Top Things To Do In China
activities suggested for China trip
- China tops things to to refers to the most famous attraction, activities, performance or even a city should be listed in your sightseeing trip. The content on this page is composed based on 18 years China tour operating.
Top things to do in China show you the attraction and activity should be included in your China tour itinerary, especially your first China sightseeing trip.
Take Light Hiking on Great Wall
Being the first attraction you should visit, Great Wallt(长城) of China was built between the 7th century BC and 17th century BC. Built to protect the empire from northern invaders, Great Wall of China stretches through the countryside over mountain, deserts and plains for 8,851.8 kilometers.
Beijing is the best city to see Great Wall, because most Great Wall sections are not far from downtown, and most of them are in good condition. Most Beijing one day tours and package tours covers sightseeing Badaling Great Wall and Mutianyu Great Wall. Badaling Great Wall is the best reserved section near Beijing and it is very famous in local Chinese. Great Wall at Mutianyu combines with beautiful natural green and it is not so crowded as Badaling. These two sections of Great Wall are available in both private tour and join in group trip.
If you are a photographer, Jinshanling Great Wall is the best place to take photo of the grand walls. Gubeikou Great Wall is the best section to discover Great Wall before restoration.
It is also available to visit Great Wall in many cities of China, Such as Beijing, Qinhuangdao, Tianjin, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Jinan, Tangshan, Huludao, etc. But the wall at these places are not comparable with sections in Beijing.
All Great Wall sections are available to take a light hiking along the wall, for 1 to 2 hours.
Discovering Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum
Beijing the eighth wonder of the world, Terracotta Warriors(兵马俑) is located in lintong, around 50 km east of Xian. 6000 pottery figures and bronze Chariot of 2000 years ago are available in the museum. Each terracotta figure differs in face, height, cloth, hair and even gestures.
The discovering trip of Terracotta Warriors is available to be completed within one day with a private tour or a bus tour.
Visit Ancient Imperial Palace - Forbidden City
Being the imperial court of around 500 years, 24 emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasty live and work in Forbidden City(故宫). The south section of the palace work as the office of emperor, the north section is the living place of emperor and his family. An imperial garden is available at the north end. There are around 9000 rooms in the palace, which needs one to two days to visit them all; but most travelers spend 2 hours in this attraction to visit the main buildings along the central axis, from south to north.
Forbidden City is a must attraction in all Beijing package tours. It is also available to take a one day or half day trip. Forbidden City visiting is available in both private tour and seat in coach tour (join in tour).
Tiananmen Square is located south of Forbidden City. It can be visited before entering the south gate of Forbidden City.
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Take a Cruising Along Yangtze River
Being the longest river of China and the third longest river on the earth, Yangtze River(长江) is one of the most popular attractions of China. Most foreign travelers visit this grand river by cruise ship from Chongqing to Yichang, which is the most beautiful part of Yangtze River. The highlights of the sightseeing of Yangtze River Cruise covers Wu Gorge, Qutang Gorge, Xiling Gorge, Three Gorges Dam, Fengdu Ghost City and Shennong Stream. The first three gorges is only available to visit by cruise ship; the last three attractions are available to disembark to visit.
The Yangtze River cruise needs reservation and payment in advance. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation are included in the quotation.
Watch An Amazing Performance - Tang Dynasty Show
Tang Dynasty Show combines music and dance of Tang style to present you a pleasant evening in Xian. It bring you back to more than one thousand years ago via traditional dance and Chinese musical instrument. It is helpful to know Chinese art and culture.
The admission is expensive, but believe me, it worth the money. It is also available to taste Chinese dumpling banquet before performance.
The theater is located in downtown Xian, which is convenient for you to arrange the performance in the evening before departure date.
Discover Traditional Culture of China in Shanxi
Shanxi is located in Central China, between Beijing and Xian. This is a place to discover local Chinese culture as well as custom.
The top attractions of Shanxi is Yungang Grottoes, Shanhua Temple, Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, Hanging Temple, Wangjia Courtyard, Pingyao Ancient City, Jinci Temple, etc.
Chinese traditional building technique and religious housing and craving skill are fully expressed in the attractions.
Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo
Guilin is located in south part of China, famous for the unbelievable beauty of green hill and kast cave on the earth. Yangshuo is is a small town around 80 km southeast of Guilin city. Many travelers take light hiking or cycling in the countryside of Yangshuo(阳朔). Li River connects Guilin and Yangshuo, which creates a world famous tourism activity - Li River Cruise. The cruising starts from a pier out of Guilin city and ends at the dock of Yangshuo. You may take a short sightseeing of Yangshuo before being transferred back to Guilin, but most travelers prefer to stay one or two nights to discover the beautiful village near Yangshuo.
The Dragon-backbone Rice Terrace is also in this area, you may cover it while plan a trip to Guilin.
Discover The History of Ancient China
The history of Henan Province represent the history of China. The history of Henan can be traced back to more than 3700 years ago. Xia, Shang and Zhou Dynasty were all founded in this province. It is believed that China is developed start from Henan.
The cities suggested to visit covers Anyang, Luoyang, Zhengzhou, Kaifeng and Dengfeng.
Most foreign travelers know Henan because of Shaolin Temple, which is located in Dengfeng (between Zhengzhou and Luoyang). You are suggested to know some truth of Chinese history when you plan a trip of China. It is enought to visit Henan History Museum for normal travelers. Anyang(安阳), a small city north of Zhengzhou, must be visited if you are a history fan or a historian. You will have a jaw dropped discovering.
There are many water towns located in the area of Shanghai Suzhou and Hangzhou. Most of them covers ancient residential houses and the elegant watery views, which shows the profound Chinese culture background. Some water towns also tell you a local story closely related with a part of Chinese history.
It is available visit the water towns on foot or rent a boat and take a leisure slide in the waterways.
The typical water towns includes Zhujiajiao, Zhouzhuang, Xitang, Tongli and Wuzhen. It is available to complete the water town tour within one day. So many travelers start from Shanghai, visit water town and then drive back to Shanghai for accommodation.
Enjoy Chinese Garden Art in Suzhou
Suzhou Garden is famous in China. And most foreign travelers prefer to include them in the sightseeing trip. The garden art combines green water, green plants, articulated stone and elegant Chinese traditional buildings to offer you a harmony and relaxing space.
Humble Administrator's Garden (拙政园) is often included in the garden trip of Suzhou. I think one or two gardens is enough in a one day trip.
Visit The Biggest City of China - Shanghai
Being the biggest city in China, Shanghai(上海) show you the combination of old district and new developed zone.
The old district presents the outline of old Shanghai of 100 years ago. You may get the old view at Shanghai Old Street, Yu Market, City God Temple as well as the House Setting Museum of Old Shanghai. The exhibition hall under Oriental Pearl TV Tower offers you a scene of old Shanghai by full-sized wax figure.
New Shanghai brings you the skyscrapers stands at Pudong new district, Maglev train, prosperous stores of Huaihai road as well as the modern buildings of Shanghai Expo.