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Marvel at China's extreme contrasts. From the Great Wall, Terra Cotta Warriors and Ming Dynasty tombs, to the big cities' neon lights and soaring skyscrapers. Ancient temples and world-famous shopping streets compete for your attention in this vast land of historical wonders and emerging economic force.

Beijing

BEIJING

After being "out of the tourism loop" for decades, Beijing has come of age in the world of international travel, offering choice, organization, facilities, and the experience and expertise it takes to produce a quality product. Serving as the capital city of China's Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, its long history has endowed the city with countless historic and scenic spots which boast of precious value of aesthetic. The Forbidden City houses the world's largest and most intact imperial palace while the Summer Palace is China's largest imperial garden. There are also the Temple of Heaven where Ming and Qing emperors showed their respect to heavenly gods and the world famous Great Wall.

Xian

XIAN

In ancient times the city of Xi'an was a major crossroads on the trading routes from eastern China to central Asia, and the beginning point of the famed Silk Road; in recent years this 3,100 year old city that was once regarded to be on a par with Rome and Constantinople, has come back into its own as one of China's major tourist attractions. In 1974, on the city's eastern outskirts, archaeologists stumbled across a treasure trove: an army of terracotta warrior figurines in battle formation standing in underground vaults. Hailed as the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century, the terracotta warriors have brought visitors from around the world flocking to Xi'an to soak up its historical and cultural heritage, and perhaps embark on an adventure tour along the ancient silk caravan route.

Shanghai

SHANGHAI

Tucked between the shopping malls and the eye-popping modern architecture is the old Shanghai, where temples nestle down alleys, along with street markets and classical Chinese gardens. Shanghai is a city of stunning contrasts, where visitors can go from sipping a cocktail in a designer bar overlooking the Bund, to eating dumplings at a street stall, or gazing at a 10th-century Buddhist monastery, in the space of a few hours. Summer is hot and humid, winter can get cold, but Shanghai never stops.

Hong Kong

HONG KONG

Hong Kong means different things to different people. For some it is the view from the Peak by day or Hong Kong Island's skyline by night as the skyscrapers flush their neon rainbows. It can be about tea and bite-sized dim sum, or a lavish Chinese banquet. Some prefer the Hong Kong countryside for its beauty, facilities and accessibility.