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6 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in China

Looking all the way back at China's vast territory and history, is it even surprising that China has so many attractions to pick from? Personally, we would recommend you explore them all, but should you happen to be on a time crunch, here is our pick of 6 top-rated tourist attractions in China.

1

The Great Wall of China in Beijing

Possibly the most iconic symbols of China, the Great Wall is the longest wall in the world and is said to be the only monument big enough to be visible even from the outer-space! Its winding path over the rugged landscape makes for some terrific scenery and can sometimes have you wondering how awe-inspiring it is for an ancient defensive architectural piece!

2

The Terracotta Army in Xi'an

Said to have laid underground for more than 2000 years, this is one of the greatest archaeological sites to have been ever uncovered. It is significant because hundreds of detailed life-sized models representing the army that triumphed over other Chinese armies during the warring periods are depicted flawlessly with this marvellous creation. Many Xian China hotels would be willing to arrange for a tour should you prefer to pay a visit. Hotels such as Grand Park Xian are famous for their exceptional service, so if you would require any further information about any surrounding tourist attractions, all you have to do is ask!

3

The forbidden city in Beijing

What was once called the 'palace city' where ordinary people were forbidden from entering, came to later be known as the 'forbidden city'. Featuring over 8000 rooms with golden roofs elegantly designed and painted in red and yellow, this is an extravagant demonstration of ancient Chinese architecture. It was the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties for over 560 years, during which period, 24 emperors are said to have resided here. We cannot think of a better way to describe this city as a treasure house of Chinese cultural and historical relics!

4

The Bund in Shanghai

This is one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai. It portrays to the rest of the world the rich cultural backdrop that the country possesses with its colonial European buildings and skyscrapers as well as one of the most refined business districts in the world over. It was the most prosperous area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

5

The Li River in Guilin

This is possibly the most preferred location of all among the artistic crowd and we can completely understand why. Generations of Chinese painters and poets have been inspired to come up with their greatest work having experienced the beauty of nature here. Today, it is a wildly famous photography destination. The 83-kilometer long section of the Li river between Guilin and Yangshuo is just exceptionally beautiful. To add to the serene beauty that is the Li River is its backdrop of startling hills, steep cliffs and farming villages lined with bamboo groves

6

Giant Pandas in Chengdu

Like the adorable Koalas to Australia, china has its Pandas- and you know how both adults and kids alike simply love their charming ways! Although it is possible for you to catch a glimpse of these fluffy beauties at one of the zoos, we would recommend visiting a 'panda's hometown'. There are three such places you could go to; Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre, Dujiangyan Panda Valley and Bifengxia Panda Base. While Chengdu Panda Centre is north of the city and is the more established out of the three, Bifengxia is 2 hours from Chengdu and has more pandas in their natural habitat. However, if what you are looking for is to get as close as you can to pandas, you might want to consider a volunteer program at Bifengxia or Dujiangyan Panda Valley.

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