In China, there are dozens of sites with great historical and symbolic value to visit: from the Great Wall, the Xian terracotta warriors, the Leshan Buddha or the “Forbidden City” to the fascinating streets of the mega cities like Shanghai or Peking. Discover the country of millennial dynasties. Without a doubt, it is a fascinating country and here I will tell you the best things to see in China.

General Info:

  • Capital: Beijing
  • Official language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Religion: Although there are no exact statistics on the religion of the Chinese population, it has been influenced throughout history by various movements such as Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. It is estimated that 15% of the population is Buddhist and about 4% are Christians and 1% are Muslims.
  • Currency: Yuan,or RMB
  • Climate: China has various types of climate. The continental monsoon climate prevails in China. Most of the country is in the temperate zone. Some southern areas are tropical or subtropical. The northernmost part is close to the cold zone. In the north of Heilongjiang, winter is long, but without summer. On the island of Hainan summer is long, but without winter.
  • Telephone prefix: +86
  • Emergency telephone number: 110 (police),  120 (ambulance) and 119 (fire)

MAIN CITIES TO VISIT IN CHINA

Shanghai

This city is populated with 20 million inhabitants with an area known as the French Concession and modern buildings, skyscrapers and futuristic structures in Pudong.

“Old City”, as its name suggests, is the most traditional of China: temples, streets, food. One of the most beautiful walks are the Yuyuan Gardens. One of the most emblematic neighborhoods is the colonial “Bund”, located on the banks of the river, where you will find European-style buildings. The most emblematic buildings are the Pearl Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center.

Also explore a little piece of France in Shanghai touring the French Concession, a very picturesque area with very European restaurants and shops.

pudong

Guangzhou

It is the third largest city in Asia and has several place of tourist interest, among which is the busy pedestrian street “Shang Xia Jiu” located in the Liwan district, where you can enjoy both traditional cuisine and international food restaurants.

You could enjoy yourself walking along the Pearl River or visiting Mount Bai Yun, from whose top you can admire the entire city.

Beijing

The capital of the country is a perfect combination of history and modernity, in which you can visit icons of the country such as: the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square , Mao’s Mausoleum , the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.

Great Wall of China

The Great Wall consists of more than 21,000 kilometers, but tourists are concentrated in three areas: Badaling, Simatai and Jinshanling. I recommend avoiding those three and visiting other parts of the wall, where you can enjoy the strength of this “monument”.

the great wall

Xian

Former capital of the country and a stop on the traditional Silk Road, this city captivates those who decide to visit it for its strong load of Chinese traditions and picturesque streets. In addition, from this city you can visit the Xian terracotta warriors.

Leshan

In this city you can admire the Great Buddha , a sculpture carved in stone and that is more than 70 meters high. Currently the Leshan Great Buddha, the tallest Buddha in the world, is considered a World Heritage Site.

leshan budda

Yunan

This area is well known for its rice terraces, and during your visit to Yunan, be sure to stop by one of them. But Yunan does not only live in green landscapes, it is also full of cities with a long history such as Lijiang or Shangri-La.

Fenghuang

It is a small and absolutely charming traditional walled town that is preserved as it was in the past, especially the old town, when the Ming and Qing dynasties reigned.

Chengdu

If your plan is to see panda, then you have to go to Chengdu where there are many conservation centers for these adorable animals. But beyond this, the city is also beautiful and a major centre of gastronomy.

Hong Kong

It is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the country. It is super modern and you have to go at least once in your life!

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