Select Tourist Destinations in China

Beijing
Tiananmen GateThe Great WallSummer PalaceTemple of Heaven
      Beijing, capital of China, is the second biggest metropolis in China with a population of more than 12 million. Beijing became China's capital in 1421 and was to remain so until the collapse of the imperial regime in 1911. It is a hub of communications, with overland and air links with all parts of China, as well as with major cities around the globe. It is the country's center of culture, education, science and technology. Beijing is an ancient city with a long cultural history. The four feudal dynasties of Jin, Yuan, Ming, and Qing had all their capital in Beijing. There are traditional lane houses (hutong), parks, architectural and cultural treasures and exquisite temples in Beijing.
Main Scenic Spots
Tiananmen Square: The largest downtown city square in the world, which can hold up to a million people. It serves not only Beijing's symbol but also the whole of China. It is the site of various historical events.
The Great Wall: One of the "Eight Wonders of the World" and a site of world heritage, the great wall was built to keep out invaders. It spans five provinces (6,700 kilometers,) from Shanhaiguan Pass in the east to Jiayuguan Pass in the west. It looks like a huge dragon, which is said to be the only man-made structure that can be seen from the moon.
Temple of Heaven: A complex of ritual buildings with round halls and altars, which are symbolic of heaven. This temple was built specifically for worship of heaven and prayers for good harvests during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Summer Palace: It was formerly the imperial garden retreat from the summer heat of Beijing and has been listed as one of the world heritage sites by UNESCO In 1998. The site was used as an imperial park as early as the mid-12th century and continued as an imperial garden in the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Shanghai
BundSkyscrapersYu GardenOriental TV Tower
      Shanghai, financial center of China, is the biggest metropolis in China with a population of more than 14 million. It is situated on the estuary of Yangtze River of China. Originally, Shanghai was a seaside fishing village. Today Shanghai is the largest industrial city in China and a multi-cultural metropolis with both modern and traditional Chinese features. Shanghai has three main points of interest to the visitors, including sightseeing, business and shopping. Known as "the Oriental Paris", Shanghai is shoppers' paradise.
Major Tourist Attractions
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower: One of the symbols of Shanghai, it stands beside the Huangpu River with a height of 468 meters, which is the tallest TV tower in Asia and the third tallest in the world.
Yuyuan Garden: The largest of Shanghai's ancient gardens with architectural styles of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The Bund: Situated on the east bank of the Huangpu River, here, you can enjoy the bracing air and sunshine. You can also find clusters of modern buildings as well as grand buildings in the European architectural styles of the nineteen-twenties, thirties and early forties.
Nanjing Road: Considered to be the "No. 1 commercial street in China". Here you can find over hundreds of shops that are visited by nearly two million people each day.
The Jade Buddha Temple: The White Jade Buddhas were brought here from Burma in the nineteenth century. One is seated while the other is recumbent symbolizing the Buddha's attainment of nirvana.
Shanghai Museum: A treasure house of ancient Chinese art and houses, the museum has a huge collection of precious relics, as well as pottery, painting and calligraphy.
Xi'an
Terra cotta warriorsDrum TowerGoose TowerOld city wall
      Xi'an is the capital of Shaanxi province. Being one of the birthplaces of the ancient civilization in the Yellow River Basin area of China, Xi'an is reputed as a "Natural History Museum". It was capital for 13 dynasties in Chinese history and it offers abundant relics and sites. Xi'an is the most important city in northwest China; it is the commercial and material distribution center around the region.
Major Tourist Attractions
Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses: Praised as the "Eighth Major Miracle of the World", the terra cotta warriors and horses are the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century. The life-sized terra cotta figures of warriors and horses are arranged in battle formations. They are replicas, modeled after the imperial guard.
Mausoleum of Emperor Qinshihuang: A world heritage site enlisted by UNESCO in 1987, the tomb took laborers 37 years to build it and it was finished in 210 BC. It comprised of two parts: the inner square sections and outer octagonal section.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda: Well-preserved and originally built in 652 during the reign of Emperor Gaozong of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the pagoda acted as a holy place to enshrine Buddhist scriptures that were collected from India by the monk of Xuanzang.
Ancient City Wall: It was built between 1370 and 1378. Being the most well-preserved old city wall in China, it is also the most complete and the largest scale ancient military defensive castle in the world. On the outer side of the city wall, there are 5948 crenelations, namely battlements. The soldiers can outlook and shoot at the enemy. On the inner side, parapets were built to protect the soldiers from falling off.
Guilin
Guilin CityLijiang RiverHill in GuilinElephant Trunk Hill
      Located in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guilin is one of China's most popular tourist destinations because of the natural beauty and historic treasures. According to a popular Chinese saying, Guilin's scenery is No.1 in the world. The city of Guilin was founded in the Qin Dynasty in 314 BC as a small village by the Lijiang River. With the construction of a canal, the Lijiang River connects with another further north, providing a transport link with the Yangtze River. Guilin boasts of beautiful hills, colorful ethnic minority groups, etc.
