China is a huge country that is filled with lots of history and culture. However, as soon as you land in China, you will be able to see that life in the city or in the country are completely different. After all, you’ll be seeing a competition between the new ultra-modern state of cities against China’s ancient customs.
So, here are the 15 that you just can’t miss in China as a tourist:
#1: The Forbidden City and the Imperial Palace, Beijing
Located in the heart of Beijing, The Forbidden City and the Imperial Palace are China’s most important and largest buildings.
One of the things that you need to know is that it will take you a lot of hours to see everything. So, in case you don’t have a lot of time, you should at least visit the Palace Museum, the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the five white marble Golden River Bridges, and the exquisite emperor’s banquet hall (the Hall of Preserving Harmony).
#2: The Classical Gardens of Suzhou
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou are considered one of the world’s most important historic gardens. These gardens were established in the 11th century. They include many attractive buildings, a pool, a grove of peach trees, and a man-made hill.
#3: The Great Wall of China
Again, this is another historical monument that everyone needs to visit in China. Stretching more than 6,000 km, the best preserved sections that you should visit include Gansu, Ningxia, and Inner Mongolia.
#4: Leshan Giant Buddha
The Leshan Giant Buddha is 71 meters tall and it attracts a lot of tourists. Started in AD 713 by a Buddhist monk and completed 90 years later, the Leshan Giant Buddha is the largest sculptured Buddha in the world. If you’re going to be near for some time, it is worth to check the surroundings as well.
#5: The Yangtze River and the Three Gorges
The Yangtze River extends more than 6,000 km and it’s not only the most important as it is also the longest river in China. In fact, it is the third biggest river in the world right after the Amazon and the Nile.
While you can see the river in many different parts of China, the one that attracts more tourists is the Three Gorges — Qutang, Wu, and Xiling — a 200-kilometer stretch between the towns of Fengjie and Yichang.
#6: The Mausoleum of Light: The Northern Imperial Tomb
Located in the old city of Shenyang, you will find The Mausoleum of Light. Another historic site in China, The Mausoleum of Light is buried in a more than 180,000 square meters location.
While some of the statues are a bit deteriorated with the passing of time, there are others that you can see clearly since they were re-assembled.
#8: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
When you are visiting China, you just can’t leave without paying a visit to a panda. And the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is the closest approximation pandas have to their natural habitat. You will be able to see 80 pandas in their daily activities.
#9: Hangzhou’s Historic West Lake
In this area, you will see a fantastic area to explore on foot. After all, you will be in the heart of the old city that is surrounded by temples, pagodas, and hills.
#10: Cruising the Li River
The best way to take advantage of the beautiful town of Guilin is by taking a cruise along the Li River.
While there are numerous cruises, one of the best ones is the one that allows you to see the Elephant Trunk Hill, the Mount of Unique Beauty, and the Reed Flute Cave.
#11: Shanghai’s Promenade: The Bund
Right in Shangai, you will be able to enjoy an amazing act of smart city planning and preservation. The Bund is famous because it still preserves 52 English and French influenced buildings. Some of them are now art galleries, stores, cafés, and restaurants.
#12: The Hong Kong Skyline
Hong Kong has always been famous for its dramatic city skylines. So, while you’re in China, you should certainly take a closer look at it.
#13: The Summer Palace
Located just 15 km away from Beijing, you will find the Summer Palace. Built within 700 acres of parkland, you should visit magnificent Hall of Well-being and Longevity (Renshou Dian) with its throne and the beautiful Great Theatre.
#14: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is absolutely amazing. While this place doesn’t attract a lot of tourists, you can be sure that it deserves your visit. Filled with natural wonders, you should take advantage of some of the man-made attractions.
#15: The Potala Palace, Tibet
Located in Tibet, the Potala Palace was built to serve as a fortress and residence for Dalai Lama. There are actually two Potala Palaces – the red one and the white one.