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Flights to China

From its famous gastronomical delights to its cheap electronics, China has the tourism sector in the palm of its hand. That’s not all the country offers either. With a rich history and culture, revered by locals and tourists alike, China is an Asian gem you must experience.

Start off in the capital, Beijing, a vivacious and modern city peppered with history. The world was provided a glimpse of Beijing’s magnificence during the 2008 Olympics, but to glance upon the grandeur of the Forbidden City, complete with its maze of courtyards and highly decorated buildings, is not something you’ll forget. Bring walking shoes as the palace complex is huge. Guides are available as well if you’re keen to learn more about its history.

The Tiananmen Square is another highlight, especially for first time visitors: at sunrise and sunset, watch the lowering ceremony of the Chinese flag, complete with marching troops. Do not miss the beautiful Temple of Heaven and its surrounding gardens, one of the most important temples in Beijing. After that, walk around ancient pavilions, parks and landscapes at the Summer Palace. Naturally, there’s also the iconic Great Wall of China, which will prove to be ideal for a hike as you experience different sections of the structure that used to keep China safe.

To shop, head to Silk Street and Panjiayuan Market for local goods at a low price. Remember to whip out your bargaining skills as tourists may be overcharged. Also, try local delicacies such as the famous Beijing Duck, Shui Jiao (dumplings) and Xiao Long Bao (steamed dumplings).

After Beijing, head to Shanghai. Admire the grand architecture of The Bund, a waterfront surrounded by buildings of fusion architecture. Stroll down the busy Nanjing Street for shopping and people-watching, or visit Xintiandi to rub shoulders with affluent locals. Journey to the most famous garden in the city, the Yuyuan Garden, which is surrounded by small stores selling souvenirs and food bazaar-style. At night, after a sumptuous dinner, catch a live performance of the famous Shanghai Acrobatics, one of the best in China.

Guangzhou, the business heartland of China is also worth visiting if you are stopping over en route elsewhere. Visit the White Cloud Mountain, a park with natural hills and lakes, which should make for ideal sightseeing. If you hike to the peak, you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view of Guangzhou. Relish in local cuisine after a long day--it is what locals look forward to as well!

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