Main Scenic Spots
Elephant Trunk Hill: Situated majestically to the southeast of Guilin city and west bank of Lijiang River, the Elephant Trunk Hill is the symbol of Guilin. It resembles an elephant sucking water from the river with its long trunk, hence the name. Halfway up the hill there is a cave, which goes through the hill and serves as the eyes of the elephant, through which visitors can have a beautiful view of Guilin city.
Seven Stars Cave: The cave got its name from the seven peaks which resemble the pattern of the seven stars in the Ursa Major constellation (Great bear or Big Dipper). The cave is famous for its stalactites of various shapes.
Reed Flute Cave: The cave got its name from the reeds growing outside it, with which people make flutes. Inside the cave is a spectacular world of stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations.
Yangshuo
Yangshuo cityYangshuoYangshuoYangshuo
      65 kilometers away from Guilin, Yangshuo is situated in the heart of the Lijiang River Valley. It has the most typical karst topography. With the picturesque sceneries and laid-back atmosphere, Yangshuo has been a Mecca for different types of travelers.
Major Scenic Spots
West Street: It is a street which is all flanked by small shops and vendor's stands selling all kinds of souvenirs and snacks.
Xanadu: Pastoral natural landscapes of watercourse, cave, old tree, together with colorful ethnic minorities of Miao, Yao, Dong, Zhuang.
The Moon Hill: Situated in southeast of Yangshuo, it is one of Yangshuo's most popular attractions. A natural round cave looking like moon at the peak can be seen from the top, hence the name.
Tibet
Lhasa cityJokhang TempleMt. EverestNamucuo Lake
      Being reputed as "Roof of the World", Tibet autonomous region of China borders India, Burma, Bhutan, Sikkim, and Nepal. Tibet has a population of more than 2 million, which is the most under-populated area among all China's provinces and autonomous regions. The plateau is surrounded by the highest mountain ranges with the Himalaya to the south, the Karakoram to the west and the Kunlun to the north. With an average height of 4,000 meters above sea level, Tibet boasts of the world's highest mountains. Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world is here. Four mountains exceed altitudes of 8,000 meters. Thirty-eight mountains exceed altitudes of 7,000 meters. Almost every member of Tibetan ethnic minority group believes Tibetan Buddhism. This is a destination for mountaineers and adventurers, as well as a holy place for pilgrims.
Major Scenic Spots
Potala Palace in Lhasa: It is located on the Red Hill of Lhasa, capital of Tibet. It served as the residence of the Dalai Lamas, and thus it was the center of both politics and religion in Tibet. The palace complex took more than 7,000 laborers and 1,500 artists more than fifty years to complete.
The Jokhang Temple: Built more than 1,300 years ago, the temple is situated in the center of Lhasa. It is a center for Tibetan Buddhist worshippers.
Mt. Everest: Otherwise known as Mt. Qomolangma, is the highest peak in the world, more than 8800 meters.
Chongqing
Chongqing cityYangtze RiverDazu GrottoesHill in Chongqing
      Being southwest China's commercial center, the city has become the fourth municipality, under the direct control of the Chinese central government in Beijing since 1997. It is the major port on the upper reach of Yangtze River and gateway to the Three Gorges. Chongqing is an important center for tourism with numerous ethnic minority groups including Yi, Tibetan, Miao, Qiang, You and Tujia etc.
Main Scenic Spots
The Three Gorges: The Qutang Gorge is 8 kilometers long, and it is the smallest and shortest among the Three; The Wu Gorge is about 40 kilometers long with narrow cliffs on either side rising up to 900 meters above the water; The Xiling Gorge is 80 kilometers long, and it is the longest and deepest of the Three.
The Dazu Grottoes: Being a world cultural heritage site listed by UNESCO In 1999, this area has the well-preserved carvings of 100, 000 pieces left over from the Tang (628-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties. Stone carvings are found in more than 70 places scattered throughout the county of Dazu.
Chengdu
Le Shan Giant BuddhaMt. EmeiDujiang DykeMt. Qingcheng
      Situated by the Tibetan Plateau in the west and by the Three Gorges and the Yangtze River in the east, Chengdu is the capital of southwest China's Sichuan province, which has been the economic and cultural center around the region for thousands of years. It was the capital of the most populous province in China before Chongqing was handed over to Chinese central government and it is one of the few places to see the giant panda in the world.
Main Attractions
Mt. Emei: It is one of the four most sacred Buddhist mountains in China. There are two peaks that face each other looking like eyebrows hence the name. Most of the temples here were built during the Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD), while others were added later. The mountain is known for its steep cliffs, towering peaks, and picturesque waterfalls.
Giant Buddha in Leshan: Being reputed as the largest carved stone Buddha in the world, it is a huge statue of Buddha carved into the side of Lingyun Mountain. The Buddha is over 70 meters tall and is wide enough for more than 100 people to sit between its feet.
Jiuzhaigou: It is a world heritage site with deep valley of great natural beauty, and got its name from the nine villages in the valley. There are lakes, waterfalls, snowy mountains and lush green trees in the valley.