China Attractions Overview

China is rich in tourist attractions. The nature has endowed it with spectacular views. The 5,000 years long history has left it with many places of interest. The 56 ethnic groups make the country's folk customs so colorful. Due to all of these, plus unique music, drama and world-known delicacy, China attracts large crowds of tourists from home and abroad every year. China's tourist resources can be primarily divided into three parts: natural landscape, manmade attractions and folk customs.


Natural Landscape

The vast areas of the land and long coastline have blessed the country with magnificent and colorful landscapes. Here, you can see gorgeous canyons, as well as steep mountains; evergreen tropical rain forest, as well as snow-covered mountain ranges; desolate deserts, as well as crystal lakes. The major natural landscape types in the world can be found in this beautiful land. To appreciate the wild beauty, you can go to Qinghai-Tibet Plateau where wild lives will show you the toughness of life. To appreciate the majestic beauty, go to Himalaya Mountains, which will tell you what is the limit of height. To appreciate the elegant beauty, please visit the winding rivers and tender water towns in southern China.

Yangtze River of China
Xiling Gorge, Yangtze River
Kanas Lake, Xinjiang
Kanas Lake Inlaid in Forest, Xinjiang

Manmade Attractions

The long Chinese history and splendid culture have left countless sites of historic interest. The industrious Chinese ancient laboring people had created innumerable world wonders such as Great Wall, Terra Cotta Warriors and Forbidden City, accompanied by the circulation of many stories and allusions. To understand the splendid Chinese culture, you are suggested visiting places of historical interest. Generally speaking, the historic relics in China can be classified into three groups: holy place of religious culture, rock paintings and grottos, and famous historical and cultural cities. To see the holy place of religious culture, you will get to know how the three main world's religion as well as Chinese native Taoism developed in the country. The rock paintings and grottos are the gem and the symbol of Chinese ancient art treasure. China has over 100 historical and cultural cities, many of which have a history of over 1,000 years. Strolling in these cities, you will feel time slowly flowing backwards, and this is perhaps the best way to understand their glorious culture and history.

Great Wall of China
Great Wall
Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Xi'an
Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Xi'an

Folk Customs

China is a big family of 56 ethnic groups, each of whom differs in traditional culture and life styles. For example, Dai People, mainly living in Xishuangbanna of Yunnan, hold Water-Splashing Festival each year. On this day, people will chase and splash water on each other as they think water is the symbol of luck and happiness. Nadam Fair is Mongolian's annual pageant which is held between July and August. On this important festival, sport activities such as horseracing, wrestling, tug-of-war and ball games are held, attracting many local people to take part in and visitors to watch. Participate in these colorful activities, and you will learn more about the country's diversified culture.
Miao Girls
Miao Girls
Young Girls of Bai Nationality
Young Girls of Bai Nationality

At present, China has formed a tourism market with a comparatively large scale, great potential and fast growth. China, thanks to its unique charm, attracts more and more visitors to come and explore its beauty and mystery.

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- Last updated on May. 31, 2023 by Catherine He -
Questions & Answers on China Attractions Overview
Asked by donna anderson from USA | Feb. 12, 2018 19:52Reply
What's the best city in China to teach English for one year
I was offered a position to teach English in China for one year. Originally, having lived in the United States major metropolises, I thought Shanghai would be the most compatible. However, many people say that Shenzhen may be a little more livable and easier to manage.

I have traveled in Asia before and understand the communication difficulties. Any suggestions, I currently live in Miami and although I am in my forties, I appear and enjoy activities that most younger people participate in.

