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Walk the Great Wall; China

Imagine stepping foot on 2,000 year old crumbling ramparts that stretch 5,000 miles (8,000 km) into the distance. Taking a walk on the Great Wall of China features high on most people’s list of 1,001 things to do before they die. And satisfying that dream by visiting the world’s longest man-made structure rarely disappoints. Continue

Hike Tiger Leaping Gorge; Yunnan, China

Staring down the canyon you try to imagine a tiger skipping gracefully to the other side.  With raging waters below and a slender path under your feet, you’re having enough trouble maintaining your pace along this harrowing trek.

Hiking along Tiger Leaping Gorge‘s high path will require ample exertion but it will be well worth the effort.Continue

Breathless at Potala Palace; Lhasa, China

In the midst of Tibet‘s Lhasa Valley stands a monumental structure, towering above the plains in the foreground of the towering Himalayas.  With centuries of history to back up its intricate architecture, it’s no wonder the Potala Palace is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

History Potala Palace

While the most recognizable structures were built in 1645, the grounds have been considered sacred since the 7th century when Tibetan Emperor Songstan Gampo first erected a modest palace to be used as a meditation retreat.  The palace stood proudly until the 10th century when it was destroyed by natural forces.

The 17th century brought with it the 5th Dalai Lama, who had the palace built as it stands today.  Using the grounds as his winter palace, the buildings have stood strong through a series of uprisings and revolutions that destroyed many Tibetan monuments and artifacts.

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A-Ma Temple; Macau, China

The meaning of a place’s name is rarely represented by a single sight.  For that sight to be a man-made structure is rarer still.

However, A-Ma Temple can take credit for the designation of China’s special administrative region of Macau.  The temple, more than a sum of it’s story, has become one of the region’s most popular attractions.

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Cycle the Li River; Guangxi, China

The gently flowing river carves its way through a series of limestone cliffs, towering above as if reaching towards the heavens.  Twists and bends reveal bamboo forests, limestone caves, and water buffalo working hard in the rice paddies.  These are just some of the sights you will see as you cycle along the Li River in Guangxi China.

More on Guangxi

At the south-east end of China lies the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.  Because of the Zhuang people who inhabit this area, the region has been given a certain degree of freedom.

The Zhuang have a population of approximately 18 million in China, the majority of whom live in Guangxi and the Yunnan province.  Typically residing in valleys surrounded by hills and bodies of water, the Zhuang have a rich culture history that is largely unique from the rest of the Chinese population.

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