Top 5 Places to Visit in China

1. Great Wall, Beijing

The Great Wall in Beijing, built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), is the most often seen tourism site in China. It runs over 373 miles, containing about 827 city wall platforms, 71 passes and countless towers.

2. Forbidden City, Beijing

The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the mid-Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. For almost five centuries, it served as the home of the Emperor and his household, along with the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. It is located in the middle of Beijing, and now houses the Palace Museum.

The reason I list it as the No. 2 place to visit is because it's in the same city as No. 1 and tourists usually visit the two places together.

3. The Bund, Shanghai

The Bund is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai. If you have never been to the Bund, than you have never been to Shanghai. The Bund is within the former Shanghai International Settlement, which runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River, facing Pudong, in the eastern part of Huangpu District. The Bund usually refers to the buildings and wharves on this section of the road, as well as some adjacent areas. Building heights are restricted in this area.

Try to avoid weekend and daytime to visit the Bund due to the high population density. The best time to visit the Bund is early morning before 8 a.m. and late night after 10 p.m. when you can enjoy beautiful night scene beside the river.

The reason of its No. 3 place is that Beijing and Shanghai are usually the first city that foreign travellers arrive mainland China. You can plan your travel itinerary accordingly if they are not your final destination.

4. West Lake, Hangzhou

The reason why Hangzhou enjoys the great honor lies in the fact that it has West Lake. With an average depth of just 5 feet the lake is held in the embrace of hilly peaks on three sides. This water wonderland has been an attraction for centuries and it is small wonder that it was a favourite imperial retreat. The lake and its environs have all the elements of a traditional Chinese garden but on a grand scale. The natural setting of strangely shaped peaks, serene forests and springs, dense foliage and a myriad of blossoms especially in springtime are enhanced by a treasury of sculpture and architectural features.

The best seasons to visit West lake are spring and summer when there are lotus blossoms all over the lake.

The reason of its No. 4 place is that Hangzhou is very close to Shanghai, only a couple of hours travel by train. It's a perfect next stop after you have enjoyed the beautiful scene on the Bund.

5. Terra Cotta Warriors, Xi'an

The Terracotta Army is a form of funerary art buried with the First Emperor of China. The terracotta figures, dating from 210 BC, were discovered in 1974 by local farmers near Xi'an. The figures vary in height (184-197cm / 6ft-6ft 5in), according to their role, the tallest being the Generals. The figures include warriors, chariots, horses, officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians. Current estimates are that the Terracotta Army were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits.

Tips: You can buy some Terracotta Warriors Souvenirs there.

Here I only list places which are in/near big cities. These are the 'must-go' places if you go to China. There are many other scenes in China with natural beauty or culture heritage and worth to visit, such as Dian Chi Lake (Kunming), Mogao Grottos (the storehouse of Buddhist art), and Yellow Mountain etc.

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3 years ago

very nice place I like china

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travelholidays 3 years ago from India

Great places with beautiful images.. thanks for sharing:)

Kayla CA. 4 years ago

This Information was very useful for mi class project thanks a lot :D

Thommas 4 years ago

I have had several holidays in Nairobi and i was thinking of visiting china in my next holiday. This post has provided all information that i needed. Thank you very much for this great information.

hellolove123 4 years ago

okii,its sorta cool but can anyone give a 3 paragraph summary of tarrocatta warriors for my report?

person 5 years ago

This is awesome

Xingxing 5 years ago

i hope someday i can visit here with my lovely family.. waiting for the day! :)

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ChilliWilly 5 years ago from Kaunas, Lithuania

I'm from Europe. I wish someday to visit Asia countries including China. Thanks for this hub! 5 years ago

china is a dirty place, too many dirty asians competing for survival. Makes their culture and attitude to others aggressive and terrible. Asians suck dick

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rotflmao 5 years ago from Shangdu, China

kim luck, while it can be very busy at tourist sites in China, it can also be very quiet. It very much depends on what time of the year you visit. During summer and at the beginning of May and October when the Chinese themselves have their holidays, it can indeed be inhumanly crowded. Also things such as taking the train within China will then be a tiresome experience.

