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Best Places To Visit In China From Professional Travel Tour Guides
I’m sure at least once you have wished to travel to gorgeous China and to be part of the divine beauties and extraterrestrial nature. Traveling to China will be one of your most fascinating trips and experiences, you just have to decide what to visit during your memorable journey. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 Best Places To Visit In China.
We have contacted Chinese tour guides to give us advice that stands out in their magical land worth visiting by any foreign tourists.
It is challenging to decide what to visit in China, given its vast territory and countless natural and ancient treasures. Sure, the list may be endless, but we still stayed at these 10 most popular destinations, where everyone would enjoy their beauty and rich history.
To begin, check out this short but informative Introduction to China video from Lonely Planet. Enjoy!
Introducing China YouTube Video
The Great Wall Of China
Best Places To Visit In China #1
What makes China the most recognizable is of course, the Great Wall. But it also is one of the most magnificent sights in the world too. Everyone that will travel to China must visit the Great Wall, even only one section of it.
The Great Wall of China is also known as the “Long Wall” with a length of 21.196 km, and it is the longest wall ever built by man. There are several sections along the entire length of the Great Wall. Some of them are in ruins, and some of them are entirely restored.
If you want to visit the most popular sections, then you should consider visiting Mutianyu, Jinshanling, Jiankou, and Badaling.
The Forbidden City
Best Places To Visit In China #2
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The Forbidden City is also known as the Palace Museum. In the past, the Forbidden City served as the Imperial Palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Today, this historic site is a major attraction in the heart of Beijing.
Visitors can enter through the Meridian Gate (Wumen) and leave from the Gate of Divine Prowess (Shenwumen) or East Prosperity Gate (Donghuamen).
If you have an interest in exploring more of the Imperial Palace, you will need to spend more time in the west and east wings.
The Temple of Heaven
Best Places To Visit In China #3
While you explore Beijing, you simply must visit The Temple of Heaven. This attraction can be found in every Beijing tour package. It has been characterized as “a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design”.
The total area of Temple of Heaven Park is about 270 hectares, but the main buildings are on a south-north line about 750 meters long in the middle of the park.
The most astounding building of the Temple of Heaven is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests in the north of the park. In the south of the park lie the Imperial Vault of Heaven and Circular Mound Altar.
The Terracotta Warriors
Best Places To Visit In China #4
According to every China tour guide, Terracotta Warriors is a must-see attraction in Xi’an. It is the most significant archaeological discovery of the 20th century. Not just in China, but in the entire world. Also, it is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.
A few known facts regarding the Terracotta Warriors is that experts estimate that the entire Terracotta Army consisted of over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots and 670 horses. It is also the largest underground military museum in the world.
To explore the Qin Tomb Terracotta Warriors and Horses, you willl need half a day tour. Start with Pit 3 (the smallest one), which contains 72 warriors and horses. Pit 2 contains around 1300 warriors and horses. And the largest Pit 1, includes over 6000 figures of warriors and horses, but only 2000 are on display.
City of Giant Pandas – Chengdu
Best Places To Visit In China #5
Another city that you cannot miss on your China tour is Chengdu. Often described as the home of the Giant Pandas, Chengdu has so many attractions to offer visitors. For sure, a Must See attraction is one of the three popular Giant Panda Bases.
Chengdu Panda Base, Wolong National Nature Reserve, and Bifengxia Panda Base. If you want to get up close with the Pandas, you can apply for volunteering in Wolong National Nature Reserve.
One other very popular attraction for tourists and recommended by most China tour guides, is the Sichuan Opera.
Leshan Giant Buddha & Mt. Emei
Best Places To Visit In China #6
Very close to each other, Leshan Buddha and Mount Emei are must-see attractions in Sichuan Province, according to China tour guides. The Leshan Giant Buddha is carved out of the hillside, and it’s about 71 meters tall. The length of The Leshan Giant Buddha symbolizes wisdom and the conscious abandonment of materialism.
Mount Emei is one of the four Buddhism Mountains in China, and it is famous for its various temples and natural landscape. The mountain has a significant meaning to Chinese Buddhists.
Both Mt. Emei and Leshan Buddha are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1996.
Jiuzhaigou National Park
Best Places To Visit In China #7
Do you believe that there is a fairyland on our planet? Yes there is, and features turquoise and emerald crystal lakes, waterfalls, virgin forests snow-capped peaks. It is known as Jiuzhaigou. The Jiuzhaigou National Park and a nature reserve is located in the north of Sichuan Province in the southwestern region of China.
In Jiuzhaigou National Park among the majestic natural beauty, you will learn more about the folk customs of the Tibetan people and meet Qiang people.
The Chinese travel guides recommend to book a tour in advance, because of the demand to visit this magical country. The permissible number of tourists per day is limited to just 5000 people.
The Yellow Mountain
Best Places To Visit In China #8
Huangshan or well known as Yellow Mountain, is the most popular travel attraction in China. It is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1990.
The Yellow Mountain covers an area of 1.200 square kilometers, with a well-developed scenic area of 154 square kilometers. The entire area is classified as an AAAAA scenic area. The Yellow Mountain is famous for its stunning natural scenery composed of four wonders:
Grotesque Pines, Oddly-Shaped rocks, Sea of Clouds and Hot Springs
There are over four hundred scenic spots on Yellow Mountain, but they are divided into six main scenic areas:
Huangshan Hot Springs, North Sea, Jade Screen, Pine Valley, Cloud Valley, and White Cloud
Yuanyang Rice Terrace
Best Places To Visit In China #9
Yuanyang Rice Terraces are famous destinations for photographers and for those who want to see and be amazed by something very unique made by man. Yuanyang County is positioned in Honghe Prefecture in southeastern Yunnan Province.
From 2013, The Yuanyang Rice Terraces became the 45th world heritage site of China. For this unique beauty, we must thank the Hani people who are making the terraces for generations. The best time to visit this unusual attraction is from November to March.
The Yuanyang Rice Terraces are spread over a massive area in Yuanyang County, and you can not visit all of them, so the Chinese travel guides recommend these three:
Duoyishu Area, Bada Area, and Laohuzui Area
Lhasa – Tibet Autonomous Region of China
Best Places To Visit In China #10
To achieve pure clean energy and to experience peace and mind purification, you will have to climb 3.656 meters above sea level. In one word, you will need to visit the holiest city in the world – Lhasa.
Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region of China and also the center of the Tibetan Buddhist world for over 1000 years.
What to visit in Lhasa?
Every Chinese travel guide recommends visiting Potala Palace, which is the highest ancient palace in the world. Potala Palace has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1994. Also, visit Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, and Norbulingka.
Do not miss the opportunity to walk with pilgrims on Barkhor Street.
About the Author:
Kristie is the head of content at WindhorseTour, an adventurous Chinese travel agency. Their team and experienced Travel Guides are dedicated to helping people explore Tibet and China. Be sure to visit their website and travel blog page at Windhorse Tour Blog.
Travel Advisories For China
Below, I’ve listed two official Government websites from the United States and Canada, outlining travel advisories for China as of 2019.
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