China Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in China

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Great Wall of China
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Ever wanted to see one of the most magnificent works of art in the world? The Great Wall of China is a work of art and is one that must be seen when you are in the vicinity of China. Stretching well over 3,948 miles in length it is one of the few man-made structures visible from space. The wall follows from east to west and its history goes back for over 2000 years. While much of the wall has come to ruin, it is one of the most historical pieces of architectural design in the whole world and is a must-see when visiting China.

Somewhere around the 7th century B.C, walls were built to help deter enemies coming from the north. When the Qin Dynasty came to be, the Wall expanded and continued even during the Ming Dynasty. The Great Wall of China was constructed over hills, mountains, and valleys and was built with protection in mind. With signal towers and moats, the Wall helped to keep the dynasties safe. Most of what is left of the Wall today was constructed during the Ming Dynasty and continues to stand the test of time... read more arrow

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Forbidden City
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Forbidden to outsiders no longer, enter the Forbidden City, the most famous attraction in the heart of Beijing, China, and see the former imperial palace, which now houses the Palace Museum. For almost five hundred years, from the mid-Ming Dynasty until the end of the Qing Dynasty, the Forbidden City was the home of the Emperor and the Emperor's household and was the political and ceremonial center of the Chinese government. 

The Forbidden City of China took 15 years to build and was constructed between 1406 and 1420. Surviving within the ancient complex are 980 buildings and a grand total of 8,707 rooms. The entire complex covers 720,000 meters or 2,362,204.80 square feet of land. It was built in the traditional style, with the architecture reminiscent of other traditional palace architecture in China. 

These ancient wooden structures are incredibly well preserved and have led in part to the Forbidden City having been named a World Heritage Site in 1987... read more arrow

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Jiuzhai Valley
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Tucked away in the mountains of the northern part of the Sichuan Province of China is the Jiuzhai Valley (or Jiuzhaigou National Park). It is a haven for nature lovers and birdwatchers. With its 72,000 square kilometers of forests, lakes, waterfalls and springs, it is home to rare animals and birds, such as the panda and the Sichuan takin. It is dubbed as the "Wonderland on Earth" because of its natural beauty and the diversity of its flora and fauna.

Its other claim to fame is its colorful lakes – turquoise, green and blue are the predominant colors. These lakes are very clear, owing to the lakes' high calcium carbonate content. The lakes are so clear that, sometimes, you can see right up to the bottom, which makes for an eerie yet fascinating effect. The three valleys (namely, the Shuzheng, Rize and Zechawa gullies) that comprise Jiuzhaigou form a Y shape.

The Jiuzhaigou National Park has a lot of interesting features... read more arrow
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Dali's Ancient City is also called the Backpackers' Paradise. The Bai culture draws tourists in to observe the fascinating culture of the Bai people. It was a walled city when it was first established over 600 years ago. A gate is located on each side of the wall. Over the years, the walls and the gates have suffered damages, but these were renovated in 1983. This ancient city is a favorite stopping point for those on the Great Silk Road. It had its markets and shops. What's great about the city is that it has largely preserved its original ambiance. Here, you can enjoy shopping for most of the traditional Chinese wares – silk, oil coints, silver ware, marble products and so much more. ... read more arrow
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Follow the path that Marco Polo once trod. Travel on the Great Silk Road. This trading caravan is a veritable feast of historical and cultural delights that will provide you with deeper insights into China and its connection to the Western world. A tour of the Great Silk Road will surely be an experience you will never forget. Savor and see for yourself the magic and mystery of the Silk Road, which offers ruins, amazing architecture and great highlights along the way. It served as a link to two very different worlds – East and West, Asia and Europe.

The Great Silk Road is thus named as its first item of trade is Chinese silk. When we speak of the Silk Road, we refer to the trade routes that connected China and the Roman Empire. These routes are over 2,000 years old! Its over 7,000 kilometers span the ancient capitals of Xi'an and Luoyang, on to the Yellow River and down to a stretch of mountains and deserts... read more arrow
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The Temple of Heaven is considered to be one of the holiest sites in China, particularly for Taoists who believe in Heaven worship. The Temple of Heaven is located south of the Forbidden City and is the place of worship for the monarchs of China. The Chinese royalty (primarily of the Qing and Ming dynasties) go to the temple to pray for good harvest via elaborate ceremonies and sacrifices.

The temple is made up of a set of Taoist buildings standing on over 6,000 acres of land. This makes it three times as large as the Forbidden City. Construction of the complex began in 1406 and was completed on 1420. The temple was built just about the same time as the Forbidden City, during the Yongle Emperor's reign. Originally dubbed the Temple of Heaven and Earth, they changed the name to "Temple of Heaven" during Emperor Jiajing's reign (16th century).

