Top 20 Tibet and China Tour Attractions 2018
Here at Explore China Tibet travel service, our team has well selected top 20 tourists attractions for overseas travelers when planing a tour. Based in the heart of Lhasa Tibet, with branch tour offices in Dawu county (East Tibetan Kham) and Chengdu, our agency has more than 15 years tour services for overseas travelers, we recommend the following attraction list. So when you plan a tour of Tibet or China, try to choose from the 20 top Tibet china tour attractions!
Top 1: Great Wall of China
Welcome to explore one of the most important historic sites in China. It is one of the World Heritage by UNESCO (designated year 1987) and most important cultural site in China. Sites of Great Wall stretch across big 15 provinces of China start from Bohai Sea (east side) to Shanhaigun (west side). It became the largest military structure in the world during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). The most reachable sites compares to the others is in Beijing. For that reason is more popular and visited by tourists. Great Wall of China is China’s most visited tourist attraction.
Top 2: Potala Palace
Visit the highest religious wonder. Potala Palace is one of the most higher and ancient palace in China. It has important aspect of traditional administration in Tibet. Since 7th Century, Potala palace became winter palace of Dalai Lama. Therefore palace has more than 1,000 rooms that accommodate only Dalai Lamas. Besides this it has many seminaries, chanting halls and many sacred chambers and temples that attract many tourists. Potala Palace could be very crowded during the peak season July to August. Therefore we recommend you to visit during the low season start from September to May. Although it has opening hours from 9:00 till 16:00 you can only stay inside for one hour. Please note that palace is closed from the half of February till the end of March. The entrance fee will cost you 100 RMB on low season and double more 200 RMB on peak season. Above all we highly recommend you to be well prepared before visit the Palace. According to the high attitude of Palace we also kindly advice you to have a winter coat with you and to walk carefully.
Top 3: Terracotta Army
Many years Terracotta Army is one of best destination and museum for deep dive into the past. Besides it is one of the must-see ancient site in Xi’an and still the most magnificent attraction in China. Since 20th century it became listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over 2,000 years more than 8,000 terracotta warriors were buried and in the stand position to serve Emperor’s will. Despite the fact that there were many stolen weapon the artificial arts of terracotta warriors show their each different faces. Thus artificial and unique arts were made by many labors around 720,000 for over 40 years. Above all it is one of the major archaeological discoveries.
Top 4: Victoria Harbor
If you visit Hong Kong you will see one of the busiest harbors in the world. Victoria Harbor has hundreds of ferries, speedboats and cruise ships. On one side of the bay you will have fabulous views of the skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island. But other side of the bay you will have fantastic view of Tsim Sha Tsui shoreline. Besides if you decide to take a trip to Star Ferry you will have nice view of whole harbor. The skyscrapers in Victoria Harbor are lightening up every night. Additionally it is the largest permanent light and has biggest festival in the whole world.
Top 5: Jokhang Temple
Top Lhasa Highlight Attraction in Capital City
Jokhang Temple is one of the must see attraction when you are visiting Lhasa. Besides it is most sacred temple in Tibet. This holy Temple is very attractive for many pilgrimages. It has been listed as part of Potala Palace in UNESCO’s World Heritage in 2000. Moreover it is the heart of Lhasa. Although temple has 25,100 square meters it is ultimate pilgrimage place for Tibetan Pilgrims. The Temple was built during the Songtsen Gambo (reigned 617-650). Main reason to build this temple was to show his respect for his two brides Nepal Princess Bhrikuti and Chinese Princess Wencheng. They brought statues of JowoSakyamuni with them as to show their respect to King Songtsen. Therefore he decided to store those statues in temple. Temple has been expanded start from 652 to 1610 by 5th Dalai Lama. It has diversity combination of Tibetan, Tang Dynasty Chinese, Nepalese and Indian architecture. The specific golden roofs of temple have the creations of many birds, beasts and bells. In additionally from the roofs you will have the whole view of famous pilgrim’s circuit- Barkhor street and Potala Palace. To visit whole temple will takes around 1 and half hour. Moreover the temple is open for tourists from 11:30 to 17:30. There will be many Tibetan pilgrims every day specifically on Tibetan festival. Above all you if you have a lucky day you might see astonished golden rainbow in summer.
Top 6: Leshan Giant Buddha
Visit one of the world’s tallest Buddhas 71 meters high stone sculpture. Leshan Giant Buddha is most remarkable site in Sichuan Province built during the Tang Dynasty. Besides it is the biggest carved Buddha in the world and took over than 90 years to curve. Moreover it is tallest pre-modern and larger outstanding statue in the world. Buddha is located in east of Leshan City, Sichuan Province and has the join point of three rivers Qingyi, Dadu and Min river. The statue of Giant Buddha represents the sitting position of Maitreya. Leshan Giant Buddha including the Mount Emei has been selected as a UNESCO World heritage in 1996. There is wide range of public transport going to Leshan Giant Buddha includes ferries as a sightseeing transport option. It is open to visitors from 9:00 am to 16:50 pm
Top 7: Jiuzhaigou
Jiuzhaigou or “Jiuzhai” in English is a breathtaking nature reserve and national park in Southwestern China. It is one of the UNESCO worlds Heritage Site since 1992 and World Biosphere Reserve in 1997.
