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China's Attractions — a Guide to China's Tourist Sights

China has the greatest number and variety of tourist attractions of any country on the planet. This page covers the major sights first with the top 12, then by category.

As the third largest country of massive size and varied geography, and one of the oldest civilizations in the world, China offers a plenty of amazing tourist destinations to go. You could spend months, years even, exploring the vast land of the country and still not see it all.

When most people went to China about 20 years ago, they only wanted to see the Great Wall and Forbidden City in Beijing, Terracotta Warriors in Xian, or walked along the Bund in Shanghai. Now as the development of tourism industry in China, more and more featured destinations are brought up to the stage, such as the hometown of Giant Panda - Chengdu, Karst landscapes - Guilin, picturesque Yellow Mountain, etc.

Top Things to Do in China

For the top tourist activities in China, we have made themed pages to give you the insights needed to decide what you would like to do in China. We have also covered what you need to plan a trip to appreciate each of these top attractions.

Brief China Travel Guide:

  • Most Popular Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, Chengdu, Tibet, Zhangjiajie, Huangshan, Hangzhou, Yunnan...
  • Most Popular Attractions: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Terracotta Warriors, Li River, Yangshuo, Chengdu Panda Base, Zhangjiajie National Park, Jiuzhaigou, Potala Palace, Mogao Cave, Yellow Mountain...
  • 52 World Heritage Sites: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Terracotta Warriors, West Lake, Mogao Grottoes, Potala Palace, Classical Gardens of Suzhou, Lijiang Ancient City, Mount Tai, Xidi &Hongcun...
  • Famous National Park: Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan National Park, Jiuzhaigou National Park, Huanglong National Park, Shennongjia National Park …
  • Featured Experience: Great Wall Hiking, Yangtze River Cruise, Giant Panda Volunteering, Food Tour, Photography, Peking Opera…
  • Best time to visit: suitable in all months, autumn is the most recommended time
  • Suggested Visiting Length: 8 days to 20 days to cover the best highlighting destinations
  • Main transportation: flight, high speed train, driving
  • Accommodation: flexible choices from 5 star luxury hotels to cheap hostels in most destinations
  • Traveling Documents: Chinese Visa, Passport, Tibet Permits...

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