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China: While you’re there

If you’re going to take the 4,000-mile trip across the planet to China, it only makes sense to stop and see some of the world’s wonders while you are there. Be sure to include these stops on your itinerary.

The Great Wall
Stretching nearly 4,000 miles across the country from east to west, the Great Wall is perhaps the most famous wonder of ancient China. Climb a section of the wall near Beijing for breathtaking views of the mountains across the city.

The Terra-Cotta Warriors
In Xi’an, an army of thousands of terra-cotta soldiers and horses was constructed to escort an emperor into the afterlife. The ongoing archaeological project gives a fascinating glimpse into historic Chinese art and religion.

The Shanghai Acrobats
In this thrilling show, teams of young acrobats perform amazing feats of strength, dexterity and flexibility. There are 120 acrobatic troupes in China; the performers in Shanghai are regarded as the best in the country.

Also for your information…Christianity in China
Churchgoers may remember a strict political environment in China that heavily censored religion, sending churches and missionaries underground in the 1980s and 1990s. But recent liberalization has opened things up quite a bit — today, there are some 20 million Protestant Christians and 13 million Catholics in China. Several Chinese denominations now operate churches in the open, with the approval of the government.

Government restrictions still exist, though: Congregants may not discuss politics in church, and proselytizing in public places remains forbidden. For these and other reasons, many evangelicals continue to meet in home churches.

Brian Jewell

Brian Jewell is the executive editor of The Group Travel Leader. In more than a decade of travel journalism he has visited 48 states and 25 foreign countries.