Recently the world's largest travel guide publisher Lonely Planet has released its Best in Travel 2018 lists that include the top 10 cities, countries and regions to visit in the coming year. China enters the Top 10 Countries to Visit list.
According to Lonely Planet, all of the destinations on the list are picked by its global-trotting team based on various factors like safety, topicality, novelty and "wow" factors. China is selected mainly for its extensive new high-speed railway network and upgraded tourist attractions.
Lonely Planet gave its comment of China as follows: "The world’s most populous country is big, beautiful and full of mystery and adventure. Since 2016, China has opened extensive new high-speed rail tracks, creating the largest HSR network on Earth." What it didn't mention is that, just back in July, China launched the world’s fastest high-speed bullet trains called "Fuxing", which travels at up to 400 kilometers per hour and reduces the travel time between Beijing and Shanghai from the previous 12 hours to 5 hours and 45 minutes. The high-speed trains make travelling in China much easier and cheaper.
The Forbidden City draws more visitors with the opening of four previously restricted halls.
In the guide, Lonely Planet praised the Forbidden City in Beijing, which has bolstered its appeal by opening four previously restricted halls to the public. Meanwhile, all the modern buildings within it have been removed to preserve its ancient look.
The 632-meter-high Shanghai Tower is mentioned too. Being the tallest tower in China and the second-tallest in the world, it has the world's highest observation deck within the structure, which was just opened to the public in 2016. It is a great place to have a bird's eye view of Shanghai.
China is a country full of mystery and adventure. With the recent development in tourism, it guarantees outstanding new experiences. There is no better time to visit it than now. Just as the guide says "Twenty-first century China is here to stay, so hop on board a bullet train and explore this modern Middle Kingdom."
Below is the full list of Top 10 Countries to Visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet: