Top 8 Must-visit Places in China

China is not only a populous country, but also a big tourist country. Unique scenic spots, historical sites and natural landscape make China a world-famous travel destination. So what are the best places to visit in China? TAT introduces the top 8 must-visit places in China for your reference.

 

1. The Great Wall, Beijing

Chairman Mao once said, "He who has never been to the Great Wall is not a true man". When touring to China, the Great Wall is definitely a must-visit place on your travel list. The Great Wall stretches for tens of thousands of miles. The total length of the Great Wall is 21,196.18 kilometers. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the world and a symbol of China.

 

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Badaling Great Wall

 

The Great Wall is an ancient defense project with the longest construction time and the largest amount of engineering in China and the world. It had been continuously constructed for more than 2,000 years since the Western Zhou Dynasty. It is distributed on the vast land of northern and central China. In 1987, the Great Wall was added to the World Heritage List as a cultural heritage site.

 

2. Karst Scenery, Guilin

Guilin is a world-famous scenic sightseeing city with unparalleled karst landforms, located in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in China. Guilin's landscape is one of the top ten scenic spots in China. Guilin Scenery represents China's landscapes and has enjoyed the reputation of "Guilin's landscape is the best in China" for thousands of years.

 

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Li River

 

The mountains here are uplifted on the flat ground in various poses; the water of the Li River is winding and clear as a mirror; there are many caves in the mountains, and the strange rocks in the caves are magical. Therefore, it has formed the "Four Wonders of Guilin" of green mountains, clear waters, strange caves, and magical stones.

 

3. Imperial Palaces, Beijing

It was formerly known as the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City in Beijing is the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in China. It is located in the center of the central axis of Beijing. Imperial Palace is the essence of ancient Chinese palace architecture.

 

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

 

The Forbidden City in Beijing is centered on three halls, covering an area of 720,000 square meters, with a construction area of about 150,000 square meters. There are more than 70 large and small palaces and more than 9,000 houses. It is one of the largest and best-preserved wooden structure ancient buildings in the world.

 

4. West Lake, Hangzhou

Since ancient times, there have been countless poems describing the beauty of West Lake. Hangzhou West Lake is surrounded by mountains on three sides. West Lake has a long history and is one of the first batch of national key scenic spots in mainland China. West Lake is a world-famous scenic spot with many historic sites and beautiful mountains and rivers. On June 24, 2011, the west Lake cultural Landscape in Hangzhou was officially inscribed on the World Heritage List.

 

West Lake

West Lake

 

5. Classical Chinese Gardens, Suzhou

Suzhou is known as the "City of Gardens". Private gardens in the city were built in the 6th century BC. At the end of the Qing Dynasty, there were more than 170 gardens inside and outside the city, with more than 50 existing. In 1997, the Humble Administrator's Garden, Lingering Garden, Master of the Nets Garden and Mountain Villa with Embracing Beauty were included in the World Cultural Heritage List.

 

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Humble Administrator Garden

 

Suzhou's classical gardens are the leader and pride of Chinese garden culture. The Chinese philosophy, history, humanities and customs contained in Suzhou classical gardens are a symbol and condensate of the humanities, historical traditions and local customs in the south of the Yangtze River. It shows the essence of Chinese culture and has a unique historical position and great artistic value in the history of world gardening.

 

6. Mount Huangshan, Anhui

Huangshan Mountain is located in Huangshan City, southern Anhui Province, with 72 peaks. The main peak, Lianhua Peak, is 1864 meters above sea level. It is called the three main peaks of Huangshan Mountain together with Guangming Ding Peak and Tiandu Peak. Huangshan is a symbol of Anhui tourism. Huangshan is a dual heritage of world culture and nature and a world geological park. The five unique landscapes of Huangshan are strange pines, bizarre rocks, sea of clouds, hot spring, and winter snow.

 

7. Three Gorges of Yangtse River, Chongqing & Hubei

The Yangtze River is the largest river in China and one of the longest rivers in the world. The Three Gorges of the Yangtze River has a total length of 193 kilometers and has steep peaks on both sides of the river. The scenery of the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River has a long-standing reputation and has been hailed as a "natural gallery" and a "paradise on earth" created by nature. It is one of China's top ten scenic spots and spans two provinces. It has become a world-renowned tourist destination that you should not miss.

 

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Wu Gorge

 

8. Terracotta Warriors, Xian

Terracotta Warriors, also referred to as Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses or Qin Warriors, are the first batch of national key cultural relics protection units and the first batch of Chinese World Heritage Sites. They are located in the Terracotta Warriors and Horses pit 1.5 kilometers east of the Mausoleum of Qin Shihuang in Lintong District, Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province. Known as "the eighth wonder of the world", the terracotta warriors have become a golden name card of the glorious civilization of ancient China, which are famed as one of the world's top ten rare treasures of ancient tombs.

 

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Terracotta Warriors

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