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Welcome to China

China, the king of Asia, is simultaneously ancient and futuristic; rural and metropolitan; traditional and cosmopolitan. In a land of paradoxes, culture and cuisine project a distinct identity enhanced by vast landscapes and iconic landmarks. Tick off a New Seven Wonder of the World at the Great Wall of China; soak up Hong Kong's unique island culture; and immerse yourself in attractions such as the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, and Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of the endangered species. Each city, be it Shanghai, Beijing, or Xi'an, offers fine food, lively entertainment, and rich history.

Top 15 attractions in China

Ngong Ping 360

The Ngong Ping 360 connects Tung Chung to Ngong Ping plateau, home to the iconic Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, and Ngong Ping Village. Opened in 2006, the cable car provides easy access to the hillside attractions, and its views of Lantau Island and beyond have made the gondola journey itself a tourist attraction in its own right.More

Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha)

Lantau Island’s Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha) is a huge bronze seated Buddha at 112 feet (34 meters) tall. The statue is a popular pilgrimage site for travelers from Asia and around the globe who climb the 268 steps leading to its base for panoramic views of the South China Sea.More

Flower Market Road

Located in Mongkok, Flower Market Road is one of the most colorful and fragrant roads in the city. At the Hong Kong Flower Market, located here, you’ll find everything from delicate orchids and bonsai trees to succulents, exotic plants, and fresh-cut flowers, as well as seeds, containers, accessories, and gardening and floral supplies.More

Ladies Market

Mong Kok’s Ladies Market is one of Hong Kong’s most legendary street markets. Its name originates from the large amount of women's clothing and accessories for sale, but that’s not all you’ll find. A little less than a mile long, the market is crammed with all manner of clothing stalls and accessories for men, women, and children, as well as goldfish, electronics, household items, and just about anything else money can buy.More

Mutianyu Great Wall

The Mutianyu Great Wall was fully restored in the 1980s as an alternative to the increasingly popular Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. The Mutianyu section is farther away from Beijing (about an hour and a half by car) than more popular sections, but it's also significantly less busy and features some fun, modern amusements, such as a cable car, chairlift, and toboggan. The long, flat segment—the longest fully restored section open to travelers—winds along heavily forested hilltops with 23 ancient watchtowers dotting the landscape.More

Tai O

The fishing village of Tai O, located on the western coast of Lantau Island, is known for its traditional culture and seafaring way of life. Once a bustling trade port, the village features stilt houses, seafood markets, and graded buildings that provide insight into a Hong Kong of the past, while its street food, cafes, and wildlife-watching boat tours keep it a popular destination today.More

Victoria Harbour

Dividing Hong Kong Island from Kowloon, Victoria Harbour has long been the lifeblood of the city. It is from these waters—often teeming with a motley mix of traditional and modern vessels—that the city’s twin skylines are best viewed. The harbor is historically responsible for the city that surrounds it as well; its deep and sheltered waters situated strategically on the South China Sea have directly contributed to Hong Kong’s rise as a major world trading center.More

Victoria Peak (The Peak)

Overlooking the Central district on Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak (The Peak) is one of the best vantage points for top views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong’s skyscrapers. Rising 1,810 feet (552 meters), the mountain is topped with a 360-degree Sky Terrace viewing platform and the Peak Tower complex of shops and restaurants. There’s also a network of nature trails through lush tropical forests.More

Mong Kok

The Mong Kok district in Kowloon is one of the busiest and most densely populated areas in the world. Known for its lively street markets, massive shopping malls, a seemingly endless array of food options, as well as billboards, neon, and people everywhere, it’s also a great place to experience local Hong Kong culture.More

Sheung Wan

Located just west of Central, Sheung Wan is one of the hippest districts in Hong Kong. One of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, Sheung Wan is a vibrant mix of trendy coffee shops, restaurants, bars, clubs, boutiques, antique shops, art galleries, and creative spaces, as well as more traditional shops, markets, and temples.More


Situated on the mainland facing Hong Kong Island across Victoria Harbour, Kowloon represents Hong Kong’s jam-packed, slightly grittier side with highlights including night markets, museums, and shopping. The districts of Kowloon rank among the most interesting in the city, offering a glimpse at what working class Hong Kong is all about; the Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok districts are densely populated.More

Man Mo Temple

One of the oldest and most famous temples in Hong Kong, Man Mo Temple in Sheung Wan isdedicated to Man Cheong, god of literature, and Mo Tai, god of war. A mainstay of the community, this Taoist and Buddhist temple reflects social and religious practices in Hong Kong and offers a respite to the hustle and bustle of the city.More

