Beyond Beijing: Four Alternative Must-See Destinations In China


As with any country, the capital of Beijing is one of the most obvious places to visit in China. However, the world’s fourth-largest nation has so much more to offer. When you explore the country in style, you can take on a wide variety of different adventures. Regardless of your travel preferences, China is ready to deliver.

Here are four incredible places to visit. Whether done as a solo destination or combined with Beijing doesn’t matter. The trip of a lifetime awaits.

 Jiayuyuan, Gansu

Everyone that wants to visit China needs to see the Great Wall. Given that the Walls are over 21 million metres in length, you could head to many possible destinations along its course. However, the Jiayu Pass signals the west end of the structure. This makes it a particularly special area to see the Wonder of the World in epic style.

This part of the wall was created in the 14th century, under the Ming Dynasty. And once you’ve completed this part of your trip, the Gansu region boasts other points of interest, including the capital of Lanzhou.


Shenzhen, Guangdong

Shenzhen is another major city that rivals Beijing in many ways. Aside from all the adventures that this metropolis has to offer, there’s also great luxury to be had. Staying at the Ritz-Carlton Shenzhen is an absolute joy for all visitors. Meanwhile, the location provides the perfect opportunity to explore and indulge in the food and culture.

Another reason for visiting Shenzhen is that it serves as a gateway to Hong Kong. This means you can visit the autonomous territory to double the enjoyment. Even if you don’t take this option, Shenzhen will provide a magical adventure that you’ll never forget.


If you thought Beijing was a big city, Shanghai will amaze you. It is the world’s most populous city, boasting more than 24 million people. In truth, you’d need a very long stay to explore the 16 districts in detail. However, it is home to some of the country’s best sports teams, shows, restaurants and general entertainment. You’ll never go wrong with a week or two in this part of the world.

While the city has an electric atmosphere at all times, the F1 weekend is a particularly exciting time to visit. And when you want to take a break, Yu Gardens and the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower are ideal. Or you could look at the various world-class spas.


Lijiang, Yunnan

When you picture Chinese culture, the image of Lijiang is probably what you’re thinking of. The picturesque city boasts a 14th-century town centre and is registered as a UNESCO Heritage Site. Everyone wants to visit an historic place, and this is one of the best. Aside from the manmade beauty, there’s also the stunning backdrops of mountains. Likewise, lakes and forest areas are commonplace.

When looking to gain an insight into that traditional Chinese culture, this is the ideal place. Meditation, relaxation, and inner peace are all on the menu. Meanwhile, the simple yet stunningly aromatic foods are sure to win you over.


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