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7 Alluring and Enticing Things to do in China

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When we talk about exotic places to visit, China is a country that will not cross the mind immediately. In fact, it is one of those places known mainly as the world’s manufacturing hub and not a tourist destination. If you are also someone who thinks like that, you are definitely in for a surprise! One of Asia’s biggest countries has many places that have historical, cultural and aesthetic significance. If you are planning to have a short holiday in China, we recommend you go to Xi’an, Bejing, and Shangai as they offer some of the best and most adventurous Things to do in China. Historical Walks, Trekking Expeditions, Food Fests and Ethnic Shopping are all possible here.

The Best Things to do in China

1. The Great Wall of China

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  • Distance from Airport: 60.0 Km from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK).
  • Best Time to Visit: March to May
  • Must Try: Mutianyu Cable Car Ride, Try a night walk or camping with the view of mountains.
  • How much Time to spend: A two-day stay will allow you to make the most of the place.
  • Operating hours: 7:30AM–5:30PM
  • Approximate Cost: Each entry ticket costs you around INR 300-400 making it INR 800 for two.
  • Trip Advisor rating: 5/5

History says that it took 2000 years to build the Great Wall of China with 19 dynasties working upon it consecutively with unparalleled scale. Listed as one of the wonders, it offers the best trekking experience that one can have in their life which is why it is at the top of Things to do in China list. A trek along the Great Wall can be said to be moderately difficult but the experience is worth the effort. Do not forget to carry water and make sure that you are wearing comfortable shoes.

2. The Hengshan Hanging Temple

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  • Distance from Airport: 60.0 Km from Datong Yungang Airport.
  • Best Time to Visit: May to June, August to September
  • Must Try: Eat Mexican Food and visit Mount Hengshan.
  • How much Time to spend: An evening at the temple followed by a visit to the Mount Hengshan and dinner will make it perfect.
  • Operating hours: 8AM–6PM (summer), 8:30AM–5:30PM (winter).
  • Approximate Cost: Each entry ticket costs around INR 1325 making it INR 2650 for two.
  • Trip Advisor rating:5/5

The Hanging Temple is one of the forgotten wonders of the world. Clinging to Mount Hengshan, it appears to defy gravity. The temple houses 40 rooms which are linked with each other through an intriguing maze. The temple is known to be built by Liao Ran, a monk of the Northern Wei Dynasty during (386-534 AD) and got restored in 1900. An interesting thing about the architecture of the temple is the construction which happened by drilling holes on the side of the cliff where the holding poles are set. Amazingly, this temple is not constrained to a particular religion but is a fusion of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. The temple contains a total of 78 statues and many carvings all over.

3. The Huanglong Travertine Pools

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  • Distance from Airport: 53.0 Km from Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport.
  • Best Time to Visit: October
  • Must Try: Visit Azalea Reflection Lake and Xueshanliang Ridge.
  • How much Time to spend: 3-4 days would be ample time to cover everything around.
  • Operating hours: 8AM–5PM
  • Approximate Cost: The entrance ticket for each place differs. The entry cost per person for Huanglong Scenic Reserve is around INR 1925 per person which would make INR 3850 for two.
  • Trip Advisor rating:5/5

The Huanglong Valley contains 2.2 miles of terraced pools flowing between the forests and the rugged mountains. Known for its exotic natural beauty, the valley is also called the “Fairy Land on Earth”. The reason behind the formation of these pools is the geological changes that happened over a millennium with mineral deposits building up and creating travertine pools. Formed completely out of the limestone, they are found at different levels with the blue water cascading over the waterfalls and hollowing out of the valley caves. One of the reasons why it is listed in Things to do in China is because of its physical appearance that resembles the Yellow Dragon.

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4. The Huashan Teahouse

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  • Distance from Airport:153. 0 Km from Xi’an Xianyang International Airport.
  • Best Time to Visit: April to October
  • Must Try: Make sure you take a map of Mount Huashan and take detours while trekking in a group to make the climbing more enjoyable. Yes, of course, the tea.
  • How much Time to spend: A day to climb and attend the ceremony
  • Operating hours: 4:30AM–6:30PM
  • Approximate Cost: Free of cost
  • Trip Advisor rating: 5/5

If you are an adrenaline junkie, this is one of the top-rated Things to do in China meant exclusively for you. Nestled at the top of Mount Huashan, the Teahouse is actually a Daoist and Buddhist temple that offers refreshments to people who reach there through the dangerous hiking paths in the world. Mount Huashan actually consists of five peaks and a temple on each of peak with religious significance mounted on the peak for centuries. The remote peak is the southern one which is the home to the Teahouse where tea ceremony is conducted as an answer for everything that people usually pray for and to enhance the number of visitors as well.

