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What Were the Most Popular China Tour Destinations in 2013

In 2013 the number of inbound tourists reached more than 135 million visits. So what were the most popular tour destinations in China this year? Or more specifically, which of China’s attractions did travelers most often visit?

Here China Highlights lists the most popular travel destination and attractions in China in 2013, according to customers traveling with China Highlights. China Highlights mainly deals with tailor-making tours for customers, which makes the data more representative of what customers actually wanted to see than a company just providing package tours.

If you are hesitating about choosing your destinations while planning your tour to China in 2013, check them out.

The 25 Most Popular Tour Destinations in 2013

the great wall

  1. Beijing
  2. Shanghai
  3. Xi’an
  4. Guilin
  5. The Three Gorges
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Lhasa
  8. Yangshuo
  9. Chengdu
  10. Yichang
  11. Chongqing
  12. Guangzhou
  13. Hangzhou
  14. Lijiang
  15. Kunming
  16. Suzhou
  17. Huangshan
  18. Sanya
  19. Zhangjiajie
  20. Shenzhen
  21. Shigatse
  22. Longsheng
  23. Jiuzhaigou
  24. Shangri-La
  25. Harbin

Places That Are Often Combined


  • The Three Gorges, Yichang, and Chongqing are highly related, because a cruise of the Three Gorges links Yichang and Chongqing together.
  • A tour to Guilin can include traveling to Yangshuo and Longsheng.
  • A tour to Shanghai can cover the cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou, because Suzhou and Hangzhou are respectively about 100km and 200km from Shanghai.
  • Lijiang, Kunming, Dali and Shangri-La are in Yunnan Province.
  • Jiuzhaigou is one of the most glorious attractions, usually accessed from Chengdu City.
  • The famous Yellow Mountains are in Huangshan Prefecture, 200km from Hangzhou.

The 25 Most Visited Attractions in 2013

the forbidden city

  1. The Imperial Palace, Beijing
  2. Tiananmen Square, Beijing
  3. Temple of Heaven, Beijing
  4. The Terracotta Warriors, Xi’an
  5. Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall, Beijing
  6. Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
  7. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi’an
  8. Shaanxi History Museum, Xi’an
  9. The Bund, Shanghai
  10. The Summer Palace, Beijing
  11. The Hutongs, Beijing
  12. The Li River, Guilin
  13. Olympic Park (mainly including the Water Cube and the Bird's Nest), Beijing
  14. Reed Flute Cave, Guilin
  15. Shanghai International Financial Center, Shanghai
  16. The Ancient City Wall, Xi’an
  17. The Elephant Trunk Hill, Guilin
  18. Muslim Street, Xi’an
  19. Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai
  20. Rural Tour by Cycle, Yangshuo, Guilin
  21. The Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai
  22. The Treasure House of the Imperial Palace, Beijing
  23. Yonghe Lama Temple, Beijing
  24. The Grand Mosque, Xi’an
  25. Longji Rice Terraces, Longsheng, Guilin 


  • Of the 25 attractions above, 9 are in Beijing, 6 in Xi’an, 5 are in Shanghai, and 5 are in Guilin. If you are interested in Chinese history and Chinese antiques, Beijing and Xi’an are your ideal destinations.
  • If you want to enjoy graceful natural scenery, Guilin must be the most recommended place. Shanghai is more like a place to learn about China in the 1920s and what modern China is today.
  • The Muslim Street in Xi'an is a fantastic place to taste Xi'an snacks and see the Grand Mosque.

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