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China
Travel Guide

Beihai Park showing heritage architecture, a pond and a temple or place of worship

Vast and exotic, this East Asian country encompasses stunning cityscapes, jagged mountain peaks, architectural wonders and a fascinating ancient culture.

China’s vast and varied countryside ranges from the lush basin of the Yellow River to the spectacular peaks of the Himalayas. The quiet charm of rural villages makes for a stark contrast with Beijing’s frenetic pace. Explore busy urban centers of Shanghai, Hong Kong and Xi’an. Discover China’s ancient heartland in the Henan province and see awe-inspiring natural beauty on the Yangtze River and in beautiful Yunnan.

Marvel at the vitality and diversity of China’s major cities. Shanghai, the biggest city in the most populous country in the world, is famous for its fusion of Eastern and Western culture. Beijing, China’s capital, is steeped in fascinating history and features interesting architecture, museums, palaces, temples and parks. See historic Tiananmen Square, the Ming and Qing Dynasties’ Forbidden City and the iconic Temple of Heaven.

Visit the ancient city of Xi’an to find the beginning of the historic Silk Road and an army of terracotta warriors. Explore each city’s downtown area and find dazzling strips of restaurants, clubs and karaoke bars.

See the spectacular Great Wall of China from one of the many provinces this monument winds through. In southwest China, explore Tibet’s breathtaking landscapes and ancient cultures. Admire the towering Himalayan mountain ranges and the beautiful scenery of the forested Guizhou and Sichuan provinces. Head southeast to reach the South China Sea coast. Visit Hainan, an island paradise that features a tropical climate and fantastic beaches.

Much of China’s fascinating cultural heritage is connected to three major religions: Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. See magnificent sacred mountains, temples and pilgrimage sites. Discover China’s beautiful traditional arts, such as calligraphy and tai chi. Sample fragrant Chinese teas and feast on dim sum, Peking duck, Szechuan hot pots and sweet cakes.

Reach China by air or train to major cities. Explore this huge country with convenient domestic flights or by bus, rail, charter tour or car. China’s climate varies drastically from province to province, with long winters in the north and tropical weather in the south. Visit China in spring for fun-filled Chinese New Year festivities and the multicolored hues of the Lantern Festival lights.

Popular cities in China

Forbidden City showing a fountain
Beijing
Known for Shopping, Tour and Cultural Activity
In the bustling capital of China you will find temples, gardens and other valuable relics from ancient dynasties sitting comfortably alongside modern architecture and contemporary entertainment; it truly is a city that mixes tradition with cutting-edge culture. Immerse yourself in the historical, political and cultural capital of China.

Reasons to visit

  • Silk Street Market
  • Wangfujing Street
  • Sanlitun
Oriental Pearl Tower featuring a city, skyline and night scenes
Shanghai
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Tour
Visit this bustling eastern province to explore glitzy shopping malls, marvel at historic temples and climb to the top of towering skyscrapers.

Reasons to visit

  • Huangpu River
  • The Bund
  • Oriental Pearl Tower
Shanghai
Shanghai
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Tour
China’s largest city excites with its art, history, culture and architecture and dazzles with the beauty of its natural surroundings.

Reasons to visit

  • Huangpu River
  • The Bund
  • Oriental Pearl Tower
Guangzhou showing a square or plaza, modern architecture and a skyscraper
Guangzhou
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Cultural Activity
From homegrown Cantonese food to impressive Buddhist temples and world-class shopping, Guangzhou is much more than a globally recognised centre of international trade and finance.

Reasons to visit

  • Canton Fair Complex
  • Beijing Road Pedestrian Street
Drum Tower which includes heritage architecture and a city
Xi'an
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Tour
Explore museums full of precious artefacts, cycle along one of the country’s most complete city walls and visit hot springs at this major city in central west China.

Reasons to visit

  • Great Mosque of Xi'an
  • Xi'an Bell Tower
Chongqing
Chongqing
Known for Trendy, Sightseeing and Temple
Quaint Chongqing is calling! Discover its sightseeing, riverfront, temples and more.

Popular places to visit in China

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