Landmarks of China
Despite the fact that Beijing is not the oldest city in China, it is still one of the most interesting. If you are in Beijing, then you certainly need to visit the Forbidden City, which is currently the largest palace complex where emperors used to live. This place is full of interesting historical buildings, and is still surrounded by a medieval wall. Now in most of the buildings there are various museums, in which a variety of imperial treasures, samples of ancient ceramics, various metal products, calligraphy, paintings and much more are exhibited to the public. It is no less interesting to visit one of the largest squares in the world – Tiananmen, whose dimensions are 880×500 meters. Near the square there are many museums: the Art Museum, the Museum of Applied Arts, Military Museum and much more. Relatively close to Beijing, small sections of the Great Wall of China are located, and 200 km from the capital, near the coast of the Yellow Sea, the eastern part of this grandiose structure ends, the length of which is 6.8 thousand km. China’s famous beach resorts of Hebei and Qinghuangdao are nearby. It will be interesting to visit the small city of Lijiang, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The main feature of the city, which attracts many tourists here, is the main street – Sifan Square, the road on which is lined with multi-colored tiles. In ancient times, this place was central to the Silk and Tea Roads. Another interesting feature of the city is the huge number of small rivers that cross it, which is why there are about 1000 bridges in such a small city, which were built at different times and in different styles. The country’s main zoo, no matter how strange it may seem, is located not in the capital, but in the city of Guangzhou. The city itself, at the moment, is a developed shopping center, moreover, recently the development of seaside resorts has been gaining momentum, which are already filled with tourists from all countries. One of the oldest cities is also Chongqing, whose age, according to historians, is more than 3,000 years. The city is interesting for its unusual view; small streets here seem to be stuck to the slopes of the mountains. Also on the territory of the city there are many hot springs, where you can have a great rest, thanks to first-class service. From here depart famous river cruises on the great Chinese river – the Yangtze. Shanghai is considered one of the largest cities in the world. For those, who loves a variety of shopping, this city will be a real paradise, as there are thousands of different shopping establishments. You should definitely visit the picturesque Xizhou Creek Street – a favorite place for walking for many people.
National cuisine of China
According to directoryaah, Chinese cuisine is incredibly diverse, each region of the country has its own culinary traditions. In each part of the country, different dishes are served on the table with different ingredients, which differ in the way they are prepared. Common to all national cuisine is devoting a lot of time to processing products. Almost half of the cooking time is spent on this alone. Heat treatment is used for all products, even vegetables, and each ingredient of the dish is processed separately. The use of rice in almost any dish can be called a national symbol of Chinese cuisine. No less popular here are pasta. Vegetables are used almost everywhere, even meat is often replaced with soy, which is also used to prepare many other dishes. From meat, the Chinese most often consume pork and poultry meat, a large amount of seafood is also used, which undergo special processing. The most popular drink is, of course, green tea. The Chinese drink very hot tea and almost never add sugar to it. Each province grows a huge number of different varieties of tea, each of which is unique in its own way.
In almost every city, public transport is packed to the limit. In tourist areas, special minibuses run, the fare on which is from 1 to 3 yuan. The most comfortable way to travel in such a densely populated country is by taxi. Each company has its own rates, which can differ significantly from each other, depending on the type of car, but on average the first 4 km will cost 10-12 yuan, and for each subsequent kilometer you will have to pay 1-2 yuan. Taxi drivers are disciplined, and payment is made strictly according to the meter, so at any time you can demand a receipt for the amount paid. To save money, it is best not to take the taxis that are located at the main entrances of the hotels, as the taxi drivers with the highest fare are most often working there.