China is a Communist country, one of very few to withstand the collapse of Communism during the early 1990s. An isolated place in not so distant past, this largest populated country in the world is fast making its mark as a top travel destination. With its rich history and a wide range of natural attractions, China has lots to offer. With such a great number of attractions, it is not easy to pinpoint top ten places to visit in the country. Here are top ten places that you should not miss if you happen to be in China for a trip.
Of all cities of China, it's the capital city of Beijing which exerts the most compelling fascination. No visit to the Land of the Dragon is complete without a trip to Beijing. There are lots to see here. Prominent among them are the Great Wall of China, the Summer Palace and the Ming Tombs. Explore the Forbidden City, home to the Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties for nearly 500 years. The historical Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the world.
One of the oldest cities in China, Xian served as the seat of power for as many as 13 dynasties. The Old City Wall dating back to the 14th century Ming Dynasty is worth visiting. Known for Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s vast army of Terracotta Warriors and his tomb, the place offers several other attractions including ancient Big Goose Pagoda and Xian Great Mosque.
Dynamic and bustling city of Shanghai is located along the East China Sea. The most populated city in the world is home to several monuments and museums. A great place for shopping, it is fondly called new Hong Kong. The Bun d, Temple of the Jade Buddha and Yu Garden splendid are some of the highlights of Shanghai. A cruise on the Huangpu River will be a pleasant experience. Suzhou, located to the west of Shanghai, is famous for the Lingering Gardens, one of the most renowned gardens in China.
A top tourist destination of China, Guilin is blessed with stunning natural beauty. Located by the banks of the Li River, Guilin attracts tourists for its verdant mountains, mysterious caves. Reed Flute Cave and Fengyu Cave are some of the attractions of the place. A cruise on the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo is a once in a lifetime experience.
A land untouched by the modern world, Tibet is one of the last undiscovered destinations. Set in the Himalayan splendour, this mysterious place is visually amazing. Its capital Lhasa is dotted with numerous scenic and historical sights. Tibet’s iconic sight is Tashilhunpo Monastery located in Shigat se, its second largest city. Mt. Kailash is a scared place for both Hindus and Buddhists. Other attraction of Tibet is Potala Palace.
Presently capital of Jiangsu Province, Nanjing is one of the oldest cities of China. For travellers, thousand year old Confucian Temple is the first port of call. Other attractions of the place include Linggu Temple, the tomb of Sun Yat-sen and the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, one of the largest imperial tombs in the country.
7. Yangtze River
What Nile is to Egypt, Yangtze River is to China. Mystical and adventurous, the journey through the dynamic Yangtze River is nothing short of a fairy tale. Three Gorges on the largest river in the world is an attraction that defies imagination.
8. Hong Kong
A veritable success story, Hong Kong offers an ambience that is different from that of the rest of China. Recently ceded to china by the British, the place is a culinary and shopping hub. Victoria Peak is a major highlight of Hong Kong.
9. ChengduChengdu, capital of Sichuan is a culinary hub. An atmospheric place this city is a jumping off point for Panda City, an important panda breeding centre. Chengdu is also used as a base for exploring scenic UNESCO listed nature site Jiuzhai Gou as well as the Buddhist sites of Le Shan and Emei Shan.
10. Wu Ling Yuan
UNESCO listed Wulingyuan is a place of immense interest for wildlife tourists.
With so many must-see places in China, it’s really a tough task to narrow it down to just ten. However the above mentioned palaces in the country should be on your itinerary whenever you plan to visit this amazing country.