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5. The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

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  • Distance from Airport: 40.0 Km from Harbin Taiping International Airport.
  • Best Time to Visit: November – March
  • Must Try: Attend the dance performances, visit the Western Art and the Eastern Art.
  • How much Time to spend: Two days will give you enough time to attend everything.
  • Operating hours: 11AM–10PM
  • Approximate Cost: INR 3360 per person for the Harbin Ice and Snow World and additional charges for other events making it INR 6720 for two.
  • Trip Advisor rating:5/5

The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is the first international festival in China that focuses on ice and snow. It is even listed among the four International Ice and Snow Festivals of the world along with infamous Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival. Lasting for a month, Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is actually the biggest day of the year in Harbin. During this festival, you can not only admire the sculptures but also get to witness wonderful performances and take part in different kind of sports. For someone who is not much into the traditional elements like temple visits, this is the best among the Things to do in China for an exquisite experience.

6. Hong Kong Food Streets

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  • Distance from Airport: 3 Km from Hong Kong International Airport.
  • Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
  • Must Try: Egg tarts, Steamed Milk, Tofu Pudding etc.
  • How much Time to spend: Three days in Hong Kong is a synonym for heaven.
  • Operating hours: Throughout the day.
  • Approximate Cost: Based on the type of food, you want to eat.
  • Trip Advisor rating:5/5

Hong Kong cuisine is actually influenced by many Cuisines, influenced by British Cuisine, Cantonese Cuisine, and other western Cuisines as well. It covers food from several countries including the Southeast Asian countries and Japan as well. Because of Hong Kong is a British colony in the past, it has got a long history of international trade which is why food is available right from the roadside to the upscale eateries providing an unlimited variety of food for each class. You can find multiple varieties of combinations including the expertise in gourmet here as it is called the official “Gourmet Paradise” on earth putting it on the list of Things to do in China.

7. The 798 Art District

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  • Distance from Airport: 3 Km from Bejing Capital International Airport (PEK).
  • Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
  • Must Try: Get acquainted with all the forms of art.
  • How much Time to spend: An evening filled with amusement and allure.
  • Operating hours: 10 AM – 6 PM (Monday is a Holiday).
  • Approximate Cost: Entry is free (Exclusive of your own expenses).
  • Trip Advisor rating:5/5

If you are an art freak and are looking for neighbourhoods where you can spend an evening, this Contemporary Art neighbourhood is one of the big Things to do in China. The place contains works from Wenda Gu and Ai Weiwei flying from their shelves and as well as the works of Sotheby and Christie as well. The art prices however in this place grow faster and therefore it is recommended to buy something right away if you have loved it. The whole district is a collaboration of museums, cafes, galleries, and shops; large enough to see even if you spend an evening. You can witness many events happening frequently during the visit to get hold of them.

Putting the entire list of Things to do in China, in a nutshell, it is a place filled with thrill and zeal. One can find almost everything they want irrespective of what they are looking for in a travel. The local people in China are extremely welcoming even when they don’t speak good English and I have seen people even willing to lend their shirts off the backs to help the strangers. They have a greater concern for quality living, pleasure, entertainment, happiness and especially health which is why you will find this country intrinsically beautiful to visit. While I managed to list out few Things to do in China, there is a whole mountain of things to explore. Planning a holiday? Make sure your next trip is to China.

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FAQ’s:

1. What is the best food to eat in Hong Kong?

Beef Brisket is one of the best things you can find at Kau Kee Beef Brisket in the world. It is cooked slowly in a broth full of spices and will never to fail to disappoint you. You can find a long queue of devotees waiting for this delicious dish.

2. What are the important things to consider while trekking Mount Huangshan?

Climbing Mount Huangshan is extremely tricky and therefore, make sure that you are healthy while trekking. Also, there are two areas at the base where you can stay in the small village, Tangkou. Don’t pick staying in the Huangshan city as things will get difficult in the middle.

3. How to tackle the walk on the Great Wall of China?

The Great Wall of China is very confusing and you will definitely need a guide/driver for you to straighten it out. The wall is actually made up of several sections and you will not know where to start and end which is why you should pick the direction first.

4. Is it possible to cover Huanglong Scenic Reserve, at once?

It contains many unique landscapes and glacial structures. As you start the journey, you will come across a stratum of carbonic rocks, tufa water, and harsh climatic conditions as well. If you don’t have enough time, make sure that you cover a part by determining this part earlier.

5. When are the annual dates for the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival?

The festival usually starts in the first week of January and stays until the end of February. But, you can find the structure staying throughout the year.


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