Things to see in China
Tips from real travelers about attractions and what to see in China.
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Great Wall of ChinaBeijingWhen I went to China, it was an adventure. When we were at Tiananmen Square, we found some guides who offered to take us out to the wall for 100RMB, so we took them up on their offer. We went in the dead of winter, so when we get th...
The Forbidden CityBeijingThe name Forbidden City is derived from the rule that only the emperors and their court could enter the premises, with the exception of a select students who received the highest scores on a national exam (the "Emperor's Exam")and c...
Summer PalaceBeijingThis impressive building, which houses the palace which was once used as a summer residence of Chinese emperors, is one of the most visited monuments of Beijing. To visit and see everything you'll have to spend at least all morning ...
Temple of HeavenBeijingThe Temple of Heaven was the place where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties offered sacrifices to heaven to pray for bountiful harvests. Located in the Tiantan Park Gongyuan, south of Beijing. The attached video is priceless, i...
Tiananmen SquareBeijingBeijing's legendary Tiananmen Square is the largest square in the world. It is one of the places where you can really "feel" the history. With 440,000 square meters and 880 meters long by 500 wide, this square was conceived by China...
Terracotta WarriorsXianThere's an entire life-sized army built in terracotta. Each soldier is different from the next and they're all modeled after real soldiers from the army of China's first emperor. Archers, officers, cavalry...all lined up in these la...
Yu GardenShanghaiYuyuan Gardens is a must-see in Shanghai. It is located in the old part of the city, on the west bank of the Huangpu River, not far from the Bund. The entrance is located on Anren street. It is recommended to visit first thing in t...
West Lake (Xi Hu)HangzhouRegarded for centuries by Marco Polo as one of the most beautiful places he had ever seen in the world, this entire Lake area of Hangzhou is one of China's major tourist attractions, with spectacular scenery which is surrounded by...
The BundShanghaiWhen we arrived on the first day in Shanghai, we were surprised that it was so modern. We had just arrived from Sydney and our stay in Shanghai was totally different. Although we knew it would be very cold, we knew that Shanghai was...
Li RiverYangshuoThe Li River, in my opinion, is the absolute best landscape in China. The Li River winds through the mountains in the Yangshuo valley, surrounded by small villages and lots of hidden corners to explore. I'd suggest sailing down the ...
Jiuzhaigou National ParkLuzhouDespite not being a very well-known destination, you've simply got to see it to believe that such a magical place really exists. Inside the park, you can visit lots of things like waterfalls, lakes, and mountains, but it's the incre...
Xian City WallXianAfter spending a night and a morning in bed due to bowel problems, feeling a little better I decided to visit the wall of Xi'an. This wall was built with the purpose of defending the city. It is in very good condition. There are fou...
Potala PalaceLhasaWe had just landed in Lhasa, capital of Tibet, and we left our hotel room ready to contemplate one of the wonders of the world: The Potala Palace, home of the mythical Dalai Lama, the highest ancient structure in Tibet, and the high...
Shanghai World Financial CenterShanghaiThe right bank of the Huang Pu River is known as the Pudong area. Today, it is the major financial and commercial center of China. The Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) is the tallest skyscraper in China standing at 492 meters....
I suggest this place for anyone who's in the Beijing area. Without having to go to the opposite end of China, there are plenty of lesser-known places no on the typical tourist trail, but well worth visiting. The Hengshan Hanging Tem...
Yonghegong Lama TempleBeijingThe Lama Temple is one of the most famous religious centers in Beijing. This temple was declared a National Monument in 1949 and restored in 1979. It is considered the most prestigious Buddhist temple outside of Tibet. The whole com...
The visit to the Muslim quarter of Xi'an is one of the essential of this city. This area has a concentrated Hui community, largest Muslim ethnic group in China. Throughout the narrow streets there are food stalls of all kinds and fo...
Environment of YangshuoYangshuoOne of the best parts of my trip to China was Yangshuo. We were tired of the bustle of the cities and decided to rent some bikes and visit the outskirts of Yangshuo. We got a map of the area and did a few routes from the countryside...
GuilinGuilinIt was one of the most interesting places during my trip to China. The boat trip along the river, watching the typical Chinese landscape with mountains. The experience on the ship, including the food, was great. Although the traditi...
Jingshan ParkBeijingIt was my 2nd day in Beijing, from the 8 that were jammed with tourists and guides with a microphone, false guides, an audio guide sounding each time crossing a historical thing of national interest: Temple , palace, etc, and at th...
Shanghai at NightShanghaiThis is a continuation of my trip to Shanghai. In October 2008 I was fortunate enough to travel to Shanghai to attend a conference. This, added to the fact that I was traveling alone, gave me lots of free time over the five days tha...
798 Arts DistrictBeijingYou can take advantage of your last day in Beijing by doing some last-minute shopping (Silk Market is very touristy, and therefore more expensive), or at other more native-like places such as the Panjiayuan Market (on the street of ...
Shanghai Maglev Train StationShanghaiThis is undoubtedly the best option to get from Shanghai Pudong Airport to the city. It costs 50Yuanes, about 5 €, and in five minutes you are in the city. What´s more, if you go to Shanghai you can´t miss out on catching the world'...
Nanjing RoadShanghaiNanjing pedestrian street is in the Huangpu District of Shanghai between Tibet Middle Road and Henan Middle Road. Vehicles are prohibited, except for small trains that serve tourists travelling along the road which is 1200m long and...
Jin Mao TowerShanghaiThat night we looked into the river, and suddenly the city appeared. Lets forget for a moment about the number of Chinese people around us and remain awe-struck at the sight of the spectacular lights and towers, all very impressive....
Beijing Olympic StadiumBeijingThe Beijing National Stadium (better known as the Bird's Nest) is one of the most emblematic buildings of the Olympics. The unusual shape is similar to a large lit up nest, that's made up of several interlocking strips, functioning ...
People's SquareShanghaiPeople's Square serves as the bustling center for the city of Shanghai, both commercially with its nearby shops and streets, and with its central metro stop. From here the views are a reflection of the new China. The building design...
Qibao Old StreetShanghaiQi Bao is written in Chinese: 七宝 which means seven (七) treasures (宝), but I'm sure it's a city that you will love so much that you´ll be able to think of a few more. In Japanese these symbols are called Shippo, so when I talk about ...
PudongShanghaiPudong is Shanghai's financial center where you can find some of the most beautiful skylines in the world ... It´s the area with the most skyscrapers per square meter in the world . At night it´s impressive to see. One tip I give is...
HutongBeijingThe hotel is located in the Hutong area in Beijing, on Leo Street Inn. The hotel is in a traditional and somewhat grimy area. Inside there are two levels, the top part with a low roof. The ceilings and walls are made of wood and th...
The preserved historic houses lie among small traditional water channels by way of streets, which provide the Imperial Canal that served to supply water to the cities of the north, while it was the primary means of communication for...
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