Top 10 Best Tourist Attractions in China

The vast land of China has many scenic spots, beautiful landscapes and historical places, make the nation as the third most visited country in the world. The native products, herbs, craftworks and culture much popular among international tourists. The efficient transportation systems, comfortable restaurants and dishes also become the best part of the tourism industry in China. The followings are 10 finest tourist attractions in China.

10 Skyline of Pudong

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Pudong district located in the eastern part of the Huangpu River in Shanghai city. The services like super-fast magnetic elevation trains, ferries, efficient taxis and buses make it easy for the tourists to reach Pudong, can see a number of magnificent skyscrapers, museums and parks.

Oriental Pearl TV tower becomes the main attraction in Pudong among the tourists. This 468 meters high TV tower is the second-highest TV tower of china, known for unique architectural style. The tower includes three large and five smaller spheres, larger s[here at top of the tower known as space module.

The second sphere of the tower at 259 meters from the ground offers a glass floor viewing platform, to explore the sky of Shanghai, becomes the most thrilling experience to get from Shanghai city.

The third tallest Skyscraper of China, Jinmao tower also situated beside oriental TV tower, the viewing platform on the 55th floor of the tower offers a spectacular view of the city. The attractions in Pudong also include Shanghai ocean aquarium, century park, Shanghai municipal museum and a financial center tower.

9 Yellow Mountains

Yellow mountains are located in Anhui province of the Eastern part of China, Standing at height of 6115 feet. The hot springs, pine trees, clouds, winter snowscapes and oddly shaped rocks are the main attractions to experience at yellow mountains. It is one of the best places to watch sunset and sunrise, also a much popular hiking place in the country. Yellow mountains are also listed within UNESCO’s world heritage sites.

There are 140 different sections opened for tourists in yellow mountains. Hiking becomes a popular activity in yellow mountains. The secure steps built at the cliffs of yellow mountains also let the tourists explore the beauty of surrounding places.

There is also a 39 foot tall 8 meter long stone called flying stone, balanced on comparatively light ledge, one of interesting sight at yellow mountains. Tourists will also get hotel services at the top of the yellow mountains.

8 Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan

Jiuzhaigou Valley is a nature reserve and national park located in Sichuan, the protected area also listed on world heritage sites. This valley is much popular for it’s colored lakes, multi-level waterfalls, snow-covered peaks. The presence of giant panda and golden snub-nosed monkeys also makes this site a focal point among tourists. Jiuzhaigou can be visited year-round, in autumn the entire valley and lakes make brilliant coloration.

There are three main valleys in Jiuzhaigou, rize valley, Szechwan valley and Shuzeng valley, form a ‘Y’ shape at the meeting. Jiuzhaigou valley also includes 114 lakes in total and the number of waterfalls, have different coloration of water. The green-blue color of water of lakes visible even in the winter season. The continual variation of flora also can see in the valley within a change of altitude over time.

7 Li River Cruise

The li river flow through the Guangxi Zhuang region of China. The spectacular river sights make it one of the topwater wonders in the world. Li River cruise is one of the popular tourist activities in the country. The river trip starts from the range of Guilin and ends at Yangshou, over 83 kilometers.

The tourist can see beautiful landscapes, rolling hills, steep cliffs, caves and forest on both sides of the river. The experienced guides will share interesting stories about various riverside attractions with tourists during the river trip. Visitors also get the chance to take a look at the lifestyle of a number of villages, aged more than 500 years, located at the bank of Li River.

6 Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong

The third-largest harbor in the world, located between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon peninsula. It is the most popular tourist attraction of Hong Kong city, known for its spectacular panoramic view. The symphony of lights in Victoria harbor at night time featuring 40 skyscrapers becomes one of the best things to experience from Hong Kong, in the year 2005 it got listed on Guinness book of world records as world’s largest permanent light and sound show.

The night time cruise at victoria harbor becomes the best way to experience the symphony of lights. Victoria Tower at the height of 554 meters, on top of victoria mountain, offers a spectacular view of the entire harbor. It is also becoming a location to host a number of public shows including a fireworks display on the night of the lunar new year.

5 Temple of Heaven, Beijing

One of the most popular holy places in China, situated in Central Beijing. Much popular for its architectural design, another world heritage of the country. It is also found as a Taoist temple, one of re religious traditions of China, a perfect example of the imperial architecture of the Ming dynasty. An Email A Day Keeps Boring AwayGrab our Newsletter. Never miss a list from TMW. 

