China, officially known as The People’s Republic of China is a country from the East Asia. China is the world’s most populous country in the entire world with a population of over 1.4 billion. It is HUGE when it comes to the landscape it covers which is about 9.6 million square kilometers which makes it the third biggest country in the world.
As vast at its landscapes are, it has glorious snowy mountains, gardens full of flowers of every color, historical landmarks, busy streets, you name it. China stands among one of the economic powers of the world. Its tourism is one of the reasons for its skyrocketing GDP. Given below are 10 best tourist attractions in China;
- The Great Wall of China
There is a Chinese saying which goes like “Nobody can be a true hero unless he has been on The Great Wall” and this saying is the proof of how much this landmark means to the Chinese and how much they are proud of it as their asset for tourist attraction. This wall stretches more than 6,000 kilometers from the Palace of Shanhaiguan located in the east till the Jiayuguan in the west. Construction of The Great Wall of China was ordered by Emperor Qin Shi Huan in 221 BC. The wall is 6-8 meters in height while it goes as high as 16 meters. It is wide enough to let pass 10 men or 5 horses at the same time.
- The Forbidden City- Imperial Palace
China’s largest building or more like number of buildings altogether, The Forbidden City is also known as the Imperial Palace. It is situated in Beijing. This masterpiece is a collection of different historical buildings and covers more than 720,000 square meters. It was built between 1406 and 1420 as a residence of 24 Ming and Qing Emperors. The Forbidden City is protected by a 10 meter high wall. This ancient complex would require hours to visit the whole thing; some of its highlights are Hall of Supreme Harmony, the Palace Museum and the Golden River Bridges.
- The Summer Palace
If you travel out of Beijing and go a distance of about 15-kilometers, there stands an Imperial Summer Palace. It consists of about 700 acres of green landscape. This summer palace is China’s one of the most visited tourist attractions. The Palace was built in 1152 but the large lake in it was added in the 14th century for the enhancement of the Imperial Gardens. There is a triple-story structure in the palace which used to be the imperial family’s private theatre. It is still used for traditional and cultural performances.
- The Cruising Li River
Guilin, a town in the northeast of Guangxi is famous for its beautiful countryside. It is one of the tourist attractions because of the Li River which runs through the town and surrounding Karst Mountains. If you ever visit Li River, so not forget to take a cruise through the Li River because that is one of the best tourist attractions of this town.
- Chengdu Research Base
Pandas are such fascinating creatures and your visit to China will never be complete if you do not interact with one! There is a Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in Chengdu, in the province of Sichuan where Pandas are bread. Tourists go to this research base just to see pandas in their natural habitat. There are more than 80 pandas in this research base.
- The Terracotta Army
In the outskirts of Xi’an in the 1970s the farmers were digging the wells when they found China’s most shocking archeological discovery; The Terracotta Army. There were three large underground pits which were built to guard the first Emperor’s tomb. More than 8,000 real-looking, life-size warriors, more than 520 horses and some 100 chariots were discovered underground. Other characters from 280 BC were also discovery which were non-military characters. Many of these artifacts were damaged due to the amount of time which has passed by, but some of these characters stand as a testament about how high profile security was in those days too.
- The Potala Palace
In the town of Lhasa, Tibet, there stands a historic structure known as The Potala Palace. The Potala Palace goes down in the history as the residence and fortress of Dalai Lama. For centuries it remained a center religious and political powerhouses and this is why it contains all of the artifacts from all those eras.
- The Leshan Giant Buddha
There is a Chinese saying which is attributed for this Buddha statue carved in the mountains and it says “The Mountain is a Buddha and the Buddha is a mountain”. This sculpture of Buddha is as high as 71-meters. The Leshan Giant Buddha is the tourist attraction for the people who visit Chengdu from all over the world. A monk started building this Giant Buddha in 713 AD and it was completed 90 years later! This religious artifact is carved completely from a stone and is the largest Buddha sculpture in the world.
- Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is situated In Hunan province of China. The pillar-like structures and their formation are so fascinating to the eyes that it feels like straight out of a science fiction movie. One of its taller pillars goes up to 1,080 meters skywards. This forest park offers a lot of manmade attractions other than its natural beauty. These manmade attractions include “Hundred Dragons Sky Lift” which can carry up to 50 people at the same time at the height of 326 meters so that they can enjoy the view.
- The Mausoleum of Light: The Northern Imperial Tomb
In the northeast of China there is an old city of Shenyang. Shenyang used to be a center for culture and trade. It was home to the Northern Imperial Tomb also known as Mausoleum of Light. This Tomb is included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s list of the famous Ming and Qing Dynasties’ Tombs.
China is a land of rising economy but its tourism is also one of the reasons of the rising GPD. Next time you visit China, try visiting all of these places mentioned above and it is guaranteed that you will go back happy and fulfilled. So take out a paper and a pen and jot it down so that you don’t miss any of these amazing places to visit when you are in China. Happy traveling! 🙂 <3