China's Best Attractions

Why You Should Come to China

China

China is an amazing place with some of the most famous landmarks including the Himalayas and the west lake. China is also home to some incredible cultural features. Those features include the Palace Museum and the National Stadium. Along with those destinations China has had some very interesting Emperors like Wudi.

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Wudi

Wudi was one of the most powerful Chinese Emperors in history. Wudi was born in 157 B.C. in Chang’an. At birth his name was Liu Che. He became the Chinese Emperor in 141 B.C. and his ruling ended in 87 B.C..During his rule the Han dynasty conquered the Xiongnu territory. They also doubled their territory under his command. One last thing Wudi did was expand the Han territory to the north and the west. In conclusion the Han dynasty would not have been the same without Wudi.


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The Song Dynasty

The Song dynasty was one of the great Chinese dynasties. The Song dynasty was split into two time periods, the Northern Song and the Southern Dynasty. The Song dynasty was established in Kaifeng. The emperor of the Northern Song dynasty was Emperor Taizu and he began his reign in 960 A.D.. The Song dynasty had a prosperous economy and a radiant culture. The Northern Song was destroyed in 1127 by the Jin. In conclusion the Song Dynasty is a major part of Chinese history.


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The Palace Museum (The Forbidden City)

The Palace Museum is the greatest attraction in the Forbidden City. It is located in the middle of the Forbidden City. Palace Museum is pronounced “Gu Gong” in Chinese. It was the Imperial Palace for 24 emperors. The Palace Museum took 14 years to build. It’s also located north of Tiananmen Square. The Palace Museum is the world’s largest palace complex.


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The Beijing National Stadium

“Yaaaaaa” the crowd cheers as the winning goal is scored, you’re at the National Stadium. Located in Olympic Green Village, Chaoyang the National Stadium was the home to the 2008 summer olympics. The National Stadium’s also known as the bird’s nest because of its modern design. Now the stadium serves as a tourist attraction for people visiting China. On December 24, 2003 the construction started. In July, 2004 the construction stopped. In December of 2004 the construction was resumed and the stadium was completed in March 2008. In conclusion the National Stadium is one of China’s most famous tourist attractions.
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The Himalayas

Whoosh”, a gust of wind blows by you as you climb the Himalayas. Himalayas literally means “abode of snow”. It is home to nine of the ten highest mountains in the world. Many of the peaks located in the Himalayas are sacred in Buddhism and Hinduism. The Himalayas cover five different countries including China, India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bhutan. They cover over 1,500 miles. Along with the highest mountain peaks three of the world’s major rivers arise in the Himalayas. In conclusion the Himalayas are one of the most visited tourist attractions in China.

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The Himalayas from 20,000 ft.

The West Lake

The west lake is a beautiful and well-visited place in China. West lake is a freshwater lake. It is located in Hangzhou. It is separated into five sections by three causeways. It is home to multiple temples, pagodas, gardens and islands. The earliest recorded name for this river was the “Wu Forest River”. The west lake influenced many painters and poets over Chinese history. In conclusion the west lake is a major part of Chinese culture.

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Citations

Wudi: "Wudi Emperor of the Han Dynasty (156- 87 BC)." ChinaHighlights. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2016.

"Emperor Wudi of the Western Han Dynasty | Learn Chinese History." Learn Chinese History. N.p., 21 Feb. 2013. Web. 14 Mar. 2016.


(Picture) Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2016.


Song Dynasty: "The Song Dynasty." ChinaHighlights. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2016.

"Song Dynasty." China (960-1279): Emperors, Achievements. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2016.
(Picture) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2016.


Palace Museum:

"Forbidden City (Palace Museum)." Forbidden City, Beijing Palace Museum, Chinese Imperial Palace. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2016.

(Picture)"Palace Museums Reach across the Straits." - People's Daily Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2016.


National Stadium: "National Stadium (Bird's Nest)." Beijing National Stadium, Bird's Nest. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2016.


(Picture) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2016.


Himalayas:

Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2016.

(Video) "The Himalayas from 20,000 Ft." Vimeo. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2016.


West Lake: Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2016.