Places To Visit in China

China, a land of beauty and enthrallment, tempts adventurous travelers all over the world. It has so many outstanding places to visit during a vacation, be it with family or friend. The country's infinite array of people, captivating natural landscapes, radiant history and culture and mesmerizing destinations are as bewildering as they are bewitching. Though China is rightly proud of its modern cities and economic power, for most travelers, it's intertwined with the country's history. There is little surprise that most travelers aim at exploring the best monuments, palaces, and tombs representing China's long and checkered history.

The places one cannot give a miss while in China are specified below:

1. Beijing

A trip to China would be incomplete without a tour of Beijing's wide-ranging attraction. It has long been the capital of China and the nation's political and cultural center that offers a number of world-class palaces, monuments, and mausoleums for the tourist's inspection.

The main attractions are:

  • The Forbidden City with its centre of power in the middle kingdom for more than 500 years.
  • The Summer Palace , with its exquisite garden in an astounding setting beside the Kunming Lake of China's imperial rulers.
  • The Great Wall , the nation's leading tourist attraction of 6,700 km , and ancient China's greatest public works project is a must see.
  • The Ming Tombs , 50 km north-west from Beijing City is a mausoleum of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644).

2. Xi'An

As one of the six ancient capitals in China during its numerous dynasties, Xi'an served as the seat of 12 imperial capitals for 1,120 years . A famous hub for tourists in the yesteryears, Xi'an is now a treasure house of cultural relics.

Among its many attractions, Xi'An is, perhaps, best known for the Tomb of Emperor Qin and the world famous Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses . It's one of the most significant modern archaeological finds, adding better understanding to China's history.

The Xi'An's Bell Tower is also important, signifying the start of the famous 'Silk Road'.

Other places include

  • The ornate Tang Murals in the Shaanxi Museum of History
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Drum Tower
  • Forest of Stone Steles Museum
  • Great Mosque
  • Green Dragon Temple (Qinglong Temple)
  • Huaqing Hot Springs
  • Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang
  • Tang Dynasty Dinner Show
  • Xiangji Temple

3. Shanghai

A historically significant city that has been earmarked as the 'new' Hong Kong with its numerous monuments and museums, Shanghai is a 'shopper's paradise' . It's a vibrant economic center, with grand shopping malls, good food, and a mix of things-to-do that are fairly unique in China.

To the west of Shanghai is the Suzhou , a city well-known for one of the most famous gardens in China, the Lingering Gardens.

A favorite spot for tourists is The Shanghai Museum of Art , located in what used to be a bank in the eastern part of Shanghai. It holds large collection of art, ranging from paintings to architectural artifacts.

Another place of interest is the Bund, otherwise known as the Zongshan Lu. It comprises of many buildings built during foreign occupation of Shanghai, mainly the English and French.

Besides, one should surely take himself to Nanjing Road . The brightly lit street with its many shops is by far the number one place to go for shopping during the day or night.

4. Chengdu

A historic location of many beautiful palaces, temples and tombs, Chengdu is a pleasant stop on any China tour.

Travelers are all attracted by the Panda City, a national center for research related to the protection and safeguard of the Panda Bear.

5. Huangshan

This place is famous for the Yellow Mountains , located in the southern part of Anhui Province. It extends across the Shexian, Yixian, Taiping and Xiuning . The mountains rose above the earth surface as a result of movement of the earth's crust over a hundred million years ago. Afterwards they underwent the erosion of Quaternary glaciations and have slowly become what they are today. Splendid and magnificent, it's a famous scenic spot full of wonderful sights.

6. Guilin

Guilin, one of the most beautiful and exotic areas of China with Karst topography providing remarkable and attractive landscapes is acclaimed as 'the best under heaven' .

The place provides some of the most arresting features of scenic beauty in China including the-

  • Water and Moon at Elephant Hill
  • To Return the Pearl and Try the Sword
  • View the Scenery at Grasping Clouds
  • Reed Flute and lmmortals' Palace
  • World of the Seven-Star Cave
  • Dragon Hermitage and Divine Traces
  • Mist and Rain over Lijiang River

Zhu Shude of the Qing Dynasty added "eight scenic spots" to the original "Eight Scenic Spots" and named them each in four Chinese characters to describe their features.

There's also a river cruise arranged for the more adventurous type on the Li River.

7. The Three Gorges

Three Gorges is a scenic area between the cities, Yichang, Hubei, Fuling and Chongqing. A part of this area is occupied by the Three Gorges Dam built over Yangtze River-a river which has played important role in the history and development of China. Three Gorges Dam is considered to be the world's largest hydroelectric river dam. The scenic area of Three Gorges is comprised of magnificent valleys cut in the areas' imposing limestone cliffs. To visit the Three Gorges, one needs to take a river cruise . The out-of-the-world experience of this breathtaking landscape can be best got when the area is submerged under water.

8. Nanjing

This capital of China's Jiangsu Province holds many spectacular attractions for the tourists.The thousand year old Confucian Temple captivates travelers like a bee to honey.In addition, the Linggu Temple and The Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum are also a must visit for travelers. The Ming is one of the largest imperial tombs in China.

9. Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a must see city in China. It offers a stunning setting, an upbeat mood, and an electricity-in-the-air kind of atmosphere that cannot be found anywhere else in China.

One must not miss the divine Victoria Peak , or forget to ride the Star Ferry , take a tour down the Nathan Road , visit Repulse Bay , discover Stanley , and shop at the Temple Street Night Market.

10. Dunhuang

Situated at the western end of the Hexi Corridor in Gansu Province in the Northwest, Dunhuang is an oasis on the eastern edge of Taklimakan Desert , nourished by the melted snow-water from the Qilian Mountains . It's the ancient town which used to be an important stop-over point on the Silk Road.

The Ringing-Sand Area is China's one of the key tourist attractions. The sand makes a whistling sound from the friction caused while sliding down the hill, thus the name.

The Mogao Caves , usually referred to as 'One thousand Buddha cave' , is a world famous Buddhist site. They have some of the best preserved and most extensive collections of Buddhist paintings and sculptures in the world.

The Crescent-Moon Pool is where the oasis meets the desert thus forming a crescent-shaped pond.

There are also many other historic sites such as:

  • The ruins of the Yumenguan Pass
  • The Wuwa Pond
  • Sanwei Mountain.


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