CHINA – the Flower Kingdom
China is a country of symbols & holy beliefs. Here, the lotus is seen as a symbol of purity, the peony symbolizes spring, cranes symbolize longevity & cicadas symbolize rebirth. The entire country is the size of the continent of USA but runs on the same time-zone, and harbors the world’s densest population. As you travel from South China to the North, the tropical climate starts transitioning into a temperate one that drops into a severe alpine weather in the extreme top. China shares its borders with a plethora of countries, India being one, and is home to one of the oldest civilizations on Earth.
When you hear China, the first thing that pops up your mind is the grandeur of the Great Wall, that snakes past the scenic landscapes of Chinese terrain. But there’s more to this beautiful country than just a single yet breathtaking Wonder of the World member. The Terracotta Army, unearthed by the local farmers, is a collection of terracotta sculptures that rest underneath the ground as a part of a funeral gift made to the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Munch on the scrumptious Peking Duck & soup dumplings after a brush with Chinese history. Visit the aesthetic classical gardens and lakes, temples and Buddha statues dotting the domain at their candid best. Get authentic Chinese massages, learn the traditional arts and a few Martial Art moves, and shop the delicate Fine China silk, jade & porcelain.
The cities of Beijing, Shanghai & Guangzhou have international airports. You can fly to China from Europe, Australia, South East Asia, New Zealand, North America, Hong Kong & Taiwan. By train, the Trans-Siberian Railway runs from Moscow to Beijing. China is connected to Hong Kong, Vietnam, North Korea and Central Asia through an extensive rail network. It is advisable to visit China by air.