The history, the glamour, the mystique, it’s all here in abundance in the globe’s most heavily populated city. Home to the world’s second tallest tower and a whole host of neck-craning skyscrapers, Shanghai is not just all modern lines and futuristic vistas. It also offers a wealth of cultural history beneath the surface. Pay the Jade Buddha temple a visit for a taste of quintessential China. This popular complex was recently renovated but still holds a wealth of historical wonder. The stunning Buddha, which is crafted from pure Jade, gives this place its name and identity. Tiánzǐfáng is an entertainment complex housed within a warren of tiny traditional alleyways and is well worth a visit if you’re looking to pick up some traditional souvenirs.
Beijing is the perfect place for an adventure. This pulsating capital city contains a fascinating mix of imperial history, breathtakingly tall high-rise buildings and leafy parkland. The Great Wall (which is not, contrary to popular belief, visible from space, but impressive nonetheless) was built in the 7th Century to protect China from marauding attackers, and the scenic Juyong Pass, just outside the city, will take your breath away.
There are almost too many sights to mention when traversing this magical land by waterway; think classical silk cities, giant pandas and eye-popping terracotta armies. The only way to truly experience the beauty of this majestic river is to take a trip and see it for yourself.