Most first-time travelers to China want to understand the cultural and historical aspects of this Middle Kingdom as it is one of the oldest civilizations that still exists on earth; while the others love to explore the natural beauty of China. Not sure where to go? We have selected some of the top places to visit in China below, including places to visit in China near Hong Kong, to help you make up your mind.
Best Cities to Visit in China
Beijing – Capital of China
This is where the Great Wall of China – one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace located. Don’t forget to try the world-famous Peking Roast Duck. You may want to book high speed railway tickets to Beijing, Shanghai and other cities.
Xian – Home of the Terracotta Army
Terracotta Warriors and Horses, is one of the candidates for the Eighth Wonder of the World. These wonderful sculptures, a form of funerary art, were meant to protect the afterlife of Qin Shi Huang (259 BC – 210 BC), the first Emperor of China. You can also visit the Mount Huashan and the ancient city wall.
Shanghai — China’s Largest City
A global financial centre located at the mouth of Yangtze River. Famous attractions include the Bund – waterside promenade with colonial buildings; the Oriental Pearl Tower – iconic tower with city views; Nanjing Road – the main shopping street; and the Yu Garden – a classical garden built in the Ming Dynasty.
Hangzhou – Cultural and Economic Hub
Renowned for its pavilions, gardens and Dragon Well tea, the landmark attraction, West Lake, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. The beautiful scenery has been celebrated by people, especially poets and artists, since the 9th century. It is located at the southern end of the ancient Grand Canal waterway originates in Beijing.
Top Places to Visit in China
Chengdu – Home of Giant Panda
It was the capital of Shu during the Three Kingdoms Era (AD 220–280) with rich history, now the capital of Sichuan province. Tourists attractions include the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Wuhou Temple, spicy food, and the nearby Jiuzhaigou and Leshan Giant Buddha.
Guilin – Best Natural Landscape in Southern China
The Elephant Trunk Hill is the symbol of Guilin. It looks like a huge elephant drinking water out of the Li River. The Reed Flute Cave is another famous attraction where you can enjoy stone pillars created by carbonate deposition. Cruise ride from Guilin to Yangshuo is a popular way to travel around.
Macau – Blend of Chinese and Portuguese charm
Both the first and last European colony (1557-1999) in China. Signature attractions include Ruins of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, A-Ma Temple, Mount Fortress, Macau Tower and various casinos. You may book a discounted Day Tour here.
Hope that you have better understanding of the best cities and top places to visit in China. Have you been to China? Which cities are your favourite? Don’t forget that you can now book high speed railway tickets to Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guilin and more.
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