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West Lake (Xi Hu)

Impeccably landscaped and almost poetic in its beauty, Hangzhou’s West Lake (Xi Hu) is stunning in its beauty and sprawls over an expanse of 1,404 acres. ...  Read more

Yichang

Located east of the Three Gorges Dam, Yichang is the embarkation point for passengers cruising up the Yangtze River toward Chongqing. With a population of ...  Read more

Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

Jinshanling and Simatai are two of the most remote and least restored portions of the Great Wall near Beijing. Visitors craving a more natural Great Wall ...  Read more

Nine Dragon Screen at the Palace Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

During a 1773 renovation of a northeastern section of the Forbidden City, a Nine Dragon Screen was added to provide privacy for Emperor Qianlong’s retirement ...  Read more

Chen Clan Academy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

The Chen Clan Academy, also called the Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family, is to Guangzhou what the Forbidden City is to Beijing. The complex consists of 19 ...  Read more

Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Considered one of the best museums anywhere in China, the Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King (sometimes called the Museum of the Southern Yue Royal ...  Read more

Drum Tower (Gulou)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

The Drum Tower - or Gulou - was built during the Ming Dynasty, just a few years before the neighboring Bell Tower. It is largely in the same style as that ...  Read more

Great Mosque

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Built in 742 during the Tang Dynasty, the Great Mosque in Xian is one of China’s oldest and largest mosques. As it stands today, most of the mosque structures ...  Read more

Jinli Ancient Street

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

When Qin Dynasty traders started selling baldachin cloth on Jinli Street in 220 B.C. they set in motion a chain of events which would turn Jinli into the ...  Read more

Dujiangyan Irrigation System

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Despite being constructed in 256 BC, the Dujiangyan Irrigation System continues to serve residents of the fertile Chengdu Plain. A marvel of ancient ...  Read more

Mount Qingcheng

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

At a user friendly height of only 1,290 meters (4,234 feet), Mount Qingcheng is one of the best day trekking options surrounding Chengdu. Due to its lush green ...  Read more

Xingping Village

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Just up the Li River from Yangshuo sits the tiny ancient fishing village of Xingping. While Yangshuo has a lively international community of Chinese, ...  Read more

The Legend of Kung Fu Show

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

The Legend of Kung Fu at Beijing’s Red Theater tells the story of a young monk who dreams of one day becoming a Kung Fu master. The boy’s story is told through ...  Read more

Mengding Mountain

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

China is known for its tea, which comes straight from Mengding Mountain. Considered the birthplace of the world's tea culture, as well as being home to the ...  Read more

Beijing Opera

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Beijing Opera (Peking Opera) has been around since the late eighteenth century and was originally performed for the imperial family of the Qing Dynasty. It ...  Read more

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