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Top 10 Things to Do in China

China is a country that boasts endless charm with its profound history of more than 5,000 years. Therefore, making a list of what to do in China is nearly a mission impossible. And we know that it is hard for you, both physically and monetarily, to explore every corner of China within your specified time frame. In that spirit, we offer an interesting list of the Top 10 Things to Do in China to give you an inspiration of what to do in China and how to have fun.

1. Atop the Great Wall

A tour to China is not complete without walking around the Great Wall, one of the greatest wonders of the world. Being an awe-inspiring man-made wonder of ancient defensive architecture, Great Wall offers you an opportunity to amaze at the ancient artificial wonder, to enjoy a hiking adventure, or to have a rewarding memory with your family and kids. The most popular China Great Wall sections are Beijing Great Wall, Jiayuguan Great Wall in the west end of Hexi Corridor in Gansu Province and Shanhaiguan Great Wall in the northeast of Qinhuangdao City in Hebei Province.

2. Sunset Foot Spa

Normally, sightseeing requires a lot walking and China is not an exception. After a long day walking, a great way to relax your body is with a foot massage. It is one of the most unbelievably relaxing treats. As you knead each foot with its thousands of nerve endings, the day’s stress and angst just melt away. A foot massage is not only a way to relax, but, some suggest, it provides key health benefits, especially if you have poor blood circulation or if you need to relieve stress. Thousands of years ago, an acupuncturist in China discovered that feet hold the key to overall body health. By skillfully placing pressure on specific points on each foot, toxins can be eliminated, blood circulation and vital organ functions can be stimulated.

3. Take a Yangtze River Cruise

Slowing on the Yangtze River, the spectacular gorges, abundant historic and cultural heritage along the way will amaze you to the full. To sail through the famous Three Gorges of the Yangtze is to feel the power, majesty and timelessness of China’s greatest -and the world’s third longest river. Imagine the sight as sheer cliffs of rock close in around you, drawing you deeply into a scene of almost unspeakable beauty. Moreover, you can visit the local countryside and experience the authentic lives of local people. You also can take part in various activities onboard, such as Chinese culture presentation, staff show, etc. to learn about Chinese culture.

4. Get Close to Pandas

Are you an animal lover? If so, then your China tour would not be complete without  a  visit to the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Chengdu or the Wolong Panda Reserve. The Giant Panda living in China is a chunky and lumbering creature that is currently an endangered species. Observe the Giant Panda and have a photo taken with this lovely creature in your arms are great. Moreover, if you like, you can participate in the Panda Volunteer Program for an once-in-a-lifetime experience. It offers you a rare opportunity to get close with the Giant Panda and help researchers to feed and interact with one.

5. Enjoy a Chinese Performance 

When you plan to have a virtual tour to China, you should take some time to enjoy one or more Chinese performances in person. Each city and region has different forms that they are known for, and a night at a show is a great cultural experience. Recommended traditional Beijing folk art performances like Peking Opera Show, Acrobatics Show and Kung Fu Show have made a comeback in Beijing downtown. When you visit Xian, the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show is a must, which is an outstanding exponent of this ancient stable and prosperous society, keeping alive its splendid culture and providing an insight into the peaceful life style of the period.

6. You Have to Haggle

We all like to buy some souvenir or special local products for family and friends, or ourselves when traveling abroad. As for China, you have to bargain! And hard! Entering into price negotiations when buying anything is smart and will often result in getting a lower price. There is nothing embarrassing about haggling over the price of anything. Good hagglers know few boundaries when it comes to asking for a better deal. Keeping focused on the end result of all of the money that can be saved, just by asking a few questions, can help anyone break into the art of good haggling.

7. Chopsticks & Creepy Food

The eating culture of China is one big part you should experience during your China tour. Firstly, you can start your China eating tour with learning to use chopsticks. Once you get the knack of using them, it may help you know deeper about Chinese culture. As the famous Cantonese saying goes, “Anything that walks, swims, crawls, or flies with its back to heaven is edible.” Eating out at a food street is a great experience and sometimes requires courage from those who try it for the first time. The main food available is meat BBQ on skewers, but for the adventurous, you can also try creepy food such as beetles, silk worms, scorpions and various other delicacies.

8. Order Dishes

You consider language difficulty is one of the biggest issues when you are traveling in China? You’re right about that! And you may further find out that Chinese menu makes you crazy. Some restaurants may have an English menu available, some in bilingual language, some have pictures. But when it comes to be Chinese only and with no pictures, try your luck to guess. Due to the specialty of Chinese culture, Chinese menu would be puzzling, even hard for Chinese people to understand. And there are thousands of dishes in different areas of China with various tastes. Just roll up your sleeves and make a lucky guess. Eating experiences may add more fun to your China vacation.

9. Go Karaoke

One experience that most newly arrived foreigners in China have in common, is wondering what all the KTV signs represent, which can be seen in quantity in any city in China. Actually, KTV stands for Karaoke Television or Video Karaoke and the signs indicate the location of KTV hotels where the Chinese hire small sound proof rooms and sing the night away. Karaoke has become a staple of the social fabric in China, just like in other Asian countries. This is a special culture of China you should not miss out. It’s not like a tourist attraction or a scenic spot, always the same each time you go. Singing karaoke is a new way offering an opportunity to share new laughs and fun with your friends.

10. Catch a Bullet

The amazing high-speed Chinese bullet train has cut the commute from Beijing to Shanghai from 10 hours to just 4 hours, which provides great convenience to commuters. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. According to Chinese authorities, when China finishes its nationwide high-speed passenger rail network, it will be the largest, fastest, and most technologically sophisticated in the world. Grab a window seat of the bullet train and feel the rush as the trains pass each other is one of the top 10 things to do when you are travelling in China. Although travelling in crazy high speed, the ride is smooth.

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