The vast land of China have many scenic spots, beautiful landscapes and historical places, make the nation as third most visited country in the world. The native products, herbs, craftworks and culture much popular among international tourists. The efficient transportational systems, comfortable restaurants and dishes also becomes best part of tourism industry in China. Followings are 10 finest tourist attractions in China.
10 Skyline of Pudong
Pudong district located in the eastern part of Huangpu river in Shanghai city. The services like super fast magnetic elevation trains, ferries, efficient taxis and buses make it easy for the tourists to reach Pudong, can see number of magnificent skyscrapers, museums and parks.
Oriental pearl TV tower becomes the main attraction in Pudong among the tourists. This 468 meter high TV tower is the second highest TV tower of china, known for unique architectural style. The tower includes three large and five smaller spheres, larger s[here at top of tower known as space module.
The second sphere of tower at 259 meter from the ground offers glass floor viewing platform, to explore sky of Shanghai, becomes most thrilling experience to get from Shanghai city.
The third tallest Skyscraper of China, Jinmao tower also situated besides of oriental TV tower, viewing platform at 55th floor of the tower offer spectacular view of the city. The attractions in Pudong also includes Shanghai ocean aquarium, century park, Shanghai municipal museum and financial center tower.
9 Yellow Mountains
Yellow mountains are located in Anhui province of Eastern part of China, Standing at height of 6115 feet. The hot springs, pine tress, clouds, winter snowscapes and oddly shaped rocks are the main attractions to experience at yellow mountains. It is one of the best place to watch sunset and sunrise, also much popular hiking place in the country. Yellow mountains are also listed within UNESCO’s world heritage sites.
There are 140 different sections opened for tourists in yellow mountains. Hiking becomes popular activity in yellow mountains. The secure steps built at the cliffs of yellow mountains also let the tourists to explore beauty of surrounding places.
There is also a 39 foot tall 8 meter long stone called flying stone, balanced on comparatively light ledge, one of interesting sight at yellow mountains. Tourists will also get hotel services at the top of yellow mountains.
8 Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan
Jiuzhaigou valley is a nature reserve and national park located in Sichuan, protected area also listed on world heritage sites. This valley is much popular for it’s colored lakes, multi-level waterfalls, snow covered peaks. The presence of giant panda and golden snub-nosed monkeys also makes this site as focal point among tourists. Jiuzhaigou can be visit year around, in autumn the entire valley and lakes makes brilliant coloration.
There are three main valley in Jiuzhaigou, rize valley, zechawa valley and Shuzeng valley, form a ‘Y’ shape on meeting. Jiuzhaigou valley also includes 114 lakes in total and number of waterfalls, have different coloration of water. The green-blue color of water of lakes visible even in winter season. The continual variation of flora also can see in the valley within change of altitude over time.
7 Li River Cruise
The li river flow through Guangxi Zhuang region of China. The spectacular river sights make it as one of top water wonders in the world. Li river cruise is one of popular tourist activities in the country. The river rip start from the range of Guilin and end at Yangshou, over 83 kilometers.
The tourist can see beautiful landscapes, rolling hills, steep cliffs, caves and forest on both sides of the river. The experienced guides will share interesting stories about various river side attraction with tourist during the river trip. Visitors also get chance to make a look at lifestyle of number of villages , aged more than 500 years, located at bank of Li river.
6 Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong
The third largest harbor in the world, located between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon peninsula. It is the most popular tourist attraction of Hong Kong city, known for it’s spectacular panoramic view. The symphony of lights in Victoria harbor at night time featuring 40 skyscrapers becomes one of the best thing to experience from Hong Kong, in the year 2005 it got listed on Guinness book of world records as world’s largest permanent light and sound show.
The night time cruise at victoria harbor becomes best way to experience symphony of lights. Victoria tower at the height of 554 meters, on top of victoria mountain offers spectacular view of entire harbor. It is also becomes location to host a number of public shows including fireworks display on night of lunar new year.
5 Temple of Heaven, Beijing
One of the most popular holy places in China, situated in Central Beijing. Much popular for it’s architectural design, another world heritage of the country. It is also found as a Taoist temple, one of re religious tradition of China, perfect example of imperial architecture of Ming dynasty.
