Wonders Of China
Throughout much of history, China had remained
a relatively isolated country; an ancient and mys-terious land little known to the western world.
Now undergoing a period of rapid development and modernization like none ever seen before,
this once distant country is now opening its arms widely to the outside world. There has never been
a better time to experience the wonders of China. From the historical wonders of the Great Wall
and Xian's ancient Terra-Cotta Warriors to the breathtaking natural wonders of the Yangtze
River's Three Gorges and Guilin's Li River to the modern wonders of the neon lined bustling
streets and skyscrapers of bustling Shanghai and Hong Kong, China has so much to see and expe-rience.
Whether you prefer a relaxing cruise on the Yangtze River or an adventurous visit to the
Tibetan highlands, our itineraries offer something for everyone. Traveling in China is a cultural
and historic learning experience that will leave an impression on you for a lifetime. We at Travel
Design USA's China Discovery Tours intend to do everything possible to provide an enjoyable,
comfortable, and secure tour. As all-inclusive guided tours, everything is taken care of for you.
All you have to do is just sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience of this fascinating and unique land.
Beijing is the starting point
for all our tours and its historical wonders con-tinue
to impress the eyes no matter how many
times you return to see them. The Great Wall
of China is one of the true wonders of the world
and it is said that one has not truly lived until
they have stood upon the wall. The Forbidden
City located precisely in the center of the city
towers over Changan Boulevard and its sea of
bicycles below. A walk though the massive pal-ace
provides visitors a first-hand experience of
how the Emperors lived and ruled the immense country
from within its walls. Xian, China's ancient capital fea-tures
the Terracotta Warriors site, which has been called
the Eight Wonder of the World. With excavation still in
progress this is a remarkable chance to witness the un-covering
of history in progress. Visitors to Xian also
enjoy experiencing Buddhist tradition by burning incense
at the Big Goose Pagoda. Tibet's Potala Palace was
constructed high in the Himalayas and towers above
Lhasa as the most sacred spot of Tibetan Buddhism. Visi-tors
weave through its grand halls as Tibetan Monks wor-ship
and sing hymns. The Dunhuang Grottoes were
painted by monks to portray life upon the Silk Road
through the centuries. They exist today as a testament to
the bustling trade routes that led to the western world centuries ago.
The natural beauty of China's land-scapes
has long been the inspiration for world famous
works of art, novels, and poetry. Guilin, Suzhou, and
Hangzhou epitomize such beauty and appear today much
as they did centuries ago to the eyes of Marco Polo. Travelers
marvel at the mystical limestone formations seen
along Guilin's Li River which are unique to that region.
The gardens and waterways of Suzhou and Hangzhou
are some of the most beautiful in China. Of course, the
Yangtze River's Three Gorges are unparalleled among
China's natural wonders.
Several years ago National Geographic
wrote that nearly half the world's construction
cranes were in operation in Shanghai alone. The resulting
modernization of Shanghai and other major cities
across China has been nothing less than remarkable. The
Pearl TV Tower and various skyscrapers along
Shanghai's Pudong District contrast the famous colonial
era buildings across the Huangpu River's Bund.
Hong Kong, long known as the "Jewel of the Orient"
boasts a neon lined skyline that rivals any in the world.
Our travelers are encouraged to take full advantage of
the dining, nightlife and shopping in China's major cities.