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TERRACOTTA ARMY, XI’AN, SHANXI PROVINCE

  • More than 2000 years old but only discovered in 1974

  • Burial site of first emperor of China

  • Thousands of statues of soldiers made from terracotta

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GREAT WALL

  • Building started in 7th century BC

  • Estimated to be 13,000 miles long!

  • Get the cable car up, hike along the wall and then toboggan down

  • Visit less touristy parts of the wall (Jiayuguan - end of the wall, fort in the desert. Shanhaiguan - other end of the wall, where the wall meets the sea. Mutianyu - hike the unrestored areas).

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FORBIDDEN CITY, BEIJING

  • Former Imperial palace

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TEMPLE OF HEAVEN, BEIJING

  • World heritage site

  • Set of Taoist religious buildings

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ZHANGJIAJIE, HUNAN PROVINCE

  • World heritage site

  • Inspiration for Pandora from Avatar

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JIUZHAIGOU, SICHUAN PROVINCE

  • National park

  • World heritage site

  • Crystal clear blue lakes

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YUNNAN PROVINCE

  • Traveller heaven, bohemian towns like Dali and Lijiang

  • Hot weather all year

  • Southeast Asian feel

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TULOU BUILDINGS IN FUJIAN PROVINCE

  • Circular buildings, made of ‘rammed earth’, housing entire villages

  • Mistaken for missile silos by Americans during the cold war

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TIGER LEAPING GORGE, YUNNAN

  • One of the deepest and most spectacular canyons in the world

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CHENGDU, SICHUAN PROVINCE

  • Panda breeding centre

  • World-famous food, spicy, sichuan (szechuan)

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SANYA, HAINAN ISLAND

  • ‘China’s Hawaii’!

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YUNGANG CAVES, DATONG

  • 5th century Buddhist caves carved into cliffs

  • Huge Buddha carvings

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798 ART DISTRICT, BEIJING

  • Contemporary art galleries, restaurants, cafes in disused industrial Mao-era factories

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