Why We Love China (and Why You Should Too!)

If you’re considering moving to, working in or just traveling to China, there are many great reasons to do so. Let’s go over some of the top reasons why visiting/working/traveling to China is awesome.

Culture and Ancient Heritage

China — one of the Four Ancient Civilizations — boasts a long history of more than 3,000 years, offering the globe’s richest breadth of culture. The country’s language is original and complex, its food and tea cultures are diverse, and it offers up a wide range of Chinese medicine, poetry, opera, calligraphy and festivals. Its ancient treasures are beautiful and impressive, including the Great Wall, pagodas, temples and giant Buddhas.

Did you know there are 55 ethnic minorities in China with more than 500 groups who practice an array of different customs? You’ll witness this diversity when visiting the Mosuo people at Lugu Lake in Yunnan, the Miao village of Guizhou and Tibet’s Lhasa pilgrim streets. You can’t miss the Terracotta Warriors, the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

Natural Wonders

From the Yellow Mountains to the rainbow lakes of Jiuzhaigou, China is awash in natural wonders. There are Pandora’s floating pinnacles in Zhangjiajie, Tiger Leaping Gorge, and Tibet’s highest plateau.

Cuisine

With a surprising variety of ingredients and flavors, China is abundant in delicious foods indicative to each region. From Beijing roast duck and Shanghainese soup dumplings to spicy Chengdu hotpot and Hong Kong’s dim sum, you’re sure to find something to please your palate. Regions such as Sichuan and Hunnan are best known for their spicy foods; coastal regions offer up a variety of fresh seafood. You can’t miss sampling the street foods, such as shao kao (Chinese barbecue) and roasted sweet potatoes.

Giant Pandas

The giant panda is unique in that it lives nowhere else in the world outside of captivity. As the planet’s most treasured endangered species, the giant panda secures its top spot as China’s national treasure, with its soft black and white fur and playful personality.

Diverse Landscapes

From its magnificent mountain ranges to its Northwest deserts, the beautiful views of China are stunning and awe inspiring. Visit the Southeast seacoast, fertile plains, Harbin, the tropics of Xishuangbanna, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Hainan, known as the “Eastern Hawaii.”

Modernization

China may be filled with ancient monuments and historic places but at the same time, it’s growing more modern with every passing day. You’ll be amazed at the amount of high rises and majestic skylines throughout China. Shanghai represents modern-day China thanks to the famous riverfront skyline called the Bund and distinctive Pearl of the Orient tower.

If you’re planning a visit to China, you’ll need to know the local language and culture. Take online lessons in Mandarin Chinese from BRIC Learning Systems today.