If you have chance to visit China, which city do you want to see most? The following list is top of 3 Best Cities to Visit in China.
1, Beijing – Ancient and Modern Capital
Beijing, China’s capital city for over 700 years, is rich in history, both ancient and modern.
Beijing is home to some of the finest remnants of China’s imperial past, most famously the Great Wall of China, China’s legendary line of defense; the Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved ancient imperial palace complex in the world; the Temple of Heaven, fascinating site of imperial worship; and the Summer Palace, a lovely imperial garden. There is also Tian’anmen Square where the People’s Republic of China was inaugurated by Chairman Mao, whose body still resides there in its show casket.
Beijing has a glorious past, but is by no means stuck in the past. Standing side-by-side with old Beijing’s crimson palace complexes are the city’s modern buildings, the super-modern Olympic Village, with the Bird’s Nest Stadium and Water Cube; the dazzling shopping malls in Wangfujing Street and the colorful entertainment center of Houhai.
Despite all the changes in recent years, traditional lifestyle has been well-preserved in the oldest neighborhoods of the city — the Hutongs, which are mazes of narrow alleyways and old traditional courtyard houses. A tour by rickshaw through the Hutongs will give travelers a glimpse of old Beijing.
2, Shanghai – China’s Prosperous Largest City
Shanghai, China’s biggest city, oozes an atmosphere of vitality which can rival New York and Paris in terms of modernity. Shanghai is the second largest “city proper” in the world after Mumbai. As one of the world’s leading economic and business cities, Shanghai’s modernity is evidenced by the ambitious skyline in the Pudong Economic Zone and the gorgeous night scenes of the Huangpu River, when the spectacular lights of its immense towers dance in unison.
Shanghai’s colonial legacy combined with things Chinese has created a unique culture, which is a fusion of the East and the West. The Bund, the waterfront of the city gives a vivid illustration of the combination of East and West cultures through its large collection of colonial architecture.
However, old Shanghai is not set to disappear overnight. Beneath Shanghai’s impressive modern buildings and in the back alleys, scenes of the 1920s have been kept.
Unlike Beijing, Shanghai does not brim with many great sights. Except for Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, and the Huangpu River Cruise, there are not many famous tourist attractions. However, the beauty of visiting Shanghai lies not in scurrying from sight to sight but in the feel of the city’s modern atmosphere.
3, Xi’an — A Window on China’s Ancient Civilization
As the second most famous of China’s ancient national capitals (after Beijing), Xi’an was the first capital of a united China in 221 BC (the Qin Dynasty). It also served as the capital during the golden eras of the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) and the Tang Dynasty (618–907).
Thus Xi’an is blessed with a great number of precious relics and historical sites, with the highlights being the Terracotta Army (a contender for the eighth wonder of the world), two historical Buddhist Pagodas (Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Small Wild Goose Pagoda), the Great Mosque, the Ancient City Wall, and the Banpo Site (a prehistoric civilization museum).
Xi’an was also the starting point of the Silk Road, an ancient trade route that extended from Asia to Europe and played an important role in economic and cultural exchange between the East and the West in ancient times.
Xi’an is, for certain, one of the most popular tourist destinations among foreign travelers, and so is included in the itineraries of many of our tour packages. At China Highlights, we feel that a tour to Xi’an is something that any tourist to China would not want to miss, as it serves as a window on China’s ancient civilization.