Temple of heaven was built by Yongle emperor in between period of 1406-1420, to worship heaven annually to get good harvest. The design of temple reflect the relation between sky and earth. The circular wall within temple of heaven represents heaven and rectangular wall of this temple represents Earth.
The four main pillars within the prayer hall of this temple represents four seasons and twelve inner columns represents twelve months in an year. Morning is the best time to visit temple of heaven, will get quite atmosphere. A special martial arts style called Tai Chi also can be experience by the visitors from temple of heaven,concentrate on development and control of consciousness.
4 Mogao Caves, Dunhuang
Mogao caves also called as caves of thousand Buddhas, located in Dun huang of western China. There are about 600 surviving caves in the network of mogao caves, out of them only thirty caves are opened for public. These caves includes many Buddhist arts those are spanning a period of 1000 years and more.
First part of mogao caves are carved down in the year 366, from vision of Buddhist monk Le Zun to built thousand Buddhas at the site. At earlier time mogao caves became a place for meditation, had become place of pilgrimage in later following centuries. The cave paintings reflect as visual representation of enlightenment, became major religious center at time of Tang Dynasty.
The texts produced with woodblock printing technology, an ancient Chinese method to print text on cloth date to year 220 also discovered from mogao caves. Out of 30 accessible caves at magao caves tourist can only visit 15 caves in a single day. Visitors can also explore rare murals, sculptures of Buddha from different centuries and over 50000 manuscripts written on wall of mogao in different languages.
3 Terracotta Army, Xian
Thousands of clay soldiers buried with mausoleum of first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huan is known as terracotta army. It became the one of most significant discoveries in the history of archaeology. Terracotta army includes 8000 clay soldiers, 520 horses and 130 chariots, tom of first emperor remain excavated.
The construction of this mausoleum dated back to 246 BC, just after Qin Shi Huan taking throne as first emperor of China, at the age of 13. Life sized clay soldiers and horses are arranged in a battle formation. Discovered from pit near to tom of first emperor.
Archaeologist also discovered clay formations of musicians, dancers and acrobats from another pits of mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang. After the discovery of terracotta army in 1974 Chinese government made the site as a historical museum within one year. Now both foreign and local tourists can visit this site.
2 Forbidden City, Beijing
It is also known as imperial palace, the largest palace in the world, located in Beijing. The entire complex of forbidden city covers an area of 183 acres, consist of 980 buildings those have 8707 rooms in total. Forbidden city holds largest collection of ancient wooden structures in the world, listed on UNESCO’s world heritage site in the year 1987. Every year forbidden city attracts more than 10 million visitors every year.
The construction of forbidden city started in 1407 by emperor Zhu Di, took fourteen years for the completion. All roofs of buildings in forbidden city decorated with yellow glazed tiles since yellow became symbol of Chinese emperors. The entire palace complex is surrounded and protected by 7.9 meter tall city wall and 170 foot wide moat.
From 1420 to 1920, for 500 years forbidden city housed 24 different Chinese emperors. The ancient Chinese decorations, royal architectural styles, paintings, deluxe halls and royal garden attracts million of foreign visitors today. The palace museum also have collection of 1.17 million pieces of arts from Ming and Qing dynasty, includes paintings, ceramics, sculptures, enamel objects…Etc.
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1 Great Wall of China
Most recognizable landmark of China, longest man made structure and one of seven wonders of the world. In fact it is a discontinuous network of network of wall built to protect the borders of China. Great wall have total length of 8850 kilometers, including length of trenches and defense barriers.
Great wall of China was built by different dynasties of China in different centuries. The first part of great wall built between BC 220 to 206 by first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Stones, wood, tampered earth and bricks are main material used for the construction of great wall.
It includes guard towers, beacon towers, stairways, bridges and battlements. The height of great wall measured up to 25 feet and 15 to 13 feet wide. It is also became the longest cemetery in the world, one million people lost their life during construction of great wall.
The most visited section of great wall of China is Badaling, It was originally built in the year 1504 by Ming dynasty and restored in 1957. Nowadays all facilities like hotels, restaurants and cable cars are available within this area.