China Destinations: Top Places To Visit In China

Dec 20, 2023

China, the largest country in East Asia, is a fascinating land. From ancient wonders to modern marvels, there is no shortage of incredible places to explore in this vast nation.

The Great Wall – an iconic marvel of China.

Visitors making their first trip to China usually don’t know exactly what most destinations to come, or how long to stay. Here are the best places to visit in China that are sure to keep you coming back.

Tiananmen Square holds cultural significance as the site of pivotal events in Chinese history.

Beijing 

Beijing is the current capital city and remains one of the most popular places to visit in China. Its history dates back more than 3,000 years and much of that history is still alive within its borders. The city is home to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the National Museum of China, and the Great Wall. These attractions are perfect for offering glimpses into the country’s rich culture and ancient architecture. Three days are suitable for you to sightsee around the city with all that highlights.

Forbidden City in China is an imperial palace with a history spanning over 500 years.

Hangzhou
Famed for its natural scenery, Hangzhou and its West Lake have been immortalized by countless poets and artists. West Lake, with its ancient buildings and gardens, is a tranquil haven for relaxation and spiritual reflection. Visitors will find pagodas, temples, walking paths and tea farms along its shores. Don’t forget to taste Dragon Well or Longjing tea is great for health and wellbeing. One day is enough to go around this main highlight.

West Lake in Hangzhou is surrounded by ancient buildings and lush gardens.

Shanghai 

Located on the East China Sea and the mouth of the Yangtze River, Shanghai is the largest and most developed city in China.The most popular place to go for a stroll is the Bund. Called “Wall Street of the East”, Bund is a famous waterfront area in Shanghai that’s lined with colonial architecture of European design. One day is a good amount of time to discover skyscrapers and historic buildings. 

The Bund is a waterfront area and a protected historical district in central Shanghai.

Xi’an

Xi’an, an ancient city in central China, is steeped in history and culture. The iconic Terracotta Army, an archaeological marvel, stands as a testament to China’s imperial past. The Wild Goose Pagoda and Ancient City Wall are cultural treasures that harmonize with Xi’an.. Strolling along those well-preserved structures provides a glimpse into Xi’an’s historical prominence and offers panoramic views of the city. Two days is a great choice to uncover the imperial glory of ancient China.

Terracotta Warriors – The first Qin emperor of China.

Yi chang

Yichang, the gateway to the Yangtze River, the largest river in Asia. Embarking on a Yangtze River cruise offers a mesmerizing journey through the heart of China. Cruises typically navigate the Three Gorges, the scenic Shennong Stream, and the culturally rich Xiao Guang Shan Ancient Folk Culture Park. Four days cruising on Yangtze River will promise a seamless blend of natural wonders and cultural experiences. 

The Yangtze River is the longest in the world to flow entirely within one country.

Suzhou

Suzhou, known as the Venice of the Orient for its exquisite canals, bridges, pagodas and gardens. Suzhou has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a fantastic place to learn more about Chinese culture. Don’t forget to go discover the history of silk-making in Suzhou, known as the Silk Capital of China. It is said to be the largest silk manufacturer in the country. One day is enough to unravel the secrets of silk-making, a craft deeply embedded. 

Suzhou, a city west of Shanghai, is known for its canals, bridges and classical gardens. 

Whether you’re captivated by history, enchanted by nature, or intrigued by cultural heritage, China beckons with a myriad of experiences. Let Asia Vacation Group be your guide to unveil these top destinations in China!