Top 5 Places to Visit in China during an Educational Tour
Whether you’re interested in China’s modern history or ancient past, exploring the country’s historical sites would be one of the best ways to learn about both. Besides, going on educational tours to China will not only help you immerse yourself in its incredible past, it will also help you better understand why its culture is what it is today.
But where can you even begin? China is, after all, such a large country, with tons of beautiful attractions and amazing destinations. Now if you’re going with a group of students to learn more about this remarkable region without missing out on its beauty, here are some historical sites that should be at the top of your list:
1. Summer Palace
This place is about 15 kilometers from Beijing and is located in Haidan District’s western outskirts. In 1960, it was designated as one of the Key Cultural Relics by the state council. And in 1998, it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace houses several examples of ancient Chinese artworks. It also has one of the largest and most well preserved royal parks in China, with archetypal gardens considered to be amongst the most classical in the world
2. The Great Wall of China, Badaling Section
Located approximately 80 kilometers (about 50 miles) northwest of Beijing, the Badaling section is one of the most visited spots of the Great Wall. This portion of the wall was built with a military outpost during the Ming dynasty because the location was considered strategically important in ancient times. Beibalou, its highest point, is approximately 1,015 meters above sea level.
3. Forbidden City
Experience and learn about the glory and power of ancient China by visiting the Forbidden City. Situated in the middle of Beijing, it was the imperial palace for ruling families from the Ming dynasty up to the Qing dynasty for nearly 500 years. Here, you get to see the palatial architectural style of the Chinese, which is said to have influenced East Asian architectural developments. In 1987, UNESCO declared the palace a World Heritage Site since it had the world’s largest collection of ancient wooden structures.
4. Longmen Grottoes
Also known as the Longmen Caves, it is about 12 kilometers south of Luoyang, Henan province. With over 100,000 statues, 3600 steles and tablets, 2100 niches, and 40 pagodas, the Longmen grottoes is the place to be if you wish to immerse in Buddhist-style crafts. These subjects densely dot two mountains: Longmenshan (west) and Xiangshan (east), with the Yi river flowing northwards between both.
5. Suzhou Garden
With a history that goes as far back as 6 B.C., the Suzhou garden is considered to be one of the best gardens in the world. Suzhou’s top four gardens are the Lion Grove Garden, Humble Administrator’s Garden, Lingering Garden, and Canglang Pavilion, with each representing the Qing, Ming, Yuan, and Song dynasties’ architectural styles respectively. In 1997, UNESCO listed the first three gardens as World Heritage Sites. If you wish to witness the grandeur of Chinese ingenuity, then you should visit the Suzhou garden.
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