China is a country in the eastern part of Asia and it is the most populous country in the world. This guide will help you learn how to get the most out of a trip to China. It’s a huge country and there’s a lot to discover.
The Forbidden City
Beijing is full of incredible experiences, from local traditions to historical architecture and culture. If you are planning a trip here, you can’t miss the Forbidden City. It’s a former Chinese palace from the era of the Ming Dynasty built over five hundred years ago in 1420. It has previously been home to Emperor’s and the Chinese government and is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With brightly colored walls and beautifully crafted features around the whole grounds, you can explore it freely at your own pace and learn an awful lot about Chinese heritage.
The Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace
A couple of other famous landmarks to visit are the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. Visually, these temples look incredible and they are definitely a great spot for a few unmissable photos. It won’t take you long to explore the temple of heaven which is right in the city center and is surrounded by beautiful gardens where you will find local singing and exercising together. If you have some extra time on your hands, it’s a really peaceful place to walk around, get some fresh air, and take in the culture that’s all around you.
The Great Wall of China
Beijing is also a great place to book a trip out to the Great Wall. You can get a day trip out, climb 800 meters up the wall, and get some fantastic views from the top. Many of these trips come with a tour of a China factory where you can see how traditional Chinese ceramics are made. Once you see the level of detail that goes into this work, you will discover it’s actually a really interesting tour and it only takes about half an hour to complete.
Xi’an & the Terracotta Army
Then there’s the city of Xi’an where you can see the famous terracotta army. They were originally built for the first emperor of china to give him an army that could protect him in the afterlife. There are three huge vault rooms and a museum exhibit to explore with over 8,000 soldiers. No two are the same with each figure having a completely different face or expression. It takes about three hours to see everything at the Terracotta Army exhibit, leaving you plenty of time to do even more with your day.
Giant Wild Goose Pagoda
If you are heading back to Cheyenne, then it’s a good idea to check out the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. This is a stunning Buddhist temple that dates back to the seventh century with beautiful grounds and incredibly detailed shrines.
A trip to China won’t be complete without seeing the giant pandas. The best place to see these is in Chengdu at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This is a non-profit facility where they are doing everything they can to conserve and protect giant pandas. You can get an up-close look at these guys on that tour.
Being one of China’s most modern cities, Shanghai has so much to offer. It’s full of intriguing marketplaces that you could literally spend all day getting lost in but one of the best to explore is the Yuyuan Bazaar. This place has everything from gadgets to clothes, art, and authentic Chinese Street food. Like most Chinese cities Shanghai has plenty of traditional gardens that allow you to step into a peaceful space away from the hustle and bustle of the streets. In fact, there’s even one right at the heart of the Yuyuan Bazaar where you can see cultural architecture bonsai trees and koi ponds.
If you are looking for the best views in Shanghai, then there are two places we can recommend. The first is heading to the top of the TV tower. Know that it will cost you around $22 to get a ticket to the observation deck but the views from up here are second to none. If you will only be here once then we think it’s definitely worth it.
The best view of Shanghai’s iconic skyline is completely framed and it can be found at the Bund. It’s great to come here at night and watch the city light up the sky. Other great things you can do from Shanghai include going to a silk factory where you can see how the Chinese make their authentic silk products. Or going for a day trip out to Suzhou, this city was built on a series of canals and is often referred to as the Venice of China. You can take a boat trip down the canals, meet the locals, and spend the day exploring the city.