7 Reasons to Love China ...


7 Reasons to Love China ...
7 Reasons to Love China ...

I’ve thought about visiting China many times. I just can’t bring myself to board a plane for the length of time it would take to get there. I’ve done lots of research and even talked to people about what aspects of this amazing country come highly recommended. Here are 7 reasons to love China. I hope someday I can take a short trip to China and see these sights for myself. Maybe I’ll take the slow boat.

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The Festivals Are Amazing

I’ve seen fabulous photographs of the many festivals and celebrations that take place during the year in China. There is the Spring Festival, Lantern Festival, Qingming Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Double Seventh Festival, Mid-autumn Festival, Double Ninth Festival, and the Winter Solstice Festival. It seems like there is a celebration for all occasions. These are just the traditional ones, I’m sure there are others going on throughout the year also. The fireworks, music, dancing, and other festivities would make for some excellent photographs.


The Forbidden City

This city located in Beijing has walls surrounding it that measure 26 feet in height. There is also a moat surrounding the city that is nearly 20 feet deep and 171 feet wide. It was built during the early 1400s and took nearly 20 years to complete. This city consists of 980 buildings and contains artifacts and artwork that were mostly collected during the Ming and Qing dynasties. I think living in a palace complex that covered around 178 acres would be fantastic. This is one place I wouldn’t miss seeing if I were to visit China.


The 8th Wonder of the World is in China

The terracotta warriors and horses of Emperor Qin Shi Huang are considered to be the 8th wonder of the world by many people. These can be seeing outside Xian. There are 6,000 clay warriors and horses that are not only life-size, but also hand made. Each warrior is more than 6 feet tall and weighs nearly 600 pounds. The warriors were left to protect the dead emperor in the afterlife and were left to guard his tomb as well.


Slurping Your Noodles Isn’t Considered to Be Impolite

I can’t count how many times I’ve caught myself slurping my ramen and then looked around in embarrassment to see who might be glaring at me. I think it would be a great experience to be able to slurp my noodles and not have anyone thing negative thoughts. It’s fun to make a little noise at times. Right? You have to try it at least once in your lifetime!


You Can Visit the Stone Forest

Although this isn’t really a forest, it is still referred to as a forest due to the resemblance the limestone formations have to trees. These karst formations are found in the Shilin District of China, which is a little more than 50 miles from Kunming. This National Park spans more than 200 square feet. Foreign and domestic tourists alike enjoy visiting this scenic area. I would love to see this place! I think it would be an absolutely breathtaking experience.


The Great Wall of China

Built between 220 – 206 BC, this massive fortification stretches for more than 5,000 miles. This immense wall consists of not only actual walls, but also natural defensive barriers and trenches. Walking along this wall during the fall would be excellent! I bet the colors are simply gorgeous. Supposedly it takes about 8 months to walk the entire length of the Great Wall. Wow!


You Can See Mount Everest

This massive mountain range is located on the border of Nepal and Tibet, China. I remember when Jamling Tenzing Norgay came to the college I went to in the Northern part of the US. While attending a college that incorporated a lot of outdoor programs to their curriculum, I heard numerous stories about Jamling’s father, Tenzing Norgay, who was one of the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953. It was such an honor to meet Jamling and hear first-hand stories about trips he and his father took during his lifetime.

I hope at least some of these 7 reasons to love China inspire you to explore this glorious country, whether via plane, train, or travel catalog. What reasons would entice you to visit China some day?

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I would like to visit there during their kite festival.

i agree that there is a lot of things to see in china. great wall is amazing. when you see it you just can't even begin to imagine how anyone did this. however, i can give you 7 reasons to not love china: 1. violation of basic human rights: you got thoughts/criticisms about the government? you better keep your mouth shut or don't be surprised if you get detained the next day 2. dirty: the chinese government have made the most popular areas in china, such as beijing, shanghai, xian where a lot of foreigners go for tourism, clean and enjoyable, but if you just take one step outside of this comfort zone, you'd be disgusted at how the chinese people have no desire to keep their surroundings clean. they litter, they spit, some still go to the bathroom wherever they like, and i'm not talking about #1 3. corruption: everything's solvable/doable in china, as long as you have money 4. they charge you for everything: where i am, when you go to a restaurant, they will charge you for using their napkins, drinking their tea, and who knows what else. if you don't check your bill, you're likely paying more than you ordered. 5. lack of respect/manners: perhaps its a cultural thing that i will never ever get used to, but people here have absolutely no respect for anyone else but themselves (or maybe not even themselves). they don't respect your personal space, nor do they respect the fact that you may already be waiting in line. if you're not rude here, you won't get anything done. not only that, you can always feel the breath of the person in line behind you because that is how close they always stand maybe i don't have 7 separate reasons as many things fall into the categories i've already listed and i know i'm not very organized with my writing so i apologize if this was hard to read. all i can say is, once i'm done working here, i will not come back here again in this lifetime.

you should go to taiwan!! not only is it culturally similar to china, it is less crowded and without all of the obscenities "china-hater" listed

I think every country has its ups and downs. I've met people in other countries who don't like the US because they base their opinion of the entire country on one location they visited and on how a handful of people treated them. I try not to form an opinion on a place or a group of people that is based solely on limited encounters that may not have been very pleasant.

@China-hater: I have been living in China since I was four and I am not Chinese. Having lived here for so long, I find myself closer to it than my home-country, and have a strong appreciation for it. One of the most important things to keep in mind is the rate of improvement. Basically speaking, 10, 20, years ago, China was nothing. It was nothing compared to where most of us live. But in the recent decade, China has leaped from the state it was in to this tiger it is today. Of course, it is still not as well-rounded as other countries are, but it needs time. @Dirtiness: Generally speaking, the most developed parts of China are the some of the eastern and southern cities along the coast: Shanghai, Suzhou, Beijing, Hong Kong, Sheng Zhen, Xia Men, etc. The rest are still relatively behind the global step other developed countries are taking - China still needs time. And, also, as a foreigner, one wouldn't necessarily go to the super rural areas, would he? @Charging for everything: Essentially it depends on what kind of restaurant you go to...there are many that don't charge those fees. @Cutting lines: After all, China is a country of 1.3 billion people, and it only started to become more developed in the past years. Yet again, it needs time. I fully respect your opinions but I just wanted to point those above out because I really felt they needed justification...and out of curiosity - which city do you live in?

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