China Must SeeTravel Destinations
Eagerly assuming its place among the world's top travel destinations, even more so since Beijing took centre stage at the 2008 Olympics, China is an epic adventure. From the wide open and empty panoramas of Tibet to the push and shove of Shanghai, from the volcanic dishes of Sìchuan to beer by the bag in seaside Qingdao, a journey through this colossus of a country is a mesmerising encounter with the most populous and perhaps most culturally idiosyncratic nation on earth.
The sheer diversity of China's terrain takes you from noisy cities fizzing with energy to isolated mountain-top Ming-Dynasty villages where you can hear a pin drop. Pudong's ambitious skyline is a triumphant statement, but it couldn't be further from the worldly renunciation acted out in Tibet's distant monasteries.
Curator of the world's oldest continuous civilisation, China will have you bumping into history at every turn. But it's not just a museum of imperial relics: the frisson of development that has left China's coastline glittering with some of the world's most up-to-the-minute cities propels the land on with a forward-thinking dynamism.
And it's the people – unavoidable in their immense numbers – who provide the ceaseless drama and entertainment. Loud, garrulous and quick thinking, you'll see the Chinese squeezing onto dangerous-looking buses, walking in pyjamas around Shànghǎi or inviting each other to sit down to some of the most varied cuisine in the world. Animated by a palpable sense of pride, the Chinese are revelling in their country's ascendency. Everyone is talking about China, so why not find out what all the fuss is about?
The Most Popular Destinations in China
Beijing, Shanghai and Xian are very famous Chinese cities in the world. Beijing, the capital of China, is the center of the country's political, economic, cultural and educational center; Shanghai is a well-developed metropolis with prosperous economy; Xian, the ancient capital of 13 dynasties, possesses abundant historical heritage.
Besides, you may go to visit Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Guilin, Lijiang, Jiuzhaigou, Sanya, Tibet or Xinjiang. Shenzhen and Guangzhou are well-known coastal cities with fast economic development; Hangzhou and Suzhou boast beautiful water towns, lakes and gardens as well as favorable climate; Guilin, Lijiang and Jiuzhaigou are famed for unique natural scenery, and characteristic ethnic minorities' culture; Sanya in Hainan Province makes you enjoy the charming tropical scenery; Tibet has mysterious religious beliefs, vast grasslands and highest mountains; and Xinjiang attracts tourists by its various ethnic minorities and numerous historical relics along the Silk Road.
There are many mountains on the land of China. The most notable ones are the world's highest Mt. Everest and the five sacred mountains, namely the Mt. Taishan in Shandong, Mt. Huashan in Shaanxi, Mt. Songshan in Henan, Mt. Hengshan in Hunan and Mt. Hengshan in Shanxi. Additionally, the Mt. Huangshan in Anhui and the Mt. Lushan in Jiangxi are well worth a visit.
The Yangtze River is the first longest river in China. A Yangtze River cruise is a memorable experience. You can get on the ship at Chaotianmen Port of Chongqing to start the downstream cruise from Chongqing to Yichang, Wuhan or Shanghai, or you can choose to go upstream. What's more, in Guangzhou, you can join the Pearl River night cruise; in Guilin, you are suggested to have a Li River cruise. The on-board vacation is interesting and relaxing.
Great Wall Trekking
Great Wall of China is amazing. Its remains can be found in Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Hebei, Beijing, Tianjin, and Liaoning. If you want to have a Great Wall hiking tour, Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei are highly recommended. Especially, the Badaling Great Wall in Beijing, the Huangyaguan Great Wall in Tianjin and the Shanhaiguan Pass in Qinhuangdao (in Hebei) are must-sees. Additionally, the Jiayuguan Great Wall in Gansu is a good choice.
Silk Road Adventure
If you take a great interest in the history of the Silk Road, why not have a Silk Road adventure? Xian will be your first stop as it once was the beginning of the Silk Road in the history. Set off towards Gansu and then Xinjiang. During this trip, you can find many historical sites, such as the ruins of ancient kingdoms, museums, architectures and tombs. Also you can hear lots of interesting stories like the decline of Loulan Ancient Kingdom and the construction of Bajiao Ancient City.
