Must-see attractions in China

  • BP68C8 Western Tibet Tsaparang, Lhakhang Marpo

    Lhakhang Marpo


    This large building was constructed around 1470. The beautiful murals were repainted around 1630, shortly before the fall of the Guge kingdom. The…

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    Lamaling Temple

    Eastern Tibet

    The centerpiece of a large walled complex, the colourful Lamaling Temple is a rare example of the Zangtok Pelri style of building. This style, which…

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    Bakong Scripture Printing Press


    This fascinating 1729 printing press houses an ongoing printing operation that still uses traditional woodblock printing methods and maintains more than…

  • Southeast Corner Watchtower, with purple flowers in foreground.

    Southeast Corner Watchtower

    Temple of Heaven Park & Dongcheng South

    This immense fortress, part of the Ming City Wall Ruins Park, guarded the southeast corner of Beijing's city walls. Originally built in 1439 but repaired…

  • Puning Temple


    With its squeaking prayer wheels and devotional intonations of its monks, this is Chengde’s only active Buddhist temple. It was built in 1755 in…

  • Longxing Temple


    Considering its age – almost 1500 years old – we think this is one of the most impressive temples in northern China. It's certainly Zhengding’s star…

  • Xidi


    Typical of the elegant Huizhou style, Xidi’s 124 surviving buildings reflect the wealth and prestige of the prosperous merchants who settled here. Its…

  • The Longji terraces area is famous for the excessively large number of terraced rice paddy fields on its mountain, which have created an intricate pattern on the hillsides. Set amongst the villages of the minorities Zhuang and Yao, the area allows for easy to moderate walking/hiking possibilities along and up hillsides to view the panoramas of the terraced rice fields

    Rice Terraces


    Longji's famed rice terraces have been luring travellers to the region for decades to witness some of China's most spectacular scenery. Rising to 1000m,…

  • China, Zhejiang province, Hangzhou, Lingyin temple, statues of Buddha

    Lingyin Temple


    Hangzhou’s most famous Buddhist temple, Lingyin Temple was originally built in AD 326, but has been destroyed and rebuilt no fewer than 16 times. During…

  • Sculpted column in front of Gate of Heavenly Peace.

    Gate of Heavenly Peace

    Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

    Instantly recognisable by its giant framed portrait of Mao, and guarded by two pairs of Ming dynasty stone lions, the double-eaved Gate of Heavenly Peace …

  • Facade of St Paul's Cathedral, Macau

    Ruins of the Church of St Paul


    The most treasured icon in Macau, the towering facade and stairway are all that remain of this early-17th-century Jesuit church. With its statues, portals…

  • Photo shoot in 798 Art District.

    798 Art District


    Contemporary art meets communist history at this thrilling enclave of international galleries installed within China's model factory complex of the 1950s…

  • Close-Up Of Gold Male Statue In Jade Buddha Temple

    Jade Buddha Temple


    One of Shanghai’s few active Buddhist monasteries, this temple was built between 1918 and 1928. The highlight is a transcendent Buddha crafted from pure…

  • Lama Temple.

    Lama Temple


    Converted from a princely residence to a lamasery in the 18th century, the Lama Temple extends through a crescendo of ever more divine halls in a whirl of…

  • Pandas at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

    Giant Panda Breeding Research Base


    One of Chengdu’s most popular attractions, this panda park 18km north of the city centre is the easiest way to glimpse Sichuan’s most famous residents…

  • China, Shanghai, Pudong, Shanghai Tower against sky

    Shanghai Tower


    China’s tallest building dramatically twists skywards from its footing in Lujiazui. The 121-storey, 632m-tall, Gensler-designed Shanghai Tower topped out…

  • Lai Chi Wo

    Sha Tau Kok

    Part of Hong Kong Global Geopark, 400-year-old Lai Chi Wo is Hong Kong's best-preserved Hakka walled village and has an intact woodland. With 200 houses,…

  • Chairman Mao Memorial Hall

    Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

    One of Beijing's more surreal spectacles is the sight of Mao Zedong's embalmed corpse on public display within his mausoleum. The Soviet-inspired memorial…

  • China, Gansu Province, Zhangye, 35m sleeping buddha in the Great Buddha temple, (1098) western Xia dynasty

    Big Buddha Temple


    Originally dating to 1098 (Western Xia dynasty), this stunning temple contains an astonishing 35m-long sleeping Buddha – China’s largest of this variety…

  • Jiayuguan Fortress on the West end of the Great Wall at Jia Yu Guan Pass

    Jiayuguan Fort


    One of the classic images of western China, this huge fort once guarded the narrow pass between the snowcapped Qilian Shan peaks and the Hei Shan (Black…

  • Souvenir shop in Tianzifang.