National park has scenic landscape with flowing waterfalls, colourful clear blue and green lakes and many beautiful views of snow-covered mountains. In fact the park is occupied by giant pandas that could barely been seen due to the park size.
To sum up Jiuzhaigou is well-known as a beautiful fairyland that makes ideal travel destination for tourists.
Top 8: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Explore the first national park and must-see nature attraction in China. National park has unique and extraordinary landscape because its sub-tropical and wildlife zone. In addition to this it has crystal clear streams and unusual mountain peaks that fascinate many tourists for all year round. Park belongs to the Wulingyuan Scenic Areas which is the biggest sightseeing scenic area. Moreover the major attractions of the parks is Golden Whip Streams known as ‘’gorgeous valley in the world’’ which is paradise for plants, animals and could see fish swimming in the in crystal clear water.
Top 9: Longmen Grottoes
Would you like to explore the collections of most remarkable ancient Chinese art? Longmen Grottoes is best destination to see the impressive Chinese art from the Northern Wein and Tang Dynasties. It is located in south of ancient Luoyang town (Henan Province) between two mountains Mount Xiang and Mount Longmen and Yi river. They constructed it in 493 AD. It contains 2,300 caves and niches, 110,000 Buddhist stone statues, more than 60 specific stupas that form the Buddhist architecture and around 40 pagodas. Moreover those arts show the high respect to the Buddhist religion and the importance of Chinese stone carving. In addition to this the sculptures of Longmen Grottoes show us the extraordinary exhibitions of pure human artistic creativity.
Top 10: The Forbidden City in Beijing — Imperial Palace for 24 Emperors
Forbidden City, Beijing
Explore the Chinese magnificent palace in Beijing. Forbidden City is one of largest and well preserved Chinese heritage site build in early 15th Century. Destination itself is magnet for many visitors from whole world. In addition to this it is world’s top 5 outstanding palaces and most visited destination in China. Beside it is treated as national treasure and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Additionally Forbidden City has 9,999 rooms with the collections of many ancient artifacts and represents the life in ancient China. Firstly Forbidden City has been known as ‘’Palace city’’ and it had forbidden entrance for ordinary people. For that time it was imperial palace in the Ming and Qing Dynasties for the almost 24 emperors till 1911. Nowadays it is ‘’Palace Museum’’ in China and the highly valuable house of Chinese historical and cultural artifact.
Top 11:Xi’an Ancient City Walls
Explore one of the ancient city Walls in Xi’an. To be protected from invaders in hundred years ago Chinese started to build huge stone walls around their cities including in ancient city Xi’an. Even hundred years after the city’s wall in Xi’an is one of the well protected walls. Besides this visiting this wall is one of the most attractive ancient sites for tourists in China.
Top 12: Mt. Everest
Mt. Everest-the highest mountain in the world-Top Attraction
Dare to be adventurous in the highest mountain in the world. Mt. Everest is the highest world’s mountain with 8,844,43 meters also known as a Mt. Qomolangma. In Tibetan it is mean ‘’Goddess the Third’’. Since it had been discovered first time it started to be fascinating for all kinds of people not only extreme sportiest. Even pilgrims starts discover Mt. Everest having trek long distances as for reason to worship. Besides this even the climbing enthusiasts are exposed to a risk of high altitude. For every visitor the view on the holy peak is the common reason to visit. In addition to being holy mountain Mt. Everest is one of the extreme nature wonders. In fact the highest peak is snow-covered all year-round. When the sun comes up over the mountain, the peak will be seen as a white pyramid that is changed by ‘’Goddess’’ which give us mysterious story behind.
Because of moving clouds and fogs that covered mountain Mt. Everest is called the ‘’Flag Cloud’’. In addition to this there are also visible bright glaciers when the ice formed into different shapes such as brides, pagodas. Because of this most climbers named Mt. Everest as a ‘’Largest park on the high mountain’’.
Top 13: Mt Kailash and Lake Manasarovar Travel Guide
Mount Kailash is a peak of Gangdise Mountain and located in Himalayas in Tibet. It is surrounding with some Asian rivers, such as Undus River, the Sutley River, Karnali River, Brahmaputra River. The mountain is sacred destination for 4 religions such as Bon, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Hinduism. Beside this the mountain has been treated as home of Lord Shiva and place for eternal happiness. It is located near Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshastal in Tibet. In additionally Mt. Kailash is known as the most holy place in the world or in other words it is the mother of the whole sacred places. There is also known Mt. Kailash Yatra ritual trekking for pilgrimages who worship for their soul and for inner piece for them and for the world. Usually this ritual takes around 3 days of trekking except for the devout pilgrims who made this ritual in one day. It is a fact that after this ritual most Tibetans leave their piece of clothes, or lock of hair or stone to show the misperceptions of reality and prejudice. In addition to this they believe that the place where you belonging are not important but this journey that will wash your soul, ego and your anger.
