Location: In East Asia with East China Sea to its East, South China Sea to its South East, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Burma to its south, Nepal and India to its south west and west, Kazakhstan to its north west, and Mongolia to its north
Capital City: Beijing
Language/s: Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese, Fuzhou
Currency: Renminbi yuan
Time Zone: UTC + 8
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year depending on exact location
International Airports: Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai
China is associated with its immense expanse, ancient civilization, unique culture and densely populated cities. Even the forests are must-see places in China, which are very much different from the tropical jungles. Though not as dense as the forests of Africa or North America, the enchanting verdure and woods of the country have a different charm and essence of its own. Being one of the most upcoming economies in the world, the must-see places in China act as good sources for providing revenue to the country. From the vast emptiness of Tibet to the busy streets of Beijing, from the wondrous Great Wall of China to the heavenly Li River and from the isolated Ming dynasty villages to the cosmopolitan Shanghai, China in Asia presents an extraordinary diversity in terrain and lifestyle.
It is not only the natural wonders, the architectures or the plush cities that make China alluring, but the ancient civilization also makes it an inevitable destination for tourists. The vastness of the Chinese culture that includes everything starting from the ancient kingdoms, warriors, barbarians to spirituality, religion and Chinese martial art, contributes to the extraordinary charm of the country. If you happen to visit this country, don’ forget to discover the heritage of the Qing and Ming dynasties in the Shanghai Museum. Even the ‘army of terracotta soldiers’ in Xian will baffle you. What is most exciting about this country is the fact that almost every must see places in China have great historical significance. Being amongst the developed nations of the world, China is spread out with numerous cities that boast of their buoyant lifestyle and posh environment. Added to the typical plush culture, the cities in China are also home to various visiting spots for tourists that are major tourist destinations in China. The vibrant city of Beijing, which is the capital of China, is one of the most historically significant cities in China. The fact that this city has served as the capital for 5 great dynasties, makes it all the more interesting for tourists. The city is actually a storehouse of tourist places starting from historical sites, markets to parks and museums. For instance, Tiananmen square, Forbidden city, Temple of Heaven, Beihei park, Beijing Capital Museum and Hutong are popular spots in the city and are also must-see places in China. Further, you can even travel to the deepest wilderness of the Forest of Stone Steles Museum situated in Xian. Attractions like TerraCotta Army, Banpo Museum, Huaqing Hotspring are some other tourist spots in the city. Cities like Shanghai, Zhangjiajie Hunan, Lasha Tibet are other cities that display the true essence of Chinese culture, heritage, traditions and science.
If you have never been to China before then the place will surely be impressive with its mountainous border area of Nanping, Songpan and Pinwu counties. The striking beauty of the Lijiang Yunnan (World Heritage Site) terrain and the captivating Li River in Guilin are eye-catching. But, even if you forget to visit some of the must-see places in China, don’t sacrifice the exciting visit to the Silk Road in China. This visit will actually enlighten you about the ancient route that connected China with Europe, which stretches even to the banks of the Mediterranean Sea. You can even visit the Jiayuguan pass, Wuwei, Turpan, Hami etc for further China sightseeing.
When to Visit China
Beijing and Lhasa are best visited from May to October. Shanghai summers are hot and winters very cold and can be visited any time of the year. Hong Kong attracts travelers all year-round, while in the south winters are mild and perfect for vacation from October to March.
Traveling to China
Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong are the airports handling international flights to and from China. These airports operate flights to all major destinations of the world. Reaching China by land is adventurous. There are regular bus services between Laos and China, Kyrgyzstan and China, Mongolia and China, Myanmar and China, Vietnam and China, Tajikistan and China, and Pakistan to China. Trans-Mongolian Railway connects Beijing to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. Trans-Siberian Railway operates trains between Moscow and Beijing.
China is also reachable by sea. Regular ferry services ply between Osaka or Kobe in Japan to Shanghai; from Incheon in South Korea to Qingdao, Dandong, Tianjin, Weihai and Dalian; and from Hong Kong Island to Mainland China.
List of must see places in China:
- Great Wall of China
- Shanghai Museum
- Jiayuguan pass
- Lijiang Yunnan
- Tiananment square
- Forbidden city
- Temple of Heaven
- Beihei park
- Beijing Capital Museum
- TerraCotta Army
- Banpo Museum
- Huaqing Hotspring
- Silk Road in China
- Forest of Stone Steles Museum