TOP 20 RATED TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN CHINA
The first factor that affects the transformation of China into a center of attraction for tourism is the vastness of the territory, about twenty times that of Germany, which makes it possible to treasure a great landscape and climatic diversity. Another element that invites to Discover China Tourism is that of having lived closed in itself during centuries, when it was the most refined and inventive civilization of the planet, leaving a rich cultural and historical heritage.
01. The Great Wall of China in Beijing (北京的中国长城)
One of China's famous landmarks, The Great Wall is the world's longest wall, an amazing feat in ancient protective design. In some great scenery, its winding path over rough countryside and steep mountains takes up. It merits its place among China's "New Seven World Wonders" and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.The wall extends from the western frontier of China to the east coast, measuring about 5,000 km (3,100 miles), however near Beijing are the most interconnected and best-preserved parts. So this is normally what people mean when they mention China's Great Wall.
02. The Terracotta Army in Xi'an - China (西安的兵马俑-中国).
The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in the years 210–209 BCE to protect the emperor in his afterlife.
It was during the 1970s while digging wells at the edge of Xi'an that farmers came upon what was to be the most significant archeological discovery in China: the Terracotta Army. Distributed over three large underground pits, and built to guard the tomb of the First Emperor were over 8,000 life-size warriors, some 520 horses, and over 100 chariots, along with numerous other non-military characters from around 280 BC. Although some have been severely damaged owing to the passage of time, many of the uncovered sculptures have been reassembled painstakingly and serve as a testimony to the significance given to the emperor and the afterlife.
The location — part of the Mausoleum Location Park of Emperor Qin Shi Huang — is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China, and provides the unforgettable experience of standing in front of this group of soldiers and horses as if observing a centuries-old parade.
03. The Forbidden City - Beijing. (故宫-北京)
Forbidden City, Chinese (Pinyin) Zijincheng or (Wade-Giles Romanisation) Tzu-chin-ch'eng, royal palace complex in the center of Beijing (Peking), China. Commissioned in 1406 by the Yongle emperor of the Ming dynasty, it was first officially occupied by the court in 1420. It was so named, because most of the realm's subjects were barred from accessing the area. It allowed only limited access to government officials and even the imperial family; the emperor alone could enter any section at will.In 1987, the 178-acre (72-hectare) complex was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in appreciation of its significance for five centuries as the core of Chinese influence, as well as its unprecedented architecture and its current role as the Palace Museum of Dynastic Art and History.
04. The Li River in Guilin (桂林漓江)
The most beautiful of all is the 83-kilometer-long Li River section between Guilin and Yangshuo. The landscape of the river is adorned with stunning hills, steep cliffs and farming villages, and is lined with bamboo groves.The Li River has been listed by America's National Geographic Magazine as one of the "World's Top Ten Watery Wonders." Several world-famous figures have visited the Li River including former US presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush (senior) and Bill Gates.
The karst countryside along the Li River has captured artists ' hearts. Generations of Chinese painters and writers, utilizing their pens and brushes to depict the spectacular natural scenery, were influenced by the beauty of nature there. Nowadays it is a popular destination in photography. As Chinese tourists search for a spot for natural beauty, they talk of Li River and Yangshuo first.
05. Giant Pandas in Chengdu — (China’s National Treasure)(成都的大熊猫-（中国的国宝）)
In addition to being a Chinese national treasure, the giant pandas are also loved by people around the world. We are only present in the provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu. There are fewer than 2,000 in total, 70 per cent of which are distributed within the Sichuan Province territory. So when tourists from home and abroad come to Chengdu, Sichuan, one of their main aims will be to see this beautiful animal for themselves.
There are three sites where pandas can be seen in close proximity: Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center, Dujiangyan Panda Valley and Bifengxia Panda Station. Chengdu Panda Center is, and is more established, in the north of the city. Bifengxia Panda Base is 2 hours from Chengdu, has more pandas and in their natural habitat you can see pandas more. By taking a volunteer program in Bifengxia or Dujiangyan Panda Valley, a hour outside of Chengdu, you can get even closer to the pandas.
Everyone loves that giant panda! The cute, furry mammal with its black-white coat is one of the most beautiful animals in the world.
06. The Yellow Mountains near Shanghai (上海附近的黄山)
The Yellow Mountains are China's most famous peaks, and one of the three best national parks in China— the other two being the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and Jiuzhaigou National Forest Park. Yellow Mountain National Park is easy to reach relative to the other two national parks, though therefore more common and busier.
