Best Places to Visit in China

Based on popular choices of top travel enthusiasts we have selected a few cities to visit in China for you. However, these suggestions are based on personal choices of travelers so it’s ideal to check out for other cities to visit in China as well. It will help you visit the most amazing city as per your choices and budget.

All the below mentioned cities are often visited by tourists and are also popular for revisits. These cities will give you a glimpse of China`s culture, history, beauty and living standards. You can enjoy luxurious, mid-range and budget-friendly travel packages for these cities.

Destinations by Styles

We completely understand that your choices and purpose of travel can be different from others that’s why we never work on the basis of one formula for all. It can be possible that you might not achieve your goals completely by visiting the top best cities in China. That is why we have sorted out popular destinations based on styles. Now you can plan your tour in a way that you can enjoy, shop, explore and relive all at once.

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Cities to Visit in China

China has 34 provinces with 662 cities and more than 22 million population. Obviously, you cannot visit all the cities in ten to fifteen days. So a question arises which cities to visit in China? Here is a small guide for all travelers.

Top 30 Cities To Visit In China

Talking about the best cities to visit in China, travelers recommend almost 30 big and small cities. For a visitor on ten to fifteen days package, it is suggested to add only five to six cities at a time. Now it's up to your preferences to select the cities to visit in China. You can divide your tour in a way that among that you can cover up all the fun sides of the country. Add one city which is popular for natural beauty, one for luxurious living standards, one for historic references, and one for shopping and nightlife. 

In this way, the selection of cities to visit in China will be quite easy for you. Make sure that cities are not much far from each other to avoid a long bus or train time. Nearby cities mean more time you will have in the city. 

In case you are visiting China during festival season, it is recommended to spend more days in big so that you can enjoy special deals, food fun, and activities which are organized specially for the specific season. 

The 30 best cities to visit in China are:

  1. Shanghai,
  2. Hangzhou,
  3. Jinan,
  4. Harbin,
  5. Suzhou,
  6. Xuchang,
  7. Zhengzhou,
  8. Yichang,
  9. Xi`an,
  10. Hong Kong,
  11. Guilin,
  12. Kaifeng,
  13. Sanya,
  14. Lhasa,
  15. Anyang,
  16. Nanjing,
  17. Qingdao,
  18. Changsha,
  19. Luoyang, 
  20. Shenyang,
  21. Tianjin,
  22. Chengdu,
  23. Chongqing,
  24. Wuhan,
  25. Dongguan,
  26. Guangzhou,
  27. Macau,
  28. Beijing,
  29. Dalian,  
  30. Shenzhen

Among all these best cities to visit in China, Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, Dalian, Shenzhen, and Chengdu are the most modern cities. The people who are visiting China for trade or business purposes must check out these cities. Along with commercial activities you can enjoy modern-day facilities, can have the best shopping experience and check out the most fascinating architecture. 

For the best cities to visit in China are from Hunan province particularly. The whole province is at the top of the list of natural beauty lovers. The scenic mountain, picturesque valleys and above the top cultural activities are something visitors will surely admire. Cities to visit in China to look natural beauty are Changsha, Zhangjiajie, Fenghuang, and Hengyang.

Best places to visit in China (In detail)

Very gigantic and diverse, China is a hulk of travel destinations. So the list of best places to visit in China is very long and still some places are not discovered by much travelers yet. China has more numbers of megacities as compared to any other country in the world and it is also the most populous country in the world. On the population is not ordinary, China is known for intelligent minds, creative skills, understanding of arts and culture, technology advancement and inventions.

The best places to visit in China are popular for their historic, religious or cultural connections. Starting our list of beguiling places to visit in China from Beijing city.

Places to visit in China, Beijing

Beijing is the most visited city in China. When it comes to Beijing the tour is designed in a way that they must include The Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall, Summer Palace, and Tiananmen Square.

  • The Forbidden City 

The Forbidden City can be marked as the best place to visit in China. During the 13th century period of the Yuan Dynasty, the Imperial Palace was constructed to run the affairs of Kingdom. The place was not allowed to visit for common people. Only Palace officials, the king`s family, and special guests were allowed to access the place. It is a 720,000 square meters site having 10-meter-high wall and towers in the four corners. There is a 50-meter-wide moat, private quarters for concubines, a separate hall for ceremonial and administrative purposes. The other important highlights of the site include Meridian Gate, the Golden River Bridges, a very fascinating network of five luxuriantly crafted and decorated white marble bridges, the Hall of Preserving Harmony, Emperor's banquet hall, the Palace of Heavenly Purity, an enormous Inner Court, Hall of Military Courage, a permanent and private residence halls.

  • Imperil College and Hall of Supreme Harmony

Near to this site, there is another amazing place to visit in China, Beijing named as Imperial College which was founded by Kublai in 1287. The hall of Supreme Harmony is also a nearby notable site. It is a  35-meter-high wooden construction decorated with the gilded imperial throne. It is also China`s largest surviving wooden building. Its architecture and craftsmanship is something that speaks out loudly.

  • Tiananmen Square and Museum of the Chinese Revolution

Tiananmen Square also known as Square of Heavenly Peace was contrasted in 1958 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Chinese Republic. It has the capacity for a million people to come together. Monument to the People's Heroes is a 38-meter tall obelisk which was created with 17,000 pieces of granite and marble. There is also a splendid Tiananmen gate, Zhengyangmen or Qianmen gateway. 

