"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page"
-St Augustine

Sunday, 22 June 2014

The Grand Canal and the Ancient Silk Road are named by UNESCO as World Heritage sites

The Grand Canal and the Ancient Silk Road are named by UNESCO as world heritage sites today.

The Grand Canal could be traced back to some 2,500 years ago, as a transportation means to connect north (Beijing) and south (Hangzhou) China.  One of the best places to enjoy this Grand Canal is Suzhou, where you can take a boat cruise along the Grand Canal.

Besides the Grand Canal, there are the classical gardens which are also UNESCO world heritage sites.  One of the best way to enjoy these sites are on bicycle, and Suzhou is perfect for a bicycle tour.

The Ancient Silk Road is already a favourite tour destinations, with a rich history and a stunning landscape.  It starts from Xian, an ancient capital of China where the First Emperor Emperor Qin built his kingdom, as well as his underground palace the Terracotta Warriors.  It travelled all the way to the west, via deserts, mountains and basins.  The ancients had left a lot of their footprints on this ancient road: Buddhist grottoes, ruined towns, temples, markets and ancient architecture.  You'll meet the ethnic minorities and their customs and heritage add colours to this ancient road of 'east meets west'.

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