Thousands years of history have borne countless tourist attractions in China. Some are well-known to foreigners, some are exclusive to the Chinese heritage, and many are modern achievements.
Popular Tourist Attractions
Sites that are popular with western tourists. These are the more well-known China tourist attractions.
Native Chinese Heritage Attractions
Sites that have important Chinese heritage, cultural, and/or historical significance.
Modern China Infrastructures
Infrastructural sites that are unique and represent the engineering power of modern China.
The Forbidden Palace, Beijing. 北京故宫（紫禁城）
The Forbidden Palace has been the residence of 24 emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. It's one of the only large-scale and best-preserved ancient architectures in the world.
Terrecotta Warriors, Xi'an. 西安秦兵马俑
The ancient burial site of the first emperor of China in the Qin dynasty (220 BC). Every warrior is unique and sworn to protect the first Chinese emperor in the after-life.
Beijing Daxing International Airport, Beijing. 北京大兴国际机场
The "Flying Phoenix" or "Starfish" shaped airport was inaugurated in 2019. The huge terminal is constructed without one single pillar to hold up the roof.
The Bund, Shanghai. 上海外滩
The Bund is a mile-long stretch of waterfront promenade along the Huangpu River featuring various western buildings built by the British in the "Compromise Zone." The modern Shanghai financial district sits across the river from the Bund.
The Great Wall of China, Badaling, Beijing. 八达岭长城
No further introduction is needed: One of the most amazing wonders in the world!
The Tiananmen Square, Beijing. 天安门
The famed Tiananmen Square is where the military parade and the body of Chairman Mao is embalmed and placed in a mausoleum.
Sanya Beaches, Hainan. 三亚
Sanya is a beach resort at the southern-most tip of China in Hainan province. In addition to everything a relaxing beach town offers, it also has a giant statue of the Guanyin bodhisattva.
Jiuzhaigou National Park, Sichuan. 九寨沟
One of most treasured national parks in China with ancient forest and wild panda preserve.
Hanzhou Xihu (West Lake), Zhejiang. 杭州西湖
Hanzhou West Lake is rated as a 5A (best) scenic destination and has its roots as an attraction at as early as 900's AD during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms.
Chengde Mountain Resort, Hebei. 承德避暑山庄
Rated as a 5A tourist attraction, Chengde Mountain Resort was built in the early 1700's in the Qing dynasty - a summer palace for the royal families. It is one of the four most important cultural gardens in China.
The Summer Palace, Beijing. 颐和园
5A rated and one of the four most important cultural gardens in China. Built in the mid 1700's for the royal families. This site has endured various foreign invasions and civil war.
Mount Huangshan, Anhui. 黄山
A 5A destination. The backdrop for many of Chinese paintings depicting the surreal and mystical Chinese culture. It is a mixed World Heritage site for both cultural and natural significance.
Guilin Karst, Guangxi. 桂林山水
5A rated and a World Heritage natural site. Scenery from Guilin is frequently used in calendars. It is also one of the most important archeological sites in China.
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, Jiangsu. 苏州古典园林
Another 5A destination. The picturesque garden was built in 5th century AD and is a World Heritage cultural site.
The Three Gorges, Chongqing & Hubei. 长江三峡
The three gorges is a section of the Yangtze River that's capped with a super dam which has the world's largest hydroelectric power station.
The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower, Shanghai. 东方明珠广播电视塔
The iconic landmark symbol of Shanghai was put into service in 1995. It sits across the Huangpu River at the financial district in Shanghai and have acted as a beacon to the entire Shanghai metropolitan area.
Nanjing Road Walkway, Shanghai. 南京路步行街
This pedestrian-only walkway started in Shanghai in 1848. From day to night, the walkway is always packed with tourists especially during the weekends.
Town God‘s Temple of Shanghai, Shanghai. 城隍庙
Built in the Three Kingdoms dynasty (220-280 AD), the region that surrounds the actual Town God's Temple has grown into a cultural shopping center. While the temple itself depicts ancient Chinese religious beliefs, the shopping experience is exceptionally unique.
China Pavilion, Shanghai. 上海世博会中国馆
Built in 2010 for the World Expo, the China Pavilion features a Luban style architecture.
Tianzifang Art Center, Shanghai. 田子坊
A very unique alley-style art and cultural shopping center with outdoor restaurants that's as dramatic as the arts and crafts.
Yiwu Wholesale Markets, Zhejiang. 义乌小商品批发市场
With over 4.7 million sq. meter of space, 70,000+ stores, and over 210,000 daily buyers, the Yiwu Wholesale Markets is truly the one-stop shop for anything Made-in-China.
Zhaozhou Bridge, Hebei. 赵州桥
Built over 1400 years ago in the Sui dynasty (7th century AD). This bridge had endured natural disaster and wars; it is still in use and as strong as the day it was built. The bridge is rated as a 4A attraction.