Are you thrilled for planning a tour to China? You are doing the right thing. Just grab your camera, get your backpack ready, and book your ticket, as soon you will discovering a list of best cities to visit in China. The country has a rich cultural diversity, and natural heritage, especially The Great Wall that brings millions of tourists every year.
China Travel Highlights
- The Great Wall of China
- Huangguoshu Waterfall
- Li River
- Forbidden City
- Elephant trunk hill
- Hukou Waterfall
- Yu Garden
- Chengdu research base of giant pandas
- Changsha Window of the World
- Baiyangyu Great Wall
- Huangya Pass
- Terracotta Army
Top 50 cities to visit in China
Beside the Great Wall, there are many other tourists’ destinations that people that discover such as The Forbidden City, Huangguoshu Waterfall, Great Panda research base, Xixi National Park, and many other destinations. Each city of China has something unique to offer to tourists. So you should know about the best cities to visit in China, and what you can find there.
- Beijing (Forbidden City, Great Wall of China)
In a China adventure tour, one can’t miss visit Beijing. It is one of the best cities to visit in China. The city offers tourists uncountable attractions, starting from the Great of China. The Forbidden City, is the top notch tourist attraction in the city. Beside that, there are hundreds of temples, historic building, and parks that people can visit in the city. You can also learn about the Chinese Kung Fu culture at Fragrant Hills Park in the Haidian District of the city.
Forbidden City Facts
- Forbidden City is an imperial palace that served as a residency for several kings of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
- It served as the residency of kings and their households for a span of 500 years.
- It covers an area of 72 hectares.
- There are 980 buildings located in the Forbidden City.
- It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The Forbidden City is twice in size of Vatican City.
- People can visit the Forbidden City without a Visa.
- Shanghai (Nanjing Road, Yu Garden)
After visiting the capital, you can move to take your ride to Shanghai, also to be the “Palace of the Orient”, as there are many beautiful places to visit in the city. One thing you can do in the city is to visit the famous Nanjing road where you can shop all the things that you have planned to buy in China. You can relax your mind as you visit the famous Yu Garden in the city or you can visit any China spa center, plenty of them located in Shanghai.
- Xian (Terracotta Army, Fortification of Xian)
The Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors is the top notch attraction in the Xian city. Beside that, you can photograph the Xian fortification or you can shop traditional Chinese goods from the Shulin market. There are many other natural and historic sites that tourists can visit in Xian.
Terracotta Army Museum
- Terracotta Army Museum was constructed during the reign of first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.
- 700000 laborers constructed the complex over a span of 40 years.
- In the complex, there are sculptures of 8000 soldiers, 130 chariots, and 670 horses.
- The complex covers an area of 20 square miles.
- Every soldier in the complex has a unique shape, and most of the soldier have a height of 5.8 inches.
- Chengdu (Mount Qingcheng, Chengdu research base of giant pandas )
If you love Pandas, you can visit Chengdu as the host of a large species of giant pandas in the Sichuan sanctuary. It is unique, and that is why it is considered as one of the best cities to visit in China. Besides the sanctuary, there are many temples and religious sites in the city, as well as some old neighborhoods. Walking in the Jin Li and Huanglongxi Historic Town will familiarize you the great architecture of Qing Kingdom. There are many old houses and street in these neighborhoods that people can visit while walking on their feet.
- Hangzhou (Xixi National Park)
West Lake and Leifeng Pagoda are the chief tourist’s destinations in Hangzhou. Besides that, you can visit the Xixi Wetland national park located at the western part of the city.
- Guilin (Elephant trunk hill)
Guilin offers people scenic sights on the Li River that connect the city with Hunan to its north. People can also discover the mysterious Reed flute cave and the Elephant trunk hill located at the junction of the Taohua River and the Lijiang River. Longsheng Rice Terrace is also a popular sight to see in the city.
- Yangshuo (Li River)
Yangshuo is a popular tourist spot for mountain trekkers. People come to visit the town to discover its natural landscape and hike to the famous moon hill located south of Yangshuo across the Jingbao River. The hill has a height of 50 meters. Entrance is not free and you have to pay money to climb up the hill.
- Suzhou (Hanshan temple)
Suzhou is famous for its classical garden, especially the Humble Administrator’s Garden and the Lingering Garden, which both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Beside gardens, there are several Buddhist temples and religious sites in the city.
- Lijiang (Jade dragon snow mountain)
Closer to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang city famous old town attract thousands of tourists. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Standing high on the lion hill, people can picturesque the entire city. It is a worth visit county village in China.
- Guangzhou (Baiyun Mountain)
There are a lot of things that people can do in Guangzhou such as the Pearl River cruise. Learning and discovering the story of the 72 martyrs in the Guangzhou Xinhai Uprising will be a unique experience in the city. Besides that, there are many temples and religious sites in the city.
- Zhangjiajie (Zhangjiajie National Forest Park)
If you want to discover some natural beauty, you can visit Zhangjiajie where you will find some of the most beautiful nature reserve. Tourist’s spots in the city include the Baofeng Lake boat trips, and trekking in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
- Anshun (Huangguoshu Waterfall)
People who love waterfall need to visit Anshun as it hosts the biggest waterfall in China, i.e. Huangguoshu Waterfall. It is a major tourist attraction and derives millions of people to Anshun every year.