The Yellow Mountains are not so-called because the mountains are yellow, but because after the legendary Yellow Emperor (Huang Di) in 747 AD the area was renamed. Huangshan continued its climb to prominence after that. Several Buddhist temples were founded there and, because of its scenic quality, it has become a major tourist attraction, more recently. The Yellow Mountains is said to be the place where the Chinese mythical ancestor Yellow Emperor lived, refined precious medicines and became a supernatural being.
07. The Potala Palace in Tibet (西藏布达拉宫)
The Potala Palace, the Dalai Lama's winter palace since the 7th century, symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in conventional Tibetan government. The complex, with its ancillary buildings including the White and Red Palaces, is located on Red Mountain in the middle of Lhasa City, at an altitude of 3,700 m. The Jokhang Temple Monastery was also built in the 7th century, and is an outstanding religious complex of Buddhists. Norbulingka, the former summer palace of the Dalai Lama which was built in the 18th century, is a masterpiece of Tibetan art.The elegance and originality of these three sites ' designs, their lavish ornamentation and harmonious blending into a stunning landscape contribute to their historical and religious significance.The palace is widely known for the inside housed precious sculptures, murals, scriptures, Buddhist statues, antiques and religious jewelry.
08. Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong (香港维多利亚港)
You weren't in Hong Kong, if you weren't in Victoria Harbour! The harbor is Hong Kong's Top One tourist attraction. You will catch spectacular views of Hong Kong's skyline when taking a stroll along the Victoria Harbour promenade. You will appreciate iconic buildings such as Bank of China, HSBC House, Convention Center and IFC Two Tower. Victoria Harbor has many opportunities to let you enjoy.
Originally called Victoria Harbour "Hong Kong Port" When Great Britain conquered China in the First and Second Opium War, Hong Kong became a British colony, and named after the English Queen Victoria Harbour. The special geographical and strategic position of Victoria Harbour has played an important role in the history and future growth of Hong Kong. Located between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula, Victoria Harbor provided shelter and sufficient depth for large trading vessels, containerships and cruise ships, and became one of the world's busiest ports. Relax after a busy day of shopping or sightseeing, sit down to enjoy the view and take your time.
09. West Lake in Hangzhou — Paradise on Earth (杭州西湖—人间天堂)
West Lake is a freshwater lake in the west of historic center of Hangzhou. Surrounded on three sides by mountains, and separated into five areas by Gu Shan, Bai, Su and Yanggong Causeways, the lake is a popular destination for both domestic and foreign visitors. The Chinese believe that the West Lake was literally a pearl that fell from the heavens to create an earthly paradise. The magnificent West Lake was created, according to traditional traditions, out of the combined efforts of the Flying Dragon and the Dancing Phoenix, two of China's most famous mythical creatures.
West Lake is a spot of tranquility where on the northeast horizon urbanity becomes a shadow and on the other three sides it is framed by mountains near and far away. Because of its beautifully crafted architecture, the rare pagoda and Chinese-style arched bridge bring charm to the tree-lined walkways, lush islands and hills. Hangzhou is known as China's "paradise on earth" West Lake was built for leisure after the Chinese passion for garden-style parks.
10. The Classical Gardens of Suzhou (苏州古典园林)
Classical Chinese garden architecture is nowhere better shown than in the nine gardens in the historic city of Suzhou, which aims to replicate natural landscapes in miniature. They're generally recognized as genre masterpieces. Dating from the 11th-19th century, the gardens represent in their careful architecture the profound spiritual importance of natural beauty in Chinese culture.
Tracing back to the 11th century, gardens in Suzhou represent a strong emphasis on natural beauty. We excel in recreating natural scenery in miniature with careful architecture. Aside from the "Mountain and Sea" landscape, the fascinating history and culture of Chinese people are also inlaid in the parks. Even the trees, grasses, bricks and stones in Suzhou's classical gardens reveal the joy, sadness, and sorrow of the long history. As such remarkable, Suzhou's Classical Gardens are generally recognized as the great masterpieces in the gardening history of the world and nine of them are listed in the World Cultural Heritage.
11.Guangdong: Fortress Towers, Kaiping (广东：开平炮台)
The fortress towers at Kaiping were designed mostly in the early 20th century by famed outbound Kaipingers, who brought home the many architectural styles they encountered overseas, including Muslim, Roman and even ancient Greek. The towers were designed as a wealth show, and as a realistic way to protect the villagers from war and robbery. Around 1,800 fortress towers are still standing in the large rice fields of Kaiping.