Ancient Towns Visiting
There are many ancient towns in China. Mostly, the ancient towns have well-preserved ancient buildings and also keep a traditional life style. The notable ancient towns include Fenghuang (in Hunan), Songpan (in Sichuan), Pingyao (in Shanxi) and Lijiang (in Yunnan).
Other Featured Tours
If you want a featured tours, you may go on a visit to Guizhou and Yunnan, which are inhabited by many ethnic minorities. In Guizhou, you can visit Guiyang, Kaili, Tongren and Bijie. In Yunnan, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La and Xishuangbanna are must-see destinations.
Another kind of featured tours is coastal cities tours. You can go to Qingdao, Yantai, Weihai, Dalian, Qinhuangdao and Xiamen.
Top Travel Destinations
Whatever impression you image with, Beijing is a visual window on Chinese civilization with a glut of sights like Great Wall, the Forbidden City and Beijing Attractions on Beijing Tours.
Important sites in Beijing:
Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, the Great Wall, Ming Tomb, Tiananmen Square, Hutong, Lama Temple, Beihai Park, Beijing Capital Museum, Yashow Market etc.
Xian has seen the rise and fall of numerous Chinese dynasties. The archaeological sites, wonders and more Xian Attractions are offered on Xian Tour Packages.
Important sites in Xian:
Terra-cotta Army, Banpo Museum,Shaanxi Provincial Museum, Xian Great Mosque, Huaqing Hotspring, City Wall, Big Goose Pagoda, Forest of Stone Steles Museum etc.
Shanghai, Paris of the East is always leading the fashion and mainstream of comprehensive modernity. Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Shanghai Highlights on Shanghai Travel Tours.
Important sites in Shanghai:
Shanghai Bund, Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Xin Tian Di, Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Huangpu River etc.
Guilin has always been famous for its Karst scenery, which was eulogized in innumerable literary works, paintings, inscriptions of pictursque landscape of Li River and mountains, from more Guilin Attractions and Guilin Tours.
Important sites in Guilin:
The Li River, The Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Guilin Folded Brocade Hil, Fubo Hill, Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill, Solitary Beauty Hill, Longji Terraced Field in Longsheng, Fengyu Cave in Lipu County Guiline etc
Lijiang, with its spectacular mountain backdrops, is base of Naxi minority's villages, distinctive folkway, music, complete old architecture groups. More Lijiang Attractions fantasize your Yunnan Lijiang Tour Packages.
Important places and sites in Lijiang Yunnan:
Ancient Town Lijiang, Yulong Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge, etc.
Mt.Huangshan, also called Yellow Mountain, is a fairyland with imposing peaks, spectacular rocks, odd-shaped pines, and a sea of clouds. Fascinating Huangshan Wonders are found on Huangshan Tour Packages.
Important sites in Huangshan:
Suzhou, with an incredibly beautiful tapestry of watertown colors and ancient gardens, is called a land of 'fish'and 'rice'. Enjoy Suzhou Sites from highlighted Suzhou Tours.
Important sites in Suzhou:
Marco Polo described Hangzhou as the most nicely splendid city in the world. As part of 'Jiangnan'(South of River), Hangzhou, where West Lake is a pearl under heaven, has picturesque water towns.... >> More
Important sites in Hangzhou:
Kunming, called 'Spring City' for its pleasant climate in China, is the Capital of Yunnan province. Dian Lake and more Kunming Highlights must be viewed on Yunnan Kunming Tours.
Important sites in Kunming:
Dali, once the capital of ancient Kingdom, is gifted with imposing mountain range and lake sights behind it. View more Dali Attractions on Yunnan Travel Tours.
Important sites in Dali:
Sichuan is one of the most magnificent provinces in China. Its unique ancient human landscape, archaeological sites, unique living culture, mahjong and teahouse, home of giant panda and something beautiful that beyond your expectation. From time immemorial it has been "the land of abundance". Enjoy everything from Sichuan Chengdu Tours.
