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China Travel Guides-Children’s Activities
China is a great place for children to visit, as the country is heavily focused on its children, and on providing all sorts of things for their amusement and pleasure. In addition, there are numerous activities that can be enjoyed by the entire family, from having fun at the beach, to going on biking excursions, flying kites and even going horseback riding together.Beach Activities

Families the world over enjoy time and fun at the beach, and it’s no different in China. Whether along the Pacific or the China Sea coasts, there are loads of beaches where you can enjoy building sand castles, splashing about in the water, sunbathing and snorkelling. Vendors are always nearby also, so you’ll never be at a loss for choice of something tasty to eat.

China Travel Guides-Biking
The bicycle still remains an unofficial symbol of the country, with more than 300 million in use. You’ll have no trouble at all finding one to hire – with a range from a rusty old one-speed to a sophisticated multi-speed mountain bike. Even in small towns in the more remote areas that don’t often see foreign tourists, there will be shops hiring out bikes to Chinese tourists. It’s also popular to join cycling tours, which can be arranged by travel operators in most areas.Dolphin Park
The first dolphin park in China was established in Qingdao in 1995. Up to 2,500 spectators at a time can watch these fascinating marine mammals perform - and there are informative exhibits so that you can also learn much more about their lives and their habitats during your visit.

China Travel Guides-Go-karting
This is popular in many parts of the country but particularly in Shenzen, at the Matelong Racing Club. Everyone in the family can take part, except perhaps the very littlest ones: the only requirement to hire a go-kart is that the rider’s feet have to reach the pedals.Horseback riding
To the west of Beijing, in the Xinjiang hills, you’ll find a number of stables hiring out horses to tourists. This can be a great way to enjoy a day out with the family, particularly on cool, clear days in the spring and fall. Staff will usually help out with inexperienced riders and with younger children; and prices are quite reasonable.

China Travel Guides-Kite flying
In China, wherever you find a breeze blowing, you’ll find kites flying. Chinese kites tend to be colourful and sometimes elaborate in design as well. They are available in a variety of shapes – from simple squares to 20ft centipedes and dragons. Flyers compete not only on the unique designs of their creations, but also on how long they can keep them aloft. If you’re interested in making a kite instead of buying one – it’s possible to purchase the materials you need and make your own.

China Travel Guides-Zoos
Most all cities in China have zoos, and many of them are worth visiting. For the pandas alone, a trip to a zoo in China is a must. Beijing and Shanghai zoos rank among the best. The Beijing Zoo is found in the northwest of the city, and is the largest zoo in China. It was converted from a private garden in 1901 by the Empress Dowager. The zoo has more than 6,000 animals today, comprising 570 species, including rare animals such as golden monkeys and giant pandas.

China Travel Guides-Cultural Activities
There is such an enormous range of cultural activities on offer in this country that you’re likely to be able to sample only a small portion of what’s available. Some of the highlights include: taking in an acrobatics demonstration; visiting the important archaeological sites – Xian in particular; trying your hand at one of the martial arts; and taking part in Sichuan’s tea house culture.

China Travel Guides-Acrobatics
Chinese acrobatics has for years been one of the country’s most popular art forms, and has evolved over time to be not only a highly refined sport and art form but highly entertaining as well. Many challenging acts typically are part of a performance, which will likely also include folk dances and demonstrations. Taking in an acrobatics performance should be high on your list of cultural activities.

China Travel Guides-Cycling Xian’s City Wall
One unique way to take a tour of Xian city is to ride around the completely intact ancient city wall – on a bicycle. You’ll enjoy a view that can only be had from this height, taking in the layout and the attractions of the old city - and a ride without being hindered by the heavy traffic that is typical on Xian’s streets. A number of operators hire out bicycles and tandems as well.

China Travel Guides-Forbidden City
You’ll certainly find sufficient grandeur on a visit to the Forbidden City's main attractions in its central pavilions. If, however, you’re looking for more, have a look into some of the less-frequented corners: you’ll see a maze of lesser-known pavilions, courtyards, theatres and gardens that are charming in their own right.

China Travel Guides-Great Wall
Walking along the wall near Beijing, on the section stretching from Jinshanling to Simatai, makes for an unforgettable 3-hour hike. The wall winds in a snake-like fashion through scenic countryside and mountainous terrain. Along the way you’ll see more than two dozen watchtowers; and notice the wall in various states of repair.

China Travel Guides-Martial Arts
Tai Chi is known as the ‘shadow art’ and is practiced in the early morning hours in small towns and large cities throughout China. This is only one of the many types of martial arts popular in China, but is practiced by people of all ages. It involves a series of slow, relaxed movements, with the mind concentrated and the body following through. Visitors who would like to learn – or practice - are always welcome.

China Travel Guides-Old Town in Li Jiang
Originally built more than 800 years ago, Li Jiang’s old town was partially rebuilt after an earthquake in 1996. The area is characterised by cobblestone streets, streams running alongside, and traditional Naxi houses throughout. This spot undoubtedly exudes more atmosphere than anywhere else in China, and should be on your itinerary if at all possible.

