China Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by blueskyjohn
  • Things to Do
    by blueskyjohn
  • Things to Do
    by blueskyjohn

China Things to Do

  • Forbidden City

    Beijing Things to Do

    A very serious advice: Pay attention to every detail of the explanation done by our guide (person or book), during the visit: that way you will find out that "peace and harmony" is the dominant concept all across the place. You will visit doors, palaces and halls of all kinds of peace and harmony: Supreme harmony, preserving harmony, Heavenly...

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  • Nanjing Lu

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Shanghai Things to Do

    Nanjing Road, starts at the Bund in the east and ends in the west at the junction of Jing'an Temple and Yan'an West Street. Today it is a must-see metropolitan destination attracting thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world. We started this shopping walk at the centre point, the tour guide point to the east wanted us to meet at...

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  • Six Banyan Temple

    4 out of 5 stars

    Guangzhou Things to Do

    Liu Rong Si is a cool little temple that is definitely visit-worthy. The immediate block surrounding the temple is full of stores selling Buddhist regalia and incense, and has a laid-back vibe to it. Entrance is cheap and if you want to take part in the Buddhist tradition, you can grab free incense near the entrance and burn some sticks for...

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  • Terracotta Army

    Xi'an Things to Do

    Qin Terra Cotta Warriors are one of China’s rare historical relics excavated today and enjoy the fame of the world. They were crafted 2,200 years ago during the Qing Dynasty and can now be viewed inside some parts of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum. Most of the works are soldier and horse figures. In the spring of 1974, when some peasants were...

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  • Window of the World

    4 out of 5 stars

    Shenzhen Things to Do

    My wife waited in line for an hour to be turned away at the door of a ride because she wasn't allowed to bring her purse, even though all the other women who entered the ride had purses, and nowhere was this rule written. Not only that, I walked over to hold her purse for her, which took about 45 seconds, and that was already too late. She wasn't...

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  • Pandas

    Chengdu Things to Do

    Panda Breeding and Research Center 6 miles from the center of Chengdu was much more than I thought it would be as a person that is not big on zoos. The captive breeding population is around 85 I was told. It really is an absolute "world-class research facility, conservation education center, and international educational tourism destination." The...

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  • Dr Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum

    Nanjing Things to Do

    I was lucky enough to visit this place in 2011, as they celebrated 100 years of Chinese Revolution. The admission to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum was free. You could see from my picture, they decorated flowers in front of the Sacrificial Hall in writing " ge ming bai nian 1911-2011" means Revolution For 100 years 1911-2011. It was such a inspiring and...

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  • Harbin Ice Sculptures

    Harbin Things to Do

    Not to be mistaken with snow sculptures. Ice sculptures illuminated by coloured lights may not be everybody's idea of pretty but still, it wows you with its sheer size and creativity. The coloured lights otherwise brighten up gloomy wintry nights. Many sculptures are created to be the actual size of buildings and you could actually enter these ice...

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  • Yellow Crane Tower

    4 out of 5 stars

    Wuhan Things to Do

    Originally constructed in 223, after being destroyed and rebuilt repeatedly throughtout history by fires and war, the current structure was built quite recently in 1985. It is still quite beautiful and many famous poems have been written about the tower, and the top of the tower from 1868 remains. It is considered to be one of China's top four...

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  • Grand Canal

    China Things to Do

    Famous for its gardens, beautiful women and silk, the ancient city, Suzhou is just an hour from Shanghai by train. You would probably have heard of "Shang You Tian Tang Xia You Su Hang". Meaning you can find pretty women in heaven and can find them on earth in Suzhou and Hangzhou. Suzhou lies at the point where the rail line meets the Grand Canal,...

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  • Great Wall - Mutianyu

    5 out of 5 stars

    Beijing Things to Do

    We made a booking with Novotel concierge for a day trip to the Wall at Mutianyu as we had heard that this place was excellent for a walk along the wall. We were quoted a price for two of 940RMB which seemed fair for a trip of a full day It turned out that they booked it with Gray line and a minibus with just 11 of us set out from downtown Beijing...

