Few countries in the world can match China in terms of its long history. China boasts a past of more than 5,000 years which has fostered a brilliant historical and cultural heritage. Once you are in the aura of the oriental civilization, you can not help but be overwhelmed with admiration for its extensiveness and profoundness. It is this piece of land which gave birth to such world-famous sages as Lao Zi, Chuang - Tzu and Confucius 2,000 years ago, who have tremendously influenced the moral concept and code of conduct of the Chinese nation.
The Forbidden City
As the largest and best-kept ancient imperial palace in the world, the Forbidden City in Beijing is a captivating structure with 9999.5 rooms looking magnificent in green and gold. Its splendor reflects the dignity and majesty of the past emperors. The bewildering variety of invaluable treasures displayed in this palace reveal the luxurious life of the past royal families. You too can try the emperor's "dragon robe" and have a picture taken in the royal atmosphere, making yourself one of the new "emperors" in modern time.
The Great Wall
Extending in China from east to west more than 6,700 kilometers like a robust dragon, the magnificent Great Wall is undeniably the most awesome attraction in China. It was originally built by order of the first emperor Qin Shihuang 2,000 years ago. It has been regarded as the greatest construction in the history of human civilization. Its huge size makes it the only man-made project which can be seen with the naked eye by astronauts in space.
The Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shihuang
The more than 8,000 imposing terracotta warriors and horses near the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang have been called the Eighth Wonder of the world.
Once you are in Vault No. l of the museum in Xi'an facing the battle arrays of the emperor, you will no doubt be stunned by their enormous size and the vivid expressions of the warriors. The life-sized terracotta warriors were fashioned, according to historical records, after real soldiers. They have served wholeheartedly and silently as the guards of the emperor's mausoleum for more than 2,000 years.
Almost all senior officials who come to China would regret missing the chance to visit such a world wonder. Don't miss this chance yourself.
Ancient China has made itself a museum with nature, numerous places of interest and historical sites, rich treasures and relics and unsophisticated cultural ruins. China's reforms and open-door policy have brought vigor and vitality to this ancient country. The combination of the ancient and the modern, the traditional and the foreign makes the country even more attractive.
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