One of the reasons why China is one of the most visited countries in the world is because it brings together impressive natural spaces and ancestral culture. Both together will leave anyone who dares to travel to the Far East open-mouthed. Exoticca wants to show you what are the most incredible places to visit in China that you should not miss when you plan your trip to these fascinating country. Read on!
7 incredible places to visit in China
“Eden is in heaven and on earth are Suzhou and Hangzhou”. This is what an ancient Chinese proverb says to describe the Chinese Venice, Suzhou. Just 30 minutes away from Shanghai, this is a city full of channels, gardens and exquisitely well-preserved pagodas. This makes this city a perfect getaway from the jungle of skyscrapers that Shanghai is.
2.- Hong Kong
The second on our list of incredible places to visit in China is Hong Kong. Those who love big cities will enjoy Hong Kong for sure. It is one of the most modern cities in the world and very well known for its contrasts. You can contemplate the fascinating skyscrapers illuminated by a light show that runs daily at 8:00 pm from the Avenue of the Stars. You should not leave Hong Kong without climbing up Victoria Peak, the highest mountain in the city. Preferable at dusk. Save a few days of your trip to live like an authentic local and discover Cantonese food at night markets, party at Lan Kwai Fong or climb up and down the longest stairs in the world, The Central-Mid-Level escalators.
These mountains full of vegetation on the banks of the Li River attract thousands of backpackers every year. You can be one of them and be delighted by the scenery and the activities that Yangshuo offers. In addition to the popular rafting in bamboo boats, it is a good idea to reserve a few days in the area to spend your time biking among rice fields or visiting some of the beautiful caves in the mountains. Plenty of reasons to include Yangshuo in our list of incredible places to visit in China.
The ancient cities of Dali, Shaxi, Lijiang or Shangri-La are some of the gifts that this region has to offer when you dare to visit the southwest of the country. With no doubt, a must in any list of incredible places to visit in China. The rice terraces of Yuangyang stand out as one of the most beautiful one in Asia. The Tiger Falls Gorge, the deepest river canyon in the world, can also be found in Yunnan. The proximity of this area of China to Southeast Asia and the mountains of Tibet results in an interesting combination of ethnic minorities.
5.- The Great Wall
Contrary to what the myth says, the Great Wall cannot be seen from space. However, the spectacular wall of more than 21,000 kilometres in length is one of the main attractions of the country and one of the most incredible places to visit in China. This fortification began to be built in the V century a.C. but continued to expand until the fifteenth century for protection against the constant threats of invasion. Although many areas have been heavily damaged, the wall is still standing and can easily be visited from Beijing. The best preserved and, therefore, the most touristic stretch is Badaling (80 kilometres from the capital) but if you want more adventure do not miss visiting the areas of Simatai and Jinshanling.
You have probably heard of the terracotta army. A 3rd century BC of more than 8,000 life-size terracotta figures, with its entourage of horses and floats. But there is much more to see there. The Silk Road used to finish in this city. In Xi’an, you can find the most traditional China represented by a beautiful wall and the grand towers of the Bell and the Drum, as well as a Muslim neighbourhood so authentic that you will not know if you are in the Asian giant or in Morocco.
The capital of China is a great city and not only because of its huge population density (more than 22 million inhabitants) but for the huge number of points of interest to visit. Modernity and tradition mix here so you can find architectural wonders such as the Temple of Heaven or the Forbidden City. Both places with a lot of history such as Tian’anmen Square or Mao Zedong Mausoleum next to skyscrapers and avant-garde shops and restaurants.
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