Visiting Asia in a different way
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Surely more than once you have considered traveling to any of the countries that make up the Asian continent, but have you ever considered doing it on a cruise?
A cruise trip through Asia is the occasion to discover in another way the beauty, originality and authenticity of 3 of the most beautiful Chinese cities: Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Discover China during a cruise
With an area of about 10 million km², China is one of the most vast territories in the world. It is a fascinating land full of contrasts that can appear at the same time very modern and very old, urban and rural, innovative and traditional. If today is one of the world's poles for the latest technologies, it will always be the land that gave birth to one of the oldest civilizations on the planet.
To discover this fascinating land in another way, Royal Caribbean proposes numerous cruises destined to China aboard the Mariner of the Seas or the Quantum of the Seas is the most innovative boat of the company. Unchecked by its size, this boat is fully indicated for sailing to China. In fact, what is better to discover a gigantic country than in a gigantic ship?
Also named Beijing, Beijing is the capital of China. The first attraction of the city that should not be missed is undoubtedly the Great Wall of China, the most important architectural structure ever built by man, by length, mass and surface. As far as the architectural prowess is concerned, the CCTV tower, named the "giant boxer shorts", is worth a visit.
Another attraction that you cannot miss: the Forbidden City and especially the imperial palace that survived the cultural revolution. If you are passionate about culture, you must visit the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Temple of Flames as well as the Mao Zedong Mausoleum and the Peking Opera. On the other hand, for a true culture bath, stroll in the hutongs and try one of the quaint restaurants to savor the authentic lacquered duck. If you have time, take the opportunity to discover and buy some fabrics at the Silk Market.
Although it is not the Chinese capital, Shanghai is the most populated city in the entire country with more than 15 million inhabitants. This is understandable, because it has many advantages. On the other hand, it is also the financial capital of China. Tourists who want to take beautiful photos can go to Lujiasui, the financial heart of the city, and more precisely on top of its large towers, such as the television tower, the pearl of the Orient or the Bottle Opener.
To discover the artistic side of Shanghai, you have to go to TianziFang. The neighborhood reveals its charm in its narrow streets lined with 1930s houses and art shops. To continue with the same environment, but more recently, you have to visit the new XinTian neighborhood. If you like the retro atmosphere, you have to visit the French Concession.
Before leaving, do not forget to take a picture of the Bund with all the towers behind.
Discovering Hong Kong
Also named Monte Austin, Victoria Peak is one of the must-see attractions in the "port of perfumes". In fact it is the perfect place where you can admire one of the most beautiful panoramas of the whole island. Then take a spin on the TsimShaTsui, which would be the Chinese version of the "Walk of Fame". You can take a picture next to a life-size reproduction of Bruce Lee or make a comparison between your tracks and those of Maggie Cheung, Stephen Chow and other local celebrities.
Then you can go to the island of Lantau to visit the Tian Tan Buddha, a seated bronze Buddha, colossal and majestic. If you feel like sea and beach you can go to Repulse Bay, where you will find a very wide beach. For purchases, you can satisfy all your wishes at the International Finance Center and its two towers, one of which has 88 flats.