Top 14: Yangtze River Cruise
Explore the 6,380 km longest river in Asia and one of the third-longest rivers in the world by cruise. This fascinating river passes many fascinating and attractive sites in China. Therefore as a natural wonder Yangtze River fascinating many visitors from all over the world. There is great opportunity to explore with Yangtze River cruise. That is best way to capture all wonderful landscapes surroundings. Besides to this it gives you good way to explore the magnificent culture, diversity natural environment and fascinating history of China. Cruise journey will give you the view on wilderness forest, many historic sites, rural villages and very welcoming local people. Moreover the cruise will pass the famous Three Georges of Yangtze River. There will be Chinese alligator and river dolphin and many countries’ endangered species seen in the river. To visit the Three Georges of Yangtze River you will see a thousand years old White Emperor City besides the fabulous structure of the dam.
Top 15: Chengdu Panda Base – the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Do you easily fell in love with pandas then Chengdu Panda Base is one of destination where you will be able to enjoy their presence. It is based in north suburb of Chengdu around 10 km away from town. The place is a hometown of National Treasure Giant Panda and was opened in 1993. Chengdu panda Base is a home of giant pandas and also ecological environment. Besides to this it is trying to build sufficient environment for giant pandas and other wild animals. Additionally the environment has 96 % green space coverage and includes scientific research building, veterinary hospital, and environment for entertainment, very interesting giant panda kitchen and also giant panda museum and many animal houses. Besides over the 100 giant pandas that are living in this place there are rarely wild animals like black and white necked crane and red panda. After all there is a huge open area for giant pandas to play and eat their meals while visitors will definitely enjoy watching them.
Top 16: Dali Three Pagodas
Explore three unique Pagodas of the Chongsheng Temple. It is located near 1,5 km north of old town Dali in Yunnan province of China. They are surrounding with the view of Mt. Cangshan and Erhai Lake. Besides this they were had one of the most development Buddhism in the region. Three Pagodas got name due to their symmetrical triangle position. Those three pagodas are ancient independent pagodas and built during the Kingdom of Nanzhao and Kingdom of Dali back to the 9th and 10th century. The middle pagoda which is also tallest pagoda is Qianxun Pagoda build during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) is 69,13 meters high. The other lower pagodas is locate on the south and north side of Qianxun Pagoda. Nowadays visitors cannot climb up in those two lowers pagodas due to broken ladders that were meant to climb. In Qianxun Pagoda has been found many sculptures of gold, silver and wood Buddha, also many Buddhist books and 600 different medicinal ingredients. Therefore it has important role symbolize ancient history of Dali city. Nowadays visitors are able to visit them at night as it show gorgeous scene. Therefore they are very famous pagodas attraction and impossible to miss when visit Dali City.
Top 17: The Yellow Mountains in Huangshan — A Top National Park
The Sea of Clouds in the Yellow Mountains
Explore 5 wonders in the Yellow Mountain Scenic Area as one of the most attractive peak in China. The mountain is located in east part of China near Hangzhou and Shanghai. Those visible wonders are hot springs, twisted pine trees, sun rises, clouds and most impressive oddly-shaped rocks. In addition to this it is 3th best national parks in China after Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and Jiuzhaigou National Forest Park. Compares to those National Forest Parks Yellow Mountain is one of the most accessible and famous as also must-see attraction in China.
Top 18: The Bund in Shanghai — International Architecture
Explore the Bund as one of the most remarkable site in Shanghai. It is the most known riverfront boardwalk manly for tourists. Since European-designed buildings and skyscrapers on the other side of Huangpu River was built in Shanghai it became one of the top world’s highest business areas. In addition to this in early 20th century Bund became the most fortunate area in Shanghai. There is living museum of colonial history of the 1880s inside the Bund. It is known as diamonds area of Shanghai must-see attraction in this area.
Top 19: Mogao Caves
While exploring the ancient Silk Road, the Dunhuang is one of destination to visit especially for the Mogao Caves. The caves symbolize one of the earliest Buddhist cave art. There are many murals painted on cave walls unlike the Yungang caves that has Buddhas carved into hillsides. Some murals painted on cave walls were made in the 4th century. Away back there were over than 1,000 cave temples. Moreover it is listed as the UNESCO World’s Heritage in 1987. Above all the Mogao Caves is the evidence of masterpieces of Chinese arts and extraordinary of a Buddhist rock art sanctuary.
Top 20: Tiger Leaping Gorge
Explore the scenic and impressive canyon Tiger Leaping Gorge located on the Yangtze River in Southwestern China. The canyon is around 15 km long and across several rapids that are surrounded by mountains and could sharply rise up to the 3,000 meters above river. Besides it is considered to be deepest canyon in the world. In addition to this it has highly reachable hiking trails over the gorge in China with impressive scenery. At the same time it could be very difficult to hike also for those who are psychical well prepared. There are guesthouses in this area that accommodate visitors so therefore camping is no needed.