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World Heritage Sites in China

Vanishing Acts
--- The Great Wall of China is crumbling in some areas and neatly restored in othersThe world's treasures are under siege as never before. So get out and see as many as possible - before they disappear.

"...Whether the millennial gates of Machu Picchu or the moonlit waterways of Venice, we are in danger of losing places we thought would always be around, sure as Stonehenge. New Orleans nearly drowned. The Coral Triangle, a diver's paradise, is as fragile as an eggshell. Visitors ride go-karts along the Great Wall of China and steal artifacts from the crumbling temples of Luxor. Even Stonehenge has been cordoned off. The only certainty for today's travelers is that the wonders of the world are perishable, whether they're made of stone or ice, by man or nature..."


World Heritage Sites in China

Great Wall[Great Wall] Located in northern China, the Great Wall extends 2000 miles from Jiuquan in the West to the sea near Shanhaiguan in the East. Completed in 204 B.C., the wall is 15-20 feet high and 15-25 feet thick...

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Imperial Palace / Forbidden City[Imperial Palace / Forbidden City] Located in the center of Beijing, the Imperial Palace / Forbidden City occupies 150,000 square miles and has over 9000 rooms. It is the largest set of buildings preserved in China...

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Summer Palace[Summer Palace] Summer Palace built in 1888, was once a summer retreat and the imperial park for emperors.

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Temple of Heaven[Temple of Heaven] Temple of Heaven was built in the 15th century, a sacred site for ancient Beijing, where the emperor and his 1000 member entourage would retreat twice a year for religious ritual.

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Tour to the Great Wall, the Imperial Palace / Forbidden City, the Imperial Tombs, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven: CPBJ01 us$138p.p, CPBJ02 us$150p.p, CPBJ04 us$84 p.p, CPBJ05 us$90p.p, CPBJ06 us$72p.p, SBJ01 us$ 30 p.p ; SBJ02 us$35p.p; SBJ04 us$35p.p.

Mausoleum of the First Qin Emporer[Mausoleum of the First Qin Emporer] No doubt thousands of statues still remain to be unearthed at this archaeological site, which was not discovered until 1974. Qin (d. 210 B.C.), the first unifier of China, is buried, surrounded by the famous terracotta warriors, at the centre of a complex designed to mirror the urban plan of the capital, Xianyan. The small figures are all different; with their horses, chariots and weapons, they are masterpieces of realism and also of great historical interest.

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Tour to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses: CPXA07 us$130p.p,SXA1 us$ 52 p.p.

Mountain Resort in Chengde City[Mountain Resort in Chengde City] The Mountain Resort (the Qing dynasty's summer palace), in Hebei Province, was built between 1703 and 1792. It is a vast complex of palaces and administrative and ceremonial buildings. Temples of various architectural styles and imperial gardens blend harmoniously into a landscape of lakes, pastureland and forests. In addition to its aesthetic interest, the Mountain Resort is a rare historic vestige of the final development of feudal society in China.

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Tour to the Mountain Resort: CPCDE01 us$66 p.p,CPCDE04 us$ 46 p.p.

Potala Palace, Lhasa[Potala Palace] The Potala Palace, winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet.

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Tour to the Potala Palace: CPXZ01 USD160p.p

Classical Gardens of Suzhou[Classical Gardens of Suzhou] Classical Chinese garden design, which seeks to recreate natural landscapes in miniature, is nowhere better illustrated than in the nine gardens in the historic city of Suzhou. They are generally acknowledged to be masterpieces of the genre. Dating from the 11th-19th century, the gardens reflect the profound metaphysical importance of natural beauty in Chinese culture in their meticulous design.

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Tour to the Classical Gardens of Suzhou: CPSZ02 us$82 p.p, CPSZ04 us$46p.p

Old Town of Lijiang[Old Town of Lijiang] The Old Town of Lijiang, which is perfectly adapted to the uneven topography of this key commercial and strategic site, has retained a historic townscape of high quality and authenticity. Its architecture is noteworthy for the blending of elements from several cultures that have come together over many centuries. Lijiang also possesses an ancient water-supply system of great complexity and ingenuity that still functions effectively today.

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Tour to the Classical Gardens of Suzhou: CPLJ01 us$94 p.p, CPLJ03 us$58p.p

Dazu Rock Carvings[Dazu Rock Carvings] The steep hillsides of the Dazu area contain an exceptional series of rock carvings dating from the 9th to the 13th century. They are remarkable for their aesthetic quality, their rich diversity of subject matter, both secular and religious, and the light that they shed on everyday life in China during this period. They provide outstanding evidence of the harmonious synthesis of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.

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Tour to the Dazu Rock Carvings: CPCQ02 us$94 p.p

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