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Finding cool things to do in China isn’t going to be hard but it might be overwhelming because China’s the world’s most populous country! The breathtaking beauty, cultural traditions and ancient art is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to everything China has to offer the adventurous traveler. From the Great Wall Of China to the Forbidden City and cuddly Pandas, here’s our pick of awesome things to do and see when you visit.

Here’s our pick of the top 10 things to do in China

The Great Wall of China

When visiting China you can’t miss out on a trip to the Great Wall of China, one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world. The Great Wall of China goes way back in time and the history surrounding it is equally as awe-inspiring. Discover the tales of wisdom, pain, dedication, blood, sweat and tears of the people who made this majestic wall that still stands tall and proud today.

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The Forbidden City

In the heart of China, this place is an absolute must for all tourists. The Forbidden City has been part of China for centuries now and it was constructed during the rule of the Ming Dynasty. Admire the beauty and the extravagant culture of the Chinese traditions on the walls and halls. Step into the mesmerizing palace that took years to build, taking your time to admire the art.

The Pandas

Who can stay away from these cute bundles of joy? China is known for their Giant Pandas which are tragically close to extinction. These members of the bear family are a delight to watch. Spend your time in China cuddling a real-life teddy bear, a true Chinese national treasure.

The Silk Route

Get a true taste of China by visiting the Silk Route. Brimming with historical fun facts and stories, the Silk Route is one of the most famous top things to do in China. The beauty of the vast open stretches of desert while riding on a camel will help conjure up the image of a bygone era when emperors would often frequent this very same route.

The Li River

Ready to experience one of the world’s most breathtaking views? It lies in Guilin, China. Surrounded by majestic mountains lies the crystal-clear water of the Li River. The Li River stretches for as long as 83kms and is home to ducks, vignettes and water buffalo. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and let your soul relax and recharge on the banks of the Li River.

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Sunset on the Li River as the few remaining cormorant fisherman pack their nets for the night.

The Terracotta Army

The first Emperor that ruled China wanted his own army to guard him in his afterlife. You can’t miss out on the intricate detailing of the army that stands even in the modern day to guard the Emperor. The techniques used to build the Terracotta Army in 476 BC are really fascinating so enjoy learning about how and why the Terracotta Army was built as you roam around.

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The Glass Bridge

For thrill seekers! Walk on the longest glass bridge in the world! China has seen a surge in the number of tourists due to this attraction which was only built a few years ago. It rises 400 meters from the valleys and is as broad as 430 meters. Enjoy the view that surrounds the bridge and the streams that flow beside it.

The Yellow Mountains

China’s variety of different landscapes will blow you away. After enjoying the serenity of the Li River, it’s time to experience the impressive beauty on offer at the Yellow Mountains. Plan for a day to climb up the mountain so you can get the best view. The Yellow Mountains are famous for pine trees, their irregular shape and of course the hot springs.

China has so much to offer the adventurous traveler. From the Great Wall Of China to the Forbidden City here's our pick of the top 10 things to do in China.

Huangshan Mountain, Huangshan, China. “Huangshan, or Yellow Mountain, is named after the famous Yellow Mountains that have become world renowned for their unique scale and beauty. Mount Huangshan itself has been described as ‘the loveliest mountain of China’ and became a magnet for poets and landscape artists, fascinated by its dramatic landscape of granitic peaks, many over 1000 metres high.” Joshua Earle @joshuaearle

The Qinghai Tibet Railway

If you fancy a trip to Tibet make sure you are on the Qinghai Tibet Railway for this amazing journey. Breaking every record in the world the Qinghai demonstrates the Chinese’s extraordinary skills at building world-class railways. Besides being the highest railway going to the highest station, Qinghai Tibet Railway has got it all and with bells on. Enjoy the enchanting view of the landscape, rivers and lakes as the train whisks you to Tibet at the speed of light (almost).

The Potala Palace

Often frequented by the Dalai Lama himself, another ancient palace that finds its home in China is the Potala Palace. It is as high as 3750 meters and towers over Lhasa city. The Potala Palace is important to the beliefs and religious sentiments of the Tibetans. Every year people from all over the world flock to the Potala Palace to show their respect.

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There is so more to see and experience in this amazing country. Plan ahead so that you can take your time exploring and be prepared to be flexible because sometimes travelers you meet along the way will have the best suggestions for undiscovered gems and awesome things to to do.

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