China Attractions

China boasts a large number of wonderful attractions including antique sites and relics, imposing imperial palaces, delicate water towns, amazing natural wonders, splendid cultural heritage, and diversified folk customs. It will take years to visit all of these attractions, but it is fairly easily to tour the top tourist attractions. Over years, TravelChinaGuide.com has handpicked many tour itineraries to cover these highlights throughout the country.

Top Attractions

 

Attractions by City

 

General Introduction to Must-Sees

TravelChinaGuide.com always endeavors to show visitors a panoramic view of China tourism. For first-time visitors, Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi'an are sure on the top of your travel list. For in-depth travelers, the three major tourist cities also offer much to explore.

The well-know Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven depict the long and colorful history of Beijing. The waning residential Beijing Hutongs have transformed into pedestrian streets with trendy shops and bars.

Shanghai has become a worldwide metropolis in the last fifty years during last century. From the Bund along the Huangpu River, you can see the city’s rapid development, demonstrated by the great changes of the skyline on the Pudong side.

Xi'an is the shining pearl on the Yellow River along which the ancient Chinese culture originated. The astonishing Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Emperor Qin Shi Huang were excavated in this city and the famous Silk Road started here via brilliant Dunhuang to Europe thousands of years ago.

Winding through eleven provinces and cities, the Yangtze River is the longest river in China. A Yangtze River cruise from Chongqing to Yichang will be an enjoyable holiday with endless green mountains. Comparatively, the picturesque Li River in Guilin is calmer, and the beautiful West Lake in Hangzhou is well cultivated, which is appealing to nature lovers.

Various folk customs and landscapes also formed along these rivers. The cradle of the Yangtze River is on the mysterious Qinghai-Tibet Plateau where you could see the holy Potala Palace, snow-capped Mt. Everest and heavenly Namtso Lake. When the river reaches the lower Sichuan Basin, there are cute giant pandas and multicolored water of the Jiuzhai Valley waiting for you. The Yellow Mountain situated at the lower reaches of the Yangtze River was included in the UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site List in 1990.

- Last modified on Oct. 19, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on China Attractions
Asked by Pavan from INDIA | Oct. 27, 2017 13:25Reply
Feb 2018 will be spring in China with its lunar new year.
How good or bad time to tour China then? Told that in festive time are places are closed; public places are packed; hotels expensive...
But also told festive mood is worth being a part.
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Answered by Leah from SINGAPORE | Oct. 30, 2017 00:54
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The holiday of Chinses New Year is from Feb. 15 to 21. You are not advised to tour around during this period of time because most shops, restaurants and supermarkets will be closed. It won't be convenient for you to eat and sightseeing. Thus if possible, you can put forward the travel plan earlier.
Asked by Susan Grant from CANADA | Sep. 25, 2016 18:49Reply
I would like to register for the Xi'an half marathon on Nov 5' 2016 but I can't find the website
Can you find it if the run is actually going ahead and how I can participate.
I will be travelling from Canada and need to get a Visa.
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Answered by Lancelot from FRANCE | Sep. 28, 2016 20:40
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Susan, it is not allowed to put the link here. I found their number online, you can call at 029-81876067 to know the specific information.
Asked by Robert Rosales from USA | Feb. 12, 2016 23:21Reply
I only speak english, will it be problematic traveling thru Xi' an, Guilin, and Beijing??
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Answered by Patrick from USA | Feb. 13, 2016 19:00
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It is okay for you to travel in the cities. There are clear English guiding signs at airports, railway stations, metro stations, and scenic areas for your convenience. Just book hotel or hostel in advance! Have a nice trip! ;)
Asked by Inder from INDIA | Jan. 10, 2016 23:58Reply
We plan to visit in China how many days we require. Which month weather is good for coming there?
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Answered by Gloria from CANADA | Jan. 11, 2016 02:43
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It is really a big country as we know. It is hard to tell how many days are needed to tour all cities, but if you wanna have a general view in the major cities, at least 20 days are needed to see the must-sees. Moreover, it is suggested to join a tour if you are going for the first time with many destinations. Generally, late Mar. to mid May, and Sep. to early Nov. are the best timing for visiting with pleasant weather condition, warm and sunny in most cases.
Asked by A K JAIN from INDIA | Oct. 15, 2015 11:35Reply
zhangjiajie tour in december
We shall land in zhangjiajie at 2:30 pm on 25th December and have a flight booking out at 3:30 pm on 27th December. Can anyone suggest me a good itinerary so as to cover most of the good scenic spots.
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Answered by Amy from HONG KONG | Oct. 17, 2015 01:44
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It takes around 30 minutes by bus/taxi between the airport and the scenic area. So I guess you need one hour from the airport to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. The ticket is valid for three days days. I think you might visit Golden Whip Stream first. It takes 2 to 3 hours. Then you can catch the sight-seeing bus to the entrance of Wulingyuan Scenic Area and take bus no. 1 or 2 to Wulingyuan Bus Station. There you can take bus back to Zhangjiajie. The bus journey is around 45 minutes.

Next morning, you'd better get up as early as you can. Then take the bus from Central Bus Station close to the railway station or you can take a taxi to Wulingyuan Scenic Area. When you arrive, I think you'd better take Bailong Sightseeing Elevator to reach Yuanjiajie. Usually you need to queue up for taking the elevator. Then you spend around 2 hours in Yuanjiajie and use the same route to get back to Zhangjiajie.

Because your time is limited, I think you might be able to visit these two places.
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