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.
How did we pick these China hotels?
Our editorial team selected the China hotels on this list based on price, location and real customer feedback from hotel booking sites and review platforms. Where applicable, we used our own personal experiences to make recommendations.
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.
Which sites let me book China accommodation with free cancellation?
These sites let you make a refundable booking for your trip to China, so there's less risk of losing the cost of your stay or deposit. Some sites only offer free cancellation on select China hotels or at a slightly higher rate, so it's best to check the terms on your booking before confirming your stay.
Most sites, like Wotif or Expedia, will clearly state whether each China hotel is non-refundable.
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Which sites let me use a coupon code to book China accommodation?
Using one of our coupon codes at these sites will save you money on your China stay. Some may ask you to pay for your stay upfront rather than on arrival in order to apply the code to your China booking, but the same cancellation policy does apply so if you are able to cancel, you'll be able to get refunded.
Which sites let me book China accommodation without a credit card?
If you don't have a credit card to make your China booking, but would like to reap the rewards of one, compare credit cards that offer hotel rewards here
Which China hotel booking sites have rewards programs?
Get access to cheaper prices, collect points toward free stays and get extra perks like Wi-Fi or breakfast if you book your China accommodation on sites like these:
- Wotif: Part of the same family, Wotif lets you access the same benefits as the Expedia Rewards program. You'll get access to lower rates and earn points, which can be used toward discounted stays in the future. Depending on how often you make bookings, you'll be able to get bigger discounts and earn more perks like breakfast.
- Agoda: PointsMAX lets you earn up to 6,000 points for your stay that you can put toward a preferred loyalty or frequent flyer program, including KrisFlyer and Velocity.
- Trip.com: Trip Coins is Trip.com's rewards program where you can earn $1 for every 100 Trip Coins. It's free to join the program. Membership tiers from Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond have different perks to enjoy.
- Hotels.com: Collect one stamp for every night's stay. Once you stay for 10 nights, you'll be able to redeem one free night up to the average value of your previous 10 nights.
- Expedia.com.au: Access lower rates as a member and earn Expedia points on bookings, which can be used toward discounted stays in the future. Different levels of membership get you access to deeper discounts and perks, such as free breakfasts.
- Marriott: The Marriott Bonvoy Benefits program lets you earn points towards free nights, access special member rates, get free Wi-Fi with your stay and check into your room via the mobile app. There are different status levels depending on how often you stay, starting with Silver Elite (10 nights per year).
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