- Yan’an (Hukou Waterfall)
Yan’an is a prefecture-level city famous for being the host of Hukou Waterfall, which is the largest waterfall on the Yellow River. It is the top notch tourist attraction in the city and most of the tourists come here to visit the Hukou Waterfall.
- Yanbian (Changbai Waterfall)
Yanbian has a large population of Korean living in the city. And for this reason the city is an Autonomous Prefecture. There are several mountains in the city. The Yellow river starts from the Yanbian city. It hosts the famous Changbai Waterfall, a popular tourist attraction. There are several public parks and a few temples that people can visit in the city.
- Ngawa Tibetan (Pearl Shoal Waterfall)
In the Ngawa town, people can discover the great Pearl Shoal Waterfall. Beside that there are several monasteries and religious places in the town. People of the town celebrate several festivals including the Horse Race Festival, Zachong Festival, Great Prayer Festival, and the four-six festival.
- Nanjing (Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum)
The city, Nanjing also attracts millions of visitors every year as there are many tourist spots in the city, including the Xuanwu Lake, Stone City, the Wall, Linggu Temple, Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum, and plenty of other sites. It will take you an entire month to visit the several different attractions of the city.
- Kunming (Yuantong Temple)
Kunming attracts millions of people in the month of Summer. It is the first achiever in the 10 best summer resort cities of China. It is a transport hub for people traveling to other cities of the Yunnan province. Inside the city, there is a theme park, the Kingdom of Little People that features dwarfism. Little people sing and dance on stage, which is inspiring, but they also receive criticism from different human organizations. Yuantong Temple is the chief tourist spot and religious center for the Buddhist community.
- Qingdao (Zhanshan Temple)
Qingdao is a seaside city and has one of the China’s naval base. Tourism is centered towards seaside attractions, such as beaches and waterfront hotels. Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center attracts tourists as a major sailing location and cruise trips. Shilaoren Beach is the most famous beach in the city. Lastly, you can visit the Small Qingdao Island or the Lute Island as it looks like from the sky at night.
- Changsha (Changsha Window of the World)
There are many different tourist attractions in the Changsha city, including its famous Window of the World. The city museum also attracts thousands of visitors every day. You can also enjoy the Xiangjiang River cruise or you can visit the Yuelu Hill Park. There are many religious sites, cultural, and historic building in the city that people can visit all around the week.
- Hongcun (Hongcun Ancient Village)
Hongcun is an ancient village located in the Yi County. It is located at the southwestern foot of Huangshan Mountain, one of the most scenic mountains in China. Hongcun village is a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you got your interest in ancient art and Chinese architecture, Hongun is the place for you.
- Dali (Dali Ancient City)
“Three Pagodas and Chongsheng Temple” is the top notch travel destination in the Dali city. It attracts thousands of tourists to the city. Secondly, the old town Xizhou, in the city, mesmerizes international tourists to discover the Chinese old houses and architectural work.
- Pingyao (Pingyao Ancient City)
In 2011, New York Times listed Pingyao as one the top 41 best attractions in the World. The ancient city is known for its beautiful Han architectural preserved houses. It is a must-see attraction that you need to visit during your trip in China.
- Shenzhen (Splendid China Folk Village)
Shenzhen is one of the 5 wealthiest cities of China. It is an important city as it links China mainland with Hong Kong. Huawei company headquarter is located in the city. There are many modern buildings in the city. Folk Village is a theme park that you can visit during your tour to Shenzhen. Happy Valley and Mount Wutong trekking are a few fun things to do in Shenzhen.
- Harbin (Bingxue Big World)
Some tourists spots in Harbin City include the Saint Sophia cathedral, Harbin Ice and Snow World, Siberian Tiger Park, Polarland, Sun Island, and a few other attractions. Just take you next ride to the Harbin City.
- Dujiangyan (Dujiangyan irrigation system)
If you want to discover the engineering skills of ancient Chinese, Dujiangyan will give you that. The city’s ancient irrigation system speaks about the heights of engineering of the ancient people of China. It is ancient, but still working in the city.
- Tianjin (Huangya Pass)
Tianjin is a big metropolitan city in China mainland. The city has a rich architectural background coming from the 18th and the 19th century. There are many tourists attractions in the city such as ancient culture street, drum tower, the city museum, opera house, and many other attractions.
- Xiamen (Gulangyu Island)
There are several scenic beaches and religious sites in the city. The city is popular for its unique music, puppet shows, opera, and religious celebrations.
- Wuhan (Hubei Provincial Museum)
The city is known for its beautiful theme park (Happy Valley), inland lake, Buddhist temples, and folk culture. The city museum is also an interesting sight for international and national tourists.
- Shenyang (Mukden Palace)
Tour highlights of Shenyang city include the Mukden Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Meteorite Mountain Forest Park, Qipan Mountain, Beijing Park, and the botanical gardens of the city.