Looking forward to responses.
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Answered by Alexandra from POLAND | Feb. 13, 2018 19:24

Well, I prefer to go to Shanghai for one year. Generally speaking, you won't have the communication difficulties with the young people in this city. This big modernized city will bring you a feeling of comfort. :)
Asked by Priya from INDIA | Apr. 06, 2015 01:16Reply
where all to visit from chengdu
Hi, My husband would be travelling to Chengdu from Delhi (India) to attend a conference. We wish to join him on the last day and are keen to tour China. Would appreciate if you could suggest an itenary for about 7days.
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Answered by Kina from CANADA | Apr. 06, 2015 20:12

Do you have any target cities? If not, here is my suggestion:
Day 1-2: Chengdu downtown and the surroundings: Tianfu Square, Chunxi Road; Jinli Street; Kuanzhai Lane; Bronze Goat Taoist Temple; Wu Hou Shrine are good destinations. The Panda Breeding and Research Center should not be missed.
Day 3: Qingcheng Mountain
Day 4-6: Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area and Huanglong Park
Day 7: shopping in downtown Chengdu
Asked by salmi from SINGAPORE | Mar. 31, 2015 18:45Reply
Visit Beijing,Shanghai, Xi'an & Shenzhen, how many days I should spend?
In sequence, please advise places should come first. Planning this coming December holiday.
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Answered by Sally from IRAQ | Apr. 03, 2015 21:21

Salmi, I think you may spend 2 days in Shenzhen, 3 days in Shanghai and Bejing separately and then 2 days in Xi'an. So you just have 10 days in total. Your first stop could be Shenzhen. There are direct flights. Then you can fly or take a train to Shanghai and then Beijing. After visiting Beijing, you can go to Xi'an and then you can fly back to Singapore from Xi'an.
Asked by kriti from INDIA | Jan. 31, 2015 11:16Reply
Places to visit near Hongzou
Iam visiting some family frnds in april first week. Please recommend some good places where I can travel alone near hongzou and get a direct flight back to India. Iam open to spend 4 days more.
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Answered by Kevin from HONDURAS | Jan. 31, 2015 21:54

Hriti, do you mean Hangzhou? If so, you may take high speed trains to visit Shanghai or Suzhou. You may spend a day in Suzhou to visit some classical gardens. They are indeed worth a visit. Then you may stay in Shanghai for two days. On the first day, you may visit Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Nanjing Street and then take a cruise on the Huangpu River. Next day, you go to Oriental Pearl TV Tower or World Financial Center to have a bird's view of the whole city. Afterwords, you may visit Tianzifang or Xintiandi to see old Shanghai. If you are interested in history, you may visit Shanghai Museum too.
Answered by kriti from INDIA | Feb. 01, 2015 23:20

Thanks kevin, This is really helpful. I will contact a local tour agent to book the trains and an accommodation in shanghai... Do you suggest That I should spend more and take a flight to hong kong too.. I am not keen in Disney land.. I have been to Disney land in USA.

If yes .. what is local airline website to book flights from Hangzhou to hongkong
Answered by Mina from C | Feb. 02, 2015 01:57

Yes, direct flight is the most efficient way to HK. You can directly book the air ticket through the website you are visiting . Here is their contact for your reference:
Asked by Trevor from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 04, 2014 22:13Reply
Currency required for daily spend. Australians doing 14 days in Mainland China.
How much cash should I bring? And what currency?
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Answered by Ted from IRAN | Feb. 11, 2014 20:01

It depends on where you are going. If you go to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and other big cities, I think 400-500 RMB is enough per day, including your meals, transport fee and scenic spot entrance fees. If you go to some small places, I think 200-300 RMB per day is ok.

According to Chinese customs, foreigners who bring less than 5000 USD can enter PRC without declaration. If you bring more, then you should declare to the customs.

Personally, I don't think it's a good idea to bring much cash with you. It's unsafe. You can bring a few hundred dollars and exchange it into RMB when you arrive at airport. If you need more money, you can withdraw from the ATMs. Although it asks you for the commission charge, it's the safest way to use money.

PS: If you really need to bring a lot of money, I think you can bring a traveller's cheque. When you come to PRC, you can go to banks and withdraw all your money.
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