You could move to China for the rest of your life and still not see all of what you want to see, its that huge and incredible! I was there for a few months and I’m sure I’ve barely covered a tenth of it! I have narrowed my favourite places down to a top 5! So here it is:
1: Donghuamen Night Markets
The most weird and wonderful street food, cheap, delicious and weird! Don’t be afraid to try new things…and maybe don’t come here if you’re a vegetarian, you’re likely to find star-fish on a stick, fried scorpions, you name it, they’ll have caught it and cooked it!
2: The Great Wall
Obviously. Couldn’t really leave this one out! There are plenty of different areas of the Great Wall that you can access, we went to MuTianYu, about a 90km drive north-east of Beijing. We walked for three hours along the wall all the way to the section where the restoration had been stopped, and the original stone still remained.
3: Shaolin Temple
Famous Buddhist Temple where monks from all ages live and practice Zen Buddhism as well as martial arts. Watch the martial show and wander around the extensive temple grounds exploring the shrines and pagodas.
4: Li River Cruise
Jump on a longboat from XiPing pier and go on a cruise down the Li River, ending in Yangshao village for some beautiful food and authentic Chinese markets.
5: Tibetan Villages of Western Sichuan
Read here about this network of Tibetan villages in China, its a bit of a trip from the city of Chengdu, but I promise you will not regret it!
So there you have it, my top 5 places and that was really hard to narrow down! Traveling China was one of the most amazing trips I’ve had (somewhat difficult – read about that here) and I’d go back in a heartbeat!