city of Xi'an, with 6 million residents,
was the first Chinese city to open up its
doors to the world, not in 1980 under the
opening policy, but as early as in the Tang
Dynasty when xi'an blossomed as the starting
point of the Silk Road. For more than 2,000
years, Xi'an was the capital of 11 dynasties.
Along with Rome and Constantinople, this
city was a world leader in culture and trade
and played a vital role in bridging the
gap between the East and West.
The many dynasties, including Qin,
the first empire of China, and Tang, the heyday
of China's ancient history, have left the city
with the most abundant legacy. The Terracotta
Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, an attached defending
army to the first emperor of China, is regarded
as "the eighth wonder of the world".
The Tang Dynasty has endowed Xi'an even more heritages,
including the Tomb of Concubine Yang., Huaqing
Pool and Du Fu Memorial Temple, all dating from
was the first stop of Indian Buddhism preached
in Chine. The sophisticated system of philosophy
first came to Xi'an 2,000 years ago and
later was developed into the dominant religion
here. The Famen Temple in Xi'an is the only
temple in mainland China that has true relics
of Buddha Sakyamuni.
Aside from being a major tourist
destination and historical city, Xi'an is now
an important infustrial and manufacturing center.
It is becoming modern and prosperous again. The
night life here is pretty up to date and Xi'an's
University is considered one of the best in China.
As a result, the city has a large student population
who contribute to the cultural life of the city,
making Xi'an one of the most pleasant cities in
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.