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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 10 attractions in China

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Ngong Ping 360

Ngong Ping 360

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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
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Victoria Harbour

Victoria Harbour

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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
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Shanghai Tower (Shanghai Zhongxin Dasha)

Shanghai Tower (Shanghai Zhongxin Dasha)

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One of the tallest buildings in the world, the Shanghai Tower (Shanghai Zhongxin Dasha) has a twisting silhouette that dominates the skyline. Standing 137 stories and 2,073 feet (632 meters) high, the building features some of the world’s fastest elevators, which race to a viewing platform 1,841 feet (561 meters) above the city. On a clear day, the views are spectacular.More
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Terracotta Warriors Museum (Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum)

Terracotta Warriors Museum (Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum)

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The 1974 discovery of thousands of life-sized Terracotta Warriors near Xian was one of the archeological sensations of the 20th century. The figures date from 210 BC and were meant to guard the first emperor of China in the afterlife. Today the UNESCO-listed Terracotta Warriors Museum (Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum) ranks among China’s top attractions.More
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The Bund (Waitan)

The Bund (Waitan)

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The Bund (Waitan) refers to Shanghai’s iconic waterfront strip, which runs for 1 mile (1.5 kilometers) along the west shore of the Huangpu River. Renowned for its extensive collection of colonial-era buildings, there’s also pedestrian-friendly promenade perfect for strolling, which offers stunning views of both the Bund and Pudong.More
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Victoria Peak (The Peak)

Victoria Peak (The Peak)

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Overlooking the Central district on Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak (The Peak) is one of the best vantage points for stupendous 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 forest.More
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Yuyuan Garden (Yu Garden)

Yuyuan Garden (Yu Garden)

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Dating from the Ming Dynasty, Yuyuan Garden—or simply, Yu Garden—in the middle of the Old Town (Nanshi) Shanghai, is one of China’s best-preserved classical gardens. Covering an area of 5 acres (2 hectares), Yuyuan Garden is known for its beautiful scenery, elegant layout, and delightful pavilions, pagodas, pools, bridges, and rockeries.More
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Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha)

Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha)

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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
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Forbidden City (Palace Museum)

Forbidden City (Palace Museum)

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The Forbidden City, or Palace Museum, is the world’s largest palace complex, with more than 800 buildings and some 8,000 rooms set in the heart of Beijing. Deemed off-limits to visitors for some five centuries, today this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the city’s most popular attractions.More
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Shanghai French Concession

Shanghai French Concession

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One of Shanghai’s most charming areas, the former French Concession is known for its tree-lined streets and interesting mix of Chinese and Western architectural styles. Popular with locals, expats, and visitors, the area is home to a number of top attractions, as well as hip cafés, restaurants, bars, clubs, boutiques, galleries, and museums.More

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How to Spend 3 Days in Chengdu

How to Spend 3 Days in Chengdu

Top activities in China

Sai Kung Wild Beaches Adventure

Sai Kung Wild Beaches Adventure

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Stone Spa Experience Package

Stone Spa Experience Package

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Recent reviews from experiences in China

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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!
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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.
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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
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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.
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Xian november 2019
MARIAMARTHA_S, Nov 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 .
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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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Awesame experience
lesliewH3647VE, Oct 2019
3-Day Private Beijing Sightseeing Tour with Peking Duck, Hot Pot plus Optional Show
Our Tour guild Linda was excellent, very passionate & knowledgeable of China, she catered our experience to us, a very memorable experience, my husband & I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves & would like to come back to visit Beijing again in the future.
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Great Tour Value
temporallaw, Oct 2019
Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour from Shanghai
His command of the English language was impressive.
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Perfect transit tour with a courteous service
Mayumi I, Sep 2019
Private Mutianyu Great Wall Trip With Speaking-English Driver
This personalized private tour is what we need to visit one of the most breathtaking and historical site in China, in a very short time and hassle free.
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Dance Drama
Shailendra S, Sep 2019
Skip the Line:Xi'an Tang Dynasty Show Ticket w/Optional Dinner and/or Transfer
Eye-catching costumes and English narration on a side screen make for an enjoyable evening.
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Excellent tour!
Thomas_S, Sep 2019
Mutianyu Great Wall Bus Tour
This trip fulfilled a lifetime ambition to visit the Great Wall (or the ‘Wall of No Return’ as the Chinese call it).
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Xian
Curiosity29634520995, Jun 2019
Xi'an Private Tour: Terracotta Warriors and Ancient City Wall Bike Tour
The Terracotta Army is an impressive sight , definitely need to see if you are in China!
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Great experience
Yash P, Jun 2019
Beijing Layover Tour to Mutianyu Great Wall with English Speaking Guide
William was an awesome tour guide, spoke great English, and helped me learn about the history and culture of China
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Worth the hike and money
Resort37909172085, Jun 2019
Full-Day Small-Group Great Wall Hike: Simatai West to Jinshanling
We had the best tour guide and a perfect day to see the wall and how far it stretched!
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Good entertainment !
Feghiu_B, May 2019
Sichuan Culture Opera Show in Chengdu
It was also pleasant that some if the staff talked in english.
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Private Transfer
Keith_G, Apr 2019
Tianjin Cruise Port Private Transfer to Binhai Railway Station
Reasonable priced, driver easy to find as we exited the ship, slight drawback with the driver not speaking English and we had a ticket query which took a bit of resolving but we were in China so the language problem was to be expected.
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Highlight of our China trip
Brendan_C, Jan 2019
Chengdu Panda tour optional Panda keeper and Cooking food
We then worked hard scooping up poop and bamboo (glad it was winter so the smell wasn't bad!
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My trip was excellent!
George_S, Dec 2018
Private Layover Trip to Mutianyu Great Wall & Forbidden City by English Driver
Both places were excellent places to visit and take pictures.
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Best day ever!
whelmafc, Oct 2018
Chengdu Panda tour optional Panda keeper and Cooking food
Going to see the pandas in China and actually holding one was a dream come true.
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Volunteer panda day trip
Aidan_C, Mar 2019
Visiting Dujiangyan Wolong Panda Base Optional Volunteering
The guide was amazing her English was superb, her general knowledge about China was great.
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All about China

Currency
Chinese Yuan (CN¥)
Time Zone
CST (UTC +8)
Country Code
+86
Language(s)
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