Xperience Team

02 May 2024 - 6 min read

A Traveler’s Guide to China’s Most Stunning Sites

China is a land with numerous stunning beauty that can be seen throughout this vast nation that is not only rich in history, but also in natural beauty, and culture to the modern marvels. There are so many beautiful spots that visitors can explore on this massive island of China, from the majestic peak of the Himalayas to the serene escape of Gullin that is surrounded by unique pointy rocks that soar high to the sky, even the one included in the seven wonders of the World, the Great Wall of China which stands strong across the mountains, there is everything that travelers could hope for. Here, Traveloka has listed down some of the most beautiful places in China.

1. The Great Wall of China


China has many UNESCO World Heritage nestled inside this massive region, that includes the Great Wall of China which is one of the most famous and recognizable landmarks not only in China but also all around the world. It is the unification of numerous stones, brick, woods, and earth that stretch through the mountain, vast desert, and lush greenlands for over 13,000 miles away which still stand strong to this day since the 7th century. It was once built in order to protect its borders from the northern nomadic groups with the most well-known sections of the wall being built by the Ming Dynasty.

As you might have thought, this massive and long wall was not made only under one dynasty, it is actually a series of walls that was built for a very long time by many different dynasties with the total length of walls that have ever been built is estimated for around 50,000 miles. The Great Wall of China is truly one of the most important cultural as well historical landmarks in China. it also acts as the symbol of China’s strength and resilience and now become one of the most popular destinations.

Great Wall of China at Mutianyu Full-Day Tour Including Lunch from Beijing

2. The Forbidden City

One of the must-visit palaces as well tourist destination with a long history and culture, The Forbidden City is the largest complex in the world which once acted as home to 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

This exceptional palace is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for the details, grand halls, and massive courtyards that offer a glimpse into the lives of Chinese emperors along with their courts. It is now becoming one of the most popular tourist attractions in China with over 800 buildings nestled inside the complex, yellow roofs that symbolize imperial power, and well-known as the largest wooden structure in the world.

If you plan on visiting this massive complex of The Forbidden City and looking for a private tour along with a guide that will guide you through the area. In that case, you might want to check on this Traveloka Page which offers priority access to the Forbidden City and private guides that will handle all your ticket arrangements, which allow you to focus on areas based on your personal preferences whether it is the architecture, history, art, or hidden gems within the palace complex.

Forbidden City Deep Visiting Private Tour Skip The Line

3. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)

Another part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that you can find in China is the famous Yellow Mountain which the locals know as Huangshan which is famous for its dramatic granite peaks that soar up high into the sky that often surrounded by a thick mist that makes the place looks majestic and magical at the same time. It is one of the heaven-like places, especially for those of you who are looking forward to enjoying the beauty of nature in China that you can not get anywhere else.

Huangshan is one of the popular destinations for hikers, it offers trails that cater to all levels of experiences and once you get to the peak travelers will be able to get a hold of the breathtaking sight of the granites that formed over millions of years that can reach for over 6,000 feet in height. As has been mentioned before, Yellow Mountain is well known for its “Sea of Clouds” phenomenon where the valleys below the peaks are often filled with swirling mist, creating an otherworldly atmosphere. Besides, you can also take sight of various unique flora on the mountain slope that have adapted to the harsh conditions as dwarf pines that beautifully cling to the rocks.

1 Day Mt Huangshan(Yellow Mountain) Group Tour-No Shopping

4. Guilin and Yangshuo

Another option for those of you who are looking for a great place to enjoy and get immersed in the beauty of the nature of China. Guilin and Yangshuo are one neighboring cities located in Guangxi Province which is renowned for its stunning karst landscape that is famous for the towering limestone peaks, emerald rivers such as the Li River, and the lust flora that spreads over the vast land.

Let’s begin with Guilin which is one of the major regions that visitors would be delighted to explore where they can get a sight of the unique beauty of karst formations that is reflected through the crystal-clear water of Li River, People usually like to have some leisure walk or taking a cruise down on the river while admiring the dramatic scene and explore the Reed Flute Cave that is surrounded by the naturally made limestone cave filled with colorful displays and rock formations.

Yangshuo, which is only a short distance from Guilin is one charming town that nestles among the karst peaks that offer a relaxing atmosphere and a chance to dive deeper into the natural beauty of the area. Here visitors would be able to explore the area with a bike through the beautiful golden rice paddies, numerous traditional villages, and stunning scenery. You can also try out the bamboo rafting down the Yulong River which is one of the scenic routes that allow you to get up and close to the towering karst formations.

Guilin Yangshuo Private Day Tour Including Li River and West Street

5. Jiuzhaigou National Park


Living up to its nickname as the “Fairyland on Earth”, Jiuzhaigou National Park is one spectacular natural wonder that is located in Sichuan Province which is also a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site and a paradise for nature lovers from all around the world.

Jiuzhaigou is a famous spot for its colorful lakes, stunning waterfalls, lush mountains and mountains. There are various places that you need to visit such as the Multicolored Lakes that have been mentioned before where visitors would be able to enjoy the vibrant hues that are caused by the combination of natural factors including the mineral deposits, algae growth, along with the reflections of the lush surrounding mountains. Some of the most famous lakes such as Five Flower Lake, Long Lake, and Nuirilangji Lake are a must-visit if you happen to come to the area. The other one would be the numerous waterfalls each having its own beauty with one particular waterfall that is famous for its cascading waterfall that plunges over 230 feet into the turquoise lake is Nuorilang Waterfall.

4-Day Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks Private Tour: Jiuzhaigou County, Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve, Songpan County, Diexi Songpinggou Scenic Area

The best time to visit this exceptional park would be during the fall, which falls around September to November, or Spring which falls around April to May. During these seasons, the weather is quite mild, and have smaller crowds as well it is the best season where you can fully enjoy the golden hue of nature during autumn and the buds of flowers begin to bloom during the spring. However, the park is beautiful all year round where in the winter, the lakes would freeze over making a distinct scenery and the snow-capped mountains would create a magical winter wonderland.

Here is the list of the most beautiful spots in China that you need to visit at least once in your life, starting from the famous Great Wall of China which is shrouded in wonders, to the stunning Jiuzhaigou National Park along with its beauty of nature scenery that you can’t get anywhere else. If you would like to visit China soon, Traveloka is more than happy to help you book some hotel accommodations, flight tickets, and tourist destinations that are mentioned before along with a guide that will help you throughout your journey through the ancient history of China. Besides giving the best price, Traveloka also often gives out some discounts and promotions! What are you waiting for? Grab yours fast!

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