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1. Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) and so this means that you do not need a Chinese visa to go visit. Hong Kong is a great first experience with Chinese culture since it is a former British colony and a perfect melding of East and West. Visit Hong Kong for hiking, food, shopping, and the hustle and bustle of a major metropolis.
Beijing is the capital of China and was established over 3000 years ago. This strong historical connection means that you can experience the liveliness of a big city with strong cultural roots. See the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City while also visiting the sites of the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Shanghai is the financial and commercial hub of China. This is a glittering city filled to the brim with international institutions, glittering restaurants and clubs, and a historical richness. This is a great destination for those interested in expanding their palate and exploring the calming art of tea ceremonies.
Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province located in the southwest of China. It is a major hub for transportation, business, commerce, and communication in the western region of China. Sichuan province is known for the spicy Sichuan peppercorn, and so this is a great destination for those who like to really feel their meal. Chengdu is also home to the renowned Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
Huangshan, also known as the Yellow Mountains, is a picturesque mountain range that is located very close to Shanghai. This region is steeped in natural beauty and a must-see for those who enjoy the outdoors and hiking. Be sure to sample the Mao Feng tea that is found at this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi province and is one of the most historically significant cities in China. It is home to the Terracotta Warrior Army created by Emperor Qin Shi Huang and it is the start of the Silk Road. Travelers who really want to explore an influential city of China that is culturally and historically valuable should put Xi’an at the top of their list.
Sanya is located on Hainan Island and is the ideal travel spot for beach goers. Enjoy white sand beaches and plenty of water sports including surfing, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Feast on some of the tastiest seafood in all of China and experience a city that is very naturally diverse from the rest of the country.
Guilin is a very visually dramatic city that is located in southern China. Guilin is primarily known for the limestone karst formations (hills/mountains) that dot the landscape. In addition to the appeal of the outdoors, Guilin also has many museums and galleries to keep aficionados of the arts entertained.
9. Longsheng County
Close to Guilin are the Longsheng Rice Terraces situated in Longsheng County. The Longji (Dragon Backed Mountain) terraced fields are worth the trip for sheer physical beauty. This is an ideal excursion for photographers who want to capture a visually stunning landscape while also indulging in relaxing hot springs.
Similar to Hong Kong, Macau is another Special Administrative Region (SAR) and most foreigners can enter without a visa. A former Portuguese colony, and one of the richest cities in the world, Macau is known for its casinos, performances, and food. There is a rich heritage of Portuguese sites scattered throughout the city and Macau would make a great trip for those looking to explore diverse areas of China.
This completes the roundup of Gi2C’s Review of the Best Travel Destinations in China. If you have experiences to share or think other cities and sites should be included on this list, please comment below. Feel free to tag us in photos of your adventures around China!
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