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The China "Must See" List

May 6, 2007  Brought to you by Confucius, from Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree and Virtual Tourist
4.0 of 5 stars based on 9 votes

A province by province breakdown of must-see destinations in China along with extra time excursions

  • 1. Beijing
    Beijing

    Must see: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace
    Extra time: Hutongs around Houhai and Qianmen areas, Yonghegong/Confucius Temple, Panjiayuan Antique Market (weekends)

  • 2. Shaanxi
    Shaanxi, China

    Must see: Xi'an (Terra Cotta Warriors, Muslim Quarter)
    Extra time: Xianyang museum, Hu County artisan village (SW of Xi'an)
    Avoid: Hua Qing Hot Springs, Banpo Neolithic Village

  • 3. Shanxi
    Shanxi, China

    Must see: Datong, Pingyao (including Wang Jia Da Yuan)
    Extra time: Hukou Waterfall

  • 4. Henan
    Henan, China

    Must see: Shao Lin Temple, Luoyang
    Extra time: Kaifeng

  • 5. Shandong
    Shandong, China

    Must see: Qufu (Hometown of Confucius)
    Extra time: Tai Mountain, Weifang Kite Festival

  • 6. Hebei
    Hebei, China

    Must see: Shanhaiguan Great Wall
    Extra time: Chengde, Wuqiao acrobatic village

  • 7. Tianjin
    Tianjin Region, China

    Must see: (none)
    Extra time: Huang Ya Guan Great Wall, Yangliuqing artisan village

  • 8. Liaoning
    Liaoning, China

    Must see: Dandong/Hushan
    Extra time: Dalian, Benxi Water Caves

  • 9. Jilin
    Jilin, China

    Must see: Chang Bai Shan Nature Reserve
    Extra time: Yanji

  • 10. Heilongjiang
    Heilongjiang, China

    Must see: Harbin Ice Festival (Jan.-Feb.)

  • 11. Inner Mongolia
    Inner Mongolia, China

    Must see: (none)
    Extra time: Hohhot, Grasslands (Hailaer and Manzhouli areas have best grasslands)

  • 12. Ningxia
    Ningxia, China

    Must see: (none)
    Extra time: West Xia tombs near Yinchuan

  • 13. Gansu
    Gansu, China

    Must see: Dunhuang, Xiahe (Labrang monastery)
    Extra time: Jiayuguan Great Wall

  • 14. Xinjiang Uygur
    Xinjiang Uygur, China

    Must see: Kashi (Kashgar), Turpan
    Extra time: Karakuli Lake, Hanasi Lake, Hetian (Hotan)

  • 15. Qinghai
    Qinghai, China

    Must see: Qinghai-Tibet railway from Golmud to Lhasa
    Extra time: Qinghai Lake, Yushu Horse Festival (July), Ta Er Monastery

  • 16. Tibet
    Tibet, China

    Must see: Lhasa (at least 3 days), Gyantse (Jiangzi)
    Extra time: Everest Base Camp

  • 17. Sichuan
    Sichuan, China

    Must see: Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou/Huanglong
    Extra time: Emei Shan, Leshan Big Buddha, Zigong

  • 18. Chongqing
    Chongqing Region, China

    Must see: Dazu county grottoes

  • 19. Yunnan
    Yunnan, China

    Must see: Kunming/Stone Forest, Dali/Lijiang, Zhongdian
    Extra time: Xishuangbanna, Deqin

  • 20. Guizhou
    Guizhou, China

    Must see: Minority villages between Kaili and Congjiang (including Zengchong)
    Extra time: Huangguoshu/Anshun batik village, Chishui County Nature Reserve

  • 21. Guangxi Zhuang
    Guangxi Zhuang, China

    Must see: Yangshuo
    Extra time: Guilin, Longsheng, and Sanjiang area Dong villages

  • 22. Guangdong
    Guangdong, China

    Must see: Hong Kong, Macau
    Extra time: Chaozhou, Danxia, Zhaoqing, and Guangzhou shopping

  • 23. Hunan
    Hunan, China

    Must see: Zhangjiajie/Mengdong River/Tujia and Miao villages
    Extra time: Fenghuang and Furong villages

  • 24. Hubei
    Hubei, China

    Must see: Three Gorges
    Extra time: Wuhan's Yellow Crane Tower

  • 25. Jiangxi
    Jiangxi, China

    Must see: (none)
    Extra time: Jingdezhen, Wuyuan

  • 26. Fujian
    Fujian, China

    Must see: Xiamen, Quanzhou
    Extra time: Yongding County tulou villages, Hui'an fishing villages

  • 27. Zhejiang
    Zhejiang, China

    Must see: Hangzhou, Xitang water village
    Extra time: Anji, Shaoxing, Putuoshan, Nanxi River villages near Wenzhou

  • 28. Anhui
    Anhui, China

    Must see: Huangshan
    Extra time: UNESCO villages of Xidi and Hongcun

  • 29. Jiangsu
    Jiangsu, China

    Must see: Suzhou, Tongli
    Extra time: Nanjing, Yangzhou, Xuzhou

  • 30. Shanghai
    Shanghai Region, China

    Must see: Shanghai Museum
    Extra time: Zhujiajiao

  • 31. Hainan
    Hainan, China

    Must see: (none)

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