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The Best Places to Travel in China
By:Emily Retherford

China is located in Asia and is the third largest country in the world. China is one of the countries that can boast of an ancient history that has been traced back almost 5,000 years. According to TravelChinaGuide.com, China is an ancient and mysterious land that has always been appealing to foreign visitors. It's a country full of culture and history that brings in countless tourists each year.

Shanghai is a city located on the water front. It boasts various attractions that bring tourists to Shanghai each year. The ancient town Zhujiajiao, is known as Shanghai's Venice. The water town is one of four ancient towns in Shanghai and according to TravelChinaGuide.com, is the best preserved of the four. The ancient bridges in Zhujiajiao are from the Qing and Ming dynasties and used to connect various parts of the town. Also in Shanghai is the Oriental Pearl Tower. The tower has an interesting architectural shape. Its base is supported by three slanted columns, there are 11 spheres suspended vertically through the center of the building, and three large spheres including the top. Located in the Oriental Pearl Tower are shops, restaurants, and even a museum for visitors to enjoy. Another tourist attraction in Shanghai is known as The Bund. It's a waterfront area of the city that has views of the skyline.

Beijing is the capital of China and a city that tops most tourists' itineraries. The city has various attractions including the Great Wall of China, which is one of the wonders of the world and one of the few man-made structures that can be seen from outer space. Visitors can walk on portions of the wall that have been restored. Also in Beijing, is the Forbidden City. What was once used for housing ancient emperors is now a popular tourist attraction. The Forbidden City is made up of temples, hallways and housing and according to TravelChinaGuide.com, is said to have 9,999 rooms. It's located in the back of Tiananmen Square, which is a large open-air square surrounded by government buildings. The square is also used for vast celebrations and visited by kite flyers, as well as tourists daily.

According to TravelChinaGuide.com, the Qin Terra Cotta Museum's warriors and horses has put Xi'an on the map for tourists. The museum has warriors and horses that are life sized and made from terracotta. The warriors and horses are arranged in battle formation and on display to the public. Other attractions in Xi'an include: Bell Tower and its sister tower, Drum Tower. These towers are two architectural points of interest in the city. There is also the City Wall from the Ming Dynasty, which is the largest Ming Dynasty castle in the world that is still intact.

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