhai Five Lams, an emblem of Guangzhou
Tower, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Tomb of King
of Nanyue Kingdom, and Yuexiu Park.
Yunnan is a perfect showpiece of China's
many natural wonders, rugged, wild, and unspoiled. The province
is famed for its multitude of ethnic groups, of China's fifty-five
officially recognized ethnic minorities, twenty-five can be
found in Yunnan. Here visitors could find snow-capped mountains,
mysterious deep valleys, peaceful highland lakes, magnificent
Karst hills, tropical rainforests, and torrential rivers.
As the capital of China, Beijing is the
political, cultural, and intellectual center of the country.
Beijing has so much to offer travelers. The celebrated tourist
center is filled with historical highlights, the most well known
ones are: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple
of Heaven, Ming Tombs...
Tibet Autonomous Region, a mystical land
called "the Roof of the World", more than 50 peaks in this area
are higher than 7,000 meters, and 11 peaks exceed 8,000 meters.
Mt. Everest - the world's highest peak is located in Tibet.
Tibet offers fabulous things to see, including unique Buddhist
monastery, breathtaking high-altitude lakes, stunning views
of the snow mountains and brilliant Tibetan culture.