With a vast territory, a land that holds and treasures its history, China has much to offer to see and explore. Below are the top 10 must-see attractions in China if you plan to visit China to enjoy your vacations.
The Great Wall Of China
If you have not climbed the Great Wall of China, you have not traveled to China. It is the most treasured and iconic symbol of China that has a feat of ancient defensive architecture. It is excellent scenery for those who have an immense interest in architecture.
The wall crosses from China's western frontier to the east coast, making upto around 5,000 km (3,100 miles), but the most unified and best-well-preserved sections are very close to Beijing.
The Terracotta Army
The Terracotta Army has been laid underground for approximately more than 2,000 years. In 1974, some peasants were digging a well when they discovered one of the world's most significant sites. In the year 1987, it eventually became a part of the World Cultural Heritage.
It is a must-see sight, and The Terracotta Army was constructed to accompany the tomb of China's First Emperor with an afterlife guard's intention.
It is significant as it represents all Chinese warriors, and it took almost 40 years to complete. It provokes excellent questions about why it was made, which await your opinion when you explore and visit these soldiers of the past.
The Forbidden City
It is named The Forbidden City because there was once a time when this palace was forbidden for ordinary people to enter. It is a fantastic demonstration of ancient Chinese architecture, with over 8,000 rooms with golden roofs are stylishly designed and painted in the colors of red and yellow.
The Forbidden City was the imperial palace and was home to the Ming and Qing Dynasties for 560 years till 1911. Around 24 emperors lived there. World Cultural Heritage, and now recognized as 'the Palace Museum' among Chinese, is a treasure house of Chinese cultural and historical remnants.
It is recognized as one of the most significant places in the world.
The Bund In Shanghai
The Bund is one of the most noticeable architectural symbols that is situated in Shanghai. It portrays and boasts the world with its colonial European buildings and skyscrapers on the other side of the Huangpu, housing one of the world's leading business regions.
The Bund was Shanghai's most affluent area in the late 19th century and the early 20th century. When the first foreign British company commenced its business and opened an office at the Bund in 1846, it became the embodiment of elegance.
The Li River in Guilin
The karst hills are one of the most traditional and the most inspiring wonders in China.
The breath-taking natural scenery is nowadays is a typical photography destination. The best way to explore the many attractions is by taking a cruise. When Chinese travelers seek natural beauty and inner peace, the first thing that comes to their mind and what they think of is the Li River.
The 83-kilometer-long section of the Li River between Guilin and Yangshuo is the most striking. The river landscape is decorated with astonishing hills, steep cliffs, and farming villages and is lined with bamboo groves making it a very extravagant view.
Giant Pandas In Chengdu
The Giant cuddly pandas are not only profoundly treasured by the Chinese but are loved by foreigners too, and that also not only children. However, China has many zoos where you can visit these giant pandas. But Chengdu is the best place to give these pandas a visit as it is home to many.
There are three renowned places where you can get a close look and view of these pandas, and that are Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center, Dujiangyan Panda Valley, and Bifengxia Panda Base.
Chengdu Panda Center is situated in the north of the city and is a bit more established. Bifengxia Panda Base is 2 hours away from Chengdu, it also has more pandas, and the best part is that you can see pandas more in their natural habitat. You can get an even closer encounter with the pandas by opting for a volunteer program in Bifengxia or Dujiangyan Panda Valley, which is an hour outside Chengdu.
The Yellow Mountains
Located in China's east, close to Shanghai and Hangzhou, the Yellow Mountain Picturesque Area entices travelers holding its five wonders: the sun rises, seas of heavy clouds, oddly-sculpted rocks, warped pine trees, and partially hot springs.
The Yellow Mountains are the most legendary and popular peaks in China. They are also known as one of China's three best national parks — Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and Jiuzhaigou National Forest Park, enjoying the reputation of being the other best national parks. Contrasted to the two other famous national parks, Yellow Mountain National Park is far simpler to access and pay a visit to, and, indeed, more widespread and busier.
The Potala Palace in Tibet
The Potala Palace enjoys the reputation of being a symbol of Tibet. In 1994 it was proclaimed a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. It is a massive treasure house of materials and articles related to Tibetan history, religion, traditional culture, and creative art.
The palace is generally recognized for the valuable sculptures, paintings, scriptures, Buddhist statues, antiques, and religious jewelry housed within the castle.
Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong
Victoria Harbor's viewpoint from Victoria Peak is to Hong Kong as climbing the Great Wall is to China; it gives a splendid view over Hong Kong's "high rise" to success and wealth.
Victoria Peak, also known as the Mighty Skyscraper Skyline, is the finest spot for a great Hong Kong bird's eye view. Seen from the peak, any scenes at any time of the day or night are worth taking in.
At night the scenery is magnificent when the Symphony of Lights of various buildings twirls and dances in unity.
West Lake in Hangzhou
Hangzhou is famous and known as China's "paradise on earth" owing to its exquisitely fashioned landscape. West Lake was formed after discovering the Chinese love for garden-style parks for amusement.
West Lake is a place of serenity and harmony where sophistication and culture have become a silhouette on the northeast horizon, and steep mountains near and far surround it on the other three sides.
To appreciate the magnificence and attraction of West Lake, tourists can bike around carefree all around the lake. They can also walk around the lake, or even have the option to take a short cruise on the lakeside.