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China is one of the largest nations in the world, so it makes sense that there’s plenty of exciting things to do and see. Whether you study, volunteer, intern or teach abroad in China, you could have the adventure of a lifetime. Below are just a few of the many exciting places you could visit when you go abroad to China.
Perhaps once of the best known sites in China, The Great Wall is on many visitors’ “must see” list. One of the only man-made structures that can be seen from space, the Great Wall is the longest wall in the world. It spans China, from the western frontier to the east coast, to stretch about 5,000 km (3,100 miles) total and is included among "the New Seven Wonders of the World”. While there are multiple access points, many of the best preserved sections can be found near Beijing. Just one more reason to add the capital city to your list!
The Terracotta Army, one of the most famous archaeological finds in the world, has lain underground over 2,000 years. This collection of thousands of life size warriors is believed to represent the army that triumphed over all others in the Warring States Period of 475–221 BC and played a decisive role in forming a united China. It is only fitting then that they stand guard over China's first unifier, Qin Shi Huang. No two soldiers are alike, making this a great destination for history buffs and art lovers alike. Found accidently by a farmer in 1974 while drilling a well, their reason for existence remains a mystery. Perhaps you will come up with a theory of your own? The combined mystery and beauty of the Terracotta Army makes Xi’an a great destination to add to your to-do list while you study abroad in China.
Another awe-inspiring historical site is the Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum among the Chinese. Built as the home for emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties, it was inhabited up until 1911 and housed 24 different emperors over the course of 560 years. With over 8,000 rooms roofed in gold and painted in red and yellow, the Forbidden City is recognized as one of five of the most important palaces in the world. While historically ordinary people were forbidden access to this “palace city”, today you can visit this architectural wonder simply by crossing the 52m moat at the heart of Beijing.
If natural beauty is more your thing, the Yellow Mountains in east China are not to be missed. The Yellow Mountains are considered the most famous in China and one of the three best national parks in the nation. Close to Shanghai and Hangzhou, it is also somewhat easier to access, making it a perfect choice for those in need of a nature fix. Throughout the park, visitors can see gorgeous sunrises, interesting rock formations, twisted pine trees, vast stretches of clouds and hot springs. And of course, plenty of high mountain peaks.
It would be a shame to travel to China and not see a panda or two. While you may be able to glimpse some back home in the zoo, there’s little quite like seeing them up close and personal in their hometown of Chengdu. Beloved by both the Chinese and people around the world, these bears are frequently visited at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center, Bifengxia Panda Base, and Dujiangyan Panda Valley.
The Chengdu Panda Center is in the north of the city, and is considered the more established facility. For a more natural feel, go to the Bifengxia Panda Base, 2 hours outside Chengdu. Or get even closer, by becoming a volunteer either at Bifengxia or Dujiangyan Panda Valley, a new breeding base an hour outside Chengdu.
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