History of China

The Great Wall
Although tourism in China was o­nly open to select groups until 1974, the decision to strongly promote it in the late 1970s paid off. China is now the world’s fourth largest country for inbound tourism and its ranking is expected to continuously grow until China is the number o­ne tourist destination o­n Earth.

Perhaps the attraction China is most known for is the Great Wall which spans 5,500 miles. Construction leading to the Great Wall of China began over two millennia ago, but a previously unknown portion of it was found in 2009.

For easy access to the Great Wall, Century Golden Resources Hotel is the place to stay. With a five star rating, Century Golden is extremely affordable and the height of luxury. It is fairly close to the Beijing Airport and even closer to the Forbidden City.

The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City, located in Beijing, was o­nce home to the Emperors of China, but is now a museum open to the public. The palace, close to 600 years old, is an impressive compound of 980 buildings. In 1987 the Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site.

The Terracotta Army is o­ne of China’s most recent discoveries. Immaculate ranks of unique terracotta officers, horses, musicians and more were uncovered in 1974. Also known as “Qin’s Armies”, the Terracotta Army was built in 210 BC to protect the Emperor Qin in the afterlife. It is presumed that there are more pits still waiting to be unearthed.

When traveling to China, keep in mind English is o­nly widely known in major cities and their outlying suburbs. In many areas where English is not spoken, inhabitants can read and write in English. The most commonly used languages are Mandarin and Cantonese.