The most notable highlight for which it is included in the lists of must places to visit in China is the Museum of the Chinese Revolution. The museum exhibits various illustrations of stages of the Chinese revolution. You can explore the artifacts from 1919 when the Communist Party was developed until now. You can also pay a visit to the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong and see the body of Mao resting in a crystal sarcophagus.

  • The Summer Palace

Another top recommendation of places to visit in China, Beijing is for the Summer Palace which is located 30 minutes journey by car from the center of Beijing. It spread over 700-acres land and a perfect place for photography. It was constructed in the 12th century, here you can see a giant and very beautiful garden along the side of a lake. The whole site is very royal in nature and very well-organized. The highlights include a Marble Ship of western style, Hall of Well-being and Longevity. Both halls are connected with a lovely courtyard. Here you can also catch traditional performances at 19th-century Great Theatre and buy dragon-themed vessels. Nearby there are ancient temples and Suzhou Market Street.

Frequently Asked Questions about Shanghai Tours

1) What is the most visited place in China?

The list of the best and most visited places in China can go very very long… as long as a book. There are hundreds of great places that have something amazing and something unique in it. Most places are of a kind that you cannot find anything close to it in the entire world. China has so much to unveil but for your comfort, we have selected a few places which everyone should visit at least once in life.

Best Places in China:

  • The Great Wall of China
  • The Forbidden City and the Imperial Palace
  • The Terracotta Army
  • The Summer Palace
  • Li River
  • Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
  • The Yangtze River and the Three Gorges
  • The Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  • The Potala Palace
  • The Bund
  • Hangzhou's Historic West Lake
  • The Mausoleum of Light
  • Leshan Giant Buddha
  • The Hong Kong Skyline
  • Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
  • The Yellow Mountains
  • Echoing Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake
  • Hongcun Ancient Village
  • Yalong Bay
  • Saint Sophia Cathedral
  • One Incense Pillar
  • Longtan Valley
  • Fenghuang
  • Singing Sand Bay
  • Brahma Palace
  • Mount Lu
  • Wuyuan
  • Heaven Lake
  • Golden Pebble Beach National Resort
  • Hailuogou Glacier National Park
  • Three Pagodas
  • Pudacuo National Park
  • Yunhe Rice Terrace
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Mogao Caves
  • Reed Flute Cave
  • Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge
  • Beijing's 798 Art Zone

2) Can you drive in China?

China traffic and roads are not considered safe as yearly a lot of deadly accidents occurs. Secondly, almost 30percent of old counties are not linked to highways or national express and you might have to go through poor conditioned country roads. The big cities are extremely congested and during rush hours the situation gets worse. That`s why China authorities do not allow foreigners on visit visa or tourist visa to drive. Even if you have an international driver's license, you are not allowed to drive.

For visitors staying more than three months, China authorities allow driving but for that, you have to get a temporary permit.

3) Where Can I explore China?

The answer to this question is a bit difficult. It depends on your choice and interest but an amazing fact about China is that you will not get disappointed at it. No matter which city you choose to start from, you have plenty of things to explore on every step of your journey. For your ease, our experts have selected a few cities depending on major interest travelers express:

  • Beijing – to explore culture and heritage, the city folds the culture of the whole of China.
  • Xi'an – to unveil China's Ancient Civilizations and their ways of living.
  • Shanghai –to experience modern and prosperous life and to live colorful days and nights.
  • Guilin –to have a glimpse of heaven of the earth and sightsee the natural beauty like nowhere else.
  • Chengdu –to meet and spend time with pandas, cheetahs and various varieties of birds.
  • Huangshan –to spend tranquilizing time under majestic beauty.
  • Hong Kong –to come close with British and Chinese traditions and to spend joyful nights.
  • Lhasa –to live a holy life with Tibetians and know a little more about spirituality.

4) Where Do Tourists stay in Beijing?

Beijing is a very colorful and a bit expensive city but the good news is that you can find a lot of budget-friendly hotels and guest houses. If you want a luxurious stay, the city has tons of great hotels which offer a wide range of tremendous facilities. The most popular places to stay in Beijing are:

  • The Pondlife Hotel at Mutianyu Great Wall
  • Shichahai Sandalwood Boutique Hotel Beijing
  • Beijing Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel
  • The PuXuan Hotel and Spa
  • Manxin Beijing Qianmen Courtyard Hotel
  • The Peninsula Beijing
  • The Orchid Hotel
  • Beijing 161 hotel LeZaiNanluo Boutique Hotel
  • Hotel Éclat Beijing
  • Hotel Cote Cour Beijing
  • Conrad Beijing
  • Yibushe Guesthouse
  • Rosewood Beijing
  • Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
  • Sofu Hotel
  • East Beijing
  • Waldorf Astoria Beijing
  • Shangri-la's China World Hotel
  • CHAO Sanlitun Beijing
  • Grand Hyatt Hotel
  • The St. Regis Beijing
  • Layering Courtyard Hotel Qianmen
  • Park Hyatt Hotel
  • JW Marriott Hotel Beijing
  • Capital Hotel Beijing