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At a time of economic recession, we fully appreciate that you are mindful of the costs associated with your vacation this year, and we are confident that you would not wish to waste your precious vacation time on a marginal destination. We at China Highlights have therefore selected for your consideration some of China's most popular destinations and China travel packages covering the places that represent the best value for the money.

TOP 1.BEIJING - Capital of China

Beijing is a world-famous ancient cultural city, the capital of China, as well as China's political, economic and cultural center as well as a center for international communications. Roughly 500,000 years ago the land was the home of Peking Man. Beijing was established as a city in 1045 BC. For nearly 800 years, Beijing was a capital city - the provisional capital of the Liao Dynasty and the capital of the Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties.which are represented by the Great Wall of China, China's legendary line of defense; the Forbidden City, famous as one of the largest and best-preserved ancient imperial palace museums; the Summer Palace, a lovely imperial garden.

Beijing is brightened by its glorious past, but is by no means struck in the past. Standing side-by-side with old Beijing's crimson palace complexes are the city's modern buildings, the super-modern Olympic Village, with the Bird��s Nest Stadium and Water Cube; the dazzling shopping malls inWangfujing Street and the colorful entertainment center of Houhai.

Despite all the changes in recent years, traditional lifestyle has been well-preserved in the oldest neighborhoods of the city - the Hutongs, which are mazes of narrow alleyways and old single storey traditional courtyard houses. A tour by rickshaw through the Hutongs will give travelers a glimpse of "Old Beijing".

In a word, Beijing is a must-see place for any visitors to China. As the political, cultural, scientific and educational heart as well as a key transportation hub of today's China and China in the past, it offers a general idea of China's past, China today, and the direction in which China is heading in the 21st century.

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TOP 2 : XI'AN - A Window On China's Ancient Civilization

Xian :It was called Changan in ancient times. As the cradle of Chinese civilization, it has been existed for more one million years; ape-man in Lantian is a representative. The city has passed though Zhou, Han, Tang and other 12 dynasties as the capital. It enjoys the fame of ��four worlds civilized ancient cities�� with ancient Athens, Cairo and roman. No visit to China will be complete without a few days' stay in Xi'an.Xi'an is, for certain, one of the most popular tourist destinations among foreign travelers, which is included in the itineraries of almost all tour packages. At China Highlights, we feel that a tour to Xi'anis something that any tourist to China would not want to miss, as it serves as a window on China's ancient civilization

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Top 3. Shanghai - China's Largest City

Shanghai, China's largest city and financial centre, has latched onto the Expo as its chance to establish its global profile as a dazzling metropolis in the same way last year's Beijing Olympics turned the world's attention to the nation's capital.Shanghai, China's biggest and most prosperous city, oozes an atmosphere of vitality, and a dynamic which can rival New York in the United States and Paris of France in terms of modernity. Shanghai is the second largest 'city proper' in the world after Mumbai. As one of the world's leading economic and business cities, Shanghai's modernity is evidenced by the ambitious skyline in the Pudong Economic Zone and the gorgeous night scenes of the Huangpu River, when its immense towers dance in unison.

The Pudong Development Area in Shanghai is an important special economic zone in China. The level of the new area's industry, commerce,finance, trade, post and telecommunications stands at the forefront in China. More than 130 buildings there are higher than a hundred metres.

As the most prosperous business center in China, Shanghai leads allthe others in both social commodity's total volume of retail sales andexport value. In recent years, it has made rapid progress in financeand banking service, and stands only next to Beijing, as one of themain financial centres in China.

It is the largest economic and trade centre in the country and a comprehensive industrial base. Shanghai Port is the leading port inChina. It is an open city along the coast, as well as a famous historical and cultural city. Industry and commerce are flourishing. As a world famous international port, Shanghai is a gateway in East China for developing tourist trade. Shanghai's history of revolution and culture attract tourists home and abroad. Being regarded as "Paris of China" and as the paradise for shopping, Shanghai has become an ideal city for tourism.

Unlike Beijing, Shanghai does not brim with many great sights. Except for Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, and the Huangpu River Cruise, there are no other sights with great appeal. However, the interest of visiting Shanghai lies not in scurrying from sight to sight but in the feel of the city's modern atomosphere.

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Top 4. Guilin - The Most Beautiful Place in China

Guilin is regarded in China as the country's most picturesque city. Two crystal-clear rivers meander through the city, which is encircled by mountains with unusual & bizarre rock formations and caves.

It is currently home to 12 ethnic nationalities with a total population of 1,260,000 in the city and surrounding area.

Guilin's reputation as one of the world's most a beautiful places has become established over hundreds of years and ranks second on China list of the 10 best tourist destinations.

Guilin is amazing and has lots to see. Here are the most popular tour packages to discover this city and around.

Guilin is in the center of the two tourist meccas in the region: Yangshuo and Longsheng, which are renowned for their beautiful scenery. Yangshuo in particular has become a paradise for backpackers, with its idyllic countryside, its easy-going atmosphere, and its cheap food and beer. Longsheng is famous throughout China, if not throughout the world, for the unparalleled scenic beauty of its terraced rice paddies, and for its genuine Zhuang and Yao ethnic cultures.

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Top 5. Hongkong - The Oriental London

Hong Kong is not like any other places on earth. As one of the most important economic and financial centers in East Asia, Hong Kong enjoys all the benefits of a dynamic and vibrant metropolis.

Hong Kong is a fusion of many cultures. Remnants of its colonial past, British culture and values share space with Chinese tradition. It's amazing to notice the gray Confucian temples edging against western style churches. The traditional Chinese festivals such as the Spring Festival and Moon Festival are celebrated along with Christmas.

Hong Kong is a world-renowned shopping paradise, known for its tourist-friendly atmosphere and numerous options. The huge shopping malls of Central, Admiralty and the street fashion factory in Causeway Bay are reasons for many travelers to make their Hong Kong trips.

Hong Kong has many accessible beaches and natural sights for outdoor lovers. Lantau Island for example, provides a relaxing atmosphere for a holiday break.

Words may fail to convey the essence of Hong Kong. If you want to appreciate this "Oriental London ", visit Hong Kong with your eyes and ears open, in order to see and hear the essence of it. Check China Travel Hong Kong Tours

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