China holidays for a taste of eastern exoticism
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China offers a fantastic blend of the old and the new; on the one hand the Terracotta Army and the Great Wall of China stand for the impressive and long history that this country has to offer, while on the other the bustling cosmopolitan cities of Shanghai and Beijing offer a glimpse into the hi-tech world of modern China.
The Terracotta Army was unearthed in 1974 by local farmers and is a collection of more than 8,000 statues of soldiers, horses and other military paraphernalia buried with the emperor Qin Shi Huang when he died almost two millennia ago - it's an impressive sight!
The Great Wall, too, speaks of China's military might in times gone by; it was constructed to defend the country from invaders and is generally considered one of the modern wonders of the world, stretching over 13,000 miles.
It's not just history that makes China somewhere you should be adding to your bucket list - it's got plenty of natural beauty, too. The 'rainbow mountains' in the north-west of China are beautifully coloured rock formations, rising hundreds of metres above sea level that are an impressive sight by any standard - or why not take a cruise along the Yangtze river, where you'll pass through a glorious, ever-changing landscape?
In many of China's biggest cities, Chinese tradition is intertwined with western influence, making them fascinating places for the traveller to visit. The National Museum of China is well worth a visit to find out about this country's colourful past, while the Niaochao (Bird's Nest) National Stadium was the main venue for the 2008 Olympic Games, and is a very impressive architectural feat.
Because of the variety of sights to see and things to experience in China, one of the best ways to experience it is with touring holidays or cruises, allowing you to take in all the biggest sights and some of the less frequented bits in between. If you fancy giving yourself the gift of a luxurious long-haul getaway, take a look at our exclusive offers picked especially for you - you could save thousands on the price of indulgent Chinese holidays.