Kempinski Blog Article
As China's economy has flourished, cities developed and population seen their horizons broaden, the country's tourist industry has advanced extensively. Across this thriving East Asian nation there are all sorts of exciting and enjoyable places to see and activities to get involved in – here are a selection of some of our favourites.
China's capital is a popular destination for tourists. The city is an enormous and vibrant place, with hundreds of attractions that ensure busy travellers always have something to do or see.
World-famous sights and experiences including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven are all located in or close to the capital, and it is certainly worth spending a day walking around the alleyways and avenues of the city's hutong districts, or receiving a tour of the 2008 Olympic Park.
The city is busiest between April and October, and can be very warm and extremely busy from June to August – travel between November and March and you will be able to explore the city in comfort.
For 5-star luxury in the heart of Beijing, stay at Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center.
Tianmen Mountain National Park
Hunan province is one of China's most green and beautiful places, and this pretty natural region has become very popular in recent times. One of the best places the province has to offer is the Tianmen Mountain National Park, a vast area of towering limestone peaks and tall tree-lined slopes.
The mountain itself is of particular note. Thanks to investment into pathways, an aerial tramway (the world's longest) and amazing (yet rather terrifying) glass-bottomed walkways that grip the sides of the cliffs, this peak makes for a particularly good visit – make sure you see the site's temple at the summit, Tianmen Cave - a 30 m wide natural archway, and the amazing circular cliff path.
Named the 'Chinese Riviera', Zhuhai is a warm, popular city in China's south, situated close to Macau. The destination is a must-visit for those unfamiliar to China's warmer side, and the city is known as one of the country's prettiest and healthiest cities. Greener, calmer and quieter, this palm-lined, sub-tropical area is quite unlike other Chinese cities.
Golfing, eating, dining and sightseeing are all popular activities in Zhuhai. During your stay you should definitely make sure to play a round of golf; explore the frenetic Gongbei district; and see the sights of the Coastal Lovers' Road, New Yuangming Palace, the Jintai Buddhist Temple and the Imperial Yuwenquan Hot Springs.
The giant panda is a symbol of China and an animal that most visitors to the country endeavour to see, but the best place in the East Asian nation to see these quiet and loveable animals is in Chengdu, where the majority of efforts to breed the animals have taken place. Here you can watch and even help keep pandas in breeding programmes – a real treat!
Chengdu is also home to the one-of-a-kind Sichuan Opera – a form of opera featuring circus-like stunts, face-changing performers and unlinked plotlines – and the massive Leshan Giant Buddha statue.
When visiting Chengdu, stay at Kempinski Hotel Chengdu, where you can also experience a day trip to Chengdu Panda Base.
Another southern destination, the north-eastern borders of Guangxi province are famous for their natural beauty and are one of the best places in the country to escape from skyscrapers, smog and crowds of people.
Known across the world for its towering karst mountain peaks, the area that includes Guilin, Yangshuo and the wide, snaking Li River is a must-visit. It is a truly beautiful place, and one that is perfect for bringing a busy trip to China to a close.
These are just a few of the thousands of excellent attractions China offers – for more information for those around your chosen destination, please don't hesitate to contact your hotel. Alternatively, see where in China you can stay with Kempinski, here.