Top 5 most famous places to visit in China

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Top 5 most famous places to visit in China

China is huge and wherever you go you can find a beautiful spot that is worth to be seen. Great part of the most popular places in China that you must visit at least once in your life are in Beijing. Here you can find some of the places where all the Chinese history is gathered.  If you like Chinese culture and history, here you have the top 5 most popular places in China.

The Great Wall

Of course at the top of the podium we can’t have the Great Wall of China. “Nobody can be a true hero unless he has been on the Great Wall” goes the popular Chinese saying, one that clearly demonstrates the importance placed upon this unique ancient monument. The magnificent Great Wall of China (known in Chinese as “Changcheng,” or the “Long Wall”) stretches more than 6,000 kilometers from the fortresses of Shanhaiguan in the east all the way to Jiayuguan in the west, passing through Hebei, Tientsin, Beijing  — where the best preserved sections of the wall can be visited —Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, and Gansu.

The Forbidden City and the Imperial Palace

The Forbidden City and the Imperial Palace

The Forbidden City is located in Beijing and it’s the largest and most important building in China. It covers 720,000 square meters and it’s protected by a 10-meter-high wall with watchtowers and a wide moat.  This massive complex consists of areas set aside for ceremonial and administrative purposes, as well as a private residence used by the emperor. It can take many hours to see everything.

The Terracotta Army

The Terracotta Army

Located in the city of Xi’An, the Terracotta Army is one of the most popular places in China and a must-see. Distributed over three large underground pits and built to guard the First Emperor’s tomb were more than 8,000 life-size warriors, some 520 horses, and more than 100 chariots, along with numerous other non-military characters dating from around 280 BC.

The Yangtze River and the Three Gorges

The Yangtze River and the Three Gorges

The Yangtze River is also known as the Chang Jiang (Long River). With its more than 6000 kilometers of length, it is the longest and the most important river in China and third longest in the world. It flows from Tibet to Shanghai and for more than 2000 years has been the main transportation route.

Between the city of Fengjie and Yichang is possible to enjoy the beautiful sightseen of the Three Gorges.

Hangzhou West Lake

Last but not least, another must see place is the West Lake in Hangzhou: a six-kilometer-square stretch of water in the heart of the old city, which is surrounded by numerous hills, pagodas, and temples. Divided into five distinct sections by man-made causeways dating back as far as the 11th century, it’s a marvelous area to explore.

These are some of the most popular places in China that you can’t miss in your Chinese journey!

Author: Martijn Roeters

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