Temple of Heaven was built by the Yongle emperor in-between period of 1406-1420, to worship heaven annually to get a good harvest. The design of the temple reflects the relation between sky and earth. The circular wall within the temple of heaven represents heaven and the rectangular wall of this temple represents Earth.

The four main pillars within the prayer hall of this temple represent four seasons and twelve inner columns represent twelve months in a year. Morning is the best time to visit the temple of heaven, will get a quiet atmosphere. A special martial arts style called Tai Chi also can be experienced by the visitors from the temple of heaven, concentrate on development and control of consciousness.

4 Mogao Caves, Dunhuang

Mogao caves also called caves of thousand Buddhas, located in Dun Huang of western China. There are about 600 surviving caves in the network of mogao caves, out of them only thirty caves are opened for public. These caves include many Buddhist arts that are spanning a period of 1000 years and more.

The first part of mogao caves is carved down in the year 366, from the vision of Buddhist monk Le Zun to built thousand Buddhas at the site. At earlier times mogao caves became a place for meditation, had become a place of pilgrimage in later following centuries. The cave paintings reflect as a visual representation of enlightenment became a major religious center at the time of the Tang Dynasty.

The texts produced with woodblock printing technology, an ancient Chinese method to print text on cloth date to year 220 also discovered from mogao caves. Out of 30 accessible caves at magao caves, tourists can only visit 15 caves in a single day. Visitors can also explore rare murals, sculptures of Buddha from different centuries and over 50000 manuscripts written on the wall of mogao in different languages.

3 Terracotta Army, Xian

Thousands of clay soldiers buried with the mausoleum of first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huan is known as the terracotta army. It became one of the most significant discoveries in the history of archaeology. The terracotta army includes 8000 clay soldiers, 520 horses and 130 chariots, tom of the first emperor remains excavated.

The construction of this mausoleum dated back to 246 BC, just after Qin Shi Huan taking the throne as the first emperor of China, at the age of 13. Life-sized clay soldiers and horses are arranged in a battle formation. Discovered from a pit near to tom of the first emperor.

The archaeologist also discovered clay formations of musicians, dancers and acrobats from another pit of the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang. After the discovery of the terracotta army in 1974 the Chinese government made the site a historical museum within one year. Now both foreign and local tourists can visit this site.

2 Forbidden City, Beijing

It is also known as the imperial palace, the largest palace in the world, located in Beijing. The entire complex of the forbidden city covers an area of 183 acres, consisting of 980 buildings that have 8707 rooms in total. The forbidden city holds the largest collection of ancient wooden structures in the world, listed on UNESCO’s world heritage site in the year 1987. Every year the forbidden city attracts more than 10 million visitors every year.

The construction of the forbidden city started in 1407 by emperor Zhu Di, took fourteen years for the completion. All roofs of buildings in the forbidden city decorated with yellow glazed tiles since yellow became the symbol of Chinese emperors. The entire palace complex is surrounded and protected by a 7.9-meter tall city wall and 170-foot wide moat.

From 1420 to 1920, for 500 years the forbidden city housed 24 different Chinese emperors.  The ancient Chinese decorations, royal architectural styles, paintings, deluxe halls and royal garden attracts millions of foreign visitors today. The palace museum also has a collection of 1.17 million pieces of arts from the Ming and Qing dynasties, includes paintings, ceramics, sculptures, enamel objects…Etc.

1 Great Wall of China

The most recognizable landmark of China, longest man-made structure and one of seven wonders of the world. In fact, it is a discontinuous network of walls built to protect the borders of China. The great wall has a total length of 8850 kilometers, including the length of trenches and defense barriers.

A great wall of China was built by different dynasties of China in different centuries. The first part of a great wall built between BC 220 to 206 by the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Stones, wood, tampered earth and bricks are the main materials used for the construction of a great wall.

It includes guard towers, beacon towers, stairways, bridges, and battlements. The height of the great wall measured up to 25 feet and 15 to 13 feet wide. It is also becoming the longest cemetery in the world, one million people lost their lives during the construction of a great wall.

The most visited section of the great wall of China is Badaling, It was originally built in the year 1504 by the Ming dynasty and restored in 1957. Nowadays all facilities like hotels, restaurants and cable cars are available within this area.