As a kid, someone probably told that if you kept digging a hole, you’d eventually end up in China. Hopefully that person wasn’t your science teacher otherwise you probably also learned that humans hunted dinosaurs to extinction.
But my point is, China was another planet as far as you knew — some far-off, alien place that you’d never see. The closest you could hope for was a Panda Express in the food court at your local mall followed by a lame Jackie Chan buddy-cop movie.
In the world we live in today, traveling to China as never been easier! If you are looking for a travel destination that is exotic, packed full of new sights and experiences with a stimulating culture…then China is the place for you!
Whether you may already be planning a trip to China or are still looking at different destinations, this list of reasons will help convince you why you should visit China and why China is special.
The Food is Amazing
When you travel to China, it’s important you just forget what you know about Chinese food and start from scratch. The authentic cuisine that you will eat and taste while in China will be unlike anything you have ever had.
I would even suggest going on a food tour while in China in which you’ll be able to craft an authentic Chinese meal yourself. Something like this can easily be booked through Airbnb.
When it comes to food in China, every region has its own particular specialties and tastes. Shanghai cuisine is thought to be sweet where as Sichuan is known for its spiciness. Some of the most fun and interesting foods to try are street foods, such as roasted sweet potatoes and Chinese barbecue, Shao Kao. In my opinion the food stands on its own as reason enough to come and in the end you’ll be amazed at what you discover about Chinese food while you’re here.
China’s Tourist Attractions & Beautiful Landscapes
My hope is that this post will give you a better appreciation of China’s stunning sights, both natural and man-made. China is packed with diverse sights — stretching from the snowy wildernesses of the north to the Gobi Desert to the lush sub-tropical south.
Without a doubt, China has some of world’s most spectacular, jaw-dropping natural sights. If you like mountains, China has the Himalayas Range — home to Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. Or climb the much more accessible and stunning mountains of Huangshan and Taishan. Take a river cruise down the Yangtze or through the gorgeous karst topography of the Li River. While you’re there, check out the postcard-perfect rice terraces nearby that have been farmed for thousands of years.
Other destinations are testament to the power and glory of China’s past. Soak in the extraordinary Forbidden City, where China’s emperors lived for over 500 years. Then take a drive to see the Great Wall of China as it snakes thousands of miles across the country. And no trip to China is complete without seeing the ancient Terracotta Army, built over two thousand years ago (making the F-City look “new” by comparison).
The Unique & Historical Culture
China is one of the Four Ancient Civilizations, with a history of over 3,000 years. It is a country that is filled with a very unique culture.
Chinese civilization dates back thousands of years. And while their turbulent modern history colored and even destroyed some cultural perspectives, there is still so much to see and learn.
There are many ways to experience different aspects of Chinese culture. You can seek out an immersion tour or follow an ancient trade route such as the Tea Horse Trail or the Silk Road. However, if you just want to take it easy and see the places that appeal to you, then that’s perfectly fine too. Everything you do as soon as you set foot in China will be a cultural experience.
China is a Kid-Friendly Country
Traveling with children…especially small children anywhere can be quite the experience. Sleep schedules get messed up, you constantly need diapers, and you have to stop to feed them too. The list goes on. Despite this, seeing the world through your child’s eyes is unforgettable and makes it all worth it.
There are certainly countries that make traveling with children more manageable and pleasant than others, and fortunately China is one of them.
You will find China to be one of the most kid-friendly places on earth. In facts it ranks right up there with Italy and Greece. So you can relax when your child decides to throw a crying fit while at the restaurant because no one will blink an eye. The people that live in China are just used to this and won’t throw a fit.
Also, it is important to note that your kids will have a fabulous time on your trip to China just as long as you create the trip that includes plenty of things they will actually enjoy. There are loads of kids’ activities that range from museums big cities, to exploring the sights you’re curious to see outside.
Because You Can
Seriously though…what’s stopping you?
Don’t let distance, language, or any other worry get in your head and prevent you from having a trip of a lifetime. If you’re planning a vacation and can swing the cost, seriously consider China as your next travel destination. I hope that through this post you were able to understand reasons to visit China and why China is special.