C&J’s Seven Wonders of China

The Forbidden City

Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City are vast and opulent reminders of the riches of China past and present.

The Great Wall

It is said that you can see the Great Wall from space.  Maybe this is what Trump wants as his legacy.

The Terracotta WarriorsIMG_0157

We have all seen the pictures, this is one thing that needs to be experienced in person.


Three Gorges Yangtze River

We spent 5 days cruising up the river and through the gorges, including an ascent through the locks at the Three Gorges Dam.


Bullet and Mag Lev Trains

VIA and Amtrak should be half as good.

The Cities

Background – China / Macau / Hong Kong Tour –

picture china tripCathy and I traveled for 23 days.  The first half of the trip was from Beijing to Shanghai with time spent in central China.  Then we  cruised up the Yangtze River, and traveled back to the coast for a final few days in Macau and Hong Kong.

Our Tour Logistics –

Our tour company was Sinorama based in Toronto.  I see that Sinorama  closed down as of August 2018, which is too bad because we experienced a great tour at a very low price.   We traveled as a group of 36 seniors.  Many of us attended a preview course about China offered by Ryerson University’s  Life Institute .  Our tour package included all meals, 5 star hotels throughout, all international and domestic air, rail, ferry and bus travel, daily activities and events, and an excellent guide. Besides the low price, we would recommend this type of tour because China is not an easy place to be private tourists due to language and distances, and just a few confusing signs.

To get to China, we took a direct  Air Canada   flight from Toronto to Beijing.  For our return, we flew direct Air Canada from Hong Kong to Toronto.

China Blog Series –

This is the third and final of our China Blog Series.  Check out Signs of China and  People of China .

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