China has so many outstanding places to visit that it is difficult to choose among them. We know that
your vacation time is both brief and valuable. Our recommendations for the
best places to visit will help you find the right place for your vacation in
China is a country that feels as if it
gives its treasures grudgingly to foreigners. In part, this is because
the country is so large and has such a long, interesting, history. You will need to research your
destinations to ensure
that you see the "face" of China that interests you. Taking
a tour is the easiest way to explore China.
China is justifiably
proud of it modern cities and economic power: however, to most travelers, "
tourist" China is intertwined with the country's history. It is little wonder
that most travel is aimed at exploring the impressive monuments, palaces, and
tombs representing China's long and important history.
A trip to China would not be
complete without a tour of Beijing. The Capital
of China and offers a number of world-class palaces, monuments, and mausoleums
for the tourist's inspection. Be sure the see the Forbidden City, the
Summer Palace, the Ming Tombs and
The Great Wall of China
Built as a defensive wall,
construction started between two and four hundred years B.C. When finished, the
Great Wall guarded approximately four thousand miles of border.
many sections of the wall have fallen into decay, there are numerous locations
where you can see the Great Wall at its best: the most commonly visited
Great Wall site is north
of Beijing in Badaling.
Visit Beijing , the official tourism website of the Beijing Tourism
Xi"An was the capital city of
China during numerous dynasties. Among its many
attractions, Xi'An is, perhaps, best known for the Museum/Tomb of
Emperor Qin and the world famous Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.
places to see include
Xi'An's Bell Tower, which was the start of the famous "Silk Road".
If you have time, see the ornate Tang Murals in the Shaanxi Museum of History.
Click for the official tourism website of the
Xi'an Tourism Administration for more details on visiting.
Shanghai is a historically
significant city that has been earmarked as the "new " Hong Kong. In
addition to numerous monuments and museums, Shanghai is a vibrant economic
center, with great shopping , good food, and a mix of things to do that
are relatively unique in China.
the west of Shanghai is the Suzhou, a city known for the Lingering Gardens,
one of the most famous gardens in China
official tourism website for Shanghai for more details on
attractions and visiting.
Hong Kong is a must see city.
It offers a spectacular setting, an upbeat mood, and an "electricity in the air"
that cannot be found anywhere else in China. Be sure to see Victoria
Peak, ride the Star Ferry, tour Nathan Road, visit Repulse Bay, discover
Stanley, and shop at the Temple Street Night Market.
Finally, be sure to read our
Hong Kong PhotoGuide for details on the best places to
visit in this vibrant city.
This locale is home to many historic, beautiful
palaces, temples and tombs. Chengdu is a pleasant stop on any China tour.
Many travelers are attracted here by Panda City, a national center for
research related to the protection of the Panda Bear.
If you are traveling by train,
note that the train station in Chengdu is a notorious den for pickpockets,
who are reputed to operate with police protection. (Always wear a
belt while traveling.)
official tourism guide for Chengdu from the Chengdu
government for more details on visiting.
The Three Gorges
Much of China's history is linked with the Yangtze River and the role it
has played in the development of the country. The area known at the Three
Gorges is comprised of magnificent valleys cut in the areas' imposing
limestone cliffs, but the once striking views have been altered as a
result of the Three Gorges Dam Power Generation Project.
Three Gorges Dam was completed in 2009 and the Chinese government claims that the area
is better for tourism than
ever, due to access to new areas that could not
be visited at the lower water level of the past.
If you are interested in visiting the Three Gorges, you will need to take
a river cruise to do so. Often, this area is best visited as part of a
whole country tour that features river cruising.
Guilin is one of the most beautiful
and exotic areas of China. The karst (eroded limestone) topography provides an
attractive and iconic landscapes. If you have time, take a Li River cruise.
Nanjing has many attractions of
significance, but most travelers visit to see the spectacular, thousand
year old Confucian Temple.
In addition, be sure to see the Linggu Temple
and The Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum. The Ming is one of the largest imperial
tombs in China.
- See the Nanjing coverage in the official tourism website for
Jiangsu Province , one of leading tourist destinations in Asia.
Since 1959, the country formerly known as Tibet has been
administered by China as the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR)
the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, sits in a beautiful mountain
valley and the city is topped by the world famous Potola Palace.
important temples and monasteries are in or near Lhasa and the city is a
beautiful place to visit.
Be sure to inspect the wares at Barkor
Street while on your way to the Jokhang Temple, regarded as the holiest of
Those interested in touring Tibet will need to work with the Chinese
government, which must grant access. A good place for tourist
information is the
official tourism website for Tibet provided by the Chinese
official tourism website for China is provided by the Chinese National
Tourism Board. The site provides additional details on places we recommend
above, as well as locations that did not make our list.
For country facts on China, and information related to visas and other travel-related
information, see this page on
China Travel from the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. State
Department. Regardless of your home country, we think you will find the
information provided to be useful when planning a trip to China.
If you need information about another travel destination, try
Destination Guide Index
or Googling ThereArePlaces.