Best Places to Visit for Expats in China
No matter you are in China for business, study or permanent living, you are highly suggested to make maximize use
of your weekends and holidays to explore this wonderful country. Maybe getting up close to the incredible
landscapes is your preference? Are you interested in the unique culture of the Great Wall, Kung Fu and ancient
army? Or do you want to take your taste buds on a trip by sampling Chinese specialties? China offers all of this
Here are up-to-date lists of
Best Places to Visit in China for China Expats. All are voted
completely by over 20,000 foreigners in China.
Beijing Great Wall
Shanghai The Bund
Xian Terra-Cotta Warrior
Guilin Li River
Lhasa Potala Palace
For Nature Lovers
Have you been yearning to nature for a long time? China has everything for you, from the majestic gorges to
towering Kast Mountains, magical avatar mountains to holy snow mountains, breathtaking Yellow Mountain to
beautiful Rainbow Mountains, stunning rivers to pure alpine lakes, otherworldly stone forest to spectacular
waterfalls, and so on.
Jiuzhaigou, or called Jiuzhai Valley, enjoys the reputation of The Land of Fairy Tale. It boasts the
most gorges waterscape in the world!
Guilin's Scenery is the best under heaven! This ideal place always drives tourists crazy with majestic
Karst Hills, emerald rivers…
"No mountain is worth seeing after a trip to Yellow Mountain". Yellow Mountain, or called Huangshan,
is the most beautiful mountain in China!
Avatar Mountains are calling! Here in Zhangjiajie, you can get up close to thousands of magical Avatar
Three Gorges are the most stunning sections of Yangtze River. You can take amazing Yangtze River
Cruises to sail through them!
Guizhou has China's largest waterfall - Huangguoshu Waterfalls, a rising star among mountaineers -
Zhangye Danxia Landform Geographical Park boasts surreal Rainbow Mountains that hard to be seen
anywhere else in China!
Daocheng is praised as the Last Pure Land on Our Planet! It has superb snow mountains, ice glaciers,
alpine lakes, valleys…
When it comes to the most beautiful lake in China, Hangzhou West Lake usually tops the list. Mountains
of tea plantations in this city are also amazing!
Kunming, the spring city with pleasant weather all year round, is also rich in natural wonders like
the stone forest, red land…
Where to admire the most dreaming snow sceneries in China? Harbin always tops the answers!
Qinghai, which literally means Blue Sea, is famed for its magnificent Qinghai Lake, Chaka Salt Lake…
For Chinese History & Culture Fans
With as long as 5,000 years of history, China has abundant of cultural museums and heritages to explore. It is
because of its long history and splendid culture that every year China attracts flocks of visitors to come and
travel around. If you are also Chinese culture fans, simply visiting museums isn’t always enough. You’ll get the
most satisfactions out of ruins of ancient times in front of you and visiting places that once the capital and
prosperous hub in the past. Getting close to its historic cities and sites is like opening a door to trace the
mysterious and splendid past. And in China, the cities below are the top picks to trace its past.
From the world-class Great Wall to spectacular Forbidden City, Beijing, of course, always tops the
travel list of Chinese culture fans.
Xi’an, the capital of 13 dynasties and once ruled by as many as 73 emperors, has massive historical
ruins, museums and cultural relics to explore.
Dunhuang is the brightest star on the Silk Road and a vital border defensive city of Hexi Corridor.
Here, you can discover great grottoes, mural paintings…
Luoyang is one of the cradles of Chinese civilization and the eastern starting point of Silk Road. It
was once the capital of 13 dynasties in Chinese history.
Pingyao is about 3.5~4 hours away from either Beijing or Xian. Its Pingyao Ancient Town is one of
China’s Four Best Preserved Ancient Towns in existence.
Datong has a perfect mix of Buddhist culture, frontier fortress culture, etc. It has Yungang Grottoes,
Hanging Temple, etc. waiting for you to explore.
Lijiang Old Town is one of the four best well-preserved ancient towns in the whole China. Lijiang also
has Baisha Village, Shuhe Ancient Village…
Hangzhou is proud of its world-famous West Lake and the first-class Dragon Well Tea. The city with
over 2,200 years of history is also no lack of historic treasures.