On the other hand, when you visit China during early spring, late fall or even winter (and still avoid the Chinese New Year) tourist sites will be much less crowded and as such much more pleasant to visit. On top of that, the weather in early spring and late fall is usually much sunnier, drier and more comfortable than during summer.

kim luck  5 years ago

One thing these tourist sites never mention is the heavy crowds when visiting these sites .There is virtually no room to enjoy these places .Its like peak hour in a crammed subway train .So whatever you see .Expect everyman in China to be there to .Yes sure enjoy the pollution and the constant spitting

Cina Wholesale  5 years ago

As a Chinese, I prefer to visit Tibet. Since those other spots is debased by commercialism during these years, many special characters, cultures, and sceneries etc. have been destroyed by people. Maybe Tibet is much pure, and a symbol of Elysium.

Yang and Roberto 5 years ago

We cannot wait to be together at that amazing place!!! We would like to visit not only that place, but also the most famous places in China!!!

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jcnasia 5 years ago

I've been to the first 4 places already, but I grew up in the mountains so when I first moved to China, I missed the naturally beauty. Fortunately, China is a beautiful place. My favorite nature areas are Tiger Leaping Gorge near Lijiang and Gongga Shan near Kangding. If you come to China, and never spend time in the countryside, you've missed a big part of China.

heart girl 6 years ago

This really helped me for my HW.i HAVE TO VISIT ONE DAY!?

cuddlybear 6 years ago

Cool places to visit. This site was very helpful.

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These places indeed are great attractions in China. I've been to three of the five, lucky me:)

loshi 6 years ago

CHINA is very beautiful with natural sceneries.I saw many cities in china ,the best place i like is zhangjiajie,one of natural heritage of the world,great and amazing place and another is Guilin ,those who like nature must travel both places.

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Edwin Clark 6 years ago from Thailand by way of New York

China is a really beautiful country and is one of my all time favorite country to visit! Excellent hub that will give anyone the travel bug,

DMV Practice Test 6 years ago

I visited Shanghai World Expo weeks ago. Really fantastic! Add Shanghai World Expo in this article.

Ricardorozco 6 years ago

Hangzhou's West Lake is breath-taking. The city is very tourist-friendly. You'll actually feel at home when you're there.

Victoria Cruises 6 years ago

Good article, I think yangtze river is also worth to go, take a cruise on yangtze river, it's very comfortable.

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sonja_l 6 years ago

I think the karst peaks and crystal waters in yangshuo guilin would also listed as must-visited sites, as well as the world expo 2010 Shanghai

FB Siphon 6 years ago

wow its great to know really. I am visiting China next month and you gave me a great list here.

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Aussieteacher 6 years ago from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Well I've now done them all. You can see some of my photos here

Jackss 6 years ago

We will visit those 5 places this sept, cant wait for that day......

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Aussieteacher 6 years ago from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Xi'an next week - then I've done them all.

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chinaboy1212 6 years ago

you know that's the most popular place in china,but with lots of people.anyway,i am private city guide in china,i am glad to help you with your tour in china,visit my website

chy. 6 years ago

thanks for sharing everyone!this helped out a lot with my book

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Sam-nj 6 years ago from China

Except Xian, other 4 places i`ve been there, they are awesome~~~

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Aussieteacher 6 years ago from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Now I have only one to go. Just Xi'an to go.

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Aussieteacher 6 years ago from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Well, it is The Great Wall next week, with my weekend visit to Beijing, and in a few weeks I'll get to Xi'an so I will have seen all 5 by then. I'm living and working not far from Hangzhou at Shaoxing.

china maps 6 years ago

These are great places to visit, but if you want to really get away from the "millions" of tourists that visit these places, go to places like LiJiang and DaLi in Northwest Yunnan

JoJo Mclarson 6 years ago


Many dynasties built this wall!

The Great Wall of China is about 1,500 miles not 373 miles.

Cielo 6 years ago

thank you so much..

.u reaLLy heLped me a lot.. :D

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ntweisen 6 years ago

Great hub! You can read about my Harbin adventure too.

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Amandiey Lorah 7 years ago

I wanna visit all these places when I go to China this March!I can't wait!

Miss Prissy 7 years ago

I would love to visit all these places when I go to china. China is very historic, and I would love to learn more. China and it's people are so relaxing. You can feel the peace, and harmony.

kelly 7 years ago

Wow....i love that place.....

