China’s Imperial City is located in the centre of its ancient Middle Kingdom, a gigantic and inscrutable empire beyond the Great Wall. The Imperial City is entered through the Gates of Heavenly Peace.
After seven years of construction, Ming Emperor Zhu Di moved into his newly-established palace complex in which more than 8,000 people lived in almost 1,000 rooms. The palace served as both a residential and governmental seat to the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
A stone’s throw away from the old Summer Palace is the Garden of Harmonious Unity that was the favorite garden of the Emperor’s household who retreated to its cool lakeside shores during the humid months of summer.
Close to Badaling, the Great Wall of China extends majestically across misty mountains. It is the largest man-made structure in the world and was erected to protect the country from invasion from the North. The gigantic wall represented the division of two very different cultures. On one side, the Central Asian Nomads and on the other, the highly developed civilization of the emerging Chinese Empire.
Shanghai is a Gigantic City and a meeting point of both east and west. The shoreline is without a doubt the city’s main focal point and is a combination of past, present and future and contains the historic monuments and eye catching buildings of a great city.
Famous explorer Marco Polo referred to Suzhou as the ‘Venice of the East’, a city that is particularly famous for its gardens. Many of its extremely elegant buildings are remnants of a glorious past.
Yunnan´s most famous site is the unique Stone Forest of Shi Lin, a forest of rock that extends for 27,000 hectares.
Hong Kong is a city of the superlative with glimmering skyscrapers that seem to take root in the sky and one elegant building after another with shining glass and hi-tech facades.
China is a world within a world!