Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Forbidden City & Dōngchéng Central

Forbidden City

Ringed by 3.5km of scarlet citadel walls at the very heart of Běijīng, the Unesco-listed Forbidden City is China’s largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings, and the largest palace complex in the wo…
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 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 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 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 National Park in Sìchuān

Jiǔzhàigōu National Park

In August 2017, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Jiǔzhàigōu, affecting tourism to the park. Some witnesses reported damage to buildings and natural elements within the national park, including Nuòrìlǎng Waterf…
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 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 formidable area of disused, Mao-era factories built with East German expertise, 798 Art District, also known as Dàshānzi (大山子), is Běijīng’s main concentration of contemporary art galleries, art bookshops and cafe…