Important sites in Sichuan:
When Buddhism reached Tibet, Potala Palace and Lama temples in Lhasa marked a sacred place for religion. Religious rituals of Buddhism bring a mysterious veil for this area of plateau. Tibet, with Lhasa Potala Palace as an icon, is one of the most extraordinary tour destinations in China. The hallowed snow-white khatag, Buddhist devotees, religious sites, temples, monasteries and palaces wil lend a dreamlike vision on highlighted Tibet Travel Tours.
Important places and sites in Lhasa Tibet:
Potala Palace, Nobulingka, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Ganden Monastery and Jokhang Temple, Shigatse etc.
The Yangtze River or the Changjiang River is the longest river in China, and ranks the third of its kind in length in the world. As one of the main arteries of traffic in China, the Yangtze River, the same as the Yellow River, is a cradle of Chinese people and their civilization. Today, its cruise has become the hottest program in the planet. A list of grand views such as Three Gorges, Gezhou Dam, the White Emperor Temple, Three Gorges Dam, Shennong Stream, Precious Stone Fortress, Fengdu Ghost Town are offered on Yangtze River Cruise.
Important places and sites along Yangtze River:
Chongqing City, Fengdu, Baoshizha, Wanxian, Shennong Streem, Lesser Three Gorges, Three Gorges, Three Gorges Dam and Yichang City, Wuhan City etc.
Silk Road, also known as Silk Routes, extended from Southern Europe through Arabia, Somalia, Egypt, Persia, India and Java until it reaches China. The Silk Road is an extensive interconnected network of trade routes across the Asian continent connecting East, South, and Western Asia with the Mediterranean world, including North Africa and Europe.... Just
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Important places and sites along the Silk Road in China:
Lanzhou, Wuwei, Zhangye, Jiayuguan Pass, Dunhuang, Hami, Turpan, Urumqi, Loulan, Korla, Kuqa (Kucha), Aksu, Kashgar (Kashi), Hotan etc.
Located in deep south of Yunnan, nests to the Laotian border. The great attractions of this area are Olive Dam, Ethnic Culture Park, Wild Elephant Valley, Jingzhen Octagonal Pavalion , Old Town of Yiwu, Single-Tree Forest, Tropical Plant Research Institute, Manfeilong Buddhist Pagoda. The minority Dai people and their mysterious tribe villages, fantastic dance and the Water-splashing Festival offer a new happiness of folk experience with highlighted Yunnan Xishuangbanna tours.
80 km southwards to Guilin, remains this tiny country town, set right in the midst of the limestone pinnacles, and from here you can get right out into the small villages in the countryside and explore a sight of the West Street, The Moon Hill , Big Banyan Tree, Yulong River, Butterfly Springs, Xingping Town, Fuli Old Town, Xanadu, Silver Rock. Travel Facts tell that Yangshuo scenery makes giving Guilin a complete miss no hardship at all. More Guilin Yangshuo Tours.
More lists of top 10 must see attractions and destinations in China
1. If you are intereted in more adventurous tours, The 10 top destinations below you must not miss.
The list below is done by David Harris, a client from the United States:
1) Lop Nor Silk Road
2) Ancient City of Loulan
3) Lugu Lake
4) Mount Chogori
5) Kekexili Nature Reserve
6) Great Canyon of Yalu Zangpu
7) Gaoli Gong Moutain & Nu River
8) Yangze River Three Gorges
9) Across Sea Lane
10) Mother Rivers Adventure
2. A top 10 list from John Nunemaker, a client from the internet:
1) Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan in Hunan Province
2) Lijiang, Dali and Zhongdian in Yunnan
3) Huangguo Waterfall in Guizhou
4) The Great Wall
5) Terra-cotta Army in Xian
6) Huyang Tree living in the Southern Xinjiang Province. This kind of tree is said to exist in the world for three thousand years: alive for 1000 years;; dead for 1000 years; not rotten for another 1000 years!
7) Mt. Everest in Tibet
8) Yangtze River Cruising
9) Huangshan Mountain ( Yellow mountain )
10) Jiuzhaigou ( nine Tibetan village valley ) in Aba Sichuan
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