    French Concession

    Tianzifang and Xintiandi are based on a similar idea – an entertainment complex housed within a warren of lòngtáng (弄堂, alleyways). Unlike Xintiandi,…

  • Beijing's ancient Drum Tower, built during the Ming Dynasty (1380AD).

    Drum Tower


    Venerable bastions of time-keeping, the Drum Tower and its counterpart the Bell Tower were for centuries the tallest buildings in Beijing, lording it over…

  • Zhihua Temple.

    Zhihua Temple

    Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

    Lost in a tumbledown hutong neighbourhood, this Buddhist temple is one of Beijing's best-preserved Ming dynasty structures. It was built in 1444 to honour…

  • Linggu pagoda

    Linggu Temple Scenic Area


    This expansive temple complex contains one of the most historic buildings in Nanjing – the Beamless Hall (无梁殿, Wúliáng Diàn), built in 1381 entirely out…

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    Xi'an City Walls


    Xi'an is one of the few cities in China where the imposing old city walls still stand. Built in 1370 during the Ming dynasty, the magnificent 12m-high…

  • NANJING, CHINA - 2014/11/12: Tourists take photos in front of Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum. Sun's Mausoleum situated at the foot of Mount Zijin in Nanjing,  Sun is considered to be the "Father of Modern China" both in mainland China and Taiwan, as well as the founder of Republic of China.  As the Holy land of Chinese people both home and abroad, Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum attracts a lot of visitors every year. (Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images)

    Sun Yatsen Mausoleum


    An astonishing sight at the top of an enormous stone stairway (a breathless 392 steps), Sun Yatsen's tomb is a mandatory stop for most visitors…

  • Man doing water calligraphy on  Jingshan (Sun Yet-Sen) Park pathway.

    Jingshan Park

    Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

    Beijing's finest park is also one of the only hills in the inner city, a mound that was created from the loess (sediment) excavated to make the Forbidden…

  • Temple Street Night Market, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon

    Temple Street Night Market


    When night falls and neon buzzes, Hong Kong's liveliest market rattles into life. Covering multiple city blocks from Man Ming Lane in the north to Nanking…

  • Xintiandi, Shanghai, China, Asia


    French Concession

    With its own namesake metro station, Xintiandi has been a Shanghai icon for over a decade. An upmarket entertainment and shopping complex modelled on…

  • Azure Clouds Temple


    Though it dates back to the Yuan dynasty, this enchanting Buddhist temple complex was enlarged to its current splendor by Emperor Qianlong in 1748, adding…

  • Nan Lian Garden, Diamond Hill, Kowloon

    Chi Lin Nunnery


    One of Hong Kong's most arresting and tranquil escapes, this Buddhist complex, originally dating from the 1930s, was rebuilt completely of wood (and not a…

  • Skyline in Central Hong Kong Left to right: Bank of China Tower, Cheung Kong Centre, Bank of China building, HSBC headqurters, Standard Chartered Bank.

    HSBC Building

    Hong Kong

    This remarkable building, designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster in 1985, has stood the test of time – more than 30 years on, its magnetism can…

  • [UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Wan Chai traditional looking Blue House in Hong Kong...In this photo, an exhibit of the Hong Kong tram is being hosted to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

    Blue House Cluster

    Wan Chai & Northeast Hong Kong Island

    A rare heritage protection success story, the 1920s Blue House is one of Hong Kong's last surviving wooden tenement buildings. The graceful, four-storey…

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    Big Goose Pagoda


    This seven-storey pagoda, Xi'an’s most famous landmark, 4km southeast of the South Gate and formerly within the old (and huge) Tang dynasty city wall,…

  • Tradruk Monastery


    Dating back to the 7th-century reign of Songtsen Gampo, Tradruk is one of the earliest Buddhist temples in Tibet. It was founded at the same time as Lhasa…

  • Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple


    A devout ensemble of halls, shrines, pavilions and altars, this busy temple is a destination for all walks of Hong Kong society, from pensioners and…

  • China, Hong Kong, Kowloon. A statue of Cult figure Bruce Lee is silhouetted on the Hong Kong waterfront. The Avenue of the Stars on the Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade pays homage to the stars of the Hong Kong film industry.

    Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade


    One of the finest city skylines in the world has to be that of Hong Kong Island, and the promenade here is one of the best ways to get an uninterrupted…

  • Jiao Shan Great Wall


    Although a heavily restored section of the Great Wall, Jiao Shan (角山, Jiǎo Shān) nevertheless offers an excellent opportunity to hike up the Wall’s first…

  • Shipton's Arch near Kashgar, Xinjiang, China.

    Shipton’s Arch


    This extraordinary natural rock arch (the rather prosaic Uyghur name means simply ‘mountain with a hole in it’) is one of the tallest on earth. The first…

  • Shanghai,People's Square,Shanghai

    Shanghai Museum

    The Bund & People's Square

    This must-see museum escorts you through the craft of millennia and the pages of Chinese history. It's home to one of the most impressive collections in…

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