Top Ten Tourist Attractions in China

As the curator of the world’s oldest continuous civilization, China has a great numbers of historical attractions, as well as natural wonders to see. If you got no idea which attractions to visit in China, for the first timers, we would recommend the following top ten tourist attractions for your consideration: the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army, Gulin Landscape, etc.

The Great Wall in Beijing

There is a saying in China,"You are not a hero unless you climb on the Great Wall". The history of the Great Wall can be dated back to 2,000 years ago, during the Qin dynasty. It is the symbol of China owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance. The famous sections are Mutianyu, Badaling, and Simata.

The Great Wall

The Forbidden City

Encircled by a 52m-wide moat at the very heart of Beijing, the imposing and magnificent Forbidden City is China's largest and best-preserved ancient buildings. It is so called because it was off limits for 500 years. The Forbidden City was the imperial seat for Ming and Qing dynasty from 1420 until 1912 when the last emperor, Pu Yi, gave up the throne. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

Forbidden City

The Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an

Discovered accidentally in 1974 when a local farmer was digging a well, The Terracotta Warriors then becomes one of the most attractive attractions in China. The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. Each sculpture has its individual unique faces, hair and armor styles according to their rank. It was listed by UNESCO in 1987 as one of the world cultural heritages.

Terracotta Warriors

The Landscape of Guilin & Yangshuo

There is an old saying "East or West, Guilin’s scenery is the best". The landscape is decorated with lofty peaks, steep cliffs, fantastic caves, farming villages, and bamboo groves. With its breathtaking scenery and the tranquil life far away from the concrete metropolis, the scenic area is one of the top tourist attractions in China.

Yangshuo Landscape

The Potala Palace in Lhasa

The word Potala means "Buddha of Mercy" in Tibetan language. The Potala Palace is a 9-storey building with a thousand rooms up on the Red Hill. It is unique and famous for its magnificent white walls surrounding the inner red palace. Legend has it that in the 7th century, the then Tibet King Songtsen Gampo built the original palace to greet his bride Princess Wen Cheng of the Tang Dynasty. Now the palace is a museum, and has become the symbol of Lhasa city, Tibet.

Potala Palace

The Bund in Shanghai

The Bund is a waterfront area in central Shanghai. It usually refers to the buildings and wharves on this section of the road, as well as some adjacent areas. The Bund is a symbol of Shanghai and the epitome of Shanghai's history. To the west of the Bund, there are group of 52 buildings with various styles, Gothic, Baroque, Rome, Renaissance, Classic and the combination of Eastern and Western style. It should be put on your travel list when visiting Shanghai.

The Bund Shanghai 

Jiuzhaigou Valley in Sichuan

Located in the northern Sichuan province, Jiuzhaigou Valley was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992 and a World Biosphere Reserve in 1997. It is an outstanding example of China's varied landscape owning to its crystal blue lakes and multi-layered waterfalls. As a number of Tibetan villages reside here, it is also a terrific place to learn about the Tibetan culture.


Yellow Mountain in Anhui

Situated in the south of Anhui Province, the Yellow Mountain, also known as Huangshan, is famous for its scenery, sunsets, peculiarly shaped granite peaks, Huangshan Pine trees, and views of the clouds from above. Yellow Mountain is always a hot subject of traditional Chinese paintings and literature, as well as modern photography. And the most outstanding feature of Huangshan lies in its changing scenery, different from season to season.

Yellow Mountain

West Lake in Hangzhou

West Lake is a freshwater lake located in the historic area of Hangzhou. Numerous temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands dotted in and around the lake make it a classical Chinese watercolor painting. It was described as "having influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries" and as "an idealized fusion between humans and nature." West Lake was also made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.

The Yangtze River

Meandering about 3,964 miles, Yangtze River is the third longest river in the world after the Nile in Africa and the Amazon in South America. The river is of historical, economical and cultural importance to the country. The cruise between Chongqing and Yichang is a big draw to tourists. After the completion of the mammoth Three Gorges Dam, more and more modern and well-equipped luxury cruise ships run in the river, allowing the international travelers to learn about Chinese culture and enjoy the natural scenery in a more leisurely and comfortable way.

Yangtze River

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