The temple complex has three main structures – the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, the Imperial Vault of Heaven, and the Earthly Mount... read more arrow
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The Yangtze River is Asia's longest river. Only the Amazon River and the Nile River are longer. Its 6,300 kilometers stretches from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau's snowy height in Western China. It is commonly called Chiang Jiang ("Long River") but, because it spans quite a lot of towns and regions, it also has quite a number of local names. The river is fed by over 700 tributaries but the main ones are Yalong, Min, Tuo Jiang, Wu Jiang, Jialing and Hun. At its origin, you can see the glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau, which also provides part of the river's waters by way of its melting ice and snow.

The scenery in which the River wends its way through is simply breathtaking. You can go on a cruise along the river and experience what the Yangtze has to offer in terms of picturesque landscapes, natural wonders, architectural gems and historic towns... read more arrow
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At the western end of the Gansu's Province Hexi Corridor, there lies an oasis of tranquility and beauty – the Dunhuang. This ancient town used to be a major point in the Great Silk Road of China. Its name is a combination of two words – grandness (dun) and prosperity (huan). It is located at the juncture of the Xinjiang, Gansu and Qinghai, which makes it very strategic for China's trading activities. Highlights of the Dunhuang include the Mogao Grottos, the Yumen Pass, the Yang Pass and Crescent Lake.

The Mogao Grottos

Also called the 1,000-Buddha Caves or the Dunhuang Grottos, the Mogao Grotto is one of the three major Buddhist sites in the country. It started with the Han Dynasty, up until the Tang dynasty. Over its 2,000 years of existence, it has accumulated an awesome collection of clay sculptures (numbering around 2,000) and frescoes... read more arrow
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Be enthralled with the natural museum that is Taishan Mountain. Have your fill of fantastic artwork and cultural relics that await you in this mountain, the leader of the so-called Five Sacred Mountains. Taishan Mountain sits majestically at the heart of Shandong Province in China, across the cities of Zibo, Tai'an and Jinan. On the north, you will find the Yellow River (the Yangtze) and on the east, the sea.

Mt. Taishan is the emperor's first stop upon his ascension to the throne. There, the new emperor beseeches his ancestors or heaven and earth to look down upon him and bless his reign with abundance. In all, over 70 emperors from different dynasties have made the trek to Taishan Mountain to perform the ceremony. Mount Taishan is considered a holy mountain and has made a great contribution to the development and establishment of Taosim and Buddhism... read more arrow
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Tiananmen Square is not just your ordinary park. It is replete with history, history that shook not only China but the whole world. Tiananmen Square (which literally means "Gate of Heavenly Peace") sits right at the heart of the city of Beijing and is an important tourist spot. Built in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty, it was the site where ceremonies of state were celebrated. Here, emperors made their important pronouncements and edicts before the people of China.

The area was originally smaller, but it was enlarged to its current size in 1949. It now has an area of 440,000 square meters, which makes it the largest open air urban square in the world. The square is a relaxing place. Its flower-filled gardens and wide open spaces are ideal for flying kites, taking a walk or just relaxing with loved ones and friends... read more arrow
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Imagine life-sized statues of magnificent warriors by the thousands, all lined up in battle order to accompany the emperor to the afterlife. The sight of over 8,000 terracotta figures of the army is simply awe-inspiring and unforgettable. It was discovered by farmers in 1974 and is considered the 20th century's most important archeological excavation. The collection of the terracotta warriors is so spectacular that it has placed Xi'an, in the Shaanxi Province of China, on the tourist map.

UNESCO Heritage Listed Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor

The vaults are to be found just east of the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang (east of Mount Ishan). The more than 16,000 square meters of replicas of the imperial guard and their horses and chariots are actually part of the mausoleum. These were buried with the Emperor in 210 to 209 B.C. They are testimonies of the pomp and grandeur that is offered to the Emperor, especially during the time of his death... read more arrow
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Tour the ancient and splendid city of Suzhou, with its rich cultural traditions, ancient houses and splendid landscapes. Suzhou, after all, is the capital of the Wu Kingdom during the 514 B.C. You will be in for a treat, as this city is famous for its scholars, architects, artists, and of course, its gardens. The beauty and artistry of the gardens are such that these are considered the best gardens in the world.

Suzhou is your place to be if you want to view classical and tranquil gardens, some of which you can trace back to as early as the 6th century B.C. To date, there are around 200 gardens, products of Suzhou's highly-developed culture and booming economy. The beauty and sheer number of these gardens are some of the main reasons why Suzhou is called the "earthly paradise" in this side of China.

Now, what is a classical garden? It is primarily a picture of the world... read more arrow

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