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  • The Bund

    Shanghai Things to Do

    The Bund is the famous road that runs along Shanghai's waterfront on the Huangpu River. It is 1500 meters (0.93 mile) in length. It was once part of the British settlement of Shanghai. When Shanghai became a trading port in 1846, the street by the river was paved and the banks of the river were reinforced. Then a long row of commercial buildings...

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  • Qing Ping Market

    2.5 out of 5 stars

    Guangzhou Things to Do

    Qing Ping was most famous for being the place to find crazy, exotic, Chinese meats - think monkey meat and puppies. The government has made efforts to clean it up, so unless you think turtle meat is crazy or know someone who knows someone, you'll most likely be disappointed. Nowadays, what you will find here is the biggest traditional Chinese...

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  • Muslim Quarters

    Xi'an Things to Do

    Take your time in this area. The bazaar is a wide area of stalls selling… everything, but around it, China pulses with its best colours and events. The streets and walkways are full of life, and if you can support some odd smells (Fernanda complained a little) it’s something you shouldn’t miss.

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  • Splendid China

    4 out of 5 stars

    Shenzhen Things to Do

    It is a theater Dance and Music show. The performance is in a many episodes to present the cultural of all ethnic groups in China. It is a colorful show. Because of watching the show, our dinner is delayed to after the show.

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  • Leshan's Giant Buddha

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Chengdu Things to Do

    The is the largest Buddha in the world. The statue is carved directly into the cliff overlooking a river out of the mountainside and measures 71 meters (233 feet) tall. Come see it before is is gone because The Leshan Giant Buddha is a very visible symbols of destruction by air pollution. \ Leshan Giant Buddha was built during the Tang Dynasty...

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  • Presidential Palace

    4 out of 5 stars

    Nanjing Things to Do

    The Presidential Palace is located in the center of downtown Nanjing, next to Nanjing 1912 commercial area, across the street from the Nanjing Library. You can easily reach here by the metro, Daxinggong Station. Presidential Palace has a serial of history who had lived and worked here before: - During Ming Dynasty, it was Prince Han's...

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  • Sun Island Park

    Harbin Things to Do

    Within the Sun Island Park, there is a Russian theme village. The entrance ticket is a mock of a Russian passport and inside, you can find Russian style buildings. Enter the buildings to see how a typical Russian house may be decorated. Pretty touristy but if you're already on the island, pop by for some pretty sights. I think it actually may look...

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  • Hubei Provincial Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wuhan Things to Do

    The Hubei Provincial Museum is an amazing museum with an impressive collection of artifacts excavated from areas throughout Hubei Province. The most famous are the bronze bells (bianzhong) excavated from the Tomb of Marquis Yi. They have also made copies which they perform with, so that you can hear how these instruments sound. The lacquered drum...

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  • Great Wall

    Beijing Things to Do

    1. Badaling Great Wall Badaling Great Wall is located in Yanqing County, 116º 35´ east longitude and 40º 25´ north latitude, 60 kilometers to the northwest of downtown Beijing. To date, this 3,741-meter section of the Badaling Great Wall has been open to tourists, comprising of 21 city units and enemy units. Badaling Great Wall was built along the...

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  • Oriental Pearl Tower

    Shanghai Things to Do

    Take an elevator up to the Oriental Pearl Tower to get a fantastic view of Shanghai and Pudong. There are actually three levels (spheres) you can visit -- at heights of 90 m, 263 m, and 350 m. One of the levels has a glass floor, where you can look directly beneath your feet to the street below. A very cool experience! Tickets are not cheap -- 180...

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  • Temple of Chen Family

    Guangzhou Things to Do

    The Chen Ancestral Hall was located outside the west gate of Guangzhou City and built between the 14th to 19th years of the Guangxu Reign of the Qing Dynasty (1888-1893). It was funded by Chen lineages in Guangdong province during the Qing Dynasty. It was used as a temporary residence when Chen lineage people came to Guangzhou for attending...

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  • City Wall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Xi'an Things to Do

    It's fundamental to climb the city wall, and to walk on it. It's easy to feel its importance in the defense of the city, and the challenge it would mean to those who tried to cross it with their primitive resources. Though the balloons and some decoration are recent (I don't know if matching any tradition), it's remarkable the aesthetics they...

