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Be dazzled by the gold-and-red heart of Asia, featuring rugged mountain landscapes, huge fast-paced cities and breathtaking monuments to ancient culture.

China’s vast and varied countryside ranges from the lush basin of the Yellow River to the spectacular peaks of the Himalayas. The quiet charm of rural villages makes for a stark contrast with Beijing’s frenetic pace. Explore busy urban centers of Shanghai, Hong Kong and Xi’an. Discover China’s ancient heartland in the Henan province and see awe-inspiring natural beauty on the Yangtze River and in beautiful Yunnan.

Marvel at the vitality and diversity of China’s major cities. Shanghai, the biggest city in the most populous country in the world, is famous for its fusion of Eastern and Western culture. Beijing, China’s capital, is steeped in fascinating history and features interesting architecture, museums, palaces, temples and parks. See historic Tiananmen Square, the Ming and Qing Dynasties’ Forbidden City and the iconic Temple of Heaven.

Visit the ancient city of Xi’an to find the beginning of the historic Silk Road and an army of terracotta warriors. Explore each city’s downtown area and find dazzling strips of restaurants, clubs and karaoke bars.

See the spectacular Great Wall of China from one of the many provinces this monument winds through. In southwest China, explore Tibet’s breathtaking landscapes and ancient cultures. Admire the towering Himalayan mountain ranges and the beautiful scenery of the forested Guizhou and Sichuan provinces. Head southeast to reach the South China Sea coast. Visit Hainan, an island paradise that features a tropical climate and fantastic beaches.

Much of China’s fascinating cultural heritage is connected to three major religions: Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. See magnificent sacred mountains, temples and pilgrimage sites. Discover China’s beautiful traditional arts, such as calligraphy and tai chi. Sample fragrant Chinese teas and feast on dim sum, Peking duck, Szechuan hot pots and sweet cakes.

Reach China by air or train to major cities. Explore this huge country with convenient domestic flights or by bus, rail, charter tour or car. China’s climate varies drastically from province to province, with long winters in the north and tropical weather in the south. Visit China in spring for fun-filled Chinese New Year festivities and the multicolored hues of the Lantern Festival lights.

Popular cities in China

Forbidden City showing a river or creek, a lake or waterhole and heritage architecture
Known for Shopping, Culture and Temples


Reasons to visit

  • Silk Street Market
    Silk Street Market
  • Wangfujing Street
    Wangfujing Street
  • Forbidden City
    Forbidden City
Jing An Temple which includes a city and a temple or place of worship
Known for Shopping, Business and Museums


Reasons to visit

  • Oriental Pearl Tower
    Oriental Pearl Tower
  • Jin Mao Tower
    Jin Mao Tower
  • Nanjing Road Shopping District
    Nanjing Road Shopping District
Guangzhou showing a high rise building, modern architecture and a square or plaza
Known for Shopping, Festivals and Business


Reasons to visit

  • Chimelong Paradise
    Chimelong Paradise
  • Beijing Road Pedestrian Street
    Beijing Road Pedestrian Street
  • Canton Tower
    Canton Tower
Broken Bridge showing a sunset, a lake or waterhole and kayaking or canoeing
Known for Lakes, Scenery and Sightseeing


Reasons to visit

  • West Lake
    West Lake
  • Broken Bridge
    Broken Bridge
  • Lingyin Temple
    Lingyin Temple
Suzhou which includes modern architecture and interior views
Known for Gardens, Temples and Natural Parks


Reasons to visit

  • Humble Administrator's Garden
    Humble Administrator's Garden
  • Suzhou Museum
    Suzhou Museum
  • Master of the Nets Garden
    Master of the Nets Garden
Known for Rivers, Hot Springs and Mountains


Popular places to visit in China

Great Wall of China
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Great Wall of China

See terracotta warriors, ancient temples and Ming Dynasty architecture at the Juyongguan section of one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in the world.

Forbidden City
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Forbidden City

This formerly restricted imperial palace complex is now a public museum that shows the splendor of the old China. It is one of Beijing’s most impressive sites.

Terracotta Army
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Terracotta Army

Marvel at the thousands of sculpted soldiers, horses and chariots keeping the first Emperor of China company in the afterlife.

Tiananmen Square
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Tiananmen Square

One of the most famous squares in the world, this spot is the beating heart of Beijing and has always been the site of mass protests and national celebrations.

Temple of Heaven
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Temple of Heaven

Behind a high wall stands an ancient building once used in sacrifices. This huge historical place of worship is a quiet oasis in busy Beijing.

Oriental Pearl Tower
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Oriental Pearl Tower

This towering symbol of Shanghai’s modern renaissance offers history lessons, fine dining and stunning city views.