Top Spots in China

China is one of the most exciting, diverse and mysterious countries in the world. From the
ancient cities of Xian, Shanghai and Beijing to the remote mountains of Tibet and Yunnan
Province; from the crowds and shoppers of Hong Kong to the unique culture of Guilin, China
offers fresh discoveries around every corner.
In recent years, China has become one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet.
From traditional culture to cutting-edge technology, China has a little something for
everyone—and it’s growing fast.
Here are some of our favourite experiences in China that are rooted in history, culture and
nature experiences.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Hunan

It’s not hard to see how director James Cameron was able to find inspiration when visiting
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan province. With its numerous distinctive pillar-like
rock formations resembling an extraterrestrial world straight out of a science fiction film. The
majestic 1,080-meter-tall one of the tallest pillars has been christened “Avatar Hallelujah

Leshan Giant Buddha, Sichuan

The biggest Buddha sculpture in the world was created entirely from a stone cliff face and
began in AD 713 by a Buddhist monk. It took 90 years to finish. Upon completion, the wave
of visitors has been nothing but continuous.

The Potala Palace, Tibet

The beautiful Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, is one of China’s most well-known historical
buildings. Built as a stronghold and the Dalai Lama’s palace, it has housed many of the
religion’s most priceless artefacts for many years and served as a centre of political and
religious significance.

The Yangtze River and the Three Gorges

The Yangtze River, also known as Chang Jiang, is the longest and most significant river in
that country. It is also the third longest river in the world, behind the Amazon and the Nile.
The Yangtze River flows through eight provinces and has been used to travel for more than
2,000 years from Tibet in the west to Shanghai in the east.

The Terracotta Army, Xi’an

Farmers on the outskirts of Xi’an discovered the Terracotta Army in the 1970s while digging
wells there. This discovery would turn out to be China’s most significant archaeological
discovery. The discovery featured more than 8,000 life-size warriors, 520 horses, and more
than 100 chariots, as well as a vast number of other non-military figures, all of which were
created to defend the tomb of the First Emperor.

The Forbidden City & the Imperial Palace, Beijing

The Forbidden City, also known as the Imperial Palace, is the biggest and most significant
structure in China. It is located in the centre of Beijing and is a must-see for anybody
travelling to the nation. This enormous structure, which was basically many palaces in one,
was home to Ming and Qing emperors, whose presence prohibited anybody other than the
royal household and their entourage.

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