Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Forbidden City & Dōngchéng Central

Forbidden City

Ringed by a 52m-wide moat at the very heart of Běijīng, the Forbidden City is China’s largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings, and the largest palace complex in the world. So called because it was…
Top Choice Cave in Dūnhuáng

Mògāo Grottoes

The Mògāo Grottoes are considered one of the most important collections of Buddhist art in the world. At its peak during the Tang dynasty (618–907), the site housed 18 monasteries, more than 1400 monks and nuns, and…
Top Choice Park in Temple of Heaven Park & Dōngchéng South

Temple of Heaven Park

A tranquil oasis of peace and methodical Confucian design in one of China’s busiest urban landscapes, the 267-hectare Temple of Heaven Park is absolutely unique. It originally served as a vast stage for solemn rites…
Top Choice Cave in Dàtóng

Yúngāng Caves

One of China’s most supreme examples of Buddhist cave art, these 5th-century caves are simply magnificent. With 51,000 ancient statues and celestial beings, they put virtually everything else in the Shānxī shade. Ca…
Top Choice Buddhist Stupa in Gyantse

Gyantse Kumbum

Commissioned by a Gyantse prince in 1427 and sitting inside the Pelkor Chöde complex, the Gyantse Kumbum is the town’s foremost attraction. The 32m-high chörten, with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes…
Top Choice Historic Site in Xī'ān

Army of Terracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Army isn't just Xī'ān's premier sight, it's one of the most famous archaeological finds in the world. This subterranean life-size army of thousands has silently stood guard over the soul of China's fi…
Top Choice Historic Site in Summer Palace & Hǎidiàn

Summer Palace

As mandatory a Běijīng sight as the Great Wall or the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace was the playground for emperors fleeing the suffocating summer torpor of the old imperial city. A marvel of design, the palace …
Top Choice National Park in Jiǔzhàigōu National Park

Jiǔzhàigōu National Park

Jiǔzhàigōu is, for many, a highlight of China. It's still possible to get a glimpse of pristine nature for a moment or two at a time in this increasingly popular park, and even ballooning visitor numbers don't detra…
Top Choice Lake in Hángzhōu

West Lake

The very definition of classical beauty in China, West Lake is utterly mesmerising: pagoda-topped hills rise over willow-lined waters as boats drift slowly through a vignette of leisurely charm. Walkways, perfectly …
Top Choice Gallery in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

798 Art District

A vast area of disused factories built by the East Germans, 798 Art District, also known as Dàshānzi (大山子), is Běijīng’s main concentration of contemporary art galleries. The industrial complex celebrates its prolet…