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Chopsticks and Chinese Dragons PR Newswire LONDON, June 13, 2012 LONDON, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Top five places to see in China China is a vast, varied and beautiful country, which rewards its visitors with world-class sites such as the Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall, stunning scenery including the limestone peaks of Guilin and the majestic Yangtze River, a diverse culture and exciting cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Without the bother of reaching for the guidebook, travel company Cox & Kings, specialist in arranging holidays to China, highlights the 'must see' top five places to visit. So dust off that bag, book a holiday and get packing! Beijing Located in northern China, Beijing is the capital powerhouse of ancient history dating back over 3,000 years. This Far Eastern jewel is one of the great ancient capitals of China. As the Chinese proverb goes "A single day of sub-zero temperature is not enough to create three feet of ice", so allow plenty of time to submerge yourself in this great city! A must see on any Beijing itinerary is ththe mighty Forbidden City. Situated in the heart of Beijing and built in the 15 century during the Ming Dynasty, the Forbidden City is one of the finest preserved imperial palaces in China. Stretched over 178 acres this UNESCO world heritage site features 90 palaces, courtyards, 980 buildings and 8,704 rooms.

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Chopsticks and Chinese Dragons
PR Newswire
LONDON, June 13, 2012
LONDON
,
June 13, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
Top five places to see in
China
China
is a vast, varied and beautiful country, which rewards its visitors with
world-class sites such as the Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall, stunning
scenery including the limestone peaks of Guilin and the majestic Yangtze River,
a diverse culture and exciting cities such as
Beijing
,
Shanghai
and
Hong Kong
.
Without the bother of reaching for the guidebook, travel company Cox & Kings,
specialist in arranging holidays to China, highlights the 'must see' top five places
to visit. So dust off that bag, book a holiday and get packing!
Beijing
Located in northern
China
,
Beijing
is the capital powerhouse of ancient history
dating back over 3,000 years. This Far Eastern jewel is one of the great ancient
capitals of
China
. As the Chinese proverb goes "A single day of sub-zero
temperature is not enough to create three feet of ice", so allow plenty of time
to submerge yourself in this great city! A must see on any
Beijing
itinerary is
the mighty Forbidden City. Situated in the heart of
Beijing
and built in the 15
th
century during the Ming Dynasty, the Forbidden City is one of the finest
preserved imperial palaces in
China
. Stretched over 178 acres this UNESCO
world heritage site features 90 palaces, courtyards, 980 buildings and 8,704
rooms. Marvel at the traditional architecture and imperial history before
hotfooting it to Jingshan Park to see the panoramic view of the palace. Sunset is
one of the best times to capture this awe-inspiring scene!
Xian
Xian
, the 'eternal city' is one of the oldest settlements in
China
. Here you can
visit a 3,000 year old banpo village with archaeological remains dating back to
the Neolithic Age. The Famen Temple holding the finger bones of Sakyamuni,
the founder of Buddhism, is a great attraction for Buddhist enthusiasts. Or if
you seek an archaeological site that packs a punch, head to the Terracotta
Army. Over 2,000 years old, the life size terracotta figures features 8,000
warriors and 670 horses positioned in battle, representing the armies that
belonged to
China's
first Emperor Qin Shi Huang.
The Yangtze River
To feel the beating heart of
China
is to experience the Yangtze River, the third
longest in the world
.
Almost 4,000 miles long, the Yangtze entwines through 11
provinces. From glistening glaciers of the Tibetan plateau down to the rush of
Shanghai
, embark on a cruise to see some of its exhaustive natural beauty.
Drift through the three mighty gorges Qutang, Wu and Xiling for one of the best
views of soaring mountains and staggering landscapes in this oriental paradise.
Guilin
Limestone pinnacles and luscious vegetation are the hallmark of Guilin.
Featuring two rivers and four lakes in the south of
China
, Guilin is a region of
beautiful bamboo groves, crystal clear waters and captivating caves. Enjoy a
boat trip on Li River and flow past picturesque traditional fishing villages.
Alternatively, head down below to the subterranean world of Reed Flute Cave.
Over three miles in length, the cave allegedly dates back 500,000 years.
Illuminated with eerie stalagmites and stone pillars, Reed Flute Cave will
captivate even the most well-travelled tourist.
Yunnan Province
Off-the-beaten track, in the pocket of south-west
China
lays
Yunnan
, the sixth
largest province.
Yunnan
is the perfect destination for the explorer who wants
to get under the skin of this mysterious country, looking beyond lanterns,
chopsticks and Chinese dragons.
Yunnan
is a trekker's paradise and one of
China's
best kept secrets. Delve into tropical rainforests featuring over 2,500
varieties of flora and fauna and 30 endangered species including red pandas
and snow leopards. Venture towards Lake Dian filled with charming fishing
villages and farmland, or head to the mountainous north-west to view the
Three Parallel Rivers National Park. This watery gateway is a UNESCO world
heritage site and where
Asia's
greatest rivers Yangtze, Mekong and Salween
collide in a staggering geographical wonder.
Cox & Kings, the luxury travel specialist for tailor-made holidays to China, was
established in 1758 and is built upon high quality service and attention to detail.
The company continues to flourish as an independent tour operator, with
operations in
London
, the US,
Japan
,
Australia
and throughout
India
. Cox &
Kings organises luxury tours to India,
Latin America
, the
Middle East
, the Far
East,
Africa
,
Europe
,
Australia
,
New Zealand
and the South Pacific and the
Caribbean
.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
Cox & Kings is the world's longest established travel company. Its history
stretches back more than 250 years to 1758 when Richard Cox was appointed
regimental agent to the Footguards (later the Grenadier Guards). The
company's fortunes grew hand in hand with the British Empire and by the early
20
th
century the company was acting as agent and banker throughout the
armed forces and as a shipping agent. In 1922 Cox & Co merged with the
Henry S King bank, which had strong connections with
India
. The bank became
part of Lloyds and the shipping agency grew separately, evolving into the
modern travel company.