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  • Minsk World

    3 out of 5 stars

    Shenzhen Things to Do

    Minsk World is a military theme park with the former USSR aircraft carrier Minsk as main exhibit. Around the park are some MIG fighters and artillery pieces too. After crossing the border at Lo Wu station I went by the tourist info office and picked up a brochure. It was helpful since I showed it to the taxi draver and the address was in Chinese....

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  • Wenshu Temple

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Chengdu Things to Do

    Wenshu Monastery is a famous Buddhist temple in China and is one of four major temples of Zen Buddhism. Initially built in the Sui Dynasty (605-617), Wenshu Monastery was once called Xinxiang Temple. Having undergone times of thriving during the dynasties of Tang, Song, Yuan and Ming, it was destroyed in a war at the end of the Ming Dynasty. In...

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  • Ming Tomb

    4 out of 5 stars

    Nanjing Things to Do

    Stone Elephant Road is the first section of the sacred way, 615 meters long . This road comes along with six kinds of stone animals including horses, unicorns, elephants, camels, bear-eyed unicorns, and lions. They are carved out of whole pieces of stone in full relief with smooth lines, these animals are imposing in look and bold in style. They...

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  • Church of St. Sophia

    4 out of 5 stars

    Harbin Things to Do

    Russian influence at its peak. The St Sophia church is one of the last few remaining Russian structures left in Harbin. We learnt how another Russian church was tragically destroyed during the Communist regime - as the church was completely hewn without nails and bolts, some really "intelligent" bloke only needed to remove some beams which were the...

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  • Guiyuan Temple

    4 out of 5 stars

    Wuhan Things to Do

    Guiyuan Temple is famous as the first Chan (Zen) temple to be built in Hubei. It was constructed in 1658. It is a large complex, featuring many a variety of structures with the most famous being the Hall of Arhats, which was built in 1850. There are 500 arhat (Buddhist disciples) statues inside. They are said to have taken nine years to carve, and...

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  • Tiananmen Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    Beijing Things to Do

    The square is so big that even the important buildings at each side seem irrelevant. At the southern side, an austere building flanked by statues in the typical Chinese revolutionary style is the mausoleum of Mao. The signs that things are quickly changing in China are the absence of the usual long reverential lines. We didn't see much people...

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  • Jade Buddha Temple

    4 out of 5 stars

    Shanghai Things to Do

    According to the tour guide, the jade to make the Jade Buddha were brought from Myanmar. Many tourists visited this temple. Many local citizen came here to do their worshipping too. After the worshipping, they burn the josspaper into a furnance placed at openair area.

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  • Five Rams Statue

    Guangzhou Things to Do

    Guangzhou is often called as the Goats City (羊城) because there is a fairy tale regards the arrival of five fairies with five goats to the city of Guangzhou. The statue of five goats was originally created by Guangzhou sculptors Yin Jichang, Kong Fanwei, Chen Benzong in 1959. This statue is a copy of the original statue made in 1959....

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  • Wild Goose Pagodas

    4 out of 5 stars

    Xi'an Things to Do

    Not exactly a simple temple, but a wide complex with temples, pagodas and gardens. A detailed visit will take lots of time. If you don’t worry too much about the function and history of each construction, then a couple of hours will do, but be prepared to meander around, or you will take a rather basic idea of the whole. The most impressive...

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  • Taj Mahal

    Shenzhen Things to Do

    Like to go on a around the world tour? Well, you can by going to Shenzhen's Windows of the World. All the world famous iconic structures (except china) can be found in this park, from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Taj Mahal in India, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Big Ben in London, Triumphal Arc in France, White House in USA and many many more. There's an...

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  • Sichuan Opera/Other Performances

    Chengdu Things to Do

    Bian Lian "Face-Changing" is an ancient Chinese very dramatic art that seen in Sichuan form of Chinese opera. The Performers have on extremely bright colored costumes and dance to fast, dramatic music. They also wear vividly colored masks, of well known opera characters and they change from one face in an instantaneously with a movement, of the...

