China is a huge country with many cities and sightseeing that surely worst a visit. I have spent quite some time here already, but to my shame due to work requirements, I did not travel much outside Beijing. Therefore, this year, I have created a China bucket list for places that I want to visit. I promised to myself that if I not manage to do it while I am still working, I will take a month break after my contract expires for a Big China Trip.
In this post I will list the most interesting places that are on my China bucket list.
Disclaimer: As I haven’t been to those places yet, the pictures I use are not mine. I will share the sources under pictures.
Shanhaiguan: The End of the Great Wall.
Shanhaiguan was on my list since quite a while ago. I consider it to be a nicer place to visit if you want to see the Great Wall. It only takes around 2hr by train from Beijing to get there. But you get to see much more.
This is the only place of my China Bucket list that I have already visited. There the Wall is not as overcrowded as Beijing places. In Shanhaiguan there are two areas of the Wall to visit: the Dragon Pass and the Dragon head. One of them is located in the mountains and another one is on the beach.
You can have a day trip to Shanhaiguan.
Travel Tip: Get something to eat with you in case you don’t speak Chinese. If you try choosing from the menu with pictures you risk eating something very special.
Heaven Gate Mountain – Tianmen Mountain, Zhanjiajie.
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Some people know this place a Gate to Heaven, sometimes it is also named Heaven’s Door. It is located in Hunan Province of China. The first time I saw the pictures I said to myself that I had to go there.
Also, it has the longest cable car ride to offer. I am planning to visit it in summer as it is just amazing with all green scenery and warm weather.
Another reason to visit it is the “Walk of Faith, which is the Glass bridge on the mountain. It is located on the altitude of around 1.400meters. And yes, the bridge is made of glass. Transparent glass. So if you are afraid of heights, just like me, you might want to see it from far away. But still it is something to do!
Chengdu (Pandas and Big Buddha).
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Chengdu is one of the most knows touristic places to visit. My main reason to put it on my China bucket list is obviously Panda care center. This is a must do for me. I am obsessed with these cute animals and the way they live.
Second reason to visit it is the Big Buddha of Sichuan (also known as Leshan Giant Buddha). It is very famous for its size and also the accuracy that the details are made with. It is 71 m tall and considered one of the biggest stone monuments in the world.
Around Buddha statue itself there are many temples, pagodas, parks and tea houses to take a break in.
Another reason is Sichuan cuisine, which is the top of eight Chinese cuisines.
Suzhou (Chinese Venice).
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Suzhou is a city in Jiangsu province of China that is close to Shanghai. It is located on the Yangtze river and the shores of Lake Tai. It has nice gardens and pleasant sceneries to offer to its visitors. You travel around the city by bicycle or small boats and get a feel of Venice. Asian Venice.
Tianzi (Avatar Mountain).
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Have you watch Avatar movie? I watched it briefly, not everything, but I still remember very nice sceneries of the movie. Apparently, Tianzi mountain of China was taken as a prototype.
The area of Tianzi Mountain scenic area is huge, therefore, it really takes time to explore. There are also cable cars offered for the lazier ones.
The main China bucket list attraction in this area for me is Shentang Gulf. It is still an unexplored area, where people didn’t go. I think one look at the picture is enough to understand why I want to go there.
Thousand Island Lake (Qiandao Hu).
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Another area where the sceneries are breathtaking. Located in Zhejiang province, close to Hangzhou, it is more accessible than some other areas of China.
This place is in Yangtze River Delta. It is just insanely beautiful place with many unique species of fish and birds. Must go must see.
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Fairy land of the world – this how some people call this place. My small lakes and ponds of different shapes and different colors.
Huanglong literally means “yellow dragon” in Chinese. It got its name from how it looks from above – like a huge golden dragon. Travertine’s water color is bright blue thanks to the calcium carbonate. It seems like a magical land.
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I have only been to a waterfall once in Croatia and it impressed me. But it is a highly protected site so there is no way you can swim. Once, I went to a waterfall in Indonesian island Bintan. I hike up for 40 minutes and guess what? It dried out because of long hot days.
This time I found waterfalls in China and I really hope to visit it as on the picture it looks really great.
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Majishanis another mountain of China, which 150m high. It is an artistic place. Different statues, sizes, shapes – all together it is an impressive form of art.
Apart from Buddhist Grottoes, Maijishan is also scenic area, which has beautiful forests, variety of birds and unusual geology.
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Did you know I am a fan of horror movies? There is a place in Shensi Archipelago of Yangtze river that could have been a perfect setup for a movie. It is an abandoned village that nature has beautifully taken back. Each and every manmade thing turned green covered by grass and plants.
It is a very beautiful place in the daylight, but as for the night time I guess I would prefer to be away from this ghost fishermen village.
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It is another scenic place of China, located in Sichuan province. It is closer to the Tibetian plato already. Translating from Chinese this place is called “Nine fortified villages”. It is an incredibly beautiful place with lakes, forests and rapids. It also has a panda lake J
As I love hiking, this is a perfect place for visiting and exploring.
Red Beach, Panjin.
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This is the final stop of my China bucket list. This is a place to visit in the autumn as during the summer it is green. But towards winter everything turns red and creates a special view.
399 kinds of wild animals and 260 kinds of birds call this area home. The largest part of it is closed for tourist but lucky partially it still can be seen.
What are the places you want to visit in China? Is there something you would change? What to add, what to remove?