20 Amazing Things to Do in China
Discover 20 amazing things to do in China. After living and working in China for a couple of years I have put together this list of 20 amazing things to do in China.
Actually, only 20 things doesn’t come anywhere close to the amount of awesome things to do in China, but I had to stop somewhere.
The links will take you to more detailed posts which will teach you how to get to each place, where to find cheap accommodation, and lots of other useful information to help you survive travel all over China.
Ok, here it is, in no particular order, my list of 20 amazing things to do in China.
20 amazing things to do in China
1. Kaiping Fortress Towers
The first thing on my list of amazing things to do in China is the Kaiping Fortress Towers. The fortress towers are easily accessible from Kaiping, which is in Guangdong. Kaiping itself is also a really good town (better than I had expected) as is Chikan which is close by.
2. Long Jin Tea Fields
The Long Jin tea fields are located in Hangzhou. It’s a nice walk through them and you can pick up some of the famous tea while you are there. Hangzhou also had a great blind massage place for only 50rmb per hour.
3. Lishui Rice Terraces
The Lishui Rice Terraces are in Yunhe. There are other rice terraces around, but this is the one I went to. Maybe it was the time of year, but we had the place to ourselves. Another lovely walk through them, but it was a longer bus ride to them than expected. Still, worth it.
4. Beixi Mudflats
Located in Xiapu, this was a bit remote, but still quite accessible. If you are a ‘photographer’, you’ll want to go there for sunset.
5. Luoping Canola Fields
The Luoping canola fields are a few bus rides from Kunming, but totally worth the ‘trouble’. Make sure you go at the right time of year.
6. Benxi Water Caves
The Benxi Water Caves are in Liaoning. I met a local couple off couch-surfers which made getting to them much easier. Take a boat ride through the caves, then go for a bit of a hike.
7. Panjin Red Beach
The Panjin Red Beach was also in Liaoning. Of all the things on this list of amazing things to do in China, this is probably the one I had most trouble getting to, and was really disappointed at the start, but pleasantly surprised at the end.
8. Great Wall of China
How can there be a list of amazing things to do in China without mentioning the Great Wall of China. I went to the most tourist visited one (Badaling), because it is the easiest to get to. Even though there were loads of people there (as expected) it was still amazing.
9. Terracotta Warriors
This is the only thing on this list of amazing things to do in China that I didn’t actually do. I went to Xian with the intention of doing it, but I guess it just was not mean to be.
Technically part of China but not at all like the mainland, Macau is like a mini Las Vegas. I’m not big on casinos but you have to try the egg tarts which where invented in Macau.
11. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is the national park which inspired the stone columns in the movie Avatar. When I went it rained for the two days I was there but it was still amazing.
12. Danxia Landforms
The Danxia Landforms are breath-taking. I think they might be the best pictures I have ever taken (I an in no way a photographer) and they are all taken on my phone.
You can also check out Mati Si temple grottoes while you are in the area.
Kashgar in Xinjiang may be the least Chinese city in China. Xinjiang people have their own language and very distinct culture. I think Kashgar may be the only working Ancient city that has not been “re-furbished” in China.
14. Go to a Bath House
The Chinese Bath Houses are probably not as good as in Russia but they are definitely worth a try. Go on, pamper yourself.
15. Hulunbuir Grasslands
The Hulunbuir Grasslands is a vast expanse of open flat grasslands. Have horse ride or just frolic at will.
Manzhouli is a town on the border of China and Russia located in Inner Monglolia. The mix of the three cultures makes it a very unique city.
18.Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge
Dandong is the border town of China and North Korea. The Sino-Korean Friendship bridge links the two countries. The contrast of the bright lights and tall buildings of China in comparison to the darkness of North Korean is really something.
How could I have a list of amazing things to do in China without mentioning all the amazing food. Almost every province is famous for some type of cooking, and even some cities have there own special dishes.
20. Visit the Famous Cities
If I listed all the famous cities in China this list would be twice as long so this last item on my list of 20 amazing things to do in China is to visit the famous cities, and there a lot of them. Beijing, Shanghai, Taiwan (more than a city), Hangzhou, Chengdu and many more!
Got anything to add to this list of amazing things to do in China? Let us know them (or anything else you want to say/ask) in the comments 😀 .