Travel to China to experience spiritual, gastronomic nirvana


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

China, one of the oldest civilizations in the world, harbors various ancient secrets, knowledge and antique architectural delights to please you. China is a land of many contradictions, highly advanced yet orthodox. The dominant flavor in China is antiquity, which will stir awe-inspiring emotions in you that will far surpass those evoked by the country’s modernscape of sleek and slick skyscrapers. From ancient secret cities, to majestic palaces, to imposing temples, China has it all packaged in a sheath of spirituality.

The legends and myths surrounding this ancient land are so mystically compelling that you will feel its aura tantalize you from the moment you step on its soil. Man-made structures in this vast country are of such exquisite beauty that most of these are world famous. Yet, there is also much beauty and serenity in its exotic landscape. Let yourself loose and go on a travel spree around the best places on the land.

Tourist magnets
The land has such rich offerings for the tourism industry that it will be hard to cover all terrain within the span of a single trip to China. However, must see places for visit include the enigmatic Forbidden City and the breathtaking Great Wall of China, the latter being one of the wonders of the world. The Silk Road in China is another important tourist attraction.

The Great Wall of China

Besides these two epic structures dominating the China tourism scene, you should also check out Hongcun Ancient Village, Mount Huangshan, Mount Wuyi, Xiapu Mudflat, Echoing Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake, Dunhuang, Fortress Towers, Kaiping, Yangshuo and Huangguoshu Waterfall, among others. If you crave for sand and sea, ensure you check out the lavish resort set-up at Yalong Bay at Hainan, which is one of the most popular beach destinations in the country.

Huangguoshu Waterfall

Besides, China’s ancient cities of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai are world famous and draw tourists in large numbers.

Gastronomic salvation
While traversing the land, experience the Chinese Charm of culinary delights that are world renowned. The Chinese cuisine already has a huge-and-growing fan base globally. The delicate flavors reflect the reason behind such massive popularity. Your gastronomic memories from the tour will be an asset of a lifetime. Whether you gobble down bowls of soups, or gorge on sumptuous noodles or the flavors of Schezwan or Manchurian delights, your tongue will be on a joy ride of its own.

Seafood Thai Style salad - China

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Anuradha Shankar is a mother, traveller, freelance writer, compulsive bookworm.. not necessarily in that order. She lives in Mumbai and aims to travel as much as she can across the country, 10 year old son in tow. Her blog 'A Wandering Mind' is primarily a travel blog, but true to its name it wanders all the time - from events to random thoughts, book reviews to her son's latest peccadilloes!

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