Posts Tagged ‘travel to china’

China’s Wild Pandas

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Pandas are one of the most specialized mammals in the world, having evolved into animals that eat only bamboo. Adult pandas must eat about 40 pounds of bamboo each day to get the nutrients they need, which means that they are completely dependent on a bamboo-rich habitat to survive. These days, their habitat is limited and it is hard to find a panda in the wild. This video, courtesy of the Smithsonian Channel, gives us a glimpse of a rare wild panda sighting.

One of the many highlights of our Classic China and Tibet tour is a visit to the Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Chengdu, China. If you’re looking for something a bit closer to home, check out our PandaCam, from the Smithsonian National Zoological Park here in Washington, D.C.

If you were free to follow any animal through the wild, which one would you choose? Please share.

China’s Forbidden City

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

The Forbidden City lies in the heart of Beijing, China. Home to China’s Emperors for centuries, it’s arguably one of the greatest palaces ever built. The vision of  Ming Dynasty warrior and dictator Zhu Di, every detail of the palace is related to ancient Chinese ritual and ceremony.

Watch our video to learn more about the Forbidden City and its creators, part of the Smithsonian Channel series China’s Forbidden City.

Our advice: don’t miss the Forbidden City on your first trip to Beijing. See it for yourself on any of these opportunities to travel to China with Smithsonian.

If you were going to China, what would you want to see first? Please share!

Travel Hit List: China

Friday, September 18th, 2009

China is one of the world’s most talked-about destinations. Full of wonder, history, and culture, we can’t wait to go back soon. For the first-time travelers (and die-hard fans), here’s a taste of fascinating China:

Cyclist in Lijiang, China. Photo: Fredrik Stai, Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

Read: How some of Xi’an’s famous Terra-Cotta Warriors are leaving China for a while, and discover more about Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi’s lasting legacy.

Listen: Chinese Classical instrumental music.

Watch: Learn about the secrets to the design of China’s Forbidden City (courtesy of Smithsonian Channel).

Eat and Drink: Bird’s nest soup, anyone? Learn more about this highly prized Chinese delicacy.

Check out: A fascinating timeline of Chinese history, courtesy of the Institution’s Freer and Sackler galleries.

Travel: Now is a great time to book a journey to China.

Next Summer: Looking for a great Study Abroad oppportunity? Smithsonian now offers Study Abroad programs for high schoolers in China. Click to check it out.

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Where in China would you most like to visit or revisit?