Why a trip to China should be on your bucket list.
China is one of the world’s most fascinating travel destinations filled with rich culture, historical sites and unforgettable experiences. To ensure you make the most of your trip we have listed some of the most popular attractions to put on your itinerary.
Tourists can explore a huge variety of attractions by cruising along the Yangtze River, the largest river in China (6397km). This majestic stretch of water is historically and economically important to China for power and navigation. It features man-made marvel the Three Gorges Dam, the largest dam project and hydropower station in the world. The Yangtze River passes through 10 provinces including Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Jiangsu and Shanghai so it’s the perfect way to see China’s iconic attractions.
Witness giant pandas in surroundings which mirror their natural habitat near Chengdu. There are four panda reserves to choose from including the Wolong Panda Research Center, Dujiangyan Base, Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base and Bifengxia Giant Panda Base. If you can’t make a trip to Chengdu, you may be able to get a quick look at the adorable giant pandas at one of China’s zoos. Giant pandas are native to south central China and are classified as a very vulnerable species.
Terracotta Army in Xian
One of the most popular attractions in China is the Terracotta Army in Xian. This great archaeological marvel was discovered in 1974 when diggers unearthed a life-size clay soldier poised for battle. Archaeologists at the site and found not one, but thousands of clay soldiers in trench-like, underground corridors. The Terracotta Army Museum near Xian is a must-see attraction. Travel tip: get the audio guide as most of the information provided is in Chinese.
Great Wall of China
The longest wall in the world, the Great Wall of China, is one of the most popular sites for tourists. The wall itself is more than 6000km long and is broken up into sections where tourists can fulfil their bucket-list dream of walking along parts of it. By booking a guided tour you will be able to hear about the wall’s history and its origin as an integrated military defence system to prevent invasion. The best sections of the wall to visit are near Beijing and include Mutianyu, where most of the wall is well restored, Jinshanling, the most popular section and Jiankou, which is great for experienced hikers.
Travel tip: you need a high level of fitness to walk the wall as there are no stops along the way. Some have a cable car available, however, walking the steps up to the wall is the best way to get a feel for it. The path is uneven and winds over rugged countryside so make sure you wear supportive footwear on your tour.