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Ancient City, China
Ancient City in China

A land of mystique, China is the foundation of Eastern Civilization. With natural beauty and over 5,000 years of recorded history, this is a fascinating country to visit. It is blessed with seascapes, mountains, valleys, deserts, and rivers.

The Yangtze River is enchanting, with its misty mountains, limestone gorges, bamboo forests, and calm lagoons. Along the river are some of China's cultural treasures, from historic cities to anchient tombs and temples.

  1. The Bund in Shanghai, an impressive mile walk along the Huangpu River revealing a panorama of Shanghai's amazing architecture.
  2. The French Concession area of Shanghai for its eclectic shopping and Euro flair.
  3. Shanghai Museum, possibly China's best.
  4. Raising the flags at Red Square, Beijing. Mao lives!
  5. A visit to a Hutong in Beijing, old China before it disappears forever.
  6. The Terra Cotta warriors of Xian, China: each life-size sculpture a personal portrait.
  7. The Potola Palace in Lhasa, Tibet: ancestral home for generations of Dalai Lamas from the 7th century onward.
  8. China's Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River, simply the largest feat of human engineering you will ever experience this closely.
  9. Mt. Fuji Japan, best seen in cool seasons from Shinjuku Station about 40 minutes west of Tokyo.
  10. High Tea at the Hong Kong Peninsula -- a tradition preserved in perfect elegance.
  11. A walk around Hong Kong's Victoria Peak: simply the best vantages of Hong Kong and its nearby islands and a cool, shaded well-maintained spot for fresh air and exercise.
  12. Reflexology foot massage in Hong Kong. $25 at any storefront parlor off Nathan Road is the perfect ending to a long day of sightseeing.
  13. A visit to the Giant Bhudda and vegetarian lunch at Po Lin Monastery near Hong Kong -- a "religious" experience that should not be missed.
  14. A day or stay at Pangkor Laut in Malaysia: magical pampering on the Straits of Malacca where Komodo Dragons play.
  15. Sepilok Organgutan Rehabilitation Center in northern Borneo: for primate encounter and lush rainforest hikes.
  16. Botanical gardens of Singapore -- takes a full day and considered one of the best in Asia.
  17. Grand Palace/Wat Pho complex in Bangkok:gold is everywhere. Wear sunglasses and comfortable shoes.
  18. The Night Market in Chiang Mai: best prices in Thailand.
  19. Jim Thompson Factory Outlet in Bangkok -- Top-quality textiles at one-off prices.
  20. Chatuchak weekend market in Bangkok: find it all, buy it all -- from Bonsai trees to flying squirrels -- in this chaotic, crowded 30-acre sprawl of pure Thailand.


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