See the sights
Try not to overload your itinerary; approached wisely, China is as uplifting as it is intriguing. There is something for everyone in China.
If crumbling dynasties are your thing, start with the historic buildings of Beijing, a city with over 3,000 years of history and a cityscape that changes every day – the Forbidden City, China’s whopping great palace complex is the country’s largest collection of ancient buildings; you’ll need a full day to explore it. More landscape less history? Why not cruise the Yangtze River past the Three Gorges, the world’s largest dam (and, incidentally, the world’s largest hydroelectric power station too, but an awful lot prettier than that sounds…). If you want to channel your Zen while drinking chai, head out to China’s ancient villages where picture-perfect pastoral scenes, feng shui, and tradition abound.