From the Great Wall to the birthplace of Mao Zedong, the historic sites of China paint a mesmerising picture of the country’s incredible past. These sites have something for everyone, whether you’re interested in the cultural past, its ancient history, its magnificent dynasties or its modern story. Here are five top destinations to visit while in China.
A famous scenic area located in the west of Dujiangyan City, Sichuan Province, Dujiangyan is considered the most important heritage site under state-protection. There are many well-known scenic spots around Dujiangyan such as Two Kings Temple, Dragon-Taming Temple and Anlan Suspension Bridge. Anlan Suspension Bridge, one of the Five Ancient Bridges of China, was rebuilt in 1974.
Sanxingdui is located in Nanxing Town, Sichuan Province. This magnificent archaeological site was found in 1980. Sanxingdui Museum is situated in the north-eastern part of Sanxingdui Site. It is a modern theme museum with two pavilions: the first one is the comprehensive pavilion and the second one is the bronze pavilion. These pavilions include various kinds of gold, bronze, and pottery artifacts, and also the world’s oldest gold cane of 142 cm, and a bronze tree with birds, flowers, and ornaments.
Located in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, the Xi’an Beilin Museum is home to steles and stone sculptures. Beilin consists of a Confucian temple, the Stele Forest and the Stone Carving Art room. It is the biggest collection of steles in China, with more than 3,000 unique pillars. There are 11 exhibition rooms that display works of calligraphy, paintings and other historical records. This is one the best places to visit in China.
Today, the Forbidden City (or Palace Museum), a World Heritage site since 1987, still abounds with the sense of grandeur and wealth as it did in the ancient times. It has an aura of pomp and majesty that transcends the ages. The entire complex consists of three parts: the outer court where the emperor received high officials and administered state affairs; the inner court where the emperor, empress and concubines lived; and the private Imperial Garden for the entertainment of the imperial family.
The Terracotta Army, also called the “Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses”, is a collection of sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang (the first Emperor of China). Most warriors hold weapons in their hands, such as bows, spears, swords and machetes. This unique collection is renowned as “the Eighth Wonder of the World”.
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