China is primarily a millennium-long cultural and historical heritage.
And antiquities and traditions should be treated with care, avoiding arrogance. One must try to understand this great civilization, and one must immediately come to terms with the fact that it will not be possible to fully understand it anyway.
China has everything – the highest mountains and sultry deserts, excellent sea beaches and world-famous resorts, the greatest monuments of ancient architecture and ultramodern skyscrapers of Shanghai, manually cultivated rice fields and factories that produce more than half of the world’s electronics. And the rest here is so diverse and diverse.
For centuries, the vast territory of China, comparable in size to the whole continent, was a crossroads of roads, people, ideas and beliefs that came from Siberia and Mongolia, from Asia and India. And in cities such as Hong Kong and Macau, Tianjin and Qingdao, Chinese culture was in close contact with European culture, resulting in a completely new lifestyle. Therefore, China today is a country of contrasts. Modern skyscrapers and high-speed trains side by side with the neighborhoods of the appalling poor, expensive limousines with streams of bicycles and a bicycle rickshaw, luxury shops with crowds of oriental bazaars. Noisy discos and European clothes do not interfere with trembling preservation of ancient traditions. The neighborhood of skyscrapers with ancient temples typical of Chinese cities is also manifested in social life: modern business is furnished with ancient ceremonies. This is the uniqueness and appeal of China.
Cities and resorts of China
Beijing – attracts purely metropolitan attractions and shopping. The imperial and administrative part of the city is located in the center and stands out in the Forbidden City (Gugun) surrounded by walls, and all the most important buildings are located along the main highway from the south to the north gate and stand out in height. The location and height of the building is entirely determined by its function and social status of the owner.
In Beijing, there is the famous Temple of Heaven – a huge complex of buildings for worship and imperial sacrifices.
Shanghai is the country’s largest city, which has never been an important cultural center, but it is charming in its own way.
Hong Kong is the largest port, industrial, financial and foreign trade center, a star city in the Asia-Pacific region. In this vibrant, prosperous, vibrant, multi-faceted, multinational city, more than 6 million people live. Hong Kong is hit by a cascade of golden tall buildings. Since July 1, 1997 Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the PRC.
Suzhou is another picturesque place, a city also called “Chinese Venice.”
Hangzhou is an old city located 180 km southwest of Shanghai – one of the most beautiful places in China. Its history goes back over 2000 years. The city stands on the banks of Lake Xihu, which, according to legend, was formed from pearls that the Phoenix and Dragon dropped to the ground.
Guangzhou (the capital of Guangdong province) with its huge industrial fairs, Macau with contrasts of different cultures, Xi’an with the world’s only terracotta army of Emperor Qin Shihuadi is also interesting for tourists, and beach lovers should visit Hainan, like Hawaii, only better.
Customs in China
Import of national currency is limited to 20,000 CNY. Import and export of foreign currency is not limited. If a tourist has not used up all the local currency during his stay in China, he can exchange it back for the necessary foreign currency before leaving by presenting a certificate of the initial exchange (such a certificate is valid for six months).
Duty-free import of 400 cigarettes, 100 cigars or 500 g of tobacco, 1.5 liters of alcohol, household appliances and other household items is allowed – up to 2,000 CNY. Personal items are imported duty-free, as well as cameras, portable tape recorders, portable video cameras and laptops – one item per tourist (things must be presented upon departure). Citizens arriving and departing from the airports of the People’s Republic of China must inform about their values and other goods in a special customs declaration. The rules do not apply to children under 16 years of age accompanied by adults, and to persons not subject to customs inspection.
The import of weapons, pornography, explosives, drugs and poisons is prohibited.