- Wuzhen (Wuzhen Water Town)
Wuzhen, also known as the Venice of the east as the city lies inside the water body and the streets are all covered by water. Boats are needed to move across different areas of the city. The main attractions of the city include the city canal town, riverside sculpture, city museum, and half-moon bridges.
- Zhengzhou (Henan Museum)
The main travel spots in Zhengzhou include the Song Mountain, where the Shaolin Temple is located. It is a World Geopark, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other attractions include Henan Museum, Mausoleums of Song Dynasty, and the Kang Baiwan’s Mansions.
- Chengde (Putuo Zongcheng Temple)
There are many temples and religious sites in the Chengde city. Major attractions include the Potala Palace, Temple of Universal Happiness, Imperial Summer Palace, and the scenic Chengde Qingchui Mountain, also known as Hammer Mountain.
- Yuanyang (Duoyishu)
The city of Yuanyang has a beautiful landscape. You can enjoy walking along the rice field terrace of the city. Picturing the beautiful fields and bizarre formations of the town will give you a unique and splendid experience.
- Huangshan (Huangshan Mountain)
Huangshan is known for the famous Yellow Mountain that attracts millions of tourists to the city every year. There are several myths and stories about the mountain. So visiting this city is a must in your tour to China.
- Lhasa (Potala Palace)
The Potala Palace is the top notch tourist attraction in the city. It has a rich cultural and religious diversity. The Potala Palace in the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Chongqing (Three Gorges)
Economic Intelligence Unit describes Chongqing as one of the 13 emerging megacities. The main attractions of Chongqing city include Temple of White Emperor, Egongyan Bridge, Qutang Gorge, and the Great Hall of the People. Bicycling in the city would be a challenging job. The city gives a splendid panoramic view.
- Shantou (Zhongshan Park)
There are several religious sites in the Shantou city, including the temple of the goddess (Matsu), Emperor Guan temple, and other religious places. Also you can visit Nan’ao Island, rated as the most beautiful island by China’s National Geographic magazine.
- Chuzhou (Zuiweng Pavilion)
Zuiweng Pavilion, Langya temple and the Deep Elegant Lake are some popular tourists attractions in the city.
- Nanning (Yangmei Ancient Town)
History folks would love to discover the Yangmei Ancient Town. The town has a rich heritage of Chinese architecture from the Ming Dynasty. Other places of interest in Nanning include, Qingxiu Mountain, botanical gardens, People’s Park and the Zhenning Fort.
- Hefei (Shushan Forest Park)Ancient town of Sanhe, Hui Gardens, and a few religious temples such as the Temple of Lord Bao are the major attractions in the Hefei city.
- Fuzhou (Xichan Temple)
Just like other cities of China, there are many religious temples in the Fuzhou city. Hualin Temple is the prominent religious site in the city. There are many theme parks and tourist attraction in the city. Chating Park, Zuohai Park, Minjiang Park, Pingshan, Mount Jinniu Park, are a few theme parks that you can visit during your trip to the Fuzhou city.
- Chaozhou(Guangji Bridge)
Chaozhou is known for its rich culture and historical background. It is also referred as “the classic tourist city”. The city hosts 600 historic relics and other cultural objects. There are many old buildings in the city that dates back to the Song Dynasty. Guangji Bridge is a notable spot that people can visit in Chaozhou City.
- Pingxiang (Wugong Mountains)
Wugong Mountain is the top notch tourist spot in the Pingxiang City. It is one hour drive from the city downtown. Nielongdong (Sinful Dragon Cave) is also an interesting sight to see in the city. It is just a 20 minute drive from the city downtown.
- Danzhou (Danzhou Old City)
The ancient town of Danzhou City kept tourist attention visiting the city. You can also enjoy cruise trips on the Songtao Reservoir. On the Sea Forest Park is another interested sight that people must see in Danzhou City.
- Kaiping (Kaiping Diaolou)
Chikan European Style Street is the major attraction in Kaiping City. It is the place where Chinese architecture converges with the European style houses. There are some Roman ruins in the city including a nine floors built Diaolou and some other attractions.
- Jinzhou (Ancient Tower Park)
Jinzhou Ancient Tower Park is the main attraction of the city. Mount Bijia is an island popular for tourist having an interest in hiking and mountain trekking. You can hike all the way top to the Mount Bijia located in the island.
- Qinhuangdao (Shanhaiguan Scenic Area)
Qinhuangdao Wildlife Park is the major tourist attraction in the city. It is the China’s second largest wildlife park. Secondly, you can visit the Shanhaiguan scenic area or the Pass of the Mountain and the Sea. It will take you a whole day to discover the historic landmark of the Shanhaiguan scenic area.
- Qian’an (Baiyangyu Great Wall)
Baiyangyu Great Wall is the major tourist attraction in the city. There is a Buddha temple embedded in the mountain that you can access from the Wall.
- Taishan (Shangchuan Island)
Shangchuan Island is the main attraction in the city. The island host several serene beaches and hotels. Bike rental and golf courses are available on the island.
Tourists come to the Qujing city as the city is the host of Jiulong (9 dragons) Waterfall. You can spend hours walking down the river and take pictures of the beautiful scenery, but it will not tired you. Visiting the waterfall would be a lifetime experience.