Everything about China is larger than life and so is the experience that it bestows on travellers, who come to explore this gigantic Asian country. Today, people around the world know China for its economic growth but the country has more to its fame and name. It is a marvellous land with diverse geographical realms and culture that dates back to 17th century BC. A trip to China offers a wonderful chance to experience unique combination of crowded metropolitan cities and rural landscapes that flaunt unimaginable natural beauty. The country is home to the world's largest population and also a plethora of heritage sites. The mainland China has some highly cosmopolitan cities, among which Beijing- the capital, holds a supreme status. Xian, a former capital and the oldest of all the cities in China, is another place that attracts visitors on a China trip. Ten important dynasties of the region, including Tang and Han, originated from this history-rich city. Other major cities that tourists must include in their itinerary are Hangzhou, Kunming, Nanjing, Suzhou (popularly known as 'Venice of the East'), Guilin (known for scenic landscapes and picturesque mountains), Shanghai (major commercial centre and the country's largest city) and Guangzhou. There are modern entertainment facilities in China's metropolitan cities; however, the real tourist attractions are the heritage sites.
One will be amazed to know that China is the third country in the list of countries with most heritage sites. The Great Wall of China tops the list of historic sites in the region and is the longest man-made structure till date. The Terracotta Army is another major tourist attraction in Xian and depicts a necropolis of terracotta sculptures built during the reign of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. Other sites that make China a place worth-visiting are the Forbidden City, Mogao Caves, Peking Man, Ancient City of Ping Yao, Chengjiang Fossil Site and the capital cities and tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom. Holiday in China would be incomplete if one doesn't include the blessed-by-nature scenic spots. The Jiuzhaigou Valley is quite famous for its colourful lakes, snow-clad peaks and numerous waterfalls. Other natural sites for tourists to see are Mount Taishan, Mount Huangshan, Mount Emei scenic area featuring the famous Leshan Giant Buddha sculpture, and Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries.