Located outside of Datong in Shanxi province; the art and statues in these caves are 1500+ years old. The caves have been preserved as a UNESCO world heritage site and are truly breathtaking:
A large portion of the Mongolian steppe is actually located within China’s borders. The vastness of the landscape is difficult to comprehend, and while the traditional nomadic way of life is slowing dying off, there are still opportunities to experience life as it once was (horseback riding on undersized ponies and traditional wrestling with a Mongolian man optional)
One of the original capitals of ancient China, this ancient city used to be the starting point for the Silk Road; which carried silk manufactured in China west to Rome and beyond. It has the largest intact city walls in China and the surrounding area is home to the Terracotta Army and Hua Shan (one of the five great Taoist mountains in China)
Did I mention pandas?
Teaching abroad in China gives you the opportunity to see all of this and more. Geographically speaking China is virtually the same area as the United States…when you include Alaska. With 1.3 billion people, the cultural variations across the country can be striking as well. China is a lot more than just Beijing and Shanghai, so expand your search and broaden your horizons! You never know what you might find when you teach abroad in China.