Travel, Teach, Live in China

6 Must-Visit Cities in China
By:Basco Beograd <[email protected]>

With an amazing history and a vast number of tour destinations including antique sites, splendid palaces, spectacular natural wonders, and diversified cultures, China offers so much to explore and enjoy for the travelers. Here are the top 6 Cities that you should visit during your visit to China.

1. BEIJING

Being both the Ancient and Modern capital of China, Beijing has been China's capital city for the past 800 years. Beijing has some of the world's prominent heritage sites, the best of them being "The Great Wall of China" - the ancient line of defense. It is also home to the largest and ancient imperial palace complex in the world - "The Forbidden City" and "The Summer Palace" - the imperial site of worship. In spite of such ancient marvels and a glorious past, Beijing is nowhere stuck in the past. The modern day dazzling structures like the "Bird's Nest Stadium", the Giant shopping malls in Wangfujing Street and Houhai - the entertainment center are proofs of how well the city has adjusted to the present while preserving its past.

Top Places to Visit in Beijing:

- The Forbidden City
- Tiananmen Square
- The Great Wall of China
- The Summer Palace
- The Hutongs
- The Temple of Heaven
- Beihai Park
- Yonghe Lama Temple
- Jingshan park

2. SHANGHAI

Apart from being the biggest city in China, Shanghai also has a rich mix of the traditions from the past. Unlike Beijing, Shanghai doesn't boast of picturesque locations or world heritage sites. Apart from Jade Buddha Temple and the Yuyuan Garden, there are not many tourist attractions. Yet, the beauty of Shanghai lies not in enjoying its locations but in the feel of the city's modern atmosphere.

Top Places to Visit in Shanghai:
- Sinan Mansions
- Jade Buddha Temple
- Yuyuan Garden
- Huangpu River Cruise
- Pearl TV Tower
- Shanghai Museum

3. GUILIN

With its breathtaking limestone scenery, Guilin is truly fit to be called the "Most Beautiful Place on Earth". The city, with its serene backdrop of the Li River, looks like an aesthetic painting. It lies west of Hong Kong from which it can be reached in an hour by air. Yangshuo & Longsheng are the two tourist spots that are famous for their scenic beauty. US President Nixon once said, "I have visited more than 100 cities from around the world and I have found Guilin to be the most beautiful among them". Such is the beauty of this city.

Places to Visit in Guilin:
- Li River
- Seven Star Park
- Elephant Trunk Hill
- Fengyu Cave
- Reed Flute Cave
- Fubo Hill

4. XI'AN

Apart from Beijing, Xi'an(also called Chang'an) is another famous city of China that enjoyed the capital status during the era of Han Dynasty and the Tang dynasty. The world famous Terracotta Army can be found here along with the historical Buddhist Pagodas and the Banpo Site. It is also the starting point of the Silk Road, an ancient route for trade that connected Asia with Europe and was responsible for the cultural exchange between the East and the West.

Places to Visit in Xi'an:
- Terracotta Army
- Banpo Museum
- Xi'an Great Mosque
- City Wall
- Big Goose Pagoda

5. HONG KONG

Any journey to China is incomplete without visiting Hong Kong. It is one of the prime centers for economic trade in the world and is a dynamic metropolis. Hong Kong is a mixture of different cultures from all around the world. It was once the hub for trade and now enjoys the status of the movie hub. Hong Kong has some of the most amazing beaches in the world that would surely charm the outdoor lovers. There are also many wellness and spa centers to get some rest and relaxation after a long day of seightseeing. No amount of words can describe the essence of this city, there are just too many reasons why you should visit Hong Kong and enjoy its beauty.

Places to Visit in Hong Kong:
- Ocean Park
- Victoria Bay
- Disneyland Resort
- Wong Tai Sin Temple
- Victoria Peak

6. LHASA

The capital city of Tibet, Lhasa is the gateway to Tibet - a dream destination of every traveler. "Lhasa" in the Tibetan language means "place of gods" and is truly apt for the city. There are numerous religious sites in and around the city that are world famous. Just outside the city lies the huge chain of Himalayas along with the Mt.Everest and Mt.Kailash.

Places to Visit in Lhasa:
- Potala Palace
- Sera Monastery
- Ganden Monastery
- Jokhang Temple
- Shigatse
- Norbulingka
- Drepung Monastery


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