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Things to see in China

Discover China's top attractions with Wendy Wu Tours

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What are China's must see sights? It’s probably the first question on the lips of anyone thinking of visiting the country.

Whether you are a first time visitor looking for the top attractions in China or a seasoned traveller wanting to get off the beaten track – we can help.

Here’s our guide to the best things to see in China. Click on the tiles to find out why they should be on your bucket list and how to experience them on one of our holidays.

For the real inside track on the top sights in China and expert friendly advice on how to include them in your trip, give our travel experts a call.

China's Top Attractions

  • Discover Great Wall of China
    Great Wall of China

    China’s most iconic sight, the Great Wall of China winds its way through the stark landscapes of north China for over 4,000 miles.

  • Discover Terracotta Warriors
    Terracotta Warriors

    Perhaps the world's greatest archaeological site, a huge subterranean necropolis home to thousands of figures

  • Discover Giant Pandas
    Giant Pandas

    The centre of China’s conservation efforts, set up to resemble the mountain and forest regions in north Sichuan.

  • Discover Li River Cruise
    Li River Cruise

    Enjoy a magical cruise lined with striking jagged karst peaks and lush, pastoral scenes.

  • Discover Yangtze River Cruise
    Yangtze River Cruise

    Cruising the mighty Yangtze helps you to discover China's history, scenery and culture from a new perspective.

  • Discover Tiananmen Square
    Tiananmen Square

    The vast expanse of Tiananmen Square covers over 100 acres making it one of the largest public squares in the world.

  • Discover The Forbidden City
    The Forbidden City

    The Forbidden City boasts over 180 acres of exquisite and ornate traditional Chinese palatial architecture.

  • Discover Wulong National Park
    Wulong National Park

    A wonderland of naturally formed stone bridges, narrow gorges and limestone formations,

  • Discover Huangpu River Cruise
    Huangpu River Cruise

    one of Shanghai's many busy highways, always full of trading ships, tourist boats and traditional sampans.

  • Discover The Grand Buddha of Leshan
    The Grand Buddha of Leshan

    The largest stone-carved and tallest pre modern statue in the world sitting peacefully over the confluence of three rivers.

  • Discover Longsheng Rice Terraces
    Longsheng Rice Terraces

    Carved into the mountainsides that tower above the Heping River, the Longsheng rice terraces swoop and whirl their way along the hills.

  • Discover The Summer Palace
    The Summer Palace

    Built in 1750 as a summertime playground for the royal family the Summer Palace is a masterpiece of traditional Chinese landscaping.

  • Discover Potala Palace
    Potala Palace

    Lhasa's principal landmark, the Potala Palace is the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama.

  • Discover The Temple of Heaven
    The Temple of Heaven

    A complex of magnificent religious buildings set within the 267 hectares of the Temple of Heaven Park.

  • Discover Nine Villages Valley
    Nine Villages Valley

    One of China's most beautiful secrets dotted with traditional Tibetan villages with striking alpine scenery.

  • Discover Zhangjiajie
    Zhangjiajie

    endowed with striking natural beauty, its dramatic pinnacles a distinctive feature of the Chinese landscape.

  • Discover Huanglong
    Huanglong

    Renowned for its cascade of colourful pools and natural ponds that tumble down a beautiful valley.

  • Discover Stone Forest
    Stone Forest

    Covering over 300 kilometres, the towering karst pinnacles of the Stone Forest create a mysterious illusion of woodland.

  • Discover Mt Everest Base Camp
    Mt Everest Base Camp

    Located under the gaze of its north face, on the Tibet side, the sweeping views of Everest and its massif are unsurpassed.

  • Discover Mt Emei
    Mt Emei

    A stunning peaks famous for it’s spectacular views, Buddhist history and unique biodiversity.

  • Discover Chongqing Zoo and Panda House
    Chongqing Zoo and Panda House

    Chongqing Zoo includes the Panda House, a dwelling for China's most popular bear.

  • Discover Xi'an's Ancient City Wall
    Xi'an's Ancient City Wall

    The oldest, the largest and best preserved city wall in the whole of China enclosing 36 square kilometres of city.

  • Discover Dazu Rock Carvings
    Dazu Rock Carvings

    UNESCO listed site home to thousands of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucianist idols across 70 sites.

  • Discover Elephant Trunk Hill
    Elephant Trunk Hill

    Named for its resemblance to an elephant drinking water and considered one of the symbols of Guilin.

  • Discover Reed Flute Cave
    Reed Flute Cave

    A veritable underground palace of weird and wonderful formations

  • Discover Yulong River
    Yulong River

    The scenery that the Yulong flows through is some of China’s most gorgeous; rolling hills, verdant greenery, orchards and bamboo forests.

  • Discover Jokhang Temple
    Jokhang Temple

    This 1,300 year old temple is at the heart of old Lhasa as well as being the spiritual heart of Tibet.

  • Discover Little Wild Goose Pagoda
    Little Wild Goose Pagoda

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting an exquisite appearance, beautiful craftsmanship and mysterious ambiance.

  • Discover Sera Monastery
    Sera Monastery

    One of Lhasa's “great three" monasteries, best known for the lively daily debates that take place in the debating courtyard.

  • Discover Shanghai Museum
    Shanghai Museum

    One of China's most esteemed and acclaimed museums housing comprehensive collection.

  • Discover The Bund
    The Bund

    A beautiful strand of colonial-style Art Deco buildings that once housed the great banks and trading houses.

  • Discover The Water Towns
    The Water Towns

    Shanghai's suburbs are dotted with tranquil water towns. Set along the canals that were once used to carry goods all over imperial China.

  • Discover Yu Gardens
    Yu Gardens

    A prime example of a classical Chinese garden in the heart of downtown Shanghai.

  • Discover Shibaozhai Temple
    Shibaozhai Temple

    Shibaozhai Temple perches precariously on a rocky island in the midst of the Yangtze's flow,

  • Discover Three Gorges Dam
    Three Gorges Dam

    A massive feat of engineering the dam is the world's largest hydroelectric power station.

  • Discover Shaanxi History Museum
    Shaanxi History Museum

    Opened in 1991 and houses artefacts and relics dating back to the Qin Dynasty,

  • Discover Xi'an Bell Tower
    Xi'an Bell Tower

    One of the grandest, most imposing and best preserved bell towers in the whole of China.

  • Discover Xi'an's Muslim Quarter
    Xi'an's Muslim Quarter

    The hub of Xi'an's Hui community, the Muslim Quarter is an intriguing labyrinth of old streets.

  • Discover Lama Temple
    Lama Temple

    The Lama Temple, officially known as the Yonghe Temple, is the most renowned Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet.