The People's Republic of China is a land of superlatives. It's the largest country in East Asia and the most populous country in the world. China contains the world's longest human-made structure and some of the world's most ancient architecture. At the same time, the country is racing into the future. China is one of the world's largest exporters and home to some of the world's tallest skyscrapers.
Must-See in Beijing:
Beijing in is the capital city of China and home to some of China's most important historic landmarks.
- Great Wall of China. Extending about 6,500 km (4,000 miles), the Great Wall is the longest man-made structure in the world. Portions of the wall north of Beijing have been preserved.
- The Forbidden City
- Tiananmen Square
- Summer Palace
- Tian Tian Gongyuan (the Temple of Heaven)
- The Big Bell Temple (Dazhong Si), Beijing
- Ming Tombs
Must-See in Shanghai:
Shanghai is the largest city in the People's Republic of China and largest cargo port in the world. The busy metropolis has more than 3,100 skyscrapers and some of the nation's most innovative modern architecture. Also in Shanghai are historic buildings along the Huangpu River in a region called The Bund.
- Jin Mao Building, Shanghai
- Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai
- Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai
- Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai
- Ningbo Tengtou Pavilion, 2010 Shanghai Expo, by Wang Shu
Must-See in Hong Kong:
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was a crown colony of the United Kingdom from 1842 to 1997. The region is known for its thriving capitalist economy and soaring skyscrapers. Many of the world's tallest buildings are located in Hong Kong.
- Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong
- Two International Finance Centre (IFC), Hong Kong
- Central Plaza, Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Skyscrapers
- Temple of the 10,000 Buddhas, Hong Kong
Must-See in Guangzhou:
Also known as Canton, Guangzhou is a densely-populated commercial and manufacturing center. Guangzhou is the capital of the Guangdong Province.
- China International Trust and Investment Company (CITIC) Building, Guangzhou
- Guangzhou Opera House, Zaha Hadid
Must-See in Nanjing:
Nanjing is the capital of China's Jiangsu Province and one of the oldest cities in southern China.
- Ancient Walled Capital City, Nanjing
Must-See in Shenzhen:
Bordering Hong Kong, Shenzhen is an important foreign investment center and one of the busiest ports in China.
- Shun Hing Square (also known as Di Wang Mansion or Di Wang Commercial Centre), Shenzhen
Must-See in Suzhou:
- Suzhou Museum, by I.M. Pei
- Famous Classical Gardens of Suzhou
- Library of Wenzheng College, by Wang Shu
Must-See Along the Yangtze River:
Spanning about 410 miles (660 kilometers) along the Yangtze River, the Three Gorges Dam is China's biggest construction project since the Great Wall. The massive dam is expected to become the world's largest producer of hydro-electric power.
- Three Gorges Dam (the Yangtze River Dam Project)
Must See in Tibet:
Tibet is the highest region on earth and site of the Potala Palace, Norbulingka, and many significant temples and monasteries. Tibet Photo Gallery
Must-See in Xi'An:Xi'An is capital of Shaanxi province and the first historic capital of China. Here is the site of one of the world's greatest archaelogical wonders.
Must-See in Ningbo:This harbor city may be best known to tourists for the Hangzhou Bay Bridge, one of the longest sea-crossing bridges in the world, which has connected Ningbo with Jiaxing since May 2008. In Ningbo itself, Pritzker architect Wang Shu has been careful to preserve the history and culture of one of China's oldest ports.
See other works by Wang Shu, Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, 2012
Also Don't Miss:
The only remaining fully intact city wall in China