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Summary

This travel guide provides a detailed itinerary for exploring some of China's most iconic attractions independently, including the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, pandas at Shanghai Wildlife Park, and the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng. It emphasizes the ease and cost-effectiveness of DIY travel in China.

🏯 Day 1: Exploring Beijing

Discover the bustling city of Beijing, including the iconic Forbidden City, with easy and affordable public transportation options.

🏯 Forbidden City

The Forbidden City, now known as the Palace Museum, is a must-see historical site in Beijing, offering a glimpse into China's imperial past. The complex spans over 180 acres and consists of 980 surviving buildings with traditional Chinese architecture, making it the world's largest palace complex. It served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Take the bus to Tian’anmen Bus Stop and enter via the Meridian Gate. Once inside, immerse yourself in the grandeur of the ancient architecture and rich history. Purchase an audio guide and a map for a comprehensive self-guided tour, or opt for a souvenir 'route map' for detailed explanations of each part of the City and suggested routes for exploration. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the various halls, courtyards, and gardens within the Forbidden City, each offering unique insights into China's imperial past.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +86 400 950 1925
🌐   Website: https://www.dpm.org.cn/Home.html
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: 4 Jingshan Front St, Dongcheng, Beijing, China, 100009

🏛️ Day 2: Terracotta Warriors in Xian

Visit the world-famous Terracotta Warriors in Xian independently by taking a local bus, saving money and enjoying the flexibility of a DIY tour.

🏛️ Terracotta Warriors Museum

The Terracotta Warriors are a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. The museum is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a must-visit for history enthusiasts and art lovers alike. The intricately crafted sculptures, each with unique facial features and expressions, offer a fascinating glimpse into ancient Chinese military practices and beliefs.

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Tips

Take bus number 306 from Xian Railway Station. Ignore any claims that the bus doesn't exist and pay the conductor directly. Additionally, be cautious of individuals attempting to dissuade you from taking the bus and insisting on alternative transportation options. Stand your ground and confidently proceed with your plan to take the bus, ensuring a cost-effective and authentic travel experience.

Day3: Pandas at Shanghai Wildlife Park

Experience the joy of watching pandas in a naturalistic setting at the Shanghai Wildlife Park, a short bus ride from the city center.

Shanghai Wildlife Park

Shanghai Wildlife Park is the first national safari park in China, home to a special Panda Garden and various other animals in spacious enclosures.

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Tips

Take metro line 2 to Zhangjiang High Tech Park, then the Zhangnan bus to the park. The entrance fee includes a safari bus ride.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +86 21 6118 0000
📍   Address: 178 Nanliu Hwy, Pudong, China

Day4: Shaolin Temple Adventure

Immerse yourself in China's Kung Fu culture and stunning mountain scenery with a visit to the original Shaolin Temple and the surrounding areas.

Shaolin Temple

The Shaolin Temple is renowned for its association with Chinese martial arts and is a significant cultural and historical site.

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Travel to Zengzheng by train, then take a bus to Dengfeng. From there, a short taxi ride will get you to the temple. Don't miss the Pagoda Forest and the hanging plank road.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +86 371 6274 5166
🌐   Website: http://www.shaolin.org.cn/
📍   Address: GW5P+C4M, Dengfeng Blvd, Dengfeng, Zhengzhou, Henan, China, 471925
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