Levy China 2

Steven Levy stands with his wife Sydelle among the Terracotta Warriors at Xian.

Levy China 1

Steven Levy stands with his wife Sydelle in Shanghai in front of the Oriental Pearl Tower.

Editor’s note: Steven Levy writes excerpts about his worldwide travels. Below he chronicles a trip to China.

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A couple years ago, we went to China to take a cruise and celebrate my wife’s birthday. On this trip , we took in some key sites including a relaxing cruise down the Yangtze river.

While we were touring Shanghai, we stayed in the St. Regis Shanghai Jingan international hotel. We explored Shanghai’s famous waterfront, which included an exciting tour of the city where we saw the Oriental Pearl Tower.

During the three days in Shanghai, we had a solid overview of the city’s main sights and even some lesser-known — but still awesome — spots.

Shanghai has a lot to offer when it comes to tourist entertainment. However, three days was enough to give us a good overview.

We had fun activities and saw some impressive sights.

Our cruise went from Shanghai to Beijing for 12 days on the Yangtze river.

During this journey, which took us to “Yueyang, Three Gorges,” we saw the Three Gorges Dam, a marvel of modern engineering.

Then, we cruised through the 5 stage locks of the Three Gorges Dam. At the three Gorges, Lesser Three Gorges we were guided through China’s exotic landscape.

A high point for me was in Xian, Beijing where we saw 6,000 terra cotta warriors face to face. At this site we had a mausoleum tour; this is where Emperor Qin Shi Huang was laid to rest over 2,000 years ago. There are more than 6,000 life-size terra cotta warriors, archers and infantry men that were buried with him. Each man and horse was molded with his own distinct features.

Then we continued our tour to Beijing, China’s former imperial capital. In Beijing, we went to see the historic Great Wall. We also went to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace.

We had a Peking Duck dinner and went to the Peking opera. We went home from Beijing.

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