Where to Go in China

You have free time...where should you go? Our Top Places and Spaces

Plan Out Your Trip
  • Check out metro/train/bus times before you plan to go
  • Here is our list of Resources for the Top Things to Do & See in China
    • In order of what we consider must-sees, then should-sees, then nice-to-sees
    • Consider seeing two places in the same weekend — for example, you can ___ on your way to _____. 
1. Shanghai
  • One of the largest cities in China with 24.18 million people as of 2017, Shanghai is also a global financial center and transport hub
  • Best things to see/do (see full list and ideas):
    • The Bund (Wai Tan)
    • Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
    • Shanghai Tower
    • Shanghai World Financial Center
    • Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

    • Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu)

    • Huangpu River

    • Former French Concession

    • South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market

    • Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

2. Shenzhen
  • Shenzhen has been ranked second on the list of ‘top 10 cities to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet
  • Best things to see/do (see full list and ideas):
    • China Folk Culture Village

    • Shenzhen Lianhuashan Park

    • Dafen Oil Painting Village

    • COCO Park

    • OCT Bay

    • Shenzhen Window of the World

    • OCT Loft Creative Culture Park

    • Huaqiang North Road Commercial District

    • Shenzhen Bay Park

    • Wutong Mountain

3. Hangzhou
  • Has been ranked ranked first among "Chinese Cities of Opportunity"
  • Best things to see/do (see full list and ideas):​
    • West Lake (a UNESCO World Heritage site — this means it's worth your time!)
    • Lingyin Temple
    • Hangzhou Songcheng Park
    • Fei Lai Feng
    • National Tea Museum
    • Former Residence of Xueyan Hu
    • Xixi Wetland Park
    • Hefang Street
    • Longjing Tea Fields
    • Jiuxi 18 Stream
4. Beijing
  • The capital of the People's Republic of China
  • Best things to see/do (see full list and ideas):
    • Mutianyu Great Wall
    • Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
    • Forbidden City - The Palace Museum
    • The Great Wall at Badaling

    • Temple of Heaven

    • Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

    • Juyong Pass of Great Wall

    • Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan)

    • Great Wall at Huanghuacheng

    • Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan)

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