Nanjing, as its name "the southern capital" implies, is a vital capital city in Chinese history (6
dynasties in total). Numerous heritages can be found in the city.
"Suzhou Gardens are the finest under heaven". Suzhou City has a flavor of elegance everywhere, from
the classic gardens to water towns, silk factories to ancient streets…
Fungfu Fans? Why not add Foshan, the Hometown of Marital Arts, into your trip? You can learn the
stories of many martial arts masters here, including Bruce Lee!
Shaolin Temple is the birthplace of Chinese Kung Fu that you see in many Kung Fu movies. Here, you can
join the Kung Fu classes and enjoy Kung Fu shows.
If you are curious about the minority culture in China, or want to visit some well-preserved minority
villages, Kaili is one of the best choices.
Leshan Giant Buddha is a must-visit for all Buddhist devotees. This stone Buddha is the tallest in the
Dali is one of the oldest cultural birthplaces of Yunnan. It used to be the capital of kingdoms of
this region. Shaxi Old Town is also there.
If you are in China with your kids and searching for places to spend your weekends and holidays, choices are a
lot. You can visit the China Icons like Great Wall and pandas, sail the picturesque Yangtze River or Li River
and marvel at the Avatar Mountains in Zhangjiajie and so on.
Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Hutong, Summer Palace, Beijing
Olympic Park… Choose your likes to create happy memories.
Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda , Bell
Tower, Drum Tower… Everyone can have fun in Xian.
The classic Yangtze River cruises take 4~5 days. If you have more days, you can have an in-depth visit
of 11~15 days. Everything is perfectly arranged for your family.
Shanghai Disney Resort, Maglev Train, Shanghai Circus World, Zhujiajiao Ancient Town... A family
selfie with the Shanghai Oriental Tower is also great.
Floating Avatar Mountains, Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, Yellow Dragon Cave, nearby tranquil Fenghuang
Everyone loves adorable Pandas! And in Chengdu, you can not only admire their lovely looks in a
distance but also be a one-day keeper to feed them...
Guilin’s scenery is the best under earth, and the landscape in Yangshuo is the best in Guilin.
Yangshuo is an ideal place to take a glimpse of Chinese countryside!
Blue sky, white clouds, golden beaches, fresh sea breezes, delicious sea foods and duty-free stores…
Sanya is always a wonderland.
Amazing coastal views, pleasant weather all year around, rich historic architectures, interesting
music factors and delicious snacks make Xiamen an ideal trip location.
Featured with large groups of plants and wild animals and a strong flavor of tropical and South East
Asian, Xishuangbanna is a popular tourist land for families.
Moganshan is a perfect place for a short break of 2~3 days. It is especially popular when summer
comes, because it has pleasant climate and broad mountain vista.
For Hiking Aficionados
Looking for some amazing accesses to wonderful mountains, gorges and so on by your steps? No matter you are
beginners or experienced hikers, China can perfectly fulfill your dreams. There are notable great wall, popular
Yellow Mountain, adventurous Mount Kailash, little-known Yubeng and so forth for you to choose!
"He who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a true man"! There are top 7 sections of great walls are
calling, including Mutianyu, Jinshaling, Badaling, Simatai, etc.
Hiking in Yellow Mountain is extremely awe-inspiring! While hiking, you will be rewarded with
fantastic views of surrounding peaks, sea of clouds…
Tiger Leaping Gorge
The Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking trail is one of the most famous routes in the world! It is a totally
natural one winding through the hillside and cliffs high above a gorgeous gorge.
Hiking in Mount Emei is a fantastic choice to get close to not only nature but also sacred Buddhist
culture and adorable monkeys.
Mount Hua is a gorgeous mountain near Xi’an. It gives you unique hiking experience to walk across
narrow trails bolted into the side or top of a 7,000-foot peak.
The beautiful Mount Siguniang provides diverse of hiking opportunities, from leisure hiking to top
professional hiking to the summits of Snow Mountains.
