The Best Things To Do in China
There are a million and one best things to do in China and unless you’ve lived all your life there, it’s just impossible to go and do each and every single thing in a span of a few days or weeks. The country is both a metro dream and a countryside fantasy with a lot of interesting activities to do in each city and region.
So make your trip more enjoyable and easier, we’ve rounded the top best things to do in China!
The Yellow Mountains
For the hikers who are planning to visit China, this is a must on your itinerary. Huangshan, meaning Yellow Mountain, is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. It can be seen in various traditional Chinese ink paintings, its distinct granite cliffs its most appealing feature. The Yellow Mountain has been the inspiration of countless paintings and poems and made Huangshan Scenic Area a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The hike will take a few days but the view you get is worth it, especially if you hike during sunrise or winter snow.
Pandas in Chengdu
Fun fact! All the pandas you see in the world are owned by China. If you see a panda in a particular country, it’s only loaned out to establish official relations with the said country. That’s an interesting fact about China, don’t you think?
Located in Chengdu is the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding that also acts as a sanctuary solely for pandas. The base is one of the biggest contributing factors why giant pandas are no longer endangered. The enclosure closely resembles a panda’s natural habitat so visitors will be able to see the animal exhibiting natural behaviors you can’t find in a zoo.
If you want to make the trip worth it, it’s best to visit in the morning, where you’ll be able to, if not all, most pandas on bamboo trees, rolling in the grass, and being cute goofballs.
The Great Wall of China
The iconic Great Wall of China is definitely a must-go if you are in the country. Most would visit the area in Beijing but there are also renovated sections of the wall all over Northern China. For a strenuous hike, you can opt for the Mutianyu section in Beijing. Other wonderful sections to visit are the Great Wall’s sea border in Henan Province, or sightseeing the Gobi Desert from the western end in Gansu province.
Spirituality in Lhasa
If you want to experience the peak of Tibetan Buddhism, then you have to visit the epicenter of Tibetan culture, Lhasa. Lhasa is the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region and is the home to numerous Tibetan Buddhism cultural attractions and houses the sacred Potala Palace, the most revered site in Tibetan culture.
Nearby, you can also see Jokhang Temple, another holy site, that offers tranquility with dedicated pilgrims. You can even join in religious traditions by taking part in the Barkhor kora, the most cherished pilgrimage route in Lhasa.
Harbin Ice and Snow Festival
The province of Heilongjiang has harsh winter temperatures. But this is the perfect location for the world’s biggest ice and snow sculpture festival.
Each year, Harbin expects more than 10 million visitors to witness humongous ice sculptures, reaching as high as 50-meters. The festival has a magical feeling, the enormous sculptures lightening the night sky.
The Forbidden City
For jaw-dropping Chinese architecture, no need to look further than the Forbidden City, also known as the Purple Forbidden City or the Palace Museum. It is the biggest palace complex in the world, with 980 buildings, and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It expects 8 million visitors annually.
As the name implies, local Chinese citizens can’t leave or enter the walled city of Cheng without the emperor’s permission.
The Li River
The Li River is proof that no matter how fast urbanization has hit China, a natural and beautiful place still exists. The Li River has been an inspiration for many photographers, artists, and writers and has been visited by famed people like Bill Gates, George Bush, and Bill Clinton.
There are a lot of interesting activities you can do, including bamboo raft, hiking on the shores to see the extraordinary limestone scenery.