The Wonders of North East Asia
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North East Asia holidays are fast becoming a must-do on Australian travellers’ lists. Package tours offer the simplest solution for seeing as much of North East Asia as you can with the least amount of stress and trouble! From China to Mongolia, here are just a few attractions you should definitely visit on your North East Asia holiday!
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China spans several thousand kilometres, but its condition varies greatly. If you are on a limited schedule, the best visit to the wall will be via an organised tour from Beijing. The Wall has been restored in areas such as Badaling and Mutianyu and draws hundreds of tourists each day! Another wonderful spot to visit the wall is at Simatai, which is around 2 hours from Beijing and offers a less crowded and more authentic experience for your North East Asia holiday. Attractions at Simatai include Stairway to Heaven, the Heaven Bridge, the Wangjing Tower, the Fairy Tower and the Mandarin Duck Lake.
If you adore Japanese culture, Tokyo is a must-see city for anyone planning their North East Asia holidays around Japan. Easily accessible by subway, the area of Ginza is home to great upscale shops and restaurants, as well as interesting art galleries, theatres and architecture. Visit the San-ai building for department stores such as Wako and Mitsukoshi or, if street shopping is more your thing, check our Chuo-dori on weekends for fun stalls and street performances. After significant renovations, the Kabukiza Theatre is also set to re-open in 2013 and you’ll be able to catch a single act play (around 2 hours) or a full length play (anything up to 5 hours!) – be sure to request an English audio guide! Ginza is also spectacular to visit at night.
South Korea is becoming a popular option for North East Asia holidays – busy cities juxtaposed with interesting culture and great food make for an ideal holiday destination! If you are in Seoul, be sure to visit one of the ancient palaces such as Gyenongbokgung Palace. Built in 1395, it is considered the most beautiful of all five remaining palaces in Seoul. Despite much of the palace being destroyed during WWI, restoration means there is beautiful architecture visible at Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond. The sculptures of Geunjeongjeon (the Royal Audience Chamber) are also worth a visit. The National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum are also located in this complex, and tourists can watch the changing of the guard at Gwang-hwa-mun gate!
If you love the idea of being in touch with nature on your North East Asia holiday, Heaven Lake is an incredible must-see. On the border of North Korea and China is the Changbai Mountains National Nature Reserve. Considering access into North Korea is borderline impossible, it is best to visit from the Chinese side of the border. The reserve boasts amazing scenery, waterfalls, hot springs and the incredible Tianchi Lake, otherwise known as Heaven Lake. Surrounded by 16 mountain peaks, this crater lake is accessible only by Jeep tour. The park is around 20km from the northern town of Baihe, and mountain tours take around 1-2 hours.
Mongolia is a true adventure lover’s dream and is one of the most vast and exciting places to visit on a North East Asia holiday. Safari tours run through the incredibly diverse Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. You can also visit Bayanzag and its famous red cliffs, or the Khongoriin Els, the largest sand dunes in Mongolia.
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