You can experience China’s ancient culture by walking on the Great Wall of China, viewing the impressive Terracotta Warriors or visiting the Forbidden City. From spirituality to huge modern cities, China is a country full of great contrasts.
We have picked the best places to stay in some of the major cities of China.
Best places to stay in China
Each of these territories offers a unique experience: Hong Kong is an economic hub of lights, skyscrapers and non-stop action with a British influence; Macau is often called the Las Vegas of Asia and overflows with casinos, nightclubs, drinks and debauchery; and Tibet is an extraordinary mountainous wonder on the northern side of the Himalayas that was once the winter residence of the Dalai Lama.
- Beijing: China’s capital is an imposing metropolis of skyscraper buildings and non-stop action. It’s the place to go for historic sites like the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The Great Wall, the Summer Palace, Mao Zedong’s mausoleum, the Temple of Heaven and the Ming tombs.
- Shanghai: The coastal city of Shanghai is East China’s financial hub and transport centre. With 24 million inhabitants and growing, it’s also the nation’s most populated city. Sky-high buildings line the waterways creating the iconic Lujiazui skyline. Within its borders you’ll find the The Bund, Nanjing Road, the Jade Buddha Temple, Zhujiajiao water town, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Disneyland Park.
- Chengdu: Chengdu is the attractive capital of Sichuan province. A mix of pagoda temples and high rise buildings line the banks of this economic centre. It’s the fifth-largest city in China and, while it has been privy to development, holds a wealth of natural beauty including Mount Qingcheng and the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuary.
- Xi’an: The city of Xi’an is rich in history and archeological discovery. Located in central China and surrounded by a well-preserved city wall, it’s perhaps most famously known as the site of the Terracotta Army. This is a series of detailed, life-sized terracotta statues that date back more than 2,000 years. Other highlights include Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Stele Forest and Daming Palace National Heritage Park.
- Hong Kong, Macau and Tibet: The autonomous territories of Hong Kong, Macau and Tibet belong to the People’s Republic of China. While they’re destinations in their own right, they should not be missed if you’re visiting China.
Where to book China hotels
Some of the best online travel agencies and aggregators online to reserve your room with include:
- HotelsCombined: This aggregator checks dozens of booking sites to pull up the best prices for your holiday.
- Hotels.com: What we love about this booking site is that it has a rewards program where for every 9 nights you book, you'll get the 10th for free.
- Booking.com: Practically a household name, on top of hotels and hostels, Booking.com lets you book homestays too.
- Airbnb: For a more personal touch, Airbnb is available in China.
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