There are plenty of reasons to make China the destination of your next vacation. The most populated country in the world, China has rich culture, exotic cuisines and a lot of things to see and experience. Before you leave, come up with a bucket list of everything you want to do, and stick to it so you can make the most of your trip. If you need ideas on where to go and what to see, consider adding these places and activities to your agenda.
Observe the giant pandas
China is known for its beloved giant pandas. If you’re an animal lover or travelling with kids, this is something to add to your list. There are several places to see these adorable animals across China, like the Bifengxia Giant Panda Base in Ya’an, Sichuan.
Not only does this breeding facility have over 80 giant pandas, but you can actually volunteer to work closely with the pandas for up to three days. If you’re heading to one of China’s bigger cities, don’t worry about missing out. Consider catching a glimpse of these animals at the Shanghai Zoo or Hong Kong Ocean Park.
Explore the Reed Flute Cave
Get off the beaten path to see this beautiful limestone cave, which is over 180 million years old and artificially lighted today to create a sensational sight. Located in Guilin, Guangxi this famous cave got its named from the reeds that grow inside that can be used to construct flutes. It has been said that the rocks form strangely recognizable shapes and that one even resembles the Statue of Liberty.
Visit the ancient Forbidden City
You can’t visit China without paying a visit to the historic Forbidden City. This incredible monument dates all the way back to the Ming and Qing dynasties and has been the home of 24 emperors.
Construction of the Forbidden City ended in 1420 and only became open to the public in the 1920’s. No matter when you go or who you travel with, there is so much history to hear and architecture to see at the Forbidden City, you can’t go wrong adding this one to your bucket list.
Take a cruise down the Li River
If you want to get away from the crowds and appreciate China’s scenery, consider taking in the views from the Li River. Boat cruises travel from Guilin to Yangshuo, passing through hills, bamboo groves and traditional Chinese villages.
Enjoy a Chinese buffet lunch while you float down the river. Keep the weather in mind when you plan your trip – for clear and sunny skies, book a cruise between July and October.
View Shanghai from above
To get a full view of one of China’s most famous cities, consider making a visit to the Oriental Pearl Tower Radio and TV Tower in Shanghai. Standing at over 450 meters, this towering structure has fifteen observation levels, a hotel, a shopping mall and revolving restaurant. For an adrenaline rush, go to the upper observation platform, which includes an outside area with a glass floor.