Travel In China Itineraries
|These are some suggestions for organizing
a visit to China. The proposed itineraries are planned for those entering China
at Peking, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Considering the great distances that characterize
China, a vacation period of approximately two weeks is proposed. From one stop
to another, one can travel either by train or by airplane.|
The great cities
Peking - Shanghai - Canton - Hong Kong
This itinerary includes the most important cities of China. Each one of these
has characteristics that make it unique. For the capital, Peking, a four-to-five
day stay is needed, considering the many attractions of the city and the suggestive
excursions to the Great Wall, Perfumed Hills, and Ming Tombs. In the center of
Shangai, past and present co-exist. To get to know this city, two or three days
are adequate, during which time a visit to the Museum and a stroll along the Bund
are a must. To see Canton, a few days' visit is needed, during which time one
can admire the many beautiful attractions and taste the delicious cooking. From
here, Hong Kong, the final stage of this itinerary, is accessible by train or
by ferry. One should spend a few days in this international metropolis in order
to enjoy all its aspects.
Modernity and tradition
Peking - Hong Kong - Shenzhen - Canton
The proposed itinerary alternates between classic and new tourist destinations.
Departure is from the capital, Peking, where one should stay for a minimum of
three days. By air one reaches Hong Kong, which in a few days will reveal its
international aspect but also its unexpected green spaces. From Hong Kong, an
excursion to Shenzhen is possible. One can even arrive via hydrofoil. This town
is still evolving. It offers to visitors a park in which many artistic and natural
beauties of China are reproduced in miniature. Finding oneself in southern China,
a visit to Canton is not to be missed. Travel by boat on the Pearl River (Zhu
Jiang) and taste the excellent cuisine of the city. From Canton there are daily
flights to the island of Hainan, where a stay will include the towns of Haikou
and Sanya, the latter characterized by tropical landscapes.
The ancient capitals
Peking - Nanking - Xi'an - Luoyang
Beginning at the ancient capital of the People's Republic, Peking, a four-to-five
day stay is recommended. In this way, besides visiting the city, one can make
excursions to the Great Wall at Badaling and to the Ming Tombs. The second stop
is Nanking (Nanjing); in a few days one can admire what remains of the Ming Wall,
the various monasteries, Mausoleum of Sun Yat-Sen, and Black Dragon Lake (Xuan
Wu Hu). From here one arrives at the city of Xi'an, with its pagodas and rich
museums. During a two-to-three day stay, an excursion to the Terracotta Army is
not to be missed. At Luoyang, the main attraction is the spectacular Longmen Caves,
located about 10 km from the city. A few days will be enough to also visit the
most important monuments, including the Temple of the White Horse (Baima Si).
The final part of the voyage, the return to the capital, can be made by train,
on the Xi'an Luoyang-Peking line.
The beauties of China
Hong Kong - Guilin - Kunming - Chengdu - Chongqing
Arriving at Hong Kong, one should stay for a few days, enough to see the multiple
aspects of this metropolis. A little over an hour's flight and we are at Guilin,
where a two or three day stay is recommended, to admire the beauties of the city
and take a boat cruise on the Li Jang River. Still traveling by airplane, one
arrives at Kunming. An excursion to the Stone Forest, about 100 km from the city,
is indispensable. From Kunming one arrives at the lively city of Chengdu. Still
by airplane, one arrives at Leshan, to visit the Great Seated Buddha. Chongqing,
on the other hand, is the departure point for visiting the sculptures of Dazu,
160 km from the city. The city of Chongqing is connected by air to Hong Kong and
to the capital, Peking.
Peking - Chengde - Datong - Xi'an - Luoyang
The first stage of this itinerary is Peking, with its extraordinary patrimony.
In three or four days one can admire the main attractions of the city and the
region. From the capital, one can reach Chengde by train. This is the site of
the emperors' summer residence, with 110 buildings and splendid "external
temples" built according to the architectural styles of the various ethnic
groups. The city of Datong, accessible by train from Peking, contains important
monasteries but is known above all for the Yungang Caves and Hanging Monastery
on the Hengshan. Xi'an offers important attractions and only 30 km away one can
see the unique spectacle of the Terracotta Army. The rail line connects Xi'an to Luoyang, where the Longmen Caves follow the production of Buddhist art begun
at Datong. To conclude the voyage, one returns to Peking by train.
China on water
Shanghai - Hangzhou - Suzhou - Wuxi - Qingdao
The itinerary begins at Shangai, the most populated city in the world, where
one can stroll along the Bund and admire the Buddhist monasteries and the Museum.
Having heard the Chinese saying, "In heaven there is paradise, on earth Hangzhou
and Suzhou," one is curious to visit these two beautiful cities. Hangzhou,
besides its famous silk, offers the Western Lake and the Pagoda of Six Harmonies.
Suzhou, on the other hand, presents a network of canals and splendid gardens.
Wuxi, crossed by the Imperial Grand Canal and located near large Tai Lake, is
connnected to the other two cities by train. If one still has time and the season
allows, the visit can conclude on the Qingdao beaches, connected by air and sea
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