China is home to over a billion people, making it the most highly populated country in the world. They own one of the most progressive economies in the world, and its traditions and customs have
been well documented. China is a great place to visit, and as a novice tourist, here are ways on how you can enjoy the Chinese way of life.
Several international airports service China. The following airports serve international flights to and from China:
- Beijing Capital International Airport - Beijing
- Hong Kong International Airport - Hong Kong
- Macau International Airport - Macau
- Shanghai Pudong International Airport - Shanghai
- Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport - Guangzhou
China has several airlines that can travel both locally and internationally. Their main airlines include:
- Air China
- Cathay Pacific
- China Airlines
Foreign airliners also serve passengers going to and from China; brands such as United Airlines, American Airlines, KLM, British Airways, Air France, among others, service flights directly to and
from Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macau.
Places of Interest
- The Great Wall of China is the country's most iconic tourist destination. It runs throughout the northern portion of China, and was first used as a fortress against incoming foreign invaders.
Today, this ancient brick wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is visited by millions of local and foreign tourists every day.
- Beijing is the capital city, and is home to the Tiananmen Square, where the famous Revolution of 1989 took place. It is also known for its successful hosting of the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Other notable destinations include Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven.
- Shanghai is known for its mix of modern and classic structures.
- Hong Kong is famous for its Westernized feel and nightlife activities.
- Macau is China's version of Las Vegas, offering many casinos patterned after the latter.
- Giant Pandas are exclusive only in China, and can be found in the wild and at the zoo. These imposing animals are now endangered, and are currently being raised in captivity. Another animal
exclusive to China is the Bactrian camel, used mainly as beasts of burden and for food.
- Noodles and dimsum originate in China, and now almost every 'Chinatown' in the world has a restaurant dedicated to them. Also popular are hot pot restaurants, Peking Duck and Century Eggs.
- Kung fu started in Hong Kong, and the likes of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan popularized it today. Another popular martial art is wushu.
- Biking is popular in Beijing, so try it too.
- Buddhist temples are open to every tourist, and the burning of incense during every prayer is common practice.