Where in China should you go this year? Here we recommend ten of the best-selling tourist destinations for 2016. We have also linked our top related tours for your convenience.
Beijing is the most popular tourist destination in China every year. In 2016 Beijing should continue to be the best seller, where you can get the maximum experience of Chinese culture and history for one destination. The Forbidden City and the Great Wall draw millions of visitors every year.
Visit the Forbidden City to see the spectacular ancient architectural complex.
Hike on the Great Wall to be a "real man" (according to Chairman Mao).
Enjoy a cool vacation like an emperor in the Summer Palace.
Take a bike ride in the hutongs to experience Beijing's traditional culture.
As one of the most popular tourist destinations among foreign travelers, Xi'an always attracts many on a first trip to China. The Terracotta Army in Xi'an is considered one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world. More than 6,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses have been unearthed, all in different gestures. Many remain interred.
Visit the amazing Terracotta Army.
Bike on the Ancient City Wall.
Watch the Fabulous Fountain Show in the Goose Pagoda Square.
Hang out and snack in the Muslim Street.
High-speed rail makes your China tour more convenient. Suzhou and Hangzhou are now an hour's travel by bullet train from Shanghai! Enjoy ancient culture, gardens, and water towns from modern Shanghai, a top gateway city. The traditional gardens are quiet and inspirational places to escape from busy city life.
Leisurely boat and stroll in a historic water town.
Giant pandas are so cute, and many travelers want to see, or even hug, these lovely animals. Although there are giant pandas in zoos in various places around China, the best place to see pandas is in Chengdu. Visitors can take part in volunteer programs to take care of giant pandas.
Watch giant pandas and join a panda keeper program.
Enjoy Sichuan Opera and watch magical face changing.
Visit the Leshan Giant Buddha.
Yunnan is worth visiting all year round. It's not only a fantastic place to enjoy the natural scenery, but also a good place to experience different minority cultures. Major attractions near the capital Kunming include the best rice terraces at Yuanyang; mountainous Lijiang is in the west, and tropical Xishuangbanna is in the south.
Gape at Stone Forest World Geopark, the most grotesque karst landscape in the world.
Photograph Dongchuan Red Land, featuring dark red, purple red, and brick red colors.
Enjoy a relaxing vacation at altitude in Lijiang Ancient Town.
Experience Dai minority culture in Xishuangbanna.
Photograph the Yuanyang Terraced Fields.
Zhangjiajie is famous for its precarious peaks, limpid streams, dense forests, and large karst caves. It is one of the must-see scenic areas in China. It was thrust into foreigner travelers' eyes after the movie Avatar. The Hallelujah Mountains in Avatar were inspired (in part) by Heavenly Pillar in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
Hike and climb among the pillars and peaks of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
Take a cable car to enjoy fantastic views on Tianmen Mountain, and experience the chilling cliff-side glass path.
Tibet is on the highest plateau in the world. There are many Buddhist buildings, due to Tibetans' strong culture of faith. You can see sincere pilgrims doing full-body prostrations or spinning the prayer wheels on Lhasa's streets. The natural scenery will take your breath away, with its the super-clear blue skies and lakes. It's also the best place to see Mount Everest.
Visit The Potala Palace, a huge treasure house of articles from Tibetan history, religion, culture, and art.
Visit Lake Yamdrok, "the turquoise earring scattered in the mountains".
Camp at Mount Everest to see the sunrise at the top of the world.
Legendary natural scenery is the highlight of Huangshan. It has "the most beautiful mountains in China". The Yellow Mountains attract visitors with their seas of clouds, oddly-shaped rocks and pines, and hot springs at the mountain foot. Besides the beautiful mountains, many visitors also go see the beautiful countryside scenery and its ancient villages.
Climb the Yellow Mountains and see spectacular rocks and seas of clouds.
Visit the "artists' muse" — the beautiful village of Hongcun.
"East to west, Guilin is best." Guilin's idyllic scenery draws millions of tourists from near and far every year. Its marvelous limestone scenery is renowned as "the most beautiful on earth". The fresh air and countryside scenery make it an ideal place to escape the industrial pollution. The Li River in Yangshuo county is the top highlight of Guilin, and the Longji Terraced Fields attract many photographers in spring and fall.
Take a cruise to see the picturesque Li River.
Snap the Longji Terraced Fields and experience minority culture in Longsheng.
Discover awe-inspiring and colorful Reed Flute Cave in Guilin City.
Hong Kong is a shopping paradise for luxury products. The huge shopping malls of Central, Admiralty, and the street fashion factory in Causeway Bay, are reasons for many travelers to make their way to Hong Kong. Hong Kong also has some amazing beaches and natural sights for outdoor lovers. And it's near Macau, so many travelers take a day trip by ferry this past Portuguese Port.
Shop for luxuries with a relatively low price.
Take a bird's eye view of Victoria Harbor from Victoria Peak.
Plan a one-day trip to Macau for casinos and colonial architecture.
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