I wish i could go to that place

cutie 7 years ago

wow....thax cool

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Hermione Granger 7 years ago

i think shanghai is the most beautiful place in the whole world i went there with my family and i had great food, bought great clothes and it is the greatest place ever. and lord you-know- who i'm not telling you where Harry Potter is because i am a wizard too and a friend of harry so please don't go looking for him thank you.

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Shelly Bryant 7 years ago from Singapore and/or Shanghai

Good choices. I've not been to Xi-an yet, but plan to go in a couple of months. I'm really looking forward to it!

There are so many places that are wonderful to see in China, though, that it is hard to choose just five.

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apricotmousse 7 years ago

Very informative hub. I am looking forward to visit China and these wonderful destinations next year.

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xiantours 7 years ago

love to visit these places.

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cynthia peterson 7 years ago

We will be arriving in Shanghai the night of Nov 17th. I would really love to fly to Beijing to see the Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Warriors. Is there an inexpensive way to get there from Shanghai and if so, which way would you suggest? We are on a very tight budget and have our 5 yr old with us.

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lilian_sg 7 years ago from Singapore

West Lake (Xihu) is really beautiful but there are other places to see at Hangzhou too.

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China_Tour_Guide 7 years ago

Shanghai, located on the estuary of the Yangtze River is the focal point of the "New China". Shanghai, known throughout the world as the "Paris of the Orient", is famous for its prosperity, transportation facilities and the seamless melding of western and eastern cultures. World Expo 2010 Shanghai is coming and Shanghai will be the hottest tourism city of China.

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IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

I plan a trip to China one of these days. I have always been intrigued by it. Thanks for sharing.

Praneeta Malik 7 years ago

this site shows good information with provides lots of great guidance to the people who serve the net on regular basis.....

Shanghai Nanjing tour 7 years ago

Awesome article! These are indeed the highlights of China when people come to visit.

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Target Visibility 7 years ago

hey if you want to find out more about China cities, visit It's a really good travel site that will help you plan your holiday in China. They have a great guide on Beijing.. Thanks for the info though Jim- this is a great hub!

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Victoria Cruises 7 years ago

There are so many interesting travel destinations in China, the top 5 list is ideal for the first-time China travelers.

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China Family Adventure 7 years ago

Great picks! we also enjoyed the mountains in Guilin, and the Yangtze River Gorges. We were traveling with grandparents and kids, it was a great vacation and there is a lot to keep everybody in the family busy! Thanks for sharing and the lovely photos.

itourbeijing 7 years ago

There are many other scenes in China with natural beauty or culture heritage and worth to visit, such as Dian Chi Lake (Kunming), Mogao Grottos (the storehouse of Buddhist art), and Yellow Mountain etc.

dannydaidai 7 years ago

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dannydai 7 years ago

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dannydaidai 7 years ago

we have lots of Cina greal wall pictures,all of them are very impressive.

Sanjeev 7 years ago

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UK Magazines 7 years ago

Great info. You have done it. I was really looking for this as programmed to visit China Soon.

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johnr54 7 years ago from Texas

How many of these could you get to on a cruise ship or on a single tour?

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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Can't wait to visit China. Thank you for such useful information

Susan 7 years ago

I like Hangzhou very much. It is really a good place to visit. I always can find the inside peace there! How wonderful!

Hangzhou tour 7 years ago

Thank you for sharing~~

I like Hangzhou,and it is one of the best tourist destination in sping~ I want to travel to Hangzhou in May.

china tour 7 years ago

welcome to shanghai

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midnightbliss 7 years ago from Hermosa Beach

with the fast paced lifestyle and with lots of pollution specially in urban places, It always feels good to know and see that there are still beautiful places.

shanghai tour 7 years ago

Shanghai, the biggest city in China, is well-known not only for its cosmopolitan feature, but also for its humanistic resources. It can cover your diverse interest, whether you are a businessman or a sightseeing traveller. As a professional agency in Shanghai tour, TOC has the ability and also the confidence to make your Shanghai tour worthy your dollar.

China tours 7 years ago

China has many good tourist resources.Forbidden city and Terra Cotta Warriors are my faves.You can find lots of Chinese historical story there.

Jawad UK  8 years ago

It looks like I am thinkg to make a visit at all these places. Looks awesome.

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