China Travel Guides-Shanghai's French Concession
The French concession was Shanghai’s most desirable area until 1949. Today it is still a lovely area of colonial-style mansions, art deco architecture and wide, tree-lined boulevards. The look has been overlaid with masses of telephone lines hanging alongside freshly-washed laundry hanging out to dry. As the city continues to modernise, you’ll find some of the best restaurants in this area, and also some of the priciest shopping in developments such as Xin Tiandi.Visit this website for further information about Shanghai Classic French Concession

China Travel Guides-Sichuan Teahouses
One of the pleasures enjoyed by locals in Sichuan is the very leisurely activity of drinking tea with friends at a neighbourhood teahouse. Most any afternoon in Chengdu, at Qingyang Gong, you can see many seniors drinking tea and playing mah-jong with friends – often accompanied by the lovely sound of their caged songbirds. You may find this appealing enough to sit and enjoy the tea yourself – either on your own, or with a friend.

China Travel Guides-Dining & Shopping
Eating in China is at the heart of the culture, and definitely a form of art. Food is always meant to be nutritious, tasty and the proper combination of colours, shapes and aromas. Centuries back, references can be found in poetry that food was used to lure the soul of the deceased back to the body.

Traditionally, eight schools of cuisine are referred to: these include the cuisine of Anhui, Beijing, Fujian, Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangxu, Szechuan and Zhejiang. The major differences in the cuisines stem from local ingredients available, the climate and local customs. In the Han dynasty, an approach to cooking was formulated based on a rule that the five basic flavours must be combined during a meal to achieve balance: these aspects are bitter, hot, salty, sour and sweet.

Beijing cuisine involves deep-frying, roasting and stir-frying. Peking Duck has long been a favourite; but for something more exotic you might try chicken gizzards or stir-fried pig's tripe. Guangdong fare features the use of refined ingredients that are quickly stir-fried. Restaurants offer up specialties that include braised chicken, roast piglet, smoked pomfret, sweet and sour pork and snake dishes – as well as a variety of soups served in wax gourds. The city is also known for its special moon cakes.

Szechuan cuisine is particularly noted for its spicy, but very tasty, dishes. Some examples of foods available in the province include: cubes of chicken or pork cooked with peanuts and chilli, Luyang-style crisp chicken, and chicken that is pounded and shredded and mixed with eight different seasonings. In Shanghai, dishes traditionally include plenty of vegetables and also fresh seafood that’s been fermented in bean sauce. A notable highlight is called 'eight-jewel' stuffed duck.

Many special foods are available during times of festivals and important celebrations. There are glutinous rice cakes prepared specially for the New Year; an unusual green dumpling to celebrate Qingming; ‘zhongji’ during the Dragon Boat festival; and the very popular moon cakes, which are prepared and shared with family and friends at the Mid-Autumn festival.

For the tourist looking to shop in China, there’s plenty of variety on offer. Options range from street stalls that offer up souvenirs, to outdoor markets that sell just about everything at negotiable prices, to the high-end upscale shops and designer boutiques.

In Beijing, a gigantic outdoor market known as Panjiayuan Jiuhuo Shichang is held every weekend. This is great place to look for the perfect Chinese item to take home with you, as there’s everything on offer from reproduction period furniture to clothing and even Mao trinkets. You should be aware that most of the items offered as antique are not likely to be all that old but you may well find some good bargains around.

In Shanghai, the Dongjiadu Fabric market is an interesting place to visit. You’ll see bolts of cashmere, cotton, linen, silk and wool fabric offered at unbelievably low prices. Many vendors also offer tailoring services, so that you can have clothing custom-made in most any style you might want. Tailoring costs are also very reasonable. Haizhu Square Market in Guangzhou offers goods at wholesale prices. There’s an enormous range of choices here, and this is also one of the most atmospheric of the markets to choose from. Most anything that’s made in China is available for sale at this market.

China Travel Guides-Outdoor Activities
You’ll find plenty to do outdoors throughout China, and you’ll probably find that most of the interesting activities take you outside the urban areas. If you’re feeling especially hearty, then do some exploring of caves or mountains. Bicycling can offer a range of paces to suit those who see a leisurely afternoon spot of fun to serious fans of the sport who can cycle through the entire country.

China Travel Guides-Bicycling
To really enjoy the great outdoors in China, consider hiring a bike. You’ll be in good company, as around 300 million Chinese still get around by bicycle. There are hire shops in cities and towns of all sizes. Some popular biking routes include paths that follow along sections of the Great Wall, biking atop Xian’s city wall, and around Guilin, Yangshuo and Guanxi provinces.Visit this website for photographs and further information about Yangshuo

China Travel Guides-Climbing a mountain
The mighty peaks of the Himalayas rise from the southern border of Tibet, and attract large numbers of serious climbers each year. Mount Everest is the highest at 8,840 metres, followed by Namcha Barwa at more than 7,620 metres. While these peaks may well not be what you have in mind, you’ll find hundreds of choices of challenging climbs not only in the Himalayas, but also in other mountainous regions of the country.

China Travel Guides-Hiking
Hiking and trekking up to the Everest base camp is one of the most popular activities in Tibet. For less demanding hiking options, you might consider the mountains rising from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau or the Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan. Local tour operators often offer guided hikes at the more interesting destinations.

China Travel Guides-Rock-climbing
This is a relatively new sport in China, but quickly growing in popularity. In particular, the limestone karst mountain formations near Yangshuo in Guangxi province are attracting droves of climbers. There are many marked routes, providing opportunities for novices and experts alike. You’ll also find that some local bars have climbing walls to practice on before you attempt the real thing.

China Travel Guides-Spelunking
A good choice is the Yellow Dragon Cave at Zhangjiajie, which is the largest in Asia. Other popular choices include caverns such as the Reed Flute and Crown caves in Guilin and the Silver Cave in Yangshuo – the latter featuring some amazing stalactites and stalagmites that are illuminated in colour.

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