Student dances around China in 100 days

28th Jan 2014

A Dartmouth student has danced around China in 100 days.

Jake Gaba, 16, decided to go the extra mile when travelling across this magnificent tourist destination while studying Mandarin during a three-month semester overseas.

Gaba filmed himself throwing some shapes at destinations throughout the country, from city breaks in Tibet and Beijing to some of the nation's more rural attractions.

He illuminated China with his dancing to the tune of Treasure by Bruno Mars.

Gaba said: "I knew I wanted to capture my experiences in a very special way, and I also knew that just taking photos of my travels wasn't enough."

The film shows him at landmarks and sights synonymous with the Land of the Dragon, including posing with a panda and on the Great Wall of China.

There are many other ways holidaymakers can spend three months in China.

These include fascinating cultural sites such as Beijing's Forbidden City, China's imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is now home to the Palace Museum.

One of China's latest attractions is the New Century Global Centre - the world's largest building.

It measures 328ft high, 1,640ft long and 1,312ft wide and includes shops, a 14-screen cinema, offices, hotels, and an artificial beach.

Or you could, like Gaba, enjoy the Great Wall and the pandas.

Latest estimates put the site's length at 21,196 km (13,170.6 miles). This means visitors on trekking holidays would have to walk the equivalent of Britain's Land's End to John o'Groats and back almost eight times.

But not all of the Chinese UNESCO World Heritage Site is walkable.

Work began on the Great Wall about 28 centuries ago to protect China's northern borders from foreign barbarians. Nowadays, it aims to draw foreigners in, wooing 10 million tourists every year.

Tourists visiting Chengdu can enjoy Panda Base, the world's panda capital. It is a key conservation and breeding centre and home to over 90 of the black-and-white bears.

Copyright Press Association 2014

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