China is now one of the popular destinations in the world for foreigners as it is developing fast and also has favourable policies along with great business opportunities. Shanghai is one of the attractive and popular cities in china which is followed by Beijing and Tianjin cities. According to a national annual survey conducted in July and august in 2013, the top 10 cities were located mostly in the eastern china. The cities in central and western china are among 11 to 20. Here is the list of top 10 best travel places in china which is worth looking if you are planning a trip to china this year.
1. Beijing China:
Beijing is the capital city of the people’s republic of china. It is also the center of all politics and international exchanges including cultural activities. The city is a modern metropolis with full of vitality. Beijing is also one of the 6 ancient cities of china while the other five are Xian, Kaifeng, Hangzhou, Luoyang and Nanjing. The city also served as the capital for many dynasties like Jin dynasty from 1115 AD to 1234 AD, Yuan dynasty from 1279 AD to 1368 AD, Ming dynasty from 1368 AD to 1644 AD and finally the Qin dynasty from 1644 AD to 1911 AD. All these things make Beijing a historic place to visit and at the same time it is a developed city.
Top attractions of the city are:
• Tiananmen Square
• Forbidden City
• Temple of Heaven
• Summer Palace
• The Great Wall
• Ming Tomb
• Lama Temple
• Beihai Park
• Beijing Capital Museum
• Yashow Market
2. Xian China:
Xian is also called as Changan which is the largest city in the north western part of china and it has also served as the capital of the nation for about 13 dynasties like Western Zhou from 11th century BC to 771 BC, Qin from 221 BC to 206 BC, Western Han from 206 BC to 24 AD and Tang from 618 AD to 907 AD which is more than 1000 years, due to whichit is also famous for its historical importance.
Top attractions of the Xian city are:
• Terra-cotta Army
• Banpo Museum
• City Wall
• Big Goose Pagoda
• Shaanxi Provincial Museum
• Xian Great Mosque
• Forest of Stone Steles Museum
3. Shanghai China:
Shangahi is the largest city in the central east china and is along the East China Sea which makes it the most beautiful cities in the country. Shanghai is mainly divided into two main parts which are the following: Pudong which lies to the east of the Huangpu River and Puxi to the west of the river.
Pudong is the area with development. There are two airports in shanghai namely, Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. The former carries the international airport caters while the latter is for domestic purposes.
Top attractions of the Shanghai city:
• Shanghai Bund
• Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple
• Shanghai Yuyuan Garden
• Shanghai Museum
• Shanghai XinTian Di
• Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower
• Shanghai Huangpu River
4. Guilin China:
Guilin is a city located on the banks of the river Li and has gained popularity and fame both in the country and worldwide for its beautiful sceneries which include the verdant mountains, unique rockeries, stones of many shapes, crystal clear waters and carious caves. There are many ethnic minorities living in this place which include the following: Yao, Dong, Miao, Zhuang, Hui, Maonan and Mulao. These ethnic groups add much more color to the existing culture of the place making it the top 4th place to visit in china.
Top attractions of the Guilin city:
• The Li River
• The Reed Flute Cave
• Elephant Trunk Hill
• Seven Star Park
• Guilin Folded Brocade Hil
• Fubo Hill
• Solitary Beauty Hill
• Longji Terraced Field in Longsheng
• Fengyu Cave in Lipu County Guilin
5. Yangtze River China:
If you looking for a romantic retreat or a travel with your family that leaves your family pleasant and peaceful then you must go for cruising on the Yangtze river which offers the romantic pleasure and peace to your mind and body. The river is winding through the cities of the west and the mountains and enters into the east china river near shanghai which makes a cruise journey of more than 6300 kms making it the third longest river in the world after Nile and Amazon.
Top Attractions along the Yangtze River:
• Chongqing City
• Lesser Three Gorges
• Three Gorges
• Three Gorges Dam and Yichang City
• Wuhan City
6. Lhasa Tibet China:
Tibet is a unique and one in the world kind of place as it houses the winding hills of the high plateau and also the amazing Himalayas. You can get to Tibet through jet aircraft, highways and even trains, now days. Lhasa is the capital of Tibet and is the center of political and cultural affairs. The word Lhasa means the land of the gods. There are many sceneries and historical sites in the Lhasa Tibet.
Top Attractions of the Tibetcity:
• Potala Palace
• Drepung Monastery
• Sera Monastery
• Ganden Monastery and Jokhang Temple –they are the most worth visiting.
• Shigatse which is the 2nd biggest city in Tibet.
• Shigatse which means The Estate that materializes one’s Dream.
• Tashilhunpo Monastery is its main historic attraction.
• Mt. Kailas, which is holy to both Hinduism and Buddhism.
7. Jiuzhaigou Sichuan China:
Jiuzhaigou is located in the depths of the mountains and in the borders of the Nanping, Pingwu and Songpan countries in Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in the northern west province of Sichuan. It is a fairyland which is named after the 9 village valley, a living place for 9 Tibetan villages. This valley is about 50 kms long and it was made the world’s natural heritage center of UNESCO in 1992.
Top attractions ofthe Jiuzhaigou Sichuan:
• Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
• Qingchengshan&Dujiangyan Irrigation System
• Emei Mountain
• Giant Buddha of Leshan
• Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area
8. Lijiang Yunnan China:
It is in the Yunnan province of southern china and is also one of the UNESCO’s World cultural heritage sites with a history of about 1300 years. The place is inhabited by Naxi people and is under the administration of the Naxi Autonomous County. The place is on a plateau above 2600m sea level and is well known for its sceneries and greenery. The jade dragon mountain is the backdrop of this place which adds more beauty to the place. This is a old town that blends naturally in the nature surrounding it. The culture of the Locals is Dong Ba culture and the Naxi music is considered as the living musical fossil as it has long history.
Top attractions ofLijiang Yunnan:
• Ancient Town Lijiang
• Yulong Snow Mountain
• Tiger Leaping Gorge
9. Zhangjiajie Hunan China:
Zhangjiajie city is in the province of Hunan in the western mountains and is under the administration of Zhangjiajie city. Wulingyuan Scenic Area is very popular spot of this city and is sectioned into 3 main parts which are: Suoxi Valley, hangjiajie National Forest Park, and Tianzi Mountain. The Wulingyuan was now a World heritage site of UNESCO since 1992.
Top attractions in Zhangjiajie Hunan:
• Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
• Tianzi Mountain
• Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve
10. Silk Road in China:
This place has a history of more than 2000 years and it’s a piece of land stretched from the Chnag’an, present Xian in the east to Rome, and Italy in the west. The ancient silk roan went through the provinces of Shaanxi, Gansu and Qinghai,the autonomous regions Ningxia Hui and Xinjiang Uygur and to the pamirs. Further it extends to the central and western parts of asai and finally the Silk Road meets the eastern banks of the Mediterranean Sea and the east Europe. It has a total length of 2485 miles and is over ½ of it is in China.
Top attractions along the Silk Road in China:
• Jiayuguan Pass
• Kuqa (Kucha)
• Kashgar (Kashi),