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China is a travel destination, not to be missed, since it has over 5,000 years of documented history. It’s become easy for you to begin or end your Trans-Mongolian tour in Beijing and see some sights. As these tours are customised, you’ll be able to choose whether you spend only a few nights or if you want to spend closer to a week and further immerse yourself in Chinese culture before heading on your journey. No matter how long you stay, take time to see some of these favourite destinations and sights.
You can easily add luxurious yet affordable China tour packages to your Trans-Siberian tour. If you’re only planning to spend around three days in China, take time to see:
- Beijing – Beijing is China’s cultural and political capital and features so many stunning sights, including the Great Wall of China. Consider visiting the wall from the less crowded side by Mutianyu and even riding a bicycle around it to explore all of its preserved history. Make time to visit historic sites in China, such as the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, or Tiananmen Square, as well as China’s palace, the Forbidden City.
- Xian – Xian houses the Terra Cotta Army, life-size soldiers created by China’s first Emperor Qin Shi Huang in 246 BC. None of the pieces look the same, and you’ll feel like you stepped back in time. In addition, you may want to explore the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which features some infamous Buddha scriptures. In fact, for a small nominal fee, you may climb the pagoda and see the views over the city.
- Shanghai – While in Shanghai, tour the beautiful Yuyuan Gardens, as well as Old Shanghai which dates back to 1577. This may be a quick stop, but finish your stay with an evening performance to a Chinese Acrobats show and experience the exciting combination of entertainment, flexibility, and storytelling.
If you have more time, consult the experts of The Trans-Siberian Travel Company and explore these areas and immerse yourself in the culture:
- Chendu – This city is home to the infamous Giant Panda Research Base, where you can observe over 60 different pandas interacting. If you visit in the morning, you’ll have the best chance of seeing the baby pandas playing or eating.
- Hangzhou – This scenic city, not only features the beautiful West Lake, but is known as one of China’s cultural areas. Explore the numerous temples and gardens surrounding the lake, including the Lingyin Temple. If you have time, visit a tea plantation and try some authentic Chinese tea from a tea parlour.
- Tibet – Tibet features numerous scenic mountains, the most famous being Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. Begin your adventure at Rombuk Monastery and then hike to Mt. Everest base camp. It only takes a few hours, and in the warmer weather, you can even camp outside and watch the stars.
Using either the Trans-Mongolian or Trans-Siberian railway is a fun, convenient way to visit multiple countries, including China.