Jan 13, 2020

10 Places to Visit in China

By Kevin Gardner | A Super Chineasian

China stretches thousands of kilometres from east to west. Diverse and vast, China is an ideal travel destination. It’s a country with the largest population in the world. People visiting China enjoy a different culture and heritage that runs back several centuries ago. Tourists get to see mysterious destinations. If you are planning a vacation with your family, friends, colleagues or alone, it’s wise to consider China as your travel destination. While you are there, make a point to visit these ten places.

The Yellow Mountains 黃山 (huáng shān)

The Yellow Mountains are located close to Hangzhou and Shanghai. Tourists can view the five wonders of the Yellow Mountains, such as seas of clouds, hot springs, twisted pine trees and sunrises. The good news is that you can easily access the Yellow Mountains with the help from a tour service.

Mountains in Huangshan National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, China. Image source: https://annemckinnell.com/2017/02/28/huangshan-yellow-mountains-china-part-1/

The Forbidden City 紫禁城 (zǐ jìn chéng)

You will notice the towering presence of an old palace complex as you land in Beijing. Beijing is the capital of China. The Forbidden City is situated at the heart of Beijing. You get to explore a 180 acre-complex that is home to the most exquisite collections and artifacts related to the history of China. Notably, the Forbidden City has among the highest visitors, and you shouldn’t miss out on the beauty that the city has to offer.

The Great Wall 長城 / 长城 (cháng chéng)

The Great Wall of China is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You cannot visit China and fail to visit the Great Wall of China because it’s a world heritage site. It’s engineering that spans thousands of miles. You can access the Great Wall from Beijing. The site dates back to the AD, and it showcases some of the oldest and non-brick sections. Whichever way you choose to experience this world heritage site, visiting China and not going to this site would be sacrilegious.

The Terracotta Army 兵馬俑 / 兵马俑 (bīng mǎ yǒng)

The Terracotta Army has been underground for over 2000 years. It was discovered by some farmers who were digging a well. The Terracotta Army was made a world cultural heritage site in 1987. The site is significant because it details models that represent the army that worn over Chinese troops during the war period. The army was also vital in the formation of a united China. You need to visit the Terracotta Army to come face-to-face with these soldiers.

The Bund 外灘 / 外滩 (wài tān)

The Bund, located in Shanghai, is a site you should not miss out when visiting China. It is a combination of history and innovation. The Bund Waterfront is among the symbolic tourist sites in China that have, for years, stood the test of time. The Bund waterfront runs across the Huangpu River. The best part about visiting the waterfront is that you can enjoy different beholding views at night and during the day.

The West Lake 西湖 (xī hú)

Temples, mountains, gardens and pagoda surround this beautiful lake in Hangzhou. The beautiful WestLake highlights the untouched and charming beauty of the untouched Southern inland China. The beautiful West Lake awaits you when you land in China.

The Giant Pandas 大熊貓 / 大熊猫 (dà xióng māo)

Locals and foreigners deeply love the Giant Pandas in equal measure. You can visit several zoos in China to see a giant panda. But, when you are in China, it’s best to visit Chengdu, the hometown of giant pandas.

Jinli Cultural Street 錦里古街 / 锦里古街 (jǐn lǐ gǔ jiē)

Chinese cuisine has a reputation across the globe for its excellence. You cannot plan a visit to China without food in mind. You will find the best dishes in Jinli Cultural Street. It’s located in Sichuan Province.

The Potala Palace 布達拉宮 / 布达拉宫 (bù dá lā gōng)

It’s a massive treasure of articles and housing materials. The Potala Palace symbolizes Tibet. It’s well-known for murals, antiques and religious jewellery.

Zhangjiajie Forest Park 張家界 / 张家界 (zhāng jiā jiè)

It is among the few tourists sites in China that baffles tourists. The site also gives geologists a difficult time explaining the origin of the peculiar pillar-like mountains. Zhangjiajie Mountains have inspired movies.

These are some of the sites that should be in your bucket list. You can make your vacation easier by consulting a tour service. There are several other interesting sites to visit in China.

By Kevin Gardner | A Super Chineasian

Kevin Gardner graduated with a BS in Computer Science and an MBA from UCLA. He works as a business consultant for InnovateBTS. As busy as he is with his career, Kevin has made his family a priority and has found creative ways to give them the time they deserve. Whenever possible, he writes about his experiences and shares them to help others.

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