Enjoying epic hiking in Yubeng allows you to get close to secluded Tibetan villages, waterfalls,
meadows, forests and valleys at the foot of Meili Snow Mountain.
Taishan is the leader of the Five Sacred Mountains. The hiking trail there is said to have been hiked
for at least 3,000 years. The hikers include the ancient emperors!
Mount Tai offers picturesque plateau sceneries dotted along the hiking routes. Being one of the Four
Greatest Buddhist Mountains, it is also a spiritual heaven for pilgrims.
Hiking to the holy Mount Kailash, the most sacred mountain in the world, is very popular for pilgrims.
The 52-kilometers formidable kora takes about 3 days to finish.
Every city in China offers diverse delicious dining options. You can of course treat your taste mud with
excellent dishes in the city you are living or working. However, if you want some authentic tastes of
specialties of different regions, you can head to Chengdu for Sichuan Cuisine dishes like Kung Pao Chicken, to
Chongqing for Nine-grid hot pot, to Shunde for excellent Cantonese Cuisine, to Xian for various kinds of cooked
Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan, the province where many notable dishes like including Mapo Tofu,
Twice Cooked Pork and Gong Bao (yes Kung Pow) Chicken originate.
Shunde is the birthplace of Cantonese Cuisine. And thus, you can savor the authentic Cantonese dishes
here, including Shrimp Dumpling, Rice Rolls…
Everyone knows Beijing Roast Duck! Instant-boiled Mutton is also delicious. You may also like the
unique Fermented Mung Bean Juice, Rolling Donkey, Pea Flour Cake…
Beyond the rich historical atmosphere, the food in Xian is also amazing. Cooked wheaten food is the
most remarkable, like the famous Chinese Hamburger…
The hot pot meals in Chongqing, the Hot Pot City in China, are considered to the best and most
beloved. You can throw almost any ingredient into the hotpot.
Changsha is very well known for the famous Stinky Toufu and crayfish dishes. This city also has Spicy
Salted Duck, Sugar Oil Baba…
For Photography Enthusiasts
Photography is a great way to record the beautiful China and forever keep your memories during your travels in
China. No matter you are professional photospheres with superb photographic "guns" or shutterbugs who just want
some interesting Instagram images, China never let you down. From the sprawling mountains to the scenic beaches,
idyllic rice terraces to never-ending meadows, China is full of great places to press your shutter.
The over 3,000 terraces of different shape and size, dancing rays of sunshine, traditional rural
villages life make Yuanyang Rice Terraces a paradise for photographers!
Xiapu Mudflat enjoys the reputation of the "Most Beautiful Coastal Line in China". Here, you can take
perfects photos with a mix of ever-changing beach, working fishers…
Those impressive gigantic dwelling clusters of round, rectangle or other strange shapes hidden in the
mountainous region of Fujian are waiting for your camera!
Longji Rice Terraces
Longji Rice Terraces in Guilin is not only famous for its huge size and traditional minority culture,
but also unique terraces in amazing shapes of moons, phoenixes, dragons...
The vast and boundless meadows dotted with horses grazing in a leisurely stroll are also wonderful
places to create photos. Bashang Grassland is one of the top picks.
Kanas, the Garden of the God, is famous for its pure natural looks full of emerald streams, lush
forest, adorable wild animal and mysterious mist...
For Modern Charms Philatelists
Looking forward to visit the modern cities to experience the rapid development of China or to feel the most
state-of-the-art high-techs? There are also a lot of recommendations in China.
Shanghai introduces you the most modern looks of China with its record-breaking skyscrapers up to the
clouds, never-sleeping night views, world-class restaurants…
From high-end shopping malls to colorful recreation venues, luxury cruises to stunning skyline, every
corner in Hong Kong gives you perfect explanations about modern.
Shenzhen is regarded as an incubator for cutting-edge design, a rule-breaking tech hub and a bastion
of next-gen urbanism. High-tech stories usually starts here!
Guangzhou is at the forefront of modern living, but is not that crazy as Shanghai and Shenzhen.
Shopping and dining sprees there are great!
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