A superior combination of history, tradition, culture, and modern cities is what makes China on every traveler on this planet on a bucketlist. With numerous sites listed on UNESCO, and a tremendous number of natural beauties that look like from another world, with amazing people and culture, China is the top choice for travel. 

China is the third-largest country by area at 9.706.961 sq km (3.747.879 sq miles), so you can not visit every attraction on one tour of China. But if you make a list of the most visited attractions that you can include in your trip, then it is possible to visit most of them on a single tour.  We create a list for you that includes the major attractions that you can visit during your tour in China. 

5 Major attractions to visit on your tour in China

Major attractions in Beijing
It is very likely that your tour in China will start in Beijing. So on your two or three days in Beijing, you can visit the most popular attractions in the capital of China. We choose the most visited attractions in Beijing, such as the Forbidden City, The Great Wall, and The Temple of Heaven. 

1. Forbidden City

Located in the heart of Beijing, north of Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City is one of the most visited attractions in China. From January 2012 to June 2018, the Palace Museum received a total of 100 million visitors. 
The Forbidden City in Beijing is a royal palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties in China. It is also known as the Palace Museum.
The Forbidden City in Beijing is centered on three main halls, covering an area of 720,000 square meters, with a construction area of about 150,000 square meters. It has more than 70 palaces of various sizes and more than 9,000 houses. It is one of the World's largest and most well-preserved ancient wooden structures.
The Forbidden City has announced a World Heritage Site in 1987, and UNESCO listed it as the most extensive collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the World. 
Forbidden City

2. The Great Wall

The Great Wall of China, or also known as just The Great Wall, is located in Northern China. It was a military defense project in ancient China with a history long more than 2.300 years. It has a length of a total of 21.196.18 km, and it is the longest wall on the planet. It is honored as one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages in the World. 
Because of the length, you can't visit the Great Wall at once, although some of the sections aren't reconstructed, but also are not so popular among the tourists. However, Beijing has the ten best sections of the Great Wall, such as Mutianyu section, Jinshanling Jiankou, Badaling, Simatai, Huanghuacheng, Gubeikou, Huangyaguan, Juyongguan and Shanhai Pass. The most popular section of these ten is the Badaling and also the most crowded section. If you want to visit the most beautiful section, then you should add the Mutianyu section on your tour China list. 
Great Wall Of China

3. The Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven is located south of Beijing, east of Yongdingmennei Street, Dongcheng District. It covers an area of about 2.73 million square meters, which is more than the Forbidden City. The Temple of Heaven was built in the eighteenth year of Mingle Yongle (1420) and was rebuilt in the period of the Qing Dynasty.
The Temple of Heaven is the generic name of the two altars of Qiuqiu and Qigu. There are two walls of the altar, forming the inner and outer altars.
The main buildings in the Qigu altar include the prayer hall, the imperial palace, and the prayer gate.
Visit the Temple of Heaven Park early in the morning. You will have a wonderful time watching local people doing the morning exercises.
The park is open from 6 a.m during peak season and from 6:30 a.m during the low season. 
The Temple Of Heaven

The major attraction in Xi'an

Xi'an, known as Chang'an and Haojin in ancient times, is the capital city of Shaanxi Province. Xi'an is one of the important birthplaces of Chinese civilization and the Chinese nation. If we look back in history, we can see that more than a dozen dynasties established their capital here. Today, a top-rated tourist destination with many cultural, historical, and important attractions for tourists. 

Xi'an can offer so many attractions for your tour China, such as Bell and Drum Tower, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Little Wild Goose Pagoda, Qinling, Daming Palace, and Weiyang Palace. But we choose the Terracotta Army as the most visited attraction in this area. 

3. Terracotta Warriors

Terracotta Army or also known as Terracotta Warriors and Horses aren't just primary Xi'an sight, it's one of the most popular and most significant archaeological finds in the World

It is located 40 km (25miles) northeast of Xi'an, east of the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. 

The first few figures were found in March 1974 by local farmers, and after were excavated the whole army. 
If your tour China leads you to Xi'an, then you must see this archeological discovery, which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is declared as the Eighth World Wonder. 

The Museum contains three primary pits marked in the order of their discoveries and the Bronze Chariots and Horses Exhibition Hall.

  • Pit 1 is the largest. There is the front in three rows, followed by a vast battle array of army and war chariots.
  • Pit 2 is the most magnificent section for the variety of parts, including infantry, crossbow team, cavalry, and 80 chariots.
  • Pit 3 It was the command post of the armed forces, with 68 warriors and a chariot led by four horses.



Sichuan Province

Sichuan is one of China's 23 provinces, where the capital is Chengdu. Located in the inland of southwestern China, it connects Chongqing to the east, Yunnan and Guizhou to the south, Tibet to the west, and Shaanxi to the north, Gansu, and Qinghai.

Sichuan Province has so many sites worth visiting. It has six World Heritage Sites and also has three World Natural Heritage, such as Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong, and Sichuan Giant Pandas Sanctuaries.  

From the World Cultural and Natural Heritage sites in Sichuan, you can visit Mount Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha. 
Sichuan Province is also known for its spicy cuisine and delicious dishes. 

From the massive list of Sichuan attractions, we set out Giant Pandas like the most popular attraction in this region of China. 

5. Giant Pandas

The giant pandas are not only a Chinese national treasure but are also famous for people all over the World. They can be found only in Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces. 

So, you can't miss visiting some of the Giant Pandas Bases near Chengdu on your tour China. 

There are three most visited Panda bases in Sichuan, near Chengdu. Keep in mind that all Panda Bases are not zoos, but research and breeding centers. The Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries consist of seven nature reserves and nine scenic parks. Besides the giant panda, the sanctuary is a refuge to other endangered species such as the red panda, the snow leopard, and clouded leopard.

The most visited panda bases are: 
  • Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is located only 10 km from downtown Chengdu. Chengdu Panda Base was established in 1987 when six giant pandas from the wild. In 2008, the base had 124 panda births. 
  • Wolong National Nature Reserve is also known as Wolong Special Administrative Region, and it is located in the southwest of Wenchuan County, 130km from Chengdu. Here in Wolong National Nature Reserve, the pandas are not kept in cages; on the contrary, the reserve provides a natural environment for pandas. 
  • Dujiangyan Panda Base or also known as China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda Dujiangyan Base is located about 56km north of Chengdu, in Mt. Qingcheng Town. This panda base offers the opportunity for people to volunteer in the park. The volunteer program includes feeding the pandas, cleaning their homes, and of course, cuddles with these loving animals.


Giant Panda

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