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Forbidden City (Imperial Palace)

4 star rating: Recommended 82 Reviews

Have you ever wondered what's so forbidden about the Forbidden City? It's called that because it was closed to the outside world for 500 years. This was the ...  Read more

Ming Tombs (Ming Shisan Ling)

4 star rating: Recommended 78 Reviews

The Ming Dynasty Tombs, or Ming Shisan Ling, are located outside of central Beijing and are home to the tombs and mausoleums of the Yongle Emperor. Currently, ...  Read more

Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

4 star rating: Recommended 67 Reviews

The Summer Palace - also known as Yiheyuan - was built in 1750. In those days, it was called the Garden of Clear Ripples, and was a lakeside oasis where the ...  Read more

Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)

4 star rating: Recommended 38 Reviews

Tiananmen Square, or Tiananmen Guangchang, has always been not so much a square as a symbol. Mao built it to flaunt the epic scale of the Communist project. ...  Read more

Jade Buddha Temple (Yufo Si)

4 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

Yufo Si is a working Buddhist community - one of the few in China - but the star attractions of the Jade Buddha Temple are two figures brought to Shanghai by ...  Read more

Renmin Park

4 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Commonly known as “People’s Park” this lively open green space in southwest Chengdu is full of exactly that: people playing cards, people doing tai chi, people ...  Read more

Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan)

4 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Guilin’s most famous sight is a rocky outcrop on the Li River whose natural stone arch is said to mimic the moon in water. But the whole formation is better ...  Read more

Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) is a shopping street with a history. When the British began trading in Shanghai after the Opium Wars of the 19th century, this was ...  Read more

Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu Guangbo Dianshi Ta)

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower once used to be the highest building in Shanghai, and it's still up there. It's certainly one of the most hyperbolic and striking ...  Read more

Old French Concession

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Shanghai’s Old French Concession, an area once leased to the French in the Luwan and Xuhui districts of the city, is a reminder of an older Shanghai. The ...  Read more

Temple of the Five Immortals (Wuxian Guan)

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

According to legend, Guangzhou was founded when five immortal beings, three men and two women, descended upon the city during the reign of King Yi in the Zhou ...  Read more

Six Harmonies Pagoda (Liuhe Pagoda)

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 106 Reviews

A seven-story structure which looks deceivingly like 13 stories, the Six Harmonies Pagoda was constructed in 970 AD as part of an effort to ward off evil ...  Read more

The Bund (Waitan)

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 37 Reviews

The Bund (or Waitan) is the grand center of Colonial architecture in Shanghai. The former International Settlement runs along the waterfront of the Huangpu ...  Read more

Yuyuan Garden

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 28 Reviews

The name of the Yuyuan Garden means 'Garden of Peace and Comfort', a slightly ironic moniker these days. Owing to its position in the center of the Old Town ...  Read more

People’s Square (Renmin Guang Chang)

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 6 Reviews

Located in the heart of Shanghai, People’s Square (Renmin Guang Chang) is the home to the city’s municipal government headquarters and, more importantly, ...  Read more

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