Top Things to do in China
China is a beguiling country for first timer in Asia. From one region to another, it boasts different characterful experiences that you can soak up. From admiring the Great Wall to cruising the Yangtze river, from taking photography trip in Guilin to uncover the secret of terracota army, here are some of the Top things to do in China:
Hike the Great WallListed in one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Great Wall should be in the bucket travel list of any China Trip. Ordinary travelers may just scan this magic sites for a quick photo shoots. However, a longer trek from 2 days or longer reveals more about authentic Chinese landscapes, architect and cultural value.
The easiest starting point is Beijing where there are local tour operators offering such impressive trek. Certainly, you can do a day trek in some other places along the 21,196 km of the Great Wall.
Explore Forbidden CityNo visit to Beijing is complete without exploring the Forbidden City. The wealthy of this site comes from its grandeur architect remaining from Ming Dynasty. It is the China's best preserved imperial palace, and also the largest ancient palatial structure in the world.
There are so many things to see behind the wall of Forbidden City. Make sure you keep 3 hours or half day to visit the site.
Photographer: Rod Waddington
Photography Tour in GuilinThere are reasons why photographers flock into Guilin. Partly, it is because of the photogenic Li river where bamboo raft floats along the waters, surrounding by rugged limestone mountain. Guilin also has a very intrigue fishing tradition and other cultural characters that differ from other places in China.
When it comes to the idea of photographing the nature, Guilin offers picturesaue rice terraces in Longji.
Waterfall hopping in HuangguoshuAmongst the top things to do in China, seeing Huang Guo Shu is a must. This is the largest fall in the country. It falls from the height of 67 meters and creating a pristine pool of Rhinoceros.
Depending on the season you visit, Huang Guo Shu has different water levels.
See Potala PalaceAnother Unesco Heritage site in China, Potala Palace is considered as the architectural masterpiece of Tibet. It was the residence of the Dalai Lama since 7th century symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism. Today it is a museum and World Heritage Site, and draws thousands of visitors worldwide. The stupas in the palace are actually Dalai Lamas' tombs and are decorated with precious metals and stones. Only 2300 visitors are allowed per day, so bookings need to be done well in advance, to explore this site.
Take a Food Tour in BeijingCertainly, China has so many styled cuisines varying from one city to another. Beijing is of no exception. Why doing food tour in Beijing ? it is gorgeous ! from the famous roasted duck to the iconic dimpsum dishes, Beijing has everything to satisfy your tounge even the most sophisticated foodie travelers.
It is not mention the fact the local food scene is so rich that you can grab everything from street food to michelin star restaurants. Beijing has a large selection of food tours that you can opt from vegetarian menus to traditional dishes too.
Capture Temple of HeavenConstructed between 1406 to 1420, this imperial temple was where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshiped the god of heaven and prayed for good harvests. Covering 2.73 square km, the gigantic temple complex comprises of three sections - The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, The Imperial Vault of Heaven and The Circular Mound Altar. Architecture enthusiast and history lovers would find this UNESCO World Heritage site fascinating.
Cruise Yangtze RiverLike Mekong River, Yangtze plays an important part in the Chinese life. The striking landscape along this river is something you should soak up if you have chance.
Along its bank, there appears many cultural spots that are perfect for shore excursions. Imagine a slow pace of travel, beholding the fantastic scenery gliding through your cabin`s windom.
Go off Beaten Track to Yuan YangKnown as one of the most photogenic places in China, Yuan Yang is truly a hiden gems in Yuan Nan province. The whole area is formed by cascading rice terraces which are similar to Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam.
It is hard to resist this paradise for photographers, especially when Yuan Yang turns into yellow in harvesting season.
Yuan Yang is also a very interesting site to experience the hill tribe life.
Unearth the secret of Terracotta ArmyConsidered as world’s greatest archaeological sites, the collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, is a must visit for anyone touring China. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century and features hundreds of life size model soldiers, horses and chariots in battle array that are basically created by moulded parts, that are fired, assembled and painted.
Step Back in time in Feng Huang Ancient TownFeng Huang or Phoenix ancient town is claimed as the most beautiful town in China. It treasures 400 years old history reflecting through timeless house rooftops, 200 ancient residences, 20 streets remaining from the time that town was established.
This is home to Miao and Tujia ethnic minorities.
Walk in the Stone ForestThis set of spectacular limestone formations located in Shilin Yi Autonomous County, Yunnan Province, in China, is a major tourist attraction. Over 270 million years of abusive geological processes, and erosion by water has carved the limestone into the present formation of karsts. Labyrinth of varied shapes such as pinnacle shaped, column shaped, mushroom shaped and pagoda shaped stones feature in this 400 square km area. For tourists, apart from this natural beauty, there’s an opportunity to enjoy the delightful performance of Sani minority people, who live around the Stone Forest.
Follow the pilgrimage to Leshan Giant BuddhaCarved into the side of Mt. Lingyun, this colossal statue of 71 mt height is over 1,300 years old and is considered to be the largest stone Buddha in the world. The site attracts millions of visitor every year, including Buddhist pilgrims, making it something of a sacred destination. Facing Mt Emei, with the rivers flowing below its feet, this UNESCO World Heritage site depicting Maitreya lies at the confluence of the Min River and Dadu River, and is a must visit.
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