Places to Visit in China

Ranking third in terms of size, there is no shortage of places to visit in China. From vibrant cities to timeless villages, there are multifarious tourist destinations in China that will steal your heart. The glamour and glitz of the cities is beautifully offset by the ancient traditions that still rule people’s lives. Big brands and mega malls thrive here, but so do the neighbourhood shops selling traditional medicines.

The Chinese culture has spread its roots deep and it is amply evident at some of the thriving tourist destinations in China. Nowhere it is more evident than at the Shaolin Monastery located in the Henan Province. This UNESCO World Heritage site is steeped in age-old traditions that have shaped its very identity. This is one of the most exciting places to visit in China.

The deserts of Mongolia, rice terraces of the south and the resorts of Macau are some of most-visited China tourist places. Here’s our list of some of the most happening places to visit in China for a memorable holiday.

Beijing is one of the most bustling China tourist places. Walk through centuries of history at the historic Forbidden City and visit the Badaling section of the Great Wall. Hunt for bargains at the Panjiayuan Antiques Market and explore contemporary art at 798 Art District. After a tiring day of sightseeing rest your weary feet at the idyllic Beihai Park. 

The former financial and trading hub of the Far East, Shanghai is one of the most interesting places to go in China. The city is a foodie’s paradise that will pamper your taste buds with flavourful culinary offerings. Take in the history at Shanghai Museum and enjoy the performances at Shanghai Circus World. Have fun at the Disneyland Park and take a ride on the Maglev, one of the fastest trains in the world. 

Separated from the mainland by the Pearl River Delta, Hong Kong is among the brightest China tourist places. Take in the views from Victoria Peak or gaze at Hong Kong’s skyline from the Star Ferry. The Temple Street Night Market is a great place to unearth some treasures. Gorge on dim sum and head to Lan Kwai Fong for a night of partying. No matter what you do in Hong Kong, you will enjoy your time here.

If the US has Las Vegas, China has Macau. The glitziest of China tourist places, Macau has some of the biggest casinos in the world. In fact, the Venetian has an entire shopping mall inside that is modelled after the city of Venice, complete with a fake painted sky that changes as per the time of the day. The historic Senado Square and ruins of the St. Paul Church are other places you can explore in Macau.

Xi An, the capital of ancient China has been a witness to China evolution for over 3,100 years. This is where China first emperor is buried surrounded by his very own terracotta army. This is one of the must-visit places in China. Other places of note here include the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Banpo Neolithic Village Museum and the Xi An City Wall that wraps around the entire city.

The proverbial pearl in China’s tourism necklace, Guilin is one of the most scenic cities of China. Framed amidst the fantastical Karst Mountains and the sinuous Li river, Guilin has the been the cultural heart of Guangxi for over a thousand years. Explore the city on a bicycle or take a relaxing river cruise to enjoy the spectacular scenery. Another recommended thing to do is to visit the beautiful Reed Flute Cave. 

Chengdu is the home of the cuddly Giant Panda that has become synonymous with China’s identity. Become a Panda keeper for a day at the Dujiyangyan Panda Base and spend some quality time with these lovable creatures. Take some time off at the Wangjianglou Park and get some shopping done at the kilometre-long Chunxi Lu street.

Also known as the City of Five Rams, Guangzhou is a thriving metropolis that is a beautiful amalgamation of the new and the old. This is one of the more offbeat destinations in China and it is relatively free from the touristy crowds. Head to the Chimelong Tourist Resort for a day of family fun and gaze upon the brilliantly-lit Canton Tower in the evening. The 600-metre-tall tower has observation decks, cafes and restaurants where you can spend a quiet evening.

Hangzhou is one of the grand old cities of China. The de-facto cultural, economic and financial capital of Zhejiang province. Known for its history and a rich heritage, Hangzhou is a city that need to be explored at leisure. The serene West Lake (Xihu), Lingyin Temple and Fei Lai Feng mountain are some of the best places to visit in the city. Shop here for locally-made Xihu silk umbrellas, colour-glazed porcelain and Longjing tea. 

Suzhou is one of the most beautiful cities of China that is interspersed with classical gardens and connected by an intricate network of canals. Visit the gorgeous Humble Administrator’s Garden and visit the gaily lit Shantang Street in the evening. Catch a performance of Suzhou Pingtan and gaze upon local art at the Suzhou Museum.

With so many places to visit, China will surprise you with its diversity. Visit SOTC website for exciting travel deals and a well-crafted China holiday.

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