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  • Confucius Temple - Fuzi Miao

    4 out of 5 stars

    Nanjing Things to Do

    The original Confucian Temple was built in 1034 but was continuously detroyed and rebuilt over the years. The temple you see today was rebuilt after being burnt down by the Japanese during WWII. Nevertheless, it is one of the most famous and most well-known Confucian temples in China. Despite the commercialism of the surrounding Qinhuai area, the...

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  • Siberian Tiger Park

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Harbin Things to Do

    Tiger park... you'd think it is just a name. But apparently they have a wonderful National Park where tigers and lions live in the wild. Actually, we went there because my Australian's friend Chinese wife read in a news paper that due to SARS animals were starving and the add asked people to visit the park so that the money collected from tickets...

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  • Memorial Hall of 1911 Wuchang Uprising

    4 out of 5 stars

    Wuhan Things to Do

    Once the Hubei Military Government Building, the central building is now known as the Red Chamber. This is where Sun Yat-Sen issued the edict to bring down the Qinq during the Xinhai Revolution and eventually they succeeded, leading to the establishment of the Republic of China, ending China's long dynastic history. The Hubei Military Government...

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  • Wangfujing Street

    4 out of 5 stars

    Beijing Things to Do

    The liveliest street of Beijing is also the most commercial one. That means that, instead of one hour we would need… one week (or several...). In its beginning there are looooots of shops. … Well… maybe not lots of them, but biiiiig shops anyway. … All right, they were no so big, but they were veeeeeery interesting. … OK, OK! They may not be so...

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  • Yuyuan Garden

    Shanghai Things to Do

    Very small to Chinese standards and squeezed in the old town, this beautiful garden is a pleasant walk. Built with sensibility and good taste, water, plants and stones surround the buildings in a very harmonious way. Of course, you will not be able to miss it!

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  • Zoo

    3 out of 5 stars

    Guangzhou Things to Do

    The zoo was founded in 1958 and covers 42 hectares. It receives about 2.5 million visitors annually. I'm not a fan of zoos, but while in China I couldn't pass up the chance of seeing a panda. Although the zoo could be vastly improved now, I found it on my visit to be a depressing experience. Many of the animals looked to be housed in poor...

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  • Drum and Bell Tower

    Xi'an Things to Do

    In the centre of the old city, and marking the entrance to the Muslim quarter, there is a beautiful tower, very similar to its neighbour – the Bell Tower. The main difference is that instead of bells it has large drums all around it. We had no opportunity to assist a drum performance, but, no doubt, with that size and quantity it shall be a hell...

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  • Mount Emei

    Chengdu Things to Do

    Recently travelled solo from Chengdu - Leshan - Baoguo/Mt Emei - Chengdu over 3 days in early Jun. Day 1, public bus from Chengdu (7.30am, Y 48, Xinnamen bus station) to Leshan (2hrs), visit Giant Buddha, then Leshan (4.30pm bus, Y11) to Baoguo (1hr). Dusk walk from hotel next to bus station (Teddy Bear Hotel) to waterfall/bell area at the end of...

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  • Memorial Hall of the Nanjing Massacre

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Nanjing Things to Do

    A museum and memorial dedicated to all those who who died in the Nanjing Massacre (also known as the Rape of Nanjing) during WWII, as well as survivors who were raped or attacked by the Japanese army. Although the exact number killed will never be known, it is estimated that 300,000 people were killed in eight weeks from the takeover in December...

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  • Historical Harbin - Centre Street

    Harbin Things to Do

    There's a square beside St. Sophia Church that feels oddly like Europe. Look at the photos, don't you feel the same? Walk on Zhaolin Jie away from St. Sophia Church to reach Zhaolin Park where the ice sculptures are.

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  • Changjiang Bridge

    Wuhan Things to Do

    The Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge, also called the First Bridge, was built over the Yangtze River (Chang Jiang) in 1957, carrying the railroad directly across the river between Snake Hill and Turtle Hill. Before this bridge was built it could take up to an entire day to barge railcars across. Including its approaches, it is 5,511 feet (1680 m) long,...

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