Kaiping sits 130 km southwest of Guangzhou, Guangdong's provincial capital. There are regular bus transfers between the Kaiping Bus Terminal and numerous Guangzhou long-distance bus terminals. There are similar ferry and bus services between Kaiping and Hong Kong.
12. Shanghai's Promenade: The Bund (上海的长廊：外滩)
The design reflects a mix of themes from Gothic and Renaissance styles— including a range of Art Deco buildings — includes highlights such as the old harbor customs office with its bell tower and the magnificent Peace Hotel. View the 468 m Oriental Pearl Tower on the opposite bank of the Huangpu Jiang River for the best views of the Bund. If time permits, make sure to visit the Yu Garden too. This must-see garden, affectionately known as the "Garden of Bliss," can trace its roots back to 1559 when it was built out (many of the initial buildings remain to this day).
In Shanghai's magnificent riverside promenade, the Zhongshan Lu, maybe better known as the Bund (Wàitan), one can see a spectacular act of smart city design and restoration. When you move along the Huangpu Jiang River in this big pedestrian zone, you'll almost overlook that you're a bang-smack in the middle of China's largest city (the population of Shanghai is over 24 million). Famous for its European look, a reality attributable to the history of the district as the site of the International Settlement of the region, the Bund is famous for its 52 preserved English and French-influenced houses, many now restaurants, cafes, stores, and art galleries.
13.Leshan Giant Buddha (乐山大佛)
The Leshan Giant Buddha is a statue of Maitreya (a Bodhisattva normally depicted as a very muscular monk with a large smile on his face and visible to his bare breast and paunch) in a sitting position. The Buddha is situated at the confluence of three rivers, namely Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River, east of Leshan District, Sichuan Province; The monument makes itself that city's most acclaimed scenic location. In December 1996, the Buddha's location was put on the list of World Heritage sites by UNESCO. Started in the year 713 in the Tang Dynasty, and finished in the year 803, the structure took people about 90 years to design.As the biggest carved stone Buddha in the world, the Giant Buddha is featured in poetry, song and story.
The Leshan Giant Buddha statue lies not far from the city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province, China. The monumental figure, installed on the edge of Mt. Lingyun, is over 1,300 years old and is believed to be the world's largest stone Buddha, and by far the biggest pre-modern statue. Every year, the place draws millions of people, mostly Buddhist monks, rendering it a holy destination
14. The Mausoleum of Light: The Northern Imperial Tomb.(光明陵：北方帝国陵墓)
The old city of Shenyang, an important center for commerce and culture and home to the Mausoleum of Light (Zhaoling), also known as the Northern Imperial Tomb, is in the mountainous northeastern region of China. One of the most important historic sites in northeastern China— it is included in the list of Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties on the UNESCO World Heritage Site— the tomb is noted for its unique architectural style: a combination of traditionally arranged Chinese burial sites and early Qing-era castle-like buildings. Emperor Huang Taiji, who reigned from 1626-35, was buried here in a large site spanning more than 180,000 square meters which it took eight years to complete.The site is noteworthy for its "Path of Souls," a laneway lined with stone columns and the Emperor's favorite horses sculptures.
15.Guizhou: Huangguoshu Waterfall (贵州：黄果树瀑布)
A milky way in size, the Huangguoshu Waterfall is Asia's highest waterfall. Seventy-four meters (243 feet) tall, and eighty-one meters (266 feet) long, Anshun is a scenic wonder. If you're in Guizhou Province don't forget it. Identified as the Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park, it is situated in Guizhou province, 45 kilometers (28 miles) southwest of Anshun city. The attractions of the Huangguoshu Waterfall are a popular tourist calling card along with small waterfalls. The human touch is provided by hospitable ethic groups. In this waterfall national park there are mainly three National Parks: Waterfalls Cluster, Water-Curtain Cave, and Rhinoceros Pool (Xi Niu Tan).
It's one of a couple of giant waterfalls in the world that can be seen from nearly any perspective— from the tip, the edge, the front, back, left or right. The best season for tourists is June through August, when the water hits a peak flow of 700 cubic meters per second. Huangguoshu Airport is the nearest traffic point to Huangguoshu Waterfall. The gap is about six kilometres. Significant direct-flight towns linked to Huangguoshu include Beijing and Guangzhou.
