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8 reasons it is worth visiting China

The historical monuments of the one of the oldest civilisations in the world and million-plus cities with skyscrapers. Exquisite cuisine and unique wonders of nature. Learn the 8 reasons, to visit China, in order to learn this country is not only the Great Wall of China…

1. Simply different

China attracts the European visitor by being different, its uniqueness can be found in nearly every aspect of life encompassing its culture, philosophy, medicine, cuisine and finally its everyday life and the mentality of its inhabitants.

2. The Chinese superlative

The Chinese seem to have a weak spot for the superlative. This is the most populous country on the planet, with the biggest cities, the highest buildings and the longest river in Asia, with the most difficult language, also with a cave on the highest altitude in the world - the Gate to Heaven cave in Tianmen, one that can be reached with the longest cablecar system ever (7,455 metres in length). China is becoming the new leader of business trip destinations, both on domestic and international routes. According to Global Business Travel Association, by 2016 China may overtake USA in this area. But these are not all of the Chinese superlatives.

3. Every season is great

China is a vast country located in many different climate zones. So each season of the year is great to visit. While travelling around China, it is worth remembering that sometimes a warm spring in Beijing, and a hot humid summer in Canton may be only three hours of domestic flight away.

4. Wonders of nature

China is not only its industrialism and skyscrapers, it is also unbelievable wonders of nature, for example the Tiger Leaping Gorge - one of the world’s deepest and most beautiful canyons. Sometimes, man has helped mother nature as was the case with Dragon's Backbone Terraced Rice Field, a steep mountain side, which has been carved by generations of local farmers in the shape of stairs enabling them to grow rice there.

Unforgettable visual stimuli are the domain of the twenty thousand mogotes (karst hills) scat-tered in the valley of the river Li, especially at sunrise and sunset, when the water is covered with bamboo fisher boats with cormorants trained to catch fish on board.

The Danxia landforms will astonish the beholder as well - these are unique landscapes formed in sandstone of vivid red colour (Chinese danxia means ’red sun rays’; just as the pictur-esquely located temples carved out in solid rock - the Longmen caves also known as the Dragon’s Gate Grottoes.

5. Unforgettable cities

It is simply impossible to know China without visiting Beijing. Its greatest attractions are: The Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City, The Summer Palace, and Tiananmen Square. Apart from these, it is worth seeing other million-plus Chinese cities both those with origins reaching ancient times, and the creations of the last several dozen years. Hence in Shanghai, one cannot miss the famous Yuyuan gardens and the Bund district, where all sorts of both Chinese and foreign architectural styles have intermixed. The tourists will be also tempted by Nanjing with its Gates of China and Confucius temple; or Suzhou, called the Venice of the East due to the city’s 380 bridges.

6. A foodie’s paradise

When traveling to China, one can taste a different cuisine in each and every of its districts. Besides the four most well-known regional types i.e. the Northern - Beijing, Southern - Can-tonese, Eastern - Shanghai and Western - Sichuan, it is also worth tasting the dishes of the Hunan (Central China) and Fujian (South-Eastern China) cuisines. Each of them, although similar in its basics, is very unique in flavour.

7. The Silk Road - welcome souvenirs

The Silk Road is an idea of its own for travelling around the country. The term describes the historical commercial route that started in China and wound across the middle of Asia leading to Istanbul. Along it, one can see numerous, precious to Chinese heritage locations and breathtaking landscapes. For instance, the former capital Xian with its biggest attraction - the Terracotta Army. The Army consists of 8,099 natural-size soldier sculptures in precise mili-tary formation in underground chambers from third century BC. Bear in mind silk, in any form, is not the only worthy souvenir from China, there is also Chinese tea along with a tea set, pictures with Chinese calligraphy and most certainly Chinese herbs.

8. Understanding Chinese

More and more people in the world learn Chinese. Most do this for professional reasons. Nothing facilitates business negotiations with a Chinese better than a few words in their native tongue coming from the overseas partner. Chinese is considered one of the most difficult languages on the planet, but this does not mean it is impossible to learn. In comparison with other foreign languages it simply takes longer to learn. And there is nothing better to help learn a language than staying in the country where one is forced to use it every day. In the case of Chinese, it is recommended to spend half of the time intended for learning the language in China. This is also a great opportunity to tour the country.

Why were there eight reasons? The number 8 is a magic and lucky number in China, but this can be learned on the trip there.