So, China was not on my ‘must visit’ list before I arrived there. However once in this amazing country……..WOW! And obviously because I was able to take my little sister with me it was special from the very start!
I always knew the Great Wall would be spectacular, but had no idea the Terra Cotta Warriors would literally leave me speechless. When we first walked into the huge enclosure where they were unearthed, it took my breath away. I was overwhelmed by what was before us.
If you are fortunate enough to visit China, don’t miss Lijiang Old Town, located in Yunnan and registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Lijiang old town is famous for its neatly arranged system of waterways and bridges. The old town of Lijiang differs from other ancient Chinese cities in architecture, history and the culture of its traditional residents the Nakhi people. Since making the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997 the local government has taken more responsibility for the protection and sustainable development of the old city. Below is their mission statement:
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.
For anyone looking for an ‘out of the box’ cultural experience that will never be forgotten, I would highly recommend traveling to China!!