16. Shaanxi: Xi'an City Wall (陕西西安城墙)
Established in 1982, Xi'an City Wall Park surrounds the 13.7-kilometer (about8.5-mile long) City Wall of the Ming Dynasty. It was designed for the benefit of the public and consists of three parts: the ancient city wall, moat, and belt woodland. It is a unique feature of the region and it has an inimitable style and characteristics. It fulfills the functions of leisure, health production, sightseeing, environmental protection and the preservation of cultural heritage. The park was founded with famous support. There is no question that the park construction has made the town more distinctive. Today, wandering around comfortably or for fun is one of the most important places for locals.
The modern Xian Ancient City Wall was built between 1,370 and 1,378 AD on the order of Ming Dynasty's first emperor–Zhu Yuanzhang (almost). Zhu Yuanzhang took advice from a recluse well before the foundation of the Ming Dynasty: build high walls, store abundant food resources and take time to claim the throne. He began building city walls all over the world after he unified the country and founded the Ming Dynasty. At this period Xian Ancient City Wall was built. Xian was once Tang Dynasty's capital city (618-907 AD), at that time renamed Chang An (almost).
17. Liaoning: Golden Pebble Beach National Resort, Dalian (辽宁金石滩)
Outside downtown Dalian, along 30 kilometers of Golden Pebble Beach (also known as the Jinshitan Scenic Area), ancient rock formations have been transformed by time and elements into strange replicas of animals— camels, chimpanzees, lions, and dinosaurs. The highest is a 40-meter-high boulder named after a "dinosaur roaming the shore." A giant dinosaur swimming in the water is said to mimic it.
Jinshitan Scenic Area is situated on the Liaodong Peninsula facing the Huanghai River, also known as the Golden Pebble Beach National Park. It is about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Dalian City's northeast. It consists of two peninsulas with a spacious beach in between, with 62 square kilometers (15,321 acres) of land area and 58 square kilometers (14,322 acres) of water surface. Surrounded by the water, the beach boasts a 30 kilometer (19 miles) coastline. The country has an oceanic monsoon system, with moderate weather and four seasons of differentiation. The climate here is among the best in the country.
18.Ningxia: Sand Lake (宁夏沙湖)
Located within an hour's drive north of Yinchuan Town, the capital of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Sand Lake occupies a total of 80.10 square kilometers, containing 45 square kilometers of lake and wetland and 20 square kilometers of desert. It offers various distinctive tourism services, with a lake in the form of a crescent resting amid large sand dunes. The golden beach, green lake full of fish, emerald reeds, sky packed with bird flocks, majestic mountains and vibrant lotuses shape amazing scenery. A boat trip is a good way to get close to crane flocks and the fish in the harbor. And visitors enjoy that a lot.
In this wetland in Ningxia, more than 1 million migratory birds of various species stop twice a year (April-May, September-October). Roughly 200 bird species make the wetlands home the majority of the year including a large number of protected species, such as black cranes and the Chinese merganser. The region is also the habitat recorded for giant salamanders that develop as large as 1.6 metres. In this area of 80 square kilometres, which creates a peculiar geological phenomenon called the sand lake ("sha hu" in Mandarin), desert, water and reed mashes mix.
19. Jiangxi: Wuyuan (江西婺源)
"One of China's most stunning rural areas." That's how Wuyuan (a remote county at the junction of the Provinces of Anhui, Jiangxi and Zhejiang in eastern China) is best known. Every spring draws hundreds of thousands of visitors with vibrant blossoms and a calm, country rate. Wuyuan County's closest traffic center is Jingdezhen, a major city in the Jiangxi Province. The gap is about 98 kilometres. Major cities served by direct flights to Jingdezhen Airport include Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
20. Longtan Valley,Henan - China (河南龙潭谷)
Longtan Grand Canyon is situated on the island of Huludao, in north Xin'an District. It is about 60 km from the city of Luoyang, a major city in the province of Henan. For thirteen dynasties Luoyang had been a historic kingdom. Major cities served by direct flights to Luoyang Airport include Shanghai, Beijing Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. The landscape is characterized by natural scenery characteristic of red rock gorge. This shares the popularity of "Narrow Gorges No.1 Valley in China"
Longtan Grand Canyon is an essential part of the Luoyang Dai Mei Mountain World Geopark. It is a U-shaped valley defined by a band of purplish red quartz sandstone and traditional geological red rock landscape. The whole canyon is about 12 kilometers long. This canyon has been through 1,2 billion years of volcanic sedimentation and stream depletion for 260 years. This location shapes a few valleys that have different forms and diverse climates, which is unique in the world. The temperature inside the scenic location is by 3-6 degrees cooler than the outside areas in June and July. So it's warmer than outside it would be the first option for you to go on summer trips.