China is full of noteworthy places, both old and new. And, when you’ve gone through the cost and hassle of obtaining a Chinese visa, you want to be sure not to miss any of the best spots, be they ancient temples, breathtaking vistas, or modern marvels.
Home of the famed terra cotta warriors, Xi’an has a lot to offer. An ancient capital of China which served as home for 73 emperors over 1,000 years, Xi’an has a veritable wealth of ancient Chinese cultural artifacts, including the old city walls which you can bike around and the tomb of Emperor Jingdi, amongst many, many other sights.
The Great Wall
Arguably the most famous sight in all of China, the Great Wall spans much of the northern border of ancient China. Originally built to protect from northern intruders, the Great Wall still exists in varying states ranging from completely derelict to over-restored. Find a rural, un-refinished area for a true sense of the ancient landmark.
The Forbidden City
Within Beijing, the Forbidden City looms large in both local and international thought. The former home to the emperors of the Qing dynasty, this sprawling complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visitors can wander the once-forbidden rooms and courtyards for hours on end.
For those looking for the iconic mist-covered mountains of Chinese artistry, look no further than Huangshan. Visitors can hike up the mountain’s side, or else take a gondola ride in either or both directions. A spiderwebbing of paths run along the top, making an easy, mostly horizontal hike to emblematic trees and ancient rock faces a great way to spend a day.
Though classified as a Special Administrative Region of China, and with a history of independence and connection with the United Kingdom, Hong Kong’s mixed cosmopolitan atmosphere makes it a must-see for visitors to China. Extra visas can usually be acquired at the border from China, allowing travelers to see the bustle of Hong Kong while on their trek through China. Just make sure your Chinese visa allows reentry!
The lush diversity of China should not be missed by anyone. From Xi’an to Huangshan, The Great Wall to Hong Kong, China has any number of unbelievable sights. Begin with these, and you won’t be disappointed.
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