Here are 10 best places to visit in China. Don’t forget to include these attractions in your itinerary to this mesmerizing and exotic country.

With a vast territory, China always delights international tourists with its breathtaking man-made architecture and captivating natural landscapes. Chinese ancient constructions and customs are well-preserved even after decades of economic development, which represents this country colorful 5000-year history and unique culture. From thrilling man-made wonders, jaw-dropping mountains to rustic old town, romantic rivers, and picturesque garden, you can find everything for your dream holiday on your China tours.

1. Great Wall (Beijing)

Great Wall - 10 best places to visit in China

There is a saying that if you did not visit the Great Wall, you would not have been to China. With the total length of approximately 9000 kilometers, this spectacular defensive construction is recognized as the World Cultural Heritage Site. Originally built over 2500 years ago during Zhou Dynasty, the Great Wall is the symbol of Chinese resilience, perseverance and engineering genius.

Great Wall - 10 best places to visit in China

Great Wall - 10 best places to visit in China

2. The Forbidden City (Beijing)

The Forbidden City - 10 best places to visit in China

Located in the center of Beijing, the Forbidden City (also known as the Imperial Palace Museum) is the home of the kings during Ming and Qing dynasty. Built in the early 15th century, this architecture is now recognized as the World Heritage site and one of the most well-preserved wooden constructions of the world. Elegantly designed in red and yellow, the Forbidden City represents the social position of ancient emperors during feudalism.

The Forbidden City - 10 best places to visit in China

The Forbidden City - 10 best places to visit in China

3. Terracotta Army (Xian)

Terracotta Army - 10 best places to visit in China

Terracotta Army is one of the most remarkable archeological discoveries of China. Originally made during Qin Dynasty (221 – 206 B.C.), not until 1974 was this underground museum been found. These 8000 terra-cotta warriors represent the contribution of the Chinese army during this country’s unification after more than two millennia.

Terracotta Army - 10 best places to visit in China

Terracotta Army - 10 best places to visit in China

4. Summer Palace (Beijing)

Summer Palace - 10 best places to visit in China

Summer Palace is located 15 kilometers from the northwest of Beijing. This splendid architecture was once a getaway place owned by Chinese imperial families from sultry Beijing in summers. It is the vast complex of lakes, gardens, and palaces with two highlights: a three-storey Great Opera Hall and Hall of Joy and Longevity (Le Shou Tang Hall) with rustic gardens and courtyards. The best time to visit this place is during summer when cruises are accessible.

Summer Palace - 10 best places to visit in China

Summer Palace - 10 best places to visit in China

5. Li River (Guilin)

Li River - 10 best places to visit in China

Li River is the biggest and one of the fascinating karst landscapes in the world. During Chinese ancient dynasties, this place attracted plenty of poets and painters who sought inspiration and creativity from splendid natural sceneries. Cruising to Li River, you will be mesmerized by steep cliffs, lovely hills, turquoise water, and atmospheric farming villages. Don’t forget your camera since you will come across many picturesque sceneries.

Li River - 10 best places to visit in China

6. Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (Chengdu)

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding - 10 best places to visit in China

The giant panda is the symbol of China that is loved by local people and foreign travelers, especially children. The chance for you to interact with this lovely creature is visiting Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. More than 80 pandas are preserved and taken care of in this place. Not only can tourists watch pandas but they can also attend exhibitions in Giant Panda Museum, learn about the conservation process and take part in volunteering activities.

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding - 10 best places to visit in China

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding - 10 best places to visit in China

7. Yangtze River

Yangtze River - 10 best places to visit in China

Yangtze River is famous for being the longest river in China. It flows from the west of Tibet to Shanghai and runs along many captivating attractions in this country, including the spectacular Three Gorges – Qutang, Wu, and Xiling. The section between Chongqing and Yichang is well-known for a Yangtze River cruise. You will see many towering cliffs, stunning mountains and lovely villages along the river’s banks.

Yangtze River - 10 best places to visit in China

Yangtze River - 10 best places to visit in China

8. The Bund (Shanghai)

The Bund - 10 best places to visit in China

Shanghai is noted for its combination of Europe and the traditional Chinese architectural style. The Bund was the trading center of this city in the early 20th century. The Bund features more than 50 English and French-influenced constructions, many become restaurants, coffee shop, and galleries now.  At night, this waterfront promenade will be brightly lit and it is a perfect time to take stunning photographs of this dreamy city.

The Bund - 10 best places to visit in China

The Bund - 10 best places to visit in China

9. West Lake (Hangzhou)

West Lake - 10 best places to visit in China

West Lake is a must-see place in rustic Hangzhou. This lake is attractive with tranquil scenery, brilliant historical and cultural architecture and stunning shrines, pagodas, and temples. Small arched bridges across green gardens add an atmospheric and restful feature to this place. Tourists can enjoy this charming lake by leisurely walking, biking or taking a cruise around.

West Lake - 10 best places to visit in China

West Lake - 10 best places to visit in China

10. Yellow Mountain (Huangshan)

Yellow Mountain - 10 best places to visit in China

Mount Huang (Yellow Mountain) is a destination for those who love adventure travel. This place features stunning mountain peaks, magnificent cliffs, mysterious caves and splendid trails. Frequently covered by mists, this mountain is like heaven on earth that will captivate anyone who admires the captivating nature. Yellow Mountain was awarded as World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1990.

Yellow Mountain - 10 best places to visit in China

Yellow Mountain - 10 best places to visit in China

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A Hanoian lover of art, cuisine and culture, Chi Nguyen enjoys exploring all elegant aspects of this city as well as discovering off-the-beaten-track destinations in the beautiful S-shaped country.

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