Canton Tower

Guangzhou’s loftiest and most impressive skyscraper, the vertiginous Canton Tower is one of the tallest buildings on Earth and Guangzhou’s most notable structure. Unveiled in time for the 2010 Asian Games, the freestanding structure is known for its slim shape, its outdoor observation decks, and the rainbow lights it sports after dark.More

Central–Mid-Level Escalator

The Mid-Levels Escalators is the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator system, stretching for over 2,600 feet (800 meters) and rising 443 feet (135 meters) from the heart of bustling Central to the residential Mid-Levels. It offers an easy way to traverse the hilly streets, and to explore an area full of attractions.More

Wan Chai

Set between Central and Causeway Bay, Wan Chai became notorious for its red-light district. Though some of that remains, today the destination is known for its vibrant mix of shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightlife. This is one of the oldest areas in Hong Kong, offering plenty of history and heritage.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in China

A tour never to be forgotten
Geoffrey_B, Mar 2023
Private Guangzhou tour guide service by Xaq
With excellent English skills combined with his in-depth knowledge of Guangzhou, Xaq tailor made our tour to our requirements.
Excellent experience, highly recommended.
Oliver_H, Mar 2023
Private Mutianyu Great Wall Trip with English-Speaking Driver
A great experience with Kevin who took me to the Great Wall in a comfortable car, easy to converse with and with a good level of English he was able to share interesting information not just about the wall, but of China and current affairs.
Fantastic experience with a wonderful guide
James_C, Jan 2020
Private Great Wall Hiking from Jiankou to Mutianyu
Lucy our guide was lovely, spoke great English and was very knowledgeable!
Great choice
Explore795545, Dec 2019
2-Day Private VIP Sightseeing Tour of Beijing City Highlights and Great Wall
We were able to visit all of the major sights, and given the overlap in the history and cultural influence, it was helpful to have the continuity of a single guide.
Wow - such a great experinece
Aquaduckgoldcoast, Nov 2019
Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer
Kate was my english speaking guide, she was excellent.
Bullet Train
robertnO8659LR, Nov 2019
Hangzhou Private Customized Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train
You will get to see a part of China that most tourists don’t see
Xian november 2019
Xian Private Day Tour with Airport Transfer: Terracotta Warriors and City Wall
My main reason to visit China was to know these army, and I feel very happy I had the opportunity .
Amazing site and fabulous guide!!!
Gillian G, Oct 2019
All Inclusive Private Half-day tour to the Terracotta Warriors
At the last minute my friends and I decided to fly to Xian to see the Terra Cotta Warriors.
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What is China known for?

One of the world’s most ancient civilizations, China is known for its monumental wonders (the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Terracotta Warriors), megacities (Beijing and Shanghai), and natural beauty (Huangshan, the karst landscape of Guilin, and the floating mountains of Zhangjiajie). It’s also known for its food and drink, martial arts, giant pandas, and temples.

How many days do you need in China?

China is a huge country, and it would be impossible to see it all in one trip. That said, two weeks is a good amount of time to see top highlights such as Beijing and the Great Wall, Shanghai, Xi’an and the Terracotta Warriors, and a few other cities and attractions, such as Guilin, Hangzhou, Chengdu, and Huangshan.

What is the number one tourist attraction in China?

Beijing is the top tourist attraction in China. The capital of China is home to popular tourist attractions like the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Summer Palace. Just outside of Beijing is the Great Wall, which is another top tourist attraction. Other popular attractions include Shanghai and the Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an.

Which cities should I visit in China?

As the ancient and modern capital of China, and home to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, Beijing should make it to the top of the list. Modern and cosmopolitan Shanghai is another good option. Visit Xi’an for the Terracotta Warriors, Hangzhou for West Lake, Chengdu for the giant pandas, and Guilin for its beautiful karst landscape.

What are some cultural activities in China?

Visit the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and Terracotta Warriors. Experience tea culture, learn how to cook Chinese food, try tai chi and kung fu, try your hand at Chinese painting and calligraphy, watch a Chinese opera, and celebrate festivals such as the Lunar New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival.

How safe is it in China?

China is generally quite safe, though petty theft and pickpocketing can happen (especially in crowded markets and at popular tourist attractions) as well as scams. Take general precautions: Be aware of your surroundings, keep an eye on possessions, and be extra careful at night. Avoid unlicensed taxis and road travel in general.


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