Places to visit in China
Think of China and you're probably already familiar with its great wall, enormous cities and iconic food. But did you know it's also home to lush countryside, ancient palaces and soaring mountains? From the peaceful Yangtze River — the longest in Asia — to the bustling streets of Beijing, a holiday to China is full of contrasts, surprises and some of the most unique culture clashes in the world. As such a diverse and culturally rich country, knowing where to go and how to navigate China can seem overwhelming. To help, our Asia Experts have listed their favourite destinations below as well as recommended China holiday itineraries.
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An electric mix of past and present, China’s capital Beijing can easily take up a week of your time; there’s so much to see and do. Walk atop the Great Wall and soak up the mountain scenery or take in the dynastic history at the Forbidden City and Summer Palace. Witness the rise of modern China through the innovative architecture of the CBD, then taste your way through the city’s expansive array of traditional Chinese and contemporary international cuisine.
China in its most modern incarnation, Shanghai is a city of infectious buzz and anytime action. Perched on the banks of the Yangtze River, this thriving metropolis is known for its clash of architectural styles, incredible local and international cuisine, eclectic night-life, exotic markets and fascinating history. Stick to the glitz and glamour of the Bund, on the banks of the Huangpu River, or discover the Shanghai of yesteryear with a wander through the city’s backstreets.
The start of the legendary Silk Route, Xi’an has long been top of the list of must-visit cities in China due to the presence of the Terracotta Warriors, a stern-faced army of clay soldiers built 2,200 years ago. While these figures are the number one draw, be sure to wander (or even cycle) the fortifications of the ancient city too, a loop which takes around 4 hours, and mingle with the locals in the winding alleyways of the Muslim Quarter.
The vast majority of Chengdu’s visitors come for attractions of the black and white kind. The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, found 11 miles north of the city, is home to 60 of these much-loved bears. Visitors are allowed pretty close, and if you’re lucky you might be able to pop in to the nursery and see the newest panda cubs, adorable balls of fluff snoozing in their incubators. Back in town, don’t miss a visit and a cuppa at one of Chengdu’s atmospheric teahouses.