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Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors
China’s ancient culture and incredible cuisine have been a magnet to visit for centuries but the country’s dramatic scenery, impressive architecture and ancient wonders makes it ideal for safe adventure travel. Possibly the number one must-see in all of China is the exquisite terracotta army of the first Qin Dynasty ruler Shihuangdi. The clay horses, artifacts and soldiers are part of Shihuangdi’s tomb located near the modern town of Xi’an, in the Shaanxi province of China. A great reason to visit the Terracotta Warriors is the new excavation of the life-sized warriors after a 24-year break. You may be able to watch experts uncover more of the elaborately carved soldiers that are expanding the 1,000-plus statues already on display in the western city.

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Walk on The Great Wall
Although the Great Wall of China is not a continuous wall but a collection of short walls it is commonly known as one monument. Extending about 5,500 total miles, the Great Wall’s single imperfection is that it’s discontinuous construction allowed invaders to simply go around it and the wall was eventually abandoned. Today traveling the Great Wall of China is a major tourist attraction as the experience offers fantastic views, inspiring architecture and an overall majestic escape. The Great Wall of China can be visited at many places along its length and the condition ranges from excellent to ruined.

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Surreal Guilin
The Guilin area of China’s Guanxi Province has long been an inspiration for poets, artists and travelers alike. The rocky peaks and steep eroded hills rise dramatically from the flat plains below where the Li River flows its way among them. Small bamboo rafts with unique drivers float lazily in the purple dusk as lit lantern and black birds create an unforgettable sight. Guilin is also a beautiful city with the town center being surrounded by two rivers, four lakes and adorned with sheer sided karst cliffs.

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Traditions of Lhasa Tibet
Lhasa or the “place of the gods”, is held as the heart of Tibet and Tibetan culture for over 1,300 years and sits in a valley of the Lhasa River. Travelers can enjoy ancient traditions, iconic sites and mouthwatering local cuisine with the comfort of contemporary tourist resources including modern hotels, department stores and supermarkets. You can find strong Tibetan culture around the city, countryside, in the old quarters and especially near Barkhor. For those thinking that visiting Lhasa only offers one destination there are many sites with historic and culture interest including the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Norbulingka known as “The Jewelled Park” alongside a breathtaking landscape and rural traditions.

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Wulingyuan Scenic Area
Wulingyuan Scenic Area sometimes referred simply as Zhangjiajie, is comprised of several national parks with the most famous being the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. The park is full of stunning eroded pillars of sandstone, covered with sub-tropical rainforest and is often covered in fog that adds to the magical and mysterious views. Wulingyuan covers 3 natural reserves and contains over 500 tree species including the once believed extinct dawn redwood. There are also giant salamanders, rhesus monkeys and many bird types. The Southern Sky Column inside the park, has been officially renamed “Avatar Hallelujah Mountain” in honor of the film “Avatar” in 2010, as it had inspired the floating mountains seen in the film.

Playful Orangutans
image01There is much more to do in Asia and India than shopping and eating delicious foods, although that in-it-self is a great reason to discover these far off lands. Asia and India have some of the world’s most exotic wild attractions juxtaposed with fascinating architecture and culture. You can visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center located west of Sandakan in Malaysia for an up-close look at these fascinating and curious animals. This noble center opened in 1964 as the first official orangutan rehabilitation project that rescues orphaned orangutans from logging sites, plantations, illegal hunting or that where kept as pets, and are then trained to survive in the wild and released.

Spend Time with Pandas
image02One of the more unique things to do when visiting China is spending time with pandas at the Bifengxia Panda Center. The center operates a volunteer program for travelers looking to get up close with pandas. There are various programs of different durations to meet every visitors needs with focus on teaching and learning about these popular animals. Volunteers can help the scientists collect behavioral data as well as preparing foods for the pandas and observing the natural behavior of pandas in a safe environment. The Bifengxia Panda Center offers the best place to visit and see pandas in a natural setting.

Trek with Tigers
image03Alongside hot weather, excellent foods and a rich culture India also has one of the world’s most diverse wild life experiences that includes visiting wild tigers. Travel to Bandhavgarh National Park, one of the most popular national parks in India that showcases wild animals, and enjoy tigers in a safe natural setting. Other wildlife at the park includes a large range of birds, the spotted and samba deer, red faced monkeys, mongoose, the nilgai antelope and elephants to name a few. You can also ride elephants or jeeps to look out for tigers in the park and enjoy a ride through the jungle brush.