Shanghai

When you think about modern China, chances are you’re thinking of Shanghai. Step into Shanghai and you immediately see the confluence of old world and new world, where centuries-old traditional Chinese culture and historic buildings sit up against a backdrop of modern skyscrapers. You can feel the city’s incredible energy the minute you set foot in Shanghai. The flashpoint of China’s economic explosion and a genuine trendsetter, Shanghai truly is the country’s most dynamic city.

Beijing

China’s capital: from Kublai Khan to Chairman Mao, this city has been at the heart of Chinese civilization for more than 1,000 years.

Beijing is home to the Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, and the famed Olympic venues of 2008!

 

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Hangzhou

Marco Polo once described this ancient capital of China as the finest and most luxurious city in the world. Hangzhou’s West Lake continues to be an urban retreat.

Whether you’re looking for somewhere peaceful to relax or fun outdoor activities, the West Lake scenic area has much to choose from, including bike trails and boating opportunities as well as over 60 cultural relic sites.

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Nanjing

Nanjing was the capital city for several dynasties. In 1927 it again became the capital under Chiang Kai-shek. In 1937 Japan invaded and from December through January carried out the brutal “Rape of Nanking” with a death toll of 300,000+.

Don’t miss the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, the mausoleum of Sun Yat-sen, and walk along the impressive city wall built in 1368.

Chengdu

What’s not to like about Chengdu? Well there’s the traffic, the imitation Xintiandi’s based on the original in Shanghai, the constant fog and drizzle…but there’s also the mouth wateringly delicious food, tea culture, Sichuan Opera, and most importantly China’s Panda’s! Don’t miss the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Wenshu Yuan Monastery, Dujiangyan Irrigation System, and Jinli Pedestrian Street.